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Poet Nikki Giovanni Delivers RIT's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Address Described as a writer who presents the truth the way she sees it, widely read and known poet and Virginia Tech professor Nikki Giovanni gave RIT's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr address by calling on us to study the effect that slavery had on those who suffered from it rather than the European perspective of the slaveholders. "People have the power to make a difference in this world " Giovanni explained. "When you talk about slavery in this country, Black folks are ashamed. White people are made to feel guilty. I'm not ashamed of anything. It is amazing to be Black in this country. MARSHA "Africans had their own culture, customs, and language and had to keep their minds while enduring the cruelty of what slavery holders put us through.They could put their hands anywhere they wanted on us. The auctioneers would grease us up so we looked healthy. God though is a forgiving God. When people say they are going to get a hamburger from McDonald's, it's different from people who said they were going to Africa to get slaves. Europeans came to Africa and they set traps and dug holes...they caught us." A graduate of Fisk University, Giovanni explained that a Black woman, Ella, saved the university by soliciting money through song at the suggestion of the college's White administrators. They criticized what she was trying to do, but didn't know how to raise money themselves," explains Giovanni Nikki Giovanni/Photo by David Jones who at five foot two stands two inches taller than her friend Rosa Parks. The Fisk University Singers sang "Cabin" or Negro Spirituals.The group gave away the money they had raised to survivors of the Great Chicago Fire because there were people worse off than them. Ella decided if they were going to go down in their fund-raising efforts: they would go down hard and switch back to singing cabin songs. A performance of the forgotten song, Steal Away,in front of royalty and done on five-part harmony, resulted in the choir receiving 50,000 pounds. "When you offer what you have, we should politely take it, and not debate it." The Civil Rights Movement, according to Giovanni, happened 61 days after the death of Emmitt Till."When you talk to people my age we remember the days of segregation. That event was just a mean and defining moment of our fight for freedom." Rosa Parks and that era of segregation was when you put your dime in the front of the bus and had to get off it to re-enter the bus from the side door. The bus driver might run off with your money because he knew there was nothing you could do to fight them; he knew people would have to take the whole day off from work to fight them. No one had time to do that." Giovanni believes if Dr. King were alive today: he would be a rapper."He was a very modern and progressive man. He would have a tattoo on his arm," she continued. "America was a smug nation. Back then, we had jobs and manufacturing happened in this nation." she chuckled. "It's true." She then read her King-inspired poem, "In The Spirit" and left to a thunderous standing ovation.


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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.

The 1st Youngest and Hottest Hip-Hop Dance Crew in Upstate, New York, "The SoulFood Babies," have been invited to audition this week for America’s Best Dance Crew Season 6 first season ever for kids! The Soul Food Babies have won 1st place in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse! If its God’s will, they will win in NYC! Everyone in the “Roc” knows this is long over due for "The SoulFood Babies!" The Team is so excited and is asking for your prays!

Around Town *No Boundaries: New Expressions in Black Art, Opens Friday, February 4, 6-9 p.m. Featured artists are Hiram Cray (painter/sculptor), Edreys Wajed (graphic and hip-hop artist), Michelle Harris (new media and digital art), and Shawn Dunwoody (mixed media). *Bob Marley 66th Birthday Celebration, Saturday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m. View the documentary "Caribbean Nights, The Bob Marley Story" Explore and discuss the meaning of his lyrics. Sample tastings from the PeppaPot $5 Donation suggested. The Baobab Cultural Center | 728 University Ave | Rochester | NY | 14607 *Ghanian Poet and writer Nii Parkes, Friday Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., Boabab Cultural Center, 728 University; open to public; $5 donatio nrequested. Brunch with Nii Parkes on Saturday, Jan 29, Baobab

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Funeral Services Set for Mayaor Kicks Off Summer Youth Employment Program Victims of Tragic Mayor Byron W. Brown today Expressway Crash announced that the applications for Funeral services have been set for two men killed in a tragic and “senseless” Expressway crash early Saturday when a pickup truck traveling the wrong way on the Kensington Expressway hit them head-on. A cabdriver, Brian Farmel was an eyewitness. He said he tried to prevent the crash by signaling the truck, which he estimated was traveling about 80 miles per hour. He then went to help the victims of the fiery collision. 37-year-old Orlando Anderson, a well known worker in the Town Gardens Housing development and the father of three, and his cousin, 42-year-old Thomas Johnson of Cleveland, a carpenter and father of five, were pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred about 4 :45 a.m. between E. Utica and Best Streets. Emergency workers at the scene said they smelled alcohol on the 24-year-old driver of the pickup, Matthew Ruckdaschel. He is in critical condition in ECMC. The investigation continues. Services for Orlando Anderson will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. in Friendship Baptist Church, 402 Clinton Street after a viewing at 10 a.m. Services for Thomas Johnson have been set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 28 in Hopewell Baptist Church in Cleveland.

Council Member Pridgen Gives Away Council Paycheck to Fund Micro-Grants Program Ellicott District Council member Darius Pridgen has announced that he is giving away his entire paycheck to personally fund a series of “microgrants” that organizations within his district can apply for. Rev. Pridgen, the newly elected Ellicott District Councilmember, also serves as lead pastor at True Bethel Baptist Church.

Golden Cup Documentary Series *Dr. Joy Degruy Leary. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. Dr. Leary outlines the collective trauma African Americans have historically experienced and need for healing, February 4, at the Golden Cup, 883 Jefferson Avenue; 5-7 p.m. Discussion will follow with H.B. Cosby and Amon Ra P. Hotep. Free and open to the public JANUARY 26, 2011

the 2011 Summer Youth Employment Program are now available. He also called upon local businesses to join him in his goal of providing employment opportunities this summer to youth in the City of Buffalo. Young people between the ages of 14-21 will be employed for 6 weeks in the summer, the majority of program participants working from July 6th – August 12th. Youth interested in applying for summer jobs can download an application at or pick one up at Buffalo City Hall in Room 1701. All Mayor’s Summer Youth Applications must be returned by Friday, May 27, 2011. To be eligible for this program you must be a City of Buffalo resident between the ages of 14 and 21 and you must turn age 14 by May 31, 2011. If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact us at (716) 851-4170. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Taylor Appointed To East District School Board Seat The Buffalo School Board voted unanimously last Thursday t appoint Assistant Superintendent Roslyn Taylor to fill the East District seat. The seat became vacant in late December with the resignation of Vivian Evans. Evans had accepted a full time position in Maryland in late August. Fifteen applicants applied for the seat, but only five qualified. Taylor beat out Theresa Harris-Tigg, Frank Leli and Anthony Mastrangelo.

