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Nanette D. Massey


Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

One of my favorite summer sounds is children splashing about in a pool. If sunny weather, leisure time and high spirits had a soundtrack, that would indeed be it, and Buffalo City Swim Racers (BCSR) is working to make that joy accessible to families all over Buffalo. Coach Michael Switalski was approached back in 1997 by public school #57 in the Broadway/Fillmore distri…

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My last boyfriend was 10 years my junior, and I thought it my job to spare him 10 years worth of mistakes by telling him what to do all the time. As you can imagine, he got tired of that and left me. Reflecting back, I learned that just like with your own teenagers, you have to let people have their own learning experiences—no matter your good intentions. Today I’m a lot l…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Your refrigerator is suddenly making a strange humming sound. Your dishwasher goes through the motions for 90 minutes, but your plates and cups are still filthy. Your Blu-ray spits the disc back at you like a baby tasting asparagus for the first time. If you’re like me, your second thought when it comes to home appliance repair is the inconvenience. Your first is, “Oh l…

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Another Father’s Day, another gift-wrapped tie? Let Buffalo entrepreneur Shelden Gibbs help give your traditional Father’s Day gift a funky twist. At Classic Knot, Gibbs sells bow ties with an updated flair that only an 11-year-old could bring. Gibbs had been wearing the ties himself for years, but found the selection in men’s shops lacking in modern panache. He took…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

In the days of disco, the Village People struck gold with their farcical twist on what it means to be “manly.” Costumed as a cowboy, a police officer, a construction worker and a seaman, they sang “macho, macho man”…and we ate it up. Times have changed. Just as we now have more women among the ranks of police officers, construction workers and the enlisted, the list…

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What is soul food? Ask 13 different people, you’ll get 13 different answers. Remember the lyrics to the 1978 movie theme song, “Grease is the Word”? None of those words are about a quart of dense, black liquid manufactured by Pennzoil…and yet they are. It’s the same for soul food. It’s not just chicken, collard greens or sweet potato pie. Soul food is, indeed, a time, a…