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Cookie Season

Monday, February 27th, 2012
Tagalongs

Tagalongs

Nothing But Strings

Saturday, February 25th, 2012
Anthony McGriff, 2012 T.A.P. Festival

Twins Eric and Anthony McGriff demonstrated their clever musicianship playing from classics scores to tunes by Michael Jackson (Smooth Criminal and Beat It) at the T.A.P. Festival Program at Bethany Baptist Church today.

Eric McGriff, 2012 T.A.P. Festival

Eric McGriff, 2012 T.A.P. Festival

Activist Geneva Hayden was recognized as the 2012 Harriet Tubman Spirit Award during the program as well.  The award was presented by Michelle Jones-Galvin, the great-grandneice of Harriet Tubman.

Geneva Hayden, Michelle Jones-Galvin and Deborah Crouch

Geneva Hayden, Michelle Jones-Galvin and Deborah Crouch

Hey Young World

Saturday, February 25th, 2012
Rev. Phil Turner, Aaron Wright,

Bravo to the Bethany Baptist Church’s T.A.P. Festival for brining Aaron Wright and his play A Teenage Love  for a Syracuse debut on Friday.

Shanaya Day-Merkerson sings during a scene in Teenage Love

Artensa Johnson sings Dear Love before intermission

The play, which is part-drama, part-comedy, part-musical, features high school student (actors) and deals with social issues not often seen on the stage for a youth audience.

Harron Thomas and Domonique Aviles during a scene of Teenage Love

Harron Thomas and Domonique Aviles during a scene of Teenage Love

Wright and the students live in Pennsylvania and Delaware.  For more information about the play, or Aaron Wright, click here.

Shanaya Day-Merkerson and Carlos Oyola on stage for A Teenage Love

Shanaya Day-Merkerson and Carlos Oyola on stage for A Teenage Love

Your Life is Like a Movie

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Producer and talk show host George Kilpatrick (GK) talked last week with fellow film producer and studio executive DeVon Franklin on New Inspiration for the Nation.  Franklin, who has worked with T.D. Jakes, Will Smith and Whitney Houston, discussed personal integrity and how we can blend faith with ambition each and every day.

Franklin told GK we need to realize that conflict moves the story of our individual lives forward.

Franklin’s new book is Produced by Faith.

ca·coph·o·ny

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

 Syracuse Invaded:Morning Crows by SIF

Officers and Gentlemen

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Dr. Roscoe Brown and Merriette Chance Pollard

Dr. Roscoe Brown and Merriette Chance Pollard

Check out a movie review for Red Tails by Phinesse Demps from Soul of Syracuse.  Red Tails,  starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terence Howard,  tells the story of Tuskegee Airmen such as Dr. Roscoe Brown (above). Brown visited Syracuse in the 1990s.

Peanut Power

Monday, February 20th, 2012

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Solamente Una Noche

Monday, February 20th, 2012

 

India: One Night Only

India: One Night Only

India, the Princess of Salsa, came to Syracuse University Friday and her powerful vocals and soulful orchestra turned the Goldstein Auditorium into a dance hall for a few hours.  The event was sponsored by La L.U.C.H.A. and Sigma Upsilon.

Drummer, India Orchestra

Keeping the Beat

Dance, Dance, Dance

Salsa

India: The Princess of Salsa

India: The Princess of Salsa

Dance Hall

Dance Hall: The Sweat is Real

After Dark

Monday, February 20th, 2012
After Dark: Syracuse Stage light display, Genesee Street

Mr. Smith comes to Syracuse

Friday, February 17th, 2012
Speaking Quite Frankly: Stephen A. Smith

Speaking Quite Frankly: Stephen A. Smith

Writer, site TV personality and NBA insider Stephen A. Smith came to Syracuse University last night and schooled the students on the importance of building your work ethic as well as your personal brand.

Smith fielded dozens of questions ranging in topics from changing a major to the good bad and ugly of NBA players: Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Kwame Brown and Allen Ivrerson.

He said being in college is a great place and time to pay your dues on the way to seeking any particular career path. “I’ve never taken less than 17 credit hours when I was in school…” he said. “…I also liked to party.”

Stephen A. Smith tells SU students to pay their dues.

Stephen A. Smith tells SU students to pay their dues.

Smith’s talk, which was partly motivational, but delivered in his trademark sarcasm and ribs, also touched on the the NCAA Tournament, TV revenue for sports, politics and the evolution of the black athlete. 

According to Smith, too many fans over-celebrate contenders before they become champions.