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Daymond John launches start-up funding program

'Shark Tank' mogul holds fireside chat at college

Entrepreneur Daymond John of ABC’s “Shark Tank” held a fireside chat Thursday, Feb. 4 during the kick-off presentation of the American Entrepreneurship Award (AEA). The new annual award program, which provides start-up funding of up to $25,000 for entrepreneurs, is sponsored by the Libra Group and the Idea Center at Miami Dade College.  An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, John has come a long way from a $40 budget to growing FUBU into a six-billion-dollar brand. The founder of FUBU, he is a celebrated pioneer in the fashion industry, best-selling author, branding guru, and a motivational speaker. The annual award was established by the Libra Group to provide start-up funding as well as mentorship and a range of mentorship and support services that will help ideas and winning businesses get off to a strong start. Libra was inspired to create the award when it became a founding sponsor of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance), a nonprofit organization launched by President Barack Obama aimed at eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps for boys and young men of color. The AEA was launched in 2015 with an initial $500,000 commitment. “Far too often, entrepreneurs are unable to successfully launch businesses primarily due to lack of capital. The Libra Group’s American Entrepreneurship Award represents a breakthrough for small business incubation, presenting opportunities and pathways to success for entrepreneurs,” said Joe Echevarria, CEO of the MBK Alliance. “The MBK Alliance is proud to work with Libra Group and is committed to giving emerging entrepreneurs the resources they need to succeed.”

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Celebrating the good life with Patti LaBelle and Ashleigh Smith

The legendary Patti LaBelle will take the stage 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County as part of its Black History Month celebrations. The Larry Rosen Jazz Roots Series brings LaBelle and special guest Ashleigh Smith to the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall for a single performance. “As we celebrate Black History Month and our 10th anniversary season, we are thrilled to be presenting the iconic Patti La Belle ‘celebrating the good life’ on our Knight Concert Hall Stage. Not only does she embody the spirit of our JAZZ ROOTS program, she is truly one of the greatest artists of our time,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Arsht Center in a prepared statement. Having sold more than 50 million records, LaBelle has enjoyed one of the longest and most lauded careers in entertainment as a recording artist, actress and best-selling author. Starting her career as the lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles, she

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Peace Rally Jam to take place Friday

SBC Community Development Corp. and Second Baptist Church collaborate for youth

SBC Community Development Corp. and Second Baptist Church are pleased to present the 2016 Peace Rally Jam: Our Youth Can Save the World from 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, on the campus of Second Baptist Church, 11111 Pinkston Dr., in Miami. The free event will include a meet & greet mixer, food, drinks and a concert.

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Vigil marks Haiti earthquake six years later

Community leaders marched to the Little Haiti Cultural Center

Members the Haitian community as well as elected officials on Tuesday, Jan. 12 attended a prayer vigil and silent march to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the earthquake which killed more than 250,000 people and left thousands more wounded and displaced. The gathering took place at North Miami Avenue and 62 Street, in front of the Statue of Toussaint L’Ouverture. After a brief program, participants walked to the Little Haiti Cultural Center at 212 NE 59th Terr.  “We are marching in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Haiti, who after surviving the worst crisis in modern history — an earthquake that killed over 250,000 six years ago, and left thousands more wounded and homeless — continue to struggle

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The princesses and the firefighters

The Essence Tea Princess started 2016 by showing appreciation to the men that risk their lives every day in Fire Station 11 in Miami Gardens.  The young ladies in their sash and crowns arrived at the door with cases of bottled water-labeled “Thank You for your Service.” The firemen were very surprised. The princess group came in a truck with water, a variety of Gatorade, potato chips and a pound cake for snacks. The firemen gave them a tour of the fire truck and explained the difficult and life- threatening job they have of saving lives. “They were very nice and gave us a lot of detailed information about the truck said Samaria Brown,” a sixth grader who has been in the program for three years. Morgan Smith, a fifth grader, has been in the program for five years and she asked many questions of the fire fighters. Morgan wanted to know where does the water come from and how did they learn to work all the devices on the truck? It was a rewarding experience for the girls and the parents the chaperones.

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Parade, other events honor Dr. King

Civil Rights leader is remembered at these local events

Check out the following local events commemorating Martin Luther King Day: Youth symposium: The Women Involved in Service to Humanity and the Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. present the annual MLK Youth Symposium, Sunday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at Carol City High School, 3301 NW 183rd St. in Miami Gardens. The event features a discussion with Miami’s middle and high school students. The theme is “Your Destiny Awaits. Special guests include internationally recognized activist and leader UMI SELAH (previously known as Phillip Agnew) and other members of the Dream Defenders. Scholarship breakfast: U.S. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson hosts The 23RD annual 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, 33132. Guest speaker is actor Omari Hardwick, who stars as Ghost on Starz’ “Power.” There also will be an appearance by some cast members of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Parade: Dozens of community groups, marching bands and students participate in the annual MLK Parade in Liberty City, Monday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. The parade will run along Northwest 54th Street, from Northwest 10th to 32nd avenues.

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Vigil marks Haiti earthquake six years later

Community leaders marched to the Little Haiti Cultural Center

Members of the Haitian community as well as elected officials on Tuesday, Jan. 12, attended a prayer vigil and silent march to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the earthquake which killed more than 250,000 people and left thousands more wounded and displaced. The gathering took place at North Miami Avenue and 62nd Street, in front of the Statue of Toussaint L’Ouverture. After a brief program, participants walked to the Little Haiti Cultural Center at 212 NE 59th Terr.

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Betty Wright and Timmy Thomas 2016 MLK Parade Grand Marshalls

National recording artists Betty Wright and Timmy Thomas will serve as the Grand Marshalls on Monday, Jan. 18 for the Martin Luther King Parade. Wright and Thomas  in 1975 recorded a duet entitled "It's What They Can't See." From 1976 through 1980, Thomas recorded singles for both the Glades imprint and the T.K. Disco label, including Stone To The Bone, Africano, Touch To Touch, The Magician, Freak In, Freak Out, and "Drown In My Own Tears" and the albums "The Magician" (Glades, 1976) and Touch To Touch (Glades, 1977).

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North Dade getting upgrades

Urgent care facility to extend days and hours of service

The North Dade Health Center, located at 16555 NW 25th Ave. in Miami Gardens, is getting an urgent care center, according to Jackson Health System President and CEO Carlos A. Migoya. The announcement came late last year when Migoya informed Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the Board of County Commissioners that it would convert and upgrade of the North Dade center to include urgent care services. The North Dade Health Center has been a healthcare provider for North and Northwest Dade for more than 30 years. It offers a range of primary-care services five days a week, and the inclusion of urgent care will allow the facility to provide no-appointment walk-up care during extended hours, seven days a week. The center is in the district represented by Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan. It serves residents in the Miami Gardens and Opa-locka neighborhoods. The location includes a pharmacy. The center is run by Kermit Wyche, a Jackson Health System veteran.

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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. Sisters Empowerment Circle invites ladies 45 and over with an interest in laughter, learning, developing new friendships, social networking, traveling, and sharing life’s experiences in a comfortable atmosphere. Call 786-759-2597. The Miami Carol City Class of 1969 meets every second Saturday at Piccadilly’s restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Call 786-419-3166. AmeriCorps provides math and reading tutoring for Miami-Dade County Public Schools at Gwen Cherry Park. Call 305-694-4889 ext. 224. Free Karate Classes at Range Park on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Call 305-757-7961.

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