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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 ...

It’s time to lift the cone

Once again there is controversy over whether all stakeholders in the Liberty Square housing project redevelopment have been invited to the table. This time the stakeholder feeling left out is the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The last controversy involved the ...

Request for new bids doesn’t pass smell test

Instead of being a salve for community leaders and Liberty Square residents who have been anxious of the future of the housing project, the announcement that the mayor wanted the best and final offers from the two top-ranked firms created ...

Water crisis in Flint government’s fault

The handling by all levels of government of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan has been nothing short of abominable. The residents of the mostly poor, Black suburb received little to no attention for more than a year and a ...

Ghost of Scott Carver haunts Liberty Square

Maya Angelou wrote that “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” Over a decade ago 1150 residents of Liberty City were told by Miami-Dade County’s Housing department that their ...

Monitor discipline at corrections department

Last week the Miami Times published an exclusive story about uneven discipline at the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, especially when it came to Black officers. Afterward, the paper received other stories about Black officers who experience harsh discipline, sometimes ...

MIA needs Chef Creole and Jackson’s

The announcement that two Black-owned restaurants are looking for space at Miami International Airport is welcome business news for Black entrepreneurs, and those who strive for a bigger piece of the lucrative economic pie. Congratulations to Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan ...