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We Are Better Together

Portland Observer Publisher Mark Washington was Mayor Ted Wheeler’s “We are Better Together” guest and Outlaw was the forum speaker, sharing her experience and reflections as a young officer rising through the ranks of the Oakland Police Department, her brief tenure in Portland as the first African American female chief, and her plans to make a difference in our community.

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Kenton Street Fair Sunday

A free event open to all ages, the Kenton Street Fair will showcase local businesses, food and music on Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on North Denver Avenue between Schofield and Willis streets.

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On Maternal Healthcare, Race Trumps Everything

There are so many lies in American popular culture, beginning with the moment we’re born – in the maternity ward. Several studies demonstrate that racism in America kills black expectant mothers and their newborn babies, but popular culture tells us that they are receiving the best health care.

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In Loving Memory

Jimmy L. Lockhart

Jimmy L. Lockhart was born April 18, 1934 and died April 28, 2018.

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Samson Gets To Know Herd

The encounter last week was the first since he arrived at the zoo on April 11 as caregivers begin to introduce the Asian elephant to his new family.

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New Heights for Jazz Trombonist

Javier Nero, a young jazz trombonist, composer and bandleader who grew up in Portland and Vancouver, is slated to record his first full professional studio album in the coming weeks and a crowd sourcing campaign has been launched to help him cover the expenses.

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Dismantling Barriers

“Fences’ drama at Portland Playhouse

Portland Playhouse presents ‘Fences’ another August Wilson play with an amazing African-American narrative where the issues of mental health and racism undergird a powerful and engaging script.

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‘Left Hook’ to Displacement

New play premieres for Vanport Mosaic

A new play that touches on the history of displacement in 1970s Portland, where hundreds of homes and businesses were razed in historical black neighborhoods, will debut as part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival.

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Legacy Fabricator Killed

Community in shock after 85-Year-old murdered

Community members of a northeast Portland neighborhood have been stunned by the murder of an 85-year-old man whose welding shop was a landmark of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

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Writing to Make a Difference

Local playwright debuts new work after injury

Kwik Jones is set to premiere his new play, “Jupiter is Stormy” for a free one-day-only showing during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

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Malcolm X’s Daughter to Visit

Activist to keynote Portland NAACP event

Ilasah Shabazz is coming to Portland Saturday, May 26 to be the keynote speaker at a fundraising brunch by the Portland NAACP.

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Activists Remember Her Name

A memorial for Kendra James was put up on the Skidmore Street overpass above I-5 over the weekend in the same section of road where she was killed in a officer involved shooting 15 years ago.

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Activists Form Mother’s Day Bail Out

The activist group Portland’s Resistance started a crowd funding campaign Sunday to bail out moms so they can reunite with their children on Mother’s Day.

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Engineering Major Finds Success

Mt. Hood Community College student Victor Ogelle has long had a fascination with computers and robotics, stemming back to his secondary school days in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Free Fishing Clinics Begin

The Mt. Hood National Forest will be hosting its annual Free Youth Fishing Clinics starting on Saturday, May 12 for the Barlow Ranger District and Saturday, May 19 for the Hood River Ranger District, both kicking off at 8 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m.

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Youth Media Film Screenings

A showcase of final films produced by local youth to inspire their own stores of what it means to grow up black in Portland is ready for a night of public screenings.

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Happy Birthday George!

George Kelly of Portland (seated, center) celebrates his 94th birthday with his family and friends, including (pictured from left) Brenda Prevot, Kevin Kelly and Gail Lane, who came from Texas and Tennessee, and Tony Holman of Portland.

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In Loving Memory

James Ray Burns

A homecoming memorial service for James Ray Burns, who passed away April 11, 2018, will be held Saturday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Genesis Community Fellowship, 5425 N.E. 27th Ave.

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Beaverton Library Book Sale

Thousands of used books, movies and music will be available for purchase at unbeatable prices at the first ever spring book and media sale at the Beaverton City Library Main branch.

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Close Encounters at the Zoo

New behind-the-scenes animal encounter tours at the Oregon zoo range from a painting session with macaw artists Pele and Makani to a meet-and-greet with the zoo’s lively Humboldt penguin colony.

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