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Rochester Juneteenth Black Excellence Family Festival!


n Saturday, June 16 from noon to 6 p.m., Rochester is invited to MLK Park to celebrate the annual Juneteenth Family Festival. The oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, the festival is presented by the Greater Rochester MLK jr. Commission and Black Excellence, this year’s theme, Black Excellence. There will be entertainment, vendors, food, bounce houses, awards and special presentations, book giveaway, and health and fitness. Rise Up Rochester was also part of the planning of this event. A special presentation will be made to Dr. David Anderson. Anderson is a founding member of the Black StoDr. Anderson rytelling League of Rochester and Akwaaba: The Heritage Associates, an organization whose members share and re-enact African-American history. Gospel headliner Bishop William Murphy and other acts will also be featured. For more information call 585.967.3977. Bishop William Murphy

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2nd Juneteenth 5k Run/Walk The 2nd Juneteenth 5k Run/Walk” will take place on Tue-June 19. Registration will be held at 5 p.m. and the event will start at 6 p.m. from Genesee Valley Park, River Bend Shelter. The entrance fee is $25. This is a 5k run/walk event set in the beautiful Genesee Valley Park to celebrate Juneteenth. Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of Slavery in the USA. It will be 154 years since General Gordon Granger rode to Texas with 2000 Union Solders to enforce the Freedom of enslaved Africans still held in bondage. The Juneteenth 5k Run/Walk benefits Teen Empowerment (TE), which is a neighborhood based youth organization. It enables low-income youth in the South West of Rochester to take meaningful action to improve their lives and communities. The overall mission of TE, is to empower youth and young adults as agents of individual, community and institutional change. For more information, please contact the Race Director: Gloria JohnsonHovey-585-775-5599 or email:

Mayor Warren Moves Forward with New Minority and WomenOwned Business Enterprise Goals Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that the City is implementing new Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) hiring

goals. “I am proud to support the growth and development of local small businesses and provide more opportunities

for women and minorities in our workforce,” said Mayor Warren. “The new goals set a high bar but I believe they are achievable." The new goals for MWBE participation will be implemented and enforced starting July 1. The standard City contract document requirements are being updated to incorporate the new MWBE goals to match the goals set by New York State, the Rochester Schools Modernization Program (RSMP), and other upstate municipalities: 30 percent aggregate (up from 19.2 Continued Page 12


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Lenora Foote-Beavers Ends Run for Buffalo City Court Lenora Foote-Beavers has ended her candidacy for City Court Judge this year. She was originally in the race with two incumbents, Judges James McLeod and Shannon Heneghan. However shortly after endorsements were made and she did not receive the Erie County Democratic Party’s backing, she decided she would not run. Attorney Foote-Beavers remains optimistic that she will someday successfully run for a judgeship when the timing is right. Former County Legislator Betty Jean Grant expressed words of support and encouragement for Foote-Beavers on Facebook. “Many of us who were there (at the endorsement meeting) made a commitment that we will support Leonora Foote-Beavers for the next City Court vacancy. Congratulations Lenora, you will be our next City Court judge after the 2018 election season is over!” Her decision not to run was the subject of a front page story in the Buffalo Law Journal’s June 4th edition.

HAPPY HOUR Join Antoine Thompson and the WNY Board of Realtist Happy Hour at The Oakk raroom 1435 Main Street Friday, June 15th 6to 8p.m. Are you registered to VOTE?

Robert I. (Bobby) Maclin, 75, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully on April 16 surrounded by family. He had spent the last three years in Houston, Texas where he lost his brief fight with cancer. The family Bobby Maclin will receive visitors Saturday, June 23 at Bethel AME Church, 1525 Michigan Avenue from 10 – 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Mr. Kenneth W. Peterson is facilitating arrangements on behalf of the family. For more information or to express condolences please go to: kwarpeterson@

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Duncan Kirkwood delivered the keynote address last month at the 2018 Alabama State University graduation, his alma mater. His speech was well received! Congratulations Mr.. Kirkwood!

Peoples-Stokes’ Marijuana Sealing of Records Bill Passes Assembly

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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 the WNY Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNY COSH) and PUSH Buffalo. It will be held at Our Lady of Hope Church corner of Lafayette and Grant. Thursday June 21 from 4:30 - 6:30pm Any questions contact Brian at (716) 833-5416 ext. 11.

Albany, NY — On Wednesday, June 6th Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes’ bill #A.2142 to seal low level marijuana convictions successfully passed on the Assembly floor. When New York State decriminalized marijuana possession in 1977, private possession came on par with traffic tickets but “public view” possession remained a misdemeanor. Not long after, stop and frisk and “broken windows” policing was implemented, becoming widespread practices enabling racial profiling. When police demanded that those suspected of possession (a violation) empty their pockets, the private possession immediately elevated to “public view” possession (a misdemeanor resulting in arrests). “ A lot of people affected by the loophole and disparity in applying these laws don’t live very far from places where it is, quite frankly, being sold on a legal basis as medicinal marijuana. That same product is holding these people’s lives down and impacting their ability to obtain public housing, professional licensure, or employment and higher education opportunities. It’s not fair that people be criminalized for long periods of time for convictions that are unwarranted. The records of these convictions need to be sealed. I strongly encourage my colleagues in the New York State Senate to also do right by thousands of New Yorkers and pass this bill too,” stated Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes. Although individuals do not typically serve significant amounts of prison time for marijuana possession, they still end up with a criminal record. This criminal record, and even an arrest without a conviction, can be accessed by potential employers, financial institutions, service providers, licensing entities, landlords, and even the general public. This often leads to long-term damaging effects, predominantly among New Yorkers of color. Currently these types of convictions are automatically sealed after three years. This bill just makes this automatic sealing take place immediately upon conviction. The purpose of removing that waiting period is to allow individuals convicted of this marijuana offense the ability to get on with their lives and be able to apply for jobs, student loans, public housing, and health benefits without being derailed 3 years and blacklisted for having a conviction. In 2014 there were 26,400 ‘possession of marijuana’ arrests in New York State. The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) estimates 53.8 percent of misdemeanor arrests result in convictions. Applying this percentage to the amount of arrests, it would make 14, 256 individuals convicted of possession of marijuana in 2014. Over the past 9 years, there have been on average 67,539 misdemeanor drug convictions. Prosecuting low-level marijuana possession comes at a significant expense to the taxpayers – a recent Drug Policy Alliance study found that these prosecutions cost New York City $75 million in one year. This bill would also save and allow taxpayer resources to be utilized more efficiently and effectively to investigate and prosecute more meaningful cases.

Hon. Judge Barbara Sims Makes Her Transition We learned at press time that the Hon. Barbara Merriweather Sims had passed. Judge Sims, an iconic trailblazer in Western New York was the first Africa American faculty member at SUNY Buffalo Law School among other outstanding accomplishments. Funeral services will be held. Monday at St. Phillips Church.


his year marks the 153rd celebration of the holiday known as Juneteenth which began in Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. *The history of this celebration begins on January 1st 1863, when President Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation, outlawing slavery in the United States and freeing over 500,000 enslaved African Americans. *Though much of the language in the Emancipation Proclamation suggests otherwise, Lincoln’s primary objective was not to free those in bondage. In the New York Tribune in August 1862 Lincoln wrote in an open letter to the publisher:“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union and is not either to save or destroy Slavery,” Lincoln wrote. “What I do about Slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save this Union...” *Sadly, the news of this monumental decision (Emancipation Proclamation) spread slowly and many people remained enslaved until the news reached them…two-and-a-half years later. *Finally, on June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived at Galveston to proclaim the freedom of all slaves in the Lone Star State. Texan enslaved Africans had no idea that their freedom had been secured by the government. His General

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2018 Juneteenth Activities Reconnecting To the Past, Understanding the Present, Building A Brighter Future, Focusing On Keeping the Spirit of Juneteenth Alive! Juneteenth Forever! Event: Date: Place:

43rd Consecutive Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo Saturday, June 16th & Sunday June 17th, 2018 Martin Luther King Park, Best St. & Fillmore Ave.

June 16th: Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. sharp from the corners of Genesee & Moselle Sts., and proceeds down Genesee into the Park. Followed by festivities in the Park until 8:p.m. Festivities include: Parade, Entertainment stage, Arts and Culture stage, Edutainment stage, Vendors’ Market, Food Court, Health Pavilion, Chalk Walk, Book Sharing, Historical exhibits, Re-enactment of historical events; Science Fair, Children’s Activities, Youth Activities, Girls & Boys Basketball Showcase, Underground Railroad Tours, and more!

Pre-Festival Events June 13th: Wednesday: African American Cultural Center 350 Masten Ave., 6:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m. - Black Arts In Buffalo – Free and open to the public June 14th, Thursday: The Landmark, 318 Pearl St., 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. - Fundraiser (“Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!”) Poetry at the Landmark. Pay what you can. June 15th, Friday –“One Man Art Show” – John Baker (time and place TBA); Praise and Worship in Martin Luther King Jr. Park (Best and Fillmore near MLK Jr. bust) w/Sister Anita Williams -6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. June 15th, Friday: Praise and Worship Service, Location: near the Martin Luther King Jr. Bust – time: 5:30pm to 7:30 p.m. Festival Events PRAISE & WORSHIP: Saturday June 16th, 9. – 11:00 a.m. – Sponsored by WUFO 96.5FM/POWER 96.5 THE JUNETEENTH PARADE: Saturday June 16th – begins at Genesee and Moselle Sts. – 11:00 a.m. BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Saturday June 16th: presents Art activities (creating masks, jewelry making, stamping and button making) – from 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. (near the MLK Jr. bust) MARCUS GARVEY ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR AND EXPO: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th -: Location: The Marcus Garvey Shelter (behind the Arts and Culture Stage) – 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The all-ages science interactive activity will provide hands on Science experiments and presentations from local, national, and international guests who are practicing in science-related careers. .

ENTERTAINMENT STAGE: Saturday, June 16th 2:15 p.m. – Delvin Payton & The Lyfe Band 3:30 p.m. – J.F.T.; 5:00 p.m. – Greg Miller Ensemble 6:30 p.m. – Carlton Wilcox Sunday, June 17th 1:00 p.m. – The Unity Band 2:15 p.m. – Paradigm Shift 3:45 p.m. – Old School B Boys; 5:15 p.m. – Ella Robinson and New Beginnings 6:30 – Will Holton Sponsored by M & T Bank

SCHEDULE OF OTHER ACTIVITIES AFRICAN HERITAGE CHALK WALK AND CRAFTS Saturday and Sunday, June 16th Sponsored by the Buffalo Board of Education Art Department. Location: Paved area near the bust GIRLS AND BOYS BASKETBALL SHOWCASE: Saturday, June 16th - 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. - at the Basketball Courts UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TOURS: Saturday and Sunday, June 16th & Sunday June17th - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location of pick up site: Best & Fillmore. HEALTH PAVILION: Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th - 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Location: Vendors Alley on Fillmore, near Martin Luther King Drive. Sponsor: Great Lakes Health (Kaleida Health/E.C.M.C) and New York State of Health CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES TENT: June 16th & 17th - 11:00 a.m. to 6::00 p.m. Face painting, Saturday from 11:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. by Sara; Erie County Public Library presents The Book Mobile, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Location: Behind the small wading pool. CHESS TOURNAMENT: Sunday, June 17th, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Location: Near MLK bust YOUTH ACTIVITIES: June 16th & 17th, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. –games, flag football, and more. Location: Behind the small wading pool. Juneteenth Carnival Games by Clown Around Entertainment – location: basketball court, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. BOOK SHARING: June 16th and 17th, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: Near the Martin Luther King Jr. bust. Sponsor: Project Flight EDUTAINMENT STAGE: June 17th , 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

– Location: near the basketball courts - Spoken Word, and other local artists will display HERITAGE TENT: June 16th and June 17th - Location: the corner of Best St. and Fillmore Ave., in Martin Luther King Jr. Park -.Displays of African artifacts, veterans display, brochures of heritage information ARTS AND CULTURE STAGE: Saturday, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – Location: Fillmore Ave. and Parade St. - Local artists and Reenactment of historical events will occur on Arts & Culture Stage. CHURCH SERVICE: Sunday, June 17th, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - provided by Friendship Baptist Church ALL-AGE AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE CLASS: June 17th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Location: across from the Park’s tennis courts - Free HOSPITALITY TENT: June 16th and June 17th: Sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. MAAFA MEMORIAL (Great Tragedy Remembered): Thursday, June 21st, 6:00 p.m. – Location: Broderick Park @ the Foot of Ferry - for Commemoration and healing


Arts & Culture Stage Sunday, June 17Th

2:30 Pm-Access To A-Free-Ka 3:05 Pm-History Of Juneteenth Play 3:20 Pm-Poet Jillian Hanesworth 3:30 Pm-Black Panther Scene 3:40 Pm-African Cultural Center 4:15 Pm-Younkonsw (Special Guest From Liberia) 4:30 Pm-Divas Of Buffalo 4:55 Pm-Kenya Nikile 5:20 Pm -4 B-Lo 5:40 Pm-Zaydok The Godhopo Mc 6:00 Pm-Fire N Ice (Special Guests From Atlanta) 6:25 Pm-Devine And Devenaire 6:45 Pm-Cashis Green 7:05 Pm-Louie Flame 7:25 Pm-Fragrance & Juan Cosmic Energy 7:45 Pm – Close

1:00 Pm-Marchon Hamilton Ii 1:15 Pm-Poet Lakesha Johnson 1:25 Pm -Robert Dixon 1:40 Pm-Steel Drums 2:00 Pm -Phoenix 2:10 Pm-Enterprise Charter School Drill 2:30 Pm -Poet Jillian Hanesworth 2:40 Pm-Mary B. 2:55 Pm-Rhonda Mingo 3:10 Pm -Kevonna Cook 3:15 Pm- Fragrance & Juan Cosmic Energy 3:50 Pm -Martin Sonchild 4:10 Pm -Ricsean Hall 4:30 Pm -Exclusive (Special Guests From Niagara Falls) 4:45 Pm -Dave Stewey 5:05 Pm-Sumer 5:25 Pm -Mahoganeyjaz 5:45 Pm -Emcl Kyng 6:05 Pm -Uriah 6:25 Pm -Niyah Peace (Special Guest From Texas) 6:55 Pm -Gentleman’s Inc. & The Angels 7:10Pm – 832 Band 7:45 Pm -Close

