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BEDFORD, Ohio – Shots were fired during a teen party at a Bedford church over the weekend and police say it’s not the first time they’ve busted a party there. The most recent incident happened Friday evening at The Word Of Righteousness Family Life Center. Police were called to the center on Northfield Road for […]

Gladys Knight says being married to a western North Carolina native has turned her into a country girl at heart, and she’s hoping to turn that new affection into possibly the best thing that’s ever happened to Canton. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Knight and William “Billy” McDowell, a Canton native, have launched a fundraising campaign […]

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Former Cleveland Browns running back and Hall of Famer Jim Brown Thursday joined in a meeting with local pastors to discuss a community engagement strategy to impact and reduce youth violence in the area. The meeting was prompted by recent and “continuous” violence in Cleveland neighborhoods, according to a news release. It  was held at […]

The project also calls for spending $2 billion to develop apprenticeships over five years.   The Obama administration has released an ambitious $5.5 billion proposal to develop summer and first-time jobs for youths over four years, part of the federal budget plan scheduled to be released next week, reports The Washington Post. The plan also calls for a […]

Most of us know Forest Whitaker from movies such as The Last King of Scotland, Repo Men and The Butler, but there is another side to the…

  VALLEY VIEW, Ohio-  About 200-300 boys and girls were involved in numerous fights at Valley View Cinemark Friday night, according to Valley View Police Chief Matthew March. It started with a disturbance inside the theater. Witnesses said they were watching ‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death’ when it happened. The theater stopped […]

After grabbing a coffee this morning I was greeted by a 14-year-old girl in tears. This girl just so happens to be one of my most favorite people on the planet so I immediately wanted to know what was wrong. As she wiped the flowing tears from her eyes and attempted to gain control of […]

  Renisha McBride’s killer, Theodore Wafer, explained to a grand jury that when he saw the 19-year-old approach his porch, he was hit with the feeling,“I was not going to cower. I didn’t want to be a victim in my own house.” To many, her death at his hands was not an act of courage, but […]

  Freedom Side, a collective of young activists of color, are launching a multi-state effort inspired by the efforts 50 years ago by the Freedom Summer campaign during the height the Civil Rights Movement. Comprised of young men and women from various organizations already on the ground fighting for racial and social justice, the new campaign […]

  EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio – Just as summer vacation began, East Cleveland Neighborhood Center learned its Freedom Schools program would not receive funding from United Way and the 70 children signed up for the program would have one less option for summer learning. According to a press release from ECNC , the organization was notified […]

  DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – The arrest of 43 members of the Heartless Felons Gang is just the start of a crackdown on violence at the Juvenile Detention Center according to the County Prosecutors Office. On June 10, prosecutors submitted a 437-count complaint, the Juvenile Court equivalent of an indictment, against the gang members. […]

A New York City youth who was shot in his eye last month reacted, not with bitterness, but by giving a speech against gun violence Saturday, the New York Daily News reports. RELATED STORY: What Are Your Ideas To Stem Chicago Gun Violence? Addressing the Kings County Hospital’s community advisory board, Gama Droiville (pictured) said that “gun violence affects […]