This morning’s Rainier Beach Art Walk festival will be a bittersweet “cultural homecoming” for Ken Workman. The great, great, great, great grandson of legendary Duwamish leader and Emerald City namesake Chief Seattle is – like most members of the storied tribe- still shaken by the June announcement the Federal Government would not bestow formal recognition upon them. This, despite other Washington based tribes including the Upper Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, Samish and Snoqualmie having received acknowledgement decades ago.Continue reading Descendant of Chief Seattle Prepares to Welcome South End Festival Attendants Home→
(This article was originally published on the Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission)
by Reagan Jackson
What does home mean to you? There is a rice field in Manila that smells like The nape of my mother’s neck. This is how I have dreamt her for many moons. Heart strings tuned to the chord of umbilical I strum her song with each breath in Remembrance of who I am from.
—Kyle Ricci, 29, “Momma’s song.”
In a glorious metropolis synonymous with pervasive deterioration and unemployment, urban gardens flourish, artists run free and neighbors are doing it for themselves. Documentarians Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin bring their film “We Are Not Ghosts,” a story of ambitious Detroit residents remaking their city, to tonight’s Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies. Does South Seattle have anything to learn from their tale? Continue reading Filmmakers Bring Hopeful Lessons of Detroit to South Seattle→
As I waited with mildly tipsy anticipation for the start of 14/48: Kamikaze, I heard what sounded like a bad karaoke version of Bow Down Bitches. And lo and behold, I was almost right, as I turned and saw three ladies who were clearly NOT singers dressed in sexy lingerie and prancing into the center of the theater. Continue reading Review: 14/48: Kamikaze→