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Annual Heritage Events Saturday, June 4: Annual Square (Aberdeen Street Fesitval): Drumming, storytelling, poetry and more entertainment. For more information, Call 585-3286571. S a t u r d a y, June 4: RCTV's 3rd Annual Black Music Month. 21 Gorham MARSHA Street, off of St. Paul. 2 to 8 p.m. The station will be celebrating National Black Music with all categories of music-- gospel, jazz, rap and R and B. Vendors will be selling products. Call 585-325-1238.


WakaFloka, Avant, Raheem DeVaught and Natlie Cole: It’s Going to Be a Hot June 10th in Rochester! *WakaFlocka, live @ The Main Street Armory, Friday, June 10 @ 6 p.m.; Music by DJ’s Grand Imperial, Willie Daniels & Legend; 900 E. Main St.; (585) 232-3221. *Avant & Raheem DeVaughn , live in concert with special guest, Friday, June 10,m Auditorium Theatre, Rochester; doors open 6:30, showtime 7:30; tickets Auditorium Box Office, or 1.800.745.3000. *Natlie Cole headlines Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival , Eastman Theatre 
Rochester, Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m. tickets at Ticketmaster, or can be purchased by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the RBTL Box Office at the Auditorium Theatre (885 E Main St., Rochester). For more information visit the Jazz Fest website.

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Saturday, June 18: Juneteenth Celebration: Susan B. Anthony Park-King Street, off of West Main Street. The oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Vendors, dance, food, children's activties and more. For more information, call 585-454-2680.

Rochester Music Fest Headliners Announced!

SWV, Al B Sure, Lisa Lisa & DJ Rob Base and Digital Underground, Mint Condition, Jagged Edge, Noel Gourdin and a Surprise guest July 23 and 24 The City of Rochester, in conjunction with NSUC Entertainment, LLC, is proud to that this years MusicFest will be held on July 23 at Brown Square and July 24 at the Rochester Convention Center. Saturday Night will feature some the greatest names in R&B and Hip Hop – including the headlining act SWV, with performances by Al B Sure!; Lisa Lisa & DJ Rob Base and Digital Underground, while Sunday night will be headlined by the nationally renown R&B Group Mint Condition along with performances by the nationally renown award winning group Jagged Edge, Mr. Noel Gourdin and a surprise guest. Ticket Sales can be purchased from the following locations or can be purchased via online at *Doris Records Inc.,286 E. Ferry Street, Buffalo, 716-883-2410; Hours of operation: Monday –Saturday 10am to 10pm *Rita’s Styles – Unisex Hair Salon, 400 Andrews St., Rochester, 585-4541940, Hours of operation: Tuesday –Thursday 9am to 6pm & Friday 8AM to 2PM *People’s Choice Kitchen, 507 Chili Avenue Rochester, 585-464-8790, Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 11am to 7pm *Mad Flavors Clothing & Apparel, 185 Lyell Avenue, Rocheste 585-2544280, Hours of operation: Monday – Saturday 10am to 9pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm *Rochester Convention Center (July 23 & 24 ONLY), 123 E. Main Street Rochester, 585-232-7200, Box office 12pm to 4pm.

Sunday, July 3: 13th Annual MAAFA Day of Remembrance, Ontario State Beach Park. 4 to 6 p.m. This commemorates the struggles of African descents worldwide. Refreshments will be served. African drumming, drumming, and libations. Keynote speaker to be announced. Wear white. Bring lawn chair and flowers.

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SWAN Community Band Concert Schedule 2011 Please note all events are free and open to the public. *Sunday, June 3: 5K, Staybridge Hotel, 6 to 8 p.m. *Saturday, June 4: Square Fair: Aberdeen Square, Noon. *Saturday, June 18: Junetheeth Health Fair, Susan B. Anthony Square, 1:30 p.m. *Tuesday, August 2, National Night Out, Genesee Valley Park, 5 p.m. *Saturday, August 6: AfricanAmerican Festival, Highland Bowl, Noon.

First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. Celebrates Legacy Day Madame Martha Jordan's legacy will be celebrated on Sunday, June 5, at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. during a special Students Doology Hour Service at 4 pm, 219 Hamilton Street . All faiths are invited, especially families. In addition to Students Doology Hour every Sunday, First Community also is the home of its renowned Charles Riley Tutorial Program, andthe First Fruits/Kwanzaaelebration in December. This Sunday, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will celebrate the birthday of the woman who inspired Minister Lawrance Lee Evans to create the only interfaith teaching church in Rochester that is a spiritual and cultural organization. Minister Evans developed a unique organization, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc., in 1970. Page 2

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A rea Bri efs West Side Father is 18th Homicide Victim The city’s 18th homicide victim this year was 82-year-old Ansumane Kanneh, who was pronounced dead at the scene outside his apartment at Maryland and Efner Streets where he was fatally killed by a stray bullet May 28 at around 5 p.m fixing his granddaughter’s bike. Kanneh, a father of five and native of Liberia, West Africa, was described as an innocent victim, good husband and father by the operator of Youth With a Purpose Program which runs out of Holy Cross Church. Anyone with information is urged to call or text the Buffalo police anonymous tip call line at 847-2255 or visit www.bpdny. org and click on “Report a Tip.”

Family Fishing Day Hamlin Park Seeks Volunteers Fundraiser!! to Conduct Survey Family Fishing Day, a family oriented event scheduled for Saturday June 25, is seeking donations of new and used fishing reels and/or equipment. Any donations can be dropped off at the following sites: Sean’s House of Masters 295 E. Delavan Ave The Challenger Community News 1337 Jefferson Avenue Gander Mountain in the BJ Wholesale Plaza 880 Young Street, Tonawanda WUFO Radio 89 LaSalle St. The Walden Galleria Mall The Tri-Main Building Don’t miss this opportunity to help youth and families enjoy a day of fishing in Broderick Park! If you are not able to drop off your donation at one of these sites, please call The Buffalo United Front at 818-3410 and arrangements can be made for pickup.

Black Social Workers Inc. Scholarships Available The Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. has scholarship applications for college students studying in the field of Social Work and human services. Applications may be received by contacting the email address The deadline for applications is August 30, 2011. Please address all requests to: Attention: Scholarship Committee.

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The Hamlin Park district needs volunteers in their effort to gain listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation Studios, on behalf of the Hamlin Park Community and Taxpayer Association, will be conducting surveys with volunteers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 and June 18 at EM Tea Coffee Cup Café, 80 Oakgrove Ave. where fieldwork training will be provided. For more information call 725-6410 or go to

Parkside Neighborhood in Masten? Final Hearing on Redistricting Map Set Mayor Byron Brown will hold a public hearing on the proposed common Council City redistricting plan on Monday, June 6 at noon in Room 209 of City Hall. The proposal to redraw the lines to relocate a Parkside neighborhood to the Masten District has emerged the most controversial aspect of the plan. Residents want to remain in the Delaware District. Mayor Brown has the power to approve or reject the Council’s map, which won unanimous approval.

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Basketball Academy and Get Fit Class Grand Opening Coming This Weekend The Basketball Academy at JFK Community Center at 114 Hickory Street is accepting 150 kids from 7 years old to 19 years old and those kids just have to pay a one time yearly fee of $75. They can workout twice a week on Skills & Drills. Hours of operation is Saturday from 3:30-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-9 p.m. There are also two extra days in the Summer, Monday and Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. starting June 1, that will feature our Get Fit Class no extra cost. There is a Bonus for Academy participant. The North East Basketball Club) NEBC will select 10-20 kids to attend some of the Top Basketball Camps in the country by” Invite only” - which means no camp or room and board cost. In addition to the first 150 kids at the $75 one time yearly fee, we are accepting private clients also. Elite Basketball Camp discounts are included for all Academy participants starting this weekend. For more information call 716-4300714or E-mail us at nebcnewyork@ Don Marsh is President/ CEO of the NEBC(North East Basketball Club).


