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ILONA HOLMES

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When and How to Ask Your Boss for an Increase

Once Sought Justice—Now College Degrees—for All

ILONA HOLMES

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EDITOR’S NOTE

4 S  outh Florida’s Top Black Educators of 2019 6 THE BAUGHTOM LINE By Germaine Smith-Baugh

FORT LAUDERDALE CRA By Jonelle Adderley

8 CAREER LEADERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT

By Mary Davids

MEDIATION/ARBITRATION

By Stanley Zamor

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COVER STORY Retired Broward Judge Takes Reign of University of Fort Lauderdale By Michelle F. Solomon

12 VITAS HEALTHCARE

By Lyn Peugeot

14 SOCIAL MEDIA

By Dr. Tracy Timberlake

40 UNDER 40

As early as pre-school, I can remember every one of my teachers all the way through high school. Some were more influential to me than others. Mrs. Lee, for example, operated a pre-school out of her red brick home. I adored her. She was a slender, pretty brunette, who had two kids of her own. She patiently helped us with arts and crafts and prepared a mean Shepherd’s Pie for lunch. I can still smell the mix of

mashed potatoes and beef, fresh from the oven. In third grade, I was taught by Miss Smith, a black teacher in her late 20s who treated us like young adults. It was in her class that I realized math was not my strongest subject; however, I excelled in reading and writing. I didn’t have a strong black male figure in the classroom until the sixth grade. But that was only after Miss Cole, a short, mousy white woman, could no longer endure the repeated threats and taunts from 11-yearold bullies. (Of course, I wasn’t a participant. I sat back in my desk, amused by the daily spectacle.) Mr. Price replaced her midway through the school year. He didn’t play. Fully aware of Miss Cole’s demise, he blessed the class with tough love which, for some of my classmates, may have been missing at home. Then in high school, there was my math teacher Mr. Bacon, who always wore short sleeve shirts with a tie. I recall staring blankly at his chalkboard as he wrote algebraic equations. For

me, anything involving numbers was still a foreign language. It didn’t help that Mr. Bacon spent far more time tutoring the girls in our class than he did with us guys. Because of him, I barely passed high school math. In this issue of Legacy, you’ll meet our Top Black Educators of 2019. Our honorees are not only instructors but counselors, principals, and college presidents, to name a few. They are incredible forces who are molding young lives and, as my teachers did for me, creating lots of fond memories. As an educator myself, at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, I am mindful of the countless hours I spend with my students and the impact of everything I say and do around them. I can only hope that their experience in my classroom, writing news stories and filming videos, is effective and memorable to them for years to come. Russell Motley Legacy Editor-in-Chief rm@miamediagrp.com

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South Florida’s Top Black Educators of 2019

DR. HENRY L. BROWN, III

Principal Pine Ridge Education Center

DR. KATHERINE CHUNG-BRIDGES MD

STEFANIE R. BROWN, MD, FACP, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Section Chief - Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Med-Peds University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

DR. ADRIENNE COOPER

YANIQUE BRYAN

Business Education Teacher Broward County Public Schools

DR. LOUIS DASH

Assistant Professor FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Provost Florida Memorial University

Adult Assistant Principal Miami Springs Adult & Community Education Center Site Location: Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Adult

DARRELL HARDGE

ILONA HOLMES

JO ANN JONES

Educational Consultant New Dimension International

CARMELLO N. MOUSSIGNAC

President University of Fort Lauderdale

JOSHUA NEAL

Specialist, PBIS Broward County Public Schools

Secondary Principal Calvary Christian Academy Hollywood

MANOUSHKA SAINTIL

MONEEK SCOTT-MCTIER, Ed.D.

Delinquency Court Administrator Broward County Public Schools

Instructional Superintendent, Glades Region School District of Palm Beach County

Retired Teacher Miami-Dade County Public Schools

DEREK NEGRON

DR. MICHAEL CALDWELL

Professor Emeritus Nova Southeastern University

ADRIENNE TIA PAUL

DONALD E. FENNOY II, Ed.D.

DR. PASCALE CHARLOT

President, Kendall Campus Miami Dade College

LINDSEY GRANT, MBA

Specialist Broward County Public Schools

Superintendent School District of Palm Beach County

Elementary Educator (K-6)/Education Services Provider RISE Academy School of Science & Technology/ VIRTUE Tutors of Excellence

TAMARA F. LAWSON

KATHLEEN KARRAN-MCCOY

DR. CARMEN Z. MCKENZIE

Dean and Professor of Law St. Thomas University School of Law

ANDRE L. NEWTON

Principal Carol City Middle School

Assistant Director Atlantic Technical College Arthur Ashe, Jr. Campus

SUZETTE DENISE SPENCER

DR. MARIA STEVENS

Associate Dean, Library Services, Broward College Libraries Broward College

ACKIMO H. CHARLES

Assistant Principal Broward County Public Schools

Assistant Professor FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Dean of Student Development Palm Beach State College

DR. KIMBERLY L. REYNOLDS

Educator Watson B. Duncan Middle School

CLAIRE MICHELLE RICE

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics; Pediatric Hospitalist University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Interim Chair, Department of Conflict Resolution Studies College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University

GIOVANA R. THOMAS, MD, FACS

PATRICK WILLIAMS, PH.D.

