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6 Cost of Teen Moms With one of the highest teen birth rates in the U.S., Mississippi counts the costs over a lifetime. CRISTEN HEMMINS

Photograph of Shirley Kyles by Tate Nations Design by Kristin Brenemen



Those for and against the “Personhood” initiative gather the troops and draw lines in the sand. CRAIG SCHWARTZ

leron jackson a chance to meet Pres. George W. Bush, who was looking for a person with a disability to accompany him when he signed the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act in 2008. Bush liked the language Jackson used in his essay and quoted from it in his speech. After that experience, Jackson began a youth leadership conference at home. Mark Smith, executive director of the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities and one of Jackson’s greatest inspirations, directed that effort. Jackson’s quest for a quality education has met with great opposition over the years. He had to fight for that right. Still, at the Jackson State University graduation this spring, Jackson was not allowed to walk with his class. “It has definitely been a struggle,” he says. “So many people thought I couldn’t do it. Sometimes, they’d knock me down to where I didn’t want to get up. Now it’s my job to pick people up.” He thanks his family and his unshakable faith in God for all he’s accomplished. “All his struggles gave him the strength to do what he needs to do,” Thompson says. Jackson wants to study disability-rights law, and he intends to pursue a career in it while continuing to advocate for people with disabilities. “It goes to show that you should never tell anyone they can’t make it,” he says. “I’m a living testament that they can.” —Sadaaf Mamoon

30 ‘I’ll Never Grow Up!’ As Peter Pan, spry and spritely Cathy Rigby could be taking pointers from the boy himself.

46 Double Trouble With too many fall trends to fit in only five pages, find even more hot stuff here.

When people told Leron Jackson he couldn’t make it, he never believed them. “Anyone can do something to make a mark in this world,” says the 33-year-old Carriere native. Jackson has been living with cerebral palsy his whole life, but he hasn’t let his disability hold him back. He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and correctional services from Jackson State University last December. As a teenager, Jackson began working for his mother, Hollia Thompson, now 50. She has worked for the Arc of Mississippi, an advocacy organization for citizens with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities, since the family moved to Byram in 1983. Today, Jackson does advocacy work for people with disabilities and is a motivational speaker with the organization. “Knowing about the things I went through inspires people to go out and do great things,” he says, “The work grew on me and made me the person I am today. I’m happy my mother got me out there.” Thompson saw that her son had a gift. “He has the ability to channel energy to help others,” she says, “I’ve never met anyone with more perseverance and sense of self.” Jackson learned self-advocacy at the National Youth Leadership Conference in 1997, where he has since served on the planning committee. His admission essay earned him


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Meredith W. Sullivan Former New Yorker Meredith W. Sullivan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. She spends her days dreaming about where to travel next. She is enjoying life in Fondren with her husband and Diggy dog. She coordinated and styled the Fall Style shoot.

Tate K. Nations Tate K. Nations is an interactive developer, photographer and videographer from Ridgeland who enjoys skateboarding. He photographed the cover and the Fall Style feature.

Sadaaf Mamoon Editorial intern Sadaaf Mamoon is a senior at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. She loves film scores, Greek mythology and naming inanimate objects. Her spirit animal is a Pink Fairy Armadillo. She wrote the Jacksonian.

Lacey McLaughlin News editor Lacey McLaughlin is a Florida native who enjoys riding her bike around Jackson. She is always on the hunt for news tips. E-mail Lacey@jacksonfreepress. com or call 601.362.6121 x. 22. She wrote Talks and a piece on Farish Street.

Andrea Thomas Advertising designer Andrea Thomas is a native of Ridgeland and is a recent Antonelli College graduate. She loves to sing, dance and write poetry in her free time. She helped lay out many pages this issue.

Diandra Hosey Bay Springs native Diandra Hosey played basketball at Jones County Junior College and Mississippi College. Her law degree is from Mississippi College School of Law. She is an associate with the law offices of Matt Greenbaum. She wrote a Sports story.

Sophie McNeil Sophie McNeil is a Madison native and journalism major at the University of Southern Mississippi. In her spare time, she loves being a barista and watching animal cop shows.

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Ayana Taylor Kinnel is a graduate of Tougaloo College and Belhaven University. She teaches English at Antonelli College. She wrote Hitched for this issue.

by Ronni Mott, Managing Editor

Odyssey of Discovery


ack in July 2006, I found myself on the edge of a new life. Four months earlier, I’d been laid off from a job after nine years. I was at loose ends, not particularly thrilled about continuing in a profession I didn’t love any more, but not knowing what else I could do to support myself. One Sunday morning, I drove to church and found myself in the middle of a political rally. On one side of State Street was a small group of anti-abortion protestors. On the opposite side of the street, in my church’s parking lot, was a large group of pro-choice demonstrators. I found myself in familiar territory—political action. I felt a hot, vigorous surge of energy that I hadn’t felt in years and never expected to feel in Mississippi. Having come to adulthood in the Washington, D.C., area, a political event was always nearby, and I had done my share of marching and rallying. The following Monday, an acquaintance sent me a story he had written about the rally. He inspired me to write one myself. The JFP and I were about to intersect. I don’t remember when I picked up my first Jackson Free Press. It was probably at lunch downtown in the old Miller’s Grill on Capitol Street, a block off State. In 2002, when the JFP first started publishing, I worked on Amite Street. I’m sure I was looking for something to read while eating lunch. What I remember clearly was my reaction: “Wow!” I thought. “My peeps!” The JFP instantly felt like an old friend. Smart writing, a progressive attitude, a bit of snark, stories about things to do in the Jackson area that didn’t always involve churches, hospitals or the Junior League—all those elements combined into “home.” Five years later, I wanted to send the JFP my rally story. Terror. For about a day, sheer terror overcame me. I don’t remember how many times I tweaked the story. I had never published anything with my name on it. I must’ve had a hundred reasons not to send the story. I finally just clicked send—and immediately regretted it. “It sucks. What makes me think I can write? Why did I hit send?” My mind roiled. About 20 minutes later, I received a response from Donna Ladd: “Can we publish this?” I think it said. It was short—and fast. My heart was in my throat. “Of course!” I replied, as if I never had any qualms. But as soon as I hit send again, my mind chatter resumed. “What if my friends see the story? It’s too liberal for Mississippi. I should never give my opinion in a public forum. Someone will find me. They’ll blow my head off for being a commie pinko lib’rel.” It was bad. Within a half-hour, I was convinced I’d written my death warrant. When I was still alive a week later, I took it as a good sign. “Maybe I can write,” I thought. That one simple thought began an odyssey that finds me in 2011 as the JFP’s managing editor. What a ride it has been!

Brian Johnson was the managing editor the fall of ’06 when I began interning. I remember the first time he gave me a story to edit. A few sentences in, I asked him: “Just how extensively do you want me to edit this?” His reply was some form of “go for it,” and I did. Within a few short months, I discovered that I wasn’t too bad at this writing thing, decided that I was pretty good at this editing thing, and was convinced that I could make writing and editing into a new career. Not bad for a 50-year-old outside-agitator liberal broad from D.C., right? That spirit of discovery is one of the many things that I cherish about the JFP. Anyone who is willing to bring an open attitude, and is ready to learn and grow is welcome, regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, skill level or any other demographic or limitation. Those who don’t want to learn or grow selfselect out of here pretty quickly. That’s not to say that the work isn’t hard. I work as hard today as I’ve ever done. But on the other side of hard work comes the contentment of seeing a new JFP “birthed” every week, and the satisfaction of having people I’ve never met say, “Nice job!” It’s humbling when someone says you influenced his or her thinking, a blessing to touch a life now and again. The Jackson Free Press celebrates its ninth birthday this week. I think we see a world full of wonder, yet we bring a fierce sense of independence balanced with healthy skepticism. The work we do, telling truth to power, is a team effort. If you’re part of the team, know that we can’t do it without you (yes, you). Led by our indefatigable Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd, the JFP has come through some interesting times. Donna sets the bar high. And just when it’s within reach, she raises it

again. It’s annoyingly predictable but never boring. This past year, News Editor Lacey McLaughlin has come into her own, writing several big, important stories, and Assistant Editor Valerie Wells is more than fulfilling her promise to be a vital part of the team. Donna, Lacey, Valerie and I (along with a handful of freelancers) were blessed to bring home regional and national honors in 2010. Publisher Todd Stauffer has done a remarkable job at keeping the JFP growing when the odds should be against us. Kimberly Griffin leads our determined and dedicated sales team (Ashley Jackson and Adam Perry) with aplomb, and in the art department, Kristin Breneman and Andrea Thomas deserve a heartfelt “thank you” for repeatedly doing the impossible with grace and good humor. In a triple role, Events Editor Latasha Willis is amazing, good at anything she set her mind to. We suspect our newest team members, Editorial Assistant LaShanda Phillips, Cub Reporter Elizabeth Waibel and Deputy Editor Briana Robinson will be as well. Bookkeeper Montroe Headd has been here longer than I have and does things I’ll never be good at. We recently welcomed distribution manager Matt Heindl who is passionately improving our circulation routes. And here’s a well-deserved shout out to Megan Stewart, Korey Harrion, Holly Harlan and Shannon Barbour and our small army of talented freelancers. This year, Adam Lynch and Ward Schaefer, both outstanding reporters, left the JFP for other opportunities. We wish them all the best. They deserve it. I’m proud to be part of the JFP and humbled by all the people I work with. Cheers. And here’s to the next nine years.

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nstead of focusing on emotions, the Women’s Fund of Mississippi is highlighting the cost of teen births to advocate for comprehensive sex-education in the state’s public schools. Last week, the organization released the study, “Do You Know What You’re Spending On Teen Pregnancy in Mississippi?” showing that the state’s high teen birth rate costs taxpayers $155 million each year. In 2009, 7,078 infants were born to women under age 20 in Mississippi; one third of those births were to women under the age of 17, the Mississippi Economic Policy Center finds. The state ranked No. 1 in the nation for teen births in 2008 the Centers for Disease Control reports. The $155 million annual cost of those births includes lost tax revenue from lower wages among teen parents and their children, incarceration costs for sons of teen parents, and the cost of public assistance to teens and their families. The report suggests solutions for tackling the teen pregnancy rate such as schools teaching comprehensive sex education that includes information about contraceptives. The suggestions also include mentorships and more employment opportunities for youth. During a Sept. 7 media briefing, Sarah Welker, policy analyst for the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, and Rachel Canter, executive director of the educationadvocacy organization Mississippi First, urged school districts to teach comprehensive sex education.


Teen Births Have High Cost

Teen births costs Mississippi approximately $155 million per year.

Gov. Haley Barbour signed a bill in March that requires Mississippi school districts to adopt either an abstinence-only or abstinence-plus sex-education policy. House Bill 999 gives school boards until June 30, 2012, to adopt a policy and requires them to implement it in their 2012-2013 curriculum. Canter criticized the bill, calling it restrictive on school districts. In each policy, the bill requires the districts to separate boys from girls, which could be problematic for schools to schedule and find multiple instructors. “Boys and girls need to be in conversa-

by Lacey McLaughlin tion about sex education in order for them to get the most out of the experience,” Canter said. Both policies prohibit teachers from demonstrating how to use condoms. “We know that of the programs that are effective, a big piece—although not the whole pieces—of them is how effectively we use condoms and contraceptives. That’s basically saying if you want to prevent pregnancy and STDs, use a condom but we can’t show you how to use them, so you have to figure it out on your own,” Canter said. Canter’s organization is helping school districts that adopt comprehensive sex education receive federal grant money. The federal government has allocated funds through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Personal Responsibility Education Program for comprehensive sex education. Mississippi is eligible for $2,051,711 for evidence-based teen-pregnancy prevention strategies in addition to curriculums for school districts and nonprofits. “Even though it sounds counter-intuitive, giving kids all the information that they need leads to abstinence more (often) than abstinence-only until marriage does, and that is the outcome we are looking for,” Canter said. The study highlights effective programs such as Operation Shoestring’s Youth Employment Program that works with local businesses to provide training and life skills to students at Lanier High School. Comment at



ine years can hold a lot of memories for a lot of people. Here are some of our favorites from the JFP:





“That’s where I am at this stage in my life: pulling resources together so that I can make sure I try and make a difference before I die.” —Developer David Watkins about his vision for his Jackson developments.

• When the JFP broke the news that the feds had indicted Mayor Frank Melton (for something we discovered/broke in the first place.) • The first time James Meredith visited our office unannounced. • When Stephen Barnette temporarily “fixed” our power back in the early years so we could get the final pages to the printer (it was about 7 a.m.; all-nighters in those days!) • When a certain local young lawyer showing up as a robot at our Best of Jackson party on Millsaps Avenue. • When the Sonic BOOM drum line surprised the Best of Jackson party at the art museum by suddenly marching into the crowd. • The first BOOM fashion show with Jeff Good slinging drinks, David Waugh working the runway and an after-party featuring DJ Phingaprint. Priceless. • When we sent the interns up, up and away in a hot-air balloon. • What online poster Queen calls “life-changing dialogues” online at “I’ve been in tears. I’ve laughed hysterically. I’ve been so pissed I had to log off. I’ve felt it all. This site tends to separate the weak from the strong, and I love it for just that.” • The “a-ha moment” of JFP graphic artist Andrea Thomas: “My first Best of Jackson, party was sooooo much fun! That was the night I really realized ‘This is where I belong!’ A company that can play just as hard as they work. Oh yeah. This is the place for me!”

Wednesday, Sept. 7 Astronomers discover a young supernova, or exploding star, only 21 million light years away from earth. Scientists say it will likely be the most-studied supernova in history. … Jackson warns residents near the Pearl River to prepare for flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee earlier in the week. Thursday, Sept. 8 President Obama pitches his American Jobs Act to Congress, framing it as a bipartisan initiative of tax breaks and hiring incentives. … Mississippi’s Supreme Court says it does not have the authority to determine the constitutionality of the Personhood and eminent domain ballot initiatives. Friday, Sept. 9 The Washington Post reports that Gov. Haley Barbour has joined the super PAC American Crossroads to raise funds for conservative Republican candidates in the 2012 elections. … A high school football player in D’Iberville dies after collapsing on the field. He is at least the seventh U.S. high-school athlete to die this summer. Saturday, Sept. 10 A truck bomb at an American base in Afghanistan kills two Afghan civilians and injuries nearly 80 U.S. military personnel. The Taliban claims responsibility. Sunday, Sept. 11 America marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The 9/11 Memorial, where the World Trade Center once stood, opens to families of the victims. … Mississippians attend 9/11 services at Trustmark Park, the Mississippi Fire Academy and Mississippi College School of Law. Monday, Sept. 12 The Tea Party Express officially sponsors its first presidential debate. Eight Republican candidates participate and pick on Texas Gov. Rick Perry. … The U.S. Open fines Serena Williams $2,000 for berating a tennis umpire during the finals. Williams earned $1.4 million at the U.S. Open. Tuesday, Sept. 13 The Census Bureau announces that in 2010, the poverty rate went up for the third consecutive year. The nation’s official poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent. … MDOT announces a stretch of Interstate 55 south of Jackson will get emergency repairs. The road between Byram and McDowell Road is so bad it is no longer safe for the public, officials say. Get news updates at

Farish Street is named after Walter Farish, a freed slave who settled on the northeast corner of Davis Street and what is now Farish Street. Little else is known about him.

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by Elizabeth Waibel


From Vacant to Vibrant

An old office building on State Street sat vacant for four years before developers turned it into the popular Fondren Corner, a model case of revitalization.

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any people in Mississippi put significant effort into successfully reviving downtown areas and making them welcoming places. But to get downtown, people often have to drive past wornout, unoccupied strip malls overgrown with weeds. Leland Speed, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, said most strip malls have a lifespan of only 15 to 20 years before the anchor store leaves and the community is stuck with a vacant building. Enter the Retail Center Revitalization Program, a pilot program from MDA to rehabilitate old strip malls and make them useful again. MDA will award grants of up to $50,000 to help community developers turn concrete eyesores into attractive, useful spaces. At a Sept. 7 summit to unveil the program, John Poros, director of the Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University, said strip malls became popular after World War II, but now the United States simply has too much retail space, especially with e-commerce luring many people to shop online. Communities, he said, are left with abandoned buildings without a shred of landscaping except for the grass growing through the cracks in the pavement out front. Shoppers are looking for a pleasant experience, not just convenience, and that is what the Retail Center Revitalization Program aims to provide. The pilot program will award grants for about four projects to test its effectiveness. MDA is taking applications from “planning and development districts” that are working in partnership with local government and property owners. The total cost of funded projects must be more than $100,000, and the strip center must be located on a main thoroughfare leading into a downtown area. Speed said renovated buildings could have a range of possible uses other than retail, such as medical centers, municipal offices or police stations. At the summit, developers shared success stories and ideas for the types of projects MDA is looking for. Mike Peters, owner of Peters Real Estate, shared how he transformed

a vacant office building on State Street into Fondren Corner. The building now houses restaurants, boutiques, offices and apartments. Peters said cities should change zoning regulations to allow “mixed-use” developments that move living, recreational and workspaces closer together. That way, he said, people are in the area at all times, unlike a building of just offices that sits empty after business hours. “This building has a life that none of these uses would have on its own,” Peters said. “… There’s always something going on; there’s never a dead time.” Joy Foy, director of asset development at MDA, said a project like Fondren Corner would not qualify for the grant because Fondren is considered in town instead of on a road leading into a downtown area. But she wanted people at the summit to see how Fondren Corner went from being just an office building to housing different types of tenants. “You don’t necessarily have to rebuild what’s there; you can make it something new and something different,” she said. To foster vibrant retail areas, Poros said developers should build shopping areas with plenty of sidewalks, landscaping and even small parks, and should host events to make retail part of the community. Cities can also reduce the amount of land zoned for retail so stores are in more concentrated areas. The goal, Poros said, is to design for “park-once connectivity” so that shoppers can safely walk from store to store instead of having to get in their car and drive. Designing pedestrian-friendly retail areas helps businesses as well as customers hurting from high gas prices, Poros said. As people stroll past store windows, they get a better look at what businesses have to offer. But all of that involves planning and building shopping centers better. For information on the Retail Center Revitalization Program, email procurement@ or visit and click on Community and Asset Development, then Asset Development Programs. Comment at


by Lacey McLaughlin

Cristen Hemmins is a rape victim who opposes the proposed Personhood amendment.


wenty years ago, when Cristen Hemmins was a student at Millsaps College, two teenagers pulled out a gun and abducted her in the campus parking lot. The young men raped her and shot her twice as she fled to a gas station for safety. Now 40, Oxford resident Hemmins is married with three children. The memory of the sexual assault wasn’t the first thing she thought about when she decided to speak out against the “Personhood” ballot initiative that would redefine “person” or “persons” in the Mississippi Constitution to “include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.” But when she thought about her experience, she felt the need to share her story publicly. Had she gotten pregnant from the rape, she would have wanted the option of having an abortion. “I have an obvious reason to be so against it,” she said of the initiative. “I am not saying that everyone should do what I do. I just don’t want the government or Mississippi voters making that decision for me. This initiative is about so much more than abortion” Hemmins said voters need to know that the measure would carry implications for every mention of a person in state law.

“We are talking about big government—a massive expansion of the welfare state and entitlements spinning out of control,” she said. “… Can I claim a fetus as a dependent of taxes? Can I get welfare for my fetus if it’s a person?” Now that the Mississippi Supreme Court OK’d the initiative for the Nov. 8 ballot, advocates on both sides of the issue are gearing up for a battle to convince voters to vote for or against the initiative. The Supreme Court ruled in response to a lawsuit Hemmins and another Mississippi resident filed together with Jackson attorney Rob McDuff. Within hours of the court’s Sept. 8 ruling, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant held a press conference with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who was in town for a “Yes on 26” campaign kick-off event that night. The “Yes on 26” campaign in support of the amendment formed in June and has five full-time staff members and several volunteers. The campaign is funded through private donors and anti-abortion organizations throughout the country. After the ruling, Mississippians for Healthy Families, a political action committee that formed on Aug. 23 in opposition to the initiative, made a Facebook page opposing the amendment. The PAC lists Jackson ACLU Executive Director Nsombi Lambright as its director, and Kay Scott, CEO of Atlanta-based Planned Parenthood Southeast, secretary. Bear Atwood, legal director for the Jackson ACLU said Mississippians for Healthy Families is meant to be a grassroots effort made up of several individuals and organizations instead of just one entity. The PAC sent out a press release on the day of the ruling saying that it would be working to inform voters over the next few weeks. “This initiative would drive up the cost of Medicaid, Medicare, health insurance and medical malpractice insurance, give legal protection to cloned embryos and end embryonic stem cell research,” a Missis-

sippians for Healthy Families release states. “While giving politicians the unprecedented intrusion into deeply personal medical and family decisions, this initiative would also change hundreds of laws and standards that have long been settled, including inheritance laws, end-of-life decisions, and standards of care for medical services.” Other Mississippi residents appear to have started another Facebook page against the measure: “No to Amendment 26.” Greg Sanders, deputy director of “Yes on 26,” said his organization has support from Personhood USA, Georgia Right to Life, Prolife Mississippi and Personhood Mississippi as well as churches and the American Family Association. The campaign’s website lists Bryant at the co-chairman. Sanders said that some of those organizations are funding his campaign, but could not say which ones. The campaign’s website has resources for churches and for supporters that include push cards, T-shirts, stickers and yard signs. “This is very much grassroots,” Sanders said. “We are using media with radio, Facebook and Twitter. We will also have billboards and at some point (will) have television ads.” Sanders said his campaign is focusing on simply defining the word “person” in the Constitution as beginning at fertilization. He said it would not prevent people from using condoms and “certain” birth-control pills. Morning-after pills would be illegal under the provision, he said. “If we have some sincere questions, we will address that,” he said. “We are not afraid in any way to look at unintended consequences.” Sanders would not say if supporters ultimately want the initiative to go to the U.S. Supreme Court to have a shot at overturning Roe vs. Wade, however the Personhood Mississippi website leaves no doubt, stating that if the amendment passes, “a legal challenge will be set up to the unconstitutional court ruling ‘Roe-v-Wade.’” Comment at

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Dorsey Carson is challenging Bill Denny for Jackson and Madison’s seat in the state House of Representatives. Education is one of his key issues.


orsey Carson, 40, has lived in northeast Jackson most of his life. He calls himself one of the “floodplain kids,” youngsters who lived there during the Easter Flood of 1979. Carson graduated from Mississippi State University in 1993 and got his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1996. He has spent time in Atlanta and London, but returned in 2002 to Jackson where he lives with his wife, Susan Hays Carson, and 15-month-old daughter, Hays Elizabeth Carson. He is a Democrat challenging Republican incumbent Bill Denny in the Nov. 8 election for the District 64 House seat.

