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A district-wide town hall about school security concerns brought out more than 1,000 people from across Broward County at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs “Anybody who guarantees safety to you is lying to you.” -Brian Katz Broward County School’s Chief of Safety and Security

supporters like Dr. Roslind Osgood, the only other Black school board member. The Over 40 people lined up to speak under meeting was held in the school’s auditorium the umbrella of school security, but previous with standing-room only while the cafeteria such meetings appeared to be politically- had to be used as an overflow room where motivated attempts to hurt the creditability several people waited patiently to speak. It was obvious that several of the of Superintendent Robert Runcie and Parent speaking at podium attendees had not expected this large crowd of mostly Superintendent Runcie supporters. “This is clearly the most challenging moment in my career, in my lifetime,” Runcie said. “And I know no matter what we keep doing, I will keep hearing it’s not enough.” Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter, Jaime, in the Parkland school shooting, gave us a view of how the other meetings were flavored, “Why should you stay on your jobTim’Monique Davis, Rae’vanna Anderson, Hazana Anderson, missing Anya Washington, missing from Moorhead, missing from Duluth, Ga., from College Station, missing from Houston, this community is right now Minnesota since Jan. 20. since Nov. 3, 2018. Texas, since Oct. 28, 2018. Texas since Jan. 29. struggling with what has gone on this past year?” “One thing I think for sure about the missing teens is that human This gathering of concern trafficking is a hotbed in my city [and around the country],” said citizens, unlike other meetings Psychologist and Navy veteran Sheri Davis, who lives in Madison, held outside of intercity Alabama. “I think it’s very easy for the courts and police to turn their districts that were supposed heads the other way and not deal with the problem at hand.” to be about implementing new security measures since last morning of July 15 around 2:30 a.m. By Stacy M. Brown, year’s shooting at Marjory She is seen walking by herself in the NNPA Newswire Stoneman Douglas High area of East Montview and Peoria Correspondent Lashaya Stine, 16, was School, differed in one stark Street. The video was sent out to walking down the street way: there were more Black alone in Aurora, Colorado. It doesn’t appear that the the public a little over two weeks people present than there were young African American female after her disappearance in hopes of others. had any sort of trip planned, as she left her wallet and generating more leads. Barbara Freeman, a retired phone charger, and she didn’t take any clothes. The estimated 75,000 missing teacher who recently lost her According to a television station in Denver, police daughter, could feel the pain released surveillance video of Stine taken on the (Cont’d on page 3) of the parents and offered her suggestion. “As a grieving parent myself, I can honestly say I do truly understand the pain of the MSD parents. However, it does no one any good to blame anyone except the shooter. No one who lost some Florida A&M University (FAMU) has a one was calling for gun control unique opportunity to educate Floridians about tonight; others were. They medical marijuana and its seem to pick the easy target, use as an alternative Superintendent Runcie and health remedy. In the school board, who, in my 2016, the Florida opinion, are doing everything M e d i c a l possible to make our schools Marijuana safer for ALL students and Legalization staff. No matter what safety Initiative, also measures are put in place, known as Amendment 2, was approved by 72 nothing will ever satisfy them percent of the state’s voters. The legislature or bring back their loved ones.” approved funding for FAMU to “educate It was noted immediately minorities about marijuana for medical use that this was not going to be HARRIS and about the impact of the unlawful use of a business as usual meeting marijuana on minority communities.” By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

School Superintendent Robert Runcie

Dr. Brenda Snipes:

A History of Excellence “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” (2 Corinthians 4:17) By Rasheed B’aithe and Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

Part 4 of 4 “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.” (Proverbs 4:1) There are those who make an enduring footprint in our character and in our mind. Those around us whose example of how they live, what they say and how they do what they do shape us for the rest of our lives. They make cornerstones and niches of consciousness in our lives. They teach us what truth is, how to define courage and what is the honest meaning of sacrifice. Any adult we know is the sum total of their childhood

and the aggregate of lessons learned and observed from childhood. Dr. Brenda Snipes has made those who were her life examples proud. Most especially her father. How is your family holding up? “Actually my family is doing much better but doing the height of all of this, they were like crazy. Because they didn’t like hearing their mother’s name come out of the mouth of the guy who is the president in DC they just didn’t like it we have two daughters and they came home. The Broward County Sheriff’s department provided 24 hour security. I was escorted to work and escorted home. We started getting these threatening phone calls from the mob and these calls were pretty rough.” Were there any death threats? “Yes. One on yesterday said something like death to your wife. They are (Cont’d on page 9)


In the article ‘The Power of Love’ Mr. & Mrs. Malcom and Emma Black celebrated 60 years of marital bliss, we inadvertently left off the names of some very important people. We sincerely apologize and honestly recognize that your children and granddaughter are your pride and joy, and they honor you every day by trying to live up to what you all have displayed to them through your love of a life time. So, Mr. & Mrs. Black and twin daughters, Attorney Karen E. Black-Barron and Varen D. Black and granddaughter Portia L. E. Barron, M. Ed., please accept our apologies. —Westside Gazette Editorial Staff

Epidemic of MISSING Black Girls Continues to Stump Authorities, Frustrate Parents

Florida A&M University Plays Key Role in Medical Marijuana Research

FAMU’s Marijuana Education and Research Initiative was established as the foundation for a repository of information about marijuana and a leader in research on the subject of medical marijuana. The initiative strives to educate Florida’s minority communities about the availability and uses of medical marijuana and to help these communities understand systemic problems associated with the selective enforcement of marijuana laws and the consequences of the illicit use of marijuana. Peter Harris, J.D., is the director of the FAMU Marijuana Education and Research Initiative. He served the what industry as a strategic advisor to firms seeking a license from

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the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use to grow marijuana, manufacture medicine and dispense products for over a year. Prior to that, he provided consulting services to organizations seeking to impact the development of the industry in Florida. According to Harris, FAMU has an opportunity to play a vital role in the state’s development and use of medical marijuana. “We want to impact the health of Florida’s communities through our education and research efforts,” said Harris. “We also want Continue reading online at:


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Growing the Voices of

Our Future 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 on but not limited to the Broward AWARE campaign.

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

Sistrunk Festival

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The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center is a truly amazing place. It sits on Sistrunk Blvd. named after the first African doctor in Broward County. It hosts many major events like polling location and field trips. In fact, many people who are supporting a certain candidate stand outside the building, attempting to influence people to vote for a specific person.

One of Fort Lauderdale’s historic community events took place on Saturday, February 23, 2019, which was the Sistrunk Festival. This event was filled with cultural diversity, great music, delicious food, and plenty of fun. Many local schools, businesses, religious groups, fraternities, sororities, and community leaders were a part of the festivities. It was a great event for the community and more especially a great event that displayed the rich culture of the African American community.

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Sistrunk Historical Festival Brielle Henry, 9

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Hundreds of people came to celebrate African American culture at this year’s Sistrunk Historical Festival. We danced, sang, ate and enjoyed the concert on Sistrunk Blvd. My family participated in the parade with several other businesses, marching bands, dance teams and other organizations. It felt great to see so many people there, enjoying that time together as a community.


The Westside Gazette truck at the Sistrunk festival. (Top Left). Everyone walking the streets of Sistrunk having a good time. (Top Right). Dillard High School band marching in the parade. (Bottom Left). Walker Elementary School band in the Sistrunk parade. (Bottom Right).

“ O u r ch i l d r e n a r e o u r g r e a t e s t t r e a s u r e . T h e y a r e o u r f u t u r e . ” - N E L S O N M A N D E L A

Ford Fund announces inaugural HBC-You Mobility Challenge $25,000 grant opportunity * The Ford HBC-You Mobility Challenge invites Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to submit innovative proposals on smart mobility * The winning proposal will receive a one-time grant of up to $25,000 for their school toward program implementation. Deadline to submit entries is March 31, 2019 * Program launches as part of Ford Fund’s Black History Month Ford Goes Further in OUR Community Campaign Past HBCU Challenge winners from Clark Atlanta University celebrate a Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

DETROIT, MICH (BlackNews. com) -- Ford Motor Company Fund,

the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is offering an opportunity for college students, alumni, faculty, and administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to submit an innovative proposal that addresses a mobility need on campus or in their community. The HBC-You Mobility Challenge is officially open and details regarding the program can be found at The last day to submit proposals is March 31, 2019 and winners will be announced in May 2019. The program launch is part of Ford Fund’s Black History Month Ford Goes Further in OUR Community campaign.

