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BILLS UPDATE/George Radney

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State’s Oldest Active Community Organization Celebrates 45 Years

The Bills 0-8 winless Bills finally won one! On Sunday they defeated the Detroit Lions 14-12 in a nail biter. Our running game finally got going with Fred Jackson gaining 133 yards with 25 carries to lead the way. Coach Gailey finally realized that Fred Jackson is our key to victory. He should get more carries in the second half of games. Reggie Corner said, “We work hard each week by studying game film as well as having good practices is key. Our new right tackle Mansfield Wrotto had an excellent game against Ndamukong Suh in what turned out to be a very physical match up.” Ashlee Palmer of the Detroit Lions (former Buffalo Bill) played a good game and said afterwards, “it was nice coming back to Buffalo, and I was disappointed when my agent told me Buffalo cut me in order to change over from 4-3 to 3-4 defense. I was claimed by Detroit the next day, so I was pleased a team wanted me right a way.” This was definitely another bad move by the Bills GEORGE RADNEY front office. The Bills defensive coordinator George Edwards must become more aggressive on defense with more blitzes, and other creative game planning for his team. The Bills go to T.O. next. I predict Buffalo pulling an upset 31-28!PHOTOS JEROME DAVIS

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The 19th Ward Community Association the oldest continuously active community organization in New York State will celebrate 45 years of service when it meets in Convention on Friday November 19thst . The Convention’s featured speaker will be Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester. The SWAN (South West Area Neighborhood) Band will provide entertainment during the social hour which begins at 6 PM at the Danforth Community Center at 200 West Avenue at Ames Street. During the short business session which begins at 7 PM the Association will elect officers for 2011 and will welcome President Seligman’s views on strengthening the neighborhood. Following the session the fun continues with an auction of goods and services the proceed of which will support the mission of this important community service organization. . The 19th Ward Community Association is a driving force behind neighborhood safety and revitalization efforts, as well as a sponsor of community building events such as The MLK Day Luminaria Event, The Treasure Hunt, and The Square Fair 5K Run, Parade and Festival.

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Emergency Meeting for Black Cultural Organizations An emergency meeting is being held at the Merriweather Library on Wednesday, November 17 at 6 p.m. for all Cultural Centers in the African American community eliminated from the County Budget by Chris Collins. For more information contact Legislator Betty Jean Grant at 536-7323. Please attend to help legislators fight to restore funding in the budget!

ON THE COVER: One of Buffalo’s most talented and esteemed artists, William Y. Cooper, graces the cover of “Buffalo Niagara,” the area’s official visitor’s guide. Cooper, who is also an author (he published his first book recently titled “77 Jackson Street Rear”) is pictured hard at work on a new canvas at the Buffalo Arts Studio. The magazine is published by the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau, located at617 Main SAtreet in

Call for Vendors Applications are being accepted from homebased businesses, vendors, artisans and handcrafters for the 2nd Annual Holiday Shopping Showcase, scheduled for December 10, 2010 at C.A.O. located at 70 Harvard Place. This is an opportunity for vendors to showcase and sell quality gifts that are affordable this holiday season. Tables are $10.00 and participating vendors donate one of their items as a door prize. Vendor registration will close on Tuesday, November 23, 2010. Vending applications are being reviewed on a first come, first serve basis; so what are you waiting for! Request application at or call 716-903-3290. Sponsored by the Health and Healing Circle and Centre Pointe.

Eye on History Video Series Features Fannie Lou Hamer The Eye On History Video series will continue on Saturday, November 20 with a special film on the life of the civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. The film chronicles the struggle of this dedicated voting rights advocate and her determination to form the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in the 1960’s. It is a reminder of what one individual can do to make an impact on history. This program will take place at the Frank E. Merriweather library located at 1324 Jefferson avenue from 3 - 5:p.m. Following the film there will be a discussion of important events in the history of the civil rights movement. The admission is free and open to the public. For more information call Eva Doyle at (716) 8476010

McDonald’s® Offers Coffee ‘Free For All’ All McDonald’s restaurants across Western New York will offer free coffee from 5 am – midnight every day through November 28, no purchase McDonald House Charities of Buffalo. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald

Nash House Museum Tours The historic home of the late Rev. J. Edward Nash and Mrs. Frances Jackson Nash is open for tours by appointment from November thru January. The Nash House Museum is located at 36 Nash Street in Buffalo. For appointment call 856-4490. NOVEMBER 17, 2010

Kendra Eaglin

New Face on Eyewitness News! Kendra Eaglin is the lovely new face on Channel 7’s Eyewitness News. Ms. Eaglin, who anchors for the weekend editions, also reports on stories all over WNY Wednesday through Friday for Eyewitness News at 5, 5:30 and 6 & 11 p.m. She comes to WKBW from KTVM-TV in Montana. A multi-media journalist, she has also worked in the San Francisco market. She is a 2007 Broadcast Journalism graduate from San Francisco State University and a native of Oakland, California. Welcome Kendra!

Urban League to Host Annual Awards Gala The Buffalo Urban League, Inc. will celebrate its Annual Gala on Saturday, November 20, at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. The 2010 theme, “Part of the Solution,” acknowledges that each one of us has a role to play in meeting the challenges our neighbors face during these difficult and uncertain times. This year, Rod Watson and John N. Walsh III will receive the Buffalo Urban League’s highest award to an individual - Rod Watson the William L. Evans & Whitney M. Young, Jr. Humanitarian Award. The League will also proudly honor: Minister Rev. & Mrs. Chapman and Danis & Scott Gehl with the Family Life Awards; Eric Mower and Associates and University at Buffalo –Educational Opportunity Center with the Community Service Awards; and Shaquille Valentine and Mercy Walelo with “Outstanding Youth”Awards. The individuals and organizations we honor this year, each play a vital role in addressing real solutions to improve the lives of all of us. Their energy, dedication and contributions to this community make it the best place to live, work and raise a family,” said Mrs. Brenda W. McDuffie, President & CEO of the Buffalo Urban League. The proceeds from the black tie event support the organi- Rev. & Mrs. Chapman zation’s programs and services, which annually benefit over 15,000 individuals and families in the areas of: education, scholarships, employment, business development, housing, and family support, including, foster care, adoption, youth and senior services.. Joanna Pasceri, co-anchor, Eyewitness News, WKBW-TV and Elizabeth M. Lewin will preside as Mistresses of Ceremonies. The evening begins at 6:00 pm with a silent auction and reception with music provided by the Hutchinson Central Technical High School Jazz Ensemble and Pappy Martin Love Supremes Jazz Ensemble; and is followed at 7:30 pm with a dinner and awards presentation. The evening concludes with dancing to live music performed by the New York City Mercy Walelo Dimensions Band. Continued Page 13

