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TELLING OUR STORY Region Becomes Part of National Wave to “Tell Our Story” With The Grand Opening of Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center Page 3


The Robeson Theatre Closes 50th Season With Blackberry Daze Page 8


Services Set For Frank B. Mesiah, Fighter for Civil and Human Rights Page 3



Mayor Lovely Warren Named to Essence “Woke 100 Women” List! Page 2

The 43rd Annual Juneteenth Cultural Festival is Coming! 716-891-8801 Page 15



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RocCity48 Founder, Corey Johnson to Keynote Conference for 200 High School Male Students


Mayor Lovely Warren Named to Essence Magazine “Woke 100 Women” List!


ayor Lovely Warren isn’t just changing Rochester but she is setting the bar of excellence high for our entire community,” notes WDKX .com in praise of Rochester’s First Lady.” A leader, a listener, a champion for change and progress, a visionary, and with her unwavering passion for this community to thrive and not just survive is what landed her in Essence Magazine as one of the Woke 100 Women! For the second year in a row, ESSENCE honors the women who are proven change agents, shape-shifters and power players across the nation and beyond. These women continuously fight the good fight by inspiring us and igniting movements—from the healthcare field to the Hill to Hollywood. The women on this list represent a vast spectrum of excellence: From #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke to Black Panther costume designer Ruth Carter; from corporate women shattering glass ceilings to the countless women dismantling white supremacy. These women consistently leave their mark on the on their respective communities and industries. On the meaning of the term woke Warren said, “It means take nothing for granted, that you are a part of the change you want to see. And staying woke means to wake up and realize that no one else is going to do this for you—you have to get out there and do the work. You have to want to climb that stairway. There’s no sitting on the sidelines for this.” "I am proud of the work we are doing create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities.,” she said told the Democrat and Chronicle.” To effect meaningful change, I know that it’s important to be ‘woke’ to the inequities and disparities that plague many of our residents," she said. "Being included in this list shows that the country is watching what is happening here in Rochester – that we are following in the footsteps of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass and continuing to stand up for what is right and what is just.” The list appears in the May 2018 issue of Essence, Congratulations Mayor Warren on an honor much deserved!

n Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., RocCity48, a new mentoring program for high school male students throughout Monroe County will kick-off its first mentorship event, “Young Men’s Symposium: No Excuses” at Edison Career and Technical High School, located at 655 Colfax Street in Rochester. In collaboration with Glory House International, a nondenominational church located in downtown Rochester, RocCity48 will welcome approximately 200 young men from surrounding school districts for the 1-day conference. Students will participate in engaging workshops about life skills, manhood, college and trade school, entrepreneurship, character development, employment and more. With the support of the community and sponsors, RocCity48 and Glory House International aims to Cory Johnson offer a $500 scholarship to 4 high school seniors admitted into college. Founder and educator Cory Johnson will be the keynote speaker. “The goal is to establish a network of mentors that will enlighten and guide young men throughout their high school career,” says Johnson. “We’re really pushing for the support of the community to help us address recurring issues impacting young men as they work towards high school graduation and transition to college, trade school or the workforce.” Local businesses are helping RocCity48 reach their goals by committing to sponsorship opportunities and registering male role models as mentors. Sponsors thus far include Hillside Work Scholarship, Wegmans, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Philanthropists’ Eric & Michelle Daniels and the City of Rochester. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Theta Alpha Zeta Chapter and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Rochester Alumnae Chapter have also committed to supporting the symposium. Councilman Matt Gruber and Councilman Willie Lightfoot are leveraging their network to help reach symposium goals. “We are still searching for sponsors to help us reach a $2,000 goal that will allow us to award 4 high school seniors with a $500 scholarship,” said Johnson. “Based off of the support that we have received thus far, we’re confident that the community will help us reach this goal.”


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Telling “Our Story”

AREA BRIEFS Deputy Commissioner Beaty to Leave Buffalo Police Department: Will Head Canisius College Public Safety Canisius College has announced that Deputy Buffalo Police Commissioner Kimberly L. Beaty will serve as director of the school’s Department of Public Safety. According to the college’s announcement, Deputy Commissioner Beaty plans to retire from the Buffalo Police Department in June. Officer Beaty was recently honored with the Woman of the Year Award from Medaille College. A graduate of Canisius College, she has served in law enforcement within the City of Buffalo for 31 years.

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STOP THE VIOLENCE… Spring has just “sprung” but already the violence in the streets has started to escalate. Between last Thursday and Sunday there were five shootings and three people were wounded. The shootings took place at East Amherst Street and Clarence Avenue; Fillmore and Victoria; Theodore Street; Donovan Drive near the Ferry-Grider Homes; and on East Ferry Street.


he grand opening of the much anticipated Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center on Friday, May 4 is a monumental local event. It also holds national significance, as it becomes part of numerous African American museums and centers dedicated to telling “our story" (history). “The beauty of the Center is that it highlights the freedom seeker as the central narrative of the Underground Railroad…..and Black abolitionists and this centers around the role that the Cataract House waiters played," Saladin Allah told The Challenger. “So we actually have the documentation and we chronicled their role in the Underground Railroad as double agents – in the daytime they provided professional service – but under the cover of darkness ran one of the most significant aspects of the Underground Railroad.” Allah, an Experience Center Specialist at the Center, gives guided tours. “I’m glad to be involved because I can actually share my family story,” he added. He is the great, great, great grandson of Josiah Henson, whose life story in part, was the basis for Harriett Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Most people see the term “Uncle Tom” as a negative, he continued, “but Josiah was anything but that!” he said. The positive thing about the project, added Allah, is that “It focuses on the freedom seekers.” The Heritage Center is an experiential museum that reveals authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls, that inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and to take action toward an equitable society. The Heritage Center is a project of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission, in cooperation with the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, a program of the National Park Service. It is located in the former 1863 U.S. Custom House attached to the new Niagara Falls Amtrak Station. Continued Page 11

Lenny Lane to be Honored Tabernacle Charities is honoring Lenny Lane for the Humanitarian of the year award on May 4, 2018 at 6pm at the Statler, during their annual Masquerade gala. Live entertainment, a silent auction and fashion show will be featured. Tickets are $50.

Region Becomes Part of National Wave to “Tell Our Story” With The Grand Opening of Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center


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Recently unnveiled rendering of prooposed new train station

Plans For New Downtown Train Station Unveiled

The New York State Department of Transportation unveiled the plan for the new train station a few weeks ago at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum. Some $20 million will go for rail track work, site work and a station that looks like new stations in Rochester and Schenectady.It is expected to be completed by the summer of 2020.The station would be nearly three times the size and in the same location as the current Exchange Street station, which is estimated to be around 70 years old. However there is already opposition to the proposed new station’s location. Opponents say it is a poor location and should be built across the tracks along Washington Street. Last year a committee convened by Mayor Brown chose to put a new station downtown instead of at the former Central Terminal on the East Side.

