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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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