2015 Black Healthcare Issue -Legacy South Florida

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South Florida

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

Black Healthcare Issue

Introducing South Florida's Top Black Healthcare Professionals of 2015

A cancer survivor’s story of courage, faith and determination Shyroll Morris, Chief Satellite Operations Officer at University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center finds her rewards in helping people Wellness for your mind, body and soul And more... Join Legacy on on October 29th, at the Urban League of Broward County , for The Retention of Black Talent - A conversation on careers and culture in South Florida. Register now at www.bitly.com/legacyretention





It is not unheard of to ask a neighbor for the recommendation of a good mechanic.Although you will be trusting that person’s judgement with the reliability of your transportation, cars can be replaced. Unlike a car however, we only have one body to last a lifetime. To whom we trust that one body is a life and death decision. Our bodies, cannot be replaced. We must treat that body with the utmost care and respect. Your body is entitled to a highly

trained, culturally competent, team of physicians who will maximize the longevity and quality of your life. In this issue we have compiled a list of the Top Black Healthcare Professionals in South Florida for your perusal, consideration and patronage. While we are on the topic of healthcare, let’s not lose sight of the Pink. October is breast cancer awareness month and gentlemen, women do not have an exclusive on breast cancer. Get checked!!! Thank you for experiencing this issue of Legacy with us. Go well in good health.

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Group Publisher Legacy Miami Legacy South Florida

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Subscribe to and view the digital version of Legacy Magazine and view additional articles at http://bitly.com/legacymagazines Facebook.com/thelegacy.grp Twitter & IG @thelegacy_grp #BeInformed #BeInfluential #TopBlackHealth Kervin L. Clenance Group Publisher, Legacy Magazine Erica V. Knowles-Nelson Editor-in-Chief, Legacy Magazine Denise St. Patrick-Bell PhD Copy Editor Toni Harrigan Intern Krisma King Intern Cover photo taken by Teekay at Planned Parenthood Golden Glades Health Center

An independent supplement by MIA MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, LLC. Dexter A. Bridgeman CEO & Founder “Providing News/Information and Connecting Florida’s Black Affluencers and Influencers” Contact: er@miamediagrp.com Cover photo from left to right: Andre Boyd, Sr., Christie Grays, Dr. Michelle C. Powell, Dr. Dorsey Goosby, Shyroll Morris, Dr. James Trice III, Tonja Mosley, and Nicole Vascianna, R.N.

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Good Samaritan Medical Center congratulates Tonja Mosley on being recognized as one of South Florida’s Top Black Healthcare Professionals of 2015.




South Florida's Top Black Healthcare Professionals of 2015

William R. Alexis M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I. Clinical and Interventional Cardiology Florida Cardiovascular Associates

Inaki G. Bent, D.O., M.B.A, M.S. Associate Physician-Internal Medicine Unihealth of South FloridaCarmel Barrau, MD & associates

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

Howard Brown Chief Financial Officer North Shore Medical Center

Clydell Dewberry D.C. Chiropractic Physician Palms Rehab and Wellness

Hasina Echoles, C.C.C.-S.L.P. Speech Language Pathologist Global Speech and Rehab Services, LLC

Derrick Glymph, D.N.A.P., C.R.N.A., L.T.C., U.S.A.R. Clinical Assistant Professor Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences Department of Nurse Anesthetist Practice

Fidel Goldson, Jr., D.C., P.T. Chiropractor and Physical Therapist Goldson Spine

Dorsey Goosby, M.D. Pediatrics and General Practice Baptist Health South Florida

Christie Grays Director, Community Relations Baptist Health South Florida

Tanya Ivy, M.S.W. Palliative Care Counselor Joe DiMaggio

Grace King, M.S., B.S. Regional Director Human Resources Broward Health North

Percy McCray Jr., Rev. National Director Spiritual /Faithbased Programs Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Robert H. Mills, Jr., M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon Holy Cross Orthopedics

Rudolph Moise, D.O. President and CEO Comprehensive Health Center

Shyroll Morris, M.B.A., M.P.H., F.A.C.H.E. Chief Satellite Operations Officer University of Miami- Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Tonja Mosley Chief Financial Officer Good Samaritan Medical Center

J. Jamile Munajj-Brown, A.R.N.P., M.S.N. Women's Health Jessie Trice Community Health Center

Edwin Nesi, D.C., C.C.S.P. Chiropractor Euphoric Healing

Olayemi, Osiyemi, M.D. President Triple O Medical Services P.A.

Michelle C. Powell, D.O., M.P.H. CEO Powell Health Solutions, Corporation

Cleo Reynolds, R.N., M.B.A Nurse Manager Mount Sinai Medical Center

Jasmin Shirley, M.S.P.H. Vice President Community Health Services Broward Health

Grace Sidberry, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist Building Momentum Inc.

Ora Strickland, Ph.D. Dean and Professor Florida International University School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Nicholas Suite, M.D. Neurologist Nicholas D.A. Suite M.D. Neurology, LLC

Giovana R. Thomas, M.D., F.A.C.S. Otolaryngologist-head and Neck Oncologic and Robotic Surgeon University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Angelo P. Thrower M.D. Dermatology and Skin Care Dr. Thrower Skin Care, Inc.

James M. Trice III, M.D. Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Andrea Trowers, M.D. Dermatologist

Felicia C. Turnley, M.H.H.A. Associate Administrator Memorial Hospital West

Nicole Vascianna, R.N., C.L.E.C. Postpartum Nurse and Lactation Educator Counselor The Village Maternity Services

Venessa Walker, D.C. Doctor of Chiropractic Walker Chiropractic and Wellness Center

Gail Bouie Ward, R.N., M.S., F.A.C.H.E. Executive Director University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center

Ebony Whisenant, M.D. Assistant Professor Family Medicine Physician Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine





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EXECUTIVE SUITE UM’s Shyroll Morris Shares Insights on Trillion Dollar Healthcare Opportunities

