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Rolle hosts Miami-Dade Blue health insurance forum July 1

Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle to host forum for potential applicants for Miami-Dade Blue health insurance

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade County residents and small business owners looking for affordable health insurance can get information about a new product introduced this year by Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade Blue, co-designed by BlueCross BlueShield of Florida, Inc. (BCBSF) and the County’s Office of Countywide Healthcare Planning (OCHP), is a medical insurance plan that offers comprehensive coverage with affordable monthly premiums to County residents and small business owners who are struggling with the high cost of insurance, but do not qualify for government programs.

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Financial Tip of the Month: Leave a legacy for your descendents.

by Lisa Rogers-Cherry

Leave a legacy for your descendents. In many other cultures people make it a priority to leave a legacy for their children, grandchildren, and even their great-grandchildren. We must make it a priority to leave something other than debt for our lineal descendants long after we are gone.


Lisa Rogers-Cherry: Lifitng the Burdens of Debt, Red Pen Press

In Business: CITY CRAB Seafood Restaurant

In Blogging Black Miami's commitment to the social and economic development of the community, we have chosen to present this periodic segment called "In Business" featuring various businesses throughout the area. This is our way of connecting the community to the hidden treasures within underserved areas of Miami that most times take a back seat to negative press. We also understand that the circulation of the dollar within the community is highly needed and the best means of stimulating social and economic transformation and, in turn, well sought political respect.

With this inaugural feature in Blogging Black Miami, we present the wonderful new crab and seafood restaurant in the heart of Miami's new African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor (NW 7th Avenue, NW 36th Street - NW 79th Street) - CITY CRAB.


City Crab Seafood Restaurant

In Business:      CITY CRAB Seafood Restaurant

(Specializing in Garlic Crabs and other delectable dishes)


Location:          6105 NW 7th Avenue
                       Miami, Florida 33127

Phone:         305.751.3996


Owners: Marlon & Rhonda Coakley

Miami has a new landmark for great garlic crabs, wonderful steamed garlic shrimp, grilled conch, scallops and other tasty hot dishes. The service is great. The staff is friendly and  everyone enjoys the down home atmosphere. Stop by and check out City Crab and say hello to the owners: Marlon & Rhonda Coakley. 

For more information, visit their website and click on our video blog below. City Crab will host its grand opening  and food tasting on Friday, July 10, 2009 from around 6:00pm - 11:00pm. You don't want to miss it.

Keeping the recent rain in perspective


I was totally bummed out about all the rain we've had recently until I saw photos of flooding on South Beach over on the Miami New Times site. Oh, wow. What a mess.

I've been a victim of such flooding and it is very frustrating. Of course what this area experienced pales in comparison to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.

Let's just keep the rainy weather and flooding in perspective. We needed the rain and the results could have been worse. No lives were lost that we're aware of and that is a blessing indeed.

Cat killer strikes again

Who or what is killing cats in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties? More cats were killed over the weekend in the Palmetto Bay/Cutler Bay areas.

Residents are terrified. If an animal is doing this, all small animals and even small children are in danger. If a human is doing this, he or she may graduate to killing other humans.


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National Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2009 Proclamation By President Obama

From South Forida Caribbean News:

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama issued a proclamation in celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month. The proclamation reads as follows: Caribbean Americans have made lasting contributions to our Nation's culture and history, and the month of June has been set aside to honor their cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and... Read More...

334 MDC Students, Staff to Receive U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Awards June 16

Five Others to Receive the Lifetime Award during Ceremony at MDC’s Wolfson Campus

Miami, Friday, May 28, 2009 – Civic engagement is a cornerstone at Miami Dade College (MDC) with more than 5,000 students participating in academic service-learning projects each year, and thousands more who serve the community through their involvement in student clubs and organizations. Several hundred of these students – approximately 342 from all eight MDC campuses and a 30-year veteran college administrator – will receive the prestigious U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA) during a special ceremony hosted by College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón on June 16, 2009 at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

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The Orange Bowl Committee (OBC) recently announced the election of Marlon Hill, managing partner of delancyhill, P.A., as its newest active member for the 2009-2010 year. Hill’s civic involvement includes the Caribbean Bar Association, Miami Parking Authority, Florida Association of Voluntary Action for the Caribbean & the Americas and Miami Light Project.

"I am proud to be part of the long standing Orange Bowl tradition of excellence and community leadership. It is an extraordinary professional and personal opportunity to highlight South Florida's best attributes to our visitors, business community, and especially to youth participating in sports,” stated Hill, newest active member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

“The Orange Bowl Committee is much more than the name of a football game or the name of a festival, it is also about tradition, public service and caring about one’s community. I was pleased to sponsor Marlon Hill because I know that he cares about those same things and was already a valuable asset to the South Florida community. I have no doubt he will be a valuable asset to the Orange Bowl Committee,” states Lynn Washington, Orange Bowl Committee executive committee member, secretary of the Board of Directors, Community Outreach Division Chair and loyal member since 2001.

The OBC will host the 76th FedEx Orange Bowl on January 5, 2010 featuring the champion of the ACC against the first pick among at-large teams eligible for the BCS. Beyond its tourism and promotional benefits, the OBC generates diverse youth sports competition and strong community outreach each year by funding an array of grants, community programs, and scholarships that benefit thousands of South Florida youth.


MIAMI – Students at Miami Central Senior High School were surprised today with an oversized check for their participation in the Superintendent’s Success Academy tutoring initiative, which helped students in struggling schools prepare for the state exam.  The students earned money for attending each tutoring session and will receive a total of up to $138,450. Each student’s share will be calculated and put in a bank account that has been set up for them.



Meek draws familiar challenger for U.S. Senate seat

Posted on Wednesday, Jun. 03, 2009

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown compete with Kendrick Meek for Senate seat

Just three days after Kendrick Meek's leading Democratic rival for the U.S. Senate stepped aside, a family friend and colleague in Congress stunned the party establishment and jumped in.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown of Jacksonville said Tuesday that she is forming an ''exploratory committee'' that will allow her to raise money and campaign for the seat currently held by Republican Mel Martinez. He is retiring in 2010.

Brown, along with Meek's mother and Alcee Hastings of Miramar, became the first black members of Congress from Florida since Reconstruction when they were elected together in 1992. Carrie Meek retired in 2002, paving the way for her son to win her seat.