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Top Black Educators of 2015 Issue

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E D U C A T I O N.

When you play your favorite Florida Lottery games, a portion of ticket sales goes to support education in our state. In fact, you’ve helped us raise over $28 billion for Florida education – money that helps support K-12 programs and funds Bright Futures scholarships, which have allowed more than 700,000 students to realize their college dreams. So keep playing, because Florida students are winning.


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Dedicated to Teaching and Service The University of Miami is proud to recognize and applaud the Top Black Educators in South Florida for 2015, including three distinguished members of our faculty who are dedicated to the mission to help transform lives and improve their communities: Marie D. Gervais, M.D., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Miller School of Medicine; Osamudia James, Professor of Law at the School of Law; and Teshamae Monteith, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Miller School of Medicine. The University of Miami is also appreciative of our strong partnership with Legacy Magazine and we join with it in congratulating these outstanding individuals. Page: SpecialBB_8, Edition: 1st

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Anti-Discrimination/Harassment (Students) – Board Policy 5517 and 5517.02 M-DCPS does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, marital status, disability, age, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, gender identification, social and family background, linguistic preference, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by law in its educational programs, services or activities or in its hiring or employment practices. Please refer to School Board Policies 5517 - Anti-Discrimination/Harassment (Students) and 5517.02 - Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Procedures for Students for more information. Questions, complaints or requests for additional information regarding discrimination or harassment may be sent to: Executive Director, Civil Rights Compliance Office, 155 NE 15 Street, Suite P-104E, Miami, Florida 33132; PH:305-9951580 or e-mail address: crc@dadeschools.net. The District also provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth groups, as required by the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.

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Since 1940 it’s been our mission to provide every Barry student with the kind of transformational education that enables them to become thoughtful and caring leaders who make our world a better place. Greatness begins in the vibrant classrooms of our 120-acre Miami campus, extends to our championships in athletics, reaches deep into the community organizations and businesses whose mission and goals are furthered by the contributions of our students and graduates, and lasts a lifetime. | barry.edu

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PART 2 OF A 3 PART SERIES By Zach Rinkins …Continued from page 11

Overtown: The Land of Possibilities

“Though gentrification is a scary concept for some,” Woods says, “the right approach can provide inclusive benefits.” “While surveying the Clarence Woods, III CRA boundary, SE0PW CRA we noticed a lack Exec. Director of human capital needed to help the community prosper,” he said. “Buildings are not the soul of a community, the people are. We continually invested in helping residents gain access to employability skills and technical assistance for businesses.” SEOPW CRA human capacity investments included: the Hospitality Institute Job Training and Job Placement Program; Business Capacity Building Program; Cultural Tourism Institute; Career Development Institute; and The Overtown Beautification

MONEY MANAGEMENT By Gerald Grant, Jr. September is Life Insurance awareness month, and I strongly recommend that you take this opportunity to review your life insurance with your Life Insurance Professional. In my book Bold Moves to Creating Financial Wealth, I emphasize the importance of having adequate life insurance coverage. As Director of Financial Planning for the South Florida Branch of AXA Advisors, LLC, I attest to the fact that most people’s main concern is to “protect their loved ones”, when they are no longer there to do so. The most frequently asked questions are: Do I have adequate life insurance? Do I have the right type of life insurance? A thorough review of an individual’s life insurance usually reveals that people are not aware of the different types of life insurance available to them, and that they do not carry adequate life insurance coverage. While reviewing an individual’s life insurance coverage, it is often discovered

Team. The agency also commits funds for its future. “We are happy to be strategic partners with the CRA and its redevelopment plan,” said Commissioner Saliha Nelson, Keon Hardemon Vice President SEOPW CRA, Chair of URGENT, Inc., a youth and community development organization. URGENT, Inc. (www.urgentinc. org) operates several tutoring, personal development and life enrichment programs for area youth. Among those programs is the Commissioner Keon Hardemon/SEOPW CRA Summer Youth Training & Employment Program. “I want to be clear. URGENT, Inc. will never prepare our children to accept poverty. We remain committed to giving them the exposure, resources, and tools necessary

to enjoy all of the opportunities available to them,” Nelson asserted. The organization is just one of the many initiatives designed to spur holistic and inclusive revitalization in one of the county’s oldest communities. “I admit SEOPW CRA INCENTIVES

we have not done the best job of marketing our efforts,” Woods said. “I don’t believe in bowing until your work is finished.” Here are some of the grant and incentive opportunities. SELECT REQUIREMENTS

DIRECT GRANT PROGRAMS Applicants may submit unsolicited funding proposals for capital improvements for up to 50% of the total capital project costs. Maximum project funding $250,000.

