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Caballero says movies such as “You Got Served,” “Stomp the Yard” and “Step Up” portray the aggressive side of dance battling. “It’s not exactly like that,” he says. Rip the Cypher has become an outlet for teens. “College students were too busy, but high schoolers were YouTubing it and really getting into it,” he says. “People come from all over to support the event, like (from) Memphis, Alabama and even California.” The mixed-style events include popping, breakdancing, crumping and locking, and Memphis jookin’. “More traditional events stick to one style,” he says. Now CEO and president of Unique Touch Painting LLC, Caballero, 27, also encourages youth to make good choices through workshops at the Boys and Girls Club and programs at school. “This year, I’ll be doing a dance workshop at the (ACLU’s Mississippi Youth) Hip Hop Summit,” he says. Cabellero hopes to create more events around the South, and he is in the process of planning one for the Gulfport-Biloxi area. Meanwhile, he spends much of his time instilling his love of dance in his five children. His oldest, Desiree, 9, is a cheerleader, and his youngest, 3-year-old Carlos, is perfecting his headstand. He encourages everyone who wants to dance to try it. “Go. Show up,” he says. “Network and meet the dancers. See something you like out there? Then ask them about the style.” —Christianna Jackson

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Luis Caballero was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, Fla., where he found it hard to stay out of trouble. “The streets of Miami were not nice,” he says. Cabellero says that the streets offer many dangerous distractions such as crime and drugs, but says dancing has always been an outlet for him. Better known as b-boy Tony Touch on the street-dance scene, Caballero danced with Ill Moves Crew in Miami and regularly traveled to battle different crews. In 2004, he came to Jackson as a painting contractor, bringing his passion for breakdancing with him. After arriving here, he felt a void. He formed the Phase 1 dance team but found it challenging to battle. “It got to the point where nobody in the Mississippi area would battle us, so we ended up just starting an event,” he says. That event is Rip the Cypher, a familyoriented dance competition that takes place once a month or so. “Cypher is a circle of dancers expressing themselves, and ripping the cypher is whoever does it hardest,” Caballero says. He and two other creative thinkers, DJ Young Venom and Cornelius “JagWar” Wilcox, hoped it would motivate others to start their own dance crews. Caballero has a bigger dream for dance battling in Jackson: getting kids off the streets. “That was the purpose of Rip: to keep kids out of trouble and teach them the ethics of battling,” he says. “Instead of fighting and being aggressive, (battling) helps you to channel all of that negative energy through dance.”

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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 interviewed mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee.

Aaron Cooper Editorial intern Aaron Cooper reads more than he should, and writes a voluminous amount. He leads an unhealthy life and is unusually proud of the fact. He wrote an arts story.

Sara Sacks Editorial intern Sara Sacks studies English and communications at Millsaps College. She runs for the Millsaps cross-country and track and field teams. She wrote a sports story.

Darnell ‘Chris’ Jackson Editorial intern Darnell “Chris” Jackson is writer, photographer, graphic designer and entrepreneur. He is a Jackson native and Jackson State University graduate. He owns J.Carter Studios. He co-wrote a culture story.

Whitney Menogan Editorial intern Whitney Menogan is from Madison and holds a bachelor’s in English from Tougaloo College. She enjoys having mind-blowing conversations with friends and hopes to be able to travel around the world one country at a time.

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

ShaWanda Jacome ShaWanda Jacome is a 6th grade JPS teacher. She lives in Ridgeland with her husband and son, Michael and Mateo. “May the odds be ever in your favor,” she lives to say. She wrote the Body/Soul feature.

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Account Executive Stephanie Bowering is from Mendenhall. She is mommy to Jameson, the cutest 2-and-a-half-year old boy, and Duke, a 4-year-old boxer. She loves good food and red wine. Music is her passion and she wants to travel the world.

by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

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he morning the U.S. Supreme Court did not strike down “Obamacare” as so many believed it would do was another of those crazy busy days in the Jackson Free Press offices. This summer, we have 18 interns in our summer training program, and they are everywhere, lifting the already high energy of this joint even more. They are focused on solutions and making the world a better place, and tend to think that partisan political rhetoric is wasted and distasteful. (See a column by one on page 13 for an example.) When President Obama made a statement a couple hours after the decision, I turned it up loud on my office TV and yelled out that anyone could crowd in to listen. Suddenly, about 10 staffers and interns in my office listening to him. We all remained longer to hear Mitt Romney’s statement. I’d already been seeing the #repeal tweets by Republicans all morning, but I was naïve enough to think that the presumptive presidential nominee for the GOP wouldn’t make a nakedly political statement in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a law that, while you may disagree with how it’s done, is at its core about saving American lives. Romney didn’t mince words, quickly declaring that on his first day of office, “I will act to repeal Obamacare.” From there, it got worse with him repeating the perjorative “Obamacare” 18 times as he slammed the law based on the one he signed in Massachusetts. It was empty rhetoric, and it was all politics. Meantime, people are dying and living low-quality lives because they can’t afford health care for themselves and their children. Is this the right message to send to a nation that is getting sicker and sicker of divisive rhetoric? It sure doesn’t help convince young voters that our political climate is anything but toxic. Fast forward a couple days, and we broke the news that Judge Dan Jordan had slapped an injunction on the folks trying to close the state’s only abortion clinic (see pages 6-7). He pointed out in his order (posted at jfp. ms/documents) that a big problem with the anti-abortion folks’ case was that they didn’t hide the fact that their primary mission was to eliminate abortion—like it or not, a constitutional right—in the state of Mississippi. That is, politicians weren’t even smart enough to focus their remarks on women’s health—giving pro-abortion rights advocates ammunition to say that the motive was eliminating a constitutional right. And that’s not good. The next morning, a JFP staff-intern team walked over to the clinic to see what was up. A young woman there, Ashley Sigrest, told a compelling story about why she’s now against abortion: She’s a rape victim who had an abortion and now regrets it. I am in favor of abortion rights, but I respect people who disagree, such as Ashley, and I want to find a middle ground that allows us all to work together to lower the incidence of abortion as much as possible, while still allowing women to choose whether or not to have

a child and when. And, boy, do I believe every child has the right to be wanted. But even as Ashley was telling her story to our reporter Jacob Fuller, other anti-abortion protesters, include the omnipresent Beverly and Roy McMillan, were vying for the spotlight. At one point, Jacob said, Beverly McMillan even interrupted his interview with Sigrest to say that the president of Pro-Life Mississippi (her) was available to give a statement. And while our team was on the scene, Roy McMillan kept giving them angry messages to give me because I had dared criticize his wife’s stance against all hormonal birth control, including the pill and the morning-after pill, in an editorial. I questioned how she expected to lower abortion rates if she didn’t want women to have access to birth control and pondered at the end (snarkily, granted) whether she also preferred women barefoot as well. Her husband’s answer that day? To yell out that “shoes are optional!”—and to tell my reporter he said my “boyfriend” and I should get married. He was presumably talking about my life and business partner Todd Stauffer. (Todd’s response later: “Roy McMillan needs to be introduced to the All-American concept of minding his own damn business.”) But some opponents of abortion seem to have no interest in minding their own business. Not only do they want to declare that abortion (and, apparently, the pill) is murder; they also want to tell us when and with whom we can have sex or even marry (or not). In the case of the McMillans, they want to put the onus on the woman to make all the smart (and abstinent) choices, while giving her very few. They want to show up every day outside a clinic where a woman is making a very difficult decision for herself and her family, and

harangue her into submission. Meantime, much different, and more effective, work can be done to lower abortion rates. Young women need to be told it’s OK to say no, and at any point before intercourse occurs. Young men need to learn that no means no, and there are no excuses for trying to force a young woman to have sex. Young women need to learn to be independent and to have a strong voice when it comes to taking care of herself and expressing what she wants and does not (including having sex). Young people must learn to find fulfillment in a wide variety of ways other than resorting to cheap sex. We also need to challenge a culture that rushes young people into marriage too soon and encourages children to have children. Let’s be honest: Not a small number of “teen” pregnancies in this state involve married teens. We need to mentor young people and model the kind of behavior that shows that love is a whole lot deeper and more lasting than saying yes just to buy a bit of fleeting affection. And, for the love of all things that make a lick of sense, we have to get over our antiquated notions in this state that young people aren’t going to come up with having sex if we don’t suggest in sex-education classes. This is backward thinking, and it is keeping good information away from our young people that would, in itself, lower the incidence of abortion in our state. Put another way: If your motive is actually reducing abortion and increasing the birth of wanted children, then stop the silly rhetoric and nosing into other adults’ lives, and start doing the kinds of things that might actually reduce abortion. Young people are watching. Let’s make it count. Follow Donna Ladd @donnerkay on Twitter; email her at ladd@jacksonfreepress.com.


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Thursday, June 28 Gov. Phil Bryant and Nissan officials announce an expansion at the Canton plant that will create 1,000 jobs. ... In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the package of health-care reform laws that many know as “Obamacare” is constitutional. Friday, June 29 Lefleur’s Bluff Golf course reopens after nearly two months of renovations. ... Actors Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise file for divorce after five years of marriage. Saturday, June 30 Marie Wicks, formerly Miss Dixie, wins title of 2012 Miss Mississippi in her fifth competition for the crown. ... Egypt swears in Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, the nation’s first democratically elected president. Sunday, July 1 Spain defeats Italy 4-0 in the final game of the Euro 2012 Championship to capture the team’s third-consecutive major title. … U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan issues a temporary restraining order to block the state Department of Health from enforcing the new abortion-clinic law designed to shut down the state’s only remaining clinic, located in Fondren, and eliminate abortions in Mississippi. The judge schedules a hearing on the matter for July 11.

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Monday, July 2 Cedrick Gray starts his first day as Jackson Public Schools superintendent with a press conference at JPS headquarters on State Street. ... Michael Phelps, a 16-time Olympic medalist in swimming, withdraws from the 200-meter freestyle during London Olympic trials.

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Tuesday, July 3 The University of Mississippi announces that its campus will be smokefree as of Jan. 1, 2013. ... Actor Andy Griffith, star of “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock,” dies at 86 in his North Carolina home. Get daily news updates at jfpdaily.com.

The Natchez Trace Parkway, named an All American Road by the federal government, extends 444 mies from Natchez to just south of Nashville, Tenn. The Trace began as an Indian trail more than 8,000 years ago.

Rhetoric May Save Abortion Clinic by Jacob Fuller, Vergie Redmond and R.L Nave

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risten Hemmins, a rape victim who helped organize the successful fight against Proposition 26 last fall, doesn’t buy that efforts to regulate the state’s only abortion clinic have anything to do with the protecting the health of women. “The people who want to shut down the clinic have made it so clear that it is not about women’s health. It’s simply about shutting down the clinic,” she said, referring to the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The clinic had filed a lawsuit to block a state law requiring all doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and be board certified obstetrician/gynecologists. But a federal judge agreed with the clinic that evidence of state officials’ claims that the new requirements would close Mississippi’s last abortion clinic was compelling enough to keep it open. With Mississippi poised to become the first state without an abortion provider, U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Jordan issued a temporary restraining order July 1, which prevented the state Department of Health from beginning an administrative process that would close the clinic if the doctors there did not meet the new requirements. Jordan cited the pro-life rhetoric as the main issue in his order. “In this case, plaintiffs have offered evidence—including quotes from significant legislative and executive of-

ficers—that the act’s purpose is to eliminate abortions in Mississippi,” the order states. “They likewise submitted evidence that no safety or health concerns motivated its passage.” Jordan set a hearing for July 11 to decide whether to extend the restraining order. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, located in the Fondren district, will stay open at least until July 11. Michelle Movahed, CRR’s lead counsel, said the clinic had hoped to avoid litigation, but a series of actions by state officials forced their hands. “I don’t attribute any ill will to anybody, but certainly the elected officials in Mississippi have been engaging in a really pronounced, public-pressure campaign to make (the state health) department use this as an opportunity to close down an abortion clinic,” Movahed told the Jackson Free Press. Despite the clinic’s diligence, it Ashley Sigrest, 18, became a pro-life activist after was “impossible” to comply with the going through an abortion after she was raped. new requirements by the law’s July 1 effective date, according to the complaint. Nancy Northup, CRR’s CEO, said the organization has “been beating back give them license to violate their constitutional Mississippi’s underhanded tactics to close the rights,” Northup said in a statement. only abortion clinic in the state” for years. Dan Chisholm, executive director of “Mississippi lawmakers’ hostility to women and their reproductive rights does not CLINIC, see page 7

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Wednesday, June 27 Lacardio Quentez Ward, former Raymond Detention Center jailer, brings marijuana and other contraband into the facility and finds himself behind bars. ... T-Mobile USA’s CEO Philipp Humm resigns after two years on the job.

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Hit the Road, Jack “The people who want to shut down the clinic have made it so clear that it is not about women’s health … It’s simply about shutting down the clinic.” —Reproductive-rights advocate, and rape victim, Cristen Hemmins on the controversy around keeping the state’s sole abortion clinic open.

“Inmates may not handle the facility like we would handle our homes.” —Hinds County Administrator Carmen Davis on the need to make repairs at Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond. “Malta, as you know, is an impregnable island fortress. It seemed like a good idea.” —SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts, who delivered the key vote to uphold the federal health law, joking about his visiting the island nation to avoid questions about his Obamacare vote.

“We’re still teaching that Columbus discovered America. America wasn’t lost, Columbus was. Hundreds of times, people had sailed to America from Northern Africa, the Moors, people that looked just like the kids in our schools.” —Jackson Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba on the mis-education of American children.

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ith the Mississippi sun bearing down this season, road trips are on our heat-addled brains. We’re dreaming of any place with surf, sand or even snow. If you’re feeling the same, here’s how far you’ll have to drive to get to a few popular vacation destinations. New Orleans, La.: 186 miles Dallas,Texas: 401 miles St. Louis, Mo.: 492 miles Chicago, Ill.: 742 miles Miami, Fla.: 912 miles New York City: 1,198 miles The Grand Canyon, Arizona: 1,599 miles Las Vegas, Nev.: 1,619 miles Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: 1,802 miles Portland, Maine: 1,513 miles San Francisco, Calif.: 2,131 miles Anchorage, Alaska: 4,184 miles (MILEAGE FROM GOOGLE MAPS)

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Pro-Life Mississippi, said other states such as Arizona and Tennessee also require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges to protect the health and safety of women. In 2004, CRR challenged a law that would have required second-trimester abortions to be performed in hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities. A federal court ruled the law unconstitutional. CRR and reproductive-rights advocates hope that Republicans’ open hostility to abortion will become the factor that nullifies the new state law. To back up its claims about a concerted effort from state officials to shutter the clinic, the lawsuit cites Gov. Phil Bryant, who voted “work to make Mississippi abortion-free,” and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves who said HB 1390’s passage in the Senate “should close the only abortion clinic in Mississippi.” Mississippi College constitutional law professor Matt Steffey said that openly admitting that the real purpose of the law is to eliminate abortion, not to make women’s health care safer, may not have been a good legal decision for the pro-life camp. “It certainly helps the plaintiffs make their case,” Steffey said. “Many of these (efforts) directed for the explicit purpose of shutting down the lone remaining abortion clinic are going to immediately be challenged.” The order also states that the Department of Health could not have shut the clinic down immediately after the law took effect July 1, anyway. Rather, if the TRO is lifted and law

takes effect, “the State will commence administrative proceedings that will allow the Clinic time to comply before it is closed.” Diane Derzis, the clinic’s owner, said the doctors at the clinic have applied for admitting privileges. The process is usually a lengthy one, she said, and the applications are 50 pages. “We have made applications to every hospital in this area, except St. Dominic,” Derzis said. “They told us not to bother.” Steffey said he expects the hearing to last days, not weeks. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will ultimately make a decision on the law, though, Steffey said, in a legal process that will likely take one to two years. Whether the clinic stays open during that time will depend on Judge Jordan’s ruling in the hearing that begins July 11. Anti-abortion protesters were outside the clinic at 6 a.m. Monday. One protester, Ashley Sigrest, said she is the kind of activist most mainstream media avoid: a woman who has had an abortion. Sigrest said she was raped when she was 18 and waited about five months before having an abortion at a small clinic in Houston, Texas. “The regret a woman feels from choosing an abortion is the deepest pain known to man, I have no doubt,” Sigrest said. “It’s not just the loss of a child. It’s (the fact that) you chose to kill your child for whatever reason. That is the pain that is hard to live with.” Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Jacob Fuller at jacob@jacksonfreepress.com or R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

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“Plans for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum”

Eight Years in, State Still Neglecting Kids by Valerie Wells file photo

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Luncheon 11:45 am - 1:00 pm Admission: $12 ($10 for J2000 members) Location: Mississippi Art Center Hank Holmes has had a distinguished career in public service and currently serves as the director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, a position he has held since 2005. A native of Winona, Holmes earned his B.A. in English from Millsaps College in 1973 and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1982. He has been a staff member in the Mississippi State legislature, an archivist, an oral historian and a curator.

have the information it needs. She didn’t want to characterize the motives of DFCS officials who are not complying with the court order. The two main issues, she said in a phone interview, are inadequate staffing at the state agency and that agency’s lack of maintaining accurate data. Children’s Rights will push the courts to make the state take prompt action “even if we don’t have data,” she said. The court could require 90day monitoring reports. “If they fail, we will collect the data.” Mississippi started a new approach to its data collection last year, and Lowry wants the agency to follow through on its compliance to the court order. While Lowry would like for this to work, she is prepared to take the next step in the legal cycle. “The state has known this for a long time,” she said. “They’ve been under a court order for a long time.” Olivia is 12 now. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

Members and non-members are encouraged to attend and bring guests. The cost will be $12 per person ($10 for current, paid members), payable on site by cash or check the day of the program, and includes lunch catered by Broad Street Bakery. The Mississippi Arts Center is the former Mississippi Museum of Art at Lamar and Pascagoula, next to the Planetarium. We meet on the second floor, which is elevator-accessible. Call 601-960-1500 for more information on the Center.

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livia Y. was 3 years old in 2004, a neglected toddler of an unequipped mother. The state became her father and took action. Mississippi Department of Human Services’ Division of Family and Children’s Services found a place for the toddler to live, but Olivia’s life did not improve. The foster home was not a haven for the little girl no one cared about. One of the people living in the home was a convicted rapist. Months after she moved in, doctors gave the skinny, smelly little girl a physical exam. Olivia was malnourished and had scalp rashes. That’s not all. Her vagina was red and swollen, but the doctors didn’t examine her for sexual abuse. Olivia is just one of thousands of children that filter through DFCS each year. In 2004, the New York-based advocacy group Children’s Rights filed a class-action lawsuit in the toddler’s name, Olivia Y. vs. Barbour. Three years later, the court implemented a reform plan for DFCS, and Children’s Rights agreed to the settlement. That was in 2007. Six years later, an independent monitor finds that DFCS still isn’t complying with the court order. Grace Lopes, the court-ordered monitor, reported June 29 that DFCS did not have effective management to comply. Lopes collected statistics from Jan. 1, 2009, through March 31, 2011, and found that DFCS investigated less than 60 percent of child-abuse reports within the required 24 hours or completed its investigation within the 30-day timeframe. Lopes also reported that fewer than 60 percent of caseworkers made follow-up visits. But her report also indicates this may not be the whole picture. Marcia Robinson Lowry, founder and executive director of Children’s Rights, said her group doesn’t

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ACA: ‘Great But Not Perfect’ proximately 30 million uninsured Americans. The mechanism that backers of the law hoped would bring the largest number of file photo / Kenya Hudson

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f anything, last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the federal health-care overhaul—the Affordable Care Act—provided one more reason to mobilize for the November presidential election. For those concerned about the actual health of the nation’s citizens, there was a little less to celebrate. With Chief Justice John Roberts as the surprising swing vote, justices ruled 5-4 that the act is constitutional. However, the ruling still leaves the door open for states to opt out of expanding Medicaid coverage. Warren Yoder, executive director of the Public Policy Center of Mississippi, said the ruling was “great but not perfect,” adding that states choosing not to expand Medicaid programs could hurt the middle class—the people the act was designed to take care of. “We’re not talking about poor families; they’re covered. We’re not talking about well-to-do families, even in a Mississippi context; they’re covered. We’re talking about the middle. ... It’s the middle that we’re worried about,” Yoder said. ACA requires people who can afford it to purchase insurance or face penalties. It also prohibits insurance providers from denying coverage because a person has a preexisting condition. Estimates are that the ACA would provide or mandate coverage for ap-

President Barack Obama campaigned on the promise of health-care reform.

people who might not otherwise buy health insurance—the Medicaid expansion—immediately came under fire from Republican elected officials, including in Mississippi. Twenty-six states challenged ACA on the grounds that forcing states to add millions

more people to the Medicaid rolls was coercive. Those states represent 8.5 million people who would benefit from expanded eligibility. “The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court today does not change the fact that Obama­ care raises taxes on Americans and expands the bureaucracy of our health-care system,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said in an emailed statement. The governors of Florida, South Carolina and Louisiana have vowed to refuse the additional Medicaid funds, while Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has said he is considering it. But it’s not the states that will pick up most of the tab. From 2014 to 2016, the feds will pay 100 percent of Medicaid expansion. From there, the federal portion decreases each year until 2020 when Uncle Sam pays 90 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, the federal government provides numerous grants for everything from educational programs to setting up an insurance exchange. Mississippi has already received millions of dollars in federal grants under the act for community health centers to public education, including $20.1 million for developing and promoting a health-benefits exchange. ACA would also eliminate health-insurance coverage disparities by ethnicity and gender. In Mississippi, white children are more

likely to lack health insurance than African American children. Here, 14 percent of white children are uninsured compared to 9 percent of black children. Without the Medicaid expansion, Yoder believes many will be left uninsured in Mississippi and other southern states that have been hostile to the ACA. “We’re hopeful, but at this moment, nobody really knows how this is going to work out for these middle-class families that we’re so worried about,” Yoder said. “It has the potential to hurt working families pretty hard.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.

stant-feed world. “The ethical challenge is to articulate guidelines for dealing with rumors

usually in the same section as the original error. Websites don’t really have a page 2, at least not one that readers are going to check. As a selfgoverning profession, journalism can’t afford to hide mistakes. To maintain reader trust, sites have to make a big deal about corrections. The Canadian Association of Journalists suggests best practices for online corrections. They have a simple list of five practices: • Be transparent about all mistakes,. • Ask readers to find mistakes, then make it easy for them to tell you what they are. • Make corrections in a timely manner. • Place corrections with the online article. • Have the same standard for corrections across all platforms. The Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank, says the rule of thumb is this: When you screw up, admit it, then say you are sorry. Don’t justify it with explanations and excuses. Get the right information out and move along. Poynter’s Mallary Jean Tenore interviewed one of the media talking heads who got it right. ABC News Legal Analyst Dan Abrams offered this advice: Quote directly from the opinion and don’t be afraid to say you don’t understand what it means. Comment at www.jfp.ms, or send an email to editor@jacksonfreepress.com.

How the ACA Could Cure Mississippi’s Health Woes • If fully implemented, 500,000 currently uninsured Mississippians would have health coverage. • People with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level will be eligible for Medicaid. • Children can stay on their parents’ insurance plan until age 26. • Insurance discrimination, such as denying coverage for pre-existing conditions and imposing lifetime caps, is prohibited. • Middle-income individuals and families receive tax breaks to afford private insurance Source: Mississippi Center for Justice, 2012

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ne of the year’s largest stories didn’t catch anyone by surprise. Reporters, editors and social media agitators were ready. The media outlets prepared for the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, ready to go either way. Journalists researched possible implications before knowing the outcome of the decision. Producers filled talk shows with legal analysts. Online editors posted detailed graphics. Legal experts cautioned not to assume too much right away. It’s a complex law, and the ruling would not be simple, they warned. The point of the all the preparation was to be ready to break the news as soon as possible. Unfortunately, a few key journalists lacked patience. Two TV networks blurted out incorrect summations. Minutes into the reading of the decision, CNN and FOX News announced that the Supreme Court had overturned the ACA mandate. Huffington Post and TIME magazine made the same error. As soon as other media outlets read the tweets and heard the news, the wrong information rippled across the landscape. The Clarion-Ledger put a package up on its website with the headline, “Supreme Court kills individual mandate.” The Gannett-owned daily

also tweeted the news. Moments later, the Associated Press, MSNBC News and others reported the high court had found the ACA was constitutional. CNN and FOX were wrong. Quickly, CNN tweeted and emailed corrections. Additionally, CNN put a bold yellow and black banner across the top of its website with the correction prominent. The Clarion-Ledger tweeted the new correct observation of the ruling. While the wrong headline disappeared and an updated version of the story popped up, site keepers did not post a correction until the end of the day. Sam R. Hall, The Clarion-Ledger’s new assignments and community engagement editor, wrote a blog about the mistake. “Sometimes we get it wrong,” wrote Hall, the former director of the Mississippi Democratic Party and, briefly, a tech columnist for the Jackson Free Press. He went on to explain how it happened and who was at fault. Despite all caution, journalists do make mistakes, and they do gather inaccurate news, then pass it along. When that happens, policies should kick into play to reassure readers that the paper or website is on top of things. Stephen J.A. Ward at the Center of Journalism Ethics at the University of WisconsinMadison studies the need for ethics in an in-

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Gannett’s Clarion-Ledger was one of several news outlets that got it wrong.

and corrections in an online world that are consistent with the principles of accuracy, verification and transparency,” Ward writes on the center’s website. In publications, standard practice is to put corrections in the next published issue,


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City Seizing 32 Properties for Road tends to procure through eminent domain are a few homes with tenants, Gaillet said, but he did not know the exact number. “We feel like we’re going to save those for last, so people can live there as long as possible,” Gaillet said.

possible, the plan includes moving the railroad tracks. Designs for the project show the railroad shifting west from just north of the current railroad crossing between North State Street and McLaurin Road to Brown Street. The McLaurin Street crossing will close. The design calls this portion of the plan phase 1B. The new design would include a railroad bridge, which would allow travelers to drive under the bridge and continue on West County Line Road without interruption from passing trains. It would also allow trains to pass the intersection without blowing their whistle. The noise of the whistle is a problem for citizens who live nearby, especially late at night, said Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon at the meeting. Gaillet said he does not know all the details of the projThe city plans to connect East and West County Line Road ect, which city engineer Robert separated by a 100-yard gap and a railroad. Lee is heading up. Gaillet said in a June 29 phone interview that the city would move the railroad Johnson said the city wouldn’t be taking that runs parallel to State Street from its inanyone’s land through eminent domain with- tersection with Interstate 220 to the crossing out proper compensation. However, the court at Brown Street. That rail line does not cross may have the final say on the properties. Interstate 220, however. “Property rights (are) always something The city has already completed the first that should be protected,” Johnson said. part of phase 1A. It included moving the “The public good should also be pro- Tougaloo College Post Office to its current tected. Sometimes the public good outweighs location across West County Line Drive from these individual property rights.” the college and expanding West County Line Currently, the Canadian National-owned Road to four lanes in front of the campus. railroad occupies a portion of an approximate- Gaillet said the city will fund about 20 ly 100-yard gap in County Line Road at the percent of phase 1A, roughly $2.5 million. road’s intersection with North State Street. Another $6.3 million will come from the To reach West County Line Road from East federal government’s TEA-21, or TransportaCounty Line, drivers have to travel south on tion Equity Act for the 21st Century. The act, North State for about two-tenths of a mile on originally passed by Congress in June 1998, State Street and then turn west on County provides funding for a range of transportation Line Road, crossing the railroad tracks. To initiatives including railway, highway, walking make the County Line Road connection and biking-trail projects.

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The city said it will ask the Mississippi Department of Transportation to request the federal funds available for the project. Canadian National Railroad will help fund and construct the railroad track and bridge portion of the project. Gaillet did not know how much funding the railroad would provide. Phase 1C of the project would include connecting Rand Street and Guice Lane. It also includes relocating Grant Street. The city of Jackson has not established a timeline for starting or completing construction on Phase 1A, Gaillet said, due to the large number of legal issues the city will face trying to acquire the needed property. At the June 26 council meeting, he said the city hopes to break ground on all three phases of the project by next summer. With funding not yet secured and a lengthy court process on the horizon, it could be well over a year before the city breaks ground on any of the project, though. Once construction begins, Gaillet estimated it will take about 18 months to complete. Breaking Ground on Water Main Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. held a ground-breaking ceremony for the installation of a 52-inch water transmission line June 28. The 17,766-foot line is the last piece of a line that will connect the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant to the J.H. Fewell Water Treatment Plant. The installation will cost $8.6 million. Johnson said new line will help reduce the occurrences of wide-spread water pressure loss and boil water notices. The ultimate goal of the project is to eventually close the 98year-old J.H. Fewell Water Treatment Plant and move all water treatment to O.B. Curtis. The Jackson City Council approved a contract with Morgan Contracting May 15 to install the water line. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Jacob Fuller at jacob@jacksonfreepress.com.

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he city of Jackson plans to use eminent domain to secure 32 pieces of property in north Jackson as part of a project to connect East County Line and West County Line Road. Public Works Director Dan Gaillet said many of the properties are vacant. But procuring the land could take a while, because the city has not been able to contact the current owners in many cases. The city expects to have to go to court to acquire at least 22 of the properties. On June 26, the Jackson City Council approved an order for the city to file condemnation proceedings on three of the properties in the Court of Eminent Domain by a vote of 5 to 0. Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes and Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber were absent from the meeting. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said the project is important because the current layout of County Line Road does not allow direct access to Tougaloo College or the possibility of economic development west of State Street in that area. He said the city first identified the need and funding for the project during his first mayoral term during the 1990s. The mayor’s mention of economic development raises questions in light of the state’s new eminent-domain law. In November, state voters overwhelmingly approved a new law that prevents state and local government from using land procured through eminent domain to be transferred to “any person, non-governmental entity, public-private partnership, corporation, or other business entity” for a period of 10 years. Exceptions to the law include properties deemed a public nuisance, structures unfit for human habitation and abandoned property. The purpose of the law was to prohibit government bodies from using eminent domain for private development or enterprise. Governments are, however, still allowed to use the property for drainage and levee facilities, roads, bridges, ports, airports, common carriers and utilities. Included in the properties the city in-

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apital Hotel Associates got good news million for the project. The remaining $2 mil- I’ve seen in a long time,� Tillman said. “I like Wednesday when the Jackson Rede- lion will come from new market and historic what I see.� velopment Authority authorized a tax credits. JRA attorney Zach Taylor said JRA has approved building and concontribution agreement with the city CHA is likely to sell the tax credits, a com- struction plans for the project. The restaurant to help fund the developer’s Iron Horse Grill mon practice among developers and banks, to and music venue will take up about 10,000 and Mississippi Music Experience square feet, the museum will be Museum project. about 4,000 square feet and the If the Jackson City Council headquarters of the Mississippi approves the agreement, it will put Blues Trail will take up the remainJRA and the city at the end of a ing 1,000 to 2,000 square feet. list of loan guarantors on the proj Board member Gregory Green ect. That means that if the ownsaid the board’s finance committee ers of the Iron Horse Grill, along approved the contribution agreewith seven individual backers of ment with the city before bringing the project, cannot pay the loans it before the full board. on the project, the city will get the “We looked at numbers, disburden of repayment. cussed the numbers, discussed the Jason Brookins, JRA’s excontributions and we feel, unaniecutive director, said the board mously, that it’s a good project,� reviewed the income-tax returns Green said. of all seven guarantors for the JRA board unanimously appast three years. JRA was pleased proved the agreement. Brian Fewith the financial stability of the nelon, Ward 7 JRA representative, project, he said, and was ready to abstained from the vote because move forward. he works with one of the parties The city council will have to involved in the project, he said. approve the agreement for the city to back the project. Newest Farish Plans Plans for the project include Developer David Watkins told rebuilding the former Iron Horse the JRA June 27 that his company Grill, which closed in 1999 after is prepared to finish construction two fires left the building in ruins. on four structures planned for the Along with the restaurant and a first block of the Farish Street enlive music venue, lead developer tertainment district. Joseph Simpson plans for the Watkins told the JRA that a building to house a museum dedideal with the National Trust for cated to Mississippi music legends, JRA approved an agreement June 27 with the city to help fund Historic Preservation for $5 milas well as the headquarters of the the Iron Horse Grill, which closed in 1999 after burning twice. lion in historic-district tax credits Mississippi Blues Trail. would provide the needed collateral JRA will loan Capital Hofor the funding to finish constructel Associates the largest bulk of tion on four of the 13 buildings to the funding for the $5.96 million, 15,000- fund to the project. A funding flow chart, cre- be completed on Farish Street between Amite square-foot project. They agreed to loan the ated by CHA, shows Trustmark Bank as the and Grant streets. Watkins said he hopes to developers $2.5 million, on the basis that they project’s tax credit investor. close on the tax credits by the end of August. have enough cash-in-hand from other sources Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman The tax credits will act as collateral on a to complete the project at the time the parties said JRA should make CHA’s presentation a $10.2 million bond issue to the Farish Street close on the loan. model for future developers. Group that the city and JRA agreed to in March. The developers will provide about $1.4 “This is one of the better presentations The end-of-August projection for clos-

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ev. Cletus: “This is your car-sales pastor closing a special live radio broadcast from the front lot of Rev. Cletus’ Car Sales Church. I hope you all enjoyed my message titled ‘Don’t Worry about the Crap Hitting the Fan: The Creator Has a Master Plan.’ Thanks to the ‘Good God Gospel Quartet for their rendition of Rev James Cleveland’s song called ‘Where Is Your Faith?’ “I know that many of you have wept, wailed and cried in the wilderness of life’s problems and issues. A whole lot of frustrated and discouraged listeners have called my Counseling and Encouragement Telephone Hot Line. I have counseled several of the unemployed gospel emcees and deejays who talk about human-resource departments discriminating against them because of their age, race or gender. “Also, I spoke to a man who said, ‘Financial oppression is getting to me!’ Nevertheless, some divine wisdom touched my heart enough to refer to the poignant words of Rev. Cleveland, and I told this man, ‘No matter how strong you think you are, things will go wrong.’ Then I asked him, ‘Where is your faith?’ “I realize that our society has become more hardhearted and selfish. But allow me during these troubling times to encourage you the way Adam Clayton Powell (the legendary minister, politician and civil-rights activist) did when he told his Harlem, New York, constituents to ‘keep the faith, baby!’ “God bless you, listeners! Don’t worry about the crap hitting the fan: The 12 Creator has a master plan.”

