Oklahoma City Backyard Chickens
These backyard chickens decided to take a stroll near Lincoln and NE 36th Street in Oklahoma City. The urban rooster is the one with the bigger feathers. Good-looking couple! lol. I would love to have some backyard chickens someday.
“…When you sing before him don’t you worry, you’ll be good enough.”
–Kevin Costner on Whitney Houston singing before God
I watched Whitney Houston’s funeral off and on yesterday, and like all of the TV journalists commentating, I was very taken with how homegrown it was. It was very inspiring, especially Costner’s eulogy along with the stories BeBe Winans told.
I don’t know who said it first, probably CNN anchor Don Lemon, but Houston’s funeral illuminated the African American church experience for many white Americans who may have never before stepped foot in a Black church. Lemon also predicted a spike in church attendance today.
This morning, I decided to go poke around the northeast side of Oklahoma City, which is predominantly Black. There are probably two-dozen African American churches between Kelley Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard (running north and south) and NE 16th and NE 50th Streets (running east and west). All of the church parking lots were packed. Over the years, I’ve visited many of them. The services are long and many of the women still dress up in pretty suits and dresses and some wear hats. I’ve always enjoyed the services.
Th man in the above picture is the owner of the backyard chickens. I stopped and talked to him about Whitney Houston. We agreed, her death was very sad. I ask people all the time if I can take their picture. They almost always look at me like I’ve fallen off a turnip truck and then they bark, “No.” When I asked this man, he humbly, but definitively said, “Yes.” Then he posed, and we shared an understanding: my subject was very interesting. He told me he’s lived in this house for more than 40 years and I’m the first person to take his picture.
Oklahoma City Soul Food
Robert had Mama E’s fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes (or yams). Oh, my gosh, it was all slow-cooked to perfection. I have lived in Oklahoma City for 25 years and I’ve eaten every kind of food available from the most expensive restaurants to the most heralded dives. Mama E’s has the best food of all. It’s located off NE 36th Street on Springlake Drive.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it solely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” –Mark Twain