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Cervante Pope

Stories by Cervante

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Brothers of Color

Lincoln forms diverse group to build community

Minority students at Lincoln High School band together to form a club tailored to create and support their own sense of community

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Preserving Black Portland

Gordly family home to be cultural center

The childhood home of our first black female center is to be turned into an African American cultural center.

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Write-in Campaign for Sheriff

‘Don’t Shoot’ activist Raiford seeks votes

Don’t Shoot Portland founder and police reform activist Teressa Raiford has announced the launch of a write-in campaign for Multnomah County sheriff.

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Catching the ‘Thriller’ Craze

Michael Jackson hit recreated for a good cause

Worldwide project Thrill the World plays on Michael Jackson's haunting hit.

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President Obama Endorses Brown

Releases exclusive video message

President Obama sought to do one more thing before leaving office and that’s endorse Oregon gubernatorial incumbent Kate Brown.

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Voting Begins

Large ballot packed with candidates, issues

Ballots are due back by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8.

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Obama’s Local Endorsement

Incumbent Kate Brown sees presidential support

Obama wants Oregon to continue having "real leadership in Kate Brown."

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Historic Artist in Black Smithsonian

Portland niece thrilled with aunt’s selection

Last month, the Smithsonian bought Thelma Johnson Streat’s “Medicine and Transportation Mural” to be part of the new African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington D.C

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Battle Lines Grow

No let down in fight for police reforms

“We need politicians who will run outside of City Hall and help the injured get to safety, not ones who direct a militarized police force to beat women and children.”

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Tuesday Voter Registration Deadline

Make your voice heard

In Oregon, Tuesday, Oct. 18 is the last day to register to vote to participate in the upcoming election.

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New roots for legacy clinic

Move to Alberta keeps focus on underserved

On Oct. 17 North by Northeast will have a new home that thankfully will still be located in the heart of the community it serves.

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Strip Club Murder Confession

Rinita Linelle Lowe confessed to the murder of Shantina Turner that occurred in June of this year.

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Pushed from the Agenda

Mayor’s labor deal with police draws opposition

“You serve the community first, and then you serve the police second.”

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Serving Up Chinese Vegan Dishes

Yuan Su solves the lack of great Chinese food options for the vegan population.

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Boutique Owner has Love for Fashion

Northeast Portland’s Thirty27 Boutique translates one woman’s love of family and fashion into a trendy and affordable clothing locale for the working girl.

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Couple Hooked on Vintage

Shop specializes in affordable treasures

Those that love sifting through treasures from the sartorial past should check out Sugar Mountain Vintage.

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Preparing the Next Generation of Athletes

Certified trainer opens sports facility

ProForce Athletics specializes in providing specific and professionalized sports training, with an emphasis on speed strength and sprint mechanics.

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Success Follows Photographer for Hire

Naim Hasan's photography background stems back 15 years with experience in shooting portraits, corporate events, product photos and more.

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Chef Grows Recipe into Best Eats Venue

Dubs St. Johns serves customers and community

Dub's St. Johns serves everything from brisket, to catfish, to cheesecake, while also being able to accommodate vegetarian diets and vegan ones upon advanced notice.

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Entrepreneur Inspired by Sneaker Culture

Establishes Deadstock Coffee after work at Nike

Young and creative entrepreneur Ian Williams followed his impresario path from start to finish.

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Bison Coffeehouse Stands Out

Business venture starts with a dream

Bison Coffeehouse stands out among the other caffeinated establishments in town.

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Mural Artist Rises to Top of Profession

Race and culture rooted in Arvie Smith’s works

Smith has had his work shown in many of the world’s top cities for art, among them New York, New Orleans and Florence, Italy.

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Focused on Equity

Diversity paramount for new PDC leader

New Portland Development Commission director wants to ensure that the people who benefit from new business growth and jobs include people of color and other disadvantaged groups.

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Inspired by Tennis Greats

A young Portlander won the nationally recognized NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay Contest.

