100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Inc. Real Men Magazine January 2023 Issue

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REAL MEN

Cleveland Chapter

Celebrated 25th Anniversary 100 Black Men

Holds Annual Toy Drive

Cleveland Reads

Citywide Reading Challenge Kick-Off

January 2023

Vice Chairman, 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc.

Laying The Foundation for the Future in 2024

Gregory Lockhart Meet James Duke Midwest Regional District Representative

REAL MEN

MENTORING
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GIVING
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The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is recognized as the nation’s top African American led mentoring organization. Every African-American person should have the ability to create the life they’ve always wanted and that’s what The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. provides.

Committing ourselves to personify the type of people our children will look up to and emulate, we embrace the immense responsibility we have to our mentees and our communities. Providing these children another choice in life by being around likeminded individuals who have similar aspirations and goals.

As we have grown The Network of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. more companies and programs have been formed to assist in delivering the education and empowerment needed to change the course of these children’s lives. This is done through the 100’s Four For The Future focus areas; Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Empowerment.

Through the expansion, we’ve created 100 Black Men Chapters that delivers unique programs that address specific needs in local communities. Through 57 years of testing, we’ve created the 100’s successful model. A proven blueprint for mentoring and developing young people into future leaders by surrounding themselves with a positive network and giving them the opportunity that they may not have thought was possible.

Our ongoing commitment to continuously improve and implement our programmatic initiatives is what drives us. Helping shape our mentees realize their potential by showing them how to be successful and significant, stressing the importance of obtaining and applying education, and providing them the tools that empower them for self-sufficiency, cultivated civic, and business leadership

ABOUT US 100 WAY ACROSS A LIFETIME

GIVING REAL TIME

We

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aim to guide youth in life self-image—the pursuit of life-long

experiences that help them to develop a positive concept and life-long goals, healthy personal relationships, and excellence in education are our precepts.

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The overall concept of “The 100” began in 1963 in New York City when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. These visionaries included businessmen and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate, Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson. On October 2, 1986, representatives from 100 Black Men Chapters converged in Washington, DC, for a final meeting to establish a national organization. During previous meetings, they determined the structure, governance and model that would provide the most effective physical and financial resources to support the communities and Chapters. At the final gathering, the organization’s name – 100 Black Men of America, Inc. – was unveiled and attendees elected four accomplished, professional men from within their ranks to serve as its first and founding officers.

Each of the four were selected based on their demonstrated commitment to give back in a holistic way that addressed the educational, social, emotional, and cultural needs of youth in their own communities. They put their hands to the plow and did the hard work necessary to establish a foundation for a network of Chapters in their infancy, which today is an international nonprofit organization that positively impacts more than 125,000 youth across the United States and abroad. Throughout our history, the leadership of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. has been impeccable. The men chosen as national leaders all have contributed to the growth and strength of the organization. Their unique contributions have helped The 100 to become one of the premiere mentoring organizations anywhere. Consider the impact each leader has made. On May 27, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia, this newly formed mentoring organization held its first national conference and introduced itself to the nation. Noted speakers included the late Alex P. Haley and the late Honorable Maynard H. Jackson.

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On May 27, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia, this newly formed mentoring organization known as 100 Black Men of America, Inc., held its first national conference and introduced itself to the nation. Noted speakers included the late Alex P. Haley and the late Honorable Maynard H. Jackson.
7 Real Men Magazine/January 2023 Lee V. Fields Jr. Chairman Gregory Lockhart Vice Chairman Brett Horton Esq Secretary Director of Finance Lucien Blackwell Anthony Peebles Director of Development BOARD BOARD OF DIRECTORS Rodney L. Brown Grady Burrows Brandon Curry Edwin Hubbard Jr. Darian Johnson Tyson Mitchell, Esq Dr. Ernest Smoot James W. Wade III Director of Communications & Public Relations, James W. Wade III Economic Empowerment Vacant Education, Chair Grady Burrows Health & Wellness Marvin Ferguson, Chair Mentoring Darian Johnson, Chair Dr. Ernest Smoot, Co Chair Membership Chair Vacant COMMITTEE CHAIRS 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Inc. 13815 Kinsman Road Cleveland, OH. 44120 (216) 354 - 0896 www.100blackmencle.org National Chairman Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Midwest District Representative James Duke 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. Leadership Team
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The Real Men Magazine is the official publication of The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Inc. Chapter. Published monthly electronically, which means information is distributed utilizing a computer network or produced in a format for use with a computer.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Happy New Year, everyone; I am so thankful God allowed me to see another year. 2022 was an excellent year for the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. chapter and me as we celebrated our 25th anniversary. I was honored to win the Chairman’s Award, which equates to being the member of the year. I thank the chairman and all the 100 Black Men in Cleveland who work with me daily. The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Chapter provides various educational, informative, and uplifting programs for the whole family. Our programs teach the necessary leadership and development skills to assist our mentees and their families in realizing and maximize their full potential.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create an environment in which Cleveland’s youth are motivated to achieve and are empowered to become selfsufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of their communities. Mentoring is the essence of the Greater Cleveland 100. Through our signature economic development programs, education, health & wellness, leadership development, and mentoring, we aim to be Cleveland’s premier mentoring organization.

I ended 2022 by suggesting I take a different approach to New Year’s Resolutions, inspired by many every year, typical ones like losing weight, stopping smoking, etc. It is a cliché to say that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it; how many of you find yourself repeating resolutions or goals from last year? Now is an excellent time to reflect on how much progress you have made. This year I want to concentrate and be a better person and make a difference in some children’s lives through my work at the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. The 100 Black Men was formed off the principles of the 100 Black Men of America group, which was first created in the 1960s. Volunteers work with youth ranging from about 10 to 18 years old in group settings in and out of school.

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2022 CHAIRMAN AWARD WINNER JAMES W. WADE III

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Letter from the Chairman

Hello everyone; the start of a New Year is a time to reflect on the previous year and celebrate the arrival of a new one. It’s also a time to share hopeful Happy New Year wishes with everyone, including friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors. After all, these are the people you made incredible memories with in 2022 and will continue to make memories within 2023. The start of a new year is more than just a calendar shift; it also represents an opportunity to make enhancements at work and, ultimately, in your surroundings.

