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By Clevelandurbannews.com: Activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured) among speakers at 15,000 person women's march in Cleveland where 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.....Coleman said in her speech that no Black women on Trump's cabinet is inexcusable, that Black women are incarcerated at a rate 4 times high...

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LeBron James leads the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA championship title over the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland to hold celebration parade on June 22....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of www.clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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Pictured are Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, and NBA megastar LeBron James

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-OAKLAND, California-Led by megastar LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals Sunday night, beating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in the decisive Game 7 of a series that had been tied 3-3, the Cavaliers overcoming a 3-1 games deficit to out do the Warriors on their home turf.


It was Cleveland's first major sports title in 52 years and the first ever for the Cavaliers. And it was a sweet victory following the loss of the championship title in 2015 to the Warriors.


"This is special," said James, who was named the 2016 most value player for the NBA playoffs.


"I'm home," said an emotional James. "That's what I came home for, to bring back a championship."


"I put my heart, my soul, my blood and my tears into this game," he said.


Cavaliers fans were elated and city officials said Sunday that a parade is scheduled on Wednesday in downtown Cleveland with details forthcoming.


James posted 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Game 7, followed by Kyrie Irving, who finished with 26 points and six assists.


Kevin Love added nine points and 14 rebounds to help take Cleveland over the top.


Irving said that James is a legend and that "great things happen to great people."


Love called the title win a team effort, saying that "a number of guys stepped up for us when we needed it bad."


An Akron, Ohio native and NBA's most valuable player in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, James was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003 as the first overall pick and led Cleveland to its first NBA Finals appearance in 2007, though they lost to San Antonio Spurs. He joined the Miami Heat in 2010 and brought home two consecutive championship titles in 2012 and 2013 before rejoining the Cavs last year.


During the four years that James was in Miami Cleveland had the worst NBA record of any team.


Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue was brought to tears, which he linked to relief in spite of the haters and doubters.


"It was unbelievable," said Lue.


Lue's predecessor, David Blatt, was ousted in January in favor of Lue, then the associate coach, a move by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, says sources, that came about because of tensions between Blatt and key team members, and because Blatt could not bring home a championship title in 2015, the Warriors winning that series, 4-2.


Warriors Stephen Curry was the regular season most valuable player for the last two consecutive years. And though his team had the best record of the 2016 NBA season it did not materialize into a championship title.


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver complimented both teams while highlighting the 52-year curse on Cleveland in the failure of the Cavaliers, the Cleveland Browns football franchise and the Cleveland Indians baseball team to bring home a championship title.


"The curse is over," said Silver.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 04:29

Ohio ACLU sues Cleveland over RNC protest restrictions as the Imperial Women Coalition, led by greater Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, secures the opening slot on the city's Public Square protest stage to protest against violence against women

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio — The ACLU of Ohio sued the city of Cleveland on Tuesday, claiming city officials are violating the free speech rights of protesters relative to the upcoming Republican National Convention, which begins on Monday, July 18, the day in which the local grassroots group the Imperial Women Coalition will speak first on Public Square on the city's official speaking platform.

"While the Ohio ACLU and the city fight it out, the Imperial Women Coalition has secured the opening 9:30 am Public Square speaking slot to address the epidemic of violence against women locally, statewide, nationally and internationally and we want to know what the presidential candidates intend to do about this growing problem, "said greater Cleveland community activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the grassroots group and is editor-in-chief of Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper.  (See a copy of the City of Cleveland permit for the speaking protest above this article).

 

Coleman is Black and said that the ACLU's aggression likely contributed to her group getting the Public Square protest stage permit from city officials on Monday via email, and for that, she thanks the ACLU.

 

Other groups have received speaking permits too, including Black on Black Crime Inc.

 

But some are in limbo, and the ACLU has demanded in its lawsuit that the city act immediately on permit applications.

 

One out-of-town group seeking a permit, Bikers for Trump, claims they will bring more than 100,000 bikers to the city, which sources say is unlikely.

Filed in federal court and assigned to Judge James S. Gwin, who has given the city a deadline of June 20 to respond, the ACLU's lawsuit alleges in part that the city is delaying permits to protesters regarding its Public Square speaking forum and otherwise, and that its official parade route and protester's participation requirements at two city parks are unconstitutional.

