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Dancing in December

Check out the dance menu at the Arsht Center

December is the month to see dance sprinkled with holiday themes. Check out these offerings at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Tickets start as low as $25.

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Congresswoman Wilson kicks off her re-election

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson kicked off her re-election campaign for the 2016 election with a standing-room only celebration at Miami’s Parrot Jungle on Friday, Nov. 20.  Friend, college classmate and congressional colleague Rep. John Lewis, Georgia-District 5, a lauded Civil Rights Movement leader who is famously portrayed in the hit movie “Selma,” joined her.  Wilson’s long-time supporters, community leaders, friends and family members attended the event. Wilson, wearing her trademark turquoise campaign colors, addressed the crowd of supporters by thanking them for their continued support and reiterated her commitment to improving her district. “It’s an honor to serve District 24 in Congress and I am hoping my constituents will allow me the privilege to continue fighting for more jobs, improving education, making affordable healthcare more accessible and protecting Medicaid and Medicare,” she said. District 2

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Feeding the community

State Rep. Barbara Watson and Farm Share help those in need before the holidays

State Rep. Barbara Watson along with state Rep. Joseph Allen and Farm Share distributed food and grocery items to more than 500 families at Allen Park/DeLeonardis Youth Center. The City of North Miami Beach and the Department of Children and Families joined the leaders.

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Tips to avoid holiday challenges and addiction

Deborah King, daughter of boxing legend Don King, offers tips to avoid relapse during yearly festivities

Deborah King, daughter of boxing promoter legend Don King, has kicked-off her campaign to share her story and encourage others who are struggling with drug addiction. She recently spoke to a crowd of over 100,00 people at the inaugural “Unite to Face Addiction Rally” on the National Mall in Washington, DC. King battled her addiction publicly, during her DUI arrest in 2006, which also resulted in a drug possession charge. In September 2014, King earned a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from South University and is now a certified Intervention and Recovery Life Coach. Drug addiction plagues more than 85 million people.

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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. Free Karate Classes at Range Park on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Call 305-757-7961. The Miami Carol City Class of 1969 meets every second Saturday at Piccadilly’s restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Call 786-419-3166. AmeriCorps provides math and reading tutoring for Miami-Dade County Public Schools at Gwen Cherry Park. Call 305-694-4889 ext. 224.

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News Briefs

North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph’s Welcome Reception for the National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) National Conference will take place from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Kovens Center at Florida University Biscayne Bay Campus. The event will include power networking with professionals, special guests and community leaders, music, food by Chef Ivan, cocktails and fun. RSVP for the event is required for non-conference attendees. For more information, visit www.nahpconference.org.

Women business owners recognized by Black men

Honorees reached annual revenues of at least $2 million for product-based businesses , or $1 million for service-based businesses

100 Black Men of South Florida Inc., in partnership with the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), selected 24 leaders as the 2015 Women of Color Achievement Award recipients. The women will be honored at the 2015 Women of Color Achievement Awards cocktail reception on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 6 – 8:30 p.m., at the Law Offices of Bilzin Sumberg.

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Carvalho sworn in to National Assessment Governing Board

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho was sworn in to serve a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board. The ceremony took place Oct. 29 at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Schools celebrate bond project ribbon-cutting

Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho, School Board members, staff and community leaders recently gathered at two elementary schools for a bond project ribbon-cutting event resulting from the voter approval of the $1.2 billion General Obligation Bond. School Board members Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway joined the ribbon-cutting festivities at Van E. Blanton Elementary School and Dr. Robert B. Ingram Elementary School.

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The Children’s Trust Provider Profile: Touching Miami with Love

“Our focus remains on the most vulnerable of our community, the children and youth. Our support for children and youth naturally extends to the parents and caregivers, as well as we support young people to be successful, contributing adults.” — Angel Pittman, assistant director. Touching Miami with Love has been inspiring, educating and empowering children, youth and adults in the community for 20 years. The agency does this through engaging year-round programs for elementary through high school students and adults in the underserved communities of Overtown and West Homestead. WHERE: Touching Miami with Love has one center at 711 NW Sixth Ave. in Overtown and another center at 1350 SW Fourth St. in Homestead.

