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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Wanda Sykes Talks with the Portland Observer

Reaches out to promote Portland show

Comedian Wanda Sykes with advise for aspiring comedians and her reflections on the late Joan Rivers.

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Housing Bureau Reaches Out

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.

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Great Playwright Inspires

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.

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August Wilson's 'The Piano Lesson' at Playhouse

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.

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Portland Responds to Ferguson

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.

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Residents Safely Flee Hotel Fire

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.

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Housing Options Open Up

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.

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Business Focus: Hip and Street

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.

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Vegan Soul

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.

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Trans Student Denied Housing

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.

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