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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 ...

The Social Whirl

January began with Founders Day celebrations and observances for several Greek-letter organizations. Happy Founders Day to the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity (January 5); Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity (January 9). And to the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority ...

Gay marriage is a civil right

It was more than time that Tallahassee stopped playing judge when it comes to how people want to live their lives. On Jan. 5, Florida administered its first gay marriage. The waste of taxpayers money on this issue was embarrassing ...

Rollback views of 7th Avenue

North Miami residents made their concerns known Monday during a town hall meeting about a proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market in their neighborhood. Residents in District 3 urged their Councilman Phillipe Bien-Aime to oppose opening a new Walmart in their neighborhood. ...

Crime problem needs solutions

Gun violence has plagued Miami’s Black community all year. But in the past month, senseless shootings have erupted in Liberty City and Overtown at alarming levels. Some 19 people have been injured in drive-by shootings since Dec. 14. Parents and ...

No place to call home

It is most disappointing that in our community, residents are still faced with housing discrimination. With the Housing Opportunity for Project Excellence Inc. (HOPE) on the case, some of these rental complexes are exposed.

A bad lesson from Tondreau

The short political career of Lucie Tondreau is over. North Miami ’s first Haitian-American female mayor had an opportunity to represent her city and race with pride. But the vices of power and greed became her downfall as she was ...

Time to speak up on Alzheimer’s

Thousands of relatives who serve as caregivers make tremendous sacrifices daily to help their loved ones live with this debilitating disease. It steals loved ones minute by minute and day by day. But in addition to suffering stress and financial ...

Legal fight one way to solve Opa-locka problem

city of Opa-locka commissioner Timothy Holmes resolution term limits retroactively