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Saturday, June 19, 2021


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The Crippling Effect Of The Coronavirus On The African American Business Community

By Chris B. Bennett Publisher/Editor This week I have talked to many African American business owners about the effect that COVID-19 has had on their business,...

The Coronavirus vs. Schools

UPDATE: On Weds. (Mar. 11) afternoon, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau announced the closure of all schools in the district for a minimum...

The Seattle Medium At 50 – Still Pressing On For Our Community

By Chris B. Bennett Co-publisher/Editor This week marks the 50thAnniversary of the Northwest largest, most read, most widely circulated, and most influential African American newspaper –...

Emijah Smith Represents More Than A Missed Opportunity By The Seattle School Board

By Chris B. Bennett Co-publisher/Editor Two weeks ago, The Seattle School Board had a decision to make – who will be the next board member representing...

Black Male Administrators In Seattle Public Schools – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow!

By Chris B. Bennett The Seattle Medium Seattle admittedly has a problem with the academic achievement of African Americans, especially when it comes to African American...

Our “Best And Brightest”? Organization To Host Racially Charged Bake Sale At UW

By Chris B. Bennett The Seattle Medium Once again, we see racial insensitivity rear its ugly head - this time at the University of Washington as...

Dissecting The DNA Of Black Men Out Of Seattle Public Schools

By Chris B. Bennett Co-Publisher/Editor At a time when we are looking for more Black male role models, Black male teachers and mentors, it appears that...

The NAACP Is Having An Election…. Who Knew?

By Chris B. Bennett The Seattle Medium Until last week very few people knew that the Seattle King County NAACP is in the middle of a...

Do Black Lives Really Matter To Black People?

By Chris B. Bennett The Seattle Medium For years, the African American community has been asking and insisting that our professional athletes do more for our...

We’re Not Extinct!

By Chris B. Bennett Publisher It really gets under my skin when I hear prominent and not-so prominent members of our community say that we no...

Latest News

Ending Virtual-School Oppression: Black Students Disproportionately Punished for Harmless Behavior At Home During Zoom Classes

As Black students shifted from the classroom to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, harsher disciplinary measures that had been carried out against them at school followed them home.

Intersport Launches ‘The John Shippen’ To Identify Historical Barriers And Expand Black Representation In Golf

The event, designed to showcase Black collegiate and professional golfers, is named after John Shippen, Jr., who was the first American-born golf professional and also the country’s first Black golf professional.

Seattle Fire Department To Host Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics At Pike Place Market, Juneteenth Celebrations, And With Community Partners On Beacon Hill

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that this week, the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) will host three pop-up clinics in partnership with community-based and faith-based organizations across Seattle. These pop-ups are in addition to SFD’s clinics at all Mariners home games, and at Seattle Public Schools middle and high schools. SFD will finish second doses at its in-school clinics this week.

Labor Leaders To Host Juneteenth Motorcade And Rally Against Racism And Police Brutality

This Saturday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth, community and labor organizations are coming together for a Motorcade and Rally to Stop Police Brutality and end Systematic Racism.

Navy Denies Football Team Captain’s Request To Delay Service To Play In NFL

Kinley, Navy's 2021 class president who graduated last month, had signed with the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted rookie cornerback and attended the team's rookie minicamp two weeks ago. But in a statement on his Twitter on Monday, he said the Secretary of the Navy had denied his request to delay his military service and said that he is being required to commission in the US Navy as an Ensign