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News Brief

North-Dade Driver’s License Reinstatement Day State Reps. Cynthia A. Stafford and Kionne L. McGhee are sponsoring the North-Dade Driver’s License Reinstatement Day from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building, 1351 NW 12th St. Individuals with the following driver’s license suspensions are eligible to have their Florida Driver’s License reinstated by the Clerk of Courts and the Dept. of Motor Vehicles and have their fees reduced by the Court: no drivers license; driving with a suspended license; collections; failure to appear; and outstanding traffic tickets. Participants are responsible for paying the Driver’s License Reinstatement fee before a driver’s license can be reinstated by the Clerk of Courts and DMV. DMV will be onsite to issue driver’s licenses. Proof of identification is required for issuance of license. There is limited availability. Participants must pre-register by 4 p.m. Oct. 22. Call 305-953-3086.

Town hall to support teachers

A campaign by the Deltas seek to raise awareness of their impact on learning academic achievement

An education Town Hall meeting is being held in Miami that will bring together community stakeholders and educators with the goal of increasing graduation rates among socially and economically disadvantaged urban youth. The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Miami Alumnae and Miami-Dade County Chapters, and Delta Education, Health & Cultural Initiative Inc. (DEHCI) have joined forces to present the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC). This is a nationwide "Call to Action" in support of teachers to motivate their students to achieve academic success regardless of life circumstances.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Powered by Eagle Wings Senior Club will hold a Black and White Senior Ball on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Call 786-616-5380. 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 Overtowners invite you to the Overtown Reunion on Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Blackett Hall from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Save the date, and Call 305-972-3286. The Booker T. Washington Alumni Association, Inc. will meet on Thursday, October 22 at 6 p.m. 8n the school cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Sisters Empowerment Circle 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. Free Karate Classes at Range Park on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Call 305-757-7961. n Booker T. Washington Class of 1965 will meet Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. at Africa Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188.

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Press conference held on future of Liberty Square

Several local pastors, community activists and residents of the “Pork n’ Beans” held a news conference Monday at the Liberty Square Community Center, located at Northwest 63rd Street and 14th Avenue, to voice their opinion about the vote and the lack of progress that is being made at Liberty Square. Reverend Richard Dunn led the conference. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giminez has made a promise to the residents of the Liberty Square Housing Community that he will do everything in his power to build a safer, cleaner and much improved community. Dubbed Liberty Square Rising, the project is the revitalization of Liberty Square, a $74 million commitment to transform the housing project built back in 1936.

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Cutler Bay recognizes Alpha Phi Alpha for its years of service

The Town of Cutler Bay honored the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. for its years of service to the South Florida community.  At the Sept. 16 meeting, Cutler Bay council members presented the chapter with a proclamation in recognition of the fraternal organization's notable impact on the city.  During the presentation, Mayor Peggy Bell described the chapter's recent and ongoing activities throughout the community and cited prominent members working locally and on the national scene. The council joined the mayor in a pledge of commitment for the continued support of the chapter's standing initiatives and youth mentoring campaign.

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Walk to raise awareness

Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Felicia Robinson hosted the fifth annual Pink Walk and Health Resource Fair, which brought out around 200 participants who walked the streets of Miami Gardens to bring awareness to breast cancer.  The event began at the Old Spirit of Christ church near 183rd Street and NW 27th Avenue. The Bahamian Junkanoo led the walk that ended at the Betty T. Ferguson Center, where the health fair was held. “I’m really happy and grateful because I got to see this event grow, and this year it was amazing,” said Robinson. “I recognized that this is a disease that we don’t have to die from and what I found when I

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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. Miami Jackson Class of 1970 will have a get acquainted event on Friday, Oct. 9 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at Miami Firefighters Benevolent Hall. Call 305-546-3770 or 305-733-4674. Sisters Empowerment Circle 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. Free Karate Classes at Range Park on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Call 305-757-7961. Booker T. Washington Class of 1965 will meet Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. at Africa Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will celebrate their annual Birthday Bash on Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. at the Elk’s Historical Hall. Call 305-620-4827.

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Miami-Dade Schools Police swear in new officers

Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho, Chief of Police Ian A. Moffett, School Board members, administrators, new police officers and their families gathered Oct. 2 at the School Board Administration Building Auditorium for the swearing-in ceremony of new officers and the promotion of other department personnel. The newly sworn officers are: Gregg Boone, Ariel Caveda, Jovany Jimenez, Benito Joseph, Rayner López, Lorvia Paul, Monica Rodríguez, and Janet Romero. Promoted were Commander Carlos Fernández to Major; Officer Edward Walker to Commander; Sgt. Montoya Jackson to Commander; and Officer Natasha Arrebola to Sergeant.

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Traci Young-Byron dancing her way to stardom

Artistic director/choreographer of the Young Contemporary Dance Theater in Liberty City stars in the Lifetime Television docuseries “Step It Up!”

Dancer Traci Young-Byron is making big moves. The 35-year-old, who has been dancing since she was 3, is now a star on Lifetime Televison’s docuseries, "Step It Up.” A graduate of Miami Northwestern Senior High, she was born and raised in Liberty City. The first episode of “Step It Up!” aired on Sept. 25, grabbing more than 1.2 million viewers. “Step It Up” airs every Friday night at 9 p.m.

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Booker T. Washington High School hosts ‘Rosenwald’ film director

Aviva Kempner met with students, answered questions about movie

Film director Aviva Kempner visited Booker T. Washington Senior High School on Thursday, Oct. 1, to talk with students about her film, “Rosenwald.” The movie is about Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish philanthropist and president of the Sears department store, who worked with Booker T. Washington to build schools for Black students. Taking part in the event with students were Booker T. Principal William Aristide, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, Dr. Shirley B. Johnson, president of the NAACP in Miami-Dade, Rabbi Marc Labowitz and Pastors Kenneth L. Washington and Willie Williams. Alexis Moseley, from County

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Supporting Tangela Sears

The community came out to “The Love Musical” in solidarity with activist

Community members, state and local officials and law enforcement turned out to show support for public relations consultant and community activist Tangela Sears, whose son was murdered May 20, 2015. Her 20-year-old son, David Queen, was senselessly shot and killed in an apartment complex in Tallahassee. GirlyGirl Music Group & Entertainment put together a benefit concert for Sears because, as organizer Francine Ealey-Murphy said, “we just wanted to show her some love.” “The Love Musical,” took place Friday, Oct. 2 at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty City. There were musical performances from the Mt. Calvary Mass Chior, Pastor Avery Jones & The Spirit of Life and many others. Sears received a proclamation from Miami-Dade County Commission Chair Jean Monestime. She also received a letter from Bishop Victor T. Curry, who was unable to attend because he had to preach down south.

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Miramar Cultural Center presents five diverse shows

Miramar, FL – October 1, 2015) Valerie Norman Gammon, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Miramar, today announced that the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark would be offering five amazing, audience-pleasing shows in November and December 2015, ranging from ballet to Bollywood, from hip hop to gospel.

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The Historic Society of Richmond Heights presents the 3rd annual historic weekend

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and The Historic Society is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Historic Weekend in celebration of Richmond Heights, a southwest Miami community founded in 1949 by Captain Frank Crawford Martin specifically for African American World War II veterans. Proceeds raised from the weekend will benefit the development of a museum that will store a rich collection of artifacts and preserve the legacy of this historic community.

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FAMU officials release statements on the passing of former Trustee C. William "Bill" Jennings

"I join Board of Trustees Chair Rufus Montgomery in expressing my deep condolences to the loved ones of former Trustee William “Bill” Jennings. In the short time that I was able to get to know Mr. Jennings, he quickly became a trusted advisor. He was kindhearted and dedicated to the advancement of FAMU. He was a strong supporter of the University, a proud alumnus, and served our country and state with great compassion and commitment." -President Dr. Mangum

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Dolphins fire coach Joe Philbin

Dolphins fire coach Joe Philbin. Joe Philbin has been fired four games into his fourth season as coach of the Miami Dolphins, and one day after a flop on an international stage sealed his fate. The firing came Monday after the Dolphins (1-3) lost their third game in a row and turned in their fourth consecutive lackluster performance. They were beaten Sunday in London by the archrival New York Jets, 27-14.

