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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Healthy Babies Ahead!

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.

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Homeless Youth Stories

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.

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Combating Displacement

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.

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The Minority Retort

Series debut for comedians of color show

A new monthly showcase of comedians of color is coming to northeast Portland.

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Fighting Hunger in Oregon

The Oregon Food Bank is casting their net wider than ever in hopes of accessing more resources for those in need.

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Changing the Narrative

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.

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Sign Up for Community Service Projects

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.

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Walking in the Path of Dr. Martin Luther King

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.

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Heating up winter with Portland style BBQ

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.”

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His Mantra was Hope and Opportunity

Basketball court named to honor Harold Williams

The memory of a community leader is very alive today at Portland Community College.

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