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FOUND! 12-Year old Ernastize “Sumo” Moore” of Rochester, missing since July 3, has been found. Last week the organization “Missing The Missing” joined the family in bringing attention to the missing child and passed out flyers on the corner of Dewy and McGee Streets. Also joining them were members of the Vivian Sullivan family, the Domonique Grisham family and the Johnny Bradley family – all young men currently missing from the city of Rochester. Nicole Coleman is president/founder of Missing The Missing, an organized group that provides support to families with missing loved ones in the Rochester and surrounding areas. For more information email

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I couldn’t end this review without mentioning the intermission duo of DJ Backspin & comedian Zack Johnson. Zack and Backspin cleverly put together an old school musical routine that provided comedy, laughter and just a good time. Overall it was an enjoyable peaceful event which is exactly what the City of Rochester needed. Recoding artist Bobby V (left) and Canadian R&B recording artist Melanie Fiona perfpormbefore an enthusiastic crowd at the Blue Cross Arena during Rochester Summerfest 2012, Rochester, New York.BRANDONVICK Photography

Thousands Enjoy Rochester MusicFest Headliners!

By Randy Greg


housands gathered to watch Elle Varner, Bobby V, Melanie Fiona, Monica and headliner Robin Thicke perform at the Rochester Blue Cross Arena Saturday, July 14th. I will admit, I wasn’t sure The City of Rochester and the Team E. Foundation would be able to pull off a successful event with such short notice. The press conference didn’t take place till Friday, June 29th, two weeks out! I was pleasantly surprised to say they did just that, pulled it off with ease. The show promptly started at 7 p.m. with opening act Elle Varner. Unfortunately most people missed the opening act and in this case they missed a great performance. Ella did a quick, short impressive set singing “I Only Want to Give it to You” and her latest single “Refill”. She also entertained the crowd with a single entitled “EV” where she raps over Jay-Z’s “H to the Izzo” beat. Bobby V kept the crowd’s attention with not only his hits “Slow Down” and “Beep, Beep, Beep” but also hits from R. Kelly’, “Bump and Grind” and H-Town’s “Knockin’ Da Boots”. He easily kept the ladies attention by taking off his shirt and doing some rehearsed hiccup noise after each set. Ladies chuckled and I think fans were pleased with his overall performance. No question, hands down, the show stealer of the night was Meloni Fiona. She opened her set with “This Time”, then went straight into “Give it to Me Right”. Fans yelled and danced happily to both tracks but the crowd erupted when she performed “Fool for You” which features Cee-Lo Green. Cee-Lo wasn’t there and he didn’t need to be because the fans were happy with Fiona. She slowed the pace down with “It Kills Me” but it didn’t

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stop the fans from singing each and every word of the song. She followed it up perfectly with an acapella of “4AM”. Everyone I asked said the night belonged to Fiona. Monica didn’t have a band for her performance but had three singers, a drummer and her DJ, DJ Era. After DJ Era got the crowd on their feet Monica came out and sung “Just One of Those Days” and then “Angel of Mine”. The crowd sung both songs but unfortunately the microphone was a little distorted. It didn’t bother Monica as she continued performing “Love to Love You”. She slowed the set down with “Should Have Known Better” and “Love on Time”. Unfortunately you can tell Monica was being rushed off the stage for time constraints with the arena. She went on to perform snippets of Whitney Houston and closed out with her latest single with Brandy, “It All Belongs to Me”. Overall it was a good performance from Monica but I listened to fans as they couldn’t believe her performance had ended. Fans screamed with joy as headliner Robin Thicke took


the stage. Robin appeared wearing a gray, sharp slim suite with shades. First song of the night “Magic” was a fan favorite and shortly after he slid into his new single “Love after War”. I kept waiting for him to acknowledge where he was performing but it rarely happened. Robin showed off his piano skills on “Baby You Got Me” and performed Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”. There were segments where I didn’t know some of his songs but overall it was decent performance.

Board of Eduation Special Meeting The Board of Education of the Rochester City School District will conduct a Special Meeting this Thursday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room 3-A of the Central Office Building. The purpose of the meeting is to consider resolutions, including a resolution regarding the future of the School No. 16 school community.

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WNY AREA BRIEFS Jerrell Braxton is Eva Doyle to Present Lecture Milwaukee Social Worker of the Year On The Black West Former Buffalo resident amd Milwaukee High School of the Arts and Golda Meir School social worker Jerrell Braxton earned state recognition when he was named Wisconsin School Social Worker of the Year for 2011-2012 by the Wisconsin School Social Work Association (WSSWA). Braxton has been honored with numerous awards and accommodations. His signature contribution to the arena of mentoring and to the positive development of young African American males is his Brothers of Kwanzaa (BOK) Program at MHSA. The now 20th year consistent programming of BOK qualifies it as one of the longest running groups of its kind in the United States. The major focus of BOK is to empower African American male participants to succeed academically, educationally and socially with the long range visioning of succeeding in life. This empowerment/ support effort is designed to address issues and lend solutions.Congratulations!

ANCESTRAL TOUR: The 2012 Annual Ancestral Tour at Forest Lawn Cemetery will be held on July 28 and September 8 at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn. The tour, which is $15, is being sponsored by the Afro American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, Inc. in collaboration with Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Columnist and Historian Eva M. Doyle will lecture on the Black West on Saturday, July 21,from 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. at the 2nd Cup Cafe located at 36 Broadway. This lecture will focus on the thousands of Black cowboys and Black frontiersmen who helped to settle the western part of the United States. It will also include information on the Black Indians. There will be a video clip of the first Black Western made in the 1930’s. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in western attire. The best dressed person will win a cash prize. So grab your cowboy hat and ride the trail down Broadway to the 2nd Cup. Admission is free, however, Mrs. Doyle would like those who attend to support the 2nd Cup. For more information call 847-6010.

Legislator Grant Files Over 4,000 Signatures: Announces Grand Opening of Campaign Headquarters This Saturday Betty Jean Grant, Chair of the Erie County Legislature and candidate for NYS Senator of the 63rd District filed her petitions with the Erie County Board of Elections last Thursday. Candidate Grant and her campaign team collected over 4,000 petition signatures in support of her candidacy which spans the City of Buffalo, Lackawanna and Cheektowaga. Mrs. Grant is the first African American woman to run for a position in the New York State Senate outside of New York City in this state's electoral history. She has a history of progressive and independent politics and is known Betty Grant for her outstanding constituent service and courage.

Grand Opening of Campaign Headquarers

Legislator Grant will host the grand opening of her campaign headquarters at 1327 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo on Saturday, July 21 The headquarters will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a full press conference at 11:45 Saturday morning. “Join us as we celebrate the next milestone of this historical campaign and say thank you to those who signed her petitions,” she said. Bring the family, friends and neighbors for a day of excitement, food and fun! This is event is open and free to the public.

County Legislature Holding Annual MidFree GED, College Prep Year Budget Hearings Classes

The cold Spring Church of God in Christ Jesus, 107 Verplank Street, is offering free GED and College Prep classes to improve reading, math and writing skills. The classes are held Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5-9 p.m. at the church. Call 882-2052 for more information (or call this number to be let in or ring the doorbell to the right f the main doors in the parking lot).

Special Board of Ed Meeting Notice Board President, Mrs. Mary Ruth Kapsiak has called a “Special Meeting” of the Board to be held in Room 801 City Hall on Tuesday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. for the purpose of discussing personnel and other matters.

The Erie County Legislature is presently conducting its annual Mid-Year Budget Hearings on the 2012 Erie County budget starting in the Legislature Chambers on the Fourth Floor of Old County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo. The County Legislature, led by Chairperson Betty Jean Grant, will bring in department heads and other representatives of Erie County operations to discuss how the 2012 budgets are being spent, what their projections are for the remainder of the year and if there are circumstances under which revisions should be considered. “The mid-year budget hearings are a very important part of the County Legislature’s financial deliberations, providing oversight and guidance to commissioners and department heads for not only 2012 operations but for planning for 2013,” Chairperson Grant said. “If corrective measures are needed to make certain

that departments function properly within their budgets, we can make them based on sound financial reason through the information provided at these hearings.” The County Legislature is requesting that the commissioners and department heads provide financial information in writing preceding the budget hearings. “I look forward to working with Chairperson Grant and the county commissioners and department heads to continue our due diligence working to operate Erie County in the best financial manner possible,” Legislator Timothy R. Hogues, chair of the Finance and Management Committee, said. “The mid-year budget hearings are not only helpful in overseeing operations and planning, they provide vital transparency to county residents.” The remaining schedule for the mid-year budget hearings continues Wednesday, July 18, at 9 a.m.

Know Thyself...


WBLK’s Chris Reynolds, architect of the acclaimed “Know Thyself” campaign on 93.7 WBLK radio to inject knowledge of self into the community, is pictured with his family on a tour in Kemet — now known as Egypt. “We’re bringing updates to the WBLK audience as part of the “Know Thyself Educational Tour,” he noted on WBLK’s website “My family and I have been blessed with the opportunity to go back to the Motherland of Africa. We’re calling it the ‘Know Thyself Educational Tour’ in Kemet, and we wish to share our experience with you and your family as we bring you updates of our two-week vacation at,” he posted. “This is one liberating experience that is raising my family’s level of awareness and consciousness as we continue to gain knowledge of self...The experience has been amazing so far, continuing our journeys to gain knowledge of self!” Go to for photos, video and information from Chris. (Photo and information from

BMHA Sets Community Meeting on Kensington Heights The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) will host a community meeting for neighborhood residents on Tuesday, July 24 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Dr. Lydia P. Wright School of Excellence on the progress of work on Kensington Heights apartment development. The Dr. Lydia P. Wright School of Excellence is located at 106 Appenheimer Avenue. Dawn E. Sanders, Executive Director, BMHA; Councilmember Demone Smith, Masten District; Aria Construction; and Chris Stohl, independent monitoring consultant, are scheduled to attend.

Martoche Files More Than 7,400 Petitions For Buffalo City Court Seat Buffalo City Court Judge Amy C. Martoche filed more than 7,300 petition signatures in support of her candidacy to retain her seat on Buffalo’s City Court, well over three times the required amount to meet election requirements for city court candidates. Martoche, who is the endorsed Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence and Working Families candidate, submitted qualify petitions for each party. Martoche was appointed last year by Mayor Byron W. Brown to fill a vacant city court judgeship created by Judge Sharon M. LoVallo being elected to Erie County Family Court. The Democratic Primary election is Thursday, September 13.

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Hunger Strike in GA Prison Continues by Bruce A. Dixon

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Mandela Cel94th Birthday!

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela born July 18, 1918 is a South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first ever to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before being elected President, Mandela was a progressive anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). Mandella Market in Buffalo will hold its annual birtthday Celebration of Nelson Mandela this Saturday, July 21 from 5-9 p.m., Mandella Market Citgo Gas Station is loated at Ferry & Jefferson. The Larry Salter Big Band will perform and there will be free food drinks and a gas sale.

The hunger strike begun on June 11 by nine prisoners at Georgia’s massive Diagnostic and Classification prison, the same place where Troy Davis was murdered last year, continues k. Though reports published in the Atlanta JournalConstitution declare the strike over, the families and one of the attorneys of inmates insist that the nine prisoners remain resolved, and continue to insist on administrative review of their status, adequate medical care, and access to mail and visitation privileges with their families and attorneys which have been arbitrarily denied them. Our sources claim that these nine were among the 37 singled out by corrections officials in late 2010 and early 2011 after the peaceful strike by Georgia prisoners of December 2010. They were rounded up, many severely beaten, and transferred to close confinement and constant lockdown at Jackson, where they have remained ever since.

On Monday July 9, about 30 people showed up at Georgia’s state capitol to visit the governor’s office, where they left letters of support for the hunger strikers. Through direct and indirect contacts with their families and attorneys and other inmates, the prisoners know that they DO have significant support on the outside. The warden, for example, remarked to Miguel Jackson his surprise that the Georgia Green Party was supporting the strikers. Your phone calls to the prison warden, to the Department of Corrections, and the governor of Georgia have already made a difference. Whether or not the hunger strike lasts much longer, the nine prisoners involved have already demonstrated their unshakable resolve , and deserve your continued concern and support, and your calls, which are still needed.


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When you call, ask about them by name and ID number. Here are the names and ID numbers of the nine prisoners now in the fifth week of their hunger strike. They are: Justin Boston, ID 1305227 *Quentin D. Cooks, ID 1142336 *Contravius Grier, ID 591396 *Miguel Jackson, ID 890692 *Bobby Anthony Minor,

ID 1191993 *Dexter Shaw, ID 429768 *Robert Watkins, ID 1245402 *Demetrius White, ID 581709 And here are the people to call Voice phone Fax phone: *Warden, GA Diagnostic & Classification Prison, Butts County GA 770-5042000 770-504-2006 *Brian Owens, Commissioner, GA Department of Corrections, ask for his administrative assistant Peggy Chapman 478-992-5258 *Georgia governor Nathan Deal 404-656-1776 Fax the governor at 404-6577332. You can also send the Governor a letter online by clicking here. *GA Department of Corrections Ombudsman 478-992-5367 or 478-9925358 No fax, but you can email them at Ombudsman@ Please add a cc to the email, The prisoners behind those walls have done all they can do. What you can do is sign the petition supporting the demands of the hunger strikers. You can pick up the phone to call and express your concern and support. You can forward this to your email and social networks, family, friends and acquaintances. Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report, and a member of the state committee of the Georgia Green Party. He can be reached via this site’s contact page, or at bruce.dixon(at)

Trayvon Martin Update Zimmerman’s Police Inside Connection Has Been Revealed: Former Cop Coached Him on What to Say The public has often wondered how George Zimmerman was able to escape prosecution for his crimes in the past. There seemed to be a connection that he had inside the Sanford police department that kept him safe from the consequences of his poor choices. Some thought that it was his father, the retired judge. It turns out that it may be deeper than that. Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon Martin after seeing him to be a suspicious looking black male, was allowed to evade arrest and remain free for 44 days after the initial incident. New evidence is showing that the early decision not to charge Zimmerman was the result of scripted coaching he received from someone inside the Sanford Police Department. Documents from the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are claiming that a strong Zimmerman supporter throughout the case might have been Mark Osterman, a federal agent and former Seminole County Sheriff’s deputy. Osterman was with Zimmerman as they returned to the scnee of the crime to determine what happened on the previous day. The Herald has reported that Zimmerman and Osterman often went shooting together, and that Zimmerman even hid in Osterman’s house as the publicity from the case shot through the national media. Previously, some had wondered if Zimmerman was getting inside help from Seminole State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, who released Zimmerman initially. Wolfinger was removed from the case when a special prosecutor was assigned to handle the rest of the process. There was also an interesting email between between Zimmerman and former Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee. The two exchanged pleasantries about a case in which a homeless black man was beaten by the son of a police lieutenant. The lieutenant’s son was never charged for the beating.

Report: Obama Needs Better Than 2004 Black Voter Turnout WASHINGTON -- One of the country's oldest civil rights groups says President Barack Obama may have a tougher time winning at least three battleground states in November should Black voter turnout fall at least 5 percentage points below the record levels that helped to put him in the White House. Black voter turnout of 64.7 percent was a significant factor in Obama's victory in 2008, and African Americans are considered solidly behind Obama now. But having achieved the milestone of electing Obama as the nation's first Black president, Black voters may be less motivated to return to the polls in droves again, the National Urban League said in the report t. Assuming no change in 2008 voting patterns, Urban League researchers said, Black turnout at about 60 percent or below could cost Obama North Carolina and make it difficult for him to win Ohio and Virginia. In addition to diminished voter enthusiasm, the still-ailing economy, persistent high unemployment among Blacks, new state voting laws and limited growth in the African American population could help discourage turnout.

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legal SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index No.: I2011607516 Date of Filing: June 8, 2012 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF ERIE METLIFE HOME LOANS, A DIVISION OF METLIFE BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, -againstTERRANCE BROWN SR. AS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF CLARA BROWN A/K/A CLARA NELSON; TERRENCE BROWN SR. AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF THE ESTATE OF CLARA BROWN A/K/A CLARA NELSON; DENNIS L BROWN AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF THE ESTATE OF CLARA BROWN A/K/A CLARA NELSON; KEVIN BROWN AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF THE ESTATE OF CLARA BROWN A/K/A CLARA NELSON, if living, or if either or all be dead, their wives, husbands, heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said KEVIN BROWN AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF THE ESTATE OF CLARA BROWN A/K/A CLARA NELSON, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and the respective husbands, wives, widow or widowers of them, if any, all of whose names are unknown to plaintiff; ANAIN & ANAIN, LLP; ANNETTE YOUNG; BOUVIER PARTNERSHIP; BRENDA DABOLT; CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA) NA; COLORADO CAPITAL INVESTMENTS, INC.; COMMISSIONER ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES; FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY; HSBC BANK NEVADA, NA; JOSEPH M. ANAIN, SR. MD; KALEIDA HEALTH; MARLEEN C. BROWN; MARTIN J. MAGIERA; METRO PORTFOLIOS, INC.; MRC RECEIVABLES CORP; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE TAX COMPLIANCE DIVISION; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE CIVIL. ENFORCEMENT; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT SECTION; NIAGARA FRONTIER TRANSIT METRO SYSTEM INC.; PAUL M. ANAIN, MD; STATE OF NEW YORK; SUPPORT COLLECTION UNIT O/B/O MARGARET A. BROWN C/O ERIE COUNTY OCSE SCU; THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK CHIEF CLERK OF THE CITY COURT OF BUFFALO; THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK CHEEKTOWAGA TOWN COURT; UNITED AUTO CREDIT CORPORATION; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA O/B/O SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA-INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE; UNIVERSITY RADIOLOGY, PC; LVNV FUNDING, LLC; ‘’JOHN DOES’’ and ‘’JANE DOES’’, said names being fictitious, parties intended being possible tenants or occupants of premises, and corporations, other entities or persons who claim, or may claim, a lien against the premises, Defendant(s). TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorney(s) within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service is made by delivery upon you personally within the State, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner, and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Honorable Penny M. Wolfgang of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed on May 25, 2012, and filed with supporting papers in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Erie, State of New York. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by CLARA BROWN to MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. AS NOMINEE FOR FINANCIAL HERITAGE in the principal amount of $61,500.00, which mortgage was recorded in Erie County, State of New York, on December 15, 2008, in Book 13429 at page 2848. Said mortgage was assigned to METLIFE HOME LOANS, A DIVISION OF METLIFE BANK, N.A., by assignment of mortgage dated August 5, 2011 and recorded in Book 13547 at Page 1163 in the County of Erie on September 16, 2011. Said premises being known as and by 82 BARTHEL STREET, BUFFALO, NY 14211. Date: May 7, 2012 Batavia, New York Virginia C Grapensteter, Esq. ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Batavia Office 26 Harvester Avenue Batavia, NY 14020 585.815.0288 Help For Homeowners In Foreclosure New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Mortgage foreclosure is a complex process. Some people may approach you about “saving” your home. You should be extremely careful about any such promises. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. There are government agencies, legal aid entities and other non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about foreclosure while you are working with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANKNYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the Department’s website at www.banking. The State does not guarantee the advice of these agencies.

Too much sugar is bad for you, but new research shows that there are other types of food that can also negatively effect your brain functions. As a result of a recent study, researchers found that meals that center around high fructose do not lead to a productive day. It is suspected that the fructose-only diet affected insulin’s ability to help brain cells use the sugar to process things like thoughts and emotions. Some omega-3 fatty acids seemed to protect the brain from the effects of fructose. Flax seeds, walnuts, salmon and soy beans are good foods that are rich in omega-3s that could help you have more productive days. Sugar isn’t the only thing that is messing with your brain. New Harvard research published in Annals of Neurology shows that saturated fats like red meat and butter can effect brain function. There are better saturated fats out there, like yogurt milk and cheese that are low or non-fat . In 2011 a British study showed that eating a lot of junk food actually lowered the IQ of children on that diet. Low carb diets also cause issues with cognitive skills in women. It turns out that chewing gum can get in the way of one’s cognitive skills, affecting their shortterm memory.

Important Women’s Health Seminar! “We Are Women Warriors Community and Family Empowerment Group will host a Women’s Health Seminar entitled “STD, HPV, HIV and YOU!” Wednesday, July 18 from 5:30-7:45 p.m. at the Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. The program will consist of a panel discussion with members of the HIV/AIDS health awareness groups and health care professionals. The largest number of new HIV infections are coming from African American and Hispanic heterosexual females. The young women of child bearing age as well as senior citizen female are also becoming exposed to HIV through unprotected sex (their husbands have discovered Viagra and younger sex partners). African American and His(continued next column)



Eat to Live: Healing Foods! Collard Greens: One of the oldest members of the cabbage family with origins in Africa, in use by man as food for more than 4,000years. Very rich in calcium and good source of vitamins A and C. Good for the respiratory, digestive, skeletal, lymphatic, eliminative, urinary and nergous system. Invaluable to nearly every part of the body! Truly an ancestral “soul” food!

tective food because they contain so many elements that build up resistance Vitamins A and B along with C. High in silicon for hair, skin, nails and teeth-the “beauty” element.

Sweet Corn: Native American origins. Considered one of the easiest foods to digest. High in roughage. One of the best balanced starches (rice and barley also). High in magnesium (wonderful bowel regulator) Yellow corn high in phosphorus, making it an excellent food for the brain and nervous system.

Onions: Rich in vitamin C; inhibits tumor formation; lessons bronchial asthma; contains a large amount of sulfur and are especially good for the liver.

Garlic: High in iodine and sulfur lowers high blood, reduces clotting, lowers bad cholesterol and raises good; prevents cancer, boosts immunity, used by the early Egyptians for cooking purposes.

Sweet Potato: Another one of the “10 superfoods.” Good for the eliminative system, but

a little more difficult to digest than white potatoes. Contains a great deal of vitamin A and is a good source of niacin. Lemon: One of the most highly alkalizing foods; at least 2,500 years old. Fresh lemon outstanding sources of vitamin c, high in potassium, vitamin B. Good for riding toxic material in body, good for fevers, throat and may aid in digestion. Since this is the summer season food beneficial to the summer organs, including the heart and small intestines: corn, brown rice, greens and summer veggies. Even the colors correspond to the chakras for these organs (chakras are power energy centers in the body).

Kale: Close relative to the collard, very high in calcium, vitamin A and iron. Also beneficial to the digestive and nervous systems. Green Pepper: High in vitamin C (they lose some when cooked). Classified as a pro-

EAT TO LIVE! panic females are being infected at a rate of 8 to 1 in relation to White women. Please plan to attend this meeting to find out how we can protect ourselves, our daughters and our friends from adding to the statistics. For more information contact Legislator Betty Jean Grant or Karla Thomas at (716)894-0914 or 602-5877.

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FAITH BASEDCommunity Day

Nicole Campfield & Mount Olive Vacation Friends in Concert Bible School A live concert featuring Nicole Campfield and Friends will be held Saturday, July 21 at 6 p.m. at New Hope Church of God By Faith, 175 Woodlawn Ave. The Rev. Reginald Daymon is host Pastor. Guests performing include Elder Jonathan Boyd and the Ministry; Elder Gomey Davis, MC; Wynetta McElveen guest Psalmist; and other special guests.

The Mount Olive Baptist Church will hold its annual Vacation Bible School from August 6 -10 from 8 a.m. until 1p.m. Registration forms can be picked up at the church office. The address is 701 E. Delavan Avenue. A week of exciting Bible adventures have been planned such as Bible study, arts & crafts, music, and more. For more information, please contact the church office at 895-7494.


Thankful Missionary Baptist Church will host its 8th annual Community Day Celebration on Saturday, July 21 from 11 am – 3 pm, at Sumner Place (between Rohe & Walden). There will be free food (while supplies last), a bounce house, face painting, community information tables, music, crafts, raffles, Chinese Auction, games and more. Call 892-1269. Rev Tommie L. Babbs Sr. is Pastor of Thankful Missionary Baptist Church.

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Greater Upper Room COGIC to Hold Holy Convocation Greater Upper Room COGIC will host its first Holy Convocation at Adam’s Mark Hotel, 120 Church, July 27- July 29. The Holy Convocation has as its purpose, to train and empower all people with the skills and knowledge to propel them into a positive future. Featured focus of the convocation will be Evangelism, Music, Arts, and Youth. Workshops will include Prayer Clinic, The Kingdom and the Church, Discipleship, and Soul Winning. Inspirational speakers will include Youths, Steven Robinson and Amanda Best (Saturday) Sunday Officiate, Bishop Glenwood Young; Church Mother Doris Branch will address the convocation, Friday evening. Friday evening will be “White Attire Civic Night.” Registration for attendees: Adult $25; Young Adult $25; Youth (14 & under) $10. (Continued Page 7)

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GospelFest 2012: “Praise Him and Lift Him Up!” The 26th Annual GospelFest will be held Saturday, July 28 from 2-9 p.m. in Martin Luther King Park. The theme is “Praise Him and Lift Him Up.” Free and open to the public, over 25 local choirs and praise dance ministries will be featured.Specials guests include Elder Goldwire McLendon from “Sunday’s Best,” the Voices of Imani Gospel Singers and the Imani Family Gospel Choir from Montreal, Quebec Canada, and Priscilla Young & Disciples Community Choir from Rochester, N.Y. The local lineup will feature: WNY Chapter Mass Choir, WNY Chapter Elder Goldwire McLendon Youth Choir, Elim Ministry Praise Dancers, St. Luke Praise Dance Ministry, New Beginning Choral Ensemble, Sanctified Flow, Rashad Howard, St. Martin De Porres Choir, B.A.D. Praise Dance Ministry, Antioch Holiness Sanctuary Choir, Devoted to Dance Praise Dance Ministry, Favor Gospel Singers, Men of Praise, King Solomon Temple Praise Dance Ministry, Sherri Singletary, Marshall Badger, The Young Sisters, David Praise Dancers, Monique McKissick and Friends, Robert Harris and Prison Ministry Group, Sis. Wanda Strong and more. GospelFest is sponsored in part by: M&T Bank, Lombardo Funeral Home, UNYTS, ECMC Hospital, Wegman’s Food, Legislator Betty Jean Grant, Healthcare Education Project, Attorney John V. Elmore & Brown Chiari, The Challenger Community News and the Buffalo Criterion Newspaper. Bessie Patterson is coordinator. In case of rain the event will continue at Calvary Baptist Church, 184 Genesee, Rev. Chad Foster pastor.

COGIC Continued Elder Paul A. Edwards is pastor of Greater Upper Room Church COGIC .For more information call 553-6377 or e-mail Paul A. Edwards is pastor.

