Category: Features

Protecting and Serving Themselves: The Fraternal Order of Police at 105 Years

By Nick Alexandrov Prelude Bobby Rush shouldn’t be here. Chicago Police meant to murder him in December 1969, when 14 of them invaded the West Monroe Street apartment to execute his fellow Black Panthers, killing one with a bullet to the heart and another,… Continue Reading “Protecting and Serving Themselves: The Fraternal Order of Police at 105 Years”

Trident Family offers community building, literacy programs

By Kristi Eaton Dieter Cantu and a group of individuals have come together to create a social enterprise affecting thousands of individuals through a host of programs. A social enterprise is a business that invests its profits back into its mission and the communities… Continue Reading “Trident Family offers community building, literacy programs”

Mascot

By Quraysh Ali Lansana for zack. for mark. I. the red undertones that inform my melaninwere birthed in the black mountain foothillsnear the tennessee-mississippi border. my great grandfather albert found freedomjust before the trail of tears migrationand hooked up with an ornery blackwoman in… Continue Reading “Mascot”

Football as Metaphor and conundrum

By Quraysh Ali Lansana I am a native of Enid, a place that feels difficult locating on a map. Oklahoma has such a vexing history regarding race, class and the rule of law. Oklahomans also love football almost as much as life itself. Think… Continue Reading “Football as Metaphor and conundrum”

Protecting Your video Meetings

By Kristi Eaton During the past few months, a large percentage of U.S. residents have been using Zoom and other virtual platforms to do everything from hold business meetings, happy hours and even graduations from high school and college. But with the increase in… Continue Reading “Protecting Your video Meetings”

The Dark History of Tulsa Policing

By Nick Alexandrov Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, on the June 7th edition of CBS News Sunday morning, dismissed the idea that race played a role in Tulsa Police Officer Betty Jo Shelby’s killing of Terence Crutcher. “It is more about the really insidious nature… Continue Reading “The Dark History of Tulsa Policing”

State Question 802 On June 30 Ballot

Oklahomans to Vote on Medicaid Expansion By Shawn Crawford Update: Please note that as you read, after vetoing his own bill for SoonerCare 2.0, Governor Stitt announced he will not be pursuing expanded Medicaid coverage for Oklahoma. This means State Question 802 is now… Continue Reading “State Question 802 On June 30 Ballot”

COVID-19 and the US Meat Supply

By Kristi Eaton Across the United States, meat-processing facilities have been deemed “hot spots” for COVID-19 cases, places where a large percentage or number of employees test positive for the virus.

OKC Black Eats highlights black-owned restaurants, chefs and culinary professionals

By the end of May, there will be nearly 60 black-owned restaurants in Oklahoma City, rivaling major metropolitan areas like Dallas and St. Louis, according to Apollo Woods, founder of OKC Black Eats.

Black Wall street Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

By Kristi Eaton Venita Cooper was getting excited about the upcoming spring months for her store Silhouette Sneakers & Art. Like many small business owners, she said sales were a bit stagnant during the months immediately after the holidays. But springtime – and its… Continue Reading “Black Wall street Businesses Impacted by COVID-19”