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Summer Camp ALIVE

Love Alive Fellowship Church Presents, its 11th Year of Camp A.L.I.V.E! Summer Day Camp , "I am royalty" 141 Lewis Street, July 9 - August 17. M-F 8a.m.- 4p.m. Breakfast and lunch provided, enriching workshops, Summer Reading Challenge, music, dance, arts & crafts, swim lessons, outdoor activities, awesome multiple field trips and more. Please contact the church office at 716-856-1670, or email for registration and more info. tion,

Rev. L. Jean Young Pastoral Anniversary

The 15th Pastoral Anniversary of the Rev. L. Jean Young, Pastor of Young Tabernacle Holiness Church Assembly, 623 Best St. is being conducted during the month of June. Bishop Bowman, Sr. will be the speaker on Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

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Zion Missionary Baptist Church News

Miss Buffalo Boat Ride

Zion Missionary Baptist Church Announces Prayer/Fasting Gathering Dates for June Zion Missionary Baptist Church will host the “Repositioning the Body of Christ Through Prayer and Fasting” Mondays June 18,25 at the church,179 E. Ferry St., at 6 a.m. For more information contact the church office at 886-1362.Rev C.M. Jenkins II is Host Pastor. ALSO: **Prayer Line every Monday at 8am **Watch us on Spectrum Channel 20 every Saturday at 3pm & Sunday at 9:30pm **Women's Ministry Line Dance Fellowship -FREE **Social Media Paint Night $35

The Trustee Ministry of New Covenant United Church of Christ will sponsor a Miss Buffalo II Boat Ride on Sunday July 15, 2018, 6:30 – 9:30pm. This is a fundraising activity for the purchase of a church van. We look forward to spending a fun packed Christian fellowship experience. Meal & beverage included. Entertainment by Touche'. We would love to have you join us. For tickets ($75) please contact the church by calling 716-856-3392.

Trinity District Convocation

The celebration of Ordination into the Gospel Ministry of Jacquelyn Ross Brown was held May 5 at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 459 Clinton Street, where she serves as Pastor. The Ordination Worship Service was hosted by the New York Conference United Church of Christ, along with the WNY Executive Council United Church of Christ. Rev. Mara Pritchard is coordinator. Rev. Jonathan Staples, Pastor of First Shiloh Baptist Church officiated. Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, president of Colgate, Rochester Crozer Divinity School, delivered the Ordination Sermon. Other program participants included Loretta Brooks, pastor of Walls Memorial AME Church; Rev. Lawrence Hargrave, Ebony Bullock, Brett Hammond, Roger Moss, Rev. Ryan Henderson and Debra Sevillian Poles.

The New York Western Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Church Of God In Christ Inc. will host a Trinity District Convocation “M.I.A. Ministry In Action” June 13-15, at New Beginnings COGIC 828 Genesee Street, Buffalo. The guest speaker for Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. will be Lady Kathy Bowman, Antioch Holiness Church. The Day Session on Friday will begin at 9 a.m. The guest keynote and Day Session Speaker on Thursday and Friday will be Dr. Matthew l. Brown of Greater c|Community COGIC, Marrietta, Georgia. Dr. Robert L. Lowe is District Superintendent. Evangelist Verdis O. Griffin is District Missionary.

Ordination Service Held for Pastor Jacquelyn Ross Brown



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Fasting: A Means of Spiritual, Mental & Physical Rejuvenation A Series By Haj Dawoud S. Adeyola Part IV Conclusion

Honor and Celebration For Mitchell McCleod: On

Sunday, June 17,at 4 p.m., the Mt. Aaron Baptist Church, 540 Genesee Street, will honor and celebrate their Minister of Music, Mr. Mitchell McCleod. Various guest choirs and soloists of the city will be featured. The Masters of Ceremony will include Elder Malcolm F. Wilson of Antioch Holiness Church and Elder Craig D. Pridgen of True Bethel Church, Niagara Falls. For more information contact Mt. Aaron Baptist Church at 856-8035 or Ida Harris at 8323350. Rev. Dwayne Jones is Pastor of Mt. Aaron Baptist Church.

Eid Al-Fitr Marks End Of Muslims' Fasting The end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, is marked by the religious holiday of Eid a-Fitr in mid-June. When Eid al-Fitr takes place depends on the lunar cycle. This year, it will likely start on the evening of June 14, but the timing could change closer to the date contingent on crescent moon sightings. Some celebrations go on for as long as three days. Eid al-Fitr is Arabic for the “festival of breaking the fast,” and Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the holy month. During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, intercourse and other activities that are considered worldly from sunrise to sunset, and devote themselves to religious self-reflection. In honor of Eid al-Fitr, many Muslims buy new clothes, pray early at a mosque and exchange gifts among their family and friends. The most common saying is “Eid Mubarak,” which means “Blessed Eid.” Other popular phrases for the day are “Eid Saeed,” meaning, “Happy Eid,” and “Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair,” which translates to “May every year find you in good health.” Eid al-Fitr also signals the beginning of the month of Shawwal, which fittingly starts with a feast.

Basic Requirements of Fasting 5. Iftaar: This is the meal to break the fast at sunset time. It is traditional (sunnah) to break the fast promptly after the sun has set 6. Nullification of the fast: the fast is broken or spoiled if any eating, drinking or sexual activity occurs in the fasting period. If one mistakenly or forgetfully does something against the fast (by eating or drinking for example), the fast is not broken but he (or she) should immediately return to fasting. Vomitting unintentionally in any quantity doesn’t invalidate the fast 7. Fasting exemptions: Fasting is not required of 2 categories of people First category: temporary exemptions of which the days are made up later: the one who is sick or traveling, pregnant women, mothers nursing children, menstruating women. Second category: permanent exemptions, the chronically ill or sick, elderly persons, mentally incompetent. If an individual is continuously sick or elderly to the extent that fasting may cause harm, he (or she) should feed or spend n charity an amount equivalent to the feeding of one person

for each day of fasting that is missed. Sickness implies real suffering or requiring regular medication by mouth or injection. 1.Itikhaf: This is the confining and secluding of oneself for the purpose of fasting, prayers, remembrance (dhikr) of Allâh in a Masjid (or a private place during the

last ten days of Ramadaan. It should begin on the evening of the twentieth day of Ramadaan and continues until the sighting of the new moon of Shawwal and the end of the fasting month. The Prophet Muhammad (sAa) would seclude himself in the Masjid for this purpose and continued this practice until he passed way. Women normally per-


form Itikhaf in their homes. Ramadan is kareem katheerun (extremely honorable) because if Allâh (swt) will accept our deeds in this month we will have a great reward Excerpted from a series by Haj Dawoud S. Adeyola. The article can be read in its entirety at



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Saturday June 16 @The Tralf

Grammy Nominated Saxophonist Najee Will Be Joined On Sage by Buffalo’s Own Daniel “DP” Powell For Two Great Shows!


o hear “Najee’s Theme” back in 1986 was to bear aural witness to the sound of a new genre being birthed. Seamlessly fusing contemporary jazz and R&B into a blend both accessible and sophisticated , sax, flute and reeds virtuoso Najee is one of the most distinguished artists to have emerged from the rich musical tradition known as jazz over his three decade and counting career. “It went so fast to be honest with you,“ he says with a chuckle when asked about celebrating that milestone. “30 years is obviously a long time but you know for me it’s a l w a y s been one continuous line of successes, some things Matt not so successful, BAUER some things mediocre but when the story is told it’s been a wonderful ride to me.” That ride has encompassed such highlights as a Grammy nomination, an NAACP Image Award Nomination and a fifteen album discography with such acclaimed albums such as “Day By Day,” “Tokyo Blue” and his Stevie Wonder tribute “Najee Plays Songs from the Key Of Life. ” “I think of myself as a music sculptor,” he says when asked to define his sound. “Being able to combine different experiences of my life as a musician. I come from the jazz world, I come from the R&B world. I studied in a classical environment when I was at the New England Conservatory of music. I like to think of myself as a consummate musician who combines all of those experiences to work for me.” Another result of his progressive musical outlook and talent was a host of recording and performing collaborations from his first gig with Chaka Khan to Prince, Freddie Jackson, Patti Labelle, Billy Cobham, Phyllis Hyman and well, we could go on and on.

“I find that the greatest joy I get in doing this is I remove the restrictions of finding what it is you’re trying to do and are able to do. Helping them understand that there’s no mystery to any of this, no secret formula and it’s really about developing your talent and finding a way to monetize your dream . Sometimes people run into mental obstacles in trying to reach their goal because they have circumstances in their life and they think it’s much harder than what it really is. So those things I really try addressing.”

ON STAGE THIS WEEKEND! Najee (left) and Buffalo's own Daniel "DP" Powell will pefrorm Saturday.

“Everyone that I’ve worked with has had some impact,” he notes. “I had the opportunity to work with people that I listened to as a kid, on records like George Duke, Herbie Hancock or Stanley Clarke, and people that are more my age range like Prince. He was an amazing artist all the way around. He could play so many different kinds of music even though he was known as a pop star. He was a well rounded musician, he really was. So everyone I’ve worked with has had a profound effect on me in some way or another.” Dedicated to the memories of both Prince and Al Jarreau, Najee’s latest album, the Barry Eastmond-produced “Poetry In Motion” offers the expectedly sumptuous mix of jazz and R&B that he has perfected throughout his career, with an impressive line-up of guests including Incognito, Will Downing, Maysa and Eric Roberson. “It’s really a collaborative record. I called up all of my friends and I didn’t know if they were going to show up for one album,” he laughs. Performing with Najee during his two performances at The Tralf this upcoming Saturday night is Buffalo born and based drummer Daniel Powell (known as DP) who is also promoting the show having met Najee while backing Will Holton. “ I asked Najee for his autograph and he said ‘you’ll get my autograph when I sign your check,‘” recalls Powell.

As the son of a singing mother and drumming father (Olivia Brown & Ambrose Powell Sr), music is in Powell’s blood. He picked up his first set of mallets at the ripe old age of two and by five was playing drums for the Soul Saving Revival Center in Buffalo, under the leadership of Pastor Alberta Robinson. He began competing in Guitar Center drum offs placing first regional three times, before meeting Will Holton at age 16, graduating to the club scene and the True Bethel Baptist Church. The proud father of two daughters (Cadence & Madisen) Powell remains a Buffalo resident while traveling worldwide performing with the likes of Marsha Ambrosius, Eric Benet and Alex Bugnon among others, having also founded the Triiinity Band. Powell’s events such as the annual Autumn Wave and Tuesday Night Live set a high standard for live musicianship in the nickel city.

In addition to the Tralf shows, Najee will be hosting a master class on Friday, June 15 from 4Pm-6Pm at The Buffalo Center for the Arts and Technology where he hopes to share some practical advice with up and comers.


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“I love Daniel. He’s been with me now for seven years. He’s been very consistent and I’m glad to see that he’s expanding beyond playing drums because he’s quite smart,” says Najee. With mutual respect Powell says, “It’s been an amazing adventure musically. Najee is one of the most generous people off stage and onstage. He’s not selfish and he has nothing to prove to anybody. He has a great caliber of musicians on the stage and he’s not afraid to share the wealth."


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ON STAGE *A Father’s Day Weekend with Najee @The Tralf, Saturday June 16, two shows 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.; $40 advance, $45 day of show; & Tralf Box Office; 852-2860.

On Stage @ The Vine @ Del largo Resort& Casino; Adjacent to Thruway @ Exit 41; For ticket information (315)946-1777. *Grandmaster Flash, Friday, June 15 @ 8 p.m. Tickets *The Legendary Temptations, Friday, July 6 @ 8 p.m.

Henri Star CD & Book Release Concert Party

Muhamad School of Music Voice of My Heart Recital Series presents a Henri Star CD & Book Release Concert Party, Sunday, June 24 at 3 p.m. at the Main Street Gallery, 515 Main Street. Featured will be live musical performances by Mastro Henri Star and the Henri Star Orchestra with special guests, music, dance, art, food, book signing, fashion show presentation and more. Tickets are $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door, $50 VIP. For more information, contact the Muhammad School of Music, 617 Main Street Suite 105 or call (716)570-5064; email or visit the website

Satchmo: A Tough Scuffle The Story of Jazz,

is a one-man show written and performed by talented thespian Danny Mullen which will be presented Friday & Saturday June 22,23 and June 29,30 at 7 p.m. at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley. Tickets are $20 general admission; $10 students and seniors. For more information call 704-649-4009. Mullen, a talented thespian and former Buffalo resident, used to teach in Buffalo schools. He got his dramatic start here when Lorna Hill cast him in Ujima Theatre's "Pearlie Victoria." He went on to write "Marcus Garvey" and "Mine Eyes." He currently resides in North Carolina.

Artist John Baker steps out for Juneteenth with his solo show "Art Of The Man: Reflections" June 15 6-10p.m., at Main Street Gallery 515 Main Street in Downtown Buffalo. He took the time out of his busy schedule to do a little Q&A and gave us a window to what inspired this solo show: Q. When was the last time you had a solo exhibition? A. 6 years ago just before a major medical issue. Q. Known for abstract / futurism are you moving in a new direction? A. I'm exploring my creative energy and the message in my work to speak to social and personal issues. I have sometimes been referred to as a storyteller. I believe a picture can deliver a message better than words while depicting history. Q. What inspired the solo show? A. I wanted to share my creative history with my family, friends, and community that have always been there supporting me. Past, present and future. There is a lot I have done that they don’t know so I want to introduce them to some of what I’m doing now. Q. What’s the message related to the show and the timing/platform of presenting your work during Juneteenth ? A. I have a long rich history with Juneteenth. From designing and printing their t’ shirts, to representing them in Washington, DC where my Negro League Baseball paintings were recommended for US postal stamps. I also curated an exhibit with them this year with WNY-Urban Arts Collective for Sankofa. I want to use my platform to bring attention to local artists such as myself. I would like to develop a better relationship between local visual artists and Juneteenth. Brother Ras Jomo and I have discussed creating an annual event around Juneteenth together. * Read extended Q&A in art section.


