Indigenous DJ trio A Tribe Called Red. (Courtesy photo by Falling Tree Photography)

A Tribe Called Red’s “Electric Pow Wow” comes to Seattle

First Nations DJ trio A Tribe Called Red’s rising star as musicians has put them on the forefront of indigenous activism.
Nov 14, 2016
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Rapper, father Yirim Seck calls out impact of police violence on kids

Senegalese-American rapper Yirim Seck hopes his new video will start a dialogue about how police violence impacts kids in black families.
Sep 27, 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
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
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
Krown (left) and Chino'o (right) met in Seattle and began making music together in their teens (Photo by Tendai Maraire).

Malitia MaliMob rapper voices Somali American struggles

Tired of living out negative Somali stereotypes, the rapper behind Seattle's Malitia MaliMob decides to confront them head-on.
May 12, 2015
Carlo Antonion Chalisea sautees the meat for a Lomo Saltado Sandwich at Hilliard's Beer. (Photo by Cristy Acuña)

Peruvian food, diverse friendships inspire Don Lucho’s

A Seattle street chef aims to become culinary ambassador of Peruvian food in America.
Apr 30, 2015
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Straight Outta Compton: biopic on N.W.A. has relevance in Seattle

N.W.A.'s hip-hop was an important voice in black activism, that is still relevant today.
Feb 20, 2015
Kendrick Lamar ignites controversy over new single, "The Blacker The Berry." (Photo by Kim Metso)

‘Hypocrisy’ in new Kendrick Lamar lyrics has fans debating

A few lines have earned Kendrick Lamar's new single 'The Blacker the Berry' a closer reading than any hip hop song in years.
Feb 12, 2015
Seattle hip hop artist Draze performs at the EMP's Black History Month Kickoff on Saturday. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

Black History Month gets a star-studded kickoff at EMP

Talib Kweli and Draze joined up and coming Seattle artists in celebrating the value of Black lives.
Feb 9, 2015
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Die Antwoord: South Africa’s answer to world music?

South African rave-rappers Die Antwoord return to Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on Monday.
Sep 18, 2014
Gabriel Teodros shares the mic with a young fan. (Photo by Aida Solomon)

In-depth: Globalist apprentices explore Ethiopian-American identity, shellfish contamination

After a year of developing skills in writing, photography, video/audio and reporting for The Seattle Globalist, our youth apprentices are proud to share the following projects with you. These in-depth pieces were dreamed up, designed and reported by each apprentice on a topic they are passionate about. Now equipped with some serious reporting skills, we know these young […]
Jul 28, 2014
206 Zulu founder King Khazm. The organization is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this weekend.

206 Zulu celebrates a decade of universal hip-hop

Seattle hip hop icon King Khazm is ringing in ten years of globally connected hip hop in the 206. #ZuluNation
Feb 13, 2014
Still from a Sham MC's video by Egyptian director Yassin Gabriel.

Rappers bring horror of Syrian Civil War to life in lyrics

The Sham MC’s have refused to let war in their country dash their dreams of hip-hop stardom.
Oct 24, 2013
Illustrated portrait of JusMoni by Kristina Griffith  from a photo by Nicole Wegner Mercado.

JusMoni brings locally grown vocals and vision to Washington Hall

Nurtured by the Seattle scene, R&B singer JusMoni has come into her own, and is ready to lift up a new generation of local music and activism.
May 9, 2013
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OuterSpaces tour unites voices from the margins at Washington Hall

As a mixed race, Filipina, 2nd generation immigrant, Black, round, queer, 1st generation college student, daughter of farm workers from a military family, it was pretty hard to find my reflection in mainstream media growing up. But I found another world of people who, just like me, did not “fit” with the mainstream, but were […]
Nov 27, 2012
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Hip Hop school is saving grace for Colombian students

In Medellin, Colombia, the call to violence, prostitution and gang activity can be overwhelming for youth with limited options after school. The Eskeula 4 Elementos is a sanctuary in the middle of it all, offering lessons on hip hop, rap, DJing and graffiti art.   Seattle journalist Christan Leonard reports from South America. 
Sep 10, 2012
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International acts rock the Sasquatch festival

The international music presence at Sasquatch music festival this year was small, but global acts ranked among the more memorable of the weekend. Highlights included the powerful, female-led Little Dragon out of Sweden bringing the house down on Sunday night, Awesome Tapes From Africa mixing up an eclectic array of obscure found cassettes, and Beardyman (Darren […]
May 31, 2012
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Gabriel Teodros reps South Seattle diversity with ‘Colored People’s Time Machine’

It’s a late afternoon in San Francisco’s Mission District and Seattle emcee Gabriel Teodros is hard at work shooting a short film. Just a few days ago, he was in Seattle performing at the release party for his second solo album, Colored People’s Time Machine, probably the most anticipated hip-hop album out of the Pacific […]
Jan 28, 2012
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Ethiopians show there’s more than one way to celebrate Christmas

Not feeling the commercialization of Christmas in America? Take a trip to Ethopia. The country’s large Orthodox Christian community traditionally observes the day with fasting and processions, not gift-giving. They also have a different calendar, so they celebrate on January 7, when the rest of us are well into our post-holiday doldrums. Last Saturday’s Ethopian […]
Jan 11, 2012