Events

Fall Black Arts Love Mixer and Marketplace

New Season, New Location This Fall season of the Black Arts Mixer and Marketplace warmed my heart almost as much as the sun warmed the leaves falling from the autumn struck trees. Fall is here and the new season perfectly matched the newly located of the mixer, previously held at Garfield High school’s gymnasium now moved to Garfield Community Center…

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Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian National Museum of African American History

The day that the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAACHC) finally opened to the public September 24, 2016 I vowed to go there as soon as possible. I’d never been to a museum that celebrated African American History and I was also gripped by it’s opening during the historic moment of the final few months of…

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The Importance of Joining my BSU While Studying at a PWI

What my BSU gave me at my PWI: Five Essential C’s Attending the University of Washington, a predominantly white institution (PWI) can be a draining experience, especially socially which can affect us academically, emotionally and even physically. I’d always dreamed of graduating high school and going to Spelman College, but my father (footing the bill for my degree) decided investing…

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Events, Social Policy

Being A Young Black Volunteer in a Black Overrepresented Juvenile Detention

When I first saw the listing for a poetry mentor in the King County Juvenile Detention Center it was on my university’s career newsletter. I was working on campus as a Conference Assistant at the time and while sitting at the community center’s front desk I thought the volunteer opportunity was a dream come true. Knowing that this temporary employment…

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Spring Black Love Arts Mixer and Marketplace

I can safely say that this mixer is one of my favorite Black owned business events in the Seattle area, the Black Love Arts Mixer hosted at Franklin High School. When I arrived at the mixer I walked into a performance by J-dash, a rapper from Seattle. Along with him there were other live music and spoken word performances such…

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Events, Marches and Demonstration

Black Lives Matter March for Freedom

This past weekend, Saturday March 4, 2017, the Black Liberation Front hosted a Black Lives Matter March for Freedom through Seattle. Protesters chanted, “Keep the CD Black” and “Hey Hey Ho Ho, Gentrifying has got to go”. There was a strong police presence at the demonstration, officers biked along side and blocked off streets in both directions as we passed…

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Events, Shows and Musical Productions

Blessed by the Powerful PIA TOUR 2017 in Seattle

Last night, a very cold and windy night in Seattle, Kingdom Productions brought a fantastic show to us featuring 5 amazing poets Ezekiel Azonwu, Janette…Ikz, Preston Perry, Jackie Hill Perry and special guest poet Chris Webb. I arrived at Doxa Church in Bellevue and was prepared for spoken word poetry but was unprepared for the enlightening word that these poets poured…

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Events, Marches and Demonstration

Women’s March on Seattle Resisting Trump’s Inaguration while Marginalizing Women of Color

In collaboration with nationwide demonstrations, from our capital Washington D.C, Seattle refused to be silent on this 1st day of Trump’s presidency. Women from all walks of life organized and led the 3.6 mile long demonstration from Judkin’s Park to Seattle Center. When I finally arrived at Judkin’s Park, the uphill trek to the meeting location left my asthmatic lungs…

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