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South Florida artist JDrawtalent Louis is the 2019 Art Warz grand champion! He will be competing at Art Warz: North Carolina on May 18th presented by Art n Soul & Our Gems. (Photo credit: Gary McDonald)

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GROWING THE VOICE OF OUR FUTURE: Youth Photojournalists Five BCPS Teacher of the Year finalists are this year’s standouts Winner to be announced at 2019 Caliber Awards


Government shutdown cost U.S. economy $11 billion, budget office says

By Dareh Gregorian

Satoko Fisher

Sheldon Jordan Catherine Lozada

Kristen Murphy Lisa Clara Mabour

From serving as an autism coach and teaching biology and global perspectives – to teaching the Japanese language and culture, five outstanding teachers are finalists for the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Teacher of the Year. Two elementary school teachers, a middle school teacher, a high school teacher and a virtual school teacher, with more than 75 years of combined classroom experience, are vying for the coveted award. The BCPS Teacher of the Year will be named at the 2019 Caliber Awards Ceremony, recognizing the District’s outstanding teachers,

principals, assistant principals and schoolrelated/District employees. The ceremony takes place on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Congratulations to BCPS Teacher of the Year finalists: Satoko Fisher, Broward Virtual School: Fisher is a 26-year veteran teacher, who teaches the Japanese language and culture to students in first through 12th grade. “Japanese is a challenging subject for American students, as they must

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Federal employees went back to work Monday after the longest shutdown in government history — but the economic effects will be felt for a long time. A report released Monday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the economy took an $11 billion hit, including $3 billion that’s gone forever, in the 35 days

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that parts of the federal government went unfunded. “Among those who experienced the largest and most direct negative effects are federal workers who faced delayed compensation and private-sector entities that lost business. Some of those private-

sector entities will never recoup that lost income,” the report said. “In CBO’s estimation, the shutdown dampened economic activity mainly because of the loss of furloughed federal (Cont’d on page 5)

Civil Rights Org, Muslim Advocates, Settles Pool Discrimination Lawsuit Wilmington, Delaware Revises Dress Code Policy By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent The national civil rights organization, Muslim Advocates, and its co-counsel announced a settlement of a lawsuit against the city of Wilmington, Delaware. The lawsuit alleged that Muslim children were repeatedly harassed at city pools last year because of clothing worn for religious reasons. According to court documents, the city will revise its dress code policies for city-operated aquatic facilities to ensure access

for all. The new policy will expressly state that the dress code accommodates clothing worn for religious reasons or financial hardship. The settlement comes following a lawsuit brought by Wilmington-based Muslim Youth Center, Darul Amaanah Academy, and certain families associated with the center. Some of the children attending Darul Amaanah’s summer camp, consistent with their religious beliefs, wear headscarves, t-shirts or leggings while in public. Despite wearing such clothing at city pools for years without incident, pool staff harassed the children this past summer and

repeatedly denied them access to the pool simply because of their religious beliefs, according to Darul Amaanah. Despite numerous complaints, including a cease and desist letter from Muslim Advocates and an acknowledgement from the mayor’s office that the city used “poor judgment” and “should be held accountable,” the city failed to take meaningful

action, forcing the plaintiffs to file this lawsuit in August 2018, according to attorneys for the center. “I was born and raised in Wilmington, which is why it broke my heart to see our children face this kind of discrimination and humiliation from the city,” said Tahsiyn Ismaa’eel, founding director of (Cont’d on page 11)

Andrew Gillum Addresses Future, Importance of Black Press By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia

Gillum at 2019 NNPA MidWinter Training Conference

Former Tallahassee Mayor and Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum didn’t break the kind of news that many publishers, editors and journalists may have wanted at the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) annual Midwinter Training Conference in Orlando, but the HBCU graduate did provide the Black Press of America some newsworthy tidbits about what he’s doing now and what the future might hold. “Beginning in about two weeks I will be teaching a fellowship at Harvard University,” Gillum said in

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an exclusive tidbit from a fireside chat conducted by NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. during a luncheon at the Hilton Orlando Hotel on Thursday, Jan. 24. The luncheon was sponsored by General Motors and Wells Fargo – both companies sent representatives to talk about their commitment to the Black Press. Gillum, who lost a tight and controversial race to Republican Ron De Santis by just 30,000 votes, said he’s also been spending time with his family. “Right now, I’m planning to date my wife,” the former Tallahassee mayor said. With a wife and three children and a new teaching job, Gillum also hasn’t lost


focus on the political task at hand – the 2020 presidential election. “My grandmother says ‘know better, do better,’” Gillum said. “I learned something about the gap that exists in my state and that there are road barriers for the Democrats. The young voters turned out at a higher rate in the history of the state of Florida,” he said, noting that his goal is to help register 1 million voters by the 2020 election. For those seeking to win in 2020, Gillum said it’s paramount that they engage the Black Press. “Anybody trying to win in 2020, specifically if they are trying to win off the backs of black folk, those investments have to be made and they have to be made early,”


Gillum said. “There’s always a lot of lip service, but those investments need to be made.” Gillum made note of the partnership between the Black Press and corporations like Wells Fargo and General Motors. He called relationships like (Cont’d on page 9)


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Growing the Voices of Our Future

Deltas spark winning streak for FLorida Panthers

In a joint effort to get students involved with the Children Services Council’s 2019 Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children campaign: Growing the Voices of Our Future, the Westside Gazette will engage youth in a photovoice (photojournalism) project. The youth will tell their stories through the written word and through the lens of cameras they will operate as photojournalists focusing in but not limited to the Broward AWARE campaign.

Florida State University’s Kappa Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated brought good luck for the Florida Panthers (3-1) win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The highlight was having Panthers’ President & CEO Matt Caldwell explain the game. (Photo credit: Keneisha L. Deas)

William Fremd like the government SHUT DOWN!!! Photo by Cosey Proctor III, 14

Meet the 11-Year Old Student Who is a Physics Major at Southern University

William Fremd High School is closed due to the snow blocking the entrance. The federal workers won’t stop until everyone can move freely through the city. William Fremd High, located in a northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois, is known for academic excellence, and its athletic, drama, visual arts, and music programs.

Elijah Precciely, 11-year old Physics major at Southern University From BATON ROUGE, LA — Elijah Precciely, the young Black genius who at just 11-years old was accepted into Southern University on a full-ride scholarship, has recently started his first full semester of classes at the Louisiana HBCU. Elijah, who is majoring in Physics, couldn’t be more thrilled in his first week at Southern University. And he’s already making a huge impression on campus. “I’m very excited,” Elijah told local station WBRZ. “I’ve been waiting on this for a long, long time.”

My thoughts on caregivers in 2019 By Leja Williams, 14

Although he’s much younger than usual undergraduates, he seems to be standing out and blending in rightfully at the same time. “This is my environment. I love to be up here on campus. I love to learn. But what really strikes me (Cont’d on page 10)

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: LW--How long have you been a care giver? BWM--15 years LW--What made you want to become a caregiver? BWM--After 20 years at Motorola I wanted to give back to my community as a caregiver. LW--What are some challenges you face while being a caregiver? BWM--Well first thing in the morning I don’t know what type of mood she will be in and patience is the key to this job. LW--What’s the best part of being a caregiver? BWM--The smile on her face when I get there and taking her out for breakfast and to the mall. She loves being around people. LW--Do you see yourself being a caregiver in the next 5 years? BWM--Yes, with a smile on my face. I love being a caregiver? Please listen to the audio of Leja Williams interviewing Bonita Williams-McKenzie (Caregiver) at

Capoeira Photo by Layla Davidson, 12 Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. It was developed by African slaves in Brazil at the beginning of the 16th century. Capoeira will improve your strength, flexibility, and overall fitness. I do Capoeira to help me stay fit and this is one of my favorite after-school activities. In the photo is my capoeira instructor, Matthew Allen.

A Dream Come True? Photo by Brielle Henry, 9

Azaria Henry and Ashton Arkon (neighbors) share a moment that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of -- children of different colors playing together.

Check back each week for new photos from these young talented photojournalists!

