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It’s Time for a Change in Focus

It has been a few weeks since Tavis Smiley brought his State of Black America road show to Los Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Tavis SmileyAngeles for its tenth year anniversary. I couldn't understand why I wasn't that excited. After all, there were some of America's greatest minds on stage talking about the problems that Black Americans face.

A few days later I was talking with a friend and it hit me. There were no business men and women on that stage except Danny Bakewell from Los Angeles, Jawanza Kunjufu from Chicago, and Cathy Hughes, owner of TV One. The rest were accomplished but all had jobs. Now don't get me wrong, a job is a great thing to have, but it's been said, "a job is simply a temporary solution to a permanent problem." Where were the business men and women...the captains of industry who are leaving a legacy for their children to take over? Black Enterprise magazine. With this, they will learn the power of transitional and generational businesses to create generational wealth.The message given out by our President is "Yes We Can" and "It's Time for Change." Let's adopt those messages for the eleventh State of the Black Union.

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The Basic Pattern of Destruction of Young Black Males Continues

The Pasadena city cops were bold enough to climb into the back seat of a private automobile andBlack news from Pasadena - Editorial - pattern of destruction kill a young Black man named Leroy Barnes. The same Police Department have been granted permission and the contract to climb onto the Jr. High School Campuses and police your children.

The pattern of defeating and destroying the hopes and dreams young Black men is always the same. At time 1, those who control the systems are forced by laws to provide equal opportunities for everybody. That included the young Black men. At time 2, as they prove they can compete, the power brokers change the rules. An example is the story of the Black Panthers. The Panthers developed nutrition programs for poor children. They developed neighborhood schools for the children. They fought to keep drug dealers out of their neighborhoods.

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“When I Grow Up I Want To Be An Old Woman”

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Women's History MonthMarch is Women's History Month. There is a recent commercial that says, "When I Grow Up I Want To Be An Old Woman." The commercial is great in my opinion. The unanswered question for each woman is, "What kind of old woman do you want to be?" The answer is: "It's up to you." The alternative, of course, is if you don't live to get old, you'll die young.

The commercial shows older women, apparently carefree, having fun, dancing, strutting, and sharing time with their friends, with the knowledge that they have achieved whatever it is in life they wanted to be or do. Now they can sit back and reminisce about the good times. Believe me, I know a few older women and they have been there and done whatever younger women are doing for the first time.

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Dr. King’s Memory Continues to Call For Us to Look Inward, Then Act

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Remembering Dr. KingAs we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday and revisit the inspiration that brought some semblance of racial unity to this country by breaking down the laws and traditions of segregation, I believe his spirit calls out to each of us to look inward. Look inward for continued solutions to the lingering remnants of discrimination, segregation and racism.  Part of looking inward means for each of us to look at ourselves and see what we are doing individually to solve problems. 

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Barack Obama Writes A New Chapter In The Black History Book

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Barack ObamaThe election of Barack Obama has overshadowed all that has gone on before in Black History. His election in so many ways is what Black America has been waiting for. It is a sign of victory from the past struggles for equality and in a sense justice and freedom. Black History of the past has always been an annual celebration and reminder of the accomplishments achievements and contributions of Blacks to America and the world. What is important is that the election of Obama is just a chapter and that greater things are yet to come. His election is a great chapter in the Book of Black History but it does not and must not mark the end of the book.

African Americans have always had a way of saying that we were kings and queens in Africa before we were brought here in chains. Very few of us know who the kings and queens were and so we generalized about it while quoting chapter and verse about who the inventors and innovators were. Now with President Obama we can add a new chapter to Black History IQ. We can now ask, "Who was the first African American Attorney General, the first African American First Lady, and the first African President of the United States." The Obama factor has another element also. We can ask students where did President Obama go to school, where was his father's home land, what state was he born in, and what was the date of his election? The Black History book is by no means finished and like American and African History and many other holidays, it is a living thing that continues to grow and change. It is a thing that we can all be a part of.

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