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What made you decide to run for office? I’ve always thought about public service and the timing for me seems to be right. … The deciding factor was after the second time our house was burglarized. We decided we weren’t moving. Our neighbor did. … I decided it was time to get the next generation of leaders in there to do something about it. When you have a 40 percent drop-out rate, you’re going to have a crime problem. … My opponent has voted consistently

against funding education. He was one of a handful of legislators who voted against the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, and I don’t think his views reflect the views of our district anymore. The Parents’ Campaign gave him a 0 percent rating last year and a 46 percent overall. That’s one of the major issues—education. Have you worked in politics before? I’ve worked on campaigns over the years—(former Gov.) Ray Mabus, who has been a mentor of mine for a long time, as well as (former Gov.) William Winter. I worked on his campaign while I was in college. Through those two and also Dick Molpus and Mike Moore—all of them were strong proponents of education. If you look at surveys and polls, the No. 1 reason companies locate in one place over another is an educated work force. What do you think of the Democratic Party today? There’s a lot that needs to be changed with the Democratic Party. The people who know me know that I’m not a very par-

tisan guy. I believe in ideas, and I believe in solutions. Sometimes you have people in both parties who simply will vote along party lines regardless of whether it’s good for the people they represent or not. … I think there are some leadership voids in the Democratic Party. A lot of people on both sides of the aisle get in office and stay in office as if it’s their office, when in reality it’s the people’s office, and every elected official is just keeping the chair warm. … I think there are a lot of people in both parties who have simply been there too long, and they don’t have any fire in their belly or sense of urgency to find solutions for problems. … As far as I’m concerned, Jackson can’t stand another four years of heading in the same direction as it’s been going. A part of the problem is that my opponent breaks with the Jackson delegation on some pro-Jackson legislation, like payment in lieu of taxes. … We (in Jackson) are all happy to be the seat of government, but there’s no reason we should be paying for those services that are state services and pay for the infrastructure that is used only by the state. … If you can’t have a united Jackson delegation, you certainly can’t get some representative from Booneville or Gulfport to vote for your capital city. Something that is kind of a hot topic this year is the “Personhood Amendment.” What do you think about it? I think everyone has to vote their own conscience on that. I expect it to pass overwhelmingly. I do have concerns about the wording of it. I have concerns about the impact it could have on fertility. I’m concerned about the impact it may have on our community … about what it could do in terms of a really negative impact on reproductive services for doctors who help couples who are having trouble having babies. We have doctors that help in those services. They generally, in order to do so, take about eight different eggs and they fertilize them. What happens if then there are some fertilized eggs left over? I think there are

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by Elizabeth Waibel

Rep. Bill Denny, R-Jackson, has been in the state Legislature since 1988.


tate Rep. Bill Denny, R-Jackson, is a hard man to find. He doesn’t seem to have a campaign website or someone to send out press releases. When I called the number listed on his official page at the Mississippi House’s website, his wife was apologetic, but said he was a busy man and not interested in an interview. When a coworker gave me his cell phone number, he reiterated that he was busy and said he did not have time for an interview as he was in the middle of door-to-door campaigning. As much as I respect a man for putting in the legwork of door-to-door campaigning, when I’m on deadline, I do like for elected officials to at least let me make an appointment for a five-minute phone interview, so I called back another day. Denny was out campaigning again, but I got in one question before he said someone was coming up the street to talk to him, and he had to hang up. It’s too bad. Denny’s opponent, Dorsey Carson, told me Denny had voted against the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, and I wanted to ask him why. I also wanted to ask him about payment in

lieu of taxes and whether the state should pay the city for the infrastructure it uses in and around state-government buildings. I’m told he voted against that as well, but I haven’t been able to get him on the phone long enough to confirm it. For now, I can tell you that Denny has been in the Legislature since 1988, he went to the University of Maryland, and he wants you to re-elect him. If you are re-elected, what are your priorities for next term? Economic development, jobs and crime, and just put all those in a nutshell— I’ve been working on those for years. One thing I’m particularly interested in ‌ we don’t have (a charge for) attempted murder in the statute. If you go out and shoot somebody and put five bullets in them and they live, the most you can be charged with is aggravated assault. So, being tough on crime and balancing the budget. ‌ (Another priority), of course, is going to be no taxes, no increase in ad valorem taxes in our districts. I’m most interested in economic development. We’ve had the House stymieing the governor for years. ‌ We intend to put a Republican in charge, in the speaker of the House, and then balance the House. What Billy McCoy has done for the past eight years has just disenfranchised about half the House. He doesn’t have any Republicans in the House in chairmanships, ‌ so as a result of that, we don’t have any power in getting a bill out of committee, and that’s the main reason I’m running. Comment at

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You talk a lot about education. What do you think are some specific things you can do to improve education? No. 1 is that we need early childhood education. We are the only state in the South that doesn’t have some form of early childhood education. Studies show that 75 percent of cognitive development occurs between the ages of 3 and 5. ‌ We can’t afford to have a whole generation of 3- and 4-year-olds that are glued to the TV instead of developing their skills at an early age. ‌ Another one that is specific is that we

You mentioned crime earlier. What can you do to reduce crime rates? Education is the most important thing, and keeping teenagers in your school system instead of dropping out. But yes, there are other things we can do. ‌ Hinds County has (high-tech DNA equipment), whereas with JPD they do not run (fingerprints) through the system for property crimes. Those are things that need to be addressed and even to the extent that we need to set up a commission to study ‌ consolidating JPD into the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department. ‌ Those are things that we need to look at and study carefully, and see if it makes sense in our community. I think everybody wants a more efficient and more effective police force. Comment at


OK, this is another controversial topic. What do you think about voter ID? Is my opponent even going to answer these? I’m going to tell you he’s not. You’re asking me about two things I have no control over. ‌ Those two issues are going to be decided by the voters, and everyone’s going to have to vote their own conscience. Those will be taken off the legislative agenda, because they’re already going to be decided. For me, I want to focus on things I can do.

need vocational training. We have gotten so centered on college preparatory education that we are losing a number of students whose talents and interests are not in that area—that are not good in math or not good in science—but they do have interests in construction or auto mechanics. We’ve got to put them on a career path.


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some real issues in how that is being termed in that referendum vote.


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opining, grousing & pontificating


Sex Education is Not a Partisan issue


or so long, Mississippi’s public officials, and its community and school district leaders have shied away from talking about sex to avoid the potential political consequences. Last week however, the Women’s Fund of Mississippi began advocating for school districts and parents to teach children comprehensive sex education. The Women’s Fund is a nonprofit, without any political affiliation, and depends on donors to survive. Instead of tiptoeing around the issue and trying to appease their supporters, the nonprofit issued a report last week stating that teen births cost the state $155 million a year. It’s a well-known fact that Mississippi has the highest teen birth rate in the nation, at nearly 64.1 births per 1,000 women under the age of 20. We have the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea—sexually transmitted diseases. Thirtynine percent of new AIDS cases in Mississippi are in young people under age 35. In 2009, a total of 7,078 infants were born to women under the age of 20. The Women’s Fund is calling for a holistic approach to tackling teen pregnancy, instead of just focusing on one solution. The fund’s strategy involves mentorships, youth employment opportunities and access to medical professionals in addition to comprehensive sex education in schools. Mississippi has a lot of work to do to change our teen birth rate. Abstinenceonly-until-marriage instruction has long been the standard for the state, and it’s not easy to change an entire culture’s attitude. But once we begin to look at the costs and see that we are shortchanging our future generations, it should become clear that we need a new approach. The outdated abstinence-only-until-marriage mantra is becoming less and less relevant as younger generations are delaying marriage. In 2010, married couples represented just 45 percent of Mississippi households, a decrease from 49.7 percent in 2000. Americans are delaying marriage until later in life: 43 percent of white women ages 25 to 29 have never married, compared to 71 percent of black women ages 25 to 29 who have never married. The average age for marriage is now 28 for men and 26 for women, and the reality is that few people will put off sex until then. The state took a tiny step forward last March when Gov. Haley Barbour signed a bill that requires school districts to adopt either an abstinence-only or abstinence-plus sex education policy. School boards have until June 30, 2012, to adopt a policy and they must implement it in the 2012-2013 curriculum. But the bill presents challenges. Neither policy allows teaching students how to use condoms, leaving that up to the kids to learn by trial and error. The bill also requires districts to separate boys from girls for their instruction, which can cause scheduling conflicts and be burdensome for districts with few resources. We hope that more advocacy organizations and leaders will get out in front of this most serious issue and stop being afraid to say S-E-X. It’s about time we faced reality when it comes to teen pregnancy and avoiding STDs.


Agitate, Agitate, Agitate

September 14 - 20, 2011



ongressman Smokey “Robinson” McBride: “Citizens of this country were promised a change to believe in. Now citizens can’t believe the change that has happened. The change we believed in has resulted in bigotry on steroids, rising unemployment, hiring freezes and an unstable global economy. I do regret how we tried to hush, be cool and wait for change to come. I guess going along to get along didn’t work so well. “It’s time to break out of our silence and complacency. It’s time to be as courageous as Fannie Lou Hamer when she fought for American voting rights and civil rights. Frederick Douglas suggested that the people should agitate, agitate, agitate. “Therefore, I encourage members of the Ghetto Science Community to get involved with my weekly ‘Letter of Concern to the President, Congress, House and Senate’ program. This is a great opportunity to express your frustrations, fears and concerns to the folk you elected into office. Continued silence regarding your rights and needs will be viewed as consent. “If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, bring your pencils, papers, ideas, concerns and complaints to Clubb Chicken Wing’s Weekly Hump Day extended Hot Wing Happy Hour. I will have writers from the Ghetto Science Writers Guild there to help members of the Ghetto Science Community compose forceful and convincing letters and emails to elected officials. “A change might come when tons of letters of concern from angry minority voters pile up in politicians’ offices.”

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remember making my transition from doing music full time to more community-oriented exploits. I like to categorize it as maturation. It was about seven or eight years ago, and I decided to dust off my writing talent and get back into print. It had been a while; I left a cushy Associated Press job to dive into the music business. But I felt the writing bug again and wanted to share my stories with a new audience. At the time, a reporter at The Clarion-Ledger had heard of me through some of my more popular songs. She interviewed me for a story, and upon learning my desire to begin writing again, she helped to get me a small column in the weekend section of the paper. Thankfully, I gained a little ground. Folks began to read my column, and it was reassuring to find folks who recognized me for my writing and not my music. But alas, all wasn’t roses. The higher ups at The Clarion-Ledger had a different idea for my column’s content. They were more interested in album reviews and party promotions. An editor there even said that folks “don’t want to hear a ‘rapper’ talk about politics.” They would rather I just stay in my box and keep my mouth shut, unless of course I was writing about how cool the new Snoop Dogg album was. Never mind the cum laude degree. Never mind the Associated Press credentials. Never mind the national bylines. “You, sir, are a rapper,” they seemed to say. “You can’t possibly have intelligent thoughts Needless to say I didn’t last long there. Then, a new name from a fairly new publication gave me a holler. Her name was Donna Ladd and she offered to give my musings and me a platform—no restrictions, no censoring, no limits, no topic too risqué or too taboo. No official would be immune,

no institution safe. In fact, outside of a few grammatical tweaks, she gave me the green light to write about whatever I want to. And the rest, as they say, is history. It’s been nine years since the Jackson Free Press launched, and dare I say it’s made quite the splash in this little pond called Jackson. Whether you agree with it or not, what you must acknowledge is the fact that JFP has made itself into a major player in the news game here. I’m proud to say that my columns grace these pages. Here, you guys have seen me grow. You’ve seen my better days, my worse days. You’ve seen me laugh; you’ve seen me cry; you’ve seen me at least “begin” to smile. You’ve seen my career soar, and you’ve kept reading as my family has grown by one. Dare I say no other publication would have had the guts to give me this kind of platform. But the JFP did, and I thank them. In a way, I’d say our journeys have been similar. No one gave the JFP a chance, either, when it stepped on the scene. It was pigeonholed; it was ostracized; it was told it couldn’t grow. But it has done just that and, like me, pissed off a lot of people in the process while helping to change the status quo. Like us or not, you have to respect us. So, cheers to you, JFP, and the JFP nation that supports you. Congrats on nine years, and may you have many more. In a day when media is shrinking all around us, you guys are slowly gaining. We may not always agree, but at least I know you guys will shoot straight. What is it you say? Do the right thing and wait? Yeah. I like that. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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s a Christian minister and public theologian, my days are spent in prayerful reflection about soulsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not just the immaterial part of us, but all of who we are. For me, to be human is to be a soulâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; an embodied spirit, a spirited body. And every day, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m passionate about serving people holistically, touching and transforming mind, body and spirit: all that we are and all that we have. One of my religion professors at Ole Miss called me a bodhisattva, a Buddhist term for anyone from any tradition who is awakened and seeks to awaken others. Well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I do. I leave spreadsheets, polls and campaigns to the elected and appointed officials, but I seek to awaken them to something deeper regarding the prosperity of our city. Often, people who make decisions about the future of Jackson, the folks who get to sit at the table, are business people and politicians. These are necessary parts of the much-needed conversation, but they are not altogether sufficient, for citizens are more than capitalistic consumers. We have many needs, economic among them, but that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the whole of the story of who we are. We have dreams, desires, hopes, fears, challenges, values, and attributes that go beyond money and politics. We need to address the deeper registers of our humanity to truly cultivate a great city. What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m after is beloved community. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m riffing off a term made popular by Martin Luther King Jr., who was keenly aware that the Civil Rights Movement wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t simply a protest movement. It was his determination to create a world where all Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children live together in peaceful coexistence. That world was about reconciliation and redemption, the creation of the beloved community. As King said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;desegregation will only produce a society where (people) are physically desegregated and spiritually segregated, where elbows are together and hearts apart. It gives us social togetherness and spiritual apartness. It leaves us with a stagnant equality of sameness rather than a constructive equality of oneness.â&#x20AC;? We need to regain the spiritual genius of â&#x20AC;&#x153;beloved community,â&#x20AC;? and seek to cultivate spiritual desegregation, togetherness and constructive equality of oneness. We need people who can work in the kingdom of culture, striving to better the city in rich, creative and ethical ways that include but go beyond the traditional variables of job creation, tax revenue, infrastructure, education and crime. For me, beloved community is where divergent groups intentionally live together compassionately, creatively, collaboratively and critically. It is an experiment in faith, hope and love. I temper this belief in a beloved community with a kind of hopeful realism. My experiences have instructed me that humans are complex creaturesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;neither wholly good nor evilâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but often contrary to change and doggedly tribal. Many times, a community is merely the unity among people who like each other and look like each other. Cultivating this alternate vision requires determination,

patience and spiritual resources. It also requires that we respect differences: We will not always agree; we are not the same. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK. Beloved community shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be considered some utopian dream. It can happen, but only through a long-term commitment. That is why I use the term â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;divergentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; instead of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;diverseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in my definition. We cannot be naive about how our differences have Balkanized us, segregated us, made us fearful of each other. Addressing issues like economic development, developing green spaces and biking trails, revitalizing blighted neighborhoods, will partly mean we respect yet overcome the things that divide us. It will mean being intentional about promoting and demonstrating respect for the Other, and living as though interdependence is our spiritual birthright. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned to do this through my own odyssey. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve long imagined myself a citizen of the world. Being deeply rooted in my southern black identity, my proverbial branches spread wide to touch the common humanity in all Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children. I bore witness to this through diverse relationships. My grade-school best friend was â&#x20AC;&#x153;white trash,â&#x20AC;? rejected by Copiah Academy because his blue-collar family wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good enough. My black classmates reviled him for his redneck heritage, but we loved each other as brothers from other mothers. I also saw this with a gay Pentecostal brother who long sought deliverance from homosexuality through prayer and fasting, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pray the gay away. I see this with black Tea Party colleagues considered sellouts; rural white liberals who challenge notions of white southern maleness; agnostic Jews who could no longer sing Yahwehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs after the Shoah; evangelical feminists who desire traditional marriage and motherhood; evolutionary biologists who believe in Jesus; white women who romantically love black men; first-generation middle-class blacks who were never considered first-class citizens by white society though they were educated and articulate. The beloved community honors these divergent realities and invites these personsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; liberals, conservatives, libertarians, religious, atheistic, immigrant, native, victims, victor, dark skinned and whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to live together as friends and to transform neighborhoods into places of sibling-hood. By engaging more bodhisattvas who understand that city development is more than political and economic, we can add a much needed dimension of human flourishing to the conversation about how we get the City with Soul back on track. We can become a new southern cosmopolis. We can become a beloved community. Rev. CJ Rhodes, a Hazelhurst native, attended Ole Miss and Duke Divinity School in North Carolina. He is pastor at Mount Helm Baptist Church.

CORRECTION: In â&#x20AC;&#x153;News Wars: The Rise and Fall of the Clarion Ledgerâ&#x20AC;? (Vol. 9, Issue 52, Sept. 7-13, 2011) we misspelled the name of Gannett Co. Inc. CEO Craig Dubow. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the error.

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ho says you can’t get a great meal at a great value? Have you been to Fitzgerald’s lately? Fitzgerald’s, located in the Hilton Jackson, serves Fitzgerald’s at the Hilton up gourmet meals at walletfriendly prices. Open for lunch and dinner every day, Fitzgerald’s serves everything from a succulent filet mignon to grilled chicken wraps, a signature cobb salad, or Southern home-fried chicken. Fitzgerald’s is the place to go for lunch if you want great food at a great value. The $7.99 weekday lunch special features daily options, including Monday’s chicken quesadilla or Thursday’s fried chicken, but don’t miss Wednesday and their famous steak Oscar. Your meal is completed with ice tea, hot rolls, and dessert, all for under $8. If you are looking to whittle your waistline or just simply enjoy the finer things on the lighter side, check out Fitzgerald’s “Dare to be Fit” options. From a Mediterranean shrimp salad, to a smoked turkey sandwich with mango chutney mayo, to a veggie Caesar burger, eating healthy never tasted so good. Fitzgerald’s Southern-influenced menu is available a la carte beginning at 11:00am Monday-Sunday. Chef Brenda’s authentic seafood gumbo and a daily soup creation are also available to spice up any meal. Looking for a place to wind down after a long day? Fitzgerald’s Lobby Bar is a Jackson favorite for live nightly entertainment Monday through Saturday. The specialty hand-crafted cocktails are made from fresh ingredients, and the signature Zing-Zang Bloody Mary is a must have that features hand-stuffed olives, pickled green beans, and steamed shrimp. Daily happy hour drink specials make this your go-to spot to enjoy live music and specialty drinks. So whether you’re looking for specialty Southern fare, a hand-cut steak, or something on the lighter side, Fitzgerald’s has something for every taste and budget.


)2&8621 A Long Time Coming

by Lacey McLaughlin WATKINS PARTNERS


It’s been a while in the making, but the Farish Street Entertainment District is scheduled to open its first venue in December.

cused on the last two years on just getting these businesses done.” In addition to the money his firm spent taking over the project from Performa, Watkins said he has invested a total of $8 million into the project. Because the project is receiving historic tax credits, all buildings must keep their existing facades and structural integrity. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History and several other public bodies must approve each change to the buildings. “At the end of the day, every single brick has to be restored according to some pretty exacting standards,” Watkins said. “We have had to ship some of the bricks in from South Carolina in order to match the same batch of bricks we had on one of the buildings.” Watkins had hoped the development would get $5 million in state bond allocations earlier this year, but when that didn’t pan out, he put up his own money for building out the properties to ease the cost on tenants. The buildouts include amenities such as stoves, appliances, lighting fixtures, plumbing and electricity. He has also added new sewer lines to the area. “We have another $6 million that we are going to be spending over the next year,” Watkins said. “And another $6 million (after that).”

Watkins said that when complete, 15 clubs and restaurants would occupy the first block of the district. He hopes that the majority of the clubs will open through 2012. Earlier this year, B.B. King’s Blues Club and accompanying Itta Bena Room, a fine-dining restaurant, signed a lease, making that venture official. Since then the district has signed leases with Al Stamps (former owner of Cool Al’s), Zac Harmon’s Blues Club, a sports bar and a cigar lounge. The first block of the district will feature entertainment venues and clubs, while the second block will have more businesses that cater to the music industry such as recording and production facilities. The district will also feature an outdoor theater for concerts and events. Renovations will also extend to existing businesses, such as Peaches Restaurant, which has been in business in the district since 1961. Roderick Ephram, who runs Peaches with his mother and company owner Willora “Peaches” Ephram, said his mother is hoping to see the development completed within her lifetime. “She’s in her 80s, and she spent over half her life on this street,” he said. “For her to see it transform back to how it was in the 1950s—it would be amazing to her to see the customers come back.”

Watkins, who helped bring back the King Edward Hotel from the brink of destruction, said economic factors have worked against the district, and he acknowledges the challenge of bringing new ventures to an under-developed area. “Our tenants are having a hard time getting financing just because the financial markets aren’t very friendly toward new restaurants and new developments in unproven markets,” Watkins said. Instead of just renovating the property and leasing it out, though, Watkins said that his company will spearhead unified marketing, branding and advertising efforts. “It has turned into a comprehensive approach,” he said. “We are trying to do it right.” Watkins acknowledges that developers can be overly optimistic when it comes to setting deadlines for when new developments will come online. It the end, however, he hopes the project will change Jackson’s landscape and draw more residents inside the city limits. “We take on public projects that challenge us, and we want to be change agents for communities,” Watkins said. “That’s where I am at this stage in my life: pulling resources together so that I can make sure I try and make a difference be15 fore I die.”

n 1983, Jackson landscape architect Steven Horn presented Jackson city leaders with a detailed plan to revitalize Farish Street. His plan, under the city’s guidance, would transform a two-block section of Farish Street into an entertainment district that would include a B.B. King Blues Club and resemble New Orleans’ Bourbon Street—only classier. Nearly 30 years later, the majority of buildings on Farish Street still sit vacant. But the long-awaited entertainment district is expected to welcome its first tenant in December: B.B. King’s Blues Club. In the 1990s, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, a quasi-government agency that manages property and projects in Jackson, hired Memphis-based Performa Entertainment Real Estate Inc., the developer behind Memphis’ Beale Street, to manage the Farish Street project, but due to Performa’s inability to complete the renovations, the project stalled for several years. Jackson Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Jason Brookins said that although it was before his time, Performa was poised to manage the property—not develop it. “When you look for a manager of an entertainment district, if the property isn’t already ready, then a manger isn’t who you need,” Brookins said. “You need a developer to take property and look at what it needs. … Performa really wanted to do the project, but I think it was outside their expertise. They were taking this property that was dilapidated and pretty far gone, and it kind of dragged on all these years.” Watkins Partners took over the development from Performa three years ago. Watkins paid Performa $425,000 and agreed to assume the $1.5 million in debt Performa accrued while renovating the district. Since then, Watkins has spent millions of dollars renovating existing historic buildings, replacing infrastructure and securing tenants for the development. Developer David Watkins of Watkins Partners said revitalizing Farish wasn’t necessarily a project he wanted, but he felt called to step up to the plate. He volunteered his services to Performa, but ultimately decided to buy out the original developers. “We realized it was going to take more than that, so we negotiated a buyout in Performa’s interest in the lease,” Watkins said. “By December 2008, we bought them out and started construction and have been working on that ever since. I’ve been fo-



by Valerie Wells


Wilora “Peaches” Ephram and her son, Roderick, are the proprietors of Jackson’s first soulfood restaurant.

The Past Lives On

September 14 - 20, 2011



he heart of the historic Farish Street district follows North Farish Street from Amite to Fortification streets. The street is named for Walter Farish, a former slave who lived on the northeast corner of Davis and what is now Farish Street. The district is on the National Register of Historic Places. Angela Stewart, archivist at the Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center at Jackson State University, said the area once housed many different types of businesses and restaurants. Leading attorneys during the Civil Rights Movement lived and worshipped on Farish Street. “Some things are still here, and some things are gone in terms of buildings and in terms of activity,” Stewart said. “But between the entertainment district and the work of local activists and churches, they pushed to try to restore Farish Street.” Here’s a look at some of the historic landmarks that tell the Farish Street district’s stories. Speir Phonograph Co. (225 N. Farish St.) Talent scout H.C. Speir operated a music and furniture store on Farish Street in the 1920s and 1930s. He recorded many early Mississippi Bluesmen and made demo


owboy boots, straw hats, a couple of purses and a pair of high-heeled shoes fill the front window at Dennis Brothers Shoe Repair (325 N. Farish St., 601354-9125). Men’s boots sit on top of the glass counter inside. On the side, rows of men’s and women’s shoes are for sale. “Do they need new heels?” Frank Dennis asked a customer who stopped by to find our how much it might cost to fix a pair of cracked leather boots. Dennis Brothers has been in business on Farish Street since 1938. Like several other businesses nearby, it’s not an entertainment destination and isn’t waiting for a big name. The shop keeps replacing heels and soles like it has for more than 60 years. “We fix ladies’ shoes, too,” Dennis said. “ And purses—straps, zippers, luggage, too.” He has to see the bag first, but estimates it costs around $20 to repair a strap. He has to get a deposit on his work, too. He asks for half upfront, so he can afford to buy the supplies. The fancy shoes and boots for sale are abandoned property that owners didn’t come back to pay for. Between the shoe repair shop and the Alamo Theater is Peaches Café (327 N. Farish St., 601-354-9267). The restaurant recently celebrated 50 years in business, long before the new sidewalks and lampposts emerged.

