Real estate team excels after humble beginnings
Real estate team Chris Guinn III and Tracey Hicks started Dwell Realty in Portland from humble beginnings. The two began working together in 2005 racking up an impressive record of sales in the housing marketplace before starting their own independent real estate business in 2009.
Portland entrepreneur starts own fashion line
Setting foot in the city of sin turned out to be the start of a dream for one Portland man. A 2009 visit to Las Vegas for a street wear fashion tradeshow shifted David Jefferson’s whole career path. Jefferson says the show was the inspiration he needed to take him from being a local retailer of various big name brands in urban fashion to his newfound passion, selling his own clothes.
Big personality entrepreneur has advice for the next generation
Entrepreneur and Portland civic leader Roy Jay is synonymous with success in the Rose City. Once considered a prime candidate for mayor, the accomplished Jay is quick to share his insights and open doors for the next generation. “There’s opportunity sitting out here, all people have to do is go and apply themselves. And I’m not saying it’s easy, nothing’s easy"--Roy Jay
Promoter on cutting edge of rap scene
Unfortunately not many can claim a successful transition from the harsh realities of a notorious gangbanging past to true entrepreneurship. Jonathan Norman, also known as Big Smurf, a.k.a. Smurf Lucciano, is one of the exceptions.
Salon owner an expert in natural hair styling
As a child, Amber Starks used to “beg” her mother to let her perm her long locks of hair. It proved to be a fruitless pursuit. By the time Starks was a fresh face on the campus of the University of Oregon, wearing her hair chemical-free was only, well, natural. Now, the 32-year-old Starks owns her own salon and is exclusively focused on natural hair styling.
Smith honored for job training leadership
Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith was honored at the White House last Thursday for her role in making a positive difference in our communities. Smith was praised for her leadership in SummerWorks, a program that provides local young men and women an opportunity to get their first work experience through a paid, 180-hour summer internship.
Another barrier in sports is falling
"Sports is one of the most race-neutral meritocracies in America. From the record-shattering feats of Jesse Owens to the transcendent accomplishments of Serena and Venus, there is no doubt that African Americans can excel at the highest levels in any sport if given a chance. Historically, that chance has rarely been given to aspiring black professional quarterbacks." - Marc H. Morial
Moorish Science embraces African roots
Temple teaches people of African descent their history through ancient tradition and knowledge.
Woman’s shoots documents life in the city
Memphis native documents black life in the city with her blog, theblackportlanders.com
Economy is reverting to the bad old days.
"Many of us who have reached Social Security age had a pretty good run. We lived through those heady days that followed the Great Depression and World War II, a delightful — though brief — moment in U.S. history when the rich were losing the class war. The middle class gained the high ground and nearly everyone had a shot at a decent income and reasonable retirement. "--William A. Collins
Larry Walker Allen Jr.
Services were held Saturday for Larry Walker Allen Jr. who died Aug. 31, 2013. He was born in Portland on June 8, 1951 to Luvenia Walker and Lavon Allen. He attended Eliot Elementary School and graduated from Washington High School.
An American story that never gets old
" We tend to think of politicians, pundits and school books as the great troubadours of history and shapers of public opinion. But when a movie like “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” comes along, we are reminded that nothing moves the spirit or traces time like simple storytelling."-- Marc H. Morial
Victim’s family looks for justice in Hawaii
A Marine has been charged with murder and other charges, including patronizing a prostitute, in the death of a Portland woman who was on vacation in Hawaii, the Marine Corps said Monday.
Victorian bungalow home saved from demolition in north Portland.
King Elementary is under the microscope. The former principal, Kim Patterson, who was responsible for many reforms at the K-8 school, stepped down just before the school year to begin a new job at the Oregon Department of Education; Eryn Berg has been chosen to succeed Patterson who held the post since 2010. This all comes amid extensive investigations into plummeting test scores at the northeast Portland school.
New program focuses on healthy habits
Seniors in Portland are getting active with a new program keep get elder citizens moving called Walk With Ease. The program, which was launched by Meals on Wheels People, aims to take a group of 10 to 12 walkers aged 60+ on two to three trips weekly. It debuted in seven other locations in April. The goal is to have participants work up to 45 minute walks. Each participant is provided with a journal to log their walking habits.
Portland Public Schools invites the public to participate in upcoming design workshops for modernizing Franklin and Roosevelt high schools.
My grandma’s words have guided me
" In my time as an organizer, I have been guided by the words of many people - activists and authors, colleagues and friends. But the most powerful lesson I ever received about the struggle for civil and human rights came in 1993, when my grandmother taught me that history could move in two directions at once." -Benjamin Todd Jealous
The Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters is looking for enthusiastic women and men who are interested in building their communities to fill jobs as skilled union carpenters.
Charles Ruben Parks
A memorial service for Charles Ruben Parks will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at Grace Covenant Fellowship Church.