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8 Cost of Care Hospitals weigh in on the repercussions of declining to expand Medicaid. COURTESY INDIGENOUS
Cover photograph of Justin Schultz’s public art by Allie Jordan
THIS ISSUE: Artistry & Sport
Winning the regional competition allowed Gilbert not only to compete in New York, but to explore the Big Apple as well. He toured Manhattan, ate lunch at The Julliard School and took acting workshops at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. “Since it was Shakespeare’s birthday while we were there, we also handed out Shakespeare books at Central Park,” he said. Gilbert says he received true gems from his School of the Arts instructors. Dr. Robert Brooks, theater instructor and Gilbert’s coach for the competition, helped him to dissect the early modern English language. “He really exposed me to a new side of acting and taught me to treat each word like a juicy piece of meat,” Gilbert said. Tammy Stanford-Williams, director of dance and movement specialist for theater and voice, taught Gilbert the importance of motion and how to take movement to texts. “She taught me how to understand my own body movements and then the character’s,” he said. Gilbert anticipates putting the lessons to good use as he embarks on a new journey: college student. The aspiring actor plans to pursue acting at DePaul University in Chicago. But this summer, Gilbert will kick back, spend time with his family and listen to his favorite music—ranging from hip-hop to alternative rock—and master his PlayStation 3. “It feels good to have accomplished one of my goals already,” Gilbert said. — Christianna Jackson
34 Taking Over Storage 24 is winning awards all over Jackson and the South, with no plans to slow down. COURTESY NORTHWEST CHERRIES
This April, a self-assured Jalen Gilbert left New York City as one of 10 finalists at the 29th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition out of 60 competitors from across the country. He enthralled judges with a Shylock monologue from “The Merchant of Venice” and Sonnet 121. “Since my junior year, I knew I wanted to compete, and to make it to New York was definitely a goal,” he said. It was Gilbert’s first year competing and making to the top 10 in New York was quite an achievement. Gilbert, 18, graduated from the Mississippi School of the Arts in Brookhaven in May. He moved with his family to Jackson from Florida when he was in the third grade, and he attended Murrah High School during his freshman and sophomore years where he ran track and cross-country. One of three siblings, Gilbert dreamed of being an actor. “I always wanted to be the next Denzel,” he said. When he was in the fifth grade, he won a place in the Academic and Performing Arts Complex at Murrah with a monologue from the movie “Remember the Titans.” He earned a place at the Brookhaven school in 10th grade by auditioning with a piece from “A Soldier’s Play.” The ESU National Shakespeare Competition aims to assist students to develop analytical skills and a greater appreciation for literature through Shakespeare. Students first compete at their schools, then at the local branch and finally in New York City.
41 Summer Sweets Walker’s Drive-In is participating in national Rainier Cherry Day with a new cherry dessert.
The annual Choctaw Indian Fair has an abundance of color, pageantry and athleticism. COURTESY STORAGE 24
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Kristin Brenemen Art Director Kristin Brenemen is an otaku with a penchant for dystopianism. Rufflebutts unite! Fairy Kei fever has struck this designer in the heart. She designed many pages in this issue.
Piko Ewoodzie Editorial intern Piko Ewoodzie is an out-of-towner from a bunch of different places (New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Ghana, West Africa) who is thoroughly enjoying his time in Jackson. He wrote for GOOD.
Allie Jordan Editorial intern Allie Jordan is a senior at Millsaps College who loves Wilco, photography and Mexico. She denies her brick city hometown and strictly identifies herself as a Jacksonian. She photographed for GOOD.
Deirdre Danahar Deirdre Danahar helps busy professionals go from chaos to calm, so they can live extraordinary lives. She owns InMotion Consulting and Coaching, LLC. Reach her at deirdre@ inmotioncc.com or at inmotioncc. com. She wrote for GOOD.
Casey Purvis Casey Purvis is a Fondrenite who loves planting flowers and watching birds in her backyard. She is owned by Phoebe, a 9year-old Lhasa apso. She works as a nurse in her spare time. She wrote for GOOD.
Christianna Jackson Editorial intern Christianna Jackson is a Jackson native. She loves finding new ways to utilize her English degree. She’s an active mom and a fashion blog addict. She wrote the Jacksonian.
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Editorial intern Dylan Irby is a college student from Colorado who occasionally stays in Jackson with his father. He aspires to be a game developer someday. He wrote a theater piece.
by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief
Signs of Creative Life
ecently, Todd and I happened to be driving throughout downtown Jackson on a Saturday afternoon. Suddenly, we drove by one of the new art boxes. “Oooh,” I squealed. “Pull over!” He whipped the Insight to the curb, and I started snapping Instagram photos in all sorts of fun angles. We then drove around looking for more colorful boxes. Suddenly, I’d see one. “There!” I instructed, and he slid over to the curb. I hopped out and took another photo. This little impromptu artist date probably didn’t last half an hour, but it was delightful. It was like a creative treasure hunt in the heart of the city we’ve grown to know and love so much over the last decade. The exercise fit the exact definition of being in creative flow: We were driven by a goal (to find as many boxes as possible); we were fully present; and we really enjoyed what we were doing. We both realized the creative-class coup the mayor and the Greater Jackson Arts Council had pulled off with these boxes. As fun as the catfish were a few years back, turning something necessary and dull into exciting pieces of art is so much cooler. Engaged people will notice. It will help draw more people here to invest their time and resources into our future. In a creativeclass world (to borrow a good idea from Carnegie Mellon professor Richard Florida), little things can actually matter a whole lot more than big, expensive concepts. Colorful art boxes peppering downtown sends a clear message that Jackson has decided to invest in its own creativity and wants to involve our artists in the process. This will help us create the sense of place that today’s young(-at-heart) creatives and professionals want around them. It is very 21st century to DIY, to make something out of nothing. As the JFP approaches our 10th birthday in Jackson, we’re going to be talking a lot about how far the city has come in a decade and how far we still have to go. Certainly, there is amazing progress, and the city as a whole (thanks in no small part to the late Frank Melton’s disastrous term as mayor) seems to have matured past our previous obsession with crime into a city with a greater awareness that if we want it, we all have to build it, not wait for some hero to come along and do it for us. And those of us living and working amid Jackson’s renaissance know at least anecdotally that what we’re all doing here, and the city’s creative maturation, is showing signs of working. We all know many young people who crave living in Jackson now; a decade ago, it was the exact opposite. And how many do you know who left and can’t wait to move back? Governing magazine last week reported news that, if it sustains, could be very good for our city. After years of population loss (averaging about 1,100 people a year), the city may have grown by more than 2,000 people
in 2011. If this is true, it wouldn’t really be a surprise. Across the United States, a suburban backlash is occurring with a reverse migration back into cities. People aren’t enjoying commuting as much these days, and big-box outlets are losing their appeal for creative people (and creativity is a buzz word these days). As for people under 30, and increasingly 40 or so, they want to live in dense communities where they can walk and bike to work and to friends’ houses. They want sidewalks. They want to be near fun, locally owned businesses. When we started the paper in 2002, Todd wrote the first cover story, “Creative Class Rising.” In it, he reported that Richard Florida’s research showed Jackson’s immense creative-class potential and even ranked us higher than Memphis or New Orleans on his scale. The city hasn’t been immune to the recession, and we still have challenges, but there is so much more of a cohesive creative spirit than existed 10 years ago. We encourage the city’s leaders, residents, business owners and developers to feed this innovative funnel as much as possible. We’ve always said that Jackson has a tendency to count on heroes and big, expensive projects to save us some day rather than digging in and making it happen here and now. A lot of the empty spaces downtown, with exorbitant rents attached, have long been a testimony to this problem. Somehow, the people who can make even more creativity happen don’t always put aside their collective egos long enough to sit around a table and figure out how to, say, fill empty storefronts downtown with colorful art displays or information on local groups and events. Or to turn empty retail space into an arts and
crafts vendor collective as we see when we visit Austin, Texas, or Asheville, N.C. No doubt, Jackson has come a long way, but we still have some hurdles. Too often, we see people not supporting a great idea because it comes from a particular public official or developer or political nemesis. And as we get closer to election season, this problem is always amplified. We need to choose a better way to work together to remake our city. Just as spouting empty crime rhetoric is no way to run for office, neither is refusing to get on board with great ideas because someone around the table might put it on a campaign brochure one day. Jackson, there is no savior who is going to come in and make it all better for us. If we want to reduce crime, we all have to figure out ways to help do it. (see jfp.ms/crime for lots of ideas in a package that won us a national award recently). If we want a creative-class city that attracts and keeps our brightest young people here, so they can in turn take their turn at the wheel, we have to dig deep and search wide for ideas that don’t require a TIF or GO-Zone funds to make happen. And the last thing we have to do is ask permission to make exciting things happen; we didn’t get the mayor, any mayor, or city council “on board” to do this paper. We pooled our meager resources; got people excited; encouraged creativity, and here we are still growing and raising hell 10 years later. Put another way, Jacksonians need to believe we can be great, and then look for ways to make greatness happen. That kind of creative spirit can move mountains,not to mention build great cities.
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Wednesday, July 4 Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland report preliminary studies that may prove the existence of the Higgs boson, also known as the â€œGod particle.â€?
Friday, July 6 George Zimmerman is released from an Orlando, Fla., jail on $1M bond. Out on bond for the second time, Zimmerman awaits his second-degree murder trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin earlier this year. Saturday, July 7 Dr. Mary Currier of the Mississippi Health Department approves five projects including $7 million for Magee General Hospital to buy interest in the ownership of a medical office building. Sunday, July 8 A plane breaks apart in the air near Tupelo, killing Caroline Bartley, a 20year-old Ole Miss student, her parents and one other passenger. ... Roger Federer wins his seventh Wimbledon Championship, tying tennis legend Pete Sampras for most Wimbledon wins all-time.
