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Dr. Enid C. Pinkney recently took a trip to Nassau, Bahamas as a part of cousin Alvin’s marriage to Gloria Clark in the New Covenant Baptist Church. More than 300 guests supported the wedding. Dr. Pinkney stole the show, dancing to the Electric Slide. She and Frank went a few rounds with their homemade steps. When the bridal party returned, the Soul Food was waiting, including lobster, shrimps, grouper and potato salad. The bride and groom danced to “I Love You Truly” and did a two-step waltz, while protecting the bride’s trailing

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Sharing with my readers recent correspondence concerning the Historic Hampton House Trust. Dr. Enid Pinkney Dear Ron and Consultants: Thanks for the stimulating retreat. It pointed out several things we need to work on. I like how you press us to come up with what we want to be about and how much money we are putting into fund-raising. I saw 60 minutes last night and it articulated what I was trying to say I would like to see us do. We need to “tell our story”. Our story can be told in music, dance, art, history and other medium involving the humanities. We have great possibilities if we know how to embrace them. Again thank you for breakfast and lunch and your skills in leadership.

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Coaxum Enterprises Inc. saluted the Hampton Historic House by donating more than $10,000. Coaxum is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. Coaxum Enterprises Inc. (CEI) was founded in 2002 by Henry L. Coaxum as the management arm for his three McDonald’s franchises. CEI has grown in both scope and depth and now operates seven McDonald’s restaurants located throughout the city of New Orleans.

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We thank the concert planning committee under the leadership of Mrs. Charlayne W. Thompkins for the time and effort devoted for the Miami Community Mass Choir We thank our sponsors, Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, the Chancel Choir of the Church of the Open Door, United Church of Christ, Gershwin Blyden, M.D., Douglas Seeber, Landmark Corporation, Link Construction Co., and Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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Raymond “Ray” Thornton, Sr. (April 15, 1928- June 2, 2015) was eulogized on Friday June 12, at 10 in the morning from Mt. Herman A.M.E Church, Miami Gardens. “The true measure of a man is the impact he has had on the world he left behind.” A loving host of family and friends, and community shaped by his presence is proof that Ray lived a life worth living. Raymond was born in Dawson, Georgia to Homer and Idella Thornton and was the youngest of eight children, growing up in a bustling household of five sisters and two brothers. After the passing of his mother, Raymond’s family moved to Jacksonville where he attended Stanton High School. It was there that he was able to showcase his natural athletic abilities. He gravitated toward football and immediately drew attention on the gridiron due to his uncanny skills as a quarterback. After

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The football players at Miami Central Rockets are still cheering Coach Roland Smith, since he was named Coach of the Year after transferring from Miami Northwestern former State Championship. The past season, Central went 14-1 and earned a top national ranking in several polls. The Rockers culminated the season with two victories over Bothell (Washington) in the Burger King Brown Championship Series. Smith earned the prestigious accolade this past week in recognition for leading the Rockets Football to its third consecutive state and fifth consecutive state final appearance. He joins former St. Thomas Aquinas coach as the only South Florida coaches to win the award. He’s the state’s third, along with longtime Jacksonville Bolaes coach Charles “Corky” Rogers.

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Members of the Board of Trustees of the Historic Hampton House Community Trust Inc. and the Advisory Board held its 12th annual Fundraiser and fourth annual Homegrown Achievers Awards Luncheon, which honored Miami’s own “Home Grown Success Achievers.”  Namely, they are the Honorable Milton D. Vickers, public administrator; Dr. Kathryne W. Latimore, O. D. of Optometry; and Derrick W. Smith, architect. Dr. Enid Pinkney thanked everyone for taking the time to share this historic moment of honoring Miami’s own successful stories.

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The wheel is turning so fast with rejuvenation of the Historic Hampton House Trust until membership is having a time keeping up with its speed. Just last Monday, the Hampton House demonstrated its love for the people that put out a spread consisting of baked chicken, potato salad, collard greens, string beans, pigeon peas and rice, cake and ice cream. The center was focused on those who had difficulty parking their vehicles in the spots reserved. Dr. Enid Pinkney split the men up and the males gave it up to the females. The males accepted the closeness and brought out the dessert to show appreciation.

