Wednesday, June 25
Proposed new look at issues comes with racial lens
Two longtime Portland educators are looking to revive a 1992 student-led study of the economy of Alberta Street, for the new millennium.
Tuesday, June 24
Filmmaker explores racial ignorance and alienation of suburbia
“Black Girl in Suburbia” is a documentary exploring the tales of women of African descent, some still in school, some long past graduation, who were primarily raised and educated in mostly white communities.
Long time Portland resident and blues musician Mel Solomon, formerly of “Hank Ballard's Midnighters”, died Monday, June 23 after living with diabetes for many years, according to family and friends.
Film ‘Ida’ keeps its focus on a family’s history
Our 'Opinonated Judge' reviews the film 'Ida'
Friday, June 20
Gresham plans special activities at three parks
Gresham is putting a hop and a skip into summertime with Summer Kids in the Park, an eight-week Gresham parks recreation and free lunch program for all youth 18 or younger.
Wednesday, June 18
Trend sees older housing stock leveled for higher-cost living
North and northeast Portland have experienced a number of changes in the past few years adding to the gentrification of local neighborhoods. It’s easy to see the increased density, the changing neighborhood demographics, and, perhaps most apparent for the average resident, rising housing costs.
Couple broke racial barriers in business
You can’t go there now, but the sweet treats of Milwaukie Pastry Kitchen are once again an Oregon hot spot. Co-owned by Hurtis Mixon Hadley Sr. and his wife Dorothy Bishop Hadley, the historical bakery is currently the subject of an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society, downtown.
Defending the Voting Rights Act
Rev. Chuck Currie details the threats to Justice of today
Make it a day to celebrate peace
PSU Student and Iraq War veteran Eric Chitoubol says Memorial is a day to reflect on individual and familial happiness
Wednesday, June 11
Clinic expands services to fight health inequities
The North by Northeast Community Health Center just might be one of the best-kept secrets in north and northeast Portland. And they say it’s time for that to change. For over seven years the health center served low-income neighborhood adults with no health insurance, focusing on preventing the deadly consequences of high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes.
Opportunities to keep youth engaged
Summer is upon us Portland! How do we keep the young people engaged? The Portland Observer found some great opportunities to help answer that exact question.
Jefferson next in line for Great Fields project
A 10-year community-wide effort to provide every Portland high school with a new track and a synthetic turf field took a big step toward conclusion Friday when student athletes, Superintendent Carole Smith, NIKE and community leaders broke ground on the first of four new fields and tracks that will be completed this summer.
Student speaker no longer has to put her dreams on hold
After graduating from Lincoln High School, Yesenia Herrera wasn't sure how college fit into her life. Now, she can't imagine it not fitting in. The 20-year-old St. Johns resident was named the student speaker for the Portland Community College’s commencement ceremony on Friday, June 13, at Memorial Coliseum. She was also recently awarded the Community College President’s Award at Washington State University-Vancouver.
James C. Crolley
A memorial service for James C. Crolley will be held on Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at Life Change Christian Center, 3635 N. Williams Ave.
The All African People’s Revolutionary Party invites the community to its third annual “Fourth of the Lie” program at Peninsula Park in north Portland on July 4 starting at 3 p.m. This year’s theme is a tribute to Kent Ford, the founder of the Portland Black Panther Party chapter. Conscious youth will perform with hip-hop contributions with other musical celebrations.
Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo reflects on the life of Maya Angelo. "She knew what it meant to be a person of dignity, which she claimed was the very basis for being a representative of the human race."
Continuing a legacy of love and vision
Marc H. Morial reflects on the legacy of the recently late poet, author, activist Maya Angelou.
Tuesday, June 10
Student dies in high school shooting
A 15-year-old gunman who killed a student at Reynolds High School had an assault rifle, handgun and several magazines of ammunition hidden in a guitar case and duffel bag when he rode a school bus to the campus, police said Wednesday. Details continue to emerge.
Thursday, June 5
The Portland Observer held its 14th annual Joyce Washington Classic’ basketball tournament this past Saturday, and as-per-usual the talent showed up. Six teams composed of some of the brightest players from Portland and across the state showed up to the court at Self Enhancement, Inc. and played in what were all close games.
Wednesday, June 4
Musical couple explores ‘norms’ with debut EP
"Etheral" hip hop duo 7hirdwav3 explores the bounds of music, society, and the 'norms' with their debut EP 'Thirdwave'.
Advocates praise corrections programs
For 15 years now, Clark County has operated seven Drug Courts under the heading of Therapeutic Specialty Courts. The accomplishments of the courts were recently celebrated by public officials, advocates, graduates and the public at large during a special ceremony at Esther Short Park in Vancouver.
Mindful curiosity to an odd and ordinary life
Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega critiques the film "Finding Vivian Maier''--that probes mysteries about the human experience with a vigorous curiosity that may be deemed obsessive.
PDC updates plans at open meeting
Plans by the Portland Development Commission to develop a long-vacant lot on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Alberta Street are moving forward with many of the same players involved before a community protest caused grocer Trader Joes to pull out of the bidding. PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton announced at an open community meeting at the adjacent Curious Comedy club last Wednesday evening that California developer Majestic Realty Co. and local minority contractor Colas Construction would be staying on board as participants in the venture.
We applaud the superintendant for her response
Some local African American leaders commend Portland Public School superintendent Carole Smith for confronting recently highlighted racial inequities at Metropolitan Learning Center where she concluded complaints from the mostly white parent-body against the Black principal of the school were in part racially motivated.