Recap on the Caribbean Cinematic Festival

Four days. Six films. Four countries. Two directors. One actor. One curator. Four discussion moderators. When you blend all these ingredients what comes out of this mix is the Caribbean Cinematic Festival. Read More »

Syracuse Grows to hold annual Meeting

Working to cultivate food justice and community development through urban agriculture, Syracuse Grows, a grassroots coalition, will celebrate six years of advocacy, programming and education through community gardening at its annual meeting set for Feb. 11. This meeting provides the opportunity for Syracuse Grows to report on its accomplishments in 2013 and to discuss plans for the 2014 gardening season. ... Read More »

Payton Memorial Temple to hold annual Valentine’s Ball Saturday

This year’s event to also feature play, ‘Poor Girl Rich Girl’ The Payton Memorial Temple Church of God in Christ will hold its annual Valentine’s Ball Saturday, Feb. 8, at the church, located at 1816 Midland Ave.  The doors open at 6 p.m., and the event will include dinner and staged, Christian play, “Poor Girl Rich Girl,” presented by Cordero ... Read More »

'Precious Cargo' Fills Beauchamp Library

Art depicting African-American history on display for Black History Month   On the first day of Black History Month, artist Arthur Brangman encouraged others to quell their anger over the historical treatment of black America. “I feel the worst enemy you can have on Earth is found in the dark corners of your own mind,” he said. To help begin ... Read More »

One-Man Show Expounds in Poetry

Omanii Abdullahn stages ‘Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This’ The lights dim as the survivors of Syracuse’s sub-zero winter blast trickle into Jazz Central. A seemingly hesitant Omanii Abdullah opens up to a small but eager premiere audience with warm and disarming conversational humor. “This Is Gonna Hurt Me a Whole Lot More’n It Hurts You,” he begins. The ... Read More »

An Exploration of African-American Fathers

Ryan Johnson-Travis is struggling to tell the stories of single low-income African American men in Syracuse. He fades in and out of character between himself, as an actor and his subjects — men with stories to tell whom most are not understood. “I’m not trying to make a statement about Black men and their ability to be fathers,” he says ... Read More »

Christmas Cheer

The South Side welcomes the Christmas season with a celebration This time of year, the PEACE Southside Family Resource Center Inc., is not just about programs. It’s about presents. The small, two-story building, which is located at 136 Dr. Martin Luther King West, houses two programs: an after-school care program, and Project Connection, a respite program for children with mental ... Read More »

NAACP convention visits Syracuse

The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) New York State Conference will hold its 77th annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Syracuse hotel at 701 E. Genesee St.  The convention starts at noon Friday and ends this Sunday, Oct. 13. This year’s convention will focus on the topic “Health Care, Education, Jobs & Gun Violence.”  New York ... Read More »

'Get Your Kids' rally this Sunday

Syracuse will hold its first-ever “Get Your Kids Rally” at the Kirk Park Pavilion this Sunday, Oct. 13.  The rally will run from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. The goal: to bring the community together in a stand against street violence in Syracuse. Organizer Mary Nelson, of the Mary Nelson Youth Center, created the event  in response to the slaying ... Read More »

New York Cooperative Network to hold 2nd Business Summit

Event to feature tour of new Eat to Live Food Co-op The New York Cooperative Network is coming to Syracuse Sept. 28th to put on its second annual business summit. It will be located at the South Side Innovation Center, at 2610 S. Salina St., and will be featuring nationally renowned speakers Professor Richard Wolff, author of “Democracy at Work;” ... Read More »