Miami Dade College


Black History Month

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with Free Community Events

The black community of Coconut Grove gathered together in front of Commodore Ralph M. Munroe’s boathouse in the 1890s. (State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory)

MIAMI -- This year, Miami Dade College (MDC) proudly celebrates Black History Month with an array of community and educational activities that shine a light on Black Migrations at each of its eight campuses. The beginning of the 20th century in the United States saw a movement of Blacks from the American South to the industrialized North and beyond. Such migrations, which largely included relocation from farms to cities, resulted in a more diverse urban population and a changing social milieu. The period also quickly gave rise to a growing number of Black industrial leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as new urban churches, religions and music genres like ragtime, blues and jazz. But not everyone headed north. Many Black migrants from North Florida and numerous Southern states settled in Miami. Black immigrants also arrived in Miami from the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and other countries throughout the Western Hemisphere. As early as 1904, the official City of Miami directory listed numerous black-owned and -operated businesses, as well as a medical doctor, 26 laundresses and several hundred laborers. By 1915, the Black population in Miami was approximately 5,000, and their holdings in real estate and personal property were estimated at $800,000. Don’t miss the wide variety of events available collegewide in honor of Black History Month. From Redlining: Then and Now, an insightful discussion on land distribution throughout history, to Healthy Soul Food, a food demonstration exploring the origins of popular African-American, Caribbean and Southern cuisine, MDC students and the community can participate in an abundance of festivities happening at each campus. For a complete list of events, please visit http://www.mdc. edu/blackhistory/

In spite of the inclement weather there was an impressive showing of love and unity as nearly 200 community members showed up to support the re-election of Dr. Rosalind Osgood for Broward County School Board District 5 Seat on Sunday January 27, 2019. The group of a diverse population of pastors, students, elected officials, union representatives, business leaders, teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, educational support professionals,

Miramar. “She is a real leader. “When people continue to try to eliminate our PROMISE program on both State and National levels, Osgood continues to speak out publicly in support of PROMISE. She is committed to keeping our children out of jail and in school. We love her for not being afraid to stand up for what is best for our children”, said Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County NAACP President Marsha Ellison.

M-DCPS to Observe ‘Take Our Daughters, Sons to Work Day’ on Feb. 1 Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) will observe “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Friday, February 1, 2019. The District uses this date instead of the national observance on April 25th to minimalize disruptions during scheduled

15th Annual Christmas Toy Drive Giveaway

By Chaplain Anita Chapman (Retired Deputy Sheriff) Gold Star Production, American Legion Deerfield Beach, Glenn Miller Post #287, and a group of volunteers collaboratively held their 15th annual Christmas Toy Giveaway on December 23, 2018. The celebration has become a tradition of sharing the Love of God by bringing smiles to the faces of children from all over Broward County. The American Legion displayed concern for helping the community by donating their time, space, and equipment, which aided in making the event a great success. Over 100 children arrived at the American Legion. The excited children were there to listen to a Christmas Good Citizenship Presentation, collect toys, enjoy a meal, and play games. The history of the Christmas event began 15 years ago by Mr. Colvin and Al Jones. They funded the event entirely with the assistance from friends. As the toy drive grew and gained recognition in the community, businesses, friends and community groups became partners. We humbly thank the following sponsors: Martin Chapman MMT Services, Ed’s Insurance, Isaac Rivers Rented4 Less, Henry L. Graham Liberian Development, Lynne Warrick Institute, Willie Henderson Berkshire Realty Weston & friends, Troy Lounge, Wallace Communications, Steven G.

principals, parents, family and friends from as far as Port. St. Lucie were in attendance at a community cookout held at the Historic Ponderosa Restaurant. Community Leaders express strong support for Dr. Osgood’s re-election because of her love for the community, high visibility, unwavering leadership, and tenacious advocacy for students, staff and minority businesses. “She has exemplary leadership in spite of the threats she receives,” said Wayne Messam, Mayor of

Interior, Cherry Blinds, IB Glazing, Pappa Johns, Pizza Hut, Winn Dixie and Rodney Baltimore HOT 105. Special thanks to GK Window Treatment Pompano Beach and staff for 10 years of support and Busy Bees Deerfield for past dedicated yearly support. Commissioner Gloria Battle and State Representative Gwen Clark-Reed were in attendance. Philanthropic donations and volunteers are welcomed to assist in our many community endeavors and start planning next year event. If you would like to assist in continuing to help those in need, contact joychapman93@ 954-732-9132 Deuteronomy 14-29 - Fatherless and Widows, within your town, should eat and be satisfied; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the works of thine hand which thou doest.

testing. Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day program goes beyond the average “shadow” an adult experience. Exposing girls and boys ages 8-18 to what a parent, mentor or guardian

does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life does more. For the most up-to-date

information, please download the Dadeschools mobile app to your iPhone or Android device. Follow us on Twitter at @mdcps and @miamisup, and on Facebook at MiamiSchools and Alberto Carvalho

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World AIDS Museum and Educational Center Upcoming Events and Support Opportunities • What’s Your PrEP? Community Dialogue with Latinos Salud, Thursday, Jan 31 from 7 to 9 p.m., at World AIDS Museum, 1201 N.E. 26 St., Ste. 111, Wilton Manors, Fla. For more info contact (954) 390-0550. • Florida Panther’s PRIDE Night, Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise, Fla. • Florida AIDS Walk, Saturday, March 23, at Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Events Newsletter CRA Pompano Beach Events - Green Market Pompano Beach- free YOGA, every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., at the corner of E. Atlantic Blvd., & S.W. First Ave., (next to Pompano Beach City Hall) - Old Town Untapped, Friday, Feb. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., at Bailey Contemporary Arts, 41 N.E. First St., Pompano Beach, Fla. -Patricia Davis Community Garden- come and join the fun every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 1089 N.W. Sixth Ave., Pompano Beach, Fla. -Now Hiring Job Seeker orientation workshop, first Wednesday of every month from 12 to 1 p.m., at Ronald McNair Community Center, 951 N.W. 27 Ave., Pompano Beach, Fla. For more info (954) 786-7866 dahlia.baker@ -Food Truck Round Up Pompano Old Town, Friday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 10 p.m., Third Friday of the month at Northeast corner of Atlantic & Dixie Hwy. Pompano Beach, Fla.


Social Butterfly Services presents Diner en Rouge, Friday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. To RSCP by text to (954) 850-3108 with your name and party size.

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Competition Join Vice Mayor Rodney Harris and Local Middle School Students for the Fourth Annual Robotics S.T.E.A.M. Competition, Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Thomas University Fernandez Family Center, 16401 N.W. 37 Ave., Miami Gardens, Fla. For more info contact Kevin Brown at (786) 376-7012.

Lauderhill Living Events

- Sunday, Feb. 17 – Sola Rum-Food- Wine Festival at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 N.W. 11 Pl., Lauderhill, Fla. - Saturday, Feb. 23 – 2019 Lauderhill Taste Tour, from 12 to 4 p.m. For more info call (954) 714-3128 or visit www. - Saturday, March 16 – Slow Roll and Ride a Bike with a Lauderhill Cop. Register at 9 Roll Out at 10 a.m., at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 N.W. 11 Pl., Lauderhill, Fla.


AHF presents Safer Is Sexy Int’l Condom Day Burlesque Show, Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m., at Gallery of Amazing Things, 481 S. Federal Hwy., Dania Beach, Fla. For ticket info 21+ Event ticket access code: AHFGA

- Free Hands-Only CPR Class, Saturday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at CW Thomas Park, or PJ Meli Park. First come, first serve. - Dania Beach believes in Fitness! Calling volunteer Coaches. For more info call (954) 924-3838 or email - Gracefully Aging & Golden Seniors at C.W. Thomas Park, 100 N.W. Eight Ave., Dania Beach, Fla. Program Hours: Tuesday & Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For additional info call (954) 9243692. -Advisory Board Appointments – Accepting Application. For additional info call (954) 924-6800 x3624.

Events Broward Health Heart Month Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death in the U.S., with an average of one death every 40 seconds, according to the American Heart Association. Broward Health is offering a variety of events, some at no cost, during the month of February to help raise awareness on heart conditions, at Broward Health Medical Center, 1600 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla 33316. -BP Tuesdays – Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. - Broward Health Medical Center will provide every Tuesday in February free blood pressure screenings to patients, visitors and staff in the hospital main lobby. Blood pressure, cardiac services and stroke prevention information will be provided. - Second Annual Spin-AThon – Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Broward Health Medical Center will host the 2nd Annual Africk Family Foundation Spin-athon is a four-hour peer-topeer fundraising event where 50 teams on 50 spin bikes will ride non-stop. For more info call (954) 473-7055.