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Athletic “Greats” Gather Once More


he traditional Thanksgiving reunion in honor of Buffalo’s “Athletic Greats” from the 40’s to the present will be held Wednesday, November 24 at 8 p.m. at the New Humboldt Inn on Humboldt and E. Delavan Avenue. The public is invited to attend. This marks the 11th year that the annual event has been held. A highlight of the Thanksgiving weekend in the community, its organized by Richard “The Lion Hearted” Clark along with gracious hosts Barbara and Lonnie of the New Humbolt Inn. Participants look forward to another year of laughter, “tall tales” of days gone by, and coming together. Some of the “greats” who graced Buffalo’s basketball courts, football fields, track fields, tennis courts, pools and baseball fields over the years included: Brad “Boxhead” Thurman, Ronnie “Chung” Stokes,” Freddie “Oil Can” Gordon, McCarthy “Mac” Gibson, Kevin “Babyface” Clark, Orv and Wilber Cott, Art “The Motivator” Serotte, Ricky “Sprint” McCarley, Fred “Frenchman” Foster, Hank “Track and Field” Sevillian, Bernard “High Jumpin” GREATS: Just a few of the “Athletic Greats” who Chaney, Charles “English Channel” Chapman, Russeau “The gathered at the Humboldt Inn several years ago. Dolphin” Taylor, Jerry “Slamdunk” Rowe, Carl “Blue” Mitchell, Next Wednesday, Nov. 24, they’ll return again. The Lamar “Buster” Keaton, Morris “Mo” Brown, Willie “Hutch” Jones, public is invited. Willie “The Politician” Morris, Michael “The Creator” Norwood, Harry “Mr. Spiritual” Ward, Michael “God’s Gift” Chapman, Herchel “Lord’s Blessing” Chapman, Joe “Lone Distance” Hicks, Jim Horne, David “NFL” White, St. Clair “Spiritual Love” Fabor, John “Road Dog” Jacobs, Kenny “The Mac Man” Maclin, Joel “Boo” Alexander, James “J Bop” Jacobs, Daniel “Dan A Gress” Adams, Herbert “Mr. Competent” Bellamy, , Albert “Kootie Boy” Blanks, Lloyd “The Lover” Lightfoot, Durie “Papa D” Burns, George “Bob Hope” Holt, Gene “The Machine” Robertson, Anthony “Mongoose” Masiello, Cecil and Beanie Brown, Harold “Bad News” Barnes, Bob “Bean Ball” Buchanan, Levi, “The Musician” Ruffin, Jimmy “Dub” Williams, Ricky “NBA” Williams, Clarence “Pumpkin” Strong, Roger “77 Points” Brown, Alex “The Father” Harris, Leonard, Trevor “I Can” Ruffin, Joe “Flash” Jackson, Cleveland “Pikin Bo” Kirkland, Gordon, “Karaoke” Thompson, Michael “Jack Bocci” Nelms, Derrick “The Entertainer” Powell, Leroi “Everything” Johnson, Earl “The Man” Holmes, Eddie “Ass Kicking” Stenhouse, Eric “All Sports” Hawkins, Glen “Dash” Morey, Anthony “Barbro” Rantin, Kenny “High Hurdle” Ross, Albert “Mickey Mouser” Howard, Walter “Jap” Cromer, Key “Vandross” Berry, Bobby “Elegant” Pope, Kenny “Thoughful” Pope, Joe “Green Eyes” Jennings, and Richard “The Lion Hearted” Clark. This year those “greats” who have passed on will also be honored. They include: Fred “Frenchman” Foster, Bernard “Smooth” Mitchell, Ron “Run Ron Run” Fleming, and Zellie “ZD The Zone Breaker” Dow.

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Ship Named After Black Naval Officer The USS Gravely guided missile destroyer, will be commissioned Nov. 20 in Wilmington, NC, becoming first U.S. Navy ship to be named in honor of an AfricanAmerican commissioned Naval officer. Vice Admiral Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. Gravely was the first African-American to serve aboard a fighting ship as an officer, the first to command a U.S. Navy ship, the first to serve as a fleet commander and the first to become an admiral. Gravely was born in Richmond, VA, on June 4, 1922. He enlisted in the Naval Reserves in1942 and was recalled to active duty in 1949. He went on to a have a successful career that lasted 38 years. His personal motto was: “Education, motivation and perseverance are a formula for success.” Gravely died in 2004.

Cholera’s Awful Toll in Haiti The hundreds of shallow graves in Haiti are filling up with recent victims from the Cholera epidemic which is currently raging over there. Numerous hospitals in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, are filling up and become makeshift emergency clinics for those who are in dyer need of medical attention. The number of those who have died from cholera so far is over1,000 and growing on a near daily basis. Thousands more have bheen hospitilized. Health care workers consider those numbers to be understated. According to one source, the disease had never had a confirmed case in Haiti before it appeared in late October along the rural Artibonite River and spread across the country. Another cites the disease as not having been confirmed in 100 years. Haitians protest UN base over cholera claim It is little wonder than that most recently protesters hold Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers responsible for a deadly outbreak of cholera that has killed so many people in just three weeks. they threw stones and threatened to set fire to a base in the country’s second-largest city Monday, Haitian radio and eyewitnesses reported.

The demonstrations began in Cap-Haitien and paralyzed much of the northern port city. Demonstrators are also reportedly targeting other U.N. bases and Haitian national police stations in the city. U.N. police spokesman Andre Leclerc said the demonstrators blocked traffic in the area. Radio Kiskeya and Radio Caraibes reported that U.N. soldiers and Haitian police fired tear gas and projectiles to disperse at least 1,000 protesters at the Nepalese base. Joseph said at least three people were injured by Haitian police. A case of cholera had never before been documented in Haiti, and fear and confusion is following its destructive path. President Rene Preval addressed the nation on Sunday to dispel myths and educate people on good sanitation and hygiene. Cholera is transmitted by feces and can easily be prevented if people have access to safe drinking water and can regularly wash their hands. But those conditions don’t exist in much of Haiti, and tens of thousands of

people have been sickened as the disease has spread across the countryside and to nearly all the country’s major population centers, including the capital, Portau-Prince. Doctors Without Borders and other medical aid groups have expressed concern that the outbreak could eventually sicken hundreds of thousands of people. The suspicions surround a different Nepalese base located on the Artibonite River system where the outbreak started. The soldiers arrived there in October following outbreaks in their home country and about a week before Haiti’s epidemic began. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the strain now ravaging the country matched a strain specific to South Asia, but said they had not pinpointed the origin of the outbreak. Following an Associated Press investigation, the U.N. acknowledged that there were sanitation problems at the base, but says its soldiers were not responsible for the outbreak. No formal or independent

investigation has taken place despite calls from Haitian human-rights groups and U.S. health care experts. Presidential candidates have seized on the suspicions to denounce the 12,000strong U.N. peacekeeping force ahead of Nov. 28 elections.


“New Apartheid” in South Africa? “We seem to have a new apartheid” in South Africa, says S’bu Zikode, leader of the poor people’s organization Abahliali base-Mjondolo. In this new order, “the poor are not taken care of, are not party of society.” Zikode, who is touring the United States, says the African National Congress government “wants to create a ‘shack-free’ country where the poor can be hidden,” reserving the cities “for the better-off and the rich.”

Anti-War Committee Broadens Scope

A recent mass meeting of the United National Anti-War Committee (UNAC) showed progress in diversifying the peace movement. UNAC co-coordinator Joe Lombardo said a large fraction of participants at the Manhattan conference were Muslim, part of a newly-formed Muslim Peace Coalition with chapters in 16 states.

Wouldn’t you agree? All children deserve to live in homes free from abuse and neglect. Senior citizens should be protected from predators and thieves. A person’s workplace should be safe and free from the threat of violence. Restaurants should be clean and the food safe. You want to be safe in your neighborhood.

County workers are already doing more with less. Reducing staffing levels further will reduce the amount of time social workers can protect clients. It will keep probation officers from properly monitoring and supervising criminals sentenced to probation – officers’ caseloads include violent and sex offenders. Even petty crimes – like car break-ins – could increase if people on probation are not monitored. The loss of as many as

10 deputies patrolling county buildings and offices jeopardizes the safety of both workers and residents. Cuts to libraries will hurt families, seniors and residents who rely on them for books, DVDs, Internet access and educational opportunities. Cuts to cultural organizations will snip the threads that make Erie County a great place to live. Cuts to the county work force threaten the public’s health and safety.

Call your county legislator today and say:

“Fix Erie County Executive Chris Collins’ budget. Keep the workforce in place.”

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e all know we need to eat our veggies, especially with the new wave of processed food companies touting how their sauces and canned pastas now contain a full day’s allotment of vegetables -- but Iva Young thinks that’s just a bit deceiving. “It’s a tricky definition of terms,” said Young, author of Healthy Mom ( “It’s really not as healthy to eat processed foods to begin with, but for them to say that using vegetables as fillers somehow makes processed foods healthy …is like saying ‘don’t pay attention to all the chemicals, dyes and sodium we put in the can -- there’s vegetables in there, too, so that makes it all okay!’” Young believes that we need to eat actual vegetables if we want to have a real healthy diet, and there are five key veggies that top her list as the healthiest. They include: • Spinach -- Popeye was right. Spinach is an excellent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, calcium, potassium and Vitamin B6. It’s also a good source of fiber, copper, protein, phosphorous, zinc, Vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, niacin and anti-oxidants. • Lettuce (greenleaf, red leaf, romaine) -- Lettuce is a low calorie fiber food that is also a great place to find Vitamin A, folic acid, lactucarium (which helps enhance calmness and pain relief), as well as the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Lettuce also contains a good amount of anti-cancer properties. • Broccoli -- Besides having great flavor and texture, Broccoli contains copious amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, beta carotene and Vitamin K. The minerals in broccoli include calcium, potassium, iron and folate. A great source of fiber, broccoli also provides lots of bioflavonoids, which is an antioxidant that helps protect against cancer and heart disease. • Brussels Sprouts -- A staple in the diets of Asian cultures, who are among the longest lived people in the world, the crunchy garnish contains lots of potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, beta carotene and Vitamin K. This is another great anti-cancer vegetable. • Cabbage -- A great low calorie food that contains a good amount of fiber, calcium and Vitamin C. Cabbage is incredibly packed with substantial anti-cancer agents. When picking vegetables, Young believes that fresh and frozen vegetables are better than canned vegetables, because they have less added salt. If you have to buy canned vegetables, she recommends draining the water they are packed in before preparing them to remove a good amount of the added sodium, or simply buy those veggies labeled as having low sodium. “Broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts also contain glucosinolates, which are known for their chemoprotective agents against chemically-induced carcinogens by blocking the initiation of tumors in the liver, colon, breasts and pancreas,” she added. “These anti-cancer compounds are released more effectively when you chop those vegetables before serving, and serving them raw increases the anticancer benefits even more.” Young suggests “steaming or roasting on a pan for no more than 7 minutes, which has proven to be a good way to keep the anti-cancer compounds and make it more edible.”

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“Enough i s “Bags of Blessings” : New Hope COGIC Enough” Citywide to Give Away 100 Bags of Groceries for Prayer Continues Thanksgiving “Enough is Enough” citywide prayer continues this week at True Praise & Worship Church 578 Walden Ave. (use Burgard Street Entrance), Monday November 15, - Friday November 19, 2010 Beginning nightly from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Calvary CME Joy Fellowship to Feature Men In White

The New Hope church located at 285 Masten Avenue will host “Bags of Blessings,” a community outreach event to take place on Sunday, November 21 during the church’s 11 a.m. service. One hundred bags of groceries, which will include items used to prepare a decent Thanksgiving meal, will be given away. With the economic down fall and the economy in crisis we, are sympathetic and understanding to those individuals and families that may be in need of help during the holidays. New Hope is solely committed to reaching out to those in need. We are excited about this event and would like to invite the community to join us for Sunday service and the distribution of 100 Thanksgiving Meal Bags. For further information call 886-3276 or 462-5121. R. Dale Alston Sr. is Pastor/ CEO.


The Missionaries of Calvary CME Church under the pastorate of Rev Dr Wayne Allen Williams and Missionary President Nellie B. King invites the Community to join us on Sunday, November 21, for our JOY FELLOWSHIP at 4 p.m.. The Men In White Choir, noted Western New York artists, will fill our souls in a mini concert. All women are asked to wear White to be in unity with Calvary Missionaries. Western New York Pastors, Missionaries and friends are invited to attend.

Friendship Baptist News

St. Luke AME Zion Church Celebrates25th Anniversary for Rev. Dr. Robert L. and Mrs. Margie T. Graham

Deacon & Deaconess Day

The St. Luke AME Zion Church will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Robert L. and Mrs. Margie T. Graham on Friday, November 19 at 6 p.m. for opening service. A gala dinner will be held on Saturday, November 20 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Luke AME Zion. Donation is $40. And on Sunday, November 21 Morning Worship will feature guest preacher the Rev. Sherman Dunmore.

Revive Us Again! The annual fall revival at Memorial AME Zion Church in Rochester will take place November 18-19 at 7 p.m. nightly with guest evangelist and renowned minister of music Rev. Jimmy Allen Thomas, pastor of New Zion Ministries, Chicago. Rev. Thomas will also conduct a music workshop on November 20 at 10 a.m. The fee is $10. All are welcome.

Fellowship Concert A Fellowship Concert featuring First Shiloh Baptist Choir and the Friendship Baptist Church choirs, will be held on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at First Shiloh, 15 Pine Street. Rev. Jonathan Staples is pastor of First Shiloh and Bro. Don Johnson is Minister of Music. Rev. Daris Dixon-Clark is pastor of Friendship and Bro. Robert Bowman is Minister of Music. Page 6

Thanksgiving Outreach Dinner Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 402 Clinton Street, will host its annual Thanksgiving Outreach Dinner on Saturday, November 20 from noon until 2 p.m. at the church. Also, the community is invited to join the congregation on Thursday, November 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. for Thanksgiving Day Service and on Saturday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the church’s annual Christmas Toy House. Rev. Daris Dixon-Clark is pastor. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its annual Deacon and Deaconess Day with guest speaker Rev. Milton Brooks of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, on Sunday, November 28 at 4 p.m. at the church, 402 Clinton Street. Rev. Daris Dixon-Clark is host pastor.

Holy Temple F.G.B.C Free Classes First Holy Temple FGBC, 703 Fillmore Avenue, will for the 3rd year sponsor free classes open to the community every first and second Friday of the month at 6 p.m. starting Dec. 5. Classes include School of the Apostles, Healing and Deliverance, Spiritual Warfare, School of the Prophets, Call to Worship, Intercessory Prayer and Daniel & Revelation. Call 896-3896 for more information. Apostle M. Daniel, Visionary, Apostolate.

Revival at Mt. Erie Baptist Mount Erie Baptist Church, 1152 Fairfield Avenue in Niagara Falls, will host its Fall Revival for three nights Nov. 17,18 and 19 at 7 p.m. nightly. Special guest speakers: Wednesday, Pastor Joe Rufus Christopher of Revelation Baptist Church in Buffalo; Thursday, Pastor Benjamin Harris of Faith Chapel, Rochester; and Friday, Pastor Douglas Smith of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Rochester. Pastor Richard D. Hague is Host Pastor. For more information call 2847498. CHALLENGERCN.COM • (P) 716 881-1051 (F) 716 881-1053

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Muslim Celebration Of Eid-ul-Adha to Focus on Sacrifice, Gratitude Muslims across the world are celebrating one of Islam’s most important and biggest holidays, Eid-ul-Adha, which marks the symbolic sacrifice of the Prophet Abraham and the close of the Hajj ceremony, or pilgrimage, to the Ka’aba in Mecca. This joyous day is celebrated to remind Muslims of the importance of sacrifice, submission and gratefulness to God.This year, Eid al-Adha began on November 16 and will last for three days. U.S. President Barack Obama has conveyed greetings to Muslims worldwide on the advent of Eid ul-Adha.
In a statement issued Monday night, Obama said "Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eid-ul-Adha to Muslims worldwide and wish safe travels to those performing Haj." 
 He indicated that this year, about three million pilgrims from over 160 countries, including the US have gathered in Mecca "and neighboring sites to
perform the Haj rituals and stand together in prayer." 
"On Eid, Muslims around the world will commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, and distribute food to those less fortunate - a reminder of the shared values and the common roots of three of the world's major religions," he noted. 
"On behalf of the American people, we extend our best wishes during this Haj season – Eid Mubarak and Haj Mabrour," Obama remarked.

Non-Violence is Theme of Niagara Falls Event Due to the violence that has been all too prevalent in our society, the Community Awareness Committee, in conjunction with the Old Pathway Holiness Church, will hold a community meeting concerning the importance of non-violence on Friday, November 19, at the New Jerusalem Revival Center, 2723-20th Street, Niagara Falls, NY at 7 p.m. Elder Mary King Burnett and Ronald E. Cunningham are chairing this program and Bishop Sammie L. Rankin is the Host Pastor. The theme of this event will be “Wake up Everybody, Stop the Violence-You Bet We Told.” This theme will emphasize the need and importance to tell on those who are committing heinous crimes in our community, putting fear into the hearts of its residents and using other forms of negative social influences to pray on those less fortunate. There are ways to report situations and incidents without being singled out or face retaliation. Randy Sargent The guest speakers will be, a Stop the Violence advocate, President of Stop Rudolphus Boans the Killing Clothing Line. He recently spent 57 days walking from Buffalo, NY to Washington, DC to draw attention to the violence in our communities and speak with our leaders about solutions to the problem. He also carried the names of homicide victims in our community. Mr. Rudolphus Boans, CEO of Rudy’s Outreach Ministries, Vice President of 100 Mighty Men and Prayer in the Park Ministries will also speak. Parents and family members who have lost their children to homicides will have remarks along with clergy, civic leaders, youth, Niagara Falls Police Department and elected officials. Some of the finest entertainers in Western New York will be performing. Included will be the all-female gospel group, Heaven Bound, Gospel Rap Artist, Shaddie Swagg; and vocalist Jimmie Smith. Praise Dancer and Mime, Sister Wanda L. Strong Thompson Howard, will also perform. She is currently President of Prayer in the Park Ministries and a member of God’s Amazing Grace Ministries. Gospel Keyboard extraordinaire, Elder Craig Cauley will also provide music for this event. Stop the Violence Honorees will be Stephanie W. Cowart, Executive Director of Niagara Falls Housing Authority, Michael Williamson, Proprietor of Williamson Funeral Home, Richard Ivey Exalted Ruler, Elks Sunset Lodge No. 295; Patrick Jones, President of Niagara Christian Basketball Program1 and Roger Trevino, Vice President and Partner, Niagara Falls Redevelopment LLC. This program is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact: Elder Mary King Burnett, Pastor, Old Pathway Holiness Church, 716-284-6361; or Ronald E. Cunningham, President, Community Awareness Committee, 716804-1858.

Brian McKnight : From Emanuel Temple to Grammy Nominations and an NAACP Image Award Talented Buffalo born singer Brian McKnight returns to his roots to perform at UB’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 21 at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo. Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history with the release of 13 albums (to date), several of which have gone platinum to triple platinum, and has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. For his outstanding work in music, Brian has received numerous awards and nominations including Grammys, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards and American Music Awards. With seemingly endless talent and a worldwide fan base in the tens of millions. He is currently starring opposite Vivica A. Fox in playwright Je’Caryous Johnson’s “Cheaper to Keep Her.” Born in Buffalo, religion was an important part of the McKnight family heritage, with several generations of Seventh-Day Adventists behind McKnight's era; his grandfather had been minister of music for a congregation, while his mother played the piano and sang alto in the gospel choir of Buffalo's Emanuel Temple. Brian, the youngest of four boys, learned to sing sitting on the lap of his mother. Tickets to his performance are available at the UB Center for the Arts and Ticketmaster. Also, listen to WBLK 93.7 for a chance to win free tickets to see Brian live. Let WBLK know what Thanksgiving means to you and how you've help others during this Holiday season (in 93 words or less), for your chance to WIN plus qualify for PEOPLES STATION GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE featuring a meet and greet and VIP reception. Critics have compared Brian McKnight to classic soul singers of a by gone era. His smooth vocal stylings and talent for writing and producing a stirring piece of music have earned him a devoted, largely female fan base. McKnight was born in Buffalo where he learned to sing while sitting on the lap of his mother. Religion was an important Continued Page 13

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entertaiment ON STAGE *Old School Funk Fest, Sat. Nov. 20, Auditorium Theatre, ROCHESTER, featuring The Bar-Kays, Slave, Confunk Shun, The Mary Jane Girls, Sugar Foot’s Ohio Players, The Dazz Band; 8 p.m.; Tickets at Ticketmaster outlets & the Auditorium Box Office.

“Healing Hands” CD Release Party: The CD release party for “Healing Hands Drum Journey” will take place Wednesday, November 24 at The Buffalo East, 1412 Main St. (near Utica). Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. VIP admission and dinner is available. Sophia’s vegetarian and Jamaican foods will be on sale. Music by Ras Muata of Project Access to Afreeka.

GLVT Love Supreme, Ken Berry On Stage at Cultural Center’s Friday Night Juke Joint GLVT Love Extreme and Ken Berry are the Friday Night Jook Joint artists on November 19 from 9 p.m. to midnight at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue. The donation at the door is $15 for the increasingly popular evening of soulful dancing, live music and good food; $10 more will get a drink and a plate. The Friday Night Jook Joint live event series is a fund-raiser for the annual AACC Pine Grill Jazz Reunion, two weekends of free jazz held the first two Sundays in August in MLKing Jr. Park. GLVT Love Extreme features Gregory Treadwell on keyboards, Oscar Alston on bass, Deshaun Jackson on percussion, James Ford on saxophone and vocalist Craig Brown. Several of the band members played formerly with the Ohio Players and the Stone City Band. Ken Berry started his music career singing with a 15-member group in a

local talent show. Since then he has earned national recognition as a sola vocalist, opening from such R&B greats as Stevie Wonder, Teddy Pendergrass, Phyllis Hyman, Jennifer Holliday and Peabo Bryson, among others. Advance tickets are on sale now at the AACC box office. The next Friday Night Jook Joint is December 17, 2010. For general information or information about sponsoring a 2011 Friday Night Jook Joint, contact event coordinator Paulette D. Harris, artistic director of the Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center. For additional contact call (716) 884-2013.

*BB King with guests Murali Coryell and Joe Louis, Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Shea’s Theatre; tickets at Shea’s Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. *Wednesday, December 29 @ 8 pm Tralf Music Hall, IN CONCERT, 3 time grammy nominated, Joseph Wooten, keyboardist for the Steve Miller Band, and brother Victor, with Buffalo’s own, THE UNION. Zuri Appleby on bass, Wade Hawkins on keyboard, Daniel Powell on drums, and Nashville native, Paul Allen on guitar, with Buffalo Select Chorus opening. Non perishable food being collected at concert for the Western New York Food Bank. Tickets: 1-800745-3000 or Tralf Box Office 622 Main Street Buffalo 716-852-2860. www.

*Alemaedae Theater Productions Presents The Dinner Poetry Jam Wed. Nov. 17 Doors open @ 7p.m. Five Fifty Banquet Hall550 Genesee St. “ Featuring some of WNY’s best and upcoming poets! Including Ntare Ali Gault, Marquis “10,000” Burton, Jamen, Aitina Fareed, Aaron “Johnny Proper” McDowell, Alexander Anonymous, Brandon Williamson, Erika Haygood, JoAnna Rozier, Alethea Davis, Sasiya Davis and more; Advance Tickets $15 (includes light dinner) avail at Doris Records and online at www.atpgalaxy. com or one of the poets. $15 at the door. (No dinner included). For more info call 716-602-6253.

*Live Piano Jazz: Free every Friday from 6-9 p.m. Diana M. Reeves on vocals Mr. Larry Henderson on drums. Hot Stuff Southern Cafe’, 829 Main St., NF,282.7883. On Stage Listings are Free. Write: The Challenger, On Stage, PO Box 474,, Bflo., NY 14208; or email:

*Buffalo East, 1412 Main St., 5:30 p.m. Sundays, “Take Flight Open Mic,” hosted by Verneice Turner w/music by Take Flight. 713-9340.

Party Over Here! *Birthday celebration for B-Boys own Chalma, Saturday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m., Big 6, North @ Fox, food, live entertainment by Shorty Long, Chalra Warmley, Old School B-boys; $10; 715-6026. *Weekend Party at the New Humboldt Inn, 347 E. Delavan @ Humboldt: Fri. Nov. 19 from 6 p.m. until, “Welcome Back Bo & Queenie!”; Sat. Nov. 20, Lonnie Jackson’s birthday, 6 p.m. until.

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There’s a lot going on…here you go… * T h u r s d a y, November 18th - Third Thursdays at Scarlet 6-9pm… This Third Thursday will be extra special. Although we have been net- Marnetta working for more Malcolm than a year, we will be celebrating Scarlet (26 Virginia Pl.) & Third Thursdays one year anniversary with our special guest Grassroots, Inc. Join us as Scarlet provides special catering for this occasion while DJ Corey provides smooth tunes from 6-9pm. We’re also celebrating Ami Megna’s Birthday …tell a friend…. Urban Professionals of WNY, Inc & AM 1400 *Friday, November 19th – A Special Pre-Thanksgiving Jazz Social from 6 – 9pm at the Colored Musicians Club… admission $10 includes Lite Fare and live Jazz… *Saturday, November 20th – Buffalo Urban League Gala…. This is my favorite black tie affair, there’s a silent auction, cash bar, live entertainment and more for information go *Wednesday, November 24th - Club 77 Pre-Thanksgiving Celebration… from 5pm - until Richard and Renee have figured it out…all you need is a nice cocktail, good food and a friendly atmosphere….Richard wants me there for happy hour and is convinced I still have my bartending skills…come on down and find out! *Wednesday, November 24th – Kool V Pre-Thanksgiving Party…New Golden Nugget from 9pm admission in only $5… it’s later so no excuses… *Saturday, November 27th – Grand Slam Promotions Party at Pearl Street… it’s always a great party EVERY YEAR… check it out..see attached…. Whew…that’s it for now…there’s something out there for everyone…hope to see you soon!


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How Could The Buffalo Public With The Election of Rev. Pridgen, A Change Has Come! By Minister Gregory J. Brice Schools Forget Kwanzaa?

First Chris Collins Closed the Health Clinics - All of our Cultural Organizations Will be Next! Last Wednesday approximately 400 residents of Erie County stood outside of Old County Hall for hours in very cool weather to wait for an opportunity to speak to the Erie County Legislators during the annual pubic hearing regarding the pending fiscal budget. The top three issues that seemed to garner the most support or comments were the libraries, the comptroller’s office and the lack of funding for those small to midsize cultural organizations that have been receiving county funding for decades. In the 2009 budget year, the county allocated approximately 4.1 million dollars to provide funding for 34 cultural organizations. Last year, in the 2010 budget, those same organizations’ funding was increased to 6.5 million dollars by the action of a majority of legislators. County Executive Collins could have vetoed this appropriation but he chose not to do so. By law and by the Erie County Charter, once a legislative action is not challenged by an executive veto, the approving legislative action BETTY JEAN is considered the ‘law of the land.’ In a perfect world, with a GRANT rational county executive, this would be the case. Unfortunately, here in Erie County, we have neither perfection nor rationale. In the 2010 Erie County Budget that was passed by the legislature, The African American Cultural Center was approved for $132,000. Our county executive withheld 50% of that allocation; releasing only $69,000 to them. This $69,000 was a figure he came up with; not what they were legally entitled to receive. Ujiima Theater was approved for $30.000. They only received $18,000 of that allocation. Inner City Ballet got zero money from the $12,000 they were entitled to receive and the same can be said for the Locust Street Project and El Museo Theater. These three groups got zilch, zero, nothing! Next year they won’t have to worry about how much they will be getting because Chris Collins (whom by the way, Mayor Byron Brown has said, was doing a good job as county executive) has left them out of the 2011 Fiscal Budget, totally! What is it going to take for the parents of those children who attend those programs and cultural events offered by these organizations to get the backbone to fight for these and other programs and events? Where are the Bill Gaiters, Johnnie B. Wileys, Minnie Gillettes, Mildred Primms and Arthur O. Eves of yesteryears? All of the above named giants (with the exception of the Hon. Arthur O. Eve) have passed on, leaving their legacies for us to emulate and duplicate. But sadly for our community, not enough of us have stepped up to the plate. But I have stepped up and I will continue to step up, even if I have to do it alone or with a handful of people. I am trying to outdo Harriet Tubman. I am even planning to give Sojourner Truth a ‘run for her money.’ History will know that I lived and it will surely document that Betty Jean Grant was a fighter. My children and grandchildren, who have already told me how proud they are of me, will not let my contributions geared toward the betterment of my people and my community, be in vain. They will tell their children and their children’s grandchildren of their courageous ancestor (me!) who did not give up and who fought an unfair county executive ‘tooth and nail,’ to make sure that all the citizens of Erie County were included in the mix when county funds were distributed. Finally, to those of you who may think that I am being a little too boastful? I ask you, “What’s wrong with that? Sometimes, if we don’t name it, we certainly can’t claim it. On Wednesday, November 17, there will be an emergency meeting at the Frank E. Merriweather Library (another victim of Collins’ library funding cuts) at 6 p.m. The library is located at 1324 Jefferson Ave. This meeting is held to invite the residents to come up with ways to get the cultural organizations’ funding back in the budget. I have invited the executive directors and the board of directors of our community organizations to be at the meeting. We cannot assist them if they do not help us lobby the county executive and the Republican legislators to restore the funding to these struggling organizations. I hope to see you there. I call our Deputy Speaker Arthur Eve often. He always call me, ”My leader” when he finds out it is yours truly on the telephone. You have no idea how great that makes me feel. And so now, I will say to my leader, “Thank you, Mr. Eve, for all that you have done for us and for making me feel like I am making a difference.”

Hua Hu Ching The highest truth cannot be put into words. Therefore the greatest teacher has nothing to say. He simply gives himself in service, and never worries. (#23) Page 10

Dear Editor: There has always been a source of pride to see the Black African cultural celebration of Kwanzaa listed on most national calendars in recent years. Then a tremendous surge of pride was felt when the first with the 133 million production of “Bringing Good Into The World” first issue Kwanzaa Stamp, by the United State Postal Service in 1997. My adult children can remember Kwanzaa noted on the Buffalo Public School (BPS) calendar for many years back. So I had an unexpected mental disturbance when I saw no representation of Kwanzaa, which begins December 26 and ends January 1, on the just received 2010 BPS calendar. This is the calendar that goes to each household in the Buffalo school district and lists calendar days of attendance, some exam days, holidays, school events, beautiful children’s art work, and any pertinent information the district needs to share. This year there are many listings of religious and cultural days, but no Kwanzaa. The population of the BPS district is 85% to 90% Black- or African in America (if not true of the entire district, it must be so in particular school buildings.) A group of people who are still affected by post-traumatic enslavement, who have been robbed of their cultural bases of kinship, languages, customs, religions, codes of ethics, and identities, would seem to be a group an educational institution such as the Buffalo Public School system would make all the effort not to forget such a non-religious, cultural celebration, which celebrates the good in humans, such as Kwanzaa. I recall one year when Acting Superintendent, Yvonne Hargrave, instructed each school in the district to have Kwanzaa symbols and information represented in the most auspicious place in their building. That is a good thing, for there may be someone in those buildings in need of the positive, beautiful, rich and meaningfulness of African culture. Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, among other things, Kwanzaa celebrates the Nguzo Saba, or The Seven Principles: Ujima (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). Families should adopt their child’s school, or a neighboring school, and share the benefits of this illustrious celebration. (This may be another way to help grow the peace). Perhaps there should be a “Kwanzaa Brigade,” a group of community Kwanzaa-knowledgeable folks going to each school, on the school district’s time, to share the rites of Kwanzaa to help us remember. Bilala Khan Grand Mother of 3 Grand Sons in BPS District

