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NFL players to help raise money for CHI

Fundraiser will assist 40-year medical facility

When celebrities like NFL professional athletes Robert Bailey and Adewale Ogunleye hit the links on March 27, they will be swinging with a greater good in mind. The annual Robert Bailey/Glen Rice/Adewale Ogunleye Celebrity Golf Tournament raises funds for a variety of programs at Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI).

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Public spaces challenge seeks ideas by April 1

The Miami Foundation's is seeking creative minds to submit ideas for its 2015 Public Space Challenge — just respond by April 1, no fooling. The foundation has a budget of $305,000 to fund your ideas about what you would do to create, improve and activate public gathering places like parks, libraries, plazas and playgrounds in Miami-Dade.  Anyone — individuals, groups, agencies, nonprofits or companies — can submit ideas at ourmiami.org/challenge.  

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Mindingall honored in City of North Miami

Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was honored for her public service at the City of North Miami’s Celebration of Women event held March 19, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami. The annual event is held in honor of National Women’s History Month, which recognizes and celebrates the contributions of women in our

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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 nvites 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 305-9345122/.

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Several new housing projects coming to Overtown

Construction of a new affordable housing project is underway in Historic Overtown. On Wednesday, March 18, 2014, the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, joined officials and representatives from Atlantic Pacific Communities and Palmetto Homes of Miami to break ground ceremonially on Island Living Apartments. CRA Board Chairman and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon, CRA Vice-Chair Commissioner Wifredo Gort and Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson were in attendance.

Opa-locka Commission selects new city attorney

Vincent T. Brown to replace longtime lawyer Joseph S. Geller

Attorney Vincent T. Brown recently was sworn in as the new Opa-locka City attorney, replacing longtime City Attorney Joseph S. Geller of the Greenspoon Marder Law Firm. "I am truly honored to have been chosen and look forward to a productive relationship with the city,” Brown said.

Black-owned firm to build catering site near station

D. Stephenson chosen for All Aboard Florida new restaurant project catering company

Fort Lauderdale-based D. Stephenson Construction Inc. has been selected to construct All Aboard Florida's Argentelle Catering & Special Events building near its future Fort Lauderdale passenger-train station. The facility will be located on land just west of the Florida East Coast Railway. The development is part of a greater master-planning initiative to spur opportunities downtown. Construction activities are expected to begin by the end of March.

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Youth get exposure to Purvis Young art

The Urban Collective is set to host the Youth Art Exchange in partnership with the Black Archives. About 30 children from the Overtown Youth Center and Urgent Inc. programs on Friday learned about famed artist Purvis Young during a tour and discussion of the exhibit “A Man among the People.”

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Faith Calendar

St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church, Coconut Grove will celebrate the Pastor’s 25th anniversary March 22 at 11 a.m. Call 305-4438166. Warriors for Christ Bible Band will have dedication March 18-20 at 7:30 p.m.; March 22 at 3 p.m. 14626 N.W. 7th Ave. Call 786-419-5818. New Life Ministry invites you to the “Women’s Lets Talk” Fellowship on Saturday, March 21 at 1:15 p.m. Call 305- 308-5064.

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Youth fair opens at old location in Tamiami Park

Something old, something new ... no, it’s not a wedding; it’s the return of the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, now in its 64th year. The fair is still in its old location, even though voters gave Florida International University the go-ahead to expand into Tamiami Park, the home of the fair for 43 years. But it has lots of new features and new rides.

FMU track team shines at Last Chance Meet

Florida Memorial University athletics director Robert Smith was honored for his years of hard work and dedication to FMU baseball teams on Feb. 28 at the Albert E. and Sadie B. Smith Conference Center/Dining Hall. Smith was presented with the Aw

Florida Memorial University Founder's Day is March 12

High honors to Paul Joseph, Norma Ely-Jones and Brenda Jackson

Florida Memorial University, South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University and oldest university will conduct the 2015 Founder’s Day Convocation on Thursday, March 12. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Susie C. Holley Religious Center, followed by a 136th birthday party at the Smith Conference Center. Alumni, students, faculty, administrators and staff will gather for a cake-cutting ceremony, and party activities.

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The Children’s Trust: Provider Profile

CASA VALENTINA

“Each day, I am thankful that at least 28 young adults and children have a roof over their heads and place to call home. I am so grateful to everyone in the community and at Casa Valentina for reaching out and making this possible!” — Deborah Korge, executive director. Casa Valentina is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and supp

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Business workshop assists owners

“To play the game, you’ve got to get in the game” reasoned Stephanie Clark, president & CEO of Milestones Marketing LLC and the moderator of “Open for Business: Small Business Workshop." To operate a business, “you’ve got to ‘show-up, to go-up,’” continued Clark as she, along with an eight-member panel and the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Minority and Small Business

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Edmonson joins President Clinton at Liberty City Day of Action

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson joined former President Bill Clinton, MCI executive director Cecilia Gutierrez and volunteers at a Day of Action community service project in Liberty City on March 8.

