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Comedian Chris Rock to bring his "Ego Death" world tour to Cleveland at Playhouse Square following Will Smith's Oscars slap....Rock added a second show in Cleveland after the Oscar slap....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of and Kathyw

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Comedian and actor Chris Rock (pictured), whom Oscar winner Will Smith slapped during Sunday's Oscars ceremony for a joke about his wife Jada Pinket Smith's hair loss, is bringing his “Ego Death” world tour to Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland for a performances on June 16-17 at the Connor Palace.

Rock's upcoming shows follows comedian and actor Dave Chapelle, who performed in Cleveland at Playhouse Square on Feb 19, the weekend of the NBA All-Star Game that Cleveland hosted.

Tickets went on sale on Friday, Feb. 25 on Ticketmaster’s website for the June 16 show and tickets for the Judge 17 show will go on sale Friday, April 1. The second show on June 16 was added after the Oscars fiasco.

A three-time Grammy winner and four-time Emmy winner, Rock, 57, has not toured in nearly five years. Rock came to prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film appearances, with starring roles in Down to Earth (2001), Head of State (2003), The Longest Yard (2005), the Madagascar film series (2005–2012), Grown Ups (2010), its sequel Grown Ups 2 (2013), Top Five (2014), and a series of acclaimed stand-up specials for HBO. He developed, wrote, and narrated the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (2005–2009), which was based on his early life. In 2020, he starred in the fourth season of the FX black comedycrime drama anthology series Fargo.

Rock hosted the Academy Awards twice, in 2005 and in 2016. He has won four Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards. He was voted the fifth-greatest stand-up comedian in a poll conducted by Comedy Central. He was also voted in the United Kingdom as the ninth-greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, and again in the updated 2010 list as the eighth-greatest stand-up comic. and the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: 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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The annual11th Congressional District Caucus Parade is Monday, September 2

11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress. waives to the crowd last year at the annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade.  This year's parade kicks off on Monday, September 2 on Cleveland's east side at 10:00 am from E. 149th Street and Kinsman Road and ends at Luke Easter Park where the picnic will begin. The event will be replete with political speeches and entertainment from various sources, including local musicians and bands. The well-attended caucus parade was initiated by Democrat Louis Stokes, the retired congressman before Fudge, and the tradition was furthered by the late Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Fudges' predecessor. Stokes was the first Black congressperson from Ohio and Tubbs Jones was the first Black congresswoman from Ohio