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MoPOP, Hip-Hop, and the Power of Pop Culture

MoPOP, Hip-Hop, and the Power of Pop Culture

Michele Smith leads MoPOP into a new era

Michele Smith is coming up on a year as chief executive officer of Seattle institution MoPop. Her passion remains as strong as ever…

Photo by Linda Lowry

Most Influential, Arts: Anthony White

Most Influential, Arts: Anthony White

Artist, curator

White helped in the development and creation of the Lillian Miller Foundation Fellowship for Trans* and Indigiqueer Artists — a $10,000 unrestricted cash award offered for Washington state artists of all disciplines who self-identify as trans. “There was a lack of grants focused on trans and Indigiqueer artists,” White notes. “Offering this grant welcomes in more people.”

Photo by James Harnois

Most Influential, Sports: Beth Knox

Most Influential, Sports: Beth Knox

Seattle Sports Commission President, CEO

“I’m in this job because I love my community,” Knox says, “and I love creating celebration moments that bring the community together.”

Photo by Jordan Somers/Converge Media

‘Mean Girls’ Reboot Sparks Surge in Y2K Fashion 

‘Mean Girls’ Reboot Sparks Surge in Y2K Fashion 

Seattle’s vintage shops put us in the lead 

Flared low-rise jeans are back. With the new Mean Girls movie sparking a wave of nostalgia, the nation is once again embracing the days of flip phones and cargo pants.

Most Influential, Health Care: Joel Bervell

Most Influential, Health Care: Joel Bervell

The medical mythbuster

“When (patients of color) go to the doctor’s office they are interacting with institutionalized issues, especially issues of race, ethnicity, and gender that impact their health care,” Bervell says. “A lot of the problems that are perpetuating bias are systems based. For me, empowering patients comes from education and awareness. That’s why I took to social media in the first place.”

Photo by Taylor Nicole

Quiet Time

Quiet Time

Silent book clubs pop up across region

What began as a small group of friends in West Seattle has exploded across the Puget Sound region.

Turn up the Music

Turn up the Music

Totem Star's new home expands its footprint by tenfold

“The studio was usually full,” says Totem cofounder, star singer, songwriter, and producer Daniel Pak. “And then we’d have a duo playing guitar out on the stairs, folks rapping in the hallway or practicing in the dance studios. It was a beautiful thing, but we needed more room.”

Seattle’s Guide to Black History Month

Seattle’s Guide to Black History Month

Celebrate Black culture, history, and community through February and beyond

Our Black community is a vital part of the city, contributing year-round. It’s on us to champion Black-owned businesses, and make the most of our Black Black Friday cards — this month and every month. They’re good for seven years.

Sir Mix-a-Lot at 60: What’s Next?

Sir Mix-a-Lot at 60: What’s Next?

Seattle artist looks for opportunities to spread his love of music

Seattle’s iconic MoPOP recently honored Sir Mix-a-Lot with its Hometown Hero award for his efforts to sustain the music industry during the pandemic through the initiative “Keep Music Live,” a Seattle-based music education nonprofit that encourages youth and adults to learn to play an instrument.

Most Influential, Equity: Vivian Phillips

Most Influential, Equity: Vivian Phillips

Founder and Board President, Arte Noir

“It is very personal,” Phillips says of living and advocating for diversity in the Central District. “My parents migrated to Seattle from the South, like the story of so many Black people in Seattle. They came here in the early ‘50s. They lived in the Central District, which was the only place where they could live. Family and friends, we all lived within blocks of each other; 23rd and Union was my stomping ground. It is literally where I grew up.”

Most Influential, Fashion: Dan McLean

Most Influential, Fashion: Dan McLean

Fashion designer

“I have such a connection to this city,” McLean says. “There’s so much happening and so many people doing cool things. I feel like once people get famous here, they move away to New York or LA, and they say, ‘Oh, there’s not enough here.’ I disagree. I don’t need to take my shows to New York. I want Seattle to be a stop during Fashion Week.”

'The Buddhist Bug’ and 'The Red Chador’

‘The Buddhist Bug’ and ‘The Red Chador’

Artist Anida Yoeu Ali’s work looks to absurdity and humor for deeper understanding

Anida Yoeu Ali draws inspiration from her personal experience as a first-generation American of mixed Malay, Cham, Khmer, and Thai ancestries. Born in 1974 in Battambang, Cambodia, she fled with her family to the U.S. and was raised in Chicago. Now, she serves as a senior artist-in-residence at University of Washington Bothell and is the co-founder of Studio Revolt, an independent media lab. Her show, on view through June at Seattle Asian Art Museum, is the first solo exhibition for an artist since the museum reopened in 2020. 

Most Influential, Hospitality: Brady Williams

Most Influential, Hospitality: Brady Williams

Chef, entrepreneur

For all of its culinary reputation, no Seattle restaurant has ever earned a Michelin star, regarded as the highest praise in the culinary world.
Brady Williams is changing that. In the last year he has brought notable and accomplished chefs and restaurateurs from out of town that have earned Michelin stars.

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