(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.
Continue reading Framed in Harmony: Osa Elaiho mixes Faith, Family and Culture into Columbia City Gallery Exhibit
by Carolyn Bick
Standing on the Tukwila Community Center’s back patio, Ken Workman squinted a little as he looked towards the Duwamish River. More than two centuries ago, his ancestors looked over the same river, its shape much the same now as it was then.
Continue reading Welcome the Water Connects Past and Present of the Duwamish River
by Susan Fried
A little boy told his dad he only wanted a little off the top as he and his father and older brother walked into the Rainier Beach Community Center for Fathers and Sons Togethers Barbershop Chat, Chew and Play. The event is held twice a year — in February during Black History Month and at the end of August, just before school starts. Participants can get free haircuts, lunch and valuable information about health and wellness. Ten volunteer barbers from more than half a dozen shops cut the hair of numerous boys, their dads and family members. While they waited for haircuts, the families heard speeches from a variety of experts in healthcare, financial security, and access to sports like golf.
Continue reading FAST Connects Fathers and Children at Biannual Barbershop Chat
by Naomi Ishisaka
Chanting “Say it loud, say it clear, equal education here,” students from Rainier Beach High School led a walkout on the first day of school.
Around 60 students from different schools including Rainier Beach rallied at the Rainier Beach Community Center on Wednesday to protest inequalities in education funding, inadequate school funding in general and disparities in educational access for Black and Latinx students.
Continue reading On First Day of School, Seattle Students Walk Out Demanding Equal Education
by Emerald Staff
Wed., Sept. 4:
“Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.
“Director: Joe Talbot
Cast: Thora Birch, Finn Wittrock, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Mike Epps
Advisory: Rated R for language, brief nudity and drug use”
*Also playing at Ark Lodge Cinemas: The Farewell, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Midsommar: The Director’s Cut, Ready or Not, and opening Thurs., 9/5—IT Chapter Two
Time: Showtimes vary (see website)
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas — 4816 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $9–13 ($6 Wednesdays!)
Continue reading THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Jackson Street Jazz Walk, Grandparents Day Celebrations, Last 2019 Beatwalk, and More!
by Aaron Burkhalter
Ready with their walking shoes, they gathered in a small meeting room at the Rainier Beach Community Center to start. After a brief chat, they were ready to enjoy a stroll in the sun.
Continue reading Weekly Rainier Beach Walking Group Blends Health, Safety, and Community
by Jake Goldstein-Street
Neighbors voiced their concerns with the architects of an early-stage five-story Rainier Avenue housing project Thursday evening, with grievances including the lack of parking, minimal affordable units, and the possible displacement of a local small business.
Continue reading New Five Story Building on Rainier Avenue Draws Community Concern