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Halloween Party Ends in Tragedy

On Saturday 17 year old Laterian Tasby was shot and killed at a Halloween party after a fight broke out. Laterian was an athlete and student leader at San Pedro High School. He was not a gang member although police say his death maybe gang related. School staff, team mates, and family members are adamant…

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MORE DAMN TOY RECALLS

My friend Hollie sent this to me this morning and with her permission I’m sharing it. MORE DAMN TOY RECALLS…… OK, me, Hollie….is requesting that we all stop purchasing lead filled toys made in China. We all know that there are issues between the United States and China (and every other country in the world,…

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What’s Going On?

In the words of Marvin Gaye: “What’s Going On?” Do you care? I saw this video on BlackHandSide of an all star remix of Marvin Gaye’s timeless classic and was moved. Enjoy What’s Going On (Dupri Original Mix) Co-producer – Wyclef Jean Featuring – NSYNC , Aaron Lewis , Alicia Keys , Backstreet Boys ,…

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Support for Overcoming Grief: Depression

My heart has been heavy all week with the fires and the tragedy at the Long Beach Pier. I know that I am not the only one as people have been expressing their feelings about it too. At this point I’m not sure what all I can do to show my support other than to…

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When Hip Hop Had a Message

Remember when Hip Hop songs meant something? remember when there was a relevant message? Today I take you way back with an important blast from the past. This song burned deep in my mind this morning as I ran a few errands throughout my neighborHOOD. The last verse of the song struck a nerve deep…

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Mayor McMillin of Jena, Offended by Anti-Racism Song

It is amazing how we can all look at the same picture and see something different or hear the same song and hear something different. Perhaps that is the case in Mayor McMillian’s strong disapproval of John Mellencamp’s song “Jena.” Yesterday, at our monthly U Grow Girl meeting we had a wonderful conversation about how…

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Walmart Milk

Interesting Email Forward of the Day Subject: FW: “Walmart Milk!!” WOW!! I LOOKED THIS UP ON SNOPES AND ITS “PRETTY MUCH” TRUE. THE GOVERNMENT PROBABLY JUST WANTS YOU TO NOT BE AWARE . PERSONALLY….I WON’T BUY ANYMORE. WAL-MART MILK: Just in case any of you shop at Wal-Mart like me, you Might want to reconsider…

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Color of Change

Of course I signed the online petition in support of the Jena 6. I received the following email update from ColorOfChange.org: Dear Marenda, Thursday was a powerful day. From the thousands of people who packed the streets of Jena, to the thousands who took action all over the country, you stepped up as a community…