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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).


Posted April 18, 2017: By Cleveland Facebook murderer Steve Stephens,

(37 and pictured) commits suicide, the full story on his life, his murdering of Robert Godwin Sr. (pictured),

and his suicide of which can be read here at and, Ohio's Black digital news leaders...

.And with comments from the victim's family members, activists, law enforcement officials,

and others....By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman



By Activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman


(pictured below leading the march with her megaphone) among speakers

at 15,000 person women's march in Cleveland on Jan, 21, 2017....Coleman also led

the march from Public Square to City Hall and back, a gathering with

speakers such as Congress persons Marcia Fudge and Marcy Kaptur,

and state Representative Nickie Antonio.


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March 8, 2017 draw

nearly 400 people and are both led by Kathy Wray Coleman

(pictured below) of the

Imperial Women Coalition, an activist, journalist and the

key organizer of the

event, and with some 15 speakers

By Some of the nearly 400 people at our March 8, 2017 International Women's Day rally at Willard Park in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Go to Cleveland 19 Action News television on Facebook for a video on parts of the rally speeches by clicking the following link: Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper photo at historic rally and march were supported by women across racial and socioeconomic lines, organized by Black women and grassroots activists, and led by key organizer and Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition, who edits and, Ohio's Black digital news leaders....Thank you Cleveland 19 Action News for the live coverage Activists rally in Cleveland on April 1, 2017 for healthcare and abortion rights, and against the nomination of Judge Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, and the rally speakers included activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured below with the bull horn leading the march) of the Imperial Women Coalition, who led the healthcare march…/womens-march-ohio-holds-vigil-…19 News video and extensive coverage of the April 13, 2017 women's rally and vigil in Cleveland for Syrian refugees and pictures of the 11 speakers : Article: Women's March Ohio holds rally and vigil for Syrian refugees, a rally led by activist Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured with megaphone) of the Imperial Women Coalition and organized by Shayne Terry of Women's March Ohio

Imperial Women endorse Obama, Brown for U.S. Senate, Fudge, Kucinich, Blanchard, Sutton for congress, Chandra for prosecutor, announce endorsements for March 6, 2012 primary election for president, congress, state rep, county council, judges

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(Editor's note: See the unofficial ballot of The Imperial Women for the March 6, 2012 primary election below this article. Interested persons can print the unofficial ballot below and take it to the polls if you have not voted already).

CLEVELAND, Ohio-After recommendations by members of an endorsement committee, The Imperial Women, the grassroots group founded around the unprecedented murders of 11 Black women on Cleveland's now infamous Imperial Ave., announced today endorsements for the March 6 primary election in Cuyahoga County, and all but one of the contenders that drew support from the community activists are Democrats.

In closely watched races, most of which are contested, the organization members selected Barack Obama as the Democrat for president of the United States of America, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dennis Kucinich (D-10) over Marcy Kaptur (D-9) in the District 9 congressional race, Congresswomen Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Betty Sutton (D-13), and Subodh Chandra for Cuyahoga County prosecutor, also a Democrat.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2012 04:25

Investigators say Houston mixed alcohol, antidepressants, funeral is Sat, ex hubby Bobby Brown to attend? Pres. Obama, Janet Jackson support Whitney's daughter Bobbie Kristina Brown, Aretha Franklin to sing at funeral

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BEVERLY HILLS, California-Whitney Houston mixed a deadly combination of the antidepressant Xanax and alcohol hours before her body was discovered in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Sat afternoon, investigators say., and the media are having a field day with that data, elevating the pop superstar to an even higher celebrity status than she enjoyed in the years before the aftermath of her untimely death.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 March 2014 08:53

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says City Council, Black state legislators from Cleveland knew of his and Gov. Kasich's merit pay, charter schools plan, activists protest against it

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CLEVELAND,Ohio-Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (pictured) said through a spokesperson yesterday that Black state  legislators representing Cleveland and Cleveland City Council members that have said he crafted his controversial Cleveland schools educational plan unleashed last week that calls for a teacher merit pay system and more charter schools without their knowledge are being disingenuous, at best.

"He would never release something like this without speaking to the appropriate people," said Andrea Taylor, Jackson's press secretary. "They were aware of the proposal before it was made public."

And Taylor said that nothing in the plan suggest that teacher tenure will be touched or that seniority would be eliminated, a posture that Cleveland Teachers Union officials and community activists angry over the proposal say simply is not true.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 06:53

Whitney Houston dead at 48, choking back tears, ex husband Bobby Brown tells music audience during a New Edition performance "I love you Whitney," singer-actress had ties to Cleveland, The Whitney Houston Story

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BEVERLY HILLS, California-Famed pop singer Whitney Houston, the close cousin of music icon Dionne Warwick and ex wife of bad boy New Edition singer Bobby Brown, is dead at 48.

Houston was reportedly found by her brother in the bath tub of the California Beverly Hilton Hotel room where she was in town for a Grammy party thrown at the hotel by record producer and music industry executive Clive Davis, her longtime mentor who discovered her talent, nurtured it, and molded her into a star. She will be remembered during a special segment sung by Jennifer Hudson at tonight's Grammy Awards.

Police said that Houston was found dead at 3:55 pm Sat. afternoon and could not be revived following a 911 call from hotel security.

According to police, there were no immediate signs of foul play and the only drugs found in Houston's hotel room were reportedly prescription drugs, though an investigation is underway around the propriety of those drugs, including subpoenas to Houston's doctors.

Autopsy  reports are not expected for at least three weeks.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:03

U.S. education secretary Arne Duncan announces 10 states for no child left behind waivers, said Cleveland teacher merit pay plan proposed by Mayor Jackson, Gov. Kasich not required for Ohio to qualify for waiver

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said during an interview on Thurs. that while the Obama administration has waived some No Child Left Behind Act standards to 10 states for developing educational initiatives that include additional resources for at risk children and provisions to enhance educational outcomes for African-American students, teacher merit pay plans like the one proposed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in an effort to dismantle teacher tenure are not something required for Ohio and other states to qualify.

"That is not a requirement," said Duncan to the question posed by The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com and Cleveland Urban News.Com.

Jackson and Kasich are working hand in hand as a Democratic mayor and Republican governor to ditch teacher tenure and seniority and institute a merit pay system for Cleveland schools through their request for state legislation to seal the deal, though Black state legislators from Cleveland said that the mayor of the predominantly Black major metropolitan city, who controls the largely Black city schools via state law, had not discussed his plan with them.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:28

Breaking news: U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge endorses Subodh Chandra for Cuyahoga County prosecutor

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- Adding to a growing list of endorsements such as East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner (D-25), Cleveland Councilpersons Mamie Mitchell and Terrell Pruitt, The Carl Stokes Brigade, The Imperial Women, and Cuyahoga County Councilmen Julian Rogers (D-10), Pernell Jones (D-8), and Dale Miller (D-2), U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) announced today her support of Subodh Chandra for Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

“Subodh Chandra is the clear choice for county prosecutor,” Fudge said in a press release. “He is honest and committed, and he has the experience and integrity to ensure real reform and change in our justice system.”

Chandra, 44,  said that he is grateful to gain the endorsement from a respected community servant and federal legislator like Fudge, who represents Ohio's 11th Congressional District, a predominantly Black district that includes the east side of Cleveland and its eastern suburbs, and a majority Black pocket of Akron and staggering parts of its Summit County suburbs.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 February 2012 20:17


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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