Bahamas appoints director for Black market

Obie Wilchombe announced Linville Johnson's new position last year

Linville Johnson is now the director of the African-American Market, Bahamas Minister of Tourism (BMOT) Obie Wilchombe announced last year. Johnson's appointment is a part of the tourism ministry's leadership restructuring, new marketing strategy and commitment to increasing its support and visibility in the African-American market.

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Faith Calendar

Soul Saving Station will hold a benefit concert at Greater Holy Cross on March 6 at 7 p.m. Call 786-222-0375. Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Goulds, will celebrate the pastor’s 40th pastoral anniversary on March 8. Call 305 253-2905.

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Miami Gardens police chief fired, apologizes for soliciting a prostitute

More troubles for Miami Gardens Police Department. Police Chief Stephen Johnson apologized hours after being fired for soliciting a prostitute at a motel in Dania Beach.

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Got talentT?

Miami-Dade County’s annual talent search for kids 8-17 returns for a fifth year

For the fifth year, Miami-Dade youth will show just how much talent they have. "Young Talent Big Dreams," is a local talent contest, in which children between the ages of 8-17 compete for prizes ranging from performing arts scholarships to cash awards and performance opportunities, to tickets to local attractions and theatres.

Artist Everton Wright kicks off monthly series in Opa-locka

Opa-locka's launches its inaugural META series

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Culinary world seeks honor for Black chefs

The contributions of Jefferson Evans and Leah Chase have allowed so many chefs of color to turn their creativity and passion for food into meaningful and fulfilling careers. The Black Culinary Alliance has started a Change.org campaign to have the White House recognize Evans and Chase as Living Legends of Color in American Food History.

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Wish kid to be honored at basketball game Saturday

Barry University and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida will host a reveal party on Saturday for a local wish kid. The reveal party will be the opening event in a year-long effort by Barry’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Sports and Exercise Science Department to continue funding the wishes of South Florida’s Wish Kids.

New tourism center comes to Overtown

Black entrepreneur honored

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to open the new Overtown Visitor Center at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 at the Historic Lyric Theater, 819 N.W. Second Ave. The center will be a stop on the Big Bus Tour Uptown Loop that takes tourists through Overtown. The visitor center will offer information and materials for tourists who are looking more about Miami’s ethnic neighborhoods.

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for our Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. True Love Praise and Worship Center announces Black History Legends preaching each Sunday during the month of February. All services will be held at the Omega Activity Center. Call 786-387-9491.

Group to spruce up Belafonte TACOLCY Center

The Belafonte TALCOLCY Center is about to get a whole new look this weekend and dozens of volunteers are set to spruce up the venerable Liberty City agency

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Black astrophysicist speaks in South Florida

American astrophysicist, cosmologist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson was the keynote speaker at Palm Beach State College Foundation’s Feb. 5 luncheon.

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for our Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. True Love Praise and Worship Center announces Black History Legends preaching each Sunday during the month of February. All services will be held at the Omega Activity Center. Call 786-387-9491. Holy Redeemer Catholic Church will hold its first annual Mardi Gras at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Theodore R. Gibson Chapter, Union of Black Episcopalians will host a luncheon on Saturday in the J. Kenneth Major Hall, Church of the Incarnation.

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SFBJA elects new board of journalists

New officers of the South Florida Black Journalists Association (SFBJA), a chapter of the National Black Journalists Association (NABJ), were inducted on Thursday, Jan. 29. The induction ceremony was at the City of Miami Gardens City Hall in the Council Chambers. Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert administered the oath of office to the 2015-2016 Board officers, followed by a social mixer and networking event.

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MDC graduates first class of '10,000 Small Businesses'

More than 70 local entrepreneurs complete classes to grow, create jobs

More than 70 Miami small business owners on Monday graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, a program that provides small business owners with practical business education, business support services and access to capital.

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW and Northwestern Classes of 1963 will have an oldie - goldie Valentine’s dance at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Historical Elks Center. Call 305-613-5373 or 305-634-5657. Miami Northwestern Class of 1966 will have a Valentine’s dance at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fire Fighters Hall. Call 786-554-2130 or 786-953-8076. 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. The women’s friends group of Miami 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.

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A little N'awlins jazzes up Miami

Chef shares recipes for your Mardi Gras celebrations

The spirit of Mardi Gras touched down last week in Miami with a series of activities at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. On Thursday, high school students enjoyed a sound check and lecture with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, conducted by its founder 37-year-old jazz legend, Irvin Mayfield. Mayfield is an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader. He has been serving as Cultural Ambassador of the City of

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Jean Monestime helps kick-off Black History month Celebrations

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime kicked off the county’s month-long celebration of Black History Month Thursday at a musical and cultural extravaganza in the Stephen P. Clark Center in downtown Miami.  The event featured traditional African dress, a rousing performance by “The Singing

United Teachers of Dade to host second annual education gala

The United Teachers of Dade will host its second annual Education Gala and Masquerade Ball at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at Jungle Island, 1111 Jungle Island Trail. The gala will honor community leaders dedicated to improving local public schools.

