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JUNE 16, 2010

inside Andrew Langston: Rochester Loses A Legend Page 2 Jackson Reveals Source of $100,000 Grant Page 14 Congress Honors Enslaved Africans Who Built Capitol Page 4

Barron for Governor?

Protests Cuomo and Dem’s All White Statewide Ticket Page 4

The Preacher vs The Professor: The Race for Ellicott Begins... Page 3

Exciting New Energy For Buffalo’s 2010 Juneteenth Festival Pg. 15 * Schedule of Events Pg. 12* Understanding the Purpose and Power of Juneteenth Pg. 14*Rochester Juneteenth Activities Pg. 15

Buffalo’s Tony Awards Connection:

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Rochester Loses a Legend: WDKX Founder and Owner Andrew A. Langston Dies Andrew A. Langston was a visionary. He founded Rochester's only African-American-owned radio station in 1974. And from small beginnings, WDKX-FM (103.9) has become a power in the community.Mr. Langston, who was chief executive officer of the station, died last Thursday. He was 83. My mom called me this weekend to ask me if I had heard the news about the passing of WDKX Founder and Owner Andrew A. Langston. I sadly told her that I had. He passed away last Thursday at age 83. We had a lengthy discusMARSHA sion about our JONES first field trip to the WDKX studios on Main Street when they were located across from the RTS bus station. It seems like only yesterday that we were walking on the carpet runners on the squeaky clean floor of WDKX. It had rained that Sunday afternoon, but my mom wanted us to see what the Langstons had created. Their station which went on the air April 6, 1974, put Rochester, New York on the map. We were wet and cold, but the receptionist was pleasant, as she held the door to let us in. My sister and I was scared to touch anything for fear of doing anything to embarrass our mother. Mr. Langston’s booming voice had our immediate attention. He told us what the call letters stood for: D for abolitionist

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and North Star Newspaper publisher Frederick Douglass; K in honor of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr who was a graduate of Morehouse College which Mr. Langston also attended; and X for Malcolm X. Mr. Langston, who had successful careers in insurance sales and clothing, told us about his fight to have a Black-owned radio station, he formed the Monroe County Broadcasting Company (in 1968) which included his wife, Gloria. He got a frequency 103.9 on the FM dial, bought a building and secured funding. A city the size of Rochester should have a Black-owned station, he stated. For us (younger tour attendees), he stressed the importance of a good education and not to depend on others for your livelihood. He encouraged more African-Americans to become entrepreneurs. “If you’re going to work hard might as well do it for yourself than for others.” I remembers his words well. Here we are 36 years later, the station is going strong, has diversified its fan base, is on line, still plays strong songs and is the heartbeat of our community. It is the only locally-owned family radio station in our area. Some things have changed National Black Network News is gone, don’t hear People-to-People or The Chil-

dren’s Strory Hour as much as I should, but Memory Lane, The Water Cooler, and the noon shows remain the same. Movie ticket giveaways are making a comeback. When the Langstons moved to Rochester in 1960, I’m sure they never thought they would see their wildest dreams grow past the scope of their imagination. I’m delighted that Mr. Langston lived to see that and more. I can’t imagine this community without WDKX. It’s too much of a staple in my life. My parents are from the islands and the radio is the main way that we communicate. I remember growing up looking at my parents and grandparents gathered around the radio listening to the death news, cricket scores and story telling. In an interview, I would conduct 30 years later, Mrs. Langston, who is Jamaican, told me that is where she got the idea to do these shows. Thank you for being a true visionary and entrepreneur. Our community needs more people like you. The public memorial service is scheduled for noon athis Thursday at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. A private service was held. My condolescenes to the Langston family and WDKX family/staff. In lieu of flowers, donations should be mailed to the Andrew A. Langston Center For Educational Excellence, c/o Canandaigua National Bank and Trust, 2075 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618.

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The Maplewood Rose Festival is a festival held in Maplewood Park each June. The festival offers workshops, demonstrations and activities for adults and children based around horticulture and landscaping. Tours are also held of the Lower Gorge. The Maplewood Rose Garden contains over 300 varieties of roses. This year’s event will be held on June 19 & 20


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Rev.Pridgen Announces Decision to Run for Ellicott District Seat HONORED: Rev. Eugene L. Pierce (pictured second from left) was recently honored by the Buffalo Half Way House and its Board of Directors for his distinguished career and dedication to the organization. As the founder, Rev. Pierce has always executed his duties and proudly acknowledges God as the head of his life. Mr. Pierce has devoted more than twenty five years to Buffalo Half Way House as integral part of the Buffalo community providing transitional services to men and women reentering the community from correctional institutions. A plaque ceremony was held by the Board president Russell T. Smith to show its appreciation of Rev. Pierce’s outstanding efforts.

Suspension Protest Press “Spotlight on Dance” Conference Set Miss Barbara’s School of Dance will There will be a press conference held on the steps of Buffalo City Hall on Wednesday, June 16, just prior to the Board of Education Meeting. Join the Buffalo Local Action Committee for the Millions More Movement in remembrance of Jawaan Daniels, and the approximate 9,000 Buffalo Public School Children who were suspended last year. Call Dr. Will Keresztes at 816-3596 to voice your support for the immediate halt to suspensions. Stay in the process, and take part in the community’s effort to address this and all other pressing issues in our schools! For more information call 948-5100.

New Buffalo Police Department Internal Affairs Office1 Opens Mayor Byron W. Brown has announced the Buffalo Police Department will open its new Internal Affairs Division (IAD) office in City Hall in the city’s 311 suite of offices on the second floor. It will be staffed by Buffalo Police Department personnel Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Internal Affairs office at BPD headquarters will remain open and accessible to the public. In addition to setting up this new office for the Internal Affairs Division in City Hall, residents can still file IADrelated complaints online at www. or call 851-4557.

present its 44th anniversary dance recital on Sunday, June 27,2010 at 3:00 p.m. in Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Avenue Spotlight on Dance” will feature tap, jazz, gymnastics, and african. For ticket information call the school (716) 834-1644.

A Family Affair Siblings Joseph, Russell, William, Charles R. and Mary Alexander and Margaret A. Roberts and Carolyn A. Clarke have donated $3,000 to the Buffalo Urban League Inc. for three freshmen attending college this fall. Each student will receive $1,000. The scholarships are in memory of three deceased brothers, James E., Richard S. and Charles E. Alexander. The family is also working on a not-for-profit project designed to provide training and technical skills that will enable young adults to be prepared to have the means and an edge to meet the challenges of the 21st century world market arena. Currently they are exploring possible president, office manager, administrative assistant, accountant, secretary and board member positions, said the family spokesperson Margaret Roberts.

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On Thursday, June 10, supporters gathered as Rev. Darius G. Pridgen announced his official decision to run for the Ellicott district Common Council seat. “As an Ellicott District resident, I’m excited about the vision Darius has for the Ellicott district,” said Assemblywoman Crystal PeoplesStokes. “he has a proven track record of not just dreaming of a better Buffalo, but creating a better Buffalo.” During the press conference, he announced the number of signatures gathered in less than 24 hours – 1,500 - and the total number of signatures collected during petitioning. “I believe the sheer number of the amount of signatures collected in such a short period of time shows the immense support Pridgen has in the Ellicott District and the number of people willing to work for change,” said Towne Gardens resident Mary Walker. Rev. Pridgen said in a recent article that he ‘s running “because I love Buffalo.” He also pointed to wanting to make a difference for young people who have no hope. "I work with young people all the time who simply don't think there is much opportunity for them here in Buffalo," he reports. "All they talk about is finding a way to leave to they can get a decent job and have a good future. I don't want this city to become a ghost town. I don't want the best graduation present to be a ticket out of town. I want our young people to love this community as I do." The pastor of the 4,000-member True Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo said he’s not giving up without a fight. "It’s bad news to anyone who thought that trying to dirty our name, reputation or accomplishments would work in keeping us out of this process. It's bad news, because this is my hometown and I refuse to see it die without putting up a fight." Pridgen won the support of the Democratic Party for the Ellicott District seat back in January after it was vacated by the resignation of Brian Davis, but the council instead appointed economics professor Dr. Curtis Haynes, Jr. He also says he is the only experienced candidate in the race.

