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Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Lil' Moe to Headline This Year's Juneteenth

Singer, songwriter, rapper, Lil’ Moe will be the headliner at this year’s Juneteenth Festival to be held Saturday, June 17.

Rochester Mayor Malik Evans made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday.

Lil’ Mo, formally named Cynthia Karen Loving, is best known for her 2001 single "Superwoman Pt. II." She first gained recognition from being featured on Rap Star, Missy Elliott's record-breaking hit single "Hot Boyz."

Her more recent work includes appearances in the reality television series R&B Divas, hosting the Washington, DC based WKYS radio show 'The Fam in the Morning with DJ Quick Silva', and VH1's Love & Hip Hop: New York.

Hosted by the Greater Rochester Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, the festival is celebrating their 50th year. Sponsors include the City of Rochester, the 19th Ward Community Association and Branches Freelancing.

The festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at 353 Court Street in downtown Rochester from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Visit for details and updates.


Wednesday, May 17

7p.m.: National Ride of Silence (Liberty Pole, Liberty Pole Way)

Join Black Girls Do Bike Rochester and Monroe County cyclists in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.

Onsite registration starts at 6p.m., followed by a preride ceremony. Ride starts at 7p.m. sharp. The only requirements besides a bike to participate in this ride to raise awareness are the ability to ride along at about 10 mph and the desire to quietly celebrate the fallen.

Contact: Kecia McCullough

Sharpton Puts McDonald’s Corporation On Notice Over Racial Discrimination Practices: "You cannot sell Black folks Big Macs and give us little justice.”

Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), recently sent a letter to McDonald’s Corporation to finally address the multiple accusations of racial discrimination by the company. Coming out of the 2023 NAN Annual Convention held in New York City, Rev. Sharpton said the national organization would mobilize to demand action against the fastfood giant unless it meaningfully rectified these longstanding issues.

“We find it appalling and inexcusable that McDonald’s Corporation has not satisfied its differences with the Black community,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of NAN. “There are lawsuits brought by Black franchises. Another brought by a Black former executive over racial discrimination from the highest levels. And let’s not forget the $10 billion lawsuit brought by Byron Allen over the fact that Black-owned media did not get its fair share of McDonald’s supersized advertising budgets. We are also outraged at the removal of John Rogers, a well-respected business leader for the Black community, from the Board of Directors. We unequivocally demand they immediately acknowledge and address these issues, or we will begin a national campaign around McDonalds. You cannot sell Black folks Big Macs and give us little justice.”

Garth Fagan Dance Mother’s Day Concert

On Saturday May 13 at 3 p.m. inside The Theater at Innovation Square in Rochester, Garth Fagan Dance presents "A Day of Duets" concert, a perfect experience of short dances, variety, and gripping music to celebrate Mother's Day! For Tickets go to https:// www.r,arthfar,andance.orr,/ mothersday23

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Jaylen Griffin: Still Missing

Bury The Violence organization held a 15th Birthday Prayer Circle for Jaylen

Kirkwood Named Director of Center for Resiliency at Villa Maria College

Duncan Kirkwood has been named the Director of the new Center for Resiliency at Villa Maria College. The program is designed to help students overcome unexpected challenges that may otherwise derail their educations and career aspirations. Kirkwood, 37, is a graduate of the former Bennett High School and Alabama State University, a historically Black university. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the university of Arizona and is the author of “Rerouting: Resilience tools and Tactics.” Mr. Kirkwood has been at Villa since January of this year.

Volunteers Needed to Help Brush Up Historic Broderick Park @ The Foot Of West Ferry

Help beautify the historic Broderick Park in preparation for summer on Saturday May 13 at 10 a.m. for the annual beautification event! For more information contact Barbara by emailing info@ Complementary lunch and goodies! Donations welcome! Please visit

Griffin April 22. The last time Jaylen’s family saw him was August 4, 2020. At the time he went missing Jaylen, of Warren Avenue in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, was 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighed 145 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was just 12 years old and despite efforts by family and supporters to find him he remains missing. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or call the Police Department’s confidential tip line (which accepts calls and texts) at 716- 847-2255. Or the Police Special Victims Unit at 716-851-4494.

No New Jail Community Forum

Erie County leadership is proposing to build a new jail and we want to hear what the community thinks. A “No New Jail” community forum will be held on Thursday, May 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue. Register at nonewjail

The event is being organized by #HALTsolidarity, Black Love Resist in the Rust, Jails Justice Network, National Lawyers Guild Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good, Prisoners are People Too, Inc., Pushing Latinos Forward, Safe Home Re-entry, Inc., SURJ Buffalo, VOICE Buffalo, and the Peace Center.

Holloway Pledges to Serve a Full Term if Elected Ellicott District Council Member; Calls on His Opponents in the Race to Join


Cedric Holloway, who is currently campaigning for the Ellicott District council seat, recently pledged to serve a full term if elected, and he called on his opponents to join him in committing not to seek other offices if they are successful in the race.

“I am campaigning to represent the residents of the Ellicott District and have no plans to run for another position” said Holloway, candidate for Ellicott District Council. “The hardworking men and women in our community need a representative on the Common Council who is focused exclusively on their needs, not plotting their next career step. If I have the honor of being elected, I pledge to serve a full term in office. The residents of Ellicott deserve nothing less.”

Holloway, who was born and raised in Ellicott, and who spent much of his 30 year career as a Buffalo police officer working the neighborhoods of the district, called on the other candidates for the seat to make the same pledge.

