Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Angie Stone to Headline Saturday’s Juneteenth Celebration

Annual event marks 150th anniversary of Juneteenth Celebration Grammy-nominated R&B artist Angie Stone will be in Syracuse this Saturday for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. The event, which commemorates the day slaves in Texas learned they were free two years after emancipation, starts at noon June 13 in Clinton Square downtown and runs until 10 p.m. As one Read More Read More »

Continuing Education

Literacy lessons are still part of life for mother of six in Syracuse who never gave up on her education   A young black girl in Ellabell, Georgia, wanted to learn. It was the 1960s, and the Supreme Court had declared in the mid-1950s that separate was not equal. She was bused from her tiny town, not far from Savannah, Read More Read More »

Nonprofit aims to help unemployment caused by lack of Syracuse transportation

“Do you have a car?” It was the first question he was asked almost every job interview. And James Manyang was losing out on jobs because he didn’t. Eventually, he moved to Syracuse from Albany when a family friend promised him a job here. Manyang, a refugee from South Sudan arrived in the United States in 2012. He’s taking care Read More Read More »

Syracuse City School District Increases Pre-K Offering

Rearch shows that early education provides short-term and long-term benefits for children It’s time to register your 4-year-old for pre-kindergarten in Syracuse. The Syracuse City School District has received a $1.6 million grant to expand pre-K offerings this coming school year. Two new classrooms are being added to this year’s pre-K budget so more 4-year-olds in the city will have Read More Read More »

Homecoming Game

South Side native Lazarus Sims strives to restore quality of parks For some on the South Side, a local park is a lot more than a playground. Syracuse has 52 parks across the city, but the South Side is home to Syracuse’s three most spacious parks, including Kirk Park. Funding and resources for the city’s parks have increased in the Read More Read More »

Speeding Train

Musician Jeffrey Houston passes away after leading a life filled with love It is said sometimes that the heart is where love resides, but sometimes I think it could be the other way around. “Love is where the heart resides.” I say that because when one heartbeat stopped — the heartbeat of my good friend and musical brother Jeffrey Houston Read More Read More »

Current Issue

In this Summer Issue, we feature a number of stories that take a look at a comprehensive report published last fall by CNY Fair Housing on the state of housing in Syracuse and Onondaga County. In a special report on a dedicated website — — students in the Urban Affairs reporting class at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Read More Read More »

Help for Dads

I was so excited to read the first article in the African-American Fathers Series! I commend The Stand for highlighting the black dads of the South Side, many of whom are involved in their children’s lives — or want to be. I am the Family Court Mediator for Onondaga County. My employer, New Justice Conflict Resolution Services, is a not-for-profit Read More Read More »