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nown in the hip-hop world as Krack Koke or simply Got Koke, Jackson native and music producer Matthew Furdge is nominated not once, but twice, for Best Rap Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Furdge’s odds are looking pretty good at this year’s awards after he contributed musical tracks for nominee and rap superstar 2 Chainz’ 2012 album, “Based on a T.R.U. Story,” and nominee Rick Ross’ controversially titled 2012 release, “God Forgives and I Don’t.” “I’m grateful to even be in the position that am,” Furdge, 26, says. “Every day in the game is a blessing. I just hope that I can get to even bigger positions, to where I can be a blessing to others.” A Bailey Magnet High School friend dubbed him Krack Koke due to his “highly addictive” beats. Living up to the name, Furdge has laid the foundation to some of the hottest songs from rap and hip-hop stars, including Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Meek Mills and T.I. “I always wanted to be a rapper when I was growing up,” Furdge says. “But the first time I got paid for a beat, that’s when I was like … nope, I don’t need to rap, I need to make beats!” Furdge’s father, a preacher, and his mother, a nurse, raised him and his three sisters in the church, where they sang in the choir. Fascinated with music as a child, Furdge taught himself to play the piano and went on to play saxophone and tuba in the school band. About a year after graduating high school in 2004, Koke linked up with Causin’ Drama


Studios in Jackson, working with many local artists. It was through this relationship that he got one of his first major projects, working with Canton native and rap star Boo Rossini. “It was right around the time Boo signed to Young Jeezy’s CTE (Corporate Thugz Entertainment) record label. I produced the song ‘Baby Powder,’” Furdge says. After a couple years with Causin’ Drama, Furdge shifted to working independently in 2008 and 2009, honing his craft and collaborating with other local artists. One of Furdge’s next major projects came in 2010, producing for mainstream rapper Gucci Mane on the song “Remember When,” featuring R&B sensation Ray J. The song was also featured on Gucci Mane’s 2010 album, “The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted.” Two months later, Furdge signed to NightRydas Productions, a production company associated with mainstream music-label giant, Universal Records. “I always tell people, we have talent here (in Mississippi), no question,” Furdge says. “We just have to start investing and believing in ourselves, to put out better music to show people that Mississippi ain’t nothing to sleep on.” Furdge is preparing to launch his production company, The Got Koke Administration, this year and is currently scouting producers and artists. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards air Sunday, Feb. 10, on CBS. —Darnell Jackson

Cover photograph of Robert Amos by Trip Burns

3 Seeking a Seat

June Hardwick runs down her plans for Ward 7 if she wins her first political race for a seat on the Jackson City Council.

33 Vertical Growth

Hydroponics—growing plants in mineral nutrient-treated water without soil—is an exciting model for urban and vertical farms.

34 New Tastes

“(Parlor Market) is primed for a James Beard Award. It might not be this year or the next, but we’ve got to keep on the same path of the new southern. We’ve recently started lining up guest chefs for the summer chef series. I want southeastern chefs, guys who have the pull in the region. We want to introduce Jackson to what’s going on in the culinary world of the Southeast. We want to promote the southeastern chef community.” —Matthew Kajdan, “A New Direction”

4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 12 .................................. BUSINESS 14 .................................. EDITORIAL 14 ................. EDITORIAL CARTOON 15 .................................... OPINION 17 .............................. COVER STORY 24 .............................. DIVERSIONS 26 .......................................... FILM 27 ....................................... 8 DAYS 28 ............................... JFP EVENTS 30 ....................................... MUSIC 31 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 32 ..................................... SPORTS 33 ................................. ORGANICS 34 ......................................... FOOD 35 ................... GIRL ABOUT TOWN 37 .............................. ASTROLOGY 38 ...................................... FLY DIY


