Olivia Olivia


Olivia Olivia is a staff writer for the Portland Observer. She is also a columnist at The Rumpus, and her work has appeared on Salon, Jezebel, and NPR's CodeSwitch. Her work can be followed at www.oliviawrites.com.

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Portland Responds to Ferguson

Shockwave shared at ‘healing conference”

In response to the police shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Portland stage actress Chantal DeGroat hosted a Ferguson healing conference at the Shaking the Tree Theater in southeast Portland Sunday.

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Residents Safely Flee Hotel Fire

Fire crews responded to a fire at the Joyce Hotel in downtown Portland late Saturday morning. Residents were temporarily evacuated from the building and watched from the sidewalks as firefighters arrived.

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Housing Options Open Up

Section 8 reform bill goes into effect

Hopes are high for a Section 8 reform bill that went into effect this summer that might help reverse the effects of gentrification and curb discrimination.

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Business Focus: Hip and Street

Duo brings menswear and art to Old Town

This summer marked the grand opening of Portland’s latest black-owned business, Kyoto. A menswear shop on the border of Old Town and the Pearl, Kyoto drew in a crowd of young and old, the hip hop fashioned, and music lovers from around the metro area for their opening.

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Vegan Soul

Food activist author fronts Portland Roots Festival

African, African-American, Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean food venders, non-profits, and micro-entrepreneurs are all just part of the going-ons at PCRI's second annual Portland Roots Festival at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Aug. 10.

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Trans Student Denied Housing

Fight against discrimination at George Fox

Jayce Marcus, a Portland student at George Fox University, is battling school administration for the right to be housed with other males on campus.

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The Struggle of Black Athletes in Oregon

History brought to light in new book

Portlander Herman L. Brame is taking on sports history in his new book, The Long Ebony Line: The First 100 Years of African American Athletes in Oregon, Circa 1860 – 1960.

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Same-sex couples take vows as marriage ban lifted

Same-sex couples raced to pick up marriage licenses and get married Monday after a federal judge struck down Oregon's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying it is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said the 2004 ban unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples and ordered the state not to enforce it. State officials earlier refused to defend the constitutional ban in court.

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