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One family, serving you for 93 years

The Black press has and continues to be an important voice in the media landscape. In September 1923 when The Miami Times printed its first issue, the world was as troubling a place as it is today. The Ku Klux Klan was running rampant in the United States and Adolf Hitler was disrupting Europe. Fast-forward to 2013, 90 years later. America’s first Black president starts his second term. At the same time the Black nation mourned the 50th anniversary of the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where four children died. Wedged between those years were Jim Crow laws in the South; the War on Drugs and the War on Crime, all policies that diluted and decimated the Black family. As the paper embarks on its 93rd year of publishing, the state of the Black community is

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Lifestyle Happenings

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. BTW Alumni Association, Inc. will meet on Thursday, August 20 at 6 p.m. in the BTW Cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. TSU Miami Alumni Chapter is hosting a fish fry on August 21 at The Omega Activity Center. Call 305-336-4287.

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Taxis, Uber going the way of dinosaurs

Another industry is under threat by advancement in technology and inguenity. The business model up for discussion is that of taxis or cars for hire. Taxi service started after the first cars started showing up on American roads, somewhere in the 1890s.

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Faith Calendar

New Life Ministry invites the community to The Healing and Deliverance Revival featuring Prophet Markell McKoy and The Prophetic Team, July 15-17, 7:30 p.m. 305-681-0208. Bethany SDA Church educational series for the Brownsville community, Part 2 – Parenting on Thursday, July16th at 6:30 p.m. Call 305-634-2993 or email www.bethanymiami.org.

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Worldcenter angst shows community insecurity

Worldcenter developers are getting mixed messages from the community. The $2 billion, colossal development slated for the former Miami Arena site has been given the green light on zoning and other issues to move the project forward by city of Miami and Miami-Dade County almost all times it appears before them. On July 7, more than 500 people attended a job fair for Worldcenter’s project, which

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Confederate flag harkens to a dark past

More than 50 years after the 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama Church was bombed, killing four little girls, America woke up the morning of June 18 to learn that some things never change.

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GOP may hide behind Supreme Court rulings

Members of the Grand Old Party heaved a collective sigh of relief Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down rulings on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage. GOP members in Florida who are running for election or reelection, especially those who were anti-Obamacare, thanked whomever god they worship.

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Insensitive comments show lack of character

Kurtis Cook, a former volunteer who had belonged to the Mabank Fire Department in Texas, said last Thursday on a newspaper website that Dylann Roof “needs to be praised for the good deed he has done.” Roof is accused of gunning down nine people in the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina last week. By Friday, the MaBank Fire Department had fired Cook for his post. A Miami-Dade high school principal writes comments on a newspaper website sympathizing with a Texas police officer who is seen in a video with his gun drawn on Black teenagers at a pool party North Miami High School former principal Alberto Iber said of the police officer, who resigned: “He did

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Miami-Dade residents need a raise

A recent meeting of Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime’s Council for Prosperity Initiatives reiterated what everyone already knew: wages are too low in the county for many. Monestime identified through the American Community Survey that Miami-Dade ranked dead last on income relative to the cost of living. A University of Miami researcher concluded that meeting the cost of housing in the county required an hourly wage of $17.50 per hour, about $37,000 annually for a full-time worker.

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Housing crisis created by broken system

There is a catch 22 for those who live in slums in Miami. Because of their limited income, credit issues and perhaps criminal history, residents may have no choice but to live in housing that is sub-standard. Landlords have little incentive to make improvements since they can’t pass the cost of improvements on to their tenants.

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Prosecutors, surprise public with police convictions

In 2012 a Cleveland police officer jumped on the hood of a car and fired 15 shots at an occupied car, after other officers on the scene had stopped shooting. In all, 137 shots were fired into the vehicle, whose occupants, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were unarmed. They died. Police shot Russell and Williams after a 22-mile

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Lifestyle Happenings

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. Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Alumni Picture Day will be May 23rd at 8 am. Contact 305-755-2558 to schedule your appointment times. Alpha Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Miami will host a spring luncheon on May 23, from 11a.m. - 3 p.m. at Quality Inn South. Call 305-992-3332. FAMU Alumni Gold Coast Chapter will celebrate alumni from the class of 1940

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Despicable police conduct exposed on Miami Beach

The undesirable and despicable racist and sexist e-mails exchanged between Miami Beach police officers and exposed at a press conference last Thursday by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates still convey shock but they only amplify what Blacks have been saying all along about their encounters with police. Blacks have said, and it has been documented on cameras, police show them little, if any respect, and most times profile and harass them.

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Another American civil war on the horizon

A civil war is defined as a war between groups in the same country. Apply that definition to what is happening between some citizens and law enforcement and it seems the United States is heading for a civil war, if not already in one. As specious reasons for stopping, apprehending and causing the death of Black men in America by law enforcement continue to get exposure, the more reasons appear that eventually the oppressed group will react negatively. The discovery is an indictment on the entire justice system in America, from the federal level down.

