TODAY is Primary Election Day. Go Vote.

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Today is August 23, 2022. It's primary election day in Florida and the race begins to general election day which is November 8. Locally, several key contests will be decided such as the hotly contested House District 109 race between incumbent James Bush III and first-time candidate Ashley Gantt. Also, the judicial race between sitting judge Fred Seraphin and Renier Diaz de la Portilla.  There are also council seats at stake in the City of Miami Gardens.

An obscene amount of money has been spent on races of all levels. If you have been paying attention, you see how this game of politics is ruled by money and some folks appear to prostitute themselves to the highest bidder. The masses have been brainwashed that their vote doesn't matter. 

There are more than 1,000 precincts in Miami-Dade County. Find yours by clicking here. Be sure to confirm your voting location because many have changed since the last election. Vote for the candidates that make the best interests and well-being of the people a priority rather than the developers who just want to make money and to special interest groups. 

Here is helpful information from the Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections department:

Remember, if you are in line to vote at 7 pm, stay there until you have exercised your right to vote. Do not leave when the polls close at 7 pm. If you have any questions or experience any problems, do not leave. Call Election Protection at 866-687-8683.

 

 


Rolling Loud in Miami Gardens this Weekend

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More than 200,000 fans are expected in South Florida for Rolling Loud Miami 2022 at Hard Rock Stadium.

It's that time of year again; Rolling Loud, the world's largest hip hop music festival, will be held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens from July 22 - July 24. Rolling Loud Miami Friday night headliner, Kanye West, is no longer performing this year and has been replaced with Kid Cudi. Future and Kendrick Lamar are the headliners for Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The 2022 Rolling Loud Tour includes Rolling Loud Toronto on September 9 - September 11 at Ontario Place and Rolling Loud New York on September 23 - September 25 at Citi Field. There were previous Rolling Loud 2022 stops in Portugal and the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.rollingloud.com.

 

 


NAACP features Rev. Dr. Jimmie L. Bryant and Lady Estella King-Bryant on "Meet the Pastor"

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This evening, the Religious Affairs Committee of the Miami-Dade Branch NAACP will continue with their series on local religious leaders, Meet the Pastor.

This episode’s special guests are Rev. Dr. Jimmie L. Bryant, Senior Pastor and Lady Estella King-Bryant of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Liberty City. You don’t want to miss this lively, educational, engaging and motivational conversation. Pastor and Lady Bryant are inarguably one of the most forward-thinking religious couples around.

  • When: TONIGHT, July 11, 2022, 7:00 PM ET 
  • Where: Via Zoom & Facebook Live 
  • ZOOM Meeting ID: 853 4173 4135  Passcode: 640493 
  • Facebook Live: @MiamiDadeNAACP

Celebrating this 4th of July: The Fight for Liberty and Justice For All Continues

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The Fourth of July is a national holiday to celebrate this country's freedom from Britain. In 1776, Black people were not free or equal. It's two hundred forty-six years later and while chattel slavery is no longer legal, Black people are still not free or equal.

Since this is a national holiday, many people have this day off from work. Some families and friends will gather for a cookout. There will be parades, fireworks displays, and sales at brick-and-mortar stores as well as online. 

Today is a good day to make sure your voting status is up-to-date and to watch the video of legendary actor James Earl Jones delivering Frederick Douglass's famous speech "What to the Slave is the 4th of July?"

 

 


What is Juneteenth? Know the Truth

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Juneteenth became a federal holiday when President Joseph Biden signed it into law on June 17, 2021. To much fanfare, the holiday has received much media coverage and commentary. This year, the actual date, June 19, fell on Father’s Day to the chagrin of many people who don’t support Juneteenth. Those same folks said Juneteenth overshadowed Father’s Day. It's crucial to know the real history of Juneteenth and separate fact from folklore. June 19 is a Texas holiday that has now become a holiday for America. Please watch this interview with Dr. Carl Mack to put the Civil War, the legal end of chattel slavery in America, and Juneteenth in context for an accurate understanding.

 

 


Celebrating Mamas + Mama Figures on this Mother's Day

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Happy Mother's Day to all mothers everywhere. If you can give your mother a hug or talk to her on the telephone, understand that you are blessed. If your mother is no longer with you in the natural, understand that you are blessed because she is always with you. Most of all, understand that you don't need a 'special' day to show love to your mother or anyone else. 


FAMU Receives $1.2 Million Gift from Frank and Laura Baker

FAMU Receives $1.2 Million Gift from Frank and Laura Baker

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida A&M University (FAMU) is excited to announce a $1.2 million donation from Frank and Laura Baker to help students with financial restrictions graduate in four years. The gift will establish the Frank and Laura Baker Graduation Fund, which will provide funding for students who are qualified to graduate in four years but have an outstanding account balance to the university.

