Thursday, February 25
Portland author shares story in personal account
A front row seat into the turmoil and outrage that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Wednesday, February 24
A call is issued for those concerned about the risks from exposure to elevated levels of airborne metals found near two glass company sites.
Tuesday, February 23
Films with rich insight to the human condition
With a bit of Oscar commentary, I offer this list of the 10 best films of 2015
Beloved musician was link to Portland's past
A beloved personality in Portland's music community
Monday, February 22
Last week before curtain call
Jump in and see what you can before it's over!
Thursday, February 18
Check out this Portland-based musical pedigree
Portland-based Redray Frazier lays it all out on the title track of his new rocking R&B album, “Blood in the Water.”
Black History production moves to Portland Center Stage
Sharing the stories of unsung heroes in the African-American community
Wednesday, February 17
Plans set for pastor's 20th anniversary
Highland Christian Center to honor Rev. Dr. W.G. Hardy Jr.'s 20th year as pastor during an upcoming, March 18-20 weekend. of
My favorites so far
The Portland International Film Festival is off to a great start.
Tuesday, February 16
City department wants out of dock upkeep
The downtown core may be losing its public dock on the Willamette River with a proposal to move it to Swan Island.
Wednesday, February 10
A time to educate and inspire
Racial disparity won’t disappear if we simply ignore it. Justice will not be achieved unless we actively seek it out. Black History Month not only serves as a reminder of what our forbearers have achieved, but as an inspiration for the journey that remains before us.
A night of swag, sprit and soul
An exclusive interview with award-winning educator Karanja Crews shows us the inside of the life of an event-producer and prepares us for a new local concert.
This nation needs to transform
Fifty years ago, the Civil Rights Movement led to a series of laws banning public discrimination. African Americans were no longer barred from certain restaurants, some schools were integrated and fair housing laws created more living options.
More than 147,000 Oregonians signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov during the open enrollment period that ended Jan. 31.
Maurice White, the founder and lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire, is being remembered as an innovator and someone who had a profound impact on the music industry.
Self Enhancement, Inc., the social services organization and public charter school serving Portland’s black community, will host a community-wide celebration honoring Jefferson High School for recently achieving an 80 percent graduation rate.
Tuesday, February 9
Study finds both can have good outcomes
Out-of-hospital birth settings in Oregon were associated with a higher risk of perinatal death, while in-hospital birth settings were associated with a higher risk for cesarean delivery and other obstetric interventions, according to new research at Oregon Health & Science University.
Beyoncé makes a statement
Super Bowl was marked by a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year.
Portland International Film Festival begins
Every year at this time, I am reminded of the range of stories I mostly don't get to see depicted in local theaters, because for a brief month in Portland, I get to broaden my palate. There really is a whole world out there beyond what Hollywood gives us -- and there is no better time to partake of that world than February in Portland when the Northwest Film Center gives us its Portland International Film Festival.
Reading series brings generations of black women writers together
This Black History Month, a group of black women writers are coming together to read from their own stories.
Black doctor put medicine on new course
How many of us are familiar with the name of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams? The African American physician was one of the most skilled surgeons of his era. In 1893, at Provident Hospital in Chicago, a medical center which he founded, he performed the first fully successful open heart surgery, including the repair of knife wound on the pericardium.
Decries films devoid of people of color
Halle Berry said Hollywood's lack of diversity stems from a lack of honesty. Filmmakers and actors should tell the truth, she said, "and the films, I think, that are coming out of Hollywood aren't truthful."
First A.M.E Zion Church, 4304 N. Vancouver Ave., will host its first ever first Black History Month Gospel Celebration, on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. This is a free event open to all.
A famous Creole proverb reads, “Tell me who you love and I’ll tell you who you are.” The people we love say a lot about us, and we say a lot about the people we love. That’s why this month, the PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, a local LBGTQ group, is hosting a new #BlackLoveMatters campaign. Don't miss the Blackentine's event to go with it!
Stars, filmmakers and the black experience
The Portland Black Film Festival returns to the Hollywood Theatre in northeast Portland with films screening over the next two weeks to showcase the cinematic achievements of African-American stars, filmmakers, and the black experience.
Tuesday, February 2
Title game brings faceoff of No. 1 vs. No. 2 picks
In 2011, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos were picking through the rubble of seasons gone horribly wrong — and a draft board that was unusually loaded with talent at the top.
A lawyer for O.J. Simpson says the imprisoned former football star isn't happy with ads and interviews about a cable TV series focusing on his 1995 murder acquittal in Los Angeles.
Velda the hedgehog calls for an early spring
Sure, Punxsutawney Phil may be calling for an early spring, but more importantly for local residents, so is Velda, the Oregon Zoo’s African pygmy hedgehog.
Human Solutions revamps space
A new center for families experiencing homelessness opened Monday at the site of the former Black Cauldron strip club, providing emergency shelter for those in need.
Why I’m skipping the Oscars
For two years in a row, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences — the organization behind the Oscars — failed to nominate a single actor or actress of color in the lead and supporting acting categories. Not one.
Black liberation literature and its role in inspiring people to stand up and fight will be the topic of conversation with Portland-based author Ahjamu Umi and Florida-based writer Michelle Mattison during a public event for Black History Month on Saturday at In Other Words.
One Portland family is celebrating their daughter’s victory as the new National American Miss Preteen – the first Oregon state winner to take the national crown.
A New Column on Justice and Civil Rights comes to the Portland Observer
Operating the criminal courts of today based on the racist and xenophobic attitudes of nearly a century ago would strike many Oregonians as an aberration. Yet Oregon is almost alone in the United States in continuing a practice designed to silence the voices of those considered suspect due to race, religion, or national origin. Our state allows juries in felony cases to reach a verdict without reaching a unanimous decision. As long as at least 10 out of 12 jurors agree, a defendant may be found guilty or not guilty over the objections of the dissenting jurors.
From Black Power to the White House
A gorgeous new collection of black American history has arrived for civil rights readers thanks to the tireless work of scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kevin M. Burke.
Cascade campus hosts 26th annual festival
The longest-running African film festival in the United States will feature more than 18 films, documentaries and shorts - right here in Portland!
Movement founders to speak at PSU
Portland State University is bringing the founders of one of the largest national anti-racist movements in recent history to speak to the community. Learn more about what Black Lives Matter what it is this Black History Month.