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Little Miss Flint Mari Copeny To Be Honored With The Changemaker Award At The 2022 Billboard Music Awards

Mari Copeny will be receiving a special honor for her extraordinary efforts to better the Flint, MI community. According to Billboard, Copeny, 14, will become a Billboard Music Awards Changemaker at the upcoming “2022 Billboard Music Awards” (BBMAs), joining former recipients like Trae The Truth and Killer Mike.

May 4, 2022

Byron Allen's Allen Media Broadcasting Purchases ABC Affiliate WJRT-TV For $70M

Talk about money moves! PR Newswire reports that Byron Allen’s Allen Media Broadcasting (Allen Media) has purchased ABC affiliate WJRT-TV located in Flint, MI for $70 million in cash. Once the deal is closed Allen Media, founded by Allen in 1993, will own and operate 24 local television stations in 20 markets. They will also own and operate 12 television networks which include The Weather Channel and the free-streaming service, Local Now. The close of the Gray/Meredith transaction is reportedly anticipated to take place in the third or fourth quarter of this year (2021). “We are delighted to win the process to add this wonderful local television station and its great employees to the fast-growing Allen Media Group family,” said Allen , Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Allen Media in an official press release. “Over the past year-and-a-half, we’ve invested close to $1 billion to acquire best-in-class, top-tier, broadcast network affiliates and we plan to invest approximately ten billion...

Jul 16, 2021

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Is Helping Flint Students Get Laptops

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk is donating $423,600 to help Flint Community School seventh and eighth graders purchase laptops. The Musk Foundation is dedicated to renewable energy research and advocacy; human space exploration research and advocacy; science and engineering education; and pediatric research. Musk’s donation to the school district is not the first for the tech big-name. In October, Musk along with the Musk Foundation pledged $480,350 to help install ultraviolet (UV) water filtration systems throughout the 12 schools in the district. Flint Community Schools also received a $300,000 donation from the C.S. Mott Foundation to modify its middle school curriculum. “The Mott Foundation and the Musk Foundation have just been so amazing to the district,” Flint schools superintendent Derrick Lopez told MLive. The donation will help in part of the school’s restructuring plans to move middle schoolers to the former Flint Northern High, expected to occur during the 2019-2020 school year.

Dec 21, 2018