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Spread the Word

Minister practices his faith by combining singing and preaching Kevin Stephens, now 52, grew up in church. Literally. On Sunday mornings while many families were packing into the family station wagon to head off to a church down the road, Kevin and his 10 siblings were congregating in their living room for Sunday morning worship with their parents. His father, ... Read More »

Free Health Fair Offered at Rahma Health Clinic

Event helped South Siders enroll in Obamacare At the Rahma Health Clinic, pizza and cookies were served in the waiting room for those who attended the Free Health Fair held Thursday, Dec. 19. Next to the entrance was a table with a sign-up sheet for receiving further information about affordable healthcare. Attendees received free hearing screenings, a tour of the ... Read More »

Annual Cut-A-Thon Celebrates 20th Year

The Cut-A-Thon is a memorable day for a child. Parents come to this event to see their children smile. Barbers volunteer their time to give free haircuts, and local businesses donate food and money to make the Cut-A-Thon possible. The Cut-A-Thon is an event organized by Al Lyda every year for the last 20 years. “There was nothing going on ... Read More »

An Exploration of African-American Fathers

Ryan Johnson-Travis is struggling to tell the stories of single low-income African American men in Syracuse. He fades in and out of character between himself, as an actor and his subjects — men with stories to tell whom most are not understood. “I’m not trying to make a statement about Black men and their ability to be fathers,” he says ... Read More »

A 'Geek' with Style

Hairstylist runs Mo’s Touch by day and studies engineering by night Geek and chic. It’s all in a day’s work — and school. “In some ways, I can say that I’m a geek, but in some ways, I can say that I’m chic,” said Monique Gaulden, who studies electrical engineering technology at Onondaga Community College. “It goes both ways. It ... Read More »

Clean Trees

Save the Rain planting program prevents pollution The South Side has gotten a little greener as a local environmental organization has planted about 700 trees throughout the neighborhood. Over the past two months, The Onondaga Earth Corps planted the trees to absorb and prevent storm water from carrying pollution into local bodies of water, said Keenan Lewis, the group’s youth ... Read More »

Chess Mates

Southside Charter Academy attracts children for a competitive game of chess The 2013 Onondaga City Scholastic Chess Championship brought together parents and children from schools throughout Syracuse and as far away as Buffalo on a recent rainy Sunday. Read More »

His Own Hero

Seth Dollar hopes to transfer to SU to pursue his music career Nearly four years ago, aspiring hip-hop artist Seth Dollar talked about his career goals, hip-hop, and thoughts about high school, in an interview with The Stand. He was 16 then, a student at William Nottingham High School. “That kid doesn’t exist anymore,” Dollar said with a chuckle. Today ... Read More »

The Reverend's Corner

Notes from The Rev. Glory Thomas Well, it’s that time of year again, when we offer thanks for all that The Lord has done. He has blessed many that have been able to bless others through their giving to those in need. Organizations such as the newly found CNY’s Christian Women’s Ministry Alliance, which has dived right into the  heart and ... Read More »

Military Notes

Christopher O. Graham graduates Air Force Airman Christopher O. Graham graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Read More »