The protest parade route, the lawsuit says, is designed to keep protesters a third of a mile away from the downtown convention site and GOP delegates, and is limited in scope as to the four-day convention.


Also at issue is the 3.3 mile security event zone in which protest activity is limited.


The ACLU says the event zone is too large.

Christine Link, executive director for the ACLU of Ohio, called the restrictions arbitrary and capricious, and unconstitutional. She filed the suit on behalf of the groups Organize Ohio, Citizens for Trump, and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, which alleges the parade route will impact where homeless people live.


Lawyers for the city say they are balancing free speech with safety, and that some 50,000 people are expected for the convention.


Protesters, they say, can march but they cannot interfere with sidewalks or the streets unless they operate within the city's parade route boundaries and have received a city permit.


The city has received a $51 million grant from the federal government to ready itself for potential fallout from demonstrators, money used for law enforcement purposes, including Star Wars-type police outfits that activists say is the illegal militarization of a majority Black major American city.


City officials say they simply want a peaceful and non-violent atmosphere and that they have given protesters an adequate forum to express free speech concerns.


"We have done what we could to give protesters a forum to speak freely," said Dan Williams, the media spokesperson for Democratic Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson during a telephone interview with Cleveland Urban News.Com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman.

The city's speaking forum allows protesters to speak in 30 min intervals beginning at 9:30 am on July 18 and ending each day of the four-day convention at 6 pm.

Coleman said that the Imperial Women Coalition, which signed up first to speak according to city officials, will address violence against women in greater Cleveland and elsewhere as to their 9:30 am Public Square speaking slot and will return  at 12:30 pm the same day to discuss other public policy matters for 30 more minutes.

Her group was founded around the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland by serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell, who is seeking a new trial with support of the Ohio ACLU, which has filed an amicus brief in the Ohio Supreme Court where the case is pending.

Other greater Cleveland murders of women for which Coleman has led rallies pertain to the East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison murders, and the Cleveland East 93rd Street Murders of three women in 2013, namely Christine Malone,  43, Jasmine Trotter, 20, and Ashley Leszyeski, 21, and whose serial killer is still at large.

A longtime community activist, Coleman has also spearheaded rallies regarding the celebrated abduction and rape and kidnapping case of Ariel Castro, who held Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry captive for a decade on the city's west side, and who hanged himself in prison while serving a life sentence.

Also at issue, said Coleman, is the still unsolved murder of Aliza Sherman, a nurse and Beachwood, Ohio resident stabbed to death is downtown Cleveland while divorce litigation was pending, and "the countless other women of greater Cleveland and across the nation whose lives are unmercifully taken on a daily basis due to unnecessary violence." (www.clevelandurbannews.com) /(www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 03:46

Funeral procession route for former Cleveland mayor George Voinovich, a former governor and prior U.S. senator, announced .....George Forbes, then the city council president, helped Voinovich win his first term as mayor in 1979, ousting Dennis Kucinich

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Pictured are former Cleveland mayor George Voinovich, also a former two-term governor of Ohio and former U.S. senator, and former Cleveland City Council president George Forbes, also a former longtime Cleveland NAACP president

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-The funeral of former Cleveland mayor George Voinovich, also a former two-term governor of Ohio and former member of the U.S. Senate, is set for Friday, June 17, a private ceremony for family and friends.


It will begin at 10 a.m at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Euclid, OH, with a private burial at All Souls cemetery in Chardon.


Mourners, however, are invited to line the streets as the funeral procession, set tentatively to leave the church at 11:45 p.m., makes its way to the cemetery.


For a map of the funeral procession route click here.


Voinovich, 79, died Sunday in his sleep at his home in the Collinwood neighborhood on Cleveland's east side.


Calling hours were Wednesday in Willoughby Hills where hundreds attended.


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, the city's three-term Black mayor,and a Democrat, said in a press release that Voinovich was "a uniquely talented leader who served our state and the city of Cleveland unselfishly."


The Cleveland-born politician who had friends and supporters across racial and ethic lines and was a Republican mayor of Cleveland when all of city council was Democratic, lied in state at the Rotunda at City Hall on June 16 for a a public viewing with a program that followed. (Editor's note: The offices of mayor and city council in Cleveland are non-partisan with the mayor-ship and all 17 council seats up for grabs in an election next year).


Voinovich was Cleveland's mayor from 1980-1989 during the height of the Cleveland schools desegregation era, and when George L. Forbes, also a former longtime president of the NAACP, wielded power as president of city council.


A Black Democrat, Forbes helped Voinovich, who was White, win his first term as mayor by ousting then Democratic mayor Dennis Kucinich, who was later elected to congress and lost his congressional seat to longtime Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in 2012 via a state legislative redistricting map that pitted the two Democrats against each other.


Also among the Cleveland power brokers of Democrats that courted Voinovich were the late congressman Louis Stokes and his late brother, Carl Stokes, the first Black mayor of Cleveland and of a major American city.


Arnold Pinkney, also dead and a political strategist that ran Democratic campaigns for influential politicians, including the Rev Jesse Jackson Sr's first of two unsuccessful bids for president, was  a member of the Old Black Political Guard like Forbes and the Stokes' brothers, among others.


But Pinkney rarely strayed and was a loyal Democrat.


Forbes, 85, and still alive and well, was a masterful politician, said sources, and, like Voinovich, could skillfully manipulate both Democrats and Republicans.


In spite of his popularly, and his heavy-handedness with White folks, Forbes could not succeed Voinovich as mayor, losing a non-partisan runoff in 1989 against Michael R. White, a three-term Black Democratic mayor whom he clashed with in his subsequent role as the Cleveland NAACP president, a position he held for some two decades. (Editor's note: White served three terms as mayor and was succeeded by Jane Campbell, the city's first female mayor, and of whom current Mayor Frank Jackson, then the city council president, ousted in 2005)


Forbes told the Cleveland-based Call and Post Newspaper, where he is general counsel, that Voinovich was his political  teammate for progressive change in the largely Black major American city


"George Voinovich and I were great friends and we accomplished a lot during the time we were both in office for the city of Cleveland," said Forbes for a Call and Post cover story published Wednesday.


Call and Post owner and publisher Don King, a Republican and well-known international boxing promoter who promoted mega- fights for the late, great Muhammad Ali and a host of other boxers across the world, also praised Voinovich.


"No matter whether George was a county auditor, Lt governor, governor or senator for the great state of Ohio, he never lost his personal touch or his humanism that he displayed for his fellow man," said King in this week's edition of the Call and Post, a Black weekly.


Other Ohio dignitaries expressing condolences include Gov. John Kasich, state Rep. Bill Patmon of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who leads the largely Black 11th congressional district, which includes Cleveland


"I am deeply sadden to hear of the passing of my former colleague, George Voinovich," said Fudge in a press statement to Cleveland Urban News.Com. "I send my deepest condolences to the Voinovich family and everyone throughout our state who knew and loved him."


Voinovich did not seek re-election to the Senate in 2010, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. He was succeeded by current Sen Rob Portman, also a Republican, and in a heated battle for his seat this November against Democrat Ted Strickland, a former Ohio governor, and former member of Congress.


"George Voinovich was one of the great mayors of Cleveland, Rep Bill Patmon told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper.


Voinovich is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janet Voinovich, three children, and multiple grandchildren.


A daughter, Molly, preceded him in death after being hit by a van in 1979 that ran a red light. She was nine-years-old.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 June 2016 19:27

Hillary Clinton to speak in Cleveland on June 13, a free public event that comes on the heels of Obama's endorsement and her primary victories on Tuesday that made her the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio – Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (pictured) will speak in Cleveland, OH on Monday, June 13 at the Industrial Innovation Center on Saint Clair Avenue, an event sponsored by the Democratic Party that is free and open-to-the-public.

 

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Organizers said that Clinton will "discuss her vision for America that is stronger when united and will lay out what is at stake in November."

 

The former secretary of state will face Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, in the upcoming November election.