Dr. Grant to Keynote Exhibit Opening Dr. Ellen E. Grant, Ph.D., will keynote the opening of the exhibit on African Americans and the Disability Experience From Colonial Times, Desegregation, Advocacy and Achievement on Thursday, February 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 3826 Main Street. This is a new exhibit by the Museum of Disability History, a project of People Inc. Dr. Grant manages the Buffalo City Mission’s Women and Children’s Shelter, Cornerstone Manor. She is also managing partner of her own consulting firm, First Advantage Consulting. A writer and columnist, she is the author of the book, “Managing in Black and White.”


ast September, former Ellicott District Council Member Curtis Haynes Jr. and South District Council Member Michael P. Kearns disclosed that there was a substantial amount of money in a special account called Shared Asset Forfeiture Funds - in excess of $186,000 - waiting to be distributed to community groups associated with fighting crime and drug and alcohol abuse. But the funds were just sitting there and the fund’s advisory board , according to Kearns, had been defunct for years. In October community activist Darnell Jackson met with seven Common Council members about securing some of those funds for his crime-fighting organization, The East Side Redevelopment Task Force, and accused city officials of “foot-dragging” in distributing those drug asset forfeiture funds. Jackson also called for diversity on the board that decides who gets the money. And like Kearns, he said they should be community people who are actively involved in their neighborhoods. A few weeks ago Samuel A. Herbert called a press conference on the steps of City Hall to once again bring attention to the issue of the Shared Asset SAM HERBERT Forfeiture Funds and the lack of any action toward “sharing” those monies with worthy community groups. Herbert said he called the media conference to ask why there hadn’t been a meeting called since 2006, and to identify the racial make up of the board. “Why hasn’t that money been disbursed to community organizations that are in the business of violence prevention?” he asked. He said that he learned recently that the Federal government has set new guidelines for disbursement of the funds, but that disbursement cannot take place until the board is in place and the new guidelines reviewed. The two mayoral appointments to the board - two White women - which were made soon after Council Members raised concerns back in October, were unacceptable, said Herbert. Like Jackson, he stressed diversity. “In the wake of all these killings, we need someone from the community who has their hand on the pulse of the community,” he said. “I will keep the public informed,” said Herbert. “ Join with me by calling the Police Commissioner, Mayor Brown and your council members about the ‘shared access’ money.” REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES/DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) requests proposals from companies (profit or non-profit) or individuals to provide Professional Services for Document Management to assist the BMHA in special projects. Qualified candidates-individuals or companies-should have excellent skills in information management, file retrieval, distribution and tracking, Microsoft Office and electronic communication. Familiarity with HUD regulations and forms is preferable. The individual or company selected will be an independent contractor and not an employee of the BMHA. This professional services contract is for a period of one year with the option to renew for additional year(s) if necessary. Proposals should include a resume or statement of qualifications, cover letter and fee schedule addressed to Mr. Modesto Candelario, Assistant Executive Director, 300 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY, 14204 and received by 3:00 pm local time on February 10, 2011 at 300 Perry Street. Proposals received after this stated time will not be accepted. Additional information may be obtained from Larry Sherlick, Management Analyst, at 855-6711 ext. 209 or or at This contract for professional services will only be awarded to a single company or individual. The Board of Commissioners reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any and/or all proposals submitted.

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Grant’s Variety Giving Away Free Baby Formula Grant’s Variety Shoppe made a mistake and purchased too many cans of Good Start Formula, a soy-based formula for infants and toddlers. This formula is WIC approved that is used by children who might have a sensitivity to the Enfamil or other WIC approved formulas. The formula is in powdered form in 14 0unce cans. The retail price is approximately $17.99. But for a limited time, Grant’s Variety Shoppe will give the cans away for free. Instead of letting the cans sit on the shelves and become stale, Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant will donate cans of the formula to deserving families. The Good Start Formula has a shelf life up to and including July, 2011. To receive the formula, one must bring an empty can of Good Start to show that the formula will be used and not sold or hoarded. Each family will be allowed up to two cans of formula until the supply is depleted. The showing of an empty Good Start can is the only requirement for this donation. Grant’s Variety Shoppe is located at 1055 East Ferry Street. It is one of the few remaining African American-owned stores in Buffalo. While you are there, please grab a complimentary copy of the Challenger Community News or the Criterion. For more information, please call Legislator Grant at (716) 536-7323.

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OAKLAND, Calif.— A second-grade teacher in Northern California was placed on leave while a school and police investigate accounts by students that classmates engaged in oral sex and stripped off some of their clothes during class, officials said Friday. The investigation was under way at Markham Elementary School in Oakland, where the principal notified parents of the situation in a letter Thursday.

Black Mother Jailed For Sending Kids To White School District Ohio – An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelly Williams-Bolar was sentenced by Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Tuesday and will begin serving her sentence immediately. Additionally, Williams-Bolar’s father, Edward L. Williams, was charged with a fourth-degree felony of grand theft, in which he and his daughter are charged with defrauding the school system for two years of educational services for their girls. The court determined that sending their children to the wrong school was worth $30,500 in tuition.

