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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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
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.
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.
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.
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,”
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.
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
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.
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 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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
Aug. 18 marked the first day of school
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.
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’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.
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
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.
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.
Residents in Miami’s oldest Black neighborhood are working on a settlement after a lawsuit was filed against a developer for illegally building a trolley garage in the Coconut Grove.
Fortress Women Foundation will give away 200 book bags at its inaugural book bag giveaway, 12 p.m. Aug 15 at Fulford Park. YoungFi, Zoeydollazzz and Jay Buck will be performing live. State Rep. Cynthia A. Stafford partners with Farm Share for a free food distribution 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Miami-Dade North Campus Gymnasium. Call 305-953-3086.
A 31-year old Haitian-American from North Miami seeks to unseat Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, one of South Florida’s most formidable politicians. Michael Etienne, who is running in the Aug. 26 primary against Wilson, will rely on the support of predominate Haitian-American population in North Miami, one of several municipalities that lies within District 24, which also includes Opa-locka, Miami Shores and Little Haiti and Brickell . The district also extends north to Miramar.
Legislature must submit a revised plan before August 15, judge rules
The Florida Legislature has until Aug. 15 to submit a revised map of its flawed congressional map and must propose a special election for congressional districts that were affected by changes made by political operatives. That's the ruling by Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis, who gave the order last Friday and drew applause from a coalition of voters groups, led by the League of Women Voters. The groups filed the lawsuit accusing conservative lawmakers of violating the Fair Districts rules when they redrew the congressional map.
Smaart America Charities Inc. will hold reading readiness classes for children entering kindergarten, first and second grade and Algebra 1 for 8th graders every Sat. through August 8. Call 1-888-620-5464. The Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Class of 1966 will host a “Night of Fun and Games,” Fri. Aug. 8 at El Portal Village Hall. Call 305-754-6141. Destiny school of etiquette will hold a fashion, dance and academics camp for girls entering third through eighth grade through Aug. 8. Call 305-527-6052.
32 elementary schools will make change next year
What could only be considered a nightmare for some students has come to reality in Broward County — spending an extra hour in school. A total of 32 Broward elementary schools will be adding the hour of the school day due to low FCAT performance scores. Whether the hour will be added to the school day’s morning or afternoon is still in question. It was announced on Thursday, July 24, that all but two run by the district are on Florida’s list of the 300 lowest-performing elementaries.
Community and city leaders will be on hand Wednesday to open the mixed-use development complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The development will offer a affordable housing, including lofts for artists, along with attractive ground floor shops and businesses.
A coalition of civil rights, immigrants’ rights, religious and legal groups has sent letters to officials in 62 Florida counties calling for an end to local law enforcement agencies detaining people for alleged civil immigration violations at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
My Brother’s Keeper, a five-year, $200 million effort focused on improving opportunities for Black and Hispanic youth, recently received a $100 million from the private sector. Equally important is the decision by 60 of the nation’s largest school districts to join the effort by implementing evidence-based strategies to improve outcomes.
The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a meeting to plan its 45th reunion, 10 a.m. on Sat., August 2, at Piccadilly’s restaurant in Hialeah. Call 305-620-4827. Smaart America Charities Inc. will hold reading readiness classes for children entering kindergarten, first and second grade and Algebra 1 for 8th graders every Sat. through August 8. Call 1-888-620-5464. The Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Class of 1966 will host a “Night of Fun and Games,” Fri. Aug. 8 at El Portal Village Hall. Call 305-754-6141.
The Public Health Trust Board of Trustees, Jackson’s governing board, unanimously approved the health system’s $1.6 billion budget Monday, July 28, during a public hearing. The budget, which now moves to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners for consideration in September, includes leaves a surplus of approximately $12 million next year.
The Miguel B. Fernandez Foundation has donated $1 million to the Mourning Family Foundation. This donation will be used to support the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) and its programs, Tracy Mourning’s mentoring program for girls, Honey Shine and the OYC endowment. The Mourning Family Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, provides a multitude of opportunities to enhance the lives of children and families in the South Florida community through advocacy, education and enrichment services.
Deal will help ensure news for underserved areas
Washington, D.C. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. traveled to the Capitol this week to help seek a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the new Black Television News Channel, which will be housed in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC).
Blacks impacted by county budget proposal
The first of several hearings on Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposed budget took place Tuesday as commissioners debated whether to raise property taxes to prevent cuts in libraries, programs and other critical services that impact the Black community.
Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. July 19 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. You are invited to attend the ninth annual summer luncheon 11:30 a.m. July 26 at the Joseph Caleb Center’s event hall. The luncheon will feature candidates in upcoming state and local elections. Call 305-758-5966. Smaart America Charities Inc. will hold reading readiness classes for children entering kindergarten, first and second grade and Algebra 1 for 8th graders every Sat. through August 8. Call 1-888-620-5464.
Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson helped to welcome the new Hampton Village Apartments complex in Brownsville to District 3 on June 26, 2014. The units took the place of old and dilapidated apartments located at 2800 N.W. 43 Terrace, Miami, directly adjacent to the Historic Hampton House, currently under reconstruction. The Hampton Village Apartment Complex is composed of 100 affordable units.
Located in the heart of Little Haiti, the long awaited reopening of the Caribbean Market Place (CMP) will take place on July 18, 2014, at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 – 260 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL. The commemorative event starts at 4:30pm. Special guests are scheduled to be in attendance. The re-establishment of this Marketplace is a collaborative effort of the City of Miami in partnership with the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC), the Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P) and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon.
Tracy Wilson-Mourning’s Honey Shine Mentoring Program welcomes Marla Wilson as its new Executive Director. Wilson, the past Senior Director of the Go Red for Women campaign for the American Heart Association and Executive Director for the Miami March of Dimes, will oversee Honey Shine’s programs and services as well as development structure for all operations.
Residents in Miami-Dade’s Twin Lakes area are invited to join the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the intersection of NW 99 Street and NW 12 Avenue, as they unveil a proposed general plan for the future Twin Lakes Park.
The City of Miramar, one of the fastest growing cities in America, is in the midst of exciting changes with new ventures that are about to get underway. In October 2014, the City will break ground on its new Entertainment Complex to be located at Miramar Regional Park. The complex will feature a 5,000-seat Amphitheater, Grande Promenade and Corporate Pavilion. The park, situated on 172 acres, has long been a major destination in Broward County. With the addition of the Entertainment Complex, the goal is to make the City of Miramar a global destination.
Ruling may affect Miami Gardens’ similar suit against big banks
Miami Gardens’ lawsuit accusing major banks of predatory lending was dealt a potential blow last week when a federal judge dismissed similar complaints by the City of Miami, which accused Bank of America and Citigroup of causing the city’s tax base to plummet by creating a foreclosure crisis in minority communities.