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INSIDE ROCHESTER NEW PRODUCTION OPENS AT THE RAPA A new production, Swamp Angel, will open this month at the RAPA Theatre at 727 East Main Street in Rochester New York. The play is directed by David A. Shakes, an accomplished actor who has appeared in productions at GEVA and other national venues. The cast features thirteen local actors who bring passion and imagination to this work. The story is set in a restaurant on the eastside of Detroit, Michigan in 1967 and recounts experiences of church folk and others who pass through. This poignant tale depicts the struggles and triumphs of the patrons of Frank’s Place as they seek to understand the joys and contradictions of life. The play is written by Dr. James H. MARSHA Evans, Jr., who teaches at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and is the Senior Pastor of the St. Luke Tabernacle Community Church in Rochester, New York. Performances will be held on September 30, October 1, October 7, and October 8 beginning at 7:30 pm each evening. A matinee performance will be held on October 9 at 3:00 pm. Admission is $15; $12 for children and seniors.

AROUND TOWN *Guest Poets & Writers Series: @ The Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Avenue, Friday, Sept. 16, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, 7 p.m., writer/educator/herbalist

AIDS Care Recognizes National HIV/AIDS Aging Awareness Day

The New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute has announced that the fourth annual National HIV/AIDS Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) will fall on September 18. AIDS Care will offer information about how HIV is affecting the aging population at their fundraising event, Keeping Pace with AIDS, taking place on Sunday, September 18 at Genesee Valley Park. The fundraiser will include a 5K Walk, 5K or 10K Run, 20-, 50- and 100-mile bike rides as well as Paws for the Cause. The event will take place from 10:30 AM until 4 p.m. in The Roundhouse at Genesee Valley


Happy September Birthdays to.... Carmen Allen * Jeffrey Barnum * Lisa Beckford *Julian Brown *Gwen Buggs Eunice Bullock * Hazel Cleveland * Hollis Collins * Darrion Dixon Mildred Ellis * Nicholas Harris * Tremayne Higgins * Rev. Errol E. Hunt Jerry Imel * Iona Jones * Mordecai Jones * William H. Jones Danielle Lewis * Thomasene Moorehead * Thelma Nichols Robin Nowell * Hazel Payne * Marie Rivers * Valarie Snipe William Stroud * Renee Vuillemot * Jason W. Wooten * Carrie Wallace James Wallace * Karen Watkins Forest

BILLS UPDATE/George Radney

Reflections on Bills Impressive 41-7 Win over Kansas City Chiefs The Buffalo Bills registered a memorable beat down of the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. It was the first time in many years that the Bills were more physical and aggressive than their opponent. The Bills recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff, and never looked back after Ryan Fritzpatrick hit new tight end Scott Chandler at the goal line for a touchdown. Fritz went on to throw 4 TD's in the second worst home defeat in Kansas City Chief history. Fred Jackson ran for 112 yards on 20 carries as the offensive and defensive lines of the Bills dominated the line of scrimmage. The key is not to have any turnovers, and that's what led to the Bills overall success against the Chiefs. Fritz must continue to take what the defense is giving up and not turn the ball over GEORGE along with more Fred Jackson running the ball. The Bills should RADNEY go ahead and pay Fred Jackson his money, it’s no doubt he's a key player in the Bills future. Stevie Johnson with 4 receptions for 66 yards and 1 TD should also be next in line for a new contract. What are the Bills waiting for? Theypaid Chris Kelsay for some unknown reason, but are not taking care of the keyBlack players on the team. It's time Ralph Wilson bean counters step up to the plate and pay the brothers who are making things really happen like Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson. The Bills defense is much improved, with rookie Marcell Dareus leading the way on a bigger and more physical unit. If Marcell continues to have a good season, than the Bills will be contenders instead of pretenders for a playoff position. Drayton Florence is playing quite well at cornerback postion along with rookie Aaron Williams (who played extended time due to Terrence McGee hanstring injury). Leotis McKelvin continues to have problems covering his man, once again he bit on a move and was beaten down the field for one KC's only big plays in the game. Coach Chan Gailey said,"We whipped them pretty good, and I'm most pleased with how aggressive we were throughout the game." Yes, so was I coach! Up next the Oakland Raiders in our home opener. My prediction is a 24-17 win over another improving team. Page 2

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Are a B r i e f s City of Niagara Falls Recruiting for Police Officers The City of Niagara Falls has announced a call for applicants for the Niagara Falls Police Officer exam, scheduled to be administered on November 19, 2011. Filing period will run from now to September 14. The City’s Human Resources Department is located on the ground floor of City Hall, 745 Main Street. Office hours for submitting an application are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. throughout the filing period. The City of Niagara Falls is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer..

Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off celebration The official launch of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations will take place this year at the Buffalo & Erie County Library in downtown Buffalo on Thursday September 15. The ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. in the library lobby and will host several community figures, guitar playing, performances and presentations from students of the Frank A. Sedita Public School # 30. The Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY Inc. and the Buffalo and Erie County Library invite everyone to attend this event and celebrate Hispanic Heritage and Culture. Events will be taking place around the Western New York Area to celebrate this month. More information on events can be located at: This year the children in the Buffalo Public Schools will participate in Logo Contest for the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, and the winner will be recognized at a special Hispanic Heritage Program at PS#30 on October 14, 2011 at 12:30pm.

October 2011 On A Mission: Weekend Meals For Children Retired educator Nellie King released the following statement: “Let’s come together and select a school of your choice making a commitment to help make a difference in a child’s life by feeding them every weekend in October. Go to the school of your choice and talk to the principal by September 30, 2011 and share this mission. There are many hungry children in all our schools throughout western New York. The goal is 1000 weekend meals for children in October 2011.”

Columnist Sponsors Essay Contest For Students On Improving Our Schools Students in grades 4 - 12 are invited to write an essay on the topic: “How Can We Improve Our Schools And Make Learning Exciting For All Students? “The contest will be judged in three categories: grades 4-6, grades 7 & 8 and grades 9-12. All completed essays must be turned into the Frank E. Merriweather Library located at 1324 Jefferson avenue prior to closing time on September 30, 2011. The prizes for the winning essays are: first place $35, second place $25 and third place $20. The winners will be announced on the Eye On History Radio show on October 4, 2011. The contest rules are available at the Merriweather Library or by calling 847-6010 or 533-9547. This contest is being sponsored by Columnist and retired teacher Eva M. Doyle.

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First Cultural Center Fall Flea Market Opens October 1 The African American Cultural Center will hold its first Fall Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 350 Masten Avenue in Buffalo, NY. “As funding sources have changed, the center is exploring new ways to engage the community we have long served with events that are mutually beneficial. For a small fee, our Fall Flea Market will offer people a venue to generate a few dollars, maybe for the winter heating bill, by selling items that may be of value to somebody else,” AACC Executive Director Agnes M. Bain said. The AACC Fall Flea Market will take place in the parking lot of the African American Cultural Center. Fifty table spaces are available at $20 each; vendors must bring their own table. Advance reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, and may be made by calling 716-884-2013 or emailing Set up time on Saturday, October 1, 2011begins at 9 a.m. SEPTEMBER 14, 2011

2011 Primary Election Results Elmore & Russell

Elmore And Russell to Co-Chair Black Achievers Dinner

Top l-r):Judge Russell, Councilman Pridgen, Bonnie Russel, Pam Cahill; second row: Pendergrass, Badger, Herbert and Smith.

Big Night for Incumbents!