I want you to keep the National Chairman Thomas Dortch Jr. in your prayers for his speedy recovery. Special thanks to James W. Wade III, the 2022 Chairman Award winner; this acknowledges his hard work for the 2022 year. One of my many joys in working with 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Inc. is the concentrated focus of all our members to work without pause to serve our community. I am excited about our direction and the goals we aim to achieve in 2023. I understand there is no “I” in TEAM, and the only way we continue to grow is through the strength we pull from each member, who has committed their time, energy, and skills to serve our mentees and mentors.

I want to welcome our new inductees to the organization and look forward to seeing everyone active and on committees. Our motto is “Real Men, Giving Real Time.” Our objective is to be the premier volunteer mentoring organization for African-American youth throughout the Greater Cleveland Area. Since our inception in 1997, we have mentored thousands of elementary and high school students to prepare for life’s challenges. The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. is committed to the growth and development of America’s youth, “Creating Opportunities and Changing Lives.” Our commitment is reflected through our initiatives, mentoring, health and wellness education, and economic development programs.

We had a good 2022 celebrating our 25th Anniversary with our annual gala in December. Another heartwarming and fulling event is our annual Toy Drive, where we double the toys from the previous year. Each December, we collect toys for various schools and children in the Cleveland area. This is one of the many opportunities our mentees have learned how to give back through community service. With the support and contribution of our invaluable volunteers, members, parents, civic leaders, community partners, and corporate sponsors, we strive to continue fulfilling our mission to enhance young people’s lives and communities in the Greater Cleveland area. Happy New Year!!

Sincerest regards,

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MEET OUR MIDWEST DISTRICT

JAMES DUKE

The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is recognized as the nation’s top AfricanAmerican-led mentoring organization. Committing ourselves to personify the type of people our children will look up to and emulate, we embrace our immense responsibility to our mentees and communities. We provide these children another choice by being around likeminded individuals with similar aspirations and goals. As we have grown The Network of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., more companies and programs have been formed to assist in delivering the education and empowerment needed to change the course of these children’s lives. This is done through the 100’s Four For The Future focus areas; Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Empowerment. The mission of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.

The Cleveland Chapter is part of the Midwest District, where James Duke serves as the representative. James is a member of The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Board of Directors, serving as the Moses Gray Midwest District Representative. James is also the Immediate Past President and CEO of the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis (The 100). James has been a member of the organization since 2001. With a strong passion for youth development, James truly believes that “What They See is What They’ll Be.” He knows that without proper

guidance, direction, and mentoring of our youth today, our future will be in jeopardy. Whether fundraising, friend-raising, or family-building, James is committed to making a difference in our youth and their families. James has led The 100 in program creation, organizational rebranding, and infrastructure upgrading. James is also the Chair of The 100s Beautillion Militaire Scholarship Program, which recently awarded the participants over 1 million dollars in scholarships. Under his leadership, The 100 was awarded a 1.2-million-dollar sustainability grant from The Lilly Endowment and over 200 thousand dollars during the Covid-19 and Social Justice related activities.

James is The Director, Diversity, and Inclusion for Indiana University Health. In this role, he is responsible for developing, implementing, and effectively managing all areas of IU Health’s Supplier Diversity and Affirmative Action Programs. James joined IU Health in 2010, and since then, the Diversity spending has increased by 12 million dollars annually. James is also active in Diverse business organizations, including The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Mid States Minority Supplier Development Council, The National Association of Women Business

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DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE

Owners, The Women’s Business Enterprise Council, and The Hispanic Business Council, which demonstrates his commitment to improving the quality of life for all people in the community.

Duke has been a member of The 100 Black Men of Indianapolis for about 21 years. “I had heard about the organization for a few years before I joined. “I worked with several members on an HBCU Basketball tournament. The 100 hosted. My school (Morehouse College) was one of the teams playing, and I was the local Alumni representative on the planning committee,” said Duke.

The Moses Gray Midwest District is one of the more substantial districts in the 100 Black Men of America Network! We are comprised of 9 chapters representing Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. Our district has some AMAZING leaders, which is evident by their participation in our National Calls. We routinely have the highest percentage of chapter representation on the monthly President calls. I look forward to visiting all chapters in our district over the next year. I am impressed with all of the work that everyone is doing. The Twin Cities Chapter in Minnesota has an exciting partnership with Microsoft in working with their youth. The 100 Black Men of Indianapolis has an exciting partnership with Big Brothers/Big Sisters to bring Mentoring the 100 Way to some students who desperately need the mentoring. The 100 Black Men of Louisville has been busy growing its Collegiate 100 Program, and we look forward to seeing them get even better.

The Cleveland Chapter has established a tremendous monthly publication, Real Men Magazine, where you can keep up with all the great things they are doing.

“One of the main reasons I was interested in the District Representative role was to

serve best the mission of The 100 Black Men of America. The icing on top of the cake is named after Moses Gray, a Founding Father of the Indianapolis Chapter and National Organization,” said Duke.

James is a proud graduate of The Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Class XXXIX! James is also very active with The Eastern Star Church, UNCF, The Martin University National Center of Racial Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, The Conference Board Supplier Diversity Advisory Council, The African American Coalition of Indianapolis, The Center for Leadership Development, Indianapolis Black Alumni Council and Morehouse College Alumni Association. James is proud to be recognized as a 2022 Distinguished Alumnus of Lawrence Township Schools. Duke was awarded the Knight Leadership Award during the 36th 100 Black Men of America’s National Conference.

“We are currently planning a Midwest District Summit that will take place in the Spring of 2023,” said Duke. James is a native of Indianapolis, IN, and a Graduate of Morehouse College with a degree in Business Administration.

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DIAMONDS MEN’S WEAR

100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Inc. Has A New Business Partner

Every organization eventually looks to spread its wings and expand further. The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc.(BMOGC) leadership has been working diligently to secure funding for 100BMOGC. Thanks to an introduction by member Lamont Dodson to Randy Diamond of Diamond’s Men’s Store, the door was opened for the 100 to discuss a sponsorship-focused partnership to benefit their mentoring programs targeted at African American youth.

