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NEWS BRIEFS

SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

Multnomah County Animal Services Waives Adoption Fees Nov. 17

Special runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday ...

Fitzpatrick Presents 'Pathway 1000' Plan Before City Council

Plan would restore involuntary displacement by building 80 homes per year ...

Sisters Network to Hold Monthly Meeting Nov. 11

Meeting to take place Saturday morning at June Key Delta Center ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Local Author Visits North Portland Library

Renee Watson teaches students and educators about the power of writing ...

Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) talks about the FBI’s misguided report on “Black Identity Extremism” and negative Facebook ads. ...

ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

Charlene Crowell explains why Black consumers often pay higher fees than White consumers, because of “add-on” products. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Boystrength graduates
The Skanner News

 In a week that saw a Black girl manhandled by police in Texas, and a pregnant woman brutalized by police (Read The Cut's story here) there were a few bright moments.

Serena the Great

Serena Williams won the French Open last week. The win gave Serena her 20th major title. Only Margaret Court with 24 titles and Steffi Graf with 22 have won more during their careers. And Serena isn't done yet. She's at the peak of her power. Is she the greatest of all time? Her fans certainly think so. Here are all 28 of her Grand-Slam wining moments. The New York Times compared her to LeBron James, saying what LeBron does for basketball, Serena does for tennis. Read the New York Times story.

 As always we have a lot to be grateful for: 

Ornette Coleman

The jazz visionary has left the house. But he left us his music and for that he will never be forgotten. 

 

 

Laws that Actually Help

This week the Oregon Legislature came through for women, families and maybe even for former prisoners. Gov Kate Brown signed a bill to ensure women's insurance ccovers at least 12 months of contraception. Both Republicans and Democrats are on board to pass a law that will make it easier to take guns away from domestic abusers. Democrats are pushing hard for a law that will expand paid sick leave. And that's not all. Oregon Senators are supporting the Ban the Box campaign. But don't hold your breath. The House isn't on board yet. Read our story here.

 

Second Chances for Youth Offenders

A Washington State Supreme Court decision will make it easier for youth with criminal records to leave them behind. The ruling said it is constitutional for juvenile records to be sealed allowing young people to move on in life without the record appearing every time they apply for a job or try to rent an apartment.

 

Portland Black Pride

Portland Black Pride will be marching in the Pride Parade Sunday 14 June. After the march you can find them in their booth on the waterfront. And chek out all the events at Portland Black Pride 2015

Kick Off Party: June 17

BLACKOUT Party: June 18th

Real Talk: June 20th

Blackesque: June 20th

Families of Color Day Out: June 21

 

So now we feel better can we go back to that poolside in Texas for a minute:>

 Here's Dr Boyce Watkins and friends talking about that incident in McKinney Texas:

Here's the young man who filmed the Mckinney incident:

And here's The Blaze interviewing Pastor Derrick Golden from Amazing Church in Mckinney

 

 

Video: Top new hiphop and R&B tunes for June 2015.

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