Today is Juneteenth, a federal holiday and a celebration of the full emancipation of slaves in the U.S.

Image and   CLEVELAND, Ohio- Today, Sat., June 19, is the   Juneteenth National Independence Day, which is  historically known as  Jubilee Day ,   Black Independence Day ,   and  Emancipation Day , a  federal holiday  in the  United States  commemorating the emancipation of  enslaved   African Americans . In short Juneteenth is the celebration of the full emancipation of slaves in the U.S. This year's Juneteenth celebrations, from dancing to music to poetry and cultural events, and even Civil Rights protests, come on the heels of passage by Congress of the  Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, federal legislation that President Joe Biden signed into law on June 17 that makes Juneteenth a federal holiday. Originating in  Galveston, Texas , Jueenteenth has been celebrated annually on  June 19  in various parts of the  United States  since 1866.   Its commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement of

U.S. Supreme Court rejects conservative challenge to Obamacare for a third time, this time on the grounds that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the legal action....Obama and President Biden comment....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of and, Ohio's Black and alternative digital news leaders

Former President Barack Obama, the nation's first Black president and By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, WASHINGTON, D.C- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a conservative challenge to Obamacare, former president Barack Obama's signature universal healthcare initiative that is officially known as the Affordable Care Act, a federal law that lawmakers adopted in 2010 that brought about sweeping and revolutionary changes to the nation's healthcare system coupled with accessibility to heath care insurance to millions of ill-fated Americans. The court, in a 7-to-2 decision,  reversed  the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judgment out of New Orleans that upheld a district court ruling that found the plaintiffs in the case had standing to bring  a challenge to the Affordable Care Act brought by Texas and 17 other Republican-led states, the administration of

Indicted former Ohio House speaker Larry Householder expelled from the House of Representatives as a state representative in connection with a $60 million pay-to-play scheme....Householder, House Minority Leader Rep. Emilia Sykes, others comment....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of and, Ohio's Black and alternative digital news leaders

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and   By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor in chief. COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday, both Republicans and Democrats alike, officially removed indicted former House Speaker Larry Householder from office, the House voting 75-21 to expel the embattled state representative in connection with a multi-million dollar pay-to-play scheme that has rocked Ohio Republicans and enraged Democrats who are the minority in both the House and Senate. He is the first member to be expelled from the Ohio House of Representatives in 164 years, his ouster coming behind federal racketeering charges related to House Bill 6. Householder has denied the allegations. He called his expulsion while his criminal case is pending undemocratic and said the basis for it, disorderly conduct, is ludicrous. And he called it a disrespect to voters. "They have taken away the vote of the 72nd

Ex-president Donald Trump to hold rally in Ohio near Cleveland, his first major rally since President Joe Biden took office in January....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of and, Ohio's Black and alsternative digital news leaders

Former United States president Donald Trump and By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief CLEVELAND, Ohio — Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold his first major rally since current President Joe Biden took office in January in Ohio next week, according to media reports. The rally event is scheduled for June 26 at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio  and is designed for Trump to energize his Republican base and other supporters, sources said Tuesday.  The city of Wellington is some 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, where last year's first presidential debate was held.  The "Save America Rally," as the former president would call it,  begins at 7 pm and the doors at the fairgrounds  doors will open at 2 pm. Though the former president has spoken at events such as the Conservative Political Action Conference and the North Carolina  Republican Convention,  he has not been

Democrat Dennis Kucinich announces he will run for Cleveland mayor, Kucinich a former Congressman and former Cleveland mayor....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of and, Ohio's leader in Black and alternative digital news

Dennis Kucinich and By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief C LEVELAND, Ohio- Former Cleveland mayor Dennis Kucinich, also a former Congressman and an ultra liberal Democrat who has twice run for president, announced Monday that he is joining the crowded race for Cleveland mayor as the Sept. 14 non-partisan primary election nears. The much anticipated announcement comes as no surprise to political insiders, and has been talked about in political circles over the past year. Flanked by supporters and his wife Elizabeth, Kucinich said "I love Cleveland."   He said his campaign will focus on poverty, crime, housing, and community development, and he wants more police on the streets and on the city's police force, the city currently a party to a court monitored consent decree for police reforms with the U.S. Department of  J ustice following several questionable police killings of Black people, inc

Obituary: Homegoing celebration for beloved Georgia educator Caryl Coleman Moreland is June 15, 2021 at Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home in Atlanta, Georgia

Caryl Coleman Moreland and- By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor, associate publisher ATLANTA, Georgia- Memorial services will be held for beloved high school math teacher Caryl Coleman Moreland (pictured) on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 11 am at Willie A Watkins Funeral Home in Atlanta, Georgia, 1003 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, 30310.  Viewing is Monday, June 14, 2021 from 3 pm- 5 pm, also at Watkins Funeral Home.  CLICK HERE  to watch Tuesday's memorial service live from Watkins Funeral Home on YouTube at 11 am, June 15.  An admired educator who made learning math fun for her students and was loved and respected by her students, peers and associates, Ms. Moreland, died on June 7 at 5-years-old. She was a graduate of South West Atlanta High School and Clark Atlanta University, where she majored in education and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha, a prominent Black college sorority.  She died on June 7. "This one hurts," Jamel Pa