April 5, 2015 - 2:11pm
During 'A Night with Taraji,' the actress talks her rise to fame, her upcoming 'Saturday Night Live' gig, and offers many words of wisdom.

Fans of Taraji P. Henson have seen her on screen as an NYPD homicide detective, a loving caregiver, and most recently, the ex-wife of a hip-hop mogul, but in an intimate evening at the Schine Student Center's Goldstein Auditorium, Syracuse University students were able to see her as just Taraji.

Wearing minimal makeup and her hair pulled back for "A Night with Taraji," no topic was off limits to Henson as she shared her life story and secrets to her success with the audience.

April 3, 2015 - 4:57pm
Rapper Michael Christmas and electronic music producer Sweater Beats' concert at Skybarn on South Campus features Christmas' eccentric hip-hop stylings and Sweater's tripped out brand of EDM.

It’s a rain-drenched Thursday night, and Michael Christmas is moving and mingling through the small crowd at a South Campus venue, cutting a striking and colorful figure with a large build and puffy hair that easily dwarfs the biggest afro you’ve ever seen.

 “I think I’m inspired by everyday life,” Christmas, the 21-year-old rapper from Boston, Massachusetts, said before performing at Skybarn along with rising electronic music maestro Sweater Beats on April 2.

March 26, 2015 - 12:14pm
In his "The New American Opportunity" talk at SU, Forest Whitaker discusses his humble beginnings, the transformation of the economy and the importance of community building.

One of the biggest names in Hollywood visited Syracuse University to serve as the speaker for the Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Zeta chapter's fourth annual Truth Be Told speaker series.

"Hearing his story can inspire and motivate people to want to do better for themselves and their community," Cedric Bolton, coordinator of student engagement for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said.

March 21, 2015 - 1:04pm
Billy Joel performed many of his hits at Syracuse University in front of several generations of concertgoers.

Attendees were in a "New York State of Mind" Friday night at Billy Joel’s seventh concert at SU's Carrier Dome.

"New York State of Mind" was just one of the many hits that he played in his set, which was more than two hours long. Joel opened with "A Matter of Trust" and "Pressure" and closed with an encore set that included "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "Big Shot," "You May Be Right" and "Only the Good Die Young." Joel also played many of his other classics, such as "Piano Man," "Uptown Girl" and "The Entertainer."

March 19, 2015 - 7:53am
From the South to Syracuse, the artists fused electronic dance music with southern style rap for an unforgettable ending to University Union's final Bandersnatch concert of the year.

Southern rapper Isaiah Rashad headlined the event and captivated the audience with his ability to transition from performing smooth soulful songs to raw raps over southern beats. Rashad says he finds his inspiration in spontaneity and from movies such as Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing". Rashad signed with California based, independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment in 2013 and says that, "it's very inspiring...It's a family, we work and chill together". 

March 15, 2015 - 2:50pm
Music artists will adapt to the plummet of royalties due to streaming. One artist's development agency Made at SU in Syracuse gives a jump start to new musicians.

Music has always been a hard business to monetize, but as the culture of ownership has declined, it has become even more so.

Today’s youth are less likely than ever to conceptualize music as something bought and hoarded or something to line one’s shelves with and carry forever. As the outright stealing of the Napster era gave way to to the current streaming age, where a few dollars per month subscription to Spotify could be one's access to an all-you-can-eat buffet of listening, it became clear most musicians would have to find alternative revenue streams to make a living.

March 13, 2015 - 8:05am
The Syracuse Area Music Awards brought back many local legends to the Salt City and celebrated the musical roots of Central New York over two days of festivities.

As temperatures dipped into the single digits for what may have been the last time this winter, the Syracuse Area Music Awards gave a warm glow to a city sorely lacking in comfort. Held on March 5 and 6, the SAMMYs brought together local artists and their families for a celebration of the music of Central New York.

March 3, 2015 - 9:30pm
Songwriter Jeremy Quentin has earned friends and supporters in cities like Rochester during his difficult months-long tours around the States.

Jeremy Quentin, a native of Flint, Mich., has spent nearly a decade recording and touring with his folk project, Small Houses. His studio albums are rich and full-blooded, with percussion and guitar layers and vocal harmonies coloring the plaintive acoustic songs.

But on stage, Quentin stands alone, yelping his way through 50-minute sets and plucking the guitar held snug to his chest.

March 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Looking back on her transition onto reality TV, Iaconetti said many of the things she learned from the Newhouse School helped her along the way.

Since her days as a multimedia journalist for Syracuse University's NCC News, 26-year-old Virginia native Ashley Iaconetti has made quite a few different names for herself while being on "The Bachelor:" the virgin, the crier, and self-proclaimed “Kardashley.” But despite the tears and drama, Iaconetti said being on "The Bachelor" was the "best experience of her life."

March 1, 2015 - 2:25pm
Sky-high heels with energy to match! The 13th Annual Totally Fabulous Drag Show did not fail to impress or entertain.

Both kings and queens competed for the champion title in the final round of the 13th Annual Totally Fabulous Drag Show. The competition was fun, fierce and brought a bit of drag culture to the Syracuse University campus.

"This has been a really positive influence on my life," competitor E Millz said. "It's a whole new culture that I've never been a part of before."