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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 campaign political strategist Broderick Johnson visits Cleveland for vice presidential debate, days after Obama visits Cleveland, Johnson speaks on Cleveland voter suppression billboards that threaten prison for voting to Blacks, poor people

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


Less than a week after nearly 10,000 people weathered the rain at Krenzler Field at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Oh. to listen to a speech by President Obama (pictured), the majority Black major metropolitan city continues to be a draw in a key presidential election year, and the vice presidential debate is no different.

Obama supporters, national senior campaign strategist Broderick Johnson (pictured), and London Sunday Times USA editor, best selling author and prize winning war correspondent Christina Lamb attended a spirited vice presidential debate watch party at Frederick’s Wine and Dine in the Cleveland area Thursday evening. (Editor's note: The debate was shown live on television from Centre College in Danville, Ky).


“The president continues to fight for issues that are important to all Americans, including women and the middle class,” said Johnson, a Black lawyer who also lectures on government relations and public policy at the University of Michigan. “We have to reelect this president and we are working to get the electoral votes in Ohio.”

Johnson has been a top adviser in the last two Democratic presidential campaigns and he said that while driving from Cleveland Hopkins Airport to Cleveland on Thursday morning he could not help but notice the controversial voter suppression billboards in Cleveland that threaten poor people and minorities with a felony, prison and a 10,000 fine if they vote this year.

Community activists and Black elected officials, including state Sen. Nina Turner (D-25) and Cleveland Councilwomen  Phyllis Cleveland and Mamie Mitchell, all Democrats, rallied earlier that day under a voter suppression billboard at E. 35th Street and Community College Ave. in Cleveland, one of several throughout Ohio.

And the billboard in question is down the street from Cuyahoga County Community College where First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to a cheering crowd on Oct. 15.

“I was startled by the signs and believe they are designed to intimidate,” said Johnson of the billboards.

Spearheaded by the Obama for America Campaign, media consultant and construction entrepreneur Ariane Kirkpatrick, and retired Cleveland schools elementary principal Anna Smith, last week’s vice presidential debate watch party, where Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Vice-Presidential nominee and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan squared off, drew practically every major local news television channel, including 3, 5, 19 and 8.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 October 2012 03:55

Editorial: Cleveland Browns running game continues to stumble

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Editorial lBy Karl Kimbrough (pictured), Cleveland Urban News.Com Sports Writer

CLEVELAND, Ohio-After a losing 2011 NFL football season where the Cleveland Browns won only four out of 16 games, the coaches identified the offense as priority in building a winning team.

By using their first three picks in the 2011 NFL draft on offensive players and fourth and second round supplemental draft picks on wide receivers, the Browns began to reshape their offense. The first two draft picks in the first round were used to acquire a top rated running back and quarterback. So, after one quarter of the 2012 season has been played, have these picks helped the Browns?

If wins is the barometer, then the answer is a resounding no as the Browns have begun the season with four losses in a row. Last year the Browns averaged 13.6 points per game for the entire season: This year, through four games, they have averaged 18 points.  So, Browns fans should be happy with this improvement right? Not so fast. Even though they average more points and even more yards passing, there is an alarming imbalance in rushing and passing attempts, making the team’s offense one dimensional. The Browns have been inconsistent in making first downs and maintaining drives. Trent Richardson, the Browns all American running back, only attempted three rushing plays in the second half of the game against the Baltimore Ravens and four times against the Buffalo Bills. In both games, the Browns trailed by seven points or less going into the second half.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 02:01

Breaking News: Michelle Obama to visit Cleveland at Tri-C Metro Campus on Monday, Oct 15, 2012, at 5 pm, 2900 Community College Ave., free tickets to see her are nearly gone

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

CLEVELAND,Ohio-First Lady Michelle Obama will speak on Monday, Oct 15, 2012, at 5 pm at Cuyahoga County Community College Metro Campus in Cleveland, 2900 Community College Ave., with doors opening at 3 pm.

The visit is the First Lady's second one to the Cleveland area since her visit to Progressive Field in May to thank supporters and for a fundraising event for the Obama for America Campaign later that evening.