“Innovative solutions to mobility challenges can not only enable people to get where they need to be but empower them to realize their dreams,” said Pamela Alexander, director -Ford Motor Company Fund Community Development. “We are proud to partner with the HBCU community on this new initiative.” The Ford HBC-You Mobility Challenge is a special initiative of Ford Motor Company Fund - the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. Its purpose is to challenge students, alumni, faculty and administrators to design innovative mobility-based projects that address Continue reading online at:

BCPS Honors Top Teacher, Principal, Assistant Principal and School-Related/District Employee at Annual Caliber Awards Ceremony Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) announced its top teacher, principal, assistant principal and school-related/ District employee during the 2019 Caliber Awards Ceremony at the Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, February 21, 2019. The annual ceremony recognizes and honors the dedication and hard work of the District’s outstanding educators, leaders and staff. The event was attended by more than 1,300 guests to honor the nearly 700 talented nominees and 16 extraordinary finalists vying for their respective coveted titles. Congratulations to the 2019 Caliber

Awards winners! And the winners are… *Teacher of the Year: Kristin Murphy, Nova Middle School “Be respectful and never lie are the only rules in my classroom. Character development is what matters most when it comes to educating the next generation,” said Kristin Murphy, who teaches world history and pre-law at Nova Middle School. “To always do the right thing is, perhaps, one of the most important lessons we can teach our students.” An educator for more than 20 years, Murphy believes that a good teacher adjusts his or her teaching Continue reading online at:

Pictured (l to r): Brittany Poitier, Philip Bullock, Kristin Murphy and Erin Brown.

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Black Women in America and

Cervical Cancer Prevention

By Dr. Anisa Shomo, Director of Family Medicine Scholars at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and Health Columnist for the NNPA. Many people may believe that cervical cancer is a problem of the

past. Prior to the 1940s, it was a major cause of death of women of childbearing age. According to the National Institute of Health, invasive cervical cancer is now considered to be the 14th cause of cancer deaths in women in the US. That accounts for approximately 4,000 deaths of women each year. African American women are twice as likely as Caucasian women to be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer and 2-3 times more likely to die from this diagnosis. Before we examine why this health disparity exists, let’s explore the historical gains that lead to the reduction of invasive cervical cancer diagnosis and deaths. Before the 1940s, it was difficult to diagnose cervical cancer

unless accompanied by significant symptoms such as bleeding, pain, and nausea were occurring, which caused women to present in the later stages. In 1943, Dr. George Papanicolau published a paper on his work to identify cervical changes as normal or cancerous via a microscope before invasive cancer occurred in an article titled “Diagnosis of Uterine Cancer on Vaginal Smear.” In 1954, Dr. Papanicolau published his atlas for labs to learn how to identify cervical cancer using his method and this is now called a Papanicolau test or “Pap” smear. We now use this to screen Continue reading online at:

Sarasota’s Newtown Community Added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail as Southernmost Attraction Designation commemorated with reenactment of Newtown beach caravans and Lido Beach wade-ins SARASOTA, FL (February 4, 2019) – Visit Sarasota County is proud to announce the addition of The Newtown African American Heritage Trail as an official attraction on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which has more than 100 attractions across 15 states. The Newtown African American Heritage Trail is now the southernmost site. The announcement was made in Sarasota, Florida by Vickie Oldham, founder of Newtown Alive!, an organization formed to promote the history and culture of Newtown, one of Sarasota’s oldest communities, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration Breakfast on January 21, 2019 at the Robert L. Taylor Complex in

cooperation with Visit Sarasota County (VSC) and the MLK Celebration Committee. The Newtown African American Heritage Trail attraction on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail highlights the history of Sarasota’s AfricanAmerican community, Newtown and Newtown Alive! tours and will focus on the 1950s and 1960s efforts of Newtown residents to desegregate Sarasota’s beaches. These efforts included car caravans from the Newtown community to Lido Beach to hold “wade-ins” to attempt to force beach integration. To commemorate the addition of Newtown African American Heritage Trail to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, VSC and Newtown Alive! organized, facilitated and led a reenactment of the beach caravans and wade-ins following the MLK Day Celebration Breakfast. Two trolleys packed with more than 70 participants – some including original caravan

participants and their descendants as well as Florida Senator Nina Turner and Sarasota community leaders – led a car caravan to Lido Beach. At Lido Beach, riders piled out of the trolleys and cars to walk the shore and wade in the water as Newtown activists did in the 1950s and 1960s before the segregation of Florida’s beaches. These “beach wade-ins” of the 1950s drew media attention and opened an early front in the fight for equal rights years before betterknown state and national civil rights victories of the 1960s. The wade-ins, modeled after lunch counter sit-ins, coupled with activists’ attendance at city and county commission meetings moved the needle toward beach access at a time when less than two miles of Florida’s 2,000 miles of beaches were open for use by African Americans. It wasn’t

Among the missing are: Tim’Monique Davis, missing from Moorhead, Minnesota since Jan. 20. Anya Washington, missing from Houston, Texas since Jan. 29. R’Mahnee WilliamsTurner, missing from Palmdale, Calif., since Jan. 26. Whitney Elliseau, missing from Lakewood, Calif., since Feb. 5. Jada Cyrus, missing from Boston, Mass., since Jan. 29. Myla Abanda, missing

from Fairfax, Va., since Nov. 16. Zakiah Abdul-Khaliq, missing from Austin, Texas, since Aug. 27, 2018. Yasmin Acree, missing from Chicago, Ill., since Jan. 15, 2018. Harmony Adams, missing from Columbus, Oh., since July 18, 2018. Kelli Allen, missing from Atlanta, Ga., since Dec. 20, 2018. Kelly Allen, Missing from Berkley, Miss., since March 13, 2007. Kaaliyah Alston, missing from Hillsborough, NC., since Aug. 21, 2018. Hazana Anderson, missing from College Station, Texas, since Oct. 28, 2018. Karyn Anderson, missing from Walkersville, Md., since March 24, 2018. Rae’vanna Anderson, missing from Duluth, Ga., since Nov. 3, 2018. A comprehensive list can be found on the website for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(NCMEC). For families with a missing or sexually exploited child, NCMEC provides crisis intervention and local counseling referrals to appropriate professionals.

Two years ago, We Buy Black led a successful crowd-fund raising over $110,000 on Kickstarter, a non-Black owned crowdfunding site. Today, we are crowdfunding for $1.2 Million dollars to produce a Black owned Supermarket on an African American owned Crowdfunding platform, Created by two brothers in Houston, Tex., We Fund Black launched this Black History Month featuring a major campaign to establish Soul Food Market. Soul Food Market will be the first African American owned supermarket chain which sells 100% of its products from our community. The selection of naturally grown vegetables and fruits will be sourced from Black farmers in Georgia. New and exciting Black owned products ranging from everyday necessities such as diapers and detergent to all-natural household cleaning products will stock the shelves! Currently crowdfunding for its flagship store in Atlanta, Ga., Soul Food Market is raising $1.2 million dollars in 30 days to purchase a facility currently under contract for its renovation and operations. Soul Food Market has plans to become an international supermarket chain. Benefits of our own Grocery Store? 1. We plan to source our produce from local and neighboring state African American farmers. 2. Becoming one of the largest distributors for Black owned products. 3. Hire our youth and those in our community that have a passion for healthy living. 4. Encourage healthy living and reduce our community’s obesity and other health related issues. Continue reading online at:

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Epidemic of MISSING Black Girls from Front Page Black women and girls continue to stump law enforcement while frustrating and devastating families. It forces the question: Does anyone care? Since NNPA Newswire reported on the alarming lack of interest in the cases of missing black females, readers – including law enforcement – have responded by using social media to bring to light the host of African Americans and others of color who’ve gone missing. The social media account for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Childrenretweeted the NNPA Newswire story and then accumulated a long thread of missing girls – some as young as a few months old. They began each tweet with: “Have you seen this child?”

