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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 ...

Get it together, North Miami

It’s seems the lack of governmental experience on the North Miami City Council has come home to roost. In its second attempt to fill a high profile position – this time the city manager post– it was clear some council ...

Liberty Square process breached

On Feb. 18, a selection committee gave the most votes to redevelop Liberty Square to Related Urban. It was a reversal of a previous vote that had put Atlantic Pacific Communities in the lead. The new vote results have been ...

Black vote matters

South Carolina Black voters resoundingly showed support for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton when she showed up in the state with Black mothers whose children died tragically. After Bernie Sanders won handedly in New Hampshire he went to ...

The big “checkout” for young Black males

Last Saturday, at around 2 p.m., young Black men (according to witnesses) rode in a vehicle to a parking lot of an apartment complex in Northwest Miami-Dade with the intent to kill. The young men apparently had a beef with ...

No light shining in our Black community

Darkness has seemed to outshine light in Miami’s urban core over the past 12 months with the increasing incidents of senseless gun violence among our children and youth, incidents that involve mainly black males who are either victims or suspects ...

Solutions needed for youth violence

On Saturday, a 6-year-old boy lost his life to gun violence. Unknown assailants gunned down King Carter, who was on his way to buy candy. The community reacted again as it usually does, with vigils and marches. Cameras show grieving ...

Black power, no power

There was a time before integration that most of what happened to us we could honestly say that it was because of white folk. Today, what continues to happen to us is because of those “selfish, I’m afraid something is ...

CRAs must change operations

The lack of affordable housing in Miami-Dade County is not a secret. Headline after headline talks about how unaffordable the market is in terms of wages vis-a-vis housing costs. Another fact is that the majority of residents spend more than ...