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contents ADAM LYNCH

VIRGINIA SCHREIBER

6 Map Woes Jackson has its own redistricting to worry about. How concerned should you be about that? JACOB FULLER

Cover photograph by Virginia Schreiber Cover design by Kristin Brenemen

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THIS ISSUE:

—LaShanda Phillips

27 Stray Fest Fondren’s Stray at Home Festival promises to be a great day of art and music, all for a good cause.

42 Steal This Our Girl About Town spends time in St. Louis and brings back ideas to implement here at home.

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Campaign season in Jackson begins with candidates accusing the mayor of being “bad for business.” COURTESY TELEGRAPH CANYON

4 ..............Editor’s Note 4 ................... Slowpoke 6 ............................ Talk 10 .................. Business neesee ray-scott and amanda purvis It’s not particularly common for people to says. “Hair has been running through my 12 ................... Editorial do what they love and be successful at it, but veins. It came natural to me.” that’s just what mother and daughter Neesee She graduated from Magnolia School 13 ................. Opinion Ray-Scott and Amanda Purvis do. Both are of Cosmetology in 2010. On her 23rd birthhairstylists at Upscale Images Salon (5472 day, her mother, after owning Upscale Imag14 ............ Cover Story Watkins Drive, 601-813-7097). The salon es for five years, signed over the salon to her. has been in the family for about 17 years. Now, Purvis aims to diversify her clientele. “I of the two initially wanted to want Upscale to be the salon everyone comes 24 .............. Diversions be a Neither hairstylist. Ray-Scott, who graduated to,” she says. Jim Hill High School, attended Hinds As a mother of an 8-year-old son, 26 ....... Music Listings from Community College in hopes of becoming Ayden, the flexibility of being a salon owner nurse and started doing hair on the side to and hairstylist is also a perk to Purvis. “I don’t 27 .................. Festivals abring in extra money. After some time, she let my job interfere with his school work,” dropped out of Hinds and enrolled at the Purvis says. Ayden attends Boyd Elementary 29 .................... 8 Days Jackson Academy on Terry Road, which is School, where he recently won second place the Academy of Hair Design. in the district for his entry in the 2012 Jack30 ..................... Events now “All I thought about was how many son Public Schools Martin Luther King Jr. I had to do that night,” Ray-Scott art contest. 33 ..................... Sports heads says. “Hair was calling me. I also wanted to Although Ray-Scott suffered a stroke in be with (my daughters) when they got out 2008, she still works at the salon. The moth34 ................ Astrology of school. Working in a salon, they’re right er and daughter team both enjoy working Ray-Scott has three children: Angel, with women and making them feel beauti35 ........... Life & Style there.” 30; Amanda, 26; and Arliss, 21. ful. Ray-Scott says the highlight of her job Purvis, who grew up in the salon, didn’t is seeing the look on customers’ faces when 35 ....................... Food immediately entertain the idea of being a they see their hair and truly like it. “It’s a lahairstylist. After graduating from Callaway bor of love,” she says. 38 ...................... Books High School in 2004, she attended Jackson The salon specializes in hair extenState University with elementary education sions but also offers services for natural hair, 41 ........ Body & Soul as her major. However, she left the program, relaxed hair and extension lashes. Upscale realizing that hair was her passion. Images Salon takes walk-in appointments “I thought I wanted to do something throughout the week. 42 ... Girl About Town

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editor’snote

Genevieve Legacy Editorial intern Genevieve Legacy is an artist and writer who relocated from New York last August. She lives in Brandon with her husband, son and one of Mississippi’s laziest dogs, a piebald hound named Dawa. She wrote a Good Works feature.

Jacob Fuller Reporter Jacob Fuller is a former student at Ole Miss. When not reporting, he splits his time between playing music and photographing anything in sight. He covers the city for the JFP. He wrote Talks and a music feature.

Nicole Sheriff Nicole Sheriff is from Madison but has lived everywhere from Colorado to Michigan since she graduated from college. Her life experiences have inspired most of her writing, and she shows no signs of slowing down. She wrote a music feature.

Casey Purvis Casey Purvis is a Fondrenite who loves planting flowers and watching birds in her backyard. She is owned by Phoebe, a 9year-old Lhasa Apso. She works as a nurse in one of the local hospitals in her spare time. She wrote a food piece.

Kelly Bryan Smith Kelly Bryan Smith is a busy mom, writer, brain tumor survivor and nursing student living with her small son in Fondren. She enjoys healthy cooking, swimming, reading and collecting pastel blue eggs from her backyard chickens. She wrote a book review.

Elyane Alexander Editorial intern Elyane Alexander is a native of Madison. She is a fourth-grade teacher. Her hobbies include reading, writing and shopping. She wrote events pieces.

Jim PathFinder Ewing Jim Pathfinder Ewing is an organic farmer, author and journalist. He has written five books on energy medicine and eco-spirituality. He lives in Lena with his wife, Annette, at their ShooFly Farm. He wrote the Body & Soul features.

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Advertising coordinator Monique Davis is a passionate promoter of all things Jackson. She is a cartoonist, is married to the smartest man on the planet and a mother of six wonderful children. She can be bribed with red wine (merlot).

by Ronni Mott, Managing Editor

Deep as My Bones

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ama froze. She was holding something, a towel I think it was, and her hand stopped in mid air. Her incessant motion on pause for a moment, she looked at me in disbelief, her brown eyes sad and soft. “Oh, Ronni,” she said, her voice dropping to nearly a whisper, her head almost imperceptibly moving from side to side, the unconscious motion adding what she didn’t say aloud: “Oh, no.” We’d been talking about nothing important, how our days had passed since the last time we spoke, what my sisters were up to, what my father was teaching now, her plans for remodeling the house to modernize the old kitchen where she never had enough room. I had my back to the stove. In that small, cramped space, I was, as usual, the only still spot among her waves of dramatic, agitated movement. Mama and I had been in business together, and we grew the company until we a nice office, two partners, a dozen employees and major, nationally known clients. But my temperament and the stresses of running a small business didn’t match well, and one day, the partners voted me out after a particularly nasty fight. My mother just went along with it, sitting silent mostly, looking at the floor. I knew I deserved some of what the partners said, but that day, I felt ground to dust. It wasn’t the first time that I felt my mother betrayed me, and it wouldn’t be the last. But I thought I meant it when I hissed a curse at her through clenched teeth. “I’ll never forgive you for this.” I punctuated my overly dramatic exit with nearly two years of estrangement, nursing my pain until I was flat worn out from scratching that ugly, scabby scar. I eventually forgave her just like I’d done with each of her betrayals, small and large, as she always forgave mine. Life’s not fair, and people don’t always do the right thing. We hurt one another badly. It wouldn’t be so painful if we didn’t love each other. But true love, once bestowed, can’t disappear. I came back to Mama when I remembered that. Still, I was being careful that day in the kitchen, keeping things light. I didn’t want to revisit that dark chapter or its ugly aftermath. I had told her a little about my life since then, but I was still skittish and overprotective of my heart. My announcement came from nowhere, apropos of nothing. I don’t remember planning to tell her. “I’m back with John,” I said softly, stopping her in her tracks. He and I had just started seeing each other when I found myself jobless, and seemingly friendless and sucker-punched. I turned to him and, instead of recoiling, John poured Scotch as I blubbered and squeaked. We had a stormy relationship. He gave me a job but never lost an opportunity to fill

my head with thoughts of revenge. I went along with it to please him, afraid of losing what I thought was my last thread to another human being. John turned out to be abusive and manipulative, always ready to take advantage of the smallest opening. He was a mean, clever drunk. He said I was weak to forgive my mother and my partners. Standing in Mama’s kitchen that day, I watched as she weighed her next words, something she didn’t often do. “Why?” she asked, simply. I couldn’t tell her how scared I was of him by then, but I think she knew. I felt my throat tighten and my eyes fill. I just shrugged and shook my head and let her hug me. She changed the subject. Mama never asked again, even as I struggled to end that violent relationship many times over. She was just there, a rock. When I finally left John for the last time, she still didn’t ask. Instead, she went to work helping me find a new job. She gave me money when I needed it and wrote cover letters to send with resumes on fine, creamy paper. She paid to have copies made. Every night for weeks, she fed me homecooked meals while I circled help-wanted ads. We talked, and I began to heal. Each day she typed and mailed while I interviewed or worked at temporary jobs. Her atonement was to make sure I could care for myself again. And little by little, as I leaned into her and took the strength she offered, I let myself trust again. Mama’s dead now. Sometimes I don’t speak kindly of her. She was a mess, as are we all. She was inconsistent and haughty. She drank too much and found fault too quickly. She didn’t praise much, and she frequently

embarrassed me with her half-baked opinions. She didn’t listen well, and often, we didn’t like each other much. We fought. I cared for her as best I could toward the end of her life. Feeble, nearly blind and unable to care for my father, she tried to commit suicide and failed, so I took over managing her and my father’s household. I cleaned and sold their house after moving them into a nursing home when I couldn’t provide the round-the-clock care they both needed toward the end. I watched as the undertaker took her body away under a crimson velvet blanket after she died of a massive stroke and, against all odds, I wished she was still alive to comfort me. I kept her ashes in a walnut box on a bookshelf, joined eventually by my father’s until I could return them to their beloved Vienna, where my sisters and I buried them together. Officials wouldn’t let us fulfill Mama’s final wish—to scatter her ashes in the Danube. I believe she’d forgive me for that, too, although undoubtedly, she’d have a sharp word about incompetent bureaucrats and offer useless yet definitive ways to get around them. She loved me, even when it was hard to recognize, and I loved her, even when I was furious with her. We loved each other despite our many and major flaws. And isn’t that, in the end, the unconditional, unfailing nature of our imperfect, human love? My mother is still a part of me; half of every molecule in my body is her body. Half of every breath I take is her breathing me into life. This is no superficial love. It’s as deep as my bones and blood, and I can’t deny it. It is, after all, my redemption.


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Thursday, May 3 Mississippi teen Skylar Laine is voted off â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idolâ&#x20AC;? after making it into the top five. â&#x20AC;Ś The Mississippi Legislature adjourns for the year. Friday, May 4 Some students at Bailey Magnet High School walk out of class to protest a rezoning plan that will turn Bailey into a middle school next year. â&#x20AC;Ś Children in Jackson and elsewhere around the country celebrate Lemonade Day by setting up lemonade stands. The program teaches kids about entrepreneurship. Saturday, May 5 A horse named Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Have Another rushes past favorite Bodemeister to win the Kentucky Derby late in the race. â&#x20AC;Ś Authorities find two bodies in Guntown, Miss., later identified as Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter, Adrienne, who had been missing since April 27. Bainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two younger daughters are still missing. Sunday, May 6 Protesters clash with police in Moscow on the eve of Vladimir Putinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inauguration as president of Russia. â&#x20AC;Ś Socialist Francois Hollande wins the French presidential election, narrowly defeating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

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Monday, May 7 Twenty-three Jackson police officers file suit against the city for overtime pay. â&#x20AC;Ś The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks to students at Callaway High School, encouraging them to devote as much time to academics as they do to sports.

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Tuesday, May 8 A Gallup poll shows that 50 percent of Americans think same-sex marriage should be legal, while 48 percent say it should not be legal. â&#x20AC;Ś Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voter ID law will get a fair hearing at the Justice Department. Get news updates at jfpdaily.com.

Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s running for mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the only one. pg 10

City Reconsidering Contract with Johnson

by Jacob Fuller

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embers of the Jackson City Council Rules Committee are rethinking hiring D.L. Johnson Consultants LLC for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redistricting and asking the city attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office to look into the company. Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson heads the company, which the city selected in December to lead the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ward redistricting efforts for a fee of $20,000. The city did not receive a signed contract from Johnson until April 23. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. has to sign the contract before it is official. He said he is waiting on a legal review of the contract by his office and the city attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office before he will sign it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some other things that may or may not be occurring are beyond the administrative reach,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has to be considered by the council.â&#x20AC;? Federal law requires all local, state and federal governments to remap their election districts every 10 years, after each census, to account for changes in population. Under the Voting Rights Act, all redistricting in â&#x20AC;&#x153;covered jurisdictions,â&#x20AC;? including all of Mississippi and most of the southeastern United States, has to be approved by either the federal Department of Justice or the District Court in Washington, D.C. Governments most commonly submit redistricting changes to the DOJ. Ward 1 Councilman and Rules

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Wednesday, May 2 Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth Fishing Initiative kicks off at the Jackson Zoo. Children ages 15 and under will be able to fish after school at Livingson Lake beginning May 26. â&#x20AC;Ś JPS interim Superintendent Jayne Sargent defends the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rezoning plan at one of a series of community meetings, saying rezoning will save much-needed money.

Women in the mid 1800s suggested the first Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day celebrations were a way to promote pacifism after the Civil War. Julia Ward Howe wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.â&#x20AC;?

State NAACP President Derrick Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contract to assist the city with redistricting is under review in the City Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rules Committee.

Committee Chairman Quentin Whitwell and Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber both said they were concerned about Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delay in signing the contract and his lack of communication with the council since December. Multiple attempts by the Jackson Free Press to reach Johnson for comment were unsuccessful. With citywide elections scheduled for next year, time is running short to approve

the new ward parameters before voters go to the polls. And if Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s timetable on Hinds Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redistricting is any sign, the council may need to worry about getting it done in time. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors approved one of Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed maps Feb. 28, 2011. After Johnson turned the proposal over to the Department of REDISTRICTING, see page 7

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REDISTRICTING, from page 6

Justice, the Board of Supervisors received a letter from the DOJ requesting a long list of data it needed to approve the proposal. By the June 6, 2011, board meeting, Johnson had not sent all the requested data to the DOJ. Election commissioners Connie Cochran and Lelia Rhodes told the board of supervisors that redistricting approved within 60 days of an election cannot be used for that election, so they used the districts drawn from the 2000 census for the county primaries last August. At this Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board of Supervisors meeting, Martin told the board that the county sent the final information requested to the DOJ last Friday, more than a year and two months after the board approved the proposed redistricting. After reviewing Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work with Hinds County, Whitwell tried to hold a discussion about the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contract with Johnson in executive session at Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special council meeting. He was unable to get the unanimous vote needed to add the discussion to the agenda from the four councilmen present at the meeting, though. Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman voted against adding the resolution because he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to add something to the agenda at the meeting with three council membersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Chokwe Lumumba (Ward 2),

LaRita Cooper-Stokes (Ward 3) and Margaret Barrett-Simon (Ward 7)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;absent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rules Committee deals with it,â&#x20AC;? Whitwell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m actually trying to bring it up in front of the full council. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, of course, bring anybody to the meetings. I guess I could start a carpool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not here, and we need to talk about it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to affect what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got going on. I can certainly, as rules chair, just start making some decisions, but I think that we need some help.â&#x20AC;? Whitwell called a Rules Committee meeting for 10 a.m. this Thursday, May 8, to have the discussion heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hoped to have in executive session Monday. The Ward 1 councilman opposed hiring only D.L. Johnson Consultants for the city contract during the bidding process in December. He said he thought the city should have hired Johnson to work with Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, as they did after the 2000 census. Former Ward 3 City Councilman and current District 5 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes was the chairman of the Rules Committee when it awarded the contract to Johnson in December 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This process occurred under Stokesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quote-unquote â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;leadership,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Whitwell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He ramrodded Johnson through the council. I was for doing what was done 10 years ago.â&#x20AC;? Comment at www.jfp.ms.

Students Walk Out, Board Picks Supt. VIRGINIA SCHREIBER

by Elizabeth Waibel

Candace Dockery, a junior at Bailey Magnet High School, worries about how JPSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rezoning plan will affect her senior year.

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Legislature: Week 19

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2012 Legislative Session Ends

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he mood in the Mississippi House able to employers, checking the power of monolithic international corporation— chamber after Rep. Mark Formby the state’s top lawyer through the so-called that operates in Mississippi, you made out made the motion to adjourn sine die Sunshine Act and putting more money into pretty good with the Legislature this year. was similar to the last day of school education. Gunn also gave a nod to the In fact, Bryant called it the most pro-busibefore summer vacation. Despite a few Democrats in saying that the “spirit of the ness session in Mississippi history. schoolyard scuffles and the sometime cliqu- House of Representatives was a good one, After several attempts, a workers’ comp ish nature of a bitterly divided Legislature, especially at the end” when the chamber bill broke through. Backers said the changmembers of opposite parties bear-hugged settled on a $5.6-billion budget. es were needed to level the playing field beeach another, posed for class photos and Reeves, who controls the Senate, tween vulnerable companies and unscrupueven signed each other’s yearbooks. echoed Gunn. During a separate news lous drugged-out workers who might try to As of Thursday, May 3, the 2012 session conference, Reeves said lawmakers brought cash in on a workplace accident. The new of the Mississippi Legislarules require workers who ture is in the record books. claim to have been injured For those who were keepat work to be tested for ing score, it was a historic drugs and alcohol. one. It was the first time Despite its ultimate since Reconstruction that passage, Brown said DemRepublicans controlled the ocrats were able to put Legislature (of course, the their imprint on the bill. Republican Party of the With some help from a 1880s was very different handful of Republicans, from the GOP that now the House’s version of the rules the state) and the first workers’ comp bill died. time since the 1970s that The version that lawmaka new speaker, lieutenant ers eventually adopted also governor and governor protected the so-called all came into office at the found-dead presumption same time. in workers’ comp law that Philip Gunn and Tate Reeves, Republican leaders of the House and Senate, Going into the ses- touted making the state more business friendly, redistricting and passing a assumes people found dead sion, which started in budget as key legislative accomplishments for the 2012 session. at their places of business January, how Republicans died in the course of doing would wield their new their jobs. Backers wanted supermajority and how Democrats would down the state’s debt, placed a moratorium to do away with the provision, but later assert themselves as the minority in both on buying new state vehicles, phased out a versions of the bill kept the found-dead houses and defend their diminishing influ- tax on inventories and “strengthened the presumption intact, something Brown atence in the state remained in doubt. state’s workers’ compensation law” in addi- tributes to his party’s lobbying. “It was a little shorter on acrimony tion settling on a spending plan—ahead of Another boon for the businesses came than I would have guessed when it got schedule. in the form of a state tax credit for compastarted. Generally, the Democrats accepted The state will also get an additional nies that hold inventories in the state. The their fate in a pretty upstanding fashion,” $126 million in revenues, with an extra $64 elimination of the inventory tax could be a said Marty Wiseman, executive director of million going to Medicaid. The unexpected $30-million hit to the state treasury in the the John C. Stennis Institute on Govern- cash means that most agencies in the fiscal next three years. ment at Mississippi State University. year 2013 budget are funded at the same Bryant thinks the state will reap the Political observers braced for an on- level as the current year’s budget, and the benefits of revenue generated by new slaught of conservative-tinged legislation state can set aside $200 million for next health-care zones that will be established that could never gain traction under House year’s rainy-day fund. around the state. Democrats—and an onslaught is exactly The budget includes $2.3 billion for Changes are also on the way for hoswhat they got. education, which includes $19 million to- pitals that depend on Medicaid funding. In total, lawmakers filed hundreds of ward funding the MAEP education-fund- Hospitals that had received Medicaid reimbills, only about a third of which even made ing formula, which is still $250 million bursements on a per diem basis will now it to the House and Senate floors. short of fully funding K-12 education in get paid according to a patient’s diagnosis. Republican leaders chalked up as vic- the state. Under the new rules, the state pays a tories legislation overhauling the workers Reeves added new restrictions on abor- set amount for a particular service. If the compensation system, limiting the power tion clinics that threatened to shut down hospitals manage the allocation efficiently, of the state attorney general, new regula- the state’s only abortion clinic—an achieve- they “can keep the change,” explained tions on abortion clinics that could elimi- ment for conservatives around the state. Gwen Combs, vice president for policy at nate the constitutionally protected service Finally getting a looser charter-schools law the Mississippi Hospital Association. from the state, drawing voting maps and and scaring off undocumented workers passing a budget. with strict anti-immigration laws are two Whose Success? At a post-adjournment press confer- key agenda items that appeared to be slamLegislative reapportionment, or reence in his office, Speaker of the House dunks at the outset of the session but didn’t districting, was the last big-ticket item the Philip Gunn, a Republican from Clinton, make it to Bryant’s desk. Legislature considered before going home. touted what he considered achievements “Both houses got done what was pos- Because in last year’s session lawmakers on his, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Gov. Phil sible,” Wiseman said. didn’t pass a decennial redistricting plan as Bryant’s agendas. These included passing required by law, lawmakers had to do it this an inventory tax cut, making the state’s A ‘Pro-business’ Session year or the federal government would take workers’ compensation laws more favorIf you own a business—especially a over the responsibility.

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House Republicans unveiled their plan first. It added two districts in DeSoto County and increased the overall number of majority-minority districts by one. It also might reduce the overall number of Democrats, mostly by pitting white Democrats against each other. In Jackson, the House plan would force Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, to run against Bill Denny, R-Jackson, who oversaw crafting the map. “I don’t think it’s personal, but it’s certainly political,” Brown said of the Denny map. House Democrats complained about not having ample time to vet the Senate plan, which adds three majority-minority Senate voting districts. Rep. Bryant Clark, D-Pickens, offered an alternative map would have added a fourth, possibly African American, seat to the Senate proposal and spoke about the need for checks and balances between the two chambers. “I don’t think Mississippi’s founding fathers meant for us to rubber stamp whatever the Senate sends over here,” he said. Denny rejected claims that the Senate plan was unfair to blacks, citing the fact that 10 African American senators voted for the proposal. As in 2002, Dr. Richard Engstrom of Duke University, Dr. Jerry Webster of the University of Wyoming and Clark Benson drew the new Senate maps, he said. Rickey Cole, executive director of the Mississippi Democratic Party, called both electoral maps “thinly veiled attempt(s) to resegregate Mississippi.” “As with the House plan, I’m underwhelmed,” Cole said. The House plan, which adds one majority black district, concentrates African American voters in the same districts and pits some white Democrats against each other. “I think it’s pretty apparent that Republicans want to pack all the African Americans they can in African American districts,” Cole said. Now that the state Legislature has approved the maps, the U.S. Department of Justice must scrutinize them to make sure that they don’t suppress the voting rights of racial minorities. However, other groups could challenge them in court before the DOJ finishes its examination. In 2011, the Mississippi NAACP sued to block maps drawn then from taking effect. Cole said there has rarely been a redistricting plan in recent memory that did not involve litigation. He said the state party has not discussed the possibility of legal action. With so much still in the air, Brown said he hasn’t given much thought to the prospect of competing against Denny in 2013. “That’s two or three years away. I’m not really thinking about that,” he said.


