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"Providing News/Information and Connecting Florida’s Black Affuencers and Infuencers"

Power Issue

Introducing South Florida's Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2016

Jim Berry Sports Anchor WFOR-TV, CBS4

David Duckenfield President Balsera Communications

Lisa Hogan, Esquire Executive Director & CEO Chrysler Minority Dealers Association, Inc.

A Historical Perspective on Liberty City Legacy Power Couples Legacy Salutes the Regions Top Black Public Relations Professionals And More...

Abigail Price-Williams, Esq. County Attorney Miami-Dade County


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CHAIRMAN’S REPORT By Chairman Jean Monestime

We Must Stop the Violence in Our Neighborhoods

Chairman Jean Monestime Miami-Dade County Commission The tragic death of 6-year-old King Carter has shaken our community to its core. Family members, neighbors and civic leaders are raising their voices in unison. They are demanding an end to the epidemic of drive-by shootings and gun violence that have claimed so many young victims over the past year.

King Carter’s name has joined the tragic ranks of a long list of deceased youngsters in our community. His death was particularly appalling because of his young age, and it demonstrated a horrendous disregard for human life. The perpetrators of this heinous murder were not foreign terrorists. The shooters were our children using weapons of destruction to apparently settle juvenile disputes. This scourge of deadly violence is a disgrace that demands our utmost attention. We simply cannot allow our children to continue on this path of destruction. I’m pleased that the Miami-Dade Police Department is working with local, state and federal law enforcement and other community partners to identify and arrest these shooters. Every arrest potentially breaks the chain of vengeance killings. But this problem is not isolated to a select group of wayward individuals, and it will not be resolved by filling the jails. The Community Relations Board is conducting a number of forums throughout

the community to engage youth in speaking up about this culture of violence that is destroying the peace of our neighborhoods. We need to understand the roots of this nihilism, this sense that life is meaningless and life itself has no value. We need to listen carefully, and hope to learn how responsible citizens can collectively respond to this deadly societal disease. As Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commission, I have reviewed past government efforts and invited the County Mayor to provide us an update of the “Joint Roundtable on Youth Safety Community Action Plan” that he prepared with the Superintendent of Schools, Alberto Carvalho. In the implementation update, it is clearly recommended that more resources need to be dedicated to Youth Services programs. Securing the resources for these and other specialized intervention programs to combat youth violence is my number one budget priority. The professionals at the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department know

the at-risk individuals and families who are in need of programmatic intervention. And we know many of the programs that can make a difference in the lives of very troubled youth, including Operation Restoration and the Chaplaincy Program. We need to expand the scope of successful youth programs and provide family therapy resources. The trouble usually begins in the home, and as the Mayor’s update sadly noted: “Due to the overwhelming need for family therapy, there is a constant waiting list for evidence-based services in Miami-Dade County.” This has to change. Ending the scourge of violence will require the active participation of all our residents. With the proper resources, I believe our communities can begin to turn the tide against this deadly plague. That’s why funding the programs that work to curb gun violence should be our top budget priority, and I invite concerned citizens throughout the County to get involved and make your voices heard.


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Introducing South Florida's Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2016

Keshia N. Abraham, PhD Dean of Arts and Sciences/ Director of International Education Florida Memorial University

William "DC" Clark President of ICARE (Inner City Alumni for Responsible Education Dynamic Consulting Solutions

W. Ajibola Balogun, REM, CFEA City Manager City of West Park

Jim Berry Sports Anchor WFOR-TV, CBS4

Harold Cummings Tangela Cummings Co-Owner/CEO Co-Owner Event Designer & Design South Producer Florida/Drummerboy Sound Design South Florida

Andre Boyd Sr. Senior Vice President and CEO Jackson North Medical Center

Antonio G. Brooklen Chief of Police Miami Gardens Police Department

Leonard Burgess Chief of Police North Miami Police Department

Ellis Canty Sr. President International Longshoremen's

Richard Chance Chief Innovation Officer The Lynx Companies

Betty Davis Chief Certified Meteorologist WPLG-TV

Marshall Davis Managing Director The African Heritage Cultural Art Center

Mrs. Brenda Dawson President/CEO I AM Ministries of Miami-Dade/ Broward Inc.

Alix Desulme, M.Ed Vice-Mayor City Of North Miami

David Duckenfield President Balsera Communications

Charisse Grant Senior Vice President for Programs The Miami Foundation

Robert Henderson CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER The Henderson Financial Group

Lisa Hogan, Esq. Executive Director & CEO Chrysler Minority Dealers Association, Inc.

Erhabor Ighodaro Councilman City of Miami Gardens

Denese V. InnIss CEO South Beach Lady

Horace C. Inniss CEO South Beach Lady

Theo Johnson Pastor Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church

Pamela Keith, Esq. Candidate for U.S. Senate (D) Pam Keith for Senate 2016

Natalie Lamberton Chief Operating Officer Jackson North Medical Center-Jackson Health System

Corey Lee Partner Hunton & Williams LLP

Edwin Lester Assignment Manager WSVN

Adriene McCoy Chief HR Officer Baptist Health South Florida

Dionne H.E. Polite Manager of State Operations AARP Florida

Larry Rice, Ed.D. President Johnson & Wales University, North Miami Campus

Franklin Sirmans Director Pérez Art Museum Miami

Francine Steelman, Esq. Associate General Counsel Miami-Dade Expressway Authority

Association, AFL-CIO Local #1416

Stephanie Sylvestre Pedro Taylor, Jr. Clarence Washington Chief Programs Officer/Chief Chief of Police President Information Officer Florida City Police Department Transport Workers Union of The Children's Trust America, Local 291, Miami

Charesse Chester & Associates, Inc.

Adriana Clark SE Region Director U.S. Department of Transportation OSDBU

Sindy Eugene President Global Youth Empowerment Movement, Inc

John Gay Founder, President & CEO TaxDRZ

Jean Johnson MD P.A. Anesthesiologist Jean Johnson M.D. P.A.

Stephen Hunter Johnson, Esq. Shareholder, Lydecker

Anita M. Najiy, MS, NSA Assistant Chief of Police City of Miami Police Department

Omarr C. Nickerson Vice Mayor Village of El Portal

Delma K. Noel-Pratt, Division Chief Division Chief Miami-Dade Police Department

John White II Pastor Immanuel Temple AMEC

David Williams, Jr. Councilman, Seat 5 City of Miami Gardens

Abigail Price-Williams, Esq. County Attorney Miami-Dade County

Rev. Dr. Alphonso Jackson Sr. Gary Johnson Senior Pastor/Teacher President of Miami-Dade and Second Baptist Church Broward SCLC Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Shyroll Morris, MBA, MPH, FACHE Chief Satellite Operations Officer University of Miami / Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Charesse Chester President


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Legacy Achievement Awards By HClll

Trailblazer of the Year Ernisha Randolph

Ernisha Randolph opened her first business at 8 “The Candy House.” Today, we salute Randolph for her achievements with a Power Award. She Richard Chance explains, “I’m honored for being considered Chief Innovation Officer a trailblazer. I want to set a new standard in Lynx Companies S. FL's hospitality industry, figure out the pathway to success and lead others.” Randolph began the entrepreneurial track in the Summer Youth Employment Training Program at FIU before founding a non-profit organization, Young Ladies of Integrity, Inc. Now she owns JK Catering, is President of Juanita’s Kitchen Foods, a speaker and author. Randolph exemplifies “one who sets a standard, an innovator, one who prepares a pathway for success.”

Legacy Award H.T. Smith

H.T. Smith graduated from Florida A&M University and the University of Miami School of Law. He recalls, “growing up in Miami at a time of harsh, legal segregation taught me that I could succeed even when laws are unjust, opportunities are uneven and people are unfair.” Smith specialized in civil rights, personal injury and criminal defence and is the county’s first African-American Assistant County Attorney. “I am driven to be better for tomorrow by the knowledge that I have a responsibility to make my community, my country and the world a better place for my children and grandchildren.”

Nonprofit of the Year Make the Homeless Smile

Valencia Gunder, founder of Make the Homeless Smile is a graduate of Florida A&M University. She’s had personal experience with homelessness and wanted to make the hardship a catalyst to change. Gunder treats homelessness and end of cycle poverty serving over 6500 people. In her own words, she breaks down certain perceptions of being homeless. “They are HUMAN, and we all are one mistake away from being there. Homelessness is a BUSINESS and it's now being criminalized and I want all of us to take a second and think how you would like to be treated if you were homeless.”

Corporate Executive of the Year Edwin O’Dell

Edwin L. O’Dell is the Corporate Director of Communications and Partnerships for Jackson Health System, serving as Jackson’s chief spokesman. Prior, he was the owner of Ed O’Dell and Associates, a media and government relations firm. This followed a 33-year career in television as a producer, reporter, writer and anchor and winning six Emmys. Now at Jackson, he brings those years of experience to one of the largest healthcare systems in the nation. “I try to expand my knowledge base so that I can share with hospital leadership to move this hospital forward and in turn to benefit this community.”

Business Person of the Year

Michael Gardner Headliner Market Group CEO Michael Gardner puts on “The World’s Greatest Party” at LIV on Sunday inside the Fontainebleau. His empire is expanding attributing it to “my parents raised me to

work hard for what I want to achieve.” "I am humbled that Legacy Magazine has named me Business Person of the Year and I thank you for such a huge

recognition. I am extremely appreciative but I did not make the journey here alone. Numerous people have supported me along the way and God is just blessing me to continue on this journey while planting seeds for the future."

Educator of the Year

Dr. Dorothy Bendross- Mindingall Dr. Dorothy BendrossMindingall has made a lifetime of using education to unlock the doors of opportunity. Education naturally gravitated her to public service as State Representative. In her words, “I have tirelessly championed for education and I am eternally grateful to pursue my passion every day on behalf of our children and community. Public education is the foundation of democracy and it is our moral imperative to make quality education available to every child. There is much to be done, nevertheless I am honored to do my part and I will continue to shape the future legacies of our children.

Elected Official of the Year

Mayor Oliver Gilbert Mayor Oliver Gilbert was elected in 2012 after being appointed to a Miami Gardens City Council because of a life long ambition and interest in problem solving. Having grown up here, he has worked hard in many positions that earned him the seat after

attributing it to “my parents raised me to work hard for what I want to achieve.” "I am humbled that Legacy Magazine has named me Business Person of the Year and I thank you for such a huge recognition. I am extremely appreciative but I did not make the journey here alone. Numerous people have supported me along the way and God is just blessing me to continue on this journey while planting seeds for the future."

Business of the Year

The Henderson Financial Group

The Henderson Financial Group is a full service financial service firm with a highly experienced team of Financial Advisors and professionals specializing in almost every sector of the financial industry. “Our future goals include expanding the firm nationally as well as globally. It is our vision for The Henderson Financial Group to be a widely known and recognized industry leader in finance!” Securities offered through IFS Securities, Member FINRA/SIPC, 3414 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1020, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 404-382-5223. The Henderson Financial Group and IFS Securities, Inc. are not affiliated companies.

Company of the Year Miami-Dade College

Miami-Dade College (MDC)is a common stop for U.S. Presidents and dignitaries for the renowned accolades. MDC is the third largest school to enroll blacks in the nation and #1 in Associate degrees. What’s more than that? Miami-Dade College enrolls more minority students than any other college or university in the United States.


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LEGACY BRIEFS

By Zachary R Rinkins

Michael Hooper, CHA, General Manager Hilton Miami Airport

Michael Hooper recently arrived to South Florida from the Midwest where he was the hotel manager of the Chicago Hilton. Hooper brings more than thirty years of hospitality experience to his current role as general manager of the Hilton Miami Airport. The 31-year hospitality veteran leads a staff of more than 275 team members and is responsible for providing a great customer experience, increasing revenue, hotel operations, and ensuring the organization is a good community partner. The top 20-rated facility boasts views of a 100-acre natural lake and features a jogging trail, outdoor pool, tennis and basketball courts. The hotel offers spacious and contemporary guest rooms and suites, as well as 30,000 square feet of event space for meetings, in the Miami Blue Lagoon business complex. Hooper earned a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) designation from the American Hotel and Lodging Association. He is married to Julie, a qualified aroma therapist and has one son, Daren.

