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902 Miles to “FreeThem!”

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Project Mona’s House and The FreeTHEM Center Kick off Anti-Human Trafficking Walk from Virginia to Buffalo Page 5

Challenger’s Queen Mother Viola Hill Celebrates 103 Years of Life! Page 4

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Search Continues for Missing Buffalo State Scholar: Family Offers $10,000 Reward Page 3

Remembering Our “Shinning Star”: Jazz Icon, EULIS CATHEY (1953-2021)

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Mayor Warren Launches Office of Neighborhood Safety to Coordinate Community Violence Reduction Efforts


ayor Lovely A. Warren and City Council Vice President Willie Lightfoot announced that the City has built the framework for an Office of Neighborhood Safety to coordinate the missions of civilian violence reduction organizations to give the community a greater role public safety with a unified Mayor Warren and City Council Vice President Willie Lightfoot strategy. “This new City office will put the job of neighborhood safety and violence reduction where it belongs, in the hands of the community,” said Mayor Warren. “The Office of Neighborhood Safety gives us the tool we need to place the citizens of Rochester at the forefront of our mission to cultivate safer and more vibrant neighborhoods, which is a critical component of the Equity and Recovery Agenda and our efforts to create more jobs and better educational opportunities.” “Violence in Rochester is a public health crisis that requires a community response that is both comprehensive and focused,” said Vice President Lightfoot, who is also chair of the Council’s Public Safety, Recreation and Human Services Committee. " The framework released Tuesday would create an Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) in the Department of Recreation and Human Services. The mission of the Office is to foster a “whole city approach to reducing violence” by serving as central hub to coordinate the development of a communitywide Violence Reduction Strategy that would guide public and private sector investments in social programs, including those administered Pathways to Peace; the ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition; and the Youth Advocate Program. With a goal to include the ONS in the City’s forthcoming 2021-22 budget, Mayor Warren unveiled an action plan to hire an ONS Coordinator in May and in July convene a Violence Prevention Summit of community organizations to develop a violence reduction strategies. A Request for Proposals will be issued in January seeking proposals from community organizations. The Violence Prevention Summit would reconvene in July 2022 to assess the effectiveness of the strategy and offer improvements. The ONS would also oversee the Mayor’s Peacemaker Fellowship, which would identify city residents with a high likelihood of becoming victims of gun violence and enroll them as Fellows in a rigorous personal development program that includes mentorships, peer-to-peer learning to achieve education, career and other life goals. The proposals to create the ONS and establish the Peacemaker Fellowship are among the initiatives included in Mayor Warren’s Equity and Recovery Agenda (ERA), a comprehensive strategy unveiled in January to propel *Saturdays Public Market Rochester’s post-pandemic 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday recovery by recognizing and *Thursdays International Market reversing effects of historic 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Sundays racism and institutional inequality.

Deltas Host Support Black Busiess Saturday Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in partnership with JP Morgan Chase & Co. and NeighborWorks Community Partners Rochester present "Make My Money Right: Financial Literacy Workshop with JP Morgan Chase" Saturday, May 8 All Day. This event is the last of series of Rochester Alumnae Chapter's May Week 2021 programming. For questions contact: RACDSTFundraising@ gmail.com


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Buffalo Bills 2021 NFL Draft Review Buffalo Bills general Manager Brandon Beane had an uneventful draft due to the fact that it was a “needs draft” instead of “going for the best player available draft. “It was quite obvious that Beane had to start making up for the poor decision of letting Shaq Lawson and Jordan Philips go the previous year. The Bills defense has not been the same without them. How much longer will Mario Addison be on the team? One of Beane’s worse moves was to bring in Addison - a 32-year-old over the hill edge rusher. This move forced the Bills into using first two rounds of NFL draft picking defensive ends. Gregory Rousseau out of Miami is very raw and needs to be coached up. The Bills already know this and has brought in Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame defensive tackle Bruce Smith to work with him. Bills second selection, Carlos Barsham, is a more fluid player that can come right in and make plays for a Leslie Frazier Coached defense. Barsham has speed and power to be a good defensive tackle. He will be an upgrade to the defensive unit. The Bills picked offenP L U S sive tackle Spencer Brown ,a 6’8, 311-pound player Hosted by that can only play the tackle The Radman position. They also select(George Radney) & ed Tommy Doyle, a 6’8, The Mighty O’Ba 320-pound offensive tackle (Patrick Freeman) that could be bookended 105.5 FM “The Beat” down the road, and quality back ups to Dion Dawkins Rochester and Daryl Williams. Every Saturday The Bills six round pick 7AM – 8AM was Marquez Stevenson, a “Taking you to the locker Tyreek Hill type speed reroom and beyond!” ceiver and possibly special team’s returner replacing Andre Roberts. The Bills also selected University of Pittsburgh safety Damar Hamlin, who could be the heir apparent to Micah Hyde or Jordan Poyer. Hamlin has played in a very similar defense scheme Miriam Rivera as the one the Buffalo Bills Farmers Insurance use. 1038 Lyell Ave • Rochester, NY 14606 After trading up for a third (585) 360-0094 (Office) 6th round selection the Bills (585)360-8658 (Cell) added corner back Rashad (888) 546-5157 (Fax) mrivera1@farmersagent.com Continued page 12



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“THIS IS A YOUNG SCHOLAR WITH A FUTURE AS BRIGHT AS THE-Kahlil SUN…” Abdus-Shahid Saniyya Dennis' Family is here from New York City and they are doing everything humanly possible to make sure their beloved daughter, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, is found safe and returned to them.


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Freeman Resigns from Minor League Football League Executive Board and Chargers Franchise Dr. Patrick Freeman on Sunday announced his resignation from the MLF Executive Board and the Chargers franchise in the following letter of resignation: “Please accept this as my formal letter of non-affiliation from the Minor Football League Executive Board and the legal notice of the divesting of my financial commitment to the Chargers Franchise. This notice is effective immediately! I would like to thank the MFL for the opportunity, but I have decided this decision is in my best interest. Thank you to the city of Rochester, and all Western New York for your support. “

Legislator Howard Johnson to Host Community Cleanup

Erie County Legislator Howard Johnson will host a community cleanup event on Saturday, May 8. If you are interested in participating, please meet at 11:00 a.m. at Legislator Johnson's District Office, 1367 Fillmore Ave.at E. Utica.

Buffalo Police Advisory Board Virtual Forum on Policing On Thursday May 6 the Buffalo Police Advisory Board (BPAB) will host a virtual forum regarding policing in Buffalo. This will be a space for participants to hear about the ongoing work of the BPAB, discuss the most recent Common Council Police Oversight Committee meeting, and share ideas and concerns about current policing in Buffalo. The forum town hall will begin promptly at 5:30p.m. Participants can register using the link below. The forum will also be available to view on the BPAB Facebook page. Link: https://buffalo.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoduutpz4rGdBuGu-3GDM1uqUh57lHv5RX

e’re all devastated,” Khalil AbdusShahid said last Friday during a press conference outside Rockwell Hall in reference to his niece, 19-year-old Buffalo State College student Saniyya Dennis. "This is a young scholar with a future as bright as the sun and we’re all suffering because she’s gone missing." Although he and other members of the family expressed gratitude for the support they have received thus far, a recurring sentiment was simply that the pace of the investigation was too slow, and as Bro. Khalil expressed “ they're not doing enough.” He said at the time the family’s feeling was that there should have been more of a joint effort among government and city officials. The media event was arranged by activist and Erie County sheriff’s candidate Myles Carter for the family who traveled here from New York City to find their beloved daughter, sister and niece. She was last seen leaving Saniyya Dennis her dorm room in Bishop Hall around 10:30 p.m. on April 24. She has not been seen or heard from since. A $10,000 reward has been posted for Saniyya’s safe return. “We are not happy with the response time and what’s going on with this particular matter,” expressed Saniyya’s father Calvin Alan Byrd. “I’m putting up the reward with my own money. Anybody that has a tip, any tip that connects, we’re here in Buffalo to find answers…” Saniyya’s older sister, Keyora Dennis, who urged the public to come forth with any information they may have, spoke about her younger sibling’s accomplishments: a high achieving honor student who never missed class; who worked two jobs and never missed work; enjoyed close family ties especially with her mother; recently selected out of over 200 students to be a work study student for Project Flight; a Mechanical Engineering major who wanted to pursue a career as an astronaut.; a loving sister, daughter, friend and aunt. “Saniyya being missing this long is very uncharacteristic. It’s just something she would not do. My family is deeply saddened. We just want my sister home safe and sound.” Latisha Dennis, Saniyya’s mother, THE FAMILY: Some of the family members (L- was clearly drained. Her daughter was R) Calvin Alan Byrd (father), Kahlil Abdus-Shahid missing and she had few words ex(uncle),Latisha Dennis (mother.) cept to say that she wanted her daughter to come home. She pleaded with anybody who may have seen, may have heard from or talked to Saniyya to please to call 1-800-346-3543. The press conference was called by Carter and supporters six days after Saniyya went missing to bring awareness to her disappearance. A boots-on-the-ground search team has been organized by Julia Stevens and flyers posted throughout the area. “The community and I are doing as much as we can to bring Saniyya home to her family,” said Carter . “We’re to connect this to other issues in Buffalo because we have a track record of young Black women going missing and they don’t’ get the proper investigations from the police and Continued Page 11

36th Anniversary of the MOVE Massacre - An Act of Domestic Terrorism On the May 13, 1985 Frank Powell, a Philadelphia police officer who was chief of the city’s bomb disposal squad, was handed an army-style green satchel containing a bomb made of C-4 plastic explosives. He boarded a state police helicopter, and took up his position. At 5:27 PM as the helicopter rose he carried out his orders. Flying over a largely African American residential neighborhood of west Philadelphia, he lined up his sights, lit the 45-second fuse with a military igniter. His target was the roof of 6221 Osage Avenue, a row house which at the time had 13 American citizens inside. They were all members of Move, a group which combined the Black liberation struggle with back-to-nature environmentalism. Each Move member took the last name Africa to signal their commitment to race equality as well as to each other as a family. By the following morning 61 homes had been razed to ashes, leaving 250 Philadelphians destitute and homeless. It led to one of the great, largely forgotten, outrages of modern America. Only two of the 13 residents of the Move house got out alive. It was one of the rare times Continued Page 11


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BUILDING COMMUNITY AMID A Tesla for a Vaccine? Dr. Vazquez Steps up His Game to Help Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy Dr. Raul Vazquez is putting a lot on the line these days in his quest to help overcome vaccine hesitancy and increase the rates. The visionary doctor recently announced that he was planning to raffle off a Tesla as a serious incentive for folks to complete their Covid-19 vaccine. It’s aimed at young people as well as their parents getting vaccinated. When individuals return for their 2nd shot, they will receive a raffle ticket and a chance to win the car. He calls it “behavioral economics.” It may be only one car, he explains, but it will get folks motivated. Dr. Vazques and his Urban Family Practice is partnering with Buffalo Public Schools to set up its mobile unit at area schools. East Community high will be the first location. Eligibility for young people to receive the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is expected to happen by the end of the month. The program is slated to coincide with the expansion. Don’t worry. If you don’t win the car, maybe you’ll win a trip to Disney! That may be the next incentive!

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NEW TIME! Tuesdays 4-6 PM & Saturdays From 10 A.M. To 12 NOON Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masten @ Northland No Forms To Fill Out, No Proof Of Income Or Residency Etc. Just The Blessing Of Good Food! While You’re There Check Out The Lincoln Memorial. Clothes Closet! “Fighting Food Insecurity & Meeting the Needs of The People.” Rev. George Nicholas, Pastor, Lincoln Memorial UMC Rita Hubbard Robinson, Coordinator, First Fruits Food Pantry

The Amazing Viola Hill Turns 103! Her Motto: “Keep Learning, Keep Moving, and Keep Doing" !


appy Mother’s Day to Viola Hill, the Challenger’s “Queen Mother,” who turned 103 on April 26. Her secret to longevity? “The Good Lord! I tried to be helpful and never abused myself (i.e. smoking, drinking). I was busy all the time! I had to work hard and I got a lot of exercise,” she told The Challenger during an interview on her 100th birthday in 2018 Born in Rock Hill South Carolina on April 26, 1918, she came to Buffalo in 1922 as a little girl. -A Full LifeViola Hill spent her adult life as a community volunteer for the benefit of others. Beginning in 1945 she participated in the March of Dimes for the eradication of the dreaded disease Polio, and the Red Leather Community Church, which later became the United Way Organization. When World War II broke out she worked briefly at Curtis Wright where she worked on the C-46 air craft. Her career was cut short by an illness she contracted there. “I moved into the Willert Park six months after they put them up on January 4, 1940…and I was the last person to move out,” she recalled. Mrs. Hill has volunteered in many other community endeavors including the WELL Baby Clinic of the Willet Park Community Center, Youth Board Member at the Michigan Avenue YMCA, School 47 PTA, the Buffalo Urban League, and the Hi-Y Youth at the Michigan Avenue YMCA. She was a dedicated volunteer for many years for Deputy Speaker Arthur O. Eve as well as for The Challenger, which he co-founded. In the political arena she campaigned door to door as well as served as an election inspector. At one point she was the sole person who was contacted for constituent problems as well as state prison problems in Eve’s office. She worked with the popular lawmaker on the Buffalo Challenger from its inception, assisting him since 1963 with the delivery of papers to its readers every

week well into her forties. Her Willert Park apartment was a virtual Challenger archive! She said she stayed with Eve and the paper all those years because “he cared about the people…and I was a community person from the beginning – even as a teenager– I was always concerned about things in Buffalo.” When the CAO Program was initiated here, it was mandated to operate by neighborhood organizations. A field worker approached Mrs. Hill to start a tenant council in the Willert Park Housing community. Mrs. Hill was instrumental in getting that established. Her volunteer work included numerous associations too many to mention. Mrs. Hill, a widow, is the mother of four children. She was denied her high school education during the Depression era of the 1930's but later resumed her education completing high school

Viola Hill on her 100th birthday. photo by Princess Photograhy

in her late 40’s and earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from State University of New York at Buffalo in her early 50’s. She is a member of the Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers. Mrs. Hill attributes her character and responsibility towards others to the Christian home and church and her community that molded her . Viola Hill has enjoyed a zestful life because she kept an open mind has remained receptive to all of life around her. Her Motto : "Keep learning, keep moving, and keep doing." At 103 years young she still lives by those words! Happy Birthday, Happy Mother's Day and much love to the



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Tens of thousands of activists joined National Action Network’s virtual convention recently, while NAN chapter leaders and a select group of panelists gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City for the four-day convening. The NAN Buffalo chapter was represented by Ina Ferguson, Rashied McDuffie & Janique Curry. This year’s convention marks the 30th anniversary of the civil rights organization founded in 1991 by the Reverend Al Sharpton. President Joe Biden appeared on the opening day of the convention, delivering remarks that cautioned against “backsliding” into the Jim Crow era, with voting rights being disenfranchised for African Americans. Biden praised NAN for always being “an essential voice” in the fight for social justice. “Upholding and advancing the security and prosperity of health and well-being, dignity, possibilities of all Black Americans,” Biden told the NAN attendees in his prerecorded message. “It’s at a time when the pandemic and the economic crisis continue to devastate Black communities, at a time when the cry for justice for a hundred years in the making is ringing out across our nation.” More than a dozen cabinet officials joined the commander-in-chief. Other panels and plenary sessions focused on media coverage of communities of color, rebuilding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of the Black intellectual in the 21st Century.

After a year long postponement of the walk due to the pandemic, Kelly Diane Galloway founder of Project Mona’s House and The FreeTHEM Center along with a select group of her closeknit and purpose driven friends all born and raised in Buffalo NY, finally set forth on one of the most monumental awareness acts in America to end human trafficking.


n Saturday May 1 City Officials, and the Mayor along with family friends and supporters gathered for a rally to send off The FreeTHEM Walkers for the first ever initiative of its kind now nationally known as The FreeTHEM WALK The walk is founder Kelly Diane Galloway’s mission to put an end modern-day slavery and raise world wide awareness about the crime of human trafficking. Her goal is to raise $1million to continue the much needed expansion of the FreeTHEM Center space for at risk women and children in WNY, as well as for Project Mona's House, making it the largest restorative home for victims in the country located here in the City of Buffalo! During last Saturday's rally Galloway said she is answering a divine call to fulfill a need. She currently has over 72 women in Project Mona’s independent living program and countless women and children accessing TheFreeTHEM center for counseling. “Human trafficking is modern day slavery… it’s the second largest crime on the planet. We have to care about it! It doesn’t just happen overseas it happens right in our own back yards!" she said. The rally speakers included comments of support from Mayor Byron Brown, Council President Darius Pridgen, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples Stokes and others as well as powerful uplifting prayers and song to send them on a successful journey. The group embarked on

Walking To FreeTHEM pictured l /r Julius Land, Sadi Fleischer, Jamil Crews, Kimera Lattimore, Chartrell Bonner, Kelly Diane Galloway, Christina Bishop, Lala Woods, Drea d’Nur (Blanc Photographie)

their 902 mile journey on foot May 3 from Lynchburg, Virginia and for the next 52 days they will be walking 30 miles per day. They will follow the trail of the Underground Railroad that freedom seekers of the past like Harriett Tubman, Henry Box Brown and others traveled to freedom. From their starting point where the Civil War ended in Appomattox Virginia, they plan to make significant stops at noted landmarks along the journey including a special location for Galloway, The Fauquier History Museum at the Jail & the Plains in Warrenton. That was the last place she has been able to trace her family and former enslaved

persons to. The group is set to arrive in Buffalo on June 19 in our African American Heritage Corridor during this years Annual Juneteenth event, marking the milestone of their completed walk to FreeTHEM in conjunction with the annual celebration of the end of enslavement. On June 20th there will be a final close to the Juneteenth weekned held at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. More details on that and more to be announced. For info on how to support go to thefreethemwalk.com and @thefreethemwalk on social media. stay tuned! -staff writer

5 Health Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup


Since the late 1980s, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) has replaced regular table sugar, hon- Ankh wedja seneb : “Be alive, strong & healthy!” ey, and similar sweeteners. A number of studies conducted over the past few decades indicate consumption of HFCS is connected with some health concerns. 1. Significant Risk of Weight Gain and Obesity 2. Increased Risk of Developing Type-2 Diabetes 3.Hypertension and Elevated “Bad” Cholesterol Levels: High-fructose doesn’t just make your body fat, it also makes your heart fat. There is a strong link between the irresponsible consumption of high fructose corn syrup and elevated triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels Together, these can cause arterial plaque build-up and lead to heart problems including hypertension, heart disease, and even stroke. 4. High Fructose Corn Syrup and Liver Damage This is a big one. Like anything else you eat or drink, your liver, gallbladder, and kidneys, processes HFCS. And it’s especially destructive to your liver. When combined with a sedentary lifestyle, permanent liver scarring can occur. This greatly diminishes the organ’s ability to process out toxins and, over time, can lead to an expansive range of other negative health concerns. Another study suggests that HFCS may also cause fatty liver.


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By Angela Woodson-Brice Our Lord took the scent of a flower Capturing its tranquilizing power He took dew kissed blades of new grass Such tenderness He could not pass The majestic greatness of a towering tree And the soothing waves of a quiet sea The watchful sky’s twinkling light On the starriest clearest night The wing stretched eagle’s graceful flight The strength of a mama bear poised to bite The giggling ripples of a rolling brook All these things He captured and took Combing them as only He could do He fashioned a masterpiece through and through He gave one to me and he gave one to you An imperfect precious creation like none other He simply called this beautiful being: Mother.

Indiana Law Designates Churches and Religious Organizations "Essential Services" Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law lrecently that calls churches and religious organizations "essential services" and limits how the state can restrict them during an emergency. Holcomb, a Republican, signed the bill less than a month after it passed the state Senate, 36-10, and the state House, 74-20. "Religious organizations provide essential services that are necessary for the health and welfare of the public during a disaster emergency," the bill's text says. The state and its "political subdivision" may not impose restrictions on churches and religious organizations that are "more restrictive than the restrictions imposed on other businesses and organizations that provide essential services to the public." The law also includes a section allowing individuals to sue the state if they believe their religious liberty rights have been violated. Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal organization that specializes in religious liberty cases, applauded the new law. "Houses of worship and religious organizations provide soul-sustaining operations that are essential to our society and protected by the First Amendment," said Greg Chafuen, ADF legal counsel. "While public officials have the authority and responsibility to protect public health and safety, the Supreme Court has made clear that the First Amendment 'cannot be put away and forgotten' even in a pandemic. This means that the government can't treat churches worse than shopping centers, restaurants, or gyms without violating the Constitution."

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Free Food Giveaway Metropolitan UM Church, located at 657 Best Street will hold a Free Food Giveaway every 2nd Monday of each month 11, a.m. – 1 p.m. All are welcome. Angela R. Stewart, is pastor.

