9 movies at SIFF 2019 that address social justice

It can be overwhelming to decide what to see at SIFF. To help you get started, The Seattle Globalist is spotlighting films that we're looking forward to that address social issues.
May 22, 2019

Willing2Rise

On Saturday, March 10th, 2018, Professor Kaba Kamene formerly known as Booker T. Coleman of “Hidden Colors”, “Out of Darkness” the upcoming documentary “Race Wars” as well as author of “Honoring William Leo Hansberry”, will be lecturing on the intersections between spiritually and economics. He will then be facilitating workshops between men and women on nation […]
Feb 7, 2018

Seattle’s hip hop resistance

Seattle hip hop is resistance in the form of music and art — combining the Seattle experience with activism.
Apr 25, 2017
Photos of the Slack family on the mantle of their Central District home, including little painting made for Dora Slack's 90th birthday in June. (Photo by Alia Marsha)

Creeping gentrification threatens another Black family in the CD

In the face of foreclosure and a gentrifying neighborhood, the Slack family is fighting to save their home of fifty-five years.
Sep 7, 2016
“People used to try to run over me, because I was a Black woman, and small-statured," Williams recalls. "I’d fight them…I’m a good fighter.” (Photo by Chloe Collyer)

DeCharlene & Goliath: A Black business pioneer outlasts Seattle developers

Seattle's Central District is transforming before our eyes, but DeCharlene Williams sees a way for small business owners like her stand up to developers.
Aug 1, 2016

“Jazz Intoxication” immersed audience in Washington Hall history

Washington Hall launches its new community space with "Jazz Intoxication" immersive theater experience.
Jun 13, 2016

“Mama” closes coffee kiosk on 23rd, citing disruptive road construction

The long road construction project on 23rd Avenue has been been too much for one small business owner — "Mama's" announced its closure this week.
May 26, 2016
Uncle Ike's in the Central District has pushed laws that limit pot stores to one 1,600-square-inch sign by putting larger neon signs on its paraphernalia shop next door, and on a mural next to the shop. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

What’s not to like about Uncle Ike’s?

Selling weed next to a teen center is just the beginning of problems black community leaders in the Central District see with the popular pot shop.
Apr 20, 2016
Seattle hip hop artist Draze performs at the EMP's Black History Month Kickoff on Saturday. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

What the south end sounds like: Draze drops “Seattle’s Own”

Seattle hip-hop's hometown hero Draze has a new mixtape filled with South Seattle anthems.
Mar 31, 2016
Berhane Amanuel, owner of East Africa Imports (and restaurant) stands inside his Seattle restaurant. His store can be seen through the arches at top. East Africa Imports is a tiny little story and eatery in The Promenade, a shopping center in the Central District. It was opened in 2002 by Amanuel and his Central District native wife and they put 100k+ into adding a restaurant about 5/6 yrs ago. They recently found out that Vulcan plans to demolish/develop the shopping center meaning they'll have to move and may not be able to afford to open a restaurant again.

Ethiopian entrepreneur says he’ll lose big in Central District redevelopment

The owner of East African Imports and Restaurant at 23rd and Jackson says he stands to lose big when Vulcan Real Estate redevelops the property.
Mar 11, 2016

23rd Ave construction has immigrant-owned businesses on the brink

Central District businesses suffering during 23rd Ave Construction are hungry for financial help promised by the city. But some say it's too little, too late.

Vulcan just bought a major Central District shopping center for redevelopment

Construction on Promenade 23, located at 23rd and Jackson, would start in mid- to late-2017.
Feb 18, 2016
Stic.Man of Dead Prez performs in Sweden in 2009. (Photo from Flickr by Henrik Isaksson)

Dead Prez show apt to shake up a gentrifying city

Don’t be surprised if the next big Seattle rap classic isn’t about big butts or thrift stores, but gentrification and community displacement.
Feb 17, 2016
The Ezell's training team and local employees outside the new franchise in Sharjah, near Dubai. (Photo via Ezell's website)

Fried chicken knows no borders

Seattle favorite Ezell's looks to capitalize on the global love of fried chicken.
Nov 17, 2015

Rogue Pan-African makeover sparks new Central District crosswalk design

Central District crosswalks will get an official redesign after an unofficial paint job that honored the neighborhood's African American history.
Aug 7, 2015

Who gave Central District crosswalks a Pan-African makeover?

Red, black and green paint turned up on crosswalks around the Central District last weekend, honoring the neighborhood's African-American legacy.
Aug 5, 2015
Another house recently flipped in the Central District after the previous owner went into foreclosure. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

3 ways homeowners of color can put their fist up against gentrification

Everyone is talking about gentrification in Seattle, usually while pointing the finger at someone else. But who is really to blame?
Jul 9, 2015

Catfish Corner reborn near Rainier Beach Link station

Terrell Jackson, grandson of the original owners of Catfish Corner, is selling his family’s legendary fried catfish, hush puppies, fries, and tartar sauce out of a tent near the Rainier Beach Link light rail station.
May 7, 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
A Salsa night at Waid's back in 2008. (Photo via

Night out at Seattle’s ‘most dangerous’ club casts doubt on cops’ claims

What’s really going down at the beloved immigrant nightspot the SPD wants to shut down?
May 2, 2014