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What the Emerald Means to Me: A Catalyst for Our Words

Support the Emerald with me! I’m the publisher’s mother and an Emerald founding board member. I’ve lived in Seattle all my life. Over most of those 76 years, the brilliance, diversity, and beauty of our community lacked a constant spotlight. That was until the Emerald came along. I’ve seen my son and the Emerald team sacrifice sleep, health care, self-care, and better salaries elsewhere to keep the Emerald shining a light on our community. I’d never ask anyone to make that kind of sacrifice, but I do ask to do what you can today to support the Emerald during our fund drive. Help us celebrate authentic community stories during the Emerald’s 7th Anniversary campaign April 26–May 5. Donate here.🥳💚 

—Cynthia “Mama” Green

by Troy Landrum 

(In support of the Emerald’s 7th Anniversary fundraiser we asked community members to share about what the Emerald means to them.)

The South Seattle Emerald glimmers like the technicolor world of my favorite childhood story, The Wizard of Oz. It is a catalyst for the words that are buried deep in my soul. It is the very light that forms the horizon beyond the landscape of all that I presently see. 

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What the Emerald Means to Me: A Constant Flicker of Light

Support the Emerald with me! I’m the publisher’s mother and an Emerald founding board member. I’ve lived in Seattle all my life. Over most of those 76 years, the brilliance, diversity, and beauty of our community lacked a constant spotlight. That was until the Emerald came along. I’ve seen my son and the Emerald team sacrifice sleep, health care, self-care, and better salaries elsewhere to keep the Emerald shining a light on our community. I’d never ask anyone to make that kind of sacrifice, but I do ask to do what you can today to support the Emerald during our fund drive. Help us celebrate authentic community stories during the Emerald’s 7th Anniversary campaign April 26–May 5. Donate here.🥳💚 

—Cynthia “Mama” Green

by Marcus Harden 

(In support of the Emerald’s 7th Anniversary fundraiser we asked community members to share about what the Emerald means to them.)

“The Crown Jewel of Da Soufend!” is what I affectionately called Rainier Beach International Baccalaureate Highschool of the Arts Sciences and Other Stuff (Just Rainier Beach for short). One of the greatest joys of my life was being the announcer for my proud alma mater that despite it’s outside reputation has meant so much to so many people.

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What the Emerald Means to Me: Knowing Our Worth

(In support of the Emerald’s 7th Anniversary fundraiser we asked community members to share about what the Emerald means to them.)

by Cynthia Green


When I think of the Emerald, I feel a sense of pride knowing that I had a hand in encouraging my son Marcus Harrison Green, Founder and Publisher of the South Seattle Emerald, to forge ahead with his dream. 

He gave up the life he had established in California, and a lucrative career in high finance, to move back home with me and his dad in order to pursue his aspiration. Despite so many others calling him foolish to throw away a six-figure salary, the three of us were in agreement that this was what he should do. I, for one, was tired of the reporting typically done about our community. It was usually negative and routinely depicted us mainly as criminals, drug addicts and thieves.  As a matter of fact I had stopped getting most major newspapers because they held very little interest or relatability to me. 

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What the Emerald Means To Me: Illumination

Support the Emerald with me! I’m the publisher’s mother and an Emerald founding board member. I’ve lived in Seattle all my life. Over most of those 76 years, the brilliance, diversity, and beauty of our community lacked a constant spotlight. That was until the Emerald came along. I’ve seen my son and the Emerald team sacrifice sleep, health care, self-care, and better salaries elsewhere to keep the Emerald shining a light on our community. I’d never ask anyone to make that kind of sacrifice, but I do ask to do what you can today to support the Emerald during our fund drive. Help us celebrate authentic community stories during the Emerald’s 7th Anniversary campaign April 26–May 5. Donate here.🥳💚 

—Cynthia “Mama” Green

by Jasmine J. Mahmoud

(In support of the Emerald’s 7th Anniversary fundraiser we asked community members to share about what the Emerald means to them.)


What the Emerald means to me: illumination. Earlier this year, I grew mesmerized by a series of digital illustrations in the South Seattle Emerald. Bright yellows, greens, pinks, blues, and purples illuminated portraits of Chief Seattle Club’s Colleen Echohawk, writer Ijeoma Oluo, community educator and politician Kirsten Harris-Talley, chef Kristi Brown, organizer and activist Nikkita Oliver, and judge Raquel-Montoya Lewis. Part of Larissa McCartney’s “Rad Pacific Northwest Women and Femmes” series, these illustrations filled me with joy as I thought about the work and impact of these dynamic women and femmes, and the care, artistry, and imagination of McCartney’s representations. 

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