Heartless for the holidays
" Scrooge has come early this year. He’s already kicking our Tiny Tims. This holiday season, kids in America’s poorest families will have less to eat."--Sam Pizzigati
Songs for the Journey
Lifelong friends Georgene Rice, Gerutha Greenidge and Deborah Greenidge are celebrating their newly published devotional book and accompanying CD by hosting a concert of worship songs and readings from their latest project.The community is invited to attend the free event with CD's and books available to purchase on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. at New Song Community Church, 2511 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The trio offers their unique perspectives about heartache, disappointment, and pain while maintaining faithfulness in God through life’s most difficult and challenging moments.
With the holidays and New Year right around the corner, now is a great time to start sprucing up your home for the arrival of your family and guests.
Work Experience Program
SEI Academy earns high score on state report card
Self Enhancement Academy is taking its bows after the middle school serving local African American kids was named a “model school” by the Oregon Board of Education.
Focused and realistic film enriches a neglected truth
" It's hard to imagine a film that the world needs more profoundly than "12 Years a Slave." For the first time --150 years after the abolition of American slavery -- a major motion picture devotes focused and realistic attention to an American slave narrative, without mitigating the story with a white hero or cheapening it with overly easy, dramatic resolutions of the problems served up by that story. It’s the most important film to be released this year and a master class in how film can enrich and deepen understanding of a neglected subject." --Opinionated Judge, Darleen Ortega
Local group will have you dancing
Nekked Bonz, one of the Northwest’s newest, live music acts, is kicking off their first West Coast tour with a performance on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Club Reo’s at Southeast 112th Avenue and Powell. The group brings a high energy blend of rap, rock, funk and soul -- a style they call "Urban Crunch," and a form of entertainment that will have you dancing all night.
Funeral services for Larry Gibson will be held Friday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 4009 N. Missouri Ave., with committal to follow at Rose City Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rose City Cemetery.
Now is the time to check out that hunch during a screening of the movie Valentino’s Ghost, the next session of the annual Jefferson High School Multicultural Film Festival taking place at the North Portland Library on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.
Fred Bryant Jr.
Frederick “Fred” Nelson Bryant Jr., a police accountability activist and beloved member of the Portland community, passed away on Oct. 29, 2013 at the age of 53, after suffering a stroke.
It’s Not Rocket Science
Marian Wright Edelman tackles the issue of gun violence in America.
Meals on Wheels People Martin Luther King Jr. Center seeks volunteers to assist with delivering meals to homebound seniors.
Benson principal moves to shore up signature programs
Benson's new principal, Curtis Wilson Jr, says he wants to return the 96-year-old tech-centric institution to a place that has historically been associated with academic rigor and excellence. “I want to bring back Benson to where people are challenged to come here, where they know if I come to Benson I’m gonna work. Because it’s hands on, the courses are very intense, and it’s a very rich tradition school,” he says.
Late Portland Observer publisher inducted into sports group
Late Portland Observer Publisher and beloved community member Charles ‘Chuck’ Washington has been inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) Hall of Fame this week.
Event remembers immigrant 25 years after his death
On Monday, Nov. 4, the life of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw will be remembered 25 years after his death. Seraw was in Portland to attend college when he confronted by three white supremacists and beaten to death in front of his apartment on Southeast 31st Avenue on Nov. 12, 1988.
After a successful “Sickle Cell Buddy Walk” last month, members of the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Oregon are reflecting on their successes while looking to raise community awareness of the dangerous blood ailment.
Mrs. Sarah Cason
A Home Going service for our mother and family matriarch, Mrs. Sarah Cason, will be held on Friday Nov. 1, 2013, at Emmanuel Temple Church, 1033 N. Summer St.
New documentary on famed guitarists, Jimi Hendrix, premiering nationwide on PBS
A new two-hour documentary on the pioneering electric guitarist, "American Masters: Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin' premieres nationwide Tuesday, Nov. 5, 9-11 p.m. on PBS (Oregon Public Broadcasting Channel 10).
Ghosts, devils, vampires, nothing seems to scare this guy.
Symposium focuses of reframing the narrative
African American parents and other parents of children of color gathered for a symposium Saturday to find new ways to elevate the academic achievements of their seeds. The 5-hour symposium hosted by Black Parent Initiative was held at the disbanded Marshall High School campus in southeast Portland. It was the fourth year the group has sponsored a range of workshops promoting equity and excellence in the classroom through increased parental involvement at school and at home.