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AmEx Open event offers small businesses government contracting help

The OPEN for Government Contracting: Success Series in Miami is designed to educate small business owners on the benefits of selling to the federal government. The free full day program will cover a variety of government contracting topics and provide attendees with resources, insights and networking opportunities with government officials and like-minded small business owners.

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Community feeding occurs in Opa-locka

Commissioner hosts every third Friday

At 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, the City of Opa-locka, in partnership with Feeding South Florida held its monthly food distribution, hosted by Commissioner Joseph L. Kelley, at Segal Park, 2331 NW 143rd St., Opa-locka. Each month, on the third Friday, an 18-wheeler truck arrives at Segal Park, packed with non-perishable groceries such as can goods, fresh vegetables, meat, sweets and a variety of other nourishments. The food is distributed — while supplies lasted — to local citizens of the community, who can fill bags, boxes and carts. The only requirement to get assistance is proof of

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Zooman and the Sign’ opens October 2 at cultural center

The Obie award-winning play runs for two weekends only at the AHCAC

The latest presentation by the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC), “Zooman and the Sign” expresses the story of a murdering teenager in Philadelphia who senselessly terrorizes his community without regard to race. His most-recent crime is the killing of a 12-year-old Black girl on a street filled with witnesses, all of whom are afraid to talk. The dead girl's bereaved father posts a sign accusing the entire community of cowardice in the face of the ever-escalating violence. The theater production is written by Obie award-winning playwright, Charles Fuller and directed by John Pryor. It runs for two weekends, starting Oct. 2.

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Elyn Johnson, 85, Sexton dies

Elyn Johnson practically wrote her obituary because she wrote so much about her life on yellow legal sheets which were shared by her niece, Jessica Williams on Tuesday. Born on January 20, 1930, Johnson wrote, “ I was christened by Father John Culmer at St. Agnes. My godmother was Mildred Allen and my godfather was Dr. Kelsey L. Pharr. After nurse training I was married to William Johnson in Christ Episcopal Church by Father Theodore Gibson. After living in the Grove, we moved to Liberty City in the late 50’s and in the 60’s I began working in politics as a legislative aide to State

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Human rights commission looking at Miami-Dade

A stop on a five-city tour gathers testimony from those affected by police violence, racial discrimination

Miami-Dade residents who have been impacted by state violence and racial discrimination were able to testify as to their personal experiences before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) at a community forum on Monday, Sept. 21 at St. Thomas University School of Law. A delegation, led by Commissioner Rose Marie Belle Antoine, organized visits to five U.S. cities to investigate the issue of police violence against the Black community and racial discrimination. IACHR is a part of the Organization of American States.

Suffolk Co. expands its trades series series in Miami

Program to provide minority-owned firms insight on partnering

Suffolk Construction has expanded its Trades Partnership Series to Miami-Dade. The program will assist small, local, disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned firms with training to qualify to be a trade partner with Suffolk. On the heels of success in Boston, Suffolk will be rolling out the series in Miami for the first time in November. Applicants from interested firms are now being accepted. Provided at no cost to selected participants, the Trades Partnership Series in Miami will be offered exclusively to trade partners that have been in business for a minimum of two years and are certified as one of the following: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE); Minority Business Enterprise (MBE); Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE); Small Business Enterprise (SBE); Veterans Owned Small Business (VOSB); and/or Service Disabled Veterans Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

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Statement from President Dr. Elmira Mangum on the passing of Sybil C. Mobley

The Sybil C. Mobley School of Business and Industry was created in 1974 by founding Dean Sybil C. Mobley. She started her career at FAMU in 1963 when there was no business school, established an accredited program, gathered educated and experienced staff and faculty and shaped a business school that occupies more than 130,000 square feet. Her dedicated service spanned 40 years.

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Remembering Civil Rights Activist Connie Tucker

Today we remember civil rights activist Connie Tucker.

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Rochelle Lightfoot selected to travel to DC to perform the national anthem

Native Miami Artist, Rochelle Lightfoot, "The Sweetheart of Song" was present at this year's Congressional Black Caucus convention and was selected by the Caucus Board to kick off the 30th Annual Jazz Concert Celebration for Congressman Conyers.

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B Michael rocks runway at New York Fashion Week

Designer of b michael AMERICA shows 2016 looks at event

B michael AMERICA is a couturier and ready-to-wear designer who is known for his designs made exclusively in America and worn by many of the world's most stylish women. b Michael's Spring/Summer 2016 Designer Collection was presented during New York Fashion Week at Harlem Stage on Tuesday, Sept 15. In the front row, guests included Ashford & Simpson's Valerie Simpson, Henni Kessler, Tamara Tunie, Phylicia Rashad, Karen Phillips, Mark-Anthony Edwards, Pamela Newkirk, Sharon Bowen, Amelia Ogunlesi, Jean Shafiroff, Flo Anthony, Myrna Colley-Lee and others — all for a great cause!

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