“This should not be a heavy lift,” noted Holloway. “We are asking our community to put their trust in us with their vote, and the least that we can do is to commit to serving a full term in the job we are seeking. Cynicism is dangerous to democracy, citizens become disengaged when they feel that politics is just another game played by the elite. I want to assure the residents of Ellicott that if I am elected, I will dedicate my full attention to the issues facing our community: improving basic services like public safety, trash pick up, beautifying our neighborhoods, potholes, and snow removal. We are also going to see unprecedented levels of public investment in the next several years, including $331 million in American Rescue Plan funds, $50 million for homeowners and small business owners pledged by Governor Hochul. The public needs to know that their council members are going to be watching how that money is spent, and pushing to ensure that those funds directly improve the lives of the residents of East Buffalo.”

Cedric M. Holloway was born and raised on Johnson Street in the Ellicott District. He is the proud son of well-known community warriors the late Johnnie B. Wiley and Lovenia Holloway. Cedric remains a life-long resident of Ellicott and will be on the ballot for the June 27, 2023 primary.

Walton, Franco, Shippens Endorsed by Our City Action

Our City Action Buffalo, a political action group, has officially released “The People’s Slate” with the endorsements of the following three candidates in this year’s election for Buffalo Common Council:

•Former mayoral candidate India Walton for Masten District

•Kathryn Franco, Western New York Law Center staffer for University District

•Eve Shippens, Buffalo Teachers Federation leadership in North District

"We are proud to endorse progressive leaders who are dedicated to working alongside their constituents to fight injustice and create a more equitable Buffalo," said Monica Stephens, chair of the group’s Endorsement Committee on their Facebook page. "Franco, Walton and Shippens have devoted their careers to listening and caring for people in our community," she added. "Their fresh ideas will pave the way for innovative legislation in the Common Council and create a better future for all residents of our city.”


Oneof the worst race massacres in the U.S. was in Elaine, Arkansas September 30–October 2, 1919.

Black sharecroppers realized they had been cheated by local White planters. To create some form of protection for themselves and to achieve fair wages, they unionized and formed a local chapter of the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America. The Black farmers met regularly at churches and pooled their money in hopes to rise enough to hire a lawyer who would represent them against the White land owners who kept them in debt and declined to give accounting particulars.

That dynamic, where Black sharecroppers could have gained financial independence, created a panic among White plantation owners. Rumor spread that the Blacks were planning an insurrection For days, mobs of White men slaughtered at least 200 Black farmers and their families, with assistance from about 500 troops called on by Arkansas Gov. Charles Brough. Some scholars estimate the number of dead to be closer to 800 (five White men were killed.) The violence raged for a week. During the massacre, Arkansan Leroy Johnston, who had spent nine months recovering in a hospital from injuries he suffered in the trenches of France in WWI – was pulled from a train shortly after returning home and was shot to death alongside his three brothers.

In the aftermath of the riot, 285 Black people were arrested, and the Phillips County grand jury charged 122 Black people with crimes ranging from night riding to murder. The first 12 men tried were convicted of murder and sentenced to death by electric chair.

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National Nurses Week May 6-12 Tiffany Anderson, President of Buffalo Black Nurses, is 2023 Nurse of Distinction Nominee

"Good In The Neighborhood" Event Offers Free Health Screenings, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Family Fun!

"BLACK L IVES, BLACK LUNGS":Pastor George Nicholas CEO of the Buffalo Center for Health Equity led an important community conversation March 30 at Lincoln Memorial UMC about the Governor’s proposal to ban menthol cigarettes in the State. One of the most impactful issues affecting the health of African Americans he pointed out, is menthol cigarettes. It is estimated that smoking-related diseases kill 45,000 Blacks in this country every year; the primary culprit being menthol cigarettes, which 85 percent of Black smokers prefer. Pictured l- r Dontae Scisson, WUFO; Rev. Kenzier M. Pointer, Pastor Agape Fellowship Baptist Church, Rev. Nicholas pastor of Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Andrew Hyland, chair of the Department of Health Behaviors at Roswell Park and Rev. Mark E. Blue, President Buffalo NAACP. More details about the “Black Lives, Black Lungs” community conversation program can be found on the Buffalo Center for Health Equity” website at

Green Thumb Beginner Gardening Workshop

The East Side Garden Walk is proud to announce the free Green Thumb Beginner Gardening Workshop! Discover how to transform your outdoor space and maintain the garden of your dreams. Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. at Gerard Place, 2515 Bailey Ave. Register at .

Tiffany Anderson, MS,RN Director of Home-Based Care Services at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a 2023 Nurse of Distinction Nominee. The prestigious designation was made during National Nurses Week, May 6-12 and appeared in "WNY Nurses," a Supplement of the Professional Nurses Association of WNY in the May 7 Sunday Buffalo News. A senior leading nurse with Roswell, the accomplished Ms. Anderson is also the President of Buffalo Black Nurses Inc. whose mission is to promote diversity in nursing careers and leadership development and educate and empower our community to reduce health care disparities. The outstanding organization's value statement reads in part: "We are committed to enhancing the underrepresented nurse experience through continued professional development, mentorship, scholarship and community service. For more information about Buffalo Black Nurses Inc. call (716) 650-0202; visit buffaloblacknurses. org or email Congratulations President Anderson!

Free Counseling

Vondolyn Salter- Lane of Mental Health and Christian Counseling offering survior support groups and FREE counseling via telehealth or in person. Contact 716 705-3889 or

The Best Exercises for Seniors

Aging does not have to be synonymous with slowing down. Physical activity is important to not only avoid chronic health issues but boost physical and mental health. Always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

Best exercises for mobile seniors depending on their ability level:

•Walking is the best if you are able to move freely without a walker, wheelchair or cane,

• The best exercises for seniors in a wheelchair is Tai Chi. One study shows that seniors who engaged in a 12-week Tai Chi program specifically designed for those in a wheelchair saw improvements in their balance, blood pressure and mental health. Tai Chi is also excellent for seniors who can’t stand and need a chair.

