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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).

Obama visits Cleveland, Ohio tonight after winning third and final debate on Monday, free tickets to hear him speak are all gone

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

CLEVELAND, Ohio- After coming off of a win where polls showed that he trampled Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romey during the third and final presidential debate, which was Monday night on foreign affairs at Lynn University in New York, President Barack Obama will speak to grassroots supporters Thursday night at Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland, OH.

"The president was on his A game during the debate Monday night and Mitt Romney was all over the place with mumble jumble and cowboy diplomacy," said state Rep. John E. Barnes Jr (D-12), a Cleveland Democrat who said that he will be among a host of Democrats in Ohio, including Cleveland area Black elected officials, that will be out this evening to hear the first Black president of the United States of America speak to the American people.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 October 2012 06:58

Cleveland Browns new owner Jimmy Haslam is the new sheriff in town, brings new flavor to Cleveland: Who will stay and who will go? Eagles Joe Banner is new president, CEO for next season, Banner has record and passion for winning football games

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By Karl Kimbrough, Sports Writer, Cleeland Urban News.Com

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Jimmy Haslam III is the new owner of the Cleveland Browns, which became official Oct. 16. And he  brings with him,  a new flavor for the major metropolitan city of Cleveland where professional sports is a draw.

A billionaire who was unanimously voted in as the majority owner of the football franchise last week in  Chicago IL., Haslam also brings a new era of professional football to Cleveland.

He comes experienced in the corporate world, and in football.

He made his fortune as president and CEO of Pilot Flying, a nationwide truck stop travel center based in Knoxville, TN.

The former eight percent owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Haslam has taken over the Cleveland Browns in rapid fashion. His hands on approach gives some fans and players alike the feeling that there is a new sheriff in town and that the organization will be run much differently than with previous owner Randy Lerner.

But with a change in ownership of the football team, comes a change in its administration, and likely its roster too.

"The players came away [from the official news of new ownership of the team and an approaching new president and CEO] knowing that everyone is working for their jobs," said Joe Haden, a team corner back. “When you have new people, new management coming in, and you're not really secure with what's going on , that's another reason for you to step it up. Coaches are going to step up and everybody's really working for their job.”

Joe Banner will assume the role of president and CEO, with Mike Holmgren stepping down and retiring at the end of the season, Haslam  said at a press conference last week, though he said also that Holmgren is expected to continue working with the team.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 October 2012 06:27

Racist voter intimidation billboards that threaten prison to Black, poor voters in Cleveland, Ohio, Wisconsin to come down after protest by Imperial Women, community activists, press conference by elected officials, view protest video by Fox 8 News here

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

CLEVELAND,Ohio- A press conference by some Black elected officials and a protest, both covered locally and  nationally by CNN and MSNBC, were held on Oct 11 by The Imperial Women, Organize Ohio, Black on Black Crime, Peace in the Hood and Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor under a racist voter suppression billboard in the city of Cleveland that threatens residents with a  felony, prison and a $10,000 fine for voting.

The organized effort has caused the company that owns the unconstitutional billboard, Clear Channel Holdings Inc.,  to take it down, and 29 others like it around Cleveland, elsewhere in cities in Ohio, including Columbus and Cincinnati, and in the swing state of Wisconsin.

Watch the video below by Fox 8 News Channel in Cleveland of the Oct 11. voter suppression billboard protest led by Community Activists Kathy Wray Coleman and Khalid Samad.  . CLICK HERE ON THIS LINK TO GO TO FOX 8 NEWS TO SEE THE VIDEO OF THE PROTEST AND THE STATION'S NEWS STORY ON IT

Coleman leads the Imperial Women, a community activist group founded around the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Ave in Cleveland by since convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell. Go to Cleveland Urban News.Com ( to read about the third anniversary rally and vigil on Oct 27, 5 pm, at E. 123rd St and Imperial Ave in Cleveland. For more information call 216-659-0473.

