Are You Prepared?

When I was a pre-teenager growing up in Bakersfield, California my folks let me join the BoyBlack news from Pasadena - Editorial - On being prepared Scouts organization. I remember the Scout motto was "Be Prepared." As I grew up I never forgot those words and when I recently heard a story about a family where the father had lost his job as a Stock Broker and his million dollar house was in foreclosure I thought that this was a guy who was not prepared.

As a Stock Broker he had earned up to $750,000 per year. He had decided to go into business for himself and opened another Brokerage house. It was something called a "hedge fund." Today he was earning $7.65 per hour and tips delivering Pizza. I couldn't help but think he should have bought a Pizza Parlor when he was riding high, but he didn't.



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.



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.



“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.



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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