“I shall pass this way but once; therefore any good that I can do or any kindness that I may show let me do it now. For I shall not pass this way again.”
Forever In Our Hearts.
FITZGERALD REDD BEAVER (FITZ) (1922–1992)
Fitzgerald Beaver was born January 18, 1922, in Martinsville, Virginia. He graduated from high school in Martinsville and then attended North Carolina A & T College in Greensboro, North Carolina in the late 1930s. Beaver left college without graduating and worked as a railroad porteracross the United States. By the beginning of World War II he had arrived in the Pacific Northwest and was living in the city of Portland, Oregon.
During the war “Fitz” Beaver, as he was now known, worked briefly for the U.S. Army as a civilian employee and then was hired by the Kaiser Company in Portland as a shipyard worker. After the war he briefly resided in North Bend, Oregon where he worked at a local radio station. Finding a career he liked, he moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue radio and public relations training.
In 1955, he returned to Portland and at the age of 33 became a local radio personality known as “Eager Beaver.” In 1961, Beaver moved to Seattle, Washington to manage radio station KZAM-FM, the first black-owned radio station in the Pacific Northwest. He stayed at the station only a few months before launching The FACTS newspaper on September 7, 1961.
The FACTS quickly became a major media presence in black Seattle. The paper’s mission stated: “We try to pick up where the daily papers leave off” meaning the paper would focus on stories not covered by the major daily newspapers but which were of particular interest to black Seattleites. He gave the paper a distinctive “pink” color to separate it from its competitors. By the late 1960s, Beaver authored a popular column called “Right On!” that discussed local and regional issues.
Beaver was an eclectic personality who often clashed with other black journalists over news related to African Americans such as coverage of the race riots in Seattle and across the nation in the late 1960s. His FACTS newspaper also became a community icon. Its office, on the corner of Cherry Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, was a familiar landmark in Seattle’s Central District with an old truck situated on top of the slanted roof and a large reader board.
Despite his clashes with other black journalists Beaver also hired numerous young black journalists who went on to other newspapers. Chris Bennett, owner and publisher of a competing African American weekly newspaper, The Medium, and Ernie Foster, publisher of The Skanner newspaper in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, were aided by Beaver when they established their respective new
An ardent golfer, Beaver was a founding member of the predominantly African American Fir State Golf Club. He also served as president of the Boys and Girls Club in Seattle and worked with the Army, Navy and Coast Guard in minority recruiting programs in the 1970s and 1980s.
Fitzgerald “Fitz” Beaver died on
New Year’s Day, 1992 in Seattle, Washington at the age of 69.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children, Dennis, Marla, and LaVonne Beaver who are the current publishers of the newspaper.
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Michael Fangs most recent album “You’re A Sick Nasty Person”, which was released on October 30 is making the rounds. The album is the first extended play by the rap artist, and is the latest addition to his discography.
Fang’s new album has 4 tracks and has a total runtime of 7 minutes. In spite of the short duration, Michael Fang has described his emotions about some fruitless situations through his vocals and music. The tracks represent a disorderly mental state, and mirror the struggles and misfortune occurring in the artist’s life.
In the tracks, the most noticeable element is the aversion the artist feels towards the world. The lyrics represent a wish to step outside the boundaries of this world, as a means of escape and redemption. This can be observed in every track as a main theme, regardless of how melodically different the tracks may be. This album has been released as a way of connecting with fans, and keeping them on the same page when it comes to the issues surrounding the life of the artist. It unveils the reality behind the covers, and shows that memories may not always be the most pleasant areas to revisit.
The new EP lists Karim Saidi and Damn Tito as the producers, and the album features Li Blanc as a featured artist on the track “Nah No One”. The credits of mixing, writing, production and mastering the tracks all go to Michael Fang.
