L.I.F.E. VOTER’S GUIDE CANDIDATES SPOTLIGHT

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L.I.F.E Collective’s list of endorsed candidates

Check out the candidates who made the cut.

United States Senate

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Pam Keith is a 2016 Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate in Florida and navy veteran dedicated to bringing change to Capitol Hill. We’ve met her and she had great energy and is serious about change and progress. Check out her website for more details on her platform pamkeithforsentate2016.com

U.S. House of Representatives (click pictures to read more on candidates)

 

State Senate (click pictures to read more on candidates)

State Representative

Barbara Watson
State Representative Barbara Watson proudly serves her community in a continued effort to have their voices heard and to address their needs. She is up for re-election for the State’s 107th District. #Voteforher

Circuit Judge- 11th Judicial Circuit (click pictures to read more on candidates)

 

L.I.F.E. VOTER’S GUIDE CANDIDATE SPOTLIGHT: Francesca Menes

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Francesca Menes

Why we’re endorsing Francesca Menes

She’s Miami born and raised and a walking example of super #blackGirlMagic! Francesca has been a heavy hitter in the community for a long time and has demanded justice and equality on various issues throughout the years. She’s also a born leader. She deserves to be elected to the Florida House of Representative or District 108. In fact, I’m surprised she’s waited this long to throw her hat in the political race because she’s been qualified to do this job in our opinion. We’ve been watching her for years maneuvering throughout the community working on various causes and we admire her tenacity. She’s a millennial and but nothing like the stereotype of the age group. She’s hard working, honest and a ball of energy– if you’ve ever met her then you know this to be true.

Let me break down the very impressive resume of Ms. Menes

Francesca has received numerous honors and recognitions, including:

  • 20 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in South Florida, The Miami Herald
  • 20 Under 40 Haitian-American Young Professionals, The Haitian-American Chamber Of Commerce of Florida
  • Angels on Adams Street”, Influence Magazine
  • Marie Claire Heureuse Leadership Award, FANM/ Haitian Women of Miami
  • Advocacy Award, Haitian Lawyers Association
  • Women of Influence Award, Association of Exchange & Development of Activities and Partnerships (AEDAP)
  • Unsung Hero Award, City of Miami Gardens Honoree
  • Kombit Kreyol International Women Celebration

Visit Francesca’s website for more information on this future State Representative and her plans for office (Yeah we’re speaking it into existence). She has no competition if you ask us. http://www.francesca4florida.com/

Remember to vote for Francesca Menes– Democrat for House District 108 #StandWithFran.  Election day is August 30, 2016; however, early voting runs now through  August 28th.

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Here’s a picture of the L.I.F.E Collective voting guide. L.I.F.E., which stands for Living in Freedom Everyday, is a group of black millennials and gen  x’ers in South Florida dedicated to improving the state of black people in this region through various endeavours. To learn more about this group visit their Facebook and Instagram  pages by searching “L.I.F.E Collective.”

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L.I.F.E. Voter’s Guide Candidate Spotlight: Kevin N. Brown

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Most young adults Kevin Brown’s age are not thinking about being selfless, but Brown is the epitome of that. The millennial is a leader in every sense of the word and has given his community more than ten years of service through mentoring, coaching, personal training and volunteering at his church to work with senior citizens. Although, he’s new to politics, he’s not new to leadership in the community and for that very reason we are endorsing him for Council Seat 5 in Miami Gardens.

He has also worked extensively being a community organizer with PACT (People Acting for Community Together). Brown helped to organized all religious walks to address community issues and concerns including out of school suspension and how it related to crime and police relations. He organized community members, researched as well as presented specific policy changes recommendations to elected officials.

We have nothing bad against the incumbent, David Williams, but the community deserves more than science fairs and photo ops. Kevin Brown is the answer to progressive politics in Miami Gardens and follows closely to the progressive agenda of Mayor Oliver Gilbert.

