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2 4Th Annual Bronze Collective Theatre Fest Honors Frederick Douglass A Week's Infusion of African American Theatrical Art The Bronze Collective Theatre Fest concludes its fourth season of performances at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 16 and 17 along with a 2 p.m. Feb. 18 matinee at the Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC), 142 Atlantic Ave., in Rochester's Neighborhood of the Arts. The festival, which began on Monday, Feb. 12, coincides with Black History Month. It features drama, storytelling, spoken word and more. Schedule of remaining festival performances: *February 14/Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Mustard Seed, Private Pain, a play about a pastor who has a crisis of faith when his life is turned upside down by a series of personal tragedies and the reappearance of past temptations, by Michael Atkins Yawn. *February 15/Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Times In the Life of Frederick Douglass, spotlighting two separate, but critical, periods in the public and private worlds of the well-known abolitionist, author and agitator, by AKWAABA; The Heritage Associates.

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Rochester’s United Community Calls for Major Rally in Response to Trump's Hatred & Racism


omething big, really, really big is about to happen in Rochester on Saturday, February 17. A turnout of at least one thousand people is expected at the historic Central Church of Christ (101 S. Plymouth Ave. across the street from the Public Safety Building). Organizers are asking people to arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. --- at which time there will be a planned march from the church to the downtown Liberty Pole. How did this develop, and what is the purpose?

One of the community's most distinguished elders, a local and national civil and human rights legend and icon, a man who some of us refer to Minister Franklin D. Florence Sr. as the sage, Minister Franklin D. Florence Sr. has called us together to develop a united community response and demand for an apology regarding Donald Trump's ongoing hateful, racist, rhetoric and policies, the latter of which are causing devastatingly-negative affects on the lives of millions of poor people of color in particular, as well as poor people in general. Minister Florence called us together a few weeks ago, on January 18th. We have continued to hold weekly strategy sessions at the historic FIGHT Village campus and housing complex each Thursday. Since the time of the initial meeting, which drew about 25 people, the numbers have more than tripled. During the initial meeting, Minister Florence noted that he didn't necessarily have a "grand plan," but said "the magic comes when you put people together who want to do the same thing for the same reason." He also noted that he feels "it's important for us here in Frederick Douglass City to have our voices out there with the rest of the nation. Our spiritual beliefs demands that we must stand against evil. In this case, not only should we stand together against hatred and racism, but we should demand an apology. A poster/placard/protest-sign-making activity will be held at FIGHT Village Community Room 186 Ward Street on Friday, February 16th at 6:00 p.m. Please feel free to join us, and help spread the word.

*February 16/Friday, 7:30 p.m. NOW AND THEN Spirits or souls find themselves trapped together in one room, where the outcome can be at best interesting and at worst, deadly, depending on one's perspective, by Grace Flores-Nicholson. *February 17/Saturday, 7:30 p.m. , The Dividing Line, societies collide when teenage girls of different races meet, by Karen Culley. *February 18/Sunday, 2 p.m. Let's Have Church, a gospel showcase, featuring Rochester gospel legend Deacon Melvin Snead, spoken word by Marvelous Marvin along with a youth performance as well as other special guest artists. Admission ranges from $5 to $20. For performance details or to buy tickets online, go to For further information, call Mood Makers Books at (585) 271-7010 or go to http://

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TOPS Executives Attend Community Meeting, Hear Residents Concerns: Follow Up Forum Set for March 21 By Nanette Massey

Visit Buffalo Niagara to Premier New AfricanAmerican Heritage Video

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Funeral Services Set for Journalist Chris Stevenson Funeral services will he held for long time journalist “Chris” Christopher Stevenson on Wednesday, July 14 at 3 p.m. at Thomas T. Edwards Funeral Home, 995 Genesee Street.

UPOP Ministry Accepting Nominations for Women's History Month Awards Nellie B. King, President of Unlimited Possibilities Overcoming Poverty, Incorporate , has announced that UPOP Ministry , Inc. is ready to receive applicants or recommended women to be honored for Women’s History Month. This will be the 11th annual affair , which not only honors women ,but also awards scholarships to qualified applicants having completed their first year of college, coming from an impoverished background. Tickets are also available now at $40 each and can be obtained by contacting : 835-9549. Applicants can contact Mrs. King at the same telephone number for pick up of a form.

Visit Buffalo Niagara, the official tourism promotion agency for Erie County, is premiering a new promotional video about Buffalo’s African-American heritage at the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at 7 p.m. The short promotional video is intended to inspire potential visitors to discover the rich array of experiences found in Buffalo’s African-American community. Co-produced by Sandy White, The video highlights the story of the Underground Railroad, the jazz giants who walked through the doors of the Buffalo Colored Musicians Club, the Buffalo Colored Musicians Club Museum, the Nash House, the Michigan Street Baptist Church, the Paul Robeson Theatre, Juneteenth Festval, the Pappy Martin Jazz Festival and Pine Grill Jazz Reunion, the Freedom Wall, Broderick Park, and the diverse array of stories and experiences that make Buffalo a compelling destination for visitors in search of an authentic American place.

Reflection of Love: Remembering Homicide Families “Reflection of Love: Remembering Homicide Families,” will be held Sunday, February 18 at Club 1210, formally The Groove, from 4-8 p.m. The event, which is open to the public, is being hosted by No More Tears and The Committee to Elect Tina Sanders. Music by DJ Tone.

Free legal Clinic The Free Legal Advice Clinic is free of charge and open to the public. Lawyers will be on hand to discuss issues and give advice on ANY issues you have questions about. The clinic is hosted by WNY Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNY COSH) and PUSH Buffalo and takes place at Our Lady of Hope Church corner of Lafayette and Grant Thursday February 15 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Any questions call 833-5416.

East Buffalo residents met at the Merriweather Library last Wednesday for a forum to voice concerns about the nearby Jefferson Avenue Tops supermarket. The forum was arranged and moderated by retired legislator Betty Jean Grant. David Christopher, the Manager of the Jefferson Avenue location, started, thanking the community for the opportunity to have such dialogue. Christopher has been with Tops for 18 years, and this store's manager for just over a month. "Customer service, that's what I'm all about," he said. His store has added more staff, is still hiring, and has bought 40 new carts, he pointed out. In response to complaints about the comparative quality of its produce, Christopher assured the stock being delivered to Jefferson comes from the same Lancaster warehouse that services all other Tops stores. The floor was opened. Masten District Councilman Ulysees Wingo Sr. began with "if I could just talk to y'all as family for a minute, we need to treat ourselves better among ourselves. If we don't respect what we have, nobody else will," encouraging patience with employees as well as employee courtesy towards the customer base. Much of the commentary focused on the staff's youth, and an acknowledgment that employees are sourced from a local population without a lot of experience shopping themselves in places where service is high end. A former Tops security employee said "let's face it, the hiring pool is kinda' rough. We as a community need to help ourselves by talking to our young people." The theme was holding young people accountable and continuing to stress that a supermarket clerk job is valuable training ground for future employment. One participant surmised "we could possibly have the next mayor of Buffalo working at this store", adding that it is worth it for Tops management and local customers to put their faith and effort in the young workers. Others cautioned against turning the meeting into a session where the Black community simply blames itself. A former manager of Round-The-Clock-Mart placed the responsibiity on Tops to train their employees up to the Tops brand standard, despite what background they may come from. Ellicott District Councilman Darius Pridgen woke up the crowd by offering to allocate $5,000 for customer service training directed towards developing area raw talent into potentially excellent candidates for new openings. In a February 9 video posted to his Facebook page, Pridgen acknowledged the Jefferson store currently operates at a profit loss but still chooses to remain, and that at the end of the day "an employer's job is not to train culture." He believes the community needs the store and should also do its part to provide good talent if it desires the store to keep these jobs in the neighborhood. Regional V.P. Mike Patti closed the meeting thanking the audience for honesty and respect, affirmed Tops' commitment to the neighborhood, and asked all to have patience with the store's manager while changes are being implemented. Other Tops local executives who were in attendance included Media Relations Manager Kathy Romanowski,, Director of Customer Experience Cheryl Colbert, Director of Edible Groceries Keith McFayden, and Buffalo Central District Manager Mike Dudziak. A follow up forum is scheduled at the same location for March 21, 5:30 p.m., after information from this meeting has been compiled and assessed.

