A Gaslit Century: The Journey Towards Justice for Greenwood

by Staff Writer Kolby Webster “Plaintiffs, Greenwood and North Tulsa residents and their descendants have experienced and continue to experience insecurity in their lives and property and their sense of comfort, health, and safety has been destroyed” is… Read More

Myth of a Resilient Tulsa: The Problem with the Equality Indicators

by Staff Writer Torrel Miles Early February of this year, when questioned by a reporter from the Tulsa World on whether  the Equality Indicators were an “accurate representation of police use-of-force incidents within the department,” Major Wendell Franklin,… Read More

When Economic Development Only Benefits Some: Tulsa’s Struggle with Inequitable Economic Opportunity

by Staff Writer Lindsay Myers We often celebrate when large businesses and corporations are willing to establish roots in Tulsa. Of course, the benefits should not be overlooked because more business generates revenue for our local economy and… Read More

The Victory of Greenwood: Mabel B. Little

by Contributing Writer Carlos Moreno On a warm summer Tuesday evening on June 1st, 1971, dozens of parishioners and community members gathered at Mt. Zion Baptist Church to hear Mabel Little speak. W.D. Williams, son of John and… Read More

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

by Staff 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… Read More

Unappreciated and Underpaid: The Support Staff of TPS

by Staff Writer Britni Sharde “There appears to be a disconnect between the people that run Tulsa’s education system and the people that work for them,” said community advocate Kelsey Royce. According to several sources, support staff have… Read More

The 2020 Census: The Necessity of Being Counted

by Managing Editor Raynell Joseph Since 1790, the U.S. government has counted its population every 10 years through what’s known as the Census. It counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S…. Read More

The Cannabis Crux: Marijuana Legalization in Post-“War on Drugs” Oklahoma

by Contributing Writer Shalon R. Youngblood According to a report from Marijuana Business Daily, more than 5% of Oklahoma’s population is registered as a medical marijuana patient, surpassing any other medical cannabis program in the nation. In that… Read More

The Continual Erasure of Greenwood

by Staff Writer Lindsay Myers By now, most Tulsans are familiar with the history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, when miles of Black-owned businesses and homes were destroyed. Black residents have worked tirelessly for nearly a century… Read More

Vanessa Hall-Harper: Breaking chains in North Tulsa

by Contributing Writer Kristi (Orisabiyi) Williams District 1 City Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper is a councilor who is loved by her community and people from afar. She has become known nationally as the “Dollar Store Lady” and “Unbought and… Read More

McLain’s Struggle for Quality Education

The Progress and The Barriers by Contributing Writer Darryl Bright As white flight became prevalent on the far north side of Tulsa in 1968, there were 12 African-American students enrolled at McLain High school by year’s end. On… Read More

Is This The Best This City Can Do? The City’s Responsibility To Ensure True Justice for All

by Staff Writer Britni Sharde “We don’t need a show. We need a police chief that will take servicing our community seriously,” a demand rightly expressed by North Tulsa native and executive editor of the Tulsa Star, Timantha… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Pushed Out: How Public-Private Partnerships Work to Deter Black Wealth Acquisition (Part 2 of 3)

by Contributing Writer Mana Tahaie In the first part of this series, we looked at the historical policies that created an economic system hostile to Black wealth creation. In this article, we will explore how discriminatory housing and… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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

by Staff 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… Read More