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2 INSIDE ROCHESTER Two Young Musicians With White R. Kelly, Fantasia Review: House Performances Are Among Rochester Short Changed Again at 8:42 pm. The crowd Gateways Music Festival Musicians By Randy Greg screamed as the lights

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ROCHESTER, N. Y. - Two accomplished young people who have performed at the White House will be among the nearly 90 classical musicians of African descent from throughout the United States participating in the Gateways Music Festival August 14 18 in Rochester. During the five-day festival, the musicians, youth, adults, professionals and students, will perform in solo, chamber and orchestral concerts in various venues around the city, including churches, schools, Rochester City Hall and Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. This year marks the festival’s 20th anniversary.All of the events are free and open to the public. Twelve year-old cellist Sujari Britt of New York City,

will be making her first appearance at the biennial festival which celebrates the 20th anniversary of its founding this year. A phenom who began studying the cello at the age of 5, Sujari performed in a cello duet for President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their guests at the White House in November 2009. At Gateways, she will play a solo and will also perform in a trio with her brother, Sunnaj, 16, and her sister, Joelle, 21, both violinists, during the Youth Showcase Concert, 5:30 p.m., August 16 in the atrium at Rochester City Hall, 30 Church Street. Juilliard-trained cellist Khari Joyner, 20, of Atlanta, Georgia performed for President Obama in the Oval OfContinued Page 14

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his was supposed to be an awesome show! When was the last time R. Kelly (“Kells” as he calls himself), was in Rochester? I’m not sure but I was excited to hear he was coming with American Idol winner Fantasia. Then I was a little thrown off by the inflated ticket price. Was the promoter trying to make a 10 year salary off of one night or was R. Kelly that expensive? Whatever the case may be R. Kelly and Fantasia came to Rochester to show us they were well worth the $150 some may have paid to see them. Fans began to murmur around me that they didn’t see a band. Well you expect that sometimes for the first act but what about the second? Actually, I knew it was going to be an off night when the doors opened at 7:30 pm and Fantasia came out

dimmed and Fantasia appeared in an all-white dress. Not 30 seconds into the first song “It’s All Good” Fantasia’s protégé is removing her shoes. She voiced her frustration of not having a band by saying “She doesn’t like performing to tracks but she’s going to make it do what it do”. She went on to perform three more songs and ended with her latest single “Lose to Win.” Before she left the stage she told the crowd, “Next time tell your people to do right and bring the band so you can get your monies worth.” Fantasia was on for about 25 minutes and gave the fans the best should could with what she was given. There was a forty minute countdown before R. Kelly appeared so we go from one hour and ten minutes before Fantasia performed to forty minutes for R. Kelly.

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If you’re doing the math we spent basically two hours waiting. R. Kelly didn’t disappoint but he too did the best he could do with what was given to him. Surprisingly he didn’t mention not having a band and for the most part you couldn’t tell. There was a basic stage set that included a couch and bar stools but for $125 a ticket you didn’t

get a band or a video screen. R. Kelly walked out in a gold and black jean jacket outfit. He walked towards the audience as “Your Body’s Calling” came on. The music stopped, he paused in the middle of the stage to hear the fans appreciation of him. After the fans yelled for about 30 seconds he proceeded to go into “Your Continued Page 14

Around town.. *Meet The Candidates For City School Board Public Forum, Tues. Aug. 13 at First Genesis Baptist Church, 292 Hudson Ave; 7-9 p.m.; Thursday Aug. 15 Memorial AME Zion Church, 549 Clarissa St.; for info contact Ken Preston at 585478-5561,

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Larry Bonds Says “Thank You!” Recently, WUFO 1080 AM held an on-air Radiothon to benefit Larry Bonds in the wake of the tragic loss of his wife, A n n i e , who succumbed to injuries suffered when their home caught fire in May. L a r r y B o n d s , owner of a janitorial service for many years, has been described as “the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back.” So it should come as no surprise many members of the community have responded to his situation with financial donations and other assistance. Mr. Bonds says he is overwhelmed by the support he has received from so many people in the community. After the Radiothon he said, “Words really can’t express how grateful I am for everyone who has supported me in so many ways. I simply want to say, thank you to the community for coming to my aid during this difficult time in my life.” He gave special thanks to Sheila Brown and the WUFO staff, to his Pastor, Elder A. Raynard Core and members of First Centennial Baptist Church, and to Lumon Ross and members of the Black Chamber of Commerce of WNY, the co-sponsors of the Radiothon.



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Upward Bound Establishes Scholarship, Lifetime Achievement Award SUNY Buffalo State’s Upward Bound pre-collegiate program is honoring Hal D. Payne, vice president for Student Affairs, by creating a $500 scholarship and a lifetime achievement award in his name. They will be awarded to a high school graduate and a nationally known educator during the Upward Bound Summer Program Banquet at 7:00 p.m. August 8 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Event Center, 120 Church Street in Buffalo.

Payne played a crucial role in making a college education possible for more than one million low-income, firstgeneration students across the country. In 1981, he was elected the first president of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), a Washington-based education association that works to advance and defend the ideal of equal educational opportunities. It now serves almost 800,000 students annually at more than 1,000 colleges and universities.

