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Amber Robinson wins the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee

Miami-Dade County student dedicates achievement, success to loved ones

For Amber Robinson, preparing for the 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee was like getting ready for the Super Bowl. So she had a game plan that was rather unique.

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FAMU inks historic deal

Black TV News Channel finds home at historical HBCU

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) School of Journalism recently made history after signing on to become the nation's only Black-owned cable news network. Partnering with the Black Television Network (BTNC),The achievement marks an unprecedented milestone in Black history. After the Black Entertainment Televison (BET) dropped news from its programming in 1996, there were no Black-owned and operated 24-news television news station in the country. 

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Lifestyle Happenings

New Vision Gospel Community Choir (NVGCC) invites the public to the Eunice Watson Liberty Women’s Month Celebration luncheon at noon, March 29 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Liberty City. All proceeds benefit the EWL Foundation for children. Call 305-620-9582.

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Opa-locka joins final push for health care enrollments

With five days to go, residents all over Miami are scrambling in a last minute rush to sign up for President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Plan. The Opa-locka Community Development Corporations will hold a Health and Resource Fair on Saturday to help residents sign up for the insurance plan. The fair will be held at Sherbondy Village Community Center/Park from 1-4pm at 215 President Barak Obama or Perviz Avenue.

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Jefferson Reaves hosts health fair in Overtown

The Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Health Center, 1009 N.W. 5th Ave. in Overtown invites the community their Community Health Fair. The clinic is a comprehensive primary care clinic affiliated with Jackson Health System, for adults and children.

Dunn sentencing delayed until May 5

JACKSONVILLE- Michael Dunn, who was found guilty on three counts of second degree murder in the criminal trial of the killing death of 17-year old Jordan Davis, will not be sentenced until a new trial. A judge has agreed to delay Dunn’s sentencing until May 5 when he is tried on first-degree murder charges. Those charges were left over when Jurors failed to convict him for the death of Davis, resulting in a deadlocked decision last February. Dunn was convicted last month for shooting 10 shots at Davis and his three friends even as they fled in their vehicle.

North Miami Councilwoman investigated for ethics violations

Thousands of dollars in high-end upgrades have landed North Miami Councilwoman Marie Steril in hot water with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, which found probable cause in investigating her for allegedly violating the county ethics code.

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Haitian Heritage Museum celebrates 10th anniversary

The colorful, expressive works of some of Haiti’s prolific artists were on display as community and business leaders and art lovers celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Haitian Heritage Museum with a grand gala reception highlighting the rich culture and contributions of the center located in the heart of Miami’s Art District.

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Millions on the line for Miami Gardens in proposed Sun Life Stadium deal

City stands to lose tax dollars in new deal

Miami Gardens stands to lose $1 million a year if Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wins tax breaks under a new proposal with Miami-Dade County. Ross announced his proposal on Monday asking county leaders to waive about $4 millions in property taxes while he pays for $350 million for renovations and a new roof to Sun Life Stadium, located off 27th avenue and 199th Street. Ross hopes the renovations would bring a future Super Bowl championship to the venue, which would pump millions of dollars in Miami Gardens’ economy.

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Activist honors student for excellent grades

Assistant principal Kysha Taylor, Cuthbert “Broadway” Harewood, Tupac Kersainvil and assistant principal Jean St. Phard smile at Charles Drew Middle School on March 3rd. Harewood

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City of Miami honors Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Beta Beta Lambda Chapter

On Thursday, February 27th Mayor Tomas Regalado and the City of Miami Commission honored the Beta Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. during Black History Month for their contributions dur

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lifestyle happenings

Booker T. Washington Class of 1964 will meet 6:30 p.m. March 12 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-632-6506. Miami Northwestern Class of 1967 will meet March 13 at 7 p.m. at Betty T. Ferguson Community Center. Call 305-624-1683. Author Eureka Williams will have a book signing for her broken pieces book series Saturday, March 15 at The Bible Emporium. Call 786-378-0570.

First lady Obama visits Gwen Cherry Park

Michelle Obama spoke to an enthusiastic group inner city youth at Gwen Cherry Park’s NFL/YET center last week

Wilson’s statement on second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death

"Today, we honor Trayvon's memory and stand in solidarity with his family,” said Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. “On the second anniversary of his death, we also think about ways to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again. While sold to Florida legislators as a pragmatic fix to help victims of domestic violence to

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Wilson, Carvalho join President at White House

Meeting on My Brother’s Keeper initiative

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho joined (right) Congresswoman Frederica Wilson at the White House to discuss President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative to help Black men stay on track and reach their full potential. Held on February 27th, the President reached out to foundation leaders and the parents of Trayvon

Monestime hosts Black Heritage Festival at Gwen Cherry Park

Commissioner Monestime welcomed guests to the first annual Commissioner Monestime Black Heritage Festival  Event on February 22nd at Gwen Cherry Park.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Black archives at the Lyric Theater will honor and acknowledge the 95th birthday of board member Garth Reeves, Sr., publisher emeritus of The Miami Times Fri. Mar. 7 with a signature amateur night showcase titled, “Lyric Live.” There will be a 6 p.m. Happy Hour mixer with Mr. Reeves before the show starts at 7:30 p.m.   Mizhani Beauty Bar March Madness, March 10, 12-6 p.m at 19321 NE 2 Avenue, Miami Gardens. Come meet the full staff and benefit from the specials.

Miami Gardens teen picked for Disney workshop

All-expense paid trip for education, mentoring

100 teens, including Miami Garden resident KiAundra Kilpatrick, were selected to receive an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World from March 6 through the 9 but they won’t be vacationing. Instead, they will participate in the Disney Dreamers Academy, a four-day, unorthodox educational and mentoring program.

Monestime honors outstanding citizens

Honor Black citizens for Black History Month

History Month is a month set aside to learn about the struggle, to honor the courage and to celebrate the achievements of Black men and women throughout history,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Monestime. 

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Faith Calendar

Winds of Change Ministers Conference hosts The Ministers Network today, Feb. 26 - 28 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call 954-560-8269.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The City of Hallandale Beach proudly honors Black History Month at this month’s 4th Fridays on Foster from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Foster Park Community Center. Call 954-457-1452.

Superintendent brings IT boards to 10,000 classrooms

Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho announced that Miami-Dade County Public Schools has selected Promethean as the exclusive supplier of interactive (IT) boards for over 10,000 classrooms that cur"Technology is vitally important to the process of educating our students," said Superintendent Carvalho. "The technology offered here will give our teachers the opportunity to share a myriad of educational resources with students. We are proud to work with Promethean in providing this outstanding educational enhancement to our students."

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Miami Dolphins buy BTW football team’s title rings

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson welcomed the Booker T. Washington High School Football Team to Miami-Dade County Commission chambers on February 19th to celebrate its 14-0 record and 2013 state

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Rep. Stafford speaks at Black history luncheon

State Representative Cynthia A. Stafford (D-109) served as the keynote speaker at the Progressive Officers Club annual Black history luncheon

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Commissioner Monestime honors MD-C residents

Youth sports team honored at meeting

County Commissioner Jean Monestime honored two outstanding Miami-Dade County citizens and a spectacular youth sports team at the Board of County Commissioners meeting. Held on February 4th, Commissioner Monestime presented a proclamation to award-winning Miami

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Attorney elected as chair of board

Board supports Black affairs in MD-C

 The Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board elected Stephen Hunter Johnson as its chairman.  “Supporting the needs of Miami-Dade County’s Black World Community has always been a part of my life and career,” said Johnson. ”Continuing the great work carried on by my predecessor and immediate past chair, Priscilla Dames-Blake, is an honor.”

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Congresswoman Wilson announces STEM Competition

Hope to stir youth’s creativity

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) announced the first Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives the new competition is designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields.  For 2014, the nationwide competition will be an App Challenge.

Haitian entrepreneur selected for Goldman Sachs business program

Donard St. Jean, owner of the Dade Institute of Technology was selected as one of the participants of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, a curriculum that's designed to help business

Jackson Health System hosts small business vendor fair

Event promotes participation, inclusive competition and transparency

Jackson Health System will host a Small Business Vendor Fair on February 26, 2014 at Jackson Memorial Hospital. During the fair, attendees will learn about doing business with Jackson, the third largest public hospital system in the nation.

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Young talent big dreams

Contest allows local children to reach for the stars

While finalists from prior competitions entertained crowds at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, new contestants nervously took to the stage at the Miracle Theatre for the launch of this season’s Young Talent Big Dreams talent competition. From krumping to original composition, the styles and art disciplines represented at the opening weekend were as varied and diverse as Miami-Dade County itself.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Dade College’s Medical Campus will hold its 8th annual Community Health Fair on Sat. Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. George Washington Carver/ D.C.T.S. Alumni are sponsoring their annual Alumni Day celebration Fri. Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. in the school auditorium. Call 305-238-7887. Miami Northwestern Senior High will have a parade from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Sat. March 1. Call 305-836-0991.

FMU 2014 Homecoming Celebration

Florida Memorial University Homecoming

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lifestyle happenings

Miami Dade College’s Medical Campus will hold its 8th annual Community Health Fair on Sat. Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Booker T. Washington Class of 1965 will meet Sat. Feb 15. at 3:30 p.m. at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188.

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Young woman overcomes hardships to start foundation

Fortress Women Foundation helps women in distress

From the age of 12 until she became 23, Shay who asked that her last name not be used says,“I went through conditions and situations that most young girls have never gone through and I hope never has to. I was abused, in a volatile relationship, had low self-esteem and basically felt that I was not worth being around anyone who was of good character.”

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Faith Calendar

Mt. Hope Fellowship Baptist Church, Opa-locka invite the public to celebrate with them their 22nd anniversary that continues Feb. 12-14 nightly at 7:30. Call 305-493-9635. The Teen Upward Bound Give Back Event being sponsored by Chili’s in Miami Gardens on Feb. 12, invites the public to let Chili’s do the cooking and with each flyer presented on Wed. 10 percent of that day’s sales will be given back to Teen Upward Bound. Call 305-722-7187.

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Miami Foundation set to grant $1.2 million

The Miami Foundation is accepting applications for its 2014 Community Grants Program, the Foundation’s signature grantmaking program awarding $1.2 million to nonprofits serving Greater Miami. Interested organizations must first submit a pre-proposal application by 4 p.m., Thursday, February 13, 2014. Finalists will be invited to complete a full proposal.

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Attorney Jeff Cazeau named as shareholder in law firm

Will focus on minority affairs for municipal contracts

Becker & Poliakoff announced attorney Jeff P. H. Cazeau as a shareholder of its Government Law & Lobbying Practice Group. He will work directly in the firm’s Miami office. Cazeau is a municipal and government affairs attorney who serves as the City Attorney for the City of Florida City and represents small and mid-sized companies in land use, zoning issues and resolving government contract disputes like bid protests. He will lobby on behalf of private clients on the state, feder

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.