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Miami-Dade Chamber marks 40-Year Legacy of Advocating For Black, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in South Florida

November 27, 2014 Leave a comment

— Host Chairman Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation partners in this Celebration and embraces Diversity —

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(BLACK PRW WIRE) — MIAMI, FL – The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (M-DCC) will host an elegant black-tie gala to celebrate its 40th Anniversary and you are invited to attend. The Ruby inspired Gala will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Jungle Island Tree Top Ballroom, 1111 Parrott Jungle Trail, Miami, Florida 33132. The gala begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm. The gala always attracts an esteemed group of notable civic, business and community influencers. This year’s gala chairman is Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Music will be provided by legendary Doug E. Fresh.

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5 Questions With….. Peze

May 12, 2014 Leave a comment

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I can describe myself as a young man who has experienced more than the average person. Since the age of 14, I’ve been a soldier in the streets that is a jungle full of lions and tigers. Poverty and drugs destroyed my life as a kid because I had drug-addict parents and my mother died before I was 1 yrs old. My glory is to heal from my wounds and grow as an artist. I want to share my life through music and invite people to listen to what goes on in the streets and how kids are surviving poverty.

2-What advice would you share with other artists in small towns about creating a buzz?

My advice to other artists is that you need to make sure that everyone in your small town know who you are and grow from there. Get into social networks and use social media to promote your music. Hit the bigger cities and meet people who can share your music and talk about your movement. Try to work with other artists and make great music. Read more…


February 19, 2014 Leave a comment



New York, NY (February 19, 2014): After sweeping through the East Coast into the Midwest for a month and returning home to Anguilla for two short weeks, British Dependency will return this week to continue touring with The Wailers. The legendary band invited British Dependency to wrap up their US run on the West Coast.

The Band embarked on a three week, 14 City tour with The Wailers in celebration of The Wailers 30th Anniversary on Friday, January 10, 2014. Opening at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, the band traveled to Clearwater and Jacksonville, Florida, Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA, Salem and Carrborro, NC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Columbus, OH, Chicago, IL, Milwaukee, WI and closed out on January 26th at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN.

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February 7, 2014 Leave a comment

February 7, 2014

Stratosphere Studios and We’re 4 ART, Thou? Curating, Present…
The first stop for a Poignant and very important Art Show:

17: The Revolution will be Visualized
A Group Exhibition
February 26th — March 3rd 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 the 2nd year anniversary of the murder of Trayvon Martin: The Revolution will be Visualized… 6-10PM

The show will feature the works of 17 diverse and talented African-American Artists/Revolutionaries.  Read more…

2dopeboyz World Premiere: Kasim Keto “Long Car Rides” Album Stream

November 15, 2013 Leave a comment

2dopeboyz World Premiere: Kasim Keto “Long Car Rides” Album Stream

2dopeboyz premiered the stream of Long Car Rides.  Now fans can hear the album that LeftOverCake describes as “a stunning debut” in its entirety.  As the co-founder of 2dopeboyz Shake states, “…this is perfect for those late night car rides through town…or even when you’re chilling in the crib dolo…I’m on my third listen and I don’t plan on putting it away any time soon. This is fantastic stuff.”  

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CHRONIXX – Trouble Comes To South Florida!!

August 26, 2013 2 comments


~ Rising Reggae Star Finally Set To Make Kingston 21 Debut At Revolution Live ~

Here Comes Trouble

(Miami, FL –August 26, 2013)Best Of The Best Entertainment, in association with 99 Jamz and Humble Lion, is pleased to present one of Jamaica’s hottest young artists, CHRONIXX, performing in South Florida for the very first time at Revolution Live (100 SW 3rd Ave.) in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, September 7, 2013. The rising young reggae star will be backed by his band, Zinc Fence Redemption.

The highly anticipated show has been a long time coming for the 21-year-old son of respected Jamaican session singer, Chronicle. It was his father’s music biz relationships that gave a young CHRONIXX (formerly Little Chronicle) access to such icons as Burro Banton and Gregory Isaacs, whom he would diligently observe in the studio. The prodigy wrote his first song at five years old; was choir director at his church by age 11; and by the time he turned 16, was producing music for peers like Konshens and Munga Honorable.

In 2011, CHRONIXX burst on the Jamaican music scene with a string of powerhouse, Zinc Fence-produced (Romain “Teflon” Arnett) singles, “Behind Curtain,” “African Heritage”, “Smile Jamaica” and “Warrior.” Last year, he dropped the massive Lancealot-produced smash “They Dont Know,” which catapulted him to the top of the international reggae charts. A newer single, “Here Comes Trouble,” is currently simmering at #1 on legendary UK selector David Rodigan‘s Hot Hits Chart for August.

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Talking to Him About Trayvon: The Aftermath

July 15, 2013 1 comment

By Eva Said It
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July 14, 2013 – Today is so heavy. My lower back hurts, my heart hurts, my contacts sting my eyes. Advice: don’t cry with your contacts in and then sleep with them in and then wake up to shed a couple more tears. Just don’t. You’re welcome.

