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Taste of the Islands returns

Chef teams from 10 different islands to compete for bragging rights during three-day event

Taste of the Caribbean returns for a fourth year in Miami after being held in various Caribbean countries since its inception in 1997. Each year the Caribbean’s top chefs and culinary teams unite to learn and compete, providing an exhibition of eclectic dishes and drinks from the islands and participants enjoy some of the best Caribbean cuisine and libations the region has to offer.

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body and Soul Enhancements self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018.

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Marching on!

The Alliance for Musical Arts needs your “gently used” drums to launch a program in Hallandale.

Alliance for Musical Arts (AFMA) and the City of Hallandale Beach Parks & Recreations is launching a “Youth Drum Line.”  The program will take place at the newly renovated Foster Park Community Center, 609 NW Sixth Ave., Hallandale Beach.  “This is a grassroots project, which is why we need your ‘gently used’ drums of any shape or size,” said Jo Ann Harris, executive director and Music Theory instructor. 

Grace In The Park Ministries set to host first 1,000 Man March

Rally aims to stop violence, provide positive resources in the Overtown community

Grace In The Park Ministries Inc. has partnered with the Starks Charitable Foundation to host a 1,000 Man March-Stop The Violence, Saturday, May 30. The day will kick off with a motivational rally from 10-11 a.m. followed by the Overtown Peace-Walk at Gibson Park, 401 NW 12th St., Miami and continue throughout the Overtown community.

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FIU's track teams shine at meet

Athletes performed well at Conference USA Championships

Florida International University performed well at the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in El Paso, Texas on May 14-17. The four-day event saw several FIU athletes score high in different categories. On day one, Bejai Fray finished third in her flight for the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.67 seconds. She also posted a score of 1.52 meters in the high jump, placed third in the shot put (11.14 meters) and clocked in at 26.38 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

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Obama: My Brother’s Keeper a mission for the ‘rest of my life’

Advisory board appointed made up of government, CEOs and celebrities

In a personal and impassioned speech May 4 at Lehman College in New York City, President Barack Obama unveiled a new private sector-funded expansion of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which seeks to provide incentives and opportunities for young men of color in high-risk areas to improve their lives. The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, which arrives on the heels of protests and violent clashes with police in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, is a “big deal” to the president.

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body and Soul Enhancements self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018.

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body and Soul Enhancements self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018. Florida Independent Restoration Ministries (FIRM) offers help with family problems, drugs and alcohol. Call 800-208-2924 ext. 102 or prayer line, ext 104.

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Let's meet our new Attorney General, Loretta E. Lynch

Loretta Lynch became Attorney General of the United States in April of 2015. She is the first Black woman ever to hold the position. Loretta Elizabeth Lynch was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her father was a Baptist minister and her mother was a school librarian. She told a remarkable story about her ancestors in a 2012 speech at the Federal Bar Council Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon: "My father tells the story of my great great grandfather, the first generation of preachers we can identify in the family, who was a free Black man in antebellum North Carolina. While it is unclear how he came to have his freedom, it certainly gave him a life those enslaved did not have.

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Hundreds walk against cancer at Betty T. Ferguson complex

Miami Gardens/Opa-locka Relay for Life lasted more than 12 hours and raised more than $12,000 in funds

Cancer survivors in Northwest Miami-Dade County celebrated life during the recent Miami Gardens/Opa-locka Relay for Life event at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex. More than 1,000 people last Friday walked to honor loved ones who have succumbed to the disease and to support family and friends currently battling the illness. After more than 13 hours the American Cancer Society collected more than $12,600 to continue its efforts against cancer, according to relay organizer Damien Morgan.

Help fight childhood obesity

“Walk a Mile with a Child” in Historic Overtown on Saturday, May 2

Families are encouraged to join the annual “Dr. Nelson L. Adams Walk a Mile with a Child” event in historic Overtown on Saturday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.. The event will involve both children and adults in a one-mile walk followed by a health fair. Put on by James Wilson Bridges, M.D. Medical Society, the walk begins at Gibson Park, located at 401 NW 12th St. The health fair, also held in Gibson Park, consists of numerous activities for all ages as well as free gifts and refreshments. Performing at this year’s event will be Booker T. Washington Marching Band, The Miami Gardens’ Steppers and others.

