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101 Years Young!

Around Town Caribbean FilmFest Fridays

All films take place at 7 p.m. The Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Avenue. *Friday June 24: “The Price of Sugar”


Browns Square Park

SWV, Al B. Sure! Digital Underground Lisa Lisa & DJ Rob Base


Gates: 1 pm/Show: 2 pm



gen. admission in advance, $20 week of 7/17


Rochester Convention Center

Mint Condition, Jagged Edge, Noel Gourdin & BUZ


limited advance. $45 gen. seating $55 week of 7/17, & $65 VIP seating/ reception 6-7 pm

Doors: 6 pm/Show: 7 pm

And: People’s Choice Kitchen, 507 Chili Ave. Mad Flavors Clothing, 185 Lyell Ave. Doris Records Inc., 286 E. Ferry St., Buffalo, NY Rochester Convention Center (July 23 & 24 only) 123 E. Main St. Rita’s Styles Unisex Hair Salon, 400 Andrews St.

Questions? Call 311 Outside the city call 428-5990





The Urban League of Rochester HOSTS GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR ONE ECONOMY’S YOUTH PROGRAM, DIGITAL CONNECTORS Groundbreaking Program Provides Technology and Mentoring for Under-


served Youth


Are You Registered to VOTE?

*The art of Jim Pappas, Jack White, and Eddie Davis. The Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave., is excited to show the works of these veteran artists whose last major exhibition in Rochester was in 1975. These contemporary works are a must-see for art enthusiasts. Exhibit runs July 1- August 27.Artists' reception July 1 at 6 pm. 563-2145.

Tickets available at:

Sat. JULY 90’s Tribute


Nona Patterson Chambers will celebrate her 101st birthday on June 29 at the Diplomat Party House, Rochester, NY. She is choir mother to AKOMA, Rochester’s African American Gospel Choir in which a scholarship is in her name. She was born June 30,1910. A very special Happy Birthday!

*Sunday, July 3: Salute: 13th Annual MAAFA: Day of Remembrance: Durand Eastman Park off of Lakeshore Blvd. 4 to 6 p.m.. Event is free. There will be a keynote speaker, African drumming and dance, libation and much more. The event commemorates the struggles and triumphs of people of African descent world wide. Attendees are asked to wear white and bring flowers and a lawn chair. Refreshments will be served. For more info, call 234-1641 or e-mail theMaafa@


Every child is a work of art. Create a masterpiece.

The Urban League of Rochester (ULR) recently hosted a graduation ceremony for the youth involved in its Digital Connectors program. Digital Connectors, a program developed by the One Economy Corporation, identifies talented young people, ages 14 to 21, from diverse backgrounds; immerses them in certified technology training; builds leadership skills; and prepares them to enter the 21st century workplace. Participants give back to their community by training family members and residents in effective technology use.

Register your child today for classes beginning this September!

The graduation ceremony took place June 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm at the Urban League of Rochester, 265 North Clinton Avenue, Rochester 14605.

Because you care…Choose UPK. The Rochester City School District’s Universal Pre-K programs provide the comfort of knowing that your child is receiving a quality education, with classes that develop creativity, confidence, and the skills necessary for success. And, with programs at schools and community centers around the city, UPK provides the choice of a location that is most convenient for you and your child.

For more information, call 262-8140 or visit

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TEEN PAGEANT FINALIST: Shatique J. Anderson, 15, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Junior Teen Pageant for New York 2011. It will take place in Rochester NY in July. Shantique will enter her Junior year of High School at McKinley Vocational School in the fall where her major is Horticultural. She enjoys playing basketball and the clarinet. “I am happy to have this opportunity to enter the Miss American NY Pageant to let other teens know that you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to follow your goals and dreams and stay focused in life,” she said. Congratulations Shatique!

John and Jewel Williams Celebrate 68th Wedding Anniversary! John and Jewel Williams are celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary on July 4. John and Jewel met in 1937, started dating in 1940 and got married in 1943. Through this union they produced 11 children, 21 grandchildren, 24 great-grands, and two great-great grands. The family will have a family picnic to celebrate their anniversary on July 4.

Open Air Market Coming Soon! Daily “Open Air Market” at the Ink Spot. We are looking for 16-20 vendors to provide goods and services to the Ferry Jefferson Community. Contact the Ink Spot at 716)-881-7594.Hours: M-F 10am- 5pm Sat: 9am-4pm

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Young Filmmakers Invited to Participate in American Black Film Festival: Seek Community Support It’s official! The Experience, (the feature documentary shot in Ghana, West Africa, directed by Addison Henderson and executive produced by Korey Green and Quin Walters) was accepted into the 2011 15th Annual American Black Film Festival in Miami, FL! Sponsored by HBO and CNN. THIS IS HUGE! The ABFF is the premier film festival that showcases the hottest up and coming black filmmakers in America. Celebrities and industry executives come out every year to support the filmmakers and the amount of exposure is priceless! However these young filmmakers need your support today! The film festival dates are July 6-July 9, 2011 and it will cost us $2,500 to actively participate in the festival screenings and networking events. With their last feature documentary, The Forgotten City, that also premiered at the American Black Film Festival in 2006, they gained distribution through Free Speech TV and The Forgotten City played in thirty million homes. The Experience is a life changing film that inspires people from all walks of life to seek out and cultivate their true passions and purpose in life. The young men are are confident that their visit to the 2011 American Black Film Festival will prove to be highly beneficial, advantageous and inspirational. “Our presence at the ABFF will also allow us to promote our other projects that we executive produced, co-wrote and starred in ,” they stated in a prepad statement. “We did not make The Experience (or our other projects) alone and we will not continue on a path of success without your continued support! It has been a

The Fight for Justice Continues

Four 16-year-old African American boys, John Walker, Jr., Darryl Boyd, Darryn Gibson and Floyd Martin, were arrested for the murder of a 62 year old White man in Buffalo, New York on January 2, 1976– a murder they did not commit. The trial of the first three boys Green (left) and Henderson. occurred first and they were sentenced concerted effort from you, our business partners, family, friends, and industry to a combined total of 62 years in professionals who see our work and prison. 

