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*Frances Dances “Salsational Sunday,” May 29 @ Sho-Shin Karate Studio, 1115 E. Main St. Door #1 (2nd Floor), 11a.m. – 3 p.m. ; $5; for (585) 2490354 or firstname.lastname@example.org BAOBAB CULTURAL CENTER COMING NEXT WEEK: *Friday, May 27 - Dr. Jerome Watts, author of The Power of Resilience addresses the issue of how to help black males find social, emotional, and educational success in urban schools. *Saturday, May 28 - African Liberation Day celebration. “Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will.”
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NAACP Is Back In Business
The Rochester Branch of the NAACP is pleased to announce its appointment of Mr. Edward Goolsby as its new President. The newly elected administration, hosted its Branch’s Inauguration Ceremony on Saturday, May 21at the End Time Deliverance Miracle Church located at 144 Edinburgh Street in Cornhill.
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Black August In Concert Memorial Day Weekend
The ROAR Club and ROC Music presents Neo Soul Sundays "ALL WHITE EVERYTHING Party" featuring BLACK AUGUST! Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday, May 29, at 233 Mills Street in the High Falls District.Doors Open @ 6 p.m. and will be hosted by Grand Tone. Admission is $10. Drink Specials On All White Featured Drinks.
First Black Female CEO: “We Lost Focus In American Schools” Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, the first African American woman to head a Fortune 500 company, believes it is time to get back to basics when it comes to American schools. “ We took our focus away from excellence and performance and accountability,” Burns told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien about the dilemma of science and math educa-tion in American schools. The interview, a part of CNN and O’Brien’s new series, “Don’t Fail Me: Education in America,” aired , May 21. Page 2
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Carlton Wilcox has a passion for music that I have NEVER seen. A criminal justice graduate from Monroe Community College, he is literally his own worst critic. A Deputy Sheriff when not gracing the stage, the humble musician, who is the middle son of five children, describes himself as a "decent" musician. His playing says something else. Most Rochesterians are used to seeing him sit behind MARSHA the scenes playing his bass. Wilcox has finally decided to step forward into the spotlight. "I discovered that I could play in high school. I wasn't terrible even though there were times when I was bad," explains the singer, who is now stepping out in front of the mike. "I do have musicality." He got his initial start at 15 playing in church, but also has played with The Jimmie Highsmith Experience, Breezin', and Uneek. Wilcox lists his musical influences as: James Brown, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Smooth Jazz. That musicality encompasses his singing passion. "I see joy on people's faces," Wilcox, a 20-year music veteran, continues. "I'm engaging more with my audience. Singing on stage is a a real challenge. My voice is an instrument and I try to manipulate the tones, the rifts and runs. I just love music. It's a big part of my life and I couldn't imagine living in a world without it." He's not kidding. The father of two, Wilcox owns five bass guitars and he cares for them, in his words, he says, "I treat them like women. You treat them right and they will treat you right." Future play engagements for Carlton Wilcox Live include: *June 7: 8:30 p.m., at Tala Vera. $5. *June 11: 3 to 7 p.m. Free. Wine Tasting, Epiphany Events & Corn Hill Wine & Spirits. *September 9: a live recording, two shows, 7 and 10 p.m., at Tala Vera *September 17 at Third Annual HAT-TITUDE, 9 a.m. to noon, Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside, 120 East Main Street, Tickets are $25 For more information, visit his Carlton Wilcox Live page on Facebook.
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*Taking Back the City Soul Saving and Gospel Fest, 2021 Genesee St., Saturday, May 28 at 2:30 p.m. For more information. (716) 602-8608 or (347) 216-4574.
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A rea Bri efs City Honors 9th in the Nation $5,000 Reward Offered in City Honors was ranked 9th out of Deli Slaying 10 top schools in the nation. It is the second year in a row that the school made the Top 10.
Foreclosing On Properties Due To Water Charge Arrears Eliminmated Masten District Councilmember Demone Smith was successful in receiving full Council and Mayor support for legislation ending the foreclosure of properties because of non-payment of water bills for the current foreclosure year, In Rem No. 45. Formally the foreclosure auctioned contained properties that were delinquent in water bills that were not current with their payments. Questions have been raised regarding regular maintenance of water boxes, high penalties and compounding interest from the former water carrier as well as a need to move from quarterly to monthly payments for better monitoring. “Property Owners who have faulty plumbing and/or insufficient crawl spaces that have resulted in leaks cannot have meters installed to insure adequate readings and the absence of a remedy such as a leak abatement program to address these issues is cause to not foreclose on home owners dealing with serious water issues. “ stated Smith
Homegoing Ser vices Announced for Sarah Kelley Homegoing services for Sarah Kelley, 67, of Buffalo, have been set. The viewing will take place on Friday, May 27 at the Alfred H. Lewis Mortuary, 968 Jefferson Avenue from noon to 3 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 31 at State Tabernacle Church of God, 234 Glenwood Ave. Sarah, the wife of Leroy Kelley of Buffalo, died on May 20 in their Brooklyn Street home.
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The Arab-American Businessmen’s Association is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who has information that leads to the arrest and conviction of two suspects in a May 6 robbery of the Union Super Market at Riley and Masten Avenue that left Ali Hababi 48, shot to death. Hababi, of Yemen, was the father of seven. The store remains closed. In a related development, Ellicott District Council Member Darius G. Pridgen introduced a plan that would require all food stores in the Ellicott District to have surveillance cameras inside and outside their businesses to win renewal of their annual licenses. The plan is aimed at improving security in the stores. The store where Habibi was killed, had a camera.
Poll Shows Williams Has Inner City Support Although the recent headlines blared “Disapproval of Williams Widespread,” citing “53% in poll unhappy with his performance as city’s school chief,” further reading of a Buffalo News report revealed that Buffalo School Superintendent Dr. James Williams maintained support in the African American community. In the Fillmore and Masten districts the percentage of people approving of Williams’ performance was higher than those disapproving. The poll indicated a significant split along racial lines. Among whites, 76 percent said they disapprove of the job Williams is doing, compared with 18 percent who said they approve. Among African-Americans. Fifty percent said they approved of the job Williams is doing, and 44 percent said they disapprove. Among white respondents, 33 percent said they would fire Williams immediately, compared with 15 percent of African-Americans. Thirty-three percent of African-Americans said they would extend the superintendent’s contract or reward him, compared with 6 percent of whites. The majority of whites, 52 percent, and 38 percent of African-Americans said they would allow Williams to finish his contract, but would not
Who Will Be the Next East Ferry District Board of Education Member? Board Interviews 7 Candidates
The Board of Education on Monday interviewed seven candidates seeking the Ferry District seat . The Board is expected to make the appointment on June 1. Persons seeking to serve the remaining term of Pamela Cahill, who resigned to possibly seek political office, include: Jacqueline N. Hall, a social worker who directs the community Wellness and Development Center run Columnist Eva M. Doyle will by the CAO; Crystal R. Austin, a program director and teacher at Buffalo interview noted educator and author Prep; Melissa Howell-Brown, a KeyBank employee; Rev. Kinzer Pointer of Agape Fellowship Baptist Church, a coordinator at Enterprise Charter Dr. Jawanza School and a former board member; Co-Leen Webb, president of the District Kunjufu on the Parent Coordinating Council; Sharon Belton Cottman, a home mortgage Eye On History consultant for Wells Fargo; and Joy McDuffie, a geographic information radio show. The systems analyst and program director at the WNY Law Center who also interview will heads the district’s dropout prevention committee. take place by phone on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. on The family of a 12-year old special education student alleges that she radio station WUFO 1080 AM. This was raped last summer by a teen counselor in a sauna room in the basement program will mark the 169th show in of the William-Emslie YMCA when she was just 11 years old (currently the Eye On History radio series. Dr. known as the Ellicott-Masten YMCA). She became pregnant and gave birth Kunjufu is scheduled to speak on June to a baby earlier this year . A lawsuit, filed by attorney John Elmore and his 13, 2011 at the Buffalo Academy of partners, seeks punitive damages against the YMCA. Elmore said the girl’s Visual and Performing Arts located at mother was unaware that her daughter had been sexually victimized until 450 Masten Avenue. His appearance sometime in December. He said it was also his understanding that another will be part of the annual Sankofa employee witnessed the incident and that although the Y fired the alleged Days organized each year by Bro. Ras perpetrator, who was 17 at the time, the sexual act was never reported to Jomo prior to the Juneteenth Festival. the police. The lawsuit cites the “malicious, wanton and reckless” conduct Dr. Kunjufu is the author of numer- of Y officials and their “demonstrated indifference and utter disregard for ous books on the education of Black the infant plaintiff.” Y officials have expressed their “deepest sympathy” for students. One of his most popular the victim. An official from the YMCA said the agency was not made aware books is “Countering the Conspiracy of any report of rape or pregnancy until late April of this year. The YMCA to Destroy Black Boys.” If you miss are the only defendants named in the lawsuit. the radio broadcast you can still hear the interview on public access channel 20 on Saturday, June 11th from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Mrs. Doyle would like to thank everyone who donated money The city’s fourth gun buyback May 14 resulted in 600 firearms collected to help bring Dr. Kunjufu to Buffalo. by police at seven churches throughout the city. But more than half of the 200 She would like to report that “all of the fundrasing activities have been nonworking guns, 170 rifles, 219 handguns and an assault weapon turned in were very successful.” For more informa- done so at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in South Buffalo, considered tion you can call (716) 847- 6010 or one of the “safer” areas and used by many people from the suburbs. Just 100 guns were turned in at True Bethel Baptist Church according to reports. (716) 533-9547.
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Rape at YMCA Camp Results in Law Suit
Most of Guns From Buyback From Suburbs?
Democrat Hochul wins special election for 26th Congressional District Seat BUFFALO, N.Y. — Democrats picked off a heavily Republican upstate New York congressional seat Tuesday night in a special election that became a referendum on Medicare. Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul edged past Republican state Assemblywoman Jane Corwin to win the seat in New York’s 26th Congressional District. The rural-suburban district between Buffalo and Rochester is one of the state’s most conservative. But Corwin saw her early lead dissolve after coming out in favor of a Republican budget plan that would cut billions from Medicare, the government health plan for seniors. With 83 percent of precincts reporting, Hochul had 48 percent of the vote, compared with 42 percent for Corwin. A third candidate, tea party contender Jack Davis, also siphoned votes away from Corwin. The seat became vacant in February when Republican Rep. Chris Lee resigned after shirtless photos he sent to a woman surfaced online. The 26th Congressional District, which covers a swath of rural and suburban towns between Buffalo and Rochester, was one of only four districts in the state — out of 29 — that favored Republican John McCain over President Barack Obama in 2008. But Corwin, a multimillionaire state assemblywoman, watched her lead evaporate after expressing support for a plan crafted by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to strip billions from Medicare and recast it as a voucher program. Hochul quickly seized on Corwin’s position and cast herself as the protector of Medicare in a district with a large population of voters over 55.
Protester disrupting Netanyahu in Congress arrested at hospital
Woman Kicked Off Train for Blabbing on Cell Phone for Hours How long are you able to talk on your cell phone? Do you talk on it in public places? Are you one of those people who are texting throughout an entire movie? Or are you the one at the cash register Beard being kicked off Amtrak train in the store, balancing a cell phone, Lakeysha for excessive talk time on cell phone. yelling at your children and simultaneously shooting ugly glares at anyone behind you for thinking you are, in any way, out of line? Well, if you are any of the above, don’t get on Amtrak with that foolishness! They are putting folks OFF! According to MSNBC, Lakeysha Beard had been repeatedly asked to give her cell phone a rest. At one point, she told the passenger, “Kiss my ass! I got a right to talk on my phone! I paid for my ticket just like you! Stay in your area and I will stay in mine!” (very loosely translated) Ultimately, her mouth got her in trouble and police removed her from the train. After singlehandedly talking a cell phone marathon for 16 hours, even after multiple announcements for passengers not to use their cell phones, she continued to charge her phone and blab from Oakland, Ca., to possibly Oregon where she is from. She was charged with disorderly conduct and taken into custody until a family member could pick her up.
UTG commemorates African Liberation Day The University of the Gambia over the weekend celebrated African liberation day, a day set aside to celebrate the progress of the liberation movement that symbolizes the willpower of African people to liberate themselves from the foreign domination and exploitation in collaboration with the Venezuelan republic in the Gambia.
Police arrested CODEPINK peace activist Rae Abileah at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. Abileah was taken to the hospital after having been assaulted and tackled to the ground by AIPAC members of the audience in the House Gallery during Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. Abileah interrupted Netanyahu with a banner that said “Occupying Land Is Indefensible” and shouting, “No more occupation, stop Israel war crimes, equal rights for Palestinians, occupation is indefensible.” She rose up to speak out just after the Prime Minister talked about the youth around the world rising up for more democracy. As this 28-year-old Jewish American woman spoke out for the human rights of Palestinians, other members of the audience—wearing badges from the conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee—brutally attacked her. The police then dragged her out of the Gallery and took her to the George Washington University Hospital, where she was being treating for neck and shoulder injuries. “I am in great pain, but this is nothing compared to the pain and suffering that Palestinians go through on a regular basis,” said Abileah.
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Herman Cain, ,Black Tea Party Favorite, Announces Bid for Presidency Herman Cain has run a pizza chain, hosted a talk radio show and sparred with Bill Clinton over health care. He’s never held elected office. Now the tea party favorite wants to be president. “In case you accidentally listen to a skeptic or doubting Thomas out there, just to be clear ... I’m running for president of the United States, and I’m not running for second,” he told a crowd at Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday. Chants of “Herman” erupted from the crowd of thousands in downtown Atlanta. The announcement by the businessman, author and radio talk show host that he was joining the expanding Republican field came after months of traveling around the country to introduce himself to voters. Now the 65-year-old will see if he can use that grass-roots enthusiasm to turn a long-shot campaign into a credible bid. Cain supports a strong national defense, opposes abortion, backs replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax and favors a return to the gold standard. He said President Barack Obama “threw Israel under the bus” because he sought to base Mideast border talks partly on the pre-1967 war lines, and criticized the Justice Department for challenging Arizona’s tough crackdown on illegal immigration. “We shouldn’t be suing Arizona,” he said to cheers. “We ought to send them a prize.” Cain lost a three-way Republican U.S. Senate primary bid in Georgia in 2004 with one-quarter of the vote. His “Hermanator” political action committee has taken in just over $16,000 this year. He said he’s running “a bottoms-up, outside-the-box campaign.” Supporters say he taps into the tea party-fueled desire for plain-speaking citizen candidates. Born in Memphis, Tenn., and raised in Atlanta, Cain is the son of a chauffeur and a maid. He attended historically black Morehouse College, earned a master’s degree from Purdue University and worked as a mathematician for the Navy before beginning to scale the corporate ladder. He worked at Coca-Cola, Pillsbury and Burger King before taking the helm of the failing Godfather’s Pizza franchise, which he rescued by shuttering hundreds of restaurants. The late Jack Kemp, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 1996, once described Cain as having “the voice of Othello, the looks of a football player, the English of Oxfordian quality and the courage of a lion.” In 2006, Cain was diagnosed with liver and colon cancer. He says he’s been cancer-free since 2007 and credits the nation’s health care system with
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keeping him alive. He says it’s one reason he’s so opposed to the health overhaul championed by Obama. At the speech, Cain tried to build a foundation for his run for the White House. He said the American dream is under attack from runaway debt, a stagnant economy, a muddled foreign policy and an influx of illegal immigrants. He said Americans should be infuriated because the Obama administration’s $787 billion stimulus program “didn’t stimulate diddly.”
Yemen crisis escalates as deal falters
The crisis in Yemen today escalated as Yemeni loyalist forces fought running gun battles with opponents of President Ali Abduallah Saleh in Sana’a - a day after he reneged on a Gulf-brokered deal in which he would step down. REUTERS - Yemeni loyalist forces fought a gun battle on Monday with opponents of entrenched President Ali Abdullah Saleh one day after he backed out of a Gulf-brokered accord for him to step down.
