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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 ...

Street Talk

What’s your opinion of a couple cohabiting before marriage?

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, ...

A response: Setting the record straight

While reading the Miami Times, January 27, 2014 edition, I was surprised to see an article about the funding for the Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). While I

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 ...

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 ...