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Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some  four million views.

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Click below to read over 1,400 archived Cleveland Urban News.Com articles by year at our blog of (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

 


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(Editor's note: Kathy Wray Coleman (second from right next to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at far right) has received the President Obama 2016 community service award, which was handed to her by 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at Kaptur's Cleveland District office). Standing with Coleman are Renata Jakupka (third from left), who recommended that Coleman receive the award, and community activists Frances Caldwell, David Patterson, Marva Patterson, Ada Averyhart, and Genevieve Mitchell).

 

Memorial services held for activist Heather Heyer as racial unrest continues to mount following her murder by a White nationalist at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia....Heyer's mother said that "they tried to kill my daughter to shut her up"

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, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINA-Memorial services were held Wednesday for Heather Heyer (pictured), the 32-year-old Charlottesville, Virginia paralegal killed opposing racism by White nationalists at a contentious rally in the city last Saturday as racial unrest continues to mount nationwide.

 

Heyer was run over as suspected murderer James Alex Fields Jr. plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at the rally, leaving Heather dead and 19 others injured.

 

Fields, 20, was denied bail at his arraigned this week on charges of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run.

 

Hundreds gathered at the Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville on Wednesdayt to celebrate a life taken too soon.


Among them were dignitaries, including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, activists,  friends, family members, and colleagues.

 

Holding back tears, Heyer's father, Mark Heyer, said his daughter loved people, and that he is truly proud of her. And he called for peace as tensions mount nationwide following insensitive comments by President Trump, who is blaming both sides, even the non-violent protesters that appeared at Saturday's rally in good faith to call for an end to racism and bigotry in America.

 

"She wanted to put down hate," Mark Heyer said of his daughter. "We need to stop all this stuff and forgive each other. I think that is what the Lord would want us to do."

 

"She paid attention," said Heather's mother, Susan Bro. " She made all of us pay attention."

 

Her mother said that Heather became a target of White nationalist due to her outspokenness.

 

"They tried to kill my child to shut her up," said Bro.  "Well guess what, you just magnified her."

 

She went on to say that, regarding racism and bigotry America, " we must have the uncomfortable dialogue."

 

And she said that her daughter's untimely death was not in vain

 

"I'd rather have my child, but by golly if we are going to give her up we are going to make it count," said Bro in garnering a standing ovation.

 

Heather's mother and father called on activists and others to carry on the fight for equal opportunity and equal justice and to stand up for Civil Rights against hate groups.

 

Rallies have been held across the nation following the death of Heather Heyer last weekend, including in Cleveland, Ohio where activists and area clergy have called for an end to racism and bigotry.

 

, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 22:03

National NAACP interim President Derrick Johnson responds to Charlottesville, Virginia attack on activists by White supremacists via a letter to www.clevelandurbannews.com editor Kathy Wray Coleman..Black, other Cleveland activists to address the matter

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 , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


(Below is a letter from interim national NAACP President Derrick Johnson to editor

Kathy Wray Coleman in response to the attack and killing by suspected murderer

James Alex Fields of Ohio against activists opposing White supremacists, led by

David Duke, at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

on Saturday where one participant was killed and 19 others injured.

Black, other Cleveland activists to briefly address the matter at a candidates

forum for Cleveland mayor on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Angie'a Soul Cafe,

3400 St Clair Avenue in Cleveland.....

Call 216-659-0473 for more information on the forum)

__________________________________________________________________________

Kathy [Wray Coleman], (From national NAACP President Derrick Johnson)

Over the last 48 hours, we have once again seen the familiar faces of hate and
bigotry. We have seen white supremacists - wrapped in armbands emblazoned with the
Swastika, holding torches, and carrying the flags of the Confederacy - march through
Charlottesville, one of our great American cities.
[http://live-naacp-site.pantheonsite.io/latest/naacp-condemns-u...esville-virginia/]

And we have felt a familiar frustration as those in our nation's highest office have
chosen not to acknowledge the pain that these hateful symbols bring, but rather have
chosen to blame individuals "on many sides."