MAY 25, 2011
Dr. Akua Gray to Lead Family Wellness Weekend
Family Wellness Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5 will feature the reknowned Dr. Akua Gray. ND, at GROUP Ministries, 1333 Jefferson Avenue. Dr. Akua, author of Veggie Delights: Reiki, Shiatsu, Colon Hydrotherapy Recipes for Holistic Health, Eating and African Nutritional Science. Live for Maximum Nutrition and WellAkua currently resides in Ghana and ness, is the Inter- is the proud mother of three sons and national Opera- four god-daughters, she shares these tions Director accomplishments with her husband of for A Life of 23 years Chenu. Peace Wellness There will be three exciting events Institute, Inc., a to choose from during the Wellness holistic health Weekend: (1) NATURAL FAMILY education and wellness non- HEALER TRAINING: Saturday, profit organiza- June 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $25. (2) tion based in Mis- SACRED WOMAN RITES OF Dr. Akua souri City, Texas. PASSAGE TRAINING: Saturday, She has for over June 4, 2 – 6 p.m. Workshop Tuition 20 years, owned and operated several $25. (3) VEGGIE DELIGHTS community based enterprises including LIVE FOODS CLASS AND Bojakaz Natural Products, Yeyeakua HOLISITC HEALTH SPA DAY: Live Online Bookstore, and her most recent Foods Workshop from 2:00- 3:30pm. gift to the African Diaspora Divine Life Health Services from 3:00 - 6:00pm. Register Today! Space is limited. Sanctuary in Ghana, West Africa. For more information call (716) An outstanding educator for 20 539-1831 or email Prudence Fuller years, Akua holds degrees and certifications in Naturopathy, Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Telecommunications, Metaphysics EAT TO LIVE Counseling, Hypnotherapy, Iridology,
Faith Cancer Support Group The True Bethel Baptist Church Faith Cancer Support Group will present a free event on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at 907 East Ferry St. The Support Group is dedicated to creating a spiritual atmosphere in which cancer patients can talk about living with cancer in a supportive and confidential setting. There will be free food and prizes and the public is urged to attend. For more information call 856-3798.
“Plant Day” at Farmer’s Market at Grider The Farmers’ Market at Grider across from ECMC at 351 Grider Street. is featuring “PLANT DAY” ON Friday, May 27 from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. The Farmer’s Market is designed to increase access to healthy food; promote healthy lifestyles; create an engaging, interactive community gathering place; and inform/educate the community on health/wellness and green initiatives. Planned activities include gardening instruction; and flowering/vegetable plants, as well as flats, small bushes and shrubs will be available for purchase. Farmers’ Market at Grider sponsors include: Community Action Organization (CAO); Durham Street Block Club; ECMC; Food For All; Grider Street Block Club; Healthcare Education Project; Prudence Fuller; House of Healing ICU; Tri-Street Block Club; St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
Don’t miss this unprecedented, multicultural Civil War commemorative event!
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Sunday, May 29, 2011
Join us throughout the day for a parade; interactive exhibits; hundreds of re-enactors from all around the country; entertainment; historic, educational and living history displays and artifacts; kids’ activities and more on the historic grounds of Forest lawn.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies: 11:00 a.m.
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Free PArking & shuTTle service FrOm cAnisius cOllege
• Special Dedications and Tributes • Civil War Union and Confederate encampments Food concessions will be available.
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When reading is a struggle, so is life. How does low-literacy feel? Often, it’s disorienting, especially when even simple road signs are a mystery. But the Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division is doing something about this. We’ve been helping Western New York residents improve their levels of literacy for years, and we can help you or your loved one, too. With the ability to succeed on a daily basis comes the ability to succeed for a lifetime.
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MAY 25, 2011
Overseer Foye to be Consecrated to Bishop On June 4 at 10 a.m., Overseer Dr. Jacqueline A. Foye will be Consecrated to the highly esteemed office of bishop at The Greater Apostolic House f Prayer, 1455 Fillmore Avenue. Apostle Floyd E. Nelson, Sr., PhD. DD of Washington, D.C. is Presiding Prelate . For more information call 865-4936.
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PASTORAL CELEBRATION! Pictured above are scenes from the 4th Anniversary Pastoral Celebration for Rev. Daris Dixon-Clark, Pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Clinton Street in Buffalo. Congratulations to Rev. Dixon-Clark and the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church family!
Greater Refuge Temple Flea Market
The Greater Refuge Temple Flea Market is raising funds to help build a school in Monrovia, Liberia West Africa. The Flea market will be held June 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jefferson &7 High Streets. Space is still available. Call 886-2199.
The Rev. Paul Beasleyy and the Gospel Keynotes of Tyler, Texas, will be in concert at the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 400 Northampton St., Saturday, June 4 at 6 p.m. Also featured will be the Rev. Patrick Deas, Men in White, The Wandering Five and Sister V. Jones. Fee $10. Rev. C.N. Delaney is Host pastor.
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MAY 25, 2011
Annual Men’s Fellowship Father’s Day Fish Fry
Accepting Nominations for Fathers to be Honored
The upcoming Annual Men’s Fellowship Father’s Day Fish Fry sponsored by the Buffalo United Front Inc., hopes to bring together men from all walks of life to discuss ways they can best serve the community. It also seeks to break down religious and socio-economic barriers, and stress communication, cooperation and oneness of purpose. The dinner will take place on Friday, June 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Avenue. Mt. Olive, where Rev. William Gillison is pastor, is catering and serving for the affair. Donation is $20. Mayor Byron Brown and Bishop Michael Badger will serve as guest speakers. The theme is “I go A Fishing.” (John 21:3) The annual gathering will also honor fathers who rarely get credit for serving their families and/or community. Nominations for fathers to be recognized are now being accepted. For more information about the Fellowship Father’s Day Fish Fry or to nominate a father to be honored, call Eric Johnson at (716) 812-4236.
Happy 53rd Anniversary to Mr. Mack and Sally Steward!
First Shiloh Biggest Losers Club Adds Zumba The community is invited to join First Shiloh Baptist Church’s Biggest Loser’s Club starting May 26 at the church, located at 15 Pin Street. Zumba classes will also be offered as part of our fitness plan on Saturday afternoons. The cost for the Zumba class is $5 per person. For more information call Jerry at 816-5948.
The Holy Ghost Temple Flaming Fire Ministries, 159 Grider Street, will hosts its 5th annual Youth Explosion, “In times Like These,” (11 timothy 3:1) Thursday and Friday, May 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The guest speaker will be Minister Derek Smith of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church. Youth Pastor, Evangelist Trina Land is the conference host. There will be praise dancers, comedy, singers, poets, skits and more, plus a Youth Fellowship Brunch on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at the Holy Ghost Temple Dining Hall. Admission is free. For more information call (716) 896-4623. Donald Mullen is the host Pastor.
Men’s of Purpose Conference Tour Coming to Rochester! The Men of Purpose, Men’s Conference tour 2011, is coming to Rochester May 27-28 at Youth For Christ, 1 Favor Street. The Conference kicks off on Friday at 7;30 p.m. (open to the public) and continues Saturday morning at 8 a.m. (men only). Additional sessions, open to the public, start on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. To register call (641) 715-9100 ext. 89237 or visit www. menofpurposeonline.com
“Enough is Enough” City-Wide Prayer Emmanuel Temple S.D.A. 300 Adams Street @ Peckham – Kenneth Green, Pastor Monday May 23 – Friday May 27, Beginning nightly from 6 – 7:00 pm For More Information call Elder Wiggins @ (716) 954-3330
MAY 25, 2011
4Play Bar Update: Was the Issue Money or Pure Racism? Investigation Continues
hris Battagllia, the owner of the Chippewa Street nightclub 4Play, claimed during a public hearing of the Buffalo Common Council’s Legislation Committee May 10 , that the entire incident was over money and had nothing to do with race. However according to Buffalo’s Commission on Citizens’ Rights and Community Relations Director Crystal J. Rodriguez-Lane, the incident is being investigated by her office, as well as by the State Liquor Authority, said David L. Edmunds Jr., a deputy commissioner with the Authority. On April 23 approximately 40 to 50 well dressed members of a private party were kicked out after, according to party planners and other witnesses, management and security at the club was overheard saying there were too many African Americans and not enough Whites there. The doors were shut at 11 but reportedly reopened about a half hour later and the group was allowed to continue its event until 4 a.m. One of the promoters, DeVaughn Jones, said they approached some Whites outside and got them to come in. “I am a patron who heard one of the staff members actually say 'we have way too many Black people in here' and then witnessed the place get shut down at 11pm on the dot. Nobody was refunded their $10 admission and we heard from the promoters that it was ended early due to 'not enough White people inside',” Giovanni Centurione stated to The Challenger. Videographer Chris O’Riley told Channel 4 News shortly after the incident, that following a successful fashion show and event at the Christian Center around the corner on Pearl Street, “spirits were high..” and everyone was looking forward to having a good time at the club only to be “turned away and kicked out just because of our complexion...”