Representatives from the 100 BMOGC, Lee Fields, Chairman, Greg Lockhart, Vice Chairman, and Bob Ivory, Director of Programs, and Communications/Public Relations Chair, James W. Wade III, discussed with Randy the importance of their mission and how he and his brother Rick could become allies in the 100’s effort to help their mentees realize what they see, is what they can be. A partnership is an arrangement where parties, known as business partners, agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests. The partners in a partnership

may be individuals, businesses, interestbased organizations, schools, governments, or combinations.

The Diamond brothers pledged an ongoing financial commitment through 2022 and have already made their first installment. The 100 BMOGC, Inc. is proud to partner with a company like Diamond’s Men’s Store. This longtime community member shares common goals based on solid values, the enrichment of our youth, and opportunities for all. Our partners are at the forefront of every industry, solving challenges and assisting in finding new ways to help positively change the future of youth.

We provided 100BMOGC, Inc. signage to display in their stores to help bring awareness to its customers of the 100’s programs and their membership and volunteer opportunities.

These partnerships are mutually beneficial as they give the sponsor a way to give back to the community that has supported their business over the years, through a trusted collaborator, like the 100 BMOGC, Inc.

The 100 BMOGC is one of over 100 chapters across the United States and the United

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(Pictured from left to right) Lee V. Fields Jr., Randy Diamond, Bob (Photo by James W. Wade III)

Kingdom. We are looking for great partnerships; if your company is looking to be proactive and be part of the solution, contact us at info@100blackmencle.org. Let’s do our part to make our communities the best they can be. We invite you to join us.

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Ivory and Gregory Lockhart. Rick and Randy Diamond

100 BLACK MEN OF GREATER CLEVELAND INC.

YEARS AND SALUTES OUTSTANDING CLEVELAND

and improve the health and wellness of AfricanAmerican Men and Youth in particular and the African-American community in general.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc., a chapter affiliate of The 100 Black Men of America, Inc., held its annual 100 Black Men in Black Ties Scholarship and Awards Gala, “Building Dreams with YOUth in Mind,” on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at InterContinental Hotel Cleveland, 9801 Carnegie Avenue. The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. was founded in 1997 as a chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The mission is to serve as mentors, deliver and support educational and economic opportunity, advocate for institutional change,

Many came together at this sold-out event, including 100 Black Men of America’s National Chairman Thomas Dortch Jr. and Stan Savage from Atlanta, Georgia. “I am honored to come to Cleveland to present my longtime friend Judge Michael Nelson with his founder’s award,” said Dortch. The Cleveland Chapter honored Nelson with this inaugural award celebrating our 25th Anniversary.

Dortch is the Chairman of the 100 Black Men of America board, with chapters in dozens of cities and communities in the United States. The longtime Atlantan is active in numerous other community and service groups and is the founder of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, among other accomplishments. Once a top

Georgia

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INC. CELEBRATES 25 CLEVELAND LEADERS

is committed to paving the way for a new generation of achievers. “We’ve heard much criticism that black males don’t do this and that,” he explained. He also shared, “The work of 100 Black Men of America “is an effort to take care of our own, and that will benefit everybody.”

WEWS TV 5 News Anchor Danita Harris and Fox 8 News Anchor Wayne Dawson served as Mistress and Master of Ceremonies. “Both have served with us in this capacity for many years; I couldn’t think of anyone else who could do this job,” said Nelson. The Cleveland Chapter mentees wore their black tuxes and stood in front of everyone, saying their affirmations.

The night included 22 new 100 Black Men inductees to the Cleveland Chapter by being pinned with the priceless 100 lapel pin. These new 100 Black Men were welcomed by the

local Chairman, Vice Chairman, and the National Chairman and Cleveland’s founder, Judge Michael Nelson Sr..

Traveling with Dortch was Stan Savage, a 25-year active member of 100 Black Men of America: South Metro Atlanta Chapter. He is a 30-year retired law enforcement officer, having attained command-level status with the Atlanta Police Department as a Major. With both the 100 Black Men of America and the Atlanta Police Department, Stan has remained active

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in community service initiatives and excelled in the areas of strategic security, special event planning, and coalition building. “Thanks so much for the hospitality and the great work of the Cleveland 100,” said Savage.

In a written email to the Greater Cleveland Chapter, Savage wrote this while attending the Gala. A disclaimer to you all

Because I do not have a speech

I just stopped by to tell the young people

The world’s within your reach

As your mentees stated

You are meaningful. You are valid. And yes, it took a minute

For us to get the food and salad

Tonight my friends, is special

100 Black Men, you make us proud

The difference you are making

Your work - it speaks so loud

A milestone celebration

An honor…….the 25th Anniversary

To God should be the glory

The praises that we lift

New members, you took the oath

And when lights and cameras gone

Remember what you promised

Work hard and carry on

Young mentees, we wish you well I know the world is hard to cope

But know this….we got you brothers

You represent our hope

To the existing members present

A new beginning now

Work to be done is on the horizon

And show the new guys how

And to those of you in power

Some advice and, I guess, a nudge

You have an obligation to others

Words earlier from the Judge

We have contemporary warfare

Not youth killings by the Klan

Let’s rise up and save our children

That’s the charge tonight to every man

To the founding members of this Chapter

Who planted this great seed

Your legacy continues

So glad you took the lead

And to all our beautiful ladies

You are our precious queens

Thanks for supporting all of us

We love you…..and we mean it

To the partners and the sponsors

Who supports us and invest

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Founder Larrty Hnes Family standing in for him.

You’ve heard awesome testimony The stakeholders are the best

To our illustrious emcee duo Thanks for your words and wit Even when lights were low You kept up with the script

Thanks for the video presentations

The one’s tonight we heard It means a lot to this great Chapter To speak uplifting words

To our leader Chairman Thomas Dortch

I submit there is no other Who has nurtured this great organization more We salute and love you, brother

Congratulations to all the honorees I covered all…….I think Congrats to 100 BM of Greater Cleveland And yes - I’ll also add the (Inc) -

The Chapter honored leaders in the community, which capped off the night. These leaders are recognized for their unique levels of achievement, leadership, community involvement, and excellent examples of what hard work and dedication can accomplish within the 100 Black Men’s “Four for the Future” program categories. Additional honorees have added extreme value to our community.

