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Ebola hits home

Ebola is here. Nina Pham is the first person in America to contract Ebola outside of the African continent. The Dallas nurse contracted the deadly virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week after entering the United States from West Africa. There is no need to panic but Ebola is real and medicine is scarce. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the death rate for Ebola is 70 percent, not 50 percent as previously reported. So that means for every 10 persons infected, seven will die.

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Bright futures needed

On Nov. 5, Florida’s Board of Governors will hear the concerns of many Black and Hispanic parents, whose children no longer qualify for the state’s Bright Futures college scholarship. That’s because the 7-year-old program that has awarded some $4.3 billion to deserving students raised its academic standards as part of an effort to meet its budget. The fact that two-thirds of Black students do not qualify under the new rules should be alarming, especially for a program that has given so many poor, college-bound seniors new hope of achieving the American dream.

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Hold developers accountable in Overtown

Overtown is getting a wave of attention again from developers and Miami city officials. Within the last week Worldcenter got the go-ahead it needed to start its behemoth $2 billion project. The Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA) has received funding that will allow six projects to get off the ground soon. All this sounds familiar.

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Save our young generation

Another mass shooting in Liberty City, this time at a party held at The Spot where children as young as 12 years old experienced one of the most frightening moments of their lives. The shooting is one of many that have rocked this community. It was also a disturbing scene where young people have taken justice into their own hands by firing bullets into the crowd. While details have emerged about The Spot, the focus should turn toward the parents, who allowed their children to go to such a seedy and

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Job well done, Eric Holder

Eric Holder, America’s first Black Attorney General, resigned last week. For six years, America had someone who revived and could affect civil rights issues. As America’s lawyer he held accountable those who trampled on the rights of those who couldn’t defend themselves.

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Medical marijuana: Stirring the pot

Everyone knows someone who experiences debilitating pain or suffers as the disease ravages their body. That you cannot relieve their condition brings a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. Doctors have an arsenal of highly addictive drugs that they dispense for pain, some with severe side effects. Pill bottles are marked with labels telling people to be cautious when using these drugs.

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Black churches fighting more than just crime

In the past several months there have been rallies and marches against crime throughout Liberty City, a community that has seen numerous incidences of gun violence. Many lives have been cut short, leaving parents to face the loss of a child or children to lose a parent. Black churches are an integral part of the community and have always served as meeting places for rallies as warriors in the

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Integrity needed at North Miami City Hall

When she ran for mayor of North Miami in the city’s election last year, Lucille Tondreau’s campaign slogan was “I Love Lucie”. It was a catchy phrase that caught on to voters who elected her as the city’s first Haitian-American female mayor. It’s too bad her term was rocked by scandal last month after she was suspended from office for allegedly running an $8 million mortgage scheme.

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Goodbye Miami Edison Middle School

The transformation of Edison Middle School into a technical school in the fall will be the start of an initiative to help students in low-income areas excel in science, mathematics and technology. After years of struggling with mediocre and low grades on the state’s accountability tests, educators hope iTech Thomas A. Edison School’s curriculum will usher in a new era of academic achievement.

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Now we know why Maya Angelou sings

Amidst the physical prowess of today’s star athletes and glamour of Black entertainers, Maya Angelou was a unique celebrity who lived in the limelight as America’s poet laureate. From presidential inaugurations to commencement addresses, Angelou graced this nation with her intellectual prose and insight on the human condition. As America plans to return this humanitarian back to her ancestors, one wonders, who will be the next poet laureate to inspire others to think beyond themselves and the physical.

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Booker T. Washington ahead of the class

Booker T. Washington in Overtown has been the Florida’s Class 4A Football Champions for the past two years. It has been a triumphant year of parades and celebrations for the Tornadoes, the alma mater of many of the Black community’s most prominent professionals and businessmen.

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A salute to the best and brightest

Miami Carol City and American Senior High Schools kicked off the graduation season for many of Miami-Dade’s graduates. In separate ceremonies, seniors proudly hurled their caps at the Bank United Center on the University of Miami campus Tuesday. Other schools will hold festive sendoffs for seniors in the coming days to the delight and pride of many parents, teachers and friends. With top

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Help return Nigerian girls back to their parents

Activists held demonstrations all over the U.S. and the world to express their outrage over the kidnapping of some 276 girls in Nigeria who are still being held hostage by the Boko Haram, a radical group of Islamic extremists. The teenage girls were snatched from their boarding school during a violent raid in the small town of Chibok.

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Time for change at Civilian Investigative Panel

It’s a reality you will find in many of America’s organizations: hardworking individuals clashing with one another over decisions that would best serve the interest of their organization. In one corner are hard-driving leaders who are responsible for making tough decisions. On the other side are dedicated workers who can sometimes challenge the upper echelon of organizations with or without good intentions.

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Donald Sterling fouls out over racist comments

Basketball fans in Miami and across the nation are going wild this week but not because LeBron James and the Heat swept the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Emotions are running high over a flagrant foul committed by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who ignited a firestorm after an audio tape

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Support Miami Gardens’ $60 million Bond

Miami Gardens is a young city faced with many challenges. Creating safe neighborhoods is one of them and protecting millions of dollars in tax revenue from Sun Life Stadium is another. Both realities are growing pains for Miami-Dade’s second largest city that’s struggling to establish itself as the preeminent community for South Florida’s Black middle-class.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Miami Children’s Chorus Presents “All Together Now,” a series of free community sing-alongs 11:30 a.m. Sat. April 12 at the North Shore Park and Youth Center. Call 305-662-7494. Booker T. Washington Alumni Association, Inc. presents the 2014 living legends Gala Ball Sat. April 12 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel. Tickets are $60. Call 305-213-0188.

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Governor Scott losing ground in the Black community

It’s election year in the race for governor. Incumbent Rick Scott is hot on the campaign trail as recent polls show he’s trailing his likely opponent and Democrat candidate Charlie Crist, who will be a tough politician to beat in November if Scott doesn’t do something about it. He has. The trouble is, Scott may have made things worse for his political ambitions. Desperate for votes, the governor in recent months has made critical mistakes that have insulted the Black community. For one, Scott sidestepped an issue concerning hundreds of thousands of Haitians who have been stripped of their citizens on the Dominican Republican and ordered out of the country without nowhere to go. The governor instead joined South Florida’s large Venezuelan community of registered voters and protest President Nicolas Madura’s crackdown on demonstrators protesting food shortages, inflation, and high crime in their native country. They are fed up.

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Final diagnosis on affordable healthcare

It’s the final stretch for millions of American citizens in need of President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Plan. With five days to go before the deadline, politicians, community leaders and scores of volunteers are working long hours at enrollment drives across Miami-Dade county and the nation where residents are packing churches, parks and health centers to sign up to avoid paying a penalty fee.

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Faith Calendar

Bethel Temple/Bethel Community Development Corporation invites the public to their Ultimate Yard Sale Sat., March 22nd from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Vendor spaces are available. Call 305-688-1612 Mt. Hermon AME Church invites the public, particularly those in need, to their furniture “Give Away Bazaar on March 22 starting at 9 a.m. Some items are new and some are used but all are in good condition. Call 954-614-0282.

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Mop City’s final cut with Transit Village

Derek Alderman, a cultural geographer at East Carolina University, conducted a recent survey found over 730 streets in the U.S. are named after Dr. Martin Luther King. It was also discovered that most of those streets are in run-down, inner-city neighborhoods with boarded-up businesses and high crime rates. One of them is in Liberty City.

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Pottinger settlement for the affluent?

Things are not what they used to be. Back in the day Some 16 years ago, a homeless person on Miami’s heavily patrolled streets enjoyed cooked meal before finding somehow, a good night’s sleep on the limiting comforts of a piece of cardboard on hard pavement.

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Lifestyle Happenings

History Miami: Civil Rights in Miami will hold a panel discussion featuring Garth Reeves, Civil Rights activist and publisher emeritus of The Miami Times, on Wed. Feb. 5 at the North Dade Regional Library and Sat. Mar. 1 at the South Dade Regional Library. The event is free and open to the public. Call 305-375-1614. The Alpha Gamma Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. is having their 3rd annual Pre-Valentine’s Dance scholarship fundraiser; Fri. February 7 from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Pearl Harbor Room at American Legion Post 29. Call 305-685-8198.