By Zach Rinkins

Shyroll Morris, Chief Satellite Operations Officer Answer this riddle: What industry sector receives nearly $3 trillion in annual expenditures? Employs more than 16 million people? And represents 20-percent of the American economy? If you answered the healthcare industry, you are right. This noble sector offers professional and personal satisfaction for one local executive. “Directing the care of patients makes an incredible difference in a

person’s life. It also provides a personal reward,” Shyroll Morris, chief satellite operations officer at University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, affirmed. “My job is to make sure that we block whatever barriers may prevent or delay a patient’s care. There is nothing more rewarding than helping people.” Sylvester is located in Miami’s downtown medical center complex. It is South Florida’s only university-based cancer center and offers multidisciplinary care, comprehensive research, in-patient/out-patient facilities and full-scale oncology services. Over the past seven years, the center expanded from one satellite site in Deerfield Beach to five in Kendall, Plantation, Hollywood, Sylvester West and Coral Springs. Morris is charged with guaranteeing that every off-campus site offers the same level of care delivered at the flagship location. “I am responsible for making sure that the sites are operational and ensure that patients receive the same high level of academic health services,” the University of Florida alumna noted. “We experience double digit growth every year. So, my job also entails compliance and expansion.”

According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare sector is one of the nation’s most vocationally diverse, highly compensated, and credentialed industries. Government economists project continued growth as access to healthcare expands. The sector offers a variety of positions ranging from entry-level jobs like orderlies; to healthcare practitioners; all the way to the executive ranks. Employees can work in governmental, non-profit, academic and private sector environments. These factors combined with Florida’s high healthcare consumer population present an attractive and possibly lucrative employment option. “There is more to healthcare than the clinical side of the profession,” Morris states. “There are many facets like billing, compliance, quality, legal, marketing, human resources and everything you can think of.” Morris’ aunt was treated for pancreatic cancer at Sylvester after a prior treatment failed, and has since passed. However, Morris attributes her aunt’s seven-year success--despite a one-year prognosis--to Sylvester’s quality care. For these reasons and more, she said the cancer center is the perfect place for her. “Most of our patients

are referred to us after their initial provider is unable to help them. We have scientists performing cutting edge research that helps us provide customized, precision care, specially designed for the patients. Once we develop the research, we share it with other hospitals,” she boasted. “I’d rather work in the place where we are actually developing cancer treatments. And, I always want to work for the leader in my industry.” Morris, who earned two master’s degrees, offers these career success tips for South Florida’s multi-billion healthcare landscape. “Healthcare is a service industry. You must understand the business side. I recommend a master’s degree, either a master’s of public health or business administration. Also, get as many internships as possible. Seek out people and network in the field. Find out their perspectives and respective journeys in the field. The American College of Healthcare Executives and the South Florida National Association of Health Services Executives are great resources. Also you must have empathy.” Log on to www.Sylvester.org to find out more information.

A Walking Miracle: A Story of Courage, Faith, and Determination from a Stage 4 Breast Cancer Survivor By Denise St. Patrick-Bell, PhD

Patricia Johnson Legacy recently spoke with Patricia Johnson, stage 4-breast cancer survivor and author of A Walking Miracle. Johnson’s book is on sale on Amazon. This book tells her miraculous story of faith, strength, perseverance, and tenacity. At the time of this interview, Ms. Johnson was preparing for her third annual Tenaciously Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. LM: How was the cancer initially detected?

Johnson: I was diagnosed 7 years ago with stage 4-breast cancer. I had no symptoms, no breast lumps and no pain. The lump was actually found under my arm. I had to undergo a lot of different tests and they found cancer in my left breast, my hip and my spine. LM: Are you saying then that although you had consistent annual mammograms, in the previous year nothing was detected? Johnson: Yes. Cancer cells lie dormant in each of us and we still don’t know what activates them. That’s why I tell women don’t just check your breasts but check your armpits as well. Tests revealed that I had cancer in 17 lymph nodes. LM: Is there a family history of breast cancer? Johnson: No, there is not. And that is important because a lot of women think that if there’s no history of breast cancer in their family, they do not have anything to worry about. Even women who do get mammograms, they don’t do it annually …

some say oh I had it two or three years ago, but so many things can develop in that timeframe. LM: Did you have a support network? Johnson: I could not have made it without my husband, my sister, and my posse. I flipped out because like many people, when you hear about cancer, your first reaction is death. When I went to get the test results seven women came with me, armed with paper and pens to ask questions. There were so many women in that doctor’s office that my husband couldn’t get in the door. My sister Yvonne became my armor bearer. I didn’t have to call her and tell her I had an appointment, she called me to remind me and let me know that she would be there. And if she couldn’t come, she made sure that there was always one of my posse there to support me. You cannot get through this without a support system and that is one of the reasons why I go to hospitals and treatment centers to be a support for those who don’t have such a secure network.

LM: Tell me about your treatment process? Johnson: The first step in my treatment process was to pray and ask God to heal me. He then sent me to the right oncologist who decided not to treat me with chemo but with the aromatase inhibitor Femara. I still have to go back every three months for checkups and I have to get an injection annually to keep my bones strong, BUT today I am cancer free! LM: What message would you like to provide women in the community? Johnson: I am proof that God is still in the miracle business. I have written a book, I visit hospitals and I spend my time doing speaking engagements. Whether I’m flying 30,000 feet in the air as a flight attendant or whether I’m meeting people on the street, I educate them about breast cancer. The most important is doing the self- examination and your annual mammogram; early detection is the key to saving your life.




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NAHSE: An Organization that Educates and Develops Minority Healthcare Professionals


