words and photos by Alex Garland
The Columbia City Gallery is dropping an assist to art aficionados whose colossal passion for collecting is mismatched with a microscopic bank account.
The local artist co-op, which is associated with the arts division of South East Effective Development (SEED), is currently hosting its annual two week sale of local works produced by nearly two dozen South Seattle based artists. All watercolors, pottery, ceramics, and jewelry on display in the main gallery is priced for under $200 and will be available to purchase until April 16th. Continue reading Gallery Showcases Art’s Pathway to Self-Expression
by Reagan Jackson
Youth Speaks annual Grand Slam poetry competition took place last Friday at a sold out Town Hall. Poet, activist, and Mayoral Candidate Nikkita Oliver kept the audience laughing and engaged with help from musical guests Otieno Terry and D.J. Reverend Dollars. Continue reading Witness the Litness: Youth Speaks Grand Slam
by Reagan Jackson
I hate horror movies. They linger. Long after the screen goes black I am reliving every cringe-worthy moment. So when I saw the preview for Get Out, I was like wait: Is this a horror movie or is this racism? Is this a horror movie about racism? Oh hell no. I definitely don’t want to see that. Continue reading The Scariest Thing About Get Out is Black Trauma
by Courtney Weaver
Remember this house and do not forget who built it…
Last weekend I sat in the Ark Lodge theater in Columbia City to view the James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro, the recent adaptation of the legendary writer and public intellectual’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, directed by Raoul Peck and accompanied by the voice of Samuel L. Jackson. The film was followed by a panel moderated by Marcus Harrison Green. Continue reading Review: I Am Not Your Negro
by Marcus Harrison Green
The wife and husband duo call it storytelling, but it’s really Black love on film. More accurately, their love for Seattle’s at times misunderstood Black community.
The camera scans the interior of Columbia City’s Royal Room as an early 90s era hip-hop instrumental slowly builds. Beyond tables topped with chairs and a bar stocked with premium liquor is a kitchen known as the hallowed sanctum of South Seattle-based Chef Tarik Abdullah. Continue reading Documentarian Duo “Uncode” Black Seattle
by Ronnie Estoque
Skyway Library hosted an art talk Saturday regarding Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” that is currently being featured at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). The event was packed, full of elderly art connoisseurs seeking to learn more about Lawrence’s ground-breaking work. Continue reading Jacob Lawrence “Migrates” to Skyway
by Brynn Tweeddale
Behind an inconspicuous white door on the top floor of El Centro de la Raza in Beacon Hill resides Culture Shakti.
Inside the studio, the traditional wooden floors and mirrors of a dance studio are accented by racks filled with dance costumes, Indian puppets or “kathputli” hanging from the walls, and an oil lamp or “diya” sometimes used for prayers in Hinduism. Continue reading Beacon Hill Dance Studio Fosters Safe Space for Diversity