Black In Seattle

Live Event
12:38 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Black In Seattle: Video And Tweets From Washington Hall

The panel of guest speakers at "Black In Seattle" listen as an audience member adds to the conversation.
KUOW/Bond Huberman

In late October, KUOW aired Tonya Mosley’s four-part series “Black in Seattle.” The series immediately struck a chord for listeners throughout the Puget Sound area. The discussion continued online, with a robust and eager audience.

Historic Seattle/Washington Hall and KUOW 94.9 continued the conversation “offline” at Washington Hall on Nov. 13. Below is a video produced by Seattle Channel and a snapshot of the evening as documented on Twitter. Panelist biographies are beyond the jump.

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Series: Black In Seattle
10:53 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Response To "Black In Seattle: Dating Woes"

Naomi and Roland Truitt, from the first part in the "Black In Seattle" series.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series concluded Thursday with a look at the challenges black women have in finding partners, called he "marriage freeze."

Listeners and readers added their own insight on the series and their experiences finding love in Seattle.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights.

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Black In Seattle
10:40 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Black In Seattle Live Twitter Chat

Tonya Mosley, creator of the Black In Seattle series.

Black In Seattle series producer Tonya Mosley (@tonyamosley) moderated a live Twitter chat last night. Local guests Enrico Benjamin and Alex Wells joined her to discuss what it's like to be a black man in Seattle.

Miss anything? Catch up on all the pieces from Mosley's series and highlights from the chat below, and follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter to add your questions and insights.

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Series: Black In Seattle
6:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Finding A (Black) Man: Dating Woes For Seattle's Black Women

Marquetta Riley
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

In 2002, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large wrote about the black experience in Seattle in which black women complained about how few black men there were to date. One woman said to "bring your own black men (or women) to date because Seattle is hard on black women's dating aspirations."

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Black In Seattle
10:59 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Response To 'Black In Seattle: Busing Blues'

Credit Courtesy of Seattle Public Schools Archive

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series continued Tuesday with a piece on the Seattle Public Schools' 21-year busing program and the way it continues to affect the way black people, some of who are parents now themselves, view their community and education.

Listeners and readers added their own insight on their experiences with the busing program.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights. Don't have a Twitter account? Eavesdrop on the chat in real-time.

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Black In Seattle
8:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Black Man, White City: 'It's Unnecessarily Stressful'

Tariq Sahali
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

On a map, Seattle is a blue dot – often described as liberal and tolerant. But it’s not always comfortable for black men who say they experience racial profiling and discrimination.

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Black In Seattle: Web Special
11:11 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Black In Seattle: 'Perceptions May Be Different Than Reality'

Seattle Fire Department Chief Gregory Dean
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

This week, we’ve been airing stories by reporter Tonya Mosley centered around the question: What is the black experience in Seattle? Below, hear Web exclusive interviews from more people Mosley interviewed for her series, Black In Seattle

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Black In Seattle
10:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Response To 'Black In Seattle: Struggling To Stay Connected'

Benita Thomas, right, described what led her to the decision to move away from Seattle in Tonya Mosley's first piece in the Black in Seattle series.
KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series on KUOW immediately struck a chord with her first piece that asked a fraught question: Where are the black people? For a large and progressive metro area, Seattle actually lags behind other cities and the country as a whole in its black population.

Listeners and readers added their own insight as to what Seattle offers and what it is missing for the black community.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights. Don't have a Twitter account? Eavesdrop on the chat in real-time.

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Black In Seattle
10:30 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Busing Blues: When Seattle Sent Black Kids To White North End

As part of a Seattle Public Schools program, students were bused from different neighborhoods to improve racial mixes.
Courtesy of MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, 2000.107

On a recent Thursday evening, Amalia Martino rushed from work to catch the last few minutes of her daughter Sophia’s soccer game. She pointed out her daughter on the field, laughing a little: “My daughter is the brown one.”

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Black In Seattle
7:57 am
Mon October 28, 2013

'Where Are The Black People?' Struggling To Stay Connected

April Nowak takes her daughters Camille and Simone to play dates with other brown girls in the Puget Sound area.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

What is it like to be black in the fifth whitest major city in America?

It’s not an easy question to answer.

Seattle’s black population hovers around 8 percent, with more leaving every year.

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Black In Seattle
5:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

New Series On Race Coming To KUOW

Debuting this week, Tonya Mosley brings us a four-part series titled "Black In Seattle" that will examine the stories and impressions of black people in Seattle and surrounding areas.