Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Directing Change

Meet two men who are breaking stereotypes while making their dreams come true In times of violence and crime, two talented black men stand out in our community as role models who are breaking stereotypes. Tyrone Jackson and Shamroc Dancil have made their vision of filmmaking come true, and they are inspiring others. Tyrone “Tizak” Jackson Jackson is CEO of ... Read More »

Current Issue

October’s cover highlights the research of Dr. Najah Salaam Jennings-Bey on how students think their schools should respond to the aftereffects of urban violence. You can also read about the kickoff for the annual Writing Our Lives workshop, see how Upstate Medical University students helped to improve the community and learn how district high school students are coming together to ... Read More »

Get Motivated

George Lynch strives to share career advice that he didn’t have growing up George Lynch has been teaching cursive writing to youth at the Southwest Community Center, training them to write the big, loopy letters normally associated with birthday cards from grandparents. Many kids no longer are taught this art, and Lynch feels that’s a big problem. “I was telling ... Read More »

Halloween Events

Family-friendly offerings for ghouls and goblins of all ages WHAT: Pirate Dave’s Halloween Magic Show WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 WHERE: Beauchamp Branch Library,2111 S. Salina St. COST: Free to attend DETAILS: Join Pirate Dave (aka magician David Moreland) for his family-friendly, not-at-all-spooky 45-minute Halloween magic show. Audience members, young and old, will shiver their timbers laughing at the ... Read More »

Q&A with Deyquan Bowens

Nominated by fellow musician Reggie Seigler, band leader of Soft Spoken Band and The Stand’s music columnist Q: What did it feel like when you first became a father? A: I felt like I suddenly had to become an adult. I wasn’t just living for myself anymore. I had a responsibility to take care of another human being. It’s a ... Read More »

Former Gang Member Promotes Cease-Fire

Balloon release allows families to remember those lost to violence A former V-NOT gang member is attempting to put an end to neighborhood violence — despite the fact that he is locked up in federal prison. Habakkuk Nickens, 30, is serving a 20-year prison sentence in Federal Correctional Institution, Ray Brook, in upstate New York. A jury convicted Nickens for ... Read More »

Finding Purpose

We Rise Above the Streets distributes needed meals to homeless Read More »

Current Issue

Many thanks to 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc., this month’s fiscal sponsor. This local organization is committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African-American community. Plan to join them Sept. 17 for their annual Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Wellness held this year at the Creekwalk and in November for their annual banquet ... Read More »

Home for Vets

How a ‘tiny home’ can do a lot of good for Syracuse’s homeless As an obstetrician, Dr. Kris Kratzert typically cuts umbilical cords, giving life and freedom to newborns. But on a hot morning in July, she stood before a large crowd and initiated a different kind of freedom. “Today by cutting this ribbon, we give new life to men ... Read More »