*No Excuses Love Tour, Thursday, July 12, Shea’s Theater, 646 Main St., 8 p.m. featuring Joe, Melanie Fiona, Rude Boys and celebrity host Roy Lee, Thursday, July 12 doors open 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; tickets $75, $85 Floor, $100 VIP & day of show; available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Doris Records’ concert dedicated in honor of Mack Luchey, founder of Doris Records.




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The deadline for applying for the 2018 Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship is June 30. The $1,000 scholarship is sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists with support from The Buffalo News and the Buffalo Newspaper Guild. It is open to African-American high school seniors, as well as college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are or will be pursuing studies leading to a career in journalism. Applicants must be permanent residents of Erie or Niagara counties and have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or higher. Applications are available in the financial aid departments at area colleges, universities and high schools or by calling 849-5598. The scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Allen, a longtime reporter for The Buffalo News and The Challenger, who died in 1999.

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When Uncle Tom Falls


By Margaret Kimberley

lack people are in a constant struggle for survival all over the world. We have many enemies from many different places and some of them may even look like the rest of us. But like any embattled group we must rejoice when any of those forces are taken out. One of the worst, that is to say a black person who acts against the interests of other black people, recently became compromised and that is always good news. Roland Fryer is an economics professor at Harvard University. He has all the trappings of success from tenure at a prestigious institution to the obligatory MacArthur genius grant. Rich people like Eli Broad fund his EdLabs think tank and Condi Rice sits on the board. It must be pointed out that these signs of achievement are also proof of traitorous behavior. The elites always get their money’s worth.

Fryer burst onto the scene in 2005. He was an assistant professor at Harvard and quickly became a celebrity academic because he used his credentials to beat up on Black people . Fryer posited that perhaps black people are genetically inferior to whites or that black children don’t succeed in school for the same reason. He wondered if black children need to be paid in cash in order to excel. Fryer didn’t stop with discredited notions of Black intelligence. Instead of doing the work of an economist and analyzing the tremendous profits generated by the trans-Atlantic slave trade he wondered if salty Black bodies were more able to survive the middle passage. Fryer’s work was already trash before he claimed in a 2016 paper that there was no evidence of racial bias in police shootings. Every White supremacist and their apologists quote from Fryer’s phony findings. It doesn’t matter that at least one of his colleagues at Harvard publicly called his findings “wrong ” and disputed the manner in which he presented them to the media. But the damage was done and every racist loves to quote Fryer when the issue of police murder is discussed. The New York Times and other opinion makers in corporate media immediately seized upon his work and added to their lying and obfuscations that make White supremacy more palatable to the elites. The Fryers of the world may really believe in the poison they spread or they may just be opportunists. The difference may not matter. What matters is that they do untold harm to Black people. But Fryer’s stock went down recently with the announcement that he has been accused of sexually harassing two students. Harvard University banned him from his own lab and the state of Massachusetts is investigating him. We must be clear about how to treat our enemies. Fryer may or may not be guilty of sexual harassment but his fall from grace must be celebrated regardless of the outcome. He is a traitor, a Quisling, the worst sort of Uncle Tom. Fryer doesn’t have the excuse of our ancestors who did whatever they could in order to survive Jim Crow terrorism. He profits directly from the system because he chose to be a turncoat against his people. As such he is entitled to no quarter, no comfort and no expression of sympathy. When the bottom feeders like Fryer have a fall, the rest of us must rejoice. Those who are faint of heart may hesitate to condemn Black men accused of sexual wrong doing. But Fryer should get no such consideration. His duplicity should never be forgiven or forgotten. He happily chose to push Black people under a bus. The inclination to rescue any Black person who faces scrutiny and scorn should stop. Everyone isn’t worthy of a defense. At the very moment when police murder became a galvanizing issue and spawned a mass movement, Fryer used his intellect to undermine the human rights demands of millions of people. His words were a gift to people who want to maintain the right to brutalize and kill. When he pleads for help or cries out that he is innocent he must get the cold shoulder. That is what he did to the rest of black America. When the self-haters and opportunists fall we should not try to pick them up. Let Uncle Roland stay on the ground. Margaret Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well at . Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(

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The Chisholm Effect and the Rising Power of Black Women


By Hon. April N.M. Baskin

nder the radar, a political revolution has been taking place. It began in 1968, when Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress. Chisholm’s election, and later campaign for the presidency in 1972, broke new ground for Black women in elected office. Since her trailblazing campaigns, Black women have been elected in increasing numbers, and have become one of the most effective and influential voting blocs in American politics. A new report from Rutgers University, “The Chisholm Effect: Black Women in American Politics” examines the current status of Black women as elected officials and their outlook for 2018 and beyond. Black women are 7.3% of the national population, but hold less than 5% of Congressional seats, statewide executive offices, or state legislative seats. In addition, only five Black women are currently serving as mayors of the 100 most popular cities. But there is hope. Black women are running for office in record numbers in 2018. In fact,, on May 22, former Georgia House of Representatives Minority Leader Stacy Abrams (D-GA) won the Democratic primary, giving her a legitimate chance of being elected our nation’s first Black woman governor. And here in New York State, Buffalo’s own Leecia Eve, a graduate of Harvard Law School and former counsel to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is running for Attorney General. Black women are also a force at the polls. Their massive turnout in 2017 played crucial role in decisive races in New Jersey and Virginia. And in Alabama this past December, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Trump-endorsed Republican Roy Moore, thanks in large part to the fact that he received 98% of the votes of Black women. Yet, we cannot take these recent accomplishments by Black women for granted, or assume that their power will remain unchallenged. We must continue to fight against unjust and baseless attacks on voting rights towards minorities, such as photo ID laws. We must also push to change laws in four states that restrict individuals incarcerated with a felony, either on parole or in probation, from voting for life. These issues disproportionately impact Black citizens. We must analyze and overcome additional barriers impeding Black Shirley Chisholm women running for office, such as disparities in campaign financing resourc"Unbought and es, or unyielding local political parties, who do not feel as if a Black woman unbossed." is an “electable” candidate in certain races. I am proud to be part of a proud and distinguished legacy here in Erie County, and the latest benefactor of the Chisholm Effect. Throughout our history, thirty Black women have had the honor of holding some form of elected office. These include my fellow county legislator, the Hon. Barbara Miller-Williams, my predecessor, the Hon. Betty Jean Grant, and former legislator, now State Assemblymember, Crystal Peoples-Stokes. Each has brought their unique perspective to government and made Buffalo and Erie County more equitable for all. Through my own work with the organization I founded, The College Simulation Experience, I have emphasized how arts, theater, and culture can be used for educational empowerment and attainment. With this background, I seek to improve the lives of my constituents with creative solutions and outside-of-the-box thinking. In doing so, I am demonstrating that the arts can form the basis for social justice and progress. While Black women have multiple perspectives to offer within politics, there is an overall shared experience that brings us together. It is rooted in a shared history of oppression and toil: Black women are more likely to be subject to poverty than any other demographic group in the United States. Yet we also share a legacy of resilience and persistence, which heeds Michelle Obama’s call that “when they go low, we go high.” These virtues provide us with the strength and determination we need to raise and keep our families together, as mothers, daughters, and sisters, even when our country does not always provide “liberty and justice for all.” It is an experience which acknowledges that greater participation by Black women is essential to the development of a morally just, equitable, and prosperous society.

