A look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 8, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Improving quality of life for the black community in Miami Dade county was at the top of the agenda yesterday at the State of Black Miami forum, held at Florida Memorial University. Hosted by Miami Dade Commission Chairman, Jean Monestime, the event included prominent panelists discussing issues of equal and fair access to local health, education, and judicial systems.

Demonstrators gathered in Oakland Park yesterday to protest the city’s ban on public food sharing, which has closed many local feeding programs for the homeless. Breaking city ordinances, the protesters hosted a dinner for several homeless individuals in front of City hall. Father Bob Caudill says he hopes these efforts call attention to the plight of the homeless.

As part of their fundraising efforts, the Christ the King Catholic Church in Miami will be hosting their annual Trinidad and Tobago Food fest tomorrow, starting 5 p.m. on church grounds.  Funds raised will be donated towards the annual thanksgiving and Healing Mass next September.

In sports, Caribbean tournaments continue this Saturday at the Lauderhill sports park, starting with the Lauderhill T20 showdown, with Team T&T v. India and Jamaica vs. Pakistan. Meanwhile, at the CASA Super league tournament, Island Strikers fight to maintain their dominance against Albion Plantation, and Lauderhill Jrs faces Melrose Strikers

What’s trending:

Governor Rick Scott recently signed a bill that will rename John U Lloyd Beach State Park to Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson (pronounced My-zell-Yula) State Park. This replaces the name of John Lloyd, who carried out an ordinance that prohibited blacks on South Florida beaches, with the two civil rights figures who led the historic wade-ins that ended segregation on the beaches.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly cloudy in Broward County with a high of 85 and a low of 63. For Miami-Dade, mostly sunny with a high of 86 and a low of 63.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean outlet.

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