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Get to the polls and vote

In 1776, we began what would be the greatest experiment in civics in the history of humankind. On July 4, we declared independence from the greatest imperial power the world had known to date and said emphatically that people should ...

Amendment 2 insults us

Beware of Amendment 2! It would legalize marijuana under the pretense of medicine. I can empathize with those who have real medical issues for which this Amendment is allegedly designed to help. But, as I have said in the past, ...

Hamilton is the way to go

There are two weeks left in the race for the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and there is only one candidate that has 40 years of experience in agriculture and the environment. He has worked on the national, ...

Ebola hits home

Ebola is here. Nina Pham is the first person in America to contract Ebola outside of the African continent. The Dallas nurse contracted the deadly virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week after entering the United States ...

Bright futures needed

On Nov. 5, Florida’s Board of Governors will hear the concerns of many Black and Hispanic parents, whose children no longer qualify for the state’s Bright Futures college scholarship. That’s because the 7-year-old program that has awarded some $4.3 billion ...

Hold developers accountable in Overtown

Overtown is getting a wave of attention again from developers and Miami city officials. Within the last week Worldcenter got the go-ahead it needed to start its behemoth $2 billion project. The Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW ...

The face of school choice empowers parents with options for kids

A little more than 10 years ago, a young woman named Denisha was part of a vicious cycle. Her mother dropped out of school, her uncle had dropped out of school and her brother would go on to drop out ...

Save our young generation

Another mass shooting in Liberty City, this time at a party held at The Spot where children as young as 12 years old experienced one of the most frightening moments of their lives. The shooting is one of many that ...

Job well done, Eric Holder

Eric Holder, America’s first Black Attorney General, resigned last week. For six years, America had someone who revived and could affect civil rights issues. As America’s lawyer he held accountable those who trampled on the rights of those who couldn’t ...

Amendment 2 is about the rights of patients

I’ve spent my entire lifetime fighting for peoples’ rights. Florida’s Amendment 2 is about patients’ rights. While I wish that no individual would experience the suffering necessary to qualify for access to medical marijuana under this measure, someday that patient ...

Novice teachers, inferior education: A letter of concern

A reader writes to express his concern stemming from a recent study that reports that most new teachers are concentrated at poor, Black schools.

A letter to millennials: You must be the change

The execution of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager gunned down by Missouri police, is not the first example of deaths at the hands of those whose so-called mission is to “protect and serve.” Aggressors keep turning to a perceived threat ...

Hope grows out of Charles R. Drew Middle

Located in the heart of Liberty City, Charles R. Drew Middle School has been a pillar in the community since 1969. For over 40 years, this educational institution has produced some of the most effective educational curriculums that have molded ...

Promising progress for Overtown’s future

I am extremely encouraged by Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA’s (CRA) bold move of approving a minimum $43.5 million bond issuance. This approval ensures that some of the long-awaited projects will begin to move in Overtown. I would like to see ...

Black churches fighting more than just crime

In the past several months there have been rallies and marches against crime throughout Liberty City, a community that has seen numerous incidences of gun violence. Many lives have been cut short, leaving parents to face the loss of a ...