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October 2015

Malcolm-Jamal Warner ‘Disappointed’ By Ebony Cover; Compares Bill Cosby To Woody Allen & Roman Polanski


Actor and artist Malcolm-Jamal Warner stopped by HuffPost Live and shared his thoughts on the recent controversial Ebony cover displaying a shattered picture of ‘The Cosby Show’ cast.


Warner: “Actually, I [still] need to read the article. I have not read the article because just the cover, I didn’t really feel like dealing with it yet. But... I had so many social media comments from the Black audience, from Ebony’s target audience, who are very disappointed with that cover, and very disappointed in Ebony as one of the voices of the Black community to put that cover out there.”


When asked if he is disappointed in Ebony for the cover, Warner replied:


Warner: “Yes, I am… It’s contributing to the stereotypical image that society has of the broken Black family, the shattered Black family. And to take something that for 20, 30 years has been what we have held up as the Black family that we all want to aspire to, in terms of the love that we don’t see when we see Black families in the media, to take that image and to shatter it, it’s disappointing to a lot of us.”




Host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani also asked Warner if there can be a divorce between Cosby, the man, and Cosby’s character on the sitcom.


Warner: “I say yes to your question because based on the social media comments that I get and I see, a lot of the audience has been able to do that and are doing that… I would [also] love to think so because when we talk about Woody Allen, we don’t talk about his controversy. When we talk about Roman Polanski now, it’s like that’s no longer part of the conversation. So if that’s how it goes, then I hope the same can come of ‘The Cosby Show.’”


Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with actor and musician Malcolm-Jamal Warner here.


Photo: Ebony

Video: HuffPost Live

Live Life Financially Confident with Tips from State Farm Agent Kitsia Gaines on the Steve Harvey Morning Show

Kitsia Gaines and State Farm Team
State Farm Agent Kitsia Gaines (seated) and her team. Gaines will deliver financial education tips on the Steve Harvey Morning Show


Kitsia Gaines has been tapped again to deliver State Farm “Financial Education Minutes” to the more than seven million listeners on the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Listen live online on Thursdays at 9:05 a.m. ET on iHeart Radio; you can also access previous recordings.

Gaines shares tips on a range of financial topics including budgeting, saving, and buying a car and/or house. She will be featured until December 24.

Her professional experience and accomplishments include more than twenty years with State Farm; Million Dollar Round Table Qualifier; and National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors. She’s also a graduate of Florida A&M University; member of the Rotary Club of South Miami; Miami-Biscayne Bay (FL) Chapter of The Links and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Contact Kitsia Gaines, State Farm Agent, at 6704 SW 80th St, Miami, Florida, (305) 661-4213,


Photo: Instagram - Gaines Financial



Football Rivalry Sacrifices Good Sportsmanship


Miami Central retained the coveted ‘Commissioners Cup’ in the local high school football match-up against Miami Northwestern. As the trash-talking about the game subsides, it seems what happened after the game is a hot topic on social media.

Here’s what popular Miami Central alum DC Clark wrote on Facebook:

The Fruit Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree:

By now everyone knows that Central defeated Northwestern in football this weekend. But the bigger story is our student athletes failed to shake hands after the game. After a player from one team stomped on a player from another team while he was lying on the turf cramping, the coaches felt it was best for the players to go directly to the bus without shaking hands. In hindsight, the better move should've been to line them up, tell them beforehand that if anyone say and do something out of the ordinary they will be kicked off the team, and proceed to shake the opposing team's hand.

This rivalry has been very heated over the years with Alumni and former coaches coaching at each other's school. Most of the players played with each other growing up. So things are a little more heated than most. But what most Alumni and students don't know is both Alumni Associations are working together through ICARE (Inner City Alumni for Responsible Education) to solve the problems that plague us all. Also both Alumni Associations put in $1,500 each to hold a Joint Tailgate Party before the game. (Funds came from our Commissioners). But what our students mostly see is all the shit talking we do leading up to the game.

In the final analysis, we as adults have to do a better job in conveying to our children that it's just a game. We have to let them know that most of us know each other and in some cases are relatives of one another. Ultimately we have to let them know IT'S NOT THAT SERIOUS. Remember from birth, our children mimic everything they see us do. If they think we place winning and losing a football game before everything else then they will do the same thing. And with some of them belonging to gangs and carrying weapons, things can turn ugly real fast. It is up to us to let our children know that it's only a game and it’ s not life and death.