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Tuesday, July 10 Jackson City Council members elect Tony Yarber, Ward 6, as its new council president and Charles Tillman, Ward 5, the new vice president. ... Egyptâ€™s Higher Constitutional Court halts newly elected President Mohamed Morsyâ€™s decision to call the countryâ€™s parliament back into session. The court confirmed its ruling to dissolve the parliament. Get daily news at jfpdaily.com.
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Council Targeting Paraphernalia by Jacob Fuller
ouâ€™ve likely noticed display cases in some convenience stores around the city stocked with glass and metal pipes, digital scales and â€œcocaine spoons.â€? Some members of the Jackson City Council are now trying to get those items out of city stores. The city Planning Committee, chaired by Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber, passed an amendment to the city ordinance on drug paraphernalia July 9 to impose the same penalty on store owners who sell such items, deemed â€œdrug paraphernaliaâ€? under section 41-29-105 of the Mississippi Code, as those imposed on anyone charged with possession of paraphernalia. Under state law, the penalty is a fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail, Deputy City Attorney James Anderson said. The Council does not have the authority to add to or change that penalty. State law sets a wide definition of drug paraphernalia. It defines it as â€œall equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use, in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance in violation of theâ€? law.
The current Jackson ordinance only imposes the penalty on individuals found with paraphernalia in their possession, not on store owners who sell it. If the new ordinance JACOB FULLER
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The City Council will soon vote on an ordinance to impose state paraphernalia penalties on store owners who sell glass pipes, such as these.
passes at the next regular council meeting, those owners will be subject to the fines and sentences as well. â€œTypically, in the history of this country, is that any law that has been created, especially
as it relates to drugsâ€”the selling of drugs, the usage of drugsâ€”has never dealt with the folks who are higher on the totem poll,â€? Yarber said after the meeting in City Hall. â€œIt has never dealt with the folks who fly the planes. It doesnâ€™t deal with the people who organize it. It deals with the man who uses the drugs. Youâ€™re not putting a dent in crime and in drugs when you put a crackhead in jail. Youâ€™re not helping nothing. So if you want to put a dent in it, you go to the people who are helping to propagate (it). Thatâ€™s what I intend to do with this.â€? The cityâ€™s problem arises with the definition of drug paraphernalia. State law states that courts should use common sense when determining if something is drug paraphernalia. It also lists 14 factors that the court should consider when determining paraphernalia. The determining factor that will likely give the city its best case at cracking down on pipe and scale sellers reads: â€œDirect or circumstantial evidence of the intent of an owner, or of anyone in control of the object, to deliver it to persons whom he knows, or should reasonably know, intend to use the object to facilitate a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Law; the innocence of an owner, or of anyone in control of the object, as to a direct violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Law shall not prevent a finding COUNCIL, see page 7
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Yarber, Ward 6, the new council president tothat the object is intended for use, or designed day. Charles Tillman, Ward 5, replaced Yarber for use as paraphernalia.â€? as vice president. It is much easier under state law to prosChokwe Lumumba, Ward 2, nominated ecute someone who has bought and used the both of the new officers. Tillman nominated paraphernalia for drug cultivation, distribu- former president Frank Bluntson, Ward 4, to tion or use, because residue from the drugs can remain in his seat. Yarber beat out Bluntson by usually be found in or on the paraphernalia. a vote of 4-2. When the pipes, scales or spoons are It was no surprise that Lumumba quickly brand new, though, store owners can claim spoke up to nominate someone to replace they are not for drug Bluntson. Both Luuse, making them mumba and Bluntson harder to define as have announced they paraphernalia under will run for mayor of state law. Jackson in 2013. Some While proscouncil members have ecutors will find it accused Bluntson of difficult to prove a campaigning from the store ownerâ€™s actual presidentâ€™s chair in reknowledge of the cent weeks. eventual use of the Tillman was products he or she the only memsells, they may be ber nominated for able to prove sellers vice president. â€œshould reasonably The Jackson City Council elected knowâ€? that digi- Councilman Tony Yarber, Ward 6, as its Council Rejects tal scales and glass new president.Yarber, 34, is the youngest Iron Horse, pipes, sold side-by- council member. Then Approves side, will likely be Tillman had a used in the ingestion change of heart conor distribution of illegal drugs. cerning the Iron Horse Grill during Tuesdayâ€™s Jackson Police Department Chief Re- regular council meeting. becca Coleman said her officers are not able to He, along with Cooper-Stokes and Luenforce the state law on store owners because mumba, voted against an order to approve currently, neither city ordinance nor state law backing a $2.5 million loan from the Jackson explicitly defines the products as paraphernalia Redevelopment Authority to Capitol Hotel when they are in a store. Associates, resulting in a 3-3 split. The majorâ€œThere would have to be some language ity had to vote for the order for it to pass. put in the ordinance to say that if itâ€™s a certain A few minutes later, Tillman asked for a type of pipe or papers, which could be used motion to reconsider the vote. After the mofor drugs, then itâ€™s illegal to sell this in a conve- tion passed, the council held a revote on the nient store,â€? Coleman said. order, resulting in a 4-2 approval. Coleman said JPD will enforce the proAt the July 2 special council meeting, posed ordinance if it has instructions that tell Tillman said JRA should make CHAâ€™s presenher officers what, exactly, is illegal to sell. Until tation a model for future developers. â€œThis is then, she said, JPD does not have authority to one of the better presentations Iâ€™ve seen in a stop store owners from selling the items Yarber long time,â€? Tillman said. â€œI like what I see.â€? wishes to make illegal. Apparently, he momentarily forgot what he saw Tuesday. Council Elects Yarber President Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Jacob The Jackson City Council elected Tony Fuller at Jacob@jacksonfreepress.com.
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lic Broadcasting in recent interview that the state should look â€œto reduce the welfare cost to Mississippians,â€? referring to social safety net programs like Medicaid and that increasing the Medicaid rolls by 400,000 would irreparably damage the already stressed state budget.
The figure Bryant cites comes from an analysis his predecessor, Gov. Haley Barbour, commissioned to study how much the state would have to spend to comply with the ACA. The report, conducted by Brookfield, Wisc.-based Milliman Inc., found that adding nearly a half-million more people to Medicaid would cost $1.7 billion over the next ten years. Millimanâ€™s actuaries show that health reform would cost the state nothing until fiscal-year 2017 when the state would pay $57 million more into Medicaid, which would draw $2.2 billion in federal funds. By 2020, the analysis states, the state would be spending $598 million on Medicaid and getting $14.6 billion from the U.S. government. The thinking behind ACA was that if states expanded Medicaid, hospitals would see their share of uncompensated costs go down because the government or private insurer would be on the hook for the bills.
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â€œIf you do the math, those are things that leave hospitals in a vulnerable financial position,â€? Combs said. Hospitals argue that adding people to Medicaid will spur greater demand for
hen Congress created Medicaid in 1965 as part of the same legislation that established the Medicare program for senior citizens, fears abounded that the governmentâ€™s new health-care giveaways would lead to a crippling run on the nationâ€™s hospitals. It didnâ€™t. In fact, Medicaidâ€”a statefederal partnership designed for extended health-care coverage to the â€œmedically indigentâ€?â€”worked so well that in 1966 an assistant secretary of health, education and welfare under President Johnson predicted that Medicaid would render charity hospitals no longer necessary within a decade. More than 40 years later, Medicaid has neither driven hospitals out of business nor ended their practice of providing charity careâ€”at least not yet. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the ballyhooed requirement that every American get insurance or be fined, Medicaid will undergo its most significant changes in more than four decades. Thatâ€™s if the nationâ€™s state lawmaking bodies, which would have to legislate any adjustments to a stateâ€™s eligibility requirements, choose to let those changes take place. Because the court rule that the federal government couldnâ€™t coerce states into loosening Medicaid eligibility, many Republican-led states, including Mississippi, that opposed the health-care law that is the legislative hallmark of President Obamaâ€™s first term are poised to balk. Gov. Phil Bryant told Mississippi Pub-
Medicaid recipients will be about $11.4 billion with the federal government paying 97 percent of those costs,â€? states a Center for Mississippi Health Policy report â€œHow will health care reform affect Mississippi?â€? Based on that figure, the cost to Mississippi will be about $34.2 million over five years, or $6.84 million a year. To put that into perspective, the state Department of Corrections budget request for 2013 was $339,194,667. â€œWith that much federal money coming into the state, thereâ€™s going to be jobs associated with that in addition to expanding health outcomes in the state,â€? Sivak said. â€œItâ€™s probably the biggest economic opportunity that (the federal government) has had for us in a long timeâ€ŚItâ€™s going to put the infrastructure into place so that we can improve our health outcomes while generating additional economic activity which creates jobs.â€? Researchers in New Mexico discovered Medicaid had a similar multiplier effect in a survey conducted in October 2008. The New Mexico Fiscal Policy Project study â€œMedicaid: An Integral Part of New Mexicoâ€™s Economy,â€?
A Mississippi hospitals worry about the rising cost of uncompensated care if the state declines to expand Medicaid to individuals who currently lack insurance.
