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Rochester Rallies for Trayvon around town

*Community Dialogue Series: Last Friday Heritage Jazz Series: The Music of Wayne Shorter, March 30, at 7 pm; Live musical performance by “Culture Clash,” featuring the music of Wayne Shorter. Hosted by Dr. Carl Atkins, Professor of Music at RIT Admission $10 per adult, refreshments served.Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave., Rochester, 585-563-2145.

Larie Butler

Missing Teen

*Dead Mums Don’t Cry: Weds., Apr. 4, 7pm, 49 mins., Program sponsored by “Operation Onesie,” a 2020 MicroClinic Initiative program to lower maternal mortality in Kenya.Adminssion: Donate cash or a set of new or used Onesies and receiving blankets.Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave., Rochester, 585-563-2145.


arie Butler, an 11th grade student at East High School has been reported missing since last weekend. The staff at East have been very concerned about the lack of media attention this story has been given, considering it is now Amber Alert. We all know that if this was a missing student from any surrounding town it would be front page news. The Rochester Police Chief has called her disappearance “suspicious” and said investigators do not believe Butler is a runaway. Butler lives at 15 Lynchford Park. She is five feet tall, about 125 pounds and was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, jeans, gray and pink Nike sneakers and gold earrings. Family members have been posting fliers with that information across the city. The last tie her mother talked to her Larie told her by phone about 3:30 p.m. Saturday (March 24) that she loved her and a friend was going to pick her up and take her to the marketplace Mall. She may have been in the area of the mall between 3 and 4 p.m. and in the area of east High between 6 and 7 p.m. that same day.

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*Joseph Vogel: Michael Jackson and the Re-invention of Popular Music;Thurs., Apr. 5, 7pm, Discussion and book signing. Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave., Rochester, 585-563-2145.

On Sunday March 25th the Rochester community united to show support for justice in the Trayvon Martin case. People gathered at the Liberty Pole then marched down Main Street and right onto State Street to rally at the Federal Building. There was a great spirit of unity in the crowd upwards of 2,000 people! PHOTOS PASTOR KENNETH Q. JAMES

*The Rochester Association of Black Journalists will present the documentary Fear of a Black Republican from 4 to 7 pm. April 21 at the Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave.After the screening of the documentary, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Helene Biandudi , the local host of NPR’s All Things Considered and a reporter for the WXXI news team. Panelists include Henry Smith Jr., Orleans County legislator, and Dr. Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, a political science department faculty member at the U.of Rochester. $5 suggested donation. For details, call (585) 230-6028 or (585) 563-2145 as well as www. or

*Frances Hare Creative Events: Traditional African Dance sessions April 1st, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Danceencounters, 215 Tremont, door, #8 on the 1st floor. *On Sunday, May 6th, "Family Day Arts and Crafts Fair," 11 a.m.-5 p.m., in the same location (see above). *Traditional Dance Intensive is $50 for the 3 hours: the craft fair is three dollars.

*“The State of African Americans in Rochester” : The Rochester Black Political Caucus Presents “The State of African Americans in Rochester”Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at Nazareth College 4245 East Avenue-Otto A. Shultz Community Center. Call 585-753-1940 for information. *SISTERS FOR OBAMA :Saturday, March 31 from 1 - 5 pm Tajze Wine Lounge, 139 State Street Rochester. For details contact Zola Brown Phone bank callers needed, Thursday, 3/29; 5-8pm, Where: 28 Mitchell Rd., Pittsford, the home of Lynne Davidson Jarrell.This Thursday, 3/29, supporters will be gathering to begin a conversation with PA’s swing voters as we work to put this allimportant state in the President’s column. *Obama Rally @ RazOrsharks basketball game, Sunday, April 1 @ 2 pm, Blue Cross Arena.Obama supporters will sit together in section 224, general admission section, cost $5.Please wear your President Obama shirts. buttons, and hats. Fired up!!!! Ken Preston 585.336.9921 Obama Grassroots Organizer and 2008/2012 Obama Delegate Rochester, NY

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ABC will hold an Essay Contest opened to all Monroe County Youth who are senior students. The question for the 500 to 700 word essay: “What do you believe are some of the issues related to race that persist in your community?” Deadline for submission is Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5 p.m. Submissions should be sent to: First Prize is a note-book computer and a $500 scholarship!

Your Right to Vote in New York State: Individuals with Criminal Convictions and Those Detained in Jail or Prison Part II- Prepared by the League of Women Voters-

Once they have received your application, your county board of elections will mail your ballot to you. To vote by absentee ballot in New York State, your ballot must be post-marked on or before Election Day and must be received by the board of elections no later than seven days after Election Day. Can I vote in New York if I’m on probation? Yes. If you are otherwise qualified to vote, anyone who is on probation, even if convicted of a felony, may register and vote in New York. How do I register to vote? You need to fill out and submit a Voter Registration form. You may register in person at your local board of elections or at any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year. You may register by mail. Forms are available from your county board of elections, town and city halls, post office, political parties, various state offices, and the League of Women Voters. Contact the League of Women Voters of New York State 1-866-LWVNYS1, the New York State Board of Elections 1-800-FOR-VOTE, or your county board of elections to have a voter registration form sent to you. You may also download a voter registration form in New York State from http://www. Complete, sign, and submit the form, either in person or by mail. Do I have to have a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or other documentation about my criminal history in order to register to vote? No. You do not need to provide any documentation about your criminal history in order to register. What address should I put on the voter registration form if I am in jail? If you are in jail or prison awaiting grand jury action or trial, or confined after conviction for an offense other than a felony, you should register to vote in the county of your permanent address. Put your permanent home address on the registration form, not the address of the facility where you are incarcerated. How do I vote if I’m in jail? You will vote by absentee ballot. To get an absentee ballot, you must fill out an absentee ballot application form. You can request the application form by writing to your county board of elections or you can download one from the New York State Board of Elections website ( See the instructions below for writing to the board of elections; if the information you provide them in the letter is sufficient, they may consider the letter an absentee ballot application. Upon completion, your application must be mailed or delivered to your county board of elections. Once they have received your application, your county board of elections will mail your ballot to you. To vote by absentee ballot in New York State, your ballot must be post-marked on or before Election Day and must be received by the board of elections no later than seven days after Election Day. League of Women Voters of New York State, 62 Grand Street, Albany, New York 12207 Telephone: 518-465-4162 Fax: 518-465-0812 E-Mail: Website: How should I request an Absentee Ballot? Request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to the Board of Elections of the county where you are registered. The letter must be received by the county board of elections no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. (Conclusion Next Week)

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WNY AREA BRIEFS Beauford Appointed President Black Chamber to Host Meet of Black MBA and Greet The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Western New York Chapter has named Thomas Beauford, Jr., MBA, MS, as president for a two-year term. Beauford will begin his tenure along with four Beauford new appointees, each of whom will serve a two-year term. Beauford holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Peters College. Additionally, he earned MBA and MS degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. The four newly elected officers are: Vice President, Administration Deidre M. Whiteside, CBP, MBA; Vice President Operations Sandra A. Talley, MBA; Treasurer: Tamu Brown-Hutchinson, MBA; and Secretary Elaine Taylor, MBA.

Fair Housing Month Proclamation Day at new Home of “HOME”

The Federal Fair Housing Act, also referred to as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act, was signed into law on April 11, 1968. This anniversary is commemorated each year by recognizing April as Fair Housing Month. On Tuesday, April 3, government officials, civil rights organizations and members of HUD will participate in this year’s Fair Housing Month Proclamation Day Ceremony at 10:00 AM at the new “Home” of Housing Opportunities Made Equal, located at 1542 Main Street @ Ferry. Scott Gehl is Executive Director of HOME, Inc.