Jason Walker, Executive Director OMNI/Midtown Community Redevelopment Agency The OMNI/Midtown Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board recently appointed Jason Walker as the

agency’s newest executive director. Walker comes to the CRA after serving as village manager of El Portal for nearly a decade. As agency executive director, the Florida A&M University alumnus is tasked with using property taxes to encourage development, create affordable housing, and eliminate slum and blight in a CRA boundary that falls between Interstate 395 and Northwest 20th Street. CRAs are authorized by Florida Statute (Chapter 163, Part III) but created at the local level by cities and counties the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include revitalizing dilapidated buildings and neighborhoods, improving public infrastructure and amenities, and enhancing the quality of life for residents within the CRA boundaries. The intended result when designating CRAs is the creation of vibrant communities. The OMNI CRA board recently announced its intention to prioritize adorable housing. For more information, log on to www.miamicra.com/omnimidtown/


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T. Willard Fair: Miami’s contrarian justice warrior declares outrage

T.Willard Fair, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Miami After more than five decades at the helm of the Urban League of Greater Miami, T. Willard Fair is virtually ubiquitous on the local social justice scene. Those years give him a unique perspective on the status of the Black community. “The status of Black Miami is the worst I’ve ever seen in the more than 50 years I’ve

been here,” Fair assesses. “We are not going forward. We are going backward in a rapid pace.” The contrarian warrior attributes a culture of dependency as a barrier to progress. “We have to get rid of this dependency attitude that exist among the masses of Black folks. In Liberty City there are too many people still connected to free stuff,” the Johnson C. Smith graduate asserts. “I have mothers who live in our units who make $40,000 a year and they don’t work. Some of them are fourth and fifth generation on dependency.” During an interview with Legacy Miami, the determined septuagenarian warns, “If we don’t wake up, Black Miami will become a blur by 2030!” LM: There are great assets in Miami’s poor communities like Dorsey Skill Center in Liberty City and Lindsey Hopkins Technical Center near Overtown that can help people gain good paying vocational jobs. How can we get more people to take advantage of these opportunities? TF: “We have to get rid of free stuff! As

long as I can have free stuff, why would I invest in myself? Why would I go to a vocational center day-in and day-out and hope that I can get a job? That is alien to human motivation. We have to re-visit some laws and regulations that allow permanent dependency for able bodied people. We can’t make it easy for people not to invest in themselves.” LM: You have been vocal and visible concerning the county’s Liberty Rising project. What is your appraisal of that situation? TF: “It is the greatest miscarriage of economic justice I’ve seen on the Black community in a long time. Here is a project that is being manipulated to satisfy the personal aspirations of an individual. During his re-election campaign, this individual will say that he has done something for the Black community by bringing housing to Liberty City. It is an insult to our community.” LM: What would you like to see? TF: “This project has the potential to do away with many of the things the Black

Community is concerned about. This project should not be seen as a real estate project. If packaged correctly, this project could be a transformation project. Meaning we could change the quality of lives for children yet unborn in this community. A major problem in Liberty City is that in 50 years, there are no new Black millionaires. This project, if given priority to Black people with skills, could create several Black millionaires in seven years. This project should not just move people to new housing. This project should use best practices and cases studies that create the best outcomes for the children, elders, and other residents that live both in and near this community.” LM: In your mind, what do you want to see from the Black community? TF: “Outrage! If this project were called Jose’ Marti’ on southwest 8th Street, nobody could treat it like this. Hold officials accountable. And, vote them out if they don’t advance your cause, regardless of color.” For more information, log on to www.MiamiUrbanLeague.org.


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Dr. Hyppolite's StapHresh products prove health is wealth

Dr. Nikki Hyppolite Healthcare has long been considered one of the most prestigious and respected professions in the world. More than 15 years ago, Nikki Hyppolite, Pharm.D. decided to transition from the retail pharmacy setting and commit herself to serving the profession’s most noble objectives. “For a longtime, I was the lowest paid pharmacist I knew. But, I did not enter pharmacy for the money. I wanted to have a one-on-one relationship with patients,” Hyppolite declares. “I began noticing that many medical prescriptions and solutions were more harmful than beneficial to some

patients.” The longtime health practitioner says most medications are not one-size-fits all. This discovery lead her to pursue formal training in a pharmaceutical specialty that taught her the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. “In 2007, I decided to take on compounding,” she says. “This helped me branch into other industries like cosmetology, making private label products, and other products that allowed me to help doctors create customized medications for patients.” In addition to medicine, the Florida A&M University graduate counts fitness as a requirement for a long and healthy life. She encourages people to take their health seriously. “When you are young, you take care of your body. And, when you are old, your body takes care of you,” she advises. “You want your body and organs to work properly. So don’t wait to take care of your health.” While practicing what she preaches, Hyppolite noticed a reoccurring challenge

after working out. “A female’s hormones and chemical makeup makes her prone to allergies, infections, odors, and skin irritations. Basically, I was having feminine issues,” she reveals. Hyppolite created the StapHresh Female Performance Panty, a wearable garment catering to women and girls. Women and girls often complain about their uncomfortable underwear that also reveals unsightly panty lines when wearing fitted clothing. Aside from being uncomfortable, some types of underwear are not made of breathable material, thus causing a slight yet distinct odor. The StapHresh Female Performance Panty is made with a light and breathable fabric that provides comfort and support. She is now spending more time promoting the brand and have tapped a global partner to help reach more people. “StapHresh Female Performance Panty is an extremely important breakthrough since it addresses the needs of women everywhere,” says Cattya Bella, Director of Product Development for World Patent Marketing. “The idea behind it is simple and

yet the execution makes it an indispensable part of every woman’s wardrobe.” The fabric is able to absorb moisture during exercise and other daily physical activities. Unlike regular underwear, the performance panty provides external vaginal pH balance and help protects against possible bacterial and fungal infections. It is also designed to prevent panty lines from showing under fitted clothing. It is truly a hygiene savior for every woman or girl. “Many times, as women, we only think about what we put inside of our bodies,” she shares. “We must also think about what we wear outside of our body.” She continues: “When you sweat, your pores are open. If a woman goes to a gym and wears a 100-percent cotton thong, your thong is now fully saturated with your sweat. Then, you are sitting on the benches and moving around, further exposing your skin to micro-bacteria and germs that can have a long-term impact.” The dedicated healthcare professional has big ambitions to expand her products. For more information, log on to www.stapHresh.com.


