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Hottest Summer Event in South Florida Celebrates 14 Years of Sharing, Giving, & Grooving


WHO:   Alonzo Mourning, founder of Alonzo Mourning Charities, and Dwyane Wade, founder of Wade’s World Foundation, join forces once again to celebrate 14 years of summer fun in South Florida with Seminole Hard Rock Presents The Summer Groove hosted by Zo and D. Wade July 14-18, 2010. The five-day event benefits both Alonzo Mourning Charities and Wade’s World Foundation.  Both organizations support community-based programs that help youth across South Florida further their educational development.


WHAT:     Seminole Hard Rock Presents The Summer Groove Hosted by Zo and D. Wade July 14-18, 2010 in South Florida


The Summer Groove Golf Classic, July 14, 2010 – Tee-off and enjoy one of the most popular courses in South Florida at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Join the fun alongside Alonzo, Dwyane, and a host of friends from the world of sports and entertainment. Highlights include: Premium gift bag with golf gear upon arrival; welcome breakfast reception; popular restaurants with unlimited food & beverages throughout all courses; numerous contests and prizes; and a post-event award reception. Foursome and individual spots are available from $1,000-$4,000, with all funds benefiting Alonzo Mourning Charities and Wade’s World Foundation.  Reserve your space today by contacting Samantha Lepovetsky at (305)476-0095/131 or by email at [email protected].


Alters Law Firm Summer Groove Comedy Jam Hosted by Heineken, July 16, 2010 – Don’t miss South Florida’s hottest comedy show of the summer – Alters Law Firm Summer Groove Comedy Jam Hosted by Heineken. Comedians from around the country have brought their best jokes to The Groove and this year’s anticipated sell-out will not be any different! The show will be headlined by renowned comedian and syndicated morning talk show host Rickey Smiley, and featuring national comedians such as: George Willborn, Co-host of The Michael Baisden Show; Damon Williams, Host of BET’s Comic View Season 4; Gary Owen, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne; Rodney Perry, Co-host of BET’s The Mo’Nique Show; and Melanie Comarcho and Red Grant, Def Comedy Jam. Ticket prices start at $45 to $100 and are available now at


Publix Charities Summer Groove Benefit Gala, July 17, 2010 – Publix Charities and Publix Super Markets will host the annual Groove Gala. Themed “Agua y Fuego: A Sizzling Summer Night”, the evening will highlight a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction, dinner program, live auction and ends with great music and dancing. A table of ten is $5,000 while individual seating is available for $500. To register, contact [email protected] or (305) 476-0095/131.


The Summer Groove Block Party, July 18, 2010 - Arrive early to the All-Star Basketball Game with your friends and family and check out the FREE block party outside AmericanAirlines Arena. Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade host the biggest block party each year with live music, great food, lots of giveaways, the Molina Healthcare Village, rides and entertainment for the whole family!


Carnival Cruise Lines Summer Groove All-Star Basketball Game, July 18, 2010 - Don’t miss an impressive list of All-Stars ready to battle on the court – Old School vs. New School. Join NBA Champions Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade as they host the annual All-Star Basketball Game at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The hottest game of the summer is jam-packed with entertainment, a highly anticipated half-time show, fun contests, interaction with top players in the league, and many opportunities to win great prizes! Tickets are available now and range from only $5 to $60, depending on seating preference. To purchase tickets, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit    


WHEN/   Summer Groove Golf Classic @ Doral Golf Resort & Spa (Miami, Florida)

WHERE:    Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

    7:30AM – 2:00PM

    Registered teams/players only


Alters Law Firm Summer Groove Comedy Jam Hosted by Heineken @ Hard Rock Live (Hollywood, Florida)

    Friday, July 16th, 2010


    Ticketed event open to the public


Publix Charities Summer Groove Benefit Dinner @ Hard Rock Live (Hollywood, Florida)

    Saturday, July 17th, 2010


    Ticketed event open to the public


    Summer Groove Block Party @ AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Florida)

    Sunday, July 18th, 2010

    11:00 am – 6:00 pm

    Free event open to the public


Carnival Cruise Lines Summer Groove All-Star Basketball Game @ AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Florida)

    Sunday, July 18th, 2010

    1:00-3:00 pm

    Ticketed event open to the public


HOW:   Tickets available through Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745-3000 or and/or visit for more information.


MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Florida Memorial University administrators will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 29, 2010  to initiate the new Living and Learning Residence building project on campus. D. Stephenson Construction, Inc., a well-known minority firm, was recently awarded the contract to build the residence halls which will be comprised of four buildings and will accommodate 350 suite-style bedrooms with bathrooms.


