Archives December 2023

The 3rd Annual World Class Winter Gala: A Night of Celebration and Community Impact

On Saturday, December 9th, hundreds of individuals donned their finest formal wear and gathered for the 3rd Annual World Class Winter Gala. Hosted by the Greenwood Chamber Commerce, Inc. (GCC), this evening fundraiser was a tremendous success, filled with dining, entertainment, and a shared sense of community.

This year’s gala held a special significance as it honored the advisory board committee members who overcame a major hurdle in preserving the ownership of Greenwood. Their efforts prevented the federal government from taking control of the community, and their dedication was worth celebrating. Alongside them, other individuals who have made a positive impact in Greenwood were recognized, including NAACP Tulsa Branch President, Dr. Francetta L. Mays, Attorney Ron Durbin, and City Councilman Grant Miller.

Dr. Freeman Culver, President of GCC, took the opportunity to highlight two exceptional individuals as special honorees. Dr. Angela K. Chambers was recognized as the “World Class Breakthrough Leader,” while Eric Johnson received the title of “Business Man of the Year.” These individuals have demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication to the betterment of Greenwood.

Babson College, a supporter of the GCC, recognized and awarded the business owners of the their cohort 5 of  Black Women Entrepreneur Leadership program certificates.

The evening was expertly hosted by radio personality Ally Shaw, who brought her charm and wit to the stage. The entertainment lineup was nothing short of impressive, showcasing local talent and providing a truly memorable experience for all attendees.

Tulsa native, Eddie Jones, kicked off the night with an original classic, leading the audience in a heartfelt rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” His performance was followed by an energetic rendition of his own song, “Keep Smiling .” The crowd was captivated by his soulful voice and powerful lyrics.

Comedian Larry Tibbs took the stage next, captivating the audience with his unique brand of humor and original storytelling. His jokes had everyone laughing, creating a joyful atmosphere that kept spirits high throughout the evening.

As the night progressed, Tony Mason stepped up to the microphone, serenading the ladies with a couple of beautiful ballads. His smooth voice and heartfelt lyrics warmed the hearts of all in attendance, setting the stage for a truly unforgettable night.

Headlining the night, renowned R&B singer, Glenn Jones took to the stage to sing some of his greatest hits songs such as “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “I’ve been Searching” to name a few. He had the audience on their feet and singing along to the ballots.

Finally, at the end of the night, DJ Phatkat kicked off the after party with some favorite old-school jams.

The 3rd Annual World Class Winter Gala was a testament to the strength and unity of the Greenwood community. It brought together individuals from all walks of life, celebrating their shared commitment to the betterment of this remarkable neighborhood.

Through the efforts of the advisory board committee members, the honorees, and countless others, Greenwood continues to thrive and make a positive impact. The World Class Winter Gala serves as a reminder of the power of community and the importance of coming together to support one another.

As we reflect on this incredible event, let us be inspired by the dedication and passion displayed by those honored. Their commitment to Greenwood serves as a shining example for us all, reminding us of the potential we each hold to make a difference in our own communities.

Here’s to another successful World Class Winter Gala and to the continued growth and prosperity of Greenwood!

Join the NAACP Tulsa Branch in the Fight for Educational Equity

At the NAACP Tulsa Branch, we firmly believe that education is a fundamental pillar of our society. We are dedicated to working alongside the leadership of Tulsa Public Schools to address the challenges that our community faces in providing quality education to all students.

We congratulate Dr. Ebony Johnson on her historic appointment as the first African-American female Superintendent for Tulsa Public Schools. We look forward to collaborating with her and the entire school district to support the children and our community.

Our Education Chair, Dr. Lynette Bell, is a passionate advocate for educational equity. She plays a vital role in bridging the gap between our community and the resources needed to ensure every student has access to a high-quality education.

However, we firmly believe that the responsibility for creating change in our education system cannot solely rest on the shoulders of the school superintendent. It requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including community organizations like ours.

The NAACP Tulsa Branch holds regular monthly meetings where we actively discuss and strategize ways to bring about positive change in our community. We are committed to addressing the gaps and challenges that exist in our education system.

We invite everyone who shares our vision to join us in this important work. Becoming a member of the NAACP Tulsa Branch is a powerful way to contribute to the change we want to see. You can easily become a member by visiting our website at www.naacp.org and selecting Tulsa 6143-B as your branch.

General memberships are priced at $30, and we also offer youth and lifetime memberships. Your membership will help us in our mission to ensure educational equity for all students in Tulsa.

As Dr. Francetta L. Mays, the President of the NAACP Tulsa Branch, aptly puts it, “We are they.” We are the agents of change who can transform our education system and create opportunities for all students.

If you would like to get in touch with us or learn more about our work, please contact us at 6143secretary@naacpunit.org. We welcome your support and involvement in our mission to ensure educational equity for all students in Tulsa.

Join us today and be a part of the change!

Dr. Ebony Johnson Appointed as First African-American Woman Superintendent of Oklahoma’s Largest School District

The Majority have Spoken: Dr. Ebony Johnson, First African-American Woman for Superintendent

Oklahoma’s largest school district has recently named Dr. Ebony Johnson as their Superintendent, marking a historic milestone. With overwhelming support from board members and the public, Dr. Johnson’s appointment is seen as a testament to her exceptional qualifications, experience, and unwavering dedication to the district’s success.

As the very first African-American woman  Superintendent to lead the district, Dr. Johnson brings a fresh perspective and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by students, teachers, and the community at large. Her vision and plan to uplift all students have already started to make a positive impact.

Since assuming the role of Interim Superintendent, Dr. Johnson has fearlessly tackled critical issues within the district, while also navigating the mandates set forth by Ryan Walters, the head of the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Walters has been vocal about his commitment to addressing the specific needs of the Tulsa Public School District, which happens to be Oklahoma’s largest.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Ebony Johnson on this well-deserved appointment. We are confident that her leadership will bring about positive change and create a nurturing environment for students to thrive.

Supporting Dr. Ebony Johnson and the Tulsa Public School District

As Dr. Johnson embarks on this significant journey, it is crucial for the entire community to rally behind her and offer unwavering support. The success of the district ultimately rests on the collective efforts of students, parents, teachers, business owners, community members, and pastors.

Here are a few ways you can actively contribute to the growth and success of the Tulsa Public School District:

1. Volunteer Your Time

Volunteering is an excellent way to make a meaningful impact on the lives of students. Whether it’s assisting in classrooms, organizing extracurricular activities, or providing mentorship, your time and expertise can make a significant difference.

2. Get Involved in the Community

Engaging with the local community allows you to understand the unique challenges and opportunities within the district. Attend school board meetings, join parent-teacher associations, and participate in community events to stay informed and actively contribute to the ongoing dialogue.

3. Support Local Businesses

By supporting local businesses, you not only contribute to the economic growth of the community but also foster a sense of unity and collaboration. Encourage partnerships between schools and local businesses to create valuable learning experiences and opportunities for students.

4. Advocate for Education

Advocacy plays a vital role in shaping education policies and ensuring adequate resources are allocated to schools. Stay informed about educational issues, write to your elected representatives, and participate in advocacy campaigns that champion the needs of students and educators.

Together, we can create a positive and inclusive educational environment that empowers all students to reach their full potential. Dr. Ebony Johnson’s appointment as Superintendent is a significant step towards achieving this vision, and it is up to each of us to actively contribute to the success of the Tulsa Public School District.

Let us stand behind Dr. Johnson and the entire district, offering our support and commitment to the betterment of education in our community. The future of our students depends on it.

The Official After Party with DJ Phatkat

The internet is buzzing about the 3rd Annual World Class Winter Gala hosted by the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GCC) today. This highly anticipated event is not only a great fundraiser, but also a night filled with awards, silent auctions, and top-notch entertainment.

This year, GCC has been teasing the community with exciting news about the fundraiser. Held in the Grand Ballroom at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Warren Place, attendees can expect a glamorous evening filled with cocktails, entertainment and a thrilling silent auction. But that’s not all!

In addition to the already impressive lineup, GCC has added a comedian to the entertainment roster. This talented individual is sure to bring laughter and joy to the event, making it an unforgettable night for all attendees.

And the excitement doesn’t end there. GCC is thrilled to announce that renowned DJ Phatkat will be headlining the official after party. Known for his infectious beats and energetic performances, DJ Phatkat is guaranteed to keep the party going long into the night.

So grab your tickets on Eventbrite and get ready for an incredible night of celebration and entertainment at the 3rd Annual World Class Winter Gala. Don’t miss out on the chance to support the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce while having the time of your life!

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Warren Place, 6110 South Yale Avenue, Tulsa Oklahoma. Restoration starts 5:00 p.m.

Elect Dr. Francetta L. Mays for NAACP Oklahoma State Conference

Elect Dr. Francetta L. Mays for NAACP Oklahoma State Conference

The word is spreading like fire. Members and communities are excited about the opportunity for change in leadership at the NAACP Oklahoma State Conference. The NAACP, the largest Civil Rights organization in the US, needs strong leadership that will fight for justice in Oklahoma.

Dr. Francetta L. Mays is a beloved figure, and her dedication to the cause has garnered widespread support across the state. As the current President of the NAACP Tulsa Branch, she has already proven her commitment to advancing the rights and well-being of all individuals.

Dr. Mays’ track record speaks for itself. She has demonstrated a deep understanding of the issues facing marginalized communities and has worked tirelessly to address them. Her leadership has been instrumental in driving positive change and fostering unity within the NAACP Tulsa Branch.

With her extensive experience and unwavering dedication, Dr. Mays is the ideal candidate to lead the NAACP Oklahoma State Conference. Her passion for justice and equality is contagious, and she has the ability to inspire others to join the fight for a better future.

Under Dr. Mays’ leadership, the NAACP Oklahoma State Conference will work of advocating for civil rights, promoting equality, and combating systemic racism. Her vision for the organization is rooted in inclusivity, collaboration, and empowerment.

Dr. Mays understands the unique challenges faced by communities in Oklahoma and is committed to addressing them head-on. She will work tirelessly to ensure that every person, regardless of their background, has equal access to opportunities and resources.

Moreover, Dr. Mays recognizes the importance of engaging with local communities and building strong partnerships. She believes that by working together, we can create lasting change and make Oklahoma a more just and equitable place for all.

It is not just the members of the NAACP who are rallying behind Dr. Mays. Communities across the state are eager to support her and the organization’s mission. The groundswell of support is a testament to Dr. Mays’ reputation as a trusted and respected leader.

If elected as the President of the NAACP Oklahoma State Conference, Dr. Mays will bring her expertise, passion, and unwavering commitment to the forefront. She will be a champion for justice, a voice for the voiceless, and a catalyst for positive change.

The time for change is now. Elect Dr. Francetta L. Mays as the President of the NAACP Oklahoma State Conference and join the movement towards a more equitable and inclusive future for all.

New Owasso High School Football Coach Makes History

Owasso High School, located in Owasso, Oklahoma, has recently made a groundbreaking decision by appointing a new head football coach. This appointment not only brings a fresh perspective to the team but also marks a significant milestone in the school’s history. With a renewed focus on excellence, the new coach is poised to lead the Owasso Rams to new heights.

A New Era Begins

With the arrival of the new head coach, the Owasso Rams are entering a new era of football. The new head coach, Antonio Graham, comes with an impressive track record and a wealth of experience and is the first African-American head coach to ever lead the program. Having previously coached successful teams at both the high school and collegiate levels, the new coach brings a winning mentality and a strategic approach to the game.

One of the key aspects that sets this new coach apart is their commitment to refocusing the team’s priorities. While winning is undoubtedly important, the coach emphasizes the development of well-rounded student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. This holistic approach aims to instill values such as discipline, teamwork, and perseverance in the players, ensuring their success not just in football but in life as well.

A Fresh Perspective

With a new coach comes a fresh perspective on the game. The Owasso Rams can expect innovative strategies and a modern approach to training and gameplay. The coach’s extensive knowledge of the sport, coupled with their ability to adapt to changing trends, will undoubtedly bring a renewed energy to the team.

Additionally, the new coach is committed to fostering a positive and inclusive team culture. They believe that a united team, where players support and uplift one another, is key to achieving success. This emphasis on camaraderie and sportsmanship will not only enhance the players’ experience but also contribute to a stronger team dynamic.

Community Support

The appointment of the new head coach has generated significant buzz within the Owasso community. Excitement and anticipation are palpable among students, parents, and alumni. The community recognizes the potential for growth and improvement that this change brings, and they are eager to rally behind the new coach and the team.

Local businesses and organizations have also expressed their support for the Owasso Rams. They understand the positive impact that a successful football program can have on the community as a whole. By sponsoring the team and providing resources, they are investing in the future of not only the players but also the town itself.

The room was filled, some to bid their farewell to departing Coach Blankenship and others to witness history and celebrate this milestone. In 2023, it is still a big deal that African-Americans breaking through barriers for the first time. Kudos to Owasso administration, school Superintended Margaret Coates, who was present to welcome and support those in attendance as well as the coach.

Coach Graham, in his short speech, described his stress was not coming from being behind a great coach but realized that even after overcoming so much in his personal life, his stress comes from knowing that he cannot afford to make big mistakes. He understands being the oldest child of six that his siblings are looking up to him. His son and daughter are also looking up to him. He thanked his family and all of those who were present in his life and kept him on the right track.

Refocused & Informed Radio Talk Show hosted by Dr. Angela K. Chambers and Dr. Francetta L. Mays, witnessed the big announcement by the retiring head Coach of Owasso public schools. Refocused & Informed broadcasts on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG in the historic Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma also known as The Original Black Wall Street.

Conclusion

The appointment of the new head football coach at Owasso High School marks a historic moment for the school and the community. With a focus on excellence, a fresh perspective, and unwavering community support, the Owasso Rams are poised for success under their new leader. As the team embarks on this new chapter, all eyes are on them, eagerly awaiting the achievements and milestones that lie ahead.

The Greenwood Beat – WFPG is Back on TuneIn Radio!

Great news for fans of The Greenwood Beat – WFPG! After a temporary hiatus, the first black, women-owned radio station is back on the TuneIn radio app. The Greenwood Beat – WFPG initially launched on TuneIn, but due to some setup issues, it was temporarily unavailable. However, the dedicated duo behind this groundbreaking radio station didn’t let that setback stop them.

With determination and hard work, The Greenwood Beat – WFPG is now back and better than ever! You can now listen to their 24/7 programming on your favorite radio app, TuneIn. The station is located in the historic Greenwood District, also known as The Original Black Wall Street.

The Greenwood Beat – WFPG offers a mix of old-school R&B, soul, and other genres that will keep you entertained for hours. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a new listener, you’ll be sure to find something you love on this unique radio station.

So, what are you waiting for? Download the TuneIn radio app and tune in to The Greenwood Beat – WFPG to enjoy their fantastic programming. Support this incredible black-owned radio station and be part of their journey as they continue to make waves in the industry.

Tickets Available for the 3rd Annual World Class Winter Gala

Join us for an unforgettable evening at the 3rd Annual World Class Winter Gala, organized by the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GCC). This gala aims to raise funds for the maintenance, light renovations, and updates of the historic buildings in the 100 block of North Greenwood Ave.

Mark your calendars for December 9, 2023, as the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel at Warren Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be the venue for this spectacular event. The gala will kick off at 5 pm and continue until 11 pm.

The night promises to be filled with excitement and elegance. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy cocktails and networking, participate in a silent auction, witness an awards ceremony, and be entertained by renowned comedians and performers.

