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Open Buffalo: What is It?


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  by Karima Amin For nearly two years, you have been hearing about “Open Buffalo” and you may still have questions about what it is and what it isn’t. So let’s begin at the beginning. First, defining “Open Society Foundations,” we see it is described as “…a grantmaking network …aimed to shape public policy to ...

The Day I Saw Jesus


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  by Alberta Parish When I first had an out-of-body experience at age 20, my spirit traveled outside of my body as I walked through the hallway in my old Northwest Atlanta home that I shared with my mother and grandmother in the mid-1990s. Later entering my mother’s dark bedroom, I saw what appeared to ...

Dirschberger Brings Too Much Baggage to Head a County Agency


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  by Chris Stevenson & EC Toth There are those who believe the name Allen Dirschberger means dirt. This is a major issue since a vote was soon be taken on Thursday morning (3/26/15) at the County Legislatures office as to whether or not to make him head of the Erie County Department of Social ...

Coffee Will Make You Race

  by Charles M. Blow So, Starbucks’ chief executive, Howard Schultz, wants us to serve the country coffee and a race dialogue.     This week Schultz announced that the chain’s baristas would have the option to write the words “race together” on cups of coffee and engage customers in a racial dialogue. The suspicion ...

A Clear Case of Treason?


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  by Playthell Benjamin Some Constitutional Scholars think so and I agree Anyone listening to the chatter on the right of our political spectrum will no doubt have heard the phrase “according to the Constitution” ad nauseum. It is quoted among this crowd as if it were Holy Scripture. Which, ironically, is quite fitting since ...

Vision Boards Can Take Your Career To The Next Level 2


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  by Ann Brown Vision Boards can be a great tool in helping you develop a strategy for your business. To help bring your business goals to life. “Vision boards are a creative way of setting goals and making strategies for your life and career. It offers a visual representation of dreams, desires,and direction, making ...

The Return to My Church Roots 1


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  by Alberta Parish Returning to the place of my adolescence where my character was birthed and developed was indeed the furthest thing from my mind for three and a half years, that is, until my moment of clarity. It was only within that moment when I knew that life is fleeting, and I may ...

Life and Death Issues


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  by Zachary Husser I played on my St. Elizabeth high school team’s undefeated season as we went 18-0 in Wilmington, Delaware, but Racism was alive and well! On Sunday, March 7, 1965, the Racist Police of Selma, Alabama attacked a group of young people protesting as the started to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. ...

Is a Federal Jury Trial a “Three Ring Circus?”


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  by Alton H. Maddox, Jr. (“Attorney-at-War”) Hon. Elijah Muhammad once said that the white man will never teach the Black man the science of mating (socialism); the science of business (accounting); and the science of war (military science). This knowledge is still, sadly, unknown to most Blacks. My parents helped me understand social sciences. ...

Obama and Selma:


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The Meaning of ‘Bloody Sunday’   by Charles M. Blow As our van in the presidential motorcade reached the crest of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., and began the descent toward the thousands of waiting faces and waving arms of those who had come to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the ...