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6 Ramp Down The Jackson Redevelopment Authority says the Capitol Street ramp has to go, but where and how? VIRGINIA SCHREIBER

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Stephanie Parker-Weaver made a Hobson’s choice and came out a winner with a mission. COURTESY WARNER BROS.

kelly engelmann “Anti-aging is not just about how a person looks outside; it is about the inside—how to slow down aging through healthy lifestyles,” Engelmann says. The Enhanced Wellness clinic focuses on metabolic and nutritional medicine through treatment based on lifestyle changes. It conducts female and male sex hormone tests, stress hormone tests and tests to evaluate nutritional deficiencies. The clinic also focuses on Alzheimer’s and dementia prevention by suggesting improvements patients can make to their diets, exercise and sleep. In April 2011, the clinic started Precision laser-therapy treatment for hair loss in both men and women. Engelmann says she has been able to help women restore and regrow their hair in as little as six months with no side effects. “The best part of my day at the clinic is patient interaction, hearing them say that they feel better and hearing about what they have learned about their bodies,” Engelmann says. Engelmann is married to Branch Dildine, a retired military veteran. They have four children: Emily, 22; Erin, 19; Zachary, 18; and Ethan, 16; and one grandson, Cooper, who is 5 months old. —Tam Curley

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She’s more than just a familiar face with a fancy job title; she’s helping Mississippians heal and age gracefully. Kelly Engelmann, owner and family nurse practitioner at Enhanced Wellness in Jackson, is dedicated now, more than ever, to women’s health. “Women set the tone in the household for health,” Engelmann says. “When the woman is treated, she learns how to take care of herself and her family. … If I can treat the woman, I have really treated the whole family.” Engelmann, 44, grew up in Sandersville, a small town near Laurel and Hattiesburg. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and her master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. “I always wanted to do something in the medical field,” she says. “I am in a profession that supports continuous growth in learning.” Engelmann recently earned a master’s degree in metabolic and nutritional medicine from the University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine. As a student in Florida, she had the opportunity to be part of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, a nonprofit organization that helps educate practitioners on anti-aging.


4 ..............Editor’s Note 4 .................... Sorensen 6 ............................ Talk 10 ........................ Tech 12 ................... Editorial 12 ....................... Letters 12 ........................... Day 13 ................. Opinion 14 ............ Cover Story 20 ................ Diversion 22 ........................ Film 24 .................... 8 Days 26 ..................... Events 29 ...................... Music 31 ....... Music Listings 32 ..................... Sports 34 ................ Parenting 35 ....................... Food 38 ................. Organics 39 ................ Astrology 41 .................. Hitched 42 ......... Fly Shopping

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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 the cover story.

Tam Curley Tam Curley loves telling about her move from liberal California to begin a new life with her hubby and daughter in conservative Mississippi. She is an Arkansas native and enjoys time with her two lab puppies. She wrote the Jacksonian

Diandra Hosey Diandra Hosey played women’s basketball at Jones County Junior College and Mississippi College. She received her law degree from Mississippi College School of Law. She is an associate with the law offices of Matt Greenbaum. She wrote the sports feature.

Piko Ewoodze Editorial intern Piko Ewoodze is a an out-of-towner from a bunch of different places, (New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Ghana, West Africa) who is thoroughly enjoying his time in Jackson. He wrote a music feature.

Jessica Mizell Jessica Mizell’s interests include watching “Love & Hip Hop,” crawfish boils, couponing and her poodle Lola Belle. She is the current JFP New Orleans liaison. She wrote a food feature.

Nicole Marquez In 2008, Nicole Marquez suffered a fall six stories from the roof of her apartment building, resulting in debilitating injuries. Now, Nicole teaches acting and choreography and pursuing a career in motivational speaking. She wrote the Hitched feature.

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

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Web Producer Korey Harrion is a saxophonist who runs a small computer-repair business. He enjoys reading, writing and playing music, origami and playing video games. He loves animals, especially dogs.

by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

The Pursuit of Excellence


very now and then, I have to lighten up in this space. Rather than taking on the troubles of the world or trying to pull at your heart strings with serious commentary about something amiss in the state of Mississippi, I feel a calling to talk about the Jackson Free Press and our staff this week. In two simple words: They. Rock. It’s even easier than usual for me to say that now: Just over a week ago, the staff gathered for a full day on a sunny Saturday at the Duncan Gray Center to talk about the future of our paper and our business. A few days later, we found out that we’re winning six national and regional journalism awards this summer, meaning that we’ve won nearly three dozen since we launched a decade ago this summer. But first the retreat. For the first half, the staff sat in rocking chairs on the porch at the “big house” as Todd and I related the story of the JFP. We explained how we started the paper with no investment in a one-bedroom apartment on Fortification Street. We all laughed at the stories of the power being turned off just as the issue was about to go to the printer and groaned at The ClarionLedger’s “TDN” effort to control our distribution routes (they failed). We talked about how our early controversial covers kept Todd awake, but how he never tried to get us not to do a needed story even if advertisers might not like it (and how he quickly adopted his “do the right thing and wait” mantra to being a newspaper publisher). More than anything, we all bonded over why we are all here: not for a job but to tell the truth and to use it to build community and make our city (and, thus, state) the best, and then to help the world know it. I knew the staff felt the same way we do about our “why”—we hire for passion for the mission—but it wasn’t until we turned the retreat over to them that we felt how deep their passion. They broke into groups to come up with our new “why statement” as we go into our second decade. After bringing lots of options to the flipchart and discussing and voting, we settled on: “Connecting community through truth.” We then added “… and the pursuit of excellence” to show our devotion to helping our city and state be the best we can (and throw it in the faces of those who expect the worst from us). The “why” is still a work-in-progress, but it humbled me that our staff—from editorial to design to business and sales—were so united in doing what we do. In the afternoon, we moved to a conference room to figure out how we’re going to do our why—our new JFP Manifesto of our core values. Here are 13 top vote-getters: 1. Encourage progress. 2. Tell the truth as completely as possible 3. Be fearless. 4. Surround ourselves with diversity. 5. Never say “it’s not my job.” 6. Motivate others to action. 7. Strengthen the local economy. 8. Teach as well as learn.

9. Transcend the typical. 10. Tell the untold story. 11. Enjoy what we do. 12. Engage in no drama and no gossip. 13. Go get it; don’t wait on it. We’re still working on the manifesto as well, but their efforts that day—done with focus, humor and lots of joy—really inspired me. And I don’t know about you, but I like a little inspiration every day, and the first place I get it is from the people who choose to work here and to work harder than they ever have. I so appreciate these folks and what they do. That feeling was no stronger than on Tuesday when we found out that we’re winning three Association of Alternative Newsmedia awards this year—to add to the 22 we’ve won since 2004. We compete against remarkable writers and reporters from across the U.S. and Canada in this competition, and we’re humbled every time they announce our names. It truly means the world to us. This year, we are winning a public-service award for our Personhood coverage last fall. Winners for that one are several staff members plus several “grassroots mamas” who wrote columns during the lead-up to the election: Valerie Wells, Elizabeth Waibel, Lacey McLaughlin, Lori Garrott, Shannon Barbour, Stacey Spiehler and Funmi Franklin. I am included in the group for writing one of the editorials, but those women did the heavy lifting. We are thrilled that freelance columnist Tom Head, who has helped the JFP in so many ways over the years, will win an award for his political columns about the state Legislature. It’s about time someone recognized him for his excellent contributions here. And I was tickled that we are getting an

Innovation/Format Buster award for GOOD Ideas issue dedicated to crime prevention last fall. The GOOD issue is one of our favorites—and most difficult due to its emphasis on infographics. That issue had very important content, including studies on why the typical crime sensationalism by media actually makes communities less safe. Flip through that issue online at We find out the final award placement on June 8 so keep your fingers crossed for us. As if that wasn’t great enough news, right before I went to bed the same night, I checked email on my phone and saw that we are also winning three Green Eyeshades Awards, presented by the southeastern region (eight states) of the Society of Professional Journalists. We’ve done well in these awards since we started competing two years ago. In two contests, we’ve won six awards, including several first places. This year, all the women named above, plus R.L. Nave and Adam Lynch, are named for a public-service award for our Personhood coverage. Contributing Editor Valerie Wells is winning a coveted feature-writing award for a collection of her best stories in 2011, including a hard-hitting story about the rise and fall of The Clarion-Ledger and her in-depth Personhood features. And I am honored to be getting another serious commentary award from SPJ for the kinds of column that I usually write for this space. We have an amazing team, and there is nothing like being honored nationally and regionally by your peers. It’s even more sweet when you do it from the middle of Mississippi. Cheers, team. And thanks to all of you for your support. Follow me on Twitter @donnerkay.




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Thursday, May 24 The New Orleans Times-Picayune announces it will drop its circulation from daily publication to three editions per week. ‌ The Department of Labor says weekly applications for unemployment benefits dipped slightly, suggesting hiring is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate. Friday, May 25 A judge approves a settlement between the Southern Poverty Law Center and Jackson Public Schools. JPS has agreed to stop handcuffing students for non-criminal behavior and to ban handcuffing students under the age of 13. ‌ JPS students celebrate the last day of the school year. Saturday, May 26 Shyeuna Vance remains in critical condition after being hit by a car while helping push a car off Highway 80 in Jackson Friday morning. The wreck severely injured Shyeuna, forcing doctors to amputate her leg, and killed her sister, Kyeuna. ‌ Mississippi State University’s baseball team defeats Kentucky, advancing to the SEC Tournament championship game. Sunday, May 27 Syrian authorities blame foreign terrorists for a massacre that killed more than 100 people in the town of Houla on Friday, including more than 30 children. Witnesses blame thugs sympathetic to the Syrian government. ‌ MSU beats Vanderbilt 3-0, winning the SEC Tournament.

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Monday, May 28 Americans observe Memorial Day. The state Highway Patrol says no fatalities occurred on state and federal highways in Mississippi over Memorial Day weekend this year. ‌ Alcorn State University announces it has hired Jay Hopson as its football coach, making him the first white head football coach in the history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.


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JRA Says Capitol Street Ramp Must Go

by Jacob Fuller


omething needs to be done with the Jackson Place parking garage ramp if the city is going to make Capitol Street two-way. Jackson Redevelopment Authority board members, however, don’t seem to know just what to do. JRA owns the building, located at the corner of East Capitol and Farish streets, and the ground-level retail space below it. The ramp serves as an entrance to the garage from Capitol Street. The City has been working toward making Capitol Street a two-way street again for a few years. Many Jacksonians remember it that way, when it served as a hub of commerce in the city, before the Interstate and suburban shopping malls. The $16.1-million project will include removing the Jackson Place ramp, as well as pavement and water line improvements. The ramp blocks the ground floor of the Jackson Place building from street view hurting the potential for successful retail space in the building, JRA board members said at the May 23 meeting. In 2010, the state awarded JRA a $2 million grant to fund internalizing the ramp, the Jackson Free Press reported in July of that year. However, some JRA members said at last week’s meeting that they do not want to internalize the ramp because it would require losing a portion of the building’s potential retail space. Also, according to estimates by


Wednesday, May 23 Southaven Sen. Merle Flowers resigns from the Legislature, saying he wants to spend more time with his family. ‌ Gov. Phil Bryant signs a bill that will require schools to screen children in kindergarten and first grade for dyslexia.

Mississippi was the first state to grant property rights to married women. The law passed after a 1837 court case in which a half-white, half-Chickasaw woman named Betsy Love took her husband’s creditors to court, claiming she should not be forced to turn over a slave named Toney to settle her husband’s debts.

