Book Review: A  five-day odyssey of “Motown Man” explores familiar themes, settings in Flint author Bob Campbell’s first novel
Dec16

Book Review: A five-day odyssey of “Motown Man” explores familiar themes, settings in Flint author Bob Campbell’s first novel

By Harold Ford “The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the colour-line.” –from Address to the Nations of the World, W. E. B. DuBois, July 1900 “As much as we all try to think we have all reached the promised land, the reality is there’s still alot of separation.” –Bob Campbell, Motown Man author, Dec. 11, 2020 Flint author Bob Campbell’s first book, Motown Man, was virtually launched Dec. 11 via Zoom and...

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Review:  Flint native filmmaker’s latest production puts pandemic focus on frontline workers
Sep13

Review: Flint native filmmaker’s latest production puts pandemic focus on frontline workers

By Harold C. Ford “Private industry really stepped up.” –Erin Brennan, emergency room physician “On the Line” is a refreshing antidote to a steady stream of stories about a chief executive who mishandled a pandemic and lied to the nation about its worst health crisis in a hundred years. A short film, lasting less than nine minutes, its lens is squarely focused on frontliners who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during...

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Review:  Provocative “Black Matters” exhibit continues at FIA through Oct. 11
Sep12

Review: Provocative “Black Matters” exhibit continues at FIA through Oct. 11

By Harold C. Ford “On a daily basis, every moment, black folks are being bombarded with images of our death and after a while that does something to your psyche.  It’s literally saying, ‘Black people, you might be next.  You will be next.’ ”  …Matthew Wead, artist The black and white woodcut prints of Matthew Wead’s Black Matters collection focus on tragedy: grim images of black and brown victims of police violence in the...

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Overview: Fifth Flint Youth Film Festival powered through the pandemic, thanks to teamwork and YouTube
Sep02

Overview: Fifth Flint Youth Film Festival powered through the pandemic, thanks to teamwork and YouTube

By Patsy Isenberg COVID-19 has thrown a big hit to performance arts and entertainment.  Visual arts are coming back, now that the FIA and galleries in the area have reopened. Theatre is the most challenging since audience members could wear masks and social distance in their seats but the performers need the freedom to interact with each other on stage. Recorded music continues and artists can still hold concerts if restrictions are...

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Review:  McCree Theatre vocal contest highlights local talent even in the pandemic
Jul30

Review: McCree Theatre vocal contest highlights local talent even in the pandemic

By Patsy Isenberg Through the magic of technology The New McCree Theatre continues, despite the chaos the world is experiencing, to inspire local talent and offer entertainment to the public. Not in shows–yet. But two talented singers won McCree’s recent singing competition by submitting videos of themselves to McCree’s “First Annual Online Vocal Contest” via McCree’s Facebook page. There was an adult category and a youth...

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Review:  “Begin Again” blends James Baldwin’s urgent lessons and a call to face “the American Lie”
Jul30

Review: “Begin Again” blends James Baldwin’s urgent lessons and a call to face “the American Lie”

By Robert R. Thomas BEGIN AGAIN by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is a clear example of a historical genre I call living history, i.e., history being written in real time by living historians.  Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton, where he is also the chair of the Center for African American Studies and the chair of the Department of African American Studies. Glaude’s...

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