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Luckily for them, Wyatt Emmerich rode in on a white horse. Emmerich, head of Mississippi-based Emmerich Newspapers Inc., learned Monday, March 26, that the Laurel LeaderCOURTESY LAUREL LEADER-CALL

ones County is a study in duality. It has two courthouses in two county seats: Ellisville and Laurel. During the Civil War, the county supposedly seceded from the state of Mississippi and the Confederacy, a contested historical legend. Howard Industries boosted economic development in the county but, in 2008, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested almost 600 undocumented immigrants who worked there. It was the largest ICE raid ever. The newspaper business in Jones County has its own duality. For 100 years, the Laurel Leader-Call was the daily newspaper, but it wasn’t always the only game in town. Alabama-based Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. bought the newspaper in 1999 to add to its inventory. Advertising revenues have declined in recent years at the Leader-Call. Last fall, when the paper marked its 100th year of publication, the Laurel Leader-Call went from a daily to a four-times-a-week publication. In 2007, a rival weekly publication, The ReView of Jones County, started up with a vengeance. Its staff consisted of former CNHI employees, said Mark Thornton, ReView editor and publisher. The ReView regularly criticized the Leader-Call for factual errors, missed typos and ignored coverage. The independently owned weekly siphoned advertisers away from the corporate-owned paper and even got the breadand-butter of many small newspapers: the legal notices. “We wanted to go to the community that was underserved and disgruntled. We decided to do a community newspaper,” Thornton said. “Corporate news is not a good business model for community newspapers. We’ve said all along: It’s corporate media that’s destroying the industry.” CNHI published the last issue of the Laurel Leader-Call on March 29, 2012. It was a triumph for the ReView, but a heartbreaking end for the Leader-Call staff.

“They never missed a paycheck,” Emmerich said. He said prior to the demise of the Laurel Leader-Call, the ReView sued CNHI for interference and monopolistic practices. “It was a kitchen-sink lawsuit,” Emmerich said. He thinks that might have been a factor in killing the newspaper. “It’s pretty much unheard of in a market that size. Jones County is big enough to have more than one paper,” Emmerich said. He estimates Jones County is a $1-billion retail-sales market, and it’s a market he really wanted. He had looked into buying the Laurel Leader-Call before it closed. When CNHI shut it down, he even called corporate top officials (now in Montgomery, Ala.) and offered to buy the paper’s computers, desks or the building. They told him they wouldn’t for legal reasons, Emmerich said, but wouldn’t tell him much more. Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. published its last issue It turns out something of the Laurel Leader-Call on March 29. Another company has else was in the works. Two since bought the paper’s name. weeks after CNHI shuttered the Laurel LeaderCall, the ReView of Jones Call was closing. He went to Laurel that County announced they had acquired the Wednesday to meet with the staff the day name. Emmerich suspects it was part of the before they put their last issue to bed. He kitchen-sink suit. told them he was starting a new newspaper Jim Cegielski, who owned the Rein Jones County, the Chronicle, and want- View, doesn’t disagree, but said he can’t dised to hire all of them. He said 19 out of 20 cuss any details of the lawsuit because of a employees took his offer. (CNHI reported confidentiality agreement. He isn’t sad that the Leader-Call had 18 employees at the CNHI killed the Laurel Leader-Call, and time it closed.) he’s thrilled he now owns the name.

“We wound up driving them out of business,” Cegielski said. In the meantime, he was already in negotiations to buy the name Laurel Leader-Call. He was as surprised as Emmerich, though, when CNHI decided to close the paper. So the ReView of Jones County is no more—it has taken the name Laurel Leader-Call. It’s also gone from a weekly publication to a three-times a week publication. Cegielski got the Leader-Call subscriptions as well as the name. “There are very few locally owned papers. Wyatt’s always coveted this market. He’s underestimated us from the beginning,” Cegielski said. “I believe they were struggling against us for many, many years. They saw their numbers drop,” he continued. “We basically control the local advertising here. I think we put out a better paper than they do. It’s such a triumph of a little guy who persevered.” Emmerich’s new newspaper, the Chronicle, is selling 1,000 copies in racks and already has 2,200 subscribers. It also comes out three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday—the same three as the reborn Laurel Leader-Call. “Readers are happy to have more choices and competition,” Emmerich said. In an email following a phone interview for this story, Cegielski wrote the Jackson Free Press to say that he has the “utmost respect for Wyatt Emmerich and his newspaper empire” although Emmerich had commented on SuperTalk radio that Jones County had no significant newspaper. Cegielski took this as an insult. “It made it very clear that he was trying to diminish the amazing accomplishments of The ReView of Jones County, a paper that Mr. Emmerich personally watched win 112 Mississippi Press Awards in just four years, including the top prize for General Excellence—twice,” he said. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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That’s why I’m running for Mayor.” Lumumba, a long-time community and civil-rights activist, also said he wants to provide more transparency in government affairs and fix Jackson’s growing problems with aging roads and water lines. He said he will work closely with the citizens of Jackson to learn what is best for the city.

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ard 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba and Ward 4 Councilman Frank Bluntson have both put their name in the running to become the mayor of Jackson after next year’s election. At the forefront of both early campaigns is a desire to change the city’s business practices. Monday, Bluntson accused Mayor Har-

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“The people of Jackson will participate in molding this campaign and my administration that creates a participatory democracy,” Lumumba said. “As we say: The people must decide the future of Jackson. We can continue to limp along or take bold initiatives to bring economic justice and jobs to the people of this city.” Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman voted against moving forward on a deal with Siemens to audit the city’s need for a new water system at the May 1 Council meeting. After a press conference the next day, he said he voted against it because he still had too many unanswered questions, even after more than three hours of discussion about the project at the meeting and at the previous day’s work session. The Johnson administration’s lack of transparency and inclusion,

Tillman said, hurts the City Council as well as the citizens. “The mayor and his staff are well briefed,” Tillman said. “They could have called us together and briefed us beforehand.” One of Bluntson’s most common early campaign points is his intention to have the City Council president—the position he holds—also serve as vice-mayor. He said former Mayor Dale Danks appointed thenCouncil President Derwood Boyles vicemayor, and it helped the administration work more closely with the Council. “They worked together,” Bluntson said. “They didn’t wait until the last minute, (and) somebody puts some stuff on your desk and wants you to vote for it.” Johnson challenged the councilmen’s criticism of his business policies. “Under my administration, the city of Jackson has been lauded time and time again by national organizations such as CNN, Kiplinger’s, Forbes and Businessweek, to name a few, for our robust economic climate and (being) a strong, business-friendly city,” Johnson said in a statement. Bluntson, a retired youth-court counselor and youth detention-center director, rarely, if ever, misses council meetings, so unlike some other council members, his complaints of not knowing about city issues until it’s time to vote on them is not due to his lack of attendance. The mayor often speaks for several different government departments, answering the council member’s questions about resolutions and claims. Bluntson said the departments and contractors can speak for themselves; the mayor doesn’t need to be involved in every detail. “I just want people working together,” Bluntson said. “All this micromanagement should go under the rug. These are grown, professional folks.” Tillman reiterated Bluntson’s point that the Johnson does not discuss issues thoroughly enough with the council prior to meetings. Comment at www.jfp.ms.


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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Just Complain; Engage!

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he Jackson Public Schools board meeting May 1 was packed. Parents and students who had recently learned about the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rezoning plan lined the walls and stood in the halls to protest the plan, which will close schools and shift students around in the district. Many got up during the public comment period and begged the board to reconsider. Then most of them left. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understandable for people to be upset, especially juniors at Bailey Magnet High School whobe scattered among three other high schools for their senior year in a cost-saving measure. But the district has been having financial problems and tight budgets for years, which has not been helped by the flight of many families, and their tax support, from Jackson. A policy that could help the district financially without firing teachers deserves serious and clear-headed consideration. There is also a lesson in engagement here, in a crisis that did not happen overnight and actually started building when the U.S. Supreme Court forced public schools to integrate in early 1970, starting suburban flight and subsequent re-segregation that ultimately hurts our children more than anyone else. If as many people came to school-board meetings and really paid attention to education policy, maybe JPS would be having far fewer problems in all areas at this stage. Every two weeks, the board meets at 5:30 p.m. before an almostempty room. The front-left side is filled with JPS employees, and the right is sprinkled with a few parents, education advocates and reporters. Sometimes one of the usual suspects takes the proffered microphone to point out a problem or express appreciation. Usually, though, the time allotted for public comment goes by without any input from the community, so board members donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how the public wants them to vote on issues such as sex-education policy, music education, money for soccer fields and all the little things that go into running a school system. Democracy doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean electing representatives and then washing our hands of the complicated business of governing. The next time you read an article and cry, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What was the City Council (or school board or Legislature) thinking? This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what we want!â&#x20AC;?, ask yourself where you were when they voted and when they were discussing the issue. Did you hear the gloomy budget predictions that they heard, and did you tell them what you, as a citizen, wanted them to prioritize now? We suspect that the rezoning decisions will stand. But it is an opportunity to follow the lead of the Bailey students who are getting engaged thanks to the plan. If we choose to, we can become more educated both about the difficult history of public education in Jackson, as well as on the policy and budget decisions JPS will continue to make going forward. What will you choose?

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ransparency, good communication, access to information, assurances, being proactiveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; these are a few traits Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure citizens expect out of those who hold leadership positions. Whether elected or appointed, a certain level of responsibility comes with certain positions. However, when citizens arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t informed, when they are ignorant to things that will affect their lives, all of us can expect backlash. You can expect anger, quite frankly. And after the anger, you can expect them to begin crafting their own narratives. That, of course, allows for agendas, hyperbole and outright propaganda. So, you would think that anyone in a power position would do their level best to avoid those problems. Right? In Jackson, it appears, not so much. Recent troubles include the Jackson Public Schools board and its surprise rezoning plan, and City Hall and its overtime troubles. In my opinion, the Jackson Police Department has made public relations missteps that have citizens scratching their collective heads. Emotions ran high at a recent JPS board meeting because parents, myself included, had no idea that the board was considering any rezoning for next year. I found out because my stepson overheard his coachesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; conversation a few days ago. Now it seems that JPS board is feverishly trying to get the stink back in the horse. And while I still believe that this city is

safeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;very safeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some recent shootings have folks on edge. People have a perception of lawlessness in Jackson; yet, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear enough to counter that perception from our mayor or from police officials. Now, will regular statements about crimefighting efforts curb crime? By themselves? Of course not. Do officials â&#x20AC;&#x153;haveâ&#x20AC;? to make statements to the public? Absolutely not. However, in the interest of transparency, communication and assurance, I want to at least â&#x20AC;&#x153;feelâ&#x20AC;? like those who lead me have control of the situation. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about perception, right? If I could give any advice to City Hall, JPD or the JPS school board, I would say this: In the future, regardless of how cumbersome it is, regardless of how unnecessary or inconvenient it may seem, citizens need information. We deserve communication from you. We expect to hear from you before or while things are happening. Not afterward, when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re forced to tell us. This makes us feel at ease and more confident in your leadership. Right now, it seems as if you guys think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re smarter or more educated than we are, thus making our opinions or concerns irrelevant. That never makes for a healthy climate to find solutions. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the truth ... shonuff.

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s a white Mississippian, I feel ashamed of the Voter ID bill that just passed. Sen. John Henderson is right: no matter how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dressed up, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still Jim Crow. I hope the federal government declares it unconstitu-

tional! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no place for such limitations on voting in a real democracy. Margery Freeman McComb

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;God Almighty created each and every one of us for a place in the world, and for the least of us to think that we were created only to be what we areâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and not what we can make ourselvesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is to impute an improper motive to the Creator for creating us.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Marcus Garvey

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â&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve written about this quote before and its significance to my life. Just as everything that goes around comes back around, I find myself revisiting it again. Over the winter, I was in what I like to call hibernation. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m convinced that having been born in the summer somehow makes me a little less coherent during the winter. I liken it to being asleep or in a state of meditation that lasts for a couple of months before the Mississippi sun kicks back into high gear, and I am able to actually function. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mental sleep-fest, for lack of better words, had me focused on dealing with â&#x20AC;&#x153;whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next.â&#x20AC;? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky, a time comes when you recognize that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve crossed the same bridge hundreds of times, but the bridge has gotten smaller each time. One day when you get to the edge of the bridge, you realize that with one skip and a hop, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at a new destination. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that interesting? I found that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent years on that bridge. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve hopped and jumped and still allowed myself to go back to the start of the bridge instead of exploring the other side. Afraid? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d put money on that. While mentally rejuvenating myself, I began to ponder the most basic questions: Am I happy here? Is this what I want? Why do I feel held back? I wondered if I had loaned my worth and power to another person to make judgments about my future. I finally realized that I was doing exactly that. I had been laying my power down at the feet of others who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it and, frankly, had no way of knowing what to do with it. I believe wholeheartedly that if God relinquishes any amount of control over me to anyone other than himself, it will be to me and me only. Therefore, the first lesson I learned was that I had been giving other people too much say-so over what I did with my life and my future. After I accepted this huge deficiency, I begged for more. I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, if I have been waiting on someone else to tell me what to do with my life and if, now, I am in full control of it, what do I do next?â&#x20AC;? This is one of those things that I work on daily, still, but I do know the direction I should focus on. The biggest part of my lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the part that still hurts or angers me even after yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is the fact that I lived through an abusive relationship with a man I would have killed for. I learned, years later, how to love myself again and I eventually learned how to love someone else. But that, in itself, was hard to accomplish.

I often hear about or talk to women who have experienced domestic violence. Many women donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognize it because they think, as I once did, that they â&#x20AC;&#x153;did somethingâ&#x20AC;? to make him hit her. They believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their fault, so they internalize the fear, the hurt and the shame, and often, they never tell a soul. If I had to do it over again, I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change a thing about being abused. That may sound a bit strange, but I am confident that I went through abuse in my life so that I can help somebody else who is going through it. Maybe I can help them see that they can be whole again. Maybe through my story, another woman can feel good about herself and recognize her own worth. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a tender spot for me, and I am fighting back tears as I write this, but I have learned that it all takes time. The pain doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end because the relationship is over. The amount of damage an abusive relationship does to a victim can take years to recognize and even longer to get overâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if you ever do. Many women try to separate being a victim of domestic violence from who they are. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mistake. Instead, accept that you have been weak and vulnerable. Accept that you were hurt and afraid. Accept that someone took advantage of your heart and stole your strength. Do this so that you will never accept these things again. Do this so that you can recognize the next would-be abuser and flee with no hesitation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the beginning for me. Although sometimes I believe I have already crossed this bridge, I know that I am damaged. I have wallowed in the spirit of fear. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve surrendered to pain and hurt. Today, I shine. Today, I realize that I cannot be controlled unless I give someone the power to do so. Just in being created, we are equipped to shine, to rise, to succeed. No one deserves to manipulate my power or yours. No man, no boss, no elected official, no family member, no friend should determine the road you take. Be careful to maintain your personal power. Though I have been broken and hurt, lacked self-esteem and pride, drenched in self pity and doubt, felt worthless and barely alive, now I live. I can see now that my destiny required the tribulations of my life. My path is clear and I am wide awake. I will give every piece of me I can muster to showing every woman I have an opportunity to touch that she, too, is powerful. She is ready to shine. I will no longer be just what I am, I will make myself into a whole lot more, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m taking a bunch of my sisters with me. Funmi â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queenâ&#x20AC;? Franklin is a word lover, poet and advocate for sisterhood. She has a weakness for reality shows and her new puppy, Shaka.

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‘Where I Am, You May Not Harm’ by Ronni Mott

VIRGINIA SCHREIBER

After hours of taping, Chittister walked with me to the room where we would speak. “I don’t know if I have anything more to say,” she quipped. “I’m guessing you probably do, Sister,” I responded. She proved me right. One of the things that strikes me is the similarity of the message of all religions at their cores.

Of course it is (similar)! At (their) core, it’s about these life issues, and the goodness comes out in every one of them. What each of them is talking about is how to live the good life. … In 1993 at the Parliament of Religions, they had done a survey of the great religious traditions, and they found four items in each of those traditions—not just buried in them, but central to them: Thou shalt not lie; thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not kill; and thou shalt love rightly. And love is the basis of all that, right?

Yes, of course. In an interview you did with Krista Tippett (host of American Public Media’s “On Being”) many years ago, you said, “Feminism is holy.” Can you expand a little bit on that?

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Sister Joan Chittister speaks out against discrimination and inequity in all forms.

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oan Chittister’s voice fairly resonates with passion. Her broad smile belies a fierce intelligence and a barely disguised rage at injustice of any sort, especially over systemic injustices of poverty and the state of the world’s women and children. Sister Joan is a Catholic nun, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pa. Now 76, Chittister is a best-selling author of more than 40 books on faith and spirituality, and she travels the world in her role as a spiritual leader and member of several organizations. She serves as co-chair for the Global Peace Initiative of Women, served on TED’s Council of Sages, which wrote the Charter for Compassion, and is a past president of the Leadership 14 Conference of Women Religious, an organi-

zation representing the majority of American nuns. She holds a doctorate in speech communication theory from Penn State and honorary doctorates from a dozen more universities, including Loyola University in New Orleans, La., and Chicago, Ill. When I received an invitation to be part of the audience for a D.L. Dykes Foundation’s Faith and Reason taping in April, I jumped at the chance. Chittister would be speaking about her book “The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart” (Orbis Books, 2006, $18). I am not a Catholic, but I am inexorably drawn to faith leaders. True people of faith can provide ever-deepening insight into what it means to be fully human and engaged in the world while walking a difficult path of peace and compassion. I asked for a brief interview.

Well, of course. What is feminism? It is the desire to create a society where all people function fully, equally and justly, together and as a people alone. Now, feminism is just the willingness to spend your life to achieve those issues, for women as well as for men, so that we are all coming to the fullness of both our spiritual and physical reality. Now, that’s what every religion is about, but over the eons, across the eras, over decades, culture has taken over and suppressed what is an inconvenient humanity. (It) has made “woman” the bearer and carrier of the culture, but in doing it, has suppressed the fullness of her own humanity. … When people say, “I don’t see how you can be a Christian and a feminist,” I say, “I don’t see how you can be a Christian and not be a feminist.” Everything that Jesus wanted, Jesus wanted for all of us. He doesn’t say, “I want full development for men; now, for women I have another task.” Do you see what I’m saying? The minute you put it in those words, you see the idiocy of it. This is a purely cultural imprecision, or restriction, of half the human race for the sake of the other half. It’s that simple. It seems that we’re headed toward more misogyny in this country, not less. How did we get ourselves to this place, and how do we get ourselves out?

Two things: First, we need women of courage as well as men of conscience. Men know it’s wrong—I mean, if anybody tried to do it to them … Certainly, it’s not just women …

Of course—any minority that we’re building our comfort on. What are these great theological decrees about that can (proclaim) the notion that a creator God would give both women and men brains, but only give women brains in order to tease them by saying, “But we don’t want you to use ’em!” I mean, It is so theologically deficient! It is so theologically absurd! It is so theologically unsound! There is nothing that you can use to prove that repression. So we have to have women (who) cannot continue to accept it. It has to be called, everywhere it is and every time. Even if you find yourself forced into an unjust situation, you must say that it is unjust. And you can’t just sit back and wait for every other woman in the world to say it for you. Secondly, men must be willing to call their own systems. I heard it a little bit, on the air within the last couple of weeks when they had introduced that notion of what I consider rape. This notion … The transvaginal ultrasound (as a legislated requirement prior to an abortion to detect a fetal heartbeat in early pregnancy) …

Yes! It was pure rape, and it was men who apparently don’t have the guts to grab a woman in an alley at night, but had the distorted images in their minds to do this. It’s just another way of raping a woman. I was absolutely sickened by it. And then I heard a man say, “Well, I thought this bill was OK, but when I got home, and my wife said, ‘You better not be (supporting this).’” He said it out loud and on television. This was a really important gift from both of them. He really accorded her the dignity of a thinking human being, and he listened to her. “My wife said, ‘You better not have anything to do with that thing,’ and I am changing my vote.” Now, every woman and every man in a genuine relationship must be prepared to do the same for one another. I loved what you had to say about relationships and marriage (when speaking about the seventh commandment regarding adultery): that we have to clap for one another.

Yes, we have to clap for one another. When the relationship falls apart and deteriorates, ask: Which one isn’t clapping?


Notice what happens in the new budgetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on whose back will it fall? Women and children. Why? Because they have no advocates, and they have no real powerful voice. They are not going to take that money away from labor unions, for instance. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to take that money away from menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports in schools â&#x20AC;Ś

with that, we took a hundred international spiritual leaders out to a conservancy in Kenyaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to support one another, but also to evaluate, analyze and determine how we can be a planetary support network to one another. â&#x20AC;Ś One of the sessions in that conference included women from the Congo. It was the most heartbreaking, discouraging â&#x20AC;Ś

Now, those are two ideas that I heard very clearly, expressed with a great deal more dignity than when I was a little girl. â&#x20AC;Ś Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still calling prostitution a â&#x20AC;&#x153;womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? profession. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s profession. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s profession. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s men that pimp it, and men who take profit from it, and men who take pleasure in it. It

Or corporate subsidies â&#x20AC;Ś

You should be. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all right. I have to poke at my women friends who say things like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If women ran the world, we would have no more wars.â&#x20AC;? Obviously, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not true; there are plenty of women throughout history who have started wars. So tell me, what is the Global Peace Initiative of Women about?

In the first place, we have to realize that women have been kept out of leadership for so long that getting into those positions kind of required, at least unconsciously, that they looked capable and qualified to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;the same kind of leaderâ&#x20AC;? as men. We may need exactly the opposite kind of leadership. And that is what does fall within what we have traditionally said were â&#x20AC;&#x153;womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? strengths. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gender-based or not, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s irrelevant. We have identified women as the relation-makers in the world. The reason you go to war is because you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make relationships. So, the whole notion of whether womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership should be the same or different comes down to: It must be what it is. We are certainly lacking something now. I always say, if women are just like men and you (donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t) put them on committees, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your problem? They wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t destroy it. And if women are unlike men and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have them on committees, you will lose half the agendas of the world. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing when we make war: We make a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s war against men, and women die in the middle of it. The Global Peace Initiative of Women is an attempt to bring together spiritual leaders from every single major religious tradition, basically women spiritual leaders, to go into areas of conflict and bring people together around the table, and to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no great religion on the planet that would justify what is going on here.â&#x20AC;? Within the last month, we had our 10th anniversary, so we had a major U.S. assembly in Nairobi to celebrate that. In conjunction

I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consider myself an activist. I know you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consider yourself a feminist, either.

