Thursday, April 30
Having a heart to serve
While anyone can be at risk for heart disease and stroke, almost half of all African-American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease that can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease, and/or other serious conditions.
Supporting the voices for change
The discussion about sexual assault during Portland State University’s recent student body election may be an exception to the ever-present concern of student apathy. As a survivor of sexual assault, I have been watching the debate with concern and frustration.
Wednesday, April 29
Motown great reschedules for summer visit
Wonder has cancelled plans to come to Portland to celebrate his 65th birthday with an exclusive party as a benefit for a local nonprofit organization that supports at-risk urban youth, Self Enhancement, Inc.
Tuesday, April 28
Breaking the chains of injustice
Each year over 1,000 Christians join together in our nation’s capital to address a common issue facing our communities.
TV outpaces Hollywood in broader inclusion
From our television sets in our living rooms to our local movie theaters, diversity appears to be the new black.
Student build nears completion
In recent years, tiny houses have been seen as a way to combat homelessness with many popping up around the country in neighborhoods designed for low- and no-income housing similar to Dignity Village.
Epic speaks to true face of America
The curtain is opening for Portland Opera’s production of “Show Boat,” the award-winning Harold Prince version of the epic play that revolutionized American theater with its musical sophistication and embrace of racial diversity on stage.
Author weaves Portland gentrification into new novel
A Portland and New York-based author says issues of race and class drive the story in her young adult novel “This Side of Home.”
A spring concert to bring you to your feet
The community is invited to join the Jefferson Dancers for their annual Spring Concert at Portland’5 Nemark Theater.
Portland’s legendary waterfront celebration returns
The 31st annual Cinco De Mayo Festival opens Saturday at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Avoid sweep to keep playoff hopes alive
Damian Lillard had 32 points and the Portland Trail Blazers avoided elimination from the playoffs with a 99-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
Tuesday, April 21
Former Oregon press secretary to guide organization
A new era is beginning for Portland’s premier civil rights organization with new leadership from a homegrown attorney who is steeped in political experience.
Rev. T. Allen Bethel named ‘Ecumenist of the Year’
The Rev. T. Allen Bethel, senior pastor of Maranatha Church in northeast Portland, is being honored for his outstanding work in the faith community and for his advocacy of good public policy.
Honored tradition for 15 high school girls
Rose Court selections have been made!
Dark could inside a silver lining
The dark cloud inside this silver lining is that too many people are still being left behind—particularly in our communities of color, where unemployment remains at a crisis level, even as our economy continues to rebound.
Find out how you can help
Many children and families eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children the end of school can be the end of certainty about where and when their next meal will come.
Dramatic differences state by state
For years, Time magazine has a run a feature on the best places to live in the United States. But nobody ever ranked the best places for women — until now.
Some new documentaries worth waiting for
The last 11 docs that I saw at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C., this month represent a range of quality, too. None are in theaters or online yet, but several are worth watching for.
Beaverton resident Sarah Gilmore will represent Oregon at the Miss Black USA Beauty Pageant in August.
The Oregon Public Health Institute has honored Portland civil rights activist LaKeesha Dumas as an emerging leader and named her to the group’s board overseeing community health projects.
18th annual event timely for new hires
With hiring on the rise and employment returning to pre-recession levels, the Portland Community College Cascade Job Fair is poised to be one of its strongest ever.
White Bird concludes its 17th season on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with “The Blues Project” featuring thrilling tap dance and live blues music with critically acclaimed tap company Dorrance Dance and award-winning blues singer and composer Toshi Reagon with her 5-piece band, BIGLovely.
Tuesday, April 14
James E. Gray
James E. Gray was born on July 12,1938 to Lilly Jones and Herman Gray in Hinds County, Mississippi. He passed away on April 1.
If agreement holds, peace is possible
There’s more at stake here than sanctions and centrifuges. If the agreement holds, it could lead to a real breakthrough for peace in the Middle East.
Full Frame brings out best in documentaries
The Opinionated Judge takes on the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina.
PCC Cascade Job fair sets example
Springtime has arrived, a season that underscores messages of renewal, beginnings and growth.
Business leader embarks on strategic initiative
Portland business entrepreneur Roy Joy has embarked on a strategic initiative to build economic ties with China.
Monday, April 13
‘Lift Ev’ry Voice’ airs Tuesday on OPB
A new documentary explores Portland’s African American history and the struggle for civil rights during the mid 20th century.
Wednesday, April 8
Ceremony marks one year since fatal crash
Nearly 75 community members joined the families of Kiden Dilla and Ayan Osman to celebrate the dedication of a memorial bench in honor of the former Pacific University students on the one-year anniversary of the fatal car accident that took their lives.
Tuesday, April 7
Willie Thomas, 82, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2015 at home with family surrounding his bedside.
Renata Raiford-Rondon was born April 15, 1961 in Portland, to Manaway Raiford and Margaree Harden Raiford. On March 27, 2015, God called her home.
Important step against bigotry
A study found that young whites under 30 are no more enlightened in their racial views especially of blacks than their parents. How far has white supremacy come or changed?
The pattern of criminalizing poverty
Here’s something you might not know about Ferguson, Missouri: In this city of 21,000 people, 16,000 have outstanding arrest warrants. In fact, in 2013 alone, authorities issued 9,000 warrants for over 32,000 offenses.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s diverse new season
There's something for everyone at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, year in and year out. It's always worth a trip down to Ashland, for the high quality of the productions, and also because the plays themselves are so thoughtfully selected, produced, and cast to bring a variety of voices and cultures to the stage.
Kevin B. White
Kevin B. White was born March 13, 1954, and died April 2, 2015.
Forming trust key to success
Starbucks is known for selling high-end coffee and tea. Having conversations about a sensitive and sacred topic such as race, while extremely important, is something that requires relationships with more depth than your typical customer service interaction.