Eating breakfast at Peaches Café is like visiting your grandmother’s kitchen. It’s not a living museum, it’s not even going back in time. It simply feels like home. The worn countertop is almost striped where elbows and plates made history or just passed time. The buttered toast on a glass plate isn’t cut into cute triangles. A spoonful of Bama grape jelly straight from the jar sits on the plate. Thick slabs of bacon sizzle as CNN broadcasters talk about what Sept. 11 means to people. Someone turns the jukebox on, and it drowns out the television. As soon as she sees four men walk into the restaurant, Stella Thurman puts bacon strips, sausage links and sausage patties on the grill. She has a habit of knowing what the regulars order. “Roger, you have to sit in the amen corner this morning,” she calls out. “He’s got religious music playing.” The gospel music is loud from the jukebox at the front of the high-ceilinged restaurant. The tunes fill the whole 300 block of Farish Street, and a good part of others as well. Bars on the front glass panels cast early morning shadows on the mismatched stools. Posters of Mohammed Ali, Martin Luther King Jr. and various blues festivals from around the state are tacked up high. Framed photos of family and local celebrities are at eye level.

by Elizabeth Waibel

recordings for major record companies, including OKeh, Victor and Paramount. In Jackson, Speir recorded Skip James, Tommy Johnson and Robert Johnson. He also oversaw recordings downtown at the King Edward Hotel and the Crystal Palace Ballroom a few blocks down from his studio. Speir later moved his store to 111 N. Farish St., where the McCoy Federal building now stands. Ace Records (241 N. Farish St.) Johnny Vincent founded Ace Records in 1955, and the label was a major player in developing New Orleans R&B and blues. The label later moved to West Capitol Street. Trumpet Records (309 N. Farish St.) When Lillian McMurry purchased a furniture store in 1949, a pile of 78-rpm records came with it. McMurry opened Record Mart to sell records, and soon began making her own recordings on the Trumpet label through her Diamond Record Company. From 1950 to 1955, Trumpet recorded gospel, rockabilly, country and blues music by artists such as Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Elmore James and Aleck “Rice” Miller, aka Sony Boy Williamson II.

Peaches Restaurant (327 N. Farish St.) Fifty years ago, Wilora “Peaches” Ephram opened “Jackson’s original soul food restaurant,” as her son calls it, in 1961. Since then, it has been a faithful landmark in the district, sticking with the neighborhood even when other businesses left. During the civil rights era, leaders of the movement dined at Peaches. It’s still there, under the Barq’s sign, with a jukebox inside. Alamo Theatre The Alamo Theatre is a long-time Farish Street landmark. (333 N. Farish St.) The Alamo Theatre has hosted movies, vaudeville performances Jackson Advocate (100 W. Hamilton St.) and musicians. The Alamo was originally The newspaper, “The Voice of Black on the first block of Farish Street, across Mississippians,” has been in the Farish from where the McCoy Federal Building Street district for more than 60 years. now stands. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, travelling minstrel shows featuring Collins Funeral Home blues artists performed in an empty field (415 N. Farish St.) where the Alamo now stands. During the After Medgar Evers’ funeral, a group segregation era, national stars like Nat King of mourners marched from the funeral Cole performed there. The Alamo reopened home to Capitol Street, where some in 1997. were arrested.


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NAACP offices and Big Apple Inn (507-1/2 N. Farish St.) The unassuming brick building housed NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers’ first office in 1954, as well as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund offices. In 1939, Mexican immigrant Juan Mora founded the Big Apple Inn, and Mora’s great-grandson, Geno Lee, still sells pigear sandwiches downstairs. Birdland (538 N. Farish St.) The Crystal Palace Ballroom was the most celebrated club on Farish Street in the 1930s and 1940s, hosting big names like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong in its upstairs ballroom. By 1942, the building housed a USO service club. From 1951 to 2003, the building housed Harmon’s Drug Store, which is now located up the road at 614 N. Farish St. Record producer and songwriter Zac Harmon, whose father, George, owns the drug store, remembers seeing blues artists playing on Farish Street when he was a boy. Today, the building houses the Birdland nightclub. The Mississippi Free Press, a newspaper started by Medgar Evers and other civil rights activists, was also at this location.

Thurman flipped a couple of eggs over easy, peppered them, then put them on a plate with grits and bacon drained on paper towels. Three strips bacon, two eggs, grits, two pieces of toast and all the coffee you want costs $6. Peaches Café serves more than breakfast. For lunch and dinner, diners can order greens, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, fried chicken, smothered pork chops, peach cobbler. In the next block, Big Apple Inn (509 N. Farish St., 601-354-4549) serves hamburgers, hot dogs, split sausage and tamales. The menu is posted with plastic letters on a sign on the wall. You can get your soft drink from the vending machine. A small television on the end of the counter played a documentary about Farish Street’s history. An old newspaper article posted on the wall describes attempts to renovate the building. Upstairs is where Medgar Evers worked in an office as a field secretary with the NAACP before he was assassinated. The blues artist Sonny Boy Williamson II lived in this building, too. Next door to the Big Apple Inn is Collins Funeral Home, right across the street from Central United Methodist Church. On an early September Saturday, the 500 block was busy with lawn blowers and mowers, walkers, church volunteers and people stopping to say hello just wanting to get some lunch.

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Stevens Kitchen (604 N. Farish St.) Although it is now closed, Stevens Kitchen hosted civil rights leaders and politicians such as Sen. Robert Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1950s and 1960s. Mount Helm Baptist Church (300 E. Church St.) Mount Helm dates its founding to 1835, with the beginnings of First Baptist Church. Slaves initially worshipped in a basement in First Baptist, but after the Civil War, Thomas E. and Mary Helm donated 80 square feet of property and money to help the former slaves build a new, separate church. It is considered the oldest African American church in Jackson. Smith Robertson School (528 Bloom St.) Jackson’s first public school for African Americans opened in 1894 and operated until 1971, when public schools in Jackson were desegregated. Richard Wright, author of “Native Son,” graduated from the school in 1925. It is now a museum of African American history in Mississippi.

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“You got some Tylenol?” Thurman asks a customer wearing a cook’s uniform from another restaurant. “My fingers are hurting.” The customer, who didn’t have any Tylenol, looked at a thin appointment book and held her cell phone to her ear. The woman looked at the grill full of breakfast meats, then slowly walks down to the cash register and opens a drawer underneath. She found a bottle of pain relievers and took a couple. “Do you need more coffee?” Thurman asked on her return visit. She pulled out a plastic bowl full of batter and ladled a big dollop of it on the grill. When she gets ready for the lunch crowd, she makes cornbread the same way, spooning the batter on the hot grill and flipping the pieces like pancakes. The Farish Street diner got a reputation for feeding the front line of the Civil Rights Movement. Representatives with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ate at this counter during the strife of the 1960s. Barack Obama made a stop here during his presidential campaign swing through Mississippi. Wilora “Peaches” Ephram opened Peaches Café in 1961. Her son, Roderick Ephram, helps run the place now. “Jackson’s original soul food restaurant,” a sign swinging out front says.

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Tell me what the Farish Street/Main Street Project is about. It was created to be an umbrella organization for all of the concerned entities in the Farish Street district—the businesses, the churches, the residents—and all persons who have fondness for Farish Street, the district. The organization’s intention is to help facilitate new revitalization and preservation in the district. When we’re talking about the district, we’re talking about the whole eight blocks, not just the street itself. Are you working with developers? One of the things I set up in my tenure is for Farish Street/Main Street is to set up a clearinghouse for best practices for visionary strategies. We do have representatives from David Watkins’ group come to the meetings; we have been in conversation with the NAACP and others who are wanting to be in dialog about some development. When I got on board I understood that Farish Street/Main Street is not in the best place to try to “be” development. We just want to make sure that whatever development happens best encompasses the historic district as well as new development that would benefit those who are already there and attract other persons in the city and the state to live, to work, to play.

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Farish Street is enormously important to the African American community in Jackson. Do you feel development may be insensitive to the historic perspective? We wanted to make sure that whatever happens in the eight blocks—though we know that (through) new development (it) will take on new character, add new history, new meaning—we nevertheless want 18 to make sure it preserves the historical con-



n its Facebook page, the Farish Street/Main Street Project says that it “seeks to stimulate revitalization in the Farish Street Historic District by encouraging cooperation and building leadership in the business, residential, church, city, state and community partners of the District; promoting educational, social, and health-and-wellness projects and activities; creating a positive image for the District as an exciting place to live, shop and invest; improving the appearance of the District; and receiving, administering and distributing funds in connection with any activities related to the above purposes.” That’s a big, broad mission, one that we asked the organization’s president to refine for us. Rev. CJ Rhodes is the minister of Mount Helm Baptist Church, based in the historic Farish Street district, and a Jackson Free Press columnist. He was elected to his position with the project in April. We spoke by telephone last week.

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Rev. CJ Rhodes is pastor of Mount Helm Baptist Church and president of the Farish Street/Main Street Project.

tent of the district, because it was the center of the African American culture and commerce. It can’t be an exact prototype of what the district was before desegregation, but it needs to gesture toward that. Over the last 30 years, so much of the district has gone into disrepair. So many torn-down houses, blighted houses, things like that. What we would love is for there to be new development, housing stock, new businesses, and of course, welcome white citizens, but that it doesn’t become a whole gentrified area where it pushes all the black people out. Let me clarify that: We don’t have a lot of residents in the district any more, but what we don’t want to see 10 years from now, for example, where all of Farish Street looks nothing, or in no way gestures toward what it was in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Some of the folks in the district don’t own their properties, and they may well be looking at higher rents because of development. Is that a concern? One of the things we’ve always advocated for is that residents be at the table. One of the debates we’ve had at the FSMS meetings is how to classify those persons who live in the district. I demanded that we call them residents; there were some at the meetings who said: “No. They’re not residents, they’re renters.” I think if you live there, you are a resident, so let’s not get into semantics. There are some who say: “Well, if they’re renting, they don’t own anything. They can take the higher rents or move somewhere else.” I wanted to say, “Let’s make sure that whatever we do is cognizant of how this will impact the persons who still live there.” You’re talking about elderly per-

sons, you’re talking about people who have … property. We don’t want to just play musical chairs. We don’t want to just move working class people out of that district and push them to another place without really taking seriously their livelihood, what the Farish Street district means for them as a place they’ve lived for much, if not all of their lives. We wanted to monitor to make sure that any development, particularly residential development, will be cognizant of that. When people start making that distinction between renter and owner, it sounds like you’re getting into a classic gentrification argument. Some of these persons are white, but actually a number of them are African Americans. I think where they’re coming from is a frustration that nothing’s happening in the district. In 30 years, you have people who actually were residents of the district who say, “We need some movement.” For them, they say “We don’t want to hinder development for the whole district just for a few folks who are renting.” I guess for me, my philosophy is that we’ve romanticized the district. The Farish Street district wasn’t just middle-class blacks—creative, commercial black folks. There were also lower-class and working folks. There were day workers and laborers, and people like in “The Help” who rented … I’m sure there are outside threats, people who are sort of eyeing the district waiting for the fall, the cheap land and what they could do with it—but I also think one of the threats may be the emotion attachment that people have to Farish Street. By that, I

mean, that if we’re too emotional about it, we may not be level-headed about how we need to go about development. One of the things that I’ve been doing since I’ve been president is inviting people who have a social conscience and understand the importance of the Farish Street Legacy, but also have the innovation, creativity and the energy to imagine how we need to redevelop. Sometimes we can be so emotional that some of the decisions some people try to make just aren’t going to be good business moves. … When I got to FSMS, there were these various groups and property owners, 20 or 30 people all had plans that they wanted to do for the district. I started thinking: “This is like a quilt. There’s really no comprehensive plan.” That’s my fear, that without people coming to the table really having intelligent, innovative conversations, we’ll end up with a mess in terms of development down there. Anything else? One of the things that I envision for Farish Street is that Farish Street can embody what it means to live out (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s) dream of “Beloved Community.” The way I imagine our development going forward is that it would do everything to resemble the beloved community. To find out more about the Farish Street/ Main Street Project, visit its Facebook page. The project meets every first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Central United Methodist Church in the Family Life Center (500 N. Farish St., 601-355-7858. “We welcome any and everybody,” Rhodes said.

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Deborah and David Dykes share an intimate moment in their 19-year marriage.


n the fall of 1991, Deborah Harris, then 39, picked up a couple of muffalettas for lunch from a local restaurant in Shreveport, La. She went downtown to the rooftop of the First United Methodist Church to meet her new beau, David Dykes, then 48. Anxious about his leaving town that afternoon, a strange feeling started to come over Deborah as they ate and exchanged a few kisses on the rooftop. When they were done eating, David drove Deborah back to her office at Southern University, only a block away. On the short drive back, Deborah felt her emotions growing stronger, and she attempted to conquer her southern-girl sensibilities. Finally, unable to fight the urge any longer, she turned to David as he parked the car, held him in a deep gaze and said, “I want to get inside your soul.” Then she passionately kissed him on his lips, got out of the car and entered the building. “I scared myself half to death,” Deborah recalled more than 20 years later. She gazed into David’s eyes and asked, “And you, too, huh?” David nodded.