Services Set For Frank B. Mesiah, Fighter for Civil and Human Rights


rank B. Mesiah’s name was synonymous with the fight for civil and human rights. Last Friday Frank’s assignment here on earth ended. He died at the age of 89 years young. Services for Mr. Mesiah will include a wake at St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. On Friday, May 11 from 5-7:30 p.m. On the following day, Saturday, May 12, from 10-11am another wake will be held followed by funeral services from 11 to 1 p.m. also at St. John In lieu of flowers, please send donation to Buffalo Branch NAACP: 395 E. Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY 14208 Frank B. Mesiah , the former President of the Buffalo Branch NAACP, also served as First-Vice-President of the New York State Conference of NAACP Branches. He retired as Regional Administrator in the Division of Equal Opportunity Development of the New York State Department of Labor. Following retirement, he conducted workshops on Sexual Harassment Prevention, Managing Diversity, the Americans with disabilities Act and general Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action, (EEO/AA) programs. Mesiah worked for several years as a part time instructor at Canisius College (teaching a graduate course in Managing Diversity) and part-time with Cornell University Buffalo Labor Studies Program, teaching Managing Diversity, and general EEO/AA courses. He was also the host of, "The NAACP Speaks" a weekly radio program on radio station WUFO 96.5 FM/1080AM . Frank had extensive community service, in addition to his work with the local and State NAACP, he also served in the following capacities: Board member of the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier -- this organization was founded in 1977 to preserve and disseminate state and regional African American history. Mesiah was one of five founding members. He also served as the Secretary to the Black Leadership Forum and on numerous boards. He was project director of the Black American Museum & Cultural Center in Niagara Falls. He entered politics in 1976 but lost a close race for the state senate. Continued Page 11

BLACK FACTS •In 1773 Phillis Wheatley became the first African American to have a book published. The book "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral" was published in England. •The U.S. Declaration of Independence originally had a passage condemning slavery in it. After a debate among the signers of the Declaration the passage was removed. •In 1827 the first African American newspaper, the Freedom's Journal, was published. •In 1834 Henry Blair becomes the first black person to receive a U.S. patent. He invented the Seed-Planter which enabled farm workers to plant corn more efficiently. •In 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which stated all the slaves in the ten states of the Confederacy were freed. •On December 6th 1865 the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed officially abolishing slavery in the United States. •On April 9th 1866 the United States Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866. This law stated that all citizens, which included AfricanAmericans, were equally protected by the law. •1880 is the year the first Black person in history graduates the military academy at West Point; his name is Henry O. Flipper. •In 1909 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded. •At the 1936 Summer Olympics Jesse Owens won four gold medals. This angered Adolf Hitler who's Nazi Germany hosted the games. •With incredible strength of character Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play in baseballs major leagues; his first major league game was on April 15th 1947. •On September 24th, 2016 the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture opened in DC.



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Trump Hosts Nigerian President at White Drone Base in Niger House: First African Leader to Visit and the Undeclared U.S. War in Africa

President Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

After more than a year in office, President Donald Trump for the first time is hosting an African president at the White House. The meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday comes after an uncomfortable start to the Trump administration's approach to the world's second most populous continent. Security and economic issues top the agenda for the bilateral meeting and working lunch. Nigeria, Africa's most populous country with almost 200 million people, is the largest economy on the continent and the leading crude oil exporter. Buhari was one of the first two African leaders Trump called after he took power, along with South Africa's president. In January, Nigeria joined a list of African countries angered by offensive comments Trump made referring to African “s***hole countries" during an immigration meeting earlier this year. Reporters asked Buhari if the issue was discussed in the meeting Monday. He answered, "I'm not sure about, you know, the validity or whether that allegation was true or not. So, the best thing for me is to keep quiet," Buhari said. Mr. Trump did not deny making the comments, as he has done previously, instead saying that Mr Buhari “knows me and he knows where I'm coming from.” He added, "And you do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough places." Shortly thereafter, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault tweeted at the Nigerian president: “FYI he said it."

Nearly 70 Years Later, Montgomery Publisher Apologizes For Once Glorifying Lynching The editorial board of the Montgomery Advertiser issued a public apology for its disgraceful coverage of white violence against Black Americans in the past. The board delivered the apology on Thursday, April 26, which was the same day as the official opening of the Legacy Museum. “We take responsibility for our proliferation of a false narrative regarding the treatment of African-Americans in those disgraceful days,” the newspaper wrote. “The Advertiser was careless in how it covered mob violence and the terror foisted upon African-Americans from Reconstruction through the 1950's. "We dehumanized human beings. Too often we characterized lynching victims as guilty before proven so and often assumed they committed the crime.”

Hundreds of American troops are working feverishly to complete a $110 million airfield that will be used as a drone base to strike “extremists” in West and North Africa; a region where most Americans have no idea the country is fighting. Near the runway, Army Green Berets are also training Nigerian forces to carry out “counterterrorism” raids. But building the base has not been without its challenges. The Americans have had to deal with swirling dust storms, scorching temperatures and lengthy spare-part deliveries to fix broken equipment. All have led to the project being more than a year behind schedule and $22 million over its original budget. In Niger alone the Pentagon in the past few years has doubled the number of U.S. troops to about 800 – the second largest US. Troop presence in Africa, second only to the 4,000 military personnel at a permanent base in Djibouti. Officially called the Republic of Djibouti, it is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden at the east. Djibouti occupies a total area of just 8,958 square miles.

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First Black Woman Israeli Soldiers Kill 7 Palestinians in Gaza over the Nominated Marine Weekend Brigadier General Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians on Sunday along Israel’s heavily militarized border with Gaza. The killings came after Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinian protesters and wounded hundreds more on Friday, when the soldiers and snipers opened fire during the Palestinians’ weekly nonviolent protest near the Gaza border. On Saturday, a fourth protester died after succumbing to his wounds. The nonviolent protests demanding the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their land began on March 30. Since then, the Israeli military has killed at least 42 Palestinians, including two journalists, and injured thousands more. No Israeli soldiers or civilians have been injured in the nonviolent protests. Israel’s bloody crackdown has sparked international condemnation.

The Defense Department’s April 10 release of slated general promotions includes a historic first for the Corps. Marine Corps Col. Lorna M. Mahlock, the deputy director of Operations, Plans, Policies and Operations at Marine Corps headquarters outside Washington, D.C., will become the first Black woman to don the rank of brigadier general if she is confirmed.