•Water aerobics and swimming are great exercises to improve overall health.

•Line Dancing. “If you can walk, you can line dance.”

Line dancing is a perfect exercise for improving coordination and balance, increasing cardiovascular health and brain memory, and is seen as an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s, dementia and depression.

The Good for the Neighborhood program will be Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave. The event offers free health screenings, resources and information from healthcare professionals along with fresh fruits, vegetables and family fun activities. It's organized by the Independent Health Foundation.

Elder Law Day

“Elder Law Day" is a free event hosted by the Erie County Department of Senior Services in partnership with the Center for Elder Law & Justice that provides information to assist older adults, family members and caregivers in making informed choices about their health and financial well-being. Topics include Long Term Care Planning, Medicaid, Advanced Directives, Estate Planning Basics and more!

The event will be held, Tuesday, June 13th from 8:00am-1:30pm at The Grapevine, 333 Dick Road., Depew. Register online at

15-minute consultations available by request at registration. Morning refreshments and a box lunch available for those who pre-register online.”

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To the families and or communities affected by this senseless and tragic act of violence on May 14, 2022 we share your loss! This day will forever remain etched in our hearts and minds.

Celestine Chaney

Roberta Drury

Andre Mackniel

Katherine Massey

Margus Morrison

Heyward Patterson

Aaron Salter, Jr.

Geraldine Talley

Pearl Young

Ruth Whitfield

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Potter's House Church Annual Men’s Prayer Breakfast

The Potter's House Church will host their Annual Men’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, May 20 at 9a.m. at the Sheraton Niagara Hotel, 300 Third Street, Niagara Falls, Pastor Mark Sanders is the speaker. Tickets are $30 for adults and $35 at the door; youth tickets are $25 and $30 at the door. For additional information call 716-285-3445.

Urban Christian Ministries Fundraising Dinner

Urban Christian Ministries will host a Fund Raising Dinner, Saturday, May 20 from 4 -8p.m. at Randall Baptist Church, 6301 Main St., Williamsville. Reservations are required. Call 716-882-9472. Free-will offering will benefit Afterschool and Summer programs on Buffalo's East Side.

American Baptist Women's Ministry Spiritual Retreat

The Buffalo/Niagara County Chapter of the American Baptist Women's Ministry is hosting a spiritual retreat from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at the Rev. Bennett Smith Family Life Center, 833 Michigan Street. Registration is $30 and begins at 8:30 a.m. A continental breakfast and full lunch are provided

We invite the community to join us for a day of prayer and spiritual enlightenment. For further information contact Mrs. Geraldine Rhodes-Daniels, Chapter President.

Humboldt Parkway Baptist To Celebrate Pastoral Anniversary of Reverend and Mrs. Jason Keith

The congregation of the Humboldt Parkway Baptist Church will celebrate the Pastoral Anniversary of Reverend and Mrs. Jason C. Keith on Sunday, May 21 at 11 a.m. The morning speaker will be Reverend Michael Roberson of the Evangelistic Temple and Community Church.

Our celebration will culminate with a Grand Formal Celebration Banquet at 4 p.m. at Banchetti by Rizzo's, 550 N. French Road, Amherst.

Please join us and get your ticket which is $40 by calling Michele Palmer at 716-896-4363 or Jackie McMillan at 716-308-3121 (text/leave message).

Ticket Deadline is May 14, 2023

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Do You Know Who Your Council Member Is?

Please Remove Those Boulders From Our Beloved Park!

In1868, after having designed Central Park in New York City, famous architect, Frederick Law Olmsted and his business partner, Calvert Vaux, were invited to Buffalo to discuss designing a park here. Instead of designing one park like they did in NYC, the two architects wound up designing six city parks: The Park (later renamed Delaware Park), Front Park, Parade Park ( later renamed Humboldt and finally Dr. MLK Park ), Cazenovia Park, South Park and Riverside Park They also went on to design seven Parkways, nine Landscaped Circles and several Public Squares: Lafayette Square and Niagara Square among them.

The park I am writing about now is Parade/ Humboldt/MLK Park. The Park was designed in 1873 and was redesigned in 1896 to include three ponds, a flower pond, a nature pond and the world famous wading pond that was billed as the largest wading pool in the United States of America. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, decisions were made to take portions of Humboldt Parkway and create an expressway to provide easy access and departure from the City of Buffalo. At a time when folks(largely White folks) were still working in the city but were building homes in the suburban, outer areas to avoid dealing with fast integrated neighborhoods, the city fathers made one of the most antiBuffalo decisions in the history of this region since Buffalo was incorporated in 1832! They voted to destroy a beautiful, perfectly designed Parkway to construct a road or expressway down the middle of it.

And now, here we are today, with those charged with managing the Parade/ Humboldt/ MLK Park, making the decision to desecrate Frederick Law Olmsted's beautiful park by placing hideous, dangerous boulders or rocks around the perimeter of the whole park.

There have been cars parking on the grass in other Olmsted Conservancy Parks, as well, but none of them have been met with the indignities that we, who participate in festivals in MLK Park, are being afforded by having to climb over or walk around dangerous, protruding boulders to enjoy the park. With one of the largest African American holidays, Juneteenth, several weeks away, what a shock this community is facing as we wonder how the Juneteenth Festival, and other community activities, can be all that it can be, with rocks, boulders and other impediments standing in or blocking our way.

MOTHERS DAY BRUNCH: Away Out Queens in Training Mentoring Program and owner/founder Trinisha S. Brown presented its 3rd Annual Mother’s Day Brunch last Saturday at the Johnnie B. Wiley Pavilion. The theme of the program was “There’s Nothing Stronger Than a Woman Who Had to Rebuild Herself.” Pictured above, Lakishia Collins, Pastor Bertha Brinson, Pastor Wanda Core, Lady Joanna Wingo, Pastor Tonya Williams-Morris, and Tanisha Franklin-DaCosta (MBA). The 2023 honorees were LaKishia Monet Collins, Lady Joann Wingo, Vivian Robinson and Joann Ponzo. Pastor Cole was the keynote speaker. Additional speakers included Ms. Franklin-DaCosta, Pastor Williams- Morris and Yvonne DuBois. Pastor Brinson hosted the event. Street LegacyPhoto by Darvin Adams


Kind Fools, a program of Community Canvases 501c3, is a gathering of people who want to build community across communities in Buffalo.

Kind Fools’ next WRITE ON workshop is Thursday, May 18, 2023, 1:00pm to 3:30pm at the C.A.O. Rafi Green Masten Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Avenue @ Glenwood, in Buffalo. This is a free workshop and everyone of any age is welcome. More info at (716) 259-2725 and

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Pappy Martin Jazz Collective to Present A Special Event Commemorating 5/14

Locust Street Art Spring Art Show

Locust Street Art is hosting its annual Spring Art Show

The Pappy Martin Jazz Collective will host a special event commemorating 5/14 and honoring The Collective's Annual Betty Carter Birthday Celebration. It all takes place at True Bethel Baptist Church 907 E. Ferry Street Friday, May 19 at 7p.m. with headliner Charenee Wade Quintet. Renowned double bass player Curtis Lundy UMOJA will open performing an original musical suite commissioned to commemorate May 14, 2022. A Musicians' Masterclass Workshop led by Wade and Lundy will take place the next day, Sunday, May 20 also at True Bethel at 1 p.m. Wade, an international performer well studied in jazz and classical music, is also a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York. Lundy, composer, producer, choir director and arranger, is best known for his work as part of the late, great jazz vocalist Betty Carter's band.

Youth Mental Health Awareness Flash Mob

Mental Health PEER Connection, Western New York Independent Living, in collaboration with twelve other community partners, are holding the 10th Annual Mental Health Awareness Month Flash Mob Thursday, May 11 , from 2 PM to 7 PM at the Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square in Buffalo. The event will focus on engaging youth in our community and consist of music & dancing, participatory games &raffles, activities and workshops.

Saturday, June 24. This free event is open to the public and the perfect opportunity to celebrate our community's artistic talents. The building will feature work from their past two sessions, including animation, ceramics, drawing & painting, and photography. The event will run 1 - 6 p.m. and include food, outdoor activities, and music. They are also putting out a call to past students of Locust Street and MollyOlga as an effort to spotlight the creative talent that has come through their doors over the years. For more info please visit


Ujima Company presents Cullud Wattah, Opens Friday May 12 and runs for three weekends. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. “pay what you can” ticket on Thursday May 25 only, with the final two performances being Friday May 26 and closing on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. Go to for tickets.

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International Performer Charenee Wade and renowned double bass player Curtis Lundy.

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MVP Mother's Day Celebration

MVP (Most valuable Parents) will host a celebration honoring Mothers, Sunday May 14, at 3p.m. at the AcQua Banquet Hall 2192 Niagara St. RSVP by calling Donna Bryant 716-602-7378. Tickets are $75 per person. Cashapp: $Queeneagle1

Friends of Jerry Livingston Mother's Day Gala

Mother’s Day Gala sponsored by Friends of Jerry Livingston. Saturday, May 14 2:30 pm at Buffalo Airport Hotel, 4600 Genesee Street. Contact Diane Livingston for tickets at 716 270-3244.

WUFO Pre-Mother's Day Luncheon

WUFO Pre Mother's Day Luncheon, Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road. Ticktes $30 (716) 834-1080 email

D MOTT's Mother's Day Extravagamza

Mother’s Day R&B Extravaganza Featuring D’Mott Sunday, May 14 with special guests Kenyada Nikile and LaQuincia Motley-Allen and hosted by comedian Terre King at Babeville, 341 Delaware Avenue at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6p.m. General Admission seated tickets are $55 and can be purchased on or in person at the Babeville Box Office Mon.Fri. 11a.m.-5p.m.

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-Caller to The Challenger May 4,2022

It was an unexpected phone call a few hours after our May 4th issue was released on the stands last Thursday that ignited even deeper thought into those affected by the May 14 Massacre .

The caller was extremely frustrated and by the sound of his voice quite hurt and upset. He started with a question. "Let me ask you something, why is it that whenever people talk about the Tops massacre they never say anything about the survivors”? Crying, his voice cracking with pain he continued. “It's always the same thing, no mention of the survivors ! We were affected by what happened too and we feel like nobody cares !

“I mean not even the Challenger!? “ he continued tearfully. “ I was in that store. The guy shot at me twice and I just don’t understand how the survivors never get mentioned like we don’t matter."

In a compassionate and apologetic effort I tried to assure the caller that we absolutely cared, as do many others in this community. In a mass shooting with so many lives lost however, the primary focus is on the victims. But there is no less compassion for the survivors.

After hanging up I realized that despite our coverage on survivors who came to us with their stories, and or writers who produced stories on their experience, the truth is the survivors of the actual attack, either in the parking lot , or in the store who were blessed to make it out alive are also burdened with an uphill battle of healing. That topped with the feeling like nobody cares, that nobody acknowledges your pain, that you are second tier for support and overlooked, just adds to the trauma.

What can we do as a community to extend the kind of support to survivors that will help them on their healing journey? How can we change the narrative of showing our care, love and support so that they can feel it , trust it and use it to continue on…to heal and move forward

Our talented correspondent/activist Myles Carter has not only written articles over the past year about the plight of survivors and their struggles, he also serves as an advocate for them and any others who may need help.

In the cover story this week “5/14 : Forgotten Survivors,” he does a follow up with four survivors who, at the end of the article, share a list of seven “demands” in their quest for accountability and transparency.

Perhaps acting on those demands could be a start.

Voice Buffalo Calls on Faith Leaders, Mental Health Professionals to Help provide Spiritual Care to Community

As we near the anniversary of the attack on our community and Black joy, we will be standing in solidarity against White nationalism by creating a Week of Healing. Events will be happening from Friday, May 12- Sunday, May 14. We are calling on faith leaders and mental health professionals to assist in providing spiritual care to the 14208 community. Sign up to staff our Calming Spaces, provide spiritual care, and to give to the 5/14 one year anniversary support fund . For more info please email

5/14: The Forgotten Survivors

Buffalo Strong is the message, but Kishia Douglas, Taisiah Stewart, Brooklyn Hough and Robia Gary can’t help but feel as though Buffalo has left them to struggle and fend for themselves.

May 14th marks the anniversary of the tragic racist massacre that occurred at the Tops on Jefferson, nestled in the East Side of Buffalo, a predominantly Black community, and many of the survivors from that tragic day feel forgotten.

Payton Gendron is the man responsible for the heinous attack killing 10 people and leaving hundreds more with physical, mental, and emotional trauma. Gendron received a life sentence, the funeral expenses for the deceased were covered and Tops reopened just 60 days after the attack.

This weekend there will be events lined up, speeches will be given, prayers will be said, songs will be sung, and we will sit in the reflection of poets and spoken words that will remind us of the tragic day that our community lost so much. Buffalo Strong is the message, but Kishia Douglas, Taisiah Stewart, Brooklyn Hough and Robia Gary can’t help but feel as though Buffalo has left them struggling to fend for themselves.

Kishia, a strong Black mother with adult children, was gainfully employed on May 14, 2022. She was at Tops, “just buying some juice,” as she tells it, the moment that Gendron walked in to wreak havoc. Sparing us the details, the point that she wants to drive home is, “I lost something that day, I’m not the same woman I was when I walked into Tops.” Kishia tried to go back to work on Monday following the attack. She was sent home and hasn’t been able to return since. She’s been in mental health counseling weekly following 5/14 and still struggles with the trauma that she witnessed that day.

Kishia applied for victim services support through the Erie County District Attorney’s office the same week she came out of work. It wasn’t until 60 days later that she received a letter from the office stating that she had to apply for disability through NYS, a lengthy and arduous process. After going back and forth with the DA’s office, at day 90 from her application, she received a letter stating that she had to now apply for unemployment. She called her employer and they let her know that if she applied that they “wouldn’t fight it,” and she was able to collect unemployment for 26 weeks, at the calculated rate, which is 60% of your income. That has since expired, and she has been left to struggle with the immense financial and emotional struggle that is rooted in 5/14.

Brooklyn, who was a Tops employee on 5/14, has returned to work at several different jobs since. Struggling with childcare for her young children, she plans to quit her retail job to take care of her baby, who was just an infant last year. Workers’ compensation wasn’t a viable option for her because she wanted to maintain her own therapist. She speaks on Black Love Resists in the Rust being the only organization that has consistently provided support when she was in need, stating that no other organization stepped in to provide any type of financial

assistance outside of a couple of gift cards and a bus card, that she had to plan to pick up herself.

Robia was in tops with her 14-year-old daughter on 5/14, doing some shopping. Her daughter’s life was turned upside down, her grades struggling as she deals with the intense fallout of PTSD. She doesn’t leave the house anymore unless her son is with her. She’s depleted most of her savings, “just trying to stay afloat,” she says. She recounts her dream of opening her own eldercare facility and reflects on how far off that is now that she is left to aid her daughter and herself in their road to recovery. Robia hasn’t worked since 5/14 and she faces the same struggles as Kishia and Brooklyn, left with no assistance and feeling forgotten.

Taisiah was 18 on May 14, he was sitting on some grocery carts in the front vestibule of the store, waiting for his friend to get off work. He saw Gendron when he walked in, and he saw one of the 10 victims killed in front of his eyes. He took off running, wound up bare foot, ran through the back door and all the way home, cutting his feet on broken glass and jagged rocks behind the store. He’s gone back to work at a few different jobs since then, working to help support his family, but nothing consistent.

Taisiah, Brooklyn, Robia and Kishia make up only a few of the many survivors and victims from 5/14. They aren’t looking for sympathy, they’re pushing for accountability and transparency amongst other things. Altogether, $6,452,355.32 was raised for the 5/14 Survivors Fund, managed by the compassion fund, each of them fell into “category D,” which based on the tiered system, left them with $9,500 each out of 169 applicants. They received an advance payment of $3500 in August and received the remaining $6000 in October when applications closed, and the fund was distributed. Already behind and out of work with no services kicking in, most of the money was spent before it was even received. Robia explains that she received an extra $2000 because the gunman actually put the barrel of the hot gun to her head, leaving a scar that’s still visible today.

To date the Compassion Fund has raised another $6.2m which they have committed to over 80 organizations to help “rebuild the East Side.” Of the millions committed by the federal government and the over $12million raised by the Compassion fund, its hard to understand why those directly impacted by the racist attack are struggling to make ends meet, while trying to focus on their mental health.

