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Anita Baker Tribute Night

Fans of soul jazz singer Anita Baker rejoice – a Neo Soul Night concert featuring Baker’s greatest hits and performed by local performers is coming to Portland.

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Celebrate Black Restaurants

A group of Portlanders are encouraging the patronage of African-American-owned restaurants this weekend as part of National Black Business Month.

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Home Listed as Historic

Rutherford house was a hub during Civil Rights era

A northeast Portland home that served as a family residence and support center for civil rights causes for more than half a century has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The house is believed to be the first historic property in Oregon listed in the National Register primarily for its association with the Civil Rights era.

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On Alberta Street

‘The Tattoed’ at Guardino

Two local artists have created works from the same model in their new exhibit entitled ‘The Tattoed,” the September show at Guardino Gallery.

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Racism and Sexism in the Progressive Movement

Black Lives Trump Politeness

Sanders’ reputation as a progressive should in no way give him a pass on racial justice issues. He voted for Bill Clinton’s Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, which props up the racist prison-industrial complex. He voted to extradite Assata Shakur, an African American freedom fighter who is living in exile in Cuba. And his refusal to denounce Israel’s war against Palestinians gives tacit consent to some of the most racist repression on the planet.

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Restoring the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Making All Votes Matter

The seemingly obvious idea that a democracy functions at its best when the largest number of its citizens are afforded the opportunity to determine who will lead it—and how it will be led—is under a modern-day legislative assault.

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Sanctuary Cities have Roots with Faith Communities

The increased attacks on immigrants

Decision makers don’t use racial slurs like the 1954 "Operation Wetback" anymore; instead they say "illegal criminal aliens." The social construction of "other" relies on a system that racially profiles, targets low-income populations, and then criminalizes people of color.

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Fund to Support Minority Entrepreneurs

Jurisdictions join forces to raise $3 million

Portland’s economic development agency has launched a startup fund specifically dedicated supporting and cultivating entrepreneurs from local African Americans and other underrepresented populations.

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Say Her Name

Vigil points to needless killings

With 18 and counting murdered trans women, most of them black, lost across the country so far this year, activists across the country and in Portland are calling a state of emergency and asking for support in stopping more needless killing.

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Helping the Homeless

Vancouver advocate petitions for women’s shelter

A local activist with a passion for helping those in need is working tirelessly to garner attention and resources for the homeless women of Vancouver. Find out how you can help now.

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Soul Singing Activism

Janelle Monáe gives voice to Don’t Shoot Portland

Janelle Monáe came to town and joined a local rally asking all of us to stand up to police brutality with her hit protest anthem, "Hell You Talmbout."


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Public Piano Hit by Vandalism

The School of Piano Technology for the Blind’s “Keys to the City” program experienced its first-ever act of vandalism Saturday evening.

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Oldest Veteran Dies at 110

‘Big Mama’ was trail blazer for generations

An African-American woman who was believed to be the nation's oldest veteran at 110 has died, about a month after meeting President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

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Heir to the Throne

Hailing out of Chicago and the Midwest hip-hop scene comes Vic Mensa, a rapper who has performed with the likes of Kanye West, the Gorillaz, and J. Cole.

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In Loving Memory

Enola Taylor

Enola Taylor died Aug. 11, 2015. She was born March 27, 1953. Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda St.

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How Could a Traffic Stop Turn Into All of This?

Sandra Bland’s life mattered

We don’t yet know how Sandra Bland died in her jail cell, but the video of her arrest is cause enough for grave concern. And for those committed to reforming our nation’s broken criminal justice system, it is an urgent call for action.

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Unsolved Murder Revisited

Portland Police are coming back to the community to find answers on a murder case that’s slowly gone cold.

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