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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  four 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).

Tavis Smiley, Dr. Cornell West, bring poverty tour to Cleveland, Ohio, today, Sept. 12, from 5-7 pm at Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus, the tour targets key battleground states like Ohio

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

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Famed television and radio personality and community activist Tavis Smiley (pictured), and Dr. Cornell West (pictured in glasses), one of America's most noted scholars and authors on Black issues, will hold a poverty tour suggestion today, Sept. 12, 2012  from 5 to 7 pm at Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, Oh.,  a suburb of Cleveland.

Smiley and West are targeting key battleground states for the November 6 presidential election to emphasize the extent that the poor community has been disenfranchised by Republican Part agendas designed to silence the Democratic vote.

In addition to Ohio, the  states for the tour are Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida.

The event is free and open to the public and a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com reveals the following

Cleveland, Ohio

Cuyahoga Community College

Eastern Campus | Performing Arts Center | Liberal Arts Building

4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, Ohio

Admission: Free and open to the public

5 pm – 7 pm

Space is limited, please arrive early. Doors open at 4 pm

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 19:52

Happy Birthday to the late U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio, read her last major interview with Kathy Wray Coleman, published in the Call and Post Newspaper, she supported Hillary Clinton, died days after Obama won 2008 Democratic primary

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

(See the Stephanie Tubbs Jones interview that was taken shortly before her death on Aug. 20, 2008 below this brief story. Thanks for taking the time to read what we write here at Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read online Black and urban newspaper. Above, Tubbs Jones is pictured alone and with now  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during Clinton's failed bid in 2008 for the Democratic nomination for president. Also a former first lady, Clinton was a U.S. senator from New York at the time).

The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com and Cleveland Urban News.Com remember the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones on her birthday of September. 10.

Ohio's first Black Congresswoman, Tubbs Jones, who represented Ohio's 11th congressional district, which includes the city of Cleveland and its eastern suburbs,  died of a brain aneurysm on Aug. 20, 2008, just nine days before Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for President of the United States of America. (Editor's note: Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for a second time at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. on Thursday, Sept. 6)

Obama, America's first Black president, went on to beat then Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) of Arizona.

Greater Clevelanders are still mourning her death. She would have turned 63 on Sept. 10.

"She was such a phenomenal woman and I miss her," said Meredith Turner in a previous interview.

One of 13 delegates for Obama to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Turner is a community outreach coordinator for  Ohio. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, who is fighting a close race for his seat against Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a former state representative and Lyndhurst city councilman.

"Everybody misses her," said Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed, who added that she would have been in the fight like U.S Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-11) against the Republican pushed state laws in Ohio and elsewhere that stop Blacks and other Democratic Party voters from casting votes three days before the November 6  presidential, a law in Ohio that a Federal District Court Judge Peter Economus deemed unconstitutional last month because it allows military personnel only to vote the weekend before the election.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 September 2015 04:10 Read more...

Obama leads in Ohio and in country since Democratic convention, Ohio State Rep. Bill Patmon calls Obama and Clinton a powerhouse, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who attended the convention, says Michelle Obama's convention speech was the best

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

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina- President Barack Obama (pictured) and former President Bill Clinton (pictured) teamed up last week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC and showed how performances at national party conventions can dictate outcomes on election day.

Since the convention Obama has broken a previous tie that he had coming in to it and now leads 49% to GOP opponent Mitt Romey's 45%, with 3% undecided and another  3% saying they will vote for other candidates, according to a presidential tracking poll on Sunday by the Ramussen Reports.

The president is also ahead in Ohio, leading Romney 50% to 45%, a Public Policy Poling (PPP) survey released on Monday shows.

A Gallup daily tracking poll also has Obama leading Romney nationally, 49% to 44 %.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 01:50 Read more...

A one-on-one interview with John Legend, nine- time Grammy award winner and Ohio native who talks Obama, gay marriage, women's reproductive rights, music, Republican pushed voter supression laws in Ohio, elsewhere, discusses Kayne West, Kim Kardashian

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com, and Cleveland Urban News.Com Marketing Director and Copy Editor Marc Churchill

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Cleveland Urban News.Com nabbed an interview with actor, songwriter and nine-time Grammy award winning pop and R and B singer John Legend (pictured), a native of Springfield, Oh. who was campaigning in his home state for the upcoming November 6 presidential election for President Barack Obama (pictured), America's first Black president. (Editor's note: Read the one-on-one interview below this brief synopsis).