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Zion Hope M.B. Church of Miami invites the public to their annual revival Jan. 22-24, 7:30 nightly and on Sat., Jan 25th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. they will be hosting an Insurance Fair. Call 305-948-7723. Millrock Holy Missionary Baptist Church is hosting Gospel in the Garden, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. For ticket information please call 786-318-7047.

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Make this New Year your best one ever

At the beginning of the New Year, many people assemble a list of things they plan to start doing or several nagging bad habits that they intend to break. We often refer to this list of promises as a New Year’s resolution. And while the list usually includes things like changing one’s diet, getting out of debt, exercising, refraining from drinking alcohol and smoking or improving one’s character, studies indicate that close to 88 percent of those who set these resolutions fail to keep them.

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Miami Gardens needs an Officer Friendly

We have referred to the fictional character known as Officer Friendly in previous editorials but considering the challenges now facing the Miami Gardens Police Department, we thought it apropos. Let’s face it — police in Miami Gardens face a real public relations problem. Instead of being viewed as friends of the community, men and women that have taken an oath of service in order to keep citizens safe, they are viewed by many as rude, rogue and rambunctious.

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lifestyle happenings

The Mayor and City Commission of Opa-locka invite you to the grand opening celebration of Helen Miller Center at Segal Park on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Call 786-338-6087. The Jessie Trice Community Health Center is having its 10th annual Santa’s workshop Fri. Dec 20 at 3 p.m. Call 305-805-1700. Team Kareem is collecting toys for their toy giveaway which takes place on Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Belafonte Tacolcy Park. Call 786-390-3923.

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Faith Calendar

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration will have its A Blue Christmas Service Wed., Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. St. Peter’s A.O.C.’s Nurses Guild will sponsor a yard sale at the church every Sat., until Dec. 18th beginning at 8 a.m. Call 305-310-0855.

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With disparity confirmed County schools must now keep their word

Miami-Dade County Public School [M-DCPS] officials may have been disturbed by the headline that appeared on the front of The Miami Times last week, “Black Firms Shutout,” but sometimes you only need a few carefully guided words to bring attention to issues of major importance.

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Health disparities still plaguing the Black community

According to recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control [CDC], among the 10 leading causes of death for Blacks, the top four — heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes — are all preventable.

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Turning in criminals is best way to save our community

Those who have either been incarcerated in jail or prison, as well as those who work in law enforcement, will tell you that the word ‘snitching’ has a negative — if not deadly — connotation particularly when it is employed behind bars. Why? Because to snitch, or to share information about one of your other inmates, can often cost an individual a visit to the prison infirmary or even worse, to the morgue. Thus, criminals claim — and we emphasize the word ‘claim’

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Scott tries to fix a non-existent problem

The State of Florida has a terrible record and reputation when it comes to voting. In the election of 2012, it took the Supervisors of Elections and the Secretary of the State three days to complete counting the ballots. It was extremely embarrassing to the state on a national and local level and an example of a dysfunctional system with no leadership.

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Be sure to give thanks for the “little things in life”

If you’re Black and live in the U.S. on Thursday you’ll probably join millions of others who will eagerly grab a plateful of turkey, dressings, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, corned bread and sweet potato or pumpkin pie. You’ll probably

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Rev. Richard Dunn’s tactics have backfired

The Reverend Dunn II was installed into District 5 seat to take the place of Commissioner Spence-Jones. At that time, he stated he would not run for the seat, but would simply work for citizens of District 5. The taste of power must have been intoxicating because he decided that he wanted the seat. He ran and lost against Michelle Spence-Jones.

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Lemon City is much more than just a name

There has been an ongoing battle over the historic area of Lemon City and whether its name should be changed to reflect a much different community than when it was established over a century ago. As the name change argument has waxed and waned between African Americans and Haitians

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Blaming victims not the way to solve Miami Gardens’ crime problem

Referring to Miami Gardens as South Florida’s new “murder capital” in last week’s edition was not just a ploy to spark readership nor was it was done in the spirit of sensationalism.