Anthony L. Pendergrass Declares Candidacy for City Court Judge Attorney Anthony L. Pendergrass and supporters gathered on the steps of 50 Delaware this week to formally declare his candidacy for Buffalo City Court Judge. Mr. Pendergrass is known by many in our locale through his law practice that includes the federal, state, county, and city court systems. He began his comments with: “Since my arrival here 14 years ago, I have made Buffalo my home, and I have accepted it as my responsibility to involve myself with efforts within the community Attorney Pendergrass that seek in meaningful ways to address social, economic, and political conditions of our communities, neighborhoods, neighbors, friends, and our families. He noted that the above conditions have the effect of diminishing us a community, but that “the challenge lies in how we accept the responsibility to chart a new path, that considers the “collective we”, and seeks to address these problems. Sabirah Local contractor Richard Cummings Sr. was on hand Muhammad to support this candidacy. “I’m impressed by the man, he said, because I believe that he is sincere in terms of fairness, and carrying out the elements of the constitution…I’m in support of him because of his character.” Fairness was also on the mind of Ernest Mawalla, who said: “He’s the right person to be judge. He has good judgement, and he’s gonna be fair.” Ibrahim Abdul Wahid, a personal friend of Mr. Pendergrass echoed these sentiments, but added that “He’s a great lawyer, and he has integrity. The city needs change.” Mr. Pendergrass preferred to deflect attention from himself, however, ending with: “This campaign is not about me…it is about us…and what that “collective we” can do to improve upon the City of Buffalo. (This campaign) is a vehicle by which your voice will be heard to state resoundingly - that fairness and justice are indispensible parts of our body politic. As a Buffalo City Court Judge, I will stand up and safeguard the constitutional rights of every citizen that appears before me, and I will apply the law with justice as my guide.” To support or follow this campaign, you may log on to

Dr. Frank E. Dobson Jr. to Keynote NAACP Annual Dinner Frank E. Dobson, Jr., Ph. D, writer, educator and advocate ,will be the Keynote Speaker for the Buffalo Branch NAACP 45th Annual Medgar Evers Awards Dinner on Sunday, June 12. A published author, his works include the critically acclaimed novels, “Rendered Invisible” and “ “The Race is Not Given,” as well as fiction, poetry, nonfiction and scholarly essays. He has also written several plays which have been presented nationally. Dobson directs Vanderbilt University’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, where he also serves as Faculty Head of House. He also teaches at Fisk University, as Adjunct Professor in Creative Writing. He has won several prestigious awards for his work, including the Bessie Head/Zora Hurston Fiction Writers Award from Chicago State University, an Artist’ Fellowship from Culture Works in Dayton, Ohio and a Ford Foundation Fellowship. He is currently at work on several projects, including a screen play. Dobson, a native of Buffalo, NY will appear on Saturday, June 11th at the Merriweather Library at 3 p.m. for discussion and book signing. Presentation of awards will be made at the June 12 NAACP Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Niagara Convention Center. The 2011 awards and awardees are: * The Rufus Frasier Human Relations Award - The Buffalo Genealogical Society of the African Diaspora *The Daniel Acker Community Service Award: Phyllis Frank E. Dobson, Jr. Traylor Todd and James H. (Pappy) Martin, Sr. *NAACP Youth Award -Erica Richardson *The Medgar Evers Civil Rights Award- Rev. Eugene L. Pierce Rev. Terrence Melvin is Chair of the Dinner and Frank B. Mesiah is President of the Buffalo Branch NAACP. Tickets for this event are $50 and reservations must be made in advance. There will be no ticket sales at the door. For further information on the Dinner, call 884-7242

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Eye For An Eye? Obama’s Grandma Mom Charged in Death of Baby Threatened By Al-Qaeda ERIE, Pa.— An emaciated 14-monthIt seems that Al Qaeda is so mad at President Obama ordering the killing of Osama bin Laden that they are threatening to kill his grandmother in Kenya.The home of Sarah Obama has been under round-the-clock security according to ABC News. Al Qaeda has battled with several U.S. backed governments in the past, mostly Somalia.

old girl apparently died of "nutritional neglect" before she was stuffed into a suitcase and put in a neighbor's trash can, according to police who charged the mother with homicide. Tania R. Coleman, 20, of Erie, was being held without bail Thursday after identifying herself as the mother as police canvassed the neighborhood. Coleman is pregnant and has two other girls, ages 2 and 3, authorities said.


Gil Scott-Heron, Socially Conscious Man of Music American poet, author, musician and cultural icon, Gil Scott-Heron, made his transition on Friday, May 27, 2011. He left this world at 62 years of age. A spoken word artist, he was best known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s, after forming the Black and Blues Band in collaboration with pianist Brian Jackson. The two fused the music of jazz, blues and soul into

There’s so much happening at Forest Lawn this summer! If you’re interested in history, art, architecture, nature and more, Forest Lawn is the place you want to be! Just look at all the exciting events coming up in this historic, beautiful 269-acre jewel in the heart of Buffalo:

Flag Retirement Ceremony Sunday, June 12 5:00 pm-8:00 pm The public is invited to bring flags for proper retirement through burning at our annual free ceremony, held near the grave of Sara Hinson, one of the co-founders of Flag Day.

Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Join us every Sunday June 5 through October 30 (except July 3) for a guided tour as you learn about some of our famous residents (and even meet a few of them!), including President Millard Fillmore and more. Walking tours $15; trolley tours $25. Reservations required. Visit our website at

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Don’t miss our Special Tours! Civil War trolley tours, June 26 or Aug. 21 Women’s History walking and trolley tours, July 10 or Sept. 11 Behind-the-scenes trolley tour, July 17 ($50 pp includes wine and cheese reception)

Saturday Walk-up Tours

Every Saturday June 11 through October 29 (except July 2), we offer one-hour walk-up tours beginning at 2:00 p.m. No reservations required; meet at the Main Street gate. $10 per person.

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their own unique sound. Gil Scott-Heron was a social activist and voice for the underprivileged throughout the world. To many he was an unsung hero who spoke out against injustice and attributed his music, anger and activism toward social causes. Associated with the activism of the Black militants, Scott-Heron gained notoriety for his poetic composition “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” In many of his songs, Scott-Heron heralded the political and social issues affecting the poorer echelon of America. Through the song “Billy Green is Dead,” he echoed the need for inner city communities to address the plight of their neighbors and become involved in issues that would free them from oppression. It is said that Scott-Heron’s poetic and vocal style --recorded in the early 1970s-- engendered in songs like “Winter in America,” and “Pieces of A Man,” fostered the neo-soul and hip hop music genres that were to follow. The Grandfather of the spoken word, Scott-Heron often encouraged modern day rappers to study music and take on relevant issues that brought enlightenment to their communities. His last album entitled “I’m New Here,” was released in 2010 after a 16 year hiatus between recordings.

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Alvin Brown Wins Florida Mayoral The historic election in Jacksonville, Florida, where Alvin Brown was elected as the city’s first Black mayor, should serve as a powerful rallying call for other African-Americans who are considering running for public office. Brown , 48, pulled off what some thought was nearly impossible, in a well-known segregated city and now, deservedly, Brown is a legitimate political role model. Brown’s defeat over Republican Mike Hogan by 1,600 votes on Wednesday was a stunning victory for Brown, a hometown Democrat, who trailed Hogan by 35 points earlier this year. In the closest mayoral election in Jacksonville history, Brown was written off by political pundits and some journalists, who never thought Brown could beat a white opponent in a city that favors white candidates. “We’ll need the support of our neighbors who didn’t support us,” Brown told a large crowd that gathered at City Hall Thursday. “Our campaign and I will work hard to earn your trust.” Brown has an inspiring story. He’ll become the first Democrat in the Jacksonville mayor’s seat since Ed Austin was elected in 1991. His extraordinary come-from-behind victory has already caused Republicans anxiety as they pick up the pieces from an election they thought they had in the bag and focus on unseating Brown in the next mayoral election. "I will unify the city," Brown said Thursday. "I want to be the mayor for everyone. I'm a bridge builder. I believe in bringing people together."

Eddie Long Case Finished After all the back and forth drama, the lawsuit against Bishop Eddie Long has been resolved. New Birth Missionary Baptist Church attorney Barbara Marschalk said she anticipates the complaint will be dismissed by Friday. Long’s spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment. Long is a father of four who has been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, and his church has counseled gay members to become straight. But the TV preacher’s empire was threatened last September when the four men sued. The men claimed Long abused his spiritual authority and used cars, jewelry and cash to lure them into trysts when they were 17 and 18. Local and state authorities did not investigate any possible crime because Georgia’s age of consent is 16. June1, 2011


Master Teacher Yirser Ra Hotep Comes to Buffalo for Kemetic Yoga! Internationally known Yirser Hotep, experienced Kemetic Yoga Teacher and Trainer for over 30 years and who has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, will be in Buffalo June 10-12, 2011 for Kemetic Yoga classes at R Healin’ Center.His methods of teaching yoga have helped many people to manage stress, and perform movements and postures for strength, flexibility and balance. He will teach us about a powerful ancient practice for selfhealing, creating inner-harmony, and self-awareness that has been the foundation of other forms of yoga. This form of yoga will help you to understand the importance of connecting yoga with breath and utilizing our body energy in ways to assist in self-rejuvenation and attainment of inner healing. When individuals heal, families and communities become stronger! Couples will get the opportunity to listen to a panel discussion from experienced partners in creating Yirser Ra Hotep dynamic relationships and family cohesiveness. The Yoga Intimacy Class will help couples connect deeper spiritually and teach techniques for increasing physical flexibility and energetic connection. The night will end with live jazz from Rey Scott and light refreshments. Explore this ancient practice of health and healing and learn how to create higher states of health and well being for our families, register today! Workshop fees range from $10 - $79 and are nonrefundable. Discounts apply to early registrants and groups. If you are part of an organization and you would like an appearance from Yirser Hotep, contact Jennifer Rice at (716) 836-1293 or email To learn more about Yirser, please visit: www. Workshop Highlights include: History and Philosophy, Babies and Kids’ Yoga, Beginners and Advance Yoga, Demonstration of Yoga and Self-Reflexology, Yoga of Intimacy for Couples, Live Jazz Band with Rey Scott and Co., and Mediation, Proper Breathing Techniques and Nutritional Awareness.

Family Call for Parents to work for 100% Attendance : W e l l n e s s Community Support Activities to be rescheduled Weekend


Family Wellness Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5 will feature the reknowned Dr. Akua Gray. ND, at GROUP Ministries, 1333 Jefferson Avenue. There will be three exciting events to choose from during the Wellness Weekend: Dr. Akua (1) NATURAL FAMILY HEALER TRAINING: Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $25. (2) SACRED WOMAN RITES OF PASSAGE TRAINING: Saturday, June 4, 2 – 6 p.m. Workshop Tuition $25. ( 3 ) V E G G I E DELIGHTS LIVE FOODS CLASS AND HOLISITC HEALTH SPA DAY: Live Foods Workshop from 2:00- 3:30pm. Health Services from 3:00 - 6:00pm. Register Today! Space is limited. For more information call (716) 539-1831 or email Prudence Fuller at

Gerard Place Health Fair The fourth annual Gerard Place Health Fair will take place on June 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at Gerard P lace, 2515 Bailey Avenue near E. Delavan. The event will feature a host of health care services and information as well as health screenings, free lunch a free garage sale and more.


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On Wednesday, June 1st, the District Parent Coordinating Council, many churches and community groups are promoting increased attendance in the Buffalo Public Schools.The goal is to increase attendance at all schools, but the focus will be on the schools with lowest attendance rates. The Parent Council is calling on community partners who committed to talk with school age students seen in the community during school hours on June 1, to wait until a later date (possibly June 9) after we can finalize logistics with Superintendent Williams on the most effective way for students who have been out of school for an extensive period of time or have dropped out to be addressed. The actual date will be finalized at the June 7 DPCC meeting. (6 to 8 pm Makowski school 99 1095 Jefferson Ave.) The Superintendent could not attend a May 19 meeting scheduled to work out the logistics for Day of 100% attendance and has rescheduled the meeting for June 3. This was the very soonest the Superintendent was able to reschedule the meeting. It is our goal to partner with the District in this effort. We are also calling on all those Parents and Community Leaders who could not support the Boycott, but would support to the Day of 100% attendance to be part of efforts to ensure all of our children are in school on both days. Both the BOYCOTT (5/16) and Day of 100% ATTENDANCE (6/1 and 6/9) represent Direct Action Campaign Strategies. The goal of the Boycott was to prepare parents and community supporters should it become necessary in September to not enroll our children in school until our concerns are addressed. We cannot continue to irresponsibly send our children to what everyone admits is a BROKE system. We must confront the challenges within the EDUCATION SYSTEM that were outlined by the Education System Decision Makers at our May 3, 2011 DPCC meeting. The goal of 100% attendance on June 1 and June 9 is Prepare parents and community members for what we must do when our concerns are addressed. We expect and are planning for a point in time when all of our Education Decision Makers will WORK TOGETHER to design and implement an Education System that ensures “ALL” of our children receive a quality education. When that day comes it will be our responsibility to ensure all of our children are in school. The Day of 100% attendance will help us to have an idea of issues we may have to confront in the achievement of our goal and to consistently improve in our efforts. Important Dates to Remember June 1 – Day of 100% Attendance June 2- Parent Appreciation Program – Waterfront School 5:30-7:30pm June 3 – Planning meeting with Dr. Williams June 7 – DPCC meeting 6-8pm Makowski School - Press Conference to follow 8pm June 9 – Community Outreach to increase attendance June 10 – Stakeholder meeting with Mayor Facilitated by Noel Tischy

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Youth Day Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will present Youth Day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 10, 11 and 12 at the church, 402 Clinton Street where Rev. Daris Dixon-Clark is pastor. Youth Day 2011 kicks off with a Friday Night Powerhouse Tag Team Revival at 7 p.m.; followed by Fun in the Sun with games, vendors and more on Saturday from 11 4 p.m.; and Sunday Morning Worship “Youth Takeover” Sunday, June 12 at 9:45 a.m. A Musical will be held Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. For more information call 8471020.

First Shiloh Annual Luncheon

The First Shiloh Baptist Church Senior Ministry is sponsoring their annual luncheon on Tuesday, June 14, at noon in the E.J. Echols Fellowship Hall , located at 15 Pine Street. The cost is $10 per person. For additional information, please contact the church office at 847-6555.

“Enough is Enough” Youth Concert 6th annual concert of the Western City-Wide Prayer NewTheYork chapter Youth will be SaturNew Hope Church Of God By Faith, 175 Woodlawn Ave. Reginald Daymon – Pastor June 06, – June 10 Beginning nightly 6-7pm Bethesda Full Gospel 1365 Main Street Bishop Michael Badger – Pastor June 13 – June 17, 2011 Beginning nightly 6-7 pm Pentecostal Temple C.O.G.I.C. 618 Jefferson Ave. Matthew Brown, Pastor June 20 -June 24, Beginning nightly 6– 7:00 pm

day, June 4 at 6 p.m. at St. Martin De Porres church, 555 Northampton Street. The youth are from various churches throughout WYN. The WNY Alumni Choir will be he special guest. The 2011 Debutante for the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Ms. Kiara Martin, will be present. For more information call 897-1532. Mrs. Ella E. Robinson is chapter representative for the WNY area.