JRA wants to remove this ramp to its parking garage on Capitol Street, but doesn’t know yet where to build a replacement or how to fully fund the change.

former garage and retail space tenant Parkway Properties, it would cost about $1.8 million of the available $2 million just to prepare the building for the new ramp. That would leave far too little money in the budget to build it. JRA board member John Reeves said in an interview Friday that preparing the building for an internal ramp would cost even more than Parkway anticipated. “There’s about $2.8 million worth of in-

frastructure that’s got to be improved—water, gas lines and so forth—to accommodate (the ramp),� Reeves said, adding that the board may look to local bonds, federal or state grants or their own revenue to finance internalizing the ramp. The second roadblock to the construction is the building’s new tenant, Hertz, who RAMP, see page 7







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recently purchased all of Parkway Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; holdings in Jackson. Parkway helped with previous plans for the rampâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s removal, but now that Hertz is renting and maintaining the building, JRA has to get them to agree to any changes. JRA attorney Pernila Brown said at the meeting that it makes more sense to get Hertz involved in the planning than to present them with a finished proposal and hope they accept it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why she presented a proposal to the JRA board for a memorandum of understanding that gets Hertz involved from the start. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The plan, if you will, will ultimately be devised by the working efforts of the city, Hertz, JRA and any other party that might be involved, since they all have interest,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. The memorandum of understanding includes an agreement that Hertz will not seek compensation for any parking spaces lost in the new design, as long as no more than 40 spaces are lost. The involved parties will dis-

cuss the plans and ultimately have to agree to sacrificing parking spaces or retail space. One idea mentioned at the meeting was moving the ramp to Farish Street. That plan could be done for approximately $2 million, the amount JRA has budgeted for the project. Doing so could impede development between the Jackson Convention Center and the proposed Farish Street entertainment district that the JRA has been promoting, Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do,â&#x20AC;? Reeves said at the meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, moving one ramp from Capitol to Farish is just Tweedledee and Tweedledum. What we want to do is get rid of those nasty looking ramps and beautify the area.â&#x20AC;? The JRA board approved the memorandum of understanding to move forward with the city and Hertz on plans to remove the ramp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m concerned with how Jackson looks,â&#x20AC;? Reeves said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoever approved that (ramp) was just not thinking. We need to make the city look good.â&#x20AC;? Comment at

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Dr. Carl Reddix Talks About Political Realities

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You said you understand the political realities; I wonder if you could flesh

that out a little bit. What do you think that political reality looks like? Well, I think the elected officials have to play to their base, whoever they think that is. And the question is whether our state leaders choose to be servants of the fringe or statesmen for us all. … All politicians have to listen to their base and make sure they get re-elected; ultimately, that’s their central focus. But when you have major issues, as we do in our state, especially regarding health care and the needs of its citizens, I just believe

even an issue for me. I had forgotten that I was even their provider because I don’t get called very often—just a few times, a couple times within the last 10 years. … To answer your question: Is there any compromise? Obviously not, if you don’t want any of the community physicians to provide needed care during a major complication where you need hospitalization. … It’s either they use someone like me who said, “Call me if there’s an issue, and I’ll take care of them,” or you just show up at the emergency room, and one of my colleagues is going to be forced to take care of them.


r. Carl Reddix wasn’t looking for national media attention when he agreed to serve on the Mississippi Board of Health, but if it has people talking about public-health policy in Mississippi, he’ll take it. Last summer, former Gov. Haley Barbour nominated Reddix, an OB/GYN at Reddix Medical Group, to serve on the state Board of Health. Reddix served on the board until April, when he learned that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves had not referred his confirmation to the Senate Health Committee because of his ties to the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. “(Reeves) felt that his association with the abortion clinic was not appropriate in a role that would shape health policy for the state,” Laura Hipp, a spokeswoman for Reeves, told the Jackson Free Press. Gov. Phil Bryant has since appointed another person to the board. Reddix has agreed to care for the abortion clinic’s patients if they need to go to a hospital. He has what are called “hospital admitting privileges.” If that phrase sounds familiar, it’s because Bryant recently signed HB 1390 into law, which would require all doctors who perform abortions at abortion clinics to have those privileges. Supporters of the law say admitting privileges will help protect women’s health. They also say it will likely force the clinic to close. Although he doesn’t take losing his seat on the Board of Health personally, Reddix says his situation shows that the lieutenant governor has too much say in the confirmation process, which should be the Senate’s job. “I understand the political realities, so that’s not my issue,” he said. Reddix, 53, has no intention of remaining silent about public-health issues in Mississippi, however, even if it’s not from a seat on the board. A Biloxi native, he graduated from Tougaloo College and moved to the northeast, earning degrees from Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University. He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He always wanted to come back to Mississippi, though, and eventually returned to the state to open a practice with his wife, Natalie Brookins-Reddix, and his brother, Michael. “As a provider and (as someone) in public health, I think I see things that most people ignore, and my job is to bring them to the forefront and work toward making some of these incremental, positive changes,” he said. He lives in Jackson and has three children, Joseph, Lacey and Nia.

Dr. Carl Reddix says even relatively small investments to improve the health of Mississippians can have a positive impact on businesses.

that it’s an easy place for people to hold off their political base and much easier to be statesmen. Do you think there are any issues or priorities in the abortion debate that both sides could agree on? I would have thought that the issue which they brought against me would have been one of those issues. My participation was to make sure that any young woman who had a major complication had easy access to the hospital, which is what I provided. … In all honestly, I have had this, as I call it, loose affiliation for so long (more than a decade) and got so few calls that it was not

With the amount of news coverage that we in the media give to the abortion debate, what are some of the other health issues that we are missing? In our state, just look at what’s bad, and we are the worst. We’ve got the highest infant-mortality rate of anyone in the country; we’ve got the worst adult-onset diabetes problems; we’ve got the worst obesity, the worst hypertension, the worst kidney disease, … the highest percentage of people in our population on dialysis—as a result, usually, of hypertension or diabetes. On top of those bad things … the difference between white health and black health is worsening and not improving, so that’s a

major issue from a public-health perspective, and it costs our state a lot of money. In what way does it cost our state a lot of money? On all sorts of different functions. If you’re an employer and you’ve got—plain and simple—if you’ve just got too many black people in your employment group, and the employer is paying for health care, just because of the differential between white morbidity and black morbidity on disease, it’s going to cost you more to take care of your employee population. … On top of that, when people get sick, obviously they take off work and someone has to pay more to have those shifts covered. … For the African American male, our life expectancy in Mississippi is 64.8 (years), so technically, we’ve got no reason to pay into Social Security because on average, we’re not going to make it. … For the black male in Mississippi, we don’t reach retirement age, for all intents and purposes. That’s a major problem. For the most part, while we die at 64-point-something, we’re sick 10, 15 years before that, for part of the highest (productive) output years, when we know the most, have seniority, when we can be the most beneficial to our employers. Are there any areas where Mississippi is making progress, or is it all bad news? No, clearly not. But unfortunately, we always slip when things are good, based on the leadership du jour. From a public-health perspective, from what I know, things like tuberculosis, like our immunization rates (are better than before). We were best in the country in teen smoking prevention before all the money was spent in the tobacco trust fund. We know how to do good things with limited resources; there’s no question about it. The problem is that we are not consistent over long periods of time in making sure that we address an issue and eliminate (it) or at least make dramatic improvements before we move on. … Almost every place where we could really have targeted efforts, we are not doing it. And all our schools are yet one of those examples where you can have a lasting impact with a little bit of money. (It takes) more up-front expenditure, but the rewards are immense on the back end— more dramatic than the tax abatements and up-front money that we use with attracting these large employer groups like Nissan and Toyota. If we just had that sort of public-health vision, we would never be last. We would be among the best, healthiest citizens in the United States. Read more of the JFP’s interview with Dr. Reddix at


by Ronni Mott

A Heart for Survivors 0.8 millimeters or about the same diameter as a drinking straw, the cancer had spread to her lymphatic system. The cancer was one of the most aggressive she could have.

curly locks to the drugs, she said. When her husband, Cordell Weaver, put a lock of her treasured tresses in her hand, the full brunt of what was happening hit her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cried those hot tears of pain,â&#x20AC;? she said, when she realized that she might not survive her cancer. Facing her mortal, and nowbald, image in the mirror, she was petrified. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I finally got enough courage, and I peeked with one eye and saw what I looked like, and I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hmmm. Not so bad,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then I opened both eyes and smiled broadly.â&#x20AC;? It was, a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son told her, a rebirth. Rebirth Alliance (rebirth Stephanie Parker-Weaverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rebirth Alliance hosts a day of fun for cancer is survivors and their families June 2. the nonprofit organization â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doc, am I going to die?â&#x20AC;? she asked. Parker-Weaver began soon after that. Its Lackey told her that with hard-hitting purpose, she said, is to educate the meditreatmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;18 months of weekly chemo- cal community, the pharmaceutical intherapy plus another six to eight weeks of dustry and the public about breast cancer, radiationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;her odds were about 50 percent specifically the rare and aggressive type to 60 percent for recovery. Her first doctors of cancer complicated by the Her2 gene. had been right about her having cancer, but This type of cancer is most often seen in they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize it was so bad. African American women and the AshkeUndaunted, Parker-Weaver began nazi Jewish community. chemotherapy. In February of that year, Beyond its educational aspect, the she had a hair-cutting party. She didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t organization also helps women and their want to go through slowly losing her long families navigate what can be an intimidat-



tephanie Parker-Weaver has looked death right in the eye and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out of my way!â&#x20AC;? In 2007, she began to feel unwell, she said. She was inexplicably losing weight, was feeling nauseous and had developed what she called a shiny, itchy spot on her left breast. She brushed it off as sadness despite the protestations of her family and friends. Then, in December of that year, an old friend, Leroy Walker, who hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen her in months, told her, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stephanie, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sick.â&#x20AC;? That finally scared her, she said, enough to schedule a physical and a mammogram. That test showed some abnormalities in her breastâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like 12 grains of sand, ParkerWeaverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doctor told her. It turned out to be cancer, she said, but they had caught it early enough to give her an excellent prognosis for a full recovery. In January 2008, she underwent a lumpectomy. She decided to go to a different doctor for follow-up treatment: Dr. Van Lackey at the Hederman Cancer Center of Baptist Health Systems. She expected a straightforward and short course of treatment, with little chemotherapy or radiation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Lackey began with, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stephanie, this is not good,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said, to which ParkerWeaver responded incredulously, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at my chart?â&#x20AC;? The doctor who first examined her had led her to believe everything would be just fine, with a 99-percent to 100-percent cure rate. Lackey rattled off a list of things that tilted the odds of recovery against her: She was young for breast cancer, 45 at the time, African American, had started her menstrual cycle before age 12. She was ER negative, he told her, a condition that makes her unable to take the most effective types of anti-cancer medications. She also had an unusual gene abnormality called Her2â&#x20AC;&#x201D;human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. But the thing that disturbed the doctor even more was that, although the tumor was small, less than


ing and frightening experience. Volunteers go with patients to doctorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; appointments to ensure they get answers to the tough questions about prognosis and treatment. Parker-Weaver says they also provide relief for caregivers. On June 2, the Rebirth Alliance will celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day with a day of family-friendly activities at the Jackson Medical Mall from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The free event will include games, workshops for survivors and caregivers, an â&#x20AC;&#x153;in loving memoryâ&#x20AC;? tree, and a balloon release. This is a day of celebration for all survivors, which Parker-Weaver said includes those with active cancer as well as those in remission. In June 2008, after eight rounds of chemotherapy, Parker-Weaverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart began to fail. She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure due to the toxic chemo drugs for the cancer; fluid in the sac surrounding the heart had substantially decreased her heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to pump effectively. Dr. James Warnock of the Jackson Heart Clinic gave her more bad news: The treatment she was getting to save her from cancer was destroying her heart. Treating the heart condition could save her life, but continuing the chemotherapy for her cancer was out of the question. She stopped the chemotherapy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the option to take care of my cancer,â&#x20AC;? she said. In January 2009, after the heart drugs proved ineffective, she had a pacemaker and defibrillator installed. Her breast cancer had disappeared. Four years later, Parker-Weaver remains cancer free. She continues to sport a shaved head, however, in solidarity with her sisters and brothers wracked by the disease. She is convinced that God healed her for a purpose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A cancer diagnosis does not mean a death sentence,â&#x20AC;? she said. For additional information about National Cancer Survivors Day, call 601-966-7252 or visit Volunteers are needed and sponsorships are available.


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am surprised when I find a local business or organization—restaurant, retailer, nonprofit—that isn’t using an email newsletter service to reach their loyal customers and clients. Email newsletters offer a wonderful opportunity to follow up with clients, reminding them of sales, trunk shows, happy hours, bands, giving opportunities and more. Building this sort of “club” mentality is an important part of your sales funnel, resulting in longer-term customers who feel a bond with your brand. Advertising, marketing, signage and sales fill the top of the funnel—bringing in people who know only a little about your business and who hopefully have a good experience that first time. The next step, though, is to filter down to those folks who want to get to know you better and engage with them so that you can get them to come back. Part of that strategy should be good email newsletters. First, you’ve got to get the addresses. For retail, I suggest an opt-in at the cash register; for restaurants, put a simple reply card (name and email) in their check holder. If you’ve got a low-fi setup for transactions, you can simply ask your customer to fill out a card with their email address on it or to drop a card in a fish bowl. Tell them you’re signing them up for your newsletter and give them a rough idea of the frequency. (“We send out a newsletter every week with our lunch specials,” or “We send out the newsletter whenever we get a new shipment of shoes, plus to tell you about our monthly sales.”) If your cash register is a little higher-tech, you might ask if your customer wants their receipt emailed to them, and, if they say “yes,” if they’d also like to sign up for the newsletter. Other options include a giveaway or coupon in exchange for the email address, or you could post QR codes on signage in the store so that smartphone owners can sign up for the newsletter on a whim. Of course, you’ll want to put a sign-up form (which your software will help you create) on your website and on your social media landing pages, as well as any directory listings that you’ve claimed (Google,

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other people’s email services blacklist your account for sending “spam.” You could also get in trouble with your own ISP for sending too much email at once. Instead, sign up for an email marketing service; not only do they handle the behindthe-scenes work, but you’ll get templates, support, advice and in many cases, additional features that you can add when you need them. At the JFP we use two different services. Constant Contact, which we are using for JFP Daily (, is certainly making a play to be the mindshare leader. In fact, they’ve just published their own book, called Engagement Marketing ( that offers advice on exactly what I’m talking about—moving people from new customers to engaged members of your “club.” Constant Contact offers full-fledged email service, including the ability to build

multiple lists of email addresses, creative emails and newsletters with attractive templates, and tracking and reporting features so you can see what works and what doesn’t. They also offer event marketing and management (it’s what we use for RSVPs to the Best of Jackson party) so that you can send out invitations and reminders, and generate a list of RSVPs at the door. The other service I use is MailChimp (, which is noteworthy because of how well it integrates with a number of other web applications such as Drupal, WordPress, all sorts of CRM, or Customer Relationship Management software, GoToMeeting, FreshBooks accounting, and many more. That means we can enter customers once in software that’s used to capture them as leads and then moved over to MailChimp to actually fulfill that lead. Another feature I like in MailChimp is the Mail Beamer, which enables you to send emails to MailChimp that are then broadcasted to your list. That’s handy when you don’t want to go through the whole process of putting together a newsletter via template, but you want to get something out to your list quickly. MailChimp also offers RSS to Email that can send out email alerts whenever you add blog entries on your website. MailChimp offers some fun mobile services, like an off-line sign-up feature for the iPad, enabling you to gather email addresses while you’re working show booths or outdoor festivals and fold those folks into your marketing system. These are only two of the many email services available. Find one in your price range with features that appeal to you; that’s half the battle. The other half is to offer more than sales and sales pitches—you need to offer value in your newsletter as well, such as tips on flower arranging or fashion styling or wine pairings or legal need-to-knows. Offer a little insider information in your “club newsletter” and you’re on your way to creating a fanbase that helps you build and sustain your business. Comment at

