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Château Hough: The Pride of a Once Broken Community

100th Anniversary Year Celebration: Cleveland’s Liberty Hill Baptist Church An exclusive interview with Rev. Dr. Mark L. Johnson, Sr., Pastor



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Smashing Native American Stereotypes One Post at a Time by April Tinhorn Love & Relationships: Let’s Talk About Sex! by Antwan Steele Dispelling Myths About Hospice by Monica Cowans



COMMUNITIES. At Dominion Energy Ohio, going the distance for our customers means more than just delivering safe, affordable natural gas. It means being a positive force in the communities we serve. Our EnergyShareÂŽ program has raised $6.8 million and helped more than 70,000 people in Ohio alone. These resources, combined with more than 6,300 volunteer hours from our employees, have benefited organizations as diverse as the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.







Liberty Hill Baptist Church Celebrates 100 Years by Sharon O. Williams

Château Hough: The Pride of a Once Broken Community by Montrie Rucker Adams

Our exclusive interview with the Pastor of one of the country’s most historic churches in the African American community. Learn their plans for celebrating the past and building toward the next 100 years!

Check out our interview with Mansfield Frazier, previously known as an author, businessman, radio show host, and former Ward 7 councilman candidate. Inside we explore his latest business and how he uses wine to educate, empower and create jobs for people living in the inner city!


14 How to Incorporate Self-Care into Your 9-5 by Laura Cowans Google and Apple have re-defined the look and feel of the workplace by incorporating an adult playground, daycare for children, car wash and more! Find out how YOU can incorporate the appropriate balance of self-care at your job.

38 C L Magazine’s Guide to this Year’s Unique Professional Development Conferences & Wellness Retreats Whether you are an emerging leader or a top executive, there is ALWAYS something to learn and someone to meet! Sharpen your skills and engage with colleagues across the globe by attending these conferences in 2018!

ON THE COVER: Photo pictured from left to right: Mark Jr., Benjamin, Heather, Mark Sr., Victoria and Jonathan Johnson.. SPRING | SUMMER 2018 | 3

C L Magazine Team Publisher and Chief Editorial Officer Alexandria Johnson Boone Editor and Chief Researcher Simone E. Swanson Creative Team Frederick Burton Design LLC Senior Copy Editor Tara Jefferson Business Manager Paula T. Newman Assistant to the Publisher Bernadette K. Mayfield Photographer & Photography Editor Rodney L. Brown Database and Information Coordinator Cheretta Moore Social Media Manager Frechic Burton Dickson For advertising information please contact us at: Subscribe online: CLMagazine CLMagazine CLMagazine C L Magazine is published digitally on a quarterly basis by the Women of Color Foundation (WOCF), a 501 (c) (3), tax-exempt organization, for the benefit of women of and girls of all colors. Our offices are located at 50 Public Square, Tower City Center, Suite 832, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. Toll Free Phone number: 866.962-3411 (866.WOCF.411). Copyright © 2014-2016. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be distributed electronically, reproduced or duplicated in whole or in part, without written permission of the publisher. Subscription price is $16 per year. Readers and advertisers may subscribe at: Magazine Production: GAP Communications Group 4 | C L MAGAZINE

Attention Washington D.C. – Please Stop the Madness! Dear Readers, I agonized for hours before crafting my publisher’s letter for this issue. Would I focus on new books, ground-breaking technology, the need for art in the schools or maybe, world peace? So, I said to myself, no; let’s focus on the “madness” in Washington, D.C. The hateful speech continues. Political party affiliations, racial bias, and personal financial gain, permeate the halls of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. Decisions that divide us rather than unite us, continue to be made. Our children can’t even go to school and get an education without fearing for their lives, or worst yet, being killed by their classmates. What has America come to? I have a novel idea, lets come together! United we stand, divided we fall. Can someone please tell me when the members of the United States Congress will take time to understand and address the issues that are important to us, everyday Americans. After all, isn’t that why you and I elected them to office in the first place? Well I guess when you’re up to your elbows with alligators, it’s hard to remember that your original plan was to drain the swamp! In the spirit of the greatness in us all,

Alexandria Johnson Boone Publisher and Chief Editorial Officer C L Magazine and Chairwoman/Founder Women of Color Foundation

EDITOR’S LETTER Dear Readers, My most recent “aha” moment came to me while I was in line to purchase coffee at my local bakery. Earlier that week the C L team gathered to discuss stories for the upcoming Spring/Summer issue and it was decided that we would cover the 100 Year Anniversary of the historic Liberty Hill Baptist Church. I remember grabbing my phone and curiously googling historical events in 1918. After moments of scrolling, I was quickly reminded of segregation. My heart sunk while I considered what it must have felt like to live during that time. A country divided, people full of hate, and communities living in fear. Then I asked myself, how did we make it past such a troubling time? The answer as we know is layered and quite complicated, but one of the factors that helped move our country past segregation was the steady foundation of the church. For years the church has been the glue to communities of color and communities at large. Historic churches like Liberty Hill Baptist Church during the early 1900s provided food and shelter to the homeless, helped raise funds to build schools and colleges, and served as meeting grounds for community organizing. Most of all, the church was a place where folks could go for hope. We live in a society that glorifies the new and throws away the old without looking back. Now don’t get me wrong, as a millennial, I embrace modern technologies. However, as Liberty Hill Baptist Church celebrates its 100 Year Anniversary, I am reminded of the immense value in honoring the past.

