The Dangers of the White Savior and Respectability Politics in Local Community Activism

by Executive Editor Timantha Norman Upon leaving the City Council panel discussion on police accountability in our city, spurred on by Demanding a JusTulsa (a collective of community advocates assembled by Dr. Tiffany Crutcher) this past September, I was somewhat puzzled and, frankly, angered by the largely self-congratulatory tone of several white City Counselors inContinue reading “The Dangers of the White Savior and Respectability Politics in Local Community Activism”

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”

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”