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  • Seeds From The Sower

    A boy refused to take his sister fishing. "But," said the mother, "she promised not to make any noise." "Mom," answered the boy, "it's not the noise that bothers me. She eats all the bait." Often it's in our closest relationships that we eat each other'...
  • Small California Tax-Exempt Organizations Must File to Retain Exempt Status

    The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced that starting January 1, 2011, a new California law means tax-exempt organizations, other than churches and church-related organizations, with average gross receipts of $25,000 or less must electronically file with ...
  • Heart and Soul Magazine Purchased

    New Owners to Expand Focus to Women of Color and Reemphasize Fitness Silver Spring, MD (BlackNews.com) -- Heart & Soul magazine, an 18-year-old national wellness publication, has been purchased by Brown Curry Detry Taylor & Associates, LLC (BCDT)...
  • Schiff Responds to President Obama's State of the Union Address

    Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address: "Tonight, President Obama set forth a responsible path to renew America's economy and preserve the American drea...
  • Statement: Congresswoman Speier Celebrates House Passage of Buffalo Soldiers Bill

    WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo/San Francisco) today celebrated the passage of her bill, the Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act, by the House of Representatives. Companion legislation is currently awaiting debate in...
  • National HIV Legal Organization Releases First Standards for the Sexual Health Care of Youth in Detention and Foster Care Centers

    Guidance Will Help State-Licensed Facilities Address Gap in Health Care Services For At-Risk Youth in Custody New York, January 26, 2012 – The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), a national HIV legal resource and support center, released the first se...
  • Nominations for 43rd NAACP Image Awards

    On Friday, February 17th, artists and entertainers will gather on the red carpet for the 43rd NAACP Image Awards. The two-hour star-studded event will air live on February 17th at 8:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. central) on NBC. The NAACP Image Awards is the nation...
  • Senate Bill 968: New Bill to Assist Courts, Jails and Public Safety

    Senator Wright's bill is the first in what will probably be many to address problems of the courts and county jails. Courts have a problem of how to quantify behavior of criminal defendants in a manner that will not jeopardize public safety when releasing...
  • Planned Parenthood “Alarmed and Saddened” by Komen Foundation Succumbing to Political Pressure

    Pasadena, CA– Planned Parenthood today expressed deep disappointment in response to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's decision to stop funding breast cancer prevention, screenings, and education at Planned Parenthood health centers. Anti-wome...
  • ‘RED TAILS’ Director is Ill Mannered Guest at The White House!

    President Obama has long been a staunch supporter of the Tuskegee Airmen. So, it was not surprising that he had a screening of the George Lucas movie, 'Red Tails', in the White House. Screenings of this type are intended to gain additional exposure for mo...
  • Collecting the Small Estate

    As of January 1, 2012 a significant change in the law related to handling the estate of a deceased person took effect. That law increased the amount that can be collected by affidavit (a statement of facts made under the penalty of perjury) from $100,000 ...
  • Are You Prepared?

    Last year was an especially difficult one for me. I lost a number of dear loved ones: a very close friend in March and my dear father-in-law, aunt and uncle in September. I received a call at 7:30 a.m. on New Year's Day, that another special person in my ...
  • Sports Watching & Wondering

    THE LAKERS - The team is psychoanalyzing itself right now, and trying to see if it can make the pieces fit. They are hard at work trying to make a blockbuster trade. They still want to get Dwight Howard from the Magic, and that deal just might get done. S...
  • Travel Tips on Cruises

    This week the news has been flooded with reports on Costa Cruise Lines' ship that ran aground. What a tragedy! When I saw the images of the ship resting on its side all that I could think about was my relatives' response when I invite them to cruise with ...
  • “Red Tails” and Republican Fails

    Community Boosts "Red Tails" If you spontaneously decided to catch the prime-time screening of George Lucas' Tuskegee Airmen epic "Red Tails" last Saturday at the Arclight in Old Town Pasadena, you might have been shocked to find out that the theater was...
  • Odie Hawkins: Showtime

    I called Odie Hawkins to get information about his participation in "From the Ashes Revisited" as part of Civic Virtue: Watts Here and Now celebrating Los Angeles Fiction. His story is worth telling riddled with amazing stops, starts and successes. Odie ...
  • Portantino Joins University of California to Announce Summer Leadership Fellowship for Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

    Pasadena – Assemblymember Anthony Portantino joined officials from the University of California at a press conference today in Pasadena to unveil a summer fellowship program for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Twenty...
  • Trying to Go Somewhere, I Ended up Nowhere

    It was one of those weeks where, if I accomplished anything that delicious slice of information has completely eluded the tiny gray cells floating in my cranium. It is not as if those little gray cells had anything else to do. As I suffused my weary body...
  • Holman Host African Diaspora Festival

    The Black Methodists for Church Renewal, the California-Pacific Conference Ministries and Holman United Methodist Church present "Connecting Through our Rhythms," a festival celebrating the African diaspora on Saturday, February 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 ...
  • Seeds From The Sower

    Volunteer fireman, Ed Grotz, crawled across the living room floor of a burning house and his smoke-penetrating light shone on a baby's crib. Horrified, he saw it was occupied. He lifted the baby in his arms, fought his way toward the door, and gently pla...

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