Blogging Black Miami Releases 2016 Primary Election Recommendations

We are releasing our list of recommendations for the upcoming August 30, 2016 Primary Election. There are several races that will be decided on August 30. Too many voters wait until the November General Election to vote. It is crucial that registered voters get out and vote n the Primary. Vote by mail. Vote early. Vote on Election Day. The choice is yours. Your vote is your voice and silence is NOT golden.

  BBM 2016 Primary Election Recommendations

 

 

 


EBONY Magazine’s September 2016 Fashion Issue Features Alicia Keys -- Unfiltered, Lupita Nyong’o, Beauty Award Winners and HBCU Campus Queens

 

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CHICAGO —Alicia Keys tells EBONY she doesn’t believe in being “flawless,” yet on the set of the September Issue shoot, the 15-time Grammy® Award-winning music artist, philanthropist and judge on the new season of NBC’s The Voice proves she’s still a girl on fire. The fresh-faced star posed perfectly in futuristic attire while maintaining her dedication to the #nomakeup movement.

In an exclusive interview, the incomparable entertainer updates us on her upcoming and highly anticipated album. In addition to giving us insight into her career moves, she holds court on an assortment of hot-button topics, including raising Black boys in the era of #BlackLivesMatter. 

“We are at a tipping point for major change. Senseless killings are outrageous and unacceptable. It’s like a slap in the face. It’s a constant reminder that our lives—our Black lives—are literally meaningless,” Keys tells the writer.

She also talks about self-confidence and the cruelty of social media.  Her viewpoints are especially relevant as Twitter trolls attack the #blackgirlmagic of Olympians Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Simone Manuel.

“Alicia Keys is one of the artists I respect most because of her dedication to social justice and desire to go beyond lip service to make the world a better place,” says Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President of Digital Editorial Kyra Kyles. “Her commentary on race, class and gender were illuminating, and she shared some sentiments with us that you will see few other places.”

The issue also reveals the winners of EBONY's annual Beauty Awards and trendsetting tips from “It”-girl group Chole x Halle. Look out for coverage of actress Lupita Nyong’o, hip-hop icons De La Soul and the multitalented Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. And this edition would not be complete without one of EBONY’s favorite time-honored traditions, the HBCU Campus Queens. Over 50 lovely, talented and community-oriented young ladies who represent historically Black colleges and universities across the country are highlighted.  Check out the September issue on newsstands now, and visit EBONY.com for behind-the-scenes videos. Join the conversation on social media via #AliciaOnEbony

 

 


Miami's Liliane Nérette Louis selected one of five master artists for Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program

TALLAHASSEE — Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the selection of five folk artists to serve as master artists in the 2016-2017 Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program. The chosen artists are Tomás Granado (Webster), Norteño accordion musician; Liliane Nérette Louis (Miami), Haitian storyteller, culinary artist, and herbalist; Bob Pitt (Bradenton), traditional boat builder; Jamal Jones (Jacksonville), freestyle hip hop artist; and Aida Rodriguez (Winter Garden), Puerto Rican bobbin lace maker.

 

“Florida is home to a diverse body of traditional arts and these five artists are representative of the state’s unique cultural heritage,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “The Apprenticeship Program recognizes master artists and apprentices devoted to learning and sharing folk and traditional arts, and ensures the preservation of those art forms for future generations.”

 

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From Left to Right: Tomás Granado, Liliane Nérette Louis, Bob Pitt, Jamal Jones, and Aida Rodriguez

 

The Department of State’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program fosters the continuation of Florida folk arts by supporting masters who teach selected apprentices. Under the program, each master artist works intensively with one or more apprentices during a period of up to eight months. Program support consists of honoraria to the masters and apprentices to cover expenses for lessons and supplies.

 

To apply for the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program, master artists should be known in their community as expert practitioners of a living traditional art form that is considered a valued aspect of that community’s folklife. The Florida Folklife Program defines folklife as the living traditions that are currently practiced and passed down by word of mouth, imitation, or observation over time and space within groups or communities. Each apprentice must have demonstrated an aptitude for, and a commitment to, the art form he or she wishes to study and an involvement with the cultural community that sustains the tradition. The next deadline for applications to the Folklife Apprenticeship Program is May 15, 2017.

 

The Florida Folklife Program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Program. For further information about the Department’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program, visit their website, or contact the Florida Folklife Program at (8500 245-6427.

