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In this week’s edition of Chatter, the music world mourns an icon. This past Thursday we lost Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson). He was 57 years young. The legend was found unconscious in an elevator at his Paisley Park Compound. CPR was performed but unsuccessful and he was later pronounced dead. News of his death spread quickly and everyone that was a fan began to post their condolences on all of the social media outlets to the late singer. We have lost another one of

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Introducing the 2016 King of Clubs Scholarship recipients in Chatter this week. Three young men received the Dr. T.S. Greer Memorial Scholarship: Richenet Lafluer - Miami Edison Senior. Besides participating in varsity sports, he is a member of College Summit, 5000 Role Models, National Honor Society, Take Stock in Children, and the President of Brothers Reaching Out and Sisters Influencing Sisters. His community service includes volunteering with the Urban Alliance, mentoring elementary students at the Dolphin All-Star Academy, and also with his church

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The Historic Hampton House Trust will have “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali make an appearance in the coming days. It will be a trip back down memory lane bringing “The Champ” back to the place he visited decades ago. The visit will be a trip to remember. There will also be two bands performing on Saturday and Sunday. Come on out and enjoy a night of music and entertainment. We look forward to seeing you there. The Historic Hampton House Trust has put together a request for proposals for food and beverage service/café. All proposals must be sealed and will be received by the Historic Hampton House Trust. They will be accepting proposals from qualified vendors for the operation of a limited food and beverage service café at the Historic Hampton House. Proposals should be delivered in a sealed envelope, plainly marked: “HHH Café RFP” and mailed to 4200 NW 27th Ave. Miami, FL 33142. This will be a small scale food service operation in the main lobby of the Historic Hampton House, which has undergone a major phased renovation. The vendor

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Gama Alpha Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. sponsored their annual Black History Program on Saturday, February 27th at the Historic Hampton House. The event was held in the multipurpose room and the decorations were beautiful. The walls were adorned with historical pictures of historical greats who stayed at the Hampton House during segregation. Each table was created and decorated by Angela Jones. Mary Dunn introduced the emcee, O. Leanne Smith. The invocation was given by Angela Jones, followed by the singing of the Negro National Anthem, while Dr. Ivis Richardson played the piano. Hattie Burnett gave the welcome address and Snojia Reese introduced the

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It took the staff a while but we were taken to an area with closed streets, parking was limited and participants found danger in the enclosed section. Finally, the City of Miami Dade workers saw the dilemma and rushed to the closed area for comfort and proper direction, especially Dr. Richard J. Strachan who carried instruments for the youth to perform on the makeshift stage. Meanwhile, Dr. Enid C. Pinkney used her early arrival time to match her trophies with the names aligned in her area.

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The Hampton House held its monthly board meeting on Feb. 16. Led by Founder and CEO Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, the meeting objectives included: roles and responsibilities of the board; overview of Hampton House board members, election of secretary and treasurer; approval of budget proposal; discussion of committee structure; treasurer report and complete budget. Dorothy Johnson, chair, called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. followed by prayer. Those in attendance were: Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder, Richard J. Strachan, Vice President, Ronald Frazier, Treasurer, Isabella Rosete, Secretary, Cecilia Stewart, Juanita Johnson, Member, Ruby Rayford, Member, Dr. Edward G. Robinson, Vice President, Emma Martin, Nominee, Dr. Larry Clapp, and Nykeah Cohen.

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Chatter That Matters is perusing people, from King Of Clubs of Greater Miami; Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, African American and Dade Heritage, as well as The Hampton House Historic Club of Brownsville. This column touched bases with the writing of Lori M. Strachan,who is following with her father Richard Strachan, whose style is unique and full of surprises. Furthermore, her uniqueness will allow the readers to want more each week. Ron Butler, newly elected President of King of Clubs of Greater Miami, and who, at the age of 41, has shown administrative skills as Principal of Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High, will be assisted by Dr. Astrid Mack, corresponding recorder whose job will be to train him as a protégé in King of Clubs.

