The do-good ‘Sharks’ pick a winner: pop-up barbershops


The “Sharks” had a tough choice among the four social ventures. Would they choose Master Honey that empowers low-income women to start their own micro-beekeeping businesses? Or perhaps prefer Miami is Kind’s concept to create jobs for young people on the autism spectrum baking cookies for schools? Would they pick Mind&Melody, which crafts music engagement experiences for Alzheimer’s patients? Or do they like Buzzbox’s pop-up barbershops that dispense life advice with the haircut? All were competing for a $10,000 prize.

Zo’s Hoop-Law Madness 3-on-3 basketball tournament to benefit Overtown Youth Center

Dream realized for Liberty City families who’ve moved into transformed project

Erin Sutherland, Maria Alonso, Mario Artecona and Gene Schaefer of Bank of America with the 2016 Neighborhood Builders Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami: Karin Wright, Maureen Ruggiero, Mark Fenaughty and Tom Byrne.

Alonzo Mourning, Publix, Fedex gives Thanksgiving dinners to 500 families

MIAMI (WSVN) – Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning was on hand to give out Thanksgiving turkeys to 500 families, Tuesday morning.

Mourning and volunteers began Tuesday morning at a Southwest Miami-Dade Publix where they loaded up Thanksgiving meals, and then traveled to the Overtown Youth Center to pass them out to hundreds of families.

“There’s a lot of under-served families here in South Florida,” Mourning said. Many of us kind of get caught up in our own busy daily lives and not realize that about a quarter of our population here in South Florida live below the poverty level.”

This is the 16th Thanksgiving Mourning and his partners, Publix and FedEx, have distributed holiday meals to families in Overtown and Little Haiti.

“He’s taking his time to provide a meal for every family that is enrolled in the Overtown Youth Center, and I’m thankful,” said Overtown resident Libiada Modesto.

The meals include a full turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables and desert.

“Those that can’t pick the meals up, we deliver the meals to their homes,” Mourning said.

On Thanksgiving day, Mourning will surprise 10 pre-selected families at their homes and deliver fully-cooked meals.

“We tend to forget there’s a lot of people, a lot of people out there that are a lot less fortunate than we are.” Mourning said.

Mourning says if you want to volunteer at any point during the year, go to or

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Special to South Florida Times

MIAMI – During her visit to the Overtown Youth Center on Oct. 11, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke to the assembled students about the importance of a college education. She shared her intention, if elected, to provide free college at public institutions and emphasized that HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) would be a priority for her administration.

“We were talking about college preparation and ideas for what they want to do, what they want to study and the cost of college came up. That’s a big deal for our young people,” said Tracy Wilson Mourning, wife of Overtown Youth Center co-founder, Alonzo Mourning; both of whom greeted Clinton and joined her in addressing the students.

In response to the issue of college affordability, Cliton said, “It’s absolutely important that we get the cost of college down so every one of you can afford to go to college.”

She then went on to explain her plan for students to attend public colleges and university free of charge. “You don’t have borrow money, you don’t have to worry about money, you can get your college education. And that’s exactly what we’re going to try to do because too many young people get stopped from going to college because they can’t afford it.”

Clinton’s opponent, Republican nominee Donald Trump’s education plan includes an intention to “Work with Congress on reforms to ensure universities are making a good faith effort to reduce the cost of college and student debt in exchange for the federal tax breaks and tax dollars,” according to his website. Trump’s plan will also, “Ensure that the opportunity to attend a two or four-year college, or to pursue a trade or a skill set through vocational and technical education, will be easier to access, pay for, and finish.”

When Clinton asked the group if they’d heard of HBCUs, several hands went up.

Her plan for free college also extends to public HBCUs. Clinton’s education plan, The New College Compact, “will support, encourage, and reward the HBCUs that help our students succeed so students can complete college, without costs being a barrier or debt holding them back,” according to her website.

She said she’ll pay special attention to HBCUs “because they’ve done a great job of educating generations and I want to make sure they have the facilities and equipment and teachers they need.”

Essentially signed into existence in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, the White House Initiative on HBCUs has been tweaked over the years by presidents Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush. Earlier this year, President Obama signed an executive order renewing the program. Critics say the program has not done enough to help HBCUs, several of which have closed over the past several years.

Perhaps as a nod to the Democratic party’s support of HBCUs, Obama is campaigning for Clinton today at Florida Memorial University, South Florida’s only HBCU.

Wilson Mourning, a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., announced on her Facebook page that she would be traveling there this week to present a scholarship to a Howard student who is a graduate of Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School.

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