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Oklahoma City’s Charlie Christian Music Festival activities to be re-scheduled

Mark Temple
Mark Temple

Mark Temple, chairman of the 2013 Charlie Christian International Music Festival, announced via a recent news release the updated schedule of events that will take place during the weekend of the festival in Oklahoma City.  The “Feel Deep Deuce Brunch” scheduled at Urban Roots, 322 NE 2nd St. in Oklahoma City, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is on schedule for Saturday, June 8.  There will not be an admission charge.  The music will be provided by “Miss Muffy and Friends” and Deep Deuce stories with author Anita Arnold.

Other events at the Bricktown Ballpark are being re-scheduled for a later date because of complications arising from the recent tornadoes and flooding.

“While Saturday and Sunday may look like perfect days, the recent and continued rains have inhibited our ability to properly stage and produce the concerts.  The public will be notified of the re-schedule of these programs,” Temple said.  “Expectations are that the concerts will likely be scheduled later this year or early fall, most likely,” he concluded.  Ticket buyers can get refunds by going to outlets where they purchased or they may hold on to their tickets which will be honored at the re-scheduled events.

For more information, check the Charlie Christian website at or call (405) 524-3800. 


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Black Liberated Arts Center Inc. launches new image

Black Liberated Arts Center (BLAC) Inc.’s board of directors are (left) Jon Wood, first vice president; Jacquelyn Jemison, second vice president and secretary; Kenneth Lawson, president; and David Reed, treasurer.

Black Liberated Arts Center (BLAC) Inc. in Oklahoma City announced sweeping changes in launching the 2012-13 organizational image. With a theme of “Reclaiming our Identity: Tributes to Greatness,” a continuation of the theme “Reclaiming our Identity” which celebrated women begun in 2011, BLAC Inc. moves forward with a look of “newness.”

Prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year, the organization relocated its office into the newly renovated Lincoln Professional Suites located at 4500 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 106. Anita Arnold, BLAC Inc. executive director, said in a news release  everyone who has come by the office is very impressed.

“They like our new look, even though we occupy less space. Visitors who have visited include two guests from Ghana,” she said.

New officers elected to serve three-year terms beginning July 1 are Jon Wood, first vice president; Jacquelyn Jemison, second vice president and secretary, Kenneth Lawson, president and David Reed, treasurer.

Lawson is a retired IBM executive; Wood is employed by the State of Oklahoma. Jemison is employed by the University of Central Oklahoma and is the first lady at St. John Missionary Baptist Church. Reed is an Actuary at First Fidelity Corp.

Two new members joined the board of directors for a three-year term. They are Dr. Norma Cole Simpson, retired principal for Oklahoma City Public Schools, and April Rose Jackson,  co-owner of Abrakadoodle Oklahoma, a national franchise of Children’s Arts Integrated Activities serving children from 20 months to 14 years old. Jackson shares ownership of the franchise with her husband, Isaac Jackson, who is serving in Afghanistan.

For more information, call BLAC Inc. at (405) 524-3800.