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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


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“Ballad of the Buffalo Soldier”


Charley Waco of Waco, Texas released his “Ballad of the Buffalo Soldier” this summer.  He fulfilled his dream of creating a fitting tribute to Buffalo Soldiers with a western sound and soulful rendition.  Charley’s new single exceeded his goals.  He has already won accolades from DJ’s internationally.

Hear Charley sing…


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Washington, DC Book Signing at Sankofa


The Sankofa Video Books & Café is hosting author Bob Rogers for a book signing from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm, Saturday, September 29, 2012.  Sankofa is located at 2714 Georgia Avenue, Northwest in Washington, DC opposite Howard University.

Bob will discuss and sign his highly acclaimed epic, First Dark: A Buffalo Soldier’s Story.



First Dark cover


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The Bob Rogers Gallery


The Bob Rogers Gallery provides Buffalo Soldier art to the public.  The gallery is located at and features the works of several renown artists.  Prints are available for bid from the collections of the following famed illustrators: Lee Brubaker, John W. Jones, Roger Price III, Bob Snead, and Don Stivers.

Visit the gallery…




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DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers



August 23, 2012

DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2012, Through July

The Department of Defense announced today recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for fiscal 2012, through July.

Active Component.

Recruiting.  All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2012, through July.

Army — 47,817 accessions, with a goal of 47,300; 101 percent

Navy — 28,507 accessions, with a goal of 28,483; 100 percent

Marine Corps — 21,462 accessions, with a goal of 21,416 100 percent

Air Force — 23,988 accessions, with a goal of 23,974; 100 percent

Retention.  The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force all exhibited strong retention through the tenth month of fiscal 2012.

Reserve Component.

Recruiting.  Five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2012, through July.  The Army Reserve shortfall was intentional as they work to rebalance the force.

Army National Guard — 40,127 accessions, with a goal of 38,940; 103 percent

Army Reserve — 21,725 accessions, with a goal of 22,194; 98 percent

Navy Reserve — 6,652 accessions, with a goal of 6,652; 100 percent

Marine Corps Reserve — 7,925 accessions, with a goal of 7,652; 104 percent

Air National Guard — 7,333 accessions, with a goal of 7,319; 100 percent

Air Force Reserve — 7,121 accessions, with a goal of 7,121; 100 percent

Attrition – All reserve components are on target to achieve their fiscal year attrition goals.


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VA Continues to Reduce Gender Disparities in Health Care



August 28, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a report that shows improvement in gender disparities in 12 out of 14 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures in VA since 2008.   HEDIS measures are used by 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service, such as screening, prevention and chronic disease management.  VA consistently scores higher than private sector health care on both gender-specific and gender-neutral HEDIS measures.

“We have a solemn obligation to provide high-quality health care to all Veterans, regardless of gender.  Although we are encouraged by the progress we have achieved, we are not going to stop working until all gaps are eliminated,” said Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

VA began a national initiative to eliminate gender gaps in preventive care in 2008. In 2011, VA asked each health care region across the country to review gender disparity data and create and implement an improvement plan. The Comparing the Care of Men and Women Veterans in the Department of Veterans Affairs report released by VA’s Office of Informatics and Analytics (OIA) indicates progress.

The report shows that VA improved gender disparities in six performance measures specific to VA, including the screening rate for persistence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms.   Other findings from the report include:

• VA has improved rates of screening women Veterans for depression, PTSD and colorectal cancer.

• VA has improved disease prevention for women Veterans through increased vaccination rates.

• VA has improved chronic disease management for women Veterans in hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia, all significant risk factors for cardiac disease.

• Although the gender gaps have narrowed, care remains better for men than women in cholesterol control, diabetes management and flu vaccination.

The OIA report includes results of Veterans’ inpatient and outpatient satisfaction surveys, which show that men and women Veterans reported similar satisfaction except in the Getting Care Quickly and Getting Needed Care outpatient sections.   VA has implemented a national initiative to improve care for women Veterans. Some of the components include training VA providers in basic and advanced women’s health care, implementation of women’s health primary care teams at VA facilities nationwide and ramped-up communications efforts.

The Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group, which leads the initiative, also issued a report looking at gender disparities. That report, Gender Differences in Performance Measures, VHA 2008-2011, identifies best practices for eliminating gender gaps based on success in VA networks.

“We’re looking at what works and trying to replicate it throughout VA’s system,” said Patricia Hayes, chief consultant for the Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group. “We want to sustain this trend toward shrinking gender disparities and become a model for all other health care systems on how to eliminate gender disparities. Most importantly, we want to give every Veteran the best health care.”

Both reports can be downloaded via   For more information about VA programs and services for women Veterans, please visit: and