Well, yes. (laughs) â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is a Feminist? / A Feminist, my daughter, / Is anyone who thinks or cares / To take in charge her own affairs / As men donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think she oughter.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alice Duer Miller, 1939. And all of a sudden, I knew I was. For me, an activist is anyone who speaks out against injustice.

No. Absolutely, absolutely. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to take the money away from people who have no power and no voice to make it clear whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in their lives. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so sick. I mean, if you want to talk about sin in your churches, just make sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about the right ones. Amen. You work with many groups throughout the world. One of them is the Global Peace Initiative of Women. I seem to be stuck on womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues, I apologize.

Obviously, you are an activist on many social fronts â&#x20AC;Ś

Well, I guess so, yeah. If thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the definition that people are using, then yes, of course. I can only speak for me.

I mean, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t run groups, or anything like that.

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No. But one of the things you brought home in this morningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taping is that if we fail to put our faith into the historical context in which it began, then we skew it, and we bastardize it, and we profane it.

Well said. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly correct. These are women who have been raped â&#x20AC;Ś

Seventy percent of the women of the Congo have been raped as an act of war. But the violation didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop there. When this one Congolese womanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there were four of them sitting there looking like African queens: beautiful, strong and certain. I think they looked at the rest of us from around the world and realized that we just werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting it. So she finally said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let me give you an example.â&#x20AC;? In fact, I have written this for my own column for the (National Catholic Reporter) this week. She said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let me tell you and give you an example.â&#x20AC;? She said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;One night guerilla robbers broke into a house and demanded that the husband turn over his wife and daughters for their pleasure before they robbed the house. And he refused. So they began to cut off his fingers and his toes one at a time. And the mother, the woman, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand it. And she screamed, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stop! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt him any more. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt him! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt him! Take me.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;So they did. They gang-raped her and both of her daughters. And then they robbed the house, and they left. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when they left, (the husband) said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Get out of this house. You have dishonored me.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And he threw his wife and his daughters out into the street, where they have been homeless ever since, without the support of other women around them.â&#x20AC;? I said, in the course of that (story): â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you mean? Tell me what it is in that society that justifies that, that puts him in that position and says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is the right thing to doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; after heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen what has happened to her.â&#x20AC;? The women got very quiet for a minute, and then they looked at all of us, and the spokeswoman said (through an interpreter; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re French-speaking): â&#x20AC;&#x153;For this to stop, we must, men must understand, first, that women are human beings. And second, that no, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want (to be raped).â&#x20AC;?

isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t women who are trafficking girls to the Super Bowl in the United States for the pleasure of the men who go for the sport. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t women who are smuggling little girls, stealing them off the streets, buying them from poor parents who think that the daughter has been taken to school in a city. (The men are) putting her in a truck and selling her to some man on the street, or worse, keeping them for themselves. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hiding them in walk-up apartments in New York City. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sitting here in the United States saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;those peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; may do that, but we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? No. GPIW is a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group that is trying to be a spiritual presence for all the major religions in the issues of our time, together. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a model of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spiritual leaders coming together to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a white issue, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a Western issue, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a Catholic issue, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue around this world.â&#x20AC;? And all of you, if you are all spiritual leaders, you men as well as you women, why are male spiritual leaders not speaking to these issues?

In that sense, Jesus was an activist.

Yeah. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right. Yes, very good. So, as a woman of faith, as a monastic, how do you see your role and the role of other people of faith in the world?

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a simple one: To see injustice and say so, to find the truth and proclaim it, to allow no stone to be unturned when it is a stone that will be cast at anyone else. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just that simple. There is nothing institutional, organizational, political about it. It says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where I am, you may not harm these people. You may not deride them; you may not reject them; you may not sneer at them, and you certainly cannot blame them for their own existence.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve devoted my life, consciously, to issues of injustice as a voice for their good, so that I, myself, do not forget that they are standing there crying. Find more information on Sister Joan Chittister, her work and writings, at benetvision. org. Visit the Global Peace Initiative of Women at gpiw.org.

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the pen—taught (humankind) that which it knew not.” Muhammed saw this revelation—the command to “read” coming from God—as a reminder to himself and other common men and women that God had given them a brain and intellect, and that they were to use it. Thus, Muhammed made the teaching of Tawhid and its core principles a top priority. To recognize that “there is no God but God” (the Creator) and that He made the systematic order of the universe, the reasoning from this is that God is One, i.e. the Unity of God—of truth, of knowledge and of humankind—all humanity is one. Man and woman are equal and free before God, and their true status is that of God’s trustees. As a trustee, man or woman wears the crown of dignity and honor, and is superior over other creation. But this is only through learning, inquiry and study, and mankind will lose it if it follows the ways of ignorance. Thus, man and woman’s moral obligation is to establish the Law of God—the rule of truth, justice and goodness on earth. This philosophy freed human beings and set them in a new direction. It created infinite possibilities, wherein they could rise to any heights with no limit; they could aspire to infinity in pure intellect as well as in religious psychology. The only limit was God himself. Muhammed’s greatest contribution to humankind was the creation of this spirit of critical observation, bringing humankind out of the age of miracles and the supernatural, nonrational modes of consciousness and into the age of reason, experience and research. This anti-classical spirit of Muhammed’s message represented an intellectual revolt against classic Greek philosophy and led to a revolution in the field of knowledge, laying the foundation of modern culture. The Islamic philosophy presented a dynamic view of the universe and rejected the old static view. Islam’s history presents the best argument for the promotion of faith and good works through its proven ability to harmonize faith and reason to move people to action to improve their individual lives and the lives of others. Muhammed introduced Tawhid through a massive public-education program for the poor and disenfranchised, and he made education a top priority. He initiated the inductive method of discovery of knowledge, laying the foundation for the principles of education. Muhammed left this as his example for reviving the human spirit and intellect.


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s other band members have come and gone, John St- buy $40 tickets and go and just yammer on over (the band),” radio-friendly single in the recording. irratt and Jeff Tweedy have been the constant core of Stirratt said. “No one ever got the memo that you were supThe band left Reprise with the master tapes for “Yankee Chicago-based alt-country/rock band Wilco since its posed to go to a show and pay attention there, that’s for sure. Hotel Foxtrot” in 2002 and signed with Nonesuch Records. creation in 1994. I think the kids have a sense of entitlement there. I know, be- The album went on to peak at No. 13 on the Billboard album Tweedy, an Illinois native, is the key songwriter and lead cause I was one of them.” chart and sell more than 590,000 copies. singer of the band. If listeners wonder where the band’s southFrom 1994 to 2004, Wilco saw six members leave the “Maybe we should wait and see if we still love (dBpm) ern roots come from, they need only look at the only other half band, with Tweedy and Stirratt as the only constants. Since in a year,” Stirratt said, joking. “When you’re running your of the remaining original lineup own thing, it’s definitely more and one newer addition. streamlined. You don’t have peoBass player Stirratt and ple to deal with that you had in multi-instrumentalist Pat Santhe past.” sone are both southerners with Stirratt and Sansone got a intimate connections to Mississhort break from touring and resippi and its music. Their southcording with Wilco this spring, ern-blues and country influbut it wasn’t a break from music. ences have helped fuel Wilco’s They have another band, The success and growth for nearly Autumn Defense, and during two decades. the break, the two were in the Stirratt, 44, left his native studio working on the band’s New Orleans to attend Ole Miss fifth full-length album. after high school. He paid his Both Stirratt and Sansone way through school by playing in write and sing in The Autumn bands in and around Oxford. It Defense. Sansone, who has was there that his full-time music made a name for himself as career kicked off, shortly after he a producer and studio musigraduated in 1989 with a double cian, produced the band’s last major in English and marketing. two albums: “The Autumn Sansone, 42, was born and Defense” and “Once Around.” grew up in Meridian, where He is producing the forthcomhis father promoted concerts ing album as well, which Stirand directed beauty pageants at ratt said helps with the band’s the Temple Theater. His bands sporadic recording schedule. played in venues across Missis- Mississippi roots helped Pat Sansone (far left) and John Stirratt (far right) find their place as alternative megastars in The Autumn Defense is also the band Wilco. Sansone grew up in Meridian, and Stirratt studied at the University of Mississippi. sippi while he was in high school opening four shows for Nick and in college at Southern Miss. Lowe before Stirratt and SanHe said he likes playing in theaters, like the ones that will host 2004, though, the band has had the same lineup: Tweedy, sone head back out on tour with Wilco. The first show was much of Wilco’s U.S. spring tour, including Jackson’s Thalia Sansone, Stirratt, Nels Cline on guitar, Mikael Jorgensen on at the House of Blues in New Orleans May 5. The mini-tour Mara Hall. The band heads to Europe for a string of music keyboard and piano, and Glenn Kotche on drums. also hits Houston and Austin, Texas, before wrapping up in festivals at the end of May. Stirratt said the current lineup played well together live Dallas May 9. “Festivals can be fun; festivals can be a good time. You get from the start. The real evolution, he said, has come in the stu“(Lowe) was nice enough to offer us a bunch of dates. to see other bands play and get to catch up with friends that are dio making records together. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do the whole tour,” Stirratt said. in other bands that you only get to see at festivals maybe once a “‘Sky Blue Sky’ (2007) was very much like guys in the “It’s going to be a blast.” year,” Sansone said. “That’s fun, but (as for) actually perform- room, very sparse. It just sounded like guys jamming,” StirThe two will join up with Tweedy and the rest of Wilco ing, I tend to prefer the theater shows. I just love being in those ratt said. “I think the evolution has come from us trying to the next day, May 10, in Fayetteville, Ark., for the first of 41 old theaters. I feel kind of at home there.” get comfortable in the studio and explore all the possibilities shows the band will play across the U.S. and Europe from May Stirratt said he likes that the theaters don’t have the scat- that all the members bring to the table. I think that’s been the to the end of August. tered energy that crowds bring to festivals. challenge. (With) six guys in the studio, it can be very hard to The third show of the tour is at Thalia Mara Hall May 12. “In a theater, we completely control the production and arrange things.” Sansone said it will be special coming back to play in Jackson, the environment and everything,” Stirratt said. Wilco’s latest studio album, “The Whole Love,” is the a city he hasn’t visited in 15 years. He played his first club show “It’s all very controlled and very focused. I think there’s band’s eighth. It was nominated for Best Rock Album at this at W.C. Don’s in Jackson. good points to both things, but I think we definitely feel more year’s Grammys—the band’s sixth nomination. “Jackson is a big part of my musical history,” Sansone comfortable when the sound is just right.” “The Whole Love” is the band’s first album released on said. “Just thinking about all the times I played there when I Wilco didn’t have that control when they played at The Tweedy’s record label dBpm. The deluxe edition of the album was in my late teens and early twenties—it’s definitely a formaLyric in Oxford in April of 2009. Tweedy asked the rowdy, features a cover of Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label,” a song the tive place for me.” college-bar crowd to quiet down more than once during the band never would have recorded 10 years ago. Wilco recorded Tickets for Wilco’s May 12 show at Thalia Mara Hall are performance. “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” in 2001, but their label, Reprise, re- $42 and can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location. The show 24 “Oxford has always been the place where people go and jected the album and dropped the band. Reprise didn’t hear a begins at 8 p.m. with opening act Purling Hiss.