Michael Fang, born Udeme Michael Afangideh, is a rapper and singer hailing from Dallas, Texas. Being a first-generation American, he is the eldest son of immigrant parents. Having a degree in advertising from the University of Texas, Michael spent his free time learning music production and audio engineering on his own, which lets him mix and master his tracks on his own. His entrance into the Hip Hop world was marked by his collaboration with longtime friend and band partner Chigo Ace. As it stands,
Fang has released four singles, with the first one, named “Night Pill” kick-starting his journey in music. He is known for his unique vocal style, and hitting beats.
The Washington State Fair hosted R&B artist Ciara to Level Up and party at the Columbia Bank Concert Series (Friday, Sept. 13)
Ciara is a Grammy Award-winning singer , songwriter, producer, model and actress. Over her 13-year career, she has sold more than 23 million records and 16 million singles worldwide, including chart-topping hits “Goodies,” “Ride,” “Oh,” “1, 2 Step,” “Body Party,” and “I Bet.” Most recently, Ciara has been scorching summer with her new song, “Level Up,” which has transformed into a defining moment for the culture with the subsequent movement it has incited.
Leaving the Fair we asked , What Did You Think About Ciara ?
“Ciara has so much energy and stage performance, Love Goodies, My JAM”
” I didn’t Know Russell married Janet Jackson” ” I Go CC, Keep Level Up ,Up, Up”
All the shows have been amazing Boys 2 Men , Hall & Oates , Chris Tomlin and the kid that was dancing and singing , I’m going to google him (Tauren Wells). Then Uncle Charlie Wilson is coming This Saturday, September 21 and tickets are still available.
Ciara launched her own record and entertainment company, Beauty Marks Entertainment (BME); the venture was launched for her to follow her own creative direction and release her music on her own terms, with the singer eventually hoping to sign additional artists. BME’s first endeavor was the release of the singles “Level Up“, “Freak Me”, and “Dose” in 2018, while Ciara officially announced its formation on February 7, 2019 at the MAKERS Conference.
Ciara announced that her seventh studio album would be titled Beauty Marks after her label and that it would be released on May 10, 2019. The album was made available for pre-order the following day, along with its fifth single, “Thinkin’ Bout You”. In speaking on the album’s development process, Ciara expressed that she now feels as she did at the start of her career, stating:
|“||I was this young girl excited to be living my dreams and having the best time. I’m back to that phase again.||”|
Ciara revealed that she co-wrote the title track “Beauty Marks” with Skylar Grey.
“Level Up” was released via digital download and through streaming platforms on July 18, 2018 as the album’s lead single, alongside a high-octane music video. The single peaked at 59 on the US Billboard Hot 100, while its music video inspired the viral “level up dance challenge”. Ciara also challenged fans to share three ways that they hoped to “level up” in life in promotion of the single. The song was certified Gold by the RIAA. With the success of “Level Up”, Ciara released the album’s second single, “Freak Me”, featuring Nigerian rapper, Tekno, less than a month later on August 10, 2018.
“Dose” was released as the album’s third single on September 14, 2018, after premiering on ESPN. The song’s music video premiered on October 25, 2018 (Ciara’s 33rd birthday). The album’s fourth single, “Greatest Love“, was released alongside its music video on February 11, 2019, to coincide with Valentine’s Day.
“Thinkin Bout You” was released as the fifth single on March 29, 2019, along with the album’s pre-order. Its music video premiered that same day. Ciara released a music video for the album’s title track on May 11, 2019 and was scheduled to release one for the album’s third track, “Set”, on June 14, 2019.
Ciara is married to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. They began dating in early 2015 and announced their engagement on March 11, 2016. They were married on July 6, 2016, at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England. Together, they have one child, a daughter, born on April 28, 2017.
Annual Othello International Festival Brings the World to Rainier Valley
Acclaimed as one of the most authentic multicultural festivals in Seattle, the annual Othello International Festival will convene again this year on Sunday, August 11 from noon to 6:00PM.
Known to be one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the nation, the Rainier Valley is home to speakers of over 59 different languages from China to Somalia, from the Philippines to Samoa and across the world. The Othello International Festival brings these communities together to share their music, dance, and artistic traditions under a high canopy of trees in the pastoral setting of Othello Park. Booths feature local businesses, community organizations, and multi-cultural food vendors surrounding the Park’s beautiful meadow where a dance floor invites attendees to join in the fun and learn from one another.