We’re Producing the First Black Owned Supermarket Carrying All Black Owned Products

The organization’s “Team HOPE” program connects families with peers who have had similar experiences and can offer coping skills and compassion. When a missing child is recovered, NCMEC helps the family with the reunification process, including mental health services and travel assistance. Psychologist and Navy veteran Sheri Davis said it’s vital that the missing are given attention by the media and especially law enforcement. Davis said she relates well with them on a couple of fronts: She once went missing and she’s also the victim of domestic violence, a trigger for some who’ve been made vulnerable to abductions, run away and become the eventual victim of sex trafficking. “One thing I think for sure about the missing teens is that human trafficking is a hotbed in my city [and around the country],” said Davis, who lives in Madison, Alabama. “I think it’s very easy for the courts and police to turn their heads the other way and not deal with the problem at hand.” Davis continued: “I had to escape from my abuser in the middle of the night … naked and running down the road and praying that a good bystander helps me while I’m covered in blood. The families of these young ladies need to be in the face of [law enforcement officials] and let them see the pain they are in every day that those girls aren’t home or safe.”



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MOSAIC Group Broward College Needs YOU! Have you or someone you know always dreamed of attending college? Are you between the ages 18-40? Do you live in the 33313 OR 33311 area? Join us on Saturday, Feb. 26 33313 residents only at Lauderdale Mall, 1267 N. State Rd., 7 Lauderhill, Fla. 33311 * ages 26-40 from 8-9:15 a.m. * ages 18-25 from 12-1:15 p.m. * ages 18-25 from 4-4:15 p.m. * ages 26-40 from 6-7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 33311 residents at Alan Clubhouse, 915 N.W. 6th St., Fort Lauderdale, FLa 33311 * ages 26-40 at 8 a.m. * ages 18-25 from 12 to 1:15 p.m. * ages 18025 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. * ages 26-40 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. For more info call (561) 6519565.

Meeting MBC (Minority Builders Coalition, Inc.) W. Barnett, CPA Inc., presents Why You Need A CPA On Your Team!, Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m., at Midtown Commerce Center, 1033 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. RSVP to vernon.dooling@minoritybuilders.orh

Events Lauderhill Living The Source: News from the City of Lauderhill * The Magnificent Circus Mystery, Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 10 a.m., at Central Broward Regional Park, 3800 N.W. 11 Place, Lauderhill, Fla. * Lauderhill Talent Show - calling all Lauderhill Residents at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC). For register information call (945) 730-3000 * Code Red Emergency Notifications. For more info contact the Fire Dept. at (954) 730-2950 if you have questions about CodeRed. * 11th Annual S.A.K.E. Awards, Thursday, Mar. 7 at 6 p.m., at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 N.W. 11 Pl., Lauderhill, Fla. * My One and Only - The Gershwin Musical, Friday, Mar. 8 and Saturday, Mar. 24 at 8 p.m., at the Stage Door Theatre at the LPAC. * Jazz Under the Stars on 38th, Friday, Mar. 29, from 6 to 10 p.m. 3800 N.W. 11 Pl., Lauderhill, Fla.

Conference S.P.E.A.K. Women’s Empowerment Conferene 2019, Saturday, Mar. 16 at 9 a.m., at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Fla.


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Broward County Library eNews -New Peter and the Starcatchers Library Card - the colorful new cards are available at all 38 Broward County Library locations. - Having a ruff time with Taxes? We can help get free help from tax prep specialists at your library. They’ll be on hand at participating Broward County Library location to assist you. -March/April Title - The Rooster Bar by John Grisham, dates: Tuesday, March 5 at 1 p.m., at North Regional/ Broward College Library Tuesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m., at Riverland Library. Tell Your Story. It’s Your Write: * Free Literary Expo, Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at North Regional/ Broward College Library MERGE Goggle Headsets now aviliable for check out at Broward County Libarys Friday Night at the Library - DestinationFridays - South Experience in Renaissance with the Society for Creative Anachronism, Friday, March 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at South Regional/Broward College Library. Adult + only. For tickets Fridays.Broward. org

“Love It Or Leave It” You & Me presents a red carpet stage production, Friday, March 1. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show time at 8 p.m., at Hollywood Jaycees, 2930 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Fla. For tickets info call (954) 5402369 email:


The 6th Annual Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction Awards Breakfast, Friday, March 8 at 7:30 a.m., at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise, Fla.

Reunion The Communtiy is invited to the Second Annual Larry Little Gold Coast Campers Reunion Outing, Saturday, Mar. 9, at 11 a.m., at Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65 St., Hialeah, Fla. Pavilion #7. Any and all donations will be accpeted and appreciated. For more info contact DeeDee Sears at (954) 479-6643 or Curtis Burns at (305) 7489390.

The Census Needs You Looking for a great way to get involved and make a difference in our community?

You Are Invited

The Census is coming in April 2020 and you’re encouraged to help our community count. The kickoff meeting of the Complete Count Committee was held in January, but volunteers are still needed.

Dillard High Class of 1967

Many thanks to those across the County who have already agreed to participate.

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“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” – Marcus Garvey

A correct count is critical for Broward County as Census numbers are used to determine federal representation and funding of human services, housing and other programs. For more information, visit Census2020

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Happening at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center AARLCC, 2650 Historic Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -AARLCC Movie Matinee Black History Month: Black Hollywood: - 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. - Thursday, March 7, 14, 21, 28; Thursday, April 4, 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Destination Friday; Seminole Indians, Friday, March 8 from 7 to 9 p.m., Adults 21+ only. For tickets info Fridays. - AARLCC’s Social Dance Club, Monday thru Thursday, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

What’s Happening in Dania Beach * Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional info call (954) 9246801 Register at https:// upcoming-events - Career Opportunities Now hiring. How to apply for a position: The City Dania Beach encourages online jobs


The Aging and Disability Resource Center is seeking nominations for the 2019 Broward Senior Hall of Fame. Candidates must be 60 years of age and older, who have performed in a highly commendable manner, in the Broward County Volunteer Sec-tor for 5 years or more. Nominations, in 200 words or less, should include: the senior’s name; age; address; telephone number; email address; and a description of why the individual is being nominated. A special committee will meet, in March, to study the 2019 nominations, and choose the new members. Electees are honored in May, which is Older American’s Month, at a special breakfast. Their names also are placed on a plaque that is displayed in the Broward County Government Building. Nominations should be received by the ADRC on or before the end of business on Friday, March 8, 2019. Mail the data to: Broward Senior Hall of Fame, 5300 Hiatus Road, Sunrise, FL 33351; Email to:; or send your data online at: For further information, please call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at (954) 745-9567.

Miramar Today Events •Support Our Seniors, join the Southcentral/Southeast Focal Point & The City of Miramar for our Second Annual Senior 1K Walk to Wellness, Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. • Hoops4Hope Basketball Tournament. Enjoy free community event with food, live entertainment, 3-on-3 Basketball and more, Friday, Mar. 1 from 5 to 10 p.m. •MCC Presents: Pete Souza, the former chief photographer for president Obama, will speak about his time in the White House with a VIP reception, Friday, Mar.1 at 7:30 p.m. • MCC presents: The Princess And The Frog Sing-A-Long Movie, Saturday, Mar. 2 at 2 p.m. •Your Vote, Your Voice - elect your City Mayor and City Commissioner, Tuesday, Mar. 12 at 7 p.m. • Let Food Be Thy Medicine, Saturday, Mar. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. •It’s A Grand Slam for Miramar Residents. Resident receive special tickets at Hard Rock Stadium. Wednesday,Mar. 20; Sunday, Mar. 24 • I Love Freestyle Music Tour, Saturday, Mar. 23 at Miramar Regional Park, Amphitheater. •Register Now City of Miramar Spring Camp, Saturday, Mar. 23, 29. •iEN Concierto! El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico,Saturday, Mar. 30, at Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater. • Dance Yourself Into Shape at Miramar Free Zumba Classes, Thursdays, at 6 p.m. • Historical Miramar Infrastructure Improvements Phase 3, stay informed on the City of Miramar Capital Improvement Projects. • 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 •Free NCLEX review by Commissioner Riggs, Saturday, Mar. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at City Hall, 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar, Fla. • 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) 602-3198 or email: • Attention Miramar Residents – are you a furloughed federal employee? We’re Here to Help! For more info call (954) 602-HELP (4357). • It’s a Grand Slam for Miramar residents! City of Miramar residents night, Wednesday, Mar. 20, Sunday, Mar. 24. For more info call (954) 602-4357 • Register Now! City of Miramar Spring Camp, from 7a.m. to 6 p.m., at: Vernon E. Hargray Youth Enrichment Center, 7000 Miramar Pkwy. (954) 602-4780 - Regional Park Aquatics Complex, 16801 MiramarPkwy. (954) 883-6955 - Vizcaya Park, 14200 S.W. 55 St. (954) 883-6800 - Ansin Sports Complex, 10801 Miramar Blvd. (954) 602-4990 - Sunset Lakes Community Center, 2801 S.W. 186 Ave. (954) 602-3340. • Miramar Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, Friday, Mar. 22, at Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Center Pl., Miramar, Fla. •The City of Miramar is Hiring, check out Miramar’s recruitment website to view opening and to complete an application online.

