Portland's African American Boys - Resources

Thank you for sharing your time and thoughts with me during our class. I hope that you gained something of value that will help you in your works. As promised I have collated some resources to further your study and expand your understanding. As I took some time to reflect on our experience I struggled with deciding the best resources to point you towards to expand your understanding. This struggle was compounded by events that have transpired since our time together that I felt compelled to incorporate in this document. In reality I could not deliver on that intention here, but I hope I have given you some threads to follow that will lead to some discovery.  Please take this as a source of study and reflection. Take the best part from that which you engage and resist the urge to make everything make sense to you at the time you engage with it. I have included all the items I shared between classes. I apologize for the long delay. Significant life changes have dominated my time since our time together. I will be adding things to this page as they come to me. Thank you again. Peace.

3 Focus Issues In Portland:

Disproportionate Policing

Disparate education outcomes

Serial displacement



The 13th - Directed by Ava DuVernay (Netflix)

Get Out - Directed by Jordan Peele

Do The Right Thing - Directed by Spike Lee

I Am Not Your Negro - Directed by Raoul Peck

Bastards of the Party - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cjYQHQLcUM

OJ And The Making of America - Ezra Edelman (Hulu)

Priced Out - https://www.pricedoutmovie.com


Art and Artist

Damali Ayo - I can Fix Racism - https://vimeo.com/22860782



Knowledge Bennett



Kehinde Wiley - http://kehindewiley.com

Kerry Marshall - https://www.artsy.net/artist/kerry-james-marshall

Khalik Allah - http://khalikallah.tumblr.com

Carrie Mae Weems - http://carriemaeweems.net

Kara Walker - http://www.karawalkerstudio.com

Intisar Abioto - http://theblackportlanders.com

greenHAUS Gallery - http://www.greenhausgallery.com



The Residue Years - Mitchell S. Jackson

The Half Has Never Been Told - Edward E. Baptist

Slavery By Another Name - Douglas A. Blackmon

The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - Richard Rothstein

Peculiar Paradise: A History of Blacks in Oregon, 1788-1940 - Elizabeth McLagan

The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - Dr. Joy DeGruy



Black Male Economic Outcomes (Just published on the Upshot)


Portland Gang List Data - https://projects.oregonlive.com/police/gang-list/

Research and Reports

State of Black Oregon - https://ulpdx.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/State-Of-Black-Oregon-2015.pdf

Bleeding Albina -http://kingneighborhood.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/BLEEDING-ALBINA_-A-HISTORY-OF-COMMUNITY-DISINVESTMENT-1940–2000.pdf

Coalition of Communities of Color Report - http://allhandsraised.org/content/uploads/2012/10/AN20UNSETTLING20PROFILE.pdf


Media Impact On the Lives of Black Men - http://racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/Media-Impact-onLives-of-Black-Men-and-Boys-OppAgenda.pdf

Criminalizing Normal Adolescent Behavior https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/1067/8f5d951d14403337e7e17c27890ae08649d4.pdf

Dr. Carl Bell’s Seven Field Principles - http://whgbetc.com/carl-bell-youth-violence.pdf

CDC Fathers - https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr071.pdf

Harvard Implicit Bias Test - https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

Black Lives Matter Fall Syllabus 2016 - http://www.blacklivesmattersyllabus.com/fall2016/



My podcast and blog. The permanent home of this document.





The Combat Jack Show -The longtime host Reggie Osse passed away in January. His show captured a great deal of Hip Hop history and culture. He was a influential in the business prior to revolutionizing podcasting.



Denzel Washington Is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period - W. Kamua Bell and Kevin Avery



Programs & Sites


Portland Underground Graduate School

Self Determination - Kujichagulia


Self determination is one of the most important concepts you will need to learn youngster. If you are going to grow up and be a high level human being or at least a half-decent human being self determination will be one of the most useful tools in your bag. 

What is it? Why is it important? These are good questions, I may or may not answer them to your liking in the following lines, why? Because giving you all the answers does not help anyone.  Proper guidance is a mix of answers, questions, examples, directions, and blank stares.  I am here to set you on the path, not build the house for you.  You have to have the self determination to build your own place with the bricks, boards, and tools shared with you.

This is askyouroldhead.com not Itakeordersfromtheoldhead.com, learn something.

Awe wait don’t tell me you are leaving. 

You pulling the rip cord, because I tell you, you have something to learn, but I didn’t give you all the information?  I didn’t show you where to find it in the book?  I didn’t give you clear instructions?  There are somethings you can learn in any book, but will not find in the text.  Dig me?  You tell a man your hungry, he gives you a stick and points you towards the river, get the message. 

Without learning to see the world within the design of your own mind you will not see the best part.  You can use some guides and tools, we all do, but you have to walk it yourself. You have to question your assumptions, beliefs, and experiences.  You have to challenge you elders, your peers, and the world around you show and prove that what they are selling you is not a hot plate of manure.  You have to risk embarrassment, shame, and rejection to get to a place of confidence and clarity. You may have to skip some holidays, break some hearts, and occasionally be the asshole. 

In the end I hope you will find your path and be better people.  Get after it.