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Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church, located at 2500 NW 50th St., formatted a design to cooperate and involve families into their days service. Minister Curtis Powell, senior pastor, headed the vision, beginning with his family members, his wife and children. Worship in praise were Elder Nathaniel Stephens, while greetings came from Elder Stephens with hostess Kim Fleurinard and their families. The occasion included Sister Clova Jabson, musical selection by Angie Pierre and prayer by Deacon Cosmore Lawrence. Children cooperated highly with one another with special attention guided by Kenisha Gage.

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John Pryor, a graduate of North Dade Jr. Sr. High School, got started in 1960 becoming involve is plays under the late Jim Randolph.  He attended FAMU and involved himself with numerous plays, and many more at a theatre started by him and two others. Moreover, he accepted a position with Miami-Dade Community College teaching drama and made a very successful career. Pryor began to succeed in dramatic and stared in many plays that made Jim Randolph very proud of his accomplishments along with Betty Tucker Ferguson a fellow student. Currently, he is directing “Mahalia”, a gospel musical by Tom Stolz and starring: Deana Rahming, Johnny Sanders, Framcone Ealey-Murphy, and featuring Elijah Gee, pianist in a theater close to home this month.

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Today we prepare. Tomorrow we achieve. Congratulations to the Social Club, Miami Executive Board. They include Mary A. Thomas, president; Nadine V. Baxter-Atkins, vice president; Sonya W. Gardner, recording; Veraq D. Purcell, treasurer; S.L. Ingraham, W. Doris Neal, Eileen M.Robinson, Cora Johnson and Veronica Rahming, past president.

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The Bethel Temple Community Development Corporation of South Florida began as the community service arms of Bethel Apostolic Temple. Incorporated in 2005, it exists to facilitate the social and economic empowerment of the South Florida community. Future plans include the development of a charter school service, a senior care service, senior housing and a community center. The mission of the Bethel Temple CDC

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It has been authorized by founder Dr. Enid C. Pinkney that the Historical Hampton House Trust declared the opening on Friday, April 10, at 2525 NW 27th Ave. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson The Honorable Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson. Reports were given by Dorothy Johnson; Dr. Pinkney; Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte: Hugo Velasquez, up-dating Project Status: Status of Operations/Program: Luncheon Report: and Construction Completion. Everyone waited until the auditing committee was voted upon: Ron Frazier, Ron Butler, Dr. Larry Capp, and Plans for Grand Opening to include Parking, Translation, Planning, Lease and guidance for the lease before the building is turned over to HHHCT, INC.

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Mary Ann Thomas, president, Ms. Baxter-Akman, Cora Johnson, Mary Dunn, club members, parents and young lady escorts all have been preparing for the Egelloc Civic and Social Club’s presentation of the 2015 Men of Tomorrow. The final rehearsal will be held at the Omega Psi Phi Center, April 23 and the presentation on Saturday, April 25, at Jungle Island at 12.

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Congratulations go out to the Dade Heritage Trust for presenting the community with its 17th Annual Luncheon event renamed for the late Leome S. Culmer, whose ingenious ideas created an exciting historical skit entitled Voices From The Grave. The voices were biographical sketches of persons buried in the Miami City Cemetery. The luncheon took place last Monday at Moore Park. A special salute goes out to Maud P. Newbold, writer and coordinator for the program.  

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One of the great meetings of the Hampton House Trust was held last Tuesday with Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson in her seat as chairperson. Others present were Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder; Edwin T. Demeritee, treasurer; Isabella Rosete, secretary; Hugo Velasquez, project manager; guests, K. Name, A. Butler and J. Johnson; Dr. Edward Robinson, vice president; Dr. Larry Capp, organizational

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Miami Norland stood tall among Blanche Ely, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal, and Lake Center. Norland became the first Miami-Dade County school to win four consecutive state titles as the Vikings won their sixth title in a decade with a 54-46 win over Gainsville in the Class 6A final. With their teams’ respective wins, Norland coach Lawton Williams, III and Blanche Ely Coach Melvin Randall each have six state titles during their illustrious careers.

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Bishop Herman Ezekial Dean could be known as a giant of all men, but to God he was the prince of peace and a strong lover of God. Dean’s large photo on the obituary looks magnificent. If Bishop Dean were a politician running for office or even the White House, he would win every time.

