Buffalo Bills Release Fred Jackson



On Monday, the Buffalo Bills took to the field to practice but one impacting component was missing. That impacting component was Veteran Running Back, Fred Jackson.

Fred Jackson, 34 was dismissed over the weekend by the Bills.

He was the longest tenured player on the roster and the franchise’s 3rd leading rusher.

It’s so weird seeing the Bills playing without Jackson because less than two weeks ago I sat in on an interview with Jackson with ESPN Rochester 95.7.

He is such a humble individual who doesn’t want to give up football quite yet and was working hard to recover from his common and painful injuries. In the interview Dan Borrello asked him does he see himself in any other jersey after he is done. Jackson replied “I don’t know.”

Even he couldn’t predict that he was going to be cut and his last time wearing a Bills jersey would be in Training Camp.

Here’s a little background information on Fred Jackson:

  • Birthday: February 20th,1981
  • Hometown: Fort Worth Texas
  • College: Coe College
  • Played indoor football when he was told he was too small for the NFL
  • Joined the Bills in 2006 as a free agent
  • Consensus All-American (2002)
  • United Indoor Football co-MVP (2005)
  • NFL All Purpose Yards leader (2009)
  • First player in NFL history to compile 1,000 rushing and 1,000 kickoff return yards in a season (2009)
  • 2010 Bills Walter Payton “Man of the Year” award
  • 2× NFL Ground Player of the Week
  • Ranked #83 in the Top 100 Players of 2012

With his release Doug Whaley stated, “He’s been the heart and soul of the Buffalo Bills for a long time. He’s a tremendous person not only on the field but what him and his family have done in the community.”

We wish Fred Jackson a sad goodbye and success in his future.


Written by Sedria Thomas

Back To School


 So by now you have started college classes again, unless you’re one of the few lucky individuals who don’t start for two more weeks.

You have been settled in for a few days but now it’s time to be serious and put your professional hat on. Decorating your room and meeting new friends was your initial enjoyment but now you have to plan for the rest of your college tenure.

One important thing to remember, if you are a first year student, is that you are on your own! You are now considered a young adult and are currently making decisions which can affect you in the long run.

Make sure you attend all your classes especially in the first week because this is the time when your professor goes over the syllabus and the semester in all. This will give you an idea of what each class is about and whether or not it is useful.

If you are not happy with a class make sure that you know your colleges’ add/drop dates so you will not have a withdrawal on your transcript.

If you need help staying organized with homework and assignments that are due in different classes the best idea would be to make an assignment calendar. You can find a default layout on Excel. All you need to do is make three columns and label them: Class, Assignment and Due Date. Then fill them in with all your classes and organize them by their date and hang it up in your dorm so you are never behind in any class.

The assignment calendar helped me maintain a very high GPA because organization is the key to success.

Another great thing to do is set goals for yourself. Tell yourself that you will obtain a certain GPA or make Deans List so you have something to work for.

College is about making decisions for your future but also don’t forget to enjoy your new friends and the experience of being on your own.



Written by Sedria Thomas

Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House

Headliner: John Mooney and Friends

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Friday August 28: Son in Rochester

12:00pm Fielding Stage Open Mic: Stories About Rochester’s Adopted Son

Son House touched the lives of many in Rochester and throughout the world. Geva’s Director of Education and Artist in Residence Skip Greer emcees this opportunity to share these stories with each other.

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2:30pm Wilson Stage Celebrating Rochester’s Blues Roots

Son House’s time in Rochester left an indelible mark on the vibrant local music scene. We’ll hear from some of Rochester’s great blues musicians, including The Crawdiddies and Steve Grills and the Roadmasters.

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4:00pm Lobby The Bop Shop at Geva

From 4-10 each day of the festival, visit The Bop Shop’s mobile store in the lobby to purchase CD’s, books, posters and more!

5:00pm Corner of Grieg and Clarissa St. Dedicating the Mississippi Blues Trail Marker

If you are a blues fan, you might make the trek through all of the Blues Trail Markers in the state of Mississippi. If you’re avery dedicated blues fan, perhaps you’d visit the 12 – soon to be 13 – trail markers denoting significant places in blues history that are outside of Mississippi. And as of today, if you want to claim that you’ve completed the whole trail, you’ll have to visit Rochester’s Corn Hill District to commemorate his time in Rochester, from 1943-1976. Today’s event will dedicate this marker to his legacy and ensure that the legacy lives on for generations to come.

