WOW Gallery Owners’ Black Love Journey Creates Space for Healing

by Beverly Aarons A faceless young woman in a white “number 3” jersey rests her unseen hand against her hip — behind her a running track fades into the distance. A large brimmed hat sits stylishly slanted on a church lady’s head, and a young girl lugs a book bag into a mysterious hallway — … Continue reading WOW Gallery Owners’ Black Love Journey Creates Space for Healing

Born in the Aftermath of 9/11, Tasveer Festival Centers South Asian Stories

by Beverly Aarons On Sept. 11, 2001, the twin towers fell, and the face of terrorism became Muslim, Sikh, and South Asians of all religious persuasions. Xenophobia burned through the American landscape, unmasking deep-rooted racism hidden just beneath a thin foliage of inclusivity. Many people who were perceived as foreign were harassed. Rita Meher, the … Continue reading Born in the Aftermath of 9/11, Tasveer Festival Centers South Asian Stories

Multidisciplinary Artist Shontina Vernon and the Power of Story

by Beverly Aarons Some birds aren’t meant to be caged — not by tiny steel bars and not by tiny forced narratives woven around their lives like intricate vines with pointy sharp thorns. As I listened to multidisciplinary artist Shontina Vernon tell me about her art — and by extension her life — during our … Continue reading Multidisciplinary Artist Shontina Vernon and the Power of Story

After Seven Years of Service, Hillman City Collaboratory Fights to Survive

by Beverly Aarons I first discovered Hillman City Collaboratory in 2016 while working with housing activists to save a Central District family from displacement — the collaboratory was a space where we could strategize and discuss. The second time I engaged with the space was when I attended a clothing swap in the main mixing … Continue reading After Seven Years of Service, Hillman City Collaboratory Fights to Survive

Visual Artist Juan Alonso-Rodríguez Finds Wellspring of Creativity in Pandemic Chaos

by Beverly Aarons What happens when physical distancing, gallery closures, and solitude leave an artist alone in his studio for weeks during one of the world’s most frightening pandemics? In the case of visual artist Juan Alonso-Rodríguez you get introspection, reflection, wisdom born from a deep well of life experience, and a brand new body … Continue reading Visual Artist Juan Alonso-Rodríguez Finds Wellspring of Creativity in Pandemic Chaos

GardnerGlobal Serves Up a Plan for Generational Black Wealth

by Beverly Aarons Global pandemic, year one: Many businesses are shuttered or providing restricted service, but Seattle’s real estate market is still booming. We even have the most cranes in the sky — again. Despite the strained economy, Seattle housing prices continue an upward trend.  When thinking about Seattle’s construction boom, most people think of … Continue reading GardnerGlobal Serves Up a Plan for Generational Black Wealth

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The 2020 Social Justice Film Festival Is Online Through October 11

by Beverly Aarons The 2020 Social Justice Film Festival (October 1–11) is streaming online now. This year’s theme is Transform: Another World Is Possible. Individual tickets and festival passes are available on a sliding scale. Dozens of films from around the world are grouped into 25 topic blocks: reproductive rights, environmentalism, Black Lives Matter, poverty, … Continue reading The 2020 Social Justice Film Festival Is Online Through October 11

Seattle Writer Nisi Shawl Casts a Spell on the Science Fiction Community

by Beverly Aarons In the Wizard of Oz (or The Wiz, if you grew up Black like me in the ‘80s) Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers could transport the wearer to anywhere in the world. Three taps and “poof” you’re back in Kansas. It’s that same magical spirit that science fiction writer Nisi Shawl taps into in … Continue reading Seattle Writer Nisi Shawl Casts a Spell on the Science Fiction Community

New Comedic Web Series Asks: What Happens When a Black Woman Becomes President?

by Beverly Aarons What happens when two totally-not-into-politics middle-aged sisters become President and Vice President of the United States of America? Sister President explores just that in this hilarious and timely episodic comedy on YouTube. Produced by veteran Hollywood actress and She Shed Cheryl viral sensation Nicole J. Butler, Sister President follows the adventures and … Continue reading New Comedic Web Series Asks: What Happens When a Black Woman Becomes President?