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Pastors stage first Gospel in the Park

Looking for ways to curb violence in the Black community and to encourage men to take responsibility for their families, several community pastors have created “Gospel in the Park.” The event will take place June 25, from 1 -4 p.m. at Belafonte Tacolcy Center, 6161 NW Ninth Ave., in Miami. Rodney Baltimore from HOT 105 will host the event with the theme “I am my brother’s keeper,” based on Gen. 4:9. The day’s activities include mini-sermons, praise and worship team performances as well as access to community resources and career development. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, District 3, has been invited. “We are preaching in the park; we are bringing the church to the street,” said Reverend Doctor Anthony Tate, pastor at New Resurrection Community Church, who spearheaded the event. “Our goal is to present the gospel and to show ‘I am my brother’s keeper.’ It take a village to raise a child. We have to look out for one another. This is a gospel of peace.”

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Take an HIV test on National Testing Day

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson to host free event

In observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), Monday, June 27,, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) and other elected officials will take confidential HIV tests and encourage the public to join them in taking the test.  Free HIV testing will be available on Monday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at six locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.  “Miami-Dade and Broward counties have the highest number of new HIV cases in the country.  We have to end the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS so that we

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Mayor Oliver Gilbert latest guest on NiteCap

Miami journalist Peter Bailey to host live taping, movie screening in Miami Gardens

Join in an introspective discussion about the future of Miami Gardens with the city’s mayor, Oliver Gilbert III, and award-winning author and journalist Peter Bailey, during a taping of his very popular NiteCap conversations series. The live-show taping will be inside the Betty T. Ferguson Complex on June 25, starting at 7 p.m. Bailey is inviting the South Florida community to attend the free event. Several local artists, including R&B sensation Ronnie VOP, are also slated to perform. That evening Bailey will also debut scenes from “Miami Gardens: A Love Story,” a film he’s producing that is centered around a city leader whose love for a woman is challenged by his dedication to the community he serves. Some of the film’s stars include Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce President G. Eric Knowles, Jeffrey Perry, rapper Iceberg and Ronnie VOP. Bailey, who is based in Greater Miami, felt it was essential to have Mayor Gilbert speak directly to the residents of Miami Gardens in an open dialogue, given the recent rash of violence.

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Stop the Violence motorcade, rally on Sunday

The Florida Morticians Association Inc. presents “Stop the Violence,” a silent motorcade, rally and press conference, throughout Miami-Dade and Broward on Sunday, June 19. The event addresses gun violence and the killing of our youth.

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Crime Stoppers Kids combat crimes against all children through initiative

Public encouraged to make donations to the new fund for youth violence

They are banking on money being a motivator. In hopes to break the silence concerning crimes against children, Miami-Dade County government, Crime Stoppers Miami-Dade, The Children’s Trust and United Way have joined together to create a fund to give rewards for tips that lead to the arrest of anyone who commits a violent crime against children. When children are killed or injured in violent crimes, the fund will add up to $17,000 to the reward already offered by Crime Stoppers.

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Faith Calendar

Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. in partnership with the Florida Summer Food Program, will be offering free meals for children from infancy to 18 during the summer. Call 305-693-1301. The Historic Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church is holding Vacation Bible School from 5-8 p.m. June 20-24. Call 305-379-4147. St. Mary First Missionary Baptist Church in Coconut Grove will host an Alcohol Literacy Challenge Training Workshop on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 305-790-58936.

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Joe Garcia opens a campaign headquarters in Palmetto Bay

The former congressman in running for his old seat

Last week, Joe Garcia, candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, celebrated the grand opening of his campaign headquarters. During Memorial Weekend, he honored veterans and those serving the country in uniform. Finally, he joined state and local officials for the inauguration of a community pool in South Dade. Garcia served South Florida in Congress, from 2013 to 2015. He is currently running for election against Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo in a Congressional District that has been

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Miami selected to host Super Bowl LIV

Game will be returning to South Florida after nearly a decade

The NFL Tuesday awarded Super Bowl LIV to South Florida in 2020. The announcement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came during the NFL’s Spring League Meeting in Charlotte. The Miami Super Bowl Host Committee now begins moving forward with proposed plans to host the NFL’s Championship Game a record-breaking 11th time. The game will be held at the newly revamped Dolphins’ stadium, which features a modernized exterior, shade canopy, four high-definition scoreboards and other enhancements, a result of the Miami Dolphins’ more than $450 million privately funded renovation.

Lecture at the Historic Hampton House

On Saturday, May 21, from 9:30 a.m. until 1p.m. Florida International University African & African Diaspora Studies Program and the Historic Hampton House will present a free lecture and book signing to celebrate a homegrown achiever, Dr. Edda Fields-Black, Associate Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University and the author of Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora (2008).  Dr. Fields-Black will speak about her research into the history of West African rice production. Discussion follows:  How can we come together to

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FMU opens multi-purpose arena, wellness center

Health Matters Movement launches to promote health and wellness

The African-American and Caribbean communities are shouldering an unequal burden when it comes to eliminating health disparities that disproportionately plague the South Florida community. Florida Memorial University (FMU) is keenly aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle in helping its students and the surrounding community in preventing certain diseases and illnesses. In an effort to combat these disparities, FMU will celebrate the completion of its new, state of the art, multi-purpose athletic arena and wellness education center with a ribbon-cutting breakfast on Thursday, May 12, from 9-11a.m. The campus is located at15800 NW 42nd Ave., Miami Gardens.

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