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.
The 4th of July holiday and the arrival of summer has people eager to break out the fireworks, the barbeque, and start a campfire on their next hike or trip to the beach – but because of an extreme dry spell throughout the Northwest, fire officials are reminding residents to practice important fire safety measures.
Drug still has regulations; sales not ready
Starting July 1, the recreational drug became legal for personal use, but things are not as simple as they seem.
Ferguson activist to lead talk on black humanity
“Any city could be a Ferguson or a Baltimore,” says Sekou, “because the souls of black people are hungry everywhere for justice.”
Unity and hope ring out after black church massacre
The whole country has spent a week coming to terms with a massacre in a historically black southern church that took the lives of nine African-Americans.
The Portland State University Board of Trustees has given final approval to a controversial measure to allow a select number of campus security officers to carry and use guns, at a cost of about $1.2 million.
A week of events for families and all ages
It’s Pride Week and Portland Black Pride has joined the LGBT festivities with a week of events for families and individuals of all ages.
Gay rights supporters celebrate
June marks the 40th celebration of Portland Pride, a celebration of the LGBTQ community, but the month is also shining a light on the powerful emergence of several leaders in the black community advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.
Jefferson junior defies the stereotypes
Congratulations to Jefferson High School junior Kahedja Burley for her selection as Portland Rose Festival Queen.
Giving voice to the pitfalls of high tuition
American student debt has just topped $1.2 trillion. Will a new generation of student debtors be able to survive in America's shrinking economy?
Turmoil from 25 gang-related incidents in May
The number of shootings in Portland has skyrocketed in the past few weeks leaving police scrambling to keep up with cases.