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REGIONAL + CITY PLANNING ALUMNUS MAKES BIG IMPACTS

Learn more about the great community work that our co-founder, Vanessa Morrison, is up to on the OU Christopher C. Gibbs College’s blog. We couldn’t be more proud.

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Oklahoma City event gives homeless veterans needed help

We were so grateful for the opportunity to serve at the The Homeless Alliance Sooner Stand Down yesterday. This annual event is dedicated to supporting veterans experiencing homelessness in our community. We collaborated alongside medical professionals, advocates, caseworkers, housing professionals, legal experts, and more to serve 200 individuals who have served us. S/O to our barbers for working hard to contribute to this event. Check out the KOCO News 5 story here. 

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Discover The Real You Podcast

Our CEO being featured on the Discover The Real You podcast hosted by Michael A. Dickerson. Listen as they discuss entrepreneurship, fatherhood, overcoming struggle, and dreaming big

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EN ROOT EXPANDS INTO STOREFRONT BARBERSHOP: ROOTED BARBER + SHOP. 

On 8/6/18 Rooted Barber + Shop launched! This is our latest expansion into a storefront barbershop to provide an inclusive barbershop and community space here in OKC. We have some new barbers who have joined the team and are bringing a whole new vibe. Come check us out.  

We have transitioned En Root from our weekly parking schedule into it's best and highest use to serve at events, pop-ups, volunteer opportunities, and more! Book En Root for your next event by filling out our event request form. 

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STORY: Changing How People Feel About Themselves, One Haircut At A Time

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Our StoryCorp interview is now available online at KOSU Radi! Check it out here



CHOP IT UP SEASON II EPISODE III: BARBERSHOP KIDS

This month’s episode of Chop it Up we're hanging out with the kids to listen to what they have to say about the shop! Check it out and don't forget to subscribe

 Jaiden and Isaiah are fraternal twin brothers straight outta Norman Public Schools. They are smart, amazing, hilarious, and Auntie Vanessa's and Uncle Bruce's favorite set of twins.

Jaiden and Isaiah are fraternal twin brothers straight outta Norman Public Schools. They are smart, amazing, hilarious, and Auntie Vanessa's and Uncle Bruce's favorite set of twins.

 Levi aka Sooshi is 6 years old with the soul of a 66 year old. He is sweet, kind, funny, and sits upon his throne as the baby of the family, proudly.

Levi aka Sooshi is 6 years old with the soul of a 66 year old. He is sweet, kind, funny, and sits upon his throne as the baby of the family, proudly.


CHOP IT UP SEASON II EPISODE II: BLACK, GAY, AND BARBERSHOP EXPERIENCES

This month’s episode of Chop it Up takes a deeper look into Black LGBT identity and finding community in the barbershop space. S/O to special guest Arjai Snoddy. Don't forget to subscribe

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Arjai Snoddy 37 born in Washington DC, graduate from Old Dominion University receiving a B.A in Business Administration and The University of DC where I received my B.S.N, I'm also former military serving as a Lt. in the U.S NAVY. I've traveled the world meeting and interacting with all different kinds of people from all different walks of life.

 


NEW SPRING PARKING ITINERARY 

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EN ROOT AT OKLAHOMA'S FIRST ANNUAL BARBER EXPO

Our barbers had a great time at the The Hair Cafe Cosmetology & Barber College Expo today. S/O to everyone who stopped by and to the visionary behind it all, David A Threatt. With visitors from Texas, Tulsa, Stillwater, and more, we’ve made a lot of great new friends and wish them all the very best in their ventures. Oklahoma has a strong hair industry with a lot of potential and today’s event proved that to be true.💈Congratulations David + team. Happy we could be a part of this history.

CHOP IT UP SEASON II EPISODE I: BARBERSHOP HISTORY

Join our Chop it Up guests, David Threatt and Old Man Johnnie, as they take us on a trip through OKC's barbershop history. We dedicate this episode to the great Deporres P. Hopkins, one of the best barbers and leaders in our local industry. Don't forget to subscribe

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"Old Man Johnnie" | Professional Barber 

Johhnie Phillips, BKA Old Man Johhnie, is a proud native of OKC. He is a shoe shiner at Little Joe’s in Stockyard City, where he states that he gets to interact with individuals of all walks of life. At one point in time he was a barber himself and still holds his license today. 

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David A. Threatt |Professional Barber, Owner of The Hair Cafe

David began his cosmetology career upon graduation from Dudley's Cosmetology Academy in Washington DC over 20 years ago. David took his passion home to Oklahoma City and founded The Hair Cafe. Known in the area for delivering the latest styling trends and precision, The Hair Cafe became home to some of the best stylists in OKC. David quickly became a local celebrity after receiving countless awards and recognition across the country for his master skills. From there The Hair Cafe brand was born. Today, David is actively involved in his campus that houses a barber and cosmetology college, salon suites and salon/barbershop. David's goal is to build future salon professionals. So not only are students offered an education, they also get exposure to some of the best licensed professionals in the area. David Threatt is also very active in mental health and suicide prevention. He is the author of the book And Then I Woke Up " From Suicide to Success " in which he gives testimony of surviving his own suicide attempt and over coming the mental challenges and battling depression


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The Myriad Gardens is hosting #OptOutside Oklahoma, two-day outdoor expo, on Saturday, April 21 – Sunday, April 22 2018. The #OptOutside movement was originated by the REI Co-Op last year as a way to encourage people to reconnect with each other and the outdoors over the holidays and all year round. #OptOutside Oklahoma is designed to enlighten, educate, and encourage the public on exciting ways to be active outside in Oklahoma, such as through camping and RV life. 

Saturday will be a kickoff evening event with food trucks, live music, outdoor games, and booths. Sunday will be a full day of outdoor demonstrations (such as fly fishing, cooking demos, and SUP yoga).

Come visit us on Sunday when we'll be showcasing En Root along with other re-purposed mobile units.


EN ROOT TO SPEAK AT 2018 Ok State Cosmetology & Barbering Expo 

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We are excited to be speaking alongside other innovative professionals in the hair industry at the Oklahoma State Cosmetology & Barbering Expo 2018 being hosted by The Hair Cafe Cosmetology & Barber College on Sunday, April 29th right here in OKC. This is the first event of it's kind - make sure you don't miss out. Details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1056389631168296/?ti=cl


OKC GOOD Community Story | En Root's "Cut it Forward" at The Homeless Alliance



En Root to be Featured on StoryCorps

We are so excited to be able to finally announce that we have been selected to share our story with StoryCorps next month. Story Corps is a non-profit organization and also a podcast on NPR that travels the country (in an Airstream!) to capture storytelling from people in their communities. We will be sharing our intimate journey in bringing En Root to OKC neighborhoods and our interview will be archived in the The Library of Congress and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

We've always believed that En Root was something special, but never did we ever imagine sharing our story on an international platform that will be preserved in Black American history for generations to come. The words to express how we're feeling are hard to find; other than sending a heartfelt thank you to everyone from our past and present who paved the way and have unconditionally cheered us on. #blackhistory

 

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Some of the many highlights of our 2017. Couldn't go out this year without thanking you all for supporting the movement. Wishing you peace, joy, prosperity, and more fresh cuts in 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣8️⃣. 🎉💈✂️ 

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Episode 03 | Speck Homes for Boys - HOLIDAY EDITION

This month's episode of Chop it Up highlights an impactful organization in our community, Speck Homes for Boys. Tune in to hear from Executive Director, Michael McPherson, as he shares the organization's efforts in creating a home for boys in foster care this holiday season. Come to your appointment with a Christmas gift for the home and receive a free eyebrow contour or beard grooming until 12/16. 

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Michael H. McPherson, LPC, holds two Master Degrees (Human Relations and Christian Counseling). He has 35 years of experience in providing services to adolescent/adults sexual behavioral problems, depression, trauma and other behavioral problems. Mar. McPherson is a Clinically Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist, through the National Association of Forensic Counselors. Mr. McPherson is Nationally Certified in TF-CBT. He's EMDR trained as therapeutic methods for treating all forms of trauma. He is an approved supervisor for LPC candidate. His history of on-going training is extensive, covering our thirty years.

Mr. McPherson was the head therapist for Speck Homes for Boys, the oldest private boy's home in the state of Oklahoma. He has developed two adolescent sexual behavioral programs and served as Program Director for 10 years. He was an original member of the Oklahoma Committee for the treatment and development of programs for Adolescent Sex Offenders. He has conducted training seminars throughout the state.