Associate Professor. Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Head and Neck Oncologic and Robotic Surgery, Co-Director Fellowship Training Program in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine

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THE BAUGHTOM LINE REPORT

Improve Mental Health In Schools to Prevent More Tragedies

BY GERMAINE SMITH-BAUGH, ED.D.

It’s often said that mental illness has no boundaries. Even our youngest people aren’t spared. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, half of all individuals suffering from mental illness report that their conditions surfaced by age 14. The figures climb to 75 percent by age 24, and those numbers are even higher for AfricanAmericans who are 20 percent more likely

to experience mental health issues than the rest of the population. For our students, undiagnosed or inadequately treated mental health conditions can impact their ability to develop, learn, and grow. That’s why we need to provide more mental health services in our community. Our approach to treatment also needs to change in favor of trying new and innovative programs. Let’s first focus on schools. Schools serve as a unique opportunity for identifying early warning signs of a developing mental health condition and in linking students to effective treatment services while they are on campus. The issue hits home for us in Broward County. Last year’s Parkland school shooting caused mental health trauma far beyond that tragic day, including the recent suicides of two current and former students from the same school. We know school budgets are stretched thin, but we need to press harder and find

a way to develop stronger school-based mental health services. Our schools need more trained community mental health professionals to help reduce the confusion and isolation experienced by youth with mental health conditions. There are also holistic ways to deliver services. In Baltimore and elsewhere, disruptive students do meditation and yoga as part of a way to manage their emotions through breathing practices and discussion with counselors. The programs are a replacement for disciplining students, particularly K-12 African-American students who are nearly four times more likely to be suspended than white students and nearly twice as likely to be expelled as white students. For us at the Urban League of Broward County, we have yet another way to help students find inner peace and resolve conflicts. Our Health Youth Transitions “The Village” program is designed to empower, educate, and provide opportunities for

youth ages 10-17 to serve as leaders. Participants benefit from mentoring, counseling services, educational and career exploration, and other activities. What’s even more unique about our program is that it has dedicated mental health services professionals who work with our youth. We’re grateful to Children’s Services Council of Broward County for funding and recognizing the need for the program. As a community, we have to work harder to cultivate, support, and treat students dealing with mental illness. If we don’t, we’ll have more unfortunate tragedies. The Baughtom Line is this: An alarming amount of students – up to 80 percent who may need mental health treatment and others forms of assistance never receive it. This needs to change. Let’s find the resources to make sure our schools have sufficient mental health services so all students are able to thrive. n

FORT LAUDERDALE CRA

Fort Lauderdale CRA Incentives Spark New Development Boom on Sistrunk Corridor Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency, which utilizes earmarked property tax dollars to reinvest back into the neighborhoods near Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Groundbreaking ceremony of Smitty’s Wings

BY JONELLE ADDERLEY

The once-lively Sistrunk corridor is experiencing a rebirth with a plethora of new development underway and in the pipeline. Much needed investment is pouring into the neighborhood with projects such as SIX13, a mixed-use development featuring 142 workforce apartments; Smitty’s Wings, an eat-in wings restaurant with a sports bar; and a new Comfort Suites hotel. The three projects received financial incentives or subsidies from the Fort

Sistrunk Corridor A number of incentives have been awarded by the CRA to bolster new development and redevelopment on the Sistrunk corridor. In May 2019, the Board of Commissioners approved a $3 million incentive award to Avenue D ‘Arts FLL, LLC for the development of a Comfort Suites hotel. The new hotel, to be located at the N.W. corner of Avenue of the Arts and N.W. 3rd Street, is within walking distance from the Brightline-Virgin train

station and the first hotel project west of the Florida East Coast Railway. The fivestory hotel will include 100 suites, a pool, a fitness center, and 63 parking spaces. Currently under construction is SIX13, a six story mixed-use building with 142 one and two bedroom apartments, 197 garage parking spaces, and 5,991 square feet of ground floor restaurant and commercial space. Developed by the Affiliated Development, this project represents a capital investment of approximately $42 million and will serve as an important catalyst to spur essential social and economic improvements along the historic Sistrunk corridor. The CRA provided a $7 million incentive to assist with financing. Smitty’s Wings is also under construction. The locally owned and operated restaurant will specialize in signature chicken wings and flavorful sauces while creating a dining destination and job opportunities for residents. Renovations will include interior and exterior improvements. Examples of the improvements are a new kitchen, seating

for 50 patrons, a bar and an outdoor patio. Smitty’s Wings is owned and operated by former State Senator Christopher L. Smith and wife LaDesorae Giles-Smith. The CRA provided $350,000 in incentives towards the project to enhance business development. Additional new developments underway on Sistrunk Boulevard include a brewery, video gaming center, and new YMCA. In the works: a blues club and a commercial office building. The CRA offers a variety of incentive programs. The objective of the incentives is to attract private investment, encourage economic growth, job creation and enhance the quality of life for citizens within the CRA area. Incentives are available to assist property owners, developers and businesses with new construction projects or to make improvements on existing non-residential and mixed-use properties. Incentives for home improvements are also available. Visit www.fortlauderdalecra. com for more information. n


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CAREER LEADERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT

When, How, and Why You Should Ask for a Raise

BY MARY DAVIDS Asking for a raise can be tough, especially if you don’t know where to start. Of course you may deserve a raise, but if you don’t build up the guts to ask for it, chances are you won’t get it. There are two distinct fears people have when asking for a raise:

1. Fear of rejection 2. Fear of conflict The good news is you can prepare for both these scenarios. Here are some tips to help you start the conversation. When: While there is never a perfect time to ask for more money, it is important to check the temperature of your work environment before approaching your boss. It’s best to avoid asking for more when there have been recent layoffs or if you hear a lot of chatter about cutbacks and expense reporting issues. Once you’re certain you can articulate the fact that you have consistently delivered quality work (noting special projects or highperformance results) you can start outlining your approach strategy. How: Always start the conversation with a history lesson. It is important to lead with success stories that remind

your boss just how valuable you are to the company. Share how you contributed to the organization and how you intend on continuing to deliver great work in the future. Stay on topic. Don’t veer off into talking about your financial woes. Making it too personal will take the focus off how the company can benefit by further investing in you. If you are successful in your request, be sure to get the terms in writing if possible. Should there be a denial of your request, make sure to get a timeline to follow up and conditions that need to be met. Why: It is crucial you make negotiating your salary part of your career development strategy. Your worth is your work, and your bank account is proof that others value that work. Not every employer will be willing to compensate you the way they should, but it is 100 percent up to you, and

only you, to take control of your career. Continue to deliver results that can’t be disputed when the time comes for you to have that necessary conversation. You can’t get what you don’t ask for. Make it your annual goal to continue adding skills and knowledge as you build your career. Let your work speak for you whenever you are faced with a situation requiring you to defend your value.

Mary V. Davids is an executive career and leadership development coach and owner of D&M Consulting Services, LLC. For more career tips and advice visit www.marydavids.comor follow @ MVDavids on Instagram or Twitter. n

MEDIATION/ARBITRATION

When ‘Pre-Suit Mediation’ Works in Your Favor

BY STANLEY ZAMOR

It happened again. Their worn-out disappointed faces told the entire story when I announced to the plaintiffs that the defendants stated they were done mediating and intended to file for bankruptcy; so they’ll take their chances in court. The plaintiffs’ corporate representative leaned back and said, “We should have resolved this matter a year ago. It would have saved us thousands. Now we’re stuck, and even if we win at trial, it’s just a piece of paper and

we recover nothing. At least last year we could have gotten something… and maybe even saved this venture.” The cost and complexities of litigation are rarely understood until you’re engaged in it. Litigation is similar to an iceberg—only 30 percent of the iceberg is seen, yet many decisions made are with that limited viewpoint. The most dangerous part of the iceberg, the mass below the waterline, is rarely considered until it’s too late. And no matter how you try to maneuver, there is no avoiding the inevitable. Lawsuits are similar to a large vessel, set on a course where you have no control. However, “pre-suit mediation” is an option available before filing a lawsuit. What is Pre-suit Mediation? Pre-suit mediation offers both sides an opportunity to voluntarily negotiate in a private conference before filing a lawsuit. A mediator facilitates the conference and encourages exploring resolutions. Both sides can choose to have legal representation present. At the end of the conference, they may enter into a negotiated written agreement.

When? A pre-suit mediation can take place at any time before a lawsuit is filed. Why Pre-Suit Mediation? Cost: Many like Pre-suit mediation because they see a considerable cost saving. The mediator’s time is the only cost and is typically split between the parties. Control: Unlike in court, the disputing parties have complete control of the outcome. Less Stress: Pre-suit mediation is informal and does not have the same level of stress as litigation. Pre-suit mediation is also free from the rules of court. Time: Pre-suit mediation usually takes hours to negotiate a resolution, while court can take months or years before a resolution is reached. Is It Right for Me? Maybe. Pre-suit mediation is best for certain types of disputes where the cost, time and uncertainty of litigation must be

considered. Every situation is different so you’ll have to weigh your options and the risks of litigation. Also, pre-suit mediation is often beneficial when the parties need to preserve the relationship. There are various situations where there is a long standing relationship in place, or the industry that the parties work in is small and having a long drawn out lawsuit harms their position or reputation in that industry. Stanley Zamor is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit/Family/County Mediator & Primary Trainer and Qualified Arbitrator. Zamor serves on several federal and state mediation/ arbitration rosters and mediates with the Agree2Disagree (ATD) Mediation Group. As an ADR consultants he regularly lectures on a variety of topics from ethics, cross-cultural issues, diversity, bullying, and Family/Business relationships. szamor@effectivemediationconsultants.com www.effectivemediationconsultants.com www.LinkedIn.com/in/stanleyzamoradr 954-261-8600 n


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Retired Broward Judge Takes Reign of University of Fort Lauderdale BY MICHELLE F. SOLOMON

