THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE— Tiny Couch Concerts, Womxn Who Rock, Rahale B., and more!

by Emerald Staff

Fri., March 15th:

Hugo Literary Series: Benjamin Percy, Vanessa Hua, Keetje Kuipers, and SassyBlack

“Award-winning fiction writer Benjamin Percy (Red Moon, The Wilding); author and journalist Vanessa Hua, whose novel, A River of Stars, was named to the Washington Post and NPR’s ‘Best Books of 2018’ lists; and well-known local poet Keetje Kuipers, will read new work on the theme The Metamorphosis, inspired by the title of Franz Kafka’s much-loved absurdist novella.

“Space-age singer-songwriter SassyBlack — who has been featured by KEXP, Pitchfork, Afropunk, and others — will perform new songs to the same theme.”

Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Hugo House — 1634 11th Ave
Cost: $25 GA / $12 Student

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OPINION: Punitive WorkFirst Policies Disproportionately Harm Families of Color

Program cuts have stark racist impacts

(This article originally appeared on budgetandpolicy.org and has been republished with permission.)

by Liz Olson

As the Washington State Budget & Policy Center has previously written, Washington has made deep cuts to its WorkFirst program, our state version of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), in the last decade. New data reveal that these cuts have disproportionately harmed Black and American Indian families, who — under the harsh, inflexible time limit policy — are more likely to be cut off WorkFirst/TANF than their white counterparts. So although the WorkFirst program is intended to provide critical support to families who are excluded from opportunity, punitive policy decisions have instead further marginalized people of color from basic resources — threatening to deepen racial income and wealth disparity.

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PHOTOS: Step inside Seattle’s Barber Shops and Beauty Salons

by Susan Fried

Shelly Intravartolo, the owner of the Parlour in Columbia City, directs a young woman to a well-worn barber’s chair and asks her what kind of haircut she would like. The conversation is relaxed and comfortable and it’s not long before the new customer is talking to Shelly like they’ve known each other for years.

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OPINION — Snowy Winters & Smokey Summers: Preparing for the Future

OpEds by Got Green appear in the South Seattle Emerald every month.

by Hodan Hassan and Tanika Thompson-Bird

The climate is changing. We know that, but the past few weeks brought it to the forefront of our minds. Remember the snow? The snow that fell from the sky and trapped us in our homes for days? That was a sign of how the changing climate is impacting our weather patterns — snow storm in Seattle, a rainstorm in Southern California and 60-degree weather in DC. Seattle is not prepared for snow in any capacity. The streets weren’t cleaned, public transit was a disaster, and people couldn’t get out of their homes.

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Emerald Question of the Week: Where Do You Get the Best Cup of Coffee in the South End?

by Emerald Staff

The South Seattle Emerald asks readers a question each week via our Facebook page, Twitter feed and newsletter. This week we wanted to know: Where do you find the best cup of coffee in the South End?

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Dominique Christina On The Power Of Poetry and Identity

by Leija Farr

Dominique Christina is a woman of many intersections, stances and words. In the three years she competed, she earned five national poetry slam titles. She is a poet, mother, activist, and educator as well as the many other crossroads to her identity. Not afraid to speak on social justice, her artistry has become a pivotal outline to classrooms and workshops across the country. Christina’s voice is unflinching and her vision is beyond her and beyond now.

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE— Indigenous and Women of Color Rise, Utopian Blackness Family Portrait Day, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Friday, Mar. 8th:

TINY COUCH Concerts

TINY COUCH Concerts (rescheduled!)“Join us at Cypher Cafe inside Washington Hall 2019 weekly for our newest event series; #TinyCouchConcerts & #Cyphers. New Artists and Nationally Recognized Performers will stop by the #CypherCafe #CoffeeShop for an afternoon full of Surprise Guests, Short Interviews and Performances. THIS WEEK at #TinyCouchConcerts Series Episode 5 we will be interviewing Local Author / Founder of Seattle Urban Book ExpoJeffrey L Cheatham II. Stop by this Friday 3:30pm PST or Tune In via #CypherCafe #periscope & #instagram.” All Ages

Time: 3–6 PM
Where: Cypher Cafe — 153 14th ave
Cost: Free to attend

*Also tonight at Cypher Cafe: Legacy Fridays Open Mic Fridays Open Mic / Showcase Vol. 25 “Wellness Edition” (6 PM–12 AM).

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