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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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Pitfalls that pastors should avoid

Five rules that are helpful for religious leaders

Christian pastors are known for being kind and caring to their congregations while uplifting them with inspiring messages. But while goodness and compassion are standard among the clergy, controversy and scandal are not infrequent in the lives of religious leaders.

Book Review: By Rochelle’s Bedside

Rochelle’s Bedside is a book written by a young lady, Levita Lynn Jones. She is a wife, mother and an ordained minister of the gospel, who sincerely believes that she is to do what God instructs her to do, without reservations. She was instructed by God to “go and pray for Rochelle.” A young lady she had never met before and she did as instructed, more than 10 years ago.

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Michael Davis was led by his mother into a life of service

Pastor Millie Richardson was a great example for her son

Pastor Michael C. Davis is a native of Miami-Dade County. He received his formal education from the Miami-Dade County Public School System and graduated fromMiami Central Senior High. After graduating from Miami Central and later, General Motors Technical School in North Miami Beach, Davis worked for Braman Cadillac, Miami Lincoln Mercury, and Hertz Rental in Ft. Lauderdale.

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Staying together: Local couple eloped 63 years ago

As a young teen, Timothy Mingo did not have the blessing of his now-wife's father

When Timothy “Tim” Mingo, 20, the son of George and Marie Mingo saw Catherine Clark, the 17-year-old daughter of Daisy and Fred Clark, for the first time “it was love at first sight." The couple met in 1946 at Homerville Elementary and Senior High School in Homerville, GA., located exactly 84 miles from the center of 15 major cities, including Thomasville, GA, Lake City and Jacksonville, FL.

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Pastors' directive: Move forward, don't look back

Scripture teaches us to follow God's word with faith

The His Extended Hands Ministries was conceived in the heart of Pastor Desmond and co-pastor Edna Rivers in the early part of 1995.  After struggling with that idea for about a year, Desmond informed their former pastor, Rev. Carl Johnson, the spiritual leader of The Community 93rd Street Baptist Church, of what God had placed in his heart. Johnson encouraged him ‘to follow the Lord.’ 

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The Clarks 64 years and counting

Family and friends will celebrate July 4

Mattie Jordan, 81, the lovely daughter of Gertrude P. and Robert Jordan, was only 17 years-old, when she fell in love with the tall, dark and handsome, 25 years-old Jimmie, the son of Minnie and Isaac Clark. They fell in love at a church they both attended in Vienna, Dooley County, GA.

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Young pastors serving God in word, songs and deeds

The Westons want “to seek, find, and help save the lost”

Michael S. Weston was born to Doris Rahming and Booker T. Weston in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He was raised and educated there, and is a graduate of Zion Lutheran Senior High School. Weston matriculated at Florida Memorial University in Miami for two years, but is a graduate of Harvest Reapers International School of Ministries (HRIS) at 600 S.W. 27th Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale. There are three HRIS. He is a Licensed Life Coach and Christian (Family) Counselor.

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Faith Center opens apartment complex

Building in the heart of Liberty City will provide low-income housing to veterans, those with special needs

The three-story apartment building at 6020 NW 13th Ave. in Liberty City has been transformed from a rundown eyesore to a beautiful desert sand, terra-cotta colored complex. The courtyard has been paved and painted black, six patio tables with large umbrellas are strategically placed in the courtyard and in the center on the pavement, there is a large circle bordered with white that has in its the center the words “Jesus Christ.”

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Harvest Reapers Int’l school hosts open house

Before 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, prospective students of Harvest Reapers International School’s newest location at 2387 N.W. 54th St., were busy filling out application forms, as others hurried to be in the building at the scheduled starting time of 12 p.m.

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Opa-locka annexation rejected

City would have gained millions of tax dollars

Miami-Dade’s Planning and Advisory Board last week rejected Opa-locka’s plan to annex an area that includes Miami-Dade College’s North Campus, after hearing intense opposition to the plan during a heated community meeting. The decisio

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Pastor Willie and Lucille Smith married 54 years

The Smiths believe: Children must be trained to love and serve the Lord

The Smiths believe that “a full quiver of children is a blessing from God.” They filled their home with eight. They are the “God-fearing” parents of eight — two boys and six girls — four are ministers: Pastor Gale Smith Wilcox, Apostle Willie, Jr., Palatka, FL, David, co-pastor and Minister Linda are both serving at Mt. Olive Fire Baptized Holiness Church with their father at 8400 N.W. 22nd Ave.

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The Strachans hope to “Impact and re-unite”

Ricardo Strachan, 36, was born in Nassau, Bahamas to the parentage of Marquetta and Samuel Strachan, and according to his stepfather, Elder Keith Humes, he is “an anointed, dynamic, apostolic, and prophetic voice for the 21st century kingdom advancement."