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Eighty Years Later: Lessons from Liberty Square

1949, remembers black patrolmen walking Prior to 1936—the year Liberty Square the beat, a drugstore, grocery store, library was built, becoming the first housing project and thriving community center. But the in the southern United states—one of the Golden Age of public housing—when the only places an African American could live in projects were seen as an opportunity, rather Miami was the Central Negro District or than a last resort—was short lived. Colored Town; “the Harlem of the South.” Towards the end of the civil rights Back then, the area now called Overtown movement, cities across the US faced a was a vibrant, self-sustaining cultural hub. It similar narrative. The long-term was home to black-owned businesses, a consequences of the legal and economic hospital, churches, and social and civic barriers African Americans faced under Jim associations that served black professionals, Crow left communities strained for the poor and working class alike. resources. Rather than offering protection, Amongst the poor, however, living police harassment and brutality threatened conditions could be harsh. Overcrowding in communities and reinforced feelings of poorly built shotgun shacks that lacked running water, indoor toilets and heat led to frequent outbreaks of disease—including small pox, tuberculosis and yellow fever. It was precisely the threat disease—to whites, not blacks—that became the stated motivation behind the creation of Liberty Square. In the early 1930s, a white attorney named John Gramling banded together with other white professionals to envision a “negro colony” that, in his own words, would not “Liberty Square Rising" Related Urban only “eliminate the possibility of fatal epidemics here, but fix it so we can get a marginalization, and anger led first to sit-ins servant free from disease.” Through the and demonstrations, and then to riots. support of new policies under President In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, the land in signed the Federal Highway Act, which lead Liberty City was purchased and plans made to rapid shifts in the makeup of America’s to develop sanitary housing for black urban centers. In Miami, the building of I-95 tenants on the outskirts of the Miami. and I-395 through the heart of Overtown It’s hard to believe that at one point, displaced 50% of its population, decimated Liberty Square was actually considered small business and uprooted families and beautiful, with flower boxes, pristine lawns social networks. Many residents were and coconut palms. Many recall a thriving forced into Liberty Square and the community so safe that families slept with surrounding neighborhood, where a dearth their doors open. The novelty of running of housing for blacks lead to overcrowding water, indoor toilets and electricity were a and racial tension. welcome change from the outhouses and oil Urban decline intensified during the last lamps of Overtown. Henry Clark Jr., a decades of the twentieth century. By 1980, maintenance director at Liberty Square in became infamous for turf wars and drug hopelessness and rage. Segregation, violence.

relations between the black community and the police were abhorrent. On May 17th of that year, the acquittal of four white police officers in the brutal death of Arthur Mcduffie, a black businesses man, ignited the simmering rage of a community at the mercy of a broken criminal justice system. Riots erupted in the streets, leaving 18 dead and over 100 million in damages, the scars of which remain over 35 years later. In the decade that followed, crack cocaine devastated inner cities across the country, particularly in Miami, where the illicit drug trade flourished. In the 1990s, dope boys took over urban ghettos, and 15th Avenue

Today, Liberty Square’s once manicured lawns and colorful flower beds are gone. Outside the pavement is littered, the buildings crumbling and riddled with bullet holes. Inside, the homes lack air conditioning, and are infested with cockroaches and mold. A few black businesses remain, doing their best to stay the course and continue serving their community. But most residents live in constant fear; the sounds of AK47s and .45s a frequent reminder that their lives are not valued, and that hope for a better future is, at best, naïve. But of all that is about to change, as Miami Dade County has entered a partnership with Related Urban Redevelopment Group to raze and

redevelop the area. The redevelopment, to be called Liberty Square Rising, will include 1,572 total units, 757 of which are public housing. The plan also includes a youth center, grocery store, mom and pop retail space, a museum, and affordable elderly housing. It sounds good, but current residents fear that once the new homes are built—if the new homes are built—there won’t be room for them. They recall what happened at nearby Scott/Carver houses over a decade ago, when more than a thousand residents, believing they would one day return, were scattered throughout Miami to make room for new development. Promises were broken and corruption abounded. Many became homeless, others lost their section 8 vouchers, and most never made it back when the new units were finally completed—over a decade later. In response to these fears, Related Urban plans to rehab vacant and currently uninhabitable Liberty Square apartments to house residents while the construction is underway—making it possible that no current tenants need be displaced. Still, black communities have historically been at the whim of policies and practices that are developed by and serve the interests of the majority. Whether the policy is the use of eminent domain to bulldoze black neighborhoods, segregation, or the rampant and excessive criminalization and incarceration of black people. Whether the practice is redlining to prevent blacks from home ownership, interminable police harassment, or racial discrimination in hiring and firing processes. The story of Liberty Square is a microcosm of the failure of urban renewal and the marginalization of blacks in 20th century America. It leads one to wonder what might be the next chapter in this heart-rending, tangled saga.


