Flint is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is located along the Flint River. The 2009 Census Bureau Estimate places the population at 111,475, making Flint the seventh largest city in Michigan.
Flint's history is reflected in its legacy of racial discrimination and tension. From the turn of the 20th century, African Americans in particular were drawn to Flint, as were most migrants, by the lure of work in the factories. However, for much of this time General Motors did not hire African Americans to assembly positions, and they were excluded from affluent neighborhoods like the East Village through housing compacts. Despite such discrimination, the Flint City Council selected Floyd McCree as mayor, making him one of the first African American mayors of a large city. The city diversified as a whole, and by the 1990s African Americans formed a plurality of the population, and a majority by the 2000 census. Mexican Americans remain a small but demographically significant population within Flint. Recent politics have typically polarized along racial lines, with candidates appealing to a small swing contingent of African American voters. Such contentions have been most pronounced recently in the successful 2002 recall election of African American mayor Woodrow Stanley.
The North Side and 5th Ward are predominantly African American, with such historic districts as Buick City and Civic Park on the north, and Sugar Hill, Floral Park, and Kent and Elm Parks on the south. Many of these neighborhoods were the original centers of early Michigan blues.
The South Side in particular was also a center for multi-racial migration from Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Deep South since World War II. These neighborhoods are most often lower income, but have maintained some level of economic stratification.
The East Side is the site of the Applewood Mott Estate, and Mott Community College, the Cultural Center, and East Village, one of Flint's more prosperous areas. Just north is Eastside Proper, also known as the "State Streets," a low-income rental area that has rapidly diversified and is the center of Flint's Hispanic community. Eastside has had trouble with prostitution, particularly in districts centered on Dort Highway and Olive Avenue.
The West Side includes the main site of the 1937 sitdown strike, the Mott Park neighborhood, Kettering University, and the historic Woodcroft Estates, owned in the past by legendary automotive executives and current home to prominent and historic Flint families such as the Motts, the Manleys, and the Smiths.
The Flint radio market has a rich history. WAMM-AM 1420 (started in 1955, now gospel station WFLT) on the city's eastside was one of the first stations in the country to program to the black community and was also where legendary DJ Casey Kasem had his first radio job.
Flint lies within the humid continental climate zone, with four distinct seasons. Summer is very warm and humid, with a July daily mean temperature of 70.6 °F, and highs reaching 90 °F on about 7 days per year. Winters are cold and snowy, with a January average of 21.3 °F and lows falling to 0 °F or below on 10 to 11 nights a season.
WAKL 88.9 FM Flint, MI Christian Contemporary
WDZZ 92.7 FM Flint, MI Urban Contemporary
WRCL 93.7 FM Frankenmuth, MI Hip Hop
WKQI 95.5 FM Detroit, MI Top-40
WXYT 97.1 FM Detroit, MI Sports
WJIM 97.5 FM Lansing, MI Top-40
WIOG 102.5 FM Bay City, MI Top-40
WMRP (LPFM) 104.7 FM Variety
WWCK 105.5 FM Flint, MI Top-40
WTLZ 107.1 FM Saginaw, MI Urban Contemporary
WFLT 1420 AM Flint, MI Gospel Music
A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.
Kings & Queens Place - 3122 Clio Rd - Flint, MI 48504 (810) 394-9369
Mama Ya's House of Beauty - Category: Hair Salons - Specializing in Natural hair, braids, locs, twists, interlocs, loc extensions. Step into a mo beautiful u. 3461 Lippincott Blvd. Flint, Michigan (810) 715-7150 - (visit website)
Mohamed African Hair Braiding - 109 East 3rd Street - Flint, MI 48502 (810) 238-1092
Nina's Black Hair Care Salon Service - All hair types including natural hair as well as chemically straightened or treated hair. - G-3467 Flushing Rd, Flint, MI 48504 (810) 449-2943
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Salaam Akhou & Akhte Barber & Beauty Shop - 6602 North Saginaw Street - Flint, MI 48505 (810) 789-7743
Sauga's Fabulous Hair Braiding & Weaving - 1207 North Ballenger Highway - Flint, MI 48504 (810) 232-3376
BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.
African American Advisory Group (AAAG) - African American Advisory Group advises the Regional Chamber about the barriers, challenges and opportunities facing the African American small business community. - 519 S. Saginaw St. Suite 200 - Mott Foundation Building - Flint, MI 48502 (810) 600-1404
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Big Sis - - 615 M L King Avenue - Flint, MI 48502 (810) 766-8810
Down Home Soul Food - 3810 Clio Road, Flint, MI 48505 (810)-785-7511
Its All Good Soul Food - 809 Welch Boulevard - Flint, MI 48504 (810) 249-7685
CITY VIDEO CONNECTION
My name is Reginald Kaigler and in this video provides a little insight into my early life in Flint, Michigan and provide a tour which includes the University of Michigan-Flint, Central High School, Flint Institute of Arts, Sloan Museum and number neighborhoods.
Bethel Ame Church - 773 E Gillespie Avenue, Flint, MI 48505 (810) 785-7584
Blackwell AME Zion Church - 1902 Sonny St, Flint, MI 48504 (810) 785-0735
Bountiful Love Ministries Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - G-3432 W. Pasadena Ave., Flint, MI 48504 (810) 230-0671
Civic Heights Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - 3610 Wisner, Flint, MI 48504 (810) 785-5332
Community Impact Church - 413 W. Russell Ave. Flint, MI A non-denominational church in two locations, Auburn Hills and Flint, MI. Our mission is to develop individuals, families and communities to impact the world for Jesus Christ. Our vision is building people to build communities - (visit website)
Deliverance Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - 3311 Mildred, Flint, MI 48505 (810) 785-0094
Eureka Bible Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - 1602 Delaware, Flint, MI 48505 (810) 233-6315
Faith Gospel Temple Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - 1625 Kent, Flint, MI 48503 (810) 235-9791
Gift of Life Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - 1537 S. Saginaw, Flint, MI 48503 (810) 872-0500
Grace Deliverance Tabernacle Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - 4401 M.L. King Drive, Flint, MI 48505 (810) 659-1029
House Of Prayer Full Gospel Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - 1116 Humphrey, Flint, MI 48505 (810) 789-3403
New Life Tabernacle Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - 4401 Selby, Flint, MI 48505 (810) 787-9757
New St. James Memorial Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - 2229 Carpenter Road, Flint, MI 48505 (810) 787-7752 / (810) 789-2745
Open Door Temple Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - 3925 North Term Street, Flint, MI 48506 (810) 640-3418
Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church - 2101 Lippincott Blvd. - Flint, MI 48503 (810) 238-5636 - (visit website)
Rhema Word of Faith Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - 1352 N. Chevrolet, Flint, MI 48504 (810) 875-9713
St. George Bethel Church of God in Christ - Category: Black Church - 3801 M.L. King Drive, Flint, MI 48505 (810) 787-6831
Vernon Chapel AME Church - 5802 Dupont St, Flint, MI 48505 (810) 785-5721 - (visit website)
Nathan J's Cocktail & Lace - 2341 S Dort Hwy, Flint, MI 48507 (810) 233-0774
Tunnel - 4443 Clio Rd, Flint, MI 48504 (810) 785-6666
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