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Women of Achievement Event is a Reminder to Support Small Business

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Women of Achievement Breakfast reminder to support small businessesThis week's Women of Achievement Breakfast, in addition to honoring and celebrating women entrepreneurs, is a reminder to support small businesses. Everybody talks about small businesses being the backbone of America, but where they spend their money is what tells the story.

The Journal will be celebrating 24 years of publishing this year. Having put out the first Journal in November, 1989, we understand the importance of community support. In turn, we work hard at giving back by providing affordable advertising and profiling community businesses. At the same time, we work hard at publishing the good news of the community.

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It’s Not Easy Being Green and It’s a Full Time Job Being Black

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Being BlackKermit the Frog is a Muppet character often seen on the popular show Sesame Street. He is famous for singing a song with the popular line in it that says, "It's not easy being green". As a Black person in America watching the states trying to turn back the clock to a time when inequality for African Americans was the law of the land, it seems that Kermit's theme song could be modified to say, "It's not easy being Black, either". Or, as I prefer to say, "It's a full time job being Black".

For Kermit, there is a certain amount of discrimination for a green frog. He gets passed by while sitting on green leaves. He would be more noticeable if he were more colorful like red or gold. For Black folks, the source of discrimination is multi-faceted and it doesn't really go away. When you're young it's the schools. When you get older its jobs, where you can live, and even your right to vote that reeks of discrimination.

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Women of Achievement Raising the Need for Career Goals

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Women of AchievementFor our 23 years in existence, The Journal has promoted education and entrepreneurship as the key to career opportunities on the path to progress. This year's Women of Achievement Breakfast on Saturday, April 13th will highlight women who are entrepreneurs, to make the point. The lessons are good for male and female.

Tragically, when people think of young Black males, they don't think of accomplished young men with skills. Too often, they think thug and prison. If they think of careers at all they think ball player or rapper. The reality is that since only one out of a million get to a real lifetime career as either a musician or ball player, far too many end up in dead end jobs or no job at all with which to support their families. Consequently, many end up in the underground economy and prison.

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Black Men in America … A Course in Survival and Miracles

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Black role models - John Kennedy - Rodney D. WallaceThis week in America, Black men demonstrated their ability to survive and achieve again, in spite of the odds. At the national level, the world watched as America's Black President demonstrated that he was large and in charge of the most prosperous country in the world – The United States. At the local level, I am just as impressed with Black male success and the comings and goings of two local role models. John Kennedy and Rodney D. Wallace. These two local men fit in the category of new beginnings. This is true even though one reached a milestone of retiring. His final words at his retirement party were, "I'm going to wait and see what God has in store." Here's my take on these two local men. They serve as reminders that surviving and thriving in America for Black men is an achievable course in miracles.

JOHN KENNEDY

John Kennedy is the winner of the most watched city council race in Pasadena, California, last week. The District, known as District Three, may mark the first time three Black men ran for a seat to represent a constituency in Pasadena's history. The District is far from being just a Black District. It stretches throughout one of the largest and most prosperous and influential business areas of this city, known as the City of Roses.

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Justice Scalia and Racial Entitlements Equals Racism 2013 Style

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Judge Scalia and the Post-Racial Era?On February 8, 2013, a 60 year old white man, Joe Rickey Hundley, on an airplane slapped a two year old black child and drew blood just below the child's right eye, and told the mother to "shut that N----r baby up". Hundley was an aircraft parts executive and was allegedly arrested and charged with simple assault. I wonder what would have happened to a black man slapping a white child on a plane.

When nine year old Quvanzane Wallis was nominated for best actress for her recent film, a tweet from The Onion blog called her a cu_t (rhymes with runt). This is just as when young Gabby won a Gold medal as a gymnast at the Olympics. There, the talk was about her hair. Why? There is no post-racial era, yet.

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