• Funding restricted to multifamily developments and commercial properties. • Property must be tenant occupied or include a business plan for immediate occupancy of the project site upon issuance of Certificate of Occupancy.

TAX INCREMENT REBATE PROGRAM Applicants seeking to develop an unimproved property may submit funding proposals to retain the proportionate share of the tax increment revenue to be generated from the improved property.

• All projects must be consistent with the goals and objectives in the Redevelopment Plan. • The applicant must pay all applicable real estate and other taxes. • Maximum funding is typically capped at 50% of the tax increment revenue generated by the property. Any request beyond the 50 % cap will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

For more information, log on to www.MiamiCRA.com/SEOPWCRA.

Life Insurance Awareness that some people acquire life insurance to cover funeral expenses, others to pay-off debts, all in the best interest of their families. However, an area that is sometimes overlooked is the need for life insurance to cover living expenses. Imagine a household where both individuals work; if one of them dies, it may be difficult for the other person to cover all expenses with one income. Clearly, life insurance in this case is inadequate. With regards to the questions about the right type of life insurance, you should look at your life insurance from two points of view: What are my short-term and long-term needs and how much coverage can I afford? There are five major types of life insurance: Level Term Insurance generally has a low initial cost, does not build cash value, and the coverage becomes less affordable

at older ages. It is appropriate for owners who have a temporary life insurance need. Permanent Life Insurance policies have the ability to accumulate cash values. Access to cash value can be executed through loans or withdrawals. Some of them allow premium payment flexibility. Some policies have the option of increasing or decreasing their face value. Cash value growth is determined differently, on each type of policy. The four major types are: • Traditional Whole Life • Universal Life • Indexed Universal Life • Variable Universal Life. Take this as an opportunity to meet with your Life Insurance Professional to review your current life insurance coverage and determine if it is sufficient to protect you and your family and whether Permanent Life Insurance is a better option for you.

Gerald Grant, Jr. Registered Representative of AXA Advisors, LLC Gerald Grant, Jr. is a Registered Representative of AXA Advisors, LLC (212-314-4600), member FINRA/SIPC and an agent of AXA Network, LLC. This article is intended for general informational purposes only. PPG-106339 (08/15) (exp.08/17)106339 (08/15)(exp.08/17)




Lost in the City? Where to find Opportunities in South Florida

By Fabiola Fleuranvil

South Florida is a region of contrasts. On one hand, the rapidly growing skyline of massive towers signals an influx of affluence and wealth, mostly from international buyers. But, on the other hand, a recent article reminds us of the reality that South Florida is among one of the least affordable housing markets for recent graduates, which hints that the average South Floridian isn’t getting paid enough to comfortably afford to live here. It’s not all hype that South Florida is hot right now…because we are. We’re quickly becoming one of the coolest regions for millennials and receiving a lot of recognition for our growing entrepreneurship and tech scene. But the truth is that many young professionals: do feel lost and uncertain of how to make it and climb the ladder; are paying more to live here and probably saving less; don’t feel like their career options are as competitive as other metro areas. Reasons why talent retention has become such a key topic among the business, community and local leaders. However, perhaps the greatest

challenge is that people just don’t understand how to navigate South Florida to discover the opportunities that are available. There are things you can do here, in a fairly reasonable amount of time, to build your movement, create a name for yourself, and get in the right circles that would be close to impossible to do in New York, Chicago, or Washington, D.C. That’s because those cities have deep circles that take an even deeper network, the right contacts, and more money to penetrate and make a fit for yourself. When you find a lane here, you can dominate it. Not every metro area can claim that. So where are the opportunities in South Florida for young professionals, and how do you make something happen? Get involved and network with various groups like YPN Miami and YPN Broward. Get out, explore the scene and meet people. This is an area where you have to be proactive to get connected and find opportunity. You need to understand the changing landscape and see where there’s a fit for you. It’s so easy to be a stranger in