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Perfecting Worship Center 491 Ontario Street Adrian Smith, Pastor June 27 – July 1 Beginning nightly 6 – 7 pm For More Information call Elder Wiggins @ (716) 954-3330

Farrakhan Speaks to Christian Ministers


ince 1978 when Minister Louis Farrakhan set out to reestablish the Nation of Islam’s Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad he has found a welcome environment within America’s Black churches due in great part to his insightful delivery of Biblical scriptures. Farrakhan’s May 17 appearance at the American Clergy Leadership Conference held at Chicago’s Life Center Church of God in Christ dealt with the prophecies in Revelations, the clergy’s duty to align with the mission of Jesus Christ, to stand for truth, to warn their congregations and the ‘wicked’. The Muslim leader began by affirming the Islamic doctrine of belief in all of the prophets with no distinction between them and the acceptance of all of the scriptures that they brought. “God is not the author of confusion, but He is the author of peace,” Farrakhan stated to the multi-racial gathering, “God does not have many religions, He only has one… in the end, the Book says there’ll be one Lord, one faith and one baptism.” Farrakhan stressed the duty of pastors to preach an “unadulterated” gospel of Jesus Christ. He pointed LEROY to the failure of some clergy to warn their congregations BAYLOR of the seriousness of the times and how the people will suffer. “How could you preach Jesus and not understand the time and what’s going on around you,” he asked, “why are you afraid to stand up in your pulpit and tell your people that the judgement of God is on the world and specifically on America?” “It doesn’t make me feel good to tell America what’s coming”, he continued, “…that death and destruction has entered America and most of us are not prepared for what God is bringing down…America is almost past praying for. And, if the government of America under President Obama does not repent, you’re living in a house that soon will be no more.” Farrakhan concluded his speech with a report on the positive experience of the Nation of Islam with the Dianetics technology learned from the Church of Scientology. The Muslim organization has set a goal of several thousand Dianetics auditors who can assist its membership and community residents to overcome psychological wounds from rape and abuse. Minister Farrakhan said that Black people would not have made it in America without the church, its songs and preached word. However, he feels that the ability to transform lives and to heal deep psychological wounds requires the additional science found within Dianetics. Farrakhan emphasized that he was not giving up his Muslim religion for the religion of Scientology. The technology he said would make individuals better members of whatever religion they currently practice. Page 6

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Benefit for Shannon Miss NaTania Parker is State Finalist in the National American Miss New York Danielle Smith A benefit for Shannon Danielle Smith to help compensate medical expenses, will be held on Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Swannie House, 170 Ohio Street at Michigan. Tickets are $20. In December, Shannon suffered a devastating loss of her baby at 24 weeks. While hospitalized she developed Septic Shock and DIC, and had to have all four of her extremities amputated as a result. Shannon, 28, was born and raised in Buffalo. She is the devoted mother of her two-year-old son Oliver V. She attended BUILD Academy, Bennett High School and ECC. In 2006 she relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a graduate of Kaplan College and was pursing a career as a Pharmacy Technician. The fundraiser will help with the extensive medical bills that Shannon is facing during her recovery and rehabilitation. For tickets and basket donations contact Debbie Green at 838-0125; Janice Alexander at 896-6858 or Geneva Smith-Johnson at 896-6498.

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Miss NaTania P a r k e r, a g e 15, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss New Yo r k ( N A M ) Pageant to be held July 16-18 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Rochester. Miss Parker The National American Miss pageants are held for girls age 4-18, and have the different age divisions. NaTania will be participating in the Jr. Teen age division, along with other outstanding young ladies from across the great state of New York. The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the offi-

cial crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in California where she will receive an exciting complimentary Tour of Hollywood and two V.I.P tickets to Disneyland. The National American Miss Pag-

eants are dedicated to celebrating America’s future leaders and equipping them with life-long skills. Each year the pageant nationally awards 1.5 million dollars in cash, scholarships and other prizes, which includes a New Ford Mustang Convertible!

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entertaiment Larry Salter Band to Perform at Schhiller Park Music Fest Schiller Park Community Services announces the third Schiller Park Music Fest, a music and dance party for ages 55 and better, on Saturday June 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Schiller Park Senior Citizen Center, 2057 Genesee Street, in Buffalo. The featured band Larry Salter will be Larry Salter and the Sounds of Success, a six-piece band playing Rhythm and Blues and Soul from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Admission is only $4 in advance and $5 at the door. You must be 55 or better to enter. Bring your dancing shoes! For tickets, call 895-2727. For more information, call 896-4021.

ON STAGE *DMS: George Duke, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Wed., June 1, Kleinhans Music Hall, For tickets call 885-5000, also at Doris Records.

*Sunday Dinner-Jazz by the DuBenion Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Season’s Restaurant, 1581 E. Delavan Ave., tickets $20; 604-7516.

*Morris Day and The Time, Thursday at the Square, June 9, downtown Lafayette Square; Also, The Missing Star and Autopunch, free and open to the public.

*JAZZ JAM SUNDAY, 6:30 to 10pm, Cafe @ Masten & Eaton 230 Masten Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, 716883-2311. Featuring the Tune Ups, T. Rob, Marlow Wright and James Davis. Open mike 9pm. Karaoke Tuesdays 8pm with Gordy.

*WakaFlocka, live @ The Main Street Armory, Friday, June 10 @ 6 p.m.; Music by DJ’s Grand Imperial, Willie Daniels & Legend; 900 E. Main St.; (585) 232-3221. *Avant & Raheem DeVaughn , live in concert with special guest, Friday, June 10,m Auditorium Theatre, Rochester; doors open 6:30, showtime 7:30; tickets Auditorium Box Office, or 1.800.745.3000. *Natlie Cole headlines Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival , Eastman Theatre 
Rochester, Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m. tickets at Ticketmaster, or can be purchased by phone at 800745-3000 or at the RBTL Box Office at the Auditorium Theatre (885 E Main St., Rochester). For more information visit the Jazz Fest website.

*Friday Night Jook Joint at African Cultural Center, May 27, 350 Masten Ave., 9 p.m. - midnight; $15; 884-2013. *KENNY WOO ENTERTAINMENT June 18, 7 pm Old School R&B Concert at The Tralf tix are $25 available at The Tralf and all TicketMaster locations. *RESCHEDULED: Oscar Alston Plays the Music of Barry White has been rescheduled for an upcoming June date. Stay tuned! ; *Buffalo East, 1412 Main St., 5:30 p.m. Sundays, “Take Flight Open Mic,” hosted by Verneice Turner w/ music by Take Flight. 713-9340. On Stage Listings are Free. Write: The Challenger, On Stage, PO Box 474,, Bflo., NY 14208; or email:

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Seeing Things...Taylor Made Gifted Buffalo native Charkunda Taylor amazes clients with unique art form


ow special moments are captured for a person varies. Sometimes a picture is taken to capture a moment one does not want to forget, or maybe through collecting memorabilia such as a ticket stub from a concert or sports event attended; other times there is only the memory itself. Buffalo native Charkunda Taylor has mesmerized his cli- Asantawa ents by capturing Holly the smallest details and breathing life into their special moments in a very unique form of art. Not new to the art scene Charkunda Taylor owner and creative force behind Taylor Made Collectibles

and Charkunda Taylor Art has had a pretty diverse artistic background.”I went to school for graphic design, did some freelance drawing, and I also have worked with crafting and sculpting” Taylor says Taylor. A very athletic Charkunda combined his passion for sports and art and has not looked back.”My first piece was actually a sports piece. Being an athlete I wanted to capture something that I love so I started sculpting art that reflected special moments in my sports career and pretty soon I was creating art pieces for my teammates also”. How do we describe what Charkunda does? “It is basically sculpturing, combined with crafting and hand painting, but I just classify it as art,” says a laughing Taylor. Recreating moments for clients such as weddings, anniversaries, children or even a famous movie scene there is no limit to what can be created. The process can began with a simple picture that has captured a special moment for a client. “I start with the clay and work from there”. The end result what was once a picture has become a 3-D replica full of life. The best part of the process for this artist? “The most satisfying moment for me is presenting the piece to a client and seeing their reaction to the art.” Saying Charkunda has a keen eye for detail would be an understatement. Viewing some of his work brought to the interview was an astonishing a replica of a football scene where even the turf looked realistic. On diversity and the Buffalo community art scene Taylor says, “The Buffalo art scene is wonderful. I know Buffalo has a reputation for not supporting certain things but I think the art scene is embracing where you can be different, create differently and still be embraced and accepted by the art community.” “I am currently working on branding the name of my work. I am looking forward to releasing some series of my art and also doing some exclusive pieces and single figurines through Charkunda Taylor Art” Taylor passionately says about future plans. When asked where he would like to see himself within five years he replied enthusiastically, “I hope to be one of the biggest artists to come out of Buffalo and hopefully well on the way to making a name for myself worldwide.” Any last words for the Challenger

readers Charkunda? “If you have a dream to do something stick with it. It’s the people who quit, who don’t get to see their real potential. So do it Big” Charkunda Taylor’s works were on exhibit May 20th at The Legacy House, 58 Linden Park, put together by Assembly Women Crystal Peoples. For more information on Charkunda visit: or and you can also follow on twitter, facebook and myspace. Hotep, (Promoting positive Buffalo talent at

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Willie Lynch letter:

Book Review:

Black Students. Middle-Class Teachers by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

The Making of a Slave


his speech was delivered by Willie Lynch on the bank of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1712. Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies. He was invited to the colony of Virginia in 1712 to teach his methods to slave owners there. The term “lynching” is derived from his last name.