The 2022 Honorees were:

George P. Golden, Director, Closing the Achievement Gap - Cleveland Metropolitan School District Recipient of the Mentoring Award

Ayesha Bell Hardaway, JD, Associate Professor of Law – CWRU School of Law Recipient of the Education Award

Jazmin Long, President & CEO - Birthing Beautiful Communities Recipient of the Health and Wellness Award

Ariane B. Kirkpatrick, President & CEO –The AKA Team Recipient of the Economic Empowerment Award

Lonnie Coleman, President - Coleman Spohn Corporation, Recipient of the 2022 Trailblazer Award

Antwan Steel, Founder - Student Navigation, Inc. Recipient of the 2022 Rising Star Award

Al Grimes, Director - Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative Recipient of the 2022 Leadership Award

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter Recipient of the 2022 Black Excellence Award

The Honorable Michael L.Nelson, Sr., Judge - Cleveland Municipal Court Recipient of the 2022 Larry Hines Founder’s Award

Each year the Chairman gives an award for the outstanding member of the year called The Chairman’s Award; the 2022 winner was me. I was surprised and honored, and I had a chance to express my gratitude by saying thank you so much for this honor. I feel humbled to receive this prestigious award. “I was happy to name James W. Wade III with the chairman’s award for his dedication and hard work this past year,” said Lee V. Fields Jr, Chairman.

The proceeds from the Gala will support the 100’s Mentoring, Education, Health & Economic Development programming for the upcoming year. “We must encourage and empower our youth by providing programming that will give them the confidence and support to lead positive lives and become our leaders of tomorrow,” stated Chairman Lee V. Fields. “We have committed 25 years to building a better community and are excited to share with you how we intend to continue our outstanding legacy.”

Thank you to our generous sponsors who help us to continue and improve our programming: AKA Team, Saint Luke’s Foundation, PNC, Erie Bank, New York Community Bank, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Ozanne Construction Company, and Step Forward.

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WELCOME OUR NEW 100 BLACK

2022 Inductees with James

III

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Mark Akins Greg Alexander Robert L. Bankston Michael Booker Anthony Brown Raphael Collins W. Wade

MEN MEMBERS, CLASS OF 2022

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Delaun Dillard Robert Dix Jr. Dr. Ronnie Dunn Aaron Eatman James Ferguson Mark Granville Duane Griffin Jr. Jeevon Harris Curtis Jackson Larry Jewett Dr. Claude Jones Delius Norman Lorenzo Russell David L. Taylor Lloyd Totty Justin Yarboro

COVER STORY

LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. we have a new Chairman starting January 1, 2024; Gregory Lockhart is now Chairman-Elect and is a driving force in the Cleveland Chapter with his participation and interventive ideas. Knowing he has many great qualities of a good leader because he is a great communicator and an excellent listener. He always allows time for others to speak. Greg is from East Cleveland and clearly understands the organization’s vision and shares it with the people involved in the part of planning he is communicating to. Kicking off the year, Real Men Magazine wanted to spend some time with Greg and wanted some individuals who may not know him to get to know who he is.

RM: Tell us about your career

Well, which one? I look at it from the perspective of the career I am currently experiencing and the one I retired from. During the pandemic, I retired from my first career in September 2020. I worked on the streets of Northeast Ohio and beyond, covering the news as a photojournalist for hometown television stations WEWS TV5, WKYC TV 3, and WJW TV 8 for 38 years. For the most part, it was a rewarding experience where many days, the story or stories I covered, transplanted me into someone else’s World, where I got a bird’s eye view of their situation and was engulfed by their joy, pain, or often, tragic loss. It was challenging initially, but it motivated me to get more community involvement.

There were many assignments I won’t soon forget, including traveling to Kosovo on a Red Cross humanitarian mission, to Haiti for the Cleveland Playboy bunny who started an orphanage, to Centennial Park for the bombing in Atlanta during the 1996 Summer Olympics and covering several Presidents and Presidential candidates on their visits to Northeast Ohio. There were many more too

numerous to name, but because I’m such a huge sports fan, I’ll end with a few from that genre. I had the pleasure of covering Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, the disappointment of the Indian’s loss when they had it won, the Florida Marlins at their park in the 1997 World Series, covering the World Series loss to the Cubs in 2016, the Cavs getting swept in 2007 in the NBA Championship by the Spurs in San Antonio. I will always cherish experiencing the city’s euphoria while covering the Cavs NBA Championship win and parade in 2016.

But the stories that made the most significant impact on me were many where ordinary people showed extraordinary resolve, resilience, and determination to overcome incredible life obstacles. My current career is - doing what I want when I want to. The freedom to choose what I will do on any given day, instead of being told what to do, is liberating. It allows you to grow, explore, prioritize, and much more. You can focus your time, talent, and resources on what matters most. I strive every day to do just that.

RM: What High School did you attend, and did you play sports?

I played baseball, basketball, and football. The East Cleveland Chiefs, a football organization, still creating incredible opportunities for young boys today, was where I got my start in football. Many of those kids I played with as a peewee are still my friends today. The coaches were dedicated men who helped guide and mold us into good football players and human beings. There is no doubt coaching is a compelling form of mentoring. There were many talented athletes from our neighborhood, and most of them played at Shaw High School, which was the neighborhood school, while some of us attended other schools, including St. Joes’’s, St. Ed’s, Chanel, and Cathedral Latin, where I attended and played football.

RM: How did you get involved with the 100 Black Men?

I witnessed the 100 Black Men of Greater

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Cleveland, Inc. from afar. One of the members of my church at the time, and a mentor for my wife, the late Norma Singleton, mentioned the 100 to me because her husband, Julius, was a founding member and thought the organization might be a good fit for me. At the time, I was researching starting a non-profit of my own, focusing on telling positive stories in the black community. Because I was still working, I decided to focus my energies on the 100 instead of creating something from scratch that would require something I needed to have - a great deal of time. The reason I joined the 100 and have been involved to various degrees for so long is the same today as it was back in 2003 when I joined. And that is to be a mentor and source of support while positively impacting the lives of young African Americans as they navigate the complex, unique challenges in their lives.