your own city and not see the gems that are right before your eyes. Take the housing market for example. This is the time to be investing at the ground level, but not in the areas that you would think. While Brickell and Midtown are bursting out of the seams, and Wynwood, Overtown, and Little Haiti are quickly changing, guess where you should be looking… Liberty City, Allapattah, and even Little Havana. Those are the next hotspots. In Broward make sure you check out Pompano Beach, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, and Fort Lauderdale. Everyone wants to live, work and play close to the city, and those neighborhoods can get you Downtown in a matter of minutes and with little traffic. There are still properties that are pretty cheap, and money can be made by renovating them and selling for a profit, or holding in anticipation of future growth. Real estate is not your thing? Then what about entrepreneurship? Our tech and entrepreneurship scene is surging, and don’t think of this as being an opportunity for only techies. You should be using your professional

By Olisa Adge expertise and passion to consult, create a service and/or build a side business. Miami and all of South Florida are the new hotspots and everyone wants to live here. There’s no better place to start making things happen than in cities where things are on the cusp.

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Thunder & Enlightening in Liberty City

By Olisa Adger t, create a ness. Last month, Miami’s Liberty City was rida are the invigorated with the unveiling of a new ants to live start making mural, Thunder and Enlightening, thanks ere things are to a partnership between OneUnited Bank, the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI), Liberty City Renaissance and acclaimed muralist, Addonis Parker. The mural was the final product of the OneUnited Mural Project, an apprenticeship-based program catering to the youth of Liberty City. The Mural Project taught 21 inner-city youth apprentices from 9 local high schools in Miami lessons in life, art and finance. “We got the idea for this project by really noticing what was happening in Wynwood, where basically, art and artists had transformed a community that was not very attractive into one that was not only attractive, but was booming from a development and business standpoint,” says Teri Williams, President and Chief Operating Officer of OneUnited Bank. “We p.com

came up with the idea of using a mural to spark that kind of art and creativity in Liberty City and then we wanted to combine it with what is a passion and mission of ours, which is to instill financial literacy into children as well as families, so we partnered with the Miami Children’s initiative.” Williams adds. Williams oversaw the finance portion of the program. The finance component of the program focused on the concept that dignity and self-respect greatly affects one’s relationship with money. It encouraged the students to analyze purchasing decisions and to make finance a topic of family conversation. “I grew up in this kind of household where the types of money decisions are not being discussed around the kitchen table, and what we want to help the children and their families do is to start having those

discussions around the kitchen table,” Williams says. For the portion of the program that Parker oversaw, the children got a behindthe-scenes look into the entrepreneurial artist’s life, learning what really goes into the business side of the arts. But, the learning went both ways, as Parker notes, “They probably had more questions than I could answer. Kids are beautiful, that’s the only way I could put it. And I learned so much from them.” Beyond art, the youth were led into other areas of self-expression, such as poetry. “At one point,” Parker says, “it got very deep. Even the students least expected to speak up opened up in full candor about life growing up in Liberty City.” The Thunder and Enlightening has been called controversial by some, as it takes a deep look into racism, bigotry, fear and historical falsehood. Asked if

Thunder and Enlightening, by the artist Addonis Parker www.oneunited.com OneUnited hesitated to commission such a powerful piece, Williams says, “We definitely were aware of the responsibility and the risk, but we felt and feel today that the risk is worth it and that it’s our responsibility to share, in our authentic voice, what we believe reflects the community we serve.” OneUnited plans to work in conjunction with Parker and other partners to hold a similar program, combining art and finance, in Overtown.

A Letter to My Peers About Education By Jacqueline Clenance As we celebrate another year of lifting up our top black educators and all they do for our community, I wanted to share just one word with South Florida’s most accomplished people of color. That word is Connection. So often at our many awards events we’ve heard those being recognized give credit to the educators in their lives. It usually goes something like, “I owe all of this to my education”, or “I want to thank my teachers because without them this wouldn’t be possible”. Or, this one, “I want to thank my parents for making sure I stayed in school and understood the value of a good education”. Our leaders are people who clearly recognize that education has played a significant role in their success. Most likely, those same individuals have continued this push for education with the “far too common” phrase “stay in school” shared with their children, nieces, nephews, godchildren, etc. But, did you…stay in school? Of course, I don’t mean to get

