1702 E. 6th St., Tulsa, OK 74104
FILA rapper Antonio “Dialtone” Andrews goes to American Solera when he wants to get away. The brewery has food almost everyday from different vendors, so it's hard to pick a favorite but easy to try new things. His advice for newcomers is to take advantage of their terrace. On top of his music, Andrews is also a designer. He recently designed a run of cans for the brewery. He’s also responsible for the single artwork for FILA's song "Shining" and has collaborated with the Grammy Museum and the Woody Guthrie Center.
6850 S. Elwood Ave., Tulsa, OK 74132
Rapper, poet and co-director for FILA’s upcoming documentary Keith Daniels likes to clear his head at Turkey Mountain. He says that is a place where he can reset and think about life. He enjoys both the blue and yellow trails, but will also venture off and create trails of his own. Daniels’ advice for people who go visit is to wear hiking boots and enjoy the moment.
2650 S. John Williams Way East, Tulsa, OK 74114
The place for all is the place for Cyree “Creo” Scott. He is not the only FILA artist that is a big fan of the park, but the singer sees it as a personal place for healing. The park is so massive that Scott hadn’t seen it all before this guide was published, but he continues to explore. He brings his daughter there often and she enjoys playing basketball and climbing the jungle gyms, but his favorite place is by the water. He doesn’t go there to write or look for inspiration. He goes there to clear his head.
“Peace inspires peace,” Scott said. He highlighted the chaos, pain and agony that the Black and Native American communities in Tulsa face from a long history of racial genocide. “Whenever you can find a pocket in Tulsa where it is peaceful, it kinda levels the playing field and you don’t feel like you’re at odds with your environment,” he said.
As he spoke, we were sitting in the ONEOK Boathouse, surrounded by the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection. Black greatness and its legacy was on display in the center of the park. The art collection will be available at the boathouse and Greenwood Cultural Center until June 27.
210 W. Latimer St., Tulsa, OK 74106
FILA singer TaNesha “Tea Rush” Rushing’s favorite place in Tulsa is Fulton Street Bookstore. They have a plethora of literature and promote Black authors. You may browse as though it were a library, and when you enter you will be welcomed and surrounded by culture. The store also sells Rushing’s tea, Mi Tea Lounge.
FILA poet Written Quincey is a curator of Cypher 120, the open mic, jam session experience that’s traditionally hosted at Love More Hookah Lounge. The cover charge is $10.
“Cypher 120 ultimately was and is the incubator for everything that this movement of sound and music in Tulsa now,” Quincey said. “They are in all ranges of discipline: poetry, singing, painting, tap dance, and we've had all kinds of different performers, ventriloquists. It’s a gathering of artists for artists.”
Performers attend to support, encourage, learn and sharpen each other’s craft. “Just come, be weird, he said. “This is a safe space for artists to be themselves, to be a collective, and to be challenged.”
Although the event is usually hosted at Love More Hookah, the location can vary depending on where the group goes. Follow them for more details on Facebook and Instagram.
2314 E. Admiral Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74110
FILA singer Ayilla is the proud Black business owner of Love More Hookah. The lounge is a multi-use venue. They host yoga every other Sunday, shoot music videos and provide a space for creatives to network and do what they do best: create. Obviously they are smoke-friendly, and although they don’t serve drinks you are welcome to bring your own.
2809 S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa, OK 74114
Rapper Damion Shade’s favorite thing to do in Tulsa is to go see or play music at local venues. Among his favorites is The Colony, a bar that’s open seven nights a week. Everything in the room is set up and pointed toward the stage. It’s a place to have a beer and enjoy music. Shade’s memories from The Colony go back to before there was a Gathering Place or Guthrie Green. A majority of Colony performances are singer/songwriter folk tunes, but they also showcase other genres like rock, pop and rap.
“There’s a culture that’s persisted,” Shade said. “John Fullbright, this Grammy-nominated country artist who lives here in Tulsa, would go down there and just jam with his friends sometimes. The Hanson brothers would show up on Sunday night to play guitar with Paul Benjaman. Those sorts of folks.”
