Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County in the State of Michigan. It is located along the Flint River, 66 miles (106 km) northwest of Detroit. According to the 2010 census, Flint has a population of 102,434, making it the seventh largest city in Michigan.
Source – Wikipedia
#ImSoFlint on Twitter
#ImSoFlint on Facebook
A series of tweets by Facebook and Twitter users took over social media this week where those of us who grew up in Flint and are still living there, or in the area, proclaimed our Flint Pride, fond memories and funny stories with the rest of the world. Or anyone that cared
I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. I currently live right outside of Flint, or shall I say, down the street from Flint in Burton. I work and sometimes play in Flint. I also have a section of this network devoted of Flint (Flint Positive Spotlight). So, I am definitely So Flint!
However, like most things on social media, it is playing out (see getting on my nerves) quickly. But, I won’t complain too much. Flint is usually in the media for negative reasons so I’m happy to join the crowd. It’s fun. And, other than love we all need more fun.
What Makes YOU So Flint?
Are YOU Flint Positive?
After tours, magazine features and meeting his idols, Flint rapper Jon Connor has made his mark in one of the areas that really counts: the charts. Connor’s new album, “Unconscious State,” is on two of this week’s Billboard charts: no. 7 in the Heatseekers chart, and no. 35 in the R&B/hip-hop charts. “I remember when the album was done, I joked around with friends and said, ‘imagine if this charted.’ …The fact that it actually happened is crazy,” Connor said.
Billboard magazine’s weekly music charts are recognized internationally as the standard for tracking the most popular songs or albums through physical and digital purchases, radio airplay, YouTube views, and more.
The R&B/Hip-Hop chart is genre-specific, while the Heatseekers chart ranks albums from new artists/bands who have never landed in the top half of the company’s heralded Billboard 200 chart.
Are YOU Flint Positive?
- You Mad?? K.Michelle Lands #1 On The Billboard R&B Charts, Outsells Kelly Rowland And Ci-ERROR! (bossip.com)
- Cher’s ‘Closer to the Truth’ is Highest-Charting Solo Album Ever on Billboard 200 (broadwayworld.com)
Natasha and Tim of Odd Hours are some talented mofos (besides music). Tim is responsible for the photography of my book, Gay Pride and Gay Icons. Check it out…. Natasha is the director of Tunde Olaniran’s bad ass music video, ; which I have a role in 😉 Their trashy art rock group, Odd Hours, will be performing live Saturday, June 29th during Flint’s celebration. I got their take on
What does Gay Pride mean to you?
NATASHA: For me, Gay Pride highlights and helps expand equality for everyone and hopefully reinforces the beautiful breakdown of ugly gender stereotypes. I hope that one day all people will realize that our bodies are only here for us to walk around in- they have nothing to do with our minds, hearts, or souls.
TIM: Really, I think it boils down to lending a sense of normalcy to a lifestyle that can be seen as ‘alternative’ to some. I think Gay Pride is the first thing that has to happen on the way to losing that ‘alternative lifestyle’ label, among others.
Name a Gay icon that influences you!
NATASHA: I love how powerful and absolutely terrifying Grace Jones is. Whatever wave she’s floating on is where I want to be when I’m on stage — super focused and strong. She inspires me to push myself past my comfort zone when it comes to fashion and my body.
Who is your gay/lesbian celebrity crush?
NATASHA: I don’t have celeb crushes. I only have crushes on people I can kiss in real life.
TIM: Do you mean they are gay/ lesbian, or a crush I have on a gay or lesbian person? Closest I can think of is Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia. Hilarious, and badass singer/ guitarist, and also adorable.
What’s the oddest thing about Odd Hours as a band?
NATASHA: It’s odd that we can transition so nicely from our organized professional day lives to a dirty, sweaty, sexy mess that we become on stage — but I guess being organized is sexy too.
TIM: This is completely true. I’ve gone directly from reporting on a school board meeting for my job as a reporter with shirt, tie and everything, to throwing my clothes off, and setting up on stage for a show an hour later.
Besides music, how do you express your art and creativity?
NATASHA: I’m a video artist. Images are just as important in my life as sound. I teach video production and animation and I also co-own a video production company, called Gold House.
TIM: I’m a photographer, writer and I also do documentary work. I did a documentary in Benghazi, Libya. Now I’m working on one from Appalachia, and the Michigan State Police.
Odd Hours (OH) is a four-piece post-punk rock band based in Detroit. Formed in 2010, OH has played major Detroit festivals and released two EPs, which can be heard on oddhoursmusic.com. The OH line-up has been fleshed out with the addition of Clint Stuart on bass guitar, and Randy Hanley Jr. on drums. Leading the band are Natasha Beste on vocals and keyboard, and Tim Jagielo on guitar.
(The drummer in the video is Hakeem Ouhammou. He filled in for two shows while Hanley began to learn the songs.)
You got out of an unhappy marriage that came with many perks. What was the ultimate deal breaker in that relationship?