“Yeah, I left him stunned with the motor running,” Deborah said with a big laugh. “And you jumped out of the car and ran into the building, too,” David said, causing Deborah to laugh even harder. “We are more in love today than we were back then,” Deborah said as the laughter subsided, never breaking eye contact with David. Her statement seemed to cloak their office in love. In the fall of 1986, David, then 43, and Deborah, then 35, met while working at his father’s production studio in the First United Methodist Church in Shreveport. Debo served as director of academic advancement for Southern University’s Shreveport campus at the time. “I had developed a two-year associate degree program, and I needed a studio so that the students could learn broadcasting and telecommunication and how to work a camera,” she said. “And I knew his dad had a studio located across the street from the campus.” David’s dad was instrumental in the couple meeting. “My dad kept saying, ‘Man, you have got to meet Debo Harris. I mean, you two are cut from the same cloth,’” David remembered.

“I didn’t know what he really meant by that. Then I saw her.” “You remember what I was wearing?” Debo asked. David smiled confidently. “I sure do,” he said. “You were wearing that green linen dress.” Debo laughed again. Intensely in love, Debo moved to Denver, Colo., where David lived in 1992. On Dec. 9, 1992, the two wed at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver in the presence of only a priest and their two closest friends at the time, Breck and Mary Lynn Grover. Poinsettias decorated the cathedral, and an organist played as Debo walked down the aisle as the priest demanded. “I wanted to just walk in through a side door, but Charles, the priest, said, ‘No, no. You have to walk down the aisle,’” Debo said. “But when (Charles) shared those vows with us, it was so genuine. It was very personal. He wanted us to be as married as we wanted to be.” After their intimate wedding, the party made their way to the Brown Palace Hotel, a luxurious 150-year-old hotel in downtown Denver. David promptly asked his good friend not to pay for the meal, and Breck obeyed. After dinner the newlyweds retired to the room David booked for their honeymoon night. “We had ordered a modest room. Next thing we know we’re in the Beatles suite,” Debo remembered. The huge suite was decked out with all the trimmings, including beautiful chocolate-covered strawberries. “Debo, don’t you touch one strawberry. They have us in the wrong room,” David said to his new bride. He promptly went downstairs to fix the mix-up, but instead, the front-desk clerk gave the couple a message: “Breck and Mary Lynn say ‘Happy Wedding!’” When people see the Dykes today, they see a couple truly in love. “They are very well-matched, and although they are very different people, they complement each other very well,” says Anne Perry, one of their closest friends. The couple recalled times when perfect strangers have seen their interaction with one another and made comments. Once, a man passing the two in an airport saw Debo reach up to wipe the sweat from David’s brow. “That’s the way it’s supposed to be,” the stranger said. Debo, now 59, and David, 68, attribute their successful marriage to effective communication, a deep understanding of one another and consideration for each other’s emotions. “The way our relationship continues to grow for me is (that) there is awareness,” Debo says. “I am cultivating a much deeper awareness of him as my partner,” The Dykes have three married children: Jennifer, 39, Suzanna, 35, and Clint, 34.

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anity than what was traditionally portrayed. The foundation created Faith and Reason in 1996 as a way to offer religious-study learning opportunities, so that people could take religion to a level of critical thinking. David continues his father’s legacy today, serving as CEO of the foundation, and Debo serves as director of media and curricula. “The work of the foundation is to broaden people’s awareness about not only the Christian tradition. But if you broaden your awareness about the history and the meaning of the Christian tradition, then

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saw her in the show when they were children themselves. “Now they watch the show through their children’s eyes,” she said. The discipline Rigby learned as a gymnast has enabled her to remain strong and healthy enough to don green tights and fly around the stage in a harness, even though she will be 59 in December. Rigby competed in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and the 1972 Olympics in Munich. She won a silver medal on the balance beam in 1970 at the world championships, becoming the first U.S. gymnast to medal in international competition.

After she retired from competition, she joined ABC and for 18 years was a commentator on the network’s gymnastics coverage. This production of “Peter Pan” will keep Rigby on the road for more than a year, but she doesn’t mind the travel. “I enjoy touring. It certainly has its challenges, but it’s easier now,” she said. “My children are grown-up, so if they want to fly out and join us, they can.” Rigby and her husband, actor, singer and producer Tom McCoy, formed a production company, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, and together they have produced many seasons of musicals, plays, concerts and special events at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

in La Mirada, Calif. Rigby and McCoy also run a conservatory where 700 children study the arts. Their four children are in the entertainment industry, with two working in the production office, one in the “Peter Pan” crew and one dancing with a troupe in Germany. Rigby loves the excitement of performing in front of a live audience, when anything can happen. “The audience is part of that participation,” she said. “It’s live; it’s an adventure and experience we all explore together.” See “Peter Pan” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21 at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). For information, visit, or call 601-981-1847. CRAIG SCHWARTZ

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or many girls growing up in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Cathy Rigby was the petite Olympic gymnast with blonde pigtails who popularized the sport in the United States. For children growing up since then, Rigby is best known as Peter Pan. “I’ve probably done this show a thousand times,” Rigby said in a telephone interview from her Southern California home. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it.” Rigby, now a fit and youthful grandmother, will bring her production of the musical “Peter Pan” to the Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson Sept. 20-21 as part of the “Best of Broadway” series. Rigby has played the role off and on since 1974, when she was 20 and a year into her retirement from gymnastics. She had never acted, couldn’t really sing and was so shy she could barely look people in the eye. But she soon discovered that she actually enjoyed the high-flying role, first performed on Broadway in the 1950s by the legendary Mary Martin. Determined to succeed in her new career as a performer, she took voice and acting lessons for seven years, and ballet lessons for 12 years. Her toughest critic was probably the late Betty Comden, who wrote the lyrics to the musical. Comden told the Associated Press in 2004 that she had grown to love Rigby in the role. “She captures the spirit of what Peter Pan is all about, the imagination involved in it. And she’s also a wonderful physical performer,” Comden said. “I tried flying in one of those harnesses, you know, and it’s not easy.” Rigby grew into the role so well, she was nominated for a Tony Award in 1991 for a Broadway revival of the show. In 2004, the League of American Theatres and Producers Inc. presented her with the National Broadway Theatre Award’s Distinguished Lifetime Service Award. Recently, Rigby filmed an “American Girl” movie based on one of the popular dolls, but she can’t say anything more about the movie, yet. She has also played Dorothy in a production of “The Wizard of Oz,” appeared in national tours of “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and “Paint Your Wagon,” and starred on Broadway as the Cat in the Hat in “Seussical The Musical.” Her signature role remains Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. “It’s just so exciting to be part of something so positive,” Rigby said. “The great thing about knowing the show so well is you can continually reinvent parts of it.” She loves chatting with her young fans after a performance, and meeting parents who

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Author Jesmyn Ward will sign and read from her new book Sept. 21.


sk any Mississippian, and they’ll tell you where they were the week of Aug. 29, 2005, the week Hurricane Katrina hit. They’ll tell stories of the eerie silence waiting for the storm. For those who stayed on the Gulf Coast, they’ll tell of the snarling and groaning as Katrina choked trees and reduced homes to cement foundations, and of devastation massive and humbling. “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury USA, 2011, $24), chronicles the lives of a family struggling to survive the days leading up to, during and after Katrina in the fictional Mississippi town of Bois Sauvage. As the hurricane swirls closer, 14-year-old Esch and her brothers stumble to prepare for the storm, while her father, a heavy drinker, grows more concerned. There is little food to save, but Esch can’t keep food down anyway; she’s pregnant. What food there is, her brother, Skeetah, is taking for his prized pit bull’s new litter, while her other brothers Randal and Junior vie for attention and dream of getting out of small-town Mississippi. “Salvage the Bones” is honest about the realities of rural poverty, as Ward has seen personally growing up in DeLisle, Miss. Ward, the first in her family to attend college, received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is an assistant professor at the University of South Alabama. You’re from south Mississippi. How did that shape how you wrote this book? I was actually here (on the Gulf Coast) for the hurricane, even though I wasn’t supposed to be. The hurricane occurred as I finished my MFA program at Michigan. So, I was supposed to go back to teach in early August, and I didn’t because we heard the hurricane was coming, and I just thought, “Oh, well, I’ll just stay until the hurricane passes,

and I’ll go back home.” I’m homesick a lot when I’m away from home, so I always try to get as much time (at) home as I can, which means staying until the last minute. So, I was here for the storm. I wanted to write about that experience; what it was like to live through that experience, but I wanted to do it fictionally. I just felt like I don’t encounter a lot of books that often that are about Katrina that are fictional. When we see coverage of Katrina, there is a lot of emphasis on the devastation in New Orleans. Being from Mississippi, did that speak to you? I know (for) some people, that makes them angry, that Mississippi was hit so hard, and then we were sort of never mentioned in the damage (coverage). Whenever people talk about Katrina, they talk about New Orleans. It was a horrible and overwhelming experience, and I just wanted to do the best that I could to write about it and to express that on the page. There was a lot about what happened during Katrina that people wouldn’t believe if they hadn’t lived through it. I just wanted to convey some of that and do it as well, and as clearly and as strongly as possible. Why did you decide to do it from a fictional perspective as opposed to writing your personal experience? The funny thing is I actually wrote about it in an essay before I wrote about it in a book. Right after it happened, I think I was in shock about it happening. I didn’t write about it for months afterward. It wasn’t until one of my professors at the University of Michigan told me, “You know, this is your experience to write about.” It was almost like when she told me that, she was giving me permission to write about it. My first response was to write an essay about it. That was my first impulse, but it wasn’t enough. … I felt it didn’t express the enormity of what happened. Each chapter represents a day leading up to, during and after Katrina. What led you write in such a way? I’ve heard that each novel will teach you how to write it, and I think that it’s true. I wanted to challenge myself and do something different. I wanted to make the amount of time that passes during the novel and shorten that so that the story was much more compact. I knew I wanted it to be around 12 chapters, so I decided to make each chapter a day. There’s a lot of tension there, a lot of pressure there, that builds up during those chapters. Hopefully, it would create a lot of momentum. Because I hadn’t done that before, I thought that if I tried to write it this way and if it fails, I’d start all over. It worked, and I was lucky. Jesmyn Ward will sign and read from “Salvage the Bones” starting at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601-366-7619).


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The Jackson 2000 luncheon is at 11:45 a.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $12; email to RSVP. … Mississippi Arts Commission grants director Larry Morrisey speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … The play “Divorce Southern Style” is at 7:30 p.m. at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon); runs through Sept. 18. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-825-1293. … Doug Frank’s Blues Jam is at 7 p.m. at F. Jones Corner. … Fitzgerald’s has music from Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer. … The jam with Will and Linda is at Pelican Cove.

Diane M. Jordan’s quilt exhibit at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) hangs through Sept. 30. Free; call 601-856-7546. … At Historic Canton Square, Arts on the Square is from 4-8 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17. Free; call 601-859-5816. … Dreamz JXN hosts Can’t Feel My Face Friday. … The Brick Street Trio performs at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (205 W. Main St., Raymond). Free. … Zeebo is at Ole Tavern. … Enjoy soulful house music during Deep Friday at 10 p.m. at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). $5; email … Jacob Lipking is at Fatsumo Sushi (3100 N. State St.).


The Cyclists Curing Cancer Century Ride begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Baptist Healthplex (102 Clinton Parkway). $45; call 601-968-1248. … The Market in Fondren is from 8 a.m.-noon at Duling Green (Duling Ave. and Old Canton Road). Call 601-832-4396. … Enjoy $1 carousel rides at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Regular admission; call 601-352-2580. … The Greater Jackson Quilt Celebration is at 9 a.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). $5; call 601856-7546. … The Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival is at noon at the Washington County Convention Center (1040 S. Raceway Road, Greenville). $30, $5 children under 12, $100 all-access pass; call 888-812-5837. … Lipstick Lounge (304 Mitchell Ave.) hosts a trunk show at 1 p.m. Free; call 601-366-4000. … Beth Israel’s 150th anniversary gala includes dinner at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) at 6 p.m. and a concert at the Jackson Convention Complex at 8 p.m. $30 concert, $125 dinner and concert; call 601-956-6215 for $125 tickets, or 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000 for $30 tickets. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents “Bravo I: Opening Night” at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. $20 and up; call 601-960-1565. … See the film “Star Power: Jay Unger portrays Hoke Coleburn in the play “Driving Miss Daisy” at New Stage Theatre through Sept. 25.

