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Crossing Barriers to Emerge a Legend

“His Eye is on the Sparrow,” a stirring one-woman musical that celebrates the life of groundbreaking black artist Ethel Waters, opened this month at Portland Center Stage at the Armory, and has been extended to play through March 26.

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New Justice Must Bring Independence to the Court

A check on executive and legislative power

The United States Supreme Court has played an important role in the progress of the Civil Rights Movement. The executive and legislative branches of government have, at times, had to be prodded toward active reform of racial justice.

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A sampling of films worth watching at PIFF

The first few days of regular and preview screenings at the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) have included some films you can still catch as the festival unfolds over the next two weeks.

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Resilience and Triumph

Promoting a bright future for Billy Webb Elks Lodge

A historic center of Portland’s black community is seeking recognition and revitalization this year.

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Black Film Festival Opens

2 weeks of screenings at the Hollywood Theatre

Celebrating black perspectives and stories during Black History Month, the Hollywood Theatre in northeast Portland hosts the 2017 Portland Black Film Festival, opening Thursday, Feb. 9 and continuing through Feb. 22.

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Hip Hop in Portland

New documentary examines history and social impact

Examining the history and social impact of Portland’s hip hop scene

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In Loving Memory

Longtime activist remembered

A celebration of life gathering for James Edward Hill, a prominent member of the civil rights community in both Portland and Washington, D.C., will take place Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Water and Gibbs neighborhood of southwest Portland.

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Honoring Black History at PIFF

Citywide festival puts focus on world diversity

My favorite time of year is upon us! For the rest of this month, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) will pack your local theaters

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Safeguarding Values

Governor expands state sanctuary status for immigrants

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed an executive order to solidify the state’s status as a sanctuary state forbidding state cooperation with federal immigration authorities when the only crime being pursued is for being in the country without proper documentation

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Power Up for International Films

NW Film Center kicks off 40th annual festival

The Northwest Film Center kicks off the 40th Portland International Film Festival, a more than two weeks long schedule of movie screenings, with a Thursday, Feb. 9 viewing of the new Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”

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Major Support for Affordable Homes

Wells Fargo grant to help displaced families

Donation to help build 22 housing units

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No Retreat on Civil Rights

Thousands join black ministers in call for action

An energized civil rights community in Portland is showing it will not stand down as it pushes for police reforms and faces a new federal government under President Donald Trump that threatens civil liberties of many communities

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Rent Hikes Bring Displacement

Two recent cases are vivid example

Recent massive rent increases and no cause evictions at two separate apartment complexes in north and northeast Portland are putting a vivid picture on displacement and the potential to move low income people out of their neighborhoods and local schools

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“I Am Not Your Negro’

Documentary opens in theaters Friday

The incendiary new documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” a journey into black history that connects the past to the present, opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, Feb. 3

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African Dance Troupe Benefit

The Kukatonon Children's African Dance Troupe presents its annual benefit on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Madeleine Parish Hall, 3123 N.E. 24th Ave.

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PCC Names New Board Chair

Thorne-Ladd is first black woman to lead panel

The Portland Community College Board of Directors Thursday named Kali Thorne-Ladd as chair of the board from her previous position as vice chair. She is the first African-American woman to serve as PCC’s board chair, and at 39 years old, she is also the youngest. Thorne-Ladd represents north Portland and portions of Columbia County on the seven-member governing panel.

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Cascade Films Promote Cultural Understanding

African film fest opens with 23 vibrant films

The 27th annual Cascade Festival of African Films takes off this week in north and northeast Portland offering an exciting month of screening 23 vibrant films from across the African continent to inspire a bridge of cultural understanding with the community.

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Black Mozart Tribute Concert

In honor of Black History Month, Portland’s Baroque Orchestra will perform Black Mozart: Chevalier Saint-Georges, on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Kaul Auditorium at Reed College in southeast Portland.

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