Archive for February, 2012

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,

 T.A.P. Festival Coordinator Tanya Passmore, Rev. Phil Turner and playwright Aaron Wright,

Bravo to the Bethany Baptist Church’s T.A.P. Festival for bringing 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.

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

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

ca·coph·o·ny

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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.

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

Syracuse Stage new electronic 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, 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.

Local NBA History

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
“The best way to judge the importance of Lloyd’s role may be to look at it through the prism of Syracuse, a then prosperous Upstate New York industrial city…that had a wild erratic history involving blacks and elite athletics.”
Sean Kirst, Moonfixer: The Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd
NBA Hall of Famer Earl Lloyd visits with Aaron Allen at the War Memorial in 2000.

NBA Hall of Famer Earl Lloyd visits with Aaron Allen at the War Memorial in 2000.

Neighborhood in Transition (part 11)

Saturday, February 4th, 2012
Former Armory along the Connective Corridor

Former armory along the Connective Corridor