Despite a low voter turnout on Tuesday, incumbents were swept back into office in most of the city races. Demone Smith Wins Masten Incumbent Demone Smith handily beat back what many thought would be a formidable challenge with a decisive win of 71% of the vote over DeMario Badger, 1,561 to Badger’s 652. Franczyk Wins Fillmore Incumbent David A. Franzcyk, who found himself facing challenger Samuel Herbert one-on-one in the Primary once again, defeated Herbert by gaining 61% of the vote – 874 to Herbert’s 561. Bonnie Russell Wins in University Incumbent Bonnie Russell swamped her two opponents in the race for the University District Council seat with 1,194 votes to Pamela D. Cahill’s 395 and Rochelle A. Ricchiazzi’s 110. Golombek Wins North District Joseph Golombek won his bid for re-election to the North District Council seat with 83% of the vote over his challenger Kenneth J. Phillips. Golombek came out 946 to Phillips’ 189. Judicial Races In the race for Buffalo City Court Judge Robert Russell was the top vote getter in a race where four candidates could be selected. The winners were Judge Russell with 9,174 votes; Judge Susan Eagan with 8,127 votes, Diane Y. Wray with 7,011 votes and Judge Joseph A. Fiorella with 5,940 Newcomer Attorney Anthony L. Pendergrass made an impressive showing for his first run with 11% of the vote or 4,428 votes. Black Mayoral Hopefuls in Lackawanna and Niagara Falls Lose Historic Bid Despite mounting an energetic campaign, Rev. Dion J. Watkins failed in his bid to become Lackawanna’s first Black mayor. Geoffrey M. Szymanski was the winner of the Primary with 1,407 votes. The two African American candidates, Carnell Burch Sr. and Norton Douglas, lost in the race for Mayor of Niagara Falls.

National Conference on Adult and Elder Abuse in NYS

The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) in conjunction with the Brookdale Center for Aging and Longevity at Hunter College on behalf of the New York State Office Children and Family Services, will present the first national conference on Adult and Elder Abuse in New York State Tuesday, September 20 through Friday September 23 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center, 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, N.Y. Participants and presenters will include professionals in the field of elder abuse/exploitation and neglect from across the country. Over 500 services providers from the Protective Services for Adults, aging, medicine and law enforcement will be coming together in a series of workshops and panel discussions focused presenting and identifying best practices to combat adult and elder abuse and exploitation. Featured Topics: - Domestic Violence in Later Life - Elder Abuse Prosecutions - Native American Perspectives - Findings from the 2010 NYS Elder Abuse Prevalence Study

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University District Council Member Bonnie E. Russell and Attorney and Author John V. Elmore have been tapped as the Co-Chairs of the 39th Annual Black Achievers in Industry Awards Dinner sponsored by 1490 Enterprises, Inc. The Black Achievers Banquet will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 in the Grand Ballroom of the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo. A reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Council Member Russell has represented the residents of the University District since 2004. During her first term she was unanimously elected to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Common Council by her colleagues. She is the first African American female to serve in that role and she is currently the only female on the 9-member Common Council. Council Member Russell is currently seeking re-election to her third term on the Council. John Elmore is Senior Trial Counsel and Managing Attorney for the Buffalo office of Brown Chiara, LLP. He has more than 25 years of trial experience in State and Federal courts. Known for his investigative expertise, Mr. Elmore is listed in the 2009 edition of Super Lawyers — Rising Stars in the category of general litigation. Mr. Elmore is the author of Fighting for Your Life: the African American Survival Guide, which addresses the issues of young people and the criminal justice system. The Black Achievers Awards Dinner is held each year to provide an opportunity for business, civic and religious organizations to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in various career and community endeavors. Proceeds from the Black Achievers Awards Dinner will go to 1490 Enterprises, Inc., 1490 Estates Senior Housing, the Erma D. Robinson Educational Incentive Scholarship Fund and the Willie Hutch Jones Educational Sports Program. Dr. Catherine Collins Chairs the Scholarship Committee. For more information on the Gala, or to purchase tickets, call (716) 884-1490 or visit the 1490 Enterprises website at Page 3

News Update

Group of Black Government Employees Calls for End to the Drug War A group representing black government employees, including a former DEA agent and member of the U.S. Marshals, has released a petition calling for an end to the drug war. Authored by Matthew F. Fogg, a retired DEA agent, the Blacks In Goverment (BIG) petition calls for a "Federal investigation for solutions to eliminate the pretense and continued arrest and incarceration of African-Americans at extraordinarily disparate rates for drug-related charges," as well as for Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama to immediately end "racial bias drug enforcement operations, provide retroactive reduction in sentences for victims and suggest alternatives to incarceration that may in part, include a model to regulate and control the distribution of some drugs." Fogg covered D.C. for the DEA during the late 80s and 90s. In a statement from Law Enforcement Again Prohibition, Fogg says, "I personally witnessed racially biased enforcement procedures when I ran a joint DEA task force... When I requested equal enforcement of upscale suburban areas, I met internal resistance." More from LEAP's statement: BIG and LEAP have noted that African Americans constitute 53.5 percent of all persons who entered prison because of a drug conviction despite the fact that blacks are no more likely than whites to use drugs. The BIG resolution calls for “a federal investigation for solutions to eliminate the pretense and continued arrest and incarceration of African Americans at extraordinarily disparate rates for drug related charges.” In passing the anti-drug-war resolution, BIG joins other African-American groups that have taken similar positions, such as the NAACP, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the National Black Police Association. “The war on drugs has put blacks behind bars for drug offenses at more than ten times the rate of whites, even though the evidence consistently shows that blacks are no more likely to use or sell currently illicit drugs than whites are,” Fogg added. “It is time to end this virtual race war.” BIG's petition comes hot on the heels of the NAACP's call for drug law reform.


On March 28, 2011, the US Supreme Court failed to take up the appeal of Troy Anthony Davis, the Savannah, Ga. man whose scheduled execution has been halted three times in the past because of the growing evidence and public belief in his innocence. AND NOW HIS EXECUTION HAS BEEN SET FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21. Troy Davis is an African American on death row in Georgia. Davis was convicted in the 1989 killing of a police officer despite what Amnesty International calls "overwhelming doubts about his guilt." No physical forensic evidence was presented at Davis' trial, and 7 of the 9 non-police witnesses have recanted their testimony, with at least two saying they were pressured by police to finger Davis as the killer. Please join the online cam-p a i g n to STOP THE EXECUTION! SIGN ONLINE PETITION AT troydavis


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Miss Universe 2011

Leila Lopes of Angola is crowned Miss Universe SAO PAULO — Newly crowned Miss verse Leila Lopes wants to help her native Angola further escape a history of war and impoverishment and said she plans to focus on combating HIV around the globe. Speaking in a timid voice early Tuesday shortly after taking the crown in South America's largest city, the 25-year-old Lopes said that "as Miss Angola I've already done a lot to help my people." "I've worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs," she said. "I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more." Responding to questions, Lopes said that she has never had cosmetic surgery of any kind and that her three tips for beauty were to get a lot of sleep, use sunblock even when it's not sunny and to drink lots of water. She said her smile was her best weapon in the competition. Asked about racism in light of the fact that she's one of the few blacks ever crowned Miss Universe, Lopes said that "any racist needs to seek help." "It's not normal in the 21st century to think in that way." Lopes is Angola's first winner. She beat out 88 other competitors to win the title during the 60th anniversary of the world's biggest beauty pageant. She replaces last year's winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. She deftly handled the interview question that is asked of the remaining top five contestants. She was questioned about what physical trait she would change if she could. "Thank God I'm very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn't change a thing," Lopes said. "I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life." The first runner-up was 23-year-old Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine and the second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil. The third was Miss Philippines and the fourth Miss China.

Kenya petrol fire kills 'more than 100'

More than 100 people have died after a petrol pipeline explosion and fire in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, police say. The blast took place in the city's Lunga industrial area, and police and troops cordoned off the area as firefighters battled fierce flames in the surrounding shanty town. The pipeline runs through the densely populated Sinai slum area between Nairobi's city centre and the airport. More than 80 casualties have been taken to hospitals, officials said. Reports suggest Monday's blast may have been sparked by sparks from burning garbage. The fuel had leaked from a tank in a depot belonging to the Kenya Pipeline Company, police spokesman Charles Owino told Reuters news agency. Residents said the spill prompted many people to rush and collect leaking fuel. “Then there was a loud bang, a big explosion, and smoke and fire burst up high," resident Joseph Mwego told Agence France-Presse. Parts of bodies littered the remains of burning shacks for some 1,000 feet around the site of the blast, locals said.Bodies were also seen floating in a nearby river, into which burn victims had reportedly leapt after catching fire. Tin-roofed huts were built directly adjacent to the pipeline in the area, residents say. While the burning garbage may have lighted the fire, poverty seemed to be the real fuse.

