Sept. 26 | LeChase Construction XBE Meet & Greet

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LeChase Construction to host “XBE” Meet & Greet on September 26th, 2017 at the Maplewood Suites, located at 400 7th North Street in Liverpool, NY 13088

Calling ALL NYS certified construction-related M/WBE and SDVOB subcontractors/vendors/suppliers based or willing to work in the Syracuse/Central NY region

Prospective and current bidding opportunities. The OGS NYS Fairgrounds Event Center and Syracuse University National Veterans Resource Complex will be among our highlighted initiatives. Light refreshments will be provided. This is a FREE Event!

For more information or to RSVP your attendance, please email:

Oct. 5 Professional Networking

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Cuse Culture Presents: Professional Networking

Professional Networking is for the Urban Professional who is energized and motivated to build his or her network through relationships and socializing in a chic modern setting, making every business card count all while having fun doing it! 

The OCTOBER EDITION of Professional Networking will take place in the BRAND NEW Embassy Suites by Hilton at Destiny USA, on Thursday, October 5th from 5pm to 8pm. 

The Print Fall edition of Cuse Culture Magazine will be released at the same time, giving you the oppotunity to purchase a copy and flip through the pages to read about your favorite CNY entreprenuers, influencers, and local hot spots!

Prison to POWER Series: "The Hood"

"There was a time that we chased our dreams, but now we chase nightmares..."

Written by: Saliah 

"The HOOD" is an alias for Neighborhood that so many men and women are glad to say they're from . With ignorance we unconsciously fall into a trap thats consistent in the destruction of our own people. We hear the same old anthem, "I Love My Hood!" Is that right? So tell me, how many kids has your hood sent to college? Before you answer think about this. The young man or woman you are thinking about probably went to college on his/her own efforts. If the hood had anything to do with it, he/she would have been scouted for the criminal justice system, with the police being the recruiters. Bragging about being from this or that ood has destroyed the inner city, and what we deem as communities. Our loved ones are leaving school, football fields, and basketball courts. This leaves our children deceived and not aware of what's going on around them. 

How many of our Fathers, Brothers, and Sons across America have been railroaded because they could not read an indictment? How many jobs did the hood give single mothers? How many kids did the hood walk to school?There is a misconception that being from the hood, as we call i; is one of life's greatest achievements.  There was a time that we use to chase our dreams, but now we chase nightmares. You may have grew up in a neighborhood around the way, but that hood does not define you. YOU define who you are. None of us should look a anyone and immediately associate them with a hood. When I look at you I see a mother, a father, a hard worker and a graduate. I would like to know when we as a community will be able to break those invisible chains that keep us in the hood that many have claimed to be from. Personally, the hood has never done anything but hold myself and many others back!

Now lets talk ask ourselves this, how many of our kids fell victim to hood gangs, drugs, and funerals? our so called hoos have left countless mothers crying and everybody swearing on their child's name. A distinguishing feature used to separate us from each other. Confined in these hoods full of oppression, drugs, and disrespect. Is that suppose to be cool? We hurt ourselves and those around us. So many of us think this is what life is about and use the common sayings like, "I'm about that mess", "I'm real", or "im Hood"! REALLY!? Do you know that little Bobby hear ALL of THIS? With these sill cliches we willingly box ourselves in and limit our chances to grow. All the "word to L's, O's, Face's, and Dem's will not help us achieve success within our own lives and community. You love your hood, but guess what? The hood will never love you back! If you do not believe me then ask around. Ask the brothers that are doing life sentences in Attica, Clinton, or Comstock. They though the hood loved them too.

My Brothers and Sisters, it's time to make a change for the better NOW! Together we can do it and stop the madness going on in our communities. I guess your asking yourself, "What can I do now?" 

Step 1: Listen to this message from Prison to Power series and support positive movements such as Cuse Culture, then together we will take it from there. Your in good hands. 

As Salamu Alaikum,



Eat To Live Food Cooperative Presents: 2017 Taste.of.Sankofa

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On Saturday August 19th from 11 am to 4 pm, the Eat to Live Food Cooperative located at 2323 South Salina Street (across from Peoples AME Zion Church) will host the Taste.of.Sankofa, a food focused festival that celebrates the eclectic flair of the neighborhood. 

VENDOR SPACE AVAILABLE - Email or 315-484-6670

ENTER THE "Best BBQ" Contest - Call 315-484-6670 to ENTER or email

Sankofa History ( 

The Sankofa District in Syracuse, New York runs along South Salina Street from Taylor Street to Newell Avenue. Encompassing the heart of the south side of Syracuse, the area will be celebrated as the drum and heartbeat of the city. The Sankofa district includes locally owned businesses, cultural, social, and artistic venues, and historic housing along the South Salina Street corridor.

Since 2010, the number of new locally owned businesses has tripled in the Sankofa District. A new cafe, an upscale wine and liquor shop, a pocket park, a public access technology center, an affordable restaurant, and a cooperatively owned grocery store have added to the area's allure.

Sankofa Park was created out of a dusty, vacant lot to provide a green haven to area residents and visitors. Located directly behind Beauchamp Branch Public Library, the park offers an opportunity for neighbors and library patrons to read, relax, and study outdoors. As part of the districts increasingly important green initiative, lighting in and around the park utilizes LEED technology. During the summer people from across the city enjoy the SOUTH SIDE FILM FESTIVAL and free jazz, blues, and R&B concerts. The park's activities bring people from all sides of the city and county to celebrate as one community.

The first new commercial construction in over 30 years, the Eat to Live Food Co-op provides its customers and member-owners with locally grown produce and other food products. While contributing to reducing the carbon footprint in the area, this 3,000 square foot grocery store was designed to help improve the health of the local community by providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Residents walk to the grocery store to purchase good food for themselves and their families.

The Sankofa District transformation resulted from the leadership in Syracuse and Onondaga County which encouraged the development of a unique cultural area that would complement the other cultural areas throughout the city of Syracuse. This metamorphosis was made possible through the collaborative spirit of local government, private businesses, foundations and educational institutions. The district's local business association continues to work with public and private partners across the city to attract additional development, namely those retail and restaurant businesses with high profit potential, to the area. (


The Time for Syracuse is NOW

From one extreme to another! 

By: Michael Dominguez

Have you ever drove from one side of Syracuse to the other and it felt like you went through completely different cities? That is how it is in the City of Syracuse, NY some parts of town are luxurious and urban like those of more major cities nearby such as Buffalo more specifically the downtown area of Buffalo. Other parts of Syracuse are not quite as glorified as down town is. In many parts of Syracuse there is abandoned houses and buildings. If you ever asked yourself why, as have many, the answer is because Syracuse was once a big time industrial city. Once companies realized that it was more affordable to have their factories in other countries and pay lower salaries they moved many of these factories out of Upstate New York. The city is very spread out architecturally but also economically as most of the families here are in poverty.

Syracuse's North Side -- Bear Street 

Syracuse's North Side -- Bear Street 


Reportedly, half of the Syracuse's hispanic population is living in poverty. Poverty is defined as a family of four living on an annual income of less than $24,230. About 29 percent of the population in Syracuse are of Black or African American, Hispanics make up about 8 percent and Asians are 5 percent. These statistics do not include Natives or people of mixed background, without those being added up minorities still make up about 42 percent of the population in this Central New York town, this information was obtained from the website suburbanstats. Syracuse though has much upside according to statistics from, there are upwards of 140 minority or woman ran businesses in Syracuse.  Also, Mayor Stephanie Miner released a statement declaring “Syracuse is a sanctuary city and that it will remain one for immigrants”. A Sanctuary city is a city that choose not to enforce immigration laws and do not agree with the laws set forth.

Downtown Syracuse, NY -- Clinton Square

Downtown Syracuse, NY -- Clinton Square

Besides these points Syracuse is home to one of the top schools on the east coast is, Syracuse University. Syracuse is one of the most well-known schools in New York State. Aside from Syracuse University there is also Lemoyne College a business Oriented school and Onondaga Community College home to the Onondaga Lazers, Syracuse’s 11-time state champions in lacrosse. Many of these universities help promote education in the community by offering free tuition to young adults that attended a public high school in the City of Syracuse. This is done through the Say Yes to Education organization that helps low income students attend college in state.