Behind insurance companies, hospitals would be the biggest industry benefitting from the health-care overhaul, because the Medicaid expansion serves as a built-in mechanism to wipe away much of the debt hospitals say they eat every year. In 2009, the American Hospital Association estimated this uncompensated care represented 6 percent of hospitalsâ€™ total expenses, around $40 billion. Compare this to $21.6 billion in 2000 and $12.1 billion in 1990. Until now, hospitals got some of the money back through federal Medicaid disproportionate share hospital, or DSH, reimbursements, but ACA phases out DSH payments in exchange for getting more people enrolled in Medicaid. There is another important tradeoff in the expansion: Medicare funding to hospitals would decrease to help offset the cost of broader Medicaid coverage. Mississippi hospitals could see $5 billion in DSH money go away and another 200,000 people fall into a â€œgapâ€? where theyâ€™re not covered by Medicaid but they
health-care services. Namely, more need for health-care professionals necessitating more tongue depressors, Band-Aids, syringes, and MRI machines (to say nothing of the jobs created by constructing new facilities.) Even spending on what Bryant derides as â€œwelfareâ€? spurs economic grow, even more so than corporate tax cuts, according to a 2009 analysis from the Jackson-based Mississippi Economic Policy Center. MEPCâ€™s report examines the multiplier effects of various government stimulus programs and found that for every $1 increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits real Gross Domestic Product increases by $1.73. In other words, for every dollar the government spends on food stamps, it gets that dollar plus 73 cents in economic activity in return, almost doubling its investment. â€œAt this point, the story thatâ€™s not being told is the federal share of money coming into the state,â€? said Ed Sivak, MEPCâ€™s director. â€œOver the period from 2014 to 2019, state expenditures for the newly eligible
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concluded that state spending on Medicaid had a multiplier effect of $4.90 (it includes the federal governmentâ€™s match). MHAâ€™s Combs agrees that Medicaid spending could benefit the stateâ€™s economy. Statewide, Medicaid revenue is 16 percent of hospitalsâ€™ revenue base, she said. â€œWhen you fan that out into salaries, and you turn around and fan that out into supplies and construction, thatâ€™s a fairly large economic impact, particularly on small communities,â€? Combs said. She added that the hospital association would work on educating lawmakers who would have to pass legislation to expand Medicaid. â€œWe understand that we have to have education, and we have to have highways, so it does become a real question of whether Mississippi can afford a Medicaid expansion,â€? Combs said. â€œOn the other hand, can we afford not to?â€? Comment at www.jfp.ms. Contact R.L. Nave at email@example.com.
by Jacob Fuller
$500K, and Classic Might Stay in Jackson from the match, he said both universities should get a larger portion of the profits. “There is no way they would invite any SEC school or ACC school into this city and offer them what they offered these two SWAC schools,” Brown said.
city reaps most of the rewards. “If you come to the table with $500,000 cash and expenses, then we’ll have to begin our conversation. That’s for both schools,” Brown said to Wilson about negotiating in future years. The announcement of the end of the Capital City Classic comes as a blow to Jackson. The average announced attendance at the annual event has been more than 32,600 since 2002, making it the city’s single most-attended annual sporting event. The average yearly economic impact on the city in recent years is upward of $2.5 million. The attendance numbers differ quite a bit, though, depending on who you ask, Brown said. The city claimed more 31,500 people attended the game last year. Meanwhile, Alcorn State University President Christopher Brown the state Department of Finance said the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau will need and Administration’s numbers to offer $500,000 cash, plus expenses, to get the university showed 28,762 in paid parking to consider playing home games against Jackson State in and about 22,300 people actuJackson. ally walked through the turnWanda Wilson, president and CEO of stiles at Veterans Memorial Stadium. the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bu“The reason why (Finance and Adreau, said at Friday Forum that she thought ministration) know is because you have the $160,000 proposal was only the start- to pay entertainment taxes on (tickets),” ing point of a negotiation. Brown said. “So if it is true that there were Brown said he would consider playing (31,500), then the city of Jackson owes the in Jackson every year if the city offered Al- state of Mississippi 7 percent on (almost) corn State a deal similar to the one it has 10,000 people.” with Shreveport, La., for its annual game Stadium capacity could be a concern against Grambling State, known as the Port for fans, especially if actual attendance is City Classic. The city of Shreveport takes closer to the city’s numbers than the state’s. care of all parking, concessions and security Alcorn State’s Jack Spinks Stadium has a personnel, pays the universities’ expenses maximum capacity of 22,500, compared to and pays the schools a cash bonus just to Veterans Memorial Stadium’s 60,492. show up and play the game. No matter who is counting, the CapiIn Jackson, Brown said Alcorn State tal City Classic hasn’t come close to filling has to take care of game-day personnel, in- Veterans Memorial. Brown said a lot of cluding parking and security, and then the people like to bring up “the great Alcorn
State game” in Jackson in 1984. That game attracted 63,808 fans, the largest crowd ever at a football game in the state. But that game was against Mississippi Valley State, not JSU, and it featured wide receiver and future NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said in a press release that the city and JCVB worked with both universities in an attempt to keep the Alcorn-JSU game in Jackson. “The Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, like I, recognize the substantial economic impact the Classic has on the City of Jackson,” Johnson wrote in the press release. “Just last year, according to the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau some 31,500 people attended the Classic, and it had a $2.5 million economic impact.” Brown said if everything went wrong in Lorman, compared to every aspect going right in Jackson, Alcorn State could make between $30,000 and $40,000 less at home. He expects things to go well, though, and ultimately bring more money to the university and the surrounding communities. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Jacob Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Economic Impact of Capital City Classic: • Average Attendance since 2002 (according to city): 32,600 • Estimated Economic Impact on Jackson in 2011: $2.5 million • Estimated Economic Impact on Jackson in 2010: $3.4 million • Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau’ offer to ASU: $160,000 • Offer Requested from ASU Pres. Christopher Brown: $500,000 • ASU’s estimated maximum loss playing game in Lorman: $30,000$40,000
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sk Alcorn State President Christopher Brown why the Alcorn State University Braves will play arch-rival Jackson State University in Lorman this year for the first time since 1992, and he’ll tell you: profit. He’s not just talking about cash, though. “There’s quantity of profit, and there’s quality of profit,” Brown said at a community forum at Koinonia Coffee House July 6. Brown and Alcorn State interim Athletics Director Dwayne White announced this week that the school will exercise its right to hold the football game against JSU in its home stadium this coming Nov. 17. Brown said his commitment is to Alcorn State and Lorman, where he lives and works. But while money for the university and community was the biggest contributing factor to the decision, it wasn’t the only one. Brown said it is not fair for him to rob Alcorn State’s 4,000 students of the oncampus rivalry experience other students get to enjoy. For the past 19 seasons, Alcorn State students have not known that experience. In that time, Alcorn has played the annual game against JSU, known since 1994 as the Capital City Classic, in Jackson every year. During that span, JSU holds a 13-6 advantage in the matchup, including a 51-7 trouncing of the Braves in 2011. The Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau offered to pay Alcorn State for transportation, lodging and meals for the football team, athletic staff, cheerleaders, band and student representatives. They also offered to pay for the university’s pep rally, the coaches’ media luncheon, Classic Golf Tournament, university president’s reception and a step show. Altogether, JCVB committed approximately $160,000 to Alcorn to keep the game in the capital city. Brown said the JCVB would have to offer much more than that to get Alcorn State to hold their games in Jackson. With Jackson making $2.5 million to $3 million
by Todd Stauffer
What’s the Deal with Google+?
allow you to be more granular about who you’re interacting with. Friends, Family, Acquaintances and Following are the defaults, but you can add anything you want like Castle Watch Friends or Football Buddies
that work with Google+ photos as well. Here’s one particularly cool feature: On an iPhone or Android phone, you can get Google+ to upload any photo you take with the regular camera app to a private al-
o you feel comfortable on Facebook, you’re Tweeting on a fairly regular basis, and you’ve dabbled on LinkedIn. Or you’re like me, and you like LinkedIn more for its professional content and groups, Twitter for fun and Facebook when you’re dragged screaming to the site. Or you’re a Twitter-holic, a Foursquare fiend, and you could take or leave Facebook. After all, it takes all kinds. What most of us probably didn’t see coming—and might still not be sure if we care—is yet another social-media site cropping up, trying to win over our time and effort by making us fit yet another network into our ecosystem. For Google+, the question on many people’s minds—if they think of Google+ at all—is “Why should I spend time on Google+?” And for many people, they haven’t gotten a good enough answer. Google+ is somewhat distinct from Facebook and LinkedIn (but similar to Twitter or Tumblr) in that it’s an “open” social network; you don’t have to sign into a service to see people’s public profiles. This is one reason why it’s important to pay at least some attention to it, particularly for business managers or professionals—it’s free marketing for you and another opportunity to take a little ownership of your online image. The second reason builds on the first—this is Google’s social network. Which means your profile is extremely discoverable (and is given special weight) by the world’s most popular search engine. So if you’re not there—and you want to be “discoverable” in Google’s universe—you may be missing out. Judged purely as a social network, Google+ has pluses and minuses. Google+ is built on the idea that you can easily place your “friends” into different Circles, which
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or Frat Brothers. You can then send items just to those groups, if you like, including updates and photo galleries, so that you’re sharing your personal stuff with the right people and not the world at large. Google+ also has some pretty strong photo management features, in part because its photo tools are based on Picasa, Google’s photo sharing service that’s been around for a while (and is now being rolled into Google+). With Picasa, you get Mac and PC applications for managing and editing photos on your machine, which you can then sync to the Google+ service; there’s also Chrome, iOS and Android apps
bum on the Google+ service, making it easy to add some of those photos to updates in Google+; it also makes it a little easier to share those photos with other services, because they’re already online. They are also backed up in case you lose the phone, a big bonus these days. Of course, Circles are central to the experience on Google+; for instance, you can quickly change the view in your Stream of posts by clicking one of the buttons at the top of the stream to filter it to just one of your Circles—family, friends or a custom circle. That can be nice if you’re trying to drill down and see what’s going
on with a certain group of folks. You may already be hearing about Hangouts, where you can get one of your circles together for a video chat, including the ability to view slides and share documents. If you need that, then Google+ is a good option. (In fact, Google+ circles are a nice alternative for managing interactions with a group of people that uses the service for private conversations, instead of relying on Google Groups or the groups tools I’ve discussed in previous columns.) In my opinion, the Stream doesn’t offer enough customization—posts are just too big in the stream, reminding you that Twitter is a whole lot easier to use as a “public” social network where you can see what’s on a lot of people’s minds quickly. (Suddenly the 140 characters make a lot of sense.) The other problem with Google+ is that a lot of people you know aren’t on the service, so updates can be a little few and far between. Is it worth it? If you already live in a Google world (you already use Gmail or Picasa or Blogger or Google Groups) then it makes total sense to flip over to Google+ and set up your profile. Likewise, if you run a business, you should check out Google+ for Businesses (google.com/+/business/) and get your page up and running; it’ll be good for search engine optimization, particularly in Google’s search. For the rest of us? If you think of Google+ as yet another social network, you’ll probably want to pass, at least for now. It’s still not that social—some call it a ghost town. But, if you think of it as your social profile on Google, then it might make more sense if you want to be “searchable and discoverable.” If that’s the case, check Google+ out. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Todd Stauffer at email@example.com.
