Stories for April 2015

Thursday, April 30

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Imperative Call to Take Our Health Seriously

Having a heart to serve

While anyone can be at risk for heart disease and stroke, almost half of all African-American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease that can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease, and/or other serious conditions.

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Speaking Up About Sexual Assaults at PSU

Supporting the voices for change

The discussion about sexual assault during Portland State University’s recent student body election may be an exception to the ever-present concern of student apathy. As a survivor of sexual assault, I have been watching the debate with concern and frustration.

Wednesday, April 29

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A Night of Wonder Postponed

Motown great reschedules for summer visit

Wonder has cancelled plans to come to Portland to celebrate his 65th birthday with an exclusive party as a benefit for a local nonprofit organization that supports at-risk urban youth, Self Enhancement, Inc.

Tuesday, April 28

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Tragic Mass Incarceration and Exploitation

Breaking the chains of injustice

Each year over 1,000 Christians join together in our nation’s capital to address a common issue facing our communities.

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Diversity appears to be the New Black

TV outpaces Hollywood in broader inclusion

From our television sets in our living rooms to our local movie theaters, diversity appears to be the new black.

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Tiny House for Dignity Village

Student build nears completion

In recent years, tiny houses have been seen as a way to combat homelessness with many popping up around the country in neighborhoods designed for low- and no-income housing similar to Dignity Village.

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Curtain Opens for ‘Show Boat’

Epic speaks to true face of America

The curtain is opening for Portland Opera’s production of “Show Boat,” the award-winning Harold Prince version of the epic play that revolutionized American theater with its musical sophistication and embrace of racial diversity on stage.

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Crossing Racial Boundaries

Author weaves Portland gentrification into new novel

A Portland and New York-based author says issues of race and class drive the story in her young adult novel “This Side of Home.”

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Jefferson Dancers Showcase

A spring concert to bring you to your feet

The community is invited to join the Jefferson Dancers for their annual Spring Concert at Portland’5 Nemark Theater.

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Cinco De Mayo Fun

Portland’s legendary waterfront celebration returns

The 31st annual Cinco De Mayo Festival opens Saturday at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

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Blazers Win at Home

Avoid sweep to keep playoff hopes alive

Damian Lillard had 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers avoided elimination from the playoffs with a 99-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

Tuesday, April 21

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Urban League Hires Homegrown Leader

Former Oregon press secretary to guide organization

A new era is beginning for Portland’s premier civil rights organization with new leadership from a homegrown attorney who is steeped in political experience.

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Achieving for Public Good

Rev. T. Allen Bethel named ‘Ecumenist of the Year’

The Rev. T. Allen Bethel, senior pastor of Maranatha Church in northeast Portland, is being honored for his outstanding work in the faith community and for his advocacy of good public policy.

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Rose Court 2015

Honored tradition for 15 high school girls

Rose Court selections have been made!

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Too Many People Still Left Behind on Jobs

Dark could inside a silver lining

The dark cloud inside this silver lining is that too many people are still being left behind—particularly in our communities of color, where unemployment remains at a crisis level, even as our economy continues to rebound.

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Let’s Give Child Hunger a Summer Vacation

Find out how you can help

Many children and families eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children the end of school can be the end of certainty about where and when their next meal will come.

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How Much Do We Make Compared to Men

Dramatic differences state by state

For years, Time magazine has a run a feature on the best places to live in the United States. But nobody ever ranked the best places for women — until now.

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A Sharp Focus to Controversy

Some new documentaries worth waiting for

The last 11 docs that I saw at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C., this month represent a range of quality, too. None are in theaters or online yet, but several are worth watching for.

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Representing Diverse Communities

Beaverton resident Sarah Gilmore will represent Oregon at the Miss Black USA Beauty Pageant in August.

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Activist Named Emerging Leader

The Oregon Public Health Institute has honored Portland civil rights activist LaKeesha Dumas as an emerging leader and named her to the group’s board overseeing community health projects.

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Cascade Campus Job Fair Today

18th annual event timely for new hires

With hiring on the rise and employment returning to pre-recession levels, the Portland Community College Cascade Job Fair is poised to be one of its strongest ever.

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Thrilling Tap and the Blues

White Bird concludes its 17th season on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with “The Blues Project” featuring thrilling tap dance and live blues music with critically acclaimed tap company Dorrance Dance and award-winning blues singer and composer Toshi Reagon with her 5-piece band, BIGLovely.

Tuesday, April 14

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In Loving Memory

James E. Gray

James E. Gray was born on July 12,1938 to Lilly Jones and Herman Gray in Hinds County, Mississippi. He passed away on April 1.

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Diplomacy Defeats War for a Change

If agreement holds, peace is possible

There’s more at stake here than sanctions and centrifuges. If the agreement holds, it could lead to a real breakthrough for peace in the Middle East.

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Riveting Conflicts to Uncomfortable Truths

Full Frame brings out best in documentaries

The Opinionated Judge takes on the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina.

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Power of Education to Renew, Begin and Grow

PCC Cascade Job fair sets example

Springtime has arrived, a season that underscores messages of renewal, beginnings and growth.

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Forging Trade with China

Business leader embarks on strategic initiative

Portland business entrepreneur Roy Joy has embarked on a strategic initiative to build economic ties with China.

Monday, April 13

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Portland’s Civil Rights Struggle

‘Lift Ev’ry Voice’ airs Tuesday on OPB

A new documentary explores Portland’s African American history and the struggle for civil rights during the mid 20th century.

Wednesday, April 8

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Bench Dedicated to Students Killed

Ceremony marks one year since fatal crash

Nearly 75 community members joined the families of Kiden Dilla and Ayan Osman to celebrate the dedication of a memorial bench in honor of the former Pacific University students on the one-year anniversary of the fatal car accident that took their lives.

Tuesday, April 7

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In Loving Memory

Willie Thomas

Willie Thomas, 82, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2015 at home with family surrounding his bedside.

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In Loving Memory

Renata Raiford-Rondon

Renata Raiford-Rondon was born April 15, 1961 in Portland, to Manaway Raiford and Margaree Harden Raiford. On March 27, 2015, God called her home.

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Why I Applaud Levi Pettit for Confronting Racism

Important step against bigotry

A study found that young whites under 30 are no more enlightened in their racial views especially of blacks than their parents. How far has white supremacy come or changed?

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Something’s Deeply Wrong when Poor Get Prison

The pattern of criminalizing poverty

Here’s something you might not know about Ferguson, Missouri: In this city of 21,000 people, 16,000 have outstanding arrest warrants. In fact, in 2013 alone, authorities issued 9,000 warrants for over 32,000 offenses.

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Something for Everyone

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s diverse new season

There's something for everyone at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, year in and year out. It's always worth a trip down to Ashland, for the high quality of the productions, and also because the plays themselves are so thoughtfully selected, produced, and cast to bring a variety of voices and cultures to the stage.

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In Loving Memory

Kevin B. White

Kevin B. White was born March 13, 1954, and died April 2, 2015.

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Race Chats: Walking upon Sacred Ground

Forming trust key to success

Starbucks is known for selling high-end coffee and tea. Having conversations about a sensitive and sacred topic such as race, while extremely important, is something that requires relationships with more depth than your typical customer service interaction.