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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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Tunnel opens, giving cargo trucks direct route to PortMiami

Amid fanfare and speeches, dignitaries from the state, county and city governments joined hundreds of workers and residents Monday to open the new $1 billion PortMiami Tunnel downtown.

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Feds to charge North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau with mortgage fraud

Monday morning federal agents were searching for North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau to charge her with mortgage fraud.

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Faith Calendar

The Bread of Life Community Church presents: Wings of Virtue: Transformed by Grace 2014 Women’s Outreach Conference May 15-18 hosted by first lady Chanel Moore. For more info visit www.thebreadoflifecc.com. Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church of South Miami is sponsoring a First lady’s High Tea Table Competition featuring all months of the year on May 17 at 3 p.m.  The cost is $10. There will be lots of door prizes and refreshments. Call 305-772-7001 

FMU welcomes SEED School of Miami to campus

Major public boarding school will take up residence at college in August

The SEED School of Miami and Florida Memorial University (FMU) announced a partnership on May 6 that will bring SEED’s proven 24-hour, college-preparatory education model to South Florida sixth graders in a unique college setting. This August, 60 students will live and learn on the FMU campus, with close supervision from SEED teachers, counselors, and other faculty.

Hall of Fame baseball player Andre Dawson to launch swim program

Hall of Fame baseball player Andre Dawson, who graduated from Southwest High School in Miami, will be on hand to launch the city of Miami’s swim program at Gibson Park in Overtown. The event will be a part of an officials a ribbon-cutting ceremony where District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon is expected to attend.

City of Opa-locka Assistant police chief leaving force

Opa-locka Assistant Police Chief Louis Vega is stepping down from the police force after a year on the job. Vega, 70, submitted his resignation letter and will officially leave the department May 16. Assistant City Manager David Chiverton described the departure as a “retirement.” Vega said he did not feel challenged by the job and will search for other positions before he leaves the force.

MOCA to hold conference

'Girl Summit' to empower young women

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s acclaimed Women on the Rise! program, an award-winning program that addresses the needs of underserved teenage girls through the study of contemporary female artists as positive role models, will hold their annual Girls Summit, a two-day conference on innovative approaches to girls education and empowerment for young women. 

New CEO of Black Chamber named

Gordon Knowles selected to head Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce

Gordon “Eric” Knowles, a seasoned senior executive with extensive experience creating strategic alliances in both the public and private sectors, has been named the new president and chief executive officer of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (MDCOC). “I am excited to take on this new leadership role at the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce,” said Knowles. “I look forward to working vigorously to strengthen bonds and increase leverage and exposure for the Chamber and our members.”

$100M requested for JMH renovations

County commissioners and finance committee members Tuesday requested $101 million in from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s to pay for Jackson Memorial Hospital’s aging facilities.

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Mystery surrounds Miami officer found dead in Pembroke Pines

Friends and family throughout Miami are mourning the loss of Carl Patrick, a veteran Miami police officer who was found dead in his Pembroke Pines home on Friday. Patrick's girlfriend, Tiniko Thompson, a public service aide said Patrick accidentally shot himself during a struggle for a gun in the bedroom in the home where they shared.

First Black editor appointed to head New York Times

History was made after a big shakeup at the nation's leading newspaper

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5000 Role Models host conference at Sun Life Stadium

As high school seniors prepare to march down the aisle in their caps and gowns, many are still undecided on what to do after graduation.

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Faith Calendar

Tree of Life Deliverance will have a Mother/Daughter’s Day Brunch 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Sat. May 10. The event is $10 per person. Call 305-751-3777 or 786-316-2762. Power Evangelism Apostolic Ministry invites the public to free miracle meeting at the FIU North Campus, May 10 at 7 p.m. The Miami Children’s Chorus invites you to its concert titled “Cantare” 5 p.m. Sun. May 11 at the New World Center in Miami Beach. General admission tickets are $25 and $10 for seniors, students and children. Call 305-673-3331. The Bread of Life Community Church presents: Wings of Virtue: Transformed by Grace 2014 Women’s Outreach Conference May 15-18 hosted by first lady Chanel Moore. For more info visit www.thebreadoflifecc.com.

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Young film director debuts his film

This is a story about a 16-year-old teenager who dared to dream. What he found was a true gift. On Mother’s Day, he will make his mom proud as his short film “The Gift” debuts at the Historic Lyric Theater at 6 p.m. Elijah Wells was born on June 30, 1997 in Miami, Florida to parents Willie Wells Jr and Martha Whisby Wells. He is a local actor, writer, promoter, and film director in the Miami area. Elijah started at an early age beating drums for his church. He then enrolled in The Florene Nichols Inner City tap dancing class at Charles Hadley Park.