 


South Dade Alphas Donate School Supplies to Chapman Elementary

 


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From left, chapter member Chris Stevenson, unidentified school faculty member and chapter member Gerson Sanchez with donated supplies for the 2016-17 school year.

 

Thank you to the men of the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity as they recently adopted Dr. William A. Chapman Elementary School as their 2016 Adopt-A-Classroom grant recipient. The organization showered the school with much needed school supplies for the students. Dr. William A. Chapman was one of Miami's first black physicians. Known for his educational programs on communicable diseases, Chapman's home stands as an iconic landmark and educational resource center in Overtown, the center of Miami's historic African-American community. 

 

 


Early Voting Begins Tomorrow, 8/15!

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Early voting for the August 30, 2016 Primary Election begins tomorrow, August 15, 2016 through Sunday, August 28, 2016. Here are the schedule and locations. There is no excuse to not exercise your right to vote. There are a number of people who want to represent you here locally, in Tallahassee and in Washington, DC. Don't take your vote lightly. Don't complain if you can vote but choose not to. 

Primary Election - August 30, 2016

Mon. Tue. Wed. Thur. Fri. Sat. Sun.
8/15
7 a.m. -

3 p.m.
8/16
7 a.m. -

3 p.m.
8/17
7 a.m. -

3 p.m.
8/18
7 a.m. -

3 p.m.
8/19
7 a.m. -

3 p.m.
8/20
8 a.m. -

4 p.m.
8/21
8 a.m. -

4 p.m.
8/22
11 a.m.- 
7 p.m.
8/23
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
8/24
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
8/25
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
8/26
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
8/27
8 a.m. -
4 p.m.
8/28
8 a.m. -
4 p.m.
  • City of Miami - City Hall
    3500 Pan American Drive

    Miami, FL 33133
    (Entrance is located at the northeast side of the building – ADA entrance is through the front door of City Hall)
  • Coral Gables Branch Library
    3443 Segovia Street

    Coral Gables, FL 33134 
  • Coral Reef Branch Library
    9211 SW 152nd Street

    Miami, FL 33157
  • Elections Department
    (Main Office)
    2700 NW 87TH Avenue 

    Doral, FL 33172 
  • Homestead Community Center
    (William F. "Bill" Dickinson Comm. Center)
    1601 N. Krome Avenue

    Homestead, FL 33030 
  • John F. Kennedy Library
    190 W 49TH Street

    Hialeah, FL 33012
  • Kendall Branch Library
    9101 SW 97th Avenue 

    Miami, FL 33176 
  • Lemon City Library
    430 NE 61ST Street

    Miami, FL 33137
  • Miami Beach City Hall
    1700 Convention Center Drive

    Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • Miami Lakes Community Center
    (Mary Collins Community Center)
    15151 NW 82nd Avenue

    Miami Lakes, FL 33016
  • Model City Library
    (Caleb Center)
    2211 NW 54th Street

    Miami, FL 33142
  • North Dade Regional Library
    2455 NW 183rd Street

    Miami Gardens, FL 33056
  • North Miami Public Library
    835 NE 132nd Street

    North Miami, FL 33161
  • North Shore Branch Library
    7501 Collins Avenue

    Miami Beach, FL 33141
  • Northeast Dade-Aventura Branch Library
    2930 Aventura Boulevard

    Aventura, FL 33180
  • South Dade Regional Library
    10750 SW 211th Street

    Cutler Bay, FL 33189
  • Stephen P. Clark Gov’t Center
    (Elections Branch Office)
    111 NW 1ST Street (Lobby)

    Miami, FL 33128
  • West Dade Regional Library
    9445 SW 24th Street

    Miami, FL 33165
  • West End Regional Library
    10201 Hammocks Boulevard

    Miami, FL 33196
  • West Miami Community Center
    901 SW 62ND Avenue

    West Miami, FL 33144

 

Source: Miami-Dade County Elections Department

 

 


Are you BeefNMiami? Join the #WeBeefN Movement!

 

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A sense of community is missing in our neighborhoods and positive circulating economics is at the core. Be a part of the solution by changing behaviors. One Dollar, One person, One purchase at a time. B.E.E.F. (“Black Each and Every Friday”) addresses a needed change in behavior in the Black community. Starting with just one day a week support, build and invest in your community. There are quality products and services that exist in the black community that need and want your support. Visionaries in Jacksonville, Atlanta and Chicago have already started shifting the paradigm their communities. Join the #BeefN movement Miami. Make every Friday, Black Friday! 