Greetings, Gentlemen. I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest plantation in the West Indies, where I have experimented with some of the newest, and still the oldest, methods for control of slaves. Ancient Rome would envy us if my program is implemented. As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we cherish, I saw enough to know that your problem is not unique. While Rome used cords of wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its highways in great numbers, you are here using the tree and the rope on occasions. I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree, a couple miles back. You are not only losing valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum profit, you suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed. Gentlemen, you know what

THEOur CIVIL WAR Story On July 17, 1863, at Honey Springs, Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, the 1st Kansas Colored fought with courage again. Union troops under General James Blunt ran into a strong Confederate force under General Douglas Cooper. After a two-hour bloody engagement, Cooper’s soldiers retreated. The 1st Kansas, which had held the center of the Union line, advanced to within fifty paces of the Confederate line and exchanged fire for some twenty minutes until the Confederates broke and ran. General Blunt wrote after the battle, “I never saw such fighting as was done by the Negro regiment....The question that negroes will fight is settled; besides they make better solders in every respect than any troops I have ever had under my command.” Page 10

your problems are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. In my bag here, I HAVE A FULL PROOF METHOD FOR CONTROLLING YOUR BLACK SLAVES. I guarantee every one of you that, if installed correctly, IT WILL CONTROL THE SLAVES FOR AT LEAST 300 HUNDREDS YEARS. My method is simple. Any member of your family or your overseer can use it. I HAVE OUTLINED A NUMBER OF DIFFERENCES AMONG THE SLAVES; AND I TAKE THESE DIFFERENCES AND MAKE THEM BIGGER. I USE FEAR, DISTRUST AND ENVY FOR CONTROL PURPOSES. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of differences and think about them. On top of my list is “AGE,” but it’s there only because it starts with an “a.” The second is “COLOR” or shade. There is INTELLIGENCE, SIZE, SEX, SIZES OF PLANTATIONS, STATUS on plantations, ATTITUDE of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, East, West, North, South, have fine hair, course hair, or is tall or short. Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you an outline of action, but before that, I shall assure you that DISTRUST IS STRONGER THAN TRUST AND ENVY STRONGER THAN ADULATION, RESPECT OR ADMIRATION. The Black slaves after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self-refueling and self-generating for HUNDREDS of years, maybe THOUSANDS. Don’t forget, you must pitch the OLD black male vs. the YOUNG black male, and the YOUNG black male against the OLD black male. You must use the DARK skin slaves vs. the LIGHT skin slaves, and the LIGHT skin slaves vs. the DARK skin slaves. You must use the FEMALE vs. the MALE, and the MALE vs. the FEMALE. You must also have white servants and overseers [who] distrust all Blacks. But it is NECESSARY THAT YOUR SLAVES TRUST AND DEPEND ON US. THEY MUST LOVE, RESPECT AND TRUST ONLY US. Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control. Use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. IF USED INTENSELY FOR ONE YEAR, THE SLAVES THEMSELVES WILL REMAIN PERPETUALLY DISTRUSTFUL. Thank you gentlemen.”

Author and educational consultant Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu has released a very thought provoking book on the educational plight of African American students. Many of us are aware of the academic achievement gap between White and Black students. At the elementary level there is almost a three stanine difference and on the SAT there is a 200 point differential. The book explores the probable causes for this disparity. They include low teacher expectations, inadequate time on task, a mismatch between teaching and learning styles, tracking, an irrelevant eurocentric curriculum, negative peer pressure, poor parental involvement, parental income and marital status, school funding, and genetics. Kunjufu analyzes the above and provides a wealth of references. I was amazed to read that the future of the Black race lies in the hands of White female teachers who constitute 83 percent of the elementary teaching force. There has been a 66 percent decline in African American teachers since the landmark Brown vs. Topeka school integration decision of 1954. The African American male teacher has become a dinosaur. Kunjufu argues the problems are not resolved with those African American educators who lower expectations based on class. He also wonders why some teachers are against choice while sending their children to private schools. While Kunjufu has an Africentric ideology, he was not afraid to read and incorporate the research from the Heritage Foundation, Brookings and Manhattan Institute, and Education Trust. While many educators attribute the gap to the students being low-income, what explains the gap which is actually wider between middle-income Whites and Blacks? How do we explain the success of so many schools in low-income African American communities who have produced students well above the national average? Kunjufu documents that the most important factor is not the background of the student – but the teacher. Please do not think the author believes it’s the race or gender of the teacher. Kunjufu clearly writes it’s not race or gender, but expectations, time on task, and qualifications. This includes the teacher’s college GPA, major, state exam proficiency, and historical teaching track record. This has a much greater influence on student performance than race or income. His last chapter, models of success is worth the price of the book. I would encourage Black Students/ Middle Class Teachers for all educators, parents, and community residents concerned about the future education of African American children. (Dr. Kunjufu will appear in Buffalo on June 13 at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Ave. as part of the Juneteenth Sankofa Days.)

Buffalo Auto Spectacular Car-Truck and Bike Show! In addition to launching our $5 donation Center of Hope Drive, we’re making a number of other self-help plans and activities this summer. As you know, the Support Drive is just asking for a donation of just $5 a week for a total of $10 a week from Darnell community memJACKSON bers to help us put 100 kids to work when school is out. We’ll have more information later. We hope to re-open for youth activities very soon. On Saturday, June 18th - Juneteenth Weekend, there will be a Buffalo Auto Spectacular Car-Truck and Bike Show in our lot at the Old Wonder Bread off Barthel St., corner of Urban from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Registration is $20 for cars, trucks and bikes and $2 general admission. There will be music Growing up on the eastside of Buffalo on Box Avenue, Emery J. Vereen III (E.J.) is a graduate of Hutch-Tech High School, Class of 1983. After high-school, E.J. joined the U.S. Marine Corps, 8 years of Active Duty. E.J. attended the EasternCarolina University for 4 years for Mechanical Engineering. E.J. returned to Buffalo, driving his hobby, his toy!- A lowered Isuzynotedly called “Dis Be Badd!” for those of you who remembered its loud Kicker Sponsored Sound System, body kit with Black and Red paint dripping style, it was very-very different!

Currently E. J. is in the Buffalo Area Manager of the $29.99 Show Warehouse located on the eastside on Bailey Avenue. Instead of preparing his new toy for Car Shows, he decided to hold an Inner-City Car-Truck and Bike Show, for the Eastside Community The Buffalo Auto Spectacular Car and Bike Show, was created as an original idea that came to life on May 16th 2010 on Bailey Avenue. Partnering with friend Claude Dove, the show was funded out of their pockets. Over 20 trophies were awarded, at the old Burger King Lot. This year E.J. will partner with The Eastside Redevelopment Task Force Inc., Exec. Director Darnell Jackson Sr. The 2011 Buffalo Auto Spectacular Car and Bike Show will be held on

June 18th 2011 and will kick off from 12:30pm – 7:30pm. Location this year will be at The Old Wonderbread Building parking lot on the Urban St. side. Follow the Juneteenth Parade and come on over and enjoy some of the hottest products hobbies and toys Western New York has to offer. For more i nformation contact E.J. at 833-3035 or 812-2957.

-71Not knowing is true knowledge. Presuming to know is a disease. First realize that you are sick; Then you can move toward health. The Master is her own physician. She has healed herself of all knowing. Thus she is truly whole.

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

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

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Interview with Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. James A.Williams

Council, Mayor and schools that will build the community and help the system. Personal refection: Overall (residency) is a good thing. Our kids need to see role models and teachers… I live in the city and I go to GiGi’s, the barber shop on Delavan, I go to Wegman’s. When I was growing up we saw out teachers in church, in shopping malls and we acted different. The problem is so huge and no one thing will solve it -residency alone will not solve it.

In The Eye of The Storm... W hat a difference a year or two makes. In 2009 the district, under Dr. James A. Williams, made headlines when the Board of Regents led by Commissioner Mills, applauded the Buffalo School system for making great progress and said others should come to Buffalo to see what we were doing to turn the system around. In stark contrast last week, Regent Robert A. Bennett called the Buffalo Schools worthy of a state takeover in one headline story, and in yet another, named the person he would like to see, suburbanite Donald A. Ogilvie, succeed Williams as Buffalo Schools Superintendent. Right after that, the local daily newspaper, in an editorial, called for Williams’ head to roll. By all accounts, James A. Williams has become Public Scapegoat #1 for whatever ails the schools here; a system that’s been broken for as long as any of us can remember. Confusion reigns as the powers that be continue to build their case to get Williams out of town, and fast. Next Tuesday, June 7, Dr. Williams will address the African American community at the Merriweather Library from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. during a community-wide public meeting. We caught up with the superintendent over the holiday weekend to get his side of all the drama being played out so sensationally in the media. What became obvious during the conversation, is that Williams is not running a popularity contest And he understands clearly, that aside from the fact that the problem has existed long before he came here, it is a reflection of the crisis facing districts around the country, and there is no simple solution. He dismissed the examples of his so-called “Self destructive path” found in the editorial calling for “Time for New Leadership.” ”I’m here to help children. That’s the only reason I’m here, to protect children. I’m not here to deal with adult behavior.” But there are clearly adults who want to deal with Williams. And some observers point to the power behind the throne - namely Williams’ control of close to $2 billion. -Issues and AnswersWe asked Dr. Williams: Q: What is your response to those who blame you for the failure of the Buffalo Public Schools? A. The articles in the last several days have really been surprising to me (but someone is obviously feeding the media the information). Based on the May 29 article you can see what their plan is and who they want in here. The African American community should not sit back and let that happen …Not saying it should

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be me...but no one should be able to come in and say who they want the interim superintendent to be with 65% of this system African American.... What is Regent Bennett doing to help this community? This school system? I haven’t heard him say anything about improvement. .

Q:What was your reaction to receiving a poor evaluation from the Board last week? A: I have not received an unsatisfactory evaluation.What was printed in the News is not true. It was lower than last year…last year I got exemplary… (this year) it was above satisfactory. There are no grounds to be fired…. Those things are not true. There is no question that we do need to do better in this school district. Back in 2009 the headlines cited the Board of Regents led by Commissioner Mills applauding the Buffalo school system for making great progress and said others should go into Buffalo schools to see what we were doing to turn the system around. Then in 2010 we got a new commissioner and he said the tests that were being administered were too easy…but who picked the tests? They did. so they changed the passing score (cut score) AFTER the tests were administered. I’m not saying you should not change the cut score, but that should have been planned and not done spur of the moment. So what did that do? Across the state a lot of low performing schools – and urban school districts were hit the hardest - and all of a sudden you have all these failing school…but you set the stage for us to have failing schools…and every year since I’ve been here they’ve changed the graduation rate requirements. I have criticized this state because we need more pathways for children to graduate – every child is not going to pass 5 Regents – so what do children do? They– drop out of school. Take their GED…maybe go to college, get a job or go into the military. This community needs to wake up and stop sitting back…Right now the requirement to pass the English and Math Regents is 65. They’re getting ready to raise the English (ELA) to 75 and math to 80… The Big Five superintendents met with the board of Regents and asked them why? If they were to they put that in place today graduation rate in NYC would be 22%, Buffalo would be about 19% …They talk about this country being behind but we are not going to ever catch up until this structure is changed. It’s a cultural thing. We have very bright children in this country, but the children coming in from all over the world are out performing our kids. Q:What do you see as your greatest accomplishments as superintendent to

date? Your greatest disappointment? A: Greatest accomplishments – when I first came here about 30 percent of our students were in the proficient areas in math and ELA – and our math and ELA scores have increased 50—60% and when they changed the cut scores everything dropped. We have some of the finest facilities in the country; spent over $500 million in technology…we have the 9th best high school in the nation ….City Honors. We have Mandarin Chinese being taught to kids – last year sent 15 kids to china. We have to become more global *Our athletic program has gone from “F” level to “A plus. *When I came here our scholarship scholarship offerings were about $10 million they are now up to $25 million….. *Coming up is our big scholarship celebration for athletes who have graduated and going to college *We’ve expanded our foreign language offerings Major disappointment? We have not changed the culture of the unions in this city – our working conditions. We talk about attendance of students – but we also need to look at attendance of teachers! In many cases it’s not good… People who run the classrooms are not coming to school…. i.e. we have administrators/principals who can take off 60-65 days legally; 24 vacation days, off during spring break and summer; 15 holidays, sick leave days, personal leave days; “We only work 182 days…” There is a case where for four consecutive years one teacher has taken off an average of 40 days a year! All of us can take some blame but we have to change the structure in order to deal with this.And yes our teachers need raises….but need to change the working conditions…we’ve got to have a longer school day and longer school year… -This is a unionized town and a lot of people don’t’ want things to change and they want the status quo to continued…and its hurting our children.

Q: What is your response to charges that a two-tiered unequal educational system exists in the City of Buffalo? A: Its always been that in this country…when I came out of school in the early sixties– all Black – they grouped schools…it’s nothing new. But one thing that’s happening in Buffalo that’s positive is that equity is happening here in our in our facilities thru course offeringsand technology. In Buffalo we’re making progress toward changing that by equalizing the resources we’re giving our students and teachers. And remember, when they opened up charter schools that was another tier! We’d better wake up!

Dr. Williams/Photo Jim Bush

We’re fighting over the crumbs here in Buffalo….and while we’re fighting the world is changing fast….. Q: On the issue of curriculum, would you support a mandatory African Infusion curriculum in the schools? A: I would support discussing it and I would want to see how it would it help children. The balancing of the curriculum may be a better word (i.e. mathematics’ African origin should be incorporated into the teaching of math). Q: A stakeholders meeting proposed by Senior Deputy Commissioner John B. King Jr. to work out a solution for the city's low-achieving schools has been finalized for June 10. Do you plan on being a part of that meeting? And what would you like to see come out of that session? A: Yes. The systematic changes…Race To The Top, PLA Schools, etc. and the key thing that must be addressed is are we committed to make those things work and make it happen for all children , and if we are lets develop a plan to do it. . Q: Is there a specific plan in place to improve the graduation rates and lower the suspension rates – particularly among Black boys - in the Buffalo Public school system? A: There’s no plan - it’s a cultural thing. I’m trying to get the state to change the philosophy of multiple pathways to graduation. That’s what this community needs to fight for. I can’t put a plan in place to improve poverty. That’s a major factor contributing to failure in this country and people make money off poverty. We have to put the money in, starting with the formative years ( kids 4 years of age) and working with them; working on the culture; the balancing of the history etc. you can’t wait until 9th and 10th grade and say lets change it. It’s too late. Q: Do you feel that teachers who work in city schools should reside in the city? A: Two answers. If we put a plan in place to give them some type of economic down payment in order to improve the housing…yes. .It should be a joint plan between the Common

Q: Do you support the reinstatement of professional truancy/attendance offices in Buffalo Public Schools? A: No I don’t. This is where we need to help our families. Lets take the money to help you as a parent. You go into some of these homes and you see where these kids come from and you see why they don’t come to school. So how do we help you as a parent change the atmosphere and living conditions to improve this? Truant officers are like band aids on cancer. But lets say we do put them out there – then we need a different title…will they go into these neighborhoods to work with these kids? So if we have then we need to look at a different model – a different type person than before.. A person who can come into the community and knock on doors without fear. A lot of these kids - and I do it every day - you just need to talk to them. Will these people be able to do some night work? We’ll need a new model, a different type of person. Q: There is a new issue – that of Kindergarteners not going to school! A. Pre-school and kindergarten are not mandated by law in NYS….so a large percent of our kids don’t go to school until 5 years old…then they’re behind…and there are possible discipline problem…all this stuff is a racket…its by design to slow people down .Since we have the poverty challenges please bring these kids to school, let us take them at 4 years old, 5 years old…let us start working with these youngsters. That’s where we begin to change the drop out rate. -Together We Will Win“People have to see there are solutions to the process,” concluded Dr. Williams, and he warned against the age old tactic of divide and conquer. “THERE ARE GREAT THINGS GOING ON IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT….BUT WE DON’T FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE THINGS,” he pointed out. The community needs to work with him while he’s still here and focus collectively on solving the issues that face our kids , he said - many that extend beyond the schools. “They are correctable,” said Williams. -a.b.