  Photography by: Michael Dominguez

EOTW - Bahdra Handford

SASSY Deszign - A Full Service event planning company serving Central New York. 

Q. What does being an Event Planner mean to you?

Planning events mean everything to me because This mean a person has a vision that they're trusting me with to make it come true.

Q. How did you get started in this industry?

A. Growing up I was always asked can you make/or put this together on a budget. So when I realized you didn't need a lot of money to make your vision beautiful I said " wow" I can do this. I can help others bring their vision alive, and when it's over they'll love it enough to Promote the name.

Q. What are your top 2 events that you have planned so far? 

 A.My favorite event that I've planned to date was A Denim, and diamond bday party. I had some old denim laying around and I said to myself let's see what 16 pair of jeans can do. Out of those jeans it turned into chair tie backs, table settings, centerpieces, and even table runners. Second, Zeta Phi, because it was an honor putting an event together for the women of Zeta Phi. 

Q. 3 Tips for aspiring Event Planners.

A. Three tips for aspiring event planners would be.. Pray.. proceed.. push.. pray about your passion, proceed to write your vision. Push forward never give up. My dream event would be an event for Anita Baker! My all time favorite songstress. I want present and future clients to know that I take pride in my work. I'll try to go above and beyond for them.

The LikeMinded Gathering

Indaria Jones is the Founder of the exciting movement, The LikeMinded whose mission is to expand the minds of the closed minded through fashion, education, and art. Artists, Poets, Musicians and those who love them gathered to network and support entrepreneurs.

For more information about the LikeMinded future gatherings check out: 

INDARIA JONES - Founder, The LikeMinded

INDARIA JONES - Founder, The LikeMinded

Likeminded Vendor: Twiggy Eure, Paparazzi Jewelry 

Likeminded Vendor: Twiggy Eure, Paparazzi Jewelry 

A Little Old Fashioned...

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A Little Old Fashioned Goes a Long Way!

A Little Old Fashioned: Girl Talk Wisdom for Getting and Keeping YOUR Man, has everything you could wish for, fabulous compelling writing, tension, and tender moments. It’s a phenomenal read!

On April 15th, 2017, 3:00 pm at the ALOFT Hotel in Syracuse, NY’s Inner Harbor,  join Author and Syracuse Native, Markita D. Collins for her official book signing, and purchase A Little Old Fashioned: Girl Talk Wisdom for Getting and Keeping Your Man.

Rising CEO and Published Author Markita D. Collins is a top 100 international live streaming social media influencer who is helping to shape the minds of thousands! Her live streaming interactive talk show “Girl Talk with Kita” draws fans from around the world that are attracted to her no nonsense, straight forward style of communication delivered with LOVE. Markita shares practical wisdom, and life lessons that have the power to strengthen and renew ANY relationship. Makita Collins is a native of Syracuse, NY and Syracuse City School District graduate of Corcoran High School. Collins resides in Pennsylvania with her Husband Shaun, their two boys and twin girls.

For booking information and press opportunities please contact Team Kita at: To learn more about Markita D Collins and other resources visit or

Glow millennial glow!

Lauren Malloy , Entreprenuer   Photo Cred.: V.Renee Photography 

Lauren Malloy, Entreprenuer 

Photo Cred.: V.Renee Photography 

 Rejuvination is key for a Go-Getta!

Whew- The winter is almost over. If you re anything like me you planned and prepped to give the perfect and most thoughtful gifts, create the most delicious meals and make your family as comfortable as possible.  Now what?! Well, were , deep into the new year, so what about YOU??!

Yes – YOU, it is so important to take time to Relax, Release and Rejuvenate ourselves. As millennials we wear many hats, it’s vital to stop and take care of you.  Don’t think expensive spa (although that is always a great option when you can) - think homemade foot soak, face mask and aromatherapy and great conversation. 

RELAX- Take it easy girl! All things work for the good of those that LOVE the LORD. Now that we know HE is in control we can stop and think.  Relaxation doesn’t always mean sleeping or turning off our brain and watching TV, relaxation can and should include physical activity such as yoga or , 30 min brisk walking it gets your heart rate moving, your thighs in motion and you will burn that holiday fat we swear we are going to lose by bathing suit season. Locally we have a great Yoga studio created to help you do just that RELAX and meditate on the future God has planned for you- O Yoga studio .

