Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Talent Showcase

Event organized to recognize, acknowledge local skills About an hour before hitting the stage, Dontray Sullivan was calm and collected. An aspiring rapper preparing to perform his new song, “Unique,” for the first time, Sullivan went so far as to make a bold prediction. “I’m going to probably have to do it twice because that’s how they’re going to want ... Read More »

Former Parolees Lead Re-entry Efforts

Charles Rivers and Karen Loftin oversee $95,000 grant to reunite families By lunch time one day last year, Charles Rivers had gone from being a supervised parolee to a welcomed professional in the same office building where hours before one individual held the power to revoke his freedom. “As a parolee, you look at parole as an adversary,” Rivers said. ... Read More »

April Issue

The Stand’s April print issue visits family-owned Dunk & Bright, examining  the generations of Brights who have run the  store and introduces Joe Bright, a fourth generation set to take the helm in the coming years. Hear from the city’s new Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens and the director of Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E. Ocesa Keaton in two separate Q&As. Both women ... Read More »

A Plan for the South Side

Residents, city employees and nonprofits wait for release of five-year plan The South Side neighborhood finally has a comprehensive plan to look to for its future — though it has yet to be released. Southern Compass, a five-year plan for the South Side, examines the individual character and charm of the area’s six neighborhoods by providing a unique look at ... Read More »

Be Smart, Stay Safe

South African high school students learn importance of HIV testing The Raphael Centre hosted a “prize giving” gig at Khutliso Daniels Secondary School in February. Different from a school’s typical awards days, which honour academic achievements, the Raphael Centre event encouraged pupils to know their status and get tested for HIV, with those who were tested entering a raffle for ... Read More »

Jazz Fest Blues

Frank Malfitano, founder and executive director, discusses the future of Jazz Fest For the past 35 summers except for maybe a few, the folks around Syracuse have been treated to a weekend of free top-quality entertainment. We’ve grown to anticipate it every year and await it like students waiting for the last day of school. It marks the season and ... Read More »

Unorthodoxed Studios

Local label gives opportunity to musical artists with uplifting messages to share Once a young rapper himself, A.J. Williams picked up his production equipment back in 2016 and left his business partners to take a leap and launch his own studio. That’s how Unorthodoxed Studios got its start. “We did a lot of good work,” Williams said, referring to his ... Read More »

Lessons Learned

Joshua King targets teens using a realistic approach to sex education Joshua Michael King will sometimes pause, looking dazed, while having an eerie, out-of-body moment. “Just talking to God,” he explains after shaking out of it. His faith-fueled mission over the past 18 years has been to educate Syracuse to take the path he is on now, not the one ... Read More »