NAACP and Black Greek-Letter Organizations Mobilize for Voter Engagement, Join Webinar TONIGHT!

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Register NOW for tonight’s webinar as the Divine Nine collaborate with the NAACP to effect positive change via voter engagement. During its annual public board meeting in New York City earlier this year, the NAACP announced several key partnerships designed to expand the reach, impact and effectiveness of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organizations.

The NAACP signed agreements with announced partnerships with the NNPA: The Black Press of America; the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC); the African-American Institute, and The Links, Incorporated. As part of an overall strategy, the NAACP will shift resources towards mobilization efforts for the 2018-midterm elections and beyond.

“Working with partners remains a critical part of unifying the Black community as we prepare to make our voices heard at the polls and on ineffective public policies,” said NAACP National Board Chairman Leon W. Russell. “These groups have answered the call to work with us to expand membership and our ability to educate our community on the need for aggressive civic engagement.”

“These partnerships are part of our strategic plan to unite the various strands of our community into powerful forms of operational unity,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “We have come to understand that elections have consequences and if the consequences of the most-recent presidential election means we recognize the need for greater unity among people and organizations of color; then we are moving in the right direction,” added Johnson.

Calling all members of the Divine Nine - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated to join tonight’s webinar. Register at https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED54D888884C3A . 

As the NAACP strategically rolls out this mobilization and voter engagement plan, the North Carolina Legislature has already witnessed the power of the NPHC as the NC Divine Nine gathered recently for Legislative Day. As, Delta Sigma Theta member Terry Spicer wrote: “Hundreds in the majestic and powerful Colors of the Divine Nine were a sight to behold!”

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Gathering of members for the North Carolina Divine Nine Legislative Day. Photos: Terry Spicer (Facebook)

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MOU between the NAACP and NPHC (leaders of black greek-letter organizations).

 

 

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EBONY Magazine June Black Music Issue featuring Danai Gurira

EBONY magazine released its June issue, showcasing DANAI GURIRA on the cover. In the accompanying exclusive interview, EBONY sits down with the award-winning actress for an intimate conversation in which Gurira dishes on her climb in Hollywood, her activism and paying it forward.

“I feel called. … I feel like everything I do, everything—the blessings that I’ve received—are not necessarily for me. They’re for me to sturdy up my shoulders for other girls to stand on like I stand on other people’s shoulders,” says Gurira.

The June issue also features a celebration of Black music and a very special ’90s hip-hop beauty retrospective. In addition, readers will learn about Letoya Luckett’s new destiny; GOOD Music’s leading lady, Teyana Taylor, dishes on her beauty tips; and offers suggestions for the best swimsuits and Father’s Day gifts, via an exclusive gift guide.

“The June issue of EBONY is one to get very excited about. Music has always played—and continues to play—an integral role in Black culture. We hope this edition will deliver a robust celebration of music and get everyone involved,” says Linda Johnson Rice, CEO of EBONY Media Operations. “The June issue also aims to celebrate Black fathers and fatherhood. We take a deep dive into honoring the male role models in all of our lives through heart-touching stories and ideas for purchasing the man in your life the perfect gift for Father’s Day.”

Get the June 2018 digital edition of EBONY via Texture, Google Play, Apple iTunes and Kindle and on newsstands May 24.  For more with Gurira and behind-the-scenes content, be sure to visit ebony.com/InsideEbony.

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King of Clubs salutes Mrs. Nancy Dawkins and 16 College-bound high school Seniors [VIDEO]

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On Sunday, May 6, 2018, the King of Clubs of Greater Miami, Incorporated hosted their 32nd Annual Scholarship/Awards Banquet at the Doubletree Grand Hotel Biscayne in Downtown Miami. Community matriarch Nancy Dawkins was recognized for her many years of service to the community and 16 Miami-Dade County Public Schools graduating seniors were awarded scholarships as they continue their academic journey to colleges and universities locally and throughout the nation. 

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King of Clubs of Greater Miami President Ron Butler escorts Mrs. Nancy Dawkins is escorted to the podium to receive her award for Outstanding Community Service.


 

Outstanding Community Service Award

Mrs. Nancy Dawkins

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William Turner Technical Arts Senior Anwar Taylor receives the Dr. Arthur E. Woodard Scholarship from the Dr. Arthur & Mary Woodard Foundation for Education and Culture. Taylor is headed to Howard University where he will prepare to become a neurosurgeon.

Dr. Tee S. Greer Memorial Scholarships

Tauheeda Huggins – Booker T. Washington

Ayana Reid - Booker T. Washington

Elyzer St. Hilaire – Miami Jackson

 

King of Clubs Presidential Scholarship

Tyra Hayes – Miami Springs

 

Dr. Rozalyn Hester Paschal Memorial Scholarship

Lamyra Thompson – Miami Jackson

 

Mrs. Lenora Paschal-Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Hali Braynon – William Turner Technical Arts

 

Mrs. Lenora P. Johnson Foundation Scholarship

Kiyah Adams – Miami Norland

 

Fletcher Paschal Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Eric Baugh – Coral Reef

 

Mrs. Agenoria S. Paschal Memorial Scholarship

Sommore Robinson – School for Advanced Studies, Homestead

 

Miami Federal Credit Union Nelson Jenkins Scholarship

Deneisha Dickinson – Miami Carol City

 

Covenant Brothers Scholarship

Kahlil Davis – Coral Reef

 

Jack and Jill Agenoria Paschal Scholarship

Tiana Downer – Hialeah-Miami Lakes

 

Athalie Range Memorial Scholarship

Yelin Montes – Miami Jackson

 

James Fayson, Sr. Scholarship

Jalani Scott - Booker T. Washington

 

Dr. Arthur Woodard Memorial Scholarship

Anwar Taylor - William Turner Technical Arts

 

Marva Fussell Butler Education Scholarship

Isis Nelson – American

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Officers and Members of the King of Clubs of Greater Miami, Incorporated


 

King of Clubs Officers 2018

President – Ron Butler

Vice President – Fletcher Paschal III

Recording Secretary – Malcolm Jones, Sr.

Treasurer – Mario Lavette

Financial Secretary – Delvin Thomas

Chaplain – Rev. Harvey Lockhart

Historian – N. Patrick Range

 

Members

Lawrence Adams

Bradford Brown, Ph.D.

Lenere Dawkins

Larry Johnson

Kenan Lawhorne

Astrid Mack

James Maull

Michael Smith, Sr.

Marc St. Fort

 

 


 

Photography: Prince Aderele, The Aditu Agency 


Happy Mamas Day!

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While most of us will celebrate Mother’s Day today, here at Blogging Black Miami, we send a special shout out and much love to women we consider “Mamas” of the community. These queens hold us down, have our backs, move us forward, and keep us uplifted and informed all-year-long.

Thank You! We love you and appreciate you!

 

Honoring Mamas for 2018

Marleine Bastien

Jackie Bell

Kilan Bishop

Nakia Bowling

Thomasina Turner Diggs

Yvette Culver Dubose

Dorothy Jenkins Fields

Patricia Harper Garrett

Valencia Gunder

Tameka Hobbs

Renita Holmes

Rubye Howard

VonCarol Kinchens

Gepsie Metellus

Cheryl Mizell

Adora Obi Nweze

Tangela Sears

H. Leigh Toney

Jill Tracey

Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns

Dont underestimate me

#MothersDay #Kwanzaa365 #Umoja #Kujichagulia #Ujima #Nia #BlackWomenLead


NAACP & Airbnb Partnership National Roll Out in South Florida May 19

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Learn how to make extra income on Airbnb at the Miami launch event on May 19, 2018, 11am - 2pm at the Betty T. Ferguson Complex in Miami Gardens. Airbnb Host opportunities can provide extra income while promoting travel within communities of color. It's part of a national partnership between  the NAACP and Airbnb to address discrimination faced by Airbnb users, increase workforce diversity, and support Airbnb’s supplier diversity goals.

South Florida will be the first market in a national roll out across the country. Residents throughout South Florida are invited to attend the launch to learn about opportunities to serve as ambassadors for their communities, participate in Airbnb’s local Experiences program, and have the opportunity to sign up as a Host.