Each and Every Friday - patronize a black business or service, then share the experience with friends, family and on social media. Use the following hashtags #BEEF #WeBeefN  #WeBeefNMiami #WeBeefNMIA or add to it the city you are reppin'.

 

#buyblack #blackeconomics #blackowned #blackunity #blacklove #changethegame #capitalism #blackpower #blacklivesmatter #blackdollarsmatter #Miami #MIA #Jax #ATL #CHI #shopblack #TGIF #motivation #inspiration #changetheworld #blackbusinessmatters 

 


Recommended Actions for Protection from Zika

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What you should know:

  • There is no vaccine to prevent Zika, and there is no specific treatment for infected individuals.
  • Zika is generally spread by the bites of infected mosquitoes.
  • Exposure to an infected person's blood or other body fluids may result in transmission.
  • Eliminate sources of standing water to reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding areas.

Recommended actions:

  • Use insect repellents according to the guidance below.
  • Wear clothing that covers hands, arms, legs, and other exposed skin. Wear socks that cover the ankles and lower legs.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. This type of clothing provides a barrier to mosquitoes.
  • Eliminate sources of standing water (e.g., tires, buckets, cans, bottles, barrels)
  • If symptoms develop, seek medical attention promptly. Discuss any possible exposure to mosquitoes or infections spread by mosquitoes with a healthcare provider.

Guidance on use of insect repellents:

  • Always follow label precautions when using insect repellent.
  • Use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient. Research suggests that repellents containing DEET typically provide longer-lasting protection, and oil of lemon eucalyptus provides longer-lasting protection than other plant-based repellents. In general, the more active ingredient (higher concentration) a repellent contains, the longer it will protect against mosquito bites.
  • Products that combine sunscreen and repellent are not recommended. Use separate products, applying sunscreen first and then applying the repellent.

 

[Source: Florida Department of Health]


Nuekie, Cosmetic Startup by FAMU Alum Eunice Cofie, Wins $20,000 at Miller Lite Tap The Future Live Pitch Tour Miami Tour Stop – Headed to Final Round for a Shot at $200K Grand Prize

 

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Nuekie, a health and beauty company, came out on top as the regional winner for Tap The Future in Miami. The cosmetic line combines traditional African medicine and modern science to develop products and services to meet the unique needs of problem skin for people of color. The business is now one step closer to winning the grand prize of $200K. Tap The Future is a business competition that offers real entrepreneurs a chance to grow their businesses. Find out more and RSVP for upcoming tour stops at www.MLTapTheFuture.com. (Photo provided courtesy of MillerCoors)

Daymond John from ABC’s Shark Tank and host of Miller Lite Tap The Future returned for the fourth annual Live Pitch Tour event in Miami on Tuesday at the Colony Theatre. The third stop on the national tour offered entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their businesses for $20K and gain advancement to the final round for a shot at an additional $200K. Four business teams pitched live to the “shark” himself as well as a panel of business experts.

At the end of the night, Nuekie, a health and beauty company founded by Eunice Cofie, came out on top as the regional winner for Tap The Future in Miami. Cofie is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry/molecular biology. Cofie will now move on to compete against other regional winners for Tap The Future grand title.

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Daymond John from ABC’s Shark Tank joined Miller Lite Tap The Future as a lead judge for the national Live Pitch Tour event in Miami. The top contestant, Nuekie, a health and beauty company for people of color, walked away with $20K and is now a step closer to winning the grand prize of $200K. Tap The Future is a business competition that offers real entrepreneurs a chance to grow their businesses. Find out more and RSVP for upcoming tour stops at www.MLTapTheFuture.com. (Photo provided courtesy of MillerCoors)

 

 

 

 


Community Leaders and Policy Makers Tackle Local and National Issues at Pumps, Pearls & Politics Forum and Luncheon

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Many of South Florida's civic-minded women and men are looking forward to the conversation and networking at the fourth annual Pumps, Pearls & Politics.
FILE Photo: Denetra Collins/Pumps, Pearls & Politics 2015

 

Miami, FL – July 21, 2016 – The fourth annual Pumps, Pearls & Politics forum and luncheon hosted by the Connection Committee of the Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is scheduled for 11:30 AM, Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the InterContinental Miami in Doral. The event is women-centered and women-focused, but men are included on the agenda and encouraged to attend. Many topics to be covered are gender neutral and impact the entire community. This year’s theme, Pumps, Pearls & Politics 2016: How Do We #UniteAmerica?, is particularly timely and is certain to generate thought-provoking conversation.  