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Getting Past the Rhetoric of Hate


ere in Mississippi, our history is filled with people, events and creations that stir pride in us. Sadly, our history also contains wrongs, violations and prejudices that cast a long, shameful shadow over our state. We are all happy to boast of the state’s unparalleled musical history, the rich literary catalog of its authors, or the sports stars that came from our high schools or colleges. Most of us rarely, however, bring up our state’s important—and embarrassing—role in the implementation and continuation of slavery and the institutional racism that followed. In history classes, teachers tell us about slavery, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. We read the stories in our history books and see the black-and-white photographs, but the stories seem so long gone that they often leave us searching for their relevance in today’s Mississippi. To understand our history, though, is to understand our present. A quick look at the divided demographics of neighborhoods in Jackson and its suburbs will show that the institutional racial separation of our past still has a lasting effect today, as do the disproportionate rates of black incarceration and divided families. And as some neighborhoods see more integration, Jacksonians, mostly white ones, continue to move out of the city all together, often on the heels of hysterical, over-hyped crime reporting. If we ever hope to move past the rhetoric of heritage versus hate, the self-segregation of our neighborhoods or the disproportionate number of white-owned businesses in a 79-percent black city, we must look at our past and acknowledge that many of our forebears—our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers—made terrible mistakes when it came to issues of race. If we do not strive to become well versed in those mistakes, we are bound to commit them all over again. Mississippi citizens and government officials alike are working together to bring a Civil Rights Museum and an African American Heritage and Cultural Center to Jackson (see cover story, page 14). Such institutions will bring our city and state much-needed education beyond what we get from textbooks and classroom lectures. Seeing slaves’ confined quarters, hearing their traditional songs, and experiencing other firsthand examples of how African Americans came to this country, fought for their freedom and later fought for equal rights will help move our society past the hatred and indifference that allowed slavery and segregation in the first place. Multiplying our scarce tourism dollars with a nationally ranked museum or two wouldn’t hurt, either.

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“Phil Bryant failed to mention a relevant fact: 75 percent of African American voters voted against the referendum in November. The bill passed because 82 percent of white voters voted for it. That won’t be the reason for the rejection, but it certainly won’t help.” —Iwrite Poetry “I’m for making sure our elections are free of fraud, but the fact is that voter fraud is extremely rare. You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than of someone committing fraud. Plus, in order to commit fraud, one has to actually register and then vote. In most cases, the perpetrator doesn’t get past the registration stage. Even many voter ID proponents can’t really name specific incidents of fraud. It’s just a ploy to decrease the voting populace. That’s very un12 American.” —Golden Eagle


Make Charter Improvements Now


n a recent column, (“Why Charter Schools Died,” Vol. 10, Issue 34, May 2-8, 2012) state Rep. Cecil Brown laid out the many flaws with the charterschool bill proposed this past legislative session. Indeed, he made it sound like it would have been an act of irresponsible deregulation verging on corporatism. But before adopting a better charter system, Mississippi should take a deeper look at the value charter schools provide. First, they are testing grounds for new pedagogical approaches. Charter schools can, and typically do, use a strong culture to implement more creative approaches to curriculum, rigid systems of discipline, and extensive parent and community involvement than traditional public schools. Second, they replace low-performing public schools, often (but not always) producing superior results. Mississippi doesn’t need its own charter system to learn innovative best practices; for that, we can just look over the border to Arkansas, Memphis and beyond. We can already study their most successful approaches, and we should work to replicate them in Mississippi public schools. As for the second benefit of charter schools, there is no doubt that some neighborhoods would be well served if a charter school opened in them. More importantly, students’ lives could be transformed by the quality education they might receive. Yet, by waiting on charter schools to improve education in Mississippi, we are deferring an even more fundamental challenge: how to improve our existing traditional public schools. Instead of waiting for charters to revolutionize public education school-by-school, let’s take the lessons of charter schools and apply them across the whole system. What allows charters to succeed—pas-

sionate and empowered leaders, deliberate philosophies consistently applied and systematic outreach to the community—can happen in public schools as well. JPS, where I teach, just hired a new superintendent. Welcome, Dr. Gray. We may not have charters in Mississippi, but we need not wait on the Legislature to implement innovative and creative reforms in our schools. Alexander Barrett Jackson

Voter ID Argument Invalid


just had to respond to Margery Freeman’s letter in the May 9-15 issue (Vol. 10, Issue 35). Voter ID has been passed in this state by the voters of this state. Thirty of the 50 U.S. states have some type of voter ID law. What the uninformed of this state don’t seem to realize is that the state of Mississippi will provide free IDs to those who have no form of ID. What else is so stupid is that when a qualified individual registers to vote in Mississippi, the county provides the individual a voter card with their address, the precinct they vote in and a voter ID number. What in the world does this have to do with Jim Crow? The argument is completely invalid. Who doesn’t have some form of picture ID in 21st-century society? Only those who want to keep voter fraud alive oppose voter ID. Michael J. Culver Madison P.S. I sincerely doubt you will print this message, your publication rarely if ever prints anything that is in opposition to your views.

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gh! He’s in my office again, with his holier-than-thou arrogance, his buffed-up hair and skin so alabaster he can’t have ever seen the sun! What does he want this time? He’s complaining about something. I do that thing where I look the speaker in the eyes and nod like I’m engaged, but my mind is elsewhere (note to self: middle daughter has caught on and extracted quite a bit of money from me last time). Then he sees a copy of the latest Jackson Free Press on the front of my desk and, picking it up between his thumb and forefinger like it is on fire he says, “You still write for this rag?” “Yes” I reply. “Why?” he wants to know. “Isn’t it run by a bunch of bleeding-heart liberal women?” “Well, there’s Todd the publisher” I reply weakly, while thinking to myself that there really aren’t a lot of Y-chromosomes on the JFP staff. He drones on, but I’m lost in thought. Why do I write for the JFP? Why do I put in the time and effort and the humiliation of having an editor four decades my junior correct my grammar? Is it the money? Ha! Although it is nice to get paid for what I write, in reality I’m losing money, compared to what I make at my day job. Is it the fame and notoriety of having my name in a newspaper on a weekly basis? My son is the only person who regularly checks up on my articles. My wife claims she forgets each week when the JFP is issued (she used to proofread my scientific articles when we were young, but now she just picks them up if she is having trouble sleeping). No, that is definitely not it. Am I building a resume for a future career in journalism? No, I don’t see that happening. I’m really not a big fan of journalists of either the written or the TV kind. In my few experiences with journalists at work, I found them shallow and self-serving, not as much interested in the truth as they were in a compelling story. Quotes were taken out of context and misused to serve some other purpose. Besides, I’m a lot closer to 60 than to 50 and don’t need another career. No, that is not it. What is it then? There is a vague and undefined thought wiggling around in the back of my mind that has been there for a while, but I push it down. I don’t want to go there. My mind wanders as the visitor continues to drone on, and I catch a few words, just enough to let me know that my mind can leave again. It is true that the politics of the JFP are sometimes hard to swallow, a little quixotic––sometimes downright infuriating! There’s that thought again; can it be true? I write for the JFP to serve truth and freedom? Wow, that sounds like I’m pretty full of myself! I served in the military and have a 30-plus-year career with the federal government. I’m a patriot.

But I’m a concerned patriot now. The U.S. government kills people in other countries that it deems to be a threat to our safety. They do this without a trial, without the force of law and in some cases they kill the person’s family if they happen to be in the way. This bothers me. I have two nephews who are police officers and admire and respect what they do, but I’m concerned about the increase in police powers and the abuse that we saw with the Occupy Wall Street protesters around the country. And race relations are a terrible concern of mine. There is a statistic out there somewhere that says one in four black men are part of the criminal-justice system at some point in their lives. How can that be? The disparity in education and income between blacks and whites is unconscionable. As a nation, we should be ashamed of our failure. And the debate over immigration is nauseating. We are a nation of immigrants! So we got here first, and now we’re not going to let anyone else in? There must be a way for a nation that needs people willing to do the type of work immigrants do to let them do it safely and in peace. There is a mantra being passed around: “Be a patriot, hire an illegal immigrant, it is good for you, it is good for them, it is good for the U.S., and it is good for the country that they come from.” My first act of civil disobedience? What does this have to do with the JFP, truth, and freedom? Well, like it or not, the JFP offers a platform for diverse thought, opinion and discussion, and gives voice to the disenfranchised, the powerless and the outcasts. And I’m afraid that without that exposure to some of these issues by newspapers like the JFP, we would become complacent and happy in our little worlds and think that all we need do is send more missionaries to Africa. Humans tend to get complacent about life if allowed, and the JFP is like Jiminy Cricket, a nagging conscience. Or to put it another way: like a stick prodding and poking, letting us know that all is not right, that there is injustice right here in Jackson, Miss., and that people are suffering and in need. When we help those who need it, when the rights of those less fortunate are enforced and protected, we all reap the benefits. My role? Well, certainly not the investigative journalism I just mentioned. My role is to provide filler and humor and the occasional feel good story, and I’m just fine with that. Because with every article I write, I am freeing a real journalist with the guts and grit to pursue the type of story that will make a small difference and take a small step toward a more just and livable world. Freelance writer Richard Coupe, avid fan of the beautiful game, is a husband, brother, father of four and still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up.

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half moon disappeared as the sun rose out of the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 1, 1832. The humid coastal winds filled the sails and carried the ship through the waves as J.W. Martin captained the Schooner Wild Cat, a 40-plus ton sailboat, out of the port of Charleston, S.C. The ship headed south out of the port, just beyond the coast of white-sand beaches, bordered by a thick forest of oaks and palms. Among the tons of cargo, six pieces were unique. By law, Martin had to fill out a manifest of these six possessions and present it to the collector or surveyor of the port when the ship arrived at its destination—New Orleans—in a little more than three weeks. On the pre-printed, fill-in-the-blank manifest, he recorded the owner of the cargo and where the owner lived. He also recorded the basic information of the cargo by name, sex, age, height and color. Willis — male, 20, 5 feet-8 inches, black. Jack — male, 25, 6 feet, black. Hector — male, 20, 6 feet, black Adam — male, 20, 5 feet-8 inches, black. Maria — female, 19, 5 feet-4 inches, black. Mary — female, 7, 3 feet-6 inches, mulatto.

Slave Ship

Museum: An Instrument of Change

May 30 - June 5, 2012


by Jacob Fuller


On board, these six young people knew they would probably never see their families again. They were headed to their new home and their new owner. They would spend 23 days on the Schooner Wild Cat before they reached the Gulf Coast’s largest port. These six passengers likely spent the trip with chains on their wrists, ankles and even their necks. They suffered hot, cramped, shadeless conditions above deck, and even more crowded and damp confinement below. Dysentery and seasickness were common on such trade vessels. Once they arrived in New Orleans, the collector of the port would check the six young slaves against the information on the captain’s manifest. If they matched the description given, the collector would sign the manifest and give the slaves over to or ship them to their new owner. In 1832, these six people were likely going to spend the next 30 years working a cotton farm—-free labor to help their already-rich owners build more wealth. Interstate Slave Trade The U.S. Congress outlawed the African slave trade in 1807. Transporting people from Africa for slave trading after Jan. 1, 1808, was punishable by death in the United States. It was still legal, however, to buy, sell and transport slaves within the country for almost another 60 years until after the Civil War. During that time, the purchase and sale of people like Willis, Hector, Jack, Adam, Maria and Mary was a large part of the economies of the southern states, and particularly in the major port cities along the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Eli Whitney’s 1793 invention, the cotton gin, forever changed the agriculture and economy of the Gulf Coast states, and the slave trade. Weather conditions were perfect for cotton in the country’s most tropical region, and cotton farms began to spread across the southeast like wildfire in the first half of the 19th century. One problem sprung up with the whitefiber plant, though: Cotton took a lot of hands and a lot of time to pick. So as more cotton fields were planted, farmers needed more workers to pick the product. And there were a lot more cotton fields every year. Between 1820 and 1830, cotton production in the South nearly doubled. It doubled again in the next decade. Cotton didn’t grow as well in Atlantic Coast states like the Carolinas and Virginia or in more northern slave states like Kentucky, so as cotton production increased in the southern-most states, plantation owners in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama grew in wealth and land holdings. Because they could not legally bring more slaves from Africa, they bought their slaves from states that grew crops like tobacco and rice, which needed fewer workers than cotton. As a result, the slave population in Maryland declined from 1830 to 1850, and Virginia’s was steady. Meanwhile, Louisiana’s slave population more than doubled, Alabama’s almost tripled, while Mississippi’s quintupled. The fastest way to transport the slaves was by boat, so Atlantic port cities like Charleston and Norfolk, Va., became slave-shipping hubs. Most were headed to New Orleans or other Gulf of Mexico ports, such as Mobile, Ala. These cities flourished from the purchase and sale of human beings. As cotton production grew, the slave population followed stepfor-step. Nowhere was this truer than in Mississippi, the country’s largest cotton-producing state by 1860. According to that year’s census, the last before the Civil War, the slave population of the state outnumbered the white population 436,631 to 354,000. The only thing that stopped the growing flow of human trafficking through these port cities was a four-year fight between the northern and southern states now known as the Civil War. By the time Mississippi seceded from the Union in 1861, slavery was so ingrained in the state’s economy that the state’s leadership could not imagine a world without it. In the state’s 1861 Articles of Secession, the third paragraph calls slavery “the greatest material interest of the world.” It further explains that slavery was a necessity for the state’s agricultural economy because “by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun.” The dependency on slavery, which helped make Mississippi one of the wealthiest states in the Union by 1860, led to a deep racial divide across the South that saw little bridging for the first 100 years after the Civil War, until the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s.

Above: This illustration, published June 2, 1860, by Harpers Weekly, showed a slave ship carrying some 510 captives from Africa, 52 years after Congress outlawed the African slave trade. Below: A group of Arab men transport slaves in the Indian Ocean, date unknown.



Lloyd Lazard poses for a photo outside City Hall, where he addressed the City Council May 15.

This map shows the concentration of slaves in the southern states via 1860. According to that yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s census, slaves outnumbered whites in Mississippi 436,631 to 354,000.

Now, nearly 150 years after its abolition, slaveryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effect can be seen, heard, felt, smelled and tasted throughout the Gulf Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heritage, history and culture. Some people, though, think it is time for that legacy to have an official home. A Matter of Heritage Lloyd Lazard believes he knows what that home should be. At 71, the New Orleans nativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small frame is topped with hair that has begun to turn white on the sides. His glasses and salt-and-pepper beard do not hide the wrinkles in his dark brown skin left from years of work and stress.

For more than 15 years, a large portion of Lazardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work has been toward his dreamâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to build a Slave Ship Museum in his home city, and a sister museum and national park of Mississippi Delta Region heritage and culture in Jackson. He said there is a public law that not only supports, but mandates, his vision. The Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative (see sidebar) gave Lazard the idea for the museums in 1996. Two years earlier, in 1994, Congress had enacted Public Law 103-433, which under the LMDI calls for the recommendation and implementation of both a Native American and an African American Heritage Corridor and Cultural Center to be built in

the Lower Mississippi Delta Region. After reading the law, Lazard began searching for possible locations for the center in New Orleans. His research soon turned into his lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion. When he speaks of the museum and cultural center, Lazardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deep voice is saturated in confidence and conviction that the project is the right thing to do for all of the Lower Mississippi Delta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We live here,â&#x20AC;? Lazard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our life is for the future. What happened in the past is the past, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve still got to interact with the past to make it to the future. The knowledge and context of where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to go is to bridge that gap, so there can be understanding

as we move through the 21st century.â&#x20AC;? Beginning in late 1990s and continuing into the current century, Lazard wrote letters to bishops, presidents, governors, congressman, federal departments, school boards, port authorities, planning commissions and anyone else who might be able to help his dream become a reality. Lazardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision of the project includes combining the Native and African American museums by creating a Delta Region national park and museum in Jackson, where all races in the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture and heritage would be taught and celebrated. Jackson would house the headquarters of the Delta Region Heritage and Culture Corridor. There, visitors could encounter educational exhibits covering aspects of the history and traditions of all of the races and ethnicities that helped build the Lower Mississippi Delta, from the French who first colonized the area in 1699, to the melting pot of the United States of America in this century. Like the new lives of countless African American slaves during the slave trade, the corridor, Lazard said, should begin in New Orleans. There, he proposes that the National Park Service, which would run the operations of the museums, build a full-size replica of a slave-era ship used to transport Africans to STOLEN LIVES, page 16

Big Plans, Little Progress

Bill Clinton chaired the Lower Mississippi Delta Development Commission at one time.







by Jacob Fuller



Stolen Lives, from page 15


This manifest shows the slave cargo aboard the Schooner Wild Cat when it left Charleston, S.C., Sept 1, 1832, and arrived in New Orleans Sept. 24.

Charleston Slave Market Museum shows visitors the location where slaves were auctioned in the 1850s and 1860s.

America. The ship would serve as a large part of a museum, educating visitors on aspects of the slave trade, the heritage and culture of the slaves, and how they helped form the culture across the Lower Mississippi Delta. In the ship, the visitors could see firsthand what the perilous trip across the Atlan-

tic Ocean was like for millions of Africans snatched from their homes. They could see the cramped quarters, where thousands of slaves were chained for months at a time and learn why hundreds of thousands died before ever reaching the shores of the New World. Between 2000 and 2005, Lazard’s dream led him to write letters to former President George W. Bush, the National Park Service and former Gov. Haley Barbour, among many others. Bush, NPS and Barbour, as well as the Port of New Orleans and New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond, responded with letters of support for Lazard’s vision. “I appreciate your interest and thank you for sharing your thoughts with me,” Barbour wrote in a letter dated Feb. 21, 2005. “If I, or my staff, can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me,” Barbour added. None of Lazard’s contacts offered solutions, though, to the sky-high hurdle that

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stands in the way of the multi-million dollar project: funding. Where’s the Money? While Public Law 103-433 created means to fund the planning stages of such a museum and cultural center and also improvements to exhibits, it did not create funding to build such massive projects as the ones Lazard has proposed. It did, however give the Secretary of the Interior specific orders for requesting funding from Congress for the museums: “The Secretary, in consultation with the States of the Delta Region, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Director of the Smithsonian Institution, the Lower Mississippi Delta Development Center, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and appropriate African American, Native American and other rel-

evant institutions or organizations in the Delta Region, is further directed to prepare and transmit to the Congress a plan outlining specific recommendations, including recommendations for necessary funding, for the establishment of a Delta Region Native American Heritage Corridor and Heritage and Cultural Center and a Delta Region African American Heritage Corridor and Heritage and Cultural Center with a network of satellite or cooperative units.” Through LMDI, the National Park Service provided Lazard with a $25,000 grant in 2005 for a feasibility study on the National Slave Ship Museum. The Urban Design Research Center and Urban League of Greater New Orleans conducted the study. The study’s findings are 34 pages long, plus nine pages of conceptual floor designs. The New Orleans City Planning Commission created a separate 30-page New Orleans Riverfront Vision 2005, which included a slave-ship Museum.



UDRC proposed in its study that the funding, because it gets a “small amount each Natchez, the state’s largest slave market. After NPS build the museum at 1600 S. Peters St. year” for the LMDI. buying slaves in Natchez, owners would often in New Orleans, at the site of the former En“Expansion of the Delta Initiative beyond bring slaves to Jackson via the Natchez Trace. tergy Market Street substation. this small grant program must be done through Though the largest slave populations beThe six-story substation has more than the congressiolonged to plantation 69,000 square feet per floor. Two tall smoke nal appropriation owners in the state’s stacks stretch out of the top of the now-empty process,” Hooks southwestern counbuilding. The study states that Entergy had the wrote. “Given the ties along the MissisSlave Ship Museum as part of its plans for the overarching need sippi River, in 1860, future of the site, which is located on the banks to address the conHinds, Madison and of the Mississippi River near the Port of New dition of some of Yazoo were among 16 Orleans. As is required in Public Law 103-433, our parks’ natural counties with more the plans included musical, folklore, literary, and cultural rethan 10,000 slaves. In artistic, scientific, historical, educational, and sources and supJackson, most slaves political contributions and accomplishments port facilities, we served as domestic of African Americans in the region. are currently not in servants or manual Along with an authentic slave-ship a position to advolaborers. experience, the museum would include exhib- cate diverting fundLazard brought its of art, books, and other artifacts compiled ing for these high his proposal and reby the National Park Service and participating priority needs to quest for funding university and college departments of history other activities.” support before the This listing for “young negroes” advertised a and archeology. Then, in slave auction in New Orleans. Jackson City Council A theater and music hall would present August 2005, the at its regular meetperformances of traditional African festivities, same month Lazing May 15. At City as well as the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and ard wrote the NPS, Hall, Lazard said that Mardi Gras Indian Tribes. A 6,000-square- Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the the concept for the Lower Mississippi Delta foot restaurant would serve traditional African Gulf Coast, and Lazard’s 11 years of lobbying Region corridor is to show the region’s entire dishes and Creole dishes from the New Or- and planning was quickly washed to the back history, including Native American life and leans region. of everyone’s mind. the French settlement of Biloxi in 1699 to the It also included local university backing. After the initial shock and confusion of present day. Southern University at New Orleans, under Katrina washed away, Lazard had to face medi“What we are proposing is to create the biology professor David Adegboye, would es- cal complications that kept his dream simmer- national park for this project, The Delta Retablish a DNA laboratory where descendants ing on the back burner a little longer. Recently, gion African American Heritage National Park of slaves could trace their ancestry, a museum though, a now-healthy Lazard is back on the and Museum of the Delta Region, in Jackson,” of organisms relevant to the region, and a mo- battlefront, lobbying everyone he can find to Lazard said. “What we are intending to do, by lecular biology laboratory at the museum. get funding for the museums he believes will the grace of God and cooperation of the city SUNO, which has Louisiana’s only de- be a vital part of the culture and economy of of Jackson, is to develop two museums, one in partment of museum studies, also proposed the Gulf South region. New Orleans, one in Jackson, Mississippi.” housing the department in the Slave Ship Lazard said that he believes spreading The Jackson museum would house the Museum and using the facility for graduate- the word of Public Law 103-433 and helping national headquarters of the Lower Missislevel students. get heritage and cultural centers built is his sippi Delta Heritage and Cultural Center and The UDRC study was far from compre- life’s mission. Corridor in Lazard’s plan. Like the museum hensive, though. It contained basic floor plans, in New Orleans, the Jackson Museum would but lacked artist renderings. UDRC included Lazard Comes to Jackson house music and theatrical performances, as price estimates, to the tune of about $75.6 Jackson was founded in 1821 and named well art, literature and artifact exhibits of Afrimillion, but not precise figures or bids from the state capital the same year. The municipal- can and Native American culture. contractors for the cost of Lazard said if the local the project. governments of Jackson and Nearly $58 million New Orleans don’t act, the would go toward renovafederal government will not tions, and UDRC estido anything to enact Public mated it would cost about Law 103-433 and build the $6 million to build the museums and culture centers slave ship replica. the law mandates. The study also failed “Since 1996, the law put to address Lazard’s ideas on me the vision of how to beyond New Orleans, implement (this),” Lazard namely the sister museum said. “I’m here today to talk in Jackson. to you all to help bring this According to the into reality.” study, UDRC needed The plans are in place, another $350,000 to Lazard said; the only probcompile a complete fea- This illustration, published 1830, shows the unbearably cramped confines of lem is funding. sibility study. In August a slave ship. “The reason there is a lack 2005, Lazard submitted of funding is because there is a request to the NPS for a lack of request for funding,” further funding through LMDI to finish the ity soon became an urban city due to its new- Lazard said. study and begin construction on the muse- found status as the seat of state government, as City Council members did not comment um. In a letter to Lazard, Patricia Hooks, the well as its strategic location.. on the project at the meeting. Ward 2 CounSoutheast regional director of the NPS, wrote Prior to the Civil War, slaves were brought that NPS could not afford to provide more to Jackson mostly by way of New Orleans and STOLEN LIVES, page 19



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A cabin at the Sandy Spring Slave Museum in Maryland is a former slave quarters.

north of Washington, D.C., in 1988 from a collection of artifacts he had amassed over a number of years. In addition to his collection, the former ship builder created a model crosssection of a slaving clipper-ship, which gives museum visitors a small look at what conditions were like below deck for slaves. The museum also purchased a former

slave residence from a nearby farm and relocated it to the property. There, visitors get to see the cramped quarters that often housed one or more entire families. The small, private museum is open to the public by appointment only. Anderson’s daughter, Laura Anderson Wright, now heads the board of volunteers who run the museum. Its most common visitors, she said, are school children on field trips and senior citizens. “It is definitely a community museum,” Wright said. “In an area that has the Smithsonian (Institution) within 30 minutes from us, you’re not going to, nor would we ever try to compete with museums of that caliber.” Wright said heritage tourism has become more popular in the area since the economic downturn in 2008. Many people are looking for things to do in their community or within an hour’s drive. That has brought a lot of local visitors to the Sandy Spring Slave Museum in recent years. While a small museum like Sandy Spring may only draw tourists from neighboring towns and cities, Lazard has proposed something far greater for Jackson and New Orleans. With the funding, research and cooperation of multiple colleges and universities, as well as federal, state and local governments, museums of such high caliber could draw in crowds from all over the world. With performances that encompass our region’s culture and history in traditional mu-

sic, dance and art, visitors to the Slave Ship Museum and the Delta Region Heritage and Culture Museum would be entertained by world-class performers while learning about our rich heritage in the arts. From the fields of archeology, history and genetic biology, the museums could provide comprehensive learning experiences to teach children and adults about the affects slavery and the people involved have had on this region of the country and where it is today. DNA testing could help visitors find ancestors who were slaves. A pair of shackles could teach a child about the bonds of slavery. Photos, artist renderings and literature could teach visitors about the abuse, mistreatment and dehumanization of slaves. All of this could be used to educate us about our past, to assure we don’t make the same mistakes in the future, Lazard said. Lazard will continue to lobby everyone he can to try to see his vision of these museums realized. He said he knows it likely will not happen in his lifetime. All he can do, he said, is make sure as many people as possible know about Public Law 103-433 and the possibilities it provides before he dies. He is trying to be all any of use can be, he said, a tool of progress. “We are living in a period of change,” Lazard said. “All we are is instruments of change.” Comment at

Museums Thriving Elsewhere While the large expanse of Lazard’s proposal is unprecedented, slave-trade museums, public and private, exist on a smaller scale in the U.S. In Charleston, S.C., one of the nation’s busiest slave-trading hubs up until the Civil War, the city owns and operates a museum located in a former slave auction house, built in the 1850s. Tony Youmans, interim director of the Old Slave Mart Museum for the city of Charleston, said the museum is a popular tourist destination. Visitors get a unique experience, he said, because the museum is sitespecific. There they learn about the slave trade in Charleston both before and after the abolition of the international slave trade. Anywhere from 100 to 200 people visit the small museum every day, Youmans said, at $7 per person and $5 for students. A large portion of its visitors are senior citizens and international tourists. In Sandy Spring, Md., a small, entirely volunteer group runs a privately owned museum dedicated to educating the public about

the lives of slaves in the area. Winston Anderson started the Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery, located about 20 miles COURTESY LAURA ANDERSON WRIGHT

cilman Chokwe Lumumba, who invited Lazard to speak and added his presentation to the May 15 agenda, is going to present a resolution to the Council in support of building the Lower Mississippi Delta Region Culture and Heritage Center in Jackson.