 

Free RSVP at naacp-airbnb.eventbrite.com 

Saturday, May 19

11am - 2pm

Betty T. Ferguson Complex

3000 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens

For more information, email econprograms@naacpnet.org

 


UPDATE: City of Miami police officer Mario Figueroa suspended with pay after video of violent assault on handcuffed suspect goes viral

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The City of Miami police officer caught on video kicking a handcuffed suspect has been identified as Mario Figueroa. He has been on the force for two years. The handcuffed suspect is David Vladim Suazo. The incident began when City of Miami police spotted Suazo driving a vehicle reported stolen in Broward County. 

Suazo crashed the vehicle and a foot chase ensued. Figueroa tasered Suazo, who is reported to have assumed a fighting stance against the officer. Figueroa’s taser did not stop Suazo. Another officer was able to subdue Suazo. From a running start, Figueroa kicked Suazo in the head as a fellow officer had him defenseless and in custody on the ground. 

Figueroa’s anger and frustration because of his initial contact with Suazo is understood but kicking  in the head is unacceptable. 

It’s also important to note that City of Miami Police Chief Colina relieved Figueroa of duty, he has not been fired. Figueroa is suspended with pay. AND…the police report filed regarding the incident failed to include Figueroa’s kicking attack on Suazo. 

So let’s see what the State Attorney Office does with this incident. Stay tuned. #STAYwoke. 

 

 


City of Miami Cop relieved of duty after kicking handcuffed suspect in the head [VIDEO]

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Social media was abuzz today as a video, posted on Facebook, showed a man face down on the ground being handcuffed by a City of Miami cop. As other cops gather, one officer, from a running position, kicks the suspect in the head.  As clear as day, a compliant, handcuffed person is on the ground and kicked in the head. The officer obviously didn't know he was being recorded on video. Don't they wear body cams? The fact that the officer felt comfortable enough to inflict brutality on the suspect is quite disturbing. This incident occurred this morning at the Culmer Place Apartments in Overtown.

As quickly as that video circulated, City of Miami Chief of Police, Jorge Colina posted a tweet indicating the video had been reviewed and the officer had been relieved of duty. Before we have a Kumbaya moment, understand that the police union is involved and they will protect their members. The State Attorney's Office has been contacted about this incident and the case must take its course. The video is so clear that it's challenging to even think of a defense. Hopefully, the suspect gets a great lawyer and sues the City and that officer.

We are still awaiting details on everyone involved. A lot of things happen behind the scene so #STAYwoke.

 

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Overtown’s FolkLife Friday Open Air Market Celebrates the Soul of South Florida

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New Washington Heights Community Development Corporation presents FolkLife Friday Open Air Market Festival every first Friday along the 9th Street Pedestrian Mall located adjacent to the Historic Lyric Theater in Miami’s Overtown community. Powered by The Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, the festival is Overtown’s longest running and most consistent festival, celebrating over a decade of success highlighting South Florida’s movers and shakers, rhythms and vendors offering arts and crafts, foods and more.

FolkLife Friday returns Friday, May 4, with a new look, new sound and over 30 vendors offering custom created products from delicious Caribbean bites, freshly squeezed juices, skin oil and soaps, jewelry, artwork and so much more. Civil Rights Foot soldiers will also be honored by New Washington Heights President Jackie Bell and School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall.

Bell, the matriarch of Overtown and founder/creator of the FolkLife Friday festival is a walking talking community treasure. Having lived most of her life in Overtown, her love for the community and desire to maintain and share its glorious history is paramount. One vehicle to accomplish that goal is this festival she founded nine years ago.

Revamped with new hours, 11 am to 8pm, it precedes the Lyric Live Talent Showcase at the Historic Lyric Theater, and will now include a Happy Hour from 5 pm to 8 pm, complete with full bars, appetizer samples, “Sip n Paint” with MUCE Art and live music featuring the “Larry Dogg Band”. Songstress Maryel Epps will kick off the day’s entertainment at 11:30 a.m.

 

If you go:
Friday, May 4, 2018
11 am – 8 pm
9th Street Pedestrian Mall
NW 9th Street, Miami FL 33136
(Adjacent to the Lyric Theater)

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From left, Nicole Gates, owner of Lil Greenhouse Grill in Overtown and community matriarch, FolkLife Friday founder/creator Jackie Bell.

 


Our Voices Matter --- We See You: Confronting the Adversity in Diversity

 
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By Carlos L. Malone, Sr.

