Beacon Hill Cowboy Junior Jarel Craig (center) and his teammates warm up before their game against the Renton Rangers. (Photo by Susan Fried)

Photos: On the field with Seattle’s youth football stars

For hundreds of kids in the Greater Seattle Youth Football & Cheer League, it's as much about gaining life skills and mentorship than it is about football.
Sep 10, 2016
Mohammed Shidane (Video still by Nicole Einbinder)

#GreaterSeattle: Somali refugee shines light on forgotten conflict

Somali refugee Mohamed Shidane works two jobs and goes to school. But he still makes time to speak up about human rights in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia.
Apr 18, 2016
Clinical director Andrew Kritovich, background, celebrates at the grand opening of the International Counseling and Community Services' new facility in Kent. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Counseling service for refugees expands to Kent

International Counseling and Community Services, which specializes in mental health care for refugees, has opened a new office in Kent.
Nov 23, 2015
Salamata Sylla, owner of Sally's Africain Hair Braiding in Kent. (Photo by Daniel Berman, www.bermanphotos.com, for Institute for Justice.)

Kent woman wins fight for African hair braiding

Natural African hair braiding officially can be done without a license in Washington after a Kent woman challenged the state.
Apr 13, 2015
Pastor George Everett speaking to Mercer Island Presbyterian Church about the Ebola outbreak in his home country of Liberia. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

Ebola crisis taking a toll on local Liberians

Liberian-Americans say they have the knowledge to help contain the outbreak in their home country, but they don't have the money
Oct 17, 2014
Harold Jones, a paralegal specialist and diversity officer at Navy Medicine Support Command, reads to first-grade students as part of a community volunteer program. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bruce Cummins)

South King County schools see big wins getting immigrant parents involved

For the first time this year, the majority of kids enrolled in American public schools will be minorities. Some local school districts are ready.
Aug 18, 2014
Angel Rocha shows off a diverse sampling of baked goods prepared at Golden Wheat, in the Central District. (Photo by Anna Goren)

Golden Wheat brings neighborhood bakery feel to the Central District

Don’t pigeonhole him as a “Mexican baker” — Angel Rocha is ready to feed everyone in a diverse Central District.
Sep 26, 2013
Hydrabad Pigeon by Raja Singh

Passion for pigeons unites NW natives and new immigrants

Eagles are majestic. Doves are romantic. Pigeons, with their tatty wings and street-living ways, are seen by many as dumb and dirty, referred to as the “rats of the sky.” But if you ever met a sleek-feathered, iridescent-colored, sharp-eyed racing pigeon, you’d never think of his cousin—that humble creature eating bread crusts in Pioneer Square—the […]
Jan 11, 2013
A still from  A Place in the World

World Refugee Day hits home in Kent

When 19-year-old Yashoda Khanal moved to Kent with her family almost three years ago, the thing that shocked her most on her first day at Kent-Meridian High School were the floors. The white linoleum floors in the cafeteria and the sprawling carpet in the classrooms were unfamiliar. Khanal was accustomed to mud floors lined with […]
Jun 20, 2012
The Mak Fai Washington Kung Fu Club performed a traditional dragon and lion dance, followed by a Kung Fu demonstration, during this year's Kent International Festival. Twenty-five performance groups took the stage throughout the event. (Photo by Allison Int-Hout)

Kent International Festival a celebration of city’s diversity

I had a big decision to make in the Kent Town Square Plaza on Saturday. Do I go with my gut, and pick the Mediterranean mixed gyro and falafel, or taste adventure with the Irish corned beef sliders? The Thai and Laotian gai yang dish, with grilled chicken and Thai seasoning, looked delicious, too, and my preference for Mexican […]
Jun 18, 2012
Kenyan food

Strip mall secrets: Uhuru Kenyan restaurant

When Seattleites think African food, the first thing that comes to mind is probably one of our region’s umpteen Ethiopian restaurants. And don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the tangy, expand-in-your-stomach pleasures of injera as much as the next guy. But the craving that followed me home from a four month visit to East Africa, and […]
May 7, 2012