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AmEx Open event offers small businesses government contracting help

The OPEN for Government Contracting: Success Series in Miami is designed to educate small business owners on the benefits of selling to the federal government. The free full day program will cover a variety of government contracting topics and provide attendees with resources, insights and networking opportunities with government officials and like-minded small business owners.

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Human rights commission looking at Miami-Dade

A stop on a five-city tour gathers testimony from those affected by police violence, racial discrimination

Miami-Dade residents who have been impacted by state violence and racial discrimination were able to testify as to their personal experiences before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) at a community forum on Monday, Sept. 21 at St. Thomas University School of Law. A delegation, led by Commissioner Rose Marie Belle Antoine, organized visits to five U.S. cities to investigate the issue of police violence against the Black community and racial discrimination. IACHR is a part of the Organization of American States.

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Elyn Johnson, 85, Sexton dies

Elyn Johnson practically wrote her obituary because she wrote so much about her life on yellow legal sheets which were shared by her niece, Jessica Williams on Tuesday. Born on January 20, 1930, Johnson wrote, “ I was christened by Father John Culmer at St. Agnes. My godmother was Mildred Allen and my godfather was Dr. Kelsey L. Pharr. After nurse training I was married to William Johnson in Christ Episcopal Church by Father Theodore Gibson. After living in the Grove, we moved to Liberty City in the late 50’s and in the 60’s I began working in politics as a legislative aide to State

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Community feeding occurs in Opa-locka

Commissioner hosts every third Friday

At 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, the City of Opa-locka, in partnership with Feeding South Florida held its monthly food distribution, hosted by Commissioner Joseph L. Kelley, at Segal Park, 2331 NW 143rd St., Opa-locka. Each month, on the third Friday, an 18-wheeler truck arrives at Segal Park, packed with non-perishable groceries such as can goods, fresh vegetables, meat, sweets and a variety of other nourishments. The food is distributed — while supplies lasted — to local citizens of the community, who can fill bags, boxes and carts. The only requirement to get assistance is proof of

Suffolk Co. expands its trades series series in Miami

Program to provide minority-owned firms insight on partnering

Suffolk Construction has expanded its Trades Partnership Series to Miami-Dade. The program will assist small, local, disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned firms with training to qualify to be a trade partner with Suffolk. On the heels of success in Boston, Suffolk will be rolling out the series in Miami for the first time in November. Applicants from interested firms are now being accepted. Provided at no cost to selected participants, the Trades Partnership Series in Miami will be offered exclusively to trade partners that have been in business for a minimum of two years and are certified as one of the following: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE); Minority Business Enterprise (MBE); Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE); Small Business Enterprise (SBE); Veterans Owned Small Business (VOSB); and/or Service Disabled Veterans Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

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Zooman and the Sign’ opens October 2 at cultural center

The Obie award-winning play runs for two weekends only at the AHCAC

The latest presentation by the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC), “Zooman and the Sign” expresses the story of a murdering teenager in Philadelphia who senselessly terrorizes his community without regard to race. His most-recent crime is the killing of a 12-year-old Black girl on a street filled with witnesses, all of whom are afraid to talk. The dead girl's bereaved father posts a sign accusing the entire community of cowardice in the face of the ever-escalating violence. The theater production is written by Obie award-winning playwright, Charles Fuller and directed by John Pryor. It runs for two weekends, starting Oct. 2.

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Statement from President Dr. Elmira Mangum on the passing of Sybil C. Mobley

The Sybil C. Mobley School of Business and Industry was created in 1974 by founding Dean Sybil C. Mobley. She started her career at FAMU in 1963 when there was no business school, established an accredited program, gathered educated and experienced staff and faculty and shaped a business school that occupies more than 130,000 square feet. Her dedicated service spanned 40 years.

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Remembering Civil Rights Activist Connie Tucker

Today we remember civil rights activist Connie Tucker.

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Rochelle Lightfoot selected to travel to DC to perform the national anthem

Native Miami Artist, Rochelle Lightfoot, "The Sweetheart of Song" was present at this year's Congressional Black Caucus convention and was selected by the Caucus Board to kick off the 30th Annual Jazz Concert Celebration for Congressman Conyers.

