Flint’s Poet Laureate, Semaj Brown, receives $50,000 award from the American Academy of Poets for civic project
Jun16

Flint’s Poet Laureate, Semaj Brown, receives $50,000 award from the American Academy of Poets for civic project

By Tom Travis The American Academy of Poets has chosen Flint’s Poet Laureate, Semaj Brown, as one of 2021 Poet Laureate Fellows. Brown was chosen along with 22 other Poets Laureate from across the country. Each of the winners will receive $50,000 for their literary work as well as a project of their choosing with a “civic focus.” “I thank you all. Also thank you to the Academy of American Poets. To the...

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Profile:  30 years later, Ben Hamper remembers Rivethead, his legacy of “that one story, that one guy”
Jun12

Profile: 30 years later, Ben Hamper remembers Rivethead, his legacy of “that one story, that one guy”

By Jan Worth-Nelson At a back corner table at Churchhill’s, escaping to AC on a muggy Tuesday afternoon in Flint, Ben Hamper takes a swig of his signature Jim Beam and Diet Coke and reflects on the 30 years since the country came to know him as an exuberantly profane, honest and hilariously irreverent blue collar bard. He was The Rivethead. His 1991 book Rivethead:  Tales from the Assembly Line, is a raucous, scathing and sometimes...

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Flint City Council fails to adopt budget second time:  City’s ability to spend money ends June 30.
Jun10

Flint City Council fails to adopt budget second time: City’s ability to spend money ends June 30.

By Tom Travis This article has been updated to include a press release from Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley warning of a potential city government shutdown due to the city council’s failure to pass a budget. – EVM Editor For a second time in one week the city council failed to adopt a budget. At this time there is no other special council meeting scheduled. The resolution to adopt the budget was presented first through a...

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Councilperson Eric Mays fires off response to Neeley’s press release:  “We’re dealing with a deceptive, trickery, lying type of mayor”
Jun09

Councilperson Eric Mays fires off response to Neeley’s press release: “We’re dealing with a deceptive, trickery, lying type of mayor”

By Tom Travis Councilperson Eric Mays (1st Ward) Tuesday contacted East Village Magazine (EVM) to respond to Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s press release about the council’s failure to adopt a budget in Monday’s meeting. Mays said he objected to Neeley calling the council as a whole, dysfunctional. Mays retorted, “I think we’re dealing with a deceptive, trickery, lying type of a mayor. In order for the council to...

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City Council fails to pass budget – Mayor Neeley delivers terse response
Jun08

City Council fails to pass budget – Mayor Neeley delivers terse response

By Tom Travis Despite a nine-hour meeting, the Flint City Council failed to adopt a budget Monday night, thereby violating the city charter which calls for the budget for the next fiscal year to be approved by the first Monday in June. The meeting began at 6:30 p.m. and stretched into the early morning hours of Tuesday, ending just after 3 a.m. In the face of no budget adoption by council, Mayor Sheldon Neeley released a terse...

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