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Starbucks, Home of the $4 Latte, is Moving Into Poor Areas

Starbucks plans to open or remodel 85 stores by 2025 in rural and urban communities across the U.S. The effort will bring to 100 the number of "community stores" Starbucks has opened since it announced the program in 2015

Native American Curriculum Rolls Out in Oregon Classrooms

The state developed the curriculum, as required by Senate Bill 13, with the input of Native leaders for 18 months, but is still behind. A soft roll-out begins this month

Community Surprised at Police Chief’s Departure, Concerned by Quick Replacement

Deputy Chief Jami Resch immediately named as successor.

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Annual “Salute to Greatness” Luncheon Celebrating Students, Community & Civic Leaders

Keynote Speaker: Ms. Rukaiyah Adams, Chair of Oregon Investment Council & Chief Investment Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust....

Grant High School Students to Read Their Own Work at Broadway Books

Local author and writing instructor Joanna Rose will lead thegroup of young writers at the event to be held on Wednesday, January 22 ...

AG Rosenblum Announces $4 Million Settlement with CenturyLink

Since 2014, Oregon DOJ has received more than 1,200 consumer complaints about CenturyLink ...

Black Guest at Downtown Portland Hotel Sues Over ‘No Party’ Promise

Felicia Gonzales claims the front desk clerk at the Residence Inn told her that all guests had to sign the policy, but she watched...

National Urban League Warns Trump Administration: Don't Weaken Community Reinvestment Act to Allow Racial Discrimination in Lending

Proposed changes to the Community Reinvestment Act could further limit access to the American Dream ...

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent.Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so...

Off-duty fire lieutenant stabbed at Portland bar

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say they're investigating after an off-duty Portland fire lieutenant was stabbed at a bar.The lieutenant's wife called called from the Kingston Sports Bar and Grill on Southwest Morrison Street at just after 8 p.m. Saturday to say her husband had been stabbed by...

New Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz predicts success

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz was saying all the right things after being introduced as the new football coach at Missouri, laying out his vision for the once-proud program with unwavering confidence and bold proclamations.Then the former Appalachian State coach made a minor...

LSU's Burrow, Auburn's Brown named AP SEC players of year

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is a unanimous selection as the offensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.The top-ranked Tigers also have the SEC’s coach of the year in Ed Orgeron and the newcomer of the year in freshman cornerback Derek...

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Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

How Putting Purpose Into Your New Year’s Resolutions Can Bring Meaning and Results

Only 4% of people report following through on all of the resolutions they personally set ...

I Was Just Thinking… Mama in the Classroom

I wrote my first column in 1988 for a local newspaper about a beloved Dallas guidance counselor and teacher that most students called “Mama” ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

A look at expected participants in Virginia gun rally

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State officials and U.S. hate-monitoring groups are warning about the potential for violence ahead of a gun-rights rally in Virginia that's expected to draw a mix of militias, firearms advocates and white supremacists to Richmond. Citing credible threats of violence,...

Martin Luther King holiday: Faith, politics mix this holiday

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation is marking the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with tributes Monday recalling his past struggles for racial equality, observing the federal holiday named for him against the backdrop of a presidential election year.In an early tribute to King, Vice...

Virginia's capital braces for gun-rights rally

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s capital city is bracing for the expected arrival of thousands of gun-rights activists and other groups that have vowed to descend on Richmond to protest Democrats’ plans to pass gun-control legislation. Gov. Ralph Northam declared a temporary...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Downton Abbey' creator's new TV show is painfully accurate

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The period costumes of a Julian Fellowes drama can be excruciatingly accurate, as an actress in his new series “Belgravia” discovered.The Epix drama from “Downton Abbey” creator Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame is set in...

Robert De Niro gets political as he accepts SAG Awards honor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert De Niro received the Screen Actors Guild lifetime achievement award Sunday to praise for his illustrious career and thunderous applause from his fellow performers, but spent much of his acceptance speech on politics. “There's right and there's wrong, and...

Prince Harry: 'No other option' but to cut royal ties

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry said Sunday that he felt “great sadness” but found “no other option” to cutting almost all of his and his wife Meghan’s royal ties in the hopes of achieving a more peaceful life.The comments were Harry’s first public...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

'Parasite' parties, Leo greets young fans inside SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Off-camera and during commercials, the stars at the Screen Actors Guild Awards got to...

After cashing in on QB gambles, Niners, Chiefs in Super Bowl

A little more than two years ago, a pair of teams gambled on quarterbacks who had all kinds of potential but were...

Election 2020: The unexpected durability of Biden, Sanders

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Sen. Kamala Harris’ advisers assessed the Democratic primary field...

Heating pipe bursts in Russian hotel, boiling water kills 5

MOSCOW (AP) — A heating pipe burst Monday in small Russian hotel, flooding rooms with boiling water that...

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is...

Violence escalates in Beirut as protesters clash with police

BEIRUT (AP) — Security forces fired tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets in clashes Sunday with...

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By The Skanner News

From the author of "The Covenant with Black America" comes a searing memoir of poverty, ambition, pain and atonement. "In What I Know For Sure" (Doubleday, $23.95), celebrated talk-show host Tavis Smiley describes growing up in an all-White rural community in Indiana and the impact it had on his life.
In many ways, his has been a life of overcoming. Smiley grew up in a family of 13 in a trailer, where some years he had to forego a new pair of shoes to replace the ones he was outgrowing. He was one of the only African Americans in his high school class, and, raised as a Pentecostal, he never dated, drank or watched a movie until he attended college. Moreover, he had to find a way to survive the harsh discipline and punishment he sometimes received at home — hospitalized after being beaten by his father, he later fully reconnected with his parents.
Although he had such tough beginnings, Smiley possessed a drive to make something of himself and his life. His speaking ability made him an Indiana State oratorical champion. He later went on to use his passion and speaking talent to become a celebrated proponent of the underdog and then a broadcast star, where he found he could shape public discourse on the concerns of the day.
Despite the obstacles he faced, Smiley relied on his faith and the inspirational teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others to continue his pursuit of excellence. Whenever he met failure he channeled his negative feelings into positive energy. His difficult early relationship with his parents, tainted by his childhood beating, only drove him to tackle new challenges. Whether it was as class president in high school, a Kappa Alpha Psi at Indiana University or as an outspoken intern in Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley's office, Smiley strove to prove himself and the world that he could make a difference.
Smiley's hardships and the tough love of his parents transformed him from a small-town boy to a nationally recognized media figure and activist. These are some of the life lessons he shares in "What I Know For Sure":
• Embrace your talents
• Turn your fear into energy
• View yourself as a winner, and you will become a winner
• See beyond present pain and look to God for direction
• No one in life gets ahead without the help of others
Upon turning 40 and midway through his career, Smiley donated $1 million to Texas Southern University's communications school to provide scholarships for aspiring Black journalists. In 2005 and 2006 the Tavis Smiley talk show on PBS was recognized for its outstanding achievements with the prestigious National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Award.
"What I Know For Sure" is an honest self portrait of one of America's most popular media figures.

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