06-19-2018  5:24 am      •     
The Skanner Report
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

NEWS BRIEFS

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

CareOregon Awards $250,000 for Housing Projects

Recipients include Rogue Retreat, Bridges to Change, Luke Dorf, Transition Projects and Bridge Meadows ...

The Honorable Willie L. Brown to Receive NAACP Spingarn Medal

The award recognizes Brown’s lifelong commitment to the community, equality and civil rights ...

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

New Smithsonian exhibit looks at how Oprah Winfrey shaped American culture and vice versa ...

Prosecutor: Oregon man justified in shooting near hotel

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A heavy equipment operator was legally justified when he shot and wounded a knife-wielding man last month outside an Oregon hotel, a prosecutor said Monday.However, Robert Garris was foolish to appoint himself "sheriff of the Days Inn" and initiate a confrontation with the...

Some forest trails remain closed long after 2017 wildfire

IDANHA, Ore. (AP) — Some trails in Oregon's Willamette National Forest remain closed because of damage from a wildfire that scorched the area last year.The Whitewater Trail into the Jefferson Park area remains closed. Other trails, including some in the Fall Creek area near Eugene, also are...

Border separations ripple through midterm campaigns

Wrenching scenes of migrant children being separated from their parents at the southern border are roiling campaigns ahead of midterm elections, emboldening Democrats on the often-fraught issue of immigration while forcing an increasing number of Republicans to break from President Donald Trump on...

Spokane man convicted in 2015 deadly shooting

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A Spokane man has been convicted of killing a Moses Lake teenager during a 2015 robbery attempt.The Columbia Basin Herald reports Jeremiah Smith was found guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession...

OPINION

What Happened? Assessing the Singapore Summit

For all its weaknesses, we are better off having had the summit than not ...

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties

A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied ...

5 Lessons on Peace I Learned from My Cat Soleil

Dr. Jasmine Streeter takes some cues on comfort from her cat ...

Research Suggests Suicides By Racial and Ethnic Minorities are Undercounted

Sociologist Dr. Kimya Dennis describes barriers to culturally-specific suicide research and treatment ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Border separations ripple through midterm campaigns

Wrenching scenes of migrant children being separated from their parents at the southern border are roiling campaigns ahead of midterm elections, emboldening Democrats on the often-fraught issue of immigration while forcing an increasing number of Republicans to break from President Donald Trump on...

Germany: Syrian teen on trial over anti-Semitic assault

BERLIN (AP) — A 19-year-old from Syria is on trial in Berlin over an assault in the German capital on an Israeli wearing a skullcap.The young man is charged with bodily harm and slander. The April 17 attack caused nationwide outrage and fueled concerns over anti-Semitism in Germany.German...

City where many slaves entered US to apologize for slavery

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina city where almost half of all the slaves brought to the United States first set foot on American soil is ready to apologize for its role in the slave trade.The resolution expected to be passed by the Charleston City Council on Tuesday offers a...

ENTERTAINMENT

In 'Jurassic World,' a dino-sized animal-rights parable

NEW YORK (AP) — The dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" are many things. They are special-effects wonders. They are unruly house guests. And they are some of the biggest, most foot-stomping metaphors around.Since Steven Spielberg's 1993 original, the dinos of "Jurassic Park" — many of them...

Immigration detention policy becomes major issue in media

NEW YORK (AP) — In a phone conversation with her executive producer over the weekend, "CBS This Morning" anchor Gayle King wondered if there wasn't more the network could do on the story of children being separated from parents through the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration...

Adam Levine, Behati Prinsloo share baby photo

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine spent his first Father's Day as a dad of two.Supermodel Behati Prinsloo shared a photo on Instagram of the 39-year-old holding their second daughter, Gio Grace, who was born in February. Their first daughter, Dusty Rose, is nearly 2 years...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia's capital

KOLOMNA, Russia (AP) — Walking to a store in March, Olga Yevseyeva was hit by the familiar, noxious stench...

US could back 1st pot-derived medicine, and some are worried

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A British pharmaceutical company is getting closer to a decision on whether...

Army splits with West Point grad who touted communist revolt

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were...

North Korea's Kim meets with Chinese President Xi in Beijing

BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday at the...

Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II...

France's Macron admonishes teenager; video goes viral

PARIS (AP) — A video of French President Emmanuel Macron strongly admonishing a teenager who called him by...

The Skanner News

Continuing in the tradition of mixing environmental consciousness with young people and art, Seattle's Urban Wilderness Project returns this month with its beloved open-mic storytelling team competitions.

BoUnce is a monthly series held the last Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. This month it's Wednesday, July 31, at Columbia City's Royal Room, at 5000 Rainier Ave.



BoUnce is the sport of storytelling, requiring skill and improvisation – not unlike basketball, says poet and storyteller Jourdan Keith, who founded the organization and created the art form. Two teams of players face off to win cheers and prize money from the audience.

"BoUnce integrates the arts across genres, racial and cultural lines through the team-style competitions that give LGBTQ, straight, People of Color and white writers and performers a time and place to tell their stories together," Keith says.

The evening begins with a free of charge flash writing workshop at 6 p.m. Sign-ups for those who want to participate in the performance begin at 6:30 p.m. Come with a piece you have already written or create a story, poem or song on the spot based on the theme. July's theme is "Hotter Than …"

The performance itself starts at 7:30 p.m.

Cost is pay as you will – the group literally passes the hat for contributions. No one is turned away for lack of funds, which are shared with the BoUnce winners.

These are the rules of the game: Poets, storytellers, spoken word and hip hop artists join together to make up the storytelling sports teams. All players on each team must perform to qualify for the prize. Youth and adults sign up to perform and are randomly placed with 2- 4 other individuals to form 3 on 3, or 5 on 5 teams or you can come with a team ready to play.

There are four quarters per game. First Quarter: Free Style; Second Quarter: How and Why Stories. Third Quarter: If I'm Lyin', I'm Dyin' ( Liar's Round/ Tall Tales) Fourth Quarter: Improvisation.

Scoring: 3 points max awarded by each judge from the audience per performance.

Criteria: Content, Performance, On Topic. Each month there is a different theme. Maximum performance time is six minutes. Teams are scored by judges from the audience and the winning team shares half the door.

Keith says the project was inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, when segregation brought literary giants, jazz musicians and basketball players together in one venue. BoUnce includes Seattle literary luminaries, vocalists, spoken word artists and storytellers who all come together to participate with others who walk in off the street.

Keith is herself a literary light, with a history of fellowships and awards from Jack Straw, Hedgebrook, VONA, 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for her choreopoem/play, "The Uterine Files" and "Coyote Autumn," a travel memoir.

As the Urban Wilderness Project gears up for BoUnce, the group is also, through their Wilderness WORKS program, holding 17-day backpacking trips for young people.

Supporters say this group is unique in the region in the way it blends environmental exploration for youth of color with writing, storytelling and literature.

Another key project, Urban Wilderness' Griot WORKS, trains youth and adult participants to become storytellers through workshops and performances in their community.

The idea jumps off from the ancient West African tradition of encapsulating news events, history and personal experiences in the form of stories and songs shared by wise men and women; griots still exist today and are powerful, important members of their communities.

Another major initiative Keith has brought to the organization is embracing an understanding of the water ecosystem in the Puget Sound region.

Perhaps one of the most compelling programs offered by Urban Wilderness is called R U An Endangered Species? Human Estuaries™ Campaign.

Through that campaign's Blue Corps program, running Thursdays through Aug. 14, participants – who applied and were accepted in June – learn to understand the connection between the water in the human body with the water bodies in the natural environment.

The young people take guided tours around local beaches, watch films about the issues involved, then create poetry, stories, visual art and more that are all geared toward preservation and personal health.

Keith is celebrating her 10th year of bringing young people of color from the urban center into the wilderness as a strategy for healing the deep wounds of racism – some of which are connected to the history of lynchings in rural areas.

As part of the experience, participants may work on trail upkeep or in some cases – including Haiku Hikes – write poetry about their trip.

"I had worked for several different organizations that served youth in the community but often they lacked the cultural connections that were required to actually reach the kids they had received funding to serve," Keith says.

"I thought it was critical that we bring in that cultural piece, so you'll see in the environmental work that we do, we integrate storytelling, we integrate the language and the visuals of the people that we're serving, and that are represented in our organization."

For more information contact Jourdan Keith at 206-579-5848 or through www.urbanwildernessproject.org.

 

Carpentry Professionals
Calendar

Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events

Lents International Farmers Market
The Skanner Report

The Skanner Foundation Scholarships