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NEWS BRIEFS

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

Portland Musician, Educator Thara Memory Dies

Grammy-winning Trumpeter, composer, teacher died Saturday at the age of 68 ...

St. Johns Center for Opportunity to Host Meet the Employer Event June 27

Employers represented will include Mary’s Harvest and Del Monte ...

New Self-Defense Organization Offers Training to Youth in Multnomah County

EMERJ-SafeNow offers July classes for children ages 8-10 and youth ages 15-19 ...

Annual Humboldt Neighborhood Association Cleanup

All neighborhoods and residents welcome ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers ...

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

Bill Maher Betrayed Black Intellectuals

Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

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Waterfront Blues Festival

Buddy Guy, Norman Sylvester, Con Brio, Jarekus Singleton, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and Macy Gray are among the performers at Waterfront Blues Festival. Here is Macy Gray performing "Stoned" from her 2014 album The Way. If you're heading down to the festival this July 4 weekend, don't forget your sunhat, water and cans of food for hungry people. Here's the schedule.  And if you're going near water any time this summer -- especially with kids -- please be water safe. 

Macy Gray: "Stoned"

 

Photos: Stop the Traffic Style

Black model pIf you missed Bruce Forster's collection of photographs take this opportunity to view these gorgeous black and white vintage photos of beautiful black models in full 70s finery. Some of the mystery models have been identified but many still lack names. 

Check out The Skanner's story on the mystery photos. See which models have now been identified in this week's story: Confirmed IDs on MYstery Fashion Models. Or skip straight to full-size versions of the photos

 

What Does it Mean to be Free

Mic.com gathers 12 quotes from Black Americans that deal with Independence Day and the meaning of freedom in the United States, including this quote from writer James Baldwin:

"I love America more than any other country in the world, and exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually." 

See all the quotes here:http://bit.ly/1JCZVbL 

 

 

VIDEO: Also performing at the Blues festival are Corey Ledet and his Zydeco Band. 

 

VIDEO: Kevin Hart's Rich White Guy Joke

VIDEO: Cool Nutz new single Memoir from his latest album"#BRUH" (strong language)

 VIDEO: Larry Wilmore makes fun of Republican candidate Chris Christie.

The Associated Press fact-checked some of Gov Chris Christies recent statements: Check out what they found:http://bit.ly/1LOzJOG

 

"Dope" Audio Clip

The movie "Dope" is about three black friends from high school trying to stay out of trouble and achieve their ambitions. Director Rick Famuyiwa, whose parents came from Nigeria to Inglewood Calif., talks to Terry Gross from NPR's 'Fresh Air' radio show

"I was on my way to a dance with my friends, and this guy who was a sort of gangster knucklehead offered to give us a ride, and we knew him from the neighborhood. And all my, you know, my friends were like, all right yeah, cool, let's get in. And I'm like, OK, fine ... And so we got in the car with this guy and he gets pulled over by the police. And in that moment, as he gets pulled over, I'm sitting there thinking, this is it, you know? This is that moment where I just made a wrong choice and we've now got pulled over by the police and I have no idea what they're going to do or who this kid we're riding with actually is and...":

 

 

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