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Helping to make the transition from incarceration

Walking through Overtown is like walking through a cell block, the moving stagnancy of poverty and unemployment defaces the city’s potential. It’s a scene that hardly prepares you for the powerful transitions happening in a community center room on Northwest ...

Multicultural Tourism Department promotes Black communities

Start spreading the news. Overtown, Little Haiti and other ethnic neighborhoods will play a larger role in South Florida's multi-billion dollar tourism industry. After a splashy luncheon on Miami's lush waterfront Monday, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau announced ...

Hospitals treatment could make you sicker

It’s no surprise that most people go to the hospital for treatment, but a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that hospitals across the nation are breeding infections that put patients’ health at ...

Mayoral election may spell change

Voters in the City of Opa-locka have three options for mayor in the upcoming Nov. 4 elections and the candidates share at least two qualities: they are Black women. It’s the first time this has happened in recent history, according ...

Former CEO at TACOLCY responds to new OIG report

Former Belafonte TACOLCY CEO Taj Brown is speaking out after the Miami-Dade Office of the Inspector General closed its probe that found no major wrongdoing at the venerable Liberty City agency. After a year-long investigation, the OIG last month concluded ...

Why Miami needs a new County Courthouse

The County Courthouse, a historic building, was built in 1928, when the population of Dade County was 142,00 people. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest building South of Baltimore with 28 stories. The building at the ...

A tearful goodbye to Arthur Woodard

The jokes and tributes helped Vanessa Woodard Byers keep her composure at the funeral of her prominent father, Dr. Arthur Woodard. But at the cemetery, Byers was overwhelmed with emotion as her father’s casket was placed in the same mausoleum ...

Leaders urge voters to reject marijuana on ballot

Dr. Fabian Thurston remembers when his 19-year-old daughter called home from college one day to tell him something. “She said ‘All of my friends smoke weed and I don’t want to be around people who do that,'” Thurston recalled. “That ...

I’ve Been Thinking What About You?

Please forgive my manners since this is my first time entering into your world. Perhaps I should introduce myself. My name is Jerry Rushin. Some of the older readers may remember me from “America's Most Wanted,” “The Fugitive,” “The Good ...

Michelle for Charlie Crist

First lady Michelle Obama threw her support behind Charlie Crist's campaign for Florida governor at a rally in Miami Gardens last Friday. “If we want to finish what we started then we need to elect Charlie Crist governor of Florida,” ...

Voters set to give their verdict on courthouse

Black leaders and top legal professionals are speaking out in support of a controversial referendum to replace the crumbling, but historic Dade County Courthouse, with a new multi-million dollar building in downtown Miami. The support comes as county leaders delayed ...

Judgment day for disgraced Northside pastor

For church members, it was Good Friday. For Pastor Mark Gardner, it was judgment day. The defiant pastor who was accused of sinking Northside Church of God with more than $500,000 in debt was finally removed from the pulpit after ...

Black leaders at odds over Amendment 2

Two organizations that Blacks look to for leadership and direction on community issues stand divided on a hot item that is on the ballot Nov. 4: Amendment 2. The amendment asks voters to make medical marijuana legal in Florida.

Opa-locka vice mayor hosts ‘open house’

Recognizing that many City of Opa-locka residents and employees are apprehensive about purchasing their own homes, due to a lack of knowledge regarding the qualification needed to obtain the necessary funds to acquire property and the general understanding of the ...

North Miami mayoral candidates set for intense runoff

North Miami is a difficult place to get elected. Ask Kevin Burns, who is seeking a third term as the city’s mayor. Burns, who is white, lost in a bitter runoff race in 2013, all because of North Miami’s powerful ...