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Dr. Richard Strachan

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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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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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Back in the 50s Miami-born Archie Ayers started delivering mail for the U.S. Postal Service while Georgia Jones led the fight to preserve “Rail Road Shop” as home. Archie spent some time in World War II and graduated from Booker T. Washington. The evening of the wake brought a host of people, such as Congresswoman Carrie Meek wit her son Kendrick, Marcia Johnson Saunders, Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, Kenneth Fitzpatrick, Chairman, Alternate

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Icon Wilfred James (George) McKenzie, 89, retired surgical tech at the Miami Veteran’s Administrative Hospital, died June 3. His memorial service was held last Thursday at Range Funeral Home where his daughter, Lynette McKenzie, greeted those in attendance, such as friends, and neighbors. Those in attendance were: Martha Day, Nancy Dawkins, Fr. Garret, Church of the Incarnation, Dr. Fred and wife, Juanita, Dr. Enid C. Pinkney and husband, Frank, Dr. Edwin T. Demerrite, Charlange Thompkins, and Kenshawn, and more.

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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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Congratulations to Veronica Rahming, president, and Mary Ann Thomas, vice president, for taking the “Men of Tomorrow”, along with The Egelloc Civic and Social Club and elite members, last Saturday, at the Parrot Jungle Island. “The organization began with 55 11th graders and completed its journey with 15. One boy even escorted while on crutches.

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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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Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Gamma Alpha Chapter is a National Business and Professional Women’s Sorority that celebrates National Business and Month every April with a program, which recognizes Outstanding Business Women, Men as well as outstanding community leaders and organizations that have greatly contributed to our community. Scholarships will also be awarded to students at this program.

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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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Congratulations go out to Dr. Preston Marshall, Founder, as well as Rev. Norris Kelly, Chairman, and Denise M. Stewart, Co-Chairman for a job well done officiating the 50th annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. parade. The National Champion Booker T. Washington Football along with Armad Newbold and the BTW Marching Band served as Parade Marshals. Other dignitaries were Florida Highway Patrol, Rep. Cynthia Stafford, State Attorney’s Office, Katherine F. Rundle, Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, Senator Dwight Bullard, Newly

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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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James and Margie Fayson, socialites of the south, entertained some of their out-of-towners for a post-Christmas and New Year’s celebration. As the guests arrived, they were escorted to the pool patio for a game related to

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Dr. Enid Pinkney sat down with Charlayne Tompkins, executive secretary, and discussed projects such as the Annual Tennis Tournament, raising of funds through a grant, and the Annual Messiah concert, which took place Sun. Dec.15, at Bethany SDA Church. The program included “Undivided” an a cappella group consisting of Ruben Aponte, Melvinsky Ramirez, Israel

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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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Dr. Gloria Tuckfield thanks you for your invaluable support in promoting the access of eligible students to the Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Scholarship Fund’s (JTMGBSF) tuition

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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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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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Bethune-Cookman University Alumni Association hosted its 64th meeting last week in Tampa under the auspices of The Hillsborough County Chapter led by long time president Helen Young and Andra Diggs, current president. T

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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.