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Empowering Youth

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Empowering youthI applaud anyone who is in the business of empowering youth. I have strong feelings about who and what should be in the recipe when it comes to interacting with our youth. One of the first things should be a life that is an example of what you want the youth to achieve. For me, that includes an entrepreneurial spirit that can be shared with them. Prime examples are demonstrated by Homeboys Industries. Others are the Salvation Army and the Amish. These examples each have a component that teaches the youth a moral code and a trade to support themselves and their families. I believe the moral code is based on the Holy Bible. I have watched, read, and observed the development of wealth by some and, sadly, the passing down of a legacy and tradition of poverty.

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Granddaughter Makes Me Proud

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Ifetayo Sangode OliatanWhen my granddaughter, Ifetayo Sangode Oliatan, came to me a few weeks ago and asked what I knew about organizing marches and rallies, I didn't think much about it. Later, when she came and asked about different leaders in the Pasadena community and whether I knew how to reach them, I figured that something serious was up. My constant advice was, you are a senior in college and you need to concentrate on getting through school.

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Which Way to Progress

joeA look at the local daily newspapers reveals the troubles in foreign places like China, Kenya, Iraq, Ukraine, Russia, and Israel. However, the stories reported about Blacks in America are of the death of Mike Brown, an unarmed young Black man in Ferguson, Missouri at the hands of a trigger happy Policeman and another dead Black man, Eric Garner, in New York, killed by an illegal choke hold by police.

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Peaceful Protestors Facing Off With Armed Police Set To Go To War

Black news from Pasasdena - Editorial - Preparing for police violenceFerguson, Missouri is home to Charles Blow, writer for the New York Times, quoting James Baldwin who said, "The most dangerous thing in the world is a Black Man with nothing to lose." Officers with gas masks and automatic army weapons prepared to fight the Black citizens seem to be operating from that perspective. The citizens, operating from built up anger, come to a head with the manner in which the officials of the city of Ferguson, Missouri are treating the police officer who shot Michael Brown six times killing him in the middle of the street, in the middle of the day.

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The Rhythms of Brenda’s Life

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Brenda Marsh Mitchell tributeThis week was the passing of another birthday for me. Ten years ago my brother passed away at 63. This week, I attended a funeral/home-going celebration of the life of a friend, Brenda Marsh Mitchell. My birthday was a day to prepare a project for my youngest son and his family. I have been blessed with three sons and seven grandchildren. Thank you God, thank you God! I am proud that I have been blessed enough to have something to be a blessing to my sons and their families.

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