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Beware of SkyRise tapping into our pockets

SkyRise last Thursday told minority and women business owners that it has $10 million worth of contracts available for them to participate in its project. That sounds like good news on the surface. But SkyRise’s project is estimated to cost ...

Ferguson, a ticking time bomb

Michael Brown is dead. It’s been more than 100 days since Officer Darren Wilson killed him. Gov. Jay Nixon recently declared a state of emergency in Missouri. These are facts. When this paper hits the press, 103 days would have ...

Monkey see, monkey do

Throughout my lifetime, I have heard thousands of phrases, which some of you may be familiar, such as “A watched pot never boils;” “A hard head make a soft behind;” “What goes up must come down;” and “You don’t miss ...

Sesame Street: 45 years of transcending race

The hit children’s show, “Sesame Street,” is a mainstay on public television today. But when it debut on public television some 45 years ago on Nov. 10, 1969, “Sesame Street” was groundbreaking. The cast was diverse group of puppets of ...

Liberty Square needs change now

There was a time when the Liberty Square housing project was the ideal community for aspiring Black professionals seeking to become part of America’s middle class. Prominent Blacks such as the late Miami Commissioner and Funeral Home owner Athalie Range ...

I’ve Been Thinking What About You?

I’m really not sure what it means when I hear the phrase making reference to “losing your mind or lost your mind” but that may be the case with me at this very moment. Here it is, 3 o’ clock ...

Calls for new downtown school smacks of de jure segregation

The undertone concerning talks for a new school for downtown is essentially racist and separatist. That Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regalado didn’t recommend the many public schools — including Booker T. Washington Senior High School — to her constituents ...

Seventh Avenue: The county is watching you

When the county calls a predominantly Black area a “regional priority,” it gets in the paper. But our readers have to know how to read between the lines. Miami-Dade County is paying attention to Seventh Avenue and so should you. ...

Economic progress on the brink again

On the brink of a long-awaited go ahead for a major economic development project with jobs, training and business opportunities for area residents, supporters of the Carrie Meek Foundation are preparing for the type of smear campaign that has become ...

I’ve Been Thinking What About You?

Please forgive my manners since this is my first time entering into your world. Perhaps I should introduce myself. My name is Jerry Rushin. Some of the older readers may remember me from “America's Most Wanted,” “The Fugitive,” “The Good ...

Finally, some good news for Overtown

Last week Big Bus Tours Miami expanded its routes to pass through the city’s urban core. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau sent the bus off on Oct. 16. The tour passed through historic Overtown, Wynwood, Midtown, the Design ...

Breast cancer month a success

Breast Cancer Awareness Month was a tremendous success. The rallies, pink ribbons, balloons and decorations brought a refreshing effort to generate awareness in Miami’s Black communities. The media should be congratulated for highlighting the importance of this killer disease. And ...

My Brother’s Keeper’s time has come

In 2012, 17-year-old Ivins Rosier broke into Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Boody’s home and shot his 5-year-old German Shepherd. Rosier was sentenced to 23 years in prison. That same year, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home and was profiled ...

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, ...