As we move into the second half of the year, let’s be encouraged to take a moment and reflect on the people and places that have historic value in our lives. It may be your local mom and pop shop or an elder in the family with who you’ve been meaning to spend some time. Whatever that thing is for you, be inspired by Liberty Hill Baptist Church and celebrate the legacy around you. Are you interested in writing for C L Magazine? We would love to hear your thoughts on topics related to business, health/wellness, finance, entertainment, politics and more! Visit us online at and check out guidelines for submitting your article today! Be sure to follow us on all social media platforms and share your thoughts on this issue. We would love to hear from you. Until next time! Cheers, Summer

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Smashing Native American Stereotypes One Post at a Time by April Tinhorn

The Blessing in the Stretching by Veranda Rodgers

Native Americans do exist! Learn how Native people use social media as a tool to reclaim their narrative and address negative stereotypes through respectful and powerful online campaigns in 2018.

Never give up! See how this millennial found hope in the most challenging time in her life and is now the CEO of her own non-profit organization!

24 Dispelling Myths About Hospice by Monica Cowans Studies reveal alarming information about African American use of hospice throughout the country! Find out why hospice does NOT mean death is near and how you can take advantage of the services.


Love & Relationships: Let’s Talk About Sex! by Antwan Steele Are you single or engaged struggling to stay abstinent in a sex obsessed society? Inside our resident love & relationship guru shares four MAJOR KEYS to holding on until that special someone puts a ring on it!


31 5 Keys to Losing Fat and Looking Great for Summer and Beyond! by Phillip Germany II Could stress be keeping you from losing unwanted fat? The secret to losing weight and keeping it off for GOOD uncovered inside!


Duly Noted by Linda Dooley Priceless inspiration for aging with grace and confidence. Check out this almost-60 year old’s advice about destiny, forgiveness, self-love and more!

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: 22 Sultry Summer Salad Recipe for a Girls’ Nite In! 38 Our Favorite Summer Music & Art Festivals

We’ve all heard the old adage, “If you don’t like something, do it yourself.” With online reporting and social media, Native Americans are taking control of our narratives and telling our own stories. Historically, when mainstream media addressed the topic of Native American people, most often the general audience would see or read about the stoic or historical Indian (think western films like “Dances with Wolves”) or the sensationalized or downtrodden “alcoholic Indian.” Such generalized negative impressions may lead some to think that Native Americans are extinct. The focus of contemporary media has often led people to believe all Native Americans are “rich casino Indians” or allowed people to ignore when others appropriate the words of Native American leaders for their own purposes. April Tinhorn, Owner & Visionista Tinhorn Consulting, LLC

As a Hualapai/Navajo/Chinese woman, I grew up on the Hualapai reservation in northwestern Arizona. I always had a keen perception of my heritage. As a small business owner and active member of a local Native American community, I work with, and cheer on, Native American leaders and innovators. Oral storytelling has always been integral to Native people. Because social media is an individual storytelling platform for the average person to tell their story, the appeal is a nobrainer. Online and social media outlets have helped to reverse the frustrations we face every day over negative misrepresentations of Native people. It gives us control over our own stories. Social media also helps connect Native people with the mainstream industry and populace. Native fashion designers Bethany Yellowtail and Loren Aragon are making waves in the fashion world, leading to collaborations Continued on page 11


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by Linda Dooley I almost keeled over when my daughter told me, “You’re almost 60 years old!” I protested vehemently, thinking with indignation that 57 is closer to 55 than it is to 60. I guess somehow that made me feel better. I got the rolling of the eyes. That conversation, however, got me thinking about how different I am today than I was 30 years ago, due to experiences, learning, and personal growth. Our society has become so anti-growing old through miracle anti-aging creams and commercials convincing us that we can look much younger than we really are – because OMG, how awful would it be for a 60-year-old to look like she was 60? I embrace my age, recognizing that with age comes wisdom and grace. I am a better version of myself today due to my age. So what did I learn over all these years? I learned to: Not to be too hard on myself. Many of us are too hard on ourselves and don’t forgive ourselves in the same way we forgive others. Most people would agree that parenting is challenging, and when I did or said something I regretted, I would berate myself. A friend gave me a book that contained affirmations, including one I would say to myself often: “I am the mom my children need.” This affirmation helped me recognize the many things I was doing well as a parent. We all have to recognize the awesome part of ourselves, especially as women. Linda Dooley Freelance writer and former CEO, Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center

Ask for help and get support. When I ask for assistance, I am first recognizing that I need help, which is important. It can be difficult to accept help when I am in need, but I know my friends and family love me and want to help with whatever is going on at the time. It helps me to remember that if roles were reversed, I would be there in a heartbeat. Be grateful for what I have. Being a single mom of three children was never easy, but I always thanked God that I have these three bright, talented and amazing kids who bring me such joy! I had to learn not to compare myself, my house, my car or my family with others. When I am grateful for what I have, all that other stuff doesn’t matter. Feel the pain. Wanting to avoid the pain of three miscarriages got me nowhere. Unresolved anger, disappointment and grief spring up in destructive ways that impact our lives negatively. When I accepted that I was in physical and mental anguish, I was able to move forward with support on a journey of healing. Trust in God. I have learned to continually deepen my faith and trust God in all things. I know this is not a part of everyone’s life, but for me it is at the center, a core of my beliefs. Everything is better when I am trusting. Integrate laughter into my everyday life. When I was telling my friend about a ridiculous and somewhat peculiar situation that could easily drag me down, I made a joke and was able to laugh about it. She responded, “Thanks for seeing the humor in life. It’s one of your best assets.” This

