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NEWS BRIEFS

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 Friendly Talent Show, May 18

Family Fun Night series continues at Matt Dishman Community Center ...

Portland jury issues million verdict against landlord

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury has ordered a rental-property company to pay more than million after a man fell through a rotting walkway at his Portland apartment complex.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Robert Trebelhorn argued that Los Angeles-based Prime Group, which owns the...

University of Oregon sorry for statement on student death

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon has apologized for a statement it put out after a student was found dead during a trip to Shasta Lake in Northern California.The 21-year-old student, identified as business administration major Dylan Pietrs, was found dead at a boat-in campground...

Responders searching for missing vessel find oil sheen

OCEAN PARK, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says crews searching for a missing vessel in Willapa Bay have found an oil sheen and debris where they believe the 43-foot boat went down.Authorities say the wife of a man who took the fishing boat Kelli J out reported him overdue on Saturday....

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle.They got off their bikes. They faced the beast, shouted and tried to spook it. After it charged, one even smacked the cougar with his bike, and...

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

Principal apologizes for 'insensitive' prom tickets language

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The principal of a New Jersey high school has apologized for what he called "insensitive" language on tickets for the upcoming senior prom.The Courier Post reported the Cherry Hill High School East senior prom tickets urged students to "party like it's 1776" during...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump.The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo.And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted...

ENTERTAINMENT

'13 Reasons Why' premiere canceled after Texas shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix canceled the premiere party for its second season of the teen drama "13 Reasons Why" because of a school shooting near Houston.The streaming service announced the cancellation hours before the scheduled premiere and red carpet event, citing the Friday morning...

'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or, grand prize to Spike Lee

A tumultuous Cannes Film Festival concluded Saturday with the Palme d'Or awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Shoplifters," a tender portrait of a poor, impoverished family, while Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento vowed justice will come to all sexual predators.At the closing...

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red fringe similar to a rooster's comb.Horner,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion...

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering...

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

BAGHDAD (AP) — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's...

Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies

HAVANA (AP) — At morgues and in church services, tearful Cubans on Sunday mourned loved ones who died in...

Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday revealed his latest picks to be cardinals in the Catholic...

A United Kingdom movie
By Kam Williams | The Skanner News

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Fifty Shades Darker (R for profanity, graphic sexuality and frontal nudity) Steamy sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey finds Ana (Dakota Johnson) and Christian (Jamie Dornan) resuming their erotic relationship, but on her terms. supporting cast includes Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden and Jennifer Ehle.

John Wick: Chapter Two (R for profanity, brief nudity and pervasive violence) Keanu Reeves reprises the title role in this high-body count thriller which finds the former hitman forced out of retirement to take on some of the world's deadliest assassins. Featuring Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan and Lance Reddick.

The LEGO Batman Movie (PG for action and rude humor) Animated version of the video game has the Caped Crusader (Will Arnett) enlisting the assistance of Robin (Michael Cera), Batgirl (Rosario Dawson) and his butler, Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), to defend Gotham City from the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and a host of infamous supervillains. Voice cast includes Zoe Kravitz, Channing Tatum, Mariah Carey, Adam Devine, Conan O'Brien and Billy Dee Williams.

 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Adventure Club (Unrated) Sci-fi fantasy about a trio of ten year-old BFFs (Dalila Bella, Jakob Davies and Sam Ashe Arnold) who end up on the run from several shady characters after finding an ancient artifact capable of granting wishes. Cast includes Kim Coates, Gabrielle Miller and Robin Dunne.

God Bless the Broken Road (PG for mature themes and military combat) Modern morality play about a grief-stricken widow's (Lindsay Pulsipher) crisis in faith while struggling to raise a young daughter (Makenzie Moss) alone after her soldier husband (Liam Matthews) perishes on the battlefield in Afghanistan. Support cast includes Jordin Sparks, LaDainian Tomlinson, Robin Givens and Kim Delaney.

Havenhurst (Unrated) Haunted house horror flick about a young, fresh-out-of-rehab alcoholic (Julie Benz) who continues to battle her own and other demons after moving into an apartment from which the previous tenant (Danielle Harris) disappeared without a trace. With Belle Shouse, Fionnula Flanagan and Josh Stamberg.

I Am Jane Doe (Unrated) Jessica Chastain narrates this expose chronicling the frustrations encountered by mothers determined to rescue their adolescent daughters kidnapped by sex traffickers.

Jolly LLB 2 (Unrated) Akshay Kumar replaces Arshad Warsi as the title lawyer in this courtroom drama revolving around a high-stakes legal case that could make or break his career. With Annu Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Saurabh Shukla. (In Hindi with subtitles)

Kedi (Unrated) Feline plague documentary about the millions of cats who have been allowed to roam free around the city of Istanbul for thousands of years. (In Turkish with subtitles)

Keep Quiet (Unrated) Skeletons-in-the-closet documentary about an anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying, Hungarian politician's stunning transformation after finding out not only that he's Jewish but that his maternal grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor. (In English, Hungarian and German with subtitles)

Speed Sisters (Unrated) Pedal to the metal documentary highlighting the high-octane exploits of the five Palestinian females composing the Middle East's first, all-women race car team. (In Arabic with subtitles)

 

Stray Bullets (Unrated) Crime caper, set in upstate New York, about a couple of teenage siblings' (Jack Fessenden and Asa Spurlock) taken hostage by three fugitives from justice (Larry Fessenden, James Le Gros and John Speredakos) hiding out in their family's abandoned mobile. Featuring Kevin Corrigan, Robert Burke Warren and Erik Kraus.

A United Kingdom (PG-13 for sensuality, profanity and ethnic slurs) Fact-based docudrama, set in 1948, recounting the international scandal ignited by the interracial romance shared by an African prince (David Oyelowo) and a lowly white Londoner (Rosamund Pike). With Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael and Jessica Oyelowo.

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