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African Liberatio Day Dance & Juneteenth Fundraiser The Juneteenth Sankofa Days Committee will present the 2nd annual African Liberation Day Dance Party & Juneteenth Fundraiser on Saturday, May 28 from 9 p.m. until at the Juneteenth Headquarters, 1517 Genesee Street featuring music by DJs Ras Jomo and Ras Muata of ProJect Access to Afreeka (1080AM WUFO Radio). Admission is $10. Food and refreshments will be on sale.
“Soul Food for Every Soul”
*Charles 'Pip' Costner & Jason Mohr present ~An Evening Of Soul~ Featuring: Rod Bonner III (Keyboardist), Kevin Hall (Saxophonist), & Jonathan Reed (Vocalist). Friday, May 27 at the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main, 8PM. Tickets $20., $25. @ the door, $35. VIP. Tickets available at: Ticketmaster, Doris Records, The Tralf Box Office or by calling 716-939-7230/716-6971530. *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. *KENNY WOO ENTERTAINMENT June 18, 7 pm Old School R&B Concert at The Tralf tix are $25 available at The Tralf and all TicketMaster locations. *Morris Day and The Time, Thursday at the Square, June 9, downtown Lafayette Square; Also, The Missing Star and Autopunch, free and open to the public. On Stage Listings are Free. Write: The Challenger, On Stage, PO Box 474,, Bflo., NY 14208; or email:
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adia’s Taste of Soul is a new eatery which recently opened at 69 Allen Street. An early review *DMS: George Duke, Marcus from one local Miller, David Sanborn, Wed., June 1, c u s t o m e r Kleinhans Music Hall, For tickets call rates the food as excellent. 885-5000, also at Doris Records. “We have a *JAZZ JAM SUNDAY, 6:30 to slogan,” says 10pm, Cafe @ Masten & Eaton 230 owner Guy Masten Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, 716- Lane, “Soul 883-2311. Featuring the Tune Ups, T. f o o d f o r Rob, Marlow Wright and James Davis. Every Soul.” Open mike 9pm. Karaoke Tuesdays That’s why in addition to his award wining ribs, you’ll find such weekly 8pm with Gordy. specials on the menu as Cajun Crab *Friday Night Jook Joint at Afri- Legs, Lasagna, Wings, Neck Bones, can Cultural Center, May 27, 350 Fish and Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Masten Ave., 9 p.m. - midnight; $15; Oxtails, BBQ Chicken, Pernil and a host of delicious side dishes, A la Carte 884-2013. and desert. The young entrepreneur says being on Allen Street is “invigoPARTY OVER HERE... rating...bustling with diversity and *Old School Classic Party, Sunday, culture.” A grand opening is coming May 29, 9 p.m. - 3 a.m., Pearl St. Grill soon. Nadia is the name of Lane’s & Brewery, 76 Pearl St., 2nd & 3rd 16-month old daughter, who he calls Floors, finger food, door prizes; Grand “the real boss!” Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 Slam Promotions p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday *Thursday, May 26th, “Buffalo from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday from Funk Fest Fundraiser Happy Hour” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the restaurant also 6-9pm.…The Buffalo Chop House provides catering services. Pictured - 282 Franklin…music by DJ Papa is Guy and his lovely wife, Crystal Trini..Admission $10….tickets at Rodriquez Lane. For more informaDoris Records and at the door… tion call 884-0482. *Sunday Dinner-Jazz by the DuBenion Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Season’s Restaurant, 1581 E. Delavan Ave., tickets $20; 604-7516.
African Liberation Day and the legacy of Black resistance BY DR. CONRAD WORRILL
(The month of May is very important in the worldwide African LiberationMovement. During this month, throughout the African world community, African Liberation Day (ALD) is celebrated.) It is important that African Liberation Day be a vehicle to continue to highlight the problems, challenges and the future of African people everywhere. The challenges facing Africa and Black people worldwide require that we remain dedicated to the cause of Africa's redemption and liberation. One way we can continue to showcase that dedication is to actively participate in all of the African Liberation Day activities throughout the world. The colonial period in Africa, as well as the enslavement of African people who were captured and brought to North America, had a devastating impact on Africa and Black people. African people did not sit idly by. Just as we resisted our slave circumstances in America, Black people resisted their colonial condition. Pan African meetings were called to plot strategy to end colonial rule. The Garvey Movement and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) galvanized Black people worldwide to embrace the idea of African independence under “One God, One Aim, and One Destiny.” The Garvey period in our history, more than any other era, laid the foundation for what we now call African Liberation Day. African people began waging a battle to reclaim their lands. This has been a long and bitter struggle. Resistance to White supremacy and colonial domination took many shapes and forms. The Pan African meetings (1900-1945) provided a mechanism for a small group of African leaders to plan and plot strategy for African freedom. The Garvey Movement of the 1920s brought the idea of African freedom and independence to the masses of our people around the world. “Africa for the Africans – At Home and Abroad,” was a slogan that captured the spirit of Black people. This slogan gave a clear understanding of who we are as a people and what we should be struggling for. It was not until the early 1950s that the first African country gained political independence in the movement to reclaim Africa. That country was Ghana, under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah, who led the Ghanaian people to their fight against British colonialism. Shortly after this successful defeat of the British, Sekou Toure led the people of Guinea towards their independence from French colonialism. Right on the heels of this victory was the victory of Patrice Lumumba and the people of the Congo, who won the battle, for a brief moment, against Belgium. This independence movement sparked an onslaught of African people reclaiming their territories and led to the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in May 1963. (This is why we celebrate ALD in May.) It was during this period that Malcolm X linked the struggle of Black people in this country Nkrumah on the cover with the struggle of African people worldwide. of Time Magazine Feb. It is interesting to note that the Civil Rights Movement 9, 1953. in this country was sparked in Montgomery (1955) at approximately the same time the independence movement in Africa began (1956-57). The call for Black Power (1966) sparked a discussion in the Black Liberation Movement in America that placed the re-identification with Africa and African people on the Movement's agenda, once again. This renewed a new phase of the Pan African Movement. The call for support of our brothers and sisters fighting against the Portuguese in Angola, Mozambique, and Guinea Bissau led to the formation of the African Liberation Day held in the country on May 27, 1972 that attracted over 60,000 African people. African Liberation Day has become an institution in America since that time. African Liberation Day is a day when all Black people should come together. As I have emphasized many times before, whether you were born in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, Belize, Bahia, Germany, England, France, Alabama, Georgia, or on 47th Street in Chicago, as long as you are Black, you are an African with a common heritage and a common set of conditions. We must continue to fight against racism and White supremacy as we demand reparations for Black people in America and worldwide. (Dr. Worrill, national chairman emeritus of the National Black United Front (NBUF), located at 1809 East 71st Street, Suite 211, Chicago, Illinois 60649, 773.493.9923, fax 773.494.9819. Page 10
We Must Demand More From Our Children ! Dear Editor: Education is the great equalizer in America and yet we are debating its value and the quality that our children are receiving. Two years ago while visiting New York City I had the opportunity to meet with administrators and teachers at the Harlem Children’s Zone concerning the educational needs of African Americans and Hispanic students primarily. During this visit I noticed that parents were vital to the educational needs of their children. Parents were encouraged to send their children to school understanding the goals of the institution and creating a home environment that would encourage academic success. Furthermore,
THEOur CIVIL WAR Story
Approximately 180,000 AfricanAmericans comprising 163 units served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and many more AfricanAmericans served in the Union Navy. Both free Africans-Americans and runaway slaves joined the fight. On July 17, 1862, Congress passed two acts allowing the enlistment of AfricanAmericans, but official enrollment occurred only after the September, 1862 issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In general, White soldiers and officers believed that Black men lacked the courage to fight and fight well. In October, 1862, AfricanAmerican soldiers of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers silenced their critics by repulsing attacking Confederates at the battle of Island Mound, Missouri. By August, 1863, 14 Negro Regiments were in the field and ready for service. At the battle of Port Hudson, Louisiana, May 27, 1863, the African-American soldiers bravely advanced over open ground in the face of deadly artillery fire. Although the attack failed, the Black soldiers proved their capability to withstand the heat of battle. The bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12-14th, 1861 was the opening engagement of the American Civil War. This year the 150th anniversary of that bloody four-year war (mostly within the Southern states), is being commemorated.
during this visit I noticed that parents were encouraged to read and reduce the influence of electric games and television in the life of their children. Parents are expected to lead and give direction to their children because it is a shared responsibility t hat requires a collective effort from administrators, teachers and parents. Parents must send their children to school and insist that they come to school to learn and encourage their educational development, not merely with just words, but also by their actions! Our children should begin school knowing their parents names, having knowledge of their home address, phone number and the basic requirements for a solid educational foundation. We are sending our children to school not prepared. There is an enormous preparation gap affecting or children if we continue to wait for our children to start pre-school and kindergarten unable to read and count it will be too late! Our children are coming to school not understanding the historical significance and values associated with the struggle to obtain access to equal education thus resulting in negative implications for our community. African American students are being out-worked and are spending too much time on game systems and cell phones! Parents appear to be more concerned with what our children wear on their bodies than what is in their heads. I attended a high school graduation at one of the local schools. There was a young man that immigrated along with his parents to the United States. According to the principle, upon the students arrival he could not speak English, but four years later he received scholarship offers from Yale and Harvard Universities while the African American students were happy just to get a high school diploma! We, as parents, teachers and administrators, must demand more from our children! -James E. Payne
Be a Hero! Support The Eastside Redevelopment Task Force Center Of Hope! You can be a hero! Spring is here and summer is coming along with children out of school and a lot of idle time. However, you can help 100 of our youth work while learning work skills and good work habits. They will be cleaning up another 20 blocks of our neighborhood. In addition, the Center of Hope will re-open for Youth Activities, Educational Activities, Job Training, and as an Incubator for Local Small Businesses. Your willingness to give up the cost of a coffee for five days a week for only ten (10) weeks can make this possible. By making a tax deductible donation of just $5 a week for 10 weeks or a total of $50, you can help make a real difference in Buffalo. You can make a bigger difference by having your family, friends, associates, or work colleagues do the same. Our goal is to raise $200,000. That is 4,000 persons donating as least $5 a week for 10 weeks. Of course, you can give more and reduce the number of persons needed to reach our goal. The media will soon be doing a news story on the campaign and the many ways the Center is helping your community. Thank you and God Bless! To make a pledge, make checks out to: ERTF Center of Hope, 313 Fourgeron, Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14211. Call (716) 570-9165 for more information. (Submitted by the Eastside Redevelopment Task Force Board of Directors)
-33Knowing others is intelligence; Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; Mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, You are truly rich. If you stay in the center And embrace death with your whole heart, You will endure forever.
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Why We Celebrate JUNETEENTH!
uneteenth is considered by many to be the African American Independence Day. On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, held at Rochester New York’s Corinthian Hall. In this speech Douglass tells his audience, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” And he asked them, “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?” “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in 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 sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout 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 -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.” In this speech Frederick Douglass spoke truth to power and really put the meaning of Juneteenth, why many consider it to be African American’s independence day and why we take time out to celebrate into perspective. You can find the whole speech “The Meaning of the 4th of July for the Negro” read by Morgan Freeman on the History Channel Website. The written speech can be found on PBS. org. The History Behind Juneteenth On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued his official Emancipation Proclamation, which contrary to popular belief did not immediately free a single enslaved African. Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most enslaved Africans’ day-to-day lives, particularly in Texas, which was almost entirely under Confederate control. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. June 18 is the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its enslaved. On June 19, 1865, legend has it while standing on the balcony of MAY 25, 2011
Once we can recogGalveston’s Ashton Villa, nize the beauty within Granger read the contents ourselves as well as the of General Order No. 3: world, those invisible “The people of Texas are chains will crumble. In informed that, in accororder for this to happen dance with a proclamation for our community as a from the Executive of the whole as well as on a United States, all slaves global scale, the change are free. This involves an must first come from absolute equality of peryou the individual. sonal rights and rights of property between former Let’s begin the healmasters and slaves, and ing process now! Know the connection heretofore thy self! Recognize the existing between them Devine within, realize becomes that between employer and hired labor. The always exciting African Cultural your full potential and The freedmen are advised Center Drummers and Dancers, June- manifest greatness. Ashe! to remain quietly at their teenth 2009. Juneteenth is a Celpresent homes and work for wages. They are informed that ebration of Freedom, Culture, and they will not be allowed to collect at Healing that Bridges Age, Gender, military posts and that they will not Race and Class. By celebrating Juneteenth we heal be supported in idleness either there as a nation. We heal through acknowlor elsewhere.” From that moment in Galveston, edging the brutal and painful reality the observance of June 19th as the of our past. While at the same time African American Emancipation Day celebrating the cultural heritage and had spread across the United States unique experiences of Africans and and beyond. Juneteenth is the oldest African Americans. As we highlight nationally celebrated commemoration the achievements and contributions of of the ending of slavery in the United those who paved the way for us, we prepare a viable future for generations States. On December 6, 1865, the 13th to come. To celebrate we have lined up many Amendment’s completion of ratification was signed declaring “Neither exciting activities for this year’s Juneslavery nor involuntary servitude, teenth of Buffalo festivities includexcept as a punishment for crime ing: whereof the party shall have been • 5k Run, duly convicted, shall exist within the • Get On The Bus Black Business United States, or any place subject to Tour, their jurisdiction.” Thus ending slavery • Seven Sankofa Days (leading up to the festival in the park) where we take as we knew it. time out to educate the community on Breaking the Invisible Chains! This year the theme for Juneteenth African/African American history arts of Buffalo is, “Breaking the Invisible and culture through events ranging Chains”. In order to survive we must from group meditation and breathing break the invisible chains formed from exercises to African dance, music, and the residue of being terrorized in this spoken word poetry. country as well as globally, through • This year in the park you will experithe Maafa (Great Tragedy or African ence: A natural healing garden where Holocaust) created by chattel slav- you can enjoy Massage Therapy, Reki, Yoga, and other natural treatments ery. Although it is historically clear that • We also have an extensive line up we played an active role in freeing of June-Teen youth and young adult ourselves from chattel enslavement, activities including: we still suffer from the effects or the • a teen forum, college fair, job fair, residue of chattel enslavement in the and other exciting events. form of post traumatic slave syndrome. • Make your way through the park and That residue is evident today in the visit the many street vendors selling form of self hatred, self doubt, and a jewelry, clothes, art, food and much lack of esteem within our community more. • Lets not leave out our two enteras a whole, just to name a few. In order to break the invisible chains, tainment stages where live bands, we must enter into a process of self dancers, soloist and other artists will reparation through Sankofa or remem- perform. bering. It is not taboo to go back and • We have a massive book giveaway, utilize what we have learned, experi- and plenty of activities for children enced, and accomplished in the past including clowns, arts and crafts, bounce houses and more. in order to build a viable future.
