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frican American Film Festival INSIDE ROCHESTER Starts in February at WXXI Freedom Place Exhibits Runs January 24-February 27th The Freedom Place Collection consists of works by five contemporary African American fine artists Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, Richard Yarde, and Robert Freeman. This incredible body of work has been collected over the past 30 years by Stuart Marshall Bloch. This is a carefully nuanced collection. Each work playing off of each other. The sum of the artworks is a sophisticated assemblage of contemporary fine art that represents a first-rate contribution to the American art world today. The subjects, mediums and messages differ widely from rural to urban, from abstract to figurative, collage, MARSHA oils and watercolors, and incorporating color theory. There is something for everyone. Contact Athesia Benjamin at to book a day and time to visit. The gallery's hours are from Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Dunstan Art Exhibit Opens February 12

Artist Dunstan will exhibit his works at Mood Makers's Living Room Gallery, 302 Goodman Street, Saturday, February 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. A self-taught artist from Jamaica, West Indies, who has lived in the Rochester area since he came to the United States, his works consist of local scenery, national personalities, actors/actresses, musicians, media stars, and much more. This exhibit is a collection of paintings depicting Rochester’s neighborhoods. His work can be found in private collections from Rochester to Dallas, Texas.

Danser et Voler (to Dance and to Fly) Comes To RIT/NTID

The Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf Dance Company, one of only a few troupes world-wide that features both Deaf and hearing dancers, is pleased to present an all new show: DANSER ET VOLER: to dance and to fly, conceived, directed and choreographed by performing artist Thomas Warfield. "Danser et Voler" will be performed at the Robert F. Panara Theatre on the RIT campus February 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance February 13 at 2 p.m.. Ticket reservation:

The African American Awareness Educational Film Series will sponsor two films, Flight To Freedom and Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968, on Saturday February 19 and 26, at 1 p.m.,at WXXI Studios, 280 State Street. The event is free and open to the public. Flight to Freedom stars award-winning actress Cicely Tyson and traces the history of the Underground Railroad. The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 basically highlights the tragic event which has been dubbed the Southern Kent State. After the screening of each film, a special guest from the Rochester community will be on hand to lead a discussion about the film. For more information, call 258-0278 or e-mail The event is sponsored by WXXI, Operation Higher Learning, WHTK 120: What's Going On With Brown and Allen, The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Freedom Trail Commission, USA Youth Soccer Academy, Minority Telecommunications LLC, and Pothos Productions.

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Sisters For A Better Black Community Fashion Shiloh Sisters For A Better Black Community will host its 36th annual luncheon and fashion show, Simply Pink,on Saturday March 12, at noon, at the Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road. Tickets are $35. Call 585-251-1777 or e-mail sbbc_14604 or find them on Facebook.

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Highland Breast Imaging Center, in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester and the Cancer Services Program of Monroe County, is celebrating Valentines Day earlier on Saturday, February 12, from 8 a.m. to noon, by offering free mammograms to women 40 and older who do not have health insurance or their health insurance does not cover mammograms at Highland Breast Imaging Center, 500 Red Creek Drive, Suite 130. Parking is free and refreshments will be provided. A Reiki Practitioner and Massage Therapist will be on hand to provide free 10-minute Reiki sessionsor chair massage after your mammogram. Schedule your appointment with a friend or family member and receive a certificate to purchase one lunch and get the second lunch free at Lorraine’s Food Factory. Please call the Breast Imaging Center at 487-3300 to make an appointment in advance. Women who cannot make the screening day can be scheduled for a different day. The Breast Imaging Center is dedicated to improving the health of women in Monroe County. For more information call 487-3305.

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A rea Bri efs Ntare Gault Thanks Community: Announces Kickoff of Urban Groove Open Mic Njozi Poets’ Ntare Ali Gault suffered a stroke last month but is well on his way to recovery.” I want to thank all of you for the many phone calls, visits, cards, emails and facebook messages,” he recently expressed. “They truly meant a lot to me.” He recently announced that on Friday, February 25 from 7-9 pm at the 2nd Cup Café the Njozi Poets will kick off The Urban Groove, an open mic to develop spoken word artists, singers, rappers and musicians. Artists from throughout the country and home grown talent will be featured. Each month an exciting showcase will take place at the 2nd Cup Admission for this month in $10 at the door. Ntare also has two CD’s being released this month. The first is a solo CD “An Infinite Love Story. “ the second, featuring The Njozi Ensemble is entitled “Ancestral Links-Love & Other Revolutionary Mumblings.” Both cd’s will be available on February 25th at Urban Groove. Or you can purchase both cd’s for $20. Send to: Ntare Ali Gault, 108 Rose Street, Buffalo, New York 14204.

STATE OF THE CITY: Mayor Byron Brown will deliver his annual State of the City address on Wednesday, February 16 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon followed by the Mayor’s address at 12:30 pm. Seating is free during the address portion of the program but reservations must be made by Feburary 9. For more information call (716) 598-4165 or 2011SOTC@

HEAP Outreach Site Announced Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, 7th District, has announced that a HEAP Outreach Site will be held at the Friends Inc. (formerly Friends to the Elderly), 118 East Utica St. on Wednesday, February 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact Legislator Grant at (716) 8940918 or 536-7323.

Redistricting, Reapportionment and How It Will Affect Minority Representation In 2011, new federal census data will be used to determine political lines that will impact the Buffalo School Board, Common Council, county and state legislatures and the federal congressional districts. In addition to the census information, Erie County voters went the polls this past November and voted overwhelmingly, to downsize the county legislature by 4 legislative districts. Not only will Erie County lose four representatives, there is also a real possibility that one or two congressional seats in upstate New York might be on the chopping block, as well. On Wednesday, February 16 , there will be an informational meeting and panel discussion on redistricting, reapportionment, gerrymandering, and the political implication of the One Person, One Vote legislation that is part of the 1965 Voting Right Act. The meeting will start promptly at 6 p.m. so the attendees need to arrive on time. The meeting will last until 7:45 pm, the time the library closes. The panel discussion will be led by Frank Mesiah, President, NAACP; George K. Arthur, Former President, Buffalo Common Council; Maria Whyte, Majority Leader, Erie County Legislature; Charley H. Fisher, Former Councilmember-atLarge, Buffalo Common Council; Clifford Bell, community activist and former Councilmember-at-Large; and Dennis Ward, Commissioner, Erie County Board of Elections. This writer has also requested the presence of Dr. Henry Taylor, Professor of Urban Affairs, SUNYAB but at the time of publication, Dr. Taylor had not confirmed his attendance. The 13 newly appointed members of the Erie County Reapportionment Commission have been extended an invitation to attend the meeting to hear the concerns of the audience, as well as learn more about the redistricting and reapportionment process. For information, please call Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant @ (716) 894-0914 or (716) 536-7323. FEBRUARY 9, 2011

