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The City of Lauderdale Lakes recognized the student performers of Lauderdale Lakes Educational Complex with an Award of Appreciation for their cultural contributions to the community through the Rhythms of Africa : Music Around the World performance, which took place October 15, 2011 at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, FL.     The award, presented during Black History month, by the city’s Mayor, Barrington Russell and Commissioners, highlighted the importance of diversity and cultural celebration. Mayor Russell, who attended the sold out performance in October 2011, recalled the stirring performance of the students and performers, and encouraged the children to stay involved in music, a positive and educational activity.
On Saturday, October 30, 2010, the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) will present reggae veteran Ernie Smith with the Pinnacle Award, its highest honor for an artist when he performs at this year’s staging of its annual Reggae Culture Salute, taking place in Brooklyn, New York. Ernie Smith, whose recording career began in 1967 with his recording of his composition I Can’t Take It, is celebrating the re-release of a new album, Country Mile in this, his 43rd year in the business.
Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group will be presented with the first Invest Caribbean Now Leadership Award for his services to entrepreneurship in the region on June 6th in New York City. The presentation will take place during New York's Caribbean Week at the second Invest Caribbean Now Power Forum at the Marriot Marquis Times Square on June 6th from 7:30 to 10 a.m. It is a partnership between the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the regional tourism arm and digital media company, Hard Beat Communications.
P. DellReprinted from the Palm Beach PostThe night her husband finally came for her, raging, jealous and armed with a pistol, Natasha Whyte-Dell was surrounded by her seven children in their house by the cemetery. Patrick Alexander Dell, 41 - whose growing anger and increasingly violent behavior has been chronicled in court records and police reports for the past three years - forced his way inside early Monday and started shooting. When he was finished, Whyte-Dell, 36, and four of her children were dead, according to city police, neighbors, relatives and friends. A fifth lay bleeding from a gunshot wound to the neck but would survive.
Teen Miss Overtown USA 2012 Brandi Johnson with City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, CRA Executive Director Pieter Bockweg, and Miss Overtown USA Marla Spence, after the crowning of the new queens. Photo Credit: Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival. Miami, FL March 28, 2012 – Two young women from Overtown were crownedMiss Overtown USA and Teen Miss Overtown USA, during the 2nd Annual Miss Overtown USA and Teen Miss Overtown USA Pageant on Saturday March 24, 2012, held at Booker T. Washington Senior School. Barry University graduate Marla Spence, 22, was crowned Miss Overtown USA while Booker T. Washington Senior High School student Brandi Johnson, 17, became Teen Miss Overtown USA.