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Florida Blue appoints its first Black vice president of medical operations

Dr. Jannifer Drake Harper was named the new vice president of Medical Operations and chief medical officer at Florida Blue. Harper will be responsible for the development of the overarching clinical strategy and will serve as Florida Blue’s organizational clinical representative to many key external and internal stakeholders.

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Complexions ballet comes to South Florida

Former Alvin Ailey dancers bring unique show

According to artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson the world has become more fluid, changeable and culturally interconnected than ever before--similar to their ballet, Complexions. In the 19 years since its inception, the troupe of 14 dancers have brought their unique brand of contemporary dance to the world with their groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and cultures that challenge traditional ideas.

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Gun Buy Back Initiative reimburses $800

City calls program a ‘success’

On January 25th, the Opa-locka Police Department hosted their Gun Buy Back Initiative, a program that aims to curtail the increasing level of gun violence occurring in the northern region of Miami-Dade County.

Locals celebrate MLK in theatre revival

Residents of Homestead and Florida City were given the opportunity to attend special performances of the revival, I Have A Dream by playwright Josh Greenfeld.

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Black caucus cancels meeting with Rick Scott

Alleges complacency on Black issues

Governor Rick Scott learned that the Florida Legislative Black Caucus decided to forgo their annual meeting with him the old fashion way: through a Dear John letter. South Florida’s Governor received a terse letter from the FLBC charging him with neglecting issues relevant to the Black community amongst other allegations.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Clark Atlanta University’s South Florida Alumni Chapter will meet on Sat, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. at Piccadilly restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Call 305 651-8097. South Miami invites you to their “Gospel Explosion” 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at St. John AME Church, 6461 SW 59th Pl. in South Miami.

Advanced weight-loss procedures

A variety of minimally invasive, advanced surgical weight-loss procedures are available today. After a medical evaluation, the surgeon will discuss which of the following surgical options may work for you, based on your health, needs and weight-loss goals.

Hardemon named vice-chair of Miami City Commission

Within three months of re-election, Mayor Tomas Regalado appointed two positions in Miami’s City Commission. On Dec. 31, 2013 Regalado appointed Commissioner Wifredo

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Lifestyle Happenings

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center will host its 30th annual Winter Arts Workshop from Dec. 23 to Jan 3, 2014 (excluding Christmas and New Year’s Day). The workshop features dance, drama, visual arts, vocal and instrumental music. Call 305-638-6771. The American Legion post #0165 invites all honorably discharged veterans to a free breakfast Sat. Jan. 11, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. Call 305-621-2376 or 305-836-8622.

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Faith Calendar

Mt. Calvary M.B. Church invites the community to their Watch Night Service at 9 p.m. Tue. Dec. 31 Call 305-459-8226. New Seventy-ninth Word Church International invites the public to their Watch night service at 9:30 p m. Tue. Dec. 31 Call 305-606-3816. Northside Church of God invites the public to their Watch Night Service Tue. night at 10. Call 305-793-5425.

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Team effort brings toys to children in Little Haiti and orphans in Haiti

Little Haiti Optimist Club, Chef Creole and Commissioner Monestime play Santa Claus

Children and families in the Little Haiti community received added holiday cheer thanks to the Fourth Annual Little Haiti Optimist Club [LHOC] and Chef Creole Holiday Celebration and Toy Giveaway. The event, held on December 14th, was organized by the LHOC and supported by community groups and elected officials including Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime.

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Edmonson advocates for safe New Year

During a press conference on Dec. 30th at Gibson Park in Overtown, Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson and City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado urged the public, as they do every year to not celebrate New Year’s Even with gun fire. With the recent string of gun violence in our Black communities, Edmonson encourages everyone to make this a safe holiday season by reminding the public that “One bullet kills the party”.

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Case dismissed: End of road for Spence-Jones

Judge: Allegations are full of political intrigue

Despite defeating two high-profile corruption charges, Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones found herself at the losing end of a racketeering-conspiracy suit against the state attorney, mayor and senior prosecutors.

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North Shore Medical Center, Florida Medical Center donate hundreds of toys to Big Mama

North Shore Medical Center and Florida Medical Center Team Up to Donate Hundreds of Toys to “Big Mama” and the Team of Life Organization

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Prominent attorney pleads guilty to tax evasion

Larry Handfield to serve one year probation, pay $78K

Criminal defense attorney, Larry Handfield, has pleaded guilty of filing false tax returns — two misdemeanor charges — and must pay $78,842 in restitution along with serving 12 months of probation. The conviction comes as a shock to Miami’s Black community in which Handfield, 57, grew up and which he continually supported through his time and financial gifts. Now he faces an inquiry from the Florida Bar whose responsibilities include monitoring the State’s attorneys.

