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Twilight
Portlander for 3 weeks

I first met Twilight last year this time on Alberta St. 
He was visiting then, on his way to the Rainbow Gathering.
I ran into him downtown this time. 
He read my cards.

© 2014 Intisar Abioto

Jamondria HarrisFrom TexasPortlander for 7 yearsPoet, Writer, Founder of Solar Throat … I traveled up to Seattle last month with Jamondria for a celebration of the life of science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. …Black Portlander in Seattle…© 2014 Intisar Abioto

Jamondria Harris
From Texas
Portlander for 7 years
Poet, Writer, Founder of Solar Throat 

… I traveled up to Seattle last month with Jamondria for a celebration of the life of science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. …Black Portlander in Seattle…

© 2014 Intisar Abioto

Michone Nettles
From Vancouver, WA
Grew up in Portland

"The connections are everything that we could want for"

—  from “Lights Out” in Mother Tree 

I met Michone downtown. He was holding a freshly printed copy of his book of poetry, Mother Tree. He is also the poet and author of  Words in The Water, Looking Through a Child’s Eyes, and Love Under The Bridge.  As I often do with books, I flipped to a random page in Mother Tree and began to read. The words above are from the first poem I first came to.

© 2014 Intisar Abioto

Bryson
From Toledo Ohio
Portlander.. for the summer

The rap game is like Jumanji. Wait your turn, roll the dice, good luck - homie. - @questfisher

I ran into Bryson on Alberta near Random Order. I stopped him for a photo and he ended sitting for a spell to chat. He’s here for the summer. He studies Special Education at the University of Toledo. He also does music. Find Bryson on Twitter at @questfisher.. and his music at questfisher.bandcamp.com/music

© 2014 Intisar Abioto

David HallFrom Pasadena, CAPortlander for 30 years… Afrocuban rhythms in NW Park Blocks. … I had to stop.© 2014 Intisar Abioto

David Hall
From Pasadena, CA
Portlander for 30 years

… Afrocuban rhythms in NW Park Blocks. 
… I had to stop.

© 2014 Intisar Abioto

Sidony O’neal
From Sacramento, CA
Steady Portlander for 2 years… 
Anecdotière + Writer + Autocartógrafa

Sidony is another one of my treasured friends here in Portland. We had so much fun shooting this funny little moment. Ha! She is always dressed so classically and beautifully. (She also has an online vintage shop. I’ll update as soon as I find the link.) She is a poet, writer, and translator “engaged in the study and practice of emancipatory literary production and trans/creation. She is the recent translator of “Prognosis: Decolonial Poetic Exhale / Descarga Poetica Decolonial” by Bocafloja.
She also just had some beaut work published at Bathhouse.
Check it. Check her.

Find Sidony at sidonyoneal.com

© 2014 Intisar Abioto

Luc
Portlander for 7 years

I’m a bright ball of puppy energy who likes wearing bowties and making jam and connecting people.

- 82nd & Glisan

© 2014 Intisar Abioto




Amber Starks

Born in Watts, CA .. 
Portlander since age of 10

…  I wondered what I could do. I could braid.

This past Friday, I visited Amber Starks to photograph her for The State of Black Oregon. She is the owner of Conscious Coils, a natural hair care company and salon with a mission of “encouraging people of African descent to love and embrace our hair, ourselves and our diverse culture.” Importantly, Amber was the catalyst, spearhead, and organizer for the passing of OR HB3409, the Natural Hair Care Act.  Formerly, individuals who wanted to perform simple natural hair care services such as braiding, loc’ing, and twisting outside of the home had to get a full cosmetology license. The license included 1700 of coursework, much of which did not apply to natural hair. Passed in June 2013, the Natural Hair Care Act established a distinct natural hair care license that allows natural hair care practitioners to become licensed to perform services for others.   


Amber told me that The State of Black Oregon 2009 was instrumental in her work with Conscious Coils. There she read that African American youth are overrepresented in Oregon’s foster care system. Wondering what she could do, she thought she’d volunteer her time to braid the hair of Black youth in foster care. However, she discovered that under the cosmetology laws of that time, it would be illegal for her to do so. Amber believed the law could and should be changed, so she set out to change it.  And she did.  

I look up to this woman so much. She is a heroine in my book, actually changing the lived experiences of Black Oregonians and in doing so forging a path for the celebration of all our unique identities.
 
.. And she was  Rose Festival Queen in 1999!


#StateofBlackOregon
#The Black Portlanders
#ConsciousCoils

Alex Riedlinger
Portland Native

Alex is one of my treasured fellow photographer friends here in Portland. He is also the co-owner of E’Njoni Cafe on Killingsworth.

A studied photographer and filmmaker, much of Alex’s work documents the cultural practices and religion of people of African descent. Alex is in the midst of an IndieGogo campaign to fund the print run of an upcoming photography book featuring images from his recent travels to Nigeria.

You might remember Alex from a post last year. He was then in the midst of an IndieGogo campaign to fund travel to Nigeria to film and photograph with Ibori Records. Well, these are the images from that successful journey. He spent considerable time photographing and filming young priests of the Yoruba Ifa Orisa tradition, in addition to street photography.