Whew! (LOL) looking back, there we’re so many deal breakers but like so many young girls, I was hopeful! Hopeful that marriage would change me, change him and change us as a couple. Marriage was supposed to just somehow magically fix everything that was wrong. In addition, being brought up in a Christian home, divorce was no, no! So there was definitely an internal struggle of going against my beliefs, society’s messages of being married to your Prince Charming and living happily ever after and then there was reality. And ultimately, I lost myself and was on the verge of destruction. But there were two major situations that resulted in my decision to finally leave: 1) I had shrunk into a former shell of myself. I had been reduced to nothing and I didn’t even realize who I was anymore. It was disgustingly heart wrenching to look in the mirror and hate what you have become. 2) I discovered he was cheating again so I asked him about it. Of course he denied it. So then of course I presented him with the evidence. He got so upset that he pushed me into the wall; I hit my head and blacked out. Let me tell you it’s a scary feeling to come to with someone standing over you yelling and cursing at you. But the one thing about all of it is that I never told him that I was going to leave until I had and plan and was absolutely sure I had enough courage and strength to make it on my own and never go back.
What inspired you to write L.I.F.E. Live Inspired! Feel Empowered!?
My story! And the stories of so many other women who believed that they are trapped and that there is no way out of an unhappy and unhealthy relationship. God did not take me on this journey to keep it to myself. I had to go and grow through it so that I could be a resource, a tool to other women so that they would know that they too, could find the strength and courage to leave. I also wrote it for that little girl growing up so that she could know how not to get into an unhealthy relationship and if by chance she did, she’d be able to utilize the tools and activities in Live Inspired Feel Empowered to find her way out. I wrote it for the person that’s lost and looking for a way to find themselves. It’s an olive branch, it’s hope, it’s inspiration for LIFE!
What will women gain from reading L.I.F.E. Live Inspired! Feel Empowered!?
Throughout the pages of Live Inspired Feel Empowered, you can expect to find yourself, your passion and your Purpose! You will laugh, cry, scream and shout praises as you turn the pages of this book. But most importantly, you will find a healing and you will find peace. You will learn to live L.I.F.E.! When you find it difficult to read some of the pages in the book, I encourage you not to give up but to push to your breakthrough. No one ever said that growth was instant or easy because if it were, we would all be where we want to be and who we want to be. It takes time, effort and work! “Faith+Action+Movement =The life you so desire,” (the Empowered Consciousness Paradigm from Live Inspired Feel Empowered.) So be patient and loving with yourself and the process.
Can men also relate to the material within the book?
Oh Absolutely! Contrary to what we’ve been taught, men and women are not that different. We both experience all the same emotions but we just may express them differently because that’s how we’ve been conditioned by society. But are the core of it all, we are all human and we all experience hurt, pain and challenges. So all the tools and activities offered in Live Inspired Feel Empowered are definitely useful to men. In fact, a few men have already read the book and said that it actually really helped them to not only understand some things about themselves but their female partner as well. So perhaps the second edition of Live Inspired Feel Empowered will be gender neutral! J
Happy is something that we’re all reaching for. How have you become one of the happiest women in the world?
(LOL) I have become one of the happiest women in the world because I have learned to Live Inspired and Feel Empowered! I know who I am! I have fully come to love, celebrate, cherish and embrace ALL that I am, without regrets or apologies! I am living my LIFE authentically within my Purpose and Passion. Within that there is an unparallelled level of peace, love, Grace and Mercy that is so profoundly powerful!
What’s next for you?
What’s next for me?! Great question! I will be finishing up my Master of Social Work degree and Doctorate of Education in Human Sexuality in December 2013. And I’m sure somewhere inside of me there are a few books waiting to present themselves to the world! (LOL) I also am in the process of writing a producing a short documentary of Black women and sexuality as part of my Doctorate program, so that should be out soon as well! I’m trying to a movement of empowered women that are going to change this world! At the end of the day, I just want to leave a lasting legacy of empowerment, love, joy, peace and sex positive messages that will transcend time!
Where can we purchase your book and find out more about you?
Live Inspired Feel Empowered is available from the following locations: www.bn.com, www.amazon.com, Pages Bookstore in Flint, MI and Nubian Bookstore in Southlake Mall, Atlanta, GA. Please continue to check as more locations will be added soon.,
Are YOU Flint Positive?
Are YOU Flint Positive?
Name and Occupation:
Latonya G. Givens aka Tone Trezure. I am an singer/artist/ musician and composer.
What do you love about being a woman?
What I love about being a woman is that we hold the keys to any or everything in this world. We have the power to heal, to nurture to sculpt minds. The first voice a child hears is it’s mothers. We have the power to make or break souls.
What do you hate about being a woman?
What is there truly to hate about being a woman? I am provided the same opportunities as men and I have more weapons to win the world over. These long lashes, my beautiful brown eyes, my curvy hips, my big lips… a brain the size of Mt. Rushmore with a imagination that won’t stop. I love being a woman. I love the fact that I can mind-f@ck just about anyone if they let me. Hypnotizing…
Something about you that would shock people?
Something about me that would shock people is that I wanted to be a Country and Western singer when I was growing up. I love storytelling and no one tells a story like a good soul from the country.