An advertising division of  of Clear Channel Holdings Inc., which also owns radio stations throughout the country, including seven in greater Cleveland like WTAM that carries the Rush Limbaugh Show, Clear Channel  Outdoor had used the billboards to intimidate majority Black communities in the key battleground states of Oho and Wisconsin, both key battleground states for presidential elections.

A spokesperson for the company said yesterday that all 145 billboards in both Ohio and Wisconsin are coming down. And, that Clear Channel would put up billboards that are to say "Voting Is A Right Not A Crime," though the number of billboards that will go up with the new slogan is in controversy. (Editor's note: The billboard at E. 35th St and Community College Ave was taken down on Oct. 22 and was replaced with a billboard that reads "Voting Is A Right Not A Crime).

Once connected in a business fashion to Bain Capital and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, if not still affiliated, Clear Channel had originally refused to take down the billboards, calling them "free speech and factually correct."

Joining the community activists midway into their organized rally on Oct 11 for a press conference over the billboards were Cleveland Ward 5 Councilwomen Phyllis Cleveland, who also led the charge around the billboards, Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, and state Sen. Nina Turner (D-25), all of whom are Democratic Obama supporters.

In addition to Coleman and Samad, other activists that spoke at the rally of some 80 people last Thursday include Griot Y-Von, Dr, Stewart Robinson, Valerie Robinson, Al Porter, Jean Whitte and Larry Bresler.

A group of Civil Rights attorneys commissioned out of Washington D.C was also the impetus for the decision for Clear Channel to take the controversial billboards down.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:47

Black woman uppercut and floored by Cleveland RTA bus driver charged by RTA police, but not bus driver, watch fight video here, Beachwood prosecutor, Law Director Cannon to charge both, RTA union had rallied for Obama with Fudge, Obama's brother-in-law

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By Kathy Wray Coleman ad Johnette Jernigan, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus driver has been suspended after a video, now on and generating more than 3 million review clicks, goes viral and catches him sucker punching a 25 -year- old female passenger in the face that allegedly hit and spat on him in a dispute that unraveled after the woman got on the bus on Sept 18 at the borderline of the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Beachwood.

RTA officials have identified the bus driver as Artis Hughes (pictured), 59, and the young woman he punched to the floor like a man and then threw off the bus as Shi'Dea N. Lane (pictured). (Editor's note: Hughes has since been fired for violating  RTA  departmental rules and policies relative to his brutal and outrageous attack on Lane).

Unlike Hughes, of East Cleveland, RTA police have charged Lane with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, a position that is raising eyebrows on whether sexism has reared its ugly head since Hughes has not been charged by the entity.

Both Hughes and Lane are Black and RTA police have received complaints of harassment of Black teens and girls by RTA police and bus drivers, claims area womens' groups, such as The Imperial Women,  are now investigating.

City of Beachwood Prosecutor Thomas Greve and Law Director Margaret Ann Cannon said last week that the City of Beachwood will charge Lane with fourth degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct, which carries a fine and up to 30 days in jail, and Hughes will be charged with first degree misdemeanor assault,  an offense that, if convicted of, could bring him a fine and up to sixth months in  jail.

Some  say that Hughes' attack on Lane should be prosecuted as felonious assault and that he should be indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury, though since Cannon is allegedly anti-Black and anti-female she will not recommend such to Interim Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, a Democrat.

Cannon, who was also the law director for Shaker Hts. until recently let go, has been accused of maliciously prosecuting Blacks and women for her political friends on behalf of the municipalities of Shaker Hts and Beachwood, with Greve's help in Beachwood.

Cannon and her law firm of  Walter and Haverfield, LLP, where she is a partner, also represent the Cleveland Municipal School District and Cleveland Board of Education against racial discrimination lawsuits filed by Black students, parents, teachers and administrators, and others.

Beachwood misdemeanor criminal cases are by state law heard in the Shaker Heights Municipal Court.

Hughes, a 22 year employee and a member of the Amalgamated Transit Authority Union Local 268/AFL-CIO, is also seen on the video throwing Lane off the bus and commenting that “you going to jail. I don’t care. She wanna be a man, I’m a treat you like a man.”

