Author
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
.
Local church says they are not cutting checks to pay just any water bill

FLINT, MI – Officials at a local church say they can help some people with water related bills but they are not cutting checks to everyone. A Facebook rumor that Woodside Church in Flint is cutting checks to pay Flint residents’ water bills is not true. “We will do everything we can to help but […]

See what Flint City Councilman Eric Mays had to say about pawning his city issued laptop

FLINT, MI – A Flint City Council member has filed an complaint against Councilman Eric Mays for pawning his city issued laptop. Councilman Scott Kincaid says when Mays pawned the laptop issued to him after he took seat on the council he was misusing city property. “It was a misuse of public equipment owned by […]

A Flint city councilman faces scrutiny for pawning his city issued laptop

FLINT, MI – Flint City Councilman Eric Mays says he fell on hard times and pawned his city issued laptop for $100. The laptop was issued to Mays after he came into office November 2013. Mays said he has plans to make good on the $100 loan with Music Man Pawnshop located across the street […]

Flint Mayor creates loosely regulated fund after water funds diversion allegations, report says

FLINT, MI – A sworn testimony revealed that Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and her adviser Aonie Gilcreast allegedly created a loosely regulated fund weeks after Weaver fired former City Administrator Natasha Henderson. A May 22, 2017 ABC12 report says, both Weaver and Gilcreast opened a 527 fund, which is loosely regulated. The fund was allegedly […]

Flint City Council puts end to threats of property liens during city’s water crisis

FLINT, MI – The Flint City Council voted 8 – 0 in favor of a moratorium putting a stop to potential liens on thousands of properties in Flint for overdue utility bills. The decision came after Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s office issued lien threat notices to nearly 8,000 Flint property owners. “This is not right,” […]

Flint City Council calls special meeting to put a stop to property liens

FLINT, MI – The Flint City Council has called a special meeting in hopes of putting a stop to threats of property liens for nonpayment of water bills. The move comes after Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s office issued letters to thousands of Flint property owners saying liens will be placed on some Flint properties for […]

Flint residents face evictions as city makes push to collect water bill debt

FLINT, MI — City officials are asking for assistance to help relocate residents at a mobile home park on Flint’s south side. According to city records, owners of Elms Mobile Home Park have a past due balance of $141,323.11 in utility debt owed to Flint. The owners, Elm Investors, LLC only made one payment since […]

Mott Community College student’s Flint water crisis artwork gains attention on Facebook

FLINT, MI – The assignment was simple. Create a piece of art focused on a cause or an issue. But the issue that Kawatha Tobias, an art student at Mott Community College, chose is one she lives every day – the Flint water crisis. “There was a long list of different things I could have […]

The ‘remarkable’ way volunteers support Flint high school students

FLINT, MI —It’s 6:45 am on a Monday and Pastor Jimmie Whitaker along with nearly 20 other people line up at the two entry ways of Northwestern high school waiting for buses to arrive. “Good morning,” Whitaker says to students coming into the building. “Stay focused.” “Stay on point.” “Stay engaged.” “I’m proud of you.” […]

Recall efforts may launch another mayor’s race for Flint

FLINT, MI – If backers of a recall effort to remove Flint Mayor Karen Weaver make good on collecting nearly 6,000 signatures Flint could have another mayor’s race. According to the Michigan recall law, people wanting to compete for the mayor’s seat would have to collect 900 signatures to be put on the November ballot […]