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A 'Taste of Haiti' dazzles

Festival, celebrations held throughout South Florida to celebrate Haitian Heritage Month

The culinary talents of chefs will be on display this Saturday when District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime teams up with city officials to host a Taste of Haiti, a five-hour long event that will bring Haitian culture and cuisine to residents all over South Florida. The event will be held on the plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 770 NE 125th Street. Admission is free, but there will be various foods and beverages for food lovers to purchase.

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New changes to ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law passed

Florida lawmakers on Friday approved new changes to the states’s Stand Your Ground law, allowing victims to fire warning shots in life-threatening situations.

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Florida Memorial University 2014 commencement

Florida Memorial University, the historically Black college in Miami Gardens held its annual commencement ceremony, filled with pomp and pageantry for 129 graduates at Clock Tower Promnenade on the school’s campus Saturday. The service included traditional procession of faculty members along the promenade

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Welcome home Miami Gardens

They are packing up books, files and office supplies as dozens of Miami Gardens employees prepare to move into the city’s first city hall building, part of a big, sprawling complex that will be among the most sophisticated municipal facilities in the county.

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Carvalho honored at White House

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was honored as the nation’s Superintendent of the Year during a ceremony at the White House where President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan praised him for turning around the nation’s fourth largest public school system.

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WHCA finally recognizes Harry McAlpin

The White House Correspondents' Association Saturday finally honored Harry McAlpin, decades after denying membership to the first African-American to cover a White House press conference.

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Lifestyle Happenings

George Washington Carver’s Class 1966 will meet 3 p.m. Sat., May 10 at Virrick Park. Elijah Wells Films LLC presents: The Gift, a stageplay featuring guest star Commissioner Keon Hardemon, 6 p.m. May 11 at Overtown’s Historic Lyric Theater. Call 786-314-1630. Miami Jazz and Film Society presents free film screenings 6:15-8 p.m. Tue. May 13 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-684-4564.

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Honey Shine’s annual ‘Hats Off’ Luncheon fundraiser

The Honey Shine Mentoring Program will light up the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island once again on Tuesday, May 6 for the program’s signature fundraising event, the 12th Annual “Hats Off” Luncheon. Each year, Tracy Wilson Mourning, founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, its Lady Bug members, and friends, sport their favorite hats at this highly anticipated luncheon held to raise the funds necessary to continue empowering young girls enrolled in the Honey Shine program.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Let’s Talk Miami Gardens will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. May 3 at Betty T. Ferguson Park. Registration is from 9-9:45 a.m. Pre-registration is required and the event is free and open to the public. Register online at www.letstalkmia.eventbrite.com.

Church of God Tabernacle honors Walter H. Richardson

For nearly a century, Bishop Walter H. Richardson has served as pastor at the Church of God Tabernacle in Liberty City. At 91, Richardson is still moving church members with powerful sermons from the pulpit. Last weekend, the church honored Richardson for his 49 years of services with a luncheon on Saturday and a special worship service on

Michael Dunn’s murder trial delayed

Michael Dunn’s first-degree murder trial for the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis was delayed last week when he waived his right to a speedy trial before Circuit Judge Russell Healey in Jacksonville.

“Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned”

Tyler Perry’s new play comes to the James L. Knight Center

It’s a beautiful day when Anita’s sister, Mona, gets married. Anita is thrilled that she is financially stable and has the means to give her little sister the wedding she’s always dreamed of. All seems well in paradise but Anita’s friends believe that she is still hurt from a failed relationship years earlier. Anita insists that she is happy but, at the

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New Way Worship and Praise runs Sharing Shop operation

Bishops Billy and Catherine Baskin and members of New Way Worship and Praise Center in Miami Gardens are stepping up their efforts to serve the community.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The New Beginning Enrichment Center is hosting Y.E.S. Conference 2014 B R.E.A.L: Ready, Empowered, Authentic, Ladies April 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. The conference will begin 10 a.m. on April 27. All events are free. Call 305-681-0119. Attachable Inc. promotes unity in the community through a fundraiser on April 25. Call Larry Young at 786-352-6043.

Florida Memorial president to speak at Mt. Hermon AME

Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis will speak at Mt Hermon African Methodist Episcopal Church in Miami Gardens as part of “ Greek Sunday”  services on Sunday, April 27. The service will begin at 10am at the church, located at 17800 NW 25th Ave. in Miami Gardens.

