The Final Arguments to Support the Outer Harbor Stadium Complex Proposal

  by Pat Freeman The momentum to overturn 40 years of bad decisions in regards to a downtown stadium is now moving to their final arguments. When the campaign to accomplish this historic project started many doubted that an endeavor of this magnitude would gain traction in Western New York. Well the effort to educate, […]

Let’s Stop Describing Ourselves as ‘Minorities’

  by Hope E. Ferguson My Thing Is: This increasingly inaccurate term for people who don’t identify as white suggests powerlessness and has outlived its utility. Can we agree to give it up? It’s already been two years since May 2012, when we learned that for the first time, U.S. babies born to parents who […]

Was Tony Saying What Many People Think Regarding Sam?

    by Zachary Husser Dear Family of Friends, Former NFL-coach Tony Dungy’s position is what is said in the closed conversations of most professional locker rooms. The NFL has put in rule legislation that penalizes other NFL Players if “they” don’t come through with positive comments about Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL […]

Something Old is New in Buffalo

  by Karima Amin For the last several months, you may have been hearing about the “Open Buffalo” initiative that was announced in January in the Buffalo News and announced at a press conference, sponsored by the Partnership for the Public Good, at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library. It was reported that the Open […]

Freeman’s Response to the News’ Proposed Ferry Service Article

    by Pat Freeman   I’m writing you in response to your recent Article in reference to the proposal for a Ferry running between the Inner and Outer Harbors . The portion of your article which deeply concerns me I’ve pasted below.   “A public hearing last week attracted nearly 300 people, many of whom […]

Looking Past The Right’s Power-Of-Suggestion Against Obama

    Charles M. Blow In trying to lay the blame for the border crisis on the White House’s doorstep, House Speaker John Boehner exploded at a press conference on Thursday, saying of the president: “He’s been president for five and a half years! When is he going to take responsibility for something?” The suggestion […]

Doing Double-duty Business in New York

  by Alton H. Maddox, Jr. I rejoice that my parents were Rev. and Mrs. Alton H. Maddox, Jr. My father was a minister of “good news” and my mother was an outstanding educator. I still have memories of my father chasing a white, door-to-door salesman off of my block for being “fresh” with my […]

Are We Educating Or Dis-Educating Our Black Girls?

  by Gloria Dulan-Wilson Juwanza Kunjufu’s name is one that I had not seen in quite some time. In fact not since my handsome son, Rais, was at least four years old, and attending a racially mixed elementary school in Altadena, CA. It was then that I read Juwanza’s books, “Raising Black Boys” and “Understanding […]

Dead Man Walking!

How Nigeria should deal with Islamic Terrorists     by Playthell Benjamin Like most Islamic fanatics Abubakari Shekau and his co-religionist in Boko Haram – Nigeria’s version of the modern Jihad –is probably looking forward to dying in their attempt to promote Islam through violent means. And the Nigerian government should do everything they can […]

Why So Much Gun Violence in the City of Obama, Jesse & Farrakhan?

Dear Family of Friends,   by Zach Husser Gun Violence in Black and Hispanic Neighborhoods is on my mind! I’m directing this message specifically to All Black Men and Men of Color. Why aren’t we in the solution resolution of the gun violence that is killing our future Doctors, Lawyers, Electricians, Pilots, Sanitation personnel, nurses, […]

The Reverse-Decision

Who Said You Can’t Go Home Again?     by Chris Stevenson Lebron James is headed back to Cleveland, who dared hoped or dreamed this would happen? Judging by the reaction of the sports media or American media in general as well as Northeast Ohio fans you’d think the Beatles had all miraculously returned and […]