If Ilona M. Holmes has anything do with it, and she will, in five years the University of Fort Lauderdale will be one of the preeminent schools in the state of Florida. Holmes, 60, spent only six days in retirement after retiring in January as a Broward Circuit Court judge for 24 years. It was then she assumed her new role as president of the UFTL. Holmes said she isn’t surprised that the school doesn’t have much name recognition, but she’s hoping to change that. Previously known as Plantation Christian University, UFTL is located in what was previously a Winn Dixie plaza just off State Route 7 on Northwest Sixteenth Street, in Lauderhill. Its campus is 11,856 square feet of classrooms, offices, a chapel and lecture hall, and library. “The university is 24 years old,” said Holmes, adding that she first became involved with the school’s board at the request of her pastor, Dr. Henry B. Fernandez, who founded the school and Plantation Christian Worship Center, which is now The Faith Center Ministries. “He saw me after church one Sunday and said, ‘God told me to birth a university.’ And I looked at him and I said, ‘A school? A college?’ And he said, ‘No, a university and I want you to be on my board.’ And that’s how it all started.” The university was tied, for a time, to the church, which was based in the converted shopping center in Lauderhill, but when the ministry and its congregation moved in 2002 from Sixteenth Street to its current home in the former Sunrise Musical Theater, the school began taking on its own identity. However, in the last 17 years, the school was static with low student enrollment and little funding. It was in jeopardy of closing. Holmes had been chairing the university’s board of trustees, and with her work educating judges while on the bench and as part of the Faculty Council of the National Judicial

UFTL President Ilona M. Holmes stands in the hallway of her 11,856 square-foot school in Lauderhill.

that number. College, of which she will become She began on a case-bychair elect in the coming year, she was case basis, accepting students a perfect fit for the presidency. under Florida’s Once again, Amendment 4 Fernandez, initiative, which who remains was implemented the school’s “He saw me after church one on Jan. 8, 2019. chancellor Sunday and said, ‘God told The new law not and chief only grants voting executive officer, me to birth a university.’ And rights to former approached I looked at him and I said, ‘A without her. This time, school? A college?’ And he said, felons murder or felony it was to ask ‘No, a university and I want you sex convictions but her to become president. to be on my board.’ And that’s opens the doors for those who might “I said, how it all started.” otherwise be turned ‘Ok. Let me down by institutions steer this in the of higher learning. right direction,’” “I interview them personally and Holmes shared. they have to be determined,” she said. At its lowest enrollment, UFTL “I’m a former judge, so there’s no had 37 students, but has had as many getting by me.” Holmes already has as 250. Currently, about 100 students two students in the program. attend UFTL, which is mostly made UFTL awards associate degrees in up of commuters and those taking ministry and business administration, online courses. Her focus is on raising

as well as bachelor’s degrees in management, marketing, criminal justice, healthcare administration, and others. It also maintains a school of ministry. Graduate programs in divinity and business administration offer master’s degrees. Its doctoral program currently focuses on ministry studies. By the one-year anniversary of her presidency, she wants enrollment up to 300, and in the next five years, up to 1,500 students with more international students. The university plans to nurture competitive men and women’s sports teams, as well. Holmes said perhaps her biggest dream come true would be to open the UFTL Law School. “That’s when I’ll step down as president and become law school dean,” she said. n


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VITAS HEALTHCARE

Mistrust in Healthcare Leads to Low Hospice Use Rates Among African Americans

BY LYN PEUGEOT, MSN, RN

Hospice is a philosophy of care rooted in equal opportunity. Available to any American diagnosed with six or fewer months to live, hospice offers a chance for dying individuals to retain comfort and dignity, and to spend more time among loved ones near the end of life — regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sexuality. However, codifying access to a service for all people does not guarantee equal accessibility — especially when it

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comes to Black communities and other communities of color. As a senior clinical nurse educator and national speaker for VITAS® Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, I have spent nearly a decade educating various communities about the benefits of hospice and advance care planning. Many of these are communities of color, where mistrust in healthcare has led to alarmingly low hospice utilization rates. Only 8.3 percent of hospice patients identified as African American in 2016, while Caucasian patients represented 86.5 percent. Sadly, this lack of trust is not surprising. The systemic abuse of racial and ethnic minorities in healthcare is an unfortunate part of our nation’s history. As recently as the 1960s, segregation was the norm throughout many U.S. hospital systems. It wasn’t until 1972, that the government ended its experimentation on African-American men in the infamous “Tuskegee Experiment” syphilis study. Aside from institutional mistrust, cultural and religious differences can create a barrier to hospice access. The

Pew Research Center found that African Americans are more religious than other racial or ethnic groups, with about 75 percent saying they pray daily and nearly half attending weekly church services. In many churches of color, especially evangelical “mega churches,” the messaging around sickness is that only God knows the day and hour, and when our time is at hand, any intervention beyond prayer is testing His will. Hospice educators like me spend plenty of time navigating through these types of situations. When we arrive to share a message, we must first act as students, learning the unique values and concerns that guide each community. Only then can we bridge the divide between our thought process and theirs. We can help those with religious aversions to end-of-life care understand that hospice doesn’t detract from God’s work. After all, patients have to cease curative treatment before being admitted to hospice care. Hospice’s compassionate focus is on making the most of the time a patient has left, not artificially altering that time.