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My column allowed me to absorb an eight-day revival with pastors coming to Greater St. James MBC. The Installation service and guests over-filled the new church with a Pastor-Elect at 4875 NW Second Avenue in Miami. Congratulations go out to Rev. Devin D. Brown, Pastor-Elect, on becoming the right person. “Tend the Flock of God that is in your charge, and you will win the crown of glory that never fades away” (1 Peter 5:2), and the 2015 with Deacon Jerome Cooper, Chairman, Sister Roberta C. Daniels, Sister Mary Dottie, Deacon Willie Mosley, Sister Eloise Washington and Deacon Terry Jones. Dr. Brown is a native of Jacksonville after completing his primary and secondary education within Duval County P.S. He later enrolled in Edward Waters and earned his Bachelors degree and Master of Divinity. He is proud of his accomplishments of organizing senior and weekly bible classes, along with the founding of Ministry in Action with an emphasis placed on crime in Liberty City. The Faith Church gave him the courage to become a case manager at Mt. Tabor MBC, director at Ebenezer UMC and Greater St. James.

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From the desk of Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder of the Historic Hampton House Community Trust, we will continue what has to be done to prepare for the information badly needed for a successful kitchen. We will strive through our historical values and through the arts to create and welcome the arts and culture into their lives. Hampton House activities and services will appear to a cross-section of families without regard for race, educational or economic background. We will focus on Southeast Florida residents seeking to expand their knowledge about the history and contribution of African Americans and other cultures to development of the South Florida community. Through visual performing arts, through historical displays and authentic experience, we will serve a segment of the South Florida Market, primarily Miami-Dade County and reach the entire Southeast Florida region.

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A unique story about an exhibit Club Room rental agreement at 2800 NW 43 Terrace along with a form making the program for usage under HHH-Hampton. Historical House name, address, organizational and signatures. For those who can handle the opportunity between 9AM and 8PM. A security must be cleaned a deposit charged to all groups and be returned and found in good condition. Claims against the HHH for thefts or damage will be responsible for damages not precluding the rental. Ironically, Ron Frazier charged his batters when the opportunity presented itself when he put all of his eggs in a basket and landed visitation of the internationally known Temptations to the Historic Hampton House they were in South Florida leading the Dr. Martin L. King parade for their fans for a short stay. Going on that same time was the King of Clubs of Greater Miami Black & White Gala in the same area at the Parrot Jungle at Deep Tree Ballroom.

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Introduction of founder Dr. Enid C. Pinkney whose position is to cultivate The Historic Hampton House for the new jewel of Black Miami as a world class culture center . What is envisioned as the Historical Hampton House’s primary purpose will be to showcase talent, ideas, values and artifacts from the Black experience in Miami. The need for such a facility is timely, in todays’ increasing connected space with the world community. African Americans in Miami need to share a common space with the world community just as Blacks and hopelessness, wealth disparities, injustice and many more issues. The Historical Hampton House is intended to provide a safe space for those who wish to learn more about Black Miami’s History, and to reflect on the meanings we shared around becoming and personal growth in the twenty first century.

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The article: killing in the project” has brought back memories of how the project was back in my day around the 1928 year. I remember crying at birth in a shot gun house, while my mother tried to close my big mouth before my daddy slapped me side my big head. I notice looking around for my brother who was running in and out of our three bed room house trying to catch the baseball. Then the house became noisy while I tried to swallow the fish and rice given to me. This went on for a few years and our mother told us to pack get on a truck which was backing up to the vacant house. We could not talk just look around and tried to get some information where were going. Finally, I noticed a sign that read Ft. Lauderdale. It was shocking for us to move from a three bedroom house to a smaller house. Yet, we absorbed the change in silence waiting for the next move, which was registering for Dillard High School.

