Jiquanda Johnson
Flint Beat‘s founder and publisher, Jiquanda Johnson is a Flint-area native with more than 16 years of experience in journalism including print, television and digital media. She has worked for The Detroit News, NBC25, Fox and MLive Media Group/The Flint Journal, where she covered the city of Flint. As a reporter covering Flint for MLive, Jiquanda discovered that the community needed a news publication focused only on Flint, Mich. Flint Beat was launched on March 13, 2017 to fill that need.
Jiquanda Johnson Articles
‘He didn’t deserve this,’ says peer of 10-year-old boy’s death

FLINT. MI — He was a typical 10-year-old boy. Jacques Allen loved to watch YouTube, go fishing and sledding and hanging out with friends. So far, everyone says the same thing. Jacques was just a “good kid.” “He loved to dance. He loved his game. He was loved. He was kind. He was sharing. He […]

Civil Rights leader, Flint mayor advocate Rev. Jesse Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

FLINT, MI — One of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s biggest supporters has announced that he has Parkinson’s Disease. Civil Rights leader and political activist, Rev. Jesse Jackson, told the public in a press release, Nov. 17 that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease after undergoing a number of tests. “Throughout my career of service God has […]

Doctor claps back after state cancels fourth water committee meeting

FLINT, MI — A committee appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to work on Flint water crisis issues has canceled its fourth meeting in a row. Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee appointee Dr. Lawrence Reynolds said there are a number of issues that could have been discussed in the meeting originally scheduled for Nov. 16. “Dear […]

Event to feed hundreds of needy Flint families

FLINT — Organizers of a free Thanksgiving holiday event are making preparations to feed hundreds of needy families in the Flint area. Blessed to Be Blessing, in its ninth year, will take place Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Center for Hope located at 517 E. Fifth Street in Flint. The event features […]

Flint rapper takes on politics, urges community to head to the polls

FLINT, MI — After watching political tensions in Flint including the city’s controversial trash dispute and a mayor recall effort, Ira Dorsey who is known for his work with Flint’s Dayton Family said it was time for the community to step up. The rapper used his lyrical skills to shed light on Flint’s water crisis […]

Recall investigation called for background check on man seeking to remove Flint mayor, police say

FLINT, MI – The Flint Police Department say they did nothing wrong in doing a criminal background check on the man who pushed recall efforts against Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. Flint Deputy Police Chief Devon Bernritter sent a reply to the Michigan State Police regarding a 90-day notice asking Flint Police to explain a Law […]

Investigation launched into whether Flint Police conducted an illegal criminal background check

FLINT, MI — The Michigan State Police is investigating whether someone within the Flint Police Department ran an illegal criminal background check on the man who pushed recall efforts to remove Flint Mayor Karen Weaver from office. Arthur Woodson, who launched a recall against Weaver earlier this year, filed a complaint with MSP in August […]

Police request warrant in complaint filed against Flint City Council candidate

FLINT, MI – Flint Police are seeking criminal charges against a city council candidate after a complaint said she allegedly misreported her residency in seeking the Sixth Ward Council seat. Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson said his department submitted a warrant request against Sixth Ward council candidate Chia Morgan after former Flint City Council primary […]

Flint City Administrator set to refute accusations of bribery on local radio show

FLINT, MI – City Administrator Sylvester Jones is taking his claims that witness testimonies saying he offered bribes to people in hopes of stopping recall efforts against Flint Mayor Karen Weaver were “untrue” to airways. According to radio show host, AC Dumas, Jones will be a special guest on the show, “Truth shall make you […]

County clerk says recall efforts likely to move forward despite Flint mayor’s challenge

FLINT, MI — Mayor Karen Weaver is challenging recall signatures submitted in hopes to remove her from office. According to the Genesee County Clerk’s Office, Weaver is contesting at least 1,200 of 5,951 signatures certified by Flint City Clerk Inez Brown’s office. Weaver filed paperwork challenging the signatures on July 31, 2017 – The last […]