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Longtime Ohio state representative and former Cleveland Hts. mayor Barbara Boyd dies, Boyd a trailblazer for Black and other women and a founding member of the Black Women's PAC....By Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathy Wray Colemanonlinenewsblog.com

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio-Former Ohio state representative Barbara Boyd (pictured) of Cleveland Hts, a Democrat and also a former mayor of Cleveland Hts, has died at 80-years-old, passing away on Sat, Nov 5, 2022 surrounded by her beloved husband and other close family members. She is the mother of former state representative Janine Boyd, also of Cleveland Hts.

 

Funeral arrangements are pending, and this is a developing story.

 

Barbara Boyd (born April 24, 1942) was an American politician. She served twice as a Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the 9th district from 2007 to 2014, and the same district from 1993 until 2000. Her daughter Janine succeeded her into office in 2015 and served in the Ohio House of Representative until April of 2022.

 

A product of Cleveland's public schools who graduated from Glenville High School and a former elementary school teacher, Barbara Boyd worked on President Jimmy Carter's campaign as a start to politics. She became the first African American elected to Cleveland Heights City Council in 1983, where she would ultimately serve as mayor. Boyd also worked with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, as well as with the Children's Defense Fund. She was a dedicated member of Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in Cleveland, and a founding member of the Black Women's Political Action Committee of Ohio and Greater Cleveland.

 

In July of 2018, Cleveland Hts City Council voted to rename Caledonia Park, which straddles the border with neighboring East Cleveland, in her honor.

 

Cleveland Hts is a middle class Cleveland suburb of some 44,000 people. It is the eighth largest city in greater Cleveland and the 20th largest in Ohio, and is roughly 40 percent Black.

 

Black Women's PAC President Elaine Gohlstin said that Boyd "was a trailblazer for Black and other women and will be sorely missed."

 

Dr Mary Rice, a PAC member and a member of the East Cleveland Board Education, agreed.

 

"Practically every Democratic politician of substance sought her advice and support and as our representative in the state legislature she was a fierce advocate for her constituents." said Rice, a retired principal of John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland.

 

East Cleveland School Board President Una H.R. Keenon, also a retired East Cleveland judge and a founding member of the PAC, said that "we love her and are certainly going to miss her [Barbara Boyd], and she taught us a lot."

 

In addition to her daughter, Janine Boyd, Barbara Boyd is survived by her longtime husband, Robert Boyd, a grandchild, and a host of other relatives, friends, and associates.

 

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief (Coleman is a former biology teacher and a seasoned Black journalist, and an investigative, legal, scientific, and political reporter who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio).

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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 Sunday, 13 November 2022 08:13

Voters to decide whether to recall East Cleveland's mayor at the ballot box on November 8, 2022 among other issues and offices on the ballot in Ohio and with early voing in Cuyahoga County ending on November 7....By Clevelandurbannews.com

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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio-Voters in East Cleveland will decide  whether to recall Mayor Brandon King at the ballot box on Nov. 8, 2022 with early voting in Cuyahoga County concluding on Mon.,  Nov 7

Community activists seeking to recall the embattled mayor submitted certified 322 valid petition signatures earlier this year to the board of elections for the recall effort,11 more than the 311 needed to put the issue before voters.  Council Vice President Ernest Smith is also the subject of a recall effort.

Also on the ballot in Ohio are statewide races, legislative seats, judgeships, congressional and local offices, some ballot issues, and a controversial U.S. Senate seat. Most notably is a gubernatorial election and the nationally watched fight for a U.S. Senate seat.

Per the city charter, the Black mayor had until Aug. 18 to resign after the board of elections certified the recall petition for the November ballot. If the recall is successful Council President Nathaniel Martin will step up as mayor until a runoff election can be held in early 2023.

Governed by a mayor and city council, East Cleveland is a 99 percent Black and impoverished suburb of Cleveland. It has a population of some 14,000 people and  59 percent of household income is less than $25,000. It is one of the poorest cities in Ohio with a majority of its residents living below the poverty line. Its mayor and members of city council are all Democrats

The city has been under fiscal emergency for the last decade.

William Fambrough, who supported Councilwoman Juanita Gowdy in her unsuccessful effort to unseat King via last year's primary election is spearheading the recall effort as a member of a citizens group that says King has permitted police to abuse their power and that he and police are undermining city council's authority.The mayor is also accused of misappropriating city monies and retaliating against his political rivals with malicious prosecutions at the hands of city law director Simmons.

The mayor's supporters say the recall effort is nothing more than an attempt to get rid of Black leaders in East Cleveland, notwithstanding a string of police indictments of the mayor's embattled police force, including chief of police Scott Gardner, who is White and is out on administrative leave without pay. Gardner has pleaded not guilty and faces several felony charges, including theft in office and grand theft. The indicted patrol officers, also on leave, are accused of pulling over Blacks and harassing them and stealing from them.

Then the vice president of city council, King succeeded former mayor Gary Norton into office in December of 2016 by succession, and after East Cleveland voters recalled Norton and the council president, That recall was effort organized by activists who complained that Norton was fiscally irresponsible and was supporting a now defunct merger proposal with East Cleveland and neighboring Cleveland King has since won election in 2017 and reelection in 2021.

 

Mayor King, 54, was born and raised in East Cleveland, and he holds an MBA from the Ohio State University.


Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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 Monday, 07 November 2022 00:44

Ohio statewide Democratic candidates for governor, other statewide offices court Cleveland and Cuyahoga County voters with the November 8, 2022 just days away....Also on the ballot in Ohio is a U.S. Senate seat, state legislative seats, judgeship's, etc

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor

CLEVELAND, Ohio – With the Nov. 8 general election under a week away, including midterm elections relative to seats up for grabs in congress and in the U.S. Senate, some Democrats seeking statewide office in Ohio,including for governor, secretary of state and state attorney general, have made Cleveland and Cuyahoga County a campaign stumping ground, largely because Cuyahoga County, the second largest of Ohio's 88 counties, is a Democratic stronghold, and it is roughly 29 percent Black.

"We have organized canvasses to get out the vote," said state Rep Juanita Brent, a Cleveland Democrat and vice chairwoman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.

Also on the ballot in Ohio are state legislative seats, judgeships, congressional and local races, some ballot issues, and even a controversial recall effort of East Cleveland's mayor and its vice president of city council.

A majority Black major American city of some 383,000 people led by new mayor Justin M Bibb, a 35-year-old Black Democrat who won election last year, Cleveland is Ohio's second largest city, behind the capital city of Columbus, which has nearly a million people and sits in Franklin County, the state's largest county and also a Democratic stronghold.

Since Republican John Kasich, now a CNN commentator, ousted then Democratic governor Ted Strickland from the governor's mansion in a contentious 2010 election, Democrats in Ohio have not won a statewide office other than less than a handful of seats on the largely Republican Ohio Supreme Court, and the reelections of Sen Sherrod Brown, a senior member of the U.S. Senate and a former Ohio attorney general. Former Dayton mayor Nan Whaley, the Democratic nominee for governor who hopes to unseat Republican nominee Gov Mike DeWine, a former U.S. senator, has been through greater Cleveland at least eight times in the last few months with stops at abortion rallies in Shaker Hts, Medina and Willoughby, and just this week campaign events in Cleveland, including an event in Little Italy hosted by Cleveland City Council President Blaine Griffin and a gathering for some statewide office candidates on the city's near west side at the Forest City Brewery.

The Forest City Brewery event drew U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown of Cleveland, Ohio's most prominent Democrat and other elect Dems such as state Sen Nickie Antonio of Lakewood, 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Shontel Brown, who is a Warrensville Hts Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga County, and  Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Cheryl Stephens, a former Cleveland Hts mayor  whom Whaley chose as her lieutenant governor running mate.

State Rep Jeff Crossman of Parma was there too, and is is running as the Democratic nominee for Ohio attorney general and he been all over the county campaigning for office . So was Cincinnati Councilwoman Chelsea Clark, a Black woman and the Democratic nominee for Ohio secretary of state who faces Frank LaRose in November, LaRose a Republican and the current secretary of state.

Ohio has been in the national news in recent months as Congressman Tim Ryan, a Youngtown area Democrat in congress for some two decades and Trump-endorsed Republican candidate J.D. Vance fight it out neck and neck for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the upcoming retirement of Republican U.S. Sen Rob Portman of Cincinnati. Democrats currently have a razor thin majority in the U.S. Senate as U.S. seat races in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Georgia remain key , and while the Democrats are expected to retain control of the Senate they are simultaneously preparing to hand control of the U.S. House of Representative to Republicans  following expected midterm defeats via next week's election.

Ryan has courted Cuyahoga County voters too, including a rally with union members at the UAW Hall in Cleveland on Oct 27. He will rally in Cleveland next week as former president Donald Trump comes back to Ohio to campaign for J.D. Vance and some other Republican candidates on the November ballot.

The most closely watched race in Ohio is the U.S. Senate race between Ryan and Vance followed by a battle to replace age limited Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Justices Sharon  Kennedy, a Republican, and Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, running for that seat.

A Republican and the court's first female chief justice, an elected position, O'Connor's seat is one of three seats up for grabs this year on the seven-member largely Republican and majority female court. The other two seats open on the court are those of Republican Justices Patrick Fischer and Patick DeWine, Gov. DeWine's son, the younger DeWine facing First District Court of Appeals Judge Marilyn Zayas and Fischer facing 10th District Court of Appeals Terri Jamison, both of them Democrats. Tuesday's election will determine if Republicans will continue to dominate Ohio's hugest court.

Judge Jamison is Black, and she, like Justice Brunner, a former Franklin  County 10th District Court of Appeals judge who sat on the bench where Jamison now sits, has courted Cuyahoga County voters, Jamison appearing regularly at area events, including an event earlier this year at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on the city's largely Black east side that Congressman Ryan also attended and that featured U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey as the keynote speaker.

By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief (Coleman is a former biology teacher and a seasoned Black journalist, and an investigative, legal, scientific, and political reporter who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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, 31 December 2022 20:52

Benjamin Netanyahu wins Israel's election and is expected to form extreme right-wing government

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Last Updated on Friday, 04 November 2022 13:43

Set-up man in murder of former Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson's grandson found guilty ....Frank Q Jackson, 24, was murdered on September 19, 2021....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com

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Pictured are Robert Shepherd, 30 (wearing white t-shirt),
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CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Cleveland man accused of setting up the murder of former Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's 24-year-old grandson by luring him to the murder scene was convicted on Monday of aggravated murder in his death by a Cuyahoga County common pleas jury.

After deliberating for six hours, jurors found Robert Shepherd, 30, guilty on all four counts, including murder, aggravated murder and felonios assault, in the shooting death in September of 2021 of Frank Q. Jackson, though he was not charged with pulling the trigger. Common Pleas Court Judge Deena Calabrese scheduled sentencing for Nov. 15 and Shepherd, who is Black and a member of the heartless felon gang, faces life in prison.

Jackson's  great grandson, Donald Jackson-Gates, 19, faces aggravated murder and several other charges in an unrelated case in what prosecutors say is a revenge killing of Shepherd's nephew, Cris'Shon Coleman, 20, of Cleveland.

Cleveland police homicide detectives built the case against Shepard largely through surveillance cameras that show him luring Frank Q Jackson to get murdered, but such cameras purportedly do not show the killer.

Though headed to prison, Shepherd remains in jail on a $1 million bond since his arrest  just days after the former mayor's stepdaughter, Janece Jackson, the  mother of the mayor's slain grandson, was found unresponsive at a home in Cleveland in October of 2021 and later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Police said that the cause of her death has not been made public. Other sources say the cause of her death is unknown. She was the only daughter of Jackson's longtime wife, Edwina Jackson.

A Democrat, Jackson opted not to seek an unprecedented fifth term last year.  He was succeeded into office by current mayor Justin M. Bibb, Cleveland's  fourth Black mayor behind Jackson, its  third Black mayor and a Democrat like Bibb, 35, and the city's second youngest mayor.

