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    Flint’s presence on ‘Compton,’ Dr. Dre’s first album in nearly 16 years

    Dr. Dre’s first album in nearly 16 years is inspired by his group N.W.A. and pays homage to his hometown of Compton, but Flint, Mich. has a big presence on the record, too. Flint emcee and Aftermath Entertainment signee Jon Connor has two appearances on the album (including his own song with Snoop Dogg), and longtime […]

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    Big Sean hosts early screening of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ in metro Detroit

    The N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” hits theaters on Aug. 14, and I saw the film at an early screening in metro Detroit that included a Q&A with Ice Cube, F Gary Gray, and actors O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Jason Mitchell, moderated by Big Sean. CLICK HERE to read my story for BET.

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    Initial thoughts of ‘Straight Outta Compton’

    I’ll need a little more time before I can really tackle the film critically, but I really enjoyed #StraightOuttaCompton during an early screening I saw in the Detroit area on Wednesday, July 23. So this isn’t a full review, as much as just some early impressions. The film was cast incredibly well: the actor who played […]

  • Heartbeats L.O.S member William Gill performs for a nearly sold out crowd alongside the other four members and a live band on Friday evening, Jan. 23, 2015, at the New McCree Theatre -- located at the old Flint Powers Catholic High School building -- in Flint. This was the first show that was filled to the brim with people after the theatre's move from its old home at 5005 Cloverlawn -- also known as the former Urban League building -- in September. Sam Owens | MLive.com

    The history of McCree Theatre, Flint’s afrocentric community theater program, in three acts

    I’ve been following McCree Theatre, a black community theater and outreach program, since I started at The Flint Journal. The result is a three-act story about the rise, fall and resurrection of the program. This took a long time to do, but it was great because the story evolved as I was writing it, so […]

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    Obituary for Vernon Merritt Jr., the founder of Flint’s first black-owned FM radio station

    Flint recently lost Vernon Merritt Jr., the founder of the city’s first black-owned FM radio station WDZZ. I had the honor of speaking to his friends and family to write his obituary for Flint Journal. Based on what I’ve heard from him, he’s everything I would like to be: someone who was brave enough to take a […]

  • Eric Marks Jr., a senior at Montrose High School, is involved in several school activities. On Friday, he hosted a talk show for Montrose fifth-graders about the dangers of smoking, during which he used humor to prove his points.

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Eric Marks Jr., a senior at Montrose High School, does a variety of school activities. On Friday he hosted a "talk show" for fifth graders in Montrose about the dangers of smoking using humor to prove a point. 

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    Michelle Obama honors late Gates Millennium Scholar, aerospace engineer from Flint

    I wrote about Eric Marks Jr., an aspiring aerospace engineer from Flint who was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama after he died at age 23 this month. His story was so inspiring: not only for how dedicated he was to pursuing his own professional goals, but for how he pursued service to others just […]

  • Angela Davis, author, educator and iconic civil rights activist, speaks during her visit to the University of Michigan-Flint, where she spoke at a question and answer gathering and separate auditorium lecture on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 in Flint. Jake May | MLive.com

    Civil rights icon Angela Davis visits Flint

    I’ve wanted to cover race and social issues more over the past few years, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so: a visit to Flint by civil rights icon, author and scholar Angela Davis. I didn’t get to speak to her personally, but it was a privilege to hear her speak and to cover her time in […]

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    King 810’s David Gunn talks life in Flint and unapologetically describing city woes

    I spoke to KING 810’s David Gunn recently for The Flint Journal, and he had a lot to say. Check the story to see his thoughts about growing up in Flint, filming their video for “Fat Around The Heart” in Flint, and using King 810’s music to tell his grim story of the city, despite […]

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Flint’s presence on ‘Compton,’ Dr. Dre’s first album in nearly 16 years

Dr. Dre’s first album in nearly 16 years is inspired by his group N.W.A. and pays homage to his hometown of Compton, but Flint, Mich. has a big presence on the record, too. Flint emcee and Aftermath Entertainment signee Jon Connor has two appearances on the album (including his own song with Snoop Dogg), and longtime […]

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Big Sean hosts early screening of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ in metro Detroit

The N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” hits theaters on Aug. 14, and I saw the film at an early screening in metro Detroit that included a Q&A with Ice Cube, F Gary Gray, and actors O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Jason Mitchell, moderated by Big Sean. CLICK HERE to read my story for BET.

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Initial thoughts of ‘Straight Outta Compton’

I’ll need a little more time before I can really tackle the film critically, but I really enjoyed #StraightOuttaCompton during an early screening I saw in the Detroit area on Wednesday, July 23. So this isn’t a full review, as much as just some early impressions. The film was cast incredibly well: the actor who played […]