Materials Scientist Ainissa Ramirez Explores How Technology Has Changed Us

by Beverly Aarons No one in Seattle is meeting in large groups, but Town Hall Seattle is up and running again — virtually. And materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez informed, awed, and amused an audience of about 40 people on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. The author of The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed … Continue reading Materials Scientist Ainissa Ramirez Explores How Technology Has Changed Us

Barbara Earl Thomas Traverses the Geography of Innocence

by Beverly Aarons Each human being is a vast planet filled with uncharted territory. The darkness, the unseen, and the mystery of each of us can intrigue and terrify or even invoke violence, especially if we are living in bodies racialized as Black and even if we are just children. And it’s through this topography … Continue reading Barbara Earl Thomas Traverses the Geography of Innocence

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

Too Few Artists Get Paid: We Show Up Founder Kahlil Ashanti Offers A More Profitable Path

by Beverly Aarons Screen fatigue is a thing for anyone staying home and hopefully away from harm during this pandemic. And since crowded concert halls and bustling theaters are a no-go for now, people are increasingly leaning on streaming services and online artist events for entertainment. But there’s one big problem: audiences are tired and … Continue reading Too Few Artists Get Paid: We Show Up Founder Kahlil Ashanti Offers A More Profitable Path

From Excel Spreadsheet Whiz to Software Startup: A Conversation With Eben Pobee

by Beverly Aarons The first time Eben Pobee “saved” someone’s life with technology was when he created a simple pivot table to organize and summarize one million points of data. An immigrant from Ghana and a certified financial analyst, Pobee was a Microsoft Excel whiz with a good head for details and systems thinking. The … Continue reading From Excel Spreadsheet Whiz to Software Startup: A Conversation With Eben Pobee

The Future of Art Is Collaboration: A Conversation with Takiyah Ward

by Beverly Aarons Seattle native, visual artist, dancer, Black Lives Matter muralist, and the owner of T-Dubs Customs, Takiyah Ward, has been selected as the 2020 Seattle Waterfront Virtual Artist-In-Residence. In a telephone interview, Ward shared her roadmap for the residency and her thoughts on life as an artist.

It’s ‘About Time’ for the 2020 Seattle Design Festival

by Beverly Aarons It’s that time again: Design in Public and AIA Seattle have announced the schedule for this year’s Seattle Design Festival (August 15 – 23, 2020). And the good news is that the pandemic hasn’t put much of a wrinkle in the festival’s style. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Seattle Design Festival is … Continue reading It’s ‘About Time’ for the 2020 Seattle Design Festival

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?

BIPOC Founders Disrupt Tech Bro Narrative

by Beverly Aarons The quintessential Tech Bro is a powerful archetype in the American imagination. College-educated, middle-class, white, male, armed with a STEM degree, and frequently seen sporting khakis/jeans and a fitted t-shirt emblazoned with the logos of top American tech firms: Google, Facebook, Amazon, or some scrappy startup you’ve never heard of. Tech Bros … Continue reading BIPOC Founders Disrupt Tech Bro Narrative

Black Deaf Artists Create, Discuss, and Command Respect

by Beverly Aarons Black Deaf artists will host a free online panel discussion, Respeck Our Black Deaf Arts!, exploring the Black Deaf artist experience, their needs, their challenges, and their hard-won victories. Deaf and non-signing community members are invited to attend on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 2 p.m.. Featured panelists include Earl Terry (curator), … Continue reading Black Deaf Artists Create, Discuss, and Command Respect