RAISE IT UP! on PBS NewsHour

These young poets show there’s more to Flint than a water crisis By Corrine Segal – “At a low point in the summer of 2013, Flint student Razjea Bridges turned to poetry. ‘I kind of shut out everybody all throughout that year. Poetry was kind of the one thing that I relied on to make…

RAISE IT UP Performance Highlighted in Blavity’s #JusticeForFlint Recap

Twitter Recaps The #JusticeForFlint Event In Case You Missed It By Lorin Williams for Blavity – “Hollywood directors Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay stood in opposition of the Oscars with their benefit concert raising funds and awareness for Flint, Michigan.  #JusticeForFlint brought artists, activists and victims of the water crisis to the forefront. Live-streamed via Revolt.tv,…

RAISE IT UP Featured on New York Magazine’s Vulture

Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, and Hannibal Buress Helped Raise More Than $100,000 With #JusticeForFlint Event During Oscars By Jackson McHenry and Sean Fitz Gerald for Vulture.com – “In tandem with the Academy Awards on February 28, Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Hannibal Buress, Jesse Williams, and Janelle Monáe threw a free event in Flint, Michigan, to…

RAISE IT UP Youth Poets Featured on Mic

11 Things You Missed If You Watched the Oscars Instead of Justice for Flint By Jamilah King for Mic  – “More than 2,000 miles away from the glitz and glamour of the Oscars, a determined group of Hollywood heavyweights used the collective weight of their influence to raise more than $140,000 for residents of Flint,…

Huffington Post Recognizes RIU Poets in “8 Powerful Moments From #JusticeForFlint”

8 Powerful Moments From Ryan Coogler’s #JusticeForFlint Event by Zeba Blay for The Huffington Post – “The most important star-studded event taking place Sunday night wasn’t the Oscars – it was director, Ryan Coogler’s #JusticeForFlint charity concert. The event, which was held at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint, Michigan, helped to raise tens of thousands…

Mashable Lists RAISE IT UP! as One of “Best Moments” at #JusticeForFlint

The 10 Best Moments From Ryan Coogler’s Powerful Justice for Flint Event By Yohana Desta for Mashable – “The Creed filmmaker was in Flint, Michigan, throwing a star-studded event to raise money and awareness for the city’s horrifying water crisis. The night was full of amazing performances from the likes of Jazmine Sullivan, Dej Loaf and…

RAISE IT UP! featured on Audio Braid Podcast

  New Local Podcast Supports Local Artists, Youth By Natalie Zarowny for ABC12 News  – “They’re basically free radio shows you can subscribe to, and they come in almost every topic under the sun. Some podcasts are like a talk show about current events, others are all about music. Now, two young men in Flint…

RAISE IT UP! Wins Children’s Champion Award

Winners of the Priority Children’s 2015 Children’s Champion Awards By Ashley G. Terrell for MLive – “The 20th Annual Children Champions Awards recognized more than 140 nominees from the Genesee County community, including 80 high school students from 21 local school districts. The event was held at the Riverfront Banquet Center in Downtown Flint, with…

RAISE IT UP! All Girls Team Featured on NPR

Flint’s All-Female Poetry Slam Team Goes to National Competition By Kate Wells for Michigan Radio/NPR   “The 17th annual International Youth Poetry Slam festival is in Philadelphia this week. Sapphire Newby, right, practices with a teammate. The white board behind them lists the original poetry that needs to be memorized before the competition. CREDIT KATE…

Taking Young Poets To A Bigger Stage

Taking Young Poets To A Bigger Stage By David Sands for Michigan Night Light “A Flint-based arts group is helping young poets hone their talent with a goal to compete in an international youth poetry festival and slam contest. Along the way, they’re making connections and spurring on other young spoken word artists. Words can…