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Lies, Damn Lies and Elections
e can always tell when election season has slunk into Jackson here at the JFP. For one thing, lots of folks using fake names start to complain about us because we donâ€™t love their candidates or hate their opponents enough. So the nastygrams start appearing about the paper and our staff, down to intelligent analysis of our various body parts. The second sign is that we start seeing a lot of ridiculous and probably unconstitutional legislation clearly designed to get candidates elected or re-elected. You know the kind we mean: baggy-pants ordinances, as if the government has the right to tell people, even kids, what they can wear in public. Wink-wink efforts to crack down on immigrants or to eliminate abortion. (We cynically believe that most politicians attack abortion rights with a forked tongue because they know the courts will turn them backâ€”after expensive legal battles). Then, last week, City Councilman Quentin Whitwell brought up the perennial Ward 1 anti-homeless assaultâ€”targeting beggars outside his ward. He would like to see people asking for money to go to jail for 30 days and pay fines. Beyond the sheer mean-spiritedness of such an ordinance, how does this make sense? They donâ€™t have money; thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re begging. And jail someone for walking up to someone to ask for money? We shudder to think about it. Now, if those beggars are, in fact, physically â€œaccostingâ€? people downtown as Whitwell claimed, then there are existing laws against assaults that should be enforced. We suspect that Whitwell wants to be able to say that he fought the vagrants during his upcoming re-election, but this attempt is as silly, and shortsighted, as Kenneth Stokesâ€™ continual effort to outlaw baggy pants. Or, call them frivolous laws. This also brings to mind state Republicansâ€™ passion for two state laws, both of which seem clearly unconstitutional. Their effort to shut down the stateâ€™s only abortion clinic may backfire precisely because lawmakers didnâ€™t bother to hide their zeal for â€œeliminating abortionâ€? in our stateâ€”which means the motive is to violate Mississippianâ€™s constitutional right to choose abortion. The other is the stateâ€™s ridiculous voter ID law, which we expect to be shot down by the U.S. Department of Justice, considering our stateâ€™s disenfranchisement history and the fact that supporters cannot show evidence that is actually needed. Regardless, though, expect Republicans statewide to campaign on how they tried to clean up all the so-called voter fraud that they canâ€™t seem to prove. Of course, all this posturing over bad laws takes time and resources away from our actual problems and needs in the state. And thatâ€™s tragic. We call for a higher level of campaigning going forward, especially on the local level. Yâ€™all can do better, and we expect you to.
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Rubio and Ryan Leading GOP VP Picks
n 2008, the Mississippi ballot offered seven presidential candidates and their running mates. Along with the Republican and Democratic nominees, we had third-party candidates ranging from the Green Party to Reform Party, independents and Libertarian candidates. I am a firm believer that everyone has the right to run for whatever office they choose and to let the voters decide. But as far as this yearâ€™s presidential election is concerned, itâ€™s like a quote I heard from an old movie: â€œIdeas and reality are a long way apart.â€? What I mean is that the election will come down to the Democratic nominee and the Republican nominee. The only time in recent memory that a third-party candidate made a significant showing was 1992, with Ross Perot capturing 19 percent of the vote. With the Democratic ticket being Obama and Biden, the question is: Who will the presumptive Republican nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, choose as his running mate? In my opinion, it could well be either Florida Sen. Marco Rubio or Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. Aside from the fact that these two states have large electoral votes to put Romney closer to the magic number of 270 required to win the presidency, they both bring a great deal to the ticket. Rubio, 41, has been a rising star in the Republican Party since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2010, following his tenure as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. Watching Rubio
on â€œHannityâ€? the other night, I could see that he handles himself well with the national press. Ryan, 42, has been a congressman since 1999 and is chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. Heâ€™s also a rising star in the GOP ranks. It has been a long time since the GOP carried Wisconsin; putting Ryan on the ticket could tip that state into the Romney column. Both Rubio and Ryan bring a relatively young age along with experience in public service. Anything can happen in the next several weeks, and Romney could deliver a surprise. In 2000, George W. Bush chose Dick Cheney, who was leading Bushâ€™s vice-presidential selection process. In 1992, then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton chose then-Tennessee Sen. Al Gore as his running mate, two men from adjoining southern states. In the last election, Sen. John McCain chose thenAlaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was virtually unknown in the other 49 states. One thing is sure: Republicans will thoroughly vet the candidates for vice president. No presidential candidate of any party wants an unexpected developmentâ€”an â€œOctober surpriseâ€?â€”to come from their choice of a running mate. In other words, like the folks say out in the country, â€œThey need to be as clean as a houndâ€™s tooth.â€? At this juncture, both Rubio and Ryan fit that bill. Ken Strachan is a former mayor of North Carrollton and serves as Carroll County coroner.
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m standing at a wall of iPhone covers in Best Buy somewhat dazed by the sheer number of choices—colors, styles, textures and graphic prints of every description. Which one represents me? And what do I want the cover of my phone to say about me? Do I even need a cover to start with? The phone itself is a brilliant enough device that it needs no special decoration—camouflage, cartoon character or otherwise. Who am I kidding? “I’ll take this one,” I think, as I make my selection. As humans, we just can’t help it: We have to add our creative signature to just about everything we touch. Even items that require no adornment whatsoever become a canvas for our whims. The myriad of styles for car tags (or license plates, for those who are not from here) comes to mind. But that is a good thing, right? A quick web search for creativity tells me that it is an underpinning element of optimism, balance, resilience, perspective and discipline. Those sound like important strengths to me. It seems obvious that seeking out and exhibiting creativity in our daily lives is an innate characteristic of human nature. And yet, academia, which is ever aware of both accountability concerns and funding cuts, has begun to neglect it. Perhaps it’s not by choice. No Child Left Behind, which became law 10 years ago, didn’t do creativity any favors. Sure, schools need to effectively perform well in reading, math and science scores, but do they need to kill the students’ creative natures in the process? I was not an exceptional student in my early school years. I got paddled several times in first grade for spending my time daydreaming rather than keeping up with classwork. As the years went by, the paddling stopped, but the daydreaming never did. I believe it’s natural to want to excel at something. I showed up for peewee football and elementary basketball practice only to realize that athletic ability would not be the something at which I would excel. Some of us are natural born athletes; others are not as innately gifted but will dedicate endless hours of practice to hone what skills they have. Then there are those who must accept that athletics simply aren’t in the cards for them. I am in the last category. It wasn’t until high school that I realized that I was actually good at something—really good at something. In fact, I was best in my class at something. This
was huge for me. I had never been above average at anything that I had tried. Just what was this new dominion of which I found myself master? Mechanical drawing. Mechanical drawing, a precursor to CAD, or computer-aided design, is basically drafting plans to illustrate how something has to be constructed or how it will function. It’s the artsy side of engineering, a right-brain function in a left-brain field of study. But just how much do we value creativity? We don’t celebrate it at pep rallies, and creative types are not likely to have their picture taken for the yearbook just for being good at it (though they may end up actually doing the yearbook). For me, finding my creativity was an introduction to my own world of self-worth (aka optimism, balance, resilience, perspective and discipline). Creativity shows up in many forms. Whether you’re admiring one of Wyatt Waters’ impressionist interpretations of a capital-city scene or enjoying a drink with friends at a Fingers Taylor performance, you will eventually realize that creative energy animates Jackson. Even our dull, utilitarian traffic boxes around the downtown area have come alive with vibrant artistic expression (see pages 22 and 23). Creativity is a great asset that we should be proud to highlight. Personally, I love the “Mississippi, Believe It!” campaign that the Cirlot Agency produced a few years ago. It showcased the accomplishments of creative Mississippians of the past and present. These days, a full 20 years post-high school graduation, I still crave creative exercise. As an IT systems administrator, I don’t always get the satisfaction of stepping back and admiring the visual progress of a particular task. But, the thing I have learned through the years is that finding your inspiration in any particular task is the key to a successful outcome. Encourage creativity in young people. In a world where anything that can be outsourced will be outsourced, hold tight to creative inspiration and clever thought. Perhaps the assembly of my iPhone was outsourced, but not the brilliant creativity that designed it. Scott Dennis is a Morton native who lives in Pearl. Dennis earned a computer science degree from Mississippi College and works as an IT specialist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He is blessed with a wonderful wife and a small but growing family.
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nce they reach adulthood, people tend to think that they are either creative or not, leftbrain or right-brain, and never shall the twain meet. Those who think they arenâ€™t creative often lock themselves into strict, dull routines; those who think they are artistic often donâ€™t actually get much creative work or thought done because they think that planning time to actually do it is for uptight people, like all those boring left-brainers. It is those who embrace creativityâ€”as well as the routines and activities that bring it out of themâ€”who get great things done. Even if they do technical work during the day, they might paint pictures, write screenplays, play in a band or just make a beautiful meal every night. Those who really get in touch with their creative sides are the ones who change the world. They get together and build parks for kids to play in; they become social entrepreneurs to help society while making money; they excite kids in the classroom; they run fun workplaces that do incredible, meaningful work. True creatives donâ€™t mindlessly follow one or another political party; they make decisions based on the issue and the person and deep thought, not because someone on cable TV told them who to support. They dig in to help their community and believe it can be better than itâ€™s ever beenâ€”that the glory days are aheadâ€”by tapping into diversity of people and ideas. Theyâ€™re willing to try new things, and not just talk about them. They take action, and then do it again, and again. More than anything else, creative people donâ€™t ask permission to think differently. They think out of the box by design. They donâ€™t accept the status quoâ€”anyoneâ€™sâ€”on face value. They question. They wonder. They invent. They lead. They inspire. This GOOD Ideas issue is dedicated to the notion that every person can be a creative. You just have to decide to, make time for it and take actions that make it happen. Puccini said â€œMadame Butterflyâ€? was â€œdictated to me by God.â€? Will you make the space to listen and respond?
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Brain Games: Elbie or Arbie?
July 11 - 17, 2012
ften, people either think theyâ€™re creative or theyâ€™re not. And it is true that people tend to be more â€œleft-brainâ€? or â€œright-brain.â€? Put very simplistically, if youâ€™re a left-brainer, you tend to be more organized, conservative, even a tad rigid. If youâ€™re a right-brainer, you might consider yourself creative because you like arty stuff, you reject systems and schedules, and you also might come across a bit harebrained and never actually get around to creating the masterpieces you so desperately want to produce. What to do? Well, you can change your left-brain ratio, drawing on your weaker side to help out your stronger side. That is, if youâ€™re more right-brain, beef up your left-brain organizing skills and time management to schedule time to actually write or paint. If youâ€™re more left-brain, learn from your creative friends to let your hair down and throw paint at the canvas or just write whatever comes to mind. Your left-brain side can edit it later, if needed. Where do you fall? The book â€œOrganizing for the Creative Personâ€? (Three Rivers Press, 1993, $14.95) says â€œElbiesâ€? (lefties) and â€œArbiesâ€? (righties) tend to have the following 14 characteristics.
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szentmihalyi advises us all to aspire for? Do you write best in a big chair instead of at your desk? Do you snack when you work? When are your most productive times of the day or night? The bottom line is that people learn and create differently. In her, well, brilliant book â€œBrilliance by Design: Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire and Engageâ€? (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2011, $18.95), Vicki Halsey of Ken Blanchard Companies offers a packed toolbox of ways to inspire yourself, your staff, your kids and your students to higher levels of creativity and success.
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Intrapersonal: Have participants journal or freewrite their thoughts. Interpersonal: Be sure to include lots of social activity and sharing among participants. Verbal: Have fun with words and explore their origins and meanings. Naturalist: Have plants, rocks, shells or nature scenes in the room. Or meet outside. Visual/Spatial: Use lots of images and color. Have art on the walls and baskets of markers and stickies. Use mind maps (see page 21). Logical/mathematical: Use graphs; play logic games; do mathematical puzzles. Kinesthetic: Invite participants to touch and manipulate items, move around, put stickers on flow charts; shift from pairs to larger groups. Musical/Rhythmic: Play or teach to music; have them make up songs, raps, poems. Existential: Use Socratic questioning to make them think and consider different solutions.
I read this book last year and, for the first time, fully understood that I am largely a visual learner and creator; I also figured out that at this point in my life, I am the most focused early in the day (a shocker for this long-time night person). Take an online test to figure out your learning preferences (learningstyles.net). More importantly, have your staff take the quiz, and be sure to include options for as many learning styles as you can in classes you teach and meetings you run. I was already using a lot of these tricks in my writing/creativity classes; now I use them even more. And itâ€™s fun.
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Learn to Be Inspired
n his fabulous book, â€œA Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creativeâ€? (25th Anniversary Edition, Business Plus, 2008, $16.99), Roger von Oech says every successful creative must play four major roles with your creative efforts:
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Creativity: A Secret to Getting Ahead by Deirdre Danahar
â€œCreativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.â€? â€”Rita Mae Brown
July 11 - 17, 2012
nventive thinking is prized now more than almost any other time in history. The creative class is on the rise and is an important emerging driver in the economy. Richard Floridaâ€™s book, â€œThe Rise of the Creative Classâ€? (Basic Books, 2002), now celebrating its 10th anniversary, notes the creative class makes up at least 30 percent of todayâ€™s workforce. To solve the increasingly complex problems of the world, as well as think through how to reinvent current products, approaches and processes, creativity is required. It is vital to use both your right brain and left brain. But what if you are not a â€œcreative type?â€? Can you learn to be creative? Yes. All people are creative. It comes naturally to kids. Children make up stories to tellâ€”remember playing make believe? Coloring, drawingâ€”a kid can make a rocket ship out of a cardboard box and yarn. Even kids in desperate situations are intuitively creative. It is what drives us to learn, to explore and to grow. Necessity may be the mother of invention, but creativity is the spark that lights the way to invention. Creativity is what keeps organizations and individuals innovating and improving. As adults though, 16 many of us do not use our creativity. Cre-
ativity is not lost; it goes dormant until you are ready to use it. Like a muscle, it can be flexed and strengthened. Using both sides of your brain taps into your creative and your analytical abilities. The right side of your brain is the source of your dreams, inspirations and insights. The
left side is the process center and can either accept or reject them. Learning to use both explodes your ability to think, to grow, to find solutions and take action in the face of challengesâ€”even when you think you canâ€™t. Not using both your creative and strategic sides can lead to taking on projects that
(OW TO "ECOME -ORE #REATIVE "E #URIOUS Ask questions such as â€œWhat would make this simpler? How could we do this differently? Then play with the puzzle pieces until you figure out answers. -AKE 3TRUCTURE 9OUR -USE Donâ€™t wait for inspiration to strike. Schedule regular nonmeeting time with the sole purpose of reviewing a project or a trend and consider â€œwhat if?â€? The time can be a short as 15 minutes each day or one hour once a week. 4REAT EVERY PROJECT LIKE AN EXPERIMENT AND EVERY FAILURE AS A JUMPING POINT Not everything is going to work. Something not working is a signal there is more to learn or something else to try. 0ERSEVERE Creative people hone their craft over time. When you have a dry spell, keep pecking away at the keyboard or adding more compost to the proverbial soil of your work. %MBRACE AMBIGUITY Part of being creative is not knowing exactly what is going to happen. Ambiguity offers the opportunity to be flexible and inventive, to build a new skill or discover a novel way to apply existing skills. Not one of these five elements is reserved for special creative types. Fast Companyâ€™s annual list of the 100 most creative people in business has a wide variety of examples to inspire you. The only challenge there is for you to invite creativity into your regular routine. What are you curious enough about to explore? Will you set aside time to honor and explore this curiosity?
deplete you or getting stuck in a rut. Using your creativity keeps you open to new possibilities or perspectives. You can decide if a new approach to a project will help you get it done or if the project is worth your time. Some of the most creative people I know are not artists. They are business owners: bankers, attorneys and an electrical engineer. They have two important traits in common. One, all regularly to flex their â€œwhat if?â€? muscles and, second, each embodies the three core values Richard Florida identified within the creative class: )NDIVIDUALITY They endeavor to create identities that reflect their creativity. This can entail a mixing of multiple creative identities. -ERIT Each favors hard work challenge and stimulation. They have a propensity for goal-setting and achievement because they are good at what they do. $IVERSITY AND /PENNESS They strongly favor organizations and environments in which they feel that anyone can fit in and can get ahead. Each in their own way brings their creativity energy into their work, by cultivating a flexible open approach. This affords them the ability to see beyond conventions and be inventive.
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1. Downsize your inner critic. We all have an inner critic who canâ€™t wait to point out what we got wrong. Our inner critic has his place at weddings, funerals, family reunions and in the office. Heâ€™s good at censoring us. Heâ€™ll censor you before you even sign up for that painting class. Kick him out of your head for an hour or so and just do what seems like a good idea. 2. Take a walk and really observe your surroundings. Note the architectural features of the buildings you pass. Let your eyes drift. Notice the different plants and birds along your path. Be distracted. 3. Get to class. Ever longed to make pottery of your own, or paint a colorful picture on canvas, or write a short story? Surf
the web for classes in your area. Youâ€™d be surprised at the classes available. Some may be at a local college, at a craft guild, or even in the back of a local business. 4. Get what I call some aesthetic exercise. Yoga, dance, adult tumbling classes all use movement to produce something that generates some visual appeal and gives you a new perspective on what your body is capable of doing. Of course, check with your physician prior to engaging in an exercise regimen. Iâ€™ve found that yoga gets me in â€œthe zoneâ€? for thinking out of the box and coming up with alternative scenarios for solving problems. 5. Draw inspiration from creative people. Cruise the galleries in your area. Pick the owner or docentâ€™s brain over the works that catch your eye. Ask about the artist. Are they local? Where do they get their ideas from? Go to flea markets and guild and art shows and strike up a conversation with the people showing their works. 6. Switch up your routine. Take an alternative route home. Shop at a different store once in a while. Varying your routine will give you a new perspective. Routines can be good for organizing our time and running our lives efficiently, but we need a break from efficiency now and then in order to recharge our sense of spontaneity. 7. Find a project. Those Adirondack chairs in your back yardâ€”the ones with the peeling paintâ€”could use some sprucing up. Get brave and paint them in a color you love. Donâ€™t be married to the neutral color palette. Who cares if your neighbor
doesnâ€™t like your new flamingo pink chairs? She doesnâ€™t have to sit in them! 8. When the weather allows, plant something colorful. We need plants, and they need us. If your back patio or porch is overlooking nothing but green grass, give yourself something to look at. I love climbing plants, like climbing roses and jasmine. They produce beautiful flowers, add interest to architectural structures, and give me a space to think and contemplate. 9. Have a TV sabbath. Set aside a day to hide that remote. TV can be a distraction. Find other things to do. There are other things to do. I promise. 10. Get an instruction manual. Nobodyâ€™s a lost cause. â€œThe Artistâ€™s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativityâ€? by Julia Cameron (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, member Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1992, $16.95) is a great teaching tool for those of us who lost touch with their creative side when life happened. 11. Donâ€™t be afraid to screw up on your first endeavor. An important component of learning is making mistakes. In our society, we frown on mistakes. But weâ€™ve gotten that wrong. Some of my best learning experiences were born out of the mistakes Iâ€™ve made. So, go screw something up and give yourself space to learn. We have to give ourselves room to act on that inspiration without harshly judging the product of that inspiration. Returning to our creative selves is a process. Itâ€™s not about reaching the summit. Itâ€™s about the ascent.