service rendered to minority and underserved communities. From the very beginning NAHSE has sponsored and participated in local and national programs designed to improve equality, access and availability of health services and to expand educational opportunities in the field of health services administration. Annually, NAHSE hosts a National Educational Conference that brings all the Chapters together. NAHSE South Florida Chapter President Christie Grays, Donna Ginn, Jilea Hemmings, Grays reflects on how she was invited and Remi Kajobola and Marilyn Ritchie began networking on a level that she never received from other major mainstream The National Association of Health healthcare organizations with which she Services Executives (NAHSE) ensures was affiliated. Becoming a NAHSE member greater participation of minority groups in was totally different because of the care the health administration field. They strive and sharing of information that has helped to develop and maintain a strong viable her excel in her career. national body to continue equitable Grays has taken the torch and plans to placement for all candidates in the national continue NASHE’s legacy in South Florida health care system. by helping others reach their goals as well. The South Florida Chapter of NAHSE is The South Florida Chapter has increased its headed by Pres. Christie Grays (Director, membership by 57%, but that is not Community Relation for Baptist Health enough. Healthcare is a large industry, and South Florida). She has ambitious plans for blacks and minorities throughout the making this organization more renowned tri-county area have a major stake in its by creating more opportunities and proliferation. NAHSE has programming for networking involvement. students, early careerists, mid-careerists The prestigious NAHSE goes as far back and senior executives offering job-banks, as the 1930’s beginning in Durham, NC networking events, programs, receptions when a meeting of all “Negro Hospital and tours for its members. Executives” was called at Lincoln Hospital. Members received a significant discount The National Conference of Hospital on the registration fee for the 30th Annual Administrators Education Conference in New Orleans, LA. (NCHA), as it was called then, was a yearly held Oct. 13-16. “Creating the Blueprint for meeting in conjunction with American Sustainable Change: Diversity, Inclusion Hospital Association (AHA). Eventually, It and Equality in Healthcare” featured became very clear that a yearly meeting events, workshops and sessions designed was inadequate to meet the needs of its for Healthcare professionals at all stages of members as America’s Civil Rights their leadership journey. movement was heating up for justice and For more questions or to get involved equality in the country. NAHSE was please contact: founded in 1968 to become the premier NAHSE.SOUTHFL@GMAIL.COM professional association for black executives in the healthcare field. The South Florida Chapter of NAHSE was chartered in the 1990’s to educate and develop minority healthcare leaders and to Upcoming events: promote diversity for healthcare Tuesday, November 17 – President’s organizations throughout the Tri-County Reception & 2016 Forecast Area of South Florida. Its leadership and members are administrators, practitioners Tuesday, December 15 – 3rd Annual and educators, working in a wide-variety of Holiday Social & Speed Networking Event healthcare organizations. The sole purpose at Florida Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale of NAHSE, since its earlier incarnations, was and is to promote the advancement and Tuesday, February 22, 2016 – Dinner with development of ALL qualified leaders. Thus, Kevin Lofton, CEO of Catholic Health promulgating the development of these Initiatives and past chair of the American leaders for elevation of the healthcare Hospital Association



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THE BAUGHTOM LINE New Broward Initiative To Reduce Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure

By Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D.

Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D. President and CEO Urban League of Broward County A few weeks ago, the Urban League of Broward County received great news: we are the recipient of a $350,000 Humana Communities Benefit charitable grant funded by the Humana Foundation to help prevent the spread of diabetes and reduce the cases of congestive heart failure in our community. These funds are much needed locally to tackle these serious health issues.

By Richard McCulloch

The diabetes rate in Broward County is of particular concern – it’s an astonishing 210 percent higher than the rest of our nation. Among high school students in our county, the obesity rate is close to 8 percent, with nearly 30 percent watching television three or more hours a day on an average school day, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Humana Foundation has given us a huge opportunity to address these health care challenges. We’ll use the grant to launch multiple programs to educate residents diagnosed with or at-risk for diabetes, as well as their caregivers, on how to improve their quality of life. Specifically, the Urban League of Broward County will use the six-week, evidence-based Stanford Medicine Chronic Self-Management curriculum to educate residents on managing diabetes, healthy eating, reading food labels, stress management, positive thinking, exercise, medication usage, depression management and working with health care professionals. In addition, we’ll develop a mobile-friendly marketing campaign to provide easy access to diabetes information and recruit volunteer health workers to teach new

techniques and skills to community members. This initiative will be part of our “Breaking the Cycle” of poverty programs that uplift more than 7,000 people every year. We’ve been on the front lines of improving our community’s health for years. That includes focusing on the findings in the seminal issue of State of Black Broward: Health Report (which was supported by Sunshine Health): chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke and respiratory illnesses affect the minority community at significantly higher rates than other populations. We operate nearly 20 healthcarerelated programs across Broward County, including prevention and intervention education about chronic diseases. One of our most successful programs -- Project TOTTS (Together Our Tots Thrive & Survive) -- works in collaboration with Broward Healthy Start to provide comprehensive prenatal and infant educational empowerment programs. The program’s activities include community outreach, nutrition seminars and workshops, childbirth education, home visiting and parenting education and support.

The Urban League of Broward County was selected for the Humana Communities Benefit grant because of our transformative, ongoing work in preventing diabetes and congestive heart failure. For many of our healthcare programs, public education is a critical component of improving the well-being of our community. And for this grant, education will be an important facet as well. We consider our agency a true catalyst for change, and we’re eager to demonstrate how, through this new initiative, we’ll empower and excite individuals to improve their health by making better lifestyle choices. Our entire community should join the Urban League of Broward County in thanking the Humana Foundation for supporting this vital healthcare initiative. The Baughtom Line is this: Our community has a skyrocketing rate of diabetes and congestive heart failure cases. A new initiative funded by Humana Foundation will address these problems through multiple programs to educate residents diagnosed with these illnesses and conditions on how to improve their quality of life.

Your Career in Health Care is Calling… Are you Listening?

When I first announced that I would be cutting ties with my Northeast roots to relocate to South Florida, one of the phrases that I heard the most was “So, you’re going to God’s waiting room”. This facetious reference to the large number of elderly citizens who have chosen to spend their twilight years in the Sunshine State got me thinking: “The only thing hotter than the weather down there may be health care careers.” As a Higher Education veteran, I tend to relate academic pursuits to employment destinations. Understanding the work climate and labor needs of a market is an

essential part of responsible planning for Higher Ed program offerings and effective student advising. When it comes to Florida, however, you don’t have to reference government statistics or actuary studies to draw a logical conclusion: Health care careers are viable, and the need is undeniable. According to the Florida Department of Health in their April 2015 press release: High Demand for Health Care Jobs in Florida, “In Florida, health care jobs are in high demand, according to the 2014–2015 Statewide Demand Occupation List—a report released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).” The same release further evidences a historic trend in the growth of health care career opportunities; “The population of licensed health care practitioners in Florida has increased by 15.9 percent since 2010, while the total resident population in Florida increased by only 5.5 percent. Because of this growing demand for health care jobs, MQA (Florida Department of Health's Division of Medical Quality Assurance) continues to make a concerted