 

The event is scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm. EST, and is one of three political events planned that day by Clinton. The others are fundraising activities in Cincinnati, OH and New York City.

 

Clinton's campaign visit to Cleveland comes on the heels of Tuesday's primaries that clinched the delegates she needs to win the nomination, an historic election that makes her the first woman to lead a presidential ticket of a major political party in America.

 

It also follows Thursday's endorsement by President Obama, the first Black president of the United States whose second four-year term ends in January.

 

"I don't think there has ever been somebody so qualified to hold this office," said Obama of Clinton during a three-minute press statement. "She's got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done."

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016 21:45

Muhammad Ali laid to rest as funeral speakers include Bill Clinton, Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, actor Billy Crystal, and Louisville Saint Stephen Church senior pastor Dr. Kevin Cosby, also a community activist

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Pictured are boxing great Muhammad Ali and his wife, Yoland "Lonnie" Ali

 

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-23-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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


This is the second  two-part series on the life and legacy of boxing great and Civil Rights activist Muhammad Ali by reporter and greater Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, a native of Louisville, Ky like Ali. Coleman knew Ali and wife Lonnie and she grew up and went to school with Lonnie's siblings. And Coleman played cards with others at the neighborhood home of Lonnie's parents. Part 1 addresses Ali's death and legacy with comments from international boxing promoter Don King. Part 2 herein is coverage of Ali's funeral in his hometown of Louisville with comments from dignitaries, activists, Black leaders and Lousivillians.

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-LOUISVILLE, Kentucky- Thousands converged on Louisville, KY. Friday afternoon for funeral services for boxing great and Civil Rights activist Muhammad Ali. They include former president Bill Clinton, Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, longtime U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Pennsylvania, and actor Billy Crystal, all of whom were among the speakers at the Yum Center in downtown Louisville that was packed to the hilt with more than 18,000 people.


The funeral procession, led by the hearse carrying Ali's casket, left A.D. Porter Funeral Home in suburban Louisville and ultimately passed by Ali's childhood home on Grant Avenue in the inner city before riding along Muhammad Ali Blvd, his namesake street.


Thousands lined the streets to watch and some tossed flowers onto the hearse that delivered Ali for a home-going celebration that began at 3 pm EST, the most well-attended funeral in Kentucky history.


Mike Tyson and actor Will Smith were among the pallbearers.


Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher said that police have estimated that roughly 100,000 people turned out across the city.


The three-time heavyweight champion of the world and a native of Louisville, KY, Ali was born in 1942 as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.


He changed his name to Cassius X Clay, and later to Muhammad Ali, a Muslim name that reflected his conversion to Islam.


He died last week at a hospital in Phoenix, AZ after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, and at the age of 74.


Three of Ali's children spoke via the lineup of speakers, as did his wife, Yolanda "Lonnie" Ali, a native of Louisville like her  legendary husband, whom she married in 1986.


Former president Bill Clinton, the husband of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, eulogized Ali, and thanked Yolanda Ali for making the second-half of Ali's life "greater than the first."


The former two-term  president said that Ali, a conscious objector of the Vietnam war who was stripped of his championship via a draft-evasion conviction that was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, was a sports legend and Civil Rights icon who, unlike so many others, could "live with the consequences of what he believed in."

 

The articulate Dr. Kevin Cosby, senior pastor at Saint Stephen Church in Louisville's largely Black west end, spoke at length on issues impacting America's Black community, and like a few other speakers, he brought the audience to its feet.

 

Ali, said Cosby, was a viable voice during the Civil Rights Movement, and a symbol of Black pride when it was not popular.


"He loved Black people at a time when Black people had a problem loving themselves," said Cosby. "Before James Brown said 'I'm Black and I'm Proud,' Muhammad Ali said I'm Black and I'm pretty."


The funeral was marked with calls for peace between Israel and Palestine, and reform of the nation's unjust legal system.


It was religious and empowering, and no doubt a history lesson on Islamic culture.


Racist judges, and killer cops were called to task by one speaker. And another deemed the attack on the Muslim community an act of hatred against a peaceful people.


Minister Louis Farrakhan was there, as were former boxing greats like Sugar Ray Leonard, 60, who said that Ali was his idol.