Jacqueline Clenance YOUR diplomas and degrees. After all, you are, as previously mentioned, our most accomplished. I mean, did you stay connected to education to make sure those coming right behind you got

theirs. Somehow, the more advances we make in education, the harder it is for our children to graduate. I’m sure we’ve all heard the statistics that say this generation of Black/African American youth will be the first in history to perform at lower levels academically, than the generation before them. Wait….did that happen on our watch? This begs the question, who are we then? Are we the most accomplished or the most failed? I’m just saying. What is the true sign of success? Is it what we do for ourselves or for those who stand in our wake? How did history record the success of those who came before us, and how will history record ours? So, I go back to the original question which I also pose to the accomplished Top 50 African American Leaders in Business and Industry, the illustrious 40 under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, the Most Affluent and Influential Leaders of our community, are you connected or disconnected? Does the school around

the corner, or across the street, from your home, know who you are? Have those students ever seen a Black banker, accountant, lawyer, Dean of Education, Director of Corporate Affairs, CEO, VP of HR, entrepreneur, etc. etc. The list is endless. As the 100 Black Men of America often say, “What they see is what they’ll be”. Have you ever considered walking through the door of the nearest school, or your school of choice, introducing yourself to the principal and saying, “Good Morning, I am Jamal Doe. I am President of Big Bank and I’d like to know how I can help your students succeed”. After he or she faints and explains the background clearance process, you will have made a friend and a connection for life. In the process, you will have thanked all those who cleared a path before you, not with words, but by ensuring that the path is clear behind you as well. Look back … get connected to education today. This is our most important measure of success.




Legacy 40 Under 40 Awards Reception July 8, 2015 at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater

Deputy Mayor Russell Benford and Theresa Manahan

40 Under 40 Reception Host Constance Jones

Asanyah Davidson and Commander Nathan J. King

Adia Kamaria McKenzie and Commissioner Keon Hardemon

Reception Sponsor

LEGACY BRIEFS American Black Film Festival Returns to Greater Miami and The Beaches

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME and American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Founder Jeff Friday officially announced today the return to Miami of the ABFF, June 15-19, 2016. The ABFF will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an exciting line-up of film screenings and an extensive schedule of events and networking opportunities to be announced in the months ahead. The 2016 ABFF will coincide with the GMCVB’s fourth annual Miami Film Month and includes a commitment by the ABFF to hold their annual event in Miami for the next three years.

Legacy 40 Under 40 Reception

Howard Carter III, Minca Brantley, and Kierre Hodges

Gillian Ebanks Knowles, Mikhaile Solomon, and Dexter Bridgeman

Reception Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

Nzingah Oniwosan

Fighting More Than Fires By Charles U. Phillips

About the book “Fighting More Than Fires” is the true story about the life of Miami-Dade’s first African American FireChief, Charles Phillips. This autobiography details his rise through the ranks of the Miami-Dade Fire Department to achieve the highest honor of becoming chief, only to be accused of the unthinkable. “Fighting More than Fires” is a story of betrayal, deception and perseverance. It is a compelling account of Chief Phillips’ fight to make it to the top and then having it taken away. This book can be purchased on - www. charlesuphillips.com and Amazon.com

Legacy 40 Under 40 Honorees

Connie Kinnard

Shelly-Ann Parkinson, James Jones, Kristina Bingham Jones, Asanyah Davidson and Erica Knowles-Nelson

Retired Miami-Dade Police Director Robert Parker Leaves a Legacy for Miami

Theresa Foxx becomes the chair of Florida International Banking Association (FIBA)

Former Miami-Dade Police Director Robert Parker, the Police Department’s first black police director died on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Parker served the Miami-Dade community for 33 years, retiring in 2009. Legacy magazine salutes Parker’s ongoing commitment to South Florida and his bravery in his role as the first black police director. We offer our condolences to his family and friends.

Theresa Foxx, Director and General Manager of Barclays’ Miami office, has been elected as the fifth female chair in Florida International Banking Association history. Foxx will hold this position from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. She is now responsible for maintaining a reputable network of banking and finance partnerships across the world, along with promoting FIBA’s mission of international banking education. “I plan to increase focus and raise awareness of the importance of trade finance, as well as the significance of treasury and liquidity management.” said Foxx about helping FIBA reach its goals. FIBA, the Florida-based, and globally connected non-profit trade association, includes the largest financial institutions from Europe, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.



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