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African Heritage Food Co-op News

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The African Heritage Food Co-op is in need of volunteers to help complete the food trailers for our mobile markets. The trailers have been designed and all volunteers will be under the direction of a master builder. All work will be done at The Foundry, 298 Northampton St. Buffalo, NY 14208, on the following Fridays May 4 (9am-12pm); May 11 (9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm); May 18 (9am-12pm or 1pm4pm); June 1 (9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm) We may also need volunteers for a build session on June 2nd and the 16th from 9am-12pm if the trailers are not completed. This is a reminder that the deadline to buy-in for May is Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Pick-up will be on May 12, 2018 from 11 AM 3 PM, location will be forthcoming. The African Heritage Food Co-op offers fresh produce at the prices listed below. Full Box: $30.00 Half Box: $15.00 ALL Organic: $60.00 Boxes can be purchased at Delivery also available for an additional $5.00 (Free for those 55+ and the disabled). If you have any questions, please call 716800-1107 or email

Chinese Restaurant In Toronto Ordered to Pay $10K to Black Customer Forced to Prepay for Meal After a Black customer was racially profiled at a Chinese restaurant in Toronto and asked to prepay for his meal before receiving his food, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ordered the establishment pay the customer $10,000.

5 HEALTH MATTERS Diet and Lifestyle Are Key to Holistic Well Being and Spiritual Development By Bro. Ismael Jamal -Adopt A Vegetarian DietMoses said, “Herb yielding seed for you that shall be your food.” Today it’s been discovered that laetrile which is used to arrest the development of cancer cells, is found in the seeds of many fruits and plants. Many of us would probably not be so victimized by cancer today if we ate. Only vegetables. Or food would in essence be our medicine. Plant life is God’s creation. Heavily enriched with chlorophyll, it was put here for our food and medicine. The cure for a lot of sickness grows wild because nature organizes itself according to a law of harmony and balance. Additionally if we look at all the bigger healthier, stronger, peaceful animals in the animal kingdom, animals that man can communicate with – they’re vegetarians! They’re big and strong because they’re eating the foods that are part of their genetic background; the food the Creator meant for them to eat…foods that are part of the ancestral gene pools. -Avoid Eating The PigThe pig is the dirtiest filthiest animal on the face of the earth. In ancient Kemet our ancestors did not even consider swine herders as citizens! They were not considered a part of the spiritually elite because they handled the pig. The pig is not part of our ancestral gene pool. It was not meant for us to eat. It is a mutation – something that was created outside of God’s laws. The pig is full of parasites and it takes 7 years once you start the process of intensive healing to get rid of the swine parasites because they’re mutants and lock themselves into your vital organs and hold on for dear life. -Get Plenty of ExerciseExercise is extremely important. First of all when we begin to look at the idea of spirit, we find that spirit operates through several functions in the body through inspiration, respiration, aspiration, expiration and perspiration. Perspiration (most commonly associated with exercise) is very important because skin is the largest excretory organ in your body. It it’s not allowed to breathe and excrete toxins and poison, it has an effect on the kidneys, which in turn affects your blood pressure, liver, brain and arteries. Exercise give organs an internal massage. -Stay Away From Drugs and Chemicalized FoodsWhen food becomes an industry, in order for it to stay on the shelf a long time it had to be petrified with preservatives /chemicals. In other words the dead foods had to be made deader! We are being destroyed through the most accessible way of destroying us and that is through our food! (-From the teachings of Bro. Ismael Jamal and the Ancestral Meditation Medicine Institute, All

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TBBC Nurses Ministry Annual Five Star Tea James Cone, Father of Black Liberation Theology Spa Day Fundraiser It seems appropriate that the Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone, radiThe 9th Annual five Star

DELIVERED CONCERT! A Delivered Concert will be held on Sunday, May 6 at Tabernacle of Praise Church, 319 Northland Avenue where the pastor is Charles McCarley. Appearing will be the Wondering Five, The Silvertone Gospel Singers, Daughters of Destiny, Mt. Olive Specials, Sheila Benson, Pastor Tim Barleston, Gospel Diamonds, and guest MC Evangelist Candy Mingo. For more information call (716)807-7212. Free will offering.


On Saturday, May 5 , at 1:00 pm hats of every size, design and color for any occasion will be featured at the Great Lakes Baptist Association ~ Women Ministry HAT EXTRAVAGANZA luncheon at Calvary Baptist Church, 1184 Genesee St., Buffalo, NY. Free will offering. Vendors on site. Call 861-2917. Karen Peterson is chair. Rose Harmon is president. Rev, Dr. William Gillison is moderator.

The TBBC Nurses Ministry is hosting its 2nd Spa Day fundraiser ay 12 for the Mother’s Day Weekend from 1-6 p.m. featuring Spa Services and Painting with Connie B. of Spa therapy and Creations of Elegance by Shika. There will be vendors, refreshments, raffles and more. For tickets contact ay TBBC Nurse or contact the church office at (716)895-8222.

Tea, hosted by Ionic Chapter No. 77, Prince Hall Order Eastern Star, Inc., will be held on Saturday, May 5 at the Cold Spring COGICJ, 107 Verplanck Street. Donation is $25. For more information contact Sis. Michelle Davis at (716) 228-3917 or Sis. Andrea Walker at (716)812-6672. Paypal: PRAY FOR PEACE.

St. John Baptist Church Prayer Breakfast The St. John Baptist Church Prayer Breakfast Committee will host its 91st Anniversary Prayer Breakfast Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon at the Reverend Dr. Bennett W. Smith, Sr. Family Life Center, 833 Michigan Ave . A basket raffle will be featured. Donation is $10. The donation for children 9 years and under is $5. For More information and tickets call St. John Baptist Church 716-852-4504 . Overseer Michael Chapman is Pastor.

cal Christian, father of Black Liberation Theology, soldier against white supremacy, renown author, and longtime academic around the American phenomenon of lynching, would die in the same week that the national lynching memorial opened in Montgomery, Ala.It is a divine nod to a job well done. Cone, the Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York, died on Saturday, April 28 . He was 79 years old. He is the founder of Black Liberation Theology, which linked the gospel of Christ to people of color in a White supremacist construct. Many prominent activists, academics, scholars and theologians took to social media to mourn Dr. Cones’ passing: Tweeted one mourner: "James Cone was not just a professor. He was a prophet—a theological giant who shook the foundations of Christianity, dragging us miles closer to justice. He showed the world that the gospel cannot be separated from the push for black freedom—that black liberation is God’s story. Newsweek reports that Dr. Cone had 13 honorary degrees, including a bachelor’s degree from Philander Smith College (1958), a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary (1961) and a master’s degree (1963) and a doctorate’s degree (1965) from Northwestern University. He is survived by his sons Michael and Charles, daughters Robynn and Krystal, and two grandchildren, Jolei and Miles. Rest in power, divine ancestor. Black Liberation is God’s story!


