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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 ...

Black fathers are not getting a fair shake

Derek Walker was a father from Durham, North Carolina who had been dealing with a nasty custody battle within the court system. Walker became a desperate man whose world had become unhinged after he lost custody of his son following ...

NYC’s first family marks a new day

I watched the inauguration of Bill De Blasio as New York’s 109th mayor with my parents. To my parents, the inauguration of a white man married to a Black women with Black children is almost as amazing as having a ...

Miramar’s exciting new vice mayor

I am somewhat depressed due to the exit of Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones because the Black community was losing an exciting, hardworking public servant who had a heart for service. Michelle Spence-Jones will be missed in Miami-Dade County.

Make this New Year your best one ever

At the beginning of the New Year, many people assemble a list of things they plan to start doing or several nagging bad habits that they intend to break. We often refer to this list of promises as a New ...

Miami Gardens Police need a tune-up

After having a conversation with some friends a few weeks ago about the City of Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD), they were shocked to learn how much I knew about what was going on in Miami Gardens and wasn’t getting ...

The rise of the new Black leadership

In the old days, a trio of women were the Black leadership: Barbara Carey-Shuler, Congresswomen Meek and Athalie Range. They were courageous, outspoken and clearly in charge, and they reigned for decades. All of them have now retired. To their ...

Gov. Scott’s plan for Black businesses

Since Governor Scott has taken office in 2010, the state unemployment numbers have dropped from 11.1 to 6.7 percent and there have been 440,000 private sector jobs created. Based on our governor’s numbers the good times are here again in ...

Scott tries to fix a non-existent problem

The State of Florida has a terrible record and reputation when it comes to voting. In the election of 2012, it took the Supervisors of Elections and the Secretary of the State three days to complete counting the ballots. It ...

Forgive others, show love and celebrate life

On Thursday many of us will be celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday with family and close friends. Thanksgiving is definitely a day of reunification and celebration for most of us. And as we come together to celebrate we will fondly reminisce ...

Scott booed — all Floridians not fooled

Governor Rick Scott is determined to win another term because he can continue to fudge numbers and tell everyone that the Florida economy is improving as a result of his policies. He refuses to acknowledge that the entire economy in ...

Miami Gardens leaders to face hard facts

Miami-Dade County is no different from any other urban city in this country when it comes to gun violence plaguing the streets of our communities. No city or community in this country goes unscathed by the escalating incidents of gun ...

Prisons: The way to lock up more Blacks

Incarceration is big business in Florida and after closing several prisons in 2012, the Department of Corrections wants some of them re-opened. Blacks make up 17 percent of the population in Florida, but they make up 50 percent of the ...

Scott moves Florida into a Jim Crow status

Leading up to the election of 2014, Governor Rick Scott will continue to run Florida as a Jim Crow state. In 2012, ex-President Clinton said, “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax ...

Are we really our brother's keeper?

We have recently become a nation of marchers once again, taking a page out of the 1960s playbook to advance our individual causes and concerns. We’ve marched in the name of justice for Trayvon Martin; support for equal rights, including ...