Larry Gray is a graduate of Collinwood High School in 1978. He has studied law enforcement, communication and journalism. He joined the Cleveland Fire Department as a firefighter. Later he was promoted to the position of Director of Public Education/Public Relations. Subsequently, he was promoted to Director of Public Information for the Division.
He strongly believes that his calling is to give back to the community with his involvement in children’s causes and programs, along with senior activities.
M.A. Shaheed began writing in the seventh grade. He first published in the White Motors Newspaper under the name of Clyde Shy. The column was called “The Poets Corner.” In 1963 to 1964 he lived in Stockholm Sweden and wrote stories for a leading photographer’s pictures, which were sold to magazines.
He subsequently became a professional musician, but continued to write. In 1966 to 1968 he joined a poetry workshop headed by Russell Atkins and Norman Jordan. At the end of 1968, he began to work on his spiritual development.
Since that time he has published four books and has been in five anthologies with three more books on the horizon.
K Kelly McElroy is the CEO of Uptown Media Joint Ventures, and is following his passion of helping authors get their viable stories published and marketed to their readers. This passion includes expanding the audiences for recording artists and freelance journalists, as well.
He is the author of several books including Best of The Best Modern Jazz Recording and Start Your Own Indie Publishing Company. His passion is fostering pride in writing and literary expression in our youth. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Management and holds a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Rachel Clark is a published author, co-founder and Marketing Assistant for Uptown Media Joint Ventures and Freedom Underground Publishing Companies with a background in Social Work, Nursing and care taking for disabled individuals. She is also the spouse of a Bipolar sufferer.
She has a very multicultural upbringing and she uses this enriching life experience to help others from all walks of life through the use of advocacy, resource referrals and personal support.
Jason Abdul Salaam is a published author, who currently works as a licensed HVAC technician and is a maintenance supervisor. He has obtained all certifications and licenses required to operate in the apartment and home rehabilitation industries.
Mr. Abdul Salaam has been heavily involved in his childhood community as his father is the founder of an organization that deters youth from gang and drug activities in the city of Cleveland. This program is very successful and has been active for over 20 years and is still active to date. Mr. Salaam has aided many youths with training and employment in the HVAC trade.