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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.

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.

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

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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.

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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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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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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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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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Dade County Deltas honor their founders

TV and Radio personality headlines celebration

Biblically, it is written: “Give honor where honor is due.” The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dade County Alumnae Chapter took that statement literally and acted positively upon it Sat., Jan 25 at the J.W. Marriott Brickell. They honored their 22 founders with all the vim, vigor and respect any group could have for those whose shoulders they now stand.

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Correctly trained, your child will make you proud

Torace Poole has established his ministry at an early age

The word of God says if parents train their children well while they are young, even if they depart from the training, they will return. “Somehow, it seems that those are just spoken words and not words that are acted upon,” Evangelist Ladi Jenkins said. “We must learn to either believe or not believe the word of God. There is no in between or taking parts of it.”

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City Cemetery honors Black charter

The 21st annual Commemorative Service and Youth Talent on Parade program will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Miami City Cemetery, 1800 NE 2nd Ave.. and Biscayne Park, next to the cemetery. Commissioner Audrey Edmonson will bring greetings and make presentations to the Essay Contest and Youth Talent On Parade winners. Other program participants include: Mrs. Becky Roper Matkov, President of Dade Heritage Trust; James McQueen, Esq., Chief of Staff and Commissioner Keon Hardemon.

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Hadley Park Homeowners feeling ignored and left out

Residents express displeasure with police and city officials

At the recent Hadley Park Homeowners (and Rentals) (HPHA) Association meeting held on Jan. 28 at the Carrie P. Meek Senior Citizen Center, 1350 NW 50th St., “being left out,” and “ignored” were voiced adamantly and with much concern by the members of the Association. They unanimously said, “We are going to be respected and treated fairly by those we helped or did not help get into office. If not, we will get them out of office.”

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The valley prepares you for the peak in your life

Struggles make triumph feel amazing

At birth, Marvin Charles Lue, Jr. was not expected to live beyond the first 24 hours, due to a rare gastric condition that to this day challenges him. “My father died when I was four years old and my paternal and maternal grandparents soon followed him,” Lue said. “My mother was constantly moving from state-to-state and city-to-city doing her best to give us a better quality of life. I had to endure a nomadic childhood which meant changing schools frequently.

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From the Jail to the pulpit

One seldom meets a more concerned, people-loving, sensitive, individual than Ulysses S. Morris, Jr. “When one hears Overseer Morris’ life story, it appears that all of his life, God has been preparing him for this season of his life,” Rev. Leroy Smith said. “If this man had not come into my life when he did, I am

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UM Sr. members make sweet music

Have you always wished you had the time to learn to play a musical instrument but never did? The University of Miami is offering that opportunity to senior citizens who have that desire. This is something George Early has always wanted to do — play a trumpet.

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Spirit of Jesus Deliverance Center founded to teach

Reverend Maurice Robinson and his wife, Helen who prefers to be called the “Elect Lady,” are very impressive about their feelings for people and the Lord. They are very much aware of the fact that in order to have a friend, one must first be friendly. Their aim, according to both Robinsons is to build a church that reflects what God says in his word — ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ and ‘love your neighbor as your self.’

North Central vying to become City

Citizens in North Central section unincorporated Miami are working extremely hard to make their area another city in Miami-Dade County. “I have followed the City hood efforts in North Central for several years and applaud the dedication and tenacity of the leaders and the community to stay the course of this most

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Is mediocrity the new standard for Black students?

Florida adopts race-based academic goals, community in uproar

While many thought Jim Crow politics ended with the Civil Rights movement, the Southern Poverty Law Center alleges otherwise in their most recent complaint against the Florida Department of Education. The complaint alleges that the Department of Education adopted a discriminatory strategic plan that sets lower academic expectations for Black and Hispanic students based on race and nationality.

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Helen Jenkins: From first lady to pastor

“I don’t take my position at all lightly"

The definition of a pastor, according to Pastor Helen Jenkins is someone whom God has anointed and called to do a special work, including but not limited to teaching and training believers to become committed followers of Jesus Christ.

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Pete Scott named Nat’l Fireman of the Year in 2013

“Because of the prayers of my parents, I am what I am”

The word of God says: “Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old, they will not depart from it.”

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McCullough, Sr.: A self-motived visionary

“My goal is to lead according to God’s word"

Pastor Martai D. McCullough, Sr. is a young, goal-oriented professional with hands-on experience that he hopes will help him reach the vision of being a great shepherd. “I want to help the people of God get a greater knowledge of and a deeper relationship with the Lord by feeding them the word of God,” McCullough said.

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Rev. Cook celebrates 46 years of preaching

Closing in on final sermon at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Douglas Cook, Sr., the well-known, white-haired, people-loving pastor of Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church, will preach the word of God to hundreds-of-thousands of individuals for the final time in Jan. 2014. ‘“I am not tired yet,” Cook said. “God’s word keeps you wanting to hear more-and-more about him. The more you hear about him, the more you want to hear.”

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Hospitality Committee gives flowers to Patterson, 99

Born in Miami on Feb. 7, 1914, Dorothy Patterson will be 100 years-old on Feb. 5, 2014. She is the only child of the late Lillian and Timothy Farrington. Though Dorothy, at birth weighted twelve and one-half pounds, today at 99, “She has a nice little body shape and has a bundle of energy, a good mind, and loves to dance.,” Dr. Dory Lingo, the Hospitality Ministry President of the Church of the Open Door U.C.C. said. The same church where Patterson is a member of.

Dr. Barrau, M.D.: So. FL Chapter hosts gala

“I believe the Haitian doctors and African American doctors are too distant in their professions, social activities and in their communities. Hopefully, beginning with a combined knowledge of professions and socializing we can become closer,” Barrau said. “Most African American doctors are not aware that there is an association of Haitian physicians. Hopefully, by letting them know what we do and their letting us know what they do, we can become closer in our efforts.”

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A pastor, mentor and great trainer retires

McIntyre leaves pastoring but will continue God’s work

Rev. Marvin James McIntyre, Sr. a very reserved, disciplined, calm, “Christ-influenced,” 78 year-old pastor is leaving that career to take on a more “evangelistic one.” He says, “I am leaving the pulpit/pastoral part of the job I have proudly done for 33 years but will always be a spokesperson for the Lord.” The young man, personally selected, to replace McIntyre is Rev. Brandon Jones, the son of Lisa Frazier and Leroy Jones, who is not only a preacher but also

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A century of service, sisterhood and scholarship

The grand chapter, Alpha Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was founded Jan. 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate students on the campus of Howard University. Many of those same women were among the first Black Women to join the Women’s Suffrage March down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. “One hundred years ago, those women realized that when collective strength is used much can be accomplished,” Maud Newbold, the organizer, first president of the Dade County Alumnae Chapter organized Jan. 10, 1981 and General Centennial Chairperson, said. “we know the value of unity and the strength it can

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Jesus Loves Me celebrates 9th anniversary

“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.”

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S.H.E.A.R. helps spread holiday cheer to all

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

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Dr. Russell reaches out through lifeline ministry

“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.”

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Unstoppable despite disabilities

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.

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Omega Power and Praise ministry gives and feeds

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.

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L’Oréal Paris honors and supports Women of Worth

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 voice on opinions on Lemon City vs. Little Haiti

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.

AHCAC: Still the great secret on 62nd Street

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.

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Smith's aim is to follow the example of Christ

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,

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RJT Foundation honored for services rendered

“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

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Pastor Jackson: Raised on the word of God

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.

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“My abuse, misery and pain led to ministry”

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.

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Preacher avoids world’s pitfalls in service to God

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,"

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Apostle Jean answers call: ‘Save the Children’

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.’

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Breast cancer — raising funds and awareness both vital

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

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Recalling the legacy of Elder Edward Buckner

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.”

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Apostle Jean answered the call: ‘Save the Children’

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.

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First Black minister to head a South Florida Assembly of God Church

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 [2012] after serving as the pastor at RTAG for 40 years.

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Miami Food banks seeing decline in reserves

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.”

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Kevin Roundtree: “Special Olympics Athlete of the Year”

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.

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SNAP cutbacks a real threat to seniors

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.

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Spirit of Life Choir’s director holds the baton for 32 years

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.

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Gia Wyre leaves for CA to pursue her career

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.

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Men’s retreat targets breaking the yoke of Black male incarceration

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.