Bessie Patterson

Bessie Patterson: The Woman Behind It All... It all began in 1987 when Richard Reinhardt of the downtown Merchants Association contacted John Hill of John Hill Enterprise, about putting on a gospelfest in downtown Bflo. Richard had seen a gospelfest in another city. A tradition was born. Hill called on Bessie Patterson to help recruit local talents, the best this area had to offer,, to sing for this special event. The first festival was sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. Today it has grown grown to be an entertaining and exhilarating gospel extravaganza that takes place each year the fourth week-end in July. John Hill moved on to other things after the first year, and the festival came under Bessie’s complete guidance. The first four festivals were held at M&T plaza at Main and Mohawk. It outgrew that site and it was moved to the Waterfront in Lasalle Park for one year. In 1993 it moved to the newly renovated Johnnie B. Wiley Sports pavilion at Jefferson & Best Streets. The past three years the festival has been held at Martin Luther King Park. “The Gospelfest has been a success because we put the Lord first in all our endeavors,” stated Bessie. “He has made it possible for us to keep getting sponsors each year to keep it going. Some sponsors move on but M&T Bank, for example, has been there since its inception in 1987.” Every summer young and old perform all genre of gospel music, on the same stage with National Recording Artists. “I come from a humble beginning,” continued Ms. Patterson. A native of Ormond Beach Fla. ,she is the 7th of 13 children born to Rev. Frank & Marietta Daniels. “I came into the music arena at age 6 as I performed and sang at school and churches,” she recalled.

“I am the mother of four children, Alvin, Larry, Curtis and Sharon. I have 5 grandchildren and 7 great grand children. I am a member of Freespirit Baptist Church where I serve as musician/director. God continues to bless me to do the things that I do for His glory and honor. It’s not about me, but about Him. I’m glad He chose me. I give Him ALL the honor and praise for what He does through my life. TO GOD BE THE GLORY”


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The Great Lakes Baptist Association Women’s Auxiliary to Convene The Great Lakes Baptist Association Women’s Auxiliary will convene its 57th Annual Session a the Macedonia Baptist Church, 237 East North Street where the Rev. Herman Alston is pastor July 16-19. The moderator is Pastor William Gillison and the president of the Women’s Auxiliary is Mrs. Eliza DavisJones.

Erie County Legislator, Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant



JULY 18, 2012

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This Year’s Masten Jazz Fest is Hotter than Ever!

When James “Pappy” Martin and friends started the Masten District Jazz Festival in 1995, they thought it would be just a summer or two of entertainment. Now in it’s 17th year, nothing could have been further from the truth. “I didn’t think it would last two years!” reflected Martin during a recent conversation with The Challenger Community News. “But here we are 17 years later and each year it gets better!” The Masten District jazz Festival will be held this Sunday, July 22 and the following Sunday, July 29 from 3 to 8 p.m. at MLK Park at the Buffalo Museum of Science. It all started when Martin and a friend, Darryl Peoples, returned from the Million Man March in 1995. “It was an awesome experience... and one of the main things Minister Farrakhan said is ‘when you go back to your community do one thing to improve it’ and we came back and along with Steve Porter and former Council President James Pitts, started the Masten Jazz Festival.” Men of Valor


(L-R) Nasar Abadey, Mario Abney, James “Pappy” Martin

It’s been a most divine experience, says Martin. A renowned bassist and trumpet player, he also founded the Love Supreme School of Music so that young people could have the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument. He is the bass player for his own group, the widely acclaimed Love Supreme Jazz Ensemble. “The Most High (God) is orchestrating all of this,” he said. -The ScheduleMartin carefully plans the list of performers each year. “We want to keep the quality good, he noted. Kicking off the Sunday, July 22 festival will be students from the Love Supreme School of Music. Also performing will be Buffalo’s own super-sax player and recording artist Bilal Abdul; also

Jazz Meets Gospel:

Different Music, Same Spirit The unique and uncompromising spirit of “Black Classical Music” – better known as “jazz” - continues in a unique performance when Masten District Jazz 2012 hosts its second annual “Jazz Meets Gospel: different Music, Same Spirit” on Saturday, July 28 from 6-10 p.m. at the Inner Canal Harbor in downtown Buffalo. The event is free and open to the public. Pappy Martin and Pat Ragin will serve as emcees for the show which will feature the Mt. Erie Male Choir of Niagara Falls, N.Y., the St. John United Mass Choir, Choson, Pappy Martin and the Love Supreme Ensemble and special guests Paradigm Shift of Paradigm Shift Rochester and New York City based, Rochester native and renowned trumpeter Mike Cottone (they will perform the next day July 29 at the Masten District Jazz Fest in MLK Park at the Museum of Science). Mike is proud to announce that he will be a member of the Thelonious Monk Institute’s class of 2012 in Los Angeles this fall, under the direction of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, and Kenny Burrell.

the Love Supreme Jazz Ensemble featuring violin virtuoso Bro. Henri Muhammad founder of Muhammad’s School of Music. Terrance Bruce of Rochester, well known innovative contemporary jazz performer, teacher and recording artist, will also perform. Sunday’s featured artist will be the critically acclaimed Terrance Bruce Buffalo native drummer/composer Nasar Abadey, founder, leader and driving force of SUPERNOVA. Abadey creates jazz music steeped in modal, free form, fusion, and avant-garde styles. He has performed all over the world with many of the jazz greats. Among his credits are Dizzy Gillespie, Gary Bartz, Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Stanley Turrentine, Sun Ra, Frank Morgan, Pharaoh Sanders and many others. He is Professor of Jazz Percussion at Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. The second session of the Masten District Jazz Fest on July 29 will feature the Men of Valor, vocalist Christie Smothers, the Allstars Rodney Appleby Band and Paradigm Shift of Rochester featuring trumpet payer Mike Cottone of New York City. Also on July 29, the crowd pleasing 34-year-old jazz trumpet player Mario Abney of New Orleans will return this year to bring the house down for the second year in a row. His latest project, the Abney Effect fuses jazz, blues, funk, and neo-soul. He says his goal is to make a statement, have the people dancing, and make music Continued Page 9

Sunday July 22 3 p.m. Students from Love Supreme School of Music 4 p.m. Terrance Bruce Rochester 5 p.m. Bilal Abdul 6 p.m. Pappy Martin Love Supreme Jazz featuring Muhammad from School of Music 7-8 Nasar Abadey Sunday July 29 3 p.m. Opening Act -Men of Valor 4 p.m. Christie Smothers 5 p.m.The Allstars Rodney Applby 6 p.m.The Abney Effect featuring Mario Abney from New Orleans 7 p.m. Paradigm Shift of Rochester featuring trumpet Player Mike Cottone of New York City


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unday, July 22 & 29 Masten District Jazz Festival…Martin Luther King Park….hosted by Papa Martin start times and artists`….to be announced


Malcolm Friday & Saturday, July 27, 28 Macy’s Music Festival in Cincinnati Ohio, Paul Brown Stadium. Great line up includes Charlie Wilson, Kem, Ledisi, Eric Benet, Dennis Edwards Temptations Review on Friday; On Saturday – Frankie Beverly and Maze, Jaheim, The O’Jays, Monica, Midnight Starr and Zay Foggs. Tickets starting at only $40.Worth the 7 hour drive. More info online, go to Saturday, July 28 Queen City jazz Festival noon to 8pm, Broadway & Michigan. More info online at coloredmusiciansclub. org Sunday, July 29 Ledisi and Eric Benet, 8pm, Kleinhans Music Hall . Tickets priced between $45 & $55. More info online at Mark your calendars: Buffalo Funk Fest is happening August 25 LaSalle Park. Details coming soon.

Usher’s Stepson’s Family Fear That Money May Cause them to Have to Pull the Plug Usher’s Stepson’s Family Fear That Money May Cause them to Have to Pull

the Plug Tameka Raymond, the exwife of Usher, may end up having to pull the plug on her 11-year old son as early as next month. TMZ is reporting that the insurance on their son Kyle is about to expire, leaving the family with no options to keep him alive. Kyle was declared brain dead this week after an accident where he was hit in the head with a jet ski. Tameka is still holding on, however, believing that a miracle may come that brings her baby back to life. If the insurance company decides that they are no longer going to be willing to pay, she is going to have to let her son die. The insurance company isn’t giving a specific deadline, but says that it is only going to cover the costs for two more months at most. Reports are that Usher is not seen as a viable financial option for Tameka. Also, with the high cost of medical bills, even someone with a bank account as large as Usher’s would have trouble paying for medical expenses and multiple surgeries. These bills can rise to the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars very quickly. In spite of not offering to pay the cost, reports are that Usher has been incredibly supportive to Tameka. He flew her in on a private jet and also worked to settle his divorce with her so that she could grieve in peace. One of Tameka’s friends that the public should not be as concerned with Usher’s wellbeing as they are for Kyle’s actual dad.

Diana Ross Refuses to Partner With Filmmaker Tyler Perry Diana Ross has no problem with positioning herself against Tyler Perry and his films. Ross believes that the Madea franchise lacks substance and uses shallow characters, creating a low entertainment value. Perry says that he has made many efforts throughout the years to connect with the star, who has blatantly been ignoring his advances. Reportedly Ross fears that working with Perry could damage her image by perpetuating black stereotypes. A source close to the star says “The last thing she wants is to co-star in a cheesy comedy starring a black man in a fat suit playing a half-cocked, angry old woman waving a gun.”

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Queen City Jazz Festival Showcases Local Talent The 7th Annual Colored Musician’s Queen City Jazz Festival kicks off on Saturday, July 28 from noon to 8 p.m. on Broadway & Michigan Ave. in front of the Colored Musicians Club. Thousands pack in the area between Michigan Ave. and Elm St. in downtown to enjoy some of the city’s best artists. This year’s line up is as follows: *Noon Larry Salter’s Band *1:00 p.m.- Jazzline *2:00 p.m. Lady Lita 3:00 p.m. Exotics 4:00 p.m. Gruvology 5:00 Taylor Made Jazz 6:00 p.m. Will Holton 7:00 p.m. George Sott The CMC (Colored Musicians Club) was founded in 1918 and chartered in 1935 and had many of the great Black performers of the day play at the club.


with musicians who appreciate and love their craft. “For me, I want people to feel the energy that I feel when I’m playing,” he said in a recent interview. “Let’s dance. Let’s dance for the beauty of life.”

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Omega Mentoring Program hosts Annual Fundraiser

Akil Ajamu (left, kneeling) coaches the Millions More Movement’s soccer sessions, at the Pratt Willert Center.


Soccer in the City!

n recent months, we have focused intensely on the state of affairs in our school system. Educational issues affect our every endeavor as a community, and therefore, rightly deserve a preeminent place in our focus and efforts. As a Millions More Movement, our Ministry of Education advocates within the schools, but we also host independent educational initiatives. Our best outcomes are the result of our teaching and interaction with our own children. This week, we want to continue to report on what we’re doing right, and showcase our long running soccer program at one of our own community facilities. For your team sports pleasure, you are cordially invited to meet us at the Pratt! Though not as popular in America as football and basketball, soccer is the fastest growing and most popular sport in the world. Because most of the maneuvering Sabirah takes place with the feet, in other countries Muhammad the game is known as “football.” It’s a fast paced, non-stop aerobic experience, and like most sports, offers far more than physical exercise as a benefit. Akil Ajamu, who coaches the Millions More Movement’s soccer sessions, also teaches college, and prefers to be called an Educational Facilitator. Some years ago, he began the soccer team as a part of the MMM’s Ministry of education, because from his point of view, the two efforts are complimentary, if not one and the same. In fact, he uses the game of soccer to teach life skills that develop and discipline the whole child. In addition, he says, soccer players are some of the healthiest athletes in the world, and often benefit from college scholarships. Patrice Millet, who teaches soccer to the children of Haiti echoes the all-around advantages of the game. After being diagnosed with cancer, he battled the disease to remission, then sold his construction business and devoted himself to the joy of stewarding the children. He too sees the connection to education, calling soccer “education by sport.” “I want the kids to be very good citizens,” he said. “In soccer ... you need to give, you need to receive, you need team spirit, discipline, sportsmanship. ... It’s not all about soccer, it’s about life.” The growth in the children who gather at the Pratt-Willert Community Center on Friday evenings is evident. When Sabir Muhammad, was 5 years old, he refused to even talk to Bro. Akil. So, Bro. Akil stopped talking to him! He just positioned the soccer ball with his feet, turned one foot to the side, and slowly pushed it toward Sabir, who immediately secured the ball and passed it back the same way. This went on for some time, with the elder modeling the behavior he wanted to see, and the younger complying effortlessly. Now ten years old, he talks freely with Bro. Akil, and is extremely skilled as a player. Bro. Akil notes: “The children teach me how to teach them.” When asked what he likes about the game of soccer, Sabir replies: “I love the juggling. I like the power kicks, and the energy I get when I kick the ball. Somehow it just comes to me. I like the confident feeling you get when you’re about to kick it really hard.”

On Saturday, July 21 from 1 – 4 pm, The Omega Mentoring Program, Inc. will be hosting its Annual “Chiavetta’s Dinner” fundraiser, and the tickets are sold for $10.00. The Chiavetta’s Dinner will be held at the Johnnie B. Wiley Sports Pavilion located at 1100 Jefferson Avenue on the corner of Dodge Street. Drive up car service is available. The fundraiser helps to offset the costs of tuxedos and ball gowns for their November Annual Scholarship Ball. The Annual Scholarship Ball is an opportunity for the program to showcase the entertainment and academic talents of its students. The Omega Mentoring Program, Inc., is an organization of committed volunteers and mentors who inspire and motivate at-risk youth who are in high school towards college through one-on-one mentoring. Cedric Holloway is director. For more information please contact Adia C. Jordan, Assistant Director at or 716.308.6856.

While black youth in America’s inner cities grow up idolizing the likes of Michael Jordan and Michael Vick, black boys and girls all over the world grow up kicking, heat butting, and juggling soccer balls – like reggae music mega star Bob Marley. In fact, the undisputed king of the game is a black man, recognized as the greatest player in the world. Edson Arantes do Nascimento, affectionately called “Pele,” retired from the game in 1977, but to this day remains the only player in the world to have 3 world cup winning medals. The Millions More Movement would like to extend the invitation to our youth to play soccer in the city! Coach Ajamu is looking for wellmannered children aged 3 – 12, and is asking for at least one parent to stay for onehour practices. That’s 6pm to 7pm, Fridays at 422 Pratt Street between Genesee and Sycamore. For those parents who have been listening to recent reports of the life long injuries suffered by football players, you may find soccer a comforting alternative to team sports. Soccer is a great game, and it too, is our game. For more information, call 903-9780, or 819-6732.

JULY 18, 2012

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Media Ignore Report on Delavan Grider Community Center Seeks Donations of Extrajudicial Killings of U.S. Blacks Musical Instruments

An exhaustive report on the deaths of 110 Blacks in the United States at the hands of police, security guards and selfappointed vigilantes during the 6-month period ending June 30 “clearly indicates there is a human rights crisis in the U.S.,” said Ajamu Baraka, of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. “If these numbers were coming from somewhere else, indicating that a particular population was being subjected to militarized violence from the state…many people around the world would agree that there was, in fact, a human rights issue.” Yet, even so-called progressive media “aren’t picking up on the report,” said Rosa Clemente, the Green Party’s 2008 vice-presidential candidate. Clemente and Baraka spoke on the online program Your World News, hosted by Solomon Commissiong.

Black Radio Ruined by Syndications

“While we celebrate Tom Joyner and Steve Harvey and Michael Baisden, they’re exactly what’s wrong with our radio and our insight and our information,” said Paul Porter, veteran broadcaster and publisher of the influential newsletter Industry Ears. Local Black-oriented stations “don’t touch on local issues, they don’t deliver local news. The best they can do is some local traffic.” Porter estimates that Black adults are 75 times more likely to hear syndicated radio programs than adult whites.

A Nursing Corps for the African Diaspora

Forty-five nurses will soon graduate from a Sierra Leone school founded by the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project, the first wave of an “African nursing corps that can be deployed anywhere in the African world, said AAPDEP’s Aisha Fields. At present, one out of eight Sierra Leone women die in childbirth. Globally, “our people have been at the mercy of others, and it hasn’t ever turned out well for us,” said Fields. The nursing school must raise a $5,000 accreditation fee by July 25.

Black Colleges Without Black People

“If you don’t have a Black faculty, you don’t have an HBCU,” said Jahil Issa, professor of history and Africana studies at Delaware State University. Issa warned that the school is in danger of following in the footsteps of Bluefield State College and West Virginia State University, two historically Black institutions that are now overwhelmingly white. Delaware State University’s faculty is now majority non-African American, although the student body remains predominantly Black. Prof. Issa wrote “How Black Colleges are Turning White: The Ethic Cleansing of HBCUs in the Age of Obama,” which appeared in Black Agenda Report, last year. In what he describes as retaliation, Issa is being prosecuted under charges that could send him to prison for more than two years.

Florida Voter Suppression Law Struck Down

A federal judge struck down provisions of a Florida law that constituted “a naked attempt to limit the electorate,” said Atty. Lee Rowland, of the Brennan Center for Justice, the lead lawyer in the case. The Florida legislation “was part of a wave of suppressive laws that hit in 2011 and 2012” that “targeted specific communities.”

Lynching Town “Hasn’t Changed”

Fourteen years after three white men chained James Byrd, Jr. to a pickup truck and dragged his body to pieces, the town of Jasper, Texas, remains racially polarized, said Ricky Jason, who produced an award-winning film on the murder. Jason doesn’t think the film will ever be shown in Byrd’s home town, where “Blacks shop on one side of the Wal-Mart, whites on the other.” He said Byrd’s gravesite is in disrepair, and has twice been vandalized with racist slurs.

Pelican Bay Prison “Cruel and Unusual”

The Center for Constitutional Rights launched a class action suit on behalf of over 500 prisoners who have endured solitary confinement for ten years or more at California’s Pelican Bay high security facility. Such treatment is “something international society considers torture, and is beyond the pale for any civilized nation,” said CCR president Jules Lobel.

The Delavan Grider Community Center is accepting donations of percussion instruments as well as portable electric keyboards or other working musical instruments for use in children’s programming occurring at the Center this summer. To donate please bring your working instruments to the Center, located at 877 East Delavan Ave. Buffalo, NY 14215. For more information contact Heather Sengbusch at 896-7021.

Prisoners Are People to Member Publishes Second Book Jerry Balone, a member of Prisoners Are People too, has pubished his second book, “Rising From The Ashes.” Abandoned at birth, Jerry spent most of his life in foster homes, orphanages, detention centers and reform schools before going to prison for his KARIMA involveAMIN ment in a robbery/ burglary in which three people were killed. His story of crime, gangs, and prison life is one that should be read by anyone who believes in the power of education, rehabilitation, and redemption. Mr. Balone holds a MPS in Urban Ministry from New York Theological Seminary, a MS in Community Administration and Wellness Promotion from California College for Health Science and several other degrees. Since Mr. Balone’s release from prison on August 14, 2007, he has spoken and numerous schools, churches, colleges, prisons, and businesses. His story of rehabilitation and redemption was shown all over the world on The 700 Club. Numerous articles have been written about the work he has done in helping to prevent young people from making the same horrible choices he made.

JULY 18,

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The Word “Picnic” and its Racist Connection...


id the word picnic originally came from the word pick-a-nig or pick-a-nigger? Apparently, a black person was randomly “picked” and hanged for the entertainment of whites. The whites, including families, ate from box lunches while enjoying the barbaric act. If this is true we should stop using the word picnic, replacing it with outing or gathering. Picnic, writes Dr. David Pilgrim, Curator, Jim Crow Museum, was not derived from “pick-a-nigger,” “pick-a-nig,” or similar racist phrases. However, some of the almost 4,000 Blacks who were lynched between 1882 and 1962 were lynched in settings that are appropriately described as picnic-like. Pilgrim quotes Phillip Dray, a historian, who stated: “Lynching was an undeniable part of daily life, as distinctly American as baseball games and church suppers. Men brought their wives and children to the events, posed for commemorative photographs, and purchased souvenirs of the occasion as if they had been at a company picnic.” Dray did not exaggerate. At the end of the 19th century, Henry Smith, a mentally challenged 17-year-old black male, was accused of killing a white girl. Before a cheering crowd of hundreds, Smith was made to sit on a “parade float” drawn by four white horses. The float circled numerous times before the excited crowd tortured, then burned Smith alive. After the lynching the crowd celebrated and collected body parts as souvenirs. Often the lynch mob acted with haste, but on other occasions the lynching was a long-drawn out affair with speeches, food-eating, and, unfortunately, ritualistic and sadistic torture: victims were dragged behind cars, pierced with knives, burned with hot irons or blowtorches, had their fingers and toes cut off, had their eyes cut out, and were

castrated -- all before being hanged or burned to death. One Mississippi newspaper referred to these gruesome acts as “Negro barbeques.” In many cases -- arguably in most cases -- lynch mobs had a particular target and confined their heinous aggression to a specific person. Blacks were lynched for a variety of accusations, ranging from murder, and rape (often not true), to trying to vote, and arguing with a white man. In 1938, a white man in Oxford, Mississippi declared that it was “about time to have another lynching. When the niggers get so they are not afraid of being lynched, it is time to put the fear in them.” There were many blacks lynched randomly, to send a message of white supremacy to black communities. As noted by Dominic J. Capeci, a historian, when it came to lynching, “one black man served as well as another.” We often think of a mob as an insane, bloodthirsty collection of adult male ruffians. However, respectable community leaders, including police, often lynched blacks. Although women and children were not typically the active aggressors they were often in the audience; and, they, too, celebrated. There were “secret lynches,” but there were many done publicly -- and planned. Of course, news of an impending lynching traveled fast. Lynching was a brutal attempt to reinforce white supremacy, but it was also entertainment -- and food was present. According to Dray: “While attendees at lynchings did not take away a plate of food, the experience of having witnessed the event was thought incomplete if one did not go home with some piece of cooked human being; and there is much anecdotal evidence of lynch crowds either consuming food and drink while taking part in the execution, or retiring en masse im-

mediately afterward for a meal or, in the case of a notorious immolation in Pennsylvania in 1911, ice cream sundaes.” In 1903 a Black man was lynched in Greenville, Mississippi. A white writer said, “Everything was very orderly, there was not a shot, but much laughing and hilarious excitement…It was quite a gala occasion, and as soon as the corpse was cut down all the crowd betook themselves to the park to see a game of baseball.” The claim that the word picnic derived from lynching parties has existed in Black American communities for many years. Although many contemporary etymologists smugly dismiss this claim, it should be noted that there is a kernel of truth in this question. The word picnic did not begin with the lynching of black Americans; however, the lynching of blacks often occurred in picnic-like settings. Dr. David Pilgrim Curator, Jim Crow Museum

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As the world awaits the official 2012 Summer Olympics, the iconic “Black Power’ Salute at the Mexico City Games over 40 years ago is remembered... A film which documents the iconic “Black Power” salute at Mexico City 1968 premiered in London, England last week in the Regent Street Cinema at the University of Westminster with the legendary Tommie Smith in attendance. After racing to gold in the men’s 200 metres at those Olympics, Smith (pictured top, centre), alongside American bronze medal-winning team-mate John Carlos, before a crowd of more than 60,000 people, raised a clenched fist clad in a black glove when the Star Spangled Banner played in what became a historic stand for human rights, liberation and solidarity. It has been called “a symbol of courage” and became one of the most defining images of the Civil ;Rights era. The film, called Salute, is written, directed and produced by Matt Norman, the nephew of the Australian 200m silver medallist, Peter Norman, who shared the victory podium that day with Smith and Carlos. It documents the series of events that led to the salute.. “I really enjoyed the film and it was great to see so many young people turn out to watch what happened all those years ago in Mexico City at the

1968 Olympics,” said Smith, now aged 68. “We did what we did because we felt it was something important to do for the good of humanity. “We suffered a lot in the years afterwards for protesting on that stage but we did it because we believed it would help the black cause at the time – and I don’t regret it at all.” During the salute neither man wore shoes in order to send a message about black poverty in America. John Carlos purposely unzipped the top of his tracksuit to represent solidarity of the blue collar workers in America and hung beads around his neck to pay homage to those lynched from hatred and slaves brought through the middle passage. Peter Norman, like the others, wore a pin that said OPHR, to support the Olympic Project for Human Rights. The Olympic Project for Human Rights was a 1967 organization that was initially expected to boycott the 1968 Summer Olympic games. The group, founded by Harry Edwards, was organized to protest racism in America.

 As the men left the podium, they were booed by specta-

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tors. Smith and Carlos were given reprimand and expelled from the 1968 Olympic games at the urging of known Nazi sympathizer, Avery Brundage, who was the president of the International Olympic Committee. Once they returned home, many fans had turned to enemies and the men received death threats. Peter Norman was shunned by the sports community in Austrailia. Rumors of stripped medals rung throughout sports history, though some have been claimed to be untrue.

There is a mural in Sydney, Australia of the three men standing on the podium, representing their countries and political ideals. It is painted on a home that is visible to those on the local commuter train.

 The new film tells the true international impact of the decisions made by Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Peter Norman and how their actions rocked the civil rights movement, slightly changing the outlook of patriotism in both countries. Carlos, who still maintains that all athletes have a responsibility to speak up, was also present for a screening of “Salute,” in London prior to this year’s Olympic Summer games.

Peter Norman passed away in 2006 and was not able to see his story told to an international audience, 40 years after the life changing moment.







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East High School Class of ‘77 Update East High School’s Class of ’77 Reunion Committee would like to congratulate the following raffle winners: *1st Place Winner: Royal Caribbean Cruise went to: Kat Tyler *2nd Place Winner: Massautten Five Star Resort went to: Mary Flakes *3rd Place Winner: $50 Even Gift Certificate for The2nd Cup Café went to: Bruneilda Rivers. This year’s reunion will begin Friday, August 24 with a Meet and Greet (location TBA) On Saturday, August 25, a dinner/dance will be held at The Metropolitan Entertainment Complex, 1670 Main St. On Sunday, August 26 a picnic at the Como Park Casino will be held. All ‘70’s Class alumni and teachers are welcome! Tickets are $50 which includes diner/dance, picnic and reunion t-shirt. (Additional tickets are $25 and $10 for extra t-shirts) To place an ad in the Souvenir Journal please call Marilyn Gault (Mouse) at (716)-8180946. For more information about the events or to purchase tickets contact Sandra Price-Allen at (716) 903-3503, or Reggie Wallace at (716) 715-0225 or log on to the website at www. Tickets are going fast and seating is limited so be sure to get yours soon! You don’t want to miss out!

Bennett High School Class of 1982 Reunion The Bennett High School Class of 1982 30th Reunion will be held in August. *Meet and Greet: Friday, August 18 @ 6 p.m., Laughlin’s 333 Franklin St. *Class Cookout: Saturday, August 18, Ellicott Creek Park, 10a.m.-8:30 p.m. For more information contact Kim Nixon-Williams at Classmates or FaceBook, Bennett High School, Class of 1982 Events Page.

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Terrence D. McKelvey 181 Franklin St. (716) 847-2606 Home Office (716) 839-3905 Pratcher & Associates 1133 Kensington (716) 838-4612 Daria L. Pratcher 500 Broadway (716) 541-8574

AUTOMOTIVE Colslton Mobile Auto Repair 720 E. Ferry * 896-3910


COFFEE SHOPS Golden Cup Coffee 883 Jefferson (716) 883-7770

DELI / VARIETY STORES Grant’s Variety Shop 1055 E. Ferry St. 893-0704

DJ Kenny Kutz (716) 400-7358

DOG TRAINING Dogman Joe Dog Trainer 1963 Fillmore * 807-8163

Master Touch 1283 E. Delavan 570-7234 / 335-8240


The Barbershop 2516 Bailey (716) 464-SHOP

BEAUTY/IMAGE Hazel Harris (716) 573-5240


EM Tea Coffee Cup * 884-1444 2nd Cup * 840-0048

Loretta’s Soulful Dining (716) 597-0755 Mr. Bones 893 Jefferson (716) 464-6794

Hersha / Hair to Go Natural

727 Main St. (716) 563-1734 Miracle Tranition 2 3339 Genesee * 481-1321 Miss JacQuis ExQuizit Beauty 2250 Main St. (716) 833-2250 More Hair Hair Clinic 72 Allen St. (716) 886-7960

The Corner Store Deli & Grill 1733 Genesee * 895-2009

Serenity Hair Boutique 221 Jefferson Ave. (716) 812-0663

West African Int. Market & Take Out 3125 Bailey (716) 833-1971

Salon Toss 2527 Delaware Ave. 894-8737

Cookieland Group Day Care 24 Barthel Miss Cookie*893-0590

Lacy’s/ Kymmy’s 179 Parkridge * 578-2880

My Precious Angels 2946 Bailey Ave. (716) 896-3800

Excellence Hair Design 5 Kenmore Ave. 835-2036

Promise Hair Studio 87 W. Cleveland Dr. (716) 835-0250

Tomatoes 1393 Kensington*835-3663

Kim’s Building Blocks Day Care 1479 E. Delavan Ave. 895-8693

Everything Beauty Salon/ Spa 156 Elmwood*939-3355

Nette’s Fried Chicken 3118 Main St. * 715-9592


Debbie’s Little Scholars 484 Hickory St. (716)304-6820

Compositions Professional Hair 143 Kenmore Ave. 716 995-3450


Klassic Kuts 1471 Kensington 836-3260

Precision Cutz 87 Cleveland Dr. 603-1477

Althea/Hair to Go Natural 727 Main St. (716) 883-2000

Majestic Eloquence 20941/2 Eggert Rd. 308-4873

HAIR SUPPLY Main Hair & Beauty Supply 3067 Main St. (716) 862-4247

HEATING & COOLING Zenner & Ritter 3404 Bailey (716) 833-2463



Realty Edge Jeanette Lane (716)703-8424

Jones Hardwood Flooring Alton Jones (716) 903-5320

TAILORS F&S Tailors 2930 Genesee St. (716) 894-3742

INSURANCE Able Insurance Jeff Moore/Broker 1798 Main St. * 883-5212

F&S Tailors & Fashions (716) 894-3742

Joseph Burch Insurance 2317 Main St. 551-0006 / 510-4729

Ann Rhod’s Tailoring 3185 Bailey Ave. (716) 838-5633

LIQUORS & WINES Bellamy’s Liquor Store 405 E. Ferry * 884-4066

TAX SERVICE L. Sessum Income Tax Service

1650 Fillmore (716) 894-4904

MEDICAL Main Pediatrics 2800 Main St. (716) 837-0995 Rapha Family Medicine 2200 Main St. (716) 200-4122

ONE STOP Mandella Market & Citgo Gas 272 E. Ferry cor. Jefferson 716-882-0288

PHONE SERVICE Boost Mobile 1286 E. Delavan (716) 551-0304

PHOTOGRAPHY Princess Photography (716) 563-0994

REAL ESTATE Modeste Real Estate Josephine Latifa (716) 704-0685

TOWING Ron’s Towing & Recovery (716) 892-2282

WINDOWS Priced Right Windows USA 710 Kensington Ave. (716)833-2500 * 578-7873

DID YOU KNOW... Black America Represent a half-Trillion Dollar Consumer Market. DID YOU KNOW... Black Americans spend... *29.1 billion on cars & trucks, new & used *$23.6 billion on health care *$18.6 billion on telephone services *$8.8 billion on media *$7.4 billion on personal product and services *$6.1 billion on consumer electronics *$3.6 billion on computers $16.5 billion on household furnishings & equipment

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Summer E-Waste Recycling Day The City of Buffalo will sponsor a free special residential computer and electronics recycling drop-off day on Saturday, July 21at Buffalo State College, Lot G off Grant Street, and will be cosponsored by Buffalo State EverGreen. Residents are encouraged to properly dispose of electronic equipment by dropping off their e-waste between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Items accepted at this freeof-charge recycling event are computer systems (CPU’s, monitors, mice, keyboards, printers and scanners), cell phones, fax machines, wires, televisions, video games, VCR’s, and DVD players. Electronics recycling services are always available yearround at the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage (1120 Seneca St. from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). For more information, please call 716-851-4890 or 311, or visit recycle.

Visit The Nash House Museum 36 Nash Street

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Pre-Civil Service Test Training Deadline The deadline to register for the upcoming pre-Civil Service test training for the Water Treatment Plant Operator/ Trainee position is Wednesday, July 18. To obtain an exam application call 858-7509 or 894-0914. Pre-registration is required. To reserve a spot in the training class call Matthew J. Baudo at 849-8489. The Erie County Water Authority is an Equal Employment Opportunity Provider.


Historic home of the late Rev. J. Edward Nash and Frances Jackson Nash. Hours: Thursday and Saturday 11:30 - 4. $10.00 Group tours and additional hours by appt.


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reque st for proposals Request for Proposals The Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, Inc., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to Design/Build Exhibits & Displays for the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield, NY. A copy of the RFP documents can be obtained by mail from: Andrew Dufresne, Exec Director, CGBHA, PO Box 194, Westfield, NY 14787, or by email from and4833@ Proposals must be received by August 10, 2012. The Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, Inc., has been and will continue to be an equal opportunity organization. All qualified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) suppliers, contractors and/or businesses will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual preference or Vietnam Era Veterans status. This project is in part funded by a grant from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation through Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1993.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Seeks to fill the following position: MECHANICS/TECHNICIANS – tired of “flat rate”? The

NFTA is currently looking for qualified mechanics seeking steady employment, good starting pay with guaranteed increases along with a comprehensive benefit package to work in a clean, safe shop. Interested individuals may download an application at or stop in at our Open House, Saturday, July 21, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Skills testing to begin at noon. Cold Spring Bus Maintenance Office, 1581 Michigan Avenue, 2nd floor, Buffalo, NY EOE



The following positions are available in various departments and locations of Erie Community College:

Assistant Professor PT – Chemistry (potential) Computer Programmer PT – Institutional Research

For more information or to apply to the positions above go to: Erie Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, members of minority groups, persons with disabilities, and Veterans are encouraged to apply.



