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M-DCPS Students Gain Valuable Work Experience and Skills in Their Areas of Interest in The Summer Youth Internship Program

In 2017, when Carlos Vazquez was starting up EdTech, this brand-new workforce technology training company, he needed young hard-working talent, willing to conduct research and create virtual toolkits. This hard-working talent also needed to be computer savvy and have great social media skills. Unfortunately, because this was a startup, it needed to be cost effective.

The City of Homestead and FIU Raise Awareness About the Importance of Mammogram Breast Screenings

HOMESTEAD, FL. — The City of Homestead and Florida International University (FIU) are raising awareness about the importance of mammogram breast screenings. Breast cancer currently ranks second in cancer fatalities for women, second only to lung cancer. The City of Homestead and FIU believe that the more information and resources they can provide to those who are at risk for breast cancer, the more lives can be saved. 

This Mother’s Day, Island SPACE Brings Shirley Chisholm to Life in a One Woman Play at Pompano Beach Cultural Center

Plantation, Florida - This Mother's Day, May 14th, 2023 at 2:30pm, Island SPACE Caribbean Museum is bringing the story of American icon Shirley Chisholm to South Florida in their presentation of “Shirley Chisholm: Unbossed and Unbowed.” This one-woman play on the life and times of the outspoken African-American activist of Barbadian and Guyanese parentage is written and performed by actor Ingrid Griffith and will take place at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center.

Ingrid Griffith (right) transforms into American social justice champion Shirley Chisholm in her one-woman play presented this Mother's Day by Island SPACE Caribbean Museum at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center.

Miami-Dade Parks to Host Summer Jobs Fair at Tamiami Park Fairgrounds on April 22-23

MIAMI-DADE – Join the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (Parks Department) for the Summer Jobs Fair taking place April 22-23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Tamiami Park Fairgrounds (E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion), 10901 SW 24 Street, Miami.  The Parks Department is hiring summer camp counselors (Seasonal Program Assistants and Recreation Leaders) and lifeguards for its award-winning Fit2Play Summer Camp!

Wyclef Jean to be Honored at Chefs of the Caribbean Celebrity Brunch Haitian Heritage Month Edition

Miami, FL. – During Haitian Heritage Month, three-time Grammy Award artist Wyclef Jean will be honored and welcomed to Little Haiti. City of Miami Chairwoman Christine King, Miami Dade County Commissioner Keon Hardemon and the Little Haiti Optimist Club invite culinary enthusiasts to experience the best of Haiti and the islands, for the CHEFS OF THE CARIBBEAN Celebrity Brunch. The event will be held Saturday, May 20th in celebration of Haitian Heritage Month at the iconic Caribbean Marketplace located at 5925 NE 2nd Avenue in the heart of Little Haiti. Festivities begin at 12 noon.

Black Affairs Advisory Board to Host Community Forum on Black and Brown Women’s Maternal and Infant Mortality

MIAMI, FL – The Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board (BAAB) will co-host with the Women’s Fund, a public forum about maternal and infant mortality statistics revealing the disparity for the Black and Brown community. The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 13, at Florida Memorial University, 15800 N.W. 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054. Registration is required at: The Crisis: Black & Brown Women's Maternal and Infant Mortality Tickets, Sat, May 13, 2023 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite Of all women who die during pregnancy or within one year of the end of pregnancy, 60% are Black, 15% are Hispanic, and 14% are White. Not only does this beg the question “why”, but it just as importantly compels us to answer the question “what can we do about such blatant disparity?”

4th Annual Community 5K Run/Walk

Jamaican nationals and friends of the Diaspora are getting ready for the fourth annual Community 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Miramar Regional Park in Miramar. Warm-up will begin at 6:30 a.m., followed by the race start at 7:00 a.m., simultaneously in five cities across the Southern USA. The cities include Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Houston, TX; Phoenix, AZ; and Orlando, in Central Florida and tri-county South Florida region.

M-DCPS: A Beacon of School Choice

For 50 years, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has been a true leader in academic innovation and excellence through its Magnet Schools. Since the opening of the first Magnet program in 1973, at the heart of the inner city – Charles R. Drew Elementary – M-DCPS has implemented a varied 375 Magnet programs, across 115 schools. This growth reflects the success of the nationally recognized, award-winning M-DCPS Magnet Schools and the increasing demand for school options that promote student diversity, academic excellence, school-to-career pathways, and real-world learning. And the growth in Magnet programming across Miami-Dade does not stop there.

U.S. and West Indies Emancipation Experience for Panel Discussion at Island SPACE Caribbean Museum

Plantation, Florida - “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.” The immortal words of Jamaica’s Marcus Garvey, adapted by Bob Marley, still ring true, especially for those among the African diaspora. African-Americans and Afro-Caribbean people have had very different emancipation experiences and have developed different collective social consciousness because of it. On Saturday, May 20th, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Island SPACE Caribbean Museum presents “Emancipation Reimagined: From the U.S. to the West Indies,” the second in the series of "Verandah Talk" panel discussions addressing the concept of emancipation, this time featuring scholars of both Caribbean and African American background. 

An audience member asks a question of the panelists at a hybrid Island SPACE presentation. Over his shoulder, the camera allows viewers online to watch and engage in real time as well. | Photo by David I. Muir (Island Syndicate)

Congresswoman Meek’s Opening Night Exhibit Reunites the South Dade Community

MIAMI-DADE – The South Dade Black History Center Advisory Board, one of the 11 boards under the Office of Community Advocacy, honored the late Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek with an exhibit that captured the spirit of her life, legacy, and impact on the South Dade Community. The event took place on March 31 at the Larcenia J. Bullard Plaza.

At left, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Lucia Davis-Raiford (Congresswoman Meek’s daughter), and Diara Zeigler, Director of the SDBHC Advisory Board.
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