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As apart of their annual meeting the Florida Association of Black Owned Media, Inc. (FABOM) began it’s day of business and candidate queries and issues with a breakfast with Alex Sink, Florida’s Democratic candidate for Governor. FABOM is Florida’s only organization representing established African American owned media.

Sink: ÃƒÆ’ƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…“I can’t win without the Black vote”.

Sink outlined a detailed Education Policy Plan with specifics that address the alarmingly low Black male graduation rates, the negative impact of the FCAT on grade school performance, Pre-K investment, upgrading public school curriculum and technical schools as a continuing education option for students interested in education alternatives. Sink made clear that she understood the importance of education as the vehicle that breaks down barriers to progress. She said it is “my priority,” pointing to her 27 page plan that includes many education issues of particular importance to Black Floridians. A particular concern of the organization was the high dropout rate of Black males. Sink said her task force will address those concerns along with other important education issues. Sink also said she intends to restore the Small and Minority Business initiatives and the Matchmaker program. She also confirmed plans to appoint a Black to the Parole and Probation Commission. 

The Minority Chamber of Commerce is organize a Business to Business Expo and Conferences with African Americans Businesses and Latino entrepreneurs leaders to join forces to drive our economy through efforts to grow interest and create jobs, and will convene business leaders from the minority communities to address the pressing issue of lack of solutions affecting minority groups. The October 7 expo and meeting in Miami Dade is to develop business-driven action plans focused on replicable and sustainable solutions addressing key factors that currently inhibit the business achievement of Latino and African American entrepreneurs. Leaders recognize that, now more than ever, improved minority companies outcomes are critical to a vibrant and innovative small businesses that will sustain the Miami Dade' leadership position in the local economy.


This event is in response to heightened media coverage of issues related to small businesses and analyzed the perceptions of minorities throughout the Miami Dade County government - African Americans and Latinos relationship. The chamber announces a forum to discuss five key priority issues affecting minority businesses with government leaders in Loans, Grants, Contracts, Permit and Licensees.

Two prominent Black Republican women on Sept. 20, 2010 strongly condemned Congressman Kendrick Meek and Black Democratic Caucus Leaders Dr. H. Bruce Miles and Ruth Lynch for their "disgraceful, false and shameful" comments on the selection of Jennifer Carroll to be Lt. Governor. The Statement of Retired Army Lt. Colonel and lawyer Dr. Frances Rice and Angie Boynton is set forth below.

"We are angered by the disgraceful, false, shameful, arrogant personal attacks on Jennifer Carroll by Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek and his two Democratic Caucus colleagues, Dr. Bruce Miles of Tampa and Ruth Lynch of Broward, which appear in the South Florida Times. We ask Mr. Meek: ' Have you and your colleagues no shame?'

Mr. Meek is quoted as saying that Jennifer 'never would have been selected if it weren't for me and Alex Sink being on the ...ballot'. We have a message for Mr. Meek. How dare you and your cohorts attack this great woman of Caribbean descent who is on the verge of becoming the second most powerful person in the fourth largest state in our nation? At least Jennifer got there the hard way, she earned it. An adopted child, she came to our country and worked her way up to retire as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy and rise to leadership in the Florida House of Representatives. You, on the other hand, were born with a silver spoon in your mouth and got where you are because of the road paved by your fantastic mother, a trailblazer for Black women, who made it easy for you to go to the Legislature and the Congress. It is a shame that you , Dr. Miles and especially Ruth Lynch, are now disrespecting a strong Black woman like Jennifer. Your mother should not only scold you , but should wash your mouth out with soap and water. You and your colleagues need to respect all Black women regardless of Party affiliation . Your mother can't help you now so don't flatter yourself.

Miami-Dade County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2010 was 12.7 percent. This was an increase of 0.3 percent compared to July 2010 (12.4%) and an increase of 1.8 percent compared to August 2009. The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 14.4 percent in August 2010 and 13.3 percent in July 2010 (not taking in consideration seasonal fluctuations in the labor force). One of the reasons for the increase in the unemployment rate is the growth in the labor force. Between August 2009 and August 2010 more than 51,000 people entered the labor force. Resulting from the increased confidence that the recession is slowly coming to an end, more people who had given up on finding a job decided to enter the search and thus the labor force again.