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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United by Art

A multicultural art show is coming to Portland, thanks to work of local students and the help of Chicago author and illustrator, Dr. Yemonja Smalls.

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Soul Harmony

Portland theater group tackles birth of R&B

Stumptown Stages brings the Motwon history to life with their new homegrown show, 'Soul Harmony.'

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Historic Church to be Demolished

Residents Say Goodbye To Historic Church

A northeast Portland church located in the King neighborhood is set for demolition despite the objections of hundreds of community members.

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Police Reform Panel Gets an Earful

Outreach brings emotional testimony and frustration

Community frustrations with Portland police were expressed in emotional testimony as a panel tasked with monitoring police reforms in the city got an earful at its first public hearing on issues dividing law enforcement and the community.

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Finding Love from a Pet

New cat lounge café makes it a connection

A new minority-owned business is trying to make it easier for people to enjoy the emotional and health benefits of cat ownership.

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Empowering Youth

Trayvon Martin’s mom to visit Portland

Many of those who remember the story of Trayvon Martin, and black Florida teenager murdered in 2012, and the infamous trial surrounding his killer, George Zimmerman, might remember another name – Sybrina Fulton.

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50 Years of Praise

Emmanuel Church looks back and ahead

Emmanuel Church is getting ready to celebrate 50 years of ministry, community service, and helping Portland’s vulnerable populations, with a weekend of music and sermons.

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Chokehold Complaint Filed

A Portland mother is still looking for answers on why her daughter was thrown into a chokehold at Madison High School. Vice Principal Alfredo Quintero can be seen wrestling his arms around the neck of the student in a cellphone video taken by a witness.

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Dress for Success

New diversity focus for group helping women

A local chapter of a non-profit that promotes economic independence for women from all walks of life welcomes a new leader who is eager to help bring diversity to the organization.

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Bridging Cultures

Immigrant and refugee group taps leader

Learn how one immigrant is preparing to become the executive director of an organization that once helped his own family ease into American life.

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