Smashing Stereotypes reminded me of how much I rely on laughter to nourish my soul. I come from a family filled with laughter, and I carry on that tradition. Work on behalf of social justice. One of my favorite sayings is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We have a responsibility to each other, and our global brothers and sisters, to make things equitable — be it fighting poverty, racism, sexual assault, domestic violence, unequal pay, lack of opportunities, unaffordable housing, or hunger. We are called to act on behalf of each other, especially those without power or voices who aren’t being heard. Envision where I want to be, even in small ways. Once when I was shopping in a supermarket, I noticed a woman who was light-heartedly bopping to the music pumping from the speakers overhead, with a little head bob and foot tap. I couldn’t believe how that image struck me, as I thought I could not muster the energy to be like that because I was so heavy-hearted. My mantra became as simple as, “I want to feel light-hearted enough where I naturally and happily bee-bop to the music.” Sounds so small, yet so powerful. You could imagine my joy, when one day, I found myself swaying to the music. Celebrate life. I believe celebrations are so important. They can be big or small, rejoicing about a kindergarten graduation or a college graduation. Either way it is an uplifting experience to celebrate someone’s achievements, next steps, or overcoming obstacles. When I look for things to celebrate, I realize they are all around me. I am looking forward to turning 58 next year, knowing the year will be filled with many more lessons learned. I would love to hear some of your greatest lessons.

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with Crate & Barrel and Disney. Facebook and Instagram are being used to promote Native American political candidates, like Deb Haaland and Paulette Jordan, with their respective campaigns for a U.S. Congressional seat and Governor of Idaho. Social media helps to generate support as well as outreach to younger voters. To address misrepresentation or cultural appropriation, Native people are stepping in to fill the gaps of mainstream media by operating their own online sources, such as Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today, where he covers a broad range of contemporary and political news for and about Native Americans. A collaboration of Native American women led to a monthly online publication, Indigenous Goddess Gang, intended for Native women and people to reclaim knowledge and identity. Other Native American communities are operating their own tribal radio stations and broadcast television shows, like First Nations Experience, with contemporary portrayals of Native American lives and culture. There are still untold stories that I hope will be heard someday, like that of Aaron Yazzie, of Diné (Navajo) heritage. As a mechanical engineer, he is part of the team that built the NASA InSight Lander that is on its way to Mars. Yes, Mars. More stories like his are waiting to be told and heard. Native Americans do exist. We have not become extinct, as some may believe because general media outlets either ignore or misrepresent us. Our stories are rich and diverse. With online publications and social media, our voices are being heard and as Native people, we own our narrative. SPRING | SUMMER 2018 | 11

The Blessing in the




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“Life will be hard, you will endure curve balls, but there is hope if you can endure the temporary pain.” Throughout life we will stretch in one way or another, but it’s how we adapt to the change that will affect our future. At the age of sixteen I was stretching in more ways than one. My stomach was expanding from the life growing inside of me, while I was intentionally evolving into a mother, a role model, and the other various hats women wear. After delivering a precious baby boy two weeks after my seventeenth birthday, I understood that my actions from that point on affected the both of us. Upon graduating high school, I was college bound. I knew the journey would be hard, but necessary. After receiving several college acceptance letters I made the choice to attend Cleveland State University. The university was about an hour away from my hometown and family. It was close enough just in case of an emergency, but far enough for me to experience the strains of being a single mother in college trying to work and maintain. Having a strong support system was the key ingredient to my success. During my first year of college, my parents

allowed me to focus on my studies and work part time, while they cared for my son Monday through Friday. I will forever be exceptionally grateful for their many sacrifices and unconditional love. This allowed me the chance to adjust to my unfamiliar environment, develop a plan for my studies, search for childcare and find a safe community to raise my child. In my sophomore year of college, I moved my son to Cleveland and this was by far the hardest period of the process. How do you explain to a toddler he has to go to daycare early in the morning while it’s dark and get picked up late at night when it’s dark? How do you explain that you’re working full-time to provide while being a full-time student? At this point my entire life was structured and the only thing I knew to do was keep pushing, while using my son as my motivation. There were many times I wanted to give up, take a break, and have a pity party, but what would that do? Just delay my progress, maybe put us in line at Child and Family Services, or possibly put myself in a worse situation.

So often many women let the contractions of life become a stumbling block for success or progression. But why? Just as we physically birthed our babies in labor and delivery, let’s give birth to our dreams, hopes, and aspirations! At this point I’ve naturally birthed two children. While the pain I endured was excruciating, the joy I felt the moment I looked into my children’s innocent eyes made everything worthwhile. Life will be hard, you will endure curve balls, but there is hope if you can endure the temporary pain. Here’s five simple tips to get through the contraction phase: 1. Change your mindset 2. Clear out the clutter 3. Be intentional 4. Plan 5. Celebrate the small wins Life will always be a journey, and it’s extremely important to embrace the process and breathe! Never let anyone tell you what you can’t accomplish. Remember making great choices will allow for a prosperous future. SPRING | SUMMER 2018 | 13

Self-Care into your

How to Incorporate

Laura Cowan


break, get a breath of fresh air, and skip the candy. Or, if you are hungry, have fruit at your desk, like cherries or grapes. Drinking an adequate amount of water (eight to ten glasses) and eating fruits like oranges, grapefruit, grapes, watermelon, and apples can help keep you healthy and hydrated. Eye strain can cause headaches, difficulty focusing, and increased sensitivity to light. The distance to the screen from your eyes should be about an arm’s length away. You should also be able to comfortably read what’s on your screen at that distance, without having to squint. The most important way to stay healthy at work starts with self-awareness. Know yourself and know your limits and do the best you can to stay within those limits given your job. Know when to take breaks and know when to take a vacation. And get plenty of exercise, which helps you both physically and mentally, both at work and at home. Just remember, it’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you!