Tunisian Uprising Inspires Unrest in Egypt, Algeria

called post-racial America was widely discussed, debated and even seen as an achievement by some with Barack Obama’s inauguration as president of the United States. For Blacks in Greenwood, Mississippi, the notion that America has gotten beyond race isn’t popular today. Many are angry over the recent mysterious hanging death of Frederick Jermaine Carter. “This is 2010 and we still have Black people hanging from trees? They’re saying he hung himself but I have doubt in my mind that he actually did that. That wasn’t his character. This wasn’t a suicide, this was a homicide,” said Sunflower, Miss., Mayor Michael Pembleton, Jr. to The Final Call. The body of Mr. Carter, 26, was found Dec. 3 hanging from an oak tree in the predominately White North Greenwood area of Leflore County. The young man lived in neighboring Sunflower County, located several miles away. Mr. Carter’s stepfather told law enforcement that he was working in the area with his stepson when Mr. Carter wandered off. County Sheriff Ricky Banks reportedly told the media the young man had a “mental condition and a history of wandering off.” He also publicly stated that he saw no signs at the scene pointing towards it being a crime or murder.

Thousands are reported to have joined aanti-government protests in Cairo, Egypt after an internet campaign inspired by the uprising in Tunisia. In the wake of the ousting of Tunisia’s President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, observers have drawn parallels with other countries in the region. In several countries of the Middle East and North Africa, youthful and rapidly growing populations face rising food prices, high unemployment and lack of political representation. Some are also ruled by aging autocrats facing succession issues. Egypt has many similarities with Tunisia - tough economic conditions, official corruption and little opportunity for its citizens to express their dissatisfaction with the political system. President Hosni Mubarak, 82, has an almost complete monopoly on power, has been in office for three decades and is seeking re-election In Algerian police recently broke up an anti-government demonstration by about 300 people in the centre of the capital, Algiers, calling for greater freedoms.

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The Power Of Nature’s Food


he thought of winter conjures up scenes of snowfall, bare trees and bushes, ice, conspicuous absence of greenery and long hours of darkness. Such dreary conditions literally take the spark out of life. Most importantly, however, the air we breathe indoors is not as fresh as the air outdoors,a n d the warmth we feel is not as cleansing as the warmth of the sun. Less invigorating activity and ineffective cleansing of the body’s internal organs and systems weaken the human body’s immune system. The immune system requires vigorous exercise to enable the transit of toxic waste materials out of the body. The immune system is the human body’s sure defense against the invasion of airborne germs and bacteria. When immunity is weak, the onset of bronchial congestion and respiratory discomforts develop as we approach the end of the winter season. BARBARA Foods influence the body’s ability to maintain strong immune system. In fact, Nature’s garden proECHOLS aduces vegetables that are harvested in the winter and early spring. These vegetables are known as root vegetables. It is interesting to note that not only are they harvested in the winter but they mature underground, in darkness. The absorption of sunlight through the soil produces vegetables that are powerful storehouses of minerals, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. In addition to the power they possess, they have a specific vibratory frequency that corresponds to specific internal organs. Red beets, red radishes, carrots, sweet potatoes yams, onions and garlic are just a few of the vegetables classified as root vegetables. Red beets are an effective liver and gall bladder cleanser. Red radishes clear mucus from the lungs. The dark red color of red beets and the brighter red of the radish are both indicative of high levels of iron. Iron attracts oxygen into the bloodstream for strength. Red beets and radishes are also rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are the body’s police force, they seek and break up clusters of waste materials that harmfully loiter in the body’s fluids and tissue. Carrots and sweet potatoes have a beneficial effect on the lungs and stomach, respectively. Their orange color indicates a high level of beta carotene. Beta carotene is a powerful antioxidant which the body uses to make vitamin A. Carrots are also rich in vitamin C and iron. Vitamins A and C are considered “anti-infection” vitamins. Garlic and onions have a tremendous healing effect on the whole body. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Give your immune system a boost. Include root vegetables in your daily diet. Add grated beets and carrots to your salads, soups, casseroles and stews. Snack on carrot sticks between meals. Eat a few red radishes 2 or 3 times a week. Use onions and garlic freely in soups, stews and sauces. Baked, boiled or steamed sweet potatoes protect from metal intoxicants breathed in from the air. And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. (Phil 4:19) B Barbara Echols is a Certified Traditional Naturopath. For additional information, concerning the benefit of nature’s foods, give her a call at 716390-2906.

When reading is a struggle, so is life. How does low-literacy feel? Often, it’s disorienting, especially when even simple road signs are a mystery. But the Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division is doing something about this. We’ve been helping Western New York residents improve their levels of literacy for years, and we can help you or your loved one, too. With the ability to succeed on a daily basis comes the ability to succeed for a lifetime.



The Year to Remember! You know you should do it, and this is the time. Prices will never be more affordable than right now to make burial arrangements for you and your family at Forest Lawn. Select from many burial options: • Estate • Mausoleum • Feature • Traditional • Cremation

First Shiloh Baptist church wants you to live a longer and healthier life. Attend a free health event on Saturday, January 29, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 15 Pine Street. There will be a free breakfast, health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and prostate cancer, free health information on lung cancer, quitting s moking breast cancer and much more. For more in formation contact Jarrett Johnson at (71) 845-841 or

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healthy we are more likely to be mentally healthy. For example, when you have a cold you may feel more irritable. However, being Ill can make otherwise small issues seem like a big deal. We are thus less able to respond or cope effectively. This makes the physical and mental problem more difficult to overcome. When and ill is long term or chronic our risk of serious mental distress higher. The mild blues can turn into prolonged sadness, depession and anxiety. When we see these sons it is time to take notice and ask for help. We may need a jump start to restore the coping strategies that usually help like social support, prayer, meditation, medical advice, better wxercise, nutrition and so on. The key point is not to over look when we are nor feeling like ourselves and to ask for support and seek out help.

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Centennial AME Zion in Revival Centennial A.M.E. Zion church, 127 Doat Street, is in a “New Year Revival” now through January 28 beginning at 6:45 p.m. nightly. The Rev. Daran H. Mitchell, from Brooklyn, N.Y. is the Revivalist. Host Pastor C.W. Douglass invites the community to come and experience powerful preaching and anointed singing and the awesome Presence of God. As part of Centennial’s outreach, they are collecting socks for the homeless. People are encouraged to bring socks during revival. They will be donated to the Mission, Red Cross or another organization in need.

Lincoln UMC Offers “Praise and Workout!” Are you tired of wasting money on gym memberships and health clubs because you don’t’ go? Has your doctor told you that exercise will improve or prevent a medical condition? Do you love “praise and worship?” Do you need the motivation of others to get your body moving? Do you know that stewardship requires care of the body as well as the finances? Are you starting to look like the “couch potato?” If you answer “yes” to any of these questions then Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church’s “Praise and Work-out” is for you! Join us for low impact movement that offers the opportunity to have fun, feel good and praise the Lord! Classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday 6:30-7:30, 64l Masten Avenue at Northland beginning February 7, the cost is $5 per session or $30 monthly. For more information call 884-7664.

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Enough is Enough CityWide Prayer Enough is Enough Citywide New Covenant United Church of Christ, 459 Clinton St. Monday January 24-Friday Jan 28; Jacquelyn ross brown Senior Pastor. Will Brown Senior Pastor Emeritus. 6pm nightly

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Super Starks!

Niagara Falls native James Starks is enjoying every moment as he gets ready for the Super Bowl XLV as a running back for the Green Bay Packers. The leading rusher in the NFL, he is the only Western New Yorker who will play the upcoming big game on Feb. 6 in Arlington, Texas. His family will be there to see him play including mom Lillie Hall and dad James Starks Sr. Starks, who played football at Niagara Falls High School and UB, helped his team secure a trip to the championship with a touchdown in the first half. The Packers went on to win 21-14 over the Chicago Bears last Sunday night. His mother predicted the win. When Starks brother Sanquin expressed doubt about the Packers winning the “hard” game against the Chicago Bears and the 19 degree temperature – not to mention the worst field in the NFL – his mom said in a published report: “Who cares?...I know what you’re saying Sanquin, but it is what it is. They’re going to win.” -BackgroundWhile at Niagara Falls High School Starks ran for 1,048 yards and threw for over 600 yards for the Wolverines while earning All-Western New York honors in his senior season and served as a captain for three years. But Starks only scholarship offer came from UB, which he accepted. Starks enjoyed a standout career at Buffalo. He set a career rushing record with 3,140 yards, and scored 34 total touchdowns. He registered back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons as a junior and sophomore. He was one of the elite backs in the MAC and the nation and became the first 1,000-yard rusher in the Bulls’ Division I-A era. He also became the first UB freshman to earn All-MAC honors in 2006. He was named to the All-Mac Second Team as a freshman and sophomore, and was named to the All-Mac First Team as a junior. Starks did not play in his senior season due to a shoulder injury. He was drafted by the Packers in the sixth round, 193rd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. Congratulations to the Starks family! And best of luck to “Super Starks” in the upcoming Super Bowl!

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Jocelyn Bowman: Upcoming National Recording Artist to Shut Down Chippewa Street


hippewa Street on Saturday is known to be one of the busiest days of the week in Buffalo, with people walking aimlessly and cars grid locking traffic. With blistering cold temperatures the party doesn’t stop until the streets are empty. The heat will be turned up Saturday February 12 when rising star and national recording artist Jocelyn Bowman is set to perform her new single “I Hate Love” live on a flatbed truck through the streets of Chippewa during the biggest performances Western New York has ever seen! Jocelyn Bowman, signed to International Future Records, was born and raised in Buffalo. Her single "I Hate Love" is set to premiere on MTV Jams. In the music video, on set locations include Delaware Park-Front Park System, The Olympic Resturant, and Buffalo State College. Bowman packed the Dipson Market Arcade

Theatre in downtown Buffalo for the world premiere of the “I Hate Love” video in December. Jocelyn has had her eyes set on music since the young age of 3. Performing in local talent shows and church Jocelyn would later go to perform back up for national and regional artist. Throughout the years Jocelyn would begin to travel out of town in pursuit of making her a dream a reality. After much disappointment, frustrations began to grow as her dreams of super-stardom began to fade. Jocelyn had then decided to end her quest to become a star but continued to do what she simply loved “to sing”. In the Summer of 2010 Jocelyn caught the eye of local producer and upcoming record exec Pharaoh “Future” Paige. When approached with the thought of joining his International Future imprint, Jocelyn seemed least

interested in pursing a career again especially under the wing of a local connect. Jocelyn is currently recording her upcoming album "Camouflage" which is going to be released Summer 2011. Known tracks include "I Hate Love" , "Showtime" , and "Make 'Em Love Me." "I Hate Love" was just recently released on iTunes, Amazon, Napster,

Hip Hop Karaoke Buffalo is Back! Hip Hop Karaoke Buffalo continues 10 p.m., Saturday February 5 @ Acropolis, 708 Elmwood Ave. No cover.

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A “Party ‘Till They Throw Us Out” Salt & Pepa Hip Hop After Party will be held Saturday, Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. Special invited guests Teddy Bear & Past Season; Tickets $10 advance and available at Doris Records New Golden Nugget Hobby Boys & Doris Records; (716) 883-0397.