Kishia, Taisiah, Brooklyn and Robia meet regularly for support amongst each other. Their demands are simple, and they say it resonates with many of the survivors from 5/14 who are still struggling to regain themselves.

1.Acknowledgement that we exist

2.Financial mental health support, to cover insurance gaps

3.Financial direct support for survivors

4.Remote job opportunities

5.Transparency with Victim Services Funding

6.Reimbursement for purchases made on 5/14

7.Support in self-defense training

If you or someone you know is a victim or survivor from 5/14 and want to be heard, you can contact buffalovictims@gmail. com

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"I was in that store. The guy shot at me twice and I just don’t understand how the survivors never get mentioned like we don’t matter."
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Standing Strong...

In a few days, African Americans, from all over the City of Buffalo will come together in remembrance of the May 14, 2022 Massacre. This Mother's Day will mark the first anniversary of the tragedy that will forever change the East Side of Buffalo; a tragedy that seems to be an everyday event throughout the nation of "mass shootings."

The weekend will host many events celebrating the lives of our ten fallen relatives, friends and loved ones, and the three survivors of gun shot wounds. But the question remains, what about the other survivors that were present? The ones, who continue to suffer the invisible scars of that day? Have the powers that be forgotten them? Or continue to make false promises of some sort of compensation? While we the people come out and pay our respects to the families on that day, it is also likely to bring out useless “politricksters “ fighting to get back in front of the lights and cameras to make false claims of how “change” has come to a community still neglected.

I call on all the residents of the Eastside, please come out and show your solidarity to everyone that was in the Tops Market that fateful day – including the survivors, many of whom feel - and have been - forgotten.

Let us stand strong together in honor of those we lost to the hatred wrought by the evil mindset of wWhite supremacy and racism. Let's remember the Jefferson 10 and all the survivors of the May 14 massacre; a day we will never forget; the day the devil came and raised hell on the East Side of Buffalo.

I'm just sayin'...

are you registered to VOTE?


In addition to the City of Buffalo's "5/14 Remembrance Weekend: Reflection, Healing & Hope" events, a number of other commemorative activities have already taken place or are being planned.

A two-day "Pursuit of tRuth Conference was hosted by the Whitfield Family in honor of their beloved mother, Ruth Whitfield and the nine other victims in the May14 massacre. The family of Pearl Young recently sponsored a Food & Soup Giveaway, feeding some 300 people in her memory. A special 5/14 commemorative event hosted by the Pappy Martin Jazz Collective will take place next weekend May 19 with headliner Charenee Wade Quintet and featuring Curtis Lundy UMOJA performing an original musical suite commissioned to commemorate May 14, 2022.


Educational Day of Healing & Restoration

The Buffalo Public School District in conjunction with BOCES and Buffalo Toronto Public Media are hosting an “Educational Day of Healing & Restoration” for school age students. The event will feature a Virtual Healing Circle, book readings, uplifting messages from special guests.

Beyond Hate: A Panel Discussion 9 a.m. until Noon a Hall at Roswell Park Cancer Center featuring A Conversation with New York Times Bestselling author, professor, and anti-racism activist Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Panelists: The Most Reverend Michael Curry Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States; Dr. Helene Gayle, President of Spelman College; John B. King Jr. Chancellor of the State University of New York; and Mayor Byron W. Brown. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Seating is limited. Reserve a spot via Eventbrite.


Community Gathering for Reflection Healing and Hope Noon to 4 p.m. at the Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Sports Pavilion featuring prayer, healing related activities, community resources, expressionists, food, and vendors.

Embracing Buffalo – Healing Moments, with Music and the Arts” hosted by the WNY Peace Center’Saturday,May 13, 7 -9p.m. at the 1272 Delaware Ave. Carriage House Featured honored guests will include: Dr. Sabrina N’Diaye , a social worker, storyteller, peacebuilder, and activist Dena Adler, Art Therapist, who will facilitate individual and collective healing; Dr. Carol Penn, MD, dancer/choreographer of Movement is My Medicine.

Canisius College features Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, Saturday, May 13 , at 7 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Free and open to the public. Presented as part of the city’s “5/14 Remembrance Weekend Earlier on Saturday, May 13, “Turning Trauma into Triumph,” The day-long event includes conference sessions, a reading by Poet Jillian Hanesworth, a musical performance by Drea Dnur, African drummers and more.

5K Run and Marathon sponsored by Lt. Aaron Salter Memorial Scholarship Foundation 8 a.m. @ Canisius College ending at Delaware Park. 5K run/walk begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Park. $35 5K, $80 half marathon, $320 for 4-member relay team. To register or volunteer


Moment of Remembrance 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue. The moment of remembrance will be led by Mayor Brown and followed by church bells chiming at 2:28 p.m.

Memorial Church Service for Healing and Hope featuring Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta Georgia. The worship service will take place at 6 p.m. at Elim Christian Fellowship 70 Chalmers Avenue.


Commemorating 5/14 and Honoring The Pappy Martin Jazz Collective's Annual Betty Carter Birthday Celebration at True Bethel Baptist Church 907 E. Ferry Street Friday, May 19 at 7p.m. Headliner Charenee Wade Quintet; Opener Curtis Lundy UMOJA performing an original musical suite commissioned to commemorate May 14, 2022 Saturday, May 20: 1p.m. Musicians' Masterclass Workshop led by



An Intentional Future For The East Side: Rebuilding A Stronger, More Inclusive Buffalo After Racial Injustice

As we look back on all that the East Side and Buffalo have gone through in the past year, we are so grateful to all the community members who have shared their unique and individual experiences of being affected by 5/14. To serve as co-chairs of the Buffalo Together Community Response Fund (BTCRF) and be part of building an intentional way forward for the East Side is a role that we don’t take lightly. We, along with the BTCRF steering committee, are committed to centering your voices as we continue our work.

