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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, ...

Amendment 2 is about the rights of patients

I’ve spent my entire lifetime fighting for peoples’ rights. Florida’s Amendment 2 is about patients’ rights. While I wish that no individual would experience the suffering necessary to qualify for access to medical marijuana under this measure, someday that patient ...

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 ...

Governor Scott losing ground in the Black community

It’s election year in the race for governor. Incumbent Rick Scott is hot on the campaign trail as recent polls show he’s trailing his likely opponent and Democrat candidate Charlie Crist, who will be a tough politician to beat in ...

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 ...

Final diagnosis on affordable healthcare

It’s the final stretch for millions of American citizens in need of President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Plan. With five days to go before the deadline, politicians, community leaders and scores of volunteers are working long hours at enrollment drives ...

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 ...

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