RELEASE- I have one simple solution to this form of self help- PRAYER! Spending quality time in prayer, talking and listening is the first form of release, allowing us to make room for the other things we have coming our way on a daily basis. There are 3 parts of prayer that are important to remember- Say Thank you! First and foremost be thankful for where you are, where you have come from and where you are going. Secondly make your request known to God. He yearns to hear the desires of your heart and wants you to say what you want. Release things of old like habits, forms of speech and mental strongholds , Lastly you must listen- prepare your heart and quite your mind to hear what HE has to say to you. I told you there would be great conversation.   The great thing about prayer is you can do it anywhere and what better place than at Spa at 500  , you can use the Sauna room and Jacuzzi for $20.00. Tell them Lauren sent you!

REJUVINATE- This is where you pamper yourself. Here comes the DIY- simple and fresh ingredients to help you GLOW, girl. We all know that a great soak in a bubble bath can transport us to a different place. By adding a few more steps into this routine you will be GLOWING in no time. Exfoliating your skin can literally rejuvenate you by removing all the dead and dry dirt that builds up over time from lotions, oils and makeup. Using your sense of smell is also a way to awaken your other senses. For example Peppermint oil aides in ease of asthma, migraines, muscle and joint pain. Lavender helps with Anxiety, Acne and Circulatory problems. Go to to see the complete list of oils you can add to a bath or facial steam that is good for body and soul.  While soaking try reading: Dr. Cindy Trimm’s book Commanding your Morning (not just for mornings) is a fantastic read to help set the tone for a better you!  

Being the best version of you is what the world needs- if you remember to make time to Relax, Release and Rejuvenate as often as needed you can maintain your GLOW while wearing your many hats, or aprons!


Lauren Malloy

Owner, Orchid Affairs


Here are a few tips and tricks for some at home rejuvenation:

Sweet and Spicy Brown Sugar Polish

This scrub is a true sensory delight. The stimulating aroma subtly lingers long after the sugar has been washed away, this is a particularly inviting scrub, providing effective exfoliation and deeply moisturizing smoothness to skin
What you will need…
1 cup organic brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
¾ cup almond, soybeans, hazelnut, or macadamia nut base oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon, powdered
2 teaspoons ginger, powdered
2 teaspoons nutmeg, powdered
40 drops cardamom essential oil

In a medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredients except the essential oil. Using a whisk, blend ingredients thoroughly, making sure to break up any lumps of brown sugar or spice. Add the essential oil drop by drop, blending after each addition.

Spoon into a storage container with a tight-fitting lid.

Massage approximately ¼ to ½ cup of scrub onto pre-moistened skin using circular motions. Rinse

At Home Facial with a soothing Orange Greek Yogurt Facial Mask

What you will need...

·         gentle facial cleanser

·         exfoliating scrub

·         washcloth

·         face mask (clay-based for oily skin, cream or gel mask for dry skin)

·         face moisturizer

1.      Clean. Remove all makeup and then wash your face, neck and ears with a good facial cleanser.

2.      Exfoliate. Using your fingers gently rub an exfoliating facial scrub in small circular motions all over your face. Make sure you focus on areas around your nose and forehead. If certain areas of your face are oilier than others, give that section an extra scrub.

3.      Steam. There are a few ways to steam your face (over the stove, using a steamer), but the safest way is to do the washcloth trick. Fill your sink with warm water and soak a washcloth in it. Ring out the towel and then press it to your face. Repeat this 2 to 3 times.

4.      Mask. If you have oily skin, use a clay mask. For dry skin, I suggest using a hydrating cream or gel mask. Depending on the mask, leave it on for the suggested amount of time and then rinse completely. Making your own mask is very easy. An orange and yogurt mask is especially simple. Mix 1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt with the juice of about one fourth of an orange. Spread the mixture evenly over your face and rinse after 5 to 10 minutes.)

5.      Hydrate. Last by not least, moisturize! Smooth a nice, thick moisturizer over your face and neck.