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his past Saturday at the Regency Hotel in Jack- first-time members.” Cole son, the Mississippi Democratic Party elected went on to explain that 19 of the members are unRickey L. Cole chairman of the state party on der age 40. Looking at the new state party—with a 45 to 19 vote by the new executive commit- this many young people, this many first-time comtee, which will serve the 2012-2016 term. Cole, 45, is mittee members and a leader like Cole—I have no a former chairman of the party, a national committee- doubt that the party is back on the track of winning man, and was chairman of his home statewide elections and taking back county’s Democratic Party in Jones the Legislature.  County. The Laurel native will bring “We will be truly organized at a wealth of knowledge and grassroots every level, for every election, in every experience to Mississippi Dems. county, every time, in all 1,876 pre However, one aspect must be cincts,” Cole said. noted: The Democratic Party, as with It is worth noting that Cole is any organization, needs young people fully aware of the broad-base support to succeed. Cole fulfills that need, the Democratic Party has on the local and not only with his plans to involve Rickey L. Cole is the level as far as municipal and county more young people with the party. He new chairman of the officials are concerned. It is my opinunderstands the importance of young Mississippi Democratic ion that he will use that support to Party. people from his tenure as a member of the fullest to recruit candidates and the Young Democrats of Mississippi. raise funds at the state level. He went on to serve as president of that organization. The GOP should note that there are a lot of That day in 1994 at the old Sun-n-Sand Motor Ho- beloved—and elected—Democrats out there in the tel in Jackson when Cole was elected president, I was city halls and the courthouses across this state. They elected second congressional district chairman of the will be a powerful bunch to deal with for grassroots YDMS. I served with him in this capacity through a organization in Mississippi. two-year term. Cole’s commitment to having young Ken Strachan, is a former mayor of North Carpeople involved is unmatched.  rollton and is serving in his third as the Carroll County In a recent interview, he told me that “of the Coroner. He is a former member of the Mississippi Dem80 members on the state committee, 44 are new, ocratic Executive Committee. file photo

he U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act last Thursday predicated a firestorm of news and opinions. Some of it was flat-out wrong, saying the court “killed” ACA when it did just the opposite. We were somewhat surprised that a largely conservative court—the same one that handed big business carte blanche to fund elections via its 2011 Citizens United decision—upheld the decision. Chief Justice John Roberts made some interesting choices that may take years to sort out. The individual mandate was constitutional, but the federal government’s threat to penalize states that decide not to comply wasn’t. The feds can’t take away all of its Medicaid support if a state decides not to expand its program. President Barack Obama’s televised message after the opinion was to the point. Obama campaigned on the promise of getting health-care reform passed, and has spent considerable political capital pushing through reforms where other presidents, from FDR to Clinton, had failed. “It should be pretty clear by now that I didn’t do this because it was good politics,” he said after outlining how the act had already made a difference in many lives and has the potential to do even more “I did it because I believed it was good for the country. I did it because I believed it was good for the American people.” Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments followed, and like clockwork, he began by saying he would act to repeal the bill on his first day in office. Romney’s statements perfectly toed the Republican line. Despite the bluster of Republican responses, however, no president has the power to simply throw out a law. If the GOP achieves an overwhelming majority in both houses of Congress in November and figures out to retain the popular parts of the bill—ending coverage denial because of pre-existing conditions, for example— to gut just the parts they object to, they’ll create an unbelievable mess. Disabling the law through fiat—simply denying promised funds—represents high political risk. We would all do well to remember that this law is the exactly what Republicans wanted—right up until the time the Democrats adopted it. The proposal’s first appearance was in a 1989 brief from the Heritage Foundation—a conservative think tank. It spelled out that the federal government should require Americans to have health insurance. It was the GOP’s antidote to the reform President Clinton proposed in 1993, and they wrote it into their anti-Clinton health-care bill, signed by leading Republican congressional representatives. The Heritage plan guided former Gov. Romney’s health-care plan for Massachusetts. America is tired of this fight, and its citizens deserve better than unnecessary partisan bickering. We deserve a government that cares more about the welfare of its citizens than winning the next election. Demand more than inflammatory talking points from our leadership.

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emocratic Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York State has begun his fifth decade in public office. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has been in Washington, D.C., since 1977. Closer to home, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson is approaching two decades in the nation’s capital. And last November, we had one Hinds County supervisor, George Smith—who had served 30 years in office—lose his seat to Jackson’s Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes, who had already served on City Council for the better part of 20 years himself. In my opinion, none of these scenarios are good for the people charged with voting public servants into office. It may seem ambitious, but I think every publicly elected position should come with term limits—hard term limits. Would we have the gridlock that we have in Congress if those ladies and gentlemen knew that their time was limited? Wouldn’t term limits encourage a more immediate need to leave a lasting legacy in the history books? I believe that, most importantly, term limits would hinder the ability of special interests—and their money—to entice officials over the long run. I’m not suggesting that we replace these longstanding politicos with just anyone. Nor am I saying that we should arbitrarily remove them simply to put

younger people in their seats. And it’s not as easy as just saying, “When the constituents are ready for him or her to go, the people’s vote will make that decision.” Voters become enamored with their elected representatives, at whatever level he or she may be on. And that makes it much easier for everyone to become complacent. Isn’t eight years plenty of time in office? Isn’t 20 years too long? It’s about time we started putting some things into play to hold our politicians more accountable to us, the voters. I believe term limits are one way to begin. We have many capable people primed to lead, and they deserve a shot. Demographics change. Population changes. But most glaringly, problems change, and old approaches and solutions don’t work. I find it difficult to believe, for example, that someone who has been in office since the 1970s or ’80s can connect with this technological age, despite their best efforts. Change is not a word a lot of people are comfortable with, especially in the South. But if you’re frustrated with partisan politics, perhaps you should see fit to just send a message to those in power—by sending them home. Term limits anyone? And that’s the truth ... shonuff.

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all me a liberal or call me a conservative, but I am extremely disappointed by Mississippi politicians’ reaction over Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling about the Affordable Care Act. Although I increasingly expect to see it, both parties are displaying a fundamental lack of understanding about the ruling: Republicans follow their rank and file, claiming that the court’s ruling is a travesty of monumental proportions because it expands the federal government (see JFP coverage of Gov. Phil Byrant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, etc. ). The Democrats claim victory for equality. Both interpretations are inundated with party talking points, and in doing so, are only half-truths if they’re true at all. First, a little background information. Right now, the U.S. Supreme Court is a conservative court, meaning that of the nine judges, five of them were appointed by Republican presidents and have right-leaning tendencies. In fact, former President George W. Bush appointed the chief justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, making him one of those conservatives. And here is where it gets tricky. Producing a 5-4 decision, Roberts broke from the conservative block to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, after which he assigned himself to write the majority opinion. In his opinion, Roberts declared the individual mandate component of the act unconstitutional under the commerce clause; instead, he said the act was actually a tax and, therefore, valid under Congress’ authority to tax. Subsequently, the ruling has two major consequences. First, the ruling made the health-care law—Obamacare—a tax issue. Now, passing a new tax in this political climate is like jumping into a pit of volcanic lava. Chief Justice Roberts knew this, and you can bet he also knows that this is an election year. Basically, the court ruled that Obama taxed the entirety of the American population without them even knowing it. To say it another way: Roberts kicked Obama into the lava pit. Second, the court’s decision set a new precedent for legislative power. The Obama administration defended the act under the commerce clause, but the court did not uphold this argument. The implications here are much more far-reaching than the health-care bill itself. Over the past century, progressive courts have wielded the commerce clause as a rationale for expanding the role of the federal government (think:

New Deal and the Warren and Burger courts). However, in this decision, the court placed a hard and fast limitation to its use: the commerce clause is not a blanket justification for government expansion. Chief Justice Robert is playing a long game, rather than the short game, and by doing so, he is protecting the integrity of the court. And that brings me back to why I am disappointed. Mississippi politicians seem incapable of understanding the nuances of this decision. Republicans are mad because they “lost,” and the Democrats are happy because they “won.” Neither position departs from mere surface-level understanding. I believe this decision was a victory for conservatives. In the upcoming election, Obama will have to defend his policy of taxation—and not just the taxes he wants to raise on the rich. The individual mandate is a tax he has already levied on the middle class. Saying this bullet would be difficult to dodge is an understatement. What should be more important to conservative-minded people is that the U.S. Supreme Court did not take a partisan position on a politically charged issue. Just because the Supreme Court disagrees with a legislative policy does not mean that Congress lacks the constitutional authority to pass that law. If the Supreme Court falls prey to judicial activism, it become nothing more than a tool wielded by the parties— another wrecking ball of partisanship. Why then are so many Republicans in Mississippi dubbing the decision as a failure, and why are the Democrats crowing about success? I don’t pretend to know what is going on in their minds, nor do I pretend to have every answer on every issue. However, I do believe that as American citizens, we have a duty to delve deeper into an issue rather than being spoon-fed shallow interpretations. I hold our leaders to an even higher standard, and that is why I am especially disappointed when they are the ones giving us the narrow interpretation. I don’t care which animal you prefer to ride, the donkey or the elephant, but I do care when politicians blatantly distort the truth. We, as Mississippians, should demand more from our leaders. Matt Bolian is a full-time redhead, Christian, husband, Army officer and property developer (blackwhitedevelopment. com) who loves ultimate Frisbee, tacos, fruit smoothies and dreaming BIG. He’s starting an editorial internship with the Jackson Free Press this month.

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t didn’t take long for Jonathan Lee to regret his decision to leave the metro area. A native of Jackson, Lee enrolled at the University of North Carolina after graduating from Northwest Rankin High School in 1996. Two weeks later, he was back in Mississippi. Lee, who plans to run for mayor of Jackson in next year’s election, thought he wanted a faster pace than his home city had to offer. Homesickness quickly took hold, though, and Lee called his father with news that he wanted to return to his home state. “Instead of saying, ‘It’s only been two weeks. Stick it out,’ my dad said, ‘What? No out-of-state (tuition)? Come on home,’” Lee said. So Lee returned to Mississippi and enrolled at Mississippi State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2000 and master’s degree in business administration in 2002. After graduation, he worked for then-university President Malcolm Portera and began to think he wanted to be a university president one day. When Portera left Mississippi State in 2002 to become Chancellor at the University of Alabama, Lee’s father, John H., asked his son to come back to Jackson and work for the family business, Mississippi Products, Inc. Lee decided to defer his planned doctoral studies for a year and return to Jackson. Shortly after that, his father received a terminal cancer diagnosis. He died eight months later. “It was confirmation that I was exactly right where I needed to be,” Lee said. Lee never went back to school. Now president of Mississippi Products, Lee has run the business for 10 years. At 34 years old, Lee says he is ready for a new challenge: leading the capital city. Next year, he plans to go up against established politicians and other relative newcomers in a mayoral race that looks wide open. July 4- 10, 2012

Why did you decide to run for mayor? I came back (to Jackson), and I have a large family all over the place. I really got excited with what was going on in Jackson. I really rediscovered the city; I shouldn’t even say I rediscovered. I realized what an awesome place we live in. I became enamored with the amount of goodwill here. 14 There are so many people doing great things, pursuing

Jonathan Lee, president of Mississippi Products Inc., intends to run for mayor of Jackson in 2013.

their individual passions for the greater good. When I came back, of course, my dad was all of a sudden out of the picture. I had an opportunity to sit in on some of his board appointments and things he had done that I, honestly at my age, never would have had that opportunity to do. I came back and immediately filled his seat on the Chamber of Commerce. I am still on that board. I just had an opportunity to get to know some of the inner workings of what’s going on in the city. Then, on the other side of the equation, we have a business that employs people who are blue collar, doing a whole lot of interchange with them. The thing that probably concerned me the most was there was a lot of missed opportunity. There seems to be a disconnect between the face of our community and what the issues are. Despite all this goodwill, (there) did not seem to be many opportuni-

ties, led by city government, to coalesce. If your individual passion is children, and you want to work to do after-school programs or some type of recreational project, people might ask, “How does the city get involved in that?” Quite frankly, I think one of our opportunities in the city is we’ve got to figure out a way to get the entire community working together to help solve big problems. I just felt like the opportunities weren’t there. We’ve got a huge community of folks who are working. At some point, we have to figure out how we’re going to implement and involve them in the process of the problems. Can you be specific? The example I usually give is: At some point, the city decided that it had no business picking up the trash. There are


Who Is Jonathan Lee? Name: Jonathan Lee Born: Jackson Age: 34 High School: Northwest Rankin College: Mississippi State University

Profession: President of Mississippi Products Inc. Affiliations: Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership Board of Directors Family: Wife, Davetta, and 2-year-old daughter, Morgan

What qualifies you to be mayor? That’s a great question. I think just now, we need a certain set of actions for mayor. We are in a particular point in time where people have lost the ability to dream. I think we need someone who can coalesce a vision from the community. I have had experiences—have been blessed with experiences from my community affiliation. I do a lot of work in town. I’ve done a lot of work with Operation Shoestring. It seems like everybody, no matter where you’re working at, is looking for a connector, someone that can bring folks from every segment of the community together, whether you’re rich or poor, black or white. I think that’s what we need right now, and really, that’s my strong suit. I have no respect for person; we are all God’s children. I think we all have a place. He’s created answers to every equation. I do have a background for business. That’s my core competence. That’s what I’ve been doing the past 10 years. I think there are opportunities for us to really, really make this city more efficient, less stagnant. It’s time, I think, to break out of the status quo. We’ve got to start reaching for greatness, dreaming the big dreams. If you are elected, what specifically will set you apart from the current administration? I think one of the major issues that’s going to set me apart is (that) I’m personally of

the belief that we’re going to have to break away from a siloed education system. What I mean by siloed is: We’re going to have to find ways to use our political power to drive personal capital in the education system. I’ll give you an example. One of the things that we’ve been working on since November is we’re getting people from all across the community around the table to talk about how we create free after-school care for our students. That’s one of those ideas that really reverberates with the community. I’m talking about an opportunity to get art, music and sports back to schools in a major, major way. At the same time, you get kids something to do after school. If we’re looking at it pragmatically, you could, essentially, be driving down the crime rate, (and) at the same time helping bust those test scores. So when we’re trying to attract business from out of state, or even from in the state, Jackson all of sudden becomes a better place to do business, because we have a great school system.

You mentioned reducing Jonathan Lee poses for a photo at a memorial for his crime. What, specifically, father, John H., who died in 2002. could you do as mayor to help reduce crime in Jackson? Specifically, as mayor, the opportunity There are two approaches to that. for us with crime is to make sure the com- Going to things we used to do, you look munity understands that this is a problem at it administratively. When dealing with that’s not going to go away overnight. It’s the police department (and officers) takgoing to require the entire community to ing cars home, I met with several folks that band together to stamp it out. are experts, as it relates to law enforcement. There are a lot of common-sense ini- There is a quantifiable bonus to have offitiatives that we can do a better job of imple- cers be able to take their cars home. They menting here in the city. Also, it’s important can park it in the driveway. It deters crime. to mention that we’ve really got to work on Not only that, the equipment lasts longer. making sure that we change the culture of For whatever reason, those police cars, they both the fire and police departments. It’s take better care of them. a hard thing when you’re putting your life On the other side, as it relates to the on the line every day, whether it’s fighting a community, I think one of the things that fire, or you’re out there in a patrol car every the city has done in the past is make sure day, and you’re concerned about whether or that through our precinct meetings, that not you’re going to get paid for your over- folks are aware of ways that they can deter time. We’ve got to create some real changes. crime. Things like making sure you don’t I think you’ve got to be able to see your leave anything on your car seats and all that way to the top. If you start out as a rook- kind of good stuff. ie cop, you want to see how you progress I think it makes sense for the city through the ranks. They really have to be to go back to the days when we had an

Officer Friendly. That was their job, to get in the community and to talk excessively about just common-sense things: locking your car, not leaving your keys in your car, making sure your shrubs are cut back. One of the things that’s done across the country is (that) beat cops actually may drive past your house and notice that your shrubs are grown up. They may make a little note on a note pad: “This is your friendly Officer Friendly. I just drove by your house, and I noticed that you’ve got some visibility issues. Nothing is wrong, this isn’t a ticket, but I wanted to make you aware that I’m driving by and I see some potential issues.” Not that there is anything going on wrong in the city; it’s just something I see. I think that helps. Those kinds of help really defeat the idea that crime is out of control. I think what we miss here in our community is there are some folks that feel like crime is going unchecked. How do you help a person with how they feel? Actions like that. You see a cop who stops and says, “Look, I don’t have to stop, but this something I think you should work on.” You’ve got to increase that emotional capacity with ways that folks feel like the police, fire department (or) whoever is actively out there working on combating crime. It’s nothing more than plain old customer service. At the same time, we’ve got to get those boys and girls on the police force and fire department to choose to do that. courtesy Jonathan Lee

other things that we can be doing with our time. We can outsource those types of projects. Someone else can do it better and cheaper. If you look at it from a social-services point of view, what if city government spent more time saying; “Alright, you run a homeless program, Salvation Army. You’re doing a great job with what you do. Stewpot, you’re doing a great job with what you do. How can the city add leadership to your programs, instead of trying to run a mediocre program ourselves? How can we measure those outcomes and leverage those outcomes for grant moneys and other opportunities?” I think in a city like this, in an urban environment, that’s going to be the way we get things done: nontraditional, out-of-thebox ways to really involve the entire community, working together to solve a problem.

empowered to know that their job matters and that the community supports them. I think that goes two ways. We’d love to make sure our police chief feels empowered to—when there’s an issue or when there’s not an issue—they can go to the media or whoever and say; “Look, we’re here. We’re working together with you to make sure this is a place you want to be.” Whether it is perception or reality, the idea is we have folks who make decisions—whether they want to live here in Jackson—based on whether or not they feel safe. Our job is to make sure that not only do they feel safe, but (that) they feel empowered to make sure that Jackson is a place where you can feel free to roam and live your life without having anyone infringe on your personal safety. You said there are some commonsense initiatives we can put in here in the city. What are some of those initiatives?

