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Black History Month 2015

I remember Black History Month from the two major East Coast cities I’ve lived in. It was, well, pretty important. There were several events and several people at those events. I thought Seattle would be disappointing in comparison but that is just not true.

Here’s a roundup of what I’ve found is going on around […]

Dear White People | SIFF Screening

While I’d love to be writing a full review of the Seattle International Film Festival screening of the movie Dear White People, I must ironically write the story about being one of the (black) people turned away from the film because it was full.

So, what I can I tell you about the film?

It’s about […]

By |July 13th, 2014|black life|0 Comments|

Dr. Maya Angelou Dies at 86

This morning we learned that Dr. Maya Angelou passed away peacefully this morning in her home.  The renowned poet and author left a legacy of truth telling about cultural ills faced by African Americans and more.  She told her own story and gave legitimacy to so many others who struggled silently.

May 28th is a […]

The Central District – Seattle’s Black Neighborhood

When you live in a place where black culture is scarce, you can typically find a neighborhood or two that is predominantly black. In Arizona, you’d go to South Phoenix. In NJ you’d visit Newark, East Orange, or Camden. But where would you go in Seattle?

The Central District, that’s where.  Sure, gentrification has happened.  […]

From Inmate to President

From Inmate to President – Gerald Hankerson

The head of the NAACP for the Seattle region was once serving a life sentence for aggravated murder.

At 18 years old Gerald Hankerson was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. Despite his testimony of mistaken participation, he was convicted mainly on the basis of […]

Zootunes this Summer!

Whoever said Seattle doesn’t have soul, clearly hasn’t seen the summer lineup for Zootunes.  Of all the acts, I believe these may be the soulful picks!  BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru is a major fundraiser for the zoo to support animal care, zoo maintenance and upkeep, education programs for children and adults, and […]

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    Langston Hughes African American Film Festival | Through May 4

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival | Through May 4

Sure, maybe you missed the first few days.  Life is busy.  But get in on the fun at the The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF).  In it’s 11th year,  the festival is still presenting positive, provocative and penetrating independent films created by emerging and established filmmakers.  There are films showing all weekend at really […]