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August 2018

It’s Election Day! Let’s Go!

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Great morning, great people! Finally. Today is the day. It’s Primary Election Day! I voted by mail so long ago, it didn’t seem as if this day would come. Every election is important and it seems that in recent times in this nation, elections have really become a life or death matter. No exaggeration. 

If you have not been paying attention to what’s happening politically on local, state and national levels, I feel sorry for you. If you have not been paying attention to what’s happening politically on local, state and national levels, It’s not too late to get in gear and get up to speed.

If you did not vote early or vote-by-mail, TODAY is the last day you can vote in the 2018 Primary Election. Some races will be decided today. Others will be voted on and decided in the General Election in November. Many voters skip the Primary and vote in the General. Big mistake. Every election is important. The General Election in November will include several constitutional amendments, but let me not get ahead of myself.

Get out and vote today. There are key races for Congress, governor, state rep., commissioner, school board member, community council members and municipal officials at stake. There have been contentious races such as Senate District 38 between incumbent Senator Daphne Campbell and Jason Pizzo; an election rematch between incumbent county Commissioner Jean Monestime and former Commissioner Dorris Rolle; and a test of Black Miami’s political dynasty family with State Rep. Roy Hardemon being strongly challenged by Ivy League educated lawyer Dotie Joseph. Some folks, like Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, will be returned to office without much competition, but the most highly-anticipated race will determine Florida’s Democratic nominee for Governor. According to several polls, Miami-born Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has languished at number four in the five-person race until recent weeks. An infusion of cash to the Gillum campaign has allowed him to send mailers, broadcast commercials, and do a statewide bus tour. Polls now have him at number one, two or three, depending who you talk to. I have not been polled at all this cycle and neither has anyone in my circle of friends so take those poll numbers with a grain of salt.

At the end of the day, a vote in Liberty City or Perrine is equal to a vote in Pinecrest or Aventura. Don’t fall for the okey doke that your vote doesn’t matter. Do you want to be at the table or on the menu? You decide. 

 

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$1.1M Available to Black-Owned Businesses in Florida. Come Out Thursday, August 23 to See If Your Business Qualifies

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Thanks to a $1.1 million grant included in last year’s budget,   black-owned businesses across the state can now apply for a loan through a program administered by the Florida A&M University Federal Credit Union in partnership with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Locally, the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and Florida A&M University Federal Credit Union will present LOANS AND LENDING FOR BLACK BUSINESS OWNERS, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Thursday, August 23, 2018, St. Paul AME Church, V.F. Mitchell Fellowship Hall, 1866 NW 51 Terrace, Miami, FL 33142. 

“The MDCPS Office of Economic Opportunity is excited to partner with the FAMU Federal Credit Union and provide meaningful information on loans and lending to local black businesses,” said Torey Alston, head of OEO for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Learn more about the application process and requirements to access these funds. The event is FREE to attend. You may RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introducing-florida-am-university-credit-union-tickets-48927176502. Please share this information with your networks.

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White Doctor Says Police Treated Him Like a ‘F&*%king Black Person’ [VIDEO]

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Lakeland, Florida medical doctor Jeffrey Epstein is tackled by Orlando Police as he has a meltdown at Orlando International Airport.

Jeffrey Epstein, a white medical doctor based in Lakeland, Florida acted a complete fool at the American Airlines counter at Orlando International Airport on August 16, 2018. After several minutes of berating the police officers who arrived to handle the situation, Epstein was tackled to the ground as he resisted arrest. Epstein went on to say he was being treated like an f&*%king black person.

When confronted by the media after he was released on bail, Epstein came up with a lame story about making the racial comment to make a point about how black people are treated by the police. Really? That’s the best he could do. Wow. Epstein, 59, described himself as a conservative Republican and a Trump guy. A Trump guy? Hmmm… Think on that for a moment. I guess we shouldn’t expect him to take a knee in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and NFL players, now should we? 

Epstein lied. The police did not treat him like a Black person. He wasn’t beat up or shot. White privilege is real.

 

 

 

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EBONY Magazine Presents Its Annual Fashion Issue, Starring Issa Rae

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EBONY magazine releases its Fashion issue, featuring ISSA RAE on the cover. In the accompanying exclusive interview, EBONY has an intimate conversation with the producer and Emmy Award-nominated actor who took her award-winning web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, and grew it into a media empire, which includes Rae’s HBO hit series, Insecure. She also dishes on her determination to dispel the misconception that Black women can’t be weak.

“The ability to be vulnerable with your sisters and friends is so crucial and kind of outweighs the strong Black women narrative. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. It’s just you can’t be that all the time,” says Rae.

In addition to the cover story, the Fashion issue also features the 2017–2018 EBONY HBCU Queens, who have royally demonstrated the ability to inspire, lead and give back to their communities. Readers will also get a glimpse at the latest in high-end streetwear; learn how to get Donald Glover’s fashionable look; actor Derek Luke dishes on his role in 13 Reasons Why and the importance of mental health awareness; and the Fall beauty roundup is filled with ’90s hair and makeup trends.

“The Fashion issue is all about providing a platform to showcase and celebrate the current Black players in the fashion world, whether seasoned or up-and-coming. For so long, Black people didn’t have a place to be recognized for their creativity and individuality—and EBONY is happy to provide this opportunity,” says Linda Johnson Rice, chairman emeritus of EBONY Media Operations. “This issue also celebrates young Black talent, like Issa Rae, who is breaking boundaries and empowering other women and people of color to jump feet first into the entertainment world.”

Get the September 2018 digital edition of EBONY via Texture, Google Play, Apple iTunes and Kindle now and on newsstands August 21. For more with Rae and behind-the-scenes content, visit ebony.com/InsideEbony.

 


Bethune-Cookman Marching Wildcats Subject of Netflix Docu-series “Marching Orders”

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Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats are the subject of a 12-episode docu-series on Netflix.



“Marching Orders,” an original unscripted series, takes viewers inside the Marching Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. The band’s rich history includes being showcased at major sports events from the Super Bowl to NFL games and was featured in the popular film “Drumline” starring Nick Cannon and Zoe Saldana. This 12-episode series, Marching Orders, premiered on Friday, August 3 on Netflix and was produced by Stage 13/Gigantic Productions.



For students, becoming a member of the Marching Wildcats will be one of their most significant life achievements. The legacy, history, and honor of earning a spot in the 300-member plus band is a pivotal moment that is often rooted in the students’ own familial histories. Expectations run high for the new generation of Marching Wildcats.



It’s difficult to convey just how important marching bands have become in the culture and climate of HBCUs unless one has lived it as an undergraduate student. While many rival institutions will take issue with the Marching Wildcats being touted as the nation’s best, that is par for the course. Let the trash-talking continue.

“Nobody works as hard as we do,” says Band Director Donovan Wells, in the series opener. “Nobody pays attention to the details as much as we do.”

 

 

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Early Voting has begun!

Today is the first day of Early Voting in Miami-Dade County. Don’t squander your power. Get out and vote. During the early voting period, you may vote at any early voting location in Miami-Dade County. Vote close to your home…close to your job…it’s your choice. Just do it.

 Miami-Dade County Early Voting Schedule and Locations

Personally, I voted days ago, by mail. I also confirmed that my ballot was received by the Miami-Dade County Elections Department. You know what? I used to be one of those individuals who onlyvoted on Election Day. There was something about standing in a line to cast my ballot that made me feel good. I changed my position when Barack Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, died two days before he was elected President of the United States. She had voted for her grandson by absentee ballot. Mrs. Dunham was in failing health, prayerfully you are not. However, be mindful that living to see the next day is not promised to any of us. Almost anything could happen to us or a family member or friend. Don’t forget we’re in hurricane season. The weather could be horrible on any given day but let me not digress.

There are 14 days to vote early in Miami-Dade County. Let’s get out and vote. Take your family and friends. This election is a serious matter.

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Ribbon cutting and dedication of Arthur Woodard Park set for 4 pm, Friday, August 10

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On Friday, August 10, at 4 p.m., the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime will officially dedicate the new Arthur Woodard Park, named in honor of my Dad.

