These women entrepreneurs lead by example to empower youth, strengthen the community

By Carolyn Bick

October is National Women’s Small Business Month. Across the United States, 11.6 million businesses are woman-owned. The Emerald chatted with three Seattle-based women entrepreneurs of color about the hurdles they faced in starting their own businesses, and why they believe visibility in the community is so important.

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In Photos: Indigenous People’s Day Celebrates Worldwide Indigenous Cultures and Heritage

By Susan Fried

Led by Indigenous Sisters Resistance, Indigenous People’s Day rally attendees sang, “today is for us, Indigenous people, rise up, sing loud, celebrate and be proud,” their words ringing through Westlake Park on Oct. 14.  

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THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Wing Luke House Party, Iconic Black Women, Arts Gumbo Samoa, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Oct. 16:

Knife Knights / Darius Jones and Stas Thee Boss — Earshot Jazz Festival

“Ishmael Butler (Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces) and crew chief Erik Blood weave what they describe as ‘soul and shoegaze, hip-hop and lush noise, bass and bedlam’ with DJ OCnotes (Otis Calvin III) and Marquetta Miller. Opening: OCnotes’ fellow KEXP DJ Stas Thee Boss (Stasia Irons, ex- Psychedelic-Space-Rap-Jazz duo THEESatisfaction) and alto-sax expansionist Darius Jones.”

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Langston Hughes — 104 17th Ave S.
Cost: $10–22

*Also coming up at Langston—Film screening and talk back: Sembene, the Inspiring Story of the Father of African Cinema, on Sat., 10/19 and Silent Movie Mondays – Within Our Gates (1920) on Mon., 10/21. Within Our Gates is the oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director.

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THE RESIDENCY NEEDS A RESIDENCE

By Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco

At An Evening with the Residency Fundraiser at the Paramount Theatre on Sept. 28, Seattle hip hop community, family, and patrons celebrated five years of youth development and empowerment through the Residency, a hip hop program created in 2015 by a collaboration of the Museum of Pop Culture Seattle, Arts Corps, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, emphasizing the need for all of us to create, remember, love, celebrate and sustain home.

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The future of journalism rests in the hands of the people

By Carolyn Bick

It’s no secret that journalism is in peril.

Over the course of 2019, journalism has lost 7,200 jobs. And these jobs weren’t just from small, struggling newsrooms hungry for ad revenue and eyeballs. They were also from big, digital powerhouses that were expected to be the wave of the future –– places like the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Vice, and even Gannett-owned papers that pepper the nation’s smallest towns. Even Seattle publications weren’t safe: Seattle Magazine’s publisher, Tiger Oak Media, just filed for bankruptcy, its debts falling somewhere between $1 million and $10 million.

It was this bleak atmosphere in which panelists Marcus Harrison Green, Erica C. Barnett, Matt Gertz, and moderator David “Goldy” Goldstein tried to find some hope, during a discussion hosted at Town Hall Seattle and sponsored by Civic Ventures on the chilly evening of Oct. 8.

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Q&A: Lady Jay The Musical Poetress Talks New Album, Struggle, and Discovering Herself

by Gus Marshall

Lady Jay The Musical Poetress is a contemporary folklorist and modern day story teller who chooses to communicate her truth through the medium of musical poetry.

Self-reflective poems, unabashed and extremely personal, are front and center on Lady Jay’s new album, The BrainBox. Production that runs the gamut from guitar-heavy arena rock, to neo-soul electronica, lays the groundwork for Lady Jay’s powerful message of self-love, perpetual struggle, and soul-filled resilience. Paired with befitting backing tracks produced by Lady Jay’s husband Allen Hunter (also known as “AFlat”), The BrainBox takes the listener on a theatrical journey.

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