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Lorenzo White had a huge footprint on Spartans football

White was named to the College Football Hall of Fame Ray Ford, Detroit Free Press

This is where it all started as a high school standout at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lorenzo White giving back to his beloved Panthers. (Photo: Byler Henry/Westside Gazette)



Former Michigan State football McMain is an exemplary running back Lorenzo White was named social worker who always to the College Football Hall of Fame strives to instill hope, conrecently, joining a host of Spartans fidence and love into each greats. (The induction ceremony was person she counsels. McMain held in New York on Dec. 10.) White has managed to educate several stood 5 feet 11 in East Lansing, but had pupils with her extensive a big impact on the Spartans, taking knowledge of social work so them to the 1988 Rose Bowl in his senior they too can assist other people with their issues. She continues to unify season. As coach George Perles told the families through in-depth family counseling. Her work in social work has South Florida Sun-Sentinel in 1985, improved the lives of every child and parent she counsels. These children “We call him ‘Big Foot.’ He can gear have grown up to become lawyers, doctors, and even graduated high school down, let people go by him, then motor with the help of her counseling and work within her community. Not only again,” referencing his size 12EE shoes. does she counsel people, she also feeds the underprivileged families in the White burst into the national community and has also developed a mentorship program that helps kids spotlight by rushing for 2,066 yards as a with their social and emotional needs. Her mentorship program consists of sophomore in 1985. At the time, he was various leaders within the community to help young men and young ladies the fifth player in FBS history to rush improve their lives and become better leaders of tomorrow. Her presence in for at least 2,000 yards (including bowl the community remains strong and incomparable. McMain is very dedicated games). (31 FBS players have done it and loved by others which aids her in the ability to continue to pursue her now, led by Barry Sanders’ 2,628 yards in 1988.) Nov. 14, 1987 MSU 27, Indiana 3: White carried the ball a ridiculous 56 times (at 5.2 yards a carry) en route to 292 yards as the Spartans clinched their first Rose Bowl trip in more than 20 years. Though it didn’t factor into the College Football Hall of Fame’s call, White had a productive career in the NFL. White spent eight years in the league — seven with the Oilers and one with the Browns — and made the Pro Bowl in 1992. That season, he rushed for 1,226 yards with the Oilers as Houston was eliminated from the playoffs by Buffalo in the biggest comeback in NFL playoff history.

(TOP) Lorenzo White rushed for 4,887 yards in four seasons at MSU most of those during spectacular sophomore and senior seasons. (Photo: Lansing State Journal file photo) (RIGHT) White runs around the USC defense to score MSU’s first touchdown in the Rose Bowl on Jan 1, 1988. (Photo: Rod Sanford/ Lansing State Journal)

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Exhibition Celebrating Diversity

Black Owned Distillery Coming to Fort Lauderdale

Carla Jamieson, Shawn Bouffard and Sarah DeMond

Victor George Spirits, CEO Victor Harvey says he wants to be remembered as “a visionary.” Currently, he has his sights set on opening South Florida’s first Black owned distillery, due to open early next year in Flagler Village. The facility will not only produce the signature Victor George Vodka but will also manufacture rum, whiskey, and gin. Harvey’s entrepreneurial spirit was formed early in life with successful stints in music, sports management and real estate in the 90s. He decided to shift his focus

to vodka after the 2008 housing market crash. Harvey noticed that “despite a quote unquote recession, people were still spending ridiculous amounts of money on alcohol.” He was especially taken aback by how many Black consumers would consistently overpay for European brands as a showcase of status. “I hope this encourages others to do it for themselves- it’s cool to be an advertiser, but it’s better to be an equity owner.” The new venture will break ground this summer and will look

Opening reception featured iconic South Florida entertainer Tiffany Fantasia

to provide job opportunities to minorities, including women and veterans. The CEO explained: “I want to be known for giving opportunities to people who don’t traditionally get the opportunities they deserve.” Victor George Vodka is available throughout Florida as well as select markets across the US. Plans are underway to introduce the brand internationally in the coming years to the Caribbean and African markets.

PEMBROKE PINES, FL – The Frank art gallery in Pembroke Pines opened its new exhibition Prism with an opening reception to Friday, Feb. 22 to kick off Pride Weekend. Prism commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and offers an interdisciplinary view of LGBTQIA identity and diversity by using the Tiffany Fantasia

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Governor Ron DeSantis and Republicans Firmly in Control in Florida By Roger Caldwell Many residents in Florida would like to believe that Florida is turning into a purple state, because there are more Democrats on the voting rolls. But, President Trump in 2016 turned the state red, and won by 113,000 votes. In the governor’s cabinet, the most powerful group in the state, one member is a Democrat and the other three are Republicans. As you travel around the state, the majority of county governments and local politicians are Republicans, and many of the conservative laws have been stopped by the Supreme Court. On a state level the Senate and the House of Representatives are Republicans, DeSantis talks about bipartisanship, but the legislature supports a rightwing ideology. “For the last two decades, Republicans have

controlled the governor’s mansion, Legislature and Cabinet. They’ve effectively had only one check on their power: Florida’s Supreme Court. The battles between lawmakers and justices have been epic, with lawmakers trying to control the court and the court routinely rejecting their legislation,” says Lawrence Mower of the Buzz. The Democrats can talk about the state turning blue, because in 2008 and 2012 President Obama won the state, but nothing really changed. Many progressives and many people of color were confident that ex-mayor Andrew Gillum and Senator Bill Nelson would win their elections in 2018, but they both lost. Even though the voting roll say 40% of the voters are Democrats, the Republicans keep winning with only 36% on record. After winning a contentious election by about

35,000 votes, Governor DeSantis is able to follow the hard line of conservatism that his predecessor Rick Scott ran the state on. The first thing that the new governor can do is appoint three hardline conservatives to the Sup-reme Court, and make it easier to direct money to charter and private schools. Gov. DeSantis announced a new equal opportunity voucher program that aims to expand school choice in the state. This plan would cost the residents in Florida $90-100 million, and there are some that support

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Florida Finds Another Way to Turn Public Education on Its Head Crossroads: By Perry E. Thurston, Jr.

