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November 2012

Movers, Shakers and Rainmakers: Matthew Beatty, Communications Officer - The Miami Foundation

The Miami Foundation has announced that Matthew B. Beatty has joined the organization as communications officer.

In his new role, Beatty will lead and manage the foundation's communications strategies and ensure that all efforts are integrated and reflect the organizationfs message. He will coordinate public relations and marketing content development for the foundation, in addition to managing and growing social media network outreach. 

A key component of his position will be building relationships throughout the community and increasing brand awareness. This will include crafting the communications approach as the foundation brings stakeholders together to tackle issues in greater Miami.

Beatty was most recently communications director of Sonshine Communications, Florida's largest African-American, full-service marketing communications firm, and Black PR Wire, the nationfs first and largest black newswire distribution service.

A native Miamian, Beatty attended The Cushman School, Ransom Everglades School and earned his B.S. in management and M.B.A. in marketing at Florida A&M Universityfs School of Business and Industry. 

Beatty has managed public relations outreach for Baptist Health South Florida, Port of Miami Tunnel, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, National Environmental Education Foundation and numerous other companies and organizations across the United States. He is a seminar presenter in Miami Dade College's Small Business Education Program, speaks on panels regarding marketing strategy, and was named one of South Florida's 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today & Tomorrow by Legacy magazine of The Miami Herald.

Party with a Purpose: AKAs Emerald Gala and Silent Auction

Emerald Gala 2012Photo: Tammy Reed

On Saturday, November 3, 2012, the Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and their WISH Foundation presented their Emerald Gala and Silent Auction at the Hilton Downtown Miami. 

More than 600 were on hand for the festivities which also included a comedy show featuring Michael 'Tight Mike' Randolph; Kiana Dancie and Antoine Scott. Proceeds will benefit scholarships and educational programs offered by the sorority and the foundation. 

WPLG Channel 10's Constance Jones, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, served as host for the evening. Barbara Mason-Gardiner is foundation chair and Sandra L. Jackson is Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter president. 

Save the Date: Kwanzaa Celebration, 12/29

The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association has announced its Mary Williams Woodard Kwanzaa Celebration will be held at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, December 29, 2012.

Kwanzaa is a non-religious celebration of unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose; creativity and faith. Stay tuned for details on performers and event sponsors.

Movers, Shakers and Rainmakers

Starting tomorrow, Monday, November 26, 2012, be on the lookout for our weekly feature on local folks getting things done in the workplace and in the community. Some people we profile you may know and others may be making moves and shaking things up behind the scenes. Out of love for our community, we hope you enjoy, 'Movers, Shakers and Rainmakers.'

Local Pan-Hellenic organizations team up to help the homeless


On Saturday, November 10, 2012, members of Miami Alumni National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations gathered at the Camillus House in downtown Miami to feed the homeless. With service as one of their cornerstones, the organizations' members continue to demonstrate that they give back to the community.


Photo: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter


Experience Authentic West African Yorùbá Bàtá Dance and Drum with OsunDara


Come explore Sacred Yoruba Bata and take a rhythmic journey to Yoruba Land Nigeria West Africa.

Community Builders HDC, Serenity Room and OsunDara Yoruba Dance Theater present Prince Aderele, International Artist-in-Residence at the Osun’s Village and African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor.

Introduction to the Sacred Yoruba Bata Dance and Drum
Dance & Drumming

Dress Code: Wear comfortable workout attire, bare feet, black leotard or biker’s shorts, tank top or fitted T-Shirt, African Wrapper, Small Notebook, Hair must be neatly pulled away from the face.
Fee: $10.00
Date: 11/25/2012
Location: Serenity Room

Address: 221 W Hallandale Beach Blvd
Hallandale FL, 33009

SERENITY ROOM is located on South side of Hallandale Beach Blvd., Two Blocks West of Dixie Highway (Next to Calvary Chapel) at 221 West Hallandale Beach Blvd. 2nd floor Suite # 4.

Time:    6:00pm – 7:30pm
OsunDara Yoruba Dance Theater is committed to the preservation of Yoruba Sacred Traditional Folklore. Our mission is to connect diverse communities that are culturally unique, yet similar in heritage, by stimulating an interest in the exciting traditions of Yoruba culture through dance, music and the arts; creating the opportunity for children and adults to increase their knowledge and awareness of West African customs and ethnic groups.