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Dear Eve: I have a couple of friends that talk so much about people behind their backs that I have a strong feeling they are doing the same thing to me. I feel so strongly about it that whenever I attend a gathering where they are among the guests, I try to be the last to leave. To talk about people that much behind their back could actually kill a person, couldn’t it? I have talked to both of them about it. Their only retort is EVERYBODY DOES IT. Is that true? Otherwise we are good friends. When will they ever stop doing it? It’s getting out of hand. Somehow, will you please allow me to be… ‘Nameless’ Dear Nameless: No one can truthfully say that everybody does it, because who on this earth knows everybody? Backbiting has not been referred to as actually killing a person, but it HAS been referred to as killing one’s character. Some people have developed this practice so much that they don’t actually realize it has become a habit, nor do they realize that in the Bible (Ecclesiastes 1:15) it reads: “That which is crooked cannot be made straight.” These people that you refer to as friends seem more like acquaintances. Are they really good friends? If so, read the Bible to your friends. Try Proverbs 25:23, “The north wind driveth away rain; so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.”

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC), a subsidiary of Empire State Development (ESD), is guided by its mission to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo. ECHDC is working through a public/private partnership that will result in the investment of $300 million in Buffalo’s waterfront district. Recent successes for ECHDC include: • The completion of the $53 million Erie Canal Harbor Redevelopment Project, which revitalized 12.5 acres of idle waterfront space into a contemporary downtown tourist destination; • The demolition of the Memorial Auditorium; • The creation of a shovel ready site on the Aud Block through utility relocation and earth stabilization; • Remediation of the Donovan Office Building, paving the way for its eventual re-use; • Finalizing an agreement with Cargill, Inc. to purchase a seven acre parcel located directly next to the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) ice boom storage site; • Negotiations with NYPA and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) over the acquisition and transfer of an additional 125+ acres of Outer Harbor lands; and • The completion of an extensive public outreach process, involving a dozen meetings, hearings and open houses in order to solicit input from the community regarding waterfront development. Chief among the development projects that ECHDC is working on is “Canal Side,” which involves the revitalization of over 20 acres of prime waterfront land within the City of Buffalo’s historic Erie Canal district. This project is expected to comprise more than one million square feet of retail, cultural, residential, office and other mixed-uses. In 2007 ECHDC entered into a non-binding predevelopment agreement with Benderson Development. Currently, Benderson is engaged in negotiations with HSBC regarding the development of a new office building on the Webster Block. It is expected that future RFPs will be issued for the balance of the Canal Side parcels. The next development phase for Canal Side will involve the construction of public infrastructure and a canal system on the Aud Block. During the recent period of public outreach, the community requested that the alignment of the new canal system follow the pathway of the Erie Canal as it connected to its western terminus. In response to this request from the public, ECHDC redesigned the canal system and will use historic documentation in order to achieve the correct alignment. Completion of the canals is slated for Q2 – 2012. In addition, ECHDC is focused on reestablishing access between the Inner and Outer Harbors. As a result, the Corporation is spearheading the Buffalo Harbor Bridge Study, which seeks to determine possible locations and structure options for a rapid access vehicle and pedestrian connector between the Inner and Outer Harbors. This study is being funded through a partnership between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), NYPA and ESD. The Historic District subcommittee, headed by Jordan Levy, is looking into the possibility of opening a café on the ground floor of the Naval Museum and locating a variety of food vendors on the southern portion of the Central Wharf. Bathroom and shower facilities will be constructed for boaters using the docks. The committee is also studying the feasibility of laying down a temporary asphalt bike lane in order to connect the Central Wharf with the existing bike trail that extends behind the DL&W building and down to Festival Park. David Colligan leads the Outer Harbor subcommittee. Plans under consideration for the Outer Harbor include the creation of Lakefront Meadows Park, covering Gallagher Beach with sand, opportunities for vendors, establishing a water taxi to the Inner Harbor, and improving the existing infrastructure of docks and breakwalls. The Buffalo River subcommittee is headed by Julie Barrett O’Neill. The committee emphasizes the need for branding and marketing, trail connections, grain elevator revitalization, artistic bridge interpretation and programming and activities. In order to honor the rich heritage of the Historic Canal District, ECHDC has contracted with LORD Cultural Resources and convened a Cultural Steering committee, made up of local cultural experts in order to define the “Story of Buffalo” and to determine what cultural organizations and programming will amplify the rich history of this area. ECHDC is calling upon the insight and expertise of a team of nationally recognized artists, curators and museum directors for its Canal Side Art Selection committee. The goal of the Canal Side Art Selection committee is to identify an artist or group of artists who can create an iconic art work or set of art experiences for Canal Side. This public art project will enrich the experience of visitors to Canal Side in particular and Buffalo in general. ECHDC has the support of local, state and federal officials. Congressman Brian Higgins has been a longtime champion of waterfront development and worked to secure our NYPA funding. ECHDC President Thomas P. Dee recently met with State Senator Tim Kennedy’s staff in order to provide an overview of our current development plans and to discuss ways that his office can assist our agency. ECHDC has also reached out to the offices of State Senators Mark Grisanti and Patrick Gallivan and we expect to meet with them in the next few weeks. ECHDC’s funding is made up of multiple sources, listed below: • • • • • •

$105 million, New York Power Authority $21 million, New York State $5 million, ESD- Blueprint $10 million, City- by-City $11.8 million, Federal Transit Administration $11.3 million, Federal Highway Administration

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B ID S Board of Education Buffalo, New York Division of Purchase 716-816-3585 **Sealed proposals will be received in Room 816 City Hall On: Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM for RFP #10-11-086 OPERATING SYSTEM & NETWORK SUPPORT On: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM for BID #10-11-092 AIR FILTERS & BELTS On: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM for BID #10-11-105 TRUCK RENTAL Specifications and bid forms are available at Craig A. Koeppel Director of Purchase

Part-Time Instructors Genesee Community College anticipates openings for part-time instructors for the Fall 20 11 semester at the Batavia Campus. Polysomnographic Technology Program: Registered Ploysomnographic Technologist and Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s preferred. Preference given to candidates that also maintain licensure as a Registered Respiratory Technologist. Three years of broad clinical experience as a practicing registered Polysomnographic Technologist is required. Prior college teaching experience is preferred. Ideal candidates will possess a passion for teaching and learning, a sense of humor, a positive attitude and a willingness to embrace technology. They will strive to create and maintain personal connections with students and the college community. (S)he must be a friendly, enthusiastic team player with a strong work ethic who contributes to Genesee’s supportive community, dedicated to effective innovative strategies for student success. For more details and to apply online visit Review of applications will begin immediately. Please include a cover letter, resume and contact information for four references. GCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to foster- ing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body, and strongly encour- ages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.