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Salmonella Leads to Second Ground Turkey Recall CHICAGO — Cargill Inc. announced a second recall of ground turkey products Sunday after a test showed salmonella in a sample from the same Arkansas plant tied to a recall issued last month. The second recall covers about 185,000 pounds of ground turkey products, including trays of ground meat, patties and chubs, the USDA said. The products were distributed nationwide under the Kroger, Fresh HEB and Cargill's Honeysuckle White brands. All ground turkey made at the Springdale plant has "P-963" or "963" on the package, in a USDA seal or perhaps on the cellophane. Consumers who bought products bearing that identification number can call 1-888-812-1646 for instructions on what to do. The recall covers products made Aug. 23 and 24. Cargill also is recalling ground turkey made on Aug. 30 and 31 pending a positive match with a sample, the USDA said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 50 million Americans get sick each year from food poisoning, including about 3,000 who die. Salmonella causes most of these illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight hours to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. It can be life-threatening to some with weakened immune systems.

New Tai Chi Classes for Beginners

The Taoist Tai Chi Society will offer classes for beginners starting Tuesday, September 13 from 6 - 7 pm at Ephesus Church Social Hall 80 Durham Street and Thursday, September 15 at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 15 Fernhill Ave. Classes for beginners are held twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday: Tuesdays at Ephesus Church Social Hall and Thursdays at St. Phillips Episcopal Church. Both sites are across Grider from Erie County Medical Center. The donation suggested for four months of classes is $125. Seniors (60 and older) can attend at a discounted rate of $85. Discounts are available from some HMO’s. For further information call 876-7218 or www.buffalo.newyork.usa.

Herb of The Week

Ho Shou Wu Excellent rejuvenator. Strengthens and tones the liver and kidneys. Has been found useful for premature graying of hair, backaches, bruises, aches and pains of the knee joint and neurasthenia. Promotes better memory and boosts male and female fertility and hormone function. It is also used as a tonic for endocrine glands, helps nervous system, improves stamina and resistance to disease. Cleanses the body and filters toxins from the blood.

The Benefits of Celery Juice

High blood pressure is often the root cause of stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure. A time-tested Chinese remedy for this condition is fresh celery juice, which can be made with a blender or a juicer. Drinking one to two large glasses a day can help prevent high blood pressure or restore it to normal in those who already have high blood pressure. Studies have found that celery stalks are packed with more than a dozen anti-inflammatory agents, including apigenin, a cox2inhibiting compound similar to some anti-inflammatory drugs.

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GENERATIONS Big Brothers Big Sisters: Saving the Children, The One Volunteer at a Time

Hollywood actress, Anjunae Ellis, a Class Act

80% of the children Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County provides services to identify as African American, Latino or an ethnicity other than Caucasian.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the largest provider of one-to-one youth mentoring services in the United States. In Erie County, the organization has been matching caring adults with local children for more than 35 years and have touched the lives of over 6,000 youth. These quality relationships are built on friendship and trust, and are proven to be a significant positive influence in the life of the child, and the volunteer. Studies show that children matched with "Bigs" when compared to other youth are:
 *46% are less likely to start using drugs *27% are less likely to start drinking *52% are less likely to skip a day

of school *37% are less likely to skip a class *33% are less likely to hit someone and are more trusting of their parents or guardians The time spent between Big and Little, riding bikes, playing board games or just hanging out, is magical. Help make the magic happen by volunteering today. The committee of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, "Big" alumni and community members are dedicated to increasing the ethnic diversity of volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sisters so that all of the children the organization provides services to, if they wish, can consistently interact with men and women who "look like them". Currently, 80% of the children Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County provides services to identify as African American, Latino or an ethnicity other than Caucasian. Yet, only 13% of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the agency identify with one of the ethnicities. We celebrate the reality that individuals of other ethnicities

Help! Just What the Upward Bound Program Needed! By Zaid Bilal

Many high school students returning to school this week will need to recharge their batteries for learning. But for upwards of 78 high school students from Buffalo State’s Upward Bound Program, their batteries should be charged up and ready to go. Different from others high school students, Upward Bound cohorts, spent the larger part of their 2011 summer vacation residing on the campus of Buffalo State. But rather than a leisurely recreational experiEdward “EJ” Jackson has been a Big ence, these students labored in Brother for two years and says it is the the midst of sweltering heat, as thing he enjoys most. See his profile on a part of their annual six-week page 20. summer program, from July 5thhave positively impacted the lives of August 11th. Such perseverance these children and we recognize that allowed them to maintain a rigorwe will continue to need these caring ous routine of classroom learnindividuals to meet the needs of our ing, goal orientation, leadership at-risk children. However, the members training, mentoring, personal of the Big Mirror Initiative would like development, and some fun and to offer these children the opportunity recreation, for roughly 12 hours per day. The greater reward Continued Page 7 for these students culminated in the program’s grand finale: an awards banquet, which was Aunjanue Ellis. Additional photos page 20. hosted on August 11, 2011 at the Buffalo Hyatt Regency Hotel. Although this year was no ordinary time for TRIO programs like Upward Bound. The banquet was hosted amidst uncertainty over the federal budget malaise, brought on by the debt ceiling crisis. Throughout America there are as many as 2,800 TRIO programs, like Upward Bound that depend on federal funding to serve upwards of 850,000 low-income families in this country. Realizing the changing climate of Washington, D.C. and the looming prospect of budget cuts, Don Patterson, director of Buffalo State’s Upward Bound Program, sought the help, of budding Hollywood superstar actress, Aunjanue Ellis, of the new hit movie, The Help! Ellis who also starred in movies such as, Ray, Men of Honor, and The Mentalist, was the banquet’s keynote speaker. She arrived in town, just one day prior to attending the premier showing of her new movie, and was perfect for the occasion. But rather than stand before the standing room only crowd extolling her Hollywood star power, Ellis moved the crowd with her stirring accounts of having been reared in abject poverty. She recalled how socially embarrassing it was to go shopping at the market with her grandmother who raised her, and would purchase groceries with government issued food stamps. Ellis indicated that the key to a better future for her meant going to college to pursue her dreams of becoming a Hollywood actress, which she achieved. Yet, her message was very meaningful in light of these uncertain times for students and families and the alarming prospect of programs like Upward Bound being eliminated. Buffalo State’s Upward Bound provides year-round services, including: career counseling, college planning, SAT prep, cultural enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, etc., which has allowed it to place 90 percent of their students in colleges throughout the state and the country. Yet, their 2012 funding is in doubt. It is socially embarrassing that a nation like ours, which is the wealthiest in the world, would seek to reduce spending on the backs of the most vulnerable and underserved low-income families in our country. Worst even, in reducing funding or eliminating such pre-collegiate programs, our nation is cutting off its nose, to spite its face. This of course is a cause for concern, given that the face of the nation is due to become more black and brown in the next 25-30 years. Of more immediate concern, the United States is ranked 16th among 27 nations in college degrees conferred. While Congress debates the costs of funding such programs, the costs of not funding them will be even greater. According to New York State’s Say Yes! To Higher Education, children reared Continued Page14

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BIG BROTHER continued to see more individuals who look like them, come from where they come from, and are successes in society. YOU can join us and help to make this vision a reality! Male Mentors Wanted! Though Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for volunteers from all walks of life, right now there is a greater need for men. Your time and attention is worth more to a Little than you realize. Being a Big is about spending quality one-on-one time with a child, enjoying all sorts of activities together. Sometimes it’s as easy as taking your Little along with you to something you were going to do anyway, like lunch or teaching him something you do well, like your superior chess moves! You Don’t Have To Change Your Life To Change His! We offer two volunteer opportunities so you can select the one that fits the time you have and your lifestyle best. You will volunteer just a few hours a couple times a month. You’ll get to be a kid again and he’ll get to be your friend. It’s a win-win for both of you. Big Brothers are regular people just like you. Role models come in all shapes and sizes. They are bus drivers, students, firemen, teachers, lawyers, shop owners, executives and fathers. Some have college degrees while some don’t even have a high school diploma. You can do this. You just have to want to make a positive impact on the life of a child.
 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County provides services to youth between the ages of 6-16 through five key programs: • Community-Based Mentoring: For as little as a few hours a month, Bigs and Littles meet in their community to share fun • Site-Based Mentoring: Bigs and Littles meet once a week in schools, and community centers, to talk and have fun. It’s not about being a tutor … it’s about being a friend. • The Mentor/Advocate Program, provides mentoring and advocacy for the agency's most "at-risk" clients. • Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program: Across the United States, an estimated two million children, ages 5 to 18, have a parent who is incarcerated in a federal, state or local prison. Through this program children who are missing a special relationship with one or both parents due to incarceration, are matched with a carefully screened mentor. Under the supervision of a dedicated and professional staff, these children will experience the attention and friendship they need during this difficult time. Volunteer Today! 
Children need the friendship and guidance of someone like YOU. For more information contact our office at 873-5833. (Compiled from Be-A-Friend Program Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County website

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“Ministers Message in Song” The United Mass Choir will present the 28th Annual “Ministers Message In Song” on September 18, 2011 at 4 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. Come and make a joyful noise with us as Ministers and Pastors from the Western NY area sing some of their favorite songs. Come and be blessed! Minister Michael Chapman is host Pastor. If you have any questions or desire additional information, please call ii11740 or 907-5989

Mt. Sinai to Honor Pastor Spencer

Deacon’s Alliance Annual Banquet The Deacon’s Alliance will host their Annual Banquet on Friday, September 23 at the New Golden Nugget, 2046 Fillmore Ave. from 6-9 p.m. Donation is $25. For ticket information call Deacon John Hackney at 833-4438.

Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church located at 1750 Tennessee Avenue in Niagara Falls will honor Pastor William T. Spencer for his 45th year of service to the Lord on September 18 at 11 am. The guest speaker will be Rev. Gary Jackson from St. Mark Open Door Baptist Church. Lunch will be served at the American Legion which is located on 752 East Market Street, in Niagara Falls, NY at 2 p.m.

First Shiloh Women’s Retreat The Women’s Fellowship of First Shiloh Baptist Church, where the Rev. Jonathan R. Staples is pastor, will present a Women’s Weekend featuring a woman’s Retreat Friday, September 16 from 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday September 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The workshop presenter will be Rev. R’achelle Satchell Robinson, Associate Minister, First Shiloh Baptist. There is no admission charge and light meals will be served. Firsts Shiloh will also celebrate Women’s Day Service on Sunday, September 18 at 10 a.m. with guest preacher Rev. Jacquelyn Ross Brown, Pastor of New Covenant United Christian Church. All women are asked to wear white for the Sunday Service. The First Shiloh Women’s Choir, Sis. Gelea Wilson and Bro. Toney Robinson directors, will render the music. All events will be held at First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine Street in Buffalo.

Services Held for Rev. Robert E. Baines Sr. Home Going Services were held on Tuesday for Robert E. Baines Sr., a longtime noted pastor, businessman and former Erie County Legislature candidate. Rev. Baines died Tuesday in his Buffalo home following a long illness. He was 64. Born in Skipper, Va., he relocated to Buffalo in 1960 with his family. He graduated from Boys Vocational High School and earned an associate degree in applied science from Houghton College, a certificate of industrial electricity from Erie Community College and a bachelor’s degree from the State University at Albany. Rev. Baines worked as a machinist at Worthington Pump and was an electrician and later a supervisor at General Motors, retiring in the late 1970s. For several years, he owned Tarts Market on Dodge and Wohlers streets and Doll’s Deli on Carlton Street in the Fruit Belt. He became pastor of Antioch Fire Baptized Holiness Church in the late 1960s and then of Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where he recently celebrated his 40th anniversary as pastor. In 2003, Rev. Baines ran unsuccessfully for the 7th District seat in the Erie County Legislature. Also in 2003, he was honored by Houghton College with an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity for his work in the field of ministry. Rev. Baines also was a chaplain with Buffalo Police Department for more than 10 years until his death. Well-traveled, Rev. Baines had visited Africa several times, Guyana, Jamaica, Hawaii and several other states. Surviving are his wife of 27 years, the former Sandara Jeter; a son, Robert Jr.;a daughter, Robin; and a sister, Della Cummings.

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Mother Holt: Mrs. Velma Holt is surrounded by family, friends and loved ones during a recent celebration on her 94th birthday!

Velma Holt Celebrates 94 Wonderful Years of Living!


amily and friends gathered at the lovely home of Mrs. Velma Holt recently to celebrate her 94th birthday . Surrounded by love and adoration, she sat in her East buffalo yard and reflected briefly on her life. A perennial beauty, her skin is clear and her mind is sharp. She was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma (she is of part Cherokee Indian and French linage) and came to Buffalo in 1939. It was here that she met and married her husband, George Holt. They raised 7 children and enjoyed nearly 50 years of marriage before he passed in 1989. When asked about her secret to longevity, she pointed to a diary she keeps daily. Written in perfect penmanship, she shared a few pages of her writings. “The spirit provides me with all I need, “ she entered on one page. “I still my busy mind and breath deeply and fully...I let go, let God and trust...Letting go is a demonstration of my faith,,” she entered on yet another. Mrs. Holt said she reads her Bible regularly and gives thanks for every

day. And she smiles a lot. “I don’t even take an aspirin,” she said in reference to her good health. “I go to the doctor once a year after my birthday. I keep my weight down and try to never eat after 6 p.m..” Her day starts with a breakfast of cereal, a cup of coffee with shot of brandy and a clove of fresh garlic. She eats well, thanks to her son Dale, who, like herself, is a gourmet cook. Her love of life is evident in her strong, unwavering faith. “I live one day at a time,” she said. She pointed out that she never goes to bed carrying any of the day’s issues...”I blow this mess away. and when I wake up I give my day to God and say (prayfully) that there’s nothing You (God) and I can’t do.” Mrs. Holt worked for 60 years for the Catholic Diocese. “I never made thousands and thousand of dollars, but I was a millionaire,” she said. Never motivated by money, she said all her accomplishments were to show what a Black woman was capable of doing. Her journey has definitely left its mark. In 1989 Mrs. Holt received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in recognition of her work from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. It was significant in that it was the first time the Seminary had given such a degree to a woman, a non-cleric and to an individual without college training. In the Spring of that same year, Mrs. Holt received the St. Joseph’s Lay Award from the Buffalo Catholic Diocese. And the next year she was honored by St. Philips Episcopal Church for giving decades of service to others. She continues to be an active member St. Columba-Brigid Roman Catholic Church. In addition to her son Dale, she is the mother to Marlon Holt, former Erie County Legislator George Holt, Sonny Stanford, Arthur Holt , Lynn Holt, Connie Holt and a host of extended family/ sons and daughters. Happy birthday to an amazing community treasure!

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entertaiment Ruth Who Waited
or, Don’t Settle for any of Boaz’s Relatives.... To all the ladies who are in a hurry to have a boyfriend or get married, a piece of Biblical advice: "Ruth patiently waited for her mate Boaz." While you are waiting on YOUR Boaz, don't settle for any of his relatives: Brokeaz, Poaz, Lyinaz, Cheatinaz, Dumbaz, Drunkaz, Cheapaz, Lockedupaz, Goodfornothingaz, Lazyaz or Marriedaz and especially his third cousin Beatinyouaz. Wait on your Boaz and make sure he respects Yoaz!

