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Wanda Sykes Talks with the Portland Observer

Reaches out to promote Portland show

Comedian Wanda Sykes with advise for aspiring comedians and her reflections on the late Joan Rivers.

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A Nice Place to Visit

Short term rentals another blow to housing affordability and access

Vacation rentals by homeowners in the Portland market are a dramatic new housing trend that opponents say will contribute to gentrification and the loss of affordable housing options.

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Housing Bureau Reaches Out

Input sought on affordable housing commitment

Investment marks a win for the Portland African American Leadership Forum which originally criticized the Portland Development Commission project citing its lack of a housing plan.

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Great Playwright Inspires

August Wilson Red Door Project returns to Portland schools

Red Door Project introduces students to the works of August Wilson whose long-inspired work reflects the African-American experience.

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August Wilson's 'The Piano Lesson' at Playhouse

Pulitzer Prize winning play follows black Americans in post-Depression era

The August Wilson play, now playing at The Church, 602 N.E. Prescott St., reflects the African-American experience, covering questions of legacy and reminders of painful family pasts.

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Ambition, Loyalty and the Glitter of Motown

Motown inspired ‘Dreamgirls’ takes Portland Center Stage

A groundbreaking musical, loosely based on the career of The Supremes.

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Sickle Cell Awareness Walk

Young people help with education about disease

Pastor Marcia Taylor leads annual Sickle Cell Awareness event.

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Dancer Misty Copeland inspires new generation of ballerinas

“This is for the little brown girls,” writes Misty Copeland in the prologue of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,

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Police reviews of police St. Johns disturbance ordered

Police used taser to arrest teenager

The use of a Taser gun by Portland police to subdue a black teenager and the actions of police to make the arrest will be investigated by Portland’s Independent Police Review Division as well as an internal police review

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When Justice Fails

Advocating for children tried as adults

Partnership for Safety and Justice leads a rally to raise awareness of the social and personal harm caused by policies that allow young people to be punished as adults.

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Misfits and Hidden Gifts

'A Wrinkle in Time' invites self-acceptance and discovery

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "A Wrinkle in Time," invites audiences to travel through worlds of imagination and meaning.

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Forum on Racial Disparities Law

Mechanics of law goes before the public

A forum was held in Salem Tuesday aimed at educating lawmakers and members of the public about a new law that can delay and possibly prevent future legislation that causes racial disparities in our criminal justice and child welfare systems.

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Caribbean roots of black church explored

Dr. Noel Leo Erskine investigates the history of the black church in his latest book, “Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery.”

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Dream Makers

Child Development Center opens at PCC Cascade

New classrooms for Albina Head Start and Albina Early Head Start at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus will bring needed child care for people going to the north Portland school and enhance the abilities of children and their families to succeed in life.

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Look Out for Kids!

Crosswalk enforcement for back-to-school safety

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau are raising awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws as kids go back to school from summer break.

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Use of Force Settlement

Judge paves way for police reforms

Decision draws a positive response from the Albina Ministerial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform.

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Good with MLK and Alberta

'Natural Grocers’ to construct store on vacant site

The construction will be headed by Colas Construction, a local African-American firm.

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School gets a Jump Start

As kids return to the classroom, Rosa Parks already in full swing

The end of the Labor Day weekend meant that Tuesday was first day of school for most children in Portland but not at Rosa Parks Elementary.

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Ferguson is a Critical Reminder for All Cities

Trust is a perishable commodity

A law enforcement agency must mirror the community in which it serves.

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