05-20-2018  6:30 pm      •     
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

NEWS BRIEFS

Raina Croff to Speak at Architectural Heritage Center

'When the Landmarks are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, and Change in N/NE Portland’ describes SHARP Walking Program ...

Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

May 20 performance will include discussion on mental health; June 10 performance will be followed by discussion of fatherhood ...

Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

Concert to take place May 20 at Maranatha Church ...

Family Friendly Talent Show, May 18

Family Fun Night series continues at Matt Dishman Community Center ...

The Latest: Cougar that attacked cyclists was underweight

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a cougar attack that killed one mountain biker and wounded another outside Seattle (all times local):4:10 p.m.Authorities say the cougar that attacked two cyclists east of Seattle, killing one of them, appears to have been emaciated.Washington Department of Fish...

Portland jury issues million verdict against landlord

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury has ordered a rental-property company to pay more than million after a man fell through a rotting walkway at his Portland apartment complex.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Robert Trebelhorn argued that Los Angeles-based Prime Group, which owns the...

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle.They got off their bikes. They faced the beast, shouted and tried to spook it. After it charged, one even smacked the cougar with his bike, and...

The Latest: Cougar that attacked cyclists was underweight

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a cougar attack that killed one mountain biker and wounded another outside Seattle (all times local):4:10 p.m.Authorities say the cougar that attacked two cyclists east of Seattle, killing one of them, appears to have been emaciated.Washington Department of Fish...

OPINION

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

Bill Fletcher weighs in on the precarious future of the two-state solution between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people ...

The Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Pets

Dr. Jasmine Streeter says CBD-derived products show beneficial therapeutic benefits for pets ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Principal apologizes for 'insensitive' prom tickets language

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The principal of a New Jersey high school has apologized for what he called "insensitive" language on tickets for the upcoming senior prom.The Courier Post reported the Cherry Hill High School East senior prom tickets urged students to "party like it's 1776" during...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump.The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo.And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red fringe similar to a rooster's comb.Horner,...

Kelly Clarkson honors school victims at Billboard Awards

An emotional Kelly Clarkson opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in tribute to the recent school children and teachers who died in Texas, barely able to speak as she urged the audience and the world to do more to prevent deadly shootings from happening.Clarkson, who is hosting the show, said she...

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend reveal name of newborn son

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chrissy Teigen and John Legend now have a baby boy to go with their toddler girl.The 32-year-old model and 39-year-old singer, whose real name is John Roger Stephens, introduced Miles Theodore Stephens to the world on Sunday.Teigen had been hinting to her millions of...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Investigators finally get look at materials from Cohen raid

NEW YORK (AP) — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the...

In North Korea nuke site closing, spectacle trumps substance

TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this...

Venezuela keeps voting stations open amid light turnout

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Voting centers across Venezuela's capital appeared largely empty during Sunday's...

Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Sherpa climbing guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week...

Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday revealed his latest picks to be cardinals in the Catholic...

Britain basks in royal wedding afterglow; grave gets bouquet

LONDON (AP) — Unwilling to kiss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding goodbye just yet, Britain basked...

We Are Black
Lisa Loving

The Portland African American Leadership Forum is building a new project to counter the geographic scattering of the African American community caused by gentrification.

Their vision also includes reaching out to connect with other Black communities around the nation facing the same issues.

The "’We are Black. We are...’ Kick-off Community Celebration and BBQ” is Saturday, July 19, 2 -6 p.m. at Montavilla Park, 8219 NE Glisan.
Behind the motto, “Celebrating all that we are from the North to the Numbers,” the group is setting the table with free food, games, live music and DJs to bring people together for a six-month initiative aimed at a common cause.

The group is hosting monthly breakfast events and a branded “We are Black. We are Portland” t-shirt and merchandise campaign to get people together and “crowdsource” a message of community pride and self-definition.

“By creating opportunities for our community to come together in celebration, we hope to build deeper community relationships and a deeper sense of self and purpose as a community- one that is defined FOR us and BY us, rather than reacting and building our narrative based on stereotypes or depictions of our community that don't come from within,” says spokeswoman Rachel Gilmer.

“What does it mean to be Black in Portland? How does this connect to our struggles as Black people globally? What is needed to carry the baton of the Civil Rights Movement to the next level and achieve justice for our people? 

“Throughout the next six months, we hope to engage the community in these types of questions, so that we can build the connections and shared understanding necessary to advance a movement in Portland,” she said.

Gentrification-fullPHOTO: The Coalition for a Livable Future's Equity Atlas shows the migration of people of color to the margins of Multnomah County

Gilmer added that the group is reaching out to other communities nationally who are experiencing similar challenges to magnify the effort. 

“In addition to lacking a cultural and community center, we also recognize that one grave consequence of gentrification is that many of our people have been displaced to areas that lack adequate service options, especially those that are culturally competent and responsive,” Gilmer says. 

“We also recognize the need to build relationships between community members and service providers by bringing resources directly to them.”

In addition to the kickoff barbecue, the ongoing breakfast events and the t-shirt campaign, PAALF is mounting a social media project allowing community members to connect and speak out on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram – literally building a virtual community center where the forces of pushout have crumbled so much of the face-to-face connections of past generations. 
Through the campaign website and social media accounts, PAALF is inviting Black people locally and nationally to complete the statement: "We are Black. We are _________. " 

“As such, we have launched ‘We are Black. We are...’ to  build our power and connections as  a community,” Gilmer says.

For more information, go to:
http://www.weareblackweare.com
On twitter: https://twitter.com/WeAreBlack_WeAr
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/weareblack0weare
On Tumblr: http://weareblack-weare.tumblr.com/
On Instagram: http://instagram.com/weareblack_weare

Oregon Lottery
Calendar

Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events

The Skanner Report

repulsing the monkey