Vietnam Vets Recognition Day

VA Western New York Healthcare System will hold Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day ceremonies commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War on Friday, March 30 in Buffalo and Batavia. The

event at the Buffalo site, 3495 Bailey Avenue will take place in Freedom Hall, Room 301 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The Western New York Black Chamber of Commerce, dedicated to the promotion and development and support of Black Businesses, will host a “Meet and Greet” Networking event on Thursday, March 29 at the 2nd Cup Café, 36 Broadway St. downtown Buffalo from 5:0 to 8:30 p.m. The theme is Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics). Each participant will have three minutes to present their business, company or organization. Contact the Black Chamber of Commerce of Western New York at 836 E. Delavan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215 or call 995-0622 or 400-7265. Refreshments will be served. Cost $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

William Y. Cooper Releases Romance Novel The African American Cultural Center will host a book signing for Mr. William Y. Cooper’s book The Mopane Tree A saga of Love and Intrigue on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7pm in the Ronnie Latham Dance Chamber of the African American Cultural Center Cooper located at 350 Masten Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 884-2013x11

Enterprise Charter School Student Placement Lottery The Enterprise Charter School’s student placement lottery for the upcoming 20122013 school year for Kindergarten through 8 grade will be held on Wednesday, April 11 at 9 a.m. at the school located at 275 Oak Street. Kindergarten children must be 5 years old by December 31, 2012. Students who wish to be included in the lottery must have an application submitted to the above address on or before April 1, 2012. Applications are available by calling 855-2114 Ext. 110.

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County Legislature to Honor Vietnam Vets



uffalo Attorney John V. Elmore has the rare and unique distinction of being named by both the Governor and Attorney General to two important positions. He currently serves by appointment of Governor Andrew Cuomo as chairperson for his 4th Department Judicial Screening Committee which covers much of Western and Central New York and the Southern Tier. He also serves as a member of his Statewide Judicial Screening Committee as well. He was most recently selected by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to serve as an arbitrator on a panel created to hear claims of excessive force and police misconduct in Niagara Falls after the Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against the Niagara Falls Police Department. It is this position that should be of particular interest to City of Buffalo residents. The three -member arbitration panel, which includes Mr. Elmore, was created after an agreement was reached between the NYS Attorney General’s Office and the Niagara Falls Police Department in response to citizens claims of excessive force and police misconduct primarily against African Americans. Uniquely qualified to serve, Mr. Elmore, a Buffalo Attorney with the law firm of Brown Chiari LLP, was previously the chairperson of the New York State 8th Judicial District Attorney Grievance Committee. For four years he oversaw the investigations of all allegations of attorney

misconduct in the eight most western counties of the state. Elmore lives and works in the City of Buffalo, a place which has a history of police brutality and misconduct against minorities; at one point ranking in the top 20 for misconduct of police officers in forces of less than 1,000. Yet this sizable upstate metropolitan area has nothing close to what its neighbor, Niagara Falls, has in place for the people. Essentially it is a win-win situation. An individual who may have been abused, and not able to hire a lawyer, or find a lawyer to take their case in the Falls, can present their case - not in front of an all White jury which is the reality in most cases – but before an independent three-man panel which has the power to award momentary damages. It is an historic opportunity for fairness and justice. Buffalo has nothing like it because essentially, the Attorney General has not filed a lawsuit against Buffalo. And there are no Black leaders calling for it. In Niagara Falls, it was Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble (who recently stepped down), acting as a concerned, private citizen for several years, who pushed for reform at the police department. Ultimately the attorney General (who was Cuomo at the time) was asked to come in and investigate complaints that the City of Niagara Falls primarily discriminated against African American residents, In light of his findings. It was determined, and agreed, that Niagara Falls police department needed to revise its practices and implement


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changes to prevent excessive force and improve community relations. Ms. Kimble hailed the agreement for including “real reform” as well as “an opportunity for those harmed by past practices to be heard.” Bill Bradberry, President of the Niagara Falls Branch NAACP commended then Attorney General Cuomo on what he called “this very important civil rights issue,” stating, “all city residents should be able to trust police officers to be fair and effective.” The investigation and the settlement is historical and an innovative approach for citizens to voice their complaints of police abuse and represents a true victory for the people. Attorney Elmore, as one of three neutral arbitrators, is very much a part of that history. The Cities of Buffalo and Rochester and surrounding areas, would do well to follow Niagara Falls’ lead.

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The Erie County Legislature will honor Vietnam War veterans as part of its observance of Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day at the start of its session at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, on the Fourth Floor of Old County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo. As well as honoring the men and women who served the United States of American in the Vietnam War, the County Legislature will offer its thanks and appreciation to the Veterans Administration Western New York Health Care System to mark Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, which will be officially observed Friday, March 30. “These Vietnam veterans, comprised of men and women from all of our armed services, served their country with honor at a time when it often wasn’t popular to take such a stand, and deserve our thanks and that of a grateful nation,” County Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (DBuffalo) said. “These veterans came back to a sometimes less than thankful nation, returned to college, resumed their careers and started families, and are proud members of our society. We also thank the administration, staff and volunteers of the Veterans Administration Western New York Health Care System, some of them the same veterans, for their endless help and treatment of these veterans.” The County Legislature will honor both individual VietContinued Page 5

The Third Annual “Easter Extravaganza”

The Third Annual “Easter Extravaganza”, will take place Saturday, April 7th. This year’s event will take place at the Edward Sanders Community Center, 2777 Bailey Avenue and will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will feature an Easter egg hunt, egg painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, and several other fun activities. Food will also be provided during the event. The “Easter Extravaganza” is brought to the community by Ashley E. Scott, LLC. For further questions regarding the event please contact : (716) 846-3563.

KAILA AND SA’RON MEET THE CONGRESSWOMAN: Kaila Shabazz and Sa’Ron Ogden recently had the opportunity to meet Congrsswoman Kathy Hochul at Sunday breakfast at GiGi’s restaurant on E. Ferry Street. PHOTO MELVIN WATKINS


NATIONAL NEWS Trayvon Martin Update

"They Killed My Son, And Now They Are Trying To Kill His Reputation" Trayvon s Family Lashes Out at Police Attempt to ‘Demonize the Victim’ Trayvon Martin's family lashed out at Florida authorities on Monday, claiming officials are attempting to smear Trayvon in an effort to bolster George Zimmerman's claim he was acting in self-defense when he shot the unarmed 17-year-old last month. "Even in death, they are still disrespecting my son, and that is a shame," Martin's father, Tracy, flanked by Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, said at a press conference in Sanford, Fla., where 25,000 were expected to attend an afternoon rally to protest the police's handling of the case. The family's attorney, Ben Crump, said Martin's son had been suspended for 10 days from his high school the day he was shot after traces of marijuana were found in his book bag. Martin's father had said previously Trayvon was suspended after being found in an unauthorized area at the school. "If he and his friends experimented with marijuana, that is completely irrelevant to George Zimmerman killing their son on the night of Feb. 26," Crump said. "Law enforcement is attempting to demonize and blame the victim." "They killed my son, and now they are trying to kill his reputation," Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, said, holding back tears. Sharpton said he knew police would attempt to characterize Martin as a "junkie" and "demonize the victim.""Discuss what Mr. Zimmerman had in his system," Sharpton said. "Enough of the double standard."

New Black Panther Party Offers $10K Bounty For George Zimmerman Over the weekend, members of the New Black Panther Party showed just how tense the situation in the Trayvon Martin shooting has gotten: They offered a $10,000 bounty for the capture of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed the unarmed teenager. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Mikhail Muhammad announced the reward during a protest on Saturday, and when a Sentinel reporter asked if he was inciting violence, Muhammad said, "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."


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The Sentinel also reported that the group "called for the mobilization of 10,000 Black men to capture Zimmerman." The New Black Panthers were in Sanford Saturday for the group’s third protest in the past two weeks over the fatal shooting of the Miami Gardens teen. The group has consistently called for Zimmerman’s arrest and threatened to find and detain him if police were not willing to do so. But group members didn’t call for the mobilization of thousands until Saturday. On Saturday, Muhammed led the small group in chanting “Justice for Trayvon!” and “Black Power!” “If the government won’t do the job, we’ll do it,” Muhammad said, leading his group of eight party members in chants like “freedom or death” and “justice for Trayvon” while making the iconic gesture of raising their fists into the air. The party members said they are tired of the inaction of government officials — from Sanford city officials up to the Governor — and accused them of lying and delaying justice.

