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arvey Wardell worked 30 years as an assistant to legendary coach Lafayette Stribling, spending 22 years with Stribling at Mississippi Valley State University and the last eight years at Tougaloo College. When Stribling decided to retire in late October, Tougaloo tapped Wardell to replace him as the new Bulldogs head coach. Although he knows he isn’t as well known as Stribling, “I have confidence in what I do as coach,” Wardell says. In his first season as a head coach, Wardell is learning to step into the spotlight more than he ever had to as assistant coach. “There is not (much) different, but the biggest difference is, as head coach, you are the face of the program,” he says. “You have to keep on top of everything in the program as the head coach.” Wardell says he learned a lot from Stribling. “After 30 years, our styles are similar,” Wardell says. “I tweak some things, but it’s the same type of basketball.” One of the best parts about living in Jackson is the plentiful basketball talent. “Jackson is a hotbed for basketball players,” the coach says. “I and my assistants are able to attend several high school games to scout talent. ... (It’s) great for recruiting.” The beginning of the season has been a struggle for Wardell’s team in his first season. Tougaloo started the season losing


their first seven games. Finally, the Bulldogs broke through with a 77-52 victory against Concordia College Selma for their first win of the season. Tougaloo is currently 1-8 on the season and off for a Christmas break. The Bulldogs’ eight losses are by an average of only 4.6 points. “We are getting better by the game, and are going to (continue to) get better,” Wardell says of his team. “Coach Stribling started a winning tradition of going to the national tournament.” “Our goal is to maintain past status, and we are very young this season, but our guys play hard,” coach Wardell explains. “We hope to begin peaking by the conference tournament.” Wardell, 64, is an Alcorn State graduate. His wife Anglean comes down from Greenwood on weekends, and the couple has three grown sons. Coach Wardell enjoys living in the city of Jackson and on Tougaloo campus. “It is quiet on campus, and my wife loves to come down and shop,” he says, adding, “which can get expensive for me.” “The community of Jackson has a lot to offer, and we enjoy it,” Wardell says. Coach Wardell and the Bulldogs report back to campus Dec. 27 and return to action Jan. 3, 2013. —Bryan Flynn

Cover graphic by Kristin Brenemen

10 For the Kids

Mississippi’s school and court systems are far from delivering justice to the children under its care.

30 Optimistic Faith

“Well, my message is going to be that God has amazing things in 2013. He does reward people who are faithful, and you keep being your best right where you are, and God will get you to where you’re supposed to be. And a lot of times God judges us differently than how people judge us. God looks at the heart. God uses the least likely people in some instances. God used David who, as you know, was an underdog. Some may come from bad families, but our message will be: You’re not who the world says you are, but you’re who God says you are.” —Joel Osteen, “America’s Favorite Pastor”

35 Mixing it Up

What other DJs and electronic musicians do with prerecorded tracks and computer equipment, Keys N Krates does with live instruments in the group’s re-mixing shows.

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DECEMBER 26, 2012 - JANUARY 1, 2013 | VOL. 11 NO. 16



by Todd Stauffer, Publisher

Interesting Times


he last week of the year tends to be a bit quieter than others, even though we’ll have some working days here to get the next issue out (52 weeks a year!)—our Legislative Preview on Jan. 2. The Best of Jackson month kicks in full force leading up to the big issue Jan. 23. But now is a good time to look back and reflect, too, on the 2012 that the Jackson Free Press has enjoyed, and to look forward to 2013. And to share some praise. Perhaps most significant about 2012 is the milestone the JFP reached—we’re now deep into our 10th year, having begun publication back in 2002. It’s a different world in so many ways than it was back then, both in Jackson and nationally, and there’s a lot to celebrate. There’s also a lot more work to be done. As part of turning 10 years old, we rolled out a new website ( complete with smartphone compatibility and access to AP wire stories from our front page. More recently, we’ve re-released our iPhone and Android apps, which you can see and download from Kudos to the Web team for making all of that happen this year—it was an extraordinary undertaking—more than we realized at the time. Matt Heindl, in particular, deserves an immense amount of credit for seeing the technology end of it through, while Kristin Brenemen spearheaded the new design, and Latasha Willis and Dustin Cardon took on the bulk of the task of entering listings, cleaning up data in the back end and just generally being a huge part of the transition. Latasha, of course, also does the best events listings in the state at Also coinciding with our 10th year was a redesign of the print edition, again implemented by Kristin, with help from her team: Andrea Thomas and Eric Bennett. Jackson Free Press co-founder Stephen Barnette conceived the new JFP logos and “flag” (the logo on the front of the print edi-

tion) and helped us implement some of the cover templating. Many others pitched in this switchover, not only on the design, but on the organization of the Jackson Free Press, which now reflects three strong sections—News & Opinion, Diversions, and Life & Style. Conceived and organized by Donna Ladd, these sections have been built out and shaped by Ronni Mott, Kathleen Morrison Mitchell and the rest of the editorial staff.

We enter the new year a bit shaken, humbled and thankful. Since Kathleen joined us this summer, the features section is better and quirkier than ever with more fun infographics and lots of staff taste-tests of food and drink (see Champagne test on page 39). Briana Robinson has taken the music section to a new level both with her writing and story ideas for freelance writers, with listings and column help from Natalie Long and Garrad Lee. Bryan Flynn’s sports coverage keeps getting better (and he has welcomed a new baby girl, Molly, to his family). Notice the steady stream of meaningful local coverage and high-quality cover stories this year? Reporters R.L. Nave and Jacob Fuller have been on the top of their game, while 2012 saw a new addition to the JFP masthead—staff photographer, in the guise of Trip Burns. Having the three of them pound the pavement—with Ronni

Mott now heading the news coverage and Mike Day with his fantastic editorial cartooning—means not just a “meaty” hyperlocal JFP every week, but a well-rounded JFP Daily email newsletter (www.jfpdaily. com) and persistent coverage online that has translated to more than 1 million visits to the Jackson Free Press website this year. Kudos as well to Korey Harrion, who puts up the weekly stories each week, and Dustin Cardon, who runs the daily stories and the Daily email each weekday. In addition, this year the JFP started doing many more serious and educational infographics, much as we were already doing in the quarterly GOOD Ideas issue. Thanks largely to Ronni, Kristin and Donna, we produced many graphics that visually factchecked much of the incorrect political propaganda that flew around, as well as gave vital information about issues from Obamacare to the sources of our national debt. These graphics are labor-intensive, but the team knows they add a vital information level to the paper that serves our readership. The Best of Jackson 2013 contest— our 11th so far—has gone without a hitch through the voting process, again thanks to Matt Heindl, who built on past work done by Knol Aust and Vince Falconi on our balloting system, and Briana Robinson, who makes some of our hardest issues to manage (like Best of Jackson and Jackpedia) work so well. Matt, meanwhile, is hacking away feverishly as we speak on a new online destination for us to present Best of Jackson finalists and winners to Jacksonians—and the world—with our expected launch date to coincide with the Best of Jackson issue in late January 2013. We’re pretty excited about that one; more to come in the next few weeks. BOOM Jackson magazine continues to click along on all cylinders, thanks to hard work from a number of folks, including Kathleen, Briana and especially Molly

Lehmuller, with expanded distribution, thanks again to Matt and his cadre of drivers—Ray, Jeff, Clint, Robert and Jody— with an assist from the folks writing in to order subscriptions to BOOM. And, of course, we’re all thankful for the advertisers who grace the pages of Jackson Free Press, BOOM Jackson, and the JFP’s various Web and mobile properties, all of whom have a hand in making everything else possible. Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin leads the best sales team in town in Monique Davis and Stephanie Bowering. On the business front, Executive Assistant Erica Crunkilton is working with our long-time bookkeeper Montroe Headd to improve our business, sales and invoicing systems, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. So where does that leave us? After a relatively prodigious and prosperous 2012 for the JFP—and a knock-down, drag-out election season, followed by the dueling narratives of the “fiscal cliff” and the horrendous tragedy in Newtown, Conn.—we enter the new year a bit shaken, humbled, thankful and earnestly aware of the hard work that awaits us. In our most recent staff meeting, we brainstormed the “best fit” approaches for the JFP to expand in the New Year, and we’re looking closely at a few additional ways to bring you the news (think “tablets” and “e-readers”) as well as new opportunities to get the community together for gatherings and celebrations. 2013 will be a year where we renew our resolution to encourage localism in Jackson—we’ve got to keep our local businesses thriving and the job-creation engine wound up and running in metro Jackson to help all residents and entrepreneurs prosper. It’s a prime part of our mission. In ancient China, it may have been a curse, but to us it’s a blessing to live in “interesting times.” Thanks for sharing some of your time with us. Happy New Year!

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Bryan Flynn

Torsheta Bowens

Jacob Fuller

Rev. CJ Rhodes

Genevieve Legacy

Jasmin S. Searcy

Meredith W. Sullivan

Kristin Brenemen

Sports writer Bryan Flynn is a lifelong Mississippi native who lives in north Jackson. He also writes a national blog, Follow him @jfpsports. He coordinated and wrote for the basketball preview.

Torsheta Bowens is originally from Shuqualak, Miss. She is a mom, teacher and coach. In her free time, she loves to read. (She just doesn’t have any free time.) Torsheta wrote for the basketball preview.

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

Rev. CJ Rhodes, a Hazelhurst native, attended Ole Miss and Duke Divinity School in North Carolina, where he earned his master’s of divinity. Rhodes is the pastor at Mount Helm Baptist Church. CJ interview Joel Osteen for this issue.

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

Jasmin S. Searcy holds a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in clinical and community counseling from the Johns Hopkins University and is pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology. She wrote the Body/Soul.

Former New Yorker Meredith W. Sullivan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and the JFP stylist. She spends her days dreaming about where to travel next and enjoying life in Fondren. She wrote the FLY feature.

Art Director Kristin Brenemen is an otaku with a penchant for dystopianism. Her 2012 resolution to not wear pants all year was a rousing success! She designed the cover and most of the issue.

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WHAT IS YOUR TOP RESOLUTION FOR 2013? Melissa Kelly Learn a new skill. (unless I start re-taking flute lessons, then that will count). Joan Blanton Finish dissertation. Caroline Crawford Just be me.

ployed satirist ... especially during the Christmas holiday. Judykay Jefferson To move boldly into my future, unafraid, unstoppable. Renee Shakespeare To keep my mouth closed and my mind open.

Katie Staten Stafford All around better health. No smoking, less drinking, better food intake.

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The eyes of the young that will never grow old Stories of their souls left untold; A gift so innocent, so young, so true A nation of mourners heartbroken, confused; The loss of a life brings ageless pain But to lose a child leaves an endless stain; Every mother, father, sister or brother Knows the ache of losing another; We don’t understand and won’t pretend to We only ask for a little comfort just to get thru; No one knows why we face such violent acts I’m not even sure that’s the question we need to ask; Let’s just gather together as we have many times before Let’s shower the families that will hurt for evermore; Let us do what America does best Join together when our faith is at its test; I don’t care what spiritual being gives you life Just pray an end to this misery and strife; We are all of someone and we all know love We are all tested and we must all overcome; We are imperfect and yes we often fail But we are Americans and we shall prevail; We often fight each other on our own land But we, Americans, together we stand; Shaken to the core and yes, we cry today But we, Americans, will see another day; Sandy Hook, we care, we cry, we feel your pain We pray, we love, and we hurt the same; You can’t see us, but we mourn with you Your angels are our angels, they’ll carry us all through. — Dec. 17, 2012

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to assure the bonds will be marketable before he signs off on the contract with Siemens. Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba, also in the running for mayor, said TRIP BURNS


fter a month of squabbling over details and timeliness, the Jackson City Council approved the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial advisory team for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $90-million water system enhancement project Dec. 17. On two previous occasions, council members refused to vote on $400,000 in contracts for bond counsel and financial advisers in the Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic Development Committee. Membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reasons for not voting ranged from concern that the mayor has not signed a contract with lead contractor Siemens Corp. to worries about open-ended language regarding contractorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; expenses that could lead to bigger bills for the city. Councilmen Quentin Whitwell of Ward 1 and Frank Bluntson of Ward 4 said at previous meetings that they would not approve the financial advisory team until Mayor Harvey Johnson signed the contract with Siemens. The Siemens-led project will include upgrades to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water-treatment plants, improvements to water pipes, installation of digital water meters, a new water usage tracking system and a new bill-payment system. Siemens has guaranteed the city that the project will pay for itself in long-term savings and increased revenue. The city will need to sell bonds to finance the project in the short-term. Johnson said the city needs the financial advisory team

included an amendment that will terminate all financial contracts if the city does not sign a contract with Siemens by Jan. 31. The city will pay $170,000 to Baker Donelson and Anthony Simon for bond counsel, $125,000 to Malachi Financial Products for financial advice and $100,000 to the Begley Law Firm and Betty Mallett for underwriting the bonds.

