Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Documentarian Duo “Uncode” Black Seattle

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

Beacon Hill Dance Studio Fosters Safe Space for Diversity

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

Midnight Mecca Rings In New Year, Hillman City’s Black & Tan Hall

by Jovelle Tamayo 

With StasTheeBoss of Thee Satisfaction DJ’ing through the night, Hillman City welcomed 2017 from its newest gathering spot, Black & Tan Hall. The venue hosted the 2nd Annual Midnight Mecca New Year’s Eve Ball, which centered Seattle’s queer and trans people of color (QTPOC), and also served as the hall’s grand opening celebration. Continue reading Midnight Mecca Rings In New Year, Hillman City’s Black & Tan Hall

Columbia City Theater Kicks Off 2017, Centennial Celebration on New Year’s Eve With Steampunk

by Emerald Staff

South Seattleites looking to quickly put 2016 in the rear view as they desperately dash to 2017 won’t have to travel far come New Year’s Eve.

The Columbia City Theater will be ringing in the New Year by throwing what owner Lara Lavi calls an epic extravaganza, that will see a night of high class entrees,  ever flowing champagne, and a musical performance by one of the world’s premiere steampunk bands. Continue reading Columbia City Theater Kicks Off 2017, Centennial Celebration on New Year’s Eve With Steampunk

Poetry, Passion, and Honey Wine: Rainier Valley Lit Crawl #4

by Victoria Garcia

Last Saturday, December 3, 2016, the fourth Rainier Valley Lit Crawl took place in Hillman City.   This free event brought together a dozen diverse, dynamic, high-energy literary artists from throughout the Seattle area to perform their work at four different Rainier Avenue venues.  Continue reading Poetry, Passion, and Honey Wine: Rainier Valley Lit Crawl #4