RM: Share your thoughts about the Four for the Future programs

The Four For the Future pillars are Mentoring, Education, Health and Wellness, and Economic Development, derived from the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., areas of focus. We are one of

over one hundred chapters within the United States and abroad that devise programming, events, workshops, and more to keep our communities informed and engaged in making the future brighter for the current and next generations. All four components are essential to the survival and success of the community and the families, businesses, and individuals that comprise it. While each of them speaks to a concern, access to healthy foods and health disparities within Health and Wellness, jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities, and financial literacy within Economic Development, Mentoring and Education are the two areas where we have a laser focus with the goal of intellectual development, which will help our mentees make better decisions in all aspects of their lives. As we examine our programming, we want to impact more young people as we bring on new mentors, expand the different ways we reach our mentees, including meeting them where they are, and strengthen our partnerships and collaborations, as we explore and establish new ones.

RM: Tell us some memorable moments you saw in the 100.

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Greg Lockhart’s last day of work at Fox 8 Cleveland before retiring.

When you volunteer your time in an organization to try and make a difference, the most memorable moments are when you see a distinction being made. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of seeing many young people grow and mature. There is an incredible feeling when you know your support to a young person benefits them. When a kid experiences success, no matter what form it takes, it is essential for the mentor to applaud the mentee for that accomplishment and to take a moment and acknowledge it. One of the most unforgettable experiences I have witnessed is the sight of so many young African American boys at our National Convention. It is incredible to see hundreds of mentees with their mentors, family, and support systems gathered together in one location, dressed in clothing, displaying their local chapter logos, and representing their city and community. And see them compete, interact with one another, and attend sessions designed especially for their benefit and enjoyment, motivates them to work harder to reach their goals. I must add, with last year being the 25th anniversary of our chapter beginning, celebrating our history with members who have contributed and given of themselves over the years, along with reliving precious

moments through photographs, memorabilia, conversations, and gatherings, has been incredibly rewarding.

RM: For some youth, mentoring is the motivating factor that helps them see new life possibilities. It exposes them to successful men and women they may never encounter in their formative years. Please share how we can better our efforts in this area of mentoring.

Mentoring is a two-way relationship built on trust, where consistency, commitment, and accountability are paramount. We talk a lot about our motto, “What They See Is What They’ll Be,” because we know it’s essential to show what’s possible well before we talk about it. We take a considerable responsibility very seriously to be an example to our youth and let them see through us that anything is possible. So, how do you make any relationship better? You have to put in the time, be a good listener, be willing to compromise, and, most importantly, put in the work that’s needed to make it successful. I know many members of the 100, including myself, get just as much, if not more, from the mentee/mentor relationship as the young person does.

RM: Tell us a little about how you enjoy your free time and hobbies.

The older I get, the more precious my time becomes. Although I am retired, on any given day, there still is a decision to make about what I have to do, need to do, and want to do. However, unless it is a family emergency, scheduled appointment, or self-imposed deadline, I don’t “have” to do anything. So, my time is divided among the things that interest me, challenge me, and create a sense of fulfillment. I am a lifelong learner, so I always seek to learn new things and increase my understanding of things I know. I love being outside when the weather is good, so I enjoy attempting to play golf. I still like storytelling via video production, so I continue producing various projects I choose to work on. I have

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Greg is enjoying a football game with his brother Lorenzo Lockhart

always been fond of live music, theatre, and the arts in general, and I look forward to traveling adventures with my wife, Theresa, and I, will embark on in the future.

RM: Share your enjoyment sharing at Wade Park tutoring our youth.

I enjoy working with our mentees in all the ways we do. The tutoring/reading program at Wade Park Elementary is rewarding because you can see the progress students are making literally from week to week. We have mentors working with the same students for the school year so that you can connect with the students in their school environment. The students look forward to it because it takes them out of their routine for an hour once a week and gives them something different to look forward to. We usually end the session with some hands-on science experiment that 100 member Dr. Ernest Smoot conducts.

RM: Who has inspired you in life?

I’m inspired by life itself. Every day is a new

opportunity to be inspired and to be an inspiration to others. Also, if we look through a more open and inviting lens, we may see things we never saw and realize that inspiration can and does come from unexpected people and places. I look forward to the change of seasons, especially leaving winter as we enter spring. It is refreshing to see the rebirth that spring provides, with grass growing, flowers blooming, and temperatures rising. Spring is a reminder that you can always begin again and that what was once dormant can come alive, whether it’s an idea, relationship, opportunity, or anything else. That is inspiring.

RM: Share some things about your life and family.

Recently, I shared a birthday dinner with my brother, and among other questions, he asked me this, have you had any regrets in your life? I thought for a minute or so and replied, no, not really, except for maybe not exploring some other interests in broadcasting at the beginning of my career. Instead, I thought about how I

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Greg, also a Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists (GCLEABJ) member, at a street renaming in honor of legendary Leon Bibb of WKYC TV 3.

met my future wife, Theresa, at Kent State University, got married years later, and have been married for 34 years. What a blessing she has been to me. I thought about my dad, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 83, and my mom, Miss Bobbie, who is still with us, and how they taught my brother Lorenzo and me that family (both immediate and extended) is the most important thing one can have and that you should cherish each other and the time you spend together. They preached that it takes a village to raise a community and that it is our responsibility to participate and do our part. So, I have always wanted to live a life that made the people I love and the people who love me proud of me. I want to pay tribute to my ancestors who sacrificed for me and others so that we could have more opportunities and pathways to be successful. And that is why I’m trying my best to build on their legacy through my life and the mission of the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc.

The future for the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. seems brighter with Greg Lockhart, who appears ready to step into the Chairman role and implement some of his ideas with the organization.