Health and wellness programs that benefit women in the workplace have become an integral part of the business world, yet they tend to find it most challenging to experience personal work-life balance. Women account for just over half of the total U.S. labor force and also statistically live longer than their male counterparts. Yet women tend to be more prone to specific health issues such as arthritis, depression, obesity, and some types of cancer, simply due to their uniquely female design. Health and wellness programs at work are necessary, as millions of working women often experience high levels of stress that, over time, can cause a wide range of physical and mental illness. While some working women have access to personal

wellness resources, many do not, leaving them feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and hopeless to do anything about their circumstances. When this happens, women can become less productive and unhappy about their careers — factors that ultimately affect the company’s bottom line. Therefore, it makes sense that employers are starting to realize the many benefits that company-sponsored health and wellness programs can provide to female employees. But don’t wait on your employer — you can do something too. Spending eight hours in a chair in front of a computer, five days a week can take a toll on your body, from eye strain to tension neck syndrome. You also have to be diligent about passing on those extra calories that co-workers leave invitingly on their desks or in the break room. Just remember those snacks can add a few hundred calories to your daily diet if you’re not careful, and they can leave you with unwanted pounds if you help yourself day after day. If you know someone has a candy dish on their desk, walk around their desk so you don’t feel the temptation. Take a

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◉ Customized strategic plan consulting ◉ Inclusion and Diversity strategic plans, audits and assessments ◉ Development and implementation of diversity councils and employee resource groups ◉ Alignment of talent management with diversity ◉ Inclusion and Cultural Competence education and training ◉ Community capacity building facilitation ◉ Human resource compliance Together we can achieve your mission. Find out how: Charmaine Brown President / CEO Connexions Consulting, Inc. 216-970-6740



Relationships — Let’s Talk About Sex!

After a few pickup games at an open gym, some of the guys and I decided to grab a bite to eat. While at the restaurant, we talked about everything from sports to family, from business to relationships. “Yo Twan, you still going strong?” one of the guys asked. “Yes sir,” I replied. Some of the other guys at the table were curious to know what we were talking about. You should have seen the look on their faces when I told them that I was waiting until marriage to have sex; it was like I had said something completely off the wall. I guess it was bizarre to them, seeing as though we live in a world where everything is over-sexualized, and most people view sex as casual and meaningless. The reasons that we look at sex the way that we do is because sex is everywhere and it’s usually celebrated. It has saturated conversations, been promoted in movies and songs, used as marketing ploys to entice, written about in novels, stamped on billboards, printed in magazines, and exploited on television and the Internet. It seems like the only time that sex is possibly looked down upon is when someone isn’t practicing safe sex. And it doesn’t help that we are naturally sexual beings. As a young man, I understand the struggles with sexual purity. Abstaining from sexual pleasures until matrimony 16 | C L MAGAZINE

seems like an impossible journey, but it can be done. Furthermore, we have to take into consideration the consequences. Spiritual corruption, relational damage, physical harm and emotional suffering are common effects of sexual immorality. In order to combat our sexual urges, here are four practices that can lead to purity: Guard your heart. What are you listening to? What type of conversations are you joining in? Even more, what are you watching? Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” A common misconception that singles tend to believe is that falling short is something that occurs on the spot. No, it’s a series of decisions over a period of time that leads to shortcomings. If you’re feeding your flesh more than you’re feeding your spirit, you run the risk of allowing your flesh to engage in activities that are displeasing to God. I’ve learned to cut out things that strengthen to my sinful nature, and instead, I focus on what strengthens my spirit. Protect your heart, especially from sexual images and thoughts. You’ll be better for it. Find accountable friends. Singles love their privacy, and it’s natural to keep our struggles a secret in fear of being judged or appearing weak. Regardless of how you feel, it is important to have trusted friends who are there to correct you with

Focus on being wise. This motto has been a helpful reminder throughout my tender years of singleness, and it’s kept me from the bed of sexual immorality. Wisdom always tells you to avoid, flee, and resist lustful temptations, not test your strength by hanging around to see if you can endure. 1 Corinthians 6:18 says, “Flee from sexual immorality.” A huge mistake is thinking that we can stand against the callings of our flesh. In some cases, we can. But for the most part, we can’t, and we shouldn’t try. Overcoming sexual sin is about fleeing and resisting, not staying and fighting. Our flesh is the addiction, lust is the drug, temptation is the means, and sin is the high. Lust and temptation work together with our flesh to carry out sin, but if we starve our flesh by avoiding temptation, lust won’t be relevant, and sin won’t occur. Again, sex is something we all struggle with, but that’s never a pass to engage in sexual activity or intercourse, which is to be reserved for marriage. Until you say I do, be on guard, be accountable, be productive and be wise. If it’s possible for me to wait for over seven years and counting, it’s possible for you as well. Grace and peace.

