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Road to renovation marked by mixed responses in Overtown

A slumped Overtown condominium building will undergo renovations next year thanks to a $15 million grant from the Southeast Overtown and Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA). The funds for the renovations to Town Park Plaza North were approved ...

First female president of FMU celebrated

It was a week of celebrations at Florida Memorial University where the Historically Black school held numerous events that culminated with the Presidential Inaugural Gala, a lavish affair that honored the University’s first female president, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis.

Charlie Crist courts Caribbean leaders

As the gubernatorial election approaches less than 30 days from now, former Governor Charlie Crist turned his attention to the growing Caribbean immigrant community in South Florida. On Sunday, Oct. 5, Crist filled his day with a multitude of events, ...

Worldcenter agreement passes despite proposed job cuts

It was about noon when someone gave Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon a memo: Miami Worldcenter Group LLC had revised the jobs component of the development agreement -- and it was not for the better. In a last-minute maneuver, Worldcenter tried ...

Disparity report brings sweeping reform

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho last week pledged his commitment to reinstate the Minority/Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program as part of a historic agreement to address the economic disparity in business contracts between Black and white firms. The agreement is ...

Former BTW star embroiled in sex assault case

That Overtown's Treon Harris could be accused of sexual misconduct crushed his former coach. “I hope it’s not true. I’m hurt for him to even go through this with accusations over his head,” said Shanton Crummie, who coached a younger ...

Miami Gardens police chief ushers in era of transparency backed by political savvy

There was a time when Stephen Johnson filled the sanctuaries of churches with soulful melodies as a jazz musician. Today, he spends most of his time creating harmony as Miami Gardens’ new police chief. Since he arrived in Miami Gardens ...

Tips lead to arrests in The Spot shooting

It was a quick ending to a mass shoot-out that put Liberty City in the national spotlight. After receiving many tips, Miami Police on Monday arrested a 17-year-old male who opened fire in a crowded, illegal nightclub called the Spot, ...

Museum exhibit reveals shared struggle of Blacks, Jews in Jim Crow South

Enid Pinkney remembers the first time she was taught by a white person. She was a student at Talladega College in Alabama. She had graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami in 1943, took the train to Alabama ...

South Florida housing costs create financial burden

If you’ve ever felt you were paying too much for your home in South Florida, you probably were right, especially if you live in a Black neighborhood, according to a new report from Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT). The report, ...

Leaders outraged by shooting at The Spot in Liberty City

Code violations. Gambling. Gunfire. It was not the place for any teenager on a Saturday night. But the heavy bass and pulsating beats of rap artist Iceberg kept many youth in the dark confines of The Spot in Liberty City ...

Obamacare enrollment to reopen Nov. 15

Uninsured Floridians will soon get their chance to weigh the costs of health coverage during the second wave of open enrollment in President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare. Next month, those without health insurance can ...

Commissioner Jordan holds certification workshops

Presidents and CEOs of small corporations ventured to Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s Small Business Certification Workshop recently in hopes of qualifying to receive hefty County contracts. The informative event, held at Florida Memorial University, was developed to attract companies that would ...

Libraries expand hours of operation

Several libraries in Liberty City, Miami Gardens and Little Haiti will expand their operating schedule thanks to the new $54 million library budget that will go into effect Oct. 1.

MOCA begins new era with board, art reception

North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) opened a new era last Thursday with a splashy art reception attended by 200 guests who viewed the museum's first exhibit since the organization's board of directors left to form their own museum. ...