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Better Call Sol: The Seattle Rapper Talks About His Humorous New Video and the State of the Local Scene

On the eve of his live performance from the 2018 Capitol Hill Block Party lineup announcement party in the KEXP Gathering Space, Seattle rapper Sol talks about his new video, how he's changed over the last few years, and the state of the Seattle hip-hop scene.


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Black History Month Interviews

Aramis Hamer Talks About the Power of Representation in the Media for Black History Month

Aramis Hamer is a visual artist who painted the mural that used to run along the outside of our building up until October of 2017. It featured cassette tapes, galaxies, and a purple goddess. Aramis talked with us about what Black Future means to her, and about some of her musical influences.


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The Future is Tomorrow: Astro King Phoenix Looks Back on Adversity and Forward to What's Next for Black History Month

Astro King Phoenix shares the reminders this time of year gives to never give up, dreaming about what the youth will do next, and how Tupac Shakur and Kanye West's poetry inspired him.


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Black History Month Interviews

Seeing Myself Reflected: Eva Walker of The Black Tones on Black History Month and Blackness in Rock Music

Eva Walker of The Black Tones shares her experiences growing up loving rock music but not feeling represented, her encouragement for the future, and the artists who've inspired her.


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"I'm Not Into Sidewalks, I'm Into People": Draze Discusses the Power of Music to Change Communities for Black History Month

Seattle hip-hop artist Draze has been influenced by both the Seattle music scene and his Zimbabwean roots. He was kind enough to share his thoughts on Afrofuturism and some of his musical influences, and the power music has to change communities and each other.


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"There is Value in Trying": Nikkita Oliver Talks About Being a Multidisciplinary Artist for Black History Month

Nikkita Oliver is an educator, attorney, poet, and musician, who also ran for mayor of Seattle in the 2017 election. She was kind enough to come into our studios and talk about what Black History Month means to her.


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Focusing on the Amazing Things We've Done: Olivia Thomas – aka LIV† – on Black History Month

Seattle songwriter Olivia Thomas, who performs under the name LIV†, shares the importance of taking pride in the accomplishments of black people, encouraging black female artists, and feeling represented by artists like Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill.


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Yirim Seck on Black Economics and Early Influences for Black History Month

Bridging the illustrious musical legacy of Seattle’s Central District and his family’s rich Senegalese heritage, "wordsmith MC" Yirim Seck brings a unique insight to Black History Month and Black Future.


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Black History Month Interviews

Whitney Mongé Talks About the Importance of Representation During Black History Month

Whitney Mongé is a Seattle musician, who plays what she calls “Alternative Soul”, a blend of the R&B and ‘90s rock music that inspired her. In celebration of Black History Month, she shares influences and talks about how it's "pretty cool to be a brown person playing music."


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La Tanya Horace of Sistas Rock the Arts on Community and Black History Month

Sistas Rock the Arts is a collective that presents weekly open mic and jam sessions at Rumba Notes in Columbia City. Co-founder La Tanya Horace, aka SistahLuv, talks to KEXP about creating community and black future.


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Black History Month Interviews

Celebrating Black Her-story: Om Johari Spotlights the Matriarchs on Black History Month

Om Johari is a Seattle based Afro-Punk Musician and Feminist Activist who has sung in Bad Brains and AC/DC cover bands. She has a unique and interesting perspective on Black History Month and why artist Nina Simone matters.


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Black History Month Interviews

Black History Month All Year Round: Gifted Gab Discusses Ohio Players, Chaka Khan, and the Ubiquity of Music

Seattle rapper Gifted Gab talks about celebrating black history all your round, getting her musical education from her mom, and offers inspiring words to other minority artists trying to make their own way.


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