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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). and, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: 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.

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Activist Kathy Wray Coleman (far right) of the Imperial Women Coalition leads anniversary women's
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To Coleman's direct left is Kenyona Sunny Matthews of Akron, director of Women's March Northeast Ohio
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Women's March Cleveland 2018 video: Cleveland Black women activists speeches, led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman, of the Imperial Women Coalition, who opened as the first speaker at the event, and also led the 7,000 person march.....Also featured are lieutenant governor candidates Akron Councilwoman Tara Mosley- Samples and former congresswoman Betty Sutton, and gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich, a former congressman and former Cleveland mayor....By and, Ohio's Black digital news leaders

Ohio State Senator Nina Turner invites community to sleep over at 7:00 pm tonight, Oct. 1, in front of Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to cast votes on the first day of early voting in Ohio on Oct 2, community activists, elected officials to attend

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 02:32

Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary of State who set the standard for women in politics, visits Cleveland for the Obama for America Campaign for round table discussion with women

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Executive Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Madeleine Albright (pictured), the first female U.S. Secretary of State who served under the Bill Clinton administration, will meet today, Oct 1., in Cleveland with a group of women for a round table discussion on behalf of the Obama for America Campaign.

"She's a great woman and one who set the standard for women in politics," said Dr. James M. Coleman,  a retired Cleveland schools assistant superintendent recruited for his expertise on intra-group relations during the desegregation era as a member of the schools  desegregation team in 1980. (Editor's Note: Dr. Coleman is the father of Cleveland Urban News.Com Publisher and Editor-n-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, who has been invited to event along with Cleveland Urban News.Com Reporter Johnette Jernigan).

Dr. Albright, 75, once a college professor,  will meet with area women at The Stone Mad Pub on the west side of Cleveland, Oh, the Obama for America Campaign said in a press release.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 04:38

Imperial Women Coalition, Community activists hold second Cleveland schools levy debate in Cleveland Ward 1, activists vote 39 to 13 against levy, read who was there, Channel 3's Lynna Lai, Cleveland Urban News.Com, cover debate, watch Lai's video of it

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland schools second levy debate, held Tues, Sept. 25 in Ward 1 at the Harvard Community Services Center, was informative and  got heated, with News Channel 3's Lynna Lai covering it, among other media, such as Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read Black and urban online newspaper ( (Editor's Note: Community activists thank Elaine Ghostin, CEO of the Harvard Community Services Center, for permitting the debate at the community facility).

Watch the Channel 3 (WKYC) news video above and read Lai's story on the event below this story. (Editor's Note: Some people at the debate voted 39 to 13 against the levy  via a poll taken by The Imperial Women Coalition, the sponsoring group of the debate that drew more than 125 people to Cleveland's predominantly Black east side).

Debating for the levy that, if passed by Cleveland voters, would bring some $67 million annually for four years,  were Debbie Kline and Gerald C. Henley, a former Cleveland School Board member.

And debating against it were Kimberly F. Brown and Donna Walker Brown.

State Rep. John Barnes Jr. (D-12) opened up the debate, which was moderated by state Rep. Bill Patmon (D-10), and had panelists of Roz McAllister, Frances Caldwell and Kathy Wray Coleman.

Community Activist and Lil Africa Owner Michael Nelson sang a song and community activists gave the Cleveland African-American Museum a community service award.

Linda Matthews and John Hariston represented Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), and Hairston, Fudge's executive director and a former community relations director for Cleveland schools, spoke on the congresswoman's role on the education committee in Congress.

State Sen. Nina Turner (D-25), a proponent of the levy, canceled at the last minute, allegedly because of preparation for the visit by President Obama to Kent State University on Wed. Grassroots have said that the invitation remains open for a debate with Turner, a sponsor of the state law that represents Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's educational transformation plan (Editor's Note: Jackson controls the city schools and appoints members of the Cleveland Board of Education pursuant to state law).

State Sen. Shirley Smith (D-22) spoke at intermission on Senate Bill 33, also known as the collateral sanctions bill ,that she sponsored that permits the expunging of either a felony and a misdemeanor, or two misdemeanors.

SB 33 takes effect today, Smith said.

Former Cleveland School Board Member Genevieve Mitchell spoke on the now defunct Cleveland schools desegregation court order and mayor control, and The Oppressed People's Nation, led by Ernest Smith, spoke on Black empowerment.

A previous grassroots debate, which was also sponsored by a coalition of grassroots organizations that include The Imperial Women, The Carl Stokes Brigade, Cleveland Jobs With Justice, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor,Black on Black Crime, The Oppressed People's Nation, The Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, Ohio Family Rights, People for Parental Equality, Peace in the Hood, The Underground Railroad and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, was held on Aug. 30 at Lil Africa in Cleveland.

Also at the debate, community activists called for the Ohio Supreme Court to hold the Ohio State Legislature in contempt of court for ignoring three of its orders to revise the state's unconstitutional public school funding formula that gives rich children more monies than poor children through property taxes that partly fund the schools.

By Lynna Lai, Channel 3 News

CLEVELAND -- It was an emotionally-charged debate in the heart of Cleveland's Lee-Harvard neighborhood.

Community activists organized an informative debate at the neighborhood community center, moderated by State Rep. Bill Patmon, to help educate constituents about Issue 107, a 15-mill property tax levy to fund an overhaul of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.City and business leaders say the outcome of the election will make or break the school system.

"What do you tell a senior citizen if she can't afford her medication?" argued levy opponent Kimberly F Brown. "Yes, our schools need to be fixed, but not on the backs of our taxpayers!"

Supporters of the levy fired back, including former Cleveland School Board President Gerald Henley.

"It's like you're taking the kids and throwing them into the lake, and letting them bottom out," he said. "It's already bottomed out. What are you going to do about it?"

Opponents of the levy appeared to outnumber supporters 2 to 1. For many voters, their minds are already set. However, for the estimated 14 percent of voter who are undecided, school and city leaders have a message about Cleveland's future:

"Education is key to our success," said Mayor Frank Jackson at an earlier meeting with the Council of Small Enterprises, or COSE.  Jackson and CMSD CEO Eric Gordon made their pitch for the levy to local small business owners by stressing that the success of the entire region depends on overhauling Cleveland schools.

"There will be people who say it's a bad investment," said Gordon. "The reality is, while we're not where we want to be, we have made great gains."

The district has not passed an operating levy in 16 years. In that time, it's seen a 23 percent increase in the graduation rate.

Meanwhile, the district has seen a total loss of 168 million dollars infunding over the last 2 years because of state and federal cuts.

"We're talking accountability and responsibility!" shouted opponent Brown, to a cheering crowd at the debate.


Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 05:18

Winston-Salem State University Rams defeat Morehouse College Maroon Tigers at Cleveland Classic football game at Cleveland Browns Stadium, 55 to 21, Shaw High School Marching Band steals show at half time

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By Johnette Jernigan

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission kicked off The Second Annual Cleveland Classic football game on Sept. 15 at Cleveland Browns Stadium with Winston-Salem State University Rams defeating Morehouse College Maroon Tigers 55 to 21.

The Cleveland Classic highlights historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU), some 80 of which exist in the United States.

The halftime show featured the marching bands from Morehouse College and Winston-Salem University, and Shaw High School, under the direction DeVon Wilson that stole the show.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 04:15

Congresswoman Fudge to lead National Voters' Day Rally, Sept. 25, 11am, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, grassroots, elected officials, preachers, union leaders to speak , Cleveland schools levy debate is Sept 25, Harvard Community Center

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Executive Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com

CLEVELAND, OH – National Voter Registration Day residents, elected officials, union leaders, faith and civic leaders, and grassroots organizations will join Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11 (pictured) for a rally from 11 am to 1 pm on Tues., September 25, in front of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections 2925 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland to encourage all eligible voters in Cuyahoga County to be registered and prepared to vote on November 6.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 21:56

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason resigns, McGinty to replace him, Mason sites death sentence of Serial Killer Anthony Sowell as an accomplishment, he had fallen out with Black leaders over Issue 6, county reform,

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Executive Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com

CLEVELAND,Ohio- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason (pictured) has announced in a one page letter to supporters that he will resign, effective Oct 1, three months before the end of his third four year term.

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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 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 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 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