Tickets, which campaign officials say are nearly gone,are on a  first come, first serve basis and

can be picked up one per person at the following  locations:

-OFA-OH Shaker Square Office ,13100 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120 (Tel:216-416-2017)

-OFA-OH Parma Office, 5734 Ridge Rd., Parma, OH 44129

-OFA-OH Euclid Avenue Office, 3740 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Cleveland Urban News.Com introduces Karl Kimbrough as new sports writer to cover the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kimbrough's article this week is on the Browns' loss Sunday to the New York Giants

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-(Editor's note: Cleveland Urban News.Com introduces Karl Kimbrough (pictured) as its  new sports writer. Previously a writer with Our Voice, a Lorain, Oh. community newspaper, Kimbrough is an asset to the news team at Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read Black and urban online newspaper).

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

The first 4:57 seconds of the Browns game against the New York Giants on Sunday seemed too surreal to be true with the Browns having a commanding 12-0 lead over the 2011 Super Bowl Champion Giants.

Unfortunately for the Cleveland Browns and their fans it was too real to be true. In their four previous games, the Browns' scored a total of six points in the first quarter. Could the Browns be turning their fortunes around?  Before the end of the first half, the Giants would outscore the Browns 27 to 3 and go into the half with a 27 to 17 lead. The Giants would not be challenged further winning the game 41 to 27.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 October 2012 12:15

Community activists, elected officials to picket racist billboard in Cleveland's poor, Black communities that threatens voters with prison, $10,000 fine if they vote this year, protest is Thurs., Oct 11, 10:30 am, E 35th St and Community College Ave.

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

CLEVELAND,Ohio- Community activists, elected officials and others will picket on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 10: 30 am at E. 35th and Community College Ave. in Ward 5 in Cleveland  over a billboard owned by Clear Channel in that area that the activists and some Black leaders say is voter intimidation and suppression that targets poor people, Blacks and other minorities by threatening voters in a key presidential election year with a felony conviction, 3 and a half years in prison,  and a $10,000 fine.

Cleveland Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland said that she will hold a press conference at 11:00 with community activists under the controversial billboard. State Sen. Nina Turner (D-25) and  State Rep. Sandra Williams (D-11) are expected to join her, among others.

The billboard at issue, which is near the Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus, is purportedly by a private corporation approved by Clear Channel, but community activists believe that the Tea Party and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney are aware of it since similar billboards are popping up in minority and poor communities all over the nation, including Milwaukee, WI.  It is in the Central Neighborhood where Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson lives, one of the country's poorest communities, data show.

"It is beyond insensitivity and is voter intimidation," said State Rep. Bill Patmon  (D-10), a Cleveland Democrat who argues that the billboards, also of which are up on the west side of Cleveland and in poor and  minority communities in Lorain, Oh., may be unconstitutional.

Groups associated with the protest include Cleveland City Council members, Ohio state legislators, The Imperial Women, The Carl Stokes Brigade, Cleveland Jobs With Justice, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Black on Black Crime, The Oppressed People's Nation, Organize Ohio, The Northeast Ohio Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, Peace in the Hood, The Family Connection Center, The Underground Railroad and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 October 2012 03:56

Former WOIO Cleveland 19 Action News Anchor Sharon Reed lands anchor job, her lawyer says rumors about LeBron James fathering her baby are false, had threatened to sue on her behalf, Reed is famous for posing for Spenser Tunick's nude group photo shoot

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Executive Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog ( (nod42)

CLEVELAND,Ohio- Former WOIO 19 Action News Anchor Sharon Reed (pictured), whose contract with the Cleveland television news station was non-renewed last year, has joined KNOV Channel 4 in St Louis, Mo. as a news anchor.

Reed will co-anchor the 4 and 10 pm news with Larry Connors and anchor along side of Jasmine Huda at 5 pm, station officials said.

Like 19 Action News, KNOV Channel 4 is also a CBS affiliate.

This summer rumors circulated the Internet linking Reed's  pregnancy, the non-renewal of contract at 19 Action News,  and her subsequent new born baby to NBA basketball star and Miami Heat star player LeBron James, coupled with claims that she was living in Miami, Fl.  Her lawyer quickly denied the rumors and threatened to sue.

James, 27 and a native of Akron, Oh., played for the Cleveland Cavaliers before leaving the team amid a fallout with Caviliers owner Dan Gilbert in 2010 . He is at least 15 years younger than Reed, whose low cut blouses and sex appeal drew both men and women to watch her as an anchor.

Reed had covered the Cavaliers games during James' tenure there, which prompted rumors that the rich mega star is her baby's daddy.

Both Reed and James are single, though James has two out-of-wedlock children with high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 21:38


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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