Archive for February, 2014

High Brow

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Alanna Mahar wins in the "Best Brow" category

Alanna Mahar won in the "Best Brow" category at last night's Festival of the Fantastical Facial Follicle.

By more than a Whisker

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Best of the Beards: Todd Yoder

Best of the Beards: Todd Yoder

Five months to grow + Two hours to style=Superior Beardsmanship at the Festival of the Fantastic Facial Follicle.

Cool Like That

Friday, February 28th, 2014
The always dapper Michael Heagerty may be the most interesting man in the city (and has a personal style that is always dapper). We thank him for giving us the rules for last night's beard judging competition held at the Landmark Theater.

Musician/cultural attache'/tour guide Michael Heagerty may be the most interesting man in the city (kinda like a younger version of the Dos Equis guy). We appreciate his distinctly dapper personal style and thank him for taking time to explain to us the rules for last night's beard judging competition held at the Landmark Theater. Heagerty is pictured here talking about the virtues of someone's facial hair. He served as the emcee for the runway event as well.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
J. Darnell on the set of Holler Back (circa 2003)

J. Darnell on the set of Holler Back (circa 2003)

Quest for Perfection

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Not everyone in Syracuse has given up on an undefeated season. Last weekend we found out about another Team Orange that is doing work on the court at the East Fayette Street Boys & Girls Club. The Syracuse Team for Biddy Basketball, coached by Dean Crouch, remained the top seed as they used pressure defense, superior guard play and backboard dominance to dispose of Marquette on Saturday. The team, made up of children from the SCSD,  is now 7-0, and retains a number one ranking heading into the playoffs.

The plot line for the game included best friends turned rivals, and even brother against brother on the sidelines (Dean’s brother Danard is Marquette’s coach). Syracuse may have won by double digits, but the game was certainly competitive.

We wish Syracuse the best as they barrel toward perfection.

Ballers, Coaches, Brothers

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Dean and Danard Crouch, coaches for East Fayette Street Biddy Basketball

Dean and Danard Crouch, coaches for East Fayette Street Biddy Basketball

Dreaming Big is Required

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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We all like a good story about overcoming odds and transforming misfortune into triumph. That’s the story Rosie Perez  talked about during an interview today (publicizing her book on NPR).  Perez went from Soul Train dancer to actor, to victim rights advocate and motivational speaker. She is pictured above during a visit to the Southwest Community Center, where she was a keynote speaker (2011).

The Art of Photography

Friday, February 21st, 2014
Professor Alejandro Garcia

Professor Alejandro Garcia

Inspiration from a Dome Rocker and a Crunkalicious Feminist

Friday, February 21st, 2014
Scholar Brittney Cooper spoke at Syracuse University students about being curious, challenging and creative.

Here are two inspiring messages we heard this week directed toward students (young and old): One is from Syracuse’s DJ Maestro (the Official DJ of SU Athletics and professor at SUNY  Cortland); the other came from Brittney Cooper, who is a founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective and a professor at Rutgers.

Cooper visited SU last night. A portion of her message is posted below.

Here’s a clip featuring Maestro from earlier this year.

We would love to see a conversation/forum between these two rising academic and social media stars.

Still on the Bandwagon

Friday, February 21st, 2014
Cuse Fans, State Tower Building