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LucPortlander for 7 yearsLuc laughing .. again. - At Critical Mascara at THE WORKS.Time-Based Arts Festival. Portland Institute for Contemporary Art© Intisar Abioto

Luc
Portlander for 7 years

Luc laughing .. again. 
- At Critical Mascara at THE WORKS.

Time-Based Arts Festival. Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
© Intisar Abioto





Gerrin
From Guthrie, OK
Portlander for 3 years

Everything. Everything. Everything about this. This human killed it last night at Time-Based Arts Festival’s Critical Mascara. So many great images of Gerrin. So hard to choose. Beaut and beaut and beaut. 

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Colin
From Kansas City, MO
Portlander for 2 years

At Critical Mascara at THE WORKS
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s  Time-Based Arts Fest, 2014

Donovan Edwards
From Nassau, Bahamas
Portlander for 6 years

This man. This place. This Ace. Got to hang out with the illustrious Donovan Edwards as he MC’ed last night’s Time-Based Arts Fest Meet & Greet with THEESatisfaction. He is a more than talented vocalist himself. More on that soon.. Also got to meet Melbourne-based artist Luke George. The U.S. premiere of his choreographic experiment, Not About Face, is this week at TBA. 

- On TBA eve at THEESATISFACTION Meet & Greet .. at Ace Hotel.

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#TheBlackPortlanders #BLKPDX #PDXed

THEESatisfaction
In Portland tonight!
Performing at Opening Night of TBA 2014

Y’all. Let’s welcome these queens and Pacific Northwest/Seattle-founded creatrixes. Come out to their free performance for the start of PICA’s Time Based Arts Fest 2014. I caught them last night at their meet and greet at the Ace Hotel lobby. Don’t miss them today.

THEESatisfaction at Opening Night at TBA, 9/11/14
The Works at Fashion Tech, 2010 SE 8th Ave
10:30 PM
http://pica.org/event/theesatisfaction/

"THEESatisfaction are artists that blend elements of hip-hop, electronic, and dance. They’re positive energy. Black energy, black women leaping oceans and continents at a single bound. With positive strength of purpose. Even crowds with nary a right foot between them find the steps when faced with THEESat’s unorthodox but right-on-time rhythms. Synchronized, sinewy and sensuous, the regal Stas and Cat channel the higher, whipping like waves of space-borne radiation onstage, leaving a trail of glowing observers abuzz like Geiger counters. THEESatisfaction, the Queens Supreme. Bring yourself!"

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AleeshaNative Astorian Aleesha is a native Astorian. She is tri-racial, of black, white, and Japanese heritage. I “met” her by phone several weeks ago as I was seeking information on Astoria’s Black presence. Having not been to Astoria before, I had no context or leads on who to talk to or what a Black presence in Astoria might be like. She was of great help to me. I got the chance to meet and photograph her last Wednesday while in Astoria. Aleesha is a talented jazz vocalist. She also studied communications at Portland State University.

Aleesha
Native Astorian

 Aleesha is a native Astorian. She is tri-racial, of black, white, and Japanese heritage. I “met” her by phone several weeks ago as I was seeking information on Astoria’s Black presence. Having not been to Astoria before, I had no context or leads on who to talk to or what a Black presence in Astoria might be like. She was of great help to me. I got the chance to meet and photograph her last Wednesday while in Astoria. Aleesha is a talented jazz vocalist. She also studied communications at Portland State University.

Daphne 
Astoria, OR
From Torrance CA
Astorian for 3 years

I met Daphne through Aleesha, [pictured above]. Originally from California, she moved to Astoria to raise her daughter. She’d done an internship in Astoria as a teenager and years later decided to move back.

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#BlackAstorians #BlackOregonians #TheStateofBlackOregon

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