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Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black newspaper and newspaper blog.  National political news, and urban news from Cleveland, Ohio.Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some  5 million views.

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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).

Dion Waiters, with help from Kyrie Irving, is key to helping the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team make the playoffs this NBA season, an editorial by Cleveland Urban News.Com Sports Writer Karl Kimbrough

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By Karl Kimbrough, Cleveland Urban News.Com Sportwriter

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Dion Waiters (pictured in grey suit), with help from Kyrie Irving (pictured in blue suit), might be key to helping the Cleveland Cavaliers make the playoffs this NBA season.

For seven years the name LeBron James would reverberate in the rafters of Quicken Loans Arena when he would throw down a dunk .

It was hoped that the mega star would ultimately lead our Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team to an NBA championship.

But that dream came crashing down for fans when James decided to take his talents to the Miami Heat as a free agent in 2010.

Fans were left wondering if the Cavaliers would have another chance to find a great player to lead their team to championship contention. Players like James don't come around too often, if at all, other than James himself.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012 13:15 Read more...

Hilton Smith wins election for Cleveland NAACP president, Judge Harper wins other contested race for third vice president, National NAACP watchdog the Rev. Gill Ford says 'racism is not dead'

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By Johnette Jernigan and Kathy Wray Coleman, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND,Ohio- The Rev. Hilton Smith (pictured), senior vice president for corporate and community affairs at Turner Construction Company in Cleveland and an associate minister at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland, is the new chapter NAACP president, NAACP officials said Sunday after an all afternoon election at The Cathedral Church of God in Christ.

Also a former Cleveland School Board president, Smith, 66, beat longtime NAACP affiliate Jocelyn Travis and member Clint Bradley to become the 34th president of the local chapter that celebrated its 100th year anniversary this year.

He told reporters after the election that his major goal for the organization is to continue its fight for Civil Rights and "to move the country forward like Obama."

And from the outcome of the election, Cleveland's Old Black Political Guard will still rule the most prominent Civil Rights institution in the predominantly Black major metropolitan city, and with some of the same Blacks that help to catapult the late Carl B. Stokes as its first Black mayor in 1967, and the first Black mayor of a major American city.

Travis said that she will continue to be a watchdog for the Civil Rights group, which has some 1500 local members, and that she hopes that the new members, some of which were among the 56 people brought to the polls on a Greater Abyssinia church bus in support of Smith, will get active in the organization.

"We hope the new members will get involved and stay involved," said Travis, who trailed Smith in second place. "So many people are asking for help from the NAACP."

The election almost mirrored that of the one for United States president held Nov. 6, replete with required identification, voting booths, a watch dog committee, and supervision by the Rev. Gill Ford, director of unit capacity and membership for the National NAACP who flew in from national headquarters in Baltimore, MD.

"I am here to make sure the process is in accordance with NAACP policy," said Gill, who caught a plane back to Baltimore right after the election.

Gill said that racism is still alive and well in America.

"Racism is a long way from being dead," Gill said. "Our parents dealt with them and if we don't deal with them, we take opportunity away from our children."

The Rev. E. Theophilus Caviness,84,  senior pastor at Greater Abyssinia and the Executive Director of the Cleveland Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, ran unopposed for first vice president, and Bishop E.F. Perry, senior pastor at The Cathedral Church of God in Christ, was unopposed for second vice president.

Retired Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge Sara J. Harper, a former assistant chief city prosecutor with the Stokes administration in the 1960s  who campaigned with Stokes when he won his  bid for Cleveland mayor in 1967, and a former branch president who championed the desegregation of Cleveland schools in the 1970s, won the spot of third vice president against closest opponent Dr. Eugene Jordan, an East Cleveland dentist.

Danielle Sydnor came in third place in that race.

Harper got more votes than any candidate, including Smith.

"I want to thank all the people who voted for me and I shall live up  to their expectations and do the best job possible," said Harper, 86, the first Black woman to graduate from Case Western Reserve University Law School and one of two Black women to be first elected to an Ohio district court of appeals when she won a seat on the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals in 1990. "I sincerely thank all of the people that came out to vote and as third vice president I will extend the focus beyond the younger children that come to the Sara J. Harper Library to older youth too."

Jordan was diplomatic about the outcome of the election but constructively critical of an organization that he loves whose membership has shrunk from more than 15,000 at its peak to a fraction of that number.

