Luke's Gospel: A Look Ahead to 2016

Well, 2015 was a crazy year, but 2016 will be even wilder. Here are my top five stories to look out for in the next 12 months:

1. The David Beckham soccer stadium controversy is far from over. The international football star may have secured the land to build his stadium, but he'll face stiff opposition from residents of Overtown and neighboring Spring Garden. Many of them expressed skepticism about the soccer stadium at a community meeting last week.

2. The $287 million redevelopment of the Liberty Square public housing project will influence the outcome of the Miami-Dade mayoral race and Commissioner Audrey Edmonson's reelection campaign. African-American voters will take their anger out at the polls if county officials don't make good on assurances that Liberty City residents will get construction jobs and that current tenants will be allowed a fair opportunity to return.

3. Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination. It's time the GOP faces reality. Its base wants a well-established racist and misogynist to go head-to-head with Hillary Clinton, who will beat back the Bernie Sanders movement. We'll see just how far the mainstream media will allow Trump — a rich, entitled white man — to disrespect a woman.

4. The Black Lives Matter movement will get serious about black-on-black crime. I love what these young activists are doing, but they are at risk of becoming the millennial versions of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They can't march and demand justice only when a white cop kills an unarmed black person. If they're serious about their group's name, Black Lives Matter activists must have the same passion for tackling gun violence in black inner-city neighborhoods.

5. Barack and Michelle Obama will be like, "Eff this!" He's done everything in his power to rebuild a country that was broke as hell when he took office. His greatest accomplishment may have been shattering the Republican Party into factions. The president and first lady deserve a long vacation. You might spot them getting freaky at one of my concerts.

Follow Luke on Twitter: @unclelukereal1.

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