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A response: Setting the record straight

While reading the Miami Times, January 27, 2014 edition, I was surprised to see an article about the funding for the Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). While I

The event: Opa-locka’s State of the City address

Mayor Otis Wallace, the sagacious public servant of Florida City, commented once that Black municipalities seem to have stories written about them that always portray them in a negative light, and that their positive achievements are never publicized. I reflected ...

Say yes, give Florida a minimum wage raise

In his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama said, “Say yes. Give America a raise.” I could not agree more. It is time to give Florida a raise. I have filed House Bill 385 to raise the minimum ...

We must save Overtown

The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community and Omni Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was established to eliminate slum and blight within the City of Miami. Slum and blighted areas are injurious to public health, safety, and moral. The existence of slum and blighted ...

Black fathers are not getting a fair shake

Derek Walker was a father from Durham, North Carolina who had been dealing with a nasty custody battle within the court system. Walker became a desperate man whose world had become unhinged after he lost custody of his son following ...

Why should jobs check our credit history?

For quite some time it has been the practice of many employers and businesses to check the credit history of job applicants. While businesses and employers may think a person’s credit history is a fair evaluation tool for hiring a ...

NYC’s first family marks a new day

I watched the inauguration of Bill De Blasio as New York’s 109th mayor with my parents. To my parents, the inauguration of a white man married to a Black women with Black children is almost as amazing as having a ...

Miramar’s exciting new vice mayor

I am somewhat depressed due to the exit of Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones because the Black community was losing an exciting, hardworking public servant who had a heart for service. Michelle Spence-Jones will be missed in Miami-Dade County.

Make this New Year your best one ever

At the beginning of the New Year, many people assemble a list of things they plan to start doing or several nagging bad habits that they intend to break. We often refer to this list of promises as a New ...

Miami Gardens Police need a tune-up

After having a conversation with some friends a few weeks ago about the City of Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD), they were shocked to learn how much I knew about what was going on in Miami Gardens and wasn’t getting ...

The rise of the new Black leadership

In the old days, a trio of women were the Black leadership: Barbara Carey-Shuler, Congresswomen Meek and Athalie Range. They were courageous, outspoken and clearly in charge, and they reigned for decades. All of them have now retired. To their ...

Gov. Scott’s plan for Black businesses

Since Governor Scott has taken office in 2010, the state unemployment numbers have dropped from 11.1 to 6.7 percent and there have been 440,000 private sector jobs created. Based on our governor’s numbers the good times are here again in ...

Stop treating Black youth like disposables

The shooting death of 10-year old Aaron Vu during the robbery of his parents’ nail salon was brutal and senseless. Aaron’s father was also shot during the robbery — thankfully he survived. The community was in shocked by this brutal ...

With disparity confirmed County schools must now keep their word

Miami-Dade County Public School [M-DCPS] officials may have been disturbed by the headline that appeared on the front of The Miami Times last week, “Black Firms Shutout,” but sometimes you only need a few carefully guided words to bring attention ...

Miami Gardens needs an Officer Friendly

We have referred to the fictional character known as Officer Friendly in previous editorials but considering the challenges now facing the Miami Gardens Police Department, we thought it apropos. Let’s face it — police in Miami Gardens face a real ...