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Cleveland Foundation names architect Lillian Kuri it's new president and CEO, Kuri the first woman to hold the post full time

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CLEVELAND, Ohio– The Cleveland Foundation Board of Directors today announced that distinguished architect Lillian Kuri has been unanimously named the organization’s 10th president and CEO, effective Aug. 1, 2023. She will succeed Ronn Richard, who in January announced that he will be retiring this summer after a 20-year tenure at the helm of the foundation.

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Black Cuyahoga County judge whose son murdered his wife fights for custody of her grandchildren....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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Pictured are are Cuyahoga county court of Common Pleas Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams and her son Omnisun Azali, who was convicted in December of 2022 of murdering his wife

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief. Coleman is a Black political and investigative reporter out of Cleveland, Ohio who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post newspaper.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - A Black Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge whose son was convicted of murdering his wife in December of 2022 in a case that has drawn national attention is now fighting the county department of children and family services and the two children's aunt from Africa for custody of her grandchildren via a trial that got underway this week in downtown Cleveland, Ohio at the county juvenile court. Like the murder trial, a visiting judge is presiding in the case to avoid a conflict of interest because the man's mother, Cassandra-Collier Williams, is a common pleas judge.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 April 2023 14:25

President Joe Biden officially announces that he and Vice President Kamala Harris will run for reelection in 2024, Harris the first Black and first Black female vice president....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-After much anticipation around his decision whether to seek a second term in office, Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden, who captured the White House by defeating former Republican president Donald Trump in 2020 in a heated election, officially announced on Tuesday that both he and Vice President Kamala Harris will run for reelection in 2024, a possible rematch of 2020 for the president since Trump is already the staunch front-runner for the Republican nomination.

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U.S. Rep. Emilia Sykes officially urges the DOJ to investigate Akron's police department after a no indictment in the Jayland Walker case by a Summit County grand jury.... Walker was gunned down by eight Akron cops....By

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Pictured are Ohio 13th Congressional District Congresswoman Emilia Sykes of Akron,  Akron police shooting victim Jayland Walker, and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Ohio 13th Congressional District Congresswoman Emilia Sykes, an Akron Democrat and one of three Black women in the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio, has officially requested a Department of Justice investigation into the patterns and practices of the Akron Police Department. The request from the federal lawmaker comes hardly a week after a Summit County grand jury refused to indict eight Akron cops who gunned down 25-year old Jayland Walker shooting 94 bullets as he ran away from police on foot.


“I write today on behalf of the people of Ohio’s 13th congressional district urging the United States Department of Justice to investigate the death of Mr. Jayland Walker, a young Black man killed by eight officers employed by the Akron Police Department on June 27, 2022," wrote Rep. Sykes in a letter on Monday to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.


The letter goes on to say that "I request that the Department of Justice (DOJ) use its authority pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12601 (formerly codified at 42 U.S.C. § 14141) to initiate an investigation into the patterns and practices of the Akron Police Department (APD) in order to enhance public safety and the community’s trust in our sworn officers.”


A trained attorney herself and former minority leader of the Ohio House of Representatives who won a seat in Congress via the midterm elections, Sykes, 37, is the youngest of Ohio's five-member Democratic Congressional Delegation, which also includes U.S. Reps. Joyce Beatty of Columbus, Marcy Kaptur of Toledo, and Shontel Brown of Warrensville Hts., and U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown of Cleveland But she is no less assertive and said also in her letter to Garland that he needs to step in to make sure that what happened to Jayland Walker does not happen to others.


"I am confident you share our ultimate objective of ensuring that the citizens of our nation have confidence in their law enforcement agencies and that you will facilitate solutions-based tools and practices necessary to keep law enforcement safe and accountable and protect our communities so that we never have to be in this situation again," the congresswoman's letter reads.


Sykes told the attorney general in her letter that the office of the DOJ  has investigated numerous police departments across the country and that "the gravity of recent events regarding Jayland Walker has shown it is past time for an independent third party to facilitate a discussion to help mediate disputes and place the community on a path to reconciliation and healing.”


A largely White, majority female county grand jury issued what is called a no bill last Monday after determining that the shooting death was justified and that an indictment on criminal charges was not warranted.The tragic killing by police of the young Black man from Akron who had no criminal record has drawn national attention to the city of roughly 200,000 residents that is some 30 miles southeast of Cleveland and the hometown of NBA megastar and Los Angeles Laker LeBron James.


The police shooting incident in question occurred following a car and foot chase and traffic stop in June of 2022. No gun was found on Walker's person but police say they later found a gun in his car, and that he allegedly shot at them before jumping out of the car and taking off on foot.

Rep Sykes gave an emotional presentation at a press conference held last week by the Walker family and their attorneys, and community leaders and activists. She called for calm and branded the grand jury decision unjust and routine for Black America. And she questioned how Walker could be gunned down execution style while running away from the police and without any weapon and not one of the involved cops is criminally prosecuted.


"We've seen this time and time again and now it's in our community of Akron," the congresswoman said at last week's televised press conference.

Though controversial, last week's grand jury decision has not caused the racial unrest that followed Walker's shooting death last summer. Akron Public Schools, however, were closed the day after the county grand jury chose not to indict police and so were classes at University of Akron. Also, six people were arrested in a protest after the grand jury decision, the first of several protests held in Akron by activists, who also convinced a judge to issue a temporary order precluding lethal force after they sued for being tear gassed and pepper sprayed for picketing.


Here's what police and city officials say led up to the police shooting death of Jayland Walker, much of it at odds with what attorneys for the Walker family say allegedly happened


According to the Akron Police Department, at about 12:30 a.m. on June 27, police in Akron attempted to stop Walker for an unspecified traffic violation. Walker did not stop and a chase ensued. The pursuing officers say gunfire came from the vehicle less than a minute into the chase. After several minutes, Walker exited the highway and the chase continued along city streets.

Eventually, Walker's car slowed down, and while the car was still moving, Walker exited from the passenger's side, wearing a ski mask, and ran towards a nearby parking lot. Officers chased Walker and attempted to stop him with a stun gun but were not successful. After about ten seconds of chasing Walker, eight police officers opened fire for six or seven seconds, shooting approximately 94 rounds. Police said that it appeared Walker was turning towards them, and they believed he was armed and "moving into a firing position, a claim the Walker family attorneys dispute.

Following the shooting, Walker was put in handcuffs by police and was found with his hands cuffed behind his back when EMTs arrived on the scene. According to police, officers attempted to administer first aid to Walker after he was shot Walker was pronounced dead at the scene. Police claim that a wedding band was found in Walker's car and that Walker may have been acting erratically because he had just lost his fiance in an unrelated car accident Community activists and the Walker family attorneys dispute such assertions and contend that they are nothing but a cover up for a police shooting gone wrong, and that the entire scenario is indicative of a lack of police training and excessive force.

The medical examiner observed 60 wounds on Walker's body, with some uncertainty based on entrance and exit wounds.No firearm was found on Walker's body.The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Walker's death a homicide. and the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: We interviewed former 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.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 April 2023 14:59
U.S. Supreme Court allows abortion pill to stay on the market for now....By Women's March Cleveland

U.S. Supreme Court allows abortion pill to stay on the market for now....Women's March Cleveland protested last week for the abortion pill at Walgreens, which will not sell the FDA approved abortion pill allegedly for fear of litigation

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday blocked in full a decision by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk out of Amarillo, Texas issued on April 7 that had invalidated the Food and Drug Administration’s longtime approval of mifepristone, the nation's most widely used abortion pill  It was a win for abortion proponents and women and means women can still obtain mifepristone by mail, use it at home, and use it up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy as litigation ensues in the lower court. The generic version of the drug, made by GenBioPro, will also continue to be available pursuant to the court ruling.

"We won for now," said Women's March Cleveland head organizer Kathy Wray Coleman. "And it has certainly been a fight and will continue to be a fight until abortion is legal for all women across this land."

Two of the nine justices — conservatives Clarence Thomas, the court's only Black justice, and Samuel Alito — said they would have let part of Kacsmaryk's ruling take effect.

Kacsmaryk's  trial court ruling was appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, and the justices agreed to step in after that federal appeals court, via a divided three-judge panel, put the lower court ruling on hold but kept in place several provisions of the judge's order, including restrictions on distributing the pill to patients by mail, which was a major sticking point for abortion supporters.

What Friday's ruling also means in a legal sense is that pharmacies like Walgreens that would not sell the pill for fear of litigation can do so more comfortably, at least for now.  Women's advocates and community activists were already taking to the streets to fight for the survival of the abortion pill.

Led by Women's March Cleveland, protesters shut down traffic for about an hour on Chester Avenue at East 101st Street on Cleveland's east side near Walgreens on Saturday, April 15, 2023 as part of a national demonstration in cities across the country called by Women's March National to advocate for abortion rights and to call out Walgreens for refusing to sell the abortion pill. Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell and state Rep Juanita Brent, also vice chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, joined the protesters as did workers seeking signatures over the weekend for a potential abortion ballot initiative in Ohio. Cleveland Channel 3 News of WKYC and the Call and Post Newspaper were among the media that covered the event.

Other groups assisting with the rally include RiseUp4Abortion Rights Cleveland.

At first some motorists broke through the protest line on the busy Chester Avenue as protesters chanted "No justice, no peace," My body, my choice," and a host of other chants but ultimately drivers took another street route and Cleveland police later stepped up to guide them in another direction.

Cleveland's sister rally was from noon-2 pm at 10001 Chester Avenue at Walgreens pharmacy by design because Walgreens is under fire for refusing to sell the abortion pill in Ohio and some 19 other states where GOP officials have threatened litigation. Community activists said they were rallying for reproductive rights and against  While a Washington State federal judge subsequently issued a counter ruling in support of the abortion pill, women's rights advocates say that they took to the streets last weekend to fight for reproductive and Civil Rights for women and to try to stem the tide of attacks on women's reproductive rights.

The two countering abortion pill rulings come on the heels last summer of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade and relegate the authority to either restrict or outright outlaw abortion to the country's respective state legislatures, most of them Republican- dominated general assemblies.

Activist women, particularly of greater Cleveland, and Cleveland, a largely Black major American city, say that fascist judges like Kacsmaryk should keep their hands off abortion medication mIifepriston and other FDA approved reproductive medications. To date more than 14 states have criminalized abortion, including Ohio. Per its state legislature it has a six-week abortion ban that is on hold after a court ruling that is being challenged by state attorney general Dave Yost, a Republican.

Women's March Cleveland organizers say that absent major public outcry such a decision in Texas would likely be upheld by the same conservative-leaning Supreme Court that overturned Roe v Wade and that given that medication abortions make up more than half of all abortions in the country such a ban would be catastrophic. To the contrary, pro-life supporters say their cause is viable too. Nonetheless, it is clear that the fight for abortion access in America is ongoing, and contentious at best. and, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: We interviewed former 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.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 April 2023 15:32

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