DOJ Approves Redistricting The U.S. Department of Justice has pre-cleared the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redistricting plan. The pre-approval allows the city to plan next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elections under the new ward lines. The biggest redistrictAfter a month-long stand-off, Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. got approval from the City Council for his handpicked ing change came in Wards 1 financial advisory committee on a $90-million water and 7. The Lefleur East neighproject. borhood, bordered by Meadowbrook Road and Lakeland he was concerned that the city administra- Drive to the north and south, and Interstate tion was trying to negotiate some of the 55 and Ridgewood Road to the west and subcontractors that Siemens hire. He agreed east, will move from its previous designato approve the financial advisory team only tion in Ward 1 to Ward 7. Ward 1 includes with an amendment that all bonds come be- most of the city east of Interstate 55. Ward fore the Council for approval. 7 includes Fondren, Belhaven and parts of Whitwell added another amendment downtown and south Jackson. that capped financial contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out-ofComment at Email Jacob pocket expenses at $5,000. Whitwell also D. Fuller at



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sound proofing and the size of individual housing units in the shelters. The new ordinance meant ARF had to either make major improvements to its facility on Holly Bush Road, which the organization could not afford, or find a new home outside Rankin County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When it came down to how much money we would have to spend (in Rankin County) to build a new buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and (the location) is a long, long way out there, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to go out there to adopt a dog or a cat or to volunteerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we just decided that the best choice for spending our donated money was to move closer (to the city), where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier access for everyone,â&#x20AC;? Jackson told the Jackson Free Press. Jackson, who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t draw a salary from ARF, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give up on the animals. So ARF began looking for a building in Jackson that fit its needs and was located in a commercial zone. ARF found a new location for the kennel on West Mayes Street. The property had plenty of land for the kennelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 250-plus dogs and a few-dozen cats, multiple dog runs and a good facility with concrete floors and metal walls. Located beElizabeth â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pippaâ&#x20AC;? Jackson and the Animal tween a construction company and Rescue Fund continue to fight for homeless animals, despite opposition in both Rankin and a large, empty field, and across the Hinds counties. street from brick and stockyards, the building sits near the western border rooms for cats, one for adults and another for of a commercially zoned industrial park. The kittens. Shelves lined with bed mats sit against location seemed like a perfect match, so ARF one wall of the catsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rooms, while climbing bought it. posts and other toys line the other walls. On the other side of the western border, This is ARFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new home, made neces- though, about 500 feet west of the once-dessary because some of its former neighbors olate property, is a residential neighborhood. in rural Rankin County didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the In November, before ARF had even kennel there. moved animals into the facility, the orgaARF, under direction of founder and nization faced opposition from citizens executive director Elizabeth â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pippaâ&#x20AC;? Jack- once again. Several residents, led by Ward 3 son, first faced opposition in January, when Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes and neighbors of ARFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pelahatchie home began Zoning Board member Jimmie Robinson, complaining about the noise coming from made headlines when they protested outside the kennel. ARFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opposition soon became the Mayes Street location Nov. 15. serious, with the Board of Supervisors in Robinson said he spoke to Jackson Rankin County considering an ordinance when he heard about ARF possibly moving that could run ARF out of the county. into the former factory, and claims Jackson The board passed an ordinance Feb. told him that she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to move the 15 that requires all animal shelters to house kennel to Mayes Street. animals in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fully enclosed, insulated, sound Jackson denied Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claims. proofed, heated and cooled structure.â&#x20AC;? It also Despite the protests, ARF completed limited the number of adult dogs that could its move into the facility Dec. 2. be outside at any one time to 15, and put Comment at Email Jacob regulations on air quality, moisture control, D. Fuller at


he Animal Rescue Fund has moved into its new home on Mayes Street. The Miriam Weems Animal Kennel is a no-kill animal shelter now located in a blue metal building in a northcentral Jackson industrial park. Just beyond the reception desk are temporary holding pens made of chain-link fencing where ARF is housing dogs until workers finish building the rest of the permanent pens. Rows of those pens already fill a largeenough portion of the former factory in north Jackson that first-time visitors could get lost among them. Cinderblock makes up three walls of the pens, while the fourth is made of metal fencing and a gate. Beyond the dog pens are two large


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he Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Meridian, Miss.; Lauderdale County, taxpayer dollars prosecuting these schoolCenter is finally making needed Miss.; judges of the Lauderdale County based infractions.” repairs to the facility and estab- Youth Court; and the state of Mississippi In two Mississippi school districts— lishing written policies and proce- alleging that the defendants systematically DeSoto County Schools and Jackson dures, but the jail still has a lot of work left violate the due process rights of juveniles Public Schools—more than 90 percent of to turn around what a youth-justice advo- by running a “school-to-prison pipeline.” school arrests are for misdemeanors, not cate earlier this year called a “culfelonies, Lambright said. ture of suppression and harm.” These policies are also The Southern Poverty Law costly to taxpayers. States Center and Disability Rights Misspent nearly $6 billion to lock sissippi filed a class-action lawsuit up 64,558 youth in residenin 2011 alleging that children at tial facilities in 2007. In Misthe Jackson facility were denied sissippi during that period, mental-health care and other re219 youth were incarcerated habilitation services. at a cost of $426.51 per day Plaintiffs also said staff memeach, or $34 million total. bers verbally abused and threatDespite all the cash ened to physically abuse children in being poured into incarcerattheir charge. ing children, the Mississippi As part of a settlement can’t seem to stay out of the reached in March 2012, Michinews—or the courts—for the gan-based juvenile-justice expert way its jails and prisons treat Leonard B. Dixon was appointchildren. In October, the U.S. In DeSoto County Schools and Jackson Public Schools, more ed to monitor Henley Young’s Department of Justice filed a than 90 percent of school arrests are for misdemeanors, not progress. During Dixon’s Seplawsuit against the city of felonies, which some say feeds the school-to-prison pipeline. tember visit, he observed that alMeridian, Lauderdale Counthough the jail facility has made ty and its youth court, and needed cosmetic improvements the state of Mississippi for and started drafting policies systematically violating the and procedures, understaffing remained Not long ago, the term “school-to- due-process rights of children, primarily a problem. prison pipeline” was just a phrase that African Americans and students with dis“In part, because staff members are youth-justice advocates used when dis- abilities. In its report, DOJ officials took burnt out, the residents are not safe. In this cussing rising youth incarceration in the unprecedented step of accusing Meenvironment, there are always (shortcuts) the United States. The term has gone ridian and Lauderdale County of running taken, which could at some point jeop- mainstream, though, with concern over a school-to-prison pipeline. ardize the county because it is constantly school-to-prison pipelines in Mississippi Jerri Katzerman, the SPLC’s depplacing the county at risk of liability and and elsewhere growing. On Dec. 12, the uty legal director, noted the link bereduces any well developed detention/re- U.S. Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on tween poverty and problems with inhabilitative model,” Dixon wrote in his the Constitution, Civil Rights and Hu- carcerated youth in her remarks to the report, filed in federal court last week. man Rights held its first-ever hearing on Senate committee. Dixon also found problems with the ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Sen. “Poverty in our communities seeps school inside the correctional facility. He Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said that these into our schools and classrooms,” Katzerwrote: “From my previous visits and my pipelines “deprive children their funda- man told the subcommittee. “This leads more focused observation during this mental right to an education,” during the to fewer resources and qualified teachers visit, the school is dysfunctional.” hearing, which attracted so many specta- and professionals. Mississippi is the only Dysfunctionality between the state’s tors it had to be moved to a bigger room. state in the country with no state-funded schools, law enforcement agencies, courts “Sadly, there are schools that look pre-kindergarten program.” and youth jails have thrust Mississippi’s more like prisons than places for young Lambright said she and other socialeducational and youth-justice systems people to learn and grow,” Durbin said justice advocates would lobby lawmakinto national focus over the years, but in his opening remarks. “This school-to- ers to introduce bills aimed at preventadvocates hope policy changes are on prison pipeline has moved scores of young ing mass incarceration as well as to help the horizon. people from classrooms.” people coming out of prison. In January, In 2003, the U.S. Justice DepartZero-tolerance discipline policies, the Mississippi NAACP, American Civil ment cited Oakley Training School in many of which started as a response to Liberties Union and the Advancement Hinds County and the Columbia Train- playground bullying and other forms of Project, a multicultural civil-rights group ing School in Marion County for civil- in-school violence, contribute to feeding headquartered in Washington, D.C., will rights violations. In November 2010, the the school-to-prison pipeline, said Nsom- issue a report that focuses on training for Southern Poverty Law Center sued on be- bi Lambright of the Mississippi State school-resource officers and other law enhalf of children claiming physical, sexual Conference of the NAACP. forcement agencies that work in schools. and psychological abuse at the privately “It’s very easy for students to be ar“Unless a crime happens, police run Walnut Grove Youth Correctional rested for normal teenage behavior,” officers don’t need to be in schools,” Center in Leake County. Lambright told the Jackson Free Press. Lambright said. In October, the Justice Department “These (arrests) turn into criminal ofComment at Contact filed a lawsuit today against the city of fenses that tie up our court system and R.L. Nave at

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ississippi rises toward the top in the number of people executed in 2012. There, the Magnolia State is tied for the No. 2 spot with Arizona and Oklahoma with six executions each. Texas tops the list by putting 15 of its death-row inmates to death last year. But even with six states seeing a slight increase in executions last year, death-penalty opponents will find plenty to cheer about in “The Death Penalty in 2012: Year End Report” from the Washington, D.C.-based Death Penalty Information Center. First, Connecticut became the fifth U.S. state in as many years to abolish the death penalty as punishment, joining New Jersey, New York, New Mexico and Illinois. In all, 29 states no longer include the death penalty among punishments or have not executed a prisoner in the past five years; 17 states have abolished it entirely. Second, only nine states out of 50 carried out executions last year, down from 13 in 2011. Three of those—Ohio, Delaware and Idaho—saw either a reduction or no increase in deaths. The application of the death penalty has also decreased. “Last year, there were fewer than 100 death sentences, for the first time since the death penalty was rein-

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Worldwide, 97 countries have abolished the practice by law, and another 36 haven’t executed anyone in the past 10 years, leaving 57 nations that still execute criminals on a regular basis. On Thursday, 111 nations voted for a moratorium on the death penalty

at the United Nations; the U.S. voted against the measure. The reason most cited for keeping the death penalty, that it lowers crime, has been discredited. Stacks of research show that the potential of facing the death penalty has no discernible affect on those committing capital crimes. To the contrary, those on death row are likely to have severe mental or drug problems. “People see it as a problematic policy. They may support it but are really skeptical when it comes to an individual case,” said Richard Dieter, DPIC’s executive director, in a phone interview “… There are alternative punishments; it’s not like people are getting away with anything.” Exonerations—most through modernized methods of evidence gathering such as DNA matches—has added to the doubt surrounding the efficacy of executions. Minorities, poor people and the mentally ill are disproportionately represented on death rows throughout the nation. In the United States, some 1,040 people have been exonerated for crimes since 1989, including 13 in Mississippi, reports the National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern

University School of Law. The cost of pursuing a death-penalty case is a consideration. “To do a death-penalty case is a big investment,” Dieter said, adding that when states are cutting budgets for necessities such as education, the cost of death-penalty convictions is “not productive.” California, for example, currently has 724 inmates on death rows, and its courts continue to impose the death penalty, yet the state has not executed a prisoner since 2006. “Using conservative rough projections, the Commission estimates the annual costs of the present (death penalty) system to be $137 million per year,” wrote the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice in 2008. “The cost of the present system with reforms recommended by the Commission to ensure a fair process would be $232.7 million per year.” The DPIC concluded its report by stating what should be obvious to many: “ When a law is so rarely imposed, and the rationale for its imposition discredited, its continued use is placed in doubt. … [T]he death penalty appears to be an increasingly irrelevant component of our criminal justice system.” Comment at