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Buffalo’s Shawn Barron Making His Mark in the Music Industry at Atlantic Records



uffalo’s Shawn Barron is making his mark in the music industry as Director of A&R at Atlantic Records. A record label A&R is a person hired by a record company to scout and ultimately sign exceptional acts . A&R stands for “artists and repertoire.” Shawn, born and raised in Buffalo where he attended and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, is the son of LaFondra Martin and Bernell Martin. He attended Cardinal O’Hara high school and graduated in 2002. Due to the Buffalo Urban League and others giving Shawn scholarships he was able to attend Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Shawn graduated with a Bachelors in Communications focusing on Public Relations in May of 2007. After he graduated from Seton Hall he went on to attend The Institute of Audio Research where he gained knowledge about Audio Engineering. Shawn graduated from IAR in March of 2009. Shawn’s last semester at Seton Hall he interned at Universal Records doing New Media and A&R. He learned a lot about the music industry and gained a lot of relationships through that internship. About two months after his internship ended he was hired at Koch Entertainment where he started out in the mailroom. In the mailroom is where Shawn met one of his partners Daniel Montes who was also working at Koch at the time. Shawn knew that he wanted to be an A&R and started to bring in artists that he thought Koch should sign . The very first artist that Shawn Barron Shawn found in 2007 on was Drake. Shawn brought Drake up to the office for a meeting and even though Shawn’s bosses thought Drake was talented they didn’t sign him. Drake went on to sign with Lil Wayne two years later and is now one of the biggest stars in music. Although the label didn’t sign Drake, it did show the label that Shawn had the ear for music and he was promoted to Digital A&R. While doing this job Shawn brought in a lot of talent that was unknown to anyone at the time, who have went on to be big names in the music industry. He worked at Koch for almost two years where he learned even more about the industry. After leaving Koch Shawn had a few odd jobs throughout the industry and finally thought to get to the next level he was going to have to create something that was his own. Shawn and Daniel went on to have an initial meeting with another industry friend of theirs Success Davis and from there they said that they would work together on something. A few weeks went by and Shawn came back to the table with Phreshy Duzit, the rest is history. The four men created Self Made Celebrity Entertainment and went on to get Phreshy Duzit a record deal on Atlantic Records. Through Shawn’s hardwork he was also given an A&R position from the President and EVP of Atlantic Records. In the year that Shawn has worked at Atlantic Records he has gotten three promotions starting off as an a&r consultant moving up to a&r manager 3 months later and exactly a year from the point he was hired he was named as Director of a&r. Shawn also has placements on Trey Songz newest album which just went RIAA certified gold, Flo Rida’s newest album and signed newcomer Diggy Simmons, son of legendary Rev. Run from Run DMC and Runs House, to Atlantic Records.

*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.

*Feb. 5, 2011, Salt N Pepa, Shea’s Performig Ar Ts Center, 7 P.M., Tickets $39.50 & 49.50, At Shea’s Box Office, Doris Records, Ticketmaster.Com Or Charge By Phone 800-745-3000.

*Kholes Entertainment Ultimate Ladies Night Out All Male Revue Friday February 11at 8pm at The Tralf; LIVE Performance by “JOHNAL,” “International Hot Boyz” male revue and more ; tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets, Doris Records, New Style Records, The Tralf Box Office.

PAPPY MARTIN LOVE SUPREME JAZZ BLUES: Wegman’s, 601 Amherst St, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m., “Jazz, soul & Food”; 326-9613 On Stage Listings are Free. Write: The Challenger, On Stage, PO Box 474,, Bflo., NY 14208; or email:

*Snoop Dogg With Special Guests, Jan. 27, 1011, The Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls; 716.205.8925, Tickets Ticketmaster 1-800-895-3000.

*AT THE TRALF: Blues legend Buffalo’s own Lucky Peterson, Feb. 12; Avery Sunshine, Feb. 26; Shemekia Copeland, March 3. *Friday Night Jook Joint is January 28, 2011 from 9 p.m. to midnight; admission is $15 and $10 more for a drink and a plate. *On Stage @The Paul Robeson Theatre “ Crumbs from the Table ofJoy” by Lynn Nottage, opening Friday, February 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets on sale now at the PRT Box Office 350 Masten Avenue.

February 12 at 8:00pm The original drummer on “Kind of Blue” leads an all-star band performing music from the album plus other classics by Davis, John Coltrane, “Cannonball” Adderley, and more!

“Saving Our Youth” is Focus of The DJ STARR SHOW “Saving Our Youth for Tomorrow” Talk Radio Show is on the airwaves on WBNY 91.3FM Saturdays from 2pm – 4pm with host DJ STARR. The January 29 show will feature an interview with the cast of the stage play I AM A MAN (Director Annette Daniels-Taylor). The DJ Starr Show! is Buffalo's premier progressive music and talk radio program. Tune in for discussions about what’s going on in the Buffalo area and how citizens are working together to empower our youth, by way of parents, community and government. Also, listeners will enjoy the absolute best mix of R&B/Jazz/Hip-Hop and Gospel music, from legendary performers to new and local artists. Outside the Buffalo-area, listen to the show live online at http://bscvs01. Listeners can participate in discussions by phone by calling (716) 878-5104, or emamailing at <mailto: Shntperkins@gmail. com>. JANUARY 26, 2011

February 16 at 7:30pm Returning by popular demand! A high energy show featuring 40 percussionists, instrumentalists and dancers in the show-style marching band tradition of America’s top Historically Black Colleges & Universities. Tickets: Center Box Office (M-F, 10-6) and         Charge: 1-800-745-3000     Info: 716-645-2787 Groups: 716-645-6771

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Adult Children with Incarcerated Parents

The poor, the disabled, and low income senior citizens need to be able to see, hear and eat too Mr. Collins... (Ed. Note: Medicaid is a lifeline for many poor people in Erie County, yet County Executive Chris Collins calls it “Cadillac coverage” and has proposed cutting Medicaid benefits to save taxpayers money)


ccording to Erie County Executive Chris Collins, all nonmandated services and goods provided to low income individuals and senior citizens through the federal, state and county funded Medicaid program, should be struck from the eligibility list. As most people are aware, Medicaid is a program that individuals qualify for through income guidelines. The program, unlike the Federally funded BETTY JEAN Medicare proGRANT gram, is based on needs and income and not on age requirements. One can be a millionaire and still qualify for Medicare and many senior citizens take advantage of this program, which most of them have paid into during the course of their long and productive work history. Medicaid is a health- provided service component that provides health care based solely on a person’s need and that individual’s lack of other medical insurance and ability to pay. One cannot be a millionaire and still qualify for Medicaid. Many Erie County residents who qualify for Food Stamps, Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) or monetary public assistance, generally will qualify for Medicaid. Since the federal government reimburses states and counties a certain portion of monies spent on this initiative, it (the federal government) sometimes stipulates what services the county must provide as a condition of being reimbursed for its expenses. That category is what is known as mandated services. In Erie County, unfortunately, providing life- improving items such as eye glasses, dentures, and hearing aids are deemed non mandated services. Furthermore, the county executive is proposing, in the future, that Erie County provide none of these items to the seniors, the disabled and/or the working poor. He goes farther and states (by implication) that if a low income senior citizen or a disabled young person wants to see better or to hear what is being said, or even wants to chew his food up well, they better find some money somewhere else to pay for these particular items. Never Page 10

mind the fact that for most of the above identified individuals, the only money coming in for them each month is the small monthly stipend they are awarded in their basic SSI or public assistance allocation. Remember, these people have had to be poor or in dire strait, in order to qualify for the benefits in the first place! In addition, County Executive Chris Collins wants these same individuals to pay a penalty of $100 if they call for an ambulance to take them to the hospital and the trip is not deemed an emergency. So, for instance, if a person is suffering severe chest pains and calls an ambulance, that individual will have to pay the penalty if the chest pains turn out to be a severe case of gas or some other non emergency. If that situation happens right now (before Collins changes things), that person will be billed and Medicaid will pay the difference. I ask you, where in Heavens’ name, is a public assistance recipient going to find $100 to pay the penalty? Should that individual use the rent money? The gas or electricity utility money? Or maybe, the money they get from the county to buy toilet paper, to pay for the non emergency ambulance fee? If people think things are bad right now, they are only going to get worse under this uncompassionate county government. There is a movement being promoted that is calling to reform the Medicaid program. Usually when ‘reform’ and ‘poor people’ are mentioned in the same sentence, it is always the poor people who are the ones who are ‘reformed’ out of programs and benefits. If you, or anyone in your circle of family and friends, are receiving any of these benefits, I suggest you find out all that you can regarding those services and programs Mr. Collins is proposing to cut or eliminate. If this information does not give those, who are less fortunate in our community, the motivation to go out and get themselves registered to vote in the November General Elections, I don’t know what will. Stay tuned.


The Truth Will Set Us Free Dear Editor: My name is Rachel Royal, I’m a thirty-two year old African¬ American female. I’m writing because of my concerns regarding all the hardships I see most Blacks enduring. My desire is to put remembrance into our hearts and minds about our King and our nation that we may be able to move further with identifying who we are. As we came into this country it seems that we have always been at a political disadvantage by our oppressors who sought to position us Blacks on a lower social and economic level, while at the same time gaining possession over our kingdom, organizing their foreign government in our land, constructing laws and increasing their power. We Blacks are in a tribulation period where it appears that we are under persecution on a political level as well as being still enslaved and in the dark about our history. It is time for us to turn our faces back to where we came from. In the picture I included we see before us our King who stands for us and defends our cause. A King in which the Old Testament has revealed to be true. A King who will set the captives free and liberate the suppressed minds. Also, in the picture we see a culture that we belong to and a heritage that we can identify with. A King that we belong to, as well as a kingdom where we come from. Hopefully our story and the truth about our nation will be revealed that our nation may rise again. Rachel Royal


Much has been said about the trauma experienced by children and teens whose parent or parents have been incarcerated. Rarely is anything said about these young people who grow to adulthood and are now establishing their own family units. How have they fared with one or both parents not readily available to them? How have they managed to live through the tempestuous teen years, which can be problematic at best? What may be complicated about their lives now as they seek to build a family unit? Prisoners Are People Too has taken a look at the challenges faced by families when a primary caregiver is imprisoned but we haven’t spent much time looking at the aftermath when that child becomes an adult. How does the child navigate the dysfunction that often occurs? Launched in 1997, WE-TV (Women’s Entertainment Television) is a cable television channel marketed towards KARIMA women. For the first few years of its existence, this chanAMIN nel featured mostly talk shows, made-for-TV movies, older feature films and reruns of TV shows. Since 2001, the focus has shifted to include several reality series and documentaries, some related to art and fashion and others related to more political issues. One of the channel’s most popular programs is “Women Behind Bars.” One of the women featured in this WE-TV series is former Buffalo resident Renay Lynch. Charged with murdering her elderly landlady, she maintains her innocence. She is currently incarcerated in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester, County New York. At the next meeting of Prisoners Are People Too, on Monday, January 31 at the Pratt-Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt Street, from 6:30 – 8:30pm, you will have an opportunity to view the brief WE-TV documentary that tells Renay’s story. Our guest speaker will be Renay’s son, Mr. Rinaldo Moss, a young husband, father, and local businessman who has graciously consented to amplify his mother’s story and to answer any questions you may have about her crime of conviction and her current circumstances. He is willing to be candid about what he has experienced during the 14 years of her incarceration. Please join us for this conversation. The Circle of Supporters for Reformed Offenders and Friends of BaBa Eng are the sponsors of PRP2 programs. For further information, contact Karima

Youth Prison Prevention Project Offers Free Seminars The Youth Prison Prevention Project headed by Robert A. Harris Sr. is currently offering free seminars to Buffalo local area church youth groups, community centers and schools. The Youth Prison Prevention Project consists of a group prisoner re-entry and youth mentors, also jobs and resume coaches. Another great asset to this team is Adrian Gude and his employer United Graphics, Inc. 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. 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.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 call 563-5515 or 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


The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle: Totally fascinated by the realm of the senses, it swings from one desire to the next, one conflict to the next, one self-centered idea to the next. If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life. Let this monkey go. Let the senses go. Let desires go. Let conflicts go. Let ideas go. Let the fiction of life and death go. Just remain in the center, watching. And then forget that you are there.

