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January 2011

Statement from Commissioner Moss regarding the death of Akil Larue Oliver

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss releases the following statement:

"I stand with the family and the community in expressing my outrage at the fact that Nabil Sulaiman who is accused in the death of Akil Larue Oliver at a West Perrine convenience store was allowed to flee the country. This is a concern that has been voiced by the family and the community for some time. I call upon the State Attorney's Office, the U.S. Justice Department, the F.B.I., Immigration and Border Patrol, our own Miami Dade County Police Department and any other responsible agency, to do what is necessary, and what is right: to bring Nabil Sulaiman back to Miami-Dade County to face trial. The family and the community have gone through enough as a result of this tragic event, and having one of the defendants, namely Nabil Sulaiman, not answer to the allegations in this case, just adds insult to injury."

On November 18, 2010, two store clerks: 19 year-old Nabil Sulaiman and 24 year-old Ragheb M. Sulaiman were arrested for killing Akil Larue Oliver, after a confrontation at a West Perrine Convenience Store.

One of the clerks hit the man on his head with a bottle and the other clerk hit the man on top of his head with a crowbar, killing him. The incident occurred at the Quick Stop store at 9720 SW 168th Street.

Ragheb M. Sulaiman is charged with second degree murder, while Nabil is charged with aggravated battery. Ragheb is being held without bail, while Nabil's bond was set at $10,000, before he fled the country.

Editor's Note: Yes, you read it correctly, Nabil Sulaiman has fled the country. There are reports that the family is fearful of racial uprising. give me a break. If the family was so fearful they would have shut down the store and left weeks ago.

Akil Larue Oliver was savagely beaten at that store and the entire Miami community should be outraged. No matter your ethnicity, gender or religious practices, Akil's murder is not justifiable.

The longer the Quick Shop is open under current management the more of an insult its presence is to the community. It's time to join the protest and shut that store down!

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Play on the life of Bessie Smith



7:30 PM, FEB. 19TH

LOCATION: The African American Library’s Theater, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd [cnr of 27 ave], Fort Lauderdale

TICKETS - include museum and gated parking $25; Advance Sales/Seniors/Students/Musicians - $20; Advance Sales / at BACH JEWELERS 2857 S. University

Reservations / Info 954 - 589 – 5537

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Black History Month 2011 @ The Arsht

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Celebrates Black History Month 2011 with Six Exciting Performances:


Miami, FL – Now celebrating its Fifth Anniversary Season, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly presents Black History Month 2011. The Adrienne Arsht Center is preparing to host a variety of activities and performances celebrating the African Diaspora throughout the month of February. These include the gospel musical CROWNS, FESTEJO: PERU NEGRO & EVA AYLLON, RHAW/RENNIE HARRIS AWE-INSPIRING WORKS, FREE GOSPEL SUNDAYS WITH KURT CARR, ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER, and JAZZ ROOTS: CELEBRATING MILES.

The Adrienne Arsht Center’s Black History Month lineup is consistent with its institutional mission aimed at offering world-class and community-based programming that celebrates Miami-Dade County’s rich cultural diversity.

“The Adrienne Arsht Center celebrates Miami’s rich cultural diversity year-round and, in a special salute to Black History Month, we are honoring the broad spectrum of artistic contributions by black artists from Miami and all over the world with six magnificent presentations throughout the month,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “From a gospel-themed musical and a world-class dance company, to an exciting street dancing group and a thrilling tribute to jazz great Miles Davis, our February calendar offers something for everyone. Programs like these define who we are as a cultural institution, and solidify our position as Miami’s new town square.”

The Adrienne Arsht Center’s Black History Month 2011 lineup is as follows:

February 2 - 6, 2011
Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House
Tickets: $40 - $65
Featuring Tony Award-winning Broadway, TV and recording star Melba Moore (Hair, Purlie, Timbuktu), CROWNS delivers the gospel on hats! A play with music staged by M Ensemble, now celebrating 40 years as Florida's oldest existing black theater company, CROWNS was written by Regina Taylor, and based on Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry's book Crowns, Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats. The stunning stage adaptation highlights the role of hats in Southern black culture, the endurance of black women in the South, and the unconquerable urge for self-expression. Lively speeches, songs, dances, and dramatic action shape this touching story of one young woman’s journey and a community’s sacred history.

February 4, 2011
Knight Concert Hall
The Adrienne Arsht Center presents FESTEJO, celebrating the astounding 40th Anniversary of PERU NEGRO, Peru’s “Ambassadors of Peruvian Culture” in grand style with more than 30 musicians and dancers and the incomparable voice of EVA AYLLON! The Lima-based, legendary ensemble, PERU NEGRO, honors the musical legacy of the African Diaspora combined with the heritage of Peru with celebratory dances and vibrant live music that turns every stage into a festejo. Affectionately known as the Peruvian Tina Turner, Grammy-nominated EVA AYLLON has a husky, elegant voice that embodies the very soul of Afro-Peruvian music. Her 30-year career has spanned the globe, establishing AYLLON as the ultimate interpreter of the lando, a passionate musical expression of Afro-Peruvian pride. With more than 20 albums to her credit and countless accolades, AYLLON is one of the great figures of today’s Latin music.

February 10 - 13, 2011
Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House
It's street dancing at its "RHAW-est"—from Campbell Locking, Popping & Boogaloo to B-boy/girl, House and Hip Hop dance—performed by some of today's newest and brightest street dancers. Conceived in 2007, Rennie Harris Awe-inspiring Works was created as a response to the overwhelming interest from teens and young adults to join his internationally renowned company, Rennie Harris Puremovement. Rennie Harris RHAW downplays the abstract while pushing its dramatic aesthetic, forging new paths for young Hip Hop hopefuls as well as present Hip Hop practitioners. Join us as we take it back to basics.

The Adrienne Arsht Center and Knight Foundation present
Featuring the Miami Mass Choir and Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
February 13, 2011

Knight Concert Hall
FREE Admission
Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and musician KURT CARR is one of the most celebrated gospel talents of our time. CARR is a Dove and Stellar Award-winning artist responsible for classic gospel songs, including “The Presence of the Lord,” “In the Sanctuary, For Every Mountain,” and “God Blocked It,” just to name a few. Mentored by the gospel legend Richard Smallwood, CARR is a classically trained musician who has developed a unique signature style combining traditional gospel composition and vocals with elements of R&B, jazz, soul, blues, and distinct modern harmonies. He worked extensively with the esteemed Reverend James Cleveland as pianist and musical director, and later went on to form his own ensemble, The Kurt Carr Singers, with whom CARR has released six acclaimed gospel albums. CARR has collaborated with both gospel and secular artists such as Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, and Kirk Franklin, and continues to be a driving force behind the evolution of great gospel music. Made possible with generous support from the Funding Arts Network.

February 14 - 20, 2011
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s favorite dance companies, returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County February 17-20, as part of a 24-city U.S. Tour celebrating 50 years of Alvin Ailey’s timeless masterpiece, Revelations. Led by Artistic Director Judith Jamison in her final season, and joined by Artistic Director Designate Robert Battle, Ailey’s acclaimed dancers, including Miami natives Amos J. Machanic, Jr. and Jamar Roberts, will move audiences with exciting premieres, dramatic new productions, repertory favorites and classic Revelations.

Marcus Miller Tutu Revisited featuring Christian Scott
And Wallace Roney sextet featuring Ron Carter
February 25, 2011
Knight Concert Hall
Miles Davis has been hailed by critics and fans around the world as one of the greatest jazz innovators of our time. CELEBRATING MILES presents the two musical sides of this legendary artist’s work. The first half of the concert celebrates the acoustic period, with music culled from Davis’s classic Columbia albums, “Milestones,” “Round About Midnight,” and leading up to what critics and fans alike call the most important jazz record in modern history, “Kind of Blue.” Multiple Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and band leader Wallace Roney is the foremost proponent of the Miles Davis legacy, and headlines the first section of this concert. Joining Roney onstage for this special tribute performance is acclaimed bassist Ron Carter. One of the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz history, Ron Carter is a multiple Grammy Award winner and an original member of the second great Miles Davis Quintet.

The second half of this historic concert pays tribute to the electric side of Miles Davis with “Tutu,” the album released in 1986 in tribute to Bishop Desmond Tutu. Legendary musician, producer, and bass player Marcus Miller co-produced “Tutu,” wrote nearly all of the songs on the album, and performs on every track. Miller brings his highly anticipated show, “Tutu Revisited, The Music of Miles Davis,” to the Knight Concert Hall stage for an inside look into the making and artistry of one of the greatest pieces of music ever produced, as it was performed by one of the greatest jazz artists of our time. Joining Miller on the Tutu program is Grammy-nominated young jazz lion Christian Scott. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Scott plays a trumpet named Katrina, at age 27 is the progenitor of the fabled “whisper technique” of playing the trumpet, and is garnering worldwide critical acclaim for his fifth studio album.

Visit for up-to-date information for details and schedules.

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Charter school shopping for Spanish-speaking parents and students

Here is an ad for the Ben Gamla Charter School on Miami Beach. The Ben Gamla schools have an excellent academic reputation but are touted as bilingual English-Hebrew. How the school continues its mission and targets Spanish-speaking students will be interesting to say the least.

The Ben Gamla Miami Beach school is located at the site of the Charter on the Beach Middle School was closed by the Florida Department of Education in October 2009.

h/t: Hallandale Beach Blog

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Miami Dade College North Campus to Host Lecture on Architecture and Smart Building Feb. 2

Miami, FL – The New World Symphony Concert Hall’s concept and design will be the topic of choice when Miami Dade College’s renowned School of Architecture and Interior Design presents a free lecture on architecture, smart building, and the current changes within the construction industry, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the North Campus.

The lecture will be taught by MDC professor Hector Camps, who is also the founder and CEO of PHI Cubed, a building information management company that promotes the idea of the building industry working together as a globally interconnected enterprise. Camps teaches Virtual Design and Construction at MDC. He is also the founder of the Digital Design Lab, a research project funded by Miami-Dade County Public Schools that provides an access point to high school students and adult learners.

The lecture is also being hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences’ buildingSMARTalliance program, which is an industry organization formed to address the profound changes coming to the field of construction in North America.

Designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, the New World Symphony Concert Hall is one of the few local facilities built using the Building Information Model (BIM), the digital tool that is increasingly being used by industry professionals to share highly accurate information throughout a facility’s life cycle. MDC has always been at the cutting edge and teaching these and many other techniques to its students along with the very latest technology.

For more information about the lecture and to RSVP, call 305-200-8877 or [email protected].

WHAT: MDC and buildingSMARTalliance Presents Free Lecture on Architecture and Smart Building

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 2
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Miami Dade College North Campus
11380 N.W. 27th Ave.

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Do you know a Freedom's Sister? Nominate her today!


Miami, Florida - Do you know a Freedom's Sister? Sure you do, the woman that collects toys, backpacks and easter baskets each year for kids in her community, the doctor that donates her time and resources to needy children and families, the police officer that coaches her local cheerleading team, a community activist who works tirelessly to make her neighborhoods a better place to live or a politician on the front line to ensure her constituents are well represented and respected. In Honor of the Freedom's Sisters exhibition and the legends it celebrates, Ford Motor Company is launching a search for South Florida's Freedom Sisters who will be honored at a luncheon hosted by The Embrace Girls Foundation on March 19, 2011. Nominees should be African American women who share the values of the Freedom's Sisters and work to continue their legacies. They should be committed to strengthening the South Florida community, and inspiring and empowering others.

Do you know a Freedom's Sister? Nominate her today!

DON'T SLEEP ON THIS!: Special Primary Election Feb. 8; Early Voting Starts Jan. 31

If you live in Senate District 33 and/or House District 103, you should have received an official sample ballot in the mail for the February 8 Special Primary Election. All registered voters in House District 103 can cast their vote for either Erhabor Ighodaro, Sharon Pritchett or Barbara Watson. This seat is vacant because the incumbent, Rep. Oscar Braynon II, resigned to run for the Senate 33 seat vacated by Frederica Wilson, elected to the U.S. House of Representatives during the 2010 mid-term elections in November. There are no Republican candidates for this seat.

Registered Democrats in Senate District 33 can cast their vote for Oscar Braynon II, Phillip J. Brutus, James Bush III or Darryl Franklin Reaves. The winner of that race will face Republican Joe Celestin on March 1 in the Special General Election.

Early voting begins Monday, January 31, 2011 and runs through February 6. There are three early voting locations to choose from:

North Dade Regional Library
2455 NW 183rd Street

North Miami Public Library
835 NE 132nd Street

Model City Library at the Caleb Center
2211 NW 54th Street

Here's how the early voting schedule breaks down next week: On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - 7 AM until 3 PM; on Thursday and Friday - 11 AM until 7 PM; Saturday - 9 AM until 1 PM and Sunday 1 PM until 5 PM.

On Election Day, Tuesday, February 8, you must vote at your assigned voting location.

You can also vote by Absentee Ballot. The deadline to request an Absentee Ballot by mail for the February 8 Special Primary is Wednesday, February 2. For more information on voting by Absentee Ballot, go to or call 305-499-VOTE.

If you are eligible and registered to vote, get out and do so. Remember, if you can vote and don't...keep your opinion to yourself.

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New President to Share "Vision 2020" for FMU on Feb. 1


Dr. Henry Lewis, III

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - Florida Memorial University, the only Historically Black College or University in South Florida, will hold a press conference to officially announce and present its new president, Henry Lewis, III, Pharm.D. The press conference will take place on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Lobby of the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts on campus, located at 15800 N.W. 42nd Avenue in Miami Gardens, Florida. The new president will share his vision for the university, “Vision 2020,” to the community and outline plans for his administration.

“This is a momentous occasion and we are very confident in Dr. Lewis’ leadership and vision,” says Charles W. George, chairman of Florida Memorial University’s Board of Trustees. “We look forward to working with him to continue Florida Memorial’s legacy of educational excellence and to make the institution one of the best in the nation.”

​Dr. Lewis has served as dean and professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida for the past fifteen years. A former interim president of FAMU, he also served as dean of the Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for four years. Dr. Lewis is the past president of the Minority Health Professions Foundation (MHPF) and the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS). Under his leadership, the two organizations secured over $100 million in support of programs improving the quality of education and availability of health care to underserved communities.

Dr. Lewis is also the former chairman of the board of the Florida Education Fund, the nation’s largest producer of African-American Ph.D.’s. After graduating from FAMU with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy, he earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University’s Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia, and completed his post-doctoral studies at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

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Career Opportunities

Chief Executive Office, Children's Services Council of Florida
CSC of Florida seeks a CEO responsible for overall program and personnel management, including advocacy, strategic planning & development. B.A./B.S. degree required, post graduate degree preferred; 10 years experience, with at least 3 years at the executive level required. For a complete job description, visit For more organizational info see Applicants should send cover letter, resume and salary history by Feb. 4 to CSC, Attn: Michelle Hamilton, fax to (954) 377-1683 or email [email protected].

Assistant Director of Family Wellness Programs
The YWCA seeks an assistant director for its Family Wellness Program to assist the director, help manage daily operations of the program, including maintaining appropriate staffing levels to provide continuity of services for participants, supervision of staff and more. Bachelor's in public health or closely related field required (Master's preferred), with one to two years experience in public health or related field; ability to make public presentations in multiple languages such as Spanish and Creole; and other qualifications. Fax resume to (305) 416-4618 or email to [email protected].

Early Childhood Development Staff
Citrus Health has immediate openings for early childhood development staff for both its Child Care Consultation and Inclusion Program. Minimum B.A. in social services field required, M.A. preferred. Spanish/Bilingual and candidate must have 3-4 years experience working with children (preferably bith-5) to provide onsite behavioral and developmental interventions. For more information, email [email protected].

Early Childhood Teacher Substitutes
Paradise Christian School needs early childhood teacher substitutes. Candidates must have at least 45 hours of Department of Children and Families teaching experience with preschoolers. Compensation ranges from $7.25-$8 per hour depending on units and experience. Apply in person to Paradise Christian School, West 21st Court, Hialeah 33016.

Part-time Registered Nurse
The FSU Center for Prevention seeks a part-time advanced practice nurse (MSN or ARNP preferred) to form part of its new Young Parents Project/Our Kids, Inc. home-visiting team serving teen mothers in the dependency system and their babies. Requires strong clinical and case management skills; experience in the areas of maternal and reproductive health or pediatric primary care, and knowledge of teen mothers and their children and mother/infant attachment. Reliable transportation and flexibility of schedule required. Please email resume to [email protected] or call Tara Thomas at (850) 922-1305 for details.

Part-time Academic Tutors
Portrait of of Empowerment in Opa-Locka has immediate openings for experienced part-time tutors. Tutors assist after-school program participants, either in a group or individually, from 2-6 p.m. Monday to Friday and help to promote meaningful parental involvement; serve as a role model; develop positive attitudes in students toward learning and studying; bolster self-confidence; and develop a high level of motivation in academic areas. All interested applicants must clear a Level 2 background check with FDLE. For more information, contact Dorothy Johnson at (305) 769-6982 or email [email protected].

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Youth Activists and Leaders: Do Something

The national nonprofit Do Something seeks to inspire young people to believe that change is possible, and trains, funds, and mobilizes them to be leaders who measurably strengthen their communities. These awards identify exceptional young social entrepreneurs, activists, and community leaders who have a significant social impact. Five nominees will receive a $10,000 community grant, participation in the Do Something Awards TV show, media coverage, and continued support from Do Something. The application deadline is March 1. Visit for application information.

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