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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 ...

Oregon State study says it's OK to eat placenta after all

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — First experts said eggs are bad for you, then they say it's OK to eat them. Is red wine good for your heart or will it give you breast cancer?Should you eat your placenta?Conflicting research about diets is nothing new, but applying the question to whether new mothers...

US arrest, raids in Seattle pot probe with China ties

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities have arrested a Seattle woman, conducted raids and seized thousands of marijuana plants in an investigation into what they say is an international black market marijuana operation financed by Chinese money, a newspaper reported Saturday.Authorities are still...

State sees need to reduce elk damage in the Skagit Valley

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Elk are easy to spot against the green backdrop of the Skagit Valley, where much of the resident North Cascades elk herd that has grown to an estimated 1,600 is found.For farmers in the area — especially those who grow grass for their cattle or to sell to...

Famed mini sub's control room to become future exhibit

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport has a new addition to its archives — the salvaged control room of the legendary, one-of-a-kind Cold War-era miniature submersible NR-1.Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear Navy, conceived the idea for the...

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

Guess who's coming to Windsor? Royal ceremony weds cultures

BURLINGTON, New Jersey (AP) — With a gospel choir, black cellist and bishop, Oprah, Serena and Idris Elba in the audience and an African-American mother-of-the-bride, Saturday's wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle was a blend of the solemn and the soulful.Guess who's...

A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

WINDSOR, England (AP) — The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry's royal heritage, Meghan Markle's biracial roots and the pair's shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern face on the monarchy.British...

First class for Mississippi school after desegregation deal

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — A small Mississippi Delta town whose rival high schools were combined last year under a desegregation settlement has held its first graduation ceremony.No longer Trojans and Wildcats, they're all Wolves now at Cleveland Central High School, whose seniors collected...

ENTERTAINMENT

Reggie Lucas, who worked with Miles Davis and Madonna, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Reggie Lucas, the Grammy-winning musician who played with Miles Davis in the 1970s and produced the bulk of Madonna's debut album, has died. He was 65.The performer's daughter, Lisa Lucas, told The Associated Press that her father died from complications with his heart early...

Broadcast networks go for milk-and-cookies comfort this fall

NEW YORK (AP) — If provocative, psyche-jangling shows like "The Handmaid's Tale" are your taste, head directly to streaming or cable. But if you're feeling the urge for milk-and-cookies comfort, broadcast television wants to help.The upcoming TV season will bring more sitcom nostalgia in the...

Met says it has evidence Levine abused or harassed 7 people

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera said in court documents Friday that it found credible evidence that conductor James Levine engaged in sexually abusive or harassing conduct with seven people that included inappropriate touching and demands for sex acts over a 25-year period.The Met...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Small clubs cross fingers for World Cup windfalls

TORCY, France (AP) — The ideal scenario for the club where Paul Pogba played football as a kid might go...

On time, on target: LeBron, Cavs pound Celtics in Game 3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside...

US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China have agreed to take measures to "substantially reduce"...

Insect ambassadors: Honeybees buzz on Berlin cathedral

BERLIN (AP) — On the roof of Berlin's cathedral, bees are buzzing.Beekeeper Uwe Marth pulls out a honeycomb...

Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address

WINDSOR, England (AP) — And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and...

Episcopal bishop Curry gives royal wedding an American flair

WINDSOR, England (AP) — Nothing quite captured the trans-Atlantic nature of Saturday's royal wedding as...

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BIG BUDGET FILMS     

Paper Towns (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, underage drinking and partial nudity) Adaptation of John Green's young adult novel, set in Orlando, about a teenager (Nat Wolff) who enlists the help of his friends to solve the mysterious disappearance of the next-door neighbor (Cara Delevingne) he has a crush on. Cast includes Halston Sage, Austin Abrams, Jaz Sinclair and Justice Smith.

Pixels (PG-13 for profanity and suggestive content) Sci-fi comedy revolving around a trio of retro-gamers (Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) recruited by the President of the United States (Kevin James) to save the day when the planet is attacked by aliens who fight like the monsters in classic arcade games like Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. With Michelle Monaghan, Jane Krakowski, Dan Aykroyd and Affion Crockett.

Southpaw (R for violence and pervasive profanity) Jake Gyllenhaal plays the title character in this bittersweet tale of redemption about a disgraced boxer who attempts to win back his championship belt with the help of a crafty veteran trainer (Forest Whitaker). Support cast includes Rachel McAdams, 50 Cent, Naomie Harris and Oona Laurence.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Capital C (Unrated) Crowdfunding documentary exploring the benefits and pitfalls of financing an entrepreneurial enterprise by pitching a plethora of potential investors via social networking.

Five Star (Unrated) Gangsta saga, set in Brooklyn, inspired by the real life story of a member of the Bloods (James Grant) who decided to adopt the son (John Diaz) of his murdered mentor. With Wanda Nobles Colon, Jasmine Burgos, Larry Bogad and Richard Bird.

A Gay Girl in Damascus (Unrated) LBGT-themed documentary exposing an Arab blogger who falsely claimed to be kidnapped and persecuted by Syrian authorities for being a lesbian. (In English, French and Arabic with subtitles)

Lucky Stiff (Unrated) Adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical comedy revolving around a bachelor (Dominic Marsh) who ventures to Monte Carlo to claim an $8 million inheritance from the recently-deceased, rich uncle (Don Amendolia) he never knew he had. With Jason Alexander, Dennis Farina and Pamela Shaw.

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (unrated) Reverential biopic chronicling the life and times of the legendary vaudeville icon (1887-1966) who wowed audiences from the turn of the 20th Century through the mid-Sixties. Featuring commentary by Barbara Walters, Tony Bennett and Carol Channing.

Phoenix (PG-13 for mature themes and suggestive material) Post World War II saga, set in Berlin, about a disfigured, concentration camp survivor's (Nina Hoss) search for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who had turned her over to the Nazis. With Kirsten Block, Uwe Preuss, Imogen Kogge and Nina Kunzendorf. (In German and English with subtitles)


Runoff (R for drug use) Rural tale of survival about a desperate woman (Joanne Kelly) who will to stop at nothing to keep a failing, family farm threatened with foreclosure afloat after her husband (Neal Huff) falls ill. With Rashel Bestard, Tom Bower and Drew Cash.

Samba (R for profanity) Omar Sy stars as the title character in this romantic dramedy, set in Paris, as an undocumented immigrant who falls in love with the advocate (Charlotte Gainsbourg) fighting his impending deportation back to Senegal. With Tahar Rahim, Izia Higelin and Youngar Fall. (In French, English, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian and Arabic with subtitles)


Unexpected (R for profanity) Baby-mama dramedy, set in Chicago, about a pregant, public high school teacher (Cobi Smolders) who forges an unlikely friendship with a student (Gail Bean) also coping with an unplanned pregnancy. Cast includes Anders Holm, Elizabeth McGovern and Robyn Coffin.


The Vatican Tapes (PG-13 for disturbing violence and sexual references) Fact-based horror flick inspired by a real-life tale of demonic possession where a Catholic priest (Michael Pena) was summoned to exorcise a 27 year-old woman (Olivia Dudley) wrestling with a satanic force. Featuring Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott and Kathleen Robertson.

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