canâ€™t say exactly when I stopped painting, drawing and attempting to write poetry. Somewhere between elementary school and college, life happened, and landing a job that paid the bills quietly snuck in and became priority over any and all creative endeavors. More than a decade after graduating from college, as I was trolling the art galleries on Royal Street in New Orleans and maxing out my credit card on prints I loved, I realized that by giving up my creativity I had cheated myself out of a vital part of my life. So, I vowed to reclaim the joy of the creative process. My journey is ongoing. Iâ€™ve since done some interesting things in the name of feeding my creativity, and had fun in the process. Here are some ideas for those of you who long to recapture the spontaneity that creativity brings:
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s a creative person, I know what itâ€™s like to thrive on flying by the seat of my pants and completing tasks without a structured plan to carry it out. I always felt spontaneous and unhindered with this approach, but this chaotic way of taking care of business has bitten me in the butt frequently. For the typical left-brained person, making a list is the usual way to plan a project. List? Ick, you say? Well, who says right-brained folks have to use plain old numbers or bullets to
make a list? Thereâ€™s a hip and more exciting way to make a list: a mind map. Before you say that a mind map sounds like a boring science project, hear me out. A mind map is like a circular flow chart with the goal in the center and the steps to reach that goal branching out from the goal. For each step, you can add branches to it to break the task down even further. As the late artist Bob Ross may have said, itâ€™s like a happy little tree. So, how do you make a mind map? Well, hereâ€™s a mind map that explains how to make one. Clever, huh?
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1. Respecting nature and taking care of the earth. 2. Being the change you want to see in the world. 3. Being willing to help pay for needs of the greater community (if wisely spent). 4. Development of relationships and connections between diverse people. 5. Equality and voice for women on all fronts. 6. Questioning the effects of corporate practices and big business. 7. Staying out of massive debt or spending beyond your means. 8. Spiritual and psychological development. 9. Development of individualsâ€™ special gifts. 10. Volunteering for the greater good. 11. Thinking globally, especially about poverty and climate change. 12. Transcending the left and right in politics. 13. Thinking outside the political box.
e sat down with local artists Tony Davenport and Anthony DiFatta, who promptly made our heads spin as they discussed their perspectives on creativity, chaos and life. Tony Davenport described the concept of â€œart being an extension of who you are,â€? and Anthony DiFatta explained
.EW 0ROGRESSIVISM PROMOTES
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rustrated that you canâ€™t be a fiscal conservative without being lumped in with crazy people screaming about gay marriage? That kind of limited political framing is what our two-party system has wrought todayâ€”helped along by dumb cultural wars and media hungry for either-or sensationalism. Is it this, or is it this? If you think the answer is â€œneitherâ€? or â€œboth,â€? keep reading. The â€œcultural creativesâ€? movement is one attempt to reject the binary division in favor of a new, more enlightened political climate. The brainchild of Paul H. Ray, the movement follows a political compass with four sides rather than two extremes on a spectrum. That is, you can be a business conservative with more liberal social ideas, and you still have a place to exist in the political world. Ray pushes the idea of a space for New Progressives that brings together all but the most extreme, including people who routinely feel lost in the middle between the two parties. Sure, you have to think outside the box to believe you can like or dislike a candidate without regard for his or her party, but that is what creativity is all about.
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that â€œthe most important part (of art) is when itâ€™s happening.â€? Check out the video interview at jfp. ms/twotonys to see what itâ€™s like when two Tonys get together and discuss art from the artistâ€™s perspective. Prepare to be inspired.
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Writers’ Showcase by Dylan Irby SHAWN ROSSI
Inside those bright pink walls, Steve Sutton speaks with a gentle, eloquent voice and a huge smile on his face. You can see the passion for the work the Black Rose is doing in his whole body. At a rehearsal for the show, Sutton pointed to the actors on stage and asked, “How old do you think they are?” They couldn’t have been older than their mid20s. He explained that the group of young actors was there volunteering their time and talent, because nobody gets paid at the Black Rose. “They’re doing it because it’s fun,” Sutton said, gleefully. All productions are done out of genuine love of theater, with the common goal of getting the community involved. The audience may find some of the Dayton Douglass, Michael Kinslow, Nina Dawson and Tonya Blough rehearse for “The Kindness of Strangers,” a one-act play Jacksonian one-act stories familiar, but with original Shawn Rossi wrote for the Black Rose Theatre. elements shaking things up. Shawn Rossi is bringing “The Kindness of Strangers,” a one-act retelling of the classic “A Streetcar he Black Rose Theater is tucked away on the narrow Named Desire.” This version is set in a real-life bar in New Black Street in Brandon. You might not even notice it Orleans that refused to evacuate in the aftermath of Hurricane if you’re just driving through, but when you get close, Katrina. Rossi called it her love letter to both “Streetcar” and the bright pink walls really draw attention. From New Orleans. July 12 to 15, Black Rose is showcasing four works from playAnother group of familiar characters will be taking the wrights in the Jackson area in “A Night of One Acts.” The the- stage in Ray Dailey’s “The Wrath of Frankenstein.” Dailey ater’s president, Nina Dawson, hopes to bring the community grew up loving “Frankenstein,” both the book and the many together around the theater. film adaptations, and hopes to bring a little bit of everything to
this production. Dailey says he wanted to “bring out the best of all the characters” that he loves. He includes characters not only from the novel, but also the Universal and Hammer films versions of the story, while still telling much the same story. In a sense, it’s a Frankenstein’s monster of the many versions of “Frankenstein.” On the lighter side, “The Sterling Candelabra Social Club” by C.C. Henley, is an adaptation of a scene from a larger play titled “Southern Belles Do Tell.” It’s a comedy piece about a club selection meeting at a junior college in a fictitious town in Mississippi, performed entirely by one actress playing all of the characters. The fourth of these one-act plays is “Love at Last Sight” by Sutton and his wife, Virginia, a comedy about love in a retirement home. Sutton said jokingly that his wife “bleeds all over” his work, and it’s really his writing with her additions and edits. He wrote his play, he said, just to make people laugh, with “no redeeming qualities” or deep meaning—just something fun to enjoy. The goal of this particular show is to give people with less experience, who might not be able to stage something they’ve written at a larger theater, a chance to get their work out in the open, and get the recognition they deserve. It’s hard for budding writers to get a larger theater to take a gamble on their work. Dawson hopes that “A Night of One Acts” can become a yearly tradition, showcasing writers from Jackson who might not ever get a chance otherwise. “A Night of One Acts” is July 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. and July 15 at 2 p.m. at the Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon, 601-825-1293). Non-season tickets are $5.
Screaming For Ice Cream
July 11 - 17, 2012
ummer can be a brutal time of year for Mississippians, leaving many looking for ways to cool off. Sometimes, the sweetest relief is ice cream. Luckily, the Jackson Zoo will have plenty of the sweet treat, along with other ways to beat the heat at their 18th annual Trustmark Ice Cream Safari July 14. Each of the 18 stations will feature a different flavor of ice cream served by some of your favorite local media personalities, ranging from radio to print journalism (including the Jackson Free Press). The event is also a contest, as visitors vote for their favorite scooper. “It is up to the scooper to sell their personality and their ice cream,” zoo events coordinator Carol Woodson said. Details about voting will be given at the event. Each flavor, donated by Blue Bell Ice Cream, is named after an animal in the zoo, 30 such as the JFP’s flavor, Cougars and Cream,
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by Vergie Redmond
Come enjoy ice cream served by your favorite media celebrities at the Jackson Zoo’s 18th annual Ice Cream Safari.
as well as Hippo Crunch and Turtle Fudge. On July 2, the Zoo opened a zoothemed splash pad, giving kids another way to cool down. It can hold up to 180 children at one time, and the price to use it is included in the admission fee. The splash pad will be
open during the Ice Cream Safari. For 12 years, WLBT news anchor Howard Ballou dominated the best ice cream scooper award, but that changed a few years ago. “In recent history (2009-2011) Y101 DJs Nate and Murphy have won,” Woodson said. That same year news Fox 40 in Jackson won best Ice Cream for their Blue Bell Gator Crunch. Last year the scoopers served up a record 8,800 ice-cream cones to patrons at the zoo. Will Ballou regain his title as best scooper, or will Nate and Murphy continue to hold the spot—or will the JFP take them all down? Cast your vote at the Jackson Zoo Ice Cream Safari. The Ice Cream Safari is Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Normal admission prices apply: $10 for adults and $6.75 for children ages 12 and under, plus a $2 ice cream tasting fee. Friends of the Zoo will only be required to pay the tasting fee. Due to a new policy initiated by the zoo, parking is free.
his year when you attend the Safari, be sure to stop by the Jackson Free Press booth and vote for Team JFP: Kathleen Mitchell, Jacob Fuller and R.L. Nave serving Cougars and Cream ice cream (it’s remarkably similar to Cookies and Cream, and no cougars were harmed in creating it).