He’s respectful, honorable and ethical and he’s the right man for the job. It’s great to see someone at the ripe age of 31 wanting to lead his community. Head to http://www.KevinNBrown.com for full details of Brown’s platform and issues he address as concilman.

Remember to vote for Kevin N Brown for Miami Gardens Council Seat 5.  Election day is August 30, 2016; however, early voting runs now through  August 28th.

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Here’s a picture of the L.I.F.E Collective voting guide. L.I.F.E., which stands for Living in Freedom Everyday, is a group of black millennials and gen  x’ers in South Florida dedicated to improving the state of black people in this region through various endeavours. To learn more about this group visit their Facebook and Instagram  pages by searching “L.I.F.E Collective.”

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L.I.F.E. Voter’s Guide Candidate Spotlight: Dr. Steve Gallon III 

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Why we’re endorsing Steve Gallon III

By Janéy Tate

My first impression of Dr. Steve  Gallon III was hearing about how cool of principal he was from my friends who attended Miami Northwestern Senior High school. This was back in 2004. They described him as a cool young principal who helped make their high school experience some of the best times of their life.

Although, it wasn’t until more than 10 years later when I finally had chance to meet Mr. Gallon, his reputation of being a great educator and pillar in the community always reached my ears. So when I heard that he was throwing his hat in the race for the District 1 school board seat, I naturally thought he was a good man for the job. And quiet as it’s kept, his opponent and current school board member, Wilbert T. Holloway, hasn’t  done anything amazing that showed me he should keep this job. The schools are failing in District 1. I know this for a fact because I’m a product of those schools and I’ve volunteered at some of these schools after graduating. I’ve attended schools in Miami Gardens and Liberty City and when compared to my counterparts at schools like Coral Reef, Miami Lakes Tech and MAST Academy, my experienced differed greatly from theirs. The facility, the resources and education  they received (although  we all go to school in the same county) was different  from mine. They had more, simply put. And my hat is off to the hardworking faculty of District 1 schools because you all do a lot with little. Mr. Holloway could have done more to advocate for the school’s in his district. He hasn’t and it’s time for a change. We thank you for your service but I trust that Gallon can do better.
I think L.I.F.E Collective member, James Mungin II, said it best with this Facebook post about a debate Gallon and Holloway attended that was hosted by the Miami Times last week. What he said is mentioned below.

“With all due respect, Holloway answer the damn question. That’s the old, bullshit, popularity and good merit politics. As a young voter I don’t give a damn about what he did in New Jersey. But I grew up in Liberty City witnessing what Dr. Steve Gallon III did in Miami Dade County. As young ppl we want someone who ain’t got time to throw shade when our melanin is activated in the sun. I want somebody dammit, who ain’t perfect and who understands that plight to survive which white folks and their privilege call loopholes and to work hard to give children in that district a quality education. With the amount of failing schools in your district and this bullshit rhetoric I only see your days of office filled with photo ops of kids funneled thru puppet popcorn programs who will become future reality TV stars, socialites, and IG models, or under skilled workers who get by check to check on dead end jobs… I’m sick of this, GTFOH”

Mr. Mungin  said that perfectly. We want better and the black and brown students in District  1 deserve it.

Remember to vote for Dr. Steve Gallon III for Miami-Dade School board seat for District 1.  Election day is August 30, 2016; however, early voting runs now through  August 28th.

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Here’s a picture of the L.I.F.E Collective voting guide. L.I.F.E., which stands for Living in Freedom Everyday, is a group of black millennials and gen  x’ers in South Florida dedicated to improving the state of black people in this region through various endeavours. To learn more about this group visit their Facebook and Instagram  pages by searching “L.I.F.E Collective.”

*Email story ideas to hylonews@gmail.com*

L.I.F.E. Voter’s Guide Candidate Spotlight: Mayor Oliver Gilbert

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Mayor Oliver Gilbert 

Why we’re endorsing Mayor Oliver Gilbert

Anyone driving on NW 27th Avenue in Miami Gardens can see the positive impact Mayor Oliver Gilbert has had on the city because there is major development happening  up and down the corridor. Big brands stores that wouldn’t come in the past  are quickly on their way, the parks in the city are being transformed into state of the art facilities and although it’s not perfect (nothing is) overall crime in the city down– something  mainstream local media had to be damn near choked to report. Yes, overall crime is down in Miami Gardens. The humility of Mayor Gilbert would never allow him to take full credit for the positive changes in the community. He’s always saying “we” referring to the hardworking employees of Miami Gardens, the City Council and residents. Whether you agree with everything he does or not, like we said before, anyone one who’s been living in the city more than 2 years can see the impact he’s had.

The other candidates in the race don’t even compare. Clara Johnson is a novice and has publicly admitted to not knowing what she’s doing. Ulysses Harvard has not won an election in Miami Gardens ever and has mainly used campaign finances to buy meals from Arline’s Restaurant. Hip Hop pioneer and Miami New Times columnist, Uncle Luke, who has also endorsed Mayor Gilbert, called Harvard a #freelunchcandidate. Ha! Harvard was even the only person to not sign a document that all mayoral candidates signed agreeing to be truthful and ethical during this election.  That means he wouldn’t agree to tell the truth. We personally believe one of the candidates had Mayor Gilbert’s campaign signs ripped down from around the city, which is super petty, but we digress. However, that didn’t slow down any of Gilbert campaign’s progress. Many people didn’t know about the signs, and Mayor Gilbert  didn’t complain about it either. We’re sure it was due to the fact that he has actually raised funds unlike the other candidates –more than $150,000. That example of Gilbert not complaining about his signs speaks to the character of the mayor– above the petty stuff and focused on what needs to be done to continue to improve the lives of Miami Gardens residents. It would take all day to list all the things he’s done during his tenure, so we’ll provide a link for you to visit his website and a link to the Miami  Times article endorsing  him. You can read for yourself.

Also, black millennial voters in Miami Gardens and Miami-Dade County in general should educate themselves and vote because after you’re done ranting about what needs to be changed and typing with your Twitter fingers, it’s work to be done. There are candidates like Mayor Gilbert who’s doing that work and need your support.
Remember to vote for Mayor Gilbert and help him get re-elected. Voting day is August 30, 2016, however, early voting runs nows through  August 28th.

(Gilbert’s campaign site) http://www.olivergilbert2016.com
(Miami Times Endorsement) http://m.miamitimesonline.com/news/2016/aug/12/miami-gardens-election/

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Here’s a picture of the L.I.F.E Collective voting guide. L.I.F.E., which stands for Living in Freedom Everyday, is a group of black millennials and gen  x’ers in South Florida dedicated to improving the state of black people in this region through various endeavours. To learn more about this group visit their Facebook and Instagram  pages by searching “L.I.F.E Collective.”

*Email story ideas to hylonews@gmail.com*

Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases 

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives. 

Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines. 

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for people of all ages – and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need as they go back to school. Powell Health Solutions is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. 

“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious diseases,” said Dr. Michelle C. Powell,D.O., M.P.H. who is a Board Certified Osteopathic Family Physician and the Founder CEO of Powell Health Solutions (PHS), a multi-specialty medical practice with multiple centers throughout South Florida. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check you can check with us and found out what vaccines your child needs.” 

Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions. 

To schedule an appointment for your child or a member of your family, please call Powell Health Solutions at 305-948-4701.