Florida seems hellbent on sending its public schools into K-12 purgatory. We’re at the bottom in per-pupil spending and teacher pay, and the job openings for quality teachers continues to grow. So, what’s our state’s response? School choice; let’s give more public money to private schools. Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed creating a new school voucher program to expand Florida’s school choice options to allow another 14,000 students to use taxpayer money to pay for a private school education. The rationale behind the move makes about as much sense as our state’s 20 year-effort of undermining public schools to make them better. As DeSantis put it while selling this new round of bad public policy: “If the taxpayer is paying for education, it’s public education …” Such nonsensical logic is costing Florida’s taxpayers big money, while the one institution responsible for educating more than 2.8 million students flounders from underfunding and poor direction from state leaders. Gov. DeSantis earlier promised to seek more money for per-pupil spending and teachers’ salaries, but this latest move undermines that effort to make our state a more attractive place for educators and education. We simply can’t afford this latest siphoning off of taxpayer dollars from our neighborhood public schools to unregulated and unaccountable private schools. In the past 20 years, our state has seen a rapid growth in the unregulated School Choice Industry. “Choice and competition” were sold as reforms. Our public schools were supposed to improve by diverting taxpayer money to make it easier for privately-run charter and religious schools to operate. If the glaring statistics that show Florida mired near the

Will Reparations Become Democrats’ Campaign Theme?

bottom of per-pupil spending and teacher pay rankings, along with the number of approved local tax referendums to raise money to improve school curricula, raise teacher salaries and restore aging school buildings, then we all should come to the obvious conclusion that “choice and competition” alone won’t cut it. What began years ago with Gov. Jeb Bush’s A+ Plan won’t end with DeSantis’ so-called “Equal Opportunity Scholarship.” School choice advocates will want more money from Florida’s taxpayers to make more money for their dubious operations. That’s the only way I can describe it because there is no easy way for Floridians to determine if private schools are succeeding in educating their students because they aren’t held to the same standards public schools must meet day in and day out. That is Florida’s fault. It is the state government that has a major role to play in crafting state budgets and education policies that improve our public schools and the opportunities for its 2.8 million students. For too long though, Floridians have been shortchanged by dubious state education policies, whether it’s meager funding, over-relying on standardized tests or arming school teachers. Educating children should be a fundamental value in this state. According to the Florida Constitution, “Adequate provision shall be made by law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high-quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high-quality education …” What part of “free public schools” are we missing here? Unfortunately, too many Floridians have bought into a panacea of a policy that flies in the face of our state’s constitution and common sense. What part of “free public schools” are we missing here? The dream of privatizing public schools remains just that – a dream. It certainly isn’t a strategy for academic gains, and it shouldn’t become Florida’s nightmare that turns public education on its head.

Game Over? Report Card on Our Planet’s Environment By Mel Gurtov

Noose Display is Terrorist Act

“I think that we have got to address that again. It’s back to the inequities,” Senator Kamala Harris said during in an interview with The Breakfast Club radio show. “America has a history of slavery. We had Jim Crow. We had legal segregation in America for a very long time,” she said. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)

By Kevin Palmer

Recently, the Bur-berry fashion house apologized for featuring a hoo-die with a noose around the neck. Apology not accepted. Featuring the noose was more than an insensitive fashion faux pas. Displaying the noose was a deliberate reminder of global white supremacy’s dominance over nonwhites, especially Blacks. According to Dr. Alex Mikulich, in America, the noose represents lynching which was “terror enforced subjugation. There were 4,749 known acts of lynching between 1882 and 1968 recorded by the Tuskegee Institute.” Therefore, Burberry hiring film director Ava DuVernay to lead a diversity council is a token gesture which does not address the root cause. The root cause is too many affluent Whites believe the noose is not a big deal because they have yet to personally experience the consequences of acting on their racist beliefs. According to former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, “Correcting the past often means also imposing some consequences for people who are not directly responsible for what happened in the past but were indirect beneficiaries of what happened in the past.” Therefore, it is up to conscious Blacks to impose the consequences.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent A new refrain could be taking center stage during the 2020 Presidential Campaign. Senators Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, both 2020 presidential candidates, said they support reparations for African Americans to redress the legacy of the slavery. The senators’ statements came as many are observing the 500th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade and the 400th year since the first African was brought to Virginia. “I think that we have got to address that again. It’s back to the inequities,” Harris said during in an interview with The Breakfast Club radio show. “America has a history of slavery. We had Jim Crow. We had legal segregation in America for a very long time,” she said. Harris continued: “We have got to recognize, back to that earlier point, people aren’t starting out on the same base in terms of their ability to succeed and so we have got to recognize that and give people a lift up.” When she told the radio show’s host, Continue reading online at:

Unrelenting Warming The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report for 2019 indicates that most experts point to environmental problems as being the most serious threats to global stability—just as they found in the previous two years. That report follows on one in October 2018 by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It said with “high confidence” that at the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions, “global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate.” Avoiding the worst-case consequences would require measures that have “no documented historic precedent.” As Americans see the evidence of climate-influenced destruction, they’re on edge: Seventy-two percent of those pol-

Nonviolence or Violence

By Andrew Moss Sixty-one years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King declared, “Today the choice is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.” Emboldened by the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott two years earlier, King saw nonviolence not only as a powerful strategy for ac-hieving social change; he viewed it as a philosophy and way of life that gave the world its only genuine alternative to the doomsday scenarios posed by the cold war arms race. As he said, “In a day when Sputniks and Explorers dash through outer space and guided ballistic missiles are carving highways of death through the stratosphere, nobody can win a war.” Today, as efforts to control nuclear proliferation appear to be unravelling or failing, and as countries like the U.S. and Russia are engaging in a newly intensified arms race, Dr. King’s words carry new urgency. But there’s another reason for urgency: climate change. Recent scientific Continue reading online at:

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President Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, ‘Make America Great Again’, has been a wildly powerful rallying cry for his largely blue collar, rust-belt base. For them, it stands for secure borders, unfettered enterprise and fair trade. By Armstrong Williams, NNPA Newswire Contributor

Blackballed NFL QB Colin Kaepernick Settles Major Grievance Claim against NFL. Now, the real question becomes, will the NFL allow Kaepernick to come back and play the game he loves without further collusion? By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor One of the best skits that ever appeared on comedian Dave Chappelle’s hit television show, the Chappelle Show, was one called “When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong.” Each skit would highlight the outcome of what would happen to individuals who Continue reading online at:

The florid “Green New Deal” proposed by the newlyelected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez (D-NY), has been widely panned by critics on both the right and the left – but perhaps most not-ably by Democratic Senate Minority Leader Dianne Feinstein. However, what many critics of the deal fail to note, is that Continue reading online at:


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Church Directory This Worship T his and Every Sunday at the Church of Your Choice

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

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:

Reverend Jimmy L. English PASTOR


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.

"Reaching Our World One Person At A Time"

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 ............................................................................................................... 9:00 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”

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.

Living Waters Christian Fellowship Meeting at Central Charter School Building #5 4515 N. St. Rd. 7 (US 441) Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319 (954) 295-6894

SUNDAY SERVICE: 10 a.m. Rev. Anthony & Virginia Burrell (Church) (Pastor)

“Jesus said, let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink.” (John 7:37)

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.

1-800-254-NBBC * (305) 685-3700 (o) *(305) 685-0705 (f)

Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church 522 N.W. Ninth Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Church: (954) 462-1413 or (954) 647-8254 Email:

Rev. Dr. William Calvin Haralson, Pastor SERVICES

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

"Reaching beyond the four walls touching lives, touching communities".

Mount Hermon A.M.E. Church

Obituaries James C. Boyd Funeral Home BUTLER Funeral services for the late Willie Lee Butler, Sr 82 were held February 23 at James C. Boyd’s Memorial Chapel with Min. Trini Thomas, Sr officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens (Central). CUYLER Funeral services for the late Tom Albert Cuyler - 83 were held February 23 at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Danny L. McKenzie, Sr officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens (Central). SIMMONS Funeral services for the late Melissa Patrice Simmons - 47 were held February 23 at James C. Boyd’s Memorial Chapel with Pastor Brandon Spann officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. SNEED Funeral service for the late Retta D. Sneed - 51were held February 23 at James C. Boyd’s Memorial Chapel with Ambassador Angels Mathis officiating.

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#

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SAVIN Funeral services for the late Cornelius Jay Savin – 70. THOMAS Funeral services for the late Robert Eugene Thomas were held February 21 at James C. Boyd’s Memorial Chapel. Interment: Southside Cemetery, Tallahassee, Fla.

McWhite's Funeral Home GOLFIN Funeral services for the late Andrew Lee “Head” Golfin, Sr. - 64 were held February 23 at McWhite’s Funeral Home with rev. Anthony Burrell officiating.

“Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it.” – Earl G. Graves, Sr.

