“Power of The Ballot”
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
7:00pm
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
This event is free and open to the public
In celebration of Women’s History Month and in collaboration with the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, join us as we discuss the role of women in shaping modern government and the barriers to women seeking public office.

February 29th, 2016

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The first gathering of RETHINKING RACISM, held on January 14th brought over 200 of us together and we hope to see that many or more at this event on March 3rd, 2016.
Nationwide, communities are galvanizing and demanding institutions to address racism locally. In this spirit, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center are partnering again to challenge organizations and individuals to make a commitment to addressing and ending racism, with an initiative entitled, “Rethinking Racism”.
This second gathering will be held at New Thought Unity Center. Attendees will have the opportunity again to address their perceptions of modern day racism and participate in action based strategizing.
Seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP online at Eventbrite. Order tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rethinking-racism-tickets-21389 or over the phone at 513.579.8547.

February 25th, 2016

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The first gathering of RETHINKING RACISM, held on January 14th brought over 200 of us together and we hope to see that many or more at this event on March 3rd, 2016.
Nationwide, communities are galvanizing and demanding institutions to address racism locally. In this spirit, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center are partnering again to challenge organizations and individuals to make a commitment to addressing and ending racism, with an initiative entitled, “Rethinking Racism”.
This second gathering will be held at New Thought Unity Center. Attendees will have the opportunity again to address their perceptions of modern day racism and participate in action based strategizing.
Seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP online at Eventbrite. Order tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rethinking-racism-tickets-21389 or over the phone at 513.579.8547.

February 25th, 2016

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“Our community of friends has to be just as vigilant to also recognize it. So do me a favor. See color. Seek to understand the racial and cultural differences that force black and biracial boys to navigate through our society differently. Honor that understanding, and don’t dismiss it. While it’s a burden that I as a black mother have to bear, we are all our brothers’ keepers.”

February 25th, 2016

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Lunch & Learn with King Records held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Cincinnati City Hall with Artists: Bootsy Collins, James “Jimmy” Railey, sisters Geneva Kinard Woode and Denise Kinard Crawley, The Sisters of Righteous, Otis Williams and Phillip Paul.
Special Thank You to all the King Records artists, family, friends and community leaders/members for supporting this year’s Lunch & Learn Series II.
Lunch & Learn with King Records: https://vimeo.com/156586057

February 25th, 2016

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Dr. John Bryant joined community
members, family and friends at CHRC’s “Lunch and Learn Series II” celebrating
Black Cincinnati trailblazers held on Thursday, February 18th at
Cincinnati City Hall. Dr. Bryant discussed his professional triumphs, troubles,
and future hopes for addressing racial inequality.
Special Thank you to Dr. Bryant and everyone
who supported and attended this Black History Lunch and Learn Series!

February 25th, 2016

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CHRC and Councilmember Yvette Simpson closed out
celebrating Black History Month with “Local Legends Lunch & Learn Series II
honoring King Records”, Wednesday, February 24th, along with six of its
recording artists. 
Each of the artists gave a brief explanation of
how they came to be at King Records and City Council honored each artist with a
Resolution: 
  • Funk genre pioneer Bootsy Collins, who recorded with
    the late James Brown in his backup band known as the
    “Original J.B.’s
  • James “Jimmy” Railey, one of the original Famous Flame
  • James Brown’s original backup singers; sisters Geneva
    Kinard Woode and Denise Kinard Crawley, The Sisters
    of Righteous
    , who sang backup for James Brown and Vicky Anderson    
  • Otis Williams, a producer and Otis Williams & The
    Charms and   
  • Phillip Paul, a jazz and studio drummer.  

February 25th, 2016

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Violence Prevention Community Conversation at West College Hill Community Center, 5545 Belmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, Monday, February 22nd.

February 23rd, 2016

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http://local12.com/news/local/youth-speaking-out-teens-express-concerns-at-town-hall-meeting

February 23rd, 2016

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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 19, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: CHRC Executive Director Ericka King-Betts, PhD at chrc@cincinnati-oh.gov or by phone at 513.352.3237

Black History Month

“Local Legends Lunch & Learn with King Records artists:

Bootsy Collins, Otis Williams, Phillip Paul, James “Jimmy” Railey,

Sisters Geneva Kinard Woode & Denise Kinard Crawley”

Wednesday, February 24th

Cincinnati, Ohio – Councilmember Yvette Simpson and the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) will utilize the month of February, also known as Black History Month, to educate the public and celebrate local Black leaders. On Wednesday 2/24/16 at Cincinnati City Hall (801 Plum Street, Suite 115) from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, we will host a Local Legends Lunch & Learn with artists from King Records. The community is invited to attend this FREE event. Please bring your lunch and join us as we go back in time, hear a few snippets from these artists and converse with local Black living legends. Immediately following the discussion, King Records will be presented with a Resolution from the City in City Council Chambers.

 
History of King Records
King Records was an American record label, started in 1943 by Syd Nathan and originally headquartered in the Evanston neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. It now operates as a reissue label for its past material.
 
At first it specialized in country music and then expanded to rock, blues, R&B and pop.  The company also had a “race records” (African American) label, Queen Records (which was melded into the King label within a year or two) and most notably (starting in 1950) Federal Records which launched the singing career of James Brown. In the 1950s, this side of the business outpaced the country recordings. King Records was highly successful after the hiring of Ralph Bass and recorded R&B artists like Otis Williams and the Charms, Bootsy Collins, Phillip Paul, James “Jimmy” Railey, Sisters Geneva Kinard Woode & Denise Kinard Crawley. King also bought out several other record labels, including De Luxe Records (in 1952), and Bethlehem Records. In 1951, Federal records made the first significant crossover break of an R&B record into the white pop music charts with The Dominoes “Sixty Minute Man” (Federal 12022). It made #17 on the Billboard pop chart (#1 R&B) even though it was banned on many white radio stations due to its “dirty lyrics.” It was a historic moment as it helped pave the way for future R&B artists and record labels to get their music heard on white radio which was not an easy task in those days. The significance of this event cannot be underrated as it was a turning point in the history of music evolution as well as transgressing racial barriers of the time.
 
King Records was unique among the independent labels because the entire production process was done in house. That included recording, mastering, printing, pressing and shipping. This gave Syd Nathan complete control so a record could be recorded one day, and shipped to radio stations the next day in quantities as few as 50.  The former King Records headquarters at 1540 Brewster Avenue in Cincinnati is still standing. It had an historical marker placed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
(Source: Wikipedia)
About the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
CHRC was established in November of 1943 as The Mayor’s Friendly Relations Committee. As time passed the name was changed to the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and the mission grew to target a much larger issue, discrimination. Thus, the agency’s mission is “to help our community to overcome prejudice and discrimination, build mutual respect and understanding, and to become more harmonious and cohesive.”
 
For additional information on how you can support CHRC and its programs, please contact Executive Director, Ericka King-Betts, PhD at 513-352-3237. 

February 22nd, 2016

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