Announcements & Events

curated by Emerald Staff

Here, you’ll find community announcements, events, and other stuff we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

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* Featured Event *

T’Challaween Costume Parade on Beacon Hill

October 31, 2 p.m.

The South Seattle Emerald in partnership with Rainier Avenue Radio bring you — T’Challaween! This event will feature a 3/4-mile, *socially distant, *COVID-safe costume parade along the Beacon Hill Greenway. Paraders will travel north to south from around S. College St to S. Hanford St along 18th Ave S. (join anywhere along the route!) and catch “no-touch” candy from our volunteers! And Rainier Avenue Radio will livestream the event for those who can’t be there. **MASKS REQUIRED! (Costume masks alone don’t count.)

WATCH: RainierAvenueRadio.World app or Facebook

Thank you to our sponsors The Station, Converge Media, Jump Start Consulting, Bar del Corso, Urban Feed & Garden, Beacon Business Alliance, Practically Apparent, and Beacon Arts! (*And a shout out to the Feed the People Plaza and Hello Bicycle!*)

Announcement — 10/23/20: Online and Mail-in Voter Registration Deadline Is Mon., Oct. 26

Info from the Secretary of State: Register online at, the state’s online voter portal. All you need is a Washington State driver’s license or I.D. You can also change/update your registration, view a personalized voters’ guide (with information on candidates and measures specific to where you live), locate ballot drop boxes, voting centers, and elections offices, and track your marked ballot once it is in the system.

After Oct. 26, you may register in person at a county elections office or voting center during normal business hours and as late as 8 p.m. on Election Day. But don’t wait until the last minute!

Get tons more info in The Emerald’s 2020 Voters’ Guide.

Racism and Voting Rights

Tues., Oct. 27 — 7–8:30 p.m.
On Zoom — Register here.

From the host, Rainier Valley Historical Society: Join us online for a presentation on voting rights, voter suppression, and disenfranchisement that results from institutional racism and racist policy making. After the presentation, there will be a community discussion and opportunity to speak. 

Our presenter is Maya Manus the Advocacy and Civic Engagement Coordinator of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. (Can’t make it? Watch the event after the Zoom call here.)

Sourced from SPL’s Elections 2020 webpage.

Announcement — 10/21/20: Pick Up Voting Materials at the Seattle Public Library + Five Library Closures On Election Day For COVID Safety

Find information about voting and elections, including important dates, how to register and links to government election websites, at

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Young Seattle Rapper Skye Dior Is on the Rise

by Bri Little

Skye Dior is ready for stardom, and she’s not just waiting around for it to come to her. She’s starting earlier than most: the 8-year-old South Seattle recording artist recently released a video for her pop banger “Clap,” and before the pandemic, was performing with other Seattle greats — such as Rell B. Free — and planning a tour. 

Even at her tender age, Dior knows what it means to persist through struggle. Her bubbly personality and infectious enthusiasm for her music belie her tumultuous beginnings. Dior was born into a home rife with domestic violence. Her mother was told Dior would have a disability or speech problems. Her family relocated to the East Coast when Dior was 3, severing the bond with her father. But Dior grew up listening to and loving her mother’s poetry, memorizing any lines her mother would inadvertently skip over while reciting a poem. Dior’s first performance was with Africatown at Umojafest in 2016, and her love for writing songs and performing blossomed from there. 

(Photo: Chloe Collyer)

Skye Dior sat down with the Emerald for her first official interview, where the young star spoke about learning in quarantine, hobbies and interests, and her plans for the future. 

Bri Little: Have you been doing the online learning thing? How is that going for you?

Skye Dior: I have been doing online learning, and it’s way more comfortable than going to school. I just … like staying home. I like this little online thing. I can still see my friends, I can still see my teacher, so it’s pretty normal. 

BL: Good to hear. I know some people are having trouble with it. I guess it’s better than going in person and risking getting sick, right?

SD: That’s right. 

BL: What grade are you in? 

SD: I’m in third! Third grade. And I’m 8 years old — I’m about to turn 9 … April 13th.

BL: Which subjects are you liking best in school?

SD: In general I really love writing, because we get to write our own ideas and everything like that! 

BL: I love to hear that! I like writing too … obviously. You like writing your own songs, right? How long have you been doing that?

SD: Actually I started with the poetry, right? The poetry is actually … you’ve probably heard of it. “Hey Black Child” by Countee Cullen. Then my mom put it over a beat, and I learned it pretty fast. My mom helps me write my songs and stuff.

BL: It’s great to have the support of your mom — I can tell she’s really proud of you. I know you did a show back in June for the Peoples Party with Rell B. Free, right? How was that?

SD: It was amazing! He gave me his spot in the lineup. I was probably like the last act to go on, so he made space for me to go earlier than when I was supposed to go. So it was actually amazing. 

BL: That’s awesome! Really nice of him. How do you feel when you perform? Are you nervous, do you get excited, or what?

SD: I like it because the audience is always paying attention to me. They’re always dancing, and they’re looking right at my face and usually saying the ad-libs. I enjoy it! That just makes me get into it! 

BL: Going off your performance with Rell B. Free, which Seattle artists would you like to work with? People who have supported you? 

SD: Me and Rell are working on a new song together. Other people are trying to collab, too! Talayah, Raz Simone, just to drop a few.

BL: I’m all about this! Seattle artists are all about community — not surprised they want to work with you. So what do you like to do when you’re not performing?

SD: Ooh, I like to do all the things! I dance, I eat! If I had to choose my favorite food, it would be mac ‘n’ cheese. 

(Photo: Chloe Collyer)

BL: How has the pandemic affected your plans for performing and recording your album?

SD: We wanted to travel, do a little tour, but we can’t because of the pandemic. My dancers can’t, you know … but we’re taking little steps to get there. It’s going to be okay. 

BL: What do you want the world to know about Skye Dior?

SD: I want the world to know that I’m cool — I’m funny! I like to rap, I like to dance and meet people. I want to sell my CDs. It’s self-titled. There’s a bonus track from my mom — check that out. It’s called “Let Me Be Great” and I’m singing the hook — so is my neighbor. We’re really close. 

BL: Where can I find your music? On the streaming sites?

SD: I’m on all the platforms! 

(Photo: Chloe Collyer)

Follow Skye Dior’s rise to pop stardom and purchase merch on Instagram @skyedior. Stream her tunes on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, and Soundcloud.

Bri Little is a Seattle-based writer covering culture and the arts.

Featured image by Chloe Collyer.

Seattle Isn’t Dead But it Is Vanishing: A Conversation With Vanishing Seattle Filmmakers

by Beverly Aarons

Rat City Records & Relics — gone. Cow Chip Cookies — gone. The famous downtown Elephant Car Wash — also gone. If you just arrived in the Emerald City, you can be forgiven for not noticing that Seattle’s cultural and business landscape has been … terraformed. Yes, I know the old saying: “The only constant in life is change.” But what happens to a city when the places where people gather, connect, and build community disappear? What happens to a city’s soul when locally owned and quirky is replaced by corporate-owned and … well, boring? Since 2018, Vanishing Seattle filmmakers Cynthia Brothers and Martin Tran have been documenting Seattle’s rapid transformation in a six-film series, so they’re intimately acquainted with the city’s metamorphosis. I had the opportunity to speak with them about how the city has changed, why they’re documenting disappearing places, and how they’ve been personally impacted by it all. 

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OPINION: Let’s Go Vote

by Pari McDonald, Ana McDonald, Marina Rojas, and Chiara Zanatta-Kline

(This article originally appeared on the South End Stories Youth Blog.)

