“Prepared people for prepared work”
“Pastor Diane E. Owens is a very God-driven, outgoing individual who is dependable and enjoys helping children in the community educationally and spiritually, “Sister Holly Lee said. “She shows her concern for all of us. Many of our services are held outside of the building [BAC Bldg. at 6600 NW 27th Ave.] because some of the members and visitors have physical problems and difficulty climbing stairs.”
This is the time of the year that people smile more, are more courteous towards each other and are more giving towards the less fortunate. I’ve always wondered what people think happens to the needy around this time of the year? Well, at
“I love the Lord and will serve, forever”
Dr. Calvin Russell, a native of Miami says he, “loves the Lord who has declared my life to serving his people and worshipping and giving praise to Him.”
Paraplegic Gleneisha Darkins determined to finish school
It was about this time of the year —Thanksgiving — in Nov. 2010 when Gleneiesha Darkins and a carload of her classmates from the Richmond Heights area were coming home from Florida A& M University [FAMU] to spend the holidays with their families and they were involved in a horrific accident.
Pastor Wilson-Green: “We wish that we could do more”
The Omega Power and Praise Ministry, Inc., is dedicated to serving the community and providing a place of worship for all who wish to get closer to God. The church is under the leadership of Pastor Harriette Wilson-Green, who is a very knowledgeable and intelligent lady who devotes the majority of her time looking out for the welfare and well-being of others.
One of three Florida women need your vote
Ten advocating women from around the nation are being recognized by the renown for their community involvement. Three from the south Florida area have won $10,000 each and are now seeking the position of National Honoree Woman of Worth and be the additional award of $25,000.
Residents of Liberty City and surrounding areas have flooded The Miami Times with telephone calls that expressed their concerns about the possibility of there being a name change for Lemon City. As one caller said, “to do so would push aside the fact that the people who lived, slaved and died in that area and let them be forgotten and dismissed,” stated Courtney Demerritte, the great-grandson of Elizabeth and Rodney Ferguson who lived in Lemon City in the 30s and 40s.
Drama, dancing and music fit for Broadway
That large, blue building on NW 62nd and 22nd Avenue is a mystery for far too many residents of Miami-Dade County but plans are in the works to change that. The fenced-in, one-block building with the African trim has been there since 1975. Countless numbers of students have attended classes in drama and dance there. Many of them have gone on to study, sing and dance with some of the greatest professional groups in the nation with some “graduates” making quite a name for themselves.
Isaac Smith was born to the late Saintana and Daniel Smith in Nassau, Bahamas in 1966. When he was 12-years-old, the family migrated to the U.S. and took residence in Miami. The thing most vivid in his young mind from then to now is “I was always in church,” Smith said. As a youngster,
Local pastor follows in his father’s footsteps
The Millrock Holy Missionary Baptist Church (2575 N.W. 65th St.) was founded 45 years ago by the late Pastor Emeritus Reverend Andrew Jackson. His son, the Reverend Aaron Jackson, has served as the church’s pastor since 2007. Before the son took over, Millrock was under the leadership of Rev. James McKinnon, his brother-in-law. Since its inception, Millrock has been under the guidance and direction of a family member.
“To lose a child hurts the entire family, someone has to be there to help them”
Denise Brown, the founder and president of the RJT Foundation lost a son, Roman Bradley, along with his childhood friend JaQuevin Myles on March 1, 2012 in a drive-by shooting. Brown along with JaQuevin’s mother, Jacklyn Hall and
When most young boys, between the ages of five and six years-old were riding their bikes, just beginning to learn about junior football and playing games with their peers, Leroy Smith, Jr. was being taught other lessons.
Started Divine Hope Restoration Ministries from home
After being a faithful member of the streets, a former wrestling coach, and a gifted athlete, R. Caleb Jean answered a divine call that had been placed on his heart by the Lord. The call was “Save the Children.” It was in 1995 that Jean decided to change his lifestyle. The following year, Jean says he transformed his life completely and “answered the call from God upon my life and became an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The message he heard was ‘Save the Children.’