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ull Spectrum South is searching for its Atlanta-based parent company Roark that Jackson would host the Junior Olymfinancing for its ambitious Old Capi- Capital Group returned calls and emails as pics National Meet in May 2014, Jackson’s tol Green development. of press time. However, current employees first-ever Olympic qualifying competition. The company announced last of the restaurant chain confirmed a move is During the event, athletes from eight week that it has signed long-term leases with taking place, but would not provide details. age divisions will compete for national titles; the state for the first phase of the larger Old The first McAlister’s opened in Oxford the top four in each age category qualify for Capitol Green development plan, called in 1989. Roark Capital acquired McAlister’s the 2014 Junior Olympic National Team. 1822 Square. The lease includes the College coaches will be on building that currently houses Hal and hand to recruit for gymnastic proMal’s and a 2.74-acre tract of land begrams. Past Olympians and hopehind that building where Full Spectrum fuls for the 2016 Summer Games plans to build. in Rio de Janeiro are also expected Monica Shepherd, spokeswoman to attend. for Full Spectrum South, said Hal and In April 2013, Jackson Mal’s rents the building on Commerce will also host the southeastern Street from Full Spectrum. The develregional competition for athletes oper plans to make improvements to in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, the building, she said. Louisiana, North Carolina, South Full Spectrum was seeking a Carolina, Tennessee and Missis$17-million bond issue to help fund a sippi. The top performers from state-of-the-art automated parking garegional competition will comFull Spectrum South is searching for financing after rage. The developer plans to build the the Hinds County Board of Supervisors denied the pete will compete at the national parking garage as the first piece of the developer a $17-million bond issue. meet. Both events take place at development, and hoped that the Hinds the Jackson Convention Complex. County Board of Supervisors would request the bond issue from the Mississippi in 2005. At the time, McAlister’s generated Pinnacle Buys Ameristar Development Authority. The board voted revenues of around $200 million across 170 Vicksburg’s largest casino has new ownagainst that request in July. locations in 19 states. The company has er for the first time since opening its doors in Shepherd said the board’s rejection has grown to more than 310 restaurants in 23 February 1994. not stopped Full Spectrum’s progress. states as of the end of November. At the Ameristar Casinos Inc. announced Dec. “We’re seeking other financing sources time, sales at company-owned and franchise 21 that Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. will purat this time,” Shepherd told the Jackson Free stores were up by about 7 percent thanks to chase all of the gaming company’s properties, Press. “This is a public-private partnership. an increase in entree sales. cash holdings and debt for $2.8 billion. The Roark Capital—a private-equity firm publicly traded Ameristar will receive $26.50 We wanted to have that partnership with Hinds County.” Shepherd said she was un- whose franchises operate in 50 states and per share, 45 percent more than the average sure what sources Full Spectrum’s finance more than fifty countries—manages $3 bil- closing price of the stock from mid-Septemteam is approaching. lion in equity capital. The firm’s brands— ber through mid-December. which also include Arby’s, Auntie Anne’s, The acquisition will add eight gamMcAlister’s Headed to Atlanta Batteries Plus, Cinnabon, Corner Bakery, ing properties to Pinnacle Entertainment’s It’s a wrap for McAlister’s Deli’s Massage Envy, Schlotzsky’s Deli and Wing- holdings, including casinos in St. Charles Ridgeland corporate headquarters. The com- stop—generate $10 billion in revenues. and Kansas City, Mo.; Council Bluff, Iowa; pany, which specializes in fast, high-quality Black Hawk Colo.; East Chicago, Ind.; Jacksandwiches, is moving its HQ to Atlanta, the Olympians Flip into Jackson pot, Nev.; and Vicksburg. Jackson Free Press has learned. The nation’s 450 best junior gymnasts Comment at Email Jacob Officials at neither McAlister’s are coming to the capital city. On Dec. 18, D. Fuller at or Ridgeland office, which remains open, nor government and tourism officials announced R.L. Nave at

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Address the Mental-Health Crisis by Joy Hogge, executive director, Mississippi Families as Allies


ike everyone in the nation, Mississippi Families as Allies, a grassroots, family-led organization for childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mental health, is stunned and saddened by the atrocity at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Our hearts are with all of the families who lost loved ones. We do not know if the painful questions that arise can ever be adequately answered. It is natural to wonder if there is a relationship between mental illness and violence. Research has repeatedly told us there is not; when someone with mental illness commits a violent act, other risk factors are involved. We realize assurances can seem inadequate in the face of such a loss, but we urge everyone to look beyond their fears to catch a glimpse of the human face of mental illness. The children in our organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the children we love, put to bed at night, help with homework and cheer on at football gamesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have mental illnesses. They are wonderful, but they face many challenges and are often bullied and ostracized. The tragedy in Newtown must not be compounded by further marginalizing children due to unfounded beliefs about mental illness. It is important to understand that mental-health issues in children are treatable. These children can thrive when they have access to quality services, parental and youth peer support and a community free from discrimination. In the wake of this tragedy, the nation must address the mental-health crisis of children and young adults. In the days to come, we may learn some difficult facts about failures within our system of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mental-health care. If so, we need to honestly address them. Schools, health-care providers and community organizations need to make mental-health checkups as routine as dental and physical checkups and provide consistent care. Our nation has to normalize mental-health care so that stigma and the fear of parent blame is no longer a deterrent to asking for help. We are pleased to hear President Barack Obama speak of his commitment to engage in an effort aimed at preventing future tragedies. Leaders in our state need to make this commitment as well. We must be proactive to halt the millions in cuts to government-funded mental-health care that dismantle current systems of care for our young people who struggle to find meaningful help. If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact Mississippi Families as Allies at 601-355-0915 or email

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ast Thursday, Republican House Majority Leader Rep. John Boehner sent his party home and effectively adjourned the U.S. House of Representatives for the holidays. In his wake, he left the GOPâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and much of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;disheveled and rudderless regarding the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so-called fiscal cliff, the automatic tax increases and spending cuts that loom (at this writing) ten days away on Jan. 1, 2013. Everyone but Congress, it seems, has worries on their minds. Will the U.S. avert another recession? Will the working poor and middle-class see their already stagnant incomes take another hit through tax hikes? Can teachers and contractors expect pink slips in January? Will Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international credit rating be lowered again? Leaving the American people in the lurch this way is indicative of the level of concern our politicians have for us, their constituentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not much. Since America first elected Barack Obama in 2008, the Congress has seen an unprecedented amount of obstructionism and single-minded opposition by the GOP and the Tea Party. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen the GOP lose all sense of proportion and compassion as it scurries ever farther to the right. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen an entire party pledge allegianceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not to a flag but to one unelected political operative, Grover Norquist, promising never again to raise taxes. None of this is earth-shattering news to most of our readers, but it bears repeating: The side of the aisle most entrenched in its ideology has become most adept at stopping progress of any kind.

And now, in an amazing act of insensitivity to the American public, most of our well-paid and pampered Congress (with its guarantee of a generous retirement and excellent health benefits) has left Washington, D.C., to engage in a little holiday frivolity with their families. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t begrudge anyone taking a break from work when they can. What we find unconscionable is that this tone-deaf Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;particularly conservativesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;believes it has done much of anything to deserve time off. Perhaps the GOP believes its own rhetoric that Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiscal issues only have one side issue: spending. The GOP â&#x20AC;&#x153;starve the beastâ&#x20AC;? mentality (i.e., lower taxes and you must lower spending) is the same thinking that brought us â&#x20AC;&#x153;trickle-down economicsâ&#x20AC;? and the notion that government is the problemâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;most often heard from the mouths of politicians, aka government employees. Unfortunately, nothing is as simple as conservatives would like us to believe. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend billions on wars and national defense without sufficient revenues. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t continue to subsidize corporations with inadequate income. Education wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t magically improve and poverty wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go away on its own. Running America takes money. We hope this holiday season sees a renewal of compassion for the plight of the majority of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people. We invite Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s congressional delegatesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;men from the poorest state in the unionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to ponder the meaning of the season, and get back to work.

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edicaid expansion in the states under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare or ACA, is scheduled to take effect in 2014. Under the new federal policies, Mississippi could receive $9.9 billion in federal funds to cover between 148,000 and 370,000 people who do not currently have health insurance. Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s going to turn it down. It didn’t take him long to make up his mind. As he wrote on his website last summer, he doesn’t want the federal government to interfere with Mississippi’s sovereignty by sending more money. (“Since when did the federal government ever give free money without asking for something in return?” he asked.) He also thinks the poor haven’t earned the right to health care. (“[E]ach of us must assume personal responsibility for our own health and our own choices,” he continued.) In the context of Mississippi politics, these reactions aren’t policy positions. They’re political reflexes. A September study by The New England Journal of Medicine, titled “Mortality and Access to Care among Adults after State Medicaid Expansions,” gives us some indication of how costly these political reflexes might be. By studying state-level Medicaid expansions, the authors came to the conclusion that Medicaid expansion reduces the relative risk of death among adults by 6.1 percent. “Our results,” the authors wrote, “correspond to 2,840 deaths prevented per year in states with Medicaid expansions, in which 500,000 adults acquired coverage. This finding suggests that 176 additional adults would need to be covered by Medicaid in order to prevent 1 death per year.” That was in New York state. If the ratio holds true in Mississippi (a far poorer and less healthy state), that translates to 2,102 lives saved every year under a full, 370,000adult Medicaid expansion. Put another way, an estimated 14,714 Mississippians who would otherwise die between 2014 and 2020 could survive because of the Medicaid expansion—and more than 350,000 Mississippians could live healthier, more productive lives once they are given access to affordable preventive care. If Bryant allows Medicaid expansion

to proceed, it will be an act of political courage. His party has, by and large, obstructed the Affordable Care Act at every turn for three years. His decision to set a new course would surprise me, as it would no doubt surprise many other political observers, but it would set a powerful precedent. Whether the Legislature approves Medicaid expansion or not, the state government will need to revisit its current health-care funding system. Under the original version of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government will phase out reimbursements to hospitals for unpaid medical bills (most of which come from uninsured patients) as a logical response to a decrease in the number of the uninsured due to Medicaid expansion. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius granted states the option to decline additional Medicaid funds—but the reduced reimbursements to hospitals remain in effect. If the state declines additional Medicaid funding and the number of uninsured Mississippians remains at its current level, rural hospitals in lowincome areas (that rely heavily on federal reimbursement) will go bankrupt due to unpaid bills. Large areas of the Mississippi Delta will lose hospital access completely. There are no studies dealing with the possible impact of widespread hospital closures in already-underserved, low-income rural areas, but it is difficult to imagine an outcome that would not be tragic, horrifying, and monstrous in scope. The actions of the Mississippi Legislature over the next session will have a lasting effect on our state’s health-care policy. Gov. Bryant has a historic opportunity to dramatically improve the health-care system of America’s poorest state—the state that has the most to gain from Obamacare, and the state that has the most to lose by rejecting it. He also has the opportunity to make our heath-care crisis substantially worse. It is likely that his decision on this matter will determine his political legacy more than any other decision he has made or will make as a public official. More importantly, it is likely that his decision will have a profound effect on the lives of Mississippians. He should proceed thoughtfully. Tom Head is a Jackson native. He covers civil liberties for, and has written or co-written 24 nonfiction books.

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“I’m really going to set you back here,” Janis Lane began her screed about the “diabolical” nature of women this summer. Then, she proceeded to undo much of the women’s movement when she continued, saying: “Probably the biggest turn we ever made was when the women got the right to vote.” Making offensive statements about women became common during the 2012 election cycle. Such harebrained remarks, particularly about abortion, cost candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock in Missouri and Indiana their bids for the U.S. Senate. But coming from Lane, a woman who leads a political organization, the comments just seemed bizarre. That’s probably why a video of Lane making the statement to the Jackson Free Press went viral weeks before the election. In a statement, Lane said she was offering a tongue-in-cheek response to the JFP’s ridiculous line of questioning about the role of women in conservative politics and said the newspaper’s female editors “have conspired to discredit the Tea Party by crafty editing of the secretly recorded video to take out all context.” Women, we tell ya. —R.L. Nave

Ryan Buchanan is getting attention and recognition from college recruiting websites that few Mississippi private-school football players have ever enjoyed., and have all listed the Jackson Prep quarterback as a four-star commitment, a rarity among private-school players in this state. Buchanan chose to get the recruiting distractions out of the way for his senior season by verbally committing to Ole Miss in the summer. That decision paid off. Buchanan led Jackson Prep to an undefeated season that included a 34-10 thumping of rival Jackson Academy in the Class AAA-Div. 1 championship game. In the fall, Buchanan will be the first quarterback to join the Ole Miss team straight out of high school since Raymond Cotton in 2009. He has a chance to be the first to do so and lead the team in passing over the course of a season since Michael Spurlock in 2005. —Jacob Fuller





Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is in an enviable spot. He’s one of only a dozen ICs nationwide who are elected rather than appointed by a governor. That leaves him free to do what he believes is right for his constituents, even if his actions put a burr under the saddle of a certain cowboy-boot-sportin’ governor. Chaney, a Vietnam vet and a Republican, seems to be a pragmatist first. While he’d rather see that Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, wiped off the books and out of our memories, he’s doing what the law mandates for his office by setting up a health-insurance exchange. On that, he’s way ahead of the game. Because former Gov. Haley Barbour pushed for a free-market exchange as early as 2007, Mississippi already has a website where folks can find health insurance. Chaney seems to be OK with taking the $21 million the federal government has handed to the state to build an exchange. His reasoning? Mississippi would give up control if the feds did it for us. —Ronni Mott

Much like today’s reality TV stars, whether you love ’em or hate ’em, the Stokes duo is fun to watch. Like her husband, Kenneth Stokes, before her, LaRita Cooper-Stokes made headlines from her first day as Ward 3 Councilwoman, and not just for on-the-agenda city business. Cooper-Stokes finished first in three elections for the seat in 2012. First, she took the most votes in a February special election to replace her husband. Then she defeated Joyce Jackson in a runoff election later that month. After Jackson successfully challenged the legality of the runoff election in a week-long court hearing, Cooper-Stokes defeated her again to keep the seat. Refusing to attend bi-weekly work sessions and special meetings, honoring local pastors at almost every regular meeting, and standing as the only council member against the city’s $90 million water enhancement project are just a few of the things that make Cooper-Stokes the city’s most intriguing councilperson. —Jacob Fuller






Duckworth Realty founder Ted Duckworth is no newcomer to real estate development. He has been leading brick-and-mortar progress around the city, and far beyond, since 1989. Now, in a time when so many companies and developers are fleeing Jackson for the suburbs, Duckworth is focusing major resources in the capital city. Duckworth has set his sights on the former home of the Mississippi Schools for the Blind and Deaf. In February, District Land Development Company, headed by Duckworth Realty, finalized a $3.3 million deal with the state Department of Finance and Administration to purchase the former school campus just off Interstate 55. Duckworth plans to turn the land into a 500,000square-foot, mixed-use development with retail, hotel, restaurant, office and residential space. Duckworth hopes to see The District at Eastover bring nearly 600 jobs and almost $2 million in revenue to the city in the next four-to-seven years. —Jacob Fuller

When the Rev. Jesse Jackson is flown in for your official introduction, you’re kind of a big deal. Since the Jackson Public Schools board of trustees tapped Cedrick Gray as the district’s first permanent superintendent in over a year, people have gone out of their way to make Gray feel welcome in the capital city. In his entry plan, Gray said he wanted to work closely with school board members, community and civic leaders as well as parents, teachers and students. Gray has also said he would focus on early childhood education, K-12 literacy and adolescent issues that affect academic performance later in life. Gray’s tenure has not been without controversy, however. Questions have surfaced about Gray’s handing of finances at his former district in Fayette County, Tenn. Under his leadership, JPS is also suing the city of Jackson for declining the district’s amended budget request. —R.L. Nave

A book about a little-known political field, opposition research, took former Clarion-Ledger journalists Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian to the stage of the “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart this year. “We’re with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics” (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2012, $15.99) detailed their exploits in the often-weird and not-so-nice world of digging up opposing candidates’ weaknesses. The authors’ TV appearance (and the fact that it is an election year) gave the book a big bump, putting it into Amazon’s top 30 list. Jackson native Huffman authored three books prior to “We’re with Nobody,” and a fifth, “Here I Am, the story of war photographer Tim Hetherington,” will be released next March. Both Huffman and Rejebian—a Dallas, Texas native—are University of Mississippi alumni, and partners in a political consulting firm. Rejebian has served as the director of communications and political adviser for the Office of Mayor, City of Jackson, and is a political adviser to the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. —Ronni Mott


Jesmyn Ward so accurately captures the raw experience of Hurricane Katrina in her novel, “Salvage the Bones,” because she lived it. Her family home in rural DeLisle, Miss., flooded during the storm, and Ward and her family ended up stranded in a field. Ward later worked in New Orleans and drove through traumatized neighborhoods daily. “Salvage the Bones” won the 2011 National Book Award for fiction and the 2012 Alex Award. Ward hopes to make her mark as a non-white writer with a universal message. She told The Paris Review: “It infuriates me that the work of white American writers can be universal and lay claim to classic texts, while black and female authors are ghetto-ized as ‘other.’ … The stories I write are particular to my community and my people, which means the details are particular to our circumstances, but the larger story of the survivor, the savage, is essentially a universal, human one.” —Kathleen M. Mitchell

It wasn’t until recently that Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn Meyers really felt like the capital city was home. Meyers was born in Newport News, Va., and previously served as president of Norfolk State University, also a historically black university. In November 2010, she joined JSU as the first female to preside over the 135-year-old school. Now that she feels at home, Meyers has wasted no time sprucing up the place. In addition to making improvements on campus, Meyers envisions a downtown where JSU’s presence is seen and felt. Among those plans include finalizing plans for 101 W. Capitol St., which would house classrooms and a government institute. Meyers is also looking to build stronger relationships with the greater Jackson community. JSU is Mississippi’s urban institution and the school plans to live up to the designation. “This is your university,” Meyers tells Jacksonians. “Own it.” —R.L. Nave



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Mississippi Secretary of State and lawyer Delbert Hosemann ran and won his 2007 campaign largely on his southern-goofy name, literally, with his ads saying little about his qualifications. But voters seem to like what he’s been up to—he won re-election in 2011. This past year, much of the state’s notice in the national press has swirled around the issue of voter ID, which 62 percent of Mississippi voters approved in a 2011 ballot initiative. As the guy responsible for shepherding the initiative into reality, Hosemann sits in the eye of that political hurricane. The state’s history of minority voter intimidation and suppression means that the feds and a plethora of civil-rights organizations will get involved each time Mississippi wants to make a substantive change in voting laws that will potentially decrease voter participation. Whether you agree with his staunchly Republican position in the matter or not, you’ve got to give him props for standing his ground. History will reveal whether his stand gives him a white hero’s Stetson or the black villain’s version. —Ronni Mott








Tate Reeves borrows his political philosophy from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. “I’m an unabashed conservative, but I ain’t mad at anybody about it,” Reeves quipped last year. The former state treasurer and a protégé of former Gov. Haley Barbour, Reeves is as red-blooded a Mississippi politician as they come. In fact, Reeves was so ecstatic that a tough abortion regulation law could end abortion in Mississippi, that his premature jubilation became one of the bases for an abortion clinic’s lawsuit to block the law. Still, Reeves appointed quite a few members from the minority Democratic Party to key committee chairmanships, including Economic Development and Judiciary B. That move led to the demise of a strict immigration bill and a so-called fetal heartbeat bill, two highly coveted items on his own party’s wish list. —R.L.Nave

Diane Derzis is every bit the brassy broad you’d expect from a southern woman who makes a living providing abortion services to women in the Deep South. Now Derzis, who owns the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic, is the only thing standing between Mississippi officials who want to shut the clinic down and women who need to have those services available. Naturally, she’s not going away without a fight. This spring, Derzis filed a lawsuit to block a state law the Legislature passed requiring doctors at free-standing abortion clinics have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Derzis’ clinic has not been able to obtain the privileges and recently filed another lawsuit. Derzis, a Virginia native, also owns clinics in Columbus, Ga.; Richmond, Va.; and Birmingham—the site of 1998 bombing by domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph. Because of the dangerous nature of her work, Derzis packs a pistol everywhere she goes but, given the success of those that target abortion clinic regulations in recent years, she jokes about the not needing it: “There’s really not any reason right now for (pro-lifers) to kill anybody—because they’re winning.” —R.L. Nave



Onstage Skylar Laine never fails to deliver a spirited and fiery performance. Laine, 18, placed in the top 5 during Season 11 of “American Idol.” Her mother, Mary Harden, says Laine’s stage presence has always been a big part of her personality. “She just gave it her all ... full of fire ... always a ball of energy. Just what you see on stage is what she was and what she always has been,” Harden said. Laine is a Brandon native, and her family has owned Jackson eatery The Beatty Street Grocery for more than 70 years. Her fans, especially those in Mississippi, have been instrumental in helping Laine’s star rise even higher. Her “Season 11 Highlights” EP features five tracks and debuted on July 3 at No. 12 on the Country Chart and No. 68 on the Billboard 200. Currently, Laine is writing music with hopes of moving to Nashville and working on her first album. —ShaWanda Jacome

He doesn’t always befriend white supremacists. But when he does, it’s Edgar Ray Killen. James Stern is the most interesting man to visit the Jackson Free Press’ offices in a long time. Shortly after being paroled from prison, Stern told the JFP his fascinating life story. A minister who helped broker a gang truce between the Bloods and Crips in Los Angeles, Stern was jailed on wire fraud chargers in California and extradited to Mississippi, where he met Killen, one of the chief orchestrators of the 1964 Freedom Summer murders in Neshoba County. At Parchman, Stern, who is African American, said Killen turned over the rights to Killen’s life story as well as the deed to land the Killens own. Through an attorney, Killen and his wife, Betty Jo, denied making any deals with Stern. In turn, Stern filed a defamation lawsuit against the Killens. Stern, who has since founded an organization to promote racial healing, explained his rationale for suing his former friend: “When you come out of jail with a conviction on you, you have nothing better to do than protect your good name. As a black man, you can’t allow people to just attack your name.” —R.L. Nave




?ReRdYREcVeYVhVjFDa`Ve]RfcVReV Gulfport native Natasha Trethewey turned to poetry when she was 19 to make sense of her mother’s murder at the hands of an abusive ex-husband. Nearly 30 years later, the 46-year-old earned the titles of both the Mississippi state and United States poet laureate. Her book, “Native Guard,” is a 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner, and she is the Robert W. Woodruff professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Trethewey is the first southerner named as national poet laureate since Robert Penn Warren, the original laureate. As a biracial poet (her mother is black; her father white), Trethewey’s poetry explores issues of race and the history of the South. “Native Guard” tells the story of an all-black regiment in the Union Army in the Civil War. —Kathleen M. Mitchell

2cUV_3Rc_VeeT`_TVceac`^`eVc Anyone plugged into the music and entertainment scene in Jackson can’t go a week without hearing the name Arden Barnett. Through his company Ardenland, Barnett has become a major player in the concert and live music scene in Jackson, taking over nearly all the booking for Duling Hall. Over the summer he was highly involved in the Jackson and Hattiesburg stops of the Flaming Lips’ world-record-breaking tour of eight concerts in 24 hours. A Forest native, Barnett has been a concert and event promoter since 1979. He moved to Jackson in 1986 and is working to build Jackson’s music scene. “We’re on par with damn near any city, if you ask me,” Barnett told the JFP in September. “For our size of a town, I think our music scene is as good as anyone.” —Kathleen M. Mitchell











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record/8th place, season ended with a 63-60 loss to Mississippi Valley State in the SWAC Tournament Arena: Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Radio: 620 WJDX-AM

Last season, Jackson State lost players to injuries like main characters have been left for zombie food during the first two seasons of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Walking Dead.â&#x20AC;? JSU saw leading scorer and SWAC preseason player of the year Jenirro Bush go down with a torn Achilles tendon, and next up was Christian Williams, who suffered a season ending ankle injury. Even Kelsey Howard, who was named SWAC Freshman of the Year, played the season with a broken left hand as the Tigers limped to a 7-24 finish. The injury bug didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just bite Jackson Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it moved in and even took road trips with the team. This year should be better with Howard and Williams healthy and younger players stepping up. JSU will get even more help when Dundrecous Nelson becomes eligible.

Nelson transferred to Jackson State after being dismissed from Ole Miss following an arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia. Before the Rebels let Nelson go, he was averaging 11.5 points with 20 steals. Early in the season schedule is brutal for the Tigers, who play 11 straight road games: nine nonconference games and their first two SWAC games when conference play begins. Jackson State and the rest of the SWAC have to play road games against the major conferences for paychecks to keep the athletic program afloat.



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Head coach: Tevester Anderson (241-204 overall record/14 seasons, 138-152 Jackson State record/9 seasons, 100-58 SWAC record) 2011-12 season: 7-24 overall, 5-13 SWAC

fort to raise cash to help sustain their athletic coffers. Since it looks like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all survived the Mayan apocalypse, we will soon see how each of these teams do in conference play as they fight for seeding in their respective conference tournaments.

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Head coach: Andy Kennedy (140-90 overall record/8 seasons, 125-77 Ole Miss record/7 seasons, 54-58 SEC record) Last Season: 20-14 overall, 8-8 SEC/tied for 6th

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It was a typical season for Ole Miss last year with Andy Kennedy as the Rebels head coach. The Rebels posted their fifth 20-win season but failed to reach the big dance. Last season, Ole Miss played Marquette at a neutral location, Dayton, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama, LSU and Southern Miss on the road; along with Middle Tennessee, Florida and Vanderbilt at home. The Rebels lost each of those games and could only boast a home wins over Miami (FL) MSU, Alabama and LSU and an SEC Tournament win over Tennessee at the end of the year. All of those losses were to teams that

reached the NIT or the NCAA Tournament. Road wins are given more weight by the selection committee and Ole Miss lost seven games on the road against teams that reached the post season. The NCAA selection committee places a little value on big home wins. Neutral site wins get more weight, but the committee really loves road wins against good teams. Ole Miss failed to have a signature win on the road last season and so they missed the big dance. This season, the Rebels return four starters led by Murphy Holloway, Reginald Buckner and Jarvis Summers, but the season could hinge on junior college transfer Marshall Henderson. This is a crucial season for Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ole Miss has not been to the tournament since 2002 when Rod Barnes was head coach.



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Ray was handed a mess with the roster depleted and needed to rebuild in his first year. Jalen Steele and Wendell Lewis were the only players on the roster with any playing experience from last season and both had limited playing time. The new coach didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complain about what he was left with, but rolled up his sleeves and went to work to build the Bulldogs program in his image. Things didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any better for Ray when both Andre Applewhite and Jacoby Davis tore their ACL and were lost for the season. Ray must rely on Steele, Lewis and junior-college transfers Trivante Bloodman and Colin Borchert; and hope Roquez Johnson blossoms in his sophomore season and Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year in Alabama, Craig Sword, is ready to play big-boy SEC basketball as a freshman.



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Southern Miss finally reached the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time since 1991. The Golden Eagles gave their fans a season to remember and afterwards head coach Larry Eustachy jumped ship to Colorado State after perhaps his best job in eight seasons in Hattiesburg. USM brought in Donnie Tyndall, from Morehead State, who did a solid job at the midmajor in the Ohio Valley Conference. During his six seasons leading Morehead State, his worst finish in the 12-team conference was seventh place, during his first season. Tyndall has had to replace Darnell Dodson, Maurice Bolden and Angelo Johnson, who all exhausted their eligibility, and LaShay Page, who transferred back home this year to South Carolina


to be closer to his 5-year-old daughter. This season the Golden Eagles will turn to Neil Watson and Jonathan Mills to provide onthe-court experience. Southern Miss also hopes former junior college transfer Rashard McGill develops this year. USM needs current junior-college transfer Michael Craig and Dwayne Davis (who sat out last season) to give this team big production quickly. Southern Miss has to have Watson, Mills, Davis, Craig and McGill carry this team this year. Last season, Southern Miss won games by playing scrappy defense and making games ugly by causing turnovers and getting stops. The Golden Eagles werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pretty to watch, but they were effective at getting wins.


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must replace leading scorer and rebounder Trevon Malone. Junior Brandon Blake is likely to pick up much of the scoring. He averaged 13.4 points per game last season. The Choctaws are currently 5-4 overall, 2-3 in conference play and ranked fourth in the East division of the American Southwest Conference. After last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16-17 finish and trip to the NAIA Division I National Tournament, Belhaven is looking to build on Tougaloo is facing a new era after iconic coach Lafayette Stribling retired last year. its success. The Belhaven Blazers are off to a 6-8 overall start under John Aiken, who is in his first year as head coach of the Blazers. Aiken pressive, the Blazers are 3-1 in conference served as assistant coach for the past four play largely because of the efforts of senior years before taking over the reins this year. Jordan Butts, who is averaging 16.1 points Though that record may not look im- per game. Buttsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one of only two seniors



he â&#x20AC;&#x153;smalls,â&#x20AC;? as they are often referred to in the sports circle, are nicknamed such because of their small enrollment and the size of the athletic program. Although these teams arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t major competitors for the big dance, many are making small waves in their respective conferences. The Mississippi College basketball program is well known for its success on the court. It stands out as one of, if not the, stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prolific small school program. Under the leadership of head coach Don Lofton, who enters his ninth season at MC and boasts 152-66 during his tenure with the team, the program completed its 22nd consecutive winning season in 20102011. However, last season saw MC struggle for the first time since most fans could remember. The team finished 9-16 overall and 7-13 in conference play. The Choctaws hope to return the program to its previous glory this year, but

listed on the rosterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;played in 33 games last season, averaging 8.1 points, 3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one steal per game. He also played more minutes last year than any returning player. Juniors Deon Bedford and Curtis Hall are also making major contributions this year averaging 12 points a game each. Belhaven is ranked fourth in the West division of the Southern States Athletic Conference. Led by head coach Tim Wise, who is in his now in his 10th season at the college, Millsaps closed the 2011-2012 season 8-16 and 3-13 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Returning starters and captains Nick Cortese and Taylor Meades could be the spark that gets the Majors going this year. Meades led the team in scoring last year, averaging 12.7 points per game. Cortese was second in scoring, averaging 9.9 points per game.

Andy Kennedy in the Hot Seat by Bryan Flynn COURTESY OLE MISS PHOTOGRAPHY


ny time a new sports season starts, people talk about contenders, the best players and, at some point, turn to which coaches are in the hot seat—you know, the coaches who need to have success to keep their job after the season. If you were building a list of coaches that are in hot water in Mississippi, that list would begin and end with Andy Kennedy. The Ole Miss coach has not had a losing season during his time at Oxford—but he hasn’t gotten the Rebels into the NCAA Tournament, either. Kennedy has won an average of 21 games each year at Ole Miss. In fact, his worst season was 16-15 in the 2008-09 season, and he bounced to back to post threestraight 20-win season. There is just that one nagging omission from his resume while leading the Rebels. Every season except that dreadful ’08-’09 season resulted in a post-season berth but not the right post-season berth. Kennedy could be called Mr. NIT because that is the only tournament he has been able to reach. In his only season as head coach at Cincinnati, he reached the NIT before leaving for Ole Miss. Twice while at Ole Miss, he reached the NIT semifinals but has been bounced in the first round the last two seasons. So you have to wonder if this program is starting to take a step back. Reaching the NIT is not Kennedy’s only problem— his record in the SEC is not stellar either. Before the SEC did away with east and west divisions last year, Ole Miss under Kennedy finished tied for first twice, in 2006-07 with an 8-8 record and in 2009-10 with a 9-7 record. In fact, Kennedy hasn’t produced a conference record better than 9-7 while at Ole Miss. On the flip side,

he has never finished worse in conference than 7-9. But there is something to remember: In basketball, the SEC is not the ACC, Big East or Big 10. You could rank the Big 12 over the SEC until Texas A&M and Missouri jumped to the conference this season. The only teams in the SEC recently that have been true basketball powers are Kentucky (nearly always a power) and Florida (a recent power). Tennessee and Vanderbilt have been solid programs but were in the east. Since UM hired Kennedy, Alabama and LSU have enjoyed one NCAA Tournament appearance. Arkansas and Mississippi State have each had two NCAA Tournament appearances. Only Auburn has not been to the NCAA Tournament from SEC west division since Kennedy came to Ole Miss. The Rebels have the longest NCAA Tournament drought in the SEC, even with Texas A&M and Missouri joining This is a make-or-break year for Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy. the conference. The last time Ole Miss reached the NCAA Tournament was 2002. Their head coach was Rod Barnes, and the Rebels were trounced by even get his team into the field of 68? 80-58 UCLA in the first round of the tournament. Is Ole Miss basketball content to just reach the NIT? Since Kennedy took over, the NCAA Tournament Or is it time to thank Kennedy for the job he has done and has expanded to add four more teams. find someone else to take the program to the next level? Time has to be running out on Kennedy at Ole Miss. We will have our answer if this season ends in another How much longer can Mr. NIT keep his job if he can’t NIT berth—or no post-season bid at all.

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Alcorn State is looking to improve on last year’s record of 10-22.

as a sophomore and averaged eight points and 2.7 assists per game. The team is looking for big things out of their incoming 6’9” center Declan Harrick of Australia. At the helm Cornel Knight returns this season as point guard for Delta State after a solid performance as a sophomore. of the Delta State program this year is Jim Boone. with a 3-5 record, but senior post man TerBoone, who is 438-328 in his more ry Leake Jr. is impressive, to say the least. than 27 years of experience, boasts a very Leake is leading the team in scoring with notable resume. It includes six conference 22.5 points per game and 10.9 rebounds. championships, four tournament titles, The Statesmen return only four let- seven NCAA postseason appearances and terman from last season’s squad. One of two trips to the NCAA Final Four. those returnees is junior point guard Cornel Delta State is ranked eighth in the Knight, who was solid in his performance Gulf South Conference.


stepped down as head men’s basketball coach at Tougaloo College. Stepping into his huge shoes is Stribling’s 30-year assistant Harvey Wardell. The Bulldogs are already showing the effects of Stribling’s absence. The men’s program, which finished the 2011-2012 season 21-9, is 1-8 in this season’s start. Tougaloo is struggling to replace Marquise Mems, who averaged 21.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Senior guard Juan Gray may be the answer. In six of the seven losses, Gray averaged 17 points. He is receiving help from Junior Kadon Day, who scored 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Bulldogs contest against Wiley College. Tougaloo is currently ranked eighth in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. Last year saw Delta State battle through a tough season and finish 6-2, only winning one conference game. The Statesmen are not off to the best start this season


The Majors left the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2011 and joined with seven other teams to create the new Southern Athletic Association. This year, the Majors are 2-6 and 01 in conference play in their season start. They are ranked eighth in the SAA. On Oct. 23, seven years after he took over the program, Lafayette Stribling


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he metro area is known for producing some of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best players. This season, graduates of several local high schools are big contributors to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball programs. The Ole Miss Lady Rebels have had an interesting start to this season. The Lady Rebs began practice with new head coach Adrian Wiggins at the helm. Less than 20 days later, the university announced that Wiggins would no longer serve as head coach due to an investigation over impermissible recruiting contacts and academic misconduct. Four days after that announcement, Brett Frank was named the acting head coach for the Ole Miss womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball program. Frank, who has 17 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience in the collegiate ranks, stepped in and calmed the tumultuous season start. In his SEC media day remarks, Frank noted that his team realized they still had a job to do. The Lady Rebels are doing that job well. After an unimpressive 2-13 conference performance and 12-18 overall season last year, Ole Miss is off to a 6-3 start this season. Former metro area players Valencia McFarland (Raymond High School) and Courtney Marbra (Forest Hill High School) return to the Lady Rebels after being major contributors last season. Both are expected to play huge minutes for the Lady Rebs. It is transfer Diara Moore, however, who is leading the team in scoring with an average of 12.1 points per game. Be on the lookout for junior point guard Valencia McFarland. She is on track to reach 1,000 career points before she graduates from Ole Miss, which would make her only the 25th player in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history to

Raymond grad Valencia McFarland returns with the Lady Rebels this year.

coaching experience, including an average of 15 wins a year in his last 15 years at Arkansas and Texas A&M. Schaefer comes into a very young and talented team. The Lady Bulldogs, who were 14-16 last year overall and 4-12 in SEC play, return nine letter winners including sophomores Kendra Grant, who averaged 7.3 points per game last season, and Martha Alwal, who averaged 5.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks to earn Freshman All-SEC honors for the 2011-2012 season. Mississippi State is 6-5 overall so far this season. Grant, who graduated from Richland High School, is leading the team in scoring with 14 points per game and 5.7 rebounds.

She is getting lots of help from Alwal, who has an average of 11.4 points per game, 9.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots. Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third largest womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball program is making no coaching changes. Southern Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joye Lee McNelis is in her ninth season as head coach of her alma mater. McNelisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lady Eagles return all five starters from a 2011-2012 team that finished 13-18. She boasts one of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best recruiting classes with five newcomers including Jerontay Clemons and Tiarra Pollnitz. Both Clemons and Pollnitz played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star gameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Clemons for Mississippi and Pollnitz for Alabama. Both were named MVP for their respective states. Clemons is already making her presence known as the third leading scorer, and leads the team in rebounding. The returning duo of Tanecka Carey and Jamierra Faulkner are leading the Golden Eagles. Carey, a Murrah High School graduate, leads the team in scoring with 17.7 points per game and 4.7 rebounds. Faulkner is averaging 17.1 points per game and 4.7 rebounds. The team is currently 5-5, with four of those losses on the road. Jackson State is also under leadership of a new head coach. Surina Dixon comes to the Tigers with 20 years of coaching experience, including an assistant coaching stint in the WBA. Dixon hopes to turn the program around after last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11-17 finish. Leading the Tigers this year are Tiffany Kellum and Racheal Jones. Kellum is averaging 12.6 points. The Lady Tigers are also getting big minutes from Lanier High School graduate Dominique Brothern, who leads the team in steals with 14 on the season. The Lady Tigers are currently 4-6.


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by Bryan Flynn

Football is slowly coming to an end, and it might be the saddest part of my year. I guess I need to start counting down the days until the NFL Draft in April.

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America’s Favorite Preacher by The Rev. CJ Rhodes


oel Osteen’s smile is as big as Texas, and so is his following. As the pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church, Osteen, 49, leads America’s largest congregation. He preaches to more than 38,000 attendees each weekend at the church his father founded in 1959. That number swells to more than 7 million when you add his worldwide television audience. Osteen’s popularity and positive messages have made him both beloved and reviled among evangelical Christians. But Osteen and his wife, Victoria, respond to praise and criticism with signature smiles and encouraging words. I had an opportunity to interview Osteen, who will come to Jackson for his first time Jan. 4 for “A Night of Hope,” a two-hour event that inspires with song.


Let’s talk about that word “integrity.”We’ve seen lots of leadership scandals, and we know media love a good scandal. Do you have a preventative word for leaders for before they fall? Integrity is the foundation of God’s blessing upon your life. You’re right to say we’ve seen a lot of scandals with wellknown (leaders), not to be critical. But having gifts and talents doesn’t pan out where there’s a lack of character. Integrity should be something we all strive for, to take the high road, and accept no compromise when it comes to our integrity. I realize there are a lot of skeptical people out there now because they’ve seen ministers they trusted in at one time and who didn’t pan out. I’m inspired to walk the walk and not just talk the talk because it affects many people. When you’re a pastor like you and I, you’re influencing more than just your family. What I learned from other’s mistakes is you can come down a lot quicker than you went up. The first half hour of my day, I’m searching my heart asking God if I’m on the right path. Searching your own heart; that’s the important thing. Some people may misconstrue your message and think that you’re always preaching blessings without integrity. But you just stated that God’s blessings are contingent upon our obedience. Do you think you’ve been misrepresented? I think that’s true. When I hear someone criticize me, I think that’s someone who hasn’t actually listened to our mes-

That last point relates to what you said about your dad and lifting up the underdog. Of course, you may know that Mississippi is often seen as the poster child for everything that’s negative. When you come here in January, what message of hope do you have not only for Jackson but for our entire state, sort of the nation’s underdog? Well, my message is going to be that God has amazing things in 2013. He does reward people who are faithful. ... And a lot of times God judges us differently than how people judge us. God looks at the heart. God uses the least likely people in some instances. God used David who, as you know, was an underdog. Some may come from bad families, but our message will be: You’re not who the world says you are, but you’re who God says you are. Absolutely. Our governor has made it his mission to curb the number of teen pregnancies and births. One can rightly argue that numerous socioeconomic issues contribute to this epidemic, but also a sense of hopelessness. How do we—politicians or pastors—speak to the latter? You know it’s difficult. You have to do one person at a time. ... You have to let them know God can get them through this. If they take steps of faith, be the best where they are, God can open up doors and bring people out. If you don’t have hope, you can’t have faith. Faith is the

substance of things hoped for. You have to believe you are a person of destiny. God has equipped you, and no person, circumstance or poverty can keep you from your destiny if you keep moving forward. That’s excellent. But what about those out there who’ll say that hope and faith God-talk sounds great, but it doesn’t address the racism, sexism and generational issues people face? I’m not saying it’s easy. I just have to come back to the scripture that says, when you believe, all things are possible. You can get bitter and negative, and I can almost guarantee you nothing’s going to go well. It’s going to help you. So faith is choosing to believe God and his plan for my life even though it doesn’t make any sense. You’ve got to be determined to persevere and be all that God created you to be. I believe our days can end in victory, but we have to do our part. You’ve been doing A Night of Hope for eight years. President Obama’s rallying cry has been hope and change. Is our nation becoming more hopeful or fearful? Well, I’m always an optimist. Some people don’t, but I do believe there are good things in store for us. Now we’re dealing with this fiscal cliff, and I’m not thrilled with the divisiveness of politics, but I believe God has America in the palm of his hand, and good things are in store for us. Yes, we’ll face difficult and tough times, but I yet believe America is going to see better days.

Joel Osteen brings “A Night of Hope” to Jackson Jan. 4. He is pictured with his wife,


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What’s been the impact of your dad’s life, witness and ministry on yours? The whole foundation of what I try to teach and inspire people with today. He was a man of integrity (and) was always for people. He wasn’t for pushing people down, but he was always for lifting people up. I saw my dad caring for the underdog, caring for the sick and caring for the people— whether they were rich or poor.

sage. That’s someone listening to a sound byte or reading out of context. I believe God wants you to be blessed and excel ... and have good relationships but, as you said, the foundation is integrity; it’s obedience. Are you growing? Are you dealing with the issues God is talking to you about? I talk about that a lot as well. But some people misconstrue it. They’ll say, “Joel says everything’s gonna be good!” Half of my messages are about overcoming difficulty, being faithful in the midst of trials. God says count it all joy while we’re in the trial.

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Mississippi Bridal Show and Expo Jan. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The theme is “A Touch of Class.” The event includes workshops, food samples, a fashion show, entertainment and giveaways. $20; call 601-988-1142 or 601672-5595; Best of Jackson Party Jan. 27, 6-11 p.m., location TBA. Save the date for the JFP’s annual celebration of all things Jackson. By invitation only; details pending. Free;

(/,)$!9 Holiday Tree Design Showcase through Dec. 30, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). See trees decorated by local schools in the galleries. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469. Holiday Shows through Dec. 31, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Films includes “George and Oatmeal” weekdays at 11 a.m., “The Alien Who Stole Christmas” Monday-Saturday at 1 p.m. and “Season of Light” Monday-Saturday at 3 p.m. $6.50, $5.50 seniors, $4 children, $3 students; call 601-960-1552;

#/--5.)49 JPS/Pepsi Basketball Tournament Dec. 26-28. High school basketball teams compete, culminating with the championship games Dec. 28 at Forest Hill. Visit for specifics. $8 Dec. 26-27, $10 Dec. 28; call 601-960-8825. • At Murrah High School (1400 Murrah Drive), games begin Dec. 26 at 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. • At Provine High School (2400 Robinson Road), games begin Dec. 26 at 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 27 at 2:30 p.m. • At Wingfield High School (1985 Scanlon Drive), games begin Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. • At Forest Hill High School (2607 Raymond Road), games begin Dec. 26 at 2 p.m., Dec. 27 at 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. The championship games are Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thelma Sanders Scholarship Dance Dec. 26, 8 p.m., at Regency Hotel and Conference Center (420 Greymont Ave.). The Jackson Tougaloo Alumni Chapter hosts the event. This year’s honorees are Melvin and Gwendolyn Loper. Melvin Loper is a prominent math teacher, and Gwendolyn Loper is the first African-American social worker to be employed at the VA Hospital. $30, $325 tale of 10; call 601-324-5746 or 601366-2629; email or Precinct 4 COPS Meeting Dec. 27, 5:30 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0004. Magnolia Ballroom Dancers’ Association Monthly Dance Saturdays, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). Dances are held on second Saturdays. Water, setups and snacks available. $15, $10 members; call 601-506-4591. Winter Community Enrichment Series, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Most classes begin the week of Jan. 28 and fall into the cat-

egories of art, music, fitness, design, business and technology. Call to request a brochure. Fees vary; call 601-974-1130; Belk Service Learning Challenge. Middle-school students within 50 miles of Jackson work in teams of two to four to identify a community issue and come up with a plan to address it. Submit entries by March 14. Prizes given. Free;

7%,,.%33 First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355. Remembrance: Pregnancy Loss and Early Infant Death Support Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at University Physicians Pavilion (1410 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in room MO-16. The support group is for those who experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Free; call 601984-1921; email

34!'%!.$3#2%%. It’s About You Film Festival Call for Submissions. The festival is Feb. 23-March 2 and showcases positive films about people of African descent. Films may be of any genre and can be narratives or documentaries. Submit two DVDs by Jan. 15; register by Dec. 31 for a discount. $35-$50 entry fee, $20 students and youth; call 601-259-7598 or 769-226-3725;


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,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest through Jan. 31, at Pets Add Life (661 Sierra Rose Drive, Reno, Nev.) . Students in grades 3-8 submit poems about their pets, and a student in each grade level has a chance to win pet product gift certificates, publishing of the poem and a $1,000 scholarship toward pet education in their classrooms. Submit by Jan. 31. Free;

Dec. 28 The Amazin’ Lazy Boi Band

Lemuria Story Time, at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Saturdays at 11 a.m., children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free; call 601366-7619. Weekly Storytime Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Each Tuesday, Baby Bookworms Storytime for children ages birth-36 months is at 9:30 a.m., and Preschool Storytime for children ages 3-6 is at 10:30 a.m. The event includes stories, rhymes and music. Puppet shows on the last Tuesday of the month. Free; call 601-932-2562.

Dec. 29 Pat Brown & The Millennium Band


New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Celebration Cooking Class Dec. 28, 6-9 p.m., Dec. 29, 5-8 p.m. and Dec. 30, 5-8 p.m., at Viking Cooking School (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Recipes include grilled halloumi salad with pumpkin bread croutons and pomegranate vinaigrette, baby shrimp cakes and filet mignon with lobster béarnaise. Registration required $119; call 601-898-8345; more EVENTS, page 33


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King Edward performs at Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar at 8 p.m.

The ConSoulers perform at the New Year’s Eve celebration at Hilton Jackson.

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Bobby Rush’s Christmas Party, and Blues and Southern Soul Festival is at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum. Performers include Bobby Rush, O.B. Buchanan, Ms. Jody, Lamorris Williams, Vic Allen, L.J. Reynolds, Andre’ Lee and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. $30, $45 VIP; call 800-745-3000. … The DJ Dancing and Show at Bottoms Up is at 9 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $10 cover. … The Weeks are at Underground 119.


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The exhibit “Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, His Life In The Struggle: A Pictoral History” hangs through Jan. 19 at Gallery 1 (1100 John R. Lynch Street, Suite 4). Free; call 601-960-9250. … The D’lo Trio is at Cherokee Inn. … Soul Wired Cafe hosts Off Campus Thursday at 8:30 p.m. $3 cover, female college students free. … Sonja Stamps performs at The Penguin. … The High Frequency Band plays at Studio 33 at 9 p.m. Free. … Chris Gill is at Burgers & Blues. … DoubleShotz performs at Shuckers.

John Mora performs at Sombra Mexican Kitchen from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. … Kenny Davis is at Burgers & Blues. … Grosshart & Gains performs at Kathryn’s.

MONDAY 12/31

The New Year’s Eve Dinner at Bravo! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N.) includes early seating at 6 p.m. and late seating at 9 p.m. Enjoy a six-course dinner, a special wine flight and BY LATASHA WILLIS music from Swing de Paris. Late seating includes Champagne, JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM indoor fireworks and party favors at midnight. Reservations FAX: 601-510-9019 required. $70 early seating, $90 DAILY UPDATES AT late seating; call 601-982-8111; JFPEVENTS.COM … The invitation-only Krystal Ball and New Year’s Eve Bash is at 8 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. Includes hors d’oeuvres, music, Champagne at midnight and a catfish drop. Stiff Necked Fools performs. Two guests per invitation with 10-20 invitations per sponsorship package; call 601-948-0888; email brandi@ or … Purchase a New Year’s Eve celebration package at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road) to enjoy an overnight hotel stay, a Champagne toast at midnight, dinner, music from the ConSoulers and a New Year’s Day brunch. Reservations required. $209 and up per couple; call 601-957-2800; … Other New Year’s Eve party locations include Reed Pierce’s with The Colonels (9 p.m., $20), Underground 119 featuring The Vamps, Martin’s with Parallax, Capitol Grill featuring Doubleshotz at 8 p.m., The Penguin with the High Frequency Band, Mediterranean Grill with the Jarekus Singleton Band, Regency Hotel with Eddie Cotton (9 p.m., $30-$50) and Ole Tavern featuring AJC and the Envelope Pushers (no cover).


Bobby Rush performs at the Blues and Southern Soul Festival at the Mississippi Coliseum Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.

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The Farish Street/Main Street Project and Women For Progress host the Kwanzaa Celebration of Umoja (Unity) at 3 p.m. at Farish Street Park (Farish and Hamilton streets). The program includes a kinara lighting, Karamu feast and entertainment. Additional programs at various locations through Dec. 31; visit for details. Free; call 601-941-3230 or 202-256-6021. … Taylor Hildebrand performs at Underground 119.

FRIDAY 12/28

Jackson Bike Advocates’ monthly Community Bike Ride is at 6 p.m. at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Free; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook. … The “Vicksburg’s Got the Blues” New Year’s Gala featuring Sounds Unlimited is at 8 p.m. at Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar. Other performers include Dr. Who and King Edward. For ages 21 and up. Free; call 601638-1000. … Grits & Soul plays at Hal & Mal’s. … Static Ensemble is at Martin’s. … Lightnin’ Malcolm performs at 32 Ole Tavern. … Ben Payton is at Soulshine, Lakeland.



See Scott Crawford’s LEGO Jackson exhibit at the Arts Center of Mississippi through Jan. 18.


The Christmas Tree Display at Farish Street Park (Farish and Hamilton streets) is up through Jan. 3. Free; call 601-941-3230 or 202-256-6021. … Time Out has Openmic Night. … Jesse Robinson is at Underground 119.


Christmas on Ice at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison) continues through Jan. 6. Enjoy an ice-skating rink and ice slide, a Christmas Story Trail, decorations, concessions and concerts. $15 skating and ice slide (rental skates included), concerts and Christmas Story Trail free; call 601-500-5970; christmasonice. com. … The Mississippi Music Foundation Singer-songwriter Showcase is at 6 p.m. at Brick Oven Pizza Company (2428 E. Parkway St., Hernando). The event spotlights the talents of Mississippi musicians. Vanessa Winter, Erica and Richard Massey, Wilson Harris and Corry Zurhorst perform. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Music Foundation’s Money Match program. No cover, donations welcome; call 662429-2939; More at and


Shut Up and Write! Reserve your spot for Donna Ladd’s popular creative non-fiction six-class series; begins Jan. 5 and meets every other Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (class decides sixth class date). Half $150 fee reserves slot; gift certificates available. Write or call 601-362-6121 ext. 15. Adult Acrylic Painting Class, at Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Daniel MacGregor teaches the class on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Bring your own 11-by-14-inch canvas for a $5 discount. $15; call 601-992-6405; Hoot and Holler Day Camp Jan. 2 and Jan. 4, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Children in age groups 5-7 and 8-10 explore the museum’s galleries and participate in hands-on activities. Registration includes supplies and a snack. $45; call 601-960-1515. Oil Painting Classes Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Pat Walker Gallery (133 W. Peace St., Canton). Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for prices at 601-855-0107; email; Puppet Play Workshop, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Wednesdays at 3 p.m., children create puppets and give puppet shows at the Reader’s Theater Puppet Stage. $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469.

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Brandon Public Library (1475 W. Government St., Brandon). Free; call 601825-2672; • Brandon Youth Art Contest. The theme is “The ABCs of Nature.” Children in grades K-12 may compete using any medium, and entries must be no larger than 8.5”x11”. Submit by Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. Awards given Jan. 17. • World of Walter Anderson Art Exhibit through Jan. 31. The exhibit includes watercolors and pencil drawings depicting Anderson’s Horn Island. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m.5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515;. • “To Paint and Pray: The Art and Life of William R. Hollingsworth Jr.” through Jan. 13. The exhibit includes the late artist’s paintings and other artifacts from his life. Admission to “Artists by Artists” included. $3-$5. • “Artists by Artists” through Jan. 13. See how artists have portrayed each other through loose sketches and formal portraits. The show hangs through Jan. 13. Admission to “To Paint and Pray” included. $3-$5. • Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Watercolor Exhibition through Jan. 6. See watercolors from artists across the country. Free. • Bethlehem Tree: Younger Foundation Crèche Collection through Jan. 6, in Trustmark Grand Hall. The installation includes more than 150 rare 18th-century figures. Free. • “Choctaw Gardens: Photographs by Hilda Stuart” through Jan. 6, in the public corridor.

The exhibition of 15 photographs from Stuart’s book is a glimpse of southern life from the 1950s to the 1970s. Includes images of her son Marty Stuart. Free. • “Visionaries: The Legacy of the Mississippi Art Association” through Jan. 27 In the William B. and Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery. See works from William P. Silva, Caroline Compton, William Hollingsworth, Marie Hull, Helen Jay Lotterhos, Eudora Welty, Karl Wolfe and more. Free. Events at Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). Free; call 601-960-1582. • Yvette Sturgis and S. Kellum Art Exhibit. See Sturgis’ painting and Kellum’s hanging sculptures until the spring of 2013. • Mississippi Watercolor Society Art Exhibition through Jan. 31 See watercolor paintings from several artists. Holiday Art Exhibit through Dec. 29, at Southside Art Gallery (150 Courthouse Square, Oxford). See paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture and works on paper from various artists. Free; call 662-234-9090; “Portrait Phenomena: Portraits by Roger Leonard Long” through Dec. 31, at Cups on Capitol (Regions Plaza, 210 E. Capitol St.). The exhibition features Long’s photo-realistic portrait works. Free, prints available; call 601-853-7480. December Exhibit through Dec. 31, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). See Alexander Brown’s wood sculptures in the small gallery. Free; call 601-856-7546; “Dinosaurs: Big, Bad, Bold and Back” through Jan. 6, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The exhibit has more than 20 robotic dinosaurs, a rubbing station and a fossil dig site. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. $6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children under 3 and members free; call 601-576-6000. “Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art” through Jan. 11, at University of Mississippi Museum (University Avenue and 5th St., Oxford). $5, $4 seniors, $3 ages 6-17, ages 5 and under free; call 662-915-7073. Events at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs) through Dec. 31. $10, $8 seniors, $5 children ages 5-15, free for children under 5; call 228-872-3164. • The Artwork of Christopher Inglis Stebly. The artist and grandson of Walter Anderson presents 40 works of art in various media. • The Wooten-Rosenberg Collection. See more than 200 works of art from the Anderson brothers, including Shearwater Pottery.

"%4(%#(!.'% Open Wings Workshop: Beyond Creative Writing Dec. 27, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:303 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Topics include poetry, creative compositions, memory letters and greeting cards. Open Wings is a support network for everyone affected by mental illness, including family members, professionals and educators. Open to all ages and skill levels. Free; call 601-957-1586. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.









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A Visual Exploration of Tuscany Through Drawing and Painting through Jan. 1, at Italy . The one-week program with instructor Jerrod Partridge takes place in Tenuta Di Spannocchia in Italy July 12-19, 2013. Limit of 11 students. $2,700 (includes accommodations); email;



Staying Honest with Grits and Soul by Genevieve Legacy



t’ll be time to hitch up your baggy jeans and get ready for some foot stomping when Grits & Soul returns to Jackson. The bluegrass-Americana duo’s holiday week appearance at Hal & Mal’s promises to be a lively evening of fiery-sweet, and soaring vocals, whiplash-quick, pick and strum mandolin and the ever-present signature of acoustic music, the steel-string guitar. Anna Kline and John Looney first met in Jackson in 2011 through mutual friends. At the time, Kline was working on cultural heritage projects for Mississippi Tourism, and Looney was doing instrument repair at Morrison Brother’s Music. The two were well matched in more than a few ways. Kline, 36, a self-taught guitarist and songwriter, grew up in a family of singers and artists. She learned to sing four-part harmony at church in her hometown of Hernando, Miss. “I studied the music business at the University of Memphis and took a semester of voice, but other than that, I’ve had no formal training,” Kline says. Looney, 30, grew up in Kentucky and relocated to Jackson in 2009. His early guitar influences include Eric Clapton and the Allman Brothers. Between playing in bands and working on instruments, he brought a

Bluegrass duo Grits and Soul will perform at Hal & Mal’s Friday, Dec. 28.

fair amount of experience to the table. “As a guitarist, I played blues and straight country music, even R&B. I switched from guitar to mandolin about seven years ago,” he says. Not long after meeting, Kline and Looney got together with guitarist John Anderson and stand-up bass player Travis Kingston, to form Anna Kline and the Grits & Soul Band. Their original song, “Flood Waters,” written in response to the flooding of

the Mississippi in May of that year, garnered media attention. “We were a band for a little less than a year,” Kline says. “Then our guitarist decided to go back to school, and Travis moved to New York City. After the band dismantled, Kline and Looney decided to hit the road themselves. The pared-down, re-named duo headed for the regional music center of Asheville, N.C.

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The relocation has proven successful. Since their arrival last year, Kline and Looney have been working hard; writing new songs, playing their music and meeting fellow musicians. Their efforts have paid off in a number of ways. They’ve connected with some very talented musicians and have recorded their first album. “We’ve met some of the best musicians I’ve played with.” Looney says about the young bluegrass and acoustic musicians he and Kline call the “Berklee kids,” musicians who studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Several of the Berklee kids joined Kline and Looney for the recording of their album. The album is titled “Flood Waters,” after the 2011 single and was recorded at Compass Records in Nashville. Accompanying Kline and Looney on the album are Jay Starling on dobro, Kyle Tuttle on banjo, Lyndsay Pruett on fiddle and Adam Chaffins on upright bass. Scheduled for an early 2013 release, “Floodwaters” will reflect a mix of influences—bluegrass, Americana, Memphis soul, and a little rock ‘n’ roll to boot. Visit, and hear them at Hal and Mal’s, (200 S. Commerce St., 601948-0888) on Dec. 28 from 7-10 p.m.

by Garrad Lee

RIP DJ Razzle K

December 26, 2011 - January 1, 2013


threw weekend parties. Because Razzle K had the necessary equipment (turntables, a mixer and big speakers), he went to the parties to DJ and provided the music for the COURTESY TONY B


n December 5, 2012, Gregory Miller, aka DJ Razzle K, passed away from complications associated with pancreatic cancer. Miller was 43 years old. After Razzle K’s death, I was talking with poet and hip-hop journalist Charlie Braxton who suggested I write a piece about the late DJ. I reached out to Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin who put me in touch with a guy named Tony B. Tony B, also known as Anthony Marcel Bryant, told me the story of DJ Razzle K, which, as it turns out, is the story of hip-hop itself in Jackson. Back in the early ’80s, before MTV played rap videos (or, to be real, hardly any videos by black artists at all) and before hiphop was a fixture on pop radio stations, kids outside New York and a few other major cities relied on each other to hear hip-hop. These were the days in Jackson when most rap was heard on playgrounds and in cafeterias. As Tony B, 37, and Kamikaze both told me, these schoolhouse sessions moved into parks like Battlefield and Riverside, where the kids in various Jackson neighborhoods

DJ Razzle K helped some of Jackson’s hip-hop artists get where they are today.

young rappers to get down to. But Razzle K was more than just a DJ. He was also a mentor. Being well aware of the burgeoning hip-hop scene around the country, he stayed a step ahead of the young

rappers and gave them guidance as they built their craft and developed their own voices. “He taught us about cadence, song structure, hooks and how to count bars. He helped teach us how to legitimize what we were doing,” Kamikaze says. Razzle K was working on his own skills as well. Tony B says that DJ Razzle K, no matter what else he did, always wanted to be known as a DJ first. Yet, Razzle K’s background in music goes much deeper. He played keyboards on occasion with Freedom and other Jackson based funk groups of the ’70s. “He could play the keyboard by ear. He could play any song off the radio after hearing it once,” Tony B says. This skill, combined with his understanding of hiphop music, pushed Razzle K into the next step: production. Razzle K’s second phase as Jackson’s hip-hop godfather was as producer for many of the rappers involved in the park’s hip-hop scene. “Razzle K took hip-hop from the streets and started a movement with those park jams,” Tony B says. “Then he took hip-hop from the park and into the club and radio.”

Razzle K went on to produce singles and albums for a host of Jackson and Mississippi-based artists such as Mississippi Mafia, Wood Street Players, Boo da Boss Playa, Reese and Bigelow, and Tony B’s group Valley of the Dry Bones. “He was where you went to get quality music,” Tony says. Razzle K’s radio show in 90.1 FM was the only place in Jackson playing local hip-hop. The rest is Mississippi hip-hop history. Tony B and Kamikaze both agreed that without Razzle K there would maybe be no DJ or hip-hop culture in the city. He mentored the generation of DJs making noise in the city now such as Finesse, Scrap Dirty and Phingaprint. He paved the way for every hip-hop artist in Jackson working today. And, I certainly wouldn’t be able to do the things I do if it wasn’t for his vision. But, more importantly, everyone I talked to agree that he was a great guy, and that is what he should be remembered for most. “He was a great father and had a strong relationship with God,” Tony B recalls. R.I.P. DJ Razzle K.


Keys N Krates Bring Live Remixing to Martin’s

Dance Night with

DVDJ Reign




he past few years have seen resur- live electronica music that does very well on gence in the popularity of electronic the hippie-traveling-circus touring circuit. music. Dubstep is used to sell cars The shows are often epic, and, at least early and computer operating systems. on, the music was groundbreaking. Artists performing with instruments like The spectacle these kinds of bands creMacBook Pros, samplers, and intense visual ated with their shows would often spill into and light shows sell out iconic venues like Red Rocks with their high energy, bass-heavy, psychedelic dance music. Bassnectar, one of the underground’s luminaries, rocked a packed Convention Center in Jackson on a Monday night earlier this year. Electronic is the music the “kids” in high school and college are listening to, and the support of this very large and vocal group is what has allowed this scene to take over. Chris Rybolt at Martin’s has been bringing in this kind of music for a while now, often booking smaller or lesserknown groups who, in all actuality, are usually the ones making the most interesting Canada-based Keys N Krates perform at Martin’s Saturday, Dec. 29. music. On Dec. 29, one of the more compelling electronic groups, Toronto-based Keys N Krates, will perform at Martin’s. all-night after-parties at nearby clubs. This What sets Keys N Krates apart is their is where Bassnectar, already a well-known approach. Most DJs do some kind of re- DJ, especially on the west coast with the mixing, and these new-wave electronic Burning Man crowd, got a great entrée into artists do the same on stage with comput- the live “jam-tronica” scene. Others, such as ers. Keys N Krates does it all with live in- Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic, have gone strumentation. The three-piece band turns on to wild success, often outselling the very songs by everyone bands they used to from Drake and Floropen for or play late ence + The Machine to nights after. Jay-Z and pretty much What is great anyone else they want about the scene now is to, into floor-pumpthe ridiculous amount ing bassy dance songs of people to listen to, using drums, keys, as this kind of music and turntables. The is very well suited to result is, according to people who are good the band’s website, “a with computers and blend of hip-hop, elechave a good amount tronica and jam that truly shows off the of free time. Sure, there is a lot to wade artistry of the live remix.” through sometimes, but when it is good, it The re-emergence of electronic music, can be real good. at least in part, can be traced back to the Many are calling Keys N Krates the “late-night” scenes that followed around next big thing in the underground, so I “jam-tronica” (drop that term on a hipster would suggest catching these guys soon, as and watch their head explode) bands such as secrets aren’t well kept in the electronic muSTS9 and the Disco Biscuits in the late ’90s sic scene at all. and early 2000s. These bands and others Keys N Krates performs at Martin’s were combining the tenets and live instru- Lounge (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712) on mentation of jam-based music (think Phish) Dec. 29. Tickets are $10 at the door for the 10 with effects and new technologies to make p.m. show. Visit for more info.