Bailey appointed to S. FL regional planning council

Black attorney selected by Governor Rick Scott

Mario J. Bailey, a member of the Becker & Poliakoff’s government relations and lobbying team, has received an appointment from Governor Rick Scott to serve on the South Florida Regional Planning Council.

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Albert Lewis, looking to jump into career world

A young and vibrant senior at North Miami Senior High is consistently demonstrating the qualities of a role model according to a recent press release. Albert D. Lewis is focused on serving his community and taking his education further.

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Revered labor union head dies

Clarence Pittman, Jr: A man for all seasons

Since the mid 1960s, Miami native Clarence Pittman, Jr., dedicated his life to his community in areas that included education, politics, religion and social, progressive organizations. But it was in the labor union movement that his star truly shined and his accomplishments may have been most evident. He first joined the Union in 1957.

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Jordan and Ted Lucas spread holiday cheer

Smiles, laughter and sincere messages of gratitude greeted Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan and record mogul Ted Lucas as they delivered Thanksgiving baskets to several needy families in North Miami-Dade County

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HARDEMON TAKES THE OATH

Keon Hardemon’s swearing-in ceremony attracted hundreds including family, friends, fraternity brothers and other political leaders from South Florida. The honorable Judge Orlando Prescott presided over the swearing-in.

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Alpha Phi Alpha marks 107th Founder’s Day

At the beginning of the 20th century, the few Black students that had been admitted to universities in the U.S. were often excluded from associations enjoyed by the mostly-white student populations in the form of fraternal organizations.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Miami Gardens Super Soul Steppers will hold their “South Florida holiday celebration” at Gwen Cherry Park on Fri., Dec. 6, from 7-11 p.m. Donation required. Right Away Car Care, 2601 NW 95 Street, will give a free car wash to those who donate an unwrapped toy Sat., Dec. 7.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Filthy Rich Life presents "I Do Hair Expo 2013", Sunday, Dec. 15th at G5ive. For more info email filthyrich414@gmail.com. Alabama State University Miami Alumni Chapter will sponsor a bus trip to the Thanksgiving Day Classic vs. Stillman College in Montgomery, Alabama on Nov. 28. Call 305-439-6600.

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Ebenezer celebrates annual Bethune-Cookman Day

Former State Representative, James Bush III, was the guest preacher at Ebenezer United Methodist Church [2001 NW 35th Street] last Sunday as the pastor, Dr. Joreatha Capers, and the congregation celebrated their annual Bethune-Cookman University [B-CU] Day. Participants in the service, including Richard Strachan, Jr.,

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Pioneering pastor dies

Dr. Mary A. Tumpkin: A woman of substance and grace

The Rev. Dr. Mary A. Tumpkin, 64, was a beloved pastor and longtime community leader who started her church in her own living room. As her membership grew, she moved to several funeral homes and hotels before settling in Miami Gardens in the church’s 22,000 square-foot home.

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Black greeks unite to feed the homeless

Members of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council [NPHC] rallied to serve the residents of Camillus House. Over a dozen NPHC members met to prepare and serve meals to over 150 residents at the center’s Downtown Central location.

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Carrie Meek honored for lifetime achievements

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (r) presented Congresswoman Carrie Meek (c) with the Miami-Dade Democratic Party’s Lifetime Civic Leadership Award at the Party’s first Blue Gala last Sunday evening.

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Miami-Dade County fights to end homelessness

As the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust marked its 20th anniversary during Homeless Awareness Day, board leaders announced that they have joined over 225 other communities nationwide in a national movement geared towards finding permanent homes for the chronic, most vulnerable homeless. F

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Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Edison Class of 1974 will have a reunion meeting on Nov. 20 in the school's cafeteria at 6 p.m. Call 305-301-9147. The Booker T. Washington Alumni Association will meet Thurs., Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. in the BTW cafeteria.

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Former FMU president dies

Dr. Albert E. Smith remembered for leadership in South Florida

South Florida mourns the recent death of one of its greatest educators and community leaders, Dr. Albert E. Smith. Smith, 81, born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Oct. 24, 1932, came to Miami in the spring of 1993, following his tenure at South Carolina State University, when he was asked to serve as the tenth president of Florida Memorial College (now known as Florida Memorial University).

