From the Federal Way Mirror: 

FW native, activist, musician opening doors to new opportunities

By Jessica Keller

Growing up, Federal Way native Shyan Selah was sure he was going to be a professional athlete.

The 1993 Federal Way High School graduate played three sports and got a full ride scholarship to play football in college. Then he blew out his knee.

“It sent me into a whirlpool of confusion and not really knowing what my future would entail,” Selah said. “So it left me feeling like my choices were a bit marginalized, if you will.”

By just focusing on sports, Selah said he didn’t shine the light on his other talents, which largely centered around music. It wasn’t until he was a student at Central Washington University that he saw his opportunity to start embracing academia and choreographing what he wanted to do in school.

Now, a successful singer-songwriter, producer, activist, poet, entrepreneur and founder of The Brave New World Global Entertainment Company and founder of The Shyan Selah Foundation, Selah can also be described as a community advocate.

Through his community partnerships, largely with Federal Way Public Schools and Communities in Schools, Selah is trying to give back to his community and reach students, primarily middle schoolers, and help broaden their horizons.

Selah said, with his projects and partnerships, he wants students to not feel marginalized or like they have limited opportunities, but instead see they can rise and become whatever they want, whether they are rich, poor, loved, unloved, black, white, etc.

“I want to get them to see certain aspects of themselves and get them to shine the light within themselves and get them to see they can do it,” Selah said. “It shows that you really can do anything, by accepting things in yourself that you might be overlooking.”

Already a regular speaker in the Illahee Middle School’s Manhood Life Skills Class, which is filled with many young black students, Selah began another project last year, Coffee with the Principal…