Many families of color already opt to provide care at home to their loved ones with advanced illnesses. Introducing hospice provides patients with clinical care, while the patients’ caregivers receive the education and emotional support to help them take care of their loved one, along with numerous hospice benefits covered by the Medicare hospice benefit. Starting conversations about advance planning early can help patients and families maintain dignity and decisionmaking, even as they are required to relinquish some level of control. Starting the dialogue isn’t easy, but by educating communities of color about end-of-life care, we can assist our brothers and sisters in taking control of how they receive care while encouraging access to healthcare at all stages of life. Lyn Peugeot, MSN, RN, is senior clinical nurse educator for VITAS® Healthcare in Broward. For more information about end-of-life care, call VITAS Healthcare at (866) 759-6695 or visit VITAS.com. n

South Florida Family of Young Musicians Debuts Children’s Book to Fund String Instruments for Underprivileged Children

BY ANN MARIE SORRELL

Siblings Cameren Anai Williams, Musiq Williams, and Eusebius ‘EJ’ Williams recently debuted their new children’s book entitled “KinderLute” at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach. “KinderLute: A Young Musician’s Guide to Taking Care of String Instruments” was written by the siblings and proceeds from book sales will benefit The CamAnai

Strings Foundation. KinderLute gained national acclaim prior to launching the book. In February, the book won the Audience Choice Award for the Inaugural Sphinx Tank event in Detroit, MI. KinderLute was also the April Pick for rising project in 21CM Pop Picks, a publication that highlights guest curators, innovators, organizations and projects advancing our art form, each month. Although the Williams siblings have very different personalities, they share the same interests of playing instruments, singing, and making sure their instruments are properly cared for. This passion led them to write KinderLute, a step-by-step guide that teaches children the importance of caring for their instrument in a fun, yet educational way. All book proceeds will go toward the purchase of quality string instruments for families who can’t afford them. The CamAnai Strings Foundation’s mission is devoted to providing string instruments to talented young, aspiring

musicians in need. It was founded in 2014 by then 14-year-old violist Cameren Anai Williams. Cameren found her passion for the viola at the age of 10 when her mother purchased a viola to play in addition to her violin. Although Cameren was extremely talented, she initially lacked the resources to purchase a quality instrument. Thanks to her grandmother, Eunice “Nana” Locke, and donations from other family members, Cameren was able to purchase a 1980 “Kinu Inge” traditional 16 and a half viola made by Hiroshi Iizuka. Continuing her passion for music, Cameren now attends The Juilliard School in New York City. Musiq, who plays the cello, is in fifth grade. EJ, who plays the violin, is in first grade at U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts. After funds were raised to purchase her viola, Cameren began to wonder how talented children like herself were able to buy instruments of good quality without having a “Nana” or the support of family and friends. This led her to begin the

journey of collecting string instruments (e.g., violin, viola, cello, bass), repairing them, and donating them to students of local elementary schools, after-school programs, and orchestras within South Florida. “We continue to instill in our children the importance of the universal language of music while instilling the importance of sharing this gift with others,” said Erika Locke-Williams, mother of the siblings. KinderLute can be purchased on Amazon in both e-book and paperback. KinderLute will be available at Barnes & Noble in July 2019. The Juilliard Bookstore in Manhattan will be stocking KinderLute in June 2019. A web adaptation of KinderLute will be available via the Classical Kids Storytime with American Public Media in Fall 2019. For more information on The CamAnai Strings Foundation, visit www. camanaistrings.org, or email cameren@ camanaistrings.org. n


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Miramar Makes the Grade for Business and Education

Nova Southeastern University and Broward College share space with the Broward County Library at Miramar Town Center.

“With so many schools located within our city limits, Miramar offers convenient solutions for our families, employers and workforce alike.” Shaun Gayle, Assistant City Manager | City Spokesperson Employers, executives and families who have studied Florida’s best cities when looking for a place to build a business or make a home have come to the same conclusion: From kindergarten to grad school, the grade schools, colleges, universities and technical programs in Miramar pass with flying colors. Learning is a path to success in Miramar. The city’s public and charter schools offer a combination of the respected International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors programs. Almost a dozen colleges and universities provide undergraduate, graduate and/or postgraduate education. For employers, partnerships and programs between the city and educators help ensure that local schools provide workforce training ideally suited to almost any employer’s needs. A memorandum of understanding with Florida International University enhances workforce and leadership training as part of the City of Miramar Leadership Academy. The city’s Business Inclusion Diversity Program works with schools and businesses to match students with internship and apprenticeship programs and to increase employer participation in city contracts. Educational offerings include programs to serve non-traditional students who work during the day and attend college or technical school at night. “You can’t get ahead in the 21st Century economy without an education that starts in kindergarten and continues through college,” says Assistant City Manager Shaun Gayle. “With so many schools located within our city limits, Miramar offers convenient solutions for our families, employers and workforce alike.”

Whether you have a child in grade school, workers in need of skills training or leaders in development, educational options available in Miramar ensure robust learning is close to home. Accredited Preschool: The city’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program — VPK — provides free APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment) pre-K education for 4- and 5-year-olds at four city locations. High Schools: Public high schools like Miramar High School and Everglades High School and Somerset Academy Charter High School offer AP, Honors and/or IB programs. Colleges & Universities: Traditional, online and hybrid learning options are provided at Broward College, Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University, DeVry University, Strayer University, University of Phoenix and Chamberlain University. HOW ARTS AND LEARNING DRIVE BUSINESS

Miramar leaders long ago made the connection between childhood learning, the arts and future success. At the Miramar Cultural Center, School Day Matinees and Student Enrichment Shows bring literature, science and math to life via onstage performances. “Cultural Start” provides students a “passport” that takes them through various countries and/or continents to explore food, customs, dance, music and literature. The Miramar Community Theatre involves 8th through 12th graders in every facet of staging of a full theatrical production. “The arts are an important step to children being well rounded,” says Gayle. “Our programs help develop children in a holistic way.”