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Remembering Jazz Icon, EULIS CATHEY (1953-2021)


ulis Cathey’s career began as a jazz announcer on his college campus radio station. After graduation, he joined WDTN-TV in Dayton, OH as Writer/Producer of On-Air Promotion, writing, producing, and scheduling all of the station’s on air promotion efforts. But the pull of, and immersion in, jazz was too strong, and he shifted his professional focus. In 1980, he moved to WEBR Radio in Buffalo, NY as the overnight host of “Jazz In The Nighttime." In 1987, he began his career in the record industry joining the Urban Promotion staff of Island Records in New York. Among his other posts: Regional Promotion Manager/Urban Music, Virgin Records; Director of A&R, Virgin Records; National Director of Jazz Promotion, Atlantic Records; VicePresident of Promotion, N-Coded Music; along with additional executive label consultations. Over the years, these experiences offered him the opportunity to work with an impressive array of artists as a producer or promotion/marketing executive. The list includes: Jimmy Heath; Joe Henderson; Gerald Albright; Gary Bartz; Will Downing; Cyrus Chestnut; Jonathan Butler; Regina Carter; Candy Dulfer; Nestor Torres; entertainer Bill Cosby; and many more. Jimmy Heath’s Verve release “Little Man Big Band”, produced by Mr. Cathey and Mr. Cosby, was a 1994 Grammy nominee for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Recording. Eulis was a member of The National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), as well as a multiple nominee for Promotion Executive Of The Year from record industry publications Radio & Records and The Gavin Report. He was an independent record producer, promotion/marketing consultant, and voice over talent. His work included hosting at WBGO and SIRIUS-XM radio stations, The Jazz Cruise, Pappy Martin Legacy - Masten Jazz Festival, Charlie Parker Festival and countless other jazz events. Eulis' contribution to the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective, as an esteemed board member, supporter and friend, was always with generous guidance and genuine encouragement. His impact on the worldwide culture of jazz is legendary and monumental. Let us honor not only his special place in the jazz community, but also, the beautiful way in which he lived his life as a kind and humble man. Eulis, in his quiet and

unassuming manner, possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of the art form known as jazz, but also, an overwhelming connection to the human spirit. His warm smile and gentle demeanor created a welcoming aura to anyone who was in his company. Surrounded by beautiful music, may Eulis rest in peace and love.

Eulis Cathey

Please extend your thoughts and prayers to his mother, Mrs. Ruth Cathey, his sister, Patrice Cathey, and other family members as they mourn the loss of a profoundly special member of their family. Eulis M Cathey, Jr. was 67 years young.He transitioned in his home in Buffalo on April 27. On May 8, 2021 (12 noon) a Memorial Service will be broadcast via ZOOM from Alan Core Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: The Jazz Foundation of America Musicians Emergency Fund..."In Memory of Eulis Cathey" www.jazzfoundation.org Or: Jazz Foundation of America 247 W. 37thStreet New York, NY 10018 Submitted by Dawn Martin Berry-Walker, Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective


Carnegie Art Center To Host Art Exhibition

MY COLOURS OUR TRUTH Featuring the WNY-Urban Arts Collective “MY Colours OUR TRUTH” On View During the Month of May The Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry Street Gallery Hours Wed/Thurs 6-8pm Fri/Sat 12-4pm. Admission is free The Carnegie Art Center will host a new exhibition in their historical building in North Tonawanda that will showcase artwork by the WNY-Urban Arts Collective in both galleries at the Center. Opening reception for the exhibition on Thursday May 6, 5-9PM. There will be an interactive artist panel discussion at the Center on Saturday, May 15 at 1PM in addition to an art class for children on Saturday, May 22 at 10AM. All of the events are free to attend and will partly take place outside, weather permitArtwork by Kobie Barber , entitled “Komosahting. “MY Colours OUR TRUTH” will be a collection of artworks serving as visual rep- bee & Tonyta”, 16x20” Oil Painting resentations of each artist’s own lived experience. “The exhibition will consist of creative interpretative images of society that have a message or tell a story,” says John Baker, WNY-Urban Arts Collective President and curator of the exhibition. “They reflect social commentary issues, conditions, culture, Covid19, diversity and equal justice. ...” “We are hopeful that this exhibition and accompanying events will unite various communities in Western NY through the shared experience of art,” says Natalie Brown, Program Coordinator at the Carnegie Art Center. This exhibition is partly funded by the Buffalo Institute of Contemporary Art and Travis Keller, an individual artist working in Buffalo and Ohio. Go to www.carnegieartcenter.org or call the center at (716) 694-4400.


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MBK FELLOWS INDUCTED: Pictured left to right, 2021 inductees to the New York State My Brothers Keepers Fellows:Jaden Coronado, Grade 10, Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts; Prince Mandilou, Grade 10, Riverside High School; Izzah Ringer, Grade 10, East Community High School; and Sadik Sadik, Grade 10, McKinley High School

Buffalo Public Schools MBK Fellows Inducted At 2021 Symposium "Knowing when to stop you can avoid any danger." -Tao Te Ching

On April 29, four BPS high school scholars were virtually inducted into the New York State My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Fellows at the My Brother’s Keeper 2021 Symposium. The MBK Fellows inductees were welcomed into the program by New York State Education Chancellor Lester W. Young, Commissioner Betty A. Rosa, and Assistant Commissioner Anael Alston. These Fellows will represent Buffalo at various statewide events and workshops as they are developed as youth leaders in the upcoming school year. The MBK Fellows, program is led by Associate Superintendent Dr. Fatima Morrell through the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives. The program is built to empower young men of color to realize their full potential. Participation in the program includes, but is not limited to, supporting scholars with their educational goals and future aspirations; providing network opportunities with exceptional men in our community and across New York State; expanding their understanding of current event issues; and enhancing their leadership skills. Scholars are also connected to a mentor, provided by Say Yes and complete a community service project, as well as participating in paid internship opportunities in governmental, legislative, and educational agencies. We are truly proud of these young men for representing Buffalo Public Schools and demonstrating their speaking and leadership skills to over 500 symposium participants.

MOVE continued from page 3 in US history that American civilians were attacked on domestic soil by aerial bombing, another being the dropping of dynamite on to African American homes in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the bloody race riots of 1921. Six adults died in the bombing: John Africa (the founder of Move AKA Vincent Leapheart); Frank Africa; Teresa Africa; Conrad Africa; Rhonda Africa (mother of Birdie, the only child to escape the fire) and Raymond Africa. Five children died in the bombing: Tree; Netta (Tree’s sister); Deleisha; Little Phil and Tomasa. There has never been a formal apology from the city. No one involved in conceiving and carrying out the assault has ever been prosecuted. Then-president Ronald Reagan, the FBI, the Philly cops and Mayor Wilson Goode, a Black man, were all responsible for this hideous crime, a stark example of racist terror in America.

CANDIDATE FOR ERIE COUNTY SHERIFF KIM BEATY HOSTS CAMPAIGN KICKOFF : Last Saturday morning candidate for Erie County Sheriff Kimberly L. Beaty kicked off her campaign for the hotly contested Primary race for Sheriff. The event took place in the parking lot of the Luxor Restaurant at 3199 Main Street, in Buffalo's University District. Volunteers took part in a literature drop and neighborhood canvassing. A Beaty For Sheriff campaign headqarters is scheduled open soon.

Judge Knocks Joel Moore Off the Ballot: Attorney Plans to Appeal Popular attorney and city court judge candidate Joel Moore has been removed from the ballot in the upcoming race for City Court Judge by a State Supreme Court Justice. Even though he turned in more than enough designating petitions to qualify, his petitions were challenged and there was a problem involving a few persons signing his petitions for someone else. Moore ‘s attorney pointed out that the judge didn’t say anyone acted fraudulently, and has submitted an appeal to get Mr. Moore back on the ballot.

Kelvin Seay Announces Run for Mayor on the “Theocratic Party” Line Kelvin Seay has announced his run for mayor as a Theocratic Party candidate to “Usher God’s Glory into Buffalo, New York.” Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Seay, 56, attended Southside High School and is a US Navy veteran. He is a gospel playwright, songwriter, poet, actor, director and producer. His campaign platform issues include, affordable housing for the homeless community; the revitalization of impoverished areas in the inner city; and overseeing accountability of city government and establishments. For more information: Seay_Kelvin@yahoo.com also on Face Book and twitter #seekingod’zkingdm KEEPIN’ IT REAL…The first 60 days in office, President Biden “had already deported more people to Haiti than Donald Trump deported in all of 2020, said Daoud Andre, a Brooklyn-based radio host and organizer with the Committee to Mobilize Against Dictatorship in Haiti. Haitian dictator Jovenel Moise is as much a lackey for Biden as he was for Trump, said Andre, because Jovenel answers to whoever is in charge in the US.

After serving decades in prison for a crime they did not commit, The Buffalo 5 have suffered enough injustice! Tell DA Flynn to Take the Legal Knee off their necks so they can breathe!!


The community is asked to call D.A. John Flynn (716) 858-2424 Extension 1, and ask him to NOT oppose the Motion To Vacate Indictment 41-413.


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Frustrating Experience What they make it look like ain't always what it is!

the attention that is necessary to bring these women home, these young ladies, these girls home to their families.” He was also critical of the college’s initial response, which he called “inadequate.” During the press conference the initial time line of Saniyya’s disappearance was discussed: • Saniyya, 5 feet, 3 inches tall, who weighs approximately 125 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes was last seen wearing a black hoodie and hat leaving from her Bishop dorm at Buffalo State College on an elevator and then walking towards Elmwood Avenue around 10:30 pm. There was a man on the elevator as seen on the footage. The family says police did not interviewed the man until they asked them to do so. •It is believed that she may have caught the Elmwood bus downtown and then the #40 bus to Niagara Falls. •The last time the family heard from her was at 12:20 a.m. Sunday (4/25) when she texed her mother and told her she would give her a call in the morning. She never called. The family called the college Saniyya's Sister Keyora and asked for a welfare check Dennis. on Saniyya twice Sunday evening after not hearing from her all day. •It wasn’t until six days later that a news conference was called. •The last ping from her cell phone was at 1:15am (4/25) near Goat Island in Niagara Falls • No transactions have been made on any of her financial accounts,. •Search efforts in and around the park are on going. Every day at noon and 6:00 p.m. a group meets up to look around the park, and they're inviting anyone who wants to help to join them. •Earlier this week Saniyya’s father issued a plea to businesses on Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls, asking them to submit any surveillance footage they may have. As reported by Chanel 7 Eyewitness News he said he's seen surveillance video that police believe is his daughter walking in Niagara Falls. She was alone. Pray for Saniyya’s safe return. -Staff Reporter

Dear Editor, I have been going to the downtown DMV for several months now trying to get my Georgia driver’s license changed to a New York State license with no success. I have submitted all the documents and items that were requested - a letter with my current address, my birth certificate, marriage license, unemployment letter and card, Well Care card and a copy of my Georgia’s drivers license. At one point I was told they had everything they needed. They have all my information but I still don’t’ have my license. I. have even been disrespected and I feel like I’m getting the run around. My experience has been frustrating to say the least. I’m wondering if anyone else has had this problem. Meanwhile I’m still waiting! -Manuella Culpepper

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Kenyan Mosque Offended by Jay Z's T-Shirt Design, Demands Apology from US-Based Kenyan Designer Leaders of the Riyadha Mosque and Islamic Centre in Lamu, Kenya, have demanded an apology from a US-based Kenyan designer for misusing the mosque’s portrait. This comes days after US singer and businessman Jay Z was spotted exiting a restaurant in California last week donning a T-shirt bearing the image of the iconic mosque. The T-shirt was designed by US-based Kenyan designer Zeddie Lukoye of Blkburd Genes, a company that has been on a mission to educate people around the world about history, nature, and current affairs.

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Oakland Program Distributes $500 to Families of Color NNPA NEWSWIRE — Oakland, Calif., Mayor Libby Schaaf announced that the city would begin a guaranteed income project that would provide $500 per month to Black and Indigenous families.The assistance, which targets lowincome families of color in the 426,000-population city, will last 18 months. Mayor Schaaf detailed that the money comes with “nostrings attached,” and recipients can use it as they please. “We have designed this demonstration project to add to the body of evidence and to begin this relentless campaign to adopt a guaranteed income federally,” Mayor Schaaf told the local ABC News station. (Go to thechallengernews. comm for more)


he idea of two very different voices, from two distinctly different political camps, pushing the same basic message should be an obvious questionable coincidence. ls it a coincidence or is it a Con-Incidence? Just think about it for a moment. The entire world is now acknowledging that America was birthed in the quintessential 'Original Sin.' The sin meaning the enslavement of African people. Period. That was its first wrong, its first evil and that happened in America as it happened nowhere else on the planet. Nowhere on earth were people stripped of their humanity and made into "Chattel" in the way that it was done in America. The way it was done, with years of negative propaganda, in movies, in commercials, in schools, on BaBa billboards and even in churches. The daily narrative that people commuENG nicated and spread throughout the world, the false idea of Black inferiority and White superiority was common. In branding of goods and services the negative images of Black people portrayed in the most demeaning and even animalistic ways were the images of the day. Remember the film "Birth of a Nation" and all the other non-sensical and even crazy portrayal of Black people that were rampant in American culture? Look at Professor Asa Hilliard's video: "The Defamation of Black People." Also, remember that the defamation of Black people was codified into law by by the Supreme Court of the United States in the infamous Dred Scott decision where the Chief Judge said that the Blacks had no rights that White folks were bound to respect, and then in Plessey vs. Ferguson and on and on throughout the years of Jim Crow. Now, in 2021, to have the President of the United States, in an address to Our Nation and the whole world, say that America is a racist country, then right after that falsehood was pushed at us, they send out the Top Negro in the Country, beloved by Donald Trump and the rest of ultra conservative Republicans and out of their minds, insecure and hateful White folks: Tim Scott, who says on National television, as a "Black man," even prostituting the image of his mother, "I know America is not a racist country." It was like a one-two punch to the gut of every truth telling, truth seeking and truth upholding Black and White person in the world. Tim Scott even went so far as to actually say, despite all the obvious evidence to the contrary, that the recent laws restricting the right to vote in Georgia were actually helpful to Black folks. Yes, he really said that! When you think about it, knowing as we do, that the only thing that puts a muzzle on the racist inclinations of President Joe Biden, is our Vice President Kamala Harris, remembering that it was Joe Biden who was at the forefront of the mass incarceration of Black and Brown men characterizing us as predators. So, when you factor all of that into this equation, it is not farfetched to think that maybe President Joe Biden slipped away from the oversight of Vice President Harris and made a deal with the Republicans in the form of Tim Scott to choreograph the falsehood that America is not a racist country; despite the evidence of America's history of race riots, lynchings, current events like January 6th and the fact that over 70 million people in this country of ours voted for a man who spouted a racist diatribe from the White House for four years, are realities that we must never forget. It is like what con men do when they send in one person to open you up to the rip off, and then they send in the second con man and act like they don't know one another and arc not together and yet together they proceed to pull the proverbial wool over your eyes, as they strip you of all of your valuables. Just think about that and how it played out on the same night, actually on the same channel and know for a fact that the valuables at stake right now are the highest they have ever been, which is the actual future of Back People in America and the world. My people, now is the time when we have to come together and really be on the same page with our words and our actions. Words do count and actions really do matter so listen carefully to everything that is said and talk about it in groups of real friends and rea1 people that you know. Have those discussions that ain't nobody else talking about 'cause they think it don't matter. All of this matters, everything matters and everyone matters. All of our voices and all of our analysis belong on the table and just believe that we can work it out. We really have some among us who are capable of understanding our history and our present condition in ways that help us strategize and work that will serve our collective interest as Black people, that when joined with the rest of the world's humanity, makes for a future where all of us can breathe and yes, all of us matter Equally and with Equity!



