Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Recording History

Brenda Muhammad returns to school to tell stories through lens of a video camera When South Side resident Brenda Muhammad enrolled in the Documentary Film & History graduate program at Syracuse University, her goal wasn’t to obtain a job in the field or increase her chances of advancing her career. At 52, Muhammad does not fit the traditional profile of ... Read More »

Q&A with Antwaun Dixon

Nominated by Rachel Levens from Tucker Missionary Baptist Church Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: It was the best feeling of my life. I always asked God if I could have my first child before I turned 30. I had my son when I was 27. He came right when I wanted him. He’s ... Read More »

Quante Wright’s Education

Growing up, Quante Wright’s mother always stressed the importance of education. “I told him, you get up and go to school, no matter what,” Annie Wright said. Wright earned his GED in 2004 while serving time in Jamesville Correctional Facility. Next he began to take classes at Onondaga Community College from 2004 to 2006. “School gave me balance,” he said. ... Read More »

All About the RICO Act

RICO stands for the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. It was a groundbreaking piece of legislation passed in 1970 with the goal of financially crippling the Mafia. However, it evolved to have a variety of applications against identified street gangs. Targeted activity may include illegal gambling, bribery, kidnapping, murder, money laundering, counterfeiting, drug trafficking and a host of other ... Read More »

Absent Mentor

At about age 10, Quante Wright started his first salesman job, selling M&Ms for the Fountain of Life Church on South Avenue. He worked on commission, making 25 cents per $1 bag sold. Later he cut out the church and bought candy directly from the distributor. He employed his sister and nephew, who would each sell up to two boxes ... Read More »

Actively Bonding

Syracuse Healthy Start promotes awareness of infant mortality In a sign that South Siders are embracing the idea of good health, exercise and nutritious eating, about 75 people turned out in Kirk Park recently for the neighborhood’s annual fitness walk. Syracuse Healthy Start, a program run by the Onondaga County Health Department to promote healthy pregnancies, launched Syracuse Stroll five ... Read More »

Taste of South Ave Connects Neighbors

The first Taste of South Ave attracted community members to learn about different groups’ efforts in the neighborhood. Bill Denham, co-owner of B&B Cocktail Lounge located at 310 South Ave., planned the event as a response to ones like the Taste of Syracuse, but also wanted to create an atmosphere of unity for the neighborhood. “I just wanted to bring ... Read More »

Wellness Walk Held to Encourage Healthy Choices

Members and supporters of 100 Black Men of Syracuse gathered Saturday to promote healthy lifestyles in the African-American community. About 50 people attended the Winston Gaskin Walk for Wellness and Stroke Prevention on Sept. 26, which is more than in past years, according to Drake Harrison, the vice president of programming and chair of the economic empowerment committee for the ... Read More »

ACTS Community Violence & Youth Task Force Meet

Over the course of two hours last month, the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse came to a final decision out of three proposed ideas on where to invest their time and energy — in establishing conflict resolution training in the South Side. Widely known by its acronym ACTS, the attendees deliberated over three possible topics: police-community relationships, quality and quantity ... Read More »

When was Your Last Mammogram?

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer detected among women in the U.S. African-American women have higher death rates from breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. The research shows that this may be due to being diagnosed later and waiting longer to receive follow-up care. This is why routine screening is a very important step ... Read More »