Featuring Black Stax Band Members Jace ECAj & Felicia Loud, Hidmo’s Founder Rahwa Habte, Filmmaker Shaun Scott, and CD Forum’s Sharon N. Williams. Moderated by KUOW’s Program Venture Fund Reporter Tonya Mosley.
Wednesday November 13, 2013
153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
SEATTLE, WA – In late October, KUOW aired Program Venture Fund reporter Tonya Mosley’s four-part series “Black in Seattle”. The series immediately struck a chord for listeners throughout Puget Sound. The discussion continued online, with a robust and eager audience. Historic Seattle/Washington Hall and KUOW 94.9 will continue the conversation “offline” at Washington Hall on at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening, November 13th.
Reporter Tonya Mosley will moderate a diverse group of thought leaders in Seattle’s black community. Topics will include the dwindling black population in Seattle, the gentrification of Central Seattle, the lives of black artists, corporate politics, and the positives and negatives of making a life as a black person in Seattle.
To listen and learn more information about the event, and the “Black in Seattle” series on KUOW, go to http://kuow.org/topic/black-seattle
About the Panelists:
Jace ECAj is a member of the hip hop crew Black Stax, an original member of the Silent Lambs Project, as well as one of the founders of the Dope Emporium Hip Hop Festival.
Rahwa Habte is an organizer for One America. She was the co-founder of Hidmo, a restaurant and community space in the Central District. For her work through Hidmo, Rahwa was awarded Seattle University Alber’s School of Business’ first annual Red Winged Leadership Award in 2010. Rahwa serves on the Board of The Vera Project, and on the Steering Committee of HidmoNEXT.
Felicia Loud is a soul singer and performer. She is a member of the hip hop crew Black Stax and also records and performs with her band The Soul.
Tonya Mosley is an award winning journalist, producer and media coach. Tonya’s work is currently featured on Al Jazeera America, Seattle Channel, Huffington Post, KUOW 94.9, Seattle Magazine, GoodEnoughMother.com and TheGrio.com. She is the recipient of KUOW’s Project Venture Fund, creating the piece “Black in Seattle”.
Shaun Scott is an independent filmmaker from Seattle. His first film, “SEAT OF EMPIRE: SEATTLE SINCE 1909″, was the recipient of a 2008 Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs City-Artist Award. He is currently at work on his second project, a critical panorama of 20th century capitalism and consumption, entitled “WASTE OF TIME: Capitalism, Consumption, and the Quest for Renewal.”
Sharon N. Williams is the Managing Director at Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas. She is also the Producing Director of The Mahogany Project.
Washington Hall is a historic, non-profit, community building that is available for events, performances, meetings, classes and rehearsals. Built in 1908 by the Danish Brotherhood, Washington Hall has been an anchor in the Central District for more than 100 years. The building has served as a hub for social and cultural activities for a broad ethnic community. The Hall was host to the first jazz performance in Seattle, and has hosted luminary African American performers and leaders including Marcus Garvey, Jimi Hendrix, Marian Anderson, and Duke Ellington. In 1973, the Sons of Haiti, an African-American Masonic Lodge, purchased the building and continued the tradition of hosting performing arts. Washington Hall was also the original home of On the Boards from 1978-1995. Historic Seattle acquired Washington Hall in 2009, saving it from demolition.
Washington Hall’s mission is to create a transformative space in Seattle’s Central District that honors the history of Washington Hall and is a home for arts & culture that reflects its legacy. The renovation of Washington Hall is a Historic Seattle community development project that will help revitalize the neighborhood and makes the building available for public use. Our community partners – Hidmo, 206 Zulu, and Voices Rising – will serve as anchor organizations of the fully restored building. To learn more about Washington Hall, Historic Seattle, and its partners, please visit www.washingtonhall.org.
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