effort to reduce regulations and barriers to licensure that restrict opportunity for health care professionals.” The facts speak for themselves; and as “traditional learners” exiting high school and “non-traditional learners” balancing work and family explore education options, longer term academic pursuits to become doctors or registered nurses are not the only medical pathways demonstrating growth. In fact, the Florida Department of Health notes that within the State’s Top 50 jobs in highest demand, other occupations that rank well are: Dental Assistants (#33), Massage Therapists (#47), EMT/ Paramedics (#50). But wait…there’s more! The continued growth of health care professions is not just a Florida phenomenon, it is a national and global reality based on increased life expectancy. When Monster.com published its February 2015 article, 12 Fastest Growing Jobs in Healthcare the link between people living longer and the need for health care professionals was made crystal clear; “The aging population means increasing numbers of people in older age

groups, who are living longer and have increasing healthcare needs. As a result, the demand for healthcare will increase with a beneficial impact for people in the healthcare industries.” The article further explains; “Employment in home healthcare and residential care should increase rapidly as life expectancies rise and as aging children rely more on long-term care facilities.” From pediatrics to geriatrics, the demand is there. If you are seeking your first career opportunity or reconsidering your current one, health care should be on the top of your list. With such a large umbrella of job descriptions, the options in the health care field offer something for almost everyone. Do your research, get the education and training that you need, and then commit to a profession that cares - God’s waiting room is getting crowded. Richard McCulloch is the VP of Client Services & Business Development for Tribeca Marketing Group. For more information, please contact him at rm@tribecamarketinggroup.com




Mind Body and Soul with Nzingah

By Asanyah Davidson




Nzingah Oniwosan

This Authentic Dynamo, Nzingah Oniwosan, has been a mentor to many of us in the South Florida community who are trying to follow a healthier path. She is impressive not only for her intelligence, but also for her boundless energy and time management skills. Her titles include: Artist, Teaching Artist, Jewelry Designer, Certified Raw Vegan Chef, Holistic Health Consultant and a Certified Yoga Instructor. She’s also studying Neuroscience at Florida Atlantic University. It may not seem like all her interests make sense, but when you hear her philosophy on wellness, her reasoning will become much clearer. When asked to define wellness, Nzingah broke it down as “A mind-body-soul connection and being balanced in all those areas. Am I balanced in mind, am I balanced in body and is my soul balanced?” She believes that if you’re not balanced in

one of those areas, there will be a domino effect that will eventually unbalance your entire being. She’s made it her life’s goal to understand these various areas and how to help bring them back into balance. As far back as she can remember, Nzingah wanted to be a healer. Her family, being of the Seventh Day Adventist faith and of Haitian descent, encouraged her interest. They bought her books and exposed her to holistic practices. When people around her became ill she wanted to “fix” them and that lead to her belief that change starts with the individual and then spreads to our relationships and our community. “This is my community work, beginning on a cellular micro level and then it affecting the community at a macro level,” Nzingah says with a broad smile. Various studies have shown that a plant-based diet can reverse many

ailments. Everything from Type 2 Diabetes to Cataracts can be treated through a plant-based diet. Check out the Lauren McMullen article for U.S. New Health “7 Reason to Choose a Plant Based Diet”. Being aware of what goes in the body and knowing that food is the body’s first medicine can change the way we interact with food and inevitably our health. Nzingah has been a practicing Vegan for many years and was raised as a Vegetarian as part of her religious upbringing, but as part of her belief in balancing the body she has also become a Certified Raw Vegan Chef and Holistic Health Consultant. A Vegan doesn’t consume any animal or animal byproducts. A Raw Vegan also avoids processed foods and foods prepared above 115 degrees Fahrenheit in order to preserve as much of the food’s nutritional value as possible. “The idea, she says,” is

The simple 3 things Nzingah recommends to bring your body to balance and health: 1. Drink Water, at least half your body’s weight in ounces a day. 2. Take 20 minutes every day to you disconnect from everything. No phone, iPad, or computer … complete silence. 3. Sleep, your body and mind repair themselves during deep restorative sleep. Vegan pancakes

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that a living body should eat living” food.” Meditation and Yoga are one in the same. “Hatha yoga, the physical practice of meditation, was created so you could sit in actual meditation longer, but if you do yoga for sixty plus minutes you will find yourself in a mode of mindfulness. As people of color, living in America, under the stressors that we have, we need meditation, we NEED Yoga.” That’s why she wanted to become a teacher, so that people in the class can see a reflection of themselves is the person leading the class. You can join her for one of her sunrise classes on the beach or contact her for private instruction. This is in addition to her personal chef services and detoxes which she offers on her site. For more information follow Nzingah on instagram @yesbabyilikeitraw and visit her websites www.yesbabyilikeitraw.com. and www.nzingahdesigns.com

“As people of color, living in America, under the stressors that we have, we need meditation, we NEED Yoga.”

Sesame noodles Photo credits: Nzingah Oniwosan- Photography by D. Valcena (@dv3photo) Mind- Photography by William Beauplant | Jewelry by Nzingah- Sankofa’s Child Jewelry Line (@NzingahDesigns) Body- Photography by William Beauplant (@WilliamBeauplant) Soul- Photography by Amir Magal (@amirimage) and Louis Fisher (@fishmakesphotos) | Jewelry by Joann Stone (@Joannestonedesign)



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Regional HR Director, Broward Health North We salute your dedication and commitment to improving the lives of our patients and community.














Village Maternity Services Focuses on the Holistic Wellbeing of Miami’s Moms and Babies By Erica V. Knowles-Nelson

Nicole Vascianna, RN, CLEC Nicole Vascianna, RN, CLEC, is a postpartum nurse, founder of Village Maternity Services (VMS) and 2015 Legacy Black Healthcare honoree. Nicole founded VMS in 2013, which focuses on the holistic wellbeing, needs and desires of mothers and their babies during pregnancy, childbirth and after birth. More specifically VMS provides breastfeeding support and doula services.

