Monday, February 27, 2017

Attention Authors & Others - Close out Black History Month with Award Winning Everett Prewitt

Below was the scene last night at one of Everett's gatherings.
Join Everett on Tuesday, Jan. 28th 

Authors wanting to know more about writing groups can hear my presentation along with two other authors at the Lit Cleveland Winter Mixer tomorrow in the Spotted Owl bar, 710 Jefferson Avenue starting at 6:30pm.

Black Expressions - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I'd like to state that Spike Lee is not saying that African American culture is just for black people alone to enjoy and cherish. Culture is for everybody.

Spike Lee

Akira Armstrong, Founder & CEO of Pretty Big Movement, LLC

CONGRATULATIONS Akira Armstrong, Founder & CEO of Pretty Big Movement, LLC


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Martin Luther King Nobel Peace Prize Speech from Oslo, Dec. 11, 1964


FORECAST in Concert - Fri., March 3rd - MITCHELL'S Ultra Lounge

FRI. MAR. 3RD, 2017 MITCHELL'S Ultra Lounge 24900 Euclid Ave. Euclid Ohio 44117. For more info call 216-323-1608. 8PM
For more information about FORECAST, visit 

Black Expressions - Monday, February 27, 2017

The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.

Maya Angelou

Black History - Langston Hughes Tribute - Feb. 25, 2017 - Twinsburg Public Library

Our sincere thanks to Angela Gillespie Winborn and Greg White for a memorable program honoring Poet Langston Hughes.  Thanks also to the Twinsburg Public Library as they continue to promote informative and inspiring educational programs.

Photos also available on Facebook (press here):

Friday, February 24, 2017

Yvonne Braithwaite Burke

Yvonne Braithwaite Burke was one of the first African American women admitted to the University of Southern California School of Law. After graduating from law school, she went into private practice.

Ms. Braithwaite was the first African-American women to be elected to the California State Assembly. She served in the Assembly from 1967 - 1973. In 1973, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served from 1973 - 1979.

Rihanna named Humanitarian of Year Singer to accept Harvard Foundation’s award next week

News from the Harvardgazette: 

Rihanna named Humanitarian of Year.

Singer to accept Harvard Foundation’s award next week.  To view article PRESS HERE

Leon Ware - Rockin You Eternally - Shared by Bill Randle

Thank you to Bill Randle for sharing this moment in Black/American Music!
"Back in the Day" - Leon Ware and Bill Randle
(Photo - Courtesy of Bill Randle)

Glenville Class of 1987 - 30 Year Reunion

Thanks to Leta Murphy for sharing this.
For additional information Press Here!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Black Expressions - Friday, February 24, 2017

The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself--the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us--that's where it's at.

Jesse Owens, U.S. track and field athlete

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Have You Thanked An Inventor?

Black Expressions - Thursday, February 23, 2017

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.

Oprah Winfrey

Ayanna Ali - Congratulations (Advanced Release from VISIONS Newsletter)

Miniya Ali - Congratulations (Advanced Release from VISIONS Newsletter)

Patrice McLaurin - Book Signing - Decatur, Georgia - Feb. 25, 2017

Congratulations to Patrice McLaurin on her powerful life-changing book, and on understanding the importance of storytelling in the lives of our young people - For more information, please visit the link below:


Black Expressions - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.

Oprah Winfrey

Building Dreams Scholarship Banquet - Pasadena, CA - Sat., Apr. 22, 2017

Thank you Gwen Peterson-Buchanan for sharing with us: 

Please plan to attend our upcoming "Investing in our Youth - Building Dreams" Scholarship Banquet and Silent Auction at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017. See flyer details.  To Email Gwen, PRESS HERE!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Marcia Harris - Inspiring Adults and Youth

Congratulations to Marcia Harris for making a difference in the lives of our youth and adults.  Here she is presenting a seminar for adults, sponsored by Tim Horton's Restaurants.  For additional information PRESS HERE!  Also check out her youth program by PRESSING HERE

Black Expressions - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.

Colin Powell
Son of Jamaican Immigrants
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Former Secretary of State

Sunday, February 19, 2017

William Holdipp - CAAO Cleveland

Congratulations William Holdipp - CAAO Cleveland
for fulfilling the mission:
To utilize the resources of Northeast Ohio African American professional organizations to promote economic development in African American communities and to enhance career and entrepreneurial opportunities for African Americans.

For information visit

Black Expressions - Monday, February 20, 2017

For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.

Dr. Maya Angelou, Author and poet

100 Black Men of Cleveland - Mobilizing The Village "Educational School Choice"

UPDATE: Feb. 23, 2017: Additional comments regarding this program are published in the March-April 2017 issue of VISIONS Newsletter.  To access the issue in PDF Format, click photo below.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saluting Natasha Daniels - Showcasing Music and Events in Ohio and Beyond

CONGRATULATIONS to Natasha I. Daniels
CEO, Editor-in-Chief, Concert Photographer
Blogger at FromtheOH

Showcasing music and events in Ohio and Beyond

Find out more at:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Black Expressions - Friday, February 17, 2017

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe – 1943-1993, Professional Tennis Player

Recognizing Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson

Photo Credit (Press Here)
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson
American physicist, 18th President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from MIT (1st African-American woman to earn a doctorate at MIT)
In the middle of Black History Month and on the eve of Women's History Month, we are doing what needs to be done all year long; celebrating and thanking Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson.  

To attempt to list her lengthy accomplishments would be an injustice to what we might miss.  For additional information CLICK HERE!

Dr. Jackson, congratulations and best wishes!  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Black Expressions - Thursday, February 16, 2017

I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Professional Basketball Player

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Black Expressions - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Whether you believe that your impact is large or small, your actions super-exciting or mundane, your contributions of great or of little importance; know that someone is learning from you, being inspired by you, and even emulating you. Be encouraged and challenged to be your very best.

Henry Ford - Author, Speaker, Consultant, Publisher of VISIONS Newsletter

Monday, February 13, 2017

Congratulations Richard Overton - Oldest U.S. Veteran


Black Expressions - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The sharecropper may lower his eyes, but not because he's less of a man. That's just a condition of society that such things exist.

Ernest Gaines, African-American author whose works have been taught in college classrooms and translated into many languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian and Chinese. Four of his works have been made into television movies.

Ryan Durr - Nordonia High Principal and a Channel 19 "Unsung Hero" Honored at Mt. Zion of Oakwood Village



Mt. Zion of Oakwood Village, where Rev. Dr. Larry L. Macon, Sr. is the Pastor, honored one of it's own, Nordonia High School Principal Ryan Durr.  To view the Channel 19 Unsung Hero News Broadcast, visit:

Our Congratulations and Best Wishes for Ryan's continued massive success, for his success is the community's success. 

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Dr. Erick Komolo of Rangwe

For information please visit Dr. Komolo at

Black Expressions - Monday, February 13, 2017

We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.

Carter G. Woodson - Historian


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Congratulations Marcia Harris

Congratulations to Marcia Harris for making a difference in the lives of our youth and adults.  Here she is presenting a seminar for adults, sponsored by Tim Horton's Restaurants.  For additional information PRESS HERE!  Also check out her youth program by PRESSING HERE

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Meryl Johnson to receive ALPHA Woman Award

Proud & Honored! Meryl Johnson, Representative State Board of Education, District 11 to receive ALPHA Woman Award at the Elite Women Around The World's Women's International March 8th Coming Together! The Power of US in Cleveland Ohio.