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Black Arts Legacies

The Black Arts Legacies video series highlights the vital role of past and present Black artists in Seattle.

Spinning an expansive soundtrack

For the past 35 years, Riz Rollins has been taking listeners on musical journeys across time and genres as a DJ at Seattle’s KEXP. Rollins’ own journey to becoming one of the city’s most beloved musical curators — on the air and in the clubs — wasn’t always certain, but opportunity led him to become a champion of the Black and LGBTQ+ communities and a driving force behind KEXP’s mission.