Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Current Issue

    In our September print issue, we catch up with Officer Ahmad Mims, who was featured on The Stand’s cover back in 2015. Mims’ story offers a sneak peek at the larger in-depth journalism project — They Wear Blue — completed by Newhouse students over a four-month period. Officers — and community activists — from the project will be published ... Read More »

Raising Awareness

Group uses photos to combat stigma of drug addiction As the opioid crisis continues to grip the United States, photographers in Syracuse are picking up their cameras to help those in need. Layers of Hope, an organization founded this year, aims to raise awareness for addicted individuals. Photographers look to remove the stigma of addiction by attaching human faces to ... Read More »

Officer Speaks Out About Firing Gun

While under review, Ahmad Mims couldn’t speak about incident for over two months It was the first time he had ever fired his gun while on duty — and the first time he ever feared for his life. Asked if his police academy training had prepared him mentally for what happened April 22, the six weeks he spent on paid ... Read More »

Standing Strong

Elite police unit works to turn routine traffic stops into safety for city The familiar call goes out over the police radio: “Shots fired …” Within seconds, two Syracuse police officers turn around from their patrol on the West Side of the city and speed to the crime-plagued south. They weave in and out of traffic as they race to ... Read More »

Q&A with Father Ricky Parks

Nominated by Travis Robinson Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: I was nervous at first, because I didn’t grow up with my father. So I didn’t really think I knew how to be a father. After the first year, I got used to it and enjoyed having him around. Then they just all started ... Read More »

Rooted in Gospel

Dr. Joan Hillsman tirelessly works to raise gospel music to a new level Read More »

Meet a Syracuse Inspirational Woman

Michelle DiBernardo is a commercial model, actress, photographer, certified makeup artist and a director of education for the well-known acting/modeling school, Barbizon USA. Michelle has been acting and modeling since she was 12 years old. She currently holds her New York state teaching license for acting/modeling. She is represented by multiple agents across the United States. She has played background ... Read More »

Free Health Lecture Aims to Raise Awareness

100 Black Men invites urologist to speak on prevalence of prostate cancer in black men Prostate cancer is reaching epidemic levels in the United States, according to Dr. David Albala, chief of urology at Crouse Hospital. Albala explained during the July 24 Free Community Public Health Lecture hosted by 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc. that African-Americans have the highest chance of ... Read More »

The 2017 South Side Photo Walk

Twenty-one participants joined in this summer’s event The Stand’s eighth annual Photo Walk opened with two photo lessons Saturday, July 22. Local photographer Marilu Lopez Fretts, excited to get out and begin snapping photos, quickly reviewed several tips and suggestions on composition. Next, Kate Collins, a photojournalist and video producer, provided a short lesson on best practices for taking photos with a smart phone, ... Read More »