Summit on Violent Crime and Homocides Part II at Merriweather Library The We Are Women Warriors group and Legislators Tim Hogues and Betty Jean Grant will host Part 2 of the Summit on Violent crime and homicides @ the Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., on Wednesday, August 7th @ 5:30 p.m. This Summit is a continuation of the Summit that was interrupted a few weeks ago. “I shall not be intimidated or threatened in silence,” declared Legislator Grant. “ Our youth are dying and I will continue to speak up against policies and practices that help to destroy our youth regardless of the fear tactics that are and will be directed against my family and myself. “Please join other parents, community leaders and pastors who are burying their children, who are victims of gun violence, as frequently as the more violent members of our community. None of our children are safe. We have to take a community-wide stance on eradicating this violence and let the politicians make the decision as to whether they will join us or not.” Panelists include Rev. George Nicholas, Rev Fred Gelsey, Cheektowaga Police Chief Zak, ECMC Police Chief, Chris Cunnings and a male and female youth from the community. I hope to see you there. As in the first time, Mayor Byron Brown and the Buffalo Police Dept. have been invited to attend and participate.

The Candidates: (L-R) Rodriguez, Tolbert, Mayor Brown

The Great Debate The Hal D. Payne Upward Bound Scholarship Award recipient is Ibrahiim El Amiin, a 2013 graduate of Math and Science Technology High School for his stellar work with Upward Bound over the past four years.

At the banquet to celebrate the students who completed an academic residence program at Buffalo State this summer, the college will present the Hal D. Payne Upward Bound Scholarship Award to a local high school graduate who excelled in Upward Bound over the past four years. Meanwhile, the Hal D. Payne Educational Opportunity Lifetime Service Award will go to Arnold L. Mitchem, COE president. Mitchem introduced the concept of “first-generation students” through his congressional testimony in the late 1970s, and the term was defined in the education amendments of 1980. He has worked tirelessly with the eight federally funded pre-

Buffalo Association of Black Journalists to host “Meet The Candidates Night” Mayoral Debate

The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists will host a “Meet the Candidates” mayoral debate on Aug. 14 in downtown Buffalo. The event will be held at the Buffalo News Auditorium, located at Washington and Scott streets, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free parking will be available in The News lot. In the forum moderated by WIVB-TV’s Al Vaughters, BABJ members will ask the candidates questions and present topics for in-depth discussion. The candidates will be quizzed on everything from education and crime to economic development and diversity on area construction projects. Audience members also will be able to submit questions for the candidates to answer. Mayor Byron M. Brown (D), Sergio Rodriquez (R) and Bernard Tolbert (D) have all accepted our invitation to participate in this very important political debate. The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to getting expanded and more balanced media coverage of minorities and increasing minority representation at both the staff and management levels in Western New York newsrooms. “The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists has been doing this since its founding in 1999. Whether through community workshops, public forums, candidate debates or our youth radio show, our goal has remained the same: Make media work for minorities,” said Rod Watson, BABJ president.As an affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists, Continued Page 13

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COMMUNITY MEETINGS-CODE OF CONDUCT The Buffalo Public School District will provide several opportunities for the community to learn about the District’s newly revised Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct can be viewed at The meetings are open to the public and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. as listed below: Tuesday, August 20th, Lafayette High School, 370 Lafayette Avenue Thursday, August 22nd, East High School, 820 Northampton Street Tuesday, August 27th, South Park High School, 150 Southside Parkway Thursday, August 29th, North Park Middle Academy, 780 Parkside Avenue

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Shameful: Black Teen Un- African American employment Rate at 41% Teenage Girl Youngest

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Lift the Sanctions Now! Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Wins Free and Fair Election The election results are in and President Robert Mugabe and his party ZANU-PF have overwhelmed the opposition MDC 61% to 33%. The people of Zimbabwe have had a resoundingly successful democratic election which observers have declared free and fair. Viola Plummer, chair of the December 12th Movement International Secretariat (US NGO) in Zimbabwe to observe the elections said: “With the resounding electoral defeat of the Western created and backed MDC on whose behalf sanctions were imposed, these sanctions must be lifted immediately.” President Obama and the U.S. Congress must lift the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and repeal the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001, which put them in place. UN Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon, in a statement, commended the people of Zimbabwe for a “broadly peaceful election day and for exercising their democratic rights.” The African Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) observer missions called the poll free, fair and credible. Additionally, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) observer mission said it was satisfied with the general atmosphere of peace.

Friday’s jobs report demonstrated again that the U.S. economy is stuck in a sluggish purgatory. Worse still were the unemployment numbers for Black teens, which came in at a mind blowing 41.6 percent. In July of last year, black teen unemployment was considerably lower, coming in at 36 percent. In March, the teen unemployment rate was 33 percent.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRESIDENT OBAMA! Belated birthday greetings to President Barack Obama who turned 52 last Sunday, August 4. His birthday was reportedly spent with family and close friends. Happy Birthday Commander-inChief!


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A brilliant African American teenager has pushed the barriers of color by breaking another scholastic record. Gabrielle Turnquest from Windermere, Florida is the youngest person to graduate from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., with an undergrad degree in psychology at the tender age of 16. Turnquest has also passed the Bar of England and Wales at 18. The Telegraph reports that Turnquest is now qualified to work in the United Kingdom, but wants to return to America to take the bar exam there. Gabrielle’s parents are from the Bahamas and the teenage genius has the opportunity to take the Bahama Bar Exam.

First Fatality in California Hunger Strike Prison authorities refuse to acknowledge that a hunger striker found dead in his solitary confinement cell is a fatality of the monthlong protest, insisting the death was a suicide. “What the authorities are saying is that, as far as they are concerned, people can die and they will not back off of the torture they are inflicting on people,” said Carl Dix, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. News from inside the prisons has been extremely difficult to obtain. “They took 14 of the leaders, who were already on long term solitary confinement, and put them under further restrictions to try to cut off the link to their outside supporters,” said Dix. -blackagendareport

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The “Obscene 14” Negroes in the U.S. House by Glen Ford ast week, 14 Black members of the U.S. House indelibly L marked themselves as tools of the Surveillance State, wholly unfit to represent any African American constituency.

The “Obscene 14” aligned with Democratic and Republican leadership to narrowly defeat (217-205) a bill that would have defunded the National Security Agency’s program to spy on the telephones of every American household. Had only half of these U.S. House Negroes acted in accordance with the overwhelming sentiments of their constituents – and with the historical Black Consensus on peace and social justice – the Bush-Obama surveillance regime would have been dealt its first serious setback in more than a decade of fascism-in-the-making. All 14 should be excised, like a malignancy, from the African American polity. The Black people of Texas are especially ill-served. All four Black congressional representatives – Al Green, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, and newcomer Marc Veasey – voted with the NSA spies and their current boss in the White House, as did three of the four Georgia Black lawmakers: Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson, and David Scott. Two of Florida’s three Black congresspersons pledged allegiance to universal surveillance: Corrine Brown and Frederica Wilson. Full List of the Obscene 14: Terri Sewell (AL); Corrine Brown (FL), Frederica Wilson (FL), Sanford Bishop (GA), Hank Johnson (GA), David Scott (GA), Robin Kelly (IL), Donald Payne Jr. (NJ), Gregory Meeks (NY), G.K. Butterfield (NC), Al Green (TX), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) and Marc Veasey (TX.) Five of the shameless lawmakers openly advertise themselves as “progressives.” Florida’s Frederica Wilson and Corrine Brown, Texas’ Eddie Bernice Johnson and Sheila Jackson-Lee, and Georgia’s Hank Johnson, are members of the Progressive Congressional Caucus, where Jackson-Lee serves as a vice chair. But then, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who bullied a minority of her party into line with the president and House Republican leadership, was once upon a time a co-chair of the PCC. (Steven Horsford, the Nevada Black Congressman, is also a PCC member. He failed to vote on the NSA bill.) Nearly two-thirds of the Congressional Black Caucus were in their right minds last week. Among the 25 “yes” votes for defunding the NSA program were, commendably, Rep. James Clyburn, the South Carolina lawmaker who serves as House Assistant Democratic Leader, but balked at towing Pelosi’s and Obama’s line, and North Carolina’s Mel Watt, who awaits confirmation as the new head of Federal Housing Finance Agency, for which he will need a full court press from the White House. The Cardinal Sin In making common cause with the Surveillance State, the Obscene 14 have thrown in their lot with same forces that have, for the past two generations, placed Black America under hyper-surveillance – the foundation of both mass Black incarceration and the social environment that allows the stalking and murder of hundreds of innocent Black people every year in the United States. African Americans, more than any other U.S. constituency, have an existential interest in ending the Surveillance State. In that struggle, the Obscene 14 and their ilk are more than useless; they have chosen the side of the enemy, and will inevitably commit more treachery. Back in October of 2002, only four members of the Black Caucus voted for George Bush’s War Powers Act, Congress’ consent to the invasion of Iraq. Of the four, only Georgia’s Sanford Bishop – who voted, predictably, for continued NSA Continued Page 11

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The Importance of Breast Feeding 1. Breast milk alone is the best food and drink for an infant for the first six months of life. No other food or drink, not even water is usually needed during this period.

2. Newborn babies should be given to the mother to hold immediately after delivery. They should have skin-to skin contact with the mother and begin breastfeeding within one hour of birth. 3. Almost every mother can breastfeed successfully. Breastfeeding the baby frequently causes production of more milk. The baby should breastfeed at least eight times daily, day and night,and on demand. 4. Breastfeeding helps protect babies and young children against dangerous illnesses. It also creates a special bond between mother and child. 5. Bottle feeding and giving a baby breast milk substitutes such as, infant formula or animal milk can threaten the baby’s health and survival. If a woman cannot breastfeed her infant, the baby can be fed expressed breast milk or, if necessary, a quality breast milk substitute from an ordinary clean cup. Mom’s, let’s talk about babies, birth and breastfeeding at Durham’s Central City Baby Cafe, every Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., 200 E. Eagle Street. Dinner is on us! For more info call Doris at 885-6348.


Top 12 Cancer Prevention Strategies There is so much you can do to lower your risk for cancer. But please don’t wait until you get the diagnosis—you have to take preventative steps NOW. It’s much easier to prevent cancer than to treat it, once it takes hold. I believe you can virtually eliminate your risk of cancer and chronic disease, and radically improve your chances of recovering from cancer if you currently have it, by following these relatively simple strategies. Food Preparation: Eat at least one-third of your food raw. Avoid frying or charbroiling; boil, poach or steam your foods instead. Consider adding cancerfighting whole foods, herbs, spices and supplements to your diet, such as broccoli, curcumin and resveratrol. To learn more about how these anti-angiogenetic foods fight cancer, please see our previous article: “Dramatically Effective New Natural Way to Starve Cancer and Obesity.” Carbohydrates and Sugar: Reduce or eliminate processed foods, sugar/fructose

and grain-based foods from your diet. This applies to whole unprocessed organic grains as well, as they tend to rapidly break down and drive up your insulin level. The evidence is quite clear that if you want to avoid cancer, or you currently have cancer, you absolutely MUST avoid all forms of sugar, especially fructose, which feeds cancer cells and promotes their growth. Make sure your total fructose intake is around 25 grams daily, including fruit. Protein and Fat: Consider reducing your protein levels to one gram per kilogram of lean body weight. It would be unusual for most adults to need more than 100 grams of protein and most likely close to half of that amount. Replace excess protein with high-quality fats, such as organic eggs from pastured hens, high-quality meats, avocados, and coconut oil. GMOs: Avoid genetically engineered foods as they are typically treated with herbicides such as Roundup (glyphosate), and likely to be carcinogenic. A French research team that has extensively studied Roundup

concluded it’s toxic to human cells, and likely carcinogenic to humans. Choose fresh, organic, preferably locally grown foods. Animal-Based Omega-3 fats: Normalize your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats by taking a high-quality krill oil and reducing your intake of processed vegetable oils. Natural Probiotics: Optimizing your gut flora will reduce inflammation and


strengthen your immune response. Researchers have found a microbe-dependent mechanism through which some cancers mount an inflammatory response that fuels their development and growth. They suggest that inhibiting inflammatory cytokines might slow cancer progression and improve the response to chemotherapy.)To Be Continued

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MT. Hope Community Church 2nd Annual Church Anniversary and Revival

MT. Hope Community Church, 1326 Broadway Ave. will present their 2nd annual church anniversary and revival on August. 7, 8,

9. Guest speakers will be Pastor Diane Davis, Pastor Earl Williams,and Pastor Steven Easley at 7 p.m. nightly. Also MT. Hope’

s annual Church picnic / Baptismal will be on Saturday August 10 at Evangola State Park, at 9 a.m. The ordination and installation

of Pastor Charles H. Walker 11 . The ceremony will be perform by Apostle Jessica Gant and Pastor Michael Robinson on August 11 at 6 p.m. at the church. Call 2009854 for information.

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*PASTOR DONNIE MCCLURKIN featured Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. World Missions Ministries International Fellowship of churches Holy Convocation, Aug. 8-11;free *ZION MISSIONARY CELEBRATES 63RD ANNIVERSARY, Mortgage Burning & Homecoming, Sunday August 11, 3-5 p.m. ; Rev. Robert E. Baines Jr., guest speaker.

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Revival at Greater Apostolic House of Prayer We invite you to the Greater Apostolic House of Prayer, 1455 Fillmore Ave, Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23. The Guest speaker will be Evangelist Dianna Hobbs, of Good Samaritan COGIC. Bishop Glenwood H. Young is her Pastor. She is CEO of EEW Magazine. Nightly Revival Services will convene at 7:30 pm. Pastor and Founder, Bishop Jacqueline Foye.


It’s Holy Convocation Time!!!

The 94th Annual Holy ed at 2301 Westside Drive, Convocation of the New in Rochester, NY. This inYork Western First Ecclesi- stitute has been a hallmark astical Jurisdiction of Bishop Wright’s of the Churches administration and of God In Christ is taught by some will convene of the most highfrom August 12th ly anointed and throughAugust skilled teachers in 16th this area. Some of Presiding Prelthe courses are deate the Honorable signed for the adBishop James vanced leaders and R.Wright invites clergy who will be Bishop Wright all of Western New taught by the staff York to this power of the Northeastern packed and life changing Seminary teachers. event. Each evening service The academies include, will convene at 7 pm at the Music and the Arts, General New Progressive Cathedral Studies, Christian EducaChurch of God in Christ, lo- tion, Missions and Evangecated at 410 Chili Avenue in lism, Auxiliaries, Women’s Rochester, NY. Ministries, Brothers and The theme is: HOLI- Men, and Youth Seeking NESS IS STILL RIGHT! Christ from ages 13 to 18 The evening speakers in- there will also be track and clude: Evangelist Jonathan field events, Bullying WorkZiegler ofAtlanta ,GA, Su- shops and more. perintendent Elfonzo RobBishop Wright feels that erson of Buffalo,NY, Pastor there are so many areas and Prophet Leon Tate of in our Christian walk that Rochester,NY, and Bishop can be enhanced by getting Herman Murray of Dallas, training from qualified, exTX. The official evening perienced and God anointed service is Friday, August teachers. He 16th and the speaker will be also feels that our children Bishop James deserve each and every opR.Wright, Jurisdictional portunity to gain moral and Prelate. spiritual teaching to go comOne of the crowning pliment the secular teachjewels of the convocation is ing that they receive in their the I.C.E. Program. I.C.E. schools stands for the Institute of throughout the academic Christian Education. This year. institute is designed with evDr. Kenneth Newman is eryone in the church family the Chairman of the Institute in mind. The theme for this for Christian Education and year’s I.C.E is “PREPAR- Mother Roberta Carter is ING THE FAMILY FOR the Jurisdictional Chairlady. MINISTRY.” For further information on There will be morning I.C.E., visit the web site neworkshops starting on Tues- day, August 13th at the RobSpecial hotel accommoerts Wesleyan College locat- dations have been made for the Convocation attendees.

Summer Revival at New Hope Baptist Summer Revival will be held for three nights beginning at 7 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church, located at 1122 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls. On Monday, August 12, Rev. Arthur Todd will be the guest Evangelist; on Tuesday, August 13, Rev. Gary Jackson and on Wednesday, Rev. Gary Owens. The Revival Theme is “New Life in Christ” - John 3:15-17. The public is invited to attend. Rev. Harvey L. Kelley is host pastor. For additional informatio, contact the church at 282-8118.

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“Ain’t She Brave” Premiers at Buffalo East Artspace


Walter Cotton (left) and Ishmael Reed.

Ishmael Reed Returns to Buffalo for Memorial Tribute to Walter Cotton


ward winning poet Ishmael Reed, a Buffalo native, will return here net Monday, August 12 to speak at a memorial tribute to Walter Cotton (Harris) at 5:30 p.m. at the Frank Merriweather Library on Jefferson at E. Utica. A memorial service for Mr. Cotton will be at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10 in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 18 Sussex St. Walter Cotton (Harris), also of Buffalo, enjoyed a long acting career in New York City before his recent return to this area. He died July 5 in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a long illness. He was 75. Mr. Cotton, who was known principally by his stage name, was born in Buffalo and was a member of the Harris family here. His family’s roots in the city go back to the 1820s, and they were founding members of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in the 1860s. As a youth, he was a member of the Singing Boys of Buffalo, a choir composed of public school students, and he fondly recalled his time growing up in the Cold Spring neighborhood of the city. Mr. Cotton was a member of the National Guard before he joined the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command and served in Korea as a bombing navigation computer technician. When he left the Air Force, Mr. Cotton settled in Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side of New York City to pursue an acting career. He was among the original cast members of Roger Furman’s New Heritage Theater Company in Harlem and performed with Sun Ra at the opening of the Fillmore East in the East Village in 1968. It was also in New York that he met his wife, the former Marsha Schwam, 45 years ago. As an actor, writer, producer and director, Mr. Cotton’s career expanded in theater and film. He appeared in many Continued Page 14

n Friday, August 9, 8 pm The Njozi Ensemble premiers the stage production Ain’t She Brave. Ain't She Brave is a combination of poetry, reccoletions and short stories written by Dr. Erika D. Gault and Ntare Ali Gault, edited and staged by Lorna C. Hill the founder of Ujima Theatre Company. It is a modern Black woman's perspective on her journey in America as she struggles towards a better definition of herself. The cast includes, Davida Tolbert, Danica Riddick and Monique Webb as they take on the names of Njozi (dream), Nia (Purpose), Imani (faith) and Uhuru (freedom) as they search their history and for who they are in history. The play runs from on the weekends from Friday, Au-


Continued From Page 9 the “Harlem Nights” Jam session. Hospitality being gracious and good taste the standard, complimentary finger food and beverages will be served along with the signature “Harlem Nights” Fish and Chicken Fry which can be purchased.

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“Ain’t She Brave”: Pictured from left to right, Dr. Erika D. Gault, Davida Yvette Tolbert, Monique Webb and Danica Riddick. PHOTO

gust 9 through Sunday, August 25. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm and Sundays are at 6 pm. Tickets are $20 (general), $15 (students and seniors) and can be purchased at Doris Records, 286 East Ferry Street, Record Theatre, 1762 Main Street and 3500 Main Street. There are also group rates available. The play takes place at Buffalo East Art Space 1412 Main Street. Call (716) 553-9491 for more info.

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on stage *Gladys Knight and The O’Jays, Tuesday, August 20, Artpark, 6;30 p.m. *Pine Grill Jazz Reunion, Part II MLK Park, August 11th from 4 to 10 p.m. ; hosted by African American Cultural Center. *Teens In Progress Presents “The No More Project,” Saturday, August 10 at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., at South Park High School Aud, 150 Southside Parkway; transportation provided; for more info call (716)-603-1637 or (716) 335-0337 or teens in *Saturday Live @ The Historic Colored Musicians Club, 8:30-10:30 p.m., Buffalo Eastside Jazz Band August 10; followed by open mic; host Larry Salter.

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*The Njozi Ensemble presents the premier of the stage play, Ain’t She Brave,” August 9-25, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m., Buffalo East, 1412 Main Street; call (716) 5539491 for more information.

Harlem Nights “Harlem Nights,” an arts and cultural party with a purpose, sponsored by the Langston Hughes Institute will be held Friday, August 9 from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Metropolitan Entertainment Complex, 1670 Main St. Inspired by the artist’s gatherings, house parties and after hours clubs of the Harlem Renaissance, Harlem Nights is where good music, good food and good company get talented and fun loving people in the dancing, storytelling and celebrating mood. Langston Hughes Institute will be celebrating 45 years of arts and cultural services originating in August 1968 with A.P.S. Creative Arts Inc. (the name was changed to Langston Hughes Institute in 1984) founded by Allie Anderson, Jim Papas and Clarence Scott the sponsors of the Langston Hughes Center programs. The “Harlem Nights” event will kick off the Institute’s 1 million dollar fundraising campaign for the development of new facilities at Broadway and Michigan St. and new arts and cultural heritage services and training activities. Admission is $20 payable at the door, for group or advance tickets contact Michael Hill at 716-598-4389. The “Harlem Nights” House Band anchored by notable musicians, George Caldwell, Sabu Adeyola, Greg Treadwell, Jerry Livingston and Marlowe Wright will set the evening off with classic tributes to Swing, Jazz, R&B masters and will offer up a ready seat to other local musicians who may drop by for

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*Join me this Thursday, August 9th from 5pm til 9pm at Buffalo Live for the first fundraiser for Joyce Wilson Nixon, candidate for Erie County Legislature 2nd District 5:30 til 6:30...donation $20..

*Buffalo Funk Fest 2013- Saturday, August 24th ….2pm at LaSalle Park….NO TENTS OR GRILLS in or around the concert viewing area near the Pavilion. *Fridays in August…Tee Cup Summer Concert Series…. Delaware Park 5:30 – 8pm…free bring your chair…beer and wine available 8/16 Gruvology 8/23 Evolution *Sunday, August , 11th ….Pine Grill Reunion…MLK Park….4pm til 10pm…get there early…my favorite event… the best party with a tent city in Buffalo!! *Friday, August 23rd …6:30pm….Women in the Spotlight Goinglobal…Official Meet & Greet at George Urban Mansion…kicking off 3rd Annual Brunch…performance by Drea D’Nur…adm $15…see attached *Saturday, August 24th….11am – 2pm…Acqua Restaurant & Banquest…2192 Niagara…Women In The Spotlight Goinglobal…3rd Annual Brunch…featuring national author and speaker Sophia A. Nelson, Esq….tickets $65… Mother& Daugher- $110…more info call 716-247-5570. Sunday, August 25th at The Tralf….Lucky’s Blues Explosion..featuring Lucky Peterson, Jony James and Jessie Buttler…tickets $25 in adv/$27 day of show at ticketmaster. com/walmart/tralf box ofc/ Mike’s Lounge….more info at