Legend, 33,  talks music, politics, Republican pushed voter suppression state laws in Ohio and elsewhere, gay marriage, reproductive rights, the necessity of the Black vote, and  his upcoming marriage to model Chrissy Teigen.

And he talked just a little on Kanye West, and yes, the beautiful Kim Kardashian, Kayne's new girlfriend.

The Grammy award winning pianist and keyboardist got his start singing back-up vocals for Alecia Keys and Lauryn Hill, and sang with other famous musicians including West, and other rappers like Jay-Z and Andre 3000.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English.

Legend won 3 of his Grammy awards in 2011, including best R and B album for 'Wake Up,' a project he did with the group The Roots, and best R and B song for 'Shine,' a popular cut on the album. He has an estimated net worth of $15 million, and has made acting appearances on popular television shows such as Sesame Street and  Dancing With The Stars.

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Interview

Cleveland Urban News.Com Associate Publisher and Editor Kathy Wray Coleman:

I’m Kathy Wray Coleman of Cleveland Urban News.Com.

John Legend:

It’s a pleasure.

Cleveland Urban News.Com:

It’s a pleasure to talk to you too. And I have with me our copy editor Marc R. Churchill, and he will be asking you some questions also.

John Legend:

Okay

Cleveland Urban News.Com:

Are you ready to go?

John Legend:

Ready when you are.

Cleveland Urban News.Com:

Let me first thank you for this interview.

John Legend:

My pleasure.

Cleveland Urban News.Com:

You will be 34 -years- old this year, I understand.

John Legend:

Yes, in December.

Cleveland Urban News.Com:

You’re still a young man. Did you graduate from

Springfield High School?

John Legend:

I went there-Springfield North High School.

Cleveland Urban News.Com:

So you’re an Ohioan?

John Legend:

Absolutely, born and raised...

Cleveland Urban News.Com:

So Springfield is 30 miles east of Dayton?

John Legend:

Yes, it’s about 25 to 30 miles east of Dayton.

Cleveland Urban News.Com:

You attended college at the University of Pennsylvania?

John Legend:

Yes, I graduated from there back in 1999.

Cleveland Urban News.Com:

What degree did you earn?

John Legend:

I majored in English, with a concentration in African-American literature and culture.

Cleveland Urban News.Com:

Why are you supporting President Barack Obama?

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Michael Clarke Duncan's funeral is next week, the Black actor nominated for an Oscar for his role in the movie 'The Green Mile' who served as a bodyguard for stars like Will Smith and Jamie Fox died on Labor Day at 54

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

LOS ANGELES, California-Michael Clarke Duncan, the Black actor who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a gentle- giant prisoner opposite Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the 1999 America motion picture drama 'The Green Mile, is dead at 54.

The former body guard  for Jamie Fox, Will Smith and other mega stars who stood 6-foot-4 died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on  Labor Day on Sept. 3 of natural causes following a heart attack in July.

Duncan grew up in Chicago, IL. and  was raised by a single mother. He attended Alcorn University and had smaller roles in film before the hit "The Green Mile."

The actor's casket is set for public viewing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday in Los Angeles at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks.

A private burial will be held on Monday. It is invitation only, a family spokesperson said.

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Last Updated on Friday, 07 September 2012 20:29

Michelle Obama outshines Ann Romney at Democratic convention, state Rep .John Barnes Jr., who is among 13 Obama delegates from Ohio's 11th Congressional District, comments on her speech, Joyce Beatty, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland spoke at convention

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

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina- With Obama and  Mitt Romney in a dead heat, First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured) took the stage at opening night Tuesday at  the Democratic National Convention and wooed America with her charm, wit, warmth, and oratory brilliance.

Her speech out -shined the mediocre one given last week at the Republican Convention by Ann Romney, who spent much of her speech making excuses for Mitt  Romney's billionaire status.

Dressed flawlessly in a sleeveless pink style designer dress, the first lady, whose approval ratings harbor at 70 percent, was articulate, given her background as an ivy league Princeton University law school graduate, and she made America's Black community proud.

She was down to the earth, and she said during her 35 minute speech that she loves her husband more and more each day, as a partner, a father, a family man, and as a scholar of a president who is not afraid to show his wife when he is  in deep thought in the oval office doing things like reading letters from the American people on issues impacting the country .

"Today, I love my husband even more than I did four years ago," said Michelle Obama.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 05:33 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