05-24-2018  2:50 pm      •     
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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 ...

Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an employee of her husband...

Attorney general issues ballot title for assault weapons ban

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's attorney general has released a certified ballot title for an initiative that would restrict the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in the state.The title released Wednesday revises the draft caption following comments from the public and the...

Power outages temporarily halt flights at Sea-Tac Airport

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say scattered power outages halted some flights on the south side of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.KOMO-TV reports airport spokesman Perry Cooper said after 12:30 p.m. Thursday that flights were slowly resuming.Airport officials said on Twitter that all power...

Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an employee of her husband...

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

NFL's policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook.The question is whether they intend to escalate their protests in some way."The owners can...

Court: School can let trans students use bathroom of choice

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district can allow transgender students to continue using bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identity, a federal appeals court panel ruled Thursday.A three-judge panel heard extended arguments in the case before conferring...

Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Body camera video showing police using a stun gun on an NBA player over a parking violation is just the latest setback for efforts to improve the strained relationship between Milwaukee officers and the city's black population.The confrontation involving Milwaukee Bucks...

ENTERTAINMENT

Scenes cut from 'Show Dogs' over resemblance to sexual abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two scenes are being cut from the family movie "Show Dogs" after complaints that they resemble real-life sexual abuse, the movie's distributor has announced.In the movie, a police dog goes undercover at a dog show to catch animal smugglers.In one scene, the dog is told to...

Stoner comedy pioneer Tommy Chong still toking, joking at 80

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he'd live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America.He knew when he and partner Cheech Marin pioneered stoner comedy 50 years ago, a time when taunting the establishment with constant reminders that they...

Paltrow: Brad Pitt threatened Harvey Weinstein

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow says ex-boyfriend Brad Pitt threatened producer Harvey Weinstein after an alleged incident of sexual misconduct.The 45-year-old actress told "The Howard Stern Show" on Wednesday she was "blindsided." Paltrow claimed she was 22 when Weinstein placed his hands...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

MLB panel says baseballs getting extra lift, cause unknown

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseballs really have been getting extra lift since 2015, and it's not from the exaggerated...

Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Body camera video showing police using a stun gun on an NBA player over a parking...

Bus driver charged in crash that killed student, teacher

A school bus driver with a history of driver's license suspensions caused a fatal crash on a New Jersey highway...

Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister said Thursday he will seek approval next week to fast-track...

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

SALALAH, Oman (AP) — Cyclone Mekunu roared over the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on its way...

Saudi Arabia releases 3 women as other activists still held

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi authorities have released three prominent women's rights...

A still from 'Future: Portland' produced by Brushfire Creative Partners
Donovan M. Smith Of The Skanner News

 A screenshot from the short-film 'Future: Portland' the premiere offering of Brushfire Creative Partners, which is a new media agency with a mission to nurture Portland's Black community. Photo via Youtube

Under the headship of well-known community stewards, digital producer Ifanyi Bell and photographer Margaret Jacobsen, a new communications agency has been launched called Brushfire Creative Partners.

Its mission is to act as a “Socially Sustainable Creative Agency” and foster community without any elitism.  

“We believe that transparency in the media industry and accurate representation of culture are critical elements of a functioning community,” says Bell, a former producer for both NPR and OPB.  “Creative industry and processes related to expression deserve the same kind of public attention and scrutiny as is applied to the fossil fuel industry.”

With gentrification moving rapidly through neighborhoods once predominately Black, the vanishing act has also taken with it many key social spaces for the community. In its premier offering, Brushfire addresses this issue along with its effect on the collective psyche of many Black Portlanders in a video titled ‘Future: Portland.’

“Physical location is really critical to people, and I think especially to Black folk,” says Black Parent Initiative founder Charles McGee, in the video. “Spaces have always been not only places where we gather, but places where we get fulfilled. Where we see each other, where we tell our stories and where we become whole again.” 

The short video was inspired by one of Bell’s essays published in Oregon Humanities' quarterly magazine, titled “The Air I Breathe.” In it, Bell details at length his experience living in Portland as a man of color, his decision to leave OPB, and his subsequent move to Philadelphia.  

Right before splitting with OPB and moving to Philly, Bell met Jacobsen and Bushfire Creative Partners was born.

He speaks highly of his former employer—but Bell says it was time to move on and tell the stories of the Black community in a different way.

“Brushfire is about owning and controlling the media that we create, that comes from people of color,” he asserts. “We express ourselves, and those expressions that take the form of art and music become a part of a larger collective, the larger community. [It’s] something people can see, hear, and make money off of.

Jacobsen says, in addition to community, she hopes that their agency will also act as an agent of trust.

“We live in a time where social barriers are breaking down very rapidly, and the interest of industry to capitalize on newly available social assets can sometimes come at the expense of broken cultural trust and exploitation,” she says. “Part of BCP’s mission is to provide examples and solutions that prevent that from happening.”

To learn more about Brushfire Creative Partners visit the website www.brushfirecp.com.

For more on Margaret Jacobsen’s work visit her website: http://margaretjacobsen.com/

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