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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.


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

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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

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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...


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!

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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” ...


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...


'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...


'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...

Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government will no longer allow people to live on the...

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...

By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

The Black Parent Initiative invites everyone interested in supporting Portland's minority youth to the second annual Breaking the Cycle: Releasing the Dream symposium at Concordia University, Saturday June 18. The symposium will run from 8 am to 5 pm in the Hagen Campus Center, 2811 NE Holman St.

Come along to attend powerful workshops led by experts in African American families, parenting, education, child mental health and much more. Children and teens, aged 9 and above, are invited to attend a spoken word workshop. The Skanner News Video: Dr. Joy DeGruy

You will have the opportunity to attend two out of the seven workshops on offer:

Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy will lead 'How are the Children' which looks at how trauma in the African American community affects generations of Black children and adults. Dr. DeGruy has two masters degrees (Psychology and Social Work) and a Ph.D. in Social Work research. She is a research professor at Portland State University as well as an International faculty member at London's Department of Health.

Stephanie Irby Coard Ph.D., will present 'Racial Resilience' which looks at how to promote resilience in Black children. Dr. Coard is a psychologist and researcher at the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Johnny Parker Jr. will lead 'Healthy Relationships and Co-Parenting' which looks at healthy parenting with your partner from a Christian counseling perspective. Dr. Parker has more than 10 years as a marriage specialist who has led Building Lasting Relationships seminars and has advised President Obama on supporting marriage.

Phillip Jackson will lead an educators-only workshop 'Educators and Community Strategy' that will look at the impact of educators and community leaders on academic success. Jackson's long resume includes serving as president of Chicago Boys and Girls Club and as Chief of Education for the City of Chicago.

Andrae Brown, an assistant professor at Lewis and Clark School of Education, will lead 'Touched in the head': Exploring Mental Health and Wellness in the Black Family.' The workshop will look at the importance of mental health in strengthening black families. Dr. Brown has a master's degree in school counseling and a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy.

The Black Parent Initiative will host a showing and discussion of the documentary 'The Black Fatherhood Project'. Filmmaker Jordan Thierry explores the roots of the fatherless Black home and reveals a more complex truth than usually told. Fathers discuss how to ensure African American children feel the power of a father's love.

Tina Marie Glover, a credentialed counselor will look at 'Raising my Kids Alone; Barriers we Face Being a Single Parent'. As program director for the Cuturally Specific Youth prevention Services program at a mental health agency, she will lead a session designed to help parents overcome the challenges of raising today's generation, and in particular children of the opposite sex.

Poet and rapper Mic Crenshaw and hip hop poet Desmond Spann will run a workshop for youth aged 9 and up.

Child care is available. For more information contact 503-493-4700 or email parentuniversity@thebpi.org

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