In the past, young artists got the opportunity to play with world class players in Tulsa at The Colony. Now with more diversity as the years have passed, this music culture continues to reflect our city.
409 N. Main St., Tulsa, OK 74103
Some of FILA Papa’s fondest memories recall his first shows at Soundpony back when he and a few other FILA artists had a group called The District. He has also performed on the Soundpony stage at the World Culture Music Festival.
“You may have a person with a pink mohawk in the space having a drink with a person that’s dressed fully hip-hop,” Papa said of the beloved Arts District cycling bar. “It's like a melting pot with great beer.”
Facing Archer, 10 N. Greenwood Ave. C, Tulsa, OK 74120
A FILA rapper, one of Derek “1st Verse” Clark’s favorite places is Silhouette Sneakers + Art. The contemporary store offers more than just retail. FILA artists have performed there, and it also served as a stage during the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival. Their store has art pieces on the walls that switch out about every two months or so. The business is Black-owned.
“They have any shoe that you could want, and if they don’t have it they’ll order it,” Clark said. Clark recommends Greenwood Ave. merchandise such as the Black Wall Street bomber jacket. You can also buy FILA merchandise directly from Silhouette.
629 W 1st St, Tulsa, OK 74127
Scott “Doc Free” Phillips is one of the hosts of the Fire In Little Africa podcast, and a versatile, talented artist in his own right. He also works at Clean Hands, a retail shop and creative space for philosophers, photographers, musicians and many other artists to come and work on their craft. Although he may be a bit biased, the shop’s five-star rating on Facebook speaks for itself.
Clean Hands sells contemporary streetwear and street art supplies. The aesthetic is brightorange with lounge furniture to sit back, relax and enjoy a drink with friends. Clean Hands is also a multi-disciplined design and mural crew. They were responsible for the Woody Guthrie mural on the side of the Woody Guthrie Center and the Boys and Girls Club mural at 2143 S. Olympia Ave.
10 N. Greenwood Ave. S-101 Tulsa, OK 74120
FILA poet Sterling “Furious X” Matthews feels as though he is walking into his living room whenever he enters the Liquid Lounge on Black Wall Street. The cafe, lounge and art gallery is Black-owned and opened in January of 2020. Matthews likes to perform at their open-mic nights. The cafe has two drinks named after Matthews called Furious X Lemonade and Furious X Tea. Together, one could probably make a Furious X Arnold Palmer.
“My favorite part about this cafe is the wealth of knowledge that flows through here, it’s invaluable,” Matthews said.
Some of Matthews’ favorite art pieces to come through the Liquid Lounge have been a black and white Malcolm X painting, a spaceman painting, one of a Jamaican man with a Lion and a mural on the wall which was painted by a Liquid Lounge employee. Matthews is also a proprietor of For The Homies and they put on live shows that are streamed across the nation.
1406 N. Harvard Ave., Tulsa, OK 74115
FILA rapper Keenan “Keeng Cut” Lane’s favorite memories come from getting ice cream with his kids at Neveria La Fuente. The kids’ favorite ice cream flavor is birthday cake and Lane’s favorite is mango and soursop. The parlor has water-based ice cream for vegan lovers and is located at Pine and Harvard. Lane’s advice to newcomers is to try their free samples.
417 N. Main St., Tulsa, OK 74103
FILA Rapper Yung Qwan’s very first World Culture Music Festival was at the Empire Slice House building. Now when he goes there, he orders cheese pizza with balsamic vinaigrette. Qwan describes the pizza place as historical.
“Take a glance around you’ll see bits and pieces of history from music history to sports to movies,” Qwan said. “It’s like if Ghostbusters made a pizza place.”
He then pointed to the trinkets on the wall like Buzz Lightyear, bowling pins, Trolls Dolls and the Joker. It is in the heart of Tulsa’s music scene with Cain’s Ballroom right next door and Soundpony bar on the other side. On Saturdays, it is always popping. Qwan is a big pizza fan, and proud of it. He says that it is his dream to one day have his own slice named after him.
110 N. Elgin Ave., Tulsa, OK 74120
FILA rapper Parris Chariz’s favorite place in Tulsa is In the Raw. Specifically, he prefers the downtown location of the sushi joint that’s located in the Vast Bank building, with the view of downtown Tulsa. Chariz recommends starting out with the calamari and ordering the salmon as a main course with mash potatoes and asparagus.
800 N. Peoria Ave., Tulsa, OK 74106
FILA poet, singer, lyricist and overall mogul Jerica Wortham’s favorite places to go in Tulsa are on Riverside. She enjoys walking, or riding bikes on the trail, which she finds peaceful. In terms of indoor spots, she loves Retro Pub and Grill. The food is amazing and it always feels like home to her. It’s also the place she was able to really build J’Parlé, a showcase in which Wortham hosts local artists and their talents.
During the centennial anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Wortham served as the program director for the Greenwood Art Project. It placed art installations all around town and hosted events. They have both outdoor and indoor galleries. Wortham’s J’Parlé Live Reloaded and Recess performances at Retro will return in July. Follow her on Instagram @lyricistturnedmogul to stay up to date.
5424 N. Madison Ave., Tulsa, OK 74126
A place that FILA Singer Krisheena Suarez holds very near to her heart is the EduRec Youth and Family Fun Center in North Tulsa. They provide a number of different services that include after-school programs focused on academic assistance, Spring Break activities, summer camps and performing arts activities. One of Suarez’s favorite moments at EduRec includes helping with their back to school event.
“The room was so full of supplies and backpacks for kids, but most importantly there was so much love and care that you could feel just being there,” Suarez said. “As a kid I never realized the importance of being prepared for class, but having what you need and knowing that there are people who are there for you and want you to succeed really can motivate you to want to put your best foot forward.”
6808 S. Memorial Dr., Tulsa, OK 74133
FILA Rapper Jarry Manna is a bit of a gamer. He likes to embrace his nerdy side and geek out on anime. So it is natural that his favorite spot in Tulsa is the Vintage Stock, specifically the Memorial Dr. location.
“This place gets it,” Manna said. “They get the pop culture, the anime culture.”
Some people go to Vintage Stock to look through movies, music, video games or comic books. Manna likes all that classic stuff too, the physical feeling of holding a disc, the retro homey vibes that Blockbuster used to give. If you still like the feeling of DVD plastic and physical book pages, head to Vintage Stock and get nostalgic.
FILA singer Ausha LaCole’s favorite place to go was the Yeti before it closed. She enjoyed their performances that ranged from house and club music to hip-hop, R&B and jazz. Everybody was there. She felt that it was her first time being free. Now, her favorite place is the comfort of her own home. Although you can not visit there, you are more than welcome to follow CDC guidelines and limit your outings by staying home to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19. LaCole enjoys recording at her home studio, reading and drawing. Her place brings her newfound comfort and peace.
1102 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa, OK 74112
FILA producer Xanvas’ favorite place in Tulsa is the studio, but his favorite public place is Tally’s Cafe. The artist recently had a photo shoot there and was drawn in by the neon lights and 50’s aesthetic. The diner looks as if it could star in “Riverdale” on Netflix. It has a vintage Route 66 vibe and sits out east on the Mother Road. The shakes are great, order a burger and hang out. Tell them FILA sent you.
Rapper, singer and lyricist Shakera “Bambi” Simmons graduated in esthetics and opened her very own spa in October of 2020. Her business is called Exkursion and she is a certified massage therapist and esthetician. She wanted to cover both areas so her customers wouldn’t have to experience the awkward transition of people coming in and out of a room while you’re in a towel during the full body experience.
Simmon’s spa emits nature getaway vibes with brown earth tones and vines that lace the wall. She does facials, all kinds of massages and reflexology add ons such as a foot massage. She also has bundles and discount packages. Business is booming. Simmons is booking customers two weeks in advance. To make an appointment, please visit Simmon’s Instagram page @exkurzionbykera.