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CHARDON, Ohio (WJW)– On June 19th, the lawn at the Mayfield Drive-In in Chardon is expected to be packed with cars for Juneteenth, a state-recognized holiday.

“It’s a day that just celebrates you know our freedom and liberation you know as the African American Community,” said LaRese Purnell, founder of The Real Black Friday.
A live band and DJ will greet people at the already sold-out, free event.
Along with music, Friday’s features include food and ice cream trucks, fireworks and the screening of two movies.

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Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, honors June 19, 1865, when word finally reached Galveston, Texas, the Civil War had ended and all enslaved African Americans were free.

While Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation Jan. 1, 1863, Texas continued to practice slavery until union troops could enforce the order — two months after the Civil War ended and two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

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CLEVELAND — Saturdays used to for dining out, going to the salon, or maybe even hitting the gym.

But that is not the case right now.

Coronavirus prevention measures have forced many businesses to shut down.

Despite the uncharted territory, some are now navigating the waters creatively.

Rashaunda Palmer cannot work as a stylist in Lyndhurst, but is still connecting and learning from others online.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Radio personality and restaurant owner Sam Sylk wants to see more black-owned businesses supported, for the value they bring the community and the potential to pay it forward.

”It’s about the community. It’s about supporting one another. We have some wonderful black businesses,” Sylk said.

Restaurants obviously took a hit during the shut down and recovery, but minority-owned businesses are hoping to recover through a surge in support on the heels of the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Teranisha Taylor, 26, and her 3- and 10-year-old kids, will spend Christmas in a place that had become a bit unfamiliar to them. A home to call their own.

Taylor is the recipient of the “Home for the Holidays: The Victoria Edition” initiative. The program was created through The Real Black Friday organization and its founder, LaRese Purnell.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – The coronavirus has companies making tough decisions about their workforce. And, workers are trying to figure out how to survive without regular paychecks.

LaRese Purnell, a managing partner at CLE Consulting Firm, said it’s time for business owners and individuals to look at their budgets and “reset” for the future.

“The new table talk should be money. It should be about finances,” Purnell said.

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