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Liberty City couple gets surprise of their lifetime

Off Lease Only and local radio personalities donate minivan

The Holloways will no longer need to take public transportation after they received the surprise of their lives. Off Lease Only, a used car dealership owned by Mark Fischer, donated a 2007 Ford Freestar minivan to Charles and his wife Beverly. The Liberty City couple were chosen because of their dire need and Charles’ extensive volunteer work in the community.

Florida Memorial University receives a $1.25 million grant

Endowment will help education for children with disabilities

Currently 2.4 million students are diagnosed with learning disabilities that affects their ability to speak, listen, think, read, write spell or compute. The number of school-age students identified with learning disabilities has seen a steady decline in the past 10 years, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Missing school matters

Chronic absenteeism has long-term consequences for students

As Miami-Dade County Public Schools are well into their second month of the school year, it is time to address the elephant in the room — attendance. Have any of your children missed a day yet? Is your child on track thus far? Statistics show that one of the most important factors in getting your child prepared for the next grade level is having them in the classroom everyday.

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Businesses to address underage drinking

National coalition organizes a ‘community walk’ on issue

Alcohol use is one of the most serious public health issues for young people in the U.S., according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. In order to reduce underage drinking it will require a community-based effort. The Urban Partnership Drug Free Community Coalition (UPDFCC) hosted a “community walk” to

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Black couple flies into the catering business

Home cook turns her passion into a paycheck

After just a year and a half after its inception, Granny B’z has made a big mark into the catering world in Miami. With a growing social media presence, owner Ray Jackson and his wife, Laquencia Lawson are well on their way to reaching their wildest dreams.

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Booker T. Washington Senior High introduces Education Effect

Students present STEM projects to White House advisor

Black students remain an underrepresented group in the astronomy profession. In an effort to increase interest among youth, Booker T. Washington Senior High’s 25-year-old planetarium received a major makeover thanks to the launch of the Education Effect, a university community school partnership between Florida International University (FIU) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Mini police station heading to Liberty Square

Police, leaders seek to deter crime in complex

City, county and congressional leaders are working together to end the rash of fatal gun violence in one Miami’s most notorious Black neighborhoods. During a scheduled meeting last Wednesday an unprecedented solution was approved. The answer: A police mini-station in Liberty Square housing complex most widely known as the ‘Pork and Beans projects’.

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AMIKids: Separating a troubled past from a bright future

An alternative education program for helping adjudicated youth achieve

Fret not! Don't let the metal detectors at the entrance fool you, once inside the youth of AMIkids will make you feel very warm and welcomed as they are taught to take pride in the introduction of themselves. Associate Marine Institute “AMIkids” Miami-Dade North is a nonprofit alternative education program that gives troubled youth second chances. Formerly the Dade Marine Institute (DMI), AMIkids is a unique approach to redirecting the lives of troubled 14 to 18-year-old boys and girls in a marine environment.

Untold stories of Black men

Aspiring chef Courtney Kerr shares his tale of trials

Days after the devastating news traveled around the nation that Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old male was gunned by Darren Wilson, a seven-year police officer, in a suburb of Ferguson, Mo., communities protested with riots to express their frustrations of countless Black men dying by the same hands that were meant to protect them.

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Dream Defenders march in ‘hands-up’ rally

Eight arrested at peaceful rally in Downtown Miami

“Hands up, Don’t shoot,” is the chant being heard around the globe following the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., and Israel “Reefa” Hernandez, an unarmed Hispanic male who was tasered to death by Miami Beach police officers and others around the country that occurred in the last month alone.

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