Rev. Kenneth L. Washington makes Miami hometown his pulpit
Pastor Kenneth L. Washington, a native of Miami, has been a part of the Greater Israel Bethel Primitive Baptist Church all of his life. “I was born to the late Mae Francis Washington and Marvin DeShazior and my mother kept me in church,"
Survivor Allen says “there is strength in numbers”
Susan G. Komen’s Annual Race for the Cure was held last Saturday and more than 20,000 walkers and runners joined together to help the cause. The race honored breast cancer survivors, supported those dealing with breast cancer diagnosis and raised money
Faith in God “healed my paralysis”
After being a faithful member of the streets, a former wrestling coach, and a gifted athlete, R. Caleb Jean answered a divine call that had been placed on his heart by the Lord.
Edward Buckner, the past president of the Primitive Baptist Churches of the State of Florida, died last Friday, Oct. 4 in hospice in Cocoa [FL]. His nephew, Elder Michael Roan, says, “Uncle Buckner is the man-figure that was instrumental in my accepting the Lord as my personal Savior and for keeping inside of me the desire to continue to serve the Lord.”
Rev. Selwyn Scott reflects on 40 years as pastor
This writer’s third interview with the Pastor Emeritus of Revival Tabernacle Assembly of God [RTAG], the Reverend Selwyn McDonald Scott, proved to be just as interesting and rewarding to as was the first encounter some 15 years ago. Selwyn retired last year  after serving as the pastor at RTAG for 40 years.
Government shut down hits close to home
“In a few days, things are going to get critical — it could be very frightening for some of our clients,” said Laverne Holiday, director of Curley’s House of Style, Inc. — Hope Relief Food Bank. “When the basic needs of people are threatened, they go into protective, defensive, combative modes. My fear is that people will do whatever they need to do to survive. And throughout Miami, especially in Liberty City, they are rapidly approaching that position.”
In too many instances, children of color who have mental challenges are not granted the same kinds of opportunities that whites receive. At least that’s what Courtney Haynes, the father of a mentally-challenged, 17-year-old child, says.
Could Food Stamp reductions cause illness and more crime?
For the last few weeks, The Miami Times has received numerous calls from concerned City and County residents inquiring about the possibility of their monthly Food Stamp allotment being reduced or completely eliminated. As our incoming call volume continued to increase, we thought the best thing to do was to go to the source.
Ebenezer “weekend for justice” seeks to change the lives of troubled youth
The Ebenezer United Methodist Men’s [UMM] organization is determined to change the negative roads on which so many young men travel — often resulting in them becoming “tenants” in local prisons and jails. Recent statistics indicate that the highest percentage of incarcerated men are between the ages of 20 and 39 and most of them are Blacks, Hispanics and poor whites.
"We’ve come this far by faith together"
Seventeen years and three days ago, [Sept. 15, 1996], Rev. Harold Marsh was installed pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church at 2601 N.W. 65th St. In 2001 he left Fellowship Baptist and founded the New Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church [NCTMBC].
Pastor Avery Jones: “I want to do what is pleasing in Jesus’s sight”
Pastor Avery Jones, founder/director/CEO of the renown Spirit of Life Choir, has been singing, playing the piano and keyboards since he was a youngster but he says his focus has changed a lot since then.
Gia Wyre, affectionately and professionally known as the “songbird,” has made the painful decision to leave Miami and seek her due fame in San Diego, CA on Sept. 25.
Funds designated for the district not spent to enhance the community
Since the beginning of August, residents in the Liberty City area have called The Times voicing their concerns about shabby appearance of many of the homes, public and private buildings, parks and businesses within their boundaries. [The area called Liberty City territorially begins at approximately 40th street on the south side to 79th street on the north and from 6th avenue on the east to up to 19th avenue on the west. Many Miami-Dade County citizens refer to any area between 40th street on the south, 79th street on the north, 7th avenue on the east to 27th on the west as Liberty City-but it isn’t.] “I believe that something is going on that does not have our [residents of Liberty City] best interest at heart,” Fred Philpot said. “When the Public Works Department is called to come out to our area to make repairs, it takes days and weeks for them to show up. It’s not that way in Coral Gables, Aventura, Brickell and other affluent communities in the County. Are the powers-that-be trying to let this area totally fall to the gutter so that they and/or their friends can purchase the properties for pennies on the dollar?”
Rev. Pacley: “My aim is to lead sinners to Christ by the word and deeds”
In 1988, James Pacley preached his initial sermon on his way to becoming the pastor of a congregation. And “in 1996, the second Sunday in August more than 125 members were in attendance to start the New Born Faith Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, Pacley said. “Since 2003, our services have been held at 4816 NW 22nd Ave. We have approximately 100 names on the roll but the attendance fluctuates between 35 and 75 each Sunday,” Pacley added. Pacley is a soft-spoken, easy-going man with a warm smile that tends to light up his entire face, particularly when the conversation leans towards his ministry and the members he has ministered to over the years. He told this writer about the circumstances surrounding the meeting of one of his long-time members Sis. Marie Tate. “I went to the hospital to pray for and give communion to another member the late Sis. Mable Hall. Sis. Tate was sharing the hospital room with her. I asked Sis. Tate if she would allow me to pray for her, too. She willingly accepted the offer,” Pacley said. “The very next week she was attending service at our church. She joined and the rest is as they say, history.”
Terry F. Newton says his life changed after 9/11
It was in 2001 that Terry Fernando Newton of Coconut Grove introduced himself to The Miami Times. He was a poet who promoted the unification of cultures and wanted to publish some of his healing, inspirational poetry. After the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York, Newton sent a poem to a reporter in New York City and to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Jason Taylor takes hardworking students school shopping
During the recent Labor Day weekend, Jason Taylor, retired Miami Dolphins All-Pro, took 20 students from Brownsville Middle, Carol City Middle and Senior, Northwestern Senior and William H. Turner Senior High Schools on a $300 shopping spree to Old Navy. And by taking advantage of a 30 percent storewide sale, each student was able to make purchases that totaled $420.Taylor, the founder and president of the Jason Taylor Foundation, says that he, along with his wife, Katina [vice president] and the Foundation’s board, take their mission statement seriously. “Our goal is to facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved healthcare, education and quality of life,” he said. “I remember what it was like being a child. If your clothes were not as cool as those worn by your classmates you weren’t treated well. “It’s not a good feeling.”Sharron Henley, vice-president of programs for the Urban League of Miami, led the entourage that accompanied Taylor and his special guest, rapper Ricky Rozay, on the shopping trip. “The Jason Taylor Foundation has taken students on shopping sprees like this since 2005 and to see the happiness on the faces of the children means a lot to us,” Henley said. “He buys them the latest gear for the school year. All we can say to him and his wife is thank you.”
Church started from grassroots
August 1996 was the beginning of the ministry called True Fellowship Worship Center (TWFC). After sharing bible study and prayer meetings in their home from February to July, it was placed on the heart of Pastor Emeritus Myrtis Armbrister to start a full service ministry.
Will the Black community ever receive equal access in schools?
At six o’clock in the evening last Tuesday, the Fellowship Hall on the grounds of the Urban League [8400 NW 25th Ave.] in Liberty City was nearly
Students write lyrics for their orginal CD's
Thomas W. Demerritte, a native Miamian with studios in Miami and Atlanta, came home to make more than 100 students happy this summer. They wrote lyrics and recorded their own CDs.
Community outreach program aids inner city
Rev. Charles Lee Dinkins has over thirty (30) years of preaching and community program experience. And, in 1995 became founder/president and CEO of Hosanna Community Foundation, (HCF) Inc. HCF is a not for profit community outreach organization that comes to the aid of inner city youth and their families.
His ministry is serving Liberty City’s most “cherished possessions”
It was in 2002, while working for a local funeral home when Tyrone Lamar, Sr. viewed the remains of a 10-year-old girl who had just died — three years after being raped by two Black youth and subsequently contracting the HIV virus.
Founder started agency following deaths of brothers
In 1984, the Rev. Darryl Baxter had his first encounter with the horrific disease known as HIV/AIDS. “I knew nothing about AIDS at that time — few people did,” he said. “All I knew was that I had a very sick brother who died that same year.
Dr. Freeman T. Wyche, Sr. has led congregation for 35 years
In the Liberty City community, Dr. Freeman T. Wyche, Sr. is considered a spiritual icon. “He has earned that description,” said Minister Orlander T. Thomas, assistant to the pastor. “I have been under his ministry for three years and have never had to pray for a better or more grounded spiritual leader. He is one of the best.”
Black church traces its roots to Overtown
The members of the Historic Ebenezer United Methodist Church are very excited and elated about the fact that next Sunday, August 25th, they’ll be celebrating the 115th anniversary of their church.
An interview with author Sandra Tinsley
Recent statistics show that 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce. The numbers were so disturbing that Miami native Sandra Stringer, along with her husband, Minister Bernard L. Tinsley, decided that they would make a concerted effort to avoid joining that group of divorcees.