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Rise Up Right Highlights In Sports 2021 NFL Draft Highlights By Mike D Welcome to Rise Up Right, where we give you the best sports news and highlights, and updates taking full circle in the sports world. Thank you for your continued support....and with that being said Let's Rise Up.... Buffalo Bills News In the 2021 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected...... Round 1 • Pick 30 (30) • DE Greg Rousseau Round 2 • Pick 29 (61) • DE Boogie Basham Round 3 • Pick 30 (93) • OT Spencer Brown Round 5 • Pick 17 (161) • OT Tommy Doyle Round 6 • Pick 19 (203) • WR Marquez Stevenson Round 6 • Pick 28 (212) • S Damar Hamlin Round 6 • Pick 29 (213) • CB Rachad Wildgoose Round 7 • Pick 8 (236) • G Jack Anderson The Bills organization stunned majority of Bills Mafia with the first round pick as many where upset that the Bills didn't select Jeremiah Owusu Koramoah from Notre Dame plus Asante Samuel Jr. was also on the board as some fans were hoping to pick up a CB2 early in the draft. For more Buffalo Bills draft conversation. Tune in to Buffalo Bills Edition of Rise Up Early on Facebook Live at 9pm. NFL Draft 1st Round Selections 1) Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson 2) New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU 3) San Francisco 49ers (from HOU through MIA) – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State 4) Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida 5) Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU 6) Miami Dolphins (from PHI) – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama 7) Detroit Lions – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon 8) Carolina Panthers – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina 9) Denver Broncos – Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama 10) Philadelphia Eagles (from DAL) – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama 11) Chicago Bears (from NYG) – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State 12) Dallas Cowboys (from PHI through SF, MIA) – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State 13) Los Angeles Chargers – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern 14) New York Jets (from MIN) – Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC 15) New England Patriots – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama 16) Arizona Cardinals – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa 17) Las Vegas Raiders – Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama 18) Miami Dolphins – Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami 19) Washington Football Team – Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky 20) New York Giants (from CHI) – Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida 21) Indianapolis Colts – Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan 22) Tennessee Titans – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech 23) Minnesota Vikings (from NYJ through SEA) – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech 24) Pittsburgh Steelers – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama 25) Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR) – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson 26) Cleveland Browns – Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern 27) Baltimore Ravens – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota 28) New Orleans Saints – Payton Turner, DE, Houston 29) Green Bay Packers – Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia 30) Buffalo Bills – Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami 31) Baltimore Ravens (from KC) – Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State 32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Joe Tryon, LB, Washington For more draft information watch Monday Night Madness every Monday Night at 10pm on Facebook Live. For more sports talk and news follow me on Facebook @Andre Robinson or D'Andre Torch Robinson. Join the Rise Up Family Sports Network for a look at all the daily sports shows. Download the OnPoint Network on any TV, Phone, or Tablet. Join our YouTube Channel at RiseUpFamily. Also tune in to the Rise Up Unlimited Radio Show on WDAP Radio and Spreaker every Thursday at 430pm.


ell, I didn’t see that coming. Even with having the 30th pick, this draft was as exciting as any other since 2018. One reason for the excitement was social media chatter. The armchair General Managers, especially myself, were complimenting and criticizing the selections. Obviously, we didn’t have any major needs, so criticizing anything will come across as nit-picky, but nitpicking is what I do best. Let’s get into what I liked about the draft. Likes



The selection of Gregory Rousseau surprised me. I know I stated in my pre-draft article that 4 needs of the Buffalo Bills were RB, TE, DE, and CB. Thus, from a need’s standpoint, Rousseau made sense. The draft is about the present and the future, and this pick represents both. Last year Frazier started sending extra rushers to generate pressure because we couldn’t get there with 4. I’m hoping that Rousseau helps alleviate this issue. But he is also security for the future. Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison are in the last year of their contract, and we don't want AJ Epenesa and Darryl Johnson to be our only Defensive Ends under contract. Another thing I loved is how we addressed the offensive line. Josh Allen is the most important asset that the Buffalo Bills have. Therefore, we better make sure that we protect that asset as best as we can. Getting Spencer Brown, at 6’8 and 311lbs, Tommy Doyle, at 6’8 and 320lbs, and Jack Anderson at 6’5 and 315lbs, is an impressive way to accomplish this. I love offense, so drafting a WR will always make me ecstatic. Especially Marquez Stevenson who is a 6’0, 190 lbs speedster. With Andre Roberts playing for the Houston Texans, I foresee Stevenson taking over that role as a return specialist, and eventually developing into a speedy slot receiver for Josh Allen. Dislikes Not a lot to dislike about this draft, but 2 picks had me scratching my head. The Bills not only got a DE in the 1st round, but they also drafted one in the 2nd round. I explained why I was ok with the first one, and while I understand the need for another, at some point we need to put Epenesa on the field to see what happens. Beane is treating him like a bust and sunk cost. I did not have Buffalo selecting a first-round pick, but I had them trading back into the 2nd round (Beane said they had a deal, but Rousseau was there). But, if I had to pick a position, I would’ve guessed CB. They haven’t addressed it in any meaningful way since the selection of Tre White in 2017, and he was pick #27. At #30, I knew it was possible to get a good player. Instead, we waited for round 6 to draft a CB. I know Beane said a lot may change from now until training camp; I personally dislike hoping for a team to release a starting cornerback. I would’ve preferred taking fate into our own hands. But hey, Rachad Wildgoose (the best name in the draft) may surprise us. In closing, I believe that McBeane did an outstanding job. They addressed the needs of now and in the future. We all watched Patrick Mahomes light us up in the AFC championship game, and then 2 weeks later, run for his life versus the Buccaneers. Apparently, McBeane watched that game as well, because they are attempting to emulate that. Sending 4 and dropping 7 is one way to beat Patrick Mahomes. Another way is by scoring points, and drafting O-linemen and a speedy WR will help with that. After looking over the draft, I believe McBeane did an amazing job. Pre-draft, there is always a philosophical debate about drafting for need versus drafting the best player available. With Buffalo not having any major needs, drafting the best player available made all the sense in the world. I believe it will be more beneficial in the long run. (Story editor: Angela James) FIND JOBS ON CHALLENGERNEWS.COM/JOBS


