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The Tulsa Race Massacre: A Retrospective

Perhaps the ugliest, largest and most shameful blot on Oklahoma’s history is the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. And until recently, it was an event largely swept under the rug, or – at best – wildly downplayed, essentially rewritten to fit a racist agenda. The event was halted from rising to the forefront of discussions about our state’s history. In the last Few Years, things have changed. Conversations have shifted. Finally, a horrible event is being presented factually. The truth has been brought to the light. Motivations have morphed into education, into reconciliation, into healing. In this retrospective, we take a look at Oklahoma’s burgeoning all-Black communities prior to the massacre; the event and its aftermath; the evolving education surrounding the Massacre; the Flourishing Greenwood District as it stands today; and the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and its hopes for a better, more united Tulsa.

40 Under 40 2021

In today’s world, we often keep to ourselves. Clock in, do our jobs, clock out. We spend our nights and weekends with family and close friends, and start it all over again Monday morning.

The World of Real Estate

Getting Started Buying or selling a home is tough, no doubt about it. But experts are in your corner. Bryan Sheppard, president and CEO of Tulsa’s Coldwell Banker Select, offers some counsel for those embarking on the home-buying journey.   “Know what you can afford,” he says. “Most buyers can borrow more than they can afford. It’s important to know how much...

Down the Hatch

.ugb-7aa3a8d > .ugb-inner-block > .ugb-block-content > .ugb-columns__item{grid-template-columns:1.34fr 0.66fr !important} Staying Competitive It would take a looooong while to visit each of Oklahoma’s bars, breweries and distilleries. After all, Marshall Brewing Company founder Eric Marshall watched his sector go from roughly 1,500 breweries nationwide to 10,000 in just a few years.  So how do entrepreneurs keep their establishments relevant? Lindsey Hogan, brand manager...

Oklahomans of the Year

2020: Perhaps the strangest year in recent history.

A Food Lover’s Guide to Oklahoma

By Brian Schwartz and Amanda Simcoe .ugb-047f187 > .ugb-inner-block > .ugb-block-content > .ugb-columns__item{grid-template-columns:3.00fr 1.00fr !important}.ugb-047f187.ugb-columns{min-height:920px;background-color:#fcb900;background-position:bottom center;background-size:cover}.ugb-047f187.ugb-columns:before{background-image:linear-gradient(90deg,#fcb900 0%,#ffffff 100%)}@media screen and (min-width:768px){.ugb-047f187.ugb-columns{margin-top:89px !important}}@media screen and (-ms-high-contrast:active),screen and (-ms-high-contrast:none){.ugb-047f187.ugb-columns{height:920px}} Veal chops  Polo Grill, Tulsa This rich, hearty dish with asparagus risotto and mushrooms satisfies with its lovely balance of flavors. “The wild mushrooms yield an earthy umami,” says chef Omar Galban, “and the freshness of...

Carving Out Camaraderie

Bill and Carol Payne of Broken Arrow often pack up a picnic lunch and head for the lake, where he works on a woodcarving project and she settles in with her embroidery. It’s their pandemic therapy. “It absolutely is stress relieving,” says Bill,  a retired power plant engineer for American Airlines. “And you can work on it for a while and...

Style and Substance

A Recipe for Change Photos by Nathan Harmon Well-known Tulsa interior designer Jack Arnold recently took a kitchen that was hungry for a fresh look and turned it into a perfect place for frequent entertaining. After all, this isn’t just any ordinary kitchen – it is the haven of a well-known Tulsa florist.  Toni Garner, no stranger to entertaining, has designed fresh...

Shaping the Future

In 2019, at only 24 years old, Luke Wilson was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for his exploration into the way climate change affects specific types of trees. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in forest ecology and management from Oklahoma State University that same year. Now, he’s making a mark in the science...

The One and Only

Madagascar may not be for everyone. If you don’t like extreme biodiversity, cute little lemurs, on-the-water sports, endless beaches and a French-influenced, largely agrarian culture, you’d better sit this one out. (By the way, there are no penguins here – that’s only in the movies.) Lying 265 miles off the southeastern African coast with a population of 25 million, the...