Juan Alberto Cruz: A Celebration of Life and Art

The Syracuse community gathered at La Casita Cultural Center on Saturday to celebrate the legacy of renowned artist Juan Cruz. By Laura Román López Mia Cruz-Worthy looked at the crowd at La Casita Cultural Center and marveled at the turnout for her father’s funeral, calling the assembled artists and art lovers “my dad’s chosen family.”  Juan Alberto Cruz died on …

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Coffee and Community for the Deaf, Open to All

Deaf Coffee CNY attendees. Photo courtesy of Bentley Bryant.

By Jaden Wilson Bentley Bryant is an ASL-teaching, music-loving, Texas native who brings Syracuse’s deaf community together every Friday evening.   “Deaf Coffee” is a national deaf social event that dedicates itself to providing a safe space for deaf people to socialize. Bryant is the host and creator of Deaf Coffee in Syracuse, which meets at 6 p.m. Fridays at different …

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 A Community Confronts Lead

The Sankofa Doula Collective is striving to improve prenatal and postpartum care through lead awareness in Syracuse. By Sarah Merke After eight months of developing proposals and presenting them to the community, the day had come. On a sunny spring day, Syracuse residents gathered to vote and select the proposal that best served the city’s dire need to tackle lead …

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Voting in Progress for Council, BOE, and County Leg

City residents are selecting Democratic candidates for several positions including the Common Council. Early voting in the primary has begun and lasts through the weekend. Primary Election Day is Tuesday. By Timia Cobb Nearly 100 South Side residents have already done their civic duty and voted in the upcoming primary to select candidates for several important positions. And you can …

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Renown Opera Singer Brings Music Series to Syracuse in July

Photo of Gregory Sheppard, opera singer

Gregory Sheppard will stage three free shows in Syracuse July 7, 14, and 21, each starting at 7 p.m. By Reggie SeiglerA Friendly Five Columnist Gregory Sheppard left Syracuse quite a few years ago to pursue his career as an opera singer, but he never forgot his roots. Sheppard was raised and educated in Syracuse, lived in its public housing, …

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Syracuse Unifies to Celebrate Freedom at Juneteenth Parade

Juneteenth revelers on the Victory Parade route on Saturday.

Photos and Story By Timia Cobb Syracuse residents don’t wait until July 4th to celebrate freedom. For many, the more meaningful holiday is Juneteenth. In honor of the historic day of freedom for African Americans, residents of all backgrounds filled the city’s streets on Saturday waving colorful Pan-African flags, dancing to music and enjoying food. At 11 a.m. sharp, dance …

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Forums Will Focus on Stopping Scams

The Stand wants to hear from you on how we can help each other spot misleading information and respond to it appropriately Staff Reports The Stand and its partners are hosting two community forums aimed at surfacing ideas for recognizing and combatting scams and other types of misinformation. The forums are: 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at …

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Arcènia Notilija Vilanculo

Help the Syracuse Urban Food Forest Project decide what to plant this year at 4 p.m. meeting Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Dunbar Center on the city’s South Side By Arcènia Notilija Vilanculo Guest Column for The Stand There is a saying in Portuguese that goes, “para ser imortal, plante uma árvore, escreva um livro e tenha um filho,” which …

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“Cops and Robbers” to Bring “Powerful and Revolutionary” Opportunity to Syracuse

The Syracuse Chapter of Jack and Jill is bringing “Cops and Robbers,” a play about police-community relations, to Syracuse Friday and Saturday, Mar. 20 and 21. The show features Jenho “The Piper” Ferreira, who identifies as an activist, rapper and deputy sheriff. The Piper’s emotionally charged story highlights the dysfunctional relationship shared by law enforcement, the media and the Black …

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Five Years of The Stand

March 21 Celebration Set for Joint Project of SU & Southside Community Coalition The South Side Newspaper Project published its first print issue of The Stand newspaper in March of 2010. The issue debuted over Valentine’s Weekend with a launch party. At that time, we invited residents to ‘Fall in Love with The Stand’ – a free paper and website …

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