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‘SAD’ But True: Coping with the Winter Blues by Jasmin S. Searcy


SAD. Additionally, 10 to 20 percent may where you feel down from time to time, but a family history of depression. experience a milder form of SAD. Winter- if you’re feeling down for days at a time and As a clinical psychology trainee, I enonset SAD is more common in northern are having a hard time motivating yourself to courage many individuals with various regions, where the winter season is typically attempt normal tasks then you might want forms of depression, including SAD, to inlonger and the weather more dismal. So with to think about seeing a mental health profes- corporate various interventions to cope with that being said, let’s thank Mississippi for its sional or your health care provider. their symptoms from a holistic approach, warmer winter months! The causes of SAD are unknown. by considering the whole individual and However, lack of sunlight is a con- However, there are multiple factors that not one single part. Moreover, I stress that if tributing factor as well, something we do contribute to it, including age and an indi- these are regularly practiced, one is equipped suffer from in the south the same as other vidual’s chemical makeup. SAD occurs more to combat SAD, or any kind of depression, areas of the country and globe. Some pro- often in women, and in those who have had in the future. fessionals suggest treatment with “sunshine” bulbs or melatonin supplements—consult a doctor if you are interested in pursuing such treatments. If your work schedule or lifestyle is such that you leave the house while it is dark and return after it is already dark again, try to find time during daylight hours to spend a few minutes in the sun. Take your lunch outside, or go for a quick afternoon walk. SAD goes beyond a simple case of the “winter blues.” It’s marked by a number of symptoms that an individual would expect to see with depression: anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, weight gain, oversleeping, loss of interest in formerly enjoyable activities and a general decline in energy. The longer, colder winter months can adversely affect mental health. Now, it’s normal to have days


lthough this winter has been unseasonably warm (even for Mississippi) so far, and given us bipolar days of frigid mornings and hot afternoons, we can only assume that colder weather is coming soon. Research shows that darker, colder months increase depression for many, specifically women and individuals between the ages of 18-30. Statistics show that acquired debt, health problems, food and alcohol consumption, suicide and marital issues increase during the winter months. That being said, the chances are probably pretty good that you’ve felt a little down over the last few months. How could you not? With the uncertain economy, poor job market and other life stressors, it’s totally normal. It is something that many people have experienced before: depression and/or emotional fluctuations that appear to change with various seasons. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, winter blues, summer blues or seasonal depression, is a mood disorder in which individuals who have normal mental health experience depressive symptoms. This disorder occurs at the same time every year, typically beginning in the fall and ending in spring.” (Although on some occasions, some individuals experience the opposite—they become depressed when spring or summer comes around.) Between 4 percent and 6 percent of individuals in the United States suffer from

What to Do regular cardiovascular exercise alleviates symptoms of depression and may be useful in treating mild to moderate major depression and maintaining good health. Regardless, you'll be doing something positive to help your mind and body. Thirty minutes of cardio exercise daily is suggested such as jogging, aerobics or cycling. • Go outside and socialize. With the winter, longer periods of darkness and the cold weather make us want to stay at

home and depression often worsens. Because of this, emotional health can suffer. Healthy socializing is a great remedy for the winter blues! Also, natural sunlight increases positive feelings. • Meditate. Take time out of each day to calm your mind and relax. Keep a journal and after meditating, write down three positive things that happened during the day. Focusing on the positive things in our life will shift overall mood. • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Vitamin deficiencies can cause and

increase depression. Examine your diet and make sure you are maintaining a nutritious and energizing plan. • If you suffer from a severe case, visit a mental



There are many therapists who specialize in depression. If your depression is related to a particular trigger, such as abuse or anxiety, seek a therapist who specializes in that individual aspect of depression. With consistent therapy, many individuals are able to effectively treat depression without medication.

Take-home message:

This article should be used as a guide and should not be used to diagnose SAD. Thus, exercise and other approaches mentioned in this article should be included as an adjunct form of therapy for SAD. At this time, the literature best supports that it be added to other treatments rather than taking the place of standard treatments such as medication or psychotherapy. Furthermore, if you are experiencing any symptoms presented in this article please consult with a mental health practitioner.

• Exercise. Recent studies have shown


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AMERICAN/SOUTHERN CUISINE Another Broken Egg (1000 Highland Colony #1009 in Renaissance, 601.790.9170) Open Daily 7am-2pm for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Lunch. Mon-Fri, Sun. Koinonia (136 Adams St. 601-960-3008) Coffeehouse plus lunch and more! Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches. For Heaven’s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events.

PIZZA The Pizza Shack (925 E. Fortification 601-352-2001) New locations in Belhaven and a second spot in Colonial Mart on Old Canton Rd. in Northeast Jackson. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the fried ravioli. Bring the kids for ice cream! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11. ITALIAN BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami. STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING Islander Seafood and Oyster House (601-366-5441) Seafood, po’boys and oyster house. Casual fine dining that’s family-friendly with a beach vibe. Crab’s (6954 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-956-5040) Crab’s Seafood Shack offers a wide variety of southern favorites such as fried catfish and boiled shrimp. Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. SOUTH OF THE BORDER Babalu (622 Duling Ave., 601-366-5757) Fresh guacamole at the table, fish tacos, empanada, smoked pork sholders, Mexican street corn. Jaco’s Tacos (318 South State Street) Tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Tex-Mex at its finest and freshest. La Morena (6610 Old Canton Road Suite J, Ridgeland, 601-899-8821) Tortillas made fresh order. Authentic, Mexican Cuisine (not Tex-Mex). Mexican Cokes! Fernando’s Fajita Factory (5647 Hwy 80 E in Pearl, 601-932-8728 and 149 Old Fannin Rd in Brandon, 601-992-6686) A culinary treat traditional Mexican. MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma.

Best Pizza 2009-2012 -Best Of Jackson-

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

December 26, 2012 - January 1, 2013

COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi.


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BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Best Burger of 2012, plus live music and entertainment! Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and Irish beers on tap. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. ASIAN AND INDIAN Mr. Chen’s (5465 I 55 North, 601-978-1865) Fresh authentic Chinese Food, located within an actual grocery store with many unique produce offerings. Ruchi India (862 Avery Blvd @ County Line Rd. 601-991-3110) Classic Indian recipes, lost delicacies, alluring aromas and exotic ingredients. Fantastic Indian cuisine from multiple regions. Lamb, vegetarian, chicken, shrimp and more. Pan Asia (720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland 601-956-2958) Beautiful ambiance and signature asian fusion dishes and build-your-own stir-frys. Thai House (1405 Old Square, 601-982-9991) Voted one of Jackson’s best Asian 2003-2012,offers a variety of freshly made springrolls, pad thai, moo satay, curry. VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-veganfriendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.

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Poppinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bubbly



by Kathleen M. Mitchell



s the clock strikes 12 on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve, you can expect several things to happen. A big glittery ball will begin to descend upon thousands of (likely) freezing and (more than likely) inebriated tourists in New York City. Couples will start 2013 with a kiss. And all over the country, bottles of Champagne and sparkling wine will pop open, in a toast to new beginnings. Plenty of people insist on shelling out for nicer, pricier Champagne, while many others insist they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell the difference between a bottle that costs $5 and one that costs $105. We sat down for a blind taste test with a panel of seven bubbly enthusiasts from the JFP staff to determine whether or not expensive champagne is really worth the cost. Our tasters drank a glass each of a cheap ($5) sparkling wine, a mid-range ($10-12) and a more expensive ($25+) sparkling wine. We asked them to name their favorite, guess in which price range each wine could be purchased, and attempt to match the bottle to the price rangeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;after all, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t most non-experts purchase wine and other alcohol solely on the appeal of the bottle design?


Six of the seven correctly identified the Could you cheapest wine (Totts), tell the difference with the one outlier between cheap guessing it to be the and expensive most expensive. Only Champagne? one person correctly guessed the most expensive sparkling wine (Rustico). Ironically, only one taster chose er bubbles that only one taster preferred. the most expensive wine as his or her fa- Others said the wine tasted â&#x20AC;&#x153;young,â&#x20AC;? voriteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;nearly everyone else preferred â&#x20AC;&#x153;bitter,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;dry with woodsy notesâ&#x20AC;? and the mid-range bottle (Veuve Du Vernay), acidic. The mid-range and lowest-cost with one other person choosing the Totts wines had similar flavor profiles, with bigfor its sweetness. ger bubbles and more sweetness. Tasters The Rustico prosecco, the priciest described the Totts as â&#x20AC;&#x153;floral with pear option, had a more subtle fizz with small- notes,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;a little dull,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;apple notesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;too sweet=cheap.â&#x20AC;? The Veuve Du Vernay, which nearly everyone named the best, earned the descriptors â&#x20AC;&#x153;tastes classy,â&#x20AC;? dry, but not harsh,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;good balance between There is some confusion over appropriate use of the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;champagne.â&#x20AC;? Alacids,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;notes of vanilla, smooth finish, though most people use it casually to refer to any sparkling wine, many countries balancedâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;smooth and pungent.â&#x20AC;? have laws in place that reserve the word for sparkling wines made in the Champagne As far as matching the bottle label to region of France. In the European Union, the 1891 Treaty of Madrid legally protects the wine price, answers were all over the the name Champagne. In the United States, only wines that were approved to use the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some matched them to the price term Champagne before 2006 may continue to do so, despite not being produced in points well, while others guessed comFrance. Newer American wines are banned from using the term on their labels and pletely backward. advertising materials.

Did you know?

The wines:

Totts Premium CuvĂŠe Champagne, California, Extra Dry (around $5) Veuve Du Vernay, France, Brut ($10-12) Rustico Nino Franco, Italy, Prosecco ($25+) Chosen by Nathan McHardy at Briarwood Wine and Spirits (4949 Old Canton Road, 601-956-5108).

Ring it In

by Dustin Cardon and Kathleen M. Mitchell

Ceramiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Suite I, Flowood, 601-919-2829). Open for dinner from 5-10 p.m. Carole Cantrell and James Bailey perform, with drink specials after 10 p.m. and a Champagne toast at mid-

night. No cover charge, but dinner reservations recommended. Fairview Inn and Sofiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant (734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429) Fairview Inn will be open on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve with music and dancing from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. $10 cover. Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub (906 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055) Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will be open New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve with the usual Monday night karaoke and a Champagne toast at midnight. Hickory Pit (1491 Canton Mart, 601-

956-7079) and Haute Pig (1856 Main St., Madison, 601-853-8538) Hickory Pit and Haute Pig will be open New Years Eve from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Whole menu available including specialties such as pies and pulled pork. Closed New Years Day. Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road, 601-957-2322) Starting at $209 per couple, the package includes luxury overnight accommodations, entertainment by The ConSoulers, a Champagne toast at midnight, New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day brunch and late more NEW YEARS, see page 40

Bravo Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-9828111) $70 for early seating (6 p.m.) and $90 for late seating (9:30 p.m.). Enjoy

a six-course Prix Fixe meal with wine flights offered and Swing de Paris performing all night. The late seating includes champagne, indoor fireworks and party favors at midnight. Call for reservations. CLIP ART


onâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any plans for New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve? Start 2013 off with a bang by eating good food, sipping fancy drinks and enjoying local music. Here are some local restaurants and bars open for your New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment.


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King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St., 601-353-5464, ext. 8408) From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration includes cocktails, gourmet food, a midnight Champagne toast and a balloon drop. The Patrick Harkins Band performs. Gala tickets are $99, and room rates start at $279 per couple (includes tickets to Gala). Last Call (3716 Interstate 55 N., 601713-2700) Last Call will be open New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. Enjoy deejay music, drink specials, party favors and free Champagne at midnight. Cab service available. $10 cover. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Lounge (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712) Paralax performs on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. Enjoy free Champagne at midnight.

December 26, 2012 - January 1, 2013

Mint (Renaissance, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5002, Ridgeland, 601898-6468) Sit down for dinner with the regular menu or hit the come-and-go New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve party for cocktails, heavy hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, live music and a Champagne toast at midnight. $50 admission to the cocktail party includes two drink tickets.


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Pan-Asia (720 Harbor Point Crossing, 601-956-2958). The restaurant is serving its regular menu on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve and offering complimentary Champagne with each meal as well as giveaways. Live music will play from 6-10 p.m. Reservations recommended but not required.

Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601360-0090) Serving a high-end, seven-course meal for $80 per person, with optional wine flight for $50. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Guests will receive Champagne at the door and will be entered to win a bottle of Louis Roedererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cristal. Call for reservations, capped at 75 people. Popâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saloon (2636 S. Gallatin St., 601961-4747) Popâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will be open Dec. 31, 9 p.m. Free food, Champagne and live entertainment by On the Edge. Free black-eyed peas and corn bread at midnight. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Reed Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (6791 Siwell Road, Byram, 601-376-0777 or 601-376-4677.) Reed Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will be open New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve at 9 p.m. The event includes a Champagne toast at midnight, party favors and music. $20 cover charge. Roâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Chez (204 W. Jackson St., 601503-8244, Open New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. Entertainment TBA. Reservations required. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. seatings, $50 per person, BYOB. Strawberry CafĂŠ (107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601-856-3822) Open New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve with nightly specials available. Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601-352-2322) Open New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve at 7 p.m. The Vamps start playing at 9 p.m. Seatings offered include bar and piano ($50 per person), lounge ($75 per person) and table ($150 per person). All seatings include Champagne, heavy hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and breakfast buffet. Call or email tom@ underground119 for reservations. Add more New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events at RingIn2013. See all events at

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Two Stylists, One Dress, Two Looks by Meredith W. Sullivan


recently teamed up with my good friend and celebrity stylist, J. Bolin, to give style consultations at the Hair Boutique Salon in Fondren. We decided to pull one piece and style it in our own ways, and the result was two similar but different ultra-glam looks for a night on the town.


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J. Bolin took this strapless leopard peplum dress ($50) and added a wide belt ($20) and sequined blazer ($79.50) for instant glam.

Meredith layered the same leopard dress with a black turtleneck ($21.50). Then she took it up a notch by adding a faux-fur jacket ($60).

Bangles, $15 each Cross body bag, $42 Booties, $45

Necklace, $18.50

Where2Shop: The Hair Boutique Salon, 310 Mitchell Ave.,

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