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2 INSIDE ROCHESTER Rochester to Host 82nd Great Lakes Around Regional Conference of Alpha Kappa Town Alpha Sorority, Incorporated he Delta Nu Omega and Omicron Beta Chapters of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. are excited to share that Rochester, New York will host more than 1,300 of our members for our 82nd Great Lakes Regional Conference, scheduled for April 24-28. Alpha Kappa Alpha is an international service organization that was organized on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC during the 1907-1908 academic years making it the oldest Black Greek Letter Organization established in America by college educated women of color. On Friday evening, we will host a Public Meeting to highlight individuals in our community who are making a difference. Awards will be presented to five outstanding individuals from the Rochester community who are raising awareness and supporting initiatives targeted nationally by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Youth Programs, Health, Global Poverty, Economic Security; and Social Justice and Human Rights. The honorees are: *Beverly Jackson, Founder, The Determined Divas – Youth Programs. Beverly J. Jackson has worked with high risk youth in Rochester for over 30 years. *Jackie Dozier, Coordinator, Aids Care - Health Initiatives Program. Jackie Dozier has supported the AIDS community for over 13 years. *Gayle Jagel, Founder and CEO, Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) – Economic Security. Gayle Jagel founded this innovative, entrepreneurial educational program for middle and high school students where it teaches students how to make a job—not just take a job! *Reverend James C. Simmons, Chairman, Rise Up Rochester – Social Justice and Human Rights. Rise Up Rochester is a human service agency that provides support to crime victims and their families. *Salva Dut, Founder and President Water for South Sudan, Inc. – Global Poverty Initiative. He is the inspiration and vision behind the humanitarian not-for profit organization, which drills wells to provide safe, fresh water to remote villages of his native land, South Sudan, one of the world’s poorest regions. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, the

*Mood Makers Books Theatre Project 1, Celebrating National Poetry Month, “Poetry in the Windows” Reception & Reading, Friday, April 19, at 6 p.m., Mood Makers, 274 N. Goodman; 585-2717071. *Mood Makers Theatre 1 Project “6th Annual Sankofa Evening of Theatre & Jazz,” Thursday, Friday & Saturday August 23, 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m. Multi-Use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester; 585-2717010 for more info. *High Falls Film Festival, “Celebrating Women in Film,” April 18-21, Rochester, NY, highfallsfilmfestival. com; $12 per film ($10 students & seniors 65+)

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*Friends of SOTA Presents A Night of Jazz at Tapas 177 at 177 St. Paul St., Thursday, April 18, from 4-9 p.m. $30 per perso/$50 per coupe; tickets available at or call 585-8805977; live music provided by Stephen Keller and Friends and the Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Experience *Comedy Festival, featuring Sheryl Underwood, Arnez J, Tommy Davidson, Tony Rock and Don D.C. Curry, May 3, Rochester Blue Cross Arena; tickets ticketmaster locations. * “No Child” on stage ay the Geva Theatre, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, now through April 21; tickets from $27 starring Reenah L Golden; 585-232-4382.

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Washington to Host a Public Safety Forum Rochester, NY – City Council candidate Marlowe Washington, well-known advocate of the community, will be addressing the issues regarding public safety. Among other issues he plans to discuss is the need to return the city to something akin of old substation-model of policing. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 17th, at New Bethel C.M.E Church at 6:30 PM. The address is 270 Scio St, Rochester, NY 14605.

Would you like to be a vendor at the Clarissa Street Reunion this year? The Clarissa Street Reunion Committee (CSRC) has scheduled its 18th Annual Festival for August 17, 2013. If you are intersted in being a vendor at the reunion, please call Denise McMcGowen at (585) 234-4177 for your application. All our vendor placements are on a first come first paid.

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*FILM & DIALOGUE Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property, Friday, April 19, 7 pm Nat Turner’s slave rebellion is a watershed event in America’s long and troubled history of slavery and racial conflict. N Discussion follows screening. *African World History Class Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm. Hosted by Kiah Nyame $5 donation requested per session. *Last Friday Heritage Jazz Series. Friday, April 26, 7 pm. Hosted by Dr. Carl Carl Atkins, Professor of Music at RIT, Series takes place each month.





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Council approves ordinance amendment lifting occupancy tax


Stop The Violence Coalition Honoree Celebration!

During its meeting held Tuesday, April 16, the City of Buffalo Common Council approved an ordinance amendment lifting City Occupancy Tax liens by 2018. The Occupancy Tax is a one-time, $10 tax, which was placed on all homes in the City in 1976. In 1977 the tax was repealed due to its general unpopularity, however, in the 36 years since the tax was established, all but 1,587 homes have paid the $10 fee. For those that have not paid the fee, $40 of interest has accrued and a lien has been placed on the property.

BOOK SIGNING: Cherita Johnson-Morrow, Ed.D., author of “The Effects of Long-Term Outof-School Suspensions on African American Students,” holds a copy of her new book during a book signing at Zawadi Books recently. Pictured with Mrs. Johnson-Morrow is (l-r) Kenneth Holley, Mayor Byron Brown and his wife Michelle, and Sharon Holley. Mr. and Mrs. Holley are proprietors of Zawadi Books, 2460 Main Street, the city’s only African-centered Book Store where you will find the area’s most comprehensive collection of Black books and information. They formerly founded and owned Harambee Books on Fillmore Avenue for many years. For more information call Zawadi Books at 716-903-6740.

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C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S TYRELL!! Tyrell Mitchell, 6’3” senior forward at South Park High School, has been named to the All-WNY Boys Basketball team. Tyrell, with 26.3 points per game 11.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists, is described as “an absolute scoring force for the Sparks in one of the tougher leagues in Western New York, Yale Cup 1.” Tyrell is also a football standout and went for a season-high 41 vs. HutchTech and finished the season with 545 points! He is the son of Phyliss Mitchell and David Johnson of New York City.Congratulations Tyrell! We’re proud of you!

When the tax was passed it went through without any consideration given to an expiration date or statute of limitations for the lien that would appear on the properties pending payment. As a result, all real estate sellers are forced to address the lien when closing on a property by either paying the tax (interest included) or acquiring a three dollar receipt from the City of Buffalo Treasury Department providing proof of payment. The approved ordinance amendment lifts the Occupancy Tax liens on any property in 2018. “Not only does this resolution establish a long overdue expiration date onthe Occupancy Tax, it also establishes an online payment option for those homeowners who have yet to pay it,” said Common Council Finance Committee Chair and South District Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon. “Providing the online payment option makes the process faster and more convenient for homeowners. Of course those who prefer to pay in person will still able to do so.” For more information regarding the statute of limitations for City of Buffalo Occupancy Tax liens, please contact the Legislative Staff Office at 851-5105.

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The signature Theatre Production of Acting In Faith Theatre Company will be presented at 7 PM on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Buffalo East, 1410 Main Street near East Miss Barbara Utica. The theatrical production honors WNY women of achievement who have made a significant impact on the lives of people in the community. Barbara D. Glover, founder and Director of Miss Barbara’s School of Dance, is one of six WNY women whose life struggles and dreams will be profiled. Tickets are $20 per person or $18 for groups of 10 or more. Call (716) 310-7297 or 573-2704.

Girl Scout Troop 30512 holds meetings the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month during the school sessions at the Family Resource Center (FRC) 347 East Ferry Street from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration fee is $12 per year. Dues $1 per meeting. Please contact Thomasina R. McDougal 4446234; Alithia Lewis 381-2264; Carol Jones 931-2550; Lynn O’Neil 563-9892 or St. Martin DePorres Catholic Church 883-7729.

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Funeral Services Held for Deacon Levi Clayton Funeral services were held at Friendship Baptist Church recently for Deacon Levi Clayton. Deacon Clayton, 96, was badly beaten last November during a home invasion. He died on April 11 after a long hospital and rehab stay.

The Stop The Violence Coalition will host its annual Awards Banquet on Saturday April 26 at the Creekside Banquet Hall, 269 Union Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event will be held between 7 and 9 p.m. The theme is “Significant Others.” This year’s honorees include Michelle Brown, Antoinette Radford, Dolores Fontana, Nona Holman, Delores Giles, George Grant, Marlene Daniels, Zandra Lewis, Margaret Brown, Mary Whitson Stone, Dwyane Ferguson, Larry Jakubowski, Cynthia Cruz Peoples, Denise W. Hare, Joseph Gordon and Keshia Taylor. Donation is $50. For more information call 882-7882.

Mothers Of Those In Crisis Fundraiser Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY to Host Annual Storytelling Festival, “Tell Me A Story Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY in cooperation with the Merriweather Library will hold its annual storytelling festival, “Tell Me A Story – 5” on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Branch Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue. Featured storytellers, Black Storytelling League of Rochester, will present a workshop in the morning and a storytelling concert in the afternoon. Three workshops will be offered in the morning by members of Tradition Keepers: (A) Yes, I Can Tell A Story; (B) Poet Your Story: Using Poems as Stories; and (C) Children’s Hour: Creative Telling for Children. All events are FREE and open to the public. For more information contact: Sharon Holley 716-8861399 or Sandra Bush 716-883-4418

M.O.T. I. C. (Mother’s of Those in Crisis) will celebrate its 33rd anniversary of relentlessly seeking “equal justice” as New York State’s trailblazing self-supporting dedicated group of individuals since 1978. M.O.T.I.C. continues in its efforts to address the lifelong injustice that continues to destroy our families and communities via blatant malicious prosecution and judicial misconduct from the friskers to unlawful arrest to the pressured plea prompting deal making legal/liars and of course the “Prison profiteers.” “Now we have fearless conformation from our longstanding homegrown supporters who will be acknowledged during our celebrated event,” said founder Barbara Kirkland Dennis. The following authors will also be acknowledging our homegrown trailblazers Rogers Hicks author of Race Justice Judicial Atrocities Committed Against People of Color and Patrick Lakamp, Unduly Harsh Sentences.We have also been blessed with national fearless warriors who have witnesses the injustice on every level. The Most Honorable Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness The Most Honorable Soffiyah Elijak, Executive Director The Correctional Association of New York The Most Honorable Paul Butler author of Let’s Get Free a Hip-Hop Theory of Justice Join us for open dialogue in this celebrative fundraiser on Sunday, April 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Oakkroom, 1435 Main St. Buffalo. Dinner will be included in donation request. For confirmations and reservations please call between noon and 8 p.m., 716-875-7445 or 716-935-9175.



National/International NEWS

President Meets With African Leaders, Praises Continent’s Democratic Progress

On Thursday (March 27), President Barack Obama met with the leaders of four sub-Saharan African countries in a bid to highlight the shared democratic sentiment shared between America and the nations. Present at the meeting were President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, and Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde. The current administration maintains its ties with the countries based on what the White House calls “shared democratic values and shared interests,” along with praising the leaders for enacting protection of human rights, civil liberties, and inspiring economic growth. During the meeting, the President and leaders discussed strategies on strengthening their ties. President Obama also praised the leaders for their new commitment to the Open Government Partnership and offered assistance to the nations as they aim to create opportunities for youth.


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Ugandan Bill Proposes To Ban Everything Sexy–Including Beyoncé Uganda is proposing a new law that could lead to arrests for those wearing skirts above the knee, reports the Daily Mail. The proposed bill would also extend to movies, TV programs and personal internet use which would be closely monitored by state officials. Simon Lokodo Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity minister, stands staunchly by the proposed plans, which also include banning the likes of Beyoncé and Madonna from television. The government considers pornography an “insidious social problem.” “We are saying anything that exposes private parts of the human body is pornography and anything obscene will be outlawed. Television should not broadcast a sexy person. Certain intimate parts of the body cannot be opened except for a spouse in a private place. A lot of photos, television, films will be outlawed. Even on the internet, we’re going to put a monitoring system (in place) so we know who has watched which website and we know who has watched pornographic material,” Lokodo contends.


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South Africa Has It’s First Traditional Gay Wedding in Full Tribal Costume The gay marriage debate has been sparked all around the country, we know this. But another place where the gay marriage conversation has become somewhat heated is in the continent of Africa. Unlike America, gay marriage is not readily accepted, but there are still some willing to push the envelope. Two men in South Africa have tied the knot in what many believe to be the first traditional gay wedding to ever take place in the country. Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol tied the knot in full tribal traditional attire in the town of waDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal. The two men are both 27-years old and have been dating for three years. Over 200 people attended the ceremony. Love was in the air, and the marriage made international headlines for obvious reasons. The two men also engaged in traditional dancing and sacrificed a cow to honor their ancestors. “There is an idea that being gay is against being African, but being gay is as African as being black, so it’s part of our culture and we are rooted in our culture,” said Tshepo. The two men are also hopeful to become parents one day. They say that they’d like to have a child and are seeking a surrogate mother. Gay marriage has been legal in South Africa for over six years.

New Book Exposes Manning Marable’s Lies About Malcolm X “The central lie” of Manning Marable’s book Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, “is the idea that Malcolm X was not an African Internationalist, not committed to revolution, but that when push came to shove, he was really part of the American dream and the American structure,” said Dr. Todd Burroughs, a professor of communications at Morgan State University. Burroughs and Dr. Jared Ball are co-editors of A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X, a collection of essays by prominent Black intellectuals and activists. “It was a shame that we had to do the book,” said Burroughs. “For him to mess it up this badly is a travesty.”

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NOTICE TO BIDDERS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that sealed proposals for the Erie County Sewer District No. 8 Contract No. 12 will be received by the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning on May 15, 2013 until 2:00 P.M., local time, at 95 Franklin Street, Room 1034, Buffalo, New York, 14202, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud in Room 1004. The contract is located at: 1. Brooklea Pump Station, 970 East Main St. East Aurora, NY 2. Creekside Pump Station, 360 Center St. East Aurora, NY Bidders are advised that a pre-bid meeting for the construction of this project is scheduled for April 30, 2013, at 10:00 A.M., Room 1004, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York. Plans are on file and may be examined at the office of the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, 10th Floor, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, New York 14202. Related information and a listing of prospective bidders can be found in Business Center, “Construction Bids and Engineering Proposals: on the Erie County Web Page @ WWW.ERIE.GOV The deposit for each set of contract documents shall be $100.00 in the form of two checks or money orders, each in the amount of one-half the deposit, and made payable to the Erie County Comptroller. Any bidder requesting a set of plans and specifications mailed to their office must arrange for a pre-paid delivery service or mail carrier. The envelope containing the bid must be sealed, addressed to the Erie County Commissioner of Environment and Planning and must be clearly and correctly designated as “Erie County Sewer District No. 8 – Brooklea & Creekside LPG Replacement. Any bidder returning plans and specifications in good condition within thirty (30) days following the award of the contract or the rejection of bids will be refunded the full amount of the deposit. Non-bidders will be refunded one-half the deposit. Any bidder requesting more than one (1) set of plans and specifications may purchase the excess, but it is understood that they are not returnable. No refund will be made for documents returned after the thirty-day period. Erie County Sewer District No. 8 is an exempt organization under the Tax Law, and is exempt from payment of Sales and Compensating Use Taxes which are to be incorporated into the project and which are to be separately sold by the Contractors to the Owner prior to incorporation into the project, pursuant to the provisions of the contract. These taxes are not to be included in the bid. Sales tax will be due on all materials purchased by a Contractor which are either “consumable” or rental property used by the Contractor in connection with the construction or repair. Each proposal must be accompanied by a certified check payable to the Erie County Comptroller or by a bid bond having a surety thereon from a surety company acceptable to the County Attorney, in an amount not less than five percent (5%) of the total base bid, as surety for execution of the contract. The successful bidder will be required to furnish Payment and Performance Bond, each in an amount equal to 100 percent of the contract award. Attention of the bidder is called particularly to requirements with respect to conditions of employment to be observed, minimum wages rates to be paid under the contract, Affirmative Action requirements for Equal Employment Opportunity, along with the Minority Business Enterprise Utilization Commitment. Bidders are also advised that Part “A” of the Erie county Minority Business Enterprise/Women’s Business Enterprise Utilization Report be submitted with the bid or no later than three (3) business days after the bid opening. The attention of the bidder is called to the provisions of Article 5A of the General Municipal Law which requires the bidder to execute a certificate of non-collusion and to conform with the other provisions of Article 5A outlined in the specifications. A form for such certificate accompanies the bid form. Unless it is property executed, the bid will not be accepted. The right to reject any and all bids, to waive any informalities in, or to make any award to other than the low bidder, should it be deemed to be in the best interest of Erie County Sewer District No. 8 and in accordance with Law, are herewith reserved. No bidder may withdraw his bid within 45 days after the date set for the opening thereof, but may withdraw same anytime prior to the scheduled time for opening bids. BY ORDER OF: Joseph L. Fiegl, P.E. Deputy Commissioner Department of Environment and Planning


5 Durham Memorial Opens First Central City Baby Café: Only the 12th Such Center to Open in the United States

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Despite having a hint of sweetness, this spice may help prevent cavities. Your mouth is a hotbed of bacteria, and nutmeg fights the germs with antibacterial compounds. Chief among them is macelignan, which reduces plaque formation by 50 percent and eradicates cavity-producing microbes, according to Italian researchers. Additionally, nutmeg is rich in protective anti-inflammatory compounds that can lower your risk of cancer by stifling tumor growth. *Cayenne Pepper: Capsaicin, the compound that gives cayenne its burn, also helps crank up your body’s thermostat, firing up your metabolism and helping you burn extra calories and fat. In a study at Purdue University, people who added half a teaspoon to their meal ate 70 fewer calories at their next meal and craved fatty, salty foods less. 

