Genesee District Library Presents Grammy-Nominated Jazz Group, Straight Ahead

FLINT – Nothing says “summer” like the annual Straight Ahead concert at Genesee District Library’s Headquarters branch. The Grammy-nominated, Michigan-based jazz group will perform on Tuesday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. Straight Ahead is known for strong, inventive instrumentals and vocals, and is widely recognized for an eclectic and soulful approach to creating music. The group features the “Rhythm Sister” Marion Hayden on bass, Eileen Orr on piano, Gayelynn McKinney on drums and the dynamic Kymberli Wright on vocals. “This is a lively show,” said Community Relations Manager Kelly Flynn.…

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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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Mott, Motown & More to Rock the 70s & 80s

Tickets are going fast for the “Mott, Motown & More –Rocking the 70s & 80s” celebrity lip sync show, the Flint area’s longest-running lip sync review. This year there is an exciting lineup of acts, including Flint Mayor Karen Williams Weaver, among others. Performances will be Thursday and Friday, May 31 and June 1 at 7 p.m. in the Mott Memorial Building Auditorium on the Mott Community College campus in Flint. There will also be a raffle drawing for audience members to win a variety of items. Audience members are…

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The Weather Channel is Now Black-Owned — Comedian Byron Allen Just Bought it for $300 Million

  (BlackBusiness.org) – Most people know Byron Allen as a funny comedian, but he is also a successful entrepreneur and media mogul as the CEO/owner of Entertainment Studios, Inc., one of the largest independent producers and distributors of film and television. His Los Angeles-based company currently has 41 shows on the air, and owns eight 24-hour HD cable television networks reaching nearly 160 million aggregate subscribers nationwide. And now, his company is the proud new owner of the Weather Channel! The Weather Channel is one of the largest cable television…

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Genesee District Library Presents Singer/Songwriter Shani Womack

Flint’s own Shani Womack will appear at the Beecher-Vera B. Rison Library on Tuesday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m. “We are thrilled to host Shani Womack,” said Kelly Flynn, community relations manager. “Her voice is beautiful, and her message is inspiring – it’s a perfect combination.” Womack was born and raised in Flint. She will share humorous personal stories about growing up in Flint from the 70s through the 90s. She will end her performance with songs and poems about the strength and resilience of the people of Flint and…

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MCC Welcomes Activist and Actress Jenifer Lewis, May 11 at The Whiting

Activist and Actress Jenifer Lewis is 2018 Ballenger Eminent Person at MCC (FLINT, Mich.) – One of Hollywood’s most familiar faces, activist, comedienne, singer and award-winning actress Jenifer Lewis will speak about her career, her activism and her new memoir “The Mother of Black Hollywood” as part of the Ballenger Eminent Persons Lecture Series of Mott Community College (MCC) on May 11. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. at The Whiting in Flint. The event is free, but reservations are required through www.rsvp.mcc.edu. Deadline to RSVP is May 9. Due…

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Black Violin Coming to The Whiting

FLINT, Mich. – Black Violin, the violin and viola-playing hip-hop duo from Florida consisting of classically trained musicians Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus“) and Wilner Baptiste (“Wil B“) will perform at The Whiting on Saturday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m. The duo blends classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music to create a distinctive performance. Live, they are accompanied by their band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal) and a drummer. Together they have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries. Visit www.theWhiting.com for ticket information.

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Flint Native C.M. Coleman Pens “Right Man, Wrong Attitude”

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – Local author Cynthia Coleman said she had no idea an episode of the Oprah Winfrey television show would be the inspiration she needed to begin writing her first book. “Right Man, Wrong Attitude”, released by New York-based Page Publishing, is a riveting story about Chayla Caldwell, 40-year-old businesswoman with a dark past and a great man with love to offer her. In the story, Chayla has been moving on from her ex-husband and protecting herself by never giving herself fully to…

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Hit Stage Play, “Fo’ Sistaz” Returns to Where it All Began – Flint!

After two sellout shows in Detroit, the hit stage play about the real life relationship between four sisters from Flint, will premier for one night only – Friday, Jan. 19 – at The New McCree Theater. ‘Fo’ Sistaz’ chronicles the complex lives of four sisters and how they dealt with life from the ordinary to extraordinary circumstances. ‘Fo’ Sistaz’ is an emotional ride that reveals self-identification and family dependency through the feminine lens of various religious and cultural perspectives. The play takes the audience on a journey to discover the…

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An Evening with LaKisha Jones, Flint Native and ‘American Idol’ Finalist

Flint native and ‘American Idol’ finalist LaKisha Jones will perform at The Whiting on Saturday, Jan. 13. The Flint Symphony Orchestra will join Ms. Jones as she performs multiple covers of contemporary hits and original scores for an exciting evening of fun and music. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. and is sponsored by the Flint Institute of Music, Black Classical Origins committee. All proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for African-American youth to take dance, music or voice lessons at FIM or receive free tickets to an FIM/Whiting…

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