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GOODBYE COLUMBUS? OCTOBER 10TH IS INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY! Page 5 Page 8 Families Protest Prison Ban Page 3 “Edutainment”: The Woman King Is Not A History Lesson Page 10 Roland S. Martin, to Keynote NAACP Awards Dinner Page 7 TALKING SUPER BOWL? LIKE THE BILLS, WE FANS MUST TAKE IT ONE GAME AT A TIME! Pages 2 & 10 October 6, 2022 | FREE | | Community News Challenger Photo Historic Unveiling of the African American Veterans Monument “It’s heartbreaking and it’s heartwarming. It’s tragic and it’s magic.” Page 16

Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Celebration Continues. Don’t Miss Tubman’s “Journey to Freedom” Sculpture on Display Until Oct. 31!


Harriet Tubman Bicen tennial Celebration com mittee is pleased to report that, Tuesday at Cornhill Land ing,

The State Canals organization renamed a boat in honor of Har riet Tubman.

This represents another histori cal activity during this Bicenten nial Celebration year.

Don’t miss Harriet Tubman’s “Journey to Freedom” sculpture on display I downtown Rochester at Washington Square Park until October 31, 2022!

Harriet Tubman used the water way as a “way finder” to help those who had been enslaved and were escaping from the South to the North, find a pathway to freedom along the Genesee River and the canal system. Her success was built by working closely with like-minded people who promoted freedom and justice. The remaining Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Celebration events that will be presented throughout the month of October and include:

•Underground Railroad Experience, Saturday, October 8 from 1-5 p.m., Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams Street

•Harriet Tubman Storytelling, Accessible Trunk-Or-Treat Event. Registration Required by Oct. 14 www.Cdrnys.Org/Halloween Thursday, October 20, 5 -7 0 p.m. Frontier Field, One Mor rie Silver Way

•Disability In Black Zoom With Dr. Janelle Hobson,Thursday, October 27, 5-7:p.m. 540westmain.Org Calvin Eaton, 540 West Main Street

•Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Concert, Herbert Smith, Conductor, Tubman Tribute With Strings For Success-Center For Youth, Saturday, October 29, 2 -3 p.m. Church Of Love Faith Center, 700 Exchange Street

Please visit the HBTC website for more detailed information.

Bills FINALLY Win A Close Game By Caging The Ravens

Itwas a tale of two half’s on a cold rainy day in Baltimore. But it worked in the Bills favor as they came back from a 17-point deficit to win a very important AFC contest beating the Ravens in a close game 23-20.

The Ravens gave The Bills an old fashion physical butt whipping in the first half. The Bills seemed sluggish and very slow off the ball compared to a very hungry Ravens team. Then Bills Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier decided to put pressure on Ravens QB Lamar Jackson with blitzes and stunts on the defensive line to force him to get rid of the ball and slowing down their running game. Bills line backer Matt Milano is having an outstanding season and Sunday made several key tackles at or near the line of scrimmage. Milano is irreplaceable on defense and his play seems to be rubbing off on middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, who finally had tackles for a loss of yardage.

I said in last week’s column that Head Coach Sean McDermott was on the Hot Seat for going 0-7 in close games. FINALLY McDermott coached up his team to win one of these type games. McDermott said on this achievement,” I think we were more disciplined, It’s no magic to it. The guys executed.” Yes, the Bills players and coaches both ex ecuted in critical situations on Sunday. Bills defensive Nose Guard and tackle Tim Settle Jr., said "Once you get adversity, you adjust and go from there, that’s what great football teams do. They (Ravens) got us, and we made adjustments and everybody did their job."

The only negative is that the Bills seem to lose a player to injury each week. On Sunday Bills slot receivers Jamison Crowder was carted off with an air cast on his ankle and Isaiah McKenzie was placed in concussion protocol. Hopefully its not a broken ankle for Crowder and McKenzie is looking good for next Sunday’s contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The injury bug is one sure way to derail a Super Bowl season.

The Bills this season are using their full roster in order to win games. Bills rookie slot receiver Khalil Shakir made two clutch catches late in the game and will be counted on to continue to make steady plays along with replacing Jamison Crowder on punt returns. Hopefully after the bye week the Bills will start getting some of these guys back like Jordan Phillips, Ed Oliver and hopefully after Thanksgiving Tre Davis White could return to booster a team on a Super Bowl run. I also would bring veteran RB Duke Johnson off the practice squad and sit James Cook down until he gets more comfortable with the speed of the game.

Prediction: I see Bills Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier dialing up various packages to con fuse Mitch Trubisky (It doesn’t take much to confuse him), and rookie QB Kenny Pickett into turnovers . The Bills offense should be able to run and pass against a depleted Steelers defense.

Bills 31 – 17 blow out of Steelers. Yes, its going to be very difficult for Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin to go 17 straight NFL seasons with a winning record. I think his magnificent streak is going to come to an end this season with Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett Quarterbacking his

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Families Rally Against Cruel Prison Package Ban

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The Buffalo History Channel Features Herb Bellamy Sr. & Yhe Black Achievers

Doug Ruffin’s Buffalo History Channel on You Tube is cur rently Airing “Herbert L. Bellamy Sr. & The Black Achiev ers" ; an important historic look at one of the Black com munity’s foundation builders. This timely feature is a great compliment to the Black Achiever’s 50th Anniversary Cel ebration Weekend which culminates with the Black Achiev ers Awards Gala this Friday, October 7!

First African American Woman to Serve National Federation of Just Communities Announces Appointment of Rene Petties-Jones as Chair of the Board

The National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC) has announced the appointment of Rene Petties-Jones as Chair of its Board of Directors. Petties-Jones is the first AfricanAmerican woman appointed as Chair. NFJC is a coalition of organizations working across America to bring the values of diversity, inclusion, and social justice to our schools, work places, and communities.

Petties-Jones is the President of the National Federation for Just Communi ties of Western NY Incorporated. She is a member of the Community Founda tion for Greater Buffalo’s Racial Equity Roundtable and currently serves on the Public Relations Society of America Buffalo Niagara Chapter board of direc tors. A University at Buffalo graduate, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

Thompson to Receive SUNY Brockport Alumni Award

Antoine M. Thompson, former NYS Sena tor and Buffalo Masten District Council Member will receive the Alumni Award for Leadership and Service from the SUNY Brockport Alumni Association during Homecoming & Family Weekend on Fri day, Oct. 7. Thompson, Class of '93, is the Executive Director of the Greater Wash ington Region Clean Cities Coalition. He is the immediate past Executive Director of National Asso ciation of Real Estate Brokers. A partner in Creative PMO, a consulting firm and a licensed real estate agent, Thompson is a 1993 SUNY Brockport graduate.

ing her daughter, Al-Shariyfa Robinson, packages twice monthly faithfully since she was ar rested and convicted back in 2016. The packages are the way to provide her daughter with proper nutrition and personal hygienic care and it gives her a small piece of humanity in the cold cells managed by the New York State Department of Corrections and Com munity Supervision (NYDOCCS).

In April of this year, all of that came to an end, at least the abil ity to send her daugh ter packages twice a month. Families are only able to send two non-food packages per year to their loved ones, and now the monthly packages being sent must be ordered through an “approved vendor,” which limits options to places like Walmart and Amazon, but allowing for three total packages per month with the change. The challenges placed on the family members of those incarcerated are vast, with the hardship having an increased effect on the Black community, one burdened by the continued focus of policing and jailing.

“How often does Amazon put your entire order in the same package?” she asks. “So, when the prison receives my daughter’s package and it comes in three or four separate boxes, anything over the three boxes allotted are sent back.” Her daughter doesn’t get to select which box she wants to keep, Donna is not guaranteed a refund, and they must try to manage through until the next month and try again.

“The Package Ban,” as it’s referred to, was said to have been instituted by NYDOCCS to deal with the rise of incoming contraband and an overdose crisis. The ban even restricts those incarcerated from receiving the original copies of letters from their loved ones, just receiving black and white print outs from their jail. According to Donna, over a hundred Black owned businesses have submitted to become approved vendors for the jails and none have made it through the process. “You’re Black, they’re probably not going to approve you,” she says. “It’s punishment on top of punishment,” she continues, empathizing the continual abuse placed on those who have been sentenced into the NY jail system.

On September 27, 2022 Free the People WNY along with the Partnership for Public Good held a rally outside of Buffalo City Hall where they collaborated with Release Aging People in Prison, the Innocence and Justice Project at UB, and the NY Immigration Coalition. This was one of six rallies that took place across the state for the same cause.

“New York State prides itself on being a leader of progressive policies, yet bans care pack ages in response to an overdose crisis,” said Tanvier Peart, Director of Policy Advancement at the Partnership for Public Good. Anthony Annucci is the acting commissioner of NYDOCCS, recently being appointed by Governor Kathy Hochul, a known opponent of the bail reform poli cies instituted under former Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The package ban reaches the states immigration detention centers as well. According to Meghan Maloney de Zaldivar, “Immigrants jailed at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia, just 45 minutes from us, are not allowed any care packages. The only items they can receive from outside are books. They must be new and directly from the seller.”

The rally largely centered around demanding that Gov. Kathy Hochul, who’s election is around the corner, act immediately. This is not the first time package bans have been instituted throughout the state jail facilities. One of the contributing factors to the Attica Prison Riots of 1971 was a package ban. Also, there was the 2018 “Secured Vendor Package Program” which came to a halt within days of being enacted, due to a public outcry

Families and loved ones of those incarcerated do not see an end to the package ban in the near future. Many are discouraged about having to go through the route of ordering through the on line vendors, and some don’t have access to the internet to be able to do it. Many of those in jail come from impoverished communities and have families that barely were able to make ends meet prior to the ban. Now the increased burden stretches from beyond the jails and reaches our neighbors in the town and throughout the state. What’s clear is that the attempts to further dehumanize the people incarcerated is one, to increase the number of repeat of fenders and to funnel money to mega corporations like Walmart and Amazon. Donna and those who gathered at city hall and around the state are asking for our communities to rally together and demand that Governor Hochul put an end to the package ban.

Africans Came to the "New World" Before Columbus

On Monday, America’s gov ernment offices, businesses, and banks all grind to a halt in order to commemorate Columbus Day. In schools up and down the country, little children are taught that a heroic Italian explorer dis covered America, and various events and parades are held to celebrate the occasion.

It has now become common knowledge amongst academ ics that Christopher Colum bus clearly did not discover America, not least because it is impossible to discover a people and a continent that was already there and thriv ing with culture. One can only wonder how Columbus could have discovered America when people were watching him from America's shores?

Contrary to popular belief, African American history did not start with slavery in the New World. An overwhelm ing body of new evidence is emerging which proves that Africans had frequently sailed across the Atlantic to the Americas, thousands of years before Columbus and indeed before Christ.

The strongest evidence of African presence in America before Columbus comes from the pen of Columbus himself.

In 1920, a renowned Ameri can historian and linguist, Leo Weiner of Harvard Uni versity, in his book, Africa and the discovery of America, explained how Columbus noted in his journal that Na tive Americans had confirmed that “black skinned people had come from the southeast in boats, trading in goldtipped spears.”

One of the first document ed instances of Africans sail ing and settling in the Ameri cas were Black Egyptians led by King Ramses III, during the 19th dynasty in 1292 BC. In fact, in 445 BC, the Greek historian Herodotus wrote of the Ancient Egyptian pha raohs’ great seafaring and navigational skills. Further

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RALLY! Families protest outside City Hall last week against NYS Prison Package Ban.
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Five of the most powerful viral-fighting herbs include echi nacea, astragalus, reishi, and lomatium . In addition, maita ke (and other medicinal mushrooms), elderberry, olive leaf, and Saint-John’s wort exhibit strong antiviral actions. They also work wonderfully against flu viruses. Genuine Lico rice root has been a key ingredient in most Chinese herbal formulas for more then 3,000 years. Research indicates two primary ingredients in licorice root boosts production of interferon. They naturally inhibit the herpes simplex virus.

Virus Cocktail

The following herbs make up the “virus cocktail” – a potent herbal formula that attacks acute and chronic viral infections. It also provides an overall boost to your entire immune system. You can take it to prevent viral infections. Should be available in health food stores. Or you can pur chase these fresh herbs and combine them together to form the homemade “virus cocktail.”

The ingredients for the virus cocktail are:

•Echinacea – Stimulates the white blood cells that help fight infections, helps prevent and control viral infections, pro motes cellular immunity, fights viruses and yeast infections and more First used by Native Americans.

•Astragalus- Used to strengthen the lungs and spleen •Reishi –Stimulate, the immune system, used to ease bron chitis, inflammation, viral infections, high blood pressure and more.

•Lomatium – used by native Americans and herbalists for infections, particularly viral infections, anti-viral against RNA and DNA viruses, Epstein-Barr viruses, herpes, good for respiratory infections

•Licorice root -Stimulates interferon production and used for any viral infection or for digestive inflammation

To make the tincture (also known as a liquid extract) of these herbs, combine 30 drops of the first four herbs and 10 drops of licorice root to a half cup of water. Blend this combination

For acute infections drink up to five viral cocktails daily. For chronic viral infections or for long-term.

(From “Nature’s Virus Killers” by Mark Stengler, ND}

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to my dear friend, Sharon Shelton on retiring from the Buffalo VA Hospital after THIRTY years of dedicated service. There is no bigger Buffalo Bills fan than Sharon. She was given a plaque by some of her colleagues, a Buffalo Bills watch AND a Buf falo Bills purse! Sharon is one of the sweetest, most loving and kindest people I know. Enjoy your retire ment Sharon! I'm sure they are missing you already at the V.A. ! Photos & Text by Princess Photography

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ST. BRIAN CLOTHIERS RECEIVES DONATION: Dewitt Lee III (3rd from left), founder of St. Brian Clothiers, receives a donation from Pastor James Giles (2nd from left) of Back To Basics Ministries from the J. Giles Legacy fund. This donation helped with the monthly cost of rent and will allow St. Brian Clothiers to continue to change the way the men in community look and how people look at men in community. St. Brian Clothiers, is located at 11 E. Utica St. at Main. It started off as a way to support the num ber of men who were grieving and in need of suits to attend the 10 funerals of the victims from the deadly racist terrorist attack at Tops on Jefferson. It has since grown considerably and now offers selections for youth and styling mentoring programs to teenagers. Support and clothing donations are needed on a consistent basis. Call 716-913-9428, stbrian or on social media @stbrianclothiers

The other two young men in the photo are Bolden and Jer emiah from the Urban League Summer work program who were placed with St. Brian Clothiers.

BuffBriefs: Movin’ on up!

•Tevon Carpener has been hired at Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP Law Firm to focus on self-insured and insur ance defense litigation.

•Michelle Martin has been named director of strategic part nerships at Girl Scouts of Western New York.

•LeVar Nathaniel Burke has been appointed chief of staff in the president’s office a SUNY Buffalo State College.

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-Beyond The Pulpit-

Soul Saving Revival Continues Financial Development Series

Forthe month of October, Soul Saving Revival Center (SSRC) will continue in its financial Development series.

“Our goal is to empower our congregation and the public with not just spiritual development, but also help develop them in a multitude of practical areas such as, emotional & mental health, physical health and effective communica tion” said Elder Robert L. Robinson III.

“October will be packed with information on Investing, the financial benefits of Charitable Gift Giving, Estate and Legacy Planning, Home and Auto insurance, Asset Protection and more;” said Senior Pastor Robert L. Robinson Jr. Agencies will be able to answer questions about what to do if you receive public assistance and collect a cash settlement, is life insur ance just for burial and final expenses, or are you on track for your retirement goals. To lead these discussions will be compa nies: Prudential Financial, Primerica, Life Law LLC, Alan R. Core Funeral Home Inc., AAA of WNY, and SNF Consulting.

“This month will continue to provide practical information that the community doesn’t want to miss out on. We en courage residents to come out and bring a friend so everyone can continue to educate themselves” said sponsor, Legislator Howard Johnson.

Sessions will be in October, every Friday night at 7p.m. located at The Soul Saving Revival Center 664 Fillmore Ave. The Financial Development series will also be streamed Live on Facebook at ‘Soul Saving Revival Center,’ where both audiences are encouraged to ask questions and participate. Call (716) 856-7070 or email for info.


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6 Challenger Community News • •October 6, 2022FAITH & FAMILY

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY: The New York State Of fice of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will host the second annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day, with the raising of the Six Nations Wampum by the Niagara River Haudeno saunee Dancers. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Terrapin Point at Niagara Falls State Park. Pictured above an Indigenous Day Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island in New York.

Goodbye Columbus?


October 10 is Indigenous Peoples Day - the day we cel ebrate the people who first called this land home.

Locally the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will host the second annual In digenous Peoples’ Day, with the raising of the Six Nations Wampum by the Niagara River Haudenosaunee Dancers. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Terrapin Point at Niagara Falls State Park.

For the Native Americans, Columbus Day was always hurt ful as it glorified the violent past constituting 500 years of colonial torture and oppression by European explorers like Columbus and those who settled in America. Indigenous Peoples’ Day draws attention to the pain, trauma, and bro ken promises that were erased by the celebration of Co lumbus Day. Before his arrival, the indigenous folk were successful self-sufficient communities that sustained life for thousands of years.

Year by year, the movement to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day spreads to more and more states, towns, and cities across the United States of America.

Last year marked the first time a U.S. president officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day which is celebrated the second Monday in October. Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates, recognizes, and honors the beautiful traditions and cultures of the Indigenous Peo ple, not just in America, but around the world. Their way of life and culture carries wisdom and valuable insights into how we can live life more sustainably.

Today, 14 U.S. states celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day and not Columbus Day, as well as the District of Colum bia. More than 130 cities including Arlington, Amherst, Cambridge, Brookline, Marblehead, Great Barrington, Northampton, Provincetown, Somerville, and Salem also celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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concrete evidence, largely ignored by Euro-centric archaeolo gists, includes “Egyptian artifacts found across North America from the Algonquin writings on the East Coast to the artifacts and Egyptian place names in the Grand Canyon.


Indigenous Peoples' Day officially recognized in Rochester

In June the Rochester City Council unanimously voted to permanently recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Rochester.

This takes place each year on the second Monday in October.

The vote was done with support from Mayor Malik Evans. “I am so pleased to stand with City Council in my strong support of Indig enous Peoples’ Day here in Rochester,” said Evans. “Standing up for and stand ing with our neighbors is what we do best in our City and I know this recogni tion will begin a process of healing and recognition that is well-deserved and long overdue.”

New York State Officially Recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day

2021 marked what many consider a major milestone in New York State's history. For the first time ever, the second Monday in October , 2021, was recognized as In digenous Peoples' Day.

Governor Kathy Hochul signed the proclamation.

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Congratulations to Kan sas City Chief and Buf falo native Jody Fort son catching a TD pass from Patrick Mahomes on Sunday Night Football. Jody played for South Park High School on their State Championship team, and SUNY Erie Com munity College before attend ing Valdosta State University. Jody is in his second season with the Kansas City Chiefs and gaining the trust of QB Patrick Mahomes.

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2022 Awardees Announced

Roland S. Martin, Award Winning Journalist, to Keynote NAACP Annual Awards Dinner

Award winning journalist Roland S. Martin will be the keynote speaker at The Buffalo Branch of the National Association for the Ad vancement of Colored People (NAACP) annual Medgar Evers Award Dinner on October 22. The event, which kicks off with a 5 p.m. reception, will feature dinner at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo Conven tion Center, 153 Franklin Street. The theme of this year’s dinner is Buffalo Strong: Standing To gether!

At the dinner, members who have reached their NAACP Life Membership will be recognized. Also, during the dinner, various community organi zations and individuals will receive awards for the outstanding work they have done throughout the Western New York Community. This year’s award winners are: •Curisia Allen, Youth Award: •Erie County Medical Center, Corp., the Rufus Frasier Human Relations Award •WNY Minority Bar Association Task Force, the Daniel Acker Community Service Award: •Rev. James Giles, Buffalo Peacemakers, Medgar Evers Civil Rights Award: •Melissa Archer, NYS Project Hope, President’s Award: -About the Keynnote SpeakerRoland S. Martin is the host and managing editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, the first daily online show in history focused on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. He is also the CEO of Black Star Network, an OTT platform available on all platforms and features five other news and information shows. From 2008, until its final on-air sign-off, he was a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his twice-a-week segment was heard by millions of listeners on upwards of 100 stations. He is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America; and The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.

Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at until October 8th, 2022. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Inquiries can be made at naacp.buffalonaacp. org or by calling (716) 884-7242.

Sponsor organizations: Tops Markets, Uniland, RICH Products, Inc., Kaleida Health, Catholic Health, and ECMC.

Tour Will Focus on Black History With WNY Connections

The Hull Family Home & Farmstead “Meet Our Past Tour” will focus on Black History with Western New York Connections this Sun day, October 9.

High School Senior Receives Black Achievers Scholarship

Black Achievers Inc., along with Uniland Development Company & Drescher & Malecki presented one local high school senior with a $500 scholarship.

Dr. Catherine Collins, a member of the State Board of Re gents is the Chairperson of the Black Achievers Scholarship Committee. Black Achievers CEO Herbert L. Bellamy Jr. & Black Achievers Youth Academy Instructor Anna CookeSmith presented the scholarship to Aaliyah Daniels a senior of Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.

The Black Achievers Scholarship fund is one of the proj ects financed by Black Achievers Inc. with proceeds from the annual Black Achievers Awards Ceremony which is this Friday Oct. 7. (See events calendar pg. 15)

Karima Amin will portray Ida B. Wells-Barnett; Car men Swans will portray So journer Truth; Johnny Rowe will be Joseph Hodge and Booker Brooks will portray Fredrick Douglass. The abo litionist, Sophia Hull Howe will be portrayed by Sarah Foels.

Call 716-579-2666 for Res ervations. The tour is at 2 p.m.. Admission is $16. The Hull Family Home & Farm stead is located at 5976 Gen esee St., in Lancaster.

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SCHOLAR! From left: Aaliyah Daniels , Herbert L. Bellamy Jr. and Anna Cooke-Smith. Roland Martin
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The .9Mile Collabora tive continues to keep Jazz music “live” this fall for the annual CMC In ternational Jazz Festival showcasing both legendary artists and those newly mint ed emerging aratists making waves in music.

Over the course of two days, Saturday October 8 and Sun day October 9, festival goers will reconnect to the artform under the rooftop of Hall walls, Asbury Hall and Villa Maria Recital Hall. A staple to the region’s music scene, the CMC International Jazz Festival attracts guests from the arts and cultural commu nity among others who can expect to hear a wide range of music from the jazz genre.

“ Our artists reflect the spec trum of this American Music from bebop, post bop to neosoul contemporary and exper imental varieties with a mix of electric and acoustic music from legends like Gary Bartz to up and coming artists like MNGLW. We couldn’t be happier,” said Walter Kemp who is artistic director for the festival.

The two-day jazz fest sizzles with this outstanding lineup:

Saturday October 8th

The Next Series: MNGLW 5p.m. Hallwalls Contempo rary Arts Center 341 Dela ware.

The Next Series is just that, as the festival kicks off with this fresh new ensemble led by the unstoppable voice of Sehréa N'dayu, the talented daugh ter of music artist/composer Drea D’Nur. Sehréa performs with her quartet of fellow Oberlin Conservatory Musi cians including Isaac Byrd - piano; Nathaniel Coben - bass; and Max Grossmandrums. MNGLW is a neo-soul quartet with influences from classic jazz and soul to hip hop and electronic music. The group just completed a soldout NYC summer tour and are currently finishing their debut album.

The Jazz Artist Master Se ries: Orrin Evans Quartet 8p.m. Villa Maria Recital Hall 240 Pine Ridge Road.

As a master pianist Orrin Evans has made an art form of the unexpected. With more than 25 albums to his credit without ever relying on the support of a major label, Ev ans has become the model of a fiercely independent artist

who’s made a habit of rat tling the jazz world’s confin ing cages. As a daring pianist, this Grammy nominated artist combines raw-edged vigor and left-field nuance into a sound wholly his own. He performs with his quartet that includes Sean Jones, Mark Whitfield, Jr. and Vicente Ar cher on Bass.

Sunday October 9th

The Jazz Innovation Series: Blacks’ Myths featuring Walter Kemp3 at 5 p.m. / 9th Ward Asbury Arts Center 341 Delaware.

This series kicks off day two of the festival and wastes no time cooking up something other worldly with music from Blacks’ Myths who are no strangers to the area. The duo is comprised of two of DC's most active and versa tile musicians, Luke Stewart (on bass) and Warren G “Trae CrudupII (on drums). Ac cording to Down Beat Maga zine the pair “crafts evoca tive, Afro-futuristic grooves, frequently disrupted by erup tions of feedback dissonance or languid soundscapes.” The group will feature Buffalo’s own Walter Kemp3. A lead composer/pianist for the award-winning ensemble Black Whole , he has collab orated with musical greats like Juini Booth and Rey Scott, of Sun-Ra’s Arkestra, Bobby Militello, (Dave Bru beck), and Sabu Adeyola (Ahmad Jamal).

The Jazz Genius Series: Gary Bartz Quartet 8p.m. Asbury Hall 341 Delaware.

This final series wraps up the festival in a grand finale with the legendary horn of Gary Bartz on saxophone, Gerald Cannon on bass, Eric Kennedy on drums, and Paul

Bollenback on guitar. In the 1960s, Bartz joined the Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln Group and the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop, quickly earning a reputation as the greatest alto saxophonist since Cannon ball Adderley. In 1965, Bartz joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Mes sengers and recorded Soulfin ger, his recording debut. Bartz established a fruitful musical career of recording over 40 solo albums among other col laborations.

You can purchase a festival pass for all shows (great val ue) or individual tickets on Prices per show vary. Seatingis limited.

The Presenting Sponsor is .9 Mile Collaborative. The Fes tival is funded by the Cullen Foundation.




Show Closing Event

October 7 6-9pm

Closing night of EYE Am Rook at WWTS Photogra phy and Gallery at 93 Allen Street. Exhibit is a collec tion of photographs by local photographers Aitina FreedCooke, Alexander Har old, Painkiller, Teo David and some original works by Rook all who captured the true essence of Jimmy "Rook" Hawkins Jr. Contact gallery for further inquiries 716 203-1648.


CONCERT: A B. Boys Reunion Concert with spe cial guest Will Holton will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at The Groove, 1210 Broad way & Lathrop St. The event opens at 7 p.m. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Doris Records on Ferry and Mandella's Mart at Jefferson & Broad way and Jefferson & Fer ry. For ticket delivery call (716)570-4997.

GLADYS KNIGHT, the Empress of Soul! Sat. Oct.8, 7:30 Kleinhans .Visit BPO.ORG


Jazz Pianist Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Lewis, a jazz pia nist who unexpectedly became a pop star when his recording of “The ‘In’ Crowd” reached the Top 10 in 1965 — and who re mained musically active for more than a half century af ter that — died on Sept. 12 at his home in Chicago. He was 87.

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The Galactic Tribe recently held “Queens of the Horn, ” a panel discussion on the film The Woman King. It was moderated by Miss Buffalo 2022 Amiyah King and held at the Delavan Grider Center. Six dynamic voices from our community spoke candidly about their feelings on the film for the hour long discussion. Their expressions ranged from how the film relates to our challenges and triumphs as Black women in the world and the Black family dynamics in today’s society to the layered personal reflections on the importance of growth, healing, vulnerability, self-acceptance, sisterhood, passing the torch and the fight for equal ity and opportunity in a world where we are still making history as firsts.

“A lot of us are the first people to do what it is we do, a lot of times you never get to see the person, so you had to be the person,” said Jillian Hanesworth on being able to share this narrative that relates to our women and our history with her niece . “My hope is that with this movie we don’t have to fight as much to get into these positions," said Wajed speaking on the film industry and on the roles we are more than qualified for. “Someone having your back and showing up for each other in a real way matters,” said Phylicia Dove who was reflecting on the support, relationships and sisterhood continually shown throughout the story. “ What we see in the film,of being able to show it and share it, is vulnerability. From vulnerability comes strength,” said Karima Amin. Visit for future events.

Back Pack Mafia Battle of the Beats

Back Pack Mafia presents Season 3 finale of their Beat Battles hosted by L-Biz and Phee Grand.

The battle goes down Oc tober 7, 8pm at Milkies 522 Elmwood Avenue with an energetic head-to-head competition between some of the hottest beat makers in WNY battling it out for the title of Best Producer in Buffalo.

Five battles are scheduled for the event plus visual art on display and plenty of good vibes and original music for the culture.

For access to the event and to learn more visit online at backpackmafia716.rsvpify.

With an Option for Interacting At Night Sporting Events Are Now On Full Tilt

I was able to take in some high school football this past weekend. Friday night lights football is back. One battle was between Bennett and WNY Maritime/ Health Science and the other game was Canisius vs. Lancaster. A tale of two halves from two different games.

In the first game Bennett High School flexed their muscles with their many prospects for the col lege football ranks. I’m keeping this short since it wasn’t much of a game. I left at halftime with the score 34-0. The final score was 62-0. Bennett’s Jayden Lewis, a UB commit had 4 touchdowns.

Maritime WNY/ Health Science’s one highlight while I was in atten dance was a kick return by Senior transfer Jeremy Thompson who went for about 50 yards.

Meanwhile, at the Canisius and Lancaster game - a rival game that had not taken place in decades - was a barn burner(no barns were damaged in the production of this event).We pick up late in the fourth quarter.

With Canisius down by 4, their quarterback Nicho las Penuvchev threw a pass in desperation to sophomore Jahyden Clark. Clark who rose up for a SportsCenter top 10 worthy catch between two defenders that resulted in his second touchdown of the day and the lead that hushed the packed stadium as many thought there was not enough time for the Legends to respond with Canisius going up by three.

But that wasn’t the case. Lancaster responded with their own end zone appearance leav ing two minutes on the clock. A last ditch effort by Canisius resulted in an interception that punctuated the night and the game!

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SISTERHOOD: Pictured holding their Galactic Tribe N’Yami Award of Divinity and Ferns from left:Phylicia Dove /Black Monarchy, Khari Thorton/A.P. Student, Shyana Broughton/Our Mommy Vil lage, Amiyah King/Miss Buffalo, Karima Amin/Storyteller/Tradition Keepers, Jillian Hanesworth/Buf falo’s Poet Laureate and Alexa Wajed co-founder of Eat Off Art -Challenger Photo Women Speak on 'The Woman King' at Queens of The Horn Panel Jahyden Clark’s one hand catch to give Canisius the lead over Lancaster in the fourth quarter. (photo A. Dorcely)
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Bills Dance ‘The Gritty’ in Win Over Ravens

It would not have been surprised me to see the entire Bills squad dancing ‘The Gritty’ all the way back to the lock er room, following their dramatic, come from behind victory over the Baltimore Ravens. And it’s not because I’m all that crazy about this particular piece of cho reography. No, it is because ‘gritty’ is what this victory was so emblematic of. That is, the plain, old-fashioned grit and determination to get the job done against a tough, physical opponent.

And that’s not to mention the defensive setup against Lamar Jackson, who was only moderately sensation al, and most of that in the first half. But in the second half, the Bills showed the grit that a team must possess in order to make a legitimate championship run. But just as the Bills lost one they should have won last week in Miami, this is a game they probably should have lost in Baltimore. Certainly, for the entirety of the first half, the Ravens presented as the better team.

In the second half, however, Buffalo flipped the switch. They became more resilient; more aggressive on the D-Line; changed up their defensive scheme to better contain Lamar; and then waited for Josh to get hot with both his arm and his legs. If you want to summarize what this game may mean in the ultimate scheme of things, it is that the Bills are never out of any ballgame - even to a sometimes supe rior opponent - so long asthey play with their brand of grit and determination. It is games like these which can infuse a team with the spirit of winning and of never surrendering. Let’s look to see whether the Bills have learned that lesson from this game and can build upon it going forward.

Like every team in the NFL, the Bills are still a work in progress. But from what I’ve seen in an admittedly small sample size, is that these Bills just may have the right stuff to take it all the way! Oh wait a minute, let me hush my mouth. Talking Super Bowl - even thinking it - just four games into the season is a fool’s errand. And, like the Bills, we fans must take it one game at a time.

Next up are the Steelers, who come to town with a losing 1- 3 record. But these are not your grandfather’s Pitts burgh Steelers. They’re now breaking in a new quarterback, Kenny Pickett, after a zillion years with ‘Big’ Ben Rothlis burger under center. Apparently, Coach Mike Tomlin finally decided that former Bills QB, Mitch Trubitsky, who failed to hold on to the job, was simply not the answer. But even the notoriously stout Pittsburgh defense seems less imposing, especially without their sack master, TJ Watt.

This game will be another test for the Bills to see how well they can standup to the ‘smash mouth’ style of play they will get from the Steelers. Of course, I expect Josh and the boys to continue to do what they do, and that is to air the ball out to Buffalo’s excellent receiving corps. But is it ask ing too much for the offensive line to buckle down a bit and start making some first down conversions on short yardage run plays. Besides getting healthy again, the biggest thing on the Bills “To Do List” is to get their run game together so that it can be depended upon to get those tough but vital yards in trenches.

Shortly after the game, I received a text message from one of my purported readers, who shall remain anon ymous. She stated that when returned home from church meeting, the Bills were down by the score of 20 - 3. Seeing this, she went straight to a nearby phone booth and immedi ately suited up in her Bills gear - hat, tee-shirt, pom-poms, even a pair of those crazy Zubaj pants. And it was after this, she said, that the Bills began their inexorable comeback, scoring 20 unanswered points. Needless to say, she is claim ing credit for the win.

Let’s hope that next time, the Bills don’t spend any unnecessary time in the phone booth changing from Clark Kent to Superman.

Award Winning Buffalo Author Returns for Book Signing

This past spring award-winning author Rona D. Drinkard of Buffalo returned to her hometown for a book signing of her debut novel Friendship . The event was held at the Merriweather Library. Pictured with proud family members (from left) Tauhid Nur, Eric Johnson, Rona, her dad Kenny Johnson, Kim Johnson, and Rona’s husband Haashim Drinkard. Not pictured Dedric Johnson. Friendship is available at Zawadi Books.

Celebrate Black Reading Month Throughout the Year!

Black Reading Month was founded in Detroit, MI in 1980 by a committee which included Nkiruka Ya kini, Osei Nxele, Malik Yakini, Helen Ray and David Ram beau to encourage members of the Black Community to read books, magazines and journals written by Black Authors. And although September is the des ignated month, we continue to celebrate by supporting Black Authors, small-local book stores, purchasing, reading and discussing Black books with friends and family all year long! Our October book list includes:

•African Proverbs for All Ages (children). Collected by Johnetta Betsch Cole and Nelda LaTeef

•Black Cake: A Novel by Charmaine Wilkerson

•By Her Own Design: A Novel of Ann Lowe, Fashion De signer to the Social Register by Piper Hugeley

•Charlotte Sophia: Myth Madness and the Moor: A Novel by Tina Andrews

•The Great Mrs. Elias: A Novel Based on a True Story by Barbara Chase-Riboud

•How You Grow Wings (YA Novel) by Rimma Onoseta

•Promise That You Will Sing About Me: The Blues and Po etry of Kendrick Lamar by Miles Marshall Lewis

•Sankofa University: Studying African-Centered History and Culture by Burnette Kwadwo Callman

•That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Inno cent Man on Death Row by Jarvis Jay Masters

•White Fear:How the Browning of America is Making White Folks Lose Their Minds by Roland S. Martin with Leah Lakins

Zawadi Books Is Located At 1382 Jefferson Avenue (Across From Jim Bell Cleaners) Hours: Wed., Fri. & Sat. 12 Noon – 4 P.M. (716)903-6740. Email

The Woman King Is Not A History Lesson...

Because we don’t know our history, we’ve allowed Hollywood to hoodwink and bamboozle us by mak ing a movie glorifying an African group (whether men or women) who sold their ancestors into chattel slavery.

The Woman King (2022), starring Viola Davis who plays the main character Nanisca, grossed $19 million on opening weekend. But it has come under fire for its failure to adequately address the Dahomey kingdom’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade, leading social media users to create #BoycottWomanKing.

Viola and other cast members have responded to the criticism by acknowledging that historical accuracy was not and cannot be the job of Hollywood, because ultimately the focus is on entertainment.

It’s also been pointed out that Davis’ fictional character Nanisca served as a sort of moral compass, by which she chal lenges whether or not keeping other Africans as slaves—and essentially subjecting them to similar horrors, just like the sav age Europeans—makes them any better.

But as one critic writes: “What kind of ‘Black Girl Mag ic’ is that? Even more maddening is the fact that there were legitimate African women who fought against the slave trad ers in other areas of West Africa. There are legit histories of Black women in the Black diaspora who kicked ass in places like Haiti, Suriname, Brazil, Jamaica, Belize etc. Why not their stories? “

The Roots writer Amira Castilla provides the following brief – albeit critical – Black history lesson we didn’t get in the movie. Who were the Agojie and how were they involved in the slave trade?

The Dahomey kingdom in present-day Benin trafficked slaves in the 1600s and 1700s. King Ghezo, played by John Boyega in the film, had most enslaved people sent abroad while others were kept in the kingdom to serve. In 1852, the king stopped slave trading due to the British government’s disapproval after they abolished slavery in 1833. In the period during which they ceased trading, they participated in palm oil production. How ever, it was not earning the king nearly as much money as slave trading, so trading continued.

The Agojie women lived in the Dahomey kingdom and first emerged as an all-female group in the early 1700s to do elephant hunting. They slowly expanded into a full-fledged army well into the 19th century, possibly due to a drop in the kingdom’s male population. The Dahomey sold thousands of Africans into slavery, and people of all ages were bound to be shipped to several parts of the world. The Agojie would sneak up on surrounding kingdoms and capture people to be put in the slave trade for profit through their relationships with European merchants.

American author Zora Neale Hurston wrote the book, Bar racoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo in 1928, which is an interview with one of the last known slaves brought to the United States in 1860 via the Transatlantic slave trade. His name was Cudjoe Lewis and he was 19 years old when he was taken from his home by the Agojie women. As Lewis recounted his interaction with the Agojie he crouched down in fear, de scribing the terrifying event when the women killed his family and took him captive saying, “No man kin be so strong lak de woman soldiers from de Dahomey.”

The Dahomey kingdom’s reign eventually ended in 1892 due to losing a war against the French when they claimed Da homey’s land through the Berlin Conference’s Scramble for Africa in the 1880s. Although the movie glossed over a grue some part of the Dahomey kingdom’s history, some argue that Hollywood’s historical fiction films are an entry point, piquing the audience’s interest to take the time and learn this history for themselves.

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Still They Will Not Listen To Us

In the Kens ington and Eggert Rd. neighbor hood located in the Univer sity District, our elected officials are still not hear ing the voice of the people.

It’s bad enough that we were not included in the talks prior to the state approval of Hopewell Center Sub stance Abuse Clinic, which is set to open at the Cleve land Hill plaza on Kensington Avenue next year. Residents and homeowners have been protesting against it all sum mer and it seems as though our voices are still not being heard. We are willing to fight for our communities, but our elected leaders are ignoring the cry of the people. Yes I have seen some elected lead ers out in protest, I also heard elected officials say this and say that. But still nothing is being done on our behalf.

Just a week ago Buffalo dedicated the nation’s first African American Veterans Monument, a great accom plishment. There are many Black veterans living in the University District and they too are protesting that meth adone clinic on Kensington and Eggert Rd. But their voic es are being ignored as well.

So now the questions re main; who is profiting off this clinic being placed on Kens ington Ave.? Why were the residents blindsided about it being placed there ? Why do the very people that we elect, fail to adequately represent us?

Residents are pushing against the clinic for a num ber of reasons – among them a decrease in property value; a threat to our way of life ; and potential increase in crime in the area.

There is definitely no need for this facility on Kensing ton Ave. It will not benefit the community economically, or any other way. To my peo ple on the east side and west side, November is coming, election time is coming, USE YOUR MOST PRECIOUS TOOL; YOUR VOICE AND VOTE, . Let those elected of ficials know that enough is enough. I’m just sayin’…

Congressional Black Caucus Continues Its Downward Spiral

The Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Confer ence returned with the usual corporate sponsorships and obedi ence to the democratic party oligarchy. Joe Biden received a warm welcome from a group which does little except live off of a progressive reputation which it has not deserved in a very long time.

“You know me, and I know you.”

Those words were spoken by president Joe Biden at the recent Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Con ference. No doubt he was purposefully evoking Congressman James Clyburn’s 2020 endorsement. Clyburn famously said , “I know Joe. We know Joe. But most importantly, Joe knows us.”

The identity of the other party in the first person plural was nev er stated, but was widely assumed to mean Black people. The oligarchs of the democratic party had chosen Biden and that meant Clyburn went along as well. He is not the king maker he is made out to be. Of course the importance of his endorsement extended beyond the South Carolina primary and was consid ered to be a stamp of approval for all of Black America.

The CBC hasn’t improved any since that time. The annual conference host is the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which this year secured a sponsorship from Amazon, the cor poration whose warehouse workers suffer injuries at double the rates of counterparts at other companies. Amazon’s low pay and working conditions churn out low income workers so rapidly that in many places their warehouses have run out of people to hire. The behemoth corporation fought tooth and nail against a successful Black led unionizing drive at one of their warehouses in New York.As always the CBC conference was sponsored by corporate giants such as Amazon, Coca Cola, Pepsico, Delta airlines, Bank of America, fossil fuel corporations Dominion

Energy, BP, Exxon Mobil, Conoco Phillips, and big pharma cor porations such as Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Ferring, and Bristol Meyers Squibb. It is no coincidence that Congressman Clyburn receives more campaign money from big pharma than any other member of the House of Represen tatives. As the House Whip he is unlikely to allow any legislation that his funders would not want to see realized.

Biden acted like the good white boss in his appearance, telling jokes about attending Howard University, bragging about appoint ing Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court and supporting Historically Black Col leges and Universities, “With the CBC, we invested an historic $5.8 billion dollars — that’s “B” with a — “B” — billion dollars…” He even told a story about the Vot ing Rights Act being passed when neither he nor CBC members seemed to be concerned about protecting it after SCOTUS made its most important provisions null and void. Biden bragged about Medicare negotiating drug prices but left out the fact that this won’t happen until 2026 and will apply to only ten drugs. Kingmaker Clyburn surely played a role in securing that out come. The Black political class is doing what it always does, serving as a prominent buffer class, and giving a pass to the democratic party. That is their most important function, not fighting for their constituents, but keeping their constituents in line by propping up Obama or Biden or any other demo cratic president while mouthing fake condemnation when re publicans are in office.

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The Idea of Race and Humanity

The lies that white people spread throughout the world were done so that the minds of all people would be convinced that Europe had chosen to “save” Africa and the rest of world from itself. Therein began the origin social engineering.

Another example of how The Prophet Muhammad, S.A.W.S., dealt with what he saw as the rise of racism was how he, May the Peace and Blessing of Allah Be Upon him, identified a Black Woman as his “Mother,” after the passing of his biological Mother. I believe that was intentional to ensure the continuity of his identification with his own identity as related to a Woman who was not only Black but was also African.

My understanding of Islam’s approach to addressing the racism that existed in Arabia and the rest of the world during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad, is that The Prophet, May The Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him, un derstood that in order to eradicate racism the approach had to be a process which had to be grounded in moral and practical truths. Such truths were exemplified in examples like that of Zaid, appointed as Governor of an entire province, who was also Black and African and though only seventeen years of age was one of the most gifted in warfare and governance, which is why the Prophet, May The Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him, appointed him to that position. The Prophet, May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him, also pointed to the Blessings of Allah for one who rejected racism; an example being that in the Quran we find that the freeing of a slave guaranteed atonement of sin to one who freed a slave. To me, that showed that such practice of slavery, or racism, in any form, was a sin and its rejection had the favor of Allah. The Prophet Muhammad made sure that all these persuasions were put in place to eradicate the scourge of racism in Islam, which continues to this day. I mean who would not want their sins forgiven by The One God?

In America where racism is systemic and structural, I believe that in order to eradicate it, we have promote of the truths of history and biology that prove it to be based on ignorance and false notions. I believe we must show that the notions and ideas that were created for the specific purpose of justifying Division with in the human family, the enslavement of African people and the theft of Black people’s labor for generations, was based on falsehood. Those are the truths that must be disseminated to every facet of thought and teaching in American life.

Every institution and structure in our society must be infused with the truths of world history and the biology of human beings. Especially African and African American history must be taught to all of us to dispel the myths and lies. We also must dissect the manipulation of language that was created and used to justify

The Lesson of the Falling Leaves

Lucille Clifton was a nation ally acclaimed award winning poet, writer, and educator from Buffalo. She graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School (now City Honors) in 1953. She attended Howard University with a scholarship, leaving to study at the SUNY at Fredonia. From 1979 to 1985 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland. Clifton was a final ist twice for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. She was the author of at least 14 books of poetry and 18 children's books. She was born June 27,1936 and made her transition February 13, 2010.

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the horrors of enslavement, for example, like the words white and black, lightness and darkness in the English language are used to connote and denote the false notion good and bad or of superiority and inferiority.

I believe that must be followed by practical steps for forgiveness for those who for whatever reason practiced rac ism and still practice it, by convincing them that they must be ready to make amends to those who were/are victimized by the years of policies and practices that have upheld racism and white skin privilege. They must be shown that it doesn’t take anything from them to be willing to make amends. Those are the real con versations that we must have. I believe we must also concentrate on the symbols and images used to promote the false ideas of racism and be conscious of how those faces and images are changed over time to hide and cover up its reality

One of the ways of accomplishing that task could be facilitated by using Truth and Reconciliation Councils all over the Country, such as those used in South Africa, where all parties can come to the table and talk about the challenges of racism, and the roots and horrors of its practice that have troubled Our Country for centuries. We must engage in these processes with the real goal of all of us being accountable, searching for meaningful and sustainable resolutions. For me, African Centered Restorative Justice is one way that provides for those kinds of outcomes to be decided by the people impacted by racism in its historical and generational context. We must also make sure that we appoint young people who can do the research and documentation so that we can create spaces for real life conversations about trauma, harm and privilege, with the goal of resolution that serves everyone.

Those chosen to sit on those councils, I believe should be selected by the com munity, our communities all over this country. We can gather in town hall meet ings to begin the process of selecting those councils according to the principles of Ma’at , as they correspond to Islam. To quote Dr. Salah Al-Sawy: “Religious loyalty (walaa’) and all it entails of love and support for co-religionist does not conflict with national identity, and the love and affection its social bonds natu rally generate. We believe we are part of the Muslim Ummah in light of our re ligion, and we are a part of our local societies in light of our citizenry as African Americans. We must call upon that as well as the human relationships we have developed in the Buffalo community and throughout the world. We do not be lieve there is an inherent conflict between religious and national identity, so long

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the leaves believe such letting go is love such love is faith such faith is grace such grace is god i agree with the leaves
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SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS–SU PREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF ERIE – MORTGAGE ASSET MANAGE MENT, LLC, Plaintiff, -against- ANY AND ALL KNOWN OR UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDI TORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTH ER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTER EST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF MARY ROSE BARRETT, DECEASED; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SO CIAL SERVICES; MARGARET LIN DENAU AKA MARGARET LINDEAU, AS HEIR, DEVISEE, DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF MARY ROSE BARRETT, DECEASED; WILLIAM P. BARRETT, JR., AS HEIR, DEVI SEE, DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ES TATE OF MARY ROSE BARRETT, DECEASED; DANIEL BARRETT, AS HEIR, DEVISEE, DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF MARY ROSE BARRETT, DECEASED; ROBERT BARRETT, AS HEIR, DEVISEE, DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF MARY ROSE BARRETT, DE CEASED, if he be living and if he be dead, the respective heirs-at-law, next-of-kin, distributes, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, credi tors and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claim ing under, by or through said defen dant who may be deceased,; BER NICE MALEK, Defendants - Index No 813601/2021 Plaintiff Designates Erie County as the Place of Trial. The Basis of Venue is that the subject ac tion is situated in Erie County. To the above named Defendants–YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the com plaint is not served with this Sum mons, to serve a notice of appear ance, on the Plaintiff’s Attorney(s) within 20 days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Sum mons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. That this Supplemental Summons is being filed pursuant to an order of the court dated August 16, 2022. NOTICEYOU 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 an swer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RE SPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honor able Dennis E. Ward, J.S.C. Dated: August 16, 2022 Filed: August 31, 2022. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage and covering the premises known as 88 Marbeth Street, Buffalo, NY 14220. Dated: June 13, 2022 Filed: September 3, 2022 Greenspoon Marder, LLP., At torney for Plaintiff, By: Meir Weiss, Esq., 590 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 P: (212) 524-5000 F: (212) 524-5050 (No Service by fax) E: Ser vice purposes only: 100 W. Cypress Creek Rd, Suite 700 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 P: (754) 200-7005 F: (954) 331-2005 (No Service by fax)



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BANK, Plaintiff, vs. Any unknown heirs to the Estate of ALLEN A. BAILEY A/K/A ALLEN BAILEY, next of kin, devisees, legatees, distribu tees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, trustees, executors, admin istrators or successors in interest, as well as the respective heirs at law, next of kin, devisees, legatees, distributees, grantees, assignees, lienors, trustees, executors, admin istrators or successors in interest of the aforesaid classes of persons, if they or any of them be dead, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to the plaintiff; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA O/B/O INTERNAL REVE NUE SERVICE; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; and “JOHN DOE” and “MARY DOE,” (Said names being fic titious, it being the intention of plaintiff to designate any and all occupants, tenants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises being fore closed herein.) Defendants.


Filed: 02/16/2022

Index No.: 801836/2022 SUM

MONS AND NOTICE Mortgaged Premises: 56 Lyndale Avenue Tonawanda, (Town of Tonawanda), NY 14223 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Com plaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on Plaintiff's attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Sum mons, exclusive of the day of ser vice, 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 des ignated 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. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is for the foreclosure of: Mort gage bearing the date of March 10, 2000, executed by Allen A. Bailey and Mary Lou T. Bailey to First Prior ity Mortgage, Inc. to secure the sum of $65,211.00, and interest, and re corded in the Office of the Clerk of Erie County on March 10, 2000 in Book: 12874 Page: 4085. That First Priority Mortgage, Inc. duly assigned said Note and Mortgage to Principal Residential Mortgage, Inc. by Assign ment dated March 10, 2000 and recorded on March 10, 2000 in the Office of the Clerk of Erie County in Book: 12874 Page: 4106. That Principal Residential Mortgage, Inc., an Iowa corporation duly assigned said Note and Mortgage to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for First Nationwide Mortgage Corp., its successors and assigns by Assignment dated April 17, 2001 and recorded on April 26, 2001 in the Office of the Clerk of Erie County in Book: 12921 Page: 6245.

That Mortgage Electronic Registra tion Systems, Inc. duly assigned said Note and Mortgage to CitiMortgage, Inc. by Assignment dated January 13, 2004 and recorded on March 24, 2004 in the Office of the Clerk of Erie County in Book: 13151 Page: 7228. Mortgage bearing the date of March 19, 2004, executed by Allen A. Bai ley to CitiMortgage, Inc. to secure the sum of $3,163.54, with interest, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Erie County on March 24, 2004 in Book: 13151 Page: 7247. Said Mortgages were consolidated and modified so as to constitute a single lien in the amount of $66,170.00 by agreement dated March 19, 2004 and recorded on March 24, 2004 in the Office of the Clerk of Erie County in Book: 11071 Page: 2770. That CitiMortgage, Inc., a New York Cor poration duly assigned said Note and Mortgage to MidFirst

Bank, a Federally Chartered Savings Association by Assignment dated December 9, 2011 and recorded on February 16, 2012 in the Office of the Clerk of Erie County in Book: 13568 Page: 6896. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment di recting the sale of the Mortgaged Premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. Plaintiff designates Erie County as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the County in which the Mortgaged Premises is situated. Section: 79.30 Block: 4 Lot: 6 DATED: February 14, 2022 Rochester, New York NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOS ING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and com plaint 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 PLAIN TIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. WE ARE ATTEMPT ING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. SCHEDULE A LEGAL DESCRIP TION ALL THAT TRACT OR PAR CEL OF LAND, situate in the Town of Tonawanda, County of Erie and State of New York, being part of Lot 22, Township 12, Range 8 of the Holland Land Company's Survey and further distinguished as Subdivision Lot 571 upon a certain amended subdivision map of part of said Lot 22, made for John G. Sattler by Straley Bros., Sur veyors and filed in the Erie County Clerk's Office under Cover No. 945. September 15, 22, 29 October 6

ERIE - INDEX NO.: 812701/2020


NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF ERIE U.S. Bank National Association, as Trust ee, as successor to U.S. Bank Trust National Association, as Trustee, which was successor to First Trust National Association, as Trustee, for Home Improvement Loan Trust 1996-D, Plaintiff AGAINST Michael Ramsey; et al., Defendant(s) Pursu ant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly entered July 7, 2022 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at pub lic auction at the Closing Room of the Erie County Clerk's Office, First floor, 92 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202 on October 21, 2022 at 11:00AM, prem ises known as 36 Warwick, a/k/a 36 Warwick Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improve ments erected, situate, lying and being in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie, State of New York, Section 90.54 Block 1 Lot 20. Approximate amount of judgment $37,559.62 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 813243/2020. The auction will be conducted pursuant to the COVID-19 Policies Concerning Public Auctions of Foreclosed Prop erty established by the Eighth Judi cial District. Ouida Binnie Francis, Esq., Referee LOGS Legal Group LLP f/k/a Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: September 8, 2022 73248 September 22, 29 October 6, 13

Plaintiff designates ERIE COUNTY as the place of trial based upon the location of the premises herein described having tax map Section 104.07, Block 4, Lot 33, Depew, NY, County of Erie LOANDEPOT.COM, LLC, -against- CHARLES EDWARD WOODS, if living, or if dead, the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs-at law, next of kin, descendants, ex ecutors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, com mittees, lienors, and assignees of CHARLES EDWARD WOODS, and any and all persons deriving inter est in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs-at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff, CITY OF BUFFALO TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS AGENCY, NEW YORK STATE DE PARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, MARIANN WOODS, JOHN DOE #2 through JOHN DOE #12, the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties in tended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, hav ing or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, DEFENDANTS. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to an swer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of ap pearance on the Plaintiff's Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this sum mons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this Summons and Complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceed ing against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered against you and you can lose your home. Speak to an at torney or go to the court where your case is pending for further informa tion 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 SERV ING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAIN TIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: Syosset, New York, September 8, 2022. Roach & Lin, P.C., attorney for Plaintiff, 6851 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 185, Syosset, NY 11791. Tel: 516-938-3100. To the above named defendants: The fore going summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Mark A. Montour, a Jus tice of the Supreme Court, State of New York, dated January 25, 2022 and filed with the Erie County Clerk together with the supporting papers thereon. This is an action to foreclose a mortgage held by Plaintiff on the premises known as Section 104.07, Block 4, Lot 33, Depew, NY, County of Erie as described in the complaint on file and commonly known as 16 HARLAN STREET, DEPEW, NY 14043. 73497 September 22, 29 October 6, 13

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF ERIE STATE OF NEW YORK MORTGAGE AGENCY, Plaintiff AGAINST JAMES M. MUCCI; et al., Defendant(s) Pur suant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly entered September 6, 2022, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Clos ing Room of the Erie County Clerks Office, 1st Floor, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo NY on October 21, 2022 at 10:30AM, premises known as 1126 CLEVELAND DRIVE, CHEEKTOW AGA, NY 14225. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Cheektowaga, County of Erie and State of New York, SBL: 80.20-1747. Approximate amount of judg ment $43,113.69 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #805613/2021. The aforementioned auction will be conducted in accor dance with the Court Systems CO VID-19 safety and health emergency protocols, as well as in accordance with 8th Judicial District Foreclosure Sale Protocols. Please take notice that all persons attending the auction must comply with and observe social distancing, wearing masks or face coverings and screening practices in effect at the time of this foreclo sure sale. Hayley Greenberg, Esq, Referee Schiller, Knapp, Lefkow itz & Hertzel, LLP 15 Cornell Road Latham, NY 12110 21-00303 73464 September 22, 29 October 6,13

copy of which is attached, as the Will of Willard Singletary deceased, relat ing to real and personal property, and directing that

Letters Testamentary to Charlene P Penson

Letters of Trusteeship to Letters of Administration c.t.a. to Dated, Attested and Sealed September 6, 2022

Hon. Acea M. Mosey- Surrogate Linda C. Novotny, Esq.- Chief Clerk Etido Udousoro- Attorney for Petitioner 1133 Kensington Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14215 716-261-7301 Sept 22,29 Oct. 6,13






By the Grace of God Free and Independent


PROBATE CITATION File No. 2017-636/B



By the Grace of God Free and Independent

TO: Slyvia McGill, Warren Single tary Jr., Carl Hill, Darlene Singletary, Jerome Singletary, Patricia Moss, Cynthia Maxwell, Betsy M. Strother, Geraldine Dubois, Wilbur Maxwell, Renee Singletary, James Singletary Jr., Richard Singletary, Doince Major, Deon Hemsley, Angela Coles, Kelvin Hemsley and Melvin Toran Jr., Ethen Toran, Athena Fuller, Chanelle Black, Faith Toran, Breena Toran, Perry Toran, Michael T. Toran Jr., Shelby Toran, Ryan Toran, Michelle Toran, Eden Toran, Tyler Toran, Amarra George, Brittany McClintock, De vatha Dortch, Cleotus Singletary, Os car Gamble Jr., if they be living, and if they be dead to their heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributes, if any such there be, all of whom and all whose names, ages, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the Pettitioner(s) and cannot after due diligence used be ascertained, and to Any and all persons who are, or who claim to be heirs at law, next of kin, distributes of the decedent named below, if any such there be, all of whom and all of whose names, ages, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the Pettitioner(s) and cannot after due diligence be ascertained, and HON.

LETITIA JAMES- Attorney General of the State of New York, and to JEN NIFER G. FLANNERY- Erie County Public Administrator.

A petition having been duly filed by Charlene P Penson, who is domiciled at 16 Rickert Street, Buffalo, New York 14211

YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Sur rogate’s Court, Erie County, at 92 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, New York, on October 20, 2022, at 9:30 o’clock in the fore noon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Willard Single tary lately domiciled at 16 Rickert Street, Buffalo, New York 14211 ad mitting to probate a Will dated Octo ber 29, 2013 (a Codicil dated n/a) a

To: Rashad Law, Ricky Law, Faith Rivers, and Any and all persons who are, or who claim to be heirs at law, next of kin, distributees of the decedent named below, if any such there be, all of whom and all of whose names, ages, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to be the Petitioner(s) and cannot after due diligence used be ascertained and HON. LETITIA JAMES- Attorney General of the State of New York and JENNIFER G. FLANNERY- Erie County Public Administrator.

A petition and account having been duly filed by Nigel Law, whose address is 76 Zenner Street, Buffalo, New York 14211


SHOW CAUSE before the Sur rogate’s Court, Erie County, at 92 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, New York, on October 13, 2022, at 9:30 o’clock in the fore noon of that day, why the account of Nigel Law, a summary of which has been served herewith, as Administrator of the estate of Armod Law should not be judicially settled.

(State any further relief requested)

Why a Decree should not be made in the Estate determining the distributees of the decedent entitled to inherit from this estate as more fully set forth in the petition, fixing and determining the amount of the attorney’s fees for legal service rendered to said Estate, fixing and determining the commissions due the fiduciary, and directing such other and further relief as the Court deems just and equitable.

Dated, Attested and Sealed August 25, 2022

Etido Udousoro- Attorney for Petitioner- 716-261-7301

1133 Kensington Avenue, Buffalo New York 14215 September 15, 22, 29 October 6


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Mortgaged Premises: 214 Cleveland Drive Buffalo, New York 14215 Sec tion: 79.20 Block: 8 Lot: 26 To The Above Named Defendant(s): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to an swer the Complaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the Plaintiff's at torney 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 an swer 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. NO

TICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECTIVE of the above captioned action is to foreclose on a Mortgage to secure $50,468.32 and interest, recorded in the Erie County Clerk’s Office on April 12, 2006 in Book 13284, Page 8481, Control Number 2006084342, covering the premises known as 214 Cleveland Drive, 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. Ven ue 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 com plaint 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 at torney or go to the court where your case is pending for further informa tion on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action.




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Buf falo and Erie County Workforce In vestment Board, Inc. (the “BECWIB”) on October 18, 2022, 8:40 a.m., local time, at 726 Exchange, Buffalo NY, 8th Floor Barton Conference Room, immediately preceding the BECWIB Board of Directors meeting at 9:00 AM, in connection with the following matters:

As part of the 2022 State Budget, the New York Legislature amended the Section 103 of the Public Officers Law (the “Open Meetings Law”) to provide when and how public bodies may conduct meetings via videocon ference technology. The amended Open Meetings Law allows the BEC WIB to adopt a resolution authorizing it to conduct Board and committee meetings using videoconference technology so long as a quorum of the board or committee is physically present at one or more locations where the public can also attend in person and certain procedural re quirements are met. The BECWIB has established proposed written procedures that will govern the use of videoconference technology used to conduct public meetings.

A representative of BECWIB will, at the above-stated time and place, hear and accept written comments from all persons with views in favor of or opposed to the use of videoconfer ence technology to conduct meetings of the board or committees which are open to the public. At the hearing, all persons will have the opportunity to review the proposed written pro cedures that will govern the use of videoconference technology used to conduct public meetings.



PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the County Legislature (the “Legislature”) of the County of Erie, New York (the “County”), shall be held at the County Hall, 92 Frank lin Street, 4th Floor, Buffalo, New York, in the County, on the 17th day of October, 2022, at 2:00 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 Dis trict No. 3 in the County (the “Sewer District”).

The proposed increase and im provement of such facilities consist of improvements to the Southtowns Ad vanced Wastewater Treatment Facil ity, existing pumping stations, and the sanitary sewer collection system; all as more fully described in the report and estimate of cost prepared by the County Engineers (Erie County De partment of Environment and Plan ning) which has been filed with the County Legislature and which has been approved by the Board of Man agers of the Sewer District on April 6, 2022 (the “Report”).

The maximum estimated cost of such increase and improvement of facilities is $100,000,000, which will be apportioned in accordance with applicable flat charges and charges based on units, assessed value and footage specified in the Sewer Dis trict's Benefit and User Charge for mulas, as such formulas currently exist and as such may be amended from time to time.

The expenditures for such increase and improvement of facilities will not cause additional costs for prop erty owners in the District for hookup fees, and the annual cost of such expenditures to the Typical Property (as defined in the County Law) is estimated to be $111.17 for the Dis trict. The Legislature has heretofore caused to be prepared and filed for public inspection with the Clerk of the Legislature a detailed explanation of how such costs were computed, as incorporated in the Report.

Dated:Buffalo, New York, September 22, 2022



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Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

Mindreader Media LLC Articles of Organization filed on 08/11/2022 in Erie County. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NY SOS shall mail copy of process to 4 Southwedge Drive Getz ville, NY 14068. No dissolution date. Mindreader Media LLC will serve as a media and marketing consulting company. Sept 15,22,29 Oct.6, 3,20


Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

Vivs Village (Laundry Service) L.L.C. Filed Articles of Organization with the NY Dept. of State: 5/13/2022. Office of the LLC: 51 Harriet Ave Buffalo, NY 14215, Erie County. The NY Sec retary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of process to the LLC at 51 Harriet Ave Buffalo, NY 14215-3507.

Purpose of LLC: Laundry service. No specific duration attached to LLC. Sept 15,22,29 Oct. 6, 13,20


Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Translogistics East LLC 260 Plym outh ave. Buffalo, NY 14213 Erie county Articles of incorporation filing date: 09/08/2022 Registered agent: Jay Halligun 1262 Broadway St. Buf falo, NY 14212 Business type: Truck ing Oct. 6,13,20,27 Nov.3,10

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To Moderate Town Hall Meeting on Racism in Our Communities HOSTED BY The Alpha Kappa Alpha So rority 2-4:30 p.m. at Buffalo Public Library 1 Lafayette Square. For more info con tact Alicia Givens atadgiv .

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Free Line Dance Class, Dorothy Collier Community Center, 118 E. Utica, noon –1 p.m., (716)882-0602.

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conflict with national identity, and the love and affection its social bonds naturally gener ate. We believe we are part of the Muslim Ummah in light of our religion, and we are a part of our local societies in light of our citizenry as Afri can Americans. We must call upon that as well as the human relationships we have devel oped in the Buffalo commu nity and throughout the world. We do not believe there is an inherent conflict between reli gious and national identity, so long as one’s country or iden tity does not criminalize reli giosity or curtail the right to practice one’s religion or call to it”. I believe that Africa’s cultural unity and historical continuity do not criminalize Islam, Christianity, Yoruba, or Judaism nor curtail anyone else’s right to practice their faith however Our Creator calls them to do it.


and Buffalo & Erie County Public Library seeking com munity input on a plan to collect and preserve memen tos and oral histories related to the May 14th mass shoot ing. Public info session Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., Also Zoom info session Oct. 12, at 6 p.m: https://tinyurl. com/ZoomBfloMtg .

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A Vacant Land Town Hall Meeting will be held Thurs day Oct. 6 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Matt Urban Center, 1081 Broadway 3rd Floor. The Center’s community-led Vacant Lots Taskforce wants to hear about your experi ence with your vacant lots in your neighborhood.

15Challenger Community News • •October 6, 2022 RENEW LOCAL Erie County Auto Bureau MOBILE MONDAYS at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Branch Library Michael P. Kearns Erie County Clerk Serving East Buffalo Every MONDAY 10:00 A.M. 3:00 P.M. in the Dr. Eva M. Doyle Auditorium Appointments Are Not Required 716 - 858 - 8864 Customers can renew or replace their current New York State driver s license or non driver ID, apply for a standard non Driver ID, renew any vehicle registration, surrender or replace peeling license plates, pay violation penalties, order a title or have any DMV questions answered. In an effort to provide quick, efficient service, not all transaction types can be conducted. CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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16 Challenger Community News • •October 6, 2022
The Historic Unveiling of the African American Veterans Monument
“It is an incredible history. It’s heartbreaking and it’s heartwarming. It’s tragic and it’s magic.”
Congressman Brian Higgins
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The unveiling of the nation’s first of its kind African American Veterans Monument, located at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, took place on a brisk, sunny Saturday Sep tember 24. Hundreds turned out for the long awaited event. We’ll have full coverage in a future edition. Among the speakers, was Congressman Brian Higgins who, in his impressive and heartfelt remarks, summed up the extraordinary journey/history of Black veterans with these simple, yet profound words: “It is an incredible history. It’s heartbreaking and it’s heartwarming. It’s tragic and it’s magic.” On the cover, Ron Bassham, who served in the US Air Force for 22 years and is a decorated solider (Bronze Star for bravery and service in Vietnam) was a member of the Veterans Monument Committee. He is proudly pictured with his daughter and granddaughter at the unveiling. STREET LEGACY PHOTOS BY NAVY VETERAN DARVIN ADAMS

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