A Portland Filmmaker is Highlighting One Black Horror Film a Day in October to Educate and Fundraise

Jeff Oliver has far more than 31 reasons to launch a monthlong Instagram project on Black horror films.

The Portland filmmaker is a lifelong devotee of the genre and last fall began writing a horror script inspired by the gentrification of North Portland. Oliver is also the production manager for Open Signal Labs, an incubator program seeking to empower and invest in local Black media makers.

But the new Janelle Monáe-starring film Antebellum was the “nail in the coffin” of Oliver’s decision to spotlight one Black horror film each day of October. In Oliver’s view, Antebellum depicted little but meaningless, retrograde brutality in the wake of a winding, multidimensional history of Black horror cresting in recent years with Get Out.

“It was as if they were trying to tell people slavery had been bad for the first time,” Oliver says of Antebellum. “We’re so far past this, in

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5 takeaways from Day 2 of the Coney Barrett Supreme Court hearings

WASHINGTON — Judge Amy Coney Barrett worked hard at redefining her image as an unwavering conservative jurist on her first long day of questioning Tuesday by a deeply divided Senate Judiciary Committee whose minds already are made up about her.

Barrett repeatedly dodged questions about how she viewed or would rule on striking down Roe v. Wade, overturning the Affordable Care Act and challenges to gun safety laws under the Second Amendment, citing what’s called the Ginsburg rule.

When the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared before the committee in her confirmation process, Barrett noted that she “used this to describe how a nominee should comport herself at a hearing: ‘No hints, no previews, no forecast.’ “

But Barrett remained closely identified with her mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia, and his conservatism and judicial philosophy, and that troubled Democrats who pointed out that she would replace the high court’s liberal lion.

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What We Learned On Day 2 Of Amy Coney Barrett’s Hearing

Amy Coney Barrett answered questions from senators publicly for the first time on Tuesday, and she was asked about some of the most contentious issues in American life.

Barrett was pressed on her views on subjects including abortion, health care, gun rights and racism during the lengthy session before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 13. While she declined to give specific judgments on most of the hot-button topics, her answers helped clarify her judicial philosophy and revealed some of her personal views.

Each senator on the committee had 30 minutes for questioning on Tuesday, the longest time they will have to publicly question the woman who appears to be on her way to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court. Barrett’s confirmation, which is highly likely given the Republican majority in the Senate, would cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court for a generation.

While many senators

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Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day | National News

Then, in 1992, at the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ first voyage, American Indians in Berkeley, California, organized the first “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” a holiday the city council soon formally adopted. Berkeley has since replaced its commemoration of Columbus with a celebration of indigenous people.

The holiday can also trace its origins to the United Nations. In 1977, indigenous leaders from around the world organized a United Nations conference in Geneva to promote indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. Their first recommendation was “to observe October 12, the day of so-called ‘discovery’ of America, as an International Day of Solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.” It took another 30 years for their work to be formally recognized in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted in September 2007.

Today, cities with significant native populations, like Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles, now celebrate either Native American

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Amy Coney Barrett faces questions on Day 2 of Senate hearings

Washington — Judge Amy Coney Barrett is facing questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for the second day of her confirmation hearings, with the panel’s members getting their first chance to press President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court on her legal views and writings.

Barrett, 48, is fielding questions from Democrats on the 22-member committee about her views on abortion and the Affordable Care Act, which has become a focal point of their opposition to her nomination to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the high court. 

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s top Democrat, asked Barrett whether she believes Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s right to an abortion, was rightly decided.

Barrett declined to say one way or another, saying her role as a sitting judge precluded her from commenting on precedents that continue to

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First day of Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett concludes

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett appeared before the Senate for the first day of confirmation hearings Monday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings will span four days, beginning with members and Barrett herself making opening statements.

Stream the hearings live right here; check back for live updates.

Opening statements

Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., made the first opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Monday for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, discussed the legacy of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“This is a vacancy that has occurred to a tragic loss of a great woman. And we’re going to fill that vacancy with another great woman. The bottom line here is that the senate is doing its duty. Constitutionally,” said Graham.

Graham went on to reiterate Barrett’s written statement sent to the

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Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Hearings: Highlights of Day 1

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A deeply divided Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off four days of contentious confirmation hearings on Monday for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, drawing battle lines that could reverberate through the election.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and the committee’s chairman, left little doubt about where the proceedings were heading, gaveling open “the hearing to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court,” rather than saying it was a hearing to consider her nomination.

“This is probably not about persuading each other unless something really dramatic happens,” Mr. Graham added a short time later. “All the Republicans will vote yes, all the Democrats will vote no.”

Democrats arrived ready to go on the offensive, portraying

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Native Mainers plan to reflect, educate on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Maulian Dana, the Penobscot Nation’s tribal ambassador, speaks to a group gathered in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Maine State Historical Society in Portland on Oct. 14, 2019. Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer

Native Mainers this weekend shared their plans to mark the second annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, an event they saw as an opportunity to reflect on history and help educate their neighbors about the legacy of colonization.

Maulian Dana, the Penobscot Nation’s ambassador to the wider world, sees the holiday as a way to honor and remember Maine’s original inhabitants – and also as a time to teach.

Dana plans to reflect on how the survival of her own people allowed her to preserve her identity as a Penobscot woman. To pass that knowledge on, she and other historians, activists, and organizations will hold educational events through the week meant to introduce Mainers to the state’s

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Juice WRLD’s Mother Writes Letter on World Mental Health Day

Yesterday was the 28th celebration of World Mental Health Day, an international day focused on mental health education, advocacy and awareness. In honor of the occasion, Juice WRLD‘s mother, Carmella Wallace, penned an open letter detailing her relationship with her late son and his struggles with addiction, anxiety and depression. The emotional message called on readers to normalize the conversation surrounding mental health issues and detailed the creation of the Live Free 999 Fund, her charity aimed to help youth who struggle with various mental illnesses and the stigmas surrounding them. The organization was officially launched back in April following Juice WRLD’s tragic death from an accidental overdose. He was just 21 years old at the time of his passing on December 8, 2019.

“Jarad and I often had frank discussions about his struggles with addiction, anxiety and depression,” Carmella wrote in her letter. “I think he felt comfortable being

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Katrina Kaif marks International Day of The Girl Child by advocating ‘Educate Girls’ in Madhya Pradesh village – sex and relationships

Supporting more opportunity for girls, Bollywood diva Katrina Kaif marked International Day of The Girl Child by giving fans a sneak peek of her visit to Madhya Pradesh village to increase awareness on gender inequality faced by the girls worldwide based upon their gender. Sharing her “firsthand experience of bringing girls #BacktoSchool” in Madhya Pradesh’s Miyapura village, Katrina advocated for gender equality through ‘Educate Girls’ project on the Day of Girls on October 11, 2020.

Taking to her Instagram handle, Katrina shared a slew of pictures and a video that detailed about her volunteer experience with Team Balika. Bonding with Ayushi, whose house “was the first door I knocked on when I became a #TeamBalika volunteer for @educategirlsngo before lockdown (sic)”, Katrina talked about working in remote areas to bridge the gender and literacy gap.

From painting murals with Ayushi on the walls of the village houses to interacting with

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