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Uplifting Black History Performance

Group of artists takes you on the journey

A group of local artists will take you on the breathtaking, soul encompassing journey through a series of performances that are perfect for family outings, groups, classrooms and more. Pacific University’s Black Student Union invites the public to enjoy the 8th annual theatrical production of Who I Am at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center at 2014 Cedar Street in Forest Grove.

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Budding Actors Hone Skills

Celebrating a playwright of color and performers of all colors

Portland area students are getting exposed to the work of the late Pulitzer Prize winning and African American playwright August Wilson in a real theater experience. Sixteen high school students are finalists for parts in a local acting competition’s final round. The Portland August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional Finals are produced and presented by the Red Door Project, and co-hosted by Portland Center Stage.

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Portland International Film Festival Comes to Life

Screenings get past weather warnings

The Portland International Film Festival trudges on through all kinds of weather -- and I found a decent turnout at the screenings I attended

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A Tough Act to Follow

The GOP's melodrama over the Affordable Care Act is a joke

The GOP's Unaffordable We Don't Care Act

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Oregon as ‘Whitelandia’

Film examines the state’s racial dealings past and present

Two Oregon filmmakers looking to examine the state's tumultuous racial dealing with documentary "Whitelandia".

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Change Agent

Issues of race and disability move into the spotlight

Issues of race and disability have moved into the spotlight at City Hall thanks to Portland’s first ever Office of Equity and Human Rights. Dante J. James, the office’s first bureau director, presented an annual report on the work accomplished by the department to the full City Council last month and recently met with the Portland Observer to help build public support for the mission.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Group Formed

A Northwest spinoff of the Sisters Network Inc. , the group will host meetings every second Saturday at the Key Delta Community Center located at 5940 N. Albina Ave.

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Speaker to Address Climate Justice

Warren Washington, a pioneer in the development of the climate models that are used to evaluate humankind’s impact on the global environment, will speak on climate change, societal impacts and environmental justice on Thursday, Feb. 13 as part of the Black History Month events at Lewis & Clark College.

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Judge to Share Her Pioneering Journey

Black History Month at Portland Community College

The centerpiece to Portland Community College's Black History Month celebrations is the inspiring journey of the Honorable Adrienne Nelson, a judge with the Multnomah County Circuit Court.

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In Loving Memory

Jessie Mae Petties-Cox

A memorial service for Jessie Mae Petties-Cox will be held Friday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. at Mallory Church of Christ, 3908 N.E. Mallory Ave.

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International Films Hit Portland

Diverse lineup promises another great run

It's time for one of Portland’s highlights of the year: The Portland International Film Festival. For the last 37 years, the Northwest Film Center has been hosting PIFF and its diverse array of films to screen over two glorious weeks in February. It's such a brilliant opportunity to see films from all over the world, most of which you won't ever see in wide release and many of which may be hard to find after the festival runs its course.

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Healing Hurt People Lecture

Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia a Portland native, and licensed and board-certified psychiatrist in the state of Oregon is set to keynote a Black History Month lecture at Oregon Health Sciences University.

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Night of Comedy a Valentine Twist

Stories from the dark side of dating

Advocates of Planned Parenthood offer a unique twist on Valentine's Day with "It's Not Me, It's You: Stories from the Dark Side of Dating," a night of comedy on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Mission Theater, 1623 N.W. Glisan St.

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Great Divide of Income Inequality

The growing gap between rich and poor

“Income inequality” has become the political buzzword of 2014. President Obama has made it a central theme of his second term. Both progressive Democrats and conservative Republicans in Congress are making it a focus of this year’s mid-term elections, and leading voices for human rights have called on government and business leaders to take immediate action to close the income gap for the sake of long-term economic and social stability. "--Marc H. Morial president of National Urban League

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Trader Joes deal collapses after public outcry

It's back to the table for PDC and the community

After Trader Joes decision to pull out of a deal that would have brought the specialty grocer to a prime piece of land in the heart of of Portland's historic African-American community, leaves the community, leaders, business owners, and the city questioning what is next for what has one of the most complicated and controversial sites in town.

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My Walk Has Never Been Average

On stage with black women in non-traditional jobs

What is it like to be a black woman working in the construction trades in America? And if I’m not that woman, why should I care? How does her life impact mine? The answer to that question will become apparent when you join the August Wilson Red Door Project and Portland Playhouse.

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Through the Eyes of Africans

Cascade Festival of African Films to entertain and inform

Portland Community College's 24th Cascade Festival of African Films brings 19 films and two African directors

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Connecting with ‘Her’

Joaquin Phoenix navigates technology in search for love

A lovely and heartfelt film

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Portland Leader Improving Lives

Honored by Concordia University

Kay Toran, president and chief executive officer of Volunteers of America, will receive Concordia University’s 3rd Annual Gov. Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award.

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And Then There Was 4

Bridge name finalists rooted in cultural significance

After a fierce search for the right name for the new light rail bridge under construction over the Willamette River, a committee of 10 has finally narrowed the list of possibilities to four names that meet criteria for cultural and geographic significance.

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