Category Archives: Community

Estelita’s Library Holds Teaching Event Imparting Lessons From Black Panther Party’s Newspaper

By Carolyn Bick

Pouring from the entrance of the cozy Estelita’s Library in Beacon Hill, people listened to Jerrell Davis, also known artistically as Rell Be Free, perform inside. Out back in the library’s courtyard, others created silkscreen prints with the help of Takiyah Ward, the visual artist behind T-DUB Customs, and Franklin High School students raised money for an art class. Continue reading Estelita’s Library Holds Teaching Event Imparting Lessons From Black Panther Party’s Newspaper

Amy’s Merkato Serves Southeast Seattle Eclectic Ethiopian, Mediterranean Fare…and So Much More

by Jessie McKenna

This article first appeared as the second part of a series of blog posts for Rainier Ave Business Coalition (RainierABC).

Amy’s Merkato restaurant, deli, bakery, coffee shop, and Ethiopian and Eritrean market boasts big Rainier Ave storefront windows right in the heart of Hillman City—but it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it, and you’re missing out if you don’t. We sat down with co-owner Yodit (pronounced “Yoh-deet”) Seyoum, who also goes by Judy, to learn more about her cafe and the rich history behind it. Continue reading Amy’s Merkato Serves Southeast Seattle Eclectic Ethiopian, Mediterranean Fare…and So Much More

YWCA’s East Cherry Branch Restores Original Name to Celebrate 100 Years, Mark 1619 Anniversary

by Susan Fried 

As the sound the Maya Soleil Drummers beat in the background, the attendees arriving for the 100-Year celebration of the YWCA in the Central District on Tuesday afternoon milled around looking at photographs showing the history of the Y and reconnecting with old friends. They gathered to return the East Cherry Branch of the YWCA back to its initial name, the Phillis Wheatley Branch. Continue reading YWCA’s East Cherry Branch Restores Original Name to Celebrate 100 Years, Mark 1619 Anniversary

Marcus Harrison Green: “I’m Back Home”

 

by Marcus Harrison Green

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot 

No journey is as edifying as the one returning you to where you belong.

In my absence from the Emerald, I’ve explored and uncovered much about myself, this community, our larger society, and the inexorable power of words to craft and mold the realities we embrace about ourselves and one another. Continue reading Marcus Harrison Green: “I’m Back Home”

The future of journalism rests in the hands of the people

By Carolyn Bick

It’s no secret that journalism is in peril.

Over the course of 2019, journalism has lost 7,200 jobs. And these jobs weren’t just from small, struggling newsrooms hungry for ad revenue and eyeballs. They were also from big, digital powerhouses that were expected to be the wave of the future –– places like the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Vice, and even Gannett-owned papers that pepper the nation’s smallest towns. Even Seattle publications weren’t safe: Seattle Magazine’s publisher, Tiger Oak Media, just filed for bankruptcy, its debts falling somewhere between $1 million and $10 million.

It was this bleak atmosphere in which panelists Marcus Harrison Green, Erica C. Barnett, Matt Gertz, and moderator David “Goldy” Goldstein tried to find some hope, during a discussion hosted at Town Hall Seattle and sponsored by Civic Ventures on the chilly evening of Oct. 8.

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Othello Block Party’s Second Volume Drops July 27

by Emerald Staff

The Othello Block Party is back with a second volume of music, dance, and arts on Martin Luther King Jr. Way July 27. And this time with an expansive lineup of Seattle artists bringing songs, dance, and poetry to the of 42nd Avenue near Othello Street.

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