Watch the full 'Flint Voices' mini-documentary developed by Flint Beat and Flintside

FLINT, Michigan — The full 18-minute, mini-documentary produced as part of an exhibit highlighting the role of the arts and the importance of strong local journalism in building community during Yo-Yo Ma's Day of Action in Flint is now available online.

The video premiered during the "Flint Voices: Culture, Community, and Resilience" event hosted by Ma on Feb. 28 at Berston Field House. The free public event included performances by dozens of artists of all ages and genres, food, and a celebration of the profound impact the arts have on a community.

Through a partnership with the Wallace House in Ann Arbor, the impact and importance of community journalism also was highlighted during the event. Flintside and Flint Beat collaborated to create the video as part of their exhibit to explore the role of arts and community journalism as platforms for authentic community voice. 

Produced by local photographer and videographer Mike Naddeo features Sandra Branch of Flint Public Art Project; Ira Dorsey, famed rapper from the Dayton Family; Amber Hasan, spoken word and hiphop artist known as the Loud Mouth Ghetto Girl; Jiquanda Johnson, publisher and editor of Flint Beat; student journalist Joshua Johnson; Maryum Rasool, executive director of the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village; Marjory Raymer, publisher and managing editor of Flintside; artist Lavarne Ross; and Charles Winfrey, executive director of The NEW McCree Theatre. 

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