Undeterred by COVID, Flint Youth Film Festival goes on; will “make magic” online
Jun25

Undeterred by COVID, Flint Youth Film Festival goes on; will “make magic” online

  By Patsy Isenberg Faced with an unexpected pandemic shutdown and COVID-19 restrictions, those in charge of planning the 2020 Flint Youth Film Festival found a logical solution to getting the films out to the public:   they’ll be shown on the festival’s YouTube channel. Films from the 5th annual festival, for Michigan young people 13-25, will be screened on YouTube July 1-18 at youtube.com/flintyouthfilmfestival. The awards...

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Education Beat:  Northwestern needs $4 million in upgrades;  where will junior high students go?
Jun25

Education Beat: Northwestern needs $4 million in upgrades; where will junior high students go?

By Harold C. Ford “We should’ve never moved in that [Northwestern] building.” …Vera Perry, trustee, Flint Board of Education “We create the instability that we face.” …Diana Wright, vice-president, Flint Board of Education At its meeting June 9, the board of education of Flint Community Schools (FCS) was informed that it would cost the school district an estimated $4 million to bring the Northwestern campus up to speed in terms of...

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Education Beat:  FCS moves on $95 million budget; grapples with pandemic, closures, contracts
Jun24

Education Beat: FCS moves on $95 million budget; grapples with pandemic, closures, contracts

By Harold C. Ford As an eventful 2019-2020 educational year came to an official close  June 18 for Flint Community School (FCS) students, the district’s board of education met a total of 10 times in the months of May and June. On June 17, Casey Lester, FCS board president, figuratively and remotely banged the final gavel on a tumultuous year marked by: a global pandemic that shut brick-and-mortar schools; dramatic and sudden changes...

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Progressive get-out-the-vote teams to visit Flint Democrats soon
Jun24

Progressive get-out-the-vote teams to visit Flint Democrats soon

By Tammy Beckett Field representatives from the Progressive Turnout Project, a national grassroots get-out-the-vote organization, are expected to appear on many Democratic voters’ doorsteps in Flint in the next few weeks–and the organization is looking for local residents to be trained for those jobs. Sylvia Brown, one of the organization’s Michigan district operations directors,  joined in a recent Zoom meeting of...

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Children’s Poetry Show goes ZOOM to feature Poet Laureate Semaj Brown June 29
Jun23

Children’s Poetry Show goes ZOOM to feature Poet Laureate Semaj Brown June 29

By Jan Worth-Nelson “Dreaming, Imagining Good Happenings” is the theme of a children’s poetry show featuring Flint’s poet laureate Semaj Brown via  Zoom/Facebook Live at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 29. “All children everywhere, inside and outside of Flint,”  are invited to join in, Brown said. The event also is a celebration of a donation of children’s poetry books from the Genesee County Medical...

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