We always love having Mama Shafia Monroe as a guest on ‘guess who’s coming to radio??!!’- she always brings it back to that nurturing, warm spirit. As the founder of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC); her work as an international educator, midwife and advocate inspires all those she encounters.
The ICTC will be having a fundraiser (celebrating international midwives month) on the 1st of May with a screening of Bringin’ In Da Spirit, honoring the contributions of midwives of African descent. The fundraiser “will help sponsor students and others to attend (the) 9th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference and aid our mission of reducing infant mortality, increasing breastfeeding rates in communities of color and training cultural competent doulas.”
Stay tuned TONIGHT (Thursday the 23rd), starting at 8pm (west coast time), 10pm (in the middle) and 11pm (on the east coast) on KBOO 90.7 fm (in Oregon); and kboo.fm worldwide!
**ICTC, the International Center for Traditional Childbirth, is at 2942 NE MLK.
I’ve been asked a couple of times whether I think posting photos of graffiti encourages more of it. The tone of those questions indicates that the questioners have already made up their minds on the subject, and are indirectly asking me to stop.
Now, I’m not sure what percentage of people who look at the blog are graffiti artists in town – somewhere between zero and really, really close to zero, I’d think – but there are bigger questions at play here. For the moment, I’m simply going to respond with this:
My friend Quentin recorded himself, at a stop on Seattle’s MLK Boulevard:
SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE JUDYS, JUDES, AND COOOL ASS FREAKS! ANOTHER MONTH, ANOTHER JUDE! COME GIT NASTY WITH US!
W/ SPECIAL GUEST LEGENDARY BETCH —
DJ RIFF RAFF !!!!!
DJ TROUBLED YOUTHS
FLY GIRL – TROOP LEADER
JUDE OF THE MOUTH — JESSE !
NO ASSHOLES – NO HATE ZONE
Let’s take a walk around an aspirational neighborhood, which the residents are now calling the Soul District. All along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in the not-too-distant future, we’ll see the results of a newly energized housing strategy, a new grocery store, smaller businesses owned by residents. This is all the work of community leaders who have a vision for development on MLK. A vision for supporting African-American-owned businesses, and promoting a cultural home on that great street.
If I’ve learned anything from watching how development proceeds, in the last few years, it’s that the ‘community leaders’ that the mayor is likely to spend time hearing from, are the ones hand-picked by city hall ahead of time.
The dividing line between Bloods and Crips in Portland, Grant explains, is MLK, where the two of us are sitting. West is the Crip side; the east side, the side Miracle’s Club is on, is the Blood side. The only gang on the west side that aren’t Crips is the Unthank Park Hustlers, named after a North Portland neighborhood park. During his mother’s tenure as a Blood, Grant says, shootouts between Crips and Bloods were frequent on MLK.
Read more at Is Portland’s Gang Problem Getting Worse?