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.
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.
This music video, made by D-Fro (a producer/MC out of the Owosso/Flint area) and directed by label mate Tim Evans, promotes you to never give up on yourself, even if the world around us wants us to sometimes. D-Fro is an advocate for self-discovery and awareness of world affairs. Check out more at www.fb.com/dfromusic.
Q: I’m not normally an unhappy person, but each year during Christmas I feel really alone and depressed. What is my problem?
A: You may be suffering from the “Winter Blues”. If so, I feel for you because I also get a lil’ depressed and very unmotivated during the cold seasons. “They” say there is special lighting for folks like us to use that will give us the feeling of sunlight, but I’m no dummy. If it’s not real sunlight I don’t want it. Besides, I know that it’s cold, wet, and grey outside. I guess our problem is that we live in Michigan and not Florida. We both should consult a physician on this one.
On the other hand, the media at large puts a lot of pressure on us to be joyous and uplifting during this time of year by selling us the perfect family holiday scene in almost every Christmas film that has ever been made. Don’t let this lie fool you; no one has a family like that and if they do it’s not always peachy. I’m not sure what you believe in spiritually or otherwise, but rely on your own brand of faith to get through it. And remember, we only have a few more months of Winter to go!
Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as an ex fighter, deadbeat dad, and all around asshole. I loved it! I was vehemently against seeing this film at first, but then I said…what the hell! Real Steel takes place in the future when robots instead of humans compete inside the ring. Hugh Jackman’s character has fallen on hard times and owes money for lost fights with his robot. His son, who he hasn’t seen since he was an infant, is back in his life because his mother died. A fully working robot (Atom) the son finds while they are stealing old robot parts changes their lives.
I loved this film because it deals with the serious issue of deadbeat dads. It made me look at the non-custodial side of things and it also seemed to point out that if more deadbeat dads were to just spend a little time with their children that they would never want to be apart from them again. It is indeed a parents loss when they choose not to be involved in their childrens life.
Real Steel was shot in Michigan and there is a Flint connection to this film. Wendel Millstead, who I have worked with before on two Anarchy Productions projects, appears in this film as a lead extra. He’s the bald white guy that works on Zeus’s team as security.
Spoiler alert: I also loved the way this film ended. Atom didn’t win the fight, but he is the champion. I had to throw my fist in the air and cheer! Yea, I know I’m corny. So what! This is a great family film. Take the kids and enjoy!