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Winter Soul Festival 2019

  • Saturday, December 21, 2019
           at 6 PM – 10 PM PST


White youth commit suicide at a much higher rate then their black counterparts; Black youth are murdered by other blacks at a much higher rate then their white counterpart.

What a hot mess! My goal here is to deep dive into available data on both groups, shed light and raise questions towards improved dialog and solutions.

Part I: An on-line essay authored by one Derryck Green, MD, at Azusa Pacific University. He makes the case for broader perspective regarding gun violence, especially among Black youth.

EXCERPT: "There is a disparity regarding violent death in the black community. We are killing our own at an alarming rate. According to a U.S. Department of Justice analysis, most murders are intraracial and "93 percent of black victims were killed by blacks" between 1980 and 2008. Yet Attorney General Holder, President Obama and Reverend Sharpton haven't wanted a national conversation about this shocking figure."

In a black-white comparison, black homicide victimization rates were around six times higher than for whites.
Blacks were 47.4 percent of all homicide victims and 52.5 percent of offenders.
Blacks accounted for 62.1 percent of all drug-related homicide victims compared to 36.9 percent for whites.
Over 65.6 percent of all drug-related homicide offenders were black as compared to 33.2 percent being white.
Blacks were 44.1 percent of felony murder victims and almost 59.9 percent of the offenders.


Nikki Brown w/Yugen Rashad & HealthyBirth Initiatives at Columbia City Park.

This is a needed drop of Black History through the lens of murals. Spearheaded by a group of muralist, the late sculptor Charles Tatum, Isaka Shamsud-Din, and many others. I discovered Brother Shakur and myself in the clip. Wow.

Albina Murals

From the Portland State University Archives: Through the generous support of the National Film Preservation Foundation, Portland State is able to share this ...

Yugen Rashad

       Yugen wants everyone to have a chance to buy affordable, healthy food in their neighborhood or
feel safe exercising in their local park.


Yugen Rashad

Norma's Kitchen 12010 North Jantzen Dr. (behind Safeway Store). Live music, no cover, 5:30pm Saturday! Cajon, creole food. All ages, adult beverages available - Outside seating, optional seating indoors. Dialog presents Black popular tunes through a jazz sensibility; vocals, drums, sax-trumpet-flute, guitar, and keyboard. Come join the band and staff for a great evening. Stay as long as you like, just come!

On Religion!

       Organized religion fails in its mission to ensure every human being matters.

These traditions often fail to reach the disenfranchised in a quantitative, qualitative

manner as evidenced by recent tragic events ( Connecticut, China, and Clackamas

County). Perpetrators of these acts were individuals betrayed by "Amerikan" culture.

       Our society must uniformly embrace every individual:  air, blood and bones,

period.  For sure, we now understand what disenfranchisement looks like and how

it behaves in the built environment: i. e. on the street where you live. Music is not

only for entertainment but for healing the wounded, the hurt, & the disenfranchised.

This "universal vibe," and our connection to each other, honors the harmony we

endeavor to achieve in the social contract embedded in society. 

       By never meeting a stranger and not being choked by fear of an apocalypse

preached by pundits and organized religion. The cul-de-sac created by religious

fear creates unintentional disparities among us. Any ideology or movement that

creates division among us... count me out and remove my name from your list serv.

        Frankly Beverly featuring Maze wrote a song WE ARE ONE.

Thank You G-d, Allah, Jehovah, Jesus, Buddha, and any and all idenitifiers of the


I love you, Yugen

Yugen Fardan Rashad  @yugenfardan

        Seeks transformative moments; getting past any self-imposed 'mask'; to
         land-shared values and common goals through intentional engagement.
        Yugen has been writing and contributing his work and insights in the
        Alliance for many years.


More About Yugen

Country boy with jazz sensibility; splits time living in secular, spiritual, and art world(s).
Serious about making it about the 'other', and encourages people to live outside comfort zones, experience life more broadly, and contribute mightily to community life.

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