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WRITER, ACTOR, DIRECTOR THOMAS W. JONES II Closes Out Paul Colored Musicians Club to Host Duke Robeson Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season with Blackberry Daze Ellington Sacred Concert This Weekend


riter, actor, director Thomas W. Jones II closes out Paul Robeson Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season with Blackberry Daze May 4 thru 27. The founder of Jomandi Productions, where, as Co-Artistic Director and Producing Director, he led Jomandi to become the third largest African-American theatre company in the United States. His work as writer, director, and actor has been acclaimed nationally and internationally, having received 48 Washington DC Helen Hayes Award nominations and winning 15 awards, including Best Director for Samm Art Williams’ Home and his own Bessie's Blues. He has also received three New York Audelco Award nominations, the Dramalogue Award, the San Diego Critics Award, NAACP Phoenix Award, among others. In 2000 Jones and his co-founders left Jomandi to create the entertainment company VIA International Artists, Inc. and subsequently a musical theatre company VIA Theatrical. His most recent works include Three Sistahs, Point of Revue, Two Queens One Castle, Bricktop, Heart ‘n’ Soul, Love Johnny, A Cool Drink A Water, Holler and Sheddin’. Thomas W. Jones II Tom’s musical Cool Papa’s Party completed a workshop in New York with Wayne Brady. He recently directed Kandi Burress’ musical A Mother’s Love, Only Just a Minute and Mary Honey B. Morrison’s play Single Husbands. Tom is also working on several exciting projects including A Musical Evening with Frankie Lymon and Blackberry Daze, opening on stage at the Robeson Theatre this weekend. -About the PlayIt is the end of “The Great War”, and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and seduction as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler, weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women, Mae Lou and her daughter Carrie, and Pearl, a blues singer at the local juke joint. ¬¬ The ensemble cast includes Latosha Payton, Danielle Green, Sandra Gilliam, Tifani Wofford, Ayana Williams, Augustus Donaldson Jr. and Fisher. Keeping with the theatres 22nd Annual Mother’s Day tradition this year will be no different. On Sunday, May 13 for dinner at 4 p.m. followed by the play at 6 p.m. Come meet new people, break bread with the one you love while enjoying a wonderful production. This years delicious Soul Food Dinner menu includes Turkey, Dressing, Gravy & cranberry Sauce, Roast Beef w/ Au Jour, Green Beans w/Potatoes, Greens, Macaroni & Cheese, Tossed Salad w/Italian Dressing, Corn Bread w/Butter, Dinner Rolls, Water, Soda and Various Cakes for dessert! Mother’s Day Dinner Theatre Packages are as follows: Adults/ Seniors/Students $55 includes dinner and the play. Children 12 and under $40. Blackberry Daze runs May 4 – May 27, 2018. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 4 p.m. with audience talk-back after the production on Sundays. The Sunday May 20th the production is SOLD OUT! For more information call the Paulette D. Harris, Artistic Director at (716) 884-2013 x 103 or stop by the African American Cultural Center at 350 Masten Avenue. You can also visit them on the web at .

The Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo, NY will host a Duke Ellington Sacred Concert with the Ella Robinson Chorus on May 5 at St. Martin de Porres, 555 Northampton street at 6 pm and also on Sunday May 6 at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Elmwood Ave at 4 pm A Duke Ellington Tribute was held April 29, Musicians Club on Broadway Street . It will feature various presentations of poetry, art and music concluding with a ‘Jam Session’ in honor and commemoration of the frequent visits of the Ellington Orchestra in the early to mid-twentieth century to Buffalo and to Mr. Mingus’ role in the music faculty of the University of Buffalo in 1971. Edward Kennedy Duke Ellington for more than fifty years, led the Duke Ellington Orchestra which toured the world performing music primarily composed and arranged by Mr. Ellington himself. Their music was not restricted to any one genre of the many eras in which they lived. Dance music, sacred concerts, chorales, swing and rhapsodies, all fair game for Mr. Ellington’s very fertile and creative mind, were used as mediums for the Ellington sound. Some of his most famous compositions include Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, Satin Doll, Warm Valley, Jack the Bear, Mahalia Jackson’. His musical legacy includes more than 5000 compositions in addition to a dignity that he brought to our music that will always serve as inspiration. He was always very much an artist who was socially conscious and active in the Harlem Renaissance (also known as the ‘New Negro MoveContinued Page 12


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Call For Artists Wall 2 Wall Exhibit A One of A Kind Showcase Of Art in Buffalo!


Wall to Wall Exhibit is a unique artist showcase that provides viewers an opportunity to take a sneak peek at a wall from inside an artists studio. The opportunity is open to all WNY Urban Arts Collective members and is also open to those interested in joining the organization and participating in this show. Selection Process: 1-Studio visits, portfolios and previously viewed works 2-Medium size artwork 3-up to 4 pieces of artwork 4-All mediums are eligible 5-Contact John Baker for studio visit request 6-Deadlines are final Important dates: Selection of artist & artwork (May 1st to May 19th) Deliver artwork to gallery (June 2nd….11am to 1pm) Closing Date: July 6 5pm •Pick up artwork 11:00a.m. -1:00pm (July 7th) Fees charged for late pick up or Contact if you need to make arrangement for different time: (716 )885-2251 •All artwork must be properly framed, wired and ready for hanging . •Information: John Baker •The Exhibition will take place June 2 through July 6, 2018 •Location: Artists Group Gallery, One Linwood Ave . Curators of the Wall 2 Wall Exhibition are WNY Urban Arts Collective founder and artist John Baker and Don Siuta . Find more info about the WNY- Urban Arts Collective On Facebook

Open Call For Art WNY-Urban Arts Collective Inc. and Juneteenth Sankofa First of its kind art show for Buffalo Juneteenth Sankofa! An Open Call for Art and All Are Welcome To Submit. Theme: Preparing to Receive the Generational Torch! Seeking art that represents and reminds us reflect on our past to envision, find or fetch what is needed to move forward. Inspire FORWARD PROGRESS by any means and in spite of any obstacles before us. *Sankofa: African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana meaning "it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind." It is our past that serves as a guide for planning our future. Art Selection Committee: John Baker, Ras Jomo, James Cooper III and Lodina Clyburn Selection: 1-Artwork reflective of Juneteenth Sankofa 2-Medium size artwork 3- Submit up-to 3 pieces of artwork 4-All medium are eligible 5-Limited space available 6-Deadlines are final Important dates: Deliver artwork to gallery June 1 Selection of artwork (June 1st to June 6th) Show Closing: June 12 Pick up artwork July 13 All artwork must be properly prepared and ready for hanging For More Information: contact John Baker at The Exhibition will take place June 6 – June 12,2018 Reception: June 8, 2018 from 6-10pm Location: Main Street Gallery 515 Main Street Buffalo, NY Curator John Baker SEND US YOUR ART EVENTS AT WWW.THECHALLENGERNEWS.COM

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Kendrick Lamar Tops the Charts Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN album ballooned 236 percent in sales following its Pulitzer Prize win in the music category on April 16. The set sold 11,000 copies in the week ending April 19, according to Nielsen Music, up from 1,000 the week prior. In total, DAMN. has now moved 1.1 million copies since its April 14, 2017 release.

