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NORTHWEST NEWS

Latest COVID-19 Projections Encouraging With Social Distancing

Latest COVID-19 projections show social distancing can cut coronavirus infections if Oregonians keep current measures in place into May

Five Metro Council Candidates Discuss Equity

District 5 candidates compete for open seat

Inslee: Washington Needs More Coronavirus Test Supplies

The governor suggested the shutdown of most businesses and extreme social distancing would likely have to be extended to fight the disease

Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Oregon

Gov. Brown praised the declaration, but says we still have significant requests pending, "first and foremost Oregon's request for more personal protective equipment from the national stockpile"

NEWS BRIEFS

Senators Demand Expanded Internet Access for Low-Income Oregonians Throughout COVID-19 Crisis

Wyden, Merkley urge Lifeline internet service providers to expand service to ensure Oregonians can work and learn remotely, access...

U.S. Census Bureau Statement on 2020 Census Call Centers

The phones may be busy at some call centers, but the public can respond to the Census online anytime ...

Oregon Medicaid Program Gains Flexibility to Better Serve Low-income Oregonians During Pandemic

Nearly one in four Oregonians currently receives health coverage through OHP. ...

Washington Elementary School Offers Food-Bearing Container Gardens During Meal Distribution

Large pots with food-bearing plants will be available for families to take home on Wednesday, April 1, from Catlin Elementary in...

Waterfront Blues Festival Cancelled for 2020

Organizers say the decision to cancel the popular festival was not taken lightly ...

Man arrested in murder of Portland pawn shop manager

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested a 22-year-old man Thursday in connection with the fatal shooting of a pawn shop manager earlier this week in Portland. Joseph Schneider was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery, according to the...

Man sentenced to 7 years in federal prison for child porn

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison and five years supervised release for transporting and having child pornography. The Oregon U.S. Attorney’s Office says Jonathan Murphy was sentenced Thursday. Court documents say in 2017,...

The Latest: 2 Madison Square Garden boxing cards called off

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):10 p.m.Two boxing cards at Madison Square Garden have been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.A few hours after announcing the fights would proceed without crowds, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

You're Pretty... For a Dark-Skinned Girl

Cloé Luv, an "unapologetically" dark-skinned Black woman tells her story ...

The ACA Has Never Been More Critical

Today I'm honoring the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law. ...

NAACP/Black Community: A Model for Resiliency

As America enters perhaps the most uncertain period in modern history, we will all be tested in new and unpredictable ways. ...

What the Government Can Do Now to Lessen the Impact of COVID-19

Dr. Roger Stark says during this pandemic the administration must give states more flexibility ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Study: Gonzaga, Michigan top academics-based NCAA brackets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gonzaga and Michigan stood out in a study that seeded men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament brackets based on graduation rates, academic success and diversity in the head-coaching ranks.The Zags were a No. 1 seed in both brackets released Thursday by The...

Study: racial graduation-rate gap grows for men's NCAA teams

A diversity report for graduation rates among potential NCAA Tournament teams found a larger gap between white and black men’s players from the previous year, while male players continue to lag behind their female counterparts overall.The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES)...

Judge: Man linked to white supremacist group to stay in jail

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man linked by the FBI to a white supremacist group and arrested ahead of a gun rights rally in Virginia must remain in federal custody while he awaits trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Boardman refused to set bond for Brian Mark...

ENTERTAINMENT

The Cuomo show, Andrew and Chris, enliven coronavirus TV

NEW YORK (AP) — With all their familial love and drama, the Cuomo brothers — Andrew during the daytime, Chris at night — have become compelling figures in the plague-driven landscape of American television.Andrew, New York's governor, holds a near daily televised briefing on...

Local newspapers are facing their own coronavirus crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — Just when Americans need it most, a U.S. newspaper industry already under stress is facing an unprecedented new challenge.Readers desperate for information are more reliant than ever on local media as the coronavirus spreads across the U.S. They want to know about cases in...

Tribeca Film Festival to proceed, in part, online

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tribeca Film Festival, postponed by the pandemic, is moving some elements of its annual New York event online.Tribeca organizers said Friday that much of its programming will be available either to the public or to the film industry over roughly the same days that the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

'Modern Family' promises satisfying end to its 11-season run

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd were mulling ideas for the 2009 TV...

Feeding the front lines, one duck confit at a time

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On a break from the front lines, nurse practitioner Gabe Westhemier tucked into a...

Democrats elevate health care as virus-era campaign argument

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are zeroing in on health care as one of the few issues that might resonate...

Agonizing decisions being made in Spain's virus hot spots

ZARZA DE TAJO, Spain (AP) — Raquel Fernández watched as cemetery workers lowered her grandmother's...

Russia detains activists trying to help hospital amid virus

MOSCOW (AP) — An activist doctor who had criticized Russia's response to the coronavirus outbreak was...

Chinese struggle to return to work as virus controls ease

WUHAN, China (AP) — After two months in locked-down Wuhan, Wei Lei was eager to get back to work on a...

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Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

As a former resident of the Motor City, Michael Sharbatz says Motown is in his blood.

For years though, the inner Motown lay dormant in the musician.

The Detroit native had never played a lick of soul music until he migrated West to form his five member band that produces what he likes to call "Garage Soul."

He says it just came to him in a moment of pure inspiration. And Brownish Black was born.

On Friday, April 22, the band will perform at Slabtown to celebrate the release of their freshman EP, "That Love." Brownish Black will be joined by musical guests On the Stairs, The Way Downs and DJ Seoul Brother Number 1. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Sharbatz says his band is a hybrid soul machine that doesn't have many local contemporaries to look up to.

"What it seems like we're doing is taking old soul sounds and infusing  it with a wide array of contemporary indy rock sounds to make a more charged soul sound."

He says most of his inspiration comes from the record bins and the only new album he remembers buying was another soul revivalist – Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.

"When she came and played the Crystal," he says. "We tried to make it a mandatory band field trip."

For Brownish Black, Sharbatz writes all the songs, but says like any group – which consists of Sharbatz on vocals/guitar, Vicki Porter on vocals, Ethan Boardman on drums/percussion, Mub Fractal on bass/vocals, and Aaron Burget on guitar – the songs become a team effort.

As for the EP, the lead singer tells The Skanner News that the songs are all about the good and bad things that love can bring into life.

To listen to Brownish Black and learn more about the band, visit their website at http://brownishblack.bandcamp.com

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