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The King of Clubs of greater Miami demonstrated served its true purpose recently when it helped the family of Jerry Miller bury their loved one. Dr. Astrid Mack, president emeritus of the King of Clubs, led the effort to put together a great memorial service. James Fayson opened the service singing “Great is Thou Faithfulness”. Later in the service, Fayson uplifted the mourners with “Someone Greater Than You”. As President Richard J. Strachan played the keyboard, Reverend Harvey Lockhart, Chaplain, spoke of Miller’s spirituality and as a Godly man who always pursued righteousness.

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While the county-owned Joseph Caleb building in Liberty City undergoes a $27.5 million renovation,Dr. Enid C. Pinkney’s Hampton House organization is settling into their new, but temporary home at The Martin Luther King Building, 2525 NW 62nd St. Also new are officers at of the Hampton House Board. They include Dr. Edward G. Robinson, Vice

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Gwen Cherry Bulls National Pop Warner Champions/Junior Pee-Wee Team joined the Board of Directors to entertain first lady Michelle Obama. She was given the red carpet treatment by County Commissioner and Chairman Jean Monestime, H. T. Smith, attorney, Elaine Black, Erica N. Wright, Jerry C. Sawyer, Bobby Johnson, manager, employees and others.

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The African Committee of Dade Heritage Trust will celebrate Black History month by sponsoring the 22nd annual Commemorative Service and Youth Talent on Parade and Essay Competition at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the City Cemetery, 1800 NE Second Ave. Honorees will include Christopher C. Scott, USA American Incorporator of the City of Miami, Leome Scavella Culmer (21 years) and Wilfred McKenzie. The outstanding talent will include Keya, Lausia, and Kaysia Curtis, Jaquan Cannon, Lonnie McCarty, Althea Sample, David Smith, Bradon Goins, Addnnas Jones and Destinee Romain.

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On Dec. 25, 2014 Mr. Roscoe Ross and Mrs. Annie Ross celebrated 50 years of marital bliss with their immediate family. The Reverend Dr. Jimmie L. Bryant performed the ceremony. Those in attendance included Lucille Hioks, Rose Harrell, Johnny Ross, Persheila Cammon, Nebraska Harrell, Michelle King-Kelly and Malcolm Kelly.

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The Historic Hampton House Community Trust Program/and Charlayne W. Thompkins, chairperson, continues to draw accolades from the community for the great job she has done on the advertisements and program on the free Handel’s Messiah and Jazz Masterpieces concert that was held during the holidays at the Church of Incarnation in Liberty City.

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The Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc. provided the community with a concert classic at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. The pews were filled with pews music lovers. The stars included guest artist Nicole Yarling, Jean Collahuazo, soprano soloist, Denise Anderson, alto soloist, Josef Spencer, tenor

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Residents and business owners were well represented at the Florida Department of Transportation’s State Road 7/US 441/NW 7th Avenue Corridor Study Public Workshop held last Thursday evening at the Joe Celestin Center in North Miami. Each workshop provides the community an opportunity to interact with the FDOT Corridor Team, give their feedback and share their priorities on proposed transportation improvements for the major thoroughfare. Representative Daphne Campbell, Judy Brown, Henry Michel,

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Big hats are off to the Church Of God of Prophesy Miami No. 1, Bishop Noward E. C. Dean, pastor, Dr. Edwin Demeritte , assistant chairperson, Sister Elaine Evans, assistant chairperson and Bishop Timothy F. Davis, state overseer. They put their minds together to honor Deacon R. Ferguson and Ms. “Bea” Hines at a beautifully designed banquet held at Tropical Gardens Park.

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Dominique Jackson, a sophomore at Bethune-Cookman University, is a member of the Marching Band Flag Corps. She is also great grand daughter of Helen Young, B-CU and a graduate of Miramar High School, class of 2013. Her grandparents are Donald and Gwen Jackson, loving aunt, Desiree Jackson.

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For many years, Tampa Bay housed the annual Florida Classic until it found its way to Orlando with the rivalry game being played every September, while the fans grew closer together as a family. Therefore, winning the game became an option, while 70,000 people changed their mode of interest to families having fun in the hotels, enjoying quality restaurants in the city, and great entertainment, all within walking distance of Disney World. Back at the game, fans anticipate the performance of the FAMU Marching Band and the BCU exciting band with 12 dancing diamond girls. Both bands compete against each other and the families make their choice at home or on the way back home. Interestingly, the fraternal groups are still setting up outside the Citrus Bowl, where Omega Psi Phi tailgate parties serve hunks of ribs, hamburger, hot dogs, and music to their liking.

