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For Seattle hip-hop artist Draze, looking out each year at the diverse crowd at the EMP Museum’s black history month celebration, “Through the Eyes of Art,” is nothing short of glorious.

“I can’t explain the amount of joy I see on people’s faces in that building,” he said. “To love each other and get along, it’s just very rewarding.”
Draze has performed all three years at the show, which draws a wide range of fans, from high school students to older folks.

The 2016 event “Through the Eyes of Art” celebrates the theme “Black Love” through a visual art showcase by local black artists and photographers. There will also be an awards presentation, a panel discussion and live performances by Draze and Seattle’s Kimberly Nichole, who competed on last year’s season of NBC’s “The Voice.”
The panel features four African-American couples — some married for decades, others in relationships — to discuss topics like money, culture, communication and how they incorporate black love into their lives.

“The idea is that strong black love equals strong black families,” Draze said. “(By) black love, we mean love of self, love of one another, love of your culture and love of your partner.”

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