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Osundara Yoruba Dance Theater
Dedicated to the preservation of Yoruba customs and tradition.
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Tracy Wilson Mourning Ushers in 2013 Membership Campaign to Keep the Important Work of Honey Shine Moving Forward

Miami, FL - Tracy Wilson Mourning, Founder of Honey Shine program, gathered more than 120 women (and a few good men!) at a members-only luncheon, hosted by Nikki Beach Miami Beach, on Thursday, November 15th, to kick start the 2013 year with the support needed to continue the mission of encouraging young girls to shine as women.
Companies and institutions like Carnival Corporation & plc, Carrollton School, Miami HEAT, Publix Super Markets, Aventura Worldwide Transportation Service, Bank of America, NBC Universal, MCCI Medical Group, MIA Shoes, Physician Access Urgent Care Group, and Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson to name a few, were acknowledged as instrumental sources of support, helping to provide the important tools needed to service the young girls that make up Honey Shine. The mid-day affair was celebratory in part with a champagne reception, lunch buffet, and an awards ceremony acknowledging the dedication of its 2012 Lady Bugs (Members) and Corporate Partners.  “I am forever grateful to the community we’ve built that recognizes the importance of uplifting young girls”, said Mourning.
Membership, by both individuals and corporations, continues to be one of the primary funding sources by which more than 180 girls enrolled in the Honey Shine program continue to receive much-needed mentorship. In addition to the fun perks and member-only functions that make up the membership program, each commitment by a new or returning member helps support year-round program activities that include bi-weekly workshops and a six-week summer camp developed to encourage young girls to shine as women. For additional programming and membership package details,
Nadine Valme, Tracy Wilson Mourning, Rhonda Johnson
Nadine Valme, Tracy Wilson Mourning and Rhonda Thompson Johnson

Remembering: Mrs. Billie B. Greer


Mrs. Billie Browne Greer, retired educator and beloved widow of former interim superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Dr. Tee S. Greer, Jr., made her transition November 17, 2012 at home. Survivors include her children - Anita, Tee, III, Florence, Frederick, and an adopted daughter Sharon; three grandchildren - Lauren Dixon, Miles Dixon, and Stephanie Greer; and great-granddaughter Payton Dixon.

Viewing - Monday, November 26, 2012, 6pm - 8pm, Range Funeral Home; 5727 NW 17th Avenue, Miami, FL 33142. 

Memorial Service - Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 11 am, The Historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 301 Northwest 9th Street, Miami, FL 33136. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church.


Sign the guest book online for Mrs. Billie B. Greer


Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep Students Participate in "Global Entrepreneurship Week" Summit with Haiti Prime MinisterHonorable Laurent Lamothe

On November 16, 2012, students from Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep attended the "Unleashing Entrepreneurship in Haiti" discussion hosted by St. Thomas University's School of Business and with special guest Honorable Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of Haiti. The ACND group represented the only high school invited to attend.  The rest were university undergraduate students that volunteer in the community – in particular Miami’s Haitian community.  Prime Minister Lamothe's speech culminated a week-long series of events at St. Thomas as part of the nationally celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week.

In his discussion, the Prime Minister spoke about social entrepreneurship in Haiti through partnerships with the United States. The main theme of the Prime Minister’s talk was the outlook for the future of Haiti.  He discussed "surcharges" to ensure every Haitian child from 1st grade through 6th grade could attend school at no cost to their family.  They have currently collected $1 Million towards their $1.75 Million yearly need.

Prime Minister Lamothe stated that the only way to true freedom (liberation) is through education.  A similar philosophy carried out at ACND that practices the Blessed Edmund Rice's methodology -- to empower people through education and "helping people to help themselves.”

Following the Prime Minister’s discussion Professors and Student Interns of the Center for Justice Peace provided a 30-minute workshop for the ACND high school students and discussed ways that college students can be involved in community work and volunteerism, and also things high school students can do to help them prepare for college. 

The ACND students that participated were: Shatorreia Edgecombe (12th grade); Kazonte Lockett (12); Whitney Noel (11); Briana Joseph (11); Philipp Cheron (12);  Derotie Pierre (11); Milienne Bonenfant (11); Di-Stephano Accilien (12); Kareen Etiene (12); Christine Masseus (11); Daniel Dareus (12); Jackysha Jean (12); Golding Maurice (10); Tiffany Ospin (11); Ashllyne Cherry (11); Maniola Mompremier (10); Roddy Meme (12); Brenda Delburn (11); Karen Jean-Louis (10); Karlmax Deshommes (10); Naika Imbert (10); Dominique Etiene (10); Anassthasia Poitier (11); Jamal Mapp (11); Marlin Harris (10); Marc Andy Guillaume (10); Lexus Holden (11); Martin Piquion (10); Karen Jean Francois (10); Dino Lefevre (12); Fabiola Registre (11); Stanley Celestin (11); Tania Pierre (11); Kathiana Dureny (12); Erlandie Belledant (11); Galisa Hyppolite (12); Mayer Casseus (10); Katiana Desarmes (10); Steve Renelien (11); and Chris Moss (12.)



November 16, 2012, 40 Students from Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep participated in the “Unleashing Entrepreneurship in Haiti” discussion with Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.



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