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BUSINESS REPORT

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Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) Expands to Serve the Entire State of Florida

MBEs now represent $9.1billion in sales and 89,380 employees across Florida

Beatrice Louissaint President and CEO Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing access and growth for minority businesses in Florida, has changed its name to the Florida State Minority Supplier

Development Council (FSMSDC) to reflect an expanded service area that now includes Central and Northern Florida. The organization is set to roll out a variety of new services and programs to its corporate members and MBEs statewide. FSMSDC, an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc. (NMSDC), will be headquartered in Miami with regional offices and staff in Orlando, Tampa and Tallahassee. The organization will continue to focus on new opportunities for members and implement next-level programs to develop and accelerate Florida’s minority businesses. Since its founding in 1975, FSMSDC’s mission has been to increase purchasing from Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) by corporations and government entities, while increasing MBEs’ operating capacity through hands-on business assistance, training and access to technology and capital resources. The newly formed FSMSDC will maintain the same core values

with the aim of serving a larger number of MBEs—now an estimated 980. The organization will expand the services and programs it provides, including: the Technical Assistance Program (TAP), which offers certified MBEs unprecedented access to much-needed technical and professional services in the legal, marketing and accounting areas; the Partners in Business Progress Mentor Protégé Program, in which a major corporation or large MBE works one-on-one with a certified minority-owned business for a specified period of time; loan programs and many others. All of these programs will now be offered statewide with the support of a greater number of stakeholders, national corporate members, local members and top Florida businesses. The first major event that the FSMSDC hosted was the 31st Annual Business Expo in Fort Lauderdale April 28-29 with the theme P4: People, Partnerships, Performance and Profits. The event was the FSMSDC’s premier activity that drew business leaders from

across Florida and the United States, bringing together a unique cross-section of minority entrepreneurs, large corporations and government agencies. The FSMSDC’s Annual Business Expo was the largest minority business event in the Southeast designed to ensure that minority-owned companies at all stages of development are positioned for greater success. Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and Chief Executive Officer of ACT-1 Group, was the luncheon keynote speaker. ACT-1 is one of the largest black-owned companies with sales of more than $1 billion. The entire community was invited to attend the 31st Annual Business Expo and to learn more about how the new statewide organization will continue to help in the growth of minority businesses in Florida. Beatrice Louissaint is President and CEO of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council. The vision of the FSMSDC is a diverse and inclusive environment where economic success is achieved.


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Legacy Power Couples Dr. Angelo and Yolanda Thrower and Harold and Tangela Cummings

Dr. Angelo and Yolanda Thrower It started as just another day shooting hoops at the local park for Dr. Angelo Thrower, but ended up the being the day things changed forever—this was the day the South Florida dermatologist first laid eyes on Yolanda. However, it would be another month before the two met again, when a mutual friend brought Yolanda to Dr. Thrower’s son’s eight birthday party. Ten years later, the couple has been married six years and run two successful businesses. The Throwers didn’t begin their marriage as business partners. Mrs. Thrower, a social worker for Broward County School Board, stepped in to help run Dr. Thrower’s Skin Care and Dr. Thrower’s Dermatology, Skin Care and Medi-Spa, Inc. Although the dermatology practice and skin care company specializing in ethnic skin and hair care were quite established and well-known, the businesses were experiencing some challenges that Dr. Thrower just couldn’t seem to get to the bottom of. That’s when his wife decided to learn the business from the inside out. After a year’s personal leave from her job, Mrs. Thrower had resurrected the companies, bringing them into high profitability. She’s since returned to working as a social worker full time and runs the office remotely from home in the evenings.

The Throwers have some insights to share on success in marriage and business: What is your number one secret to success as a couple? Dr. Thrower: If you marry the right partner, it’s always best from a man’s perspective to listen, because, consistently, when you make unilateral decisions as a man, you always have to come back and apologize. Yolanda: From a business standpoint, his areas of need were my strengths. What is your number one secret to success in career/business? Yolanda: Put God first… that’s our number one. If it doesn’t feel right, then we don’t move forward with it. Dr. Thrower: You’ve got to have talented people. Regardless of how great Lebron [James] was, he needed to come out there and play with Chris [Bosch] and Dwayne [Wade]. What is the biggest challenge as a successful couple, and how do you deal with it? There’s this term called “Alpha Male,” and I would definitely volunteer my wife as being an Alpha Male. So, what you have do as an Alpha Male working with another Alpha Male/Woman is be open minded. Don’t think it’s your way or the highway. We try to do it together. Is there anything else you’d like to share? Yolanda: I would say one of the biggest challenges is juggling. With Angelo, it’s not just a doctor’s office, it’s also a product business, and that is a huge juggling act. And we have a family, so you have to juggle that in, too, so it’s a whole lot of multi-tasking. Sunday I was sitting at the Heat game on Sunday. Angelo was in the locker room [as official Dermatology and Skin Care Physician of the NBA’s Miami Heat] and I’m in the regular area just sitting down in my seat -- and I was emailing! Then when the game started, we shut it down [and enjoyed the game together].

“If you marry the right partner, it’s always best to listen, consistently, because when you make unilateral decisions you always have to come back and apologize.”

Harold and Tangela Cummings Harold and Tangela Cummings celebrated 14 years of marriage in March. Their love story almost never came to be after a brief, unsuccessful first date, but a year later they were re-introduced and gave it another try… They’ve been together ever since! The duo are co-founders of Design South Florida, parent company of thee firms, which offer services ranging from event production to graphic and web design. Ms. Cummings got her start in advertising and marketing, while Mr. Cummings majored in biology, but later realized his passion was in law enforcement and went on to become a City of Miami police officer, while also focusing on his other passion, music and event production. We interviewed The Cummings about their insights on success in career and marriage: What is your number one secret to success as a couple? Tangela: Success? Find me one couple who truly feels successful. I would not honestly say that we have achieved success. Daily, we work on staying married. Being married to your best friend, business partner and co-parenting partner requires love and sacrifice. I am still trying to figure out how to juggle it all and sleep at night. I am personally learning how to