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Miramar Today Events • Celebrate Black History Month with the Miramar Cultural Center, Artspark: Celebrate Black History Month With MCC: *Friday, Feb. 1 - The Brian McKnight Concert *Saturday, Feb. – We Shall Overcome Ft. Damien Sneed *Saturday, Feb. 9 – Dr. Michael Eric Dyson *You’re invited to Free coffee with Commissioner Darlene B. Riggs every Monday in January and February. Every Monday in January from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at 12312 Miramar Parkway, Every Monday in February from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., at 2101 S.W. 101 Ave., #102 • Harlem Renaissance- a Red, Black, and White Affair Seniors Night of Honor in Miramar, Friday, Feb. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m., at Miramar Cultural Center Banquet Hall, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar, Fla. For more info call (954) 602-3154. • City of Miramar presents Zumba- dance yourself into shape at Miramar’s Free Zumba Class, Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m., at Miramar Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Pl., Miramar, Fla. • 50 Plus Statewide Seniors Domino Games, Inc., Domino Tournament for all ages random, Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a. m., at Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Comm., Blvd., Tamarac, Fla. There is a registration fee; lunch and dinner provided. For more info contact the City of Tamarac at (954) 597-3635 or (786) 289-7933. • Meet & Greet with Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne – Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne will be available to meet with Miramar residents to hear about your needs and assist with any concerns. Join her on Thursdays at Sunset Lakes, 2801 S.W. 186 Ave., Miami Fla., and Mondays at the Multi-Service Complex, 6700 Miramar Pkwy., Miramar, Fla., by appointment only. For more info call Lynn Nazario or Angela Aguiar at (954) 603-3143 to make an appointment. • The City of Miramar presents Game Night Party & Play on the Plaza, Friday, March 15 from 7 to 11 p.m., at Miramar Town Center Plaza, 2300 Civic Center Pl., Miramar, Fla. For more info call (954) 602-3178 • The City of Miramar presents Puppy Palooza, a free event, Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Miramar Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Pl., Miramar, Fla. For more info call (954) 602-3178. • Kids Zone Health Screenings - early bird registration, Saturday, March 2 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Miramar Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Pl., Miramar, Fla. For more info call (954) 6023198 or email • Attention Miramar Residents – are you a furloughed federal employee? We’re Here to Help! For more info call (954) 602-HELP (4357). • Mayor Wayne Messam invites you to join My Brother’s Keeper – Young Men in High School. For more info at (954) 602-3198 or Pleading Our Own Cause STAYCONNECTED --

Write In & Write Out: Reclaiming Wholeness through Creative Writing, Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Movie Matinee: Fox Brown, Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Free screening of Foxy Brown, a 1974 American “Blaxploitation” film starring Pam Grier. Rated R ages 18 and up.) - Going Hard in the Paint: Athletes and Protest, Thursday, Feb. 7 from 4 to 5 p.m. - Black History Month Essay Contest, Deadline – Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m., students in grades four through 6 – here’s your call to activism. - Free Wellness Workshop for Seniors/Caregivers through May 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info call (954) 357-6282. - Sci-Fi & Comic Convention, Saturday, May 11. -- Write In & Write Out: Reclaiming Wholeness through Creative Writing, Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - #Destination Fridays – 70s Vintage Black Hollywood, Friday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. - Black History Month Essay Contest, Deadline – Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m., students in grades four through 6 – here’s your call to activism. Living Healthy (2 sessions): Learn how to handle difficult emotions, meditate; exercise safely and easily; eat well; solve problems; and communicate better with family. Session 1 – Thursday, Jan. 31; Thursday, Feb. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Session 2 – Tuesday, Feb. 5 and 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Diabetes Self-Management (1 session): Learn how to handle emotions; acquire healthy eating habits; exercise for strength and endurance; use medications correctly; and communicate better with health providers and family members. - Thursday, March 7, 14, 21, 28; Thursday, April 4, 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Event Vivid Dreams Publishing and Production Company presents Embracing Our Roots Book Affair & PopUp-Shop, Saturday, Feb. 9, 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Lauderhill Mall, 1267 FL – 7 Lauderhill, Fla. (Giveaway & raffles), music, refreshments & fun for the whole family.

Events N.P.H.C. Broward County Council Divine Nine New -Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Chi Psi Omega Chapter presents Fifty Shades of Pink, Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m., at The Old River House, 301 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Attire: Pink Chic. Tickets are available through Eventbrite. -Pompano Beach Alumni Chapter/North Broward County Alumnae Chapter presents Suits & Stilettos, Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., at The Event Center, 6101 N.W. 31 St., Margate, Fla. For tickets: - Red Shoe Luncheon, Saturday, Feb. 23 from 12 to 4 p.m., at Gulfstream Park, Sport of Kings, 901 S. Fed. Hwy., Hallandale, Fla., open to the public. To purchase tickets Eventbrite -South Broward Alumnae of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. cordially invites you to join in celebrating A Decade of Diamonds in honor of our 10 year Anniversary, Saturday, April 20 from 6 to 11 p.m., at Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines, Fla., formal attire. For tickets go to www.DSTSOUTHBRO-

Choices at St. James join us for Fun Arts & Crafts Projects, Monday thru Wedne day, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 500 N.W. 21 Ave., Pompano Beach, Fla. For more info contact Choices at (954) 968-6777.

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Tennessee Tribune’s Rosetta Perry Receives Lifetime Achievement By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia

Retired Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Ron Centamore passed on 1-28-19. Ron was president of the Proggreso Village HOA and past president of the NW CRA Advisory Board. He was one of Fort Lauderdale’s first Community Police Officers assigned to the Victoria Park Neighborhood.

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With one of pop music’s most profound voices performing during a ceremony that included a video tribute featuring tributes from a mayor, a congressman, a school superintendent and a university president, Tennessee Tribune Publisher Rosetta Miller Perry clearly was the star of the night. On Friday, Jan. 25, Perry received the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Lifetime Achievement Award before a festive and appreciative gathering at the Hilton Orlando Hotel during the NNPA MidWinter Training Conference in Florida. “Two years ago, it was Bob Bogle being honored from the Philadelphia Tribune and last year we saw Rod Doss of the New Pittsburgh Courier receive the Lifetime Achievement Award,” Perry said. “Tonight, it’s Rosetta Perry. Maybe there’s something to it… three great publishers all from Pennsylvania,” she said, noting her tie to the Keystone State is in the fact she was raised there. Perry thanked her fellow publishers for the distinguished

recognition, one that she said she’s glad it happened now. “I’m 85,” Perry quipped. “I’m sure glad you didn’t wait until I was 90.” While the comment brought laughter and applause, Perry said the NNPA – the trade organization that consists of about 215 African American owned newspapers and media companies around the country – needs to work harder toward a younger leadership. “I have a clear vision and I’d like to see NNPA move toward the young ones because they know how to handle situations and they should not have to wait until they’re my age to hold positions,” she said. “The young ones are talking about building relationships and that’s what’s needed,” said Perry, who toned down the festive atmosphere a bit to ask all to keep Mississippi Link Publisher Jackie Hampton in their thoughts. Hampton abruptly left the conference after receiving devastating news that her mother passed away. Crooner Howard Hewitt belted out several of his hit songs to toast Perry while NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., and NNPA Chairman Dorothy R. Leavell, also feted Perry with congratulatory words.