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Pastor of the Week

The Paynes working in and outside the four walls

Bruce Payne was born in Miami and grew up in Overtown. He graduated from the historical Booker T. Washington Senior High School and studied at Miami Dade College. Payne retired in 2010 from Miami-Dade County as an Electronic Supervisor. During his tenure with the county he maintained communications for The Metrorail and received numerous accommodations from the ESP program with Metro Dade for various inventions.

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Pastor of the Week

A 27-year mentorship led to senior pastor

LaVanya C. Kelly is the senior pastor of the Outreach of Excitement Church at 1085 NW 62nd St. Their motto is: “A church in the heart of the city with the city in its heart.” Her shepherd and mentor was the late Reverend Dr. Mother Ruth E. Creps-Crockett, affectionately known as “Mother Ruth.”

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Give due honor and be blessed

In our society, we tend to honor those we like. If you are outside of one’s the inner circle of friends, you will not be honored, though honor is due to you. It happens even in the church. Christians very often allows secular thoughts to cloud their judgment and not give true honor where it is due.

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Mothers are mothers every day

 The Omega Power and Praise Ministry (OPPM) under the leadership of Dr. Harriette Wilson-Greene, celebrated another glorious event at the Joseph Caleb Center, last Friday, May 9 as they celebrated and honored mothers, grandmothers and guardians. 

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Rev. George McRae: A man of God loving God’s people

In too many instances, when a man or woman reaches the plateau of having a street named after him or her, their story written up in The Miami Times as well as The Wall Street Journal, being asked to speak in Germany, South and West Africa, Israel, Egypt, England, France, the Virgin Island, North and South Korea and numerous places in the U.S., their attitudes would be pious and self-righteous. Not the man who is

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18th Avenue to get 'old' street names of presidents

Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, District 3 met with residents, family members and businesses on 18th Ave., (commonly referred to as Broadway) at the Broadway Mini Park, 6950 NW 18th Ave., Wed. April 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Iota Phi Lambda lauds locals

On Sunday afternoon at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4300 NW 12 Ave., families and friends turned out in large groups to witness their love ones being honored for the great things they have done in and for their communities.

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Pastor of the week: Barbara Boyce hopes “To change lives for the better”

Barbara J. Boyce, a Miami native, was born and raised in a “God-fearing” home with both parents, Ada Brooks-Powell and Deacon Willie Powell. Her parents were already diligent servants in the gospel ministry.

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What does Easter mean to me?

Sunday is Easter. In cities and towns across the nation, Christians will be celebrate this weekend this holy and festive holiday. Children and their parents will adorn new, colorful outfits and attend religious services at their neighborhood church. Religious pews will be packed with new guests who do not ordinarily attend church on Sundays.

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Miracle on 97th St.; church renovated for free

Members recall with wonder how God's house was transformed

Some folks say and some believe, “These are modern times (the season we live in) and God doesn’t perform miracles anymore.” If you fall into one of those categories this reporter strongly suggests you talk to a few Revival Tabernacle Assembly of God (RTAG) Church members and listen to them tell you about a miracle that happened there.

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KingdomWaters: A new faith-based channel

KingdomWaters is a newly established radio channel, which endeavors to present topics out of the ordinary in its efforts to reach people in such a way that faith is renewed, re-enforced, and seeded. Listeners will, hopefully, build and re-enforce strong relationships with God. Kingdom Waters’ aim is to remind and inform its listeners of the importance of knowing that a relationship with God supersedes being planted in or connected with religion.

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Hands 2 Help: Helping communities and lives

The Hands 2 Help, Inc. organization was founded in 2003 by Ms. Camille Jones, the executive director. H2H is a 501 (c) 3 org. “committed to involving individuals and agencies to lend helping hands to build a better community in the south Florida areas.

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Dr. L.G. Anderson’s aim is to serve God

Larry Gene Anderson was born on April 7, 1951 in Ocilla, Ga. to the parentage of Lessie Mae Glasper and Damon Davies. In 1954, his mother married James Anderson, a classmate. There was a real love connection between Anderson and Larry that resulted in Anderson adopting the 3-year-old as his own.

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City officials address concerns of District 5 residents

Hadley Park Homeowners Association, Inc. brought out ‘Heavy Weights’, to listen, act on their complaints

On the last Tuesday of March at the Carrie P. Meek Senior Citizens Center, 1350 NW 50th St., the meeting room was packed with residents from District 5 ready to voice their community concerns. There “to listen to them and act on complaints and concerns,” said Herschel L. Haynes, the former chairman and current interim chair of the Hadley Park Homeowners Association, (HPHA), Inc., were City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Chief of Police Manuel Orosa, Major Dennis Jackson, Commander Dana Carr, and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon.

