The Black Portlanders Project: Illuminating a Vibrant Community

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  • Cookie
  • Johnny Disciple
  • Alison
  • Jordan
  • Marie
  • Henry
  • Dawa
  • Family
  • Billy
  • Chanticleer Tru
  • Patricia and Robin
  • Monee
  • Bruce
  • Aleesha
  • Arika
  • Tazia
  • Luke
  • Rie
  • Drew and Anthony


Then, in February 2013, an unplanned encounter with a Black woman whose energy caught her attention led Abioto to photograph the woman. During that exchange, Abioto's creative spirit was brought back to life. "This was the beginning of 'The Black Portlanders'," said Abioto. "It reminded me of my true self and my true work. This was the spirit of fun and adventure, the vibrancy, fabulousness, and boldness of life I'd been missing."

(Photo: Intisar Abioto for BET)

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