I Woke Up

I Woke Up

I WOKE UP: We live in a world where police brutality and ongoing racism is normal way of life for brown folks. Living in Portland, OR, considered one of the whitest cities in the US, I am aware of my racial identity every single day. Although I am aware (and proud) of my ethnic background, I try to veer more towards unity every single day...

Jordan Luyamba Profile

Jordan Luyamba Profile

JORDAN LUYAMBA PROFILE: From an outside perspective Jordan Luyamba, or Jó as his friends affectionately call him, appears uncompromising regarding the details that bring his vision to life. Trends specific to the current snapshot of today’s society don’t artistically arouse Jó; he already has a hand crafted mural, viewable only to his third eye, that paints the picture of the story he wants to encapsulate to the masses.

Are We Missing the Point?

Are We Missing the Point?

Are We Missing the Point?: Stay home. I'm sure you've heard it by now even if it hasn't been implemented in your native state. Statewide shelter-in-place acts have been ordered in Oregon, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, California, Louisiana, Delaware, Ohio, and New York. New York prefers to call their stay-at-home mandate the "PAUSE" plan and Ohio has added exemptions as have many of the other previously mentioned states, but the point should have been made clear by now. ..

JEFFERY WOLFE PROFILE

JEFFERY WOLFE PROFILE

JEFFERY WOLFE PROFILE: It's the summer of 2012 and Jeffery is teetering on the brink of a decision. Should he take an offer to play football at Lewis & Clarke College in Portland, OR, or remain loyal to the soil he has rooted himself to and attempt to foster success from his foundation? An uncertain mind in inevitable when...

Kobe!

Kobe!

KOBE!: Five-seconds left on the clock. I jab step out of a triple-threat stance. Time is running down – Three, two, one... I pull up from the makeshift elbow I've created out of the corner of my bed and scream "Kobe!" as the buzzer in my head sounds and my miniature foam Nerf basketball bounces off the back of the plastic rim attached to my bedroom door. I must have practiced that shot fifty times before being told to stop jumping around and making noise by my parents. Not content with the sound of the swish my miniature hoop...

ISSUE #004: Marquis

ISSUE #004: Marquis

ISSUE #004 – Marquis: Human connection appears to be more prevalent than ever today. All it takes is a healthy Wi-Fi connection and a screen to instantaneously come face-to-face with a loved one who resides on the other side of the world. Human connection has reached a global scale, but as the breadth of our interaction increases the proximity of what we care about diminishes...

ISSUE #003: KEITH CHEEK

ISSUE #003: KEITH CHEEK

ISSUE #003 – Keith Cheek: The enigma of music has always been a fascinating conundrum to explore. A seemingly ordinary person like yourself walks into a music venue without anybody raising an eye to you. You head over to the bar to order an adult-beverage, but the bartender might not notice you for a while. After finally receiving your drink you walk over to the section of the venue that is playing live music – that is why you're here after all. There is a local band opening up the night in front of a mostly empty crowd littered with photographers, friends of the various bands, and a few good sports who came to hear some good music; they aren't paying you any mind. There you are – enjoying the sounds of the night, unimpeded...

ISSUE #002: CHANG PARK

ISSUE #002: CHANG PARK

ISSUE #002 – Chang Park: The end of the work-week approaches as the sidewalks fill with effervescent personalities counting down the hours until the weekend. There are a myriad of methods in which everyday civilians seek to unwind. The masses of mid-twenty-somethings might text their friends the location of their preferred destination for the night. The mandatory requirements include: alcohol (preferably a full-bar), a back-porch or easy access to the outdoors so the mid-hourly pattern of chain-smoking can continue uninterrupted, and live music. These minute details all comprise the makings of a good night, unhindered by the stress of an unpleasant forty-hour work-week that pays the bills (and funds these nights of decompression)...