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Happy 101st Birthday, Dorothy Edwards

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Dorothy Edwards began her birthday celebration with the Dorsey High School Alumni at noon at her Brownsville home. Present to celebrate with her on this blessed and joyous occasion were: Thomas Albury, Gloria Green, Alstene McKinney, Baljean Smith,

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Lifestyle Happenings

Dade County Alumna Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. invites the community to a Masqured Soiree on February 7 at 9 p.m. at Briza on the Bay. Call 305-343-3332. BTW and Northwestern Classes of 1963 will have an oldie - goldie Valentine’s dance on February 14 at 8 p.m. at The Historical Elks Center. Call 305-613-5373 or 305-634-5657.

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for our Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. Golden Bells cordially invite the community to a musical program on Jan. 24 at New Beginning Baptist Church. Call 786-251-2878. Faith Fulfilling Ministries invite the community to an Inaugural Service at 4 p.m. on January 25 at Miramar High. Call 305-621-2397. JAVA- Jesus Approved Vibin’ Atmosphere will host a Christian poetry and musical event on Saturday, February 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m.. Call 305-978-3748 or email |javacafe3

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW Alumni Association will meet Thursday, January 15 at 6 p.m. in the BTW school cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Clark Atlanta University’s South Florida Alumni Chapter will meet on Saturday, January 17 at 3 p.m. at Piccadilly Restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Call 305 527-2325. State Representative Cynthia Stafford and Commissioner Keon Hardemon will partner with Farm Share for a M.L. King, Jr. Day of Service on January 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hadley Park.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Big Orange "Ball Drop" and Fireworks, today, 8 p.m. at Bayfront Park. Countdown one minute to midnight and fireworks at midnight. Free. www.bayfrontparkmiami.com. Miami Beach Ocean Drive New Year's Eve Celebration and fireworks, 9 p.m.-2 a.m at Lummus Park. Fireworks at midnight. Free. www.miamiandbeaches.com. New Year's Eve Street Festival, today, 4:30 p.m.-2 a.m. at Southwest Second Street and Southwest Fifth Avenue. Free activities for kids and dults. Entry is free. 954-828-5363. New Year's Eve Party, today, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Features laser light show. Free. 954-454-7000. Miami Northwestern Class of 1995 is celebrating its 20th year reunion July 24 - July 26, 2015.  Call (786) 873-6353, (786) 356-9263 or visit the class Facebook page.

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Faith Calendar

A New Year’s Day Prayer Service will be held at 12 p.m. with Guest Speaker Apostle Thelma Knowles and hosted by Evangelist Velma Arnold and Elder Mae Whatley. All are welcome. Call 305-6254291 or 786-318-9535. The Unspoken Dance, an Inspirational Dance Company geared to the youth and young adults of the community, will launch an extravaganza on Saturday, January 3 at the New 79th Street Word Church International. Call 786-307-9191 St. Mary First Missionary Baptist Church will host the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. worship service at 3 p.m. Sunday Jan. 18. Call 305-443-8166.

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No place to call home

It is most disappointing that in our community, residents are still faced with housing discrimination. With the Housing Opportunity for Project Excellence Inc. (HOPE) on the case, some of these rental complexes are exposed.

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Christmas in the streets

Hundreds poured into the streets of Liberty City recently to celebrate the season with a holiday parade with community leaders and organizations. The event was held along Northwest 15th Avenue between 63rd and 68th Streets.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Northwestern Class of 1995 is celebrating its 20th year reunion July 24 - July 26, 2015.  Call (786) 873-6353, (786) 356-9263 or visit the class Facebook page. Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12.  Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. The women’s friends group of Miami 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. There is an essay contest for full-time college students with a grand prize of $200. Call 954-699-8444 or email troylfields@bellsouth.net.

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Hundreds celebrate the season with Holiday Jubilee

The sounds of the season permeated Overtown’s Historic Lyric Theater last Saturday, where hundreds were entertained and uplifted by some of Miami’s Black church choirs during The Miami Times’ Holiday Jubilee.

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Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Gala

40th Anniversary

The M-DCC held its 40th anniversary gala at Jungle Island Dec. 6. The organization raised about $260,000 from the event. Garth Reeves,

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Faith Calendar

Raina L. Kemp Ministries, Inc. presents a two day revival with Dr. Darrell Scott on Thursday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 12. 8 p.m. for both nights True Faith would like to invite the community for Sunday Worship Service starting at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School followed by Morning Worship. Call 786-262-6841.

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Opa-locka is home to ‘In Plain Sight’

Art and Opa-locka aren’t words that you may normally expect to go together in the same sentence — until now. Opa-locka’s entrée into the eclectic world of art launches with the “In Plain Sight” exhibition showing now until Dec. 14 at the Art and Recreation Center (The ARC), a new, bright art and recreation space in downtown Opa-locka. The ARC, located at 675 Ali Baba Ave., Opa-locka, itself has transformed into art with its top-to-bottom mural inspired by its residents and the city’s Moorish architecture.

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Faith Calendar

New Christ Tabernacle MBC invites you to their musical 3:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Call 305-621-8126. Immanuel Temple AME Church will have their Love Out Loud and World AIDS Day Awareness Worship Service 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at Florida Memorial University’s Chapel. Call 305-454-0540.

Online donations support Give Miami Day

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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