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OUR STORY

Focus: Black Oklahoma is a monthly hour-long news and public affairs program relevant to African American and communities of color statewide.

 

Focus: Black Oklahoma explores issues that shed a positive light on our community and examines topics that are unique to Oklahoma's communities of color that are often ignored.

 

Focus: Black Oklahoma broadcasts monthly on KOSU, a National Public Radio affiliate. FBO airs live every 3rd Sunday at 3:00pm on 91.7 in central Oklahoma, 107.3 in south Tulsa, at 8

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Focus: Black Oklahoma is a project of Tri-City Collective, produced in partnership with KOSU Radio, and Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Additional support is provided by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, and the Commemoration Fund.

Our theme music is by Moffett Music.

Focus: Black Oklahoma’s executive producers are Quraysh Ali Lansana and Bracken Klar. Our associate producers are Smriti Iyengar and Jesse Ulrich. 

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Image by Craig Pattenaude

Winner

Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award

Focus: Black Oklahoma has won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for “Blindspot: Tulsa Burning,” a collaborative podcast with KOSU, WNYC Studios, and The History Channel.


The award is considered one of the most prestigious in journalism, recognizing investigations, podcasts and documentary films for the strength of their reporting, storytelling and impact in the public interest. In its 80-year history, duPont-Columbia has given only five awards to Oklahoma organizations. 

The six-episode “Blindspot: Tulsa Burning” podcast explores the racial terror that destroyed the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, 100 years ago.

Through conversations with descendants, historians and local activists, the series considers how the traumatic two-day attack continues to take a toll.

The jury proclaimed the podcast as an “immersive, deeply reported series” that “placed powerful eyewitness voices at the heart of a century-old narrative.”

The podcast began as an idea conceived by Focus: Black Oklahoma executive producer Quraysh Ali Lansana.

You can listen to “Blindspot: Tulsa Burning” on KOSU Apple PodcastsSpotify or wherever podcasts are available.

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