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Buffalo, What's Next?: Business on Jefferson Ave.

Today we bust the myth that Jefferson Ave. is desolate, without any strong businesses. If there's anyone with insight into what it takes to build a business on Buffalo's East side it's Herb Bellamy Jr. The son of a serial entrepreneur who once owned 20 business mostly along Jefferson, Bellamy is the founder of the Buffalo Black Achievers Museum, a career training center, and two low income or disabled housing facilities with mixed use retail space. He’s also an insurance broker and financial planner. He talks with Dave Debo. Then Thomas O'Neil-White takes it further with Rob Cornelius. He's in a unique position to talk about community needs, because of his extensive work on the East side-- with Juneteenth, organizing school supply drives with Conway the Machine and is both the school coordinator at Continental School of Beauty and a KeyBank Branch Manager.

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  • How do Black people navigate positions typically held by white people? Attorney Jason Daniels will talk with Jay Moran about being Black in the corporate world. Then Mark Overall, President of the Buffalo Urban League’s Young Professionals group will expand on the topic with Dave Debo
  • In today's "Producer Picks" segment, we revisit an earlier conversation with Catherine Collins, the WNY representative on the NYS Board of Regents. She talks about teaching on race, curriculum, and as always what the community needs are along Jefferson Avenue. Then Leah Watson from the American Civil Liberties Union looks at some districts across the U.S., where increasing censorship is so strong that teachers have not been able to discuss the Tops shootings - or other racial issues- with their students.
  • Today we look at the communities needs for food and counseling and support, with the director of one of the organizations providing that relief. Dave Debo talks with Candace Moppins from The Delavan Grider Community Center on what she is still seeing the need for despite having passed the 4 month mark since the shootings.Then former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne (removed from the force for intervening to stop violence by another officer against a handcuffed suspect) was recently quoted in a national publication as saying that President Biden is a busy man and she could gladly just take over police policy for him. On a day when the president is hosting a summit on violence including Buffalo victims- Horne is with Thomas O’Neil White to talk about changes that Buffalo needs.
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  • Today we look at access to education for minority populations and whether the federal student loan forgiveness plan has the possibility to change any of that, with Brittani Williams and Kayla Elliott from The Education Trust. Then Prof. Anthony Neal from the Political Science and Africana Studies Departments at SUNY Buffalo State looks at ballot access and issues of importance to the Black voting population. Dr. Neal is the author of The American Political Narrative, a look at the American political system and what is needed to maintain it.
  • In today’s ”Producers’ Picks” weekly highlights program, we bring you a replay of speaker, trainer and author Duncan Kirkwood talking with Brigid Jaipaul-Valenza about his global resilience advocacy work and how to empower youth, parents and communities.
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