As Woodside takes on new life in its MCC era, neighbors praise, question and complain
May18

As Woodside takes on new life in its MCC era, neighbors praise, question and complain

By Jan Worth-Nelson A small patch of trees known for decades as the Woodside Woods has become a point of contention since Mott Community College bought the historic Woodside Church on the southeast side of the campus eight months ago,  with neighbors in the College Cultural neighborhood surrounding the college both praising MCC’s plans for the $8.5 million expansion and renovation of the former church and questioning the...

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Flint Roller Derby team pairs competitive sport with high-energy fun
May17

Flint Roller Derby team pairs competitive sport with high-energy fun

By Dylan Doherty and Meghan Christian Grace Seymore had been a roller derby skater for a year before her team dissolved as she was considering moving from Clarkston to Flint.  Looking to join a team again, she dropped in on a practice session of the Flint Roller Derby crew. What she saw there immediately got her attention, and she tried out. “These people are fucking amazing,” she remembers thinking,  “This is terrifying.  I need to...

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The “universal good medicine” of Flint artist Pauly M. Everett
May16

The “universal good medicine” of Flint artist Pauly M. Everett

By Jeffery L Carey, Jr. In Flint artist Pauly Everett’s work, a mixed media mash-up of pop culture icons and comic book details are delivered in exuberant primary colors and a hip-hop street art flavor.   He calls his signature style  “city psychedelic art,” and from his crowded, bright studio, Everett, 29,  has established himself not just as a maker of vivid canvases but also as a community-spirited benefactor of...

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Resist “siren call of sameness,” attract internationals to help Flint thrive, experts say
May15

Resist “siren call of sameness,” attract internationals to help Flint thrive, experts say

By Jeffery L. Carey Jr. For Flint to thrive, the city needs to become a diverse international community, economic experts told a lively crowd of about 60 at The Ferris Wheel downtown May 7. In fact, one speaker asserted, creating an ethnically diverse team produces provably better results than just one person, and urged the audience to steer clear of “the siren call of sameness.” The event, “Going Global,” was co-sponsored by...

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Review:   Extraordinary NatGeo issue upends what we think we know about race
May15

Review: Extraordinary NatGeo issue upends what we think we know about race

By Robert R. Thomas Marcia and Millie Biggs grace the cover of National Geographic’s April 2018 special issue titled “Black and White.” They are fraternal twin sisters, daughters of a bi-racial couple. As the subtitle indicates, “These twin sisters make us rethink everything we know about race.” The key factor, Marcia points out, is “People are made how they are.” Her mother adds, “It’s genes.” The real story in black and white is not...

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