By Rayna Reid Rayford ·Updated December 5, 2023
Last year, “26 Black descendants of families” who resided in the historically Black neighborhood of Albina, filed “[a] federal civil rights lawsuit…against the city of Portland and Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center,” The Oregonian reports. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss the suit, but last Friday, a judge ruled that the plaintiffs can proceed.
As the complaint reads, “[t]his case is about the intentional destruction of a thriving Black neighborhood in Central Albina under the pretense of facilitating a hospital expansion that never happened.”
“This horribly racist chapter from Portland’s past has not closed, causing plaintiffs continuing harm,” the suit continues. It also alleges a conspiracy, stating that “[r]ecently discovered information, long concealed by defendants, shows that urban renewal and blight were pretexts for defendants’ real motive: a racist desire to remove Black people from the economically valuable neighborhood of Central Albina.”
During the 1960s and 1970s, approximately 80 percent of Black Portlanders resided in Albina. In a press release announcing the lawsuit, one of the plaintiffs Connie Mack said, “That home was our foundation, and the sense of community in that neighborhood is what made us thrive.”
“I was taken out of my safe and loving community,” Mack lamented. “I was moved into a neighborhood that saw me as a nuisance and to a school where I was one of three Black children.”
Another plaintiff LaKeesha Dumas echoed these sentiments, stating, “My great grandma owned a boarding home that helped the Black community. I’m devastated that her work didn’t get passed down…There was a racist conspiracy to violate our civil rights. It’s my turn to get in the fight and advocate for our family.”
In addition to financial compensation, the group wants “tangible justice beyond symbolic apologies,” for their significant losses.
In their motion to dismiss, attorneys for the city and hospital attempted to argue that the plaintiffs who were suing “did not suffer direct harm and that the statute of limitations had run out.”
However, “U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon disagreed, saying the loss of community, including family homes and intergeneratio[nal] wealth, is indeed direct damage,” KGW8 reports.
“The destruction of Central Albina and the failure to expand the hospital as promised, leaving vacant and abandoned land, has certainly injured the public generally,” wrote Judge Simon.
The judge also noted how this displacement caused Portland to be robbed from housing a “thriving Black community” on top of depriving the community from “expanded health care.”
TOPICS: Portland Oregon Racism
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Jamie Foxx returned to the spotlight on Monday night — and to the delight of fans, he was back to his hilarious jokester self.
He attended the Critics Choice Association‘s Celebration of Cinema and Television: Honoring Black, Latino and AAPI Achievements to accept the Vanguard Award for his work in the Prime Video movie “The Burial.” The Oscar winner cracked up the audience as he recalled his battle with a serious “medical complication.”
After receiving a beautiful tribute from his “The Burial” co-star Jurnee Smollett, Foxx triumphantly walked across the stage to the excited cheers of attendees. He offered his thanks for the recognition of his work before switching gears to poke fun at the conspiracy theories that surrounded his medical emergency.
“I’ve been through something. I’ve been through some things,” Foxx said. “You know, it’s crazy, I couldn’t do that six months ago — I couldn’t actually walk. I’m not a clone, I’m not a clone. I know a lot of people who was saying I was cloned out there.”
In April, the “Ray” star was rushed to an Atlanta hospital with a “medical complication.” His family kept details quiet, which led the internet to wildly speculate on his condition and the cause of his health issues. As he commanded the stage like the born entertainer that he is, the “Blame It” singer reflected on his new appreciation for life, noting that everything feels “different” now.
“It feels good to be here. I cherish every single minute now. It’s different. It’s different,” he said. “I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy, because it’s tough when you almost…When it’s almost over, when you see the tunnel.”
One thing that became clear during his speech was that Jamie hasn’t lost his comedic timing or brilliance. The way he transitioned between the serious emotions of his experience and the humorous aspects of almost dying was pure genius.
“I saw the tunnel. I didn’t see the light,” Foxx joked. “It was hot in that tunnel so I didn’t know where I was going. Shit, am I going to the right place? I seen the devil goin ‘C’mon, now.’”
Despite his good spirits, Jamie was noticeably emotional about the moment. He closed his acceptance speech by truly appreciating everything it took to get him back on stage where he belongs.