It is difficult to believe that it has been a year since you unexpectedly left us. Countless times we have had questions about all range of topics and because you knew so much about so many things, we reminded ourselves that you would have known the answer and (the professor that you were) could have very easily explained it all. You are so deeply missed. Forever in our hearts,

Your Family

JOHNSON Funeral services for the late Tammie Dee Johnson – 53 were held February 23 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel. Interment: Forest Lawn Cemetery Central. LOCKE Funeral services for the late James “PAP” Locke – 76 were held February 16 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael K. Anderson officiating. Interment: South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, Fla.

MATTHEWS Funeral services for the late Lancelot Wayne Matthews -

61 were held February 23 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel. Interment: Graceland Memorial Park South, Miami, Fla. MYERS Funeral services for the late Stanley Myers - 55 were held February 23 at First Baptist Church Piney Grove. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. SAMUELS Funeral services for the late Christopher V. Samuels - 47 were held February 23 at McWhite’ s Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Rupert Battiste officiating. SHAKIR Funeral services for the late Maxie S. Shakir - 68 held February 23 at Mt. Hermon AME Church officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. TAYLOR Funeral services for the late Mrs. Willie Mae Taylor – 91 were held February 16 at New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church with Rev. Elder John Henry Everett officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. THOMAS Funeral services for the late Ms. Carolyn “Kitty Kat” Thomas – 64 were held February 16 at Mt. Zion AME Church of Oakland Park with Dr. Dana Alexander officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens (Central).

Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home TITUS Funeral services for the late Dorothy Mae Titus – 93. JOHNSON Funeral services for the late Ernest Lee Johnson, Jr. "Peanut" - 59 were held February 23 at Roy Mizell & Kurtz Worship Center with Dr. James B. Darling, Jr., officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. YOUNG Funeral services for the late Robert Kennedy Young - 54 were held February 23 at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Douglas Cook officiating.

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” –

Madam C.J. Walker

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prosecuting that guy. We have had to put up security cameras and all kind of things to protect ourselves.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke on 10 points on how to handle one’s responsibilities as a leader. One was about beliefs: can you identity how your belief has allowed you to deal with this situation? He talked about fearlessness, to not allow fear to keep you from moving forward and he also talked about the need for one to fight for yourself, in spite of anything, to keep it moving forward and to follow your morals. What has allowed you to equate or relate to these from your experiences? “I grew up in Talledega, Alabama which is a college town and our parents were educators. As educators they couldn’t get involved in a lot of stuff at that time. I remember my daddy would leave home and go down to Talledega College where he and other men would meet in the library on campus to talk about the social climate and would come together on the things they could do. My daddy grew up in Talledega, he was born there and his family lives there, and his family were farmers. They dealt in the dirt. And he loved Talledega, Alabama and he went to Talledega College for a little while. He was a part of this group of men who would come up with these ideas. Now he would not talk to us a lot about it, but I knew my daddy was concerned about the climate. Afterall, he had four girls. He was always concerned about how his girls could be successful. I watched my daddy take that on. My daddy worked the U.S. Census- that’s what he would do for summer work. He would make sure that every person of color who lived in Talledega in his section of the county where he worked was counted. You know if you grew up in the country you could only drive your car so far on the little dirt roads and then you got to get out and walk. Sometimes you have to walk around bib rocks, blueberry patches and snakes and all that stuff. So my daddy did his part in what he could do to make a difference, and it’s just something that I think has become a part of me. I’m not super bad but I must do something! I got to find something there to make a change and I’m gonna always be that. My background is in teaching. I was a trainer. I helped to train teachers and prospective administrators, actually principles and I’ve trained district level administrators. “There was a lawsuit brought against Broward County School Board to hire more Black administrators. A position was created and I applied for the job and I got the job. My job was to go out and get Black people engaged in leadership, a kind of workshop that would make them better prepared to get the job. I did and that open the door for Black people who were interested in administrative positions and I named it TOPS Targeting Organizational Potential Sys-tem, and I think it was. I would go to schools I would have workshops I would put out information inviting people to come and it was for Black people who wanted to be administrators. The

first one I did I think it was at Dillard High School in the auditorium, and it was full of people and they were not all Black. Do you know if you have something good everybody wants to be a part of it. I did that for about five years and then I went to an in-service position to track and keep up with people’s InService records. Mr. Willian Dandy asked me to apply for it, I did and I got it. “From there I was approached and asked by Dr. Davis, an area superintendent to go to Markham Elementary to be an assistant principal. I said to myself I don’t know anything about being an assistant principal. I went and I stayed six years. It was hard work, really hard work but I remember my daddy going out in the backwoods of Alabama. He did it so I figured I could do it too. “Then I got promoted to area director. There were 12 of us with the 16 schools we worked with, then I retired. I was retired for three months but I was working with the consulting group. They would go around the country working with school districts to look at the programs they had for their teachers and administrators. I was in Louisiana and I got a call from a good friend of mine who wanted to know if they could put my name in for the Supervisor of Elections and I thought well, I don’t know anything about that. What would I do? After a little persuasion I decided I would do it and now here I am.” We ask some people about you, those who suggested that you take certain jobs and did a little bit more research on you and we have a question to ask you and the question is: do you really know what capabilities you have and how important you are? She laughed and said - “I don’t know. I love anything that would allow me to work with a crew and problem-solving to make it better. I love what I did as the Supervisor of Elections and I love the work, I love the outcome, I love working with people and I know.” If you could pick one job ,Dr. Snipes, what would it be? “I’ve worked so long all my life I don’t know.” We as a race of people, we don’t do enough talking about our Black women and that warrior spirit that they have and how they are capable of doing more than one thingmultitasking - and be good at it. We don’t talk enough about it. When you look back at everything that you have experienced from the time that former governor Jeb Bush appointed you while Rick Scott and DeSantis tried to belittle you, of all the things you’ve gone through what strength have you gained from this and what would you tell somebody that comes after you and even if you took the job back, what have you gotten from this? “You know I think you have to confirm for yourself who you think you are and then I think you have to make some real decisions. You have to talk to yourself - nobody else can do it and honestly I had the conversation with me. I said it. I have never had a job where I have work to the point where I almost quit killing myself. When I was at Markham, that was a

challenging job - you almost had to start from scratch. I think at Markham nobody paid attention and here I am “with her high heal shoes and suit dresses” and what do I do, I took off those high heal shoes and suit dresses and got down to work. So you see, I have the conversation with myself. I know who I am. Whenever I have had a job, I worked that job; I never really took a vacation. I was always taught that I should perform at the highest level possible. And I always wanted to be in on the level where people we’re making decisions. In dealing with this you know I thought to myself my daddy would be real upset with me if I just curled up in a ball and ran into a corner and just cried or became belligerent or lost my dignity over what these people were saying about me. “So I just made up in my mind I wasn’t going to let it happen. I never got to the point where I wanted to just call somebody up, tell them to stop lying especially when they don’t know me! I just figured, God would take care of them. I wouldn’t be fair to me or to my heritage or my parents’ hard-work. Maybe that’s why I don’t take vacations, because they didn’t. I’ve always had great work ethics because of them. Even as a kid when we would go to the fair, we could only stay out there for an hour because they always have some work to do. I don’t usually let stuff get me down - I try to see if there is an alternate path.” Not to be morbid but looking at reality when God has decided to call you home what would you want on your epitaph, what would be befitting for your hard work and all that you’ve done, all that your parents instilled in you and all the things you try to emulate? “I don’t know. I guess I work through challenges. I did manage to make the situation better. When I went to Markham it was to pick up. So the first thing we had to do was to clean up everything. So I formed an alliance with some of the community people. I remember one day I saw a snake come out of the bushes from across the street and that was too much for me so I said the kids can’t continue to come here in this kind of condition, all of this trash and junk! How can they learn walking down the street and suddenly here comes a snake! Because of all of this stuff and when I came into work that Monday, there were bulldozers call palm trees and grass to be lying in. Somebody else was on the other side of the street cutting down all the leeds which the children had to deal with forever and that was the start. That was the start of making that place better for the kids. We just kept going and going, involving the kids . I remember thinking I was punishing the kids by telling them that if they continue to mess up they would have to pick up trash but the kids loved it. They enjoyed making their school look beautiful and spending quality time with their principal.”

