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Genesee Baptist INSIDE ROCHESTER Celebrates 140 Years of Worship!

Filmzstress Filmz: Nicholle La Vann Following Her Heart and Keeping It Real

You may not know her face immediately, but you have heard about her work in film. Nicholle La Vann aka Filmztress Filmz is keeping herself busy by producing film projects that speak to our societal needs and ills. Her company, Infinite Minds Media, a non-profit organization, is helping families affected by the violence. The medium of film is helping her put a stamp on the issue. “Film has the beauty to set a tone or a mood. It helps to draw you into a story. Film can be used as a tool to help you establish a platform. Audio and video do the exact same thing. Film was used negatively to chronicle D. W. Griffith’s Birth of A Nation. These days you don’t see too many images of Black children who have been victims of crime outdoor playing. These kids constantly see friends or family members in hospital beds.” A New York City native, La Vann moved up to Rochester to escape the despair of New York City and took advantage of Upstate New York’s cheaper economy and climate. “I had to get away,” says the mother of five, who has a master’s degree in film. “I had issues with childcare.” Her twenty-minute film is called “Solutionz”, which explores the effects of having an incarcerated parent when you are a kid. “We hope to show this film to children who have been a victim of a crime once a week,” continues La Vann, a single mom raising children from five to 27, who also directed the film, Homicidz. “This way children have someone they can talk to. Crime doesn’t discriminate.” Her film materialized out of a sense of anger because it was a subject that communities were continuing to ignore. “Every film I do is derived from a personal part of my life,” La Vann says noting that she holds a master’s degree in film from the CUNY system. “I did this project all by myself. I LOVE film. I got my first start in photography. Got a camera and just started documenting my work. I got a story in pictures in one photo. “My film, Solutionz follows the victims into hospitals MARSHA and how hospitals have to pat people down. I focus on how kids particularly are effected by the violence. Near the end of the film, I ran out of money but found a way to get it finished. By the end of the film, my camera broke and had to find a way to complete my vision. I did just that. It gave me a sense of doing something.” Choosing a career in film is not for the faint of heart. The salary pays poorly, the hours are long, but the creativity and the rewards are worthwhile. “You shouldn’t do this unless you love the job,” continues La Vann. “I love telling stories and talking about issues. It helped me to get more involved with my community. I treat each film like it is my masterpiece. and it encouraged me to do my best.” Visit her website: Or contact her at


AROUND TOWN * “No Boundaries”: The exhibit, “No Boundaries: New Expressions in Black Art,” is running now thru March 19 at the The Baobab Cultural Center | 728 University Ave | Rochester, featuring artists Hiram Cray (painter/sculptor), and Edreys Wajed (graphic and hip-hop artist), and Michelle Harris (new media and digital art), and Shawn Dunwoody (mixed media). *Reg’s Computing Solutions book signing and technology event at Mood Makers Books, March 26 from 2-3:30 p.m., 302 Goodman Avenue, Village Gate Square Mall; (585)300-6800. See ad this page. Page 2

The Theme of the 140th Anniversary of the Genesee Baptist Church, 18712011 is “Advancing the Kingdom of God” and kicks off Friday, March 18 with the Talladega College Tour Choir in concert and silent Auction at 7 p.m. The remaining celebration schedule includes: *Sunday, May 22 Rev. Dr. Vera E. Miller in Concert, 5 p.m. *Saturday, July 23, Public Auction, 1 to 6 p.m. *Saturday, August 13, Sticky Lips Barbecue, Noon to 5 p.m. The anniversary weekend celebration will feature: *Friday, October 14, Songfest 7 p.m. *Saturday, October 15 March to the River and Communion, Noon. *Sunday October 16 Worship 9 a.m. *Sunday October 16 Banquet, RIT Conference Center 3 p.m. All events will take place at Genesee Baptist Church unless otherwise noted. Further details will be forthcoming for each event. Call 436-7250 M, W, ,F mornings or visit our website for more information and donation/ticket prices.

Community Worship Service Marks Urban League Annual Membership Campaign A worship service at 230 Adams Street, on Sunday, March 13 marked the culmination of the Urban League of Rochester’s annual Membership Campaign. The service began with Elder David C. Rourk as Host Pastor, Reverend James L. Cherry, Jr. was the speaker, and pastors from other congregations were also be a part of this great celebration. The service took place to celebrate the successful completion of our Membership Campaign and to join in thankful fellowship with those churches that have helped us to reach our goal. The Membership Campaign which has long received strong support from a large number of Rochester churches serves a dual purpose as it builds a membership base for the Urban League and provides support to the League’s general fund. This fund is used to enhance programs and provide the highest quality of services as possible. This year’s goal is to raise $75,000. For more information about the Urban League and its programs and to learn how to become a member, call 585-325-6530.

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A rea Bri efs “Countering Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys” Topic of Video Presentation and Discussion

Renae Kimble

Niagara Falls’ Kimble Won’t Run for Re-Election Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble, D-Niagara Falls, recently announced that she will not run for re-election to a smaller legislature this fall. 

Kimble, who has served for nine terms, is the first African-American woman elected to the local legislature. Her term ends in December. 
“I thank God for the opportunity to be a public servant,” she said in a written statement . “It was the opportunity of a lifetime and it is something I will always remember and I am extremely humbled by.”

 The county legislative map is being redrawn this year in light of latest U.S. Census results and a 2009 county voter-approved referendum to cut the Legislature to 15 seats from 19 seats effective in 2012. When the county legislative map is redrawn this year, the City of Niagara Falls stands to see its county legislative representation cut to 3.5 districts from 5 currently when the legislative map is redrawn this year. 
In 1993 Kimble sued to get a “majority minority” populated legislative district established as redistricting went on that year. The 2nd District has been that district ever since.

 Kimble is currently the deputy leader of the legislature’s Democratic minority caucus. She is a past majority leader, meaning the top Democrat in the legislature when that party had the most seats, and a past vice chairman of the body.

Rally to Save Our Schools! A Rally to Save Our Schools in protest of Gov. Cuomo’s $1.5 billion in education cuts and tax cuts for millionaires, will be held on Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m., UB South Campus, Allen Hall. For more information call (716) 602-2821 or jboody@ MARCH 16,, 2011

The We are Women Warriors Community and Family Empowerment group will present a Black History and educational video presentation: Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys by noted teacher and author, Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu. The video presentation, hosted by teacher, historian and Criterion News columnist, Mrs. Eva M. Doyle, will take place on Wednesday, March 16 at the Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., from 6- 7:45 p.m.. This video, with a ‘question and answer’ session is being held to help shed light on the dismal progress African American students, especially our male students, are making in our public schools. Over a period of several months, the newly formed We are Women Warriors group will present numerous seminars, workshops and strategy sessions to find ways of decreasing the high drop out and failure rate among middle and high school young men in the Buffalo Public School. This event is free and the public is invited to attend and help find workable and solutions to some of the pressing educational problems and situations facing our children and our community. For additional information, please call Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant @ (716) 536-7323 or (716) 8940914.

International Women’s Day The 100th Anniversary “Celebrate International Women’s Day” will be held on Friday, March 18 at Buffalo State College Student Union, Social Hall from 4 to 7:30 p.m. A panel discussion will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. “Rejecting the Violence of Poverty & Standing up for Rights.” Discussion and information about the rights of women contending with poverty, services available, issues facing immigrant women, experience in fighting for rights and speaking to the cause of poverty and solutions. The evening celebration will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. “Saluting Women’s Contributions to the Rights and Dignity of All.” The event expresses the unity of all in the fight for change, with participation by African Americans, Puerto Ricans, Native Americans, Palestinians and more. Networking hour 5:30 to 6 p.m., networking and socialize with speakers and performers with refreshments will concluded the celebration from 5:30 to 6 p.m.For more information contact or call 602-8077.

Dr. Marable

Dr. Manning Marable, Renowned African Studies Scholar, Author, to Speak at ECC FAST RECOVERY! A car crashed into Fast Eddie’s Car Wash at Fillmore near

Delavan late Monday morning doing major damage. A women, who authorities say appeared to have suffered a seizure, crashed with two children in the car. They were all hospitalized and Fast Eddie’s was temporarily closed (inset). But on Tuesday it was business as usual. Fast Eddie was up and running – despite the damage!

Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams Honors Black Women in Buffalo Erie County Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo, 3rd District) honored Black women in Buffalo who have excelled in their professions at a regular session of the Legislature recently. Chair Miller-Williams honored the Buffalo Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Incorporated, an organization that was founded in 1935 with the local chapter organizing in 1958. The mission of the Club is to promote and protect the interests of African American business and professional women; to serve as a bridge for young people seeking to enter business and the professions; to improve the quality of life in the local and global communities; and to foster good fellowship. “In 1935 it was a courageous and optimistic act for black women to come together to celebrate their achievements and to work towards a goal of creating more opportunities for accomplished women young and old,” Miller-Williams said. “In Buffalo the Chapter has been an active and important part of the lives of so many of our Black professional women, helping them develop their careers as well as their volunteer and personal lives. I am proud to have them honored here today.” Chair Miller-Williams was joined by the President of the Buffalo Club, Ms. Janet Barnes and Ms. Alline W. Davis, Regional Advisor for the Club as well as Mrs. Lelia Byrd who was also honored with a Proclamation. Ms. Byrd has had a professional career of more than 35 years in the field of Social Work. In 1975, Lelia was hired by Northwest Community Mental Health Center Corporation as Program Director, making her the first African American to hold such a key position. She has been an International Representative to West Africa, East Africa, South Africa, Cuba and Australia and attended the 50th Anniversary of Ghana’s independence. “Mrs. Byrd exemplifies what the Business and Professional Women’s Club is about in her leadership and tireless dedication to her community. I am proud to stand with her today as we honor the accomplishments of black women in Buffalo and nationwide.” Miller-Williams said. Mrs. Byrd was joined at the podium by her daughter, Pamela Westbrook, who is a Buffalo Police Officer. Resentment is the root of relationship evil which is readily cured by forgiveness and love. Within family relationships we sometimes hold resentment that influences us to treat our kin worse than we would treat a stranger. The more resentment we hold on to we become blinded to having compassion and being forgiving of the people in our own home. Readily many of us run out and do things for others or show a good face outside the home. Yet when we turn our own front door key we are at a loss for kind words or loving Peace, Maat E. L. Lewis

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Manning Marable, founder of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies Program at Columbia University will be speaking at the 37th Annual Eastern Community College Social Science Conference at ECC City Campus on Saturday morning, April 2 at 9 AM. His talk is open to the public and he will be signing copies of his latest book, about Malcolm X, at his presentation. Manning Marable is an M. Moran Weston and Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies and professor of history and public affairs at Columbia University in New York City. Having either written or edited nearly 20 books and scholarly anthologies, Dr. Marable is one of the most influential and widely read intellectuals in the United States. A national leader in the fields of African American studies and ethnic studies, Dr. Marable is the founder and director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. For more information, contact Dr. Gene Grabiner, Conference Chair, Erie Community College at: grabiner@ecc. edu or (716) 851-1089

“Enough is Enough” CityWide Prayer Refuge Temple of Christ West Side 109 Chenango Street Daniel Pizarro, Pastor Monday March14 -Friday Mar.18 Beginning nightly from 6 – 7pm El-Bethel Assembly 511 Michigan Ave. Bishop Clarence Montgomery, Pastor Monday March 21- Friday March 25 Beginning nightly from 6 – 7pm Mount Olive Baptist Church 701 E. Delavan Ave William Gillison, Pastor Monday March 28,- Friday April 1 Beginning nightly from 6 – 7 pm For More Information call Elder Wiggins @ (716) 954-3330 Page 3


U.S. Has no “Moral Authority” to Take Khadafi to Criminal Court The United States “doesn’t have a shred of moral authority” to take Libyan leader Khadafi before the International Criminal Court, says Michael Rattner, executive director of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights. “While Israel was killing 1,400 people in Gaza, the United States didn’t even try to stop it, much less take Israel” to the ICC. The U.S. is not even a signatory to the ICC. Military intervention through NATO would be illegal, says Rattner, and it is doubtful that the full UN Security Council would authorize an intervention. Unfortunately, the U.S. is no respecter of legalities.

Washington Silent On Its Allies’ Possible Genocide in Congo The Obama administration has offered no substantive response to an October United Nations report that implicated Rwanda and Uganda in mass, targeted ethnic killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo, says Jacques Bahati, of the Africa Faith and Justice Network. The AFJN was among the groups that testified before a Capitol Hill hearing on genocide and resource plunder in the Great Lakes region of Africa. As many as six million people have died since Congo was invade by its U.S.-backed neighbors, in the mid-Nineties.

Black Is Back Coalition to Hold “Other Wars” Conference


“It’s not good enough to just be for peace,” says Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. “One has to be against imperialism, which is responsible for wrecking the world.” The traditional anti-war movement, he said, “has never been able to deal adequately with what’s happening in Haiti, Congo or throughout Africa, or with the war that is being waged against African people right here in the United States” – the “other” wars. The National Conference on the Other Wars will take place on March 26, in Washington, DC,

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Police Kill Women Demonstrators in Major city of Ivory Coast Abidjan, Ivory Coast – At least four demonstrators, including a 19-year-old woman, were shot dead by riot police officers last week as they protested the shooting deaths of seven women in the Treichville district of Abidjan who marched the week before, witnesses said. Volleys of bullets fired by security forces of the nation’s strongman, Lurent Gbagbo, continued to sound around the clinic where the dead were taken. Gbagbo’s refusal to give up power after losing a presidential election last November is yielding a mounting toll of death, lawlessness and economic collapse in this sprawling commercial capital of nearly four million people.

Fire in Kenya

A fire on Tuesday engulfed the Deep Sea slum of the Parklands area of Nairobi, Kenya, leaving thousands of people displaced.


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Edwidge Danticat

Just Buffalo Babel Series Continues With Author Edwidge Danticat Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BABEL series of internationally acclaimed authors continues with Edwidge Danticat on Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle. Tickets are $35 general admission, $100 VIP, with discounts available for Buffalo & Erie County Library and HSBC Bank card holders. Student tickets are only $10! Order online at www.justbuffalo. org, by calling (716) 832-5400, or purchase at the door. Tickets are also available for the final BABEL event of the season, Nigerian author Chris Abani on April 15. Winner of a 2009 MacArthur Fellowship (biography courtesy of The MacArthur Foundation,, Edwidge Danticat is a novelist whose moving and insightful depictions of Haiti’s complex history are enriching our understanding of the Haitian immigrant experience. Edwidge Danticat received a B.A. (1990) from Barnard College and an M.F.A. (1993) from Brown University. Her books include the novel Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994); a collection of stories, and two novels for young adults, Behind the Mountain (2002) and Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490 (2005).

Black Man Finds Noose In Locker After Suing FDNY New York Fire Department electrician, Gregory Seabrook, found a noose in his locker after suing the FDNY for racial discrimination. The New York Daily News reports. Gregory Seabrook, an FDNY communications electrician for nearly 20 years, found the noose at the FDNY facility at 87 Union St. in Brooklyn, his lawyers said. “There’s an ominous message behind it,” lawyer Stephen Jackson said of the nearly 3-foot-long noose, which he handed over to authorities. MARCH 16, 2011

HEALTH MATTERS America’s Oldest Sprinter Running Strong At 95 95-year-old Ida Keeling, a great-grandmother from the Bronx, is America's oldest sprinter. She recently set a world record in the 95-and-up age group. Keeling trains by running in the hallways of her Riverdale, New York apartment building. She also runs on treadmills, lifts weights, and rides an exercise bike. She stands at 4'6" and weighs 83 pounds. "I used to be 4'8", but you shrink as you get older." In an interview with ABC News, Keeling says that she "feels like a puppy every day." She also reveals that she didn't start running until she was 67 years old. The lesson? It's absolutely never too late!

“A Pink Affair” for Breast Cancer Awareness Gospel recording artist Marsha McWilson will host a “Pink Affair – Because You’re Worth It” breast cancer awareness event on Saturday, march 19 at 1 p.m. at St. John AME Church, 917 Garden Avenue, Niagara Falls, where Rev. B. Leslie James is pastor. Presented by LEWAC Associates of WNY, the informational gathering will include sharing of stories by breast cancer survivors, information on how to improve services in your community regarding breast cancer; and tips on ways to love yourself. A medical practitioner will be on hand to answer questions. For more information contact Marsha McWilson at (716) 579-0912.



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Weight Watchers at First Shiloh First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine Street, is sponsoring Weight Watchers meetings. If interested please call Geri Daniel at 816-5948 by March 26.

14th Annual Sigma Youth Symposium to Focus on Healthy Lifestyles The Eta Rho Sigma Buffalo Alumnae chapter, and the Kappa Pi (Buffalo State College) Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will host the sorority’s fourteenth annual Sigma Youth Symposium on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lafayette High School, located at 370 Lafayette Avenue . This year’s theme is, “H3: Healthy Choices, Healthy Living, and Healthy Generations.” The 2011 Youth Symposium seeks to provide a forum through which the sorority and the community can work together to aid in reducing the chance of teen pregnancy, and to deal with other issues such as child abuse, making healthy food and lifestyle choices, peer pressure, healthy decision making, and career choices. It also explores the importance of self-love, a positive self image and self respect. This year’s symposium will feature a panel that includes individuals such as, child abuse experts, personal fitness professionals, and “Planned Parenthood” personnel. The panel will even include young-adults who are parenting teens and are enrolled in local colleges in spite of the adversity they face daily in raising a child. The Symposium will afford our youth an opportunity to engage in lively discussions related to healthy choices and decisions for successful future lives. Entertainment for this event will be a step show, poetry readings, a basketball tournament, attendance prizes and more! Lunch will be provided. This is a free event open to the public and all Lafayette students. Anyone under 21 years of age wishing to attend the symposium, MUST show a valid student ID, and/or be accompanied by a parent/guardian. The community is invited to attend. For more information, please contact Olabusayo Soetan, 2011 Chairwoman of Youth Symposium, Eta Rho Sigma, Buffalo Alumnae chapter, via email at MARCH 16,, 2011

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New Hope Baptist of Niagara Falls, NY Celebrates 74th Anniversary

Prophetess Juanita Bynum

Three Powerful Nights at Bethesda Featuring Prophetess Juanita Bynum! Bethesda World Harvest International Church presents Prophetess Juanita Bynum for three powerful nights March 16, 17 and 18 for “Buffalo Turn Around II”! at the church, 1365 Main Street. The event is being hosted by Bishop M ichael A. and Joyce Badger. For more information call 884-3607.` Internationally acclaimed empowerment lecturer and media personality, Dr. Juanita Bynum II returns to Buffalo after several highly successful appearances here last year. She is the founder and president of Juanita Bynum Ministries in Norcross, Georgia. Fueled by a deep spirituality, she delivers thought provoking and relevant messages. Her innate charisma and enlightening sermons have drawn thousands to conferences and events around the world. Her popular writings have inspired hope, strength and spirituality in millions of readers and her powerful and anointed voice have made her a popular recording artist with many devoted fans. Dr. Bynum II is the author of several ground breaking books including the New York Times bestseller The Threshing Floor, as well as her popular leadership book My Spiritual Inheritance, Matters of the Heart (which sold 600,000 copies in less than a year), and the ground-breaking No More Sheets, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and over one million copies of the related DVD. Dr. Bynum II currently is one of the most sought after female speakers, teachers, lecturers and preachers. Often addressing crowds of 50,000–100,000 as a keynote speaker at international conferences and events, Dr. Bynum II has preached in many of the largest, most renowned pulpits and stages in America and around the world. On February 10, 2009 she launched an online network titled JBETV. Dr. Bynum II ministers live online every Tuesday to over 300,000 homes. Page 6

The New Hope Baptist Church at 1122 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, will Celebrate its 74th Anniversary on Sunday, March 20, with a PreAnniversary program on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. On Sunday, March 20, morning service will begin at 10:15 a.m., Rev. Harvey L. Kelley, Pastor. Celebratory worship service will be held at 3:30 p.m. and will feature special guest, the Greater Hope Baptist Church of Buffalo, where Rev. James C. Blackburn is Jr. Pastor. The following will be honored: Mr. Willie Brundidge, Mrs. Pearlie Hart, Mrs. Rosie Smith, Mr. Joshua Harris and Adam Hamilton. For additional information, contact the church at 282-8118.

Humboldt Baptist to Celebrate Rev. and Mrs. Hilliard’s 39th Anniversary The Humboldt Parkway Baptist Church will celebrate Rev. and Mrs. John T. Hilliard’s 39th Pastor and Wife Anniversary on Sunday, March 20. The morning service will begin at 11 a.m. The celebration will end with a banquet at the New Golden Nugget, located at 2046 Fillmore Ave. at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call 882-7582 for more information.

REVIVAL! Rev. Mack McCollum, “The One Arm Bandit,” will be in revival at Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 179 E. Ferry St. for 3 powerpacked nights, March 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. nightly. Rev. Robert E. Baines is host Pastor.

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Organization Honors 40 Women for National Women’s History Month

Among the Honorees, Top Row (l-r): A. Clemons, A. Davis, B. Franklin, B. Kirk, B. Davis, C. Banes, C. Milhouse, C. Dixon, C. Lee. Middle Row (l-r): D. Ransom, D. Hurst, D. Daniel, D. Hughes, F. Hart, G. Robinson, I. Muhammed, J. Pridgen, J. Turner. Above (l-r): J. Nixon, V. Williams, V. Prince, L. Moss, P. Elliott, L. Nze, S. Thurmond, V. Quinniey, W. Spate


nlimited Possibilities Overcoming Poverty Ministry, Inc. will honor 40 women from throughout Western New York as it presents its Fourth Annual Awards Dinner at the Buffalo Convention Center, Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m. The 2011 theme for this gala affair is “Celebrate Women Together We Are Strong.” Nellie B. King, UPOP Ministry Inc. president and Janet Barnes, general chairperson, indicate that the purpose for this annual awards dinner is to celebrate National Women’s History Month with the recognition of women from Buffalo and vicinity to spotlight their achievement, community service, professionalism and exemplary leadership. Forty women will receive awards at the annual affair; ten young ladies from McKinley High School will be recognized for their academics, leadership, perseverance, school and community service. Claudine Ewing from WGR TV- Channel 2 will be the Mistress of Ceremony and award presenter. Candace Barnes, second semester Freshman Erie Community College, will be featured speaker. She was awarded a scholarship of $1000 in 2010. The 2011 Honorees are: JAHarr Sareen Pridgen, Shawn Y. Thurmond, Barbara Johnson Kirk, Lora Lee Moss (Lofly), Debbera Ransom, Dorothea Baxter-Hughes, Verlaine Quinniey, Gayla Robinson, Deirde Daniel, Bertha Robinson Davis, Carol Milhouse, Rev. A Iona Smith Nze, Sister Wanda Thompson Howard, Patricia Alinda Ellicott, Isabel E. Muhammad, Lady Vivian Prince Snell, Sharon Tell, Kathleen “Cookie” Dent, LaShawn Lowe, Cht’ Nel Lee, Franchelle C. Hart, Barbara Franklin, Lady Densie Mathis Hurst, Ada Hopson-Clemons, Lady Vernell Williams, Wanda Spate, Joyce Wilson Nixon, Javough Turner, Aline Davis, Chanthini Taylor Dixon and Lady McAllister. Proceeds from the affair will support female college bound or trade school students from a poverty background, who will be enrolled in college by September, 2011. Tickets are $40. For more information call 835-9549. No tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the affair.


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Niagara Falls is First Stop in “Queen of Soul’s” Shaddy Shad Emerging as One of the Best in the Hip Hop National Concert Tour! Game A T retha Franklin says she’s back at “150 percent” and has announced the date of her first scheduled concert to take place since undergoing surgery. Franklin will perform at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls on May 28. It’s the same month that she said her new album “Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love” becomes available in Wal-Mart Stores. The Queen of Soul had surgery in December for an undisclosed ailment. Some reports claimed it was a procedure to treat pancreatic cancer (reports she has outright denied) while other talk has suggested she suffered severe complications from gastric bypass surgery. Franklin has opted not to disclose the exact nature of her operation. The 68-year-old has since revamped her diet, giving up her beloved chitterlings, pigs’ feet and ham hocks in favor of a Whole Foods-type diet. -Aretha’s Buffalo Connection Born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, Aretha Franklin is the first woman to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She is the daughter of Reverend C. L. Franklin. Not much is publicly known about her mother Barbara Franklin who is reported to have been a gospel singer and a pianist.Aretha Franklin’s father pastured New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. A Civil Rights activist and a community leader, he was widely known as one of the most prominent preachers in the city prior to his death in 1984. Aretha was a child when her family moved from Memphis to Buffalo, New York. Her father preached at Friendship Baptist Church while he and his family lived in Buffalo. A few years later when Aretha was four years old, her father moved to Detroit. Her mother and brother remained in Buffalo. Aretha was only ten years old when her mother died.

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he love of hip hop runs deep in Western New York and young rap artist Shaddy Shad (pronounced Shoddy Shod), is emerging as one of the best in the game. He dropped his first mix-tape “David vs. Goliath” in September 2010 and is preparing to release his second one in the Spring of 2011. The multi-talented rapper and producer began rapping at 19 years of age but you would think he’s been doing it since he was 12. “I wanted to start rapping because people said I couldn’t and my attempt to prove them wrong gave me an outlet to express myself,” he says. The 20-year-old rapper displays the lyrical skills of Big Daddy Kane in his prime with the swag of LL. The current mix-tape, David vs. Goliath starts off with a Jamie Fox cover of “Speak French” that boasts “demanding respect, take over – Jay: Future idol with pain, Aiken Clay.” And just in case you’ve missed what he was saying he starts over to captivate your attention. The lyrical content is accurate and clever, but also has a street and slick moderate tone that has a tongue twister flow. I was also impressed with the performance CD Shaddy Shad provided which contains songs from David vs. Goliath and his new Spring 2011 mix tape release. Continues Shaddy, “I’ve not only heard the greats before me but I’ve witnessed their performances so when I perform I don’t just walk across the stage, I put on a show.” Shaddy Shad just wrapped up a performance at the Hot Tips Gala Feb. 5 and the German House Feb. 11 in Rochester, N.Y. Type in Shaddy Shad on youtube to review his latest performance and for show or CD inquiries contact his management at

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ON STAGE *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.

* “Zooman and the Sign,” Ujima Company, Inc. presents an Alemaedae Theater & Xavier Films Production written by Charles Fuller, and directed by Willie Judson running from Sat. March 5th thru Sun. March 27. Special Preview Night, March 3 @ 8 p.m. to benefit Dominique Maye Foundation. call 716-602-6253 or 716-8830380.

*Wednesday Jazz Series @ 2nd Cup Café: 36 Broadway at Ellicott, across from the downtown library.

 Wednesday Jazz Series: Café Jazz Musette Misfits trio Payazzo
March 16, 7 - 9pm; GRÜVOLOGY ELEMENTAL TRIO, original jazz and standards
March 23, 7 - 9pm JAVA JAM, bring your instrument and sit in if the tune is to your liking.
March 30, 7 - 9pm, TBA
. *Savion Glover UB Center for the Arts, Mainstage Theatre Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. $47.50 (floor), $37.50 (balcony), Students $31.50 (floor), $26.50 (balcony).

*Jazz Jam Sunday 6:30 to 10pm, Cafe @ Masten & Eaton 230 Masten Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, 716-8832311. Karaoke Tuesdays 8pm with Gordy. * The Jazz Example; featuring Greg Webster on drums; Greg Piontek on bass; Doug (Trigger) Gaston on Piano, Band Leader Bilal Abdullah on Tenor Sax; and vocalist Lady Lita, will be performing on stage at the Anchor Bar, each Friday night @ 9PM

*The Legendary Dionne Warwick, April 10, 7 p.m., the Riveria Theatre & Performing Arts Center, North Tonawanda, NY, 692-2493. Watch The Challenger Community News for more information.

On The Scene With MARNETTA MALCOLM Hello and blessings to all…. Hope to see you come out and support….. *Friday, March 18th 6pm – 9pm “Wine Down” at Season’s Restaurant this month’s featured wine…my favorite, “Reisling”… enjoy drink special…lite fate and giveaways.. hosted by Marnetta…

*D.L. Hughley Show, Tuesday, March 29 & Wednesday, March 30 performing 2 shows both nights , w/ Talent & Steve Wilson. First Show 6 p.m. Doors | 7 p.m. ; Second Show 9:15 p.m. Doors | 10 p.m. $26.50 presale | $32.50 day of show
.Tickets on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone 1-800-745-3000 *Aretha Franklin Seneca Niagara Events Center - Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $55 On sale now. All ages welcome, but under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

On Stage Listings are Free. Write: The Challenger, On Stage, PO Box 474,, Bflo., NY 14208; or email:

*It is Women’s History Month and we are inviting all women to help us welcome the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at this Third Thursdays Mixer. We will enjoy appetizers, drink specials, giveaways, and music by DJ Corey at Scarlet (26 Virginia Pl). We hope to see you there!!!!

* S a t u r d a y, March 26th 6pm 1st Annual Marnetta Women Making Malcolm History Gala… at Templeton Landing presented by Utopian Euphoria…honoring great women in the community.. tickets $50… *Friday, April 1st 7pm Marnetta’s 50 & Fortunate Birthday Celebration… Beautiful fashions from Bella Que.. and music from my favorite local singing group…The Fabulous Old School BBoys and DJ Tony D…please bring your gently used clothing to donate to the less fortunate…Think Spring!!


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Speak Out!

Let the Truth be Told Concerning the Police Reorganization Commission and the Scapegoating of Darnell Jackson

If anybody Went “Overboard” It Was the White Press...

(Ed. Note: In the wake of the arrest of the interim chair of the Joint Commission to Examine Police Organization, panel member and community activist Darnell Jackson found himself in the eye of a political storm, as opponents of the police panel made his well known (old) past with the law, an issue. He’s been labled a criminal and unworthy to serve; one council member, who happens to be an African American, said he should have never been appointed. One would think that Mr. Jackson was the one arrested! But Jackson has done nothing to warrant these attacks against his character. A committed community activist, his very presence on that panel lends a very necessary degree of reality and sensitivity . The Commission is a good thing and very much needed in this city, and South District Council Member Kearns should be given credit for his role in bringing it into existence. As an African American, our mayor and other leaders of color should embrace it and support it as well, given the not so pretty history of Blacks and the police in this city over the years. Mr. Jackson, as usual, is not at a loss for words, and he has chosen to defend himself in his column this week. Right is right, and he has done nothing wrong. As a community there is entirely too much hate. We need to set better examples for our teens and young adults, and embrace love, brotherhood and tolerance. It’s time to call a moratorium on pettiness and negativity. We have mountains of work to do. An entire generation to save. And not a of a lot of time...)