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A winning partnership at the Crossroads of changing young lives


e are in jeopardy of losing an entire generation of young black men. Will we lose the next two or three? Do we stand to lose every one hereafter to the streets, negative media, poor education, unemployment, father absence, crime, violence and death? Western New York continues to reign as one of the most heavily impacted areas in New York State for courtinvolved youth. Erie County reported 4,243 juvenile arrests and Buffalo City Court 16,671, ages 16-21, arrested January 2009 - December 2012. Buffalo City Court Judge James A.W. McLeod and Umar Adeyola, founder of the HEART (Helping Empower At Risk Teens) Foundation, are diligently taking ownership of some of these problems to save more lives. Through collaboration, innovation, intervention, and a leap of faith, they’re making a dramatic difference in redirecting a cyclical tide of destruction. Back in 2009, Judge McLeod saw a significant spike in the number of cases for non-violent lesser offenses—stealing, vagrancy, minor drug offenses, non-violent felonies and misdemeanors. Frustrated with how traditional courts managed young adult cases, he commissioned a threemonth analysis of offenders which showed many had special needs that were not or could not be adequately addressed. “Their needs were complex,” describes Judge McLeod. “Many had a number of problems concurrently, including substance abuse, mental health, lack of emotional support, education deficits,

behavioral and developmental issues.” Scores of young adults in Buffalo struggle daily against severe poverty, gang activity and few job opportunities. Research shows the links between poverty, crime and violence are consistent while compelling. “Mass incarceration, particularly when so many young black males are involved in the criminal justice system, hurts our families and communities on so many different levels,” says Dr. Ron Stewart, professor of sociology at SUNY Buffalo State. “So many sub-system relationships are severed across the board—father and son, wife and husband, father and daughter, mom and dad—severely lessening the chances of black youth from being productive, viable members of society.” To address the significant increase in young adults entering the criminal justice system, Judge McLeod spearheaded the creation “Crossroads”, an alternative to incarceration program strategically designed to break the cycle between criminality and re-arrest rates. This innovative, judicial problem-solving approach forged a collaborative effort between Buffalo City Courts, Buffalo Public Schools and HEART (Helping Empower At Risk Teens), an east side community-based organization that provides healing opportunities for at risk youth and families. HEART was selected as the lead agency to work strategically with the courts program to design and implement the program incorporating structured case

management. “We believe every young person who comes to HEART has powerful potential and deserve support,” explains Umar Adeyola, HEART founder. “In traditional courtrooms, judges and court staff often don’t have the specialized resources to address problems affecting offenders, such as drug addiction, mental illness and family dysfunction, which in many cases are the root of the offenses.” HEART partnered with Judge McLeod and Buffalo City Court to enhance its ability to connect offenders to culturally sensitive services. “We have licensed therapists and psychiatrists highly trained in meeting their needs,” notes Adeyola. “Many of them grew up and live in the community, and are using their advanced collegiate studies and life experiences to make a difference.” As an ex-offender, transformation is a tenet Adeyola knows all too well after serving time in the criminal justice system. “Mistakes should be forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. My mistakes have now become my strengths. My family and I paid dearly for some very bad decisions I made earlier in my life but people deserve a second chance. I’ve completely turned my life around,” he admits. “I’ve worked extremely hard for several years to have a productive, transformative effect on this community.” “This is a prime example of an ex-offender adding value and having the guts to do so,” says Dr. Dennis Kimbro, world-renowned educator, best-selling author, and business school professor

characterized universally as an authority on leadership. “Ex-offenders re-entering society should demand this level of excellence from themselves and we should expect it from them,” added Dr. Kimbro whose latest release, The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires, is the bestselling business book among African Americans. “Applying for a job and checking yes for convicted felon is not the end of the world, there are things that you can still do. You don’t get a life with what you want, you get a life with what you expect. Start with what you have, knowing that what you have is plenty and work from there. When you make a difference in your community someone is going to notice you.” The results are in. Based on an independent, twoyear analysis by Recovery Solutions, Crossroads is receiving superior marks and statewide recognition for producing an exceptionally low 13 percent recidivism rate compared to the 57 percent rate statewide. The program’s success earned HEART a portion of a $2 million Latino Coalition federal contract to provide services to ex-offenders and high school drop outs earlier this year. To date, more than 1,300 youth have received case management and supportive services through Judge McLeod’s Crossroads program. The Buffalo News lauded it for giving teens crucial faith in themselves. “The cost of Crossroads’ support is a pittance compared with the cost of locking someone up,” reported urban affairs columnist Rod Watson. “But beyond the money saved, it dispels the

Judge James A.W. McLeod, Buffalo City Court and Umar Adeyola, founder of HEART (Helping Empower At Risk Teens) are collaboratively making enormous progress in keeping our kids out of jail. Their winning solutions are giving young people a second chance. Photo: Brendan Bannon

myth that these are throwaway kids who want nothing better.” “Going to jail should be a last resort after exhausting other avenues of intervention like the outstanding clinical services provided at HEART. The Crossroads program gives young adults a chance and that’s what we want,” points out Dr. Ron Stewart. “The steps Judge McLeod has taken to make a difference in my view are heroic and should be encouraged and supported throughout this community. This is an exemplary model of what we need to be doing with young people as opposed to warehousing them.” “Judge McLeod has been a driving force and trailblazer in developing this groundbreaking initiative,” praises Adeyola. “He’s fighting hard to infuse new thinking, building multiple off-ramps and continues to assist court-involved youth with

much-needed educational, occupational and health services at every stage of the justice system. Crossroads has a significant impact on young people, families and ultimately saving this community.”

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Why We Think The Way We Do About Criminal Justice, Crime and Punishment And The Need For Change Part Three Look at the realities that are right in our faces. Police agencies, courts and prisons together represent trillions of dollars in our tax payments, yet the primary beneficiaries of these enormous sums of money are not the people in our communities who are the primary victims of crime in our communities. Most of the police, lawyers, prosecutors, and judges do not live in the communities impacted by crime. It is the same with prisons and the guards who are the primary beneficiaries of the imprisonment of masses of our people. Prisons have billions of dollars in their G. Baba budgets and individual prison guards Eng brag about milking the system that allows them to make upward of one hundred thousand dollars a year, more than school teachers who are charged with educating our children. The question then becomes, whose interest are really being served by the creation of crime generative factors in our communities and the punishment of imprisonment? When we look and the accept the truths of these realities and not fall for the propaganda that the mainstream media bombards us with, that doesn’t serve anyone but those who actually benefit from the misery of crime and punishment, we will understand that we, the people, must create, build, and maintain social environments that nourish and nurture the best in human potential and character, and protect our children from entrapment in the prison industrial complex. When we do that we usually get the best result, the best outcome of children who grow up to be moral, just, compassionate and contributing members of their communities and by extension society. However, when we, communities, society, government, social engineers, and policy makers allow certain communities to suffer from poverty and despair, poor housing and uncaring educational institutions, family disruption and break down, and lack of real employment opportunities, then we cannot but expect that in such environments many individuals will be vulnerable to adapting criminal thinking and behavior. Of course there are exceptions to each of these possibilities. We know that people who do good can come out of the worst environments and that there are people who do very bad things that come out of the best environments, That is a given. Nevertheless, if we look to history and research, by the experts in individual and social development, we see that positive, nurturing, and nourishing environments provide a greater chance that people will grow up to be just and moral contributors to their communities. Conversely, that negative and unsupportive environments create a greater chance of vulnerability to criminal thinking, and deviant behavior. We, as citizens, as people, must accept our collective responsibility, that extends from government, to policy makers, to educators, to individuals in our communities to work together towards the greatest good for all of us.

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arent power is on huge display in our city, as a record number of applications for transfers from failing schools have been filed within the last few weeks. In a stunning display of determination, parents of 2,219 children have stood in line, waited, and waded through a perhaps deliberately arduous process to secure a better education for their children. In just the last 5 days before the deadline, over a thousand students joined the mass exodus from Buffalo’s failing schools! Pause for a moment and grasp the enormous significance of this development. The DPCC (District Parent Coordinating Council), the Millions More Movement, local clergy and the community have been pressing for years now for an end to substandard education, and have been met with fierce resistance at every turn. According to the district, these transfer requests were never going to happen. So confident were they in the soundness of their two-tiered system – so confident were they in their belief that our parents would not respond – that they almost laughed in Sabirah our faces when we asked them repeatedly to get ready to accommodate Muhammad our children in schools of good standing. The routine was well established, and had worked flawlessly over the decades. The district would send a letter (as required by law) telling parents that their child was attending a failing school, and that he or she had the right to transfer to a school in good standing. Parents would respond, requesting transfers, but were told routinely that there was no room in any of those schools, so their child would have to stay at the current school. Not knowing the law, and lacking an organized body to advocate for them, parents accepted this fate as the only option. Over time, conditioning set in, with parents continuing to receive that letter, but knowing that an attempt at transfer was an exercise in futility. When confronted on the failure of the district to transfer students from failing schools, administrators responded by saying that parents weren’t requesting them in significant numbers, apparently because they were content with their children’s schools. Our task, then, was to get out to parents the information that was being kept from them: that the district must, by law, make the transfer, regardless of capacity. By law it was required to use any of ten listed options to create capacity. –And therein lies the victory won by the 2,219. These requests for transfer are a resounding rejection of the disgusting lie that we are happy with having our children attend failing schools. It’s proof positive that when given the tools and the know-how to fight for our children, we will fight. We have sounded the death knell for the two-tiered education system that provides excellent life chances for a few, at the expense of the rest. –And we have set in motion the scramble to find placements for thousands of students the district never intended to accommodate. It will be a logistical nightmare that could have been avoided, had administrators possessed even a modicum of respect for the children who provide their livelihood. Don’t let them off the hook. They’ll be calling to invite you to keep your children where they are, given the fact that there really, really is no room at another school, and promising to make all of the schools better. When they do, ask them how long they’ve been making that promise. Ask them if their child attends one of Buffalo’s failing schools. You see, in their private circles, they scoff at the very notion that their children might go to school here. Your child has the right to begin school – the first day of school - at one that’s in good standing. In an August 1st press release, administrators have already signaled that they still intend to stall or refuse the transfers, despite a mandate from the State Education Department. “Students will now be prioritized in order of greatest need and offered seats in schools of their choice as they are available,” it says. Priority hell. All of them – all of them have the legal right to be transferred…and not “as they are available.” Now. Not two weeks into the session, not in January - Now. By August 24th, you should know what placement has been made for your child. If they ask you to stay at a failing school, just say no. We cannot congratulate Buffalo parents enough for leading the way toward a new and improved educational paradigm for public school children throughout the country. Make no mistake about it, that’s what’s happening here. You wouldn’t know that from the Teachers Union President’s response, however, which in itself is a continuation of disrespect for parents. Phil Rumore’s stated intent is to sue the State Education Department for picking on Buffalo, because in no other area has that department actually enforced the law regarding persistent failure. He gives credit to the state that rightfully belongs to parents. In no other area have parents organized, mobilized, and given education officials the political room to take a hard line the way that Buffalo parents have. Though a cadre of courageous parent leaders are fighting for our children, there is no substitute for the activation of those parents, empowered with the tools to fight for themselves. Stay the course. Millions of our babies will benefit tomorrow from what we are doing today.

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Poloncarz, DiNapoli, Back Brown for Mayor Mayor Byron Brown racked up two major endorsements from State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the highest ranking elected official in Erie County. Other well known political officials are expected to endorse Mr. Brown in coming days. His camp is hopeful that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will be among them.

Tolbert Begins Radio and TV Programming Mayoral candidate Bernie Tolbert is expanding his campaign outreach with a combination of traditional and progressive communication mediums. Beginning August 6, Tolbert will host a weekly radio show on WUFO (1080AM) on Tuesdays (1:30-2pm) and Fridays (1-1:30pm) during the month of August. The format will feature in-studio guests discussing the issues impacting Buffalo and Tolbert’s plans to address those issues when elected Mayor. Additionally Tolbert is broadcasting stories about his candidacy and his plans for A Better Buffalo online at Tolbert TV ( tolbert-tv).

Sergio Fact-Checks Brown’s Campaign Commercial As Sergio Rodriguez prepares to release his commercial on August 12th he issued the following statement in regards to Mayor Brown’s “Progress” commercial: “The mayor claims there are jobs all around Buffalo. Nothing could be further from the truth. There has been aDuring Mayor Brown’s first year in office, the unemployment rate in the City of Buffalo was 6.3%. Eight years later, under the current administration, Buffalo has a 10% unemployment rate with a population that has decreased by 20,000 residents.” “I assure voters that our commercial, scheduled to be released August 12th, is 100% fact-based.”

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collegiate programs known as TRIO that serve low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities. Local dignitaries including U.S. Congressman Brian Hig gins, New York State Assemblywoman Crystal PeoplesStokes, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown are expected to attend the banquet. Approximately 90 low-income ninth through 12th graders from Buffalo schools including McKinley, East, Lafayette, Grover Cleveland, and Hutchison Tech high schools have participated annually in Buffalo State’s Upward Bound program since 1986. The personalized attention students receive pays off. In schools where poverty and other hurdles make a college education a slim reality for many, 90 percent of Upward Bound students go onto college, said Donald Patterson, director of Buffalo State’s Upward Bound program. “It’s a civil rights issue. Everyone deserves the chance for a college education,” Patterson said. “Through Upward Bound and other TRIO programs, we are connecting students who have the aptitude and the willingness to do the work with the college experience.”


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ductions at New Heritage, Joseph Papp’s Public Theater and Actors Studio, and was in the film “Cotton Comes to Harlem.” Mr. Cotton co-wrote, produced and starred in the 1980 film “Personal Problems,” now in the permanent collection of the Schomburg Center in New York. Executive producer of the film was Mr. Cotton’s lifelong friend, Buffalo native and award-winning poet Ishmael Reed. Mr. Cotton’s plays that were performed in New York include “Candyman’s Dance,” “New York City Is Closed,” which is included in Guernsey’s Best Plays series, the Audelco-nominated “Melting” and “Yeoman of Yesod.” Besides his wife, Mr. Cotton is survived by a son, Blaine Harris; three daughters, Christy Wormley, Stacey Newman and Yolanda Sayre; two sisters, Sheila Nickson and Anne Harris; and two brothers, Brian Harris and Michael Harris.

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SUMMIT ON VIOLENCE CONTINUES: Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. 5:30-7:45 p.m. hosted by We Are Women Warriors Community and Family Empowerment group; Legislator Grant @602-5877. Family Fun Bowling Day: Every Wed. Kerns Bowling, 163 Kerns, 5-8 p.m. Hosted by Buffalo United Front. Durham’s Central City Baby Café: Every Wednesday & Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free supper; experienced moms and certified counselors available; bring the kids; for info call Doris @ 885-6348. Thursday August 8 Re-Election Reception for Legislator Betty Jean Grant: 6-8 p.m., New Golden Nugget, 2046 Fillmore; $25,$50 and up; 602-5877. Saturday August 10 Ellicott Mall Community Event Day: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., JFK Park; rain date August 11. New Covenant United Church of Christ Twice Around Marketplace: 9 am-2pm, gently used items , 459 Clinton St. 8563392. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Jabberwock Information session: 3 p.m., Community Health Center, 34 Benwood Ave; program for girls in 9th thru 12th grade; bacjabberwock2014@ Retirement Celebration for Jackie Jordan: Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave., 5-9 p.m., tickets $35; (716) 310-3528 or (716)248-6730. Sunday August 11

Pine Grill Reunion Part II: MLK Park, 4 -9 p.m. Wednesday August 14 Meet The Candidates Night Mayoral Debate: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Mayor Brown, Sergio Rodriquez and Bernard Tolbert; Buffalo News Auditorium, Washington & Scott Streets; free Thursday August 15 Meet Bernard “Bernie” Tolbert Candidate for Mayor: 7 p.m., North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Rd. bring your questions & concerns! 310-1137 or 885-0080 for info. Fundraiser for Legislator Timothy R. Hogues: Buffalo Sky Bar, 257 Franklin St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.; $30 per person, $50 couples; (716)400-1711 for info.

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