Article By Rebecca Johnson, EEW Magazine Editorial Director
EEW Magazine President and Buffalo, NY native, Dianna Hobbs, interviewed the mayor of her hometown, Byron W. Brown yesterday for a community television program called THE BOTTOM LINE. The taped discussion set to air on Buffalo, NY television, was centered on the growth, development, and revitalization of Buffalo’s inner-city community, as well as job creation, and other important development projects.
The interview will be available for viewing for Buffalo residents on channel 20.
Taped at the “Apollo” on the East Side of Buffalo, THE BOTTOM LINE is a show launched by the program’s host, Sarah Hopkins, a longtime community activist and journalist.
Hobbs was originally scheduled to co-host the program with Hopkins, who fell ill and personally requested that Hobbs host the show solo and interview the mayor in her stead.
Mayor Brown, the 58th mayor and 1st African American mayor of Buffalo went on record saying he was “honored” and counted it a privilege to be in the company of Hobbs, noting her many accomplishments in her field.
Named one of the 70 Most Influential Black Christian History-Makers by Black Christian News Network, Hobbs is a respected change-maker and urban media specialist focused on empowering and improving the quality of life for African Americans, often overlooked by the mainstream.
Hobbs is also producer and host of CROSS CULTURE IN HD top-rated daily radio show that airs on 51-year-old station, WUFO 1080—Western NY’s oldest black-owned radio station and historical pillar of the community.
In a personal message on Facebook, Hobbs, who says she was humbled and honored to interview Mayor Brown, wrote, “It is the desire of my heart to see Buffalo thriving, growing, progressing, and moving forward. To that end, I was pleased to discuss our city’s past successes and many beneficial future plans already underway.”
The media maven, who prayed what the mayor called a “beautiful prayer” before the start of THE BOTTOM LINE television program, believes that invoking divine blessing is the most important thing to do. “Let us continually pray for God’s guidance for Mayor Brown as he leads the city of Buffalo,” Hobbs also wrote in her Facebook post. “…earnestly pray for our city and cities across the nation.”
Buffalo, NY is the second largest city in NY State and has faced numerous economic challenges. But under the leadership of Mayor Brown, an urban transformation is occurring that is attracting attention across the country.
About Dianna Hobbs
Dianna Hobbs is Founder of Empowering Everyday Women (EEW), an urban Christian evangelism ministry that utilizes modern methods to impact culture. The organization, which is a subsidiary of Hobbs Ministries, produces Empowering Everyday Women (EEW) Online Magazine (www.eewmagazine.com), the nation’s #1 web publication for Christian women of color.
About Mayor Byron W. Brown
Mayor Byron W. Brown is the 58th and current mayor of Buffalo, New York, elected on November 8, 2005 and is the city's first African-American mayor. He previously served Western New York as a member of the New York State Senate and Buffalo Common Council. He was the first African-American politician elected to the New York State Senate to represent a district outside New York City and the first member of any minority race to represent a majority white New York State Senate district.
About The Bottom Line
The Bottom Line is Buffalo, NY’s faith-based community television program hosted by Sarah Hopkins that highlights politics, faith issues, and urban initiatives impacting inner-city neighborhoods and its African American citizens.