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ove is at the heart of New Stage Theatre’s production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes”—love of music, love of friends past and present, and the enduring love affair we have with popular songs. The pop song, with its familiar, catchy tune and lyrics that convey the most relatable emotions, is the driving force behind New Stage Theatre’s “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” The two-act, musical comedy includes classic ’50s and ’60s songs such as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “It’s My Party” and “It’s in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song).” The first act of “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is set in 1958 at the Springfield High School prom where Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy greet the audience as fellow prom attendees and introduce themselves as The Wonderettes. From the moment the show opens, audience members will recognize the familiar high-school archetypes: the pretty girl, the nerdy girl, the flirty girl and the peppy girl. When the four-part harmony of “Mr. Sandman” begins, however, these girls show that they are more than just clichés—they can really sing. Guest director Peppy Biddy returns to New Stage after directing last season’s “The 39 Steps.” Biddy is an awardwinning educator and the current chairman of the Department of Music and Theatre at the Mississippi University

for Women in Columbus. He has a master of fine arts degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, as well as acting, directing and stage manager credits at theaters such as Dallas Theatre Center, Casa Manana, Dallas Repertory Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Theatre Three and Dallas Summer Music. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is Biddy’s 12th production at New Stage. To cast the four-woman ensemble, Biddy and New Stage Theatre’s artistic director, Francine Thomas Reynolds, drew from the well of local professional talent and from regional and East Coast cities. The cast includes Brittney Morello (New York City) as Betty Jean, Mandy Kate Myers (Pearl) as Cindy Lou, Taylor Gavlin (Auburn, Ala.) as Missy and Kelly Karcher (Sewell, N.J.) as Suzy. The four may reside in different cities, but they all hail from the same state of mind: the lively and versatile realm of musical theater. Like the characters they play, the talented women each bring something distinct to the songs and the show. Every voice stands alone in a wonderful and nuanced series of solos: Morello’s sparkling, Broadway beltout; Myer’s sassy, sultry croon; Gavlin’s wistful, sweet soprano; and Karcher’s sincere, all-American alto. When the time comes to sing in unison, their voices merge and harmonize beautifully. As though singing wasn’t enough, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is also fully cho-

reographed. Look for some favorite dance steps including the “stroll” in Act I. Act II of the show takes place 10 years later in 1968 at the Springfield High School 10-Year Reunion. The set is updated to reflect the colorful mod décor of the ’60s era, and the Wonderettes return to sing more hits from the time, including choice Motown girl-group tunes. The song list for the second act includes “Heatwave,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Rescue Me” and “Respect.” The band for the musical is made up of New Stage Music Director Harlan Zackery Jr. on piano, De’Ryan Brister on drums, Amber Jones on keyboard and Jimmy Turner on guitar. With The Marvelous Wonderettes as your hostesses, the show promises to be a great evening of music, dance and laughs. An Actor Chat will immediately following the performances on May 30 and June 6. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” opens May 30 and runs through June 10. Curtain times are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25 with discounts available for students, senior citizens and groups. Student Rush tickets, $8, are also available one hour prior to each performance with valid student identification. Call 601-948-3531 or visit

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Charlie Townsend and Temperance Babcock perform during Live at Lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring or buy lunch; call 601-960-1515. … Architectural historian Jennifer Baughn speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … The Jackson Technology and Startup Meetup is at 6:30 p.m. at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). Free; call 601-919-5265. … See “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.); shows through June 10. $25, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222. … Dreamz JXN hosts Wasted Wednesday. … Steve Chester and Virgil Brawley perform at Underground 119.


Elizabeth Johnson and Susie Ranager’s art exhibit opens at 10 a.m. at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place) and hangs through June 30. Free; call 601-982-4844. … The Juneteenth Flag Raising and Jazz Concert featuring Dr. Ron Myers is at noon at Integrative Health and Wellness Center (6204 N. State St.). Free, donations welcome; call 662-247-3364. … Civil-rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis speaks at the Jefferson-Jackson-Hamer Dinner at 7 p.m. at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). $120, $60 members, $1,000 tables; call 601-969-2913. … Submerged 5.0: The Burner Brothers Bayou Tour is at 9 p.m. at Club Friction at the Joint. $10 ages 21 and up, $15 under 21; email … Big Earl from Pearl and Cool Papa Bell play at Martin’s.

Art House Cinema Downtown at Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) features the films “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts” at 2 p.m. and “Chico and Rita” at 5 p.m. $7 per film; visit … The “It’s a Natural U Affair II” natural hair meetup is at 3 p.m. at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) at Center Stage. Free; call 601-364-2869. … Eddie Cotton is at The Med Grill.


The Conserved Mississippi Flags Exhibit opens at 8 a.m. at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.); see through Oct. 29. Free; call 601-576-6850. … Pub Quiz at Ole Tavern. … Martin’s has open-mic.

The Blondes v. Brunettes Football Game is at 10 a.m. at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Time to Move performs at the after-party at 8 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s Red Room. $5 game (includes after-party), $10 after-party only; visit … The “4 the Record” Swap Meet is at noon at North Midtown Arts Center. Sellers must register early. $2, children under 12 free, $25 table; call 601-376-9404. … Ole Tavern hosts the Miller Lite Harley-Davidson Summer Kickstart at 6 p.m. … The Mississippi Boychoir performs at 6 p.m. at Fondren Presbyterian Church(3220Old CantonRoad).Free,donations welcome; call 601-906-3329. … The roller derby bout between the Magnolia Roller Vixens and the Southern Misfits is at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; email info@magnoliarollervixens. com. … “The Still Able Experience” gospel concert is at 7 p.m. at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). $20; call 601-927-7625 or 800-745-3000. … The deejay showcase WeDubWhatWeWomp2 is at 9 p.m. at the Martini Room. For ages 18 and up. $10 cover; email … Luckenbach plays at Cherokee Inn at 9 p.m. $5. … Irish Frog has karaoke. … The Larry Brock Band plays at McB’s. Dr. Ron Myers performs at the Juneteenth Flag Raising and Jazz Concert June 1 at noon at Integrative Health and Wellness Center.

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Come to a JFP Chick Ball volunteers’ happy hour at Hal & Mal’s from 6-8 p.m. We’ll provide munchies and buy you a drink. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 16. … The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) hangs through June 24. Free; call 601-960-1515. … Downtown at Dusk is at 5 p.m. on Congress Street between Capitol and Amite streets. The Bailey Brothers perform. Free admission, $5 plate, $3 beer, $2 water and soda; call 601-353-9800. … Otis Lotus and M.O.S.S. perform at the Unbroken Chain Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall; cocktails at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. $10 in advance, $12 at door; call 601-292-7121 or 800-745-3000. … Ben Payton is at Georgia 24 Blue. … Dreamz JXN hosts Centric Thursday.



Snake Day starts at 10 a.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, members and babies free; call 601-576-6000. … Colman Pierce and Lester Senter perform during Music in the City at 5:15 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in Trustmark Grand Hall. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. … Fondren Theatre Workshop Playwright Night is at 7 p.m. at Brent’s Diner and Soda Fountain (655 Duling Ave.). Dinner at 6 p.m. Free, food prices vary; call 601-301-2281. … Pub Quiz at Hal & Mal’s.


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Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). â&#x20AC;˘ Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Natural U Affair II June 3, 3 p.m., at Center Stage. Natural U Salon hosts the natural hair meetup and seminar that includes a hairstyle contest, a fashion show and giveaways. Free; call 601-364-2869. â&#x20AC;˘ Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Perfect Time: To Purchase a Home June 4, 6 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room. The program for first-time homebuyers includes information on down payment assistance. Registration required; limited seating. Light dinner served. Free; call 601-982-8467. â&#x20AC;˘ Dropout Prevention Town Hall Meeting June 7, 6 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room. Participants discuss strategies to keep children in school. Dinner and door prizes included. Free; call 601-948-4725. Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-352-2580. â&#x20AC;˘ Dream Night at the Zoo June 2, 5:30 p.m. The invitation-only event allows physically or mentally challenged children and their families to see the zoo at their own pace. Participants must be referred by an approved organization to get an invitation. Free admission. â&#x20AC;˘ Summer Zoo Camp June 4-July 13, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). For children ages 412. Registration required; space limited. Members receive discounts. $75 ages 4-5, $150 ages 6-12, $35 optional lunch (ages 6-12 only); call ext. 240. â&#x20AC;˘ Story Time Tuesday June 5, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). A zookeeper reads an animal story, and the kids get to do a related craft project or have an animal encounter. Free with paid admission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;History Is Lunchâ&#x20AC;? May 30, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Architectural historian Jennifer Baughn talks about modern architects of Mississippi. Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. Jackson Technology and Startup Meetup May 30, 6:30 p.m., at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). Those who work in or are interested in technology, business or marketing are encouraged to attend. Free; call 601-919-5265.


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Downtown at Dusk May 31, 5 p.m., on Congress Street between Capitol and Amite streets. The event includes local food, craft beers and music from the Bailey Brothers. Free admission, $5 plate, $3 beer, $2 water and soda; call 601-353-9800.



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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 More details at Follow on Twitter @jfpchickball. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16.

Internet for Beginners May 31, 9 a.m., at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Learn how to navigate the web, use search engines, print and store information. Free; call 601-919-1911.

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Juneteenth Flag Raising and Jazz Concert June 1, noon, at Integrative Health and Wellness Center (6204 N. State St.). The concert featuring pianist and trumpeter Dr. Ron Myers immediately follows the flag raising. The program is part of a nationwide effort to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Free, donations welcome; call 662-247-3364. Mississippi Fire Chiefs and Firefighters Association Conference June 1-3, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Firefighters compete in individual and relay competitions for a chance to move up to the national round. $75 individual, $90 tandem, $195 relay, $290 team, spectators free; visit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Let Your Summer Be a Bummerâ&#x20AC;? Karate Camp June 1-July 10. Reservoir Karate teaches the class Mondays and Thursdays at Liberty Baptist Church (5199 Lakeland Drive, Flowood) from 6:15-7:30 p.m., and Tuesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:15-10:30 a.m. at the Reservoir YMCA (6023 Lakeshore Drive, Brandon). The camp ends with a karate demonstration at Liberty Baptist Church. Fee includes a T-shirt, food and a certificate. Income-based sponsorships available. $80; call 601-955-1677. Jefferson-Jackson-Hamer Dinner June 1, 7 p.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). The Mississippi Democratic Party is the host. Civil-rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis is the keynote speaker. $120, $60 members, $1000 tables; call 601-969-2913. Gospel Music Workshop June 1, 7 p.m., at St. Luther M.B. Church (1040 Banks St.). Registration is at 6 p.m., and the conference is at 7 p.m. Participants discuss ways to improve local music ministries. Registration required. $10, $100 music department; call 601-972-7625 or 601-506-2888. Katfishinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kids June 2, 7 a.m., at Turcotte Lab (Highway 43 S., Canton). The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is the host. Kids ages 15 and under learn the basics of fishing. Parents must accompany children. Equipment and lunch included. Free; call 601-576-6000. Heatwave Classic Triathlon June 2, 7 a.m. Participants swim half a mile at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, bike 24.5 miles along the Natchez Trace Parkway and do a 10K run on the Ridgeland Multipurpose Trail. Register by May 30. $85, $145; call 601-853-2011; Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk June 2, 8 a.m., at Mayes Lake at LeFleurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Free To Be MEâ&#x20AC;? Teen Rally June 2, 9 a.m., at Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Refuge Christian Fellowship Center/Church (1931 Boling St.). For youth ages 11-18. Enjoy discussions, games and door prizes. Registration required. Free; visit Blue Biscuit Festival June 2, 11 a.m., at Blue Biscuit (501 Second St., Indianola). Enjoy food from vendors such as crawfish and barbecue, and an extensive music lineup. Free admission; email Burn the Dance Floor June 2, 6 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi (605 Duling Ave.). Enjoy a free rumba class at 6 p.m., ballroom dancing from 7-9 p.m., a free salsa class at 9 p.m. and a salsa party from 10 p.m.2 a.m. $10, $5 with college ID; call 601-213-6355.

WELLNESS National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration June 2, 10 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The event includes games, a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; village, workshops, a health fair, a balloon release and refreshments. Free; call 601-966-7252.

