Lady saw baptized. This and and a look at some of the top stories making the news today, December 16, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

State Rep. Carlos Curbelo has filed a bill proposing to cut federal welfare services, such as Medicaid and food stamp, for incoming Cuban immigrants. The current law gives Cuban immigrants automatic asylum status, granting access to federal funds that would take years for other immigrant groups. Curbelo, who’s also Cuban-American, says the law would only apply to Cubans immigrating after the bill is passed.

Florida remains a good market for black-owned businesses, according to a newly released U.S. Census Report. The sunshine state is in second place in the country for the most Black or African-American owned firms, at over 250,000. The government also plans to invest $13.4 million to support continued minority small business growth.

Legendary Jamaican actor of “Dancehall Queen” and “Third World Cop” fame, Paul Campbell, will be the special guest at this year’s “Very Merry Holiday Fair” in Lauderdale Lakes, set for this Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Vincent Torres Memorial Park. The free fair will also feature a performance from reggae crooner Pluto Shervington.

In sports, young soccer plays from across the Caribbean face off against South Florida’s best at the Caribbean American Soccer Association’s annual Youth Soccer Classic, at Lauderhill sports complex. The tournament begins tonight, with Barbados U17 vs. CASA U17 at 5 p.m., Plantation U20 vs Coral springs U20 at 6:30 pm, and CASA U20 vs Miami United U20 at 8 p.m.

What’s trending:

Lady Saw Baptized

Notorious dancehall star Lady Saw has been baptized a Christian at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church in Kingston. Lady Saw, whose real name is Marion Hall, said she was spiritually moved to return to her faith following the recent and sudden death of young dancehall singjay J Capri. Hall announced on her Instagram account that she was also cancelling all her upcoming dancehall shows.

Read More. Lady saw gets baptized and leaves dancehall behind.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 83 and a low of 72. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 82 and a low of 72. For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. 

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