(Re)Discovering Genesee County: Mott Lake

August 31, 2021

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Celebrating the author’s hometown of Flint, the county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. On Saturday, August 28, I awoke to gorgeous sunshine and blue skies and knew how I would spend the majority of my day: kayaking. It had been four years since I’d paddled Mott Lake with the Flint River Watershed Coalition. Located in […]

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Thoughts from a Black Girl in a Chaotic World: Has The Church Lost Its Witness?

November 27, 2020

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Written by Roshanda “Shani” Womack,Storyteller, Minister, Community Organizer, Musicianhttp://www.shaniwomack.com/(Notes from a rejected blog post)Posted November 23, 2020Flint, Michigan Honestly, I had planned to write on another topic. But I think back over the past summer, when we witnessed a national and global reawakening to justice for the marginalized. I remember how George Floyd’s and Breonna […]

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Flint’s Peaceful Demonstrations Are Rooted in Resilience

June 5, 2020

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This week, Flint, Michigan, known as one of the most dangerous cities in the USA, emerged as a model for peace and unity. In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands – or knee, as it were – of a white cop in Minneapolis on May […]

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Port Crescent and Back Again: My 2019 New Year’s Eve Solo Retreat at the Dark Sky Preserve

January 4, 2020

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For New Year’s, I decided I would go on solo retreat to, as I told friends, clear out the “flotsam and jetsam” of 2019 and enter 2020 spiritually clear. So on the eve of New Year’s Eve, I went back on Airbnb. It was only my second time to use this wonderful website that is […]

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Stories, Sand, and Stars: Tales of Thanksgiving and a Solo Retreat at a Michigan Dark Sky Preserve

January 4, 2020

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The 2019 Thanksgiving four-day weekend came and on Thanksgiving Thursday, I served at the annual dinner my church hosts for the homeless, and then spent a wonderful evening with friends in Lansing. My friend TY hosted all of us in her new home. TY and I first met in 2009 as foreign lecturers at East […]

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Flint’s 1st Woman Mayor on the Community Journalism Chronicles

May 6, 2018

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As a freelance writer for Flint Beat in November, 2017 ~  A three-article series about Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver on being Flint’s first woman mayor and what it has been like for her to inherit Flint’s ongoing water crisis. “Making History: Flint Mayor Karen Weaver Speaks on the Challenges of Being the City’s First Woman Mayor” http://flintbeat.com/making-history-flints-mayor-karen-weaver-speaks-on-the-challenges-of-being-the-citys-first-woman-leader/ […]

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Flint Jazz, Blues, Theatre, and Neighborhood Gatherings on the Community Journalism Chronicles

May 6, 2018

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I am a former staff writer for Flint, Michigan’s East Village Magazine ~ Below are links to articles I wrote for EVM from August to October, 2017, listed in descending order. An article about the October Flint Planning Commission meeting, in which commissioners heard testimony concerning the legal dispensing of pot in Flint. “Planning Commission begins consideration […]

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Waiting through Leaded Waters, the Flint Chronicles: Let the Arrests Begin

April 24, 2017

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So tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 is the third anniversary of the day the button was pushed to switch the Flint water supply from Detroit water (and Lake Huron) to the Flint River. And on the eve of that auspicious date, activists’ arrests have begun. Multiple Arrests Made http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2017/04/multiple_arrests_made_at_flint.html Six Protestors Released After Being Arrested […]

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Ode to an Amazing Broad

February 5, 2017

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Classy. Inspiring. Creative. Diligent. Elegant. An Amazing Broad. These were the descriptions of my Great-Aunt Betty B. Bower Steagald, who we laid to rest this week on Monday, 30 January 2017. She was 86 years old. She was daughter to my great-grandparents, Clarence and Josephine (Oom) Bower. (Family lore has it that Great-Grandpa Clarence, born […]

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Things Even Supervillains Wouldn’t Do

June 20, 2016

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Thank God for Amanda Nguyen, her organization Rise, and New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen,  who have authored and introduced The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act to the U.S. Congress where it is expected to pass unanimously. Finally, certain congressional members are leaving the dark side to vote in favor of women… How Funny Or Die […]

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