 Floyd Martin was found innocent believe in what we are doing.” You can help by donating $10 (or and acquitted. John Walker served 21 years behind more) HOW TO DONATE: Call (866) 280-0859 or MAIL a check or money bars and has been on lifetime parole for order to: Knuckle City Films LLC, the last 13 years; Darryl Boyd served 5107 Edgewood Place, Los Angeles, 20 years behind bars and is scheduled to be released from parole on July 7th CA 90019 OR contact: 2011. Darryn Gibson spent 32 years Addison Henderson-Director & behind bars and after 8 months on Executive Producer parole, died suddenly of a heart attack Quin Walters-Executive Producer in 2009. Knuckle City Films LLC On Thursday, July 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in Niagara Square, a rally Summer Youth Program will be held in support of John Walker Indictment #41-413. Sign Up Announced Following the rally a few days later on July 11, the film ”Justice Delayed” Community activwhich tells the story of this grave ist Darnell Jackson is injustice, will premiere in the Market announcing that the Arcade Theater, 629 Main Street at Eastside Redevelop6:30 p.m. Written, directed and proment Task Force Center duced by Dr. Peter K.B. St. Jean, this of Hope Youth Promovie provides details and updates gram will be signing about the case, the struggle that John up youth on Saturday, July 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Center Walker has been leading over the last located in the Old Wonder Bread Build- six years to overturn their indictment, ing at 313 Fourgeron St. For more and presents a call to action to help prevent such forms of injustice from information call (716) 570-9165.

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“Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will.” Marcus Garvey

Buffalo Re-use welcomes James Green as their new Executive Director! Known as the discount “Home Depot”, Buffalo ReUse became nationally known from its principal role in Extreme Home Makeover’s Massachusetts Avenue Project. The local not-for-profit organization has recently upped the ante and is preparing for another extreme makeover, this time for the City of Buffalo as a whole. Adding a second location to its operation, Buffalo ReUse is positioning itself as a hub for the city’s green industry. Specializing in demolition recycling and green restoration, the expanding organization is gearing up to offer you affordable and practical ways to incorporate “green” living and energy efficiency into your daily life. Buffalo ReUse is refining the programs and services it currently offers while implementing powerful new initiatives. These services and programs include offering extremely discounted construction supplies, tool lending of over 1,000 tools, educational workshops, and job training. As the first order of business, Buffalo ReUse recruited decorated US Army Colonel James F. Green, as Executive Director. Born and raised in Memphis Tennessee, the prestigious veteran offers over 30 years of world class experience in strategic planning, development, and management. We sat down with Green to get his perspective on the green industry and how he plans to lead Buffalo ReUse and the City of Buffalo into the new era of environmental consciousness. “I have spent a lot of time in third-world countries and have seen firsthand the effects of overused landfills and the lack of reverence for the power of recycling.” Green shares. He points out that these negative effects are both long term and short term, and lead to physical and mental disorders at an unknown scale. Green makes it clear that we cannot continue to add material to landfills at this rate, “…it is simply unsustainable.” The brighter side of it all is that, “these materials from deconstructed buildings and homes have value, and recycling them has a powerful and positive impact on our local environment and economy.” For 25 years Green worked for the nation’s leading green innovation Continued Page 12

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15-year-old prodigy is youngest graduate of University of Baltimore A month shy of his 16th birthday, Ty Hobson-Powell made history last month when he walked across the stage at The Lyric as the youngest person ever to graduate from the University of Baltimore. Hobson-Powell gave up a fledgling basketball career when he began college three years ago, commuted more than an hour each way from his home in Northwest Washington after transferring last fall from Howard University and once completed 27 credits in a single semester while shuttling between classes at Howard, Montgomery College and the Internet. He will be going to law school in the fall, and possibly to medical school after that. But Hobson-Powell shatters the stereotype of the socially challenged brainiac who has little interest in the world outside academia. He’s also not a straight-A student. Ty Hobson Powell “He’s twittering too much and playing basketball too much to get a perfect 4.0” grade point average, Dr. Edwin Powell, who teaches at Howard’s medical school, said of the second of his four children. Hobson-Powell, who started kindergarten when he was “3 or 4,” said that being around older students “is nothing out of the ordinary. “The social interaction is fine — I can interact with 15-year olds as much as I can interact with 21-year-olds or 30-year-olds or older. I’ve been taught to be comfortable in any social setting that I’m in.” McKinney: Sounds Like Gaza...

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“We already know that this president is guilty of committing war crimes,” says Cynthia McKinney, the former Georgia congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate who recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Libya. “We’re seeing the Israelization of NATO policy” against Libya, through “collective punishment” and “refusal to allow food, fuel and medicine to come in as they bomb people. Sounds a lot like Gaza, doesn’t it?” McKinney and other activists are on an “Eyewitness Libya” speaking tour.

Failure of “Imperial Enterprise”

The “failure of the imperial enterprise in the Mideast” and election jockeying have produced “a complicated political moment” in the United States, says Chris Gavreau, a spokesperson for the United National Anti-War Committee (UNAC). “The viability and wisdom of the intervention in Libya has become a political football between the two war parties – the Republicans and the Democrats,” says Gavreau. “The question of whether to build bridges in Cleveland or Kabul” is an election issue.

Make the Banks Pay Rep arations

President Obama’s claim that he intends to bring the war in Afghanistan to an end rings hollow, says Tony Monteiro, Temple University professor of African American Studies. “The hypocrisy of it all is that there is no plan for nationbuilding at home” – no peace, and no peace dividend. “We should be talking about a 75 percent cut in the military budget,” says Monteiro. The nation also needs “a form of reparations paid to the people of this country by the large banks and by Wall Street.”

