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On Nov. 13, Dr. Enid Pinkney sent a blast e-mail. Subject line: Give Miami Day for Historic Hampton House Community Trust.

Microsoft chairman gifts FAMU $5 million

Mangum leads in land grant university's quest for dollars

Florida A & M University received the largest single donation in its 127-year history from alumnus Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson and his wife Sandi. The $5 million will provide scholarships to high performing students from low wealth families. Thompson discussed the need for diversity in the new econom

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Caleb Center closes to community

Building to undergo construction projects for next two years

The Joseph Caleb Center will officially close its doors Friday, Nov. 14 for construction projects that will begin next month. Residents in the community will have to find other county buildings to pay bills, parking tickets and certify marriages because the Caleb Center will not reopen until 2017. Two projects – one to introduce two courtrooms and the other to improve parking – may put some people in a jam, but are in line with ideas laid out by local residents in the past.

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‘Addicted’ event draws strong crowd

A VIP garden party reception and “A Conversation with Zane” drew about 400 to Miramar’s Cultural Center this past Friday. The best-selling author, whose book “Addicted” was made into a film and is now in theaters starring Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and William Levy, met with students, did a talk and Q&A, attended a V.I.P Reception and concluded the evening with a book signing.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Seniors Veterans Day annual picnic 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park "Colored Only". Bus leaves Sylvia's Retirement Home, LLC at 11 a.m. Call 786-423-0429. Miami Jackson’s Alumni Association will hold their Soul Bowl Pep Rally on Thu., Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Miami Jackson’s gym and their annual Soul Bowl Tailgate Party 5 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 7 at Traz Powell Stadium. Miami Northwestern’s Class of 70 will meet 11 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Elks Lodge in Miami. Call 305 653-5326. NSPDK/Alpha Delta Chapter will host its 10th Annual Star Educators’ Awards Luncheon at Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel in Hialeah Gardens at 11 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 8. Call 305-810-9689.

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CAC Florida opens in Kendall

CAC-Florida Medical Centers, celebrated its 50 years in business, by opening a one-stop, multi-service location on Saturday, Nov. 1 More than 1,000 Miami-area seniors and community and business leaders attended the opening at 15516 SW 88th St., Kendall. To mark the opening of the almost 15,000-square-foot facility, CAC-Florida executives cut the ribbon at a little past 11 a.m.

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Congress District 24 Frederica S. Wilson (Dem) Congresswoman Wilson has been tireless supporters of children, starting from when she was an Elementary school teacher to now that she has the ear of high echelons of the federal government. In 1993, she started the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, a program that is in more than 110 Miami-Dade county public schools. since its inception, the program has awarded more than $5 million to minority boys. Most recently, she has championed the #Bring Back Our Girls

Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Central’s Class of 1971 will have a planning meeting for their 43rd reunion on Oct. 25 at the Helen L. Miller Center in Opa-locka. Call 305-627-3457. Those interested in going on a trip to Key West for Fantasy Fest Oct. 25. Call 305-308-4294 or email felta@bellsouth.net. The Egelloc Club, Inc. is recruiting 11th grade young men for their 2014-2015 MEN OF TOMORROW program until Oct. 31, 2014. Interested candidates should email nadinebaxter-atkins@keyes.com. Place “MOT” in the subject line.

Career fair held at Miami Northwestern

Miami Northwestern Senior High School last Tuesday hosted a unique career fair where students learned about jobs and careers with the National AFL-CIO union, which sponsored the event. The fair educated students on how to negotiate a contract with an employer. The event also counseled students on how to negotiate employee benefits, wages, workplace safety, retirement options, family leave and working hours.

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Former foster care kids thrive at FIU

By the time she was 18 years old, Kenya Adeola had lived in nine different foster homes and attended five high schools. At 15, Kevin Love watched as every member of his immediate family – his mother, sister and two brothers – were locked up. He, too, ended up in foster care. Both went through periods of hopelessness and despair. “I was angry, I was upset, it was a lot to handle,’’ said Kenya, now 23 and a senior at Florida International University. “I went through a stage of depression. School became my only outlet.’’

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New officers of Caribbean Bar Association installed

The 18th Annual Scholarship Banquet of the Caribbean Bar Association (CBA) was held at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 4. Founded in 1994 and based in Miami, The CBA is a voluntary bar organization that has grown from about 25 lawyers at its inception, to more than 200 attorneys from the Caribbean-American community in South and Central Florida.

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Faith Calendar

The Golden Bells cordially invites the community to a musical program 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Freewill Christian Center Church in Miami Gardens. Call 786-251-2878. True Divine Worship Ministries will have its 2014 women’s conference Oct. 13 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Call 305-790-3407. The Bible Baptist Healthcare Ministry is hosting a free program on breast health and breast cancer awareness Tue. Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Call 305-836-7644. 93rd CDC is hosting author of “12 Steps to Bridge the Gap”, Sindy Eugene, at their Youth and Parent Empowerment Meeting on October 17 at 7 p.m. Call 305-836-0942 or email 93cdc@bellsouth.net.

First female president of FMU celebrated

It was a week of celebrations at Florida Memorial University where the Historically Black school held numerous events that culminated with the Presidential Inaugural Gala, a lavish affair that honored the University’s first female president, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis.

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Charlie Crist courts Caribbean leaders

As the gubernatorial election approaches less than 30 days from now, former Governor Charlie Crist turned his attention to the growing Caribbean immigrant community in South Florida.  On Sunday, Oct. 5, Crist filled his day with a multitude of events, engaging voters directly. Crist visited more than five churches with predominant congregations of Caribbean descent. Accompanying him were Rep. Hazelle Rogers and New York Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. 

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Faith Calendar

The Golden Bells cordially invites the community to a musical program 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Freewill Christian Center Church in Miami Gardens. Call 786-251-2878. Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church will have a weeklong dedication service Oct. 13-17 at 7 p.m. nightly. There will be a culminating activity Sun. Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. Call 305-756-2583.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Florene Nichols Inner City Dance Company will hold three free introductory classical ballet technique workshops for Girls Ages 6-14 at Hadley Park. Classes will be held 5:30 - 7 p.m. October 1. Pre-registration required. Call 305-758-1577. childrendance@yahoo.com.

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Miami Worldcenter gets the go-ahead from commissioners

The Miami City Commission’s unanimously voted in favor of zoning changes and a development agreement for Miami Worldcenter that will allow it to proceed with the $1.5 billion project. Commission Chairman Wifredo “Willy” Gort was absent.

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Commissioner Jordan holds certification workshops

Presidents and CEOs of small corporations ventured to Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s Small Business Certification Workshop recently in hopes of qualifying to receive hefty County contracts. The informative event, held at Florida Memorial University, was developed to attract companies that would not otherwise qualify to bid on contracts for vital county projects.

FIU doctor calls for more help in fighting Ebola

FIU professor Dr. Aileen Marty has returned to Miami after 31 days in Nigeria, serving with the World Health Organization’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s infectious diseases specialist called for sustained international attention on the Ebola outbreak and urged U.S. and European authorities to step up screening of travelers from countries where Ebola is present.

Judge Ok’s EEOC’s investigation of KB Staffing Inc. services

A federal court has ordered KB Staffing Inc., a staffing firm servicing Central Florida, to comply with an administrative subpoena issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. The subpoena, issued in December 2013, seeks information pertaining to a charge filed with the agency alleging that KB Staffing discriminated against current and prospective job applicants and employees because of improper health questionnaires.

Breaking the silence about AIDS

Florida has been heavily impacted by the prevalence of the disease

Do you have HIV/AIDS and need help? Are you afraid to ask for help? Are you unsure of where to get help? The Florida Department of Health, Section of HIV/AIDS is here to help you improve the quality of your life. The state of Florida offers a variety of confidential HIV/AIDS services. New treatments, medications and support mean longer, healthier lives for people with HIV. The more you know about this chronic illness, the more you’ll be able to work

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW Alumni Association Inc. will meet 6 p.m. Thu. Sept. 18 at the BTW High School Cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. The BTW class of 1955 will meet on 4 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at St. Peters African Orthodox Cathedral. Call 305-637-6677.

Hialeah names first Black female police sargeant

The City of Hialeah promoted its first Black female sergeant in the department’s 89-year history. At a ceremony last month, Karen Smith-Bonilla, 40, received the promotion after serving the department for 15 years. Smith-Bonilla is a graduate of Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Charles R. Drew Middle School and Comstock Elementary in Allapattah. She joined the Hialeah police department as an intern in 1999. Since then, Smith-Bonilla has worked her way up to patrol officer then detective.

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FMU holds 2014 Fall Convocation

The Honorable James E.C. Perry, Chief Justice of the State of Florida Supreme Court receives the President’s award from Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis. Justice Perry was the speaker at the Florida Memorial University 2014 Fall Convocation Ceremony.

Dade County budget all set for final vote

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposed $6.3 billion budget proposal is set for a final vote on Thursday at 5 p.m. at county hall. A marathon meeting is expected as commissioners decide on key cuts to programs to make up for several budget shortfalls in various county departments, including transit operations, which was left with a $7.6 million deficit after commissioners voted against a fare hike in Metrorail and Metrobus services.

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Crist meets with angry Black pastors

Holds meeting to heal relations regarding lawsuit that affects Black choice schools at churches

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist scrambled to repair relations with the Black electorate last weekend after the former governor refused to denounce a lawsuit that affects the future of thousands of Black children in Florida. Crist held an emergency closed-door meeting with dozens of Black pastors at New Birth Baptist Church last Friday after a lawsuit was filed by the Florida Education Association and several teachers’ unions. The organizations seek to dismantle school choice programs at Black churches across the state. Choice schools are supported by school vouchers as part of a growing Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, which matches corporations dollar for dollar in tax credits to underwrite private education.

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Lifestyle Happenings

lifestyle happenings

BTW Alumni Association Inc. will meet 6 p.m. Thu. Sept. 18 at the BTW High School Cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188.

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‘You don’t have to be a snowman,’ to be challenged

‘Frozen’ Opa-locka City Manager nominates other city officials for ice bucket challenge

No one could accuse Opa-locka City Manager Kelvin L. Baker, Sr. of having a cold heart, for he immediately answered the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by taking “the plunge” on Friday, August 29, in the parking lot of City Hall, 3400 NW 135th Street, while the

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Faith Calendar

National Church of God Miami will have its men’s fall revival Sept. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Call 786-545-6717. St. Peter’s African Orthodox Cathedral invites you to attend their youth inter-faith program 4 p.m. Sun. Sept. 14. Call 305-633-1831. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body, and Soul Enhancements; self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018.

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Black trailblazers honored with Pioneers Award

The late Judge Henderson was among several trailblazers who were honored with a Pioneer Award and a historic marker at the base of PortMiami last Friday. Community leaders shared fond memories of those who paved the way for the city’s successful seaport. Henderson founded the International Longshoremen’s Association #1416 after he encouraged a group of Black men to invest $1.75 each to apply for a charter in the organization. The investment was considered a high amount that represented five hours of work for hard-working Black laborers. Back then, county dock workers, many of whom were Black and Bahamian, were among the lowest paid longshoremen in the country. They received 35 cents an hour and nothing for overtime.

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State Supreme Court Judge to speak at FMU Fall Convocation

Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis will be joined by members of The Florida Memorial University Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students to welcome Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry who will serve as the university’s Fall convocation guest speaker.

MDC to host Registration Rally

To celebrate National Voter Registration Day, Miami Dade College (MDC) will join several key local and national partners to host a major rally to encourage voter registration and participation Tues., Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at its downtown Wolfson Campus. A noon program will feature college officials, student government representatives, partners, elected officials and celebrities.

A Black history museum in Miami?

Commissioner Moss proposes county funding similar to Perez Art Museum and Frost Science Museum

Proposed funding for a Black Museum downtown has put the Miami-Dade County commission in the middle of a longstanding racial divides between the Black and Cuban communities in South Florida.

lifestyle happenings

Booker T. Washington Class of 1962 will meet 4 p.m. Sat. Sept. 6 at the African Heritage Cultural Center. Call 305-691-1333. The American Heart Association will host CPR Day 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Sept. 6. The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a Planning Meeting, 45th Year Reunion, on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Piccadilly Restaurant, Hialeah, 10:00 a.m. Call 305-620-4827.

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Faith Calendar

Women in Transition of South Florida’s basic computer skills course begins Tuesday, September 2 for Women ages 18-55. and Wednesday, September 3rd for women ages 55 and up.  Call 786-477-8548. New Changing Life Deliverance Church invites you to join Bishop Bobby Wellons during his annual appreciation from Sept. 2 – 5, at 8 p.m. nightly. Call 305 493-2686 or 786 316-8889.

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Commissioner joins interns in community service

When Rebecca Justilien interned at the prestigious civil engineering firm EAC Consulting, she never dreamed that she would be invited back to work there again during the summer break. However, that is exactly what happened to the Florida State University Junior, who is majoring in Economics & International Affairs.  “We exhaust all measures to teach our students about the real-world work environment,”

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‘Lyric Live’ season ending

Two more shows before ‘Lyric Live’ season closes

Hosted by local comedian Chello, Lyric Live is presented on the first Friday of every month at the Historic Lyric Theater in Overtown. The program includes live music by Jody Hill & Deep Fried Funk and local DJs Proof and K-Chin, happy hour and concessions. Show contestants share their talents on stage and are either greeted with applause or “boos” from the audience, in a format similar to the famed Apollo amateur night in Harlem. Those who don’t gain the audience’s approval are ushered off of the stage by the lively Lyric Live Junkanoo Band, giving the familiar show

Gimenez wants cameras on all police

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has vowed to make “body cameras” mandatory for all county police officers as protests continue nationwide over the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

North Miami unveils project to boost its downtown

North Miami city officials have proposed a multi-story garage with retail and office spaces as part of an effort to keep businesses and residents in the downtown area. The proposal was recently made by a newly formed downtown advisory committee, which met with city officials to discuss the plans and the future of the downtown area.

Miami Dade College: Top degree producer

Miami Dade College (MDC) confers the most associate degrees according to Community College Week’s Top 100. This past spring, MDC graduated nearly 15,000 students, most of whom were awarded associate degrees, many of which feed into the College’s baccalaureate degree pathways, which include nursing, elementary education and biological sciences, among others for in demand fields.

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Edmonson hosts eighth annual Fun Day Book Bag Giveaway and Health Fair at Olinda Park

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson helped 2,000 children get ready for the new school year at her 8th annual Fun Day Book Bag Giveaway & Health and Info Fair on Aug. 9 at Olinda Park.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The St. John Community Development Corp. will host its 15th annual fundraising gala Fri. Aug. 22 at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom. Call 305-372-0682. Booker T. Washington Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. Aug. 16 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. BTW Alumni Association Inc. will meet 6 p.m. Thu. Aug. 21 at the BTW Cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. The Miami Central Alumni Association is planning a bus trip to Hoover AL for the Miami Central Rockets vs. Hoover High Buccaneers on Fri Aug. 22 for the nationally televised game scheduled for Aug. 23. Call 305-310-7227.

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South African delegation meets with Comm. Edmonson

A trade delegation from South Africa visited Commissioner Audrey Edmonson in her District Office on Monday, August 18. The South Africa delegation comprises Neville Matjie, General Manager of Trade & Investment Kwazulu-Natal (TIKZN) Province; Abigail Ellary, EFI’s Trade Director for Southern Africa and Thembe L. Ndlovu, Trade and Investment Officer, TIKZN. They were accompanied by Desmond Alufohai and Bryant Salter. Discussions were focused on the Business Development Mission to South Africa led by Commissioner Audrey Edmonson to Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, from March 1 - 9.

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Rolling out the Red Carpet

Aug. 18 marked the first day of school

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Sybrina Fulton to family of Michael Brown: Your lives are forever changed

Mother of slain Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, writes to the family of Michael Brown, a teen recently executed by police in Black suburban Ferguson, Mo.

Jessie Trice to host several events for National Health Center Week

In recognition of National Health Center Week, which takes place from August 10 – 16, the Jessie Trice Community Health Center (JTCHC) will officially launch their “We Know” brand campaign that will include a series of special community events and activities.

Miami Dade College North hosts Farm Share food distribution

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus will hold a free, back-to-school food distribution for needy students and families, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16. More than 100 volunteers – including MDC students – will hand out food packages including fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and other grocery items.

Miami to host anti-hunger forum

September is Hunger Action Month. In response, Miami will host a summit to end hunger in South Florida, where 900,000 people go hungry. The event, “What Will it Take to End Hunger” will bring together business leaders, students, government officials, nonprofit organizations, and other

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Ward House gets $50,000 annual fund

Overtown’s historic Ward Rooming House gallery received a $50,000 annual commitment from the Southeast Overtown /Park West Redevelopment Agency. The agency voted last week to give the amount on a yearly basis to the building, located across from the Dorsey House at 249 NW Ninth Street in the Historic Overtown Folklife Village.

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Teachers attend rally to kick off school year

Over 600 teachers, education support professionals, and local and national business partners Monday converged on the Bank United Center at the University of Miami to hear from Union President Fedrick C. Ingram.