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body and Soul Enhancements self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018. St. Mary’s Wesleyan Methodist Church will hold spring revival April 28 – 30 at 7:30 p.m. Call 305-758-1601.

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Chatter that Matters

Nelson Jenkins, treasurer for the King Of Clubs of Greater Miami, made his final report at the last meeting before the membership. Furthermore, it was a masterpiece based on his technique of bookkeeping from his New Jersey hometown and former businesses he raised his children on. The format included a unique style that demonstrates writing of checks and deposits, unlike Profit & Loss Statement I was taught back in the days. More importantly, they were above reach, especially closures of views, writing of checks deposits and accurate total to summarize amounts. Reading it back to the membership gave the membership more pride as a member and could not wait to release their gut feeling when the balance exceeded the current ones. Mr. Jenkins continued his report by laying out the need for a larger gathering than last year, while Dr. Mack looked for his bag of invitations to be disseminated to their guests. Some one indicated to say, “look under the seat.” A broad grin covered his face as he realized an old Army joke was played on him. Therefore, he laughed with the gang and everyone laughed it off.

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Tallahassee, leave police body cam video alone

It can be a perilously slippery slope when lawmakers try to limit public information. Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale) may have had good intentions when he crafted the Senate Bill 248 but creating loopholes for police departments who choose to adopt body worn cameras could undermine the intent of the use of the cameras. In essence, the bill limits what type of footage captured by the body cameras can be released. The bill, as written, would limit police cam videos captured inside

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No importing of racism from Cuba

Now that President Barack Obama plans to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the U.S. is another step closer to normalized relations with the island nation, just 330 miles from Miami’s shores. The announcement came last week after Obama met with Cuban President , Raúl Castro during a summit in Panama. Before that, in December, both leaders agreed to some normalizing of relations.

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Faith Calendar

New 79th Street World Church Int’l invites you to experience “His Blood, Their Words” on Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Call 305-778-3213. Women in Transition of South FL will hold it’s eighth annual “Women’s History Month” Spring Tea Party on Saturday, March 28, at 3 p.m.  Call 786-477-8548. St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church, Coconut Grove hosts Friends and Family Day April 19 at 11 a.m. Call 305-443-8166.

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Stop the bills pushing guns in schools

Creeping through the 2015 Florida Legislative session is the idea of putting guns on college and high school campuses. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed a bill on Monday 3-2 to allow school district superintendents and principals to appoint teachers and school employees to carry guns on public school campuses. Last week, the Senate Higher Education Committee passed 6-3 legislation that

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Miami-Dade should not be Ferguson

One police officer in Ferguson, Missouri sent an email with a photo depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee. Here, a Black man in the same city lost his job after a police officer accused him of being a pedophile as he was resting after a game of basketball. In the same city, a poor Black woman who parked her car illegally was forced to pay $550 in fines and still owes hundreds more from new fines and fees.

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Miami Gardens civil unrest troubling

At a time when people of all walks of life have joined together to say Black Lives Matter, Florida’s largest predominately Black city has diluted the message. Weeks after Miami Gardens police officers had a confrontation with mentally-ill Lavall Hall that left the young man dead, conversations continue, a wrongful death law suit has been filed, and a State Attorney investigation has been opened.

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Fifty years later, Selma’s struggle is not over

The Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 were part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement and led to the passage that year of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the American Civil Rights Movement. Neither the demonstrators in that march nor the police who beat them could have imagined that in 2015, a Black president would be leading commemorative ceremonies memorializing the moment. On Saturday, President Obama’s speech honoring Selma’s 50th anniversary may have

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crime problem needs solutions

Gun violence has plagued Miami’s Black community all year. But in the past month, senseless shootings have erupted in Liberty City and Overtown at alarming levels. Some 19 people have been injured in drive-by shootings since Dec. 14. Parents and relatives have shed many tears as their way of coping with a problem that continues to plague their community. In addition to funerals, there have been marches, speeches and campaigns to stop the violence. But crime is still spiraling out of control. Solutions are needed

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A bad lesson from Tondreau

The short political career of Lucie Tondreau is over. North Miami ’s first Haitian-American female mayor had an opportunity to represent her city and race with pride. But the vices of power and greed became her downfall as she was convicted on five counts of wire fraud on Tuesday before a

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Time to speak up on Alzheimer’s

Thousands of relatives who serve as caregivers make tremendous sacrifices daily to help their loved ones live with this debilitating disease. It steals loved ones minute by minute and day by day. But in addition to suffering stress and financial hardships, caregivers also suffer, too. Many experience isolation and loneliness because of this simple fact: Alzheimer’s disease is a stigma in the Black community. Misconceptions and

Candlelight vigil scheduled for slain Miami resident

Candlelight vigil scheduled for slain Miami resident

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Body cameras prevent mistreatment

The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three Black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects. There is ample precedent. Animal protection activists have used body cameras to document egregious atrocities and safety violations by workers in the meat, dairy, and egg industries. The resulting videos have led to a number of co

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Legal fight one way to solve Opa-locka problem

city of Opa-locka commissioner Timothy Holmes resolution term limits retroactively

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Lifestyle Happenings

Liberty Square Project Family and Friends Inc. will have their first banquet on Fri. Dec. 5 at the Church of the Incarnation. Call 305-333-8539 or 305-696-1819. The Egelloc Club, MEN OF TOMORROW Program invites 10th grade young men to their Dec. 7 workshop with various Professionals. If interested email nadinebaxter-atkins@keyes.com. Place “MOT” in the subject line.