prioritize, organize and minimize my work flow, so as a couple we can maintain and stride towards success in all areas of our marriage and business life. The biggest adjustment for me is knowing when to turn it off. When should I wear the boss hat, wife hat, friend hat or mother hat? How to be respectful to my husband in our marriage while still wanting my business ideas considered and implemented in our professional day to day. Harold: Patience, patience, patience and understanding... You need to have patience and understanding when you are husband and wife, and business partners. Family needs to come first. The business can take over if you let it. You have to give your clients 100% and give your family 125%. My love for my wife/business partner is extremely important and I strive to always protect that. What is your number one secret to success in career/business? Tangela: My secret is, learn from your mistakes and don't be afraid to make them. I can honestly say that I have learned to do everything the wrong way first. However, it doesn't stop me. I often joke with friends that ask me for business help. I say, "I can show you how to do it wrong so you can get it right." Harold: If I only had to pick one thing, it would be customer service. Your clients are key to a successful business. What is the biggest challenge as a successful couple, and how do you deal with it? Tangela: Our biggest challenge is our egos and attitudes. We both are first born in our families. We both are head strong and dominating. We both always want to be right and get in the last word. We deal with it by yelling, laughing and taking great family vacations. Harold: I agree! Is there anything else you’d like to share? Tangela: I love this man. Success for me is to be his partner and to share this life with him and our beautiful twins. Harold: Tangela is the only person I want as a wife and business partner. I am the most blessed man in the world to have a beautiful wife and amazing mother to our children


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Legacy Salutes the Region’s Power Public Relations Professionals

By Zach Rinkins The most effective organizations understand that you cannot merely start a brand or initiative. You must launch them with a plan that makes your product or service relevant to a target market. Everything from the colors, to the name, to the font type influences perceptions, value, relevance and eventually profit. South Florida is home to hundreds of purveyors of publicity who attempt to connect entities with their intended publics. Legacy is pleased to showcase several practitioners that are producing incredible results and revenue for their clients. Armstrong Creative Consulting, Inc. (ACC) is a full-service communications firm that provides creative marketing, public Da-Venya Armstrong, relations and Armstrong Creative Consulting community outreach services. Founded by Da-Venya Armstrong, ACC serves diverse clients that include Western Union, Vera Cadillac, NBA champion James Jones, Jackson Health System, Florida International University and The Children's Trust, among others. ACC’s ability to create comprehensive marketing strategies, gather complex market research, produce high-quality creative products and show quantifiable results has helped the company become a trusted source in the community. Armstrong was recognized as a Living Legend by Excel International Church. Discover the ACC way at www.ArmstrongCreatives.com. Miaminative Charesse Chester established Charesse Chester & Associates (CCA), Inc. in 2002. The firm specializes in Charesse Chester, Charesse Chester & Associates public outreach, governmental affairs, media relations and video production services. CCA

connects governmental agencies to the public by coupling innovative techniques with traditional and trusted outreach practices. The University of Miami graduate has established working relationships with elected officials and business and community-based stakeholders. CAA has provided professional services for the following projects: Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) 2035 & 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, SR 7/US 441/ NW 7th Avenue Corridor Planning Study, and Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Housing Summit, among others. Since 1996, Harris Public Relations (HPR) earned recognition by Legacy Magazine, Who’s Who in America, Miami-Dade County Yvette Harris, Women of a Harris Public Relations New Tribe, the President of the United States, and the South Florida Association of Black Journalists. HPR CEO Yvette N. Harris believes her company’s tagline “Cultivating and Maintaining Relationships” is the foundation of conducting business. Harris has placed her clients numerous publications including Essence Magazine, MSNBC, NBC Today and Wall Street Journal. The New York-transplant’s clients include Miami International Film Festival, the American Black Film Festival, House of Mandela, and Miami Broward One Carnival among others. Stay tuned at www.HarrisPublicRelations.com. In 2003, Anthony Jackson launched the Wilton Manors-based Marome Agency to offer high-quality public Anthony Jackson, relations, Marimekko Agency event management and community relation services to entertainment entities,

consumer brands, and community initiatives. It has been hired by Brown Forman Corporation (Jack Daniels, Herradura Tequila, Korbel California Champagne and Finlandia Vodka brands), Haliczer, Pettie & Schwamm law firm, Law Offices of Reginald D. Hicks, and the City of Lauderhill, among others. Additionally, Jackson serves as senior partner of W&W Public Relations with a client portfolio that includes the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards; R&B singers Patti Labelle and Kem, and others. Explore more at www.MaromeAgency.com. The words creative, resourceful, and diverse describe the culture of Circle of One Marketing. Company Chief Suzan McDowell and Suzan McDowell, her team of

Hip Rock Star produces forward thinking campaigns for advertisement, communications, and marketing needs. Founder Jessica Garrett Modkins is the breath and spirit of hip rock star. The recent Legacy Miami Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Professionals in Business and Industry honoree has created consumer branding, marketing, and communications strategies for top organizations including the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, 100 Black Men of South Florida, and Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. The two-decade industry veteran serves as an adjunct professor at Brown Mackie and Miami-Dade College. She is a graduate of North Carolina A&T University and West Virginia University. Feel the movement www.hiprockstar.com.

Circle of One Marketing

#CircleGladiators deliver full-scale creative services that include marketing, public relations, advertising, art direction & graphic design, event management and media planning. The company makes clients relevant to their target markets and places them in media outlets like Ebony Magazine, MSNBC, and Black Enterprise Magazine. It’s entrusted to manage the brands of organizations including the Jazz in the Gardens, OneUnited Bank, Burger King Corporation, Career Source South Florida and The Cliff Hotel Jamaica among others. Log on to www.CircleOfOneMarketing.com

Jessica Garrett Modkins, Hip Rock Star

Bernadette A. Morris, Sonshine Communications

Sonshine Communications is one of the nation’s largest Black- owned, Christian- based, and women- owned multimedia communications firms. Bernadette A. Morris. Her diverse team presents its B.E.S.T. efforts. Best stands for Bless, Edify, Share, and Touch every component of effective public relations every day. Morris brings more than two decades of professional experience to her diverse empire that includes Black PR Wire and Women Grow Strong. The former Legacy Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year winner counts Baptist Hospital South Florida, Florida Department of Transportation, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, among her many local, regional, and national clients. Find out more at www.Sonshine.com