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The singing pastor celebrates 31 years

Rev. Rudolph Daniels, a gospel singer and preacher, was selected Pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in 1983 and will be celebrating 31 years of service this month. The members proclaim: “He is an outstanding Man of God who demonstrates great leadership skills, commitment, and a love of God’s people through mentorship. He shows unconditional love by constantly praying for his congregants. He is always willing to listen; make necessa

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Thomas Jefferson Frederick: First Black Engineer for Florida East Coast Railway

Thomas Jefferson Frederick, Jr. was born in Andersonville, GA to the parentage of the late Thomas Jefferson Frederick, Sr. and Mary Lou Kegler on October 21, 1921. His academics started in the Public School System of Sumter County, GA. At the age of 17, he moved to Miami. He became a member of Salters Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1940 and remained until his death, currently under the spiritual leadership of Pastor Mildred Roscoe.

In April bring mother, family and sing-along

In May come back and treat your mother special

The Miami Children’s Chorus invites the whole community to come and sing-along with them on April 12th at the North Shore Park and Youth Center, 501 72nd St. on Miami Beach. When asked why are they inviting the entire community, their reply was “We want to get everyone singing again.”

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Because of the love of family and friends, Thed beat the odds

Thed was empowered by family, defied the odds to live on

Theodore H. Smith was born and raised in Overtown to loving and caring parents, Blonevia and Carl Smith 80 years ago. Theodore’s birthday was March 23 and he celebrated with family, friends and his church members. “The love began for Thed (as he is affectionately called by family and friends) at birth and it has never stopped,” Courtney Johnson, Theodore’s loving cousin said. “He is my mother’s brother and they never considered casting him aside after. Real love was instilled in us when we were kids and it has never faded. Wherever they went, so went Thed. ”

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Rev. Reginald Preston’s goal is to live the word

People must see and be taught the importance of Christian character

Rev. Reginald Preston was born in Miami to the parentage of Vera and Deacon Theodore Preston. He was reared in the Lemon City area (now referred to as Little Haiti). He was educated in the Miami-Dade County School System and graduated from Miami Edison Sr. High school in 1985. He continued his education at

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Rev. Willie Brown: Striving to preach and teach

Willie Brown, 43, is a music teacher at Linda Linton K-8 Center on 135 St. and Memorial Highway in North Miami. He is a well-disciplined instructor he said and in addition to being a mentor and an inspiration to his students, wants to also be a man that God can use to help his people.

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Greater Bethel AME celebrates 118 years

Building a church in the African Methodist Episcopal denomination was planted in the minds and hearts of a small group of Black Christians early in 1896. A meeting was scheduled and held March 12. 1896, three months before the city was incorporated at the home of Alex Lightburn to organize themselves. Bethel A.M.E. was organized under the the leadership of Bishop James Crawford Embry and Presiding Elder L.T. Long.

Mrs. Antoinette M. McPhee celebrates her 101st birthday

Mrs. Antoinette M. McPhee, who was 101 on March, is a very blessed lady. She beat the odds predicted by the US Census. According to them, McPhee was not suppose to be alive today. It was predicted in 2005 by the US Census that there would be 114,000 centenarians in the US. They missed the count by more than one-half. Only 53,364 made it. McPhee is among that elite group of individuals, of which 82 percent are women.

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Zion Hope’s vision is to serve God faithfully

Pastor of the Week

Rev. Dr. Edward Mitchell, Jr. (who rather be referred to as W. Edward or Mitchell) was born in Oberlin, Ohio to Mildred Marie and Willard, Sr. and raised in Akron. “The same place LeBron James of The Heat came from,” Mitchell said with Heat pride.

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Virginia Bostic: 68 years of singing

Last month, Music Minister Virginia Bostic was honored as a “Living Legend” for her more than 68 years of singing praises to her Lord and Savior. Those celebrating this milestone included: Commissioners Barbara Jordan, District 1, Miami Gardens; Jean Monestime District 2, the Miami-Dade County commission, the public, and her church, New Christ Tabernacle Church, 1305 NW 54th St. where Rev. Harold Marsh is the senior pastor, Bostic has been the music minister for twelve years.

'Church Mess' coming to Miami

One of the longest-running urban gospel stage plays in the country is set to bring an eclectic mix of comedy, drama and music during its stop in Miami after 165 stops since starting out in Miami, 2006. “Church Mess: The Play” also delivers a message of hope that God can deliver anyone out of a messy situation, including the ones church-going folks sometimes find themselves.

