Amplify Black Neighbors: Watch Week 4

This post is part of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

Week 4 Featured Film: Prideland

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Description from Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB): Follow queer actor Dyllón Burnside on a journey to discover how LGBTQ Americans are finding ways to live authentically and with pride in the modern South. Rating: TV-PG

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Amplify Black Neighbors: Listen Week 4

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Week 4 Featured Musician: Soul’d Out Productions

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Image of Soul’d Out Music Festival from the Soul’d Out Productions Facebook Page

Partial Description from Soul’d Out Productions: Soul’d Out Productions brings together all worlds of Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop, R&B, Funk, African, Reggae, Latin, Electronic to celebrate the music that helps to bind our collective culture together under one banner in the top venues in Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

While we wait for venues to reopen, check their upcoming events and listen up to their sounds.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Read Week 4

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Week 4 Featured Author: Jelani Memory

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Bio from ABookAbout.com: Jelani Memory is an African American entrepreneur, thinker, and constant learner. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and six kids. He still wants to be an artist when he grows up.

A Kids Book About Racism

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Description from back of book: Yes, this really is a kids book about racism. Inside, you’ll find a clear description of what racism is, how it makes people feel when they experience it, and how to spot it when it happens. This is one conversation that’s never too early to start, and this book was written to be an introduction for kids on the topic.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Art Week 4

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Week 3 Featured Artist: Habiba Addo

Description: Habiba Addo performs at Green Tulip Preschool’s Concert and March for Change. Photo by Chelsea Powers.

Bio from Habiba Addo’s Website: Habiba Addo is a native of Ghana, West Africa.  She holds a degree in Theater and a Certificate of Dance from Portland State University.  She has performed and taught in the United States and internationally for over fifteen years.  She teaches and performs dance, rhythm and stories from Ghana, Guinea, Gambia and Senegal.  She also shares the rich African cultures present today in Cuba and Brazil.

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Amplify Black Neighbors: Support Week 3

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Week 3 Featured Business: No Mess Chef

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Image of their booth at a farmer’s market from No Mess Chef’s Facebook page

Description from No Mess Chef: We started this journey in 2017 with the vision of providing healthy nutritious meals made from quality local ingredients. We support local farmers pasture raising their animals and using sustainable agricultural practices. We utilize the availability and accessibility of fresh local produce. We believe using quality ingredients is essential to making a quality product. 

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Amplify Black Neighbors: Donate Week 3

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Week 3 Featured Organization: Don’t Shoot PDX

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Description from Don’t Shoot PDX: Our organizational work and activism, including direct community education workshops, support the outreach of our continued advocacy as first respondents and has helped community members contribute through direct engagement and legislative value. There are a vast amount of policy based assets influenced and being harnessed in our strategic building of relationships and networks used toward the shift in culture and systemic discrimination. Activists from the front line need to be encouraged to continue frank and honest conversations about our connection with Ferguson and race in American and its influence within politics.

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Amplify Black Neighbors: Act Week 3

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Week 3 Featured Action: Events in Brentwood-Darlington and surrounding neighborhoods

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Amplify Black Neighbors: Watch Week 3

This post is part of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

Week 3 Featured Film: Local Color

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Description from Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB): This one-hour film chronicles the little known history of racism in Oregon and its movement for civil rights. Although this documentary reveals moments of highly disturbing racism in a state known for its diversity, it also reveals hopeful moments of inspiration and courage as Oregonians take a stand to bring important change to their State.

Click here to read more and watch the film for free.

Amplify Black Neighbors: Listen Week 3

This post is part of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

Week 3 Featured Musician: Alonzo Chadwick & Zoulful Muzic

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Partial Bio from Zoulful Muzic: Alonzo Chadwick & Zoulful Muzic is a group of incredibly talented & skilled musicians and singers who specialize in various genres of music. The likes of Soul, Funk, Jazz, R&B, Neo Soul, Blues, and gospel to name a few.

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Amplify Black Neighbors: Read Week 3

This post is part of Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association‘s Amplify Black Neighbors post series happening throughout June 2020. For more information, click here.

Week 3 Featured Author: Dr. Monique W. Morris

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Photo of Dr. Monique W. Morris from Speakerpedia.

Partial Bio from Dr. Morris’ website: Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice.  Dr. Morris is the author of Sing A Rhythm, Dance A Blues: Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls (The New Press, 2019), which explores a pedagogy to counter the criminalization of Black and Brown girls in schools. She is also the author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016), Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014),  Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012) and worked with Kemba Smith on her book, Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story (IBJ Book Publishing, 2011).

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Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

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Image is the official book cover of Pushout by Monique W. Morris

Description from the Publisher: “Fifteen-year-old Diamond stopped going to school the day she was expelled for lashing out at peers who constantly harassed and teased her for something everyone on the staff had missed: she was being trafficked for sex. After months on the run, she was arrested and sent to a detention center for violating a court order to attend school. Black girls represent 16 percent of female students but almost half of all girls with a school-related arrest. The first trade book to tell these untold stories, PUSHOUT exposes a world of confined potential and supports the growing movement to address the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures. For four years Monique W. Morris, author of Black Stats, chronicled the experiences of black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged-by teachers, administrators, and the justice system-and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond”

Additional Resources: You can find videos and anti-bias resources on the PUSHOUT film YouTube Channel. Also recommended is Dr. Monique W. Morris’ Ted Talk from 2019: Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school — and how to change that. Visit her website for additional books, films, and resources.