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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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The popular saying “Where does the time go, rings true as we recognize that this month is almost gone, and well, February is waiting to make its entrance. Every day is a blessing with hours to fill. On Sunday, State Senator (District 39) Dwight Bullard made a brief, informative presentation to members of the Dade County Chapter, The Links, Inc. at their monthly meeting. The meeting was held on the UM campus in the Hurricane Room/Bank Atlantic Center. All Links in the state are preparing for Florida  Links Day at the Capitol in March. Bullard, who chairs the Miami-Dade Democratic Party is also Chairman, Florida Legislative Black Caucus, and he spoke about the Black Caucus agenda. Knowledge is power for the people as we collectively join and lend our voices.

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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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Octavia Elizabeth Noble shed several tears as she walked across the stage at the Al Lawson Center at Florida A & M University (FAMU). During the school’s recent commencement ceremony, Noble graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. Cheers came from her entourage, which included her grandmother, aunts, cousins and sisters. Noble will continue to work on her M.S. degree at FAMU. Noble thanked her grandmother, Jean Perry for her family upbringing while a student at Booker T. Washington High School, where she graduated with honors. After receiving her degree, she proudly recited the BTW motto: “It’s not the biggest, but the best.” There may be a huge party from the family, so stay tuned to “Chatter” and save your gifts just in case more festivities are held.

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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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