Choctaw Pageantry and Culture by Adria Walker and Christianna Jackson
ball is a really big event where eight different Choctaw communities compete,” Farve said. The sport is so popular, the tournament starts a week in advance, and only the top teams make it to play during the fair. In the past, stickball games could involve as few as 20 players or as many as 300, and the goals could be miles apart. Stickball today consists of two 12-foot-high wooden posts, about 4 inches wide, one at each end of the field. Players earn points by hitting the opposing team’s post with a special ball called a towa, using handmade sticks called kabocca. Choctaw craftsmen make the towas by wrapping cloth tightly around a small stone or piece of wood. Once it reaches the desired size, crafters weave a leather thong or deer hide over the cloth. RezRun 2012 is new to the fair this year. Including a one-mile run, 5k and 10k races, RezRun adds a modern activity to the fair’s roster. All runners and visitors are welcome. The race will award medals to the first 300 participants to cross the finish line. The male and female winner of the 10K race will receive $300 each, and the male and female winners of the 5K race will receive $200. Online registration for the race ends Thursday. Nashville-style country music has been a part of the fair since the 1960s and ’70s, and country musicians now headline the activities. Several famous singers, including Chet Atkins, Connie Smith, Lester Flatt, Mac Wisemen, Jerry Reed, Johnny Gimble, Pig Robbins and Merle Travis have performed at the fair. This year, country music stars Steve Azar, Chris Cage, Jo Dee Messina, Clint Black, country music band The Lost Trailers and blues-rock group Indigenous will perform. Particularly this year, the Choctaw Fair is a melding of past and present, of heritage and modernity. For Watkins, it will be special to pass on her crown and to see a woman greet fairgoers as chief. “As a female, it’s great to see a lot of modern females taking on positions (in the council),” she says. “Our chief, Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, she started out where I am. She was once princess of the tribe.” Watkins enjoys the opportunity to show off her culture with the fair. “It’s not every day that we get to show who we are and where we come from,” she says. “Arts and crafts, beadwork, the traditional game of stickball. … It’s something that you really need to participate in and see in person.” The fair opens July 11 and runs through July 14 at the Choctaw Indian Reservation (Highway 16 W.) in Choctaw. Tickets are $10 for adult day passes and $15 for adult season passes. Student passes are $5 for the day or $10 for the season. Children 5 and under get in free. For more information, call 601-656-5251, or visit choctawindianfair.com.
n Wednesday, July 11, Chief Phyliss J. Anderson parts of my dress, so it really was the community that made will make history as she addresses the crowd on it, no one person,” she says. Preparations take a long time, opening night of the Choctaw Indian Fair as the first Farve says, because the dresses and jewelry are often handfemale chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw In- made, and the beadwork elaborate. To celebrate that, Watkins dians. “The chief will hold court every night at 6 (p.m.) to performed a monologue on the beauty of Choctaw beadwork welcome the visitors and to recognize dignitaries from other for her talent. tribes,” Melford Farve, communications officer, said. Being chosen as the Choctaw Princess is very prestiEvery year since gious—the winner 1949, the Mississippi will have many reBand of Choctaw sponsibilities over the Indians has hosted next year, including the fair during the traveling around the second week of July. country, frequently The 63rd Missiswith the Tribal Miko, sippi Choctaw Fair, or Chief, to promote held this year from awareness of the July 11-14 in ChocMississippi Band of taw, mixes music, Choctaws. “I can get sport and more. “The sent anywhere, from fair is an opportunity around the commuto showcase Choctaw nity to outside the culture, jewelry, dancstate,” Watkins says. ing and language,” “From singing the Farve said. national anthem in For the 57th our language to takyear, young Chocing pictures at schools taw women will or signing autographs, compete for the title (the duties) can vary.” of Choctaw Indian After the pageant Princess. The pageant ends, things turn a kicks off Wednesday. little rougher with Contestants compete the Men’s World Sein interviews on topics ries of Stickball game. ranging from current Stickball, or Ishtabevents to Choctaw oli, is a physical, anculture, a talent porcient game with few tion, traditional dress rules. In recent years, and formal dress. In women began playing the traditional dress competitively in their component, each own stickball chamcontestant will wear pionship. Known by Blues-rock group Indigenous is one of the headliners topping off several an ornate beadwork the Choctaws as “the days of artistry and sport at the Choctaw Indian Fair. dress while carrylittle brother of war,” ing a hand-woven stickball is one of the Choctaw basket. oldest field sports in Last year’s princess, 19-year-old Kursten Watkins, says America. Instead of warring against one another, Choctaws the fair, and especially the pageant, is a way for the commu- played stickball because it was the “civilized” way to settle disnity to come together. “I had different people make different putes. The game is very fast, and tackling is allowed. “Stick-
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The Choctaw Indian Fair kicks off today at the Choctaw Reservation (Highway 16 W., Choctaw) and runs through July 14. Call 601-650-7450 for ticket info. … 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 email@example.com to RSVP. … See the opera film “Les Contes d’Hoffman” at 6:30 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $14, $13 seniors and students, $13 children; call 601-936-5856. … The MAC All-Star Basketball Games are at 7 p.m. at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton) in A.E. Wood Coliseum. $5; call 601-924-3020. … Jesse “Guitar” Smith is at Burgers & Blues. … B Social is at 7 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe. … Tom Bertram is at Fenian’s.
and runs through July 15. $10, $7 children 12 and under; call 601-948-3233, ext. 222. … Truth & Salvage Co. and Kevin Gordon perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 800-745-3000; ardenland.net. … Tommy Burton performs at Mediterranean Fish and Grill. … Vagabond Swing and Mama’s Love perform at Hal & Mal’s.
The Grassroots Blues Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. at Elliott Field (Interstate 55 N. at Exit 195, Duck Hill). Continues July 14 at 5 p.m. grassrootsblues.com. … Robert King performs at 6 p.m. at Jaco’s Tacos. … The Friends of Terry present the dinner theater “The Sound of Plaid” at 7 p.m. at Terry Depot (Railroad and Cunningham avenues, Terry). Encore show July 13. $20; call 601-540-2728. … The play “Gold in the Hills” is at 7:30 p.m. at Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). Encore show July 14. $10, $5 children; call 601-636-0471. … The Smooth Funk Band plays at 8 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe. … Goldylocks is at Club Magoo’s.
The annual Ice Cream Safari is at 9 a.m. at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Advance tickets available. $12, $8.75 children, $2 tasting fee for members; call 601-352-2580. Come vote for the JFP team. … Beer & Bones is from noon-4 a.m. at F. Jones Corner and includes a backyard grilling competition, a domino tournament, and an arts and music festival. $10; call 601-983-1148; facebook.com/fjonescorner. … The Bastille Day Dinner is at 5 p.m. at Anjou Restaurant (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland). $55; call 601-707-0587 to RSVP. … The International Ballet Competition Reunion Gala is at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. The after-party is at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) $20-$65, $55 after-party; call 601-973-9249 or 601-355-9853; usaibc.com. … Gary Morris and Shannon McNally perform at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 800-745-3000; ardenland.net. … Ron Sennett performs at 6 p.m. at Cerami’s. … JAG and Sun Hotel play at Martin’s. $5 cover. … Yellow Scarf hosts “A Night of Poetry” from 8-10 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at door; call 347-754-0668. … Remedy Krewe plays at Ole Tavern. J. Lee Productions (Jimmie Lee is above) presents a screening of stage plays and documentaries July 16-21 at Russell C. Davis Planetarium.
July 11-17, 2012
Brice Media (6712 Old Canton Road, Suite 6, Ridgeland) hosts a ribbon cutting and grand opening from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy viewing artwork, food and music from DJ Young Venom. Free; call 601-790-0259. … The MAC All-Star Tennis Tournament is at 1 p.m. at Parham Bridges Park (5055 Old Canton Road), at the Tennis Center. Free; call 601-924-3020. … The 60th anniversary screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” is at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $11.50, $10.50 seniors, $9.50 children; call 601-936-5856. … “A Night of One Acts” debuts at 7:30 p.m. at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon) and runs through July 15. $5; call 601-825-1293. … The play “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.)
Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) features the films “Goodbye First Love” at 2 p.m. and “The Raid: Redemption” at 5 p.m. $7 per film; msfilm.org. … The second annual Independence Battle of the Bands is from 5-9 p.m. at Newell Field (Riverside Drive). $10; email firstname.lastname@example.org. … The Generation NXT Indie Concert Series is at 6 p.m. at Dreamz JXN. … DoubleShotz plays at Pelican Cove.
The True South Classic kicks off today at Annandale Golf Club (419 Annandale Parkway, Madison) and runs through July 22. Proceeds benefit Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. $20 per day, $5 parking per day, $10-$50 parking permit, $100 package; call 601-898-4653; truesouthclassic. com. … J. Lee Productions’ Fourth Anniversary Screenings kick off at 7 p.m. at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) and runs through July 21. Options include “Why Am I Single” and the “Black Love” documentaries. $5 per film; call 601-960-1550; jleeplays.com.
Mississippi Murder Mysteries presents “The Bachelor Prince” at 7 p.m. at Wasabi Sushi & Bar (100 E. Capital St. Suite 105). $42.50 plus tax and tip; call 601-856-9696 to RSVP. … See the film “As Seen Through These Eyes” at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in the Yates Community Room. Free; call 601-960-1515.
Historian Timothy B. Smith speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. More at jfpevents.com and jfp.ms/musicvenues.