Lingering Effects of Obamaism on Black Minds

A recent poll shows 61 percent of Blacks believe the country is on the right track, compared to only 22 percent of whites. Author and researcher Paul Street says “that’s an odd thing to hear, when the economic indicators are going in a particularly awful direction for Black people.” Historically, Blacks “have always been the left-most and most skeptical ethno-cultural segment of the citizenry,” says Street, a former research director for the Chicago Urban League. “Now, that’s reversed,” with many African American minds “at war with material reality” because of the presence of a Black man in the White House. Wal-Mart Ruling Puts Burden on Workers The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of a class action sexual bias suit by 1.5 million current and past female Wal-Mart employees means that job “discrimination will have to be challenged on a case by case basis,” according to Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. Workers will now be compelled to identify “specific practices” that companies use to discriminate – a complicated task. And big firms like Wal-Mart will move to delegate more authority to local managers, to avoid responsibility for unfair practices.

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Healthy Heart Food Swaps Heart disease is one of the top killers in the nation -- but you don’t have to become a statistic. You can dramatically improve your heart health with one habit: swap out the foods that harm your heart and replace them with heart-helping foods. Practice consistently, and by the end of the month, you will have a new eating habit that will pave the way for a long and heart-healthy life!

7 Heart Healthy Food Swaps: Swap out butter for hummus or almond butter Swap out trans fats and other unhealthy oils for olive, flaxseed, sesame, and organic coconut oils Cut the salt and replace with fresh or dried herbs Swap out the greasy fries and fried snacks for an apple or nuts and seeds, especially almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flaxseeds Swap out the white flour foods, such as white bread, white rice, and pasta for whole grains, such as whole grain bread, oats, brown rice, quinoa, and wheat bran Cut back on heavy meat and eat more

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fish, especially halibut, mackerel, salmon, sea bass, and tuna Swap out fake foods for fiber-filled beans, vege

Top 10 Detox Foods Want to baby your liver? Keep your GI tract fit? Flush out toxins? These 10 foods clean your body and keep refreshing your vital parts all year 'round. No need to fast. Just take these three steps: "Eat clean," avoiding processed foods and chemical additives. Stay well hydrated by drinking lots of filtered water. Include some of these 10 foods in several meals throughout the week. The Detox Top 10 Leafy green vegetables.Lemons. Watercress, Garlic, Green tea, Broccoli sprouts, Sesame seeds, Cabbage, Psyllium,Fruits, fruits, fruits!They're full of almost all the good things in the foods listed above!

Important Health/ Heart Information Why keep aspirin by your bedside? About Heart Attacks There are other symptoms of an heart attack besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well asnauseaand lots of sweating,however these symptoms may also occur less frequently. Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep, did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water. Afterwards: CALL 911 - say "heart attack!" - say that you have taken 2 aspirins.. - phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by - take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and... DO NOT lie down

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Love Alive Summer VAR-SON Choir Day Camp Memorial Musical Love Alive Church will conduct their annual Summer Day Camp, July 11thAugust 19th Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. The camp will beheld at 161 Germain Street Bflo,NY 14207. Music, dance, drill, swimming, Bible lessons, school review andd much more will be offered for ages 5-11 are welcome. Please contact Mareshah Bowens-Camp Director at (716) 541-4689 for more information.

The Var-Son Community Choir will host a Memorial Musical in memory of Mr. Vernard Edwards and Mr. Gary Davis on Sunday, July 3 at 4 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, 4 02 Clinton Street. For more information contact Johnny Flakes at 832-7709 or 913-3229.

Keys of The Kingdom Youth and Family Miracle Crusade

Keys of The Kingdom Christian Ministries will host the 2011 Youth and Family Miracle Crusade Thurs-

ATTENTION WOMEN! A.W.I.R. Gospel Group has started. Call 444-2046 If you enjoy singing gospel, call us – it’s free! All Gospel Women – This is Your time! Rehearsals Will follow.

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Dr. Osizwe Raena Jamila Harwell (Eyi di yiye) Dr. Osizwe Raena Jamila Harwell (also known as Osizwe Eyidiyiye) is an educator, consultant and recent graduate of the PhD program in African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia PA. While at Temple she also completed the Women’s Studies Graduate certificate program and the Teaching in Higher Education certificate program. Her dissertation, This Woman‘s Work: The Sociopolitical Activism of Bebe Moore Campbell is a critical biography and social history that examines themes and trends in Black Women’s Contemporary Activism. Dr. Harwell has provided leadership at numerous functions and been an active figure in a wide array of departmental and campus wide programs, film festivals, and activities while at Temple. She was a 2007-2008 Graduate Associate in the Center for Humanities at Temple and also taught undergraduate courses in African American and Women’s Studies at Temple and Princeton University. Her teaching and research interests include African centered and culturally relevant pedagogy and curriculum, women’s studies, gender and sexuality studies, Black literature and history, child development and socialization. Osizwe (Raena) was born in Buffalo, New York to parents Dolores L. BoldenMilan and James Seku L. Harwell. She attended Buffalo Public Schools and served as senior class president at Hutchinson Central Technical High School in 1996. She then attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia graduating in 2000 with a GPA of 3.89 (Summa Cum Laude) receiving a B.S. degree in Child Development. Osizwe furthered her education by attending Georgia State University and completed her M.S. in Education in Urban Teacher Leadership with a GPA of 4.00 (Summa Cum Laude). Osizwe made her home in Atlanta, Georgia for nearly 10 years and served as an elementary teacher and school leader in the Atlanta Public Schools System for five years. Her thirst for learning led her to Temple University where she lived and studied for five years before returning to Atlanta last summer to complete her dissertation writing. At Temple, she completed her graduate coursework and comprehensive exams with a final GPA of 3.94.

Brandi Murphy Will Enter Nardin Academy in the Fall The family and friends of Brandi Emmilee Murphy would like to acknowledge and congratulate her on all of her many accomplishments. Brandi is 13 and attended the Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence where she took accelerated classes. Brandi has been an honor roll student since she’s been in school and is a well rounded student. Active in student affairs, she was also inducted into the honor society. She attends Buffalo Prep at UB and True Bethel Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Darius Pridgen. Brandi received several acceptance letters for high school from The Park School, Nichols, Nardin Academy, Hutch-Tech and Academy of Buffalo Sacred Heart. She has been awarded a four year scholarship from the John R. Oshei Foundation and will attend Nardin Academy in the fall. Brandi represented New York State as a finalist last year at the National American Miss Pageant.

Miss Meadows to Attend Virginia State University

Latoya Meeks Receives Degree from Morgan State

Dolores Pereira is Syracuse University Bound!

Jaycina Meadows, a recent graduate of Hutch T e c h H i g h School where she earned a degree in Computer Technology Engineering, will attend Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia in the fall. Jaycina was active during high school where she served as co-captain of the Drill Team and Student Council Treasurer. She was this year’s Hutch Tech Prom Queen and received the school’s Service Award during Class Day activities. The Urban League Scholarship award winner will major in Mass communication at Virginia State. She is the daughter of proud parents Bernice Jones of Buffalo and Richard Meadows of Orlando, Florida. Congratulations Jaycina!

Latoya M. Meeks graduated on May 21 from Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland with a degree in Biology. Latoya graduated from Buffalo Traditional High School. She studied abroad in Oaxaca Mexico. She also volunteers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and is a member of The True Bethel Baptist Church. Latoya plans to attend a medical school and obtain a Master’s Degree in public Health. She is the daughter of Latrecia Wiggins of Buffalo and Minister Michael Meeks of Durham, North Carolina. A special thanks to Pastor Darius Pridgen, grandmother Eddie Mae Harris and the Buffalo Urban League.

The family of Dolores Pereira is proud to announce that she graduated from Niagara Falls High School on June 25. Dolores will attend Syracuse University in the fall where she plans to major in drama. The talented young scholar, who graduated with a Regents diploma, was active during her high school years, particularly in the school’s Senior Chorus and Drama Club which awarded her a scholarship this year. A beautiful vocalist, she was one of four students selected to perform The Star Spangled Banner" during the 2011 Niagara Falls High School Eleventh Commencement ceremony at the Conference Center Niagara Falls. Dolores won at least four different Senior Year awards. Last year she was named Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara Falls, NY and placed second as Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Clubs for the entire Western Region. She also served as a Peer Educator for Planned Parenthood of Western New York. She is the daughter of proud parents William R. Key Sr. of Buffalo and Liza Pereira and John Henry Harris of Niagara Falls; the granddaughter of Avery Key of Buffalo; and the niece of a very special uncle, Steve Pereira of Buffalo. Congratulations Dolores!

Deoriana Ervin Graduates from St. Monica’s With Honors The proud family of Deoriana Ervin, an honor student at St. Monica’s Scholars would like to congratulate her on her graduation on June 17. She will be entering the 9th grade in September at Cardanial O’Hare High School. She was the top 8th grader at St. Monica’s Scholars Middle school under the guidance and leadership of Ms. Laura DeRigo. The proud family includes a devoted mother Delecia Smith, stepfather Clyde Duplantus, a loving grandmother Wilma Mack, father Robert Ervin and aunt, the late Roz Ricks all of Buffalo.

Congratulations Dr. Tonja M. Williams Tonja M. Williams was hooded and graduated, with a Doctorate Degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in May 2011. Her dissertation entailed an extensive exploration of “Black High School Students’ Perceptions Of Their Access To Pre-College Counseling Practices.” During her studies, Dr. Williams was awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Diversity Teaching Fellowship from Canisius College. She currently serves as the Director of Guidance and Counseling for the Buffalo Public School District and is the wife of Mr. Charles A. Williams. The couple has two daughters, Desiree L. and Kelly M. Williams. Dr. Williams is the daughter of Anthony Benson, Jr. and Elizabeth Benson.

Mr.Herring Receives National Honor The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) recently announced that Saint Joseph’s Collegiate Institute student David V. Herring II from Buffalo, NY, has been selected for membership. The Society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. JUNE 29, 2011

Miss Sanaa Graduates Little Miss Sanaa Jones graduated from Kindergarden to First Grade at Rainbow K. School on Franklin Street. Sanaa received a lovely “Miss Kitty” stuffed animal following graduation ceremonies from her proud mom, Shola Clark and brother, Damir. Congratulations Sanaa!!

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National Recording Artists to Headline WUFO Hall of Fame Party Next Saturday, July 9, Radio Station WUFO will celebrate its 50 years of service with a Hall of Fame Party at Pettibones at Coca-Cola Field from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Headlining the show will be national are recording artists Bobby Rush, Ernest Pugh and Shirley Murdock. Local talent will feature Men in White and Adora. There will be 10 DJ’s playing all the jams from over the years, award winning food from Pettibones , dancing, a neo-soul area with poetry and a slide show presentation taking you back 30 years. Four suites will present businesses in operation as long as WUFO: the Humboldt Inn, Lee’s Lounge, Doris Records and 1490 Enterprises. VIP hour will be held from 5-6 p.m. and guests will be treated to manicures, shoe shines, chess and more. “It’s a party!” exclaimed WUFO’s general manager Sheila L. Brown. The 2011 hall of Fame Honorees include T.C.Smith, David Michaels and Byron Pitts. Tickets for the gala are $30 general admission and are available at WUFO Studios and Doris Records. -Rich LegacyWUFO was Western New York’s first radio station programming to the African-American community WUFO 1080 am begun officially broadcasting on November 2, 1962

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ON STAGE *George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, plus Taylor Made Jazz and the Rod Nixon Project, Thursday, July 28, Erie Canal Harbor Central Whalf (adjacent to 1 Naval Park Cove, next to the Naval Museum – new Thursday @ The Square location); 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.