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His album is the first nonclassical or jazz work to win the prestigious award. The revered rapper is also the most commercially successful musician to receive the award, usually reserved for critically acclaimed classical acts who don't live on the pop charts. The 30-year-old won the prize for DAMN., his raw and powerful Grammy-winning album. The Pulitzer board said Monday the album is a "virtuosic song collection" and said it captures "the modern African American life." He will win $15,000. The Pulitzer board has awarded special honors to Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams, but a popular figure like Lamar has never won the prize for music. In 1997, Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz act to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.

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f your child is 5, or turning 5 before December 31, you’re probably thinking about Kindergarten. Getting a good start in Kindergarten builds the foundation for success throughout your child’s school years. The Charter School of Inquiry (CSI) focuses on getting children to read, write, use language, problem solve, and think critically. Here’s how it starts in Kindergarten and some things you can do to help: •ABC’s. Teach your child the ABC song. Then ask them to name the letters of the alphabet when they see them, starting with capital letters and then small letters. Teach them the sounds the letters make too. •Colors. Help them learn the basic colors – red, blue, green, yellow, orange, black, pink, brown. •Shapes. Point out shapes - a square, rectangle, circle and triangle. •Numbers and Counting. Practice counting from 1 to 10. Do simple addition and subtraction problems. •Rhyming. Children love rhyming and so will you! Ask your child, “What rhymes with ‘cat,’ or ‘car’ or ‘mine’ or ‘hot’? Opposites. Teach your child opposites like up/down, over/

under, open/shut, in/out, back/ front, day/night, easy/hard. •Writing. Teach your child to hold a pencil using the 3-finger grasp. Then help them practice writing their first name. •Books. Point out the parts of a book – the front cover, the back cover, pages. Also make sure your child holds the book upright and can turn the pages. •Speaking/talking. Encourage your child to speak in complete sentences that expresses a complete thought. i.e.“The sun is shining." “The baby is crying.” •Social Skills Follow simple directions. Most kids don’t behave like angels all the time, but it’s important that they know that they must listen to the teacher and follow directions. •Sit for short periods of time. Their attention spans might be short but in Kindergarten your child will be asked to sit quietly and listen to a story or participate in a class activity. Help them practice doing that. •Use the bathroom by themselves. Your child should know when they have to ‘go,’ how to manage their clothing, how to flush the toilet, and how to wash their hands by themselves. •Gets along with other children. Your child should know

how to share, take turns and work cooperatively with other children. •Know about themselves. Children should know their full name, your full name, home address, phone number, birthday and how old they are. Good practices to do at home •Read to your child at least 15 minutes a day. Ask them questions about the story. Have them repeat the story to you in their own words. This creates a love of reading and helps you to bond. •Talk to your child while you’re doing everyday things to help them understand the world around them and build vocabulary. •Go to the library. Let your child pick out books they’d like to read and bring them home. •Praise your child’s efforts and curiosity, even if they make mistakes. Mistakes are ok – they promote learning and selfconfidence. •Visit us at the Charter School of Inquiry to learn more about Kindergarten and how we can work together to ensure your child’s success right from the start.

Helene Kramer is a founder of the Charter School of Inquiry, and former executive director of Read to Succeed Buffalo (retired.


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Voter Registration Drive Aimed At Getting Students to Get Involved

rie Community College, Downtown City Campus, will be the site of the next voter registration drive to encourage students to get involved in the voting and political process. ECC is third school in a series of non-partisan voter outreach conducted across Erie County. Voter registration outreaches were held at Buffalo State and Medaille Colleges in the previous week. With the midterm congressional election taking place on Tuesday June 24th, it is imperative that students and other un registered citizens fill out a voter registration form as soon as possible so that they are eligible to vote in the June Primaries in New York State. The only qualifications one needs is to be 18 years old or older on June 24th and be a citizen of the United States in order to fill out a voter registration form. However, since primaries are held by political parties to determine who will go forth to compete in the November General Election, all who participate in voting in these primaries must be affiliated with a particular political party. In New York State, there are 8 recogBetty nizable political parties listed on a standard voter registration form and any or all of them can hold a primary if two or more of their party’s members choose GRANT to compete for the same political office or seat. For the 2018 election cycle, the congressional election is June 24th; regular primary for all other political candidates is Thursday, Sept. 13th and the General Election that is open to all registered voters is Tuesday, Nov. 6th. The Erie Community College Voter Outreach will be held Thursday, May 3 , 11AM-1:300 PM. in the college atrium, at the downtown campus. All E.C.C. students are encourage to attend and register to vote and cast a ballot to ensure that their concerns are heard and their needs are addressed by those we vote in political office to represent us.

JOB WELL DONE The recipient of numerous awards and honors, his portrait is included on the Freedom Wall at Michigan and East Ferry. Born and raised on Buffalo’s West side, he attended Grover Cleveland High School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree and masters degree while working as a Buffalo police officer, serving for 13 years. He and his beloved wife, Ulrica , were married in 1050. She made her transition on just four months ago on December 17 of last year. Survivors include three daughters, Leza M., Nicolette F. and Francesca; and a brother, Clarence. Job well done Frank! ( The majority of his bio is excerpted from the Uncrowned Community Builders series.)

Put Your Child’s Favorite Artwork on Display! Stanley Makowski ECC (BPS99) will be providing the opportunity to put your child’s favorite artwork on an item of your choice using Silver Graphics. All artwork, order forms and money must be turned in to Stanley Makowski ECC, 1095 Jefferson Avenue by May 9. For more information or an order form contact Debbie Jax at 816-41890.

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Black People in Brightmoor Are Suffering As a Result of The City's Decision To Deny Them Water Dear Editor: Brightmoor is a Black community here in Detroit that has seen the pressure of gentrification and lack of economic support lead to longtime Black residents without secure housing. Residents in Brightmoor without secure housing prospects are only further punished when the city takes their water away. While the people of the community are forced to pay ever-rising rents, they are also being pushed out by the city who is denying them utilities they need to live. With thousands of residents across Detroit being denied water, we know Black communities like Brightmoor will be hit the hardest. Without water Black people in Brightmoor find themselves falling further behind the eight-ball as they search for jobs that can allow them to afford to live in the community they’ve known their entire lives. Water and Sewerage Director Gary Brown and Mayor Mike Duggan have the power and must stop the shutoffs now! This is not the first time Detroit has caused thousands of Black people to suffer without water. Brown has gone on record as saying that no one should have their water cut off in Detroit, now Black people in Brightmoor and throughout Detroit are being threatened with just that. The city of Detroit’s water cutoff policy leaves the people of Brightmoor with few options when searching for fresh water to drink, bathe and cook. Changing the water policy to end cutoffs would allow Black people who make-up Brightmoor and Detroit as a whole better cope with rising rent pushing people out of the only community they’ve known. Director Gary Brown and Mayor Mike Duggan can help Black people in Brightmoor and Detroit by ending the policy to deny people water service. . Join us in demanding that he keeps the water on in Brightmoor. Roslyn Bouier