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation invites the public to the 2nd annual Art of Transformation Fri. Nov. 15, 7- 11 p.m. at the Opa-locka executive airport. Call 305-576-3790.

Watson leads way in distributing food to community’s needy people

State Representative Barbara Watson along with State Senator Oscar Braynon and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime recently partner with Farm Share to serve over 1,500 families free food.

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Opa-locka prepares for Art of Transformation fundraiser

On Friday, Nov. 15th, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation [OLCDC] will host an evening dedicated to the historic past, present and bright future of the Opa-locka community. The second annual fundraising event

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Faith Calendar

Lifeline Outreach Ministries will host the Expect the Great Explosion Summit, (Starting tonight) Nov. 13-15 at 7:30 nightly.

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Son of Daphne Campbell faces 45-year prison stint

Jury finds him guilty in Medicaid fraud scheme

State Representative Daphne Campbell’s son, Gregory Campbell, 29, was found guilty last Friday of participating in a Medicaid fraud scheme that netted nearly $300,000. Campbell, the son of State Representative Daphne Campbell, faces up to 45 years in prison for conspiracy and multiple fraud charges. The jury determined that he, along with two others,

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High school student recognized for work with abused children

School for Advanced Studies [SAS] Senior Christy Charnel was honored earlier this month by M-DCPS School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall at a recent Board meeting for her continued commitment to the County’s youth.

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Mandelas bring African wines to South Florida

Dancers, music help toast new House of Mandela

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela (Maki) and Tukwini Mandela, the daughter and granddaughter of global icon and former South African President, Nelson Mandela, recently topped off their U.S. tour at a private wine tasting event in Miami.

Black director uses YouTube to gain fans

Social media yields great results for “The Bedroom”

Black film director/writer Sonya Dunn may be on to a new way to promote movies — using social media. In a unique effort to distribute her film, “The Bedroom,” she posted the short film online to the public last week via YouTube (JEMH Entertainment), Facebook and Vimeo. The film also has subtitles in Chinese, French, Indonesian, Spanish and Turkish.

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Hadley Park “seniors on the move”

The Charles Hadley Park Senior Program, a City of Miami Program, took  its annual trip on October 13-19, to New York City.    The group visited Chester, Virginia, Atlantic City, New Jersey, New York City and Florence, South Carolina.

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Overtown gets major grant for new hospitality institute

City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones announced the granting of a $900,000 federal award to the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA), the City of Miami, and Miami-Dade College at a press conference on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at 300 NW 11th Street.

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Bittersweet moment for departing commissioner

Friends and supporters of City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones joined her, along with her husband, Nate Jones and other family members at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center last week to mark the end of her second term in office.

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Homestead recognizes South Dade Alphas 

The Iota Pi Lambda Chapter [IPL] of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was recently recognized by the City of Homestead's acting mayor and council for its years of service to the community.

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Liberty City gets lesson in healthcare reform

Miami-Dade County [M-DC] Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson joined State Senator Dwight Bullard and State Representative Cynthia Stafford recently at a public forum on healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Right Away Car Care and Mobile will be giving FREE car washes with your donation of a new unwrapped toy Sat., Dec. 7 at 2601 NW 95 Street.

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Sisters on a mission for breast cancer

The families and friends of South Florida Black hairstylists combined efforts earlier this week to raise money for breast cancer research and the support of survivors.

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Youth get needed after-school equipment

Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade County recently met with NBA Champion Mario Chalmers of the Miami HEAT as part of a Nesquik program th

Miami Passport Agency gets first black assistant director

Promotion granted to deserving woman

History is being made yet again in the city of Miami. Donna Ward, an iconic community leader has been promoted as the newest Assistant Director of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Miami’s Passport Agency.

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Miami Dolphins help kids prepare for Halloween

Miami Dolphins players, cheerleaders, T.D. and members of the Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization helped Miami-Dade County school children shop for Halloween costumes

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Specialty license plates sold to fund mentoring programs

Last Friday, Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida [BBBSAF] announced that Florida has approved a speciality BBBSAF license plate for sale. Having the plates go on sale is their fun and unique way of not only raising funds but creating state-wide awareness. Organized in 1995, BBBSAF is a non-profit statewide capacity-building that provides initiatives to sustain and advance the 13 Big Brothers Big Sisters member agencies.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Right Away Car Care and Mobile will be giving FREE car washes with your donation of a new unwrapped toy Sat., Dec. 7 at 2601 NW 95 Street. The event is in preparation for our Toy Pick-Up Dec. 21. Toys can be dropped off at any time leading up to the Toy Pick-Up.