Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Own Your Own Company Like LSK

LSK is a full service company dedicated to matching the needs of their clients. Founded in 2012 by co-owners LaKisa Renee and La Shaun Jones, LSK provides its clients with upscale, trained, professional models and talent. As a company, they provide promotion and consulting in the careers of modeling, runway, commercial, fashion print, videos, acting, singing, dancing and more. They ... Read More »

Nottingham Football Players Receive Support for Fighting Injustice

As the sun began to set on the football field behind Nottingham High School, the Friday night lights illuminated the field. The football team lined up along the sideline, facing the American flag next to the scoreboard reading 0-0. As the national anthem began to play, the first four players in line – 6, 51, 40 and 20 – suddenly ... Read More »

Former Syracuse Football Player Unveils Nature Art Exhibit

It took two and a half years for Jim Ridlon to create an eclectic collection of nature’s finest pieces of work including inventive assemblages and juxtaposed objects that recreate an interior layer of meaning. “I’ve always done a lot of walking in the woods. It was a quiet time, thinking time, spiritual time for me. I’ve always found objects in ... Read More »

Q&A with Erin Smith

Nominated by both Victoria Coit and his wife, Simangaliso Smith, for being a supportive father to a blended family Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: I always knew that I wanted to be a father. When my son was born, I felt in that moment like I had become a man. I knew that ... Read More »

Surviving Trauma

Vice principal brings crisis plan to Dr. King Elementary School based on doctoral research *Editor’s Note: This online version has been updated from the print story to reflect ‘Salaam Jennings-Bey’ in second reference and clarify a ‘popular’ student seemed to be valued over others Quiet is the way Dr. Najah Salaam Jennings-Bey was described when she was taking her first ... Read More »

Students Unite

Teens revive student organization focused on social justice Once summer began, high-school students would naturally rejoice in the freedom that came with the end of classes and assignments. But for students of the Syracuse Student Union, the end of school meant a chance to organize, network and establish their group as a voice for all high-school students in the city ... Read More »

Setting a Vision

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility celebrates anniversary, name change in style In a recent Saturday night, one of Syracuse’s longtime service organizations threw a party — inviting everyone from its board members to local residents — to celebrate a double benchmark, the organization’s birthday and its name change. As the music played in a crowded room, the Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, ... Read More »

Paint to Remember

Upstate students spent their ‘Day of Service’ revamping three family bedrooms For years, local medical students have honored the memories of men and women who died in the Twin Towers terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, by engaging in a special “Day of Service” to Syracuse. The solemn 15th anniversary last month prompted students from State University of New York ... Read More »

Writing Our Lives

Workshop inspires students to communicate through creative writing One by one, students in a group pondered a question a volunteer put to them: What do you want your career to be? One girl wanted to be a teacher; another student wanted to be a writer. Finally, the last student at the table asked someone to beat a drum roll on ... Read More »