Frank Baker is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Siris, a leading private equity firm with more than $7 billion in AUM focused on making value-oriented, control investments in technology companies. Baker said the donation to Florida's largest, and only public, Historically Black College and University (HBCU) is an investment in the future. 

"In 2020, we established Siris' Florida office, and as part of that, we believed it was important to invest in our new community. Through our conversations with FAMU, we learned there are extremely capable students who aren't able to graduate in four years solely due to limited financial resources.  We also discovered that the four-year graduation rate is a key metric in determining the amount of funding FAMU receives from the State of Florida. This made our 'investment' decision pretty easy — FAMU students in the workforce sooner and potentially unlocking more State funding."

As part of the gift agreement, the FAMU Office of University Advancement, the Office of Student Success and Strategic Initiatives, along with Frank and Laura Baker, will review the cohort each year to determine how the Graduation Fund will be distributed. The initial $300,000 will be used to clear university balances for spring and summer 2022 graduates once the certification process is complete and to match donations during the Day of Giving "1887 Strikes" campaign on April 21-22, which raised an additional $360,000.

"This is a transformational gift that will encourage our students to finish in a timely manner and allow them to move forward less burdened by debt to the University," said President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. "We thank Frank and Laura Baker for investing in our students. Their generosity will reap untold dividends for years to come."

The agreement also puts in place a framework for the University to track recipients; they will be asked to respond to periodic surveys in the years ahead and encouraged to give back to the University.

"The timing and magnitude of this gift cannot be overstated," said Shawnta Friday-Stroud, Ph.D., Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the FAMU Foundation. "It reinforces the importance of the task ahead and is a reminder that student success is at the core of our mission." 

SOURCE: Florida A&M University


CNN Senior Legal Analyst and SiriusXM Talk Show Host Laura Coates Will Lead the Miami-Dade NPHC Virtual Voting Rights Symposium at 6 PM ET on Sunday, Feb. 20

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As Americans witness the advancement and passage of laws making it more difficult to vote throughout the nation, the Miami-Dade Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is hosting an important symposium on Sunday, February 20, 2022, 6 PM ET, “Voting Rights Act-The Power of Now: Why it’s important to you!” This virtual event is designed to educate, inform, mobilize and empower voters.  Visit https://tinyurl.com/36e6a7dj to pre-register for the event. 

The NPHC is a collaborative council of Black Greek-letter fraternities and sororities informally known as the “Divine Nine.” These organizations have historically played a significant role in fighting for civil rights in America and in Get Out The Vote initiatives. 

Laura Coates will lead this conversation on voting rights. She is a CNN senior legal analyst, SiriusXM talk show host, attorney, author and college professor. Other panelists are Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (AKA), State Senator Shevrin Jones (ΑΦΑ), State Representative Christopher Benjamin (ΩΨΦ), Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association Trelvis Randolph (ΦΒΣ), and Vanessa Woodard Byers (ΑΚΑ), creator and editor of Blogging Black Miami. 

Don’t miss this lively, engaging and informative discussion Sunday,  February 20, 2022, at 6 PM ET. Join the conversation by pre-registering at https://tinyurl.com/36e6a7dj. 

Dr. Keietta Givens (ΔΣΘ) is president of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the NPHC. 


CHI Partners with the American Dental Association to Offer Free Dental Care to Children 

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MIAMI – February 3, 2022 – Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI), is proud to host Give Kids A Smile Day on February 4, 2022. The annual event provides free dental screenings, cleanings, vanish, sealants and giveaways to children ages one to 16 years old.

“Every year we see children who have never been to the dentist on this day,” said Dr. Sheri Watson Hamilton, D.M.D., CHI Dental Director. “That’s a sad state of affairs, as lack of dental care can leave a child in pain or suffering with other health related consequences.”

CHI, a non-profit healthcare company has been a beacon of hope providing access to high quality healthcare for all regardless of insurance status, income level or background since 1971. To mitigate against the COVID-19 virus, various safety protocols have also been implemented to promote a safe, welcoming environment. As such, appointments will be required to ensure patient safety.

In partnership with the American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation, the Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program provides oral healthcare to underserved children at no cost. Since 2003, local GKAS events have helped more than six million children get access to dental services with the help of dentists and healthcare organizations across the United States.

“With so much focus surrounding the pandemic, it is important to remember not to neglect routine healthcare,” said Dr. Watson-Hamilton. “Children should not be deprived of good oral health, which studies have shown can have a positive impact on the body’s overall health and wellbeing.”