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Durham Memorial AME Zion Church in Buffalo continues to reach outside the walls of the church and meet the needs of the community with the opening of the Central City Baby Café . The first Licensed non-hospital drop-in Center to open in the State of New York, the Baby Café is also the first Outreach Ministry of the AME Zion Church to address the needs of pregnant and breastfeeding moms in the fight against childhood obesity and infant mortality. “We believe natures’ natural nutrition comes from mother’s milk,” stated coordinator Diann Holt , a local preacher of the AME Zion Church under Bishop Roy A. Holmes, Elder Robert L. Graham and Pastor Rev. George C. Woodruff. The Baby Café is a coordinated network of licensed free breastfeeding drop-in centers and other services to support breastfeeding mothers across

the UK, America and other parts of the world. It is run by trained staff, health professionals such as midwives, support workers, health visitors, or lactation consultants and they assist with every aspect of breastfeeding. Located at 200 E. Eagle Street, all services are free of charge and no appointment is needed. Durham’s Baby Café is the first Baby Café to periodically offer free Reflexology services from a Certified Reflexologist for moms and expectant moms who present a physicians script. Means are also offered to moms, their children and their husbands/partners free of charge, giving mom a break from preparing dinner as her needs are being addressed. Durham’s location is the twelfth such center to open in the United States of America. The Café is open non-traditional “hours” Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from

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5:30 to 7:30PM,. The first day of opening was Thursday April 4 at 5:30PM in honor and remembrance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Moms will also have access to the community beds to grow fresh vegetables to take home. The garden is known as the Garden of Stewardship. The Launch Party Grand Opening is being planned for May 10 at 5:30PM. Save the date!




Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America to Present Holy Convocation

Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America New York Diocese presents it’s Holy Convocation April 30-May 3 at 7p.m. nightly. All services will be held at God’s Tabernacle of Praise, 1787 Genesee St. in Buffalo. Overseer Lee A. Collins is the Host Pastor. Bishop Larry C. Thompson of Mt. Calvary Holy Church is the Jurisdictional Bishop and convocation guests will be Dr. Kathy Bowman of Antioch Holiness Church, Bishop Dwight Brown of New Mt. Ararat Temple of Prayer, Bishop Jacqueline A. Foye of Greater Apostolic House of Prayer and Bishop Reginald McGill of New Life Fellowship from Rochester, NY.

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New Hope Hat Luncheon

The New Hope Baptist Church of Niagara Falls, New York, Women's Fellowship will be hosting a "Hat Luncheon" on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 12 - 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 12 and under. The deadline for reservations is Sunday, April 21, 2013. For additional info, contact the church at (716) 282-8118.

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Women’s Prayer Breakfast

The Potter’s House Christian Community Church will host their Annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast weekend Friday, April 19 at 7p.m. at the Potter’s House located at 723 7th Street, Niagara Falls. This event is free and open to ALL women. The Prayer Breakfast is on Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. at Antonio’s Restaurant located at 7708 Niagara Falls. Ticket donations are $20 for adults and $15 for youth 12 and under. WOMEN ONLY! The guest speaker is Co-Pastor Celestine Booze of Potter’s House. For more information please contact the church at (716) 285-3445.

St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Celebrates Family and Friends Day Under the theme “We Are Family “Ephesians 3:14-19, a day long celebration will be held at St. Paul’s AME Zion Church 623 E. Eagle Street at Monroe on Sunday, April 21 beginning with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and continuing with 11 a.m. Morning Worship with the Rev. Dr. Robert L. Graham, presiding Elder Buffalo District bringing the message.The afternoon session will feature the Rev. Brandon K. Allen, Pastor and congregation of Agape AME Church as our guests. For additional information, call the church office at 852-2721 or 207-9047. All are welcome! Rev. Dr. Lawrence E. Lucas, Jr. is Pastor.

Ministers Wives and Widows Scholarship Breakfast Ministers Wives and Widows of Buffalo and Vicinity will present a Scholarship Breakfast featuring two dynamic speakers on Sunday, May 4 at Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 179 E. Ferry at Waverly. For more information call 864-7491.

Spring Concert

The Delaware Avenue Baptist Church will present a free Spring Concert on Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. at the church, 965 Delaware (between Bryant and Utica). Rev. Michael J. Robinson is pastor. For more information call 884-0070 or visit dabc. org


PATHWAYS TO CARE PROGRAM is your road to access free medication and health care for people living with HIV/AIDS in Erie and Niagara County. • The Pathways to Care Team provides free and confidential screenings for ADAP, Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and/or other public and private health insurances. • The Pathways to Care Team conducts confidential screenings at the MOCHA Center located at 1092 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14209 and a variety of other locations. • To schedule a free and confidential health care screening, you can contact… Health Access Specialist at 716 852-1142, ext. 17 or This publication was supported by grant number X07HA00025 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This grant is funded through Title II of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990, as amended by Part B of The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. Its contents are solely the responsibility of Health Research, Inc. and do not necessarily represent the official view of the funders.

Good Will Community COGIC to Celebrate 16th Pastoral Anniversary The Good Will Community Church of God in Christ, 2926 Genesee St., in Cheektowaga, will be celebrating their Pastor’s 16th Anniversary on Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. Superintendent James Lee Mann is Pastor; Evangelist Shirley Mann is Administrator; Bishop Glenwood H. Young Sr.; is Jurisdictional Prelate and Mother Wilma J. Hughey is Jurisdictional Supervisor of women. The guest speaker will be Bishop Frank A. White from Zion Cathedral C.O.G.I.C., 312 Grand Avenue, Freeport, NY. All are welcome! GOD IS GOOD...




Chicago bluesman Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dies

SISTA CIRCLE - AWESOME DISPLAY OF TALENT! Sista Circle, beautifully directed by Shanntina Moore, and wonderfully perfomred on stage at Ujima Theatre last Saturday, was awesome and uplifting! Hats off to the talented cast - Saron Ephraim, Dayatra Hassan, Kunjane Lyons-Latimer, Aminata Mitchell, Vonetta T. Rhodes, Zoe Viola Scruggs. If the opportunity comes around again, don’t miss it! As one theatre-goer so profoundly put it... “this is the new face of Ujima!” For more information go to •

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Chicago bluesman Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, known for his stellar guitar playing and mellow singing voice, has died. He was 76. Delmark Records owner Bob Koester said Friday that Dawkins died Wednesday. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known. James Henry Dawkins was born in Tchula, Miss. An only child, Dawkins taught himself to play guitar before moving to Chicago in the 1950s. Dawkins did not begin his music career immediately, working instead in a box factory before taking to Chicago’s streets to play for tips. He formed a band in the 1960s and began working Chicago’s blues clubs, gaining a reputation as an excellent side man and playing with such notables as Otis Rush and Buddy Guy.Dawkins first album was “Fast Fingers,” released on the Delmark label in 1969.

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Chief Keef Raps About Murdering Girl Who Won’t Perform Oral Sex On Him

On the heels of rapper Rick Ross‘ severed relationship with Reebok due to lyrics bragging about drug-induced date rape, Interscope artist, Chief Keef (BigGucciSosa300), has released a record threatening to kill a young woman if she doesn’t perform fellatio (oral sex). The Chicago MC also posted the words to his Twitter page and so far has over 1, 150 retweets and 246 favorites. As previously reported by NewsOne, Chief Keef is no stranger to controversy. The mother of slain Chicago teen rapper, Lil JoJo, Robin Russell, and his brother, John Coleman, made an appearance on BET’s Don’t Sleep with T.J. Holmes and accused Keef, born Keith Cozart, of playing a role in her son’s death. While Russell says that she doesn’t believe he pulled the trigger, she does believe that he hired a hitman and she also fears for her life. Keef is currently being sued for child support by a Chicago 8th grader.

AROUND TOWN Marnetta Malcolm EVERY MONDAY….Arthur’s Pub…Social Hour… 5pm-8pm…most drinks $3.50…special pricing on Hennessy and Remy Martin… EVERY WEDNESDAY…. Buffalo United Front Inc…. invites everyone to the Family Fun Bowling Day at Kerns Bowling Center 163 Kerns….where everything is a dollar…..including shoes, games and food… Sunday, April 28th ….Dorothy “Princess Photography” Wagstaff …Birthday Celebration… 4- 7pm…Prince of Peace C.O.G.I.C….”Give Me My Flowers” A Celebration of Life…many gospel greats performing…free admission..African and colorful attire preferred…see attached


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ON STAGE *The Larry Salter Orchestra rehersals, open to the public every Tuesday @ 7 p.m. at the historic Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway @ Michigan. Admission is free! *Comedy Festival, featuring Sheryl Underwood, Arnez J, Tommy Davidson, Tony Rock and Don D.C. Curry, May 3, Rochester Blue Cross Arena; tickets ticketmaster locations. *Old School / New School Dance Monday Nite Madnes fundraiser with DJ Doc, Saturday, May 25, Ss. ColumbaBrigid RC Church Hall, 75 Hhickory St.; Tickets $15; for info Cheri @ 200-9702 or Roz @ 598-7532. * “No Child” on stage ay the Geva Theatre, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, now through April 21; tickets from $27 starring Reenah L Golden; 585-232-4382. *Oscar Alston and his Orchestra presents an Evening of Elegance Musical Tribute to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Lionel Richie, Memorial Day Weekend , Friday May 24, The Tralf; tickets $25 , $40 VIP @ Doris Records and the Tralf Box Office; 716-222-2939 for info. *Royal Comedy Tour featuring Don “DC” Curry, Sommore, Bruce Bruce and Michael Colyar, Sheas’ Buffalo, May 4;

STOMPIN’ AT THE YARD: To celebrate the 5th year Anniversary of the Annual Stomp the Yard: DSC will premier "The Yard's Greatest Hits: Top 25 performances from 2008-2010" on the big screen at Dipson Theatre inside the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre 639 Main St. This is a limited *Royal Comedy Tour featuring Don “DC” Curry, Sommore, Bruce Bruce and Michael Colyar, Sheas’ Buffalo, May 4; *Brian Freeman & Friends, talented vocalists Katrina Jamison, Star Worthy, Shalyla Minor and Fred Jamison along with Buffalo’s hottest trumpeter Brian Freeman and band members Dela Torres, Craig Middlebrooks, Emory Parish, DJ Martin, Tony Banks, Bobby Bonner & Ricardo; @ the Tralf, Friday, April 19, 7:30 pm; tickets $20 @ Doris Records

GAME TIME EXPERIENCE: Hats off to Bro. Michael Ray and the Game Time Experience staff for an excellent first annual Black History Awards Recognition Dinner in February. Pictured are scenes from the gala which featured Bilal and Friends Ensemble and awards presentations to Hon. Judge James A. W. McLeod, Attorney J. Glenn Davis, Pastor Charles H. Walker II, Alnisa Banks and Mack Luchey.


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Fair Housing Month Celebrations Planned

At the Forefront of Fair Housing


By Scott Gehl - Part I

ifty years is a long time—for a friendship, or a marriage, or a career. And it certainly is a very long time for the life of a civil rights organization whose mission involves, in the words of Canisius College President John Hurley, being “dangerously unselfish in defense of fair housing”. Despite five decades of dangerous unselfishness--of speaking truth to power and challenging the region’s power structure-- remarkably Housing Opportunities Made Equal is still here fighting for the right of people to live in the housing and communities of their choice. Religious origins In 1962 concerned clergy and laity from the Buffalo Area Council of Churches began a study which concluded that racial discrimination-not yet against the law--was all pervasive in the Buffalo

metropolitan housing market. They formed the Niagara Frontier Council for Freedom of Choice in Housing, which by 1963 had taken the name Housing Opportunities Made Equal--or HOME. Attorney William Gardner filed HOME’s incorporation papers just in time for many of its founding members to board buses for Washington, DC to participate in the celebrated March on Washington. The remarkable tale of HOME’s first years is documented in a 1970 book published by Little Brown & Company entitled Because It Is Right by James L. Hecht. Dr. Hecht was a research associate at Dupont who had joined the fledgling civil rights organization early in 1963 to support the right of AfricanAmericans to be live outside very narrowly circumscribed areas of Buffalo. While his

HOME: Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) was founded in 1963 by clergy and laity from the Buffalo Area Council of Churches concerned about pervasive discrimination in the Buffalo-Niagara housing market. HOME is located at 1542 Main Street at Ferry. For more information call 716.854.1400 or go to This year (2013) HOME turns 50, culminating in a celebration being held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Friday, April 26.

book about the early years of the Fair Housing movement in America included accounts of efforts in many cities and states, it was only natural that the author repeatedly returned to the history he had lived-Buffalo and HOME. The author gives much credit to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, which supplied so many essential volunteers in those early days, and to the Buffalo Meeting of Friends, which supplied the all-volunteer organization with its first telephone and mailing address , 72 North Parade. Dr. Hecht also describes the intricate sequence of strategies which recruited so many of the region’s leaders in business, religion and govern-

ment to form the “Friends of HOME”: prominent citizens who leant public support to the very controversial concept of fair housing. Building on the organization’s religious foundations, the leaders of HOME conceived of ‘Project Good Neighbor’ in the mid-60’s. This campaign gathered tens of thousands of signatures from members of congregations of various faiths affirming that residents would welcome African-American neighbors into their communities. The names and addresses of signers were then published in a series of full-page ads in the Buffalo Evening News, the Courier-Express, the Amherst Bee and other weekly publications.

In addition to the educational efforts aimed at growing public support for fair housing, there was assistance provided to individual victims of discrimination. Joanne Champion was a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Michigan. Despite the Metcalf-Baker Act recently signed into law by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the Champion family was repeatedly denied an opportunity to view listings by a series of real estate brokers. Turning to HOME for help, Mrs. Champion would later join HOME in order to help others.(Conclusion next)

To raise public awareness of the persistence and prevalence of housing discrimination and to inform people of their eights under fair housing law, the Erie County Fair Housing Partnership and its membership are promoting a series of activities during April - Fair Housing Month including: •The Other Side, a short film and documentary covering housing discrimination and the development of related civil rights legislation will be screened at the Frank E. Merriweather Library, located at 1342 Jefferson Avenue (at Utica) on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event will be sponsored by Housing Opportunities Equal, Inc. (HOME). •Screenings of This Doesn’t Happen Here, a short documentary about the history of segregation in Buffalo and two other films at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, located at 639 Main Street, Buffalo on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. Continued Page 12

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The Sorry State Of Disunity in the African American Community! Dear Editor: Last week, readers of the Challenger Community News heard about a bunch of racist and disrespectful emails sent by Park District School Board candidate, Carl Paladino. Those emails, (that Mr. Paladino did not originate but nevertheless passed along) included a very negative photo of our president and first lady. In the same letter, we also found out about the mayor of this city trying to buy out one of the candidates, Mr. Adrian Harris. I wish Mr. Harris Godspeed and I am praying for him because he is truly dealing with a bunch of individuals who have no morals, no decency and certainly will do anything, even going so far as to buy those candidates who will further their very public agenda of getting rid of Dr. Pamela Brown by taking over the school board and buying up her contract. I know that Dr. Brown must be shocked at the position she finds herself in right now. A few of those ‘community activists and leaders’ who told her, last year, that they have her back are among those Paladino worshippers who are now trying to tie her to a rail and run her out of town. They did it to Dr. James Harris, Dr. James Williams (although he apparently got too big and ‘uppity’ for his britches) and now they are doing it to Dr. Brown. What is it that is in our nature that when we achieve control or dominance, we either screw it up or we hand it to someone else? Today, we have five African American females and one Hispanic male on the Buffalo Board of Education. This coalition of six, which constitutes a majority of board members was able to convince AtLarge member, John Licata to vote with them to bring Dr.Pamela Brown on board. The two remaining board members who did not vote

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

for the superintendent were Louis Petrucci (who stepped aside to allow Mr. Paladino to run) and Jay McCarthy of the North District and the only current school board member that Carl Paladino stated that he will support! If we allow Mr. Paladino to buy a group of community leaders and run them for board positions, then shame on us. Are we so desperate for money, influence or just so ingrained with the Crabs in a Barrel syndrome that we will destroy the ability of African Americans to control their own destiny? If the current African American school board members and Ralph Hernandez are re-elected, Dr. Brown will remain in Buffalo for her full term. If they are defeated by Carl Paladino’s money, I am sure that Dr. Brown, knowing the grief this man will instill on her and her plan to improve our public schools, will probably take the first plane out of this area. And knowing Carl Paladino like we all do, would anyone blame her? Mr. Carl Paladino owns a lot of empty buildings in Buffalo. He has already converted a few of them to charter schools. He also is a big proponent of private schools and the government vouchers that are needed to fund private education. Republican congressmen and state legislators have been pushing for years to privatize education by using federal funds to fund private schools. They could not sell the voucher program so they came through the back door by approving charter schools and then telling poor African American children and their parents that this was the way to go. For many children in the African American comunity, charter schools continue to provide them with a choice and that is their parents’ right to choose the best school for their children. But Carl Paladino and Education Reform charter education proponents used the ‘charter school’ con-

By Margaret Kimberley

cept to set the stage to raid public education and traditional public schools of critical remediation funding and to deprive our challenged students the right to continue to have educational programs designed for their individualized, special needs. All this hoopla, about the quality of education from Paladino and company, is really a way to put the Buffalo Public School’s almost 1 billion dollars budget into the hands of billionare business and corporate leaders who never seem to have enough money. It was never about the children and it never will be; not as long as you have people who will sell our children’s future for a seat at Ole Massa’s table or a place to meet in one of Massa’s old building. -Mary Johnson

Tao Te Ching 29

Do you want to improve the world? I don’t think it can done, The world is sacred. It can’t be improved. If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it. If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it. There is a time for being ahead, A time for being behind; A time for being in motion, A time for being at rest; A time for being vigorous, A time for being exhausted; A time for being safe, A time for being in danger. The Master sees things as they are, Without trying to control them. She lets them go their own way, And resides at the center of the circle.