No reservations required

5:30pm Bernunzio’s Uptown Music
122 East Ave.
Happy Hour with Genesee Johnny and Gordon Munding, with food provided by Stromboli Express

No reservations required

6:00pm Fielding Stage Workshop: Blues Harp with Jerry Portnoy

Blues harpmaster Jerry Portnoy has shared the stage with Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and other music giants.Bring your harmonica and join your fellow blues players in a workshop with Jerry Portnoy. Open to all experience levels.

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8:00pm Wilson Stage Concert – John Mooney and Friends

Throughout the years John Mooney has developed one of the most distinctive and easily identifiable guitar and vocal signatures of anyone alive today.  Guitar Player Magazine says “John Mooney’s music is thicker than sweet potato pie and spicier than okra gumbo. His phrasing, timing and tone are the stuff dreams are made of, and he plays with a conviction born of endless nights in steamy Louisiana bars.” And Esquire Magazine dubbed Mooney “The King of white blues. John will be joined by fellow remarkable Rochester musicians Joe Beard, Brian Williams, Fred Vine and Rockin’ Red, all of whom played with, and were subsequently influenced by Eddie “Son”  House.

Post show Fielding Stage Jam Session: Join Genesee Johnny as he emcees this jam session, open to anyone at the festival who’s been inspired to play a song or two!

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Fetty Wap- 679 Violin Remix

I admire people who can take something they love and turn it into something so amazing. Music effects everyone in different ways. I stumbled upon this video and it just made me wish I played an instrument. Well, I “played” the saxophone at one point in time, just wish I stuck to it.
This young man put together a short piece. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did and if not that’s okay. Text in, post on our Facebook page, or tweet us your thoughts! I look forward to hearing from you.

Got ‘Em – Arrest made on Deadly Mass Shooting in Rochester

Thursday evening news conference, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli announced one suspect has been arrested and is in police custody.

Three people were killed and four injured on August 19 when at least one punk (I know I should have said person) started shooting into a crowd of people who were leaving a late-night basketball game.

Raekwon Manigault, 19, Jonah Barley, 17, and Johnny Johnson, 25, were all killed in the shootings. The vehicle used in the drive-by shooting, along with one of the firearms used, have been recovered by police. Chief Ciminelli did not specify what type of firearm had been recovered by police.

(There must have been 50 rounds on the ground that night so how about I made an AK guess)

Suspect is in custody but name withheld at this time

Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House

Headliner:  Grammy Award winner John Hammond 

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Thursday, August 27: How Mississippi Influenced the Blues World

4:00pm Lobby The Bop Shop at GevaFrom 4-10 each day of the festival, visit The Bop Shop’s mobile store in the lobby to purchase CD’s, books, posters and more!
4:30pm Fielding Stage Son’s Life in Mississippi, with Jenni Werner, Jim O’Neal and Daniel BeaumontWhat was Son’s life like in Mississippi? We’ll look at the context of his life in the early twentieth century South, and how that influenced his music. Geva’s Literary Director Jenni Werner moderates this conversation with Jim O’Neal and Daniel Beaumont.

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5:30pm The Beale New Orleans Grille and Bar
689 South Ave.
Happy Hour with Fred VineNo reservations required
6:00pm Fielding Stage A Drink and a Chat with Keith Glover and Scott ReganPurchase a drink from the bar, and then meet Revivalplaywright Keith Glover as he chats with the host of WRUR’s Open Tunings, Scott Regan.

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6:00pm Eastman School of Music
Rayburn Wright Room
26 Gibbs St.
Workshop: Son House Guitar Style and Repertoire with Genesee Johnny and Friends (Bottleneck slide recommended)After watching John Mooney’s demonstration, do you want to try it out yourself? Here’s your chance! Rochester’s own Genesee Johnny leads participants through Son’s lyrics and performance style. Bring your guitar to participate! Limited capacity.

To reserve a spot, call the Geva box office at 585-232-GEVA (585-232-4382).

8:00pm Wilson Stage Concert: Grammy Award winner John HammondOne of the most venerable acoustic blues performers in the world, with acoustic guitar and a harmonica, John Hammond is a walking hurricane, infamous for ripping the roof off buildings during his explosive shows. John Hammond is one of the very few acoustic blues performers who carries the truehearted energy and the sense of danger of the original bluesmen of the golden era. He’s a guy who played with them all, from Mississippi John Hurt to Jimi Hendrix to John Lee Hooker to Tom Waits.” He was honored with two awards at the most recent Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Memphis for Best Acoustic Blues Album (“Timeless”) and Best Acoustic Blues Artist of 2014.

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