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Fighting Displacement

Skeptics say housing investment will not cure gentrification

A plan to increase public monies for the construction of more affordable housing units in the gentrified neighborhoods of north and northeast Portland is drawing a mixed review.

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Born For This

Rhymesayer spits purpose through the microphone

Talilo's debut album "Born for This" is highlighted by a style of rap he refers to as "chopping" and frequent moments of introspection.

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Remembering Charles Jordan

First black city commissioner inspired leadership

People from all over the city are remembering Jordan for his leadership, especially in his role as a former director of Portland Parks and Recreation.

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Portland Urban League Career Fair

The Urban League of Portland is hosting an upcoming job fair as part of its mission to bridge the employment gap for people of color.

The Urban League of Portland is hosting an upcoming job fair as part of its mission to bridge the employment gap for people of color. The free event on Tuesday, April 22 at the Lloyd District Double Tree Hotel comes as a National Urban League 2014 State of Black America report examines income, wealth gaps, and under-employment numbers for black Americans.

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Satire on US Visa Process

Play tackles what it’s like to knock on America’s door

Boom Arts and the Portland State University School of Theatre and Film present a series of weekend workshop performances of “Appointment with gOD,” a funny, poignant satire by Ugandan playwright Deborah Asiimwe exploring the US visa application process from an African perspective.

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Report Underscores Urgency of Jobs Crisis

The racial dimensions of economic inequality

National Urban League president Marc H. Morial looks at the recent State of Black America report that shows blacks at alarming rates of unemployment and underemployment.

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Tax Credit for Mixed Income Apartments

Complex to offer below market, affordable rates

Construction has begun for a new mixed-income, multi-famly housing complex in Vancouver thanks to US Bank and the Vancouver Housing Authority which recently closed on $6.4 million of federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit for the nearly $30 million 1st Street Apartments project.

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National Publishers Pick Portland

Black newspapers group to hold annual convention here

The nation's 250 black publishers will head to Portland this summer for the National Newspaper Publishers Association 2014 convention. In past years the convention has visited Atlanta, Ga., New York, Nashville, Tenn., Chicago and Seattle. This year for the first time the convention will be hosted in Oregon.

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Keeping Your Dreams Alive

Local grad excels in college and gives back

Kalauna Carter has a go-getter mentality in the world of academics that has helped her achieve. A Portland native and De La Salle graduate, Carter is attending Tuskegee University on an academic scholarship where she is majoring in Environmental Science and serving as an official community ambassador.

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Portland Youth Conference Rescheduled

Activist asks for help to make event successful

A winter snowstorm that postponed a youth summit during Black History Month will take place over two days, April 11 and April 12 at Portland State University with a concluding concert at the Blazers Boys and Girls Club. Portland activist Imani Muhammad is looking for help to make the annual event a success.

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Lorraine Hansberry’s Wisdom

Oregon Shakespeare Festival revives play by African American playwright

Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of the late Lorraine Hansberry play "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window".

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Jazz from the Past

Historic neighborhood flickers between the bricks

Blended into the façade of Innovative Housing’s newest housing complex are literal lenses to Portland’s African American history. Between the bricks at The Magnolia, 3250 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., are four iPod Touch units that run continuous loops of historical photos mixed with recent footage.

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Healing the Healthcare Blues

Inner City Blues Concert aims for health care for all

The Third Annual Inner City Blues Festival "Healing the Healthcare Blues" concert gears up for its April 5th event at the Melody Ballroom, located at 615 S.E. Alder St.

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Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Avoid serious diabetes complications with these guidelines

Diabetics have to take special care of their feet. The disease can cause peripheral neuropathy—otherwise known as nerve damage.

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Watch Out for Prediabetes

Almost everyone who has prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes

Being overweight comes with chronic disease risks, such as higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing other diseases, including diabetes, which is at epidemic levels in the black community.

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Colorectal Screening Saves Lives

Procedure can detect cancer before symptoms occur

Tami Mahrt was two years past the recommended age for colorectal cancer screening. Though she considered herself healthy at 52 years old, she finally went in for her colonoscopy and awoke from the routine procedure with shocking news. Doctors spotted a 4.5 centimeter growth in her colon and said they’d need to remove it with surgery. Mahrt, a manager of operations for the Multnomah County Employee Benefits Office, shared her story during a recent Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month presentation before the Board of County Commissioners.

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Home Forward Names New Board Member

Charlene Mashia has been appointed to Home Forward’s Board of Commissioners, replacing Lee E. Moore Sr., who retired from the local housing authority’s governing body after 12 years of service.

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Peddling Anti-LGBT Hate in Other Countries

No one should be proud of these exports

Peter Montgomery examines lawful homophobia around the world.

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