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Editor in Chief of the South Seattle Emerald

Q&A: Shaina Shepherd Organizes Nina Simone Tribute Show

by Jacob Uitti

Seattle’s Shaina Shepherd has a voice that shatters walls. Its power, dynamics, and fortitude put the Big Bad Wolf to shame. But in the last year or two, Shepherd has learned her skill resides in more than just her pipes.

She’s recently stepped into the role of artistic organizer and South End creative beacon. And her latest project is a tribute show at April 20 at the Royal Room dedicated to the late, great Nina Simone.

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OPINION Now is the Time to Stand in Solidarity on Affirmative Action

by Sam Cho, Board of Directors, Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE) and Commissioner with the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA)

History is repeating itself on affirmative action. Except this time it feels different. Perhaps it’s because of the national attention around the lawsuit against Harvard. Or maybe it’s because Washington State is wrestling with its own version of the debate around the repeal of Initiative 200, that ended affirmative action in Washington in 1998. But once again, the discourse around affirmative action has been hijacked to be about how race-conscious policies are hurting Asian Americans.

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That Brown Girl Cooks, Caters, and Now Owns

by Rosalind Brazel

The Liberty Bank Building is the first ever black-owned bank west of the Mississippi. It’s now the heart of South Seattle’s revitalization and a beacon for the community. It’s in this building that Kristi Brown will make her first run at owning a brick and mortar.

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OPINION: Grief and Hope at the End of the World

Extinction Rebellion Hosts Climate Change Rally April 15

by Julia Buck

When I wake up, I think about climate change. The thought crushes me; I cannot get up out of bed. I wonder whether our earth has 12 years, or only 10, or if maybe the tipping point has already passed and it’s all over but for the screaming. I might lay there 15 minutes. I might lay there two hours. But either way, I can’t get up with my alarm.

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Nipsey Hussle vigil gives community a space to grieve, reflect

by Bunthay Cheam
photos by Susan Fried

Exactly one week after he passed away, more than 100 people gathered in MLK Memorial Park to celebrate the life of rapper, philanthropist, and community organizer Nipsey Hussle. On Sunday March 31, he was murdered in front of The Marathon Clothing, a store he owned on the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles.

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OPINION: An Open Letter to the City of Seattle from Othello Nickelsville’s Community Advisory Council

The following is a letter to the Seattle City Council and Mayor Jenny Durkan from two members of the Community Advisory Council, Othello Nickelsville responding to recent actions taken by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) following a decision from LIHI and the city of Seattle to replace Nickelsville staff members who manage the encampment. The letter was sent on April 9, 2019. The letter is reprinted exactly as submitted.

by Eliana Scott-Thoennes and Jesiah Wurtz

We are members of the Community Advisory Council (CAC) for the Othello Nickelsville Tiny House Village. We were shocked and outraged by yesterday’s aggressive actions by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) at the Othello Village.

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