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Miami Gardens’ residents will elect a mayor and heads of three council seats Aug. 30. They will also vote to accept or reject an amendment to the charter.

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Faith Calendar

St. Mary First Baptist Church of Coconut Grove invites the community to Youth Ministry Annual Back to School Jam on August 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 305-775-5750 or 305-443-8166. Norland United Methodist Preschool will provide free meals and snacks for students enrolled during the school year. Call 305-510-6173.

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Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. in partnership with the Florida Summer Food Program, will be offering free meals for children from infancy to 18 during the summer. Call 305-693-1301. Norland United Methodist Preschool, will provide free meals and snacks for students enrolled during the school year. Call 305-510-6173. Golden Bells cordially invite you to their 38th singing anniversary August 20, 7 p.m. at New Beginning Church in Miami Gardens: August 21, 3 p.m. at New Covenant Church in Ft. Lauderdale. Call 786-251-2878.

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Black people are not all suspects

Last week underscored another bloody milestone in American history.  At the center of the dispute this time, and all too, often: law enforcement. Social media churned with conflicted messages as to whether Black people should continue on a nonviolent path as Black people become human targets for some police officers or to rise up with militancy and aggression. At least one deranged person may have misunderstood those messages and performed executions on Dallas police officers. The cause for the alleged actions of Micah Johnson could have stemmed from the spate of police violence against Black people, mostly Black men by white police officers.

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Miami Gardens deserves control over Dolphins Stadium

Last week, Miami Gardens made a giant leap toward having control related to land use and permitting at the new Dolphins Stadium. It is about time. It should have happened sooner so that Miami Gardens could have had some say in the ongoing $450 million renovation to the stadium. However, in future, Miami Gardens will issue zoning permits with the county able to hear appeals from developers if needed.

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United we stand against bigotry and hate

The world woke up Sunday morning to find out that an Orlando gay nightclub filled with people had been sprayed with bullets from an automatic rifle. First, the death toll was 20. By midday Sunday, that number leaped to 50 people, with as many injured, many barely clinging to life. The unspeakable crime has been labeled the worst mass shooting in American history. Ongoing investigations have revealed that the gunman visited the club many times; had contacted gay men through a gay app; had been investigated by the FBI twice

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Little Haiti shouldn’t have divided community

On Thursday, May 26, Miami City Commissioners designated the boundaries of Little Haiti. For the Haitians, it was the culmination of 16 years of waiting to have a slice of Miami. For the historic preservationists and descendants of Miami’s pioneers, it was a loss and a slap in the face. Both groups had valid arguments. The Haitians wanted to create an enclave that they could call home, much like the Cubans did in Little Havana. And they did. The new immigrants say they built up a blighted area and made it livable. Miami natives say, no such thing.

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Pinder’s death another tragedy for Opa-locka

Opa-locka Commissioner Terence Pinder died last week after his city-owned SUV crashed into a tree at Opa-locka Airport. The news of the early morning crash rippled through the city that is already hurting from news of FBI investigations into corruption and an unresolvable financial crisis by the city. Pinder’s untimely death has added a layer of chaos to an already turbulent situation. Indeed it is tragic since with him are explanations to malfeasance that will never be told. However, city leaders must not slow down in clearing the financial hurdles over which they need to climb.

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Welcome Black people to Miami Beach

One thing is clear: Black people love coming to South Florida. Every year, for the last 10 years, thousands of Black young visitors come from all over to converge and party on Miami Beach. The crowds have dwindled and surged -- depending on who you ask -- but still it is clear that Black people want to be in Miami during Memorial Day weekend. Another event that draws Black people – mostly of Caribbean descent – is the Best of the Best concert. It too has a 10-year history in Miami. Finally in 2016, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau sanctioned and supported the event. It was about time.

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Faith Calendar

Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. in partnership with the Florida Summer Food Program, will be offering free meals for children from infancy to 18 during the summer. Call 305- 693-1301. St. Mary First Missionary Baptist Church in Coconut Grove will host an Alcohol Literacy Challenge Training Workshop on June 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 305-790-58936. Persons interested in traveling to Tampa to attend the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education (NBCC) June 20-24 contact terrytravel@aol.com or call 305-858-4347. Ebenezer United Methodist Church will host a women’s empowerment conference themed ~ “Women Empowered through Prayer for this Generation,” on June 24 – 26. Call 786-295-8764 or 305-635-6413. Norland United Methodist Preschool will provide free meals and snacks for students enrolled during the school year. Call 305-510-6173.

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