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Let it Flow for Smooth Jazz

Jones fronts salute to Grover Washington Jr.

Portland’s Eldon “T” Jones and his band N Touch will perform a “Let It Flow for Grover Washington Jr." concert on Friday, March 1 as part of the 2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival. The concert at 7:30 p.m. in Revolution Hall at the former Washington High School in southeast Portland will also feature Gerald Veasley and Marcus Strickland and the Delvon LaMarr Organ Trio.

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Police Cleared; Family Responds

Mayor, police chief promise additional review

The family of a legally blind and mentally challenged black man who was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting met with Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Danielle Outlaw Friday hours after a Multnomah County Grand Jury found no criminal wrongdoing against the police officer involved in the shooting.

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Armed Police Get Nod

PSU recommendation at odds with campus survey

A special board meeting at Portland State University has been scheduled for next Thursday, March 7 after consultants hired by the university released a report Friday recommending keeping armed officers at PSU even as it presented a new survey showing a slim majority on campus were opposed.

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Honoring Unsung Women

The community is invited to celebrate Women’s History Month and explore the complex and inspirational roles black women play as positive role models when the empowerment group Sistas hosts its second annual “Visibly Invisible: Honoring Our Unsung Sheroes" award ceremony.

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50 Years of Black Studies

PSU department was first in Northwest

50 years ago, Portland State became the first college in the Pacific Northwest to offer a program in black studies following the greatest decade of change for African Americans since the Civil War

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Portraits Honor Black Women

Celebrating survival and empowerment

The Multnomah Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed February Black History and Future Month and celebrated by displaying 60 portraits celebrating local black women and female artists.

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Trillium School May Close

The Portland School Board will hold a public hearing Wednesday to move forward with the termination of the district’s contract with Trillium School, a kindergarten through high school public charter school, located at 5420 N. Interstate Ave.

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Good in Hood Plans Made

Portland’s Good in the Hood multicultural festival has set a date for this year’s celebration and has elected new officers.

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Black Family Resource Fair

A resource fair and dinner for the black community of Portland to celebrate Black History Month will be hosted by the City African American Network (CAAN) on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Montavilla Community Center, 8219 N.E. Glisan St.

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Forum on Black Portland

Long-time Portland resident and Portland State University Black Studies alum Charlotte Rutherford and Cris Paschild, head of Special Collections at Portland State University, will give a special presentation on the history of Portland's black community through personal recollections and the Rutherford family collection housed at PSU's library .

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In Loving Memory

Louise Marie Burton

A celebration of life service for Louise Marie Burton will be held Monday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. at Maranatha Church, 4222 N.E. 12th Ave.

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Woman’s Death Suspicious

The death of a woman whose body was found inside of a car in southeast Portland has been called “suspicious” by police and the family of the deceased said they believe she was killed.

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Mitigating Displacement

Nonprofit breaks ground for second major build

A new 70 rental-unit affordable housing development in the heart Portland’s historic African American community began construction Friday, marking continued progress on a longtime housing provider’s effort to mitigate and reverse displacement of primarily the black community, indigenous populations, and other long-term and low-income residents, in partnership with the city of Portland.

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Friendly Texts Review

City to look for police bias in dialogue with far-right

A revelation that hundreds of text messages were exchanged between a Portland police lieutenant in charge of overseeing protests and the leader of a far-right group has spurred outrage from the mayor and other community members. Now, the mayor will allow an independent investigation of the Portland Police Bureau to look for any wrongdoing and call for added police training to help them identify white supremacist groups.

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Input Wanted on Police Body Cams

Portland Police Bureau is asking for community feedback as they move through the early stages of developing a pilot program for officers to wear cameras on their body while on duty.

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Unlikely Brotherhood

Retired cop addresses racial divide in new book

A retired black cop and a white criminal defense attorney, both from Portland, recount how their combustible relationship was transformed into a lasting friendship in ‘Unlikely Brotherhood,’ a new book that address the cultural divide between white and black America.

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PDX Jazz Fest is Back

The 16th annual 2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival — set for Wednesday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, March 3 — will include a wide array of headliners, which celebrates Black History Month. While the festival traditionally opens on a Thursday, it will kick off a day early this year with an exciting performance by New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott.

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Jazz Pianist Earns Respect

The Biamp PDX Jazz Fest will welcome the Patrice Rushen Trio with Alphono Johnson and Marvin “Smitty” Smith and special guest Ernie Watts on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Revolution Hall in the former Washington High School in southeast Portland. For tickets, visit pdxjazz.com.

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Oregon’s Black Pioneers

Largely unknown history explored in new documentary

OPB will premiere a new historical documentary on Monday, Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. called “Oregon’s Black Pioneers,” which explores the largely unknown history of African-Americans who have helped shape the state. From fur trappers and explorers, to farmers and merchants, the earliest black Oregonians lived, worked and built communities despite the racist laws of white settlers who tried to force them out.

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Performing at Linfield

Marcus Johnson, an internationally acclaimed jazz keyboardist with more than 18 Billboard-charted CDs, will present a free concert open to the public on Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield College in McMinnville.

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