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Stories for November 2015

Wednesday, November 25

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Hoops Tourney for Diversity, Harmony

Portland Parks & Recreation present its first annual Portland Intercultural Basketball tournament on Saturday, Nov. 28 to celebrate diversity and culture, and to help refugees, immigrants and people of color integrate into the city.

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Football Standout Bowl Bound

You can help De’Angelo Bell of Portland who has earned an invitation to participate in the 2016 USA College Football Bowl, Jan. 15-18, at Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga.

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Harold Williams Gym Dedication

Portland Community College is honoring the late Harold Williams on Wednesday, Dec. 2, when the basketball court at the PCC Cascade Campus in north Portland will be officially dedicated in his memory and named “Harold Williams Sr. Court.”

Tuesday, November 24

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Mother of Juneteenth Honored

Clara Peoples, a late beloved community leader, educator, and mother of Portland’s annual Juneteenth celebration, was posthumously honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at last week’s Spirit of Portland Awards Ceremony

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Soul Stirring Melodies

Looking for peace and soul stirring melodies on the first Monday evening after Thanksgiving? The candles will be lit for a heartwarming tradition as Michael Allen Harrison and Julianne Johnson perform their 14th annual benefit for the Altar Society at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church this Monday.

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Black Laughs Comedy Show

Comedians gather to save black lodge

A comedy-show fundraiser to help save a piece of Portland black history is coming to North Mississippi Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 6.

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Cynical Attempts to Blunt Our Political Power

Turing back the clock on voting rights

Many of the new laws making it more difficult to vote appear to be cynical attempts to blunt the political power of rapidly growing populations of people of color as our nation confronts the changing reality of who is a “minority” and who is a “majority.”

Wednesday, November 18

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Rappers Tour Wonder Ballroom

Los Angeles-based rappers Grouch and Eligh will hit Portland for their annual 'How The Grouch Stole Christmas' Tour this Saturday.

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Clamp Down on Tobacco Adopted

The Multnomah County Commission has adopted an ordinance designed to reduce minors’ access to tobacco products.

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Café and Tabernacle Host Thanksgiving

Kenton’s favorite Thanksgiving event returns for a day of music, entertainment and great food in a free celebration open to members of any race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, ability, nation of origin, age, and religion.

Tuesday, November 17

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Professors in Poverty

Oregon adjuncts relate to message in new film

About one-third of the part-timers teaching college courses are on public assistance, according to a new documentary that follows some part-time or adjunct professors, at home and on the job.

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Big Band Jazz at Clark College

You’re invited to come and listed to the great big band jazz students at Clark College are creating.

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Entitled to Public Discourse Without Interference

Demanding answers and accountability

Together with other community leaders and concerned citizens, I sent a letter to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, and other statewide- and locally elected officials on Tuesday, Nov. 10 calling for an immediate response to the Department of Justice’s investigation of Oregonians who have used the social media hashtag “Black Lives Matter.”

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Rigged: Racial Bias in Jury Selection

We need enforcement and monitoring

Despite the efforts of our federal government and the Supreme Court to address and eliminate racial discrimination in the jury selection process, the practice continues to run rampant, and unchecked, throughout our criminal justice system—a system where more than half of the people on death row are people of color.

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In Loving Memory

Don A. Burns

Don A. Burns was born Feb. 20, 1942 in Clarks, La., to the Ecker C. Burns Jr. and Mary Lee McCully.

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A Creative Explosion

‘Paris is Burning,’ a landmark 1991 film showcasing the golden age of vogueing and drag ball culture in New York City through the experiences of people of color in the late 80s and early 90s, will screen on Friday.

Thursday, November 12

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Black Lives Matter Supporters Targeted By Online Surveillance in Oregon

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says one of her investigators has been put on paid leave after she learned he had searched for social media hashtags used by the Black Lives Matter movement as part of a threat-assessment program.

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Family Feast for Sharing

The Portland PFLAG Black Chapter is pleased to announce its annual family fest in honor of the holidays.

Wednesday, November 11

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From Black Power to the White House

Book chronicles historical events, untold stories

Scholars Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Kevin M. Burke have come up with a gorgeous collection of black history in a new book that chronicles the lives of black Americans over the past 50 years.

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Hawthorne’s Hip Hop Weekend

Classic hip-hop makes a comeback when the Hawthorne hosts Warren G, a hip hop rapper and producer who brings his G Funk Experience Tour for a show on Sunday.

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Sparking a Dialogue on Race

In partnership with the Urban League of Portland, the YWCA of Greater Portland is hosting a free film screening of “Black Girl in Suburbia” followed by a community discussion with the Portland filmmaker Melissa Lowery.

Tuesday, November 10

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Remembering Allen Toussaint

Legendary performer dies after performance in Spain

Legendary New Orleans musician and composer Allen Toussaint, who penned such classics as "Working in a Coal Mine" and "Lady Marmalade," has died after suffering a heart attack following a concert he performed in Spain. He was 77.

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In Loving Memory

Bernice Delores Wyse

Funeral services for Bernice Delores Taylor, a longtime Portland resident who died Nov. 6, 2015, will be held Monday, Nov. 16 at noon, at Skyline Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, 4101 N.W. Skyline Blvd.

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Wrong Choices Derail a Legacy

‘Carter High’ tells tragic story from glory to disaster

It is one of the most storied, yet tragic tales of Texas high school football history, perhaps all of high school football.

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Why Being There Matters

Uniquely positioned on the world's oceans, the Navy has the power to protect America's interests anywhere, and at any time.

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Helping Veterans with Housing

A Portland housing agency serving a diverse population, including Portland’s African-American community

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Veterans Focused Shelter Opening

Low barrier model addresses housing crisis

A Portland-based non-profit will provide emergency shelter services for up to 13 homeless Veterans and seven companion animals starting on Veterans' Day.

Friday, November 6

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Chip Shields Won’t Run Again

Lawmaker to stop down; Frederick to run

A Portland lawmaker who rose from a local non-profit helping former inmates transition back into productive lives to later becoming a State Representative and then State Senator announced Friday he will be giving up his legislative duties at the end of his term next year.

Thursday, November 5

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In Loving Memory

James D. McCoy Jr.

James D. McCoy Jr. was born May 4, 1941 and died Oct. 24, 2015. Services were held Tuesday at Cornerstone Community Church.

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Symposium on Hate

Confronting Extremism: The State of Hate Today will be the subject of a fall symposium to reflect on the challenges posed by racism, extremism, hate groups and hate speech in our community.

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Kids Explore the Science of Sound

Blue Man Group inspired exhibit

A national touring exhibit, “Blue Man Group – Making Waves” is now showing through Jan. 10 at Portland’s Children’s Museum.

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In Loving Memory

Leroy Hudson Sr.

Leroy Hudson Sr. was born Jan. 22, 1936 to George and Louise Hudson of Cairo, Ill.

Wednesday, November 4

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Sinfully Smooth Vocals

Grammy winning songwriter and R&B artist Eric Bellinger will bring his national tour to Portland with a Friday, Nov. 13 performance at Peter’s Room on the ground floor of the Roseland Theater, downtown.

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Shopping to Support Women

Dress for Success Oregon, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most active woman-centered non-profits, is excited to welcome the community to Acey’s Closet Clothing Sale happening this weekend.

Tuesday, November 3

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Lillard Scores 34 to Rally Blazers

Damian Lillard had 34 points and seven assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Minnesota 106-101 on Monday night in Minneapolis.

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World Series Champions

Royals finish with late rally and 12 inning rout

Crown 'em, Kansas City!

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Events Salute Our Local Veterans

You’re invited to celebrate veterans in Vancouver and Portland thanks to local organizations who have made a point to honor them in observance of Veterans Day.

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Back to Host the Oscars

Chris Rock is coming back to host the Oscars for a second time. Are you ready?

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Ain’t Misbehavin’

A tribute to the black musicians of Harlem

The Tony Award-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ – a celebration of the Jazz legend, Thomas “Fats” Waller and the black musicians of the 1920s and 30s – opened Friday.