Christian Comedy Show in Memory of Jeffrey A. Wilson; ‘The 11th Commandment: Thou Shall Laugh’

 By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer It’s often said that laughter is medicine for the soul. Coming to McCree Theatre on Saturday, May 26, is a Christian comedy that will be serving it up in good measure. Randall Wilburn, an associate minister at Foss Avenue Baptist Church, is the producer.  He said proceeds from the show will be used to fund a scholarship in memory of his close friend Jeffrey A. Wilson who recently lost his battle with cancer. Wilson was a popular on-air personality on Club 93.7. “His death reminded…

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Dr. Reginald and First Lady Deloris Flynn Celebrate 10 Years of Service at Foss Avenue Baptist Church

  By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer  Dr. Reginald Flynn said his 10 years of service at Foss Avenue Baptist church have been a labor of love. He and First Lady Deloris Flynn will mark the ministry milestone together with family and friends during a celebratory weekend that will include a black-tie dinner and pastoral anniversary service concluding on Sunday, May 6. “I love the people of Flint, and especially the Beecher community, where I grew up,” he said. Dr. Flynn said he is grateful for the Foss Avenue congregation…

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Criminal Record Expungement Fair – Friday, May 4

A Criminal Record Expungement Fair will be held Friday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. a Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Highway, Flint, MI 48504. Participants will receive information on expungement laws in Michigan; eligibility requirements to have convictions expunged; how to prepare the application for misdemeanor and/or felony expungement and will receive assistance from volunteer attorneys onsite. Participants in need of financial assistance must meet the eligibility guidelines of Legal Services of Eastern Michigan (LSEM), call 800-322-4512 to be pre-screened and reserve a spot, others…

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Ruth Mott Foundation awards $3M in grants for north Flint programs in March

FLINT, Michigan – The Ruth Mott Foundation Board of Trustees awarded 19 grants totaling $3,036,174 in March for projects and programs designed to improve the quality of life for residents in north Flint. From a new grocery store to neighborhood hubs to jobs for youth, the most recent grants support a range of initiatives that align with the Foundation’s strategy to strengthen north Flint neighborhoods and create opportunities for residents to contribute and thrive. Six of the grants were awarded to programs that are new to the Foundation, and 13 were…

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Faith Leaders, Flint Supporters Step In As State Pulls Out

  State-Funded Bottled Water Supply Has Ended By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer  Flint, Mich. – The state-funded bottled water supply has ended leaving some Flint residents to rely on water donations from outside sources. Gov. Rick Snyder announced last week that the state-funded bottled water supply would end when current supplies ran out because Flint’s drinking water is safe to drink again. In a statement issued Friday, April 6, Gov. Snyder said Flint’s water quality has tested below action levels of the federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) for…

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Elder Kevin Poole: Loving God, Serving People

Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer Flint, Mich. – On any given day, Elder Kevin Poole can be found whipping up mouthwatering dinner specials for his loyal Facebook following or transporting locals to the airport or any number of special occasions. Elder Poole is the owner of two businesses – KP’s Famous Style Cooking and Poole’s Limo & Transportation Service. He said he’s grateful for the turnaround he’s experienced. Now, life is good. But it wasn’t always that way. “I made bad choices after graduating from high school in ’87. I…

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NAACP Freedom Fund Gala Honors Local Leaders

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – The Flint Branch of the NAACP honored community leaders, corporate citizens, and youth at its 37th Annual Freedom Fund Gala held Saturday, March 10 at Genesys Conference and Banquet Center. Hundreds of local area stakeholders were on hand as awards were presented to community leaders for their impact on the Flint community.  Honorees  included, Judge Duncan Beagle, recipient of the C. Fred Robinson Civil Rights Award; Father Philip Schmitter, recipient of the Celia M. Turner Humanitarian Award; Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, recipient…

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HerStory: Attorney Tabitha Marsh Poised to Make History

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer  FLINT, Mich. – Attorney Tabitha Marsh is among the sisterhood of women who overcame early setbacks in life only to go on and accomplish great things both personally and professionally.  Now, at 39-years-old, Marsh is poised to ascend to even higher heights.  When the official list of candidates vying to fill three vacancies on the 7th Judicial Circuit Court is announced this spring, she will be among them. If successful, she will make history as the first African American female elected to the 7th…

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New Poor People’s March Kicks Off This Spring

By Barrington M. Salmon, Contributor (TriceEdneyWire.com) – For more than a year, the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, former North Carolina NAACP president, has been crisscrossing the country issuing a clarion call of resistance against arch-conservative forces that attack civil rights and economic justice gains. He has sought to unify activists, social justice soldiers, concerned citizens, the oppressed and marginalized. He has spoken unrelentingly about the grave twin dangers posed by a hostile Trump administration and a reemerging White nationalism – both of which have targeted African Americans, poor whites,…

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