Tuesday, January 26
An emergency family shelter is set to open in outer southeast Portland on Monday to help meet the needs of homeless families.
A legacy award is presented to Wells Fargo and its community relations team, including Cobi Lewis at Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship luncheon.
Trades Center seen as anti-poverty solution
Workforce needs in the manufacturing sector and the opportunity to be lifted out of poverty with family-wage jobs was front and center during a roundtable discussion at Portland Community College’s Swan Island Trades Center.
A stunningly fluid dance work rooted in martial arts, hip hop and African culture comes to Portland with White Bird’s presentation of "La Compagnie Hervé Koubi."
The 54th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival presents three full days of exhilarating big band jazz this weekend.
You’re invited to tumble down the rabbit hole as Alice’s adventures through Wonderland are transformed into a spectacular jazz odyssey!
Rose Marie Blackamore-Reasonover
Rose Marie Blackamore-Reasonover was born Feb. 4, 1941 and died Jan. 19, 2016.
David Lee Stewart
Funeral services for David Lee Stewart, who died Jan. 19, 2016, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church, 111 N.E. Failing St. A public visitation will take place Tuesday, Jan, 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Terry Family Funeral Home.
IRS-certified volunteers help low income
IRS-certified volunteers are available again this year to help low and middle income families file tax returns and get the refunds they deserve.
Tuesday, January 19
Since 1916, one local woman has beaten the odds in a long life dedicated to her family and community. Come celebrate her Friday, Jan. 26!
Mousai Remix, a Portland -based string quartet comprised of Oregon Symphony members Emily Cole, Shin-young Kwon, Jennifer Arnold, and Marilyn de Oliveira, will perform on Sunday, Jan. 31.
Lucille B. Nixon
Lucille B. Nixon was born June 15, 1920 and died Jan. 10, 2016. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 5935 N. Minnesota Ave.
Roy Jay, a prominent African American business leader and community advocate, is firing back against an Oregon Department of Justice investigation to determine if he unlawfully profited from the non-profit groups he headed.
Report finds success but more work ahead
Racial equality legislation moved at a record pace in Oregon last year, but more engagement will be needed to advance civil rights bills in the future, according to a new annual report by a coalition of racial and social justice organizations.
R&B soul songstress Emily King will bring her lush vocals and pop funk tunes to Doug Fir Lounge on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m.
Jazz greats Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus, as well as composers Jeffery Mumford and George Walker, will be featured in “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance,” a free music theater concert, Monday, Feb. 1 at Clackamas Community College.
Comic and sports lovers are celebrating a new comic book focusing on Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson as the team’s undisputed leader becomes the latest subject of Storm Comics’ Focus of Fame series.
A local African American and his business partner are growing their Vancouver entertainment company with both fixed and mobile Go Karts tracks, meeting space for special events, and steps to expand operations with new locations.
Don’t miss your chance to celebrate Mardi Gras with Louisiana native and celebrated Portland jazz musician Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester.
The business group serving Portland’s Latino community has a new president!
An addition for Obama’s bucket list
Why a visit to Haiti, the world's first Black Republic should be on Obama's bucket list.
The intersection of gender, race and class draws fire when a new piece that focuses on interracial friendships comes to this month’s Fertile Ground Festival of New Works.
Diverse lineup at festival of new works
The Portland-grown Fertile Ground Festival of New Works kicks off with dozens upon dozens of new artist works from Portland’s teeming jungle of artists to perform on stages, nooks and crannies all over Portland for 11 days from Thursday, Jan. 21 to Sunday, Jan. 31.
Thursday, January 14
The Portland Tenants Union invites the community to join them at Portland City Hall Friday as they make demands for housing justice.
Wednesday, January 13
Supporters organize Thursday fundraiser
The Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge on the corner of North Mississippi and Fremont Street, one of the last black-owned corners of the area, is getting some help from the neighborhood to remain in place and meet city regulations that demand the property stay compliant for land use regulations or face steep fines.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will draw people to the Linnton Community Center in northwest Portland for a benefit banquet to raise funds to fight hunger.
Repairs help 12 longtime residents stay put
A Portland Housing Bureau grant to a community development nonprofit is providing some critical home repairs to mitigate displacement of longtime homeowners in north and northeast Portland.
Program set for 31st annual celebration
Portland’s World Arts Foundation is proud to present its 31st consecutive Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this year at the Highland Center.
Poet writes play on family trauma, secrets and regrets
One of Portland’s celebrated black writers and artists is getting ready to debut a dramatic new full-length play as a staged reading that explores death, karma, guilt and family dysfunction.
Director portrays First Nations people with dignity
The critical reaction to the work of Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu chronically illustrates how dominant culture bias affects what stories are told and valued on film.
Former NBA and Portland Trail Blazer point guard Terry Porter has teamed up with Gilgamesh Brewing of Salem to create a new, limited-edition craft beer.
Tuesday, January 12
New voices and leaders emerge
This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. special edition represents more than the Portland Observer’s hard work or the history of the late civil rights leader – it showcases a year when the dignity of black lives has been made even more evident by new voices in the struggle against discrimination and other injustices.
A memorial service was held Sunday in Portland for Keith James, a long time resident who died recently in California.
World premiere hits cultural theater
Teatro Milagro launches its 2016 national tour in Portland with the world premiere of "Broken Promises" by Olga Sanchez, based on local stories of sex teenage sex trafficking.
Arnold Anthony Pitre
Arnold Anthony Pitre was born on Nov. 20, 1945 in Vanport to William Joseph Pitre and Wilma Lee Pitre.
Monday, January 11
Connecting the past to the present
Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater is excited to present their second full evening event, “Ancestry in Motion,” bringing a captivating weekend of African dance to Portland audiences.
Tuesday, January 5
Back by popular demand, “The Book of Mormon,” which played record breaking engagements in 2013 and 2014 returns to Portland for two weeks from Saturday, Jan. 12 to Jan. 24 at Keller Auditorium.
Rhonda Henry was born Aug. 24, 1956 and died Dec. 30, 2015.
Obama gets emotional on gun control
President Barack Obama moved Tuesday to use his executive authority to require all gun sellers to register as dealers — even those who sell at gun shows and online — and to run background checks on all prospective purchasers, aiming to curb a scourge of gun violence despite unyielding opposition to new gun laws in Congress.
Volunteers mark 20 years of local food bank support
Produce for People, a volunteer effort to supply food to local hunger relief agencies in coordination with the Community Gardens program at Portland Parks and Recreation, is celebrating the New Year with a report that 42,000 pounds of organic, locally grown produce was harvested in 2015 to help feed people.
Made on a tiny budget of $100,000, "Tangerine" is the quintessentially Hollywood picture.
Monday, January 4
Social structures of the past are challenged
The 2016 Presidential election still is more than 10 months off, but already it promises to serve as a referendum on social justice and racial reconciliation, in a year when national attitudes are changing faster than ever – and not always for the better.
My Person of the Year
It’s time — past time, really — to name the person of the year. (Time Magazine does it. Why not me?)
The education inequality struggle
2015 was a hard year for poor children and children of color in a gridlocked and cantankerous Congress.
Daughter of jazz legend carried on his legacy
Jazz legend Natalie Cole's light continues to shine well into the 21st century and she is remembered by countless fans this week following her death.