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Youngest Oscar nominee in history for leading role in a motion picture is nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, who is Black and stars in the film 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' which President Obama calls 'spectular,' Denzel Washington is the other Black Oscar nominee, and is nominated for best male actor in a leading role for his portrayal of an alcoholic airplane pilot in 'Flight'

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Quvenzhané Wallis Denzel Washington  By Johnette Jernigan, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black  Newspaper  ( www.cleve landurbannews.com ) CLEVELAND, Ohio-Nine- year -old Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounced Kuh-VAHN-zuh-nay) is the star of the popular film  'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' and the youngest Oscar nominee in history in the category of leading role in a motion picture. And she is Black and extraordinarily talented, movie critics say. The young star faces Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, and Riva Emmanuelle as contenders for best actress at this year's 2013 Academy Awards, which will broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24. The other Black nominated this year for an Oscar in a leading role is Denzel Washington, 58,  for his portrayal of an alcoholic airplane pilot i n "Flight." Washington has won two Golden Globe awards, an Academy award  in 1989 for suppor

C. Ellen Connally reelected Cuyahoga County Council president with support from Black county council members, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland's Old Black Political Guard, Connally's reelection comes a day before county sheriff Bob Reid is fired by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald

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Cuyahoga County Council President C. Ellen Conally (D-9), its first county council  president and the first Black, who won reelection to the county council presidency without opposition last week. Connally is supported by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), and Cleveland's Old Black Political Guard, which, in 1967, helped Carl B. Stokes become the first Black mayor of Cleveland, and the first Black mayor of a major American city. The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper,  wrote articles against Connally becoming president in 2011 and allegedly tried unsuccessfully to oust her this year Cuyahoga Councilman Dale Miller (D-2), who withdrew for consideration as Cuyahoga County Council president saying he just could not win enough support from fellow  Democrats to oust Connally Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who on Thursday fired Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid, whom he appointed by power of the amended county ch

Timothy Ray Russell, one of two unarmed Black victims gunned down and shot at 137 times by a group of White Cleveland police officers, is laid to rest

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Timothy Ray Russell By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper ( www.clevelandurbannews.com ) TWINSBURG,Ohio- Timothy Ray Russell, one of two unarmed Black victims gunned down a week and a half ago by a group of anxious White Cleveland police and shot at 137 times after a car chase from Cleveland that ended in tragedy in East Cleveland, was laid to rest on Saturday at the Sanctuary of Praise in Twinsburg, Oh, a Cleveland suburb. Russell, 43, was driving the car that police say backfired in front of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center on Nov. 29, causing some 30 police cars to chase him and passenger Malissa Williams, 30, for more than 25 minutes until surrounding the car at Wymore and Terrace Avenues in East Cleveland and putting 137 bullets into it. No gun or gun shell casings were found in or near the car, police said and police union leaders told reporters las

Ohio State Senator Nina Turner calls for election reform in Ohio, takes on Ohio Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted in editorial to Plain Dealer

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By Ohio  State Sen. Nina Turner (D-25) as a guest columnist to the Plain Dealer Newspaper, Ohio's largest newspaper. A Cleveland Democrat, Turner is a former Cleveland Ward 1 councilwoman and one of two Black Ohio senators representing Cleveland   constituents , among others. She represents Ohio's 25th legislative district and is contemplating a run in 2014 for Ohio  Secretary  of State against controversial Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. Though appointed at times, no Black Democrat has ever been elected to a statewide office in Ohio such as governor, auditor, attorney general, secretary of state or the Ohio Supreme Court. CLEVELAND , Ohio- Elections, of course, create winners and losers. In every contest one candidate party or issue will come out on top. It is rare, however, that  voters  come as close as they did this year to getting the  short  end of the stick. This year we squeaked by thanks to the dedication of local elections professionals and r

Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com salute Black Olympic gold medalist winner Gabby Douglas, see her video here

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USA Olympic Gold Medalist Gabrielle Douglas By Kathy Wray Coleman, Associate Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com www.clevelandur bannews.com 0 CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog. Com salute 16-year-old Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas, who is Black, and who won the gold metal in the women's individual gymnastics all around category on Thursday during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Watch this video of Gabby Douglas where she placed first at the pretrials to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in gymnastics Douglas, of Virginia Beach, VA, topped silver medalist Viktoria Komova of Russia to take the metal, and she became the first African-American and the third consecutive American to win a gold metal in the individual all around competition. She also led the U.S.A. women's team to a gold metal in the team all around competition. YouTub

Democratic Congresswoman Fudge demands that Ohio Republican Secretary of State John Husted give public data on number of Ohio registered voters purged from voter rolls since 2008 as Obama and Romney are neck in neck for November presidential election, Ohio remains a battleground state, Obama may need Fudge's further help, Fudge is the only Black congressperson in Ohio with no Blacks in Congress representing Kentucky, Tennessee

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Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted U.S. Rep Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) By Kath y Wray Coleman, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com ( www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com ) and ( www.clevelandurbannews.com ) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), a Warrensville Hts. Democrat, sent a formal written request to  Republican  Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted last week seeking the number of registered voters, organized by county, who have been removed or purged from Ohio voter rolls since 2008.  The letter comes as Democratic President Barack Obama is in a neck and neck race with Mitt Romney, the nominee for the Republican party and a former governor of Massachusetts.  Ohio is a battleground state and prominent Republicans and Democrats that have a stake in the presidential election are not sitting on the side lines.  “The purging of voter rolls is yet another attack on the right of Americans t

Updated: Cordi Stokes, the oldest daughter of the late and former Cleveland Mayor Carl B. Stokes and a niece of retired U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, dies

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Cordi Stokes The late Carl B. Stokes, who became the first Black mayor of a major metropolitan city when he was elected mayor of the City of Cleveland in 1967 Retired U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes , Carl Stokes' only sibling and the first Black congressman representing Ohio Cleveland Muni cipal Court Judge Angela Stokes, a daughter of retired U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes and Cordi Stokes' first cousin Cordi Stokes (far rt.), with her older brother Carl Stokes Jr., her mother Shirley, and her father Carl B. Stokes in earlier years By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor of Cleveland Urban News.Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com ( www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com ) and ( www.clevelandurbannews.com ) CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio-Cordi Stokes, the second child and oldest daughter of the late Carl B. Stokes, the former mayor of the city of Cleveland and the first Black mayor of a major metropolitan city, and a niece of retired U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes, was f

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis Loses Union Election By 10 Votes To Jeffery Follmer

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Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis From the Metro Desk of The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com ( www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com ) (Kathy Coleman) and Cleveland Urban News.Com (www.clevelandurbannews.com) Steve Loomis, the outspoken president of Cleveland's Police Patrolmen's Association who regularly quarreled with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and at one time gave the mayor a 'D plus' for leadership skills, was ousted this weekend in a close election. After a successful front line campaign with other union leaders against Issue 2, a state measure on the Nov. ballot that voters rejected that would have dismantled collective bargaining in Ohio for public sector unions, Loomis lost reelection Sat. to the union presidency by 10 votes to Jeffrey Follmer, a 21-year veteran on the force. Asked if his loss is a reflection on whether the union's rank and file support or reject the Jackson administration,