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Omega Psi Phi Gets Award: Plans “At-Risk” Youth Leadership Conference

Black news from Pasadena - Community - ManChild Conference - At risk youth

(L-R): Eugene Quishenberry, Dr. George D. Taylor, Larry Hammond, Harold Reese, Montarce Martin, and Chapter Basileus Johnie Drawn.

Basileus Johnie Drawn, Zeta Tau Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity received an award from State Assemblymembers Isadore Hall and Reginald Byron Jones Sawyers, Sr. during March 2014 Legislative Week.

The Legislative award recognized service the fraternity is providing "to advocate the California Legislature on behalf of African American boys and men."

Both statesmen joined in celebrating the work of Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternities, Inc. They illuminated the community-based work these organizations provide young African American boys "so that resources from the State of California can be utilized to promote the general well-being" of this population.

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Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc Status of Women Recognition Luncheon

The Altadena Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction (TLOD) will hold their annual Status of Women Recognition Luncheon on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at Brookside Country Club on Rosemont Ave. in Pasadena.

Four women musicians from the community will be honored. They are: Ms. Geri Coates of Metropolitan Baptist Church, Ms. Ethel Matthews of Friendship Baptist Church, Mrs Alpha Snell of Morning Star Baptist Church and Rev. Johnetta Tarkington, First Lady of Brown Memorial AME Church.

Each of these honored musicians will perform an instrumental or vocal solo of their choice.

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A Free Keeping Your Child Out of Prison Seminar

Young Black Males Entering The Criminal Justice System Is At A State Of Emergency!

Clara Hunter King, Esq., an Atlanta-based attorney, has joined forces with two female criminal defense attorneys who says, " The number of African-American youth entering the Criminal Justice System has reached a state of 'emergency.'" These attorneys are tired of seeing young lives — and they tend to be young Black males lives — wasted through ignorance. It has been said that what you don't know can't hurt you, but in fact, what you don't know can get you locked up in prison for a lifetime. The legal system is not about what you don't know but whether your behavior constitutes a crime and "what you should have known."

Teens can learn about the legal system and its' operations at a "Keeping Kids Out of Prison" seminar sponsored by Watchdogs for Justice (WFJ), a nonprofit organization established to educate young people, their parents, and concerned citizens about the pitfalls that lure youth into behavior that can land them in prison for many years.

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Be Prepared for Emergencies

Local Emergency Preparedness and Response Systems

The recent tornadoes in Oklahoma serve as an important reminder to all of us to be prepared for emergencies. In addition, if you are considering offering help to those in need due to the tornadoes, go to the American Red Cross website at http://www.redcross.org/ for more information about how to help with disaster relief.

Here at home, Pasadena's Public Safety officials urge everybody to prepare emergency supplies, including "Go Kits" for homes and cars and evacuation plans for their family and pets that will help you and your loved ones survive following a major disaster.

Emergency preparedness plans should include having enough food, water, medicine, flashlights, batteries, clothing and other supplies for each person and pet in your household to last at least three days to week, or longer if possible.

If you are not prepared, start by watching an informative, 12-minute disaster preparedness video posted at www.cityofpasadena.net/Disaster_Preparedness_Video/.

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Portantino and Gundry Open Up to Muir’s MPYD Students

Black news from Pasadena - Community - Portantino and Gundry attend mentoring program Round TableFormer Assemblymember Anthony Portantino and Pasadena Schools Superintendent Jon Gundry visited John Muir High School recently to exchange ideas with 30 members of Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD), a non-profit character development and academic support program for male students at Muir. Longtime supporters of MPYD, Portantino and Gundry were special guests at an extended "Round Table" session of Lunch With the Future, MPYD's daytime motivational speaker series. Sharing anecdotes from their lives and careers, Portantino and Gundry urged MPYD students to pursue goals with confidence, determination and discipline.

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