Events, Shows and Musical Productions

206 Zulu Gala 2017

The First Annual 206 Zulu Gala On Saturday November 5th, 206 Zulu is an organization that caught my eye when I first visited Pongo’s office in the historic Washington Hall building on 14th Ave. 206 Zulu works to empower local communities ranging from youth, low income and people of color in the Seattle region by providing free access to creative…

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Events, Marches and Demonstration, Social Policy

17 year old Innocent Black Boy killed in King County #ChanceMakesChange

Now There are NO Mistakes at this Genocidal Rate Chance Gittens was 17 years old, one of his last Facebook posts read, “An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside of you”.  On Tuesday January 27,…

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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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Events

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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