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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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,
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.
Lifeline Outreach Ministries will host the Expect the Great Explosion Summit, (Starting tonight) Nov. 13-15 at 7:30 nightly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Dolphins players, cheerleaders, T.D. and members of the Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization helped Miami-Dade County school children shop for Halloween costumes
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.
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.
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.
Trinity C.M.E. Church invites you to experience the culmination of Fire In the House, Thu., Oct. 24th at 7:15 p.m. Call 305-373-7162.
Mr. and Miss Florida Memorial University were recently honored during the University’s coronation on Sat., Oct. 12. and are now the official spokespersons for South Florida’s only Historically Black College and University.
The Miami Broward 2013 carnival season recently kicked off as carnival fans witnessed vibrant colors and pulsating energy at Sun Life Stadium as over 20 masquerade bands participated in a street parade within the Stadium and competed for Band of the Year bragging rights
The Reverend Tracey McCloud, pastor of Peace Missionary Baptist Church (l-r); Caronite St. Luc, Lemonfort St. Luc and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime were all smiles at the recent ribbon cutting
An Orlando woman was charged with disorderly conduct for ‘twerking’ in front of kids on a school bus. Valerie Dixon has been charged with disorderly conduct after a Lake County deputy spotted the 27-year-old woman bent over at the waist and screaming profanities at a school bus full of children.
Beauty was everywhere during last weekend’s annual Miami Broward 2013 Carnival. These local gems look like they just belong shimmering in the sunshine.
Students lead educational fair on dangers of texting and driving
With the variety of different campaigns around the world advocating no texting and driving, Florida Memorial University [FMU] joins The Florida Department of Transportation [FDOT] in its “Put It Down” awareness campaign.
County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson recently restarted her monthly walks through the NW 18th Avenue corridor between NW 62nd and 71st streets. She was accompanied by members of the Miami-Dade County Neighborhood Compliance, Solid Waste Department and Police departments as well as volunteers from the Greater Miami Service Corps.
The Urban League of Broward County, led by CEO Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, recently held a Love Boat Red Gala Extravaganza at the County Convention Center where they honored Congressman Alcee Hastings with the Diversity Champion Award.
The Urban League of Greater Miami [ULGM] is known as the “education affiliate” and under the leadership of its relentless leader, Talmadge “T” Willard Fair, this comes as no surprise. Opinions shaped by Fair aren’t “off the cuff” concepts shaped without reason — they are the result of a 50-year commitment to ensuring underserved minority children have access to an equal education.
The 12 Annual Scholarship Gala was a rousing success as FMU exceeded its goal of raising $250K to help deserving students receive a first-class education at South Florida’s only Historically-Black University.
The Trayvon Martin Foundation recently gave back to youth — with Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin both presenting scholarships to four graduating seniors at Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School — the school that their son Trayvon Martin once attended. The total amount of the scholarships was $50,000.
Gang Alternative, Inc. shows boys and girls another way
Gang Alternative, Inc.’s CEO Michael Nozile reports that this is the fifth year that Gang Alternatives, Inc. has celebrated National Family Day. Nozile states, “having dinner together, helping your children with their homework or attending their after school activities, have a lasting effect on your kids. Each of these moments offers an opportunity to connect, share and really listen to what’s on their minds.”
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity members from Miami Dade College North and South are making plans for a reunion. Call 305-623-7991.
Program aims to reduce out-of-pocket expenses
Electricity isn't the only thing Florida Power and Light [FPL] Company provides to Florida residents. The largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida recently announced its new education initiatives for supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] learning for the 2013-14 academic year.
We often make comical remarks — stereotypes if you will — when describing the characteristics associated with different ethnic groups.
North Miami mayor says she’s ready to move on
North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau can now breathe a sigh of relief and place her focus squarely on the issues facing her City. That’s because a Miami-Dade County judge recently dismissed a case filed by former North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns that claimed that Tondreau never properly qualified to run for office.
The Rev. Theo Johnson honored in five-day celebration
Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church will officially install Reverend Theodis (Theo) Johnson, III, 38, as its new pastor in special installation ceremonies this month, beginning Wed., Sept. 18 and continuing for five days through Sun., Sept. 22.
Hundreds of students at Miami Norland Senior High School may have received state industry certifications because they were allowed to cheat, says the Miami-Dade Office of the Inspector General.
Refused to listen to negative advice
Guion "Guy" Bluford, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 22, 1942. His mother, Lolita was a special education teacher and his father, Guion Sr., was a mechanical engineer.
Special guests include NBA champ, philanthropist Dwyane Wade
It’s time for Florida Memorial University’s [FMU] 12th Annual Scholarship Gala — and this year the honorary guest will be Miami Heat Dwyane Wade. Wade has shown himself to be a true leader, both on and off the court, with his Wade’s World foundation — an organization that assists disadvantaged youth in achieving their educational goals. Wade also collaborates with FMU in providing scholarships for students.
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) and tens of thousands of people gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. last Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous and inspirational speech, “I Have a Dream.” Wilson recalled how she felt 50 years as she listened to now iconic civil rights leaders call for freedom, justice, equality and jobs.
Miami Children’s Initiative’s event will raise funds and awareness
In an adrenaline-rushing demonstration of their commitment to improve the lives of Miami children and families, hundreds of South Floridians will go “Over the Edge” on Sept. 6-7 and rappel 19 stories (200 meters) down the JW Marriott Marquis Miami [255 Biscayne Blvd. Way]
Local businesses provide dollars and mentors
Teri Williams, president and chief operating officer of OneUnited Bank, made a recent investment in several Miami Gardens youth that is guaranteed to net a positive return. In July, Williams made the decision to co-sponsor Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s annual Summer Youth Internship Initiative (SYII). This program allows high school and collegiate students to gain real-world experience in the workplace during an eight to 10-week period.