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n Circus of the Seed’s somber, fan-favorite track, “Rain,” vocalist and trumpeter Stephen Phillips sings, “I hope that you can swim so that you don’t drown/My broken heart is going to flood this town/ You better get lost while you can still be found.” A couple of Thursdays ago, Circus of the Seed fans gathered at Morningbell Records in Duling Hall at a listening party celebrating the release of the band’s self-titled record, which had been shelved since its recording in 2007. “It’s their lost album,” says Cody Cox, owner of Elegant Trainwreck Records, the label responsible for the album’s release. Circus of the Seed was wildly popular with a core base of fans in Jackson during the mid-2000s. They are without doubt my all-time favorite Jackson band, and you will hear many others say the same. The band’s mix of jazz, soul, reggae and rock was not forced like with many bands that try to incorporate different genres, but came across as profoundly natural and honest. When they played, you couldn’t imagine it sounding any different. It was perfect. Circus of the Seed is rounded out by Jason Daniel on guitar, Barry Shannon on bass and Jarad Wilson on drums. They create a backdrop for Stephen’s singing voice, which I can best describe as a mix between Bob Marley’s vocal range and emotionality and Louis Armstrong’s timbre. Phillips also plays trumpet in a way that, like the piano playing of Thelonious Monk, is somehow always just per-

fectly out of tune and time in a way that serves as a flawless trumpet while hanging out with his wife Leslie Susan and commentary on the human condition. their son Tristin Jade, while Jarad’s sons run around the The album is a short-and-sweet six songs that get hallway outside the record store. There is synchronicity is kicked off with the jazzy jump up of “Homemade Jazz.” hearing Stephen’s voice sing, “So that I would live to see The rollicking “Woke Up” is the the golden hour/Sun was beaming most hopeful track on the album, down and the earth brings flowwith Stephen reminding us that ers” over the PA in the crescendo of “everything little thing is fine.” “Rain” while he and Jarad talked to The heart of the album is the me about their new families. 1-2-3 punch of the reggae-infused Circus of the Seed’s album is the “Explodable,” the laid-back instrufirst in a series of releases for Elegant mental “Prelude,” and the aforeTrainwreck featuring previously unmentioned “Rain.” The record released material. Cody plans on recloses with the distorted bluesleasing records from Passing Parade rocker “Road Dog Blues.” and Goodman County, his now-deAt the listening party, both funct band that played shows consisJason and Jarad told me, “These tently with Circus of the Seed back are the songs.” And they are—these in the day. The label also has plans are the songs we went to hear all Circus of the Seed recorded its self-titled to drop new full lengths from Liver those dozens of times, which makes “lost album” in 2007.The label Elegant Mousse, Furrows, and up-and-comTrainwreck released it last month. listening to the album nostalgic. ing Jackson band That Scoundrel, It felt like 2005 all over again in along with a split 7-inch record feaMorningbell as fans, friends, and family hung out with the turing Liver Mousse and Ice for Eagles (each band gets one band and relived “those intense years, when Jackson was re- side of a shared 7-inch record). ally discovering its creativity,” according to Stephen. “Those Things are looking good for Jackson. Past, present were the days.” and future, our music scene is always strong; it’s always the Reliving those days is fun, but for Circus of the Seed, good ol’ days. it’s all about moving forward. Jason stays busy playing guiBuy “Circus of the Seed” at Morningbell Records and tar with Jackson heavyweights Furrows and Wooden Fin- Studio (622 Duling St., Suite 212, 769-233-7468) or at ger. Stephen tells me about his life these days practicing elegant-trainwreck.com for $10.

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WEDNESDAY 05/9

Comedy Night with Members of the Intellectual Bulimics and Hub City Comedy

398 Hwy. 51 • Ridgeland, MS (601) 853-3299 • www.villagebeads.com

THURSDAY 05/10

Aine O’Daherty (Contemporary Irish) FRIDAY 05/11

Otis Lotus

(A Grateful Dead Tribute Band) SATURDAY 05/12

Seth Libbey and The Liberals

Treat Your Mom to Something Sweet

(Blues/Rock)

MONDAY 05/14

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Karaoke w/ Matt TUESDAY 05/15

Open Mic with A Guy Named George

8th Annual Includes Drink & Choices of Fresh Vegetables

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$7.98

Monday: Hamburger Steak Tuesday: Grilled Tilapia

May 9 - 15, 2012

or Fried Chicken Wednesday: Roast Beef Thursday : Chicken Diane

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or Grilled Pork Chop Friday : Meatloaf or Chicken & Dumplings

To Help Fund A Rape Crisis Center Items Needed: Original Art, Gift Certificates, Corporate Items Gifts, Big & Small, Monetary Donations, Chick Toys & Decor Sponsorships Available: Imperial Highness $5,000, Diva $2,500, Goddess $1,000, Queen $500, Princess $250, Chick $50

If we receive your donation by July 11, it will be featured in our big Chick Ball Gift Guide on July 25.

Saturday, July 28, 2012 Hal & Mal’s Red Room Cover $5 | 18+ To donate or volunteer: 601-362-6121 ext 16 chickball@jacksonfreepress.com For more information: jfpchickball.com • follow us on twitter @jfpchickball

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BEST BETS May 9 - 16, 2012 by Latasha Willis events@jacksonfreepress.com Fax: 601-510-9019 Daily updates at jfpevents.com

Bryan Ledford and Jamie Weems perform during Live at Lunch at 11:30 a.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring or buy lunch; call 601960-1515. … The Jackson 2000 luncheon featuring Parents for Public Schools and Students with a Goal is at 11:45 a.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $12, $10 members; email bevelyn_branch@att.net. … The Metropolitan Opera film “Das Rheingold” shows at 6:30 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Other films include “Die Walküre” May 14 and “Siegfried” May 16. $17, $16 seniors and students, $15 children; call 601-936-5856. … The Country and Blues ROCK for Recovery is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. Proceeds benefit the McCoy House for Sober Living. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-948-0578.

FRIDAY 5/11

The Four Seasons of the Cedars Spring Art Show at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road) closes today. Free; call 601-366-5552. The Mississippi Mama Show featuring artwork kicks off at 5 p.m. at Brent’s Diner and Soda Fountain (655 Duling Ave.); continues May 12. Free, artwork for sale; call 601-954-2147. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Pepsi Pops is at 5:30 p.m. at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). $12 in advance, $15 at the gate, $5 children 4-18, under 4 free; call 601-960-1565. … Relay for Life is at 6 p.m. at Historic Canton Square. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration fees vary; call 662-549-3729. … Ahmad Rashad, Saddi Sundiata and others perform during Back to Basics at 9 p.m. at Suite 106.

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SATURDAY 5/12

The biannual Canton Flea Market kicks off at 8 a.m. at Historic Canton Square. Free admission; call 601-859-1307. … Furrows plays at the High Note Jam at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden (380 S. Lamar St.). Free, food for sale; call 601-960-1515. … Paul Thorn and Lisa Mills perform at 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.); cocktails at 6 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-292-7121 or 800-745-3000. … The artist reception for Martha Ferris, Elizabeth Robinson and Matt Stebly is at 5 p.m. at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Free; call 601-291-9115. … Jarekus Singleton performs at 9 p.m. at Downtown Cafe. … Howard Jones Jazz plays at Underground 119. … Larry Brewer is at Shucker’s.

See Shambé Jones’ wood burnings through May 31 at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-7546. … The “We’re with Nobody” reading and roast with authors Michael Rejebian and Alan Huffman is at 6 p.m. at Underground 119. No cover.

TUESDAY 5/15

The Summer Cocktail Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. at Amerigo (6592 Old Canton Road). Reservations are required. $35 per person; call 601-977-0563 to RSVP. … Harpist Mandy Mangrum performs at 6:30 p.m. at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Limited seating. Free; call 601-919-1911.

WEDNESDAY 5/16

Restoration architect Robert P. Adams and 40 & 8 Society representative Johnny Bracy speak during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Author Christopher Tilghman signs “The Right-Hand Shore” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.); reading at 5:30 p.m. $27 book; call 601-366-7619. More at jfpevents.com and jfp.ms/musicvenues.

See the opera film “Die Walküre” May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Tinseltown. KEN HOWARD/METROPOLITAN OPERA

THURSDAY 5/10

The screening of the film “The Club” is at 10 a.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Donations welcome; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. … The Mother’s Day Brunch at the King Edward Hotel features music from Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer. Seating at noon and 2 p.m. $34.95, $16.95 children 10 and under; call 601-353-5464, ext. 8408 to RSVP. … See the film “The Perfect Family” at 5 p.m. at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $7; visit msfilm.org. … The GenerationNXT Indie Concert Series is at 6 p.m. at Dreamz JXN.

MONDAY 5/14

The Natchez Trace Century Bike Ride begins at 7:30 a.m. at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). $45; call 601-8532011. … Today’s local races include: the Race For Grace at 8 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road, $20 per person in advance, $25 on race day, $60 family maximum, call 601-914-7154); the Dress for Success Power Walk at 8 a.m. at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, $25-$40, $20 virtual walker, $15 students, $5 dogs, email jackson@dressforsuccess .org); and the AutismPalooza 5K at 9 a.m. at 1736 Cleary Road, Richland (free entry for people with special needs, $25 run, $18 fun walk, call 866-993-2437). … The “Out with the Old, In with the New” Dance Competition is at noon at Jim Hill High School (2185 Fortune St.). $8 in advance, $12 at the door; call 601-665-5042. … The opening reception for Carrie Roebuck’s art exhibit is at 2 p.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.); exhibit hangs through May 31. Also view Scott Sorenson’s paintings in the lower atrium. Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. … The Flowood Family Festival is at 4 p.m. at Liberty Park (694 Liberty Park Drive, Flowood). Free; call 601-992-4440. … Wilco and Purling Hiss perform at 7 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. Reserved seating. The Southern Komfort Brass Band performs before the show (free), and Yellow Dubmarine performs at the after-party at Hal & Mal’s ($10 cover). $42; call 800-745-3000. Artist Rosalind Roy exhibits her work in the Mississippi Mamas Art Show May 11-12 at Brent’s Diner and Soda Fountain.

SUNDAY 5/13

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jfpevents High Note Jam Concert Series May 10, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy music from Furrows and refreshments in the Art Garden. Free, food for sale; call 601-960-1515.

THIS WEEK WENDESDAY 5/9 New Bourbon St. Jazz Band (Restaurant)

THURSDAY 5/10

Now offering a full dinner menu. Now accepting reservations.

Wednesday, May 9th

BILL & TEMPERANCE

Mt. Rushmores (RR)

(Bluegrass) 8-11, No Cover

John Wooten (Restaurant)

Thursday, May 10th

FRIDAY 5/11

HOWARD JONES JAZZ

Jerry Brooks Crooked Creek Band (Restaurant)

Friday, May 11th

SATURDAY 5/12 Matthew Gravitt (Restaurant) Ardenlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Official Wilco After Show Party featuring Yellow Dubmarine (Red)

(Jazz) 8-11, No Cover

CEDRIC BURNSIDE PROJECT

(Blues) 9-1, $5 Cover before 8:30 $10 Cover after 8:30

Saturday, May 12th

ZAC HARMON

MONDAY 5/14 Central MS Blues Society presents: Blues Monday (Restaurant) PUB QUIZ w/ Erin & friends (restaurant)

THU 5.17: Vagabond Swing (RR) & BAT (DR) FRI 5.18: Corey Smith with special guest Taylor Reeve (RR) & Luckenbach (DR) TUE 5.22: The Lumineers (RR)

Monday - Friday Blue Plate Lunch with corn bread and tea or coffee

$8

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As well as the usual favorites! Seafood Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Burgers, Fried Pickles, Onion Rings and Homemade Soups made daily.

