Category Archives: Column

How Can I Get a Place to Rent on Themyscira?

by Gracie Bucklew

[Note: This column contains spoilers for the movie Wonder Woman]

I guess they’re right — women really are hyper-emotional.

At least I was, along with many other women, while watching Wonder Woman at Ark Lodge Cinemas last week. Watching muscular women jump and fight and engage in brutal combat with each other may seem odd to cry over, but trust me, I was close. I wasn’t sad, don’t get me wrong, I was simply experiencing something amazing. Continue reading How Can I Get a Place to Rent on Themyscira?

African American Male Advisory Committee Unveils Preliminary Recommendations to Ensure Students Graduate “Seattle Ready”

by Melia LaCour

“Imagine this: our African American males graduate “Seattle Ready;” they are competitive in their [chosen] field; they’re self-actualized; they know who they are; they’re civic minded and full-fledged citizens of Seattle. Can you see that?”

This question, posed by Brent Jones, Seattle Public Schools’ Chief of Strategies and Partnerships, invited participants at last Thursday’s African American Advisory Committee (AAMAC) Community Forum at Nova High School to embrace a vision for black male scholars that has been long overdue: an assured, clear pathway to thriving success. Continue reading African American Male Advisory Committee Unveils Preliminary Recommendations to Ensure Students Graduate “Seattle Ready”

Cleared of Recruiting Violations, Garfield Coach Calls Investigation Into Question

by Marcus Harrison Green

It’s been nearly two months since Garfield High School Head Football Coach Joey Thomas was accused of improperly recruited a teen from Beaumont, TX to play running back at the Seattle school last fall. Since then, the coach has been unable to defend himself as the story circulated throughout local press and the hallways at school. But all that changed late Tuesday morning after the Seattle Public School District (SPS) announced he had been cleared of any wrongdoing. Continue reading Cleared of Recruiting Violations, Garfield Coach Calls Investigation Into Question

Profile of an Anarcho-Leftist, Poet/Librarian, Gentrifier, Greg Bem

by Paul Nelson

When you think of the kind of person gentrifying the Rainier Valley, a man who could be described as an “Anarcho-Leftist, Poet/Librarian” might not be tops on your list. Greg Bem is a Rainier Valley person you should know, a compelling performance poet, who has spent hundreds of hours tutoring at-risk people, many of them people of color in places like the Rainier Valley and Philadelphia. We caught up with him to talk about his background, life in the Othello neighborhood, his performance aesthetic and his recent coverage of Paul Allen’s attempt at creating a Northwest version of the South By Southwest music festival, Upstream. Continue reading Profile of an Anarcho-Leftist, Poet/Librarian, Gentrifier, Greg Bem

Latest Twist in Garfield Inquest Calls Recruiting Story Into Question

by Marcus Harrison Green

In the latest twist in the ongoing investigation into Garfield High School’s alleged football recruiting violations, John McKinney speaks out to “set the record straight”.

McKinney is the man responsible for enrolling the former student at the center of the controversy with Seattle Schools. Continue reading Latest Twist in Garfield Inquest Calls Recruiting Story Into Question

A Mother’s Day Wish List

by Marilyn Watkins

The greeting card sentiments glorifying motherhood that typically surround Mother’s Day are particularly galling this year. The torrent of executive orders and legislative actions coming from D.C. threaten the health and safety of women and families, sons and daughters everywhere. They particularly target anyone who is poor, sick, brown or black, or born in another country. Continue reading A Mother’s Day Wish List