“I came from a generation when we put on shows in basements and didn’t think about paying the bands, but we always did if we had the money,” he said.
Black restaurateurs have worked hard to realize their dreams and bring a wide range of interesting flavors to OKC.
“Walter and I get all kinds of crazy ideas in our heads,” O’Dell said. “We’ve done several programs with him here. He’s always calling me up and saying, ‘You need to interview this guy.’”
“The best thing for me is giving them the chance to change, giving them the chance to shine,” Mosley said.
“The challenge for us is how do we modernize that and make it relevant to the particular programming that we’re doing,” Owens said.
Off the Hook Seafood & More is in the process of opening a new location near the airport.
Miillie Mesh, Deanne Brodie-Mends, Jabee, Ebony Iman Dallas, Don Eisenberg and W. Jerome Stevenson discuss the culture of the metro’s arts scene.
Nick Preftakes and Mark Ruffin’s The Broadway Condominiums will bring needed residences to one of OKC’s fastest-growing districts.
Oklahoma Gazette commemorates Black History Month by sharing the stories and achievements of our communities and their leaders, from business owners to poets and musicians, as they contemplate our city’s black future. Cover by Chris Street.
“We have a hunger inside of us to be connected to the natural world,” she said. “No matter how happy you might be at an office job, you still have that need.”