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.
Improving childbirth outcomes by breaking cultural barriers
The International Center for Traditional Childbearing is celebrating a victory, having just received a grant for its African American Childbirth Educators Program.
Creative mentoring brings production
A new performance is hitting Portland this weekend. “Maybe It’s Because…(I’m So Versatile)” is a performance piece written and performed by homeless and transitional youth.
Bureau releases $20 million housing plan
After extended public input, the Portland Housing Bureau has a formal plan on how to use $20 million in Urban Renewal monies to fight gentrification in north and northeast Portland.
Series debut for comedians of color show
A new monthly showcase of comedians of color is coming to northeast Portland.
The Oregon Food Bank is casting their net wider than ever in hopes of accessing more resources for those in need.
Shining a light on Portland community of black artists
Samiya Bashir is in the midst of writing her latest book and preparing for her next reading series.
Volunteers honor King’s call to action
Hands On Greater Portland, the volunteer arm of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, is coordinating 60 volunteer service projects as part of its Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Service, to be held Jan. 15 through the MLK holiday on Jan. 19.
Faith leader advocate for racial and gender equality
Lopez acknowledges how her work for advancing causes of justice was enlightened by the words and actions of one of America’s greatest civil rights hero, Dr. Martin Luther King.
For Wayne Cannon, Grilling is his Passion
“This isn’t Southern style,” says Cannon, “and it isn’t Midwestern. This is Portland style, unique to us in this city.”
Basketball court named to honor Harold Williams
The memory of a community leader is very alive today at Portland Community College.