Yearly Archives: 2012

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From BSSE, a Thanksgiving Poem for our Friends and Readers


A Thanksgiving Poem for our Friends and Readers

Thanksgiving is a time

For reviewing what we treasure,

The people we hold dear,

Who give us so much pleasure.

Without you as reader,

Life would be a bore;

Having you in my life

Is what I’m thankful for.

By Joanna Fuchs


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An airline pilot-author reviews Denzel Washington’s Flight


My, how the times are a changin’… Last night dozens of current and retired Black airline pilots, flight attendants and the Atlanta Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen assembled at an east Atlanta theater to watch a premier ( presented by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) of the aviation catastrophe film, “Flight,” starring superstar actor, Denzel Washington. For those reading this who are already “white knuckle” passengers…

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Reviewed by author Brian H. Settles, a former combat pilot and later airline captain (Boeing 757).  Brian is a previous contributor to Buffalo Soldier Sentinel.

Brian H Settles

Brian H Settles


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No Reason for Dying


Brian H. Settles’ amazing book about his life experience and how it led it to Vietnam. The book is titled: No Reason for Dying: A Reluctant Combat Pilot’s Confession of Hypocrisy, Infidelity and War.


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A frequent flyer-author reviews Denzel Washington’s Flight


Denzel Washington’s best acting so far in a stellar career is now showing at a theater near you.  See Flight and watch Denzel persuade you that Whip Whitaker is real.

Whip Whitaker, an airline captain, has a problem and it ain’t only the stuck elevator high on the tail assembly of his ailing airliner carrying 104 souls.  Though alcoholic and drug addicted Whip is higher, using experience, skills, and instinct, he successfully crash lands the plane, saving many lives.  Thus, in the first thirty minutes of the movie, Whip becomes a hero.

Hero Whip’s problem comes to be the central focus when NTSB crash investigators discover high levels of alcohol and cocaine in his blood.

Denzel’s superb acting nails the flawed Whip as an addict struggling and in denial about his substance abuse.  Denzel and director Robert Zemekis achieve the unusual feat of gaining both audience sympathy and loathing for Whip Whitaker.  Denzel’s outstanding performance gets strong support from Don Cheadle, Tamara Tunie, and John Goodman.

Fight is a great movie.  See it.  Five stars (out of five).

BobCaptain Bob Rogers

Bob Rogers

Former Captain Bob Rogers (1968)

Author of historical fiction, including:

First Dark: A Buffalo Soldier’s Story


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First Dark: A Buffalo Soldier’s Story


Buffalo Soldier Isaac Rice and the women who love him struggle to make a life among friends and against determined enemies amid the violence of the U.S. Civil War, Indian Wars, America’s Reconstruction period, and spillover bloodshed from a Mexican Revolution.

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An Exclusive Interview with Singer and Songwriter Charley Waco


Charley Waco

Charley Waco

Hi, Charley Waco.  Buffalo Soldier Sentinel Ezine welcomes you and very much appreciates your willingness to share with our readers.  BSSE joins with all those who honor the memory of Buffalo Soldiers in thanking you for your powerful new “Ballad of the Buffalo Soldier.”

BSSE: Okay, Charley, let’s begin.  When did you first realize you wanted to be a singer?

CW: Well, I can remember as far back as the second grade asking my teacher, Mrs. King, if I could sing a song or two for my classmates during our daily rest periods.  It really made my day when she gave me the ok to do it.  This was when I knew I wanted to sing for the people.

BSSE: How long does it take you to write a song?

CW: That all depends on how the song comes in. For example, one night I dreamt I was on the stage singing a song that was really kicking.  Well, the song was hitting so hard that the beat woke me up and within the next thirty minutes or so, I had the complete melody down and all the lyrics written out on paper.  Another time, I heard a new song on the freeway headed to a gig.

It took me two or three days to complete this one because of all the distractions we have to deal with while we are awake.

BSSE: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

CW: When the new songs come in, it’s like listening to the radio. It’s like I hear the song playing in my head.  There really is no schedule to speak of.  It’s really cool you know?

BSSE: What would you say is your interesting song writing quirk?

CW: I have found that I have to be in a good place mentally before new songs start to play in my head. You know, like I have to be in a peaceful physical environment or in a deep sleep.  That’s when I am most creative writing songs.

BSSE: How do songs get published?

CW: To get a song published it has to be written in proper format, copyrighted, then marketed properly to a mass audience.

BSSE: When did you write your first song and how old were you?

CW: I remember writing my first song when I was about six or seven years old.  This happened during the time I was doing my second grade rest period shows.

BSSE: (Laughter) What do you like to do when you’re not writing or singing?