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Congratulations to the Booker T. Washington Alumni Athlete Club for taking the time to select inductees for the 2014-15 year in basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, swimming track and field, and wresting. The hall of fame banquet and induction ceremony was held, Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Renaissance Ballroom Inc. Willie Warren, president, blessed the effort and included Edward Young, Kathryn Hepburn, Secretary, Lawrence Johnson, James Green, chaplain, and Richard Demerit, parliamentarian. Warren indicated we have come to recognize and honor former athletes for distinguished achievements highlighting their distinctive abilities. As we

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Men of Tomorrow candidates were honored by the ladies of Egelloc Civic and Social club incorporated. The Egelloc Civic and Social Club is proud to be an organization that sponsors an activity that identifies 11th grade young men in the Dade and Broward communities who are destined to become successful leaders for a generation to come. This year’s theme is “Today We Prepare . . . Tomorrow We Achieve.”

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Dr. Bradford and wife, Mabel, attended the 80th birthday celebration of John Due, an internationally known civil rights attorney. Bradford joined a group of 100 people, including Due’s daughter, Tananarive, and attorneys Jonneta and Lydia and family at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Tallahassee on October 25. Judge Leah Sims and Bob Sims, First Director of the Community Relations Board, FAMU College of Law Dean Leroy Pernell, Gadsden County Sheriff, Morris A. Young and many more.

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T. Willard Fair opened the 23rd Citizen Crime Watch, Miami-Dade Police Department Northside District by commending Annie Hicks Ross for more than 25 years of service with 14 groups as well as a reduction in crime. The celebration theme was “Celebrating Safe Street”.

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Dr. Frederica S. Wilson, founder 5000 Role Models of Excellence, has patterned her three officers in delivering the message: Regional Tie Tying Ceremonies scheduled as follows: MDCKC: Wed, Oct. 15, Coral Gables High; Oct. 22 Miami Carol City High; and The Hilton Hotel (downtown Omni) Oct. 30.

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Recently, an email went out to the Hampton House Board updating the importance of surveying the Hampton House Building. President Commissioner Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson zeroed in on the answer to who is the owner of the building. According to her response it belongs to the Hampton House Board until further clarification including the Dade County Board, in short. These who attended the builder’s surveys beamed with pride.

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We proudly announce that the 2014-15 Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship Fund have awarded $442,000 in scholarships to 11 applicants.  The 17-year partnership has allowed 399 master’s and doctoral business tuition awards to be granted to Blacks in South Florida from 12 different Florida universities.

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Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson took the time to thank special people, such as Dr. Theron A. Clark, 5000 Role Models of Excellence program director, Rick Holton, president, and Role Model Paul Wilson. The Alpha Gamma chapter of Eta Phi Beta was chartered by Julia Tynes in 1967 as the first president. The others over the years are: B. Bouleware, F. Gabriel Harris, E. Laster, M. Toney Maze, C. Royster, B. Jones, A. Taylor Wilson, B. Donald, V. Atlas, I Covey, D. Gray, M. Sutton Harris, P. Penn, J. Strong, R. Green, G. Hankerson, V. Hepburn, R. Boggins, M. Devone and Ted Shardgarner.

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The Cheeks family reunion orchestrated by Cotious and Connie Arnold, along with the host committee was held in Tampa July 17-20 with the theme “A Gathering of Generations: Remembering Our Past, Living Today, and Embracing Our Future.” Attendees enjoyed excursions, and sightseeing stops. Activities included a welcome and family fun night at the Double Tree Hotel, an evening at Rusty Pelican, family worship service and of course, lots of shopping. As always, the family reunion was a great time to create memories and have fun doing it.

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New Miami Northwestern Senior High School football coach Eddie “Rabbit” Brown feels the Bulls will see a marked improvement from last year’s 5-5 record and come out on the winning side this football season. As I observed Brown and his staff and the enthusiasm of the players, it reminded me of the 1946 Thanksgiving at the “Dust Bowl” when the Bulls defeated the BTW Tornados 2-0.

