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NORTHWEST NEWS

Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade Grand Marshal is Greg McKelvey

McKelvey is the band director at Battle Ground High School

New Police Oversight Board Still On Track Despite Challenges, A Trip to Court

But advisory committee members say they’re left in the dark about the progress of city code they helped form.

Oregon 2024 Primary Results

Maxine Dexter, Janelle Bynum, Dan Reyfield and Elizabeth Steiner secure nominations; other races too soon to call.

AP Decision Notes: What to Expect in Oregon's Primaries

Oregon has multiple hotly contested primaries upcoming, as well as some that will set the stage for high-profile races in November. Oregon's 5th Congressional District is home to one of the top Democratic primaries in the country.

NEWS BRIEFS

First Meeting of Transportation Committee Statewide Tour to be at Portland Community College

The public is invited to testify at the Portland meeting of the 12-stop Transportation Safety and Sustainability Outreach Tour ...

Forest Service Waives Recreation Fee for National Get Outdoors Day

National Get Outdoors Day aims to connect Americans with the great outdoors and inspire them to lead healthy, active lifestyles. By...

Acclaimed Portland Author Renée Watson Presents: I See My Light Shining

The event will feature listening stations with excerpts from the digital collection of oral testimonies from extraordinary elders from...

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All Returns for 2024

Parks Local Option Levy brings the city a full slate of free movies, concerts (including pop icon Sheila E), Free Lunch + Play, the...

GFO Library Open on Memorial Day

We are remaining open to give our patrons an opportunity to use the library on a day off from work. ...

Jury deliberations begin in trial of Idaho man charged in triple-murder case

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Jury deliberations began Wednesday in the case of an Idaho man charged with murdering his wife and his girlfriend's two youngest children in what prosecutors said was a callous scheme for money, power and sex. “Three dead bodies ... and for what?” prosecutor...

Seattle police chief dismissed from top job amid discrimination, harassment lawsuits

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s embattled police chief has been dismissed, Mayor Bruce Harrel said Wednesday. Harrell said at a news conference that he met with Adrian Diaz on Tuesday and they agreed Diaz should step down. He will work on special assignments for the mayor with the...

Duke tops Missouri 4-3 in 9 innings to win first super regional, qualify for first WCWS

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — D'Auna Jennings led off the top of the ninth inning with a home run to end a scoreless pitching duel between Cassidy Curd and Missouri's Laurin Krings and 10th-seeded Duke held on for a wild 4-3 victory over the seventh-seeded Tigers on Sunday in the finale of the...

Mizzou uses combined 2-hitter to beat Duke 3-1 to force decisive game in Columbia Super Regional

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Laurin Krings and two relievers combined on a two-hitter and seventh-seeded Missouri forced a deciding game in the Columbia Super Regional with a 3-1 win over Duke on Saturday. The Tigers (48-17) had three-straight singles in the fourth inning, with Abby Hay...

OPINION

The Skanner News May 2024 Primary Endorsements

Read The Skanner News endorsements and vote today. Candidates for mayor and city council will appear on the November general election ballot. ...

Nation’s Growing Racial and Gender Wealth Gaps Need Policy Reform

Never-married Black women have 8 cents in wealth for every dollar held by while males. ...

New White House Plan Could Reduce or Eliminate Accumulated Interest for 30 Million Student Loan Borrowers

Multiple recent announcements from the Biden administration offer new hope for the 43.2 million borrowers hoping to get relief from the onerous burden of a collective

Op-Ed: Why MAGA Policies Are Detrimental to Black Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE – MAGA proponents peddle baseless claims of widespread voter fraud to justify voter suppression tactics that disproportionately target Black voters. From restrictive voter ID laws to purging voter rolls to limiting early voting hours, these...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

'Star Trek' actor George Takei is determined to keep telling his Japanese American story

TOKYO (AP) — The incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, including children, labeled enemies during World War II is an historical experience that has traumatized, and galvanized, the Japanese American community over the decades. For George Takei, who portrayed Hikaru Sulu...

Seattle police chief dismissed from top job amid discrimination, harassment lawsuits

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s embattled police chief has been dismissed, Mayor Bruce Harrel said Wednesday. Harrell said at a news conference that he met with Adrian Diaz on Tuesday and they agreed Diaz should step down. He will work on special assignments for the mayor with the...

Republican blocks confirmation of first Native American federal judge for Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker from Montana blocked a Biden administration judicial nominee who would have been the state's first Native American federal district court judge, officials said Wednesday. Attorney Danna Jackson with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai...

ENTERTAINMENT

With a new War Rig and a fleet of motorbikes, 'Furiosa' restarts the motorized mayhem of 'Mad Max'

NEW YORK (AP) — When it was time to start making “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” production designer Colin Gibson went to a garage in Australia to find some old friends. It had been years since 2015’s “Fury Road” wrapped production. Many of the vehicles seen in the film had...

The Beach Boys, going into the sunset, look back on years of harmony and heartache in documentary

Both the Beach Boys and “The Beach Boys” — the new documentary dropping Friday on Disney+ — are all about blending a range of voices. The three Wilson brothers — Brian, Carl and Dennis — along with cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine, brought a harmonic revolution to...

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who skewered fast food industry, dies at 53

NEW YORK (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, an Oscar nominee whose most famous works skewered America's food industry and who notably ate only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. Spurlock died Thursday in New...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

As Maduro shifts from migration denier to defender, Venezuelans consider leaving if he is reelected

SABANA DE MENDOZA, Venezuela (AP) — One of the most influential politicians in Venezuela once deemed images of...

To recuse or refuse? A look at Supreme Court justices’ decisions on whether to step aside in cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — In declining to step aside from two high-profile Supreme Court cases, Justice Samuel Alito on...

Iran opens registration for the June presidential election after Raisi died in a helicopter crash

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran opened a five-day registration period Thursday for hopefuls wanting to...

BHP Group drops its bid for Anglo American, ending plans to create a global mining giant

LONDON (AP) — BHP Group has dropped its 38.6 billion pound (.3 billion) bid for Anglo American, ending plans...

An Iceland volcano spews red streams of lava toward an evacuated town

GRINDAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A volcano in southwestern Iceland erupted Wednesday for the fifth time since December,...

North Korea fires missile barrage toward its eastern waters days after failed satellite launch

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday fired a barrage of suspected ballistic missiles toward its...

By The Skanner News | The Skanner News

An innovator and instigator in an era of Hollywood conformity, Spike Lee has been as controversial and had provoked as much debate as any other filmmaker in American history.

Throughout his career, Lee has consistently broken barriers with his bold, unrelenting films and his success as a Black visionary in a traditionally all-White industry. "Spike Lee: That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It" (W.W. Norton, $25.95), a new work from London-based film journalist Kaleem Aftab produced with Lee's close involvement, is the definitive work on Lee's career, and is as close as Lee has come to an autobiography.

In tandem with Lee's story, the book provides a fascinating history of African American films from the 1980s to the present. Before Lee, most movies dealing with African American life either emphasized the stereotypical "Blaxploitation" characters, or chose to depict Black characters in servile roles. "Spike Lee" chronicles Lee's role in portraying a Black middle class that was never previously depicted with any accuracy by Hollywood.

It was Lee's contention that African American audiences would respond enthusiastically to films that depicted the variety and complexity of life in the Black community. She's Gotta Have It, Lee's first major motion picture, which explored Black female sexuality in a way that had never been done before, became an instant hit and catapulted Lee to national stardom.

Lee's subsequent films continued to tackle some of America's toughest issues: from the New York racial tensions in Do the Right Thing to interracial sex in Jungle Fever to the war on drugs in Clockers. In each chapter of the book, we see how Lee approached the volatile and sensitive issues addressed in his films while handling intense media scrutiny. The book's discussion of Lee's later films — including Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled and 25th Hour — describes Lee's development as a director.

The book also features exclusive and candid interviews with an impressive array of actors who have worked with Lee — including Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Edward Norton, John Turturro, Rosie Perez and Wesley Snipes — many of whom got their acting breaks in Lee's films.

The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast