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CHI Closures Linked to Tropical Storm Eta



Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) is closing most of its health centers and services on Monday Nov. 9, 2020 due to Tropical Storm Eta. There will be no COVID-19 testing on that date.


However limited services will remain open on Nov. 9, 2020 at the Doris Ison Health Center 10300 SW 216 St. Miami, FL 33190 including:








Making America Great Again? Miami homeowner refuses to remove racially-offensive Halloween display

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

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Picture from Three Lakes neighborhood in southwest Miami-Dade County, Florida. Halloween display depicting lynching of two men dressed in urban-themed clothing. Homeowners refuse to remove display.

A Halloween display of a mock hanging of two men in the gated Miami community of Three Lakes has caused quite a bit of controversy. A Trump-Pence campaign yard sign is also near the hanging dark-hued dummies dressed in urban-themed clothing. The yard sign is actually in the adjoining yard of a neighbor and exacerbates an already racially-sensitive situation. Donald Trump has encouraged violence against protestors at his presidential campaign rallies and his campaign is closely associated with white nationalists. Nooses... hangings... lynchings... are symbols of the history of terror that Blacks have been forced to endure. This Halloween display is not a good look for the Trump-Pence campaign and it's definitely not a good look for Miami.

The homeowners refused to remove the display. They also declared the display is not racist it's just Halloween fun. Hmmm... Let me keep this 100 and translate that response for you: Listen Black people and bleeding heart liberals, we don't care about you and your feelings! Yeah...that sums it up. 

Meanwhile, please go to the updated Miami New Times story on this Halloween display and share it far and wide with all of your networks of family, friends and various organizations. Also, get more information via the related links to this post. Since today is Halloween, let's see how soon the homeowners take down the offensive display. 

Is this how we make America great again? I don't think so. Wake up. Stay woke.


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Halloween decoration in Miami showing mock lynching of two black men
This is the homeowners' response to complaints about their Halloween display of the mock lynching.


Related Links:

Miami New Times - Dummies Lynched Next to a Trump Sign for Halloween in Kendall UPDATED

WPLG Channel 10 - Halloween display sparks controversy in southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood (Please note that the Channel 10 report refers to the hanging decoration as "classic.")

The Legacy of Lynchings in Halloween Decorations (Please read this for a historical perspective.)



South Miami-Dade County Alphas Honor MLK through Community Service

The Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated participated in the fourth annual SoMi Lights MLK Service Day Project on January 18, 2016.  Over 100 volunteers took part in the event hosted by Branches South Miami to revitalize four homes in the community, landscape a children's playground, and build butterfly gardens at the Branches satellite location and in the surrounding area. Volunteers were assigned to teams to paint, perform general home maintenance, housing restoration, and manicure property within the community.  The Alphas adopted the task of repainting the home of an ill resident in the neighborhood.  
The event was sponsored by Gem Water, AmeriCorps and Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Branches is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate community members on opportunities that can improve their social condition. For over 40 years, Branches has been a vehicle to advocate and tackle social injustices on behalf of disadvantaged citizens. 
Mission Accomplished - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity members Mario Lewis, Vernon Smith, Bryan Jones and youth participants pose for a picture outside the residence they painted.

Stabbing at South Miami Mall

What is going on Miami? Yesterday, 19 year-old Juan Felipe Rodriguez stabbed parking lot attendant Jimmy Womble, 23, at the Shoppes of Sunset Place. Allegedly the incident occurred because of an $8 parking charge. That’s just crazy. To make matters worse, while Womble was in the hospital recovering from his wounds, his mother transitioned in hospice. 

Let’s get it together, people. The weather is hot but let’s try to keep our tempers cool. It’s so easy to later regret our response to a situation in the heat of the moment. 


What's going on South Miami? City manager fired?

Posted on Thursday, Oct. 08, 2009

South Miami commissioners suddenly fire city manager

In a sudden vote that surprised city staff members and prompted the mayor to storm out of the room, South Miami commissioners this week fired their manager.

Tuesday evening's 3-1 vote ousting City Manager Ajibola Balogun leaves the city searching for a replacement -- but saying little about why the pink slip came.

The firing was not on the agenda. Instead, after a contentious discussion about where on the agenda last-minute resolutions belong, Vice Mayor Brian Beasley moved to fire Balogun.


South Miami City Commission Special Election January 13

A special election is scheduled for Tuesday, January 13, to fill the City of South Miami commission seat vacated by Randy Wiscombe for personal reasons.  The candidates are Valerie Newman; Shawn Crews; Javier Baños; Frank Cuzzocrea Jr.; and Levy Kelly.

Please get out and vote.

Related Links:

Candidates discuss plans for South Miami at forums
South Miami to televise city commission debates
Commission candidates detail plans for South Miami


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Local scholar-athlete featured in Tallahassee Democrat newspaper

Isaac Brown, Jr., a recent graduate of South Miami Sr. High, is featured in an article in today's Tallahassee Democrat. Brown is an incoming freshman at Florida A&M University and was highly recruited for their basketball team. While he follows in the basketball footsteps of his dad, Isaac Sr. and his grandfather, Leroy "Spike" Gibson; his mom, Valtena is a FAMU alum as was grandmother, Betty Shannon Gibson. His sister, Isha is a FAMU senior.

Congratulations, to Ike and the Brown family.


Isaac Brown keeps FAMU family tradition