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Jean Monestime helps kick-off Black History month Celebrations

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime kicked off the county’s month-long celebration of Black History Month Thursday at a musical and cultural extravaganza in the Stephen P. Clark Center in downtown Miami. The event featured traditional African dress, a rousing ...

‘Mother’ Rosa Shaw celebrates 106th birthday

Singer and radio personality “Mother” Rosa Shaw, who broadcasted live on WMBM 1490 for more than 50 years, will celebrate her 106th birthday on Feb. 21. Shaw has appeared in several concerts and programs, filling churches and auditoriums to capacity. ...

Black astrophysicist speaks in South Florida

American astrophysicist, cosmologist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson was the keynote speaker at Palm Beach State College Foundation’s Feb. 5 luncheon.

SFBJA elects new board of journalists

New officers of the South Florida Black Journalists Association (SFBJA), a chapter of the National Black Journalists Association (NABJ), were inducted on Thursday, Jan. 29. The induction ceremony was at the City of Miami Gardens City Hall in the Council ...

Youth say ‘yes’ to summit

As DJ Fonixx of P.A.T.H Inc. spun and music filled Peacock Park Recreation Center, youth of all ages poured in for the Coconut Grove Youth Empowerment Summit 2015 Saturday. Most students were from the Coconut Grove area, who attend different ...

Who will return to Liberty Square?

To residents of the Liberty Square housing projects: pay your rent on time. Don’t commit murder or a felony, not even a misdemeanor. If you do, you are no longer in “good standing,” and when the New Liberty Square is ...

Demotion given to Maj. McQueen

Miami Police Maj. Craig McQueen thought he was taking time off to evaluate an ultimatum given to him by his former boss last month: retire or face a demotion to captain. But it turns out the decision was made for ...

The Slumlord Files: Tenants want restitution

Tenants who live in a Liberty City building deemed a slum by the state last Thursday took their frustrations to Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon at City Hall. They presented a plan to build and purchase homes as a solution to ...

Understanding Afro-Cubans

The buzzwords at “A Village Dialogue: An Invitation from the Afro-Cuban Community” discussion are working together. The spirit of Cubans and Blacks working together comes to the forefront now that last month President Barack Obama decided to open up communications ...

Out of this world

After the captain spoke, the lights went out. Music from the movie soundtrack “Star Trek” blared as stars appeared on dome ceiling of the planetarium at Booker T. Washington High School in Overtown. Here, community leaders, teachers and school administrators ...

News Briefs

Hip-hop dance classes coming to AHCAC The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, in partnership with UP2US, is having an orientation for a free hip-hop dance class series at 10 a.m. Saturday at the center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave. Dance classes ...

Low income residents find affordable housing elusive among rental developments in Black neighborhoods

People like Carolyn Boyce don’t believe the housing complexes in Miami that say they have affordable units have any that are truly affordable. A volunteer for the Miami-Dade Chapter of the NAACP, Boyce last August searched for housing for some ...

Go to school, end up in jail

If your child shoots a spitball or throws a lollipop into a classroom, it can lead to expulsion. Statewide programs are in place to stop students from interrupting their education because of behavioral issues and misdemeanors committed on school grounds. ...

Jackson North dedicates new surgical center

First came the speeches and the accolades. Then, community leaders from across South Florida officially dedicated the Sandy A. Sears Surgical Center at the Jackson North Medical Center Thursday to the retired hospital executive, who for decades steered the facility ...

Born with a big heart

Sonja Greene-Smith was born with an enlarged heart, one that had grown to five times the size of a normal heart. From the very onset of her diagnosis Greene-Smith was determined to experience life in the same way she saw ...