3rd Annual Juneteenth Miami Festival

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WHO:              World of Music, Arts and Technology (WOMAT), Senator Oscar Braynon, City of Miami Gardens, Young Professionals Network of Miami (YPN), The Woodson Institute, One United Bank, EcoTech Foundation, FIU Black Alumni Network, Black Student Union of FIU, Florida Memorial University, Juanita’s Kitchen, Swanklife Promotions, and EYEUrbanTV

WHAT:           2016 Juneteenth Miami Food and Music Festival 

WHEN:           Saturday, June 18th, 2016 – 6P.M. to 10P.M. 

WHERE:         3000 NW 199th street, Miami Gardens, FL 33056

WHY:              Juneteenth (Emancipation Day) is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the confederate south, and more broadly the emancipation of all African-American slaves. 

WOMAT and partnering community organizations are bringing Miami’s largest 3rd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Fry & Music Festival to the City of Miami Gardens. This family-friendly affair will have live music, visual art, a kid’s zone, and an assortment of traditional African American food such as Gullah Geechie, BBQ, seafood, soul food, and our world famous “Freedom Punch.”

The celebration will kick off on June 17th with our Kick-off Party hosted by Swank Life.  Socialize and dance the night away at 670 NW 133th St. Miami, FL 33136 from 10 P.M. to 3 A.M. The following day, head over to Juneteenth Freedom Fry & Music Festival for a fun-filled day of activities, art, and music.

For more information on being a vendor, sponsor, volunteer, or ambassador visit www.juneteenthmiami.com





For the 2nd year in a row, FIU’s Training and International Research Initiatives (TIRI) unit is hosting a group of 25 Mandela Washington Fellows who are a part of President Obama’s flagship Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) program.

Through this initiative, Africa’s brightest young leaders in the business, civic, and public sectors spend six weeks in residence at U.S. colleges and universities to connect with Americans and deepen their knowledge of business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management. The Fellows also join together in Washington, D.C. for a Summit hosted by President Obama before returning to their home countries to continue their work. The emerging leaders hail from 49 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and have shown a commitment to improving their home countries and to establishing strong ties between Africa and the United States.

The Black Alumni Chapter alongside YPN Miami will be joining forces with FIU’s Training and International Research Initiatives to co-host a networking event on Monday, July 6th so that the Fellows can get the opportunity to meet young professionals in the South Florida Community.

Please join us for an evening of cultural networking.

FIU Wash Fellows 2014
Monday, July 6th
5:30PM – 8PM

N’Namdi Contemporary
177 NW 23rd St, Wynwood


Congratulations 40 Under 40 FIU Alums!

Thirteen FIU graduates are being honored in Legacy magazine’s 2015 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow.

The honorees were nominated by their peers, then carefully chosen by a selection committee comprised of 40 under 40 alumni. They were chosen for having made a significant impact not only in their professional career, but in the local community, as well. The awards were created as an opportunity to highlight and honor young professionals who are proving themselves to be the leaders of tomorrow. It is now celebrating its 11th year.

The awards reception is slated for July 8, with the Legacy Miami & South Florida issues running in the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel, respectively.

Click here to look review the phenomenal 13 alumni from FIU!  We extend a special congratulations to our chapter President, Kenasha Paul. 

If you are interested in attending the reception, click here to RSVP:

Hudson Robillard


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FIU Alumnus Hudson Robillard has been honored by the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants as one of its best and brightest young CPA members of its 2015 – 26 under 36 campaign!  The goal of the initiative is to identify and recognize FICPA members younger than 36 who have made notable accomplishments through their service to our organization, the CPA profession, and their communities.

A native of Haiti, Hudson migrated to the U.S. in 2001. He earned a Master’s degree in Accounting at Florida International University, has 10 years of experience in public accounting, and owns Hudson Robillard & Company. Prior to opening his Firm, he gained extensive experience at Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra providing audit, business consulting, due diligence, merger and acquisitions to entities in various industries including financial institutions (Community Banks), hospitality, non-profit, and merchandising businesses. He is a proven asset based lending consultant to community banks, is an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College, serves on the Accounting Show Committee and the Young CPAs Committee of the FICPA, and also serves on the Board of couple of non-profit organizations. Hudson now focuses his practice on providing IRS representation to individuals and small businesses with income tax compliance issues and on educating small business owners on the intelligent use of technology to empower their businesses. He also serves as Vice President of Finance for the FIU Black Alumni Chapter.

Congratulations on being selected as one of the best and brightest young members of FICPA.

Hudson Robillard, CPA, CGMA| Managing Director
1125 NE 125th Street Suite 209
North Miami, Florida 33161
T 786-361-3931|  www.HRCOCPA.com


Francesca Menes, FIU ’08, ’13


Women’s HERStoryMonth: FIU Alumna Francesca Menes

Congratulations to FIU Alumna Francesa Menes, recipient of the Marie Claire Heureuse Leadership Award” at the Haitian Women of Miami/FANM’s 22nd Annual Gala.

