by Dorothy Driver
The headlines and local news broadcasts can’t stop talking about the hot Seattle real estate market. A recent Seattle Times article reported 41 offers for an uninhabitable property in West Seattle over the 4th of July holiday, making it the topic of every coffee-shop-and-water-cooler-conversation in the City when we went back to work. With June statistics now available, I thought it would be interesting to see what is happening in our Southeast Seattle neighborhoods. Continue reading State of Seattle’s Real Estate Feeding Frenzy
by Jeff Nguyen
Every year a huge celebration for Vietnamese veterans is held in Orange County, California. My grandfather, a veteran of the Vietnam War and proud member of the Vietnamese community, watches it religiously, staring intensely at the TV set. The pride on his face is evident as the color guard marches on stage carrying a bright yellow flag emblazoned with three red stripes.
He changes the channel to watch news about Vietnam’s state of affairs. Today it’s a mix between President Barack Obama’s recent visit to eat Pho with Anthony Bourdain and the arrests of more native journalists and bloggers, their faces forming a mosaic as the network illustrates the scale of the crackdown.
In a sense, he is still home and war hasn’t ended. Continue reading Vietnamese Veterans Continue to Feel War’s Lasting Impact
by Makayla Miles
The homemade signs made with construction paper and marker glued to the glass windows and front door are the first things you notice before stepping into ClockWork Counter Bakery and Cafe. The inviting signs announce freshly baked bread, spicy chicken baked buns, scones, pound cake and chocolate chip cookies. They clearly state that all of these items are priced under five dollars. Another sign that proudly reads, “Black business” stands out from all the rest, making this bakery even more interesting. Continue reading Clockwork Counter Caters to Health Conscious, Burgeoning Artists
by Hodan Hassan
In the last couple of months, we’ve seen two black people murdered, both events recorded and widely distributed in traditional and social media. Alton Sterling was a black man living in Baton Rouge who was killed by the police on Tuesday July 5th. He was selling CD’s outside of a store when the altercation happened, he was handcuffed and on the ground when he was murdered.
The police in Falcon Heights, MN killed Philando Castile on Wednesday July 6th. He was pulled over by the police for an alleged traffic violation and disclosed he had weapon. He was reaching for his driver’s license when the officer opened fire on him. His death was broadcast on Facebook Live™ by his girlfriend, who was a passenger in the car. Continue reading Commentary: Black Death
Friday, August 19th
Movies: Florence Foster Jenkins– Details: This film tells the inspirational true story of a New York heiress, Florence, who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield, managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, St Clair realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew.– Showings:1:30pm (Sat), 4:15pm, 7:00pm–Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend in South Seattle: Back 2 School Bash, Columbia City Blues Festival, Skyway Outdoor Cinema, and Morningstar Cafe
by Marilee Jolin
Have you noticed what’s happening at 5608 Rainier Avenue South? You might know it as Maxim’s, though the venue known for karaoke, open mic and comedy shows has been closed for over a year. For many months the building sat empty, its bright pink façade and unlit neon sign staring out blankly as the oak trees changed from green to gold to bare. Continue reading Hillman City Community Resurrects Seattle’s Jazz Era With Black and Tan Hall
Interview conducted by Marcus Harrison Green
Never call legendary R&B group Tony!Toni! Tone! “old school.” Ageless better befits the group that ruled urban airwaves for the first half of the 90’s according to founding member Dwayne Wiggins. With their ode to long term matrimony(Anniversary), a compulsive dance anthem (dance spasm) (Feels Good), and their musical aphrodisiac for baby conception (Lay your head on my Pillow) still blaring from the ear buds of those born after the groups pinnacle the assessments hard to argue. Continue reading R&B Legends Tony! Toni! Tone! Plan to Bring House Party to Seattle for Benefit Concert