If 5/14 did anything, it gave us a sense of urgency, but also showed us we need to be deliberate in our actions – because the forces pushing against us are deliberate and intentional, and they have a long history of structural institutional advantage on their side. The work ahead is not simple, and the BTCRF is focused on a long-term solution.

But it is clear that we can’t just spend our way out of this situation. We cannot keep throwing money at the same infrastructure with the same roadblocks and the same mindset and expect a different outcome for the East Side. With that in mind, we sought additional funding outside the BTCRF to hire Rainbow Research, a Black-led national organization with ties to Buffalo, to lead a process that is rooted in listening and learning first. At the end of 2023, they will deliver to us a community investment strategy that will build on current community assets and lay out best practices to take our community from surviving to thriving. Know this, too – the thriving East Side we envision cannot exist unless long-time residents are part of future growth and development. We must continue to work together in this historic moment to remove structural barriers to allow our community to flourish and creating lasting change.

LaVonne Ansari, Ph.D. is President & CEO of Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. Thomas Beauford, Jr. CEO & Executive Director Buffalo Urban League

“Ancestors Never Die Until There Is No One To Call Their Names.” -African Proverb

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Charenee Wade and Curtis In Loving Memory. From Top, Geraldine Talley age 62 & Celestine Chaney age 65 ; Middle , Heyward Patterson age 67 , Ruth Whitfield age 86, & Roberta A. Drury age 32; Above, Andre Mackneil age 53, Pearl Young age 77; Aaron Salter age 55, Katherine Massey age 72, and Margus D. Morrison age 52. By LaVonne Ansari Ph.D. and Thomas Beauford, Jr.


To The Above Named Defendant(s): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the Plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days of the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after service of the same is complete where service is made in any manner other 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. If you fail to appear or to answer within the aforementioned time frame, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT. THE OBJECTIVE of the above captioned action is to foreclose on a Mortgage to secure $52,087.00 and interest, recorded in the Erie County Clerk’s Office on June 18, 2007 in Book 13356, Page 375, Control Number 2007130079, covering the premises known as 41 Deerfield Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14215. The relief sought herein is a final judgment directing sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the mortgage described above. Plaintiff designates Erie County as the place of trial.

Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premises is located.. 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.


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File Number: 2021-4227




By the grace of God, Free and Independent

TO: EISHAWN CAMP, MORIAH CAMP, if they be living, and if they dead to their heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributes, if any such there be, all of whom and all whose names, ages, and places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the Petitioner(s) and cannot after due diligence be ascertained, and HON. LETITIA JAMES, Attorney General of the State of New York, and to JENNIFER G. FLANNERY, Erie County Public Administrator.

A Petition having been filed by IRMA CAMP, who is domiciled at 25 CAMBRIDGE AVENUE, BUFFALO, NEW YORK 14215.

YOU ARE HEREBY CITED to SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Erie County, at 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York 14202 on June 6, 2023 at 930 o'clock in the fore noon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Ferron Marshall Camp, Sr. lately domiciled at 271 Northampton Street, Buffalo, New York 14208 admitting to probate a will dated June 8, 2016 (a codicil dated n/a) a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Ferron Marshall Camp Sr. deceased, relating to real and personal property and directing that:

Letters Testamentary to Irma Camp

Dated, Attested, and Sealed April 29, 2023

Hon. Acea Mosey- Surrogate Linda C Novotny - Chief Clerk

Rashied H McDuffie, Esq. Attorney for Petitioner 594 Winslow Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211

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Complex Director in Residence Life Office

Buffalo State, State University of New York, seeks candidates for the position of Complex Director in Residence Life Office

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.

Birth Announcement for the Living Estate:



NOTICE TO BIDDERS Rehabilitation of Trevett Road (CR 420)

PROJ# CAP-420-23

Department of Public Works, Division of Highways seeking sealed bids for highway rehabilitation of Trevett Road. Sealed proposals will be received at Rath County Office Building, DPW, 95 Franklin St, Room 1419A, Buffalo, NY 14202 by, and opened at, 10:00 am local time, Thursday, May 18, 2023. Certified check in the amount of $117,000.00 bid deposit is required with the bid submittal. Pre-let meeting scheduled Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 10:00 am local time at Rath County Office Building, DPW, 95 Franklin St, Room 1419A, Buffalo, NY. NYSDOL Wage Rates, NYS Vendor Responsibility

CCA-2 A/B/C, Local Minority, & Disadvantaged Workforce goals, NYS Apprenticeship, and MWBE goals may be required. Plans and additional bid submittal information on the Erie County website at: http: // see On Line Bid Retrieval.



The NFTA is soliciting bids for Project No. 16BL2102 BNIA

- Terminal HVAC Replacement Bid No. E-594 due on May 30, 2023 at 2pm.

Coming forth with consciously pure souls are the natural autochthonous woman & man, Bianca Davis & Demario Perry of the union state, New York. Obliged are we to receive the honor from DIVINE Primordial Creator to become sacred guardians and trustees of the living estate (absolute) in perpetuity, of private property of value with inalienable indestructible interest, Tufani Mwenyezi Aza Abeo. November second, two thousand twenty-two, twenty-one minutes into the sixth hour of dawn, recorded the emergence of this sovereign soul (Genesis 1:26-29), whom was baptised as an Evolver through the womb of Mother & Minister Bianca, and delivered by the hands of Father Demario, wealthy in health measuring seven pounds and eleven ounces, twenty inches in length, with black hair and observant brown eyes. Handwritten, autographed, and sealed is this record stored within the private family bible, established as a sacred Custodial Trust to hold title to the estate and aid in secondary evidence of live birth. No entity can breach this Trust or exercise eminent domain and/or cause suffering without remedy. Any act to impair a private contract; convert, appropriate private property into a false nationality, citizenship, artificial person or civilly dead entity through a government issued birth certificate, or any legal offer to contract to generate revenues is null and void, dishonorable, fraud and identity theft without written permission from both trustees and a wax seal from the DIVINE based ministry surrendering said property from Trust (Psalm 119:133). All rights reserved.




