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Obama keeps his cool in face of GOP circus

In 2011, President Barack Obama told the American people he would not let “congressional gridlock slowdown our economic growth.” On October 24, 2011, in his ‘We Can’t Wait’ initiative, President Obama said, ‘Without a doubt, the most urgent challenge that ...

Firm working to ensure Black involvement

“No group of leaders will do more than you will today with your decision to decide the fate of the planning, construction and frankly economic future of this county . . . I also believe that it makes a statement ...

Our children must realize racism is alive

As a Mother who raised two Black sons I now understand the importance of discussing racism in America with our children, especially with our sons. The discussion of racism can never begin too early. Ideally, it should began during early ...

Arizona: A case study in repeated bigotry

Arizona is a case study in bigotry. While many African Americans may be turning a deaf ear to the recent furor over the anti-gay bill that was recently vetoed by Governor Brewer, it was not too long ago that the ...

My brother’s keeper starts at home

During President Barack Obama’s first run for the Whitehouse, his opponents called him inexperienced and unprepared to run the country. However, after serving six years in office and half way through his second term in office we know just how ...

Miami Gardens has a major makeover plan on the horizon

Nearly 11 years ago, disaffected residents, disenfranchised business owners, and a community of believers came together to form the city that is Miami Gardens. Bound by the idea that government closer to us would be more responsive, our founding Mothers ...

The Lyric is ready to rejuvenate Overtown

The Lyric Theater was opened in 1913 by a Black man from Georgia, Geder Walker. In 1915, the Miami News described the Lyric Theater “as the most beautiful and costly playhouse owned by Colored people in all the Southland.” The ...

Profiling must end for healing to begin

The civil right movement was successful in reducing racial disparities in systems, policies and services that used to promote white supremacy in America. However, by no means has racism been eradicated; it just became subtle and camouflaged. Racism is alive ...

Dunn verdict shows there is still work to do

As a trial attorney with 25 years experience in the civil arena, I can say one thing about juries - one never knows what the outcome will be. I have lost trials that I should have won and won trials ...

Jordan Davis’ family still seeking justice

Michael Dunn a white software developer claims that it was out of fear that he shot and murdered 17-year-old Black teenager, Jordan Davis. According to the shooter, the teenager pointed a gun at him and threatened his life after he ...

U.S. Congress cuts food stamps for those in need

President Obama increased SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps) during his first term. The increase was part of the economic stimulus package and ends November 1. Congress wants to cut food stamps by an additional $39 million and the Senate is willing ...

Let’s not forget our local heros this Black History Month

Black History is officially recognized during the month of February. Schools, businesses and communities throughout the United States will celebrate the lives of well-known African American leaders such as the late Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, ...

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 ...

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