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Musician, actor, activist — Belafonte followed his own beat

One singer you won’t likely hear on a ’50s oldies station is Harry Belafonte, yet he was one of the most popular singers of that decade. He made a name for himself in the emerging folk music genre, with five gold albums between 1955 and 1963. For a time, he was outselling Elvis Presley. His repertoire anticipated world music; he incorporated musical traditions from the Caribbean, Africa, Ireland and the U.S. in his singing. By the early 1960s, his brand of smooth traditional folk was overtaken in popularity by grittier singer-songwriter acoustic music, rock-and-roll and soul.

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Portland filmmaker Brian Lindstrom goes behind bars

Watch Brian Lindstrom’s recent films and it’s clear the importance the filmmaker places on compassion. “Finding Normal” is about recovering addicts who reach out to help others through recovery. “Alien Boy” explores issues of police accountability in the case of James Chasse, a man with schizophrenia who was brutally killed by members of the Portland Police Department and a Multnomah County deputy after a confrontation on Sept. 17, 2006.

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Toxic soldiers: A Portland woman among thousands of Army vets who say they were poisoned by chemicals at Ft. McClellan

It was the 1970s in Southern California, and a teenage Laynie Roland could be seen most days surfing and boogie boarding along Newport Beach, about 40 miles west of her home in Ontario. With her long, feathered, bleached-blonde hair and wave-riding ways, Roland embodied the typical image of the Southern California girl.

Clackamas Co. lawsuit alleges misuse of funds intended for disabled caregivers

A lawsuit alleging widespread corruption in its social service programs has been filed against Clackamas County.

An open letter to PSU on armed campus police officers

Portland State University administration is currently forwarding a proposal to create a sworn police force on the PSU campus. Faculty and staff of Portland State University’s School of Social Work, School of Gender, Race and Nations, and many other faculty, students, and staff strongly oppose this proposal to create an armed police force on our campus.

Amanda f**king Palmer! The singer reflects on life, marriage, and her favorite street paper vendor

When the music industry finally gets its act together, finishes going through its painful digital rebirth and settles on a formula that works for the future, you can bet there’ll be a chapter in the text book on Amanda “Fucking” Palmer.

The former Dresden Dolls singer, purveyor of insatiably emotional ‘Brechtian punk cabaret’ and owner of a pair of eye-popping eyebrows, has had a passionate niche of fans for a decade. But the reason the world sat up and took note is that she, more than anyone before her, worked out a way to turn her tribe into a viable business plan.

Portland filmmaker Brian Lindstrom goes behind bars

Watch Brian Lindstrom’s recent films and it’s clear the importance the filmmaker places on compassion. “Finding Normal” is about recovering addicts who reach out to help others through recovery. “Alien Boy” explores issues of police accountability in the case of James Chasse, a man with schizophrenia who was brutally killed by members of the Portland Police Department and a Multnomah County deputy after a confrontation on Sept. 17, 2006.

December Archives

Musician, actor, activist — Belafonte followed his own beat

Home is where the kitty is

Setting sail every week with your support

Governor’s budget promising first step in affordable housing

Shock waves: Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything,” gets at the root of climate change politics

Walking beat a positive impact on the streets

Scars of war: Canadian rocker Bryan Adams and his new book, “Wounded: The Legacy of War”

Best friends, through thick and thin

Pressing the issue: Art Hazelwood's imagery and action on the homeless front

Governor Kitzhaber proposes $100 million for affordable housing in new budget

Veterans for Peace viewing marks Christmas Truce centenary

Can 31 cents per hour change the world?

Don’t be helpless. Exercise your free speech and give

Portland needs a centralized storage facility for camp sweeps

November Archives

Death row inmates sue over who, what is going to kill them

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