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Oklahoma City Get Down celebrates hip-hop culture March 31

The Oklahoma Zulus are co-presenters of The Oklahoma City Get Down, a celebration of hip-hop culture on March 31.  Oklahoma Zulus Twitter photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter On Friday, March 31, rap artists Guerrilla Breed and the Oklahoma Zulus will present The Oklahoma City Get Down, a celebration of hip-hop culture. The event will take place at 7 p.m. March 31 at Russell’s in the Tower Hotel, 3233 NW Expressway. Cover charge is $5. Founded by Stephen “Koopa” […]

Capitol Report for March 18: Still more on ‘gubernatorial election 2017’ – and praise for Fallin’s choice of Keating for OU Regents

News 9 Alex Cameron (left and CapitolBeatOK publisher Patrick B. McGuigan discuss politics on the Capitol Report.  Photo provided.

In this week’s edition of Capitol Report on News9, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City, Patrick B. McGuigan continued his analysis of what he’s called – jokingly – the 2017 gubernatorial race. On the Democratic side, former state Sen. Connie Johnson is calling for civic engagement. She wants people to get involved regardless of whom […]

Service Corps’ Bill Phillips Award goes to Single Parent Support Network (SPSN)

Rhonda Thomas, executive of the Single Parent Support Network, has been designated winner of the Bill Phillips award from ESCCO. Photo Provided

Staff Report Executive Service Corps of Central Oklahoma (ESCCO) has named the Single Parent Support Network (SPSN) its 2017 Bill Phillips Award winner. The Bill Phillips Award was established to recognize and honor the contribution of Phillips, the founding Executive Director of ESCCO. Single Parent Support Network (SPSN) serves the single parent family population by […]

In Putnam Heights Neighborhood, Adopt-A-Park Program blends resources with community foundation

In the historic Putnam Heights neighborhood, a resident enjoys a walk with her faithful companion. Photo Provided

Staff Report Through Oklahoma City’s Adopt-A-Park Program, Putnam Heights Preservation Area, Inc., the neighborhood association for the Putnam Heights Historic Preservation District ambitiously adopted the four acres of public park space that graces this grand old neighborhood. For the last 21 years Putnam Heights has maintained the wide medians and park space, mowing, controlling weeds, […]

Plato’s Closet opens in south Oklahoma City

Plato's Closet Exterior - 2

Staff Report A new Plato’s Closet in Oklahoma City South opens Thursday, March 16 at 10400 S Western Avenue. Plato’s Closet is part of a national recycling retail chain that specializes in clothing and accessories for teens and twenty-somethings. A press release from the company describes  the new facility as a “hip, trendy clothing store […]

OKC Zoo announces the return of vintage Mold-A-Matic Animal Souvenir machines

The Oklahoma City Zoo is bringing back memories from the past by installing five MOLD-A-MATIC souvenir machines for guests to experience.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma City Zoo is bringing back memories for many people by installing five MOLD-A-MATIC souvenir machines. Originally appearing in the Zoo in the early 1970’s, these popular machines became a guest favorite. The MOLD-A-Matic produces a miniature animal replica behind a plexiglass window within 60 seconds while you wait.

According […]

Good words about George Young – minister, legislator, community leader

State Rep. George Young.  Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – State Representative George E. Young, Sr., D-Oklahoma City, flows in and out of the news naturally, as a direct and inevitable result of his involvement in myriad community causes, and effective advocacy for District 99 at the state Capitol. Young recently received an award  from the United Way of Central […]

Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma, will celebrate 2017 awards in Stillwater


Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma (SPJ OK) Professional Chapter will feature acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post Investigative Editor David Fallis as the keynote speaker as the chapter honors the state’s top journalists during its annual awards banquet on April 22 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The evening will begin […]

Capitol Report for March 11: That ‘2017’ governor’s race, school choice data, tip of the hat to capital city high school coaches

News9's Alex Cameron (left) and Patrick B. McGuigan, editor of CapitolBeatOK and The City Sentinel on the weekly show, Capitol Report.  Photo provided.

In this week’s segment of Capitol Report on News9, analyst Patrick B. McGuigan covered three issues in rapid-fire style. He joked the 2018 Oklahoma governor’s race has begun so early that he is calling it “the 2017 gubernatorial race.” Among Republicans, while Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb probably did himself some good by opposing Mary Fallin’s […]

COMMENTARY: Family Matters — In the Class 3A state championship basketball game, the Coaches Cudjoe count

The Star Spencer Bobcats, coached by Lance Cudjoe, compete in Oklahoma’s Class 3A basketball championship game on Saturday, March 11. Photo: Star Spencer High School Facebook.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – I have had the privilege of knowing folks named Cudjoe for most of my life, but I need to pay closer attention to certain intra-family information, including spelling of the last name. Seriously, now: The Cudjo family unit attending the same church as the McGuigans comes from the branch […]

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