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Look Good â&#x20AC;Ś Feel Better June 4, 2 p.m., at St. Dominic Cancer Center (2969 N. Curran Drive). The program helps women undergoing cancer treatments to address appearance-related side effects. Registration required. Free; call 800-227-2345. NAMI Basics Classes, Summer Session June 5July 10, 6 p.m. The classes are for parents or caregivers of children and teens with mental health issues. Registration required. Free; call 601-8999058 or 800-357-0388 for location information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fuel the New Yearâ&#x20AC;? Nutrition Workshop June 7, 7 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). The topic is cooking healthy meals. $10; call 601-899-9696. First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers 30-minute screenings for children. By appointment; call 601-707-7355.

STAGE AND SCREEN â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crackedâ&#x20AC;? June 1, 6 p.m., at Roca Restaurant (127 Country Club Drive, Vicksburg). The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play is about circumstances surrounding Humpty Dumptyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great fall. RSVP. $49; call 601-937-1752.

(105 Williamson Ave., Edwards) is at 11 a.m. June 4, registration is all day at all of the libraries. Free; call 601-968-5820 or 601-968-5800.



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jfpevents from page 27 Art House Cinema Downtown June 3, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See the independent films “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts” at 2 p.m. and “Chico and Rita” at 5 p.m. Refreshments sold. $7 per film; visit Puppetry with Pete Zapletal June 5, 10 a.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison), and 2:30 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Zapletal and his Puppet Arts Theater perform Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, “The Princess and the Pea.” Free; call 601-856-4536. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” through June 10, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Shows are through June 2 and June 6-9 at 7:30 p.m., and June 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. $25, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222.

MUSIC Live at Lunch May 30, 11:30 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Charlie Townsend and Temperance Babcock perform in the Art Garden. Free; call 601-960-1515. “4 the Record” Swap Meet June 2, noon, at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Buy, sell or trade records, and enjoy food, raffles and music. Early registration for sellers required. $2, children under 12 free, $25 seller table; call 601-376-9404. Mississippi Boychoir Spring Concert June 2, 6 p.m., at Fondren Presbyterian Church (3220 Old Canton Road). Free; call 601-906-3329. The Still Able Experience June 2, 7 p.m., at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). Performers include James Fortune and Fiya, Troy Sneed, and Benjamin Cone III and Worship. $20; call 601-927-7625 or 800-745-3000. Music in the City June 5, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in Trustmark Grand Hall. Colman Pierce and Lester Senter perform. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Book Signings at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Signings at 5 p.m.; readings at 5:30 p.m. Call 601-366-7619. • May 30, Moira Crone signs “The Not Yet.” $15.95 book. • May 31, Jeff Shaara signs “A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh.” $24.99 book.

• June 1, Wiley Cash signs “A Land More Kind Than Home.” $24.99 book. • June 5, Jim Fraiser signs “The Garden District of New Orleans.” $49.95 book. Pages of Promise Summer Reading Book Club Program June 4-Aug. 7. United Way hosts the program to encourage youth in grades K-12 to read during the summer break. Visit for locations, dates and times. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-4725.

CREATIVE CLASSES Three-day Oil Painting Workshop June 1-3, at 153 E. Fulton St., Canton. Pat Walker teaches painting techniques. $295; call 601-855-0107. Shut Up and Write! 101 June 2-Aug. 18, at JFP Classroom (2727 Old Canton Road, Suite 224). Sign up for JFP editor-in-chief Donna Ladd’s writing classes. Sessions are from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every other Saturday (excluding July 28). Limit of 11 students. $150 (including materials), $75 nonrefundable deposit; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16. Dance Grooves and Hip-hop Party, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Roger and Tena Long teach the dance class Saturdays from 4-5 p.m. $10; call 601-213-6355.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Art Exhibit June 1-30, at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). Exhibitors are Elizabeth Johnson and Susie Ranager. Free; call 601-982-4844. Conserved Mississippi Flags Exhibit June 4Oct. 29, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). See historic flags along with pre-restoration photographs. Free; call 601-576-6850. Snake Day June 5, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). See a snake exhibit and learn to identify them. Herpetologist Bryan Fedrick gives lectures at 10 a.m. and noon. $6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, members and babies free; call 601-576-6000. Check 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 or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

BE THE CHANGE Magnolia Speech Sprint June 2, 8 a.m., at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road), at Raider Park near Sheffield Drive. Check-in is at 6:30 a.m., the 5K run/walk is at 8 a.m., and the fun run is at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit Magnolia Speech School. $25 5K, $15 fun run; call 601-922-5530. Five K For the Fatherless Run/Walk June 2, 8:15 a.m., at First United Methodist Church of Ridgeland (234 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). Registration is at 7 a.m. The race also include a one-mile fun run at 9:15 a.m. Awards given. Proceeds benefit 200 Million Flowers, a nonprofit that supports social services for children. $25 in advance (T-shirt included), $30 day of race; visit Blondes v. Brunettes Flag Football Game June 2, 10 a.m., at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). At 10 a.m., women compete in a powder-puff football game to raise funds for the Mississippi chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. At 8 p.m., Time to Move performs at the after-party at Hal & Mal’s Red Room (200 S. Commerce St.). $5 game (includes after-party), $10 after-party only; visit

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Sarah’s Ducklings Online Charity Auction June 3-9. Bid for items from local crafters and merchants, and fashion designer Hilton Hollis. Proceeds from sales benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Visit


Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital Tea Party June 3, 3 p.m., at Friendship Baptist Church (2496 Craig Spring Road, Sturgis), in the Family Life Center. Women and children are welcome to enjoy an afternoon tea, a silent auction and music from Souled Out. Proceeds benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. $5 per person; call 662-307-0970. Cooking For Our Kids Fundraiser June 5, 5:30 p.m., at Children’ Advocacy Center (961 Madison Ave., Madison) on the lawn. Enjoy dishes from local restaurants including Kristos, Strawberry Cafe and Local 463. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Madison and Rankin Counties. $45, $60 couples; call 601-366-6405.


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“(Church) was like, ‘No, no. We’ve got a big tour to do. Come on,’” Starr said. “So we went out with him for that summer.” Blackberry Smoke finally got into Echo Mountain recording studio in Asheville, N.C., last fall. The end result of those sessions and few others in Atlanta and Fayetteville, Ga., is their third studio album, “The Whippoorwill,” that Blackberry Smoke, Clay Cook, Matt Mangano and Zac Brown produced. Due to “all the logistics and in-and-outs and the things that I really don’t give one damn about,” Starr said, the album’s release date is set for some time in autumn this year. Starr didn’t like the idea of making their fans— who have been waiting three years for a new album—wait even longer. That’s why “The Whippoorwill” is available exclusively at Blackberry Smoke shows until the “official” release. The possibility of someone leaking the album onto Internet file-sharing or torrent sites doesn’t really bother Starr. It’s just another person wanting to listen to their music, he said. He’s not encouraging people to do it, but there are worse possibilities. “A guy came to a show in Kentucky that we played just a few weeks ago,” Starr said. “He, apparently, bought a few copies of the new album, and he’s got them for sale on eBay for $300. To me, that’s more offensive than the alternative.” Blackberry Smoke’s summer tour comes to Jackson June 2 when the band headlines Summer Kickstart 2012 at the Ole Tavern (416 George St., 601-960-2700). The mu-



hether he is opening for Eric Church in front of 20,000 people or headlining a Friday night show at Hank’s Texas Grille in McKinney, Texas, Blackberry Smoke frontman Charlie Starr is at home on the stage. “We’ve never really stopped touring,” Starr said. “Every night, we’re playing for people who have never heard us.” Playing its own blend of country and southern rock, the Atlanta-based band has played arenas, amphitheaters, honky-tonks and dive bars across America since forming in 2000. Relentless touring is vital for a band that rocks too hard for most country radio stations and sings about trucks, fishing and boots too much for modern rock radio. Touring is how a band makes a living without major label promoters who buy TV ads and radio play for their clients. Blackberry Smoke has earned TV spots with its touring. The DVD “Live at the Georgia Theatre,” shot Aug. 5, 2011, has played on Palladia. “We played (a concert) with (Lynyrd) Skynyrd up in Minnesota that DirecTV has aired numerous times as well,” Starr said. “Those are so powerful. So many people come to us, in city (after) city, and are like, ‘Man, I had never heard of you until I saw this DirecTV show or the Palladia show.” Possibly the band’s biggest breakthrough came when country-music star Eric Church signed them to his label, Southern Ground, in spring 2011. Starr said he and the band were ready to record a new album on the label right away, but Church had different plans.

Blackberry Smoke will perform June 2 at Ole Tavern on George Street during the Summer Kickstart event.

sic starts at 6 p.m., and the lineup also includes Death on Two Wheels, Jason Turner, Gunboat and That Scoundrel. Harley-Davidson will give away a free motorcycle, and Miller Lite will hand out free T-shirts and swag all day. The event also includes a crawfish boil. Gates open at noon. Tickets are $15 and available through Ticketmaster; you must be 18 or older to attend.

The Sound (Guys) of Music


isn’t doing an outstanding job running sound at Hal & Mal’s and Duling Hall, Bryan works production for local concerts and the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade. Bryan says he enjoys working with all professional musicians. Sound engineer Jon Clark, 36, has been in the music business for quite some COURTESY CHRIS CONDOYAN

hile many of us attend concerts and festivals to hear great live music, it is common to forget that it’s not only the band making great music, but it’s the behind-the-scenes sound engineers (aka “the sound guys”) that help create that music so dear to our hearts. And while it may be true that drummers and bassists don’t get the love from the music community they so readily deserve, our sound guys often take back seat or get no recognition at all for all their hard work. They make sure bands sound good and can hear themselves; they get the levels right at live gigs or in the studio. One of my most beloved sound guys is Chuck Bryan who runs sound at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-9480888) and Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., 601-362-8440). He has been in the music business for 35 years and started doing sound when he was in bands back in the day. “I was the only one hooking up everything,” Bryan recalls. He also was the stage manager for the main stage at Jackson’s Jubilee!JAM for 11 years. When he

Sound engineers, or “the sound guys,” are behind every great CD and concert.

time as well. He found out that there was a lot of engineering when it came to the sound when he was younger and playing in bands. After attending Middle Tennessee State University’s production and tech program, Clark moved to Madison where

he started Dreamtime Productions in 2004. Building from the ground up, he got muchappreciated help from Bob McCree, who helped Dorothy Moore and Peggy Scott get their start in the music industry. Clark has had the pleasure of working with seasoned musicians such as Sam Brady, Jamie Evans, Simon Williams and Daniel Guaqueta as well as sound engineers Chris Mara, a Nashville native, and Jacksonian Randy Everett. Clark wants to work in more than just a musical environment; he wants to teach at a college level. He’s learning more about the music industry and staying behind the scenes in his studio while working on his master’s degree in mass communication from Jackson State University. He is also working with Jackson’s Storage 24 on a new album, which should be released mid-summer. If you ever go to Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St., 601-960-2700) to hear the eclectic music this fun venue brings to town each week, then there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen sound engineer Jarrod Parker, 32, behind the controls. Parker has been playing, writing and singing music since he was 11. Besides being a

member of the heavy metal band Hytchcock, he was also the singer/songwriter of Biloxi-based band, Fall As Well, which released two singles that made the Billboard charts. Fall As Well signed a deal with Universal and Imprint Records, an indie label that no longer exists. Parker then moved to Phoenix for six years and earned a degree in audio engineering at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences and a certification in Pro Tools recording software. He worked in various studios, has owned his own commercial recording studio and played in bands while there. Parker’s roots pulled him back to the Magnolia State August 2011, and he has been running sound for Ole Tavern for the past few months. He enjoys watching bands when they realize they sound good—that’s when the musicians all seem to come alive, play better and have more fun. “I want to give back to the music scene, since it has done so much for me,” Parker says. I hope you all have a great week. Keep those listings coming in by noon on Mondays for the upcoming weekend, and please say hello if you see me out and about!

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bought my first record in 2011. My friend and I saw a stack of them in a bin at a second-hand store and decided, on a whim, to buy a couple of Stevie Wonder records and one from Aretha Franklin. We didn’t have a turntable, so we went to the electronic section of the store and picked out an old one. In addition, we bought a small table on which we would set the player. Our entire shopping spree cost $20: $3 for the records, $7 for the record player and $10 for the table. It was all totally worth it, because we experienced music in Chaka Khan’s “I Feel You” is one of the first records DJ a completely different way that Young Venom remembers seeing as a child. night. After setting up the turntable and placing the needle in the groove of the Aretha Franklin’s greatest hits record—I insisted that we to this—is the cover art. We both admitted play that one first—we were amazed at the to buying records just for the cover. He says music that came out. The science of it all is one of the first records he remembers seeing beyond me, but, somehow, I felt closer to was his mother’s copy of “I Feel For You” by the music. Maybe it has something to do Chaka Khan. “It was like a charcoal painting with the fact that the source of the music is of her and the back of her was like an image tangible. With cassettes or CDs, no one can of her in a dress,” Venom says. “That always really touch where the sound comes from stood in my mind.” but with records, I could place my hand on June’s “4 The Record,” at North Midthe grooves. town Art Center (121 Millsaps Ave.) is the June 2, Phillip Allen Rollins, more fifth of such event for record-heads to buy, popularly known as DJ Young Venom, is sell or trade vinyl. hosting “4 The Record,” an event during “It’s something that they do in every which all Jacksonians, young and old, can major city, and I noticed that we didn’t have experience music through records. As a DJ, one here,” Venom says. records are important to his music collection; Unlike similar events other cities, Jackson’s record swap is not just for the avid record collector. “I want to make it something for everybody; it’s for everybody who loves music, and there are very few people who don’t like music,” Venom says. .He purposefully made the swap affordable, and it will feature live music from several local artists. Venom also wants these events to be educational. For fans of hip-hop music, for example, digging through crates of records is one way to learn about the samples used in contemporary beats. Expect to see vendors of all sorts selling things like hats, T-shirts and buttons at the Aretha Franklin’s greatest hits record is one swap. That Scoundrel, 5th Child, Double of the first vinyls I purchased. Date and DJ Repercussion (with Mr. Fluid) perform. Venom will be spinning music he owns more than 1,000 of them. But even from his vast collection as well. if he weren’t a DJ, he would still be fasciHe says he’s not looking to trade any of nated with records, Venom says. He explains his records, but I’m willing to bet that—for that the sound quality from records is better the right price—you might be able to get than cassettes and MP3s because music on him to part ways with one of his Blue Note records is less compressed and engineered. jazz records. It’s like the difference between wholesome “4 The Record” swap is June 2 from organic versus processed food. 12-5 p.m. at North Midtown Arts Center Another important aspect of records for (121 Millsaps Ave.). Admission is $2. Visit Venom—and many fans of records can attest or call 601-376-9404.