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Greg, enjoying time with the woman who helped give him life, his mother Greg with his lovely wife Theresa, his soul mate since Kent State University. Greg is enjoying some vacation time in the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas, Nevada

2022 SCHOLARSHIP & AWARDS GALA HIGHLIGHTS

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Cleveland Reads Citywide Reading Challenge Kick-Off

A city that reads together grows together. On Saturday, December 17, 2022, the Cleveland Reads Citywide Reading Challenge kick-off happen downtown. Cleveland Reads is a year-long initiative to encourage reading in the city of Cleveland. The goal is for the city to collectively read one million books and/or one million minutes in 2023. The challenge is for children and adults. Readers are eligible to win fabulous prizes. Visit clevelandreads. com or cpl.org for information about the Cleveland Reads Citywide Reading Challenge. Cleveland Reads Kickoff Celebration was from 12 to 3 p.m. at Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Avenue East, in downtown Cleveland. Everyone is invited for FREE books, reading resources, entertainment, fun family activities, and more.

The Mayor’s Office, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Teachers Union, Cleveland

Metropolitan School District, and nearly 30 community organizations are working together to encourage reading and boost literacy levels in the city. One of those 30 community organizations was the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. During the three-hourlong event, the brothers of the 100 passed out books by local author Margaret Bernstein. The need is great for Black Men to spend time reading to their children, and her books fail precisely what the 100 Black Men were

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looking for. One book was titled The Fathers Walk and the other, All in a Dads Day, went fast. The table of the 100 Black Men drew so much curiosity about the great work we have done. Mayor Justin Bibb came by the 100 vendor table and spent a little time supporting the 100’s cause pushing fathers to read to their kids and spend time with them.

“Cleveland Public Library is excited to work with the Mayor’s Office on the Cleveland Reads challenge,” remarks Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “Literacy is the cornerstone of every library and the foundation of everything we do. Every book is an opportunity to explore new ideas and open doors for discovery.”

Looking around the room, you saw appearances by City Council President Blaine A. Griffin and AFT President Randi Weingarten. “Reading is a passion of mine, and it’s helped guide me through various stages of life. Books have influenced me emotionally, spiritually, and professionally and I hope Cleveland Reads

brings that same love to all Clevelanders,” said Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb. “Boosting literacy is one way to improve outcomes in our community – from academic success to workforce development.”

According to a 2009 Case Western Reserve University study, 69% of adults read at or below the 7th-grade level. A 2018 Seeds of Literacy study found 66% of Cleveland adults are functionally illiterate. Families could pick up FREE books and other cool swag bags at the Cleveland Reads Kickoff Celebration. Forty thousand books were distributed generously provided by the Cleveland Teachers Union and the American Federation of Teachers. There was also a chance to win a Nintendo Switch with a one-year game subscription, Beats wireless earbuds, Southwest Airlines gift cards, and other prizes. In the center of the auditorium was a skating rink that many enjoyed. Everyone had a chance to enjoy performances by the John Marshall School Band, Cleveland Federation of Musicians Local 4, local cheer teams, and DJ Phatty Banks.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. believes education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. We aim to work with parents, families, community partners, and schools to teach African American youth the tools to make the

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100 Black Men James W. Wade III and Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb. 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. members Mark Akins, James W. Wade III and Greg Alexander

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world better. Beginning with early education, how the teacher nurtures your child’s talents will determine the path they will walk in life. Teachers are incubators that bring out the best in the child by stimulating their minds and inspiring them to do great things. Community and higher education partnerships open doors for our youth to have a better chance to enhance their talents and opportunities.

Participating in the city-wide Cleveland Reads Campaign is another way to provide these youth with a fun, individualized teaching approach that prepares them for school and life while building their creativity. We’re not just tutors; we are inspirers and mentors. We are helping children become the best version of themselves, creating a better future. This reading initiative to increase children’s success in school through read-aloud experiences with caring volunteers while at the same time encouraging male involvement in our schools. Through this initiative, we want as many male reading volunteers to commit one hour, to read a book to a class of students. Look for our chapter to be in the community throughout 2023 with this campaign.

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Pictured Above: (Vice Chair Gregory Lockhart, Chairman Lee Fields, Robert Bankston and James W. Wade III) “Standing here as stand-up men shows our kids that we love them.” That’s what I wrote in “The Fathers Walk” & it truly describes the 100 Black Men Greater Cleveland, Inc. I’m applauding these men for taking a leadership role in the new #ClevelandReads campaign. Thank you, gentlemen, for being at yesterday’s kickoff to encourage men to read with their kids. And I appreciate you so much for sponsoring a giveaway of my @dadstorybooks.-Magaret

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100 Black Men James W. Wade III, WKYC TV 3 Margaret Bernstein, Mayor Justin Bibb. and Cleveland Public Library Director Felton Thomas.
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Cleveland Reads Marketing Team, Margaret Bernstein,James W. Wade III, Rhonda Crowder and Chair Tana Peckham.
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Improving Our Health Literacy Saves Lives

African Americans (adults and children) suffer disproportionately from various chronic disease states and health disparities due to several contributing causes. Some examples of health disparities experienced by black populations include much higher rates and poorer outcomes of disease states such as hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, sleep apnea, colon, prostate, lung, breast, and cervical cancers, to name a few, all of which contribute to the shorter life-expectancies observed in blacks compared to whites. “Life expectancy (2020) for Black people was only 71.8 years compared to 77.6 years for White people and 78.8 years for Hispanic people. Life expectancy was even lower for Black males at only 68 years” (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2022).

Hereditary causes account for some of the observed health disparities, as do some behavioral practices, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and diets high in salt, sugars, and fats. However, up to 80% of health disparities are related to the “social determinants of health” (Health Affairs Forefront, 2021). For example, life-expectancy data in Cuyahoga County demonstrates that a person’s zip code determines their life expectancy more so than their genetic code, in that a person living in inner-city Cleveland has a more than 23 year shorter life expectancy than a person living merely five miles away in an affluent suburb such as Shaker Heights (Plain Dealer Newspaper, 2018).

Some examples of social determinants of health (SDOH), more commonly experienced

by minority populations, including poverty, and unemployment, which contribute to lack of access to quality health care, living in polluted environments and lead toxicity environments, lack of transportation, living in food deserts, racism and chronic stress states as a result of systemic and personally directed racism (overt and microaggressions), historical distrust of the health care system, which prohibits many minorities from seeking medical care or undergoing routine preventive health checks, and lack of education, which includes deficiencies in health literacy and more (Healthy People 2030).

But we should not accept the existence of these health disparities which disproportionately afflict us as black people. While overcoming these health inequities may seem insurmountable and impossible to overcome, in reality, there are many steps we can take as individuals and as communities right now to improve our health outcomes. But, in this article, I will discuss one crucial action we can take to improve our health outcomes. Specifically, the step each of us can take is for each of us to improve upon our own and our family’s health literacy.

Yes, health providers must communicate better and provide patients and the community with health information they can read and interpret that is not filled with medical jargon. But at the same time, we need to read more about health topics and ask more questions of our health providers so we will better understand how we can become active, rather than passive, participants in improving our health. Reading articles, books and websites will better prepare us to ask better questions of our health providers, which in turn will result

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in us having an even better understanding as to what our diagnosis is and why we need to follow specific physician and health provider recommendations and help us better prevent the onset of certain disease states, all as a way of improving our health outcomes.

1. “Nearly nine out of 10 adults struggle to understand and use personal and public health information when it’s filled with unfamiliar or complex terms.

2. Limited health literacy costs the healthcare system money and results in higher than necessary morbidity and mortality. Improving health literacy could prevent nearly 1 million hospital visits and save over $25 billion annually.” (Centers for Disease Control, 2021).

One stark example as to why we need to become more health literate is in the example of how African American (Black) males should start undergoing screenings for prostate cancer at the age of 40 years old, as opposed to age 55 for most white males. This is because Black men have twice the incidence and nearly twice the death rates from prostate cancer than whites.

Health literacy is essential for all of us to possess because we all, at some point during

our lives, need to keep the ability to obtain, interpret (understand), and utilize health information and access health services for ourselves and our families. It is clear that, in this internet age, accessing medical information to improve health literacy is much more accessible than ever before. There are many reliable sources one can access to improve their health literacy. Some reliable websites replete with valuable health information include the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), American Cancer Society, National Kidney Foundation, American Heart & Stroke Association, and American Diabetes Association, among many other legitimate and reputable websites.

References

HEALTH AFFAIRS FOREFRONT. Finding

Effective Ways To Address Social Determinants Of Health

https://www.healthaffairs.org/ do/10.1377/forefront.20210420.146637

Kaiser Family Foundation. Key Facts on Health and Health Care by Race and Ethnicity

https://www.kff.org/report-section/key-facts-onhealth-and-health-care-by-race-and-ethnicityhealth-status-outcomes-and-behaviors/).

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I felt immense pride in joining the 100 Black Men. It was exhilarating, inspiring, empowering, and comparable to my pride as a Black Man attending the Million Man March.

For me. It felt like an accomplishment of a set goal. To be a part of an organization of leaders and mentors. To give back to the minority community, what I have learned and experienced is priceless. -

Being pinned and walking through the aisle was a feeling only one could describe; it felt like when Malcolm X brought his Muslim brothers in front of the Harlem police department. Strength, honor, and respect. It made me feel the responsibility to upkeep the 100 Black Inc. name and to continue to be a leader and lock arms with like-minded black men to get the job done in our community. -

The 2022 Gala was very electrifying, I feel so energized. Proud to be counted as a new member among such an esteemed group of profession black men. Ready to roll up my sleeves. - James

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Inductee’s
New 2022 Class
Comments

Joining the 100 Black Men was a fantastic experience. Being in a room with many successful Black men of all backgrounds ready to serve one goal was like no other. It was especially memorable to hear from a Founder and the current National Chairman. Their words added further clarity and gravity to the prestige and responsibility of the organization. I’m even more excited about doing the work and continuing the legacy.

Becoming a member of the 100 on Saturday was a life-altering experience. I know that sounds huge; however, something was still missing with all that I have accomplished in life. That night, although all that positive energy surrounded me from positive black men speaking power into each other, it started Wednesday when I joined some other members at Wade Park Elementary. Sitting down with a 3rd grader to read, listen, and mentor was exhilarating. That’s what has been missing in my life since 2018, a chance to speak greatness into young people. Words are powerful, and as much as I helped him, that third-grader helped me achieve my purpose. As a former educator and military instructor, hearing the words, “I never knew that” or “I never thought about it like that” are the word of affirmation to me. I listened to those words last Wednesday. So, little did I know just by reaching out to the 100; in one night, I would gain two essential things that I lost over the years without even knowing I lost them and didn’t know how to get them back. Saturday night, I regained a purpose and a brotherhood. I can’t believe I’m quoting the hiphop artist Fabolous; however, this is the best way to describe this feeling. He has a song called YOU MAKE ME BETTER; in that song, he says, “I’m a movement by myself, but I a force when we’re together.” That’s exactly how I feel about being a member. The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland makes me a better, more accountable black man. -

It was an incredible opportunity to be inducted into the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland. It is an honor to join the ranks of other brothers whose mission is to positively impact the lives of other Black men. I’m looking forward to bringing my own skills to the table to help push the 100 forward.-

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Moments

Becoming a 100 Black Man was a very humbling experience for me. I was filled with a great sense of pride and a sense of accomplishment. I have wanted to be a part of this organization for quite a while and to now become a member means that I am now part of an organization of like-minded Black Men who want to have a positive influence and make a difference in our community.

Sincerely

Becoming an official member of 100 Black Men felt unreal. It felt like getting drafted into the NBA by your favorite team. Of course, there is work to do, but you play for the team you want to work for and with. I always say it’s not enough to love what you do. You have to love who you do it with and who you do it for. I am proud to be a member of the 100 and ready to serve alongside my strong, successful, intelligent brothers. . - Mark

I am deeply honored to be an official member of 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Inc. I look forward to serving with these distinguished gentlemen while helping shape our youth’s lives. I am committed to public service and giving back. I plan to maximize my commitment through 100 BMOGC.

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It was a surreal experience. Being a transplant in Cleveland doesn’t make connecting with people outside work the easiest. Joining the 100 has allowed me to become a part of a family and establish a network of distinguished men. Working for an organization that felt it necessary to have a table at the gala was a blessing to be honored in front of my peers.- Mark Granville

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SPECIAL FEATURE

Ah, we meat again!

