Retrial serves justice to family of shot-down teen: In October, a white man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing Jordan Davis, an unarmed, Black teenager, at a Jacksonville, Fla. gas station. Michael Dunn, 47, was previously convicted for shooting at three of Davis’ friends who lived. But Dunn was not convicted for the fatally shooting Davis after a jury deadlocked. Some critics said the jury’s decision was an ironic injustice that failed to punish Dunn for the actual death
The Miami Times recommends tunes for the holiday season
For decades, artists have headlined Christmas with songs about Black life, holiday traditions, lovers and dreams. Whether it's the 1970's "The Temptations Christmas Card" or saxophonist Kenny G's "Miracles: The Holiday Album," these records don't get played until this special time of year. After I received your input, listen to songs for hours and newsroom discussions, I put together this list. The list includes versions in head-to-head battles. Take a look, cut it out and pin it to the fridge. It is THE list of Black Christmas. Then let The Miami Times know your thoughts.
DANIA BEACH — Apollo Brown Sr. said this is a year he will never forget. One day after the driver who allegedly killed his son was arrested, Brown expressed his gratitude in a brief, but emotional interview with The Miami Times. “It was a burden that was lifted off my back, knowing that he won’t be out there on the streets,” he said.
Access to food disparate health issue
HALLANDALE BEACH — A group of senior citizens shuffled their carts to let other shoppers through aisles at a Winn-Dixie in Hallandale Beach. Several of the elderly women had diet-related diseases like hypertension and diabetes, but they were not visiting the pharmacy for prescription pickups. They were on a grocery store tour. Marguerite Bryant, 70, listens from her mobile grocery cart. She has diabetes and thus must watch her sugar intake.
With new laws and new members to come
A Miami-Dade County committee responsible for giving youth a second chance is growing in size. The Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) will expand its Youth Action Committee (YAC) from nine to 11 members after pulling from a pool of applicants. It’s the first time since the organization was established in 2009 that MDEAT has accepted applications for the committee. The YAC applications, which were due Dec. 8, represent one of several changes to the agency spawning from recently updated bylaws.
Miami-Dade County just learned it lost a front-runner for Miami’s Blacks who worked to bridge the gaps in understanding between integrating communities. Robert “Bob” Simms died in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Dec. 16. He was 87. Born in Alabama in 1927, Simms moved to Miami in 1953 for a job at George Washington Carver schools. It was there that he met Clyde Stephens Sr. The two instantly hit it off, becoming fishing buddies who planned trips for decades, even after being separated by the integration of schools in the early ‘60s.
Feds ban Terence Pinder from participating in U.S. contracts
The scrutiny of Opa-locka’s newly elected officials continues, this time from the U.S. government regarding returning commissioner Terence Pinder. On Nov. 5, one day after Pinder was elected an Opa-locka commissioner, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) swiftly debarred him from participating in federal contracts. The government sanction comes after Pinder in February accepted a plea deal on four counts of conflict of interest. The commissioner is currently serving two year's probation.
A thunder of voices resounded as protesters, like a dark cloud, shadowed the sunny Coral Gables campus at the University of Miami (UM). Michael Brown. Oscar Grant. Eric Garner. Joe Ferrell. Sean Bell. Rekia Boyd. John Crawford. Ezell Ford. Amadou Diallo. These were the names students blared over a megaphone -- names of unarmed Black people who were killed by police officers.
The failed indictments of police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown have unleashed ideas that the Jim Crow era of racism is still disguised in U.S. society. Recent images of hostility displayed toward mourning protesters in Ferguson, Mo. rehashed parallels to violent police tactics during the civil rights movement. Those images ripped the Band-Aid off a sore that festered openly after a white police officer killed unarmed Brown. And while many police publicly defend the actions of cops, Black people across the country are angered by what many view as aggressive mistreatment.
Final urban poetry night is Dec. 10
Whether it was strong, punchy verbs popping over a microphone or smooth, sultry adjectives sending out stories of passion into the room, the Bohemia Room was the place for poets and listeners alike. Miami has become a notable city for visual arts, which is never more apparent than the bustling celebration during Art Basel. But while one art scene flourishes, a smaller form of creative expression that nestled a home in downtown Miami is giving the city its final kiss goodbye.