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“As the first new cultural attraction in the City of Niagara Falls in over 35 years, opening the Underground Railroad Heritage Center is an incredibly significant event, both to the people of Niagara Falls, and throughout the world.” – Bill Bradberry, President and Chair, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission The Heritage Center’s permanent exhibition, One More River to Cross, will feature the rich stories of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls, the crucial role played by its location and geography, and the actions of its residents – particularly its African American residents. The Heritage Center’s immersive exhibits and cutting-edge interpretation affirmatively align with the principles of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, whose mission is to connect the past to modern social justice issues – “to turn memory to action.” Through painstaking research, the exhibition presents engaging digital media, graphics, scenic built environments and facilitated dialogic programming as part of the visitor experience. Scenic exhibit components include a recreation of the Cataract House – a premier international hotel that employed an entirely African American wait staff, who helped uncounted numbers of freedom seekers to freedom in Canada, just across the Niagara River. Also included is a recreation of the International Suspension Bridge, built in 1848, and rebuilt in 1855 to incorporate rail traffic, where Harriet Tubman and other freedom seekers crossed the imaginary line from slavery to freedom. Stories are brought to life with powerful images by award winning illustrator and fine artist E.B. Lewis and voice-overs by Emmy Award winning actor Keith David. “From the very beginning, the objective for the Heritage Center was to create an immersive experience that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who fought for freedom.” – Ally Spongr, Director and Curator, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center The new Heritage Center focuses on stories of courageous self-emancipation by freedom seekers. Throughout the exhibition visitors will experience these stories and hear from individuals past and present with the hope that these stories and connections will allow for deeper engagement, consideration of new or different perspectives, and motivation to action. This project is led by the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission, chaired by Bill Bradberry, directed and curated by Ally Spongr, and based on research by lead historian Dr. Judith Wellman. The Heritage Center’s design-build teams include Studio Tectonic of Boulder, Colorado, Richard Lewis Media Group of Boston, Massachusetts, and Universal Services Associates, Inc., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Opening Events The public is invited to attend Grand Opening Weekend, May 4-6, for a series of special events. The address to the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is 825 Depot Ave. Niagara Falls NY 14305. General Admission is $10 Discounted Admission for Students w/ID, Elders 62+, Military, Youth 6-12, Children under 5 are FREE CENTER HOURS : Monday – Closed Tuesday 10AM – 6PM Wednesday 10AM – 6PM Thursday 10AM – 8PM Friday 10AM – 6PM Saturday 10AM – 6PM Sunday 10AM – 4PM Admission Prices: General Adult: $10 / Student 13+ and college w/ID: $8 / Youth 6 – 12: $6 / Youth 5 and under: free / Group Rates Available. Neighborhood membership card will be available for local residents.

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LEGAL NOTICE Nationstar v. Gutschall

EMPLOYMENT/HELP WANTED Health Homes Care Coordinator Perform outreach and enrollment activities to assist consumers in the community in understanding the benefits of, and enroll in, a Health Home of their choosing. DUTIES: 1.Identify areas within the region where people with high medical risks are encouraged to seek health care, and coordinate WNYIL, Inc. Outreach and Engagement in that area with the Care Coordinator for the purpose of seeking appropriate health care. 2.Determine Medicaid eligibility through ePaces for all individuals prior to meeting; if Medicaid eligible, provide services through Health Homes. If not Medicaid eligible, collaborate with MAAP/ABD and work together to certify/recertify, if individual desires. 3.Recruit individuals who qualify for Medicaid, and have two or more chronic health conditions, serious mental illness, HIV/AIDS or significant risk factors that can be addressed with coordinated care (i.e. Homelessness). 4.Facilitate and document faceto-face referrals to Care Coordinators. 5.Conduct community outreach to engage potential Health Home enrollees.Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14214 EEOC SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES!

Health Home Care Coordinator-ILGR DESCRIPTION: Perform outreach and enrollment activities to assist consumers in the community understand the benefits of, and enroll in, a Health Home. Coordinate services to decrease high risk medical and/or behavioral health costs for individuals being served in Health Homes. DUTIES:

1.Identify areas within the region where people with high medical risks are encouraged to seek health care, and conduct WNYIL, Inc. Outreach and Engagement. 2.Determine Medicaid eligibility through ePaces for all individuals; if Medicaid eligible, provide services through Health Homes. If not Medicaid eligible, collaborate with MAAP/ABD and work together to certify/recertify, if individual desires. 3.Coordinate WNYIL, Inc. staff to meet established benchmarks in required amount of time, set by the Health Homes, for individuals being served. 4.Ensure WNYIL, Inc. staff follow-through on decreasing or eliminating barriers that individuals may face in keeping appointments through coordination with WNYIL, Inc. direct service staff. 5.Coordinate WNYIL, Inc. direct service staff to collaborate with the individuals' community and family supports to meet identified social needs. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14214 EEOC

Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo Administrator of Facilities and Communication We are looking for a reliable Administrator of Facilities and Communication. Responsibilities will include: coordinating a calendar of all events; overseeing all office contractual agreements; directing routine maintenance and replenishment of all church property; managing an information technology platform that supports the operational and data needs of the organization; and producing congregational print and electronic communications. Minimum Qualifications: • College degree in public or business administration or associate’s degree in building maintenance, or a related field. • Three – five years’ experience in management of complex organizations with significant experience in church, social services agencies, not-for-profits or related field, including financial and property management. • Proficiency with Windows-based computers and productivity software including word processing, spreadsheets, email and database management. Hours: Half-time, must work Sunday mornings and be available to work some evenings Salary range: $17,000 - $17,500 Application deadline: 5/14/18 How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to: applications@


HR Support Specialist Assist the Human Resources (HR) Department staff in tracking data and maintaining files, spreadsheets and other staff information, processing all income verification forms DUTIES: 1.Process all incoming wage verification paperwork within the timeframes outlined. 2. Assist HR Coordinator with facilitating of the Employee Engagement Program. 3. Assist Erie County Taking Control PA Coordinators with PAs I-9s and E-verify process 4.Assist internal staff with the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) databases (AHR and Swipeclock). Assist directors and supervisors with Swipeclock questions and concerns.Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main Street,Buffalo, New York 14214 EEOC LEGAL NOTICE


COUNTY OF ERIE NOTICE TO BIDDERS AKRON FALLS PARK RETAINING WALL PROJ# AKRON-RW-18 Departments of Public Works and Parks, seeking sealed bids for park retaining wall repairs and replacement. Sealed proposals received at the DPW, 95 Franklin St, Rm 1400, Buffalo, NY at 10 am, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Certified check as bid deposit in the amount of $2,500.00 required. Minority Workforce goal, NYS Apprenticeship, & NYS MWBE goals may be required. Plans and additional bid submittal information on the Erie County website at: http:// see On Line Bid Retrieval.