with famed Cleveland Disc Jockey Eddie O’Jay as the first personality on air broadcasting with a “rhythm and blues” format. WUFO has provided the nation with some of the most popular African-American radio personalities. such as famed NYC disc jockey Frankie Crocker, Gary Byrd and Jerry Bledsoe. \ Sheridan is owned by Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation. For more information about the gala and other 50th anniversary events, log on to www.wufoam. com On Stage Listings are Free. Write: The Challenger, On Stage, PO Box 474,, Bflo., NY 14208; or email:

ON THE SCENE WITH MARNETTA MALCOLM *Booty’s Back!: Legendary bassist Bootsy Collins is one of funk’s treasures, so seeing him live should be on evwill perform in Rochester Thursday, June 30 at the Party in the Park at 6 p.m. *LION KING, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, October 4-30, TICKETS ON SALE NOW at the Shea’s Box Office, or by calling 800-745-2000.

Hello and blessings to all… *Thursday, June 30th Christy Smothers “Buffalo Best Kept Secret” in concert Metropolitan Entertainment Complex ticket $15 *This is the last Friday in June for the Live Jazz at the Colored Marnetta Malcolm Musicians Club…adm $5 *July 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th Universoul Circus….UB Main Campus…. Tickets $20… *July 9th 10th …Taste of Buffalo….LOTS of delicious! LOTS of money! *July 14th …8pm…Kem with special guest Chrisette Michelle… Kleinhans Music Hall….Tickets at Doris and Kleihans Box Office….

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Neo-Soul Movement Live Smooth Jazz Sundays... Brings a New Flavor to Local Radio *93.7 WBLK’s New Jack is Back Dance Party, Sat. July 2, 8 p.m., Adams Mark Hotel; tickets at Doris Records or online at Call 852-9393 ext. 322 for more information. In case you haven’t heard there’s a brand new radio show in Buffalo. It’s called “The Neo Soul Movement.” Western New York’s Official Neo Soul Radio Show. It adds a unique listening experience to the Buffalo radio scene introducing music from artists not known to the Buffalo area such as Eric Roberson, Conya Doss, Ife, Van Hunt, and Vikter Duplaix as well as mainstream artists like Jill Scott, Maxwell, Marsha Ambrosuis, Ledisi and Anthony Hamilton. The show will also feature a Spoken Word Spotlight and artist interviews. “The Neo Soul Movement” is hosted by local Radio/TV personality Doug Ruffin. It airs every Saturday at 6pm

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Pee Wee’s Variety Store is sponsoring Live Smooth Jazz Sundays at 2335 Main St. (near Leroy) every Sunday, starting now through August 28 from 4 – 9pm. This Happy Hour features Oscar Alton on bass, Bilal Abdullah on saxophone, Russeau Taylor on guitar, and Ronnie Amos on vocals, plus accompaniment and guest artist. Top shelf liquor and beer, and wings and things are free during the Happy hour (5pm – 6pm)! Admission is free until 6pm and $1 after 6pm. For tickets or more information please call (716) 833-1620 or visit


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back with another stellar musical performance. If you missed the Faces of Love and the BBKS-Tribute to Motown, you won’t want to miss, “I Feel Like Singing” Savoy Style. Be sure to look for Buffalo’s Best Kept Secret, Christy’s latest original single , ”Call Me” on itunes Mid July, 2011. Buffalo’s Best Kept Secret- Christy Smothers invites you to come and enjoy a night of Jazz, Big Band and Swing, as she performs some of your greatest Jazz favorites with the nationally renowned band from NYC “Higher Vibe” and an Intermission performance by WNY’s Premier Illusionist Louis Cirulli, Thursday, June 30 at the,Metropolitan Entertainment Complex1670 Main Street Buffalo. For tickets call Esther 716-697-6034 or Alquin 716-335-1664$15 in advance and $20 at the door. Open Bar and Snacks from 7-8.

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“This holiday is yours, not mine...” 

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, held at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall. It was biting oratory, in which the speaker told his audience, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.”


ellow Citizens: Pardon me, and allow me to ask, why am I called to speak here today? What have I or those I represent to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? And am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits, and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us? Would to God, both for your sakes and ours, that an affirmative answer could be truthfully returned to these questions. Then would my task be light, and my burden easy and delightful. For who is there so cold that a nation’s sympathy could not warm him? Who so obdurate and dead to claims of gratitude, that would not thankfully acknowledge such priceless benefits? Who so stolid and selfish that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation’s jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs? I am not that man. In a case like that, the dumb might eloquently speak, and the “lame man leap like as an hart.” But such is not the state of the case. I say it with a sad sense of disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary. Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you this day rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you, that it is dangerous to copy the example of a nation whose crimes, towering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrecoverable ruin. I can today take up the lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people. By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yes! We wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive, required of us a song and they who wasted us, required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of songs of Zion. How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth.” Fellow citizens, above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions, whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are today rendered more intolerable by the jubilant shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, “may my right hand forget her cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!” To forget them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme, would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the world. My subject, then, fellow citizens, is “American Slavery.” I shall see this day and its popular characteristics from the slave’s point of view. Standing here, identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this Fourth of July. Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity, which is outraged, in the name of liberty, which is fettered, in the name of the Constitution and the Bible, which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slaverythe great sin and shame of America “I will not equivocate; I will not excuse”; Page 10

We Reject the Grassroots Endorsements: An Open Letter to Mr. Charley King Dear Editor: With all due respect to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mr. Charlie King, this community rejects the Grassroots enforcements and their call for UNITY. The Grassroots political group has failed this community miserably. Simply stated, not only have they not delivered to this community, they have sold-out the very loyal taxpaying Democratic base that put them on the map. Grassroots is the very reason there is a need to call for unity. Other than Judge Robert Russell and Council member Darius Pridgen, the Grassroots Endorsement is meaningless. We can only hope the two of them don’t get caught-up in the continuing collapse of power. If you dought the vilitie of the above statement, I would refer you to last years re-election bid of former State Senator Antoine Thompson. And if those numbers don’t convince you of the Grassroots ineptness and the reasons for their lack of respect from this community, here’s a look at their record of achievement, by the numbers: 1.Former City Council member Brian Davis, forced to leave office, now facing federal charges including jail time.

