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Buffalo, What's Next?: Truth in Education

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In this episode of “Buffalo, What’s Next?,” Dave Debo speaks with sports journalist John Wawrow about his personal essay regarding. Brigid Jaipaul-Valenza shares an extended report on Juneteenth education in Buffalo, followed by a conversation with Black History educator, LaGarrett King, Ph.D. Finally, Jay Moran welcomes John Washington to talk through housing inequity and Afrofuturism.

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  • In this episode of “Buffalo, What’s Next?,” Brigid Jaipaul-Valenza welcomes Franchelle Parker, Executive Director of Open Buffalo for a conversation about leadership and activism.\
  • In this episode of “Buffalo, What’s Next?,” Brigid Jaipaul-Valenza welcomes Wil Green, Regional Office Director for NYS Network for Youth Success and Canisius College Director of The Center for Urban Education, to talk about racism, youth and education. Dave Debo is joined by Sydnie Perkins, Vice President of the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, to share her experiences growing up in one of Buffalo’s poorest neighborhoods.
  • In this episode of “Buffalo, What’s Next?,” Brigid Jaipaul-Valenza welcomes Stephanie Peete, Internship and Career Pathways Supervisor at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo, to talk about removing barriers to educational attainment and career readiness at public and charter schools in Buffalo, NY.
  • Food apartheid on the East Side of Buffalo is an issue that continues to need further discussion. In this episode, Jay Moran welcomes Author Natalie Baszile, whose latest book “We Are Each Other’s Harvest” celebrates African American Farmers, the land, and their legacy. The conversation continues with Dave Debo and Allison DeHonney from Buffalo Go Green as they examine urban farming and barriers to food access.
  • In this episode, Jay Moran welcomes Zeneta Everhart, Director of Diversity & Inclusion for NYS Senator Tim Kennedy. Everhart’s 21-year-old Zaire Goodman, was wounded but survived the racially motivated attack at the Tops supermarket on May 14. Everhart talks about testifying before the House Oversight Committee about gun violence and the massacre in Buffalo.Dave Debo spends the rest of the hour talking "action" with Tina Peel from West Seneca, a white ally behind one of the most enduring images along Jefferson Avenue – lawn signs touting thoughts, prayers, and an unchecked box next to the word “action.”
  • As federal hate crime charges are announced in the racially motivated attack at a Buffalo grocery store on May 14th, “Buffalo, What’s Next?” speaks with former Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Bruce and Mark Talley, son of shooting victim Geraldine Talley. They discuss the legal process, death penalty, and more. Jay Moran welcomes Harper Bishop from PUSH Buffalo to talk about the power of a united community voice in the fight for social and racial justice.
  • In this episode of “Buffalo, What’s Next?” we welcome Kelly Diane Galloway, Founder of Project Mona’s House, to talk about modern-day slavery in the form of human trafficking in Buffalo. Dave Debo and Jomo Akono, VP of the Juneteenth Festival, unpack the complex fight for racial freedom and how the 47th annual Festival hopes to be a place for healing.
  • In this episode of “Buffalo, What’s Next?” we welcome Feed Buffalo's Drea D'Nur to talk about serving the Halal community before, and since, the racially motivated shooting at Tops Friendly Markets on Jefferson Avenue. Jay Moran speaks with journalist Madison Carter (former WKBW reporter) about her time in Buffalo and recent return to cover the tragedy. Finally, Dave Debo looks back on earlier episodes of Buffalo, What's Next? where themes of grief, anger, and action emerge.
  • In this episode of “Buffalo, What’s Next?” our hosts examine the very different, but necessary steps Black and white people can take after racially motivated violence. Dave Debo and mental health professional Karl Shallowhorn have a conversation about processing trauma caused by racially motivated violence. Jay Moran walks through an exercise with DEI consultant Jeremy Besch to examine one’s own identity and privilege in order to be a good ally.
  • In this episode of “Buffalo, What’s Next?” Brigid Jaipal-Valenza digs deep with facilitator and Buffalo writer, Nanette Massey, who connects the dots of white privilege and racial bias through weekly virtual workshops. And from Capitol Hill, we bring you a recap of this week’s testimony by Garnell Whitfield, son of shooting victim Ruth Whitfield, and Zeneta Everhart, whose son Zaire Goodman was shot in the neck and lived to work with her on outreach and education efforts after the mass shooting.