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 Loula Williams and history teacher at Booker T. Washington High School, hosted the event and introduced Ms.Continue reading “The Victory of Greenwood: Mabel B. Little”

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”

Unappreciated and Underpaid: The Support Staff of TPS

by Senior 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 experienced unfair working conditions while being unappreciated and underpaid for years. In April of 2018, teachers inContinue reading “Unappreciated and Underpaid: The Support Staff of TPS”

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. territories. The Decennial Census is said to be the most inclusive activity in our country and isContinue reading “The 2020 Census: The Necessity of Being Counted”

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 same report, analysts proposed that by the time Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program reaches maturity, the market couldContinue reading “The Cannabis Crux: Marijuana Legalization in Post-“War on Drugs” Oklahoma”

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 to recover the history of Black Wall Street and their labor is finally being acknowledged. Yet, asContinue reading “The Continual Erasure of Greenwood”

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 Bossed.” “Unbought and Unbossed” was the mantra that she used throughout her campaign that she borrowed fromContinue reading “Vanessa Hall-Harper: Breaking chains in North Tulsa”

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 July 30th, 1968, the United States Attorney General filed a complaint with the United States District CourtContinue reading “McLain’s Struggle for Quality Education”

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

by Senior 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 Norman. Mayor GT Bynum has an opportunity to remove himself from his comfort zone of political expediencyContinue reading “Is This The Best This City Can Do? The City’s Responsibility To Ensure True Justice for All”

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”

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”

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 development policies paved the way for gentrification in the Greenwood and Near North neighborhoods.  Gentrification According toContinue reading “Pushed Out: How Public-Private Partnerships Work to Deter Black Wealth Acquisition (Part 2 of 3)”

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””

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”

Are all cops the same? A black female officer’s perspective

by Senior Writer Britni Sharde We’ve heard the saying “Not all cops are the same!” Some of us have had respectable experiences, like being pulled over and only being given a warning or a ticket. But there are others whose experiences have triggered generational trauma. They have met their demise with a single police encounter.Continue reading “Are all cops the same? A black female officer’s perspective”

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”