Black-led media are seeing a resurgence in Seattle but 'we're so much further back than we used to be'
His group hosted a discussion on Seattle redistricting in the Columbia City Theater, which they purchased and made their home. - Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times/TNS

As a small crowd filters into the Columbia City Theater on a gray May Tuesday, Tony Benton stands on the stage with a mic in one hand and a smoothie in the other, saying "one-two-one-two-one-two." Volunteers and assistants yell back and forth as the moment they go live ticks closer — "One minute!" "Guys, we only have one camera going!" — but Benton exudes Zen. In a cramped little studio in the next room, a community talk show is ending. An ad comes on for a Wednesday "dance-based walking program" for older adults or people with disabilities. A volunteer counts down to one. "Welcome to Rainier ...