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Va-Va
Miami, FL
The South Florida experience from a black perspective
Interests: anything about miami and south florida happenings --- politics; events; movers and shakers; whatever...
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The legislative process has always been about each of us working together to create laws that help our communities rather than hurt us. On Thursday, August 22nd at 7pm, join State Rep. Shevrin Jones for an interactive #ForThePEOPLE Bill Writing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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At today’s regular monthly meeting of the Miami-Dade County School Board, District 1 School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III will proffer Agenda Item H-11 on the Review of Student Arrest Data. The item is crucial to the Black community... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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On Saturday, July 20, 2019, the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity collaborated with Miami-Dade Pubic Defender Carlos J. Martinez and Omega Psi Phi member Florida Democratic House Leader State Representative Kionne McGhee to host a restorative... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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M-DCPS School Board Member and Vice Chair of CUBE National Steering Committee Dr. Steve Gallon III announces 2019 CUBE Annual Conference in Miami September 26-28, 2019. The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) will hold its Annual Conference in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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Amendment 4 is one of the most significant Florida constitutional amendments in our lifetime. Florida voters overwhelmingly supported restoration of rights for some returning citizens, formerly convicted felons who had served their time and completed probation. Unfortunately, shortly after the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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Today is a significant day in American history. It is the day commemorated as the end of enslavement of African Americans in the United States. So, as the story goes President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing enslaved Africans,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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The Honorable Rodney Smith, Judge, US District Court for the Southern District of Florida On June 12, 2019, at 2:43 pm ET, Florida Circuit Court Judge Rodney Smith ascended to the position of judge, US District Court for the Southern... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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Today we observe Memorial Day, previously known as Decoration Day, to honor men and women who died in active military service to this country. The very first Memorial Day was on May 1, 1865, in Charleston, S.C. when formerly enslaved... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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An anonymous call was made to law enforcement yesterday to report a body floating in a Miami Gardens canal. As word of the discovery spread throughout the community, anxiety increased among many concerned about missing Miami Norland Senior High School... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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Miami Norland Senior High School teacher and test chairperson, Kameela Russell is missing. Born in the Bahamas, Kameela is a beloved mother, daughter and friend to many who are praying for her safe return home. Several of her classmates from... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, broke local social media with the announcement of her run for the District 1 commission seat for Miami-Dade County (FL). She also garnered national attention from many media outlets as well as support... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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Miami filmmaker Dorian Munroe receives $14,000 to produce film MIAMI BEACH – Seeking to tell the stories of the Liberty City bike riders who fill the streets on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in an act of community and protest,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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Happy Birthday to one of the true living legends of Florida history, the Honorable Carrie P. Meek! The daughter of Willie and Carrie Pittman, Former Congresswoman Carrie Pittman Davis Meek was born on April 29, 1926, in Tallahassee, Florida. Her... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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Hey book lovers! The 2019 African American Read-In takes place at Miami Dade College’s North Campus tomorrow, February 4. The goal is to make literacy, education, and community a significant part of Black History Month. This year’s African American Read-In... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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The Spirit of Kwanzaa lives in Miami-Dade County. On Saturday, December 29, 2018, it was demonstrated at The ARC (Arts & Recreation Center) in the beautiful City of Opa-locka, Florida. The 29th Annual Mary Williams Woodard Legacy Kwanzaa Celebration evolved... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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It's 2019! We made it to see another year. (Praise God!) We have been gifted with the possibility of living another day. We have been charged with the responsibility of making the world better for our family, especially the children... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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This spoken word video presentation explains everything one needs to know about Kwanzaa --- how, when, why it was started and its purpose. If more Black people, regardless of place of birth, would practice Kwanzaa, it would shift the balance... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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Greeting: Habari Gani?! (What's going on?) Response: Imani! [ee-mah-nee] Today is the seventh day of Kwanzaa. On this day we celebrate the principle of faith. According to the Nguzo Saba (seven principles), faith means: "To believe, with all our heart,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Blogging Black Miami
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Greeting: Habari Gani?! (What's going on?) Response: Kuumba! [koo-oom-bah] Today is the sixth day of Kwanzaa. On this day we celebrate the principle of creativity. According to the Nguzo Saba (seven principles), creativity means: “to do always as much as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Blogging Black Miami
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Greeting: Habari gani! Response: Nia! Today is the fifth day of Kwanzaa, the principle we celebrate is purpose. “To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.”... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at Blogging Black Miami
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Greeting: Habari Gani?! (What's going on?) Response: Ujamaa! [oo-jah-muh] On the fourth day of Kwanzaa we focus on cooperative economics. According to the Nguzo Saba (seven principles), cooperative economics means: “to build and maintain our own stores, shops and other... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at Blogging Black Miami
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Call: Habari Gani?! (What's going on?) Response: Ujima! [oo-jee-muh] Today is the third day of Kwanzaa. The principle celebrated is Ujima or collective work and responsibility. That means to build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2018 at Blogging Black Miami
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Greeting: Habari gani! Response: Kujichagulia (KOO-GEE-CHA-GOO-LEE-AH)! Today is the second day of Kwanzaa. The principle we celebrate is Kujichagulia which means Self-Determination. To define ourselves, to name ourselves, speak for ourselves and create for ourselves. Kujichagulia is a commitment to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at Blogging Black Miami
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On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated joined the Miami-Dade National Pan-Hellenic Council to distribute Christmas gifts to the entire student body of Florida City Elementary School. The Miami-Dade National Pan-Hellenic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Blogging Black Miami
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Today is the first day of the seven-day celebration known as Kwanzaa. For seven days, one of seven principles, the Nguzo Saba, is celebrated. The principles reinforce core values that strengthen families and build Black communities. There are also Kwanzaa... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Blogging Black Miami