Diversity in its definition is the inclusion of different types of people, such as people of different races, cultures, religion, groups and organizations. The idea of diversity is to create a world of different communities with different ideas and ideologies while at the same time creating equality of opportunities for all people regardless of their differences. The reality of diversity is a constitutional claim penned on pages of legally documented affirmations that ensures all are allowed a piece of the shared equity of education, employment, economics, etc... We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator (that would be God, not man) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness... Now, this Declaration of Independence sounds good, but in reality, the implementation of this is conclusively prejudiced by the injustices that are often experienced by those whose skin pigmentations do not measure up to a racist status quo.

The adversity that I see in diversity is deeply rooted in the soil of the color code that gives negative life to the Color Conflict, the Color Consciousness and the Color Compromise. However, it is only the ideological ignorance that is embedded within the White Master mindset that believes that they alone can legislate without compromised prejudices, that which is best for dark-skinned people. When it comes to policy making, politics must not rule the roles of who is qualified and who is not. Racism in a robe and on the bench is a scary concept to people of color because public record proves over and over again that Black people don’t always get a fair shake. Diversity takes guts, but when there exists no guilty conscious concerning ruling right and fair regardless of race, the resistance will thicken and ultimately erupts in ways that are not always the best route for a community. Diversity is a beautiful thing if it stays away from the ugliness of racial disparity and dysfunction.

If the judicial bench in Miami-Dade County remains White in dominance, then diversity and equality become a false reality that is a premeditated lie that poisons the created intention of God for equal sharing in voice, vote and visibility. It is amazing that in most of the major sports, the bench is more white and the main players are black. In governance on every level of the judiciary, the bench is more white and the players who predominately face these judges are black in skin color. The difference between the two is that sports are a game, but the judiciary is no game, it is the most influential force and source of power in a city, state or nation. It determines the destiny of people who are pronged to do wrong by the nature of the human proclivity and in other cases their fall into human depravity.

It takes moral, ethical restraint, and discipline not to be a racist, because it is a generational disease that continues to reproduce itself from one generation to another. It is only the unethical excuses of those who choose to ignore its high level of systemic existence that allow this malfeasance to continue to escape without evacuation and execution. I will conclude this writing but definitely not this conversation by saying the following. Every White person is not a racist and every Black person is not a criminal and a source of unqualified judicial competence. The system must be racially fair, if not it is a false representation of the Constitution of The United States and to those of us who believe in God, it is a contradiction of his created intentions for the human race. Slavery is not dead. It has been redefined and redesigned through the process of a cosmetic application and corrupt camouflaging. We see you! We are committed to exposing the false idea that there is shared equity in education, employment, and economics.

I am a proud African-American man. I am pro-truth. I believe that we have qualified Black Men and Women throughout the state of Florida who can bear the competence, integrity and fairness that are mandated for those who sit on the Judicial Bench. My challenge to you is that we become true change makers and begin to make the right changes, not just for the sake of diversity but for the sake of human decency and fairness. #Ihateracism.

 

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Carlos L. Malone, Sr. is Founder/CEO of Rhema Apostolic International Network (R.A.I.N.), an apostolic training network. He is the author and publisher of several books and his recent book, ME, Your Life Transformation and Empowerment Guide, which is the first published and printed book under his own publishing company FireHeart Publishing.

Apostle Malone recently celebrated his 28th anniversary as the Servant Leader of The Bethel Church Miami and resides with his wife, Pamala, in Miami Florida.


Former First Lady Michelle Obama dines at Seaspice in Miami

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Last Tuesday, Seaspice Miami had the honor of accommodating former First Lady, Michelle Obama for an amazing private dining experience!

Last Tuesday, Seaspice Miami had the honor of accommodating former First Lady, Michelle Obama for an amazing private dining experience!Seated on the orchid-covered terrace that overlooks the entire Miami River and skyline, Mrs. Obama dined with a group of 11 friends and secret service.

Executive Chef Angel Leon was tasked with preparing a curated 6-course menu featuring the highlights of Seaspice’s menu including oysters and caviar, local stone crabs, 1855 prime Ribeye and appropriately ending with the bestselling tres leches. The response from the former First Lady to owners Maryam and Carlos Miranda was literally “I have to tell you every course was simply exquisite”!

Mrs. Obama and group left the restaurant at 11 p.m. almost undetected by other diners.