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Entertainment Complex underway for City of Miramar

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.

Marla Wilson appointed executive director of mentoring program

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.

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Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti set to reopen

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. 

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Lifestyle Happenings

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.

District 2 Comm. Monestime to unveil plans for community park

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. 

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Hampton Village Apartments opens with ribbon cutting

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.

Predatory lending lawsuit dismissed

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.

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Programs, services in danger of being cut

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.

Rapid Bus Transit proposed for NW 27th Ave.

A proposal to bring a rapid bus transit (RBT) service to NW 27th Avenue is picking up speed among members of the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Board of Governors, who last week supported the plan to relived traffic congestion on the road.

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Are Blacks to blame for their lack of progress?

Poll: 63 percent of Americans believe Blacks are responsible for their own social and economic conditions

A new report by the prestigious Pew Research Center reveals that the majority of Americans say that, if Black people are struggling to advance in society, then it is primarily their fault and not because of discrimination. That's the majority view for some types of liberals but is far, far more common among conservatives. Over 80 percent of conservatives say they agree that "Blacks who can't get ahead are mostly responsible for their own

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Faith Calendar

Church of Christ at Coconut Grove will have Vacation Bible School July 9-11 from 7-9 p.m. Call 786-208-1572. Church of Christ at Coconut Grove will have a picnic, walk and health fair 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sat July 12. Call 786-208-1572.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 will have throwback night 8 p.m. July 11 at the Shantel Lounge. Call 305-213-0188. 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. The Liberty Square Project Friends and Family Reunion Inc. will have its annual picnic at Arcola Park on July 12. Call 305-696-1819 or 305-333-8539. 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.

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Raheem Devaughn headlines Overtown Music Festival

Grammy-nominated Raheem Devaughn will headline the fourth annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival (formerly named Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival), which will take place in the heart of the Overtown Business District, NW 3rd Ave between 9th and 11th Streets on Saturday, July 19. The event starts at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Two killed, one injured in shooting in Liberty City

The long Fourth of July weekend ended Sunday night with two people dead and two injured during a shooting in Liberty City.

Man charged in drive-by shooting in Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens police have charged Antwone Jackson, 20, with two counts of first-degree murder suspect in the shooting death of Qualecia James, who was shot and killed in late March in a drive-by shooting. James, 21, was seven months pregnant and had a 3-year-old daughter. She was shot while sitting in the backseat of a car March 30, at the intersection of Northwest 182nd Street and 32nd Avenue.

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Liberty City to benefit from Bayside renovation with annual funding

Miami commissioners signed off Thursday on a 99 year deal with the operators of Bayside Marketplace and the developer of SkyRise Miami to refurbish the retail and entertainment center and build a 1,000-foot observation tower on the bay. The unanimous approval came after heavy debate from Bayside officials and project organizers who urged the city to approve the deal for the sake of the aging mall on Miami’s prime downtown lakefront property.

Lifestyle Happenings

Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 will have throwback night 8 p.m. July 11 at the Shantel Lounge. Call 305-213-0188. 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. Destiny school of etiquette will hold a fashion, dance and academics camp for girls entering third through eighth grade from July 7 to Aug. 8. 2014. Call 305-527-6052.

Getting to know Lisa Frison

Expert in Black marketing and strategies insight

For many, it’s a dream to have your profession align with your personal passions and values. For Lisa Frison, vice president, Black segment manager at Wells Fargo, it’s a reality she truly appreciates and does not take for granted.  When it comes to understanding the segment, Lisa is keenly informed regarding what motivates and challenges Blacks as it relates to financial management. She is a zealous student of the segment, immersing herself in research, data and other literature to deepen her awareness and sharpen her acumen – making her a sought after subject matter expert on engaging Black consumers in impactful ways. 

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Trayvon Foundation opens office at FMU

The Trayvon Martin Foundation opened its new headquarters at Florida Memorial University last Thursday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local and state politicians.

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Commisioner breaks ground for Liberty City's Transit Village

The housing project almost fell through

The groundbreaking ceremony for the proposed Transit Village in Liberty City, was held last Monday with community and business leaders vowing to end longstanding urban blight in the Martin Luther King economic business district.

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Events for a fabulous Fourth of July

With the Fourth of July on a Friday this year, fireworks will spark a weekend of celebrations and picnics for thousands in South Florida who will celebrate America’s 238th birthday. Residents all over will host back yard barbecues before bringing out their lawn chairs to view colorful explosives light up the evening skies. Resident can buy fireworks at various street stands in neighborhoods, but for a safer evening of celebrations, police officials across the county are urging residents to attend free firework displays at several municipalities.

