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holidaymarketplaceThe Journal is a good news newspaper. We seek to tell the good things in our community --yet, we walk a broad line -- highlighting solutions to problems in our community without dwelling on the problems. We print the best, and we work to make it better. Founded in 1989, the Pasadena Journal began to fill a void in the community. It was first published bi-monthly, with 500 papers circulating in the cities of Pasadena and Altadena. The San Gabriel Valley Journal began in 1990 as a result of overwhelming community support to expand to surrounding areas. Today, our publications reach eight cities and 20,000 readers in the San Gabriel Valley each week. Our goal is to highlight those people and events that make people love living and working in Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena, Monrovia, Duarte, Baldwin Park, West Covina, Arcadia and the surrounding cities with a sense of hope for our future. While our primary market is the African-American community in the cities of the San Gabriel Valley, our readers are, in fact, as ethnically diverse as the cities we serve. We seek to be a balanced voice for the community and we believe that we do a good job... setting out the good in the community and providing a voice for people who, in the past, have had no voice. We believe we make a positive difference and, for that reason, our readers keep up with us to stay in touch with the good news in our community. The Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Journal News is San Gabriel Valley’s only African-American newspapers. We’re devoted to supporting the African- American communities, businesses, churches and organizations. The Journal News is published weekly, on Thursdays, and cover news and issues occurring, not only in the Pasadena, Altadena and the San Gabriel Valley, but also nationally. Accurate, timely, informative and entertaining -- The Journal News is finely tuned for all its’ readers.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014


WELCOME: Joe and Ruthie Hopkins


MUSIC: Candace Lacey

INVOCATION: Dr. Jamal Dominique Hopkins


Dr. Rosie Milligan


MUSIC: Brother Yusef

CLOSING REMARKS: Joe & Ruthie Hopkins

Special Entertainment and Guest Performances

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The Journal Story

The idea stemmed from a newsletter called "Hoppies Journal" which was printed in the summer of the year Joe's father - Albert "Hoppie" Hopkins - passed away, in 1989. We were encouraged by an old friend, Ernest Eskridge (now deceased), to make the newsletter into a newspaper.

The newspaper became a reality as a result of our hometown African American newspaper publisher, the late Joe Coley, founder, publisher of the Bakersfield News Observer, who offered to publish our very first Journal absolutely free. From that point, we were guided step by step by what we like to refer to as our "guardian angels." Each year, we have attempted to be more than just another newspaper serving our community with a focus on the issues affecting African Americans.

We've tackled issues and attempted to be another voice for the community on subjects such as hiring practices, lack of diversity, and racism in city government, city departments, police enforcement, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, the Pasadena Rose Bowl and the Pasadena Unified School District.



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