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Maya Angelou

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Maya AngelouLast week Maya Angelou died at 86 years old. She had planted her flag in the fight for freedom, justice, and equality, and now she has gone on to rest. Her poetry about life and Black women has defined them as no other writer has. In her recent book, "Mom and Me and Mom", she tells her life story and spreads her wisdom as she always has with simple lessons of wisdom grown out of her life's experiences.

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Repeat Good Historical Examples to Get to The Good Life

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Family success tipsIn watching the latest news, I was reminded of the book, "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry. I read Wikipedia's description of where the story line came from and learned that the real story was based on Hansberry's family story when they bought a house in Washington, D.C., in about 1937. The owner of the house wanted the money from the sale of the house, however, his wife brought a lawsuit (Hansberry vs. Lee, 1940), to enforce the restrictive covenant in force at the time that said White folks couldn't sell to Black folks.

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Blessed Experiences and A Fighting Chance

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Blessed Experiences and A Fighting ChanceThere are always a few warriors in a battle who stand out and are worthy of observing and imitating. In the United States Congress, of these Obama years, there are two Democratic Congress persons who I admire. One is James Clyburn of South Carolina, and the other is Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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Summertime Lessons to Improve Your Child's Life

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Summer ideas for youthI heard a conservative politician tell a sick joke this past week. He said someone wanted to figure a way to keep Black folks down. He then said that they were given a gift to make it happen. The gift was public education. I am convinced that public education has many problems, but it is up to parents to make up the differences to try to equalize the educational experience.

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A Tragic Mother's Day, For Some

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Mother's Day in the me-only worldIn Nigeria, one of Africa's largest countries, 223 girls (and counting) have been abducted from their boarding school while they were sleeping. As the story goes, a terrorist group called Boko Haram entered with guns and kidnapped the girls in the middle of the night. After taking the girls, the group burned down the school. Boko Haram apparently means western education for girls is forbidden.

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