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by Ronni Mott, News Editor

Bryant’s Health-Care Rhetoric Doesn’t Add Up


ississippi Gov. Phil Bryant exposed his ideology to the world in a recent interview with Kaiser Health News. He demonstrated just how strongly he believes in conservative memes defining who gets government assistance and why. Among Bryant’s assertions is that giving low-income people access to health insurance is a disincentive to bettering their lives, echoing back to President Ronald Reagan’s mythical “welfare queens,” who allegedly lived high off the hog on public assistance. “It’s free, and you have nothing else to do,” Bryant said. “…There is very little incentive ... to find a better job, or to go back to school or to get (into) a workforce training program because they say, ‘Look, if I go over $33,000, (I) will lose Medicaid.’” No evidence exists that people with health insurance are complacent or unmotivated any more than Reagan had evidence of people buying brand-new Cadillacs with their welfare checks. Instead, overwhelming evidence shows that healthier people are more productive. They’re less likely to take time off—or lose their jobs—due to illness. The $33,000 that Bryant cited approximates the 2012 national poverty level for a family of six. That’s far from a comfortable living for that many people, even in Mississippi where the cost of living is low. In states that choose to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, families of four with household incomes of $30,656 will be eligible to receive benefits. Bryant’s logic, that low-income people are lazy “takers,” feeds conservative opposition to Medicaid expansion. What it completely ignores is that America’s health-care costs are completely out of proportion to our health. We spend twice as much as any other country for health care, yet, in comparison with other “rich” countries, our health is worse, and we die younger. Pre-publication

summaries of “U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health” (The National Academies Press, 2013, $72),” place America dead last among 16 nations in numerous markers including maternal death, deaths of children 5 years old and younger, and deaths from preventable illnesses such as heart and lung disease. In presenting the book’s conclusions to reporters, Steven Woolf, director of the Center for Human Needs at Virginia Commonwealth University, said that our resistance to

Insured people do go to doctors more often. That’s exactly the point. providing health care to more Americans “may work against our ability to achieve optimal health outcomes.” Bryant vehemently disagrees with how the ACA would make health care possible for currently uninsured low-income Mississippians. By his reasoning, more privatization of health care is the way to go,. “I would rather pay extra to Blue Cross (to help cover uncompensated costs for the uninsured), rather than have to raise taxes to pay for additional Medicaid recipients,” he said, although he did not say how additional funds for insurance companies would be generated. “Medicaid recipients multiply their visits to a physician. It’s clear once someone goes on Medicaid, the number of times they go to a physician doubles, quadruples.” Evidence shows that insured people do go to doctors more often. That’s exactly the point. Health-care experts say that increas-

ing regular doctor visits will give the U.S. a healthier population. Access to regular health care positively affects health outcome. “Uninsured people generally receive much less care, either preventive or for acute and chronic conditions, than insured people,” states an April 2010 issue brief from Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., a New Jerseybased think tank. Bryant also stated: “There is no one who doesn’t have health care in America. No one.” His rationale? Anyone can go to an emergency room. ERs, though, are the most expensive and least effective way to deliver care. “Because uninsured people are less likely to have a usual source of care, they generally have poorer control of chronic conditions, such as hypertension. ... (or) have a usual source of care (for) regular checkups,” the Mathematica brief continued. “As a result, they have more emergency department visits and report greater short-term reductions in health; if they return to full health, they take longer to do so.” From an economic standpoint, Mississippi stands to get much more than it spends if it expands its Medicaid program, said Rachel Garfield, senior researcher and associate director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, in a Jan. 24 presentation to legislators sponsored by the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program. “Mississippi can draw down more than $14 (in federal funds) for every $1 (it spends) under the expansion,” she said. The cost to Mississippi to receive $14.5 billion in new federal subsidies over the next decade is an increase of $1.2 billion over the next 10 years, Garfield said. Those funds, paid mostly to health-care providers, will flow into the state’s economy in the form of new jobs and economic opportunities, such as Bryant’s goal of making Mississippi the nation’s center for premium health care (with federal help). It will also give low-income people a better chance to

live healthier and more productive lives. Let’s face it: Far from the governor’s portrayal of the state as ruggedly independent from the federal government—”I am not going to violate the federal law if I believe that law to be fair,” he said—as the poorest state in the nation, Mississippi is heavily dependent on federal dollars. From 1990 to 2009, Mississippians paid $164.7 billion in federal taxes and received $404.6 billion in federal funds, an imbalance of $239.9 billion in Mississippi’s favor, reported The Economist magazine in 2011. Only New Mexico and Puerto Rico received more, proportionately.. Another side to the ACA equation is the lower amount of money going to hospitals for uncompensated care—much of it from the ER care Bryant advocates for the uninsured. Because the law anticipates an increase in patients covered under Medicaid, it reduces the amount of funds paid under the Disproportionate Share Hospital program. Without expansion, Mississippi hospitals stand to lose millions. Some hospitals in rural areas depend on Medicaid and DSH payments for 90 percent of the care they provide, said Gwen Combs, vice president of policy for the Mississippi Hospital Association, last month. Without those payments, approximately $210 million last year, hospitals will be forced to reduce services and lay off staff. At worst, some will close their doors. Mississippi hospitals could see 300,000 new patients with insurance by expanding Medicaid. If not, “you’ve got all the cuts coming and none of the potential,” Combs said. Bryant and the state’s lawmakers should carefully consider the reality of just maintaining the status quo—both in economic and human costs—for the poorest, least healthy citizens in America. The ACA isn’t perfect, but it is a step forward. Careful consideration would, of course, require setting aside some ideological dogma, and we’ve seen precious little of that from Mississippi’s Republicans, including Bryant, so far.

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Jacob Fuller

Darnell Jackson

Sonya Lee

Larry Morrisey

Andrew Dunaway

Alonzo Lewis

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

Darnell Jackson is a writer, photographer, graphic designer and so much more. Darnell is a Jackson native and Jackson State University graduate. He owns J.Carter Studios. He wrote the Jacksonian and interviewed June Hardwick..

Sonya Lee hails from Jackson, and she writes poetry and fiction. She enjoys parasailing, jet skiing and taking long walks on the beach while dreaming. She wrote the theater feature.

Larry Morrisey is the director of grants programs for the Mississippi Arts Commission, and a host of “Mississippi Arts Hour,” the agency’s arts interview radio show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. He wrote a music story.

Andrew Dunaway knew his friends and family were tired of hearing him talk constantly about food, so he took to writing about it. He’ll do his best to keep it to a dull roar. He wrote a food piece.

Alonzo Lewis II, a native of Coila, Miss., starting cooking at age 5. He owns Coila’s Crossroads Bistro where the motto is “Food so good that it will make your tongue slap your brains out.” He wrote a recipe.

Jim Pathfinder Ewing Kathleen M. Mitchell Jim Ewing is an author, organic farmer and blogger. His latest book is “Conscious Food: Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating.” Find Jim on Facebook or follow him @edibleprayers or @organicwriter or visit

Features Editor Kathleen Mitchell really likes making things with paper, red lipstick, theme parties and photo booths. She is also extremely enthused about headwear. She wrote the FLY DIY feature.




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WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE 2013 BEST OF JACKSON PARTY? Jenny Mixon The performers and mimes interacting with the crowd and the blackberryinfused Cathead vodka. Phingaprint Washington When the nicely dressed guy did his dance to Gangnam Style on stage and when Southern Komfort Brass Band took the stage! Lisa Alexander The theme was amazing and gave people a chance to go all out. Glad to see so many did. The Cathead room and vodka rocked. And Metrocenter was an awesome location. Not near as overcrowded as past venues!! Thanks for throwing the best party in Jackson. Inky Theclown I would have to say Magician Robert Day and Inky The Clown!!! :o) Chris MaestroBarber Paige The turnout! So many people came out! Wendy Shenefelt Fleming Not the mimes! (I have metamfiezomaiophobia.) But it’s always the people. Having it at Metrocemter gave us the space to move around and have real conversations with people. Other top contenders: performers (other than the mimes), different rooms or stations where we could break off, DJ Phingaprint. Always.

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Nicole Duvall Josh Hailey’s photobooth and the clown!!


Sirena Wilson Metrocenter was the perfect spot this year. Everyone felt safe with the visibility of the police department when you drove up. The atmosphere was so upbeat! This was the best! It showed Jackson as a premier party place without the violence! Way to go JFP!! You outdid yourself this year. Thabi Digitalindiegirl Moyo Hearing about it all the way in New York City! Way to go Best of Jackson. #bestofmississippi Gaylen Regan (Donna Ladd’s) makeup! (by Emily Goode, official party makeup artist). Abita Andygator and Jockamo on tap! The Geisha girl burlesque wasn’t bad either. Caroline Crawford The Burlesque performer. That was a risk. I was glad to see female sensuality respected and not shamed. Tracey Thompson The geisha girls at the beginning of handing out of awards. DJ Young Venom The Cathead Vodka Lounge in the old Victoria Secret. Nicholas Dodd Watching grown adults trying to hula-hoop, while listening to Lazy Jane with a good drink in my hand. Curtis Kamau Davis Jackson has its own feel. Its not like NY, it’s not like ATL, it is uniquely Jackson and we should be proud of that.







Best of Jackson 2013 Corrections It seems that regardless of our best intentions, a few errors and omissions creep into our annual Best of Jackson issue. We sincerely apologize to all of the winners for our mistakes.

PEOPLE Best Massage Therapist first place winner Martha Howell works at Baptist Healthplex, not Baptist Health Complex. Best Hair Stylist good showing winner Claire Kinsey works at Ulta (748 MacKenzie Lane, Flowood, 601-992-7422). Best Server/Waitperson good showing winner Patrick Munn works at Nick’s Restaurant (3000 Old Canton Road, 601-981-8017,

URBAN LIVING Best Tattoo/Piercings Parlor first-place winner Black Diamond’s owner is Jason Thomas, not James Thomas as it was inadvertently written.

Best Tattoo/Piercings Parlor: Black Diamond 5015 Interstate 55 N., 601-982-9437

Owner and tattoo artist Jason Thomas and artists Mallory Kay and Michael Richardson make up the dynamic team that is Black Diamond. Formerly known as The Ink Spot in downtown Jackson, the tattoo studio claimed its first first-place award this year. Folks from all over the metro area come to Black Diamond to get their ink fixes. Whether with the Chinese word for water or an “I love mom” tattoo, the artists there will give you the hook up. —Briana Robinson Second: Pristine Ink (5735 Interstate 55 N., 769-251-0569) / Third: Squench’s (3780 Interstate 55 S., 601-372-2800) / Good Showing: Eternal Body Art (3611 Interstate 55 S., 601346-5963); House of Pain (22 Holiday Rambler Lane, Byram, 601-321-9040); Twiztid Images (557 Highway 49 S., Richland, 601-664-0000)

Best Barber Shop good showing winner ACEY Custom Hair Design (3015 N. State St., 601-937-7754) was inadvertently listed as Lacey’s Salon and Accessories.

NIGHTLIFE The Best Local Cover Band second place, third place and good showing winners were listed incorrectly. The correct winners are: Second: The Colonels Third: Southern Komfort Brass Band Good Showing: Shadz of Grey, Jason Turner, Hunter Gibson (First place was listed correctly as Diesel 255.)

Best Local Cover Band: Diesel 255 Diesel 255 is a five-piece band made up of an eclectic mix of artists bringing their style of melt-your-face raucous rock to the masses. Destin Purvis, Brandon Latham, Kenny Davis, Richard Lee Davis and Seth Thomas have all been powerhouses in the local music scene doing solo projects, but come together to create Jackson’s No. 1 local cover band. And unlike a lot of band members who would let their success and experience blow up their egos, these guys remain humble and true to the music they make with each other. The next time you are out and about looking for a band that will keep you on your feet, Diesel 255 will not disappoint. —Natalie Long Second: The Colonels / Third: Southern Komfort Brass Band / Good Showing: Hunter Gibson; Jason Turner; Shadz of Grey

Please send any further corrections to so we can correct the listings online and in future issues. Email erica@ to pick up awards or request corrected copies of blurbs to frame.



Thursday, Jan. 24 State Rep. Gary Chism speaks about a bill he and fellow Republican Rep. Jeff Smith filed to form the Joint Legislative Committee on the Neutralization of Federal Laws. â&#x20AC;Ś Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announces that the U.S. military will allow women to enter combat. Friday, Jan. 25 Stewpot Community Services CEO Frank Spencer reports the theft of more than $100,000 from the organization in a mail-fraud scam. â&#x20AC;Ś President Barack Obama announces the appointment of national security expert Denis McDonough as his fifth chief of staff. Saturday, Jan. 26 Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. announces his campaign for re-election. â&#x20AC;Ś Thousands of people, including about 100 residents of Newtown, Conn., rally for gun control in Washington, D.C. Sunday, Jan. 27 A barge holding more than 80,000 gallons of oil collides with a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spilling oil. â&#x20AC;Ś A fire at a nightclub in Brazil leaves more than 230 people dead.

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Monday, Jan. 28 Gov. Phil Bryant releases the final plan for restoring the Mississippi Coast with funds from the 2010 BP oil disaster. â&#x20AC;Ś U.S. senators unveil proposals to secure the U.S. border and create a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants.


Tuesday, Jan. 29 Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann submits rules to the federal government for how the state intends to implement voter identification. â&#x20AC;Ś The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approves President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nomination of Sen. John Kerry as the next secretary of state. Get news updates at


Repaved Streets, Bike Helmets and Taxi Cabs


ackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. announced last week that, pending Jackson City Council approval, the city will use a bond issue to fund $10 million in street repaving this year. The city will repay the bond with a 1-mill fund that the city sets aside specifically for street repaving. A mill is a unit of property tax equal to about $10 on a $100,000 house. The 1-mill fund takes in about $1 million per year in property taxes. Chris Mims, city communications director, said he expects the council to vote on the bond issue in the next two to three weeks. Mims said Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streets total about 1,200 miles of pavement. The city is currently in negotiations with Alberta, Canadabased consulting firm Stantec Inc. to rate all of those streets on a scale of 0 to 1,000, with 0 being a street in dire need of repair and 1,000 being a brand-new street. Once Stantec rates the streets, the city will use the list to focus on repaving streets with a rating at or below 300. APAC Mississippi Inc. will soon begin work on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yearly street repaving, Mims said, which is separate from what the bond issue will fund. The approximately $1 million project will include 26 streets in the city, with the possibility of two or three receiving a new surface along the entire street. The city will pick back up on another $1 million project to resurface 25 major intersections once the weather warms up some


by Jacob D. Fuller


Wednesday, Jan. 23 A confrontation between anti-abortion protesters at the Jackson Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Organization and a clinic security guard leads to the guard pepper-spraying two of the protesters in the face. â&#x20AC;Ś More than 2,500 of the best and brightest in business, government, academia and civic life gather for the five-day World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland.


Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. hopes to alleviate the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing pothole problem with $10 million in street repaving funded by a bond issue.

(or stays warm long enough), Mims said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of these major intersections are really pretty bad,â&#x20AC;? Mims said. Stantec Inc. is an engineering and infrastructure consulting firm with offices in seven countries and 37 U.S. states, including offices in Jackson and Vicksburg. APAC Mississippi is a Jackson-based asphalt and pavement company. City Requires Bike Helmets All cyclists in Jackson will soon have to wear a helmet, or they could face a $75 fine. After weeks of discussions in the Jackson City Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transportation Committee and by the full council, members unanimously passed an ordinance Jan. 22

that requires bicycle riders of all ages to wear a helmet. Council President Tony Yarber, Ward 6, who had expressed opposition to the bill, and Margaret Barrett-Simon, Ward 7, were absent from the meeting. Lee Jenkins, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi and an outspoken proponent of the ordinance, said that she was happy to see the ordinance pass. She said in the past year, BIAM has worked with 10 to 15 people who have sustained brain injuries while riding a bicycle without a helmet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only way to cure a brain injury is to prevent a brain injury,â&#x20AC;? Jenkins told the Jackson Free Press. Jenkins addressed the Council at

















the Jan. 22 meeting, as well as several previous meetings when members discussed the ordinance. She gave several statistics to back up the need for an ordinance, including a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study that estimated 40,000 head injuries could be prevented every year if all children ages 4-15 wore helmets while riding bikes. Jenkins said she is thinking about pushing for a similar ordinance in Madison, where she lives. The only exceptions to the ordinance came in the form of an amendment, which Quentin Whitwell, Ward 1, introduced. The amendment made the ordinance invalid in cul-de-sacs and on dead-end residential streets. The council passed the amendment. Whitwell had opposed a bike-helmet ordinance at previous meetings. On Tuesday, he once again expressed some disagreement with the bill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whenever I feel like the safety demand exceeds the personal-liberty aspect, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I get very cautious,â&#x20AC;? Whitwell said. The councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lone Republican seemed to be playing politics, though. After his comments, Whitwell introduced his amendment. With that amendment in place, Whitwell voted for the ordinance. Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes introduced an amendment that states that the city must set up a way to provide helmets for people who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford them. After the amendment passed 3-2, Deputy City Attorney Monica Joiner advised that the council reword the amendment to state that the city will not supply the helmets, only help set up a way for another entity to provide them. The council passed

the reworded amendment unanimously. The State Department of Rehabilitation Services agreed to help provide helmets for riders who cannot afford them. The council urged the Jackson Police Department to carry the spare helmets in their patrol cars for riders. Attempts to reach the department for comment prior to publication were unsuccessful. The ordinance will take effect as soon as the mayor signs it. Johnson said Jan. 26 that he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t second-guess the council, and will sign the ordinance when it comes to his desk. Taxi Wait Charge Increases The busy Council meeting for the transportation committee also produced an amendment to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ordinance governing taxicab fares. The Council approved an increase in the maximum fare cab drivers can charge while waiting on customers from $21 to $23 per hour. Transportation Committee Chairman Chokwe Lumumba, Ward 2, said committee members originally proposed setting the maximum at $36 per hour. A taxi professional informed the committee, though, that drivers can change the meters to an idle setting, so that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t calculate the same charge it would while transporting customers, Lumumba said. Therefore, the committee didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe such a drastic increase was necessary. Comment at Email Jacob D. Fuller at Get breaking city and state news at

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Hardwick: ‘A Grassroots Approach’ by Darnell Jackson

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With Ward 7 containing areas that are economically strong as well as weaker areas, how do you plan to campaign to those two different groups?


My campaign is taking a grassroots approach that in the past has been useful and effective in any region or area—regardless of class or race—in an effort to form immediate connections with voters throughout the community. Rather than dictate to the people, I want to put the power back in the hands of the people, hear what they want, what they need and work with the people to solve those problems. There is a need to create more collaborations and partnerships between flourishing communities and under-resourced areas of Ward 7. Neighborhood associations in areas such as Battlefield Park, Midtown and areas that mirror these communities need very much to be empowered, to be better organized and led, and shown how to work with the city to take full advantage of what the city has to offer in the way of city resources. Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon has held the office since 1985. What would you do differently from her?

One of my major priorities is to be more involved with education through the public school system. I am a product of both pri-

vate and public schools. I have a goal to de- sented clients beaten by officers and falsely ac- city government, it would be counterprovise ways with administrators, educators and cused, and police taking money and not using ductive to repair the streets, then have to tear parents in an effort to help improve the qual- it as evidence. “Generally, in my clients’ expe- them back up to fix the pipes. ity of education children receive here. I also rience, when they see the police, they run,” she work with different children events Regarding the Malcolm and summer programs, including X Grassroots Movement, programs at Tougaloo College, what are your views on this doing poetry workshops as well as core principle: “We demand working with children in the area reparations or repayment for around Koinonia Coffee House. 400 years of slavery, colonialism I believe there should be a and oppression of our people in stronger presence of mentoring the United States of America”? programs and after-school proI have been a member of the grams in Jackson Public Schools. MXGM for several years. I’m just a While programs like the 100 general member, an organizer and Black Men and others are in place, volunteer. Anyone can become a the children can also benefit from member and we are always recruitmentorship from other individual ing, and we’re always encouraging professionals, community organipeople to join. zation and Churches throughout And yes: Reparations are the city. Even here at my law ofin order. I am a member of the fice, I believe it would be a great MXGM so all the principles I agree opportunity for a high-school with—the ending of sexist oppresstudent interested in law to intern sion of women in particular, as a here for the summer. woman. I believe sexism is ignored Also, I am very much conin the black community. It wasn’t cerned about health disparities in until during my time enrolled in the community. Through working an all-women’s college, that I develwith the MXGM, I am affiliated oped an understanding of sexism in with a community garden planted the African American community. in Ward 2, and we’d like to dupliSexism, classism and racism are all cate those efforts in Ward 7. Comissues that should be addressed. munity gardens are something that June Hardwick, a lawyer practicing in Jackson, is seeking her first political position in 2013, as a councilwoman not just elders can benefit from, The city recently launched a representing the city’s Ward 7. not just children, not just whites, marketing plan. What do you not just blacks, but everyone can want to see out of this ? benefit from the concept and the fruit of said. “There has been a history of violence beI hope that the marketing plan would community gardens. tween the police and the people.” increase tourism. With tourism comes dollars, yet tourists have to have reasons to come What do you think should be done Problems at the Raymond Detention to Jackson, and ... Jackson needs more reaabout crime in Jackson? Center have spurred talk of relocating sons. People still think very negatively of When it comes to handling crime in the the jail. How do you feel about Jackson Mississippi and ignore the fact that our issues city, I believe the solution is multi-fold. First, having a new jail? are not just unique to Mississippi; it’s really Jackson needs more jobs, and Jackson needs I believe the facility should be re- unique to the American society in general. improved education. It is proven ... that paired and properly staffed. The major where people have a quality education, finish solution is: If we improve education and What are your concerns about stalled school, get a trade or go to college, continue jobs, we would see maybe half the people development projects such as the Old on an educational track and get gainfully who end up in the criminal-justice system Capitol Green and Farish Street? employed or self-employed, the likelihood of who would be housed in Raymond at the Any project that would improve the crime plummets. There is a need to improve detention center. I don’t know if relocating look of Jackson, the sound, the smell, the community-watch programs, like Neighbor- the detention center back to Jackson is a whole feel of Jackson, then my initial rehood Watch, to be better organized. These solution. sponse is: Yes. I am for it. Let’s do everything types of programs in other major cities are in our power collectively between the private very visible throughout communities. What about repairing the streets and and public sector to move the projects forAlong with this, there has been a ma- areas of Ward 7 prone to flooding? ward. That is if the project is not detrimental jor historic ambivalence of police terrorism* The streets and infrastructure of Jack- to the residents of Jackson. of urban communities. Something must be son are a major priority but, as Mayor Hardone to correct or improve the relationship vey Johnson (Jr.) has emphasized, the pipes If elected as Ward 7’s councilwoman, between the police and the communities underneath the streets need repairing also. what would be the three priorities you that police serve. It’s a gap between those Even where I live now, it is troublesome to would focus on? two—the police need to work with the com- me, after roadwork or heavy rains, the disBetter use of vacant lots and dilapidated munity for community policing. I believe coloration of my water. And when I say dis- buildings; community policing to address more police is not the answer and communi- coloration, I mean the brown water. While I crime and education; emphasizing more paties need to become more empowered. know it will be an expensive endeavor, which rental involvement. *Hardwick explained that she has repre- would require moneys from the federal and Comment at DARNELL JACKSON


n her first political race, Jackson City Council candidate June Hardwick says she wants to put power back in the hands of the people. . The 37-year-old Bolton native has lived and worked in Ward 7 since 2005. Her 11year-old son, Raha Maxwell, attends classes at St. Richard Catholic School, in walking distance from her Fondren law office, J. Hardwick Law, PLLC, where see handles criminal and family cases. In 1997, Hardwick earned an English degree from Spelman College and, in 2001, a master’s degree in international affairs and development from Clark Atlanta University. Hardwick was left a single mother after the death of her son’s father, when Raha was 13 months old. She worked as a teacher in Siwell Middle School from 2002-2003, and got her law degree at Mississippi College School of Law in 2006. The 1993 Murrah High School graduate has supported all types of events, from yoga classes to Kwanzaa, through her involvement with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the Ward 2 Peoples Assembly, and volunteers at community gardens. Hardwick handled criminal cases at the Hinds County Public Defender’s office for four years. Her neighborhood, Battlefield Park—economically depressed, under resourced and neglected—made her begin to see the need for change in the city, she said.