My family is appreciative that Commissioner Monestime sponsored the Miami-Dade resolution for the park naming at the request of the community.This dedication is even more special as my Dad used to personally maintain the greenspace although it was privately-owned land at the time.

“I applaud the Parks Department for their great work in bringing this much needed park development to fruition,” said Commissioner Monestime.  “Arthur Woodard Park stands as a living legacy to beloved educator and civic leader Dr. Woodard, as well as a vibrant recreational space where neighbors and their children can gather for generations to come.”

“Parks and open spaces are vital to community living,” said Maria Nardi, Miami-Dade Parks Director. “This park is another shining example of Miami-Dade Parks’ dedication to enhancing green spaces, where people will be inspired to exercise, play, and relax with nature.”

The park is located at 1220 NW 99th Street, Miami, FL.33147. Family, friends, residents of the surrounding Twin Lakes/Pinewood Park community, and my Dad’s former co-workers and students, are invited to attend the ceremony. At the request of family and friends unable to attend, we plan to do a Facebook Live broadcast via my Blogging Black Miami Facebook page

 

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Affirming Youth Foundation Opens Its New Computer Tech After-School Experience Lab To Help Students In The Edison And Little River Communities.

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Affirming YOUth Foundation has been providing assistance in the community even before the organization officially opened its doors this past Saturday, August 4, 2018. The Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)-TechKnowledgy Computer Lab officially opens when students return to school at the end of August. The lab will be instrumental in helping students who might not have computers at home with their homework. Students will also take part in digital strategies and techniques that assist in SEL. This SEL-lab will be the first of its kind in this community.

The Affirming YOUth Center will also help students with their social and emotional well-being by collaborating with students to develop strategies to deal with emotions in a healthy way. The programs will empower them to identify thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that make life harder; and, assisting them to identify their strengths and build on them so they can feel better about him/herself and their life.

“We are so proud to work with AT&T in providing state-of-the-art technologies to help bridge the digital divide for our communities,” said Jonathan Spikes, Founder and Executive Director of Affirming YOUth. “The lab will be a valuable resource to the youth in the identified communities especially as our youth prepare for college and 21st Century careers.

Affirming YOUth Foundation was selected by AT&T because of their robust educational programming and resource center that helps youth develop social-emotional skills. The Lab will be stocked with desktops, printers, flat-screen television and movable furniture. Staff, volunteers and community partners will host technology classes, digital literacy workshops, STEM programs and open labs for state-of-the-art learning experiences.

 "AT&T believes it is critical for students to have access to the tools and support systems they need to graduate, succeed in college or enter the workforce as they strive to reach their full potential," said Cristal Cole, AT&T Florida external affairs who presented Affirming YOUth with a check for $25,000. "We are proud to support community programming provided by organizations like the Affirming Youth Foundation, who help foster a safe environment where children can dream big and access the resources they need to be successful in life."

Board President, Dr. Tangier Scott, lauded AT&T for its constant support of youth initiatives and providing resources for closing the digital divide.

“Today’s youth must be tech savvy to compete for jobs in the global economy,” Scott said. “I’m elated and excited that Affirming YOUth and AT&T are collaborating to create amazing educational opportunities for our youth to succeed now, and for years to come.”

The grand opening, hosted by WHQT Hot 105, radio personality Shelby Rushin, started with a musical presentation by the Miami Northwestern Marching Band.

Speakers included: School Board member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall; Adrian Rogers, Principal of Liberty City Elementary School; Pastor Joaquin Willis; Pastor Robert Stephens III; and Jonathan Taylor.

To learn more about Affirming YOUth visit www.AffirmingYOUth.org.


It's voting time! No excuses. Let's Go!

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Citizens of Wakanda, election season is upon us. Primary election day is August 28, 2018. If you are registered to vote in Florida, remember that you can vote by mail, vote early at any early voting site in your county or vote at your precinct on election day. See relevant information on the Miami-Dade County Elections site

Please see these resources from the League of Women Voters: BeReadyToVote.org and Vote411.org. Remember that the people who run things are those who vote. Blacks in Miami-Dade County are not expected to vote in significant numbers as long as Barack Obama is not on the ballot. Don't get mad, just vote. Wakanda Forever! 

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