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YWCA – It’s Time to Talk

On Friday, February 15th, our first event of the day was the 5th annual “It’s Time to Talk”  (ITT) forum put on by the YWCA Greater Cleveland whose purpose is “to expand racial understanding and cultural competency through dialogue about community and business members of different races with the ultimate goal of eliminating barriers that foster racism and discrimination…” The forum took place at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel

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CAMEO Meeting

On Wednesday, February 13th, our event for the day was the monthly meeting of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization, otherwise known as C.A.M.E.O., that took place at Sky Mediterranean Lounge and Cuisine on Pearl Road in Parma Heights. We had never been to this restaurant before, but soon discovered this to be our loss because the dinner served was nothing short of excellent. We thus complimented the owner, Mr. Samir

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Stevie Wonder Tribute

The weekend closed with an explosive bang on Sunday evening, February 10th with to our participation in a Stevie Wonder tribute titled “An Evening of Wonder,” organized in honor of Black History Month, at the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church on Monticello Blvd. in Cleveland Heights. Local singer Mr. Caleb Wright was the main performer, backed by about 15 other musicians and vocalists who all joined forces to perform a number of Stevie Wonder’s most

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

In the course of the weekend of February 9th and February 10th, we attended two Chinese New Year Celebrations both of which were either sponsored or supported by Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC.  In the case of both celebrations, the performances were introduced in both Chinese and English, which heightened their accessibility. The first celebration took place in the MC Auditorium at CSU on Saturday afternoon and was organized by

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Social Justice Teach-In

On Saturday, February 9th, our first event was the 19th Annual Social Justice Teach-in organized by the Interreligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) along with CWRU organizations like Alpha Phi Omega, the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, Lambda Eta Mu, and the Social Justice Institute. The gathering took place at the Tinkham Veale University Center at CWRU and offered over 30 workshops on pressing topics. To no surprise, the workshop

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First Friday Club with Brooke Taylor

Our second event for Thursday, February 7th, was a First Friday Club luncheon at that took place, as almost always, at the City Club of Cleveland.  This program was originally scheduled to take place on January 31st but it was postponed due to inclement weather. Accordingly, even though the number of attendees was not as high as it was for other gatherings, quite a few people still managed to rework

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Black History Month Entrepreuneurs

On Wednesday, February 6th, we went to the Rotunda in Cleveland City Hall for a Black History Month event in which two entrepreneurs were honored for building successful businesses that have enriched the Cleveland community. The program began with some words by Ms. Sonya Shakir, Program Coordinator at Burton, Bar, and Carr Development, who reminded us that African-Americans have been business-owners since the 18th century. Ms. Shakir was followed by

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Jazz Concert at the Unitarian Church

On Sunday, February 3rd, we went to the Westshore Unitarian Universalist Church to attend a service about the history of jazz with an emphasis on how it was a significant cultural bridge. After the concert with the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, it was a wonderfully musical day. Appropriately, at the top of the Order of Service, was a quotation from Ms. Mary Lou Williams, jazz pianist, which read, “anything that

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Blockland at the City Club

On Tuesday, January 29th, we went to the City Club for a program titled “Building Blockland: What’s Next?” which explored the potential for blockchain technology to help transform the Northeast Ohio region into a extraordinary technological  hub comparable to what we already have established in terms of outstanding medical facilities. After we arrived, we conversed with Mr. Bob Mika about how far we have advanced, technology-wise, in a relatively short

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Lebanese Lawyer in Cleveland

We first met Mr. Bassel M. Abdallah at a Cleveland Council of World Affairs program about the Middle East at the Union Club on January 23rd.  He told us that he had immigrated to the United States from Lebanon over 10 years ago and that he was now practicing law, having passed the bar examination in Ohio. Bassel seemed like a very engaging person, so we arranged to share a

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