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Power Vocals

Portland powerhouse vocalist Liv Warfield closes out the year by clutching a highly coveted Soul Train award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.

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Focus on Basic Human Needs

Focusing on basic human services such as emergency shelters, housing and hunger, Bank of America just announced that they are awarding $104,707 to six nonprofits in the Portland area.

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Writer Wins Prestigious Award

Acclaim for debut novel ‘The Residue Years’

A black author from Portland has just won a major literary award for his debut novel. Mitchell S. Jackson, who went to Portland schools and graduated from Portland State University, was just named the winner of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation's annual Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for his novel, “The Residue Years”.

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Shaft Comic Book Debut

A new comic book series, “Shaft,” based off the popular 1970s film series is hitting bookshelves thanks to local publisher Bridge City Comics and Portland author David Walker.

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Housing Crisis

Faith leaders tackle gentrification with Mayor and Housing Bureau

More and more black families are having trouble keeping homes they already own and families that dream of buying a home are finding it almost impossible to find places within the city limits that fit their budgets.

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Growth with a Justice Lens

TriMet construction helps level the playing field

When it opens in 2015, the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project will improve transit and connections throughout the region. But the project has been benefiting the community since construction began in 2011, especially small firms owned by people of color and women, or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms.

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Wreaths Support Parks Programs

Portland Parks and Recreation hosts its annual wreath sale fundraiser

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Congratulations Lady Tigers

The Trinity Lutheran School Lady Tigers are playing some great volleyball and becoming great ambassadors for the northeast Portland school. The team participated in a 32 team tournament in Coos Bay earlier this fall and won four matches to get to the finals and a second place finish.

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Spirit of Thanksgiving

University of Portland students brightened the homes of 175 north Portland families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday. Residence hall social justice coordinators Phu Nguyen, Angela Hudson, Claire Kenneally and Tyler Tennant recruited 12 other volunteers to deliver food baskets. Making it all possible were donations from students; Bridgetown, a local service organization; and Bon Appetit, the university’s food service company.

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In Loving Memory

A beloved Salvadoran local passes away

The community celebrates the life of a beloved local man.

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Immigration Action Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Workers who deserve to live without fear of deportation

Undocumented workers aren’t the only ones who suffer because of our broken immigration system. Thousands of U.S. citizen children live in fear of losing their parents due to immigration enforcement operations.

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A Path Forward in Prosecuting Ferguson Cop

Follow Bush and support federal charges

On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was sickened and "outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops. A year later following the acquittal of four of the police officers by a Simi Valley jury with no blacks on it, Bush ordered then Attorney General William Barr to begin the process of slapping federal civil rights charges on the officers.

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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!

A rallying cry in midst of upheaval

Portland becomes one of the leading cities to join in solidarity with Ferguson, drawing thousands of protesters into the streets on a near daily basis.

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Da Vinci School Arts Fair

One of the more popular holiday fairs in Portland, the fair offers the ideal shopping venue for handcrafted gifts made from all sorts of art forms. There is also live music, hands-on art activities, a cafe, and a selection of student artwork for sale.

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Elevating Hip Hop in Africa

Mic Crenshaw, a Portland hip-hop performer, community activist and KBOO co-manager, embarked on a visit to Africa in November as a way of elevating hip hop culture and a form of expression that is creative and revolutionary, a counterforce to all forms of oppression to thousands of young people.

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Deranged Comedy on Main Stage

John San Nicolas as the Ghost of Jacob Marley and Craig Cackowski as Scrooge in Portland Center Stage’s deranged comedy ‘Twist Your Dickens.’ The spoof from The Second City’s A Christmas Carol by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort is now playing through Dec. 24 on the theater’s Main Stage.

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Arresting Power

Local filmmakers plan January release

“Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon” is a new documentary that chronicles the expansive history of police brutality against Portlanders from all walks of life, as well as local efforts to push back against this oppression.

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Supporting the Senior Community

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith visited the Meals on Wheels location on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Friday to show support for the program. Wyden spoke openly addressing hunger and food insecurity for elderly communities.

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'Gone Girl' Dreadfully Disappoints

Film short on believability and promotes stereotypes

Is this a movie or an endurance test?

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Decision Ignites Protests

Activists in solidarity after Ferguson officer goes free

Portland civil rights activists joined voices across the country in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer for the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri.

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