06-22-2018  3:14 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

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Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

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MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

Lawsuit seeks lawyer access to immigrants in prison

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rights group filed an emergency lawsuit in federal court Friday against top officials of U.S. immigration and homeland security departments, alleging they have unconstitutionally denied lawyers' access to immigrants in a prison in Oregon.Immigration and Customs...

Oregon woman accused of mistreating 3 children

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested an Oregon woman accused of criminally mistreating three children in her care.Lt. Henry Reimann of the Hillsboro Police Department says Merlinda Avalos limited the kids to two peanut sandwiches a day, prevented them from using the bathroom at night and...

Man charged in 1986 killing of 12-year-old Tacoma girl

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Lakewood man suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl in Tacoma over three decades ago has been charged with murder and rape.The News Tribune reports Pierce County prosecutors charged 66-year-old Gary Hartman Friday in connection with Michella Welch's death in 1986. She...

Federal agency approves Idaho field burning rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved Idaho's request to loosen field burning rules.Backers say the move offers more flexibility to keep smoke away from people but health advocates counter that it will lead to breathing problems for some residents.The U.S. Environmental...

OPINION

How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

The Latest: Serbia angry VAR wasn't consulted vs Switzerland

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local):1:07 a.m.Serbian football association Vice President Savo Milosevic is angry after his team's 2-1 World Cup defeat by Switzerland that the video assistant referee was not consulted on a second-half penalty appeal by...

Trial set in long-delayed post-Katrina racial shooting case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A trial date has been set for a white man accused of shooting at three black men in what federal prosecutors said was a racially motivated attack following Hurricane Katrina.The case of Roland Bourgeois Jr. has dragged on for years. He was indicted five years after the...

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Albania's national flag was at the center of Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday at the World Cup.Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.Both players put their open hands...

ENTERTAINMENT

Actress Betty Buckley wants to 'make America happy again'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's busy. And then there's Betty Buckley busy.The veteran singer and actress began the month with four nights of concerts in New York celebrating the release of her new live album, "Hope."Buckley appeared earlier this week on the season finale of The CW's "Supergirl,"...

So much TV, so little summer: Amy Adams, Kevin Hart, Dr. Pol

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fall television season is months away but that's no reason to stare moodily at a blank screen. In this era of peak TV, there are so many outlets and shows clamoring for your summertime attention that it can be as daunting as choosing between a mojito and a frozen...

Honduran girl in symbolic photo not separated from mother

NEW YORK (AP) — A crying Honduran girl depicted in a widely-seen photograph that became a symbol for many of President Donald Trump's immigration policies was not actually separated from her mother, U.S. government officials said on Friday.Time magazine used an image of the girl, by Getty...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Police shooting of boy spurs more protests, appeals

Protesters demonstrated Friday for a third day over the fatal police shooting in Pennsylvania of an unarmed black...

Ex-New England Mafia boss 'Cadillac Frank' guilty in slaying

BOSTON (AP) — Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme was convicted Friday of killing a nightclub owner to keep...

Inmate charged with capital murder in Kansas deputy deaths

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 30-year-old inmate was charged Friday with capital murder in the shooting deaths...

UK split by Brexit divide 2 years after vote to leave EU

LONDON (AP) — It's been two years since the shoppers and traders of London's Romford market voted by a wide...

Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won't be easy

ROME (AP) — Barely a week in office, Italy's populist interior minister lost no time in bringing home his...

Rival Koreas agree to August reunions of war-split families

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold temporary reunions of families...

OMSI Genetics event flyer
Arashi Young of The Skanner News

Tracing Black heritage is often a difficult task. White people can trace their genealogy through birth records, death records and census data. But due to the devastating effects of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, African American people are often faced with a paucity of information.

“Black people weren't recorded as people until the 1870s census,” says Gina Paige, co-founder and president of the genetic testing company African Ancestry.

Where culture fails, science can now help African American people trace their roots and have a deeper understanding of their identity. On Friday Feb. 27, OMSI is presenting an evening of art and science about genetic testing, African culture and discovering one’s lost heritage.

“Without genetic ancestry tracing, there really is no way for an African American to know where their ancestry was prior to the slave trade,” Paige said. “The system of slavery was designed for complete disconnection.”

Paige is the keynote speaker and her speech will cover the historical context of ancestry tracing and the science behind genetics.

The event will also feature a drum and dance performance by the Sébé Kan West African Dance Ensemble and a special guest appearance by Stic.Man of Dead Prez.

Event organizer Karanja Crews brought Stic.Man to OMSI as part of his documentary “Sounds of Our Roots.” He has been reaching out to hip-hop artists to help them discover their African ancestry with the intent on creating a soundtrack inspired by this journey of identity.

A highlight of the evening will be the public revealing of the genetic heritage of Stic.Man, local artist Mic Capes and other audience members who previously submitted their DNA for testing.

The submitted DNA will be compared to the DNA samples in a lineage database. African Ancestry Co-founder Rick Kittles spent over 10 years working with historians and anthropologists to develop this collection of genetic information.

The result of the genetic test will tell the person which present-day country in Africa they originated from. In many cases, the test can also determine their specific African ancestral ethnic group.

Paige has witnessed a number of people get their genetic test results and says it is a stunning experience.

“Immediately, people are pretty overwhelmed,” Paige said. “It takes some time to sit with that information and research that information for it to have a deeper impact on people.”

Crews learned his genetic history last year; he has Nigerian roots on his from both sides of his family tree. His mother’s people came from the Yoruba tribe, while his father’s people were Igbo. This new information has changed his overall sense of identity.

“I identify myself now, not as two continents - African American, now I can say I'm Nigerian American,” Crews said.

Paige describes this work as being cross-cultural -- where previously there was a void of identity and connection only to a broad continent, African American people can find kinship within a shared history and culture.

“It helps Black Americans, Black people in the diaspora to dispel some of the stereotypes they may have been raised with about Africa and also helps Africans to connect better with the descendents of Africa,” Paige said.

To RSVP for this event, click here. The event has now sold out.

Learn more about African Ancestry’s genetic testing.

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