I’m plagued today for the same reason so many black parents are: we just watched a jury in the lawless state of Florida acquit George Zimmerman in the senseless and blatantly racial murder of Trayvon Martin…and we have children that by now we’ve had to explain it to. We’ve spent a night and a morning in difficult conversations meant to help our future generations understand what just happened…when we don’t yet (if we ever will?) have answers for our own understanding.

We have sons that will grow to be black men…and we cannot take for granted the assumption that they will even get to grow up. The Martin family surely pictured a college graduation day that will not come, a wedding day that will not arrive, and grandchildren that will not be born. I’m choked up just typing that. I’ve pictured all those days for my son.

I did NOT picture this day. Or last night. Read more…

My Serena Williams Essence Cover Story: Talking Tennis, Curves & Loving Yourself Completely

June 6, 2013 Leave a comment

by Denene Millner

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I’m used to having butterflies when I interview celebrities, especially those I adore. But I had the flight of the Monarchs rumbling in my stomach when it came time to meet up with Serena Williams, the No. 1 female tennis player in the world, who is more than a tad notorious for not being a fan of reporters.

Here’s what I expected: a mean girl with bulging muscles and an even bigger attitude, ready to give one word answers that would make my job incredibly difficult. Here’s what I got: an intelligent beauty with an incredible body and a downhome spirit, ready, willing and able to answer any question I lobbed at her with every bit the thought and grace I needed to write this, Serena’s debut solo cover story in our magazine of record.

Serena was, in a word, delightful.

I met her first at a sprawling movie studio in Florida, where Serena spent hours changing from outfit to outfit, shoe to shoe, and turning it all the way on for a cover photo shoot that stretched to six hours. Afterward, we drove back to the sprawling Palm Beach Gardens mansion she shares with her sister, Venus, to chat way into the night. She served me a big bowl of southern-styled 15-bean and smoked turkey stew—a dish prepared by her own hand. (Serena can burn, okay? Her stew was delish!) Poured me a glass of red wine. And then got busy, talking about everything from her brush with death after a pulmonary embolism to the sisterly advice that got her back on her tennis game to the legend of the Venus Hottentot to the finer points of how to make the perfect batch of fried chicken. Read more…


May 1, 2013 1 comment

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usKing of Diamonds (KOD), the country’s largest urban gentlemen’s club, continues to dominate the exotic entertainment world, making Miami a go-to hot spot for celebrities, professional athletes and businessmen from every new corner around the globe. Known for its beautiful women, is also touted as one of the most referenced strip clubs in Hip-Hop culture. KOD inspired the likes of DrakeLil Wayne and Rick Ross to incorporate KOD into their hit songs and most recently by fan favorite Juicy J in his smash hit “Bandz A Make Her Dance” with the lyrics “After KOD she leave with me…bandz to make her dance.”

Joining the ranks rappers B.O.B. and Ace Hood made grand entrances at the world famous KOD while Birdman, Trick Daddy, Flo-Rida and Ciara worked hard to maintain low profiles while Host Future popped 30 bottles and shared $16,000 one dollar bills with 103 strippers.

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A Year Later, Trayvon Martin Stays Lodged in the Psyche of Black Parents

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment

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It’s been a year since Trayvon Martin pierced our consciousness.

So many brutal, unforgettable stories have shocked our senses since last February. So many young people have been unforgivably taken from us. Jordan Davis. Aurora. Newtown. Hadiya Pendleton.

It has been a year that may even bring about some changes in the way the nation views and treats gun violence. Maybe. It still remains to be seen whether our lawmakers will have the courage to actually change the laws that govern how easily Americans can blow each other away.

Of course, the Trayvon story is still in the media, as we follow all the pre-trial dramas of George Zimmerman. When he actually goes on trial for the murder of Trayvon, shining a very public spotlight on the irrationality of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, the case will jump onto the front pages again.

As others have noted, MyBrownBaby was one of the first media sources in the country to note the larger implications of Trayvon’s murder. We helped to put the story on the front pages. When my wife Denene showed me a wire service report out of Florida on a press conference held by Trayvon’s parents, who were trying to bring attention to the fact that Zimmerman still hadn’t been arrested two weeks after he shot their son to death, I immediately thought about my own son. He is a young black male who had been pulled over by police in our subdivision several times by police; we had gotten nervous emails from neighbors in the subdivision reporting that there had been a couple of burglaries. Those were all the steps that could lead to something tragic. I knew I had to pen something meaningful, quickly. After I did, sites like The Root soon followed suit. Read more…

As Zimmerman Goes Free, We Trace the Path of This Unbelievable Story

April 24, 2012 Leave a comment

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As George Zimmerman walked out of jail late Sunday night after posting bail, and the city of Sanford tried to determine whether Police Chief Bill Lee still had his job, it gave us an opportunity here at MyBrownBaby to think back on how much the story of Trayvon Martin’s murder has transformed the nature of social media in just seven weeks.

