|International Creative Artist and Entrepreneur Shyan Selah has been named as the new Education Chair Board Member for the Seattle Chapter of the prestigious and historic civil rights organization The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). A grandson of Civil Rights Activists and Live Performance pioneers, Shyan comes to the NAACP with over 20 years experience incorporating Youth and Education advocacy throughout his professional entertainment career.
Taking his own personal story – first as a black student athlete growing up in the Pacific Northwest, to his experience in education and sports and his journey into Hollywood for music and business – Shyan has provided powerful sessions that have rocked college, high school, middle school and corporate audiences blending his soul-fused music style and raw personal story with high impact issues that range from bullying, gang violence, sports and entertainment, civil rights, black history and a myriad of other socially relevant topics affecting the culture at the education and corporate levels. His fusion of live performance, cultural diversity and bold testimony have made him one of the most powerful speakers/advocates in the region. Although Shyan has brought his message to countless high schools and colleges over the years, his work for youth has been most prominent in his hometown of Federal Way where he’s received the School Board award in 2014/15 and the Federal Way School District HERO Award in 2015/16 and 2016/17.
As the Founder/CEO of Brave New World, his business endeavors have given him the opportunity to work in unique and viable alliances with industry powerhouses such as Apple, INgrooves, The Orchard, ASCAP, BMI, NBA, NFL, MLB, AMAZON, Youtube, Facebook, and others. In addition to his position at the NAACP, Shyan also serves as a board member to The KING AWARDS, an official organization based on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the SCLC. Through his position at the NAACP, Shyan is looking forward to utilizing his skills and passion to further the expansion and raise awareness about the NAACP via education advocacy for all of its members and citizens in the community.
Seattle is known for its nightlife. Join us on the beach and let us show you around.
Explore Charles Richey Sr Viewpoint in West Seattle during winter nighttime low tides with Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists and discover what creatures we see at this time of year. Meet us at the intersection of Beach Drive SW & 63rd SW in West Seattle. Look for signs and a Seattle Aquarium canopy, where beach naturalists will meet you.
This is a free event, so bring the whole family!
Theater on the Square
Free with registration at BroadwayCenter.org!
Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to integrate into a white Southern Elementary school in 1960. This play explores the first days Ruby might have experienced in a classroom where she was the only student because parents wouldn’t let their children attend class with her. Take a close up look at the first steps of desegregation, from the experience of Ruby, to Rosa Parks, and lunch counter sit-ins.
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Music icon Jimi Hendrix will now have a post office near his Washington state hometown named after him.
A bill was signed into law re-christening the Renton Highlands Post Office the James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix Post Office in the legendary guitarist’s honor.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue and was supported by the other members of the Washington state delegation in the House as well as both Washington U.S. senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.
Before rising to international fame in the late 1960s, Hendrix grew up in Seattle.
There’s no shortage of Hendrix tributes scattered around his hometown _ from a statue to his namesake park.
The Renton post office is less than a mile from the Jimi Hendrix Memorial in the Greenwood Memorial Park cemetery, where he is buried.
Who doesn’t know what a Soul Train Line is? And, who doesn’t remember those original Soul Train dancers whose iconic moves set the stage for a myriad of dance steps, not to mention fashion, that have permeated every aspect American culture—even today? For as significant as these dancers were to the American lexicon, they have never been honored. Damita Jo Freeman, one of the original Soul Train dancers, renowned choreographer, actress and trailblazer decided to change all that. On Saturday, January 12, the original Soul Train gang will be honored at a private gathering in Los Angeles—the first step in launching her new non-profit, the Dancer Jo Foundation.
Says Freeman, “I have been so incredibly blessed in my career. I’ve been a ballet dancer, I’ve traveled the world over touring and working with incredible artists from Shirley McClaine and Cher to James Brown and Diana Ross after being plucked from Soul Train by Joe Tex. I choreographed everything from American Bandstand and sitcoms to award shows such as The Emmys,Grammys, among others. I even choreographed the Clos
ing Ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics with Lionel Richie and created a
dance phenomenon when I enlisted the help of 500 street dancers and 25 professional dancers to take part in a dance style that I and the original Soul Train dancers created–popping and locking. However, the other dancers that worked alongside me never received their due—and I intend to change that by honoring our own. This event is called Legendary 70’s Pioneers AKA Original Soul Train Gang. I’ve opened so many doors and it’s time to give back to those who have not had the same opportunities in their careers that I have.”
