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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...

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...

Lawsuit seeks to change how Army Corps regulates shorelines

SEATTLE (AP) — Three conservation groups are suing the Army Corps of Engineers over how it regulates seawalls, bulkheads or other barriers built along shorelines across Puget Sound.Sound Action, Friends of The San Juans and the Washington Environmental Council want the Corps to better...

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

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 soccer champion Brandi Chastain.The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco unveiled the plaque on Monday night. Chastain said, "It's not the most flattering. But it's nice."On...

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...

Kim Jones
The Skanner News

This week saw two historic decisions from The Supreme Court of the United States as the justices dismissed challenges to President Obama's healthcare law and wrote marriage equality into US law. Those radicals!

But that news came late in a week overshadowed by grief for the victims of the mass shooting in Charleston. 

 

VIDEO: President Obama's Eulogy

President Obama gave the eulogy for Reverend Clement Pinckney and the eight other congregation members of Emanuel AME lost on June 17, 2015. The service was at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

 

Bryan Stevenson: Our Real Problem with Race

Bryan Stevenson at TED 2012The Marshall Project interviewed Bryan Stevenson, who runs the Equal Justice Initiative.  Stevenson told them:   

"I hear people talking about the civil rights movement and it sounds like a three-day carnival. Day One: Rosa Parks gave up her seat on the bus. Day Two: Dr. King led a march on Washington, and Day Three: we just changed all these laws. And we tell our history as if it's the true history when in fact that's not the true history.

The true history is that for decades, we humiliated black people in this country every day. For decades we did not let them vote, we did not let them get full education, we did not let them work for pay, we did not let them live as full human beings with dignity and hopefulness, we denied all of these basic opportunities to African Americans, and we've never really talked about the consequences of that era of apartheid and segregation."  

Find the full interview here: http://bit.ly/1RIwxT9

 

Flag Takedown

A woman climbed up the South Carolina State Capitol and took down the confederate flag. Bree Newsome and James Ian Tyson were arrested and charged with defacing monuments on state Capitol grounds.

That's a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $5,000 and prison term of up to three years or both. They have been released.  Read the full story.

Politico magazine's covered the flag discussion saying: The Confederate Flag was Always Racist.

 

Same Sex Marriage Victory

With cities arounrainbow white housed the country holding PRIDE events Sunday 28 June, celebrations were on display around the country. New York expected 22,000 people marching a 2-mile route and more than 2 million people to visit throughout the day. San Francisco's party welcomed close to 1 million people and Seattle hosted 500,000 parade watchers.

 PHOTO: The White House lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 Buzzfeed reported the reactions of all the candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination. http://bzfd.it/1KnOhEA

 

 

 Larry Wilmore made fun of Bobby Jindal's presidential ambitions. Wilmore will look at the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage in his comedy show on Monday.

Here's a Key and Peele take on same sex marriage from last year.

 

The Supreme Court Left Healthcare Law Standing 

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Students cheered as they held up signs supporting the Affordable Care Act after the Supreme Court decided that the ACA may provide nationwide tax subsidies, Thursday June 25, 2015, outside of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The New York Times said the decision delivers a big win for President Obama personally, and makes it more likely that access to healthcare is here to stay for many more Americans.  

At the same time Republican foes of the law have not conceded defeat. 

"House Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, promised to "do everything we can" to undermine the law. Jeb Bush, a Republican candidate for president, vowed "to repeal and replace this flawed law" if he succeeds Mr. Obama in the Oval Office."  

Read the New York Times story: http://nyti.ms/1fYeRr9

White Woman and a Black Man change Places ...and Voices

 

Amar'e and Alexis enjoy Paris 

fashion pMeanwhile in Paris, Amar'e Stoudemire and his wife Alexis Welch attended Balmain men's Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show. The basketball player spoke to The Associated Press about his love of design and style:

"All 6'10" (2.08 meters) of Stoudemire have stood out quite prominently in Paris fashion week this season — with the NBA player attending numerous shows including Balmain Saturday.
Stoudemire, who plays for the Dallas Mavericks, is no stranger to the fashion scene and has attended Paris menswear weeks twice before — as well as having collaborated on his own fashion line.
He said it's great that more and more sportswear is being seen on the ready-to-wear catwalk, like in Givenchy's use of basketball top silhouettes or Balmain's use of baseball caps.
"I love fashion. And it's a sign of creativity that brands are mixing sports in their designs, like Givenchy," he said, at the Balmain show.
"I think in the last five or six years, collaborations with sports and fashion have really taken off — like my sporty collaboration with (designer) Rachel Roy in womenswear," he said."

PHOTO: Amar'e Stoudemire and wife Alexis Welch attended Balmain men's Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show., during Mode a Paris, in France, Saturday, June 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

 

Kanye West performed at the Glastonbury Festival in England.

Coming up this week:

Seattle City Council will talk about financial stability for the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute at its meeting Monday 29 June (9:30 am at City Hall). Also on the agenda: a Racial Impact Assessment of the King County Children and Family Justice Center. The workgroup has come up with three recommendations designed to eventually eliminate youth detention.

Multnomah County Board will reappoint Serena Stoudamire Wesley to the Portland Children's Levy at its regular meeting 9:30 am July 2. Commissioner Smith will proclaim Thursday July 2, Bring your dad to the doctor day. 

Human Rights Watch reports that Kenya will host a regional conference on countering violent extremism. http://bit.ly/1SUK9xh

 

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