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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.
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Nearly 6,000 signatures verified to move forward with recall efforts against Flint’s mayor

(Updated with comment from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver) FLINT, MI — City officials have determined that 5,951 of nearly 9,000 signatures submitted to recall Flint Mayor Karen Weaver are valid. Arthur Woodson, the man seeking to remove Weaver from office, turned in nearly 8,848 signatures after canvassing Flint neighborhoods for nearly 60 days with volunteers […]

Flint playwright says he plans to inspire the city one play at a time

FLINT, MI — Laughter and inspiration is needed in this city, says one Flint area man – And he plans to bring it one play at a time. Local playwright, Andrew L. Aikins, is set to debut his latest work “God Kissed It, The Devil Missed” it at the University of Michigan-Flint Theatre on July 7, […]

Man seeking recall turns in thousands of signatures to unseat Flint Mayor Karen Weaver

FLINT, MI — The Genesee County Clerk Office has confirmed that more than 8,000 signatures were turned in today to unseat Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. Flint resident, Arthur Woodson, submitted 780 petition sheets to the County Clerk. Woodson who is seeking to recall Weaver over the city’s controversial trash contract, turned in the signatures after […]

Recall leader says he’s set to turn in thousands of signatures to unseat Flint Mayor Karen Weaver

Flint, Mich. — The man pushing recall efforts against Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says he along with volunteers have collected nearly 9,000 signatures in hopes of removing Weaver from office. Arthur Woodson, the man behind the recall efforts, is expected to turn in recall petitions today at the Genesee County Clerk Office at 3 p.m. […]

State-appointed board backs liens on Flint properties

Nearly 8,000 Flint property owners could face foreclosures after the state-appointed board overseeing Flint’s finances voted June 27, 2017 against a moratorium put in place by the Flint City Council. The Receivership Transition Advisory Board voted against the move put in place by the council on May 17, 2017 during a special Flint City Council […]

Flint NAACP to hold city council candidate forum

FLINT, MI — Flint’s NAACP will hold a Flint City Council candidate forum on Tuesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Flint Public Library. The forum, “A Candidate’s Forum,”  is being hosted by the Flint Branch of the NAACP Political Action Committee from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on both days in the […]

Flint City Council meeting postponed following Bishop Airport attack

FLINT, MI – A Flint City Council meeting was cancelled today after officials heightened security at city hall following a stabbing at Bishop International Airport. Lt. Jeff Neville was stabbed in the neck today by a Canadian-born suspect causing law enforcement officials to evacuate and close Bishop Airport. “We did not know what we were […]

The battle of two youth programs – Flint city officials go toe to toe

FLINT, MI – It’s a battle of programs. Two programs both created to serve Flint youth – One being supported by Flint City Council and another that has favor from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s administration. But so far, no one knows what the future will bring for either financially. Both parties held press conferences on […]

Mayor demands apology from Steve Harvey over insensitive Flint water crisis comment

FLINT, MI – Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is demanding an apology from comedian Steve Harvey after he made comments about the city’s water crisis. “As Mayor for the City of Flint, and someone who has been on your show and spoken with you personally about the “Flint Water Crisis.” I was deeply saddened by your […]

State-appointed board postpones decision on liens on thousands of Flint homes

FLINT, MI – The state-appointed board overseeing Flint’s finances say they are holding off on a decision as to whether a move by the Flint City Council to prevent liens from being placed on thousands of homes in the city will stand. The Receivership Transition Advisory Board voted to revisit a moratorium Flint City Council […]