Thank you Dr. Brenda Calhoun Snipes for your fortitude, your sensitivity and your faith in God, Bless you.

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represents his native state of Florida by serving as Congressman for District 20, which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. During the 116th Congress, Hastings serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Dean and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation. Congressman Hastings was first elected in 1992 and is currently serving his 14th term in the Congress. Born in Altamonte Springs, he attended Florida’s public schools, and graduated from Fisk University in 1958. He earned his law degree from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Known to many as “Judge,” Alcee Hastings has distinguished himself as an attorney, civil rights activist, judge, and now Member of Congress. Appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, he became the first African American Federal Judge in the State of Florida and served in that position for 10 years. Since his election to Congress as the first African American from Florida since the post-Civil War period, Congressman Hastings has been an outspoken advocate for Floridians and our nation as a whole. Throughout his lifetime, Congressman Hastings has championed the rights of minorities, women, the elderly, children, and immigrants. Congressman Hastings is the proud recipient of numerous honors and awards bestowed on him from organizations both at home and abroad. His governing philosophy is simple: he firmly believes that progress and change can be achieved through mutual respect and appreciation, and that individuals and communities can see beyond the limits of parochialism, enabling them to better understand each other.

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Alabama Publisher Calls for KKK to ‘Night Ride Again’ and ‘Clean Out’ D.C.

Goodloe Sutton, (former) publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Alabama, wrote that the Ku Klux Klan should “night ride again” in an editorial the week of February 11. By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor

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Goodloe Sutton, publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Alabama, wrote that the Ku Klux Klan should “night ride again” in an editorial the week of February 11. “Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again,” he wrote. Sutton, the publisher, says he stands by the editorial and that the KKK, a white supremacist group founded in the late 1800s after the Civil War, “didn’t kill but a few people.” “We’ll get the hemp ropes out,

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loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them,” Sutton explained in an interview regarding the editorial. “If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off,” Sutton told the Montgomery Reporter after news broke of his editorial. The editorial has gained national attention and condemnation. Sutton didn’t walk back his comments after receiving press attention for the controversial editorial.

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Director Spike Lee Wins First Oscar at 91st Annual Academy Awards

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor


Jussie Smollett leaves everyone asking why? Just a few short weeks ago, On the Scene along with most of the nation’s major media outlets, reported the startling anti-gay, racially charged attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett. Early reports alleged that Smollett was attacked in Chicago by two white men wearing MAGA hats, yelling racist and anti-gay slurs who put a noose around his neck while pouring bleach on him. However, more recent reports from the Chicago Police Department now accuse Smollett of staging the entire attack. Eddie Johnson, Chicago Police Department Superintendent, addressed the media on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 in an official press conference, not only as a representative of the department, but also as a Black man and a Chicago native. “Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. I’m left hanging my head and asking ‘Why?’ Why would anyone, especially an African American man use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?” Johnson went on to point out that Chicago hosts one of the country’s largest Pride Parades, proclaiming that, as a department, they do not tolerate hate of any kind in the city. After hearing the reports over the past week, my mind went in several directions. I thought about the celebrities and social influencers who used their various platforms to support and stand with Jussie, including our CEO, Crystal Chanel. Everyone from Steve Harvey to Bishop T.D. Jakes spoke out on Jussie’s behalf, offering their prayers as well as solidarity towards the issues of race and gender hatred. I thought about the heartfelt statement issued by the Smollett family after the initial reporting. Jussie comes from a large family, where all his siblings having some experience in the arts and entertainment industry. His sister and arguably the most notable of the Smollett crew, Jurnee Smollett Bell, has made only one Instagram post since the family’s statement was released – a quote from human rights activist Malcolm X: “This is the media, an irresponsible media. It will make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” And I thought about the barrage of social media backlash. Embarrassing memes are flooding timelines regarding Smollett’s alleged fabrication of being attacked. He is clearly the laughing stock of the community, and even Cardi B took to social media saying that the actor has ruined Black History Month. Tenured actor and Empire’s leading man, Terrance Howard, finally broke his silence by coming to the defense of his co-star. Howard shared a post on social media with the caption “We love the hell outta you.” On the other hand, the producers of the Fox drama “Empire” announced

Friday that Jussie Smollett’s character would not appear in the final two episodes of the show’s fifth season. Still, after weeding through the news reports, the underlying question on everyone’s mind is simple: Why would someone do this? Was Jussie trying to be some sort of martyr for racism and homosexuality? Is he mentally disturbed? Is he simply a pathological liar? Equally, there is no shortage of speculation on the matter. Everyone has an opinion as to why Jussie Smollett faked an assault and later dubbed himself “the gay Tupac.” The truth is if the accusations of a staged attack are true, we may never understand the motive behind the actions. It’s most likely that the “why” behind Smollett’s actions is more complicated than any one person’s opinion. The larger issue at hand now, is toward actual victims. Jussie Smollett is one man, but with expansive influence, and this case will undoubtedly have a ripple effect. Superintendent Johnson goes on to say that “Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who needs support by police and investigators, as well as the citizens of the city.” Considering these recent accusations, people will be more hesitant to believe real victims, and as a society, we can’t afford that. For every woman who falsely cries rape, and every Black person who unduly cries racism, there are countless victims who fear coming forward with their truth. My concern is for them. There are real hate crimes happening. Sexual harassment and abuse are alive and well. Racism is real. Antigay agendas are real. It’s happening every day, across the nation, and those victims can’t afford to live in the consequences of a high-profile untruth. Press Release Marketing Writing Team Lead Audrey L. Aaron @PressReleaseLLC on Instagram

Director Spike Lee, who was famously passed over for Best Film and Best Director for his 1992 film “Malcolm X,” won his first Oscar at the 91st Annual Academy Awards. Wearing a purple suit and hat and seated in the front row at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, Lee was nominated for two Oscars: Best Adaptive Screenplay for “Blackkklansman,” and for Best Director of the same film. Though Lee did not win for Best Director for “Blackkklansman,” the evening featured a great deal of diversity as the Director of the film “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón, was awarded for Best Director. Lee’s production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983. Lee, 61, has created several memorable films including, “She’s Gotta Have It” (1986), “School Daze” (1988), “Do the Right

Wearing a purple suit and hat and seated in the front row at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, Lee was nominated for two Oscars: Best Adaptive Screenplay for “Blackkklansman,” and for Best Director of the same film. Thing” (1989), “Mo’ Better Blues” (1990), “Jungle Fever” (1991) and “Malcolm X” (1992). When Best Actor nominee Denzel Washington, who starred in “Malcolm X,” lost to Al Pacino for his performance in “Scent of A Woman” it was considered one the biggest snubs in Oscars history. Overall, “Malcolm X” won no major awards. “It was so funny and so horrifying because it was based on the

truth and truth is so precious these days,” said legendary singer and film director, Barbra Streisand, as she introduced Lee’s film “Blackkklansman,” at the Academy Awards. Though Lee was born in Atlanta, he was raised on New York and has made Brooklyn, NY his hometown.

