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NEWS BRIEFS

Komen Begins Data Collection to Address Breast Cancer Disparities

In anticipation of forming an initiative to address breast cancer disparities, Komen partners with independent contractors ...

American Underground Announces Call for Applications

Black startup founders have until August 6 to apply to Google For Entrepreneurs Exchange program ...

Experience the Culture at the Second Annual Pan African Festival of Oregon

Event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 11 ...

Oregon Humane Society Photo Contest Now Open

Submissions for annual pet photo contest open until August 15 ...

Oregon man accused of murder in beating of elderly father

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been charged with murder in the death of his 77-year-old father.The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Shaun Maki reported in March that his father was suffering from self-inflicted injuries inside the home they shared.The critically...

Man sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to assault

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man was sentenced to more than three years in prison in a case of an assault in a bathroom at Linn-Benton Community College.The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports Prosecutors charged Benjamin Leland Bucknell, of Corvallis, with attempted murder, second-degree...

Tractor operator dies trying to suppress Oregon wildfire

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A tractor operator who was killed in a wildfire that scorched 70 square miles (181 kilometers) in little more than 24 hours in the Pacific Northwest appears to have died trying to restrain it, police said.The blaze east of Portland, Oregon, and near the city of The...

Washington state man sentenced for Manchester shooting

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting a man while he was sleeping.The Kitsap Sun reports 22-year-old Robert Hackett was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to attempted first-degree murder.The Kitsap County Sheriff's...

OPINION

Newsprint Tariffs Another Assault on the Black Press

The NNPA opposes the Trump tariffs on newsprint and demands an end to the disastrous trade policies that are hurting our businesses and communities ...

A Letter from America’s Children

American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too ...

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson ...

10 Indoor Plants Every Pet Lover Must Have

Dr. Jasmine Streeter shares her tips on stress-busting plants ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Netanyahu greets Hungary's Orban as 'true friend of Israel'

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, calling him a "true friend of Israel" despite the outcry over the visiting leader's past remarks that have been interpreted as anti-Semitic.Orban and Netanyahu held a joint...

Ga. Democrat shows the way for other black women in politics

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats have long pointed to a Georgia electorate that is increasingly urban and less white as a sign they may be able to break the Republican hold on statewide offices. This year, after previous disappointments, their gubernatorial candidate has already made history as the...

Bill Clinton: Leaders must remember 'our common humanity'

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says the key to political leadership is remembering "our common humanity."Clinton's comments came Wednesday night during the NAACP Convention in San Antonio, where he presented Texas native Willie Brown with the 2018 NAACP Springarn Medal for...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Brady Bunch' house for sale for nearly jumi.9M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The home featured in the opening and closing scenes of "The Brady Bunch" is for sale for jumi.885 million.Records show George and Violet McCallister bought the two-bedroom, three-bathroom split-level home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1973 for...

A Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Comic-Con fans know one thing to be true: Where there is fun, there's usually a line that precedes it. And hours before the annual pop culture convention officially kicked off Wednesday night in San Diego, there were lines everywhere — to get onto the convention floor...

Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at Billy Joel concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen propped himself on top of Billy Joel's piano to sing a duet with The Piano Man, who was celebrating his 100th concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.Joel told the energetic crowd he had a guest coming onstage who has won a Grammy, Oscar and...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

New York state launches tax probe of Trump Foundation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state tax officials have opened an investigation into the Trump Foundation to...

Sisters recount years of horror in Syria's Palestinian camp

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — When the first Syrian soldier reached Lod street in the Palestinian refugee camp of...

US deporting crime victims while they wait for special visa

For victims of crime on U.S. soil who are living here illegally, a special visa program encourages them to help...

Growing extremism threatens Mali's July 29 elections

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — As deadly attacks by extremists become more brazen in Mali, officials and citizens fear...

EU preparing to hit back if US puts tariffs on car imports

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it is already preparing measures to retaliate against the United...

Inquest opens into British woman poisoned by nerve agent

LONDON (AP) — A coroner on Thursday opened an inquest into the death of a British woman who was exposed to...

Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

Well known among many hip hop artists in Portland, Bendrea Andrews decided to start a strictly promotional side to his music production business by printing shirts for his friends and family.

Andrews, 22 years old, says he'd make 15 or 20 at a time to push his music.

"It got that I was spending a lot of money for my family members to wear them as a promotional aspect," Andrews said. "It really pushed into a clothing line when I wanted to put my face on it."

Now, Andrews presides over DreCut Clothing, featuring more than a dozen original designs, many with his likeness and personalized sayings such as "I Go Hard in the Paint," "I Run My City," "Rep Yo City."

But perhaps the most telling of Andrews' designs is "Everything I Do I Do It Big."

"I was always taught, you turn 18, you get married, you get a job or join the Army," he said. "It was never college or anything like that. If you graduated high school, that was a success. I see my brothers and that's what they've done."

Now, in addition to operating his clothing line and doing work for such organizations as Nike, Alpha Broadcasting and Fox, Andrews is on the verge of finishing his bachelor's degree in music business from Full Sail University. Although he's been taking online courses, He says the school is urging him to spend his senior year at the campus in Winter Park, Fla.

But with everything in Portland, the young entrepreneur says he's not sure if it'd be worth it.

His ultimate goal is to have his siblings – and there are nine of them – to work for his company.

Lately, Andrews has been working with BET's Big Mike '106 and Park' to be featured on the show's local Blaze the Stage events. He said he's in talks to have the group 'N3w Era' to wear his stuff.

He said the artist Mighty will also be wearing his stuff when appears on "106 & Park."

Long involved in music, Andrews said he taught in the music department at Helensview School and was also a part of the Metropolitan Youth Choir as a child.

"I really wanted to take over the bad things about hip hop music and bring in things that are uplifting and empowering," he said. "The clothing line, that's how it got started, with my own music and the opportunities so far."

For Andrews, the opportunities of life are boundless. He has plans to create a hip hop magazine and also expand his already established business of helping artists with websites, press kits, music videos and distribution.

"I want this to be uplifting, to the youth, to do your dreams. No matter what anyone says, things that you come about in life, to actually go out there and try it," he said.

Visit DreCut Clothing online at www.drecutclothing.com

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