A look at some of the top stories making the news today, February 2, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Famed Jamaican-American movie star and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte will receive the Trayvon Martin Foundation’s 2016 Champion of the Year Award this weekend at a special remembrance dinner in Miami. Long an outspoken advocate, Harry Belafonte campaigned in Florida to appeal the controversial “Stand your ground” law.

North Miami celebrates 90 years as a city tonight, in a special, inaugural presentation starting 6:30 pm at the North Miami City Call. The event commemorates the official release of the U.S. Postal Service’s 2016 forever stamp of early civil rights activist, Richard Allen. The Greater North Miami Historical Society will also present on the city’s rich history.

The Ft. Lauderdale Blazers and the FC Steelers emerged victorious in the opening round of the Caribbean Americas Soccer Association (CASA) Super League tournament. The Ft. Lauderdale Blazers defeated the Island Strikers 2 to 1, while the Steelers confidently won against Melrose Strikers 6 to 1.

In sports, officials have announced that lauded Trinidadian boxer Giselle Salandy will be inducted into the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame this July in Fort Lauderdale. Salandy, who passed away in a 2009 traffic accident at the age of 21, was a 6-time world title holder.

What’s trending:

Tired of seeing a lack of diversity in children’s literature, 11-year-old Jamaican-American six grader Marley Dias has launched a viral campaign #1000BlackGirlsBooks – a book drive collecting stories featuring black girls as main characters. The books will be donated to children in her mother’s home parish of St. Mary, Jamaica.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly cloudy in Broward County with a high of 80 and a low of 71. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 80 and a low of 71.

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

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