Thousands in city join Million Hoodie March in Philly Several thousand people marched Friday night from 30th Street Station to JFK Plaza as part of the "Million Hoodie March" to support the family of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager shot to death last month by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer. The march along John F. Kennedy Boulevard began at 7:17 p.m. - the time when police found Martin's body Feb. 26 at the scene in Sanford, Fla. "We're trying to bring awareness about the injustice that's going on in Florida, the streets of Philly, and other cities in America," said Jason Moody, 32, of #OnTheCornerstone(d), an online radio station and community-organizing group that put together the march. Many of the participants wore hooded sweatshirts in support of Martin, who was wearing one at the time of his death. Police said about 2,500 people started the march, which swelled as it proceeded into the heart of Center City. Final police estimates for the number of participants ranged from 5,000 to 8,000. No arrests were reported. Before the march, a man was handing out Skittles, the candy Martin had bought at the convenience store.

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Macky Sall Senegal election win ‘example Senegal’s presidential election, which saw the incumbent concede defeat peacefully, has been hailed as a “great victory for democracy” in Africa. President Abdoulaye Wade has accepted that he was defeated by Macky Sall in Sunday’s run-off. The African Union said Mr Wade’s concession showed “maturity” in the country’s democracy while the European Union called Senegal a “great example”. Mr Sall addressed thousands of cheering supporters in the capital, Dakar. He promised to be a president for all Senegalese people. The president-elect, 50, said the poll marks a “new era” for the country.His rival’s bid for a third term in office, after 12 years in power, sparked violent protests which left six people dead. Official results from Sunday’s election are expected within two days.A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said it was “a great victory for democracy in Senegal and in Africa”, reports the AFP news agency. “Senegal is a great example for Africa,” he added. The election comes just days after a military coup in neighbouring Mali.Senegal remains the only country in West Africa to have never undergone a coup. Even before Mr Wade’s concession, thousands of Sall supporters began celebrating on the streets of Dakar.

Coup in Mali The leader of a coup in Mali has told the BBC he is in complete control of the country and says his “door is open” for peace talks with Tuareg rebels. Cap Amadou Sanogo told the BBC he overthrew the government on Wednesday in order to restore security. He has promised to hand power to an elected government once a northern Tuareg rebellion has been put down. The troops behind the coup accuse the government of not giving them enough arms to tackle the uprising. The Tuaregs have forced the army out of several northern towns in recent months. Capt Sanogo said in a BBC interview that his priority was to protect civilians and property, and order was being restored. “People are starting with their daily life: the market is open, transport is working now and I believe I’m getting closer to what I promised my people,” he said. President Amadou Toumani Toure’s whereabouts remain unclear, but he is still believed to be under the protection of an elite loyalist squad. Capt Sanogo called the Tuareg rebels “our brothers” and invited them to peace talks. “I want all of them to come to the same table right after this interview. My door is open,” he said. “We can talk about and work out through the peace process.”

Oil Discovered in Kenya The discovery was made in the country’s north-western Turkana region.Mr Kibaki said it was “the first time Kenya has made such a discovery” and called it a “major breakthrough”. Kenya is a regional business and tourist hub with the largest economy in East Africa, although its relative wealth is not based on mineral riches.The Kenyan president said Tullow would drill more wells to establish the commercial viability of the oil. “It is... the beginning of a long journey to make our country an oil producer, which typically takes in excess of three years. We shall be giving the nation more information as the oil exploration process continues,” he said.

Obama Administration Blocks Texas Voter ID Law The Obama administration blockTexas new law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls, escalating a partisan dispute over voting restrictions. The U.S. Justice Department used its power under the Voting Rights Act to halt the Texas law, saying in a letter to the state today that the measure may disproportionately harm Hispanics. The department in December blocked a similar law in South Carolia. Democrats have objected to the voter ID laws as impediments to minority voting while Republicans have said they protect the integrity of elections. Republican officials in Texas, one of eight states that passed voter identification laws last year, said the administration has no valid reason to challenge the measure.The Justice Department’s decision isn’t final. Texas and South Carolina have filed suit in federal court in Washington seeking permission to enforce their photo ID requirements.

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Popcorn - The New Super Snack! Eating healthy just got a whole lot crunchier. A team of researchers from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania has found that popcorn contains more antioxidants than other fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are substances that many scientists believe help protect against cancer and heart disease. According to Joe Vinson, PhD, who presented the findings at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, “popcorn may be the perfect snack food.” Although earlier research had already discovered antioxidants called polyphenols in popcorn, Vinson’s study measured the exact amount and found that it contains about twice as many as fresh sweet corn or fruit per serving. Polyphenols are diluted up to 90% in most fruits and vegetables because of their high water content. They are more concentrated in popcorn because it only contains about 4% water. And those annoying hulls that get stuck between your teeth? “They are nutritional gold nuggets,” declares Vinson. He points out that dried fruit also contains more antioxidants than fresh fruit.


Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic Moving To New Location

The Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic, a medical studentorganized clinic, will celebrate its 10th year anniversary by opening at its new location at 1323 Jefferson Avenue. The Clinic will provide the same free services it has in the past. Lighthouse will no longer serve at 1609 Genesee Street after Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Grand opening festivities will include of food and refreshments as well as activities such as face painting for the children. WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Walk-in appointments from 6PM – 8PM. WHERE: 1323 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208 WHO: The Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic is a primary care clinic organized by the medical students of the University at Buffalo. The Clinic provides services including sick visits, school, sports, and work physicals, blood pressure checks, blood glucose readings, nutrition counseling, PPD tuberculosis tests, pregnancy tests, and testing, counseling, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases/ HIV. Some generic prescription drugs are also available free-of-charge. Questions can be addressed by email at or by phone at 716-222-0805. WHY: The Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic was founded to address the inadequate access to primary medical care in the East Buffalo community. Over the past ten years, Lighthouse has provided muchneeded services to over 6,800 uninsured and underinsured individuals with many repeat visitors. The Clinic is partnering with GROUP Ministries at its new location for further development and growth and ultimately to serve Buffalo’s East Side more effectively. HOW: This event is free and open to the general public.

Heavenly Teaching & Healthy Eating to Live More Abundantly Elder Bisa Drayton and Redeemed Catering will present “Heavenly Teaching & Healthy Eating To Live More Abundantly” on May 5 at 6 p.m. For tickets and information call 716-853-0932.


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re we an over-medicated nation? Let’s look at the numbers: Americans spent more than $300 billion on prescription drugs last year; nearly half of all adults have taken at least one prescription drug in the last month; nearly a third regularly use two or more; and women are more likely than men to use prescription drugs, according to the CDC. Drugs can undoubtedly save lives, but our penchant for prescriptions can sometimes mean treating or masking symptoms—without fixing the root cause of the health issue. “There are natural therapies available that are much safer, often more effective, and cost much less,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of the book Real Cause, Real Cure (Rodale, 2011). “Of course, you should never start, change, or stop taking medications without first talking to your doctor.” Check out the top most prescribed drugs in the United States, then read on for our experts’ suggestions on the best natural alternatives to treat—and prevent—illness. #1 Most Prescribed Drug: Hydrocodone/acetaminophen, such as Vicodin, for pain Key Statistics: Doctors wrote more than 131 million prescriptions for pain meds last year, for everything from dental surgeries to sports injuries. Natural Remedy: Try Some Hands-On Help. Pain can be debilitating, sure, but pain meds can be addictive—and ingredients such as acetaminophen may also damage your liver in the long term. Rather than relying on a pill that masks your aches, try to tackle the trigger by seeing a professional with a healing touch. “Drugs will never be the answer to solving pain because pills treat only the symptoms and not the underlying cause,” says Sungwon D. Yoo, D.C., M.S.A.O.M., L.Ac, a chiropractor and acupuncturist who uses Traditional Chinese Medicine in his private practice, Healing Point, in Fayetteville, NY. “Pain can be caused by an interference in our body’s nervous system, so manipulating the body’s main nervous system channel to the brain—the spine—can help remedy aches.” Science supports the claims: People with lower back pain who received just four chiropractic treatment sessions