Francesca Menes, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator with the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), was born and raised in Miami, Florida in the community of Little Haiti. In 2008, she graduated Cum Laude from Florida International University (FIU). Francesca majored in Political Science and Women’s Studies; minored in Philosophy, and was a 2008 Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholar. Additionally, in Spring 2013, she graduated from FIU with her Master’s of Public Administration with a certificate in Community Development.

Francesca assists with the development and implementation of strategic broad-based campaigns, conducts legislative targeting based on shifting demographics and composition of districts, policy analysis, and tracks and analyzes legislation before federal, state, and local bodies. For 2 years, Francesca was the coordinator of a national network of organizations fighting for the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Additionally, she represents FLIC at various strategic tables, including the Black Immigration Network (BIN).

In 2011, Miami-Dade County (MDC) Commissioner Sally A. Heyman appointed her to a 4-year term on the Commission for Women, where she is a past 2nd Vice-Chair. Francesca was re-appointed by Commissioner Heyman to serve an additional 4-year term until 2018.

Furthermore, Francesca was appointed by Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime to the Community Action Agency (CAA) Board. CAA is an advisory board to the MDC Board of County Commissioners regarding the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) programs and other programs administered by the Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD). In April 2014, Francesca was elected to a 2-year term as Secretary of the CAA Executive Board.

Most recently, Francesca was named one of the 20 under 40 emerging leaders in South Florida by City Year and the Miami Herald and received the Marie Claire Heureuse Leadership Award from Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. / Haitian Women of Miami.

Francesca also serves as the Vice-President of Communications and Administration for the Miami-Dade Young Democrats (MDYD).

No More Broken Hearts – Domestic Violence Workshop

No More Broken Hearts Domestic Violence Workshops is an annual event that provides an opportunity for right-minded individuals to gain the tools to address domestic violence in their homes and community.  This one-day series of workshops provides information on intervention, prevention, advocacy, and resources for victims as well as perpetrators of violence.

Workshops will feature national speakers and presenters and includes tracks for adults as well as adolescents and young adults.  Master Plan Points will be provided to educators attending the workshop.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

No More Broken Hearts– Domestic Violence Workshop

Saturday, February 21, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Charles R. Drew Community Center, 1801 NW 60th Street

Free breakfast served at 9 a.m.


Movie Night Meet Up


The FIU Black Alumni Chapter will be joining The Woodson Institute, Urban Miami and YPN-Miami and so much more for a Move Meet-Up. So come out this Sunday, January 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at AMC Aventura 24 to watch the powerhouse film SELMA. After the film, for those who are interested will be having a “Dine & Discuss” at MOCA Cafe 738 NE 125th Street N. Miami, FL 33161.

A Woodson Representative will be at the ticket kiosk by 6:30PM, (look for a person wearing the “WI” logo)

We recommend you pay your tickets in advance.
Tickets are $11.55 (Adult) | $ 8.87 (Child)
Taxes included

Recap: Black Professionals Summit

The Black Professional Summit was a sold-out-over 200 people attended event! People were excited and eager to learn about all of the various topics offered. This is what you missed:

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Event Included:

• On the spot professional head shots by Photo Bella Images
• 15 professional organizations including NATIONAL BLACK MBA ASSOCIATION, INC. – SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER, National Sales Network,T.J. Reddick Bar Association, One United Bank, and more
• 12 professional workshops ranging from career development, marketing, negotiating salary, getting into the green jobs, learning how to fund a sustainable start-up, learning all about the academic & career hustle and so on! Jeffrey Zelaya, Ebonni N Bryant, Dr Pandwe , Takeyah Young ,LeToya StairsMatthew Pigatt, Mary V. Davids
• An entrepreneurship panel ranging from the best in the business Gordon Eric Knowles Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce, Dexter Bridgeman, Legacy Magazine, Jay Reynolds of WolfCreek Consulting, Felecia Hatcher of Code Fever and Feverish Pops, Casandra Yourlifecoach Roache “Coach Cass”
• An etiquette lunch presentation by the incomparable Rose Hedgemond
• An enriching conversation with these dynamic community leaders Dr Bendross-Mindingall (School Board), Kenasha Paul, Benjamin ‘Brotha Ben’ Evans, BMe Community; Aaron McKinney, Merdochey LaFrance and Dr Patti Rose

Thank you Sponsors:

FIU Alumni Association

Wells Fargo

FIU Black Student Union

South Florida Black Professionals Network

ICABA Media Holdings, LLC

FIU Student Government

FIU Campus Life

In-Kind Sponsors

D & M Consulting

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