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Creating a Culture of Literacy at Home

By Deborah Ann Porter


e all want our children to do better in school, and we know how difficult it can be to achieve this. Life moves fast with so much to do, that it becomes difficult to balance our schedules between our jobs, family life, and other activities. It’s hard to find time to talk with your children, help them with homework, or even read with them when there are chores to do, errands to run, and meals to prepare. It is worth the extra effort it takes to spend time with your children. It will pay off when our children finish school and go on to college or get a job. The other side of this coin is the cost to us when our children do not do well or drop out of school; it can be a high cost for our families and especially for our community. The best time to start is before our children even start Kindergarten. And the best way to start is by creating a culture of literacy in our home. It is not as hard as it sounds. Anyone can do it! All we have to do is look at some of the ideas on the Tips to Starting checklist (below). Practice with your child, and make these tips part of your everyday life. This can be as simple as brushing your teeth or washing the dishes. This may be the first time you have heard the phrase “creating a culture of literacy” so this column will give you a brief look into what that looks like. It will also highlight some of the activities that parents can do with their children to create this “culture of literacy” at home. In our next column, we will give you more information and start explaining the tips in more detail. When you talk to your child about the book or article they have read, it will help your child to understand the material. You can add an additional step to start this conversation by asking your child to write a short essay about the book. When you read the essay, you will have a chance to ask questions and start a conversation and talk about the details in the book or discuss the characters with the child. This shows your interest and support in their reading and makes family time available to share in a conversation about something that interests your child. (Please visit for more tips and resources for parents. If you would like to comment on this article, please send comments to Ms. Porter is Community Outreach/Marketing Coordinator for Read to Succeed Buffalo. (716) 843-8895.)

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make a difference. Take the Buffalo Police Test. Entry Deadline: March 16, 2011 When you’re a Buffalo police officer, you don’t just have a job – you have a purpose. To serve, protect and embody the spirit of the City of Good Neighbors. If you live in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Cattaraugus or Chautauqua County, have 60 college credit hours, or two years of continuous military service, you’re eligible to take the Buffalo Police Test on April 23. Visit or call (716) 851-9614 for details. Register today, for an especially rewarding tomorrow.

World of Girls Is Making a Difference! The girls at World of Girls Empowerment Center are yet making a difference in our Buffalo community. Yet unfortunately, there are still so many of our young ladies who are looking to bring closure in their lives on so many levels. As I talk with our girls on a daily basis their hearts are wounded and in despair. This is noted as either being the result of sexual violations from their father, brother or some other significant male figure in their lives. Many of our young ladies have become very angry due these violations. As the old saying goes, “we are only as sick TERRI ANN as our secrets.” Our young ladies are looking for hope and healing for COPLIN their areas of despair; many are ready to be something, do something and make a difference; and together we can help our young ladies to dream again and have restored hope within their lives. Our World of Girls Empowerment Center has on-going Counseling Services for young ladies ages 12-19. Call today for consultation at (716) 362-1242. The World of Girls, where we are “Enhancing Dignity” One Young lady At a Time!!! Our young ladies are becoming something, doing something and making a difference! Call us today, also visit our web site: Call for a location near you. World of Girls Empowerment, 651 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202, Plazas Suites Location, 716-362-1242.

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What’s Really Real? Teen Dating Violence

Winter Fest Returning this Weekend in Chestnut Ridge Park

By Glenda Person


o you know how it feels to have someone other than your parents tell you what you should or should not wear, do, say, think, or be? To make matters worse this individual hurts you mentally, physically and emotionally if you do not go by their rules. I know that some of you are reading this and thinking “I will never let another person tell me what I can and cannot “do” or “I wish a person would try to put their hands on me I would straight dog them.” Let’s not forget this one “Whoever does let a person hurt them in that way is stupid.” Well I am not ashamed to say that I myself have been a victim of Dating Violence /Relationship Abuse (or what I like to call it Teen Domestic Violence). The Love is Respect Organization defines Dating Violence as being a pattern of over-controlling behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend. Dating violence can take many forms, including mental/ emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. It can occur in both casual dating situations and serious, long-term relationships. Now fellahs let’s not get things twisted and think that this is simply an issue that females have to deal with. It can happen to you all too. It also happens not only in heterosexual relationships but also in gay/lesbian relationships. Some of you all may think that it’s cute and the person really likes you if your “boo,” “baby” or “shorty” dictates who you are. But let me tell you something honey it’s not and you should not take it. If your “boo,” “baby” or “shorty” does not and will not accept you for who you

are then they can go “to the left, to the left, to the left.” Trust there is someone out there who will respect you and treat you like the king/queen that you really are. Your mom or dad is not raising you to be anybody’s fool or punching bag. If you don’t respect yourself and appreciate yourself for what and who you are, then what makes you think that your “babyboo” will? Dating violence can change your life dramatically. It can effect your grades, social ability to develop relationships with peers of both genders, your selfconfidence and the feeling of not being I.N.D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.T. It can lead to depression, suicide attempts, alcohol/drug abuse, and eating disorders amongst other things. Some of you are asking yourself “How do I know that I am a victim of Relationship abuse?” If your boyfriend/girlfriend is jealous, possessive, violent, degrades you in front of friends, you have to apologize for their behavior while in public and if your family or friends are concerned about your safety; than you are a victim of Dating Abuse. Like I said before, you do not have to put up with this individual. Get out of the relationship. Do not be afraid to speak up. If you know someone who is a victim of Dating Violence tell someone older than you, so they can get help. Take your friend to the side and talk to them, let them know that you care. You don’t have to go through it alone. I use to be the little 16 year old who let my “boo thing” tell me what to wear. What I should say. Who I could or couldn’t hang around. I even let it get to the point where I wanted to end my life because I was



too scared to tell someone. I thought that person really cared about me and at the end they really didn’t. Luckily I had someone to help me. There are numbers and places that you can go to and call for help: •National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474 or 1-866-3318453 TTY •Center Against Domestic Violence 718-439-1000 If you have any questions or comments or topics you want to talk about feel free to hit me up on or email e

at You can also send mail to Challenger Community News, c/o Glenda Person, 1337 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208.

Winter Fest will be held on Sunday, January 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the area near the Casino in Chestnut Ridge. Activities include sledding, snow-shoe hikes, snowboarding, snow sculpturing, tobogganing, marshmallow roasting, hayrides and much more. This year, participants will be able to rent toboggans from a vendor.


County of Erie, New York Case Management and Information & Assistance The Erie County Department of Senior Services is seeking proposals from agencies to provide case management and information & assistance to frail elderly persons living in North Buffalo, Grand Island and Tonawanda. The RFP# 1103BC can be found at: and a complete copy of the package can be obtained by contacting Judy Casassa at 716858-6922. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with Judy Casassa. Final sealed proposals are due to the Erie County Department of Senior Services at 95 Franklin St, Room 1329, Buffalo, NY 14202 by 4:00 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 16, 2011. A pre-application information meeting will be held in Room 1350 of the Rath Building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 4, 2011. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Brenda W. Ward Commissioner of Erie County Department of Senior Services Page 12

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is requesting sealed proposals to provide all professional Architectural/Engineering services necessary or incidental to Perform Mechanical Improvements at LaSalle Courts and Langfield Homes AVE #11-01. Copies of the Request for Proposals may be obtained from the BMHA’s Capital Improvements & Development Office located at 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204 between the hours of 8:30 AM through 4:30 PM. A Presubmittal meeting will be held at 10:00 AM local time, on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at the Capital Improvements Office. The requirements of the Request for Proposals will be discussed at this meeting and questions about services to be provided and the work to be done will be addressed. Sealed proposals must be received by 2:00 PM, local time, on Thursday, February 3, 2011, at the Capital Improvements & Development Office. Proposals received after the set time will not be accepted. The contract for professional services will be awarded to a single professional firm; no joint ventures. The board of Commissioners reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any or/all proposals submitted. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively solicits the same requirement from all firms interested in this opportunity.

Catholic Charities has an excellent professional development opportunity available for the following position:

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Seeking individuals to work F/T in Erie and Niagara Counties to provide community based treatment to families with youth with delinquent behaviors. Service is delivered according to a specific model that is evidenced based. Basic knowledge in social ecological theory, family therapies, cognitive behavior therapy and behavioral therapies preferred. Ideal candidate will possess an MSW, MA/MS in related field, or BA with equivalent field related experience. Reliable transportation and willingness to work non-traditional hours required. Bilingual (Spanish/ English) speaking are encouraged to apply. # Interested & qualified candidates may forward resume & cover letter with Job # 201106 to:

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Financial Analyst for the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority (BFSA) –The BFSA, which is a public benefit corporation established by the State of New York to oversee the finances of the City of Buffalo, is seeking to fill the position of Financial Analyst. The position reports to the Executive Director and is primarily responsible for reviewing and monitoring the financial condition of the City and the Buffalo School District. The financial analyst reviews contracts submitted to BFSA including labor contracts, and provides analysis on a variety of financial matters. Communicates regularly with staff from the City, School District and the City Common Council. Undergraduate degree is required while a graduate degree in government affairs or public policy, with a solid background in government finance, is preferred. Additional information on the position can be found at Send cover letter and resume by February 4, 2011 to Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority, Attention: Executive Director, 617 Main Street, Suite 400, Buffalo, NY 14203. No phone calls please.

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County of Erie, New York Request for Proposals To Provide Landscape Architectural / Engineering Services – Erie County Black Rock Canal Park – Ontario Street Boat Launch – Park Road/ Turnaround / Entry Phase The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning is seeking proposals from qualified Landscape Architectural / Engineering Firms to provide design services for Park Road/ Turnaround/ Entryway Phase to Erie County’s Black Rock Canal Park / Ontario Street Boat Launch in the City of Buffalo. The RFP# 10186BC can be found at: and a complete copy of the package can be obtained by contacting Mark Rountree, Planner at or 716-858-8008. All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with Mark Rountree. Prospective proponents, or their representatives, shall not make contact with or communicate with any representatives of the County, including employees and consultants, other than the designated person in regard to any aspect of this proposal. Final sealed proposals are due to the Department of Environment and Planning at 95 Franklin St, Room # 1007, Buffalo, NY 14202 by 4:00 pm (EST) on 2/25/2011. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Kathy Konst Commissioner of Erie County Department of Environment and Planning Page 14

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Wednesday January 26

Saturday February 5

Minority Media Professionals Cocktail Hour: 5-8 p.m.; Embassy Suites 200 Delaware Ave., Della Terra Restaurant; $20 donation.

Buffalo Public Schools College, Career and Scholarship Fair: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; East High School, 820 Northampton St.

Board of Education Meeting: 5:30, City Hall.


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


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Black Culture Expert to Speak: Mark Anthony Neal, Ph.D., commemorating memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, 4 p.m., Hilbert College’s Palisano Lecture Room (101 Bogel Hall); RSVP by Jan. 21 requested; 926-8835. Friday January 28 Friday Night Jook Joint: An African Cultural Center live jazz series to raise funds for Pine Grill Reunion; 9 p.m. to midnight; $15 admission and $10 more for a drink and a plate; 884-2013 Saturday January 29

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Dr. Joy Degruy Leary Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: 5-7 p.m.; Golden Cup, 883 Jefferson Ave.; discussion to follow with H.B. Cosby and Amon Ra P Hotep; free.


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TRIBUTE TO A KING: Hundreds were on hand at Kleinhans Music Hall for an annual tribute to Dr. King recently. Members of the Buffalo Performing Arts Academy Choir opened the program with the National Anthem. Rev. Darius Pridgen delivered the keynote address and a number of outstanding citizens and students were honored. The audience held a special guest, the current Prime Minister of Somalia. Mohamed Mohamed moved to Western New York more than 20 years ago. Late last year, he was nominated to be the African Nation's Prime Minister. Pictured above are scenes from the event. PHOTOS PRINCESS PHOTOGRAPHY

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