Trap Vinyasa Makes Enlightenment Accessible

by Irene Jagla

“Whose body?!”

“MINE!”

“Whose body?!”

“MINE!”

The Trap Vinyasa™ yoga class bursts into a spontaneous call-and-response led by our instructor, Abiola Akanni, as we flow into a twerking sequence. It’s a chorus that perfectly encapsulates the class’s philosophy. Sweat drips down my forehead and stings my eyes as I attempt to mimic Abiola’s hip undulations while balancing on the balls of my feet. The heavy bass beats of Cardi B pump through the steamy room filled with 16 other happy, but somewhat exhausted, students.   Continue reading Trap Vinyasa Makes Enlightenment Accessible

Friends and Family Gather to Honor One-Year Anniversary of Charleena Lyles’ Death

by Susan Fried (words and photos)

Monday saw hundreds of Family, friends and community members gather at Magnuson Park to honor the one-year anniversary of the death of Charleena Lyles at Magnuson Park, just across the street from the apartment complex where the mother of 4 was shot 7 times by 2 Seattle Police officers last June. Continue reading Friends and Family Gather to Honor One-Year Anniversary of Charleena Lyles’ Death

Rapper Rell Be Free’s Tools for Seattle’s Revolution: Classroom, Stage, Streets

by Emerald Staff

If clichés hold true then the revolution may not be televised, but it will be sung, organized, fought for, and ultimately won if Jerrell Davis has his way.

While most prominently known for his adroit rap skills under his stage name Rell Be Free, The South End bred Davis, has simultaneously kept a foothold in the realms of education, poetry, organizing, and community building.  Continue reading Rapper Rell Be Free’s Tools for Seattle’s Revolution: Classroom, Stage, Streets

Articles of Faith: Juneteenth – A Valuable Story of Freedom

by Pastor Harvey Drake

(accompanying photos are from various Juneteenth celebrations from across Seattle taken by Susan Fried)

Freedom is an intrinsic spiritual value that is deeply rooted in the DNA of our country. It is a value we celebrate nationally. For weeks preceding Independence Day, our flag covers items in stores as families look forward to gathering for food and fireworks. Continue reading Articles of Faith: Juneteenth – A Valuable Story of Freedom

Report on Tommy Le’s Death and the Sheriff’s Office Media Relations Presented to King County Council

by Will Sweger

On the night of June 13, 2017, in the tight suburban sprawl of Burien, a series of events played out that ended with police shooting Tommy Le in the back. Le, 20 years old at the time, was set to graduate with a high school diploma from South Seattle Community College. Continue reading Report on Tommy Le’s Death and the Sheriff’s Office Media Relations Presented to King County Council

Parallel Lives: AIDS Activist Chad Goller-Sojourner’s Marching in Gucci

by Lola E Peters

Mass deportations, children separated from families, government denials, religion as a tool of hate and justification for murder. None of these things sounds new to Chad Goller-Sojourner. As a young, Black, gay man in Seattle during the 1980s and a member of the activist gay rights organization ACT-UP in New York City in the 1990s, he’s seen and heard it all before. Continue reading Parallel Lives: AIDS Activist Chad Goller-Sojourner’s Marching in Gucci

What Do Alternatives to Youth Detention Look Like?

by Amina Ibrahim

As you pass by the intersection of 12th Avenue and Alder Street in Seattle, it is hard to miss the yellow façade of the Children and Family Justice Center.

For many people, the building stands for mass incarceration and a punitive system that fails youth, especially youth of color. It represents a mechanism that allows our educational institutions to perpetuate the school to prison pipeline, whereby black students are suspended at a higher rate than their white peers and represent 31% of school-related arrests—despite being only 16% of public school enrollment—according to the ACLU. Continue reading What Do Alternatives to Youth Detention Look Like?

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