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Omega Power and Praise gives back

Pastor Harriette Wilson-Greene has been “a giver since she was a child because her parents instilled those values in her,” Regina Davis, the coordinator and director of the Parents IOU Group said. “When there is a passion for what one is doing, it doesn’t feel like work. You do it because there is a need and it makes you happy doing it.” Wilson-Greene has been a pastor of the Omega Power and Praise Ministry, Inc., for 14 years at 4705 NW 17th

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Rev. Jackson: Servant of Jesus Christ

Rev. Dr. Dennis M. Jackson, a native of Moultrie, GA, born to the parentage of the late Mary Lee Jackson and the late Arthur Eugene Jackson says that he is “God’s under shepherd at United Christian Praise and Worship Center, Inc.” The place that he, the members, and others refer to as “Holy Ghost Headquarters, USA.” Jackson has been the pastor of UCPWC since 1996.

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Abstinence is for the strong

Abstinence Between Strong Teens International, Inc. has been around for over 20 years, educating youth on relationships, marriage and sex from a character development perspective. It was founded by an educator, Althea McMillan, a Miami-Dade County school teacher who watched the teen pregnancy rate increase year-after-year and felt that something needed to be done beside telling the students to, “just say no.”

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FANM celebrates 21 years of empowering women

Bastien is the founder and current Executive Director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami

“When it comes to Haitians, Marleine Bastien is one of the most passionate and articulate spokespersons in Miami,” Leroy Jones, Executive Director of NANA and Tools for Change said. “From the early 90s until now, if a Haitian boat filled with Haitians came to our shores, Ms. Bastien was there. After ‘wet-foot dry-foot’ started, she yelled even louder about the injustices. ”

National week of prayer for HIV/AIDS awareness

Community prayer breakfast, HIV/AIDS forum and gospel concert among activities

March 2nd-9th is recognized as the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS (NWPHA). The National Week of Prayer for the healing of AIDS is an annual HIV awareness campaign designed to mobilize faith communities everywhere and highlight the contributions and impact congregations are making in the area of HIV prevention, testing, direct service, advocacy and community engagement.

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The Rosa Shaw Story

The famous Mother Evangelist Rosa Shaw spoke openly and candidly about her life and the many opportunities given to her by God, during our interview. Her son, Charles Johnson, the older of her two sons, helped fill in the gaps when she, the day before her 105th birthday, was unable to remember a name, place, or incident. Her youngest son, Peter Johnson, lives in Newark, NJ where Charles lived for many years, too. Shaw was born in Bishopville, SC and moved to Tampa, FL as a young woman. Before becoming an evangelist, musician and pastor, she was an entrepreneur. Shaw was a cosmetologist and owned a beauty salon and restaurant in Tampa.

Amistad Sunday at Church of the Open Door united

Christians celebrate friendship

The Church of the Open Door, 6001 NW 8th Ave., under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Joaquin, Congregational, United Church of Christ, and the United Black Christians will, for the 17th consecutive year, host the celebration of Amistad Sunday. Their aim is to constantly keep that legacy in the minds of Floridians. La Amistad, in Spanish means Friendship, but the ship that carried Mendes, who were originally taken from Sierra Leone to Puerto Principe, Cuba to be sold into slavery was showing everything but the act of

Mrs. Burnett attributes longevity to her faith

When one has lived long enough to be called a centurion, that individual belongs to a very elite group that has very few members. Mrs. Gertrude McNish Jones Burnett, 99, will belong to that group in less than eleven months. Burnett was born January 9, 1915 in Fort White, Columbia County, Florida. She is one of six children born to Carrie and Walter McNish.

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BTW’s “Apples”did not fall far from the “Trees”

On Sunday, Feb. 9th, Booker T. Washington Alumni Association, Inc.’s Orange, Black and White Tea Committee, chaired by Ms. Cecilia L. Hunter presented the very successful “The Apples Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree” celebration instead of the usual annual “Unsung Heroes” event.

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Family is most important to Reverend Whisby

Elder Willie Whisby “has had mature thoughts for as long as I have known him, and that is a long time,” Mrs. Thessalonia H. Tinsley, 92, said when asked by this reporter, her daughter. “As a young boy, he was helping his daddy and other grown men make repairs on houses. They were doing what you all now call ‘house flipping’ long before it was on television.”

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Signature Suites open at Northshore

The Mother/Baby Unit (3rd floor-main bldg.), the same area where the first baby was born more than 60 years ago, and weighed in at nine pounds, has been refurbished and that mother would not recognize it, if she saw it today. The maternity suites are beautiful and can be easily compared to any fine hotel suite at any resort around.

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Leroy Washington left a great legacy

Leroy Washington was born in Greenville, FL on May 1, 1925 to the parentage of the late George and Leanna Stevens Washington. He was the youngest of five children and graduated from Greenville High School.

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