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Buffalo, What's Next: Northland Workforce Training and the Ujima Theatre

In this episode, Dave Debo talks with President & CEO Stephen Tucker about the Northland Workforce Training Center and its plans to reduce significant barriers to post-secondary education and career readiness for needy students. Brigid Jaipaul-Valenza talks with Maria Ta from Ujima Theatre about how theatre and the arts address racial and social injustice issues.

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  •  In this episode, Speaker, Trainer, and Author Duncan Kirkwood talks about his global resilience advocacy work and empowering young people, parents, and communities.
  • In this episode, Dave Debo welcomes back Russell Weaver, Ph.D. from Cornell IRL to continue the discussion on redistricting after the Mayor’s public hearing and our extensive discussions last week. Jay Moran talks with Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Executive Director of Partnership for the Public Good about PPG’s annual effort, through its community agenda program, to focus on issues facing Buffalo and Western New York.
  • Listen to our first “producers' pick” program with highlights of recent interviews. Today, we feature neighborhood elder Cliff Bell, Professor Ibram X. Kendi, the author of "How to be an Anti-Racist". Sonya Tareke from E for All Buffalo, and former Buffalo Bill Marlon Kerner of Entrepreneurs Forever chat about business mentorship. And we get a short recap of this past week's public hearings about the city of Buffalo's re-districting plan, and hear again from Buffalo-based playwright Gary Earl Ross.
  • Buffalo, New York is going through the arduous process of redistricting, which requires opportunity for public input on the proposed plan. “Buffalo, What’s Next?” recaps a particularly contentious mayoral hearing which included both supporters of the plan and others who say it will dilute Black voting power in the city.
  • The entrepreneurial spirit often comes up in a “Buffalo, What’s Next?” conversation. This episode leans in even more as Jay Moran examines challenges and opportunities for small business owners with Marlon Kerner, community leader and former Buffalo Bill. Kerner serves as the Community Director of Entrepreneurs Forever, an organization focused on harnessing the power of networking to build small business capacity. Joining them is Sonya Tareke, Program Manager of EforAll, Buffalo chapter, which aims to empower local entrepreneurs to grow their business through engagement with the community.
  • In this episode of "Buffalo, What's Next?" Jay Moran explores historical context of a community divided by the Kensington Expressway with local elder, Cliff Bell. Dave Debo examines health inequity and lingering community concerns after the recent racially motivated shooting on the East Side with Rev. Diann Holt.
  •  In this episode of "Buffalo, What's Next?" Jay Moran explores the power of language and performance art with author, playwright, and retired professor Gary Earl Ross. Then, Dave Debo shares a fascinating conversation about anti-racism with nationally recognized American author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.
  • How do private and public sectors collaborate with the Buffalo Urban League to improve the quality of life for Black families, and what needs to be next for Buffalo? In this episode, Host Dave Debo talks with the President and CEO, Thomas Beauford, Jr. about the challenges Black people face on the East side and throughout Buffalo.
  • In this episode, Host Dave Debo talks DEIB and language with Dr. Brianna Cornelius, educator and cultural strategist. Host Jay Moran continues the examination of health disparity in Buffalo with Pastor George Nicholas, Co-Convener of the African American Health Equity Task Force.
  • WBFO’s Jay Moran talks wages, housing, and redistricting as part of racial inequity with Russell Weaver PhD, the Director of Research at the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab.