Black Music Month

The Z-Twins (KYIZ and KRIZ) wish you a Happy Black Music Month!

Tune in all month long to KYIZ 1620AM and KRIZ 1420AM (or listen online at or via the Simple Radio app) to hear special salutes celebrating Black musicians/artists.

What is Black Music Month you ask?

Good question. Here’s a quick overview.

Black Music Appreciation Month is an annual celebration of African-American music in #June.

It was initiated as Black Music Month by President Jimmy Carter who, on June 7, 1979, decreed that June would be the month of Black music.

In 2009, the commemoration was given its current name by President Barack Obama.

In his 2016 proclamation, Obama noted that African-American music and musicians have helped the country “to dance, to express our faith through song, to march against injustice, and to defend our country’s enduring promise of freedom and opportunity for all.”

Everyday we celebrate Black Music but in this month of June we especially take a long pause to commemorate all of the brilliant musicians and music that has influenced our culture and uplifted us.

The Covid-19 crisis has crippled our world and devastated our local small business community. Please join us in supporting our local businesses that are still open via delivery services or operational with limited or reduced hours.

Beauty supply

C&G Beauty Supply
Location: 24228 104th Ave SE
Kent, Washington 98030
Phone: (253) 854-4229
Service: The store is currently open for curbside service (call to place order). You can also order products online via their website for delivery service


Ezell’s Famous Chicken
Location: Check website to see the 15 restaurant locations in the Northwest
Cuisine: Soul Food, Fast Food, etc.
Service: Open for takeout or contact free delivery via Door Dash
Hours: Check website for location hours and additional contact information

Island Soul Rum Bar & Soul Shack
Address: 4869 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Phone: (425) 448-4287
Cuisine: Caribbean, Soul food
Service: Open for takeout or contact free delivery via GrubHub
Hours: Monday – Saturday (Delivery: 11:00am–7:30pm & Takeout/Pickup: 11:00am–8:00pm) | Closed Sundays

Simply Soulful Cafe And Espresso
Address: 2909-B E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
Phone: 206-474-9841
Cuisine: Soul food, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Service: Open for takeout or contact free delivery via GrubHub or Caviar
New Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm

If you would like to have your business included on this list please contact


Covid-19 Vaccine Update (Partnership with the Washington State Department of Health)
Vaccine Update 1 of 6, Interview with Benita Presley, Volunteer, Vancouver-Chapter NAACP (Original Air Date 5/12/21)

Vaccine Update 2 of 6, Interview with Benita Presley, Volunteer, Vancouver-Chapter NAACP (Original Air Date 5/19/21)

Vaccine Update 3 of 6, Interview with Benita Presley, Volunteer, Vancouver-Chapter NAACP (Original Air Date 5/26/21)

Vaccine Update 4 of 6, Interview with Fathiya Abdi, Equity and Social Justice Consultant, Washington State Department of Health (Original Air Date 6/2/21)

Federal & International Information
US State Department
World Health Organization 

Internet Access and Computers
City of Seattle Free Internet Access Resources (Find Free Public Wi-Fi)
FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (Get $50 credit on broadband services, etc)
InterConnection – Providing free laptops
Washington State Department of Commerce Drive-In WiFi Hotspots Location Finder

Small Business Financial Support
Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Paycheck Protection Program (via Cares Act)
Employee Retention Program
Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants

Unemployment & Income Relief
Paid Sick and Safe Time
State Unemployment Benefits
United Way of King County Resources
Washington State – DSHS Disaster Cash Assistance Program (Apply Online at )

Washington State Resources
Covid-19 Eviction Moratorium Complaint Form
Washington State Coronavirus (Covid-19) Response
Washington State Department of Health
King County Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program For Tenants
Rent Assistance for Landlords from King County

Additional Resources
AARP (Assistance for Seniors)