Claressa Shields makes history in Flint—and she isn’t done yet

Flint, MI—Before Claressa Shields made history, before she became the first boxer—not the first woman, but the first boxer, ever, period—to win all four belts in two divisions, a feat accomplished in a mere 11 pro fights; before she stepped into the ring as the first woman in 20 years to be the featured fight […]

Flint’s north side is now home to a state-of-the-art recording studio

Flint, MI— On the second floor of the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, an organization that offers after-school programs to Flint youth, rapper Jason Crutchfield, aka Lato, bobs along to a new track. He motions something to the sound engineer Jujuan Thorn, who also teaches music production at the center. Thorn seems to understand.  He makes […]

Resilience, wholeness, Black girl magic: Poet Semaj Brown’s powerful performance

Flint, MI– Semaj Brown is not used to performing inside of a box. She said so on Feb. 24, 2021, during a live poetry reading and discussion over Zoom, with the Woodside Church.  She’s used to the stage, but that didn’t stop her from putting on a theatrical performance of her poem “Mother Ocean,” complete […]


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