By attending the 3rd Annual World Class Winter Gala, you not only get to experience a memorable evening but also contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the historic buildings in Greenwood. Your support will help maintain the rich heritage and cultural significance of this vibrant community.

Tickets for this prestigious event are still available. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of something truly special. Purchase your tickets now and join us for an evening of celebration, entertainment, and philanthropy.

The Creative Suites Celebrates 1000 Facebook Followers

The Creative Suites Celebrates 1000 Facebook Followers

What a nice Christmas gift for a small business making such a positive impact in the community. The Creative Suites is the place for small businesses, solopreneurs, artists, freelancers, and other creatives to connect, network, host events, and more.

The Creative Suites, located at 1333 N Utica Ave., Ste. H, in Tulsa, has been experiencing rapid growth and providing increasingly feasible services, especially for those in business. The company has been actively sharing funding opportunities and collaborating with others, creating even more opportunities for its members.

Founded by LaPoria Banks and Shannon Williams, The Creative Suites has become a significant asset in the local business community.

With a strong focus on fostering collaboration and supporting the growth of small businesses, The Creative Suites has quickly gained recognition and built a loyal following. The recent milestone of reaching 1000 Facebook followers is a testament to the positive impact they have had on the community.

Through their vibrant online presence and engaging content, The Creative Suites has successfully connected with like-minded individuals and businesses, creating a supportive and inspiring community.

By offering a range of services and resources tailored to the needs of entrepreneurs and creatives, The Creative Suites has become a hub for innovation and collaboration. From shared workspaces and networking events to workshops and mentorship programs, they provide the necessary tools and support system for businesses to thrive.

One of the key factors contributing to The Creative Suites’ success is their dedication to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. They prioritize diversity and ensure that everyone feels valued and supported, regardless of their background or industry.

As a result, The Creative Suites has attracted a diverse community of professionals, each bringing their unique skills and perspectives to the table. This rich tapestry of talent fosters a culture of creativity and innovation, allowing members to learn from one another and collaborate on exciting projects.

Furthermore, The Creative Suites actively seeks partnerships and collaborations with other organizations and businesses in the community. By forging these connections, they are able to expand their reach and provide even more opportunities for their members.

Whether you’re a small business owner looking for a supportive community, a freelancer in need of a professional workspace, or an artist seeking inspiration, The Creative Suites offers a vibrant and dynamic environment to thrive in.

With their recent milestone of reaching 1000 Facebook followers, The Creative Suites is poised to continue making a positive impact in the community and empowering creatives to achieve their goals.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow The Creative Suites on Facebook and join their growing community of like-minded individuals. Contact them to connect for services via email: creativesuitesok@gmail.com or phone: 918-609-3886.

Sunday Morning Old School Gospels with Dr. Francetta L. Mays

Experience a trip down memory lane with the Sunday Morning Old School Gospels on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG, hosted by the esteemed Dr. Francetta L. Mays. This soulful radio program takes you back to the cherished tunes that your grandparents used to listen to, filling your Sunday mornings with nostalgia and joy.

Every Sunday at 5:00 AM, tune in to The Greenwood Beat – WFPG at www.thegreenwoodbeat.com to immerse yourself in the timeless melodies of old-school gospels. Dr. Francetta L. Mays, a passionate and knowledgeable host, curates a playlist that resonates with the memories of yesteryears.

From heartfelt hymns to foot-stomping gospel tunes, this radio show offers a diverse selection of songs that celebrate the rich history of gospel music. Dr. Francetta L. Mays brings her expertise and love for the genre, ensuring that each episode is a soul-stirring experience for listeners of all ages.

As you listen to the Sunday Morning Old School Gospels, you’ll find yourself transported to a time when music was a source of comfort, inspiration, and community. The familiar melodies and powerful lyrics will uplift your spirits and remind you of the enduring power of faith.

So, mark your calendars and set your alarms for every Sunday at 5:00 AM. Join Dr. Francetta L. Mays on The Greenwood Beat – WFPG as she shares the timeless beauty of old-school gospels and creates a space for cherished memories to come alive once again.

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