MICHELLE LeSHOURE 82 CRESTWOOD (UPPER) BUFFALO, NEW YORK 14216 Index No. SP 2012-90143 Plaintiff AMENDED Residence address SUMMONS County and NOTICE -against- THOMAS DANIEL SMITH : UNKNOWN Defendant Residence address County ---------------------------------------------------------------------------X ACTION FOR A DIVORCE To the above named Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED AND REQUIRED TO RESPOND to the claim for the relief sought by the Plaintiff by either serving a written Demand for a compliant or a written Notice of Appearance on the plaintiff’s attorney, at the address stated below. If this Summons and Notice is served upon you within the State of New York by personal service you must respond within 20 days after service, not counting the day of service. If this summons and Notice is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York you must respond within 30 days after the service is completed, as provided by law. TAKE NOTICE THAT: (a) the nature of this action is to procure a Judgment divorcing the parties and dissolving the marriage between the parties, pursuant to DRL 170(7) on the grounds of IRRETRIEVABLY BROKEN (b) The relief sough is a Judgment of absolute divorce in favor of the Plaintiff dissolving forever the bonds of matrimony between the parties. The nature of the ancillary relief demanded is: Declaration of separate property of Plaintiff; Title to Plaintiff’s separate property. If you fail to respond judgment will be taken against you by default, for the relief demanded in this Notice. This action is brought in the County of Plaintiff’s residence. DATED: June 11, 2012 MUSCATO & SHATKIN, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff 415 Franklin Street Buffalo, New York 14202 716-842-0550

DESCRIPTION: The work involves directing the coordination of the institutional research and assessment offices under the supervision of the President or designee. This position is responsible for all reporting requirements including but not limed to SUNY, IPEDS and responsible for submission of State and/or Federal information reporting by the College. Job duties include aligning institutional and student performance data with program, department, and activity outcomes to identify relationships that facilitate improvement and strategic decision-making. The incumbent assists the President and Chief Administrative and Financial Officer in the formulation of the college budget based upon institutional priorities and assessment. The incumbent collects and provides data for collective bargaining and union/labor management to the Executive Vice President for Legal Affairs. This position supervises the Director of Research and Director of Assessment & Accreditation and support personnel. REQUIREMENTS: Thorough knowledge of information management and institutional research to support college planning, assessment and improvement activities at the college level; thorough knowledge of administrative and educational procedures and practices in the college setting; ability to coordinate and direct the offices of institutional research and assessment for compliance with federal, state, and accreditation regulations; provide leadership and continuous improvement of an institution-wide assessment program directed toward improving student achievement of learning outcomes and goals; ability to supervise effectively; knowledge of analytical analysis and techniques using business objects that are appropriate to educational research, including higher education administration, social sciences, research/statistics or business; awareness of current trends and directions in assessment; familiarity with the policies and practices of assessment of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in a related field plus five (5) years’ experience in higher education institutional research, assessment, planning and budget preparation which must have included supervision over lower level employees and/or departments. Prior experience with labor relations preferred. Thorough knowledge of computer and software systems and data warehouse as well as report and dashboard development. To apply to the above position go to: Erie Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, members of minority groups, persons with disabilities, and Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Dance! Dance! Dance!

*2nd Cup 36 Broadway St. 840-0048 7p.m. Wed. “Salsa night with Calvin and Fanny.” Beginner Salsa lesson and social dance. salsacalvinfanny@hotmail. *African American Cultural Center 350 Masten Ave. 884-2013 3 p.m. Sat. 3 pm @5 p.m. Tues. Thurs. “Community Dance and Drumming.” Visit *El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera 91 Allen St. Mon through Wed: Includes meditation and yoga 912-8754. *First Shioh Baptist Church. 15 Pine St. 6:30 p.m. Fri. “Line dancing lessons.” 847-6555. Free. *Gateway Longview Family Resource Center. 347 E. Ferry St. 6 p.m. Tues. Dance lessons with the Smooth Steppers. Classes in Urban Ballroom, Chicago Steppin’ and Swing. 633-7813. *Kenan Center 433 Locust St.; Level Breakdancing class. Also 7:30 p.m. Mon. Wed. “B-Girl class.” Beginners welcome. $10; $15; Also 6 p.m. Tues; 4 p.m. Thurs. Open practice.” $5. *Urban Line dance lessons each Monday, 665 Michigan at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 6-7:30 p.m, Ernestine Wilson, instructor. *Urban Line dance lessons each Friday morning, 10:45-12:30 p.m., JFK Center,114 Clinton, Ernestine Wilson, instructor. *Line Dance Exercise Classes Tuesday-Wednesday Mornings, Martha Mitchell Community Center, 175 Oakmont Ave. 444-2046. *African Dance Classs w/Aminata, 6-8 p.m., Fridays, Juneteenth Headquarters, 1517 Genesee St @ Moselle; Ethnic Dance @ Artspace Gallery, 1219 Main 6-9 p.m. Thursdays & 10:15 a.m..-3:45 p.m.. Saturdays, $10; 948-3583.

*Line Dance Class $2 every Tuesday & Thursday Rev. Smith Family Life Center Michigan at Goodell. * Urban Line Dance, Mondays 7-9 pm North & Fox, Tuesdays 6-8 pm, Golden Nuggett; Wednesdays 6-8 @15 Fernhill; Beginner Classes only Thursdays 6-7 p.m. St; John’s Famiy Center. 200-9702,



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Saturday July 21

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Friday July 27

Saturday July 28

Women’s Health Seminar “STD, HPV, HIV & YOU!”: 5:30-7:45 p.m., Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave; 894-0914 or 6025877 for more info.

Grand Opening of Campaign Headquarters for Betty Jean Grant: 1327 Jefferson Avenue (near Utica)10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; press conference at 11:45 a.m. Free & open to the public.

Documentary Series: 5-7 p.m., The Golden Cup, 883 Jefferson Ave., “Decoding of the Secret” by Anthony Browder, free.

Annual Ancestral Tour: 1 p.m., Forest Lawn Cemetery; $15; 885-1600 for reservations; sponsored by AfroAmerican Historical Assn. & Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Public Hearing: Comprehensive School safety Plan, 4:30 p.m., Westminster Community Charter School, 24 Westminster Ave.

True Bethel Baptist Church 12th Annual Health Fair: 907 E. Ferry St. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Free.

Omega Mentoring Program’s Annual Chiavetta’s Dinner Fundraiser: 1-4 p.m., Johnnie B. Wiley Sports Pavilion, 1100 Jefferson cor. Dodge.; $10; to support scholarship ball; 308-6856 or for more info.

Wednesday July 18

Thursday July 19 Shakespearan Idol: A fundraiser for the Partnership for the Public Good 16th Century Style, Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Ct; $25 per person; RSV or questions 852-4191 ext. 110 or

Friday July 20 The Tee Cup Summer Music Series: Free, Delaware Park, 84 Parkside, featuring “Kissena” 5:30-8 p.m.; sponsored by EM Tea Coffee Cup & The 2nd Cup. Are you Registered to


GIRLS Sports Foundation Basketball Slamjam & Boot Camp: Masten Park, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; $20; 931-2180 for details. Informational Meeting for New VFW Post: 3 p.m., Golden Cup Coffee Café, 883 Jefferson Ave.; Hanau86@aol. com for more info. Baptist Community Day Celebration: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sumner Place (between Rohe & Walden), free food, bounce house, community info and more; 892-1269. See You at the Events!

Mandella Market Annual Birthday Celebration of Nelson Mandela: 5-9 p.m., Mandella Market Citgo Gas Station Ferry & Jefferson; free; featuring the Larry Salter Colored Musicians Big Band, free food drinks and a gas sale. Lecture by Eva Doyle “The Black West”: 2nd Cup Café, 36 Broadway cor. Ellicott, 1-3 p.m. 847-6010 or 533-9547 for info. Summer E-Waste Recycling Day: Buffalo State College, Lot G off Grant Street; 8514890 or com/recycle Lafayette High School Class Reunion: All classes from the 70’s, 6-11 p.m. Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant; $30 per person for more info call (716) 908-9184 or email margaretpagliacci@

Sunday July 22 Masten District Jazz Festival hosted by James “Pappy” Martin, 3-8 p.m. MLK Park Buffalo Museum of Science.

Monday July 23 “Remembering Dr. Khalid Muhammad”: Part 2 of 2-part series, “No More Negro Stuff: Revolution is the Solution!” 6-7:45 P.M., Merriweather Library, sponsored by the Afrikan Consciousness Workshop & Malika Kambe Umfazi Sorority Inc.

Tuesday July 24 Special Board of Education Meeting: 5:30 p.m., Room 801 City Hall to discuss personnel and other matters/ Public Meeting to Address State of Kensington Heights: 5:30 – 7 p.m., Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence, 106 Appenheimer Ave; hosted by Council Member Demone Smith and the BMHA.

Saturday July 28

GIRLS Sports Foundation: Basketball Slamjam & Boot Camp @ Masten Park, 9a.m. – 2 p.m., $20; 931-2180 for details.

Jazz Meets Gospel: Inner Canal Harbor (downtown Buffalo) 6-10 p.m.; Pappy Martin & Pat Ragin Emcee’s; free & open to the pubic. 851-5145 or 228-5307 for more info.

Sunday July 29

Colored Musican’s Club 7th Annual Queen City Jazz Festival: Noon to 8 p.m., Broadway & Michigan Ave.

Masten District Jazz Festival hosted by James “Pappy” Martin, 3-8 p.m. MLK Park Buffalo Museum of Science.


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FAMILY FISHING DAY IS HUGE SUCCESS! Buffalo United Front president George Johnson had nothing but thanks and praise for the sponsors of this year’s enormously successful Family Fishing Day Event June 23 and 24 which drew over 4,000 people to Broderick Park for two days of family fun and bonding. “At one point we had hundreds of kids standing in line to get free fishing rods. Last year we gave away 150 robs, this year we gave away over 375!” One of the sponsors, The Anglers of WNY, provided a 10-man cooking team for a shoreline fish fry, serving over 600 pounds of fish! Johnson said the success of Family Fishing Day is proof that if young people are provided an alternative to the negativity of the streets, they will respond. “It’s about so much more than fishing,” he said. “It’s about promoting life skills...and showing our children we care.” Hats off to Johnson and The Buffalo United Front members, community sponsors and supporters for making a positive difference!


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