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Frederica Wilson’s War

Kidnapping of Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram remembered at anniversary event

Representatives Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), Lois Frankel (FL-22) and others Wednesday recognized the anniversary of the abduction of more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls by the terrorist group, Boko Haram. At the House Triangle, located on the Eastern front of the U.S. Capitol Building, dozens of supporters and the members of Congress were dressed in red, the official color of the #BringBackOurGirls effort for the event. The girls were taken April 14, 2014.

Mourning tackles low income housing

Phase I financing closes on 84-unit housing development

AM Affordable Housing (AM) and Housing Trust Group (HTG) has closed on financing for Courtside Family Apartments, a new 84-unit affordable housing development in Miami’s historic Overtown neighborhood. Courtside is the first of a three-phased master-planned community.

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Black lawyers name Pollard as president

Jonathan Pollard, a trial lawyer and business litigation attorney based in Fort Lauderdale, has been appointed as president of the National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40. The appointment was based on peer nominations and third-party research and endorsed by the National Black Leaders Top 100 executive committee, led by president and Judge William “Billy” Murphy. Membership in the National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40 is limited to the top 40 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers.

SBA competition to award $4 million to startups

The U.S Small Business Association (SBA ) is launching an Accelerator Growth Fund competition in which startups can compete for prizes of $50,000 each, totaling $4 million. The application period is from April 10-June 1 and information about the application process can be found at: www.sba.gov.

Business Expo celebrates 30th anniversary at Broward Expo

The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC) will partner with Enterprise Florida (EFI) during the 30th Annual Business Expo, April 13-15 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. The Business Expo brings together a cross-section of minority entrepreneurs, large corporations and government agencies in a series of workshops and networking events to create business opportunities and discuss industry trends.

Pinder back in feds good graces

EPA said commissioner can vote on matters involving federal funds

Elected to office in November 2014, Commissioner Terence K. Pinder has been anticipating the day when he would be able to fully return to representing the City of Opa-locka without restriction over his head. That day finally arrived on March 30, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) removed a debarment which had prevented Commissioner Pinder from voting on matters involving federal funds. After recognizing Pinder’s community service, his record of achievement and his success as a commissioner, the EPA took the extraordinary steps to reinstate Pinder only 48 hours after he and his legal team visited the EPA in Washington, D.C., according to

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Nurses host leadership convention, gala

 The Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) Fourth Annual Leadership Convention in partnership with the Miami Dade College’s BSN Program Honor Society will be April 9-10. The goal of the convention is to empower nurses and allied health professionals to become transformative leaders and advocates to improve population health and global healthcare outcomes. The keynote speaker for the convention is Deidre Walton, president and CEO of the National Black Nurses Association.

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Miami Blacks come out for the art fund

Artists new works announced at PAMM reception

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) announced the acquisition of three new works by African American artists Terry Adkins, Ed Clark and Leslie Hewitt at the Second Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art. The reception was held at PAMM on April 1. Members of the PAMM Ambassadors for African American Art and invited guests as well as Pérez Art Museum Miami Ambassador Co-Chairs Marilyn Holifield and Barron Channer, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen, PAMM donor Jorge M. Pérez, Miami-Dade County

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Northwestern girls break GMAC track record

Miami Northwestern High School senior La’Kayla Harris broke a GMAC championship meet record, leading the girls’ track team to a seventh consecutive county team title at the GMAC Track and Field Championships at Southridge Park on March 17.

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Comm. Jordan takes flight with Captain Irving

Pilot encourages students to pursue STEM careers

Capt. Barrington Irving gave Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan a first-hand look of his business, Irving Ventures. He took her on a flight March 18. As a business located in Jordan's District 1, Ivring Ventures qualified for a Small Business Mom & Pop grant funded through several county agencies. The company received $5,000 total in two funding cycles through the Mom & Pop grant program, administered by Neighbors And Neighbors Association Inc. (NANA). As a District 1 business, Irving Ventures cannot apply in the next funding cycle.

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The Vailon Group to recruit workers

All Aboard Florida hires business team to give employment opportunities

All Aboard Florida has hired The Vailon Group to implement the company’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-based consulting firm, well known for its advocacy on behalf of small businesses, will work with Suffolk Construction, the passenger-rail company’s general contractor that is building its MiamiCentral train station, to ensure that local subcontractors and area workers are included in the project’s construction. “The Vailon Group has a proven track record of advocacy supporting local workers and

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Employ Miami-Dade offers job skills training to workers

On March 24, Miami-dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez met with members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to debrief them on Employ Miami-Dade, an initiative to come up with ways to bridge the divide between industry and job seekers. Pastor Gary Johnson and others asked questions about the program and the desired outcomes.

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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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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/.

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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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.

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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

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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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.

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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.”

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


“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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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.

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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.

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.