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Paucity of choices indicate a better pool of candidates is needed

As we consider who will get our vote next Tuesday, several races whose outcome will have a long standing impact on both the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County confirm something that many of us have only whispered about

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Faith Calendar

Soul Saving M.B. Church invites the community to their revival that continues Oct. 7th -12th

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Scott’s voter purge has all the trappings of racism

Florida Governor Rick Scott is at it again — bound and determined to save us from those hordes of “ineligible voters” that continue to break down the doors at every voting precinct. You know the kind

Ignorance about breast cancer often equates to death

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among Black women in the U.S. It is also the second-leading cause of cancer death among Black women, exceeded only by lung cancer. In fact, a look at recent statistics reveals that in 2013, an estimated 27,060 new cases of breast cancer will occur among Black women,

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It’s time to let Mayor Tondreau do her job

Ever since Lucie Tondreau defeated Kevin Burns in a run-off election for mayor of North Miami last spring, there’s been a court battle, led by Burns, to oust his opponent due to alleged City charter violations. Burns has contended that Tondreau never properly qualified to run for office because she had not lived in the required place of residence for at least one year. Tondreau refuted his claim.

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Rubio shows his true colors — and they aren’t pretty

At one time U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was being touted as a vice-presidential shoo-in, with his dazzling good looks and clean cut appearance. In fact, Rubio became a darling of the media as well as Republicans, particularly those from the far right. But that was before we began to see a few chinks in his armor as several parts of his “story” were proven to be less than accurate.

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Where are our Blacks leaders when we need them?

Two things happened on Tuesday, October 1 that should make all Blacks in America stand up and take notice. But it wasn’t like we didn’t see this coming. What is more alarming is the fact that few Black leaders bothered to say anything about what might happen if we citizens were allowed to fall over the cliff. And a cliff is where we now stand.

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The homeless are people too, right?

The homeless of Miami are probably used to being treated like playing cards — shuffled about like deuces or pushed from one corner of the City to another, as if they were mindless pawns in an endless game of chess.

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Let’s keep the Overtown project ‘totally transparent’

Within the last month, as the deadline approached for the Miami county commission to either approve or reject the CRA-recommended developer for a $250M multi-use project,

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Lifestyle Happenings

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity members from Miami Dade College North and South are making plans for a reunion. Call 305-623-7991.

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Faith Calendar: September 18, 2013

Evangel Church International invites you to experience 36 hrs. of Transformation Shout, Sept. 20-21. Call 786-248-1297.

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The Girl Power choir is on fire

Lives are being changed and destinies redirected

Girl Power Inc., an organization dedicated to helping young girls turn their lives around through day and after-school social change programs, has been a fixture in the Liberty City community for over a decade. And in order to raise funds, the Girl Power Choir, along with Miami favorites Maryel Epps and Rochelle Lightfoot, recently put on a concert at the Armory Studios in the Design District that showcased the girls’ incredible talents. “Many of these young girls are marginalized by our community,” said Thema Campbell, president/CEO, Girl Power. “It is our mission to bring the voices of these girls to the public and we’ve found that the choir is one of the best ways to broadcast the best of Girl Power to the world.” 

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Elected officials give their support to Drew K-8

It was open house recently at the Charles R. Drew K-8 Center [1775 NW 60th Street], hosted by their new principal, Tracie Lewis, and The Miami Children’s Initiative [MCI]. MCI partnered with the school and other local organizations to help Lewis and her faculty and staff improve the academic performance of the students. The open house opened with a free dinner for parents and students and a tour of the facility. Students were surprised with free books and other items needed for their first days of school. In addition, parents were informed about employment opportunities by Drew’s PTA and Catalyst. A number of elected officials also attended, bearing gifts for the children and committing their support to Drew. Over 200 parents attended the Liberty City event and met with their children’s teachers to discuss academic goals for the new school year.

Are we really our brother's keeper?

We have recently become a nation of marchers once again, taking a page out of the 1960s playbook to advance our individual causes and concerns. We’ve marched in the name of justice for Trayvon Martin; support for equal rights, including marriage

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