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No punishment for the death of Raymond

On March 17, 2015, the Miami-Dade State Attorneys’ Office published its decision not to prosecute any officers in the May 2011 shooting death of Raymond Herisse on Miami Beach. In the aftermath of the State Attorneys’ decision, there has not ...

Nite Cap

I call them the Three Horsemen. In South Florida’s Black community, a barren wasteland of broken promises and limited opportunity, these young leaders have galloped in promising change to an already cynical constituency. Enter Keon Hardemon, Oliver Gilbert and Oscar ...

Let's start an NRA for Blacks

When I think about all the gun violence that’s taking place in our country I find totally amazing that we just cannot get a gun control bill passed in Washington, D.C. I guess it’s obvious that the Republicans don’t want ...

The curious case of Bill Cosby

Is Bill Cosby a low-down dirty rapist pig or is America's favorite dad the victim of a smear campaign? It's a debate that's echoing in Miami barbershops and nationwide. The embattled comedic icon's TV wife Phylicia Rashad further ignited the ...

The Social Whirl

January began with Founders Day celebrations and observances for several Greek-letter organizations. Happy Founders Day to the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity (January 5); Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity (January 9). And to the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority ...

Employ Miami-Dade will help local talent find work

When I first took office, our community was still recovering from difficult economic times that resulted from the effects of the Great Recession. While we have done much to move our local economy forward, I am the mayor for all ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Hamilton is the way to go

There are two weeks left in the race for the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and there is only one candidate that has 40 years of experience in agriculture and the environment. He has worked on the national, ...

The face of school choice empowers parents with options for kids

A little more than 10 years ago, a young woman named Denisha was part of a vicious cycle. Her mother dropped out of school, her uncle had dropped out of school and her brother would go on to drop out ...

Hope grows out of Charles R. Drew Middle

Located in the heart of Liberty City, Charles R. Drew Middle School has been a pillar in the community since 1969. For over 40 years, this educational institution has produced some of the most effective educational curriculums that have molded ...

Promising progress for Overtown’s future

I am extremely encouraged by Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA’s (CRA) bold move of approving a minimum $43.5 million bond issuance. This approval ensures that some of the long-awaited projects will begin to move in Overtown. I would like to see ...

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 ...

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