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Big Bang of Peace

Passerbys of the north Portland intersection of Killingworth Court and Borthwick Street will almost surely notice its newest instillation; a street mural of peace. Painted by members of the Multnomah County young-adult group Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere.

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Sharing Memories with Freeman Williams

Basketball great back on campus to preview film about his life

A recent screening of "Inner City of Champions" took place on the Portland State University campus and allowed Viking fans, boosters, teammates, athletes and staff to express their affection for legendary PSU basketball star Freeman Williams.

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A Good Investment for Our Community

Diversity training is a step we should embrace

Roy Jay says the recent diversity training exclusively for and by white people, attended by city leaders like Mayor Charlie Hales and police chief Mike Reese "is an important step in a journey that will help make our entire community better."

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Celebrating Kirk Reeves

Mural to memorialize popular bridge performer

Commuters going across the Hawthorne Bridge in years past often got a glimpse of Kirk Reeves, playing his trumpet and performing magic tricks; now the late Portland staple will be memorialized in paint.

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Hired for Summer Jobs

County grows program for youth who face challenges

Young people are getting to work this summer with a SummerWorks job program now underway for the sixth year in a row. Since 2009, Multnomah County has contracted with the non-profit Worksystems, Inc., to hire 2,617 young people between ages 16 and 21 in jobs that gain them work experience critical to their long-term success.

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Black Rose Hosts Bestselling Author

Portland’s Black Rose Books invites the community to welcome national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley for a reading and signing of her newest work at the North Portland Library Meeting Room, 512 N. Killingswoth St., Tuesday, July 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Author Promotes Explosive Novel

Portland young adult fiction writer Boss Amanishakhete does not shy away from the controversy. Instead she takes it head on in her latest installment the Tippy Ellis Story 3 “Holla Me Bad,” where she’s passionate about creating fiction with characters to which today’s youth can relate.

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Silence the Violence!

Youth take a stand to stop the community bloodshed

Youth lead a demonstration in McCoy Park in response to a recent rash of shootings, some fatal this summer to tell the community "Silence the Violence!"

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Dawson Unveiling

Historic park ready for new memories

The $2.7 million city-led move to renovate north Portland's Dawson Park comes with new amenities, and nods to the local Black community in the quick changing neighborhood.

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Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem

Mayor falls short in response to gang violence

A Portland mother says to Mayor Charlie Hales, "If these kids grow up to kill a man in the park or shoot a kid on the street that means you’re doing something wrong."

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Man Killed Outside Club

Gunshots rang out in the parking lot of a strip club in southeast Portland early Saturday, killing one man and wounding three other men and a woman. It happened around 3:15 a.m. at Soobie’s Bar & Grill at 333 S.E. 122nd Ave.

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Play about broken relationships and other works highlight Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Our 'Opinionated Judge' takes on the Oregon Shakespeare festival play 'Water By the Spoon' examining the sometimes messy and beautiful connections that make family relationships.

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U of O Senior Earns Scholarship

Kelsy L. Alston, an upcoming senior at the University of Oregon, was the first recipient of 40 $1,000 journalism scholarships awarded by the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation scholarship committee during the NNPA’s annual convention June 25-28 in Portland.

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In Loving Memory

Andria Wysingle Jones

Andria Wysingle Jones died June 30, 2014 at the age 53 after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 5, 1961 in Portland to Johnetta Wysingle and Thad Spencer. She attended Lincoln High School and lived in Portland all of her life, raising two sons, Jelani and DeNorris.

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A Hidden History

Scholar Walidah Imarisha to lead civil rights talk

Local residents are invited to hear PSU Black Studies professor Walidah Imarisha speak on the history of racism in Oregon when the Oregon State Bar Civil Rights Section hosts a public commemoration for the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on Thursday, July 10 at 7:15 p.m. at the Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 N.E. Knott St.

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‘Hair Haven’ Passion

'Hair Haven' in downtown Gresham, is the culmination of a passion for healthy, natural, hair stemmed in Black cultural design.

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In Loving Memory

Billie McKenzie

Billie McKenzie made her final transition into eternity with our Lord God Almighty, June 17, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

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Revisiting Alberta

Proposed new look at issues comes with racial lens

Two longtime Portland educators are looking to revive a 1992 student-led study of the economy of Alberta Street, for the new millennium.

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Black Girl in Suburbia

Filmmaker explores racial ignorance and alienation of suburbia

“Black Girl in Suburbia” is a documentary exploring the tales of women of African descent, some still in school, some long past graduation, who were primarily raised and educated in mostly white communities.

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Portland Musician Remembered

Mel Solomon

Long time Portland resident and blues musician Mel Solomon, formerly of “Hank Ballard's Midnighters”, died Monday, June 23 after living with diabetes for many years, according to family and friends.

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