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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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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.

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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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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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.

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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".

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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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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. 

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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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

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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.

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

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.

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.

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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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

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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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.