BIDS Buffalo City School District Advertisement for Bids Sealed proposals for the following project will be received at the office of the Board of Education, Plant Services – 403 City Hall, Buffalo, New York, 14202. On Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. for School #12, 10:30 a.m. for School #74 and at 11:00 a.m. for School #94, proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud for: Windows, Exterior Reconstruction P.S. #12 Central Processing 33 Ash Street Window Sash P.S. #74 Hamlin Park Elementary 126 Donaldson Road Windows P.S. #94 West Hertel Academy 489 Hertel Avenue

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Beginning Tuesday, May 31, 2011 bidding document packages may be viewed and purchased through Avalon Document Services online Planroom website at , under “Public Jobs”, or ordered by phone at 716-995-7777. Please note that required bid bond is 20%. The work will be subject to the equal employment opportunity requirements. Any questions regarding this project, please refer to Deborah A. Dennis-Young, 716-816-3525. Paul McDonnell, AIA, Director of Facilities

Buffalo City School District Advertisement for Bids Sealed proposals for the following project will be received at the office of Plant Services & School Planning – 403 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202. On Monday, June 13, 2011 at 9:30 a.m., proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud for:

Technical Assistant Student Athletics Program Genesee Community College has an opening for a Technical Assistant – Student Athletics Program to provide support to the Athletic Department including maintenance of equipment and supplies, coordination and organization of intramural programming and summer camps, and promotion of sporting events. An Associate’s Degree and previous supervisory experience is required. Bachelor’s Degree is preferred. Strong customer service and interpersonal communication skills along with experience working in a college environment is desirable. For more details and to apply online visit Applications accepted through June 24, 2011. Please include a cover letter, resume and contact information for four references. GCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body, and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.

Licensed Beautician Wanted: Call 833-4016. New Unisex Salon. Nu Image. 834-8982.

Associate Dean of Campus Centers Genesee Community College, State University of New York, has an opening for an Associate Dean of Campus Centers at the Albion Campus. This position oversees the operations and provides leadership to our campus center that serves Orleans County by offering and marketing credit and non-credit programs to the general public, businesses and other agencies. Master’s Degree required; MBA preferred. Three years mid-level management experience required, preferably in an academic setting. Experience in managing both staff and facilities desired. For more details and to apply online visit employmemt/. Applications accepted through June 15, 2011. Please include a cover letter, resume and contact information for four references. GCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body, and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.

Gallery Director Genesee Community College has an opening for a hard-working, self-motivated Gallery Director for the new Roz Steiner Art Gallery to execute the operations of the Gallery and to teach the Fine Arts Program. Candidate must possess a passion for teaching and learning, a sense of humor, a positive attitude, and a willingness to embrace technology. This individual must strive to create and maintain personal connections with students, the college community, and the community at large. MFA or MA in Art History or equivalent, previous gallery management and experience teaching Art History are required. For more details and to apply online visit Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please include a cover letter, resume and contact information for four references. GCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body, and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.

Residential Construction Monitor/Part-Time – Belmont Housing Resources for WNY is seeking a parttime employee to monitor residential construction projects and assist in matters relating to housing construction and rehabilitation. The candidate will be required to work approximately 15-20hrs per week. Position could lead to full-time. Qualified candidate will have a High School Diploma/GED and a minimum of 5 yrs. experience in housing construction, rehabilitation or related fields. Certified NYS Code Enforcement Officer preferred. NYS Drivers license and reliable transportation required. Submit resumes with salary requirements by June 8, 2011 to EOE/AA

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PROJECT 66-010 NEW WINDOWS P.S. 66 – North Park Middle Academy Buffalo, NY 14216 Beginning Tuesday, May 31, 2011, bidding document packages may be viewed and purchased through Avalon Document Services online Planroom website at, under “Public Jobs”, or ordered by phone at 716-995-7777. Please note that required bid bond is 20%. The work will be subject to the equal employment opportunity requirements. Any questions regarding this project, please refer to Christine Hentz, 716-816-3565. Paul McDonnell, AIA Director of Facilities


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Dance Lessons with Smooth Steppers: Urban Line Dance, smooth style Ballroom, Steppin’ and Swing; CRUCIAL Center, 230 Moselle St., Saturdays at noon; Tuesdays at 6 p.m. $3; 633-7813. *Line Dancing With Pearl Harris: 6-7 p.m. Pratt Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt St. donation $2. Wednesdays *Community Dance and African Drumming Classes: African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue, 3 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; $15 monthly; visit more information *Line Dancing Lessons, First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St., 6:30 p.m. Fridays. 847-6555. Free. *Line Dance Lessons: 10 a.m.-Noon; Martha Mitchell Center, 175 Oakmont St.; 444-2046 or 833-1038, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday 6-7:30 pm; $2 *Line Dance by George Patterson: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 896-7021, Mondays & Thursdays. *June-Teenth Afrikan Family Time Drum Dance and Song: 6-8:30 p.m.; GatewayLongview Family Resource Center, 347 Ferry Street. Fridays * Argentine Tango Every Monday with Travis Widrick 7 - 10 p.m. 1st hour beginners lesson,The Gallery @ Chow Chocolat, 731 Main St. *Salsa Night Every Wednesday with Calvin and Fanny 7 - 10 p.m .1st hour beginners lesson The Gallery @ Chow Chocolat 731 Main St. *Latin Night 1st/3rd Friday with Chun Poh, Salsa, Merengue, ChaCha, Bachata 8 p.m.- midnight, Chow Chocolat 731 Main St. *Urban Ballroom Stepping, Swing, Beginners Salsa (all classes $3, 633-7813); Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. Urban Line Dancing; 7-8 p.m. Ballroom Stepping; Saturdays 1-3 p.m. Ballroom Stepping, West Coast Swing, Beginners Salsa. *Urban Line Dance: Learn some of the latest hot line dances,Mondays Old 600 Club, Mondays 7-9 p.m.; Wednesdays 6:15-8 p.m., ,St. Philips 15 Fernhill.


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speaker; hosted by The Association of Faculty & Staff of African Descent at Buffalo State College and the UB Minority Faculty and Staff Association. 878-4426/4224 or

Public Meeting : Regular meeting of Buffalo Track & Field Classic 2011: board of Westminster Community Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium, Jefferson School, 3 p.m., M&T Bank, One M&T & Best; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 837-4980. Plaza, `19th Floor. Family Community Day: Passport to Health: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., DelaFriday June 10 van Grider Community Center> Kemetic Yoga Workshops: Featuring Master Teacher Yirser Ra Hotep, R Kemetic Yoga Workshops: Featuring Healin’ Center; Jennifer Rice 836-1293 Master Teacher Yirser Ra Hotep, R Healin’ Center; Jennifer Rice 836-1293 or email or email

Student Talent Search: Grade School and College Students. Downtown Public Library Auditorium, 1 Lafayette Square, 3:30-7 p.m. Hosted by Youth Prison Prevention Project. (716) 563-5515. Friday June 3

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Gerard Place Health Fair: non to 4 p.m., Gerard Place, 2515 Bailey Ave. near Delavan; free health info, screenings, lunch and more.

Networking in Higher Education conference: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Holiday Inn buffalo Amherst, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd.; Dr. Tricia Ross keynote

New or Gently Used Clothing Needed for Community Giveaway The Eastside Redevelopment Task Force, Center of Hope, 313 Fourgeron St., is conducing a clothing giveaway for the community starting June 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. New or gently used clothes are accepted daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or clothing can be picked by calling Mr. Jackson at 570-9165.

Nash House Tours The historic home of the late Rev. J. Edward Nash and Mrs. Frances Jackson Nash Open: Thursday and Saturday from 11:30 - 4 pm. $10.00 entrance Other times and group tours available by appointment.

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Greater Refuge Temple Flea Market: 9am-5pm, Jefferson & High Streets; to help build a school in W. Africa; 886-2199. Sunday June 5 Annual Carnival in MLK Park. LAST DAY Monday June 6 Public Hearing on Proposed Council Redistricting Map: Noon, Room 209, Buffalo City Hall. Final hearing. Tuesday June 7 School Superintendent Williams to Attend Community Wide Meeting: 5:30-7:45 p.m., Merriweather Library; hosted by We Are Women Warriors group; 894-0914 or 536-7323; community urged to attend. Wednesday June 8 Beyond The Rhetoric Community Forum: A discussion with Phil Rumore, President Buffalo Teachers Federation, community leaders and teachers on how to better serve our youth’s educational needs; 5-7 p.m., Merriweather Library; 1324 Jefferson Ave; hosted by 100 Black Men of Greater Buffalo.

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