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Second Black woman in space speaks

NASA Astronaut Stephanie D. Wilson interview to air on MDC-TV May 4

NASA Astronaut/Engineer Stephanie Wilson explained in details her role in her three spaceflights, in 2006, 2007 and 2010, during which she has logged more than 42 days in space. In a one-on-one interview for MDC-TV with Haitian American journalist James Pierre, Wilson talked about her responsibility to control the robotic arm and transfer more than 28,000 pounds of supplies and equipment to the space station during her 2006 flight. During her second flight, Wilson assisted in the successful repair of the solar array panels and during her most recent trip, she was in charge of the robotics that control and manage spacewalking.

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Hampton House through the years

Get ready for the grand unveiling of the restored Historic Hampton House,  May 8 at 11 a.m. at 4240 N W 27th Ave. Liberty City.  

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Frederica Wilson’s War

Kidnapping of Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram remembered at anniversary event

Representatives Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), Lois Frankel (FL-22) and others Wednesday recognized the anniversary of the abduction of more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls by the terrorist group, Boko Haram. At the House Triangle, located on the Eastern front of the U.S. Capitol Building, dozens of supporters and the members of Congress were dressed in red, the official color of the #BringBackOurGirls effort for the event. The girls were taken April 14, 2014.

Mourning tackles low income housing

Phase I financing closes on 84-unit housing development

AM Affordable Housing (AM) and Housing Trust Group (HTG) has closed on financing for Courtside Family Apartments, a new 84-unit affordable housing development in Miami’s historic Overtown neighborhood. Courtside is the first of a three-phased master-planned community.

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Black lawyers name Pollard as president

Jonathan Pollard, a trial lawyer and business litigation attorney based in Fort Lauderdale, has been appointed as president of the National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40. The appointment was based on peer nominations and third-party research and endorsed by the National Black Leaders Top 100 executive committee, led by president and Judge William “Billy” Murphy. Membership in the National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40 is limited to the top 40 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers.

SBA competition to award $4 million to startups

The U.S Small Business Association (SBA ) is launching an Accelerator Growth Fund competition in which startups can compete for prizes of $50,000 each, totaling $4 million. The application period is from April 10-June 1 and information about the application process can be found at: www.sba.gov.

Business Expo celebrates 30th anniversary at Broward Expo

The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC) will partner with Enterprise Florida (EFI) during the 30th Annual Business Expo, April 13-15 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. The Business Expo brings together a cross-section of minority entrepreneurs, large corporations and government agencies in a series of workshops and networking events to create business opportunities and discuss industry trends.

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Miami Blacks come out for the art fund

Artists new works announced at PAMM reception

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) announced the acquisition of three new works by African American artists Terry Adkins, Ed Clark and Leslie Hewitt at the Second Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art. The reception was held at PAMM on April 1. Members of the PAMM Ambassadors for African American Art and invited guests as well as Pérez Art Museum Miami Ambassador Co-Chairs Marilyn Holifield and Barron Channer, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen, PAMM donor Jorge M. Pérez, Miami-Dade County

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Nurses host leadership convention, gala

 The Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) Fourth Annual Leadership Convention in partnership with the Miami Dade College’s BSN Program Honor Society will be April 9-10. The goal of the convention is to empower nurses and allied health professionals to become transformative leaders and advocates to improve population health and global healthcare outcomes. The keynote speaker for the convention is Deidre Walton, president and CEO of the National Black Nurses Association.

Pinder back in feds good graces

EPA said commissioner can vote on matters involving federal funds

Elected to office in November 2014, Commissioner Terence K. Pinder has been anticipating the day when he would be able to fully return to representing the City of Opa-locka without restriction over his head. That day finally arrived on March 30, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) removed a debarment which had prevented Commissioner Pinder from voting on matters involving federal funds. After recognizing Pinder’s community service, his record of achievement and his success as a commissioner, the EPA took the extraordinary steps to reinstate Pinder only 48 hours after he and his legal team visited the EPA in Washington, D.C., according to

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Northwestern girls break GMAC track record

Miami Northwestern High School senior La’Kayla Harris broke a GMAC championship meet record, leading the girls’ track team to a seventh consecutive county team title at the GMAC Track and Field Championships at Southridge Park on March 17.

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Employ Miami-Dade offers job skills training to workers

On March 24, Miami-dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez met with members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to debrief them on Employ Miami-Dade, an initiative to come up with ways to bridge the divide between industry and job seekers. Pastor Gary Johnson and others asked questions about the program and the desired outcomes.