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Faith Calendar

Church of Christ at Coconut Grove will have Vacation Bible School July 9-11 from 7-9 p.m. Call 786-208-1572. Church of Christ at Coconut Grove will have a picnic, walk and health fair 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sat Jul 12. Call 786-208-1572. God’s word, God’s Way Church will have its Southern Echoes Program July 25 at 7:30 p.m. Call 305-609-7513. Holy Cross M.B. Church will have its Southern Echoes Program July 27 at 3 p.m. 305-609-7513

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Miami Gardens sues big banks for predatory mortgage loans

Bank of America, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and Citigroup accused of violating the Fair Housing Act

Miami Gardens is suing four of America’s biggest banks, alleging they engaged in a pattern and practice of issuing predatory mortgage loans to minority residents that resulted in foreclosures in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The city filed four separate lawsuits June 13 accusing JP Morgan, Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo unlawfully imposed different terms or conditions to minority students on a continuous basis since at least 2004.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Scandalous Divas presents: The one year anniversary of Scandalous Sundays 7 p.m. Sun. June 29 at the Miramar Cultural Center. Call 954-400-8948. North Shore Medical Center presents a lecture on emergency preparedness June 25 at 5:30 p.m. Call 1-800-984-3434. Miami Jackson’s Class of 1979 is celebrating their 35th class reunion in June. Call 305-610-9868.

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Faith Calendar

New Christ Tabernacle MBC invites you to its annual prayer breakfast 8:30 a.m. Sat. June 28 at the Piccadilly’s restaurant in Hialeah. Call 305-621-8126. New Christ Tabernacle MBC will host the Calvary Travelers Legents of Miami celebration June 29 at 3:30. Call 305-621-8126.

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News Briefs

Ojus educator dies before his final year Alumni and colleagues gathered at Ojus Elementary School in Northeast Miami-Dade Sunday to say goodbye to beloved Coach Gregory Blatch, a FAMU graduate who taught P.E. for more than three decades. Blatch died last Thursday at age 61 from a heart attack just before his retirement next year at the school, located at 18600 W. Dixie Hwy near Aventura Mall. A petition is being

Frederica S. Wilson launches campaign for return of girls

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) is urging the U.S. and the international community to create a twitter storm, of millions of followers, in support of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls, their rescue and the arrest of terrorist group Boko Haram.  The extremist group abducted more than two hundred girls in April. Congresswoman Wilson called for the international twitter campaign today at a press conference held with Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (TX-18), Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22),

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Lifestyle Happenings

Pillars of Strength No. 2 Masonic Lodge will host its 4th annual Father’s Day party boat fishing trip on June 14. Call 305-254-6610. The South Florida Alumni Chapter of North Carolina Central University will host Region III Conference and 8th Annual Golf Tournament, June 12-14 in Coral Springs, FL. Visit www.nccusouthflorida.org or nccuaasfc@bellsouth.net

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100 Black Men hold annual conference

He was introduced to the 100 Black Men of America at the age of 12-year-old Dario Stephen tells a local newspaper that without he would be, “selling drugs, somewhere in jail or six feet below.” A Liberty City native, Stephens was glad to be a part of the unveiling of the 100 Black Men of America community empowerment project that took place outside of Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale.

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Fighting crime or invasion of privacy?

Cameras, monitoring systems coming to Black communities

In the next few months Miami police expect to have technology in place to zoom in, identify, follow and watch residents in Overtown, Little Haiti and Liberty City. The city police department is moving forward with a complicated plan to allow them to watch up to 200 closed-circuit television screens at once in a new high-tech command center. There will be 25 high-definition, 55-inch television sets fed by up to 400 cameras placed around town.

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Miss. Bee-Ette, Mr. Senord crowned at annual banquet

Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Gamma Chapter and SHAD Club Number 25 presented its 36th Annual Bee-Ettes and Senords Presentation and Banquet. The affair was held at The Hamilton Inn and Suites, Miramar. The Bee-Ettes presented were Ari G. Adkins, Tyra Janae Gilchrist, Raven Jacques, Mykima McKenzie, Anayise Rosario and Senord Zion Moss.

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The final chapter

JET magazine releases its final print issue

After 63 years of gracing the coffee tables of American homes and barber shops, the iconic JET magazine bid farewell to millions of Black readers with its last issue that hit the stands last Monday.

North Miami appoints new police chief

Leonard Burgess has been appointed as police chief of North Miami, ending a five-month search that included stiff competition within the city’s police force.

Raymond Boone Sr., newspaper publisher, honored at his funeral

Community leaders and colleagues remembered Richmond (VA) Free Press editor and publisher Raymond H. Boone Sr. at his funeral on Tuesday at New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in North Chesterfield, Va. Boone, the colorful, principled and feisty founder of the Black weekly paper, died Tuesday, June 3 at his Richmond home after battling pancreatic cancer, his wife, Jean Boone said. He was 76.

Gov. Scott signs record $77B budget for new school year

Gov. Rick Scott signed the largest budget in Florida history, approving $77 billion Monday that would boost spending on schools and the environment while sparing hundreds of millions in local projects from his veto pen.

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Coming to a funeral home near you: Dancing pallbearers

Amid sobs and tears, they march and even dance before they carry the casket of the deceased to their final resting place. As part of the service, they would break out in snazzy, choreographed dance routines to help lighten the mood among mourners. They are professional pallbearers, stylish men who help give a grand sendoff to loved ones during funerals. It's a growing trend in the funeral industry as consumers seek more creative and less traditional ways to celebrate their relative‘s life and legacy.

