05-25-2017  4:53 pm      •     
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

NEWS BRIEFS

Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Clackamas County

Sen. Jeff Merkley to hold town hall in Clackamas County, May 30 ...

NAACP Monthly Meeting Notice, May 27, Portland

NAACP Portland invites the community to its monthly general membership meeting ...

Photos: Fundraiser for Sunshine Division's Assistance Programs

Under the Stars fundraiser took place on May 18 at the Melody Grand Ballroom ...

Portland Joins National Movement to End Prostate Cancer

Second annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk returns this June ...

Governor Kate Brown Signs Foster Children’s Sibling Bill of Rights

Current and former foster youth advocated for policy to maintain critical sibling relationships ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Ensuring the Promise of the Every Student Succeeds Act

The preservation of Thurgood Marshall's legacy is dependent upon our dedication to our children ...

CFPB Sues Ocwen Financial over Unfair Mortgage Practices

What many homeowners soon discover is that faithfully paying a monthly mortgage is in some cases, just not enough ...

B-CU Grads Protest Betsy “DeVoid” in Epic Fashion

Julianne Malveaux says that Betsy “DeVoid,” is no Mary McLeod Bethune ...

NAACP on Supreme Court's Decline to Review NC Voter ID Law

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks made the following remarks ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Oprah magazine cover, Dec. 2015.

NEW YORK (AP) — A Kardashian-worthy phone case rimmed with tiny lights, a keepsake book of "Letters to My Love" and a banana, peanut butter and chocolate cake called the Elvis are among Oprah's Favorite Things of 2015.

This year's list, which guarantees companies a bump in sales, includes 87 items, from a doggie faux fur jacket from Park Avenue and little-kid animal boots made by Emu to an elegant box of cut flowers courtesy of High Camp and Oprah's favorite drawstring, tapered sweatpants (she owns three pairs of these, called the Vince from Melange).

While declaring the sugary Elvis namesake from Carousel Cakes "stupid good," she also put the traditional holiday yule log on notice by including a deep-dish cherry pie made by a California bakery, Sweet Lady Jane. And lest we forget about Hanukkah, there's a flat challah in the shape of a menorah, courtesy of Eli Zabar in New York.

The List, as loyal Oprah watchers call it, was revealed Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America." It was previewed for an intimate group of media and business partners the day before high atop Manhattan's Hearst Tower, home of "O, The Oprah Magazine." Before she gave up her talk show, Oprah revealed her picks on TV and in print. Now, the December issue of the magazine carries on the holiday tradition she established more than 20 years ago.

What else made the cut this year? The multicultural line of Fashionista Barbies (of which Oprah declares: 'I love chocolate Barbie!') and roomy sweatshirts in soft pink, yellow and blue that pay homage to her favorite day of the week with the slogan, "I Love Sundays."

But for the queen and her right-hand elves, pal Gayle King and the magazine's creative director, Adam Glassman, the holidays begin the summer before, when Glassman scouts prospects at gift shows and markets around the country. He and King vet as they cull and chat with Oprah via Skype to narrow the picks.

"We try everything and gain weight doing that," laughed Glassman at Wednesday's preview. "We smell everything. We try everything on. And then we do a big summit in August, where we rent out a studio and we spend two days going through probably about 500 items."

This year, they're trying something new, sourcing stocking stuffers and bigger gifts at a variety of price points on Amazon.

"We really choose the products based on relevancy," Glassman explained. "Will people like it? Will it bring joy and passion to their life? And it's really about things that Oprah wants to give. That's number one. But then, companies are really made by being on Oprah's Favorite Things."

The latter, he said, has led to a little chat between Oprah's camp and the vendors picked about supply and demand.

"Once a company makes the list we have to explain to them about inventory. How much do they need? They need to make a lot. Some people get it and some people don't fully understand it until maybe it's a little too late," Glassman said. "And there are times when people call me and go, 'I wish I had 3,000 more, we sold out.'"

With the convenience of Amazon, he added, "I suspect before Christmas we will sell out of a lot of stuff."

___

AP reporter Alicia Rancilio contributed to this story.

___

Follow Leanne Italie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/litalie

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Oregon Lottery
Calendar
The Armory Constellations

Photo Gallery

Photos and slide shows of local events

Mary's Wedding