Cleveland and Beachwood police were both called to the scene but no initial arrest took place.

(Watch the RTA bus fight  video here).

Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 02:06

Obama wins 2nd debate and lawsuit to restore early weekend voting in Ohio, Obama campaign, state rep Nickie Antonio hold second debate watch party in Lakewood, American Nurses Association president attends debate watch party

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By Johnette Jernigan and Kathy Wray Coleman, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog

CLEVELAND,Ohio- President Obama won on two ends this week. The president out did Mitt Romney during Tuesday night's debate, polls and people said. And earlier that day he out did Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and the Republicans.

Obama gained bragging rights in Ohio for a win on Tuesday on his early voting lawsuit as the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a decision affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last Friday that upheld Federal District Judge Peter Economus' ruling to strike down an unconstitutional state law that precluded early voting the weekend before the November 6 election.

Opposition to that voter suppression federal lawsuit had become Husted's baby, and ultimately his loss.

Economus, in August, restored early voting three days before the November election by supporting the Obama campaign lawsuit and  striking down the state law passed last year by the Republican controlled Ohio State Legislature that precluded it.

In his ruling, the federal district court judge out of Youngstown, Oh., an urban city between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, Pa., said that because the since defunct statute or state law gave privilege to military personnel to vote and not others, it is therefore unconstitutional.

And the rejection by the nation's high court to hear an appeal of the Sixth Circuit decision that supports Economus' ruling just made the Democrats even more enthusiastic at debate watch parties held later that Tuesday evening in Cleveland metropolitan areas for the second of three scheduled presidential debates.

"The president stood on his record and he won the debate,"said, Democratic state Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-13) during a debate watch party in Lakewood, Oh at the home of prominent Cleveland trial lawyer E. John Brzytwa and his wife Ellen,  both lifelong Democrats whose seven-bedroom mini-mansion on Lake Erie overlooks downtown Cleveland.

About 40 Obama supporters, mostly White loyal Democrats, nibbled on cheese and crackers and drank fine wine at the community watch party as Obama and Romney sparred over their tax plans , domestic and foreign policy issues, and Libya.

Moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crawley, Obama did better the second time around, and he was aggressive when needed, political pundits said. (Editor's note: The third and final U.S. presidential debate is Monday at  9 pm Eastern Time at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fl).

The president said that Romney's proposal to cut taxes for the rich on the backs of middle class and poor Americans is merely a reflection of his disrespect for fair play and equal treatment for all Americans.

"We haven't heard anything from the governor beyond big bird," said the Democrat Obama of Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and the nominee for president for the Republican Party.

Rebecca Patton, president of the American Nurses Association, agreed, and said that the election is about either selecting Romney to further the agendas of rich Americans, or reelecting President Obama for the betterment of all Americans.

"It's about a candidate such as Mitt Romney who wants to continue to take care of people who are well off or a president  whose first initiative when taking office was to sign the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 into law, said Patton, who was among a cadre of Cleveland area nurses that joined other Obama supporters at the debate watch party in Lakewood Tuesday night.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 October 2012 03:06

Condolezza Rice, the first Black female U.S. secretary of state, visits Cleveland area with Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan to stomp for Romney

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

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Former U.S. Secretary of State Condolezza Rice (picture), the first Black female to hold the post, visited the Cleveland area on Wednesday to join Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Congressman Paul Ryan (pictured) for a rally in support of Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney (pictured) at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Oh.

Rice, 57, a Republican who served as secretary of state under the George W. Bush administration and now teaches political science at California's Standford University, spoke to a crowd of some 1300 people and said that Romney should be elected president because he is the better choice to lead the country to liberty and prosperity.

"This is a powerful country that has been a powerful force for peace and liberty in this world," Rice told the cheering crowd. "I want to see it be that way for well into the future."

Rice said that Romney and the Republicans do believe in fair play for all Americans and will continue to promote "equality of opportunity."

President Barack Obama and Romey are neck and neck and Ohio remains a key battleground state.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 00:42


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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