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A South End Guide to Pride 2022

by Patheresa Wells


Pride season is upon us, with events celebrating LGBTQIA+ people happening all over the city. Pride events are held in June to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which were in response to the police raid of a gay bar in New York City in 1969. While Stonewall wasn’t the first riot in response to police violence against LGBTQIA+ people, it is commonly thought of as a pivotal moment in the fight for queer, transgender, and gender-diverse rights in the U.S. While decades of activism have increased the rights of LGBTQIA+ people, it’s important to note that activists and community members are still fighting for these rights today, especially considering the record number of proposed anti-LGBTQIA+ bills this year.

Just as important as activism and protest is celebration and joy, and this year, some of the bigger in-person Pride events are back after pandemic restrictions of the past two years. The 16th Annual PrideFest will be taking place on Capitol Hill on June 25 and at Seattle Center on June 26, and the Pride Parade will take place downtown on June 26. But Pride isn’t just for Capitol Hill and Seattle — there are also numerous Pride celebrations throughout the South End. 

Below is a resource guide, listed in order of occurrence, for events happening throughout the South Seattle area, or events centering BIPOC communities.

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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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PHOTO ESSAY: Honoring Our Black Wall Streets Expo Celebrates Black-Owned Businesses in Seattle

by Susan Fried


On a rare almost-sunny day in May, the Africatown Community Land Trust honored the 101st anniversary of the Black Wall Street massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by celebrating Black business and entrepreneurship in Seattle. 

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The Morning Update Show — The Final Episode — 6/3

After two years of covering the news and other important community stories, The Morning Update Show is signing off on Friday, June 3, 2022. The Emerald is proud to have been a media partner for this show.

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — was the only weekday news and information livestream that delivered culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyzed the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community.

Watch Converge Media’s programming on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

Morning Update Show — Friday, June 3

Last Episode — It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye | LIVE — Sean Goode | LIVE — G. Prez Asphy | Live Directed by Vaughn Williams & Darryl “DQ” Glover

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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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The Morning Update Show — 6/2

After two years of covering the news and other important community stories, The Morning Update Show will come to a close on Friday, June 3, 2022.

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Thursday, June 2

Morning Update Show Final Countdown | LIVE — Julia Jessie of Clap Back Culture | Welcome Home! Metier Brewing Company | A Look Back at the Seattle Protest

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Lenox Pop-Up Brings Afro-Latin Food to the South End

by Kayla Blau


Ever since Jhonny Reyes arrived in South Seattle from New York City at 5 years old, he felt the distinct lack of Afro-Latin soul food options outside of his abuela’s kitchen. Over 25 years later, Reyes is working to change that with his local food pop-up, Lenox, which can be found every weekend at the Future Primitive Brewing Company in White Center. 

“Most of the Cuban food out here is Cuban sandwiches — and don’t get me wrong, I love Cuban sandwiches — but we don’t have those classic dishes out here like pollo guisado, encebollado, or ropa vieja,” Reyes said. 

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The Morning Update Show — 6/1

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Wednesday, June 1

Pink Umbrella Two Years Later | #SupportBlackBusiness — Taswira | Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project | Brian Callanan — Seattle News, Views, and Brews

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The Morning Update Show — 5/31

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Tuesday, May 31

Morning Update Show Signing Off This Week | 400+ Episodes, Which One Was Your Most Memorable? | #SupportBlackBusiness — Inside | Black Wall Street Recap | News & Headlines

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