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Inept "Defense" Against Devout Muslim Alleged Victim
emonizing the African alleged rape and sexual assault victim of IMF chief Dominique StraussKahn, as his friends and aides are doing, could backfire and cause the Frenchman to serve even longer time should he be tried and convicted. Strauss-Kahn's lawyer Benjamin Brafman contends that the forensic evidence won't show that there was "forcible" action. Translation: Since there are no scratch marks on Strauss-Kahn's body, he could not have committed rape. So, if there was sex, it must have been consensual. Of course the implication here is that a "mere" African woman, a "mere" hotel room cleaner, a "mere" Muslim, who had never met this White man, Strauss-Kahn, would IMF Chief Straussbe so enamored by his power, his European-ness, his Kahn wealth and elevated social status --certainly it could not have been his looks judging by photographs-- that she would throw herself at StraussKahn in order to be sodomized. She would also allow herself to be groped and, she would, consent to perform oral sex on this great wealthy French "Bwana" whom she had only just met a few minutes earlier. It's akin to the Stockholm Syndrome; perhaps the Colonial Dependency Syndrome? While racism is still strong in the United States as it is elsewhere, it would take extremely perverted minds to go along with the perverted defense being tested by Strauss-Kahn and Brafman. Strauss-Khan The victim in an is better off employing an insanity defense. Then there's today's front-page report in The New York Post, "Hotel undated photo Maid In HIV Shock" that the alleged victim "lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS." Although the newspaper then relates that it was "not able to ascertain whether the maid, 32, has HIV/AIDS because of confidentiality laws," The Post has already done the intended "damage." If the newspaper had any respect for the alleged victim's "confidentiality" then why even print the story, especially when it could not confirm her status? Meanwhile, in France, where people drink a lot of wine, Strauss-Kahn's followers see hidden forces behind the alleged sexual assault and rape. According to a report on the BBC, "An opinion poll for RMC radio, BDM television and the 20Minutes website found 57% of those who replied believed Mr Strauss-Kahn was the victim of a conspiracy." A conspiracy that was able to plan for a total stranger, an African woman who had been working in the hotel for years, to walk in and willingly offer herself up to be ravished by the aged French Lothario, who, moreover, had no control over where his genitalia guided him. Even the French "philosopher" Bernard-Henri Levy, a friend of Strauss-Kahn, and fresh from helping to launch a destructive war on Libya, believes the "conspiracy" approach, writing on his blog. "Nothing in the world can authorize the way this man has been thrown to the dogs..." as if he knows the details of what happened in the hotel room. What he's suggesting is that even if everything the alleged victim says is true, Strauss-Khan should not have suffered the indignity of being arrested for allegedly raping a "mere" African woman hotel room cleaner. Henry Levy also writes, as quoted on the BBC's website: "I do not know... how a chambermaid could enter on her own the room of one of the most watched people on the planet, against the normal practice in most big New York hotels, which provide for 'cleaning brigades' of at least two people." Strauss-Khan may be regarded as a "special" human being entitled to the "Strauss-Kahn exception" in the world inhabited by people like Henri Levy. Here in the United States, here in New York City, the minute Strauss-Khan was accused of the serious crime, he was, thankfully, not treated by police as some sort of royalty. Strauss-Kahn was, appropriately, treated like the alleged perp that he had become. Score one for the United States. The 2011 Juneteenth of Buffalo festival will burst into action from the very beginning! This year’s parade is sure to be a show stopper. The Juneteenth parade and re-enactment committees are working together to bring you a show that will be talked about for years to come. Elaborate costumes, props, lively dancers and music will bring everything to life and add to an incredible experience.
So come out and celebrate with us. TOGETHER WE WILL HEAL! Parade and vendor applications are still being accepted get yours in today and become a part of history. You can find the applications online at www.juneteenthofbuffalo.com. If you are interested in getting involved or volunteering in any of the Juneteenth activities please call the Juneteenth headquarters at (716) 891-8801. Page 11
A Tale of Two Maps
he future of the Black community and its voice in Erie County Government will be decided for the next ten years in a reapproportionment map! A public hearing on two maps for Erie County’s Redistricting is set for Wednesday, May 25th . Legislators will vote to approve a local law and a redistricting map on June 1 at 2 p.m. We must get involved! AUTOMOTIVE
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On Wednesday, May 25 the general public is invited to comment on the two county redistricting Local Law and map that have been clocked in to the Erie County Legislature. The hearing will be held at the Erie County Legislature, 92 Franklin Street, Fourth Floor at 5 p.m. One of the Local Laws and accompanying map has been submitted the seven members of the Democratic majority. The other Local Law and map was submitted by Erie County Chairwoman, Barbara Miller-Williams. A map that was submitted by county reapportionment chairman, Adam Perry was not considered by the legislative body due to lack of sufficient support. That map drew particular outrage from the Hispanic community which was divided in multiple districts. The public is invited to share dialogue on the reapportionment maps that will determine the political representation for Erie County over the next ten years. Of special concern is whether the African American community can retain its two minority representation or will the effort to ‘push’ for two majorityminority legislative districts somehow undermine the efforts to guarantee at least one minority district? The meeting will start on time and everyone who wants to speak at the hearing will be allowed an opportunity to do so. On June 1 the Legislature will then vote to approve a local law and a redistricting map at a special legislative meeting in County Hall at 2 p.m. The public is invited and urged to view that session.
And Then There Could be None…
A New Map
By Barbara Miller-Williams, Chair, Erie County Legislature
By Betty Jean Grant, Erie County Legislator
everal months ago, I wrote about the downsizing and redistricting of the Erie County Legislature. I stated then that if we are not careful and the lines are not drawn in our best interest; there could be a scenario where the African American community could potentially left with no representatives of color! Well I have to say that that day is now here and that I was absolutely correct in my prediction. With two of the maps to be voted on this week, both the 3rd and the 7th Legislative Districts; currently represented by Miller-Williams and Grant (this writer) could be lost to a candidate running from Cheektowaga or the far north side of Buffalo! The Erie County Redistricting Advisory Commission, under the leadership of Mr. Adam Perry, esteemed lawyer and the appointee of Erie County Chairman Barbara Miller-Williams, has approved a plan or a map that would hurt Democratic legislators (including the 3rd and 7th Districts currently represented by Miller-Williams and this writer) and guarantees that no Republican Legislators would have an incumbent legislator running against them. The fact that this map was approved by seven Republicans and Miller-Williams’ appointee, Adam Perry, speaks volumes about whom the commission were serving and protecting. Also, the Legislator Grant fact that Ms. Miller-Williams was heard loudly boasting in early April, “that we have the votes!” shows where she was at and with whom she was or is with; and it is clearly not with the Democratic majority, or the Democratic Party, of which she is a card carrying member. More importantly, it should be duly recorded that Chairman Perry called for the vote for approval without prior notification; and that a vote was called even though several future community meetings had been scheduled to be held and that several commission members (unaware that a vote would be taken that night) were not in attendance! The ‘Perry Map was approved 8-5. Two members, appointed by Democratic Legislator Maria Whyte, had other obligations that night and were not in attendance. These two members stated that they were not aware that a vote would be called-and taken, at that specific meeting. They said that if they had known about the pending vote, they would rearranged their schedules; but I guess all is fair in love, war, and the back- stabbing nature of politics! In direct opposition to her hand-picked redistricting commission chairman, Adam Perry, Ms. Miller-Williams has filed yet another Local Law and redistricting plan. This map and local Law , called the Miller Williams Map, was probably submitted because the Latino community felt that the map approved by Adam Perry and the Republicans disenfranchised them by dividing their community and ethnic base among four different legislative districts (Districts 2, 3, 7, and 11). The Latino community leaders believed that under four different legislators, their ability to elect a person of Latina descent was severely and fatally compromised. I believe they are absolutely correct in that analysis. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 not only protects African Americans from being politically disenfranchised; it protects all ethnic, racially and language- specific groups from being politically isolated. The Miller-Williams