“We are honored to have been selected as the firm to set this project in motion,” stated President /CEO Dwight Stephenson for D. Stephenson Construction, Inc. “The buildings will not only include suites, but common area amenities such as a multi-purpose reception room with kitchen, a recreation and game room, and a fitness room. Students will also enjoy computer rooms, a media room, a classroom, student lounges, laundry rooms, vending machines, and a student health center at their disposal. The project is slated for completion in August 2011, and we are confident that incoming students will be pleased with the finished product,” he continued.  


Sandra T. Thompson, Ph.D. shared her sentiments about the project. “I am so delighted to see the strategic planning efforts of the FMU Board of Trustees and administration result in the success of the new Living and Learning Residence. We are now in a position to announce this residence project to our students, their parents, and the broader community,” she stated.


Guests attending the Florida Memorial University groundbreaking on campus are urged to confirm their attendance by calling (305) 626-3605 by Monday, June 28.


Tracy Wilson Mourning’s Honey Shine Mentoring Program’s Annual Camp Makes the Most of Summer for Young Girls and Women

MIAMI, FL --The Honey Shine Mentoring Program, founded by Tracy Wilson Mourning, celebrated the first week of Camp Honey Shine last week as 120 girls gathered at the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove for the annual summer day camp.  Camp Honey Shine, sponsored in part by Carnival Cruise Lines as well as Carrollton School, entered its fifth year this summer and continues to offer young girls and women (a.k.a. Honey Bugs) from the Honey Shine Mentoring Program the opportunity to participate in educational experiences and activities that further enrich their lives with and continue to broaden their horizons throughout the summer.

This years Camp Honey Shine schedule includes: a visit from the Colgate Van; “City Year” field day; mixing it up with DJ Skool of Rhythm City Productions; field trips to the Fruit & Spice Park, the new Publix Super Markets Apron Cooking School, and the Biscayne Nature Center;  building project and interview skills session sponsored by Home Depot; daily workshops on self esteem provided by Barry CROP (Barry Universitys College Reach-Out Program); swimming lessons courtesy of Swim Kids; singing lessons with Grammy winning Miami-based soul and R&B singer Betty Wright and gospel singer Maryel Epps; and much more including arts and crafts, dance, fitness, reading, yoga and meditation, and the popular annual talent show and awards ceremony.

During the first week of summer camp each camper received a hip and cool backpack complements of Yak Pak and art supplies were fully stocked thanks to Mount Sinai Hospital who held a camp supply drive to collect supplies needed for the various arts and crafts projects.  Thanks to Fare to Remember, who is providing breakfast, lunch and a snack each day, the girls are fully charged to take on each day of camp.

“Camp Honey Shine gives us a chance to work with the girls on a full-time daily basis for four straight weeks, which means we have an increase in breakthroughs and a greater impact on their experience and learning process,” said Mourning who welcomed the girls on the first day of camp.  “This is an opportunity for the Honey Shine Mentoring Program to provide a safe environment for our girls to develop their own voices by exposing them to people, resources, and messages that are life changing.”

New to Camp Honey Shine for 2010 is the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program where Honey Bugs entering grades 10 through 12 can enhance their leadership and communication skills. There are 16 CIT’s this year alongside three counselors who are recent grads of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program. CIT’s are an extension of the Honey Shine Counselor Staff and will learn to implement team-building and conflict resolution skills throughout the duration of camp.  Already during their first week of camp the CIT’s went on a community service field trip to Feeding South Florida where they assisted in sorting school supplies for Title 1 school teachers so that they can start their year of correctly.

Camp Honey Shine helps girls to build on social, physical and thinking skills, values, and a positive identity that continue to allow them to be empowered to shine as women. For more information on the Honey Shine Mentoring Program and/or to request a membership or donation kit, please contact 305/476-0095 or visit

New Leadership, Putting Children First!

Mango Festival canceled

It was quite a surprise and disappointment to learn that The Mango Festival in Deerfield Beach was canceled over the weekend. The event’s promoters promise an explanation to patrons and vendors. Could that have been the last Mango Festival?


COMMENTARY from The Black Perspective: Total Community Embarrassment! A True Mango Mess!

The 25th anniversary of the Mango Festival ended on Sunday with a sad note. Everyone I spoke with described how embarrassed they were for this community, and rightfully so.

Some festival committee members have went to the extent to trash me for my comments on "The Black Perspective" blog concerning the Mango Festival. I will say this again, taxpayers money shouldn't fund any private event in Deerfield Beach. This is my opinion as a Deerfield Beach taxpayer. This is America, I'm entitled to a First Amendment right to express my grievances.

Some committee members tried to undermine the promoters from the start. A Cox Radio Executive, also told me that some city staff along with some festival committee members were behind the scene asking productions workers "have they been paid". I'm being told that spooked the workers, who then demanded to be paid in full, thus causing a domino effect for payment.