The Park is located just one short block from the Othello light rail station. Besides filling the Park, the festivities will spill across Othello Street onto the Holly Park Community Church grounds where the Seattle Police Department will be holding its annual picnic.
Over recent years, Othello has come to be identified by this unique event with its colorful array of traditional costumes, dance, music, gymnastics, martial arts, giant puppets, petting zoo with camel, big bouncy houses, ethnic food trucks, art creation stations where participants can create their own art works to take home. “Othello without its Othello International Festival would be like Munich without its October Fest,” said Dick Burkhart, a long time Othello neighborhood activist. “There are lots of fun things happening in our Park these days, but this International Festival is an annual signature event that brings the whole community together.”
A visitor from London once said of the Othello International Festival, “I came here, and I saw the world.” Truly this event is a tiny microcosm of what should be happening on the entire planet. It is a coming together of people from many nationalities to be together as one community sharing their art, music, dance, and cultural pride.
Enjoy the summer weather and festival atmosphere with great food, and an assortment of family-friendly activities at the Albert Lee Appliance Bite of Seattle® from Friday through Sunday, July 19th-21st, 2019, at Seattle Center, in Seattle Washington.
Along with hosting over 200 food and specialty vendors, 70 live acts on 3 stages, FREE Movie Night, The Alley Six Course ‘Multi-Bite’ Experience, the NEW Gladiator of the Grill BBQ Competition -a qualifier for the World Championships- MUNCHIES @ The Mural, and more, the Bite offers family fun activities, and several featured sponsor activities, for everyone to enjoy!
The Family FunZone: Presented by 106.1 KISS FM, this area is located inside the Bite of Seattle®, surrounding the Artists at Play playground structure near the MoPOP, which features an imaginative outdoor play area with a huge climbing structure, musical instruments & a roundabout merry-go-round. Family-friendly vendors include face-painting, bubble wands, plus enjoy fun food ranging from cookie dough and cupcakes to tacos and mini donuts, and so much more.
NEW to the Family FunZone for 2019, come join the fun at the Nintendo Switch Road Trip. Bring your family and experience a colorful and highly interactive space featuring playable demos of some of the hottest Nintendo Switch games, fun photo opportunities, Nintendo-themed challenges and more!
The Nintendo Switch Road Trip is a great place to get hands-on time with the system and some of its games. The space offers many areas themed to different games, like a warp pipe-filled stage to play the Super Mario Maker 2 game, a neon-colored paradise for the Splatoon 2 game and a large-screen TV and bucket race car seats for the high-octane Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game.
Take home a special Target discount coupon (while supplies last) and receive a free gift (while supplies last) by completing an event passport and checking in with your My Nintendo QR code pattern. For more details, please visit https://events.nintendo.com/
The Bite Cooks! This live cooking stage attraction features Seattle-area chefs showcasing their culinary expertise, and in 2019, is making history as 9-year old Hana Kumar from Junior Sous in Seattle, will be the first junior chef ever to cook on The Bite Cooks! stage. The Bite Cooks! is located on the Fisher Rooftop, and runs Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21. Hana Kumar will be on stage, Sunday, July 21st at 1:00 p.m.
MUNCHIES @ The Mural: This newly created area at the Bite of Seattle® features select specialty food vendors that offer a variety of unique and fun culinary treats. From Dragon’s Breath (Liquid Nitrogen Dessert), to Foot Long French Fries, and Chicken Waffle Cones to Cotton Candy Animals, and so much more, there’s plenty of delicious treats to MUNCH on for kids and adults alike.
FREE Bite Movie Night: Friday, July 19th – 8:30 p.m. Grab a blanket or lawn chair, and something to eat, and enjoy the featured movie ‘Wayne’s World’ in the Mural area, under the stars. Plus, look for Wayne and Garth characters with giveaways, and a ‘party on’ photo op. Wayne’s World is rated PG-13. Sponsored by 106.1 KISS FM,
Featured Sponsor Activities: In addition to the Family FunZone and activities, guests of all ages can learn more about their favorite brands or find new ones to love at our “Featured Sponsor Activities” at The Bite.
Stop by the Go RVing AWAY experience to take a tour of some of the newest RV units on the market and discover the one that’s right for you. Kick back and relax from the heat inside the RV, play a game of corn hole, and don’t forget to enter to win a brand new cooler for your next trip away.
Check out the AARP Block Party, and try your hand at the touch screen match game, take a turn on the prize wheel or smile for the camera at the photo booth. on’t miss out on all the fun at the AARP Block Party!
Stop by the PepsiCo Recycling Roadster, a hybrid vehicle equipped with solar panels that’s rolling into communities across the U.S., to learn about recycling and play fun games for the chance to win sustainable swag.
Be sure to check out Western Washington Toyota Dealers, and the sporty and aggressive new Toyota Camry—America’s bestselling car! And the adventurous new Toyota RAV4 is ready for anything anytime!
Visit the Full Circle booth to learn about eating locally grown produce, and how Full Circle can conveniently add fresh fruits and vegetables to your family’s meals, plus, stop by the Hello Fresh booth to learn how to enjoy wholesome home-cooked meals with no planning, no shopping and no hassle, and pick up a special discount code for your first two boxes of HelloFresh!
Come visit the Gecko at the GEICO Booth! GEICO. Everyone is a winner with GEICO, so come and play a game and visit with the Gecko.
Plus, bite into delicious samples from Tate’s Bake Shop, Quorn, Red Rock Deli, KIND, Jarritos, more.
The Bite of Seattle® is a free-to-attend community festival, and in an effort for guests to experience the best of the Bite of Seattle®, we are excited to also offer discounted food and drink packages including the Experience Bite Package which includes Craft Beer & Cider Tasting + The Alley, plus The Alley stand-alone ticket, and, the Craft Beer & Cider Tasting Only Package. Discounted packages are on sale now online.
July 27-28, 2019
Noon – 7 pm
501 South I St., Tacoma, WA
Ethnic Fest has been celebrating culture & community for Over 30 years! Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around the world.
Since 1986 Ethnic Fest has grown to become the largest celebration of culture and community in Tacoma. Voted the best festival of the South Sound; this year Ethnic Fest takes place Saturday, July 27 – Sunday, July 28 from Noon to 7 pm at historic Wright Park in Tacoma, WA.
This family-friendly, free festival has grown in size and hosts Kid’s Zones, hands-on cultural activities and experiences, performer stage, as well as numerous specialty arts and crafts, food, and information vendor booths. This year’s festival will also include a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, for Youth (15U) and Adaptive Recreation divisions.
Vendors and performers
Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU has taken steps to ensure easy and affordable options for guests attending the Taste, Friday through Sunday, June 21st – 23rd, 2019, at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington.
Park and ride Pierce Transit’s Taste Express, provided by Taste of Tacoma® for free from Tacoma Community College, every 30 minutes, to and from the festival entrance.
The Pierce Transit Taste Express hours of operation will be Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 23, it will run from 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Pierce Transit’s Taste Express will run starting at Tacoma Community College at South 19th St. and South Mildred St. and drop off guests at Point Defiance Park.
Taste staff will be on hand at Tacoma Community College, and Point Defiance Park to ensure a positive guest experience, and to assist in the load and unload process from Pierce Transit’s Taste Express, of which will be signed.
Guests should note that there will be no parking on site at Point Defiance Park, and that, there will be limited street parking near the Taste. Plan ahead!
Guests who have accessibility needs are encouraged to take Pierce Transit’s Taste Express, which provides ADA compliant buses. Guests can ride this free option round-trip. Guests are reminded that Point Defiance Park offers some paved areas, while much of the park is grass or gravel paths. The event does not have motorized vehicles or wheelchairs for rent. Guests should come prepared and utilize options that best suit their needs.
POINT RUSTON TO THE TASTE – Enjoy live music, and all that Point Ruston offers, then walk to the Taste of Tacoma® for more great food and fun, all weekend. Follow the sidewalk signs to the Taste from Point Ruston.
Special Discounted Taste It! Food Offer: Stop by Farrelli’s Pizza Truck at Point Ruston between June 21-23, purchase a Taste It! menu item, and receive a coupon for $3 off a Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Package OR $2 off a Taste It! Package* Conditions apply.
The Taste of Tacoma® encourages visitors arriving on bicycle, skateboard, or any other form of environmentally-friendly wheels, to check out the Bicycle Corral near the main entrance of the park. Guests can check their strollers, bicycles or other non-motorized wheeled items at the corral, and return at the end of the day to retrieve their items using the numbered tag provided by corral staff. Volunteers from Tacoma Fire Fighters Union Local 31 will be running the corral to ensure your items are safe. Bicycle Corral services are free, however donations encouraged to support Tacoma Fire Fighters Union Local 31
If you’re coming from Vashon on the ferry, we recommend you walk on, and ride the ferry across. If you choose to drive, please be advised there is limited street parking near the Taste. If you choose to walk from the ferry, there is a hill to climb to get to the park, which may pose some issue for those in wheelchairs or who have mobility issues.
The Taste of Tacoma® is a free-to-attend community festival, and, in an effort for attendees to experience the best of the Taste of Tacoma®, we are excited to offer online discounted food and beverage options: Experience Taste Package which includes Craft Beer & Wine Tasting + Taste It! Food Tickets, and the new Taste It! Food Only Package. Discounted online packages available for sale until 11:00 p.m. Thursday, June 20th, 2019.
Discounted Taste Packages are available for purchase at www.tasteoftacoma.com
The Taste of Tacoma® also features handcraft & commercial goods vendors, 70+ live bands on 3 stages, The Taste Cooks! chef demos & cook-off battles, presented by Albert Lee Appliance, Craft Beer and Wine Tasting in The Rose Garden, beer gardens serving up cool brews and local spirits by Gig Harbor’s Heritage Distilling Co., Funtastic Carnival rides and games, sponsor samples and more!
For more information on Pierce Transit’s Taste Express, or for other Taste of Tacoma® event details, head to www.tasteoftacoma.com.
*21+ for Craft Beer & Wine Tasting. One coupon per person, per purchase of a Taste It! menu item at Farrelli’s Pizza Truck, between June 21-23, 2019. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with Happy Hour, or any other deal. Offer redeemable at the Taste – June 21-23, 2019.
The board of Festival Sundial would like to invite you to join with us in supporting Festival Sundiata presents “Black Arts Fest ′: This will be a wonderful family event held at Seattle Center . The festival celebrates the arts and educates the community about people of African descent who form a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. The festival will encompass, music, spoken word, food, vendors, information, employment opportunities an incredible art exhibition and sale, drill team exhibition, and much, much, more. Millions of people have been touched by the Festival Sundiata experience and come back annually. The free programs will be even more entertaining, with great production value and classic performances. Most importantly, Festival Sundiata creates an opportunity to bring families and diverse communities together in unprecedented ways.
Ultimate Art Experience at Festival Sundiata
The Ultimate Art Experience is a glimpse into the talent, imagination, experiences and artistic world of African American artists. This is an opportunity for our visitors to experience these creations up close and personal. Friday night during the weekend of Festival Sundiata Black Arts Fest there will be a reception where the opportunity to meet the artists and hear their stories will be afforded to all. Festival Sundiata has a tradition of presenting breathtaking art and this year will be no different as we carry-on the tradition. One of the advantages of Festival Sundiata’s Ultimate Art Experience is the art will be available for purchase. There are many components to Festival Sundiata and the campus of Seattle Center spans many acres, however the Ultimate Art Experience is a not to be missed component, make sure you take in the Ultimate Art Experience. Our Art Curator is Ms. Kimberly Ann Phillips