I will use the severest language I can command, and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgment is not blinded by prejudice, What to the American slave is your Fourth of July I answer, a day that reveals to him more than all other days of the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brassfronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy’s thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour. Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the every-day practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival....

2.Antoine Thompson lost his re-election bid to a Republican new comer. Demorcats out numbered Republicans by more than 5 to 1 in that district. 3.Barbara Williams is aliened with Republican County Executive Chris Collins. Together, they cost this community and cultural groups thousands of dollars. 4.Buffalo Public school system ranks 97th out of 97 school system in the State of NY. 5.Buffalo school system graduates a dismal 25% of Black males. 6. Last month, students, parents and residents staged a boycott t of the Buffalo school system. 7. Black unemployment is near the 55% range. 8. Buffalo ranks /tied for 47th out of 48 worst cities to find a job. Number 48 is hurricane ravaged New Orleans. 9. Economic development on Buffalo’s east-side is all but non-existent. Central Park Plaza, Kensington Heights are the best examples. 10.The federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) wants monies given to the city returned for missuse. 11.The city has requested the Control Board be removed. The last 3 Governors have refused that request. 12.Buffalo is the only major city in the Country with a Police Chief with a High School Diploma, appointed by the Mayor. 13.The city continues to spend millions on the Waterfront and down town projects, while the inter city continues to crumble. Only Grassroots would think their candidates are worthy of re-election with a record like this. Unfortunately, the community might have something else to say about that. Currently, there are petitions are being circulated against Council Members Smith and Russell, as well as County Legislator Barbara Williams. Our group would like to request that you contact Alnisa Banks (Editor

and Publilsher of The Challenger) to set up a meeting with you and a group of community leaders. People like former Councilmember Cliff Bell, local TV and radio show host Mary Davis and Ted Kirkland would be more than happy to share their thoughts on Grassroots and the needsof this community. -Residents for a Better East-Side DID YOU KNOW... • About 43 percent of Black men and 42 percent of Black women in America had never been married, in contrast to 27 percent for white males and 21 for white females. • In America between 1970 and 2001, the overall marriage rate declined by 17 percent; but for blacks, it fell by 34 percent. • In New York City, Blacks have an abotion rate of nearly 60% compared to 20% for Whites. • Only 47 percent of Black males graduate from high school on time compared to 78 percent for White males. -Dr. Anthony Bradley educator, media commentator & author of Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America.

8 The supreme good is like water, Which nourishes all things without trying to. It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus it is like the Tao. In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. When you are content to be simply yourself And don’t compare or compete, Everybody will respect you.

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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JUNE 29, 2011

Buffalo Public Schools: Enough Blame To Go Around


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hat a difference a year makes. In 2010 the Board of Education, impressed with School Superintendent Dr. James Williams, voted to extend his contract. On Monday they met to vote on firing him. However the effort to ouster the embattled administrator was unsuccessful. After about an hour of discussion behind closed doors, Board President Ralph Hernandez, who convened the meeting, announced that “it is the will of the board, at this point in time, that we will not... pursue Dr. Williams’ termination.” The Board of Education’s decision not to fire him was the right one for the city’s thousands of students said Dr. Williams. “I was very appreciative,” he said in reference to the vote. “ It was the right decision to make for the children.” The news that some board members were seeking his removal even though he announced plans on June 1 to retire at the end of the 20112012 school year, caught many of his supporters in the community by surprise. A meeting to oust him was first called last Wednesday, but was cancelled and rescheduled for the June 27th date. Hernandez said that those members seeking his removal had enough votes going into the session to fire him Monday, but during the course of the meeting, those votes did not materialize. Citing pressure and frustration, Hernandez vowed to never again to try to terminate Dr. Williams. -Looking AheadDespite whatever problems he may have inherited when he was hired in 2005, Dr. Williams has remained a staunch advocate for children and for the removal of “adult behavior” in the effort to improve the quality of education for all of the city’s students. The decision to keep him in the position as Superintendent to the end of the school year he said, was extremely important, in that it will allow him to continue laying the groundwork for real reform. In addition to continuing his focus on literacy and improving reading skills, he wants to see the new data warehouse system, which identifies at-risk students, available to all the schools to better help teachers plan for the needs of children. The district, he said, is in the process of implementing Common Core/ Academic Standards; the development of “Great Leaders Great Teachers”; and Accountability Performance Based Testing. The work for 2011-12 will range from balancing the budget, programming, training teachers and administrators, to renovating schools, and running athletic programs. “On July 5th we start summer school, “ he noted. “Then we have September when we open for regular school...and then we have all this work to do with President Obama’s Race to the Top education reform agenda...his plan to improve education across the country.” Dr. Williams ran off a list of reforms and standards that have to be met from training teachers in a system of nationwide common academic standards to adhering to the state law 3012C that will tie the performance of students to the evaluation of teachers and principals. However one has to be certified by the State for any administrator to evaluate teachers, he said, which is another level of training for administrators. He also noted a change in the testing standards and said that teachers will have to be trained to administer the new Performance Based Tests. Network teams for PLA schools (“Persistently Low Achieving”) ; Elementary schools; and High Schools will consist of a Data Specialist, a Curriculum Specialist and an Instructional Specialist. These teams will work with the Inquiry Teams in each school; the purpose of that is to work with teachers and data to improve teaching and learning. A joint Intervention Team will bring an expert in to evaluate the PLA schools. Once that report is done and the state approves it “you have to write a plan to secure grant money to implement the plan on how to improve schools,” said Williams. “Had I been terminated that would all be in limbo.” Dr. Williams has always acknowledged the problems within the system, JUNE 29, 2011