Dancer Jo Foundation, while still in its developmental phase, intends to honor the contributions of unrecognized/unsung influencers artists in the field of entertainment through an annual Legendary Pioneer Awards event. It is also planning to provide scholarships to youth in performing arts (film, TV, music, theatre and broadcasting)
For more information, please visit www.dancerjofoundation.org.
Aaron Chipley hopes to teach children the value of uniqueness and appreciation of God’s gift
Debuting author Aaron Chipley marks his entry in the publishing scene with the release of “A Little Star Named Theodore” (published by WestBow Press), an illustrated children’s book that seeks to teach young readers the value of uniqueness and appreciation of God’s gift.
A long time ago, in a special place, in the dark night sky, lived a little star named Theodore. Theodore lived with his brothers and sisters and many other stars. But he was different. All the other stars were bigger than Theodore. He had seven points instead of five points like all the other stars and he sparkled in the seven colors of the rainbow. Even though Theodore was small, he shined brighter than any of the other stars. What could be the reason behind it?
In colorful illustration and easy childlike language, “A Little Star Named Theodore” explains that everyone has been created uniquely for God’s purpose. It aims to help children discover and embrace the unique gifts God has given them.
“Children live in an environment where it’s important to ‘fit in’ with their peers. This book celebrates the uniqueness of a child that may set him/her apart from his/her peers, may be a gift from God that He will use to bring Him glory,” Chipley shares.
“A Little Star Named Theodore”
By Aaron Chipley
Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 24 pages | ISBN 9781973642398
E-Book | 24 pages | ISBN 9781973642404
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Aaron Chipley is a husband, father and grandfather. He has worked with children for many years. He has raised two sons, has two granddaughters and has taught young children in Sunday school, Awana, and Bible study fellowship.
Debuting author Jackie Zinni invites young readers to tune into love and develop a new appreciation of life
Artist and now published author Jackie Zinni marks her debut in the literary limelight with the release of “Love” (published by Balboa Press), an experiential interactive book that helps children remember and connect to the beautiful feelings of love.
Aptly named, “Love” shows young readers the power of love and its connection to all life through simple phrases and vibrant illustrations. Each page is themed around progressing colors of the rainbow and has the five elements embedded throughout the book.
“The book is a guide to have a simple practice to personally experience and remember the power and beauty of love,” Zinni states, adding that, “This is a great guide for adults to introduce an experience of meditation to children that helps develop more awareness of the heart through feelings.”
In essence, “Love” is a book for everyone, which plants new seeds of awareness and the beauty of love. It introduces an experience of contemplation and realization to children and helps them awaken the love within.
With the book, Zinni hopes readers will awaken to their own love, nurture the seed of love within, surrender to the amazement of its blooming and create a more loving world.
By Jackie Zinni
Hardcover | 5 x 7in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781982205171
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Jackie Zinni is an artist, equestrian and yogini who had an awakening experience in 2016. Her hope is that her book of “Love” will find its way to the people that may draw inspiration from it and connect with the incredible love that is already within, waiting to be discovered and experienced. She invites her readers to radiate loving energy into the world — an energy that can transform people into a more loving version of themselves and spark an inspiration of compassion in all it reaches.
|In honor of our 20th anniversary, CD Forum for Arts & Ideas continues our newest event series, SUNDAY DINNERS, with a *very* special guest: CD Forum Founder STEPHANIE ELLIS-SMITH!
Hosted by CD Forum co-curator DANI TIRRELL, each month we’re gathering with you for food and conversation, as we celebrate some of the most inspirational Black folx in our community keeping art and culture alive–while enjoying food catered by some of Seattle’s most sought after and talented Black chefs.
Tickets are just $15 / Students $10! We want everyone to be able to join us at the table.
About the Featured Guest: STEPHANIE ELLIS-SMITH
Stephanie works with individuals, families, foundations, and corporations to enhance their giving in light of their goals and incorporate best practices in the field. She helps her clients clarify their intentions and empowers them to feel the joy of using their wealth, talents, and experience to improve the lives of those around them.
Whether consulting with individuals seeking greater meaning from their giving, foundations leaning into stakeholder engagement, or companies fine-tuning their social responsibility programs, Stephanie is known for her generative thinking, sparking new ideas that lead to actionable results.