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truth, encourage in faith, rebuke in love, and teach with wisdom. Accountability is a major step to overcoming sexual immorality. Don’t underestimate the power of community. It’s difficult to be beaten by the enemy when other believers always surround you. If you’re hesitant about having accountability partners, you run the risk of falling. The enemy is eager to attack us when we’re isolated. Having someone to call in the midnight hour to pray with or have weekly recaps is needed. While having friends who are reactive is good, it’s even better to surround yourself with friends who’ll be proactive in your fight for purity. You do not need someone who’s passive or so busy that they can’t follow up. Having friends who’ll be there when you call is nice, but you need someone who’s going to be persistent, nosy, and will press you for the sake of holiness. Be productive. It’s much harder to engage in sexual sin when you’re busy laboring for the Lord. Many singles fall because they allow themselves too much time to wander. You have to get into the habit of avoiding laziness and other situations that cause sexual vulnerability. Get active by doing something. Read a book, clean your home, cut your grandparent’s grass, or serve at your church or in the community. Maybe you have a book in your heart or a business that you want to start. Whatever it is, get moving. There are days that I’m so focused on the work God has for me to do that temptations are at a minimum. Stay busy, stay pure.

Liberty Hill Baptist Church Celebrates 100 Years

A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Mark L. Johnson, Sr. This year, Liberty Hill Baptist Church, one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions in Northeast Ohio, is celebrating 100 years of ministry and service to the community. It is a historic milestone. Rev Dr. Mark L. Johnson Sr., became the Church’s eighth pastor in 2009. He is excited and energetic about the celebration, and also about the future.


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“This Liberty Hill hasn’t even started, because as long as you are still breathing you’re not done yet.” He is intensely focused on the next generation. “We’re taking a deep look at our ministries and how we process things. So we can make sure these young people can take it to 2118 and beyond. That’s what I feel our charge is for the next 100 years.” According

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the community.

Liberty Hill also partners with the Cleveland Food Bank to give out 10,000 pounds of fresh produce each month to its members and the surrounding community. The Church partners with Hough Health Center each fall to give out backpacks to kids returning to school. He and his wife, First Lady Heather, have also served as chaplain for the Cleveland Indians for two years. Johnson,





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Black men. The original plan was to provide a space to play basketball, but Pastor Johnson wanted much more for these young men. Now, two years later, every Sunday afternoon, nearly 80 young Black males from tweens to 30-somethings, come to Encourage Church. They bring their brothers and sisters, their girlfriends, and their kids. They come to talk and share their issues, get tutoring for the kids, and play basketball with their

said. “ Ministering to the family is so crucial to the life of the church. You must minister to your family with a love for your wife, children and grandchildren.” He continued: “We are a flexible and progressive church in the way it has allowed me to expand the ministry into new areas. We have so much more to do in the community. So many ways to shift gears, bring in families, restore the community and to love on them. This 100 years is not our finish line. It’s our starting line. We’re ready to take off and really challenge the generation that’s coming in. As the old hymn says, ‘We’ve come this far by faith’ and we’re still going forward—by faith.” Liberty Hill is located at 8206 Euclid Avenue. The church has a radio broadcast that airs every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on 94.5 FM.

pastor. Several of the men will graduate from the Cleveland Police Department this summer. When one young man died and his family had no place for the funeral, Liberty Hill hosted the services. Pastor Johnson is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He holds both a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology in Christian Education, and received his doctorate from New Orleans Theological Seminary

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with a focus on leadership and administration. “Our motto is we are a family focused, fun loving, Christ-centered church,” Pastor Johnson

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CHEF YOLANDA RAMOS’ SUMMER RECIPES Seasonal Favorites Use local, organic seasonal fruits & vegetables whenever possible

Dairy free Tzatziki Sauce 1 cucumber grated 2 cups almond yogurt 1 tbsp fresh dill chiffonade 1 tbsp garlic scape finely minced 1 lemon juiced 1 ½ tsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp candy onion peeled & finely minced Pink Himalayan sea salt to taste Directions In a mixing bowl, using a box grater, grate cucumber. Squeeze out all liquid in a fine mesh strainer using a paper towel and place cucumber in a separate bowl; folding in all remaining ingredients. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.


Stone Fruit Salsa 1 yellow peach 1 nectarine 1 red plum 1 black plum 1 apricot 1 cup cherries 1 cup rainier cherries 1 poblano pepper charred, seeded and peeled 1 red fesco pepper charred, seeded and peeled ¼ cup fresh cilantro chiffonade 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 lemon zested ¼ quarter yellow bell pepper small diced 2 scallions finely sliced ¼ red onion peeled and small diced 1 tbsp raw honey (optional) Celtic sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste Directions Rinse all fruit, peppers and onions in cold water. Remove seed from all fruit, and chop. Slice & dice all peppers and onions. Combine all chopped fruit, peppers, onions, cilantro with lemon zest, apple cider vinegar & honey. Stir and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 3 days. May be eaten as a garnish with any fish or with tortilla chips.

Seasoned Grilled FreeRange Chicken Skewers with Dairy Free Tzatziki Sauce 1 pound boneless skinless free range chicken thighs cut into cubes 1 tbsp simply organic grilling seasons chicken (brand) 1 organic lemon juiced & zested 2 cloves minced garlic ½ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt and cracked black pepper 6 - 8 skewers Directions Place cubed chicken thighs in mixing bowl, then add remaining ingredients. Cover and set in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Overnight is best. Thread chicken onto skewers and grill on medium heat for about 10 - 15 minutes or until internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat and garnish with tzatziki sauce.

Grilled & Raw Vegetable Composed Salad (Serves 2 – 4)

Wild Caught Grilled Blackened Tequila Lime Swordfish with Smoky Poblano Stone Fruit Salsa 1 pound swordfish 1 tbsp tequila lime blend (Wholefoods’ brand) 2 cloves of garlic finely minced ¼ tsp Sea salt and cracked black pepper 1 lime juiced and zested Directions Season fish with lime zest, garlic, blend, salt and pepper. Let set in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, up till 5 hours. Heat grill on medium and lightly oil. Once grill is hot then add fish & discard any leftover juices from marinade. Cook for about 7 10 minutes or until minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat and allow to cool. May be eaten as is or garnished with salsa.

Directions Rinse all produce & fruit in cold water. For raw vegetables, arrange all prepared lettuce, cabbage, beets, carrots, and apples on a large display plate. Then lightly oil a medium temperature grill with a cut in half onion dipped in any unrefined oil, using a pair of long tongs. Once grill is ready, place the avocado, red onion, squash and sweet potatoes directly on heated grill. The thinner the cut, the faster the cooking time. Lightly grill avocado and onions with criss-cross grill marks and then remove and set aside until the rest of the vegetables are finished. After all vegetables are grilled, place onto plate with rest of vegetables and serve. Salad may be dressed with your favorite vinaigrette or enjoyed plain with some fresh seasonal herbs and a little grey Celtic sea salt & cracked tri-colored peppercorns.

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3 cups packed local lettuce (any variety) torn into bite size pieces 3 cups packed organic napa cabbage shredded 2 medium size beets (any variety) peeled and shredded 2 large carrots peeled and shredded 1 apple (any variety) shredded 1 avocado pitted and peeled lightly grilled 1 red onion peeled and sliced into ¼ to ½ inch rounds grilled 2 summer squashes (green/yellow zucchini or summer yellow squash) sliced lengthwise ¼ inch thick grilled 2 sweet potatoes (any variety) sliced lengthwise ¼ inch thick grilled

Dispelling Myths About Hospice

• There is inadequate information about hospice services and typical methods of communication are not impactful. • Information needs to come from trusted sources. • We received valuable feedback that will guide us in dispelling the myths some may have and ensuring everyone has equal access to quality end-of-life care. Here are some common myths about hospice care along with the facts:

These are a few findings: • There is a lack of understanding about what hospice is and, just as importantly, what it isn’t.

Monica Cowans, Manager Marketing and Communications, Hospice of the Western Reserve |

Myth: Hospice means I am giving up, that death is near. Fact: Hospice is a journey. The focus is on improving quality of life by managing pain and other symptoms of advanced illness. Care and support are also provided to the entire family. When patients are referred earlier, they can often live for weeks or months while in hospice care. Hospice is available to anyone with a prognosis of six months or less. Myth: My loved one must leave home or go to a nursing home to receive care. Fact: More than 94 percent of all the care we provide is delivered in the home. Our hospice teams provide care wherever the patient is living, whether it’s in their home, apartment, senior living community or nursing home. Myth: Hospice care is expensive. Fact: Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurers. Myth: Hospice hastens death. Fact: Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. It supports patients and keeps them comfortable during the natural progression of their illness. Food is not withheld and drugs are not administered to speed up death. All treatments are focused on keeping the patient comfortable and providing the best quality of life possible. You may be surprised to learn that hospice is not at all about giving up, letting go or losing hope. It’s about honoring personal choices and values and providing the dignity, respect and support every person deserves at the end of life. We assist those who have chronic or serious illnesses, no matter the stage or the complexity of help needed. We support caregivers who can feel overwhelmed and comfort those who are grieving a loss. Hospice of the Western Reserve is here to help. To learn more, visit our website at Free community educational presentations are also available. I would love to speak with your group, contact me via email or call me at (216) 383-3714.


One of my roles at Hospice of the Western Reserve is researching and analyzing trends that impact access to end-of-life care. As a nonprofit community-based hospice, we are committed to eliminating disparities and ensuring everyone who desires hospice has equal access. Nationwide, hospice use overall has been increasing since 2000. However, hospice use by African Americans is 12 percent lower than for Caucasians. Locally, the disparity is even greater. In Cuyahoga County, 17 percent fewer African Americans use hospice services. We wanted to know why. We received funding from the Mt. Sinai Foundation to conduct a community assessment. We conducted nine months of intensive research including interviews with local African American community leaders, focus groups, meetings and online surveys. Our research uncovered some interesting facts.

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Château Hough The Pride of a Once Broken Community

It may be hard to imagine a winery and vineyard in the middle of the “hood,” especially one that is nationally known for a five-day riot over 5o years ago. Traveling south on East 66th Street through the infamous Hough neighborhood, you can’t miss the perfectly manicured rows of grapevines growing amongst the closely built residential homes. The pride of the community is Château Hough, just one mile from Lake Erie. It is the brainchild of Mansfield Frazier.

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Frazier — author, businessman, journalist, radio show host, former Ward 7 Councilman candidate and all-around altruist — wanted to create a “triple net bottom line,” creating a business that would not only be concerned about profits but would be focused on improving the neighborhood and the environment as well. SPRING | SUMMER 2018 | 27

off a woman’s house while she was still living there. He now supervises the work crew. “He’s very dependable, my most trusted right hand,” Frazier said. “He’s a great foreman and I’m proud of him.”