For years, teenagers and the youth of Erie County have had an opportunity to participate in structured activities and programs in the hot, sometimes boring, days of summer when school was out and a wayward or guideless child could get into a whole heap of trouble. Fortunately for them, there were places like the JFK Center, Delavan/Grider Center and the Boys and Girls clubs of Buffalo that could step up and provide them with the love, educational support and discipline they needed to help them to BETTY JEAN develop into well GRANT rounded individuals. A big component of the community center’s program to achieve this outcome, was the funding that Erie County government put into these and other agencies to buy supplies, pay for field trips and, maybe, to pay a modest stipend to the dedicated staff that managed these agencies in the afternoons and during the summer school recess. Individuals such as L. Nathan Hare, Darcel Hunter and others, made sure that when they managed the Primetime program, the money was spent to help to eradicate some of the negative behaviors and actions that many unsupervised young persons were engaged in. The money was desperately needed; it was well spent and, as a result, the community was able to breathe a little easier and feel a whole lot safer. Activities such as Midnight Basketball and Friday Night at the Rinks took the youths off of the street corners and placed them in a controlled environment where they could engage in activities that would not lead to a murder or a gang fight. Parents and grandparents were relieved that their children were in a community center shooting basketball instead of shooting a gun or shooting up themselves via a hypodermic needle! Sadly, for Erie County residents ( and that includes suburban Erie County youths as well) County Executive Chris Collins has decided that county government does not want to play a hand in keeping our youth safe and off these violent filled streets and keeping them in community center and other clubs. The Boys and Girls Clubs Organization has affiliates and branches in almost every suburban and rural towns and villages in addition to the one located in the city of Buffalo. The county’s modest allocation has been matched three to one by the state government in years past. In 2011, due to severe budget constraints, the state did not allocate any funding for the Primetime program.

Still, that is no reason for the county executive to veto the $400,000.00 that the Democratic legislators restored to the budget. How much is $400,000 of county funding, that could have funded this program, when the county is sitting atop a $72,000.000 surplus that the county executive is hoarding in the Rath Building. That money was delivered to Erie County to create jobs and to train unskilled workers, yet no elected officials, with the exception of Democrats Maria Whyte, Lynn Marinelli, Tom Loughran, Tom Mazur, Dan Kozub and this writer, is demanding that Mr. Collins does the right thing by this community and Erie County, as a whole . Where is the outcry from the United States Senators, Schumer and Gillibrand? What about our new State Senators, Kennedy and Grisanti? How about our other African American county legislator? Why are the city councilpersons, especially those who represent the poorest sections of Buffalo, so quiet? What is it going to take for our ‘community’ and beloved Mayor to step up and publicly tell County Executive Chris Collins that what he is doing, is wrong? What are your duly elected officials waiting forHell to freeze over? Well, on a final note: Hell may not freeze over but if something is not done soon to fund these life saving programs that keep our youths safe and occupied, Hell just may be what we will be calling our city streets this summer. Call our County Executive Chris Collins @ (716) 858-8500 and tell him to release the Primetime money!

Saving the Environment is Important to The Gerhardt Area Block Club! Do you recycle? Do you know the importance of recycling and the hazards of not recycling ? Did you know that most of things that we throw in the garbage are dangerous to the environment, such as aluminum cans, glass, plastic, paper, electronics and our every day cooking oil? Everything is recyclable! Saving the environment is important to the Gerhardt area Block Club GaBC! Founder Chantell Franklin, also known as “Miss Recycle,” established the Go Green movement in May 2010. Since then Miss Recycle and the GaBC has strategically created a plan to educate the community about the importance of remaining sustainable. Through our efforts we have minimized pollution and created jobs at the same time. For more information tune to Channel 20 on Friday, Feb. 11 from 8- 9a.m. and 4-5p.m. DO THE WORLD A FAVOR AND RECYCLE, GO GREEN !!!!

Heart health is focus of Good for the Neighborhood event

Heart health is the focus of the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood program from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, , at West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St.Representatives from the UB School of Dental Medicine, Upstate New York Transplant Services, Parent Network of WNY, Esperanza y Vida and Preventionfocus (cq) will be available. For more information on this event, please call the Foundation at 635-4959.

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In Celebration of Black History Month, the Nash House Museum, 36 Nash Street will offer FREE TOURS of the Museum on Thursday, February 10 and Thursday, February 24 at 12 noon and 2:00 p.m For group tours, call 716-856-4490 to reserve a date and time.

Storytelling in The African Tradition

Along This Way: Storytelling In The African Tradition ( 21st Year Celebration) Featuring We All Storytellers – Karima Amin & Sharon Holley, Percussionist – Eddie Sowande Nicholson Vocalist – Joyce Carolyn will be held on Saturday, February 12, at 2p.m. at the Frank E. Merriweather Librar 1324 Jefferson Avenue. Free Admission. Co-sponsored by the Frank E. Merriweather Branch Buffalo & Erie County Public Library and just buffalo literary center, Inc.

African American History Month Celebrated At VA

In observance of African American History month, VA Western New York Healthcare System will celebrate events throughout the month of February in Freedom Hall, Room 301. The first event, African American Vendor’s Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, February 4. Cultural wares will be available. On Friday, February 11, “Proud” a World War II movie screening will take be shown. In addition, “Taste of Soul” will take place on Friday, February 18 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All events are open to the public. Sharon Shelton is African American Special Emphasis Program Manager.

Our Sunday’s Best

Above & Beyond Event Planners, LLC brings to the City of Buffalo, “OUR SUNDAY’S BEST, Pt. 2” on Sunday, February 20 at Five Fifty Enterprises, 550 Genesee Street, Buffalo. NY. Doors open at 1:45 p.m.

Buffalo State College Black History Program “Faces of America: “Old Challenges WNY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL, hosted by in A New Millennium” The Buffalo State College Association of Faculty and Staff of African Descent, invites all to celebrate Black History Month, Sunday February 13 in the Performing Art Center at Rockwell Hall at 6 p.m. on the Buffalo State College Campus.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Buffalo Alumnae Chapter and Masten District Councilmember Demone Smith, Saturday February 19 @ 6 p.m. and Sunday February 27 @ 3 p.m. , Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre, 639 Main Street; 851-5145


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Black Tie for Black History

On Friday, February 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. AM1400 will host “A Black Tie for Black History Extravaganza” at Blush Nightclub, 1389 Delaware Ave. This Juneteenth fundraiser is a Black History celebration that honors the difference makers in the community. Tickets are $20(Doris Records). Get out your gowns & tuxedos and step on the red carpet

Black Woman’s Agenda HERstory

Sis. Letava Mabilijengo, author of “The Black Woman’s Agenda,” will present “Take It Back! A HerStory Program” for Black women only on Saturday, February 19 from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Merriweather Library. Call 603-8769 for more information.

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Welcome to the year of the Rabbit! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), like last year, this year is represented by the elements metal and wood. The metal element corresponds to the respiratory and immune systems, while the wood element correlates to the digestive and nervous systems. These organs and systems will be vulnerable for breakdown so be on the lookout for frequent colds and flu that turn into bronchitis and pneumonia, digestive disorders including acid reflux, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, diverticulitis, liver and gall bladder diseases, and injury and pain related to the neck and spine. Here are some tips to keep you in tip-top shape! 1. Stay Healthy with Healing Foods and Herbs. Chinese medicine is based on the concept that you can prevent illness from occurring in the first place by eating foods and taking herbs that possess healing properties. • Defend against assaults on your immune and respiratory systems by eating plenty of antioxidant-rich vegetables of all colors every day, and eat grains like amaranth, quinoa, and brown rice. • Keep your digestion flowing with herbs that settle the stomach. Drink a digestive tea an hour after meals: mint, gentian, ginger, chamomile, and licorice are excellent choices. • To prevent diseases and counteract imbalances in the above organ systems, I suggest staying away from smoking and pollution, avoid consuming alcohol, caffeine, sugar, dairy products, deep fried, fatty foods, overly spicy foods, and gluten grains like wheat, barley, rye and oats, and processed, refined foods. • Traditional Chinese herbal formulas like Breathe Ease, Immunity, Acid Stomach, Colon Clear, Internal Cleanse, and Calmfort may be helpful as part of a health supportive program. 2. Exercise tips for Year of the Rabbit. Be sure to exercise regularly to increase lung capacity, strengthen the immune function, and reinforce the core abdominal and back muscles to protect your spine. • I especially recommend learning and practicing mind-body exercises like tai chi or qigong. These gentle, but powerful exercises engage deep breathing to increase your lung capacity, lower your stress hormones, and help strengthen your core muscles. To learn Tai Chi and Qigong, you can work with a teacher or use instructional DVDs. • Practice meditation and other calmContinued Page 13 FEBRUARY 9, 2011

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Enrichment Week at Greater Refuge Temple Family Life Center

“Men In White” VICTORY FOR JESUS CD Celebration Recording artists, Men in White Choir, voted the “Best, New Artist in WNY,” invites the community to their upcoming “Victory in Jesus”CD Celebration on Sunday, February 13 at 4pm at True Bethel Baptist Church, 472 Swan Street, where Pastor Darius G. Pridgen is Senior Servant. Included on the program will be Marsha McWilson, ChoSon, Pastor Alan Core & more. Master of Ceremony is Rev. Dr. Wayne Williams, Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The Men in White Choir is a multicultural, multi-faith organization, is shaping the future by making a difference in lives through musical excellence.
 Pat Ragin, the WBLK “Gospel Queen,” is the visionary behind the Men in White Choir. Their debut was on June 20, 2009 at a Father’s Day Program and Food Drive, held at True Bethel Baptist Church. Pat orchestrated this choir from a vision from God. In February, 2010, the Men in White Choir won “The 2010 Western New York Gospel Music Award for Best New Artist in Western New York.” This event was sponsored by “The African American History and Diversity Conference.” In July, 2010, the Men in White Choir were blessed to appear on the Rochester Gospel Music Festival with the legendary, award winning Canton Spirituals. 
 And in October, 2010, the Men in White Choir recorded their first CD single “Victory in Jesus. “ The Men in White Choir served as executive producers. The CD was produced by Kenny Hawkins and Pastor Jeremiah Snell at Starfield Productions in Buffalo, NY. Pat Ragin, the WBLK “Gospel Queen,” is the visionary behind the Men in White Choir. Their debut was on June 20, 2009 at a Father’s Day Program and Food Drive, held at True Bethel Baptist Church. Pat orchestrated this choir from a vision from God. Visit us on the web at & or Email us at:

The Greater Refuge Temple Family Life Center, 943 Jefferson Avenue will sponsor ENRICHMENT WEEK on February 21 thru February 25 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. for ages 4 to 12 years old. Breakfast, Lunch and afternoon Snack will be provided. There will be recreational sports, exercising, arts and crafts, computers, music, tutoring and much more. This is the week that the youth will be on a break from school. The cost for the week is $60 per child. Space is limited. Pre-Registration and payment in full is necessary to reserve your spot. For an application or more information, please call 886-2199.

Mt. Olive to Present Ministry Play for Black History Month In celebration of Black History Month, the Mount Olive Baptist Church, located at 701 E. Delavan Avenue, Buffalo, will present the play ‘Bittersweet…The Broken Promise’ sequel to ‘Sit Down Servant’ which was performed last year. Save the date, February 19, 2011. The play starts at 4:00 pm and admission is free. The Playwright/Director is Ms. Marie Mullen; Rev. Dr. William Gillison, Pastor.

Wheatfield Community Church Presents Addiction Conquerors

A unique leadership deliverance seminar will be held at Wheatfield Community Church Friday evening, Feb. 25 and Saturday Feb. 26. Addiction Conquerors is a Christian 12-step program to assist the body of Christ in ministering to those who are victims of any addiction. All are welcome to attend the free event. Rev. Linda Badame is senior pastor of Wheatfield Community Church located at 3571 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield. The seminar will be held from 7 - 9 p.m. on Feb. 25 and from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 26. To register, call (716) 553-3794. or (716)886-2957.

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Canisius College Presents The Three Doctors In Honor Of Black History Month BUFFALO, NY – Canisius College presents the nationally-known motivational speaking trio, the Three Doctors, on Friday, February 18, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Zion Dominion Global Ministries, 895 North Forest Road, Williamsville. The event, sponsored by the college’s Academic Talent Search Program, is free and open to the public. The Three Doctors – Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins – will share their inspirational stories of the pact they made as inner-city youth to help one another overcome major obstacles in order to reach their goals to become doctors. Davis, Hunt and Jenkins grew up without fathers in the streets of Newark, and know firsthand the pressures and struggles of life in the inner city. Today, the Three Doctors spread their positive messages about the importance of education and healthy living to youth across the country. Davis is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at St. Michaels Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center in New Jersey. Hunt is a board-certified internist at University Medical Center at Princeton, and assistant professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Jenkins serves as assistant professor of clinical dentistry at Columbia University. Davis, Hunt and Jenkins are authors of the New York Times best seller The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream; the children’s version, We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success; and most recently The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive and Reconnect with Their Fathers. The Three Doctors have appeared on Oprah, The View and in magazine features in People, Essence and Readers Digest. They received the prestigious Essence Award in 2000. The event is co-sponsored by Independent Health, Zion Dominion Global Ministries, DuPont, Community Action Organization of Erie County Inc., The Allentown Association Inc., S.E.N.S.E.S. Foundation, H.E.A.R.T. Foundation, Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School, The Links Inc., Niagara Falls Chapter, Canisius College Office of Multicultural Programs and Lilly AdamsDudley. For more information, contact the Academic Talent Search Program at Canisius College at 716-888-3280.

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TASTY TREATS AND BANGIN’ BEATS Buffalo Beauties Join Forces to Showcase Their Talents

BUFFALO – In the 70s, it was Beverly Johnson. In the 80s: Rick James. During the 90s, we gave Brian McKnight, and the new millennium introduced Jessica White to the world. Now, in this next decade, the Queen City has two more stars to thrust into the spotlight: Lové Anthony and Jocelyn Bownan. One: a jet-setting food fanatic Lové Anthony in search of international fabulosity; the other: an angelic songbird telling the stories of the streets. Now the two have joined forces to show the world just what they’re made of, and they’re starting in the place that bred their talents: Buffalo, New York. A Love2Eat viewsing party and official Jocelyn Bowman release party will be held on Sunday, February 13 at Buffalo LIVE, 3053 Main St. (corner of Minnesota) from 8 p.m. to midnight. Host of her own online eatery exploration show, the bubbly and beautiful Lové Anthony travels the world to provide an action-packed and fun-filled “how-to” selection guide to young urban jetsetters. In her season premiere, Anthony uses the City’s worldwide cultural melting pot to her advantage as she searches Gotham for the world’s best dishes. “I wanted to show that, in New York City, the world is right outside your front door. You can go anywhere to sample anything: the extravagance of the best overseas delicacies, or the simplicity of a good hometown slice of pizza. I wanted to travel the world…in New York City,” says Anthony, when asked about the story she tells in her latest episode. Visiting venues across Gotham City, Anthony takes us on a world tour of the finest foods and cultural cuisines that will make anyone’s taste buds dance with delight. New national recording artist Jocelyn Bowman is set to release her debut single & video "I Hate Love" the track visits the world of a young woman's relationship between love and hate. Her upcoming album "Camouflage" hits stores summer 2011. Never missing a single beat on their journeys to sharing these delectable destinations and sultry sounds with the world, Lové and Jocelyn take you on an unforgettable ride to broaden your horizons and encourage your soul. These Buffalo Beauties have established themselves as forces to be reckoned with, and the Day of Reckoning is here! Love2Eat can currently be seen on, and has been featured in the widely popular Honey Magazine.

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ON STAGE *AVERY SUNSHINE, Saturday, Feb. 26 @ 8 p.m. at the Tralf; Tickets $25 presale, $27 day of show; 2010 Soul Tracks Reader’s Choice Awards; Tickets at the Tralf Box Office, All Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone #1-800-745-3000. *On Stage @The Paul Robeson Theatre “ Crumbs from the Table of Joy” by Lynn Nottage, now thru Feb. 27 Tickets on sale at the PRT Box Office 350 Masten Avenue. *Jimmy Cobb’s So What Band, “Kind of Blue” Feb. 12 @ 8 p.m. UB Center for the Arts; tickets at Ticketmaster and Center Box Office, 645-2878 for info. *”It Seamed So Hard” on Stage by The Theatrical Troop, Greater Refuge Temple Family Life Center, 943 Jefferson Ave. February 18; $15 tickets; 602-8720 or 886-2199 for more information. *Drumline, Feb. 16 @ 7:30 p.m. UB Center for the Arts, tickets Ticketmaserr & Center Box Office; 6452787 info. *AT THE TRALF: Blues legend Buffalo’s own Lucky Peterson, Feb. 12; Avery Sunshine, Feb. 26; Shemekia Copeland, March 3. *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.

LET'S GET IT IN... AGAIN! Get another chance to experience the First Ever Hip-Hop Dance & Step Stage Play on the big screen before it starts to tour around the nation. The show received 3 out of 4 stars in the Buffalo News in its debut and will be hitting other cities in the upcoming months. Get a chance to meet the cast and be one of the first to see the official DVD live before anyone else. The screening will take place on Sat. Feb. 19th at The Screening Room 3131 Sheridan Dr. (directly Behind Arthur Murray Dance Studio on N. Bailey). A “Meet the Cast” reception will be held at 5 p.m. followed by the DVD Premiere at 6 p.m.. Tickets are $10 (includes light buffet); Bonus tickets are $15 (which includes a copy of the DVD to take home). To purchase tickets online visit www. or get tickets from one of the cast members. For more information call 716-602-6253.

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Black history salute

“KNOW THYSELF!” Special Black History Salute to Chris Reynolds and 93.7 WBLK’s Know Thyself Campaign Declaring on the airwaves throughout the day and night that “Right Knowledge corrects wrong behavior,” coupled with profound historical segments between commercials and music, 93.7 WBLK and on-air radio personality and Program Director Chris Reynolds is to be saluted for doing more to educate and raise the consciousness of our young people than any single movement in Buffalo’s recent history with its visionary and bold “Know Thyself” campaign. Pictured above is Bro. Reynolds (left) and Kaba Hiawatha Kamene ( Dr. Booker T. Coleman) at one of the several special conscious-raising events the station hosted last year. Brother Kaba, a renowned teacher, scholar, researcher and historian, studied under the tutelage of legendary Africancentered historians Dr. John Henrik Clark and Chancellor Williams. The event took place at Grover Cleveland High School. “Know Thyself!”

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Janet Jackson ‘Still Has Issues’ With her Body... Janet Jackson says she continues to have issues with her body image. In an interview with “Today” host Meredith Viera set to air Friday (Feb. 11), the 44-year-old singer admits she has always struggled with her selfconfidence, and though she now feels more comfortable with her appearance than she did in her 20s, she still has periods of feeling unattractive. “I still have issues with it. I don’t bang my head up against the wall, but I still have those moments. And I think it’ll probably continue but at least I know how to deal with it now. And I’m in a much better space.” As Janet has mentioned before, many of her insecurities, she believes, stem from the nicknames she was given by her famous brothers, including “horse, pig, cow, and slaughterhog.” Miss Jackson also spoke about her relationship with her father Joe Jackson, admitting he banned her from calling him “Dad.” “I know my father loves me. He just has a very, very different way of showing it.” Janet recorded the “Today” interview to plug her new book, “True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself,” and world tour “Up Close and Personal.”

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A Reflection on the Tragic Expressway Accident BlackAgendaReport and the Tragic Coverage that Followed… The Arab Nationalist Reawakening


in Egypt and Beyond


o we meet again... As African American citizens living in the City of Buffalo, we are all too familiar with The Buffalo News and the way its staff reporters have chosen to do business. Sensationalized stories and biased portrayals of our people are what many in our community have grown accustomed to and thus we have chosen to continue boycotting The Buffalo News. It’s almost amazing the “positive spin” they initially began to put the suburban White youth involved in the recent tragic Kensington Expressway accident within a few days of it happening. I personally find it strange that throughout one article entitled “Two cousins identified as Kensington crash victims,” the paper focused more on the driver instead of the victims. The strangest, most glaring thing about the article and what baffles my mind the most is this: Of all the things the reporter wrote, absolutely nowhere in the article did the writer ever make mention that the person killed two innocent people. Was this story intended to build up Matthew Ruckdaschel and his family to make him out to be a good kid that made an honest mistake?? Was this a conscious attempt to sway potential jurors in case he lives and has to one day stand before a judge or was this an attempt to leave us with a few positive thoughts about him and his family in case he doesn’t survive his injuries?? Tell me this, what was the significance of mentioning the past sports history of Ruckdaschel and his family? Was that another attempt to place him and his family in a positive light and spare them any further embarrassment from the fact that their son was possibly driving drunk while going the wrong way on the Kensington expressway eventually killing two people? Whatever the case, mentioning Matthew Ruckdaschel’s past accomplishments while never mentioning anything more than Eric Anderson and Thomas Johnson’s name was nothing more than insensitive, disrespectful, classless, offensive, blatantly negligent and grossly racist yet typical of the Buffalo News, plain and simple. The News and its staff reporters have become synonymous with dealing with “sources close to the case” and it’s ridiculous. I find it hard to believe that a “source” close to the case gave the writer a major amount of positive information about the driver and his family, yet gave absolutely nothing about the deceased. I’ve come to believe that not only is the News “source close to the case” but their methods of reporting is seriously deficient, always slanted and lack integrity. As far as my thoughts on the Buffalo Police Department and their spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge, they are still just as inept as they’ve always been. Tell me this, how did Eric Anderson and Thomas Johnson “appear” to be cousins, yet no other information was available? Are you serious? And more importantly charges are “pending” against the driver. Are you serious? Of all the glaring inconsistencies thus far, the crackerjack of them all is the fact that they are still trying to determine if alcohol played a role in this case. You’ve got to be kidding me…this case screams alcohol! Maki Becker, Jay Rey, Patrick LaKamp, Matthew Spin and the “source close to the case” even went as far as researching Matthew Ruckdaschel’s FB page and listing his hobbies in an attempt to show him in a more positive light. I wonder why? On several occasions I’ve personally watched The Buffalo News tear down other African Americans in similar situations and not even once venture onto their FB page to make them appear more human. Makes me wonder what else the News organization has strategically included or left out of this story. In ending I say this, had either the News or its ”source” taken the time to seek out and fully look into Eric Anderson’s background they would have come to find that he was a full time working productive citizen. He was a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Degree in Engineering and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, but most importantly, he was the father of two children, Onajae and Oniya, two children that will never get to see him again. In fact, had they looked just a little bit further they would have also noticed this passage on Eric Anderson’s FB page, Ecclesiastes 7:20 which in turns states, “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.” And to that I say this, no matter what type of positive spin the media attempts to put on this story, this passage pertains to The News, but most importantly Matthew Ruckdaschel. Albeit, we refuse to respect your stance, we understand it. Please take time to understand and respect ours! “There shall be no solution to this race problem until you, yourselves, strike the blow for liberty.” Marcus Garvey Page 10