You can make a contribution to his campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/just-like-that-photo-book
Please check out Alex’s work at alexriedlinger.com

© Intisar Abioto, 2014

Liz Vice

I first met the multi-faceted Liz Vice almost a year ago exactly. An accomplished filmmaker and visual storyteller, she was in the process of fundraising for her short film, The Pearl

It was only later that I heard her music.. first at Siren Nation’s Billie Holiday Tribute Concert in April and more recently via her debut album There’s A Light. To put it plain, I’ve been listening to this album  heavily over the past few weeks. I don’t exaggerate when I say it’s unlike any gospel I’ve experienced. There’s a sheer wealth and diversity of emotional resonance in these songs. They communicate a breadth of life’s lived tonalities, experiences.  Rich, rich. Deep, deep. I’m particularly fond of “There’s A Light”, “Abide”, “Everything Is Yours” and “Enclosed.” It’s hard to explain. You should just listen.

This evening she’s playing a show at Alberta Rose Theater with Joseph and Cross Canyons. I’m not sure if tickets are sold out, but get down there!

You can listen to! and purchase There’s A Light on Bandcamp.
I advise checking her out. Be, delighted.

© 2014 Intisar Abioto

Karimu KuduraEugenian for 20 yearsEugene, ORToday, we traveled down to Eugene OR to meet with students and instructors at the African American Rites of Passage Academy at Lane Community College. Since 1996, the academy has worked to address the cultural, career, academic, and social needs of high school and middle school African American and Multicultural students of African descent in Lane County, OR. Here, instructor Karimu Kudura starts their day with Tai Chi and meditation.© 2014 Intisar Abioto

Karimu Kudura
Eugenian for 20 years
Eugene, OR

Today, we traveled down to Eugene OR to meet with students and instructors at the African American Rites of Passage Academy at Lane Community College. Since 1996, the academy has worked to address the cultural, career, academic, and social needs of high school and middle school African American and Multicultural students of African descent in Lane County, OR. Here, instructor Karimu Kudura starts their day with Tai Chi and meditation.

© 2014 Intisar Abioto

This morning I headed down to Eugene with journalist Bruce Poinsette to document for Urban League PDX ‘s New State of Black Oregon. More photo updates coming..© 2014 Intisar Abioto

This morning I headed down to Eugene with journalist Bruce Poinsette to document for Urban League PDX ‘s New State of Black Oregon. More photo updates coming..
© 2014 Intisar Abioto

Some of you may remember Mychal Tetteh!  I first met and photographed him June of 2013. He was/is the president of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Portland. Since that time Mychal has become the CEO of the Community Cycling Center on Alberta and is in the process of developing some sweet summer events for the community.
Right now, The Community Cycling Center is designing a Celebrating Diversity and Understanding Complex Histories Bike Ride. They want to know the people’s story in the Alberta Arts district. Who should they talk to? What locations should not be missed? If you are interested in learning more or giving them insight, please contact Zoe Piliafas. zoe@communitycyclingcenter.org© 2013 Intisar Abioto 

Some of you may remember Mychal Tetteh!  I first met and photographed him June of 2013. He was/is the president of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Portland. Since that time Mychal has become the CEO of the Community Cycling Center on Alberta and is in the process of developing some sweet summer events for the community.


Right now, The Community Cycling Center is designing a Celebrating Diversity and Understanding Complex Histories Bike Ride. They want to know the people’s story in the Alberta Arts district. Who should they talk to? What locations should not be missed? If you are interested in learning more or giving them insight, please contact Zoe Piliafas. zoe@communitycyclingcenter.org

© 2013 Intisar Abioto 


Babes,

   The Black Portlanders is now on Instagram !

http://instagram.com/theblackportlanders

Follow us!

- Intisar of The BLK PDXERS

I don’t know if you all have yet noticed, but we’ve had a sweet redesign over here at The Black Portlanders. Thanks to Michele Kraus over at PDX Code School, The Black Portlanders’ web layout is looking much much swank than before… openness, clarity abounds.The story:In March, I did a very short talk at Research Club. Ním Wunnan, one of the organizers and an instructor at Portland Code School, offered me the opportunity to work with some emerging web development students to update The Black Portlanders’ webface. 
I was paired with Michele Kraus. She worked with me over the course of several weeks to get key design edits and technical integrations done. Check our social media icons above .. ! and be sure to follow us on our new instagram.So many thanks to Michele for her beautiful edits and design work. It really enhances this project and frames the photos beautifully. It makes so much difference in the experience of the images. That means so much. Many thanks to Nim and Portland Code School! Just thanks! I’m so happy to recommend Michele.  Find her at twitter.com/michelekraus.- Intisar of The BLKPDXERS

I don’t know if you all have yet noticed, but we’ve had a sweet redesign over here at The Black Portlanders. Thanks to Michele Kraus over at PDX Code School, The Black Portlanders’ web layout is looking much much swank than before… openness, clarity abounds.

The story:
In March, I did a very short talk at Research ClubNím Wunnan, one of the organizers and an instructor at Portland Code School, offered me the opportunity to work with some emerging web development students to update The Black Portlanders’ webface. 

I was paired with Michele Kraus. She worked with me over the course of several weeks to get key design edits and technical integrations done. Check our social media icons above .. ! and be sure to follow us on our new instagram.

So many thanks to Michele for her beautiful edits and design work. It really enhances this project and frames the photos beautifully. It makes so much difference in the experience of the images. That means so much. Many thanks to Nim and Portland Code School! Just thanks! I’m so happy to recommend Michele.  Find her at twitter.com/michelekraus.

- Intisar of The BLKPDXERS