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contents KENYA HUDSON
6 Wright or Wrong? Former Melton guard Marcus Wright is head of internal affairs for the Hinds County Sheriff.
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“Battleship” turns the popular board game into a film—complete with aliens. Does it work? ANDREA DUNAWAY
michael duke Through VSA Mississippi, Duke attends weekly two-hour sessions in the VSA studio. Artists work with watercolors, acrylic and oil paints, clay, drawing, collage and printmaking. “Art has always been my passion, but after my car accident … I thought I would never paint again,” Duke says. Although he vividly remembers insecurities about his abilities when joining VSA, Duke recently sold two of his latest paintings at a local VSA-sponsored event at the Municipal Art Gallery in early May. When it comes to the feeling he gets from completing his latest project or selling another piece of his artwork, Duke says, “It’s kind of like a miracle on canvas to me.” Duke maintains a joyful and bright-spirited attitude toward life. He smiles a lot and quietly cracks jokes––even offering the message for “the ladies” that he is “good looking, single and shopping.” VSA Mississippi is a statewide nonprofit organization that promotes and provides arts opportunities for people with disabilities and is affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. VSA Mississippi has been offering arts programs for children, youth and adults since 1978. VSA offices are located at the Mississippi Art Center, 201 E. Pascagoula St. For more information, visit the VSA Mississippi Facebook page. ––Darnell Jackson
40 Tale of Tails When you’re looking for an unusual dining experience—in a good way—check out oxtails.
46 Throw Like Girls When the women take to the football field, it’s for a good cause: fighting Alzheimer’s disease.
On a return trip home to Jackson during Michael “Mike” Duke’s first summer as a University of Alabama student, he was involved in a car accident that would change his life forever. “It was back in ’76,” Duke says. “June 22, to be precise.” The accident left him with a severe brain injury and in a coma for nine weeks. After regaining consciousness, he found that he had to learn to read, write, talk and paint all over again. “I was reborn,” Duke says. “I was given two chances at life, when most people only get one.” Duke, 57, has had a passion for art since the age of 6. By age 11 he was working with oil paints and, by age 13, was entering art competitions. In high school, Duke’s interest in the arts intensified after he submitted a proposal to decorate the Governor’s Inaugural Ball and his designs were selected. Duke went on to attend Hinds Junior College (now Hinds Community College), majoring in art, before attending the University of Alabama where he studied fine arts. After the accident, Duke was less involved in creating art until, in 2005, the artist discovered VSA (formerly Very Special Arts) Mississippi for adults with disabilities. It was here, through working with the group and with teacher and artist-in-residence Tom Harmon, that Duke steadily regained confidence in visualizing and creating his paintings after more than 25 years.
4 ..............Editor’s Note 4 .................... Sorensen 6 ............................ Talk 10 .................. Business 12 ................... Editorial 12 .................. Kamikaze 12 ........................... Day 13 ..................... Atkins 14 ............ Cover Story 16 ........... Arts Preview 34 ........................ Film 35 .................... 8 Days 36 ...................... Music 37 ....... Music Listings 38 ..................... Sports 40 ....................... Food 43 ................ Astrology 43 .................... Puzzles 45 .............. Body/Soul 46 ... Girl About Town
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Cover art “Inky” by Walter Anderson
Latasha Willis Events editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a freelance designer, and the mother of one cat. She shamelessly promotes her design skills at latashawillis. com. She compiled the Arts Preview listings.
Valerie Wells Valerie Wells is a freelance journalist based in south Mississippi. She wrote the coast arts feature.
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 arts blurbs.
Richard Coupe Richard Coupe, avid fan of the beautiful game, husband, brother and father of four, is still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up. He wrote arts blurbs.
Briana Robinson Deputy Editor Briana Robinson is a 2010 graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Her hobbies include photography, ballet and ballroom dancing. She is a rising junior at Millsaps College. She wrote arts blurbs and helped edit pages.
Adria Walker Adria Walker is a ninth grader at Murrah High School. She is an aspiring writer and is an intern at the Jackson Free Press. She wrote arts blurbs.
Andrew Dunaway Andrew Dunaway knew his friends and family were tired of hearing him talk constantly about food, so he took to writing about it. He’ll do his best to keep it to a dull roar. He wrote a food feature.