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Fear of a Dead Planet: The Case Against Fracking

It is always challenging to work for the goals of peace, justice, and equal protection under the law. There is so much war, injustice, and inequality and most of it originates right here in the United States. Fortunately there are millions of people who persevere in the fight and more will join them as conditions force them out of their lethargy. But what difference will their efforts make if money and power are used to destroy the planet? Hydraulic fracturing fracking, is poisoning air and water and in some cases causing earthquakes. No one wants fracking but it is nonetheless being forced upon people all over the world. It is flourishing because it is highly profitable for corporate interests. In such cases where popular will opposes capital, the wishes of the masses of people are first ignored and then conspired against and disappeared. No one wants fracking in their back yard. The initial support for what is seen as an economic boon gives way to hostility when tap water can be lit with a match after fracking does its damage. The now widespread knowledge of the risks inherent in this practice are pushed aside when the 21st century robber barons want to get their way. Fracking and tar sands oil extraction point to an unavoidable fact. Not only are fossil fuels the cause of pollution and global warming, but unfortunately they are also not in short supply. The long predicted crisis of peak oil hasn’t arrived. There is oil in great abundance and there are always new methods of getting it out of the ground. The Brakken shale fields in North Dakota may hold more oil than Saudi Arabia does. Humanity is at a cross roads. We may be the first creatures in the history of the planet to wipe ourselves out. The upcoming third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill on the Louisiana gulf coast brings with it stories of continued species die offs and contamination that will last for another 100 years. The news goes from bad to worse. The Obama administration searches for a way to approve the Keystone XL pipeline which will bring tar sands oil from Canada to Texas. Tar sands have destroyed vast areas of Canada’s forests, poisoned water and ruined the lives of indigenous communities. While environmentalists insist on saying that they still support Obama, he will no doubt find a way to give approval to the project. The city of Mayflower, Arkansas just found out the hard way why the XL pipeline is a very bad idea. An ExxonMobil pipe in Mayflower ruptured last month and spilled thousands of gallons of oil. Most residents of Mayflower didn’t even know that they lived near a pipe which transferred tar sands oil from Canada to Illinois to Texas. Despite a heavy handed news blackout which prevents full reporting, it is clear that the Mayflower spill is quite serious and a reminder of why fossil fuels ought to stay in the ground. Earth Day came into being as a result of sustained popular action and a political effort which saw politicians go down to defeat. Now that political legacy has given way to feel good stories about eating local and buying electric cars. The environmental movement must reclaim its place as a force with clear political objectives. The task is daunting. Capitalism dictates that new sources of fossil fuels must be discovered. Its power reaches into legislatures in every nation and puts our desires on the back burner. There is little chance that the Keystone pipeline will go unapproved. The people who choose the presidents and the prime ministers want the deal done, and so it will be. The two faces of Barack Obama will make it so. Progressives still foolishly proclaim that they don’t want social security cuts but still support Obama, or they don’t want drone strikes but still support Obama or they don’t want expansion of off shore oil drilling but still support Obama. Obviously their tepid opposition is meaningless and Obama is allowed to be thought of as an environmentalist when he is anything but that. Of course he will without any irony whatsoever, mark earth day with proclamations and platitudes and Michelle Obama will celebrate growing veggies in the white house garden. Meanwhile the flames from the North Dakota oil fields can be seen from space. There is an old saying that money makes the world go ‘round. Money can do that but so can people who demand change. If the people who see that monied interests are killing the planet don’t step up as political agents, then money will make the world go around, or rather what is left of it. Margaret Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret. Kimberley(at)

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Profile: Tony Hearst

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Mr. Hearst also serves as a role model to the community and local businesses by encouraging them to provide aid to the less fortunate. He also serves as a mentor for a small cadre of at-risk African-American and Latino

Mr. Hearst is a home town hero, a humble individual who believes success is attainable by all individuals. He is recognized for his consistent selfless giving and never asking for anything in return. FAIR HOUSING EVENTS Tony Hearst


•Landlord Fair Housing young men. He plans on forTraining and Tenant Q&A will malizing his efforts in the near be offered at different times future. throughout April. Please conMr. Hearst is a Master Mason sult the Partnership website of St. John Lodge 16. Through for more information. www. this membership, he is able to fellowship and grow in the The annual Housrich legacy of this brother- • ing Opportunities Made Equal hood. dinner will take place on April In 2013, Tony launched Solo 26th. For more information Image Makers, a photography, contact HOME at 854-1400. talent management and character development company. The community will have access to affordable state of the art photography services along with talent scouting services. In partnership with People Programs, character


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Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE The Workforce Investment Board of Buffalo and Erie County (WIB) hereby gives notice that it is accepting proposals for programs to be administered under the Workforce Investment Act Title I Youth Program. The Workforce Investment Board is soliciting proposals in the following area. COMPREHENSIVE EMPLOYABILITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES FOR OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH TO BE ADMINISTERED UNDER TITLE I OF THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT. The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit proposals for programs providing comprehensive year-round employability development services for low-income, WIA eligible youth who have dropped out of school, as well as those who have graduated from high school but have basic skills deficiencies, are unemployed or underemployed. Proposals submitted in response to this RFP must be received by the Workforce Investment Board no later than 4:00 p.m. May 10, 2013 in order to be considered. Agencies interested in submitting a proposal may download this RFP at or contact Anthony Scello or Barbara Schaus of the WIB at (716) 504-1480 to receive a proposal package.

BID ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS – WICKS EXEMPT PROJECT Sealed bids for Project No. 44391-C, for Construction Work, Upgrade Concession Stand, Erie County Courthouse, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo (Erie County), NY, will be received by the Office of General Services (OGS), Design & Construction Group (D&C), Contract Administration, 35th Fl., Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242, on behalf of the Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, when they will be publicly opened and read. Each bid must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders and must be accompanied by a certified check, bank check, or bid bond in the amount of $8,600 for C. Further, Wicks Exempt Projects require a completed BDC 59 be filled out and submitted (included in a separate, sealed envelope) in accordance with Document 002220, Supplemental Instructions to Bidders – Wicks Exempt. Failure to submit this form correctly will result in a disqualification of the bid. The value of the Contract is estimated to be between $100,000 and $250,000. Designated staff are Frank Peris and Carl Ruppert in the Bureau of Contract Awards, telephone (518) 474-0203, fax (518) 473-7862 and John Lewyckyj, Director of Contract Administration, telephone (518) 474-0201, fax (518) 486-1650. The only time prospective bidders will be allowed to visit the job site will be at 1:30 p.m. on May 2, 2013 at Erie County Courthouse, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY. For assistance pertaining to the site visit only, please phone Allyson Youdsavage (716) 937-4200. It is the policy of the State and the Office of General Services to encourage minority business enterprise participation in this project by contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, and all bidders are expected to cooperate in implementing this policy. The Bidding and Contract Documents for this Project are available on compact disc (CD) only, and may be obtained for an $8.00 deposit per set, plus a $2.00 per set shipping and handling fee. Contractors and other interested parties can order CD’s online through a secure web interface available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please use the following link for ordering and payment instructions: For questions about purchase of bid documents, please send an e-mail to D&, or call toll free at 1-877647-7526. For additional information on this project, please use the link below and then click on the project number: esb/ESBPlansAvailableIndex.asp. John D. Lewyckyj, Contracting Officer Director, Contract Administration OGS - Design & Construction Group




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founding and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. Ray of Hope has an active membership of 5,000 and an average of 1,500 in worship each Sunday morning. Ray of Hope has been honored by the 700 Club as Church of the Week and was also recognized in the book, Excellent Protestant Congregations: The Guide to Best Places and Practice, as one of 300 excellent Protestant congregations in the United States. Please join us to honor the above at the Public Meeting on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Empire Hall at 7:00pm. Any questions, please contact at 585-234-1908 or email: the 82nd

HEALTH BENEFITS SPICES continued eral that helps keep your energy level high and your immune system in flu-fighting shape. And according to preliminary research, cumin may also boost your brainpower: In an animal study, consuming cumin extract was shown to improve performance on memory tests. 
(Excerpted from an article in FITNESS Magazine, April 5.)

Line Dancing Classes The Niagara Falls Housing Authority offers Line Dancing classes every Wednesday evening from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The classes are held at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building located at 3001 Ninth Street, Niagara Falls, NY. Class instructor is Ms. Joan Harris. Classes are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Resource Building staff at 285-5374.

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Family Fun Bowling Day: Every Wednesday, Kerns Bowling Center, 163 Kerns; 5-8 p.m.; $1 bowling; hosted by Buffalo United Front.

Tradition Jeepers Black Storytellers of WNY Annual Storytelling Festival: Merriweather Library, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; free and open to the public; for info 886-1399 or 883-4418.

On the Other Side Film on Housing Discrimination: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Merriweather Library; sponsored by HOME.

HOME Free Training for landlords: 2-4 p.m., 1542 Main St.; 854-1400 ext. 22 to pre register. The Fight to Free Mumia Abu Jamal: A discussion with political prisoner’s long time attorney and friend; 7 p.m., Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St. THURSDAY APRIL 18 Board of Education Candidates Debate: 7-9 pm, Burchfield Penny Art Center, 1300 Elmwood, free and open to public. Urban Professionals Third Thursday Meeting: Holiday Inn’s The Grille 620 (formerly Jonquils), 620 Delaware. Screening of “This Doesn’t Happen Here”: short documentary about the history of segregation in Buffalo; Market Arcade Film and arts Center, 63 Support our Advertisers

Mary B. Talbert Civic Club Annual Awards Banquet: 6 p.m., Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Rd; 8964203 or 835-2273 for tickets. SUNDAY APRIL 21 MOTIC’s 33rd Anniversary Fundraiser: 2-5 p.m., The Oakkroom, 1435 Main St; 875-7445 or 935-9175. for info MONDAY APRIL 22 Million March Against Child Abuse & Neglect: 11:30 a.m. at Lafayette Square to City Hall by noon for program. TUESDAY APRIL 23 Dorie Miller Meeting: 6 p.m., Merriweather Library. Orchestra Rehearsal Open to the Public: Larry Salter Orchestra 7 p.m., Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway; admission free.

Community Carnival and RecycleFest A Community Carnival and RecycleFest will be held on April 27 from noon to 2 p.m. at Community Charter School, 404 Edison Avenue. All are invited for a chance to play games, win prizes, learn about recycling, and enjoy food and refreshments. A part of Global Youth Service Day, RecycleFest is a celebration of youth involved in recycling projects and programs. Global Youth Service Day is an annual event in which youth around the world do acts of service for their communities. This year, the Buffalo Recycling Alliance has made recycling a focus for Global Youth Service Day in Buffalo. Youth from schools and universities in Buffalo are joining together to spread the word about recycling at their schools, in their homes, and in their communities.



The 2013 40th National Drill Team Championship – “Drill-O-Rama” – was another awesome showcase of our talented youth! Divine Devastation in the Elementary Independent Division with their Jackson 5 Tribute brought the house down in Kleinhans Music Hall early in the competition! All of the teams were excellent! Also noteworthy was the great performance by the Crusaders Marching Unit Reunion Team! They’ve still got it! Hutch Tech (on the cover) took first place for the second year in a row in the High School Division. Other winners include: *Elementary Independent: 1st Place Divine Devastation; 2nd Place A Little More Difference; 3rd Place Cobra Crusader Marching Unit. *High School: 1st Place Hutch Tech; 2nd Place Tapestry; 3rd Place Health Science.

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*Junior Independent: 1st Place Even Finer; 2nd Place Jr. Devastation; 3rd Place Virtuous Diamonds. *Grammar School: 1st Place Dr. Lydia T. Wright; 2nd Place School #6; 3rd Place Westminster *Senior Independent: 1st Place Buffalos Finest; 2nd Place Gospel Difference; 3rd Place, Crusaders. *Best Dressed: Division 1- Jr. Devastation; Division 2 -Buffalo’s Finest *Most Original: Division 1 – Divine Devastation; Division2 – Hutch Tech. *Most Outstanding: Division 1 – Divine Devastation; Division 2 Buffalo’s Finest Best Captain: Division 1 – Devastation Mini Me’s’; Division 2 – Sr. Gospel Difference Congratulations to everyone who competed! And hats off to Marcus Brown for his continued dedication to this important institution for our youth! Over 1,000 mostly young people attended without incident!

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