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Welcome Black people to Miami Beach

One thing is clear: Black people love coming to South Florida. Every year, for the last 10 years, thousands of Black young visitors come from all over to converge and party on Miami Beach. The crowds have dwindled and surged ...

Graduates, don’t cut and run

For the last four years or so you attended a Florida institution of higher learning. You applied discipline to your life and committed to accepting an education. Now you have your college degree in hand. But the reality is that ...

Carlos Beruff owes the president an apology

Last week a Republican who is seeking U.S Sen. Marco Rubio’s post called President Obama an “animal” during a speech. Republicans and Democrats have called on Carlos Beruff to apologize for calling the Commander in Chief such a derogatory term. ...

Minimum wage fight takes step in right direction

On May 11, Miami Beach made a bold move. Its commission voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.31 per hour, starting July 2017. A rate increase of $1 per year would raise the rate to $13.31 by 2020. The ...

Get it together, Opa-locka

Opa-locka officials knew late last year that they needed a recovery plan in order to request help from Gov. Rick Scott. So it’s no surprise, that residents are angry by the memo from Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel demanding that ...

Housing critical problem in Miami-Dade

The housing crisis in Miami-Dade is in need of serious attention. The county has in place tax incentives for developers but they do not go far enough to fully address an underlying problem. The problem is not everyone makes the ...

Too much secrecy around fired cultural center manager

On April 4, Sandy Dorsainvil was fired from her job as manager of the Little Haiti Cultural Center. As an at-will employee not represented by a union, her former employer, the city of Miami, could release her at any time, ...

Fighting for best Liberty Square Rising

Liberty City is not just a community I serve, but a community where I was born and raised. I am no stranger to Liberty City, it is my home. I emphatically want to see Liberty Square and the surrounding community ...

Doing the right thing for Liberty Square

Liberty Square residents have been waiting for the redevelopment of their community for decades. Since first proposing the redevelopment of this historic community in February 2015, my administration has remained committed to ensuring that Liberty Square Rising was the most ...

Let’s talk Opa-locka and learn the facts

Much has been written and said about Opa-locka's finances and the recovery that the city is diligently undertaking. Although everyone is entitled to their opinion, no man is entitled to their own facts. Opa-locka is indeed under financial stress, but ...

Youth lives not a punch on ballot

New Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said it takes a village to raise children, as he discussed a new initiative in which police will mentor youth, even in the youth homes. Miami-Dade County has rolled out a program in which ...

New Overtown shouldn’t leave Black people behind

City of Miami officials and even some developers say they want to restore Overtown to the bustling days of the 1940s and 1950s when the neighborhood thrived with shops, movie theaters and nightclubs. It was mostly a self-contained district where ...

Opa-locka saga needs closure

As federal agents swooped in with dozens of boxes to collect evidence in Opa-locka March 10, some residents heckled asking that their leaders be also taken away. Signs of the times. What the residents of Opa-locka deserve and need is ...

Obama right on Cuba

The saying goes: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Cuba is an enemy that is already close, so close that just last week a group of Cubans were found floating 130 miles from the Florida coastline. In the ...

Campaign rallies: An American embarrassment

Bloody-faced people pinned to the ground. Reporters and citizens getting arrested. Protestors rushing the stage. This is the scene that can be seen at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies, the current front-runner of the GOP party who is seeking the highest ...