Learn more at MiramarFL.gov or call 1-877-WHY-MIRAMAR (949-6472).

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Entrepreneur Vs. Intrapreneur

BY DR. TRACY TIMBERLAKE

Being an entrepreneur seems to be the new “it” thing. It is trendy. And successful entrepreneurs are viewed as rock stars in the business world. You can’t open any social media channel without having one of them appear on your feed. But let’s be honest, not everyone is cut out to be a solo-venture kind of individual. Merriam-Webster defines an entrepreneur

as a person “who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.” They create the product, curate the launch plan, secure the resources, and execute the strategy – and all within the resources that they themselves can acquire. In other words, it’s a lot of risk and responsibility when you are your own business. This is no small feat. As such, not everyone desires to or has the resources that allow them to forsake all and take the trek down the long, winding road of solo start-up life. So, for the millions who are attracted to entrepreneurship, but not all of the risk that comes with it, enter something called intraprenuership. What is an intrapreneur? These are individuals who get to operate like entrepreneurs, but within an existing organization. This means they get to do similar things with regards to product development and launch plans but under the umbrella of a larger brand. An added benefit to this includes the fact that they also get to use the larger brand’s resources,

which is significant, especially when capital is concerned. Further, large corporations are recognizing the need to foster entrepreneurial spirit within their organizations. Companies like Facebook, 3M, and Google all value the innovation that has come from allowing their employees to operate as entrepreneurs within the walls of the company. When companies create environments that celebrate and appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit, intrapreneurs can flourish. Time and time again this has proven to be a very valuable asset, and everyone from company to consumer gets to reap the benefits. As you can see, both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs are cut from the same cloth. They are creative, passionate, proactive, and like to exercise elements of control over their own projects. They simply operate in two different contexts, and society needs them both to contribute. Personally, I believe the vast

majority of people have at least some entrepreneurial essence inside of them. Remember, corporation was a product of the 18th century industrial revolution. Prior to that, most people learned an entrepreneurial trade and joined the family business. But having worked with thousands of entrepreneurs, I know that it is not always easy. If you are someone who has the drive of an entrepreneur, but are not ready to venture off on your own, or perhaps you have no desire to leave an industry or job you love, finding space within your organization to exercise your entrepreneurial skills may be a win-win situation. So, entrepreneur or intrapreneur? Which one are you? Dr. Tracy Timberlake is an awardwinning digital business coach for entrepreneurs and influencers. n

40 UNDER 40

We Must Take Stance Against Food Inequality Among African-American Communities

BY DR. ALEXIA Q. ROLLE

Racial inequality, oppression, and discrimination have been some of the key ingredients in keeping African Americans in a disadvantaged cycle. This imbalance has been visible in labor markets, accessibility to housing, and the education system. 2019 has been eye opening regarding how strategically oppressed Black communities have been and remain when

it comes to food insecurity — the “limited availability and/or the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious foods.” As a young black girl, I never found it disturbing that “corner stores” (i.e. gas stations), fast food spots, and liquor stores were more readily accessible in my community than a quality grocery store. That was my norm. However, food insecurity is a serious threat to the black community because areas that do not have access to quality nutritional food have been impacted with chronic health problems such as heart disease, hyperlipidemia, obesity, high blood pressure, and poor mental health. According to “Slave Food: The Impact of Unhealthy Eating Habits on the Black Community,” approximately 47.8 percent of African Americans are obese compared to 32.6 percent of Whites. Also, 35.1 percent of African-American children ages 2 to 19 are overweight. These numbers suggest that we

continually expose our children to unhealthy eating habits that can eventually lead to shorter life spans because of chronic health issues occurring at early stages of life. The survival of our community is completely aligned with the legacy we leave for our children to follow. While I thoroughly enjoy the good ole soul food I grew up on with my grandmother, mother, and aunts — hooking up smothered pork chops with yellow rice, greens (collards to be exact), Mac & Cheese, and please don’t forget the cornbread — there needs to be a shift of understanding and appreciation for the evolution of soul food. We can enjoy the finer aspects of soul food but must leave the legacy of “slave food” behind. Gone are the days when we had to eat slave masters’ scraps because that was the only thing on which we had to survive. We are empowered now to take a stance to not allow the system to strategically kills us off based on unavailability of quality food. We have a responsibility to place

pressure on local elected officials to advocate for grocery stores that provide items of nutritional value that are available in other communities where people don’t look like us. There is equal responsibility on our behalf as well to put in the work needed to change our eating habits and be more creative in combating oppressive systems designed to destroy our quality of living through limited food access.

