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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon BIPOC Caucus Calls for Action to Support Victims of Gun Violence

The Legislative Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Caucus has released the following statement in response to the tragedy at Half Moon Bay, CA that left seven dead and one person wounded, all of whom were people of color

Democrats Voice Priorities for Coming Year in the Capitol

Highlights from the Democrats 2023 legislative agenda. 

Colorado Lawmakers Look to AI to Detect Wildfires Earlier

A historic drought and recent heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight in the American West and scientists say warming weather will continue to make fires more frequent and destructive.

Justices Weigh Effort to Balance Washington State's Tax Code

Washington is one of nine states without an income tax, and its heavy reliance on sales and fuel taxes to pay for schools, roads and other public expenses falls disproportionately on low-income residents.

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon State Celebrates Black History Month With a Series of Events

Free events highlight the achievements and perseverance of Black and African American communities from the past to the present. ...

Word is Bond Announces Second Annual In My Shoes Walking-tour Project for Black History Month

Tours run February 4 through February 25, 2023 in King, New Columbia, Vancouver, Woodlawn, Goose Hollow, Montavilla, Parkrose, and...

Oregon Graduation Rate Rises With Gains Made In Every Student Group

Class of 2022 graduation rate is second highest In Oregon’s history ...

City Council Approves 13 to Independent District Commission

The commission will lead the effort to establish four new geographic districts for Portland’s next city council. ...

Incorporating Mindfulness Into Social Justice Classes Topic of Feb. 8 Oregon State Science Pub

The free event, which can be attended in person or viewed online, will feature a presentation by Kathryn McIntosh. She will discuss...

Name of Seattle officer in crash that killed woman released

SEATTLE (AP) — Police have released the name of a Seattle police officer who was responding to a medical call when his patrol SUV hit and killed 23-year-old Jaahnavi Kandula last week in a city crosswalk. Seattle Police Department Detective and spokesperson Judinna Gulpan confirmed...

Kidnap suspect released day he arrived at Nevada prison

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man at the center of an intense police search in Oregon after a violent kidnapping last week was released from custody in October 2021 by Nevada prison officials on the same day he was transferred to the state’s custody to serve a kidnapping sentence, authorities said...

Knight, Illinois State take down Southern Illinois 72-66

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Seneca Knight scored 24 points and Kendall Lewis secured the victory with a jump shot with 37 seconds remaining as Illinois State took down Southern Illinois 72-66 on Sunday. Knight shot 6 for 8, including 3 for 4 from 3-point range, and 9 of 10 from the free...

Deen scores 21 to lead Bradley to 83-76 victory over UIC

CHICAGO (AP) — Duke Deen had 21 points to lead Bradley to an 83-76 win over Illinois-Chicago on Sunday. Deen shot 5 for 10 from the floor (4 for 6 from 3-point range) and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line for the Braves (15-8, 8-4 Missouri Valley Conference). Malevy Leons added 19...

OPINION

It's Time to Irrigate the Fallow Ground of Minority Media Ownership

In 2023, one aspect of civil rights and racial justice that barely remains addressed is racial inclusion in media ownership. ...

A Letter to Residents of N. and N.E. Portland from Commissioner Susheela Jayapal

Susheela Jayapal, Multnomah County Commissioner for District 2, North and Northeast Portland, reviews her first four-year term and looks forward to her second term ...

Are Black Individuals Like Kanye West, Van Jones, and Stephen A. Smith ‘Perpetrating a Fraud,’ or is Self-Hate a Primary Motivator for Anti-Blackness

“So, you have two types of Negro. The old type and the new type. Most of you know the old type. When you read about him in history during slavery he was called ‘Uncle Tom.’ He was the House Negro.”-Malcolm X ...

We Need Not Forgive

We need not forgive racial injustices in America’s past, and we must never forget them. But as a nation, we can reconcile. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Trustees picked by DeSantis may change progressive college

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — “Your education. Your way. Be original. Be you.” That's how New College of Florida describes its approach to higher education in an admission brochure. The state school of fewer than 1,000 students nestled along Sarasota Bay has long been known for its...

State of emergency declared over Atlanta 'Cop City' protest

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Thursday, giving him the option of calling in the Georgia National Guard in response to a violent protest in downtown Atlanta over the killing by authorities of an environmental activist said to have shot a state trooper. ...

Jury rejects lawsuit filed by family of teen killed by cop

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal jury has found that a white Ohio police officer did not violate a Black teenager's civil rights when he shot and killed the boy while responding to a reported armed robbery. Jurors reached their verdict Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by Tyre King’s...

ENTERTAINMENT

New this week: Shania, 'Princess Power' and Pamela Anderson

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week. MOVIES — If you haven’t managed to catch “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” yet, the...

Review: Making of 'The Way We Were' is a rich, gossipy tale

“The Way They Were: How Epic Battles and Bruised Egos Brought a Classic Hollywood Love Story to the Screen” by Robert Hofler (Citadel) Most people seem to like their screen romances a little on the sad side. When the American Film Institute listed its top romantic...

Amina Luqman-Dawson’s 'Freewater' wins John Newbery Medal

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Amina Luqman-Dawson made time to write a children's book she calls her "little quiet project," a historical adventure about a community of escaped slaves that she completed while raising a son and working as a policy consultant and researcher on education and domestic...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Florida GOP leaders want to get rid of gun permits

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Saying gun owners don't need a government permission slip to protect their God-given...

Dems urge Biden to halt aid to Peru over protest crackdown

MIAMI (AP) — A group of House Democrats is urging the Biden administration to suspend all U.S. security...

Trump investigations: Georgia prosecutor ups anticipation

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Donald Trump and his allies have been put on notice by a prosecutor, but the...

Turkey favors approving Finland's NATO bid before Sweden's

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey could greenlight Finland’s membership in NATO before that of Sweden, if the...

Germany pledges 2 million for Brazil environment, Amazon

SAO PAULO (AP) — German development minister Svenja Schulze announced Monday that her government will make 204...

Dolphins, humans both benefit from fishing collaboration

A fishing community in southern Brazil has an unusual ally: wild dolphins. Accounts of people and...

By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News

Portland rising star Cassow called in at The Skanner News last week to talk about how the music biz is treating him. His latest work, Head of the Class, is getting love on websites like hotnewhiphop.com and Tha Northwest.

"This album sounds like real Hip Hop from the early 90's brought into the future. Amazing! Portland is next to blow!" comments The Saint on hotnewhiphop.com.
Born and raised in Portland, Ore., Cassow says he's working very hard to get his music out and recognized.
"I've only been doing this for two years but I've covered a lot of ground, he says. "In the next couple of years I plan on going on the road and doing as many shows as I can."

Name: Cassow

Hometown: Portland Oregon.

Schools: Benson High School; Grant High School; Western Oregon University (1 year)

Profession: Rap artist

Words to live by: "I'd rather wake up at 6 am every morning and chase my dream than wake up every morning working for someone who chased theirs"

Where did you get your name: Everyone asks me that. A friend of mine who died, Andre Dupree Payton, gave me my name. He thought I painted pictures with my songs, so he called me Picasso. I dropped the Pi and added a w to make it Cassow.

Where do you record and who do you work with? I recorded my last project Head of the Class at Flatline Studios with Terminill. And I'm filming now with some very good friends. They do everything for me. Trox is my guy. He is a producer and a DJ. On my last project he made Thru' My Eyes and Bad Manners. I also work with Stewart Villain. He made Champagne and Lost in the Wild.

What was your childhood like? I grew up with my grandparents. My mom was on drugs my whole childhood. And my father had another life and children in another house. My grandparents raised me really well. I became strong. It made me understand what life is like.

What about your high school years? I spent my junior year living with friends – couch surfing in a sense. It took something inside me to make the right decisions and move forward. I'm an internal person so music was the only way I could express myself. That's where my music came from – my struggles and hardships.

In your own work, what's your favorite track? The Ruins. My favorite tracks are: The Ruins, Thru' My Eyes and Lost in the Wild.


Who do you listen to? I listened to artists such as Jay-Z, Slick Rick, AZ and Kanye West. That's some of the stuff I listened to, to get me through hard times. It's soul touching. Just listening gave me the fire.

I listen to all types of music: blues, rock, and country too. Because if you listen to country close it's all about stories. Mostly all music is telling a story about something.

How did you start doing music? My uncle did music and I'd always go in there and play with the stuff and he'd record me. Music touches my soul personally in ways nothing else can. I can't explain the feeling of it.

Do you play any instruments? I picked up the harmonica last year and I've been playing it ever since. I like it a lot, and I also want to pickup the piano.

What's the story you want to tell? I want to show people that if you work hard anything is possible. A lot of rappers just rap about weed and girls. That's not me. I'm the type who goes to the gym and wants to give back. I want staying in shape to be the trend.

Why do you think youth make the wrong choices? Most kids want to do the right thing. A lot comes from peer pressure; the people they hang around with and the people right in front of them. Their friends make decisions for them. My grandfather always told me not to be a follower, and it's stuck with me. Everyone is not strong enough to realize it, especially when their parents are not there. Friends become family.

At the end of the day the cool one is the one who didn't smoke and didn't drink and everyone said was lame or uncool. Because when you are working or going to school, those cool ones will be standing on the corner still drinking and smoking.

What countries would you most like to visit? I'd like to go to Brazil, and I can't lie. It's because of the women there. It's like paradise.

Are you single? Let's just skip that. (laughs)

What do you think about Portland? Portland is not really a hip hop place, but I'm the type of guy, I'm going to work with what I've got. Some people use it as an excuse; I use it as motivation.

What's your favorite food? This may sound crazy but I could live off cereal. I don't really have a favorite. I can make anything work.

What about drinks? I'm trying to drink more tea. I heard Earl Grey is really good for you. And I like green tea, sodas and water.

Favorite shoes? Jordan 3s. And Jordan 11s.

Who do you rate in hip hop now? Macclemore. He is great live. I went to see him at Shabazz Palace in Seattle. It was crazy; that has to be my all-time favorite performance.

What are your musical ambitions? I have a good relationship with the Roseland and I want to build on that. I'd like to get into some of the festivals. And I hope to travel a lot in the next few years just performing. Some people are scared of performing in front of a live audience. I'm not. I love it and I have fun. And somehow I am going to bring my harmonica into my performance.

Other Ambitions? I'd like to launch my own independent clothing line. I would love to design some jeans that work for a business meeting but you can still wear to a club. They'd have some design, but nothing too crazy because that's kids' stuff. 

Find Cassow on Facebook at  Cassowtherebel or download his music at bandcamp

MLK Breakfast 2023

Photos from The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.