Miami Deltas and City of Miami Police hold gun buyback TODAY

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The City of Miami Police Department, in conjunction with the ladies of the Miami Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, is holding a gun buyback event to reduce gun violence in the city.

The buyback allows anyone to surrender weapons anonymously in exchange for cash/gift cards, valued at $250 for rifles .223 caliber and higher (AK-47, AR-15, etc.) and at $50 cash/gift card for any firearm.

Bring your weapons to the Belafonte-TACOLCY Center, 6161 NW 9th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33127 on Saturday, June 16, 2018, between 10 AM and 1 PM. No questions asked!

 

 


NAACP Branch Meeting, Monday, 6/18, 7pm

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The general meeting of the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP will take place 7 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018 at the New Way Praise & Worship Center, 16800 NW 22 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056. The meeting is open to the public and new members are appreciated. 

The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most influential civil rights organization in the nation. If you want to make a difference in the community, don’t miss this meeting. Everyone is welcome.

 

                        

 


Papa Keith Hosts People Matter Summer Music Fest to Cease Gun violence

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Nationally-syndicated radio host Papa Keith announces free People Matter Fest to combat gun violence on Saturday, June 16.

MIAMI, FL – Nationally-syndicated radio host Papa Keith, in conjunction with 103.5 The Beat and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime, are proud to announce the return of Liberty City’s first historic music festival, People Matter Fest— a day celebrating life, unity, music, and non-violence within the community. The festival will take place on Saturday, June 16that Gwen Cherry Park., 7090 NW 22ndAvenue, Miami. Admission is free and open to the public. The event, in its entirety, will offer a day of fun, food, peace, and unity in the community. “This is a great opportunity for residents to get together to celebrate non-violence,” Commissioner Monestime said. 

People Matter Fest is a vehicle from Papa Keith’s “Papa Keith 4 People Matter” or #PK4PM millennial movement and social media campaign. The fest will feature a multi-talented artist lineup with Miami’s top musical acts including platinum recording artistRick Ross, in addition to Trick Daddy, Sam Sneek, Kent Jones, Zoey Dollaz, City Girls, Mike Smiff, Baby Soulja, Billy Blue, Kiddo Marv, Brianna Perry, Young Breed, Quise, Scrilla, Shifta, Ray Anderson, Young Dred, Y.D., Hood Brat, Ferrari Fred and We Dem Zoes.   

Attendees can also expect The Village, free haircuts, kids zone with water slides and bounce houses, battle of the DJs, South Florida’s most savory food vendors/food trucks, flag football with Bryant McKinnie from the Miami Dolphins and father & son 3-on-3 basketball tournaments with Udonis Haslem from the Miami Heat.  

A county-wide 24 Hour Cease Fire Campaign will start at 3:45 p.m. and end the following day at 3:45 p.m. on June 17th. The Cease Fire Campaign aims to challenge Miami-Dade County residents to put the guns down for 24 hours. The campaign will kick off with Junkanoo bands.  

“Last year we only focused on Liberty City,” said Papa Keith. “Not only did we accomplish our Ceasefire, but the police informed us that it lasted for weeks after and was their slowest reports on shot spotter for any summer. This year we are taking it a step further and calling for a Miami-Dade county-wide cease fire.”  

For more information, visit peoplematterfest.comor contact info@peoplematterfest.com.  

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 Florida’s Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates in First South Florida Debate Tonight

The first South Florida Gubernatorial Debate of the 2018 election cycle will be held this evening, June 11, at 7 PM EST at Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025. SEIU (Service Employees International Union) has partnered with several organizations to host this debate, dubbed the Florida Freedom Forum. Four of the five democratic candidates are scheduled to participate: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham, Chris King, and former Mayor of Miami Beach Philip Levine. Recently declared candidate, businessman Jeff Greene, is not scheduled to participate in this debate.

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If you are not one of those blessed with a ticket to watch it in person, not to fret, you can watch it online at the SEIU websiteor via their  Facebook page. There are also watch parties in TampaWest Palm BeachJacksonville, and Orlando. Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #FLFreedomForum.

PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor, a Miami native, and WLRN Public Media’s Luis Hernandez will co-moderate the forum.

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Joining SEIU to host this event is a coalition of groups including Dream Defenders Action FundFlorida Immigration Coalition (FLIC) VotesNew Florida MajorityOrganize FloridaPlanned Parenthood Florida PAC, and Color of Change PAC


Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates to Debate Saturday, June 9

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​This Saturday, June 9, four of the five Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates will participate in a live televised debate in St. Petersburg, FL. It will be televised in the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas, and streamed online for anyone to view.
 
The four candidates who have committed to attend are Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine and Chris King. Jeff Greene was invited, but declined. This debate is sponsored by Women’s March Florida, Fired Up Pinellas and Indivisible FL 13.
 
Tune in Saturday, June 9, 6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m. Watch live on TV on Spectrum News 13 on channels 13, 1013 HD and 1213 in Central Florida and on Spectrum Bay News 9 on channels 9, 1009 HD and 1209 in the Bay-area. Watch live online at. www.baynews9.com or www.mynews13.com.
 