For nearly 20 years, she has been a leader on over a dozen nonprofit boards and commissions, including appointments by Governor Gary Locke, Mayor Greg Nickels, and Mayor Ed Murray. Stephanies broad professional expertise in the civic sector has earned her numerous awards including Puget Sound Business Journals 40 Under 40 Award, Microsoft Corporations Community Hero Award and the Seattle Weekly’s Best Expander of Cultural Boundaries. October 19, 2009, was dedicated as Stephanie Ellis-Smith Day, by then Mayor, Ed Murray.
She lives in Seattle and is married to the Russian historian, Douglas Smith, and has two teenagers and a Doberman.
About the Featured Chef: DONNA MOODIE of MARJORIE restaurant (Capitol Hill)
Donna moved to Seattle in 1993 and opened her first restaurant, Marcos Supperclub, with former husband and business partner. It opened to great acclaim and by 1997, the pair had a second smash hit on their hands with Lush Life, which featured regional Italian cuisine in a sleek, romantic setting. Both restaurants globetrotting menus and a mix of sophistication and funky charm anticipated important trends on the Seattle dining scene, and their popular success helped revitalize the city’s then derelict and deserted Belltown neighborhood.
Donna branched out on her own, transforming Lush Life into Marjorie, paying tribute to the inspiration for her lifelong affair with hospitality. Enjoying five successful years in Belltown, Marjorie relocated to Seattle’s vibrant and eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood, opening its doors in the spring of 2010.
Having clearly established herself as a trailblazing restauranteur, Donna is President and CEO of Mint Holdings, a food, and design company she created in 2008. Donna also serves as a Mayor-appointed commissioner for the Seattle Center. She is a former Board President and Director of the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas and served on the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation Board.
Donna enthusiastically parents her son Max, travels, and occasions boxing and yoga studios in Seattle, paddleboarding when whether permits.
About the Host/Curator: DANI TIRRELL
Join a diverse and dynamic collective of Seattle-are writers of African de- scent. This forum provides an informal and supportive venue for new and published writers. Meets every second Monday of the month!
Monday, January 14, 2019
Third Place Books—Seward Park 5041 Wilson Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118 7 to 8 PM
ABOUT AAWA –
The African-American Writers’ Alliance, a diverse and dynamic collective of Seattle-area writers of African descent, provides an informal and supportive forum for new and published writers.
We help one another polish our skills, provide peer review, and create opportunities for public readings and other media venues. Ultimately the group encourages members to publish individually and collectively.
Our stories—triumphs, tragedies, and whatever is within and between the two—are the history of African Americans. We must tell our stories in our words and encourage others to do the same.
WHO WE ARE –
We are published authors and novices. We are professional writers and late-night storytellers. We are Baby Boomers and Millennials. We are world travelers, we are homebodies. We are African-American men and women from all walks of life who have words bursting to make their way through us.
Californian Randee Eddins called to order what became the first meeting of the African-American Writers’ Alliance in February 1991. She encouraged an exchange of ideas, works in progress and sharing our poems, stories, essays, plays, and novels. In this mutually supportive setting, writers listened and shared their work without censure.
AAWA continues its mission at our monthly meetings (Saturdays, Columbia City Branch of the Seattle Library, library opening until noon). The fringe benefit is sharing what we write with an audience other than ourselves. We read in many Puget Sound venues: Elliot Bay Bookstore, Arts/4 Culture, Columbia City Gallery, Gallery 110. and the Sundiata Festival.
AAWA has published four anthologies: Sometimes I Wander in 1998, Gifted Voices in 2000, Words? Words! Words in 2004, Threads in 2009, and Voices That Matter in 2018.
Since 1992, Earl’s Cuts and Styles has earned a reputation for providing the most professional barbering services and quality customer service in the pacific northwest. Located in the Central District of Seattle simply known as Earl’s by seattleites continues to exceed customer expectations.
Earl Lancaster has been running Earl’s Cuts and Styles in heart of the Central District for 30 years. He’s the man behind the scissors, but he insists he’s just the “first person they come to when bills need to be paid.” The shop is a community gathering place and a training ground for up and coming barbers, and, of course, a place to get your hair cut. Earl’s is at 23rd and Union — an area of significant and sometimes controversial development over the past several years — and will be relocating across the street once the Liberty Bank Building is finished.
The Central Area Community, Customers, Family, and Beloved Friends join AfricaTOWN in celebrating 30 Years of Black Excellence with Earls Cut and Styles 30 of 30 Anniversary Roast.
There’s nothing like laughter, music, and memories to honor a community legend and legacy.