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NEWS BRIEFS

Mississippi Avenue Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 22, 10 percent of proceeds from participating Mississippi Ave. businesses will go to SEI ...

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 seeks answers after Oregon student injured on trip

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The family of an Oregon college student is searching for answers after the 22-year-old was found injured and unconscious near railroad tracks in Truckee, California.The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Aaron Salazar remains in the critical care unit at a hospital in Reno,...

Oregon mom raises awareness after baby dies from meningitis

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Summer Poff knew something was wrong with her 7-month-old son, Blaize, early in the morning on May 11.He was fussy, feverish and wouldn't go to sleep. The Salem mom tried to soothe her baby and gave him Tylenol, but at 3 a.m, she knew she needed to take him to the...

Lawsuit says Army Corps is failing to protect marine habitat

SEATTLE (AP) — Three conservation groups have sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying it fails to protect marine habitat because it doesn't adequately regulate seawalls and other structures built along many stretches of Puget Sound shoreline.Sound Action, Friends of the San Juans and...

Facelift of Seattle's Space Needle nears completion

SEATTLE (AP) — Tourism is booming in Seattle. Just take a look at the Space Needle.The family-owned landmark is set to unveil the biggest renovation in its 56-year history next month, a 0 million investment in a single year of construction that transformed the structure's top viewing...

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

Man charged with shooting at black teen waives hearing

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A white suburban Detroit homeowner accused of shooting at a black teenager who came to his door to ask for directions will stand trial.Jeffrey Zeigler was bound over Tuesday to circuit court after waiving his preliminary examination on assault with intent to...

GLAAD study finds LGBTQ representation in film fell in 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite high-profile Oscar wins for art house films like "Call Me By Your Name" and "A Fantastic Women," LGBTQ representation in films from the seven biggest Hollywood studios fell significantly in 2017 according to a study released Tuesday by the advocacy organization...

Black man ordered to pay [scripts/homepage/home.php],000 for racist campus graffiti

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former Eastern Michigan University student who admitted to painting racist graffiti on campus has been ordered to pay more than [scripts/homepage/home.php],000 in restitution.The Ann Arbor News reports 29-year-old Eddie Curlin learned his punishment Monday after earlier pleading guilty to...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Wake-up call': Vegas casino workers vote on citywide strike

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hundreds of unionized Las Vegas casino workers packed a university arena in red T-shirts and resort uniforms as they voted Tuesday on whether to call for a citywide strike that could have huge financial implications for the tourist-dependent destination.Members of the...

Woman accuses R. Kelly of sexual battery, giving her herpes

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer R. Kelly sexually abused a woman, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment, and infected her with herpes, the woman said in a lawsuit filed in New York.Faith Rodgers said in the suit filed Monday that she met Kelly about a year ago after a concert in San...

A farewell to the road for Paul Simon

NEW YORK (AP) — Farewell tours don't always mean farewell, but are a ripe time for appreciation and appraisal. Paul Simon's concerts and a new biography offer the opportunity for both.Simon's "Homeward Bound" tour began last week in Vancouver and takes him across North America, to Europe and...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Soccer star Brandi Chastain or Gary Busey? Fans pan plaque

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Social media is finding little to like about the likeness on a plaque honoring retired...

Woman accuses R. Kelly of sexual battery, giving her herpes

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer R. Kelly sexually abused a woman, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment,...

APNewsbreak: Pentagon adopts new cellphone restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of debate, the Defense Department approved Monday new restrictions for the...

Brazil leader won't seek re-election

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Michel Temer is ending speculation that he might seek re-election...

Rights group: Rohingya insurgents massacred Myanmar Hindus

BANGKOK (AP) — Amnesty International said Wednesday that Myanmar's army was not the only group that has...

Romania court acquits Senate speaker of lying under oath

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has acquitted the Senate speaker of making false statements...

Gwen Car
By The Skanner News

PHOTO: The Oregon Historical Society opens A Community on the Move, the third exhibition in a series produced by the Oregon Black Pioneers. This groundbreaking exhibition explains how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects impacted Portland’s black families and businesses. Public talks are scheduled as well through March. The first, on ‘The Community: Families, Churches, & Social Clubs,’ is coming up Sunday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. at the June Key Delta Sigma Community Center, 5940 N Albina Ave., Portland. For more information go to www.ohs.org. Photo by Lisa Loving

 


Community-based Art Project Adds to Post-Ferguson Conversation

In the months following the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, young people around the country are galvanizing, protesting and demanding to be heard.

In that spirit is ‘My Black Sons & Daughters are Worthy,” a performance and celebration Saturday, Feb. 7, door opens at 6 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m., at the Blazers Boys & Girls Club, 5250 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

My Black Sons & Daughters Are Worthy is a community-based art project, primarily funded by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, which allows parents of black children, whether biological, adopted, foster, etc., to publically acknowledge and honor the worthiness of their children.

Concluding the My Black Sons & Daughters Are Worthy performance will be the Y.O.U.th Summit’s “Be The Change” concert, featured local talent Mic Crenshaw, Blacque Butterfly, RoseCity Mischief, Talilo, and DJ Grimrock. Spirit of Portland winner Imani Muhammad founded the first Y.O.U.th Summit in 2007 in response to the inner Northeast Portland shooting death of 14-year-old DaVonte Lightfoot, a Benson High School student and one of Muhammad’s former students.

For more information go to www.ReneeMitchellSpeaks.com.

 

Register Now for Business after School: Engineering Week 

Young adults interested in visiting local businesses and learning about careers surrounding engineering have until noon on Feb. 10 to register for Business After School: Engineering Week.

The event is Feb. 16-18 and is open to young adults, ages 16-21. Sponsoring companies: Kiewit Infrastructure West, Silicon Forest Electronics, GeoDesign, Columbia Machine, MacKay Sposito and Elkhart Plastics are hosting two-hour events from 3-5 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. on one of the three days and will be providing company tours, hands-on activities and discussions of the necessary education, training, skills and job prospects.

To register to attend an event, go to www.business-after-school.webs.com and click the "Events & Registration" tab.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required (no drop-ins) and space is limited. Youth under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum 10 students to one chaperone. Participants will arrange their own transportation.

Many industries will face labor shortages in the near future as long-time employees retire and industry growth outpaces trained workers. Bridging this gap is critical and why the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, Clark College, Columbia River Economic Development Council, Cowlitz Economic Development Council, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Lower Columbia College and Washington State University Vancouver have created Business After School to help young adults learn about and explore high-growth industries and gather information about career opportunities and skills they'll need to obtain jobs.

For more information, visit www.swwdc.org.

 

BPI’s STEAM-Xplosion 2015

The Black Parent Initiative and Portland Community College are hosting a science education fair for communities of color - STEAM-Xplosion 2015
The event will be held at the PCC Southeast Campus on Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and will focus on bringing families who are traditionally underrepresented in technology together with inventors, app-developers and engineers.

STEAM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, is an expansion of the STEM acronym, adding in the importance of Art to the sciences.

STEM represents one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. High paying STEM-related careers are expected to grow 17 percent through 2018 compared 10 percent of non-STEM jobs.

Some sessions for children are divided up by age and gender. There are activities for those as young as 4-years-old with Stacey Sowder’s chemistry demonstrations aimed at the young scientist.

The gendered break-out sessions provide safe places for boys and girls to explore STEM with their peers. Young women are encouraged to attend the Girls Inc. STEM Superstar Challenge with Karin Malbrough. Young men can check out the Brothaman Tech Incubator with Jomo Greenidge.

There are also workshops on application development, forensic science and renewable energy solutions.
To learn more or to RSVP for the event, go to www.thebpi.org.

 

HIV Awareness and Testing App

National Black HIV Awareness Day is on Feb. 7 and the CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year. A simple, life-saving tool is Healthvana – a yelp-like health app that helps users find Free HIV & STD testing centers in their area. 

The app or website - https://www.healthvana.com/free-std-testing/ provides users the following information.

  1. STD Testing Services offered at the location.
  2. Hours of Operation and Average wait time
  3. Communities Serviced – LGBT, Youth or Women
  4. STD Treatment services offered at the location
  5. If Services are Free or if Insurance is accepted
  6. Shows when listing is last update
  7. Phone number and website of clinic
  8. Recommendations by other Healthvana users

The highly curated locator was developed over a three-year period with Healthvana team members traveling all over the U.S. to visit and recommend centers. If you are interested in speaking to the CEO, Ramin Bastani, please let us know. Utilizing smart design and technology, Healthvana believes it will dramatically reduce STDs through its radically different approach to prevention. The company’s mission is to help people make better health decisions by giving them high quality information at their fingertips.

For more information tweet @healthvana or go to www.healthvana.com.

 

Community Discussions on Race and Policing

Widespread protests in response to the deaths of black men at the hands of police in 2014 have prompted national conversation over issues of race and policing—subjects with which many residents of the Portland area have long been familiar. 

In February, Oregon Humanities invites Portland-area community members to talk about the challenges built into how we protect ourselves in a series of community discussions on race and policing. The discussions will be led by trained facilitators and will take place at the following locations around Multnomah County:

Saturday, Feb. 14, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Kenton Library, 8226 N Denver Ave., Portland. Facilitated by Reiko Hillyer, assistant professor of history at Lewis & Clark College.

Saturday, Feb. 28, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark St., Portland. Facilitated by Wendy Willis, executive director of the Policy Consensus Initiative.

The events are free and open to the public. Oregon Humanities is planning two additional events for later in February. Visit oregonhumanities.org for the latest information.

 

Portland Job Fair Coming Up

The City of Portland's 15th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25 at The Ambridge Events Center, 1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As part of its ongoing mission to "Get America Back To Work in 2015", The Diversity Employment Day Career Fair offers the general public a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with recruiters and staffing managers from Union Pacific, Country Financial, Kaiser Permanente, Les Schwab Tires, Oregon State Lottery and over 20 other major employers representing hundreds of jobs and careers from entry to professional level.
The largest and longest-running recruiting event for diversity and inclusion in the nation, The Diversity Employment Day Career Fair serves Multicultural and

Bilingual communities, People with Disabilities, Women, LGBT, Veterans and Mature Workers. Oregon's top corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations eagerly participate to discover the Greater Portland area's most qualified candidates at this huge annual event.

The Diversity Employment Day Career Fair is free and open to the general public 18 years of age and older. Business attire and résumés are required. Candidates can skip the lines by emailing résumés to fasttrack@citycareerfair.com with PORTLAND in the subject line.

 

Portland’s Black Creative Collective @ Work

Stop by the Collins Gallery at the Central Branch of the Multnomah County Library from through March 8 to check out a curated installation of Portland's Black creatives mobilizing visual art, printed materials, movement, and voice to honor and celebrate the intersection of interests, histories, and cultural production of our community.

Then join the poets, performers, and image makers of Portland’s Black Creative Collective: BrownHall for an art-filled Opening Reception on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 2 pm.

Featuring: Akela Jaffi Auer, Turiya Autry, Samiya Bashir, Aasha Benton, Aisha Edwards, Diamond Ferguson, Chris Fuzell, Keyon Gaskin, Jamondria Harris, Elijah Hasan, Lin Lucas, Nakeia R. Medcalf, André Middleton, S. Renee Mitchell, Sidony O'neal, Alex Riedlinger, Jonny Sanders, Sharita Towne, Tasha Triplett, David Walker.

Free and open to the public, Collins Gallery, 3rd Floor Central Library, 801 SW10th Avenue, Portland.

For more information go to www.multcolib.org/events.

 

For more Portland and Seattle events, check our community calendar.

 

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