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Fighting Mental Health Stigmas

How one family changed the perception of mental health in the Black church By Darian Stevenson Marquis Neal-Eure ends his voicemail message with the words “Stay blessed and remember, protect your mental health.”  In using those words, he brings together his two passions: His faith in God, and his fight to destigmatize mental health issues in the Black community. Throughout his ... Read More »

South Sider Encourages Others to Pursue Homeownership

Nonprofit program available to help residents buy first homes By Sarah Dolgin Denise Welch loves her house. She has her own sidewalk, her own driveway and her own fence. Not only does she own her home, but she also owns four additional properties on Baker Avenue. Five years ago, owning a home was nowhere on her radar, because as a ... Read More »

$600K Federal Grant Awarded for COVID Vaccination Education

By Eddie Velazquez Syracuse city officials and local public health education leaders announced the creation of a new outreach program Thursday focused on encouraging hard-to-reach and at-risk residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine. To create the CARES for COVID-19 response program, the city — in partnership with the local Center for Healthcare Workforce Development — was awarded nearly $600,000 in ... Read More »

Opera Tells Story of Syracuse’s ‘First Living Treasure’ Libba Cotten

By Reggie Seigler Neva Pilgrim and the Society for New Music produced an opera called “Libba Cotton: Here This Day,” based on the life folk musician Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten, who lived in Syracuse’s South Side. The performance was staged Sunday, Oct. 17, at Tucker Missionary Baptist Church (TMBC), located a couple blocks from a statue and park dedicated in the ... Read More »

Book Club for Black Girl Readers

Membership is open to area teens By Brittany Miller Last February, Courtney Mauldin and Marcelle Haddix announced sign ups for the first cohort of Breedlove Reader, a book club meant to inspire Black girls. After its success, the pair now seek applicants for a second cohort. Breedlove Readers is intended for girls ages 14 to 18 years old. The club’s ... Read More »

Mayoral Candidates Discuss Sustainability, Environmental Racism in Forum

By Marnie Muñoz Syracuse mayoral candidates Khalid Bey, Ben Walsh and Janet Burman each identify with different political parties but share one consensus: With the right leadership, Syracuse could have a bright, sustainable future.  The candidates discussed sustainability in politics at a mayoral candidate forum held Oct. 8 at the City Hall Atrium, where a small, socially-distanced crowd attended and ... Read More »

Meet the New Artistic Director for Redhouse

By Gabriel Veiga After 19 years in New York City, Temar Underwood packed his bags and moved to Syracuse so he could become the artistic director of Redhouse Arts Center. Underwood is known for his Off-Broadway work in “The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G” by Qui Nguyen (screenwriter of “Raya and the Last Dragon”) as an actor and for his ... Read More »