Coaches look to push appeal of BMX further
Longtime BMX coach is looking to push appeal of sport to more inner-city youth and kids of color in general with a new team he's composing called "Kidz on Da Track".
Janet Ruth Brown was born Jan. 31, 1924 to Arthur and Jennie Brown of Buffalo, N.Y. She peacefully departed this life on March 19, 2014 in Portland.
Get healthy while having fun with a new Sistahs4Life workout class called “Soulful Line Dancing.” Sistahs4Life was founded by local residents Selena Mitchell, Kimberly Turner-Willianson and Carletta Dizer-Malone.
A full length documentary exploring the long history of racism and discrimination against black people in Oregon has launched a campaign for donations to help make the movie a success. The film ‘Whitelandia’ is in production for a 2015 release.
Crucial support for people fallen on hard times
Judge Greg Mathis examines "whether or not America should maintain its commitment to a robust social safety net for our nation's working class families and other Americans that have fallen on hard times."
Skeptics say housing investment will not cure gentrification
A plan to increase public monies for the construction of more affordable housing units in the gentrified neighborhoods of north and northeast Portland is drawing a mixed review.
Rhymesayer spits purpose through the microphone
Talilo's debut album "Born for This" is highlighted by a style of rap he refers to as "chopping" and frequent moments of introspection.
First black city commissioner inspired leadership
People from all over the city are remembering Jordan for his leadership, especially in his role as a former director of Portland Parks and Recreation.
The racial dimensions of economic inequality
National Urban League president Marc H. Morial looks at the recent State of Black America report that shows blacks at alarming rates of unemployment and underemployment.
Complex to offer below market, affordable rates
Construction has begun for a new mixed-income, multi-famly housing complex in Vancouver thanks to US Bank and the Vancouver Housing Authority which recently closed on $6.4 million of federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit for the nearly $30 million 1st Street Apartments project.
Local grad excels in college and gives back
Kalauna Carter has a go-getter mentality in the world of academics that has helped her achieve. A Portland native and De La Salle graduate, Carter is attending Tuskegee University on an academic scholarship where she is majoring in Environmental Science and serving as an official community ambassador.
Activist asks for help to make event successful
A winter snowstorm that postponed a youth summit during Black History Month will take place over two days, April 11 and April 12 at Portland State University with a concluding concert at the Blazers Boys and Girls Club. Portland activist Imani Muhammad is looking for help to make the annual event a success.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival revives play by African American playwright
Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of the late Lorraine Hansberry play "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window".
Historic neighborhood flickers between the bricks
Blended into the façade of Innovative Housing’s newest housing complex are literal lenses to Portland’s African American history. Between the bricks at The Magnolia, 3250 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., are four iPod Touch units that run continuous loops of historical photos mixed with recent footage.
Avoid serious diabetes complications with these guidelines
Diabetics have to take special care of their feet. The disease can cause peripheral neuropathy—otherwise known as nerve damage.
Almost everyone who has prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes
Being overweight comes with chronic disease risks, such as higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing other diseases, including diabetes, which is at epidemic levels in the black community.
Procedure can detect cancer before symptoms occur
Tami Mahrt was two years past the recommended age for colorectal cancer screening. Though she considered herself healthy at 52 years old, she finally went in for her colonoscopy and awoke from the routine procedure with shocking news. Doctors spotted a 4.5 centimeter growth in her colon and said they’d need to remove it with surgery. Mahrt, a manager of operations for the Multnomah County Employee Benefits Office, shared her story during a recent Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month presentation before the Board of County Commissioners.
Charlene Mashia has been appointed to Home Forward’s Board of Commissioners, replacing Lee E. Moore Sr., who retired from the local housing authority’s governing body after 12 years of service.
No one should be proud of these exports
Peter Montgomery examines lawful homophobia around the world.
Business owner and community stalwart Sharon Maxwell launches a campaign for City Council
Sharon Maxwell makes it clear that as a long-time advocate for her community, she has been on the front lines of making Portland a better place both in terms of an improved economy and improving social conditions.