“I want to say six months ago I couldn’t fathom that this could happen or that I would be here, but as I walk up here to this microphone and get this Vanguard Award, all I can say is ‘Lord, have mercy, Jesus,’” he said.
Queen Latifah, whose real name is Dana Owens, is synonymous with hip-hop royalty for a reason. While being inducted into D.C.’s Kennedy Center Honors this past weekend, the multihyphenate rocked a Pamella Roland gown fit for a queen!
As she worked the red carpet, the Nation’s Capital was put on notice of just how noble our queen really is.
Queen Latifah is the first female rapper to be inducted into the Kennedy Center Honors.
Queen Latifah became the first female rapper inducted into the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors this weekend. She received the award alongside other 2023 inductees: Billy Crystal, Dionne Warwick, Renée Fleming, and Barry Gibb.
Queen Latifah’s ensemble to the celebratory affair oozed with sophistication, class, and elegance. Her black and silver gown fit her like a glove, emphasizing her small waist, curvy figure, and gorgeous melanin skin. And, the “Living Single” star’s hair was pressed and natural in her signature amber-brown color with a sultry side part.
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Queen Latifah accepted her award with style, grace, and gratitude. Reflecting on her career, she told the Kennedy Center, “I discovered my love of music with my Aunt Angel, and she directed a mass choir and taught them songs. I learned how to teach harmonies and melodies and watched her build these songs into these big, beautiful creations that moved through me when they all sang together.”
She followed by saying, “I live my life in the moment. That’s the only way I can get through. What I do is to be right there when I’m doing it and just be present and I’m in this right now. I don’t know what I’m gonna think about this tomorrow or what happened yesterday, but right now I’m here with you in this moment, and I’m so very grateful.”
Chloe Bailey, Kerry Washington, and other celebrities turn heads at Kennedy Center Honors
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Several A-listers were there to celebrate with Queen Latifah, her mentor Dionne Warwick, and others. Cynthia Erivo and Chloe Bailey attended, giving vocal tributes to Warwick. While Kerry Washington, MC Lyte, Rapsody, and Missy Elliott told the audience about Queen Latifah’s lasting impact.
See Chloe Bailey’s jaw-dropping princess look below.
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The full 2023 Kennedy Center Honors gala and ceremony airs on December 27 on CBS. While we wait to see coverage of the star-studded affair, see some of our top red carpet looks below.
Congratulations to all the winners!
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Sha’Carri Richardson has just earned herself yet another award! Over the weekend, the 23-year-old athlete was honored at the USA Track and Field (USATF) Night of Legends for her remarkable performances in track this year.
The track star took home the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athlete of the Year for women Award. She secured the honor after winning multiple races at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest earlier this year. At the time, Richardson stole the show and earned the top spots in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and the women’s 4 x 100-meter relay team.
Upon accepting the award, Richardson gave a heartfelt speech where she touched on her faith in God as well as her influence and impact. She also took the time to acknowledge the responsibility she has to herself, her family and the beautiful women who support her. “With the God that I serve, everything happens when it’s supposed to happen. So when I stand here today as the world champion, that’s because now was the time for that to happen. Now is the most impactful it would be, the most powerful it would be and the most sincere it would be,” Richardson said.
She continued, “I understand the influence that I have, I understand the responsibility that I have to USATF and as a top female USA athlete, and to my country, and to my black family, to my beautiful women, to everybody that has been misunderstood for trying to be their best selves and not be put into a category because they do track and field and have been put in a bubble.”
Check out a clip of the speech below.
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Richardson is definitely in her comeback season. After her Olympic Trial 100-meter win was disqualified for a positive marijuana test in 2021, she went on to defy the odds and come back with a vengeance, winning her first major world title earlier this year. And now, with this Athlete of the Year win under her belt, it’s safe to say that our girl is becoming unstoppable!
We are always rooting for Sha’Carri!
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“We have mutually decided that it is best for us to move forward in life AS FRIENDS and have made this decision with love in our hearts, respect for each other, and appreciation for the time we’ve shared together,” Edmonds and Sanders wrote in a joint statement on her Instagram page.
“Please keep us in your prayers as we go through this transition. Thank you for being there for us ALL THESE YEARS! We love you and appreciate you SO MUCH!”
The now-exes have ended their four-year engagement.