37th Annual Flint Jazz Festival

The 37th Annual Flint Jazz Festival kicks off Thursday, July 26.  This year’s event features four days of great Jazz in downtown Flint beginning with a Jazz Walk with live jazz in many of downtown Flint’s finest clubs followed by three days of local, regional and international jazz groups playing in beautiful Riverbank Park. Many vendors of beverages, food and crafts will be onsite at Riverbank Park.  Mark your calendar with the following dates and times: Jul 26, 2018 at 05:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Thu) Jul 27, 2018 at…

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Delta Sigma Theta Announces Scholarship Recipients

Eleven area students receive well-deserving scholarships  Flint Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently awarded scholarships to eleven well-deserving area high school students in Flint/Genesee County.  The scholarships were awarded in recognition of their academic excellence and will be used to assist them in further pursuing their educational goals.   This year’s scholarship recipients are: Jayda Batson – Northwestern HS Chante Boyd – Carman Ainsworth HS Emani Davis – Swartz Creek HS Onnah Haley – Northwestern HS Nolan Henson – Southwestern Academy Jayden Johnson – Southwestern Academy Juanita Kelly…

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CHEA: Bridging Gaps for Adult Learners

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer Dr. Marsay Wells-Strozier describes herself as a social capitalist, but her students would most likely say she’s a “no-nonsense” educator who demands commitment and the very best from everyone who walks through her doors.  Dr. Wells-Strozier is the founder of the Center for Higher Educational Achievement (CHEA), a nonprofit organization that provides academic and job training programs for students age 25 and older.  CHEA is the only academic program in Genesee County to offer such training for the older adult learner.  Dr. Wells-Strozier said…

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GROOVY! TUNES AT NOON IS BACK!

In case you’re wondering how Stella got her groove back…the answer is simple. She spent her summer at Willson Park in downtown Flint, enjoying free live music at the ever-popular Tunes at Noon Festival! And whether you are looking to get your groove back, or just give it some much needed maintenance, why not make plans to pack a lunch and head downtown any day, Monday through Friday, from now until August 17, to enjoy a delicious mix of jazz, blues, rock, gospel and more performed by talented Michigan musicians.…

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An Evening of Storytelling for Adults

Friday July 20, 2018           Story time for grown folks! Remember when adults would sit together to listen to wit and wisdom, nonsense and tall tales? Folks would say to the little children, “Go on outside and play, this is for grown folks.” Join us for “An Evening of Storytelling,” for adults and mature children ages 14+, Friday, July 20, after hours, 6-8pm inside the Flint Public Library, 1026 E. Kearsley St., Flint (MI), Free. This year’s master storytellers are Brenda Harris, Cathye Johnson and Sharon…

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Flint Youth Find Successful Path to Employment

 Faith Foundation Resources HYPE program receives $65K grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation Local youth are getting workplace ready thanks to help from the HYPE (Helping Young People to Employment) program. Faith Foundation Resources first launched their flagship program in 2011 as a response to the need for young people to receive relevant career training before entering the workforce. Their efforts have proven successful with a 97 percent job placement rate among participating Flint students. In March, the Ruth Mott Foundation awarded the nonprofit organization $65,000 as part of its…

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$235K Michigan DNR Grant Connects Flint Teens to Outdoor Jobs

$235K Michigan DNR Grant Connects Flint Teens to Outdoor Jobs The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce today announced the receipt of $235,000 from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to facilitate the hiring of 75 teens this summer. The grant is part of a program from the State of Michigan that aims to introduce youth who live in Flint, Detroit, Pontiac and Saginaw to outdoor career opportunities and experiences. Locally, the state partners with the Chamber’s Summer Youth Initiative program, which connects graduates of the TeenQuest pre-employment program to…

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Flint Families Can Get Nutritious Food at Mobile Food Pantry in July

Flint families may get nutritious food that can limit the effects of lead exposure during mobile food pantry hours set for July at locations throughout Flint. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are announcing the upcoming schedule for mobile food pantry stops to distribute foods rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron. Families in July will receive produce that includes corn, green beans, zucchini, kale, collards, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, peppers. More than $300 million has been provided…

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Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Water Crisis, Healthcare and More at Town Hall

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer The Democratic hopefuls vying to fill the role as the state’s next governor participated in a town hall meeting hosted by the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus on Saturday, June 23 at New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church.  Candidates Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar, Bill Cobbs, and Gretchen Whitmer delivered opening and closing statements during the 50-minute session that was televised live.  They each responded to questions covering multiple categories, including Flint’s water crisis, healthcare, the environment, education, and criminal justice reform. On the issue of…

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Flint Cultural Center Breaks Ground for New K-8 School Scheduled to Open by Fall 2019

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation commits up to $35 million to cover design, construction and startup costs   Local and state leaders gathered this morning on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center to break ground for a public, nonprofit charter school that will serve an estimated 650 students each school year in grades kindergarten through eight. Expected to open in time for the start of the 2019/20 school year, the Flint Cultural Center Academy will offer students a unique educational experience that features daily activities and programs at the Cultural Center…

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