The Victory of Greenwood: John and Loula Williams

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno Tulsa historian Scott Ellsworth’s Death in a Promised Land opens with the story of a young Bill Williams asking his father why they relocated from Mississippi to Oklahoma. “Well,” his father answered, “I came out to the Promised Land.” For black freedmen and young black men and women moving outContinue reading “The Victory of Greenwood: John and Loula Williams”

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”

The Victory of Greenwood: O.W. Gurley

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno During his life, O.W. Gurley was an educator, a church founder, a presidential appointee, a general store owner, a hotel proprietor, a landlord, a deputy police officer, and most famously, the founder of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, OK. His vision of a prosperous black community would be destroyed twiceContinue reading “The Victory of Greenwood: O.W. Gurley”

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”

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”