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NINE-FIVE SHOGUN, LLC. Art of Org. Filed with SSNY on 03/19/2021. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 48 Marilyn Dr, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. April15,22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

Name of LLC: 2727 Elmwood Ave, LLC Date of filing of Articles of Organization with NY Dept of State: 04/13/2021. Office of the LLC: 394 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 Erie County. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of process to the LLC at 394 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. Purpose of LLC: Any lawful purpose. No specific duration attached to LLC. April 29, May 6,13, 20,27 June 3

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SMASH ZONE LLC. Filed with SSNY on 03/29/21. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail copy to: 2560 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214. Purpose: Any lawful. April15,22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

A Natural Eye Home Inspection LLC Notice of formation LLC, Art.of.Org filed with SSNY 1/28/21 office: Erie County.USCA.Inc designated agent of upon whom may process against it may be served.SSNY shall mail process to 7014 13th ave suite 202, Brooklyn NY 11228. Purpose of LLC:Any lawful purpose under Ny llc act. April 8,15,22,29 May 6,13

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Spain Integrated Group LLC. Articles of Organization filed 01/21/2021 in Erie County. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NY SOS shall mail copy of process to 117 Southampton Street Buffalo, NY 14209. No dissolution date. Spain Integrated Group LLC will serve as a consumer services company. April 1, 8,15,22,29 May 6 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Rental And Travel Services, LLC . Art. of Org. Filed with the SSNY on {03/18/2021}. Office. Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process it may be served. SSNY should mail copy of process of the LLC, 82 Clay St Buffalo, NY 14207. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. May 6, 13,20,27 June 3, 10

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Suga Soul LLC Arts. of Org. filled with the SSNY on 02/09/2021. Office: Erie County. SSNY is designated as an agent of the LLC upon whom the process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC, 505 Berkshire Ave. Buffalo, NY 14201. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. April15,22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 NAME CHANGE

Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Supreme Court, Erie Index Number I2021/600108, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk located at 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York grants me the right to assume the name Khalil Anderson. The city and state of my present address are Buffalo, NY; the month and year of my birth are May 2003; the place of my birth is Buffalo, NY; my present name is Khalil Dantzler.

Radney Sports continued from page 2 Wildgoose out of Wisconsin. My only concern with Wildgoose is his injury of a broken shoulder. He did not play in 2020 and will have to see if he can get back to the fierce hard-hitting player that he was before the injury. The Bills final pick in the 8th round was Jack Anderson , 6’4, 314 pounds out of Texas Tech. he looks like former Bill Richie Incognito and hopefully he won’t play like him. I look forward to training camp and hopefully will be able to see these draft picks in person to get a better idea who will make the team. There should be pre- season games to watch and we all will be better able to gage these players.



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Virtual Panels on Fighting for Voting Rights and Covid-19's Impact on Schools The League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara will present two free online panel discussions this month: Fighting for Our Vote 2.0 on Thursday, May 13, and on The Effect of Covid-19 on Schools on Wednesday, May 19. Starting at 7 p.m., Fighting for Our Vote 2.0 continues a conversation that began on February 23 and will again be moderated by Buffalo City Court Judge Lenora Foote-Beavers, former chair of the Diversity Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Western New York. Returning panelists BJ Stasio, president of SANYS, and L. Nathan Hare, former president and CEO of the Community Action Organization of Western New York, will be joined by Jeremy Zellner and Ralph Mohr, Erie County Board of Elections Commissioners; and Barbara Gunderson, the League’s Voter Services Chair. Questions for discussion include how citizens get to vote, what happens to ballots once they are cast, how voting can be made accessible to all, and myths and facts about voting. This program is co-sponsored by NAACP and SANYS. The Effect of Covid-19 on Schools will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. From the challenges of remote learning to the lack of sports, activities and socialization, this program will explore the impact of the pandemic by tapping into the experience of people who are experiencing it right now. Moderated by Marian Deutschman, the League’s Program, Issues & Events Committee Chair, the panel will comprise a diverse group of teachers, students, parents and administrators. Both programs are free and open to the public. Reservations can be made online at www.lwvbn.org. Participants will receive an email with instructions to join each Zoom session. ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

LEGAL NOTICE Bid COUNTY OF ERIE 95 FRANKLIN STREET DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES BUFFALO, NEW YORK County of Erie, New York RFP RELEASE The Erie County Department of Social Services is seeking proposals from qualified not-for profit agencies to provide COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Outreach and Application Assistance Services (RFP #2021-028VF) in Erie County. The RFPs can be found at http:// www2.erie.gov/purchasing/index. php?q=requests-proposals-ampconstruction-bids starting on May 6, 2021. A complete copy of the package can also be obtained by contacting Judith Kolmetz, at 716-858-7932, or via email at Judith.Kolmetz@erie. gov on or after May 6, 2021. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with the ECDSS contact person listed on the specific RFP. Prospective proponents, or their representatives, shall not make contact with or communicate with any representatives of the County, including employees and consultants, other than the designated person in regard to any aspect of this proposal. One copy of the final sealed proposal is due to the Erie County Department of Social Services, ATTN: JUDITH KOLMETZ, 95 Franklin Street, Room 804, Buffalo, New York 14202, by 3:00 p.m. (EST) on May 21, 2021. An electronic version of the submission must be submitted according to the instructions contained in the proposal. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Marie A. Cannon Commissioner of Social Services

LEGAL NOTICE Bid Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the ECWA Van de Water Treatment Plant Project on 5/11/21 at 11am. Please fax bids (716-822-4367) or email (bids@ rpoakhill.com) prior to 11:00 am. The scope of work includes asbestos abatement, select demo, site, concrete, masonry, steel, painting, pumps, crane, process piping and electrical, etc. The contract documents can be purchased at Avalon Printing, (P: 716-995-7777). This project is prevailing wage. ***W/M/ DBE & SDVOB participation is encouraged.

LEGAL NOTICE Bid Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the UB – Crosby Hall Renovation Project on 5/12/21 at 2:00pm. Please fax bids (716822-4367) or email (bids@rpoakhill. com) prior to 2:00 pm. The scope of work includes site, concrete, masonry, steel, millwork, roofing, glass & glazing, doors/frames/hardware, carpentry, plaster, painting, flooring, specialties, M/E/P/FP, etc. The contract documents may be examined at Construction Exchange or can be purchased at Avalon Printing, (P: 716-995-7777). This project is (OPEN SHOP / PREVAILING WAGE). ***W/M/DBE & SDVOB participation is encouraged.


