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NEWS BRIEFS

Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Clackamas County

Sen. Jeff Merkley to hold town hall in Clackamas County, May 30 ...

NAACP Monthly Meeting Notice, May 27, Portland

NAACP Portland invites the community to its monthly general membership meeting ...

Photos: Fundraiser for Sunshine Division's Assistance Programs

Under the Stars fundraiser took place on May 18 at the Melody Grand Ballroom ...

Portland Joins National Movement to End Prostate Cancer

Second annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk returns this June ...

Governor Kate Brown Signs Foster Children’s Sibling Bill of Rights

Current and former foster youth advocated for policy to maintain critical sibling relationships ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Ensuring the Promise of the Every Student Succeeds Act

The preservation of Thurgood Marshall's legacy is dependent upon our dedication to our children ...

CFPB Sues Ocwen Financial over Unfair Mortgage Practices

What many homeowners soon discover is that faithfully paying a monthly mortgage is in some cases, just not enough ...

B-CU Grads Protest Betsy “DeVoid” in Epic Fashion

Julianne Malveaux says that Betsy “DeVoid,” is no Mary McLeod Bethune ...

NAACP on Supreme Court's Decline to Review NC Voter ID Law

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks made the following remarks ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

President Obama at 2014 White House Correspondent's dinner

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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