CW: I really enjoy listening to good music that other artist put down.  In my opinion, there’s nothing like listening to a real good song.  I spend quite a lot of my spare time on the internet monitoring current news events and doing social networking. For physical activity, I enjoy swimming and playing tennis.

BSSE: What does your family think of your singing?

CW: My family members are all big fans, they really dig my music!

BSSE: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your songs?

CW: One thing I have learned from writing songs is this.  There is a whole lot of information floating around out there in the empty void and our minds are capable of tuning in to these signals, downloading the data / information, then, recording it for later access.

BSSE: How many songs have you written? Which is your favorite?

CW: It’s hard to say exactly how many but I’d have to say I’ve written at least 40 or more and of those 40 songs, the “Ballad of the Buffalo Soldier” is my favorite.

BSSE: Do you hear from your fans much? What kinds of things do they say?

CW: Yes, I get fan feedback regularly.  I communicate with my fans in person, by email and by phone. I guess what I hear the most from them is how the lyrics in my songs tell true to life stories and how my songs seem to keep playing in their minds even after they have turned off their CD players.

BSSE: Do you like to create songs for adults?

CW: Yes.  If I like the song that’s coming in and it tells some kind of good story, I try to put it together in hopes that not only adults, but everybody will enjoy it.

BSSE: What do you think makes a good ballad?

CW: In my opinion, in order to qualify as a good ballad a song has to tell a real human interest story about the struggles/life and times of real people.  A good, sentimental melody is also needed.

BSSE: Why did you write “Ballad of the Buffalo Soldier?”

CW: I wrote “Ballad of the Buffalo Soldier” after I realized the fact that the most popular song written in tribute to American Buffalo Soldiers was a Reggae song written by Bob Marley titled: “Buffalo Soldier.”  After taking into account what the American Buffalo Soldiers had gone through on the battlefield and the inhumane treatment they faced when they returned home, I felt that a western flavored song/ballad was needed to properly honor them.

BSSE: Where and when is your next appearance?

Right now we are in full production mode.  That is to say, “We’re putting the shows together right now to help promote the new music we have just released.  We should be ready to hit the road in late November playing on through Christmas and throughout the New Year.

BSSE: Okay, Charley.  You get the last word.  Where can your fans find you on the web?

CW: I’ll be launching my new website in October, 2012. In the meantime, fans can like me on Face Book by typing CharleyWaco.BuffaloSoldier in the Face Book search window. They can also email me @: [email protected].

(c) 2012 Buffalo Soldier Sentinel Ezine.  All Rights Reserved.


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They were killing each other


Faces and Scenes from First Dark

(c) 2012 Bob Rogers.  All Rights Reserved.

Why were they killing each other?

They came from several cultures that clashed in the 19th century.  Mexican revolutions and white America’s civil war divided countries and households; setting brother against brother.  In the meantime, Apaches and other tribes struggled against both Americans and Mexicans.  Blacks joined the fray by uniting with, as well as fighting against, whites and Indian tribes.

First Dark: A Buffalo Soldier’s Story is among the few novels that give voice to these enemies by presenting multi-dimensional characters that were ordinary laborers – before and after they fought.  They came from South Carolina, Mississippi, New Mexico, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, and the Republic of Mexico.  From the dialog of these common folks, learn in First Dark what they thought, who they loved or hated and why, and feel the romances that blossomed in spite of the violence that surrounded them.

For drama you will long remember, they invite you to meet them at first darkStart here.


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Just who was this Francesca?


Just who was this Francesca?

Francesca Dumas

Francesca Dumas
(c) 2012 Bob Rogers

Emily Jenkins always thought her pretty friend, Francesca Dumas, was bold and aggressive.  But Emily’s jaw dropped when she saw Francesca put a finger in his chest and tell Isaac Rice, “I want you to be my man.”  And, soon, Isaac was her man.

Buffalo Soldier Isaac Rice, the protagonist in First Dark: A Buffalo Soldier’s Story by Bob Rogers, admired Francesca Dumas’ wit, humor, and good looks.

Some years before she met Isaac in Indian Territory, Francesca served two Union generals, first as a spy, then as a counterspy.  The generals were successive commanders of the Union Army’s Department of the Gulf who made their headquarters in Francesca’s hometown of New Orleans.

Francesca spoke English, French, and broken Spanish.  When the Union captured New Orleans in 1862, the beautiful brown-eyed brunette quadroon Francesca was nineteen and easily passed for white.  Francesca’s assets helped enable her success as a spy.

This fall, the release of Bob Rogers’ Francesca Dumas: White in New Orleans will make it the second prequel to First Dark: A Buffalo Soldier’s Story.  Like the prequel James Darby before it, Francesca Dumas: White in New Orleans will be available exclusively at  Get a free copy as you purchase an ebook version of First Dark at