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Jazz Festival Turns 39

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival kicks off this Friday afternoon in St. Johns

Billy Webb Elks Lodge Seeks Historic Designation Status

A decade after [scripts/homepage/home.php] million in renovations breathed new life into the Billy Webb Elks Lodge, members are working to designate the headquarters of Portland’s only remaining African American Fraternal Organization as a historic landmark

Portland Grocery Launches an Innovative Solution for Dog-Owning Customers

Customers can use the app-connected houses as a safer and smarter solution when shopping with their dogs, rather than leaving them in the car or tied up on the street.

Oregon State Workers Could Get up to 15% Raises

Public employee unions representing Oregon state workers have negotiated new contracts that would provide pay increases of up to 15% over the next two-year budget period.


Human Rights Campaign Appoints Its First African American President

Alphonso David, an accomplished and nationally-recognized LGBTQ civil rights lawyer and advocate, will lead the organization beginning...

Alberta Commons Hosts Public Grand Opening Celebration July 20

Dream Street Community Market event will feature food, drinks, art and music ...

Living Room Realty Announces Scholarship Opportunity

The scholarship will help facilitate a path toward a real estate career for underrepresented communities ...

U.S. Bank Invests $1 Million with the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“Through this support of the National Museum, we hope these historical stories and rich cultural experiences will continue to...

Police Evacuate City Hall, Close Terry Schrunk Plaza

City Hall closed due to suspicious package ...

California man drowns in Oregon trying to help daughter

LYONS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a California man drowned in a river south of Portland, Oregon, as he tried to help his 12-year-old daughter who appeared to be in distress.The Marion County Sheriff's Office says emergency crews responded to a report of a swimmer who had gone underwater in...

Police: 1 in custody after shot fired at Foster Farms plant

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A man opened fired a handgun Thursday morning at a corndog manufacturing plant in Corvallis before surrendering to police.Police said they arrested 22-year-old Adrian Nickerson on suspicion of firing a single shot in a woman's restroom within a Foster Farms processing...

Missouri DE Williams pleads to misdemeanor, put on probation

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri defensive end Tre Williams pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation after prosecutors dropped a felony domestic assault charge.The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Williams pleaded guilty to peace disturbance and was...

Florida's Mullen hoping for sizable leap in 2nd season

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Dan Mullen made a big leap in his second season at Mississippi State, but his Florida team doesn't have quite so much room to grow.Unless, of course, the Gators can jump to national contender status. That's what another four-win improvement would mean.The Bulldogs won...


Breast Cancer Is the Most Imperative Health Issue Facing African American Women

An estimated 6,540 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among Black women in 2019. ...

Trump Levels Racist Attack on Congresswomen of Color in Latest Social Media Screed

As is his general habit, Trump lies in his communications and brands places where people of color reside as dangerous. President Trump has a long history of racism as does his late father, Fred Trump. Fred Trump was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Queens,...

Hearing on H.R. 40 Puts Reparations Debate in National Spotlight

“These are the vestiges of enslavement that people don't want to deal with,” said Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the former President of Bennett College. ...

Perfecting the Cat Nap: Lessons on Sleep From a Cat

Watching Soleil's languorous lifestyle has inspired me to establish better sleeping habits which have led to increased happiness and productivity. ...


2020 debates: Biden-Harris rematch and progressive faceoff

ATLANTA (AP) — The second set of summer Democratic presidential debates will feature a rematch with a twist, plus the first showdown of leading progressives as the party wrestles with its philosophical identity and looks ahead to a 2020 fight against President Donald Trump.Former Vice...

How to beat Trump? Dems divided as he rams race onto ballot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden was at a soul food restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday when he blasted President Donald Trump's "racist" taunts at a rally the night before."This is about dividing the country," the early Democratic front-runner, who has been criticized for his own handling of...

The Latest: Trump claims he was 'not happy' with chant

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local):1:10 p.m.President Donald Trump says he "was not happy" when his supporters at a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina chanted "send her back" in reference to Democratic Rep....


Hollywood stars open wallets to Buttigieg's 2020 campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — A-list celebrities seem to be opening their hearts — or at least their wallets — to Pete Buttigieg.The South Bend, Indiana, mayor was a virtual unknown months ago. But he used breakout town hall performances, viral moments and his biography as a millennial,...

Hamilton, Schwarzenegger tease R-rated 'Terminator' sequel

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Leave the kids at home, "Terminator: Dark Fate" is getting an R-rating.Director Tim Miller told the audience at San Diego Comic-Con that it wasn't always going to be the plan, but the fans demanded it. The panel that kicked off the fan convention Thursday morning may also...

Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con with 'Top Gun' sequel trailer

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tom Cruise has made an unexpected flyby at San Diego Comic-Con to debut the first trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick."The audience in the 8,000 seat room went wild for Cruise Thursday afternoon. He closed out what had been billed only as a panel for "Terminator: Dark...


British Open back at Royal Portrush and puts on quite a show

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory...

Trump disavows 'send her back' cry, Omar stands defiant

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday chided his supporters who chanted "send her back" when...

Man shouting 'You die!' kills 33 in Japan anime studio fire

TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable...

Italian writer, director Luciano De Crescenzo dies at 90

ROME (AP) — Luciano De Crescenzo, an Italian writer, actor and director, has died in Rome after being...

Greek police name suspect in US scientist's killing, rape

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have identified a suspect accused of the brutal killing...

AP Explains: Why NATO member Turkey wants Russian missiles

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO ally Turkey is being kicked out of the U.S.-led F-35 fighter jet program over...

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist

Hip-hop is a global cultural phenomenon that continues to evolve in many different music and art forms, languages, dialects, and creative formats throughout the world.  As we look back over the last 30 years or more, it is important to understand that hip-hop continues to help shape the consciousness and aspirational values of hundreds of millions of young people.  In fact, I would strongly posit that hip-hop as a transcendent and transformative cultural force has helped to irreversibly change the world into a better place. 

Young people today in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and yes here in North America are less patient with poverty, injustice and the status quo.  They want change not only in their poetry and lyrics, but also young people yearn and cry out for a better quality of life now in their lifetime.  They are demanding change, and young people today are making change a socioeconomic and political reality.  Just two years ago, it was here in the United States that young voters made the critical difference in the outcome of the election of President Barack H. Obama.  No one should ever ignore or forget the fact that it was the unprecedented youth voter turnout in 2008 in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and in Ohio as well as in the other "swing states" that helped to bring current "political change" to America.  Millions of young voters registered and went to the polls for the first or second time in their lives.

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN).   For three days, June 12-14, 2001, inside the New York City Hilton, hip-hop artists from every region of the nation, managers, promoters, recording industry executives, media publishers, civil rights and community leaders, grassroots activists, academic and spiritual leaders, and members of the U.S. Congress all gathered together to participate in the pivotal and historic summit meeting under the theme of "Taking back responsibility." 

As a result of the success of the summit, Russell Simmons and I co-founded the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network to harness the cultural relevance of hip-hop music to serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other socioeconomic and political concerns fundamental to the empowerment of youth.  In other words, HSAN was founded to carry out and to fulfill the commitments made at the 2001 summit and to organize and mobilize the growing hip-hop constituency to be agents and leaders for fundamental change in our communities across America.  It has been a decade of unstoppable struggle and progress.  From 2001 to 2010, HSAN has sponsored more than 75 Hip-Hop Summits in cities in the states of New York, California, Texas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Mississippi.  We also convened Hip-Hop Summits in Toronto, Canada; Kinston, Jamaica; and in Johannesburg, South Africa. HSAN continues to be a non-profit, non-partisan international coalition of hip-hop artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates, civil and human rights proponents, and youth leaders united in the belief that hip-hop is an enormously influential agent for social change which must be responsibly and proactively utilized to fight the war on poverty and injustice.

From Jay Z to Eminem, from Naz to Erykah-Badu, from Beyonce to Master P, from Snoop Dog to Busta Rhymes, from Will Smith to Kanye West, from Dougie Fresh to Foxy Brown, from Jim Jones to Julez Santana, from Chris Brown to Fat Joe, from Tego Calderon to Don Omar, and from Missy Elliot to TI along with more than 300 other artists all of whom gave of their time, energy, money and support to help HSAN make a positive difference.  Whether it was "Get Your Vote Right" to "Get Your Money Right" to "Get Your House Right," or successfully challenging the repressive Rockefeller Drug Laws or rallying to restore $300 million to the NYC public school budget, the hip-hop community always rose to the agenda with direct action and support.

But the best way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hip-Hop Summit Network is to continue to raise more awareness and involvement of young people in every state in the U.S. and in every nation in the global community to demand more "progressive" change.  There are strong winds of repression now blowing from those who want to deny the future advancement of humanity.  2012 is fast approaching in the United States and the Tea Party is gearing up to take America backward.  HSAN along with the Hip-Hop Caucus and other organizations will have to mobilize once again.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee should both be challenged to ensure a large youth voter turnout in 2012.   If we have learned anything during the past 10 years, it is that all of us should be willing to give more and do more to insure freedom, justice, equality, and empowerment for all.

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is Senior Advisor for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and President of Education Online Services Corporation.

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