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NEWS BRIEFS

Attorney General Forms Hate Crime Task Force

The task force will study hate-motivated crimes and review existing legal protections for victims ...

Portland Art Museum Celebrates Art Museum Day with Free Admission on May 25

Portland Art Museum joins art museums across North America, with great works of art and public programs ...

June Key Delta Community Center Hosts May Week ’18 Health Fair May 26

Event includes vision, glucose screenings, medication disposal and car seat installation ...

Mississippi Avenue Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 22, 10 percent of proceeds from participating Mississippi Ave. businesses will go to SEI ...

The highest-paid CEOs by state

Here are the top-paid CEOs by state for 2017, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than jumi billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30....

Douglas County suspends recycling service due to Chinese ban

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The Douglas County Landfill and transfer stations, along with its recycling partner, will be suspending all recycling efforts in the county.The News-Review reports that the operations will be suspended June 1. The Douglas County Public Works Department in a statement...

The highest-paid CEOs by state

Here are the top-paid CEOs by state for 2017, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than jumi billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30....

NFL players, coaches grapple with new anthem policy

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wanted to be talking about football matters — Seattle's recommitment to the run game, the addition of two new coordinators, almost anything to do with what happens between the lines.Instead, the league's oldest coach has spent the past...

OPINION

Racism After Graduation May Just Be What's on the Menu

Dr. Julianne Malveaux says that for our young millennials, racism is inevitable ...

Prime Minister Netanyahu Shows Limits of Israel’s Democracy

Bill Fletcher, Jr. on racial politics in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s uneven treatment of African immigrants ...

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 ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Students hand back in yearbook after racial slur is pictured

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Students at a coastal Georgia high school are being asked to hand back in their yearbooks after a racial slur made for some bad memories.The Savannah-Chatham County school district tells news outlets that the publisher has recalled the Windsor Forest High School yearbook...

Column: Jack Johnson's biggest crime was being black

Jack Johnson's biggest crime was being an unrepentant black man who beat up white men for a living.High-flying and flamboyant, he refused to live by the unwritten rules of American society in the early 1900s. That made him a target, and that eventually cost him his freedom after being convicted of...

Rachel Dolezal accused of welfare fraud after race scandal

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.Rachel Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged this week with theft by...

ENTERTAINMENT

Daniel Craig to return as 007 in 2019, Danny Boyle at helm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Daniel Craig is back as Bond, the spy series' producers confirmed, in a Danny Boyle-directed film due for release in 2019.Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions announced Thursday that production on the 25th official James Bond thriller...

Rose McGowan on Weinstein: 'One win is a win for all of us'

NEW YORK (AP) — She was one of the earliest Harvey Weinstein accusers, and she thought the mogul might never face justice in a court of law.Now, actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her 20 years ago, is gratified but "still in shock" at his surrender Friday in a...

Morgan Freeman apologizes in wake of harassment accusations

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman apologized on Thursday to anyone who may have felt "uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behavior, after CNN reported that multiple women have accused the A-list actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior on movie sets and in other professional...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

In Gaza, border opening brings relief and anxiety

RAFAH BORDER CROSSING, Gaza Strip (AP) — Just after daybreak, Hamed al-Shaer came down the narrow stairway...

For CEOs, .7 million a year is just middle of the pack

NEW YORK (AP) — Chief executives at the biggest public companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year,...

Explosion at Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

TORONTO (AP) — An explosion caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant where children...

The Latest: Syrian army warns Daraa rebels of nearing attack

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Syria (all times local):6 p.m.Syria state-run media says...

49 dead after boat capsizes on Congo River tributary

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese officials say at least 49 people have died after a boat tipped over on the...

Explosion at Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

TORONTO (AP) — An explosion caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant where children...

David Banner is a featured speaker at the Black Parent Initiative
By Lisa Loving | The Skanner News

The Portland-based Black Parent Initiative’s 5th Annual Parent Symposium features a keynote performance by Grammy-winning rapper David Banner and a wide array of free workshops designed to put better parenting tools into the hands of moms and dads.  

The daylong event is Saturday, Sept. 6 at Warner Pacific College, 2219 SE. 68th Ave. in Portland.  Registration starts at 9 a.m. with refreshments and a wellness village, then a welcoming address and a spoken-word performance by Warner Pacific student Wesley Guy.

Organizers say this year’s event comes at an unusually fragile time for Black families – and that a new campaign they are launching at the Symposium is designed to enlist the entire city in wrapping positivity around kids.

The campaign takes a page from an annual Portland Public Schools event called, “Young, Gifted and Black,” which seeks out and celebrates successful kids in the community at a special annual ceremony.

The BPI is calling on families, friends, educators and “anyone who loves Black children and wants to do good by them” to use social media and call out the positive accomplishments of community youth using the hash tag #YGBnoble.

“Here is what you need to do to capture your child or a youth you know and showcase them in their moments of being noble and shining in their giftedness,” the group’s campaign says.

“Post pictures, accomplishments, or just everyday moments that capture their brilliance.

“Our children are worthy, valued and important. We are the ones that must let them know.”

“Every American generation has its moment -- for our generation Ferguson, Mo., should be it,” says BPI President and CEO Charles McGee III.

“As I watched and reflected on the situations as they unfolded I felt helpless,” he says. “As my 4 year old asked me questions about God’s presence I felt a deep sense of pain and hurt, knowing that no answer would be ‘right’ and that ultimately no matter how much my wife and I teach him, the reality of being a Black man in America still leaves a slight possibility he might be one of those causalities of perception.

“The most hurtful part was that even as I was seeking to collect my thoughts, locally Black children were killing each other,” he says. “I felt such a great contradiction.

“Then one day while watching CNN I heard actor, activist and rapper David Banner speaking. In his rage I felt something; I felt some weird sense of hope.”

McGee says he has known Banner and his music career for years, but then he learned about the rapper’s study towards a Ph.D.

“David is not your ordinary Grammy award winner – something is different about him. So I called David and invited him to come to Portland,” McGee says. “David needs to help us have a different conversation -- a conversation that I hope leads to our own community revolution.”

The BPI Symposium’s workshops on Saturday unfold with community speakers including Sheila Warren of the Portland Parent Union; Woodlawn School first-grade teacher Lionel Clegg; Passage to Higher Education program founder Noni Causey; and artist/educational administrator/international aid worker Seth Rue.

Then in the mid-afternoon McGee plans a presentation on the #YGBnoble campaign before Banner’s performance – that session starts at 1:15 p.m.

“We feel right now there is no greater time to encourage our children to be the best that they can be despite the odds, despite the violence, despite the challenges that come,” says BPI’s Parent University Manager Velynn Brown.

“This symposium is timely because of the events in Ferguson; we're all a little anxious,” she said.

“We are all shaken up and what we want to do is call on the community and educators and supporters to stand up and be noble in the face of ugliness,” Brown says. “We are a people that can rise above and we can call our children to do the same.”

“Every American generation has its moment – this is ours,” McGee says. “Let’s do something new – let’s embrace young, gifted, Black and noble but let’s challenge every element of our community to action.

“Let’s flip the script.”

For more information go to www.thebpi.org.

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