LEGAL NOTICE Custody Petition To: Tiana Adamcyk Boyd A custody petition has been filed against you by Ernest L. Wright Sr. with respect to your son Emmanuel L, Adamczyck under docket no. V-17742-14/ISA in Erie County Family Court at One Niagara Plaza, Buffalo, New York 14202. The next court date is on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 2 P.M. before the Honorable Kevin M. Carter on floor 6 in part 8. If you fail to appear the court could issue a warrant for your arrest or the court could issue a default order. If there is a defauh proceeding, there will be a court order and you will not be heard on the matter.

LEGAL NOTICE BID COUNTY OF ERIE NOTICE TO BIDDERS WARNER HILL ROAD CULVERT REPLACEMENT PROJ# BNY-390-1A-18 PIN 5762.22 Department of Public Works, Division of Highways, seeking sealed bids for county culvert replacement construction Bridge NY project. Sealed proposals received at the DPW, 95 Franklin St, Rm 1400, Buffalo, NY at 10 am, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Certified check as bid deposit in the amount of $17,500.00 required. Minority Workforce goal, NYS Apprenticeship, & NYS MWBE goals required. Plans and additional bid submittal information on the Erie County website at: see On Line Bid Retrieval.

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF ERIE INDEX NO. 813717/2017 Plaintiff designates ERIE as the place of trial situs of the real property SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Mortgaged Premises: 37 VINCENT AVENUE A/K/A 37 VINCENT STREET LACKAWANNA, NY 14218 District: Section: 142.24 Block: 2 Lot: 10 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A MR. COOPER, Plaintiff, vs. KENNETH GUTSCHALL, if living, and if she/he be dead, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; RACHEL GUTSCHALL; CITY OF LACKAWANNA; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, "JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #12, “the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff the persons or parties intended being the tenants occupants persons or corporations if any having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises described in the complaint, Defendants. To the above named Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff's Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $69,000.00 and interest, recorded on August 18, 2006, at Liber 13307 Page 5345, of the Public Records of ERIE County, New York, covering premises known as 37 VINCENT AVENUE A/K/A 37 VINCENT STREET LACKAWANNA, NY 14218. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. ERIE County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property.

Sending a payment to the mortgcompany will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: December 21, 2017 RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: IRINA DULARIDZE, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 106 Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675

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ment’) of the 1930’s . Charles Mingus was one of the most important figures in twentieth century American music. He was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader, author, poet, civil rights activist, and a prolific composer. His number of jazz compositions is second only to the great music master, Duke Ellington. His earliest musical influences were from the church choir and group singing — and from hearing Duke Ellington over the radio when he was about 8 years old. He first studied trombone, then cello, and then bass after his good friend Buddy Collette convinced him to switch because Buddy needed a bass in his band. He was also an accomplished pianist. Mingus played with Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, and Lionel Hampton. Eventually he settled in New York where he played and recorded with the leading musicians of the 1950's — Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and Duke Ellington. By the mid-fifties, he had formed his own publishing and recording companies. He founded the "Jazz Workshop" for young composers to have their works performed in concert and recorded.

NEW BUSINESSES LLC -LEGAL NOTICEFIRST MOVE- WNY, LLC Orig filed Articles of Organization w/ the S.S.N.Y. on 2/22/2018. office location is the County of ERIE S.S.N.Y. Designated as agent of LLC, upon whom process against it may be served. S.S.N.Y. Shall mail a copy of any process served upon him to: 2025 Delaware ave Ste 1-E, Buffalo NY 14216- Purpose:any lawful act or activity. March 28, April 4,11,18,25, May 2 -LEGAL NOTICEBALANCE PROPERTIES & CONSULTANTS, LLC. Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 4/3/2018. Office: Erie Co. SSNY desi. as agt. for process & shall mail to: The LLC, 192 Stevens Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215. Any lawful purpose. April 11,18,25, May ,2,9,16 -LEGAL NOTICELEVEL UP TRANSPORTATION LLC. Arts of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/02/2018. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 7954 Transit Road # 252 Williamsville, NY 14221. Purpose: Any lawful purpose and any lawful activity. There is no specific date of dissolution. April 18,25, May 2,9,16,23 -LEGAL NOTICERest Alive LLC filed Articles of Organization with the NY Dept. of State on 3/21/18. Location of LLC: Erie County. The NY Secretary of State is designated as the agent of this LLC upon whom process may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of process to Rest Alive LLC at: P.O Box 34, Tonawanda NY 14223. Purpose of LLC: Any lawful activity. No date of dissolution. April 18,25, May 2,9,16,23


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Tax Law Section 1432 and General Municipal Law, Section 6-d, the Erie County Legislature will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chambers of the Erie County Legislature, located at 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Old County Hall, Buffalo, N.Y. The purpose of the hearing is to hear public comment concerning: - The appropriation of $12,600,000 of Transfer Tax from the Erie County Road Repair Reserve Fund (budgeted 2018 revenue) for road and bridge repairs in 2018; and - The appropriation of $2,200,000 of prior year surplus Transfer Tax from the Erie County Road Repair Reserve Fund for road and bridge repairs in 2018. BY ORDER OF THE COUNTY LEGISLATURE OF THE COUNTY OF ERIE, NEW YORK. Dated: Buffalo, New York, April 27, 2018 By: Robert M. Graber, Clerk Erie County Legislature


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I want to thank everybody for rising up right with me this week. Let's get right into the hottest sports highlights.

NFL NewThe NFL Draft definitely lived up to its hype this past week as teams looked to get the best collegiate talent. The Buffalo Bills were given a solid B+ grade for their draft class that looked like this.... R1 Pick 7 (traded from 12): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming R1 Pick 16 (traded from 22): Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech R3 Pick 96: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford (pick 96) R4 Pick 121: Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State (pick 121) R5 Pick 154: Siran Neal, S, Jacksonville State (pick 154) R5 Pick 166: Wyatt Teller, G, Virginia Tech (pick 166) R6 Pick 187: Ray-Ray McCloud, WR, Clemson R7 Pick 255: Austin Proehl, WR, North Carolina

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If your Ghaf Verse, then you were very happy as a Bills fan. Other interesting picks were the Seahawks selected UCF star Shaquem Griffin, shout out to Desmond Hill, Jordan Harris and Brandon Stillman on their team’s great pick. And finally, the Falcons selected Calvin Ridley, the Rise Up fans like Daniel McClain and Loudin CJ will be excited about the receiving corp this season. Steelers fans like Shanna Holmes, Todd Harris, and Dominique Newt should alert their team to pay LeVeon Bell. Fans like Ian Rachiele and the Chicago Bears, and Hanif Muhammad who is a Minnesota Vikings fan should watch out as the Packers grabbed Jaime Alexander and Josh Jackson, two outstanding cornerbacks out of the draft. Also I wanted to know from Yuri Burros and Issac Gogel.....why did the patriots pass up on Lamar Jackson? Jackson ended up going to the Ravens. What teams will be impacted the most from their draft class?