Visit:www.phsflorida.com

Follow on twitter @PowellHealthSol

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Stile’s Farmers Market – South Florida’s Largest Black Owned Grocer

The Hungry Black Man

Stiles Famers Market Ginger.jpgFor most of us, grocery shopping renders several emotions ranging from joy of finding great BOGO deals, to standing in long checkout lines behind shoppers whose carts are filled as if to feed nine elephants while passionately evangelizing to the cashier—when you simply came to pick up an onion.  Fortunately, farmers markets exist.  Stiles Farmer’s Market in Lauderhill has no long lines, fresh fruits and vegetables, produce, seafood, and a lot more.  Owner and health advocate Finley Matthews recently purchased the market a few months ago in hopes of offering superior quality, competitive pricing, and a wide variety of products.  “Our market has a wide variety for the international customer with a focus on Caribbean, African, and African-American needs,” Finley said as he waved to incoming customers.  Stiles Farmers Market is one of few, if not sole African-American owned grocers in South Florida.

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Welcome to The Ujima Co-Op

By Janéy Tate & James Mungin II

What it means

Ujima: the Nguzo Saba Kwanzaa Principle #3. Ujima (oo-JEE-mah) means the Collective Work & Responsibility. “To build and maintain our community together and to make our Brother’s and sister’s problems, our problems and to solve them together.”

Co-Op: a cooperative society, business, or enterprise.

How we began

The Ujima Co-Op literally just began today out of James and Janéy’s frustration with creating, building and networking with other young black professionals in South Florida. No lie, this group started from a post James created on Facebook about journalism students who should join forces to create a media company.  Janéy, being in media herself, couldn’t help but to join in on the convo and voice her gripes of trying to start a media company.

From there the two created the closed, invite-only “Ujima Co-Op” Facebook group where young black professionals will have a chance to openly share what their professional and business goals are, ask for tips to succeed in that area, voice their concerns and hurdles they face chasing their goals and moderately promote their endeavors.  And to keep the group from turning into an online flea market like most groups turn into — making you not want to even log into those shits after a while; we’ll monitor postings. We also created an “adopt a business or person” type of style where each week the group admins will choose a business or perosn to share their goals and plans and we as a group will chime in with advice, resources and just overall encouragement. We’ll choose people to highlight on a first come first serve basis. All you’ll have to do is direct message James or Janéy on Facebook with your information.

Also, we all can share local business, social, community affairs, events and political news that affect young black residents in South Florida. We’ll just have an approval process so porn doens’t get shared, like we were legit in an open group today and someone shared porn on the people’s page that served to promote kids football. We don’t have time for that, unless well your business is in the adult entertainment industry lol, and that’s a whole other conversation.

And most importantly this is our group! Feel free to leave suggestions, start healthy dialogue about social issues and just be dope ass fuck while doing it. We respect everyone’s beliefs and voice, and if you disrespect someone we’ll kick you out. Plain and simple. The main focus is to build each other up and to create a force of change for free. Although we’re all for joining chambers and associations, knowing which ones to join and what’s actually beneficial is a task within it self. It can also be costly. However, you can ask the group what’s the best to join, saving you time and money. And eventually, we’ll have meet ups for the group so we all can step from behind the phones and computers and see each other face to face.

But in the meantime,  welcome to the Ujima Co-Op Kings and Queens. We’re here to help each other be great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urgent Inc Celebrates 22nd Anniversary with Block Party

Urgent Inc celebrated Block 22 years of service in the community of Overtown with a free authentic Miami block party for kids in the community. On April 8th, the community came out to dance, sing, play and fellowship all to celebrate Urgent Incs more than 20 years of service. Vice President of the organization, Saleyah Nelson, said 22 years of service was definitely cause for celebration and that Urgent Inc will continue to empower young minds to transform their communities

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Miami-Dade Community Leaders Discuss the State of Black Miami

Special Extended Report: The State of Black Miami Forum

Community members expressed their hurt and hope at the State of Black Miami 2016 forum on April 7, 2016. The inaugural event was held at Florida Memorial University campus. The event’s focus was to discuss where black Miami-Dade residents are today and where they do want to be. Crime, education, economics, community development and quality of life were all discussed which at times caused heated debates and discussions.

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