by Beverly Aarons
Winter is here. The long, dark days. The cold wind. The wet and freezing rain. And since this is 2020, we can probably add quite a bit of snow to that list. But just beneath the blanket of gray is a golden thread of sunshine — a Seattle cook, born and bred right in this city, hopes to bring a little warmth to the hearts and hearths of this beleaguered town. Veronica Very, the owner of Black’Butta Co., has always cooked but not in any official capacity before the pandemic. She was (and still is) a writer, the wife and business partner of visual artist Hiawatha D., and the founder of Women of Wonder, “a sacred space for Black women and girls.” But the pandemic forced her to get creative about her next business move.
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by Sharon Maeda
Exhaling … from the emotional exhaustion of the past four years. Saturday evening, after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris spoke as president and vice president elect, I joined the thousands, if not millions of Americans who finally slept through the night and woke up refreshed.
I had written commentary before the election, waiting only to insert a paragraph with the exact results. It was a get-this-out-of-my-system litany of the dishonest, disgusting, and death-causing policies of the current president. Writing was a good release as my fingers flew over the keyboard. But I realized Emerald readers have already lived through enough political trauma.
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by Elizabeth Turnbull
Editor’s Note: This article covers the topics of racism and gender-based violence.
On Sunday, Oct. 18, the YWCA of Seattle, King County, and Snohomish began hosting a Week Without Violence to specifically provide resources and raise awareness around the fight to end gender-based violence that Black women and girls face.
While October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in general, the YWCA’s free programming this week specifically focuses on the unique intersection of gender-based violence — which includes domestic violence, trafficking, and sexual assault — and racism.
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by Amina Ibrahim
For years, Sharon Abdul has had a quiet voice in her head urging her to do more for her community. She wanted to find a community for Black women, but everything she found focused on certain topics, such as “Black women in tech,” or “Black women in STEM.” Abdul wanted a space that would center the whole woman and focus on all aspects of Black women and their lives. This is how the Black Women’s Hour was born.
“I wanted to create something specific to Black women because it is such an underserved segment of our community,” says Abdul.
Black Women’s Hour is a monthly online webinar that focuses on a new topic each month. The first webinar will take place on August 29 and will focus on mental wellness. Abdul feels that mental wellness is a timely topic.
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