Here are a few responses to Clark’s post:

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At the end of the day, this is another teachable moment for the student-athletes at all schools and for the adults in their lives. I agree that football is not that serious, it's just a game. The reality for many boys is different, it's very serious. For many of them, their parents see football as an opportunity out of poverty and a better life for the family. Their coaches want to win. That's a lot of pressure for a child. Adults have fed the goal of attaining riches and fame to these young boys’ psyche since the pee wee leagues. Sports has been stressed more than academics for many, if not most, of these boys and now we expect them to behave in a civilized manner when losing against a rival in an important community competition?

The unsportsmanlike conduct between the players at Central and Northwestern needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. The principals and coaching staffs of both schools should meet on neutral ground, discuss the behavior, and shake hands like men. Anyone not willing to follow the rules should be removed from the team regardless of their playing ability and status. It’s simple, very simple.

 ~ Va-Va


Job Fair . Tuesday 10/20/2015



Pirtle Construction in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Office of Economic Opportunity  will be hosting a JOB FAIR at Miami Norland Senior High on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 between 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.




Please note, all individuals referred to us and are seeking to be employed on this project must pass the Jessica Lunsford Background Screening.


Below, please find a list of the specific trades that will be seeking labor/workforce.


1.    Skilled Laborers

2.    Air Condition Pipe Fitter

3.    Ductwork Insulators

4.    Low Voltage Installer

5.    6G-Pipe Welder

6.    Electrical Apprentice and Journeymen

7.    Sidewalk form Carpenters

8.    Concrete Finishers

9.    Skilled Painters

10.  Drywall Finishers

11.  Ductwork Mechanics

12.  Roofers



Michelle Y. Hicks-Levy

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Office of Economic Opportunity

1450 N.E. 2nd Avenue - Suite 428

Miami, Florida 33132

[email protected]

305.995.3003 Office ~ 305.523.0739 Fax


Miami-Dade County Public Schools ... Giving Our Students the World

APhiA Knights of Gold Youth Mentoring Program


Enrollment is open, until October 30, for the Knights of Gold (KOG) youth development and leadership training program presented by the Beta Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Beta Beta Lambda Alpha Phi Alpha Educational Foundation, Inc. Through the KOG program, young males, ages 14-18, will be mentored on several life skills for success including: goal setting, time management, career choices, financial aid, study skills, interviewing skills, college life experiences, test – taking skills, financial responsibility, managing money, and social outings.

For questions, and to request an application, contact Anderson Eldridge, program coordinator, at [email protected] or call (786) 531-3097.


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South Miami-Dade Alphas Adopt Chapman Elementary

The Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated selected Dr. William A. Chapman Elementary School as its 2015 Adopt-A-Classroom Grant Recipient.  Supplies donated to the school included copy paper, loose-leaf paper, scissors, glue, pencils, pens, highlighters, spiral notebooks, composition books, drawstring bags, scotch tap, staples staplers, dual-tang folders, coloring pencils, crayons, rulers, and classroom instructional materials.  Throughout the school year, Chapman Elementary will receive at least $1,000 in educational tools and resources.
Dr. William A. Chapman was one of Miami's first black physicians. Known for his educational programs on communicable diseases, Chapman's home stands as a landmark and serves as an educational center in Overtown, the center of Miami's historic African American community. 
Alphas adopt Chapman Elementary
From left: Leslie Elus; Assistant Principal Elianeys Basulto; Chris Stevenson; Arlean Edwards; and Jeff Ball pose with some of the school supplies donated by Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

CALL TO ACTION! Urge Gov. Scott to Suspend Use of 2015 FSA Results

On October 7, 2015 Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA, along with Fund Education Now; Parents Across America/Florida; NAACP/Florida; and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)/Florida called upon Governor Scott to issue an Executive Order to suspend any application of the results of the 2015 Florida Standards Assessments and pause the process going forward until an extensive, independent and transparent review of Florida's accountability system could be conducted.
As the largest County Council of PTAs/PTSAs in the state, representing over 50,000 members, Miami-Dade County Council strongly opposes using the 2015 FSA to grade schools and evaluate teachers. We believe the FSA lacks reliability, does not measure proficiency, nor is able to reflect accurate learning gains.
"We find Florida's school accountability program flawed and have lost faith in the system. It is time to stand up for Florida's students. For that reason, we are asking Governor Scott to lead the way by suspending the current FSA process. There is too much at stake to move forward at this time." said Joseph Gebara, President, Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA.

By the time the Legislature meets in January, Commissioner Stewart and the Board of Education will already be well on their way to setting FSA cut scores with the potential to label 50% of Florida students as failing in language arts or mathematics, and to create an avalanche of new "F" schools. Only Governor Scott has the power to stop this process in its tracks, and redirect efforts towards finding a better, less punitive, manner to guide student progress.
The time to act is now. Please add your voice in support of our children and our schools. Click here to ask Governor Scott to issue an Executive Order  to suspend any application of the results of the 2015 Florida Standards Assessment and pause the process going forward until an extensive, independent, and transparent review of Florida's accountability system can be conducted. Copies will go to key members of the Florida Legislature.
Thank you for taking the time to let the Governor know how much this issue means to you. Rest assured, your voice counts!

Nancy Lawther, Vice President of Advocacy and Legislation

Mindy Gould, Advocacy Chair Miami-Dade County Council of PTA/PTSA

New park in Twin Lakes named in honor of Dr. Arthur Woodard

Dear Blogging Black Miami Readers:

Please join me in thanking Commission Chair Jean Monestime, his staff, and the entire Board of County Commissioners for approving the resolution naming Twin Lakes Park after my Dad. The property that will soon bear his name, is a story of decades long persistent civic engagement by residents of a small neighborhood. There are a few officials around, such as Commissioner James Burke and Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler, who remember the beginnings of our fight, and our efforts to maintain the integrity of our neighborhood.  One lesson learned from this journey: Never Give Up.

My classmate, William "DC" Clark and my godparents, Art and Hyacinth Johnson were relentless in making sure my Dad's legacy was properly recognized. For that, I am eternally grateful.

Please stay tuned for details on the dedication of Arthur Woodard Park. Woo-hoo!

~ Va-Va


MIAMI-DADE, FL – A County lakefront park being developed in Twin Lakes will bear the name of the beloved late educator who long maintained the once-private land for local families to enjoy.

The Miami-Dade County Commission on Oct. 6 approved a resolution sponsored by Chairman Jean Monestime to name the park under construction at Northwest 99th Street and 12th Avenue as “Arthur Woodard Park” – a designation sought by the community that loved him.

“As the community approaches the one-year anniversary of the death of Dr. Arthur Woodard, it is fitting that we preserve his legacy and dream by naming this park after him,” Chairman Monestime said.

A lifelong educator and coach, Dr. Woodard served as principal of Miami-Douglas MacArthur High School North until his 1991 retirement.  After Hurricane Andrew, he helped lead efforts to bring the Orange Blossom Classic Festival parade to West Perrine, which played an important role in the area’s recovery.

In 1969, Dr. Woodard decided that the neglected patch of private lakefront land in his Twin Lakes neighborhood could be put to better use, and he began maintaining it at his own expense so that families could play and picnic there. The County’s decision many years later to acquire the land and begin developing it into a County park was the fulfilment of a personal dream.




Dr. Sybil C. Mobley
Dr. Sybil Collins Mobley, Founding Dean of the Florida A&M University School of Business & Industry



Chicago, Illinois  – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® mourns the loss of educator and business leader, Dr. Sybil Collins Mobley.

Under Mobley’s leadership, Florida A&M University created the renowned School of Business and Industry, based on a model of recruiting the brightest students and faculty, providing students with full scholarships and ensuring they completed three internships before graduation. A dedicated professor, role model, and iconic force, she was instrumental in preparing students for the global economy. Mobley served as dean for almost 30 years until her 2003 retirement.

Speaking on behalf of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s 283,000 members worldwide, the sorority’s International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson lauded Mobley as a "trailblazer and steadfast supporter of education. She was a gifted educator, business leader and a stalwart for excellence among her students throughout her long and distinguished career."

Mobley was initiated into the sorority in 1951 in the Delta Kappa Omega Chapter (Tallahassee, Florida). Mobley is survived by her three children, James Otis Mobley Jr., Janet Mobley Sermon and the Rev. Melvin Edward Mobley. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.