Dear Editor: The March 8, 2011, meddlesome Buffalo News editorial titled “Williams Goes Overboard” was a stockpile of unrelated hodge-podge. It attacked Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. James Williams for “scolding” school board member, Christopher Jacobs. The butchered quotes were insufficient in providing a clear account of the words exchanged. That provides a covert invitation for readers to draw negative conclusions and to make vile Buffalo News blog comments. Furthermore the sawdust filled, meandering story demonstrated the spacious lack of substance. It spotlighted that Dr. Williams irritation was caused by an issue raised at a recent School Board meeting by an “ill-tempered local critic . . . [a] gadfly . . . .” (Why didn’t they just say Carl Paladino?) In support of C.P., rambling continued. (i.e., “even a broken clock is right twice a day . . . even a feckless irritant can occasionally offer a notion worth considering”) Perhaps they just needed to fill in space. Insult was added via the statement that “if WilDr. Williams liams possesses those skills and smarts” [to be a chief executive of a school system] then he should know he works for the School Board. In the brazenly biased ending paragraph, the editorial ranted that “Buffalo might have just seen the end of Williams’ tenure here. That’s OK with us.” What the hell??? All that venom from a newspaper because comments allegedly were made that included “I’m sick of your craziness.” It’s been reported that Mr. Jacobs is the son-in-law of Carl Paladino. A good assumption would be that alone has added considerable layers of thickness to the board member’s skin for repelling seasoned remarks and grudges. Now, back to The Buffalo News on June 3, 2010 their “Williams Should Stay” editorial appeared. It outlined why “the Board would do well to extend [his]contract and keep a good superintendent.” Additionally it said, “What should city residents expect . . . probably more of the same.” “With Williams that’s always interesting, and in most cases good.” “He has managed to turn foes into friends, rivals into defenders.” “There generally is tension between large-district superintendents and boards.” Enough said. -Kat Massey

I’ve been active over 14 yrs. here in the City of Buffalo. I came home from prison in 1993, got involved in helping rebuild the lives of young people who found themselves dropping out of school, hanging on corners, selling drugs, joining gangs, or just destroying the community in which they live. I started a program called Brothers & Sisters Alternative to Violence. A 15 year old girl was killed in a club on Genesee and the lack of Political help made me see what the political arena was really about. Believing that most of them didn’t want the crime to stop or give our youth alternatives to the street life of crime, guns and drugs, I decided to get involved in politics and ran for committee person in 1995 and won 95% of the votes in my district. After holding the title for a couple of years I ran for the zone chairman of that district and won that also with over 90% of the support from other Darnell committee members and began to get active in our comJACKSON munity, seeing how the game was played and the lack of resources coming into our community. In 1999 my sister ran for the Fillmore District Council seat which we lost by a few hundred votes. I became more active on issues like Police Brutality with Loretta Renford. I worked with Beverly Gray to get her elected as the First Black Woman elected as an at Large Council member; and with Betty Jean Grant in her campaign to win her seat on the Common Council. I became very active in protesting the lack of Political Representation from all elected officials who were not producing. I helped elect the first Black Fillmore District Council Woman, Karen Ellington, by being outspoken and un-brought. Eventually funding was lost and I had to close our center on Genesee, which led me to become more active and ran the programs out of my home on Barthel St. In 2005 I ran for race for Mayor of Buffalo, upsetting the entire City of Buffalo, the whole Democratic Party, etc. The powers that be were so scared of my ability to win, they allowed politricks to get me kicked off the ballot. Later that year I became very sick and had to have a very serious surgery which took about two years of healing. Thanks be to God I’m healed and I’m back on the scene being more active than before. Today I’m Founder and Executive Director of the Eastside Redevelopment Task Force Inc., a non-profit 501C3 organization in the 180,000 sq. ft Old Wonder Bread building located on Fougeron & Barthel St. on the Eastside (Glory be to God!) We are turning a vacant eye sore into one of the city’s biggest business developments on the eastside. I’m overseeing a $3 million dollar project (go to our website to see the plans, Center of Hope). In November of last year I was appointed (2010) to sit on the Police Reorganization Commission to work with 24 other members to put together recommendations to the Common Council over the next Year to help the Police Department better serve the Citizens of Buffalo. Three things can be done with our Recommendations; 1. All taken into account 2. Some taken into account 3. None taken into account Almost every other city has a such a panel working along with their Police Continued Page 10 Page 10

Barbara Dennis & son Gavin.

“Rogue Justice” :

The Historical Malicious Prosecution of Gavin L Kirkland Part II

Gavin received a sentence of 65 years from Judge Penny Wolfgang. This resulted from his refusal to take a plea for a crime he did not commit, to cover up for the illegal arrest and the prosecutorial misconduct of former deputy district attorney Molly Musarra. He is approaching the 10th year of incarceration and an Appeal in our Federal Court is in front of Honorable Hugh Scott. The following five Points are part of the 25 pages of the Suppression Motion, which was prepared by Mark Mahoney. Judge Wolfgang deliberately waylaid this so that it would not be reflected in the records. It has since been referred to as The Phantom Hearing as the courtroom was filled with family and supporters and Gavin. “The Rogues” forgot to inform the holding center of the two hour cancellation. POINT 1 The suppression court in its findings of fact and conclusion of law, never made a finding as to probable cause for appellant’s arrest. United States Constitution, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments; New York Constitution, Article One, section twelve; criminal procedure law, section 140. 10. POINT 2 The Police Did Not Have Reasonable Suspicion To Approach, Stop, Detain, Put Appellant In Custody; The Police Did Not Have Probable Cause To Arrest Appellant. United States Constitution, Fourth And Fourteenth Amendments; New York Constitution, Article One, Section Twelve; Criminal Procedure Law, Sections 140.10 And 140.50. “No right is held more sacred, or is more carefully guarded, by the common law, than the right of every individual to the possession and control of his own person, free from all restraint of interference of others, unless by clear and unquestionable authority of law.” Union Pac. R. Co. v. Botsford, 141 U.S. 250, 251 (1891). POINT 3 The identifications’ made of appellant were impermissible, unduly suggestive and unreliable, violative of appellant’s right to due process. Continued Page 12

Quote of the Week "I call on you not to hate because hate does not leave space for a person to be fair and it makes you blind and closes all doors of thinking." Excerpt of a letter from Saddam Hussein to the people of Iraq after the American invasion.

-9Fill your bowl to the brim And it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife And it will blunt. Chase after money and security And your heart will never unclench. Care about people’s approval And you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.

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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Reading is Power: Celebrate Reading with Dr. Seuss By Deborah Ann Porter


ead to Succeed Buffalo worked hard to engage the community in supporting Dr. Seuss’s Birthday on March 2nd, 2011, as part of the National Education Association (NEA) campaign “Read Across America.” We had 100+ sites and 10,000+ children who have signed up. The NEA has been sponsoring Dr. Seuss’s Birthday since 1998 and this is the first time Western New York has been on the map supporting this campaign. The national database now includes 100+ sites from our community. Children and adults enjoy the books created and illustrated by Dr. Seuss. His books show the value of learning for children and their need for creative material to allow their imaginations to explore and explode into learning. Dr. Seuss recognized that if children were entertained with a story, they would want to learn to read. During his childhood, his mother influenced him with the stories she shared and the rhymes she used. This was his inspiration throughout his career. Parents can pass this tradition on to their children today by creating a culture of literacy at home that inspires their children to use their imaginations to explore the world around them. Celebrating reading with Dr. Seuss is a way for us to keep alive the tradition of helping young minds dream. Read to Succeed Buffalo is creating family literacy programming that provides fun learning experiences both for children from birth to age five and their parents. We are paving the way for children to become better prepared for Kindergarten. We need 100% individual and community participation to help our children succeed. Become a child’s inspiration. “Whether rich or poor, illiterate or college graduates, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain.” (Mariah Evans, University of Nevada-Reno, 2010) On March 2, the National Education Association, the sponsor of Read Across America, along with Read to Succeed Buffalo, calls for every child to read in the presence of a caring adult. Recommended Beginning Reader Books: • Ten Apples Up on Top: Teaches children how to have fun while learning about friendship, counting, and colors. • Green Eggs & Ham: Uses rhymes and humor to point out the importance of not judging something before you’ve tried it. • The Cat in the Hat: One of Dr. Seuss’ most famous books, its rhymes, quirky characters and life lessons make this book particularly appealing. • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back: Once again, while mother is out, the Cat in the Hat enlivens things for the two kids left at home! • And to Think I saw it on Mulberry Street: A child imagines what they have seen that day on their walk home. • The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins: Geared towards 4-8 year olds, this book teaches that removing your hat is a sign of respect. • Oh, The Places You’ll Go!: An inspirational book that provides an uplifting sendoff in Dr. Seuss style for people entering a new phase in their lives. • Horton Hears a Who! A book that stresses such qualities as integrity, respect and responsibility. • The Lorax: Proves the dangers of not caring about the environment. A little about Dr. Seuss himself: Theodor Geisel was born in Springfield, MA on March 2, 1904 and died in 1991 at the age of 87. His mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel often soothed her children to sleep by “chanting” rhymes remembered from her youth. Ted credited his mother with both his ability and desire to create the rhymes for which he became so well known. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College and attended Oxford University where he studied literature. While at Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who admired his cartoon sketches in his lecture notes, though Theodor did not have formal art training. In 1927, he married Helen and the couple moved to New York. For sixty years, he cleverly created with pen and brush and fine-tuned words that are repeated by children around the world today. Interesting Fact about “The Cat in the Hat” Dr. Seuss’s most famous book and his first bestseller was The Cat in the Hat (1957). It is a story about two children who find themselves at home alone with a roguish, hat-wearing feline with bad manners. With only 223 vocabulary words and much repetition, it is 1,629 words in length and uses a vocabulary of only 236 distinct words, of which 54 occur once and 33 appear twice. Only a single word- another- has three syllables, while 14 have two and the remaining 221 are monosyllabic. The longest words are something and playthings. It is ideally suited for beginning readers and became a lively alternative to the “Sally, Dick & Jane Series: See Spot Run,” a classic from the 1930’s. The title for the book came from his desire to have the title words rhyme and MARCH 16,, 2011

the first two suitable rhyming words that he could find from the list were cat and hat. *** Please visit for more tips and resources for parents. If you would like to comment on this article, please send comments via email to: Ms. Porter is the Community Outreach/Marketing Coordinator for Read to Succeed Buffalo -- (716) 843-8895.


continued Department except Buffalo. I believe the Citizens of this City deserve to know how the Police department is run. How else can we work together to make Buffalo a better, safer, City to work, live and raise children? The question we should all be asking ourselves is, Why is the Mayor, along with some Police officials , so against this Commission? From the start they were against it, Why? And although the Panel was established with a unanimous vote by all Council members, some council members still have refused to appoint members! These particular members are the ones who voted for this Commission but are also aligned with the Mayor. After 6 weeks of meeting there was a drug raid in which the intern chairman was arrested along with the Deputy Commissioner’s Brother, a Buffalo Police Officer has been suspended and a well- known Sport Commentator son has also been arrested. Now the Mayor, the Police Commissioner, University and Ellicott District Council members feel they can take this arrest and run with it to make the Commission look bad and using myself-someone who has proven to be squeaky clean over the last 17 years - as an excuse not to support the Commission along with the News Media portraying the Commission as to be a BAD THING. Remember the old saying “One Bad Apple Don’t Spoil the Whole Bunch.” If the Chairman wasn’t on the Commission the whole Media attention would have been on the Deputy Commissioner’s Brother, the Buffalo Police Officer and the son of the well known media Commentator. Here we go again trying to point the finger to keep the light off the real criminals. Oh, by the way the Chairman of the Commission was appointed by the same person Councilwoman Bonnie Russell (who wants to bring my name up as an ex-convict with a criminal past). What do I have to do with her appointment, who was recently arrested for being involved in a drug operation? She asked out loud, ‘why didn’t the council have background checks?” Everybody knows my background. I told it when I started in 1993.I put it in the paper and on the table for all to see and every time I’m mentioned in the media they make sure the stateContinued Page 12

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Black Is Back Coalition Holds March 26 Conference on the “Other” U.S. Wars by BAR executive editor Glen Ford


f there were a war that didn’t directly involve U.S. troops and killed mainly dark people, would what purports to be the U.S. anti-war movement care, or even notice? In fact, there are numerous such wars under way right now, including within U.S. borders, but many white Americans who claim to oppose their country’s aggressions agitate only against those wars that are costing the U.S. most heavily in lives and money: Iraq and Afghanistan. The victims of U.S. imperialism’s “other” wars exist only in the margins of the consciousness of much of the white Left, who assume the privilege of picking and choosing the anti-war movement’s priorities. “It is this historical defect of the U.S. Left that prevents it from giving genuine practical and material solidarity to the national liberation struggles of Africans and other peoples within the U.S,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. In response, the Coalition will hold a “National Conference on the ‘Other’ Wars,” March 26, in Washington, DC. “The concept of the “Other Wars” is designed to highlight that there are wars happening in the world that the traditional white Left does not recognize, though they are the very struggles that have critical significance for the continued survival of imperialism.” A racist public in North America and Europe tolerated and even cheered atrocities against the oppressed and colonized peoples of the planet, who they refused to recognize as fully human. “Wars” were deemed primarily to be affairs between white nations, while the constant armed aggressions perpetrated against the colonized people’s were accepted as part of the White Man’s Burden, the dirty little business of maintaining order abroad and prosperity at home. The costs to the black, brown and yellow victims of empire – the people that actually bore the White Man as a burden – amounted to little or nothing in the white public mind. Yet, the same deeply implicated white public believed, then as now, that they were the rightful arbiters of how, when and to what extent the empire should be dismantled. They would decide which tools of liberation the oppressed might rightfully employ, and whether the “wretched of the earth” were worthy petitioners or savage terrorists. Always – whether it was the French suppressing Algeria, the British versus the Mau Mau rebellion, or the scores of piratical U.S. interventions in Latin America – always, the white public reserves for itself the privilege of identifying the wrongs (that it was complicit in committing) and prescribing solutions. They even feel qualified to decide which conflicts are to be elevated to classification as wars, and which are something else, something less…compelling. The slave trade, a centuries-long crime that provided the material basis for the development of capitalism at a cost to the Africans that cannot be fully tabulated, was one long war, whose unfinished battles reverberate in our own era. Yet the period of African enslavement is not called a war, or a succession of wars, but rather treated as a kind of dark and violent weather that clouds our common history. The purpose is to obscure the historically gargantuan fact that white Europe and America waged slavery, as they waged war, the two being inseparable. If slavery and colonialism were forms of warfare, then who won? If the oppressed do not believe they have won, based on their current material and other conditions, then they cannot allow the war to be declared over. And from that conclusion, many others flow. Recognizing the true facts of war is, therefore, of crucial political importance. Participants in the March 26 Black is Back conference will reexamine the globe to define more objectively where U.S. imperialism and its partners – heirs to previous European empires – are waging war against the various peoples of the world, and what to do about it. Somalia Certainly, Somalia is a victim of U.S. war-making. Washington attempted to occupy the country in 1993, suffered military setbacks (Blackhawk down), then returned to invade the country in December 2006 through its proxy, Ethiopia, buttressed by U.S. Special Forces and air and naval support. The invasion, which interrupted Somalia’s first, brief period of relative peace in decades under an Islamic Courts regime, caused what United Nations officials called “the greatest humanitarian crisis in Africa” at the time, “greater than Darfur,” displacing 3.5 million people. When the Ethiopians withdrew with heavy casualties, the Americans waged a “food war” against the Somali populace to starve the “Shabab” resistance into submission. The U.S. bulldozed the UN, its European allies and the African Union into recognizing a puppet regime huddled in a tiny corner of the capital city, Mogadishu – a rump entity that is incapable of serving any purpose other than preventing Somalis from establishing control

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Outstanding Young Men of the 2011 Beautillion Extraordinaire

“Beyond All Limits”: Beautillion Extraordinaire 2011 On Saturday April 2, 2011 Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated-Buffalo Chapter will sponsor its XII Biennial Beautillion Extraordinaire – “Beyond All Limits” at The Adam’s Mark Hotel, 120 Church Street, Buffalo, New York at 6:00 PM . The 2011 Beaux are: Reginald Allen Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Allen Sr.; Anthony Banks, Jr., son of Mr. Anthony Banks Sr. and Mrs. Cheryl Triplette; Kevin Barrett, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin and Anna Barrett Sr.; Isaiah Brown, son of Dr. Edward and Mrs. Barbara Brown; Isaiah Brundige, son of Mr. and Mrs. Micheal and Shalisha Brundige; Hakeem Burch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Myra Burch; David Burgin, Jr., son of Mr. David Burgin Sr. and Ms. Cristeal Peacock; Charles Cardwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold and Tracy Cardwell; Tyrone Christopher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tyrone and Deborah Cahee Christopher; Dorian Dixon, son of Mr. and Mrs. David and Tracey Dixon.; Juwan Douglas, son of Mr. Allen Douglas and Ms. Kimberly Rogers; Daniel Gilbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley and Angela Gilbert; Morgan Hicks, son of Ms. Melanie Hicks; Walter Jackson, son of the late Walter Jackson and Ms. Angela Hoskins; Noah Jenkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Terrence and Yanick Jenkins; Tyler Jeter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perrin and Dawnette Leftwich; Devin Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Levino and Rebecca Johnson; Sherron Jones II, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherron and Angela Jones; Deondrae Kirk-Brannigan, son of Mr. Omari Brannigan and Ms. Kadeejah Kirk; Chasen LaSalle, son of Ms. Candace Jackson; Anthony Leavy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony and Angela Leavy; Maurice Lofton, Jr., son of Ms. Regawna Allen; Kyle Luchey, son of Mr. David Luchey and Step-son of Dr. Keli Luchey; Nathan McCrea, son of Mr. Nathaniel McCrea and Ms. Tina Houston McCrea; Quinlan McNeal, son of Mr. and Mrs. Trevor and Dawne McNeal; Xavier Roper, son of Ms. Deirdre Roper; Michael Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew and Andrenee Smith; Nicholas Spidell, son of the late Danny Spidell and Ms. Kelly Reese; Mitchell Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell and Leneane Thomas; Justin Thompson, son of Ms. Onzia Milhouse; Philip Ward, son of Ms. Shavonne Ward; and Johan Welch, son of Ms. Randa Welch. The Buffalo Chapter President is Felecia Hanesworth and Vice President is Janice Kyle. 2011 The Beautillion Chair is Tanya Perrin-Johnson, and the Co-Chair is Dr. Deana Stevenson. Sponsors of 2011 Beautillion are Mayor’s Fund to Advance Buffalo, Councilmember Demone Smith, Dr. Kenneth Gayles, Councilmember Bonnie Russell, Dr. Curtis Haynes, Buffalo Teacher’s Federation, Futures Academy, First Niagara, Reverend Dr. Bennett W. Smith, Sr.- Family Life Center and University at Buffalo Greek Affairs – Student Life. Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is a national non-profit, family-centered organization that advocates for children and promotes educational, social, civic, cultural, and legislative awareness. Please contact Deborah DennisYoung for tickets by March 25 at 716.836.3199 or any member of Jack and Jill.

Urban League College Scholarship Deadline! The Buffalo Urban League is currently accepting applications for 2011 College Scholarships! Please download the attached file to print the entire application or visit to download a copy. Applications are due March 16th, 2011 (or must be postmarked by March 16th, 2011) to receive consideration. All graduating high school students and recent GED recipients in Erie and Niagara Counties are eligible to apply. Scholarship awards are provided in consideration of financial need, academic achievement, character, and community service participation. Please feel free to share this amongst your friends, family, co-workers and professional networks. For further information, please contact Pam Arbogast at 250-2424 or psarbo@


over their own country. In the process, Washington has destabilized the entire region, sowing the seeds of wider war. An American financed and directed offensive is currently underway in the capital and on the borders with Kenya and Ethiopia. This is a U.S. war. End the War Against Somalia! U.S. out of the Horn of Africa! Next: Conclusion

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ROGUE JUSTICE continued United States Constitution, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments; New York Constitution, article one, section six. POINT 4 Counsel rendered ineffective assistance and less than meaningful representation at the retrial stages of the proceedings. United States Constitution Fourth; Sixth and Fourteen Amendments; New York Constitution, article one, section six; criminal procedure law, section 210.15 (2). POINT 5 The people evidence adduced at trial was legally insufficient to prove that appellant committed robberies, beyond a reasonable doubt. United States Constitution, Fourteenth Amendment; New York Constitution, Article One, Section Twelve; criminal procedure law, section 70.20. Appeal for Gavin Kirkland, Attica Correctional Facility M.O.T.I.C/Our Risen Sons

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Dear Eve: I have a very dear friend that I’m ashamed of. Her husband has only been dead two years now she is contemplating renting out her house-and moving in with a man she has known for only a few months. I shudder to think what her husband would have thought in this case. I told her it is a disgusting thought. It is shameful and it is a sin to entertain such a thought. We are still friends, but I don’t approve of her decision to do this -no matter how nice the guy seems to be. Ruth reads your column, so would you kindly let her know that I am correct with my take in the matter. And she is a Christian yet, her retort to me was none of this was my business. Signed A very good friend Dear Very Good Friend: That’s quite a friendship you two have. Ruth may have entertained the thought - but she hasn’t actually done the deed. And - by now - she may have asked God for forgiveness. You have indicated that you care enough to want the very best for Ruth. That kind of friendship is rare. Please try to be patient with Ruth. She may be feeling pangs of loneliness for male companionship or it’s quite possible that she’s looking forward to matrimony again. Don’t fret. All of us have sinned at some time either in thought - word or deed. Only God is perfect. Obviously, your friendship has reached a point where you can communicate with Ruth quite well. Therefore, when¬ever you meet with one another why not pray together? Also read the Bible with each other and to each other. There are many passages to cover the subject — but by all means read this: Mark 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The Spirit is ready, but the flesh is weak.

Miss Ebony Pageant The Buffalo Caribbean Islands Organization is having it’s first annual Miss Ebony Pageant on May 14, 2011Females ranging in age 15-21 are invited to participate. This is not a “Beauty” pageant because beauty is only skin deep. This pageant will recognize the inner beauty of the young ladies participating and help to build self confidence, self-esteem and see that beauty IS in the eye of the beholder. For contact information and where to obtain applications call Erika Aminata 948-3583 to arrange pick up!! MARCH 16, 2011

DARIEN LAKE NOW HIRING Darien Lake, New York’s largest theme park and water park resort, is now hiring. Interested candidates are encouraged to first, call the Darien Lake Human Resources office for an application at 585-599-5108. Then, visit a local college job fair and find the Darien Lake table at these locations, dates and times: *March 23: SUNY Geneseo MacVlttle College Union, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. *March 24: UB, North Campus Union Lobby, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. *March 30: Brockport, Union Ball Room, Noon – 2 p.m. *April 5: ECC South, Building 5 Café, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. *April 6: ECC North, Spring Student Center, 11 a.m – 1 p.m. *April 7: ECC City, College Forum, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. *April 12: GCC Batavia Camaps, College Forum 10 a.m. – 1p.m. *April 13: RIT Louis Slaughter Hall, 1-3 p.m.

FREE LANDLORD TRAINING Mayor Byron Brown is sponsoring, through the Save Our Streets Task Force, free Landlord Training and Workshop Sessions on Friday, April from 8:30am-4:30pm at the Belmont Shelter Housing Resources Center located at 1195 Main at Dodge Street. Ample parking will be available. A light breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided to all that attend, free of charge. Rental property owners will have the opportunity to enroll in the Beginner Training session; which will focus on several areas including how to apply for repair loans or grants, inspection procedures, eviction and city court procedures, tenant screening and selection, fair housing laws, how to detect or prevent drug activity from occurring at rental properties and lead poisoning prevention. The Advanced Workshops will also be offered that day dealing with issues such as Building Codes, Maintenance & Permits, Property Management, Diversity Training and Tenant Selection, Evictions, Mold Prevention and Remediation. The deadline to register for the Mayor Byron Brown’s and Save Our Streets Landlord Training Workshop Series is March 16, 2011. Limited seats are available. For more information and to register online for this valuable training, please visit or contact Nicole Drye, Save Our Streets Coordinator, at



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Obtains authorizations/referrals from insurance companies and primary care physicians and verify verifies Medicaid and insurance eligibility co-pays & benefits using internet tools and telephone. Secretarial duties include data entry in Medical Manager, EPACES & Healthy Net, scheduling, producing reports, greeting clients & answering telephone. Seeking friendly applicants who are motivated energetic and enjoy working in a team environment. The ideal candidate must possess an Associate degree in related field or equivalent, 3 years experience. Knowledge of basic computer operation, use of office machines, and Internet and effective communication skills.

Responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating individualized client plans of care and facilitating overall program activity schedule. Communicate effectively with caregivers, service vendors, and staff/co-workers. Complete all assigned documentation as required. Facilitate large and small group, individual activities in accordance with the program activity calendar. Assist with food serving and oneon-one client feeding assistance when required and provide personal hygiene assistance. Other assignments and duties required to ensure a safe and appropriate client care. Ideal candidate must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent with Personal Care Aide (PCA), Home Health Aide, and Nurses Aide Certification with one year direct care experience with senior population. Functional computer skills and able to push and pull items weighing up to 50lbs.

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The Orientation and New Student Programs Office at Buffalo State College is seeking an Administrative Assistant to serve as the main receptionist for the office. This position is funded by the Research Foundation. Duties Include: Maintaining database, correspondence, mailings, payroll, check requests and deposits, supervise work study students. Special projects as assigned. Required Qualifications: Associates Degree, working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, interpersonal communication skills, excellent written communication skills, attention to detail and experience working in an office as a receptionist. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with SunGuard Banner, Ingenux website management, demonstrated experience in problem solving and customer service. Deadline for applications is March 25, 2011. Send letter of application, résumé, names and contact information for three references to: Department Chair, Orientation and New Student Programs Office, Buffalo State College, Porter Hall 14K, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222-1095. Electronic submission is preferred:

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Monday March 21

Video & Discussion, “Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys”: 6-7:45 p.m. Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.; free; call 536-7323 or 894-0914.

Breastfeeding Support Group Meeting: 12:30 pm.; Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St.; call 278-4623.

MWBE Construction Firms Contractor Connection Forum: 4-6 p.m., 2421 Main St., hosted by LP Ciminelli; refreshments; free event; RSVP 8551200 or community@lpciminelli. com RALLY TO SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: UB South Campus, Allen Hall: 5:30 p.m.; protest Gov. Cuomo’s $1.5 billion cuts in education and tax cuts for millionaires.

“They Kept Their Word”:

An exhibit of African American female literary clubs and organizations of Buffalo, New York entitled, “They Kept Their Word,” is currently on display in the Community room of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court thru April 3. Pictured above are curators Debra Johnson of the Harriet Tubman Retreat/Memorial Library Project and assistance from retired BECP librarian and local storyteller Sharon Holley. The exhibit features a timeline and images showing highlights of this remarkable legacy. It makes great viewing during Women’s History Month! A well attended reception and kick off of the exhibit was held in January.

A Taste of Trinidad & Tobago: 5:30 p.m.; Artspace Gallery, 1219 Main St.; (across from Delta Sonic); admission $5; dinner a la carte $5; full dinner $10; call 948-3583. Erie County Prisoners Rights Coalition Holding Center Demonstration: 5-6 p.m.; Delaware at Church, Strategy Meeting, 14 Allen Street 6-7. The “We Are Women Warriors” Women’s History Month Celebration: 6-7:45 p.m.; Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.; public is invited.

Thursday March 24 Handbag Happy Hour: 6-9 p.m., Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Rd; to benefit Everywoman Opportunity Center; $50 presale, $60 @ door; www.2011HandbagHappyHour. com Friday March 25 Free Your Mind: Return to the Source, African Origins, Part II By Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III; 5-7 p.m.; The Golden Cup, 883 Jefferson Ave.; call 883-7770. Predmore Creations Jewelry and Art: 10 a.m.04 p.m. the Waterfall by the Gift Shop Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St.; call 2784569. Just Buffalo Literary Center BABEL Series Presents Author Edwidge Danticate: 8 p.m.; Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle; tickets $35 general admission; student tickets $10; call 832-5400.

Utopia Euphoria LLC 1st Annual “Women Making History Gala”: 6 p.m.; Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace; tickets $50; call 8332090 or 390-0314. Sunday March 27 Artspace Bazaar & Rummage Sale: 1219 Main St., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Vendor



Celebration of Women’s Month at El Buen Amigo El Buen Amigo will host a series of celebrations for W omen’s Month at 114 Elmwood Avenue. Activities will take place: Friday, March 18 at 10:30 & 12:30 a.m.; Saturday, March 19 at 2 and 3 p.m.; Sunday March 20 at 2, 2:30, 3:30 & 4 p.m.; Friday March 25 at 1 p.m. (Jewelry workshop); Saturday March 26 at 3:30, 4:40 and 5 :30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 27 from 2-5 p.m., music and Pot Luck Dinner. Email:

The road to College and Career Success Begins in Kindergarten. At King Center Charter School, we believe that all children must be college ready and college bound from an early age. Join us as we expand to the middle school years. We are a school community of experienced and expert educators, committed to providing the best academic, social, and emotional skill development to insure your child's future. Please refer to our website to submit an Due date is April 1, 2011

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Friday March 18

Artspace Bazaar & Rummage Sale: 1219 Main St., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Vendor spots available; 948-3583.

100th Anniversary Celebrate International Women’s Day: 4-7:30 p.m.; panel discussion 4-5:30 p.m.; Buffalo State College Student Union Social Hall.

Al DiMeola Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody Tour 2011: 8 p.m.; Buffalo State College Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall; tickets 878-3005.

Saturday March 19

Stop the Violence Coalition 3rd Annual Awards Banquet: 6-10 p.m.;

17th Annual Daniel R. Acker Scholarship Ball: The Adams Mark Hotel Grand Ballroom, downtown Buffalo, 6 p.m.; $50 per person.

Saturday March 26 The New Golden Nugget, 2046 Fillmore Ave.; call 861-8006 or 818-5390 for tickets.

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“A Pink Affair” for Breast Cancer Awareness: Hosted by recording artist Marsha McWilson, 1 p.m., St. John AME Church, 917 Garden Ave., Niagara Falls, NY; free; presented by LEWAC Associates; (716) 579-0912 for info. Sigma Youth Symposium: 10 a.m.2 p.m. Lafayette High School, 370 Lafayette Ave.; theme “Healthy Choices, Healthy Living, Healthy Generations.” osoetan1922@gmail. com. B.O.S.S. (Buffalo’s Own Smooth Steppers): 10 a.m.-Noon; 313 Fougeron St.; Ballroom, Chicago Steppin and Swing classes; rubber sole shoes please.



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Evyonne Mack

Back to Basics Outreach Ministries Inc.

Lori Harrell

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Stop The Violence Coalition Announces 2011 Awardees The STOP THE VIOLENCE COALITION, INC. (STVC) will host its 3rd Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 26 from 6 to 10p.m. at The New Golden Nugget, located at 2046 Fillmore Avenue. Pastor Darius G. Pridgen will be the keynote speaker. This year’s theme “From the Home, To the Village” was derived from the African Proverb, “It Takes A Village To Raise A Child.” The theme’s focus is an extension of our 2010 Summer Parent Awareness Campaign, focusing on the duties and responsibilities of Parents. Because Parents cannot be everywhere at all times, we believe in order to raise well rounded children who become productive members of society, it is the job of “EVERYONE,”all the way “From the Home, To the Village.” Tom Brokov once said “Its easy to make a buck, but it’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” We will honor select individuals and local businesses that have embodied our theme and have truly made a difference within our community. These Randy Sargent individuals have extended themselves in some form or fashion that has either shaped, touched, changed, offered hope or inspired some young person’s life. Aside from their day to day jobs/businesses some have taken on additional responsibilities of being role models, mentors and life-changers. The event will include a silent auction, raffles and door prizes; dinner will be followed by the awards presentation, and dancing. Donations for tickets are $45 per person and $450 per table. Gold, silver and bronze sponsorships are also available. If you have any questions please contact Stephanie Peete, Banquet Chairwoman by phone at (716) 861-8006 or by e-mail at This years awardees include: Randy Sargent- Humanitarian of the Year, Lori Harrell - Educator of the Year Gerard Place - Family Preservation Darius G. Pridgen - Clergyman of the Year La’Quisha Pompey – Perseverance Evyonne Mack - Parent of the Year , Cricket Wireless – Corp. of the Year Back to Basics Outreach Ministries, Inc. - Non Profit of the Year Buffalo Urban League - Community Outreach Mr. and Mrs. David and Mary Ann Vorhees - Citizens of the Year Page 16

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