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Stories of positive Black men in the ‘hood’

A recent study just released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that contrary to longstanding stereotypes about Black fatherhood, those who live with their children are just as involved as other dads who live with their kids – or more so. Seventy percent said they bathed, diapered or dressed their kids every day as compared to 60 percent of white fathers and 45 percent of Latino dads. Among Black

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Black boys learn the real message of Mandela

Local philanthropists, encourage local youth to fulfill their dreams

What makes for a legend? That is the question that is addressed in the recently-released biopic, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” While the filmmakers wanted to show the more personal side of Nelson Mandela, they also faced the arduous task of presenting a hero while also trying to

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Haitians challenge injustice in Dominican Republic

Black Miami stands firm in criticism of efforts to “purge” shores of Haiti’s neighboring country

Last September, the high court of the Dominican Republic [DR] ruled that thousands of men, women and children of Haitian descent would retroactively lose their citizenship — even if they were born in the Dominican Republic, allegedly because they were “undocumented.” But after public outcry from Haitians in the Diaspora, including here in Miami, and from Blacks across the country, the U.S. State Department recently commented on a plan by the DR to restore legal status to those affected by the controversial citizenship ruling. The State Department said it still has “deep concerns” about the impact the decision will have.

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Fort Lauderdale’s “top dawg” in the world of spoken word

Former NFL star now makes the stage his playing field

Jerris Evans, a proud Ft. Lauderdale native, was recently reminded by his third grade teacher, Mrs. Maltimore at Nova Middle, that he has always had a penchant for reciting poetry and being the center of attraction. Since those formative years, he’s honed his skills in efforts to become a formidable force in the spoken word entertainment business. And from most accounts, Evans, known on stage as “QuickThePoet,” is doing very well.

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Famed muralist premiers film about the power of art

Kyle Holbrook brings team from MLK Mural to Little Haiti

“I want to treat ‘Art of Life’ like an organic piece of public art — we capture everyday normal life and incorporate it into our film,” says Kyle Holbrook, who recently made his debut as a film director after establishing himself as one of the country’s most talented mural artists.

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Suffering from the holiday blues?

New Horizons CEO: ‘Mental illness hits Blacks at alarming rate

We’re supposed to be happy and jolly during the five-week period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. We’re supposed to look forward to the holidays and anticipate a time of happiness and fellowship. But experts say that many people find their anticipation and excitement turning into feelings of depression, commonly called the holiday blues. Symptoms vary: headaches, insomnia, uneasiness, anxiety, sadness, intestinal problems and unnecessary conflict with family members and friends.

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Miami Times prepares for million dollar makeover

Will relocate to temporary space at Brownsville Center

The home of the award-winning and oldest Black newspaper in the South, The Miami Times, is about to change — but just for an approximate four months. Beginning Monday, Dec. 30, the Times will relocate to the Brownsville Center, 2537 NW 54th Street, so that a million dollar renovation of the current office on 900 NW 54th Street can begin.

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Multicultural coalition targets education, economic justice

Miami citizens join 60 other cities in National Day of Action

A newly-formed group of parents, teachers, students and community members have teamed up to form the Dade Coalition for Education and Economic Justice [DCEEJ] with the goal of demonstrating the connection between education and economic opportunity. In their first press conference held earlier this month, they announced their platform as similar groups in 60 other U.S. cities jointly participated in the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education.

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Young Black Men YBE Magazine finds its niche

Founder marks first full year of publication

A new magazine that brings to light the experiences of America’s young Black men has reached a milestone with its fourth quarterly issue in December — marking its first year of publication. Based out of Atlanta, YBE Magazine was started 10 years ago by Eric Foster, who serves as the chief editor of the publication.

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Miami pays tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela

Celebration includes dance, songs and the words of Madiba

Close to 300 people attended a moving but joyous celebration last Thursday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center where they recalled the numerous contributions of Madiba — the name affectionately used when referring to the South African civil rights activist Nelson Mandela.

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