If you get elected, day one, what is your first priority? We’ve got a whole lot going on here in the city. Of course, we want to start doing some assessment of where we are and where we can go. I guess, overall, the thing that I want to do first is really dig into the community and figure out what is on the hearts and minds of the people. I really believe that if we’re going to push forward, the idea is not to sell anybody on my plan or my vision. The idea is to implement the vision of the people and get them to join in and be a part of the anything we can do. Then, when we accomplish that goal, the people can turn around and say, “Look, we did this, and we did it together.” I think one of the downfalls of where we are today is there is a feeling of everything is hands-off. Whether it’s perception or not, from the folks that we’ve talked to, and we’ve been talking to folks for months and months all over the city, we’ve got to empower people. We’ve got to empower people to get more Jonathan Lee, page 16

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Jonathan Lee met his wife, Davetta, on a blind date.The couple’s daughter, Morgan, is 2 years old.

involved in their communities. In the overall community, we’ve got to teach people how to dream. It’s funny when you sit down with a group of folks. It’s hard to pull out, “What do you want to see?” when you put so much focus on what’s wrong. “OK, this is wrong, but what do you want to see? What does a sustainable community look like to you?” First day, first month, we are going to do a whole lot of that. It’s going to emanate through economic development. It’s going to emanate through public safety. It’s going to emanate through how we have a

positive effect on schools. In everything we do, we’ve got to get a community involved. You’re younger than most of the other candidates. How could your age affect your ability to govern? I don’t think age affects ability to govern whatsoever. My hope is that my age will inspire other folks my age to be even more involved the process—in the process of governing and the process of being a committed, effective member of the community. We do have an older set of folks, and no

one, certainly, wants to eradicate old people from the table. Of course, they come with wisdom, but I think there is definitely some room at the table for younger people. When you look at the city of Jackson, we’re losing 1,300* people every year. So, of course, I’m concerned about those folks in my age bracket that are starting families (and) that are just getting married. That’s our hope. How do we turn that 1,300 net loss into 1,300 net gain? I think where we are just now is that people have got to feel emotionally invested that “I can make differ-

ence,” and certainly they can. We’ve proved that time and time again. *Editor’s note: From 2000-2010, Census figures show that Jackson averaged a loss of 1,128 residents per year, including a gain of 273 from July 2005 to July 2006. How do you get people to feel emotionally involved? I think it goes back to what we talked about, as it relates to crime. I think the only thing that inhibits it is kind of this imperialistic view that everything has got to be handed down from the city. I personally think that if you open up, you be transparent, and you show people. “Alright, we’re working on this, but we need your input.” I’ll give you an example. There is a lot of talk about the Highway 80 corridor. It’s really interesting. There is a really high traffic count that goes up and down the corridor. People argue that it’s the best location in the state. You’ve got (Interstates) 20 and 220 that intersect there. I think one of the things that we’ve done a very poor job of as a city is building a case for business. So what if we created some type of economic dream team, where we invited the entire community, old and young, that live in that area and said: “Look, we’ve got a lot of vacant space here. What is it that you want? What is it that you need?” and we create an environment where people bring their ideas to the table? Then it’s up to the city to set the stage. We discover the data. How many people live in this area? Where are they going for particular services and particular kinds of recreation? How much disposable income do they have? Rather than hoping and waiting that somebody comes along and discovers Jackson and the intersection of I-20 and 220, we go tap people on the shoulder and say, “Look, we’ve got the perfect location for you. I know the city owns the building at the Metrocenter. Hey, we’ve got a building here. Here’s the disposable income. Here’s the number of cars that pass by each day. By the way, we’ve got a community that is

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How do you plan to compete with established politicians in the city such as Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and Councilmen Chokwe Lumumba and Frank Bluntson in this campaign? I hope that this campaign is about the issues. We all know there are lots of issues out there. We’ve got some plans that we’re going to be rolling out in the very near future for addressing those issues. Honestly, I think that the cream rises to the top. I think that we’re definitely in the time when people are ready for something new, fresh and outside of the status quo. I think that they are going to be listening for what that is. We’ve got some factors in our city that I don’t know if we’ve actually, really addressed headon, like education. No doubt about it: The lifeblood of this city (is) the kids that live here. Every problem that we have can be directly or indirectly traced back to whether or not we have an engaged, highfunctioning publicschool system. I think talking about issues, generating ideas and inviting people into this campaign as an opportunity for them to build a vision and build a way to implement it will set us apart from every candidate running. Your work with the Greater Jackson Chamber and some of the developers around the city has raised concerns with some people that you are the developers’ candidate. How do you assure the people that you will take a discerning look at these developments and do what is right for the little man, as well as the developer? First of all, I’m glad you asked that question. The idea that I’m the developers’ candidate or the idea that I am favored by these guys is completely unfounded. I’ve been chairman of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, no doubt about it, but one of the things that I did during my tenure (there) was to make sure that the Chamber of Commerce sponsor community forums like we do (at Koinonia Coffeehouse) every Friday. I don’t have any allegiance to any particular developer. I just want development that makes sense for the entire community, not just for some. One of the things that we

will be talking about in great detail is making sure that our city is inclusive. I don’t mean racially inclusive, which is important as well: I’m talking about economic inclusiveness. For far too long, we’ve been doing things to our communities in Jackson, instead of with our communities. Honestly, serving on the board of the Chamber of Commerce had given me an opportunity to see (that) there are some things, some really grave issues that we’ve had. There are some real opportunities that we’ve had to make sure that we do development that benefits everybody. The developers’ candidate, that’s sort of an interesting way of putting it. Is that the business candidate, too, or is that just the developers’ candidate? I guess it can kind of go together. I think it’s fair to point out, too, that I’m not a corporate guy. I run a business on the corner of Valley (Street) and Raymond Road. I have employees that take the bus. We have known them and are intimately involved with them for many, many years. The perspective of being a small business owner, (and) a black business owner is a lot different from a corporate guy. I think that’s one of the divisive tactics, the ugly things that happen during the election cycle to really take our eye off the ball. Yes, I’ve sat at the table. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned some things that I want to do. I’ve learned some things that we certainly don’t need to do, or do again for that matter. I’m definitely not the business candidate. This whole campaign, we will be emphasizing the fact that this is a community where I’m from. I’m running for this office because it’s personal; it’s a real personal thing for me. I want a community where not only my daughter, but my cousins and my nieces and nephews are getting a great education. (I want) a place where folks on the south side of town aren’t worried about property values or even whether or not their going to be able to run down the street to the grocery store, as opposed to running all the way across town, because there isn’t a grocery store in their community. I’m concerned about those things. I’m concerned about this idea of infrastructure

I think it’s fair to point out, too, that I’m not a corporate guy. I run a business on the corner of Valley (Street) and Raymond Road.

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What can the city do about abandoned houses and properties? There are a couple of national models that we can use. One of the ways is incentivizing—I think the term that they used is—public-service employees with an opportunity to purchase inside the city: folks like police officers or schoolteachers. We have an over-abundance of abandoned housing. I had a sit-down conversation with two young guys that actually rehab houses in south Jackson. There are some tools that we’ll be talking about in the future that we can roll out that will enable us to get those people in those houses. It’s interesting. A guy made a point to me the other day (about houses) in the price range from, say, $80,000 to $120,000. In

their view, the only thing that stood between a guy or girl being able to live in that home is a down payment. They have a history of paying $550, $600 in rent every month, and (they’re) never late, but they just don’t have the basic down payment to get in the door. So what if we came up with a way to incentivize the folks who are rehabbing houses to move the value of that property up, say 10 percent. Assessed value goes up 10 percent, and in exchange for them doing that, we create a mechanism by which they can pass on a down-payment system to people and get them in those houses. I mean, right now we’ve got an overabundance of houses that are owned by the city or owned by the state that aren’t doing us any good. We aren’t collecting taxes on them. That’s one of many ways we can get it done. The city has a lot of big development proposals out there right now: One Lake, the District at Eastover, Old Capitol Green, Farish Street and the Medical Corridor. If elected, which developments will you make a priority? And which may not be a good idea for the city? I think one of the things that we’ve got to start doing, and this goes back to being in business, is some way we’re going to have to figure out a way to juggle more than one project. We’ll be looking at all of those projects. From the outside looking in, all of them are different on the surface than they are in detail. You brought up Farish Street, for instance. We are counting on that. I can’t say that I’m going to do anything special (with it). In fact, if all goes well, it’ll be open by the time we’re elected. I do know that we’ve got to create a transparent process. I, for one, like many Jacksonians, want to make sure that any tax money that I have invested in a project like that is being handled responsibly. The medical corridor is another huge opportunity, I think, for the city of Jackson. The thing that interests me is attracting outside firms in that can provide valuable jobs for us.

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and the fact that people don’t feel that the streets are up to par, or that the water may (not) run when they turn on the faucet. I think, at the end of the day, that we all—as citizens—have a few expectations of our city and what our city should be doing to provide those certain amenities that we pay for in the form of taxes. Right now, the city is suffering. It’s going to take coming up with innovative ways to sustain the population that’s here, and at the same time, attracting population within. Right now, we’re in a situation where we don’t know how we’re going to pay the freight. How are we going to finance infrastructure issues when we’re losing 1,300 people a year? We’ve got, I think, 75,000 housing units in Jackson. 17,000 of them are vacant. How do we put those houses back into service in a sustainable way? How do we attract people to our community? I don’t think we can stand to risk any segment of the population in answering those questions. Because there are so many of us here, we’ve got to figure out a way, like I said, to expand that table to where we can have an open and honest conversation about what we expect, what we need and how do we as a community, not just one segment of the community, but an entire community, affect those kinds of changes.

Jonathan Lee (center) inherited Mississippi Products from his father John H. (right). Jonathan and John are seen here with Jonathan’s mother, Jean Lee.

I would have to say that is going to be high, high, high on my list, making sure we attract industries that create jobs; and making sure that we utilize those federal programs effectively where we can train Jacksonians for those jobs. I know that the state has, just recently, passed some legislation to make the corridor extremely easy to develop, so to speak, in terms of research firms coming in or even black manufacturing coming in. I am supremely interested in that. We’ve got to really think outside the box and see what kind of things we as a city can marry with those other incentives to get in and working again. What else did you mention? One Lake, District at Eastover (and) Old Capitol Green. I am supremely interested in One Lake, too. I don’t know what the latest is;

the One Lake versus Two Lakes. I know that the Army Corps of Engineers, I think, has signed onto the One Lake plan. Of course like everyone, I am concerned about sustainability. If there is a way to build (One Lake), make sure that the river basin is taken care of and there are no environmental issues, and it provides jobs and opportunity for retail and economic development that is inclusive, not just for one part of the community; a model like Old Capitol Green, where they are doing some really innovative things to get people working (and) get people living in that community, I’m all for it. I don’t make any qualms about the idea that we’ve got to have the community at the table. For more on development and the rest of this interview, visit www.jfp.ms/mayorsrace. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Jacob Fuller at Jacob@jacksonfreepress.com.

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On the Road with Josh Hailey Courtesy Josh Hailey

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Josh Hailey’s cross-country photo road trip has taken him (inset) to (clockwise from top) Oklahoma, Hawaii, Missouri, Florida and beyond. Many of his photos, like top right, are shared on the app Instagram. He’s pictured in the black-and-white photo.

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osh Hailey loves every second of his couch hopping, frequent gas stops and random interviews with Arizona Border Control as he road-trips across America, collecting faces and moments for his “large photographic research project,” Photamerica. Most of the time Hailey is alone in his ’92 Chevy, which he proclaims a “creeper van” and lovingly calls “Casa Blanca.” His companion on the road is usually just his iPhone, which he says he uses for everything. The van is divided into two distinct areas by a curtain he found. Up front is the cockpit, covered in a wealth of objects he has collected and gathered over the years: stickers from friends, postcards with drawings on the back, a glass dashboard bottle tree made by a friend and two speeding

tickets (one from Oklahoma and one from Arizona.) In the back, lit by a string of purple Christmas lights, is the second living space, the bedroom. Hailey sleeps on a comfy pallet surrounded by four bins (one for clean clothes, one for dirty clothes and two for camera equipment) and a cooler filled with water and tea. “I want to make it to Ohio,” Hailey says. “I can only imagine what the people are doing there, the lives they live in this ever-changing country. … By face value, our lives may seem completely different but the closer and closer you look, the more similarities pop up.” In a single day, Jackson native Hailey takes more than 300 snapshots with his iPhone and more than 100 higher-quality photographs with his Canon 5D

Mark 2, and uploads the best to social-media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as his own websites (photamerica.com and randombeautiful.com). He photographs everything that catches his eye, from southern weddings to Gay Pride San Francisco; interesting architecture to familiar smiles; a man selling bath and shower salts in southern California and a 6-foot crab made solely of plants and scrap metal at the entrance of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Hailey says he is attempting to sum up “His America,” and the culture within, through his camera lens. Hailey plans to visit 50 states in 50 weeks. He began in Hawaii this January. “I flew to Hawaii first while my van was still getting rigged up. It was a way for me to kill two birds with one stone, getting the one state I couldn’t drive to out of the way and using that extra time to get my van fixed,” Hailey says. Through funding from programs like Kickstarter and new friends with cozy places to sleep whom he met via websites like CouchSurfing, Hailey is crossing the country in a van he got at an auction for $2,000. “The beauty of the Internet made this trip possible for me,” he says. The Internet continues to shape the project—Hailey and his van are willing to move and shake wherever, or however, he is invited. At the end of the project, Hailey plans to compile his favorite and most interesting photos into a book to be released in 2013. The photographer is making big moves with Photamerica, a movement that is as open as the wind and completely loose. “I am going where I am asked to go,” he says. “I am talking to people online who want to talk to me, through friends who ask me to visit and kind faces on the streets, and I am moving like word of mouth from place to place.” Hailey enjoys exploring the “cultural fondue pot” of the nation, challenging societal norms, and meeting vibrant people with ideas of their own who are willing and brave enough to share them with the world. He says its all about sharing those beautiful moments and images with the world through social media and the Internet—truly capturing America in its current state, with its current inhabitants showing the real faces, the real lives, and the real laughs. “I am a liver of life, a lover of many and, most importantly, a sharer,” Hailey says. For more ROAD TRIPS, see p 34-35


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The 4th of July Celebration at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; call 601-856-7546. … The Broadmeadow 4th of July Parade is at 11 a.m. at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broadmeadow Drive). Free; call 601- 951-7419. … The Canton Gospel Fest Homecoming is at 4 p.m. at Historic Canton Square. Free; call 601-859-1307 or 601-859-2373. … The Mississippi Braves take on the Jackson Generals at 7 p.m. at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Fireworks follow the game. $8-$15; call 800-745-3000. … The 4th of July party at Old House Depot (639 Monroe St.) includes music from the Southern Komfort Brass Band.

Pink Garland perform from 7-10 p.m. at Underground 119. No cover.

vis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) features the films “Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog” at 2 p.m. and “Dark Horse” at 5 p.m. $7 per film; visit msfilm.org. … Teens enjoy games, music and more from 6-9 p.m. at Mississippi Veterans Me7/6 morial Stadium. Ongoing every Sunday through Aug. 4. See the exhibit “Dinosaurs: Big, Bad, Bold and Back” Free; call 601-960-1084. … Jesse Robinson performs at at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riv- 6 p.m. at Underground 119. $5. … Ronnie Dennis and erside Drive) through Jan. 6. $4-$6; call 601-576-6000. Hannah Miller perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. Pro… Jazz saxophonist Thomas “Tiger” Rogers performs at ceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. $5; 8 p.m. at Yellow Scarf. BYOB. $15 in advance, $20 at the visit ronniedennis.com. door; call 347-754-0668. … Los Papis performs at 9 p.m. at Underground 119. $10 cover. … The Submerged 6.0 drum and bass concert is at 9 p.m. at Club Friction at the 7/9 Joint. Must be 18 to enter. $15, $10 under 21. … Opium Sal & Mookie’s hosts a craft-beer dinner at 6 p.m. $60; Symphony performs at Sam’s Lounge. … Suite 106 hosts call 601-368-1919 to RSVP. … Amos Brewer performs at Re-wine with DJ Spre. Free. … The Naked Eskimos play at The Penguin at 6 p.m. … Mississippi Murder Mysteries Club Magoo’s. … The Lucky Hand Blues Band performs presents “The Bachelor Prince” at 7 p.m. at Basil’s Belhaven at Jaco’s Tacos. … The Jon Carter Band plays at Burgers & (904 E. Fortification St.). Bring your own wine. $37.50 plus Blues from 6-10 p.m. … At Hal & Mal’s, the Josh Cavana- tax and tip; call 601-668-2214 or 601-331-4045 to RSVP. ugh Band Showcase is in the Red Room, and Swing de Paris … Soul Wired Cafe hosts MayHAM Monday and Alternaperforms in the restaurant. tive Nite at 8 p.m.

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The Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk is at 8 a.m. at Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-9567444. … The Mississippi Black Rodeo kicks off at 2 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum; encore at 8 p.m. $16; call 800- 745-3000. … Blues artist Ben Payton performs at 8 p.m. at Yellow Scarf. BYOB. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 347-754-0668. … Nameless Open-mic is at 9 p.m. at Suite 106. $5 admission, $3 to perform. … Reggae and Salsa Saturday with DJ C-Lecta is at 10 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe. … Jarekus Singleton’s Blues Birthday Bash is at Hal & Mal’s.

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At Yellow Scarf, bluesman Ben Payton (left) performs July 7, and jazz saxophonist Thomas “Tiger” Rogers (right) performs July 6.

