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Kidz On Da Track

Coaches look to push appeal of BMX further

Longtime BMX coach is looking to push appeal of sport to more inner-city youth and kids of color in general with a new team he's composing called "Kidz on Da Track".

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In Loving Memory

Janet Brown

Janet Ruth Brown was born Jan. 31, 1924 to Arthur and Jennie Brown of Buffalo, N.Y. She peacefully departed this life on March 19, 2014 in Portland.

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Health, Soul, and Dance

Get healthy while having fun with a new Sistahs4Life workout class called “Soulful Line Dancing.” Sistahs4Life was founded by local residents Selena Mitchell, Kimberly Turner-Willianson and Carletta Dizer-Malone.

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‘Whitelandia’ Film on Oregon Racism Needs Support

A full length documentary exploring the long history of racism and discrimination against black people in Oregon has launched a campaign for donations to help make the movie a success. The film ‘Whitelandia’ is in production for a 2015 release.

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Allow a Vote on Unemployment Benefits

Crucial support for people fallen on hard times

Judge Greg Mathis examines "whether or not America should maintain its commitment to a robust social safety net for our nation's working class families and other Americans that have fallen on hard times."

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Fighting Displacement

Skeptics say housing investment will not cure gentrification

A plan to increase public monies for the construction of more affordable housing units in the gentrified neighborhoods of north and northeast Portland is drawing a mixed review.

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Born For This

Rhymesayer spits purpose through the microphone

Talilo's debut album "Born for This" is highlighted by a style of rap he refers to as "chopping" and frequent moments of introspection.

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Remembering Charles Jordan

First black city commissioner inspired leadership

People from all over the city are remembering Jordan for his leadership, especially in his role as a former director of Portland Parks and Recreation.

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Report Underscores Urgency of Jobs Crisis

The racial dimensions of economic inequality

National Urban League president Marc H. Morial looks at the recent State of Black America report that shows blacks at alarming rates of unemployment and underemployment.

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Tax Credit for Mixed Income Apartments

Complex to offer below market, affordable rates

Construction has begun for a new mixed-income, multi-famly housing complex in Vancouver thanks to US Bank and the Vancouver Housing Authority which recently closed on $6.4 million of federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit for the nearly $30 million 1st Street Apartments project.

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Keeping Your Dreams Alive

Local grad excels in college and gives back

Kalauna Carter has a go-getter mentality in the world of academics that has helped her achieve. A Portland native and De La Salle graduate, Carter is attending Tuskegee University on an academic scholarship where she is majoring in Environmental Science and serving as an official community ambassador.

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Portland Youth Conference Rescheduled

Activist asks for help to make event successful

A winter snowstorm that postponed a youth summit during Black History Month will take place over two days, April 11 and April 12 at Portland State University with a concluding concert at the Blazers Boys and Girls Club. Portland activist Imani Muhammad is looking for help to make the annual event a success.

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Lorraine Hansberry’s Wisdom

Oregon Shakespeare Festival revives play by African American playwright

Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of the late Lorraine Hansberry play "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window".

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Jazz from the Past

Historic neighborhood flickers between the bricks

Blended into the façade of Innovative Housing’s newest housing complex are literal lenses to Portland’s African American history. Between the bricks at The Magnolia, 3250 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., are four iPod Touch units that run continuous loops of historical photos mixed with recent footage.

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Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Avoid serious diabetes complications with these guidelines

Diabetics have to take special care of their feet. The disease can cause peripheral neuropathy—otherwise known as nerve damage.

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Watch Out for Prediabetes

Almost everyone who has prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes

Being overweight comes with chronic disease risks, such as higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing other diseases, including diabetes, which is at epidemic levels in the black community.

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Colorectal Screening Saves Lives

Procedure can detect cancer before symptoms occur

Tami Mahrt was two years past the recommended age for colorectal cancer screening. Though she considered herself healthy at 52 years old, she finally went in for her colonoscopy and awoke from the routine procedure with shocking news. Doctors spotted a 4.5 centimeter growth in her colon and said they’d need to remove it with surgery. Mahrt, a manager of operations for the Multnomah County Employee Benefits Office, shared her story during a recent Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month presentation before the Board of County Commissioners.

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Home Forward Names New Board Member

Charlene Mashia has been appointed to Home Forward’s Board of Commissioners, replacing Lee E. Moore Sr., who retired from the local housing authority’s governing body after 12 years of service.

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Peddling Anti-LGBT Hate in Other Countries

No one should be proud of these exports

Peter Montgomery examines lawful homophobia around the world.

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Building Community

Business owner and community stalwart Sharon Maxwell launches a campaign for City Council

Sharon Maxwell makes it clear that as a long-time advocate for her community, she has been on the front lines of making Portland a better place both in terms of an improved economy and improving social conditions.

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