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Cuba Exposing the Myth of Racial Equality

Ricardo Gonzalez After President Obama’s much celebrated, controversial and historic visit to Cuba this year, former communist leader, Fidel Castro, published an open letter in the Communist Party owned newspaper, Granma, entitled “Brother Obama,” In it, Castro declared: “We don’t need the empire

to gift us anything.” This was a direct reference to the economic embargo being lifted and a renewal of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Castro was not alone in voicing his opposition to President Obama’s visit. Elias Argudin, an Afro-Cuban writer for the state controlled Cuban newspaper, Havana Tribune, sparked passionate protest after he published an article criticizing the U.S. President’s visit, entitled: “Negro, Tu Eres Sueco?” Which translates, “Black Man, Are You Swedish? (The term is a derogatory term to imply ‘dumb’). Argudin’s scathing article drew fierce vocal criticism and demands for an apology in Cuba and in the U.S. Cuban Diaspora. Ricardo E. Gonzalez, a Cuban born, Miami resident has been working to bring awareness to racial disparities in Cuba. Gonzalez is Chief of Staff for Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez, District 7, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioner. He stated that the vocal opposition to the Argudin article gives him hope for change. Gonzalez said that President Obama’s visit to his

homeland exceeded his expectations and that the Obamas’ presence in Cuba as a family was a symbolic vision of hope and encouragement to Afro-Cubans who may have never seen such positive images of a Black family since their media is so controlled. Despite this psychological boost, Gonzalez is concerned that the promised economic boost may not necessarily trickle down to the very poor and disenfranchised in Cuba, who are overwhelmingly Black. Gonzalez stated that even with the prospect of increasing tourism, Blacks are still at a disadvantage as most of their neighborhoods are in bad shape and tourists tend to visit places that are mostly White. He elaborated that there are also two currencies that are used in Cuba. Cuban citizens are paid in “Pesos” and tourists must use the Cuban Convertible Peso called “CUC,” which is the hard currency used for business and enterprise. Gonzalez states that this creates a double standard as the large majority of Cubans with access to the CUC are White since they represent the majority of Cubans living in the U.S. who are able to send

money home to their relatives. He stated that while there is more intermingling of Black and White friendships on the island, he is unsure about how that transfers to “economic friendships.” Is there hope for the disenfranchised in Cuba? Gonzalez describes himself as an optimist and believes that that there is hope for Afro-Cubans living in Cuba. He is encouraged by his own experience coming to the U.S. in 1962 during the Civil Rights Era and facing U.S. racism. At the time Blacks were only 13% of the U.S. population, yet, they were able to make great strides towards equality. With the Afro-Cuban population being over 60% in Cuba, he hopes that with increased consciousness, they too can also overcome the odds that they currently face. Legacy also interviewed Andres Albuquerque, Executive Coordinator of the Afro-Cuban Forum, a new U.S. based organization with the mission of “Rescue and preservation of Afro-Cuban heritage". His interview will be in Part 2 of this series on race issues in Cuba.


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By Darrell Canty

Stephen Hunter Johnson Stephen Hunter Johnson, a partner at Lydecker and Diaz, has successfully litigated and tried cases throughout the state of Florida. Mr.Johnson, a 40 under 40 alumni

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of Legacy Magazine, is an accomplished appellate attorney, having published Federal Florida opinions as well as oral arguments and appellate mediations in the United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit. While speaking with Mr. Johnson, he shared with me why his community involvement is important to him. Mr.Johnson is the President of 100 Black Men in Florida, Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board. In addition he sits on the Board of the Black Archives that oversees “The Historic Lyric Theater” and the Mayor’s Business Assistance Team (BAT), which is the state funding organization for black businesses. Mr. Johnson said, “These jobs probably place me amongst the most powerful people in town, more so than the fact that I work with law all day.” Mr.Johnson is a distinguished brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. When it comes to leadership, Mr.Johnson has a personal philosophy. He said,“Everybody person of color needs to be

economically, socially and politically active in their community. If you’re not, then you’re not doing your community a service—you’re failing your community.” Johnson believes he is the beneficiary of many gifts from his profession. He said, “I’ve been lucky and blessed through my travels as a Lawyer, to serve as the Miami dade Democratic Executive Committee as the General Counsel, which started to put me in touch with other people so I can develop and build.” Johnson, a 2003 University of Miami Law school graduate went on to say,“ I’ve been blessed because I have friends who all share the same philosophy of being economically, socially and politically active in our community. We all try to push each other to do more while we support each other.” Mr. Johnson was raised in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Coppin State University in Baltimore. He has been a resident of South Florida for the past 16 years. “When I got down here I didn't see a place where there’s Haitians and Jamaicans, and Bahamians, I just saw beautiful black people.

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So everything that I do focuses on making sure that we are all on one page—pushing together forward. The real difference was that I had to sometimes learn the hard way, that some people see a distinction, where I do not.” Johnson feels these distinctions were far sharper when he arrived in Miami 16 years ago. Moreover, he feels these multiple voices are beginning to coalesce harmoniously. Out of all of the jobs that Johnson has, his heart warms up when it pertains to his work with “100 Black Men.” Johnson said, “We get to work with our black boys and the challenges that they face. And by being part of the Black Affairs Advisory Board for the county, we were able to successfully lobby the Mayor for summer jobs for these kids. The money was upped from $2m to $6m which represent 4,500 jobs during the summer.” Johnson represents many organizations and wears many hats, but what’s constant is his influence in South Florida for African American Businesses.


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TECHNOLOGY By Janey Tate

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016

Brian Brackeen Talks Black Tech Week and How Black People Have Always Worked in Tech

Brian Brackeen, Founder & CEO Kairos Brian Brackeen, a leader in the Black Miami Tech scene, is the founder & CEO of Kairos, based in Miami, Florida. Kairos is an innovative facial recognition company. Brackeen was excited to be a panelist at the Second Annual Black Tech Week conference that took place in Miami. He knew how valuable the experience would be to people in the industry because it provided a key aspect tech businesses need to succeed- networking.

Kairos’ product, the Kairos API, enables any application or service to use facial recognition in just 3 lines of code. An API or application program interface is a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications. Brackeen’s company is allowing businesses to change the way they interact with their employees, patients, and customers using his brainchild API. The cutting edge facial technology is valuable for advertisers and retailers and potentially credit card companies—as his product has the ability to virtually eliminate credit card fraud. “This will be powerful tool for anyone in their business,” said Brackeen. “And we’re making it all easy”. Kairos, recently noticed by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 25 startups in the country, has raised more than $6 million dollars in funding from investors in Florida and California. Before starting his business, Brian cut his technological teeth at Apple where he managed back office systems for Apple locations around the world. Currently, the wildly successful tech startup is going through another round of

searching for investors, and plans to raise $10 million dollars. Brackeen said they already have $4 million committed, and are talking to IMB and Google. Kairos plans to expand its services, which will include providing customer service, and content in different languages, and most importantly increase the number of employees from 15 to 50. “Most of the investment is to hire employees to grow the company,” he said. “We like people who see the vision of our business now.” Brackeen, no stranger to the start-up hustle, shared his knowledge with Black Tech Week attendees during the “I just want to be Successful” panel alongside Dr. Randal Pinkett -- the Season 4 Winner of NBC’s reality television show, The Apprentice. “Tech start ups are successful when you network,” said Brackeen. “Black Tech Week allows you to dig into a broader group of people that are going through similar things as you, not just in business, but personal too.” “Black Tech Week allows people to come together from all these different areas,” he

said. “I’m a big believer in community. I believe we’re all stronger together.” Although many believe that African Americans are not jumping on the technology wave, Brackeen believes we’re more involved than what is reported. He said Black Tech Week is proof of what he believes. “I think there is more participation than is highly thought. Many people are attending this conference and there are many events around the country catered to this crowd,” said Brackeen. “Yes more should get involved, but nothing about tech is unique to any particular race.” He explained that Black people have always worked in technical jobs and have been involved technology. He said his grandfather worked in a technical job operating the printing press for the Philadelphia Tribune. “We have always been a technical people,” Brackeen said. “There was a period when we didn’t get as involved as early as the Steve Jobs for a variety of reasons. Within last five years that dichotomy is changing.”


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AileyCamp Miami Provides Graceful Opportunity

AileyCamp Miami 2014 by Justin Namon Golden opportunities are few and far between for many underserved youth of Miami Dade County, however AileyCamp aims to give at least 100 youth a chance. In its 9th year, AileyCamp Miami will again take over the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center. Alvin Ailey Dance Company graces Miami every Spring with fantastic feats of the human form but few may know of the AileyCamp that is held every summer for youth ages 11 to 14. Many may assume this camp is geared toward training the next Misty Copeland or Baryshnikov, but they’d be wrong. The criteria for being chosen isn’t one’s ability to dance but their homelife,

AileyCamp Miami 2014 by Justin Namon lack of access to extra curricular activities and academic vulnerability. The most in need of an opportunity to develop are the most sought for the camp. The process starts in February when applications are distributed far and wide to every middle school, K-8, community and cultural center in Miami. This year 357 applicants applied and after reviewing essays and a 15 minute interview conducted by 25 community leaders, 35 boys and 65 girls were chosen to participate in the 6 week camp. A scholarship for each student covers transportation, breakfast, lunch, ballet shoes, backpack, water bottle and field trips. Costs are covered entirely by

AileyCamp Miami 2014 by Justin Namon donations. ”We don’t want to give them an opportunity and they can’t reap the benefits, so we provide everything.” says Jairo Ontiveros, The Director of Education. Starting June 27, for 6 weeks, Monday through Friday, 8am to 3:30pm young hopefuls who may or may not have had any previous knowledge of dance, take classes in modern dance, jazz, West African Dance, ballet and drumming. Daily affirmations are said together at the start and end of each day. They also take Personal Development classes taught by counselors that cover topics such as health and nutrition, hygiene, bullying, peer-to-peer learning and body image. Students are expected to journal

every day and even perform poetry. Ontiveros stresses that these classes are where students are “encouraged to find their own voice and get comfortable in their own skin.” Parents and guardians aren’t left out of this experience either. They take a course on how to reinforce what is being learned at camp. There is an expectation and commitment made by student, guardian and the AileyCamp. A Parent Poetry Potluck is held midway through the camp where parents are encouraged to bring a favorite family dish and talk with other parents about their AileyCamp experience. The camp is about exchange and being open to others who are different from you. “When talking about the future of society, we have to help create global citizens.” says Ontiveros. The goal is to help those who seem most likely to fall through the cracks without intervention. Want to experience a day in the life of an Ailey Camper? The July 20th Open House is your chance. Also, don’t miss their end of camp performance on August 6th at 7pm, the hottest ticket in town!


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29 BILLION REASONS TO CELEBRATE Florida Lottery Announces New Milestone in Revenue Generated for Education

The Florida Lottery recently announced that its latest transfer to the state’s education trust fund brings the Lottery’s life-to-date education contributions to more than $29 billion.

“The Florida Lottery marked its 28 year of operation on January 12 and to have surpassed $29 billion in education funding during that time is a tremendous achievement,” said Florida Lottery Secretary

Tom Delacenserie. “We owe this success to our employees, Lottery retailers, and most importantly, our players whose continued support will carry us forward in our mission of maximizing revenue for education.” The Florida Lottery has experienced record sales for five of the first six months of this fiscal year, with total sales to date seven percent higher than for the same period last year. So far this year, the Lottery is averaging more than $100 million a month to benefit education. For the thirteenth consecutive year the Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion to education, and has continued to lead the 10 largest-selling lotteries in the nation in sales growth and growth in contributions to beneficiaries. The Florida Lottery is the second largest-selling lottery in the country in terms of sales and net revenue. Florida Lottery contributions represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget. Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and

are administered by the Florida Department of Education. ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $29 billion to education and sending more than 700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com ### Just Imagine®


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