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A Q&A with Janelle Monáe on ‘The Memory Librarian’ Debut

Before appearing at Town Hall Seattle, the artist and actor discusses her debut book, Afrofuturism, and storytelling.

by Amanda Ong

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Janelle Monáe is a singer, songwriter, actor, producer, an eight-time Grammy nominee, and a household name — and she’s from the future. In the decade-plus that Monáe has been performing and making music, she has already made major waves in Afrofuturism. Throughout her career, Monáe has used science fiction to express the societal and personal battles of gender identity, racial identity, political violence, sexuality, memory, and radical love. 

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A Q&A with Nikole Hannah-Jones About What’s Next After ‘The 1619 Project’

Before appearing at the Crosscut Festival, the Pulitzer Prize winner chats about the significance of the year 1619 and the backlash the project has faced.

by Caroline Gerdes

(This article is published under an agreement with Crosscut. The Emerald is a proud media Sponsor of the May 7, 2022, Town Hall event, “Retelling Our History with Nikole Hannah-Jones.”)

The Emerald is the only place that truly covers my neighborhood’s news stories and makes my news puzzle (and me) whole. I used to feel exasperated at the invisible South End news pieces, but the Emerald makes my picture complete. Join me in supporting the Emerald as a recurring donor during their 8th anniversary campaign, Ripples & Sparks at Home, April 20–28. Become a Rainmaker today by choosing the “recurring donor” option on the donation page!

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When The New York Times Magazine’s The 1619 Project originally hit newsstands in 2019, it quickly became a national phenomenon. People searched for physical copies of the magazine, shared it among friends, family, and co-workers, and educators began using it in their classrooms. The project has continued to expand and recently became a book, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story. Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize winner and creator of the landmark project, will headline the Crosscut Festival, where she will discuss The 1619 Project, the new book, and more. 

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Town Hall Seattle, Black Farmers Collective Host Panel Dedicated to Black Liberation

by Chamidae Ford


In honor of Earth Day, Town Hall Seattle and the Black Farmers Collective (BFC) hosted a virtual panel dedicated to Black liberation. 

The Black Farmers Collective is made up of three Black farms: YES Farms, Brown Egg Garden, and Small Axe Farm. 

“Our vision for the organization is envisioning a future of Black liberation through food sovereignty,” Cameron Steinbeck, the BFC board secretary said, “in spaces built on cooperation and connectedness with the environment and community, where our knowledge and creativity are boundless. Our mission is to build a Black-led food system by developing a cooperative network of food system actors, acquiring and stewarding land, facilitating food system education, and creating a space for Black liberation in healing and joy.” 

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