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Thursday, April 17, 2014


Some of you may have seen Pharrell Williams (who did the 24 hour HappyVideo) on Oprah.  Well I checked YouTube out yesterday and saw a lot of people’s version of “Happy” from all around the world.  Anyway, there are 4 minute videos, one hour videos, etc.


I decided to check out a whole host of them and this is my favorite that I exercised to yesterday.  So folks a day of “Wishing you Happiness” and feel free to start your day exercising to this or just enjoy.  The video is an hour long and watch or exercise as long as you want.  There are 6 or 7 people (a slight pause between each) doing their version of “Happy” in this video.


Monday, April 14, 2014


Those words are fascinating to me because I'm so aware of politicians trading favors, and politicians who want something and will bribe, intimidate, or even wthdraw committee appointments if they don't get their way.  
"If you scratch my back I'll scratch yours" is so common in politics, politicians don't tend to worry about the consequences of engaging in this kind of practice, or can't recognize when an illegal quid pro quo occurs.
If you're a politician, I would tread carefully, because you just might get caught up in an illegal quid pro quo.
What I find far more serious (in my opinion),  is the politician/public employee (usually the one with considerable power) who gets caught up in a deprivation of rights  [case] under color of law abuse.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


A few days ago I watched, in utter disbelief, a councilman being (in my opinion)  viciously verbally attacked.  I don’t know what prompted (though I have my suspicions) the venomous verbal public attack.

One of the persons doing  the verbal attacking (I've been told, so research for yourself) was the same person who verbally attacked the mayor’s opponent in the 2011 Maple Heights mayoral race [HINT].


While some may have a problem with Councilman Brownlee’s style and his interpretation of “Robert’s Rules of Order” with regards to Maple Height’s council rules, I personally welcome his youthful enthusiasm, and I thank him and his wife Lynde for bringing more transparency and more “open government” to Maple Heights with the exceptionally well written, informational and organized “Maple Heights News(2) and the videotaping of public council meetings.  I’m sure the homebound and others welcome being able to see council meetings available on the Maple Heights News website and on YouTube.  The nonpartisan, nonprofit “SunlightFoundation” and organizations such as the nonpartisan, nonprofit “CommonCause I’m certain will welcome the Brownlee’s efforts in bringing more transparency to (esp. Maple Heights) government.


Hopefully very soon most Maple Heights public records will be online and available for inspection.  If you’ve been reading the Maple Heights AfricanAmerican Gazette (which is an online free speech journal), you know how difficult it has been for us to obtain public records and other information that is germane to creating a viable thriving community.


MapleHeights City Council, department heads, and the executive branch have a fiduciary duty (among other duties) to the residents in Maple Heights.  They are responsible for the viability of the community and not just  paying bills and safety issues.


While various members of council tout Maple Heights city government as being a non-profit entity, they actually create laws, policy, pass budgets (and ask you to pass levies) that greatly impact areas like  home ownership, jobs, business, whether you live paycheck to paycheck, and population (Maple Hts has declined to in 2012, less than 23,000 residents).


Sunday, April 6, 2014


2014 African-American Philanthropy Summit Presented by Medical Mutual

African-American Philanthropy Committee of the Cleveland Foundation

Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT), Warrensville Heights, OH

Event Details

This year’s African-American Philanthropy Summit “Inspiring 100 Acts of African-American Philanthropy,” will be a celebration of existing philanthropists and a call-to-action for aspiring philanthropists. In 2014, the Cleveland Foundation’s centennial year, we will encourage and document acts of African-American philanthropy leading up to the Summit. This half-day event will begin with an opening session and include an educational seminar culminating with a keynote luncheon. The opening session speaker will be Pastor R. A. Vernon of "THE WORD" Church. The keynote luncheon address will be delivered by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. The keynote will be moderated by Russ Mitchell, Lead Anchor, WKYC Channel 3.
The event will be held at Corporate College East, 4400 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights, OH.
Honorary chairpersons:
  • Margot Copeland, Executive Vice President, KeyBank
  • Carole Hoover, President and CEO, Hoover Milstein
  • Debra Green, Director of Community Relations, Medical Mutual
  • Robert Madison, CEO, Robert Madison International
  • Steven Minter, Executive in Residence, Cleveland State University
  • Ronald B. Richard, President and CEO, the Cleveland Foundation
  • Dr. R. A. Vernon, Senior Pastor, "THE WORD" Church
  • Ernest Wilkerson, Jr., Managing Partner, Wilkerson & Associates

Summit Agenda:
8:00 a.m. – Registration
8:35 a.m. – Welcome & opening session by Pastor R. A. Vernon
9:30 a.m. – Group breakout sessions
11:45 a.m. – Lunch and keynote by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Summit Sessions (Scheduled concurrently, select one from each session):
Session 1: "Need to Know: What is Philanthropy?"
  • Understanding Giving for the Emerging Philanthropist
  • Philanthropic Individuals and Families
  • Organized Philanthropy for Small Businesses
  • Philanthropy from the Non-Profit Perspective
(Scheduled concurrently, select one from each session)
Session 2: "Ready to Give: Giving Vehicles"
  • Overview of Giving Vehicles
  • Contributing to an Existing Fund
  • Starting or Joining a Giving Circle
  • Starting Your Own Fund
About Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.:
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. He is the author of sixteen books and twelve documentaries, including the recent PBS series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. This latest series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, beginning with the origins of slavery on the African continent, through five centuries of remarkable historic events. He is the recipient of fifty-one honorary degrees and numerous awards, including the MacArthur "genius grant." He has been named to Time’s "25 Most Influential Americans" list, the AARP’s "The Influentials: 50 over 50" and to Ebony’s "Power 100" list for 2013. The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader, a collection of Professor Gates’ essays, was published in 2012.
More info HERE