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Black Events Still Have a Place

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Black events still have a placeI keep a picture of the two teams who played in the 1924 Black Baseball League World Series. The teams were the Kansas City Monarchs and the Hilldale Giants. The Black Baseball leagues are one of the many results of race segregation in America. The leagues history extends back to just after the American Civil War when Black baseball players could not play in the so-called traditional White leagues, so they would form their own leagues.

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The Myth of Sisyphus

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - civil rights and myth of SisyphusAs I watched the national college basketball championship game between Kentucky and University of Connecticut, I was struck by a couple of facts. First, here we were watching Kentucky, a state in the heart of the historical Confederacy that was determined to maintain slavery. They were so determined because of what they considered inherent inferiority of Blacks to Whites that they fought and died to maintain the slave industry. And second, here we were watching a team of, primarily Blacks, fighting for the national championship for Kentucky. The third thing I was struck by was the fact that a Black man was coaching the team that won the brawl. The result was that the University of Connecticut won. The Confederacy lost, again.

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Paycheck to Paycheck

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - On Paycheck to Paycheck documentaryThanks to the economic times we live in, there are millions of families living paycheck to paycheck. One person expresses it this way when she says, "The economic burden of one flat tire could cause them to have to become poverty stricken and homeless." Former California first lady, Maria Shriver took a look at this economic phenomena in a documentary made for an HBO television special entitled, Paycheck to Paycheck. A preview was presented on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Television Network.

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Business Ideas Still Flowing

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - New business ideasI am always fascinated by new business ideas and new ways to run them. I like to watch a small business grow from a sales cart to a brick and mortar store or office. Last year, I came across an old Black Enterprise magazine about a young lady who took her dancing skills to the Detroit community by gutting a bus and starting a dance studio to teach dancing.

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Do You Have Your Seat for the Fifth Annual Women of Achievement Breakfast?

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Pasadena Journal's Annual Women of Achievement honoreesI hope April 12th is marked on your calendar for a breakfast date with eight special women who have given much to their chosen community church. They have done much more than the standard P.P. and O. (Pray, Pay, and Obey).

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