in two weeks showed greater improvement in disability and pain compared to those receiving usual care, according to the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. more than 3 million Americans who have turned to accupuncture, the 2,500-yearold Asian technique to relieve osteoarthritis, back pain, migraines, nausea, hot flashes, anxiety, addiction, insomnia, and infertility. #2 Most Prescribed Drug: Statins, such as simvastatin (Zocor) or atorvastatin (Lipi Key Statistics: Statins prevent your liver from making cholesterol by blocking a necessary enzyme. Pharmacies dole out more than 45 million prescriptions a year for Lipitor alone. Natural Remedy: Change Your Diet. Certain foods— such as oats, garlic, olive oil, and red wine—can help reduce inflammation in your body and have been proven to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol or raise “good” HDL cholesterol naturally. The secret to garlic’s heart-protecting powers is an amino acid called allicin, which is released when garlic is crushed. Allicin protects the heart by keeping cholesterol from sticking to artery walls. And studies show that red wine may raise HDL, or “good” cholesterol, and thin blood to keep artery-blocking clots from forming. Continued Next Week

VETS HONORED continued nam War veterans and several veterans and civic organizations, including: the American Legion Riders of the Southern Tier (Orchard Park), the American Legion of the Tonawandas, Bennett Wells American Legion Post (Buffalo), Jesse Clipper American Legion Post (Buffalo), The Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services at Daemen College (Amherst), Erie County Veterans Service Agency (Buffalo), Vietnam Veterans of American – Chapter 77 (City of Tonawanda), and the Veterans Administration of Western New York Healthcare System (Buffalo). Two current Erie County legislators are Vietnam War veterans, Majority Leader Thomas J. Mazur (D-Cheektowaga, Buffalo) and Minority Leader John J. Mills (ROrchard Park).


Seven Great Women of God Seven Great Women of God Stretching Forth Good Friday June 6 at 6:30 pm at Enter In Ministeries FGBC, 1761 Genesee. They include, Elders Roberts, Whitehead, Lee; Ministers Allen, Gray, Deas and Pleasant. Host Pastor is Rosetta Swain. Come and experience the power of God along with guest Psalmist Annetta Williams and Vivian Snell.

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Change in Worship Service at New Hope Baptist

A change in the current worship service at New Hope Baptist Church beings Sunday, April 1. Beginning Sunday, April 1, New Hope Baptist Church will hold its worship services at the B.W Smith Family Life Center, 833 Michigan Avenue. The weekly schedule will be as follows: Each Sunday: •8:30 a.m. Sunday School; •10 a.m. Worship Service •Bible Study: Wednesday, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m. The new mailing address will be: New Hope Baptist Church 170 Manhattan Ave #1461 Buffalo, NY 14215 Phone (716) 883-0821. The new slogan for New Hope Baptist Church will be: “We worship God in our spirit and in His truth’ Herschel Chapman. Jr - Pastor


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The Second Baptist Church Senior Choir, of Lackawanna is celebrating 85 years of singing in the Lord’s service this month. The celebration begins on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. with a “TRIUMPH IN SONG” musical at the church, 18 Church St., Lackawanna, NY. Featured will be guest artists from Lackawanna, Buffalo and the surrounding area. On Sunday April 1 at 4 pm there will be special guest, the newly elected pastor, Rev. Frank Bostic and congregation of the Pilgrim Baptist Church. All are welcome to attend this celebration with the Senior Choir. On Saturday, March 31 at 4 pm. The Second Baptist Church Youth Ministry will be sponsoring a musical entitled: “Youth On Fire For Christ,” “For you are my hove, 0 Lord God; You are my trust from my youth” Psalms 71:5 Guests will include: University of Syracuse The Black Celestial Choral Ensemble (BCCE), University of Syracuse Praise Dancer & University of Buffalo Gospel Choir; Niagara Community Choir; Second Baptist Youth Ministry; Mt. Olive Baptist

Church Choir of Lackawanna NY and Zion Baptist Church and special guest The event will be held at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church 66 Watson Avenue, Lackawanna.

An Evening of Praise On Saturday, March 24, Minister Jermaine Thomas and The Christ Covenant Chorale will be in concert at the Agape AME Church, 2 24 Northland Avenue where the Reverend Brandon Karl Allen is Pastor. Everyone is invited to come and share in this evening of music and praise!

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7 Fifth Annual Celebrate Women Awards

AWARDEES: TOP L-R: First Lady Angela Blue, Georgian Davis, Beverly Newkirk, Christal John-Millin, Cindy D. Clarke,Evangelist Cynthia N. Arrington. 2nd Row L-R: Cynthia Livingston, Danielle N. Judge, Debbie Allen, Judge Sharon M. Lovallo, Deborah Porter, Deborah D. Brown; 3rd Row L-R: First Lady Dianna Henderson, Dr. Cherita Johnson-Morrow, Evelyn Hidalgo, Evelyn L. Hill-Williams,Felicia Santiago. Frances May. 4th Row L-R: Georgian Davis, Jackie Sagere, Janique S. Curry, Karla Thomas, Katrina Barnwell, Katrina A. Martin. 5th Row L-R: Lamonica Harris, Jackie Monique Crawford, Mylinda McCrady, Renetta Johnson, Shaton Ozolins, Willa Arret-June. PHOTOS XAVIERS PHOTOGRAPHY


n honor of National Women’s History Month, the Fifth Annual Celebrate Women Awards will be held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Thirtythree women from all walks of life will be honored. Unlimited Possibilities Overcoming Poverty Ministry Incorporated will have as its keynote speakers Morgan Taylor, a second semester student at State University at Buffalo and Atasia Galloway, a second semester student at State University College at Buffalo (Buffalo State). Both respectively were the 2011 scholarship winners of $1000 each from UPOP Ministry, Inc. Featured vocalist for the evening will be Brittany Walker, Opera Singer, a graduating senior, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, New York. The presentation of the 2012 Women Touching The World Awards will be made by Jacqui Walker from WIVB Channel 4TV and Kendra Eaglin WKBW Channel 7 TV. The 33 honorees are: Christal John-Millin, Debbie Allen, Janique S. Curry, First Lady Angela Blue,Evelyn L. Hill-Williams, Deborah

D. Brown, Jackie Sagere, Danielle N. Judge, Shaton Ozolins, Evelyn Hidalgo, Deborah Porter, Jackie Monique Crawford, Dr. Cherita Johnson-Morrow,Georgian Davis, Evangelist Cynthia N. Arrington, Cynthia Livingston, Mylinda McCrady, Katrina A. Martin, Katrina Barnwell, Felicia Santiago, Beverly Newkirk, Cindy D. Clarke,Antoinette Davis, Renetta Johnson, Willa Arret-June, Lamonica Harris, First Lady Dianna Henderson, Judge Sharon M. Lovallo, Frances May and Karla Thomas. Mrs. Nellie B. King is president of the organization. Ms Janet Barnes is chairperson

for the awards dinner. Net proceeds from the event will support female college bound or trade school students from a poverty background enrolled in college by September 2012.

Nellie B. King


ENTERTAINMENT Buffalo Connection:

‘NYPD Blues’ James McDaniel Stars in New Action – Horror Film

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on stage **New Edition, Rochester Blue Cross Arena, April 29; tickets @ Arena Box Office, Ticketmaster. com, or charge by phone at 1-800745-3000.

Be on the lookout for new film, “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You,” written and directed by Michael A. Pinckney and executive produced by Spike Lee.