 
 

South Miami Alphas Present Scholarships to College Bound Students

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Iota Pi Lambda Chapter's 2018 scholarship recipients with Alpha Phi Alpha members from across South Florida.

The Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated honored several local high school students at its annual Golden Affair Scholarship Fundraiser  at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center.  In recognition of their demonstrated academic excellence and civic contributions to the community, scholarships were awarded to three high school seniors - Khalil Davis (Coral Reef Senior High School ), Brandon Love (Coral Reef Senior High School), and Tyler Regalado (New World School of the Arts). In the Fall, Davis will attend the University of Central Florida with a major in Biology; Love will attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University to study Business, and Regalado will attend Florida International University to pursue a degree in Finance. 

 
 

Ozinga Job Fair June 16 in Miami Gardens

 

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American-owned company hosting local job fair in search of talent on June 16th.

Miami Gardens, FL (June 6, 2018)—Ozinga, a 90-year-old American, family-owned company, is hosting a job fair to fill multiple open positions. Ozinga, provides concrete, aggregate materials, and energy solutions in multiple states through a fleet of trucks, barges, rail, and the iconic red and white striped concrete mixers. The job fair will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 9AM-12PM at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199thStreet, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.

At the job fair, Ozinga is seeking to hire drivers, batchmen, loader operators, mechanics, yard operators, and quality control technicians. The company offers competitive salaries, healthcare benefits and retirement plans. Applicants should bring an updated resume and be prepared for on-site interviews.To expedite the hiring process, applicants are advised to fill-out an application in advance which can be found at ozinga.com/careers. A concrete mixer will also be onsite for driver candidates to peruse and become acquainted with.

 

 


Blessings to All Graduates; Congratulations to All Parents; Thank You to All Educators

It's graduation season! Thank you to everyone who shares photos of their child's graduation exercises and other academic accomplishments. Let's brag about our children when they do great things! As this school year comes to an end and our children transition to the next phase of their lives, please share this prayer.

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Parental Blessing for a Graduate or Grown Child

(based on Proverbs 3)

 

My child,

never forget the things I/we have taught you.

Remember these things—store them in your heart—

for they will enrich your life, and your well-being.

 

Be careful to act with loyalty and kindness at all times!

Practice these traits;

write them deep within your heart.

Then you will be able to live at peace with both God and people,

and you will always have a good reputation.

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

do not depend on your own understanding.

Seek God’s will in all you do,

and he will direct your paths.

 

Don’t be overly impressed with your own wisdom.

Instead, fear the Lord.

Turn your back on the things you know to be wrong.

If you do, you will stay healthy and whole,

both in body and spirit.

 

Honor God with everything you earn and accumulate.

If you do, God will bless you.

 

Don’t get angry or discouraged when God corrects you,

when he points out to you the ways in which you have fallen short

of what he desires for you.

Remember that he does it because he loves you!

 

When you set out your goals and plans, be wise.

Think carefully about the decisions you make;

seek good advice from people you trust.

Then you can walk through life without fear,

and without stumbling.

 

Don’t be anxious about things that may happen in the future.

Always remember that God is at your side,

and that he surrounds you with his love and mercy.

 

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Dr. Steve Gallon III named Educator of the Year by Legacy Magazine

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Congratulations to Miami-Dade County School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III who was named the 2018 EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR by Legacy Magazine and recognized at a regal Wakanda-themed reception. Dr. Gallon is also the recipient of the National School Boards Association Council of Urban Boards of Education's (CUBE) prestigious 2017 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award; was elected to the National School Boards Association's National Steering Committee and is president of the reactivated Miami Alliance of Black School Educators.

Congratulations to Dr. Gallon and all of the honorees of Legacy Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Business Leaders of 2018.

 

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South Dade Alphas and Miami Alliance of Black School Educators honor South Florida's Amazing Educators on Friday June 8

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Teachers are the reason all other professions exist. Come out and salute some of our amazing educators on Friday, June 8 at the luxurious Mayfair in the Grove. 

Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inaugural-golden-standard-in-education-awards-and-end-of-the-year-social-tickets-44823896481?aff=eand

 


South Florida Spelman Alumnae honor Achievements in Aviation and Aeronautics at ALL THAT JAZZ on June 24

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The South Florida Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College presents "All That Jazz" 2018 on Sunday, June 24, 2018!  See flyer for details. All proceeds provide scholarships ranging from $2,000 -  $3,500 per student. If you cannot attend the event, please make a donation.

 

 


Miami’s Melissa Mitchell wins SPANX Illuminate-Her™️ Art Contest!

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Congratulations to Melissa Mitchell, winner of the SPANX Illuminate-Her™️ Art Contest! Melissa is an Atlanta-based, self-taught artist, who has a love of vibrant colors, unique shapes, and bold dark lines. Born and raised in Miami, she attributes her Bahamian heritage, melodic sounds and the colorful world around her as her greatest inspirations.  Her art has been featured around the world. Her unique head wraps, Abeille Creations, have adorned the likes of Lupita N’yongo featured in Vogue magazine. Melissa is a proud graduate of Florida A&M University and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Her art will debut on SPANX styles next Spring. Stay tuned!