Nomadness travelers in Pushkar, India earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of Nomadness)

Nomadness: The new tribe changing the face of travel

Meet Evita Robinson, the woman behind the movement shattering the myth that people of color don’t travel.
Dec 4, 2014
During his visit to Seattle, South African comics artist Jean de Wet (front, with local collaborator James Stanton) is painting a mural on the Cappy's Boxing Gym building in the Central District. (Photo by Ana Sofia Knauf)

Short Run comics fest a global draw for indie artists

Memoirs, social commentary and counter-culture movements have elevated comics beyond superheroes and three panel humor. And the movement is catching on around the world.
Nov 12, 2014
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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
Walmart employees in Brazil demonstrate in support of Bangladeshi workers killed in a collapse at a factory making apparel for the retail giant. (Photo courtesy Uni Global Alliance at Walmart)

As Walmart grows globally, so does worker resistance

Did you know that Walmart is the world’s largest retailer, with more than 10,000 stores in dozens of countries, and the third largest employer in the world overall (behind only the U.S. Department of Defense and The Chinese Army)?
May 29, 2014
Magdaleno Rose-Avila addresses the crowd at an immigration rally in Seattle in 2006. (Photo courtesy of Rose-Avila)

We are Seattle, we want to be free: Rose-Avila on Mandela and MLK

With his tenure at the city’s Office of Immigrant Refugee Affairs ending, Seattle activist Magdaleno Rose-Avila is back at his typewriter to carry on a life-long struggle for civil rights.
Jan 18, 2014
Delaney Ruston, in the field. (Photo courtesy Hidden Pictures)

On World Mental Health Day, local film takes on global stigma

“Hidden Pictures” follows people diagnosed with mental illnesses on four continents to reveal how a shift in attitudes might improve care.
Oct 10, 2013
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Rethinking study abroad, diverse youth travel to China and Middle East

Study abroad is a defining experience for many high school and college students. But often the students who have access to those programs are white and upper/middle class. One Seattle program hopes to change that. 
Feb 6, 2013
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Artist Zanele Muholi brings the African lesbian experience to UW

What’s more incredible than visual, activist art about black lesbian life in South Africa? Only that the artist, Zanele Muholi, is in Seattle this week showing off her new documentary, Difficult Love.
Jan 29, 2013
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SIFF film picks from Africa

Of the 460-odd films from 64 different countries playing at SIFF this year, only a thin slice hail from Africa. To be fair to the SIFF programmers, they can only screen the films that get submitted, and only a few African countries have robust film scenes. But c’mon – only 5 features and 4 shorts? […]
May 20, 2012
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Ten countries that were ahead of Washington on same-sex marriage

After a vote in the Washington state Senate last night, we’re just a few small steps away from becoming the seventh state in America to approve same-sex marriage. As a long-time bastion of gay culture and gay rights activism, many believe it’s about time. We Seattleites pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of […]
Feb 2, 2012