Fridays: Catfish Plates are $9.75

May 9 - 15, 2012

$4.00 Happy Hour Well Drinks!

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601.948.0888

200 S. Commerce St. Downtown Jackson, Mississippi

HOLIDAY Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Craft Day May 12, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Make a card or flower brooch in the Inspirations Studio, and see the Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day mural in the World at Work Gallery. $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437. Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Painting Class May 12, 2 p.m., at Easely Amused, Flowood (2315 Lakeland Drive, Suite C) and May 13, 2 p.m., at Easely Amused, Ridgeland (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002). Paint a flower with your mother in your choice of colors. Registration required. $26.75; call 769-251-5574. Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Appreciation Day May 13, 9 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Mothers get half off admission, and children make Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day crafts. $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members/babies free; call 601-352-2580.

TUESDAY 5/15

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Eighth Annual JFP Chick Ball July 28, 6 p.m., at Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St.). The fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention, and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to start a rape crisis center. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. Get involved, volunteer, and donate art, money and gifts at chickball@jacksonfreepress.com. More details at jfpchickball.com. Follow on Twitter @jfpchickball. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16.

(Blues) 9-1, $5 Cover before 8:30 $10 Cover after 8:30

Monday,May 14th

â&#x20AC;&#x153;WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE WITH NOBODYâ&#x20AC;&#x153;

Reading & Roast with authors Michael Rejebian & Alan Huffman

6:00 - 9:00pm, No Cover

Tuesday,May 15th

JESSE ROBINSON

(Blues) 7:30-11, $5 Cover

Wednesday, May 16th

CROOKED CREEK

(Bluegrass) 8-11, No Cover

Thursday, May 17th

ANDY HARDWICK TRIO (Jazz) 8-11, No Cover

Friday, May 18th

CHRIS GILL & SOLE SHAKERS (Blues) 9-1, $5 Cover before 8:30 $10 Cover after 8:30

Saturday, May 19th

THE GOATEES

(Blues) 9-1, $5 Cover before 8:30 $10 Cover after 8:30

119 S. President Street 601.352.2322 www.Underground119.com

COMMUNITY Alpha Kappa Alpha Spelling Bee Registration. Children in grades 3-5 compete May 19 at 1 p.m. at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Register by May 15. Call 601-813-4154. Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). â&#x20AC;˘ UNITE Pre-engineering Summer Program Registration. The program for high-school students is held June 4-29 at the Woodard Building. High GPA, ACT/SAT score or teacher recommendation required. Stipend given; meals not included. Apply by May 10. Call 601-979-8262. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voice of the Boomâ&#x20AC;? Open Auditions. JSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marching band seeks a new announcer. Auditions are from 6-8 p.m. through May 12. Appointment required. Call 601-214-1348. Summer Enhancement Program Registration at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). For youth ages 6-16. Register at the Department of Parks and Recreation from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through May 23. Shot record or birth certificate required. Lunch and snack included; transportation not included. $70; call 601-960-0471. â&#x20AC;&#x153;History Is Lunchâ&#x20AC;? May 9, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Mississippi Arts Commission director Malcolm White talks about southern culture. Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. Canton Flea Market May 10, 8 a.m., at Historic Canton Square. The biannual shopping extravaganza features goods from artists and crafters. Free admission; call 601-859-1307. Mayorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Prayer Luncheon May 10, 11:30 a.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The speaker is filmmaker Myra Ottewell (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi ReMixedâ&#x20AC;?). RSVP. $45; call 601-353-6477. Moving Toward Solutions: A Conversation About Teen Pregnancy Prevention May 10, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148

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Riverside Drive). Bill Albert, chief program officer of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, is the keynote speaker. Email questions to jamie@womensfundms.org. Reception at 5 p.m. Free; call 601-326-0701. Renaissance Awards May 10, 6:30 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). The Fondren Renaissance Foundation honors individuals for their preservation and urban renewal efforts. $100; call 601-981-9606. Precinct 2 COPS Meeting May 10, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues. Call 601-960-0002. Slamminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jamminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Youth Basketball League Registration May 12, 8 a.m., at Kurts Gymnasium (125 Gymnasium Drive). For youth ages 17 and under. Birth certificate and recent photo required. Games begin June 1. $10; call 601-960-0471. Race For Grace May 12, 8 a.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). 5K run and one-mile fun run. $20 advance, $25 race day, $60 family; call 601-914-7154. Critters and Crawlers May 12, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The program for toddlers ages 2-3 and their caregivers includes indoor and outdoor activities. Prices vary; call 601-3522580, ext. 241. Flowood Family Festival May 12, 4 p.m., at Liberty Park (694 Liberty Park Drive, Flowood). The event includes childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, a karate demonstration, and music from South of 20 and Jake Owen. Free; call 601-992-4440.


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W.I.N.E. (Women Inquiring, Networking and Engaging) Meeting May 14, 6:30 p.m., at the home of deborah Rae Wright (135 Grand Ave.). Attendees meet to discuss a chosen topic. Bring wine or a snack. RSVP. Email winejackson@ gmail.com. Summer Cocktail Dinner May 15, 6:30 p.m., at Amerigo (6592 Old Canton Road). Enjoy a fourcourse meal paired with cocktails such as pomegranate blueberry martini and peach mango sangria. RSVP. $35 per person; call 601-977-0563. Events at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Free; call 601-919-1911. â&#x20AC;˘ Internet for Beginners May 10, 9 a.m. Learn how to navigate the web. â&#x20AC;˘ Pop Culture Club May 14, 6 p.m. Participants ages 17-25 discuss movies, books and more. Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562. â&#x20AC;˘ Computer Class for Adults May 10, 10 a.m. Learn to use Internet search engines. â&#x20AC;˘ Game On! May 10, 4 p.m. Play Xbox 360 games. No mature games permitted. â&#x20AC;˘ History Cafe May 16, 9 a.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Join the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s group for coffee and a discussion of the Civil War. Free; call 601-932-2562.

WELLNESS First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children every first Friday. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355. Look Good â&#x20AC;Ś Feel Better May 14, 2 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at the UMC Cancer Institute, room ME105.

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Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Call 601-919-1690. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.6 p.m. through Oct. 31. Call 601-373-4545. Old Farmers Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Oct. 31. Call 601-354-0529 or 601353-1633. Jackson Roadmap to Health Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 30. WIC vouchers accepted. Call 601-987-6783. Vicksburg Farmers Market, on the east side of Washington Street between Jackson and Grove streets. Open Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. through July 28. Call 601801-3513 or 601-634-4527.

STAGE AND SCREEN Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Call 601-936-5856. â&#x20AC;˘ Wagner Ring Cycle. The Metropolitan Opera presents the films â&#x20AC;&#x153;Das Rheingoldâ&#x20AC;? May 9, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die WalkĂźreâ&#x20AC;? May 14 and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Siegfriedâ&#x20AC;? May 16. All shows at 6:30 p.m. $17, $16 seniors and students, $15 children. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;This American Life - Live!â&#x20AC;? May 10, 7 p.m. The simulcast of the radio show includes performances from writer David Rakoff, comedian Tig Notaro and the rock band OK Go. $19, $18 seniors and students, $17 children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Storyâ&#x20AC;? Auditions May 12, 10 a.m., and May 14, 6:30 p.m., at Vicksburg Theatre Guildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). Dancers, actors and singers welcome. Production dates are Aug. 17-19 and Aug. 24-26. Call 601636-0471. Art House Cinema Downtown May 13, 5 p.m., at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See the independent film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Perfect Family.â&#x20AC;? Refreshments sold. $7; visit msfilm.org.

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MUSIC Mississippi Happening May 15, 7 p.m., at Pizza Shack, Colonial Mart (5046 Parkway Drive, Suite 6). On second and fourth Tuesdays, Guaqueta Productions features local talent and interviews with community leaders. Download podcasts at mississippihappening.com. Call 601-497-7454. Live at Lunch May 9, 11:30 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Bryan Ledford and Jamie Weems perform in the Art Garden. Bring or buy lunch. Free; call 601-960-1515. Paul Thorn May 10, 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Thorn sings blues and rock. Lisa Mills also performs. Cocktails at 6 p.m. $20 advance, $25 at the door; call 601-292-7121 or 800-745-3000.

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FirstLove Youth Alliance Meeting May 12, 5 p.m., at Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Refuge Christian Fellowship Center/ Church (1931 Boling St.). Youth ages 11-18 learn about leadership and responsibility. Registration recommended. Free; visit firstloveya.eventbrite.com.

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May 11 & 12 | 9:00pm

The Angelettes’ Mother’s Day CD Pre-release Celebration May 12, 6 p.m., at Greater Mt. Mariah M.B. Church (3672 Medgar Evers Blvd.). Songs of Joy, Lamentations, the Trumpettes and the Spiritual Harmonies perform. Free; call 601-982-4465. Wilco May 12, 7 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Purling Hiss also performs. Reserved seating. The Southern Komfort Brass Band performs in the breezeway before the show. The after-party at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.) features music from Yellow Dubmarine ($10 cover). $42; call 800-745-3000. Tuesday Night Concert Series May 15, 6:30 p.m., at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Harpist Mandy Mangrum performs. Limited seating. Free; call 601-919-1911.

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Page Turners Adult Book Club May 12, 11:30 a.m., at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). This month’s book is “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. Free; call 601-919-1911.

Shut Up and Write! Classes at JFP Classroom (2727 Old Canton Road, Suite 224). Sign up for one of JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd’s popular nonfiction and creative writing classes. Every other Saturday, Shut Up and Write! 101 is June 2-Aug. 18 excluding July 28 ($150, $75 deposit required) and

THUR. MAY 10 FREE SPORTSMANS T-SHIRT WITH ANY $10 PURCHASE OR GREATER

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Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562. • Chapter 1 Book Club Meeting May 10, 6 p.m. This month’s book is “The Full Moon Bride” by Shobhan Bantwal. • Break the Binding Book Club May 14, 6 p.m. The club for teens ages 12 and up discuss “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness.

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LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Book Signings at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • May 9, 5 p.m., Karen Spears Zacharias signs “A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. • May 10, 4 p.m., Sheila Turnage signs “Three Times Lucky.” $16.99 book. • May 11, 5 p.m., Thomas McNamee signs “The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27 book. • May 12, 11 a.m., Sarah Frances Hardy signs “Puzzled by Pink.” $16.99 book. • May 15, 4 p.m., Amber McRee Turner signs “Sway.” $16.99 book. • May 15, 5 p.m., Jerry File Jr. signs “The Short Happy Political Life of Amos McCary.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.99 book.