The voices of those who are furthest from opportunity, who are actively being suppressed and kept from voting, must be heard, especially during this election. Ana (18), Pari (15), and Cymran (13) McDonald decided they wanted to do something about creating easy, accessible ways for the communities that they love and who have lifted them up in life, to register to vote. The sisters worked with young adults Chiara and Marina to build Mini Voter Registration Boxes for areas where QT/BIPOC voters may have difficulty printing voter registration forms or may not be able to easily get stamps or envelopes, especially during COVID. The girls also wanted to ensure that young voters were easily able to access voter registration by providing texting and QR codes to register online. Boxes were placed in the Central District, New Holly, White Center, High Point, Renton, Federal Way, and Tacoma.

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The Morning Update Show — 10/26/20

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and

We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Monday, Oct. 26

Today on the Morning Update Show:

150 days of Seattle Protests; Cannabis in the Black Community Recap; Sean Goode of Choose 180; Luis Rodriguez of The Station; Ayron Jones cracks Billboard Top 10; and 59 Million People Have Voted.

Council Staff: Mayor’s Proposals Could Promote “Racism Cloaked in the Language of Anti-Racism and Equity”

by Erica C. Barnett 

(This article was originally published by PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.) 

Foreshadowing what will likely be a heated debate over Mayor Jenny Durkan’s plan to wall off $100 million in the city budget for future “investments in BIPOC communities” that will be decided by an Equitable Investment Task Force appointed by the mayor, Seattle City Council central staff released an unusually blunt memo last week cataloguing potential issues with the mayor’s plan.

The memo raises two high-level issues with Durkan’s proposal. First, according to the staffers, it duplicates work that the City has already done, perpetuating the City’s practice of asking members of marginalized communities to provide recommendations again and again without ever taking action on those recommendations.

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Seattle Restaurant Week Spotlights South End’s Global Cuisine

by Ben Adlin

Need an excuse to splurge on something delicious? A reimagined version of Seattle Restaurant Week opens this weekend and offers more options than ever, including an assortment of independent eateries in the South End. 

The twice-annual festival kicked off Sunday and — contrary what its name might suggest — spans almost an entire month. Between now and Nov. 21, participating restaurants will offer special meals at two different price points: $20 for lunch or $35 for dinner.

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OPINION: The World We Need Must be Built by Community Not Courtrooms

by Sean Goode

As a child, my family was always on the move — 12 different homes in 12 years of school. It was always something: hiding from my abusive father, getting evicted, or that time we owned a house and the bank foreclosed on it. I learned many lessons while constantly acclimating myself to new spaces. The most valuable of them is that nothing lasts forever. The transient nature of my upbringing gave me terrific respect for the miracle of each day and a faith that has allowed me to unapologetically hold on to a hope for a better tomorrow. 

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Weekend Long Reads: Remdesivir Is No Wonder Drug

by Kevin Schofield

In this column, I’ll be giving you pointers to some of the most interesting articles and studies I’ve recently come across. I’ll be aiming for things that are “less than a book, but more than a newspaper article” — readings that are a bit of a mental workout to take in but that expand our perspectives and make us better informed in our daily lives. I’ll also try to pick items that share the joy of reading outside your area of expertise: articles not so technical and arcane that they are incomprehensible but that still give us a glimpse of how experts think about work in their own field.

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Sunday Comix: King 5-0

by Brett Hamil

You can now order “Modest Incremental Change NOW,” a collection of my Sunday Comix spanning the entire messed-up summer of revolution, copaganda and liberal cooption in Seattle. Order your copy at:

Brett Hamil is a writer, cartoonist and performer living on the South End of Seattle. He produces the weekly comedy show Joketellers Union and the political comedy talk show The Seattle Process. The Seattle Weekly (RIP) once called him “the city’s premier political comic.”

Despite Arson Attempt, Black Coffee Northwest Brings Black-Owned Business and Awareness to Shoreline

by Alexa Peters

In Shoreline, only 5.9% of the population identifies as Black. Yet with the opening of the new coffee shop and community hub Black Coffee Northwest, Shoreline happens to be the only place in the Seattle area that you can find a coffee drink called “the Karen” — their best-selling white chocolate mocha named after a widespread meme for a particular brand of entitled, cop-calling white lady — from Black baristas trained in anti-racism.

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Amplifying the Authentic Narratives of South Seattle