11-23-2017  6:05 pm      •     
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She's not afraid to tackle controversial issues from teen sex to date rape

Unafraid of controversial issues, author Alexus Rhone writes to grab and hold the attention of young people, especially teens who rarely read. The Skanner interviewed Alexus Rhone by telephone Jan 7.


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For most folks, the end of the holiday eating season stretching from Thanksgiving to Christmas marks the time when we make another New Year's resolution to shed a few pounds. If you're serious about winning the battle of the bulge, may I heartily recommend "Mind Your Own Wellness: Turning Thoughts into Reality."


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Pulitzer prize winning civil rights historian Taylor Branch will headline the annual Cannon Beach Arts Symposium, which this year will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides of 1961. Appearing with Branch, for the first time, will be University of Washington Professor Quintard Taylor, author of "Civil Rights in the Northwest," and Joseph Stevenson, one of the original freedom riders.

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During these dire economic times when the overall unemployment rate in the U.S. is at 9.8 percent, you can be sure that that figure is at least double in the African-American community. And after the Democrats took what President Obama referred to as a "shellacking" on Election Day, they appear prepared to capitulate to the Republican demand that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy be extended.


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In his groundbreaking book, "The Rage of a Privileged Class," published in 1993, Newsweek Contributing Editor Ellis Cose eloquently illustrated how the American Dream has remained a dream deferred for many Black college grads, even those with advanced degrees.


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DJ OG One held a book release on Friday, Nov. 5 at Champions Barbershop, 3827 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. The book, "The Man Behind the Music: Life and Times of David William (O.G. One) Jackson Jr." by Rochell D."Ro Deezy" Hart chronicles the Portland-based DJ who has rubbed shoulders with some of the music industry's greats.


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All over the country nowadays, we're witnessing a frightening decline in civility ... Weighing-in on this disturbing trend is comedienne Whoopi Goldberg, herself no stranger to such controversy.


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In 1818, Victor Cousin, as a visiting lecturer at the Sorbonne in Paris, coined the phrase "Art for art's sake," thus introducing the then novel notion that art ought to be appreciated on its own merits, meaning simply for its intrinsic beauty independent of serving any didactic function.


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Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) was a flamboyant rock icon who flamed out instead of fading away due to his also being a substance abuser who dabbled in everything from alcohol to marijuana to amphetamines to hashish to heroin to LSD before succumbing at the tender age of 27 to a combination of red wine and sleeping pills.
Ostensibly enough time has elapsed since his passing that Hendrix can now serve as a role model to children


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If you've been holding your breath for the sequel to novelist Terry McMillan's literary blockbuster, "Waiting to Exhale," it's time to let go and release all that pent up oxygen. In her new book, "Getting to Happy," McMillan picks up the stories of Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin 15 years after we last heard from them.

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