Category Archives: South End Life

T-Time: Chef T’s Top Picks for South End Sambusa

by Tarik Abdullah 

Savory, spicy, crunchy, oily (at times). These are the characteristics that I expect to get from a sambusa. A triangular shaped piece of dough that is prepared from east Africa to India to Turkey and others, each country with different ingredients but have the same goal fast and cheap. Now mind you I did not forget about the samosa but that will be for another day on Indian cuisine. Continue reading T-Time: Chef T’s Top Picks for South End Sambusa

Even with Changes, South Seattle is Ground Zero for Utility Shutoffs

by Erica C. Barnett

Earlier this year, the West Seattle Helpline, which provides financial assistance to people who need help paying their utility bills, learned about a troubling change the city’s two utilities, Seattle City Light (City Light) and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), were making as part of their transition to a new joint billing and customer contact system. Continue reading Even with Changes, South Seattle is Ground Zero for Utility Shutoffs

The Kids Are Alright, For Now

by Kris Kendall

At work last Wednesday, a palpable gloom thickened the air. I don’t know the political leanings of all my coworkers, but it was easy to spot those disheartened or shocked by the outcome of the election. We shared stories of Election Day parties that went from cautious optimism to teary wake as the exit poll numbers showed what is now the stark reality: President Trump. Continue reading The Kids Are Alright, For Now

Community Comes Alive to Build Playground for Beacon Hill Kids

by Erin Okuno

One word comes to mind in thinking about the playground that was built at Beacon Hill International School – Community. At the end of last school year, due to vandalism and age, the former playground was torn out and the students were left with a pile of woodchips and a flat surface to play on. Last Wednesday, a new playground was built thanks to community effort. Continue reading Community Comes Alive to Build Playground for Beacon Hill Kids

Emerald Voices: Darryl Smith

by Sharon H. Chang

DARRYL SMITH, former Deputy Mayor of Community and founder of Columbia City Beatwalk, is not only a heartfelt but eloquent man. His words are smooth and dedication is profound in everything he says. More importantly he’s a community man, deeply invested resident and long time organizer. Simply put he cares. And, Darryl explains, he’s never known any other way. Born and raised in Englewood, New Jersey, in a racially diverse and political neighborhood called the Third Ward “I grew up in a household where my mom was the campaign manager for the first African American mayor in Bergen County,” he says. “It was normal to have Jewish friends and we all went to Quaker-run sleepaway camp…I just grew up like that.” Continue reading Emerald Voices: Darryl Smith

Uncle Bob Santos Fought “Gentrification” Before it Had a Name

by Cherry Cayabyab

Warmly deemed “Uncle” by all, Bob Santos, longtime resident of South Seattle and Rainier Beach, passed away at 82 years old on Saturday, August 27.  Uncle Bob influenced countless housing, health, labor and community economic development reforms locally and nationally. He inspired countless activists and leaders to dedicate their lives to racial and social justice through public service. Continue reading Uncle Bob Santos Fought “Gentrification” Before it Had a Name

Wedding Band: Alice Childress’ Brilliance Shines on Intiman Stage

by Marilee Jolin

Prior to 2 weeks ago, when I met with Intiman Theatre’s Artistic Director Andrew Russell, I’d never heard of Alice Childress.  I admitted this fact to him with some embarrassment.  He assured me that, unfortunately, I was not alone in my ignorance calling the incomparable Black playwright “the Tennessee Williams you should have heard of.”  Continue reading Wedding Band: Alice Childress’ Brilliance Shines on Intiman Stage