What is all of the complaining about? Every time I look in the Buffalo News or the Challenger, I read about the election and our current Black leaders. I’m tired of hearing about Grassroots Inc., and people apologizing for their actions. What’s the problem people? We are the ones that went into the voting booths and elected people to the positions that they hold, hoping that because we have Black leadership that we would be fine; that we would go back to the throwback days of yesterday when the plants were open and we owned corner stores and we thought we were prosperous. The only good thing that I saw in the election this year was the election of a man of integrity, a man of compassion, a man that connects with the people on the most basic of levels, a man of God, the Reverend Darius G. Pridgen. When did we forget that politics (or politricks as some people refer to them) is a dog eat dog, cut throat world with a “what have you done for me lately” mentality. It is the same good ole boynetwork, although the colors and players may have changed. It still reverts to you having to scratch someone’s back. And in the meantime, you have senior citizens being victimized by the system, you have good, law-abiding, hard working people losing their homes, you have an unemployment rate that is getting worse, no matter what the statistics say and you have a community of drugs, crime and violence that is spiraling out of control and no one is doing anything about it besides having meetings. The times for meetings are over. Our youth and our people cannot afford to sit back and wait for another meeting so the members of the meeting can table it to another meeting. Where are the James Pitts’, the Clifford Bells’, the Dave Collins’ and the Arthur O. Eve’s? Where are the preachers and teachers and business leaders? How can we expect to see a change in our community when we don’t reach back or down and help people? How can we expect young men to be young men and pull their pants up when we don’t show them the way? How can we expect young men and women to be great mothers and fathers when we are too afraid to confront them and teach them? Whatever happened to each one reach one and looking out for our neighbors? We need leaders who don’t make excuses for themselves and their absence in our community. I can remember a time not too long ago when a man that I am proud of, H. McCarthy Gipson, would be out and about in the neighborhoods and in the community speaking with people, showing a genuine concern for the people. I remember preachers and pastors out in the streets truly concerned about people whether they went to their church or not. Not anymore. You know why? Because people have become self-serving and those in “power” only look out for themselves. I used quotations around power because the truth of the matter is that we the people have the power. We elected them and now we must hold them accountable. Every election, politicians get on their soapboxes with their platforms and say this and that but time and time again they renege on their promises leaving us looking stupid. Of course, once election time rolls around they throw some tokenism our way to garner our vote. The time for that to stop if now and Buffalo we made a good first step with the election of Pastor Pridgen. Let us surround him with people of integrity, people of the God to help us remove ourselves from the bondage that we are in. To God be the glory!




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Nightmare On Victoria Avenue: Abused Once Again Educator/poet and former administrator at Medaille College, Taharka Odinga of Victoria Avenue is well known and respected throughout the community as a youth worker and artist. He frequently performs jazz/poetry with his band Nubiessence Jazz. He is not a criminal by any means. But several weeks ago he was humiliated, traumatized and even feared he would be killed by the infamously racist NFTA Transit Police. Here is his story. By Brother Taharka Odinga I write today because this is the last straw. Even though the event that I’m about to summarize happened over a week ago, the vision, the clarity of the vision is like it happened just a few minutes ago. The same as my other two first hand experiences with police abuse of their authority. On Tuesday October 26, I could have been shot, unarmed, in my own backyard by a NFTA Transit cop. My only crime was driving with a burned out headlight bulb and refusing to lay face down in the torrential rain in my own backyard. The officer should have stopped me long before I turned into my driveway as he said he followed me for two blocks. He actually pulled into my driveway after me. Obviously he was tranquilized by his own fantasies about “cops and robbers” and his perceived “omnipotent authority.” When I refused his command to lay face down in the torrential rain in my own backyard, I didn’t realize that he was “beet red” and probably breaking out in a “cold sweat.” (My wife informed of this after.) The officer was scared to death. I had already kneeled on the ground in the rain in my own backyard; what more did he want from me? Did he want to strip me of my dignity? My wife pleaded with him from the porch, “what are doing, what are you doing, he lives here”. She frantically called 911 on him, “he’s going to kill my husband; he’s going to kill my husband.” Since I wouldn’t lay face down in the torrential rain, he ordered me to turn around and go put my hands on the trunk of my car which I did. He finally handcuffed me and placed me in the Transit Police car. The Buffalo police never showed up, only three or four more Transit Police cars. After my wife’s pleading with them, the intervention of my neighbors, and their police conferences, a different Transit Cop finally removed the handcuffs. The first Transit cop gave me a ticket for the bad headlight at my own address. (I don’t even know if that is legal.) He said “I could have killed you.” Then, as if he was doing me a favor, he told me to plead “not guilty” and said would not show up in court. When I finally got out of the police car two other Transit Officers were attempting to justify their partner’s treatment of me to my wife. They told of a You-Tube video of the CPP (Central Park Posse) which we knew nothing about. I explained to them that everybody that lives in a high crime neighborhood (virtually the whole so-called inner city of Buffalo) is not a criminal. I explained to them that I was after these self-proclaimed posse too but from a different premise. I look at them as sons and daughters in despair and gone wild. Reflecting on this experience and my other first hand experiences of police abuse leads to a conclusion. Reflecting on the countless brothers and sisters that have been murdered, physically abused, and/or insulted by the police: the Arthur Millers, the Eleanor Bumpers’, the Amadou Diallo’s, the Rodney King’s, the Louis Gate’s of the world, I must remind you that police brutality is a real problem in this country and within this city of “good neighbors” too. If I empathize with the police, the first thing that they must realize is that they cannot perform their duties in fear. They cannot follow citizens around and treat them as trespassers in their own homes and communities. Then they want to rip through their personal belongings looking for contraband that ain’t there. They want to cross examine you and act like a dentist (“open your mouth, do you have drugs in there”,) instead of communicating like civilized human beings. They have interpreted their badge and gun to mean some kind of devilish omnipotent God authority summoning you to do things as if you’re on the fraternity pledge line. Obviously the sensitizing training that they received from various “community groups” over the years didn’t work. Their training must be more potent and intense. How about coming to live where I live and walking in my shoes for a spell? Better yet, how about a neighborhood residency law for police officers? At least they should get out of their armored cars and work around the neighborhood like my daughters have to do. I offer this brief summary and reflection because we need a solution. There are too many unnecessary lives taken; too much disruption of ordinary people’s lively hood. We cannot accept that these incidents are just casualties of the “war on crime,” but rather they are a manifestation of racist ideology and discriminatory policies inherent within police departments in this country and their associates including the NFTA transit cops. (You can write to Bro. Taharka at .......odingat@ NOVEMBER 17, 2010