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Monestime rises on Miami-Dade commission

Monday was a special day for District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime. By a unanimous vote, Monestime made history by becoming the first Haitian-American to serve as chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commission. The role caps a success story of a Haitian-American who has managed to avoid scandals and gain the respect of his constituents. Monestime was overwhelming elected during the Nov. 4 general election. After serving as a

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Prosecutor responsible for Ferguson unrest

Monday night, after months reviewing evidence and hearing from witnesses, the decision came on whether to charge white police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brown. The grand jury said no. Soon after, Ferguson erupted into a sea of flames, tear gas and despair. New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Tempe, Oakland and San Francisco marched in solidarity. People lay in streets in Seattle. In Miami, the silence about the plight of Brown’s family and the citizens of Ferguson was so loud, it could be heard over high-volume TV sets.

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Beware of SkyRise tapping into our pockets

SkyRise last Thursday told minority and women business owners that it has $10 million worth of contracts available for them to participate in its project. That sounds like good news on the surface. But SkyRise’s project is estimated to cost about $400 million when all is said and done. Already the private project is asking to dip into our pockets. It wants $9 million from Miami-Dade county taxpayers. Who knows if SkyRise will ask for more? In this scenario, if SkyRise gives $10 million in contracts and asks for $9 million in county funding, it seems we net $1 million.

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Ferguson, a ticking time bomb

Michael Brown is dead. It’s been more than 100 days since Officer Darren Wilson killed him. Gov. Jay Nixon recently declared a state of emergency in Missouri. These are facts. When this paper hits the press, 103 days would have passed without an indictment for the death of Brown. And, yes, we’ve been counting. Things might change given an expected decision from the grand jury, but Gov. Nixon has issued this declaration of a state emergency in the event that it doesn’t.

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Sesame Street: 45 years of transcending race

The hit children’s show, “Sesame Street,” is a mainstay on public television today. But when it debut on public television some 45 years ago on Nov. 10, 1969, “Sesame Street” was groundbreaking. The cast was diverse group of puppets of all colors and people of different colors, too. And “Sesame Street” broke the mold of kids’ TV with extensive research before its commercially-inspired segments aired jingles about letters and numbers.

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Liberty Square needs change now

There was a time when the Liberty Square housing project was the ideal community for aspiring Black professionals seeking to become part of America’s middle class. Prominent Blacks such as the late Miami Commissioner and Funeral Home owner Athalie Range once called Liberty Square home. Last Thursday, residents of this 77-year-old complex were promised a return to the old days at a town hall meeting. Miami-Dade’s new Housing and Urban Development Director Michael Liu’s vow to sweep out

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Calls for new downtown school smacks of de jure segregation

The undertone concerning talks for a new school for downtown is essentially racist and separatist. That Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regalado didn’t recommend the many public schools — including Booker T. Washington Senior High School — to her constituents when they approached her about a school to serve their needs was dereliction of duty. If the affluent foreigners living in her district want special programs for their children then they should send them to private school.

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Seventh Avenue: The county is watching you

When the county calls a predominantly Black area a “regional priority,” it gets in the paper. But our readers have to know how to read between the lines. Miami-Dade County is paying attention to Seventh Avenue and so should you. Instead of overlooking the area and its large Black population or disregarding it because of its crime rate, the county is lauding Seventh Avenue as a “strategic location.” Of course, Seventh Avenue is optimally located. It’s near Interstate 95 and within reasonable reach

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Faith Calendar

Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in South Miami will be having a Prayer Breakfast on Nov. 8 at 10:15 after service. Call 305-667-7791. New Way Fellowship Praise and Worship Church will have an evening of praise Sat. Nov. 15. Call 305-625-7246. Second Canaan MB Church invites you to attend their Pastor’s Care Brunch 10:30 a.m. Sat. Nov. 15. in the Fellowship Hall. Call 305-620-1276. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body, and Soul Enhancements; self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018.

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Breast cancer month a success

Breast Cancer Awareness Month was a tremendous success. The rallies, pink ribbons, balloons and decorations brought a refreshing effort to generate awareness in Miami’s Black communities. The media should be congratulated for highlighting the importance of this killer disease. And the marathon walks and special events galvanized Breast cancer survivors to rally around patients in desperate need of support. In the Black community, the attention was highly needed and much

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