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Javoen Byrd Drums The Beat of His African Heritage

by George Collins

It’s hard to miss Javoen Byrd as he enters Empire Espresso on Edmunds Street in Columbia City. He sports a cream colored outfit with soft gold balls dangling from the collar, an Aso Yoruba. It’s an outfit I’ve seen him wear several times when tapping his hands on a set of drums in celebration of his African heritage.

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THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Rainier Beach Back2School Bash, Othello Park International Festival, Rizal Park Jazz Festival, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., Aug. 7:

It Happened Here! – Stories in Hing Hay Park

“’It Happened Here!’ is an afternoon outdoor talk series in Hing Hay Park featuring community speakers, local history, and neighborhood stories from Seattle’s International District. Co-Hosted by Wing Luke Museum, InterIm Community Development Association, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Bring a lunch and enjoy a story!

SPEAKER: August 7 – Akemi Matsumoto, APACE – on becoming a community activist and the fight for education, employment, and opportunity.This free, all-ages event repeats weekly through Aug. 28 with new speakers/topics each week!

Time: 12 p.m.
Where: Hing Hay Park — 423 Maynard Ave S.
Cost: FREE

*Also at Hing Hay Park (on Sat., Aug. 10):  SAAFF (Seattle Asian American Film Festival) C-ID Summer Cinema: Iron Monkey—“Join us at Hing Hay Park in the Chinatown-International District for a free outdoor screening of Iron Monkey in Cantonese with English subtitles.With performances by: Junhong’s Kung Fu Club, Sendai ERA, and Brenda Xu.

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Morales, Solomon Lead Race for Seattle City Council District 2

Girmay Zahilay ahead of Larry Gossett in King County Council District 2 race

by Aaron Burkhalter

Candidates Tammy Morales and Mark Solomon will advance to the general election in the race for Seattle City Council’s District 2 seat, which represents Southeast Seattle. After the first tally of ballots for the Aug. 6 primary, the two candidates stood out in a crowd of seven people who had filed for the position previously held by three-term incumbent Bruce Harrell, who declined to run for a fourth term.

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PHOTOS: Umoja Fest is the Soul of Seafair and a Celebration of Seattle’s Black Community

by Susan Fried

Thousands of people attended the annual Umoja Fest at Judkins Park Aug. 2–4. This year’s event was better than ever featuring the annual AfricanTown Heritage Parade, a youth football scrimmage, the Heal the Hood Basketball Tournament, more than 100 vendors, live music, delicious food, culture, and fashion.

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Primary Election Ballots Due Tuesday

by Emerald Staff

King County Elections has already received more than 30,000 ballots, but there are still five more days to vote before the results are tallied on Aug. 6. The results will determine which candidates move forward into the general election, most notably in the packed races for Seattle City Council seats representing seven geographic districts around the city.

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