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Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. and includes the Fondren Freedom Fest at Duling Green (Old Canton Road and Duling Avenue). Free; call 601-981-9606. … Randy Everett exhibits his artwork and performs at 5 p.m. at Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Free; call 601-981-9222. … Salsa Mississippi (605 Duling Ave.) gives free dance lessons from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call 601-213-6355. … Soul Wired Cafe has Blue Soul Blues with DJ Shonuff at 8 p.m. … Dreamz JXN hosts Centric Thursday. … Club Magoo’s hosts Ladies Night with DVDJ Reign. … Adib Sabir and

The Ole Miss Rebel Reunion is from 5-8 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, additional $5 for premium seating, students and children free; email centralmsolemissalumniclub@gmail.com. … DoubleShotz is at Shucker’s.

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The Jackson 2000 Luncheon featuring Hank Holmes, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives, is at 11:45 a.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $12, $10; email bevelyn_brach@att.net to RSVP. … Jesse “Guitar” Smith is at Burgers & Blues.

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Singer-songwriter Ronnie Dennis gives a CD release show July 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. courtesy ronnie dennis

Free; call 601-592-6200. … Tightrope Escapade performs at Fenian’s 4th of July party.

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agic Mike” bares skin and exposes the finer aspects of southern gentility. The list of bona fide southern men involved in this film includes director, cinematographer and editor Steven Soderbergh (“sex, lies and videotape,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Traffic”), who hails from Baton Rouge and is a darling of film critics for his personal style of filmmaking. Then there is Channing Tatum (“Chan” to his fans), who lived on a bayou in Mississippi during his pre-teen years and on whom the story is loosely based, and Matthew McConaughey, a beef-fed lad born and raised in the Lone Star State. This southern triumvirate, along with a great supporting cast, creates a spectacular cabaret experience.    After my husband declined my invitation to view “Magic Mike” with flimsy excuses of work, a friend (whose name shall not be disclosed in the interest of complying with privacy laws) and I joined hundreds of other ladies of a similar age and matronly body type for a “girls just wanna have fun” afternoon at the movie theater. The film did not disappoint. The movie opens on Dallas (McConaughey), the owner of Club Xquisite. He saunters on stage in his cowboy boots and skin hugging leather pants, which hang dangerously low to exposing his personal treasures. Pointing to an erogenous zone, Dallas says, “Fact is, the law says you cannot touch!” He pauses and smirks. “But I think I see a lotta lawbreakers up in this house tonight.” The crowd goes wild. Dallas and his club are emblems of decadence. The movie does not exploit decadence; rather it gives decadence its due. The beginning of the film sizzles hot— like chili-pepper hot. Each shot screams of double entendre. The dance numbers, choreographed by Alison Faulk, flash bare sculpted booties. Everything seems to become sexualized. There is something base and fascinating about men willing to wear a thong and expose their cheeks for a dollar tip.    The floor show at Dallas’ club acts as a prism through which we see the characters’ lives. The formalized numbers center the mov-

ie, and the feature attraction is Magic Mike (Tatum). He is joined by: Ken (Matt Bomer of “White Collar”), who performs as Barbie’s dreamsickle boyfriend; tough and tumble Tarzan (WWE star Kevin Nash); Latin loverboy Tito (“CSI: Miami” investigator Adam Rodriguez); Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello of “True Blood”); and Adam aka “the Kid” (Alex Pettyfer). They jump, turn, slither, hump and strip to high-octane music in various iterations of the all-American man, from gunslingers and cops to firefighters, soldiers and construction workers. The scene where Mike and the Kid perform their police routine for sorority girls that devolves into a fistfight with a frat boy will make you hoot with laughter, even if the whole scene seems so wrong.   Mike’s myopic view of his world changes after he meets the Kid’s older sister Brooke (Cody Horn). Mike’s blown away by the freshfaced and sharp-mouthed Brooke. Brooke tells Mike that she had hoped the stripper thing was all a joke. He replies: “It is pretty funny.”    Under Soderbergh’s direction, the movie doesn’t stay at an incendiary level of shallow. It eventually teases and pulls out the three-dimensional world of exotic male dancing. The movie pops the air from any fairy-tale notion that being a well-sculpted male is easy. Sex, booze and fun every night of the week is not all it’s cracked up to be when you’re over 30 and a bank won’t give you a loan because you haven’t established any credit. Packing thousands of $1 bills may stroke the ego, but no one wants to marry that guy. This film balances the G-string without toppling over into tasteless extremes more than a dozen times. I laughed. I laughed more, and I came to appreciate Tatum’s dancing and acting talents. Unlike in his past work, Tatum comes alive in this film. But what I appreciated even more was Soderbergh’s intelligent use of the material. When there is nothing to believe in but pleasure, hedonism has a ghastly desperate edge. “Magic Mike” is, in fact, a thought-provoking movie, and McConaughey’s performance should earn him an Oscar nod if Puritanical forces do not bar him admittance.


jfpevents Jackson 2000 Luncheon July 11, 11:45 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Hank Holmes, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives, presents: “Plans for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.” RSVP. $12, $10 members; email bevelyn_branch@att.net. Beer & Bones July 14, noon, at F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St.). Includes a backyard grilling competition, a domino tournament, and an arts and music festival with Norman Clark and Smokestack Lightning, the Bailey Brothers, the Dillonaires, Jesse Robinson and the 500-lb Blues Band, and the Legendary House Rockers. Art vendors and cooking teams must register. Admission TBA, $25 art vendor fee, $50 grilling entry fee; call 601-983-1148.

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Top of the Hops Beer Festival July 28, 4-8 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Includes more than 150 beer samples, seminars, games and live music. VIP guests receive entry at 3 p.m. with free food and an exclusive beer selection. After-party at Hal & Mal’s. $35, $75 VIP, $15-$25 designated driver; call 800-745-3000.

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ondren After 5 is going patriotic. On Thursday, July 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. the Fondren Association of Businesses hosts the Fondren Freedom Fest, an Independence Day festival featuring entertainment for children and parents on the great lawn at Duling Green. David Waugh, president of the FAB, says the event started three years ago. “Back several years ago, we had monthly themes for Fondren After 5, and then (later) we had two big events—Fondren Unwrapped in the spring and Arts, Eats and Beats in the fall—but nothing in the summer,” Waugh says. “We (wanted) an event that was geared toward families and children that would be different from the regular Fondren After 5, which tends to be more about shopping.” The free event includes a Children’s Parade in the historic Fondren business district. Red, white and blue-clad participants on decorated wagons, bikes, trikes and strollers can follow the “Pied Piper” in the parade around 6:30 p.m. Jazz up your strollers, kids, and even your pets and you could win a prize for best decorated ride. Entry to the event and carnival games are free, and all proceeds from food and other concessions will be donated to the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides support to the families of soldiers who have been killed or disabled in service to our country. Aside from the carnival games and parade, enjoy food, popcorn, snow cones, hot dogs, cotton candy, a dunking booth, music, space jumps and more. As usual, participating stores will stay open late, and plenty of delicious food and music will be available at every turn. Fondren Freedom Fest is July 5, 5 to 8 p.m. at Duling Green (Duling Ave. and Old Canton Road). The event is free. Call 601-981-9606 for more information. —Liz Hayes

Eighth Annual JFP Chick Ball July 28, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention, and this year’s goal is to start a rape crisis center. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. Get involved, volunteer, and donate art, money and gifts at chickball@jacksonfreepress.com. Donate by July 11 to get into auction guide! More details at jfpchickball.com. Follow on Twitter @jfpchickball. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16. Currently Showing at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $6.50, $5.50 seniors, $4 children ages 4-12; call 601-960-1552. • “Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs.” The film is about Egypt and its mysterious mummies. Shows are weekdays at noon and Saturdays at 4 p.m. • “Wild Ocean.” The film shows the migration of marine animals and their encounters with humans. Shows are Monday-Saturday at 2 p.m.

HOLIDAY Fourth of July Celebration July 4, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Enjoy a picnic, music from Chris Gill, craft demonstrations and food for sale. Free admission; call 601-856-7546. Broadmeadow Fourth of July Parade July 4, 11 a.m., at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broadmeadow Drive). Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association hosts the annual event, and the theme is “Red, White and Broadmeadow.” Patriotic costumes encouraged. A potluck picnic lunch follows; covered dishes welcome. Refreshments such as hot dogs and ice cream also served. Call 601-951-7419. Independence Day Celebration July 4, 7 p.m., in downtown Vicksburg at the City Waterfront Depot Stage on Washington Street. Compositionz performs at 7 p.m., and the fireworks show is at 9 p.m. Free; call 601-634-4527.

COMMUNITY Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk July 7, 8 a.m., at Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). An experienced Audubon Society member leads the walk. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444. Rankin County Democrats Monthly Breakfast July 7, 8:30 a.m., at Corner Bakery (108 Market St., Flowood). Jackson-area Democrats meet for breakfast and discuss current political activities. Open to the public. Free admission; visit rankindemocrats.net. Collective Souls of Black People Workshop July 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. The Black Life and Family Institute hosts the workshop that addresses the health and well-being of the African-American community. Free; call 601-214-6140. Eight Percent Craft Beer Dinner July 9, 6 p.m., at Sal and Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.). Featured beers include Abita Andygator and Lazy Magnolia Timberbeast. RSVP. $60; call 601-368-1919. Small Business Association Webinar July 10, 1 p.m. The topic is preparing for natural disasters, cyber attacks and structural failure. Space limited. Free; visit sba.gov. Precinct 1 COPS Meeting July 5, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues. Call 601-960-0001.

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Jackson Business Development Professionals Roundtable July 11, 9 a.m., at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Help develop strategies to improve local business development. Free; call 601-540-5415. Computer Basics Class July 11, 10 a.m.-noon, at Kismar Computer Repair and Services (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Topics include web surfing, using Facebook, email, sharing photos and anti-virus protection. Registration required; gift certificates available. $185; call 601-977-1008. Choctaw Indian Fair July 11-14, at Choctaw Reservation (Highway 16, Choctaw). The 63rd annual event includes the Choctaw Indian Princess Pageant, stickball games, guest speakers and music. Performers include Steve Azar, Chris Cagle, Indigenous, Jo Dee Messina, The Lost Trailers and Clint Black. $10 one day, $15 four days, $5-$10 students, children 5 and under free; call 601-650-7450. Weekly Summer Activities for Teens, at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). Sundays from 6-9 p.m. through Aug. 4, teens are welcome to enjoy socializing, basketball games, card games, music and more. Security provided. Free; call 601-960-1084. Dog Day Afternoons, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring your dog to the Art Garden for an afternoon of play Sundays at noon through Sept. 30. Shelter dogs available for adoption. Free; call 601-960-1515.

WELLNESS First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children every first Friday of the month. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355. Four-week ZumbAtomic Camp, at Brickhouse Cardio Club (1006 Top St., Flowood). ZumbAtomic is a program designed for children ages 5-12 to get moving and to promote a healthy lifestyle, introduce them to other cultures and build self-confidence. Discounts for members and additional children. $99-$119; call 601-939-1040.

FARMERS MARKETS Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m.2 p.m. through Dec. 15. Call 601-354-6573. Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Call 601-919-1690. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.6 p.m. through Oct. 31. Call 601-373-4545.

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Doris Berry’s Farmers Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. through Oct. 31. New satellite location: Berry’s Produce (3139 N. State St., call 601850-7298) open 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. MondaySaturday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633.

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Jackson Roadmap to Health Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 30. WIC vouchers accepted. Call 601-987-6783. Vicksburg Farmers Market, on the east side of Washington Street between Jackson and Grove

streets. Open Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. through July 28. Call 601801-3513 or 601-634-4527. Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison). Open Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. through Oct. 11. Call 601-898-0212. Canton Farmers Market through Oct. 31, at Historic Canton Square at the courthouse green. Open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon until the end of harvest. Call 601-859-5816.

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Rebel Reunion July 10, 5 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The event features Ole Miss coaches and athletic officials, a silent auction and children’s activities. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, additional $5 for premium seating, students and children free; email centralmsolemissalumniclub@gmail.com.

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fter an ankle injury permanently sidelined basketball player Jarekus Singleton in 2008, he was on crutches for 18 weeks and had to learn to walk all over again. It was then that the former Clinton High School star point guard and William Carey University’s 2007 National Player of the Year returned to his roots deep in the Mississippi blues. The 27-year old blues guitarist began playing guitar in his grandfather’s church as a child, but these days, he is playing to much larger audiences. Clinton native Singleton and his band, The Jarekus Singleton Band, perform regularly throughout Mississippi and across the South. The band was named Guitar Center’s King of the Blues in Mississippi in 2011 and nominated as the Jackson Music Awards’ Blues Artist of the Year for the past three years straight. When it comes to recent honors, including the United Kingdom’s Blues and Rhythm Magazine labeling him as a “star on the rise,” the modest Singleton says, “I’m just concentrating on getting better.” The band is a family affair, with Singleton’s cousins Chancellor Cain on keyboard, and Ben Sterling on bass and his brother Jackirus Singleton on drums. Jarekus plays lead guitar. In 2010, the band released its debut album, “Heartfelt,” and is currently working on a second CD. Singleton credits his mom as his biggest inspiration and acknowledges his uncle, Tony, as one of his favorite artists and the person who taught him how play the bass guitar at age 9. On July 7, the Jarekus Singleton Band performs at Hal and Mal’s (200 Commerce St., 601-948-0888) in celebration of Singleton’s birthday. The band also performs at F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St., 601-983-1148) July 27; Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601-352-2322) July 28; and at the Jackson Music Awards July 30 at the Marriott Hotel (200 E. Amite St., 601-981-4035). — Darnell Jackson

STAGE AND SCREEN Mississippi Black Rodeo July 7, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The Real Cowboy Association hosts “The Baddest Show on Dirt.” $16; call 800-745-3000. Nameless Open-mic July 7, 9 p.m., at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). Held on first and third Saturdays. Poets, singers, actors and comedians are welcome. $5 admission, $3 to perform; call 601720-4640.

BE THE CHANGE Ronnie Dennis “Gone Is the Day” CD Release Show July 8, 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The singer-songwriter is a Jackson native and former member of the band Ninth Hour. Hannah Miller also performs. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. $5; visit ronniedennis.com. Art House Cinema Downtown July 8, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Films include “Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog” at 2 p.m. and “Dark Horse” at 5 p.m. Refreshments sold. $7 per film; visit msfilm.org.

55 N.). Jeff Crook signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.99 book; call 601-366-7619.

CREATIVE CLASSES

Ballroom Dance Lessons July 8, 5-6 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory, teaches the rumba in the Academy Building. $10; call 601-631-2997.

Free Dance Classes, July 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Options include hip-hop and Zumba, and are 30 minutes long. All ages and skill levels welcome. Free; call 601-213-6355.

“The Bachelor Prince” Dinner Theater July 9, 7 p.m., at Basil’s Belhaven (904 E. Fortification St.). Mississippi Murder Mysteries presents the medieval “whodunnit” about a prince’s reluctant search for a bride. Cash bar at 5 p.m.; seating at 6:30 p.m. RSVP. Tax and tip not included. Bring wine. $37.50; call 601-668-2214 or 601-331-4045.

Portrait Drawing Workshop July 9-12, 9 a.m.noon, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Jerrod Partridge guides students through the basics of portrait drawing. Registration required; supplies included. $190, $180 members; call 601-631-2997.

Who’s in the Shadows? The Madison County Library System Children’s Specialists present a shadow puppet play. Free; call 601-856-4536. • July 10, 4:30 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). • July 11, 10:30 a.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). Community Dance Concert Call for Participants, at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.). Belhaven faculty and alumni, and local dancers are welcome to participate in the performance Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts Concert Hall (835 Riverside Drive). Submit videos for review by Aug. 29. Call 601-965-1400.

MUSIC Events at Yellow Scarf (741 Harris St., Suite E). Call 347-754-0668; visit yellowscarf-jackson.com. • Thomas “Tiger” Rogers July 6, 8 p.m. Rogers is a jazz saxophonist from Jackson. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. • Ben Payton July 7, 8 p.m. Payton is an acoustic blues artist with Delta roots. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Canton Gospel Fest Homecoming July 4, 4 p.m., at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). The annual event features local and regional acts. Free; call 601-859-1307 or 601859-2373. Mississippi Music Foundation Singer-songwriter Showcase July 4, 6 p.m., at Brick Oven Pizza Company (2428 E. Parkway St., Hernando). Rusty Hartfield, Bret Ross and Steve Rose perform. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Music Foundation’s Money Match program. No cover, donations welcome; call 662-429-2939. Submerged 6.0 July 6, 9 p.m., at Club Friction at the Joint (206 W. Capitol St.). The drum and bass concert includes music from DJ Scooba, Werd MC, Thomas Melvin and the TightStep Concept. For ages 18 and up. $10, $15 under 21; find TightStep Concept on Facebook. Mississippi Happening, at Pizza Shack, Colonial Mart (5046 Parkway Drive, Suite 6). On second and fourth Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m., Guaqueta Productions provides performances and interviews featuring local creatives, business leaders and nonprofits. Download podcasts at mississippihappening. com or iTunes. Call 601-497-7454.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS “The Sleeping and the Dead” July 11, 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate

Shut Up and Write! Classes at JFP Classroom (2727 Old Canton Road, Suite 224). Sign up for one of JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd’s popular nonfiction and creative writing classes. Fall classes forming now. Six-week sessions held every other Saturday. $150 ($75 deposit required); call 601362-6121, ext. 16; get on mailing list at class@ jacksonfreepress.com.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS July Art Show and Concert July 5, 5 p.m., at Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Randy Everett exhibits his artwork and performs. The art exhibit hangs through July 31. Free; call 601981-9222. Inaugural Cedars Juried Art Exhibition Call for Artists, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). The Fondren Renaissance Foundation seeks artwork to feature in their annual exhibit Sept. 4-28. Artists may submit up to three pieces, and all work must be for sale. The deadline is July 14. $20 entry fee; call 601-981-9606. Fun Fridays through July 27, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Children participate in interactive, hands-on activities Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon. Parents must accompany children. $6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, members and babies free; call 601-576-6000. Art Exhibit through July 31, at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). See Vicksburg native Andrew Bucci’s landscapes of the Mississippi Delta. Open weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; call 601-982-4844. Paul Buford Art Show through Aug. 8, at Fitness Lady North (331 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland). Open Monday-Thursday from 5 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday from 5 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m.5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Free; call 601354-0066 or 601-856-0535. “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites” through Aug. 26, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The interactive exhibit for ages 8 and younger is derived from seven children’s picture books. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. $8, children under 12 and members free; call 601981-5469 or 877-793-5437. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.


