Stories for December 2013

Monday, December 30

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Grandmaster Flash

There are lots of stories about the birth of jazz and the beginning of rock n’ roll, but hip-hop has founding fathers: one of them is DJ Grandmaster Flash. In the early 70’s Joseph Saddler was living in the South Bronx and studying electrical engineering.

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Louis Gossett Jr

Born May 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY, Lou has a flair for projecting quiet authority and has scored well personally in a string of diverse and occasionally challenging roles. The aspiring actor caught a break at his first Broadway audition for “Take A Giant Step” (1953), where, beating out 400 other candidates, the then 16-year-old landed the lead.

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Beverly Johnson

The first African American supermodel on the cover of American Vogue was Ms. Beverly Johnson. Beverly was attending college Northeastern University in Boston, MA when she tried her hand at modeling.

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Why All Black People Should Visit Africa

I was 23 years old when I took my first trip to Africa, and if you ask me my trip occurred a little too late. It should have happened as soon as I developed comprehension and understanding. It should have happened before the “African booty scratcher” jokes became funny to me, and before Africa became the dark continent in my mind. However, thank goodness it happened. After visiting the beautiful country of Zambia on two different occasions, I’m convinced that every Black person should visit Africa at least once. It will change your entire life. It most definitely changed mine.

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Is It Necessary To Celebrate Black History Month?

We don’t have a White history month, so why is there a Black history month? Is It Necessary to celebrate Black History Month? Read on...

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A New Era in Beauty for Black Women

This new era of beauty among Black women celebrates the mind. It celebrates our beautiful spirits, our beautiful struggles, and our beautiful hopes.

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Why We Need Another Civil Rights Movement

As a child I would often watch old clips of the Civil Rights Movement and desperately wish I could have participated. The focus and eloquence of Dr. King inspired me. The courage of the children challenged me, and the unity of Black people was something I’d yet to witness in my generation. My soul longed for the days when Black people didn’t sit around and hope for change, but actually fought for it to happen.

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Your "blackness" starts with YOU

Knowing and understanding what being black enough means to your self-preservation.

Wednesday, December 25

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Is East Cleveland headed for bankruptcy?

East Cleveland City Council Vice-President Chantelle C. Lewis, whose term ends this month, says that for three years council tried to cut the budget in opposition to the mayor, to avoid the current circumstance.

Tuesday, December 24

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The Mary J Blige, Chill collaboration

Catching up with “MJB” on the West coast, Kevin Chill Heard was able to collab for an interview session with the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” about her life, her music, and her new Christmas album.

Thursday, December 19

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President Barack Obama

His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.

Wednesday, December 18

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Michelle Howard named First Four-Star Female Admiral

From May 2004 to September 2005, Howard was the commander of Amphibious Squadron Seven. Deploying with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5, operations included tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia and maritime security operations in the North Arabian Gulf.

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Republicans block another Obama nominee

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is one of the most influential courts in the land because it regularly rules on the constitutionality of new laws and regulations. It’s oftentimes the next step away from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Jim Brown throws ‘shade’ on Kobe

He said Bryant did not understand American culture due to him spending seven years of his youth living in Italy.

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Two children die in a house fire

The baby-sitter stayed in the bathroom until she smelled smoke. Fearful for her life she ran out of the house and rushed to home across the street,

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Antun Lewis found guilty for the second time

The first verdict came nearly six years after the fire, as police and fire officials worked with agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to complete an investigation.

Tuesday, December 17

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Sanya Richards-Ross

4x Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur, Reality Show Star

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Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas, a prominent photo conceptual artist, grew up surrounded by art and culture.

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Marcus Stroud

A self-proclaimed “country boy” from South Georgia, NFL veteran and philanthropist Marcus Stroud remains humble and grateful for his experiences during and after the NFL. Marcus was the 13th overall pick in the 2001 draft and played for 10 years in the NFL for teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills.

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Black Girls RUN!

Black Girls RUN! was created in 2009 by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners.

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Baratunde Thurston

Co-Founder & CEO of Cultivated Wit, Author, Comedian

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Cheryl Contee

Co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics, CEO at Fission Strategy, Co-Founder of Attentive.ly, 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech

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Stefanie Brown James

Growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Stefanie Brown James knew that a career in government affairs and civil rights was the path for her. She started to get involved in civil rights when she joined the Cleveland Youth Council of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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Shawne Merriman

From the gridiron to the boardroom, Shawne Merriman proves that there is life after playing professional football. Growing up in a rough and tumble neighborhood in Maryland, Shawne avoided the negativity and managed to channel his energy into something positive.

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Allen West

Former Congressman, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Author

Thursday, December 12

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Services held for John Powell

Stanley Miller presided at the services and delivered the eulogy. He also offered prayer and read the scripture. Soloist was Lucretia Bolden,

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Don King honors Nelson Mandela

I love the man. But more importantly, I love what the man represented – love instead of hatred, inclusiveness instead of segregation and divisiveness

Wednesday, December 11

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Louis Stokes remembers Nelson Mandela

When Nelson Mandela was inaugurated after being elected President of South Africa people from all over the world journeyed there to see this miracle.

Friday, December 6

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Jennifer Hudson in ‘Black Nativity’ is a ‘weight’ worth ‘watching’

While in sunny California to interview the cast of “Black Nativity,” the Call and Post had a chance to interview the lovely and still maintaining her much publicized Weight Watchers figure, Jennifer Hudson.

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Garden Valley among highest new HIV cases

Across the United States, more than 30 years into the disease, Blacks make more new cases of HIV/AIDS than any other ethnic group and is also less likely to receive access to care.

Thursday, December 5

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Nelson Mandela passes away

Nelson Mandela has passed away at age of 95

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Ray’s Sausage on national TV

Ray’s Sausage Company believe that quality food products are a direct result of qualified individuals working together for the common goal of producing a product that will distinguish them from other products.

Wednesday, December 4

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Alexander ‘City’ Bryant Part 3: The Journey of an old-time pool hustler

Despite the rugged existence of hustling pool for all those years, the passing of his wife in 2008 was his toughest challenge.

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Cleveland talent showcased in Champion’s Christmas Jam

Paula enjoys singing but really enjoys being a devoted wife to Grammy-nominated Gospel Artist Jason Champion (formerly of Men at Large) and loving mother to her two sons, Isaiah and Michael.

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Mary Yates Malone dies

Mary's life was abundant with family and friends. Her most fulfilling moments were entertaining in her home and "holding court" telling stories and jokes to all generations in her "audience".

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Families of 137 shots victims filed federal lawsuit

A year ago, at a press conference held at the Russell family attorney’s office, David Russell Jr. said he gave his brother Timothy the car involved in the chase and it had a bad muffler.

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It was ‘A Good Thanksgiving’

“I knew what was happening when I got off of the freeway and saw everyone in line,” Jarvis said. “I needed a turkey too, so I decided to pull over and join the crowd.”

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Why racism is (almost) omnipotent

We are living in difficult days. To pretend (or believe) that the light came and racism ended with the election of President Obama is like saying that cancer ended with the development of chemotherapy.