JUNETEENTH continued

Order Number 3 begins: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” *And so the first African American community to formally celebrate their freedom was in Galveston, TX. Enslaved Africans who got the news were jubilant to hear of their freedom on Juneteenth. In the book, “Lone Star Pasts: Memory and History in Texas,” Felix Haywood, a former slave who gave a testimony about Juneteenth recalled: "The end of the war, it come jus’ like that—like you snap your fingers….Hallelujah broke out…. Soldiers, all of a sudden, was everywhere—comin’ in bunches, crossin’, walkin’ and ridin’. Everyone was a-singin.’ We was all walkin’ on golden clouds….Everybody went wild...We was free. Just like that we was free.”

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dear editor Who Needs A Liquor Store? Dear Editor: I recently took my own personal survey, and talked to over 50 community residents about the attempt to have a liquor store in GiGi ‘s old building on Ferry Street. Unsurprisingly everyone was against another liquor store in their community. No liquor store has any social redeeming value to contribute to the well-being of a community. The new owner of the former GiGi restaurantbuilding don't have a clue as to what a liquor store represents, even though he proclaimed to be a Christian. Liquor, whiskey and rum is one the weapons the European oppressor used when they invaded Africa to enslave the African. The enslaver used liquor/rum to kill off the Native American. Eskimo-Aleut people suffered from the liquor the Europeans sold them. Liquor stores anywhere serves only one purpose - to addict and retard the development of any community. Who needs a liquor store? -Roy St Clair

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Lead Programmer/Analyst (Middleware) SUNY Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY) seeks Lead Programmer/Analyst (Middleware) to be responsible for installing, upgrading and maintaining WebLogic and Tomcat application servers and related applications on multiple operating systems hosted both at ITEC and numerous State University of New York (SUNY) campuses throughout New York State. Responsibilities include analyzing and troubleshooting middleware-related web, network and Java technical issues and providing related technical support and guidance to other SUNY campus-based technical analysts. Assist with design, development, documentation, implementation and automation of existing and new largescale complex applications with general direction from higher-level computer professionals. Review and edit application documentation, user specifications, web and application server resource requirements, and patch/release deployment schedules; and also assist with both unit and integration test planning, development and execution under various identity management scenarios as required by ITEC middleware services. Adhere to ITEC’s security policies and procedures and participate in training. Provide direction in the on-going areas of deployment, performance and support for member campuses in areas related to application servers, Java and web technologies. Develop and test programs as needed. Develop detailed system optimization techniques, system designs and modifications involving complex and problematic program design, difficult logic sequences, or nonstandard programming applications. Respond to all requests for assistance from any of the member campuses. Adhere to ITEC’s security policies and procedures and participate in training. Prioritize and accomplish multiple tasks independently and be available to work various shifts to assist with providing 24 x 7 support. Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems or related field and 3 years of experience in Java EE application server administration experience with either WebLogic or Tomcat, including patching, upgrading, troubleshooting and performance tuning; programming and scripting experience with one or more of Perl, bash, PHP, python; experience implementing large-scale automation of production middleware services. Qualified applicants may apply online at

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percent construction and 9.9 percent street work); 20 percent minority (up from 17 percent construction and 8.9 percent street work); and 10 percent women-owned businesses (up from 2.2 percent construction and 1 percent street work). New workforce goals of 20 percent minority and 6.9 percent female participation are also being implemented where previously there had been no goals except on the City Project Labor Agreements (PLA). More information about the City’s MWBE program, a copy of the ordinance and other resources can be found at

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•Chief Diversity Officer •Provost and Executive Vice President •Employee Relations Manager •Instructor for Biotechnological Sciences • Instructor for Nursing •College Nurse • Instructional Designer Our mission to offer quality education includes exposing our students to a diverse range of cultures, experiences and expertise. At SUNY Erie Community College, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

LEGAL NOTIC EBIDS COUNTY OF ERIE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS BUFFALO NIAGARA CONVENTION CENTER 2018 PHASE 2 TOILET ROOM RENOVATIONS PROJECT NO. NT-18-01 Single sealed bids for General Construction work for the above project will be received by the County’s Commissioner of Public Works in Suite 1400 of the Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York 14202 until 10:30 AM local time on Friday, June 29, 2018, at which time they will be opened and read aloud. MBE/WBE, Apprenticeship program, and Local and Disadvantaged Workforce requirements may apply to this project. Additional information must be found at: www.


Northland Workforce Training Center Issues Request for Proposals (RFP) for Janitorial and Security Services The Northland Workforce Training Center has released two (2) Request for Proposals (RFP) for Janitorial and Security Services respectively. All parties interested in receiving the RFPs, please contact Simmone Washington at swashington@northlandwtc. org. Proposals are due Monday, June 18, 2018 by 5:00 pm.



CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN Thursday June 28, 2018 6:00 PM The Belle Center 104 Maryland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201

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. This hearing will review the results of 2 (two) prior working sessions regarding specific ways to best utilize Entitlement funds throughout the City of Buffalo. This meeting will also review Annual Action Plan Amendments and changes to the updated Citizen Participation Plan. Written comments to all three Annual Action Plan items are encouraged, and will be included in the city’s submission to HUD. Comments must be postmarked by July 29, 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. Burmese, Arabic, Nepali, and Karen speakers must RSVP for translation services prior to meeting.

AUDIENCIA DE REVISIÓN PÚBLICA CIUDAD DE BUFFALO 2018/19 PLAN DE ACCIÓN ANUAL / ENMIENDAS AAP / PLAN DE PARTICIPACIÓN CIUDADANA Jueves 28 de junio de 2018 6:00 p.m. El Belle Center 104 Maryland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201 El alcalde Byron W. Brown invita a los residentes de Búfalo a participar en una audiencia pública para discutir las asignaciones 2018/19 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 con respecto al uso de este financiamiento para abordar las necesidades de vivienda y desarrollo de la comunidad. Esta audiencia revisará los resultados de 2 (dos) sesiones de trabajo anteriores con respecto a formas específicas para utilizar mejor los fondos de derecho a través de la ciudad de Buffalo. Esta reunión también revisará las Enmiendas y los cambios del Plan de Acción Anual al Plan de Participación Ciudadana actualizado. Se recomiendan los comentarios escritos a los tres puntos del Plan de Acción Anual, que se incluirán en la presentación de la ciudad a HUD. Los comentarios deben tener el sello postal antes del 29 de julio de 2018 en 920 City Hall, Buffalo NY 14202; o Para obtener más información sobre este aviso público, o para solicitar alojamientos especiales para la audiencia pública, llame al 851-5449. Los hablantes de birmano, árabe, nepali y karen deben confirmar sus servicios de traducción antes de la reunión.


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Fargo Bank v. Bineyard

STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF ERIE SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index No. 815184/2017 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, v. ANY UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, DISTRIBUTEES OR SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST OF THE LATE SYLVIA BINEYARD A/K/A SYLVIA L. BINEYARD, IF LIVING, AND IF ANY BE DEAD, ANY AND ALL PERSONS WHO ARE SPOUSES, WIDOWS, GRANTEES, MORTGAGEES, LIENORS, HEIRS, DEVISEES, DISTRIBUTEES, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, OR SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST OF SUCH OF THEM AS MAY BE DEAD, AND THEIR SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, DISTRIBUTEES AND SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST, ALL OF WHOM AND WHOSE NAMES AND PLACES OF RESIDENCE ARE UNKNOWN TO PLAINTIFF, BUFFALO URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY, NIAGARA MOHAWK POWER CORPORATION DBA NATIONAL GRID, ASSET ACCEPTANCE LLC A/P/O GE CAPITAL, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS; YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above action and serve a copy of your Answer on the plaintiff's attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal delivery within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Erie County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the mortgaged premises. 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 your mortgage company will not stop this 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 is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of Honorable Mark J. Grisanti, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed the 18th day of May, 2018, at Buffalo, New York. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: Tax I.D. No. 79.82-2-39 ALL that tract or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie and State of New York, being part of Lot No. 46, Township 11, Range 7 of the Holland Land Company's Survey and being more particularly known as the easterly eight (8) feet of Subdivision Lot No. 244, and the westerly twenty-four

(24) feet of Subdivision Lot No. 245, according to and as shown on a Subdivision Map of part of said Lot No. 46, filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Erie, New York, under Map Cover No. 998, said premises being thirty-two (32) feet front and rear by one hundred and eight (108) feet in depth, on the north side of Dartmouth Street, three hundred and forty-three and ninety-five one hundredths (343.95) feet west of Eggert Road. Subject to easements, covenants, and restriction of record. These premises are also known as 534 Dartmouth a/k/a 534 Dartmouth Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215. WOODS OVIATT GILMAN LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff 700 Crossroads Building 2 State Street

LEGAL NOTICE Embrace Home Loans v. Hulings NOTICE OF SALE COUNTY COURT ERIE COUNTY EMBRACE HOME LOANS, INC., Plaintiff against ROBERT J. HULINGS A/K/A ROBERT J. HULINGS, JR., et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP 200 John James Audubon Parkway, Suite 202, Amherst, NY 14228 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale Entered April 26, 2018 I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at the Foreclosure Alcove of the Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 on July 10, 2018 at 9:15 AM. Premises known as 20 Penwood Drive, Buffalo, NY 14227. Sec 125.07 Block 11 Lot 24. All that tract or parcel of land, situate in the Town of Cheektowaga, County of Erie and State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $151,617.80 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 806206/2017. For sale information, please visit www. or call (800) 280-2832. Kimberly E Whistler, Esq., Referee 17-03972


Citimortgage v. Parker/Paulk

SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF ERIE CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff -against- RAYSHAWN M. PARKER, SHANA D. PAULK, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein and dated October 30, 2017, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Foreclosure Alcove, 1st Floor, Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY on July 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. premises situate in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie and State of New York, being part of Lot 89, Township 11, Range 8 of the Holland Land Company Survey and further distinguished as Subdivision Lot 45, as shown on a map filed in the Erie County Clerk's Office under Cover No. 1182. Section: 77.76 Block: 3 Lot: 16. Said premises known as 67 SAINT FLORIAN STREET, BUFFALO, NY Approximate amount of lien $78,230.47 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Index Number 813751/2014. GREGORY J. STEWART, ESQ., Referee David A. Gallo & Associates LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 99 Powerhouse Road, First Floor, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 File# 5025.1924


Guns Down…Knuckle Up! Saving Lives One Punch At A Time By Robert Lewis aka Rugged Rob have been a boxing fan for more than 40 years and a combat sports enthusiast for more than 25 years. My love for boxing is deeper than my affinity for pugilism. My older brother, Randolph Scott, introduced me to the “Sweet Science”. He told me stories of great fighters of the past and why Muhammad Ali was the greatest of all time. He said, “You don’t get respect on the streets because you can


LEGAL NOTICE BID NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the County Legislature of the County of Erie, New York, shall be held at Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, Buffalo, New York, in said County, on the 26th day of June, 2018, at 6:00 o'clock P.M., Prevailing Time, for the purpose of conducting a public hearing upon a proposed increase and improvement of facilities of Erie County Sewer District No. 5 in said County. The increase and improvement of such facilities consisting of improvements to the sanitary sewers, manholes, and other collection system assets, improvements to the Transit Valley and Bryant and Stratton Pumping Stations, and preparation of a capacity analysis to evaluate current flows and future service requirements; all as more fully described in the report and estimate of cost prepared by the County Engineers (Erie County Department of Environment and Planning) which has been filed with the County Legislature and which has been approved by the Board of Managers of said District on April 9, 2018 (the “Report”). The maximum estimated cost of such increase and improvement of facilities is $1,000,000, will be apportioned in accordance with applicable flat charges, hook-up charges and charges based on units, assessed value and footage specified in the District's Benefit and User Charge formulas, as such formulas currently exist and as amended from time to time. The expenditures for such increase and improvement of facilities will not cause additional costs for property owners in the District for hook-up fees, and the annual cost of such expenditures to the Typical Property (as defined in the County Law) is $10.87 for the District. The County Legislature has heretofore caused to be prepared and filed for public inspection with the Clerk of the Erie County Legislature, a detailed explanation of how such costs were computed, as incorporated in the Report. Dated: Buffalo, New York, May 24, 2018. BY ORDER OF THE COUNTY LEGISLATURE OF THE COUNTY OF ERIE, NEW YORK By: Robert M. Graber Clerk, County Legislature


shoot a gun. You get respect for being good with your hands”. My big brother taught me life lessons and he never let me back down to anyone. We would watch boxing on television. He explained why a fighter won and what a fighter did wrong in the match. I lost my brother to gun violence on Saturday, June 21, 1980. The last thing he said to me was “I’ll see you tonight to watch the Leonard/Duran fight”. Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran fought for the first time on Friday, June 20, 1980. Needless to say, I did not watch that fight with my big brother. That Saturday morning, the biggest police officer I have ever seen, came

