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Cleveland Classic football game is noon Saturday at Cleveland Browns Stadium with Morehouse College against Winston-Salem State University, and a Greek step show on Friday, Sept.. 14 , 6pm at the Q in Cleveland, Shaw High School Band to perform at game

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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-The historically Black Morehouse College and Winston-Salem State University will square off for a football game and half time show at the Cleveland Browns stadium beginning at noon on Saturday, Sept. 15 during the Cleveland Classic, with a Greek step show on Friday, Sept 14 at 6 pm at the Quick and Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Tickets for both the football game and the step show, with Black fraternities and sororities, including Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma and Qmega Psi Phi , start at $15  and can be purchased at the door, online ( CLICK THIS LINK HERE FOR TICKETS ) and by calling the Cleveland Sports Commission at 216-621-0600.

Sponsors of the event include McDonalds, University Hospitals, the Call and Post and Plain Dealer Newspapers,  the U.S. Marine Corps, and the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers professional sports teams.

"The big scheme is to highlight historically Black colleges and universities and also to promote the importance of a strong education for our youth," said Nick VanDemark, a spokesperson for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the group putting on the Classic that says the community needs to fully support it for it to continue in the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland.

Since 2000, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has attracted over 125 sporting events with a mission to "measurably improve the economy and to enhance the quality of life of the greater Cleveland community."

Dr. Donald Reeves, a Cleveland native and graduate from Cleveland's Glenville High School who currently serves as Chancelor of  WSSU, will speak at half time, which will also feature the marching bands from both WSSU and Morehouse and a performance by the popular and nationally renowned Shaw High School Marching Band of E. Cleveland, Oh.

One of two Black colleges in the county to produce Rhodes Scholars, Morehouse is a private predominantly male, liberal arts college located in Atlanta, GA.

National alumni of Morehouse include the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., who graduated in 1948

Clevelanders that are alumni of Morehouse include the Rev Dr. Otis Moss Jr., retired senior pastor at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, and the Rev. Tony Minor, a community activist, the executive director of the United Pastors in Mission,  and the director of advocacy for the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry.

The Winston-Salem State Rams, which is coached by Connell Maynor, is ranked 8th  in the American Football Coaches of America (AFCA ) Division II Coaches' Poll.

Rich Freeman, hired in 2007, is the head coach for the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers football team.

Located in Winston-Salem, NC., WSSU is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 19:41

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 Wednesday, 22 August 2018 04:10

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

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 Alicia 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.



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:


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?

Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2019 04:22

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

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