Syracuse

January 30, 2017 - 11:05am
Raymond Vazquez of Carmelo's Ink City struggled to find a purpose, but tattooing saved him from a life of trouble.

The 31st annual Am-Jam Tattoo Expo in Syracuse maintained the hallmarks of American freedom: chicken wings, beer and of course, tattoos. Large men with denim jackets showcased their sleeves. Eric Sprague, famously known as the Lizard Man, chatted with expo-goers. The passion for ink was hard to miss, but for one artist, tattooing was more than a hobby. It was the only escape from a life of structure and order.

December 29, 2016 - 1:03pm
A Catholic church in Syracuse's Near Westside is challenging conventional religious traditions.

As Father Jim Matthews begins the 9 a.m. service at Saint Lucy’s Church near Syracuse’s Westside, all is far from quiet. Although Matthews speaks into a microphone, he can barely be heard over the sound of church members greeting old friends.

Two men say hello over a special handshake, one that has clearly been repeated over many Sundays. Another woman approaches a member of the church who is in a wheelchair, asking if he’ll need a ride home.

December 28, 2016 - 4:25pm
With the nation’s highest concentration of poverty among blacks, Syracuse is adopting community-oriented tactics to ending the epidemic.

Always demand a certain level of treatment. That’s what Joshua King told himself as he grew up with a single mother in the suburb of De Witt just outside of Syracuse-- “the land of opportunity,” as he calls it.

As a young black man in a city that is 84 percent white, he knew that barriers prevented him from achieving the same level of success as his peers. As a young gay black man, he knew those barriers were even greater.

December 5, 2016 - 7:35pm
This annual event of music and singing kicked off the holiday season this weekend.

Around 6:30 p.m. last evening, crowds of people stood before the steps of Hendricks Chapel in 34 degree weather to see the performances of a number of vocal and musical groups, including the Hendricks Chapel Choir, Syracuse University Singers and the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble. The production was part of the annual Holidays at Hendricks event, which has been an SU holiday tradition for over a decade.

December 5, 2016 - 6:51pm
A screening of the film "13th" on Friday allowed students to share their thoughts about racial discrimination and the Presidential election.

Syracuse University’s Pre-Law Chapter of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) held a screening of the Ava DuVernay-directed documentary 13th on Friday night. The film, displayed in 114 Hall of Languages, was followed by a multi-part discussion about the film and its content.

December 4, 2016 - 11:59pm
Hispanic youth in the Westside of Syracuse connect with their culture through reading circles and literacy programs.

He chose her. In a room full of rambunctious children running around with English and Spanish books, a young bright-eyed kindergartener with chubby cheeks kept asking her to read stories to him. He would continually hug her, look for books and ask her to read them to him. She didn’t know why, but “Boo Boo” chose her out of all the other volunteers at the reading circle at the La Casita Cultural Center.

November 30, 2016 - 4:55pm
Ionah and the Head over Heels Dance Co. educate about Middle Eastern culture through belly dancing.

With colorful lamps emitting soft light over the darbukas and hookahs in the corner and Scheherazade staring into nothingness in the background, Ionah Raqs swings her raven hair in her 100-square-foot space of her living room that doubles as her studio.

‘Right, left, right over left,’ the Syracuse local instructs her students as she gracefully shimmies to the music of Hossam Ramzy, a Middle Eastern musician.

November 17, 2016 - 2:03pm
Fears of xenophobia, racism and deportation after the 2016 presidential election have prompted nationwide campus protests. SU and SUNY-ESF joined the movement yesterday.

A week after the 2016 presidential election, more than 1,000 Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry students gathered on SU’s Quad, joining the national "sanctuary campus" walk-out movement to protest the messages of President-elect Donald Trump.

November 12, 2016 - 1:18pm
Renowned architect reflects on how design and development can bring people together.

This semester’s University Lectures series wrapped up with a presentation from internationally renowned architect James Corner. Corner, founder and director of Field Operations in New York City, discussed the importance of architecture and why it is environmentally, socially and economically relevant to urban development.

Corner began the lecture by walking the audience through traditional landscape and architecture styles, pointing out the basics like the scenic and visual aspects.

November 10, 2016 - 1:07pm
SU administration responds to backlash after filmmaker Shimon Dotan was disinvited from film festival, prompting conversation about freedom of expression on college campuses.

Art is a platform for political and cultural controversy. Syracuse University has recently received backlash due to taking back the invitation it offered to filmmaker Shimon Dotan, who was scheduled to visit campus to present his film, “The Settlers,” as a part of “The Place of Religion in Film” conference in March 2017.