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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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Police Officer Posts Sanctioned

Inflammatory behavior cited in Ferguson officer support

Portland Police Chief orders three of its officers to take down images from their personal Facebook page that used the bureau's badge in support of Ferguson officer.

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Pinnacle of Success

PCC unveils championship banners

Sometimes, when the hard work is done, it’s good to sit back and just have a moment. The 2013-14 Portland Community College men’s basketball team had their moment on Nov. 17 when a crowd of well-wishers filled the Cascade Campus gym in north Portland for the official unveiling of PCC’s first-ever division and conference championship banners.

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Dental Care for Disadvantaged

Representatives of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington accept a donation of $50,000 from Walmart as a group of associates from the company volunteered last Friday helping patients and providers. "This grant allows us to continue providing dental care to the low-income, uninsured and under-insured people in our community," said Free Clinic Dental Program Manager Carolyn Noack. "We are extremely grateful."

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Paying Heavily for their Political Failures

Democrats ditch the working stiff

Dick Tuck, the legendary political prankster and wit, once ran for local office in San Francisco and lost. His concession speech, in its entirety: “The people have spoken — the bastards.”

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Police, Brutality and the Prevalence of Racial Bias

Increasing trust between police and the community

What is community policing? In the wake of increased shootings in Ferguson and around the country, there has been a renewed public interest in the role of police, the extent of police brutality, and the prevalence of racial bias.

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In Loving Memory

William Woods Sr.

A memorial service for William Harold Woods Sr., who died peacefully at home with loving family members present on Oct.30, 2014, will be Held Friday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 5828 N.E. Eighth Ave.

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Support Saves Landmark

A nonprofit affordable housing development and property management company that builds housing for low-income families announced Thursday that it will be constructing and rehabilitating 108 affordable housing units in Portland and Hillsboro.

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Oregon's Hidden Past

Paintings Depict Historical Cultural Roots

Portland artist Anna Magruder loves painting people from the past and her new series of historic surrealist paintings portray some of the hidden stories involving people of color behind Oregon's history.

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Uphill Battle Ahead

Housing leader faces multiple challenges

A new leader has stepped into the fraught Portland housing crisis. Home Forward, the housing authority for Portland and Multnomah County, has recently appointed a new executive director, Michael Buonocore, who is walking into a housing situation in which gentrification is rampant and people of color are being pushed out of their neighborhoods at a faster rate than ever before.

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Terror on a Portland Street

Veteran helps woman and nearly loses his life

A Portland veteran needs help with devastating medical bills but is thankful to be alive after being stabbed in the heart when he came to the aid of a female in distress on a southeast Portland street.

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Closer to the Finish Line on School Disparities

A giant step forward for poor children

With opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education offers new hope and protection from discrimination.

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Spinners Front Holiday Event

Roy Jay’s annual benefit to feature Motown superstars

One of the biggest holiday events for Portland returns when the legendary Motown super stars, The Spinners headline the annual Roy Jay Spam and Velveeta Holiday benefit, on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Oregon Convention Center.

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Multi-Ethnic Salon Opens

A young man from northeast Portland has turned his dreams of owning a barbershop serving a multi-ethnic and multi-generational clientele into reality.

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In Loving Memory

Frelimo Amili

Frelimo Amili, also known as Freddie Mitchell Whitlow was born Jan. 7, 1951, in Vancouver, to Annie Ruth Whitlow and Freddie Mitchell Ford. He was the third of eight siblings.

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