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Race and Policing in our Communities

Syracuse leaders discuss police reform By Kamal Morgan Onondaga Community College’s Race & Policing Committee hosted a series of reform-inspired talks this year following national protests for racial justice sparked by the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The series concluded with the symposium “Change Is Going To Come” that centered the discussion on race and police in America. ... Read More »

The Darkness Before Light

Lady Atoms talk impact and aftermath of a pandemic season By Kambui Bomani Over a decade ago, The Syracuse Academy of Science Girls Varsity Basketball Team was an infant athletic program searching for its identity. Their inaugural victory didn’t arrive until their second year as a team while under the regime of first-year Head Coach Reginald Pickard. He, along with ... Read More »

A Resurgence

Syracuse Strong to return in a new league By Kambui Bomani Three years ago, the Syracuse Strong were at the top of the Northeastern Football Alliance (NFA) with consecutive undefeated seasons and a league title to its name. Their dominance as a volunteer semi-pro football team in the Central New York area was unquestioned. They played hard, fast and physical ... Read More »

A Closer Look Behind I-81’s Inequity

By Michael Garcia The Urban Jobs Task Force met with Le Moyne College to present on I-81’s future for the city and how the community can be involved. Deka Dancil, president of the UJTF, shared concerns over the group’s relationship with some members of the “Big Table,” assembled last August by Mayor Ben Walsh. Dancil says how all of the ... Read More »

A Share of the Jobs

Hope remains as Urban Jobs Task Force pushes for local hiring for I-81 By Michael Garcia Read More »

Blueprint 15 Kicks Off Outreach

Community Listening sessions will ramp up in May and June By Violet Lazarus Listen, test and decide is the mission of the upcoming Blueprint 15‘s East Adams Transformation to revitalize the neighborhood.  Three kick-off meetings took place this past week as part of the project’s listening phase. Developers asked questions, took input and addressed concerns from community members who either ... Read More »

Homegrown Opera

How Gregory Sheppard challenges norms and diversifies the genre If you ask most people what a bass is, they might tell you that it’s a stringed instrument that holds down the low end in popular music. Of course, if the question was written on paper some might say it’s a fish. But since this is a music column, we won’t ... Read More »

Movement as a Vehicle to Freedom

‘Figure 8’ by Brooklyn-based artist explores the possibilities of freedom By Kamal Morgan In Steffani Jemison’s new project “Figure 8” she explores the ideas of movement, form and who moves whom.  In collaboration with Light Work’s Urban Video Project, Jemison and athlete Alexis Page held a Zoom workshop April 15 to explain the newest exhibition.  The project consists of a 20-minute video ... Read More »

South Siders React to National Verdict

By Violet Lazarus “This trial was about the right to breathe,” said Bishop Colette Matthews-Carter, president of the Syracuse Onondaga NAACP, of the verdict taking national attention. On the evening of April 20, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three charges against him: murder in the second degree while committing a felony, murder in the third-degree ... Read More »