Portia has light honey colored skin like her mother Daisy Copeland. Portia is married to Highboy and works for the Kellys. Although she has no children of her own, she feels that Mick, Bubber/George and Ralph Kelly are her kinsfolk because she has practically raised them. Portia and her brothers Hamilton, Karl Marx and Willie are all estranged from their father Dr. Benedict Mady Copeland. Her younger brother Willie lives with her and they have a communal arrangement: Highboy pays the rent; Portia buys the groceries; and Willie takes care of "Saturday Night." Portia constantly tries to bring her father back into the family fold but she seems to be the only one who can tolerate his highly intellectualized speeches.