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9/11 Memorial Event at UM

From Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11, 2011 the Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami presents REBIRTH, a poignant documentary about five people whose lives were irreversibly changed by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including a firefighter and a student who lost his mother.

Filmmaker Jim Whitaker profiles their lives while using time-lapse cameras to document the reconstruction of 7 World Trade Center, the location of the new World Trade Center, over several years.

This film will screen Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m., Saturday, September 10 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., and Sunday, September 11 at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for seniors, University of Miami alumni, faculty, non-UM students and staff. General admission is $9. Free for UM students. To purchase tickets online or for more information, visit or call 305-284- 4861.

The Bill Cosford Cinema is located on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus across from Doctor’s Hospital. Visit the website for directions.
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Congresswoman Wilson Hosts Job Fair, Draws 7,000

Wilson_hat Miami, FL – With her continued goal of employing residents, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-17) hosted a job fair in Miami that attracted more than 7,000 people seeking employment and 150 employers including federal and state agencies, Fortune 500 Companies and local businesses.  The day-long job fair was held at the James L. Knight Center in Downtown Miami, and included workshops that focused on job readiness and technical assistance seminars.

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MDC Joins the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the City of Miami to Host a Policy Discussion on Haiti’s New Administration and Book Launch Sept. 12

Miami, FL  Miami Dade College (MDC) has partnered with the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, and the City of Miami to present “What’s Next for Haiti?”, a discussion about the country’s new administration and policies, along with the launch of the book Fixing Haiti: Minustah and Beyond, at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Jorge Heine, co-editor of the book, a former ambassador of Chile to India and distinguished chair with the Center for International Governance and Innovation, will be present to provide his insight.

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Summer Bliss with the NPHC @ Grand Central tonight

Summer bliss 

The Miami-Dade Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council present SUMMER BLISS tonight at Grand Central, 697 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door proceeds benefit the organizations scholarship fund. The party will likely be a continuation of the Step Show at Mt. Hermon AME Church in Miami Gardens earlier in the evening.


Greek Weekend 2011 at Mt. Hermon AME

The Mt. Hermon AME Church of Miami Gardens is hosting Greek Weekend this weekend starting with a step show this Friday at 7 pm.  If you are a member of a Pan-Hellenic organization (Sororities - Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Fraternities - Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma or Iota Phi Theta) you are invited to participate.

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Natural Trend Setters Sets Up Shop at FMU


For more than 12 years Trudy and Simone Hylton have been leaders in the South Florida natural hair care arena, providing consultations, direction and assistance when transitioning to natural hairstyles including braids, twists, locs, extensions and more.  They have taken their talents to Miami Gardens and the historic Florida Memorial University (FMU).

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The Return of Michelle Spence-Jones...Again

by Va-Va

Spence-jones-flag In what clearly was a surprise to no one that follows Miami politics, suspended, embattled and disgraced former City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones no longer fits any of those descriptions as all of the remaining charges against her by the State have been dropped.

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NAACP celebrates Divine Nine and Freedom Riders 9/10


by Vanessa “VaVa” Woodard Byers

The upcoming Annual Freedom Fund Celebration of the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP will honor the Divine Nine Pan-Hellenic organizations with a special tribute to the Freedom Riders. The Divine Nine are the Greek-letter organizations that are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority; Iota Phi Theta Fraternity; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The Freedom Riders are legends in civil rights. A multi-racial group of people, the Freedom Riders courageously broke down segregation barriers in the United States in the 1961. They were recently featured on PBS and The Oprah Winfrey Show on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their historic bus rides. All of the groups to be honored have played a significant role in the fight for civil rights in this country, don't miss this momentous celebration.

The event is Saturday, September 10, 2011, 7 pm, at The Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 Southeast Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. Donation is $125 per person, including NAACP membership, or $1,000 for a table of ten. For a table or individuals, e-mail me at



Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez kicked off week with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez and Helen B. Bentley Family Health Center, Inc.’s (HBBFHC) president and CEO Dr. Caleb A. Davis (center) cut the ribbon marking the start of HBBFHC’s National Health Center Week celebration.  Pictured (from left to right) are Miguel Valentin, member, HBBFHC’s Board of Directors; Coconut Grove pioneer Thelma Gibson; Ron Nelson, chief of staff, Office of City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff (District 2); Ricardo Gonzalez, executive aide, Office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez (District 7); Dr. Joyce M. Price (below, front), director of community involvement and field activities, HBBFHC; Merline Barton, co-founder, The Thelma Gibson Health Initiative; Pinky Sands, member, HBBFHC Board of Directors; and, Gene Tinnie, member, HBBFHC Board of Directors.