to our home to tell my mother that Randy had been shot and killed at 3:00am. B o x i n g is the gift that my big brother gave me and I honor his memory by being a loyal fan of the sport. Boxing has been part of the fabric of the African American community since the inception of the Queensbury Rules. It was through boxing, African Americans could compete with their white counterparts and exact the pain, they acquired from poor treatment, on them without retribution. Through boxing, Africans Americans could raise their economic status, social standing, and morale of their community. The same is true in 2018. To become a fighter, you must have great discipline and commitment to your craft. The relationship between trainer and fighter is one of the strongest bonds in sports. Most boxers start in the amateur ranks to develop their skills. Amateur boxing is a safer alternative to other contact sports, such as football, hockey, rugby, and lacrosse. I have been a member of the local boxing community since 1995 and I have never seen an amateur boxer seriously injured in a sanctioned contest. Boxing is a sport that teaches you everything you need to know about yourself. You will learn what you fear, what you are willing endure, and what you are prepared to sacrifice for victory. USA Boxing, Inc. is the sanctioning body that governs amateur boxing in the America. Volunteers, such as educators, business people, police officers, community leaders, and physicians, fill most posi-

tions. All participates must be at least 8 years old to officially start training at a USA Boxing gym. Boxing transcends sports in that there is a strong mentoring aspect to training a young person. A boxing trainer must be able to mold a fighter physically and mentally. They must know how to motivate, teach, identify each fighter’s weakness, build trust, and lead him or her into battle. Boxing allows young people to channel their kinetic energy and displaced anger in the ring through competition. Boxing reaches young people that other sports cannot. If your son or daughter has a propensity to be aggressive in certain situations, the “sweet science” may be a resolve. My mantra is “Guns Down, Knuckle Up”… join a gym today. If you have any questions on how to find a suitable boxing gym for your child, please email me at robakarugged@ Also, subscribe to my YouTube channel The Rugged Chronicles for local boxing coverage.


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WEDNESDAY JUNE 13 Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St, Buffalo. 12pm - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ 832 -1010 The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St (716)427-0566.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 13 THURSDAY JUNE 14 Urban Line Dance Classes: St. Foxie Brown Line Dance ClassPhillips, 15 Fernhill ; 6-8 p.m.; es: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Schiller Senior Center, 2057 Genesee Cheri & Darel 200-9702. St. 444-2046. The Durham Central City Baby THURSDAY JUNE 14 Café . Info and support for pregFREE! Whole-Food Nutritional nant and breastfeeding moms Workshop Denny's 4610 Gen- 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St. (716)427-0566. esee St (just past Airport) 7pm-9pm Call to Reserve Seats FRIDAY. JUNE 15 (716) 862-9729. Fathers Day Fish Fry Awards Banquet: 6-9 p.m. hosed by Buffalo United Front., Schiller Park Center 2057 Genesee St. Tickets $55 & available by calling 818-3410 or 716-4795180. Proceeds to benefit Family Fishing Day. Happy Hour: Join the WNY Board of Realtist Happy Hour at the Oak Room, 1435 Main Street 6- 8p.m. Beginners/Intermediate Line Dance Classes Every Friday 6pm Bethel AME Church Hall 1525 Michigan @ E.Ferry Ernestine, Instructor Chicago Steppin’: Every Friday 7-8:30 p.m. The Pratt Center 422 Pratt St. SATURDAY JUNE 16 “First Home Club” First-Time Homebuyer Education Workshop 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Buffalo Urban League, 15 Genesee Street. 716) 250-2418 to register. Treasures in the Hood Flea Market: 1474 Fillmore Avenue Near East Ferry, hosted by Leslie’s Boutique, 12 noon-6 p.m. 891-5346 to reserve a table. Mike's Smooth Urban Ballroom Dance Classes: 11 to 1 PM, Saturdays, Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave. 716-380-5100 class is $5 SUNDAY JUNE 17 Treasures in the Hood Flea Market: 1474 Fillmore Avenue Near East Ferry, hosted by Leslie’s Boutique, 12 noon-6 p.m. 891-5346 to reserve a table.

A n s w e r i n g y o u r q u e s t i o n s a b o u t c r e m a t i o n a n d b u r i a l . . .

“How many people can be buried in a cemetery lot?” If you have any questions about cremation or burial, give us a call at (716) 885-1600.

Most cemeteries allow 1 or 2 burials in a single grave. At Forest Lawn, we recently changed our rules & regulations to allow up to 4 burials in a single grave, w hich can include 1 casket plus 3 urns or a total of 4 urns. For example, if a couple chooses side-by-side casketed burial in 2 graves, there’s room for them and up 6 other members of their family. This can represent a significant cost savings for the family. But more importantly, it can make it possible for you and your dearest loved ones to remain together forever.

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MONDAY JUNE 18 African Consciousness Workshop Documentary Series: 5:50-7:50 P.M Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue. 883-4418 Free Admission. Featuring Delmar Carmack, guest speaker, “Nutritional and Health Crisis in the Black Community.” WEDNESDAY JUNE 20 African Consciousness Workshop Documentary Series: 5:50-7:50 P.M Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue. 883-4418 Free Admission. Featuring the film “Winnie Mandela”, starirng Jennifer Hudson. Hustle for Health Urban Line Dancing with Phyllis Caver at Gloria Parks: 3242 Main St, Buffalo. 12pm - 1pm. FREE for ages 55+ 832 -1010 The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St (716)427-0566.

“Second Sundays At Skateland” "Second Sundays @ Skateland “ continues July 8 from 2-5 p.m. at 33 E. ferry St. Admission is $7 with your own skates; +$1.50 to rent skates “Second Sundays” celebrate summer, family, community, and roller skating.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 20 Urban Line Dance Classes: St. Phillips, 15 Fernhill ; 6-8 p.m.; Cheri & Darel 200-9702. THURSDAY JUNE 21 “First Home Club” FirstTime Homebuyer Orientation 6 – 7 PM, University Community Development Association, Inc.995 Kensington Avenue. Foxie Brown Line Dance Classes: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Schiller Senior Center, 2057 Genesee St. 444-2046. The Durham Central City Baby Café . Info and support for pregnant and breastfeeding moms 5:30 – 7:30 pm 200 Eagle St. (716)427-0566. FRIDAY JUNE 22 Chicago Steppin: Every Friday 7-8:30 p.m. The Pratt Center 422 Pratt St.


1221 Main St.6-8p.m. Parents must be accompanied by their children!.


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HAPPY 100TH! Viola Hill celebrated her 100th birthday on April 26. A gathering of friends, family and well wishers at the Adams Mark Hotel paid tribute to the eternal Miss Hill. PHOTOS BY PRINCESS/RICHARD BLANC

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Founder of The College Simulation Experience “The Allstate MWEE program allowed me the opportunity to enhance my business acumen. It’s a successful learning and development initiative; without it, I would still struggle to make a meaningful impact on my clients. Since graduating, I have seen a variety of positive results in growth, marketing as well as new clientele.” -April Baskin, 2017 Graduate

Challenger Community News June 13, 2018  
Challenger Community News June 13, 2018