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Inside this magazine
                                  We Remember by Shiron Harris
 We Remember             1
                               A Program to Pay                   she said. There will also be        artistry, talent, and passion
                               Tribute to Legends                 individuals featured in the         for their craft, and should
 Academy Preschool       2                                        areas of education, politics,       not be forgotten.” Thomas
                                                                  and religion as well, who           also feels that people who
                               Lost Souls is a program            have achieved great things.         view the show will come
 A Tribute              2-3    currently in the works             Staff members will also             away with a greater sense of
                               honoring the legacy of great       have the chance to have             comfort after seeing their
                               achievers from all walks of        loved ones that they’ve lost        loved ones featured in the
 Juneteenth              3     life who have passed on.           featured in the program.            program. “I feel that when
                                                                                                      people see their family
 LRP Bio                 4     The program highlights             Thomas, who lost her                members or friends on the
                               individuals who have made          mother back in 2005,                program, it will help them to
                               major contributions in their       expressed the fact that she         deal with their grief much
 LRP Bio                 4     particular fields of                                                   better, and I believe that it
                                                                  has a personal interest
                               endeavor. Wanda Thomas             vested in the project because       will be a great source of
                               who works with Rollerson           of all the greats that she has      comfort to them seeing their
 LRP Advertisement       4     Broadcasting Company               had the opportunity to work         loved ones honored in such
                               pointed out the diversity of       with over the years, on and         a way,” she stated.
 Award Winning Author    5     talent that will be featured       off the show. “I have been
                               in the program. “There will        personally inspired by many         The program will also
                               be individuals from past           of the artists that I’ve met,       function as a sort of history
 Tulsa Jazz Society      5     shows that come from all           or had the chance to work           lesson for the younger
                               walks of life, not just one        with”, she says.                    generation, who may not be
                               particular area of the arts or      “These individuals have            aware of these great talents,
                               entertainment industries,”         inspired me through their           and their accomplishments.
      We Remember cont.
                                                                       Penn Elementary School
                                                                        2138 E. 48th Street N. -- Tulsa, Ok 74130 -- 918-833-8940
    “I feel that it is very                                            Dr. Phyllis Lovett,                      Curriculum
    important for the younger                                          Principal                        Full day Kindergarten
    generation to learn about                                                                           Full day 4 year old program
    these great individuals and                                        Penn has a world of              Music program
    their contributions, this will                                     opportunity with a               Art program
    be a wonderful history                                             dedicated, enthusiastic staff.   Multi-level tutoring
    lesson for them,” stated                                           The Standards based              Computer Lab
    Thomas. There has been no                                          curriculum includes a            Science Enrichment
    date or time set for the final                                     variety of brain friendly,       SRA Reading Program
    project yet, because it is still                                   inquiry based classroom          Physical Education
    in the works.                                                      activities woven into
                                                                       thematic units. Penn is                   Activities
                                                                       known for its dedication to      Student Council
                                                                       student achievement and a        Red Cross
                                                                       multitude of student             Breakfast program
                                                                       activities. Penn is named for    Scouts
                                                                       William Penn, a Quaker           Sports
                                                                       who founded the colony of        Safety Patrol
                                                                       Pennsylvania and started its     In-School Connection
                                                                       first public school.             Operation Aware
                                                                                                        Anger Management
                                                                                                        Select Choir
                                                                                                        Mentoring –
                                                                                                        Big Brothers/Big Sisters




                                                                                                        sold black historical
         A Tribute to Eugene “Sugarfoot” Johnson 1935-2004                                              literature, and he
                                                                                                        represented countless young
         by Deborah Brazeal                                                                             people, as an agent and
                                                                                                        sponsor in their goals of
    “Hello…uh Deborah…this             while attending and             that teammates said he           entering the entertainment
    is Sugar. And I’m here at          receiving his degree from       looked as if he were             and sports industries.
    the McOffice…”                     Wiley College. He then          stepping on sugar.
                                       went on to attend camp for                                       As it turned out, his heart
    I miss those words and the         the St. Louis Hawks and         He certainly didn’t play for     was the reason I met
    person who used to call me         was sent to a tryout for the    the money, for “Sugar”, it       “Sugar” and the reason why
    and start almost every             Harlem Globetrotters. He        was for the love of the          I met him in the hospital.
    conversation that way. His         didn’t make the team, but he    game. And, in 1968, he           He was 67 years old, and
    name was Eugene                    went on to play for the         moved to Tulsa and               dealing with a life limiting
    “Sugarfoot” Johnson. He            Harlem Magicians, often as      continued to play basketball     illness, which made him
    was born March 3, 1935 and         an opponent of the              and taught clinics. He also      eligible for hospice. I
    he passed on July 27, 2004.        Globetrotters.                  worked as a paint                represented hospice services
    He was a giant of a man, at                                        contractor, an occupation        the day I first met him. As I
    six feet, seven inches, size       In 1959, Eugene played first    that allowed him to teach a      introduced myself, I noticed
    16 ½ shoes and a heart the         base for the Brooklyn           positive work ethic, while       his size 16 ½ inch cowboy
    size of Texas.                     Cuban Giants in baseball’s      providing young black men,       boots, 3 cell phones and at
                                       Negro League. He also           training and opportunity.        least 1 pager, along with an
    Born in Kirkwood, MO., to          played basket ball for the      He became an entrepreneur        IV pole and pump, to which
    Mildred and Oliver Johnson,        Harlem Road Kings, Harlem       with involvement in              he was connected. The
    he was destined to make the        Thrillers and the St. Louis     countless enterprises: Black     conversation regarding our
    world a better place.              Jokers.                         Wall Street Inc., an             services was coupled with
    Eugene showed a love for                                           organization trying to bring     his shortness of breath, but
    people and sports in his           He earned his nickname          tourism to the Greenwood         his mind was sharp and it
    early years, and played            “Sugarfoot” because he          district; Prime Enterprises,     was clear that “Sugar”
    baseball and basketball            landed so lightly on his feet   his own company, which
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 “Sugarfoot”cont.

 intended to survive this        At the time of his recovery,   gap between races. He            as a friend.
 illness. He immediately         he became a spokesperson       talked to everybody and
 understood how hospice          for hospice. And…a very        brought people together to       I realized that this was his
 represented the help and        good friend. As I came to      talk with each other. His        final gift to all of us…an
 hope he needed until he         know him better, I learned     ability to know how talking      understanding that the fabric
 could receive a transplant at   about his experiences          would promote                    of our lives is woven by our
 the Cleveland Clinic. And       growing up; his family         understanding was his gift       words, our heart and our
 after several months on         loyalty, his athletic          to all of us.                    deeds; and our thread
 hospice, and narrowly           experience and his                                              weaves all the people we
 escaping death’s grip, he       experience as a Negro in a     I learned a lot about            touch into our personal
 went to the Cleveland           world shaped by segregation    “Sugarfoot” during the two       fabric. Eugene “Sugarfoot”
 Clinic, had surgery and         and racism. His experience     short years I was privileged     Johnson was a golden,
 returned to Tulsa, no longer    on the road, during the 50’s   to know him. But, I was          brilliant thread. And, as he
 requiring hospice services.     and 60’s proved to “Sugar”     amazed to learn so much          wove the fabric of his life,
                                 that he had an instinct for    more at his funeral. You         he made the threads each of
 Soon, he recovered to his       survival. He often said he     see…”Sugar” died in a van        us represented, stronger and
 fully functioning self;         had 3 graduations in life…     accident on his way back to      more beautiful for having
 meeting his cronies at the      one from high school, one      Tulsa from St. Louis. At his     his care and attention.
 “McOffice” at Pine and          from college and one from      funeral I met and listened to
 Peoria, driving his van with    hospice.                       others who knew him, as a        I miss you “Sugar”. I
 the “Nona Juice” sign to                                       man, a humanitarian, a           sometimes even believe you
 various appointments                                           businessman, a friend, and       are close by…encouraging
 related to his businesses,      It was his experience with     an athlete. As each              me and giving me the
 driving to St. Louis to care    survival coupled with his      individual walked to the         wisdom you possessed.
 for his elderly parents,        big heart, which gave him      podium that day, I listened      Thank you for touching my
 spending time with kids         his understanding of how       as they described this man       life and the lives of so many
 regarding their heritage,       important it was to improve    and what he had meant to         others. I am a better person
 providing access to Black       the plight of those whose      each of them; his heart, his     for having known you and
 History reading materials,      lives he touched. He was       willingness, his honesty, his    the fabric of my life is
 promoting Black Cowboys,        ahead of his time in           work ethic, his thirst for       stronger, more colorful and
 and, he even returned to        understanding the need for     knowledge, his passion for       will someday wrap other
 painting.                       communication and              improving life for those         with its warmth, as yours
                                 knowledge in bridging the      around him and his loyalty       still does.



                                                                are going to be many            music for the entire
                                                                Juneteenth celebrations         family. The music will
                                                                going on in Tulsa               cover Gospel, R&B,
The Annual Leon                  Saturday, June 23rd.           during the Juneteenth           Blues, Soul, Jazz and
Rollerson Juneteenth             You can bring a blanket        weekend which is a              Oldies but Goodies,
Community Celebration            and enjoy this wonderful       beautiful thing. Our            from the Old School
is a festival celebration        day of events.                 community family                music.
in honor of family, kids                                        affair, Juneteenth, at
and community of                 On the same site will be       Academy Central will              Also, Watch for the
cultural and diversity.          a Celebration of Healthy       capture many different          Juneteenth Television
                                 Marriages presented by         community                       Celebration with many
This celebration will be         TAAHMI. This is a              organizations showing           artist on the RBN
held on the grass area of        community event for the        their pride for this            Juneteenth Television
Academy Central                  whole family and the           outstanding day. We             Special on the Rollerson
School at 1789 W.                Admission is free.             will highlight art,             Broadcasting Television
Seminole starting at                                            history and lifestyles.         Network.
11am until 3pm on                Rollerson says, “There         There will be lots of

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                                                                      Wanda Thomas
     Miss Tonnie Smith                                                Special Events Director
     Program Producer
                                                                                                       school age. Her acting
                                      women, their spiritual and                                       career now include plays,
                                      physical welfare, is obvious                                     such as, “Shakin’ the
                                      as she interacts with them                                       Mess Outa Misery” with
                                      on a daily basis. She is a                                       Theater North and she is
                                      member of Passageway                                             presently in “Treasure
                                      Ministries in Bixby,                                             Blind”, which is scheduled
                                      Oklahoma. The pastor is                                          to be released this fall. Mrs.
                                      Ella Jane Coley. She is the                                      Thomas has acted in several
                                      daughter of Rev. Loomus                                          commercials, including
    An extraordinary, kind and        and Ernestine Dillard of        Multi-faceted is the best        Frito-Lay and Wal-Mart’s
    compassionate person with         Bixby, Oklahoma.                way to describe Wanda            national advertising
    an unusual gift of music!                                         Thomas. Born to Reverends        campaign featuring Garth
    She has the ability to lift her   Ms. Smith is currently a        Ray and Rosetta Finley in        Brooks.
    audience of any size into a       contestant in "The “Gimme       Pawhuska, Oklahoma,
    special place of spiritual        the Mic” Competition. This      Wanda demonstrated a love        Wanda has also been
    awareness so that their           is not her first time as a      of and talent for entertaining   involved in several civic
    hearts and circumstances          vocal contestant for she also   people at an early age.          activities, like AARP
    can be changed for the            was a preliminary contestant    Singing in the church choir,     (American Association of
    better. This mother of five       in the famed Savannah           actress and poet are just a      Retired Persons) and has
    loves to praise and worship       Onstage "American               few activities that describe     received recognition as the
    God. She has spent many           Traditions                      this energetic woman.            Founder of the Mental
    years traveling and singing       Competition" Tonnie has                                          Health Associations’
    all over the country with her     also appeared and sang in       Mrs. Thomas’ singing             Fashion Show for the people
    mother, Enestine Dillard.         several Community               career began at the Mt. Zion     who suffer with mental and
                                      Playhouse Productions in        Baptist Church in                physical illnesses.
    Tonnie works as a highly          Phoenix, Arizona and in         Pawhuska, Oklahoma where
    skilled and valuable nurse        Tulsa. Many churches and        she sang under the direction     She is presently Assistant
    and phelbomist at The O.U.        church functions have been      of her mother Reverend           Director of the Leon
    Family Medical Practice.          blessed by her and with her     Rosetta Finley along with        Rollerson Show, on Tulsa
    Her love for children, young      music.                          her brothers and sisters         Channel 20 in Tulsa,
                                                                      (Prayz) and culminated in        Oklahoma, and is Service
                                                                      singing as a contestant on
                   Leon                                               “Gimme the Mike” on
                                                                                                       Coordinator for the Mental
                                                                                                       Health Associations’
                                                                      KOTV Channel Six.                Metropolitan Apartment
                   Rollerson                                          During her earlier years,
                                                                                                       Program.

                                                                      Wanda developed a love for       Wanda has been married to
                                                                      acting and the stage. A
                   Productions                                        career that took a back seat
                                                                                                       Bill Thomas for the last 10
                                                                                                       years.
                                                                      until her 3 children became
    Radio Shows                       are just some of the
    Television Shows                  many wonderful things
                                      that Leon Rollerson
    Satellite                                                         For more information,            become reality.
                                      Productions is all
    Productions                       about.                          about who we are and
    Concerts                                                          what we do, you can
    Stage Productions                 Look for our radio              contact at
                                      shows, television                   918-402-7721
    Studio Recordings
                                      show, and concerts in
                                      your local area.                Leon Rollerson
    All of these
                                                                      Productions, our goal
    entertaining features
                                                                      is to make your dreams




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           Award Winning Author Comes Back to Tulsa by Shiron Harris

Native Tulsan and award         Boy to Manhood: The              rates in the black              who then makes the final
winning author, Dr. Julia       Passage and The                  community. Dr. Hare also        decision on who will be the
Hare came to Tulsa on           Endangered Black Family:         believes that there has been    featured speaker for
February 18th for a lecture     Coping with the                  an over diagnoses of mental     February”, stated Latimer.
and book signing at the         Unisexualization and             disorders in children, and is   Latimer was quick to point
Rudisill North Regional         Coming Extinction of the         mostly against the use of       out that there is a different
library in honor of Black       Black Race, just to name a       prescription drugs in           process for selecting the
History Month.                  few.                             treating behavioral problems    yearly Sankofa award
                                                                 in kids. Dr. Hare feels that    winner though during
Dr. Hare is considered to be    Before beginning her             children could benefit from     Black History Month.
a dynamic motivational          lecture, Dr. Hare received       having male and female          “There is a board made up
speaker and lecturer, as well   awards from the Tulsa Pan        Rites of Passage programs       of community members
as an in demand relationship    Hellenic Society, and also       in the schools which help       that make the
expert, who along with her      the Mt. Zion Baptist             children to transition from     determination for the
husband, Dr. Nathan Hare        Church. Afterwards, she          childhood to adulthood.         yearly Sankofa award
founded The Black Think         was recognized by her Alma                                       winner. Latimer likes the
Tank in San Francisco,          Mater, Booker T.                 Dr. Hare issued a challenge     fact that programs at the
California. The Black           Washington High School           to church communities to        library are representative of
Think Tank is a consulting      class of 1951 for her            become more active and          what the community
firm dedicated to finding       outstanding contributions to      involved with the              wants. “The thing that I
solutions to problems           the black community. Dr.         community at large, in          like the most about my job
impacting the black             Hare was introduced by           particular, its’ young          is the fact that we are able
community. Dr. Hare is          Friends of the Library board     people. She advocates           to present programs that
also an educational             member Sharon Haynes.            retirees and older              are representative of the
psychologist who has                                             congregants setting up          community at large”.
worked very closely as a        During the lecture, Dr. Hare     tutoring programs in
consultant with the National    spoke about the need to          churches so that young              Dr. Hare’s writings have
Association of Juvenile and     bring discipline and order       people will have the chance     been featured in periodicals
Family Court Judges and the     back into the school system,     to gain a wealth of wisdom      such as Newsweek, USA
California Association of       which she feels is sorely        and knowledge. She              Today, Ebony, Jet, and
Black Correctional Officers.    lacking. She emphasized          believes that children are      Essence magazines. Dr.
                                the importance of teaching       being cheated of the            Hare has also appeared on
Dr. Hare along with her         children early on about the      opportunity to learn when       several radio and talk show
husband Dr. Nathan Hare is      importance of having self-       this does not happen.           programs such as CNN and
also a published and well       respect, and love for their                                      Company, BET, and Tavis
respected author having         parents and peers. She also      Alicia Latimer who is the       Smiley. She recently
written some socially           offered sharp criticism for      African American                appeared on C-Span’s state
riveting books. Some of her     black parents whom she           Resources coordinator at        of the Black Union:
books which she published       feels have become lax in         Rudisill library introduced     Preserving the African
with her husband include:       their disciplinary duties. She   Dr. Hare and explained the      American Imprint on
Crisis in Black Sexual          sees this as a direct            process by which black          America.”
Politics, Bringing the Black    correlation to the high crime    history month authors are
                                                                 selected. “I make
                                                                 recommendations to an
                                                                 administrative committee,