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The new pastor-elect Devin D. Brown, came prepared with his ex- copy of his outline for the day by having ushers to pass out cards to sign up for membership. Prayers for the beginning of the service follow his outline for the service, which will move in the proper statue of Pastor Devin Brown. “Joy to the World” was sung by the congregation that led on while Deacons Jones, Mosley, and others join on as the Pastor read Luke 2-4 went up from the town of Nazareth to Judea and line of David. “He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him. The three wise men came to Nazareth bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They were for there for the baby who would be born. When the baby was born she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no room available in the inn. Dr. Brown picked up “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over there their flocks at night.” An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But, the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”

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Miami- Dade County came alive on Dec. 5 for the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce’s 10th Annual Holiday Gala, sponsored at Watson Island in the Banquet room. Heading the entourage were: Calvin Hughes, anchor at WPLG Local 10, followed by G. Eric Knowles, president and CEO of the Chamber. I bumped into Reverend Dr. Carl Johnson of the 93rd St. Community Baptist Church, with dinner being served and entertainment by jazz artist, Carole Ann Taylor.

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It was Friday night and if you are a lover of Old School Rap, Booty/Bass and R&B Music, you made your way to the Bank United Center on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables for the Legends of Old School concert. The crowd was full of ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and a few sprinkles of babies from the early ‘90s.

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It was a breezy and calm evening on the rooftop of the City Hall building in beautiful Miami Gardens. Spectators and connoisseurs alike gathered for the inaugural 2015 Miami Gardens Wine & Food Experience presented by Councilwoman Lisa Davis. The night started promptly at 6 pm with a happy hour and welcome cocktail by the South Florida Fire Fighters which featured Tito’s handmade vodka titled “Tito’s on Fire” and Cigar Lounge presented by Figaro Cigars and Signature Cigar Bar & Lounge for those who indulge. During the reception on the ones and twos was DJ Griot from 99JAMZ playing the best in R&B setting the mood for those in attendance. DJ Griot was accompanied by Jill Tracey from HOT105 who served as the illustrious host for the evening. There was something for everyone, from the sultry sounds of Harpist Mariea Antoinette, to smooth sounds of Jazz artist James Dawkins and we couldn’t forget our poetry lovers, the Viking Freedom Writers gave a special poetry performance.

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At a recent meeting of the retired brothers of Sigma Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, first on the list for accommodation was Stanley Allen and his wife, Sarah, who along with wives and friends of brothers, came to the meeting. Included were: James and Barbara Anders, Earl and Alice Daniels; Stacey and Mary Jones; Garth Reeves, Barbara Johnson; and Theodore and Kitty Blue. The men gathered in the lounge and the women assembled in the auditorium. The men stayed in the lounge to graciously brought breakfast which consisted of turkey, bacon, eggs, sausage, fish, orange juice and lemonade. While the men met the ladies had a good time socializing with each. President Baljean Smith announced plans regarding , the annual Christmas Luncheon and asked Stacey to open by informing the brothers the area may be found easily, but getting there may be difficult. Stacey eliminated procedure and the brothers continued to look for holes in merging on time at the Country Club. The Hillcrest Golf & Country Club is located at 4600 Hillcrest Drive in West Hollywood. Activities will include live music, DJ, caroling singing by the Men’s Choir, gifts from the men to the ladies on Thursday, December 17, 2015, starting at 11am. Wear Christmas outfits and receive the best lunch you will find in any Country Club. For more information Call Stan Allen at 954-205-7783. Other Brothers in attendance were Willie Branton, Oscar Jessie, Astrid Mack, Anthony Simons II, Richard J. Strachan, John Williams, Henry Mingo, Richard Mitchell, Audley Salahud Din and Johnnie Stepherson.

