The Miami Foundation hosts 2nd annual Give Miami day
The Miami Foundation recently had their second-annual fundraiser initiative called Give Miami Day. This one-of-a-kind 24-hour online giving event is an opportunity for people in to build a better Miami by making a donation to a plethora of local nonprofit organizations. The Miami Foundation works with all kinds of donors and helps them make their
More jobs coming for hopeful residents of Little Haiti
After two years of back and forth discussions between the Miami Zoning appeals board and the advocates of the possible Midtown Wal-Mart, the City of Miami commission has given the OK to move forward.
Councilman David Williams supports innovative and educational project
Several years ago, the City of Miami Gardens hosted its first Science and Engineering Fair — this year tradition stands true. The third annual fair is set for December 9-10 and the City of Miami Gardens is urging students with an interest in science to come out.
PreMadonna, Sisters at Work join for good cause
With the recent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] benefits also known as food stamps being drastically, cut Thanksgiving may mean less food on the tables for some. Thankfully kindhearted local rapper and entrepreneur, Nakeitha Felder, more commonly known as Premadonna, wanted to bless low-income families with a turkey giveaway.
Larkin and Jones providing free meals for all
Millions of families around the nation gather every fourth Thursday of November to take part in a long standing traditional dinner that is formally known as Thanksgiving.
Initiative aims to create jobs and economic growth in Miami
Goldman Sachs and Miami Dade College [MDC] have announced a partnership that is expected to help small businesses in Miami flourish. The 10,000 Small Businesses program is aiming to create jobs and economic growth by providing small businesses with the tools and services needed to succeed.
Haitian-American thought-leaders look to improve the community
Last Saturday, the Haitian American Professionals Coalition [HAPC], Seven50 held an informative hands-on summit titled: “Haitian-American Summit: The Future In Focus.” More than 60 guests filled the North Miami High School auditorium to
volunteers lend a hand to deserving families
As we head into the holiday season, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida [NHSSF] is in the spirit of giving. Last Friday, NHSSF hosted a small beautification project in Miami’s Brownsville community.
FMU junior Keyandra Berry sets out to represent South Florida
Keyandra Berry, a junior at the historic Florida Memorial University [FMU] hailing from South Florida, is preparing to compete in the 2013-2014 Miss National United Negro College Fund [UNCF] Scholarship Pageant next February. Berry is majoring in music with a concentration in business and upon graduation she plans use her education with Teach for
‘UTD President’s Grant” awarded to thirteen teachers
For the first time ever, United Teachers of Dade [UTD] reached into their own pockets to grant 13 deserving Miami-Dade County Public School [M-DCPS] teachers with funds to advance creative classroom projects. Fedrick Ingram, president, received matching voluntary contributions from First Vice President Tom Gammon; and Secretary-Treasurer Karla
Major decline in relaxer cream; could natural hair wave be to blame?
Are the days of sitting in pain and waiting for your relaxer to “take” (the process of hair relaxing) becoming a thing of the past? Recent studies show that hair relaxer sales have declined 26 percent over the past five years. And while hair styling trends and product launches have always been
Recently, Miami Northwestern Senior High School [MNSH] was the recipient of a generous offer from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization [AFL-CIO].
Renovations begin after 55 years
Students and faculty of Miami Norland Senior High School [MNSH] have been walking the same hallways since 1958. Now, after a promise was made last year by Miami-Dade County Public Schools, a brand new school is on the horizon. On Nov. 6, 2012 county voters for approved an issuance of $1.2B General Obligation Bond [GOB] for dozens of Miami-Dade County Public Schools [M-DCPS] in need.
Winn-Dixie, Presidente, Price Choice and Publix explain price choices
Last week, our lead story compared the prices of six staple items at four local grocery stores. Surprisingly, the most shopped-at store by the Black community, Winn Dixie, had the highest prices. This week,
Beloved six-year-old winning the hearts of million with personality
Who would have thought that an overnight celebrity would come from a six-year-old just being himself? With his loving personality, TerRio Harshaw [also known as Lil’ TerRio] has captured the hearts of thousands around the nation. And his popularity has spread like wildfire after being recorded on his cousin Maleek’s Vine page dancing.
Local businesses team up for common cause
The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce [M-DCC], the Young Professionals Network [YPN], and Black Tech Miami [BTM] have teamed up get your technology game up to par. On Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Miami-Dade College North Campus, a free workshop will be instructed.
Many in the community are bracing themselves for the Nov. 1st Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] (formally known as the food stamp program) cuts. Recently, thousands gathered in Liberty City at the Joseph Caleb Center to discuss how they will survive.
Mervin Cox, a junior at Miami Palmetto Senior High, has been chosen to be the 5000 Role Models’ student of the month.
Black alumni association looks back on how far they’ve come
The University of Florida’s [UF] Association of Black alumni hosted its annual Black alumni weekend to celebrate the 50th year of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The theme for the celebration was “Gator Nation: Celebrating Dream Fulfilled”, according to their press release.
Over 250 students donate money to wear pink for a day
Over 250 students from Allapattah Middle School [AMS] recently decided to come together to make a stand for those battling breast cancer. They said that because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they wanted to show their support in finding a cure. So they hosted an event called “Pink Friday.”
