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Heather Coyle and Natalie Mai get benched (in the best sense) in 2019

Natalie Mai (left) and Heather Coyle both ran successful campaigns leading to their wins as Oklahoma County District Judges on Nov. 6.  Photos provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On November 6, as election results rolled in throughout the evening it was evident that women were winning across the country. In Oklahoma, two notable candidates endorsed by The City Sentinel were Heather Coyle and Natalie Mai – each successful in their campaigns to become Oklahoma County […]

Sonja Martinez to host 28th annual Christmas AIDS Benefit to support Winds House

Sonja Martinez will host her 28th Annual Christmas AIDS Benefit on Monday, December 3, at the COPA in Oklahoma City. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter
. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma City performance artist Sonja Martinez will host her 28th Annual Christmas AIDS Benefit on Monday, December 3, at the COPA, 2200 N.W. 39 Expressway.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with entertainment beginning at 8 p.m.  All proceeds, including tips, will go to support The Winds […]

Oklahoma playwright Amy Wheeler honored by Cornish College

At the podium, Acting President Star Hang Nga Rush (left) presents Amy Wheeler with an Honorary Doctorate degree from Cornish College of Fine Arts.  Photo credit: W. Westergard/Cornish College of the Arts.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY OK – Amy Wheeler is a nationally recognized playwright, an accomplished actor and a native Oklahoman. This year she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA during their 2018 commencement ceremony last May. Wheeler is the executive director of […]

OKC Amnesty group to host annual Write for Rights event Dec. 1

Members of Amnesty International Oklahoma Group #238 participate in the Amnesty International Write for Rights Global Write-A-Thon each December by writing to prisoners of conscience around the world and to all prisoners on Death Row in Oklahoma. Photo by John Walters

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –During the month of December, members of Amnesty International (AI) around the world will participate in the organization’s Global Write-A-Thon event in honor of Human Rights Day, which is recognized on December 10. John Walters, Legislative Coordinator for Amnesty USA-OK-Group #238, says that each year, around Human Rights […]

Save Black Boys OKC provides a safe space for at risk youth


Attending the UCO screening of “The Last Defense” were (L-R) Save Black Boys mentor A.J. Smith; Sing For Change founder Cece Jones-Davis; five boys from the Save Black Boys program; OK-CADP chair, Rev. Don Heath; Montele Wesley, director and founder of SBBOKC; Jimmy Lawson, longtime friend of Julius Jones, and Oklahoma City attorney Joi Miskel.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma City chapter of Save Black Boys, led by Montele Wesley, opened its doors in August 2017. An all-volunteer, 501c3 nonprofit organization, Save Black Boys specializes in mentoring young Black boys, youth and men in urban areas. The brainchild of Kevon Gulley, an author, […]

Oklahoma NAACP Asks District Attorney to Release Julius Jones’ Case Files

NAACP OKC Chapter displayed their sign the at #FreeJuliusJones rally held on August 31. The group is now asking the District Attorney’s office to release the Julius Jones’ case files. Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma State Conference of the NAACP has called on Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater to release case files on death row prisoner Julius Jones “in order to promote public trust in both the criminal justice system and in Mr. Jones’s case.” Attorneys for […]

PAMBE Ghana’s Global Market opens at The Sieber on Nov. 1

At the PAMBE Ghana Global Market, visitors will find fair trade products from countries such as Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, Ghana, Burkina Faso, India and Indonesia. Facebook photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Beginning November 1, global-minded shoppers will once again find the seasonal fair trade shop PAMBE Ghana in Oklahoma City’s Midtown District. The Market will be held at The Sieber Apartments, 1307 N Hudson, through Dec. 24. Based in Oklahoma City, PAMBE Ghana is a 501(c)(3) […]

Homeless Alliance Fresh stART artist finds calling in unlikely location

Phillip, along with other artists who are experiencing homelessness, will display his work at The Paseo Plunge during November. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Feeling hungry with no options, Phillip, an Oklahoma City man was homeless. During a dumpster dive he discovered a new calling.  Instead of food, he noticed sitting on top of the trash pile were two artist paint brushes and acrylic black and white paint.  Phillip […]

33rd annual Peace Festival offers fair trade goods for holiday shoppers

The family friendly 33rd annual fall Peace Festival will bring together a cornucopia of entertainment, information and items for holiday shoppers. Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Over 60 organizations will come together on Saturday, November 10 for the 33rd annual Fall Peace Festival in downtown Oklahoma City. The free event will provide a wide array of entertainment, information and items for holiday shoppers. The family-friendly festival will be held from 10 a.m. […]

UCO to screen “The Last Defense” examining the case of Julius Jones on Oklahoma’s death row

The Last Defense art

By Darla SheldenCity Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) will host a free public screening of the ABC documentary The Last Defense on Friday, October 26 from 6 – 9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Communications Building (#13), Bill Burke Film […]

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