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The London Olympics are quickly approaching. The games start July 27. Lolo Jones from the U.S. could be a star as a female 60- and 100-meter hurdler. THURSDAY, MAY 31 NBA Playoffs (8-11 p.m. TNT): Game four between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Hopefully, this series will live up to the hype it is getting. FRIDAY, JUNE 1 NBA Playoffs (7-10 p.m. ESPN): The Miami Heat will face the winner of Celtics/76ers series in game three on the road. The Heat will be at home the first two games of the series. SATURDAY, JUNE 2 NHL Playoffs (7-10 p.m. NBC): The Los Angeles Kings host the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals. SUNDAY, JUNE 3 NBA Playoffs (7-10 p.m. ESPN): Game four in the Eastern Conference Finals, could see the Heat sweep the winner of Boston/Philadelphia series. MONDAY, JUNE 4 NHL Playoffs (7-10 p.m. NBC): The quest for Lord Stanleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup moves to either New York or New Jersey for the L.A. Kings. TUESDAY, JUNE 5 Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s softball (7-10:30 p.m. ESPN 2): Game two of a three game championship series. The winner of game one will be the NCAA Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Softball Champion. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 NHL Playoffs (7-10 p.m. NBC): Game four of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will have the Rangers or Devils facing the L.A. Kings. Normally, sports would begin to slow down in summer, but not this year with the Olympics about nine weeks away. It has been 40 years since the tragic events of 1972 in Munich. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

Living a Dream


hat a pleasure to witness a boy with a big vision and then see him live his dreams as a man. Jason Campbell, NFL quarterback, is doing just that. I have known of Campbell since high school, but I was familiar with his basketball skills, not his football skills. He was a guard with a really good three-point shot. He played for Taylorsville High School, a small 2A school in rural Taylorsville, about 20 minutes from my hometown of Bay Springs. He had a laidback demeanor and always appeared respectful. He was clearly gifted athletically, but still seemed to be a nice kid. Born in Laurel, Campbell is the youngest of three children, with a sister, Melody, 39; a brother, Larry, 36; and four nephews. His parents, Larry Jr. and Carolyn Campbell, have been married for 40 years, but Jason Campbell, 30, is still single. Campbell was a standout in both football and basketball. After graduating from Taylorsville, he attended Auburn University on a football scholarship. He graduated from Auburn in 2004, and the Washington Redskins subsequently drafted him 25th in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. He has been with the NFL since, as a quarterback on the Redskinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roster from 2005 to 2009, with the Oakland Raiders from 2010 to 2011 and now with the Chicago Bears. Admittedly, I never paid attention to how Campbell threw the football; I was more impressed with his basketball skills. But evidently, college and NFL scouts agreed that his real talent is football. I recently caught up with him to discuss life in the NFL. How does it feel for your hobby to be your job? Football isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a hobby. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real job, but I do enjoy playing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dream come true. To actually dream about something as a kid and to have it become a reality is a blessing. â&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of fun. Describe your normal day. I get up between 5:45 and 6 (a.m.). I have to be at work for meetings at 6:30. We go out and do walk-throughs, have lunch, go practice; we meet again and then go home. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an eight- to nine-hoursa-day job. We also have to lift weights and

watch film. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just go to practice and go home. How was it going from Taylorsville to Auburn? It was a big move because I went to a big school with 30,000 people from a small high school, but my roots helped me adjust. COURTESY JEFFREY BEALL

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Jason Campbell went from small-town Mississippi to the NFL.

â&#x20AC;Ś Auburn was a family-oriented school, and everyone was trying to make it to the pros. What was it like going from Auburn to the NFL? Playing in the SEC prepared me for playing in the NFL; the only difference is that now, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing it for a living. â&#x20AC;Ś It was a dream come true, but I still have to push myself to excel. What do you think you did differently that enabled you to get to the NFL? You have to have a good work ethic, attitude and desire to continue to try to do it even when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard. You have to apply yourself. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just doing what people tell you to do; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what you do after practice that makes the difference. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your work ethic; you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect it to be given to you. What adversities and struggles have you had to deal with? Having to learn a different offense every year. I had a different offensive coordinator

four years in a row in college, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a different coordinator in the pros four times. A lot of guys who play would understand that and understand how difficult it is, but through adversity lies greater things ahead. You have to use it as an opportunity to make you stronger. ... Time away from family is the biggest sacrifice. People donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand that playing in the NFL is a full-time job, and our job takes us away from our families because we have to live in different cities from our families. What motivates you? Coming from a small town and being in the NFL, there are young guys just like me who look up to me. They see me and realize that they can actually live their dreams. Knowing that I give them someone to look up to, even when it gets hard, I can look back and say that there are people pulling for me. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to disappoint them. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not only impacting my life, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m impacting a lot of youth that look up to me. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the hardest thing about being in the NFL? The hardest part is being away from family and, from year to year, having to adapt to all of the changes. â&#x20AC;Ś Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always trying to find a way to get you out of the NFL. â&#x20AC;Ś Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harder to stay in. You have to work even harder. â&#x20AC;Ś Each year is a different year. Also, you have to know who is in your circle. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to differentiate who your real friends are, but it gives you an opportunity to network and meet new people. For example, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met President Obama and Condi Rice. â&#x20AC;Ś You have to know that (the NFL) is a business that means â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not For Long.â&#x20AC;? You have to have people to fall back on and lean on. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming off an injury, right? Yes, I broke my collarbone in October. We were six games into the season. I was having my best season in my NFL career. I remember sitting there thinking that this was my contract season. â&#x20AC;Ś I had to remember not to question anything; things happen for a reason, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m approaching it. â&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all healed up now. â&#x20AC;Ś This was my first major injury ever in football, but things happen for a reason, and you have to try to make the best of it and move forward.

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Summer in the City (for kids) by Kelly Bryan Smith


Nothing says summer like sprinklers and splash pads.

Cooling Down


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• Make homemade juice popsicles. • Turn on the sprinklers. • Chase fireflies after dusk. • Host an ice-cream-sundae party. • Visit your local swimming pool. • Enjoy snowballs at Nandy’s Candy (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 380, 601-362-9553). • Create a cold lemonade stand in the shade. • Camp out on the screen porch with the fans on. • Pack an early-morning breakfast picnic. • Splash in the water at the Renaissance splash pad (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-519-0900). • Catch a matinee movie. • Make your own ice-cream sandwiches. • Create a cardboard box fortress in the basement. • Prepare for a water-balloon battle. • Take in an air-conditioned museum. • Wade in the creek at Rocky Springs (on the Natchez Trace). • Visit your favorite local ice-cream parlor. • Sip cold iced tea on the porch. • Put your feet in the kiddie pool. • Listen to story time at the library. • Learn to make alcohol-free mixed drinks. • Jump inside at Pump it Up (1576 Old Fannin Road, Brandon, 601-992-5866). • Snack on fresh-fruit shish kabobs. • Grab some markers and paper to create an indoor art gallery. • Challenge your kids to an indoor board-game competition. • Hit the beach on a cloudy day. • Have a flip-flop fashion show. • Go stargazing by the reservoir on a cool evening.


fun and educational summertime activities for our kids, what so many kids really crave is down time and some extra time with mom and dad. Can you shift your work hours slightly to give you one afternoon a week for popsicles and sprinklers and novels in the hammock under a tree? Can you figure out a plan to keep your kids occupied and safe while also giving them childhood experiences they will remember more than television and video games or summer school? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Boredom is a Good Thing

aking summer memories with your kids can be magical as you slow down a bit and revisit your childhood with your family with a Monopoly board or an impromptu family puppet show. But don’t forget that unstructured time really benefits your kids. When you let them have down time and experience boredom, it actually boosts their creativity and problem-solving skills, which are excellent qualities for kids to hone before fall rolls around again! Summer Music Playlist for All Ages • “Summer in the City” – The Lovin’ Spoonful • “Running on Sunshine” – Jesus Jackson • “Summer Lovin’” – “Grease” soundtrack • “The Rainbow Connection” – Dixie Chicks • “Julia” – The Beatles • “Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves


• “Say Hey” – Michael Franti and Spearhead • “Summer of ’69” – Bryan Adams • “You Are My Sunshine” – Elizabeth Mitchell • “Sunshine of Your Love” – Eric Clapton • “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Iz • “Under the Boardwalk” – The Drifters • “Kokomo” – The Beach Boys


n the heat of a Mississippi summer, there are days when kicking a ball around the yard or riding bikes to the park just aren’t appealing to anyone. If you need to bring the temperature down a few degrees, stick this list of cool, TV-free, fun activities on your refrigerator to inspire you on days when the heat seems to sap your creativity.

any school-weary kids anticipate summertime, but it can be a difficult time for parents who work and need to figure out summer child care and other plans to keep their kids busy and happy. One problem is that so many summer-enrichment opportunities, while exciting, are not really the unstructured, lazy, dog days of summer that kids might crave after winding down the school year with a whirlwind of final exams. While our hearts are in the right places when we desire

The author’s son, Simon, enjoys bean burritos on the beach.

Summer Reading

ne of the best things you can do with your kids during the summer is read. Don’t worry about flashcards and tutoring—just read. Read to the kids, let them read to you or even have family reading time when everyone flops on a couch, chair or pillow with their favorite book. And if it is one of those times when you just need to get out of the house if you are going to have any chance of maintaining your sanity, then consider a trip to the public library, the used bookstore or Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202, 601-366-7619) to pick out a new treasure. Because many of these books may be available in a variety of versions and even from different publishing houses, all prices are approximate. • Like the Harry Potter series? Try “Tom Brown’s Schooldays” by Thomas Hughes ($11 to $15). • Like “Anne of Green Gables”? Try “What Katy Did” by Susan Coolidge ($5). Have your kids already raced through “The Hunger Games,” “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and “Percy Jackson & The Olympians”? Here are some time-tested classics of children’s literature to read together and talk about afterward. • “The Giver” by Lois Lowry ($7) • “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster ($7) • “Watership Down” by Richard Adams ($17)

• “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott ($9 to $17) • “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle ($7 to $17) • “The Coral Island” by R.M. Ballantyne ($9) • “Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren ($6) • “The Cricket in Times Square” by George Selden ($7) • “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton ($7) • “Matilda” by Roald Dahl ($7) • “The Swiss Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss ($5) • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll ($9) • “Little Lord Fauntleroy” by Frances Hodgson Burnett ($5)


A Few Green Flecks Never Hurt Anyone by Jessica Mizell COURTESY JULIE WEATHERBEE

off a pizza, I swear I can still taste them. You could stuff them with cheese made out of rainbows and pure sunshine, and I still would have a problem keeping one down. My Pawpaw was from New Orleans and, with 11 grandchildren, was not too tolerant of picky eaters. One day he brought home a giant sandwich so big that my little hands could barely wrap around it. I remember biting into it and recognizing the familiar taste of olives, but this time, there was no tantrum, no sour face, not one convulsion of the throat. I opened the sandI’ll only eat olives when they are part of a muffaletta sandwich. wich to make sure that what I tasted was the unguess you could say I’m a picky eater. I still don’t eat my speakable, and saw the green flecks smashed into the top vegetables, and to this day I have a weird thing about of the bread. “Hmm,” I thought as I studied the colorful eating tomatoes that are bigger than diced-size pieces. layers inside this monstrosity. I liked it. Yes, the sandwich I also firmly believe that the slightest taste of olives had olives, which were against everything my 8-year-old promptly ruins everything. Even the smell of the little fellas mind knew, but it also had pepperoni and cheese and other makes me queasy. No amount of dipping oil and pepper will mysterious meats that all played a beautiful melody when make me eat olive loaf, and even if you pick the black variety put together.


I had just experienced my first muffaletta sandwich. New Orleans prides itself for many things: Saints football, music, beignets, and a myriad of local recipes that are distinctly linked to the city such as gumbo, jambalaya, seafood and roast-beef po’boys, and, of course, the muffaletta sandwich. Local history says that this giant sandwich was born in 1906 at Central Grocery, which is still open today, located at 923 Decatur St. in the French Quarter. In the early 1900s, the Farmers Market was in the same area as Central Grocery. Salvatore Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant, owned it back then. The farmers would all go to Central Grocery for their lunch break and order traditional Italian plates of meats and cheese with bread, all eaten separately, in the traditional manner. Salvatore thought that putting it all in one sandwich would make for easier eating; thus, the muffaletta sandwich was born. The sandwich is traditionally made on thick, seeded Sicilian sesame bread and layered with olive salad (available in jars at McDade’s), Emmentaler (similar to Swiss cheese) and provolone piled high on top of ham, salami, sometimes Capicola (a cured Italian cold cut), and pepperoni. Pronounced “Muff-a-lot-uh” by some and “Moofoo-a-leta” by others, this sandwich is sold in quarters and halves, as well as whole. Three times the normal size of a sandwich, a whole muffaletta can usually feed two or three people and is served at room temperature. This delightful New Orleans tradition will always be a part of its history and will forever be known to me as the only way you will ever get me to eat an olive willingly.

Anna Franklin’s Teacakes by Casey Purvis

Mrs. Franklin’s teacakes are known throughout Polkville, Miss., and Crossroads, Miss.

Yes, I said, I had tried butter instead, and they came out wonderful. Sadly, I had left the evidence of my success at home in their sealed plastic containers. The only consensus we reached was that these teacakes are a local treasure and so addictive that nobody can consume just one. Here is my version of Anna Franklin’s cherished teacake recipe. Bless her soul! I can certainly say I owe her a debt of gratitude.

MRS.FRANKLIN’S TEACAKES 1-1/2 cups organic sugar 1/2 cup organic unsalted butter (1 stick), softened 2 organic, free-range eggs 2-1/3 cups self-rising flour 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

With a pastry cutter, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until the mixture reaches a flaky consistency. In a smaller bowl, beat the eggs thoroughly with a wire whisk. Add eggs to the sugar and butter mixture. Stir in flour and vanilla until well blended. Sprinkle a pastry mat or wax paper generously with flour to prevent dough from sticking. Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with cookie cutters. Repeat this step until all the dough is used. Place teacakes on a lightly greased cookie sheet, about 1/2-inch apart. Bake at 350 degrees. For softer teacakes, bake for nine minutes. For crispier, more golden teacakes, bake for 10 minutes. Remove teacakes and cool on wire rack. Store in a sealed container. Makes about 24 teacakes.



hen she was alive, Polkville, Miss., resident Anna Franklin used her teacakes to comfort the bereaved. “Everybody who went into the coffee room at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Morton knew Anna Franklin had been there,” my mom said. “She brought teacakes to the funeral home every time she heard about a death in the community.” My grandmother added that Mrs. Franklin has shipped teacakes to people in the service. Sometimes, comfort food becomes famous in a community. Such is the case of these teacakes. Franklin passed away, but her recipe for teacakes has lingered on, shared by generation after generation of Crossroads, Miss., cooks. Mrs. Franklin was happy to pass on her recipe to anyone who wanted it. Anyone in Crossroads who doesn’t know the recipe already can probably call someone who does or who knows someone with the recipe. Once, I inadvertently sparked a family controversy when I mentioned substituting butter for Crisco and shortening the baking time. My grandmother shook her head disapprovingly at this heresy. “You’re supposed to use Crisco,” she said. “That’s what the recipe calls for. And I don’t time mine. I watch them to see how brown they’re getting.” My stepfather jumped in. “Did they turn out OK with the butter?” he asked. “You know, I never thought about using butter.”


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Bourbon Street in the Quarter (1855 Lakeland Drive, 601-987-0808) Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot new spot for great New Orleans cuisine, live entertainment and libations from the bar featuring daily lunch specials and happy hour in the landmark Poetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location. Reed Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (6791 Siwell Rd., Byram, 601-376-0777) Eat, Drink, Play! Burgers, Po-Boys, pub fare and dinner specialties including ribeye, filet, fried shrimp and more. 9-Ball lounge features tourney tables, full bar, live entertainment. Hal and Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blackboard special. Best of Jackson winner for Live Music Venue for multiple years running. Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Best Burger of 2012! Check out their signature approach to burgers, chicken, wraps, seasoned fries and so much more. Plus live music and entertainment! Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Hole in the Wall,â&#x20AC;? has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Plate lunches, cheesy fries and tons more, including a full bar and friendly favorites. Cool Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A Best of Jackson fixture, Cool Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the fries! Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers such as Guinness and Harp on tap. Multiple Best of Jackson awards. Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Time Out Sports CafĂŠ (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Sportsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, fried seafood baskets, sandwiches and specialty appetizers. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even â&#x20AC;&#x153;lollipopâ&#x20AC;? lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat. Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. Every order is made fresh to order; check out the fresh cut seasoned fries!


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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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.


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!



Mediterranean Fish & Grill (The Med- 6550 Old Canton Rd./601-956-0082) Serving a fabulous selection of fish, gyros, and heart-healthy vegetarian food for over 10 years. Now serving fried catfish & bone-in pan trout. Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma and much more. Consistent award winner, great for takeout or for long evenings with friends.

Crawdad Hole (1150 Lakeland Drive., 601-982-9299) Serving up fresh seasonal crawfish, shrimp and crab legs the Crawdad is Jackson’s crawfish destination. You’ll also want to try their delicious gumbo while enjoying Friday night karaoke! Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Danny Eslava’s namesake feature Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the “polished casual” dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino.




Urban and Sustainable by Jim Pathfinder Ewing

Keeping Bees


ereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a term that has gained popularity in the past couple of years: urban homesteading. It means making your property, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;homestead,â&#x20AC;? as self-sufficient as possible, regarding food and supplies, while living in an urban setting. You could also just call it sustainable living. Either way, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll write on this topic from time to time. Our first stop: keeping bees. Bees require specialized equipment and are impossible to corral. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard of trying to herd cats? Bees are worse. They range a mile in every direction and get into anything that promises the sweetness of flower nectar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including, in one instance, invading a Brooklyn, N.Y., maraschino cherry factory and producing metallic-tasting red honey (!), The New York Times reports. Because bees go so far afield, if a jar of honey is labeled â&#x20AC;&#x153;organic,â&#x20AC;? be wary. Unless the bees are out in the middle of nowhere, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to certify their food sources. On the other hand, if you keep a hive, you can take care of your end to ensure you are not adding artificial chemicals. Believe it or not, most commercial beekeepers use chemicals to control pests. They also pasteurize their honeyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;through either heat or irradiation, killing many of its natural nutrientsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and even add thinners and artificial color. If you truly

want to buy natural honey, look for products marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;raw.â&#x20AC;? If you have an acre of land or less in an urban setting, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t advise trying to keep standard-frame hives. Neighbors might complainâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and rightly soâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;about 200,000 or so honeybees living next door. To get around this, a number of urban beekeepers have joined together to provide rooftop hives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secretâ&#x20AC;? rooftop-hive locations include The Whitney Museum in New York City, the Lloydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Building in London and the Opera Garnier in Paris, The New York Times reports. For city dwellers, particularly those living in apartments, rooftop hives may be worth looking into, but for most urban homesteaders interested in keeping bees, a few enterprising folk are making alternatives to standard, commercial hives. One option is called an English Garden Hive, which is lightweight in comparison to standard frame hives and decorative. Some call this â&#x20AC;&#x153;the hive of the futureâ&#x20AC;? for backyard gardeners. Another choice is called the Kenyan, or top-bar hive, which is so adaptable that you can use boxes, 55-gallon drums, old crates or even a cast-off refrigerator for your hive. Either way, the idea is to harvest just enough honey for your own use, and let the bees keep the rest. Most beekeepers keep stacked hives, adding hive boxes to the top, called â&#x20AC;&#x153;supers,â&#x20AC;? for the bees to produce surplus honey for commercial purposes. But garden hives are small


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or would-be urban farmers, the solution to lack of space may be as simple is looking up. Rooftop farming is sweeping the nation. In April, The New York Times announced that Bright Farms, a private company that develops greenhouses, plans to create a sprawling greenhouse on a roof in Brooklyn. The


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to begin with and usually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a number of supers. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re meant to house bees to pollinate your crops, thus improving produce yields, while also supplying a small amount of honey for personal use. Urban beekeepers should also buy a bee variety that usually maintains a small population, is gentle to work with, and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t swarm a lot, such as Italian bees.

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No Room? Look Up! company expects to yield a million pounds of produce per year in what may well be the largest rooftop farm in the United States, occupying up to 100,000 square feet. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also not the only Brooklyn, N.Y., farm. Brooklyn Grange, another rooftop farm developer, is set to open a 45,000-square-foot commercial operation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard this year, as well. Plans for rooftop gardens totaling 200,000 square feet are under way elsewhere in the five boroughs of New York City. The developersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vision is to provide fresh, nutritious food in the communities where the gardens are located. For artistry, however, few cities could match the achievement of Mexico City. Here, a nonprofit company called VerdMX has created vertical gardens called eco-sculptures. Not only do these vertical gardens provide green space in urban areas, they also sequester carbon to help prevent climate change, provide fresh air and, in some instances, grow food for the people. Helping the planet and feed-

Kenyan top-bar hives are great urban alternatives to standard frame hives for city-dwelling beekeepers.



Jackson Rooftops The Old Capitol Inn, a bed and breakfast at 226 N. State St., has what might be considered a â&#x20AC;&#x153;traditionalâ&#x20AC;? rooftop gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not an urban farm, but a space where guests can enjoy greenery and downtown views. Call 601-359-9000 or visit

Unconventional Spaces For photos of unconventional growing spaces from around the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and one designed by a local architectâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;see Jackson horticulturist Felder Rushingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website:

Jim PathFinder Ewing has a book with Findhorn Press on organic food, farming and spirit that will be published in the fall titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conscious Food: Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating.â&#x20AC;? Find Jim on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @edibleprayers or visit

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edding season isn’t always a walk in the park for us southerners. Usually the heat and humidity begins to creep its way in, turning any outdoor wedding celebration into a sweat marathon. However, this was not the case when two of Jackson’s most charming, friendliest and most talented local musicians and baristas (he works at Cups, she at Sneaky Beans), Cody Cox and Caitlin McNally, walked down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife. Sunshine and a comforting breeze set the stage for our two lovers, who also form the musical duo Liver Mousse. On Saturday, March 24, at around 3:30 p.m., I walked down the brick sidewalk leading into The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace. Appropriately, the wedding venue is located behind Ole Tavern on George Street, which is like a second home to the couple. Inside, the number of attending fam- Caitlin McNally and Cody Cox tied ily and guests made the knot in March. for an intimate mix of people that made the space feel just right––not too crowded and not too bare (less really is more). Each row of chairs was decorated with fresh, white and yellow flowers—perfect colors for a perfect day. Soft melodies from Tyler Kemp on a keyboard near the altar drifted throughout the room. When the clock hit 4 p.m., everyone took a deep breath—it was time. A small parade of bridesmaids, groomsmen and family members made their way to their designated spots. Each bridesmaid walked down the aisle in a silvery-gray strapless dress, holding a bouquet of yellow and white flowers,

the same arrangement from the rows. The four groomsmen were in full tuxedos accompanying the four bridesmaids. As each got into place, the room filled with anticipation for the bride. As the wedding march began to play, Caitlin’s sweet giggle came from the back of the room. She entered with her father by her side, and just the sight of her happiness would have brought tears to anyone’s eyes. Caitlin had on a simple, short-sleeve, floor-length white dress, her soft curls falling on either side of her shoulders. Most brides look like fairytale princesses as they walk down the aisle, but this bride was so much more. She was a sprightly fairytale angel—an all-over being of utter beauty. Though her dress was simple, it looked like a masterpiece. This radiant bride took everyone’s breath away, especially the groom’s. Cody stood in a trance with his eyes on Caitlin. Tears began to well in eyes everywhere in the room as the ceremony began. The looks and smiles exchanged between the couple were sweet and playful as the pastor, Stacey Andrews, went over how the couple had met and fell in love. He began with when the couple met: “Caitlin was passing through Jackson heading to Oxford,

Wedding planner and day-of planner/coordinator: Kendall Poole (2906 N. State St., Suite 211, Officiant: Stacy Andrews at Ridgecrest Baptist Church (7469 Old Canton Road, Madison, 601-853-1090) Reception location: The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St., 601-352-3399)

Miss., with a friend. She stopped to get coffee and, lo and behold, Cody was behind the counter taking orders. It was (during) that first exchange that these two became smitten with each other.” It was apparent that Caitlin and Cody were very much in love when they recited their vows to one another, which was probably my favorite part of the ceremony. Each was soft-spoken; there was no way to hear them, which was meant to be. Everyone attending witnessed this sacred vow between the two. The happy couple gazed at one another as they said, “I do,” and joined hands as Andrews announced them Mr. and Mrs. Cody Cox. Everyone cheered as the newlyweds walked down the aisle to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend”—priceless. After the ceremony, guests went into the courtyard to congratulate the couple. Once outside and spread out, everyone seemed joyful and completely relaxed. Everyone moved freely about, with no ridiculous wait to see the new couple. The bride possessed the qualities of a giddy child opening presents from Santa Claus on Christmas Day. The groom looked like the luckiest guy in the room—as if he were taking the coolest chick in school to prom. Good things happen to deserving people. Little did this friendly, down-to-earth, talented and well-deserving couple know when they met at Cups that summer day almost twoand-a-half years ago that the universe would align, forever reminding how wonderful they are, inside and out—to the rest of the world, but most importantly, to each other. Nicole Marquez is a native of Hot Coffee, Miss. She met Caitlin during a routine fire drill, and the two have remained friends since.

Bride’s attire: Handmade custom dress from a young lady in Pennsylvania, found through Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Gray suits with yellow ties purchased from Men’s Wearhouse (1039 E. County Line Road, Suite 103, 601-977-0188) Invitations and Programs designed by Ian Hanson Invitations were letter pressed by Ed Inman

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