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Navigating character, tradition and fate

‘In Bloom’ has teenage friends dealing with the world on their own terms

Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega reviews "In Bloom", a film that sees teenage friends dealing with the world on their own terms.

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Youth Employment Support

African American chamber helps with computers

Through the combined efforts of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and a generous equipment donation from CenturyLink, the chamber was recently able to provide enough refurbished computer systems to upgrade the student learning lab at the Youth Employment Institute.

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Recasting Trader Joes

Mayor meets with community to revive controversial project

The public outcry that led to specialty grocer Trader Joe’s pullout of a city-negotiated economic development project in the heart of Portland’s historic African American community may get reversed if the mayor and other city leaders are successful in new efforts to recast the project. Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Dan Saltzman met with leaders of the African-American community, neighborhood, and business representatives at City Hall in an effort to bring the popular retail chain back, perhaps with more compromises for all parties at the table.

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“16 Bars” Going WorldWide

Local emcee boasts global exposure following debut release

Rapper/songwriters has amassed a huge following of fans across the states and the world at large following the release of his debut project "16 Bars". This output finds Bars exhibiting his often eclectic range, spinning on the usual braggadocio-train that’s expected from rappers, to moments of humbleness and vulnerability.

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Opportunity Shines

Housing advocate honored at retirement

Home Forward has honored longtime board member Lee Moore in a big way after his announcement of retirement. A community building at the housing agency’s latest HOPE VI re-development, Stephens Creek Crossing in southwest Portland will be named “The Lee E. Moore Sr. Opportunity Center” in honor of Moore’s advocacy for housing programs.

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Roosevelt Design Needs Your Help

Future and current Roosevelt High School families, neighbors and citizens are encouraged to give their input as the Roosevelt High School modernization project has moved to an exciting stage. Planning efforts are now focused on schematic design in which the layout of educational spaces and common areas are envisioned.

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A Spotlight on Women in Film

Portland’s POWFest opens Thursday

The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival, a.k.a. POWFest, kicks off its 7th consecutive year with screenings, Thursday, March 6 through Sunday, March 9 at the Hollywood Theatre in northeast Portland.

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A Witness for Justice and the Common Good

Using religion to discriminate is not new

"One of the privileges of living in the United States is the freedom to speak out and step forth on any variety of issues. The public square in the United States provides the platform for our voices to be heard, whether we agree or disagree on the topic at hand."--Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo

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Hip-Hop Shakedown

Show comes to abrupt end after police swarm club

The shutdown of a Hip Hop show in SE Portland sheds light on a longstanding complaint that "Hip Hop is being targeted by the City of Portland".

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New Stewardship

Community radio station hires local activists

Monica Beemer and Mic Crenshaw, two very well-known local non-profit leaders begin their stewardship at KBOO this month. They’ll share the duties of Station Manager.

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Liv Warfield Makes it Big

Powerhouse vocalist in national spotlight

Portland powerhouse vocalist Liv Warfield is having a breakout year. Warfield had her national TV debut last month with a stunning performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where she performed a song from her new album’s lead track, "Why Do You Lie."

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The Oscars and My 10 Best Films of 2013

Some wonderful films get the attention they deserve

Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega reflects on her 10 favorite films of 2013 in preparation for this years upcoming Oscars

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The Black Experience

Local author weaves personal tales into fascinating read

A debut book of poetry about the pain of political prisoners and the power of the black American experience intricately weaves personal tales into a fascinating read. The author, Walidah Imarisha, is local activist and professor of Black Studies at Portland State University. The Portland Observer’s Donovan M. Smith sat down with Imarisha at Powell’s Bookstore to discuss the inspirations behind “Scars/Stars” and to dig into the nuances behind her work.

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PCC Men's Basketball Win First Title

Coach shatters losing ways with PCC's first ever post season birth

Portland Community College's basketball squad has earned their first title in school history after defeating Pierce College in a 92-86 bout. The win is highlighted by the fact that just two seasons ago, the PCC basketball squad capped of their season with 0 wins.

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White Fighter Pilots Saved by Black Squadron

Thanks for bringing Uncle Don Home

At the Tuskegee Alabama Army Airfield in the early 1940s a group of young black men would come to not only meet the arduous task of becoming Air Force fighter pilots, they would make an incredible mark in history for their pilot prowess and become a shining example in the fight against racism.

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Bringing Cultural Awareness to Campus

‘We can’t forget the community we come from’

Staci White reminds us of the importance of the Black Student Union at PCC and knowing African history.

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Drawing to a Final Verdict

Ancer L. Haggerty reflects on journey to and from the bench

Judge Ancer L. Haggerty seems to prefer to let his distinctions and accomplishments shine for themselves. The journey that saw him go from just another face in the Marines to making history as both the first African-American federal judge and first black circuit court judge in Oregon was not necessarily what he envisioned for himself early on.

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Favorites to Watch

It’s the final stretch for Portland International Film Festival

Our 'Opinionated Judge' reviews films from the final stretch of this year's Portland International Film Festival.

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Relating to the African-American Experience

Black Resource Center going strong

The Black Resource Collection in the North Portland Library is home to a vast collection of materials concerning worldwide black culture. The compilation of items of over 7,000 materials-strong consists of various books, periodicals, films and music relating to the African-American and overall black experience.

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Cully Park Closer to Reality

Northeast site gets $1.25 million for construction

The future building of Thomas Cully Park in northeast Portland is moving ahead thanks to new $1.25 million investment by the city of Portland. Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced last week that the funding comes from System Development Charges – money raised from construction development, rather than general fund tax dollars.

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