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Housing Advocates Push to Free Public Funds for Housing from ‘Discriminatory,’ ‘Antiquated’ State System

Currently, organizations must apply for funds through one of 18 regional agencies. Even state officials decry the system.

Blumenauer Introduces Legislation to Reinstate Superfund Taxes; End 25-Year Polluter Tax Holiday That Slowed Toxic Cleanup

President Biden identified restoring payments from polluters into the Superfund Trust Fund as a top priority as part of a major infrastructure plan.

Lents Park Scene of Police Shooting During Protests

Amid protests across Portland against police brutality a man was shot and killed in Lents Park after reports he had a gun. Some protesters described by Mayor Ted Wheeler as a small group of "violent agitators" lit dumpster fires at the ICE and Multnomah County Sheriff's buildings and smashed windows downtown including at the Nike store building and the Oregon History Centre

Lawsuit Describes Night of Fear for Wall of Moms Protester

In the lawsuit filed in federal court in Portland, Jennifer Kristiansen also accused a federal agent of groping her as he trapped her against a wall, leading her to fear she would be raped


Five Lucky Oregonians Won a Second Chance at Holiday Winnings

Prizes ranged from jumi,500 to 0,000 depending on the value of the original Scratch-it top prize. ...

Girls on the Run of Portland Metro Awarded Campbell Soup Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Grant

Supporting the Campbell Soup Foundation’s focus on encouraging healthy living, Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful,...

Ageless Awards Honor Older Oregonians Who Redefine Age

Four Oregonians will be honored for their inspiring contributions later in life during a free, public, virtual celebration on April...

Legislators Introduce Bill to Create a Statue of Shirley Chisholm Inside the U.S Capitol

Rep. Yvette D. Clark introduced the bill as part of a larger effort to increase the representation of Black women within the Capitol. ...

Grants Available For Portland Area Black-Led and Serving Organizations

To become a more equitable and just organization, the Providence Portland Service Area Advisory Council seeks to fund community...

Officials: Fire at Portland textile manufacturer was arson

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A large fire that gutted a Southeast Portland textile manufacturing facility early Monday was arson, according to fire officials. Portland Fire & Rescue said in a statement that a security camera recorded someone starting the fire in a nearby...

Guilty verdicts in Floyd's death bring joy — and wariness

London Williams stood in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., moments before the verdict was read in George Floyd's murder trial Tuesday, wondering how he would cope if the white police officer who killed the Black man was acquitted. “I feel very nervous. It’s...


Letter to the Editor: Portland Police Union Response to Chauvin Trial Verdict

The Portland Police Association union says in the coming days, their officers will work hard to preserve our community’s right to peacefully protest ...

Portland Commissioners Release Statement on Recent Protests

The murder of Daunte Wright is a reminder that the call for justice for Black lives, accountability, and systemic community safety reform never stops. ...

An Open Letter To the Community From Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese

Sheriff Reese outlines Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office's strategic plan and goals to reinforce equity now and in the future. ...

Candace Avalos On The Right Track With Public Housing

Our unhoused neighbors deserve a safe and clean place to sleep ...


Jury's swift verdict for Chauvin in Floyd death: Guilty

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After three weeks of testimony, the trial of the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd ended swiftly: barely over a day of jury deliberations, then just minutes for the verdicts to be read — guilty, guilty and guilty — and Derek Chauvin was handcuffed and...

Floyd verdict sparks hope, inspiration for activists abroad

PARIS (AP) — The guilty verdict in the trial over George Floyd's death was not just celebrated in America. It signaled hope for those seeking racial justice and fighting police brutality on the other side of the Atlantic, where Black Lives Matter has also become a rallying cry. ...

Bus driver out of job after racist remark to student

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A white Louisiana school bus driver who made a racist remark to a Black student about the murder of George Floyd is out of a job after the child's mother complained to school officials. WWL-TV reported that 11-year-old Rashad Gabriel had a face mask below...


Searchlight Pictures chairs Nancy Utley, Steve Gilula retire

Veteran film executives Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula who in their two decades at Searchlight Pictures oversaw the releases of major hits including “Juno,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” are retiring. Disney Studios...

Scott Rudin says he will 'step back' from film projects also

NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Rudin says he's “stepping back” from film and streaming projects, along with his Broadway productions, as the fallout continued for one of the entertainment industry's most powerful and prolific producers following renewed accusations of bullying. In...

Jim Steinman, hitmaker for Meat Loaf and Celine Dion, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Steinman, the Grammy-winning composer who wrote Meat Loaf's best-selling “Bat Out Of Hell" debut album as well as hits for Celine Dion, Air Supply and Bonnie Tyler, has died, his brother said. He was 73. Bill Steinman told The Associated Press that his...


Seoul court rejects sexual slavery claim against Tokyo

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Wednesday rejected a claim by victims of Japanese wartime...

Putin warns of 'quick and tough' Russian response for foes

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sternly warned the West against encroaching further on...

US Sikh community traumatized by yet another mass shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ajeet Singh had to steel himself for a return to work at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis...

Myanmar refugee crisis brewing as turmoil hits economy

BANGKOK (AP) — Aid workers and activists are warning Myanmar’s political upheavals risk causing a regional...

Majority of nations approve suspending Syria's OPCW rights

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In an unprecedented vote Wednesday, member states of the global chemical weapons...

Queen Elizabeth expresses thanks for 'support and kindness'

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has expressed her thanks for all the “support and kindness” shown following...

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Walter Greene Special to NNPA from the New York Carib News

The international music arena is abuzz with the sounds and persona of the new kid on the block Theophilus London. With the release of his debut album entitled 'Times Are Weird These Days,' London is taking his music to levels only reached so far by the major players like Jay Z and Kanye West.

And because of his impeccable sense of style the Trinidad born and Brooklyn raised rapper is also a rising star among fashion royalty.  The Skanner News Video Theophilus London

Over the past weeks he's been seen perched front row at the men's wear shows in Paris.  He's also been seen hobnobbing with the glitterati in Cannes, posed in an advertising campaign wearing Lanvin, struck a deal with Cole Haan Shoes to design a special `blue shoe' and is gearing up to launch his own clothing and accessories line with the European powerhouse LVRS who owns the major French fashion brands.

London started rapping and performing when he was 12 and 13 years old.  His two cousins were rappers who, he says, made words sound so very cool.  "I'd do like two lines and stop, but they told me `No, Keep on going.'  I was banging beats against tables and chairs at school and it never stopped," was how he described his entry into the music business.  An admirer of James Brown, Prince, Biggie Smalls, Mark Ronson and Kanye West, London will be on tour for three months with Big Boi and Friendly Fires and has a new mix tape in the works, which he says is dedicated to all of the sexy women behind the scenes.  "Not models," he emphasized, but for all journalists who sit at their desks and the women behind the camera.  Among the curious guests at his recent New York appearance in Central Park were Jay Z, Kanye West and Solange Knowles.

London seems like a natural fashion plate, although he says he's not really into fashion. Whatever! Fashion houses are running after him and he has admitted that he e-mails Kanye West quite often to talk style.  "We acknowledge what's next and what's new," he said.

London told Style.com that he has a good eye and a strong sense of what he likes. "I love to shop, I'm just not like a fashion guru though.  I didn't grow up drawing models and telling them what they should wear.  But I could dress someone else up. Actually I just started dressing the band.  I never go for just one look, very much like my music. When I do a photo shoot I would rather shoot in something iconic, like Lanvin or Tommy Hilfiger.  I like to step out of my comfort zone.  I have the height and attitude to wear anything...I can pull off anything, the only thing I cannot wear are leotards."

London is also known for customizing everything from jeans to jackets.  In Paris, he picked up different buttons to put on his jackets, sewed patches on his clothes and even dyed fabrics to his satisfaction.  His own fashion line, which will be launched later this year, will include his own signature hats, blazers and unisex outfits.  He also has collaborated with menswear designer Carlos Campos. He has appeared in Campos' ads and admires his work, he says.  

"He's tight and has a good vision,"

London's coffee table book is in production.

 "It will be lifestyle photo book of all my travels featuring all of the cute people in my life.  I would love to collaborate with Givenchy and Lanvin has been showing me a lot of love lately."

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