Mansfield Frazier

“I wanted to use land in a constructive way,” Frazier said. “We wanted to grow something profitable to create jobs. At its heart, Château Hough started as a re-entry project. The vineyard was put in by guys from the Oriana House, a halfway house not far from here. They would come in to volunteer. If they showed a good work ethic and desired to turn their life around, we hired them. A lot of guys coming out of incarceration still believe they can’t get a job. We show them they can.” Château Hough grows two types of grapes: Traminette, which produces a sweet, white wine and Frontenac, which yields a medium red. Three wines are available at Château Hough—the white, red, and a rosé wine, a blend of both. The Mentoring Effect. Close to 60 men have come through Château Hough. “We mentor and figure out what their challenges are and help solve them so that they can move on,” Frazier said. He is proud that some of the men he’s mentored are now homeowners, with stable jobs and families. The focus, he explains, switched from re-entry to pre-entry. Instead of helping men released from prison, he wants to keep them from entering the prison pipeline. “We still help guys coming out of prison,” he adds, “but we think we should find ways to keep them from going.” Frazier describes Marvin, a young man in the neighborhood who “never went to prison but went to jail a lot.” He made money by “scrapping” (stealing metal and aluminum from abandoned houses), and once stripped the siding 28 | C L MAGAZINE

If you ask Marvin Foster himself, he’ll say that Château Hough has changed his life. He has worked with Frazier since 2010. “Before I met Mr. Frazier, I wasn’t work ready. I was hanging out in the street, messing around…I was up to no good.” Foster admitted he had a lot of flaws and credited Frazier with helping him build character, teaching him work ethic, and the skills needed to perform his job. He grew up and still lives in the Hough area. “I’m doing something positive for myself and the earth,” he shared. “I’m always working when I’m here.” Foster said working at Château Hough and learning how to make wine is peaceful. “I’m my own boss, and I don’t have to worry about anything. The pay is good, and I have a great relationship with Mr. Frazier.” Early Challenges. Though they are well on their way to producing more than their three signature wines, Frazier admits the early years weren’t easy. Their initial challenge was obtaining a federal grant to begin the project. ReImagining Cleveland was a federal grant program to “reimagine” Cleveland as a green city on a blue lake. There were 58 available grants and 150 applicants. “It was a competitive bidding process,” Frazier remembered. “We initially didn’t make the cut. Tim Tramble (executive director of Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.) was on the committee and instrumental in us receiving the grant.” Future Vision. There is a reason, Frazier said, that the vineyard is called Château Hough. “The land we occupy here in Hough is just as valuable to us as the land in Hunting Valley and Westlake is to their residents.” Frazier is looking forward to selling his wines (15 varieties) at the winery’s Hough location. “It’s more profitable than wholesaling, and part of the reason we created this is to attract people to come to Hough. This is about changing the community. We love it here.”

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• “Cleveland’s “Hidden Figures” at the NASA Glenn Research Center • “Food for Your Soul” by Antwan Steele • “Five Key Components to Writing a Successful Grant Proposal” by Linda Styer • “Spring Photo Tips for Amateurs” by Phillip Germany II


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Are you stuck in a cycle of yo-yo dieting, or you can’t seem to lose weight no matter what you do? I will explain the best way to lose fat and look great for summer and beyond. I’ve used these methods to help train myself and others for competitions. To start your journey, you need specific goals that are attainable and measurable. A training and nutrition journal can help you monitor your progress and allow you to stay on track. The key to sustainable weight loss is not severe calorie restriction but mild reductions in calories coupled with exercise and an active lifestyle. There are several other important factors involved in fat loss also.

Eating You have to know how much you’re eating, and you can do so by tracking your calories to determine the calorie deficit you need to lose weight. Use your hand as a guide for portions at each meal. For example, a palm of protein, a fistful of starchy carbs, two fistfuls of vegetables, and a thumb of fats. Adjust your eating to your activity level. On training days eat a little more, and on non-training days eat a little less. Stress We are bombarded daily with additional stressors that are very subtle. However, most take their toll over time. How do you know

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Keys to Losing Fat and Looking Great for Summer and Beyond

your body is stressed? Low energy, hunger, losing interest in exercising and a slow metabolism are indications. Try your best to eliminate your stressors. Metabolism Eating less and exercising more is a plan that will cause frustration, slow your metabolism and stop your weight loss. Your metabolism will fight back against your efforts. It’s not static. On the contrary, it changes constantly. Follow the five keys below to increase your metabolism, which will cause you to lose weight and look your best.

4. Recovery To lose weight successfully you must plan for recovery. Recovery gives your body time to adapt and grow to the stress of exercise. Performing non-exercise movements such as leisurely walking, playing fun sports, and stretching are perfect. They’re less stressful to the body and will keep calories burning while you’re recovering. 5. Stress

1. Positive mental attitude

As a rule of thumb, attempt to eliminate or minimize the ill effects of all stressors except stressors such as exercise. You want these stressors, but only if you can control them.

You must have a positive mental attitude if you want to look and feel your best. When you encounter setbacks you must believe that you will reach your weight loss goal. Using visualization can help. Visualize yourself at the weight and size you want to be and make that one of your goals.

Using these keys will give you the weight loss success you desire. A mild cut in calories with consistent exercise is the best way to lose fat. Find out what works and do it. When that stops working, try something else. Visualize yourself as you want be. Be persistent. Don’t give up!

2. Nutrition


You basically already know how to eat healthy. You know you should eat more vegetables, fruit, and lean meats, while avoiding processed foods and trans fats. You just need to be consistent. 3. Exercise Building muscle using resistance exercises is important. Muscle is a metabolically active tissue that, when broken down from exercise, will burn the fatty acids that are shuttled to it. You also should perform aerobic exercise. The best aerobic exercise for you is one that you enjoy, one that is safe for you, and one that you will perform regularly.


