Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Logan Lesley - Talented Northeast Ohio Artist

The Twinsburg Library continues to yield great rewards. As I was removing items I've had on display over the past two months, I met a fantastic artist hanging her artwork. I could not have timed my visit any better if I had a stopwatch. 

Her name is Logan Lesley. If your are in the Twinsburg area, you will want to see her display, just inside the entrance. No matter where you are, you can visit her website at

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Community L.E.A.P. (Leadership-Education-Achievement-Purpose) Twinsburg Heights, Ohio

In moving from Black History Month and through Women’s History Month, it is tempting to focus on thoughts of Spring, and forget a cold and stormy winter.  It is also easy and convenient to forget the hard-won challenges, the sacrifices, and the often-hidden accomplishments whose memory have been squeezed into two of the coldest (and one being the shortest) months of the year.  

Yes, it is easy and convenient to forget from where we came, and forget what we came through; but recently I attended a meeting led by three people who remembered not to forget; and also committed their expertise, hearts, and souls, to creating and expanding opportunities for others.

On March 18th, Dr. Constance Longmire, Dr. Jalil Mustaffa Bishop, and Ms. D Milburn, unveiled the Community L.E.A.P. (Leadership - Education - Achievement - Purpose) program to a group of mostly Twinsburg Heights, Ohio residents.  A common thread connecting the three is having grown up in Twinsburg Heights.  

Each of the three has achieved excellence in their professional life, and could easily have taken the road often traveled, where one puts on blinders and earplugs, and escapes the challenges and concerns of the neighborhood they left behind.  But each chose instead to come together with their expertise and passion, and help sow seeds of opportunity for others.  The three, along with others such as Filmmaker Carla LynDale Bishop (formerly Carla Lyndale Carter) and Hubert Brandon, give back to the community in ways that strengthen and inspire.  

Their commitment to making a difference has already drawn the attention of other successful former Twinsburg Heights residents.  Among them is area businessman Keith Harris, who took time from a busy schedule to be in attendance, and also committed to be personally involved.  Also supportive of the L.E.A.P. program, are twin sisters Brittani and Brandi Jackson, former Twinsburg Heights residents and star students in Twinsburg.  They are committed to inspiring the next generation of physicians, and recognize the L.E.A.P. program as a valuable tool in that effort.

More about the Community L.E.A.P. program can be seen by accessing the link at: 

For additional information on the program, please email:   

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Lila Mills 90th Birthday Party - A Great Moment in Black History

GREAT MOMENTS in Black History include times of celebration with the powerful, the personable, and the passionate; particularly when they enjoy, entertain, and enhance each other.  What an awesome 90th Birthday Celebration for Lila Mills.  

- P.E.A.C.E.  -       - Walter Anthony, Jr. -

I was blessed to photograph the event, whose guest list included Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Entertainers P.E.A.C.E. and Walter Anthony Jr., and dozens of other friendly well-wishers.

 (L) Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson - (R) Vanessa Hinton 

Thank you to Vanessa Hinton for including us among the awesome guests.  

Photos and two short video clips can be seen at by clicking

Monday, March 4, 2019

African-American Genealogical Society Annual Heritage Dinner - March 3, 2019

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AAGS Heritage Dinner Photos:

AAGS Heritage Dinner Videos:

Find about more about AAGS, please visit their web site at

Thought for Monday, March 4, 2019

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. 

Maya Angelou
American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist

Friday, March 1, 2019

Skool Dayz - Twinsburg High School Stage Production - Feb. 28, 2019

To view Video Clips CLICK HERE!

To view Photo Slide Show, CLICK HERE!

Thought for Friday, March 1, 2019

Next to God we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth living.

Mary McLeod Bethune - 1875-1955
A leading educator and civil rights activist. She grew up in poverty, as one of 17 children born to former slaves.