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How Did We Get Here?

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - if we can beat slavery, we can beat a battle for health careThis week I went out and bought a copy of Deborah Cox' CD, for one song, "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here." The song asks the question, "How did you get here?" It is a love song from the 1980s, but spells out the dilemma of America today. If Black America, with the help of God, white liberals, progressives, and independents can beat slavery, this same team can beat a battle for health care.

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It Really Does Take a Village

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - National institute needs a villageI am seeking support from the community for an organization envisioned by my son, Dr. Jamal Dominique Hopkins. Jamal, our third of three sons, was born this month (October) and was raised in Pasadena, California and attended schools in the Pasadena Unified School District. He has always been a dutiful, obedient son. He has educated himself and distinguished himself in his career. As he embarks on a new journey, we call on friends and associates who believe the African proverb, "It Takes a Village to Raise A Child," for support.

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Shutdown Means Shutout

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Shutdown means shutoutOnce again my Daddy's saying that there are some White folks who don't sleep at night trying to figure out new ways to keep Black folks down, rings true. Currently, we have a government shutdown started by Southern White congressmen who don't want Black and poor folks to have affordable healthcare, named Obamacare, after the country's first Black president. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay and it affects not only Black folks but White folks as well. It was a furloughed White woman who said, "I'm terrified of where we are today. These White Republicans are American terrorists dedicated to maintaining their privileged positions in a world they define in terms of White supremacy."

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The Land of the Tea Party Will Rise and Fall in One Day

A Parody of the Shutdown of Government

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Parody of Government Shutdown - Tag People - Tea Party Rise and FallOnce upon a time there arose a TAG of people from the trash heap of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina; a group of people who call themselves the Tea Party (Tag people) and their followers, the Bag people. These people rose from the dust pod of life during the reign of King Baracko. They had existed since the time of slavery in the land of America, but legitimate power was never to be theirs.

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Community Leadership

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Tyrone Skinner and Young African American Male Leadership conference lessonsMy hat is off to pastor Tyrone Skinner who has celebrated 20 years of leadership as pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Pasadena. Under his leadership, the Young African American Male Leadership conference was created. This year's conference was held last weekend at Pasadena City College, serving over three hundred young men from this community.

I sat on a panel that talked about community leadership and where we go from here. A young Man, Wayne Jackson, who graduated from Howard University posed the statement that we need to unify and all head in the same direction. I thought of the fact that we were all there because of Pastor Skinner's leadership for 20 years. We were there for the purpose of leadership and to pass on the things we have learned over the years to the younger ones in the community and help them take on the leadership mantle.

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