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Gary Safe Co. building, 1601 NE MLK.

I’ve wanted into this building for ten long years, and finally, an opened door called me in. Here’s what I found…

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That thing.

At Killingsworth. Sunny day. Thought it’d be cute to capture this thing in photos. Not sure if it flies.

 

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PO’ed tree, at VIP.

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Koken Market.

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Support your local clouds.

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Now is the Time, the Time is Now.

Isaka Shamsud-Din has spent a lifetime using art to celebrate the beauty and excellence of Africans and African Americans in a way that he never saw represented in books and movies growing up.

“I got a pride. I had to earn that pride by studying on my own, by digging. That’s why so many African Americans and so many Africans, we’re not linked. We don’t feel the spiritual link because we don’t know each other,” said Shamsud-Din, who is 79.

He’s the man behind many iconic pieces of public art in Portland, including a mural of Martin Luther King Jr. from 1989 in Northeast Portland called Now is the Time, the Time is Now…

https://www.koin.com/news/special-reports/isaka-shamsud-din-profile-african-american-artist-martin-luther-king-jr-mural/

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Power to Heal: A Celebration of Black History Month, Feb 20th.

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During the month of February, we honor and celebrate the achievements by African Americans, as well as pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Join us for Power to Heal: A Celebration of Black History Month, presented by Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, in partnership with Multnomah County and Kaiser Permanente. We hope to see you there!

Event Details:
– Date: February 20th, 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm
– Location: Cascadia Garlington Health Center, 3036 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd,

Run of Event:
– Networking Lunch
– Live Music Performance by Jermaine and JoAnna
– Screening of “Power to Heal”, a film highlighting racial disparities in access to healthcare. Learn more about the film: https://www.blbfilmproductions.com/
– Panel Discussion and Q&A with Community Leaders, including Erin Water from Kaiser, Ebony Clarke and Royal Harris from Multnomah County, and community member Mariotta Gary-Smith.

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Tuesday, Feb 25: Mitchell S. Jackson at Broadway Books

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“Please join us as we celebrate the launch of the paperback edition of Mitchell S. Jackson’s bestselling memoir Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family. We are thrilled that Mitchell will be joined in conversation for this event with Portland author Cheryl Strayed. Strayed is the author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, Brave Enough, and Torch.
Jackson, who grew up in Portland, is also the author of the novel The Residue Years. In Survival Math, Jackson chronicles growing up in northeast Portland, a black community in one of the whitest cities in America. Lauded for its breathtaking pace, tender portrayals, stark candor, and luminous style, the book reveals on every page the searching intellect and originality of its author. The primary narrative, focused on understanding the antecedents of Jackson’s family’s experiences, is complemented by poems composed from historical American documents as well as survivor files, which feature photographs and riveting short narratives of several of Jackson’s male relatives.
Jesmyn Ward calls the book “Relentlessly clear-eyed and virtuosic,” saying that “Survival Math offers revelation after revelation; in the end, it remakes our understanding of the world and those in it.” Salman Rushdie says: “This is a mesmerizing book, full of story, truth, pain, lyricism, humor, and astonishment: the stuff of a difficult life, fully lived, and masterfully transformed into art.” And Terrance Hayes says that Jackson “writes with a poet’s ear….This book is beautiful and vital.”
This ticketed event will take place at at 7 pm (doors open at 6) at Broadway Books on Tuesday, February 25th. Tickets are $17 and include a copy of Survival Math. You can purchase tickets online at this link or in person at the bookstore.
In honor of this event, we will be reading Survival Math and discussing the book at our spring Broadway Books Book Club meeting on Sunday, March 1st, at 5:30 pm. Anyone can participate in this discussion; just let us know you are planning to attend by responding to this email or by calling the store. For more information, be sure to join our mailing list by adding your name to the clipboard next to the register.”   -Broadway Books
Jackson’s The Residue Years recounts in fiction his growing up in inner NE Portland, near Union Avenue (MLK).
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Isaka Shamsud-Din at the Portland Art Museum

Midday Art Break: Rock of Ages

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Free for museum members; $17-20
Main Entrance Lobby

“Longtime Portland artist Isaka Shamsud-Din will deliver a 45-minute talk in the galleries, presented in conjunction with his exhibition Rock of Ages. Shamsud-Din is a masterful painter who blends folklore and personal narrative in his warm, intimate work. His scenes often illustrate old Portland landmarks significant to the Black community, some of them long since shuttered, while introducing elements that evoke African roots: the Pyramids of Giza, a zebra peeking over a shoulder.

For his artistic work and his accomplishments as a social justice leader, Shamsud-Din was recognized with Isaka Shamsud-Din Day at the 2019 Juneteenth celebration at Portland’s City Hall. His current exhibit is supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Teressa Raiford of Don’t Shoot Portland, and will also showcase the many iconic murals Shamsud-Din has painted in the city throughout the past half-century.”

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Milton & Oscar’s

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