ON STAGE * “Cool Blues” by Bill Harris & directed by Edward G. Smith on stage at the Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue, September 16 – October 9; CurSmith tain 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday; General Admission $27.50; Seniors/Students w/ valid ID $25; Tickets, subscriptions, reservations (716) 884-2013; www. *The Legendz Tour, featuring The Isley Brothers, Frankie Beverly and Bobby Womack, Sat. Oct. 1, Frontier Field, Rochester, NY; tickets $40 advance @ Doris Records & Frontier Field Box Office. *JAZZ JAM SUNDAY, 6:30 to 10pm, Cafe @ Masten & Eaton 230 Masten Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, 716883-2311. Featuring the Tune Ups, T. Rob, Marlow Wright and James Davis. Open mike 9pm. Karaoke Tuesdays 8pm with Gordy. On Stage Listings are Free.

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*Chris Brown, The FAME Tour with Kelly Rowland, T-Pain, TYGA, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Wed. Sept. 14, 7 p.m. *Rhyson Hall & Grand Phee Homecoming Show featuring Lucky Seven, Broadway Joe’s, Friday, Sept. 23, 11 p.m., Ticketmaster/Web *Murs featuring Tabi Bonney/ Ski Beatz/ MacKenzie Eddie & More!, Broadway Joe’s, Fri. Oct. 21, 8 p.m., Ticketmaster/Web *Keb’ Mo’, UB Center for the Arts, Sun. Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m., box office or Ticketmaster *Chauncey Northington Presents The K.M.A. Experience @ Blush Night Club, 1389 Delaware Ave. @ W. Delavan, Sat. Sept. 17. Doors 9 p.m., Show 10 p.m. $5 @ Door.. *Diana Ross, Rochester Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY, Wed. Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.; Ticketmaster. *Pattie LaBelle, Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, NY, St. Oct. 29, Ticketmaster.

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(The Legendz Tour will take place in Rochester’s Frontier Field on Saturday, October 1st featuring the Isley Brothers, Frankie Beverly and Bobby Womack. Tickets available at Doris Records in Buffalo and the Frontier Field Box Office in Rochester.) Brothers O'Kelly "Kelly" Isley, Rudolph "Rudy" Isley, Ronald "Ronnie" Isley and Vernon Isley grew up in the predominantly Black section of Lincoln Heights, Cincinnati, Ohio and were raised by Christianreared parents O'Kelly Isley, Sr. and Sallye Bernice Bell. Sallye would later tell interviews how her husband, a gospel singer, wanted to have sons to become "the next Mills Brothers". As soon as all four boys were able to walk and talk, they were immediately trained by their parents to sing songs together as a group. From the begin-

ning, Ronald Isley, considered to have the best voice, was positioned as the group's lead singer and front man. As a child he entered talent contests winning most of them and even opened for several musicians including Mahalia Jackson and Dinah Washington. In 1954, the Isley Brothers were officially formed and the quartet toured

the gospel circuit. Their success was short-lived, however, when in 1955, 13-year-old Vernon Isley was suddenly struck by a car while riding on his bicycle and was killed instantly. Devastated, the boys withdrew from singing. Eventually encouraged by their parents, the three eldest Isleys returned to music but were now being buoyed by the potential secular market of doo-wop. With their parents' blessings, in 1956, the brothers left for New York where they auditioned for, and eventually, landed their first recording deal. In 1957, the group released their first single, "The Cow Jumped Over the Moon", which had a strong sound similar to that of The Teenagers. The record flopped. Two years later, the group faced tragedy again when their father died after a struggle with cancer. Moving on, the group built a local fan base due to their energetic live performances. James Brown once described the Isleys entering the stage flying through ramps "like Tarzan" and this was before they began performing. While opening for Jackie Wilson, the group did a cover of Wilson's "Lonely Teardrops", which got a notice from a scout who was working for RCA Records. He brought the group to RCA's main headquarters and the group was immediately offered a contract. While their first single with the label failed to make an impact, their second single, "Shout", a song the three brothers had composed almost spontaneously, found chart traction eventually peaking just above the top fifty on the Billboard Hot 100. To be continued

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Top 5 Ways Obama’s Jobs Bill Will Positively Affect African Americans

Last week, President Obama gave his long awaited speech on the $450 billion jobs bill that he is looking to pass through Congress. The reception to his speech was positive from both Democratic and Republican commentators. On Monday he sent the $447 billion jobs bill to ocongress and urged a swift passage. Now all the president has to worry about is whether Republicans will help him out on this bill, or simply blockade him as they’ve done on various other bills throughout his presidency. Below, we have a Top 5 list of how Obama’s jobs bill will positively affect African Americans. 1. The extension of unemployment insurance will benefit 1.4 million African- Americans and their families. At

the same time, the President is proposing bipartisan reforms that will enable that – as these families continue to receive UI benefits – the program is better tailored to support reemployment for the long-term unemployed. 2. Targeted support for the long-term unemployed could help the 1.4 million African- Americans who have been looking for work for more than six months: To help them in their search for work, the President is calling for a new tax credit for hiring the long- term unemployed. 3. A commitment to rebuilding and revitalizing communities across the country will target investments to the communities hardest-hit by the recession. The President’s investments in infrastructure include a school construction initiative with a significant commitment

to the largest urban school districts, an investment in revitalizing communities that have been devastated by foreclosures, and a new initiative to expand infrastructure employment opportunities for minorities, women, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. 4. Support for subsidized jobs and summer/year-round jobs for AfricanAmerican youth – for whom unemployment is above 30%. In an environment with an unemployment rate of 32.4% for African-American youths, the President is proposing to build on successful programs like the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund to create jobs and provide training for those hardest-hit by the recession. 5. An extension and expansion of the payroll tax cut for nearly 20 million African- American workers. By extending the payroll tax cut for employees next year and expanding it to cut payroll taxes in half, the President’s plan will help increase the paychecks of nearly 20 million African-American workers – providing them with more money to spend in their communities.

Henri L. Muhammad

Henri Plays The Strad!

On a recent visit to Chicago, Henri L. Muhammad and the students of Muhammad School of Music (Buffalo, New York) were treated with a special visit to famed violin dealer Bein and Fushi. Violin curator and Bein and Fushi founder, Geoffrey Fushi enlightened the students with a detailed history of such noted violin makers as Stradivarius and Guarnerius, as well as, several of their priceless instruments. Some instruments dated back as far as the 1600’s and are regarded as the greatest stringed instruments ever made. The most expensive musical instrument in the world currently is the “Henri Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu of 1741, on sale through Bein and Fushi for a mere $18 Million dollars. Following Mr. Fushi’s presentation Henri L. Muhammad, professional violinist and founder of Muhammad School of Music (MSOM), had the unique and rare opportunity to play several instruments from their collection, including both a 1721 Stradivarius MSOM students with Mr. Fushi and 1725 Guarnerius Violin. “The experience was phenomenal!” commented Henri. “From the moment I played the first note I could feel the personality, prowess, and power each instrument possessed. It was as much a spiritual experience as it was musical.” He went on to say, “To hold such history is remarkable. These are violins made by the greatest violin makers of the 18th century, and 300 years later their sound and playability remains exceptional!” Henri L. Muhammad and the students of MSOM send their heartfelt thanks to Bein and Fushi for a musical experience of a violinists’ lifetime.

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s “Buy Green, Save Green NYS High-Efficiency Appliance Rebate Program,” which began last Friday, September 2, was so successful that all funds were allocated by 4 p.m. Sunday, September 4. The wait list, to be served on a first-come first-served basis if additional funds become available, was closed at 6 pm Tuesday. NYSERDA is no longer accepting applications for rebates. NYSERDA initially announced $3 million was available in rebates on a firstcome, first-served basis for high-efficiency refrigerators and clothes washers. Due to high demand, NYSERDA added another $500,000 during the weekend for a total of $3.5 million in available funding. NYSERDA received a total of 14,642 applications, including 3,003 from consumers who were placed on a wait list. Purchases were evenly split between refrigerators and clothes washers. Rebates of $350 were available for high-efficiency refrigerators and $250 for high-efficiency clothes washers that met Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) super-efficiency levels (tiers 2 and 3).Consumers who have completed an online or phone application are urged to mail their application with the original receipt to the processing center as soon as possible. To check the status of an application, go to www. or call the program hotline at 1-877-NY-SMART.

