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NEWS BRIEFS

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Spokane man convicted in 2015 deadly shooting

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A Spokane man has been convicted of killing a Moses Lake teenager during a 2015 robbery attempt.The Columbia Basin Herald reports Jeremiah Smith was found guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession...

OPINION

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For all its weaknesses, we are better off having had the summit than not ...

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties

A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied ...

5 Lessons on Peace I Learned from My Cat Soleil

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Research Suggests Suicides By Racial and Ethnic Minorities are Undercounted

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Border separations ripple through midterm campaigns

Wrenching scenes of migrant children being separated from their parents at the southern border are roiling campaigns ahead of midterm elections, emboldening Democrats on the often-fraught issue of immigration while forcing an increasing number of Republicans to break from President Donald Trump on...

Germany: Syrian teen on trial over anti-Semitic assault

BERLIN (AP) — A 19-year-old from Syria is on trial in Berlin over an assault in the German capital on an Israeli wearing a skullcap.The young man is charged with bodily harm and slander. The April 17 attack caused nationwide outrage and fueled concerns over anti-Semitism in Germany.German...

City where many slaves entered US to apologize for slavery

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina city where almost half of all the slaves brought to the United States first set foot on American soil is ready to apologize for its role in the slave trade.The resolution expected to be passed by the Charleston City Council on Tuesday offers a...

ENTERTAINMENT

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Adam Levine, Behati Prinsloo share baby photo

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

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By Lisa Loving | The Skanner News

After a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Storefronts Seattle announced that Seattle’s Massive Monkees have raised $30,000 to support their arts programs for young people.

StoreFronts says the goal was to make the space on South King Street their permanent home in order to continue their work. After signing a long-term lease with Coho Real Estate, a property owner in the International District, The Monkees have achieved this, turning their community efforts into a full-fledged arts business. Additionally, this new home will serve as the group’s own rehearsal space.

These classes and programs for the community are known as “The Beacon,” an already established hub of activity in the International District. Within the Beacon program, the Massive Monkees offer adult and youth break dancing, hip-hop classes, and an after-school youth and mentorship program. 

“The studio aims to be a ‘beacon’ of light to guide the next generation of dancers, artists, and creative minds in our community,” the Monkees said in StoreFront’s press release.  “We will use the space to help guide and develop young artists into leaders, continuing the tradition that was passed along to us.”

The Beacon is a creative program that is dedicated to producing, performing and teaching art with an emphasis on the positive art forms of hip-hop culture. The program provides a productive and safe place to interact with the community.

“In a world where hip-hop dominates youth culture, it is important to see hip-hop artists make a difference their community,” said Austin Williams, the executive producer of Seattle’s What’s Good 206. “The Monkees’ dedication to community and youth is impressive. Their after school program for youth is one of the most exciting projects I have seen in a while. It was awesome to see youth dancers have an outlet to have fun, and learn from amazing mentors.”  

Founded in the mid-‘90s, the Massive Monkees are a 28 active-member crew of energetic b-boys and b-girls (or break dancers to those unfamiliar with the terminology).  Massive Monkees perform at high schools to diffuse the notion that hip-hop and gangs go hand-in-hand. Massive Monkees are also known for dominating the national and international break dance scene. With their original moves and innovative group routines, they have won numerous titles around the globe. In 2012, they became the first American crew to win the prestigious “R16” World Championships in Seoul, South Korea. 

Members of the Massive Monkees have performed with and/or choreographed with artists such as LL Cool J50 CentJay-ZLudacrisMissy ElliottBeyoncéAlicia Keys and more. The crew has also been featured on MTV's “Made” as well as the hit television series “America’s Best Dance Crew” and the Vans Warped Tour. 

Massive Monkees have also dedicated much of their time to teaching and mentoring local youth in schools and at community centers.  The Monkees pride themselves on being community difference-makers.

“The thing about the Massive Monkees is that they teach a lot of young kids how to pick up skills in the early learning stages of hip-hop such as break dancing,” said local Seattle rapper E-Dawg after following and experiencing their impact on the Seattle hip-hop scene. “I know they do a lot of educational things like talk to young kids in schools about staying in school; they tell them that if you want talent you have to stay with the books.” 

In recognition of the crew’s active difference in the community, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn declared on April 13, 2013 “Massive Monkees Day.” McGinn’s proclamation stated that “Seattle is lucky to have this group and are proud to recognize their achievements.”

Massive Monkees:  The Beacon is located at 664 S. King St.Seattle.

For promos, gear and information go to www.massivemonkees.com.

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