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Student of the Month Initiative Duncan Kirkwood and the African Heritage Economic Initiative has launched a “Student of the Month Initiative.” They are asking parents and community members to nominate students from grades K-12 who have demonstrated self determination in or out of school. The selected student will receive a $50 award and certificate of achievement. To nominate a student email with a few sentences about the youth and how he or she has shown self determination.

NBA News The proclaimed king, Lebron James survives the pivotal game seven again making his career record 13-0 in playoff game seven's. He scored 45 as the Cavs beat the Pacers 105-101 and will take on the top seeded Raptors in the next round. Boston also won their game seven against the Bucks 112-96 and will face the red hot 716ers. Western Conference second round Game One's saw the reigning champion Warriors decimate the Pelicans 123101. The Rockets have taken off as the Jazz had to take note to a 111-96 beat-down at the hands of James Harden and company. Who will win these second round matchups?

In Other Sports News The Sabres have obtained the Number 1 overall pick in this upcoming NHL draft where they look to acquire Rasmus Dahlin, a star defenseman from Sweden. The Buffalo Bandits were eliminated from playoff contention when they lost 15-13 to the Rochester Knighthawks. Shout out to Melanie Brandenhoff for being a loyal fan to the Bandits Lacrosse team. Make sure you continue to keep up with the latest in sports here with Rise up Right. For more extended highlights visit the Follow me on these social media sites: Andre Robinson and Rise up Family on Facebook therealtorch716 and riseupfamilyseven16 on Instagram or on the Official website is



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WHERE’S DADDY? An open conversation about the absence of fathers in our community. 5:30-7:45 p.m. Merriweather Library Hosted by the Pearls Collective and We Are Women Warriors.

Buffalo Prep is holding its annual Celebration of Achievement on Wednesday, May 2 at Kleinhans Music Hall:6–9:00 p.m.

Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St, Buffalo. 12pm - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ 832 -1010

Beginners/Intermediate Line Dance Classes Every Friday 6pm Bethel AME Church Hall 1525 Michigan @ E.Ferry Ernestine, Instructor

The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St (716)427-0566. Urban Line Dance Classes: St. Phillips, 15 Fernhill ; 6-8 p.m.; Cheri & Darel 200-9702. THURSDAY MAY 3 ECC Voter Outreach : 11AM1:300 PM college atrium, downtown campus. Mental Health Awareness Informational. Fair & Annual Flash Mob: Buffalo Central Library, 10 a.m. 832-2141 or 832-0021. Foxie Brown Line Dance Classes: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Schiller Center, 2057 Genesee 4442046. The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St. (716)427-0566. FRIDAY MAY 4 Chicago Steppin: Every Friday 7-8:30 p.m. The Pratt Center 422 Pratt St.

SATURDAY MAY 5 MOTHER’S DAY BAZAAR: 2-6 p.m., Martha Mitchell Center, 175 Oakmont. Vendors’s needed! 622-2138. Jericho Road Community Health Center Informational Community Social: The Broadway Market, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.348-3000 ext. 405 or contact @ JRCHC.ORG Bailey Avenue Cleanup from Delavan and Kensington: Hosted by Councilmember Rasheed N.C. Wyatt, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., the University District and YOU ;9 A.M. to Noon at the intersection of Bailey and Delavan. Appreciation Celebration Program Honoring Mrs. Bessie Patterson: 4pm. the Calvary Baptist Church, 1184 Genesee Street, 716-248-7013 for more info. Mike's Smooth Urban Ballroom Dance Classes: 11 to 1 PM, Saturdays, Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave. 716-380-5100 class is $5 TUESDAY MAY 8 “An Open Mic Tribute to an African king” Lonnie B. Harrell : 6-8 p.m., The Community Health Center of Buffalo, 34 Benwood Avenue. All are welcome! WEDNESDAY MAY 9 OPEN MIC TRIBUTE TO LONNIE B HARRELL: 6-8 p.m., The Community Health Center of buffalo, 34 Benwood Avenue. Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St, Buffalo. 12pm - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ 832 -1010 The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St (716)427-0566. Urban Line Dance Classes: St. Phillips, 15 Fernhill ; 6-8 p.m.; Cheri & Darel 200-9702. THURSDAY MAY 10 Foxie Brown Line Dance Classes: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Schiller Senior Center, 2057 Genesee St. 444-2046. The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St. (716)427-0566.

The 43rd Juneteenth Festival Inc. is Coming June 16 & 17!

The Countdown to the Juneteenth has begun!

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Interested in being a part of the celebration? Sign up today! We need volunteers of all ages with a heart for history, family and community!!! Call Today! 716-891-8801 Juneteenth Festival Inc. Headquarters: 1517 Genesee Street • THE CELEBRATION

The Buffalo celebration will include the following events: •Liberation Flag-Raising: Fri., 6/8/18 - Niagara Square, in front of City Hall •Sankofa Days: Sat., 6/9/18 – Fri., 6/15/18 – locations TBA •43rd Consecutive Festival: Sat., 6/16– Sun., 6/17 MLK, Jr. Park •Maafa Memorial – Thurs., 6/19, 2018 – Broderick Park The festival’s committees meet at JuneteenthFestival of Buffalo’s headquarters, 1517 Genesee St.,Call for more information,@891-8801. CALLFOR ART WNY-Urban Arts Collective Inc. Juneteenth Sankofa 2018 Theme: Preparing to Receive the Generational Torch Date: June 6th – June 12 Reception: June 8 from 6-10pm @Main Street Gallery 515 Main Street Information: John Baker • (716) 994-3584

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Volunteers will receive: • T-shirt, Coffee, Muffins & Danish • Game Ticket vs Lehigh Valley, 1:05 pm & Voucher for Hot Dog & Drink • FREE Game Parking in Oak Street Lot


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New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams returned to Buffalo last Saturday in his campaign to become “the people’s LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR.” He also visited groups in Syracuse and Rochester. Williams is a serious candidate as evidenced by a recent statewide survey showing Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in a statistical dead heat (28% to 25%) with Jumaane Williams among likely 2018 Democratic Primary Election voters. The survey, commissioned by Big Dog Strategies, in conjunction with Remington Research Group,also provides more bad news for Hochul as Democratic voters have a more unfavorable opinion of her (20%) than a favorable one (17%). Her opponent is more liked by statewide Democrats with a 21% favorable rating vs. only 14% unfavorable. Williams also leads Hochul by 29% among AfricanAmerican Democratic Primary voters in the State (47%-18%). Williams is pictured above during a brunch at the Oakk Room Saturday on Main Street in Buffalo. He later met with the Black Law Students Association at UB and with Buffalo DSA and Liberty Union Progressives on Amherst Street. It was his second upstate campaign swing within the last three months. www. It's Time. Let's Go!


8 am to 12 pm

Lovely A. Warren, Mayor Rochester City Council

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Challenger Community News May 2, 2018