Author Archives: Ashley Kang

A Balanced Life

South Side native uses his storytelling talent to inspire the community Growing up on the South Side near Midland Avenue, Quindell Williams developed a unique relationship with many in the community, which allowed him to understand the broader image of the stories he covers. Depending on the individuals involved and the type of stories he covers, whether it be crime ... Read More »

Benefits of Trees

County officials stress the financial, ecological and social importance of planting trees In a new report, “State of the Urban Forest,” Syracuse officials estimate the city saves nearly $1 million a year through trees absorbing rainwater runoff that would otherwise overflow the sewer system. The report lays out several benefits that trees provide to the city, including improving the air ... Read More »

Current Issue

In our upcoming February print issue, one recent event showcased in a photo spread is an effort by volunteers last year to plant trees in the Strathmore neighborhood.  Read the story that follows to learn how city trees help save tax dollars and reduce pollution. Next we follow up with Rashawn Sullivan, who was featured in the Winter issue, and ... Read More »

Getting Started

Start It course inspires students who have a wide range of creative entrepreneurship ideas Read More »

Q&A with Father Leroy McClain

Nominated by Anton Ninno, fellow teacher at the Southside Academy Charter School Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: It was a rush of excitement and the feeling that I have to be responsible all the time now because this little person is depending on me. Q: What can you share about your children? A: ... Read More »

Humble Justice

Swearing in of Syracuse’s new African-American judge Read More »

Dare to Dream

Counselor teaches young men the value of embracing their visions When Halston Canty talks about his work on the South Side, he puts the adolescents first. “I have the opportunity to see these young men grow. I have the opportunity to contribute something positive and save their life,” Canty said. “It helps me because I’m older than them and I’m ... Read More »

Coming Together

Famed Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima visited Syracuse in April 2003 to screen his motion picture, “Sankofa,” which he directed 10 years before. Its plot revolves around an African-American model named Mona. The initial scenes show her doing a fashion photo shoot in Ghana, where she runs into the Divine Drummer, who encourages her to return to the African roots of ... Read More »