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Shut Up and Write! 202 for previous 101 students is Sept. 8-Oct. 20 ($125, $62.50 deposit required). The How to Sell Your Writing Workshop is May 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ($40 in advance). Call 601-362-6121, ext. 16; get on mailing list at class@jacksonfreepress.com. Sticks and Strings May 15, 5:30 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Crochet with other hobbyists. Free; call 601-932-2562. Seven-step Method of Chair Caning Workshop May 16-June 13, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg) Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. $60, $50 members; call 601-631-2997.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Exhibits at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) through May 31. Open weekdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.5 p.m., and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. • Scott Sorenson. Paintings in the lower atrium. • Carrie Roebuck Mixed media pieces in the main galleries. Reception May 12 from 2-4 p.m. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. • Art Garden Soiree May 11, 7 p.m., Enjoy dinner from chef Luis Bruno and artwork from the late Gwen Magee and Martha Ferris, who will paint a cityscape for auction on-site. Attire is spring casual. Limit of 24 guests. $125. • Still Curious? Lecture Series May 15, 6 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Historian Dr. Stuart Rockoff discusses the experiences of Jewish refugees in the United States. Free. May Artist Reception May 10, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Exhibitors include Martha Ferris, Elizabeth Robinson and Matt Stebly. Free; call 601-291-9115. The Mississippi Mama Show May 11-12, at Brent’s Diner and Soda Fountain (655 Duling Ave.). See artwork from Ellen Langford, Rosalind Roy, Lisa Dyess and Ann Seale May 11 from 5-8 p.m. and May 12 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free, artwork for sale; call 601-954-2147. “Our Beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast…” through June 29, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See Lyle Peterzell’s photographs and Kris Byrd’s ceramic pieces. Reception is May 17 from 5-7 p.m. Free; call 601-432-4056. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com 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 jfpevents.com for instructions.

BE THE CHANGE Country and Blues ROCK for Recovery May 9, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The fundraiser includes appetizers, live and silent auctions, and door prizes. Chris Gill and the Sole Shakers perform. Proceeds benefit the McCoy House for Sober Living. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-948-0578. Relay for Life May 11, 6 p.m., at Historic Canton Square. The all-night charity walk includes food and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration fees vary; call 662-549-3729. Dress for Success Power Walk May 12, 8 a.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Registration is at 7 a.m. The event includes a 5K walk and a Heels for Success Celebrity Fun Run where runners race 50 yards in high heels. Proceeds benefit Dress for Success Metro Jackson. $25-$40, $20 virtual walker, $15 students, $5 dogs; email jackson@dressforsuccess.org.

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AutismPalooza 5K May 12, 9 a.m., at 1736 Cleary Road, Richland. The cross-country mud run is at 9 a.m. and the fun walk is at 10 a.m. Awards given. Proceeds benefit TEAAM (Together Enhancing Autism Awareness in Mississippi). Free entry for people with special needs. $25 run, $18 fun walk; call 866-993-2437.

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Courage for Carter Rally May 15, 8:30 a.m., at Brandon High School (3090 Highway 18, Brandon), in the gymnasium. The fundraiser includes a pep rally, a basketball game between students and faculty, and performances from teachers. Proceeds go toward medical and travel expenses for Carter Cline. $3; email rebecca.russell@rcsd.ms.


Bryan’s Rant

Just What I Needed

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his Sunday, many of us will take time to honor our mothers. Mother’s Day is the one day every year when we try to thank mom for everything she has done and continues to do for us. Thanking mom is one thing nearly every athlete does. Put a camera in front of a group of athletes on the sidelines and you’re bound to hear, “Hi, Mom!” from many of them. There is no question that for most athletes, mom is his or her greatest supporter. She might be in the stands or working insane hours at a job, but she gives her support either way. When I played sports, my mother drove me to workouts and practice, she came to games to cheer me on, or she took care of my brothers and sisters so my dad could watch me play. The best thing my mother gave me, though, was exactly what I needed when I needed it. She didn’t give me what I wanted all the time, but she always gave me what I needed. Once, after my team had lost every football game we had played for two straight years, my heart was broken over not winning even one game. I won’t lie: One day I broke down and cried after I

got home. I didn’t want to play football anymore. My mother comforted me, knowing I was hurting, but when I said I wanted to quit she didn’t give me what I wanted. Instead, she gave me what I needed. She told me I could quit, but then asked me whether I could live with myself if I didn’t play the next year. I knew she was right. There was no way I could have looked back and said I made the right decision by not playing. Mom gave me love and support but also gave me a kick in the butt when I needed one, so that I would pick myself up and soldier on and keep playing. This was not uncommon in my life: My mother gave me advice I needed and not what I wanted to hear. The other day, I saw a YouTube clip of a Proctor and Gamble commercial for the upcoming Olympics. The words in one of last frames stuck with me: “The hardest job in the world is the best job in the world. Thank you, Mom.” There is no question that being a mom is a hard job. I salute all moms, past, present and future. I also want to thank my mom for making me the man I am today. Thanks, Mom.

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THURSDAY, MAY 10 Women’s softball (7-9 p.m. ESPN): See an SEC Softball Tournament quarterfinal from Tuscaloosa, Ala. The SEC has been one of the best women’s softball conferences but has not broken through for a national title.

MONDAY, MAY 14 MLB (6-9 p.m. SportSouth): The Atlanta Braves face the Cincinnati Reds in a battle of second-place teams in their divisions. The Braves are in second place in National League East, and the Reds are second in NL Central.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Arena Football (7-10 p.m. NFL Network): Get your football fix with the Arena Football League as the Cleveland Gladiators take on the Milwaukee Mustangs in Wisconsin.

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Documentary (8-9 p.m. ESPN 2): Part of the ESPN 30 for 30 series, “Little Big Men” is about the 1982 Little League World Series championship team from Kirkland, Wash.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 NASCAR (5:30-10 p.m. Fox): The Southern 500 from Darlington Speedway in South Carolina. Regan Smith won last year, and this is one of two tracks where Tony Stewart has no wins.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Documentary (7-8 p.m. ESPN 2): Another ESPN 30 for 30 film, “June 17, 1994” looks back at a crazy day in sports that featured the Rangers celebration parade after the team won the Stanley Cup and the O.J. Simpson low-speed chase that interrupted the NBA Playoffs.

SUNDAY, MAY 13 PGA Tour Golf (1-6 p.m. NBC): Watch final round coverage of the $9.5-million Players Championship from TPC at Sawgrass in Florida, when K.J. Choi attempts to repeat his win from last year.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there. Why else would I list golf as the best thing to watch on a Sunday? Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports.

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Take Mom Out on Her Day

Babalu Tacos and Tapas

622 Duling Ave., 601-366-5757 Menu will feature a special fish taco, enchilada and torta of the day. Bon Ami

Maywood Mart, 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 230, 601982-0405 Brunch and lunch menu featuring soft-shell crab over curried vegetables and fresh tomato Florentine quiche. BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar

Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111 Offering special brunch and dinner menus. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. with brunch served until 5 p.m. In addition to the regular brunch items, the menu will include wildcaught gulf yellowfin tuna over a goat cheese Panna Cotta with a coffee-spiced pecan crust, sweet potato-apricot puree and a local beet, radish and baby arugula salad finished with a red onion marmalade. Special desserts include three-scented chocolate truffles (hazlenut, blackberry, french vanilla) with ambrosia meringue, chocolate tuile and candied orange zest. All moms dining receive a special Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Aperitif. Julep Restaurant and Bar

Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601-362-1411 Serving surf and turf Friday to Sunday. Menu features

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235 W. Capitol St., 601-969-8500 Seating times are noon and 2 p.m. Adults $34.95, children $16.95. Menu includes a carving station with herb-rolled steamship round of beef, fried onions and au jus; a Louisiana seafood station featuring gulf shrimp, Cajun crawfish and seasonal crabs; a heart-shaped French toast station; a buffet with black-pepper-and-rosemary encrusted pork chops and pan-seared tilapia with sweet lime butter; and a dessert station featuring carrot cake and Meyer lemon cheesecake. Please call 601-353-5464 ext. 8508 for reservations. Old Capitol Inn

226 N. State St., 601-359-9000 Brunch in the Ballroom; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. seatings available. $27 per adult, $12.95 per child 12 and under. Offering wine, beer, mimosas and bloody Marys. Limited seating; reservations required. Call 601-359-9000. Roâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chez

204 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-503-8244 Offering a special three-course brunch, menu to be determined. Noon and 2 p.m. seatings; $30 per person.

Table 100

100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-420-4202 Open for normal business hours all day Sunday. Serving Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sofiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant at the Fairview Inn

734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429 Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Brunch served from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Menu features baked Mahi Mahi with mango salsa, vegetable quiche, made-to-order omelets, fried chicken tenders with honey mustard dressing, gumbo with rice and more. $29.50 adults, $11.95 kids 5-12. Seatings on the half-hour; reservations required.

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707 N. Congress St., 601-353-1180 Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Offering Grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Half Lunch menu. Is your restaurant missing from the Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day brunch list above? Please add it to the comments on this story at www.jfp.ms.

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Babalu (622 Duling Ave., 601-366-5757) Fresh guacamole at the table, fish tacos, empanada, smoked pork sholders, Mexican street cornâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Mexicanâ&#x20AC;? specialties mix extremely well with their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of Jackson 2012â&#x20AC;? magaritas. Jacoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tacos (318 South State Street) Tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Tex-Mex at its finest and freshest. Tacos come with a side of butter-based mantequilla sauce for dipping. Enjoy the the patio and full bar service.

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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.


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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. 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!

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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 adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.

BARBEQUE

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, poboys, salads, and their famous Hershey bar pie.

PIZZA

The Pizza Shack (925 E. Fortification 601-352-2001) The 2009-2012 winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. Creative pizza options abound along with sandwiches, wings, salads and even BBQ. All new location in Belhaven and a second spot in Colonial Mart mall. 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 and a fun atmosphere for catching up with friends.

ITALIAN

BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Awardwinning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Frequent Best of Jackson finalist. 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!

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sciousness of seeing things as they actually are, freeing the self from the emptiness of conditioned phenomena, it could channel and propel the information age. This internal recalibration of the inner compass could help people be resistant to the delusional roller coaster of manipulation to which consumers are prey. To be mindful in choices would be liberating on a massive scale. How to do this? Consider these questions, for the individual: What makes us happy? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for the planet? What provides wealth and plenty for those we love? This type of awakening for a path of consciousness, called â&#x20AC;&#x153;living in right relationship,â&#x20AC;? is not new or confined to any one religion or way or path, from Quakers to Buddhists to Native Americans. (Indeed, the common method of vipassana retreat for meditation is similar to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;vision questsâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;pipe fastsâ&#x20AC;? practiced by native peoples.) Bryan Welch, for example, in his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beautiful and Abundant: Building the World We Wantâ&#x20AC;? (B&A Books, 2010, $9.99), offers Quaker-style queries for readers as a guide for any course of action: â&#x20AC;˘ Is it beautiful? (to engage human imagination); â&#x20AC;˘ Does it create abundance? (to entice innovation); â&#x20AC;˘ Is it fair? (so no one is marginalized, all can share); â&#x20AC;˘ Is it contagious? (so it can â&#x20AC;&#x153;go viralâ&#x20AC;? or create a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tipping pointâ&#x20AC;? for change). Let us not be mere consumers, led by our desires and bedazzled by whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s put before us from the outside. Let us practice mindfulness in our choices and lead society, indeed the globe, through following a path of right relationships, curating our lives and our world. Jim PathFinder Ewing is the author of five books on energy medicine and eco-spirituality (Findhorn Press) published in English, French, German, Russian and Japanese. His next book, to be published in the fall, is titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conscious Food: Sustainable Growth, Spiritual Eating.â&#x20AC;? Find Jim on Facebook, follow him @edibleprayers or visit blueskywaters.com.

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