Author Archives: Ashley Kang

A Friendly Five: Throwback Sound

Meet local audio engineer, record producer & inventor Langston Masingale By Reggie Seigler If there were a person who’d invented a device used on over 30 Billboard No. 1 songs, with thousands in production and used around the world, including placement in a Shang-Chi Marvel movie and numerous Grammy winning songs, a knee-jerk reaction might be that the person was ... Read More »

Seeking Redemption

Guest Column by Habakkuk Nickens My name is Habakkuk Nickens, and I recently returned home from a 20-year prison sentence, convicted on racketeering charges. My time was cut to 13 years and 4 months on a compassionate release motion I requested myself. Next, the First Step Act allowed for an additional year off my sentence, providing me immediate release. I ... Read More »

Annual South Side Photo Walk Returns June 19

Summer Photo Contest continues, two Photo Meetups planned Board members and staff at The Stand look forward to bringing back the annual South Side Photo Walk. This event continued to grow each year, until being re-imagined due to COVID-19. The pandemic forced us to rethink this annual community engagement event but did result in a partnership with the Urban Video ... Read More »

Q&A with Father Figure Joshua Michael King

By Ashley Reeves Q: You are raising your two brothers. What did it feel like when you became their guardian?A: I took custody when our father died in 2015. It’s been really interesting. I’ve gone from being their awesome, cool, outrageous, trouble-making big brother to now the authority figure. It’s been a difficult transition if I’m being transparent. For seven ... Read More »

How to Enter the 2022 Syracuse Photo Contest

The 2022 Summer Photo Contest organized by The Stand Newspaper is underway and will continue to accept photo entries until midnight Tuesday, Aug. 9. “This year’s contest is all about coming back from COVID-19,” said Ashley Kang, director of the project. “While still being cautious, many events in Syracuse are returning after a two-year hiatus. We want photographers to capture ... Read More »

The Stand Launches Podcast: My South Side

“When we came from Afghanistan, my wife was pregnant and she was in such a bad situation inside of the airplane,” said Arsalan Sultani, who was evacuated to the United States when Afghanistan fell last August. “I started to make a better life for my family. I want to do everything for them.”  Sultani, 25, served in the Afghan Armed ... Read More »

Beyond the Binary

How transgender and non-binary teens navigate the difficult terrain of transitioning Read More »

How Building Men Launched

Director stresses importance of building relationships, challenges the concept of what it means to ‘be a man’ By April Santana Joe Horan was doing everything right — by society’s standards. He got married. He bought a house. He successfully coached the middle school basketball team. He had it all figured out. But when his relationship with his wife fell apart, ... Read More »

Residents Raise Concerns on I-81 Plans to NYSDOT

By Eddie Velazquez New York Civil Liberties Union organizers and State Department of Transportation officials directed a community conversation over the weekend at STEAM at Dr. King Elementary School on the Interstate 81 project that will transform the aging viaduct in the next six years. State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) officials fielded questions April 30 from city residents and local elected ... Read More »