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson will bring the View from the Hill. Panelists include State Senator Oscar Braynon IIAdora Obi Nweze, President of the FL State Conference of the NAACP and Member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP; United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats; Political consultant Makeda McLune; Attorney Ronda Vangates; and social justice activist and Dream Defenders leader Umi Selah. Public relations practitioner and journalist Beverly Counts Rodrigues will serve as moderator and entertainment will be provided by Grammy-nominated spoken word artist Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns.

“In light of recent local and national incidents regarding police-involved shootings and the upcoming presidential election, this event provides the perfect opportunity for the community to engage in serious dialog,” said chapter president Andrea Robinson, “our guests will also be able to interact directly with participating political candidates.”

If You Go:

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016, 11:30 AM

Where: InterContinental Doral Miami, 2505 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172 

Admission: $40 (Includes food and beverage.)

To pay online: http://pumpspearlspolitics2016.eventbrite.com (Sales close 7/30/2016.)

For more information send an email to Natasha Hines at pumpspearlspolitics@gmail.com.

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FILE PHOTO: Some of the fabulous guests at Pumps, Pearls & Politics 2015.

 

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FILE PHOTO: Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson with Riley Davis and family at Pumps, Pearls & Politics 2015. / Denetra Collins

 


Wright versus City Hall, Part 2

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The case of James B. Wright v. City of Miami Gardens continued yesterday in the courtroom of Judge Bronwyn Miller in downtown Miami. Wright was represented by Jason Murray of Murray Law and the City of Miami Gardens by J.C. Planas of KYMP. At issue is Wright’s attempt to be placed on the ballot for the upcoming Miami Gardens mayoral race after he was disqualified because the check for his qualifying fee was “returned” by Wells Fargo Bank.

The judge and attorneys for Wright and Miami Gardens largely agreed that candidate Wright followed the law in the submission of the required paperwork and qualifying fee. Florida law indicates that if a candidate’s check is returned by the bank, the filing officer (Miami Gardens City Clerk) is to notify the candidate immediately. The candidate has until the end of the qualifying period to pay the fee with a cashier’s check from the campaign account or be disqualified. Wright's attorney's challenged the immediate notification issue as Wright was not notified until 20 days after submitting the required paperwork and qualifying fee. 

The City and County elections department cited prohibitive cost to add Wright’s name to the August 30 ballot since absentee ballots have already been submitted for printing and some have been mailed to military voters overseas. In offering a means of satisfying Wright and not requiring the City to incur additional costs, Wright’s attorney offered that the Miami Gardens mayoral race be placed on the November General election ballot. The City argued that would unfairly advantage Wright; would be cost prohibitive if the race resulted in a run-off; and would not allow for sufficient citizen engagement as the run-off would be held in December when many voters are on vacation.

Judge Miller mentioned more than once that she is constrained by law in making her ruling. The Levey decision was also mentioned several times during the proceeding. Basically, Levey was a candidate for office who was disqualified because the bank erroneously caused her check for her qualifying fee to be dishonored. In spite of admittance of the error by the bank, Levey was denied having her name placed on the ballot. Judge Miller indicated she will make a ruling by this morning. Wright will provide an update on the case via Facebook Live at 10 AM today.

Several key issues regarding this situation still need to be clarified. The City of Miami Gardens has not provided requested documentation that would answer several specific open questions regarding how and when checks are processed in general and how Wright’s check and other candidates checks were processed specifically.

It's also crucial to note that this case is bigger than Miami Gardens. It shines a spotlight on Florida Law that allows for duly capable and qualified candidates to be disqualified due to errors not of their own doing. There is something inherently wrong with that. Stay tuned.

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Wright continues fight to remain on the ballot for City of Miami Gardens mayor

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James B. Wright continues his fight to remain on the ballot for City of Miami Gardens mayor.