LACKAWANNA’S OWN! Kool & The Gang performed to a sold out audience at First Niagara Arena recently, opening up the show for Van Halen. That seems like a weird combination but both bands are party bands in their own genre of music. The audience enjoyed Kool & The Gang along with new lead singer Buffalo's own or I should say Lackawanna, NY Sean Davis. The 50 minute set was fast paced with opening song "Fresh", right into "Emergency" to "Misled"' that the 12 member band really took off and turned the concert out. Sean's guitar solo on "Misled" were excellent along with his fine vocals that almost replaced the silky smooth sound of James J.T. Taylor. Sean slowed it down a bit on "It's Too Hot," but came right back with old school favorites "Hollywood Swinging," and “Jungle Boogie” that featured rapper Fresh Akeem performing and Tenor sax man Michael Redd doing a cart wheel across the stage after his thundrous solo performance. "Get Down On It", Ladies Night", and closing with "Celebrate". It was an excellent fast pace performance that kept almost 20,000 people on their feet. –Text George Radney / Photos by

It’s an actionhorrorthriller f l i c k about McDaniel t w o NYC detectives who are forced to take the case of a mysterious serial killer. “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” stars acclaimed stage, screen and television actor James McDaniel of “NYPD Blues” and Michael K. Williams, known for his role on “The Wire.” McDaniel is the son of Dr. James McDaniel of Buffalo. Other stars include Michael Mosley, Nashawn Kearse, and special appearances by Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh and Ed Lover. Locomotive Distribution brokered the domestic acquisition of the film and the company is slated to handle international sales and distribution rights.Locomotive recently launched a new genre called “Firebox,” which will feature innovative films in the horror and thriller categories. “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” will be the first feature film released under the new shingle. Gabriel Gornell, Chief Creative Officer for Locomotive Distribution added: “We are thrilled to launch this new label with “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You,” an innovative genre that blends hip-hop and horror. The gritty story will keep horror fans entertained and hip-hop fans craving new tracks.” Locomotive is also looking to collaborate on another one of Pinckney’s projects “The Badboy of R&B,” the story of embattled R&B sensation Bobby Brown, a story that Pinckney also penned.

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*Anchor Bar, each Friday night @ 9PM The Jazz Example; Darryl Washington on drums; Greg Piontek on bass; Doug Gaston on Piano, Band Leader Bilal Abdullah on Tenor Sax; and vocalist Lady Lita. *Kenny Woo Entertainment presents a Pre Mothers Day Concert staring Juanita Duncan, The Kenny Woo Band featuring Big Mike Porter & Eric Dapp Gooden doing a tribute to Whitney Houston, Sat. May 5 @ 7 pm.... @ The Tralf tickets $25 in advance, Tralf Box Office, Mandellas Market & Doris Records.

*Godfather Promotions presents the Legendary Sugarfoot and His Ohio Payers Saturday April 7 for two shows @ 7 and 10:30 p.m. at The Tralf; tickets $37 in advance, $42 day of show & available at Brooks Central Park Cleaners

Auditions will be held at Buffalo East, 1410 Main St 14209, on Sat. March 31 from 2:00-5:00PM. No appointment necessary. Monologues not needed as sides will be provided. Please bring a headshot and resume. We are seeking a variety of actors from teens to adults for upcoming productions of PEOPLES, CLARA’S QUILT, NEGRAS EROS, and TELLIN’ TALES. For more information please email;

*Happy Hour, Thursday, Alpri 5, Metrooolitan Entertainment Compolex, 1670 Main St.; $20; 6-9p..

9 on stage *Young, Rich & Famous Tour starring 2 Chainz & Trais Porter, Friday March 30, @ 8 p.m. The Main St. Armory, Rochester. tickets Signature Footware & Fashion City in Buffalo; Mad flavors, All City, His & Hers, Xquisite Boutique and Jump Off in Rochester; $25 admission; $40 VIP. Hosted by Gutta Man.

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AROUND TOWN/MARNETTA MALCOLM Can you believe it’s March in Buffalo?!!....and hoping you’re enjoying it…. *Friday, March 30 …”Marnie Gras 2012” - My birthday party…presented by OTB this year’s theme.. “Birthday, Betting & Bling”…presented by OTB....celebrating with my friend, Thomas Beauford….Ladies ….come out your favorite hat( ladies wear hats at horse races)....learn how to bet and win…raffles and beautiful Park Lane jewelry…tickets are available at the door (NO admission fee)…*Friday, March 30 Bill Bellamy at The Tralf two shows 7:30 & 10pm…. more information online at *Saturday, April 7 The Ohio Players…with The Old School BBoys two shows 7 & 10:30pm more information online at *Saturday, April 21 Que Ball…6pm..Statler Towers…Admission $50 include 2 hour open bar…. *Saturday, April 28…..Le Club Etcetera Reunion…A Black & White Affair…8 til 2am…2057 Genesee…featuring DJ Snake, DJ Atlas, Pat Cray and Tattoo…appetizers, wine and 2 hour open bar…advance tickets only $25… *Sunday April 29 New Edition …Blue Cross Arena …Rochester…info…

Poetry To Be Featured With Blend Of African Dance At Visiting An eclectic mix of poetry and traditional and modern African dance and music performed by various local artists will take center stage at Hilbert College’s spring Visiting

Artist Series event. “An Evening of Poetry, Music and Dance: African and Modern Traditions” will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in the William E. Swan Auditorium. A reception will immediately follow the performances. Featured artists will include drummer Ras Jomo Akono; bass player Zuri Appleby; poets Erika Haygood, Hilbert assistant professor of liberal studies, and Ntare Gault; dancer Robin Hibbert; violinist Henri Muhammad; and dancer Christopher Titus. Poetry readings, which will be interwoven with the dance and music performances throughout the one-hour show, will focus on life stories, social values and ongoing national and international events. Sponsored by the Hilbert English Department, the Visiting Artist Series event is free and open to the public.

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STEPHON M. WRIGHT First Student Representative to the Buffalo Board of Education

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“Stand for Justice” Randy Sargent, who led the Voices of Homicide Memorial Walk to Washington D.C, and Tyrone Ferguson, community activists from Buffalo, took a stand earlier this week in protest of the shooting death of of Trayvon Martin, 17. They called this movement “Stand for the Justice of Trayvon Martin.” Their mission wass to encourage the local and national community through social media, to stand in unity, and peacefully protest the tragaic shooting of Trayvon. The movement started in front of City Hall with the intent to spread nationally until Justice for Trayvon is served. Randy has announced that he will start a hunger strike this week “until they do the right thing and bring Trayvon’s killer to justice.

Stephon M. Wright, a Buffalo Public Schools senior at Emerson High School was recently appointed and sworn in as the first student representative to the Buffalo Board of Education. He was joined by the incoming president of the Buffalo Public Schools InterHigh Council, Erica Richardson and Sophie Gallivan, student member of the Rochester City School District Board of Education to address how students are stepping up in WNY to address current issues in NYS around public education, including funding, community-wide accountability, and joining—leading—efforts to find solutions to challenges they face. “Students are the most directly affected stakeholders in our community’s public schools and the problems we are confronting. We are working to be heard and to be part of the best ideas we can all come up with together to meet student goals and needs now and into the future,” Wright advocates. “I, and students like me from here across the state, are stepping up to contribute important energy and be part of solutions that will be more effective because we are all working together as equally

Aloma Johnson Charter Open House Aloma D. Johnson Charter School is making education happen for young students in Western New York! On March 29, the school will host its annual “Open House.” The staff will be on hand to let perspective families tour the building, talk about curriculum at grade levels k-4, and discuss the many activities before and after school. Aloma Johnson Charter is a school in Good Standings with the New York Educational Department.The open house is from 5-7pm, @ 833 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo New York 14203!

Stephon M. Wright

valued members of school leadership, governance and policy making.” Wright, Rickardson, and Gallivan was joined by student voice supporters Sam Radford, president of the Buffalo Public Schools District Parent Coordinating Council; Lamone Gibson, Presiedent of The Young Peoples Divison, concerned members of the teacher community; other Board of Education representatives, and community members.



