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Super Bowl Sunday

Title game brings faceoff of No. 1 vs. No. 2 picks

In 2011, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos were picking through the rubble of seasons gone horribly wrong — and a draft board that was unusually loaded with talent at the top.

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Simpson Upset with Movie Portrayal

A lawyer for O.J. Simpson says the imprisoned former football star isn't happy with ads and interviews about a cable TV series focusing on his 1995 murder acquittal in Los Angeles.

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Groundhog Day at the Zoo

Velda the hedgehog calls for an early spring

Sure, Punxsutawney Phil may be calling for an early spring, but more importantly for local residents, so is Velda, the Oregon Zoo’s African pygmy hedgehog.

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Family Shelter Opens in Former Strip Club

Human Solutions revamps space

A new center for families experiencing homelessness opened Monday at the site of the former Black Cauldron strip club, providing emergency shelter for those in need.

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A Lousy Mirror for Our Multicultural Society

Why I’m skipping the Oscars

For two years in a row, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences — the organization behind the Oscars — failed to nominate a single actor or actress of color in the lead and supporting acting categories. Not one.

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Inspiring Liberation Literature

Black liberation literature and its role in inspiring people to stand up and fight will be the topic of conversation with Portland-based author Ahjamu Umi and Florida-based writer Michelle Mattison during a public event for Black History Month on Saturday at In Other Words.

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Preteen Wins National Title

One Portland family is celebrating their daughter’s victory as the new National American Miss Preteen – the first Oregon state winner to take the national crown.

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Graduation Rates Soar

SEI supported improvement at Jefferson

Portland students are making historic progress on their high school graduation rates. The improvement was outlined in a new state report card that showed spikes in almost every racial group’s graduation rates, including low-income, Latino, black, and English-as-a-second-language students.

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Pursuing Justice: Non-unanimous Verdicts Steeped in Racist Past

A New Column on Justice and Civil Rights comes to the Portland Observer

Operating the criminal courts of today based on the racist and xenophobic attitudes of nearly a century ago would strike many Oregonians as an aberration. Yet Oregon is almost alone in the United States in continuing a practice designed to silence the voices of those considered suspect due to race, religion, or national origin. Our state allows juries in felony cases to reach a verdict without reaching a unanimous decision. As long as at least 10 out of 12 jurors agree, a defendant may be found guilty or not guilty over the objections of the dissenting jurors.

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50 Years of Black History

From Black Power to the White House

A gorgeous new collection of black American history has arrived for civil rights readers thanks to the tireless work of scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kevin M. Burke.

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Films of Africa

Cascade campus hosts 26th annual festival

The longest-running African film festival in the United States will feature more than 18 films, documentaries and shorts - right here in Portland!

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Black Lives Matter

Movement founders to speak at PSU

Portland State University is bringing the founders of one of the largest national anti-racist movements in recent history to speak to the community. Learn more about what Black Lives Matter what it is this Black History Month.

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Family’s Lifetime Bond

Oregon's first heart transplant came from a black man - now his family is asking the community to follow in their brother's footsteps and consider sharing the gift of life.

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Human Solutions Shelter Opening

An emergency family shelter is set to open in outer southeast Portland on Monday to help meet the needs of homeless families.

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Building Strong Communities

A legacy award is presented to Wells Fargo and its community relations team, including Cobi Lewis at Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship luncheon.

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Our Stories Matter

Local group pushes for more inclusive curriculum

A new campaign to bring more multicultural history into local classrooms is drawing support.

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Building a Workforce

Trades Center seen as anti-poverty solution

Workforce needs in the manufacturing sector and the opportunity to be lifted out of poverty with family-wage jobs was front and center during a roundtable discussion at Portland Community College’s Swan Island Trades Center.

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Rooted in Hip Hop and African Culture

A stunningly fluid dance work rooted in martial arts, hip hop and African culture comes to Portland with White Bird’s presentation of "La Compagnie Hervé Koubi."

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