Making Sure We Don’t Forget: Tulsa Community Remembrance Coalition’s 10,000 Brick Campaign

by Senior Writer Britni Sharde Tulsa’s Greenwood District, also known as Historic Black Wall Street, was the most influential hub of Black entrepreneurship and free enterprise in the history of the United States. In May of 1921, this preeminent community was brutally attacked, burned, and left in ruins with more than 10,000 businesses destroyed, includingContinue reading “Making Sure We Don’t Forget: Tulsa Community Remembrance Coalition’s 10,000 Brick Campaign”

Stalled Justice: Bringing The Tragic Tale of Emmett Till to The Local Stage

by Executive Editor Timantha Norman On the heels of the US government finally passing legislation to classify lynching as a federal crime in the form of a bill named the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act in recognition of the heinous slaying of the young Black teen at the hands of white supremacists in 1955, North Tulsa-basedContinue reading “Stalled Justice: Bringing The Tragic Tale of Emmett Till to The Local Stage”

Community is Key: The Journey of Billie Parker

by Executive Editor Timantha Norman The holiday of Kwanzaa was founded by Pan-African college professor and political activist Maulana Karenga in 1966. Regardless of criticisms of the man himself in subsequent years, the holiday continues to stand as a beacon of hope amongst a mostly white-oriented holiday scene for African-Americans of the diaspora and AfricansContinue reading “Community is Key: The Journey of Billie Parker”

Creating Your Own Lane

Black Entrepreneurship and its Role in the Future of Greenwood by Executive Editor Timantha Norman Black self-sufficiency in the form of entrepreneurship, a sound economic infrastructure, and unyielding courage led to the creation of the most prolific black district that this nation has ever seen. Black entrepreneurs locally and nationwide have taken up the callContinue reading “Creating Your Own Lane”

Unanswered Cries for Preservation

The Importance of Bullying and Suicide Prevention for Our Youth by Executive Editor Timantha Norman If suicide was a black phenomenon and all of a sudden there was an uptick in white kids committing suicide, there would be a national outcry,” stated Michael Lindsey, the executive director of New York University’s McSilver Institute for PovertyContinue reading “Unanswered Cries for Preservation”

Prioritizing Growth and Community: Individualized Student Support Services in North Tulsa

by Executive Editor Timantha Norman The debate around how to properly support all students academically and otherwise has been raging for decades. When it comes to black students especially, the lasting effects of racially discriminatory educational practices, a lack of diversified resources being allocated to public schools in predominantly black neighborhoods, and educators from outsideContinue reading “Prioritizing Growth and Community: Individualized Student Support Services in North Tulsa”

Bridging the Divide

A Conversation with Congressional Candidate Kojo Asamoa-Caesar by Executive Editor Timantha Norman Representing and advocating on behalf of the hopes, dreams, and needs of one’s fellow citizens is what the rewarding, necessary, yet difficult work of the elected official consists of at its core. In this current political climate, community connectedness and true representation ofContinue reading “Bridging the Divide”

We Wear the Societal Mask: The Dichotomy of Black Masculinity

by Executive Editor Timantha Norman As black people in this country, we experience the suffocating presence of our society’s unrealistic, racially oppressive expectations pressed upon us at one time or another. For black men in our present-day society, this figurative stifling has become a very literal one with wide-ranging implications, from having to contend withContinue reading “We Wear the Societal Mask: The Dichotomy of Black Masculinity”

Real Talk With Black Men: Emotional Support for Men in North Tulsa

By Multimedia Specialist Taylor Finley “If you don’t have any positive reinforcements, it’s depressing,” said Kenya Williams, a native North Tulsan. That is the heart behind why he decided to start a support group called Real Talk with Black Men. He wanted to create a space where black men of all ages were able toContinue reading “Real Talk With Black Men: Emotional Support for Men in North Tulsa”

From Creation to Completion: A Look at the Tulsa Web Series “bLERDS”

By Multimedia Specialist Taylor Finley Born in Augusta, Georgia to military parents, Hank Byrd was accustomed to moving around as a child. In 2003, he chose to make Tulsa his home and brought with him a vision of creating the black film scene here. Over the years, Hank has made some great headway towards thatContinue reading “From Creation to Completion: A Look at the Tulsa Web Series “bLERDS””

Khaotic Bliss: The Creative World of Tizzi

by Executive Editor Timantha Norman Terms like the Renaissance Man (or Woman) and Triple Threat have been used in reference to individuals with a wide variety of intellectual, scientific, and artistic abilities throughout history. There has been a long and storied legacy in our country of black performers in particular who possess a wealth ofContinue reading “Khaotic Bliss: The Creative World of Tizzi”

A Collaborative Effort: Mentorship’s Vital Role in the Community

by Senior Writer Britni Sharde Mentorship is believed to be guidance, influence, and support between two or more individuals. This professional or social relationship has impacted leaders all over the world. Communities in North Tulsa, both young and old, benefit greatly by participating in mentorship opportunities.  Soaring Eagle’s Youth and Family Services (SEYFS) is aContinue reading “A Collaborative Effort: Mentorship’s Vital Role in the Community”

Dr. Crutcher’s Personal Journey Towards Justice and Reconciliation

by Contributing Writer Hannah Jarman When Dr. Tiffany Crutcher enters a space, the entire energy changes. Whether it’s a City Council meeting, a school board meeting, a panel discussion, canvassing in the community, or a casual discussion over coffee, she seizes the opportunity to harness its potential for change. Her passion for social change hasContinue reading “Dr. Crutcher’s Personal Journey Towards Justice and Reconciliation”

Following Your Passion: A Conversation with Charity Marcus

by Executive Editor Timantha Norman Black female entrepreneurship has had a meteoric rise nationally, statewide, and locally in recent years. According to a 2018 study around the state of women-owned businesses featured in Forbes, “while the number of women-owned businesses grew an impressive 58% from 2007 to 2018, the number of firms owned by blackContinue reading “Following Your Passion: A Conversation with Charity Marcus”

Sneakers, Culture, Life: Silhouette boutique owner hopes to bring sneaker culture to the Tulsa masses

by Executive Editor Timantha Norman Sneakers have undergone a very interesting cultural trajectory in our modern history. From purely practical purposes when they first came into existence in the early part of the 20th century, then becoming a staple of the burgeoning hip-hop subculture of the 1980s, to the forefront of the basketball landscape ofContinue reading “Sneakers, Culture, Life: Silhouette boutique owner hopes to bring sneaker culture to the Tulsa masses”

Kasserian Ingera: GLA’s Village communal mentorship program

by Executive Editor Timantha Norman Most people are quite familiar with the African adage, “It takes a village to raise a child.” A local nonprofit organization based in North Tulsa has taken this sentiment to heart and crafted a mentorship program that will provide children with the head start they need to lead highly productiveContinue reading “Kasserian Ingera: GLA’s Village communal mentorship program”