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Congratulations to Alice Day founder of the Sunshine Jazz Club, for presenting the fifth annual Hall of Fame inductees, along with Keith Valles, president, and  “The Real” Tracy Fields, WLRN FM 91.3 (Mon – Fri. at 7 p.m.). Valles had the honor of presenting inductees:  Pete Minger, trumpet/flugelhorn, Nestor Torres, flute, Jimmy Crawford, piano/vocals, Panama Francis, drums, Dave Nuby, (Francis started out playing the saxophone until the drummer failed to show and he kicked off with drums in 1968, ) and Paquito D’Rivera, Alto Saxophone.

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Jumbo’s restaurant closed its doors and according to Bobby Flam, owner, Ray Kovler, consultant, Greg Sparks, and Tisdale Rolle, manager they and may look for another locale. Flam’s family bought the diner in 1955.  He took over ownership from his father in 1967.  At that time, Jumbo’s was an all white establishment that only served Blacks from the kitchen.

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Congratulations go out to Christina Garcia and her mother, Tina, for planning her bridal soiree at Arcola Lakes Park, a few blocks from where she grew up around Miami Central High School. As guests walked into the building, the room had been transformed into the ‘feel’ of Miami with pictures on the walls of American Airlines, The Miami Heat; downtown Brickell Avenue; and The Fontainebleau. Each table was neatly decorated with green and yellow tall mugs of beach sand. Members of the bridal party led the guests to their seats as music played.

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Dennis Fruitt, director, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, was asked by Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder of the Historical Hampton House Trust, to conduct a workshop on “Strategic Planning for The Second Century. Fruitt was welcomed by HHHT Board including Pinkney, President, Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson along with many community leaders including: Edward Harris, Dr. Edward G. Robinson, Dr.

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Henry Mingo, a retired Omega Psi Phi Brother, stood on the platform last week to announce his niece wrote to him and informed him of her acceptance to all universities that she applied to such as Yale University, Brown, Princeton, John Hopkins, Washington, U. Of Virginia, Wesleyan, Spellman and Rutgers. She announced receiving acceptance from all of them, plus a full scholarship based on her high GPA. Uncle Mingo would like her to select Yale U and also follow in the steps of Barack Obama and become president of the United States. You will be posted as she challenges these obstacles.

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The wedding ceremony for Antonio A. Holley and Delores Green was held at Newport Beach Side Hotel & Resort, Sunday, May 25 on a makeshift arc decorated with sea items on the sand of Sunny Isles, while Jeffrey Townsley serenaded the crowd on his saxophone as the bridal party carefully eluded the sand as they walked from the hotel to the selected area.

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Congratulations are in order for John McMann, director of the Miami Central Marching Rockets for providing the community with its Annual Band Concert, last Tuesday, in the school’s auditorium before a capacity crowd of students, staff and parents. McMann took to the mic and informed the people waiting for the beginning to watch the first dance will be “The Pledge of Allegiance” through hip-hop music with dancers from Miami

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5000 Role Models of Excellence Project completed its 21st annual graduation and scholarship awards ceremony with a transaction program script exploring how the program is by the selected persons. It took place at the Historical St. Agnes Episcopal Church with father Denrick Rolle, Rector and Pastor 100 graduates, parents, other relatives and supporters. Dr. Richard Strachan will begin the musical

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Congratulations to Miami Northwestern scholar athlete, Jontavia Dykes, the first in family history to receive a full-ride athletic scholarship. She will be attending the University of Florida this fall. Jontavia is also a four-year participant of the Lady Bull volleyball team. Hard work and staying focused has not only earned Jontavia recognition for “Superintendent-Distinction of Honor”, but also a spot to graduate in the top 15 percent of her senior graduating class of 2014. Jontavia is the

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Former Judge Shirlyon J. McWhorter, B-CU ‘81 expressed her pride and humility to serve the 2013-14 as president of the Miami-Dade Alumni Association and also included the “Magic Of Motown” as the theme. She also recognized Patricia Garrett (Literary), M/M Charlie Davis (Community Service), Fedrick Ingram (Education), Mary Ann Carroll (Art), and Coach Brian Jenkins.

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Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert stood smiling as he observed the activities of the 4th Annual Miami Gardens pre-Easter egg at Rolling Oaks Park. As the crowd joined him, the DJs started pumping the CDs, while the workers assemble three bouncer houses, two fair fun games, two see saws, three swings, and tables filled with ribs, chicken, hot dogs, hamburger, string beans, potato salad and drinks. And then the vendors joined in setting up their tables.

