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It’s always sad when the next generation of a historical legend falls short of the character of their legacy.  One of Malcolm X’s daughters, Malikah Shabazz, appeared in a Queens court today on charges that she defrauded the 70-year-old widow of one of her father’s former bodyguards.

How can Malikah Shabazz rebuild her character?  Let’s send our prayers and support for her rehabilitation from these criminal charges.

Shabazz, 45, is accused of stealing more than $55,000 from the unidentified victim. She was arrested two weeks ago in Mars Hills, N.C. and held in lieu of $100,000 bail. She was extradited to New York on Wednesday and placed in protective custody.

Malikah Shabazz

One of the things that can help a person start to rebuild their character is the support of family.

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Malikah’s twin sister, Malaak, was in the courtroom showing her support, despite their ongoing family feud over their father’s $1.4 million estate and unpublished writings.

“We love her, no matter what,” Malaak said after the hearing. “Families have ups and downs, but she’s still our sister.”

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Shabazz was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court for third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree identity theft, first-degree falsifying business records, first-degree scheme to defraud and third-degree unlawful possession of personal identification information.

She faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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The following humble list offers just a few things to consider if you’re interested in rebuilding your character.  If there are other beneficial practices that you can share that have improved your quality of life, please tell us. We’d love to hear from you.

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