Westside Gazette Publisher Bobby Henry and African Union Permanent Representative to the U.S., Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao also praised Perry. “You were the first person in the United States to welcome me into your home,” Ambassador ChihomboriQuao said. “I’m forever grateful for our friendship.” After jokingly speaking about Perry’s mortuary science background which enables her to embalm people, Henry praised his fellow publisher. “Rosetta Miller Perry is ever acclaimed for all she did during Civil Rights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rosa Parks [and others],” Henry said, prior to a video tribute that included congratulatory remarks from Nashville Mayor David Briley, Democratic U.S. Rep. James Cooper, Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Dr. Shawn Josephs, and Tennessee State University President Dr. Glenda Glover. A retired U.S. Navy officer and lawyer by trade, Perry has enjoyed much success over the past three decades as publisher of the Tennessee Tribune, a newspaper that reaches more than 150,000 people each week. A graduate of Memphis State

University, Perry recently was named among the Top 10 Most Powerful African Americans of 2018 by the Nashville Voice, a popular Music City publication. Raised in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania – a melting pot of Russians, Polish, Italians, Greeks, African-Americans and others – during an era when steel was an important part of American Manufacturing, Perry not only grew up near the Allegheny River, but spent her first four years on her aunt’s houseboat. She’d become an avid reader of newspapers and magazines, particularly the Black Press where, since childhood, the Pittsburgh Courier was a personal favorite. Perry has often said she noticed (Read full story at

Government shutdown cost U.S. economy $11 billion, budget office says from Front Page workers’ contribution to GDP, the delay in federal spending on goods and services, and the reduction in aggregate demand,” the report said. And that may just be the tip of the economic iceberg. “Underlying those effects on the overall economy are much more significant effects on individual businesses and workers. Among those who experienced the largest and most direct negative effects are federal workers who faced delayed compensation and private-sector entities that lost business. Some of those private-sector entities will never recoup that lost income,” the report said. The CBO said its estimates “do not incorporate other, more indirect negative effects of the shutdown, which are more difficult to quantify but were probably becoming more significant as it continued.” “For example, some

businesses could not obtain federal permits and certifications, and others faced reduced access to loans provided by the federal government. Such factors were probably beginning to lead firms to postpone investment and hiring decisions,” the report said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement that the report shows that “the President’s shutdown inflicted needless pain and chaos in the lives of millions of Americans, and stole billions of dollars from the economy.” “When the Congress completes its bipartisan, bicameral work to fund government, the President should swiftly sign that legislation to avert another shutdown and restore certainty to our economy and the lives of the American people,” she said. White House economic

adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters he didn’t agree with the CBO numbers. “I won’t acknowledge any of that right now,” he said, predicting the shutdown would not affect the country’s GDP. “There’s certainly no permanent damage to the economy,” Kudlow said, saying the biggest issue has been “hardships for individuals.” “The state of the economy to me . . . looks very strong,” he said. An FAA official said among the agency’s top priorities will be reopening their training facility in Oklahoma City and approving new flight routes that were supposed to have been given the green light earlier this month. Other agencies took to Twitter to express their gratitude. The U.S. Department of Agriculture tweeted from its official account that employees

were “really happy to all be back at work,” repeating the word “really” 19 times. The FBI tweeted that it “would like to thank all the individuals, businesses, and organizations that provided support and assistance to our employees and to all federal workers during the government shutdown. We are proud to serve this country.” FBI Director Christopher Wray had sent out a video message on Friday — shortly before a temporary deal to end the shutdown was announced — saying, “Making some people stay home when they don’t want to, and making others show up without pay, it’s mind-boggling, it’s shortsighted and it’s unfair.” National parks, meanwhile, are re-opening on a rolling schedule. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo — and presumably its beloved live panda cam — is set to reopen Tuesday morning. The

Smithsonian museums are set to reopen Tuesday as well. Employees who missed two paychecks were skittish that they could find themselves back in the same position in three weeks, when the deal Congress struck with President Donald Trump expires. Trump has continued to demand that Congress give him $5.7 billion in border wall funds, and suggested on Friday he could shut the government down again if he doesn’t get his way. Willard Jenkins, a 22year civilian Coast Guard employee in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, urged for cooler heads to prevail in the coming weeks. Jenkins, who said he voted for Trump, told MSNBC, “I understand your concept about the borders have to be secured. Yes I do. How you’re going about it, by no means do I agree. You are holding the very people who voted for you hostage. You

Five BCPS Teacher of the Year finalists are this year’s standouts acquire a new language with different characters, pronunciations, grammar, sentence structures and culture,” said Fisher. “I motivate my students to engage in this new learning experience by providing fun and interesting environments.” Principal Christopher McGuire says, “Her teaching skills and professionalism are superior. Ms. Fisher’s approach and methodology serve as inspiration to students to become proficient in a very challenging world language.” Sheldon Jordan, Village Elementary School: Jordan, an eight-year educator, serves as an instructional coach supporting teachers in curriculum, pedagogy, digital application tools, strategies and classroom related technologies. “Every scholar we encounter should feel valued, respected and loved into achieving their full academic and social potential,” said Jordan. “Mr. Jordan is a consummate and knowledgeable professional,” said Principal Wanda Haynes. “His goal for scholars is to help inspire them to go on to become lifelong learners and responsible champions who will change the world for the better. With every given task, Mr. Jordan rises to the challenge. Catherine Lozada, Wilton Manors Elementary School: Lozada, a 19-year teaching veteran, serves as the autism coach at Wilton Manors Elementary School. “My message is a simple, but very important one… ‘love your children,’” said Lozada. “If we demonstrate love and caring for our students, we will build bonds of trust and respect.” Principal Melissa Holtz calls Lozada, “one of the most amazing people I have had the privilege of working with. She is kind,

compassionate and professional at all times.” Lise Clara Mabour, Northeast High School: Mabour has been teaching for just two years at her alma mater Northeast High School. As a biology and global perspectives teacher, Mabour advocates for her students and their futures. “It’s important to unlock creativity and innovation in the classroom and school community across curriculum to excite our students and empower them to become our global leaders in many facets,” said Mabour. Principal Anthony Valachovic credits her for helping students at Northeast High excel in science and research. “Ms. Mabour’s infectious positive attitude, passion and work ethic should be the measuring stick that we use to evaluate performance.” Kristin Murphy, Nova Middle School: Kristin Murphy has spent the last three of her 20 years in education at Nova Middle School, where she teaches world history and pre-law. “Every student is unique, everyone learns in a different way,” said Murphy. “Discover each child’s potential and work with him or her to achieve that potential, never accepting less.” Principal Rayner Garranchan said, “Parents call to request her class, not only because they know their children will have the best law education possible, but also because they know Ms. Murphy will provide her students with the necessary tools to be successful in the workforce.” The Caliber Awards presenting sponsor is BrightStar Credit Union. Supporting Caliber Awards sponsors include, platinum sponsors Aetna, Bank of America and Nova Southeastern University – Abraham S.

Fischler School of Education; gold sponsor Memorial Healthcare System – Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital; silver sponsors After School Programs, Inc. (ASP), Broward Principals’ and Assistants’ Association (BPAA), LEGOLAND Florida Resort and Sunshine Child Programs;

can’t do that.” “It’s very scary to know that that in 21 days it can happen all over again,” Becky Mancha, a Transportation Security Administration officer at Dallas Love Field Airport, told NBC DallasFort Worth. She said she’d already canceled medical appointments and pushed off a deal to buy a house, and will now try to put away some money for fear of the same thing happening again next month. “It’s hard to know that I have to go through this when I’m doing my job,” she said. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Monday that “the president doesn’t want to go through another shutdown. That’s not the goal. The goal is border security.” She suggested worried federal workers should call their Democratic representatives to push them to make a deal.

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A Tribute to our Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community As your new sheriff, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our great county and its residents once again. I know there are many of you who are eager to learn more about me—and I promise you will soon. But first, February 14 marks the anniversary of the devastating mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Countless lives were forever shattered on that fateful day. Families and friends are still grieving and cry out for justice. Some have actively taken on the task of getting laws changed. I am truly heartened by how our community and its citizens have banded together to comfort one another and channeled that emotion into action. No family, no community, no one should ever have to endure the pain of another Parkland tragedy. As your sheriff, I vow to make the safety of our schools and community my top priority— and I intend to hit the ground running. In the coming weeks and months, I will introduce new policies, initiatives and training to BSO. I know that to prevent this from ever happening again, we must be proactive. We must harden our schools. We must have highly-trained armed school resource officers ready to protect innocent lives. We must have an efficient and reliable radio system. We must keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. We must make every school campus in Broward County free from the threat of violence. We must restore the feeling of safety for every student, parent and citizen of Broward County. To the families of those who lost their lives – Alyssa Alhadeff, Martin Duque Anguiano, Scott Beigel, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenberg, Christopher Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alexander Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, Peter Wang, – we will never forget. To the victims who were wounded and survived, and to all the families, friends and community members affected by this terrible tragedy, we will never forget. At the Broward Sheriff’s Office…we will never forget. Sincerely, Sheriff Gregory Tony

