Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Q&A with Father-Figure Rashawn Sullivan

Uncle serves as mentor to his niece & nephew Q: How did you become a ‘father figure’ to your niblings? A: It’s like this because I didn’t have that when I grew up. My niece’s father is currently incarcerated, so I have to take on that role. With my nephew Desire Sullivan, 11, his father is not active so it Read More Read More »

A Friendly Five

Four female vocalists share how their lives run on more than just musical talent In honor of Women’s History Month, we decided to focus A Friendly Five Column on musical women in our community. The following are two spotlights on women who are more than just musicians. ONCE AN ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ CONTESTANTRobert Stroman is the father of 10, five boys Read More Read More »

Full ‘STEAM’ Ahead

Local leaders all aboard on renovations for new science-based academy Reclining in one of the plastic chairs facing the stage of Danforth Middle School, Jeffrey Morey thinks back to his own days as student at Central High School, where he graduated in 1959. Morey fondly recalls performances of the now bankrupt Syracuse Symphony Orchestra playing in the Central High School Read More Read More »

Q&A with MVP LaQuan Rouse

T he Syracuse Strong won a national championship in January when they beat the Virginia Titans in the Sunshine Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Strong dominated the game 32-0. “We went out with 27 guys kind of nervous, but everyone stepped up and got the job done,” Head Coach Ed Watkins said. “It was my first national championship with Read More Read More »

Love Found

At first they didn’t believe in marriage. Fate had other plans, changed their perceptions. The trend of more and more young adults waiting to get married continues, according to a 2018 U.S. census report. The nation saw a 30 percent decrease in the numbers of young couples tying the knot over the last 40 years. Although large percentages of married Read More Read More »

Residents Brainstorm Mobile App

Trauma Response Team partners with startup to develop an alert system, engagement tool On a snowy Saturday morning last month, 18 residents gathered at Syracuse Community Connections. Participants helped themselves to some breakfast on one end of the room and took a seat at the tables filled with colored sharpies, black sheets of paper, name tags and stickers.They were there Read More Read More »

CNY Roots Hosts I-81 Impact Meeting on State of the Project

CNY Roots hosted its third meeting for the Soul to Soul: I-81 Impact community dialogue series Feb. 27 at the Tech Garden. Co-founder of CNY Roots Juhanna Rogers invited broadcast journalist Jennifer Sanders to engage community members with a cultural connective point by talking about the history of the community.Sanders shared what the community looked like before I-81, which she Read More Read More »

Activists Expel Myths About the Black Panther Party

The crowd cheers as community organizer and social worker Gwen Chaffin announced that activists and organizers were at ArtRage Gallery to correct misconceptions about the Black Panther Party during the “From Panther 21 to 21st Century Revolutions” panel discussion held Feb. 23. Guests included Sekou Odinga, an original member of the Black Panther Party and a member of Panther 21; Read More Read More »

Current Issue

Are decisions on Syracuse’s South Side Inclusive? While a swarm of proposals affecting the South Side have been announced, much of the chatter over the past few months seems to center on missed opportunities. From Crouse Hospital’s now-canceled Sears building renovation to confusion over where $200 million from the newly announced Syracuse Surge would be spent to the ongoing quagmire Read More Read More »