AARON

As the days seemingly get shorter and shorter, a meal that you can set and forget is a sure-fire way to make the most of your time with your loved ones This month’s culinary feature includes a to-die-for slow cooked beef that is paired with a creamy, parmesan polenta rather than traditional mashed potatoes or rice This savory meal will knock your socks off! Check out the recipe along with few ways to make this dish your own

Directions:

1 In a bowl, place your meat and rub in the olive oil and Worcestershire Sauce into the meat Season your meat with your Italian seasoning along with salt and pepper to taste OPTIONAL: Once seasoned, cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight Take out of fridge at least 20 minutes prior to cooking and bring to room temperature

Eating healthy does not necessarily have to sacrifice taste By changing a few common items in the recipe, you can transform any mystery meat concoction into a marvelous masterpiece In this monthly section, we will feature recipes that are not only filling but also are sure to satisfy even those finicky eaters

Prep Time 25 minutes

Overnight Prep Time 12 hours optional

Cook Time 6-8 hours

Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

 2-3 pounds of beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut in 8-10 square pieces

 1-tablespoon of Italian seasoning

 1-package of Cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced*

 5 cloves of minced garlic

 1-can of Italian-style diced tomatoes

 1-jar of pepperoncini or sliced banana peppers (be sure to save the brine)

 2-cups of low-sodium beef broth, divided

 1-tube of quick-cooking polenta, sliced and quartered

 ½ a cup of grated parmesan cheese

 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter

 2-tablespoons of olive oil (optional)

 ½ tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce (optional)

 Sprig of rosemary for garnishing (optional)

 Salt and pepper to taste

2. In your slow cooker, place your mushrooms and garlic throughout the bottom Place seasoned beef on top Add in tomatoes, pepperocini or banana peppers, brine, and 1 cup of the beef broth on top

3 Place slow-cooker on low and cook beef for 6-8 hours Be sure to skim off any of the grease/fat that may be on the surface After alloted time, use to forks to shred the beef

4. As you are finishing up the beef, place the sliced and quartered polenta into a sauce pot over medium heat Place remaining cup of beef broth over the polenta Using a whisk, stir polenta frequently until it is combined Once combined, incorporate butter and parmesan cheese into mixture Add salt and pepper to taste

5. Once polenta has finished, spoon into a bowl and top with beef mixture being sure to get some of the mushrooms, tomatoes, and pepperocini/banana pepper mixture to top your beef Serve with sliced, crusty bread, broccoli, or a side salad Bon Appétit! -100BM

*Mushrooms are usually pretty dirty when they are in their packaging Before slicing, take a damp paper towel and gently rub the caps of your mushrooms This will not only remove excess dirt but help the mushrooms to absorb more of the flavors from your dish

**If you do not have a slow cooker, you can still make this dish by placing it in a Dutch oven and cooking it in the oven at 300° first covered for 2 ½ hours and then uncovered for 30 minutes Add a bay leaf and a cup of dry red wine to kick it up a notch!

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This Tuscan-inspired dish will certainly keep you warm and filled-- on those cold winter nights. EATMAN 100 BLACK MEN

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc.

Making A Difference In Children’s Lives With Toys

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Chapter held their annual Toy Drive on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at the Epic on Harvard Ave from 6:00 p.m. to (:00 p.m. The evening was full of fun, food, and great music. Dedicated member Michael Copeland has been responsible for the 100’s toy drive for a while now. The spirit of holiday cheer encourages us towards generosity, and toy drives are a great way to help kids receive gifts they may not be able to get much at home. Toy drives specifically allow kids to think about the children the skills are for, imagining what toys they might enjoy and helping to build empathy. But even more importantly, they show the

child receiving the gift that they are loved and remembered.

“This year, we had an outstanding committee; a difference was the location, too,” said Copeland, Toy Drive Chair. The committee consisted of 100 Black Men, Michael Copeland and James W. Wade III, Gilmore Girls Representative Tiarrah Kent, and volunteer Adrianne Sims.

A short program took place with Copeland inviting vice chairman Gregory Lockhart to thank everyone for coming, and then all the sponsors came up and said a few words. Copeland was delighted that his executive

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director Mandi Wells and his chief operating officer Ian Lewis came to the Toy Drive. The sponsors included:

Cleveland Rugby League: Monte Gaddis and Grady Payne represented.

The incubator Cleveland: Desmond Stanley represented Federal Reserve Bank: Dwight Ingram represented Alpha Phi Alpha: Clarence Tre Armstrong

Every year the brothers of the Cleveland Chapter of the 100 come together to show the community we are making a difference in children’s lives. “I was glad to see so many members participate and bring unwrapped toys for kids ages 5 to 17; the 100 showed up big time, bringing so many gifts while networking and bonding with each other,” said James W. Wade III, Director of Communications and Public Relations. This was an excellent setting for the new inductees to get to know the regular members. This year the 100 decided to give toys to The Gilmore Girls Greetings Foundation and Wade Park School.

The Gilmore Girls Greetings Foundation is rooted in helping to inspire and empower girls and women! The base of our work encompasses building healthy and strong

relationships that promote growth and stability, and inclusive of this work is the relationship between mothers and daughters. Our foundation works diligently to bring awareness and education surrounding our three major pillars, including sexual abuse prevention, domestic violence awareness, and incarcerated parents. The Founder, Luciana Gilmore, has worn the face of all three posts, so her passion for helping is displayed through her constant efforts for change.

Wade Park School is a state-of-the-art facility known for its excellent teachers and innovative learning practices that keep students engaged in daily joyful, adventurous learning. Their student population continues to grow due to our outstanding reputation for providing a rigorous and innovative academic program focused on each student’s unique interests-an approach that has proven to inspire and empower students to consider interest-related careers and to make significant contributions to the global community.

Wade Park classes are student-focused, hands-on, and tailored to meet the needs of all students. Scholars are encouraged to excel within a warm, nurturing, and family-oriented environment that celebrates learning develops confidence and supports every child as they explore their gifts and talents. The 100 Black Men is there every Wednesday morning tutoring.

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