Oh Hello Othello: Arts Festival Celebrates South End Diversity

by Reagan Jackson

Community members do the "wooble" during the festivities. Photo Credit: Reagan Jackson
Community members do the “wooble” during the festivities. Photo Credit: Reagan Jackson

All of the South End seemed to be in attendance for the 8th annual Othello Park International Music & Arts Festival held on Sunday, August 16. This year’s theme was fun in many languages.  To honor the rich linguistic diversity of the neighborhood there was a banner saying Hello in 40 different languages. Even Mayor Ed Murray stopped by the say “Dia Dhuit,”  (hello in Irish the language of his grandparents) and to commend the City Parks Department on their upcoming renovation which will include improvements to the park bathrooms. Continue reading Oh Hello Othello: Arts Festival Celebrates South End Diversity

Review: Tina Vernon’s Note To Self, An Evening of Storytelling and Music

by Mary Hubert

When I walked into the Royal Room in Columbia City two Sundays ago to see Tina Vernon’s show “NOTE TO SELF, An Evening of Storytelling and Music”, I expected to sit through a beautiful but fairly standard music set. The only thing I knew about Tina was that she is quite the singer, known for soul, jazz, and rock pieces. So, when I plopped down at my table, I opened my notebook and wrote “T Vernon Music Review” at the top, fully expecting to hear some nice tunes and whisk myself away at the end of an hour or so. Continue reading Review: Tina Vernon’s Note To Self, An Evening of Storytelling and Music

Back to School: Aaron Dixon Takes Me on a Tour Through History

by Marilee Jolin, columnist

34th and Union.   I’ve been to this corner 100 times.  A quaint little spot with clean streets, big hanging flower baskets, wine bars and pricey brunch locales.  I’ve been here as an employee, a diner, a cyclist, a coffee-shop writer and a shopper.  Today I’m here as a student.   Continue reading Back to School: Aaron Dixon Takes Me on a Tour Through History

Where Does Youth Violence Really Come From?

by James Williams

Two South End Mothers Bury Children

Mulhdata Dawud, an Oromo youth who lived in New Holly, had his flame extinguished on July 29th.  He was killed in a drive-by shooting that took place in Federal Way.  Two friends in the car with him were also shot.  The deceased 20 year old was cherished by his community and known as a family man.  He was born fifth of nine children and raised by loving parents.  He will be missed by all, especially his older sister and niece.  Mulhdata had never been in trouble with the law.  He was the last person anyone would have expected to pass in this way.   Continue reading Where Does Youth Violence Really Come From?

This Weekend In South Seattle: Rainier Valley Heritage Parade, Othello International Arts Festival, and Columbia City Blues Festival

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, August 14th

Movies: Opening Day of Straight Outta ComptonDetails:  In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., this documentary tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. Time:4:40pm, 5:40pm,8:00, 9:00pm-Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118. More Info:  http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Rainier Valley Heritage Parade, Othello International Arts Festival, and Columbia City Blues Festival

I Cannot Judge, I Stand in Solidarity

(Note: This is one in a trio of essays the Emerald solicited on Saturday’s interruption of Bernie Sanders at a downtown rally by members of Seattle’s Black Lives Matter movement, you can read the other two here and here.)

by Syd Fredrickson

For the last few days there’s not much else I can think about other than the community banter regarding an event that was held on Saturday at Westlake Park, in downtown Seattle. It was a celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Social Security and the 50th anniversary of Medicare, organized by Washington Community Action Network. Bernie Sanders was scheduled to speak. Continue reading I Cannot Judge, I Stand in Solidarity

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