Seattle Opera Plans to Address Racial Inequity On and Off Stage With ‘RESI’ Proposal

by Jasmine J. Mahmoud Stage left: A towering three-story glass window frames a humble apartment. With dark grille lines that form a grid within, the window slopes inward and lets in iridescent rays of orange, yellow, and blue from the outside. Inside, we are in the attic apartment of four roommates: visual artist Marcello, poet … Continue reading Seattle Opera Plans to Address Racial Inequity On and Off Stage With ‘RESI’ Proposal

The Kinsey Collection: Art, Archive, and History of the Black American Experience

by Jasmine J. Mahmoud Boundless fascination, pride, and exuberance captured my mood while touring the “Kinsey African American Art & History Collection” at Tacoma Art Museum. In late August, I traveled to Tacoma by bus to visit the touring exhibition which opened on July 31. The exhibition centers art and artifacts (from as early as … Continue reading The Kinsey Collection: Art, Archive, and History of the Black American Experience

Sensing Out of Numbness: A Conversation With Shin Yu Pai

by Jasmine J. Mahmoud How do we sense at this time? With the onslaught of violence against Asian American and Asian Diasporic people, the horrifyingly regular state-sanctioned murders of Black and Brown people (including CHILDREN), and general harm towards those who our society minoritizes, I’ve been feeling numb and guilty in my inability to sense, … Continue reading Sensing Out of Numbness: A Conversation With Shin Yu Pai

What the Emerald Means To Me: Illumination

by Jasmine J. Mahmoud (In support of the Emerald’s 7th Anniversary fundraiser we asked community members to share about what the Emerald means to them.) What the Emerald means to me: illumination. Earlier this year, I grew mesmerized by a series of digital illustrations in the South Seattle Emerald. Bright yellows, greens, pinks, blues, and … Continue reading What the Emerald Means To Me: Illumination

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‘Black and Center’ September 2020: Moving With Art in Seattle

 by Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud Outside, an eerie somberness permeates the atmosphere. Burnt air and still, gray haze evoke our proximity to fire, smoke, evacuations, and devastating climate change. Inside, Kiné Camara uplifts the mood. On screen she glides. Camara reiterates a four-beat movement stepping rightwards, center, leftwards, and then center again. With each step, her … Continue reading ‘Black and Center’ September 2020: Moving With Art in Seattle

Debuting Juneteenth, ‘Unmute The Voices’ Highlights Composers and Musicians of Color

by  Jasmine J. Mahmoud I began playing violin at age three, and growing up I participated in orchestras from elementary through high school. These orchestras were highly diverse, with students from a variety of racial and economic backgrounds. And yet, the composers we performed — from Bach to Mozart to Beethoven to Debussy — were … Continue reading Debuting Juneteenth, ‘Unmute The Voices’ Highlights Composers and Musicians of Color

Staging Black Memories, Singing With Ghosts: The Williams Project ‘Campfire Festival’

by Jasmine J. Mahmoud There was no campfire at “The Campfire Festival.” Rather, warmth came from other sources: Rheanna Atendido’s energizing voice in duet with an amplified acoustic guitar, Dedra Woods’s staging of her and her mother’s memories, storytelling about ghosts and pandemic boredom and political change, and the enthusiastic incredulity of safely and finally … Continue reading Staging Black Memories, Singing With Ghosts: The Williams Project ‘Campfire Festival’

Black and Center: Archiving Indigenous and Black Futures

by Jasmine Jamillah  Mahmoud On one street mural, a radiant yellow circle frames a feminine figure who holds her right palm outwards and left arm downwards. Adorned in a cedar hat, turquoise necklace, and multi-colored ribbon belt, the figure stands in front of outstretched butterfly wings rippling with red, orange, yellow, and purple colors. Most … Continue reading Black and Center: Archiving Indigenous and Black Futures

‘Black and Center’ Holiday Gift and Giving Guide!

by Jasmine J. Mahmoud Before the pandemic, my two favorite places to shop for holiday gifts were Kinokuniya Seattle and Pike Place Market. At Kinokuniya, the bright, densely-packed Japanese bookstore in Uwajimaya Village, I browsed children’s books, comics, magazines, and stationery for hours. At Pike Place Market, I beelined to the Herban Farm stand, founded … Continue reading ‘Black and Center’ Holiday Gift and Giving Guide!