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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






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


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

Avenues of Excellence

Juanita’s Kitchen

Sèlman Dous

South Florida’s Black Professional Summit

South Florida Black Professionals, LLC, the Black Alumni Chapter of the FIU Alumni Association and the Black Student Union are co-hosting the inaugural Black Professionals Summit, themed “Molding the Keys to Success.”

This is an open invite to all Black professionals in South Florida! Link up with professionals in law, accounting, education, STEM, graphic and design, hospitality, and the list goes on! Get additional career development skills while building connections and relationships. Undergraduate (specifically juniors and seniors) and Graduate students from all of the South Florida Colleges and Universities should be in attendance to get mentors, inside scoop and resources how to successfully transition from student to professional.

​​The event will be held on:

Saturday, September 27th, 2014
9AM to 4PM

General Admission: $10

Dress Code: Business Casual

Florida International University –Biscayne Bay Campus

Wolfe University Center
3000 NE 151 Street
North Miami, FL 33181

Keynote Speaker: Jerome Hutchinson, Jr., is the President/CEO of ICABA™ Media Holdings, LLC, a South Florida based marketing and technology enterprise dedicated to connecting and activating accomplished black professionals and entrepreneurs. Hutchinson brings 23 plus years of broadcast and marketing experience to the ICABA™ brand. Before launching ICABA Media Group, LLC, in 2008, Hutchinson enjoyed a successful career as a radio broadcasting executive.  From 2002 through 2008, he served separate stints as General Sales Manager for three of the nation’s top five urban radio stations beginning with Houston’s KMJQ-FM, Majic 102, Atlanta’s WVEE-FM, V-103, and ended with Miami’s WEDR-FM, 99JAMZ.

Featured Workshops:

  • Negotiating Your Salary by Mary v. Davids of D&M Consulting
  • Resume Writing by NAAAHR
  • How to Build a Fundable Start-Up by Felecia Hatcherof Code Fever
  • Transitioning from Student to Professional by Letoya Stairs, Managing Partner of RSVPLive
  • Marketing and Social Selling by Jeff Zelaya

 Panel Discussions include:

Entrepreneurship: Walking the Road Less Traveled.” The topic will broadly discuss and engage audience members to think of the challenges that the black entrepreneur face, what avenues and resources we have at our disposable and what skill sets are necessary to walk this path featuring Casandra Roache of Inspiremany and Marcel Haywood of DirtPros.

 “What If We Were United? Panelist will discuss the importance of acknowledging the different cultures within the black race as a means to improve as a whole and not divide. Furthermore, discuss how we can leverage our resources for the betterment of our community featuringJean Monestime, District 2 Commissioner and Benjamin Evans, Managing Director of BMeCommunity.

Networking-Etiquette Lunch: This is no ordinary lunch! We will have an interactive lunch that will teach the fine points of business dining etiquette provided by Avenues of Excellence, Rose Hedgemond and all attendees will gain a significant advantage over the competition.

 Attention Organizations and Companies!

If you would like to table during our vendor/organization showcase fair, we are having a vendor and organization fair the cost is $50 and the price includes reservation of the table and two individuals. Register here.

HBCU and Black Alumni MARLINS Night



Join the South Florida HBCU Alliance (Historically Black College and Universities) for a night of networking. Show your pride by wearing your school shirt while you socialize with some of the most prominent black alumni leaders in South Florida. The event begins at 5:30 pm at Bar 201 located on the Lexus Legends Level and immediately after, watch your Marlins take on the San Francisco Giants from your All You Can Eat seats!

Saturday, July 19, 2014 – 7:10 P.M.
All You Can Eat Seats: ONLY $35.00*
Baseline Reserved ONLY $20.00*

Payments can be made by going online to:

For any additional information contact:
Rickey Pierre II

*Seating and pricing based on availability
All-You-Can-Eat Seats include a game ticket and unlimited Kayem Beef Franks, Peanuts, Popcorn, Nachos, Pepsi Sodas, and Aquafina Water