'Tales from the Hood' returns for second year

FLINT, Michigan—Local residents are invited to share their stories and listen to others’ during the second annual “Tales from the Hood” event hosted by North Flint Neighborhood Action Council. 

The event is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at Mary McLeod Bethune Literacy Park, the little library at 2002 Janice Dr., near Holmes STEM Academy. 

Participants are encouraged to present in various mediums of expression, such as through story, song, dance, or spoken word. The event will include several performances as well as a book giveaway and information from vendors including Applewood, Hamilton Community Health Network, Crimestoppers, Genesee Health Systems, and HAP insurance.

“Tales from the Hood” is a chance to change perceptions and increase understanding among residents, said Jeanette Edwards, a member of the North Flint Action Council and president of Brownell-Holmes Neighborhood Association. 

“It brings the young and the old together. Because a lot of people my age and older, they’re kind of afraid of the young kids,” said Edwards. “But if they get to know them, and be around them, (older people) will find out that not everybody is out to get you.” 

Additionally, Edwards said, older people have wisdom to share with the younger generation. She hopes that by sharing their experiences different generations will see that their struggles are not that much different from the others. 

“Tales from the Hood” is largely funded by the North Flint Action Council in partnership with the Hamilton Community Health Network, Brownell-Holmes Neighborhood Association, Applewood, and the University of Michigan-Flint social work department. 

For more information or to sign up to present an act contact Phillip Kimbell of Brownell-Holmes Neighborhood Association at (810)-814-0358.  

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