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Bridging Cultures

Immigrant and refugee group taps leader

Learn how one immigrant is preparing to become the executive director of an organization that once helped his own family ease into American life.

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Boyfriend Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking

The boyfriend and pimp of a Portland woman murdered by a Marine in Hawaii two years ago has pleaded guilty to a human trafficking charge.

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Selma Visit Brings Memories and Hope

Bonamici attends 50th anniversary tribute

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici shares how a visit to Selma last week brought her closer understanding on civil rights issues and the need to protect and restore voting rights.

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Playhouse’s Psychological Drama

Sharr White’s riveting new play, 'The Other Place,' has been hailed by critics as piercing and tonally on-target.

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A Vampire to Capture You

Surrender to a mood of appreciation

Something about the idea of a class of immortal beings, lurking in the shadows and choosing victims among the living because they must, persists in our collective imagination, fascinating terrain for exploring our own shadow regions.

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Poetry Slam

Reach out to young black writers

Over 100 SEI students took the opportunity to work with poet Patricia Smith to create original works of spoken word and slam poetry based on their own personal and cultural history.

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Time to Redefine the Measures of Our Success

What do we Americans truly value?

What do we stand for as a nation and who do we wish to be? In a 1968 speech at the University of Kansas, Sen. Robert Kennedy correctly worried too many used our nation’s wealth as the standard of greatness rather than the human values that should matter most.

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‘Scandal’ Star Cast as Anita Hill

HBO says "Scandal" star Kerry Washington will play Anita Hill in a film about Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

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The Next Chapter in the Struggle for Racial Justice

Equality and justice for all

Ferguson, Mo. awakened many Americans to a reality too well known in communities of color throughout the nation. From New York City to Los Angeles, the story repeats itself: an unarmed African- American male is shot to death by a police officer.

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Boyz II Men and the Oregon Symphony

Boyz II Men, one of the most iconic R&B groups in music history, makes their way to Portland.

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Indebted students are force to be reckoned with

The time bomb of student debt

There’s a generational time-bomb ticking — and the student debt crisis is the trip wire. Adults under 35 disproportionately bear the brunt of escalating inequality.

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A Civil Rights Journey

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus presents ‘I Am Harvey Milk’

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus will present the Northwest premiere of “I Am Harvey Milk,” a powerful choral work depicting the life and times of California's first openly gay elected public official.

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Explore Vancouver Parks and Trails

Outdoor enthusiasts can explore Vancouver area parks and trails with the help of two new maps developed by Vancouver Parks and Recreation.

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Swim Lessons for Spring Break

This spring break might be the one you finally learn how to swim. Find out how you can get free swim lessons this year!

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Job Barrier Target

‘Ban the Box’ aimed at second chance success

A new campaign to help people with convictions find a way into the job market might provide opportunities for rehabilitation.

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In Loving Memory

Ashley Marie Harris will truly be missed. She was born Jan. 25, 1989 and died March 5, 2015. Services will be held Saturday March 14 at 11 a.m. at Omega Funeral Chapel, 223 S.E. 122nd Ave

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Boardroom is new Frontier for Diversity in the NBA

Earl Lloyd left a legacy to follow

In an era that can boast of legendary feats of basketball from black players like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and countless others, one might find it difficult to remember there was ever a time when black athletes were not a significant presence on professional basketball courts.

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Grading Students Changed My View of Education

A crash course on reality and higher standards

My view of education changed the first time I had to grade my students. It was a difficult assignment, and I hadn’t prepared them adequately for it. I naively thought that because the material was easy for me, it would be easy for them, too. That was not the case.

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Sticker Shock

Bible College land turns to market rate housing

While it may not be unusual to have sticker shock for the price of new housing in the heart of Portland’s historic African American community where gentrification is rampant, a property sold by the North Portland Bible College and turned into apartments by private developers, is making eyes roll.

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