Feature: Utica Phoenix Radio Hosts ‘DeDe in the Morning’

Utica Phoenix Media, 95.5 FM has reached a partnership with Compass Media Networks to host the morning show “Dede in the Morning.” The show is a contemporary talk show featuring Dede McGuire as host....

Why I did not go to meet the Pope: a Mohawk Perspective

By Doug George-Kanentiio | Columnist  Our group, the Akwesasronon Shonatatakeronon, were not involved in the planning of the visit by Pope Francis. I was concerned that our concerns would be ignored or filtered through others...

The Heat Beat: Exploring Music’s Impact on Social Justice this August

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Ask anyone about the importance of music for themselves or  their families and friend groups, and they will likely be able to provide an immediate answer. Most of us have a favorite genre or...

Editorial: The November Elections and Weakening of Democracy

By Roger Chambers | Columnist  In the short book “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” Timothy Snyder outlines tactics used by would-be autocrats to overturn a popularly elected democracy. These trends were frequently...
Pinky Velazquez

Music: Talking Music with Ray ‘Pinky’ Velazquez

By Jess Szabo | Arts Writer  Utica resident Ray “Pinky” Velazquez knows musical talent when he hears it. Velazquez began working in music in 1972, when he started DJing for the Impanema at 240 West...
Sri Lanka

Our Asian Neighbor Feature: ‘Thoughts from My Teal Chair’

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By Punya Wijetunge | Columnist  As I pen this, my heart is hopeful. I dream of a future for the citizens of Sri Lanka with its new President Ranil Wickremesinghe. Hopefully, the people will come...

Voices of Polonia – Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish Screenwriter and Director

By Ted Racjchel | Columnist  Krzysztof Kieślowski, (June 7th, 1941-March 13, 1966) was a Polish film director and screen writer. He is known internationally for “Dekalog” (1989), “The Double Life of Veronique” (1991), and “The...

Legal Myths vs. Reality – August 2022

By Judge Joan Shkane | Columnist  This is a continuing discussion of Legal Myths and Reality, because those informed are always the most successful. MYTH: The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights were the result of...
Almanac

Mohawk Valley Almanac – August 2022

By Roger Chambers | Columnist  August has no major holidays. While August is generally more popular for family vacations and the better-known large summer festivals, August is still a popular month for vacation travel. Popular...
The Gray Man

Movie Review: Ryan Gosling Excels in the Spy/Thriller ‘The Gray Man’

By Arpit Nayak | Columnist  Action is among the most loved genres of film. With time, the definition of action has changed, and with technology, it has become more exciting and visually stunning. Many filmmakers...