Giving Thanks in 2022

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On this fourth Thursday in November many will gather with family and friends for a sumptuous meal with all the trimmings. We will enjoy a Thanksgiving Parade and football game as we wait in anticipation for Black Friday sales and the Christmas shopping season. For others the reality of the challenges of life --- food insecurity, housing insecurity, illness, debt and loss of loved ones make this day difficult to navigate. Let's be mindful of that. 

The Thanksgiving holiday, as many have been taught, is based on a mythical dinner between Native Americans and Pilgrims. As with many American traditions, we have drifted so far away from the original intent that we basically just enjoy the day off from work or school without consideration of its origin or purpose. In the case of Thanksgiving that is a good thing. To the indigenous peoples of America, Thanksgiving, like Columbus Day is traumatic as it was not peaceful but violent and resulted in the death of their ancestors. Let's be mindful of that. 

As history is being whitewashed and in some cases erased, it is ever more crucial that we teach ourselves and our children the truth outside of their traditional classroom. So, know the facts about Thanksgiving. Continue to express gratitude and enjoy your time with family and friends even if you are trash-talking each other about a football game or a game of bid whist. 

Family is the foundation of our community. We thank you for joining us in this movement as we strengthen our family bonds for future generations. Give Thanks every day. Asé. Amen.

 

 


Today is Election Day! Go Vote!

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Today is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. This is the LAST DAY to vote in the 2022 midterm elections. Vote-By-Mail ballots have been returned. Early voting is complete. Today is the last day for in-person voting, which must be done at your precinct. If you live in Miami-Dade County and don't know where your precinct is located, click here. The polls close at 7 pm.

From various reports, it appears that the voter-suppressive tactics of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican Party and anemic Florida Democratic Party challenge have effectively curtailed the black vote. From the unresolved reports of the unauthorized changes to the party affiliation of several voters in Miami-Dade County to redistricting resulting in diminished black voting strength to the newly-formed elections police force's arrest of several returning citizens for voter fraud, this has been quite an eventful political season.

While it appears that Florida has been written off as a red state, we, as citizens, have the right to vote and should exercise it for every election. Go Vote!


Push Through in 2022: Voter Intimidation in Miami in the 1940s

Many of you are probably tired of hearing about politics, especially during this time of political violence and extreme polarization. Please study the picture below. Discuss it with your family. This is history. This is why WE MUST VOTE in every election. This is an effigy strung up by the Klu Klux Klan in Miami, Florida, in the 1940s. It was done to intimidate African American voters.

In 2022, media coverage of Florida’s election police arresting mostly Black, unsuspecting returning citizens, who were led to believe they had the right to vote, has the same chilling effect.

Don’t be fooled. The vote is power. We must not be too afraid to use it.

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Photo source: Stetson Kennedy Collection, Georgia State University

 


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.