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Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who likes yoga, supporting locally owned businesses and traveling. In her spare time, she plots how she can become Michelle Obama’s water holder.
by Kathleen Morrison, Features Editor
am not from Mississippi. That is, I was not born here. My momma and ’dem don’t live here. I was born in Utah, to parents who are both natives of Oregon. When I was 14 years old, we moved from bustling Salt Lake City, Utah, to … exactly whatever the opposite of “bustling” is: Corinth, Miss. I was, unsurprisingly, less than thrilled at the time, and after high school and college, I did what many young, educated and open-minded people do. I left. For the past two years, I lived in Boston, Mass. I re-learned to walk fast and talk faster—although, to be honest, talking fast never really left me, even while I was in the South. I adopted road rage as a way of life. I learned that the coffee establishment you frequent really does affect whether or not people take you seriously. I’ve lived several places by now. My parents have moved away from the South. Yet, whenever a Bostonian asked me where I was from, I felt the urge to say Mississippi. Somehow, this state has wriggled its way into my heart and forced me to adopt it as my own. While in Boston, I read Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help,” and I was struck by something she said in an essay included with the book about how and why she wrote the novel. It illustrated a feeling I personally share––and one I think many do. Stockett, who moved to New York City at age 23, described the encounters she had with people who found out she was from Mississippi: “To people that smiled and said, ‘I’ve heard it’s beautiful down there,’ I’d say, ‘My hometown is number three in the nation for gang-related murders.’ “To people that said, ‘God, you must be glad to be out of that place,’ I’d bristle and say, ‘What do you know? It’s beautiful down there.’” Then Stockett penned the lines that truly sum up what it is to be both proud and, often simultaneously, embarrassed of this state: “Mississippi is like my mother. I am allowed to complain about her all I want, but God help the person that raises an ill word about her around me, unless she is their mother, too.” I think this is a mentality so many of us Mississippians (and adopted Mississippians) share. Certainly here at the JFP, we will be the first to point out what is wrong and to hold this city and state accountable for its failings—but then we will turn right back around and show you the creativity, kindness, innovation and beauty that Jackson and Mississippi are capable of producing. Three weeks ago, my fiancé and I made the trek back from Boston to Jackson with a U-Haul filled to the brim and one very fluffy cat. In preparing for the move, I was struck by how much had changed since I moved to the state the first time from Utah all those years ago.
At 14, I could think of a thousand reasons why living in this state was really just the end of my life as I knew it: What if everyone thinks I’m weird, and aren’t they going to talk strange and dress strange and especially think strange … and isn’t it just going to be so hot?”
Jackson isn’t the place it was when I started at Millsaps six years ago. How funny, 10 years later, to be anticipating a similar move with such a different attitude (if, of course, you can ignore the politics, but that is an issue for another story): We can’t wait to hang out with our old friends, and people are going to cook well and talk kindly and be damn hospitable … and, oh, praise Jesus, it’s finally going to be hot! Now I am officially a Mississippian again. This weekend, my family and friends will descend on Jackson from every corner of the country—from New York to Texas to Oregon—to celebrate my wedding. Many of them went to Millsaps College (both my and my fiancé’s alma mater) or visited the city at some point. But others are visiting the South, Mississippi and Jackson for the first time.
I am so excited to show off what Jackson has to offer, to show my people what I, too, had to learn after moving here—to look past the stereotypes and appreciate the true South. Our wedding will be at the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the weather report is currently predicting a 95-degree high— how appropriate, since this issue is all about arts in the Mississippi summer. If you want to know what is going on around this city and state in the next few months, you’ve got it here. And y’all? It’s a ton. Jackson isn’t the place it was when I started at Millsaps six years ago. It certainly isn’t the same place it was when the JFP published its first issue a decade ago. Sure, we have a long way to go, but look around: The food, the music, the art and more that have flourished here in the last 10 years are astounding. Tolerance, acceptance and even understanding for other cultures and alternative ways of life are growing every day. I may not live in Mississippi for the rest of my life. In fact, it’s pretty likely that my future husband and I will move again at some point, for school or work or whatnot. But right now, Jackson is our home, and we are ready to be a part of it. And no matter where I end up the rest of my life, I have a feeling some part of Mississippi will still be with me. It’s good to be home—back with my mother. Kathleen Morrison, about to be Mitchell, is the JFP’s new features editor. Follow her @jxnKathleen on Twitter. Send arts, music, food and other cultural story ideas to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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