Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Q&A: Because We Are Girls writer and director talks cultural silence and breaking the cycle around abuse

Baljit Sangra is the writer and director of Because We Are Girls, a documentary film about three sisters who suffered sexual assault at the hands of a trusted relative. Sangra talked with the South Seattle Emerald about the making of the film, the difficulties in breaking away from a culture that teaches girls and women that they are lesser than their male counterparts, and how cultural dynamics between older and younger generations play into the narrative.

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Queen Street Examines Identity Through Dance

by Leija Farr

Queen Street is an original work by Randy Ford that uses dance to highlight intersectionality through the lens of queer, trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconfirming people of color. The show plays at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center Sept. 20 and 21. The event is community- and grant-funded. Visit Brown Paper Tickets to purchase seats. Continue reading Queen Street Examines Identity Through Dance

Framed in Harmony: Osa Elaiho mixes Faith, Family and Culture into Columbia City Gallery Exhibit

(This article was originally published in Real Change and has been reprinted with permission)

by Lisa Edge

When Osa Elaiho enters his studio in the early morning hours of the day, he begins with a routine before making a brush stroke on the canvas. First, he starts with a prayer. Next up is music to set the tone. His taste ranges from composer Antonio Vivaldi to Burna Boy, an Afro Fusion singer and songwriter who has two songs on the new “Lion King” soundtrack. Each chord fuels his ingenuity. His passion for music is as strong as his love for creativity.

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New Beacon Cinema Grows Out of Shared Love of Film

by Carolyn Bick

Tommy Swenson and Casey Moore were obsessed with movies as kids. Growing up in Seattle’s University District in the 1990s only served to further that obsession.

“There were, like, five or six different movie theatres, and Scarecrow Video, and Cinema Books,” Swenson said. “I was really plunged into this movies incubator, where I had access to see so much and got such an education, just by watching a lot of movies.”

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PHOTOS: Teen Summer Musical Presents ‘Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory’

by Susan Fried

Teen Summer Musical presents Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory this weekend at Benaroya Hall, a presentation put together with the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Atlantic Street Center, and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Emerald Contributor Susan Fried attended a dress rehearsal and provided this photo essay.

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Black Pride Play Examines the Black Male Body

by Bri Little

NW Black Pride kicked off last night with Black D*ck Matters, written by Kathya Alexander (co-writer of Black to My Roots: African American Tales from Head and the Heart) and directed and produced by Tyrone Brown. The multimedia experimental experience premiered at Gay City in front of a full house, and much like Black Pride itself, the play was provocative. The piece both asks and answers a question aimed toward Black men: How does “it” feel? The answers, revealed throughout the play, unmask the tenderness of Black pain alongside Black pleasure.

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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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