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GRAND OPENING! “Loretta’s Soulful Dining and Catering”

Fidelis Care invites you to join us for a Health Insurance Open House Left to Right: Annetta Jones, Vanessa Anderson, Loretta Davis

“In order to get something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done” –motto of Loretta Davis It’s official. History has again been made in the Ellicott District! Buffalo’s newest soul food restaurant, “Loretta’s Soulful Dining and Catering” is open! On Saturday, Sept. 3rd, from 12 noon to 5 pm, the proprietors, Loretta Davis, Annetta Jones and Vanessa Anderson hosted their official grand opening and the list of supporters read like a who’s who directory of Buffalo celebrities. Throughout the day over 200 guests graced the restaurant’s threshold located at 479 Genesee Street, former home of the historic Johnny’s Golden Glove. Neighbors, politicians, candidates, doctors, lawyers, judges, and guests from as far away as Washington, D.C., gathered to show their support. New York State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples Stokes was the MC and the right reverend and honorable Pastor Michael Chapman gave the pre-ribbon cutting prayer and food blessing! Ellicott District Council member Rev. Darius Pridgen was on hand displaying his photography talents, snapping pictures like a seasoned paparazzi! Outside, YoYo The Clown waved patrons in and hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers were prepared by Chef Delmont. Inside guests enjoyed the ambiance and décor of the facility, a buffet of tasty treats and scrumptious samples from Loretta’s kitchen and music by DJ Jr. Ware. The hosts were gracious, the guests were happy and fun was had by all! Congratulations ladies. The community already loves you! (Submitted by Karla Thomas)

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Guest Editorial

Obama Will Triumph -- So Will America


By Frank Schaeffer

efore he'd served even one year President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and ideological backgrounds -- including this white, straight, 57-year- old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer and (given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader) this unlikely Obama supporter -- are sticking with our President. Why?-- because he is succeeding. We faithful Obama supporters still trust our initial impression of him as a great, good and uniquely qualified man to lead us. Obama's steady supporters will be proved right. Obama's critics will be remembered as easily panicked and prematurely discouraged at best and shriveled hate mongers at worst. The Context of the Obama Presidency Not since the days of the rise of fascism in Europe , the Second World War and the Depression has any president faced more adversity. Not since the Civil War has any president led a more bitterly divided country. Not since the introduction of racial integration has any president faced a more consistently short-sighted and willfully ignorant opposition - from both the right and left. As the President's poll numbers have fallen so has his support from some on the left that were hailing him as a Messiah not long ago; all those lefty website's and commentators that were falling all over themselves on behalf of our first black president during the 2008 election. The left's lack of faith has become a self-fulfilling "prophecy"-- snipe at the President and then watch the poll numbers fall and then pretend you didn't have anything to do with it! Here is what Obama faced when he took office-- # An ideologically divided country to the point that America was really two countries # Two wars; one that was mishandled from the start, the other that was unnecessary and immoral # The worst economic crisis since the depression # America 's standing in the world at the lowest point in history # A country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture of prisoners of war Page 14

# A health care system in free fall # An educational system in free fall # A global environmental crisis of history-altering proportions (about which the Bush administration and the Republicans has done nothing) # An impasse between culture warriors from the right and left # A huge financial deficit inherited from the terminally irresponsible Bush administration. And those were only some of the problems sitting on the President's desk! Help" from the Right? What did the Republicans and the religious right, libertarians and halfbaked conspiracy theorists -- that is what the Republicans were reduced to by the time Obama took office -- do to "help" our new president (and our country) succeed? They claimed that he wasn't a real American, didn't have an American birth certificate, wasn't born here, was secretly a Muslim, was white-hating "racist", was secretly a communist, was actually the Anti-Christ, (!) and was a reincarnation of Hitler and wanted "death panels" to kill the elderly! They not-so-subtly called for his assassination through the not-so-subtle use of vile signs held at their rallies and even a bumper sticker quoting Psalm 109:8. They organized "tea parties" to sound off against imagined insults and all government in general and gathered to howl at the moon. They were led by insurance industry lobbyists and deranged (but well financed) "commentators" from Glenn Beck to Rush Limbaugh. The utterly discredited Roman Catholic bishops teamed up with the utterly discredited evangelical leaders to denounce a president who was trying to actually do something about the poor, the environment, to diminish the number of abortions through compassionate programs to help women and to care for the sick! And in Congress the Republican leadership only knew one word: "No!" In other words the reactionary White, rube, uneducated, crazy American far right, combined with the educated but obtuse neoconservative war mongers, religious right shills for big business, libertarian Fed Reserve-hating gold bug, gun-loving crazies, child-molesting acquiescent "bishops", frontier loons and evangelical gay-hating flakes found one thing to briefly unite them: their desire to stop an uppity Black

man from succeeding at all costs! "Help" from the Left? What did the left do to help their newly elected president? Some of them excoriated the President because they disagreed with the bad choices he was being forced to make regarding a war in Afghanistan that he'd inherited from the worst president in modern history! Others stood up and bravely proclaimed that the President's economic policies had "failed" before the President even instituted them! Others said that since all gay rights battles had not been fully won within virtually minutes of the President taking office, they'd been "betrayed"! (Never mind that Obama's vocal support to the gay community is stronger than any other president's has been. Never mind that he signed a new hate crimes law!) Those that had stood in transfixed legions weeping with beatific emotion on election night turned into an angry mob saying how "disappointed" they were that they'd not all immediately been translated to heaven the moment Obama stepped into the White House! Where was the "change"? Contrary to their expectations they were still mere mortals! And the legion of young new supporters was too busy texting to pay attention for longer than a nanosecond. "Governing"?! What the hell does that word, uh, like mean?" The President's critics left and right all had one thing in common: impatience laced with little-to-no sense of history (let alone reality) thrown in for good measure. Then of course there were the white, snide know-itall commentators/talking heads who just couldn't imagine that maybe, just maybe they weren't as smart as they thought they were and certainly not as smart as their president. He hadn't consulted them, had he? So he must be wrong! The Obama critics' ideological ideas defined their idea of reality rather than reality defining their ideassay, about what is possible in one year in office after the hand that the President had been dealt by fate, or to be exact by the American idiot nation that voted Bush into office. Twice! Meanwhile back in the realitybased community - in just 12 short months -- President Obama: #Continued to draw down the misbegotten war in Iraq (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Thoughtfully and decisively picked the best of several bad choices regarding the war in Afghanistan (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Gave a major precedent-setting speech supporting gay rights (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) Continued Page 16

UPWARD BOUND continued in low-income households are 6 times more likely to drop-out of high school. That is why college access programs like Upward Bound are so important. Studies show that such programming that targets low-income students from urban settings, no later than ninth grade, have a better chance of graduating them, and later enrolling them in college. Upward Bound enrolls students in ninth grade, which is a pivotal time for students, in determining whether they will sink or swim in high school. A USA Today report on education found that in 50 of the nation’s largest cities, only 50 percent of their high school students will graduate. It is more alarming to note, that these 50 largest cities account for half the nation’s population. Such negative outcomes of high school students failing to graduate nationwide, does not bode well for the future of these affected students or our nation. Such students, who do not attain a high school diploma, face the long-term prospects of being relegated to permanent underclass status, which leads to other social maladies; including the erosion of neighborhoods, lack of job growth and imprisonment. Not surprisingly, high school students from communities with low socioeconomic backgrounds remain woefully underrepresented at colleges and universities throughout the state and the country. All of which increases the need for immediate action, given data projections that show, in the next decade a substantial number of college applicants will emanate from low and middle-income families . Other data provided by the Council for Opportunity in Education show the following: • Low-income students are being left behind. Only 38% of low-income high school seniors go straight to college as compared to 81% of their peers in the highest income quartile. Once enrolled in college, low-income students earn bachelor's degrees at a rate that is less than half of that of their high-income peers — 21% as compared with 45%. • The growing achievement gap in our country is detrimental to our success as a nation. While nearly 67% of high-income, highly-qualified students enroll in four-year colleges, only 47% of low-income, highly-qualified students enroll. Even more startling, 77% of the least-qualified, high-income students go on to college, while roughly the same proportion of the most-qualified low-income students, go to college. (ACSFA 2005). Concerned community residents in Buffalo, Western New York, throughout the state, and across the country, your advocacy is needed. Students, families and program operators of programs like Upward Bound, need the community’s input. Write your local congressman or congresswoman and appeal to them about the need to fund this worthy program that has contributed mightily to the lives of young people who have gone on to college and others have started productive professional careers. For more information on how you can offer your support to TRIO programs like Upward Bound go to Sign the Petition to Save TRIO at today!