On Thursday internationally known boxing promoter Don King and Civil Rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. attended Muslim funeral services for Ali, also in Louisville. It drew thousands too, including Louisianians, prominent clergy of the Muslin faith, and mourners worldwide.


Robert Coleman, who went to elementary, middle and high school with Ali, both of them friends and graduates of Louisville Central High School, told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, that  Ali boasted of becoming the heavyweight champion of the world in his youth.


"Ali said at 12-years -old that he was going to be the greatest boxer in the world and nobody believed him," said Coleman, 73.


A 1960 Olympic gold medalist and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Ali  ultimately retired in 1981 with 56 victories and only five defeats.

 

Ali was married four times and in addition to widow, Yolanda "Lonnie" Ali, is survived by nine children, including daughter Laila, also a well-known former American boxer like her famed father, multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a younger brother, Rahman Ali.


He was laid to rest at the Cave Hill Cemetary in Louisville.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016 18:42

The Cleveland Cavaliers trounce Golden State in Game 3 of the NBA Finals with an all Black starting lineup of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, JR Smith, Tristan Thompson and Richard Jefferson, who scored 32, 30, 20, 14 and nine points respectively.

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Pictured are Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, and NBA megastar LeBron James

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-23-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Led by an all Black starting lineup of megastar LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, JR Smith, Tristan Thompson and Richard Jefferson, the Cleveland Cavaliers trounced the Golden State Warriors, 120-90, Wednesday night to win Game 3 of the NBA Finals. (Editor's note: Game 4 is Friday night at the Quickened Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio).


The home turf victory brings the championship series to 2 and 1 and follows losses by Cleveland in games 1 and 2, the Warriors taking Game 1 by 15 points and Game 2 by 33 points.

 

The Cavilers are 8-0 at home in the playoffs this year and 5-4 elsewhere. They led in first quarter of Game 3 by as many as 20, and never surrendered such lead.


James, Irving, Smith, Thompson and Jefferson finished with 32, 30, 20, 14 and nine points respectively, Jefferson, who had nine rebounds behind Thompson's 13 and James' 11, starting in lieu of Kevin Love, who left Game 2 with a head concussion.

 

Coming in to Game 3 James said that it was "do or die."

 

He said Wednesday night after the Cavs butchered the Warriors and won by 30 points that  it was a team effort.


"My teammates did a great job of finding of finding me and I cannot do nothing without them," said James.

 

Irving posted 16 of his 30 points in the first quarter and ended with four rebounds and eight assists. He too agrees that on -court team camaraderie is crucial.

 

"It is a total team effort," said Irving. "We are going  against a good team in Golden State."

 

Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue, who is Black, would not say if Love, whom doctors kept out of Game 3, will return to the starting line-up for the remainder of the series even if he is cleared to play. He attributed  his team's newly found success over the Warriors to various factors.

 

A key element, he said, was "being aggressive on both ends."


Absent from the discussion on whether Jefferson, who is Black, will take the starting forward position from Love, who is White, is race.


Reaction is mixed on which of the two talented players should proceed, though racial tension is seemingly mounting, some would argue.


"The starting line-up that won Game 3 by 30 points and included Richard Jefferson should remain and Kevin Love should take a break," said Cavs fan and former East Cleveland councilman Charles E. Bibb Sr, also president of the greater Cleveland Carnegie Roundtable.


And some of the Cavs, whether intentionally or unintentionally, have made it known that they believe that Jefferson, 36 and on Wednesday making his first debut in 18 years as a starter in an NBA Finals, is a better fit than Love, 27.


Lue's predecessor, David Blatt, who was ousted in January in favor of Lue, then the associate coach, always had a White in his starting line-up whether it was Love, Mathew Delladevoba, or Timofey Mozgov.


Blatt led Cleveland to the NBA Finals last year but could not bring home a championship title, the Warriors winning that series, 4-2.


Warriors Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson did not score in the first quarter in Game 3 and both struggled throughout the game, Curry finishing with 19 points and Thompson, 10 points.


"Clearly they were playing at a much higher level then we were and they deserved to win," said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr of his team's disappointing loss.

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2016 22:21

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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