By Glen Ford

oth the United States and Hosni Mubarak’s regime seek “stability” for Egypt – by which they mean continuity of grotesque social and economic inequalities, institutionalized thievery and perpetual subservience to U.S. imperialism and Israeli terror. The current “revolution” – the people’s own word for what is occurring – seeks to destabilize the oppressive and humiliating status quo, and thereby make human dignity and hope possible. To preserve the stability of his comprador regime, which has made itself indispensable to U.S. imperial strategies in the region, Mubarak threatens to plunge Egypt into chaos – to make the society scream. His huge police force, a portion of which appeared to have disintegrated in last week’s test of wills with the people, now roams Cairo, spreading mayhem in order to justify the return of the police state, while a mobilized people attempt to preserve neighborhood order and safety against Mubarak’s roving bands. If the world is turned upside down, there must be a revolution going on. But, what kind? The Tunisian, Egyptian, Jordanian, and other risings are a reawakening of Arab nationalism, the viral force that dictatorships like Mubarak’s are paid billions yearly to suppress. Like all nationalisms, the Arab variety demands that there be a collective response to the hurts and insults committed against the Arab Nation, and the attainment of a justice that is worthy of the people. Arab nationalism is anathema to U.S. imperialism, and cannot long coexist with an aggressive, racist and expansionist Zionism whose very presence in the region represents humiliation and defeat and an absence of justice. Arab nationalism is more dangerous to imperial hegemony than Islamist politics – which is why the Americans and Israelis encouraged the rise of Islamism as a counterweight to Arab nationalism and secular left movements. Arab nationalism requires no imams or other intermediaries or experts to justify collective action in service of the people. The path to mass mobilization can be direct and democratic, as evidenced by the spread of the Pan-Arab conflagration from the spark in Tunisia only weeks ago. The Arab nationalist rebellion is centered on American-backed regimes in Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan because U.S. imperialism is the main impediment to the Arab people’s national aspirations in their respective countries and the world. The “strongman” works for the Americans, not the Arabs –

and therefore, indirectly, the Israelis. Although the Left has been repeatedly crushed in the Arab world over the decades, Arab nationalism is embedded in the various countries’ identities and cannot be permanently suppressed. That’s why Washington cannot tolerate a popular nationalist regime in power in Egypt, the largest Arab country and irreplaceable imperial and Zionist ally. If Egypt escapes the control of a comprador, imperial-subservient, anti-nationalist regime, the whole American position in the region unravels. Washington is desperate that some form of gangster order prevail, even if that means a “Tiananmen” Square”-like solution. As this is written, Mubarak’s shadowy non-uniformed forces have been unleashed on the protestors in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. It is widely understood that the Egyptian military is key to the immediate situation. But, which military? The army of Mubarak’s politician-businessman generals, who have become integral cogs in the American imperial machine, the main recipients of U.S. “aid,” who have seized executive positions in profitable military enterprises and created a community outside of general Egyptian society, much like the gated communities of the newly-rich? Or the mass army of half a million men, drawn from a population where 40 percent of the people subsist on less than $2 a day, an army whose relatives and friends are gathered in

Where is the Hispanic Representation? Dear Editor: I appreciated the opportunity to read recently about the formation of the newly Erie County Holding Center Advisory Panel. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Legislatures Bove,Whyte,Grant, Williams, and their colleagues for their dilligent work and persistance in forming this much needed panel as it relates to the Erie County Holding Center to improve the conditions; also the inclusion of community dialogue to make this facility a better place for its population. Unfortunately with that said, I am very disturbed and appalled that considering the percentage of Hispanic/ Latino Population within this facility, there was no consideration given to our Hispanic community for equal participating representation on this important advisory panel. I hope that in the future in forming any advisory panel that constitutes representing a population that is being served that those communities are amicably considered. Casimiro D. Rodriguez Sr. Tahrir Square and other centers of resistance in Alexandria, Suez and upper Egypt? Or, the army of junior officers whose Arab nationalism recoils at the regime’s alliance with their people’s enemies? Had Mubarak’s generals not feared crossing the Arab nationalist patriotism of their own soldiers and junior officers, the popular rebellion would have been crushed by tanks before now. If the people’s revolution were to be joined by a popular people’s army, Egypt would rock the Arab world and beyond, and bring about a much swifter demise of U.S. imperialism, the panEarth enemy. BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at

The Meaning of The above image/logo, part of the Challenger flag, corresponds to one of the 81 chapters in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. This particular tetragram corresponds to number 27, defined as “The Skillful Exchange of Information.” (From R.L Wing’s book, The Tao of Power.) “The truth, always the truth--at all costs”

“What is planted cannot be uprooted.What is well embraced cannot slip away.” I CHING

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Descendent of Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, to Keynote ASCAC: The Struggle to Annual African History and Diversity Conference at McKinley High Awaken the African Mind Continues By Bro. Modell Gault On February 18-19, 2011 McKinley High School will hold its Ninth Annual African and African-American History and Diversity Conference. The theme of our conference, which is sponsored by the McKinley High School Student Council, the AfricanAmerican Pioneers in Education, The National Consortium for The Preservation and Teaching of African and AfricanAmerican History is: “WHERE HAVE ALL THE BROTHERS GONE….WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN?” The conference opens on Friday, February 18, 2011, at 6 p.m. with a community reception and the opening of exhibits. The Keynote Address will be delivered Friday evening By Kennneth B. Morris Jr., the Founder and President of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation. On Saturday, February 19, 2011, conference workshops begin at 8:15 a.m. There are three morning sessions with lunch served afterwards. Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is descended from two of the most important names in American history: he is the greatgreat-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. His life until the year 2007 could be described as distinguished yet decisively disengaged from his lineage until Providence called. Ken’s extraordinary lineage flows through the maternal side of his family by way of the union of his grandmother, Nettie Hancock Washington (granddaughter of Booker T. Washington), and his grandfather, Dr. Frederick Douglass III (great grandson of Frederick Douglass). He is now the President of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation (FDFF), a public charity that endeavors to create a modern Abolitionist Movement in schools all over the country through the vehicle of Service-LearningExperts in the field of human trafficking and modern-day slavery agree that building awareness is the first step to ending slavery in our time. FDFF operates on the belief that students can best communicate the message of abolition via the Internet and their extraordinary online social networks.Some of the work done by Ken and the foundation since 2007 include: reaching approximately 50,000 middle and high school students through the Frederick Douglass Dialogues Tour; appearing on television, radio and in newspaper articles (including CNN, Newsweek Video, PBS, the Tavis Smiley Show and the Washington Post), creating the Abolition Day Project allowing students to bring awareness of human trafficking to millions of people all over the United States and initiating HR 929, the House Resolution to recognize Abolition Day internationally as well as the work of Frederick Douglass and FDFF toward ending slavery. Ken will be featured in a 2011 National Geographic documentary commemorating the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War. The objectives of the conference are: to celebrate the history of the people of the United States of America, including but not limited to Africans and African-Americans; to highlight the contributions of unsung heroes and heroines who have made diverse contributions to American History and to map how the history of African-Americans has been reported. The conference was established to give young people building blocks and words of hope and faith to guide their futures. Our community has seen the loss of many African American males. Many have died as a result of violence in the community; gone to jail as result of being convicted of committing act(s) of violence and/or selling drugs in the community; are homeless and/or unemployed and many are high school drop outs. We hope that the conversations and message from the conference will be able to engage the community in finding ways to change this destructive course so that everyone understands that our young men are not hopeless and/or helpless!

Raising The Djed: Reuniting with True Self By Seku Ba Jehudi Ameni Part I

Hotep! Sisters and Brothers, I come to you in the spirit of enlightenment, love, peace and stability. The subject matter of this article is re-connecting with your True Self and essence, known at different times as Sekhem, Chi, Life Force, Tao, Kundalini, Prana and Uqobo. We often use axioms or quote sayings from the past which true meanings have become hidden in modern times. For example: “It takes a whole village to raise a child” or “Know Thyself”. It obvious that we have lost touch with ancient wisdom and the wisdom traditions of the past as evidenced by all the corruption, war, suffering and chaos of our modern times. If we look at the current unrest in Egypt and the Arab world, Europe, South America, Africa, Indonesia and all over the globe; we see the consciousnessof the common people is awakening. When this occurs people take action t comeinto a greater understanding of Truth, Justice and Righteousness in order to overcome the present suffering and dis-ease of the times. This is a normal process in nature which attempts to correct and balance the corruption of the present world system by renewing our commitment to Universal Laws of Life or Maat. Every Millennium change (approx. 1,000 yrs) and Era change (approx. 26,000) all energy must be returned to equilibrium and balance. During this period all negative impacts must be healed in order to maintain the proper balance and functions of the world in which we live. We must pay attention to the ever increasing natural disasters occurring around the world such as: severe storms, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, Volcanic eruptions, and global warming. These activities are the sign that the earth is communicating to us that the world is out off balance. As a native american elder echoed “the earth is talking but we are not listening.” The forces of chaos and corruption must be overcome and brought under control by the higher self/true self during this cycle of time. I should also note that the lotus is the symbol for the number 1,000 which relates to the millennium and this has great significance to the Memphite Theology which I will elaborate more on in this article. Egypt was often referred to as The Light of The World, so I am not surprised by the present course of events working to re-shape that nation and to depart from the corrupt ways of its present regime. The present energy and desire for change happening in Egypt will reverberate throughout the entire world as Maat is moving and shaping the world once again. We have recently moved into a new Era and Millennium cycle which will reshape the world as we know it now. That very same energy cycle is what drives me to share the secret and truth about our True essence and oneness! Egypt also known as ancient Kemet sought to spread its light throughout the entire world during ancient times. One of the most popularly received Theologies from ancient Kemet was the Memphite Theology. The Memphite Theology included: initiation into the priesthood (priests and priestess), the Trinity of Ptah-Sekhmet- Nefertem (Father God, Mother God and (offspring) Son as God), breathing and posture exercises, hekau (words of power), and proper FEBRUARY 9, 2011


ur struggle to reawaken the African minds is a very illusive and protracted war. Most Africans, regardless if they are born on the continent or the Diaspora, are under the illusion that the more we are educated the better we will prosper in this oppressive culture. Carter G. Woodson was a strong critic of these mid-educated Negros. Education is a must. However, if we do not develop an education/socialization process which recovers our ancestors memories we are not properly educated. We will not be able to deal with the hostility of a narcistic, greedy people who feed off of Africa and her people. Without the proper education/ socialization of our youth, this protracted war would be impossible to win. Getting a good education to get a good job is not enough. The young and the old must come together and restore what is right. The Upcoming Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations 28th Annual Ancient Kenetic (Egyptian) studies conference will inspire all of us to continue to seek the wisdom of our Ancestors and find guidance in understanding out past, present and future in the struggle for the African mind. The conference will be held March 17-20, 2011 at Howard University, Blackburn University Center 2397, 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059. Registration fees are; members $160, non members$200, Elders $100; Students $75. Hotel reservations, at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, 2305 New York Ave, (202) 266-3000. Rates, $169 per room plus 14.5 percent tax. The theme is Sebayet (Wisdom Instruction), translating, recovering and restoring ancestral memories in the struggle for the African mind. -FOUNDING FATHERSOn February 26, 1984 over five hundred African Americans from all over the United States attended “The First Annual Ancient Egyptian Studies Conference” in Los Angeles, California. At this conference, Yosef ben Jochannan, John Henrik Clarke, Asa Hilliard, Leonard Jeffries, Maulana Karenga and Dr. Conrad W. Worrill met and developed a proposal, framework and schedule to establish an association to study and promote African Civilizations. It was thus at that meeting that the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) was founded. Dr. Worrill was a representative of the Chicago group which included among others Anderson Thompson, Harold Pates and members of the Kemetic Institute. Maulana Karenga represented The Institute of Pan African Studies which was the host organization for the conference. Drs. Clarke, ben Jochannan and Jeffries represented a broader New York community. Asa Hilliard was a professor at a university in Atlanta, Georgia, thus making the founding group representative of four major geographical regions in the United States— the Eastern, Midwestern, Southern and Western.

During the following year, the six founders worked together to extend an invitation to join ASCAC to the African American community in the United States at large. The Buffalo ASCAC study group meets every second and fourth Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library. Our book we chose is SBA:The Reawakening of the African Mind by Asa G. Hilliard, III. If you are interested in becoming a cultural warrior or would like more information about the conference contact Bro. Modell at 896-1430 or email modelgault@ or diet and healing system. The culmination of the Memphite Theology was in Nefertem the Lotus God. Nefertem is also known as Tem, Temu, Tammuz, Atem, Nefera Tem, Neferaha Temu, Aha and erroneously as Adam. Nefertem is the same secret force/energy of the atom (which will be revealed at a later date). Nefertem is listed as both a culminating God in the Trinity of Ptah-Sekhmet-Nefertem and as the All Encompassing Divinity GOD in some ancient texts. Nefertem represents individuated spirit, oneness which rises out of the first essence, from this onecomes the many differentiated forms of Creation. Nefertem represents the pure bloom of the Lotus. The significance of the Lotus is that it is a flowering plant that opens and follows the energy of the Sun and closes its bloom during the night. Another important aspect of the Lotus is that it has a long stem that struggles through the mud andmurky water to emerge as a beautifully fragrant flower that is pleasing and devoted to GOD. (Conclusion next week)

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The Youth Prison Prevention Project headed by Robert A. Harris Sr. will be giving an after school event for BLACK HISTORY MONTH at the African American Cultural Center Mr. Harris Sr. – Friday Feb. 18 at 350 Masten Ave. from 3:30pm – 5:30pm. This event will be free to the public. We encourage parents and children alike to attend in order to be enlightened about our past, encouraged in our present, and empowered for our future. There will be special guest speakers, contests & prizes, andrRefreshments! The Youth Prison Prevention Project consists of a group of prisoner re-entry and youth mentors, and job & resume coaches. This group not only seeks to help those that are just getting out of prison taper back into society, but aims to help prevent the youth from going to prison in the first place. Mr. Harris, also known as Brother Rob, is a Hip Hop Master and Educator who speaks to the youth in their own language of Hip Hop and reveals to them the booby-traps and deceptions of the streets. The Youth Prison Prevention Project is also seeking sponsors and volunteers to help take this project to the next level. If you would like to help as a sponsor, or if your church, community center, or school is interested in a free seminar by this group, please contact(716) 563 – 5515 (or) scriptures1000@yahoo. com

BI D S COUNTY OF ERIE NOTICE TO BIDDERS CLEANING & WASHING OF VARIOUS COUNTY BRIDGES PROJECT NO. FA-WASHING-11 LOCALLY ADMINISTERED FEDERAL AID PROJECT 5758.10 The Department of Public Works, Division of Highways, is seeking sealed bids for this bridge cleaning and washing project. Sealed proposals will be received at the DPW-Division of Highways Main Conference Room 1404, 95 Franklin Street, 14th floor, Buffalo, NY at 10:00 a.m., February 24, 2011. Bid deposit of $20,000.00 required. Plans will be available for purchase at $100./set from February 3, 2011 through bid date. Pre-let meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 17, 2011 10:00 a.m. at the DPW-Division of Highways Conference Room 1419, 95 Franklin Street, 14th floor, Buffalo, NY. Bid submittal details are on the Erie County website at:

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BI D S ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The Buffalo Municipal Housing authority will receive separate a sealed bid for each of the following contract work: JOB/NUMBER CONTRACT NAME BMHA Job 11-03 CF, Various Roofing Work at Holling Homes, Kenfield, Ferry Grider, Schwab Terrace & Kelly Gardens DATE/TIME OF PREBID MEETING Date and time: Tuesday, March 1, 2001 at 10:00 AM DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF BIDS (OPENING) Date and Time: Thursday, March, 10 2011, at 2:00 PM Prebid Conferences will be held as stated above with all potential bidders assembled at the Capital Improvements & Development Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204; the project walkthrough may be held/scheduled after the meeting. Separate Sealed bids for each above mentioned BMHA Job will be received until the time stated above at the Capital Improvements Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204. Bids received after the stated time will not be accepted. Bids will be opened and publicly read aloud immediately after specified closing time. Sets of contract documents may only be obtained at the Capital Improvements Office at 320 Perry Street, with a deposit of $100 per set. Only certified company checks, bank checks or money orders made payable to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority will be accepted. This deposit is refundable upon return of complete sets of documents within 14 calendar days after the bid opening. Failure to comply with this time limit will constitute forfeiture of the deposit. The BMHA reserves the right to reject any bid, which fails to conform to the essential items, required by the contract documents and to reject any and/or all bids submitted. Dated: February 8, 2011

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PART-TIME/19 HOURS PER WEEK JOB GROUP VI SALARY $ 15.01/HOUR DESCRIPTION: The work involves performing para-professional tasks in the Nursing Department. Duties are varied and range from setting up equipment in laboratories to tutoring students in development centers. The tasks assigned are generally of a supportive nature and may be performed in the classroom, laboratory or development center. The work is performed under the general supervision of an instructor or faculty member. Does related work as required. REQUIREMENTS: Good knowledge of fundamentals of teaching; good knowledge of subjects in the academic area in which assigned; ability to work with and tutor students in academic area in which assigned; ability to work with students and faculty in effective manner; ability to understand and follow detailed oral and written reports; initiative; resourcefulness; reliability; integrity; must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Must be currently licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse in NYS, or eligible to be licensed by endorsement in NYS. Current experience in Clinical Nursing Practice. Experience in educational institutions preferred.

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Site Manager. Belmont Housing Resources is seeking a housing professional to join our team as the site manager for affordable properties in Buffalo. If you are a detail-oriented multi-tasker with excellent customer service skills, apply today! BA and one year related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. ARM/COS certification desired. Professional development opportunities and great benefit package. Resume and salary requirements by February 18, 2011, to jobs, EOE/AA

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  Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in Buffalo, New York is seeking Employee Relations Specialist Deadline 2/11/11 for more details visit

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in Buffalo, New York is seeking Manager Metro Rail Deadline 2/11/11

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Request for Proposals

The NFTA is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) for Project No. 31NG1103, NFIA Master Plan Update 2011. Proposals are due at the end of the day on March 9, 2011.

bidS Invitation to Bid - NFTA Procurement

Currency Sorting, Counting, Facing Machine Jet Ski Docking System Waterborne Traffic Paint See to download bid documents.

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   NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: ERIE COUNTY   OF  NEW   YORK,   SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, THE BANK N.A.,AS TRUSTEE, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE OF THE POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED AS OF APRIL 1, 2005 FIRST FRANKLIN MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2005-FF5 ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-FF5; Plaintiff(s) vs. GARY W. COLEMAN, JR.; et al; Defendant(s) Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s): ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 2 Summit Court, Suite 301, Fishkill New York 12524 (845) 897-1600 Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale granted herein on or about March 6, 2009, I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at the foreclosure alcove, Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. On March 14, 2011 at 9:30 AM Premises known as 395 DEARBORN AVE., BUFFALO, NY 14207 Section: 88.25 Block: 7 Lot: 34 ALL THAT TRACT, OR PARCEL OF LAND, situate in the City of Buffalo, County of Erie and State of New York, being part of Lot Number 155 of the Parish Tract. As more particularly described in the judgment of foreclosure and sale. Sold subject to all of the terms and conditions contained in said judgment and terms of sale. Approximate amount of judgment $47,916.23 plus interest and costs. INDEX NO. 08-7845 TIFFANY M. KOPACZ, Esq., REFEREE

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Wednesday February 9 “Listening Session” with New York State Senator Mark Grisanti: 6-7:30 p.m., Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson; free and open to the public; voice your questions and concerns. Erie County Prisoners Rights Coalition Holding Center Demonstration: 5-6 p.m.; Delaware at Church, Strategy Meeting, 14 Allen Street 6-7. Free Senior Health Fair: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Delaware Family YMCA, 2564 Delaware Ave.; 875-1283. Board of Education Regular Board Meeting: 5:30 p.m.; 801 City Hall. Thursday February 10 Mayor Brown’s 2011 State of the City Address; 12:30 p.m.; Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Spirituality and Healing “Stories of Healing from Cancer Coaches:” 6:308:30 p.m.; Daemen College Business Bldg. Rm. 107-109; call 694-1395. Free Tax Preparation: 5-8 pm, Pentecostal Temple, 618 Jefferson Ave.; call 21 or 1-888-696-9211 for an appointment. Saturday February 12 Schiller Park Music Fest and Dance Party: 3-7 p.m., Schiller Park Senior Citizens Center, 2057 Genesee St.,; 55 and older; $5; For tickets 8952727; for info 896-4021 (See their ad page 8).

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Chronic Kidney Disease Management Class: 300 Delaware, 10:30 a.m., Suite 101; $35; 835-1323. Saturday February 13


You can manage your diabetes.

Love2Eat Season Premiere Viewing Party: Buffalo Live Lounge, 3053 Main St; 8p.m. – midnight. (See page 8)

We can teach you how.

Buffalo State College AFSAD Presents 2nd Annual Black History Program “Faces of America: Old Challenges in a New Millennium:” 6 p.m.; Rockwell Hall; call 878-4030 or 833-7585.

When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Where: Outreach Conference Room Call: (716) 848-2124 to register.

Register for FREE Diabetes Education Classes at Sheehan.

Wednesday February 16 Mayor Brown’s 2011 State of the City Address; 12:30 p.m.; Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. (See Pg. 3) idea 01.indd 1

Winterfest & Powder Keg Festival: Buffalo’s Biggest Winter Weekend

Next Class: Feb. 25 Monitoring your Blood Sugars. March 8, 22 Personal Health Habits, limiting the long-term complications of Diabetes. 425 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, New York

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The 2nd Annual Buffalo Winterfest & Powder Keg Festival is set for February 11, 12 & 13 downtown from Coca-Cola Field, along Seneca Street to the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. Highlights include such activities as Igloo and Snowman building, ice sculptures, snowshoeing, and a Buffalo historical hike. There will be horse-drawn sleigh rides, Broomball and Snow Tennis competitions, street performers, and a whole lot more. There will be great food and entertainment all weekend long. The Family Entertainment Pavilion will provide kids with carnival games, faces painting, enjoy puppet shows and winter crafts. On the HSBC Plaza, they can make snow sculptures, dig in snow for trinkets and coins, or skate at Fountain Plaza’s Rotary Rink. Best of all, they’ll really love sledding down the Skyway off-ramp at Seneca and Pearl Streets.FREE Metro Rail will drop you off right in the middle of the all the action!

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Carter G. Woodson: Staking a Claim for Black Humanity Historian Carter G. Woodson was born in 1875, the son of slaves. He died in 1950. Woodson came up out of the West Virginia coalmines at age 20 to begin high school before earning the second Ph.D ever awarded to an African American by Harvard University (W.E.B. Du Bois was the first). In 1915 Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. When White publishers refused his manuscripts, he created the Associated Publishers to put his own work in print and the Journal of Negro History in 1916. Woodson published 17 titles meant to advance the race. His most famous book is The Mis-Education of the Negro. He was relentless in his quest to correct the lie perpetrated by Whites that Blacks had contributed nothing to human civilization. On the Journal of Negro History’s 10th anniversary, Woodson came up with a plan to set aside one week of the year for the study of the Black past. On the 50th anniversary of the celebration, Negro History Week was expanded into its current “Black History Month.”

Joel Augustus Rogers... Joel Augustus Rogers, better known as J.A. Rogers, was born on September 6, 1880 in Negril, Jamaica, West Indies. He was one of the most important Black scholars to ever live. An anthropologist, linguist, sociologist; investigative reporter and historian, he spent some 50 years researching the history of African peoples. He did more than anyone else to tell the true story of “the Negro.” His most important works are: 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro, World’s Great Men of Color (volumes one and two), Sex and Race (three volumes), Africa’s Gift to America, From Man to Superman, Nature Knows No Color Line, Five Negro Presidents and The Ku Klux Klan Spirit. Through his works he has shown how the history of Africans is an inseparable part of the history of mankind. He died on March 26, 1966 in New York.

Our Story: Nubia, “God’s Land” Did you know there are twice as many pyramids in Sudan as there are in Egypt? When recalling humanity’s eminent civilizations throughout history, one often thinks of Ancient Egypt, China, the Incas, Mayans, Greeks or the Romans. Never Nubia (Sudan), which, at its peak, presided over a mighty empire that covered great tracks of land through the Nile Valley and which rivaled the power, influence and wealth of Ancient Egypt. Sudan’s past and present reveals a fascinating history and rise of Africa’s Black Pharaohs over 6,000 years ago. When one thinks of Sudan, the images of the current suffering and chaos in the Darfur region supersede all others. But the country has a much more interesting and fascinating history than contemporary media reports would suggest. In the area which today straddles the region of southern Egypt and northern Sudan there once existed a most powerful and wealthy kingdom, ruled by compelling and authoritative kings. The empire of Nubia stretched along the length of the mighty River Nile from the confluence of the Blue and White Niles where modern-day Khartoum stands, as far as the Aswan Dam. It was, according to Western historians, “the first known civilization of Black Africa,” but this can only be true if you consider Ancient Egypt as NOT a Black African civilization, which it indeed was, before the Arab conquest of 641 AD. Page 16

“Our history did not begin in chains... It will not end in chains...” Historian J.A. Rogers Chronicles the Amazing Accomplishments of African People *The Ganges sacred river of India was named after the most famous of Ethiopian Kings, King Ganges, who invaded and conquered Asia as far as this river. *Elam a mighty civilization of Persia, flourished about 2900 B.C. and it perhaps older than Egypt or Ethiopia. One of its later Black kings, Kudur Nakunta, conquered Chaldea and Babylon and brought back rich treasurers to his capital, Susa. Susa is the Shushan of the Bible where Esther sought the favor of King Ahaserus of Persia and Ethiopia. *Cheops, a Black man, built the Great Pyramid, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. It is 451 feet high, has 2,500,000 blocks of granite, each two and a half tons, covers 13 acres, too, 100,000 men 30 years to build and was completed in 3730 B.C. * There were at least 18 Ethiopian or unmixed Black rulers of ancient Egypt, the best known of which is Piankhi. Leaving his country in Central Africa, Piankhi conquered all Egypt to the mouth of the Nile in 750 B.C. *The most ancient lineage in the world is that of the Ethiopian royal family. The Emperor Haile Selassi I, ruler of Ethiopia, traced his ancestry to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and beyond that to Cush, 6280 B.C. *Blacks lived in America thousands of years before Columbus. Central American monuments show numerous carvings of them as gods. When Columbus came to the New World Blacks had been crossing from Africa to South America a distance of 1,600 miles. *Imhotep of ancient Egypt was the real Father of Medicine. He lived about 2300 B.C. Greece and Rome learned their knowledge of medicine from him. In Rome he was worshiped as the Prince of Peace in the form of a Black man. His Ethiopian portraits show him as African. The saying, “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die,” has been traced to him. Hippocrates, the so-called “Father Medicine,” lived 2,000 years after Imhotep! *The oldest and most noted statue in the world bears the face of an African. It is the Sphinx of Gizeh, which was worshipped as Horus, the Sun god of Light and Life. It was erected about 5,000 B.C. The devil, which is now depicted as Black, was once portrayed as White. When the Black man dominated the planet he painted the forces of evil, white. When the Whites came into power they shifted the colors. *On November 15, 218 B.C., Hannibal, a full-blooded Black man, marching through conquered territory in Spain and France, performed the astounding feat of crossing the Alps. With only 26,000 of his original force of 82,000 men remaining, he defeated Rome the mightiest military power of that age, who had a million men, in every battle for the next 15 years.

one of which was the famous statue of Memnon, which “sang when the morning sun shone on it.” Amen-Ophis was an African. “The features of this monarch cannot fail to strike everyone as having more in common with the African than those of any other pharaoh.” He died in 1375 B.C. *Scottish African Ancestry. The Scotch people trace their ancestry to the ancient Egyptians who used to visit the British Isles long before the Christian era. These Picts and Scots as they were known proved very troublesome to the Romans, two of whose emperors, Haorian and Antonine, built great walls to keep them out of England. As late as the 14th century large portions of the population of Scotland were Black and many Scotch people still show their distant African ancestry in their color and hair. (Excerpted from:100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof by J.A. Roger)

The Chinese Afrikan Connection Chinese Africans. The mother of Lao-Tsze, Great Chinese seer, who lived in 667 B.C. was described as “A virgin Black in color.” There is a considerable amount of African strain in the Chinese. In the extreme South of China there till lives an African people know as the Nakhis. J.A. Rogers

*Amen-Ophis III was the greatest of the pharaohs, who conquered the then known world. Under him Egypt reached the heights of her glory in commerce, wealth, architecture and stable government. Two mighty statues now stand in tribute to him in Thebes,

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