                                                                 entertainment articles,         Tulsa, OK 74145
                                                                 and scheduled concerts.
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OPERATIONS
Leon Rollerson         OWNER / PRESIDENT

Deborah Brazeal        DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS,
                         Host of “Leon Rollerson’s Health Segments”,
                         Television / Radio Host, Host Instructor.

Victoria Ellington     SENIOR OPERATIONS OFFICER,
                         Director of the Leon Rollerson Productions, Director of Location Productions, Television / Radio Host,
                        Youth Projects Producer, Chairman of Advisory Board, Web Master, Publishing Director, Model,
                        Vocalist.

Tonnie Smith           PROGRAM PRODUCER,
                        Director of Leon Rollerson Entertainment Company, Director of Team Operations,
                        Director of Gospel Productions, Executive Assistant, Director of StarTime Productions,
                        Director of Programming, Director of Staff, Television / Radio Host,
                        Vocal Instructor, Model, Vocalist

Bea’ Martin-Williams    STUDIO DIRECTOR,
                          Fine Arts Director, Television / Radio Host, Director of Evaluation, Outlook Studio Director,
                          Producer, Model

Erin Powell            TECHNICAL DIRECTOR,
                        Television / Radio Host, Video Director, Technical Instructor, Model

Wanda Thomas           SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR,
                         Television / Radio Host, Director of Site Improvement, Model, Vocalist

Rev. Andrea Anderson     STUDIO TRAFFIC DIRECTOR,
                           Television / Radio Host, Director of Leon Rollerson’s Family Support System

Leisa Brown             ASSISTANT TO ROLLERSON PRODUCTIONS,
                          Television / Radio Host, Host of Leon Rollerson’s Fashion Styles Segment

Jules Jones            DIRECTOR OF MARKETING,
                         Director of Promotions, Fashions Director, Assistant to Leon Rollerson,
                         Television / Radio Host, Office Consultant, Entertainment Coordinator, Model, Vocalist

Charity Marcus          SPECIAL INTEREST PRODUCER,
                          Promoting Specials, Office Coordinator, Documenting Meeting Reporter, Television / Radio Host

Diann Sims              LOCATION VIDEO / AUDIO PRODUCER,
                          Television / Radio Host, Model

Edwin Fincher            LIGHTING DESIGNER,
                          Technician Team Member

Jasmine Love            OPERATIONS EVALUATOR,
                          Model, Vocalist

Makia Pankey            HISPANIC COMMUNICATIONS

Christy Wallace          EDUCATION DIRECTOR,
                           Modeling Director, Public Service Director

Cinthia Clayton          MAKE-UP ARTIST

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