"I believe in the vision, mission, and the statement of equality for African-Americans, and I don't believe its happening right now in the organization," said Jordan.

Retired plain dealer reporter Richard Perry, who is still active in the community and voted in Sunday's election, said that local leaders must be cautious of Republican Gov. John Kasich, who is courting them, and that members should be wary of any efforts by Kasich to "run the NAACP."

Other officers elected were Amos Mahsua as branch treasurer, interim executive director Arlene Anderson as secretary, and Marcia McCoy, the regional director for the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, as assistant secretary. All three were unopposed.

Interviews are underway for an executive director through a process that has narrowed the candidates to three, though NAACP officials would not give the names of the finalists.

The branch election is the first of its kind in terms of enthusiasm since former Cleveland NAACP President George L. Forbes, 81,  a former city council president who lost a bid for Cleveland mayor against Michael R. White in 1989, resigned in April as president of the local branch of the nation's most renowned Civil Rights organization.

Forbes was first elected president in 1992 and he ran the organization with an iron fist.

Cleveland Civil Rights Attorney James Hardiman, the first vice president who became president upon the resignation of Forbes and is also the legal director for the Ohio ACLU, did not seek the presidency and  bowed out for a run for third vice president as did Darnell Brewer.

Phanawn Bailey, 13, campaigned at the election by passing out literature in support of his uncle,  Carl Ewing, who ran successfully for a seat on the executive committee.

"I am here helping my uncle," said Bailey, whose efforts paid off.

Members chosen for the 24 elected slots for the executive committee are as follows:

Benny Bonanno,Terry Butler, Judge Pinkey Carr, Lang Dunbar, Carl S. Ewing, Michelle Felder, Annetta Fisher, Bruce Goode, Blaine Griffin, Leslye Huff, Leonard Jackson, Eric Johnson, Meryl Johnson, Rev. Charles Lucas, Jason Lucas, Cleveland Ward 6 Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, Susie Rivers, Leathea Robinson, Rev. Leon Thompson, Theodosia Caviness Tucker, Wendell Turner, Kent Whitley, Harold Wilson, and Beverly Wright.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 05:21

Cleveland NAACP to hold election for branch officers on Sunday, Clint Bradley, Jocelyn Travis, Rev. Hilton Smith vie for president, other contested race for third vice president pits Judge Sara Harper against Dr Eugene Jordan, Danielle Sydnor

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND,Ohio- The Cleveland Chapter NAACP will hold its every-two-years election of branch officers on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 1 pm to 5 pm at the school behind The Cathedral Church of God in Christ in Cleveland, 2940 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

To vote members must have their dues paid 30 days in advance of the election, according to organizational bylaws. (Editor's note: For more information contact the Cleveland NAACP offices at 216-231-6260)

The election is the first of its kind in terms of enthusiasm since former Cleveland NAACP President George L. Forbes (pictured in eye glasses and grey suit),  a  former city council president who lost a bid for Cleveland mayor against Michael R. White in 1989, reigned as president of the local branch of the nation's most renowned Civil Rights organization.

Branch president from 1992 until his official resignation in April of this year, Forbes, 81, leaves a legacy with the organization of leadership, and controversy.

Cleveland NAACP officials said that a representative from the National NAACP will help supervise the election, activity that is not extraordinary for such an election.

Those competing for branch president are Real Estate Entrepreneur Clint Bradley (pictured in blue tie),  Executive Committee Member and Long time NAACP Affiliate Jocelyn Travis (pictured), and the Rev. Hilton Smith (pictured in red tie), senior vice president for corporate and community affairs at Turner Construction Company in Cleveland and an associate minister at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland.

The only other contested race is that of third vice president, which pits retired Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge Sara Harper, a former branch president, against Dr. Eugene Jordan, currently the second vice president and a well known East Cleveland dentist and community activist.

The third person in that race is Danielle Sydnor.

Jordan, a longtime Forbes ally, is under fire by some members of Cleveland's Old Black Political Guard for allegedly speaking to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper on the nominations committee process as flawed initially because some people nominated to be on the committee were not verified as members.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 07:45 Read more...