The “Local Girls” art show is at 5 p.m. at Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-607-4147. … The Bottom Line for Kids Dinner is at 6 p.m. at the Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive). $100; call 601-354-0983. … The Jackson Arts Mixer is from 6-9 p.m. at The Commons. Free; call 601-540-1267. … The Center Players present “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison); runs through Sept. 18. $12, $10 seniors and students; call 601-953-0181. … Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Call 32 800-745-3000.

Mayweather vs. Ortiz Fight Live” at 8 p.m at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $17; call 601-936-5856.


The play “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” at Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg) ends its run with a 2 p.m. show. $12, $10 seniors, $7 students, $5 children 12 and under; call 601-636-0471. … See the film “The Interrupters” at 5 p.m. at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $7; visit


Jeanette Jarmon’s art exhibit opens at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) and hangs through Oct. 31. Hours are Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 1–5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1457. … Karaoke at Fenian’s and Burgers and Blues. … Pub Quiz at Ole Tavern. … Martin’s hosts an open-mic free jam.


Unburied Treasures is at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free; call 601-9601515. … WellsFest Art Night and Auction is at 5:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (605 Duling Ave.). Call 601-353-0658. … The musical “Peter Pan” is at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall tonight and tomorrow. $20-$62.50 per show; call 601-981-1847 or 800-745-3000.


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jfpevents JFP-SPONSORED EVENTS Radio JFP on WLEZ, at WLEZ 100.1 FM and Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guest is Portia Espy from the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Defense Fund. JFP sports writer Bryan Flynn gives commentary at 12:45 p.m. Listen to podcasts at Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. The Market in Fondren Sept. 17, 8 a.m., at Duling Green (Duling Ave. and Old Canton Road). Local artists and food producers sell their goods. Entertainment provided. Free; call 601-832-4396. WellsFest Art Night and Auction Sept. 20, at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The preview party is at 5:30 p.m., and the live art auction is at 7 p.m. Music and food included. Proceeds benefit the Mustard Seed. Free admission; call 601-353-0658. WellsFest Sept. 24, 10 a.m., at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park (3601 Lakeland Lane). The fundraiser includes a 5K run/walk and one-mile fun run at 8 a.m.; a pet parade at 9 a.m.; and a festival at 10 a.m. that includes live music, food, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, an arts-and-crafts vendor area, a plant sale and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Mustard Seed. Free admission; prices for food, games and run/walk vary; call 601-353-0658.

COMMUNITY â&#x20AC;&#x153;History Is Lunchâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 14, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Mississippi Arts Commission grants director Larry Morrisey talks about his Mississippi Senior Cultural Leaders Oral History Project. Sept. 21, Author Norma Watkins will discuss and sign copies of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure,â&#x20AC;? about the art colony Allisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wells. Bring lunch Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. Tread Town Opening Ceremony Sept. 14, 3 p.m., at City Center Park (110 Mary Ann Drive, Pearl). The celebration includes refreshments, music, giveaways and free tire checks. Call 601-932-3541. Precinct 3 COPS Meeting Sept. 15, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues. Call 601-960-0003. National Carousel Day Sept. 17, 9 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Enjoy a 50-percent discount on carousel rides. $1 plus paid admission; call 601-352-2580. Jackson Audubon Society Annual Hawk Migration Watch Sept. 17, 9 a.m., at Vicksburg Military Park (Clay St., Vicksburg), at Fort Hill. Meet for carpooling at 8:30 a.m. at the McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Springridge Road in Clinton, or at the site in the parking lot or at Fort Hill. Free, $8 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444.

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Minority Enterprise Development Week Golf Tournament Sept. 19, at Whisper Lake Country Club (414 Annandale Parkway, Madison). Registration/check-in and breakfast is at 8 a.m., and tee time is 9 a.m. Golfers play in teams of four. The tournament ends with an awards ceremony and lunch. Pre-registration available through Sept. 15. $75 individual, $300 hole sponsor, $250 and up for team of four; call 601-948-7575, ext. 280.


Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting Sept. 19, 6 p.m., at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Former Texas Tech head coach and Sirius XM Radio football analyst Mike Leach is the speaker. $280 individual membership, $1200 corporate membership; call 601-506-3186. LABA-Link Mixer Sept. 20, 6 p.m., at Mississippi eCenter at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Network and find out how to get involved in community projects. The Latinisimo Band and Jarez perform. RSVP by Sept. 19; limited seating. Call 601-447-5915 or 601-608-8999.

Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Action Day Sept. 21, noon, at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.), on the south steps. Hear stories from people with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, learn about programs, meet Miss Mississippi 2011 Mary Margaret Roark and enjoy free ice cream. Wear purple. Call 601-987-0020. Generation â&#x20AC;&#x153;TEXTâ&#x20AC;?: Your Kids On Technology Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m., at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 W, Jackson, MS 39209), in the Conference Center. Learn how to protect your children from excessive texting, cyberbullying and â&#x20AC;&#x153;sexting.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-321-2400. Toastmasters Club Meetings. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. UĂ&#x160;*Ă&#x2022;LÂ?Â&#x2C6;VĂ&#x160;*Â&#x153;Â?Â&#x2C6;VĂ&#x17E;Ă&#x160; Â?Ă&#x2022;LĂ&#x160;nĂ&#x2C6;nÂ&#x2122;Ă&#x160;iiĂ&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;}Ă&#x192;]Ă&#x160;>Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;1Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x203A;iĂ&#x20AC;Ă&#x192;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2021; ties Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The group meets on first and third Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the computer lab. Call 601-540-8472 or 601432-6277; visit UĂ&#x160;ÂşĂ&#x2022;iĂ&#x192;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;7Â&#x2026;Â&#x153;½Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;/>Â?Â&#x17D;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;}Ă&#x160; Â&#x153;Ă&#x153;ÂťĂ&#x160; Â?Ă&#x2022;LĂ&#x160;Ă&#x17D;Ă&#x201C;n{Ă&#x160;iiĂ&#x152;Â&#x2021; ings, at Woolfolk Building (501 N. West St.). The group meets from noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays in the conference room on the first floor. Call 601-359-6653 or 601-359-2573; visit club3284.

WELLNESS Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors. The city of Jackson and St. Dominic Health Services provides blood pressure checks and cholesterol information to qualifying individuals ages 55 or older living in Jackson. Free; call 601-960-0335. UĂ&#x160;-iÂŤĂ&#x152;°Ă&#x160;ÂŁÂ&#x2122;]Ă&#x160;£äĂ&#x160;>°Â&#x201C;°]Ă&#x160;>Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;>`Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2DC;>Ă&#x160;>Â&#x2DC;Â&#x153;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x160;,iĂ&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x20AC;iÂ&#x201C;iÂ&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160; Center (550 Houston Ave.). UĂ&#x160;-iÂŤĂ&#x152;°Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ÂŁ]Ă&#x160;ÂŁÂŁĂ&#x160;>°Â&#x201C;°]Ă&#x160;>Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;/°°Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Ă&#x203A;iĂ&#x160;-iÂ&#x2DC;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x153;Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x160; iÂ&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;iĂ&#x20AC;Ă&#x160; (2912 Holmes Ave.). Versatility Exercise and Health Education Program through Nov. 16, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in the Owens Health and Wellness Center, room 223. Seora Casper leads the exercise class on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Registration required; space limited. Free; call 601-977-7797. SIDS Symposium Sept. 15, 9 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the UMMC Conference Center, Room 1. Listen to panel presentations on ways to prevent SIDS. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-979-1345. Forecast for the Next Nine Months Sept. 16, 11:45 a.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). Dr. Erica Ory separates fact from fiction on gestation, nutrition and exercise. $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. Anusara Yoga Immersion, Part 1 Sept. 17-Nov. 13, at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). The prerequisite course for teacher training covers alignment, props, breathing, meditation and poses. Classes are one weekend per month: Sept. 17-18, Oct. 8-9, Nov. 12-13; from noon-3 p.m. and 4-6:45 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. Sundays. $500; call 601-594-2313.

STAGE AND SCREEN Events at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). UĂ&#x160;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Divorce Southern Styleâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 14-18, Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-825-1293. UĂ&#x160;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guys and Dollsâ&#x20AC;? Auditions Sept. 17, 10 a.m. No preparations are needed to audition. For ages 15 and up. Call 601-951-1032. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Power: Mayweather vs. Ortiz Fight Liveâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 17, 8 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). See the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz broadcasted from Las Vegas. $17; call 601-936-5856.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Woodsâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 15-18, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St.). The Center Players present James Lapine and Stephen Sondheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fractured fairy tale. Shows are at 7 p.m. Sept. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Sept. 18. $12, $10 seniors and students; call 601-953-0181. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breaking Up Is Hard to Doâ&#x20AC;? through Sept. 18, at Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. $12, $10 seniors, $7 students, $5 children 12 and under; call 601-636-0471. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Driving Miss Daisyâ&#x20AC;? through Sept. 25, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Show times are 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 17 and Sept. 21-24, and 2 p.m. Sept. 18 and Sept. 25. $25, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter Panâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 20-21, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby is the star. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly. $20-$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or 800-745-3000.

MUSIC Bravo I: Opening Night Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs Ravelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Vaiseâ&#x20AC;?, and Marta Szlubowska plays Bruchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Violin Concerto No. 1â&#x20AC;? and Shostakovichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Symphony No. 5.â&#x20AC;? $20 and up; call 601-960-1565. Beth Israel 150th Anniversary Gala Sept. 17. Dinner from Chef Luis Bruno is at 6 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.); limit of 275 seats. The concert is at 8 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Joshua Nelson, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prince of Kosher Gospel,â&#x20AC;? the Mississippi Mass Choir and the Beth Israel Shirim Choir perform. $30 concert, $125 dinner and concert; call 601-956-6215 for $125 tickets, and 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000 for $30 tickets. Male Choir Anniversary Program Sept. 18, 2:30 p.m., at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church (233 Cottonwood Drive). The choir celebrates 34 years of service. Call 601-982-4930. Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music Benefit Sept. 18, 6 p.m., at the home of Kay Patterson (220 St. Andrews Drive). Violinist Tom Lowe and harpsichordist John Paul perform. Refreshments served. RSVP. $35, $50 couple; call 601-354-1585.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. UĂ&#x160;-iÂŤĂ&#x152;°Ă&#x160;ÂŁĂ&#x2021;]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;Ă&#x160;°Â&#x201C;°]Ă&#x160;i>Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;7°Ă&#x160; >Ă&#x192;Â&#x2026;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x192;Â&#x2C6;}Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;VÂ&#x153;ÂŤÂ&#x2C6;iĂ&#x192;Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;vĂ&#x160; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Larry Brown: A Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life.â&#x20AC;? $35 book. UĂ&#x160;-iÂŤĂ&#x152;°Ă&#x160;ÂŁÂ&#x2122;]Ă&#x160;{Ă&#x160;°Â&#x201C;°]Ă&#x160;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2DC;>Ă&#x160; iĂ&#x153;`Â&#x2DC;iĂ&#x17E;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x192;Â&#x2C6;}Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;VÂ&#x153;ÂŤÂ&#x2C6;iĂ&#x192;Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;vĂ&#x160; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Llama Llama Home with Mama.â&#x20AC;? $17.99 book. UĂ&#x160;-iÂŤĂ&#x152;°Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ä]Ă&#x160;xĂ&#x160;°Â&#x201C;°]Ă&#x160; Â&#x153;Ă&#x20AC;Â&#x201C;>Ă&#x160;7>Ă&#x152;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x192;Â&#x2C6;}Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;VÂ&#x153;ÂŤÂ&#x2C6;iĂ&#x192;Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;vĂ&#x160; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure.â&#x20AC;? Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book. A Perspective on C.S. Lewis Sept. 16-17, at Duncan Gray Episcopal Retreat Center (1530 Way Road, Canton). Rev. Dr. Robert MacSwain, professor at University of the South, elaborates on Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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CREATIVE CLASSES Polymer Clay Class Sept. 17 10 a.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Learn to sculpt with polymer clay from the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild. This month, participants make faux gems and cover objects with them. Visit for a supply list. Free first meeting, $5 future meetings, $20 annual membership; email Fall Community Enrichment Series, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Most classes start the week of Sept. 19 and fall into several categories. Fees vary; call 601-974-1130 for a list of classses. Pies and Tarts Workshop Sept. 21, 9 a.m., at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Learn techniques such as rolling out pie dough and making a lattice-top pie crust. $69; call 601-898-8345.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS â&#x20AC;&#x153;Local Girlsâ&#x20AC;? Art Show Sept. 15, 5 p.m., at Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Exhibitors include Virginia Shirley, Susan Ingram, Lori Drennan, Becky Barnett, Becky Pate, Catron Williams, Mary Jane Moak and Jackie Ellens. Vintage Wine Market also hosts a wine tasting. Free; call 601-607-4147. Greater Jackson Quilt Celebration Sept. 17-18, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Guilds showcase more than 200 quilts. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5; call 601-856-7546. Papel Picado Day Sept. 17, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (2145 Highland Drive), in the Inspirations Gallery. View Mexican exhibits and participate in activities. $8, children under 12 months free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-KIDS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fast â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fabulously Furiousâ&#x20AC;? Trunk Show Sept. 17, 1 p.m., at Lipstick Lounge (304 Mitchell Ave.). See and purchase from a selection of distinctive accessories and specialty items. Free admission; call 601-366-4000. Unburied Treasures Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in Trustmark Grand Hall. Hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and a cash bar are available at 5:30 p.m., and the program featuring a selected work of art begins at 6 p.m. Free admission; call 601-960-1515. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

BE THE CHANGE Bottom Line for Kids Dinner Sept. 15, 6 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive). Enjoy music from Patrick Harkins, a silent auction, a live auction, dinner and a presentation. Proceeds benefit Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, which assists abused, neglected and abandoned youth. $100; call 601-354-0983. UMMC Blood Drive Sept. 16, 10 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Mississippi Blood Services takes donations in the Community Meeting Room until 4 p.m. Please bring ID. Free; call 601-984-2884. Cyclists Curing Cancer Century Ride Sept. 17, 7:30 a.m., at Baptist Healthplex (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). The ride is along the Natchez Trace. Rest stops will be stocked with water and snacks, and lunch is served after the event. Proceeds benefit Baptist Cancer Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Serenity Garden. $45; call 601-968-1248.




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young, black man dressed in an embroidered jacket sits at the piano. He belts out a gospel tune in layers of emotion. Sweat pours down his face as he sings a familiar—but not instantly recognizable—religious song with a multitextured and robed back-up choir. ThenhesingstheHebrewword“Shalom.” Joshua Nelson is an African American Jew from New Jersey who bills himself as the “Prince of Kosher Gospel.” The religious musician and entertainer is coming to Jackson Sept. 17 to help Beth Israel Congregation celebrate its 150th anniversary. He will perform with the Mississippi Mass Choir and the Beth

Israel Shirim Choir. He puts traditional Jewish prayers to traditional gospel music, and the two choirs will join the mashup. “To some people it’s a novelty,” he says in a video on his website, “My music represents life, our art represents life, life represents art, and this is our art from our soul.” The singer says Mahalia Jackson’s gospel music inspired him at an early age. He listened to her records when he was just a little boy. “I guess I am carrying on her mantle,” he says. Nelson says slaves created American soul music. “The element in soul (that) people

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Mississippi Mass Choir will perform at the Sept. 17 concert for Beth Israel.

The Out-of-Towners and get the 411 on all that is awesome about this band. Also on Sept. 15, Ardenland Productions will present Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at the Duling Hall Auditorium in Fondren. Holcomb, a Memphis native, is swiftly making his name known as a performer in the Southeast. He has opened for such acts as Susan Tedeschi, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers and Robert Earl Keen. He and his wife, Ellie, who is also his singing and songwriting partner, formed The Neighbors and in 2008, released the band’s first album, “Passenger Seat” on Magnolia Records. Holcomb saw much success when his first album, “Washed in Blue,” got heavy rotation on such shows as Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” Showtime’s “The United States of Tara,” and A&E’s “The Cleaner.” This year, Holcomb released “Chasing Somebody,” debuting on the Billboard Top 200 in February and at No. 7 on iTunes. The song has had major airplay on cable shows such as “The Deadliest Catch,” “Brothers and Sisters,” and “Justified.” Visit the band’s website at Southern rocker (and local favorite) Dax Riggs brings his punkmanship to Hal and Mal’s Sept. 17. Riggs, formerly from Louisiana and now residing in Austin, has been a fixture in the southern-punk scene, performing with bands like Agents of Oblivion and Deadboy and the Elephantmen, but his real rise to notoriety came when he fronted southernsludge band Acid Bath in the ´90s. While the band released



he month of September has started out as a barnburner for Jackson musicheads like me. With CelticFest bringing in a great crowd, former JFP designer (and my old neighbor) Jakob Clark coming from Austin, Texas, to play with his brother, Joshua, and Misha Hercules in their band Boy at Martin’s Saturday night, and Texas-based Old Warhorse playing at Ole Tavern this past weekend, I can safely say it was a great way to say hello to fall. And while I love my “Mississicians” (Mississippi musicians), I am thankful that Jackson is starting to get a bleep on the music-scene radar for national acts. Sept. 15 is a big night for Jackson. Martin’s hosts the New Orleans band Rotary Downs, who return from a crosscountry tour to promote the full-length album “Cracked Maps and Blue Reports,” which took home the prize of Best Rock Album at the 2011 Offbeat Awards. The band’s own label, Rookery Records, produced the album. The band is recognized inside and outside the Big Easy. It has two hits featured in the popular video game “Rock Band Three.” Gambit Weekly, New Orleans’ alternative weekly, nominated Rotary Downs as Best Rock Band in 2011. This summer saw the band performing for the first time at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn., to a first-ever sold-out crowd. If you can’t check their show out here in Jackson check out the band’s fifth appearance at the annual Voodoo Music Experience, Oct. 28-30. Visit

son Convention Center. Tickets for the concert only are $30 and are available at or the Coliseum box office. Tickets for the dinner and concert combined are $125. Doors open for the concert at 7 p.m. Call 601956-6215 for information on the combined events. For a complete schedule of anniversary events, visit COURTESY BETH ISRAEL

African American Jew Joshua Nelson sings in the style of Mahalia Jackson with Hebrew words.

don’t realize is that … it’s a musical expression of one’s horrible conditions,” he says. Rabbi Valerie Cohen of Beth Israel Congregation says bringing Nelson to the celebration is a natural fit. “We are always looking for ways to creatively collaborate with other faiths, cultures and races, in an effort to bring greater understanding to each other and positive experiences and energy to the community,” she says. “In Judaism we plant a tree,” Nelson says. “But we don’t a plant the tree for ourselves, because, you know, it takes 30, 40 years for a tree to actually grow. And now I see about planting a tree for the future generations, for the generations to come.” Beth Israel began in 1860. After the Civil War, the congregation—about 15 families—built the first synagogue in Mississippi. Several buildings and locations later, Beth Israel built a new temple on Old Canton Road in 1967. Local Ku Klux Klan members bombed the temple in September 1967, because its rabbi, Perry Nussbaum, was an outspoken voice against racism and segregation. Two months later, the same group bombed the rabbi’s home. Although no one was seriously hurt, the bombings helped turn Jackson toward a more racially just society. Beth Israel Congregation celebrates its 150th anniversary Sept. 16-18. Celebration events Sept. 17 include a dinner at 6 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art and the “Beth Israel Ballyhoo” concert at 8 p.m. at the Jack-

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two studio albums and received heavy acclaim in the underground music scene, Acid Bath never reached mainstream success. This setback didn’t stop Riggs from performing, and he started releasing his own work in 2007. Check out both of Riggs’ albums released by Mississippi’s Fat Possum Records: “We Sing of Only Blood and Love” and “Say Goodnight to the World,” then head over to Riggs’ show. Feel free to listen to his music at myspace. com/daxriggs. For any music-related news, please shoot me an email at I hope to see you out and about this weekend, and if you see me, please say hello!






















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Brandon resident Sarah Thomas was the first woman to officiate a Division 1 college football game.

What adversity have you faced thus far being a college referee? The old uniform! It was not flattering for women with hips. We have new uniforms now with black pants. I like the black pants. The learning curveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I have a great group of guys that I study withâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;also, handling work and having the freedom to do it. I have a very supportive and wonderful husband, who is an overall good man. I could not do it without his support. What do the women in your community think? My mom is a breast-cancer survivor, so I just did Huddles and Heels (Aug. 23 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum) to benefit Susan G. Komen. There was a great group of women there, and I have good friends that are really supportive and help out, too.

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Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and po’boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A “very high class pig stand,” Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads, and their famous Hershey bar pie. Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Rd. Jackson 866-906-0942) Specializing in smoked barbeque, Lumpkin’s offers all your favorites for on-site family dining or for catered events, including reunions, office events, annivesaries, weddings and more.


The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2009 and 2010 and 2011’s winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. Creative pizza options abound along with sandwiches, wings, salads and even BBQ. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the fried ravioli. Best Kid’s Menu & Best Ice Cream in the 2011 Best of Jackson. Plus, Pi(e) Lounge in front offers great drinks..


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BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami (white wine sauce, capers artichokes) along with veal, tilapia, crawfish, chicken and pasta dishes. Now with liquor license! Fratesi’s (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) “Authentic, homey, unpretentious” that’s how the regulars describe Fratesi’s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a must-have!

STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING Crab’s (6954 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-956-5040) Crab’s Seafood Shack offers a wide variety of southern favorites such as fried catfish and boiled shrimp. Full bar complete with multiple televisions for all of your favorite sporting events. Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Danny Eslava’s namesake feature Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the “polished casual” dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino.

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Petra Café (2741 Old Canton Road, 601-925-0016) Mediterranean and Lebanese Cuisine. Everything from Stuffed Grape Leaves, to Spinach Pie, Shrimp Kabobs, Greek Salads, Hummus and more. Now Open in Fondren! Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma and much more. Consistent award winner, great for takeout or for long evenings with friends. Kristos (971 Madison Ave @ Hwy 51, Madison, 601-605-2266) Home of the famous Greek meatball! Hummus, falafel, dolmas, pita sandwiches, salads, plus seasoned curly fries (or sweet potato fries) and amazing desserts. Mezza (1896 Main St., Suite A, Madison 601-853-0876) Mediterranean cuisine and wood fired brick oven pizzas. Come experience the beautiful patio, Hookahs, and delicious food. Beer is offered and you are welcome to bring your own wine. Vasilios (828 Hwy 51 in Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic Greek dining featuring fresh seafood daily along with gyros, greek salads, appetizers and signature Mediterranean desserts. Their redfish is a standout, earning rave reviews.

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Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each day’s blackboard special. Best of Jackson winner for Live Music Venue for multiple years running. Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Al Stamps (of Cool Al’s fame) does it again with his signature approach to burgers, chicken, wraps, seasoned fries and so much more. Plus live music and entertainment!


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Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Plate lunches, cheesy fries and tons more, including a full bar and friendly favorites. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A Best of Jackson fixture, Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers such as Guinness and Harp on tap. Stamps Superburgers (1801 Dalton Street 601-352-4555) Huge burgers will keep you full until the next day! The homestyle fries are always fresh. Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Time Out Sports Café (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Sportsman’s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportman’s doesn’t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, fried seafood baskets, sandwiches and specialty appetizers. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even “lollipop” lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat. Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing wings in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. Every order is made fresh to order; check out the fresh cut seasoned fries! Wing Station (5038 Parkway Drive Suite 8, 888-769-9464) Home of the famous Janky Wings. Wing Station has an array of wings including Lemon Pepper, Honey BBQ and Blazin Bird Atomic. Delivery is available.


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Pan Asia (720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland 601-956-2958) Beautiful ambiance in this popular Ridgeland eatery accompanies signature asian fusion dishes and build-your-own stir-frys using fresh ingredients and great sauces. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, Fusion has an extensive menu featuring everything from curries to fresh sushi.


The Copper Iris Catering Company (115 N. State St. 601-961-7017) Fresh soups, stacked sandwiches, creative salads and daily hot lunch specials. Recently opened across from Old Capitol; available for catering and office delivery w/min. order. M-F; 11-5. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Frequent Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a sumptious buffet of your choice of veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of four homemade desserts. Lunch only. Mon-Friday, Sun.


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Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas and dessert. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast, blue-plate specials, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys and wraps. Save room for something from their famous bakery! For Heaven’s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Beagle Bagel (4500 I-55 North, Suite 145, Highland Village 769-251-1892) Fresh bagels in tons of different styles with a variety of toppings including cream cheese, lox, eggs, cheese, meats and or as full sandwiches for lunch. Paninis, wraps and much more!


High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant.

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