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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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Faith Calendar

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Will Miami become headquarters for the illiterate?

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.

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Farm Share, Opa-locka feed families in need

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.

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Crime Scene: August 7, 2013

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,

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Street Talk: August 7, 2013

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.”

Parents need to join the PTA, instead of listening to the grapevine

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.