Our hearts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in
Charlottesville.

We have received thousands of calls and emails from citizens around the country
asking: "what can I do?"

I say, we must stand strong, arm-in-arm with our neighbors, to speak out in one
unified voice. We must use our time, our talents and our resources to assist, and to
caution against the repeated rhetoric that has helped to fuel this climate of
division and derision. [http://www.naacp.org/membership/]

This has to change. You can help. Stand with us. [http://www.naacp.org/membership/]

In solidarity,
Derrick Johnson


NAACP
Interim President and CEO

 , Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 09:07

Ohio Supreme Court orders Cleveland City Council to put Q- Deal to renovate the Cleveland Cavaliers arena before voters, putting renovations on hold, a win for Q-Deal opposers SEIU, the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, Greater Cleveland Congregations

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, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Ohio Supreme Court, on Thursday, ordered Cleveland City Council to accept 20,000 signatures collected by the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, SEIU, and the Greater Cleveland Congregations to put the Q-Deal, a multi-million dollar project to renovate the Quicken Loans Arena that houses the Cleveland Cavaliers, before voters via a referendum vote on the controversial tax-dollars measure.


Led by megastars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers. a premier major sports team, are the 2016 NBA champions who lost the title this year to the Golden State Warriors, whom they beat last year.


The 4-3 ruling by Ohio's higest court stops the project from going forward, for now,  and keeps the city from using tax dollars for arena renovations that opponents say are elitist and should be secondary, if at all, to community revitalization in an impoverished largely Black major American city like Cleveland, the state's second largest city behind the capital city of Columbus.


City Council, Mayor Frank Jackson and council President Kevin Kelley had argued that accepting the petition signatures for the ballot would interfere with a contract the city has with the Cavs and other deal makers.

 

But it never made sense that such contract could negate the city charter's clear mandate relative to referendums that must be put before voters.


Cleveland City Council sealed funding for the Q-deal in April before a crowded room with protesters on hand, voting 12-5 to throw some $88 million toward the renovation project, which followed a vote  a month earlier by Cuyahoga County Council for the county to contribute $144 million.


Cuyahoga County is 29 percent Black and includes the city of Cleveland.


Nearly a third of the 17 member Cleveland City Council, including mayoral candidates Jeff Johnson and Zack Reed, and Ward 8 Councilman Michael Polensek, opposed the deal .

 


Councilmen Jeff Johnson and Michael Polensek publicly trashed the deal.


The two tax-supported donations from the city and the county, coupled with the Cavs putting in $122 million through increased rent and Destination Cleveland kicking in 44 million from the county bed tax, brought the Q-Deal to fruition.

 


But the concessions for the community, other than the Black contractors, were minimal?


And exactly what concessions did the deal bring for Clevelanders and county residents, aside from some promised money for Black construction workers, an agreement brought about with support from outspoken contractors' activist Norm Edwards, who, in turn, praised Cavs owner Dan Gilbert at county and city council meetings.


About $1 million will go to Cleveland's Habitat for Humanity for home renovations of 100 homes, and the Cavs have also agreed to resurface the basketball court at Cleveland's 23 recreation centers, a drop in the bucket, said sources, for a multimillion dollar arena revitalization project that will, among other things, expands the building and adds a glass enclosure.


Still, activists in general were upset, saying the Black community was done in and got little in return for their tax dollars, and so were poor people and Cleveland and Cuyahoga County residents in general.


"It is sad and unfair to the Black community and others,"  Cleveland activist Ada Averyhart, who picketed regularly over the issue, said of the Q- Deal.


The Q-Deal was vehemently pushed by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, City Council President Kelley, and Mayor Frank Jackson, the city's three-term Black mayor who faces eight challengers, including Councilmen Reed and Jeff Johnson, in his bid for re-election this year.


They are a powerful trio, like them or not.


Budish, Jackson and Kelley say the deal will bring in jobs and monies to the city, and the region, and will keep the premiere basketball franchise on equal footing with competitors.


And the concessions, slim or not, were not easy coming,  Gilbert agreeing to a little more monies after a three-months activists' campaign that included pickets at city and county council meetings and at basketball games.


ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.8 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


Last Updated on Sunday, 13 August 2017 03:01

Appeals court upholds Cleveland mayoral candidate Eric Brewer's 2016 misdemeanor convictions, though police had neither reasonable suspicion nor probable cause to pull over his car and to subsequently search the vehicle

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Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.8 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-BOSTON HEIGHTS, Ohio- Cleveland mayoral candidate Eric Brewer (pictured), dressed as a woman and claiming his name was “Erica,” was arrested 22-months ago for alleged marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, though data suggest that the cop at issue had neither reasonable suspicion nor probable cause to pull his car over that day in October 2015.

Last week Brewer's misdemeanor convictions were upheld by the 9th District Court of Appeals in Summit County in a unanimous decision, an indication, said sources, that police can do whatever they want to Black people and their actions are upheld by seemingly unfair and racist judges at every level.

Brewer is Black and has 45 days from the date the decision was journalized to file a memorandum in support of jurisdiction to ask the Ohio Supreme Court to hear the case. He must convince the high court that the issue is of great public and general interest or that what happen to him was unconstitutional, if he properly raised the issue of alleged unconstitutionality at the trial court level.  Regardless, the state's court of last resort only hears a fraction of the cases it is not required to hear by law or other authorities.

Studies show that nationwide Blacks are four to six times more likely to be stopped by police than their White counterparts.

The former East Cleveland mayor and outspoken Black  journalist is among eight candidates challenging Mayor Frank Jackson in this year's election for Cleveland mayor.

The outcome of the case has no bearing on his mayoral aspirations since the case involved misdemeanor convictions.

Boston Heights is a village of Summit County and is 32 miles south of Cleveland, a city of Cuyahoga County, the state's second largest of 88 counties.

Its 1,300 residents are overwhelmingly White and the village has a median household income of some $98,000.

Brewer acted as his own lawyer in the case, including on appeal, and argued a lack of probable cause or reasonable suspicion for police to even pull his car over.

 

The controversial Brewer, who began his writing career at the Call and Post Newspaper and once published his own newspaper, the Challenger, and edited the now defunct Cleveland Life newspaper, was found guilty in Stow Municipal Court of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license by Judge Lisa Coates in March 2016. He was fined $1526.

Police stopped Brewer’s black Mercedes on state Route 8 at about 1 a.m. on Oct 23,. 2015 after checking a law enforcement data base, data show. And after arresting Brewer and towing the car police say they found the marijuana and paraphernalia, a coincidence, they say.

The mayoral candidate was driving with a a suspended license, police said, though that is not a legal basis for pulling his car over since anybody could have been driving and Brewer had not broken any laws that police witnessed.  And how police managed to search his car without his consent or even a claim of alcohol or other substance abuse impairment, raises a claim of a possible unlawful search and seizure under the 4th amendment, among other illegalities, case law suggests.

“I go by the name Erica,” Brewer,  63, initially said when he was pulled over, a dash cam video of the incident reveals.

 

He eventually gave his name, police said.

Public records also reveal that he was wearing a black and white dress, a wig, high heels and makeup, another indication that he may have been the subject of racial profiling, and harassment.

Photos of Brewer dressed as a woman made national news in 2009 when he was mayor of East Cleveland, a majority Black and impoverished Cleveland suburb.

He lost his re-election bid that year to Gary Norton, whom East Cleveland voters recalled last year.

Brewer was cited in 2013 for driving with a suspended license after Akron police stopped him. He paid a fine in that case and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 August 2017 06:28

Some 9 judges attend funeral for former Cleveland judge Pauline Tarver in their robes where Mayor Jackson gave remarks and the Rev. Dr. Todd Davis did the eulogy, coupled with a presentation by the Black Women's PAC

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, at least nine area judges wearing their robes, mayoral candidates Councilman Jeff Johnson and state Rep Bill Patmon, and members of the Black Women's PAC and the National Council of Negro Women were among mourners that attended funeral services for former Cleveland judge Pauline Tarver at Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland Saturday morning.

