Blues Festival draws jubilant crowd, features “Who’s Who” of local blues
Aug28

Blues Festival draws jubilant crowd, features “Who’s Who” of local blues

By Sherrema Bower For the performers of the eighth annual Flint Blues Festival on the lawn of the Flint Public Library Aug. 26, having a sense of connectedness to others and home was a common theme. The performance line-up, organized and headlined by Flint blues guitarist and singer Maurice Davis, brought out a “Who’s Who” of local Flint blues artists. Featured at the festival were the Greg Ellis Blues Band, Grace Thomas,...

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Detroit 1967:  a movie, a book, and a searing memory of when the riots hit Flint
Aug24

Detroit 1967: a movie, a book, and a searing memory of when the riots hit Flint

by Harold C. Ford “A riot is the language of the unheard.”  —Martin Luther King “The officer hit him and said, ‘We’re going to kill all of you black-ass nigger pimps and throw you in the river. We’re going to fill up the Detroit River with all you pimps and whores’” –from The Algiers Motel Incident, John Hersey, 1968 1960s Mississippi? No, 1960s Detroit. During the evening/early-morning hours of July 25-26, 1967 law...

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Review:  small turnout, big enthusiasms fill Meadow at Flint Jazz Festival
Aug16

Review: small turnout, big enthusiasms fill Meadow at Flint Jazz Festival

By Sherrema A. Bower “I’ll go where the jazz goes,” retiree Lamont Jones, 61, said during last weekend’s 36th Annual Flint Jazz Festival, Aug. 11-13. Jones was one of a small but enthusiastic crowd enjoying a fusion of jazz music, jazz lovers, and good food at The Meadow in the Flint Cultural Center.  The event was sponsored by the Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC). While attendance was reportedly lower than in past years, varying...

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