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People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality Inc. has been the driving force in teaching the youth their philosophy to success. The success of P.U.L.S.E. and members of the organization rest on five people who received awards for their contributions: Lydia Neasman for Community Leadership; Daphne Campbell for Political Empowerment; William Dozier for Outstanding Leadership; Gamrel Fleueantim for Youth Leadership; and Reverend Jeffrey Mack for Religious Leadership. According to Mr. Nathaniel Wilcox, Executive Director, the youth have grown remarkably in every task that confronted them, plus more. As a matter of fact, they have energy to burn. Furthermore, the entire group seeks a high altitude by maximizing unlimited complexity. They sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with much coordination and harmony. A special “thank you” goes out to the P.U.L.S.E. Executive Director, members of this church, the families of the Second Canaan M.B.C. and Reverend Olden Reese, Senior Pastor/Overseer, for taking and using the community for standing up and standing with the parents of this church. Please take our objective with you and may GOD bless you and keep it high.”

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Congratulations go out to the Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend David D. Brown, Pastor Elect: “The Lord is my Shepherd: I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul. Both my wife and I bring Greetings in the name Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” A manifestation of the power of the Lord shall regenerate those hard working members that have shown them their continued dedication. Some of those members are Superintendent/Deacon Jerome Cooper; Deacon Dr. James Green; Deacon John Davie; Deacon Willie Mosley; Deaconess Fannie Mosley; Deacon Terry Jones; and the other members attending service two times a week. The 50-voice choir is led by Roberta Daniels, who was the only one left, along with two singers and two ladies, plus Maria Brioomfield at the Annual Sunday School Teacher on Unity Day. Those members left behind have never missed a day from church. While the members follow the agenda, I played every song in the book. I started by playing out of a second primary music book and learned to play from the musical sheets in the hymn book.

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Happy birthday to Ms. Eleanor Reddish. She celebrated her big day with family at the Golden Corral restaurant in Pembroke Pines. There to wish her well were, her brother, Todd Elbert, sons Arthur “AB” Barber, Robert Reddish and his wife Vernisha, daughter Mercedes, grandchildren and a host of family and friends. There was a moving tribute to her twin sister, Eleanora R. Davis, a.k.a. Bolly, who passed away in May. Red balloons were released into the night air to symbolize how much she is missed by all.

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Congratulations to Robert and Vernisha Reddish, who were married in a lavish ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Coral Gables Country Club, which was beautifully decorated with cream and gold, the colors of the wedding. The ceremony took place in a glass encased room just as the sun was setting in the west. Ushering in the bride were the mother of the groom and mother of the bride, followed by the wedding party, which included the groom’s brother Arthur “AB” Barber, the bride’s sister, Shanese and Robert Reddish (the groom’s daughter and son). Best man, Todd Elbert, stood watching while Robert was all smiles as the bride was escorted in by her brother. Vernisha wowed the guests as she made her way through the pool area, entering the room where she would take her vows to becoming Mrs. Reddish, wearing a jeweled headdress, teardrop earrings and a matching necklace to compliment her beautiful strapless gown adorned with jewels.

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Tears streamed from the eyes of Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson, HHHCS member, as she reported her dire need for the organization and she screamed of wanting to move ahead, rather than going down. Her emotion touched President Edith C. Pinkney. Other officers joined in and expressed their positive opinions to accept the motion, to forget the past and to move forward with the organization raising the funds themselves and not jump the ship but believe in the man above. Therefore, the motion concluded to accept the motion unanimously and to go for broke and let the chips fall where they may. The atmosphere changed while the volunteers planned the objectives: Moving the desks in the two rooms; purchasing necessary tables and chairs; equipment from paid expense; hire The Psi Phi Band for 6 months as a slow start and to evaluate this band to determine how it fits in to what is expected.

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Hats off to those who are members of Catholic churches, especially Daphne Johnson, Lona B. Mathis and thousands of you, including Robin Mathis. The Historic Hampton House Trust Inc. is moving closer to the full opening of the once bright lights, dance music, featuring the Psi Phis Memories of Jazz. The band will perform starting at 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Remember, the Café will stay open until the event ends. Proposals shall be prepared at the bidder’s expense and become the Trust record and therefore a public record. The services that are submitted shall equal or exceed the specifications outlined in the guide where this statement is recorded in the REF.