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For Her People by Darnell Jackson, Whitney Menogan and Aaron Cooper COURTESY THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

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he universality of Margaret Walker Alexander’s words and her literary voice echoes today in the studies of English majors, African American studies majors and anyone who reads creative writing and social commentary around the world. Walker wrote not exclusively for the black cause, but inclusively, commenting on the purpose of man and the human condition as a whole. The African American poet and author of the critically acclaimed book “Jubilee” (1966) was born Margaret Abigail Walker July 7, 1915, in Birmingham, Ala. She lived in Jackson from 1943 until her death in 1998. The impact of Walker’s life works and achievements continues today as a monument to the African American experience of the Great Depression. On Walker’s birthday this year, Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center will host the benefit concert, “For My People: The Margaret Walker Song Cycle.” Walker would have been 97 years old. The multi-media “For My People” concert combines Walker’s poetry with composer and pianist Randy Klein’s music. Klein gained the musical rights to Walker’s poems and will direct the concert with special help from vocalist Aurelia Williams and members of the renowned JSU Chorale. The performance combines a musical concert with video projections consistent with images in the poetry along with rare footage of Alexander reading her poetry. An English professor at JSU from 1946 to 1979, Walker worked with the Federal Writer’s Project alongside other legendary writers, the most notable being Richard

On what would be her 97th birthday, JSU celebrates the life and voice of Margaret Walker Alexander.

Wright, in 1936. In 1942, Walker received the Yale Award for Young Poets for “For My People.” In 1968, Walker founded the Institute for the Study

of the History, Life and Culture of Black People at JSU, now named the Margaret Walker Center. It is housed in Ayer Hall, the oldest building on Jackson State’s campus. Dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and dissemination of African American history, the Margaret Walker Center seeks to honor her literary legacy and commitment to black studies with archival manuscripts and oralhistory collections. The center has four manuscript vaults, collections of Walker’s personal papers, her journals and diaries digitized and available on the center’s website (jsums.edu/margaretwalker). Robert Luckett, director of the Margaret Walker Center and assistant professor of history at Jackson State University, says that it is the second largest personal archives of a modern black female writer anywhere in the world. The center engages the community through literacy projects and educational workshops and works with other JSU departments, including its partners: The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, The Afro-Cuban Research Institute and The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. The center (1400 John R. Lynch St., 601-979-3935) will host a meeting of the Margaret Walker Center membership and a public forum discussing future growth and sustainability at 1 p.m. on July 7. “For My People” starts at 7 p.m. in the F.D. Hall Music Center Auditorium on the JSU campus. Admission is $20. For more information on this event or to buy tickets, visit the Margaret Walker Center online at jsums.edu/margaretwalker.

The Key of G Just Put It On Shuffle phy fit together, but that is a hard sell in a more social setting. I looked to someone else and said, “You put something on. I don’t feel like getting made fun of for Phish songs the rest of the night.” A few days later I thought about it and decided that it is time to get over my anxiety. So, this week, I am going to take the iPod shuffle challenge in the most public of settings and share with all of you the first several songs that pop up when I set my iPod to shuffle songs. This list is in no way doctored. It is what it is. “Fly on a Windshield” by Genesis on “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” (1974) I guess if the iPod is going to give me a Genesis song, it might as well be from one of the all-time best concept records. I could have been fine with “Invisible Touch,” but this one makes me look way cooler. “Track 3” by Sun Ra and his Arkestra on 10/30/1988 This is a soundboard bootleg of a concert from Slim’s, the San Francisco venue owned by Boz Scaggs. Sun Ra, the patron saint of afro-futuristic jazz, led the crowd on a march out of the venue during the encore. Wow.

“Feelin’ Alright” by Isaac Hayes on “Live at The Sahara Tahoe” (1973) This is probably one of the best versions of Dave Mason’s (of Traffic) oft-covered song. COURTESY DELTA MOUNTAIN BOYS

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few weeks ago, at the conclusion of the Priced to Move pop-up art gallery at the old federal courthouse, a few of us adjourned to the rooftop of the Fondren Corner building with the remnants of the weekend’s PBR keg. I had never been up there and found it quite lovely. As we were hanging out, the speaker attached to someone’s phone was playing some background songs from a radio station. Someone asked if anyone had an iPod, and I fessed up to having one in my wife’s purse (the repository for all things I do not wish to keep in my pockets). So I asked, “What should I play?” The owner of the speakers replies, “Just put it on shuffle.” I immediately backed away from that suggestion. I love my iPod. With 21,970 songs taking up 144 GB of the total 160 GB, it is, in my opinion, pure portable perfection. There is probably no better representation of me as a person. Yet, in public settings, I get nervous. I can explain and rationalize to myself how Young Jeezy, WHAM! and the entire Fela Kuti discogra-

What songs come up when you play iPod Roulette?

“Guaranteed” by Dilated Peoples on “That Platform” (2000) A simple boombap beat from Alchemist anchors throwback braggadocio verses from Evidence and Iriscience and scratches from DJ Babu, one

of the all-time great turntablists. This debut album from one of the leaders of the WestCoast underground revival of the early 2000s is full of upbeat summer jams. “Love’s Gone Bad”- by The Jackson 5 on “Boogie” (1979) “Boogie” is the rarest of all Jackson releases, and it came out around the time the band became The Jacksons and released “Destiny,” one of my favorite Michael Jackson projects. “The Moontrane” by Larry Young on “Unity” (1966) This Woody Shawcomposed Blue Note classic that toes the line between conventional and free jazz. “Budos Theme” by The Budos Band on “The Budos Band I” (2005) Easily my favorite band from the past five years, this 10-piece instrumental band on Brooklyn’s Daptone Records creates a self-described “afro-soul” sound that mixes elements of afro-beat, ’60s soul and funk, and jazz. It is perfect. Well, there you go. That’s not bad at all. No Phish to make fun of at least. But I must tell you, that the next song that popped up was Bon Jovi’s “Never Say Goodbye.” Too bad I am out of space for this week.

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es Montgomery, John Coltrane and especially power guitarist Jimi Hendrix influence musician and artist Randy Everett. “I’m surprised they didn’t call me to play the guitar for the movie (about Hendrix’s life),” Everett says jokingly. “It’s not done (filming) yet, so maybe they will.” This 60-year-old kid, as he refers to himself, has been a musician for more than 20 years, playing contemporary, progressive jazz, and recently rekindled his passion for art. This month he will combine the two, playing a show and displaying his art at the Fondren Art Gallery. Everett’s love for music began when he started taking piano lessons at 9 years old. He began composing simple songs and eventually found his true love—the guitar. “When I was about 14, my cousin got a guitar for Christmas. I went to visit, and he let me hold it. I started playing melodies on it almost immediately. It felt so natural to me,” Everett says. “Time went by, I saved my money up and bought a guitar.” After a short time playing the guitar, Everett formed a band and recorded three original songs in a Vicksburg studio as a teenager. “Of course, these weren’t spectacular songs,” Everett says. “We were just kids,” he says with a laugh, “we didn’t know what we were doing.” Everett is now a recording engineer and producer at his own Terminal Studios, located in Ridgeland. Recording artists such as the Williams Brothers and Melvin Williams from several different well-known labels have used the studio, named for a nearby airport.

Various projects recorded there, including the soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” have earned five Grammys and eight Grammy nominations. But Everett’s work doesn’t end with music. He recently picked up a paintbrush for the first time in 20 years and began painting again. Using the brightest colors he can find, Everett’s painting style of abstract realism is indicative of his fun, witty personality. Instead of creating concrete pictures, Everett says that he paints concepts in an abstract way. A photograph he took of birds flying across the beach on the Gulf Coast inspired his most recent painting. He recalls observing them fly away and land over and over again while he took in the spectacular view of them flying across the horizon. His most recent musical project is inspired by his dreams. The album, “My Flying Dream,” is making waves in Europe, and the title track from the album gives listeners insight as to how the album name came about. “My flying dreams aren’t scary at all. In a dream anything can happen. When stuff happens you don’t know why. … You just know that there aren’t any restrictions to your dreams and their possibilities,” he explains. Randy Everett will perform a concert at the Fondren Art Gallery (3030 N. State St., 601-981-9222) on July 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. An exhibit of his artwork is up at the gallery and runs through the end of July. For more information, call the art gallery, visit randyeverett.net or become a fan of his Facebook page.


July 4 - Wednesday Ole Tavern - Karaoke Pop’s Saloon - Karaoke Philip’s on the Rez - Karaoke w/ DJ Mike West Restaurant & Lounge - Wild & Out Wednesday Comedy Show 8:45 p.m. $2 Papitos - John Mora 6-9 p.m. Soul Wired Cafe - B Social 8 p.m. free The Boardwalk - Live DJ Dreamz JXN - Wasted Wednesdays The Carter, 110 W. South St. Hundredth, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, City Cop 6 p.m. $10 Sportsman’s Lodge - Karaoke Shuckers - Fearless Four 3:30 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith Club Magoo’s - Open Mic Night 8 p.m. Last Call - Karaoke Fitzgerald’s - Hunter & Rick Fenian’s - 4th of July Party w/ Tightrope Escapade Old House Depot, Monroe Street - 4th of July Party w/ The Southern Komfort Brass Band 5-8 p.m. free Historic Canton Square - Canton Gospel Fest Homecoming 6 p.m free

July 5 - Thursday Cherokee Inn - D’lo Trio Ole Tavern - Ladies Night Martin’s - Ladies Night Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. Club Magoo’s - Ladies Night w/ DVDJ Reign Brady’s - Karaoke Fitzgerald’s - Hunter & Rick Club 43 - Blend 27 Dreamz JXN - Centric Thursdays Soul Wired Cafe - Blues/Live Band w/ DJ Shonuff 8 p.m. Underground 119 - Adib Sabir and Pink Garland (jazz) 7-10 p.m. no cover Olga’s - Hunter Gibson Trio 6-9 p.m. Fenian’s - Irish Ramblers

July 6 - Friday

Music listings are due noon Monday to be included in print and online listings: music@jacksonfreepress.com. Underground 119 - Cucho & Los Papis Burgers & Blues - Jon Carter Band 6-10 p.m. Martin’s - The Gary Burnside Project 10 p.m. Suite 106 - Re-wine w/ DJ Spre free Soul Wired Cafe - Smooth Funk Band w/ DJ Shonuff 8 p.m. Club Magoo’s - Naked Eskimos Club Friction at the Joint Submerged 6.0: DJ Scooba, Werd MC, Thomas Melvin + 9 p.m. $10-$15 18+ McB’s - Hunter & Rick 8-11:30 p.m. Olga’s - Len and Kay Bouler Kathryn’s - Sofa Kings Hal & Mal’s - Josh Cavanaugh Band Showcase (RR), Swing de Paris (rest) Ole Tavern - Liver Mousse with Riverwolves and Hunter Stewart Mediterranean Fish and Grill Eddie Cotton Fenian’s - The Shady Lamps

July 7 - Saturday Martin’s - Static Ensemble 10 p.m. Martini Room, Regency - Soulful Saturdays 6 p.m. Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. Irish Frog - Karaoke 8 p.m.midnight Pelican Cove - King Taylor Duo & The Dirty Laundry Band Underground 119 - Lucky Hand Blues Band Soul Wired Cafe - Reggae and Salsa w/ DJ C-Lecta 10 p.m. Club Magoo’s - Naked Eskimos Olga’s - Ronnie Owen Top Notch Sports Bar - 2XTreme 9 p.m. $7 Hal & Mal’s - Jarekus Singleton Blues Birthday Bash Ole Tavern - Jason Turner Band Burgers & Blues - Otis Lotus Mediterranean Fish and Grill Eddie Cotton Fenian’s - Caroline Crawford

July 8 - Sunday Old Westinghouse Refrigerator Project Site (1/4 mi. east of the Fortification Street levee gate) M!A Summer Sundays 10 a.m. Philip’s on the Rez - DoubleShotz Hot Shots, Byram - Mike and Marty’s Jam Session Soul Wired Cafe - Sugar Water Purple Open Mic w/ DJ Spre 8 p.m.

Burgers & Blues - Triple Threat

July 9 - Monday Hal and Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society 7 p.m. $5 Martin’s - Open Mic Free Jam Fenian’s - Karaoke Ole Tavern - Pub Quiz Soul Wired Cafe - MayHAM Mondays/Alternative Nite 8 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Karaoke The Penguin - Amos Brewer (saxophonist) 6-9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Hunter & Rick Last Call - I Love Mondays w/ DJ Spoon ladies free until 10 p.m., $3 cover until 10:30 p.m.

July 10 - Tuesday Hal & Mal’s - Pub Quiz Soul Wired Cafe - Erotic Open Mic 8 p.m. Ole Tavern - Open Mic Fenian’s - Open Mic Time Out - Open Mic Night Margaritas - John Mora 6-9 p.m. Shucker’s - DoubleShotz Underground 119 - Jesse Robinson Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith

July 11 - Wednesday Ole Tavern - Karaoke Pop’s Saloon - Karaoke Philip’s on the Rez - Karaoke w/ DJ Mike West Restaurant & Lounge, W. Capitol St. - Wild & Out Wednesday Comedy Show 8:45 p.m. $2 Papitos - John Mora 6-9 p.m. The Boardwalk - Live DJ Soul Wired Cafe - B Social 8 p.m. free Underground 119 - Chalmers and Baby Jan Sportsman’s Lodge - Karaoke Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith Club Magoo’s - Open Mic Night 8 p.m. Dreamz JXN - Wasted Wednesdays Last Call - Karaoke Club 43, Canton - Rock Stock 9 p.m. Slicks Bar & Grille - Karaoke Wednesdays

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Martini Room, Regency - Martini Fridays 9 p.m. Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. The Boardwalk - Karaoke Table 100 - David Pigott Jaco’s Tacos - Lucky Hand Blues Band Reed Pierce - Snazz

For a list of music venue addresses and phone numbers, visit jfp.ms/musicvenues.

THIS WEEK WEDNESDAY 7/04 CLOSED Happy Independence Day!

THURSDAY 7/05 Restaurant Open As Usual

FRIDAY 7/06 Josh Cavanaugh Band Showcase (Red Room) Swing de Paris (Restaurant)

SATURDAY 7/07 Jarekus Singleton Blues Birthday Bash

MONDAY 7/09 Central MS Blues Society “Blue Monday” The Men w/ Los Buddies (Red Room)

TUESDAY 7/10 PUB QUIZ w/ Erin & friends (Restaurant)

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Friday, July 6th

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Saturday, July 7th

LUCKY HAND BLUES BAND

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by Sara Sacks

by Bryan Flynn

Thursday, July 5 Cycling (7-10:30 a.m. NBC Sports Network): Stage 5 of the Tour de France is 196.5 kilometers (just over 122 miles) from Rouen to Saint-Quentin. Just typing that made me tired. Friday, July 6 Boxing (9-11 p.m. ESPN 2): Featherweight Javier Fortuna (19-0, 14 KOs) takes on Cristobal Cruz (39-13-3, 23 KOs) live from Las Vegas. Saturday, July 7 NASCAR (6:30-10 p.m. TNT): It’s the Coke Zero 400 from Daytona International Speedway. Last year, in a crash-filled ending, David Ragan won this race after it went 10 extra laps. Sunday, July 8 Tennis (8-2 p.m. ESPN): The men’s final at Wimbledon probably won’t have a U.S. man in it; only two survived the first week of the tournament. Monday, July 9 MLB (7-9 p.m. ESPN): 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby should provide some excitement. The New York Yankee’s Robinson Canó won this event last year. Tuesday, July 10 MLB (6:30-10 p.m. Fox): At the midsummer classic, see the 83rd installment of the MLB All-Star Game held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., home of the Kansas City Royals. Wednesday, July 11 Awards (8-10:30 p.m. ESPN): Celebrate the year that was in sports with the 2012 ESPYS Awards. Vote for each category on the ESPN website. What’s the best part about July? When it ends, football season is just around the corner. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports.

The Baddest Show on Dirt Black Rodeo. “(But) the rodeo is open for anyone to come and compete,” Harrison clarifies. “They say it’s a black rodeo to get the black crowd to see that there are black cowboys and to come see their own people.” “We’re just trying to paint a picture of the forgotten cowboy,” Edwards says. “We try to educate and entertain (the audience) at the same time.” The type of education the rodeo provides, particularly the responsibility of caring for animals, has a positive effect on many The Black Rodeo rides into the Mississippi Coliseum July 7, shattering cowboy race stereotypes. people involved, especially the youth. Bobby “Hoss” rank “Penny” Edwards saw a black movies, TV and book covers being specifi- Harrison has seen the way rodeo responcowboy for the first time when he cally white. sibilities have helped kids in his neighborwas in his late 20s. Before then, he A black cowboy operating outside the hood. “There was this one boy, he was just didn’t know they even existed. Now, stereotype, rodeo rider Bobby Harrison gets a renegade in the school. I finally went to decades later, he is the founder and presi- some strange reactions when doing what him and said, ‘You can’t ride these horses dent of the Real Cowboy Association. he loves. “People drive by (when I pull a until your report card gets better,’” Harri Founded in 1981, the RCA has held horse trailer), see that I’m a black cowboy, son says. “He started making As and Bs in Black Rodeos in 18 cities in 7 different and immediately turn their heads,” he says. school and now he plays basketball at Alastates. A decade ago, Mayor Harvey John- “They’re like ‘what is that?’” bama State, on his way to the pros. That son Jr. asked Edwards if he would bring his But after 43 years of the same reac- was just two years ago, and now his brothrodeo to Jackson. “And I told him yes,” Ed- tions, Harrison is used to it. “Me being ers are following in his footsteps.” wards says enthusiastically. “That’s where it black, I want to show that I can compete The events at the RCA’s rodeo in Jackall started, and we’ve been here ever since, with any color, and I’m just as competitive son will include bull dogging, calf roping, and we love the place!” The RCA will hold as any other race,” he says. kid’s sheep riding and barrel racing. Oldits 10th annual Black Rodeo in the coli- Harrison is not alone. At the upcom- school band Con Funk Shun and the hip seum in downtown Jackson July 7. ing rodeo in Jackson, 520 cowboys are hop artist J Dash will perform. Edwards likes to host the Black Rodeo registered to compete, most of them non- “One thing we want to let Jackin Jackson because it sheds a light on a for- white. Riders hail from states all over the son know is that we’re bringing the gotten past. “When we got to Jackson, a lot country—Alabama, Florida, Texas, Okla- baddest show on dirt to Mississippi,” Edof black and white people had never seen homa, Kansas, Nebraska and Arkansas to wards says. black cowboys. That made it really, really name a few. The 10th annual Black Rodeo starts at unique,” he says. Back when it was founded, the RCA 10 a.m. July 7 at the Mississippi Coliseum It’s true—a black cowboy is not some- was a 99-percent black organization. The (1207 Mississippi St., 601-961-4000). Tickthing that many Americans are used to see- association is much more diverse now, ets are $18. For more information call 601ing, with all the stereotypical cowboys in but still holds events under the title of 353-0603 or visit realcowboyassociation.com.

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July is a big month in sports, with the Tour de France, the 2012 London Olympics and golf’s British Open all held this month.

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rell Kimmons, the Jackson Free Press’ Person of the Day for July 2, is not the only Mississippian heading to London for track and field competitions. Three others with ties to our state will join Kimmons at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London. Former Jackson State University star Michael Tinsley came in first place at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore., in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 48.33 seconds to earn a spot. He is the first JSU track athlete to win a NCAA Division I title. In the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Tinsley won the 400-meter hurdles in 48.25 seconds. This is his

first time to make the U.S. Olympic team. Ridgeland High School athlete Bianca Knight made the Olympic Team as a relay runner after finishing fifth in the 100 meters during the trials. The women’s 100-meter event has been in sports news because of a third-place tie. Knight finished behind Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh (who both finished at 11.07 seconds) with a time of 11.14 seconds. By the time she graduated from high school in 2007, Knight was one of the most celebrated track athletes in Mississippi history. She held 15 individual state titles in three events (100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters)

with the state record in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Adding titles for relays, and Knight holds 23 state titles and was the first Mississippian ever named Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 2007. Knight is also a first time Olympian. Brittney Reese joins Knight on the U.S. Women’s Olympic team. At this year’s trials, Reese won the Women’s Long Jump with a winning leap of 23 feet, 5-1/2 inches. Reese graduated in 2004 from Gulfport High School, then attended Gulf Coast Community College before finishing her college career at the University of

Mississippi. The Gulfport native has won four straight world indoor and outdoor championships as a professional. Reese was on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team as a long jump champion and competed in the Beijing games. She ended up in fifth place with a final jump of 22 feet, 2 inches. JFP readers: Do you know of other Olympic athletes this year with Mississippi ties? I’m looking forward to highlighting them in the JFP and rooting for them during the London games. Send me an email to bryan.zane. flynn@gmail.com, send a tweet to @jfpsports.com, or add your comments to this story on www.jfp.ms.


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nly one thing is better than driving on a Mississippi road trip, and that is being a passenger on a Mississippi road trip. I am generally the chauffeur for our two-person family, but someday my 3-year-old son will be old enough to drive me while I kick back, crank up the mix CD and watch the road unfolding ahead. I am at peace amid the vast expanses of patchwork-green farmland on the back roads of Holmes County. I breathe more easily in the forested tunnel of the Natchez Trace. I silently curse the interstate mowers, who try to tame the gorgeous long grasses and wildflowers along our highways. My soul soars as I drive past live oak trees and windswept, grassy dunes on the coastal roads. But nothing spoils my joy in the natural beauty of our state faster than the need to stop at a gas station for more fuel, vaguely sanitary restrooms and disposable snacks whose wrapping inevitably winds

up trashing the inside of your vehicle, or worse—the side of the road. So what is the solution? If you rent a more fuel-efficient vehicle than your own for your road trip, then you don’t have to stop as often for gas. Pack light, and make sure that the tires are properly inflated to get the best gas mileage. Believe it or not, you also get better mileage when you roll up your windows and crank up the air conditioning. Pack a cooler with healthy snacks, and carry your own reusable water bottle or coffee thermos wherever you go. If you must buy a can of soda or the like, then be sure to bring a bag with you to store recyclable items until you get back home to your curbside recycling bin. If you need sustenance on the road, seek out roadside farm stands, natural food stores, farmers markets and local, family-owned businesses when at all possible. Oh, and don’t forget to grab your DEET-free sunscreen on your way out the door.

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hen most people think of the film industry, Hollywood comes to mind. But California is a bit far for film buffs who want to spend their summer exploring memorable locations from their favorite movies. Fortunately, Mississippi has a small but thriving movie industry, with locations just a short road trip away. Many films have been shot on location in the Mississippi Delta— from classics such as “Baby Doll,” directed by Elia Kazan, to more current film titles such as “The Help.” Mississippian author John Grisham penned many novels set in the Delta that have since become films, including “The Chamber.”

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ummer is the season for hitting the road. Planes, trains, and especially cars transport people to their vacation destinations. Here are some tips from carjunky.com on car maintenance to prepare for your next road trip: • Inspect your driveway before leaving for a trip to check for oil leakage. If you see oil, have the car inspected by a professional. • Check all fluid levels (oil, transmission, cooling system, power steering, brake fluid and washer fluid). • Avoid the possibility of over-heating your car by adding a coolant additive like Purple Ice to your radiator. It will improve the condition of the seals to prevent leaks. • You can also reduce engine heat by upgrading the kind of oil you use. Switch from synthetic oils to a mineral-based oil. • Worn-out or loose belts and hoses can also cause the engine to heat up. Inspect the belts and hoses in your car before getting on the road. • Clean and tighten battery terminals and lubricate hinges and the hood latch. • Inspect your tires and check tire pressure. The better the tire pressure, the better the gas mileage. Also, make sure you have a spare in case of a blowout. • Inspect your car thoroughly before going on any long-distance trip so you can maximize your fun and minimize your car troubles.

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Canton, known as the “Movie Capital of Mississippi,” is the backdrop for many popular movies such as “Mississippi Burning” and “My Dog Skip.” Other movies O Brother, Where Art Thou? filmed in Canton, 26 miles north of Jackson, are “Waking in MissisMost recently, “The Help,” sippi,” “The Ponder Heart” and “O featuring an all-star cast that inBrother, Where Art Thou?” cludes Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Prominently featured in sev- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, eral of these films is the picturesque used locations in both the Delta Canton Square. “A Time to Kill,” and Mississippi’s capital city. Here another Grisham novel-turned- in Jackson, kick off your movie film, filmed scenes in the Canton road trip at Brent’s Drugs, one of courthouse in the historic square. the Fondren locations featured in

“They Live by Night” - Canton “A Time to Kill” - Canton “My Dog Skip” - Canton “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” - Canton “Mississippi Burning” - Canton “Waking in Mississippi” - Canton “The Chamber” - Canton “Biker Zombies from Detroit” - Canton “The Ponder Heart” - Canton “Balast” - Canton “Thieves Like Us” - Canton, Jackson “The Help” - Greenwood, Clarksdale, Jackson “Raintree County” - Natchez “The Horse Soldiers” - Natchez “Home from the Hill” - Oxford “Baby Doll” - Benoit “Mississippi Burning” - Vaiden “Ode to Billy Joe” - Vaiden

the film, before heading to Clarksdale and Greenwood, where most of the film was shot. In Clarksdale, the building formerly housing the “Clarksdale Press Register” became the “Jackson Journal” office.


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and natural beauty, the Trace offers activities such as hiking, camping, fishing and horseback riding, as well as historic spots along the Trace worth exploring. Several mile markers present opportunities to learn about the Native American journey. For example, at mile marker 45, a trail leads to Grindstone Ford, which takes its name from a nearby watermill. This ford marks the beginning of the Choctaw nation and the end of the old Natchez District. Nearby is Mangum Mound. In 1936, researchers excavated this huge hill, revealing several human remains. This excavation teaches much about Plaquemine culture and its high infant mortality rate. Other interesting sites between Jackson and Natchez include the Sunken Trace and the Emerald Mound.

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ere’s your plan for today: Grab the intriguingly thick paperback book “Louisiana Rambles: Exploring America’s Cajun and Creole Heartland” by Ian McNulty (University Press of Mississippi, 2011, $22). Read, get your auto serviced, then hop in the car and put in more than a few miles following McNulty’s travels through south Louisiana, “where the state’s defining Cajun and Creole cultures developed and thrive still.” I liked every single word in this book enough to dream of flying into the Crescent City from Portland, Ore., renting a car and heading out. I can’t afford that, but reading all 23 chapters, plus the appendix, took me right there. In the introduction, you learn that your guide grew up in Rhode Island, fell captive to the lure of New Orleans—a foreign place that “seemed like the antidote for the normality of

home.” He moved there at age 25, and later fell in love with and married Antonia, a vegetarian New Orleans native. McNulty writes that before Katrina in 2005, “I had only the sketchiest idea of what made up south Louisiana between the highways. It was as if I lived in Vatican City but couldn’t find my way around Rome.” What McNulty witnessed on his chosen evacuation route along the River Road, “that thin, paved trickle paralleling the levee and leading upriver,” distracted him somewhat from his worry about what Katrina could do to New Orleans, exposing him to “landmark antebellum plantation houses and tiny, tinroof cottages, little roadside barrooms and restaurants, modern refinery complexes, and one small, old Louisiana town after the next.” After Katrina, he vowed to explore whatever remained, but McNulty was forced to

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or your summer road trip, why not take one of the most scenic routes the area has to offer? The Natchez Trace Parkway is a quiet, picturesque route to one of Mississippi’s best travel spots, Natchez. Of course, taking the Natchez Trace instead of the interstate may require a few sacrifices. You won’t find a gas station every 10 miles, so delicacies such as preservative-filled, heat-lamp hotdogs or extra chewy chicken-on-a-stick aren’t easily accessible. However, the Trace offers more satisfying options than gas-station food so make sure to pack snacks. The National Park Service maintains the Trace, which commemorates the historical trading path of Native Americans (see nps.gov/natr for more information). With historical significance

My Natchez Picks: • The King’s Tavern (619 Jefferson St., 601-446-8845) • Pearl Street Pasta (105 S. Pearl St., 601-442-9284) • Biscuits & Blues (315 Main St., 601-446-9922) • The Elms Bed & Breakfast (801 Washington St., 601- 445-5979) • Longwood Plantation, an antebellum octagonal mansion featured on HBO’s “True Blood” (140 Lower Woodville Road, 601-442-5193)

wait out the cleanup, several more hurricanes and the Deep Horizons spill in the Gulf before the journey could come to fruition. I fell completely in love with McNulty’s writing style, at once as familiar as conversation with a trusted friend, yet vivid and intriguing—McNulty is a man compelled to share the details and ideas of the culture, music, food and people gloriously heaped upon him by his explorations. The man’s metaphors rule; they’re so perfect they made me grin time after time. McNulty writes about south Louisiana, from around Opelousas down to the mouth of the Mississippi River, across the bayous of southeast Louisiana and the Cajun prairie

west toward Texas. Finally, as a responsible travel writer who deeply loves where he lives and travels, McNulty includes a subtle call to arms about a Louisiana situation that impacts each of us, “the equivalent of one football field worth of American soil ceded to the Gulf every thirty-eight minutes.” He’s not preachy, just informative about the necessity of wetlands and coastal restoration and why it’s such an uphill battle. “I believe it comes down to a lack of coordinated political will, which means a lack of political pressure, which means a lack of funding and a lack of urgency from the only entity big enough to do the job: the federal govern35 ment,” McNulty writes. jacksonfreepress.com

Voyage to Natchez

• The speed limit is maximum 50 miles per hour the entire way, so blast some great music or bring a good conversation buddy. • Watch for wildlife on or near the road, especially if traveling at dusk or dawn. • Look out for bicyclists. The parkway is a designated bike route, and state law mandates drivers give bikers plenty of space. • Most stops are RV-accessible so feel free to drive your RV. • Once you get to Natchez, explore. At one time, Natchez was one of the wealthiest cities in America, so tour one of several antebellum mansions. Ride on a carriage through downtown Natchez and visit one of many antique shops. Sip a Knock-You-Naked margarita at Fat Mama’s Tamales. Take a picture with the Mississippi River as your backdrop. Nap at a bed and breakfast. Immerse yourself in history and culture with the Mississippi Blues Trail, the Natchez Burning site, and the William Johnson House.


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Joshua Marks delivers on this season of Fox’s “Masterchef.”

Mississippi Masterchef

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oshua Marks has a history of Mississippi excellence to live up to on Masterchef— the winner of the first season of the reality show, Whitney Miller, is a native of Poplarville, Miss. After winning Masterchef in 2010, Miller published a cookbook entitled “Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm (Rodale Books, 2011, $23.99). Chef Gordon Ramsay wrote the forward.

recently attended my 40th highschool reunion, and many of us have changed. I could not remember some classmates at first, but looking back at old high school pictures, I slowly began to remember and put faces to names. On the last day of the reunion, we decided to have a luau. We roasted a whole pig—head and all. Because most of us are from a small town, it was a new experience Pulled pork is nothing without the for many. We had fried fish, baked beans, perfect barbeque sauce slathered on. cole slaw and other side dishes. When all were done, and we began to go our separate ways, we had a lot of pork left over. I took some home with me, pulled it from the bones and froze it in portions for later use. I also threw together a barbecue sauce to top pulled-pork sandwiches. After tasting it, I decided it would be a sin to keep it to myself. I did not measure any ingredients in my homemade sauce, but I provide estimates here. My advice: Experiment with what is most satisfying to you.

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critic in the kitchen, he also gave valuable input and complimented Marks on the strength in his flavor control, his ability to manipulate spices and his overall understanding of culinary balance. It was in Jackson that Marks refined the cooking skills that are impressing Ramsay and viewers nationwide, after he rode into town on an athletic scholarship from Tougaloo College about five years ago. Family and hungry college friends were the first judges he had to win over. Whipping up beautiful concoctions for friends at his house or for parties, Josh became a largely selftaught culinary guru at home. “I don’t really eat out,” he said. “I prefer my own cooking better.” Marks’ cooking style is influenced by his father’s Panamanian and Caribbean heritage. “When I was younger, my father would make me try this, or eat this,” Marks says. “I guess you could say I really didn’t care for the food, I just thought it was gross and too much, but I now know that my culinary palate and level of taste were just not developed enough to understand the cuisine.” But now, Marks is grateful for his father’s forced, flavor-filled meals. “It is all about the spices,” Marks says—particularly when it comes to Marks’ favorite dish, mofongo. “Mofongo is a meat-filled dish that is dependent on the spices, because the use of plantains (basically under-sweet bananas, used in everything except desserts) and the meat choice isn’t typically over-flavorful, so it is up to the spices,” he says. Although Marks was born in Chicago, he now makes Jackson his home and works in Vicksburg as a U.S. Army contract specialist, continuing to develop his kitchen skills at home. On “Masterchef,” Marks is surviving the heat of the kitchen, maintaining a middle-ground standing through the eliminations. Tune in to see what culinary hoops he’ll jump through next.

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ith only 19 minutes on the clock, the amateur cooks on “Masterchef” are attempting to turn inexpensive and unconventional ingredients into something gourmet. They look at the mystery box in front of them, surely hoping its contents contain rich dark chocolate or meaty live lobster—but instead receive offal: lamb’s head, cow tongue, bull testicles, pig kidneys, chicken livers, veal brains and lamb hearts to dice up, make delicious and put their personal spin on. Jacksonian Josh Marks grabs the bull by its balls—literally—and whips up a sandwich with the bull’s testicles to serve the judges. While it is not among the top dishes, it impresses the judges enough to send him on to the next challenge. Marks is cooking with hot grease and fiery ambition on the third season of “Masterchef,” matching wits and culinary prowess against the famously foul-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay. On the show, Marks, 25, is in the running to earn the coveted of title of Masterchef, as well as a $250,000 cash prize. Nearly 30,000 hopefuls attended the open call, but only the best of the best flew to Los Angeles to compete. There the 7-foot-tall chef whipped up his version of a classic risotto and competed in challenges such as serving breakfast to a fleet of hungry Marines and reinventing the judges’ signature dishes. The results air on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on Fox. Marks compares the notoriously wicked Ramsay to a coach or mentor figure. “Gordon gave me that push I was used to, and needed, to be successful in the competition and for that, I thank him,” Marks says. Ramsay pushed Marks, but he also complimented him. “Off camera, Ramsay would say things like ‘Great job, man,’ or ‘That’s a dish to be proud of,’” Marks says. Although Ramsay is known for being a harsh and hot-headed

PULLED PORK BARBEQUE SAUCE Ingredients:

2 cups ketchup 1/2 cup mustard 1/2 cup hot sauce 1/3 cup steak sauce 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup vinegar 2 teaspoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons garlic powder 2 tablespoons onion powder 4 cups cooked pork

Mix all ingredients and boil for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Pull meat from bones and shred with two forks (I use about four cups of pulled pork, but you can use as much as you need). Pour sauce over meat and integrate thoroughly. Serve on hamburger buns.


