On this episode I sat down with Bruce Waight Sr. This bio below was written by Oklahoma Black Entrepreneurs. It hits everything about Bruce and is by far better than anything I could have put together. Go follow @oklahomablackentrepreneurs on social media and on their website www.oklahomablackentrepreneurs.com
Bruce Waight Sr. is a father, professional barber, community advocate, and CEO from San Antonio, TX.
After graduating from barber college in 2011 Bruce received his professional barbering license from the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering.
In 2014, Bruce, along with co-founder Vanessa Morrison; a non-profit professional and graduate from the OU College of Architecture's Regional and City Planning Graduate Program, wanted to change how people experience and access the barbershop space and culture, with a vision of eliminating obstacles and barriers.
In 2015 they purchased a 1960 Airstream Landyacht, and restored and transitioned their vintage trailer into Oklahoma's first full service, self-sustaining barbershop. Bruce was also integral in getting legislation passed to help make mobile barbershops legal in the state of Oklahoma and launched in July of 2017. He was then appointed by the Governor's office to serve on the Oklahoma Barber and Cosmetology Board and currently sits as the Barber representative and the Legislative Liaison.
In 2017 he expanded his entrepreneurial career and opened up his first storefront barbershop, Rooted Barber + Shop. Rooted hosts Oklahoma's first Artist in Residency Barbershop program, and a myriad of community events.
Additionally, he is the co-founder of Cut it Forward; a non-profit dedicated to providing culturally specific hair and skin care for foster and adopted youth of color and is the founder of the Hair Collaborative; a collective providing free barbering services onsite at the Homeless Alliance’s Day shelter.
For more information:
Rooted Barber + Shop
Address: 3515 N. Classen Blvd. OKC, OK
Facebook: Rooted Barber + Shop
Phone number: (405) 601-0154
En Root Mobile Barbershop Company
Facebook: En Root Mobile Barbershop Company
Cut it Forward
Facebook: Cut it Forward
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