Personal Philosophy: "I have seen lives change." Therapy is and can be a positive experience for those who are committed to change. "To see someone go from hopelessness to empowering themselves makes life special." Counseling should empower the person, to move forward to take control of their life. This is my goal for every client and resident I have worked with and will work with.


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EPISODE 02: Black entrepreneurship

This month's episode features guests, Corey Harris, Owner and Chef of Off the Hook Seafood and More, and Eran Hill, filmmaker and President of the OKC Black Chamber and a discussion over Black entrepreneurship. Learn more about our guests and view the episode below.

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Corey Harris, Owner and Chef | @offthehookokc

First things first, for the unannointed, Off the Hook is the playground of chef Corey Harris and his wife, Loniesha. Harris said he grew up in a family where food and cooking was held in reverence, and after knocking around in odd jobs committed himself to the School of Culinary Arts at Platt College.

That led to a job at the Ford Center, now Chesapeake Energy Arena, when Loniesha said a member of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets was so impressed with her husband's skills that he said they should start a food truck together.

The Hornets left town, but the inspiration remained.

"That ended up falling through," Loniesha Tempson-Harris said. "So we ended up doing it ourselves."

But not before they saved some money — Corey, as an instructor at Platt College where he graduated, and Loniesha, selling real estate.

Loniesha, who you'll usually find wearing a T-shirt with "Boss Lady" emblazoned across the shoulders, said when they got the truck up and running in 2013, they planned to operate it on weekends only. But within six months, the trajectory changed.

"Everywhere that we went, we had a line that was stacked up," Loniesha said. "People would drive from all over to eat with us, pretty soon they were saying, 'You all need a restaurant, we're tired of chasing the truck!' "

Article by Dave Cathey. Read more. 

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Eran Harrill, Filmmaker and President of OKCBCC | @okcbcc

Eran Harrill was born in Sacramento, California and home schooled before attending John Marshall High School to finish out his final H.S. years. 

With the bulk of his professional career has centered on marketing and business development with positions that include Marketing Director with YP and Marketing/Operations NCO for the Oklahoma Nation’s Guard’s Counterdrug Taskforce.

Eran is the creator and producer of ‘Citizen Soldier’, an immersive film of the Oklahoma National Guard’s 2011 deployment to Afghanistan, which was the largest deployment for the state since the Korean war.  This critically acclaimed film has already been confirmed to be enshrined at the Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia – only the second film to do so. In 2016, it was ranked the #3 film in the United States of all genres.

In Feb 2015, Eran became the CEO of the Black Chamber of Commerce – Metro, Oklahoma City, becoming the youngest to hold that position. He has used this platform as a driving force to be a voice of empowerment for the youth in this city and community.

Along with his civil obligations, Eran a decorated member of the Oklahoma Military Honor Guard.

Eran is an outspoken advocate for small and minority business support, social and economic development, and raising equality while minimizing double standards. With a strong belief that diversity and inclusion is more than a feel good phase, Eran has worked successfully with several large companies and organizations to help ensure that their diversity programs truly align with the spoken goal.

 


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EPISODE 01: Black Fatherhood+IDENTITY

Chop it Up is all about barbershop culture. Each month we will feature an episode with special guests that will give you an inside look into the intimate conversations and interactions that happen inside of the shop. This month's episode features guests, Norman Markland and Dr. Andre Washington, and a discussion over Black fatherhood and identity; the fears and big dreams of our children and their futures. Learn more about our guests and view the episode below.

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Norman Markland | @nmarkland2
Originally from Lawton Oklahoma Norman Markland grew up in a single parent household and was fortunate to overcome some adverse situations. Because of mentors and support programs Norman was able to graduate high school and attend the University of Central Oklahoma.

At UCO Norman was involved in many extracurricular activities and graduated from the UCO with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Spanish after college Norman went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Adult & Higher Education from OU. Norman has found a passion for working with disadvantage students and giving back to the community. Norman has a long list of community outreach experience, program development, and mentoring. Norman is a proud father of a 2 year old daughter.

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Dr. Andre L. Washington, Ph.D., CRC,

Dr. Washington earned a PhD in Occupational
Education from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Washington currently holds an dual
appointment as an Assistant Professor/Clinical Experience Coordinator and an Research
Analyst within the Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies Program at Langston University.

Bruce Waight Sr: Host/Co-owner

Kyle Van Osdol, Video Producer/Editor

Vanessa Morrison, Director/Co-Owner



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