Frank Q Jackson was shot multiple times at a home in the Kinsman neighborhood on the city's largely Black east side on Sept 19. Police were called to the shooting near Sidaway and East 70th St. in the Garden Valley projects at around 9 p.m.

A woman witness told police she dropped the younger Jackson off at the house to pick up his dirt bike when she heard multiple shots. She immediately left the scene and called 911.

He was shot seven times—in the head, back, right arm and his left side The older Jackson, who was mayor at the time, was escorted by police into and out of the home where the shooting incident occurred and  was on the scene for much of the night as were then Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams and Ward 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin, Griffin now president of the 17-member all Democratic city council. Williams has since retired and Mayor Bibb has appointee Wayne Drummond, a 33-year veteran of the police force who stepped up as interim police chief,  to replace him as chief.

The former mayor's grandson was in the news multiple times in the months leading up to his murder. His suspicious murder came three days after arson charges were filed against a man who was accused of setting fire to a car seen speeding away after the 2019 fatal shooting of  Antonio Parra.

Cleveland police officers went to the former mayor’s house the night of that shooting of Parra occurred in search of Frank Q. Jackson after learning that the car at issue was registered to the mayor's grandson.

Frank Q. Jackson allegedly told police that he was not driving the car when the arson and fatal shooting occurred and had sold the car.  Arson charges against a  suspect in that case, which remains under investigation, have since been dropped

Also, the grandson, whom the former mayor helped to raise,  was charged with domestic violence following an argument with his girlfriend back in 2020 an he lad also been charged with felonious assault on a police officer and failure to comply with a police officer's order, a first and fourth degree felony respectively.

And he was already on probation relative to a plea deal before Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell that came  following a 2019 indictment on  felonious assault, abduction charges and two counts of failure to comply with police in which he was accused of punching and choking a young 18-year-old Black  woman, and striking  her with a metal truck hitch.

In that case he agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in exchange for dismissal of the felonious assault and other charges.

In turn, Judge O'Donnell handed him a suspended 90 day sentence and put him on probation for 18 months.

In spite of his run-ins with the law, the former mayor's grandson was loved, Frank Jackson once telling reporters in response to the controversy surrounding his grandson that he loves his family just like others do.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and blog in Ohio and in the Midwest Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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, 15 November 2022 23:07

U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in affirmative action cases brought against two universities and is poised to overturn affirmative action nationwide....Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black female Supreme Court justice, is concerned

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Pictured is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black female Supreme Court justice, cautions her conservative judicial colleagues on the high court's bench of possibly overturning  affirmative action altogether nationwide, saying it would create an inequity for Black and Hispanic students and make it harder for colleges and universities to recruit such students. The court is expected to rule next year on the controversial affirmative action issues in cases brought aginst Harvard Universitty and the University of North Carolina relative to the student admissions processs.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Conservative Supreme Court justices on Monday, via oral arguments held before the court, indicated they are willing to end the explicit consideration of race in college admissions as they weighed cases challenging affirmative action policies at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University.

Members of the court's conservative majority questioned the legal rationale for allowing the practice and probed to what extent universities could enact new "race neutral" admissions policies aimed at improving racial diversity. Some justices, however, indicated they would be willing to allow applicants to discuss their racial identity in some form as part of essays touching upon their experiences, such as examples of overcoming discrimination. READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NBCNEWS.COM

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. 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, 01 November 2022 03:11

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The annual11th Congressional District Caucus Parade is Monday, September 2

11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress. waives to the crowd last year at the annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade.  This year's parade kicks off on Monday, September 2 on Cleveland's east side at 10:00 am from E. 149th Street and Kinsman Road and ends at Luke Easter Park where the picnic will begin. The event will be replete with political speeches and entertainment from various sources, including local musicians and bands. The well-attended caucus parade was initiated by Democrat Louis Stokes, the retired congressman before Fudge, and the tradition was furthered by the late Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Fudges' predecessor. Stokes was the first Black congressperson from Ohio and Tubbs Jones was the first Black congresswoman from Ohio