ast fall I voted against downsizing the Erie County Legislature because I knew it would hurt the minority communities of Buffalo. When it was on the ballot in November I spoke out about it and urged residents to vote against reducing the number of Legislators from 15 to 11. But the residents of Erie County voted overwhelmingly to reduce the number of districts to 11. As an elected official I am obligated to follow the will of the people. Now we are seeing the impact that reducing the number of Legislative districts to 11 has on the minority communities in the City. Because each district must increase by almost 20,000 voters it is difficult to assure we retain 2 districts that have a majority minority population. The 1965 Voting Rights Act clearly dictates that we must do our best to maximize the ability for the greatest representation for the minority community. It is easy to draw one district where a person of color can be elected. But with careful choices that bring together Legislative Chair African Americans and other minority populations Miller-Williams we can also draw a second minority district. So that is why I was proud to see that the Advisory Committee on Reapportionment was able to suggest a map that created two viable majority minority districts. That map also achieved the federal requirement of one person, one vote by creating 11 districts equal in size. I attended the public hearing of the Committee and realized that the legal strengths of the proposed map had not been clearly explained to the public. The confusion is understandable, these are complex issues that are not easy to relate in a few simple bullet points. But the representatives from the UB Law School spoke at the Hearing of the legal dictate to create 2 majority minority districts confirming that the map the Committee recommended was fulfilling the directives of the Voting Rights Act. Also at that meeting the Hispanic community came out to express their desire to not be divided into multiple districts. The proposed map had the Hispanic Community in 3 districts (with a small number of Hispanics in a fourth district). A few days later I met with members of the Hispanic community and they told me that they would like to see changes so that they could also maximize their voice as a community. So I went to work with others to see if we could make a few small changes that would not only strengthen the voice of the minority population in the two City districts, but would also concentrate the Hispanic community in, at most, 2 districts. The map I have introduced to the Legislature still holds true to the Constitutional directive of one person, one vote – there is less than a 1% deviation in size between districts. It increases the African American population in the 7th district, and adds more minority voices so that it is even more clearly defined under the law as a majority minority district. It serves to strengthen the case for this map
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B ID S Board of Education Buffalo, New York Division of Purchase 716-816-3585 **Sealed proposals will be received in Room 816 City Hall On: Friday, June 03, 2011 at 11:00 AM for BID #10-11-093 PLAYGROUND PROJECTS FOR SCHOOLS 74 & 90 On: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM for BID #10-11-094 MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR PRINTING EQUIPMENT AT MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL On: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 2:30 PM for RFP #10-11-095 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR INSPECTION OF ELECTRICALLY OPERATED PARTITIONS Specifications and bid forms are available at www.buffaloschools.org/PurchaseDept.cfm Craig A. Koeppel Director of Purchase MAY 25, 2011
On: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM for BID #1011-097 WELLNESS & FITNESS EQUIPMENT On: Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM for BID #10-11-098 PRODUCE FOR 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR On: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM for BID #10-11-100 PACKAGING MATERIALS FOR 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR at 2:30 PM for BID #10-11-099 REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR MEAL PACKAGING MACHINE FOR 2011-2012 On: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM for BID #10-11-102 MEAL DELIVERY FOR 20112012 SCHOOL YEAR at 12:00 PM for BID #10-11-101 REFRIGERATED TRUCKING OF USDA COMMODITIES FOR 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR Specifications and bid forms are available in Room 816 City Hall; and on website www.buffaloschools.org/PurchaseDept.cfm Craig A. Koeppel Director of Purchase
Employment Global Concepts C.S. has anticipated openings for the 2011/2012 school year for Literacy Specialist, TESOL, K-6 Math/ELA specialist, PE/Health. Please submit resume and cover letter to Faith Thompson GCCS, 1001 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline is June 2.
MILLER WILLIAMS contiued under federal Voting Rights Act provisions. And it brings the majority of the Hispanic community together in 2 districts. I heard the will of the people at that Hearing and the meetings that followed. I have worked with others to come up with a solution that will stand up in Court as an example of a legally viable map under the Voting Rights Act and federal guidelines. But most importantly the map I am proposing is a fair and ethical map that preserves the representation and strong voice of the minority communities I belong to and represent in the Erie County Legislature.
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continued map puts the Latino community into two legislative districts but at the same time, it takes away from Buffalo, the ability to have any urban based legislators. The 7th and 3rd legislative Districts will extend into Cheektowaga and the 2nd Legislative District would go into Lackawanna, and Hamburg. Currently, today, the legislators of the 3rd, 6th and 7th Districts represent only the city of Buffalo in the Erie County legislature. At the close of county business, on Friday, May 20th, seven members of the Democratic Majority submitted a map that will put the majority of the Latino community into one district: the 3rd Legislative District. The map would also puts the 3rd Legislative District entirely in the city of Buffalo as well as keeping the 7th Legislative District largely intact as it is currently configured. The only addition to the 7th district would be adding the area of Cheektowaga that is near Pine Ridge and the Harlem-Kensington area; an area that is heavily populated by African Americans and other minorities. Another positive component of the map is that it does not divide towns and villages such as Hamburg, Town of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and Amherst as much as the ‘Perry Map’ or the map that was submitted by Miller-Williams. This is a legal component of the redistricting process that must be adhered to or lawsuits will surely follow. This latest map is supported by Democratic Legislators Betty Jean Grant, Maria Whyte, Lynn Marinelli, Tom Mazur, Tom Loughran, Dan Kozub, and Tim Whalen. Another outstanding redistricting map was proposed by University of Buffalo professor, Michael Halbestram and his law student, Patrick Fitzgerald. In their proposed map, Buffalo would retain three legislative districts totally inside the city of Buffalo! Those districts are currently represented by Legislators Whelan (2nd), Miller-Williams (3rd) and Grant (7th). This map and redistricting proposal did not get the attention for consideration from the legislative body that it deserved. So much for the call for and the respect for, community participation.
The Erie County Legislature will vote on one of the proposed maps on Wednesday, June 1 at 2 p.m. in the legislative chambers in Old County Hall, Fourth Floor, 92 Franklin Street. The Democratic majority map that was clocked in last week, needs the support of at least 8 legislators. Either Democrat Miller-Williams or Democrat Christina Bove or the two of them, together, can provided those crucial 8th and 9th votes. Community leaders , please attend this meeting to see if your legislative representatives are working for your best interests; or if they are merely ensuring that Republicans Legislators will be largely opposed and thusly win the majority in the legislature this November. Stay tuned.
Licensed Beautician Wanted: Call 833-4016. New Unisex Salon. Nu Image. 834-8982.
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History and Social Studies Education
The Department of History and Social Studies Education seeks full-time lecturer in Social Studies Education. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses including Introduction to Secondary Teaching, Methods and Materials in Teaching Middle School Social Studies, and/or Methods and Materials in Teaching High School Social Studies. The candidate will be involved in the redesign of existing courses and development of new courses; supervise student teachers in classroom situations; be responsible for advising students in Social Studies Education and in History; work with the department in the development and implementation of advisement and orientation policies and procedures. Candidate must be able to develop and maintain working relationships with multi-cultural academic institutions (high school and college) in Western New York. Required Qualifications: Master's degree in Social Studies Education, with at least five (5) years teaching experience at the high school level and five (5) years teaching at the college level; experience in placing and supervising student teachers; experience in formulating and implementing departmental advisement policies, procedures, and orientation programs at the college level; experience in working with multi-cultural academic institutions (high school and college) in Western New York. Preferred Qualifications: Membership in education related professional organizations; experience in course augmentation and redesign at the college level. Deadline for applications is June 12, 2011. We encourage qualified applicants to apply for this job posting online at https://jobs.buffalostate.edu.
Buffalo State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to respect for diversity and individual differences.
Buffalo Challenger BI D S Size: 2 (4”) x 4.5” Issue: 5/25 Buffalo City School District D/L: 5/19 Advertisement for Bids Price: $171.00 Sealed proposals for the following project will be received at the office of
Plant Services & School Planning – 403 City Hall, Buffalo, NY, 14202. On June, 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud for: PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Exterior Restoration to: Buffalo Public School #67 – Discovery School 911 Abbott Road Buffalo, NY 14220 Beginning Tuesday, May 24, 2011, bidding document packages may be viewed and purchased through Avalon Document Services online Planroom website at http://www.avalonbuff-planroom.com, under “Public Jobs”, or ordered by phone at 716-995-7777. Please note that required bid bond is 20%. The work will be subject to the equal employment opportunity requirements. Any questions regarding this project, please refer to Jonathan Claeys at CJS Architects, 716-8566448. A mandatory pre-bid walkthrough and conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. on June 1, 2011. The Architect will be present. All bidders will assemble at rear entrance. Paul McDonnell, AIA Director of Facilities
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Dance Lessons with Smooth Steppers: Urban Line Dance, smooth style Ballroom, Steppin’ and Swing; CRUCIAL Center, 230 Moselle St., Saturdays at noon; Tuesdays at 6 p.m. $3; 633-7813. *Line Dancing With Pearl Harris: 6-7 p.m. Pratt Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt St. donation $2. Wednesdays *Community Dance and African Drumming Classes: African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue, 3 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; $15 monthly; visit www.africancultural.org more information *Line Dancing Lessons, First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St., 6:30 p.m. Fridays. 847-6555. Free. *Line Dance Lessons: 10 a.m.-Noon; Martha Mitchell Center, 175 Oakmont St.; 444-2046 or 833-1038, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday 6-7:30 pm; $2 *Line Dance by George Patterson: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 896-7021, Mondays & Thursdays. *June-Teenth Afrikan Family Time Drum Dance and Song: 6-8:30 p.m.; GatewayLongview Family Resource Center, 347 Ferry Street. Fridays * Argentine Tango Every Monday with Travis Widrick 7 - 10 p.m. 1st hour beginners lesson,The Gallery @ Chow Chocolat, 731 Main St. *Salsa Night Every Wednesday with Calvin and Fanny 7 - 10 p.m .1st hour beginners lesson The Gallery @ Chow Chocolat 731 Main St. *Latin Night 1st/3rd Friday with Chun Poh, Salsa, Merengue, ChaCha, Bachata 8 p.m.- midnight, Chow Chocolat 731 Main St. *Urban Ballroom Stepping, Swing, Beginners Salsa (all classes $3, 633-7813); Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. Urban Line Dancing; 7-8 p.m. Ballroom Stepping; Saturdays 1-3 p.m. Ballroom Stepping, West Coast Swing, Beginners Salsa. *Urban Line Dance: Learn some of the latest hot line dances,Mondays Old 600 Club, Mondays 7-9 p.m.; Wednesdays 6:15-8 p.m., ,St. Philips 15 Fernhill.
*Open Mic Poetry: 6:30-9 p.m.; EM Tea Coffee Cup Café, 80 Oakgrove St.
*Senior Fitness Class: 9:45-10:45 a.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021; Wednesdays *Exercise for Health: 9:30-10:30; Edward A. Saunders Center, 2777 Bailey Avenue; 332-4381 Thursdays *Open Gym: 5-8 p.m.; Delavan Grider Center, 877 E. Delavan; 896-7021. Fridays MAY 25, 2011 CHALLENGERCN.COM • (P) 716 881-1051 (F) 716 881-1053
CALENDAR OF EVENTS Wednesday May 25
Friday May 27
Public Hearing on Maps for Erie County’s Redistricting: Erie County Legislature, 92 Franklin St., Fourth Floor at 5 p.m. Public urged to attend.
Senior Care Social Program May B-Day Celebration: Noon – 3 p.m., Friends to the Elderly, 118 E. Utica St.; DJ McAdory, 50/50 Split & silent auction; 882-0602
Health and Healing Circle Annual May Affair: 3-6 p.m., CAO, 70 Harvard Place; Donation $5; Theme “Honoring Women.”
Saturday May 28
Health & Wellness Experience: 6 p.m., Merriweather Library; Fred G. Hooper, PH.D. special guest. Thursday May 26 NYS Senior Prescription Protection Seminar: 1 p.m., Friends to the Elderly, 118 E. Utica St.; bring proof of income to sign up; 882-0602 (RSVP) HOME Free Landlord Training: 2-5 p.m., 700 Main St.; must pre-register @ 854-1400 ext. 22 or rgrossman@ homeny.org
SENIOR NOTEBOOK FRIENDS TO THE ELDERLY, 118 E.UTICA, 882-0602 *EPIC NYS Senior Prescription Protection Seminar, Thursday, May 26, 1 p.m., bring proof of income. * May B-Day Celebration, noon – 3 p.m., DJ McAdory, 50/50 Split & silent auction. *Lunch & A Movie, Noon, 55 years old and older, free. *Free Ballroom & Swing Dance Instructions, 55 & older, Mon. & Wed., 1-3 p.m. with Miss Barbara’s School of Dance.
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True Bethel Faith Cancer Support Group:11 a.m. 907 E. Ferry; free event, food and prizes; 856-3798.
Nash House Tours The historic home of the late Rev. J. Edward Nash and Mrs. Frances Jackson Nash Open: Thursday and Saturday from 11:30 - 4 pm. $10.00 entrance Other times and group tours available by appointment.
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African Liberation Day Dance Party & Juneteenth Fundraiser: 9 p.m. until, 1517 Genesee St; $10, music by Ras Jomo & Ras Muata; 948-5738. Monday May 30 Memorial Day Observance: VA WNY, 3495 Bailey Ave, 2 p.m., Room 301; Georgian Davis, speaker. Friday June 3 The Golden Cup Documentary Series: 5-7 p.m., The Golden Cup, 883 Jeferson Ave, free, “The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys” by Ddr. Umar Johnson; moderator Larry Prince. 883-7770. Unity Fellowship Church Evening Skating: 7-10 p.m., New Skateland Arena, 33 E. Ferry, $10; $1 rental & .50 lockers; 347-238-9299.
New or Gently Used Clothing Needed for Community Giveaway The Eastside Redevelopment Task Force, Center of Hope, 313 Fourgeron St., is conducing a clothing giveaway for the community starting June 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. New or gently used clothes are accepted daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or clothing can be picked by calling Mr. Jackson at 570-9165.
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Lower Bistro Prices Monthly $100. Raffle Winners GEORGEOUS LADIES AND HANDSOME GENTS! East High students are pictured above at their prom last Friday evening at the Creekside Banquet Facility...Definitely more than “cuss words and saggin’ pants!” Geraldine Horton is principal and Benjamin F. Willis, author of the message below, is assistant principal.
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Open Letter to the Students of East High... By Benjamin F. Willis
ur school is a microcosm of our society. What I am seeing more closely now is how bad of a condition our society is in. We have so much pain, hurt, and disorder...it’s a wonder how we get up in the morning and have the determination to try again. That thought alone energized me with enough pride to forge forward with God’s mission. There are forces that never wanted us to make it! But God had other plans. All we have to do now is respect ourselves and have an intense desire for change. We can no longer blame others for our condition, for the time has come for us to embrace the challenge. Recognize the plan to destroy us, and elevate His plan to anoint us. WE ARE HIS PEOPLE! To see us limit ourselves to the meager potential that the system delegates as our destiny, is both an atrocity and an unacceptable occurrence. IT’S OUR TIME AND IT’S OUR TURN ONCE AGAIN! We must turn the tables of mediocrity over and stand up for our own existence. For we were not meant to live like this. Our true history teaches us that we are descendants of a great race of people. Why are we choosing to degrade ourselves and minimize our potential? We have the right to succeed and the ability to achieve! No longer can I accept our children being reduced to a slothful, disrespectful, generation; destined to die young while living an abbreviation of true life. This was not part of the dream of a King! We are more than cuss words and saggin’ pants; more than the majority of the prison system, special education students, and more than a vote less, voiceless race of people. We are more than food stamps, athletes, and entertainers or criminals! We are the original intellect of the world’s civilization. A mighty people comprised of power and strength! Those of us in America have an ancestry of the greatest bloodline known to man...and that’s not superiority theory, it’s just fact! Walk with me. I write because I can, and because He (God) said so! Walk with me...on a journey of possibility and potential for an...existence filled with the best we have to offer! (Benjamin F. Willis is the Assistant Principal at East High School in Buffalo. His “Open Letter to the Students of East High U.S.A.” and “Voices I’ve Heard” is featured on the newly released CD from Robert A. Harris’ Youth Prison Prevention Project titled “Criminal Mind.) Page 16
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