“You will go through many trials and obstacles in life and I want to tell you it’s not because of your heart but the color of your skin. But just like people before your time, you will overcome.” My grandmother told me that randomly one day when I was young, but I never really understood the severity in what she said. Growing up a young black man, there are things that I wouldn’t have had the luxury of doing if there were not pioneers before me who paved the way. Throughout the years, there have been many influential African American leaders who have made a huge impact in changing not only the Black community, but also our culture. Fighting for the rights of others while battling the odds stacked against them, these three iconic pillars of history inspire me and set a great example on how to overcome and become great. Muhammad Ali Growing up rooted in sports, I always looked for someone other than my father to help me stay motivated. Someone who no matter what’s in front of them, accepts the challenge and goes far and beyond expectations. That person happens to be the greatest of all time - Muhammad Ali. He is a great inspiration because he stands for what he believes in and always remained true to himself. He told people to never give up and trust in their abilities. He became world heavyweight champion three times because of those things and even in a lost, he found a way to teach a lesson: “I never thought of losing but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.” What made him the greatest of all time is his fights in the ring, but also his fight for peace and prosperity in the world around him. There is a quote I keep on my wall to remind me to stay humble and continuously help others in need. Ali said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your house on earth.” Ali is one of the first Black religious icons who devoted his life to the nation of Islam and advocated for equal rights for Black people daily. I’ll forever be inspired by Muhammad Ali because I don’t think anyone else ever inspired so many people to fulfill their potential. Fredrick Douglas As a young student in middle school, I began to explore my love for writing. I used to ask one of my teachers daily to read some of my pieces and she loved the way I was so opinionated. She gave me a compliment that resonates with me till this day saying I was a young Fredrick Douglass. When you think you’re down and out and there is no hope, the stories of Fredrick Douglas will instantly give you hope. The mere fact that he was a slave who learned how to read and write shows how much he overcame. To escape slavery after failing one time before and starting an abolition journal called The North Star in 1847, he teaches you that you can always use your voice for change. He cherished the opportunity to read and write because in the 1800’s, Black people were not allowed to do so. Today we have equal opportunity to get an education and have equal rights because of people like Douglas. A journalist and abolitionist who campaigned for civil rights for Blacks as well as equal rights for women, Fredrick Douglass overcame an entire race against him to become great. If I had to define inspiration, I would just write his name down.

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My name is Brittany Poitier and I am a proud resident of Broward County. I am also a race car driver, autism advocate, and Broward County Public Schools 2018-2019 School Related District Employee Of The Year. I just wanted to thank The Westside Gazette for its many years of informing and servicing our community. The Westside Gazette is such a staple in our community, and we are so lucky to have you. Keep up the amazing work! Kindest Regards, Brittany D. Poitier

Martin Luther King Jr Overcoming struggle and setting an example for not only myself, but also to most of the world, was the purpose of Martin Luther King Jr. On the third Monday of January every year, we honor this great man who spoke for the aliveness in us all. As Coretta Scott King reflected, “The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America.” Dr. King lived in a period where Blacks were not treated equal by other Americans. He endured segregated schools, restaurants, and stores, and had to enter hospitals through back entrances. He battled and fought for these things to be changed, to the point where he even made it to our nation’s capital. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech changed the world and inspires me every Continue reading online at:

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Jazz In The Gardens presents the Third Annual FMAC: Film, Music, celebrate the diverse art forms and • Leaders will explore how art can be Art & Culture Conference and artists in and around South Florida. Expect used as a catalyst for social change and

The 14th Annual Jazz In The Gardens presents FMAC: Film, Music, Art & Culture (FMAC), Thursday, March 7 at FIU Kovens Conference Center, Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 N.E. 151 St., North Miami, Fla., 33181, 11 a.m. to 4:30; Networking, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Conference, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; professional development and networking opportunities for those passionate about art and culture, to include artists, musicians, poets, filmmakers, legal counsel, artist management, community and economic development professionals, students, educators, and others working in the arts and cultural space. FMAC is an action packed multipurpose one-day event that will educate, showcase

intimate discussions with prominent figures in the arts, covering a wide-range of topics by industry: Filmmakers will obtain insight into developing ideas, making films and finding distribution options • Musicians will be inspired by industry professionals who understand the ins and outs of music and how to help them connect with their audience • Artists will obtain insight on how to successfully market their work and maximize their reach

economic development Attending will be Film/Peter Bailey; Art/ Addonis Parker; Music/Betty Wright and Culture/Creative Control. For info: or contact Suzan McDowell, 305-576-3790 Facebook: jazzinthegardens; Twitter: or Instagram: jazzgardens

Jazz in the Gardens presents Poetry in the Gardens, a National MIAMI GARDENS, FL — Presented 21 and over are encouraged to enter the Spoken Word Competition by the City of Miami Gardens, Poetry in preliminary competition during the Film Winner receives $10,000 MORE THAN MUSIC,




MIAMI GARDENS, FL — Jazz in the Gardens food vendors are counting down to the highly anticipated music festival. During an invite-only Foodie Fest reception at the Miami Gardens City Hall, media and special guests enjoyed a sneak peak taste test of some of the dishes intended for the 60,000+ eventgoers expected to attend JITG this year. There are delicious meal options available for all diet types- vegan/vegetarian, seafood lovers, meat-eaters and those desiring something sweet. Sassy Desserts by Carolyn wowed with the crowd with her bread pudding, made with cranberries, topped with a rum cream sauce. A veteran food vendor at JITG, Ms. Carolyn states that she sells out of her delectable desserts each year. “I doubled the amount last year and still sold out.” If you plan to try her sweet treats or if you’re craving something specific, it’s probably best to get in food lines early so you don’t miss out. -- Arri Henry, TheWestside Gazette

the Gardens is an exciting addition to the Jazz in the Gardens brand that explores the best in spoken word and poetry. The much-anticipated competition, under the theme “Speak Your Art”, will provide a forum for spoken word artists to share their creativity to generate meaningful conversation and use their voices to influence positive changes. “Jazz in the Gardens is known for showcasing a wide range of talent to the thousands of patrons who attend the festival annually. Talent can manifest itself in a variety of ways; it is not limited to music,” said Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. “Poetry in the Gardens provides a platform for these artists to bring their gifts and talents to life, and I am pleased that Jazz in the Gardens has evolved to provide such an opportunity.” Poets and spoken word artists age

Music Art & Culture (FMAC) Conference for a chance to participate in the final contest. Prize money is $10,000 First place, $5000 Second place, and $1500 Third place. PRELIMINARY CONTEST: Thursday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., FIU Koven‘s Conference Center, Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus , 3000 N.E. 151 St., North Miami, Fla., 33181 FINALS CONTEST: Thursday, March 7, 8 p.m., Lorna’s Caribbean & American Restaurant, 19752 N.W. 27 Ave., Miami Gardens, Fla., 33056 For more information http://www. For media contact: Suzan McDowell, (305) 490-9145 suzan@

A district-wide town hall/school security concerns concerning this issue. “Just as strongly as you feel about getting rid of Bob Runcie, we feel just as strong that it ain’t gonna happen!” retorted Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale. Several Black church congregations, Black Elected Officials and regular Black folk were in the audience to show concern and to allow others to see that Broward County is made up of more than just one community. “I believe our walls shouldn’t be a place to hide when our community is silently under attack. Coming from behind my wall was a no brainer coupled with the mere fact that our presence was recognized by the opposing sides and our people. I close with Shirley Chisholm sagacious words: “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas. We made a difference and our presence spoke loud,” stated Pastor Ricky Scott, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. The conversations in other communities outside of Parkland voiced their concerns about the tragedy of the school shooting and how it has over shadowed others,

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turning into a vendetta to attack Black school board representatives. “ those people who are pimping the pain of the victims and stoking the confusion in our community as you seek to use this tragedy to pursue your political/personal vendettas or professional aspirations - and you know who you are - I pray that God delivers unto you the divine behavior modification process found in Psalm 137: may your tongues cling to the roofs of your mouths...And may your right hand lose its cunning...Until you learn to use your voice, your pens, your keyboards, and your advocacy to heal this community and not continue to hurt it,” Brian C. Johnson, Vice Mayor of West Park who had that message for those who have used this calamity to advance their political careers. Tracy Merlin, a Broward Schools elementary teacher, worries concerned the possibility of arming teachers: “Do you, Broward County Schools, promise that you will not allow the arming of teachers? I don’t want to be armed. I don’t want my daughter’s teacher to be armed.” Merlin is the mother of a 7-year-old and a volunteer for the gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action. “Dr. Runcie has done an exceptional job as Broward Superintendent! Why we empathize with the Parkland Parents, it is imperative that we not allow this tragedy to be placed on anyone but the shooter and the Gun Industry. Our Community Must show up in FORCE on Tuesday, March 5th, in support of our Public School system and one of the Best School Superintendents in the Nation,” Sen. Perry reinforced. Robert Runcie is not running from pressure and nor is he demanding the community to support him. “Leadership in my view is not about cutting and running when it gets really tough. Given the fact that this occurred under my watch here, as the superintendent I need to fix it.

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