Newly Elected Democratic County Judges Introduce Major New Bail Reform Changes

Key county elected officials such as new County Judge Lina Hidalgo, and other activists and community leaders, have unveiled significant revisions to Harris County’s current bail system. By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Political Analyst There is an old saying that “elections have consequences” and in Harris County, Texas, that saying has new meaning. This past November, Democrats swept every single race in Harris County during the midterm elections, turning the county completely blue. Prior to the midterm elections, one of the most controversial and highly charged issues at the county level involved bail reform. There was heavy pushback against bail reform in Harris County, mostly from the Republican judges who had served on the bench for years, which caused backlash amongst many activists and community leaders. That backlash resulted in Harris County voters showing up to the polls and sending those judges packing, allowing a new crop of Democratic judges to take up the issue of bail reform in a swift and more progressive manner after being sworn in on January 1. (Read full story at

Grade Inflation Deflates Student Achievement By Kevin Palmer Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s proposed $3,000 teacher pay increase is not deserved by some teachers is the message of a January 3, 2019 article in The Economist, The rise in American highschool graduation rates looks puffed-up. The article mentioned how a Washington, D.C. school district dramatically increased its high school graduation rate. It stated, “In 2012 only 56% of high-school students graduated. By 2017 that rate had climbed to 73%.” Then, the truth emerged from an audit which found “34% of all diplomas in 2017 were improperly awarded. Many went to students who seldom showed up.” The problem is nationwide. For instance, “The state of Alabama posted a remarkable 17 percentage-point increase in graduation rates between 2011 and 2015 – has since admitted that its numbers were inflated.” In Georgia, “Credible accusations of graduation-rate inflation have emerged.” Maybe it’s nothing to see here, but according to data from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, the Richmond County school district in Augusta, Georgia had a remarkable 16 percentagepoint increase in graduation rates between 2014 and 2017. During that same period four high schools, Butler, Glenn Hills, Hephzibah, and Josey had an average 33% graduation rate increase. The article suggested there is a connection between inflated graduation-rates and “the reliance on online credit recovery classes.” They are especially popular in urban high schools attended by poor and minority students, precisely the places where graduation rates have risen faster.” Hence, educators who inflate graduation results deserve discipline, not a pay increase.

TrumPutin: Who’s tired of winning now? By Tom H. Hastings One of the most brutal dictators on Earth, Vladimir Putin, is a happy despot these days. His boy Trump has been performing even better than commanded. Yes, we know from past pondering that Putin was getting some of the joy he ordered up, but consider how his smirk is now an uncontrollable grin as he reflects on our Trump-inflicted nation, his enemy: Longest shutdown of the US government in history. Putin’s wish is Trump’s command. Trump, it turns out, made several shady backdoor attempts to get the US out of NATO, Trump’s Ultimate Wishlist Premier Item. Trump’s tariff trade wars are enhancing the negative economic impacts of the government shutdown that contributes to a generalized and worsening US global economic position, thus strengthening Russia’s position. While the media are focused on the big items, Trump’s minions are weakening environmental laws, lowering educational standards, wrecking agricultural markets, harming national health care, and attacking our time-honored free press. In short, the best of what the Founders tried to write into our Constitution is now being actively degraded at virtually every turn, another big win for any foreign power trying to become a regional or even global hegemon, Putin’s dream, certainly. (Read full story at

The “Love Thy Neighbor” Campaign: A Plan to Support “Shutdown” Federal Workers in Tallahassee By Reverend RB Holmes Pastor, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Chairperson Neighbor Task Force A special Task Force comprised of civic, business, professional and faith-based leaders has organized to address the plight of hundreds of families in Tallahassee, FL, who are being heavily impacted by the partial government shutdown. Tallahassee, this is a clarion


call for “Hope, Help, Healing, and Harmony!” The duration of the present government shutdown has far surpassed our original expectations. This shutdown is the longest stoppage in the history of this great country. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are now focused on the hundreds of workers, and exponentially, their families, and this community at large. Tallahassee, we must have a positive burden to turn the pain of our collective histories

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2019: The Year to Examine Toxic Masculinity By Laura Finley Toxic masculinity strikes again, this time in Provo, Utah on the day of the 2019 Women’s March. Police were alerted to the problem when Christopher Cleary posted on his Facebook page that All I wanted was a girlfriend. All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend before and I’m still a virgin, this is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter cause I’m ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see.” Cleary was arrested on a charge of felony threat of terrorism. Although no official link has been made, it appears that Cleary identifies with incel culture, which blames women for their lack of relationships. Cleary is already on probation for stalking and harassing a woman in (Read full story at

From a Wall to a Cave By Lucius Gantt President Donald Trump’s effort to get American tax payers to finance a wall that he swore Mexico would pay for came to crumbling halt after the effort got cold-cocked by a Congressional Cat, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi refused to budge an inch or get the Democratic Caucus to even take up any wall proposal until the Trump shutdown of federal offices and programs were reopened and back in operation. According to Trump, a wall is needed because a wall would prevent undesirables from entering the United States by crossing the US southern border with Mexico. The President claimed caravans of children and families approaching the border were embedded with terrorists, gang members and drug dealers! That is the dumbest rationale to explain poor political policies I have ever heard. Recent groups trying to enter the United States via the southern border were primarily people fleeing from violence and political oppression that were seeking asylum in America. None of those asylum seekers fit Trump’s descriptions. Let me explain why. Terrorist, gang members and real drug dealers never walk across any borders of any countries along with women, children and babies! All of the accused “invaders” could never be mistaken for hardened criminals and historical law breakers. They are just people that want a better life for their children and families. Terrorists, for instance, have money. Al Queda has money. ISIS has money and even Boku Haram has enough money to buy guns, bullets and bombs. When terrorists take over a geographical location they also take over the oil fields, commodities, resources and businesses that they pirate from countries they conquer. Gang leaders have money. There is no such thing as a broke gang. Gangs have gambling operations, extortion operations, prostitution operations and they dibble and dabble in narcotics trading. You can’t go to sleep and dream that drug dealers and drug traffickers don’t have money. Bumpy Johnson and Frank Lucas had money and the dollars they had were chump change compared to the bank rolls amassed by people like Escobar and El Chapo! Trump’s wall idea was just an effort to please his bigoted, white nationalist and ku klux klan base that is intent on keeping all people of color out of the United States. The Trump wall, which might be revisited again in Congressional deliberations, is merely an attempt to “Make America White Again”! There was a cave in the wall, so to speak!


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Bethel Missionary Baptist Church 2211 N.W. 7th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33061 Church: (954) 583-9368 Email:

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Deeply Rooted New Mount Olive Baptist Church 400 N.W. 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale 33311 (954) 463-5126 ● Fax: (954) 525-9454 CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Marcus D. Davidson, Senior Pastor


Sunday .................................................... 7:15 a.m. 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School ............................................................................ 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Noonday Service .................................. 12:00-12:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting ............................................ 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study ................................................... 7:00 p.m. Where the kingdom of God is increased through Fellowship. Leadership, Ownership and Worship F.L.O.W. To Greatness!

Williams Memorial CME “PRAYER IS THE ANSWER” Rev. Cal Hopkins (M.Div) Senior Pastor/Teacher 644-646 NW 13th Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33311 (954) 462-5711(Ministry Office Line) (954) 462-8222(Pastor’s Direct Line) Email: ( Church} (Pastor)

The WITNESS of “The WILL” Sunday Worship Experiences ................................................................ 7:45 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School ................................................................................................................. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Night Triumph {Prayer, Praise and Power} Prayer Meeting ................................................................................................................ 7:00 p.m. Bible Study ........................................................................................................................ 7:30 p.m. We STRIVE to PROVIDE Ministries that matter TODAY to Whole Body of Christ, not only the Believers, but also for those stranded on the “Jericho Road”! “Celebrating over 85 Years of FAITH and FAVOR! Come to the WILL ... We’ll show You the WAY: Jesus the Christ!”

Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church 2251 N.W. 22nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 P.O. BOX 122256, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (954) 733-3285 * Fax: (954) 733-9231 Email:



Sunday Worship ............................................................. 8 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sunday School ........................................................................... 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (Prayer Service & Bible Study) ............................... 7:30 a.m. Saturday (Women Bible Study) ............................................................ 8 a.m. "Baptized Believers working together to do the will of God"

Rev. Danny L. McKenzie, Sr. Senior Pastor WORSHIP SERVICES & BIBLE STUDY

Sunday .............................................................................. 7:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sunday School .................................................................................... 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Night Bible Study .............................................................. 7:00 p.m. Fifth Sunday ..................................................................................... 10:00 a.m.

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Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church 1161 NW 29th Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33311 (954) 581-0455 ● Fax: (954) 581-4350

Rev. Dr. James B. Darling, Jr., Pastor/Teacher WORSHIP SERVICES

Sunday School ............................................................................................................... 10:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service ............................................................................................. 10:15 a.m. Communion Service (1st Sunday) ........................................................................... 10:15 a.m. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting .......................................................................... 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study .................................................................................. 7:00 p.m. Saturday (2nd & 4th) Christian Growth & Orientation .................................. 8:30 a.m. But be doers of the Word - James 1:22 nkjv - “A Safe Haven, and you can get to Heaven from here”

New Birth Baptist Church The Cathedral of Faith International Bishop Victor T. Curry, M.Min., D.Div. Senior Pastor/Teacher 2300 N.W. 135th Street Miami, Florida 33167

ORDER OF SERVICES Sunday Worship ........................................................ 7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Sunday School ....................................................................................................... 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (Bible Study) ......................................................................................... 6:45 p.m. Wednesday (Bible Study) ............................................................................... 10:45 a.m.

Harris Chapel United Methodist Church Rev. Stanley Melek, M.Div 2351 N.W. 26th Street Oakland Park, Florida 33311 Church Telephone: (954) 731-0520


Sunday Worship ................................................. 7:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School .............................................................................. 9:00 a.m. Wednesday (Bible Study) ........................................... 11a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Sunday School .................................................................................. 10:15 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ............................................................ 11:00 a.m. Bible Study (Wednesday) ............................................................... 7:30 p.m.

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Living Waters Christian Fellowship

SUNDAY SERVICE: 10 a.m. (Church) (Pastor)

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Mount Hermon A.M.E. Church Reverend Henry E. Green, Jr., Pastor 401 N.W. 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 Phone: (954) 463-6309 FAX 954 522-4113 Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Email

SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICES Worship Service ..................................................................... 7:30 & 10:30 a.m. Fifth Sunday ONLY .................................................................................... 10 a.m. Church School ........................................................................................ 9:15 a.m. BIBLE STUDY: Wednesday ....................................................................... 10 a.m. Gems & Jewels Ministry Senior Wednesday Wednesday (Bible Study) .................................................... 12 Noon & 7 - 8 p.m. Daily Prayer Line ...................................................................................... 6 a.m. (712)432-1500 Access Code296233#

James C. Boyd Funeral Home COHEN Funeral services for the late Aundre Cohen 54 were held January 26 at James C. Boyd’s Memorial Chapel with Bishop L.L. Ward officiating. ROBIN Funeral services for the late Marlene De’Hana Robin – 62.

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January 26 at The Pure Church of Righteousness Jerusalem Band with Elder James E. Gray, Sr officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. MCNAIR Funeral services for the late Janet Lynn McNair – 54 were held January 26 at Mount Hermon A.M.E. Church with Rev. Henry E. Green, Jr. officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn.

McWhite's Funeral Home FOEMAN Funeral services for the late Frankie Foeman - 90 were held January 19 at First Baptist Church Piney Grove with Rev. Cal Hopkins officiating. Interment: Forrest Lawn Memorial Gardens South. WATSON Funeral services for the late Madeline Renee Watson – 56 were held January 25 at New Mount Olive Baptist Church with Dr. Marcus D. Davidson, Sr officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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WISE Funeral services for the late Walter “WC” Curtis Wise, Sr - 90 were held January 26 at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Pastor Al Waddell officiating.

Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home HANDBERRY Funeral services for the late Elder George Ellis Handberry, Sr. - 69 were held

Mt. Hermon AME Church Celebrates Greek Unity Day Silver Anniversary On Sunday, February 17, 2019, Mt. Hermon AME Church celebrates its 25th year of Greek Unity Day at its 10:30 a.m. service. Under the dynamic leadership of Rev. Henry E. Green, Jr., Mt. Hermon continues a tradition begun by Rev. Michael A. Cousin. This annual service has been an opportunity for members of the Greek community to come together in worship while spotlighting the myriad accomplishments and contributions made in the Broward County area. In the spirit of unity, Mt. Hermon AME Church invites the community and all members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta and Eta Phi Beta Sororities; Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, Iota Phi Theta, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternities to attend the 2019 Greek Unity Day Silver Anniversary Service! Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will be the featured organization for this auspicious 25th anniversary celebration. Mt. Hermon is located at 401 N.W. Seventh Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Fla 33311.

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initiated the recognition as part of a day of the Commission celebrating athletic achievements. The presentation began with the playing of the “FAMU Cares” video produced by Rattler Productions chronicling some of the outreach efforts undertaken by the department to support those in need after the near category five hurricane ravaged the northwest landscape of Florida. The central theme of the effort was an announcement by Simmons at the conclusion of their football game in North Carolina, which took place 72 hours after the hurricane had made landfall. The Rattlers had just defeated the number one Mid-eastern Athletic Conference team in the country, but the celebration was shortlived as the scene back home took precedence in the emotions of all involved. “My players decided they wanted to help out,” Simmons said. “We decided on a plan and just a few hours after we returned from North Carolina, we were on our first mission. Several more days of service followed, but it was driven by how they wanted to get involved. We facilitated their desires and the results were lifechanging.” State Representative Ramon Alexander (D-Tallahassee) connected FAMU Athletics with the Salvation Army and the U.S. National Guard. Most of the efforts of the Department of Athletics were under this umbrella. From FAMU football coach Willie Simmons received the Martin delivering water to Marianna to Luther King, Jr. Service Award by the Inter-Civic Council assisting the National Guard in of the Southern Christian Leadership Council from District Chattahoochee, most of FAMU’s 1 County Commissioner Bill Proctor on Tuesday, Jan. 22, three hundred student-athletes 2019. (Photo: Alicia Devine/Democrat) got involved.

TALLAHASSEE, FL. – The Florida A&M Department of Athletics received a proclamation from the Leon County Commission during its meeting on January 22 for their humanitarian efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. FAMU Tennis Coach Nikki Goldthreate, Head Football Coach Willie Simmons and Athletics Director John Eason, Ph.D., were all present for the ceremony. Football players Dock Luckie and Terry Jefferson, along with tennis players Sophia Osabuohien and Mialiniania Rakotondrazafy also represented the department. Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox

FAMU athletics received a proclamation by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners for their community service in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. From L-R: FAMU attendees included wide receiver Dock Luckie, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs Carmen Cummings-Martin, defensive back Terry Jefferson, tennis players Sophia Osabuohein and Mialiniaina Rakotondrazafy, football coach Willie Simmons, tennis Nikki Goldthreate and Athletics Director Dr. John Eason. (Photo: Alicia Devine/Democrat)

Goldthreate was pleased with how things turned out. She said, “It was an honor to be recognized by the county commission. We certainly did not get involved for the publicity. We knew that the devastation done to our great state was more than some folks could bear. Our tennis team jumped in and helped often… whenever there was availability to help.” One of the most involved days in the recovery effort was a trip to Chattahoochee. Long after many had power and resources restored, Chattahoochee was still struggling. The Rattler football team took on a three-hour shift, relieving National Guard soldiers who had no relief in sight. With the vast area the storm covered, personnel were stretched thin. In Chattahoochee, the troops did not have anyone to relieve them. When the football team arrived, they were a sight for sore eyes. The unit was able to take a three-hour break while football players handled the rationing of food and water supplies to those affected by

Mid-Winter Innovation Training Conference of the NNPA – Orlando Jan- 2019

By Roger Caldwell “In 2019, the state of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) is strong and expanding as we continue to innovate and adjust to changing market realities and opportunities. The Black Press of America is viable, relevant, energetic and

committed to excellence in journalism and service to our communities that depend and rely on our news products, advocacy and voice,” says Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President/CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association. Print media is under attack by the digital and social media, and newspapers are being replaced by the internet and the many different platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The major challenge for the Black Press is to bridge the gap with the younger Black Hip-hop generation, and the seasoned and older Black generation.

Dorothy R Leavell current Publisher of The Crusader News Group, and Chairman of the NNPA Board of Directors said, “Because of these times and new technology, we are gathered here in Orlando to discuss, dissect, and learn how we can continue our mission and the looming globalization of the Black Press. We pause here to thank our host publishers, members of NNPA, Board of Directors, staff sponsors, advertisers, and friends for their support as we begin another pivotal point in our existence.” 2018 was a successful year for the NNPA in terms of growth, by increasing the

Andrew Gillum Addresses Future, Importance of Black Press that a win-win where there’s major benefits for each party but he still commended those companies for “putting their money where they mouths” are. It’s something presidential and other political hopefuls should follow, Gillum said. Chavis told the Democrat that the Black Press was proud of his efforts and the trade organization couldn’t be more proud. “All of us, and Mayor Gillum, let me tell you that we represent over 215 African American newspapers and media companies across the country and conservatively we reach about 25 million in print, digital and social media,” Chavis said. “There’s about 47 million African Americans in the country and we reach the majority. On behalf of the Black Press of America, we couldn’t be more prouder than to witness your campaign,” Chavis said, in a comment echoed by Houston Forward Times Associate Editor and Columnist Jeffrey Boney. “Thank you for running an outstanding race that was full of class and showing us what class and intelligence looks like as opposed to foolishness and racism,” Boney told Gillum. As he’s toured the country, Gillum said he’s surprised about how many have zeroed in on the particulars of his race against De Santis. “I have to tell you this race was the highlight of my life to this point,” he said. “We put a lot into it and it took a lot out of me.” Since the election, he said he’s been invited

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to speak at many events but has remained selective. However, he said the Black Press remains important which is why he accepted an invite to attend the Midwinter Training Conference. Gillum also took time to thank Chavis, NNPA Chair and Crusader Newspapers Publisher Dorothy R. Leavell and other members of the Black Press for fair and accurate reporting during his campaign. He said he’s picked up a few lessons from his campaign, including how important a role Florida played in past elections and how critical a role it’ll play in future campaigns. “In terms of electoral politics and where we are going as a nation, the conversation is on full display here,” Gillum said. “Here in the state of Florida, we deal in real-time voter suppression and voter disenfranchisement and we undermine the democratic process,” he said, noting that he lost by 30,000 votes in a race where 8.2 million ballots were cast. “You had about 20,000 votes rejected off of signature and these are voters who had ballots sent to them, fixed their signature and added their own postage because in my state, every county pays for postage,” Gillum said. A recent study noted that of the rejected signatures, 7 out of 10 were individuals of color. (Read full story at

numbers of membership from 205 publishers, to 219, and increasing advertising sales from $5,606,083 in 2017 – to $6,794,105 in 2018. The NNPA advertising sales increased by $1,188,022, which is 21%, and NNPA Partners/Sponsors increased by 32% from 2017 $1,775,343, to $2,347,953 in 2018.

the storm. “We make every effort to develop a total citizen when we sign student-athletes to come to FAMU,” Eason said. “This was a real-life experience that built character among our youngsters. Nothing can prepare you for life like the experience of being involved in the plight of people trying to regain some level of normalcy.” In a total surprise, Commissioner Bill Proctor presented Simmons with an award unrelated to the Leon County Commission. Proctor presented the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award for Simmons’ leadership in community service this year. “This was a total surprise,” Simmons said. “Any time you have your name mentioned in the same breath as Dr. King, it is truly an honor. “I do not take it lightly and will try to uphold the principles of this award and the legacy of Dr. King.”

Under the tutelage and leadership of Dr. Chavis, the sales and advertising team is planning to have a better year financially in 2019, and strategically the Black Press is expecting to expand globally. For over three quarter of a century, the NNPA publishers have provided excellent reporting from a Black perspective, as they are celebrating 192 years of the Black Press in America.

The Black Press is resilient and powerful. The theme of the mid-winter conference in Orlando was, “Publishing Industry: Training, Innovation & The Global Expansion of the Black Press of America. On the front page of the Freedom’s Journal on March 16, 1827 in New York City, (Read full story at

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11-year old/Physics from P. 2 when some people think I’m 15. Either I’m a tall 11-year-old or a short 15-yearold,” he jokingly said. Elijah’s peers are impressed by his achievements. Mubashar Ali, his fellow student who thought he was 13-years-old, said that he was helpful with his classmates and “he knew way more than a lot of the students.” Another student, Dillon Brumfield, was amazed that Elijah “can fit in, just day-to-day activities. He can do everything that we can do. There’s nothing he can’t do. It’s just like, after school is when it comes to be like, ‘Can he fit in?’” Despite being named a genius, the university said Elijah still needs support and guidance. Dr. Manicia Gene Finch, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, believes Elijah can do great things. She said, “He’s more than just a prodigy. I think he is a young gentleman and a man of the Holy Spirit, and he’s going to fit just as well as he already does here at Southern University.” Elijah said that he is ready for the challenges that he may face. He said, “You have to have a mindset to actually know ‘Hey I have to learn this, my life depends on it.’ Act like your life depends on it because it does. When you learn, you increase your life.” A certified achiever, Elijah has already authored a book, applied for several patents, he hosts his own weekly radio show, and he also plans to bring new programs and organizations in the university.


Government workers return to paid work, but the aftermath continues On Friday, Jan. 25, the government shutdown ended, but with threats of possibly shutting it down again on Friday, February 15, the uncertainty lingers. As it stands, furloughed workers will return to work. Essential government workers will begin to receive their earned wages, along with back pay for time served without pay. But for many, it’s not as easy as going back to business as usual. After this dark political moment, we can’t just flip a national switch and expect the lights to shine brightly and federal employees to just breathe a sigh of relief and move forward as though nothing ever happened. This unprecedented 35-day shutdown created a series of ripple effects that may take people a little longer to recover from. A recent report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the economy took an $11 billion hit in the 5 weeks that parts of the government went unfunded. During the time of the shutdown and even now, there were many workers who were prohibited from speaking out and publicly expressing opinions because of Union guidelines and restrictions. Crystal Chanel, CEO of Press

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Release Marketing, spoke to the wife of one of many such TSA workers. In a tearful conversation, she shared the strain of making ends meet after being abruptly reduced to a single household income. With her husband missing back to back paychecks, she reveals that their entire family, which includes two young daughters, is being tested not only financially, but spiritually. They are borrowing from their 401K, but even that comes with penalties because the shutdown is not considered an emergency. With resources so unstable, she has had to rely more heavily on her faith as their family moves through this season. As usual, social media had no shortage of opinions on the matter. And while most rants and comments were full of sympathy, others (though likely well-intentioned) emphasized the importance of saving and the significance of owning your own business, as though entrepreneurship is a foul-proof safeguard against this caliber of financial blindside. The truth is, when politicians and governmental leaders decide to use its working-class citizens as pawns in decision-making, it affects the economic stability of an entire nation. Maybe not at first, but when the unpaid single mother must withdraw


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her child from daycare because she is weighing the cost against a zero-dollar paystub, how long before the daycare owner also feels the sting of a reduced income? The owner of a luxury service business such as cake baking, cosmetology, or even personal accounting or photography will surely suffer when their unpaid regular clients must now forgo luxury for the sake of necessity. Even critical expenses like gas, add up more quickly, moving people to carpool. We as American

citizens must understand that this issue affects us all, and until we decide that we want and deserve better as a nation, I don’t think we can expect any swift changes to just happen on Capitol Hill. Allex Hutchins, TSA worker out of HartfieldAtlanta National Airport spoke out on CNN concerning the idea of another impending shutdown. He was optimistic, but insistent that “A wall is not worth this…it’s a pointless fight.” Reporters at MSNBC are saying that President

Trump “caved” by reopening the government without funding approval for a border wall, proving that this may have all been for nothing. One reporter described his speech in the White House Rose Garden as a never seen “defeat lap.” But truly, the only losers in this case are the American workers, their families, and their spheres of economic influence. Press Release Marketing Writing Team Lead Audrey L. Aaron @PressReleaseLLC on Instagram

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ARIES-Dive into it! Don’t be intimated by the unknown. Your adventurous spirit can take you to a new place of celebration this week. If you can, bring someone along who can celebrate in the same manner with you. Harmony and peace are the motto that you should chant when you accomplish what you want to do! Communication is a skeleton key that fits many doors. 30, 31, 32



CANCER- Strong vibrations make for a series of dramatic interactions with others this week. Practice your art with your heart, and let your energy carry you upwards to your best, highest self. Keep emotions calm. I know where I’m going because I know where I’ve been. 32, 38, 43



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PISCES-Do you realize that you are the only one who can tell you what to think and how to feel? Let go of any behaviors that are keeping you from achieving the things you want to achieve. Be creative and positive this week. For money to come I must think about money as my friend.45, 49, 51