It also gave us a chance to reflect on MyBrownBaby’s crucial role in lighting a spark that ignited this unbelievable story. Read more…

Preview CNN’s Beyond Trayvon Before It Airs Tonight on The Industry Cosign!

March 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Beyond Trayvon: Race & Justice In America airs TONIGHT, March 30th at 8p and 10p ET on CNN

CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien hosts a townhall on a controversial event that has gripped the nation: the shooting of Trayvon Martin. In this one hour special, several panels will examine and discuss the facts of the case and the many angles that have come into play including: the investigation, allegations of racial profiling, gun laws and Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. 

In this clip, Trayvon Martin’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, questions the investigation.  Read more…

I Am Trayvon Martin…And So Is My Son

March 22, 2012 3 comments

By Eva
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You all know, and I have said before, that I don’t usually cover race on my site. That is intentional. This site is about my writing, my musings as a mother, as a woman, and hilarious, if ill-fated, tales about dating. I keep it light.  But like most of the nation, I have found myself in a bit of turmoil concerning the Trayvon Martin case. I’ve had to write this piece in two attempts because the subject, and my story concerning it, are just so damn heavy on my heart.  That said, I’m writing this piece as a mother raising a black man. Fuck an opinion, this life is my fact.
March 21, 2012. Wednesday.And the news everywhere is blaring the details of the murder of a 17 year old black child named Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL, by a non-black man named George Zimmerman.  Some say he’s hispanic, some say white, some say hispanic passing as white. It matters not. Trayvon was killed while walking back to his father’s home in a gated community carrying nothing but Skittles and a can of Arizona Iced Tea. Deemed “suspicious” by presence of a hoodie by an overzealous neighborhood watchman, he was shot and killed in cold blood.  You’ve heard the details. You know the story. You also know the outrage it has produced in communities all over. Read more…

The Nation Is Watching: the Killer of Trayvon Martin MUST Be Arrested (UPDATE)

March 13, 2012 10 comments

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UPDATE: the case in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch captain in the child’s Sanford, FL, community, has been handed over to the state attorney. Details, along with a petition demanding justice in Trayvon’s death, are at the end of this post.

Not only has George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old Neighborhood Watch captain who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, still not been arrested, but the more details that emerge in this crazy case, the more outrageous it gets. The Sanford police chief says that the police don’t have “probable cause” to dispute Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense. Neighbors say there have been complaints in the past about Zimmerman’s aggressive tactics. And, perhaps most disturbingly, when Zimmerman made the call to 911 about a suspicious person in his community, he reportedly told the 911 dispatcher that he wasn’t going to let the black teen get away because “they always get away.” Read more…

Florida Atlantic University in Collaboration with A Core Group of South Florida Organizations To Host the #Iam CHANGE Youth Symposium and College Fair

March 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Florida Atlantic University in Collaboration with A Core Group of South Florida Organizations To Host the #Iam CHANGE Youth Symposium and College Fair on Friday, March 23, 2012, at Miami Carol City Senior High School from 7pm-9pm
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“Hennessy NBA All-Star Weekend TakeOver”

February 27, 2012 1 comment

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Rick Ross, Fabolous, DJ Irie, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Ne-Yo, Emily B, Chingy, Lil’ Jon and many others came out to support Hennessy this weekend at the “Hennessy NBA All-Star Weekend TakeOver” events in Orlando, Florida. The stars converged at Orlando hot spots, Vain and the Sheltair Executive Airport Hanger in celebration of the big weekend.

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Film Producer Rob Hardy to Keynote 18th Annual Black History Luncheon

January 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Rob Hardy LOS ANGELES – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) National Alumni Association Southern California Chapter presents the 18th Annual Black History Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, 251 South Olive Street. Using the theme “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: 125 Years of FAMU Legacy” the keynote speaker will be film producer Rob Hardy of Rainforest Films.

“Rob Hardy is a shining example of the caliber of leaders produced by the black college experience,” said Monique Brackett, chapter president. “He has a degree in engineering from Florida A&M, yet was confident enough in himself and the foundation he received in college to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. The level of artistry Rainforest Films produces is a positive reflection of the African American community, and we’re proud to have him share our stories with the world.” Read more…


November 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usFlorida A&M University President James H. Ammons announces that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded FAMU an education and research grant totaling $15 million. This is the largest single grant awarded in the history of the University.

Tallahassee, FL ( — Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been awarded an education and research grant totaling $15 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to meet the agency’s workforce needs in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that support NOAA’s mission. This is the largest single grant awarded in the history of the University.

“One of the highest criteria used to determine the quality of a university is the level of extramural funding and quality of research taking place by faculty and the funding obtained for them to conduct research on a regular basis,” said FAMU President James H. Ammons. “This announcement proves that Florida A&M University meets that standard of excellence.” Read more…

Le’Andria Johnson- “Jesus”

August 9, 2011 1 comment
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