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Pastors lead march against crime in Liberty City

Dozens of religious leaders walked arm in arm and sang spiritual hymns as they led a chorus of weary residents through tough neighborhoods last Saturday in a demonstration reminiscent of those during the civil rights era.

TACOLCY CEO ousted, decision applauded by some

A group of residents known as The Concerned Citizens for the Preservation of TACOLCY, has been calling for Brown’s removal since a whistleblower complaint was filed last August.

James Brown biopic hits home for one Miami daughter

Legendary performer and the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown left to the world more than dance moves and music.

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Churches unite as a community mourns

The shooting of a popular Liberty City pastor last week has spurred Miami’s Black churches into the fight against crime as religious leaders urge residents to take action against random shootings that have gripped their neighborhoods with fear. Hundreds are expected to march through the streets of Liberty City this weekend to help strengthen a grassroots anti-crime movement that has been brewing in the past several months following the deaths of innocent victims of gun-violence.

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New BOCA Black Film Festival opens in South Florida

The inaugural Boca Black Film Festival opens this weekend to showcase the talents of local professionals in film, TV and cinema arts. Held at Palm Beach State College, the festival will include panel discussions, film screenings and educational workshops. The festival is open to the entire South Florida community and neighboring areas. The three-day festival will be held July 17-19. It will provide an array of activities for youths seeking to gain knowledge, information and insight into the entertainment industry. In May, the festival held a scriptwriting competition for aspiring Black film makers.

Proposed bus route cuts include Liberty City

A proposal to eliminate two bus routes serving Liberty City and Overtown was deferred last week after drawing stiff opposition at the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting. Bus routes 46 and 254 are two of several routes that may be eliminated as part of the county’s bi-annual ridership evaluation and service adjustment. The review is taken every summer and fall when transit officials propose service and schedule adjustments as a response to ridership trends.

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West Grove’s ACE theater gets a chance at redemption

Its closed doors may reopen after being named a historic site

The seats that once held movie-goers are now rusted. Cobwebs cover the entrance of the doors. The marquee that once attracted hundreds of moviegoers to sold-out shows has not lit up in decades. Rewind to the 1950s and ‘60s when the ACE Theater on Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove was humming with Blacks who had their own community theater during those segregated times. Along with Overtown’s Capitol,

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Miami Gardens sues county to gain control of stadium area

A legal battle is brewing between the Miami Gardens and Miami-Dade County over the area around Sun Life Stadium. The dispute involves the Dolphin Center Development of Regional Impact, an area surrounding the Sun Life Stadium at NW 27th Avenue and 199th Street. Though located in Miami Gardens, the area falls under the jurisdiction of the county.

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Officers not liable in civil trial, community attendance in courtroom low

Activists: Where is the outrage?

In courtroom 10-4 at the King Building in the Miami Federal Courthouse Complex downtown, two blacks watched helplessly as a judge allowed defense attorneys to attack the credibility of Latasha Cure, a woman who sued two police officers who injured her and brutally killed two Blacks in Little Haiti seven years ago. The defense attorney would continue to have their way as U.S. Magistrate Edwin Torres would deny numerous objections from Cure’s attorneys. He would also prohibit jurors for hearing the sullied background of Miami-Dade police officers Ryan Robinson and Michael Mendez. From there, the case went downhill as jurors returned with their verdict: not guilty.

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Military photographer wins three-year battle to become U.S. citizen

Elisha Dawkins: It was a battle for my life

He fought for freedom in Iraq but Elisha Dawkins’ real battle for liberty was on American soil where the 26-year-old could not get a job or enjoy the privileges that many citizens take for granted. After three years of clearing his name of serious allegations that could have sent him to jail for years, Dawkins, a Miami Central High graduate and military reserve became a U.S. citizen in a patriotic ceremony filled with deep emotions for the Bahamas native.



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