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How a Weed Store Became a Symbol of Seattle Gentrification

by Elizabeth Turnbull


Since the Seattle protests began in late May, demonstrators have gathered in front of various police precincts and city buildings to protest police brutality and systemic anti-Black racism. Two protests this summer, including one held two weeks ago, have shifted to focus on the issue of gentrification in general, and on one pot shop in particular: Uncle Ike’s. 

On the evening of Aug. 7, a rally organized by the Engage Team, a group of young activists who posted their first rally in July of this year, gathered in front of the pot shop’s newly-opened location on East Olive Way, and marched to the original Uncle Ike’s storefront on 23rd Avenue and East Union Street, in the Central District (CD), calling for a boycott of Uncle Ike’s weed shops and a halt to predatory development.

“The main goal is to pretty much expose gentrification, expose what’s going on and how it’s working in Seattle,” said Peyday, one of the organizers with the Engage Team. “We want to expose the little details of racism that people don’t really understand, and so now we’re trying to expose gentrification as well.”

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Rapper Draze Continues Building Black Wealth With Juneteenth Virtual Marketplace

by M. Anthony Davis


When rapper Dumi Maraire, also known by his stage name Draze, dropped a video for his song “Building Black Wealth” back in February, the world was a different place. COVID-19 hadn’t yet pushed us into three months of quarantine, 33 million Americans still had their jobs, and George Floyd was still alive.  

“I put out the song right before COVID hit,” Draze tells me. “It was supposed to be the first single from an album I was about to drop, but as soon as COVID hit, I paused the album. It ended up being a blessing in disguise because the video is now at 2 million views [on Facebook] and it sparked the movement.”

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What the South End Sounds Like: Draze Drops “Seattle’s Own”

by Reagan Jackson

(This article was originally published on The Seattle Globalist and has been reprinted with permission)

My relationship to hip hop has always been complicated by my upbringing as a fourth generation black feminist. I love music and great beats, but lately I’ve found mainstream hip hop to be intolerable. Continue reading What the South End Sounds Like: Draze Drops “Seattle’s Own”