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Through the Eyes of Art: The Cookout

Black History Month Calendar of Events

The Chosen Few and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) present the 8th annual Through the Eyes of Art, a Black History Month celebration. This annual event brings together artists, community leaders, politicians, and tastemakers from across the state of Washington to celebrate the black experience.

This year’s theme is The Cookout. Throughout the month, we’ll be immersing ourselves in programming that explores amazing soul food cuisine, spotlights Seattle’s Black-owned food establishments, and dives deeper into issues related to health and wellness, food justice and access.

Check out our calendar of events and activities below. RSVP where applicable and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss out.

See you there!


Event date  FEBRUARY 2021
Event location   ALL AGES

Sunday, February 28, 2:00pm PST
Soul Food Sunday Cookalong
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Learn more about soul food, food justice and the Seattle black food scene!


Our programming will include The Cookout Challenge, a Cookalong with Celebrity Chef Danielle Alex, a panel discussion on Food Justice & Seattle’s Food Movements and much much more.

Through The Eyes of Art: The Cookout

WEEK 1: February 8-14

Friday, February 12, 6:00pm PST: Mental & Physical Health in the Black Community | MoPOP Facebook Live

Conversations about physical and mental health (especially) are not had often enough in the Black community. But we are hoping to help change that. Join us and our panel of Black personal trainers and therapists as we have this very important conversation.

Guests Panelists will include Andrew “Bull” Stewart of Columbia City Fitness, LaTaunya Witherspoon with SpoonFed Training, Elijah Baker with Always Winning Fitness, Toni Bailey of Zumba Fitness, and Gabrielle Oglesby with SunEarth Healing

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Through The Eyes of Art: The Cookout

WEEK 2: February 15-21

Thursday, February 18, 3:00pm PST: “Les@Nite Painting Loudly: Each Brush Stroke Makes a Difference” (Live) with Lester Pearson | IG Live Takeover

There are many songs that are considered Cookout classics. Attend any gathering and there is a high chance you will hear them bumping through the speakers: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “Summertime”, Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle” and more.

Lester Pearson

Join Lester Pearson as he paints a portrait of the late, great singer and songwriter Marvin Gaye, the artist that sang one of his favorite Cookout songs “Got to Give It Up”.

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Friday, February 19, 6:00pm PST: Food Justice & Seattle Food Movements | MoPOP Facebook Live

Featuring a panel of amazing organizers doing a lot of great work fighting hunger and addressing issues related to food access, join us for a passionate and reflective conversation about food justice and how you too can be a part of the movement.

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Through The Eyes of Art: The Cookout

Week FOUR: February 22-28

Friday, February 26, 6:00pm PST: Diets, Supplements, and Disease | CANCELED

Let us discuss the things we need to purge from our refrigerators and pantries, learn how to adopt healthy food practices, and how they can contribute to the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases and can contribution to your overall health and wellness.


Saturday, February 27, 12:00pm PST: Building Black Wealth: A Live Virtual Marketplace: Seattle’s Black-Owned Restaurants | Facebook Live

Join our host, hip hop artist and Seattle native, Draze, as we showcase some of Seattle’s most loved Black-owned food establishments. Get to hear their story, learn about their mouthwatering offerings, and find out how you too can sink your teeth into them. RSVP on our Facebook event page!

View a list of Seattle’s Black-Owned Restaurants offering Curbside and Pick-Up

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Soul Food Sunday Cookalong

Sunday, February 28, 2:00pm PST | Facebook Live

Gather your friends and family and join us and our special guest chef, Danielle Alex, for an easy-to-follow cookalong featuring some soul food favorites: chicken and waffles! Pick up this list of ingredients in advance and RSVP on our Facebook event page!

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Featured Videos

Past Building Black Wealth Live Events.

Building Black Wealth | Me & The Bees | Hosted by Draze

Building Black Wealth | Hot Sauce Shero | Hosted by Draze

Building Black Wealth | Laila Ali | Hosted by Draze

Building Black Wealth | The Honey Pot Company | Hosted by Draze

Welcome to the Cookout Playlist


Through the Eyes of Art: Welcome to the Cookout! A Conversation About Food, Identity, and Pop Culture


Black food writer and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty wrote, “The Old South is a place where people use food to tell themselves who they are, to tell others who they are, and to tell stories about where they've been.” This is a poignant and powerful point; one that asserts the simple and inarguable fact that food is a form of a cultural expression and identity.

From the creation of mouthwatering dishes to how recipes have been passed down through generations, food captures stories of heritage and lineage. In the ingredients chosen and the creative substitutes people use to make up for what they cannot access, food brings to light stories of race, power and (in)justice.

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Black-Owned Food Establishments

Here's a list of Black-owned food establishments we can support today.

Fat’s Chicken & Waffles
(206) 602-6863
2726 E Cherry St. 
Seattle, Washington 

Island Soul Run Bar & Soul Shack
4869 Rainier Ave S. 
Seattle, WA 98118 

2122 NE 65th St 
Seattle, WA 98115

Simply Soulful
(206) 474-9841 
2909-B E Madison St 
Seattle, WA 98112

Jerk Shack
(206) 441-7817 
2510 1st Ave 
Seattle, WA 98121 


Delish Ethiopian Cuisine
(202) 409-9469 
5701 Rainier Ave S 
Seattle, Washington 

Pam’s Kitchen 
(206) 696-7010

Taste of the Caribbean
1212 East Jefferson Street 
Seattle, WA, 98122 

Soulful Dishes

Avole Ethiopian Coffee
6630 Rainier Ave S 
Seattle, WA 98118 

1412 E Union
Seattle, WA 98122 


The Comfort Zone Restaurant
5016 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Meskel Ethiopian Restaurant
2605 E. Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122

Emma’s BBQ
(206) 413-1523
5303 Rainier Avenue S. Suite B
Seattle, WA, WA 98118 

East African Imports & Restaurant
(206) 322-7717
306 23rd Ave S #104
Seattle, WA 98144

Heaven Sent

Ezell’s Famous Chicken


Find and support Black-owned food establishments using this interactive map view of the above list.

Danielle Alex

ABOUT Danielle Alex

Danielle grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She attended The Culinary Institute of America and got an MBA in Hospitality in Paris. She launched her own business, becoming a private chef for celebrities like Alicia Keys and Carmelo Anthony. She has been on the Food Network and has a blog called Diversity Kitchen.

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Community is invited to take photos of their meals and snacks and post to social media using the hashtag #TheCookoutChallenge, or by tagging MoPOP on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to share your progress.

Ask diet-related questions using the hashtag #TheCookoutChallenge and individuals from Diversify Dietetics will be available to help answer!






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