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).