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Sylvia Williams-Garner celebrated her 70th birthday with a party with friends and a family reunion September 17th at Emerald Lake Estates featuring the Bahamas Junkanoo; Sept. 18th at the Pompano Beach Marriott Hotel and Sept. 19th beach day picnic - Pompano Beach Public Park. This was the most fantastic gathering I had ever attended. She chose the site and location because of the many family from Washington, DC, Maryland, New York, Orlando, West Palm Beach, FL, local family and friends and people she has grown to love in Miami, FL. according to emcee LaShon Lennon Toyer. At 4 p.m. the Psi Ohi Band started the music for the party as everyone awaited honoree presentation and her three children, Jimmie, Jr, Mitzi and Jamal Williams in the ballroom. The DJ played in the background while the tables filled up promptly with family and friends. She was escorted by her youngest grandson, Sylvester Sanders. Those coming in were Dr. and Mrs. James Bridges, Miami Northwestern Sr. High School classmates of 6t5, Real Estate Agents, Sorority Sisters, Lodge members, Alf Administrators, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church MOVERS org. and members.

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We have a correction from last month’s issue of Chatter That Matters. We mentioned that Kathryne Wyche Latimore graduated from Bethune Cookman University when we should’ve said that she graduated from Florida A&M University. We apologize for this error.

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The Family Foundation Inc. continues to keep members of the community standing on nails as they continue to educate and raise awareness in the community about HIV/AIDS. President and Founder Reverend Darryl K. Baxter held the 25th Annual AIDS Benefit & Awards Banquet on Aug. 29 at the exclusive Airport Marriott Hotel in Miami. The souvenir booklet pages were packed with accolades from very important persons such as

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Sixty years of BULLS PRIDE turned out to march down the aisle in blue and gold colors.

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Dr. Enid C. Pinkney recently took a trip to Nassau, Bahamas as a part of cousin Alvin’s marriage to Gloria Clark in the New Covenant Baptist Church. More than 300 guests supported the wedding. Dr. Pinkney stole the show, dancing to the Electric Slide. She and Frank went a few rounds with their homemade steps. When the bridal party returned, the Soul Food was waiting, including lobster, shrimps, grouper and potato salad. The bride and groom danced to “I Love You Truly” and did a two-step waltz, while protecting the bride’s trailing

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It is very sad that this has happened to such a great man as former Director Robert “Bobby” Parker. Parker worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of residents in our county for more than 30 years and made history by becoming the first African-American director of that police department. Parker, widely known as “Bobby,” modestly downplayed his history-making rise within the department after he replaced Carlos Alvarez, who had resigned from the post to run for Miami-Dade Mayor.

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Coaxum Enterprises Inc. saluted the Hampton Historic House by donating more than $10,000. Coaxum is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. Coaxum Enterprises Inc. (CEI) was founded in 2002 by Henry L. Coaxum as the management arm for his three McDonald’s franchises. CEI has grown in both scope and depth and now operates seven McDonald’s restaurants located throughout the city of New Orleans.

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We thank the concert planning committee under the leadership of Mrs. Charlayne W. Thompkins for the time and effort devoted for the Miami Community Mass Choir We thank our sponsors, Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, the Chancel Choir of the Church of the Open Door, United Church of Christ, Gershwin Blyden, M.D., Douglas Seeber, Landmark Corporation, Link Construction Co., and Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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Raymond “Ray” Thornton, Sr. (April 15, 1928- June 2, 2015) was eulogized on Friday June 12, at 10 in the morning from Mt. Herman A.M.E Church, Miami Gardens. “The true measure of a man is the impact he has had on the world he left behind.” A loving host of family and friends, and community shaped by his presence is proof that Ray lived a life worth living. Raymond was born in Dawson, Georgia to Homer and Idella Thornton and was the youngest of eight children, growing up in a bustling household of five sisters and two brothers. After the passing of his mother, Raymond’s family moved to Jacksonville where he attended Stanton High School. It was there that he was able to showcase his natural athletic abilities. He gravitated toward football and immediately drew attention on the gridiron due to his uncanny skills as a quarterback. After