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Congratulations go out to Roberta Daniels, president, Booker T. Washington Alumni Association for the ninth year of honoring outstanding alumni under the umbrella of “The Living Legends Awards,” last Saturday at the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel before over 300 people. The Honorees included: Delores D. Hills, Dr. Mary L. Hylor. Linda Rogers, Roberta Daniels, Reginald Burton, Dr. Herman Allen, Lames Leggett, James McCray, Nathaniel Ray, and Damas Petit. The criteria

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The Sigma Alpha Chapter’s Anniversary Journal demonstrates the most comprehensive, historical and retentive eras of snapshots of the community recorded. The men responsible for such an endeavor are: Bro. Anthony E. Simons III, Chairman, Bro Astrid Mack, Co-Chairman, Aldin L. Everette, Michael McCloud, Gerald Jones, Brandon

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PACT (People Acting for Community Together) held its Nehemian Action Assembly, March 31 at New Birth Baptist Church before a packed church of members featuring Notre Dame d’Haiti Youth Choir, Anointed Men of Prophecy, Rev. Dr. Joreatha Capers,

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The Booker T. Washington forum, sponsored by the King of Clubs of Greater Miami, continues Thu. April 17. The dynamic speaker will be Dr. Willie J. Wright, a former President of Florida Memorial University; a former Bethune-Cookman University Alumni National President; and local Basileus of the Pi Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Frat.

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Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson enjoyed an experience by having the opportunity to fly from Washington to Miami on Art Force, including a helicopter ride to Coral Reef High School last Friday. President Obama spoke on the importance of education in achieving the American Dream and expanding opportunities for the working class, while Congresswoman Wilson demonstrated the objectives of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project.

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Miami Northwestern Bulls did celebrated being named an A-School with a stellar parade. The substitute platform came Dr. Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Public Schools, congratulating and commending the school for reaching Level “A” after being tested with the FCAT. Joining him was Edward Harris from the office of Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. He read the Proclamation attesting the golden crown, while the contingents warmed up for the parade and Edmonson traveled to South Africa on a business trip.

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On February 20, The Miami Police Department presented its annual “Employee of the Year” award to Kathleen Day Thurston. The Award was presented to her by Assistant Chief Rodolfo L. Lanes, her former supervisor. She was selected for this award for all her outstanding service, hard work and dedication at the Miami Police

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Congratulations go out to Iota Phi Lambda, Inc. Gamma Alpha Phi Chapter and Officers Mary L. Dunn, Chairperson, Ronica Morgan, Chairperson, Gems and Gents, Joann Jones, Chairperson, Gems & Gents, Helen Reed, and Leann Smith. The Ritual for the Gems & Gents included dancing while the young people danced in and took a step when their names were called for recognition: Jakegila Bell, Shanyah Britt, Rayquann Brunner, Jaloria Burton, Da’Cia Cooper, Kyla Diek, Sten’yah Evans, Terrell Fice, Johnnisha Francois, Torrell Hill, Daniel Holmes, Jeremiah Johnson, Marcus Marshall, Elijah McBee, Monica Oliver, Ajani Parks, Juliah Virgil, and Jayvonte Waters.

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Congratulations go out to Rheta Boone Fye for the presentation of Office Black Affairs Annual Black History Program featuring Arcola Lakes Singing Angels, Little Willie, DJ, and a host of members from the Office of Black Affairs, while the Commissioners join the Angels singing “Enjoy Jesus” to the delight of the program. Some of the Angels included Gloria Pacely, President, Mary Simmons,

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The African-American Committee of Dade’s Heritage Trust and Lemon City Cemetery Corporation cordially invite you to the 21st Commemorative Service and parade, also, honoring the late William D. Bascomb, a City of Miami Incorporator, Icons Gwendolyn Welters and Juanita Jackson, and featuring an Essay Contest and Youth on Parade: Chrystin Rembert, Breanna Rolle, Brittane Rolle, Keya Curtis, Kaysia Curtic, Horatio Major, III, Adonnas Jones, Kequan J. Cannon, Lonnie McCartny.

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Roberta Daniels called my attention to the December issues that needed correction, based on the stats: it should have read not the first State, but the third State Championship in Class 4A. We apologize for the error. Since that time, Booker T. Washington won the National Championship and its band served as marshals in Dr.