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Amnesty International Ignores Atrocities Against Black People in Libya wages several times higher than what they could earn back home.


Meanwhile Lizzie Phelan reports The “triumphant” rebels in Libya that any area known to have supported have been targeting supposed loyalists or supports Gaddafi has reportedly in the territories they control. There been bombed or been subjected to have been reports of the mass abuse homes and apartments being burned of Black people, who are suspected of and looted. And even the mainstream being mercenaries from sub-Saharan media has been unable to ignore the Africa on Gaddafi’s payroll.

 systematic targeting and lynching of Among the victims are nationals from anyone with Black skin. It is widely Chad, Sudan, Ghana and Nigeria, many known that Gaddafi’s opponents deeply of whom came to Libya as guest work- loathed his rhetoric and policies in ers and had no chance to flee when the support of Black Africa.

 violence erupted in the country.


So the ethnic cleansing of Blacks “Anyone with dark skin, they say he’s in Libya continues. NATO-Backed a mercenary,” the Emirate newspaper Libya “Rebels” are clearly terrorists The National cites a local resident as and racist... the mainstream media saying.

 is already engaging in widespread Some reports claim hundreds of Black damage control in an attempt to mitipeople have been rounded up, arrested gate the fallout of the reality of the or even summarily executed in the situation in Libya and the withering first days after Tripoli was captured.

 NATO-sponsored narrative of postAnother unlikely group suspected of Gaddafi Libya. being Gaddafi stooges is 23 Ukrainians, They are called “Africans and Black who were arrested for allegedly being Libyans”, “Sub-Saharan mercenaries”.

 mercenary snipers. Ukraine had been a One prisoner, Ahmed Ali, had burns major source for professionals such as across his face, neck, and arm. He said doctors and engineers under Gaddafi’s he had come from Chad two years ago rule, with Libyan companies offering to work. ”When the rebels entered Tripoli, some guys came and burned down my house,” he said. ”They brought me here,” he said, adding that he’d received no medical care in the six days since his arrest. 

Reports say the victims include Black Libyans, Nigerians, Ghanaians, Kenyans, and other citizens of sub-Saharan African, no fewer than 20 Black men were found dead outside Col Gaddafi’s compound Weapons are the tools of violence; after Libyan rebels entered Tripoli. All decent men detest them. Their hands were tied behind their backs and some of them had been shot Weapons are the tools of fear; in the head.

 A decent man will avoid them On the road south out of Tripoli, about Except in the direst necessity 200 Black people were also said to be And, if compelled, will use them hiding in a small encampment made Only with the utmost restraint. of two small outbuildings shielded Peace is his highest value. by a small wall and a metal door.

 If the peace has been shattered, Amnesty International said “it was How can he be content? told” that between one third and half of His enemies are not demons, those detained were from sub-Saharan But human beings like himself. He doesn’t wish them personal Africa.

 The Green Charter Movement has however called upon people world harm. wide to leave Amnesty International Nor does he rejoice in victory. because it has itself committed crimes How could he rejoice in victory And delight in the slaughter of against humanity by ignoring what is happening in Libya. 

Its publication men? “Human Rights Defender” issued in Australia and covering the 3 months of He enters a battle gravely, With sorrow and with great compas- June-August 2011, Volume 30 Number 2, in all its 24 pages does not even sion, mention the word Libya ONCE.

 As if he were attending a funeral. 

by Karen Marlow 

The most major human rights violations are taking place in the current new theater of war in Libya, raging since March and uninterrupted until now, and yet Amnesty International’s “Human Rights Defender” magazine does not even MENTION Libya even a single word in the entire publication covering the months June, July and August where massacres and horrific torture and abuses have taken place as witnessed across the Internet and by news networks, yet Amnesty International chooses to ignore all this.

 Amnesty International is clearly a demonic “gate-keeper” organization

designed to attract White liberals with a conscience and take their money while doing nothing to help Black people, whereas the one society on earth, the Libyan Jamahiriya, where Black people had full rights, is being destroyed in front of our eyes, Amnesty International looks the other way.

 (Excerpted from Pan African News by Karen Marlow )


“Leaders are always readers.”


“May God write us down as asses if ever again we are found putting our trust in either the Republican or the Democratic Parties.” -- W.E.B. DuBois (1922) ... If Dubois was able to see through the b.s. 89 years ago,why can’t we?? SEPTEMBER 14, 2011

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#Won a Nobel peace prize (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Moved the trial of terrorists back into the American judicial system of checks and balances (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Did what had to be done to start the slow, torturous and almost impossible process of health care reform that 7 presidents had failed to even begin (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)

#Responded to hatred from the right and left with measured good humor and patience (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Stopped the free fall of job losses (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Showed immense personal courage in the face of an armed and dangerous far right opposition that included the sort of disgusting people that show up at public meetings carrying loaded weapons and carrying Timothy McVeigh-inspired signs about the "blood of tyrants" needing to "water the tree of liberty". (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) #Showed that he could not only make the tough military choices but explain and defend them brilliantly (But that wasn't good enough for his critics) Other than those "disappointing" accomplishments -- IN ONE YEAR -- President Obama "failed"! Other than that he didn't "live up to expectations"! Who actually has failed... ...are the Americans that can't see the beginning of a miracle of national rebirth right under their jaded noses. Who failed are the smart ass ideologues of the left and right who began rooting for this President to fail so that they could be proved right in their dire and morbid predictions. Who failed are the movers and shakers behind our obscenely dumb news Continued Page 17


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#Put the USA squarely back in the bilateral international community (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)

#Stood up for educational reform (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)



#Stopped the free fall of the American economy (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)


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#Banned torture of American prisoners (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)



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#Restored America 's image around the globe (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)

#Put the USA squarely into the middle of the international effort to halt global warming (But that wasn't good enough for his critics)

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One-bedroom units, two story non-elevator, for persons 62 years of age or older, or disabled regardless of age. Off street parking. Laundry on premises. Appliances, carpeting and garbage pick up. Accessible units. On NFTA Metrolink Route 216. Rents are based on income eligibility requirements. One year lease, and security deposit required. Call for an appointment and be PLACED ON OUR WAITLIST Welch Village Apartments c/o Belmont Management Co., Inc. 2854 Welch Lane Eden, NY 14057 Phone 716-992-2005 TDD Relay line: 711 Equal Housing Opportunity

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OBAMA continued cycles that have turned "news" into just more stupid entertainment for an entertainment-besotted infantile country. Here's the good news: President Obama is succeeding without the help of his lefty "supporters" or hate-filled Republican detractors! The Future Looks Good! After Obama has served two full terms, (and he will), after his wisdom in moving deliberately and cautiously with great subtlety on all fronts -- with a canny and calculating eye to the possible succeeds, (it will), after the economy is booming and new indus-

tries are burgeoning, (they will be), after the doomsayers are all proved not just wrong but silly: let the record show that not all Americans were panicked into thinking the sky was/is falling!!!!! Just because we didn't get everything we wanted in the first short and fraught year Obama was in office not all of us gave up. Some of us stayed the course. And we will be proved right. PS. If you agree that Obama is shaping up to be a great President, please pass this on and hang in there! Pass it on anyway to ensure that his "report card" gets the attention it deserves.


Buffalo Board of Ed Announces Free and Reduced Lunches The Buffalo Board of Education today announced a free and reduced price meal policy for the Buffalo Public School children. There are income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced price meals. The public may contact the Buffalo Public School district Food Service Department with questions. It is required that this notice be sent to all local media and the local unemployment office.

Employment Church Musician Wanted: New Hope Baptist Church. Interested persons please call 883-0821, 688-7177 or 896-5144.


LOTUS NOTES HELP DESK ADMINISTRATOR/SYSTEMS SUPPORT: The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is recruiting for the position of Lotus Notes Help Desk Administrator/Windows System Support. Go to jobs for more information.

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BUFFALO CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed proposals for the following project will be received at the office of the Plant Services and School Planning – 403 City Hall, Buffalo, New York, 14202. On TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM, proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud for: UNDERGROUND OIL TANK CLOSURES PROJECT NO. AT FOUR (4) PUBLIC SCHOOLS P.S. 31 HARRIET ROSS TUBMAN SCHOOL 0031-013 P.S. 66 NORTH PARK MIDDLE ACADEMY 0066-010 P.S. 82 EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER 0082-006 P.S. 187 0187-022 BUFFALO, NEW YORK Beginning TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011, bidding document packages may be viewed and purchased through Avalon Document Services online Planroom website at, under “Public Jobs”, or ordered by phone at 716-995-7777. The work will be subject to the equal employment opportunity requirements. Any questions regarding this project, please refer to DiDonato Associates, Pradeep Simlote, 716-656-1900. A mandatory pre-bid walkthrough and conference will be held at 10:00 AM, SEPTEMBER 20. The Architect will be present. All bidders will assemble at theOffice of Plant Services and School Planning, 403 City Hall, Buffalo New York, 14202. Paul McDonnell, AIA Director of Facilities ADVERTISING DATE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011

COUNTY OF ERIE NOTICE TO BIDDERS MAPLE ROAD (CR192) INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT NO. FA-192-11 LOCALLY ADMINISTERED FEDERAL AID PROJECT 5755.33 The Department of Public Works, Division of Highways, is seeking sealed bids for intersection improvements project. Sealed proposals will be received at the DPW–Highways Division Conference Room 1404, 95 Franklin Street, 14th floor, Buffalo, NY at 10:00 a.m., September 22, 2011. Bid deposit of $175,000.00 required. Plans available for purchase at $100./set from September 1, 2011 through bid date. Pre-let meeting scheduled Thursday, September 8, 2011 11:00 a.m. in DPW Conference Room 1419, 95 Franklin Street, 14th floor, Buffalo, NY. 11% DBE required. Bid submittal details are on the Erie County website at: www. SEPTEMBER 14, 2011

EAST SIDE APARTMENTS AVAILABLE *Two and Three Bedroom Apartments starting at $395 plus security. Apartments Section 8 Ready. Call 836-8686. Apartment for Rent Humboldt & E. Ferry, 3-bedroom apt. $400 per month. Tel. 983-0540.


bidS INVITATION TO BID The NFTA is soliciting construction bids for Project No. 10BT1106, BNIA – Baggage Handling Area Restrooms – Terminal, Bid No. E-464 on September 20, 2011. INVITATION TO BID The NFTA is soliciting construction bids for Project No. 25LU1101, LRRT – Fastener & Pad Replacement – Phase 7, Bid No. E-475 on September 29, 2011.

Invitation to Bid - NFTA Procurement

System Rail Grinding Svc Halon Control Panel Replacement Sale of 901 Furhmann Blvd Sale of Boat Harbor & Gallagher Beach Fasteners Tactile Warning Strips & Rub Rails See to download bid documents.

bidS ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority will receive sealed bids for BMHA Job #11-10, Storm Door Replacement at Kenfield Homes (AMP 30). The Prebid Conference will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM, local time, with all potential bidders assembled at the Capital Improvements & Development Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204; the project walk-through may be held/scheduled after the meeting. Sealed bids will be received until 3:00 PM, local time, on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the Capital Improvements Office, 320 Perry Street, Buffalo, New York 14204. Bids received after the stated time will not be accepted. Bids will be opened and publicly read aloud immediately after specified closing time. All bid forms must be filled out and returned. Sets of contract documents may only be obtained at the Capital Improvements Office at 320 Perry Street, with a deposit of $100 per set. Only certified company checks, bank checks or money orders made payable to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority will be accepted. This deposit is refundable upon return of complete sets of documents within 14 calendar days after the bid opening. Failure to comply with this time limit will constitute forfeiture of the deposit. The BMH reserves the right to reject any bid, which fails to conform to the essential items, required by the contract documents and to reject any and/or all bids submitted. Dated: August 31, 2011

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Saturday September 17

Tuesday September 20

Westminster Charter School Regular Board Meeting: 3 p.m.; M&T Bank, One M&T Plaza, 19th Fl.; for more info call 842-5342.

Hamlin Road Block Sale: 2 blocks between Lonsdale & Humboldt, Lonsdale between Northland & Brunswick, Humboldt Pkwy near Hamlin, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

First National Conference on Adult and Elder Abuse in NYS: Hyatt Regence Buffalo Hotel, 2 Fountain Plaza; conference runs though Friday September 23rd.

KIP Business Education Seminar Series: “A Better Way to Do Business” Frank E. Merriweather Library Jefferson @ Utica; 11am-1 p.m.; Michael E. McCarley Sr. presenter, 995-0622 for more information.

Barbara Miller-Williams Hosts Community Forum on Access to Day Care Subsidies: 6-8 p.m.; Frank Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue.

Lupus Alliance New Patient Orientation Meeting: 7-8:30 p.m.; 3871 Harlem Rd.; for info and reservations call 835-7161. Board of Education Regular Board Meeting: 5:30 p.m.; City Hall Rm 801

Thursday September 15 Network of Religious Communities, Brown Bag Lunch and Mini Workshop on Nonviolence: 11:30 a.m.; for more info call 884-0582 or; free and open to the public. Kathy Kelly “The Cost of War and the Price of Peace: Report Back from Afghanistan”: 7-9 p.m.; Canisius College Richard winter Student Center; free; call 884-0582 for more info.

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see you at the events!

Let’s Get Moving Health Fair and Ed. Symposium: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Performing Arts School, 450 Masten. (See ad page 9) Unitede Men’s think Tank Community Disaster Preparedness Proect: 3 p.m. CAO Masten Resource Center

Sunday September 18

Buffalo Summer Fide Chess Festival 2011: Registration 9 a.m. Gloria J. Parks Center, 3242 Main St.; for more info call 832-1010.

Fidelis Care Heath Insurance Open House: 4-7 p.m.; Fidelis Care Office, 480 CrossPoint Pkwy; call 1-888-3433547 for more info. Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Celebration: Noon; Buffalo & Erie County Library, 1 Lafayette Sq.; call 912-3489 for more info.

Friday September 15 Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church 180th Anniversary: 6 p.m.; Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Rd.; donation $45. Saturday September 17KIP business Education Seminar Series: Buffalo Summer Fide Chess Festival 2011: Registration 9 a.m. Gloria J. Parks Center, 3242 Main St.; for more info call 832-1010.


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Upward Bound! Aunjanue Ellis, Hollywood actress, who starred in the movie The Help! and who also played in Ray and Men of Honor was the guest speaker at the awards banquet for Buffalo State’s Upward Bound Program at the Hyatt Regency August 11. Among those pictured above: the outstanding high school students who completed the program, Upward Bound Director Don Patterson, staff members, Aunjanue Ellis, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples, Kenny Vargas, Ellis Flank and Ibrahim El-Amin. See story by Zaid Bilal page 6. Page 20

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