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NORTHWEST NEWS

Washington State Gov. Inslee Tests Positive for COVID-19

He plans to continue working. Trudi Inslee, the first spouse, has tested negative.

Oregon BIPOC Caucus Calls for Action to Support Victims of Gun Violence

The Legislative Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Caucus has released the following statement in response to the tragedy at Half Moon Bay, CA that left seven dead and one person wounded, all of whom were people of color

Democrats Voice Priorities for Coming Year in the Capitol

Highlights from the Democrats 2023 legislative agenda. 

Colorado Lawmakers Look to AI to Detect Wildfires Earlier

A historic drought and recent heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight in the American West and scientists say warming weather will continue to make fires more frequent and destructive.

NEWS BRIEFS

"Meet Me at Higo" Opens in the Level 8 Gallery of The Seattle Public Library's Central Library

The traveling exhibit from the Wing Luke Museum tells a fascinating community and family history about Seattle’s Japantown ...

NAACP Portland Calls for Justice With Community Prayer Vigil

Community leaders will hold a prayer vigil Tuesday, Jan. 31 at noon, to reflect on the tragic brutality that led to the death of Tyre...

Oregon State Celebrates Black History Month With a Series of Events

Free events highlight the achievements and perseverance of Black and African American communities from the past to the present. ...

Word is Bond Announces Second Annual In My Shoes Walking-tour Project for Black History Month

Tours run February 4 through February 25, 2023 in King, New Columbia, Vancouver, Woodlawn, Goose Hollow, Montavilla, Parkrose, and...

Oregon Graduation Rate Rises With Gains Made In Every Student Group

Class of 2022 graduation rate is second highest In Oregon’s history ...

Kidnapper leaves bloody trail in Oregon, hides under house

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police converged in force on the tiny, unincorporated community of Wolf Creek in southwest Oregon the night of Jan. 26 as they hunted for a suspect who was wanted for kidnapping and torturing a woman nearly to death — and who had previously been convicted of a similar crime...

REI lays off 167 at HQ, cites ‘increasing uncertainty’

SEATTLE (AP) — Outdoor company REI has laid off more than 100 people from its headquarters in and around Seattle, citing “increasing uncertainty” and a need to be profitable. President and CEO Eric Artz said in a letter to employees on Tuesday that 167 people lost their jobs,...

Penn, DeVries lead Drake to 88-81 2OT win over N. Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Roman Penn scored 28 points and distributed six assists and Drake pulled off a dramatic 88-81 double overtime win again Northern Iowa on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs overcame a career-high tying, 30-point effort from Bowen Born who made a 3-pointer at the...

Brown's near perfect shooting effort sends Missouri past LSU

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Kobe Brown scored 26 points on 10-for-11 shooting and Noah Carter scored 14 points and Missouri won its third straight, beating LSU 87-77 on Wednesday night. Brown tied his career high with 10-made shots having accomplished the feat twice before. Reserve Deandre...

OPINION

The Beating and Murder of Mr. Tyre Nichols, A Black Man

Time to Abolish the Criminal Injustice System ...

It's Time to Irrigate the Fallow Ground of Minority Media Ownership

In 2023, one aspect of civil rights and racial justice that barely remains addressed is racial inclusion in media ownership. ...

A Letter to Residents of N. and N.E. Portland from Commissioner Susheela Jayapal

Susheela Jayapal, Multnomah County Commissioner for District 2, North and Northeast Portland, reviews her first four-year term and looks forward to her second term ...

Are Black Individuals Like Kanye West, Van Jones, and Stephen A. Smith ‘Perpetrating a Fraud,’ or is Self-Hate a Primary Motivator for Anti-Blackness

“So, you have two types of Negro. The old type and the new type. Most of you know the old type. When you read about him in history during slavery he was called ‘Uncle Tom.’ He was the House Negro.”-Malcolm X ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Black history class revised by College Board amid criticism

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — High school senior Kahlila Bandele is used to courses that don’t address the African American experience. Then there’s her 9 a.m. class. This week, it spanned topics from Afro-Caribbean migration to jazz. The discussion in her Advanced Placement course on...

DeSantis pushes ban on diversity programs in state colleges

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced plans to block state colleges from having programs on diversity, equity and inclusion, and critical race theory in his latest step onto the front lines of the nation's culture wars. The Republican governor...

Child welfare algorithm faces Justice Department scrutiny

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Justice Department has been scrutinizing a controversial artificial intelligence tool used by a Pittsburgh-area child protective services agency following concerns that the tool could lead to discrimination against families with disabilities, The Associated Press has...

ENTERTAINMENT

Missy, Willie and George Michael among Rock Hall nominees

NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott, Willie Nelson, Kate Bush, Iron Maiden, Cyndi Lauper, Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow and the late George Michael are the 2023 nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, reflecting a mix of country, soul, hip-hop, metal, pop, rap-rock and grunge. ...

'Dr. Phil' talk show to end daytime TV run after 21 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Daytime television psychologist “Dr. Phil” McGraw says he plans to end his talk show after 21 years in the coming months, but viewers haven't seen the last of him. “Dr. Phil” was the most prominent spinoff from Oprah Winfrey's show, which once dominated...

NBC is closing down 'The Blacklist' after decade on the air

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBC series “The Blacklist” is closing down. NBC said Wednesday that the James Spader drama will end after its upcoming season, its 10th on the air. It will return for its final run of episodes on Feb. 26. Spader has played the character Raymond...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Florida city highlights conflicts over local gerrymandering

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Not far from the postcard images of Jacksonville -- the white sand beaches, the...

Adani scraps [scripts/homepage/home.php].5B share sale after fraud claims hit stock

NEW DELHI (AP) — Embattled Indian billionaire Gautam Adani said Thursday his conglomerate will review its plans...

Review: 'Knock at the Cabin' twists the home invasion horror

Knock. Knock. It being mid-winter (typically a doldrums in movie theaters), it's a cozy relief to...

Israeli settler population in West Bank surpasses 500k

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's West Bank settler population now makes up more than half a million people, a...

Militant who killed 101 at Pakistan mosque wore uniform

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber who killed 101 people at a decades-old mosque in northwest Pakistan...

Austria expels 4 Russian diplomats based in Vienna

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's government said Thursday that it has ordered four diplomats based in Vienna, including...

Bruce Poinsette of The Skanner News

Gov. Beverly Eaves Purdue receives her trophy
as the Legislative Honoree

 

Publishers and journalists from around the country headed to Washington, D.C. March 13, as the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation celebrated its annual Black Press Week.

According to NNPA chair Karl B. Rodney, "The Activities of Black Press Week are not only of remembrance, but to chart new courses, to determine our effectiveness, and to honor those, who have continued the tradition of the Black Press in the advancement of our communities and the country, with the Torch of Freedom."

The event featured a host of speakers, including

Rep. Keith Ellison

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to serve in Congress, and Professor Charles Ogletree.

Honorees for the week's festivities included former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Eaves Purdue, for pardoning the Wilmington 10; senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett; Dr. Maulana Karenga; General Motors and Macy's for consistent corporate support.

Joseph L. Coley Sr. and Virginia Lucille Johnson-Taylor of the Bakersfield Observer News Group, and the Northwest Dispatch, respectively, were honored.

Skanner News publisher Bernie Foster (middle) poses
with Publishers' Enshrinement recipients

 



In addition to awards ceremonies, the event held panel discussions and a State of the Black Press Luncheon, which featured speakers discussing the Black press's role in telling truth to power.

The NNPA is the manifestation of 182 years of the constantly evolving Black press. In 1827, the first Black publication, Freedom's Journal, was established. According to Dr. Clint C. Wilson II, "Although well intentioned white citizens sometimes defended the honor of African Americans in public forums, the editors of Freedom's Journal proclaimed in the first issue, 'Too long have others spoken for us … . We wish to plead our own cause.'" In 1941, a meeting of Black publishers resulted in the formation of the National Negro Publishers Association, which was renamed the National Newspaper Publishers Association in 1956.

NNPA chair Karl B. Rodney (right) and Faye Rodney (center right) pose with representatives of Macy's

The Skanner News publisher Bernie Foster is the vice chairman of the NNPA Foundation.

The NNPA awarded 36 scholarships worth $1,000 each to student scholars for the fall semester of 2012. These scholarships mainly went to students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities majoring in journalism, mass communication, English with emphasis in journalism or multimedia.

For more information on the NNPA, go to their website.

MLK Breakfast 2023

Photos from The Skanner Foundation's 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.