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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ballard Jazz Festival this weekend!

“April in Seattle can mean only a few things: a few teasingly beautiful days of clear blue sky; the hope that accompanies the Mariners opening day; and of course the annual Ballard Jazz Festival. Celebrating its 12th year, the festival has come into its own as both a destination for jazz aficionados and as […]

By |April 17th, 2014|culture, events, music|0 Comments|

Americanah

A month after watching Lupita accept her Academy Award, I cracked open a new book by an African author I hadn’t heard about.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote a brilliant story that catches you in it’s high and low points of emotion.  [Spoiler Alert: Don't read any further if you like surprises with your books.]  The […]

By |April 16th, 2014|arts, beauty, culture, reading|0 Comments|

Lion King

I am so sad.  Just realized The Lion King was in town and now all but two shows are sold out!!!

May not be too late for you though, so here’s the information:

STG Presents
Disney’s THE LION KING

March 12 – April 6, 2014
Various Show Times

The Paramount Theatre
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Purchase tickets here.

Kanye on Vogue Cover

I feel like I have a personal relationship with Kanye West. It’s as though he’s my brother and when he does something dumb I want to smack him on the back of the head. But, admittedly when he does a good job, I want to pat him on the back. He embodies […]

Black in Seattle: Demographics

African Americans account for 12% of the US population. That seems low to me. Let’s make some people, people! (I digress)

The African American population in Washington State is 3.6% African American. From 2000 to 2010 that represents an increase of 26%. Wow. So the population of black people have […]

By |March 22nd, 2014|culture|0 Comments|