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April 2015

Special Olympics Florida Healthy Community and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to Host a Free Health Fair for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

April 10, 2015 (Hollywood, FL) – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), despite the severe need and higher health risk, people with intellectual disabilities are denied health services, community interventions, and there is a lack of targeted interventions and programs for the population. Special Olympics is the world’s largest public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities, providing access to free health services for a population with significant, unmet health needs.

On Saturday, May 9, 2015 Special Olympics Florida Healthy Community- South Florida and Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities will host a free health fair, for individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities. The health fair, taking place at A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park in Miami, FL, will serve as a way to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by helping to provide equal access to health screening services. Free health screenings will be on-going in the following areas: Healthy Hearing (audiology), Special Smiles (dental), Health Promotion and Fit Feet (podiatry). In addition to the screening events, participants and their families/caregivers will be able to obtain information about the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.

To be eligible to partake in the free health screenings, participants must have an intellectual or developmental disability. Registration is available at the event.


WHAT: SOFLHC and APD Community Health Fair “Spring Into Wellness”

WHEN: Saturday, May 9th, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Leisure Access Center at A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33155



Are Republican Senators more sexist than racist?

Today is Day Number 160 and President Barack Obama's nomination of Loretta Lynch for United States Attorney General has yet to be voted on. Republican Senators have stalled the vote by entwining Lynch's nomination with legislation on human trafficking and abortion. These issues have nothing to do with Lynch's nomination. Stop the shenanigans. Current AG Eric Holder is a black male and his confirmation took eight days. Are Republican Senators more sexist than they are racist?

‪#‎confirmlynch‬ ‪#‎becauseofthemwecan‬


PepsiCo & Winn Dixie Donate $5,000 to Urban League of Greater Miami for Local Scholarships

The Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc. (ULGM) in partnership with PepsiCo and Winn Dixie Achievement Matters Scholarship will award ten Miami-Dade County high school students with a $500 scholarship. The scholarships are made possible by a $5,000 donation from PepsiCo and Winn-Dixie in celebration of Black History Month. ULGM will award the scholarships to deserving students based on scholastic merit and submitted applications received by May 31, 2015. The scholarship recipients will be recognized during the organization’s Annual Meeting & Educational Awards Ceremony on June 11, 2015.

“We are honored and excited to have received this generous donation from PepsiCo and Winn-Dixie and hope that it is the beginning of a very fruitful partnership,” shares Sharron Henley, VP of Operations at the Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc. “Our Achievement Matters program has worked diligently to prepare our students to excel and build the necessary skillsets, and we look forward to being able to reward deserving students with a scholarship.”

The deadline to submit the scholarship application and required documentation is May 31, 2015. Applications can be found at Students at Miami-Dade County Public Schools are invited to apply.

Post-racial Miami: Black federal judge mistaken for "the Help" by white political candidate

Judge Marcia Cooke and Ken Eskin
Judge Marcia Cooke was mistaken for the help by Ken Eskin, Bay Harbor Islands Town Council candidate.


“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.” 

― Dale CarnegieHow to Win Friends and Influence People

Surely Bay Harbor Islands Town Council candidate Ken Eskin wishes he’d never ever uttered the words “What family do you work for?” when he encountered Marcia Cooke in the condo parking lot, as she placed items in her car and he distributed campaign materials. Eskin, who is white, assumed Cooke, who is black, was the help. Cooke has lived in the area for twenty years and has been a federal judge for 11 years. 

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Eskin said he sent Cooke a note of apology. He went on to say that the mistake was not racially motivated. Wrong again, Mr. Eskin, it was. He assumed…pre-judged… that Cooke, although dressed in corporate attire, was a maid. It didn’t dawn on him that she could be a resident or that she could be a professional woman. Shades of Levi Pettit, that was racist. The fact that Eskin doesn’t get that is…well…very unfortunate. 

Our perspectives, as individuals, are shaped because of our experiences…our family upbringing…etc. If we are honest, we have to deal with our personal shortcomings from time to time. Instead of pretending to be perfect, sometimes we just need to start with being real. 

Surely, Judge Cooke was caught off guard. Instead of driving away from Eskin, she could have used the situation as a teachable moment with him. One is rarely prepared for such situations unless they’ve already had a similar experience. Before he became president, Barack Obama  was mistaken for a valet. If Ken Eskin didn’t recognize the racism in the incident with Judge Cooke, perhaps someone else will and their perspective of Blacks and other minorities will change because of her racial profiling experience.


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Happy Easter from the First Family!


From the Obama family to yours, Happy Easter!

Posted by The White House on Sunday, April 5, 2015

Will special meeting of FAMU Trustees be tipping point for University's future?

Florida A&M University
Florida A&M University

Alumni, students, faculty and supporters of Florida A&M University are encouraged to attend, view or listen to the upcoming called meeting of the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (FAMUBOT). This meeting is crucial as the composition of the FAMUBOT has changed recently, and there will be an election of its Board Chair and Vice Chair. Many FAMUans and FAMU supporters think this election may give Gov. Scott total control of the FAMUBOT.

The meeting, scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom of Florida A&M University, will be webcast at and also available via Internet radio at WANM 90.5. Listen online or via TuneIn on your smartphone.


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Have a Blessed Resurrection Sunday!

Easter Joy

Jesus came to earth,
To show us how to live,
How to put others first,
How to love and how to give.

Then He set about His work,
That God sent Him to do;
He took our punishment on Himself;
He made us clean and new.

He could have saved Himself,
Calling angels from above,
But He chose to pay our price for sin;
He paid it out of love.

Our Lord died on Good Friday,
But the cross did not destroy
His resurrection on Easter morn
That fills our hearts with joy.

Now we know our earthly death,
Like His, is just a rest.
We'll be forever with Him
In heaven, where life is best.

So we live our lives for Jesus,
Think of Him in all we do.
Thank you Savior; Thank you Lord.
Help us love like you!

By Joanna Fuchs

An Evening of Unique Entertainment: "FlipSide Miami" Presented by the Dade County Links

MIAMI –In one week, nationally-recognized entertainers Marshall Davis Jr., Afra Hines, and Don Seward will headline "FlipSideMiami" presented by the Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, the Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will host an evening of spectacular national and local entertainment featuring a diverse group of talented artists hailing from a cross-section of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. It’s the "FlipSide Miami" – an evening of fun and relaxation celebrating individuals from various professions with extraordinary artistic talents.

The performers will take the stage of the Florida Memorial University Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts, 15800 N.W. 42nd Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. dazzling the audience with their artistic acumen and exceptional talents. If you want to see the "FlipSide" of some of South Florida’s most recognizable and well-known professionals and civic leaders, this is an event you don’t want to miss.

Some of the performers include journalist and sportscaster Jim Berry, community leader and pastor Bishop Victor T. Curry, UTD President Fedrick Ingram, Oscar Thomas Foundation Founder Dr. Nanci Thomas, and many more. The evening will also feature performancesby world-renowned tap dancer Marshall Davis Jr., nationally recognized stage actor and singer Don Seward II, and returning for the second year of FlipSide Miami national stage and film actor Afra Hines.

"We are so excited about"FlipSideMiami", said chapter president Tammy Reed. "This night of entertainment gives us an opportunity to cheer our friends and colleagues as they showcase their hidden and not-so-hidden talents. But most important of all, this event will help us raise funds to award scholarships to students who want to pursue their dreams of a college education. There’s nothing more gratifying."

Proceeds from "FlipSide Miami"will help support the Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated scholarship fund and community programming such as its successful Lean Forward with Mentoring initiative and partnership with Florida Memorial University.For ticket information, visit, or email [email protected].



April 3, 2015- Daytona Beach, Florida - The Daytona Beach Police Department responded to an early morning shooting in the 300 block of Henry Butts Street. The off-campus incident did result in four B-CU students being injured and taken to the hospital. The students are currently recovering and all parents have been notified. While this unfortunate occurrence did take place off campus, B-CU administrators and the public safety department are proactively involved with this investigation. President Jackson is deeply concerned with the violence within the surrounding communities and will take the necessary steps to quickly address the challenges that pose threats to the safety of the campus and students. "We are proud to be a part of this community. Essentially, it is an extension of our campus. We have a long and rich connection and we want to work together to find healthy alternatives for both our campus and the community," says President Edison O. Jackson.

President Jackson and his leadership are continuously strengthening their policies and procedures and have complete confidence in their public safety department to keep their campus and students safe and secure. In addition, the president is looking into creating more opportunities to keep students involved with events and recreational activities on campus. The university is committed to increasing its efforts to eradicate violence and negative influences on its campus and within the community. President Jackson plans to meet with key influencers and policy makers to explore the available resources and to discuss future improvement plans.