Legacy had the opportunity to briefly discuss VMS and maternal holistic wellbeing with Nicole V.: LM: As a postpartum nurse and mother, what pregnancy care services were missing in South that led you to found VMS? NV: At the time of founding The Village Maternity Services, I was frustrated with the lack of educational, supportive and holistic services in South Florida. During my own pregnancy, I was unable to locate a local birth center where I could have access to medical equipment in case of an emergency but still have freedom in birth. You can virtually get whatever you want in this beautiful town; unless what you're looking for are midwives, or baby friendly hospitals, or natural birthing options that don't require pitocin inductions if you're a day over your estimated delivery date. My mission is to provide education and support so women and families can make informed decisions and be active members of their healthcare team. LM: Please tell us how having a doula can be helpful during pregnancy and during childbirth.

NV: The role of a doula is to provide education and support. My goal is to help you create the ideal pregnancy and childbirth experience, based on your wishes. We accomplish this with education. By learning about the various modalities and options, I find parents are then able to build a healthcare team that will support their vision. Now, just like any other plan, things may not go exactly the way we intend. So together we create birth plans, I suggest books, classes and techniques to help them reach their goals. LM: Why is breastfeeding important? NV: Babies and children that are breastfed are less prone to allergies, diabetes and obesity. Furthermore, the benefits extend to mom as well. Breastfeeding immediately after childbirth decreases your chances of bleeding because breastfeeding helps the uterus to contract. This is also why breastfeeding moms find their abdomens return to it’s pre-pregnancy state faster than formula feeding moms. Moms that allow their bodies to lactate (produce milk) are less likely to be diagnosed with breast, uterine or cervical cancers. They also decrease

their likelihood of postpartum depression and increase their bottom line as breastfeeding is FREE. LM: What are two tips you can provide new moms that are having difficulties breast-feeding? NV: 1. Don’t give up. Ideally, I want every woman to exclusively breastfeed as this offers the maximum benefits for the mother and child. However, the truth is, it’s not easily accomplished and there are so many booby-traps that can make it difficult. But every drop and ounce of breast milk provided is beneficial to a baby’s health and the bonding time is irreplaceable. 2. Enjoy this time! Once you wean from breastfeeding I find a lot of moms become sad about the end of this aspect of the mother/baby relationship. Many go on to say they wished they took the time to relax and enjoy the moments. There is something so very precious about a mother and child nursing. For additional information on VMS visit http://www.villagematernityservices.com/

Florida Medical Center Receives Special Visit from Nigerian Princess

Left to right: Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, CEO of Florida Medical Center; Dr. Lanalee Sam, medical director of women’s services at Florida Medical Center; Hrh Princess Moradeun Adedoyin-Solarin

Florida Medical Center was recently honored with the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Moradeun (‘Deun) Adedoyin-Solarin from Nigeria. She was invited to the hospital by Dr. Lanalee Sam, director of the unit/services for the Women’s Transformation Center, after presenting at the 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit in Orlando. “I first met the Princess in May at the Women4africa Awards event in London, and we immediately bonded over our mutual passion for gender equality and women’s empowerment,” Dr. Sam said. “I was thrilled when she accepted my offer to come to the hospital and witness firsthand how our services benefit women in the community.” Dr. Sam, in addition to CEO Gabrielle Finley-Hazle and two Nigerian employees of the hospital, Amidat Oloto, behavior health program therapist, and Ade Suleman, behavioral health technician, greeted the princess upon her arrival and welcomed her to South Florida. “It was a unique opportunity to meet a

princess from my country,” said Oloto, who moved to the United States when she was about 10 years old. “She was very nice, warm and easy to talk to.” After photos and introductions, Princess ‘Deun received a tour of Florida Medical Center. As a spokesperson and advocate for women and children worldwide, she had the opportunity to see how the hospital encourages women to be proactive about their health and lead more empowered lives. Princess ‘Deun is involved with several organizations, including Girl Child Network Worldwide, where she serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Official Global Spokesperson. Her roles cover community development, nation building, communication and media, leadership, mentorship, and empowerment within African communities across the world. Princess ‘Deun has been active in Nigerian politics, holding various political positions since she was 19. She continues to help Nigeria today through her work in community development.

For more information about the services available in your community at Florida Medical Center, please visit www.floridamedctr.com/our-services.

“Princess ‘Deun has been active in Nigerian politics, holding various political positions since she was 19. She continues to help Nigeria today through her work in community development”




Major Trends Influence South Florida Real Estate

By Barron Channer, CEO, BACH Real Estate

Follow @BarronChanner on Twitter The real estate business is about providing space for people to live, work or play. Understanding this core simplicity will help you figure out how to make money. Identifying the major trends that will impact people will lead you to how and where to find good real estate investments. In this article, I will highlight a few major trends that I believe will influence how and whereSouth Floridians live, work and play. Generational shifting is the biggest


trend shaping America today. The two largest generations in American history are on opposite ends of the career cycle. The Baby-boomer Generation, born between 1946 and 1964, represents roughly twenty-five percent of America’s population. They are retiring and will be doing so for several more years. As this occurs, boomers will seek to be less involved in business matters. A large population of people will be seeking to simplify their lives while making money from what they already own. The result will be opportunities to buy their properties and businesses. The Millennial Generation, born between 1981 and 1993, also represents roughly twenty-five percent of the population. These are young people who will become self-sustaining adults for several years to come. They will be open to live, work and play in neighborhoods that are diverse and once overlooked by some. Young and in their early careers, they will seek convenience that is not too expensive. This will create significant opportunity to

attract young professionals into some of the overlookedareas including those now occupied by Baby Boomers. Urbanization is another major trend. This is characterized by the major shifting of population from suburbs to areas in or near the city. This process has been reshaping South Florida over the last fifteen years. Downtown Miami has been one of South Florida’s faster growing neighborhoods since 2000. The same trend has fueled the major redevelopment of areas formerly defined as Little Haiti into new neighborhoods with names like Midtown Miami. The Sistrunk Corridor’s eastern boundary has seen development of hotel and apartment projects in recent years. Like a literal wave, urbanization spreads from block to block, increasing demand and price for the existing real estate. If you follow the shifting patterns of where people go to dine, go to dine, work or sleep, you will figure out where urbanization is headed next. Increased mass transit is South Florida’s newest major trend.

