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Fixing Belafonte Tacolcy Center

The turnaround of the Belafonte TACOLCY Center is notable and remarkable. The institution that has served Liberty City since 1966 was in serious trouble in 2014 and still isn’t out of the woods. It is still carrying enormous debt -- ...

Make our homes safe havens

A 7-year-old boy lost his life Dec. 27. He was a boy with a bright future, played for the Palmetto Bay Broncos and made his family happy. His mother said she sent him to visit his cousin in Richmond Heights ...

Prevent youth from dying a violent death

I know that I speak for everyone in our law enforcement community when I say that we are all frustrated by the re-occurring pattern of violence that is leaving young Black males lying dead on our streets or critically hurt ...

Elections debacle put Haiti governing in jeopardy

The 2015 Haiti elections started as if democracy would take center stage. There were 54 candidates vying for president alone. And other offices of the government were set for elections as well. International agencies flooded the island to keep a ...

UTD is leading the way for public education

Our civil rights history has taught us that a strong and vibrant public education system is key to the future of our children. As we enter into 2016, this is as true as ever. Yet our public schools continue to ...

Peace the recipe for the holiday

The extreme violence in the Black community has brought angst to residents. Liberty Square started out the year as a community under siege by violence. Things seemed to have calmed somewhat over there but has moved into the streets of ...

Gray, Bland outcomes signal disappointments in the near future

Last week, a jury couldn’t decide what to do in the case of Baltimore police officer William Porter, one of six involved in the death of Freddie Gray. The case ended with a deadlock jury and the judge declared a ...

No-snitch legislation a godsend for Black community

The Miami-Dade County Commission’s positive vote to sign on to pending legislation in Tallahassee that would protect witnesses in felony cases makes a bold statement to a problem that literally is killing our communities in South Florida. The state legislation, ...

Climate change is everyone’s concern

While climate talks went on in Paris over the last two weeks, some people went about their lives wondering why world leaders were “wasting” time talking about the disputed topic. Some scientists say climate change is real, while some politicians ...

On the road to a safe, healthy Liberty City

With a total population of just under 40,000, 7 parks, 22 public schools, 175 religious centers, and 51 child care programs, Liberty City is a neighborhood with great potential. However, recent news headlines, hospital and police data, and everyday conversations ...

Stadium could be a win for Overtown

David Beckham’s search for a site for a Major League Soccer stadium may be over. He is assembling parcels of land in Overtown on which to build a venue that could host up to 30,000 people. He joins a long ...

Shameful treatment of families with murdered relatives

The statistic is that Blacks kill Blacks 90 percent of the time. That means there is a lot of grieving going on in the Black community. We have declared war on ourselves. Loved ones are mostly left without answers. What’s ...

Unsound decisions abound in Opa-locka

Where do we start? Plain and simple, Opa-locka city government is a mess. It is so messy it’s starting to make Detroit look good. But it seems to be heading down the same path as Detroit, one that leads to ...

U.S. should do better during refugee crisis

It was nice to see a Black mayor challenge the xenophobic statements said by Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week. Scott and about 25 other governors have said that they will not accept Syrian refugees in their states until the ...

Curbing youth violence is mission critical

It was heart wrenching to hear on local TV that there isn’t any leadership in the Black community when it comes to address the rising and disturbing violence — especially among young people. Drawn to the fore by the death ...