Subsidized Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sales (Revised Specifications) The Department of Environment and Planning is requesting proposals for professional services for Subsidized Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sales. Visit: rfp to obtain the RFP guidelines and submittal information.



The NFTA is soliciting bids for Project No. 15MG2112, METROBUS GARAGE SPRINKLER VALVE REPLACEMENT, due on 5/23/2023 at 2:00pm. Website for information

Assistant Professor in Exceptional Education

Buffalo State, State University of New York, seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Professor in Exceptional Education

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.

Plant Utilities Assistant in Heating Plant

Buffalo State, State University of New York, seeks candidates for the position of Plant Utilities Assistant in Heating Plant

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.

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HCBS/CORE Peer Support


Assist individuals w/behavioral health issues, Eliminate functional deficits & barriers to improve Integration in their family, community or culture. HS diploma & 4 yrs exp required. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc, 3108 Main St Buffalo, NY 14214 EEOC

Peer Support Specialist: Renewal Center Service guests of the living space in overcoming Immediate and emotional crisis. HS diploma & 4 yrs exp req.Cover letter & resume to WNYIL, Inc. 3108 Main St Buffalo NY 14214 EEOC

Olmstead Housing Specialist

Help individuals seeking eligibility for Housing subsidy to transition from Institutional setting to the community. Asso deg and min 2 yrs exp req. Resume and cover letter to WNYIL, Inc 3108 Main St. Buffalo, NY, 14214 EEOC




Soul Natured, LLC filed Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State New York (SSNY) on 3/30/2023. Office is in Erie County.

SSNY is the designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served.

SSNY shall mail any copy of process to 48 Christian Dr, Buffalo, NY 14225.

Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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Designs at Noon by Shelanise LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/21/23. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 331 Jersey St Apt 9, Buffalo, NY 14201. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

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“NO NEW JAIL” Community Forum 6-7:30 p.m. at the Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue. Register at

A YOUTH EVENT! 10th Annual Mental Health Awareness Month Flash Mob 2 - 7 p.m. Downtown Central Library Music & Dancing, Games & Raffles, Activities and Workshops. FREE



Volunteers Needed to Help Beautify HISTORICBRODERICK PARK @ THE FOOT OF WEST FERRY 10 a.m. For more info email

FREE Kindness & Compost Festival of Buffalo 10 a.m. –3 p.m. MLK Park, lunches for seniors and kids 8 & under, wellness & gardening workshops, vendors, music & more



Budget Workshop 10:00 a.m. Buffalo Common Council Conference Room 1417; 716-851-5105 or via email at


Public hearing on the Mayor's Proposed Budget, 5p.m. Buffalo Common Council Chambers; 716-851-5105 or via email at



Good for the Neighborhood Event 10 a.m. to noon, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave., free health screenings, fresh fruits, vegetables and family fun.

The Tool Library and Norfolk Ave Block Club #1 Spring Service Days 2023. William (1016 E. Delavan). For info call 716-510-1745 or visit


Plant Sale And Free Plants Give Away Event, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1698 Genesee St., Free food, activities, hosted by Groundwork Market Garden East Side Garden Walk Green Thumb Beginner Gardening Class, 10a.m., Gerard Place, 2515 Bailey Ave. Learn more and register at


Jude Hall was one of the most revered Black veterans of the American Revolution. Hall fought valiantly in several of the war’s most crucial battles- the Battle of Bunker Hill and battles at Ticonderoga, Trenton and Saratoga - earning the nickname “Old Rock” for his strength and heroism. Discharged from the army in 1783, Hall married Rhoda Paul, and settled in the town of Exeter, New Hampshire. Despite being known for his brave service to the new nation, three of Hall’s sons were kidnapped and shipped south, never to return home. Jude Hall died in 1827, when he was believed to be 80.


The iPROMise Program is a Free prom attire giveaway for Juniors and Seniors in high school 12-5 p.m. Buffalo Employment Training Center - 77 Goodell St. Registration recommended716-787-2543 -

FREE Mindful Yoga Fillmore Fitness class led by Cory Sampson, Saturday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Canalside corner of Prime and Hanover. Bring water a yoga mat or towel.

Jefferson Strong - In Our Own Words Event 3-4:30p.m. St. Brian Clothiers 248 E. Utica Featuring Dr. Silva Lloyd author of The Jefferson 10 Massacre & Mark Talley author 5/14: The Day the Devil Came to Buffalo Registration is recommended - 716-787-2543 -

Nazarene Messianic Party Lectures Merriweather Library , Jefferson @ Utica on “The Historical Jesus: Early Christians Revolutionary Liberation Movement for the Oppressed.” 2:30-4;30 p.m. 4.

Line Dance Fitness, 11 a.m. Gloria Parks Center, 3242 Main St.; Seniors 55+ Free (716)832-1010 or


Kind Fools’ next WRITE ON workshop 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the C.A.O. Rafi Green Masten Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Avenue @ Glenwood, in Buffalo. This is a free workshop and everyone of any age is welcome. More info at (716) 259-2725 and hy@


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