In addition to Rev. Pridgen, City of Buffalo Firefighter Byron McIntyre is also reportedly challenging Haynes for the seat.

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Haynes Announces For Ellicott District Councilmember Ellicott Councilmember Dr. Curtis Haynes, Jr. has announced that he is “running full speed” for his seat on the Common Council, declaring, “I am the only experienced candidate in the race.” He emphasized, “I am more concerned with good governance than politics. We need more cooperation, and less factionalism, if we intend to build a better District and a better City.” Haynes pointed out some of the accomplishments of his first 140 days, noting that when he took Office, there was a backlog of “concerns and complaints, unapproved licenses, projects that had not been addressed, some for well over a year, plus the day-to-day business of new concerns and complaints, licenses needing renewal and proposed projects. In addition, I have met with Block Clubs, neighborhood organizations, developers and small business owners throughout the District, listening, learning and presenting my vision and faith in a better Buffalo for all.” “We’re working hard and moving forward,” he stated, listing a number of accomplishments since January 14th, including: • $1.5 million project for affordable housing on the lower West Side and pushed for several affordable rehab and resell homes. • discovered over $50,000 in unexpended funds for sidewalks and curbs, added it to new monies and targeted the $134,000 for improvements in the Fruit Belt, Allentown and other areas of need; • moved the sale of School 36, “and one way or the other, it will again be a school and a source of pride.” • Through our efforts, agreement was reached with the City for the sale of the former Langston Hughes Building, and “although bittersweet, Langston Hughes can now be reborn as a vital part of the nascent African-American cultural corridor.” • Approved $300,000 for rehab of the Colored Musicians Club • supported a Community Benefits Agreement for Canalside that, if signed, will guarantee a living wage for employees, set local and minority hiring goals and include affordable housing development. “If Canalside is really going to succeed, it must succeed for Buffalo’s residents.” • co-sponsored creation of a Hate Crimes Task Force and supported the Domestic Partnership Registry extending benefits to City workers not covered by prior union agreements. “Discrimination against any group is nothing I can support.” “We have just begun to innovate. Soon Ellicott neighborhoods will be seeing an “assets and needs” survey developed in my Office that will help set funding priorities based on neighborhood feedback. In addition, I am instituting a new Ellicott District Block Club grant program to help support those resident organizations that do so much to support their neighborhoods. I have also reached out to the Faith Community to establish a better networking between government and private service-providers.” Continued Page 6 Page 3


Congress Honors Enslaved Africans Who Built Capitol Congress finally righted a wrong by acknowledging the work of enslaved Africans who helped to build the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. in a ceremony today (June 16).

During the ceremony, a plaque commemorating their work was dedicated in the Rayburn Room. 
 It has taken more than two centuries for Congress to admit that those who built the monument to freedom weren’t free themselves, and the plaque is the first formal acknowledgement of their contribution.

 However, the U.S. Capitol is far from the only historically significant American building built by the enslaved Afriacans (better known

as slaves.) Faneuil Hall in Boston, Redwood Library in Rhode Island, Independence Hall in Philadelphia as well as the homes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in Virginia were all built with the help of, or primarily by, enslaved Africans.

The enslaved Africans who built the Capitol were rented from owners in the D.C. area, a practice which was commonplace according to a report issued by the Congress on the construction of the U.S. Capitol.

“George Washington, for instance, occasionally leased his African captives to neighbors who required their labor or skills for a short period of time,” the report states. “From time to time Washington found himself short of hands

and was obliged to pay for additional help.”

 According to the London Newspaper The Independent, between 1792 and 1800, 400 enslaved Africans slaves were rented out from local plantations to build the White House and the Capitol. Each slave generated $5 a month, which was paid to the plantation owners of the leased slaves. Construction on the building lasted from 1793 until about 1826.

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A White South Carolina lawmaker recently referred to a state Republican gubernatorial candidate of Indian descent and President Obama as “ragheads.”

 State Sen. Jake Knotts (R) made the comment on an Internet talk show, “Pub Politics Live.” While speaking to Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, Knotts said, “We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion.” The word is regarded as a slur aimed at people linked to the turban-wearing culture of the Middle East and Far East.

Knotts has apologized for the comments and begun damage control, but the furor over his comments may be too intense for him to continue his political career.
 State Party Chairman Patrick Haddon wants Knotts removed from his position.

“I cannot sit idly by and watch our party be torn apart by Senator Jake Knotts’ bigotry,” Haddon said in a statement. But Knotts says that he will not resign from office and will seek re-election this year.

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Councilman Charles Barron has provided details of his plans to begin a protest bid for governor, and blasted Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and the Democratic Party for putting together an all-White statewide ticket. Mr. Barron said he would begin a petition drive to create a new party, the New York Freedom Democratic Party, as a place for minority voters who had grown disenchanted with the Democratic Party. He said Cuomo had insulted African-American voters by picking Mayor Robert J. Duffy of Rochester, who is White, as his running mate, knowing that the BARRON rest of the party’s ticket would be White. “The Democratic Party has taken our vote for granted for many, many years,” Barron said in an interview, and added of Mr. Duffy’s selection: “This is the latest slap in the face. This political blackout by Andrew Cuomo is outrageous, that he would be comfortable going with an all-White state slate.” A Siena College poll released on Monday showed that, while there was some modest softening in Mr. Cuomo’s overall popularity, his poll numbers remain stronger among black voters than among whites. Specifically, he had a 69-to-18 percent favorable/unfavorable rating among Blacks, compared to 57-to-28 percent among Whites. The poll was a survey of 808 registered voters from June 7 to June 9, with a 3.4 percentage point margin of error. So does Mr. Barron see himself as a spoiler? “Spoil what?” he said. “They already spoiled us by excluding us and having a statewide slate that looks like Mississippi in the 1950s. What am I spoiling? I’m going to be an empowerer. A vote for Cuomo is a wasted vote, because he’s already got it.”

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Seventh Annual Hispanic Health Fair The Westside Community of Buffalo will celebrate “preserving good health” at the 7th Annual Hispanic Health Fair Saturday June 19, from 12 noon until 5 pm. The host and major sponsor for the Fair will be The Raul & Toni Vazquez Foundation Inc.The mission of The Hispanic Health Fair is to educate the community on matters of good health and risk factors for disease.The tests and screenings that will be conducted at this fair include: Diabetes, Asthma, Blood Pressure, Podiatric Screening, Glaucoma Screening and much more. The Fair will provide free food and entertainment. Fairgoers will be treated to clowns, face paintings and a variety of other family activities. Music will be provided. For more information, please call Urban Family Practice, P.C. at (716) 882-0366. You’ve worked hard to make your house a home. Your insurance should work hard, too. Let us show you a better, affordable way to protect your home and loved ones with Erie Insurance. We’re at our best when we’re helping people. That’s what we’ve been doing since your great-grandmother’s time. Call us. Your ERIE Agent is waiting for you.


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TEAA’ Presents First Annual Father’s Day Celebration Sadly, there are not many events that cater to Fathers on Father’s day or men in general for that matter. This year you can show your father your appreciation with more than just a “greatest dad” mug, tee- shirt or key chain. On Saturday June 19 TEAA’ will be hosting their First Annual Father’s Day Celebration. The event will be held at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center located at 1830 Abbott Road Lackawanna, NY 14218. From 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. fathers can fill their stomachs at an “all you can eat buffet” while enjoying live music from the Cadenza band and the Vocals of Lady Lita. Buffalo’s Bad Boy DJ Hassan will keep the party going on throughout the night. After a joyous evening all fathers will leave with a signature gift. Reward your father with a night to remember. Doors open at 5:00 P.M. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 for more information or for tickets call (716) 316-9275 or email us at

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Haynes stated that in the past, the Ellicott Latino community had not received the attention it deserved . “The Hispanic Community will not be forgotten by my administration. I have already made commitments to work with Councilmember Rivera to ensure that key organizations like HUB, Los Tainos, Father Belle, the Olivencia Center, Asbury Shalom and others will receive funding and a seat at the table.” Councilmember Haynes listed a series of challenges ahead. • “McCarley Gardens residents deserve guarantees that will ensure their moving costs are covered, that their new housing is acceptable to them and that neighbors will be able to live closely to each other as much as possible,” he said. “I do not believe that enough attention has been paid to the human needs • “spinoffs from the Medical Corridor must benefit Ellicott residents who need a stake in the jobs and future prosperity of this project.,” • linking the development of the Medical Corridor to the Cultural Corridor to Canalside to “generate economic growth that will translate to concrete benefits for residents, and not only developers and investors.” Haynes added, “Any time you start a new job, the first step is on the job training, and I assure you, I have been training hard since January. I am the only candidate for Ellicott Councilmember with hands-on experience in both governing and economics; it’s a combination I believe has the potential to help forge a new beginning for our District. I am independent, I am committed to serving the public and I welcome the challenge of leading Ellicott into a better future.”

Razzaq Abdul Hakim was the first born son of Kameylah & Musa Abdul Hakim. He was home schooled until age 11, when his family moved to Nigeria. He attended secondary school in Nigeria. Razzaq’s experience in Africa gave him a wider perspective on the world from a young age. He gained cultural sensitivity and learned the beauty in struggle. He graduated from Bennett High School in Buffalo and attended Buffalo State College. He married Lisa Thomas and in this union was blessed with two beautiful children, Sumayyah and Isam. Razzaq loved to help other people. To that end he started a career working with mentally challenged individuals at a dayhab center in Buffalo where he worked for many years. Previously to that he worked in The dialysis department at Buffalo General Hospital and at HSBC in Customer Care. Anyone who knows Razzaq, knew that he had a great passion for writing and words. He expressed

this incredible gift in numerous works:his most accomplished being two novels that he spent countless hours perfecting. He was an avid reader, and also enjoyed sharing his expert editing advice Razzaq with family and friends. His recreational activities included video gaming and bike riding. He loved to collect and furnish his home withrustic style decorations. Razzaq was a lover of all types of music, from old school, to rap & jazz. He loved attending movies as well as watching them at home with family and friends. Razzaq was attending SUNY Empire State College where he was thoroughly immersed in his Journalism studies. On the evening the family was composing this obituary, his cell phone chimed a reminder to attend a book club meeting at a local branch library. Razzaq is survived by a daughter, Sumayyah, son, Isam, parents, Kameylah and Musa Abdul Hakim, his grandmother Evelyn A. Smith, siblings, Majid Abdul Hakim, Tariq Abdul Hakim (Kelly), Jannah HakimAlwakeel (Muhaajer), Muktar Abdul Hakim, Sakinah Hakim-Mustafa (Husain), Yasin Abdul Hakim, Hayatu Abdul Hakim, Hashim Abdul Hakim, 13 nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends who dearly loved him and will truly miss him. “From Allah we came and to Allah we will return” (ALQUR’AN).

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Talk Show Host Glenn Beck Mocks Obama’s Daughter Fox News personality and conservative talk show host Glenn Beck has apologized for mocking Malia Obama in a pretend conversation on his radio show. 

Beck said he was trying to explain how President Obama uses his children to deflect media criticism, and said he took it too far. 

“In discussing how President Obama uses children to shield himself from criticism, I broke my own rule about leaving kids out of political debates,” Beck wrote on his Web site. “The children of public figures should be left on the sidelines. It was a stupid mistake and I apologize—and as a dad I should have known better.”

According to CNN, in a recent press conference discussing the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Obama noted that Malia asked him if he’d plugged the hole yet. Beck used that as fodder for his show as he mocked her voice in repeating that and a series of other questions.

“Is that’s their—that’s the level of their education, that they’re coming to—they’re coming to daddy and saying ‘Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?’ Plug the hole!” Beck said at one point, according to CNN.





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Prophetess Dr. Anita Williams Men in White Choir Prayer Service and Father’s Day Program in Revival It’s Revival Time with Prophetess Dr. Anita Williams June 23 to June 25 in Niagara Falls, New York at The New Testament Revival Cathedral, 1002 Niagara Ave (corner of 10th street) at 7p.m. nightly. The host pastor I Bishop Gerald J. Drayton.

6-story Jesus Statue in Ohio Struck by lightning MONROE, Ohio – A six-storytall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said. The “King of Kings” statue, one of southwest Ohio’s most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati. The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m., Monroe police dispatchers said. The sculpture, 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way the arms were raised, similar to a referee signaling a touchdown. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained early Tuesday.

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The Men in White Choir, will host a Bake Off Contest, and 1st Anniversary Father’s Day Program & Food Drive. The Men in White Choir Prayer Service will take place on Thursday, June 17 at from 6-7 p.m. at Greater Faith Temple COGIC, 480 Hickory St. where Rev. Cleveland Howell is pastor. The Father’s Day Program and Food Drive will be held on Saturday, June 19 at 4 p.m. at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St., where Rev. Darius G. Pridgen is Senior Servant. The Men in White Choir is a multicultural, multi-faith organization, making a difference in lives through musical excellence. Pat Ragin (Gospel Queen) is the visionary behind the Men in White Choir. Their debut was June, 2009 at a Father’s Day Program held at the True Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo, under the leadership of Rev. Pridgen. Pat orchestrated this choir from a vision from God. This year’s food donations will benefit, Taste of Faith – True Bethel Baptist Church, Antioch Baptist Church, and Greater Joy Baptist Church. Special guests on the program will include: The Chapel at CrossPoint Choir, Pastor Jerry Gillis/ Pastor Allen Dusel, Dr. Bishop James H. Bowman, Sr., Overseer, Antioch Holiness Church, Ken Houston – TV Personality, Zion Dominion Global Ministries, Marshall Badger, Power of Praise Choir, True Bethel Baptist Church, Pastor Darius G. Pridgen, Senior Servant, special guest, Delivered, Master’s of Ceremony, Pastor Duane Thomas, End Time Worship Full Gospel Baptist Church, Niagara Falls, NY, and Rev. James A. Lewis III, Miracle Missions Full Gospel Baptist Church.


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“Debutante Pageant of Divinity” The World of Girls Empowerment Center will host the Debutant Pageant of Divinity on Saturday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Christian Center Hall on Pearl and Tupper Streets.The pageant will highlight “Divinity Queens, Diamonds in the Rough – Classy Ladies, not Trashy” ages 13-17 under the direction of Pastor TC. The event will feature talent, modeling, speeches, prizes, awards and the crowing of Miss Divinity 2010. For tickets and more information call (716) 362-1242. Come out and support our young ladies of Divinity!

