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September 2012

AKAs and Alphas to Help Florida's Ex-Offenders Regain Their Civil Rights


On Saturday, September 22, 2012, the Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Beta Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will offer restoration of rights services provided by the Miami -Dade Public Defenders Office, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and other agencies. This activity is scheduled from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at Blessed Catering Banquet Hall, 5711 NW 6th Place, Miami, FL  33127 and is a part of a day of voter empowerment and civic engagement by Miami’s two oldest black Greek-letter organizations.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Mongo Santamaria


Mongo Santamaria
Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría Rodríguez was a rumba quinto master and an Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist.

Ramón “Mongo” Santamaría Rodríguez was born in Havana, Cuba on April 7. The year of his birth has been reported as 1917 and 1922. Nicknamed by his father with the Senegalese word for 'tribal chief', Santamaria began his musical training on the violin, but switched to drums and percussion while still in his teens.


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Hispanic Heritage Month: Gwen Ifill


Gwen Ifill
Journalist, television news correspondent, news program moderator, Gwen Ifill, is of Panamanian and Barbadian descent.

Journalist, television news correspondent, news program moderator. Born on September 29, 1955, in New York, New York. Gwen Ifill is one of today's leading African-American television reporters. She is the fifth child of African Methodist Episcopal minister Oliver Urcille Ifill, Sr., a Panamanian of Barbadian descent who emigrated from Panama, and Eleanor Ifill, who was from Barbados. Ifill attended Simmons College in Boston where she majored in communications, and through an internship got her first hands-on experience as a journalist.

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Black women celebrated in photo exhibit at MIA


The Mia Galleries, in the North Terminal, near Gate 26 in the Miami International Airport, currently houses a powerful photographic display celebrating the beauty and strength and spirit of black women. The exhibit is called "Women of a New Tribe," and features women selected from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

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On Friday, October 19, 2012, the Opa-locka Development Community Corporation (OLCDC) will host an evening dedicated to “The Art of Transformation,” a celebration of the historic past, present and bright future of the Opa-locka community.


Hispanic Heritage Month: Soledad O’Brien


Soledad O'Brien
CNN’s Soledad O’Brien is the daughter of immigrants. Her mother is Afro-Cuban and her father is of Irish descent.

 María de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien, born September 19, 1966, is an American broadcast journalist. O'Brien's parents, both immigrants, met at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother, Estella, is from Cuba and her father, Edward, is from Australia and of Irish descent. Both attended daily Mass at the church near campus. Every day her father would offer her mother a ride. Every day, she declined. Finally she said yes. One year later, the day after Christmas in 1958, the two of them were married in Washington, DC.

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Superintendent discusses bond referendum


Alberto Carvalho
M-DCPS superintendent addresses school bond referendum during NAN meeting at New Birth Baptist Church.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho spoke to the crowd at New Birth Baptist Church last night at the meeting of the Miami-Dade Chapter of NAN. The topic was the school bond referendum on the upcoming November ballot.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Zoë Saldana


Zoe Saldana
Actor and dancer Zoë Saldana is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent.

From Zoë Saldana’s official website:


Zoë Yadira Saldana was born June 19, 1978 in Passaic NJ to a Puerto Rican mother and Dominican father. Her family relocated to the Dominican Republic when she was ten years old. There she practiced ballet at one of the most prestigious dance schools in the country. Saldana returned to New York at age 17, where she began involving herself in theatre groups such as Faces and the New York Youth Theatre.

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Possible cancer cluster in Northwest Miami

If you live or work near the Amtrak Station on the border of Hialeah and unincorporated Miami-Dade County or have family and friends who do, you should be very concerned about a possible cancer cluster in the area. Residents appeared before the Board of County Commissioners to complain about the number of neighbors who are ill or had died after King Metal Recycling moved into their neighborhood.

Understand that environmental justice is a serious matter. Be mindful that Madison Middle School and Broadmoor Elementary School are in that area also.Remember the contaminated soil on Olinda Park? Stay tuned. 

Hispanic Heritage Month: Jean-Michel Basquiat


Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat began as an obscure graffiti artist in New York City in the late 1970s and evolved into an acclaimed Neo-expressionist and Primitivist painter by the 1980s. He is of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent.

 Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 22, 1960 to Gerard Basquiat, born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and a Puerto Rican-American mother, Matilde Andrades Basquiat. Jean-Michel Basquiat's diverse cultural heritage was one of his many sources of inspiration.


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