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NEWS BRIEFS

Attorney General Forms Hate Crime Task Force

The task force will study hate-motivated crimes and review existing legal protections for victims ...

Portland Art Museum Celebrates Art Museum Day with Free Admission on May 25

Portland Art Museum joins art museums across North America, with great works of art and public programs ...

June Key Delta Community Center Hosts May Week ’18 Health Fair May 26

Event includes vision, glucose screenings, medication disposal and car seat installation ...

Mississippi Avenue Giving Tuesday

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

Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an employee of her husband...

Attorney general issues ballot title for assault weapons ban

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's attorney general has released a certified ballot title for an initiative that would restrict the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in the state.The title released Wednesday revises the draft caption following comments from the public and the...

Power outages temporarily halt flights at Sea-Tac Airport

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say scattered power outages halted some flights on the south side of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.KOMO-TV reports airport spokesman Perry Cooper said after 12:30 p.m. Thursday that flights were slowly resuming.Airport officials said on Twitter that all power...

Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an employee of her husband...

OPINION

Racism After Graduation May Just Be What's on the Menu

Dr. Julianne Malveaux says that for our young millennials, racism is inevitable ...

Prime Minister Netanyahu Shows Limits of Israel’s Democracy

Bill Fletcher, Jr. on racial politics in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s uneven treatment of African immigrants ...

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 ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

NFL's policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook.The question is whether they intend to escalate their protests in some way."The owners can...

Court: School can let trans students use bathroom of choice

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district can allow transgender students to continue using bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identity, a federal appeals court panel ruled Thursday.A three-judge panel heard extended arguments in the case before conferring...

Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Body camera video showing police using a stun gun on an NBA player over a parking violation is just the latest setback for efforts to improve the strained relationship between Milwaukee officers and the city's black population.The confrontation involving Milwaukee Bucks...

ENTERTAINMENT

Scenes cut from 'Show Dogs' over resemblance to sexual abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two scenes are being cut from the family movie "Show Dogs" after complaints that they resemble real-life sexual abuse, the movie's distributor has announced.In the movie, a police dog goes undercover at a dog show to catch animal smugglers.In one scene, the dog is told to...

Stoner comedy pioneer Tommy Chong still toking, joking at 80

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he'd live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America.He knew when he and partner Cheech Marin pioneered stoner comedy 50 years ago, a time when taunting the establishment with constant reminders that they...

Paltrow: Brad Pitt threatened Harvey Weinstein

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow says ex-boyfriend Brad Pitt threatened producer Harvey Weinstein after an alleged incident of sexual misconduct.The 45-year-old actress told "The Howard Stern Show" on Wednesday she was "blindsided." Paltrow claimed she was 22 when Weinstein placed his hands...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

MLB panel says baseballs getting extra lift, cause unknown

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseballs really have been getting extra lift since 2015, and it's not from the exaggerated...

Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Body camera video showing police using a stun gun on an NBA player over a parking...

Bus driver charged in crash that killed student, teacher

A school bus driver with a history of driver's license suspensions caused a fatal crash on a New Jersey highway...

Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister said Thursday he will seek approval next week to fast-track...

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

SALALAH, Oman (AP) — Cyclone Mekunu roared over the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on its way...

Saudi Arabia releases 3 women as other activists still held

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi authorities have released three prominent women's rights...

By Donovan M. Smith | The Skanner News

Donovan M. Smith

Of The Skanner News

Year after year, the Portland Youth Summit has taught young people life skills using hip hop.

The two-day summit, which started in 2007, takes place Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 at the Blazers’ Boys and Girls Club this year. It is free and open to the public.

Thefirst night, the summit in collaboration with Black Parent Initiative, will explore healthy approaches to raising children. It will feature a performance by award-winning spoken word artist and poet S. Renee Mitchell. The second night of the summit will feature an array of workshops aimed at youth and adults alike on topics ranging from becoming an emcee to healthy living. There will also be a youth talent showcase.

Event founder Imani Muhammad said by structuring the event around five major aspects of hip-hop culture -- emceeing, graffiti, DJing, b-boying, and graffiti-writing -- she is able to equip young people with life skills in a way she may not be able to using more conventional methods.

 “We might address how a young person can be an emcee, and teach them how to write lyrics -- but at the same time, we’re going to give them the knowledge of why you need to know how to write and put thoughts to paper,” Muhammad said. “It’s taking them where they’re at in terms of the music. But then once we have them hooked in, then we can unlock a lot of their minds and give them some real knowledge that they may not be getting in the public school situation or at home.”

Other presenters for this year’s summit will include rapper and social entrepreneur Mic Crenshaw, journalist Jesse Muhammad, teacher Sebastien Elkouby and Devin S. James, author of the book Inside Ferguson.

Muhammad said watching the summit enter its 10th year is an accomplishment.

She started the event in response to the shooting death of one of her former pupils, 14-year-old Davonte Lightfoot, who was shot at the intersection of North Killingsworth and Albina in 2007. The first Youth Summit took place a few weeks later.

In the years since, the summit has brought out big names like Professor Griff of the legendary rap group Public Enemy, and popular hip hop activist Jasiri X.

 “Davonte is one name,” Muhammad said. “We can run the names down in our city, but [also] of course nationally, of young men and women who have been in killed, in — I wouldn’t call it senseless violence, because there is a reason behind it -- but I would call it foolishness. “

She said through the years, the type of violence affecting youth has changed from organized crime to becoming more random. But root is largely the same: disenfranchisement.

“It’s just lack of opportunity for those that aren’t part of the ‘haves’. We have a huge divide of the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ in the city so if you’re hustling day-to-day trying to make it, and you’re not able to make it, then you’re naturally going to resort to some criminal or dysfunctional activity,” Muhammad said.  “So I think a lot of what we’re seeing today is that the young people don’t have hope, and they also don’t have any guidance or direction.”

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