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CAPRICORN-Business looks good this week as you discover a new way of increasing exposure to your product. Let hope and optimism lead you into new beginnings and fresh starts. All vibes are good. Go! I enjoy flirting with new ideas. 1, 17, 27 AQUARIUS-You seem preoccupied this week and it’s because your mind is filled with a vision of love for the entire planet. Use your gifts to assist others in seeing the world as you do, in glorious color. Check the details on paperwork that you must do, dreamer. I release internal pressure by enjoying the beauties of the world around me.22, 34, 54


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VIRGO-Surprises are in order this week, and you can roll with everything that comes at you unexpectedly. Healing can happen in a relationship if you just show up. That’s power! Use it for the good of others. This week is the week the Lord has made. I rejoice in it. 18, 23, 36

SAGITTARIUS-Set a limit on what you can do for others this week. You’ll enjoy your feelings more if you are straightforward about refusing a less than appetizing assignment. Trust your feelings and say “No, I won’t.” Clear bound555 help you define yourself. I master life by mastering myself. 23, 45, 48

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LEO-Restless feelings may arise over health matters, or perhaps education or the lack of it. Do what you need to do to feel comfortable with yourself. If it involves seeing a dentist or taking a class, what’s stopping you? Self-improvement can be a very enjoyable game! My imagination is the source of my happiness. 9, 23, 29

SCORPIO-You want a comrade who doesn’t place inordinate expectations or demands on you, and who is creative, intelligent, a good conversationalist, and highly spiritual. Perhaps you should be out looking this week with eyes wide open! Cooperation with others is the key to success for me this week. 4, 25, 41




TAURUS-You may find that discussions at home have taken a sudden, spiritual orientation. Give everyone room to express their personal beliefs without trying to preach your point of view. Your open-mindedness helps you with deep learning this week. I open to the universe. The universe opens to me. 39, 49, 52 GEMINI- Feeling bold, are we? Well, go with the flow of your feelings! No other sign can call on inner courage as easily as you. Whether at home, at work, or out on the town, let your personal statements be stylish and bold! I give love and love gives to me. 5, 50, 54


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2019 Oscar Nominees:


Fans familiar with the history of the Oscars and racial inclusion know by now that the Oscars aren’t the NAACP Image Awards and aren’t trying to recreate that experience for Black fans. However, it is evident –at least this year– Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ A2020 mandate for more diversity and representation has been heard and is working. By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. The 2019 Oscar nominations are out and it is safe to say the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is acknowledging the phenomenal work of Black filmmakers and performers this season. While there were some surprises — Ryan Coogler was not included in the Best Director category for Black Pantherand John David Washington was excluded from the Best Actor category for BlacKkKlansman— there were many delights like Regina King’s nomination for Best Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk. Ruth Carter earned a nomination for

Best Costume Design and Hanna Beachler is nominated for Best Production Design for Black Panther. It is lovely to see Carter whose amazing body of work goes back to 1988 with Spike Lee’s School Daze, is finally getting the recognition she deserves, having long been honored in African American film circles. Beachler’s nomination makes her the first AfricanAmerican to be recognized in this category. Spike Lee’s first-ever nomination for Best Director for BlacKkKlansman is history making and the film’s producer Jordan Peele could take home the statue to match his Best Original Screenplay win for Get Out. Lee, who won an honorary Oscar for his body

Conservation and Climate Change

By Tim Ryan, Broward County Commissioners Broward County is not playing around with climate change and sustainability, but we are asking residents to do just that. Starting February 1, we want you to play Conservation Pays to win cash and prizes. The top prizes are cash—$5000 for the winner, $1000 for second place and $500 for third place. Our Conservation Pays program was established through the Broward Water Partnership, which includes the county and 16 cities, to promote water conservation and to engage our residents in activities that help us manage the effects of climate change and become a more sustainable community. The Broward Water Partnership includes the County and seventeen of our municipalities. February 1, we’re launching an online game where residents can show off what they know about conservation, climate change and sustainability. In the process, they’ll earn points to win prizes donated by our partner municipalities and local businesses.

Climate change has already impacted our community. While it is a big problem, we want community members to know that there are many things each of us can do to reduce our impact. We can make our community more resilient and more sustainable by conserving water, conserving energy, expanding green space and protecting air quality. It’s all tied together. Through Broward County’s award-winning rebate program, our community has already saved two billion gallons of water. One way residents are saving water today and into the future is by installing WaterSense® low-flow water conserving toilets. That’s a lot of savings, and the Broward Water Partnership continues to offer $100 rebates for these toilets to qualified homeowners, businesses and nonprofits. Conservation Pays because when we save resources, we save money and protect our unique South Florida environment. Broward residents eighteen and older can play and when they do, they can win prizes and learn more about doing their part to protect homes, businesses and communities.

Civil Rights Org, Muslim Advocates, Settles Pool... from Front Page the Darul Amaanah Academy summer youth camp. “Every child should be able to have fun in a public pool without having to worry about facing prejudice.” As part of the settlement, the city will provide additional training to employees of cityoperated aquatic facilities and prominently display the new dress code policy at all city pools. The city will also extend the length of the 2019 pool season through Labor Day and provide $50,000 in compensation to the plaintiffs, according to the settlement. While the city didn’t admit

any wrongdoing, Mayor Mike Purzycki and City Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Kelley both said Wilmington is committed to “ensuring the fair and equal treatment of all residents.” “Both parties agreed that today’s announced settlement helps to ensure that all residents of Wilmington are able to enjoy Wilmington’s aquatic facilities,” the mayor and parks director said in a joint statement. Muslim Advocates attorneys said they were pleased with the outcome. “Darul Amaanah Academy’s staff and families showed remarkable courage

by publicly standing up for themselves and for the broader Wilmington community,” said Juvaria Khan, the senior staff attorney at Muslim Advocates. “Everybody — especially young children — should be allowed to use the pool without fearing that they will be discriminated against because of what they believe or the way they look. This situation should have never happened, and this settlement agreement helps ensure that it will never happen again.”

of work in 2016, has yet to win a competitive Academy Award. Mahershala Ali, 2017 Academy Award winner for best supporting actor for his performance in Barry Jenkins’ Academy award-winning film Moonlight, scored a nomination for the same category for his role as Dr. Don Shirley in Green Book. Peter Ramsey earned an Oscar nod for Best Animated Feature for co-producing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is the first time an African American has been nominated in that category. Academy award-winning writer Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)received another nod for best adapted screenplay despite not being nominated for Best Director or receiving a Best Picture nod for If Beale Street Could Talk. Iconic filmmaker Spike Lee, along with co-writers Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott, also received a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman. Nominated documentary short Black Sheep examines race in the United Kingdom and Lifeboat takes a harrowing look at North African migrants fleeing Libya and attempting to make it across Mediterranean sea. Director and cinematographer RaMell Ross could bring home an Oscar for his documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening,which explores the intimate lives of two Black men in rural Alabama and their life choices. Based on today’s announcements, it seems that we’re in the midst of an #OscarsSoBlack moment. Fans familiar with the history of the Oscars and racial inclusion know by now that the Oscars

aren’tthe NAACP Image Awardsand aren’t trying to recreate that experience for Black fans. However, it is evident — at least this year — that Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ A2020 mandatefor more diversity and representation has been heard and is working. Black filmmakers and performers have been working in the film industry for more than 100 years, so why shouldn’t they be acknowledged by the world’s preeminent motion picture association? One of the great qualities about being black is resiliency which is reflected in Black cultural production. While many are proud of these significant accomplishments, Black filmmakers and performers will continue to make movies and memories for years to come, with or without Academy Award nominations. Check out the entire list of 2019 Oscar nominations. Who will you choose? Tell us on Facebook (BlackPressUSA NNPA) and Twitter (@BlackPressUSA) or use the comments form below. BEST PICTURE Black Panther BlacKkKlansman Bohemian Rhapsody The Favourite Green Book Roma A Star Is Born Vice View the full list of Oscars nominations at:


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MAYOR MESSAM’S HEALTH AND FITNESS FAIR sat, mar 2 | 6am - NOON Mayor Wayne M. Messam along with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Aetna will host a Health Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, March 2ND from 6AM to Noon. FREE 3K RUN/WALK - HEALTH SCREENINGS - YOGA SESSIONS - KIDS ZONE NEW THIS YEAR! TIMED 5K RUN! EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION $15 FOR 5K RUN - Register at For more information, please call (954) 602-3198. Miramar Town Center | 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025

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