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3rd annual State of Africatown Saturday January 16, 10am-1pm at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

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The third annual State of Africatown will be held tomorrow Saturday January 16, 10am-1pm at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and will feature presentations on the accomplishments of the last year as well as vision, opportunities and challenges facing our community in 2016.

Featured speakers and present include:

Mistress of Ceremony – Dr. Renee McCoy
Lift Every Voice and Sing – Kimberly Dunn and Audience
Former State Rep. Dawn Mason , Convener, Opening
Dr. Girma Ayele, Co-Convener, Welcome
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Sandra Boas-DuPree, Operations & Development Manager, Host
Black Community Impact Alliance, Evelyn Allen & Jaebadiah Gardner
Central Area Senior Center – Dian Ferguson, Director
First Place Student Performance
Blackout/EPIC – Senait Brown
Seattle King County NAACP – Sheley Secrest
Cultural Innovation: Black Dot – Aramis Hamer
Historic Central Area Arts & Culture District – Steve Sneed
State of Africatown – K. Wyking Garrett
Mayor Edward B. Murray
Michael Charles representing King County Executive Dow Constantine
Seattle City Councilmember, Kshama Sawant, District 3
Seattle City Council President, Bruce Harrell, District 2
Reception to follow
Additional confirmed attendees include:

Seattle City Council Members:
Lisa Herbold, District 1
Debora Juarez, District 5
Mike O’Brien, District 6
Tim Burgess, At Large Pos. 8
Lorena Gonzales, At Large Pos. 9
Renton City Council Member Ed Prince
King County Council Members:
Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Larry Gossett
State Representatives:
Brady Walkingshaw (D 43rd)
Sharon Santos (D 37th)

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Friday Jan 15 2016 – 3rd annual State of Africatown

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The third annual State of Africatown will be held on January 15 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and will feature presentations on the accomplishments of the last year as well as vision, opportunities and challenges facing our community in 2016.

2015 was a productive year for Central District based Africatown Seattle initiatives ending with and Human Rights Award followed by the signing of legislation formally designating the Central Area as an Arts & Cultural District focused honoring, preserving and developing the Black and African Diaspora contributions to Seattle.

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Africatown Winter Arts & Soul Festival Nov 25-28

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Last week, Missouri students and football team showed the power of unity and strategic economic action. A month ago millions responded to the call of #JusticeOrElse in Washington DC and communities across the country are getting ready for the second year of Black Friday Boycotts to make the statement that #BlackLivesMatter.

1The Black Friday Concert feat. Owour Arunga will focus on our continued struggle for social and economic empowerment in the Black community as a highlight the first Annual Africatown Winter Arts & Soul Fest. In partnership with Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Arunga Music, Taste of Caribbean/Red Lounge, and Lake Chad Cafe the four days of festivities will highlight the neighborhood’s unique African American heritage and African diaspora flavors while promoting community businesses throughout the holiday season kicking off with Shop Small and Small Business Saturday. For vendor information click here.
Wednesday, Nov. 25th

2Mighty Crown(Japan) & Fire Links(Jamaica) Live in Seattle

Red Lounge

1212 E. Jefferson St.

Thursday Nov. 26th –

3Afropolitan presents Thanksgiving Afterparty

@ Red Lounge 1212 E. Jefferson St. Doors 9pm.

4Friday, Nov. 27th
Black Friday Concert & Marketplace featuring Owuor Arunga & Friends Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S. Market Place opens at 12 noon. Doors for concert open at 6:30pm.

Saturday, Nov. 28th

5Africatown Holiday Marketplace
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave. S.

64th Annual Dancehall Reunion Bash
Eritrean Hall
1954 S. Massachusetts St.

Proceeds will benefit youth leadership development and arts programming.

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HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE

Vendor request for information here – http://goo.gl/forms/x4tbfvkVNj

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Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space

An epicenter for cultural innovation and business development, the Black Dot is a multi-puropose space for creative entrepreneurs. Our mission is to provide Black entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to successfully launch, sustain and grow businesses.

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U.S. Attorney General meets with Seattle Central District Reps

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch addresses the media alongside Chief Kathleen O’Toole and Mayor Ed Murray (Image: CHS)

From: Bryan Cohen / http://www.capitolhillseattle.com

Seattle’s efforts to combat gun violence while simultaneously curbing excessive policing tactics is drawing a lot of attention — and even more cash — from the federal government.

On Thursday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited the Central Area as part of a national community policing tour where she highlighted, among other things, the progress the Seattle Police Department has made in meeting federal mandates to address excessive use of force by officers.

On the same day Lynch was in town, the Department of Justice monitor tasked with overseeing SPD’s use of force consent decree filed a report about how the department was progressing with internally tracking use of force incidents.

