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.
Reaches out to promote Portland show
Comedian Wanda Sykes with advise for aspiring comedians and her reflections on the late Joan Rivers.
Input sought on affordable housing commitment
Investment marks a win for the Portland African American Leadership Forum which originally criticized the Portland Development Commission project citing its lack of a housing plan.
August Wilson Red Door Project returns to Portland schools
Red Door Project introduces students to the works of August Wilson whose long-inspired work reflects the African-American experience.
Pulitzer Prize winning play follows black Americans in post-Depression era
The August Wilson play, now playing at The Church, 602 N.E. Prescott St., reflects the African-American experience, covering questions of legacy and reminders of painful family pasts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.