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wiley.patricia9@gmail.com LEGAL NOTICE Bid COUNTY OF ERIE 95 FRANKLIN STREET DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES BUFFALO, NEW YORK County of Erie, New York RFP RELEASE The Erie County Department of Social Services is seeking proposals from qualified agencies to provide Parent Training Services. The RFP #2021-022VF can be found at http:// www.erie.gov and a complete copy of the package can also be obtained by contacting Carrie Godfrey, ECDSS, at 716-858-6086, or via Carrie.Godfrey@erie.gov. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with the ECDSS contact person listed on the specific RFP. Prospective proponents, or their representatives, shall not make contact with or communicate with any representatives of the County, including employees and consultants, other than the designated person in regard to any aspect of this proposal. Final sealed proposals are due to the Erie County Department of Social Services, 95 Franklin Street, Room 804, Buffalo, New York 14202, by 4:00 p.m. (EST) on June 2, 2021. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Marie A. Cannon, Commissioner of Social Services

LEGAL NOTICE Bid NOTICE TO BIDDERS Town of Amherst Contract Compliance & Administration Department RFP #202104 Senior Center Audio Visual Equipment Sealed proposals for the above mentioned project in the Town of Amherst, NY will be received by the Contract Compliance & Administration Office in the Municipal Building, Williamsville, NY 14221 on or before 3:00 PM local time on May 27, 2021. A mandatory Bidders Conference is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm at the Town of Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228. This will be the only scheduled conference. Specifications may be obtained via e-mail to khalton@amherst.ny.us or examined at the Contract Compliance & Administration Office of the Town of Amherst between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM through the due date, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. By Order of the Town Board Town of Amherst, New York Lynda L. Juul Director of Finance


EMPLOYMENT Coordinator of Communications

Lincoln Memorial Church is seeking a part-time Coordinator of Communication to work directly with the Pastor to develop and implement communication strategies for the Church and its ministries. Responsibilities Include: -Enhancing the church's internet presence -Community outreach -Developing messaging to promote the church's ministries. -Embracing Christian teachings -Being available for Sunday worship and other church activities and services -Completing other administrative tasks as needed Qualifications: Minimum 2-year college degree or relevant communications experience experience in social media development proficiency in use of Apple software, Keynote, Pages, other programs experience in public relations and marketing

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Seeking Pastor The White Rock Missionary Baptist Church is prayerfully seeking a Pastor, called by God to effectively carry out His mission and vision for the church. Minimum qualifications include: licensed or ordained Baptist minister; bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and or theological seminary: and five (5) years of ministerial experience. Qualified applicants must email a letter of interest to whiterockmbcbflo@gmail. com no later than June 30th 2021 to receive further application requirements.


ARE YOU REGITERED TO VOTE? The deadline to register to vote is May 28 for the Primary Election which is June 22. You can register at the Erie County Board of Elections, 134 West Eagle St. Call 858-8891 for more information.

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,Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •May 6., 2021

community calendar Join The Dorothy Collier Community Center’s FREE Virtual Book Club! The Dorothy Collier Community Center’s FREE Virtual Book Club started a new book on Friday, April 30th @ 11AM. Participants are reading Terry McMillan's latest book, "It's Not All Downhill From Here" For information or to register call (716)882-0602. • Here's the link to register or send to a friend to register: https://form.jotform.

Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, Inc. Family History Program Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 P.M. Dr. Patrick Freeman keynote speaker. Access the virtual program on Webex on Thursday, May 6th @ 7:00 PM May 7 Deadline for Freedom Gardens Applications! Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to grow your own organic fruits and vegetables this summer with Buffalo Freedom Gardens! Applications are still available until May 7! Free raised cedar beds or earth box, organic seedlings and premium soil will be provided for each gardener. For applications visit foodforthespirit. org also follow @buffalofreedomgardens on social media

Why Should I Use A Mortgage Broker or Financing Consultant? by Calvin Hollie Part 2 Conclusion Mortgage Broker Or Financing Professional?


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AARP NY Brings Back Chef Alexa for Another Virtual Plant Based Cooking Class! Join AARP and Chef Alexa on Wednesdy, May, 12,19 and 26 at 6pm each time to learn how to make healthy Plant-Based diet focusing on natural minimally processed foods made from plants that meet our daily nutritional need! Go to aarp. com to register or come by the challenger website for the link. This free event is for both members and non members. follow Chef Alexa on social media @eatoffart.

COVID Emotional Support Helpline NY Project Hope Coping with COVID and Buffalo Urban League have teamed up to provide an emotional support helpline for those in need. The helpline provides information, education, emotional support, links and resources. Call 716 2502478 Monday – Saturday 8am-7pm or email projecthope@buffalourbanleague. org .

Financing Consultants or Mortgage brokers are licensed and regulated financial professionals acting as the bridge between borrowers and lenders. Brokers can originate loans but do not close and fund mortgages themselves, and they can help you find the best lender for your needs. Unlike a mortgage banker, which offers only one bank's products and uses that bank's funds to originate loans, a mortgage broker provides access to loans from a variety of lenders. Those lending companies make the mortgages to borrowers. Mortgage brokers work in tandem with other professionals throughout the entire financing process helping to accomplish your goals. The role of these financing professionals is to work closely with the client to advise and even educate them as to what they will need in the financing process. The major benefit of course is that they work for you the borrower and not the lender. So, their interest is in successfully navigating you through the lending process to ultimately bring your loan to closing and funding. What's in it for the broker? A mortgage broker receives a fee that is a smaIl percentage of your loan amount, usually 1 % to 2%. Which is typically

paid at the closing. These fees can be rolled into the loan amount and paid to the broker by the closing agent as part of closing cost. Obviously, there are federal laws in place to protect you the borrower against predatory lending practices, limiting the amount the broker can charge. But of course, two of the major advantages for using a mortgage broker is saving you both time and money. Additionally, a mortgage broker can: 1.Provide you with access to different lenders, loan types and rates. 2.Offer loans and rates that a traditional bank cannot. 3.Provide insights into loan affordability and your chances of loan approval. 4.Work closely with the lender's underwriting team which could help you close your loan faster. Finding a good financing professional may be challenging. I recommend shopping around to find not only a good personality fit but also a broker who has the right knowledge to support your financing needs. Interviewing brokers can also help you find the right blend of personality, professionalism, responsive communication and trust. Consider not only rates and on-time closings but also how well the broker communicates and connects with you. If you're struggling to choose between a bank or a mort-

gage broker, think about whether you're willing to put in the time to find the loan you need. And if not, are you willing to pay for someone else to do the legwork? Consider a mortgage broker if: You want someone else to do the work of finding a good lender. You have a lower credit score or other loan application challenges, and a good broker will know which lenders are willing to work with you. Calvin Hollie - is President & Founder of Integrity Business Solutions Group, Inc., with over 24 years of experience in the mortgage and financial services industry. He can be reached at (877)777-4274 or direct at (716)256-4632 www.integritybizgroup.com


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USMC From Jan 91 - Jan95 Served in Okinawa Japan with the 9th Engineer Support Battalion Camp Legeune, NC 2nd Supply Battalion Hometown Buffalo, NY •Currently working with The Juneteenth Committee •Educator CoNECT (Community Network for Engagement Connection and Transformation) •Artist (poet, musician, actress) •Resource for Holistic Transformation for Families and Community dayatraamber.com

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Challenger Community News • t hec hallengernews.com •MAY 6, 2021

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Affordable apartments for seniors 55 and up! PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPLICATION (716) 541-1190 Applications may be obtained by phone, mail or at the temporary rental office at: 45 Jewett Ave, Suite 250, Buffalo, NY 14212 Please return all completed applications to the temporary office: Westminster Commons Phone (716) 541-1190, TTY 711 Fax (716) 815-6659 Email westminster@rcgltd.net

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