Alexia Q. Rolle is president of the Legacy 40 Under 40 executive board, chairwoman of the Black Professionals Network board, director of operations for DIBIA DREAM, Inc. and director of Career & Technical Education at Miami Dade College. Henri A. LaSane, MPS, Youth Advocate & Education Consultant, contributed to this commentary. n


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BROWARD BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Celebrate National Black Business Month by Supporting Black Chamber

BY SHAHEEWA JARRETT GELIN, ESQ.

August is recognized as National Black Business Month and celebrated in many places around the country. In 2004, J. Frederick E. Jordan, owner of an engineering and construction management company in California, teamed up with John William Templeton, president and executive editor of an educational publishing company, to have August recognized as National Black Business Month. Jordan found it difficult to finance his company and acquire contracts when he first started in 1969. Because of his experience,

he knew the particular difficulties black business faced in government and private contracting, especially during the 1960s. In a June 2010 article, he said, “It’s very difficult for black businesses to survive. Their obstacles are enormous,” Jordan said, recognizing that roadblocks still exist well after the 1960s. As a Chamber, it is our job to advocate for equitable policies so our members can win contracts in the public and private sectors. It is also our job to promote our member companies to make it easier for consumers to identify and support them. As a community, we should understand the vital need for every single community to thrive, with job opportunities and business centers. If we are to progress, we should progress together. In honor of National Black Business Month: 1. Watch BOSS: The Black Experience in Business – This PBS special aired on April 23, 2019 and according to PBS, revealed the untold story of African-American entrepreneurship where skill, industriousness,

ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation’s economic and social growth — https://www.pbs.org/wnet/boss/

2. Use Chamber Online Directory – The online directory lists members by industry. Use it. You will find lawyers, wealth managers, insurance agents, staffing agencies, a janitorial company, a pharmacy (that delivers also), photographers, AC tech, a glass installation company, consultants, and even a tutor. If you have any questions, call (954) 419-6557. We are more than happy to find a business for you. 3. Join Us on the Broward Black Business Tour – We are excited to showcase four businesses in August, so join us as we travel around town eating, drinking, and learning about small, black businesses in different parts of the county. Each of the events will be held 6 p.m.-8pm.: August 2 - Dr. Thelma Tennie, clinical sexologist - 4699 State Road 7, B1, Tamarac, Fla. 33319

August 12 - Derek Olivier, One Market Real Estate, 7401 Wiles Road, Suite 207, Coral Springs, Fla. 33067 August 23 - Dr. Anthony Adkins, Atlas Smiles, 12331 SW 3rd Street, Suite 450, Plantation, Fla. 33325 August 28 - Wine Tasting: Mike & Chef Judith Able, Swirl Wine Bistro, 1435 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Fla. 33063

Get involved. Take the opportunity to meet people, have a different experience, and learn about a new business. Our business owners are competent and experienced entrepreneurs. We expect you to walk away from the tour with a connection that will last well beyond August. Visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information.

Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin, Esq. is president and founder of Broward County Black Chamber of Commerce. n

BROWARD HEALTH

HIV Affects All Age Groups BY JENNIFER SMITH

The fight against HIV/AIDS has come a long way since the 1980s. While we work toward the cure, living with the virus has changed, and so has the face of HIV. Today, treatments are very effective. People who take their HIV medications every day can live longer and better quality lives. They can reach viral suppression, which means the virus cannot be detected. During this stage, although they still have HIV, they have close to a 0 percent chance of passing the virus to others. They are also less likely to get infections or cancers. HIV was once seen as a terminal illness. But now older adults who have been living with HIV for decades have the same health concerns as others their age. “They face the same issues that all people do with aging,” said Vanessa

at Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center. “This includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, stroke, etc.” Reducing HIV transmission is still a top concern for Rojas and Broward Health. “South Florida continues to have the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses per capita in the nation,” she said. To prevent the spread of HIV, individuals should: ● Use a condom during sex. ● Learn their risk. Risky sexual behaviors and sharing needles or other tools used to inject drugs are two of the most common ways HIV is spread. Vanessa Rojas, M.D. is a family medicine physician at ● Consider Pre-Exposure Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center. Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication Rojas, M.D., a family medicine to prevent HIV. physician who treats patients in the ● Tell partners about their positive Comprehensive Family AIDS Program

HIV status. ● Get tested. Rojas also encourages people to remember that HIV affects all age groups. One in six cases in the U.S. is a person older than 50. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 13 to 64 years old get tested for HIV at least once. People at high risk should get tested more often. “It’s very important for people to get tested for HIV,” Dr. Rojas said. “People can get sick when they don’t know they are HIV positive, and many of these sicknesses could be avoided or reversed. Free HIV/AIDS testing is available through Broward Health Community Health Services and Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center. Visit gettested.cdc.gov for other locations. n


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ABOUT TOWN United Way of Broward County’s 7th Annual ReadingPals Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, May 30, 2019, at Signature Grand in Davie

UNILATINA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE MAKES ITS HOME IN MIRAMAR

Focus on entrepreneurial, holistic education draws students from around the globe. Unilatina International College (UIC), located in the Miramar Park of Commerce, is a microcosm of the City of Miramar—international, culturally diverse, and vibrant. This small, family-owned private college offers associate and bachelor degree programs in business, travel & tourism, and communications & media—all with a unique focus on entrepreneurship. Its Unilatina Language Institute offers an English as a Second Language diploma program, as well TOEFL preparation courses, and intensive English and Spanish programs. UIC a�racts students from around the world, who are drawn to its unique holistic approach to education, its entrepreneurial curriculum focus and its dynamic Miramar location. Lydia Bautista is the president of UIC, and manages the educational institution with her four daughters, Angelica, Marcela, Lina Maria, and Liliana Moyano, all accomplished and experienced professionals and educators in their own right. Founded in 2000 by Lydia’s husband, Alberto Moyano Ferrer, who passed away in 2004, Lydia and her daughters have worked to carry on the legacy of his holistic approach to education—a full mind/spirit/body curriculum that includes classes in yoga, tai chi, and healthy living.

