OPINION: A Simple Solution to One of Seattle’s Homeless Problems

by Kathya Alexander Several years ago — who knows how many; it’s been a long time ago now — a bald white man parked his very nice car across the street from my house in the Central District (CD). Our duplex kinda shares a parking lot with a Seattle middle school at a dead-end kinda … Continue reading OPINION: A Simple Solution to One of Seattle’s Homeless Problems

Fiction: The Spirit of Love

by Kathya Alexander sweet Holy Spiritsweet Heavenly doveguide me with your goodnessfill me with your love She sang as she wrapped the flour around the lard, caressing the mixture in her fingers like it was worthy of love. And that is exactly the way that it was that she felt. Your food didn’t taste good … Continue reading Fiction: The Spirit of Love

POETRY: Fat Plaits and Ashy Knees

by Kathya Alexander My Mama say when she a girl and she go to school, way back when, sometime back in a whole ‘nother century, that only the white children get to ride on the bus.  Colored children have to walk.  And the white kids pass by and chunk mud rocks at them.  She say the school that she … Continue reading POETRY: Fat Plaits and Ashy Knees

All That Jazz: The Life and Legacy of Ernestine Anderson

by Kathya Alexander Ernestine Anderson was just 16 years old when she announced to her parents that she was going to leave Seattle and go on the road to sing with a big band. She’d only recently moved to the city from Texas and was attending Garfield High School. Two years later, when the Johnny … Continue reading All That Jazz: The Life and Legacy of Ernestine Anderson

FICTION: The Murder of Emmett Till

by Kathya Alexander The day that the modern Civil Rights movement begin was the day when them white men kill Emmett Till. His mama, Mamie, was sitting on the sofa in her little house on the South Side of Chicago when the call come in that would change her life. Her child was missing from … Continue reading FICTION: The Murder of Emmett Till

Mama’z Meuzz: The Beauty and Pain of Black Motherhood

by Kathya Alexander On Friday, Nov. 12, Monique Franklin will take the stage to share a reading of her provocative play Mama’z Muezz. The performance starts at 7 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Accompanied by a live four-piece band, Mama’z Meuzz examines the experiences of African American mothers from present-day, historical, and ancestral … Continue reading Mama’z Meuzz: The Beauty and Pain of Black Motherhood

FICTION: Freedom Spring

by Kathya Alexander The daffodils dance in the front yard like tornadoes. Red roses climb, wild, to the roof of our house. This Mother’s Day is alive with hope and with morning. ‘Cept for the slash that is running cross my Mama mouth.  She kneading the dough for the biscuits for breakfast. She got the … Continue reading FICTION: Freedom Spring

Adefua’s Legacy of African Dance and Culture

by Kathya Alexander The Odunde Festival is an annual harvest festival that celebrates the fruits of labor of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The word itself means “New Year,” and Adefua Cultural Education Workshop has been celebrating the event here in Seattle for the past 36 years. The theme this year is Reunion, an opportunity … Continue reading Adefua’s Legacy of African Dance and Culture

‘Reflections’ Dance Festival: A Gift of Indigenous and African American Solidarity

by Kathya Alexander This year’s “Reflections” Dance Festival was filmed in September, bringing the light and sunshine of the summer into the fall to be shared when we need it most. It is a love letter to our beautiful city written in ceremony, ritual, and dance, giving testament to the ways art can heal and … Continue reading ‘Reflections’ Dance Festival: A Gift of Indigenous and African American Solidarity