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Historic DeLaine Waring AME Church to Celebrate 54 Year History at Founder’s Day Rev. A. Iona Smith Nze, Senior Pastor of the Historic DeLaine Waring African Methodist Episcopal Church at 680 Swan Street, Buffalo New York, announced today that DeLaine Waring African Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate its 54 year history at a Founder’s Day Gala to be held at Canisius College on Friday evening, June 25, beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $50. The keynote speaker will be The Rt. Rev. Richard F. Norris, Presiding Bishop of the First Episcopal A.M.E. District, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to a travelling museum exhibit about Rev. DeLaine’s work, a documentary produced for the Founder’s Day Gala will also debut. Pastor Nze said, “In 1956, our church founder, the Rev. Joseph A. DeLaine Sr., arrived in Buffalo, New York from Clarendon County, South Carolina, forced to leave South Carolina because of the courage, passion and progress with which he led a campaign to gain equity in education for the children of Clarendon County.” In 1951, the DeLaine home was destroyed by arsonists. In 1955, DeLaine was given ten days to leave Clarendon County or die. The church he pastored was destroyed by arsonists and after an episode of life threatening gun fight, DeLaine escaped, fleeing the State of South Carolina and securing refuge in the State of New York. Rev. DeLaine was instrumental in the Clarendon County, South Carolina Civil Rights Movement that led to the Briggs v. Elliott case, the first of five cases that challenged the constitutionality of the "Separate but Equal" doctrine in public schools, which led to the U.S. Supreme Court case known as Brown v. Board, et al in 1954. Proceeds from this event will be used by the church to restore the church roof. Pastor Nze, who is leading the fundraising campaign to restore the roofs of the church said, “The sacrifices necessary to raise the funds to restore our church have been significant but we are yet holding on, trusting God for the support from near and far to complete the work God has entrusted to our congregation.” For more information, please call 842-6747 or 617-817-2003.


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ON STAGE BUFFALO LIVE Hosts Grand Opening Weekend, Father’s Day Weekend Comedy Jam Buffalo Live, located at 3053 Main Street (corner of Minnesota), will host its Grand opening weekend for Buffalo Live’s “Pryor Room” on Friday, June 18 with $5 dollar Friday’s. Featured will be Buffalo’s Own Soultress Singer Nikki Hicks & Mommas Biscuits featuring Johnny Kemp singing his smash hit “Just Got Paid, Friday Night.” Doors open at 5 p.m. with drink specials Johnny Kemp and dinner (from 5-7 its FREE). Admission from 7- 9 p.m. is $5 and at 9 p.m. $10. Showtime is 9 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, June 19 and 20 Buffalo Live will host a Fathers Day Weekend Comedy Jam starring Talent, Guy Torry Redbone and more!!! The show starts at 8 p.m. on each day. Tickets are on sale at Doris Records 883-2410, at Eleven 833-2111 or New Style Records 8340710. For more information call 2001045. Mr. (R&B) Chauncey Northington & Friends: Live in concert Friday June 18th at the Hamlin House 432 Franklin St. Doors open @ 8pm Tickets $15 in advance/$$More @ the door *Food included* For tickets call 716-603-4648 or the Diva @ 716-228-9448*Or Doris Records.

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*Father’s Day Musical Explosion featuring Blue Magic, Ronnie Laws, Buffalo’s own Untouchables, Dee Paris, Will Holton, Allen Carrier, Saturday, June 19 The Tralf, for 2 shows @ 7 & 10:30 p.m. Tickets $39 & $44 available at The big 6 Musicians Club, Doris Records and all Ticket Master Locations. A Godfather Promotion. *Maxwell with special guest Melanie Fiona, July 12, HSBC Arena, tickets at the Arena box office, all outlets . *Live Piano Jazz: Free every Friday from 6-9 PM. Ms. Diana M. Reeves on vocals and keyboards. Mr. Larry Henderson on drums. Hot Stuff Southern Cafe’, 829 Main St., NF, NY 14301. 716.282.7883. *Open Mic & Jam Session every Friday and Saturday New Musician’s Big “6” Club, 600 East North @ Fox; 896-6660. *Thursday Night Comedy: The New Golden Nugget, 2046 Fillmore Ave. 8 p.m.; tickets $15.

JUNE16, 2010

Count Rabbit, Backroad Blues Band Shake It Up At Friday Night Jook Joint

Buffalo’s Tony Awards Connection: Stephen Henderson, Roslyn Ruff and Chanon Judson

The popular Friday Night Jook Joint is live again on June 18, with Count Rabbit and his Bluesmen and the AACC’s own BackRoad Blues Band. The evening of soulful dancing, upbeat rhythm and good food at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue, starts at 9 p.m. and ends at midnight. Donation is $15 at the door and $10 more for a drink and a plate. The BackRoad Blues Band features musicians Frazier Tom Smith, Shorty Long and Richard “Flick” Williams; and vocalists Mary Craig, Beverly Crowell, Terry Wideman, Charles Everhart and Chalma Warmley. For additional contact the African American Cultural Center at (716) 884-2013.

“Fences,” a revival of August Wilson’s drama about family, won for best revival of a play at Sunday’s 2010 Tony Awards, while its two stars, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, won for best actors in a play. “Fela!” — the innovative Afrobeat biography of Nigerian superstar Fela Anikulapo-Kuti — had 11 Roslyn Ruff and Stephen Henderson and nominations, and won three: Bill T. L-R: Chanon Judson under the Fela! marquee. Jones for best choreography, also for best sound design of a musical and best costume design. Buffalo was well connected. The phenomenally talented actor Stephen Henderson, who formerly taught in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo and acted locally, was nominated for a Tony award in the featured actor category for his performance opposite Densely in Fences. Roslyn Ruff, a former Ujima Theatre Company member, and an exceptional actress, is also in the Broadway production of Fences as the standby for the leading female actress, Viola Davis. Meanwhile, the lovely and talented dancer Chanon Judson, a UB graduate in Dance, is a principal dancer in the musical Fela! She is the daughter of Mae and Willie Judson. Congratulations! (Special thanks to the African American Cultural Center’s Paulette Harris for photos and info!)

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2010 Juneteenth Activities June 19 & 20 35th Annual Juneteenth Festival Martin Luther King Jr. Park SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITES IN THE PARK

Saturday: June 19th: Parade begins at 11am sharp from the corners of Genesee & Wende Streets, proceeds down Genesee into Park. Followed by Festivities in Park until 8:00pm MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT *2:00 pm: Underground Railroad Tours: Dates: June 19th & 20th. Time: 2:00 P.M and 4:00 P.M Location of pick up site: Best & Fillmore. Sponsor: Motherland


*Health Pavilion: Dates: June19th and June 20th. Time: 12:00 noon – 6:00 P.M Location: Vendors Alley on Fillmore near Martin Luther King Drive. Sponsored by Great Lakes Health: (Kaleida/ECMC) *Holistic Health: Dates: June19th and June 20th. Time: 12:00 noon – 6:00 P.M Location: Vendors Alley on Fillmore near Martin Luther King Drive. *Children’s Activity Tent: June 19th & 20th. Time: 1:00 PM to 6::00 PM. Location: Tennis Courts *Youth Activities: June 19th & 20th: Time: 12:00 noon – 6:00 PM *Book Sharing: Dates June 19th and 20th. Time: 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Location: Near the Martin Luther King Jr. Bust. on Fillmore Street. Sponsor: Project Flight & HSBC Bank

*Entertainment: Dates: June 19th and 20th. Time Saturday June 19th – 2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sunday June 19th – 1:15 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Location: In the Parking lot of the green house. Sponsor: Buffalo and Erie County Arts Council *Heritage Tent: June 19th and June 20th: Displays of African artifacts, brochures of heritage information @ the corner of Best and Fillmore in Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Times: from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. *Arts & Culture Stage: June 19th Time: 2:30 P.M. to 7:30 PM. Sunday June 20th: 1:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Location: Parade & Fillmore Streets. Reenactment plays of historical events will also occur on Arts &

Culture Stage. Sponsor: Buffalo & Erie County Arts Council

*Family Photos: Dates June 19th and 20th from the hours of 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Location: Fillmore Street. Sponsor: Locust Street Art Program (Step Teams and dance groups will perform on Arts & Culture Stage *African Drum and Dance: Date: Sunday, June 20th Time: Drum Class -1:30pm to 2:30pm and Dance Class from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Place: Near tennis court. Sponsor: Buffalo and Erie County Arts Council *Friday June 18th: Praise & Worship from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

*Saturday June 19th: Schedule: Praise & Worship 9:00am – 11:00 (Sponsored by WUFO Radio Station) *Sunday Schedule: Praise & Worship 9:00am – 12:00noon (sponsored by WUFO Radio Station). Followed by festivities in the park until 8:00pm Festivities include: Entertainment stage, Arts and Culture stage, Vendor’s Market, Food Court, Health Pavilion, Family Portrait Booth, Step Team exhibition, Drill Team exhibition, Book Sharing, Historical Exhibits, Reenacting historical events in history, Children’s Activities, Youth Activities, Underground Railroad Tours and more! Come and enjoy a fun-filled weekend for the entire family! Pre Festival Events



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Thanks to God And Special Thanks to the Wendt Foundation : $100,000 Grant Will Enable Us to Put Our Youth Back to Work this Summer! We would like to thank our supporters for believing in our God given mission. We could not accomplish our goal to help rebuild our community and save our youths without you. I’d also like to thank the supporter (s) who never really met DARNELL me in person but JACKSON once they came out and saw the real work we have done from our hearts and not from our pockets, they know we were for real and serious about our mission. We have had over 150 meetings with almost every politician in New York State. We have only received verbal commitments and no money thus far. But thanks to the Wendt Foundation who came out and saw for themselves the job that we’ve done, the streets we cleaned and talked to some of our children around the ages of 7 – 10 and the way they’ve been taught to clean up their streets. – we were awarded a $100,000 grant to continue our work this summer. Over 25 letters were written to Mayor Brown last year from youths beg-

REMEMBER SOWETO: The Soweto uprising or Soweto riots were a series of clashes in Soweto, South Africa on June 16, 1976 between Black youths and the South African authorities. The riots grew out of protests against the policies of the National Party government and its apartheid regime. The police massacred 23 of the marchers, many of them unarmed students. June 16 is now celebrated in South Africa as Youth Day. Page 14

ging for their jobs again to help keep them off the streets. He didn’t even respond. The letters were given to Deputy Mayor Donna Brown on her tour of our new facility last year. How could they not respond? How can we stop the violence if we don’t provide opportunities and alternatives to the violence? These youth should at least be given some hope in a hopeless community. The young people learned how important it is to work and experienced the great feeling from receiving a paycheck. Thanks to the Wendt Foundation, we will hire around 25 youths between 14 – 25 years old this summer and around 10 kids from the ages from 7 – 12 to get a stipend to help clean also. We are on a mission for self help. When we complete our building our goal is to hire between 100 to 150 youths to work with us, start over 35 small business, provide over 50 kiosks to hire youth to sell their own products and training to teach them how to run their own business. We are also aiming for our own community fruit and vegetable market. We have started our own eastside flea market, where you can sell your own goods, as well as our own barb-que stand open every weekend with the best bar-b-que hamburgers, hot dogs and side orders in the city! Plans are in the works to do some outside concerts. We have the largest building and secure parking lot here on the eastside, all performers are invited to come. We belived our summer agenda can turn this city around, rebuilding, cleaning, job placement, mentorship, training and what ever else God puts in our hearts. We haven’t received any support from the inner city thus far-our Black churches, politicians, or community based organizations. But prayers have been going up and blessings have been coming down, and we know God will supply all our needs. Glory be to God! Our board meets every other Wednesday. The next meeting will be on wednesday June 30 from 5-6 p.m. sharp. (Darnell Jackson can be reached @ 570-9165. Support the Black press!)


Understanding the Purpose and Power of Juneteenth If you are old enough to remember the first years of Juneteenth, think back to the feeling it gave us then… the sense of a huge family reunion, with the sound of African drums never far off, where double time drill teams channeled those same rhythms in thunderous disSabirah Muhammad plays with their hands and feet. Remember the feeling of a re-created African village, where we encountered friends, family, and schoolmates we hadn’t seen in years. Remember the dance contests that broke out spontaneously, while Curtis Blow and KRS One and the Sugar Hill Gang introduced a new way to speak to our every day experiences with humor and dignity. While still well attended, over the years, attendance at Juneteenth has dwindled, and complaints about the festival abound. Some are angered by the removal of activities from the Jefferson Avenue strip, which took the feeling of community out of the celebration. Others complain that the festival has been co-opted by the city for the purpose of raking in huge vending fees. Still others say it has been downgraded to a shopping mall in the park, where we walk aimlessly, back and forth. The biggest grievance of all concerns the violence caused by idle youths who come specifically for the purpose of breaking the peace. In spite of the changes that have taken place with our festival, it has proven to have staying power, remaining one of the biggest Juneteenth celebrations in the country. We need to thank the Juneteenth committee for what they have done to accomplish that, and to provide substance with Sankofa Days precelebration events, which we all should attend more of. In so many ways, our Juneteenth celebration could serve as a catalyst for the reunification of our family, and the economic rebirth of our community. Those of us who are dissatisfied with the direction the festival has taken should join the planning effort and help to shape its future. Already, the men of several of our organizations have posted patrols to provide security. A strong male presence that continues beyond Juneteenth would neutralize mischief making altogether. Former Crusaders, Ebonaires, and other drill team alumni could return to the drill circuit as advisors. You understand MYCHALLENGERNEWS.COM

that drilling did not begin with the obscene, bump and grind display that it has degenerated to - that its true purpose is to capture, discipline, and cultivate the natural militant propensity of our youth. The business minds among us can show us how to build a local economy, causing Juneteenth weekend to do for the Black community what Christmas does for the nation. What would our neighborhoods look like if the past 34 years of festival revenues had been circulated among our own local merchants and vendors? With regard to the warm embrace of our village, what would our family be like if so many adults had not defected, running in fear from our own children? Our educators should take advantage of this time, especially the full week of Sankofa Days to set up workshops, stage plays, hold discussions and teach the noble history of our people that is deliberately left out of the schools. This will imbue our children with a knowledge of self, which will automatically instill self love. Our children should know the history of the mighty BUILD organization, which worked to establish this festival in response to slave holding America’s hypocritical Bicentennial celebration of freedom in 1976. They should know of its origin in Galveston Texas in 1865, and that it commemorates the announcement of slavery’s end, two years after the emancipation Proclamation. Our musicians should take this time to pen and perform the music of liberation, offering an alternative to the low down funky messages the children hear every day. (Check out Nas and Damian Marley’s latest collaboration: Distant Relatives) Like Kwanzaa, Carribana, and the Holy Day of Atonement, which commemorates the historic Million

Man March, Juneteenth is one of a few holidays established by the Black family without a single picket sign, a single demonstration, petition drive, persuasive speech, or “please mista please.” We launched it the way the Jewish community launched Yom Kippur, the way the Polish community established Dingus Day, the way that every other self respecting community honors, affirms, and celebrates itself. We just did it. We reached all the way back through genetic memory to a time when it would never occur to us to ask permission for recognition of the people and events that bear witness to our strength and resilience, remind us of our divine kinship, excite our imagination, announce our great contributions, and inspire us to make even greater contributions in the future. We should realize and actualize the potential of this great celebration to win back our children, take back our community, reign in our dollars, and reestablish the precious ties that bind.

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Beautiful Humboldt Parkway extended southeast from Agassiz Circle to Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The broad, beautiful parkway was designed with a heavily planted median containing a bridal path down the middle and access roads on both sides. It was initially planted with six rows of Tulip trees. They were replaced with Maple trees wand were later infilled with Elm trees. During the 1960’s Humboldt Parkway was destroyed to make way for the construction of the Kensington Expressway.

A Rationale for Building a Cover over the Expressway Presented by the Reclaiming Our Community Coalition The Reclaiming Our Community Coalition (ROCC) is a committee of concerned organizations focused specifically on the goal to reclaim the beauty and dignity of its once beautiful community. Accordingly, in a series of articles, beginning with this one, a justification for this underlying principle will be presented. For three decades beginning in 1868, Frederick Law Olmsted, his partners and successors created for Buffalo, New York, a series of parks and parkways that attracted national and international attention. These men were motivated by the belief that developing a plan of interconnected parks and parkways would promote the health, wealth and prestige of the city. These convictions hold true to this day. Recent studies confirm that cities with well maintained parks and parkways (especially those designed by Olmsted) are healthier and attract more businesses and workers. A case in point is the recent study conducted in Philadelphia, PA. It is an older city that is plagued by similar problems as those facing Buffalo. Its population is shrinking, aging and losing economic strength. In areas of the city with easy access to parks, however, the educational attainment and medium income of residents was higher. Additionally, unemployment declined and housing values increased notably. Higher property values near parks, in turn, increased revenues from property taxes resulting in the expansion of the tax base of the city. In this connection, researchers estimate that urban parks increase tax revenues by as much as 30 percent. In short, this study shows that cities like Philadelphia and Buffalo need to attract people who will contribute to increasing the education and income levels of community residents as well as boost the tax base. Cities with well maintained parks and parkways, then, are more likely to achieve these goals. Reclaiming Our Community Coalition (ROCC), is proposing that a cover be built over a portion of the Kensington Expressway complete with trees, shrubs and flowers. This project would restore the visual quality and natural environment of the Humboldt Parkway neighborhood by recreating Humboldt Parkway over the section of the 33 Expressway from East Ferry Street to the Best Street exit. This project would promote an aesthetically pleasing physical connection across the existing below grade expressway, reuniting communities. In implementing this project, it should be noted; there would be no impact on existing traffic patterns. In sum, this project would restore the treasure envisioned by Olmsted. A majestic tree-lined parkway would be restored which would improve the looks, health and benefits of the neighborhood. Specifically, with regard to looks, it would: return the beauty and elegance of the parkway; change the aesthetic perception of the community; and affect the curbside appeal thereby encouraging investment and attracting potential home buyers. Regarding health, it would: improve the air quality and all the benefits of trees and green space. And, in terms of benefits, it would: stimulate the repair and improvement of existing structures economically which would appreciate property values in a real way; stimulate commercial interests in the community monetarily restoring needed vitality;highlight the City June 16, 2010

The 2010 Juneteenth Festival in Buffalo will be one to remember and sure to please, with exciting new energy and fun the whole family can enjoy. Make your way over to the Book Share sponsored by Project Flight & HSBC Bank. But be sure to get there early. Good titles always go fast! You can find it near the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community art enthusiasts and the Art Education Department of the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) will be hosting a Creative Chalk Walk for children of all ages. Using a portion of the wading pool as canvas, budding artists, young and old, will create their own beautiful works of art. There will also be a large tent housing the Youth Activity Center where children will have the opportunity to create paper jewelry using African themed paper, paint small murals, and experiment with other culturally themed crafts. This year’s expanded youth component will also include exciting new games and activities for teens and young adults. Get in touch with nature and your inner being with our Healing Garden activities including Reke, Meditation, Reflexology, Tibetin bowl, Digerido, Touch Healing, Licensed Massage Therapist, Talks on Juicing, Healthy smoothies, and Healthy eating choices. As a full week of “Sankofa Day” events wind down (June 12 through the 18), “Let the healing begin!” on June 16 as we journey in a processional from the Frank E. Merriweather library to the Foot of Ferry for our 3rd Annual Maafa Memorial Service with healing meditations from Dr. Maat Lewis, poetry by Dr. Anthony Neal and musical inspiration from Ras Jomo and the Daughters of Creative Sound. At the Maafa memorial service we take time out to acknowledge the awesome strengths of the Africans who escaped bondage, fought, bled, and died in bondage, but also those enslaved Africans who endured, persevered and helped to reshape the nations’ economic, artistic and political landscape. To all of them we say Ashe (the creative energy that makes of buffalo as the city of solutions for improvement; and show communityy children the possibility of a better way of life. (Stephanie Barber is President of the Reclaiming Our Community Coalition -ROCC).


positive things happen) and Medase (thank you). The greatest reparation comes from within. Together we will heal!

Thursday June 17 – “ Plans of Action” An open conversation on saving the self, family, and community in the 21st century 7– 9 Juneteenth Headquarters 1517 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14211 Telephone (716) 891-8801

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The Freedomway Business Association is pleased to present its eighth annual Juneteenth Celebration, Saturday, June 19 from 11a.m to 8 p.m. at Susan B. Anthony Square, between King St. and Madison St. The parade will begin at 11:30 Friday June 18– “Lights Camera a.m. Action ” Well, This is why we’re HOT . The City of Buffalo is conJuneteenth is the oldest known centrated with Musicians, Singers, celebration commemorating the Dancers and Beautifully creative ending of slavery in the United people. This is an official welcome States. Dating back to 1865, it to all our visiting vendors, family and was on June 19th that the Union friends who bring positive energy and Soldiers led by Major General well wishes to the Juneteenth Festival Gordon Granger landed at Galvesevery year. Come and full-joy the ton, Texas with the news that the Life and Times God has given us. war had ended and that the enslaved Come and join us for a preview of were now free. Note that this was the arts and culture stage. two and a half years after President 6 -9pm The 2nd Cup 36 Broadway Lincoln’s Emancipation ProclaAve (@corner of Ellicott) (716) 840 mation-which had become official -0048 January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal nomo number of Union Troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the Surrender of General Lee in April of 1865 and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough By James Reid to influence and overcome the resistance.


Big hands, big hugs, big smiles. Big love. I remember Daddy. Reaching up, falling down, Crying at my first day of school, Being happy he was holding my hand I remember Daddy. Sixth grade, my first girlfriend Ties, church shoes, homemade hair cuts I remember Daddy. High School graduation, my first Broken heart, expectations? shaving, A warm hand on my shoulder, I remember Daddy. My first car, house, job Wife, child and the first time I saw Daddy sick. I remember Daddy. Encouragement, empowerment, fear, hope and the weight of Fatherhood, I remember Daddy. So every year at the same time I go to my father’s grave Clean it, put flowers on it, and take My time and remember Daddy...

