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Boston 1974 to 2013, What a Difference a Day Makes

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - 1970s Boston and 2013 Boston - Racial equality and attitudesWhen I watched the tall, handsome African American man speaking to a massive crowd at the Boston Cathedral in their time of trouble, I was proud because I remember a different Boston in the 1970's. The tall, handsome man with his tall, beautiful wife, named Michelle, was there to console the Bostonians who had been bombed at the end of one of their traditions, the Boston Marathon. The tall, handsome man was the President of the United States - Barack Obama. He had been introduced to the crowd by the Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, another African American who has served as Governor since 2007.

The Boston I remembered goes back to 1974 when a ruling by Federal Judge, Arthur Garrity, ordered the integration of Boston School district busing. The order led to open expressions of hatred and violence towards Blacks and race rioting reminiscent of the rioting across America in their resistance to granting African Americans equality.

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An Achievement of Success for Annual Women of Achievement Breakfast

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Fourth Annual Women of Achievement Breakfast successThe fourth annual Journal Women of Achievement breakfast is now history. Like the first three breakfasts, we believe it was a success. It was a success from the point of highlighting a group of women who have achieved success in their businesses worthy of magnifying so that the community and the world can look at them and say, "Well done". They have achieved, and young people looking for or needing role models can say, "I want to be like her when I grow up."

This year we honored a group of Business and Professional Women who are and have been entrepreneurs making it on their own in their own business for over ten years.

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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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A New and Positive Twist on Spring Break

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Black College in the west and black youth programsFor years I have written and talked about creating Black Colleges in the west. The partnership created by then State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino between the University of California and Black Colleges grew out of that idea, and it will continue to grow this summer as a second Summer Institute will become a reality. Information on that is available at the Journal office.

In Memphis, Tennessee, I discovered a new and positive twist on the idea of expanding the knowledge of the Black College experience. The Memphis Urban League, called the MEMPHIS URBAN LEAGUE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS (MULYP), joined with a group of Howard University student volunteers to create a program they call the HOWARD UNIVERSITY ALTERNATE SPRING BREAK.

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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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