The monitor found that SPD was doing a good job in three out of four categories, including investigating the most severe use of force incidents. However, the monitor’s report said SPD sergeants “still had a ways to go” in adequately investigating mid-level use of force incidents by officers, like those involving tasers and pepper spray.

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China in driving seat as Ethiopian capital gets new tramway

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Addis Ababa (AFP) – Sub-Saharan Africa’s first modern tramway opened in the Ethiopian capital on Sunday, marking the completion of a massive Chinese-funded infrastructure project hailed as a major step in the country’s economic development.

Even before the ribbon was cut, several hundred residents were queueing for a ride on the Chinese-driven trams, which have the capacity to carry 60,000 passengers a day across the capital of Africa’s second most populous nation.
The two line, 34-kilometre (21 mile) system was built by the China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) . The project cost $475 million, 85 percent of which has been covered by China’s Exim bank.

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Lots happening as we officially roll in to the fall season.

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Lots happening as we officially roll in to the fall season.

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Tomorrow (Friday) will be an interior design “Jam Session” for the new cultural innovation space opening up at 23rd & Union.

Imagine Africatown #HackingGentrification will be a featured session at the Seattle Design Festival Conference followed by the hot of the presses documentary “Conspiracy” and a session hosted by RBG The CD. Full schedule here.

Saturday is the 10th Annual Sickle Cell Walk & Ride and also the Walk A Way Day Rally & Festival.

Later that evening the legendary Frankie Beverly & Maze will be in town joined by Keke Wyatt, Kelly Price, Tiffany Wilson and Michael Wastman.

The teachers are back on the job but it is going to take a lot more of us on the job to make sure all of our children get the education they need to survive and thrive. This Sunday is the Black Education Matters Summit hosted at Africatown Center for Education & Innovation. There will be discussion groups for parents, youth and advocates, a keynote by Dr. Debra Sullivan “Cultivating Genius in Black Children” followed by a conversation with Elder and accomplished educator Dr. Maxine Mimms.

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When I dream of this corner, I see…

Hack the CD, Umoja PEACE Center, Heart Haven Artist Cooperative, and Africatown Preservation and Development Association will be opening a pop-up space at 23rd and Union.

For the past two months, this group of community stakeholders has been collecting feedback from a black board mural at the location, which was launched during the 2015 Umoja Fest and sponsored by Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. The response has been revealing, and our community has confirmed that they’d like to see a sense of pride, empowerment, business.

We’d like to create an art gallery, retail space, and tech lounge in this pop-up space and we need your help!
Interior Design Jam Session

Friday, 9/18
Potluck
6PM – 9PM

We’re calling all architects, designers, and artists to this cypher. Bring an open mind and fill up on your creative juices as we collaborate to envision what our new space will look like.

Work Party II
Thursday, 9/24
Potluck
5PM – 10PM

After setting the stage with paint and ideas, this is the time to put the finishing touches on the space. Bring your hands, tools, and hearts.

Soft Launch
Friday, 9/25
$10 donation suggested
7PM – 10PM

We’ll be celebrating our hard work and sharing the space with the community. This event will also be a fundraiser to help promote the recent activities.

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Imagine Africatown #HackingGentrification
Saturday, September 19th, 1:30pm

The story of Africans in America has been one of resilience, creativity, reinvention and accomplishment in the face of tremendous obstacles. This workshop will highlight some of the amazing work being done to harness and build upon this legacy in the face of rapid displacement in the Central District. We will generate ideas for survival in the midst of existing real estate market forces. #HackingGentrification will be a two-way, generative conversation and work session – so bring your notepads, tablets and thinking caps!

The day-long Seattle Design Festival Conference is an opportunity to examine in depth the theme of Design for Equity. Located at the Seattle Central Public Library, the conference includes workshops, panels, films, lectures, and installations from 20 partners. During these dynamic programs, participants can engage professional and community experts on issues such as equitable urban planning, designers’ role in youth incarceration, and gender justice in design practice. You are encouraged to explore all the offerings and scenery of the Central Library in between scheduled sessions. A full schedule is available online athttp://bit.ly/1PK4Tp0.

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10th Annual Walk/Bike/Run for Sickle Cell

Early Registration: 7:30am
26mile Endurance Bike Ride: 8am

Registration Opens: 9:30am

Opening Ceremony: 10am
10mile Family Bike Ride: 11am
5mile Run: 11am
3mile Walk: 11am
BBQ: 12pm

$40-adults/$20-youth

Register online at: http://www.mssctf.org/events-thewalk.html

Free limited tickets for families impacted by Sickle Cell available. Contact us at info@mssctf.org

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The purpose of Walk Away Day is to empower, encourage and equip young people to be able to walk away from making various negative decisions. We will collaborate with city leaders, organizations, and businesses to inspire and support youth in their transition.

