Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Free Health Lecture Aims to Raise Awareness

100 Black Men invites urologist to speak on prevalence of prostate cancer in black men Prostate cancer is reaching epidemic levels in the United States, according to Dr. David Albala, chief of urology at Crouse Hospital. Albala explained during the July 24 Free Community Public Health Lecture hosted by 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc. that African-Americans have the highest chance of ... Read More »

The 2017 South Side Photo Walk

Twenty-one participants joined in this summer’s event The Stand’s eighth annual Photo Walk opened with two photo lessons Saturday, July 22. Local photographer Marilu Lopez Fretts, excited to get out and begin snapping photos, quickly reviewed several tips and suggestions on composition. Next, Kate Collins, a photojournalist and video producer, provided a short lesson on best practices for taking photos with a smart phone, ... Read More »

July’s Annual Photo Walk Adventure

The Eighth annual South Side Photo Walk will be held the fourth Saturday in July. The event will open with a photo lesson by professional photographers Kate Collins, who is a photo and video manager at, and Marilu Lopez Fretts, who is a freelance and multimedia photographer. After the walk, all participants will share the photos they took, and the ... Read More »

Reflections on Creating Public Art

How can art ease Syracuse’s concentrated poverty? Two community outreach coordinators with the Greater Syracuse Land Bank for the past year, Liam Kirst and Logan Reidsma, have been busy coordinating multiple opportunities for students and adults to paint artwork on the the plywood boards used by the nonprofit to secure vacant houses throughout the city.  Their efforts have resulted in ... Read More »

Paint The City

One goal of the Paint the City event held Saturday, June 3, in Syracuse’s South Side is for neighborhood youth to no longer have to walk by drab, boarded-up vacant homes daily on their way to school. Instead, the Greater Syracuse Land Bank will use the 62 completed boards created that day to secure the tax-delinquent properties throughout Syracuse that ... Read More »

Q&A with Father Malusi Qhobosheane

Nominated by Twiggy Billue Q: What did it feel like when you first became a father? A: I’m in a unique situation because I have a goddaughter that is three years older than my oldest child. So I had — kind of — already been through the parenting stage of handling an infant for the first time before I had ... Read More »