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Comm. Jordan takes flight with Captain Irving

Pilot encourages students to pursue STEM careers

Capt. Barrington Irving gave Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan a first-hand look of his business, Irving Ventures. He took her on a flight March 18. As a business located in Jordan's District 1, Ivring Ventures qualified for a Small Business Mom & Pop grant funded through several county agencies. The company received $5,000 total in two funding cycles through the Mom & Pop grant program, administered by Neighbors And Neighbors Association Inc. (NANA). As a District 1 business, Irving Ventures cannot apply in the next funding cycle.

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The Vailon Group to recruit workers

All Aboard Florida hires business team to give employment opportunities

All Aboard Florida has hired The Vailon Group to implement the company’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-based consulting firm, well known for its advocacy on behalf of small businesses, will work with Suffolk Construction, the passenger-rail company’s general contractor that is building its MiamiCentral train station, to ensure that local subcontractors and area workers are included in the project’s construction. “The Vailon Group has a proven track record of advocacy supporting local workers and

NFL players to help raise money for CHI

Fundraiser will assist 40-year medical facility

When celebrities like NFL professional athletes Robert Bailey and Adewale Ogunleye hit the links on March 27, they will be swinging with a greater good in mind. The annual Robert Bailey/Glen Rice/Adewale Ogunleye Celebrity Golf Tournament raises funds for a variety of programs at Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI).

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Lifestyle Happenings

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. Sisters Empowerment Circle nvites ladies 45 and over with an interest in laughter, learning, developing new friendships, social networking, traveling, and sharing life’s experiences in a comfortable atmosphere. Call 305-9345122/.

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Public spaces challenge seeks ideas by April 1

The Miami Foundation's is seeking creative minds to submit ideas for its 2015 Public Space Challenge — just respond by April 1, no fooling. The foundation has a budget of $305,000 to fund your ideas about what you would do to create, improve and activate public gathering places like parks, libraries, plazas and playgrounds in Miami-Dade.  Anyone — individuals, groups, agencies, nonprofits or companies — can submit ideas at ourmiami.org/challenge.  

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Mindingall honored in City of North Miami

Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was honored for her public service at the City of North Miami’s Celebration of Women event held March 19, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami. The annual event is held in honor of National Women’s History Month, which recognizes and celebrates the contributions of women in our

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Several new housing projects coming to Overtown

Construction of a new affordable housing project is underway in Historic Overtown. On Wednesday, March 18, 2014, the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, joined officials and representatives from Atlantic Pacific Communities and Palmetto Homes of Miami to break ground ceremonially on Island Living Apartments. CRA Board Chairman and District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon, CRA Vice-Chair Commissioner Wifredo Gort and Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson were in attendance.

Opa-locka Commission selects new city attorney

Vincent T. Brown to replace longtime lawyer Joseph S. Geller

Attorney Vincent T. Brown recently was sworn in as the new Opa-locka City attorney, replacing longtime City Attorney Joseph S. Geller of the Greenspoon Marder Law Firm. "I am truly honored to have been chosen and look forward to a productive relationship with the city,” Brown said.

Black-owned firm to build catering site near station

D. Stephenson chosen for All Aboard Florida new restaurant project catering company

Fort Lauderdale-based D. Stephenson Construction Inc. has been selected to construct All Aboard Florida's Argentelle Catering & Special Events building near its future Fort Lauderdale passenger-train station. The facility will be located on land just west of the Florida East Coast Railway. The development is part of a greater master-planning initiative to spur opportunities downtown. Construction activities are expected to begin by the end of March.

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Youth get exposure to Purvis Young art

The Urban Collective is set to host the Youth Art Exchange in partnership with the Black Archives. About 30 children from the Overtown Youth Center and Urgent Inc. programs on Friday learned about famed artist Purvis Young during a tour and discussion of the exhibit “A Man among the People.”

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Faith Calendar

St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church, Coconut Grove will celebrate the Pastor’s 25th anniversary March 22 at 11 a.m. Call 305-4438166. Warriors for Christ Bible Band will have dedication March 18-20 at 7:30 p.m.; March 22 at 3 p.m. 14626 N.W. 7th Ave. Call 786-419-5818. New Life Ministry invites you to the “Women’s Lets Talk” Fellowship on Saturday, March 21 at 1:15 p.m. Call 305- 308-5064.

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Youth fair opens at old location in Tamiami Park

Something old, something new ... no, it’s not a wedding; it’s the return of the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, now in its 64th year. The fair is still in its old location, even though voters gave Florida International University the go-ahead to expand into Tamiami Park, the home of the fair for 43 years. But it has lots of new features and new rides.

FMU track team shines at Last Chance Meet

Florida Memorial University athletics director Robert Smith was honored for his years of hard work and dedication to FMU baseball teams on Feb. 28 at the Albert E. and Sadie B. Smith Conference Center/Dining Hall. Smith was presented with the Aw

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Business workshop assists owners

“To play the game, you’ve got to get in the game” reasoned Stephanie Clark, president & CEO of Milestones Marketing LLC and the moderator of “Open for Business: Small Business Workshop." To operate a business, “you’ve got to ‘show-up, to go-up,’” continued Clark as she, along with an eight-member panel and the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Minority and Small Business

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Edmonson joins President Clinton at Liberty City Day of Action

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson joined former President Bill Clinton, MCI executive director Cecilia Gutierrez and volunteers at a Day of Action community service project in Liberty City on March 8.

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The Children’s Trust: Provider Profile


“Each day, I am thankful that at least 28 young adults and children have a roof over their heads and place to call home. I am so grateful to everyone in the community and at Casa Valentina for reaching out and making this possible!” — Deborah Korge, executive director. Casa Valentina is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and supp

Florida Memorial University Founder's Day is March 12

High honors to Paul Joseph, Norma Ely-Jones and Brenda Jackson

Florida Memorial University, South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University and oldest university will conduct the 2015 Founder’s Day Convocation on Thursday, March 12. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Susie C. Holley Religious Center, followed by a 136th birthday party at the Smith Conference Center. Alumni, students, faculty, administrators and staff will gather for a cake-cutting ceremony, and party activities.

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Faith Calendar

Soul Saving Station will hold a benefit concert at Greater Holy Cross on March 6 at 7 p.m. Call 786-222-0375. Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Goulds, will celebrate the pastor’s 40th pastoral anniversary on March 8. Call 305 253-2905.

Bahamas appoints director for Black market

Obie Wilchombe announced Linville Johnson's new position last year

Linville Johnson is now the director of the African-American Market, Bahamas Minister of Tourism (BMOT) Obie Wilchombe announced last year. Johnson's appointment is a part of the tourism ministry's leadership restructuring, new marketing strategy and commitment to increasing its support and visibility in the African-American market.

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Miami Gardens police chief fired, apologizes for soliciting a prostitute

More troubles for Miami Gardens Police Department. Police Chief Stephen Johnson apologized hours after being fired for soliciting a prostitute at a motel in Dania Beach.

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Got talentT?

Miami-Dade County’s annual talent search for kids 8-17 returns for a fifth year

For the fifth year, Miami-Dade youth will show just how much talent they have. "Young Talent Big Dreams," is a local talent contest, in which children between the ages of 8-17 compete for prizes ranging from performing arts scholarships to cash awards and performance opportunities, to tickets to local attractions and theatres.

Artist Everton Wright kicks off monthly series in Opa-locka

Opa-locka's launches its inaugural META series

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Culinary world seeks honor for Black chefs

The contributions of Jefferson Evans and Leah Chase have allowed so many chefs of color to turn their creativity and passion for food into meaningful and fulfilling careers. The Black Culinary Alliance has started a Change.org campaign to have the White House recognize Evans and Chase as Living Legends of Color in American Food History.

New tourism center comes to Overtown

Black entrepreneur honored

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to open the new Overtown Visitor Center at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 at the Historic Lyric Theater, 819 N.W. Second Ave. The center will be a stop on the Big Bus Tour Uptown Loop that takes tourists through Overtown. The visitor center will offer information and materials for tourists who are looking more about Miami’s ethnic neighborhoods.

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for our Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. True Love Praise and Worship Center announces Black History Legends preaching each Sunday during the month of February. All services will be held at the Omega Activity Center. Call 786-387-9491.

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Wish kid to be honored at basketball game Saturday

Barry University and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida will host a reveal party on Saturday for a local wish kid. The reveal party will be the opening event in a year-long effort by Barry’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Sports and Exercise Science Department to continue funding the wishes of South Florida’s Wish Kids.

Group to spruce up Belafonte TACOLCY Center

The Belafonte TALCOLCY Center is about to get a whole new look this weekend and dozens of volunteers are set to spruce up the venerable Liberty City agency