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Black History Month looks back, looks forward

South Florida is wrapping up another successful Black History Month. The history lessons, dedications and cultural events were a great display of ethnic pride and empowerment. Readers of The Miami Times enjoyed the paper’s special section, A New Generation of Dreamers, which profiled South Florida’s young, future leaders who are selfless in their devotion to Miami’s Black community. It also was refreshing to have events like Miami Gardens’

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Lipstick on a pig

Plans to raze and rebuild Liberty Square apartments have been received with mixed feelings from residents. Announced Feb. 2, Miami-Dade County Housing and Urban Development told the community a better Liberty City is on the way. While residents are ready for the change, some are worried they will be left without a home after the

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Provider Profile: Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club of Miami

Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club Inc. of Miami

“We are truly grateful for all of our staff and volunteers who give so much time to helping our youth and their families become productive citizens in the South Miami-Dade community.” —Christy Berry-Wilson, director of Social Services. The Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club is a community-based nonprofit organization, which has served the youth, elderly, unemployed and disadvantaged in South Miami-Dade for more than 40 years. Since 1971, the agency has provided a multitude of social services

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW and Northwestern Classes of 1963 will have an oldie - goldie Valentine’s dance on February 14 at 8 p.m. at The Historical Elks Center. Call 305-613-5373 or 305-634-5657. Miami Northwestern Class of 1966 will have a Valentine’s dance on February 14, 8 p.m. at the Fire Fighters Hall. Call 786-554-2130 or 786-953-8076. Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net.

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Faith Calendar

True Love Praise and Worship Center announces Black History Legends preaching each Sunday during the month of February. All services will be held at the Omega Activity Center. Call 786-387-9491. New Providence Baptist Church will hold a workshop, The Bold and The Beautiful: Taking Care of our Girls, at 11 a.m. Saturday. Call 305-758-0922 Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church will observe its 114th church anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday with speaker Rev. Zachary Royal. Call 305-756-2583.

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News Briefs

Hip-hop dance classes coming to AHCAC The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, in partnership with UP2US, is having an orientation for a free hip-hop dance class series at 10 a.m. Saturday at the center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave. Dance classes begin Feb. 14 and run through May 30. Classes for children ages 11-13 are from 10 a.m.-noon; children ages 14-17 are from noon-2 p.m. Space is limited. For registration information, call Anita Hope at 786-385-2353.

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Plaza under siege by homeless, mentally ill

Last Wednesday a mentally ill, homeless woman entered a business in the Brownsville Renaissance plaza at Northwest 54th Street and 27th Avenue. She panhandled the customers, verbally abused the cashier and grabbed a tip jar off the counter. When the cashier tried to intervene, the homeless woman hit her with a bag in her face. A red bruise immediately appeared. The homeless woman took off running.

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A time for tolerance

The last several weeks have reminded all of us that there are different ethnic cultures and religions in this world. We also have been made aware of how our beliefs can lead to disagreements and violence. It can be a challenge to find a common bond to unite of all us when there is disharmony and strife. While we are different in background and cultures, we are all human beings who share the same goals of experiencing happiness and freedom in this life. We also value and respect ideas and behaviors that are different or not familiar to us.

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Gay marriage is a civil right

It was more than time that Tallahassee stopped playing judge when it comes to how people want to live their lives. On Jan. 5, Florida administered its first gay marriage. The waste of taxpayers money on this issue was embarrassing and irresponsible. The United States Constitution allows for everyone to be treated fairly and

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Rollback views of 7th Avenue

North Miami residents made their concerns known Monday during a town hall meeting about a proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market in their neighborhood. Residents in District 3 urged their Councilman Phillipe Bien-Aime to oppose opening a new Walmart in their neighborhood. Homeowners who for years worked in building a tranquil community with their well-maintained homes had a right to question the intentions of a

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