Stories for July 2014

Wednesday, July 30

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Grow, Portland, Grow!

Impacts on race not studied in population forecast

Portland, you’re growing. Metro’s latest projections see the region swelling to about 3 million people in the next 20 years, an increase of around 400,000 people. For communities of color already impacted by gentrification, low employment and other factors, what does that mean for the future?

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Real Life Drama

Capturing the soul of growing up

"Never has a film so poignantly captured the sweet ache of family life, of parenting, and of the passing of childhood." Our Opinionated Judge reviews the film Richard Linklater film, "Boyhood".

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Front and Center Showcase

Angelica Ross, a talented singer, songwriter, actress, writer, and activist will be the featured artist when Basic Rights Oregon presents Front and Center: Queer and Trans People of Color Showcase, on Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Artist Repertory Theater, 1515 S.W. Morison.

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Giving Back to Our Venerable Institutions

No free riders, please

"The lives of our African American nonprofit entities are in jeopardy." Marcus C. Mundy former Urban Leadgue of Portland president says Blacks in Oregon must support Black led organizations the produce positive results for the community.

Monday, July 28

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Rewarding Bad Behavior in the Police Department

An insult to freedom and justice loving citizens

"Their decision shows insensitivity to those who have been victims of the Third Reich and their crimes against humanity as well as women who work in male-dominated professions. This is not the direction the citizens of Portland desire to be reflected in their Police Bureau and their city," says the AMA Coalition.

Wednesday, July 23

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A Falling Taboo

As ‘pot shops’ open nearby, what does it mean for Oregon?

A measure to legalize recreational marijuana will be on Oregonians ballots this November; past efforts to be shut down. With nearby Washington, opening up fully legal 'pot shops' what does it mean for Oregon?

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Family Album

Rock musical brings outsider voices to art and relationships

Our 'Opinionated Judge' reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival's premier production of "Family Album," a rock musical that tackles the struggles for authentic expression in art and relationships.

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Historic Site Gets New Roof

A historic site for local African American history is getting a new roof. Located at Northeast First Avenue and Schuyler Street, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, was one of the original sites of worship for one of Portland’s oldest black congregations.

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Standing in Line is a Myth for Most of Us

Our broken immigration system

Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde breaks down the "myths" of the path to U.S. citizenship

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Big Bang of Peace

Passerbys of the north Portland intersection of Killingworth Court and Borthwick Street will almost surely notice its newest instillation; a street mural of peace. Painted by members of the Multnomah County young-adult group Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere.

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Sharing Memories with Freeman Williams

Basketball great back on campus to preview film about his life

A recent screening of "Inner City of Champions" took place on the Portland State University campus and allowed Viking fans, boosters, teammates, athletes and staff to express their affection for legendary PSU basketball star Freeman Williams.

Thursday, July 17

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A Good Investment for Our Community

Diversity training is a step we should embrace

Roy Jay says the recent diversity training exclusively for and by white people, attended by city leaders like Mayor Charlie Hales and police chief Mike Reese "is an important step in a journey that will help make our entire community better."

Wednesday, July 16

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Celebrating Kirk Reeves

Mural to memorialize popular bridge performer

Commuters going across the Hawthorne Bridge in years past often got a glimpse of Kirk Reeves, playing his trumpet and performing magic tricks; now the late Portland staple will be memorialized in paint.

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Hired for Summer Jobs

County grows program for youth who face challenges

Young people are getting to work this summer with a SummerWorks job program now underway for the sixth year in a row. Since 2009, Multnomah County has contracted with the non-profit Worksystems, Inc., to hire 2,617 young people between ages 16 and 21 in jobs that gain them work experience critical to their long-term success.

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Black Rose Hosts Bestselling Author

Portland’s Black Rose Books invites the community to welcome national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley for a reading and signing of her newest work at the North Portland Library Meeting Room, 512 N. Killingswoth St., Tuesday, July 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Author Promotes Explosive Novel

Portland young adult fiction writer Boss Amanishakhete does not shy away from the controversy. Instead she takes it head on in her latest installment the Tippy Ellis Story 3 “Holla Me Bad,” where she’s passionate about creating fiction with characters to which today’s youth can relate.

Tuesday, July 15

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Silence the Violence!

Youth take a stand to stop the community bloodshed

Youth lead a demonstration in McCoy Park in response to a recent rash of shootings, some fatal this summer to tell the community "Silence the Violence!"

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Dawson Unveiling

Historic park ready for new memories

The $2.7 million city-led move to renovate north Portland's Dawson Park comes with new amenities, and nods to the local Black community in the quick changing neighborhood.

Thursday, July 10

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Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem

Mayor falls short in response to gang violence

A Portland mother says to Mayor Charlie Hales, "If these kids grow up to kill a man in the park or shoot a kid on the street that means you’re doing something wrong."

Wednesday, July 9

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Man Killed Outside Club

Gunshots rang out in the parking lot of a strip club in southeast Portland early Saturday, killing one man and wounding three other men and a woman. It happened around 3:15 a.m. at Soobie’s Bar & Grill at 333 S.E. 122nd Ave.

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Play about broken relationships and other works highlight Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Our 'Opinionated Judge' takes on the Oregon Shakespeare festival play 'Water By the Spoon' examining the sometimes messy and beautiful connections that make family relationships.

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U of O Senior Earns Scholarship

Kelsy L. Alston, an upcoming senior at the University of Oregon, was the first recipient of 40 $1,000 journalism scholarships awarded by the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation scholarship committee during the NNPA’s annual convention June 25-28 in Portland.

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In Loving Memory

Andria Wysingle Jones

Andria Wysingle Jones died June 30, 2014 at the age 53 after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 5, 1961 in Portland to Johnetta Wysingle and Thad Spencer. She attended Lincoln High School and lived in Portland all of her life, raising two sons, Jelani and DeNorris.

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A Hidden History

Scholar Walidah Imarisha to lead civil rights talk

Local residents are invited to hear PSU Black Studies professor Walidah Imarisha speak on the history of racism in Oregon when the Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section hosts a public commemoration for the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on Thursday, July 10 at 7:15 p.m. at the Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 N.E. Knott St.

Monday, July 7

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‘Hair Haven’ Passion

'Hair Haven' in downtown Gresham, is the culmination of a passion for healthy, natural, hair stemmed in Black cultural design.

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In Loving Memory

Billie McKenzie

Billie McKenzie made her final transition into eternity with our Lord God Almighty, June 17, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.