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Mount Baker Community Club’s MLK Scholarship Awarded to 8 South End Students of Color

by Amanda Ong


Eight South Seattle high school Students of Color have been awarded $16,000 each for college costs from the Mount Baker Community Club’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship, helping South End students to fulfill their dreams of going to four-year universities. All recipients this year are the first generation in their family to attend college, with two students from Rainier Beach High School, two from Franklin High School, two from Cleveland High School, one from Garfield High School, and one from Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. They have plans to attend a range of colleges both local and national, public and private.

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Converge Media’s TraeAnna Holiday and Deaunte Damper Look to the Future

by Amanda Ong


Converge Media, the largest producer of Black media in the Pacific Northwest, has seen several major milestones in the last month alone. Since its founding in 2017, Converge has operated out of its Black Media Matters Studio in downtown Seattle and has been working to uplift Black voices in ways that have been incredibly radical and influential throughout the media industry. Co-founder Omari Salisbury has notably gained recognition for his work covering Seattle’s response to the murder of George Floyd in 2020, the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, and through their show, The Morning Update. Now, Converge is both saying goodbye to some of its past work and looking forward to exciting new coverage on the horizon.

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Ricardo Ruiz’s ‘We Had Our Reasons’ Tells the Stories of Immigrant Workers

by Amanda Ong


The voices of a community are an incredibly vibrant thing, and nearly impossible to hold in your own hands and distill into words. But this is what Seattle-based poet Ricardo Ruiz does in his new poetry collection, We Had Our Reasons/Teníamos Nuestras Razones, which has recently been released for publication by Seattle publishing house Pulley Press.

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Seattle Public Library’s Summer Book Bingo Starts Its Eighth Year With New Categories

by Amanda Ong


This summer The Seattle Public Library is hosting Summer Book Bingo — a summer reading program for adults, now in its eighth year. And anyone can participate! Just pick up a bingo card at any Library location, or download one online in English or Spanish, and start reading to fill out the categories. Each bingo placement offers a different reading challenge. You can read books in five categories to achieve bingo — a line across, up, down, or diagonally — or in all 25 squares for blackout.

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Juneteenth 2022: A Guide to Celebrating in the South End

by Amanda Ong


Juneteenth has been celebrated for over a century and a half by African Americans as the day in 1865 when news reached across the country that slavery was abolished. Though the holiday has only been recognized by the state and federal government since 2021, Seattle communities have already been celebrating for years.

The Emerald has rounded up Juneteenth events from across the South End, listed here in chronological order.

Keep an eye on this guide for possible updates!

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Rangeela Dance Company Brings Bollywood Fusion to Seattle

by Amanda Ong


Since 2016, Rangeela Dance Company has been the premier location for Bollywood fusion dance in Seattle. Rangeela, founded by Priyanka Jain Vora, teaches and offers Bollywood, BollyCardio, Bhangra, BollyHop, Urban Bollywood, Garba Funk, BollyContemp, and BollyClassical dance. 

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VietQ Hosts Seattle’s Largest Ever QTBIPOC Market at Seward Park

by Amanda Ong


On Saturday, June 4, VietQ, a grassroots org that supports Vietnamese LGBTQ+ people, will hold its third annual Queer and Trans BIPOC (QTBIPOC) market in Seward Park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. VietQ’s market will likely be the largest market of exclusively queer, trans, and BIPOC vendors to ever have been in Seattle. Their market last year was the largest QTBIPOC-centered market to have come to Seattle at the time, and they have since grown from 45 vendors to almost 70 vendors participating this year.

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Community-Minded Cafe Red Reopens With New Vegan Goods

by Amanda Ong


After almost seven months of in-person closure, Cafe Red in Othello reopened its doors for service in April. The return of the beloved neighborhood café comes with a new all-vegan menu, plenty of goods from local companies, and a renewed commitment to community.

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The Delridge Farmers Market Offers Culturally Relevant Food and BIPOC Vendors

by Amanda Ong


The Delridge Farmers Market, a BIPOC-centered farmers market in South Seattle, has returned for its second year with even more vendors and greater steps toward food accessibility.

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YA Novel ‘Places to Be’ Takes Youth to the Columbia City Library and Beyond

by Amanda Ong


In March, local Seattle author Alvin Horn released his first young adult novel — Places to Be. The story is set in Seattle and follows a young Black teen and star basketball player, Marley. Though he is a good student, Marley falls in with a group of friends who get him into trouble, and when he flunks history, his mother puts him on house arrest for the summer. But what starts as punishment becomes a summer of maturity.

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