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All or none of them could be true. For whatever the reason, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory. `The event will include entertainment, food, music, speakers and activities for kids. We encourage everyone, to come and join us in the festivities. `For additional information and a full schedule of events, please contact Lula at (585) 454-2680. Page 15

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you mean a license, a certificate, a diploma or degree. Any or all of these can certainly open doors for you. The bible reads: in Proverbs 24:14 - So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: When thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

Dear Eve My brother and I usually work well together, we do car repairs as well as a few other minor repairs. Lately we have expanded our talents so much that we are replacing toilets and fixing sinks. Many of these things are through trial and error. I have suggested that we go back to school and get a piece of paper to show what we can be more capable of. My brother doesn’t see it that way. Although we are doing well with things as they are, wouldn’t you agree that we might be further along, if we had more knowledge? Please answer. He reads your column. -Jack of all trades

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is in flue process of reviewing its anticipated federally funded contracting activities for fiscal years 2011-2013 (October 1, 2010-September 30, 2013) Pursuant to US DOT regulations 49 CFR PART 26, the NFTA is required to establish Race Neutral and Race Conscious Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Goals. This goal is based upon projected contracting and procurement opportunities, the availability of eligible ready, willing and able to work Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, and past contracting achievements. An overall agency goal of 17% is anticipated for the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. Your comments on the proposed overall goals are encouraged and will be used for informational purposes to develop the final established goal. The methodology used to determine the goal will be available for public inspection during normal working hours, Monday through Friday at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo New York. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will accept comments on the goals for forty-five (45) days from the date of this notice. For assistance contact, Linda Seay, Manager of EEO/Diversity Development at (716) 855-7489 (voice) or 1-800-662-1220 or 7711 (TDD/Relay).


Dear Jack: So you want to get out of your comfort zone and pursue new opportunities. What exactly do you want to do? What exactly do you want to

Board of Education Buffalo, New York Division of Purchase 716-816-3585

Volunteers Needed For Gus Macker Charity Basketball Tournament

**Sealed proposals will be received in Room 816 City Hall On: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 11:00 AM for BID # 09-10-119 VISION SOFTWARE SUPPORT & UPGRADE PLAN Specifications and bid forms are available at

Do you want to be part of one of the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournaments in the country? Be part of the action by volunteering for the 2010 Buffalo Gus Macker June 25 through June 27 held in and around Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please call Peter Savage at 851-4615 or e-mail at policeathleticleague@city-buffalo. com. The Macker Volunteer Application is available on the PAL website For complete information on the Buffalo Gus Macker visit

Jennifer LoTempio Purchasing Agent Board of Education Buffalo, New York Division of Purchase 716-816-3585 **Sealed proposals will be received in Room 816 City Hall On: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM for BID #09-10-118 VIDEO EQUIPMENT FOR CITY HONORS SCHOOL On: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 11:00 AM for BID # 09-10-117 GRAFFITI REMOVAL Specifications and bid forms are available at Jennifer LoTempio Purchasing Agent

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Legal NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF ERIE - KEYBANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION , Plaintiff, AGAINST CHERESE M. ABRAM, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly dated 1/23/2009, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the 92 Franklin Street, Erie County Hall, at Buffalo, New York, New York, on 7/1/2010 at 10:00 AM, premises known as 94 Ivanhoe Road, CHEEKTOWAGA, NY 14225. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of CHEEKTOWAGA, County of Erie and State of New York, Section:90.76, Block: 2, Lot: 3. Approximate amount of judgment $51,969.88 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #08-6356. Deborah Becerra, Referee, FRENKEL, LAMBERT, WEISS, WEISMAN & GORDON, LLP, Attorney for Plaintiff 20 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706 Dated: 5/26/2010


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Brothers of Mercy Senior Apartments 10500 Bergtold Rd. * Clarence, NY * 759-2122 Un-assisted apartment living in a quiet and peaceful park-like setting. Affordable rents, designed for convenience, comfort and safety. Close to shopping, restaurants, movie theaters. On site amenities include beauty/barber shop, chapel, enclosed porch, coin operated laundry and on-site management. RENTS STARTING AT: Efficiency-$407 * 1 bedroom-$477 Utilities included * Call for appointment and tour June 16, 2010

Nurse Practitioner

The primary care nurse practitioner will evaluate, diagnose, and treat students for injury and illness in the student health clinic setting. All medical information including lab tests, X-rays, and necessary appropriate referrals will be reviewed and properly documented in the medical record. Work in conjunction with the collaborating physician and other health clinic staff to ensure coordination and continuity of care to our diverse student population. Participate in the educational mission of the health center by providing health education. Perform additional duties as required to support the college's strategic plan and chancellor's initiatives. This full-time position will require some evening hours. Required Qualifications: Master's degree in family or adult nurse practitioner; must have prescribing privileges with current DEA number; current BLS certificate; one year of professional experience after licensure in a primary care clinical setting. Preferred Qualifications: Prefer clinical experience in managing women's and men's sexual health; prefer certification by a nationally recognized agency as a family or adult nurse practitioner. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. We encourage interested applicants to apply for this job posting online at

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Buffalo Challenger FULL TIME OPENING Size: 2 (4”) x 3.5” GENESEE6/16 COMMUNITY COLLEGE Issue: (State University of New York) D/L: 6/10 Price: Community $112.00 Genesee College has opened the following search for Fall 2010:

Instructor / Coordinator of Clinical Education for Respiratory CareMaster’sDegree required, (may consider degree in progress). Registered Respiratory Therapist, licensed or eligible for licensure in New York and a minimum of four years experience as a registered respiratory therapist with experience in intensive and acute care, home care, pulmonary and/ or cardiac rehabilitation is required. Previous experience as a Coordinator or Director for Clinical Education highly desirable. Ideal candidates will possess a passion for teaching and learning, a sense of humor, a positive attitude and a willingness to embrace technology. They will strive to create and maintain personal connections with students and the college community. (S)he must be a friendly, enthusiastic team player with a strong work ethic who contributes to Genesee’ s supportive community, dedicated to effective innovative strategies for student success. Position is targeted to begin Fall 2010. For more details and to apply online visit Review of applications will begin immediately. Please include a cover letter, resume and contact information for four references. GCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body, and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.


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Buffalo Challenger Thursday only 6 Catholic Charities has an- excellent Size: 1 col. (2) x 2” professional development opportunity available for(due the following Issue: Monday) position: Administrative Assistant

Catholic Charities is seeking an Administrative Assistant responsible for providing clerical and administrative support for the Diocesan Director. Must be highly organized and able to work independently, perform office management functions including typing, data input, copying and filing, preparing memos, presentations, and reports. Receives phone calls, including occasional complaints and responds or routes as appropriate. Expert level written and verbal communication skills, strong decision making ability and attention to detail are equally important. Ability to interact with staff (at all levels) in a fast paced environment, sometimes under pressure, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial to this role. Sets up meetings, internal and external, including training sessions related to the parish appeal and makes travel arrangements. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). Has the ability to learn basic aspects of Raiser’s Edge computer program. Candidate must possess High School Diploma or equivalent with a minimum 5 years administrative experience required or Associate Degree. Interested & qualified candidates may forward resume & cover letter with Job # 201029 to: Catholic Charities, 741 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209, Attn: HR. EOE/M/F


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*Stop The Violence Coalition Meeting: 5:30 p.m. 742 Delaware Ave. 882-7882. Fridays. *Buffalo Local Action Committee Meeting (BLAC): 6:30 p.m. Pratt Willert Center, 422 Pratt St. Thursdays *TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): 6 p.m.; Edward Saunders Community Center, 2777 Bailey Ave.; 834-6095. Mondays *African Consciousness Workshop: 6-8 p.m.; Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue. Mondays *The Israel of God Bible Study Class: 6 p.m.; 372 Feugeron Ave.; 897-2270. Wednesdays *Health and Healing Circles: 3:30-5 p.m.; CAO, 70 Harvard Pl.; 903-3290, Wednesdays *Moot Senior Center “Best Breakfast in Town”: 9-10:30 a.m. 292 High St., Wednesdays *Men and Women Support Groups: 5:30-7 p.m.; 1333 Jefferson Avenue; hosted by Group Ministries, Inc. Thursdays *Alcoholics Anonymous First Step Group: 8-9 p.m.; Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St. Niagara Falls. Fridays *Narcotics Anonymous: 5-7 p.m.; Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10t St. Sundays *Senior Bridge Club/Poker Club: 1-4 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021.