Numerous train lines are being designed, planned or constructed. The list includes All Aboard Florida, WAVE in Broward, Tri-Rail Eastern Line and Miami Beach Baylink. These projects promise to connect North Miami, Little Haiti, Pompano Beach, Lauderhill, Delray and other cities to the areas now covered by MetroRail and Tri-Rail. The result will be reliable and cheap transportation that reaches into more areas and is convenient to more people. The neighborhoods that get new stations will become more convenient and attractive to those seeking affordably priced areas that also allow them to save by not using cars all the time. Trends are leading indicators that wills help you spot investments before others start to compete with you. My own evaluation of major trends gives me the strong belief that many of the best investment opportunities for the next decade will be in historically black neighborhoods of South Florida. If you agree, then do something about it.

The Ultimate Shower Buddie

By Asanyah Davidson

Don Brown knows first hand the struggle of not being able to take care of one’s own basic needs after witness-ing his father suffer through Alzheimer and Parkinson disease. “The last thing they want is to have someone else bathe them.” That experience would later lead him to develop the ultimate Shower Buddie™. Brown, a mechanical engineer, has worked as a contractor for several Fortune 500 firms, where he gained valuable skills taking an idea from a concept to the marketplace. The Shower Buddie™ is constructed of antimicrobial materials, which prevent the growth and spreading of mold, mildew, yeast and fungus. The mirror attachment alone speaks to Brown’s understanding of those that suffer from diabetes, one of the many groups that can benefit from using the Shower Buddie™. Sufferers can have poor circulation, which leads to lack of feeling making it easy for minor sores and ulcers to occur, which then can lead to amputation and can become life threatening. “After two lower extremity amputations, many don’t live beyond five years,” according to the American Diabetes Association. The mirror not only allows users to see what’s going on but also do a sensation test with the lip of the mirror. Other attachments include the buffing block for smoothing cracked heels.


The Body Brush and Body Sponge rotate 360 degrees so you can get all the angles. The toe sponge allows you to apply creams and lotions to hard to reach crevices. The Help Aid, which also functions as a shower hook, is attached to the ergonomically designed handle. Brown wants to stress that his product is for everyone, not only those dealing with illnesses. The Shower Buddie™ can assist anyone, from a pregnant woman who needs a little extra help putting on lotion, someone with a lower back injury trying to slip into socks or avoiding pain from sore muscles. According to Brown, Veteran Services, will hopefully soon adopt The Shower Buddie™ and it is currently available for purchase online via Amazon. The slogan for Brown’s company, Bit Technology Inc., is “Developing ideas that raise the quality of life”.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® congratulates Percy McCray on being selected as one of South Florida’s Top Black Healthcare Professionals. Percy, thank you for your unwavering commitment to helping cancer patients, your passion and the positive spirit you bring to Cancer Treatment Centers of America® every day.




BUSINESS REPORT Broward and Palm Beach Counties Offer Great Opportunities for Business Success

By Zach Rinkins

touches four cities like us. With the economic landscape being what it is we offer significant and affordable value to residents and businesses.” As CRA vice chair, Hawkins-Williams presides over a six-member quasi-governmental body charged to rid the CRA boundary of blight and to stimulate economic growth through a Commissioner Patricia Hawkins-Williams, variety of strategies including incentives City of Lauderdale Lakes and investments. Today, there are nearly Vice Chairperson of the Lauderdale Lakes CRA 550 acres of prime development South Florida Business Journal recently opportunities within the CRA's boundaries, touted Lauderdale Lakes as one of the best and more than $600 million invested in values in terms of residential and new development. commercial opportunities. The report “We provide funding to renovate noted the city’s affordable houses outdated commercial properties and have (averaging approximately $160,000) and addressed many (almost ALL) vacant growth opportunities as factors that structures in the City over the past 13 years prompted recognition. One elected official including: the Lakes Mall and several other affirms the city is open for individuals, multi-business buildings and centers, families, and business owners. Broward Meat and Fish Company and “The City of Lauderdale Lakes is a gold others,” shared agency executive director J. mine. We consider ourselves the heartbeat Gary Rogers. “We also expand the tax base of Broward,” said city commissioner by buying land and then working with the Patricia Hawkins-Williams, vice chair of the private sector to build new city’s Community Redevelopment Agency developments and facilities.” (CRA). “No other city in Broward County Upon examining the CRA’s budget, one

priority remains consistent: an enduring investment in human capital. “We offer year-round, one-on-one/ group business counseling/ J. Gary Rogers, Executive Director, training to assist Lauderhill Lakes CRA existing and emerging commercial enterprises,” Rogers added. Legacy Growth Guide BROWARD COUNTY RESOURCES

“We are committed to working to increase the quality of life for City of Lauderdale Lakes residents,” continued Hawkins-Williams. She revealed that a major CRA priority is developing city land near Oakland Park Boulevard. For more information log on to www.LauderdaleLakes.org Lauderdale Lakes is not the only municipal entity prompting its residents and stakeholders for economic success. Legacy created this guide identifying resources to help you succeed in business. PALM BEACH COUNTY RESOURCES


CENTER FOR ENTERPRISE OPPORTUNITY (CEO) Formerly known as the Business Loan Fund of the Palm Beaches, Inc. 561-478-2337 www.ceoventures.org FLORIDA WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER 866-353-3790 www.flwbc.org PARAGON FOUNDATION OF PALM BEACH COUNTY 561-228-6146 www.paragonpbc.org


The Jerk Revolution: Conquering North America, One City at a Time

The food revolution is nothing new in the increasingly diverse communities throughout North America. These ethnic communities bring with them a taste of culture and history, along with flavors of unique cuisines. Jamaicans have not been left out of this cultural melting pot, as they continue to influence the region with musical legends, unmatched athletics, and now, Jamaican jerk foods. Jamaican jerk has spread throughout North America; connecting the masses to the Caribbean through scotch bonnet and

pimento blends. Its similarities to the American barbecue set a familiar ground, resulting in its grand reception. Thousands of people gather yearly at various Jerk Festivals to sample and experiment with this seemingly new style of culinary art. Spanning from as deep south as Sunrise, Florida to as far north as Toronto, Canada, North America has become the host of jerk creations for the past decade. While abroad, Jamaican jerk has evolved from the traditional forms of pork and chicken platters of Portland, Jamaica. Patrons who attend these various festivals look forward to the succulent jerk lobster and delectable jerk cheese, which is sampled with the finest of wines. Not to mention, the recent fan favorite, jerk ice cream! Jerk has clearly evolved from a Jamaican dish to a global entrée, entering homes one grill at a time. Enjoy the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival now celebrating in its 14th year. The Festival takes place on November 8th 2015 at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida

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ARTS & CULTURE TheaterSouth Atlanta Presents The Eve of Jackie at the Adrienne Arscht Center

Legacy invites you to join us for the closing night of The Eve of Jackie, on October 25, 2015 presented by Herman LeVern Jones’s TheatreSouth Atlanta, Inc. (TSA) and the Adrienne Arsht Center at the Carnival Studio Theatre (use promocode “welcomeback” for a discount on Legacy night). This play brings tribute to the

legendary performer as “Mr. Excitement”, Jackie Wilson, who inspired the likes of Elvis Presley, Al Green, Michael Jackson and countless others. Wilson will be played by Broadway’s Chester Gregory as he takes audiences through Wilson’s mind and life while confronting the possible exploitation of his music. The essence of Wilson’s signature choreography, spirit and inexhaustible energy will be captured as if it was his last performance of his life. Though Wilson was well-known and widely celebrat-ed for his music, he had little to his name upon his death.

Chester “CHESS” Gregory ‘s career began in Chicago, where his vocal range and acting prowess afforded him the lead role in Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theatre’s production of The Jackie Wilson Story. This award-winning role gave him the opportunity to sing for the legendary “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson., who gave Gregory a standing ovation in 2003. Gregory booked his debut Broadway role as Seaweed in the Tony Award Winning musical Hairspray. In the spring of 2013, Gregory produced his own show titled The Eve of Jackie, which premiered in New York. Gregory has also performed in the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, James “Thunder” Early in a national tour of “Dreamgirls,” that netted him a NAACP Theater Award and more recently, he played Eddie in “Sister Act”. TSA was founded in 2007 as a Georgia Non-Profit in Atlanta, GA. The company’s founder Mr. Herman LeVern Jones, MFA started this organization to expose the

local metro community to healthy classical theatre arts. Over the past 8 years, TSA has cultivated the community with several projects including a 2010 national tour of “MADAM” the musical based on the life and times of Madam C. J. Walker (210 PERFORMANCES) ran for a total of 10 months. TSA moved to Miami Dade County, FL in 2013, TheatreSouth’s 2015 projects include “I Have A Dream” in January at the Phichol Williams Center, “The Colored Museum” in February at the Deering Estate of Cutler Bay, “The Phantom of the Old Opera House” in June at the Phichol Williams Center and “Happyville, USA” at the Phichol Williams Center. The Eve of Jackie will run from Wednesday Oct. 14 – Sunday Oct. 25, 2015 at the Adrienne Arsht Center. For additional information and tickets go to theatresouthatlanta.org or www.arshtcenter.org


By Latasha Sharell

The Man in 3B, in Theaters on November 6th

Trey Haley

Over the past five years, Hollywood’s spotlight has finally turned towards the well-deserved African American storytellers of our day. Director, producer and entrepreneur Trey Haley will also join this coveted movement of successful

filmmakers with his highly anticipated film, “The Man in 3B.” The film’s ensemble cast stars some of Hollywood’s hottest actors, presenting a story of entertaining twists, suspense and passion. His bold and entrepreneurial approach to the business is

what set him apart to lead a successful journey. One of the major hurdles of African-American producers and filmmakers is a lack of access and support in financing their projects. Trey attributes his success to firmly believing in the idea of self-empowerment. He states, “There is no excuse nowadays not to enter the film industry and so I refused to let the lack of access hinder my career.” The director also states that his inspiration to enter the film industry can be attributed to the desire to change the perception of the world through the power of image, especially for African Americans. His advice to others looking to enter the industry is to understand the traditional route, then find a way to break the rules by creating an alternate route that works for you. “The Man in 3B” was funded by Carl Webber, a New York Times bestselling author and screenwriter of the aforementioned film. With the partnership of Trey’s production studio and Webber’s publishing company, the two were able to successfully bring the production into fruition. The dynamic duo also made it a priority to work with others from the

African American community. Over fifty percent of filming locations were black owned. Additionally, the film’s supporters ranged from the Black Business Bureau, Urban World, the Tom Joyner Foundation, the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards, the Bronze Lens, the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Trey’s success story can be attributed to the amount of value he seeks to add into his community and the lives of others. Trey states “instead of waiting on a green-light from Hollywood, work on relationship building with-in your own community.” Trey also makes it a priority to give back through working closely with HBCU’s, local community efforts, and events for charity. Trey also looks forward to the prospect of filming in the South Florida area andworking with the Miami community in the near future. Trey has three films scheduled for release shortly after “The Man in 3B”: “No More Mr. Nice Guy” a suspenseful action thriller; “The Choir Director”; and “The Preacher’s Son,” which are both dramas.




Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark to Present PURVIS ON PAPER in the Ansin Family Art Gallery Opening on Thursday, November 5

On October 16, 2015, Valerie Norman Gammon, Director of Cultural Affairs for

City of Miramar announced the next art exhibition that will be presented at the popular, multipurpose Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark Ansin Family Art Gallery. The Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark will be presenting: November 5, 2015 through January 11, 2016 PURVIS ON PAPER A unique exhibit filled with 30 works by internationally renowned, Miami-based artist Purvis Young (1943-2010). Self-taught, Young’s work was often a blend of painting/drawing

with collaged elements utilizing everyday discarded found objects. He was inspired by documentaries, (art) books, American history and spiritual folklore. His visual vocabulary, which was vast, included wild horses, urban landscapes, (self) portraits, figures, holy men, angels, warriors, boats, sports, musicians, erotica, processions and incarceration to name but a few. The Ansin Family Art Gallery within the Miramar Cultural Center/Arts Park is located at 2400 Civic Center Place. Parking is free. For more information, please call 954.602.4525 or visit www.miramarculturalcenter.org. About the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark: The Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark was created to celebrate creativity and diversity within the city. This landmark is a vibrant, urban destination located in the heart of the Miramar Town Center, situated adjacent to City Hall. Centrally located, the Center consists of an 800-seat theater, two art galleries, banquet facilities,

a full-service kitchen, rehearsal halls, classrooms, a botanical garden and more. Within walking distance of a main library, shops, restaurants, and fitness center, it is the perfect place to see a live performance, enjoy a day of family fun, have a meal, attend a lecture, or stroll through the galleries. The Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark is a collaborative effort of many who share a fundamental commitment to the arts as essential to building a strong and vibrant community. The project is funded in part by Broward County through the Broward County Board of Commissioners with proceeds from 2000 Safe Parks & Land Preservation Bond. The Center also acknowledges the support of the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, please visit www.miramarculturalcenter.org.

UNCF & Florida Memorial University First MASKED Ball - October 3, 2015

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Travel Chat Dine: Caribbean Mimosa Brunch A Global Experience – How to learn and grow with authentic travel experiences

Erica Knowles-Nelson, Founder of Getting to Know the World and Ernisha Randolph, Founder of Our Kitchen, Invite you to Travel Chat Dine: Caribbean Mimosa Brunch. WHEN: Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

WHERE: Cubaocho Museum and Performing Arts Center - 1465 SW 8th St. #106. Miami, FL 33135 TICKETS: www.tcdcaribbean.eventbrite.com You will be transported to a paladar in Havana, Cuba without stepping on a ship or plane. This event will be a Caribbean Brunch with flowing mimosas, live entertainment and is set in a fabulous art gallery. Our Kitchen – Culinary Incubator will be catering this event with a variety of Caribbean food and will feature Miami’s top chefs, whom will also provide cooking demonstrations. The topic of the day will

Erica Knowles-Nelson Ernisah Randolph be A Global Experience – How to learn and grow with authentic travel experiences. Travel Chat Dine is all about “Getting to Know the World”! We gather a diverse group of South Floridians and visitors

together at a fun, inspiring, delicious, and authentic international locations all the while inspiring conversation about everyone’s past travel adventures and future travel plans. Furthermore, everyone has the opportunity to meet people from different cultures, share travel photos and embrace the world. Of course individuals without passports stamps are encouraged to attend as well so that they may be inspired to travel! For sponsorship opportunities and additional information please contact Erica at Erica@gettingtoknowtheworld.com or at 954-562-1931.

CatWalk Pros Presents 3rd Annual Miami Fashion Launch 2015 Event CatWalk Pros is thrilled to announce “Saints and Sinners,” the 3rd Annual Miami Fashion Launch 2015 event. The show is set to take place at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts Complex in Miami, Florida on Saturday, October 31. CatWalk Pros will be presenting new and emerging talent and fashion in support of the local Miami Police Athletic League and the ‘Do The Right Thing’ organization. This black carpet masquerade is an evening where fashion, art, music, theater

and entertainment collide. CatWalk Pros runway models will be showcasing one-of-a-kind attires from various established designers such as Style Mafia, H3O, Italian artist Mariapia Malerba and pieces from the Jahdeani Collection. Guests will also enjoy the sounds of DJ Derek, Frankie Amour, recording artist Teenear and many more. Doors for the cocktail reception and fashion show open at 7:00p.m. General admission tickets are $50 and $75 for VIP guests.

Sponsors include Gone Too Soon, Inc., OP Makeup Studios, PRP Wine International, Style Mafia, Sheyes of Miami Learning Centers, VW Nail Spa, Creative Expressions, Vespa Photo Studio, Figaro Cigars and Michele Henney jewelry designs. For additional information about the Miami Fashion Launch 2015 or purchasing tickets, visit www.catwalkpros.com or send an email to info@catwalkpros.com

Meet Vincent Smith Local Pharmacist and Tech Inventor

By Zach Rinkins

Vincent Smith, tech entrepreneur and pharmacist

It is not unusual to read headlines trumpeting the latest billion dollar initial public offering or venture capital triumph. Ambitious technology designer Vincent Smith noticed there weren’t many people of color holding equity stakes in these highly profitable ventures. “Diversity is an issue there and I want to be part of the solution by hiring and assisting more minorities in pursuing tech endeavors,” Smith proclaimed. Since necessity is the mother of invention, Smith gave birth to his burgeoning Popscope and Koccoon (pronounced cocoon) platform. With these ventures, he is determined to get his piece of the multi-billion dollar pie and create opportunities for others.

Popscope has generated more than $7000 in sales on Kickstarter and has been featured in People Magazine. Just don’t call it a selfie stick. Popscope is a remote control smartphone selfie tripod that works with virtually any smartphone. “Our product is a professional tripod that allows you to enjoy the full benefits your phone’s photography and video features hands-free,” he informed. His upcoming Koccoon platform will empower people planning weddings. Potential vendors signup for free and create a store. Customers submit requests with budget and details. Vendors are alerted with new requests and can submit a quote to win new business. “It also gives customers the ability to rate vendors and

lower their costs. This creates a win-win for vendors and customers,” Smith noted. If you are a freelance wedding service provider looking for opportunity, contact Smith at vincent@koccoon.com





Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center congratulates

Shyroll A. Morris, Dr. Giovana R. Thomas, Dr. James M. Trice III, and Gail Bouie Ward on being selected as one of South Florida’s Top Black Healthcare Professionals for 2015

AS SOUTH FLORIDA’S ONLY CANCER CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, NO ONE IS MORE PREPARED TO FIGHT YOUR CANCER. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center earns South Florida’s first and only Cancer Center of Excellence award. At Sylvester, we are passionate about fighting cancer, all day, every day. The State of Florida’s Cancer Center of Excellence designation recognizes our more than 250 cancer specialists and the work they do hand in hand with researchers at the University of Miami to discover, develop and deliver the most effective ways to prevent, detect, treat and cure your cancer. The award – based on measured success in delivering quality cancer care to patients – lets everyone know that Sylvester is a destination for precision cancer care backed by innovative research. To learn more, visit sylvester.org.














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