NW African American Museum’s African American Cultural Experience Choir
The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) is possibly the only museum in the country to house a choir. NAAM was closed for renovation until January, 2023. During the pandemic, the African American Cultural Experience choir became the mobile arm of the museum. The choral group shares Black/US history with the community through music that expresses the Black experience.
Listen in on this excerpt of a KBCS interview with NAAM President and CEO, LaNesha DeBardelaben about the significance of this choir.
Producer: Yuko Kodama Special thanks to Jalisa Bass for contributing to editing
Music Clips: NAAM ACE Choir and KNKX
The Power of the BTS/ARMY Relationship
BTS, the South Korean music group has taken the global music scene by storm, breaking records in numbers of albums sold and spun, twitter follows, number of fans, sold out concerts and much more.
Their influence has been noted by many, including governmental officials who have tried to suppress BTS’s reach and image in public. This story looks at who they are, their work and social reach in partnership with their fanbase, ARMY.
Reuters graph of BTS/ARMY fundraising for Black Lives Matter
Producer: Yuko Kodama – special thanks to Sam Sullivan, Christine Marasigan, Nancy Yang, Candace Epps-Robertson, Laura Mundt, Angela Young and Sherry Lynn Reynolds Anderson
Black Families Navigating the School System
Emijah Smith assists Black families in the region navigating the school systems. Smith shares her own experiences in advocating for her loved ones and what led her on this path. (more…)
Black Coffee Northwest
Empowerment and racial pride are paramount for the Black community. Despite centuries of oppression, many African Americans strive to start and maintain their own businesses to create personal and generational wealth. Black businesses such as barbershops and eateries, along with churches, have historically been safe social harbors for community members.
Seattle Street Responses to the Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict
How to be a Good White Ally
Social media is abuzz about race, as the #BlackLivesMatter movement sweeps the country. White allies are stepping forward, to help. Find out what it takes to be a good white ally. Black Musician, Athlete and Activist, Aron Lee speaks with KBCS reporter, Kevin Henry.
Producers: Kevin Henry and Yuko Kodama
Photo: Aron Lee
Black Collective Voice: Page Engage Events
Black Collective Voice (BCV) is a group that started during the CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest), and continues with social actions today. (more…)
‘More Than One Kind of Nature’
Writer, Rasheena Fountain discusses what shapes our view and relationship with the environment with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama.
Producer: Yuko Kodama
Photo: Yuko Kodama
The Black Panther Party – Seattle Chapter
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. The Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party was the first to be established outside of California. This series highlights some lesser known stories of Seattle’s local Black Panther Party.
KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Steve Roberson and Aaron Dixon, former members of Seattle’s Black Panther Party. Steve Roberson served as a vista volunteer for the Party in the free community health clinic and breakfast program in the early 70’s, and Aaron Dixon was the former leader of Seattle’s Black Panther Party.
Part 1 – Dixon explains how the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party was founded.Roberson shares about memories about the Black Panther Party health clinic in the late 1960’s.
Part 2 – Black Panther Party members were required to educate themselves about black history. The mission was to serve the community. Dixon describes a day in the life of a Black Panther Party member.
Part 3 – Dixon describes how the Black Panther Party free breakfast program worked and who donated to the organization.
Part 4 – One of the Black Panther Party’s programs was to protect the community from racial aggression. Dixon recounts an incident the orgnanization was involved in at Rainier Beach High School.
Part 5 – Roberson shares about an encounter at the Black Panther Party free community medical clinic that changed his perspective on community.
Part 6 – Dixon illustrates how the organization was supported by the local community during a confrontation with the Seattle Police, and explains the history behind a sculpture at Madrona Elementary school and Library
Part 7 – Dixon shares what happened as Black Panther Party chapters in Los Angeles and Chicago were attacked by federal government entities, resulting in 4 political assassinations of Black Panther Party leaders
Part 8 – Dixon reflects on how the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party weathered the more intense period after J Edgar Hoover proclaimed the Black Panther Party breakfast program a threat to national security.
Part 9 – Dixon describes how former Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman stepped in to keep the local chapter safe.
Part 10 – Dixon gives his take on how civil rights and black liberation movements of the 60s and 70’s compare to the social movements of today.
Part 11 – Dixon shares the Seattle Black Panther Party’s relationship with Jimi Hendrix.
Charleena Lyles Healing Ceremony
Seattle continues to grapple with the police killing of Charleena Lyles, the pregnant black woman gunned down after she reported a burglary to the Seattle Police Department. On July 2nd 2017, a local nonprofit held a healing ceremony for the black community at Seattle’s Seward Park, and KBCS’s Casey Martin was there.