Born Frank Randall III, OVACiiR grew up in a tight-knit family on the shores of Thread Lake in Flint, Michigan. He taught himself how to play drums at the age of 5, studied piano at the age of 7, and by the age of 9 had added bass, electric guitar and keyboards to his talents.
It was about that time OVA took an interest in jazz, soaking up everything from the virtuoso piano playing of Oscar Petersen, to the jazz fusion of Roy Ayers and Herbie Hancock.
“Trendsetters always go outside the boundaries,” says OVA about his legendary predecessors, “and that’s what I try to do too. Predictability is the enemy of creativity.”
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I attended the 3rd annual Vehicle City Fashion Week Runway Show as Press. It was my first time attending any event officially as Press and it showed. I used my daughters tablet to record film only to find out that the footage file was “too large to attach to email”. Spare me!
Anyway, it was a Fashion Against Violence event and here are some of the highlights:
- Affordable and wearable fashion by Michigan designers like Good Boy, Westside Society, Mama Gone Thrifting and Jones Ave.
- Diverse models of various sizes, heights and skin tones.
- A chance to werk the runway and win cool swag!
- This dance performance.
- This adorable Sephora goodie bag!
Please visit the Vehicle City Fashion Week Facebook page for more highlights!
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
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?
Feces in the hallway and female inmates sleeping nearly on top of each other in the intake area are recurring problems at the Livingston County Jail, the sheriff confirmed Friday.
Sheriff Bob Bezotte brought those issues — including a photograph of the sleeping conditions —to light in an e-mail to the Livingston County Board of Commissioners this week, which the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus received through a Freedom of Information Act request on Friday.
“We should never be in a situation where we have eight people sleeping on top of themselves and with one toilet,” the sheriff said when asked about the living conditions at the jail.
“I put myself in that position and I would be furious. … As the sheriff and elected official, I think it¹s my duty to bring this to the attention of the commissioners,” Bezotte said. “This is an ongoing issue we have to deal with. This is not right. Period.”
County Commissioner Ronald Van Houten, who chairs the commission’s public safety committee, believes the photograph and Bezotte¹s comments are merely propaganda.
Read full story via Livingston County Jail crams female prisoners together to sleep on floor, photo shows | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.