For at least the past several months, the public school system in Buffalo has been lurching from one chaotic moment to the next one! From published reports that only 25% of Buffalo Public Schools’ African American male, high school students that entered the schools as freshmen, are graduating four years later- to the idiotic move of the Buffalo Board of Education members voting to abolish residency requirement for its teachers; one can rightly surmise BETTY JEAN GRANT that the public school children of Buffalo are in a whole heap of trouble. In addition, Dr. James A. Williams, superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools, has found himself in the eye of the storm. That, in itself, is another whole mess of worms. As many of you know, Dr. Williams was rightly called on the carpet for the abysmal rate of retention of mainly male students in our public high schools. Some of the reasons for this may actually be the fault of Dr. Williams but a lot of the blame must- and should- be shared among the classroom teachers, the parents and guardians and to a larger degree, the students themselves. Number one, Dr. Williams and his bosses, the board of education members, must be held accountable for allowing unqualified or incompetent teachers to remain in their classrooms or any classroom in the school system. They should have been fired, allowed to retired or reassigned to non teaching duties where they can do no harm. Secondly, the parents and guardians have an obligation to make sure the student is in school each day and most importantly, once he or she is in school that they stay there for the whole day (no more checking in at 9 or 10 or 11 a.m. and then leaving for the shopping malls a few hours later). Parents also need to make sure that the student is clothed appropriately and fed a nutritious breakfast before they leave home. As a parent, I would never give a teacher the responsibility of washing my children clothes in school because I was either too lazy or trifling to make sure that his clothes

particularly those impacting African American boys. And although many issues will remain after he’s gone, he has vowed to work to the very end to “make sure we are educating all children.” “I want to encourage parents, particularly of inner city children, please send your children to school on time.” Dr. Williams does not claim to have a magic wand, but he assures, “The academic atmosphere is changing...”

were clean before he left the house. Thirdly, The students must want to want to be successful. If a student does not put a value on being smart, has no historic knowledge or appreciation of his cultural being, or wants to blame everyone but himself for his lack of achievement; then how can a caring community, loving parents and the best school system in the world guarantee that individual student a productive and rewarding school experience? The ills of the Buffalo Public School system are multiple and deep and those shortcomings can be documented in reports going back at least 40 years or more. For us to blame one particular school superintendent or the current board of education or even today’s younger parents, will neither resolve our problem nor will it bring about a solution. It is going to take the aggressive movement being put forth by organizations such as the District Parent Coordinating Council (D.P.C.C.), Alliance for Quality Education (A.Q.E.) and other named and unnamed organizations to work hand in hand with school administrators, parents, teachers, teachers unions, community leaders and yes, the student themselves, to effect a permanent and lasting solution. And yet it seems that because of overall criticism of the Buffalo Public Schools, the fact that several board members are running for political office in the upcoming election, and the need for certain board members to distance themselves from Dr. Williams; the media and those with hidden agendas and documented animosity toward the school superintendent are jumping on the ‘Dr. James Williams must be fired immediately’ bandwagon. By the time you read this, Dr. Williams might be the Buffalo Public Schools’ ‘ex’ superintendent. But whatever his status is, I want to say, “Thank you. Dr. Williams, you came into a troubled and failing school system and I believe you did the best you could.” Right about now, I want to talk about some of the highlights of Superintendent Dr. James A. Williams’ career here in Buffalo: A. The renovated schools are beautiful and the state and taxpayers’ investment was well-spent. Burgard, Performing Arts and City Honors High Schools are ‘showcase’ schools. B. The Advance Placement classes have quadrupled under Dr. Williams’ watch. C. The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood project that includes Highgate Academy, Bennett High School and Westminister Charter School will be as successful as the New York City’s Harlem Children Zone (on which it was loosely patterned). D. Dr. Williams has done an ‘about face’ and now publicly support the reinstitution of vocational schools in public education. (and for this I commend and congratulate his change in stance Continued Page 12


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The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority will receive sealed bids for BMHA Job #11-08CF Roof Replacement and Masonry Restoration at Commodore Perry Homes (AMP 21). The Prebid Conference will be held on Thursday June 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM, local time, with all potential bidders assembled at the Capital Improvements & Development Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204; the project walk-through may be held/scheduled after the meeting. Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 PM, local time, on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at the Capital Improvements Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204. Bids received after the stated time will not be accepted. Bids will be opened and publicly read aloud immediately after specified closing time. All bid forms must be filled out and returned. Sets of contract documents may only be obtained at the Capital Improvements Office at 320 Perry Street, with a deposit of $100 per set. Only certified company checks, bank checks or money orders made payable to the Buffalo Municipal Housing authority will be accepted. This deposit is refundable upon return of complete sets of documents within 14 calendar days after the bid opening. Failure to comply with this time limit will constitute forfeiture of the deposit. The BMHA reserves the right to reject any bid which fails to conform to the essential items, required by the contract documents and to reject any and/or all bids submitted. Dated: Thursday, June 16, 2011

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BETTY GRANT continued on this issue. “As you may recall, Dr. Williams, when I was a school board member; you and I fought ‘tooth and nails’ on the closing of Seneca Vocational School in 2005).” Community, we have a lot of work before us and regardless of who is in charge of our public education system, we, as our children’s stewards, need to step up and fight to ensure that our children do not miss an opportunity to get a quality education. We certainly pay enough in city and state taxes to guarantee this but somehow we need to make sure that it happens. So for a change, “let’s put our mouths where our money is”!