Overtown's Historic Lyric Theater hosts ‘Living Legends’

FAMU’s world-renowned Strikers Dance Troupe will join the Mahogany Dance Theater to celebrate the “Living Legends, 25 Years in Dance” on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the historic Lyric Theatre, 819 NW 2nd Avenue in Overtown.

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Hundreds of youths enjoy Disney movie

Hundreds of residents in Northwest Miami-Dade County turned out recently for the popular Disney movie Frozen. The event, sponsored by Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, was held at the North Pointe YMCA. Families brought blankets and lawn chairs for a picture-perfect evening. Kids were treated to free hot dogs, popcorn and sodas.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Booker T. Washington Alumni Association, Inc. will have a photo session and meeting 5 p.m. Thu. April 17 at the BTW courtyard and cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188.

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Firehouse Subs donation heats up Opa-locka Police Department

More than $39,000 worth of life-saving tools donated

Nearly nine years ago, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and education responders and public safety organizations.

Shooting at Liberty City store kills one and injures two

Unidentified woman dead after gunmen runs away

One woman was killed and two others injured Monday when a man opened fire on customers at the King Brother’s Market in Liberty City before fleeing the store. Two of the victims were men who were shot in the arm and in the back. They were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where they were expected to survive the injuries.

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Opening held for DaVita Dialysis Clinic

Last Tuesday, the first known joint venture dialysis clinic opened in Miami Gardens at 15800 NW 15 Ave., Ste. D. Clinic principals are: Drs. Anne Marie Miles, Michael Lemont, and Alexander Velar. They are three of the five partners of Kidney and Hypertension Specialists of Miami PA and practice in the North Miami area serving Aventura, Jackson North, North Shore, Mount Sinai and University of Miami Hospitals.

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Faith Calendar

St. Mary’s Wesleyan Methodist Church invites the public to their Spring Revival on April 29th-May 1st at 7:30 nightly. Call 954-258-8383. Holy Ghost Faith Deliverance Ministries, Inc. will hold a gospel concert 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. April 12. Call 786-337-5939.

Urban League: Employment rate lowest for Blacks in U.S.

Recent report details major racial disparity

A recent report from the National Urban League says underemployment is a bigger obstacle for Blacks than it is for whites and Hispanics. While unemployment has been a major obstacle to Blacks’ economic progress, the underemployment rate is even higher. The annual State of Black America report says the underemployment rate for Black workers was 20.5 percent, compared with 18.4 percent for Hispanics workers and 11.8 percent for whites.

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Vanzell Dupont, Jackson High student, wins $5K

Public selects winner of the “What Drives Your Dream?” contest

Miami Jackson Senior High School senior, Vanzell Dupont was awarded a $5,000 scholarship as part of the Ford Driving Dreams Tour. His efforts also granted the schools football team with $4,000 to help with academic programming. Nearly 3,000 people casted their vote and Dupont was selected along with two other Miami-Dade County Public School students out of 1,000 entires.

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Biden: Raising minimum wage is ‘good for business’

Did you know that women are still paid less than men?

Vice President Joe Biden believes that raising the federal minimum wage is good for business. Biden is delivering the White House’s weekly radio and Internet address while President Barack Obama travels the country.

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Norm Lewis: The Man Behind The Mask

First Black lead in Phantom of the Opera

Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis will become the first African-American to play the lead role in the broadway musical, "The Phantom of the Opera".

Oprah is coming to Miami

The media mogul recently announced her “The Life You Want Weekend,” an eight-city arena tour set to kick off this fall. In addition to Miami, Oprah is slated to stop in Atlanta, suburban Detroit, Houston, Newark, Seattle, Washington and San Jose, Calif.

Morehouse helps launch national tour to Black males

Morehouse College in Atlanta helped The White House and Ebony Magazine kickoff a national tour last week to help Black boys succeed in school and life. The tour is part of a follow-up to President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" campaign which he announced month at the White House. The president aims to bring together young people and experts to address longstanding issues facing Black males and the impact of existing solutions that have been implemented nationwide.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Miami Dade College School of Education presents “Day of the Young Child: Nourishing the Next Generation” 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sat. April 5 at the Homestead Campus Central Lawn. Call 305-237-5134 or 305-237-1632. Booker T. Washington Alumni Association, Inc. presents the 2014 living legends Gala Ball Sat. April 12 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel. Tickets are $60. Call 305-213-0188.

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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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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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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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.

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.