Together we will replace negative activities with positive alternatives that drastically change the course of young people’s lives.

http://www.gofundme.com/walkawayday

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1pm-2:30pm – ACE Fall Programs Open House

2:30pm Welcome

2:40 Youth Recognition
-Umoja Fest Summer Interns/Africatown Youth Ambassadors
-Youth Entrepreneur Projects

Breakout Sessions (50 min ea.)

3:10 Session #1
Early Child Development Discussion: Parent=Teacher/Home=School w/ Tehut Getahun – Director, Wedgewood Montessori

Raising/Supporting Tweens/Teens Discussion
Youth Leadership & BSU Strategy Session (Facilitated by Africatown Youth Ambassadors)

4:10 Session #2
Parent Organizing & Effective Advocacy
Black History Matters Strategy Session w/ Dr. Joye Hardiman
Professional Development Training

5:00pm – Meal Served

5:30 – Keynote Presentation – Dr. Debra Sullivan

6:30-8:00 – Conversation with the Elder Dr. Maxine Mimms

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Known for their hits “Happy Feelin’s”, “Can’t Get Over You” and countless other hit singles, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly has made their stamp in R&B/Soul music for over three decades. With a BET Lifetime Achievement Award under their belt and consistent world-wide tours, the group has established themselves as a staple in Rhythm and Blues music.

Bringing it all together on one stage in Seattle Washington “THE EXPERIENCE” is something you just don’t want to miss!! A night of REAL R&B and Soul with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Also including the powerhouse R&B Diva KeKe Wyatt and other special guests, “THE EXPERIENCE” will be a night full of R&B jams to remember. JUST ADDED KELLY PRICE & MYCHAL WASTMAN

Mugabe: Whites Can’t Own Land in Zimbabwe

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Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe as a Marxist dictator since the country became independent from Britain in 1980, is telling his country’s few remaining white landowners: Your time is up.

“We say no to whites owning our land, and they should go,” Mugabe told supporters, according to The Christian Science Monitor. “They can own companies and apartments…but not the soil. It is ours and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.”

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NORM “FAKE MUSEUM” RICE’S “WEED AND SEED”

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NORM “FAKE MUSEUM” RICE’S “WEED AND SEED” ETHNNIC CLEANSING / GENTRIFICATION PROGRAM BRINGS UNPRECEDENT MURDERS AND GUN VIOLENCE TO AFRICATOWN / CENTRAL DISTRICT??? DO “BLACK” LIVES, BLACK INSTITUTIONS (LIBERTY BANK, AFRICAN MUSEUM, SOIC, CENTRAL AREA SCHOOL COUNCIL, CAMP) AND BLACK BUSINESSES IN MATTER IN SEATTLE??? “PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING” (STATISTICS)
BERNIE, PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH AND THEN COME BACK TO “LIBERAL” SEATTLE AND GIVE YOUR REPORT ON THE EXISTANCE (OR LACK THERE OF) OF BLACK INSTITUTIONS, BLACK BUSINESSES (PARTICULARLY BLACK GATHERING PLACES LIKE NIGHT CLUBS, BARS AND MUSIC / ENTERTAINMENT VENUES) IN MARTIN LUTHER KING COUNTY???
BY THE WAY BERNIE, DID YOU KNOW THAT THE “WHITE” MEDIA CLAIMS SEATTLE’S BLACK COMMUNITY (AFRICATOWN / CENTRAL DISTRICT) BLACK POPULATION IS PROJECTED TO BE REDUCED FROM 80% IN 1975 TO LESS THAN 10% IN 2025??? FURTHER MORE THEY CLAIM MARTIN LUTHER KING COUNTY IS THE “WHITEST” MAJOR COUNTY IN AMERICA (ARYAN NATION)??? BERNIE PLEASE HURRY BACK AND BRING QUEEN CLINTON AND DONALD F/DUCK WITH YOU WITH THEIR RESEARCH ON BLACKS (AFRICANS IN AMERICA) IN SEATTLE, “THE MOST LIBERAL (OR WAS IT PROGRESIVE) CITY DDDD” (MINUS ITS OWN / HAVE NOTHING BLACK FOLKS)???
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AFRICATOWN / CENTRAL DISTRICT AND CHINATOWN / INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT OTHER CHINATOWN DOES NOT “INTEGRATE WITH “WHITES” OR “BLACKS”??? Omari Tahir-Garrett, VIETNAM VETERAN, WORLD TRAVELER, HISTORY TEACHER AT HORACE MANN BLACK ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL (1972-1974), AND CANDIDATE FOR SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL
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