Ten-year-old sells self-penned book for charity
Growing up most children would settle for doing chores around the house in order to earn an allowance. However, by the time he was eight, Keith “Amari” Jones had found more creative ways to put dollars in his piggy bank.
A unique university-community school partnership has recently invaded the campus of Miami Northwestern Senior High School [MNSH]. The Plant It Forward food production educational program, powered by One America and led by Points of Light, was a fun-filled event while discussing some of the more pressing community issues.
Midtown store will benefit Little Haiti shoppers
Last Wednesday, the Miami Zoning appeals board denied a group of activists’ appeal to stop a Walmart from being built in Midtown Miami. But according to the group’s leader, mortgage broker Grant Stern, they will continue to air their criticisms in efforts to slow down the construction of the store.
Degree finally being offered after 44-year-old program
Just as Sam Cooke belted out in his 1964 single, “A Change is Gonna Come,” — from the looks of things in Gainesville — indeed it has. Building on the 44 year-old program, the University of Florida [UF] now offers an African-American studies major.
Bunche Park reopens after months of sports inactivity
Teddy bears — intended to bring joy and love have instead taken on a whole new meaning in our urban communities. Many in our community know exactly what it means to see a bunch of teddy bears stacked on top of one another, accented with lit candles and t-shirts of those who we’ve lost — another death.
Dress for Success and Wal-Mart team up for single moms
Wal-Mart serves as a mecca for all things needed for home, work or play. But what many may not know is that Wal-Mart is also the source for one single mother of six getting off the streets. Once homeless with no job and no family to turn to, LaTonya Bell was blessed with an unforgettable experience.
Florida governor remains undecided
The back and forth debates of how the national Common Core standards should be established are still going strong. From aggressive tea party groups to conservative moms, people are speaking out about a bill that could halt Florida’s involvement in the Common Core standards.
Gina Delice off and running with Miami Mini Riders
Some people may be born with a silver spoon in their mouths but that clearly was not the case for 52-year-old, Overtown native, Gina Delice. And while she says she always had a passion for helping others, she could not have imagined the places where God would take her.
Eliminating the barriers associated with parenting children at an early age
Nearly half of non-hispanic Black teen girls become pregnant at least once before age 20— nearly twice the national average according to The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. And the founder and CEO of Londyn’s Closet, Inc., Veronica T. Curry, has made it her mission to touch the lives of young, single moms in Miami-Dade County so that they can lead successful lives no matter what their circumstances.
Owner Juanita Walker refuses to let robberies stop their mission
Every child is unique in their own right and Juanita Walker, owner/CEO of Sheyes of Miami Learning Centers, say she is determined to improve every child’s self-esteem and confidence through positive feedback and rewards. Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more challenging to keep her doors open — because of culprits in her own community.
Photo company given to another man with a dream to succeed
For one 39-year-old Miami native, ending up in the wrong places at the right time may have led him to inevitably running an iconic community business.
Miamian recaptures his life's dream of entrepreneurship
Chef Aaron Larkin is no stranger to the kitchen. It all began when he was 12 years young, shadowing his grandmother in her kitchen. Once he turned 14 his uncle opened up a business called “Slicks BBQ” which is where he helped out and did “a lot of prep work”
Miami native Sheldon T. Anderson brings impressive credentials
Banker Sheldon T. Anderson has been elected to the board of directors of Bioheart, Inc. — a company committed to leading the country within the cardiovascular sector of the cell technology industry. Mike Tomas, CEO of Bioheart, Inc.,
County's action committee continues focus on challenges of small businesses
Last Friday, the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust’s [MDEAT] Economic Development Action Committee hosted their 2013 MDEAT Economic Development Summit. More than 100 people attended the event that addressed economic growth and development in Targeted Urban Areas (TUAs).
Miami Film Life Center invites community to be ‘in the know’
All good things come to an end. Miami Film Life Center [MFLC] will be concluding their month-long community events with an informative workshop on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
Chartwells employees making just below $10,000 per year
Last spring, Chartwells employees fought to have a union and ultimately were granted that request. Now months later, cafeteria workers at the Hecht Dining Hall are facing a new battle. For the last several months, University of Miami [UM] food service employees under the company Chartwells Dining Services have been in negotiation surrounding two issues: money and affordable health insurance.
Miami-based entrepreneur hopes to get her products on shelves across U.S.
Now-a-days, Black women have adopted a bad rep. Known to other races as being “angry” and “hard-to-deal-with” over the years because of their own personal battles. One South Florida woman has made it her mission to strengthen the bond shared among “girlfriends” worldwide and reverse this reputation.
Data indicates that many are ill-prepared to enter college
In the eyes of your child’s teacher, your child may be ready for college and all that comes with it, but according to the ACT yearly report only 5 percent of Black students are. In fact the report shows that one-third of this year’s high school graduates who took the ACT test are not prepared for college-level writing, biology, algebra or social science classes.
Joint venture would bring rentals and hospitality with amenities
Great things are brewing in the historically-black Overtown neighborhood and it may well equate to more jobs and greater amenities for those who live in the community. South Florida-based developers Donahue Peebles and Barron Channer recently won a bid to build a jazz and blues-inspired multi-use district on vacant land located south of The Lyric Theater. According to the two developers, the project will cost around $250M to complete.