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C L Magazine’s Guide to Some of This Year’s Unique JULY 2018 Podcast Movement 2018 Philadelphia, PA

Mon., July 23 - Thurs., July 26, 2018 Overview: The ultimate gathering for anyone interested in or involved in the podcast industry. Educational and informative breakout sessions, enlightening and encouraging panel discussions. Over 3,000 attendees from nearly 30 countries. Cost: $599+ Register: registration/

Education Conference 2018: Building Learning Communities Boston, MA

Sun., July 22 - Fri., July 27, 2018 Overview: Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to students. The 19th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world. Cost: $745+ Register: Checkin.aspx?EventID=2070253

AUGUST 2018 Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference Philadelphia, PA

Thurs., August 2 - Sat., August 4, 2018 Overview: This free conference offers three full days of workshops and activities focused on the health and well-being of transgender people and their communities. Some sessions include talking to your children about gender, future gender change policy, supporting identity development in transgender youth and more. Cost: FREE! Register:


Outessa Tahoe Olympic Valley, CA

Thurs., August 2 - Sun., August 5, 2018 Overview: Drench yourself in sun and wildflowers in blue-skied California and try out all sorts of activities and experiences from guided adventures on water and land, to outdoor classes, to creative workshops and self-discovery sessions; all the gear is included — kayaks, bikes, paint supplies and yoga mats. Plus, get your fill of locally inspired food and beverages starting Friday at breakfast through Sunday at lunch — also included. Cost: $899+ Register:

The Compact La Honda, CA

Thurs., August 16 - Sun., August 19, 2018 Overview: Summer camp for women in their 20s, 30s and 40s! Enjoy daily camp programs, exercise, sisterhood, relaxation, professional photos, campfires and more! Cost: $950+ Register:

2018 Yellow Conference: Our Ownership Los Angeles, CA

Thurs., August 23 — Fri., August 24 Overview: Gathering for creative women who are making an impact and using their gifts, skills and talents to serve the greater good. Cost: $317+ Register:

SEPTEMBER 2018 Vermont Adventure Retreat Stowe, VT

Sun., September 9 - Fri., September 14, 2018 Overview: Stay at the exclusive Trout Club, a historic, private fishing club nestled in the Green Mountains, with world-class cuisine and acclaimed hospitality, not to mention Vermont’s best hiking

Professional Development Conferences & Wellness Retreats and biking trails right outside your door. Freshwater lakes, breathtaking views, and spectacular forest trails for daily adventures. Daily yoga and balancing practices, Qigong, and quiet time. Outdoor adventures for all ability levels, including hiking, trail running, and mountain biking in magical forests and magnificent meadows, and canoeing, and swimming in some of Vermont’s most secret spots and much more. Cost: $1895 Register: retreat-registration/

Grace Hopper Celebration 2018 Houston, TX

Tues., September 25 - Fri., September 28, 2018 Overview: GHC is a three-day celebration designed to bring together women in computing to discuss research and career interests. The celebration includes presentations on a variety of topics, professional development activities, an open source day, and much more. Cost: $1150 (student discount available) Register:

OCTOBER 2018 Glow Up Goddess Retreat Bali

Sun., October 7 - Fri., October 12, 2018 Overview: The Glow Up Goddess retreat is the perfect blend of fun, relaxation, connection, and self-discovery. Created by women of color for women of color, this fun-filled, cultural, and wellness journey takes well-being to a new level by blending the perfect mix of chill, restore, grow, glow & explore to help you get energetically lighter within. Held in one of the most inspiringly-beautiful places on earth, Bali’s tranquil haven is the ideal backdrop for soul nourishment & spirit evolution. Cost: $2500+ Register:

Women in Construction Leadership & Networking Conference Washington, DC

Fri., October 19, 2018 Overview: By women, for women! Full day of panel discussions, presentation and interactive breakout sessions. Cost: $225+ Register: event/3178824?cookie_header=1

NOVEMBER 2018 SmartSocial Summit Austin, TX

Mon., November 5 - Wed., November 7, 2018 Overview: SmartSocial Summit connects the smartest minds in social media to explore topics like how to show the value of social media and build trust with your consumers. Leave Austin inspired by a deepened understanding of how social media can play a role in your most complex business opportunities. Cost: $1115+ Register: registration/

Afro Tech San Francisco, CA

Thurs., November 8 - Sun., November 11, 2018 Overview: Conference where founders and employees of some of the fastest growing tech startups will present the tactics and strategies they use to grow their products and businesses. Conversations range from raising venture funding, combining tech and culture, user design workshops and growth hacking. Cost: $280-$1350 Register:

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New Orleans, LA Thurs., July 5 - Sun., July 8, 2018 Party with a purpose at one of the biggest music event’s of the year! Enjoy live performances, conferences, expos and much more! Tickets & Details: festival/tickets/

Chicago, IL Wed., July 11 - Sun., July 15 The world’s largest food festival showcasing Chicago’s diverse dining community! Tickets & Details: https://www. supp_info/taste_of_chicago.html/

Chicago, IL Thurs., August 2 - Sun., August 5 The annual music festival full featuring alternative rock, heavy metal, hip hop, electric music and more! Tickets & Details:


Crested Butte, CO Fri., August 3 - Sun., August 5 The annual nationally recognized festival includes a wide variety of arts, whose proceeds benefit and provide year-round, sustainable arts outreach programs for the community. Tickets & Details: http://

Collingswood, NJ Sat., August 18 - Sun., August 19 Shop from over 160 craft and fine art pieces including wood, glass, clay, metal and fiber. Artists will be on site discussing their works and sharing their passion for creating! Tickets & Details: http://www. collingswoodcraftsandfineartfestival. com/about.html

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C L Magazine Volume 4 | Issue 2 Spring | Summer 2018  

A quarterly, digital career and lifestyle publication for today's professionals around the world!

C L Magazine Volume 4 | Issue 2 Spring | Summer 2018  

A quarterly, digital career and lifestyle publication for today's professionals around the world!