Michael Eric Owens is co-host of the One Mic, One Voice show. Following a successful career in the United States Navy where he achieved Sailor of the Year honors, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, earning degrees in History and Political Science and Law as well as the Outstanding Graduate Award. He received his Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Michael is currently completing a PhD program in History.
Throughout his career, Michael has received countless awards and is a proud member of the National Scholars Honor Society. In 2013, Michael was named “Educator of the Year” by Perry Publishing & Broadcasting. As a leader and advocate in minority communities throughout the United States, Michael has created, spearheaded, and coordinated community programming that is engaging and unifying. He transitioned to Oklahoma with a proven track record of bringing diverse communities together to provide opportunities for collaboration and cultural and social exchanges. Michael has appeared on such programs as OKC Metro, OKC Mayor Magazine, and the Fox Morning Show. He has been interviewed on numerous national radio programs.
As a community organizer, Michael has administered literacy, leadership, and mentor programming. He continues to be successful at integrating divergent opinions, dispelling misconceptions, and mitigating arising conflicts when it comes to community building. Michael is a skilled strategist, helping local leaders reach a consensus regardless of their initial position. In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, reading and writing, and exploring the outdoors of Oklahoma.
De'Shaun Thornton is co-host of the One mic, one Voice show. D.T grew up in Oklahoma City, Ok graduating from Millwood High School as the "Scholar Athlete of The Year", as well as recieving high regards as a member of the National Honor Society. Mr. Thornton went on to obtain a Bachelors in Sociology and a Bachelors in Psychology from St. Gregory's University, where the University recognized him with their "Champion of Character Award". D.T furthered his education at Langston University, recieving a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, and now services his community as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Oklahoma City area.
D.T has spent the extent of his career working with youth and their families developing programs that empower them to overcome the many challenges they face, as well think critically about the circumstances of our socities. D.T has been privileged to give key note addresses to many High schools and Universities in the Oklahoma area, and noted as one of it's "Emerging Leaders". D.T has been able to make significant impact on the individuals that he has been blessed to encounter, and continues to uphold the values of moral character, leadership, and community.