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Black people are not all suspects

Last week underscored another bloody milestone in American history. At the center of the dispute this time, and all too, often: law enforcement. Social media churned with conflicted messages as to whether Black people should continue on a nonviolent path ...

Liberty Square will need gate keepers

Last Thursday, The Miami-Dade Commission made a monumental decision that affected the lives of many families in Liberty Square. The commissioners said yes to have Related Urban redevelop the dilapidated housing project which, in turn, moved forward the process to ...

No more stalling on CIP amendments

In the wake of the violence that is escalating as a result of the seemingly unjustified police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Delrawn Small of New York City, New York and Philando Castile of Saint Paul, Minnesota, ...

Shameful that Congress can’t support some gun regulation

Conversations to add further regulations to buying a gun in the United States get louder every time there is a mass shooting. The more heinous the crime, the longer and louder the outrage. But the noise eventually dies down and ...

We need to speak up about Liberty Square

Liberty Square Rising is the largest — $300 million — renovation of a public housing complex in Miami-Dade County history and is being voted on by the Miami-Dade County Commissioners on July 6. It is important for those of us ...

United we stand against bigotry and hate

The world woke up Sunday morning to find out that an Orlando gay nightclub filled with people had been sprayed with bullets from an automatic rifle. First, the death toll was 20. By midday Sunday, that number leaped to 50 ...

Miami Gardens deserves control over Dolphins Stadium

Last week, Miami Gardens made a giant leap toward having control related to land use and permitting at the new Dolphins Stadium. It is about time. It should have happened sooner so that Miami Gardens could have had some say ...

Silence a conspirator to gun violence

The ominous clouds that hovered over the “See Something Say Something Rally” organized by anti-gun violence activist Tangela Sears last week in Miami Gardens served as a constant reminder of the pervasive threat families live with daily in nearby housing ...

Little Haiti shouldn’t have divided community

On Thursday, May 26, Miami City Commissioners designated the boundaries of Little Haiti. For the Haitians, it was the culmination of 16 years of waiting to have a slice of Miami. For the historic preservationists and descendants of Miami’s pioneers, ...

Pinder’s death another tragedy for Opa-locka

Opa-locka Commissioner Terence Pinder died last week after his city-owned SUV crashed into a tree at Opa-locka Airport. The news of the early morning crash rippled through the city that is already hurting from news of FBI investigations into corruption ...

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 ...