There is a saying that you can't fight city hall. As quietly as it is being kept, James Wright, disqualified by the City of Miami Gardens in its mayoral race, is having none of that. Wright continues his fight today as he seeks to remain on the ballot. 

Initial discussion, on social media, of Wright's disqualification due to his returned check  led many to believe the check for his qualifying fee was returned due to insufficient funds. According to correspondence from the City to Wright, the check was returned because the account number could not be found. According to Wright’s bank, the check was never submitted for deposit.

City of Miami Gardens Clerk Ronetta Taylor notified Wright on June 20, 2016 that his check was returned and since it was after the qualifying period, he was disqualified. Wright submitted the check on the afternoon of June 1, 2016. Qualifying closed on the following day, June 2. 

Wright takes issue with the lapse in time between the date of submission of his qualifying documentation, including his check, and the notification of disqualification. Wright also asserts that City procedures were not followed when he submitted his qualifying documents. The City typically escorts a candidate to its finance area where the availability of funds in a candidate's account is determined on the spot. Wright notes a candidate for one of the council seats was notified that funds were not available in his account. That candidate opened his campaign account and filed his qualifying documents on the same day, the funds would not be available until the next day. That individual was not disqualified by the City Clerk. 

Well-known elections law attorney, J.C. Planas, has been hired to defend the City of Miami Gardens. Should the City prevail, there is evidence of change needed in the elections qualifying period, process and procedures. Should Wright prevail, this situation also warrants investigation of possible violation of established procedures. The City of Miami Gardens did not respond to requests for comment for this article. Stay tuned.

Watch the videos of Wright’s guest appearances on the Chief Jimmie Brown Show. 

June 26, 2016  - Chief Jimmie Brown Show on WMBM guest hosted by Eric Pettus

 

July 3, 2016 - Chief Jimmie Brown Show on WMBM

 

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Wilberforce University Announces New President

 

Long-Standing HBCU Fund-Raiser/Administrator, Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr., becomes the University's 21st President

HFeltonWILBERFORCE, Ohio, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Wilberforce University, the country's oldest private historically black college and university, today revealed that Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr has been chosen as its 21st President. With the hiring of Dr. Felton, Wilberforce University enters into a bright new era that promises to build on its 160 year legacy of developing great leaders.  "Dr. Felton's experience in day-to-day operations, and his proven leadership abilities in multiple areas including, fund raising made him a top candidate for this position," says Mark Wilson, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Our search committee comprised of leaders across our faculty and alumni, were thrilled to get a chance to meet with Dr. Felton for the second time in this process.  He was highly regarded by our students, staff, and faculty during our last search, and we look forward to him joining us on campus in the coming weeks." 

Before joining Wilberforce University, Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr. was the senior vice president, COO and vice president of institutional advancement at Livingstone College where he provided executive level leadership in the areas of strategic planning, fund raising, management, administration and assessment while overseeing all day-to-day operations for the college.  During his time at Livingstone, Dr. Felton also increased annual alumni contributions from seven to 19 percent in three years, in addition to serving on the school's executive committee for its accreditation process. Prior to Livingstone College, Dr. Felton was the director of development at Murray State University. A Co-Founder of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation, Dr. Felton is committed to ensuring our nations HBCUs identify and cultivate the next pipeline of highly skilled, transformational, and principled leaders to lead.  Dr. Felton received his Juris Doctor from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, and his bachelor's degree in political science from Edward Waters College.  Dr. Felton also served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years.

"I'm looking forward to joining the Wilberforce community.  It is an honor that the oldest private HBCU in the country has chosen me to lead them into a new era," states Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr. president of Wilberforce University.  "Over the last two years, I have seen the dedication of all who love and cherish this great university. From the students, faculty and staff, to the ever supportive alumni, what this community has accomplished over the last two years is commendable. I know that with the determination and spirit I've seen, we will continue to lead this University into a rewarding future." 

About Wilberforce University
Wilberforce University was founded in 1856 on a relatively radical principle for mid-19th Century America: to provide African-Americans, many who were fleeing slavery, with a quality, advanced education. It was a progressive concept that has evolved to inspire its current students to become innovators and entrepreneurs. Known today as the first predominantly African-American private university in the nation, it welcomes students of all faiths, races, colors, and national and ethnic origins. The school is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church as well as many collegiate organizations and associations, including the United Negro College Fund. For more information, visit www.wilberforce.edu