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The football players at Miami Central Rockets are still cheering Coach Roland Smith, since he was named Coach of the Year after transferring from Miami Northwestern former State Championship. The past season, Central went 14-1 and earned a top national ranking in several polls. The Rockers culminated the season with two victories over Bothell (Washington) in the Burger King Brown Championship Series. Smith earned the prestigious accolade this past week in recognition for leading the Rockets Football to its third consecutive state and fifth consecutive state final appearance. He joins former St. Thomas Aquinas coach as the only South Florida coaches to win the award. He’s the state’s third, along with longtime Jacksonville Bolaes coach Charles “Corky” Rogers.

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Members of the Board of Trustees of the Historic Hampton House Community Trust Inc. and the Advisory Board held its 12th annual Fundraiser and fourth annual Homegrown Achievers Awards Luncheon, which honored Miami’s own “Home Grown Success Achievers.”  Namely, they are the Honorable Milton D. Vickers, public administrator; Dr. Kathryne W. Latimore, O. D. of Optometry; and Derrick W. Smith, architect. Dr. Enid Pinkney thanked everyone for taking the time to share this historic moment of honoring Miami’s own successful stories.

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The wheel is turning so fast with rejuvenation of the Historic Hampton House Trust until membership is having a time keeping up with its speed. Just last Monday, the Hampton House demonstrated its love for the people that put out a spread consisting of baked chicken, potato salad, collard greens, string beans, pigeon peas and rice, cake and ice cream. The center was focused on those who had difficulty parking their vehicles in the spots reserved. Dr. Enid Pinkney split the men up and the males gave it up to the females. The males accepted the closeness and brought out the dessert to show appreciation.

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Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church, located at 2500 NW 50th St., formatted a design to cooperate and involve families into their days service. Minister Curtis Powell, senior pastor, headed the vision, beginning with his family members, his wife and children. Worship in praise were Elder Nathaniel Stephens, while greetings came from Elder Stephens with hostess Kim Fleurinard and their families. The occasion included Sister Clova Jabson, musical selection by Angie Pierre and prayer by Deacon Cosmore Lawrence. Children cooperated highly with one another with special attention guided by Kenisha Gage.

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John Pryor, a graduate of North Dade Jr. Sr. High School, got started in 1960 becoming involve is plays under the late Jim Randolph.  He attended FAMU and involved himself with numerous plays, and many more at a theatre started by him and two others. Moreover, he accepted a position with Miami-Dade Community College teaching drama and made a very successful career. Pryor began to succeed in dramatic and stared in many plays that made Jim Randolph very proud of his accomplishments along with Betty Tucker Ferguson a fellow student. Currently, he is directing “Mahalia”, a gospel musical by Tom Stolz and starring: Deana Rahming, Johnny Sanders, Framcone Ealey-Murphy, and featuring Elijah Gee, pianist in a theater close to home this month.

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The Bethel Temple Community Development Corporation of South Florida began as the community service arms of Bethel Apostolic Temple. Incorporated in 2005, it exists to facilitate the social and economic empowerment of the South Florida community. Future plans include the development of a charter school service, a senior care service, senior housing and a community center. The mission of the Bethel Temple CDC

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Nelson Jenkins, treasurer for the King Of Clubs of Greater Miami, made his final report at the last meeting before the membership. Furthermore, it was a masterpiece based on his technique of bookkeeping from his New Jersey hometown and former businesses he raised his children on. The format included a unique style that demonstrates writing of checks and deposits, unlike Profit & Loss Statement I was taught back in the days. More importantly, they were above reach, especially closures of views, writing of checks deposits and accurate total to summarize amounts. Reading it back to the membership gave the membership more pride as a member and could not wait to release their gut feeling when the balance exceeded the current ones. Mr. Jenkins continued his report by laying out the need for a larger gathering than last year, while Dr. Mack looked for his bag of invitations to be disseminated to their guests. Some one indicated to say, “look under the seat.” A broad grin covered his face as he realized an old Army joke was played on him. Therefore, he laughed with the gang and everyone laughed it off.

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It has been authorized by founder Dr. Enid C. Pinkney that the Historical Hampton House Trust declared the opening on Friday, April 10, at 2525 NW 27th Ave. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson The Honorable Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson. Reports were given by Dorothy Johnson; Dr. Pinkney; Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte: Hugo Velasquez, up-dating Project Status: Status of Operations/Program: Luncheon Report: and Construction Completion. Everyone waited until the auditing committee was voted upon: Ron Frazier, Ron Butler, Dr. Larry Capp, and Plans for Grand Opening to include Parking, Translation, Planning, Lease and guidance for the lease before the building is turned over to HHHCT, INC.

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Mary Ann Thomas, president, Ms. Baxter-Akman, Cora Johnson, Mary Dunn, club members, parents and young lady escorts all have been preparing for the Egelloc Civic and Social Club’s presentation of the 2015 Men of Tomorrow. The final rehearsal will be held at the Omega Psi Phi Center, April 23 and the presentation on Saturday, April 25, at Jungle Island at 12.

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One of the great meetings of the Hampton House Trust was held last Tuesday with Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson in her seat as chairperson. Others present were Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder; Edwin T. Demeritee, treasurer; Isabella Rosete, secretary; Hugo Velasquez, project manager; guests, K. Name, A. Butler and J. Johnson; Dr. Edward Robinson, vice president; Dr. Larry Capp, organizational

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Miami Norland stood tall among Blanche Ely, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal, and Lake Center. Norland became the first Miami-Dade County school to win four consecutive state titles as the Vikings won their sixth title in a decade with a 54-46 win over Gainsville in the Class 6A final. With their teams’ respective wins, Norland coach Lawton Williams, III and Blanche Ely Coach Melvin Randall each have six state titles during their illustrious careers.

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Bishop Herman Ezekial Dean could be known as a giant of all men, but to God he was the prince of peace and a strong lover of God. Dean’s large photo on the obituary looks magnificent. If Bishop Dean were a politician running for office or even the White House, he would win every time.

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What a great time members of the African Committee of the Dade Heritage had at it’s recent 22nd  Annual Commemorative Service and the 7th Annual Youth Talent on Parade. The cool weather made it a perfect

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The King of Clubs of greater Miami demonstrated served its true purpose recently when it helped the family of Jerry Miller bury their loved one. Dr. Astrid Mack, president emeritus of the King of Clubs, led the effort to put together a great memorial service. James Fayson opened the service singing “Great is Thou Faithfulness”. Later in the service, Fayson uplifted the mourners with “Someone Greater Than You”. As President Richard J. Strachan played the keyboard, Reverend Harvey Lockhart, Chaplain, spoke of Miller’s spirituality and as a Godly man who always pursued righteousness.

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While the county-owned Joseph Caleb building in Liberty City undergoes a $27.5 million renovation,Dr. Enid C. Pinkney’s Hampton House organization is settling into their new, but temporary home at The Martin Luther King Building, 2525 NW 62nd St. Also new are officers at of the Hampton House Board. They include Dr. Edward G. Robinson, Vice

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Gwen Cherry Bulls National Pop Warner Champions/Junior Pee-Wee Team joined the Board of Directors to entertain first lady Michelle Obama. She was given the red carpet treatment by County Commissioner and Chairman Jean Monestime, H. T. Smith, attorney, Elaine Black, Erica N. Wright, Jerry C. Sawyer, Bobby Johnson, manager, employees and others.

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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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