Garfield High School’s Black Student Union keeps legacy of activism strong

Garfield High School's Black Student Union strengthens the school's civil rights legacy with a new set of challenges and opportunities.
Mar 1, 2015
The coffee at Cortona Café is good and strong. Shop owner, Ice, will wake you up with a hot cup while a catchy mix of music gets your foot tapping long before the caffeine-induced jitters catch up (Photo by Brie Ripley).

Cortona Café: beacon of unity amid Central District gentrification

“This is a place where people build relationships” Central District resident Amanda Predmore says of Cortona Café “It’s one of the most intimate cafés in the city.”
Apr 8, 2015

Do Black Lives Matter in Seattle as much as tacos do?

At a recent Black Lives Matter rally in Seattle, columnist Reagan Jackson wondered, 'Why aren’t there thousands here standing with us?'
May 8, 2015

Young, Black and Beautiful: Voices of the Northwest Black experience

How do young Black women in the Northwest really think, act, feel and dream?
May 28, 2015
Mara Jacqueline Willaford weeps during a moment of silence for Mike Brown, killed by police last year in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Bernie Sanders, Black Lives Matter and the racial divide in Seattle

Ten criticisms of the Black Lives Matter protesters who interrupted the Bernie Sanders rally — and why all 10 are wrong.
Aug 9, 2015
Members of N.W.A. as depicted in the new film 'Straight Outta Compton,' which opened to big audiences and beefed up security at movie theaters last weekend.

Straight outta patience with white fear

Movie theaters beefed up security for 'Straight Outta Compton,' a reminder that not much has changed since N.W.A.'s heyday. Black lives still matter less than white fear.
Aug 18, 2015

How to talk to other white people about race (and why it’s necessary)

Strategies for turning those racist comments from family members into learning opportunities about privilege
Aug 21, 2015
A note that accompanies the crosswalk paint job raises a series of somber concerns.(Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Rainier Beach crosswalk painted Ethiopian colors

The trend of guerilla crosswalk painting in Seattle continued when a Rainier Beach crosswalk was repainted with the colors of the Ethiopian flag.
Aug 25, 2015
A protester at the "March Against the Genocide of Black Youth" in São Paulo in 2014. (Photo by Katherine Jinyi Li)

Black lives matter movement resonates in Brazil

Black Brazilians are looking to the Black Lives Matter movement in America as they plant the seeds for their own rise to justice.
Sep 22, 2015

Denali change revives call to drop racist name of Washington lake

The body of water the state calls Howard Lake is still called "Coon Lake" on federal maps. The renaming of Denali has renewed calls for this to change.
Sep 30, 2015

Think & Drink events on race make white guy think

Humanities Washington's Think & Drink series has focused on bringing people together to talk about race over beers for the past two years.
Nov 19, 2015

Deepa Iyer: Multiracial work can dismantle racism, Islamophobia

Deepa Iyer tackles the U.S.'s deepest racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia with our greatest asset: a multiracial nation.
Nov 24, 2015
Seattle celebrates Black Lives Matter Friday

Photos: Seattle celebrates Black Lives Matter Friday

With the downtown shopping bonanza disrupted by protestors for the 2nd straight year, Seattle has a new day-after-Thanksgiving tradition: Black Lives Matter Friday
Nov 28, 2015

Rally for Somali teen: “People want Hamza’s voice to be heard”

People expressed frustration over the lack of communication from the Seattle Police Department at a prayer circle and rally for 16-year-old Hamza Warsame.
Dec 9, 2015

Jenny Yang and Ijeoma Oluo talk about Peter Liang and racial justice

Writer Ijeoma Oluo and comedian Jenny Yang talk about Peter Liang, Akai Gurley, Asian Americans and the model minority myth.
Feb 25, 2016

Che Taylor rally calls for firing of police chief, criminal probe

About 100 people rallied for Che Taylor, who died Sunday after being shot by Seattle Police officers.

Seattle artists bring Afrofuturism to Black Future Month

Performances at Gay City Arts, Chop Suey and Nectar Lounge emphasized "future" in Black Future Month.
Feb 26, 2016

Vigil at UW Thursday will push for hate crime investigation in Indiana shooting

A Seattle vigil scheduled for Thursday joins a national campaign calling for a hate crime investigation of the execution-style murders of three young black men in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Mar 1, 2016

Seattle Black Lives Matter activist refutes recasting of Bernie Sanders confrontation

Some Bernie Sanders supporters have said he gave Black Lives Matter activists the mic at an appearance in Seattle in August. That's not true, says one.
Apr 12, 2016

More than 1,000 gather in Seattle over fatal officer-involved shootings

Many moved from a Westlake Park vigil over the fatal police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling to a march on downtown streets.
Jul 8, 2016