Masten Residents Eligible for $4,000 in Free Accidental Death Insurance!


recently found out through talking with Ada Clemons of the Board of Block Clubs that EVERY Masten resident can get $4000 in accidental death or dismemberment insurance. The group policy has already been created by the National Income Life Insurance Company with the Masten Block Club Coalition. To qualify all you have to do is call me (716-308-0506) and give me your address so they can send you their “new benefits” letter and get your beneficiary information. When you speak to them, please let them know you are associated with the Masten Block Club Coalition. DUNCAN The company has a range of products and types of coverage they will show you, but there is no need to buy anything to get the FREE $4000 benefit. When KIRKWOOD you call me please just tell me you are interested in the coverage and give me your mailing address. In our community we do a terrible job of planning for when we pass away. Often we have families who have to take up collections or fundraise to pay for all the expenses associated with one’s passing. This opportunity is incredible, and I am trying my best to get the information out to as many people as possible. This information was already sent out to Masten block club leaders last year, but now we are trying to get the information out to everyone in Masten. If you know someone who lives in Masten, please share this information with them. Peace and Love.



oseph Hodge, also called "Black Joe," was recorded as the first Black settler in 1792. He lived in a barkcovered cabin at the mouth of Little Buffalo Creek, and he kept a barroom and served as an interpreter with the native Americans. He moved to the Cattaraugus Reservation in 1807 and married an Indian woman. Most Blacks on the Niagara Frontier were free men, but eight were listed as slaves in 1808. Captain Pratt had a Black servant girl called Tam and a fugitive slave named Jack Ray in 1813. A law in 1817 called for the gradual abolition of slavery in the state. Fifty-eight Blacks lived in Buffalo in 1828, working as servants, barbers, laborers and boat stewards. They settled around Michigan and William streets and in 1831 founded Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Later, the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church became a station for the "underground railroad," a secret system for escorting runaway slaves from the South to freedom in the North and in Canada. One of the Michigan Avenue pastors, Dr. J. Edward Nash, came to Buffalo in 1892 and was instrumental in founding the local NAACP and the Buffalo Urban League. Born in 1868 in Virginia to a former slave family, he was pastor here for 61 years. By 1855, there were 704 Blacks living in 148 families, making Buffalo the tenth largest concentration of Blacks in the North at that time. “Our history did not begin in chains. It will not end in chains.”


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“Black Panther” Stars and Creators Reflect On Its Arrival

Reimagining "Black"

By Ronda Racha Penrice, Urban News Service


ans, who bought a record-setting number of advance tickets, weren’t the only ones anticipating the Feb. 16 opening of “Black Panther,” Marvel’s historic first black superhero film.

“I’ve been waiting a long time. I was just so, so excited because this was a movie [where] we all felt a lot of ownership, that we thoroughly enjoyed making,” said Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o during the film’s January 30 press conference at the Montage Beverly Hills the morning after its glitzy purple carpet premiere. Nyong’o plays Nakia, T’Challa/Black Panther’s love interest. Although T’Challa/Black Panther, whose superpowers include speed, strength, night vision, claws and more aided by his country’s powerful metal, Vibranium, was first introduced in the “Fantastic Four” comic book series in 1966, months before the founding of the iconic freedom-fighting Black Panther Party, “Black Panther” is the character’s first-ever live action film. Reportedly Jack Kirby, who created T’Challa/Black Panther with Stan Lee, took the name from the all-black U.S. Army 761st Tank Battalion of World War II dubbed “the Black Panthers.” Chadwick Boseman, well-known for his roles as such real-life heroes as Jackie Robinson and James Brown, is the first to ever play him on film, appearing in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” to great enthusiasm. He returns in “Avengers: Infinity War” May 4. “Black Panther” follows T’Challa/Black Panther’s journey, in the aftermath of his father’s death, to lead his technologically advanced nation, Wakanda, which the world believes is impoverished. Featuring black actors from the United States, England and various parts of Africa, “Black Panther” is the first Marvel film set in a black-ruled nation. As such, the film challenges the negative stereotypes in which the world typically views African nations. It also raises larger questions about what a successful never colonialized African country might look like and what role it would play in


today’s global landscape. The film’s larger significance was clearly important to Nyong’o and her fellow cast members – who included Boseman, Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger), Forest Whitaker (Zuri), Angela Bassett (T’Challa/Black Panther’s stepmother Ramonda), “Get Out” Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi) and more – during the Hollywood press conference where Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Ryan Coogler, the film’s cowriter and director, were also present. Jordan, who plays the main villain Erik Killmonger that challenges T’Challa/ Black Panther’s ascension as Wakanda’s king, said he only truly grasped the film’s importance after seeing it for the first time at the premiere. “I couldn’t describe that feeling before actually sitting down and watching that film and seeing yourself on screen, not just me personally, but people that look like me in power and having those socially relevant themes but in a movie that you want to sit down and watch and enjoy,” Jordan said. As someone from both the United States and Zimbabwe, Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye, leader of the female warriors known as the Dora Milaje who protect the king, had an even more positive response to the fictional Wakanda and its very real continent. Gurira shared that she appreciated the departure from the usual depictions of African countries as impoverished. “You see the power and potential of where you’re from, but you see how skewed it’s viewed by the world and how misrepresented it is and how distorted it is or besieged by the world so often,” she said. “[“Black Panther” is] kind of a salve to those wounds to see this world brought to life this way and to see all the potential and power of all the different African culturalisms and aspects of our being that’s actually celebrated,” she said. “Black Panther” is also noteworthy for its elevation of black women in the superhero genre, be they strong

T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) . . . Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018

like Gurira’s Okoye, humanitarian like Nyong’o’s Nakia, royal like Angela Bassett’s Ramonda or STEM geniuses like Letitia Wright’s Shuri who is T’Challa/Black Panther’s sister. That elevation was also present behind the scenes through the work of production designer Hannah Beachler, Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter and hair department head Camille Friend. “How it was written is that the men are always behind the women as well so no one is undermined,” said Wright of the film and her character. “The men are not like ‘you shouldn’t be in technology, you shouldn’t be in math.’ T’Challa is like ‘go ahead sis, this is your department, this is your domain, like kill it.’” Boseman attributes that gender balance to the vision that is Wakanda. “The idea of the next generation being smarter, being better than you, is a concept that they would have evolved to,” said Boseman. “So even though she’s reared in the same generation, she’s my younger sister, she benefits from whatever I have. So you want your sons and daughters to be better than you were. So that concept is a Wakandan concept.” Coogler, previously known for his independent social justice film “Fruitvale Station” and the latest installment of the Rocky franchise, “Creed,” both starring Jordan, said he was cautious not to tamper too much with the “Black Panther” spirit so well established by the comic books in the script he wrote with Joe Robert Cole.

By Leah Hamilton @happisplace

his week we not only celebrate Black History, but “Blacks in Film” History. The unexpected happened when the advanced tickets to Marvel’s new movie Black Panther became the highest pre-sold film in the history of the Marvel Comic Universe, all within the first 24 hours of ticket sales. Little did we know that right in the heart of the community, months before ticket sales went public, six friends had an idea to encourage a massive movement surrounding the film, which, in its own right, made history in the City of Buffalo. Meet PANTHFRICA, a collective of Black creatives formed in 2017 who’s unified goal is to help others reimagine “Black” by transforming and empowering the community through the arts and entrepreneurship. They have done the unthinkable, selling out four of Buffalo’s Regal Cinema theaters for the opening weekend of Black Panther and doing so long before tickets became available to the general public; dubbing them as The Official Private Screening Showcase for the Black Panther Film in Buffalo. Using their bright minds, creative entrepreneurial intuition and the power of the social network, PANTHFRICA created an exclusive celebratory screening event surrounding the film, offering movie goers ticket package options that led to the success of their sold out seats. During the sales they also encouraged their attending audience to dress in full African Regalia as part of the supportive celebration of this epic release during Black History Month. From tickets, to merchandise to Buffalo’s first ever Afro-Futurist Ball (an adult only event that takes place this Friday from 8:30p.m. – 1a.m. at the Barrel Factory 65 Vandalia Street) the members of PANTHFRICA are truly humbled and delighted by the outpouring of support they have received and are looking forward to bringing more experiences like this to the community. The collective is comprised of six emerging super talents who were all born, raised and educated in the City of Buffalo. Edreys Wajed is a well known multi-disciplined artist, mentor and entrepreneur recently recognized for his iconic work on The Freedom Wall. Drea D’Nur is a powerhouse artist, director, singer/composerand recording artist celebrated for her standing ovation tribute stage show, The Spirit of Nina Simone. Alexa Wajed is one of Buffalo’s most sought after emerging chefs specializing in vegan cuisine, who is also an educator, jewelry designer and entrepreneur.Amina theEmpress is a multi-dimensional artist, educator singer/songwriter and exceptional screen printer Sufana Wajed is a talented designer, mentor and associate producer / production coordinator for WNED. DQ Grant is a loved creative visionary and cultural enthusiast dedicated to providing support and guidance to underserved youth. For their group Q&A it became clear that these Black minds also think alike. Unified, positive and visionary, PANTHFRICA has the potential to be the agent for change we've been waiting for. Q.Who/What is PANTHFRICA? A.We are a collective of Black creatives and aim to help others reimagine “Black” by transforming and empowering our communities through the arts and entrepreneurship. Q.What does the PANTHFRICA name and symbol represent? A.We were striving for a logo image that would be ubiquitous and could stand boldly on its own not requiring much explanation. Both name and logo are a composite of a panther, that represents power, and the great continent of Africa known for the immeasurable wealth of knowledge it has lent the world in medicine, math, science and architecture. We wanted to create something that would cause a “recall” of that wealth and power. Q.Why PANTHFRICA Why Now? A. Because the time is now! It’s imperative for us not only as individuals but as an organization to curate interactions, experiences and events that primarily target the youth who are the future. They are largely marginalized and systemically stifled without the proper resources and outlets to reach their full potential. Individually we all live work love and grow as artists and strongly believe the arts have the power to heal and bring about positive change. There is no better time than the present to raise awareness among the youth and within the community to Reimagine “Black” in a society where the underserved are made to feel unworthy and forgotten especially the youth. Kids need to know what true support looks like and trust that it can look just like them. The rate of young people turning to drugs, alcohol, suicide and violence is very present in the community. Love support, attention and action is needed now more than ever. It’s our turn and responsibility to step forward to truly give back.

“You can go through our film and see something in there Q.Any past/present movements or organizations that may have inspired PANTHFRICA? probably from every writer A.Certainly, The Niagara Movement, Harlem Renaissance and the work of many humanitarian Continued Page 9

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“Black Her-Story” Extravaganza!


February 2018 Submitted by Kenneth and Sharon Holley •Feb. 13 Documentary film: The Healing Passage by S. Pearl Sharp Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue – 5:50-7:50

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The Nash House

Thur, Feb 15, 12&2pm FREE tours following storytelling by Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY. For more, call 856-4490 or 886-1399.

Michigan Street Baptist Church

Sat, Feb 17, 1pm In Pursuit of Liberty. Reenactments followed by commentary by DeShaun Baldwin & Natalia Marte, JD. FREE Tours 11am-1pm & 2:30-4pm.

Colored Musicians Club Sat, Feb 17, 11am-4pm Free tours

Black History Month Exhibit FEBRUARY 17-MARCH 4

Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Sq.

OPENING CEREMONY Saturday, Feb. 17, 1pm The exhibition features the Buffalo African American Museum, Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission, The Nash House Museum, Michigan Street Baptist Church, The Buffalo Colored Musicians Club, Power 96.5 WUFO, and the African American Cultural Center. Thank you to our Michigan Street sponsors: City of Buffalo, New York Power Authority, Erie County of New York State, The State of New York

Feb. 15 Free tours at the Nash House Museum, 36 Nash Street with Historical stories from Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY – 12 noon & 2pm Feb. 17 “We All Storytellers” – Sharon Holley & Karima Amin presents Along This Way: Storytelling in the African Tradition. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. – 2 pm With guest: Seku Ba Jehudi and Joyce Carolyn •Feb. 18 Black History Exhibit – Coordinated by the Buffalo African American Museum, Central Library, Lafayette Square – 2 pm •Feb. 24 Awards Program for Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest – Merriweather Library,1324 Jefferson Ave. , 2 pm •Feb. 26 Documentary film: Frederick Douglass, Shape of the Time by Dr. Octavia Hudson Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. 5:50-7:50 ALL PROGRAMS LISTED ABOVE ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

A two-day Goodne$$ Presentation extravaganza, “Black HerStory” will be held Saturday, February 17 and Sunday February 18 featuring poets, singers, fashion, dancers, musicians, visual and performing arts and more. On Saturday from 6- 11 p.m. the adult event will be held at the Main Street Art Gallery, 515 Main Street. Tickets are $20 and include food. Music by DJ Ces. The extravaganza continues on Sunday with a kid/family friendly event from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Rafi Greene CAO Center, 1423 Fillmore. For tickets and more information call (716)248-4573. Come out and hear us tell “Our Story!"

African Consciousness Workshop Documentary Series The African Consciousness Workshop Documentary Series is held on Mondays at the Merriweather Library, Jefferson @ E. Utica Street from 5:30-7:50 p.m. The sessions are free of charge and open to the public.Call 883-4418. The schedule includes: •Frederick Douglass- Shape of the Time, by Dr. Octavia Hudson. Facilitator: Dr. Octavia Hudson-February 26 •Fundi- The Story of Ella Baker - March 5 •Ida B. Wells- A Passion for Justice- March 26 Announcements •Black Film Festival , Toronto, Ontario, 2/14-2/18. •Joy Decruy, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, Rochester 2/16 •Frederick Douglass, 200 Anniversary, Albright Knox, 2/18 •We Are Rising-the Story of Black Colleges, PBS, 2/19 •(Sheila Jackson Lee unable to attend), Millennial Hotel, 2/24, 2 pm. •ASCAC, Philadelphia, 3/15-3/18

“THE AUCTION BLOCK” Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend the powerful and true-to-life re-enactment play, “The Auction Block.” Friday, February 16, at ECC City Campus, 121 Ellicott Street, in the Minnie Gillette Auditorium Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Performance is at 6 p.m. In early March 1859, an enormous slave auction took place at the Race Course three miles outside of Savannah, Georgia. 436 slaves were to be put on the auction block including men, women, children and infants. The performance is by the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Theater Ministry featuring special guests the MOBC Praise Dancers This play was written by the accomplished playwright, Birmingham, Alabama native and now Buffalo’s own Marie Hall Mullen. An open mic will follow the performance. Admission is free. For information, call 270-5325 or BLACK HISTORY SCREENING

Obama is Focus of "The Final Year" In observance of Black History Month and President’s Week, the community is invited to view the documentary, “The Final Year” – a behind the scenes view of the Obama Administration’s last year. There will be two showings of the documentary: North Park Theatre, 1416 Hertel Avenue; February 17th and February 18th at 11:30 a.m. each day. Cost: $8.50 – Group Rate (10 or more); $10.50 Regular Admission. Tickets available at;




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“Repositioning the Body of Christ”

You Dont Know My Story, Breakfast Symposium and Celebration

Zion Missionary Baptist Church Announces February Prayer/Fasting Gathering Dates

TRANSITION: Rev. Otis C. Tillman, 98, pastor of Cold Spring Bible Chapel for more than 50 years, died January 24 in Terrace View Long Term Care Facility at ECMC where he had been a resident for two years. He was 98. Rev. Tillman, an amazing man of God and community worker who worked with the youth, was the first Black to become a member of the board of directors of the Buffalo City Mission and went on to serve as is president. Services were held on Feb. 3 in True Bethel Baptist Church.

Zion Missionary Baptist Church is once again hosting the “Repositioning the Body of Christ Through Prayer and Fasting” Monday morning altar prayer for the month of February. Please join us on the remaining dates join us every Monday at 6 a.m. Monday February 19, and Monday February 26 . For more information contact the church office at 886-1362.Rev C.M. Jenkins II is Host Pastor.

Get On The Bus To Washington, DC. With New Covenant ! New Covenant United Church of Christ is sponsoring a Bus Trip to Washington, DC on Thursday, May 10-Saturday, May 12, 2018. The trip will feature the National Museum of African American History and Culture and other sites such as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Lincoln, Vietnam & the Korean Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, Marines Corp War Memorial, Tour the Jefferson, FDR & the World War II Memorials, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, Tour of Capitol Hill, and the MLK Jr. Memorial. For more information contact Deacon Dr. Theresa A. Harris-Tigg for Registration and add'l information at 716-465-3993; or call New Covenant UCC, 459 Clinton St., Buffalo, NY 14209 at 716-8563392.

THE THINKER: Imam Fajri Ansari Of Masjid NuMan in Buffalo is a featured writer for “The Thinker,” a monthly publication made possible by the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. Imam Fajri’s articles are thought provoking and informative and true to the paper’s goal of producing writings “meant to stimulate discussion” and information that is “always up to date! The New York City based publication is edited by I.M. Pasha.

On March 3 at 9a.m. all roads lead to Elim Christian Fellowship. It's the 4th Annual " You Don't Know My Story, Breakfast Symposium and celebration of Phenomenal Women. The event will showcase Six POWERFUL speakers - Della Dickey, Phylicia Dove, Kristeka Rodgers, Rachel McCarley, Falicia Fracassi, Deputy Police Commissioner Beaty and a special presentation by Lelani Montenez- Young Miss Buffalo. In addition, the accomplishments of 5 lovely women in our community will be celebrated: Sheila Brown, Detra Trueheart, Betty Jean Grant, Tamee Ebo and Pastor Jean Young!


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Open Buffalo Welcomes Disbandment of Buffalo Police Department’s “Strike Force” Submitted by Open Buffalo


he Buffalo Police Department announced last week that it will disband its Strike Force unit. Partnership for the Public Good, Open Buffalo, and many of their community partners commend Interim Commissioner Byron Lockwood on this decision; a step that have called for repeatedly in recent years. Strike Force has been the cause of many complaints of misconduct and illegal action, including unnecessary or excessive use of force, unconstitutional traffic checkpoints, and more. A Strike Force officer’s harassment of a homeowner—as captured in a video released by the Buffalo

News— could be described as the exact opposite of community policing.

With this announcement, Interim Commissioner Lockwood said that he wants the department to prioritize community policing. Lockwood told the Buffalo News he wants to expand community policing beyond the twelve officers currently assigned to it. “Every officer is going to be a community police officer,” he said, though no specific initiatives have been announced to achieve this. We welcome Lockwood’s announcement and offer these recommendations for bringing it to fruition. As we recommended in 2016 and 2017, the Buffalo Police Department should require

all officers to devote a certain number of hours each week to community policing activities, such as foot and bike patrols, attending community meetings and events, collaborating on community improvements, and mentoring youth. Police officers building relationships with community members in non-enforcement settings increases trust and in turn makes neighborhoods safer. It’s also central to a badly needed shift from “zero tolerance” and militarized policing to community policing focused on the needs and dignity of residents. To achieve this, the department should create incentives for officers to do community policing and reward those who do it well with pay increases, promotions, and public recognition. Disband the housing unit and replace it with community police units. The Housing Unit, closely related to the Strike Force, should also be disbanded. Using similar tactics, Strike Force and Housing have generated huge numbers of arrests and citations for lowlevel offenses, as well as major misconduct and excessive force cases. When these units proactively fine residents in low-income neighborhoods for high grass, missing house numbers, or garbage totes, community members feel


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unjustly targeted and overpoliced. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s contract with the BPD calls for the use of “community policing concepts,” yet resident leaders of the BMHA have expressed concern that many residents are unlawfully stopped or falsely arrested for trespassing when walking to or from their own apartments. End arrests for low-level marijuana possession.

Police officers used suspicion of marijuana possession to justify their stops of Wardel Davis and Jose HernandezRossy, incidents that ended in the deaths of these two young men. As we recently reported, the City continues to arrest hundreds of people for lowlevel marijuana possession each year—four decades after the State decriminalized it. To prioritize community policing and restore trust, the BPD should immediately end ar-

rests for low-level marijuana possession. We recognize the disbanding of the Strike Force as a major reform, along with the department’s recent steps toward accreditation and adding body cameras. We renew our call for three additional reforms critical to better policing in the City of Buffalo: expanded and mandatory community policing, disbanding of the housing unit, and an end to arrests for marijuana possession.



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ON STAGE Black History, Gospel and Blues With Foxie Brown and the Blues Boys

Will Holton

Will Holton’s 2018 Love Cadenza to Showcase Amazing Talent


uffalo-bred saxophonist extraordinaire Will Holton, who draws inspiration from Jazz, R&B and Soul artists, is celebrating his 10th year of presenting quality concerts to the City of Buffalo. It’s also the 10th year of his professional career in the music industry. An ambassador for the country's largest Juneteenth Festival, he has also performed at city and statewide music festivals including Buffalo’s Pine Grill Reunion, Rochester’s NY’s “Roc the Park,” Afrikan American Festivals and Syracuse’s “CNY” Jazz Festivals. On Saturday February 17th at Club 1210/The Groove Lounge, he presents the 4th Annual Valentine’s Day “Love Cadenza” a celebration of the regions talent.

with nostalgic sound of the great Tina Marie. Carlton Wilcox from Rochester NY is a phenomenal talent as he is a singer, bassist and keyboardist. Wilcox is also the cofounder of “Roc The Park Music Fest” as well a board member for the city's Juneteenth Festival. Holton will be joined also by special guest, master violinist

Henri Star Muhammad and the house band for the evening is "JukeBoxxx" (Brandon Sherman Josey, Anthony Payne Jr and Calvin Parmer). Grand Tone. will host the show. The stage is set for a great performance! Don’t miss it! Tickets are only $30 and are still available by calling 716704-5400 or stop by Doris Records or www.eventbrite.

Featured performers are “Buffalo Music Hall of Inductee” Nikki “Muthasoul” Hicks who has performed/ won at the historic Apollo Theatre twice and also traveled to perform for the USO in over 30 Countries and four continents. Carel Logan has singing in his D.N.A. as his father is Samson Logan (actor and singer). Carel is a part of the R&B Group “907” which also features producer and talkboxer Rod Bonner. Miss Trina has worked with a few industry notables in her career, performed on plenty of stages and is known for her impeccable vocal range com

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH LARRY SALTER'S SOUL ORCHESTRA: Saturday, February 24 from 12 noon - 3 p.m. AT THE BROADWAY MARKET, 999 Broadway. A free family event! *Jazz, Poetry & Open Mic Jam Session: Nubiessence Jazz will host a Jazz Poetry and Open Mic Jam Session on Thursday, February 22 from 6-9 p.m. at R. Healing Center, 1067 Kensington Avenue. Featured will be Brother Taharka, poet; Russeau Taylor on guitar; and Allasane Sarr, congas and percussion. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $8 for students.

Buffalo’s own Foxie Brown and the Blues Boys will be featured for an afternoon of Black History, gospel , blues and more on Saturday, February 17. The event is free and open to the public. See you there! *GARTH FAGAN DANCE, Friday, February 23 @ 8 p.m., UB Center For the Arts. For tickets: Center box Office Tues-Fri. noon – 6 p.m. & for info 6452787.


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that has touched T’Challa’s character and the “Black Panther” comics, from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s initial runs to Don McGregor to Christopher Priest, Reginald Hudlin, Jonathan Hickman and Ta-Nehisi Coates,” he said, naming most of the franchise writers. “The character has got a long history and such rich stuff to mine and each writer left their own mark.” When the film’s radicalism was singled out, Feige reminded those in the room that “Black Panther” was born radical. “Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and the whole Marvel

bullpen created Wakanda and created T’Challa and created Black Panther and made him a smarter, more accomplished character than any of the other white characters in the mid1960s,” he said. That integrity, Feige continued, guided this Marvel team. “If they had the guts to do that in the mid-1960s,” he said, “the least we [could] do is live up to that and allow this story to be told the way it needed to be told and not shy away from things that the Marvel founders didn’t shy away from in the height of the Civil Rights era.”


Dindga McCannon

Art Opening

We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85


driven musicians and artists who used their gifts and platforms for equity, self-reliance and empowerment. We are also inspired by all of Buffalo’s long standing independent artists and black owned /operated businesses in the community.

tribute in some way to help us in our effort to close the inequity gap, by partnering with PANTHFRICA to support the work that do.

Q.Looking back, what was the most important reason behind organizing the Black Panther Screenings and related events ? A.We made this first effort as PANTHFRICA to challenge ourselves with a large undertaking, to do something big and important as a unified team, and testament to our brother/sisterhood and to also bring the community together with the notion of how important it is to support and uplift each other, and to celebrate reimagining “Black” in relation to the film, like the Afrofuturism workshops and art show we opened last week at Buffalo Arts Studio that had a surprisingly large turnout despite the weather and through the upcoming Afrofuturistic Ball which is the first of its kind in Buffalo where we wanted to give the community an opportunity to change how they want to be seen, so we encouraged African regalia and Wakanda inspired attire for the ball. We are excited and proud to be a part of this cultural awakening around the world especially here in Buffalo. Q.What’s up next ? A.We have a number of speaking engagements at schools, panel discussions on AfroFuturism, and more community outreach, art exhibits and charitable events. We are also targeting corporations, cultural institutions and small businesses that wish to con-


Keep up with PANTHFRICA on & on FB & Instagram @panthfrica EVENTS!

On Friday February 15, Albright Knox Art Gallery opens the very powerful, Black and female exhibition, We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85, a show that focuses on the work of Black Women artists examining the political, social, cultural and aesthetic priorities of Women of Color from the mid 60’s to the mid 80’s. The opening night is free to the public from 7-9 p.m.. At 7:15 p.m. their “voices in contemporary art” series will present Dindga McCannon, one of the featured artists in the exhibition who will discuss her work in the exhibit and present an oral history on the activities of “Where We At” Black Women Artists (WWA), a collective of Black Women artists affiliated with the Black Arts Movement of the 60’s and 70’s that she was a member of. The exhibition will be on view at Albright Knox 1285 Elmwood Avenue from February 17 – May 27. Go to for more info. See you at opening night!

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Muhammad School of Music Presents..."Black Classical Music"


Shawna Belnavis

Tanika Dandridge

Zumba At The Cultural Center! Fundraiser For August Wilson Monologue Competition

Support Our Youth!

The African American Cultural Center will offer Zumba classes starting Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10am – 11am. Registration is $20.00 per month/$7.00 per class. The first 15 people to sign up for the month of March will receive free registration for the month of February! Zumba Classes will kick off with Tanika Dandridge who currently teaches Zumba

classes at La Fitness Cheektowaga and Fit Happenz LLC. Tanika say’s “It is such a fun and exciting way to work out because it allows you to let loose, be yourself and just enjoy. It is designed for every one of all ages, backgrounds, and genders to enjoy! ” In addition to Tanika our other instructor is Shawna Belnavis who is originally from Jamaica. Shawna currently teaches at Fit Happenz LLC and is looking forward to bringing her skills to the heart of the Eastside of Buffalo. Shawn says “As an instructor, I have the ability to change lives. Change lives in the way mine was changed. I regained confidence, emotional strength, self-awareness while having fun, being healthy and meeting amazing new people. the door; be safe; have fun.” Don’t wait until the summer to realize you can’t fit into that party dress…start working your body right now! Come and enjoy a fantastic workout routine geared towards all levels everyone will have a great time. Music you can identify with and enjoy! For more information contact: Paulette D. Harris at (716) 884-2013

he Muhammad Schood of Music will host its Annual Classical Stars of Tomorrow Recital Sunday, February 18, at 2:30 p.m. This year's recital in honor of Black History Month will feature the music of Black classical music composers, titled "Black Classical Music." The recital will take place in the Auditorium of the Aloma D. Johnson Charter School at 15 Jewett Parkway in Buffalo, NY 14214. Advanced ticket sales are $10 General Admission with Children 8 and under Free (Recital Day General Admission $15). This year's program will include performances by the gifted and talented students of MSOM, the MSOM Chamber Players, a special performance by MSOM founder and director Maestro Henri Star Muhammad. This year's annual recital will feature classical music written by black composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, William Grant Still, Le Chevalier de Saint Georges, and others. Come join us as we celebrate the music of some of classical music's greatest black composers, as well as the accomplishments of some of Buffalo's finest Youth. sic. net MSOM is now enrolling students for its Winter-Spring Music Session 2018. Music instruction for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Flute, Voice, and other instruments is available for students age 2 through adult, including the world renown Kindermusik Program. All playing abilities are welcome. Start your musical journey today! For more information

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An Illusion of Justice : From Black Man to Black Boy

Will two cases involving Blacks sitting on the desk of the Erie County DA - one involving the shooting of a 12 year old unarmed Black boy by a White East Buffalo resident - prove to be an illusion of justice and slap in the face of Blacks who voted for him? Part 1 of a 2-Part Series


wo important criminal cases involving Blacks landed on the desk of Erie County District Attorney, John J. Flynn

in November 2017. Elected in November 2016 for a four year term, Flynn is serving his first term as chief law enforcement officer of Erie County as of January 2017. These criminal cases, which initially appeared routine have emerged into what could become the dilemma of his term in office. They may become an illusion of justice and a slap in the face of Blacks who voted for him trusting that he would be fair and just. Maybe it wasn’t by chance that these cases appeared on Flynn’s desk just three days apart; both involved shootings, one more serious than the other. The first occurred on November 14, 2017 in Cheektowaga, New York, which borders Buffalo. In this case, 29 year old Travis Green, a Black man allegedly shot up the outside of a Dollar General Store, TED he supposedly entered earlier that day KIRKLAND which seeking a job application. What transpired in the store during his attempt to obtain a job application is unknown, but according to media reports, he left the store and returned, armed with what the Buffalo News identified as an AR-15 rifle. One person was slightly injured when Green allegedly fired a shot; and according to the News report, the man was treated at a hospital and released. Since it is unclear how the person was injured, flying glass might have been the cause. It was reported that Green appeared to have been targeting the building since he was described as shooting the building and into the sky and not at people (Buffalo News, November 16, & 17, 2017. Case #2 involves the shooting of a 12 year old Black boy allegedly by 61 year old Edward Bald, a White man. According to press reports Bald voluntarily confessed at the scene to the shooting because he thought someone was breaking into his home. His thought appeared to resonate and was met with approval from a large section of the general public as a result of the white media’s wide spread bias reporting that appeared to support the illegal action of Bald, and not the law, which occurred around mid-day on November17, 2018. (See: Shooting of 12 year old Black Boy and the Issue of America’s Racism, Challenger News, December 17, 2017 & The12 Year old Black Boy and the World we live In, Challenger News, December 20, 2017). Although both cases involve Blacks, one as defendant and the other as victim, both appear to intertwine in racism, ignorance and politics with Green immediately arrested for his alleged transgressions, while Bald, the mysterious white male who immediately confessed to the alleged shooting of the 12 year old boy, has yet to feel the weight of handcuffs, the taking of his finger prints, his picture on the front page of the Buffalo News, the six o’clock news, nor any scorn from the community for having shot a 12 year old child. There is the almost full page article regarding Green with the bold headline; “Safe to assume his intent was to do significant harm.” No such article has been written assuming Edward Bald’s guilt. Certainly, any sane and conscious person would perceive the action Bald allegedly confessed to was criminal. He used his shotgun to shoot a child in broad daylight. As a result, this child has lost one eye, as well as other internal injuries, because of pellets from Bald’s shotgun. At this point, It should be noted that no evidence was found to connect the boy with Bald’s broken window; but even if such evidence was found, it does not justify the use of, according to state law, deadly physical force. Following is the evaluation of the 12 year old boy’s injuries by Doctor Willie Underwood of Roswell Park Cancer Institute: This child has suffered a significant trauma and he will most likely never be the same. He will most likely require years of therapy to survive the mental trauma and great deal of physical therapy

“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.” - John Russwurm, Freedom’s Journal. 1827 America’s 1st Black Newspaper

to survive the physical injuries that he received from the shot gun blast. For example, both the speed and accuracy of the grasp (grasping an object) is negatively affected by loss of binocular vision (losing an eye). If he wanted to be become an athlete or even drive a car in the future, he may face many unforeseen challenges. I don’t think there has ever been a collegiate or professional baseball, football, or basketball player who only had one eye. Said Dr. Willie Underwood, MD, M.Sc., MPH, FACS Bald walks free as the Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn appears very hesitant to charge Bald. Could this be an attempt to search for a reason not to charge Bald? Or a stall tactic to ignore the case as did his predecessor, former Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita in his refusal to arrest or bring charges in a hit and run case that occurred just outside of Buffalo that involved whites. But as a result of pressure from whites and the suburban police force, the state attorney’s office became involved, and the driver of the car was convicted. But as politics would have it, Sedita was rewarded with a state judgeship, a position he was said to have sought. The Buffalo News Editorial Board of November 18, 2017 concluded that Green’s intent was to commit mass murder; certainly this is a big stretch even for those on the Editorial board to take when Green was reported to have been shooting the building from the outside and firing his weapon into the sky, according to their own paper’s report. It’s was further reported that Green dropped his AR-15 upon being chased by two White men and was subsequently arrested with the White men being called heroes for catching the unarmed Black man fleeing in this White neighborhood. Green’s action at this point does not equate intent to commit mass murder, unless a building and the sky are defined in the New York State Penal Code as persons. But chances are the use of such a damning statement was to seal Green’s guilt in the minds of those apt to serve on the Grand Jury which comes in from suburbia bringing their own brand of racism and social biases to court, acting as peers to judge Black defendants, especially when their victims are white. Yet they know very little about Blacks, but pretend they do. Most likely, their main source of information about Blacks came by way of the white media which too often publish front page articles over and over impregnating those white minds. The News could have done a better job of reporting if they had investigated Green’s actions prior to him entering the Dollar General the first time, and what transpired while he was inside the store. It appears that Green did not have a rifle when he first entered the store, nor when he left the store, but that he returned to the store with an AR-15 rifle. What set off this Black Rage in Green? And why were employees of the store told not to talk with the media? Why, is there something worth hiding? Is there something that could help Green’s case? According to the Buffalo News, the police reported that Green’s mother was agitated, which the police denied. Since there are numerous definitions of one being agitated; it seems logical that a mother would be highly concerned about her son being arrested for allegedly having committed a criminal act, locked up in the Holding Center which has proven dangerous for people of color and the poor. But most Black mothers of age are aware of the constant battle between Black men in America who try to maintain their manhood against forces of white supremacy at every opportunity to dehumanize them, while mothers try their best to harness that Black rage that dwells within them. What happened in the store is significant; it could repudiate the notion that Green’s intent was to commit mass murder inside the store which would have been the ideal place, if that was his intent. The news could also get an idea of what Green’s mother meant when she referred to her son as a “good kid, he just got fed up.”Her

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Korey Green Gives Overview of The Blackness Project, His Vision, the Recent Screening, and Controversial Forum Invitation... Submitted by Jennifer Parker Please give an overview of the Blackness Project and your vision.

“The Blackness Project” is an educational documentary about culture and race from the African American perspective. The film originally began as a response to the “Whiteness Project”, a documentary in which 21 participants from Buffalo, N.Y. discussed race and the perceived loss of white privilege by White Americans openly. As we began to seek responses to comments from the Whiteness Project, the United States appeared to just explode with racial motivated killings that sparked a cultural movement by young African Americans. It was clear to us that this hurt must stop. The Why’s must be addressed. For example, why is there so much hatred because of a person’s skin color? So, “The Blackness Project” evolved into a historical documentary organized to cover key issues such ethnicity, ancestry , slavery, affirmative action, being Black,and Blacks and police.The Blackness Project’s goal is to educate, elevate, and engage Americans in an effort to bridge the racial divide in our country by creating a meaningful dialogue on race. Our vision is that one day there will be a cultural awareness and desire to recognize the country’s harmful past and together agree to create more equitable systems.

What was the audience’s response to the screening?

The team was thrilled and very pleased to see a sold-out audience. The ultimate excitement was when the audience gave the film a standing ovation! We looked at each other and smiled, all thinking “It was worth it.” It was worth the attempts to raise funding and the financial sacrifices each one of us made to finance the travel and filming costs. We are thankful for the contributions we received from community members at our February 2016 fundraising event, but it was not enough to cover travel, editing and more In summary, we would like all to know that this film project was not funded by Larry Quinn or Carl Paladino.

The Panel Discussion: Why was Carl Paladino invited?

We believe that all voices must be heard to have a real dialogue about race and the impact of racism in this country. It was my decision to ask Carl Paladino to be part of a 6-member panel discussion. This process has taught me a great deal. However, please know that I do not regret my decision to invite him to join the panel because my reasoning was based upon trying to elevate the discussion of race and racism. Yet, we are saddened by the blame that was placed towards Burchfield Penney Art Center. They were not involved with the design of the program or selection of panelists. They were supportive by providing us access to their facility. Please know that I was aware of some of Mr. Paladino’s controversial remarks but believed that to move towards better racial relations the realities of the impact of racism and negative voices must also be heard. It’s important to know that we do not seek to divide with this project, but to encourage serious conversations that lead to community led solutions.

What are the next steps?

Our next steps include another Buffalo screening followed by a national tour. Each screening will include a different group of diverse panelists and a moderator.

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LEGAL NOTICE Champion Mortgage v. Wright

Nutter & Co. v. Kelley

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF ERIE Plaintiff designates ERIE as the place of trial situs of the real property SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Mortgaged Premises: 721 OSTRANDER ROAD EAST AURORA, NY 14052 Section: 156 Block: 2 Lot: 47.1 INDEX NO. 810259/2017 JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff, -against- ALICE KELLEY A/K/A ALICE M. KELLEY; 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; SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; MIDLAND FUNDING, LLC D/B/A IN NEW YORK AS MIDLAND FUNDING OF DELAWARE, LLC; MANUFACTURERS AND TRADERS TRUST COMPANY; PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK; 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 $337,500.00 and interest, recorded on March 10, 2009, in Book 13436 at Page 8839, of the Public Records of ERIE County, New York, covering premises known as 721 OSTRANDER ROAD, EAST AURORA, NY 14052. 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 mortgage company 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: October 20, 2017 Westbury, New York RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: DANIEL GREENBAUM, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 106 Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675

NEW BUSINESSES LLC -LEGAL NOTICENOTICE OF FORMATION OF A DOMESTIC LIABILITY COMPANY NAME OF LLC : HESHAM LLC DATE OF FILLING ARTICLES OF INC.: 10/12/2017 OFFICE OF LLC: Buffalo, Erie County New York NY SECRETARY OF STATE has been designated as agent upon whom process may be served. PURPOSE OF LLC: any lawful purpose permitted for LLC’s under NYS Law DURATION OF LLC: 10/12/2027 Jan. 10,17,24,31 Feb. 7,14 -LEGAL NOTICEThe La’Verdad Cafe/Deli LLC. Art of Org. filed with the SSNY on 1/25/2018. Office: Erie County: SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 115 Gold Street, Buffalo, New York 14206. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Latest date upon which the LLC is dissolved. Feb.14,21,28 March 7,14,21 -LEGAL NOTICEExtensions of Essence LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 11/27/17. Off. Loc.: Erie Co. SSNY design. as agt. upon whom process may be served. Reg. agt. upon whom and at which SSNY to mail process: Extensions of Essence, LLC 48 Homer Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216. Purpose: any lawful activity. Feb.14,21,28 March 7,14, 21


U.S. BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR CBASS MORTGAGE LOAN ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-SP2, Plaintiff against STEVEN HODKIN, CHERYL YVETTE HODKIN A/K/A CHERYL HODKIN, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on December 19, 2017. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Foreclosure Alcove of the Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, City of Buffalo, N.Y. on the 1st day of March, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. premises described as follows: All that certain piece or parcel of land lying, situate and being in the Town of Cheektowaga, County of Erie, and State of New York. Said premises known as 88 Kendale Road, Buffalo, N.Y. 14215-1833. (Section: 90.08, Block: 3, Lot: 14). Approximate amount of lien $ 179,991.91 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 802672-17. Kristin L. Arcuri, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg, & Conway, P.C. Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street - Suite 210 New Rochelle, New York 10801 (914) 636-8900

SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS– STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY COURT: COUNTY OF ERIE – CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, against Acea M. Mosey, Erie County Public Administrator as Limited Administrator to the Estate of Norman Wright, Lisa M. Wright as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Norma Jean Wright, as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Brandon M. Hardwick as Heir to the Estate of Margarette Hardwick, who was heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Jonathan A. Hardwick as Heir to the Estate of Margarette Hardwick, who was heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Michael T. Hardwick as Heir to the Estate of Margarette Hardwick, who was heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Olivia J. Hardwick as Heir to the Estate of Margarette Hardwick, who was Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Rachel E. Hardwick as Heir to the Estate of Margarette Hardwick, who was Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Richard A. Hardwick as Heir to the Estate of Margarette Hardwick who, was Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Rodney Z. Hardwick, aka Rodney Z. Hardwick as Heir to the Estate of Margarette Hardwick, who was Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Reginald W. Hardwick, Jr. as Heir to the Estate of Margarette Hardwick, who was Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Deborah D. Mink, as Heir to the Estate of Margarette Hardwick who was heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Deborah Wright Adkins as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Sam Wright, as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Havel Wright, as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Shirley Ann Jester as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Walter Wright, as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Audrey Rucker, as Heir to the Estate of Willie Bell Wright as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Arnold Wright as Heir to the Estate of Willie Bell Wright as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Crystal Muhammad a/k/a Crystal Mann a/k/a Crystal Clay as Heir to the Estate of Shakoor Muhammad a/k/a Michael Wright as Heir to the Estate of Willie Bell Wright as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Sadar Muhammad as Heir to the Estate of Shakoor Muhammad a/k/a Michael Wright as Heir to the Estate of Willie Bell Wright as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Tadar Muhammad as as Heir to the Estate of Shakoor Muhammad a/k/a Michael Wright as Heir to the Estate of Willie Bell Wright as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Michael Wright as Heir to the Estate of Shakoor Muhammad a/k/a Michael Wright as Heir to the Estate of Willie Bell Wright as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Andre Wright as Heir to the Estate of Shakoor Muhammad a/k/a Michael Wright as Heir to the Estate of Willie Bell Wright as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, United States of America, United States of America-Internal Revenue Service, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, The People of the State of New York c/o/ Chief Clerk of the City Court of Buffalo, Erie County Department of Social Services, Midland Funding LLC dba in New York as Midland Funding of Delaware LLC, Credit Acceptance Corporation, CACV of Colorado, LLC, Harper’s Auto Service, Inc., Capital One Bank (USA), NA, Capital One Bank, Riverside Federal Credit Union, Erie County Commissioner of Administration and Finance, Asset Acceptance LLC as assignee of GE Capital Sam’s Club; AND Nathan Beard as Heir to the Estate of Willie Bell Wright as Heir to the Estate of Norman Wright, Michael Wright as Heir to the estate of Shakoor Muhammad a/k/a Michael Wright as Heir to the estate of Willie Bell Wright as Heir to the estate of Norman Wright, Andre Wright as Heir to the estate of Shakoor Muhammad a/k/a Michael Wright as Heir to the estate of Willie Bell Wright as Heir to the estate of Norman Wright, if

living, and if he/she be dead, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or generally 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 name, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff, Defendants-Index no. 600267/2017. Original Filed: 5-12-2017 Plaintiff designates Erie County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County. 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(s) 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); the United States of America may appear or answer within 60 days of service hereof; 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-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 mortgage company 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. This Supplemental Summons and Amended Complaint are being filed pursuant to an Order of the Court dated December 11, 2017. We are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honorable Dennis E. Ward, J.S.C. dated December 12, 2017. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage and covering the premises known as 143 Mohican Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211 located at Section 89.84, Block 1, Lot 23 Pincus Law Group, PLLC, Margaret Burke Tarab, Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff 425 RXR Plaza Uniondale, NY 11556, 516 699-8902


Buffalo Employment and Training Center / BETC • 716-856-5627 The BETC is here to help with your job searching needs. We have free services to all jobseekers looking to find better paying work, an exciting new career, or wanting to upgrade skills to become more marketable.

LEGAL NOTICE Asset Mgt v. Hassan aka Wiggins NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: ERIE COUNTY ASSET MANAGEMENT HOLDINGS II, LLC; Plaintiff(s) vs. LEVI J. HAWKINS AS ADMINISTRATOR OF ESTATES OF LUCINDA HASSAN A/K/A LUCINDA H. WIGGINS; et al; Defendant(s) Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s): ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 2 Summit Court, Suite 301, Fishkill, New York, 12524, 845.897.1600 Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale granted herein on or about October 5, 2017, I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at 92 Franklin Street, 1st Floor Alcove, Buffalo, NY 14202. On March 7, 2018 at 10:00 am. Premises known as 623 EAST UTICA STREET, BUFFALO, NY 14211 Section: 100.52 Block: 5 Lot: 1 ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND, situate in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie and State of New York, being part of Lot Number Twenty-Four (24), Township Eleven (11), Range Eight (8) of the Holland Land Company’s Survey. As more particularly described in the judgment of foreclosure and sale. Sold subject to all of the terms and conditions contained in said judgment and terms of sale. Approximate amount of judgment $57,344.66 plus interest and costs. INDEX NO. 810901/2016 Michael Joseph Chmiel, Esq., Referee



Plaintiff(s), Against

Index No.: 812832/2015


Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale, duly entered in the Erie County Clerk’s Office on 10/18/2017, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction, in the Foreclosure Alcove of the Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY on 2/28/2018 at 10:00 am, premises known as 95 Comstock Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215, and described as follows: ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie and State of New York, and designated on the tax maps of the Erie County Treasurer as Section 90.32, Block 4, and Lot 60. The approximate amount of the current Judgment lien is $72,256.49 plus interest and costs. The Premises will be sold subject to provisions of the aforesaid Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale; Index # 812832/2015. Roberta J. O'Toole, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, P.C., 145 Huguenot Street, Suite 210, New Rochelle, NY 10801 Dated: 12/22/2017 File Number: 253-4121 BGM


ROOMS FOR RENT: Delavan-Humboldt area, Bailey-Delavan. $325$480. Everything included. (716)818-3410.



Students, Job Seekers, Women, Men, Veterans! Northland Workforce Training Center Announces Information Session

The UB Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Center (UBEOC) is hosting an information session with Northlands Workforce Training Center on Thursday, February 15 at 5 p.m. in the Martha Mitchell Center, 175Oakmont Avenue for persons interested in training and career opportunities in the field of advanced manufacturing and energy. Interested candidates can start their application at the information session. Call 645-8875 to reserve your seat!

TED KIRKLAND continued statement just got fed up resonates throughout America

daily more often than anyone can imagine, and those words are most often ignored when used by Black mothers. PART 2 CONCLUSION NEXT WEEK


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GBUAHN is over 8,000 Members Strong! The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) reached another milestone on Friday, February 1, 2018 when the organization enrolled its 8,000th member. GBUAHN has tripled in size over the last five years, creating jobs, helping to revitalize the West Side economy, and assisting individuals in navigating the often-complex Medicaid system. In September 2017, the organization opened a new multi-million dollar medical facility at 564 Niagara Street. Medicaid recipients who join GBUAHN receive health care coordination services that focus on treating the whole person. To become a member, one must be a Medicaid recipient and have two or more chronic health conditions, and/or a serious mental illness/substance abuse. Each member is assigned a patient health navigator who assists the client in obtaining access to health care services, as well as needed community resources including: food pantries, housing, and social services programs such as the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Supplemental Nutrition As-

sistance Program (SNAP). “This increase to over 8,000 members is monumental in such a short span of time,” said Raul Vazquez, M.D., GBUAHN CEO. “However, this is just the beginning for us. We are passionate about

helping our members, and GBHUAHN will make sure that we have the resources to continue to provide phenomenal services for Medicaid recipients.” Significant savings for taxpayers is another key result

of this program. With their assigned GBUAHN patient health navigators, clients receive on-going support for preventive care with a primary physician and maintenance care for chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. As a result, expensive emergency room visits decrease and Medicaid costs are reduced.