*The Café at Masten & Eaton Presents “Friday Evening Jazz”: 8 p.m.; 230 Masten Avenue; 883-2311. Fridays *Swinging Sundays: 8:00 p.m.-12 p.m.; Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway; 855-9383. *“Classic Soul Mixer”: 7-10 p.m.; Pandora’s Restaurant & Bar, 2261 Fillmore Ave. Fridays. JUNE16, 2010

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Wednesday June 16

Friday June 18

Saturday June 19

Suspension Protest & Press Conference: City Hall prior to 5 p.m. Board of Education meeting; 816-3596; called by Buffalo Local Action Committee for Millions More Movement.

Friday Night Jook Joint: 9 p.m. to midnight, African Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave; $10; live music by Count Rabbit and His Bluesmen; 884-2013.

Pastors Praying for Peace: 11 a.m. gathering time 9:30 a.m.; Juneteenth Office, Genesee/Moselle St.

Saturday June 19

Sunday June 20

B.U.I.L.D. Alumni First School Reunion: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; 342 Clinton St.; call 6981176 or 228-8424 for more info.

Muhammad School of Music 11th Annual Youth Concert: 2:30 p.m., Buffalo Central Library downtown; admission $8 pre-sale $10 at the door, under 5 free; 881-5088.

Moot Senior Center Best Breakfast In Town: 9 a.m.; Moot Senior Center; call 882-4637 for more info. Board of Education Special Meeting: 4:30 p.m.; Room 801, City Hall. Thursday June 17

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Dance Lessons with Smooth Steppers: Urban Line Dance, smooth style Ballroom, Steppin’ and Swing; CRUCIAL Center, 230 Moselle St., Saturdays at noon; Tuesdays at 6 p.m. $3; 633-7813. *Line Dancing With Pearl Harris: 6-7 p.m. Pratt Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt St. donation $2. Wednesdays *Community Dance and African Drumming Classes: African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue, 3 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; $15 monthly; visit more information *Line Dancing Lessons, First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St., 6:30 p.m. Fridays. 847-6555. Free. *Line Dance Lessons: 10 a.m.-Noon; Martha Mitchell Center, 175 Oakmont St.; 444-2046 or 833-1038, Tuesdays Wednesdays *Line Dance by George Patterson: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 896-7021, Mondays & Thursdays. *June-Teenth Afrikan Family Time Drum Dance and Song: 6-8:30 p.m.; GatewayLongview Family Resource Center, 347 Ferry Street. Fridays * Argentine Tango Every Monday with Travis Widrick 7 - 10 p.m. 1st hour beginners lesson,The Gallery @ Chow Chocolat, 731 Main St. *Salsa Night Every Wednesday with Calvin and Fanny 7 - 10 p.m .1st hour beginners lesson The Gallery @ Chow Chocolat 731 Main St. *Latin Night 1st/3rd Friday with Chun Poh, Salsa, Merengue, ChaCha, Bachata 8 p.m.- midnight, Chow Chocolat 731 Main St. *Urban Ballroom Stepping, Swing, Beginners Salsa (all classes $3, 633-7813); Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. Urban Line Dancing; 7-8 p.m. Ballroom Stepping; Saturdays 1-3 p.m. Ballroom Stepping, West Coast Swing, Beginners Salsa. *Urban Line Dance: Learn some of the latest hot line dances,Mondays Old 600 Club, Mondays 7-9 p.m.; Wednesdays 6:15-8 p.m., ,St. Philips 15 Fernhill.


*Open Mic Poetry: 6:30-9 p.m.; EM Tea Coffee Cup Café, 80 Oakgrove St.


*Senior Fitness Class: 9:45-10:45 a.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021; Wednesdays *Exercise for Health: 9:30-10:30; Edward A. Saunders Center, 2777 Bailey Avenue; 332-4381 Thursdays *Open Gym: 5-8 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021. Fridays *Tae-Kwan-do: 6-8 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021. Mondays & Fridays *Senior Fitness Class: 9:45-10:30 a.m.: Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021. Mondays

Rally & Re-election Fundraiser for Legislator Betty Jean Grant: 6-8 p.m., Five Fifty Banquet Hall, 550 Genesee St.; $25 donation.

Malika Kambe Umfazi Sorority Inc. 15th Anniversary: 7 p.m., Best Western Innon-the-Avenue, 510 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $35; 877-MKU-1995 or email cnb@

BFC Summer Soulstice Happy Hour: 5-7 p.m.; 2 Templeton Landing (formerly Shanghi Red’s); tickets $25; call 8560363 for more info.

NIAGARA FALLS – All Male Fashion Show & Fundraiser: St. John AME Dunamis Men of Valor Ushers, 6 p.m.; $10 donation $5 youth 12 and under, Doris Jones Resource Center, 3001 9th St., Niagara Falls; (716) 285-6432; Rev. B. Leslie James, Pastor

Niagara Charter School Board of Trustees Meeting: 3 p.m.; 2077 Lockport Rd., NF; call 297-4520 for more info.

Moot Senior Center Niagara Seneca Casino Trip; call 882-4637 for more information.

Buffalo Urban League Annual Meeting: 6 p.m.; Westminster Charter School, 24 Westminster St; call 250-2400 for more info.


Free Training for Landlords: Hosted by HOME, 700 Main St., 854-1400 ext. 22 or Urban Professionals Third Thursday: Scarlet, 26 Virginia Place; DJ Corey, appetizers, networking and more; every third Thursday of the month. Friday June 18 Fundraiser for State Senator Antoine M. Thompson: Sky Bar, 257 Franklin St., 5-8 p.m.; $20 and up; 605-8773 for more information. NIAGARA FALLS “Chasing the Dream” Live on Stage: Niagara Falls Doris Jones Family Resource Bldg., 3001 Ninth St; Free; play stars at 6:30 p.m.; (716) 278-1983. Moot Senior Center Fathers Day Lunch: Noon; Moot Senior Center, guest speaker James Spencer; call 882-4637 for more info.



*Sen. Antoine Thompson Radio Show, Thursdays 1-2 p.m.; WUFO Radio 1080AM. *Community Health Center of Buffalo, “CHCB TV”Buffalo Pubic Access Station Mon. @ 9:30 p.m. & Wed.@ 11 a.m.; & on ION Media (Time Warner Ch. 18) Saturdays @ 6:30 a.m. *Pro-Ject Access To A-Free-Ka Radio Show: 3-6 p.m. 1080 AM WUFO; hosted by Ras Jomo; call in 837-111,, Mondays. *Khametic Ascendants Buffalo: 9 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (nite); Buffalo Channel 20 Video showings; live speakers. Wednesdays *My Time To Be Blessed! Channel 20, Cable TV, Evangelist Gloria Caver-Robinson Gill; Mondays and Fridays 2 to 2:28 p.m. Sundays. *Umoja Presents: 10:30 p.m.; Channel 20. *Jazz Favorites: 9-10 p.m. WBFO Radio 88.7 AM with host/producer Macy Favor and guest. *What’s Happening Buffalo and WNY: 8:30 a.m. MYTV Buffalo; host Esther Smothers. Sundays. *WHLD 1270 AM Real Distinguished Speakers Series: 3-4 p.m.; hosted by Marc L. Fuller, with guest speaker. Saturdays.

*Affordable Homes Presents “Mo’ Money “Mo’ Money: 8-8:30 p.m.; WHLD 1270 AM Radio Ministry. Saturdays. June 16, 2010


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