CHI will be offering these free services for children at the following locations:

  • Doris Ison Health Center 10300 SW 216 St. Miami FL 33190

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • West Perrine Health Center 18255 Homestead Ave. Perrine FL 33157

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • South Miami Health Center 6350 Sunset Dr. South Miami FL 33143

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • West Kendall Health Center 13540 SW 135thAve. Miami FL 33186

8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Martin Luther King Health Center 820 SW 1st. St. Homestead FL 33030

8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Appointments are required, call (786) 272-2100.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Presents MLK Virtual Youth Symposium, Sun. Jan. 16, 2022, 2pm ET

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The W.I.S.H. Foundation (Women Involved in Service to Humanity), Incorporated, in partnership with Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated presents the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Youth Symposium on Sunday, January 16, 2022, from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm.  This year’s theme is "Are we Social Distancing from the Dream?".

This event is free and open to students of all grade levels from elementary through senior high school. Organization mentoring groups, church youth auxiliary groups, parents and organization members are encouraged to attend. The deadline to register to attend this event is January 12, 2022. Please note that parents must register separately and join the Parent's Forum on event day via a separate device.

Dr. Martha Johnson-Rutledge is the president of the Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter. Islamiyat Nancy Adebisi Elus is the Chairman of the W.I.S.H. Foundation, Incorporated. This is the eleventh year the organizations have presented this community event. Click HERE to register.


Give Thanks

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In the midst of the madness, we continue to experience each day, we give thanks. We celebrate friends and family that make our lives better and worth living each day. We pray for peace, love  and understanding during a time that sees us divided and disconnected. We give thanks for the courageous among us that fight the demons among us sent to keep us ignorant, fearful, and divided. 

In the spirit of our ancestors, we pray and give thanks on this day and everyday. Amen.


Election 2021: A Time for Change or More of the Same?

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Tuesday, November 2, is Election Day in various municipalities throughout South Florida. In the City of Miami, races for the mayor and two commissioners are on the ballot. Conventional wisdom dictates Mayor Francis Suarez and District 3 Commissioner Joe Carollo will be easily re-elected. Both men have been involved in controversy, lately for one and historically for the other, but they also have amassed huge campaign war chests that will allow them to prevail in this low voter turnout race.

The District 5 Commissioner race is one of the most highly contested local races this election cycle. Seven candidates are on the ballot: François Alexandre; Zico Fremont; Michael Hepburn; Christine King; Revran Shoshana Lincoln; Stephanie Thomas; and Jeffrey Watson. 

Of the District 5 candidates, it appears that Hepburn, King, and Watson are the most viable. 

The energy and ideas of Michael Hepburn have garnered him a lot of attention late in the campaign cycle. He earned the coveted recommendation of The Miami Herald editorial board and expanded his reach with the endorsement of famed filmmaker/activist Billy Corben. If he wants it, Hepburn has a future in politics. He has been a candidate for State Representative - District 108 and U.S. House of Representatives - District 27. He could benefit from establishing himself in one general area and building relationships to allow his much-needed people-centered ideas to come to fruition. 

Non-profit executive Christine King has lived in Miami-Dade County since her childhood years. She was educated locally from elementary school through law school. She has been endorsed by Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and County Commissioner Keon Hardemon. Hardemon’s endorsement of King for the seat he once held is no surprise as she has longstanding close ties with the Hardemon family. King touts her relationship with Commissioner Hardemon as a positive for District 5, yet some residents think she will be a puppet for the Hardemon family. King appears to be the frontrunner in this race. She has hard-hitting commercials on radio, television, and social media. In this low turnout race, she is destined for an outright win or a runoff.

Incumbent District 5 Commissioner Jeffrey Watson was appointed almost a year ago. To those unfamiliar with Miami politics, he seemed to come out of nowhere but, his history with the City of Miami government made him the perfect placeholder candidate until this election. The reality is that anyone following City of Miami politics knew that Watson would likely change his mind. Recent history harkens back to Rev. Richard Dunn, who was appointed and later changed his mind and ran. The commissioners should have made and appointment, without a stipulation, rather subject the public to more political theater. Of the candidates, Watson possesses the hometown bonafides, business and high-level government experience that are assets to the commission. He appears to be the best skilled to deal with the circus that has become Miami City Hall. When Watson speaks, it is typically in a calm manner and he displays excellent analytical skills. He is the much-needed adult on the dais at Miami City Hall. Watson has been endorsed by Carrie Meek and Kendrick Meek, both Former U.S. Representatives. He has his work cut out for him to win this seat. 

If the winner of this seat has any genuine concern about and for the residents of District 5, they will actively engage candidate François Alexandre in developing and executing plans to help the grassroots people in the community. Alexandre could easily represent District 5 well on the commission but he best serves as a community advocate who will mobilize residents and hold the commissioners accountable. 

Voters have until 7 pm to cast their ballots at their respective precinct. If no candidate wins 50 percent of the vote, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will occur on November 16. Will there be a change or more of the same? Only the voters will decide.