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Spirit Of The Olympics

Their concern for personal mental health and well-being may be a newly expressed reason, but the expected “right” of the external control of “our” performance is nothing new. It harkens back to the control exercised throughout our existence in this nation – from slavery through the Civil Rights Era until today.

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Religion

Community Mourns The Passing Of Mary Alice Curry Thurman Cummings

Mary Alice Thurman Cummings passed peacefully into eternity on Saturday July 24, 2021. Please see next week's Seattle Medium for her Life Celebration details. You may also visit EvergreenWashelli.Com or dignitymemorial.com

Elma Horton Honored By The North Pacific Baptist Convention

Sister Elma Horton of Mt Zion Baptist Church was recently awarded with the Vivianne Pennick award. The award is given by the Women’s Auxiliary of the North Pacific Baptist Convention to someone who exemplifies outstanding work in her community, home church and the North Pacific Convention.

AME Church Elects New Leadership And Begins LGBTQ+ Discernment Process At 2021 General Conference

The 51st Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church met from July 6-10, 2021, at the West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Over 1600 delegates met as the church’s supreme governance body to review and change the denomination's laws and policies, receive reports from its agencies, and elect denominational leadership.

Mount Zion Has Re-Opened The Doors Of The Church

Mount Zion Baptist Church has opened the doors of the church and welcomes all to come.

Mount Zion Calls For Action On Gun Violence In The Community

Mount Zion Women's Ministry member and Co-Chair of the Health Ministry, Winona Hollins Hague, MSW, LICSW, Steve Riggins, LMHC and Dr. Sheri Buckley ask you to join them on the 2nd Sunday of each month to discuss health issues in the community.

Entertainment

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Podcasts

Podcast: Seattle Mayoral Candidate Bruce Harrell

Rhythm & News interview with Seattle Mayoral Candidate Bruce Harrell.

Podcast: COVID Vaccines, Variants, Increased Infection Rates and New Guidelines

Interview with Dennis Worsham, Interim Director of Public Health of Seattle and King County, regarding the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, the Delta variant, COVID vaccines, vaccination rates, new COVID guidance, and the increase in new COVID cases.

Podcast: Dr. Calvin Watts Named New Superintendent Of Gwinnett County Schools

Interview with Kent Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Calvin Watts about his leaving the district to become superintendent of the Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia, his tenure at Kent Public Schools, his handling of COVID, and other education related issues.

Podcast: COVID-19,The Vaccine And Variants From The Perspective Of An Infectious Disease Expert

Dr. George Counts, one of the leading infectious disease experts, talks about COVID-19, the variants, the COVID vaccines, and how to best protect yourself and others.

Podcast: Amazon: Investing In Seattle’s Central Area

Rhythm & News interview with Taylor Hoang, Senior Manager of External Affairs with Amazon, about Amazon's recent donation of $1 million with non-profit organizations that serves communities of color in Seattle's Central Area. Interview by Chris B. Bennett.

Business

How The Business Community Can Help Protect Voting Rights

This disappointing decision arrives as we're seeing a litany of partisan election law bills being proposed in states like Texas and Georgia that create barriers to absentee voting and restrict innovations like drive-thru voting. Now more than ever, the nation needs business leaders to remain steadfast in their commitments to protecting our democracy.

Federal Safety Watchdog Sues Amazon For Selling Dangerous Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says Amazon is selling hazardous products to its customers. The federal safety watchdog is suing Amazon to stop.

Shorter Working Week Trials An ‘Overwhelming Success’ In Iceland

The trials run by Reykjavík City Council and the national government saw worker wellbeing "dramatically" increase across a range of indicators, from perceived stress and burnout, to health and work-life balance, according to researchers from think tank Autonomy and research organization the Association for Sustainable Democracy (Alda)

Wages Are Going Up. Here’s What That Means For The Economy.

"While overall wage growth remains moderate, wages in lower-paid sectors have risen quickly in recent months amidst widespread reports of worker shortages," strategists at Goldman Sachs told clients this week.

Inflation Will Hurt Low-Income Americans For Years To Come

As consumer prices rise for food, energy, housing and a number of other goods and services, Americans are feeling the pinch. But lower-income families and retirees on fixed incomes will especially feel their buying power erode -- not just in the short-term, but for many years to come, further widening the nation's wealth gap.

Health

What’s Different About The Delta Variant? Here’s What’s Known

The Delta variant, originally known as B.1.617.2, has been around since late last year but in recent months it has become speedily dominant in many countries. It accounts for more than 80% of newly diagnosed cases in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

228 GOP Lawmakers Call On Supreme Court To Overturn Roe v. Wade

Nearly 230 Republican members of Congress told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it should overturn Roe v. Wade and release its "vise grip on abortion politics."