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B Michael rocks runway at New York Fashion Week

Designer of b michael AMERICA shows 2016 looks at event

B michael AMERICA is a couturier and ready-to-wear designer who is known for his designs made exclusively in America and worn by many of the world's most stylish women. b Michael's Spring/Summer 2016 Designer Collection was presented during New York Fashion Week at Harlem Stage on Tuesday, Sept 15. In the front row, guests included Ashford & Simpson's Valerie Simpson, Henni Kessler, Tamara Tunie, Phylicia Rashad, Karen Phillips, Mark-Anthony Edwards, Pamela Newkirk, Sharon Bowen, Amelia Ogunlesi, Jean Shafiroff, Flo Anthony, Myrna Colley-Lee and others — all for a great cause!

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Fannett Clark Lyons turns 102

On Monday, Sept. 14, family and friends honored Fannett Clark Lyons , the day she reached this auspicious milestone in her exciting and beautiful life.

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South Floridians invited to Million Man March

Get on the bus for the Million Man March

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Faith Calendar

Food and clothing distribution takes place 4 p.m. every Wednesday at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Call 786-541-3687. St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church is hosting Community Neighborhood Day, Sept. 19-20 in Coconut Grove starting at 10 a.m. Call 786-277-6094.

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Happy 108 Birthday Bessie Cox

Today is the 108th birthday of Ms. Bessie Cox and she will be honored at Glory Temple Ministries Seniors Ball on Sept. 26.

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Remembering four little girls killed in Birmingham church bombing

At 10:22 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, time literally froze at a Birmingham, Ala., church. A stack of dynamite—planted under a stairway by members of the Ku Klux Klan—exploded, leveling one side of the church and killing four young girls.

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Viral Vybez

If it's viral, it's here!

In today's Viral Vybez, it's officially countdown to Empire Season 2, Chris Brown wins child's custody battle, KeKe Palmer sexes up the pages of Maxim Magazine and more!

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All Aboard Florida closes the deal for new Miami Central station complex

This is the second location in Overtown for the transportation company

Reaching another milestone in its development of MiamiCentral, All Aboard Florida recently closed on a two-acre parcel in Historic Overtown at Northwest Second Avenue and Northwest Sixth Street. The new development will service as All Aboard Florida’s new headquarters. The planned development clears the way for 3 MiamiCentral, a multi-use complex that will enhance and support the main nine-acre station and serve as a gateway accessing All Aboard Florida, Tri-Rail, Metrorail, Metromover and Metrobus.

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Dolphins, Norland team for magnet program

Miami Norland Senior High School and the Miami Dolphins Foundation have teamed up to develop a sports medicine magnet program, which is the first of its kind in Miami-Dade County. The pilot program will prepare students for future education and careers in sports medicine, including athletic trainers, personal trainers, nutritionists, EMTs and orthopedic doctors.

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Tonight: US Open 2015 Serena Williams v Venus Williams historic match

Tune in to watch the epic sibling rivalry live around 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

University of Miami v Bethune Cookman Weekend Events

Here's what is going on around town this weekend!

Here's what is going on this weekend!

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Viral Vybez

If it's viral, it's here!

In today's Viral Vybez, Cynthia Bailey reportedly kciks Posha Williams in stomach after altercation during Bravo filming, Miami Heat jersey could soon see a Miami Vice upgrade, Visit Florida teams up with Rapper Pitbull to promote Florida tourism and more!

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Helping people of Dominica recover

Nonprofits solicit donations in wake of Tropical Storm Erika

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika, some local nonprofits have come together to provide and ask for support for ongoing relief efforts on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica. Dominica is located about halfway between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago. Tropical Storm Erika last week caused flash flooding and mudslides on the island, killing at least 20 people and leaving more than 50 missing according to published reports.

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The nation's largest HBCU rivalry returns to Orlando; tickets now on sale

The nation's largest HBCU rivalry returns to Orlando

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Viral Vybez

If it's viral, it's here!

In today's Viral Vybez Kanye West announce he is running for president, Nicki Minaj calls out Miley Cyrus at MTV VMA's, Ne-yo is married with a baby on the way and more.

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Sand available for flood-prone District 9 residents at eight locations

Should an advisory be issued for Tropical Storm Erika, sand will be available at eight locations in Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis Moss’ District 9. Residents who live in flood-prone zones can come to fill their sand bags.