Thomas O'Neil-White

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Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas moved to Western New York at the age of 14. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he majored in Communications Studies and was part of the sports staff for WBNY. When not following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Boston Red Sox, Thomas enjoys coaching youth basketball, reading Tolkien novels and seeing live music.

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The Buffalo Urban League on Monday announced the hiring of Thomas Beauford Jr. as the organization's new President and CEO. 


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Cyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters and walkers took to Bailey Avenue Thursday evening to demand the City of Buffalo improve its infrastructure in East Side neighborhoods, especially main thoroughfares like Bailey. 


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Protesters are taking to Bailey Avenue Thursday evening to demand better infrastructure on one of the main thoroughfares on the East Side of Buffalo. 

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Threats of violence made on social media followed in the wake of a Black Lives Matter demonstration and march in the Town of Amherst that partially blocked traffic on major roads Thursday evening.

The group of about 50 to 70 demonstrators also encountered at least one car that swerved toward the crowd, which was documented on social media.

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Expressions of support for victims of racial injustice are showing up in the suburbs. 

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Making businesses across Western New York more racially inclusive is not an overnight process, but for Northland Workforce Training Center President and CEO Stephen Tucker, “It’s critically important.

"I don’t think we will be able to reach the full potential of our nation unless we have a diverse, inclusive and equitable workforce. That’s the only way we can all really live up to the American Dream," Tucker says.

Try-It Distributing President and CEO Paul Vukelic believes change must come from the top down.

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Thursday marks the deadline for the state’s rent relief program for people impacted by COVID-19, and questions remain about what eviction may mean for households and families dealing with heavy rent burdens.


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Despite religion being a tool which brings people together, Sunday mornings remain one of the most segregated periods of time in the United States.

Rev. Kinzer Pointer of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church says it's part of what creates unneeded tension among different communities.

Daniel Robertson and Jeremy Besch share similar philosophies on educating today’s youth despite coming from vastly different backgrounds.

“I grew up with an absent father,” said Robertson, Program Manager for Say Yes Buffalo’s Boys and Young Men of Color initiative. “I pretty much grew up around individuals that looked like me. I had friends who were in the streets and sold drugs and went to jail. I had friends who I grew up with who are no longer here now because of gun violence.”

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Activism isn’t something Orlando Dickson does for fun, it runs in his family.

It's automatic for Ron Stewart to define white privilege, with any number of concrete, vivid examples of what it means for him and his children.

"White privilege affords whites opportunities on all levels. And those same opportunities would not be afforded to me, " says Stewart, the chairman of the sociology department at SUNY Buffalo State.  

Kevin Heffernan knows white privilege exists and can provide a definition off the top of his head-- but freely admits that for him as a white man, it's much more of an intellectual exercise.

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A local activist facing charges connected to an early-June incident with police had those charges dismissed Friday. In the early hours of June 1  Myles Carter was tackled and arrested while being interviewed by a WIVB-4 news crew on Bailey Avenue after a protest in front of Buffalo Police's E District station. 

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In early January 1976, 62-year-old William Crawford was robbed and murdered after leaving a tavern on Buffalo’s East Side. The alleged assailants, five teenagers, were arrested and three were convicted of murder and spent a combined total of 84 years in prison despite pleading their innocence. 

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A new component to the state’s bail reform measures, set to debut Thursday, will rollback some of the gains made at the beginning of the year. 


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Two local preservations organizations are calling on the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority to halt its plan to tear down the first public housing complex specifically for African Americans in the city, and one of the first in the state. 

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A group of protesters occupying Niagara Square was met by Buffalo police officers as they marched from downtown Buffalo to Mayor Byron Brown’s residence Wednesday evening. 


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A breezy Wednesday morning at Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo was devoid of any tents. Much of the spray adorning the fountain at the center of the square had been scrubbed away. 

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Add the Coalition of Concerned Citizens to the ever-expanding list of social justice groups demanding justice and accountability from the Buffalo Police Department. 


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The conversation around race, racism, and this country’s handling of race relations has been a topic which continues to gain steam. As protests over the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor continue and Confederate statues fall, two local filmmakers continue to move the dialogue forward.


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Members of the Diocese of Buffalo expressed solidarity in prayer with people advocating for justice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests.

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For many parents and mentors, approaching the topic of the killing of George Floyd and race relations in the United States can be difficult. A local mentoring group for young men of color is considering what steps they might take to effect change in their communities. WBFO’s Thomas O’Neil-White spoke with Say Yes Buffalo’s Boys and Young Men of Color Initiative Director Tommy McClam.


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The death of George Floyd while in police custody has ignited protests across the country. In downtown Buffalo on Saturday, what began as a peaceful protest later turned into a night of vandalism in parts of the city.


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Buffalo police officers clashed with angry protesters Saturday evening in downtown Buffalo. 

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The death rate among Erie County’s African American population due to COVID-19 is going down, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz. 

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At least one more year. That is the message being sent out by Buffalo Sabres Team President and Co-Owner Kim Pegula in regard to the status of General Manager Jason Botterill. Botterill was hired by Buffalo in 2017.

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Fifteen local and national social justice groups, under the Fair Fines and Fees Coalition moniker, on Monday submitted a letter to the office of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, detailing concerns they have with the city’s budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020-2021.


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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against ICE officials at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Prisoners Legal Services of New York.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to take unprecedented measures to ensure the safety of its drivers and passengers, including rear door boarding on buses, increased cleaning schedules and the suspension of fair collecting. However, a local rider advocacy group is urging the NFTA to do more in regards to public safety.

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"Filling in the gaps" was the term being used as cars slowly made their way through the parking lot of Mt. Olive Baptist Church on East Delavan Avenue on Buffalo’s East Side Wednesday. 


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Simultaneous rallies were held across New York on Wednesday, as advocates for solitary confinement alternatives demanded the state legislature reconvene to pass the HALT Solitary Confinement Act.

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