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New Overtown shouldn’t leave Black people behind

City of Miami officials and even some developers say they want to restore Overtown to the bustling days of the 1940s and 1950s when the neighborhood thrived with shops, movie theaters and nightclubs. It was mostly a self-contained district where ...

Opa-locka saga needs closure

As federal agents swooped in with dozens of boxes to collect evidence in Opa-locka March 10, some residents heckled asking that their leaders be also taken away. Signs of the times. What the residents of Opa-locka deserve and need is ...

Obama right on Cuba

The saying goes: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Cuba is an enemy that is already close, so close that just last week a group of Cubans were found floating 130 miles from the Florida coastline. In the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...