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.
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’
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Soul Saving M.B. Church invites the community to their revival that continues Oct. 7th -12th
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity members from Miami Dade College North and South are making plans for a reunion. Call 305-623-7991.
Evangel Church International invites you to experience 36 hrs. of Transformation Shout, Sept. 20-21. Call 786-248-1297.
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.”
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.
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
South Florida is known for its idyllic weather, its bevy of beauties and its pristine beaches. But soon, if Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s budget goes through without serious alterations, it may be best known for having the largest percentage of illiterate citizens in the country.
City’s Vice Mayor Kelley teams up with local officials
“They are not just feeding the stomach, they’re feeding the spirit and the soul,” exclaimed 41-year resident Mary Brown as she stood in line — one of hundreds of recipients that received free groceries in Opa-locka last Friday. The Farm Share food distribution was sponsored by the City of Opa-locka mayor and commission and hosted by Vice Mayor Joseph L. Kelley in partnership with State Senator Oscar Braynon II and State Representative Cynthia Stafford. It all took place in the parking lot of Historic City Hall.
While two South Florida women played the slots, their children waited in a running car parked outside the casino, authorities say. Sisters Romanie Pierre, 31, and Malory Pierre, 27, of North Miami, drove to Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach with two boys and two girls — ages 8, 5, 4 and 2 — in the car,
Do you think the court was wrong for denying Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones a third term?
“The court is wrong for letting her go. She was doing a great job for the community.”
It was Gladys Knight and the Pips, along with the incomparable Marvin Gaye, who shared with the rest of the world what Blacks have long known — that there is power in the community grapevine.