A Call for Responsible Journalism from Mainstream Media By Arlandria Johnson I have been standing by with a silent voice for far too long while The Buffalo News’ lack of fact checking and/or biased reports damage the lives of innocent people they target to destroy – usually those in the African American community and especially those African Americans that hold leadership positions. Recently, The News ran an editorial titled, “Voters speak up” which was riddled with erroneous information on Senator Antoine Thompson. Regardless of whether the paper is run by Republicans or not, they still have a responsibility to write factual information – even if they do have an underlying mission to take out Democrats in the state Senate. The libel that The Buffalo News printed was an attempt to damage Senator Thompson’s marriage after its many attempts to damage his career. We, as a community, can no longer tolerate these massive mischaracterizations, manipulations and lies from mainstream media! Even more so, we can no longer believe all reports that depict Senator Thompson and other prominent African Americans in a negative light. So many forces have been opposing Senator Thompson from the beginning. He has been up against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places. So many entities from the media, to disgruntled ex-employees to political opposition to special interest groups that oppose his legislation have joined together and have cast their nets wide to spread negative communications about Senator Thompson in a consistent and unified manner. This communication has, unfortunately, penetrated those inside and outside the community. I urge readers to consider the source of negative information coming from the media and the motives behind such attacks. Trust me; it’s never what it appears to be. Can you trust a paper that has never ran a front page positive story on any piece of legislation that Senator Thompson has passed in his 10 years as an elected official? Can you trust television reporters whose news derive from information printed in The Buffalo News that is incorrect in the first place? These same sources don’t want you to know the accomplishments of your Senator who is working tirelessly for you, so they criticize Senator Thompson for keeping residents informed on legislative actions through government mailings and comprehensive reports. This reminds me of another time in our history where a group of people wanted to keep African Americans ignorant and uninformed! As someone who was born and raised in Buffalo, I am all too familiar with this city’s racial divide. The Buffalo News and other biased media outlets have widened the gap on the racial divide that influences how other groups of people view African Americans. If you do not believe me, read some of the comments online that always follow negative stories that appear on Senator Thompson in both print and broadcast media. Read the racial comments that people have the audacity to type. Read about how they say Senator Thompson’s constituents are too dumb and stupid to get online. See all of the derogatory and racist remarks that actually get deleted online because they are too despicable to put in words. Then, have a chat with Senator Thompson’s office and campaign staff to get a sense of how many racist phone calls, emails and notes are left for him. Afterwards, ask yourself what is the media’s role in Buffalo’s poor race relations? Now, The News is calling for interested individuals to join a newly created diversity advisory board to provide feedback on the paper’s coverage of minorities. What do you think tipped them off that something wasn’t right? Do you think it was the way they demonized African American victims of the City Grill shooting that left four innocent people dead back in August? I think our public and collaborative outcry is finally starting to get the attention of the powers that be down at One News Plaza. Let’s continue to mobilize as a community to demand fair, balanced, unbiased and – most importantly – accurate journalism. I understand that Buffalo only has one daily newspaper which allows The News to print sensationalism and propaganda instead of news. However, fact-checking and objective reporting is of the utmost importance in journalism. It’s what separates reputable media outlets from supermarket tabloids.

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Armed Forces Grand Prix Stop the Violence, Pro-Mentoring Events At City Hall Ellicott Councilmember Curtis Haynes, Jr. invited the public to “step up against Chess Tournament 2010 violence” by visiting City Hall on Wednesday, November 17th from 11 am to 4

OMEGA MENTORING: State Senator Antoine Thompson is surrounded by appreciative youth as he showed his support for the Omega Mentoring Program Oct. 16 at the Johnnie B.Wiley Stadium during the program’s first annual Chiavettas for College chicken dinner fundraiser.

“Enough is Enough” Citywide Prayer True Praise & Worship Church 578 Walden Ave. (use Burgard Street Entrance), 6-7 PM Monday November 15, - Friday November 19

The Armed forces Grand Prix Chess Tournament, hosted by Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr., Buffalo Fire Commissioner and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, will be held on Saturday, November 20, at the Main Place Mall, Upper Level. The event will remember all the Veterans and their families and highlight those Veterans from the Korean War and The 761st Tank Battalion “Black Panthers” who were honored with Presidential and Congressional medals of honor during the World War II. An ALL FEMALE Honor Guard from Maritime Charter will be presenting the American colors and the pledge of allegiance for the Opening ceremony. Games start at 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3pm with Trophy awards to follow. US Chess Federation membership is required to play, new members may join at the site. STAR SCHOLASTICS (K-12) Section will start at 10:30am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Five Games, no elimination, Time controls are Game 30. Trophy awards and pictures to follow. For more information or registration: Please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo. com, no later than Midnight, November 19, 2010.

pm to learn about a number of activist individuals and organizations who are in the forefront of the non-violence movement in our community. As a “kick-off” for the “Community Strengthening Step Up and Help Stop the Violence” event, two proclamations were presented by Councilmember Haynes prior to the Tuesday Council Meeting, One will be presented to Charles Burgin of the Brotherman’s Progress Non-Violence, Pro-Mentoring Petition Drive, and the other to Randy Sargent, known for his 600 mile walk to Washington DC that memorialized local victims of violent crime. The public is invited to this event as well. On November 17th in City Hall Lobby, more than a dozen organizations will be available with information about their groups, and how residents, businesses and others can contribute to the anti-violence movement. At 2:15, Councilmember Haynes will make a statement. Mayor Byron Brown has been asked to speak, which will be followed by brief statements from the participants. Charles Burgin will have the Brotherman’s Progress Petition available to be signed, and Randy Sargent will have Stop The Killing Clothing.

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Men, Women & Children Clothes Giveaway: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Greater Praise Tabernacle Church Ministries, 704 William St.; call 854-4242.

Bags of Blessings Free Groceries: During 11 a.m. Service, New Hope Church, 285 Masten Ave.; 886-3276.

Erie County Prisoners Rights Coalition Holding Center Demonstration: 5-6 p.m.; Delaware at Church; Strategy Meeting; 14 Delaware 6-7 p.m.

Friday November 19

Moot Senior Citizens “Best Breakfast in Town”: 9 a.m..; Moot Senior Center, 292 High St. Christian Institute of Classes Workshops Theme “Prayer”: 6-8 p.m., St. John Baptist, 184 Goodell St.


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Thursday November 18

Great American Smokeout: Featured speaker Council Memer Demone Smith, 10:30 a.m., Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 East Delavan Ave.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute 3rd Annual Eva M. Noles Recognition Program: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.; The David C Hon MD Lecture Hall, Elm & Carlton St.; call 845-1058.

Tuesday November 23 Turkey Give Away: 5:30-7:00 p.m.; Tri Main Building, 2495 Main Street; call 835-3366. Documentaries About Buffalo: 6 p.m., Merriweather Library; free and open to the public; 884-7172.

Niagara Falls Non-Violent Awards Event: 7 p.m., New Jerusalem Revival Center, 2723 20th St. N.F.; free and open to the public; 284-6361 or 804-1858.

College Application Process Topic of Workshop On Saturday November 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Scholarship Ministry of the Calvary Baptist Church, 1184 Genesee St. Parent/Student Workshop; the workshop entitled “The College Application Process.” Dr. Keli Koran Luchey, Guidance Counselor from McKinley High School will facilitate this workshop. All teens and their parents are welcome to attend.

Saturday November 20 Eye on History Video Series: “Fannie Lou Hamer,” 3-5 p.m., Merriweather Library, Jefferson @ Utica; free & open to public; 847-6010. Armed Forces Grand Prix Chess Tournament: Main Place Mall, Upper Level; start at 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.. arcangel8chess@ to register. Tellabration International Storytelling Event: 7:30 p.m.; Unitarian Universalist Church, 6320 Main St. Williamsville, free will donation. MAD DADS “So You Think You’re An Achiever?” Honorary Youth Breakfast: 10 a.m.-12 Noon; Bethel AME church, 1525 Michigan St.; call 563-1834.

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