If some committee members want to place blame, they need not look far, but in the mirror. They trashed Don and Norris Wiggins from the start. How can you bring a promoter in, who uses their own money and expect to control them?

Later that night Chief Jimmy Brown, host of "Hot Talk" said he needed to wake his friend Commissioner Sylvia Poitier, up out of bed to explain what happened this weekend. Brown asked his audience if anyone can contact Poitier to call in.

Commissioner Sylvia Poitier, called in to WHQT 105 "Hot Talk" with Chief Jimmy Brown last night. Poitier and the Promoter will be on Hot Talk next Sunday at 11PM.(WHQT Hot 105 FM) Poitier, continually interrupted the talk show host Jimmy Brown, who told her to let him get a word in. Commissioner Poitier told" Hot Talk" that a press release will be released on Tuesday. Poitier said there was a problem with the money, and that's why the festival was canceled. Hot Talk host Chief Jimmy Brown tried his best to get Deerfield Beach callers, to call in and give their opinion on the Mango Festival. The show's late 11PM start didn't produce but one caller, who was very angry with the promoters ( he accused them of being scam artists) The promoter was very upset last night. Poitier, along with the promoter, promised to be on the show next week, to give a full explanation of what transpired this weekend.

Poitier told Hot Talk, that residents are blaming her for this Mango mess, and she is not to blame. Stay tuned for this debacle. It will only get worse, only in Deerfield Beach/Weirdfield Beach, will you get this seemingly never ending drama that continues to give our good city a black eye.

The Black Perspective


Related Links:

Video from WPLG Channel 10

The Juice: Hell Breaks Loose at Mango Festival in Deerfield Beach Over the Weekend



Do You or Someone You Know Need Help Paying for Medications?

If you or a loved one uses prescription medication, you know how expensive they can be. Don't miss this opportunity to meet a representative from the Social Security Administration who will answer questions and assist with applications that may help you in paying for medication or getting them free.

Please spread the word about this community event. Thank you.


June 27, 2010

2 p.m.

Antioch MBC of Liberty City

1899 NW 64th Street

Miami, FL 33147

Rev. Dr. Jimmie L. Bryant, Pastor

(305) 691-1661

Grand Opening of Bordercross EcoCultural Center

Date: Friday, June 25, 2010

Time: 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Location: 1333 SW 8th St. Miami, FL 33135

Feel the rhythms of Afro-Cuban & Haitian drumming, traditional Cuban Son and dance, savor delicious refreshments and enjoy the company of cool, creative, community-minded folks. The grand opening takes place during the Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays festival, so there's more live music and arts right outside The doors.

Deepen your connections with the people, places, ecology and cultural traditions of Miami. It is the gathering place for locals and visitors who care about sustainable living and sustainable travel, place, culture, authenticity and diversity.

The warm, colorful and inviting Center in the heart of Little Havana is across the street from a traditional open-air fruteria serving Cuban coffee and fresh-squeezed guarapo (sugarcane juice). The space seats 25 and will host workshops, film screenings, storytelling, and music, dance and crafts demonstrations.

Bordercross is an information center for visitors and locals. Find brochures, maps and tips for local places we and others recommend. They also sell the work of nationally recognized, local traditional artists, artisans and eco-artists such as Ezequiel Torres, Ana Bikic, Jan Sebon, Papa Loko and Eddie Osborne; locally made honey, jellies, soaps and essential oils; books and guides about or inspired by Miami (and by local authors and poets); music and films by local artists/bands, and eco-friendly products.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, providing in-kind donations or supporting it as a volunteer, please contact Corinna at
[email protected].


Vanessa Woodard Byers for Miami-Dade County School Board


Miami, Florida... The award winning CBS4 I-Team has been responsible for bringing South Florida viewers ground-breaking investigations that have uncovered a number of frauds, scandals, scams and hidden dangers.  On Sunday, June 20th at 6:30 PM, CBS4 News will present the fifth in an ongoing series of eye-opening half-hour specials, "The I-Team Investigates: A CBS4 News Special."  Hosted by two-time national Emmy award winner Antonio Mora and featuring special reports from I-Team reporters Jim Defede, Stephen Stock and David Sutta, the program once again breaks new ground with in-depth investigations that affect the South Florida community.
The Segments:
Beyond the Badge- Jim DeFede
DefedeCBS4 I-Team investigator Jim Defede examines how a senior Miami-Dade police official has allegedly used his connections with the mayor, police department and city hall to build a lucrative consulting business, representing some of South Florida's major developers. This story will chart the staggering rise of this police commander, who is now the subject of an ever growing criminal investigation.
David Sutta
David Sutta

