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EVERY
HUMAN ALIVE TODAY

 

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BLACK is the reason you and i exist today

Lately "critical thinking" has been on hard times, its detractors seem to be attempting to eradicate history, science, fact, anything connecting us to reality and to one another. But, for what reasons?

Do they think, given time, critical thought might lead to a revolt if White Christian Nationalists finally realized Jesus was not white, not Christian, and not American (also, not German, not Swedish, not Mexican, not Brazilian, not Chinese, not Russian...)? 

It won't.

What if critical thought led all people to understand humans would not be on Earth today if 2 to 6 million years ago, when the sun was closer to our planet than it is today...without the specific amount and type of melanin that produces very, very, very black skin able to absorb and bear that intense radiation, the first men and women and children on Earth, the first humans, living in Africa, would have been roasted to a crisp, burned to death, desolved into ashes. There would have been no one left to trek to cooler climates where their black skin lightened.

We all, every human on Earth, owe our existence to Black skin.

A few decades of critical thinking and we might all think...ah, black skin lightened...it did not become unblack...that there is simply a spectrum from black to lighter and lighter and lighter.  Still black.

And, what would it change if we had the revelation, wait a minute, this may quite possibly mean "Everyone is Black"?

Well, probably nothing.

Forget critical thinking, maybe even minimal thinking might even lead up to reasoning that because Trans people really do exist in every country, in every culture, maybe being trans isn't a decision.

Or, because women are, at least, as reponsible as men for every life on Earth, both are equally critical to our survival.

I'm just glad I can still say "Gay" and "Black" and "White Christian Nationalists" and "Women" and "Men" in Oklahoma.






 

PHOTOS: 
 (L-R)  ELAINE HENDERSON,  Whiteside Park Recreation Coordinator  LLOYD WARE, Lacy Park Golf Coach  ERICKA WARE,former Lacy Park Lifeguard

 

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Lacy Park Mural by FELIX COLE 

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HENDERSON @ LACY PARK

Years of outstanding and often groundbreaking programming, annual events, entrepreneur and talent showcases have all been hallmarks of Henderson's work at one of Tulsa Parks' oldest and most historic parks and community centers, LACY PARK.

The City of Tulsa will honor Henderson at Tulsa City Hall at 5pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2023,

and we're declaring Wednesday ELAINE HENDERSON DAY!

Elaine's tireless dedication to LACY PARK is legendary. In her 50 year career at Tulsa Parks she has helped generations of Tulsans reach for the stars...thousands of children, teens, and adults who attended programs... and did the impossible providing immeasurable numbers of career-building opportunities for many adults who volunteered, teaching programs.

NORTH TULSA OKLAHOMA

northwest

CHS


HISTORIC GREENWOOD

TULSA ARTS DISTRICT 


OSAGE CASINO

GILCREASE MUSEUM

POST OAK LODGE

TULSA BOTANIC GARDEN
 

city center

BTW
McLAIN
KIPP

LU
OSU
TCC
TTECH
TU

BIG 10 
36ST N EVENT CENTER
DREAM CENTER
EDUREC
HUTCHERSON YMCA
JANE MALONE
LACY PARK
N. HARVARD MABEE
MABEE RED SHIELD
MAXWELL
O'BRIEN
RUDISILL
SUBURBAN ACRES


 

east

LINCOLN CHRISTIAN
LAKE YAHOLA
OXLEY NATURE CENTER
MOHAWK PARK
ADMIRAL PLACE
ROUTE 66
TASM
TULSA ZOO

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GREENWOOD RISING

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NEAR NORTH

CATOOSA   CLAREMORE    OWASSO   SKIATOOK   SPERRY    TURLEY

DOWNTOWN TULSA

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BOK CENTER

TULSA PAC

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— Name, Title

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PRADA FLASHBACK:: SPRING 2021

you know when MUICCIA PRADA walks out at the end of every show and you say, wow, I would wear that look. Well, finally. 

colors, whispering, paired with black, paired with gray, paired with white, paired with each other created an entirely new word that twins  "woman" with "lady" for the 21st century, of the 21 century and by the 21st century pairing of Prada & Raf Simons

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the LABEL is back...literally

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not a piece you wouldn't wear, not a piece you couldn't wear...

    and the LABEL, the big PRADA triangle...so appropriate that it makes an appearance so often, because, so often Spring       2021 seems tied to a string attached to the very first time you ever saw the triangle and couldn't wait for more

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As for the styling, it may have been inspired by a Raf Simons sweater...or    vice versa

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ENTERTAINMENT  KEVIN COSTNER  YELLOWSTON

Why We Loved

TV

YELLOWSTONE

IT'S THE ONE CONSTANT IN LIFE- YOU BUILD SOMETHING WORTH HAVING, SOMEONE'S GONNA TRY AND TAKE IT.

Doesn't that ring true to North Tulsa, the place that will forever be the oldest descendant of what happened in its Greenwood district in 1921.  

That's John Dutton talking...John Dutton, the character that, of course, only Kevin Costner could play, and who we've watched, binged or weekly, in three seasons try to hold together a family, a legacy and the real American dream, in an America where the statement he (rather, writer Taylor Sheridan) made has always been the one constant. The show makes no secret of the fact that wanting and taking what belongs to someone else has been our national theme for centuries...it's our creation story.

Yellowstone is the, now, Paramount Plus series that houses the fictional Dutton family living, not always peacefully, beside the equally fictional Broken Rock Reservation.

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But, like the actual 21st century 6,000 acre ranch on which Yellowstone producers rely for backdrops, the situations faced by the Duttons are real.

 

A fifth generation ranch family fighting off gentrification and erasure resonates to every African American community or majority Black city in the nation.

 

Many North Tulsa families, including mine, are in fifth generations here and in, at least, a seventh in Oklahoma. 

 

Broken Rock maybe, but, native rights, that won't ever end.

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Raising a family, making a living in 21st century America and creating jobs, in an era when our governments seem to have their heads elsewhere, leaving each family on its own to protect the present, this is the complex stew that makes the Dutton household, the bunkhouse, and the offices of President Rainwater and the Montana Governor seem as real for most Americans as the breathtaking, wide open Montana and Utah ranges record millions of weekly viewers have probably added to bucket lists.

 

The stories attached to this, normally,10 week summer series returning for season 4 on November 7,

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are, as actor Gil Birmingham (President Rainwater on Yellowstone) says,

UNIVERSAL

A family struggling to pay off a $600 property tax to save a home that three generations worked three lifetimes to buy are facing the same predicament as John, Beth, Jamie, Kayce, Monica and Tate Dutton.  

Yellowstone connects...whether to a memory of a schoolyard bully terrorizing one kid or as a reminder of bruises from bad policies effecting millions of households.  

 

The cowboys who wear the brand seem to represent everyone who ever asked who was asinine enough to make these rules in the first place...and who was the first idiot to follow them?

 

What the show does better than any we've ever seen is reveal the real people (apply it left, right, and middle) who are hogtied by real consequences every time we ask people to pay a price, then find a way to take away the land, the services, the present, future or past for which they've already paid.

This article was written by NTOK staff, who would send Ladbrokes $20 on June 20, Father[s Day as the return date and $5 on Wade's family going rogue as the muscle behind the season 3 finale carnage...if one our Indian Territory grandmothers hadn't placed a lifetime ban on gambling.
Photos: Yellowstone/Facebook

Updated: September 2021

 

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