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Stop the bills pushing guns in schools

Creeping through the 2015 Florida Legislative session is the idea of putting guns on college and high school campuses. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed a bill on Monday 3-2 to allow school district superintendents and principals to appoint teachers ...

Churches wants to help in Liberty City

On behalf of the Collective Empowerment Group of South Florida Inc., we add our voices to those of the residents of Liberty City and Liberty Square. Some of their views and wishes were expressed in an article, “Project tenants make ...

Miami-Dade should not be Ferguson

One police officer in Ferguson, Missouri sent an email with a photo depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee. Here, a Black man in the same city lost his job after a police officer accused him of being a pedophile ...

Fifty years later, Selma’s struggle is not over

The Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 were part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement and led to the passage that year of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the American Civil Rights Movement. Neither the demonstrators ...

Miami Gardens civil unrest troubling

At a time when people of all walks of life have joined together to say Black Lives Matter, Florida’s largest predominately Black city has diluted the message. Weeks after Miami Gardens police officers had a confrontation with mentally-ill Lavall Hall ...

Black History Month looks back, looks forward

South Florida is wrapping up another successful Black History Month. The history lessons, dedications and cultural events were a great display of ethnic pride and empowerment. Readers of The Miami Times enjoyed the paper’s special section, A New Generation of ...

Lipstick on a pig

Plans to raze and rebuild Liberty Square apartments have been received with mixed feelings from residents. Announced Feb. 2, Miami-Dade County Housing and Urban Development told the community a better Liberty City is on the way. While residents are ready ...

Afro-Cubans need our support

They are our brothers and sisters, but they are also Cubans. Dozens of Afro-Cubans turned out to a recent community discussions to share experiences of racism that are similar to what others in the African Diaspora face. Afro Cubans talked ...

Plaza under siege by homeless, mentally ill

Last Wednesday a mentally ill, homeless woman entered a business in the Brownsville Renaissance plaza at Northwest 54th Street and 27th Avenue. She panhandled the customers, verbally abused the cashier and grabbed a tip jar off the counter. When the ...

Nite Cap

I call them the Three Horsemen. In South Florida’s Black community, a barren wasteland of broken promises and limited opportunity, these young leaders have galloped in promising change to an already cynical constituency. Enter Keon Hardemon, Oliver Gilbert and Oscar ...

Free community college can only be good

The vitriolic reaction to President Barack Obama’s Jan. 9 announcement that he was seeking ways to provide free community colleges to Americans was disheartening. The quick, negative feedback to the president’s proposal to have the federal government pay for two ...

A time for tolerance

The last several weeks have reminded all of us that there are different ethnic cultures and religions in this world. We also have been made aware of how our beliefs can lead to disagreements and violence. It can be a ...

The way forward for Black students

For good reasons many African Americans have wonderful memories of their time in public schools. Among those recollections are the family and community legacies, the favorite teacher and the lifelong friends that were made. Even for those, particularly in the ...

Let's start an NRA for Blacks

When I think about all the gun violence that’s taking place in our country I find totally amazing that we just cannot get a gun control bill passed in Washington, D.C. I guess it’s obvious that the Republicans don’t want ...

The curious case of Bill Cosby

Is Bill Cosby a low-down dirty rapist pig or is America's favorite dad the victim of a smear campaign? It's a debate that's echoing in Miami barbershops and nationwide. The embattled comedic icon's TV wife Phylicia Rashad further ignited the ...

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