12-16-2017  2:40 pm      •     
MLK Breakfast
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NEWS BRIEFS

Exhibit Explores the Legacy of Portland Bird Watchers

Dedicated bird watchers catapult a conservationist movement ...

Special Call for Stories about the Spanish Flu

Genealogical Forum of Oregon seeks stories from the public about one of history's most lethal outbreaks ...

Joint Office of Homeless Services Announces Severe Weather Strategy

Those seeking shelter should call 211 or visit 211.org. Neighbors needed to volunteer, donate cold-weather apparel ...

Q&A with Facebook's Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams

A conversation on diversity and the tech industry ...

City Announces Laura John as Tribal Liason

Laura John brings an extensive background in tribal advocacy and community engagement to the city of Portland ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Don’t Delay, Sign-up for Affordable Healthcare Today

The deadline to enroll or modify healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act is December 15. ...

The Skanner Editorial: Alabama Voters Must Reject Moore

Allegations of predatory behavior are troubling – and so is his resume ...

Payday Lenders Continue Attack on Consumer Protections

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending writes that two bills that favor predatory lenders has received bipartisan...

Hundreds Rallied for Meek Mill, but What About the Rest?

Lynette Monroe, a guest columnist for the NNPA Newswire, talks about Meek Mill, the shady judge that locked him up and mass...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

President Obama at 2014 White House Correspondent's dinner
The Skanner News

Our Funny President

President Obama brought out comedian Keegan-Michael Key at the White House Correspondent’s dinner. Keegan invented the role of the president’s "anger translator" for the Key and Peele, the NAACP Image Awards nominated comedy show. 

 

Portland’s Caring Rap Community

We Out Here magazine reports that Portland’s hip hop community has come together to raise funds for the family member of rap artist and concert organizer Talilo Marfil. Marfil’s 14-year-old sister is battling thyroid cancer and Hepatitis C. ( http://bit.ly/1FnEvit )

 

Police in the News: Baltimore

Baltimore police are under scrutiny after the death of Freddie Gray. Gray died after his spine was broken during an arrest. The Atlantic Magazine looks at the track record of police brutality in Baltimore in “The Brutality of Police in Baltimore."

The Guardian reports that a police supervisor suspended after Freddie Gray’s death had a record of  “intimidation and violence.” 

 

She Writes for Black People

Toni Morrison’s new book “God Help the Child” is hailed as one of her best yet. She’s been talking to NPR’s Fresh Air (http://n.pr/1ElhOwA) Mother Jones (http://bit.ly/1DaDCnq )The Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1DDtE1F ) and the Guardian.

In The Guardian’s article, ‘I’m writing for black people … I don’t have to apologise’ Morrison talks about her book, the dangers of beauty and supporting Hillary Clinton.

“For almost half a century her subject has been racial prejudice in the United States, a story that she has told and retold with a steadiness of rage and compassion. Her latest novel, God Help the Child is her 11th and when I arrive at her apartment in Tribeca, Lower Manhattan, America’s Conscience is having her eyebrows drawn on. “For the photographer,” she explains with a chuckle.

http://bit.ly/1IZj06x

 

A First at Age 102

At age 102 Harlem-based chorus dancer Alice Barker had never seen a video of herself dancing –until now. Barker danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. 

 

Michael Dyson Takes Aim at Cornel West

Pastor and scholar Michael Eric Dyson sparked controversy with his takedown of philosopher and academic Cornel West in The New Republic. West is a hero to activists because of his willingness to take to the streets and get arrested for the cause. But Dyson paints him as a man whose personality gets in the way of his prophetic mission. bit.ly/1EqPebd

 

Mideast in Crisis

In her report, US moves to block Iranian ships off Yemen, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow breaks down the crisis in the Mideast and the Mediterranean.

 

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