The Mighty O’Ba

Special Report on why Erie County should refuse to Renovate Ralph Wilson Stadium Part 1of a 2-Part Series


his year western New York is once again faced with the end of our beloved Buffalo Bills lease to play its games in forty year old Ralph Wilson stadium. The first lease the Bills had with this facility was 25 years but with Ralph Wilson becoming more disenchanted with the so called economy of western New York he stated he wanted a shorter lease with a buy out clause which would enable him to move this franchise if the Bills organization met certain financial requirements. So then County Executive Gorski negotiated a 15 year lease with Buffalo Bills which expires in 2013. The Buffalo Bills have stated they are eager to negotiate a new lease with the condition that Erie County, and all related government interest agree to certain stadium improvements which will come from a commissioned study by an architectural firm. In the meantime new County executive Mark Polancarz has ordered a study of the concrete at the stadium, and what needs to be done to make sure it’s safe for current use. Well I’ve decided to do my own study because from what I see this whole issue is the result of forty years of bad decisions that have benefited certain parties but hurt the region of western New York. Before I go any further I must caution you that this article is going to anger those that are committed to keeping this region behind the rest of the country. They have a powerful misinformation network to make you think that this area is a struggling part of the country. This is because they make their living on creating institutions that create a dysfunctional under class that depends on a part of the population that lend credibility to public programs that don’t create a economic impact that would bring the Buffalo/Niagara region back to world prominence. Yes these are the same people that have watched greatest fresh water area of the world struggle to find its way back, and watch Niagara Falls, Ontario build itself up while Niagara Falls, New York is dwarfed in comparison. You have now been warned and its time for the citizens to tell our elected leaders this is what we want to happen, and accept no less. This is why these current negotiations with the Buffalo Bills must be the beginning of changing the strategic decisions of western New York, and its elected leadership. Many believe already that whatever renovations are cited need to be funded by the state of New York because they receive 20 Million dollars annually from the Buffalo Bills playing in western New York. Well let’s begin looking at other regions who were confronted with ageing stadiums that needed to be brought up to date in the last ten years. All of these cities and regions renovated their current facilities rather than build a new stadium. Now keep in mind many of the required updates are behind the scenes, and involve bringing these facilities up to date with the current requirements of an up to date NFL production. 1.Chicago , Illinois - $365 Million in renovation cost to Soldier Field 2.Kansas City, Missouri- $375 Million in renovation to Arrowhead Stadium 3.New Orleans Louisiana- $336 million in renovation to the Superdome. Part of the cost was paid for by FEMA $153 million from the Katrina disaster 4.Green Bay Wisconsin- $295 Million to Lambieu Field. In Closing Part 1 of this article I think you need to evaluate this statement by Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson in that he said we just want a good football stadium to play in. That statement must be analyzed by our elected leadership in coming to a responsible decision. There are between 7 to 9 professional football games played in western New York per year. These games occur between August and December of each year. That’s about 150 days of the year leaving Ralph Wilson stadium doing nothing out in the middle of nowhere 215 days a year. We continue this discussion next week on why I believe that the answer is to build a new stadium in downtown Buffalo, and will discuss

MARCH 28, 2011

God Versus Satan

Minister Farrakhan delivers straight truth about America’s divisions, racial hostility and her destiny in 2012 Saviours Day address. Part III

The crowd responded and moaned when the Minister read the text of the reprehensible e-mail sent by Republican Kansas Speaker of the State House Mike O’Neal in which he invoked portions of Psalm 109:8, which says in part, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office” and “May his children be orphans and his wife a widow.” “You would think this is from senseless stupid, uniformed, ignorant White folk, but this is from the group that has been voted into political power,” exclaimed the Minister. Many of them have also called Mr. Obama “arrogant” and “angry.” In fact, even former president Bill Clinton, husband of current Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, made comments implying that Mr. Obama was out of his place. “All you have to do to be arrogant is just stand your ground,” said Min. Farrakhan. “All you have to do to be called angry is to say ‘I disagree.’ See they have a slave master mentality, and they don’t recognize that slavery is over baby and you’re going to have to get used to Black people angry, peaceful, beautiful, however we present ourselves to you, you are going to have to accept it or deal with it!” The Minister rebuked White politicians who expressed unhappiness that Blacks voted for Mr. Obama primarily because he was Black. “To hell with you, if we want to vote for a brother because he’s Black, that’s our business! We’ve been voting for you for as long as we’ve had where and how. If you enjoy talking about the world of sports tune into the number#1 sports show in the nation every Saturday from 12PM-1PM on Mix 1080AM WUFO radio, or via the internet at www., and now can be seen live on Ustream.

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the privilege to vote, it’s an honor for us to vote for one of our own kind!” Minister Farrakhan pointed out despite Mr. Obama’s constant reassurances that he is a Christian, many still think he is a Muslim. “Well, Mr. President, you might as well as well come on and join us then! You really would get something done then,” said Min. Farrakhan as the crowd cheered showing its approval. Assassination plans against the president? The Minister said when President Obama was elected, there was hope that because of his brush with Islam during his childhood in Indonesia, America’s relationship with the Muslim world could be improved, however since he has taken office, this has not happened. Mr. Obama does not recognize Satan and influential Zionists throughout America’s corrupt political system have “hamstrung” him preventing him from doing some of the things he promised to do, moving him in another direction. After being pressured by the neo-cons, the warmongers, and the Zionists, the president signed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, but he expressed serious reservations about clauses regarding detention of American citizens. “The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists,” said President Obama in a statement. When he wrote that, “it was like signing his death warrant,” said Min. Farrakhan. It also was similar to Pontius Pilate absolving himself of responsibility from those who would go after an innocent

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Do you Appreciate What God Does for You and Your Family? This is a question to the community: Do you appreciate what God does for you and your family? For example, he gives us a mouth to praise Him; he gives us eyes to see; he gives us a nose to smell; he gives us two hands; he give us two legs; he gives us two feet; he gives us what is good for our children to sustain themselves when they are just babies. Some people will be dark. Halleluiah! Some people we be fair in color. Some people will be short, some people will be tall. But we are all created in God’s image. He created us without asking for anything. He created male and female; some people are brilliant, some average; some do not even care. He created some people to be on top, looking after the rest of us, but l know everybody has his own dream; nobody is left behind. Everybody has talent. Some people are beginners, some planners and others finishers. God is worthy to be praised and appreciated! DO YOU APPRECIATE WHAT GOD DOES FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY EVERYDAY? moad almaklefy Imperial Market Partners man, Jesus. Despite Mr. Obama pledging fealty to Israel during a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) making the security of Israel a top priority, and increasing military financing to record levels, he cannot seem to get their support. “It’s hard to get him to a Black affair to say kind words and encourage us in our struggle, but he went to AIPAC like the rest of them, on their knees groveling to the Zionists,” said the Minister. Recently, a Jewish publisher Andrew Adler, suggested giving the “go-ahead for U.S. based Mossad agents to take out” President Obama. He was condemned by Jewish leaders for his comments in the article, however, there may be more to this than meets the eye. “Is it that Andrew Adler made a horrific statement, or is it that he exposed the plot to early?” the Minister asked. “Adler made another point that no one is addressing. What is the Israeli Mossad doing based inside America? This tells me that the synagogue of Satan is at work.” Referring to the Book of Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 where it refers to the synagogue of Satan, as well as the Holy Qur’an which makes a distinction between those striving to do right, and those who do evil in the name of religion.

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School Daze: Is the System Broken – Or Is It Working?

VOICE-Buffalo, NOAH, Organize Citizens to Oppose NFTA Service Cuts and Fare Increases

ave you heard the clamor surrounding the state of education in our city’s public schools? Are you hearing the conversations on talk radio, and catching the reports in our local newspapers? Perhaps you’re a more active soul, who’s attended a parent meeting, or town hall meeting, or some forum where it’s clear to you t h a t t h i s subject is truly the defining m o Sabirah ment Muhammad of our time.

