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NEWS BRIEFS

Cooling Centers to open in Multnomah County Saturday, Sunday

Temperatures expected to climb into the upper 90s this weekend ...

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 ...

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

BB KIng

 

14 Years of No Charges for LA Cops 

The LA Daily News reports that no police officer has been prosecuted for an on-duty shooting In Los Angeles County, since 2001. http://bit.ly/1A58eMO 

Vice magazine asks why looking at what other people are saying around the country.  http://bit.ly/1EM9W12

"Trusting police officers is effectively a professional requirement for most prosecutors, and that trust doesn't evaporate when an officer the prosecutor works with shoots a suspect. So it's not surprising that indictments for on-duty incidents are exceedingly rarewithout incontrovertible evidence that contradicts an officer's version of events."

 

 

Coming of Age with Your Girlfriends and Rihanna

Sometimes -- ok usually -- watching movies with subtitles is not worth the pain. Girlhood's the rare exception. The movie will be released on DVD this week. Rihanna gave permission for her music to be used in the movie after writer/director Celine Sciamma made it a crucial part of the story. Hunger TV talked to Sciamma about the film, her decision to use an all-black group of girls, and the scene that makes the movie. (check out the clip) http://bit.ly/1cEzvdI

 

Purple Pocketbook

Alicia Carr discovered her love for coding later in life. Now her app, The Purple PocketBook, is helping women get out of abusive relationships --safely. Atlanta technology blog Hypepotamus talks with Carr about starting her business. http://bit.ly/

 

Church of Pot

Cannabis isn't legal in Indiana --unless it's your religion. 

US New and World Report writes the church will test Indiana's new religious freedom law.

"The first service, church founder Bill Levin says, will open with “Amazing Grace” played on harmonica by a popular young musician and move to a quick sermon and short member testimonies about positive things that happened in the past week."  http://bit.ly/1e5V3RE

 

No Charges in Shooting of Tony Robinson

Footage of a white Madison police officer fatally shooting a 19-year-old unarmed biracial man has been released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, following the announcement on Tuesday that no criminal charges would be pursued in the shooting death of Tony Robinson. Tony Robinson's mother says she will file a lawsuit. Madison.com has a timeline of what happened that night. http://bit.ly/1IGdR56

The Guardian reports that the police chief has launched an investigation after a 10-year-old boy was maced during a protest. http://bit.ly/1JNQUM2

 

 Obituary: The Thrill is Gone as 'King of the Blues' BB King Dies at 89 at his home in Las Vegas

 

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