09-21-2019  10:24 am   •   PDX Weather    •   SEA weather  
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon is One of 23 States to Sue Trump on Air Quality Rules

The Trump administration has revoked California's right to set auto emission rules: let battle commence...

New Treasurer Steps In At Multnomah Dems

Self-described ‘boring guy’ Dean Price steps in amid party tensions

Governor's Lawyer Declines Court Nod Amid Uproar

Misha Isaak has declined his appointment by Gov. Kate Brown to the Court of Appeals after the state's public records advocate accused him of unethical behavior

NEWS BRIEFS

Mac Group Returns to GFO Sept. 25

User group to cover email, iCloud and more ...

Johnell Bell Named to National Small Business Leadership Council

Portland small business owner joins National Economic Development Association ...

Buffalo Soldier Dedication to Be Held at Fort Vancouver on Saturday, Sept. 21

The installation will be the first African-American memorial in the city of Vancouver ...

Africa-America Institute Set to Honor Angola, New York Times Magazine, and Netflix Film During 35th Annual Awards Gala

New York City’s premiere Africa event takes place during the week of the United Nations General Assembly’s 73rd session. ...

YouTube Originals Debuts Michelle Obama’s Reacher College Prep Course

‘A Student’s Guide to Your First Year of College’ debuted last week ...

Cougar encounter renews debate about threats from animal

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Peter Idema has been running the trails and logging roads of Oregon State University's Dunn Research Forest near his Soap Creek Valley home for more than 30 years.But around 10 a.m. on Aug. 31, a routine run took an unexpected twist when he rounded a curve on a lonely...

Portland students join global climate protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Thousands of students demanding action on the global climate crisis walked out of class in Portland, Oregon, part of global protests that stretched from Australia to South America.KOIN reports that students rallied Friday outside City Hall, making demands of Mayor Ted...

South Carolina tries to keep success against Missouri going

The only player on the Missouri roster who knows what it's like to beat South Carolina is Kelly Bryant, and the quarterback transfer didn't even accomplish the feat with the Tigers.He did it two years ago while playing for Clemson.The Tigers, who welcome South Carolina to Faurot Field for their SEC...

SEC building some of the top defenses in college football

While defenses are still a work in progress around the Southeastern Conference, they still rank as some of the best in college football.Florida leads the nation with 16 sacks, including 10 in the opener against rival Miami. Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia combined to shut out overmatched opponents...

OPINION

Why Would HUD Gut Its Own Disparate Impact Rule?

"You can’t expand housing rights by limiting civil protections. The ’D’ in HUD doesn’t stand for ‘Discrimination’" ...

Despite U.S. Open Loss, Serena Williams Is Still the Greatest of All Time

Serena Williams lost her bid for what would have been her sixth U.S. Open Singles title ...

Do Black Kids Deserve This Treatment in School?

Three White Pearland ISD employees are named in a federal lawsuit after humiliating a 13-year-old Black student by blackening his scalp with a Sharpie ...

Why I’m Visiting the Border

People of color are feeling less safe today and any day when we see the realities of domestic terrorism and racially-motivated acts of violence ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Trudeau's support holds after apology for wearing brownface

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that he let down his supporters — and all Canadians of color — by appearing years ago in brownface and blackface. Yet the scandal's fallout may be limited in a country without the harsh and still-divisive racial...

'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you been to Zimbabwe before?"Through questioning she determined that I had worked as a...

2 Muslim men from Texas say American Airlines profiled them

DALLAS (AP) — Two Muslim men from Texas say American Airlines profiled them and canceled their flight after crew members said they "didn't feel comfortable" flying with the pair.Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh and Issam Abdallah said they filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation...

ENTERTAINMENT

1 event near Area 51 pulls plug; second festival continues

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — The promoter of an event set up for Earthlings to party around the "Storm Area 51" internet craze in the remote Nevada desert has pulled the plug due to low attendance, while the host of a festival for several thousand people in the tiny town of Rachel said Saturday her...

It's no joke: women rule the Emmy comedy series category

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the winner of the best comedy series Emmy Award is announced Sunday, odds are good that a woman will be giving the acceptance speech.An unprecedented number of the seven nominated comedies are from female creators: defending champion "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,"...

Julie Andrews to receive American Film Institute honor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The American Film Institute is honoring Julie Andrews with its Life Achievement Award.The organization said Friday that Andrews will receive the award at the Gala Tribute on April 25 in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast on TNT.Andrews' acting career has spanned several...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

25 years later, a new generation gets immersed in 'Friends'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Friends" is getting old. Its fans have never been younger.As the sitcom about six...

Justices' DC sniper case examines teen murderers' sentences

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, who terrorized the Washington region in 2002 as one-half of a sniper...

'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I...

'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I...

'I want a future': Global youth protests urge climate action

NEW YORK (AP) — Young people afraid for their futures protested around the globe Friday to implore leaders...

Families struggle to meet Kashmiris lodged in Indian jail

AGRA, India (AP) — Hameeda Begum explained her arduous journey from the Himalayan region of disputed...

McMenamins
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.

mlkbreakfast2020 tickets 300x180

Calendar

Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events

Carpentry Professionals