VOICE-Buffalo in partnership with The Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope (NOAH) will organize citizens to oppose the NFTA service cuts and fare increases, and advocate for investment in public transportation in a manner that truly represents those who most rely on it. Concerned residents recently had the opportunity to speak out at the NFTA public hearing last Thursday at the Buffalo Erie Central Library. The proposed changes will affect the 94,000 Western New Yorkers who rely on public transportation each day. Along with the reduction and restructuring of many routes, the NFTA has proposed increased fares for riders, including the disabled, elderly, and youth. The propositions have upset many local residents, especially those who most rely on public transportation. In response VOICE-Buffalo and NOAH launched a regional campaign to pursue more investment, representation and diversity for Western New York's public transportation system. The campaign site is:


There’s a reason for the clamor. Beneath the snippets, sound bites, and cryptic, strategically placed bits of misinformation, an epic battle is raging. Those who understand the politics, can follow the money trail, and see the gangsta moves being made are battling for the lives, the dreams, and the futures of our children. By extension, we’re fighting for the very future of our community. We (the Millions More Movement, the District Parent Coordinating Council, and a broad coalition of the community) want to take some time to thoroughly examine the education issue, to give information, and therefore power to the people to make change. Ask yourself a question: Would you consistently make payments on a car, a washing machine, or anything else for say – 50 years…that didn’t work? Would you continue to pay for it if you looked back over the years and realized that actually – it never worked? Buffalo’s Public Schools have never graduated more than 50% of the students who attend them. 75% of our boys don’t graduate. There was a time when those who didn’t have plans for college could learn electronics, or auto mechanics, or some vocation through the public schools… skills that provided an opportunity to obtain work, or even self employment. Why was vocational training taken out of the public schools and transferred to the suburbs? Did you know that city students

can go there to take special education classes, but not vocational training? Did you know that while teachers are lamenting the high rate of absences, there is also a high rate of teacher absences? A recent study by the school administration found that teachers are absent on average 21 days out of a school year, and principals and assistant principals are absent an average of 31 days. Did you know that teachers and administrators receive 12 sick days and 5 personal days each year, or that in addition to that, principals and assistant principals get 3 weeks and 3 days of vacation time? They and the teachers also get time off for holidays, as well as winter break and spring break? The same study found the obvious: the more a teacher is absent, the more poorly those students perform academically, and the more a teacher is absent, the more the students are absent. The latest obstacle to our ability to receive tens of millions of dollars for the schools is the Teachers Union’s objection to a teacher evaluation system. They don’t want to be held accountable for the academic performance of children who aren’t in the classroom 80% of the time. Oh – have you heard the latest? After a reluctant acceptance of that at demand, the union has now said that they refuse to be evaluated on students who aren’t in the classroom 100% of the time! Does that smack of hypocrisy? How about a double standard? A ridiculous, unrealistic expectation proffered to make sure their performance simply can’t be measured? Did you know that over 18,000 children were suspended from school last year? That means that even when our children do go to school, they’re being tossed right back out onto the streets – for non-violent, frivolous stuff like wandering the halls or wearing flip-flop sandals. Remember Jawan Daniels? In June of 2010, this 15 year old was suspended for wandering the halls, and was shot in the stomach while standing at the bustop. We are fighting – literally – for the lives of our children. We’re fighting for about $70 million that the teachers are blocking because an evaluation would expose the holding pens, called PLA (persistently low achieving) schools,

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Rev. Linda Heffley, a resident of Buffalo and a dependent public transportation rider stated that "the cuts and hikes will disrupt the lives of riders who depend on public transportation such as the working poor who need jobs and now cannot get to them. More so those on extremely limited budgets will have an additional burden to bear due to fare hikes by a corporation that settled its budget crises on the backs of the riders!" VOICE – Buffalo is faith-based, non-partisan, not-for-profit group that works on areas of social justice throughout Erie County. The Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope (NOAH) is a coalition of congregations and other faith-based organizations in Niagara County. The members of NOAH come together to secure and extend the quality of life in their communities throughout Niagara County. For additional information, please contact the VOICE-Buffalo office at (716) 842-6571. A complete list of the proposed changes can be found online at Michael Nicolás Okińczyc Joint Organizer VOICE-Buffalo & Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope

where the penitentiary bound children are awaiting transfer. We’re fighting to expose the $20 billion racket that holds inner city children hostage – as the bait that pulls in all that money for the suburbs. We’re fighting for a higher consciousness within our community, so that we’ll no longer tolerate pouring money and resources and our children into a system that never worked – at least not for us. That argument was summed up well by the Rev. Darius Pridgen (Ellicott District Council Member) at one of last year’s parent meetings: “structure is set up to achieve something. Really, there isn’t a structural problem, because it’s achieving what it’s supposed to achieve - poverty, unemployment, jail, everything that some folks want it to achieve. …If this (parent effort) works that means some of their kids are out of a job, and some of their kid don’t get into Harvard, don’t

get in Yale, ... and now the only person in the urban community that’s getting rich is the undertaker, from burying our kids. So does it work? Hell yeah, it works.” After raising these burning questions, we’ll be examining four aspects of the education debacle: 1) Buffalo’s two-tiered education system, 2) the laws that maintain and perpetuate the status quo, 3) the tactic of blaming the victim, and 4) the solutions that we as a family can implement to take back our children and our future. Stay tuned to this education series. Because most of all, we’re fighting for the realization of our own vision, where our children walk into clean, bright, beautiful classrooms, and are greeted not by greed, but by love. Where the natural thirst for knowledge is called out, nurtured, and safeguarded…where our children are no longer someone else’s meal ticket, but can emerge as manifestations of divine.



De’Laney Daniels


y name is De’Laney Daniels I was born in Buffalo N.Y. we moved to Amherst N.Y when I was 6 years old now at 17 years old and a senior at SweetHome High School. While maintaining a merit roll average through out high school I enjoy drilling, singing and modeling. I have performed the star spangling banner at my school pep rally. I am currently attending Susan Makai’s Personal Best where I am being trained in manners and modeling and also talent. My experience with modeling has been great thus far I have been in many shows in western New York which includes Photography session with Nick Piccillo, Photography session in Toronto Canada, Commercial filming/Photo Session, Participated in Western New York Junior Model and Talent Competition which I won awards for model of the year and the first student in the modeling school in 23 years to get a perfect score, Mercedes Benz Show at the Walden Galleria, Salvatore’s Show, Pink Party fashion show at the Pearl Street Brewery, TT New York fashion show at the Blvd Mall, AM Buffalo, TT New York Prom fashion show at Infiniti Night Club. I also have two upcoming shows which include Young Distinguish Women of Western New York at Maritime Charter School and IMTA modeling competition in New York City in July 2012. I am the proud daughter of Demetrius Leonard and Lisa Daniels. My mother is the owner of Brown Sugar Inc and Day Spa and my younger brother Zion Lee. Being from a single parent home my mother has instilled in me the morals and values of being a young black woman. She has taught me to strive and follow my dreams. I believe with god first all things are possible. I always think that with being humble and respectful I can go far. After I graduate from high school I would like to further my education at The University at Buffalo as I still pursue my passion in the fashion industry. I know that I am ready and willing to learn the roles of being a high fashion runway model. I look at different ad campaigns that Jessica White from Buffalo, New York has done and it gives help as I study them. I can put in the necessary hard work and dedication it takes. On my spare time I enjoy hanging with family as I mentor my younger cousins teaching them the importance behind getting an education. I consider myself a positive role model for the younger generation. I would like to set examples in life that my younger brother and cousin’s can follow so they are able to continue to find what they would like to pursue in life. I think in ten years from now I would like to be a high fashion model that gives back to my community to help under privileges young women that face with insecurities. I would develop a foundation where I can make sure I can make a difference in today’s society.



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Althea / Hair to Go Natural 727 Main St. (716) 883-2000 Compositions Professional Hair 143 Kenmore Ave. (715) 995-3450

Golden Cup Coffee 883 Jefferson (716) 883-7770

Excellence Hair Design 59 Kenmore Ave. 835-2036


Everything Beauty Salon & Spa 156 Elmwood Ave. 939-3355

Grant’s Variety Shop 1055 E. Ferry St. 893-0704

DJ’S DJ Kenny Kutz (716) 400-7358

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

EATERIES Loretta’s Soulful Dining 479 Genesee * (716) 3819308 Matties Restaurant 1412 Fillmore (716) 597-0755

Mr. Bones 893 Jefferson (716) 464-6794


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

Robin Gibson, Consultant (716) 444-6773

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

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

BARBER SHOPS KLASSIC KUTS 1471 Kensington 836-3260

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Hair Changers 1787 Hertel Ave. (716) 602-6561 Hersha / Hair to Go Natural 727 Main St. (716) 563-1734 Lacy’s/Kymmy’s 179 Parkridge * 578-2880 Majestic Eloquence 20941/2 Eggert Rd. 308-4873 Miracle Tranition 2 3339 Genesee * 481-1321 Miss JacQuis ExQuizit Beauty 2250 Main St. (716) 833-2250 More Hair Care Clinic 72 Allen St. (716) 886-7960 Peaches & Keys Unisex 883 Jefferson * 603-6506 Promise Hair Studio 87 W. Cleveland Dr. (716) 835-0250

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Serenity Hair Boutique 221 Jefferson Ave. (716) 812-0663 Studio U Hair Loft 894-8737


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

Glamorous Beauty 1281 E. Delavan (716) 892-5821


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

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Zenner & Ritter 3404 Bailey * (716) 8332463

HOME IMPROVEMENT Franklins Interior / Exterior Concepts 105 Commonwealth (716) 235-8818 Jones Hardwood Flooring Alton Jones* (716) 9035320

INSURANCE Able Insurance Jeff Moore/Broker 1798 Main St. * 883-5212 Geico 1330 Niagara Falls Blvd. (716) 832-3253

Princess Photography (716) 563-0994

REAL ESTATE Modeste Real Estate Josephine Latifa (716) 704-0685 Class A Real Estate Jeanette Lane (716) 846-5065

TAILORS F&S Tailors 2930 Genesee St. (716) 894-3742 F&S Tailors & Fashions (716) 894-3742 Ann Rhod’s Tailoring 3185 Bailey Ave. (716) 838-5633

Hopkins Insurance 1193 Jefferson (716)-886-8880


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

L. Sessum Income Tax Service 1650 Fillmore (716) 894-4904



Bellamy’s Liquor Store 405 E. Ferry * (716) 8844066 One Mo Shot Liquors 2612 Bailey * (716) 4643299

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

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ECC to Hold Annual Career Fair

Erie Community College’s Career Resource Center will be holding its Spring 2012 Career and Job Fair on the following dates: Wednesday, March 28, Atrium, ECC City Campus, 121 Ellicott St., Buffalo. Friday, March 30, Spring Student Center Cafeteria, ECC North Campus, 6205 Main St., Williamsville.

EAST SIDE APARTMENTS AVAILABLE *Two and Three Bedroom Apartments starting at $395 plus security. Apartments Section 8 Ready. Call 836-8686.

All career fairs will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and will be open to all ECC students and alumni. Individuals attending the career fair are

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asked to dress professionally and bring a résumé. For more information, visit (student life) or contact the Career Resource Center at (716) 851-1684.

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*2nd Cup 36 Broadway St. 840-0048 7p.m. Wed. “Salsa night with Calvin and Fanny.” Beginner salsa lesson and social dance. salsacalvinfanny@hotmail. *African American Cultural Center 350 Masten Ave. 884-2013 3 p.m. Sat. 3 pm @5 p.m. Tues. Thurs. “Community Dance and Drumming Classes.” Visit www.africanamericancultural. org. *El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera 91 Allen St. Mon through Wed: “Dance Classes with Folkloric Productions Dance Co.” Includes meditation and yoga 912-8754. *First Shioh Baptist Church. 15 Pine St. 6:30 p.m. Fri. “Line dancing lessons.” 847-6555. Free. *Gateway Longview Family Resource Center. 347 E. Ferry St. 6 p.m. Tues. “ Dance lessons with the Smooth Steppers.” Classes in urban Ballroom, Chicago Steppin’ and swing. 6337813. *Kenan Center 433 Locust St.; Level Breakdancing class. Also 7:30 p.m. Mon. Wed. “B-Girl class.” Beginners welcome. $10; $15; Also 6 p.m. Tues; 4 p.m. Thurs. Open practice.” $5. *Urban Line dance lessons each Monday at Pratt Willert 6-7:30 p.m. (parking available) *Urban Line dance lessons each Friday morning, 10:45-11:45 a.m., JFK Center, E. Wilson instructor.



Wednesday March 28

Wednesday March 28

Niagara County Spring Job Fair; 1-3:30 pm., Four Points Sheraton, 7001 Buffalo Ave; free for job seekers; bring resumes; (716)278-8108 or (716) 433-6766.

ECC Career Fair: City Campus, 121 Ellicott; 10 am – 1 pm; 851-1684.

see you at the events

Board of Ed Meeting: 530 p.m., 801 City Hall. HOME 49th Anniversary Celebration: Buffalo Convention Center, 5 p.m.; 854-1400.

Thursday March 29

Saturday March 31

WNY Black Chamber of Commerce Meet & Greet Networking Event: 2nd Cup Café, 36 Broadway; 5:308:30 pm; $15 non members; 995-0622 or 400-7265.

Benefit Party for Louis A. Gonzalez: The Belle Center, 104 Maryland, $15, 3 p.m. util. Tuesday April 3

Evening of Poetry Music & Dance: African and Modern: 7:30 pm, Hilbert College Auditorium; free; featuring Jomo Akono, Robin Hibbert and more; 926-8856. County Legislature to honor Vietnam Vets: 92 Franklin St. 4th Floor, 2 p.m. Aloma Johnson Charter School Open House: 5-7 p.m. 833 Michigan. Friday March 30 Golden Cup Documentary Series: “Hannibal Afrik: The Warrior Spirit” 5-7 p.m., free; discussion will follow/ Women Touching The World Honors: Buffalo Convention Center, 7 p.m. See page 7, ECC Career Fair: ECC North Campus, 6205 Main St. Williamsville; 10 am – 1 pm; 851-1684. VA Honors Vietnam Vets: 3495 Bailey Ave, Freedom Hall, 9-10:30 a.m. 8628753, Saturday March 31 Kensington Little League Baseball Early Registration: McCarthy Park, noon – 3 p.m.; $50; boys and girls 5-16; 837-8486 or 491-1253 for info.

Fair Housing Month Proclamation Day Ceremony: 10 am, new home of “HOME” 1542 Main St. @ Ferry. Wednesday April 4 We Are Women Warriors King Memorial & Film Presentation: 5:30-7:45 p.m, Merriweather Library; 5367323; free & open to public.

Oprah Interviews SC Mom Who Killed Kids ORANGEBURG, S.C.— Talk show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey has conducted a jailhouse interview with a South Carolina mother who pleaded guilty to killing her two sons. Winfrey went to the jail in Orangeburg last week where 30-year-old Shaquan Duley is awaiting sentencing. Winfrey interviewed Duley’s family in September 2010, a month after Duley suffocated her 2-year-old and 18-monthold sons, then tried to stage their deaths by driving her car into a river. Prosecutors say she killed the children after being badgered by her mother about being a poor parent. Duley faces 30 years to life in prison when she’s sentenced Friday.

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Enough is Enough Prayer continues: *April 2-6, Miracle Christian Fellowship center, 1242 Jefferson, Superintendent Alfonzo Roberson. *April 22-28, Mt. Ararat, Bishop Dwight Brown.

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