Assistant Professor 10 Months The Engineering Technology Department at Buffalo State, State University of New York, seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Professor 10 Months (tenure track). For a full job description and to apply:

Buffalo State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to respect for diversity and individual differences.

Peer Support Specialist Provide peer support to individuals with lived mental health experiences BA or BS with experience working with mental illness. Candidates that possess lived Mental Illness experience; encouraged to apply. Resume and Cover Letter to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214 EEOC Personal Assistant (PA) Coordinator Genesee Region Conduct orientation and follow through with new hire process. Resumes to HR, WNYIL, 3108 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214. EOE NY Connects Outreach Specialist-Niagara County Educate the public on community programs related to seniors, individuals with disabilities and their care givers. BA required. Resumes to HR, WNYIL, 3108 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214. EOE


NY Connects ILS-Niagara County Works with individuals with disabilities to teach them independent living skills. WNYIL, 3108 Main St., Bflo,NY 14214. EOE.



Mayor Byron W. Brown invites Buffalo residents to participate in a public hearing to discuss the city’s anticipated 2018/19 allocations for the following federal programs: Community Development Block Grant; HOME Investment Partnerships; Emergency Solutions Grant; and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS. City staff will be present to describe program goals, review the planning and adoption process, and accept citizen comments regarding the use of this funding to address housing and community development needs. During this hearing there will be a working session to discuss how these funds can be best utilized throughout the City of Buffalo. Written comments to both the Annual Action Plan are encouraged, and will be included in the city’s submission to HUD. Comments must be postmarked by April 8th, 2018 at either 920 City Hall, Buffalo NY 14202; or For more information regarding this public notice, or to request special accommodations for the public hearing, please call 851-5449.

El alcalde Byron W. Brown invita a los residentes de Búfalo a participar en una audiencia pública para discutir las asignaciones 2017/18 anticipadas de la ciudad para los siguientes programas federales: Subvención de Desarrollo Comunitario; INICIO Asociaciones de inversión; Donación de Soluciones de Emergencia; Y Oportunidades de Vivienda para Personas con SIDA. El personal de la Ciudad estará presente para describir las metas del programa, revisar el proceso de planificación y adopción y aceptar los comentarios de los ciudadanos sobre el uso de este financiamiento para atender las necesidades de vivienda y desarrollo comunitario. Durante esta audiencia habrá una sesión de trabajo para discutir cómo estos fondos pueden ser mejor utilizados en toda la Ciudad de Buffalo. Los comentarios escritos al Plan de Acción Anual son alentados, y serán incluidos en la presentación de la ciudad a HUD. Los comentarios deben ser sellados por correo antes del 8 de abril de 2018 en el 920 City Hall, Buffalo NY 14202; o

CITY OF BUFFALO 2018/19 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN Thursday March 8, 2018 • 6:00 PM Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center 1081 Broadway Street, Buffalo 14212


CIUDAD DE BUFFALO 2017/18 PLAN DE ACCIÓN ANNUAL Jueves 8 de marzo de 2018 • 6:00 PM Centro de Lt. Col. Matt Urban 1081 Broadway Street, Buffalo 14212

Para obtener más información sobre este aviso público, o para solicitar alojamientos especiales para la audiencia pública, llame al 851-5449.

Personal Assistant (PA) Coordinator Genesee Region Conduct orientation and follow through with new hire process. Resumes to HR, WNYIL, 3108 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214. EOE

CLASSROOM TEACHER: The Aloma D. Johnson Charter School is seeking applicants for the position of Classroom Teacher. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Education, ability to demonstrate oral and written expertise and NYS Teaching Certification. A minimum of two years’ experience and a Master's degree is preferred. Resumes should be submitted to Search Committee Chair, 15 Jewett Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14214 or by February 21, 2018. LEGAL NOTICE BID LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BID Niagara Community Action Program, Inc. announces that bid packages for the Weatherization Program are now available. Sealed bids must be returned before opening date which is Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Niagara Community Action Program Inc.’s Main Street office for the following: 1.Combustion Appliance Tune and Clean, Hot Water Tanks and Chimney Liners 2.Infiltration (Building Materials) 3.Weatherization Work (Insulation Exterior/Interior) 4.Electrical Service Bid packages can be requested from: Niagara Community Action Program, Inc. 1521 Main Street Niagara Falls, NY 14305 (716) 285-9681 Ext. 114 or Ext. 112 (716) 285-9693 Fax (e-mail) Minority and Women owned businesses are encouraged to apply. our bid price must be all inclusive of any and all costs including mileage, taxes, surcharges, delivery, shipping etc.


NFTA Procurement Invitation to Bid

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REQUEST FOR BID Mark Cerrone, Inc. is requesting bids for the following projects for all scopes of work detailed in contract documents. Optional MWBE Pre-bid meetings will be held interested firms at MCI Office. Documents can be obtained by contacting the associated estimator, Phone 716-282-5244, Fax 716-282-5245 or iSqFt®. Bids due electronically or in person at 2368 Maryland Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14305. Certified firms for associated goals are strongly encouraged. Sumitomo Rubber USA Track Improvement Project in Tonawanda, NY. Contact: Optional MWBE Meeting 2/14/18 at 3:30pm MBE: 6%, WBE 4%. Proposals due to MCI by 2/20/18 at 12:00PM


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Valentine’s Day Skate @ Canalside: a

Screening of New African American Heritage Video: 7 p.m., Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. Public invited.

Muhammad School of Music Annual Classical Stars of Tomorrow Recital: 2:30 p.m., Aloma D. Johnson Charter School at 15 Jewett Parkway ; For tickets and info 716)570-5064;

FOXIE BROWN LINE DANCE CLASSES: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Schiller Senior Center, 2057 Genesee St. 4442046.

Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St, Buffalo. 12pm - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ Call 716 832 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 FEB. 15 #FREEnewyork Townhall: 6-8 p.m., SEIU 1199; 2421 Main Street; End New York’s jail crisis!

FOXIE BROWN LINE DANCE CLASSES: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Schiller Senior Center, 2057 Genesee St. 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 FEB. 16 Black History Celebration: Merriweather Library 3-5:45 p.m., singers, dancers, refreshments. Chicago Steppin: Every Friday 7-8:30 p.m. The Pratt Center 422 Pratt St. SATURDAY FEB. 17 Black History Celebration at Canalside: Drum Workshop & Performance @ 3:30 P.M. from the African American Cultural Center; Live Music 6-9 P.M. Mike’s Smooth Urban Ballroom Dance Classes: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan. 380-5100. $5

MONDAY FEB. 19 Black History Portraits of My People Program”: 12 noon, Mt. Aaron Baptist Church, 540 Genesee St. hosted by the “All Women’s Prayer Ministry.” WEDNESDAY FEB. 21 Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St, Buffalo. 12pm - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ Call 716 832 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. Jazz, Poetry & Open Mic Jam Session: Nuiessence Jazz, 6-9 p.m., R Healing Center, 1057 Kensington Ave; $10 advance, $12 door, $8 students featuring Bro. Taharka, Russeau Taylor & Allasane Sarr.

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 FEB. 23 Chicago Steppin: Every Friday 7-8:30 p.m. The Pratt Center 422 Pratt St. SATURDAY FEB. 24 Black History Month at the Broadway Market Featuring Larry Salter. Soul Orchestra:12 noon – 3 p.m.; a free family event Mike’s Smooth Urban Ballroom Dance Classes: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan. 380-5100. $5 SUNDAY FEB. 25 Xi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Founders Day Celebration: 2 p.m. the Millennium Hotel, 2000 Walden Ave., (716) 5100221. Tickets are $50 per person.

Free Public Opening Friday, February 16 7–9 pm

ON VIEW THROUGH MAY 27, 2018 #RADICALWOMENBUFFALO 1285 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, New York 14222-1096

716.882.8700 TEL

This exhibition is organized by the Brooklyn Museum. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s exhibition program is generously supported by the Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc.


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