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Another Broken Egg (1000 Highland Colony #1009 in Renaissance, 601.790.9170) Open Daily 7am-2pm for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Egg, benedict and omelet dishes, pancakes, waffles, specialties, burgers, salads and sandwiches. Mimosas, coffees and more! Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Frequent Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a buffet of your choice of veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of four homemade desserts. Lunch only. Mon-Friday, Sun. Koinonia (136 Adams St. 601-960-3008) You won’t want to mix the large yellow house just off Metro Parkway. Koinonia’s expanded lunch menu includes pizza, sandwiches and soups. Parker House (104 S. East Madison Dr. Ridgeland 601-856-0043) Charming English-style cottage nestled in the Jackson Street Historic District offering a savory haven for home-style eaters with a menu of aged steaks and simple Southern comfort food.

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Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas and dessert. For Heaven’s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Beagle Bagel (4500 I-55 North, Suite 145, Highland Village 769-251-1892) Fresh bagels in tons of different styles with a variety of toppings including cream cheese, lox, eggs, cheese, meats and or as full sandwiches for lunch. Paninis, wraps and much more!

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Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and po’boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A “very high class pig stand,” Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, poboys, salads, and their famous Hershey bar pie.

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BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Awardwinning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami (white wine sauce, capers artichokes) along with veal, tilapia, crawfish, chicken and pasta dishes.

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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. 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! Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the “polished casual” dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino.

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The Pizza Shack (925 E. Fortification 601-352-2001) The 2009-2012 winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. New locations in Belhaven and a second spot in Colonial Mart on Old Canton Rd. in Northeast Jackson. 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.

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south of the border

Babalu (622 Duling Ave., 601-366-5757) Fresh guacamole at the table, fish tacos, empanada, smoked pork sholders, Mexican street corn—Jackson’s “Best Mexican” specialties mix & “Best of Jackson 2012” magaritas. Jaco’s Tacos (318 South State Street) Tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Tex-Mex at its finest and freshest. Tacos come with a side of butter-based mantequilla sauce for dipping. Enjoy the the patio and full bar service.

coffee houses

Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, www.cupsespressocafe.com) Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi.

bars, pubs & burgers

Reed Pierce’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. 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! Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each day’s blackboard special. Best of Jackson winner for Live Music Venue. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Plate lunches, cheesy fries and tons more, including a full bar and friendly favorites. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A Best of Jackson fixture, Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers such as Guinness and Harp on tap. 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. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Time Out Sports Café (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Sportsman’s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportman’s doesn’t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, fried seafood baskets, sandwiches and specialty appetizers. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even “lollipop” lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat. Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing 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!

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

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


CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) CANCER (June 21-July 22)

The epic breadth of your imagination is legendary. Is there anyone else who can wander around the world without ever once leaving your home? Is there anyone else who can reincarnate twice in the span of few weeks without having to go through the hassle of actually dying? And yet, now and then there do come times when your fantasies should be set aside so that you may soak up the teachings that flow your way when you physically venture outside of your comfort zone. Now is such a moment, my fellow Cancerian. Please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a merely virtual break in the action. Get yourself away from it all, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only to the marvelous diversion or magic sanctuary on the other side of town.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

In Norse mythology, Fenrir was a big bad wolf that the gods were eager to keep tied up. In the beginning they tried to do it with metal chains, but the beast broke free. Then they commissioned the dwarves to weave a shackle out of six impossible things: a bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sinews, a birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spit, a fishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breath, a mountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s root, a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beard and the sound a catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paws made as it walked. This magic fetter was no thicker than a silk ribbon, but it worked well: Fenrir couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t escape from it. I invite you to take inspiration from this story, Leo. As you deal with your current dilemma, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to fight strength with strength. Instead, use art, craft, subtlety, and even trickery. I doubt youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to gather as many as six impossible things. Three will probably be enough. Two might even work fine.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This is a time when your personal actions will have more power than usual to affect the world around you. The ripples you set in motion could ultimately touch people you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know and transform situations youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not part of. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of responsibility! I suggest, therefore, that you be on your best behavior. Not necessarily your mildest, most polite behavior, mind you. Rather, be brave, impeccable, full of integrity and a little wild.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Goldfish confined in small aquariums stay small. Those that spend their lives in ponds get much bigger. What can we conclude from these facts? The size and growth rate of

goldfish are directly related to their environment. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to suggest that a similar principle will apply to you Librans in the next 10 months. If you want to take maximum advantage of your potential, you will be wise to put yourself in spacious situations that encourage you to expand. For an extra boost, surround yourself with broad-minded, uninhibited people who have worked hard to heal their wounds.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Over the years, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve explored some pretty exotic, even strange ideas about what characterizes a good time. In the coming days, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing you will add to your colorful tradition with some rather unprecedented variations on the definition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;pleasureâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;happiness.â&#x20AC;? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean to imply that this is a problemâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not at all. To paraphrase the Wiccan credo, as long as it harms no one (including yourself), anything goes.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

There come times in your life when you have a sacred \duty to be open to interesting tangents and creative diversions; times when it makes sense to wander around aimlessly with wonder in your eyes and be alert for unexpected clues that grab your attention. But this is not one of those times, in my opinion. Rather, you really do need to stay focused on what you promised yourself you would concentrate on. The temptation may be high to send out sprays of arrows at several different targets. But I hope that instead, you stick to one target and take careful aim with your best shots.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been meditating on a certain need that you have been neglecting, Capricornâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a need you and others have chronically underestimated, belittled or ignored. I am hoping that this achy longing will soon be receiving some of your smart attention and tender care. One good way to get the process started is simply to acknowledge its validity and importance. Doing so will reveal a secret that will help you attend to your special need with just the right touch.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Due to the pressure-packed influences currently coming to bear on your destiny, you have Official Cosmic Permission to fling three dishes against the wall (but no more than three). If you so choose, you also have clearance to hurl rocks in the direction of heaven, throw darts at photos of your nemeses, and cram a coconut cream pie into your own face. Please understand, however, that taking actions like these should be just the initial phase of your master plan for the week. In the next phase, you should capitalize on all the energy youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made available for yourself through purgative acts like the ones I mentioned. Capitalize how? For starters, you could dream and scheme about how you will liberate yourself from things that make you angry and frustrated.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Check to see if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having any of the following symptoms: 1) sudden eruptions of gratitude; 2) a declining fascination with conflict; 3) seemingly irrational urges that lead you to interesting discoveries; 4) yearnings to peer more deeply into the eyes of people you care about; 5) a mounting inability to tolerate boring influences that resist transformation; 6) an increasing knack for recognizing and receiving the love thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s available to you. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re experiencing at least three of the six symptoms, you are certifiably in close alignment with the cosmic flow and should keep doing what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing. If none of these symptoms have been sweeping through you, get yourself adjusted.

Members of the Nevada Republican Party have concocted a bizarre version of family values. A large majority of them are opposed to gay marriage and yet are all in favor of legal brothels. Their wacky approach to morality is as weird as that of the family values crowd in Texas, which thinks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong to teach adolescents about birth control even though this has led to a high rate of teen pregnancies. My question is, why do we let people with screwed-up priorities claim to be the prime caretakers of â&#x20AC;&#x153;family valuesâ&#x20AC;?? In accordance with the astrological omens, I urge you to reject the conventional wisdom as you clarify what that term means to you. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an excellent time to deepen and strengthen your moral foundation.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a term for people who have the ardor of a nymphomaniac in their efforts to gather useful information: infomaniac. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what I think you should be in the coming week. You need data and evidence, and you need them in abundance. What you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know would definitely hurt you, so make sure you find out everything you need to know. Be as thorough as a spy, as relentless as a muckraking journalist, and as curious as a child. P.S. See if you can set aside as many of your strong opinions and emotional biases as possible. Otherwise they might distort your quest for the raw truth. Your word of power is empirical.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Of all the signs of the zodiac, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the best at discovering short cuts. No one is more talented than you at the art of avoiding boredom. And you could teach a master course in how to weasel out of strenuous work without looking like a weasel. None of those virtues will come in handy during the coming week, however. The way I see it, you should concentrate hard on not skipping any steps. You should follow the rules, stick to the plan, and dedicate yourself to the basics. Finish what you start, please! (Sorry about this grind-it-out advice. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just reporting what the planetary omens are telling me.)

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Virtual friends can become great real-life friends. Make the first move. Invite someone to hang out; don’t wait for them to come to you. Tell your out-of-town friends you’re looking to make new friends in your new city. They might know someone you can meet up with. Accept invitations and join different groups: book

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clubs, fitness classes, church, civic or professional groups. Be up for adventure and give second chances. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone and remember, first meetings can be awkward. What you perceive as being “stuck-up” could be nervousness and shyness. Find expanded versions of these strategies and more at mwfseekingbff.com.

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about virtual Facebook or Twitter “friends.” Bertsche also spent time with University of Chicago professor and psychologist John Cacioppo, citing his expertise throughout her book. Cacioppo expressed concern that 52 friend dates in one year might be a big undertaking and, in hindsight, Bertsche admits that the plan was ambitious. She doesn’t regret it, but it was tiring and made it harder to follow-up and allow new friendships to take root. She suggests taking it slower—one a month or one every two weeks. Cacioppo says that friendship comes with additional responsibilities and obligations, something that’s easy to overlook. Psychotherapist Anne Toles, in private practice at Crossroads Counseling in Ridgeland, said women must learn to balance “girl time” with their other roles and responsibilities. “It is important to seek out friends that understand the importance of these roles and to respect the ones they see as a priority,” she says. “… For example (for me), Friday nights are family game nights, therefore I don’t spend time with friends then. If your female friends understand and respect your boundaries, you are more likely to maintain friendships longer.” Like Bertsche, I have found myself in a new city with old friends scattered across the globe. Through candid descriptions of her desire to bond with other women, her vulnerability in making new friends and the inevitable rejections that came with her quest, I realized my situation wasn’t an anomaly. Wherever you find yourself on the friendship path—looking for new friends, rekindling old friendships or sustaining existing friendships—it takes commitment. “I believe the key to healthy adult friendships begins with self-sacrifice,” Toles says. “You need to be able to give of yourself by listening, caring, giving of your time and having healthy communication. All of these attributes require an investment of time and effort. A healthy friendship is like a marriage in that it requires constant work to stay connected.” www.mwfseekingbff.com

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esties, BFFs, girlfriends—are all terms step and your partner takes one, continuing as of endearment women use to describe a series of synchronous motions. With friends, their dearest and closest friends. My we can have various partners to dance with, friend Jessica likes to say that she and I are “sisters from another mister.” We are not blood kin, but we couldn’t be closer. After being in Mississippi for more than five years, I am fortunate to have found a diverse and special circle of friends. Yet, it wasn’t like that when I first got here, and it took time to feel connected to my new environment. Writer Rachel Bertsche, 30, had a life most 20-somethings dream of. She was a journalist in the bustling metropolis of Chicago with her fiancé. She worked at O, The Oprah Magazine. for Friendships, new and old, take commitment and selfsacrifice; but the rewards are plentiful. just over two years and wrote for Marie Claire, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Teen Vogue, Fitness, Women’s Health and the Huffington Post. but as we become older, the process becomes Yet, soon after getting married, she found that more difficult. Most people don’t remain in she didn’t have any local BFFs. the towns of their childhood indefinitely, and Being the resourceful gal that she is, with relocations we face the prospect of leavBertsche came up with an idea to go on a ing behind old friends—or being left behind. friend quest. She would go on fifty-two friend- Faced with this predicament, does the dates, one per week for a year. In “MWF average girl feel comfortable telling others that Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New she’s in the market for new friends? Best Friend” (Ballantine Books, 2011, $15), Bertsche explores and reflects on this she chronicles her adventures ranging from in depth. She writes that it is socially actaking an improv class, putting out a “friend- ceptable for women to proclaim loudly wanted” ad, using a friend-rental website and that they need a man, but they’re ashamed speed-friending. to admit being friendless (even if it’s tem After reading her book, I chatted with porary). Few of us are comfortable asking her by phone about her experience. Accord- for help to fix a friend drought. ing to Bertsche, her quest was successful, and “This is something we feel you shouldn’t things are going great. need help with,” Bertsche says. “There’s not “I had my birthday a couple of weeks ago, as much protocol out there for friend dating, and I had some girls over … like, 25,” she said (unlike) romantic dating.” She hopes that enthusiastically, adding that she didn’t know a her book will give women permission to talk lot of the women before she started the book. about this and de-stigmatize it. A book wasn’t the initial motivation be- Bertsche presents a theory developed in hind the experiment, she said, but early into 1963 by British anthropologist Robin Dunthe process she submitted a book proposal bar, based on his study of primate behavior. and it was accepted. The prospect of turn- Dunbar says the human brain can successing her journey into a book was motivating. fully maintain 150 relationships “that depend “It kept me going the days I wanted to call it on extensive personal knowledge based on quits,” she said. face-to-face interaction for their stability.” As A relationship is like a dance. You take a Bertsche points out, the Dunbar 150 is not

WF seeking BFF” is packed with science and social research about friendships, such as: • True friendship is not just giggles and hugs. American psychologists and professors Debra Oswald and Eddie Clark found four characteristics essential to lasting friendships: self-disclosure, supportiveness, interaction and positivity. • Be social. French sociologist Emile Durkheim introduced the theory of social integration in the late 19th century. Social integration is the means through which people interact, connect and validate each other within a community. Bertsche cites 2010 research that found that the health effects of low connection level are comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day and twice as harmful as obesity. • Appreciate your friendships and be committed to them. “The Friendship Doctor” psychologist, author and Huffington Post contributor Irene Levine says the average friendship doesn’t last forever. “There is no guarantee that two individuals, however close the once were, will grow in the same direction or remain compatible,” she writes. “Even when friendship is built on a solid foundation, the odds are overwhelmingly high that it will eventually fracture for one reason or another.”

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o market, to market.â&#x20AC;? So goes onfruit (OK, and some take-out). the nursery rhyme of our youth. Another of my favorite finds at Mr. But as a movement to shop lo- Chenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a handy fold-up fan that just hapcal and support local growers pens to be embellished with tons of sequins through farmers markets continues to gain (how could I resist?) that is perfect to carry in momentum and become a part of the com- my purse during the summer. munityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collective ethos, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been reminded And speaking of summer, a final market of what going to market really means. Turns thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth braving the heat is the Flowood out, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only a way to shop local and ben- Flea Market and Salvage (1325 Flowood efit our community, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a great way to Drive, Flowood, open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 find unique items and learn their stories from p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m., $1 admisthe people who produced them. Many people know Robert Arender as a bartender extraordinaire (I call him the Drink Whisperer for his uncanny ability to know exactly what I want, even when I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t), but he also comes from a long line of tomato farmers. Robertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandfather, Luther, started farming in 1977 and passed the tra- A vintage Jackson sign in the Flowood Flea Marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salvage dition down to his section would be perfect in the right space. sons, Robert, and his great-grandson, who proudly carry it on. sion). I went on a recent Saturday afternoon During tomato season, I get a thrill when out of curiosity and had no idea the treasure he says that he has some out in his van so that trove that awaited. I can get my fix on the way homeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m one The warehouse holds more than 36,000 of those people who will eat a tomato like an square feet of antiques and collectibles from apple with no shame. But if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to 120 vendor booths. In addition, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a salcorner Robert at the bar like a tomato junkie, vage market with great architectural pieces. you can find the Arender Boys at the Missis- The flea market was full of inspiration sippi Farmers Market (929 High St., Open and things I never knew I wanted: lots of Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from colorful glassware (entire sets), chandeliers, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and at Arender Tomatoes vintage wooden Coca-Cola crates and stacks on Facebook. Of course, the market offers of old records. It was all fabulous, and I imagmuch more than tomatoes, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all fresh ined all sorts of possibilities for incorporating and beautiful. them into my dĂŠcor. The city is full of a number of specialty Naturally, though, my favorite find in markets, too, and one of my favorites in that the flea market side was a booth that showarena is the Asian market at Mr. Chenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ori- cased vintage accessories. I walked away with ental Supermarket (5465 Interstate 55 N., a great little purse and a mink muffâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the 601-978-1865). Despite the fact that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t proprietor laughing at my purchase of fur in actually cook, I grew up with a grandfather the middle of June. But pre-fall collections are who adored cooking so much that he had a out in retail clothing stores, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to early professional range installed in his home and to start thinking about the cooler weather. Beread cookbooks at his kitchen table every sides, it was just too good to pass up, even if day. It affected me so much that to this day, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not in season. I remain fascinated with ingredients, grocery I hope youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take the time this sumstores and the more theoretical aspects of mer to think outside the Big Box and explore food. So Mr. Chenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is kind of a playground some of the unique markets the area has to for me. I love to look at the exotic produce, offer (the area has plenty more than the ones I the fresh fish and the dry goods with labels mentioned here). You might find things that that I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an adventure, even if I surprise and inspire you, in addition to suponly leave with some wasabi peas and a drag- porting some great local folks.

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