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Low Income Fares Wanted

Transit advocates push for reduced costs

OPAL is asking TriMet to adopt a reduced fare for low-income riders as part of a larger strategy to support sustainable growth and livability in the Portland area.

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Youth Mentoring from the Start

Coalition of Black Men has made a difference for 28 years

The Coalition of Black Men has successfully combated negative opinions of black men in Portland for the last 28 years.

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Camera Captures Shooting

Detectives release video to help solve case

Portland police have released a video of a shooting in hopes that the public can aid in figuring out what happened.

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Fixing the Taps

A safe water promise as classes begin

Information snowballed to the public in regards to hidden issues on the presence of lead in PPS water faucets, leaving parents and children alike with elevated concern.

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You Can Now Text 911

New technology debuts in Portland area

Multnomah County residents can now text 911 in the case of an emergency.

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Wheeler’s Black Leader

Mayor-elect to promote top official

Henderson will be the first African American male to hold such a position in Portland.

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Club Owner Sues City

Claims exotica was shut down unfairly

Donna Thames seeks to prove the closing of her business was less due to criminal activity and more due to the color of her clientele.

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Standing Up to Violence

Three brothers catch racism in action

What the brothers caught on video is both shocking and somehow not surprising at all.

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Empowered for Disasters

Residential response teams form to protect us from the big one

Show community resilience by joining your local NET faction.

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Holding Ground

Springwater Corridor residents fight eviction

“Thirty days is still just 30 days.”

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Preschool Promise Adverse to Albina Head Start

New requirements fail kids of color, advocates say

An attempt to increase the quality of preschool instructors in the process risks isolating kids of color.

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Protests and Vigils

Community and police respond to shootings

A sweeping march in downtown Portland happened before the Dallas violence on Thursday in the wake of the officer-involved shootings.

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Teens Create App for Summer Activities

“I Am A #ForceOf” gives youth good alternatives

The idea is to promote safe and productive activities as an alternative to gangs and other less productive pursuits this summer.

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Tax on the Sweet

Initiative wants to tax sugary drinks for kids’ benefit

A new petition initiative seeks to counteract Multnomah County’s high rates of heart disease, tooth decay and diabetes, specifically in children.

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SEI to Close Academy

Student services will transfer to re-opened middle schools

The return of the classic middle school structure to PPS sees the end of the Academy's era.

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Spreading Cultural Harmony

Local leader promotes peace and tolerance

Leonard joins peacemakers Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Pope Frances and many others in receiving the international Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Award.

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Police Command Shake Up

New chief takes oath and makes changes

Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea will be replaced by Captain Mike Marshman, Mayor Charlie Hales announced Monday.

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Power of Blues Fights Hunger

Warfield to lead Prince tribute at Blues festival

For the last 29 years, the Oregon Food Bank has used the emotional power of blues music to help pacify hunger.

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Hope for Oak Leaf

Affordable housing tax could save mobile home park

An affordable housing tax could save the homes of the Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park residents.

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Third Death at Strip Club

Skinn’s stabbing revives community concerns

The death of a dancer at a northeast Portland strip club revives community concerns.

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Horror, Anger and Healing

Pride week dampened by gay club massacre

Portland’s Pride celebration is kicking off this week from a place of condolence and concern of safety after Orlando's events.

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Alarm Grows Over Toxins

Public health responds to widening threat

Multnomah County Health Department officials are responding to the growing public concerns.

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Police Panel Departure Explained

Kathleen Saadat has indicated that discord surrounding police reform issues did not influence her decision to retire

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YouthPass Sought for All

Justice groups point to unequal treatment

YouthPass doesn’t reach past the attendance areas of the Portland School District and a group of students are trying to change that.

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Important Screenings

Komen reaches out for breast health

“The statistics in the African American community are alarming, and we need to do something to address the disparities."

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Jefferson Relay Team Pride

Congratulations to the boys 4X100 Relay team at Jefferson High School for a successful season by pushing themselves to the limit.