It may be the most bizarre cemetery in all of South Florida. There are no headstones, memorials or flowers.   It's just a field of numbers identifying hundreds of people that died in Miami.  They died on our streets, or swimming along our beaches, and ended up at the county morgue.  After thwarting officials who often spend years trying to give the dead a name, they end up in this cemetery, just another number in the field.  The county's medical examiner is turning to technology to give names to these lost souls.
CBS4's Stephen Stock
Federal authorities recently traced a thrown away cell phone to connect a suspect to the attempted bombing of Times Square.  Now the ability to use simple cell phones to spy on people in real time has spread to the internet.  The  I-Team has discovered that there is little you can do other than throwing away your phone to stop someone from gaining your personal information simply by  using your cell phone.
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Penny Wise Campaign Launches to Protect our Community from County Budget Cuts [UPDATED]

Community organizations hold a press conference June 15th in response to the property appraiser’s estimate of a $420 million deficit in the county budget and the county manager’s call for a responsible budget


When: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 10:30am-10:55am


What:  A press conference with diverse organizations, research institutions and community advocates is being held in response to the Property Appraiser’s estimate of a $420 million deficit in the County’s budget due to a declining tax base. To deal with the shortfall, the county commission and mayor are considering making massive cuts to our jobs and basic services, which could threaten the well-being communities.

We will be delivering a giant petition and five foot penny to Mayor Alvarez’s office after the community discusses the devastating impact budget cuts will have to already diminished community services and rising unemployment. This event is the kickoff of the 2010 Penny Wise Campaign, whichrepresents the interests of over 300 organizations and thousands of individuals that will be affected by the budget cuts. 

Where:  Outside of the South Side of Government Center Metro Station at the Stephen P. Clark Building, 111 Northwest 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128-1931

Who: The Penny Wise Campaign, including the Human Services Coalition, Jobs With Justice, RISEP (Research Institute for Social and Economic Reform), Switchboard of Miami, Curly’s House of Style Inc./Hope Food Bank, and M.U.J.E.R. (Mujeres Unidas en Justicia, Educacion, y Reforma/ Women United in Justice, Education and Reform).


Why: We believe that cutting our county’s jobs and services will risk the health and safety of our communities. The goal of Penny Wise is to maintain the current FY 2009-10 funding levels for our county’s social services and jobs. In order to maintain funding, we believe the county must adjust the property tax rate to collect the same level of revenue as last year.


Domestic Violence programs, food banks, good county jobs, children’s services and more are all on the chopping block. We cannot afford to be penny wise and pound foolish; we must maintain full funding for our communities’ services by adjusting the property tax rate to the same level of revenue for the county as last year,” said Susan Rubio Rivera of M.U.J.E.R.  “Cutting these programs and jobs will increase unemployment and risk the safety and health of the communities we all want to be a part of.


Besides serving hundreds of thousands of clients per year in Miami-Dade, community service providers are important to the economy. Social assistance providers employ over 15,000 people in Miami-Dade County. County and nonprofit human services programs also bring in millions of dollars from matching grants and from federal- and state-funded programs such as Head Start.


Social service providers have already sustained significant cuts in the last few years. In FY 2004-05, the county allocated $51.354 for community-based organizations, and in FY 2009-10, it allocated $22.725 million, representing $28.629 million in cuts.


In Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess’s recent speech to the Greater Miami Chamber Goals Conference, as excerpted in the Miami Herald,he noted that “when we make cuts to social programs that keep people out of jail and the poorhouse, we pay the price down the road…Our challenge today is to be the authors of our own greatest destiny.” Protecting our community from budget cuts ensures the health, safety and prosperity of our communities.


 Background on Penny Wise

Last year, the Penny Wise Campaign formed in response to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez’s proposed budget, which eliminated funding for community-based organizations (CBO’s) that provide social services and art programs. Through the efforts of hundreds of organizations, we managed to maintain funding at 70% of the original level but still lost hundreds of good county jobs. This year, the county faces similar budget deficits.



Vanessa Woodard Byers for School Board


School's Out, But Summer Learning Is In! PTA Summer of Learning Toolkit


Research shows that all children experience some loss of learning when they do not take part in summer learning activities, according to the National Summer Learning Institute. Parents, camp counselors, day care providers—don’t let the summer pass by without keeping your kids on track for learning.

You are an important factor in supporting your student’s development over the summer.  Make sure students eat healthy, exercise, read every day, and practice their writing and math skills to prevent summer learning loss.  This calendar of summer activities for children can help you keep your students engaged in fun learning activities throughout the summer.  You will find activities, developed by National PTA’s family engagement experts, for students at all grade levels, no matter what their interests are. [Read more…]