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Dennis Fruitt, director, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, was asked by Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, Founder, Historical Hampton House Trust, to conduct a workshop on “Strategic Plan for The Second Century.” Fruitt was welcomed by HHHT Board including Pinkney, President, Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson, Edward Harris, from the 5000 Role Models of Excellence, Dr. Edward G. Robinon,

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A new revolution of swing drummers is joining forces to display percussion ability in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Orlando, Jacksonville and Miami. Heading and producing “Drum Shedd” is Wendy Swanson, a well-known recording producer and a member of Metropolitan AME Church, where she is the choir director and local producer under Vernon Miller, pastor, along with Lou

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Congresswomen Frederica S. Wilson was full of joy when she walked into the Rouge Lounge on North Miami Beach last Friday to enjoy an evening planned by the South Florida Hatters Club to raise funds for her campaign. It was a special night for Congresswoman as she reflected on the 5000 Role Models of Excellence and commended the staff for keeping the men in positive surroundings. The next event will be the Unity Breakfast, Jan. 20, 2014, at the Parrot Jungle. A big

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The Sigma Alpha Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. collaborated with Miami Gardens’ Police Department and distributed over a thousand turkeys to families in the Miami Gardens Community who signed up to receive “free”

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Congratulations to Sabrina D. Simpson, bride, and Leo C. Belton, Sr., groom, who were married Sun., Nov. 16. The service was officiated by Pastor Michael K. Bouie, at Mount Hermon A.M.E. in Miami Gardens. The afternoon began with the bride’s arrival in a stretch limousine while Dr. Edward Robinson serenaded guests with wedding songs. Sorors

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The United Teachers of Dade under the guidance of President Fedrick Ingram, recently saluted their Heroes of Veterans, Teachers and Stewards of the Year at the banquet room of Miami Dade College. Speakers were: Tom Gammon, Mike Madalena, Mark Cisneros, Alexis Pagola, Nori Pino, Terri Convey and Ingram.

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Miami-Dade County was well represented during homecoming at Albany State University in Albany, Ga., during the weekend of Oct. 17-20. Alumni, family and friends enjoyed themselves as they gathered and participated in four days of well planned activities. Many attendees enjoyed the evening All-Black Attire Affair.

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When Darrius Jamal Albury-Williams was born on Feb. 10, 1994, his parents, Miranda Y. Albury and Harry Belafonte Williams, rejoiced. According to grandfather and grandmother, Dr. Charlie and Leo Albury, he is protected by God and surrounded by good people.

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Those vivacious senior walkers at Arcola Lakes Park took to the road for a fun-filled day in Key West to observe the city and celebrate those born in the month of October. During the trip, coordinators Clint and Annie Harris delivered

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In mid-July, Carolyn Frazier, Minnie Cox Moore, Marilyn D. Randall and Juanita Matthews took a 12-night Scandinavia and Russian cruise along the Baltic Sea. The group flew from Atlanta to Amsterdam, where they boarded the Celebrity Constellation.

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Chatter That Matters: September 25, 2013

Last week, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the newly-elected president and former Judge Shirlyon McWhorter met at the Omega Activity Center with Bethune-Cookman-University Alumni to formulate operation plans for the Alumni Association of B-CU and the tailgate party.

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Chatter That Matters: September 18, 2013

Ms. Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson, chairman, and Dr. Enid C. Pinckney, president, invited Cumnmings-Grayson & Co. P.A. to the end-of-year audit report of the Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc. before board members, trustees, and volunteers.

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Chatter That Matters: August 28, 2013

Robin Benyard, activity coordinator, Charles Hadley Park, organized a field trip for taking one of her groups to see “ The Butler,” last weekend, at the theatre in Hialeah with a special showing especially for them.

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Chatter That Matters: August 14, 2013

Readers of The Miami Times are happy that Annie G. Sweeting is back with her column People which includes news about Miami pioneers, especially those who are members of The Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church. Sweeting learned from her father the late

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The late Tanya Martin Pekel left a wonderful legacy that should be recognized in the community. The daughter of Montez Martin and Marcia Martin Saunders, Tanya and her sister Terrie attended Morningside and Miami Shores Elementary. She was recognized last year at Miami Shores Elementary.