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Urban Forum NW 09 – 26 – 19

with Co-Host Hayward Evans:

?*Kevin Washington, Education Chair, Tabor 100 comments on the organization’s 20th Annual Gala on Saturday, September 28 at the Waterfront Marriott. Crystal Eagle Awardees will be announced and the keynote speaker is Roland Martin.

*Laurel Winston Smith, Public Relations Director, Francis B. North Legacy Initiative comments on this Sunday’s September 29 fundraiser at the Northwest African American Museum 3-6 pm. September 29 would be Mrs. North’s 100th Birthday.

*Nichelle Alderson, talks about her two events this coming weekend the first is Mood Food IN Store Demo on Saturday, September 28 12:00-4:00 pm at the Pike Place Market Suite 521 and the MOOD FOOD POP-UP SHOP will be held Sunday, September 29 9:00 am-2:00 pm at 1600 S Roberto Maestas Festival Street at El Centro de la Raza.

*Geneiva Arunga will host Sistas Rock the Arts tonight, Thursday at Rumba Notes in Seattle’s Columbia City where you can enjoy live music, spoken word and display your talent on stage.

Urban Forum NW 09 – 19 – 19

Thursday, September 19, 2019 on Urban Forum Northwest on 1150 AM KKNW Alternative Talk Radio 2:00-3:00 pm (PDT) Hayward Evans and my scheduled guests for the hour are;

*Attorney Jesse Wineberry, Sr. one of the leaders of the Initiative-1000 (I-1000) Campaign that garnered the most signatures of any initiative in the history of the state, over 395,000 registered voters signed on to support returning Affirmative Action to Washington State. The Washington State Legislature voted I-1000 into law on April 28, 2019.

*Ollie Garrett, President, Tabor 100 comments on the organizations 20th Annual Gala and announce the Crystal Eagle Awardees for the event that will be held on the evening of September 28 at the Waterfront Marriott. Roland Martin will be the keynote speaker.

*Jon Bersche, City of Seattle Workforce Training Supervisor and Co Chair, Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Organizing Coalitions Opportunity Fair talks about the beginning of the Seattle MLK Day January 20, 2020 celebration.

*Pastor Joe Carter, Co Chair, The Francis B. North Legacy Initiative comments on the upcoming fundraiser on what would be Mrs. North’s 100 Birthday on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the Northwest African American Museum 3-6 pm. Baseball Legend Johnnie B. “Dusty” Baker will be the guest speaker.

*Jamie Elmore, Founder, Alopecia Support Group and YasMi of London invites you to a Documentary Premiere Harmony Alopecia Stories at the Metropolist Wednesday, September 25 at 6:00 pm.

*Carmelle Bias, Founder, Women in Business Expo Group invites to the September Women in Expo Group will be shinning a light on being a healthy business owner on Wednesday, September 25 6:15-7:45 pm.

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Urban Forum NW 09 – 12 – 19

with Co-Host Hayward Evans:


*Congressman Andre’ Carson (D) Representative for Indiana’s 7th congressional district that includes four-fifths of Indianapolis. He will comment on the Annual Legislative Conference hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington DC September 11-15. The policy conference will address Issues impacting African Americans and Blacks globally.

*KL Shannon, Vice Chair, Seattle/King County Martin Luther King Jr. Organizing Coalition comments on the MLK 2020 event that will begin the planning process at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, September 17 6:30 pm.

*Debadutta Dash, Co -Chair, Washington State and India Trade Relations Action Committee has been invited to meet with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston, Texas September 22. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Congressman Al Green both represent some or all of Houston accepted the invitation to meet Prime Minister Modi.

*Henry Yates of Tabor 100 comment on the organization’s upcoming Annual Gala on Saturday, September 28 at the Waterfront Marriott Hotel in Seattle. He will announce the Crystal Eagle Awardees that include Attorney Lem Howell, Keith Williams of Flyright Productions and others that Henry will mention on air.

*Bill North comments on the work being done on behalf of the Francis B. North Initiative whose purpose is to support young women in the retail business and provide scholarships. The event will be held at the Northwest African American Museum on what would be her 100th Birthday on September 29.

*Mary Hopkins, President, Mount Zion Baptist Church Women’s Ministries invites you to the Women’s Ministries Fall Workshop on Saturday, September 21 9:00 am-3:00 pm the speaker will be Reverend Gina Jacobs Strain, Executive Director, American Baptist Women’s Ministries.

Urban Forum NW 09 – 05 – 19

with Co-Host Hayward Evans:


Congressman Adam Smith (D) represents Washington’s 9th congressional district is Chair, House Armed Services Committee comments on his role in Congress.

Dr. E. Faye Williams, president/CEO, National Congress of Black Women, Inc. is also a Talk show Host and a Columnist for Trice Edney Wire Service her column appears in the Seattle Medium comments on the Annual NCBW Black Caucus Luncheon.

Cahie Wilmore, of Fathers And Sons Together (FAST) invite young people 5-18 years of age to attend Golf Camp featuring Hi-Tee Little League Golf on Saturday, September 7 at Jefferson Golf Course 10:00 am-2:00 pm free equipment, free lunch, exceptional experience.

Urban Forum NW 08 – 29 – 19

with Co-Host Hayward Evans:


*Augustine Cita, Vice President of Operations, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and Zyan Bacari, Program Coordinator, The Urban Tech Jobs Program is an accelerated training program for long-term unemployed adults. The goal is to get each participant certified in Cloud Computing via Amazon Web Services (AWS).

*Keith Tucker comments on the screening of The Invisible Vegan that is presented by the Northwest Animal Rights Network. Film Director, Jasmine Leyva will be present on Saturday, September 7 at Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center at 5:00 pm.

*Reverend Harriett Walden, Founder, Mothers for Police Accountability, Host: Mothers Justice Show, Co-Chair, Community Oversight Committee was honored at the 56th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington DC for Jobs and Justice at Mount Zion Baptist Church.

*Paul Mitchell of the Breakfast Group and the Northwest Black Pioneers invites you to their Annual Picnic on Sunday, September 1 at Jimi Hendrix and Sam Smith Parks from 10:00 am-6:00 pm.

*Josephine Howell spent last week in Japan after winning the Seattle-Kobe Jazz Vocalist competition. She thrilled the crowd at Mount Zion Baptist Church at the 56th Anniversary event.

*Jamie Elmore, Founder, Alopecia Support Group invites you to Cafe Conversation on Saturday, August 31 at Luther’s Table in Renton, WA.

Urban Forum NW 08 – 22 – 19

with Co-Host Hayward Evans:

*Reverend Dr. Gregory Christopher, President, Tacoma Branch NAACP comments on the organizations 24th Annual Awards Banquet and talks about some of the accomplishments and civil rights victories in Tacoma/Pierce County under his leadership.


*Reverend Paul Benz, Director, Faith Action Network of Washington State comments on the 56th Anniversary of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington DC for Jobs and Justice and the commemoration that will take place at Mount Zion Baptist Church on August 28 Reception at 5:30 pm, Program at 6:30 pm.


*Aneelah Afzali, Executive Director, American Muslim Empowerment Network will be one of the speakers at the August 28, 2019 56th Anniversary Commemoration event at Mount Zion Baptist Church on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.


*Chandler Williams, 18 year old 2019 Garfield High School graduate is a recording artist and has been playing major Seattle venues for the last couple of years will perform and speak at the Martin Luther King Commemoration Committee’s August 28 event at Mount Zion Baptist Church.


*Jamie Elmore, Founder, Alopecia Support Group will be joined by Leslie Riches to comment on the organizations advocacy and invites you to join them on August 31 at Luther’s Table for Cafe’ Conversation about Alopecia.

Urban Forum NW 08 – 15 – 19

with Co-Host Hayward Evans:

*Attorney Jesse Wineberry, Sr., Initiative 1000 (I-1000) campaign leader to restore Affirmative Action that witnessed the support of almost 400,000 registered voters and passed into law by the Washington State Legislature April 28, 2019. This ray of hope comes after 20 years of legalized discrimination with the passage of Initiative-200 (I-200) in 1998 that banned Affirmative Action in education, employment, and contracting opportunities with public agencies. Dr. Wineberry will update the strategy to pass I-1000 that will be on the November ballot.

*Kali Holloway, Director, Make It Right Project, an organization dedicated to removing Confederate Monuments from public spaces. There are a number of Confederate General named Army bases primarily in the South, including one named for General John Brown Gordon, the reputed head of the Reconstruction-era Ku Klux Klan in Georgia. Highway 99 in Washington State was named for Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the Canadian border to the Oregon border in 1941 and we recently changed that. In Seattle a Confederate Monument is placed in Lake View Cemetery on Capitol Hill.

*Lena Tuffaha, is a Palestinian-American author, poet and activist will comments on President Trump’s involvement with the dis invitation to US Representatives Omar and Tlaib visit to Israel.

Urban Forum NW 08 – 08 – 19

with Co-Host Hayward Evans:

*Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II represents Missouri’s 5th congressional district which includes most of Kansas City. He comments on the mass murders by white domestic terrorist responsible for the slaughter of innocent people in El Paso and Dayton. And talks about the influence of the Congressional Black Caucus Members that chair 21 committees and sub committees in the House of Representatives.


*Attorney Jesse Wineberry, Sr., a leader in the successful Initiative 1000 (I-1000) a petition to the voters of Washington State to restore Affirmative Action that was eliminated Affirmative Action in 1998 by Initiative-200 (I-200). The I-1000 campaign garnered nearly 400,000 signatures and was passed into law by the legislature April 28, 2019 and will now be challenged on the ballot by Referendum 88 that opposes Affirmative Action.


*Nat Jackson was the sponsor of I-1000 and the initiative was endorsed by former Governors Dan Evans (R), Gary Locke (D), Christine Gregoire (D), and current Governor Jay Inslee (D) and a presidential contender.


*Nichelle Alderson, Owner, INfinitely Well talks about her services that promotes and provides holistic health and wellness services, products, and events. She also comments on Sistas Rock the Arts sponsor open mike, spoken word, and live music every Thursday night at Rhumba Notes Lounge in Columbia City.


*Estela Ortega, Executive Director, El Centro de la Raza comments on the slaughter of innocent people in El Paso and Dayton. She organized a sympathy rally on Tuesday and commented on President Donald J. Trump’s hateful rhetoric that’s inspiring domestic terrorist to murder people of color in OUR COUNTRY.

Urban Forum NW 08 – 01 – 19

guests for the hour are:

*Lyle Quasim, Chair, Tacoma/Pierce County Black Collective, served the state as Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) under two governors, served as Deputy Pierce County Executive, and past President, Bates Technical College comments on the work of the Black Collective that meets 52 Saturday’s a year.

*Lacy Steele, President Emeritus, Seattle/King County NAACP and King of the Torchlight award winning African American Float. Comments on his 26 year tenure as president of the Seattle/King County Branch.

*Reverend Lawrence R. Willis, Manager, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Priority Hire Program comments on the program that he directs and the possibilities of re instituting the pre apprenticeship program at the McKinney Building aka SVI Building.