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more intimate because Peter’s parents are involved with Connors’ past. When Connors’ alter ego The Lizard finally appears, he emerges as an intimidating creature that will probably creep out plenty of viewers. The filmmakers portray The Lizard faithfully, and in a way that makes this lesser-known member of the Spider’s rogues gallery shine. Andrew Garfield brings a personality to Spider-Man that In general, the charmakes the newest version worth catching. acter relationships are truly beautiful in “Amazing Spihis summer, legendary web-slinger der-Man.” Peter and Gwen have a genuine Spider-Man is hitting movie theaters love, less forced and contrived as the relationin a star-studded blockbuster. Sound ship of the old Peter Parker and Mary Jane familiar? It hasn’t been long since Sam Watson. There are still some awkward love Raimi brought us his version of the comic- scenes, but they never drag on, and some are book hero in (an increasingly ridiculous) tril- quite entertaining. Aunt May (Sally Field) is ogy of films—all three premiered in the last no longer oblivious or useless as a character; decade. Fans loved the first two films, but she’s fully taken on the role of Peter’s mother. “Spider-Man 3” left viewers flat. It seems odd Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen), too, is a real fathat we’d be revisiting the Spider’s origins on ther figure to Peter, who even calls him “dad” the big screen so soon, and yet, here we are: at one point. Peter Parker is once again slinging webs and Gwen’s father (Denis Leary) is a wonthrowing punches in “The Amazing Spider- derful character who comes off as harsh, but Man,” and this time, he is at his best. human. Some of the best moments in the An all-new cast playing familiar charac- film take place between him and Peter, in ters is a bit jarring and unwelcome at first, and out of the spider suit. but their solid performances are part of what The humanity of these relationships makes this retreading of an old path worth speak to what made Spider-Man so popular watching. Andrew Garfield brings emotional to begin with—we all feel like we could be realism to Peter Parker, and the film does a Spider-Man, like we want to be Spider-Man, fantastic job of highlighting his loss—first of because he’s not so different from us. his parents, and then the fateful death of his Still, it’s not a perfect film. Glaringly abuncle Ben Parker. sent from this version are two characters that Raimi’s “Spider-Man” basically played made the older films great. J. Jonah Jamesout as, “My uncle is dead, so I am heroic on, editor-in-chief of The Daily Bugle, is now.” But the reboot, directed by Marc never so much as mentioned in “Amazing,” Webb, handles the transformation in a much though several issues of the newspaper do more realistic light. Peter Parker doesn’t be- appear. More eerie is the off-screen presence come Spider-Man right away, but when he of Norman Osborne. The audience glimpses does, he’s fantastic. Tobey McGuire never his silhouette, though the face is indiscernbrought humor and lightheartedness to the ible, and the main characters mention him wall-crawler. His cocky attitude and not a number of times. But the man makes no only bravery in the face of, but readiness to appearance in the film. Without saying anyopenly mock, death are defining characteris- thing, the film fairly heavily implies Osborne tics of Garfield’s Spider-Man. Not to say he’s is in the running for a future installment, and a court jester, but this Spider-Man seems to it would not be surprising to see him in the know he’s strong, and he has fun with it. next movie. The new story sticks more closely to One can only hope (as I do) that if these the comic book origins of Spider-Man. For two return, the actors from Raimi’s trilogy are example, he doesn’t make his own webs bio- allowed to reprise their roles. Willem Dafoe logically, and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is as Norman, aka the Green Goblin, and J. K. his girlfriend right from the get-go. But new Simmons as Jameson were the absolute best facets add complexity to the tale. In a twist casting decisions ever made in the history of more typically reserved for Batman’s canon, film, in my opinion. They owned those charSpider-Man has conflicts with the NYPD acters, so let’s hope they’re up for at least one repeatedly in this film and, for once, the more web-slinging adventure. cops have a decent justification for not trustWhile some of the best parts of the olding the super-hero (though I don’t want to er films are left out, there’s more than enough spoil why). new content in “The Amazing Spider-Man” Equally as well done is the villain rela- to please the audience, bringing moviegoers a tionship. Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans) and Pete’s better Spider-Man than they’ve been treated relationship echoes the one between Norman to before. He’s amazing, he’s spectacular—he’s Osborne and Peter in the earlier films, but is your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!
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Hot as Cayenne by Ceili Hale
torage 24 has won JFP’s Best of Jackson’s Best Rock twice and Best Original Band twice already, but such labels do the band’s unique and distinctive sound little justice. At first listen, Storage 24, fronted by singer Baby Phred, sounds like a typical rock band, but listen closer, and the R&B sound they infuse into their music becomes apparent. “It’s a flavor of rock, it’s a flavor of R&B, and it’s a flavor of metal. I think it’s just a big fusion of all the genres of music,” Phred says. Phred has been making this kind of music (influenced by bands like Linkin Park) for 10 years. Three years ago, Storage 24 matured into what it is today, joined by rapper Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin, lead guitarist Daniel Warren, bassist Blake Thomas and drummer Adam Williams. Storage 24 has won national awards, including Band of the Year in Dothan, Ala., and Band of the Year at Club La Vela in Panama City Beach, Fla., the largest club in the country. Phred attributes their success to their talents. “I think we were the best band in that moment,” he says. “I just have confidence in Storage 24.” Currently, Storage 24 is working on a new album. It’s gonna be hot as cayenne pepper,” Phred says. Storage 24 LLC, their own record label, recorded the untitled album, which has 12 songs. The album’s lyrics are all about experiences the band
members have been through. “I write everything that’s real, whether it’s bad dreams or love or hate; everything that comes out of my brain is real ... everything I write is a story of my life,” Phred says. This realness is evident in “No Surrender,” a journey through a haunting dream. The song has a two-part music video to accompany Storage 24 says it is “taking over the world of music.” it that shows a man chasing after his love, who turns into a monster. Storage 24 makes relatable and personal music, and that’s song they perform seems just as intense at that moment as it exactly what Phred says he wants people to take away. was when they wrote and recorded it. “Whatever song we’re singing or performing at that Phred emphasizes the need for up-and-coming musicians time, I want you to have the same feeling I had when I to “stay focused and always appreciate your God-given talents. wrote it,” he says. And never, ever, ever forget your fans. Fans are everything. I Storage 24, with its blend of rock and R&B, brings love my fans.” something unique to the Jackson scene in both recorded In the future, Phred says Storage 24 will take over the music and live shows, which Phred says are “explosive. It’s a world of music. But for now, you can catch them live with wild moment.” Storage 24 exudes pure energy on stage—they Louisiana band Nottaway at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce jump around and demand the audience’s attention, and every St., 601-948-0888) on July 14 around 9 p.m.
The Power of Mix Tapes
by Natalie Long
July 11 - 17, 2012
we’d never be apart—I’ve got some if y’all • "Going Up the Country" — Canned Heat • "Hook" — Blues Traveler (my best guy ever want a good laugh.) And let’s not for- • "Shove" — L7 friend from junior college and I wore get the “we broke up and I can’t live without • "Ballad of Jayne" — LA Guns this song out in the summer of ’96.) you” mix tape you’d make for your ex with • "Somebody’s Crying" and "San Francisco • "Keep On Smilin’" — Wet Willie (a great enough sad songs on there that would either Days" — Chris Isaak song to ride the backroads blaring.) make them take you back or date your • "El Camino" — Buffalo Nickel (evbest friend … which would only cause eryone tells me how much they love you to create yet MORE mix tapes, one this song) for the ex with all of “our” songs, then • "Shannon" — Let The Music Play one for the new girlfriend with songs • "Temple of the Dog" — Say Hello like, LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You to Heaven Out” or Scandal’s “The Warrior.” • "Summertime" — Janis Joplin The other day, I came across a huge • "Willin’" — Little Feat crate of mix tapes I made while I was in • "Dinosaur" — Hank Williams Jr. high school and college. I sat there and (a must-have for making a country played those tapes on my stereo and block.) couldn’t help but laugh hysterically at There’s nothing quite as nostalgic as a mix tape. • "Head Over Heels" — The Go-Go’s how my musical tastes have changed • "The Joker" — Steve Miller Band over the years. I even found a (gasp!) • "Eye in the Sky" — Alan Parsons New Kids on the Block mix tape. (Hey, • "Blue Canoe" — Blue Mountain (what’s Project gimme a break. I was 14.) But I was quite better than enjoying summer with Mis• "You’re Only Lonely" — J.D. Souther impressed that I had some pretty notable artsissippi’s most well-respected band?) • "Tangerine" — Led Zeppelin ists on these tapes for a teenager growing up • "Slow Ride" — Foghat • "It Was a Good Day" — Ice Cube (this with limited exposure to music: Janis Joplin, • "California Love" — Tupac Shakur reminds me of basketball camp) Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Rush, Fleet- • "Surrender" — Cheap Trick • "I Won’t Forget You" — Poison wood Mac, The Rolling Stones, etc. • "The Sun in California" — The Autumn • "Fishin' in the Dark" — Nitty Gritty I have compiled of list of songs for Defense (Wilco’s Pat Sansone and John Dirt Band your summer enjoyment (that I hope you’ll Stirratt’s side project that rules.) Have a great week, and please keep nicely and legally purchase on iTunes) so • "California (All the Way)" — Luna supporting live local homegrown muyou can have a playlist to enjoy for the rest • "Come On" — Lucinda Williams (best sic. If you see me out and about, please of this summer. break-up song) say hello! TRIP BURNS
h, mix tapes. I know it’s illegal now, but back in my day, you brought your pack of Memorex tapes to all the carport dances or slumber parties we had in Bogue Chitto, and you would sit there for hours making copies of your favorite songs. (Does anyone remember getting a tape you hated, putting paper in the top of the little boxes, and rerecording over it if you were low on mix tapes? Yes, I’m guilty of this. I did it to my Rico Suave tape someone gave me for my 13th birthday. Sorry, Julie.) Years ago, my first “real” boyfriend came along while I was in junior high at Bogue Chitto and made me my first mix tape. While I’m sure his big brother had a hand in helping him make the tape, the songs he put on there changed my music style forever. As a girl who grew up on two radio stations in south Mississippi (country and western), his eclectic tape of Led Zeppelin, Gorky Park, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, and many others lit a musical fire in me that has stayed with me for over 20 years, and for that I thank him for it. I cannot tell you how many countless mix tapes I made for boyfriends growing up in junior high and high school (some even had me speaking into my “jambox” to give them a commentary on how much their 14-year-old love meant to me and how
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