Girlfriend charged with killing veteran Miami police officer

She told police her boyfriend accidentally shot himself before he died. But Pembroke Pines police accuse Tinikio Thompson of murdering veteran Miami police officer Carl Patrick, who was found dead in his Pembroke Pines home last month. At her mother’s home in Opa-locka last Wednesday, one day after what would have been Patrick’s 53rd birthday, Thompson, 46, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Authorities escorted her to the Broward County jail where she is being held without bond.

Aretha Franklin headlines TV One for Black Music Month

In recognition of Black Music Month, TV One will roll out a special programming slate of new specials, original factual series, original reality series, movies and performance specials this June. The programming will be anchored by the premiere of the biographical special Aretha: Frankly Speaking and HelloBeautiful Interludes Live: Trey Songz on Saturday, June 21. Additionally, other new episodes of HelloBeautiful Interludes Live will air

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Young author striving for greatness with latest book

Zachary Cross planning to release more stories

With his latest book, 22-year-old Zachary O. Cross seeks to stimulate the hearts and minds of readers by introducing them to the exclusive way of seeing themselves and everything else around them. Welcome to the Exclusive Zone: Equip your mind and all else falls into place. Covers nearly all the bases in the foundation of an individual’s daily walk, from identity, giving, positivity, finances, plus more.

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lifestyle happenings

The Parkway Junior/Middle Alumni Association will have a luncheon 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., June 7 at Parkway Middle Community School. Call 305-624-9613 Ext 2207. Pillars of Strength no. 2 Masonic Lodge will host its 4th annual Father’s Day party boat fishing trip on June 14. Call 305-254-6610.

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Joseph Kelley hosts mock trial for elementary students

Vice Mayor, Joseph L. Kelley recently hosted a mock trial, sponsored by the City of Opa-locka Mayor and Commission, for children from Robert B. Ingram and Nathan B. Young Elementary schools. The event was designed to help the students understand the functions of government, specifically at the local level.

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Nigerian girls found but cannot be rescued yet

The 276 Nigerian girls who were abducted over a month ago during a violent raid have been found, according to the Nigerian military officials. The claims, though unconfirmed, have brought some measure of comfort and relief to local Nigerian and South Florida residents who have joined worldwide protests demanding their safe return.

14-year-old kills brother, himself over clothes

A 14-year-old boy shot and killed his older brother, then himself during a fight over clothes outside their apartment complex between Little Haiti and Little River. The shooting occurred around 11 p.m. Sunday at the New Haven Gardens apartment complex, on the 7100 block of Northeast Second Avenue, between the Little Haiti and Little River neighborhoods.

Universal Truth Center to hold “Evening of Dance”

The Creative Expressions Ministry and youth department at Universal Truth Center for Better Living in Miami Gardens are planning a dance showcase that will delight dance enthusiasts, lovers of the arts and the general public.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Jackson’s Class of 1974 will celebrate their 40th class reunion May 19-25. Call 305-688-6806 or 305-992-4986. Miami Northwestern’s Class of 6T6 will host a dance on May 31. Call 305-333-8539. The Parkway Junior/Middle Alumni Association will have a luncheon 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., June 7 at Parkway Middle Community School. Call 305-624-9613 Ext 2207.

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N. Miami to hold special election for new mayor

A special election will be held in August to replace suspended City of North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau, officials said. Acting Mayor Philippe Bien-Amie said the election has been scheduled for late August. Tondreau was suspended last week by Gov. Rick Scott after surrendering to FBI authorities to face charges of running an $8 million mortgage fraud scheme with three other conspirators.

Bullard breaks ties with State. Rep. Daphne Campbell, endorses challenger

State Senator Dwight Bullard has endorsed Michael A. Hepburn, Democratic candidate for State Representative - District 108. “Michael Hepburn has demonstrated a clear commitment towards making his community better,” said State Senator Bullard. “He is energetic and hard-working. He has the skills to effectively represent our constituents and he has what it takes to become a leader in the Florida House.”

'Black in Time' encourages a discourse on race

Miami Coalition Christians and Jews still seeks an inclusive community

In 1935, the National Conference of Christians and Jews established a branch in Miami. NCCJ’s signature program became the Intergroup Youth Council, designed for students attending the racially segregated Booker T. Washington Junior-Senior and other Miami High schools. Under the laws of the time, people could get arrested for being in the same room as a person of another race.

Shamis Abdi named FAMU's chief of staff

TALLAHASSEE — Shamis Abdi has been named chief of staff by Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. She began her post on May 1. Abdi comes to FAMU with more than 16 years of experience in management, operations and consulting. She most recently served as the director of operations at the Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York, an “A”-ranked school by the New York City Department of Education.

Atlanta draws music lovers for jazz festival

Blacks in South Florida are heading out Memorial Day Weekend during the busiest travel period of the year to experience the spectacular ending of Atlanta’s Jazz Festival. "This year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival is going to be one of our best,” said Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We will present a diverse lineup of artists from around

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