 

A Democrat and former executive director of the Cleveland NAACP turned judge, Tarver, an active member at Antioch, one of the city's most prominent Black churches, died on July 26.

 

Antioch Baptist Church senior pastor the Rev Dr. Todd C. Davidson did the eulogy.

 

The judges sitting on the dais in their  distinguished robes included Cleveland Municipal Court judges Lauren Moore, Pinkey Carr and Michael Sliwinski, Cleveland Heights Judge A. Deane Buchanan, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judges Cassandra Collier-Williams and Joan Synenburg, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Michael John Ryan,  and Ohio 8th District Appellate Court Judges Melody Stewart and Anita Laster Mays, all of them Democrats and Black but White Republicans Synenburg and Sliwinski.

 

An incumbent seeking an unprecedented fourth term this year, Mayor Jackson, who is Black, was the only elected official to speak and he spoke of Tarver as a longtime friend and a champion "for Civil Rights."

 

Services were by Lucas Memorial Chapel in Cleveland with an interment at Highland Park Cemetery.

 

The Black Women's PAC, led by its president Elaine Gohlstin, also president and CEO of the Harvard Community Services Center in Cleveland, did a salute to Tarver, and Lucretia Bolden sang the song "Stand."

 

Among the community, others there included state Rep.Janine Boyd, Cleveland judicial candidates Jasmin Torres-Lugo and Michael Nelson Sr., a Cleveland criminal defense attorney who is on leave as the local chapter president of the Cleveland NAACP as he campaigns, and affluent criminal defense attorney Roger Synenburg, a Cuyahoga County Republican Party key affiliate, and the husband of  Judge Joan Synenburg.

 

State Rep, Patmon, also a former city councilman told

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog, that service was impressive, and a well-deserved tribute to Tarver.


Tarver graduated from John Adams High School in Cleveland, John Carroll University and Cleveland Marshall School of Law.

 

A women's rights advocate who once worked for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and volunteered for a local battered women's shelter. Tarver died while a candidate this year as a favorite in a four-way race to regain a seat on the 13- member largely Black Cleveland Municipal Court bench after she lost it in 2015 to the late Ed Wade, a Black Republican who succumbed to cancer in 2016. She was 63.

 

Tarver was born the sixth of seven children.

 

Her mother and father, Henry Tarver Jr and Sarah Massengill-Tarver, a brother, John L. Tarver, a sister. Paula Higgins, and a nephew, Paul Higgins, preceded her in death.

 

She is survived by brother Robert Tarver, sisters Irene White, Valerie Glendell, and Dorothy Pitts, surrogate daughter Victor Thurman, and surrogate sister Katherine Taylor.

 

Tarver was first elected to the Cleveland Municipal Court bench in 2003 and was reelected for a second six year term in 2009 before losing a third term to Wade in 2015. She was the executive director of the Cleveland NAACP from 1982-2003, and was also a prior grant writer and community organizer. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, the Black Women's Political Action Committee, and the National Council of Negro Women, among other organizations.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 August 2017 21:12

Congresswoman Fudge denounces cuts by President Trump to funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs nationwide and in 7 largely Black school district of Cuyahoga County.....The school districts are ClevelandHeights-University Heights, Euclid, Garfield

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio - Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) (pictured), on Thursday, issued a statement regarding recent cuts at the federal level by the Trump administration nationwide and the Cuyahoga County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, a program initiated in 1997.


"I am deeply concerned about recent cuts made to 80 teen pregnancy prevention programs nationwide, including one administered by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health," said Fudge in a press release to Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper. " Students in seven school districts in the 11th Congressional District depend on the Cuyahoga County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program."

 

The seven east side suburban districts impacted by Trump-initiated cuts of some $2 million of  $4.8 million in federal grant monies stripped from the Department of Heath and Human are largely Black and are Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Richmond Heights, Warrensville Heights and East Cleveland, all of which have significant Black populations.