National Council Of Negro Women, Ben Crump File Suit Against Johnson & Johnson

“This lawsuit is about the lives of our grandmothers, our mothers, our wives, sisters and daughters – all of whom were cynically targeted by Johnson and Johnson,” Crump said. “All the while, company executives knew the risk of ovarian cancer from talc.”

Highline College Will Become A Vaccine-Required Campus Fall 2021

Highline College President John Mosby recently announced to the community that students, staff and faculty who physically go on campus will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 starting Sept. 27, 2021, the start of fall quarter.

Debate Emerges Around Covid-19 Testing Strategies In Schools As Districts Plan To Reopen

As communities across the country prepare for a return to school, many are still deciding how much time and how many resources to devote to routine Covid-19 testing of students and staff -- and what that might look like.

Empowerment Series

Using Life Insurance To Build Generational Wealth

For me, having a life-insurance policy is not an option – it’s a necessity. It ensures your final arrangements are covered and creates a financial asset, a tax-free instrument to transfer generational wealth.

2020: Education Exposed

Like most things, education's socioeconomic effects have had its most significant impact on the neediest people. No sector of our society has felt a greater impact than parents, especially low-income impoverished single-parent households, and homes with special educational needs.

Letter from NAACP Seattle-King County Education Chair, Josette Wicker

Though the excitement of back-to-school activities remains, with K – 12 classes in Seattle starting last Friday, September 4th, many districts in King County are still not prepared to support our students as they return to school. This comes from the lack of accessibility in a multitude of ways.

A Pandemic Of Vanishing Black Wealth

It should come as no surprise that a recession only exacerbates the already vicious patterns of low wealth for Black families. Yet, in an unprecedented twist of fate, never before seen in history, while we are still reeling from the economic losses of last decade’s Great Recession…here we go AGAIN!

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When A Five-Year-Old Cares More About Fighting Covid Than You Do

It’s time for people to stop with all the rhetoric about government-imposed restrictions that are in the best interest of public safety. You can make all of the excuses that you want, but the fact remains that you are helping prolong this battle against COVID. Take a look at the kids in your family, put yourself in their shoes, and ask yourself what would you like to see adults do in order to win the battle against COVID sooner rather than later.

Black Women Are Taking Over The Political Landscape

We have a lot of very bright and talented individuals in our community, many of whom are reluctant to run for political office for many reasons. But now, as we see more and more people placing their names on the ballot and having success, we are seeing an unprecedented interest in Black people, particularly Black women, who are answering the call to public service in order to place our issues on the table and set the framework for a brighter future for everyone.

SPS School Board Director Leslie Harris Has Some Explaining To Do

The reason that Harris gave for not supporting the settlement was because she did not agree with a stipulation in the settlement that precluded both sides from commenting on the case or the settlement. One has to wonder what being able to comment on the settlement or the case has to do with whether or not you vote to approve the settlement.

Let’s Talk About The Vaccine

While the decision on whether or not to get vaccinated is a personal decision, it must be noted that people need to make an educated decision and not a rash decision one way or another. The fact is that we are still far away from a point where COVID-19 is a thing of the past, and we all, whether we are vaccinated or not, must continue to take the necessary precautions – social distancing, properly wearing face masks, not hosting large indoor gatherings, and washing your hands – if we hope to see the other side of this pandemic.

Don’t Let A “Chin-masker” Influence Your Decisions About COVID

Now is not the time to decide whether or not you are going to take the vaccine based on what you heard from the philosophers and/or local conspiracy theorist commonly found holding center court at your local barbershop, beauty salon or convenience store.

Autos

2021 Genesis GV80

Since we are talking years of development and billions of dollars to make its luxury car lineup happen, we did not see a sport utility until the 2020 model year. But the GV80 has been worth the wait.

2021 Hyundai Elantra

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited was a very appealing package, and for $26,960 as tested, it was an affordable one too.

2022 Infiniti QX55

Infiniti engineers mastered getting the transmission to move the QX55 almost instantly from driver input. The QX55 was fast; we pushed the peddle to the metal on one of the expressways here and found ourselves looking at 80 mph and the engine wasn’t even working hard.

2021 Lexus NX 300h F Sport Black Line

In addition to the two-piece luggage set, which can be shipped to a destination of your choosing, the F Sport Black Like Edition included a sport suspension, front fog, and cornering lights, as well as LED daytime running lights, a black headliner, black capped sideview mirrors and 18-inch F Sport alloy wheels.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

The Chevrolet Bolt EUV is an electric vehicle but it goes a step further. In a phrase, it can drive itself -- sorta.