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THIRTEEN asked New York City “Makers” what woman has inspired them. Visit www.thirteen.org/makers for more programs on women who have made an impact.

Linda Villarosa, author and journalist

Linda Villarosa

Journalist and Author
Inspired by Clara Villarosa

My mother, Clara Villarosa, is bold, focused and gets what she wants with humor and grace. She began a new career as an entrepreneur at age 50, and grew her business into the country’s largest African-American bookstore (Hue-man Bookstore). She started over again in her 70s, and became a first-time author two years ago–at age 79! She has more energy than anyone I know. Many people know me only as Clara’s daughter, which makes me proud.

Author and journalist Linda Villarosa is program director of the journalism department at the City College of New York.  She served as development consultant for Frontline’s documentary, ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America (2012).

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  • http://aalbc.com Troy Johnson

    Linda, you realize your mom is not like us regular mortals, right? She can give women (and men) half her age a run for their money :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1044332565 Marva Allen

    It would be nice if we ever told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth….