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Solidarity Walk in Honor of Brother Neal Dobbins’ Fight to Reduce Gun Violence Page 3

Rochester Sorority Launches Yellow Tea Rose Service Foundation Page 2

Legislator Baskin: “I’m Proud to Endorse India Walton for Mayor!” Page 3

Cultural Center Board Responds to Accusations of Crisis

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From L to R: Trina Duncan, Bridgette Jones Waters, Taneika Thompson, Jessica Lewis, August Dunlop, Torri Cowans, Vanessa Ryland-Buntley.

Rochester Sorority Launches Yellow Tea Rose Service Foundation


he Yellow Tea Rose Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 tax exempt, non-profit organization that serves as the charitable arm of the Theta Omega Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. The Foundation, in collaboration with Theta Omega Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., provides programs and services to the most economically and educationally marginalized members of our community. Through action, education, and service, the foundation seeks to create an equitable Rochester by furthering Sigma Gamma Rho's motto, "Greater Service, Greater Progress." The newly appointed president, Jessica Lewis, said, “The Yellow Tea Rose Foundation is proud to serve the Rochester community to help residents, youth and community members reach their full potential. By centering equity, our work will allow all members of the community to reach selfactualization regardless of race, zip code or circumstance.” You can support the work of the Foundation by making a charitable donation at

Bills Squish the Fish 35-0 in Old Fashion Beat Down


he Bills came out and jumped all over the Dolphins with a two-play 46-yard TD run by Devin Singletary and a Josh Allen to Stefan Diggs TD reception. It’s no accident that scoring is way down in the NFL compared to last season mainly due to live crowds are back in stadiums along with the offense can’t hear the defensive signal no longer. You can see that’s a major difference in the game. The Bills defense was the real story with Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier pitching a shutout with the right calls in order to stop The Dolphins offense. Everybody played well like rookie Greg Rousseau, who became the first Bills rookie since Ed Oliver to record a multi sack performance. Once Rousseau learns the proper techniques of an edge rusher, he could become the franchises next Bruce Smith. We have not been able to say that for over 30 years. The Bills second year defensive back Dane Jackson made a critical stop on a Dolphins fourth and two play by making a shoe string tackle one yard short of the first down. He was subbing for Levi Wallace, who left the game with cramps. Levi got his fifth career interception in the first quarter off Dolphins QB Jacoby Brissett. Everyone on the defensive unit had a good game including former top draft pick AJ Epenesa, who sacked and injured Dolphins fragile QB Tua Tagovailoa. Tua is a good QB, but his body was not made for the punishment given out in the NFL. The Bills offense is now starting to evolve into one where a running game is going to be the key to their future success. Bills offensive Coordinator Brian Dabool must continue to run the ball which will allow Josh Allen to move into play action passes which are more dangerous than the plays he’s been calling for the team. Bills running back Devin Singletary carried the ball only 13 times for 82 yards. Devin Singletary and Zack Moss should be getting the ball more often and how about giving the ball to Singletary at least 20 times Continued Page 12

William Warfield

Warfield Honored at the Eastman School of Music The William Warfield Scholarship Fund along with Thomas Warfield, The Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the City of Rochester, are proud to announce a collaboration honoring William Warfield with a Bronze sculpture and commemorative plaque. The sculpture’s official reveal will be held on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. in the Miller Center Courtyard of the Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs Street.

100 MENTORS ROC Freedom Riders and Compeer Rochester would like to cordially invite you to attend 100 Mentors on Saturday, September 25 at Monroe Square, 259 Monroe Avenue, for an outdoor community event highlighting the power of Black and Latino/a mentorship in Rochester. 100 Mentors is a free community event featuring vendors, activities, food trucks, resources, freebies, a community-wide photo shoot, and a neighborhood bike ride with loaner bikes provided by HOPR Bike and Scooter share. Media professionals will be onsite to capture photographs, videos, and interviews that will be used to help tell stories about the power of mentorship in Black and Latino/a communities. Over a dozen Black and Latino/a vendors will be onsite sharing resources, and selling products. Email:


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AREA BRIEFS Could a Write Down Brown “Stamp” Campaign Be In the Works? After losing his court battle for a party line to appear on the November ballot (The Buffalo Party), Mayor Brown’s campaign is reported to be working on a “Byron Brown” stamp for voters to use to mark their ballots on election Day November 2.

Back To School: Self Care Strategies During Covid The Buffalo Urban League and Erie County Legislator Howard Johnson will host a 3-part weekly series discussion on "Back to School" on the following Wednesdays, 9/29/21, 10/6/21 and 10/13/21 at 6 p.m. Panelists include : Dr. Curlane Jones-Brown, Psychiatrist, Dr. Fred Archer, Pediatrician, Rana Ryan, Clinical Social Worker/Therapist and Melissa Archer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner & Program Coordinator of NY Project Hope at the Buffalo Urban League. “There’s so much misinformation going around. We feel this 3-part Back to School series will help parents make fact based, informed decisions about their children’s health and welfare,” said Buffalo Urban League CEO, Thomas Beauford Jr. “This is a worthwhile conversation to have. This educational series will help to improve the mental health of families and kids in our community,” Erie County Legislator Howard Johnson- District 1. The panel discussion will be held LIVE on Facebook, ZOOM, and the Buffalo Urban League website Any questions or if you need the zoom link, please contact Melissa Archer @ or call 716-579-7984.

Women For Walton Announce Rally To Protest False Campaign Ad Released By Brown Campaign The Women For Walton will hold a brief rally in Niagara Square this Friday, September 24 at 1 p.m. to protest the Brown campaign and the media for continuing to air a false political campaign ad on local TV, even after it has been verified by the media to be untrue. The ad claims that Ms.Walton plans to fire 100 police officers and that women and minorities will be the first fired if she becomes mayor. The truth is Ms. Walton has said repeatedly that she will not , nor has she any intention, of laying off a single Buffalo police officer if elected. The community is welcome to attend!

Legislator April Baskin :

“I’m proud to stand, and proud to endorse India Walton for Mayor!”


he Chairman of the Erie County Legislature, April N.M. Baskin, proudly stepped to the plate Monday and endorsed India Walton for Mayor of the City of Buffalo. Baskin, a respected and highly regarded lawmaker who represents the 2nd Legislative District, is the youngest Chair in history and the only first term Legislator appointed to this position of leadership. “We’ve heard a lot of talk this election season about experience,” Legislaor Baskin began. “They say what’s a candidates experience? Why didn’t she seek more of an entry level office position then work her way up? These were some of the questions that I faced when I ran for office just four years ago. No one knew who I was and many questioned my lack of a traditional path. India Walton (left) and Legslator Baskin. “I never worked for an elected office,” she continued . “And the only political thing that I had done when I ran for office was vote! But I had a wealth of experience when it came to understanding how to survive as a single parent, living on public assistance, and trying to navigate the system and start my own business. This experience set the foundation for me in understanding that government is not just about creating policy. Government, especially local government, is about about building relationships with your elected officials, partners and understanding the struggles and needs of the multitudes. Government, especially local government, needs to break down barriers and make resources acceptable for all. This is the type of experience we need more of in local government.” She cited Walton’s amazing rise as a single mother, “working her way thru parenting, working her way thru school to a sustainable career, becoming a nurse then changing her career path so she can advocate on behalf of all families in our community… We know that India Walton had the same lived experience that we need to lead our city into a place where public safety and healthy living is going to be something that’s guaranteed for all.” Continued Page 5

Solidarity Walk Saturday in Honor of Brother Neal Dobbins' Fight to Reduce Gun Violence


o keep our neighbors safe and unite our city, MVP (Most Valuable Parents) has planned a Solidarity Walk on Saturday, September 25, to honor the late Neal Dobbins (pictured), founder of the Most Valuable Parents of Buffalo and to raise the community’s awareness of two legislative amendments which are hindering efforts to reduce gun violence. The rally/march will start at E. Ferry and Fillmore at 2 p.m and is expected to arrive at the MLK, Jr. monument in MLK Park by 2:55p.m. There will be a few brief remarks from selected members of the community and elected officials. The march will end in prayer by 3:30 p.m. "We must come together and work together to provide services and support for the community at large." Vendors with resources and information for the community will be on site. “We want to provide solutions to the violence in our city!” said Mia-Ayers Goss, Executive Director of MVP. MVP has partnered with Hope Buffalo, a project of CAI Buffalo Office, WNY@Work, Back 2 Basics, SNUG, Stop the Violence Coalition, Church of Scientology, Community Action Organization, Mainstreet Host, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Villa Maria College, Board of Block Clubs, Canisius College, Cold Spring Bible Chapel and a host of others. The community is invited to be a part of this community service event! To donate or volunteer please go to and fill out the contact form, call Mia on 716-335-3640, or send an Email to:

Joseph Boulogne

Le Mozart Noir: The Black Mozart Submitted By Henri Star Muhammad


orn into slavery on the Island of Guadeloupe in 1745, Joseph Boulogne excelled as a youth in his violin studies. When the slave owner took notice of his exceptional musical abilities he was relocated to Paris, France where he became a violin virtuoso, composer, champion fencer and athlete, and military battalion commander in the French Revolution. His music was said to have rivaled that of his contemporaries including Mozart, and he was often referred to as ‘Le Mozart Noir’ or ‘The Black Mozart.’ In an article published in 1990 in the Black Music Research Journal, Gabriel Banat points out that Mozart, who stayed briefly under the same roof as Boulogne may have “borrowed” music from Boulogne, citing remarkable similarities between an excerpt from a Boulogne violin concerto (Op. 7, No. 1) from 1777 and a passage from Mozart’s K. 364, a difficult sequence climbing to the highest register of the instrument, immediately followed by a dramatic dip — but had never appeared Continued Page 5



On My Mind

Simone Biles and the Importance of Self-Care


e recently witnessed an Olympics like no other. There were many thrilling moments like Alysson Felix’s remarkable two gold medal performances and Sydney McLaughlin breaking the world record in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. But the one that stands out to me, was seeing Simone Biles win the bronze medal on the balance beam. For the alltime greatest female gymnasts, this may even seem like she wasn’t at her best. But I beg to differ. What led up to this event is what makes this achievement remarkable. The previous week in her floor routine and vault event, Simone experienced what is described as the “twisties” which is a mental block when an athlete loses their spatial awareness during an intense routine, which could lead to serious injuries. As a result, she made the decision to pull out of competition. "I have to put my pride aside. I have to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being. That’s why I decided to take a step back,” Simone said. "It's OK sometimes to even sit out the big competitions to focus on yourself, because it shows how strong of a competitor and person that you really are, rather than just battle through it. Mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do." This is a profound statement that is a lesson for all of us. What Simone has said is that we need to make our mental health a priority and do what we need to do to take care of ourselves. Also, having someone who has such a high profile speak out on this topic helps to raise awareness and further the dialogue of what has become a front and center issue, especially as a result of COVID and all of its associated effects. What do you do to preserve your mental health? There are many tools that we can employ to improve our emotional wellbeing: exercise, meditation, utilizing our social supports - including family, friends and faith community, incorporating a healthy diet, listening to music, and getting proper sleep, among many more. These are all things that help to support us physically as well. Our minds and bodies are intrinsically connected. You cannot have good physical health without also having good mental health. Ultimately, Simone ended up re-entering the competition and securing the bronze medal thereby truly making her the G.O.A.T. not only because of her contribution to the sport of gymnastics, but also because of how she has shone a light on mental health. What I have discovered is that what Simone is saying is that we must take care of ourselves, otherwise we suffer. And while you (or I) are not an Olympic athlete as Biles said, we’re all human. And by acknowledging this, we can take the necessary steps to become the best version of who we can be.

CHCB Offering Covid-19 Vaccinations

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The Truth About Keto “We should all be eating fruits and vegetables as if our lives depend on it-because they do” -Michael Greger


he Ketogenic diet has grown in popularity in recent years as an effective weight loss method. Despite its popularity, the Ketogenic diet is not a safe or healthy way to lose weight. In fact, it can be quite dangerous to one’s overall health and wellness in the long run. What is the Ketogenic Diet? The Keto diet is a very low carb, high fat diet. You drastically reduce your carb intake and replace carbs with fat such as meat and poultry, fish, eggs, and nuts. The two most popular keto diets are the Standard ketogenic diet (SKD): •70% fat, 20% protein, 10% carbs And the high protein ketogenic diet: •60% fat, 35% protein, 5% carbs The Purpose of Keto The purpose of keto is to put your body into a metabolic state where it burns fat instead of carbohydrates. This is called ketosis and it occurs when the body uses ketone bodies that the liver produces from stored fat instead of carbohydrates. Ketosis can only occur by depriving your body of carbohydrates. This goal is to lose weight quickly and reduce cravings. Why You Should Never Try Keto Carbohydrates are not the enemy and not all carbs are created equal. Complex carbohydrates such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and lentils are the preferred and most efficient energy source for the body. They are packed with vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. The profound benefits of complex carbohydrates on the body are indispensable. Keto requires an almost complete elimination of complex carbs from your diet. It also promotes the consumption of high amounts of fat. Fat from beef, pork, bacon, and eggs, which greatly increase the risk of hypertension, high cholesterol and heart

disease are promoted with Keto. Ultimately, the Keto diet encourages individuals to do the two things one should avoid: consuming animals and animal by products and eliminate complex carbohydrates. The keto diet deprives the body of essential nutrients and to quote famed personal trainer Jillian Michaels when asked about keto, “why would anyone think this is a good idea”. A ketogenic diet has the following risks: •Nutrient deficiencies from not consuming a variety of complex carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables) •Liver problems •Kidney stones •Constipation •Mood swings •High cholesterol •Increased risk of heart disease The ketogenic diet is just another lose weight quick scheme and fad diet that will cause more harm than good in the long run. It is unsafe and unhealthy. Sure, you

may lose weight initially, but the ketogenic diet is not a lifestyle that can be maintained indefinitely. Intermittent Fasting, eating food as close to its natural state as possible with minimal ingredients, and eating a wide

variety of complex carbohydrates will ensure that not only will you maintain a healthy, desired weight, but that you will have longevity when it comes to your health.

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“Just Roll With It” Skate Jam at Canalside! LaLa Woods of La’Movement Fitness has found another way to encourage people to ‘Get Up and Get Active,’ this time with a life-long passion, roller skating. ‘Get Up and Get Active’ (G.U.G.A.) is a slogan that she coined almost ten years ago. LaLa wants everyone, especially children to find fun and innovative ways to move their

bodies daily. On Saturday September 25 from 3– 7p.m. the “Just Roll With It” Skate Jam will take place at the Canalside

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“I’ve only been elected for four years, but in four years time I’ve seen women do some really, really amazing work in local government. “I know It’s going to take a woman to help Buffalo to reach its potential, I know that in order for us as a city to celebrate all of the victories that we’ve had, and improve in areas where we need improvement, we’re going to have to elect our first female mayor to get that done. That is why today I’m proud to stand, and proud to endorse India Walton for mayor and for those that continue to question her experience here’s one thing that I can honestly and confidently say, India Walton has experienced what it’s like to live in this city like us all….” “April is a person I admire so much, and I am proud and honored to receive her endorsement,” replied India. Their stories, she continued are similar. “…divorced single mom trying to make it. But rising to the occasion because we know what the problems of our community are because we’ve experienced them ourselves .” As leaders, she pledged, “ We are going to prioritize family, reduce childhood poverty and forge a real working relationship between our city and our county government to best serve our constituents. We’re going to make a safe and healthy Buffalo for all.” Moving forward Ms. Walton said her team will work just as hard going into November as they did during the primary which resulted in her historic win. “Nothing is easy and I take nothing for granted. We’re going to continue to run a strong campaign…It didn’t matter to us either way if he (Mayor Brown) was on the ballot or not. We’re going to run our campaign and our campaign centers around informing our voters and building the relationship necessary to be able to govern affectively come January.”

Roller Rink (registration is required) and is Free and open to the Public . “Just Roll With It” a first of its kind roller skating clinic for girls, sponsored by WNY Girls in Sports is currently underway and will culminate with the first annual family skate jam. The JRWI event at canalside this weekend will be free to the public, from 3pm to 7pm. Guests must register in order to participate. There will be free skate rental, games, and food trucks, along with a ceremony recognizing the participants of the skate clinic. Roller Skating has deep roots in the African American Community and has become a remerging theme for everyone at La’Movement Fitness. The popularity of roller skating has grown across the country, especially through the pandemic, but in the African American community it has always been more than just something trendy to do.


in Mozart’s work until then. Classical Music is one of the only musical art forms where you rarely see Black, Latino, and people of color performing in virtuosic settings. However, the hidden history is that we were always present as master performers, composers, and those who excelled to the top of this genre. The story of Le Chevalier de Saint Georges being born into slavery, yet rising to become a master of the violin and classical music is a story we hope to bring life in our performance of his music. Under the direction of musical director Christopher Weber, the Camerata di Sant Antonio Chamber Orchestra will present a program featuring the works of various black classical composers including William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Florence Price, and others. Friday, October 8 at Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 pm); 641 Masten Avenue, on the corners of Masten, Northland, and Main Street. (See Page 9)




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Macedonia Baptist Church to Celebrate 100th Church Anniversary Prayer In The Park Amherst! The Macedonia Baptist Church located at 237 East North St., Rev. Julian Armand Cook, Sr. Pastor, will celebrate its 100th Year Anniversary, Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. Guest preacher, Rev. Andrew J. Hunt, Jr., Pastor of the Liberty Baptist Church, Chicago, IL. Pastor Hunt graduated Cum Laude from Morehouse College in 1994, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He received the University of Illinois Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1997. And In June 2001, he received his Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago. Pastor Hunt has also received numerous honors and awards including induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, and acknowledged by the Chicago area Morehouse Alumni Chapter as a notable alumnus. Pastor Hunt is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He and his wife Chyna Hunt have two daughters - Drew and Shannon . Pictured Rev. Cook (L) and Rev. Hunt

Prayer In The Park Ministry Of Buffalo, Niagara Falls is Now in Amherst, New York! "Every Setback Is A Setup For A Miraculous Comeback - Part 7 Haggai 2:4 Nlt - But now the Lord says; "Be strong, all you left in the land. And now, get to work for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven's Armies... PLEASE JOIN US: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 from 7:00 A.M. UNTIL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 at 7:00 A.M. AT 2021 GENESEE STREET. The host of Prayer In The Park Ministry is Minister/Pastor Wanda L. Strong Howard. Guests include The City Of Praise Church; Bishop Quincy Boyd, Senior Servant; Family & Friends Prayer Ministry; Sis. Rhonda Mingo and others. Call In For Prayer (716) 715-1969, (716) 533-3807 , (716) 603-9564. Zoom And Facebook Live" Please Call In For Information.


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​​Agape AME Church 52nd Anniversary!

“On Our Way To Jesus" Extravaganza

The Agape AME Church will celebrate its 52nd Anniversary on Sunday, September 26, at 12:00 Noon. The service will include a guest preacher, guest singers and a special dedication of the Agape Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to attend this Anniversary service! A special invitation is also extended to former members of Agape to celebrate 52 The Niagara Falls Church years! Come and be blessed! Agape AME Church is located of Christ will host an “On at 224 Northland Avenue (near Lonsdale), Buffalo. Our Way To Jesus ExtravaRev. Willie Pulliam is Pastor. ganza” Sunday October 3 thru October 10 at the Niagara Arts & Cultural CenUrban Christian Ministries 51st Anniversary Banquet ter, 1201 Pine Avenue in UCM will be formally celebrating its 51st Anniversary with Niagara Falls. There will be a banquet to be held at 6pm on Saturday, October 2, at the musical performances each evening. Classics V Banquet Center at 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd. Speakers and artistic performances include the Corrie Walker Singers (Oct. 8); song leaders Ronald Walker and Hamilton Landrum; guest speakers Jack Evans of Dallas, Texas and Lonnie Johnson former NFL player; “Wings,” a musical play written and directed by Geannetta Bennett; and Pastoring Shepherds Rev. Herschel Walker and Dr. James Lawrence. Ed Cornelius is Minister Emeritus. For more information contact HWalkerPreacher@ or call (716)2856534.

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BUFFALO FEDERATION OF NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS CONNECTION TO AMERICAN HISTORY The New Westminster Community House Has a History of Assisting Immigrants and African Americans Was your family part of History? Were you or family members impacted by the services provided at the Westminster Community House located at 419 Monroe Street in Buffalo, NY? We want to hear from you. We would like to include your family history as part of the Westminster Community House historical story. Please send an email to pr@ . For over 125 years, the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers (BFNC) has impacted diverse ethnic groups through their Settlement House inspired programs. The Westminster Community House and the Neighborhood House, located in the Fruitbelt, continue to embrace the settlement house tradition by providing the care and services that assist community members with overcoming life obstacles. -A COMMUNITY INVITEThe Westminster Community House and surrounding properties has been transformed at 419 Monroe St. into the Westminster Commons, a four-story building featuring 84 apartments for adults aged 55 and up.The public is invited to an open house celebration on Friday, October 15 from Noon until 4 pm. The Buffalo Region is invited to learn more about the Community House history and how the agency has embraced the changing demographics and community needs to reimagine the Settlement House model. The Open House will include several activities, introduction of current services, refreshments and a tour of the renovated Community House that now includes a health center, an Evans Bank branch, a salon, and several services to assist community members. About Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers (BFNC): We are here to assist community members with overcoming life obstacles. BFNC has over 125 years of serving the Buffalo community and providing a safety-net of human services to assist residents with mental illness, substance abuse, affordable housing and financial training and tax assistance. We also provide quality youth programming and services that assist and provide guidance as they create their paths to


his year’s artwork for the annual John Coltrane celebration, co-presented by the Burchfield Penney Art Center and Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective, was designed by artist Julia Bottoms.

Releasing his first project titled #4Ant in early 2020 as an honorary project fully dedicated to his brother, the work was a strong introduction to Brother Tom Sos’s sound for many of his now dedicated listeners. The 4 – track EP not only displayed his witty wordplay, but also his artistic explorations through r&b, hip-hop, and gospel.

Dropping 2 more EPs during 2020 (Big Brother, Modus Vivendi) catapulted the rising artist into Buffalo’s limelight. In a matter of a year, the rapper has been featured on major regional platforms like Buffalo Rising, Music is Art Festival, and Creative Mornings, propagating his message of hope and strength through rap. "The influence that music carries…it has the power to make or break one’s life. And I feel like with my music- I want it to kind of come with the big brother effect,” mentioned Brother Tom Sos. Often referencing “the big brother effect,” Brother Tom Sos’s main goal with his music is to uplift his listeners while still relating to them. As someone who grew up in rougher parts of Buffalo, the rising lyricist wants to create a “space of motivation” for “Buffalo’s dreamers.” With plans to drop an EP each month starting next month, a clothing line in the works, and a single with well-known vocalists Lindsay Niccs and Jesse Ray Miller titled “Beyond” that dropped last week, Brother Tom Sos hopes to connect with young people through his music and honor his brother’s legacy. Listen to Brother Tom Sos on all streaming platforms and follow him on social media platforms at @BrotherTomSos. Follow Schondra Aytch online

Kelly’s Knitch Official Launch & Fashion Show

The official launch and fashion show for Kelly’s Knitch “your fashion boutique on wheels,” will be held on Sunday, September 26 at the George Urban Mansion, 280 Pine Ridge Rd. Enjoy Food by Nekia’s Kitchen, music by DJ King Shad and live music by Darryl Brown. Ticket are $35 and available on @ ”It’s My Time” or at Black Monarchy, 527 W. Utica St. Call 918504-4322 for more information.

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Curtis Lundy & Umoja with Emilio Modeste, Wallace Roney, Jr.













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A SUNY Buffalo State graduate, her portraiture work above Artist Julia Bottoms and to the seeks to explore right her iteration of Coltrane for this themes of race, iden- years official 2021 Celebration poster. tity, and representation among people of color. Often reimagining portrayals of Black men to emphasize vulnerability, sensitivity, and complex emotional expressions, Julia’s accomplishments are wide ranging. Her portraits have been featured in exhibitions, including Contemporary Portraiture at the Burchfield Penney. You can explore her outdoor imagination in several public art projects including the AlbrightKnox’s The Freedom Wall, East Delavan Library Project and ArtWorks Cincinnati Mural Project. Her artwork can also be seen on walls in two episodes of the highly rated HBO Insecure series. When discussing her artistry, Bottoms stated, “The goal now is more along the lines of shining a spotlight on people of color and telling the truth about who we are.” “It’s an honor to have Julia’s creative brilliance color what has grown to be a highly popular, much-anticipated poster series collected by art and jazz enthusiasts,” said Renata Toney, Burchfield Penney marketing communications manager. “We thank Leah Hamilton Associate Publisher of The Challenger News for her ongoing guidance and expansive network in sourcing talented artists for this project.” Coltrane 2021 limited edition posters are on sale now in the Burchfield Penney Museum Store during hours of operation; all four in the collection can be purchased for a bundled, discounted rate. Tickets for the majestic Annual Coltrane Celebration September 24-25, 2021, featuring Tia Fuller and the George Caldwell trio; and Curtis Lundy & Umoja featuring Emilio Modeste, Walter Roney, Jr., T.C. the 3rd, Terreon Gully and George Caldwell can be purchased at www. Also on September 25 11am is the Tia Fuller Saxophone Clinic co-presented by Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective as part of the two-day festival open to elementary, high school and college students with ID . You can read more about this years celebration online at

Black Soprano Family Fall Festival Music Showcase! Saturday September 25 6-10pm at the Showplace Theatre 1065 grant Street. Admission to the showcase is $20. Tickets can be purchased in advance at ticketweb. com This is a 21+ age event.



Brother Tom Sos photo Alexander Harold

September 24–25, 2021

Her rendering of the iconic saxophonist is featured in all promotional branding including a commemorative poster, the fourth in the award-winning series. She now joins the ranks of artists Philip Burke, Stacey Robinson and Edreys Wajed in the Coltrane collection.

Taking on his artist name after his 16-year old brother was killed in 2019, much of Brother Tom Sos’s music is in commemoration to his brother – who was his biggest fan and encouraged him to pursue rap music early.

Schondra Aytch


by Nick Householder


A rapper, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, Tommy Summage – who goes by Brother Tom Sos – is sharing something different in his music. Mixing street tales with stories of faith, hope, and wisdom, the rising artist is building a unique sound and appeal that is sharing a new perspective for Buffalo’s hip-hop scene.

The Two Day Celebration is September 24-25 at Burchfield Penney

T.C. the 3rd, Terreon Gully, and George Caldwell

Brother Tom Sos – Sharing Something Different In His Music

Artist Julia Bottoms Designs 2021 Coltrane Celebration Artwork

Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Collective


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Tia Fuller & the George Caldwell Trio with Sean Jefferson and Jeff Campbell


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Discover the World of Afrofuturism at CEPA Gallery: Ascension of Black Stillness on View The Center for Exploratory & Perceptual Arts (CEPA) is excited to announce the opening of a new exhibition, Ascension of Black Stillness, in collaboration with guest curator and artist Stacey Robinson, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Le Mozart Noir Featuring Henri Star Muhammad and the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio Chamber Orchestra Concert Violinist and Maestro Henri Star Muhammad and Buffalo’s Camerata di Sant’ Antonio Chamber Orchestra will join together to present the music of one of Classical Music’s most prolific Black composers, Joseph Boulogne, also known as Le Chevalier de Saint Georges, or ‘Le Mozart Noir’ (The Black Mozart); The Concert will take place Friday, October 8 at 7 pm in the glorious sanctuary of Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church in Buffalo, 641 Masten Avenue, on the corners of Masten, Northland, and Main Street in Buffalo. Henri Star Muhammad is a Concert Violinist, Conductor, Composer/Arranger, Studio Recording Artist, Author, Scholar, and Master Violin Instructor. Admission is a Free will offerings accepted to benefit the Muhammad School of Music .

Ascension of Black Stillness will be a multimedia exhibition with the common thread of Afrofuturism. “Afrofuturism, (a genre of multimedia practice that merges the arts and sciences through sciencefiction and fantasy) looks at speculating Black futures through examining past and present cultural phenomena," said Stacey Robinson, graphic design professor and guest curator of the ambitious show. “This exhibition consists of 10 multimedia artist’s collections that look at Afrofuturist philosophy through a multi-lens discipline. As an exhibition the works can tell a variety of stories that imagine parallel universes, alternate realities, and what-if scenarios that stem specifically through the idea of still photography and its alterations. With media consisting of holograms, motion graphics, animation, and print images the exhibition will highlight various conversations Black artists are having about the need for agency in actualizing our own liberated futures”, Robinson stated. The repurposing and reimagining of still images act as a recontextualization of oral and visual traditions that center Black agency through narrative storytelling. Exhibition catalogs are available for purchase. CEPA will be hosting various free programs for people of all ages to take a deeper dive into the work and explore the theory of Afrofuturism and how it intertwines with art. CEPA thanks The Joy of Giving Something, Erie County Cultural Funding, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Booksmart Studio, Inc. for their Artist and Guest Curator generous support in putting toStacey Roinson gether this exhibition. Go to to schedule viewing and more info.


Hip-hop pioneer is in residence at UB, working with university students for the first time in his groundbreaking career.


randmaster Flash, one of the virtuoso creators of hip-hop and leader of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the genre’s first act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be in residence at the University at Buffalo this fall. He will direct the next Working Artists Lab as part of a full semester of hip-hop inspired programming presented by the university’s Arts Collaboratory. As hip-hop approaches its 50th birthday, the UB Arts Collaboratory is celebrating the birth of a movement that has left an indelible mark on music, dance, visual art, fashion, literature and film. The centerpiece of the AC’s latest Grandmaster Flash Working Artists Lab is the residency of hip-hop royalty Grandmaster Flash, the Bronx native universally recognized as one of the genre’s originators and innovators. “The residency at UB gives me a chance to tell hip-hop’s whole story. The sights. The sounds. The places and the moments,” says Grandmaster Flash. “It’s important that we get this history right. For the next generation to take music and art in new directions, they have to know where that music and art came from, who made it and how." Grandmaster Flash’s semester-long UB residency includes collaborations with UB and Buffalo State Students, area artists, DJs, musicians and dancers. Students will engage with one of the masters of hip-hop through a variety of classes, workshops and private sessions. The residency will conclude with a presentation by participants utilizing various mediums, including storytelling, art and performance. -RSVP For The Following Classes Friday, October 1 Grandmaster Flash Master Class, followed by Outside Influence with ToneyBoi and Grandmaster Flash. 12pm-3pm UB Center for the Arts Drama Theatre RSVP: Saturday, October 2 Grandmaster Flash Hip-Hop People, Places & Things Film installation 11am-4pm and 4pm Artists Talk Torn Space Theater RSVP for Artists Talk: Film installation is available for walk-in until 4pm.


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2021 Black Achievers Awards To Honor Outstanding Citizens!

The Haiti Support Project Condemns Mass Deportation of Haitians The first of thousands of Haitian migrants have been deported from a makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas where up to 10,000 have camped under and around a bridge there.Haitian officials have urged the U.S. to stop the flights because the country is in crisis and cannot handle the mass return of homeless deportees..


lack Achievers, Inc. will host another exciting virtual awards program this year! Last year the iconic gala went virtual and it was an overwhelming success. Viewers around the nation and in several countries watched the virtual program which honored 30 Black Achievers. This year the organization's virtual event will be streamed across multiple social media platforms and broadcast locally. The 2021 Awards Celebration will honor 40 exceptional individuals who have distinguished themselves in a variety of ways. Black Achievers, Inc. will also present special awards to a group of outstanding people who have had eminent careers - Five Black Achievers Special Awards and three Community, Health & Wellness Awards. The 49th Annual Black Achievers Virtual Awards Celebration will begin streaming on Saturday, October 2, Red Carpet Show 6:00 p.m./ Ceremony 7:00 p.m. on the Black Achievers website ( and on Sunday, October 3rd at 5:00 p.m. on WKBW-TV Channel 7. The Black Achievers event will also be streamed on all social media platforms including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, WKBW. com/live and Live Stream. This year’s awardees and their sponsors include:

•Aletha O’steen-Woods, Roswell Park Cancer Center • Hon. April Baskin, Colston Enterprises •Brielynn Bell, Wegman's •Cynthia R. Bass, Erie County Medical Center •Damian Woodall, Keybank •Dr. Jacob A. Gayle, Dr. Kenneth Gayles •Kenyani Davis Md, Mph, Belmont Management Co. •Dr. Timothy Adams, Dr. Kenneth Gayles •Emry Moore, Highmark Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of WNY •Gail V. Wells, Challenger Community News •Gregory ”Chip” Russ West Herr Auto Group ̆•Jessica Robinson Community Services For Every1 •Jill Mitchell-Jones,GHD

India Walton (L) and Kim Beaty.

Go India! Go Kim!


2021 Black Achievers Awardees •Joan Cofield Bridges •Quinton Smith, Sr Buffalo News Drescher Malecki Llp •Joanna Lonell Wingo •Rashied H. McDuffie Colston Enterprises Power 96.5 FM/Wufo 1080 •Jocelyn O’Steen AM Tops Friendly Markets •Kinzer Mark Pointer •Johnathan Graves Bellamy Enterprises Northwest Bank •Rhonda Star Packer •Joshua Johnson Sinatra & Co. La Nova Pizzeria •Rhonda Wilson •Kimberly Brown Audacy - Am 1400 Evergreen •Robert L. Griffin, Jr. •Kelly Dockery NFTA M&T Bank •Kimberly L. Johnson Design, Development & •Samuel Borbor-Sawyer Compliance, Inc. Philips Lytle Llp •Latoshia Hubert •Shannon McCargo People Inc. Bank Of America •Lisa D. King •Shari Curry Thomas T. Edwards Funeral Kaleida Health Home, Inc. Stephen Tucker •Marcus Dunn Bankonbuffalo Five Star Bank •Martha Rogers •Terry Lee Hamilton Evans Bank SoPark •Mercedes E. Wilson •Toni L. Vazquez WKBW-TV Dr. Kenneth Gayles •Michelle A. Martin •Tuona Batchelor Koester Associates T. Batchelor Consultants


Darren L. Martin Homecoming Award

Mark C. Poloncarz Senior Citizen Service Award

Jacquelyn Bellamy Copeland Irene Bellamy Musician's Award

Thomas Beauford, Jr. Mayor's Youth Award

Dr. Raul Vazquez, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. Community Health Award

Steve Tybor, III

Community Service Award

s most of you know, I am supporting Kimberly Beaty for Erie County Sheriff and India Walton for Mayor of the City of Buffalo. Over the past several months, voters have asked me why I made a decision early on, to support these two candidates who were running without the endorsement of the Democratic Party. I, as a Black woman in politics, have not been endorsed by the Erie County Democratic Party almost as much as I have been endorsed. Being female is sometimes a difficult hurtle to overcome in this maledominated Erie County/ Buffalo political arena. Now add, as it is in Kimberly Beaty's and India Walton's cases, their ethnicity to the gender pool and you have candidates that, even though they both are as qualified as any of their opponents, certain persons are still going to see gender and skin color and then use that as an excuse not to vote for either one of them. India Walton may have an easier time due to the fact that the mayor she is trying to succeed is African American. But then, when there are nine Buffalo Common Councilmembers and none of them is a female, it may be that both India and Kimberly will have to work extra hard to ensure that voters look at their qualifications before they look at the humanity that houses those qualities. During the June, Democratic Primary, and to the surprise of many, my two Black,



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he Haiti Support Project (HSP) has condemned the brutal treatment and mass deportation of Haitian migrants who have gathered at the Texas border seeking refuge from the devastation of the recent earthquake, a series of hurricanes and tropical storms and a deepening political crisis following the mysterious assassination of President Jovenel Moise two months ago. Plagued for decades by grinding poverty, Haiti’s economy has virtually ground to a halt as a result of the natural disasters and chronic political instability. Kidnappings and turf wars between rival gangs have also terrorized the population. Taken together, these cruel living conditions have spurred yet another exodus from Haiti by people desperate for a safe place for their families only to be further brutalized by U.S. Border Patrol Agents. “We are absolutely outraged by the images of Haitians being herded and whipped like cattle” complained Dr. Ron Daniels, Founder of HSP. “In the minds of African Americans, it conjures up traumatic images of water hoses turned on Black children in Birmingham and horses trampling protesters on the Edmund Pettis Bridge. No human being should be brutalized like this. It must stop immediately.” HSP is demanding an immediate halt to the mass deportation of Haitians and the granting of Temporary Protective Status. The Haiti Support Group, founded by Dr. Ron Daniels, HSP is calling on Congressman Gregory Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, who has taken a particular interest in resolving the political crisis in Haiti, to mobilize the Congressional Black Caucus, Civil Rights and Human Rights leaders to support the demand for Temporary Protective Status and Humanitarian Assistance to Haiti. In the meanwhile, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley of Boston, Co-Chair of the House Haiti Caucus and Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez of New York are also appealing to the Biden Administration to immediately halt deportations and take urgent action to provide massive support to assist the Haitian people in the wake of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti last month. “The Biden Administration cannot claim it is doing everything it can to support the Haitian community while continuing to unjustly deport Haitians as the island weathers its worst political, public health and economic crises yet,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “We have a moral obligation to lead with compassion. That means immediately halting the cruel and callous deportations of our Haitian neighbors and leveraging every resource available to support those fleeing the humanitarian crisis on the island.”

“Seeking asylum by individuals who may be facing prosecution, imprisonment and even death because of political affiliation or membership in racial, national, sexual or religious groups is a recognized requirement under international law. That the Biden administration has ordered federal authorities to mass deport thousands of Haitians, which will probably have the effect of driving many of them who will resist deportation back into Mexico and Central and South America, is both unprecedented in its scope and fundamentally racist.” -Ajamu Baraka, national organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP).


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Support The Endorsed Democratic Nominee For Mayor!


Campaign News From Assorted Media Outlets...

We included coverage of the mayor’s race produced by other media outlets in our newsletter Sunday. Here’s a recap, starting with a sew story posted Monday morning in City and State NY by Justin Sondel, an occasional contributor to investigative Post, including this story that published last week. Justin’s piece for City and State, written for a statewide audience, recaps developments since the waning days of the Democratic primary in June and brings us forward to today. Of particular interest are comments from Larry Quinn, a developer who is supporting Mayor Byron Brown, and India Walton, who articulates her intentions for development if she’s elected. The Intercept has also posted a story written from a broad perspective on the mayor’s race. The story is based, in part, on reporting by Investigative Post and Rob Galbraith of the Buffalo-based Public Accountability Initiative. It’s a good read that covers a lot of ground and connects a lot of dots. A WGRZ story by Steve Brown took apart a Brown campaign commercial that claims India Walton’s plan to redirect a portion of funding presently earmarked for the police department would result in the layoff of 100 police officers. Good fact checking. And then there’s The Buffalo News. Rod Watson put Walton’s proposed 3 percent tax increase into context. Watson’s column appeared the day after a News editorial took Walton to task for her proposed tax increase. In that editorial, The News repeated Brown’s claim that the 3 percent increase in the tax rate would cost the owner of a house assessed at $100,000 an extra $300 a year. Wrong. The increase would come to $30. (The online version of the editorial had not been corrected as of this writing. That’s six days and counting.) This is the same editorial board that in June advocated the elimination of all minor parties from the ballot in New York state — voters should only have a choice between Republicans and Democrats — but then last week applauded Brown’s placement on the ballot as a minor party candidate thanks to the errant rulings by U.S. District Judge John Sinatra and State Supreme Court Justice Paul Wojtaszek. The paper’s logic: only 20 percent of voters turned out for the June primary. Left unsaid: Brown won his 2013 primary with an identical 20 percent turnout. And no, The News in 2013 did not call for the primary loser to get another crack at Brown in the November general election. Investigative Post is a non-profit investigative reporting center serving Buffalo and Western New York. To send tips to "Campaign Notes" email To read more go to

Dear Editor: The power of Greed and Power: By now, you can see very clearly how the Buffalo political machine (Black and White) is coming down on India Walton; a men’s world out to gun down a woman. Don’t allow it dear to happen! editor Let us do the patriotic thing to protect Buffalo democracy: Support and vote for India Walton on Nov. 2nd to make her the first female Mayor of Buffalo, NY. Let’s make history together! Do not allow anyone to buy your vote! You are more than that! Alberto O. Cappas, Member Pushing Latinos Forward

Peace and Healing Circle a Success! On August 25 the Community Health Center of Buffalo, under the leadership of Dr. LaVonne Ansari, hosted a Peace and Healing Circle: Listening to the Voices of Our People. In attendance were staff from the Community Health Center as well as youth Baba from the "Y.O. New York Program" unENG der the leadership of Tracy Craig and Kali Williams. Karima Amin and I were co-keepers of the Circle and according to African tradition, Karima blessed the Circle with libation and a story about the importance of remembering who we are and where we came from. The entire atmosphere was designed to welcome our youth and community people and cause them to feel safe and welcomed. By God's Grace and the will of our Ancestors, we were able to listen to our young people along with the adults, as we talked about Violence, Drugs, Sex and Belonging. God willing, we will continue to hold these Circles at the Community Health Center here in Buffalo and will begin to hold them in Niagara Falls as well. We would like to thank everyone: Alnisa Banks of the Challenger and the Merriweather Family of the Buffalo Criterion for their support of our work along with everyone else involved in making this event a success. The three hour circle concluded with participants stating that they felt, "nourished," "energized," "peaceful," "at home," and "thankful." Looking forward to seeing you at our next Peace and Healing Circle. Stay tuned for an important upcoming date. GRANT COLUMN continued from page 10 won their respective races and made history as, not only the first Black but the first woman, to be the democratic nominee for Erie County Sheriff and Mayor of Buffalo, NY. I am feeling good about both of their chances to pull out an election win in November. I know that they are working hard to earn your support and hopefully, your vote. For numerous elections, over the years, Black women have been the deciding factor in democratic victories in local, state and national campaigns. I believe it is time for our political party to let us know they appreciate our collective bloc of voting 1st class for a party that sometimes wants to treat us as 2nd class party members. But hopefully, they will make amends and help get these two dynamic women elected on the November 2nd, Democratic Line. Go Kimberly Beaty, Go India Walton. Community, Vote Democratic Line A- All The Way!


-Open Letter-

Cultural Center Board Responds to Accusations of Crisis


ver the past 64 years the African American Cultural Center (AACC) has been a beacon of hope, inspiration, and education for our community. Beginning with Malcolm Erni, through the passing of our beloved Agnes Bain last year, the center has been a gatekeeper for generations of our youth, developing their life skills and knowledge about the importance and impact of our culture in their development and success. Today the Board of Directors wants the community to know that its dedication and commitment to this mission is not in jeopardy considering the unfounded and unwarranted accusations that the AACC is in crisis. We are not in crisis and have been revaluating the Center’s needs and operations to strengthen and expand its programs, financial sustainability and develop a badly needed new building. In the past six months decisions have been made to finalize a strategic plan, seek additional funding, and improve administrative operations. Many of these decisions required re-evaluations of existing policies and staff especially at the managerial level. As a result, the Board has decided to conduct a search for a new Executive Director that has the vision and expertise in the performing and cultural arts to take the Center to a new level. While the search is taking place Jackie Mines will serve as the Interim Executive Director. Ms. Mines has served on the AACC Board and has extensive experience in managing community-based organizations. During the past year the void left by the passing of Agnes Bain coupled with the Covid 19 pandemic presented tremendous challenges for keeping the Center open. Although the transition has been difficult, we have come through these tough times this year with a successful, Pine Grill Reunion in August, reopening of the Paul Robeson Theater, and the restarting of our summer youth and afterschool programs. The drum and dance programs have been very active and key activities for this fall include Octoberfest, and the finalizing of the planning and development for the new cultural center. Because many of you will continue to have questions about the AACC’s status, we will provide more information and reports about our new plan of action and progress over the coming months. Please be reassured that the AACC is alive and well, moving forward and preparing for the future. -The Board of Directors, African American Cultural Center

TERRENCE D. McKELVEY Attorney at Law 181 Franklin Street Suite #301 Buffalo, New York 14202

12 "Prisoners Are People Too" In Person Meetings Return! The monthly in-person meetings for Prisoners Are People Too will return Monday September 27 from 7-9 p.m. at the CAO Masten Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Avenue at Glenwood with your hosts Karima Amin and BaBa Eng. The meetings feature guest speakers, video presentations and spoken word. Your Mask is Required!

RADNEY/BILLS UPDATE continued a game. He had 6.3 yards per rush in Sunday’s game. I had people asking me all the time last season: “What’s wrong with Bills running game?” I always respond , “nothing is wrong it’s just that OC Brian Daboll refuses to run the ball more in games.” The Bills have run the ball very well just not enough, but it’s becoming quite clear that Josh Allen can’t carry a team like he did last season in those empty stadiums. He needs help with a consistent running game because in the 2021 NFL season Bills won’t make it to playoff on Allen’s arm alone. Said Bills offensive lineman Dion Dawkins: “We’re working together as a unit and more reps the better we will become.” Bills Safety Micah Hyde commented: “You don’t want to get too high or too low of winning and losing each week; flush it on Monday and get ready for your next opponent.” Prediction: I see the Bills becoming a more well-balanced offense starting this week against a tough defensive front in Washington Football Team. Bills will win 24 -10 with too much Bills defense making key plays and forcing Washington QB Tyler Heinicke into turnovers.

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MICHIGAN STREET BAPTIST CHURCH STRUCTURAL REHABILITATION Advertisement for Bidders Sealed proposals for the Structural Rehabilitation will be received by the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition in Michigan Street Baptist Church, 511 Michigan Street, Buffalo, New York, UNTIL ELEVEN O’CLOCK A.M. LOCAL TIME on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 where they will be publicly opened and read. Proposals may be hand delivered or mailed to the aforesaid office. Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition and Foit-Albert Associates assume no responsibility for Proposals that are not delivered by the scheduled opening. Contract documents may be examined beginning Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in the offices of FoitAlbert Associates, 295 Main Street, Suite 201, Buffalo, NY, 14203, where digital copies will be made available upon a non-refundable deposit of FIFTY DOLLARS ($50.00) per set. Checks shall be made payable to Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition. Any questions on this project should be referred to: Deborah Siener, RA Foit-Albert Associates (716) 856-3933 A MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING is scheduled for Monday, September 27, 2021 at 4 pm at the Michigan Street Baptist Church, 511 Michigan Street, Buffalo, NY. BIDDERS MUST SUBMIT WITH THEIR BID OF A CONTRACT A STATEMENT INDICATING THAT THEY WILL WORK TOWARD A MINORITY WORKFORCE GOAL OF 13% AND A WOMEN WORKFORCE GOAL OF 17%. IN ADDITION, A STATEMENT MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THEIR BID OF A CONTRACT INDICATING THAT THE BIDDER WILL WORK TOWARD A BUSINESS UTILIZATION GOAL FOR MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE OF 13% AND WOMEN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE OF 17%. This project is being funded in part by a grant from the State of New York (NYS). It is the policy of NYS to encourage the greatest possible participation of minority and womenowned business enterprises in State funded projects. The Contractor, by bidding on the contract, acknowledges his/her understanding and support for this policy and pledges to fully cooperate with Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition in meeting NYS requirements as set forth in the Bidding and Contract Documents. This project is in part funded by an Environmental Protection Fund grant from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation through Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1993. Under article 15A, Executive Law, the State of New York is committed to providing Minority and Women Owned Business (MWBE) equal opportunity to participate in government contracts. The following goals have been set for this project: 13% Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and 17% Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE). The successful bidder may be required to furnish reports showing the participation of various business enterprises of subcontractors and suppliers on the contract. Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition has been and will continue to be an equal opportunity organization. All qualified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WMBE) suppliers, contractors, and/ or businesses will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual preference or Vietnam Era Veterans Status. Bids must be submitted in accordance with the instructions con-

tained in the Information for Bidders. Security will be required for each bid in the form of a certified check payable to Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition, in amount of not less than five per cent (5%) of the total bid, or by Bid Bond in the amount of not less that ten per cent (10%) of the total bid. Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition reserves the right to waive any and all informalities in and reject any or all bids submitted. Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition has been and will continue to be an equal opportunity organization. All qualified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) suppliers, contractors and/ or businesses will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual preference or Vietnam Era Veterans Status. Lillie Wiley-Upshaw Chair Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition



NFTA Procurement Invitation to Bid

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Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company AP Health and Wellness LLC. Date of filing of Articles of Organization with the NY Dept. of State: 08/02/2021. Office of the LLC: 128 Tomcyn Dr. Williamsville,NY 14221. Erie County. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of process to the LLC at 128 Tomcyn Dr. Williamsville,NY 14221. Purpose of LLC:Any lawful purpose. Sept 16, 23, 30 Oct 7,14,21 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Behar Doula Services, LLC’s Arts of Org were filed by the NY Dep’t of State on 8/26/21. Its office location is Erie County. Its purpose is any lawful purpose. NY’s Sec’y of State is designated as agent upon whom process may be served. The Sec’y shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 86 Sharon Pkwy, Lackawanna, NY 14218 Sept 16, 23, 30 Oct 7,14,21 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Alive Christian Bookstore and Center, LLC. Date of filing of Articles of Organization with the NY Department of State: May 12, 2021. Office of LLC: Erie County: Street Address of Principal Office is 2275 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14214. The NYS Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. The address to which process shall be mailed is Gordon W. Sweat, 2275 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214. Purpose of LLC: Any lawful purpose . Sept 16, 23, 30 Oct 7,14,21

LEGAL NOTICE Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Public Consultation Meeting Pursuant to federal regulation 49 C.F.R. Part 26, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is seeking comments on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and goals for the Authority. In establishing the DBE goal, the federal regulations require that NFTA consult with stakeholders, which include, minority, women’s and general contractor groups, community organizations and other officials or organizations which may have information concerning availability of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged businesses, the effects of discrimination on opportunities for DBE’s, and efforts to increase DBE participation. NFTA is providing stakeholders an opportunity to share their views by participating in an open stakeholder meeting to be held as follows: Location: NFTA 181 Ellicott Street 1st Floor Conference Room Buffalo, NY 14203 Virtual: Microsoft Teams Meeting Date: September 30, 2021 Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am Please RSVP by: 4:00 PM on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 by calling (716) 855-7486. Or by emailing If you are unable to make the in person meeting it will be offered virtually via Microsoft Teams. Please contact the office at (716) 855-7486 for the Microsoft Teams information to be forwarded to you. If unable to attend the meeting noted above, comments may also be made by emailing the EEO/Diversity Development Department at to September 30, 2021

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company H & G United Holdings LLC. Date of filing of Articles of Organization with the NY Department of State: February 17, 2016. Office of LLC: Erie County: Street Address of Principal Office is 2518 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14215. The NYS Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. The address to which process shall be mailed is Trazell L Harris, 2518 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215. Purpose of LLC: Any lawful purpose. Sept 16, 23, 30 Oct 7,14,21

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company SUNROOM SALA LLC. Filed with the SSNY on 11/02/2020. Office of the Legalinc Corporate Services Inc.1967 Wehrle Drive, Suite 1 #086 Buffalo NY 14221, Erie Coun-ty. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of process to the LLC at 215 East 99th street #418, New York, NY 10029. Purpose of LLC: Any lawful purpose. No specific duration attached to LLC. Sept 16, 23, 30 Oct 7,14,21 NAME CHANGE

Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Supreme Court, Erie County, on the 9th day of September, 2021, bearing Index Number I2021/600278, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY grants me the right to assume the name of Myia Jenine Cheatom. The city and state of my present address are Buffalo, NY; the month and year of my birth are March, 1980; the place of my birth is Buffalo, New York; my present name is Myia Jenine Porter.

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company

DLP Consulting WNY LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 7/29/21. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1339 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Sept 16, 23, 30 Oct 7,14,21

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company Saint Don Ye' LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 8/31/21. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 66 Montana Ave, Buffalo, NY 14211. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Sept 16, 23, 30 Oct 7,14,21

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company

Buddy's Steak & More LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 7/19/21. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 55 Durham Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Sept 16, 23, 30 Oct 7,14,21 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company A&T Growth Enterprise LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on August 22, 2021. Office location Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 64 Shellridge Dr. East Amherst, NY 14051. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Sept 16, 23, 30 Oct 7,14,21 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company XYZ Company, LLC Date of filing of Articles of Organization with the NY Dept of State: November 28, 2008 Office of the LLC: Erie The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served.NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at: 123 Main Street, City Purpose of LLC: Any lawful purpose permitted for LLCs under NY Limited Liability Company Act. Sept 16, 23, 30 Oct 7,14,21 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company Reflections In Print, LLC filled with SSNY November 23, 2020. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process it may be served. Copy of process shall be mailed to: LLC 585 East Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY 14211. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Sept 23, 30 Oct 7,14,21,28

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Challenger Community News • t hec •September 23, 2021 LEGAL NOTICE



The Erie County Department of Mental Health (ECDMH) is issuing a Request for Proposals to qualified agencies interested in providing transitional supported housing for individuals and heads of households with families, who are recovering from Substance Use Disorder. Eligible applicants must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) with experience providing community housing and substance abuse support or treatment services to adults with a primary SUD diagnosis. The RFP # 2021-039VF and associated forms can be obtained at: request-proposals. Responses must be received no later than on XXX X, XXXX prior to 3 p.m., and submitted per specifications delineated within the RFP.



County of Erie Department of Environment and Planning 95 Franklin Street Buffalo, NY 14202 County of Erie, New York Request for Proposals The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (ECDEP) (herein also referred to as “The County”) is seeking Qualification Statements for a Consultant to provide professional services for Marketing for its Erie County Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) and other Marketing services. The County is requesting support with editing, formatting and marketing of the CCAP. Proposers interested are invited to respond to this Request for Proposals (RFP# 2021-040VF). The RFP#2021-040VF can be found at: index.php?q=requests-proposalsamp-construction-bids All firms wishing to participate in this process must register electronically by sending an email to Nicole. All further information and contact from Erie County will be sent electronically. We will be having an informational webinar on Sept 30, 2021 at 11am. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with Nicole MorrisMcLaughlin. Submission of the proposals shall be directed to: Department of Environment & Planning Deputy Commissioner - Division of Environmental Compliance Services 95 Franklin Street – Room 1086 Buffalo, New York 14202 Attention: Bonnie Lange-Lawrence by 5:00 pm (EST) on October 15, 2021 Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Bonnie Lange-Lawrence Deputy Commissioner of the Depart-



County of Erie Request for A/E Qualifications & Proposals Rehabilitation of New Road CR186 The Erie County Department of Public Works, Division of Highways is seeking proposals from Architect/ Engineer firms for the Rehabilitation of New Road CR186, Amherst, NY. The RFP# 2021-CR186 can be found at: All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to this proposal shall be in writing to Darlene.Svilokos@erie. gov by September 28. Sealed proposals are due to the Department of Public Works at 95 Franklin Street, Suite 1400, Buffalo, NY 14202 by 2:00 PM, local time on October 1, 2021. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality.



Request for Proposals (RFP) Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corporation Renaissance Commerce Park – Odell Street and Ridge Road Extension Designs The Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corporation is soliciting proposals from Engineering firms to provide Engineering Documents (Engineer’s Report, Design Plans & Specifications) along with construction administration and resident engineer during construction of two new road extensions entering the former Bethlehem Steel Redevelopment Site, newly named Renaissance Commerce Park, in Lackawanna, New York. To receive a copy of the Request for Proposals interested firms may contact the ECIDA/ILDC at (716)8566525 or visit the ECIDA website at for_proposals. Proposals are due by 12:00 pm, November 5, 2021, to the offices of the ECIDA/ILDC at 95 Perry Street, Suite 403, Buffalo, NY 14203, Attention: Sean Fallon.



County of Erie Request for A/E Qualifications & Proposals Kenmore Avenue CR189 Reconstruction The Erie County Department of Public Works, Division of Highways is seeking proposals from Architect/ Engineering firms for the Reconstruction of Kenmore Avenue CR189. The RFP#2021-CR189 can be found at: All correspondence, communications, and/ or contact with the County in regard to this proposal shall be in writing to by September 28. Sealed proposals are due to the Department of Public Works at 95 Franklin Street, Suite 1400, Buffalo, NY 14202 by 2:00 PM local time on October 1, 2021. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality.



COUNTY OF ERIE NOTICE TO BIDDERS Chestnut Ridge Park 2022 Ward Drive Bridge Rehab PROJ# CAP-PK-12-22 The Department of Public Works, Division of Highways, seeking sealed bids for bridge rehabilitation and repairs project in Chestnut Ridge Park, Town of Orchard Park, NY. Sealed bids must be received at Erie County Rath Office Building, 95 Franklin St, Room 1400, Buffalo, NY 14202 by 10 am local time on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at which time the bids will be opened and read aloud. Bid deposit of $18,000.00 required with bid submittal. Minority workforce, MBE/ WBE participation, Apprenticeship goals, and Local & Disadvantaged Workforce requirements may apply. On site pre-let meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 10 am local time. Plans and additional bid submittal information on the Erie County website at: http://www2.erie. gov/dpw. Attention is called to COVID bid procedures on the County’s website.


ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES HIRING EVENT Attendees at September 30th event will learn about immediate hiring needs, hiring process The Erie County Department of Social Services (“ECDSS”) has announced a hiring event to be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Central Public Library in downtown Buffalo. Presentations will be offered every 30 minutes throughout the hiring event beginning at 4:00 PM.For more information on the Erie County Department of Social Services, visit socialservices On the Central Library, visit https://www.buffalolib. org/locations-hours/centraldowntown-buffalo

LEGAL NOTICE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF ERIE DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE SECURITIES INC., QUEST TRUST 2003-X2, ASSET BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2003-X2, V. MARK LEWIS A/K/A MARK E. LEWIS; ET. AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated October 20, 2020, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Erie, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE SECURITIES INC., QUEST TRUST 2003-X2, ASSET BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2003-X2 is the Plaintiff and MARK LEWIS A/K/A MARK E. LEWIS; ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the "CLOSING ROOM" of the Erie County Clerk's Office located on the first floor of 92 FRANKLIN STREET, CITY OF BUFFALO, STATE OF NEW YORK 14202, on September 27, 2021 at 10:30AM, premises known as 4423 UNION RD, CHEEKTOWAGA, NY 14225: Section 91.12, Block 2, Lot 14: ALL THAT TRACT OF LAND, SITUATE IN THE TOWN OF CHEEKTOWAGA, COUNTY OF ERIE AND STATE OF NEW YORK, Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 816735/2018. Leroi C. Johnson, Esq. - Referee. Robertson, Anschutz, Schneid, Crane & Partners, PLLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. All foreclosure sales will be conducted in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines including, but not limited to, social distancing and mask wearing. *LOCATION OF SALE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DAY OF IN ACCORDANCE WITH COURT/CLERK DIRECTIVES. August 26, September 2, 16, 23

EMPLOYMENT Association Operations Manager

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County has an exciting opportunity for an Association Operations Manager for the Lockport, NY office. The Association Administrator will provide administrative direction, management, and coordination for Association operations including assisting the Executive Director with delegated administrative, communications, human resource, business and facilities operations of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County. For information about the position, including required and preferred qualifications please visit http://cceniagaracounty. org/about-us/jobs. Applications must be submitted through the Workday link on the website by October 12.

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Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Public Consultation Meeting Pursuant to federal regulation 49 C.F.R. Part 26, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is seeking comments on the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and goals for the Authority. In establishing the DBE goal, the federal regulations require that NFTA consult with stakeholders, which include, minority, women’s and general contractor groups, community organizations and other officials or organizations which may have information concerning availability of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged businesses, the effects of discrimination on opportunities for DBE’s, and efforts to increase DBE participation. NFTA is providing stakeholders an opportunity to share their views by participating in an open stakeholder meeting to be held as follows: Location: NFTA 181 Ellicott Street 1st Floor Conference Room Buffalo, NY 14203 Virtual: Microsoft Teams Meeting Date: September 30, 2021 Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am Please RSVP by: 4:00 PM on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 by calling (716) 855-7486. Or by emailing eeo. If you are unable to make the in person meeting it will be offered virtually via Microsoft Teams. Please contact the office at (716) 855-7486 for the Microsoft Teams information to be forwarded to you. If unable to attend the meeting noted above, comments may also be made by emailing the EEO/Diver-


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Challenger Community News • t hec •September 23, 2021

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