At the high school level where most teen pregnancies occur,  Maple Heights is 92 percent Black, Garfield Hts, 63 percent, Richmond Heights, 62 percent, Warrensville Heights, 98 percent, Cleveland Heights-University Heights, 77 percent, Euclid, 80 percent, and  East Cleveland 95 percent.

 

A Democratic stronghold, Cuyahoga County, the second largest of 88 counties statewide, and behind the capital city of Columbus, is roughly 29 percent Black, and includes the majority Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland.


A Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes parts of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, Fudge said that the  president's "cuts will have devastating effects on our region."


The federal lawmaker and one of only two Blacks in congress from Ohio said that it is unconscionable to take resources away from schools and students that need them most.


"Taking funding away from the schools which need it the most is mean, detrimental to our students, and could endanger our youth for generations to come," said Fudge.


Data show that some 10,000 children are born annually to teens in Ohio, 74 percent of them to young women 18 or 19 years old, and 89 percent of them unmarried.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 228,000 babies are born annually to young women 15-19 years old, though teen pregnancy rates nationally have been reduced since 2014 by some nine percent to some 26 teen pregnancies per 1000.


And pregnancy rates have continually dropped over a 20 year period in the United States, particularly among Blacks.


A 2016 CDC report found that nationally, teen pregnancies of Black girls have dropped by 44 percent since 2006, and partly due to prevention programs.


Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.8 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

 


Last Updated on Monday, 07 August 2017 18:22

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS : BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE: Cleveland police officers and detectives fired, including officer Michael Brelo, and six suspended as to the 137 shots deadly shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.....Not all of the cops that did the shooting were fired....The firings should be vacated the police union says, which likely means arbitration ....A consent decree on police reforms with the city and the DOJ remains....Community activists renew the call for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who shielded 12 of the 13 non-Black cops that did the shooting from criminal charges, to be voted out of office this year, and Congresswoman Fudge wants McGinty gone too.....Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell acquitted Brelo of manslaughter charges....By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

Cleveland police cars chase two unarmed Blacks from downtown Cleveland to neighboring East Cleveland the night of Nov. 29, 2012. The 23 -minute car chase ended in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School and culminated in 13 non- Black Cleveland police officers firing a total of 137 bullets at Malissa Williams 30, and Timothy Ray Russell, 43, the driver of the 1979 Chevy Malibu. Both Russell and Williams were Black, and both died at the scene.  Some 105 police officers and 64 police cruisers participated at some level in the deadly chase.


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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS Vote no on March 15, 2016 to the re-election of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (pictured below) Twenty-three years of racist and corrupt McGinty as to 19 years as a common pleas judge and four years as a county prosecutor are enough....He is pro- police, anti-Black, anti -fair and anti-Tamir Rice....Greater Cleveland community activists, including the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Puncture the Silence, Revolution Books, Peace in the Hood, the Oppressed People's Nation, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Million Women March Cleveland and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, want him voted out of office, as do the Cleveland NAACP and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge ....Read here what McGinty, who is White, has done to hurt the Black community and others as a judge and as an overzealous and unfair county prosecutor......By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman



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PASS THIS ON PLEASE ACTIVISTS: Community activists to picket Cleveland News Channel 5 for harassment and defamation against Blacks and activists, harassment of the community allegedly led by News Director Jeff Harris (pictured), who joined the local televisionstation in 2014. Please call (216) 659-0473 if Harris, who is White, or anybody else at Cleveland Channel 5 News has harassed you or defamed you,or email us at editor@cleveland urbannews.com. Harris is reportedly being enlisted by police and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to harass outspoken greater Cleveland Black activists, and according to Reporter John Kosich, has agreed to slant stories against the Black community and community activists. Greater Cleveland Black judges and elected officials have also experienced the racist wrath of Harris and Cleveland Channel 5 News, data show. Harris is also accused of taking kickbacks in money to do malicious and false stories against greater Cleveland Blacks and others for corrupt judges, politicians, racist cops, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and others. (By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman)
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Kathy Wray Coleman is the editor-in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com and a 23-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. Coleman covered the presidential election for the Call and Post in 2008, including a one-on-one interview with now president Barack Obama.CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS