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As the hot summer sun begins to subside, participants of the Berston Bicycle Club Project pause for a breath on their 10-mile bike ride. The program, which launched in 2012, was developed by cyclist Angela Stamps with several goals in mind. She wanted a way for local kids to learn about bicycle safety, exercise, and how to navigate their own city. At the end of the program, participants walk away with a new bicycle of their own.


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As the hot summer sun begins to subside, participants of the Berston Bicycle Club Project pause for a breath on their 10-mile bike ride. The program, which launched in 2012, was developed by cyclist Angela Stamps with several goals in mind. She wanted a way for local kids to learn about bicycle safety, exercise, and how to navigate their own city. At the end of the program, participants walk away with a new bicycle of their own.


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Flint music artist Lil Lurka mid-performance during a video shoot. 

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Flint music artist Lil Lurka mid-performance during a video shoot. 

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Alannah Phillips sits atop a horse in downtown Flint, Michigan. She is moments away from performing Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé's "Savage Remix" in a lip syncing competition at the Flint Water Festival. The annual festival serves to draw attention to the ongoing Flint Water Crisis.

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Alannah Phillips sits atop a horse in downtown Flint, Michigan. She is moments away from performing Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé's "Savage Remix" in a lip syncing competition at the Flint Water Festival. The annual festival serves to draw attention to the ongoing Flint Water Crisis.

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In the late summer, Flint, Michigan, also known as Vehicle City, fills with thousands of unique cars for Back to the Bricks, a celebration of the states car culture. Cruises, car shows, and competitions ensue over the summer leading up to the main event. 


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In the late summer, Flint, Michigan, also known as Vehicle City, fills with thousands of unique cars for Back to the Bricks, a celebration of the states car culture. Cruises, car shows, and competitions ensue over the summer leading up to the main event. 


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A cross from The Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ on Flint, Michigan's north side towers over a residential street on a cold December evening. 

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A cross from The Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ on Flint, Michigan's north side towers over a residential street on a cold December evening. 

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Children from the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village Summer Camp stand ready to catch a football. SBEV, a community center on the north side of Flint, Michigan, serves hundreds of Flint families each year, providing after-school programs, food giveaways, and more. 

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Children from the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village Summer Camp stand ready to catch a football. SBEV, a community center on the north side of Flint, Michigan, serves hundreds of Flint families each year, providing after-school programs, food giveaways, and more. 

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A couple embraces during a fireworks display at the Flint Water Festival on the north side of Flint, Michigan. The annual festival draws attention to the ongoing Flint Water Crisis.

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A couple embraces during a fireworks display at the Flint Water Festival on the north side of Flint, Michigan. The annual festival draws attention to the ongoing Flint Water Crisis.

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The Flint Fire Department battles a fire at an east side Flint, Michigan residential home. 

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The Flint Fire Department battles a fire at an east side Flint, Michigan residential home. 

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Ahmed Jobeh changes a tire just outside of the slideshow pit on his car after doing a burnout at the Armory Backshow car meet at Alpha Motorsports, Inc. in Flint, Michigan. The event, put on by organizer Rachel Wooten, serves as a safe place for drivers to have fun with their vehicles, without posing danger to the public. 

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Ahmed Jobeh changes a tire just outside of the slideshow pit on his car after doing a burnout at the Armory Backshow car meet at Alpha Motorsports, Inc. in Flint, Michigan. The event, put on by organizer Rachel Wooten, serves as a safe place for drivers to have fun with their vehicles, without posing danger to the public. 

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Sam Park owns Seoul Market on the west side of Flint, Michigan. It is the only Asian grocery store in the city, which is largely a food desert. Park imports hard to find items to the store. 

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Sam Park owns Seoul Market on the west side of Flint, Michigan. It is the only Asian grocery store in the city, which is largely a food desert. Park imports hard to find items to the store. 

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A rainbow arches across the sky in Flint, Michigan after a spring rain storm.

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A rainbow arches across the sky in Flint, Michigan after a spring rain storm.

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Youth Ambassadors members dance on stage during an event celebrating their successes in Flint, Michigan. “We teach them about integrity, we teach them about having self-respect, we teach them about credit…being involved in the community and a list of other things,” Director of Young Ambassadors Dennis Williams-Mitchell said, who helped launch the program in 2019.

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Youth Ambassadors members dance on stage during an event celebrating their successes in Flint, Michigan. “We teach them about integrity, we teach them about having self-respect, we teach them about credit…being involved in the community and a list of other things,” Director of Young Ambassadors Dennis Williams-Mitchell said, who helped launch the program in 2019.

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People sit in a truck bed as they ride down Saginaw Street in Flint, Michigan during the Back to the Bricks car show. 

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People sit in a truck bed as they ride down Saginaw Street in Flint, Michigan during the Back to the Bricks car show. 

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JaJuan Demps lays in bed, looking at his fiancé, as he recovers from a gunshot wound. Months earlier, Demps allegedly was shot through a glass door at a Flint, Michigan Sunoco gas station by an aggravated employee when he knocked on the door of the closed store asking to buy a pack of cigarettes. After undergoing several complicated surgeries on his leg, he recovers in his brothers home. 

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JaJuan Demps lays in bed, looking at his fiancé, as he recovers from a gunshot wound. Months earlier, Demps allegedly was shot through a glass door at a Flint, Michigan Sunoco gas station by an aggravated employee when he knocked on the door of the closed store asking to buy a pack of cigarettes. After undergoing several complicated surgeries on his leg, he recovers in his brothers home. 

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Ramon Pool has been in the Genesee County Jail for two and a half years, and has yetto go to trial. "The fact that I've been sitting in here for so long, people think I'm guilty." he said. "But my voice hasn't been heard. Pool, 25, is not the exception. Of the 543 inmates in the jail, only 40 of them have been fully sentenced. The other 503 are awaiting trial, or only have partial sentences. In jails across the country, the majority of inmates are unsentenced and either cannot afford bail or weren't given bail. The COVID-19 pandemic has added another Layer to this issue, with the closers of courts for safety issues. 

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Ramon Pool has been in the Genesee County Jail for two and a half years, and has yetto go to trial. "The fact that I've been sitting in here for so long, people think I'm guilty." he said. "But my voice hasn't been heard. Pool, 25, is not the exception. Of the 543 inmates in the jail, only 40 of them have been fully sentenced. The other 503 are awaiting trial, or only have partial sentences. In jails across the country, the majority of inmates are unsentenced and either cannot afford bail or weren't given bail. The COVID-19 pandemic has added another Layer to this issue, with the closers of courts for safety issues. 

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Flint Stone, a nickname for Flint natives, is tattooed across the back of Jody Cramer. 

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Flint Stone, a nickname for Flint natives, is tattooed across the back of Jody Cramer. 

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The Flint Southwestern Jaguars football team during half-time. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, players returned to the field achieving victory. 

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The Flint Southwestern Jaguars football team during half-time. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, players returned to the field achieving victory. 

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Marcia McQueen's husband was killed in an act of gun violence in 2007. She's raised her three kids without him. As the kids grew older, she become a sports mom, involving them in extra curricular actives to keep them out of trouble. "What I would want to do, once we get this virus together, is go into the schools — all grade levels — and just talk to the young people about guns and what they’re supposed to be used for. Let them know that we can solve problems in a different kind of way — we don’t have to run to guns to solve the problem. I just wish the young people would grab onto that: You don’t have to kill somebody because of a disagreement. Because when you kill him, you kill the whole family." she expressed.

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Marcia McQueen's husband was killed in an act of gun violence in 2007. She's raised her three kids without him. As the kids grew older, she become a sports mom, involving them in extra curricular actives to keep them out of trouble. "What I would want to do, once we get this virus together, is go into the schools — all grade levels — and just talk to the young people about guns and what they’re supposed to be used for. Let them know that we can solve problems in a different kind of way — we don’t have to run to guns to solve the problem. I just wish the young people would grab onto that: You don’t have to kill somebody because of a disagreement. Because when you kill him, you kill the whole family." she expressed.

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Gymnastics class at the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, a community center on the north side of Flint, Michigan which provides a variety of after-school programming like gymnastics, journalism, tap-dancing, music production, and more.

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Gymnastics class at the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, a community center on the north side of Flint, Michigan which provides a variety of after-school programming like gymnastics, journalism, tap-dancing, music production, and more.

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The sun sets over Chevy Commons, a large park near Flint, Michigan's downtown, during a rain storm. 

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The sun sets over Chevy Commons, a large park near Flint, Michigan's downtown, during a rain storm. 

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Flint City Councilman Eric Mays receives a handmade necklace, in remembrance of the 7th year of the Flint Water Crisis.  

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Flint City Councilman Eric Mays receives a handmade necklace, in remembrance of the 7th year of the Flint Water Crisis.  

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The Flint Jackson Park Youth League All Stars and their coaches, Willie “Hot Shot” Anthony and Ronnie Russel, put their fists together after a team meeting following their game. “The most important thing is giving them the opportunity to be kids,” Russel said regarding his vision for the league. “Our motto is ‘have fun first, learn baseball second.’ Learn responsibility, learn to be together, giving them the opportunities we had when we were kids. You don’t see that anymore,” 

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The Flint Jackson Park Youth League All Stars and their coaches, Willie “Hot Shot” Anthony and Ronnie Russel, put their fists together after a team meeting following their game. “The most important thing is giving them the opportunity to be kids,” Russel said regarding his vision for the league. “Our motto is ‘have fun first, learn baseball second.’ Learn responsibility, learn to be together, giving them the opportunities we had when we were kids. You don’t see that anymore,” 

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Flint, Michigan rapper Shoestring was part of one of Flint's biggest rap groups in history, The Dayton Family. He sits in a big chair in his, now deceased, grandparents living room. His uncle, Horace Peterson, has been in prison for 48 years for a crime he didn't commit. Shoestring and his family are working towards Peterson's long-awaited release. 

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Flint, Michigan rapper Shoestring was part of one of Flint's biggest rap groups in history, The Dayton Family. He sits in a big chair in his, now deceased, grandparents living room. His uncle, Horace Peterson, has been in prison for 48 years for a crime he didn't commit. Shoestring and his family are working towards Peterson's long-awaited release. 

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Family members of Quetez Quinn mourn his death at a memorial on the north side of Flint, Michigan. Quinn, a beloved community member, was killed in a hit-and-run accident while on his motorcycle. 

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Family members of Quetez Quinn mourn his death at a memorial on the north side of Flint, Michigan. Quinn, a beloved community member, was killed in a hit-and-run accident while on his motorcycle. 

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Red, gelled hair cascades over the back of a tire-shop employee's head. 

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Red, gelled hair cascades over the back of a tire-shop employee's head. 

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Flint, Michigan's poet laureate Semaj Brown. 

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Flint, Michigan's poet laureate Semaj Brown. 

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Children watch the sunset at Stepping Stone Falls, just outside of the city of Flint, Michigan. 

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Children watch the sunset at Stepping Stone Falls, just outside of the city of Flint, Michigan. 

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