Kenny Dees

Kenny Dees

came to Syracuse to attend Syracuse University and I never left. I LOVE SYRACUSE. Iím originally from Albany, NY where I am the fifth of seven kids. Iíve often been asked why Iím still here in the ëCuse? All I can say is that Iíve grown very attached to the city and its people. Thatís why I absolutely LOVE doing what Iím doing where Iím doing at. I get great satisfaction knowing that Power 620 is THE ONLY station CNY playing R&B. But, most of all I enjoy seeing the difference our station is making to the black community of Syracuse and CNY. As long as I have a voice on Power 620, the Syracuse community can rest assured that they will have a voice in our community.... Show More

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October 30, 2019 18 min

I was truly shocked when I heard about the passing of John Witherspoon this morning. This man was one of the most sought after comedic actors in Hollywood. This is proven by the numerous movies and TV shows that he appeared in. He was working on a reboot of the Boondocks in which he did the voice of Granddad. He was also slated to reprise his role as Craig's father in a new production of the film Friday. I was lucky enough to m... Read more

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Barbra F. Cooper is the visionary and founder of the We Got This Foundation which was created to give support to those suffering fro pancreatic cancer and research to find a cure. We spoke with Barbra along with Agnes Ogletree, foundation spokesperson, about the fundraiser Believe With Barbra taking place this weekend.

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October 29, 2019 21 min

For the first time in history, New York State has the option of voting early. Early voting polling locations opened on Saturday October 26th and will remain open through November 3rd. For polling locations and times, visit www.ongov.net. I had the opportunity to speak with Onondaga County Election Commissioner Dustin Czarny about early voting and other changes you can expect when y... Read more

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As Power Perspectives continues it's series on Domestic Violence Awareness during the month of October, we talk to Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell, director of the Legal Project at Vera House. We discuss the legal ramifications of domestic and sexual violence and abuse.

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Andre Douglas Jr. did an inspiring spoken word piece at the Vera House Annual Report a few weeks back. He performs it on Power Perspectives and gives us the powerful story behind it.

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Listen as Joseph Dowell tells us the powerful journey that he is on as he tries to help men come to grips with questions of masculinity and how to navigate relationships with women. This is all a part of Power Perspectives partnership with Vera House to focus on domestic and sexual violence during the month of October.

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October 1, 2019 30 min

Suhler King and Lawrence stop by Power 620 ahead of there performance at the Funny Bone in Destiny USA .

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September 16, 2019 21 min

For the last 13 years, Cora Thomas has had an event to benefit various organizations and causes in our community through her Ms. Mary Philanthropy Day Foundation. This year she collaborates with Ken Jackson who is celebrating 30 years of publishing in Syracuse with The Constitution and Urban CNY. The Ms. Mary Philanthropy event this year honors Ken Jackson along with other minority men of media in Syracuse on Saturday September 21s... Read more

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Over the last several weeks, Syracuse Stage has had the pleasure of debuting the play Thoughts of a Colored Man. This stage play, written by Keenan Scott II, gives a glimpse into feelings and views of several black men about their lives and our society. Keenan Scott II is an up and coming playwright who has a bright future. I had a chance to speak with him about the play and other things.

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September 16, 2019 29 min

Ken Jackson has spent a great deal of his life reporting on in our community. That's why he is being honored for his 30 years of bringing us an unvarnished view of what's happening in our community through his local print paper, The Constitution, and online with Urban CNY.com. Ken has managed to do both of these publications as an independent publisher, certainly no small feat, in this day of media conglomerates. Listen to ... Read more

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Labor Day weekend is upon us and we are all looking forward to the last big holiday of the summer season. However, as with many holidays, the meaning is lost amid the long weekends, celebrations, family gatherings, etc. Labor Day was created by the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. I had a chance to talk with Mark Spadafore, President, Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CI... Read more

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There are 2 things that make Charles "C-Jack" Jackson a valuable treasure for the Syracuse community. One is that he documents all of the events that define who we are as community. Just as important, C-Jack is always striving to develop, mentor, and give a platform for up and coming talent. One of the ways he does this is through his C-Jack Run Talent Showcase that he presents each year at the Van Robinson Pan African Vill... Read more

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Kidney disease is an ailment that does not discriminate, however, African Americans suffer from Kidney disease far more than people realize. Dreamer Glen has teamed up with the National Kidney Foundation of CNY to present Summer Sizzle to raise money and bring awareness to kidney disease. This event takes place on Sunday August 11th at Sharkey's in Liverpool from noon to 6. I had a chance to talk to Dreamer about Summer Sizzle ... Read more

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JAMS is once again making its presence known at the NYS Fair. Last year they presented Zapp and the show was off the chain! This year they will present JAMS World Beat 2K19 and JAMS Funk Fest 2K19 featuring Lakeside and Raydio. I had a chance to speak with Reggie Seigler, one of the founders of JAMS, about the shows and more.

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She's been doing the Mary Nelson Back To School BBQ for 17 years, with this year being her 18th. Mary Nelson continues to make sure that our children are equipped for the school year and the task of learning. She has persevered despite many personal challenges, but she overcomes these challenges because of one thing. FAITH.

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Jazz will fill the air in Clinton Sq. this weekend as the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival comes to town. I had a chance to speak with Larry Luttinger, executive director of CNY Jazz, about the various performers and activities throughout the weekend.

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Rise Above Poverty is an organization here in Syracuse whose mission is to bring community awareness and engagement to end the socioeconomic issue of homelessness and poverty in the Syracuse City School District. I had a chance to talk to Troy Gray of Rise Above Poverty about the organization, its origins, its goals, etc.

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Jubilee Homes of Syracuse has been serving the Syracuse community for 32 years. On Tuesday July 16th, they will be celebrating this accomplishment with their annual fundraiser at the Empire Room at the New York State Fairgrounds. I had a chance to talk to Walt Dixie, the executive director of Jubilee Homes, about the week of festivities, what services Jubilee Homes offers to the community, and his opinion on community issues.

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Jubilee Homes of Syracuse has been serving the Syracuse community for 32 years. On Tuesday July 16th, they will be celebrating this accomplishment with their annual fundraiser at the Empire Room at the New York State Fairgrounds. I had a chance to talk to Walt Dixie, the executive director of Jubilee Homes, about the week of festivities, what services Jubilee Homes offers to the community, and his opinion on community issues.

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Last week we lost someone who I regard as one of the pioneers of black radio in Syracuse. Jim Martin. Jim provided entertainment to the black community with his long running radio show The Black Experience. In an era when it was rare to here music by black artists, The Black Experience was devoted to bring this music to the Syracuse community. But, The Black Experience didn't stop there. Jim would also have guests who talked ab... Read more

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