Obama wins Ohio, second term, Cleveland area Black elected officials that helped him win like Congresswoman Fudge, State Sen Turner, State Reps Patmon, Barnes, Councilpersons Mitchell, Jeff Johnson, Cuyahoga County Councilman Rogers, comment on his win

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By Johnette Jernigan and Kathy Wray Coleman, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CHICAGO,Illinois-Barack Obama, the first Black president of the United States of America, won reelection Tuesday night after winning Ohio by 2 percentage points in a historical election that was as important and as symbolic to many in the Black community as was his rise to the White House in 2008.

“Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destination, the task of our union moves forward,” said Obama during his victory speech to a cheering crowd of thousands at his campaign headquarters in Chicago.  “It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope.”

With 270 electoral votes needed from the states to win and more still coming in for the count from places like Florida, the Democrat Obama took the election with all of Ohio's 18 electoral votes and a total of 303 electoral votes to 206 for Mitt Romney, the presidential nominee for the Republican Party. And after mustering a political machine fueled by a  diverse coalition of minorities, women and youth voters that flocked to the polls, he won the popular vote 51 percent to Romney's 48 percent.

Eleventh Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, the only Black in Congress from Ohio, told Cleveland Urban News.Com after Tuesday's election that Ohioans came through for the president and that Obama will come through for Ohioans.

"Ohioans delivered and I believe President Obama will deliver for us," said Fudge, a Warrensville Hts. Democrat. "The President's re-election victory, despite all the money and misleading ads arrayed against him and deliberate efforts to suppress the vote among groups that supported him, is a triumph for democracy. We need the president's leadership to move our nation forward to confront the issues that matter to our community and  I look forward to the opportunity to work with the president in the coming term to focus on strengthening an economy that works for everyone."

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012 13:14 Read more...

A one-on-one interview with President Obama by Cleveland's own Robyn Simone of Radio One's 93.1 WZAK in Cleveland, Ohio's R&B leader, Obama urges early voting, talks about Romney's tax cuts for the rich, foreclosures, Chardon High School gun violence

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From the Metro Desk of Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper (A one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama (pictured) undertaken by Robyn Simone (pictured) of Radio One's 93.1 WZAK FM Radio Station in Cleveland during a campaign visit by the president to Cleveland to urge Ohioans to vote, and to vote early). CLICK HERE ON THIS LINK TO FIND YOUR VOTING LOCATION IN OHIO

CLEVELAND,Ohio- Ohio is a key battleground state on the road to the White House and President Barack Obama, through the Obama for America Campaign, gave Cleveland, OH its respect as he acknowledged the majority Black city's number one R&B, classic and soul leader by giving Radio One's WZAK 93.1 FM radio personality Robyn Simone an exclusive one-on-one interview.  (Editor's note: Read the one-on-one interview below this brief synopsis).

America's first Black president is reaching out to urban radio stations all over the country and courting the Black vote, just as he did in 2008. And during the interview with Simone, which aired on WZAK, Obama talks about medicare and medicaid, foreclosures, and efforts by Mitt Romney and the Republicans to cut taxes for the rich on the backs of the middle class and the poor. The president also discusses Obamacare, and he speaks on gun violence in response to the shootings earlier this year by T.J. Lane  in the Chardon High School cafeteria, shootings in the Chardon, OH. community that left three students dead and several people injured.

The assistant program director and mid-day radio personality  for WZAK who has been burning up the radio airwaves since 1998, Simone has made waves as a true leader and professional in her field. Her herein one-on-one interview with President Obama reminds the Black community, particularly in urban cities in the pivotal state of Ohio such as Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown and East Cleveland, of the importance of voting, and voting early.

The following interview was transcribed by Cleveland Urban News. Com Reporter Johnette Jernigan from a previously aired radio segment audio with the permission of Simone and Radio One's 93.1 WZAK FM.

INTERVIEW

Robyn Simone of Radio One's 93.1 WZAK FM Radio in Cleveland: We’re trying to get this thing together here.

United States of America President Barack Obama: I know that’s right.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 November 2012 16:57 Read more...

Victory parties election night Nov 6 in Ohio, Obama, Sherrod Brown party is at Hilton Hotel in Columbus, Obama volunteers for Cleveland area is at the Double Tree Lakeside in Cleveland, parties also at Josephine's, Councilman Johnson' s,

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Watch parties relative to the Nov 6, 2012  election are as follows: (Reach the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Headquarters at 216-621-9750, 1466 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114).

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 18:31 Read more...

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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