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Inventing the possible space

Bold new exhibit explores possibilities over hard times

A new era is set to begin at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art next week with the opening of an edgy new exhibit called Third Space: Inventing the Possible. The exhibit explores the challenges of the human condition, but it also illustrates the struggles of MOCA, an institution at a critical crossroad as it tries to redefine itself to re-connect to the art community.

Miami Gardens may gain yardage over stadium area

A proposed agreement by Miami-Dade County officials would give Miami Gardens the right to issue building permits for land around Sun Life Stadium. Commissioner Barbara Jordan, whose district includes Miami Gardens, sponsored the resolution at a Sept. 3 commission meeting, where officials proposed giving the predominately Black city the right to make recommendations to the county on future land-use applications around the stadium.

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Mega mall moves forward

City approves zoning for the project that will bring jobs to Overtown

After hearing frustrated Overtown residents and business leaders, the City of Miami commission last Thursday unanimously voted to approve two zoning changes for the proposed Miami Mall at Worldcenter downtown.

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Community reacts to disparity report

Inequities apparent as Black contractors fight for M-DCPS contracts

Dozens of professionals and community residents packed Freedom Hall near Northside last Wednesday to hear alarming details of a scathing report that accuses Miami-Dade County Public Schools of shutting out Black contractors from hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts.

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The Slumlord Files

Efforts underway to relocate tenants from filthy living conditions

In one apartment, human feces and water once leaked from the ceiling into the kitchen. In another unit, the ceiling collapsed and hit a 16-year-old boy who was sleeping in his bedroom. In many of the apartments, the walls are rotting from mold and water damage. One tenant, Wayne Carroll is forced to take showers at another location because the mold-infested tub is too unbearable. And his sinks back up when he turns on the water. The rusting toilet doesn’t always work.

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Will mall benefit Overtown?

Worldcenter developers pledge to recruit residents for employment

Overtown residents stand to benefit from the proposed massive mall at Miami Worldcenter after the city commission unanimously approved a zoning change for the upscale shopping and dining retail complex. The city commission is set to review more zoning changes for the development on Thursday. But last Wednesday, commissioners voted 9-0 to approve a special zoning plan that helped long-stalled plans move forward to build Miami Mall at Worldcenter Mall.

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From Little Haiti to Abu Dhabi

His works does not contain the iambic pentameter of William Shakespeare’s sonnets but come October, Calvin "madeS.O.N" Early of Little Haiti will take his urban poetry thousands of miles away to a rich Middle Eastern country where poetic recitals are growing in appeal.

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5000 Role Models kick off new school year with bigger dreams

The 5000 Role Models of Excellence program kicked off the school year with bigger dreams and plans to prevent hundreds of Black males from suffering the same fate of Michael Brown, who was killed by a White police officer in Ferguson, MO officer last month. At its annual Site Directors Training meeting at the PortMiami on Thursday, about 200 educators, administrators and professionals helped Congresswoman Federica Wilson and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II open the 21st year of the mentor program which has helped thousands of young, Black males succeed in the midst of poverty and social ills. The meeting provided training and

Black contractors losing millions

Disparity study by Urban League, NAACP claims firms not receiving their fair share of bids from M-DCPS

After achieving little success to address economic disparities among Black firms doing business with Miami Dade County Public Schools, community and civil rights leaders are set to release a blistering report that attacks policies and practices that have shut Blacks out of hundreds of millions of dollars in plum contracts.

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President Clinton campaigns for Crist

Visits Miami to boost voter turnout, in gubernatorial Democratic bid

Charlie Crist’s campaign for governor received a big boost last weekend when former President Bill Clinton visited Miami to support the Democratic candidate who’s locked in a close race against incumbent Rick Scott. At a rally at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Miami last Friday, Clinton spoke to about 700 campaign supporters, elected officials and voters with a rousing speech that aimed to help Crist in opinion polls and increase voter turnout in the Nov. General elections. Clinton urged supporters to flock to the polls to avoid a repeat in 2010 when low turnout sent Scott to the state's highest office.

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