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NEWS BRIEFS

Kenton Library Hosts African American Genealogy Event Dec. 2

Stephen Hanks to present on genealogy resources and methods ...

PSU Hires New Police Chief

Donnell Tanksley brings policing philosophy rooted in community engagement to PSU ...

African American Portraits Exhibit at PAM Ends Dec. 29

Towards the end of its six month run, exhibit conveys the Black experience, late 1800s - 1990s ...

SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

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Black Celebrities, Athletes and Politicians Must Respect the Black Press

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Local Author Visits North Portland Library

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Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) talks about the FBI’s misguided report on “Black Identity Extremism” and negative Facebook ads. ...

ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Bruce Poinsette of The Skanner News

Joe Louis Walker

The Oregon Food Bank will be kicking off its 26th Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival July 4.

Not only is it the largest Blues festival west of the Mississippi, but it's the Food Bank's largest fundraiser. 100 percent of the proceeds and pass revenue will go to the Food Bank to support its mission of eliminating hunger.

The festival runs from July 4-7. Suggested donation for the first three days is at least $10 and two cans of food. Entrance on July 7, or Sensational Sunday, will require a festival pass.

Some of the scheduled performers include the Taj Mahal Trio, the Hot 8 Brass Band, Nikki Hill and Blues Hall-of-Famer Joe Louis Walker.

"I feel that music can be transformational in so many ways for positive effects and reasons," says Walker. "I've played all kinds of places all over the world but when it's something like this, it's close to my heart because I do feel like we need to take care of one another.

"It's no mistake that the Blues and the Food Bank are connected in this because it's the same thing. If you don't have food you've got some serious Blues."



Walker also emphasizes that the Blues is universal. He says that Shakespeare was one of the first Blues guys because he spoke to people going through tribulations.

Many genres like Rock, Punk and Rap came from the Blues, he points out.

"Like Muddy Waters said, 'Blues had a baby and they called it Rock & Roll,'" says Walker.

"I've played all over the world. Blues is the one music that is synonymous with credibility.

"Once you're a blues fan, you're always a blues fan."



For more information, go to http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/.

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