Jack & Jill Children’s Center

Lydia Bautista, president of UIC, and daughters

UIC serves the international community, with students from Bangladesh, Romania, Macedonia, Vietnam, and local students from Miramar. “That’s why our Unilatina Language Institute is such an integral part of our program,” said Marcela. “Learning English opens the doors for our students to learn the entrepreneurial skills to own their own business.”

Dave Lawrence, Madeleine Thakur, and Dannie Augustin

Unilatina partners with the City of Miramar to host their Entrepreneurial Hour Conference, an annual event that focuses on topics such as future of business, team building, networking and success stories from entrepreneurs. Proceeds from the event benefit a scholarship fund to help Miramar students a�end UIC. “We have also worked with the Community Garden staff and with the Police Department” said Marcela. “It’s a wonderful community to be a part of— Miramar is such a perfect fit for us, and our students.”

For more information, visit www.unilatina.edu

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LEGACY BRIEFS to the cause of social justice. After working for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, she was recruited personally by Holland & Knight’s legendary founder, Chesterfield Smith. She was named a partner in 1986, becoming one of the firm’s first minority partners and the first black woman partner of a major law firm in Florida.

ED PONDER NAMED MANAGER OF THE BETSY Ed Ponder has been promoted to Hotel Manager at The Betsy South Beach, Greater Miami’s only four-

MDCC HIRES MATTHEW PIGATT Lee

Communications with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. Ponder

star and four-diamond boutique hotel. Ponder had served as The Betsy’s director of food and beverage since 2018. He joined hotel in 2011. “People choose to stay at The Betsy and I try to lead the team to exceed their expectations,” said Ponder. Ponder previously worked in leadership roles at The Delano and The National Hotel, The Grand Bay Hotel and the Hyatt Regency Miami.

GMCVB NAMES DEBRA LEE DIRECTOR OF SALES The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed Debra Lee as Director of Sales for the Southeast, Southwest, West and Caribbean markets. Lee comes to the position after a strong tenure of 20 years in sales, marketing and public relations with a specific concentration in the Caribbean and Latin American markets. Lee has forged a career in the travel industry, working with key travel companies such as American Airlines, AA Vacations and Travelport. Most recently, she served as the Business Development Officer for the Jamaica Tourist Board. Within her role at the GMCVB, Lee will play a crucial part in further developing relationships with travel advisors in top feeder markets within the U.S. and Caribbean territories. Lee holds a degree from the University of Miami in

MARILYN HOLIFIELD RECEIVES DADE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION’S HIGHEST AWARD Holland & Knight partner Marilyn Holifield was recently honored with the 2019 David W. Dyer Professionalism Award, the highest award given by the Dade County Bar Association.

Holifield

The David W. Dyer Professionalism Award was established in 1997 and is given to a lawyer or judge whose conduct reflects the “integrity, humility, compassion, and professionalism” displayed by Judge David Dyer. Holifield practices in the general litigation area, with a specific emphasis on representing corporate clients. Her practice includes employment, business litigation, corporate governance, trade secrets, covenants-not-to-compete, class action and intellectual property litigation. Holifield has a storied legacy of leadership in the Miami community and has dedicated much of her life

Pigatt

The Miami-Dade County Chamber of Commerce has hired Matthew Pigatt as the Minority & Small Business Enterprise Manager. Pigatt is responsible for providing technical assistance to businesses located in Miami-Dade County and coordinating the Chamber’s micro-loan program. The MDCC provides Miami-Dade County business with $5,000-$25,000 in loans at an 8 percent interest rate based upon personal and business financials. No credit check is needed. If you have a business that needs access to capital, contact Pigatt at the Mpigatt@m-dcc.org.

Foster

Cultural Center, one of only three libraries in the United States with specialized archival collections dedicated to the study of the culture and history of African Americans and others of African descent. The two other institutions with this focus are the aforementioned Schomburg Center and the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History within the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Foster holds two masters degrees, one in Library and Information Studies and a second in American Studies, with a concentration in African-American Popular Culture. Her accomplishments include devising and securing funding for innovative, digital humanities projects such as Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis as well as establishing a groundbreaking web archiving program for the Schomburg Center. Foster has spoken on wide variety of topics, including social justice, historical literacy, digital collections, and adult learning. She is a contributor to top industry publications such as Library Management and Library Journal. n

MAKIBA FOSTER APPOINTED LIBRARY MANAGER Makiba Foster has been named the new Library Regional Manager for the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale. Foster comes to the Broward County Libraries Division from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library located in Harlem, where she served as the assistant chief librarian. Foster will manage the AfricanAmerican Research Library and

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