English Language Institute The University at Buffalo, SUNY seeks applications for the position of Director, English Language Institute (ELI). The ELI provides English as a Second Language instruction to the University's matriculated and non-matriculated student populations, with both non-credit programs and creditbearing classes offered. The Institute also supports a series of externally funded programs and overseas program. The Director is to provide oversight for all ELI programs. Responsibilities include: strategic planning and new program development; overseeing the curriculum and instructional quality; supervising personnel and mentoring new instructional staff; providing oversight for the Institute’s student admissions, testing and placement and student advisement services; and supporting various administrative duties. He or she may teach Institute courses on occasion, as well as mentor individual students as needed. A Ph.D. degree and five years of directlyrelated experience are required. Details are available at under Posting Number 1100277. Salary range: $75,000-$90,000 per year Application deadline: July 22, 2011. All applications must be submitted via; applications may not be submitted via any other method. The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. (AA/EOE)



County of Erie, New York RFP: TO PROVIDE FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES TO MEET AN EMERGENCY FOOD, MEDICINE OR OTHER NECESSARY SERVICE FOR YEAR 2012 The Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS) is seeking proposals from non-profit agencies to provide Emergency Services to meet an emergency food, medicine or other necessary service for year 2012. The RFP # 1111BC can be found at and a complete copy of the package can also be obtained by contacting Ellen Mosack, ECDSS Quality Analysis & Control Unit at 716-858-6529, or via Ellen.Mosack@ All correspondence, communications and/or contact with the County in regard to any aspect of this proposal shall be with Ellen Mosack. Prospective proponents, or their representatives, shall not make contact with or communicate with any representatives of the County, including employees and consultants, other than the designated person in regard to any aspect of this proposal. Final sealed proposals are due to the Erie County Department of Social Services, Quality Analysis & Control Unit, 95 Franklin Street, Room 860, Buffalo, New York 14202 by 4:00 p.m. (EST) on July 18, 2011. Erie County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and waive any informality. Carol Dankert, Commissioner of Social Services

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JUNE 29, 2011

UniverSoul Circus “The Awesomest Show Ever”!


he UniverSoul Circus, known as “Hip Hop Under the Big Top” will return to Buffalo July 7th thru the 10th, on the campus of the University of Buffalo in the parking lot at Main St. and Bailey Ave on South Campus (see their ad page 16) It’s been called “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top. Tickets are on sale now at and There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarhill Gang; volunteering for the “Soul Train Line;” singing 2,200-part harmony

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with the kids to Sponge Bob Square Pants, or enjoying a musical finale with the entire cast line-dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” – there’s something for everyone to interact with at UniverSoul Circus, recently proclaimed by a youthful online fan as “The Awesomest Show Ever.” Visit for more info, show times, and schedules. Also follow us on universoulcircus and www.twitter. com/universoulcirc UniverSoul Circus is on a mission to be the most liked circus in the world by acquiring 1 million “Likes” on Facebook by December 2011, the end of its 2011 tour season. It’s as simple as going to www.facebook. com/universoulcircus and pressing the “Like” button. You’re going to love our show, but you can “Like” us now on Facebook.

The UniverSoul Circus line up for 2011 will flat out blow you away. New acts include the beautiful and enchanting Rahel of Ethiopia will twist and turn her way into our hearts with a cutting edge presentation of contortion we like to call Pretty Girl Rocks. If that’s not enough we traveled all the way to Dalian, China to unearth Modern Biker Girls, a group of amazing young ladies who will put any extreme biker to shame with their amazing two-wheel, non-motorized, dexterity. And we’ve brought new meaning to the Russian Swing Act, armed with an acrobatic attitude and a whole lotta rhythm as they swing themselves into the upper echelons of our big top. “We are a circus with a rhythm and beat all our own,” said UniverSoul Circus Founder and CEO Cedric Walker . “We will always produce a show filled with soul and hip hop

music, and we will always feature only the most dynamic performers from around the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re an urbanite or a suburbanite, old school or new school, generation X or Y, pre-school, high school or grad school – I strongly believe everyone will find something to enjoy at our show.” And the rest of our amazing cast of UniverSoul Circus performers include, a daredevil motorcycle globe act, trickster dogs, high wire, tigers, Caribbean and stilt dancers, and elephants. Ta youthful online fan as “The Awesomest Show Ever.”

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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. *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, 6337813); 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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Monday July 11

Free Gospel Concert: People’s Park (on Main St. between Jewett and Fillmore), 1-6 p.m.; Men in White Choir, Delivered, Micah Black, Marvis Tayon and Zaydok; bring your lawn chairs!

Heritage buffalo River Tour: Miss buffalo Dock at Erie Basin Marina; adults $15, children 6-12 $10, 5 and under free; 856-6696.

Phi Omega Scholarship Foundation Annual Golf Tournament: Tan Tara Golf Club, 4391 Tonawanda Creek Rd, N. Tonawanda; 465-5343 or 860-4119 for more info.

Rummage Sale/Aminat Mumina: New and used items for sale, 1380 Jefferson (next to Rhythms), 9 am – 4 pm; funds to support the Children’s Festival.

We Are Women Warriors Meeting: 5:30-7:45 p.m., Merriweather Library; 536-7323 or 894-0914.

Did You Lose Anything at Juneteenth?

Wednesday July 6



Thursday July 7 John Walker Fight for Justice Rally: Noon – 1 p.m., Niagara Square (see story page 3).

Items lost at the Juneteenth Festival were turned in to Police District C Station. You can also call Juneteenth headquarters at 891-8801.

JUNE 29, 2011

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EVERYBODY LOVES A PARADE! Pictured above are scenes from this year’s Juneteenth Parade as captured by photographer Joel Williams. The parade results are as follows: King, Nathan McCrea; Queen, Charlotte Cardwell; Best Float, Ciminellli; Best In Performance, Gospel Difference; Best In Sportsmanship, Devastation Drill Team; and Youth In Sportsmanship, Buffalo’s Finest Drill Team. Congratulations! And hats of to the Juneteenth Parade Committee for another great job! Photos Joel Williams

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