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Republican Reps. Jeff Smith (pictured) and Gary Chism of Columbus authored a widely ridiculed “sovereignty” bill to exempt Mississippi from following federal law.

Constitution Committee Chairman Scott Delano, R-Biloxi. Rethinking Prisons Rep. George Flaggs, chairman of the House Corrections Committee, isn’t going out without a fight. Flaggs, who is retiring after the session ends to run for mayor of Vicksburg, delivered the only impassioned speech from a Democrat in support of charter schools last week. He was responding in part to Rep. John Hines, D-Greenville, who suggested that instead of offering charter schools as a cure-all to the state’s education woes, that Flaggs should sit down with House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, to talk about how to keep young people from going to prison. Mississippi has the nation’s secondhighest incarceration rate, and the num-

ber of inmates housed in the state prison has risen so drastically that the Mississippi Department of Corrections requested a deficit appropriation of $29.5 million for the current fiscal year. Flaggs said his bill is based on a recent change to Georgia law that gives judges more leeway on sentencing guidelines and said on the floor that Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves gave their blessings to the measure. Hospitals: Critical Condition You’ve probably read about how health care is a rapidly growing industry, that there are jobs galore available in the medical field. Well, hospitals say not to believe the hype. “My margins are gone,” said Chris Anderson, chief executive officer of Ocean Springs-based Singing River Health System.

In the past 18 months, Anderson said the hospital has cut 227 nonclinical positions. Gary Marchand, chief executive officer of Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, has had similar experiences. Marchand’s hospital’s uncompensated costs have risen from $10 million in 2011 to $13 million in 2012, mostly due to in-patient mentalhealth services. The hospitals approached the committee to complain about changes in how the state reimburses hospitals for certain health-care costs. Last year, the state switched to a Diagnostic-Related Group payment model, which means the state pays health providers according to a specific diagnoses rather than by the length of a patient’s stay in the hospital. Gwen Combs, vice president for policy for the Mississippi Hospital Association, said she believed state officials made a miscalculation when developing its formula that resulted in hospitals receiving smaller reimbursements than they should have. Anderson estimated his system would have to eliminate 200 to 300 more jobs if changes are not made to remedy the problem with the reimbursement formula. “That’s not the sky is falling, that’s reality,” Anderson said. State Medicaid Director Dr. David Dzielak expressed frustration that the hospitals bypassed his agency and went directly to the Legislature. Dzielak encouraged the executives to speak with him should any future problems arise. “It is not our intent to put anyone out of business,” Dzeliak said. Email: Get daily legislative news at


he Mississippi House of Representatives bandied its version of a charter-school bill for more than eight hours until close to 1 a.m., eclipsing the Senate’s four-hour-long debate the previous week. Exchanges were often contentious, prompting some lawmakers to acknowledge the deliberations’ resemblance to “30 hissing possums in a barn” as lampooned by “Saturday Night Live” recently. Apparently, two lawmakers weren’t content with the national exposure from SNL, so they proffered legislation that became more fodder for ridiculing the Magnolia State. Reps. Jeff Smith and Gary Chism, both Republicans from Columbus, co-authored HB 490, which clarifies that “protected rights under state sovereignty may not be infringed upon by federal action(s).” Bloggers and local columnists derided the bill as an absurd attempt to resuscitate the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, which—as Smith and Chism are old enough and presumably intelligent enough to know—was a clandestine organization the Legislature created to “protect the sovereignty of the state of Mississippi, and her sister states” from “encroachment” from the federal government (mainly by spying on Mississippi’s citizens and “outside agitators” working to end the state’s racial segregation laws). HB 490 is the latest in a litany of initiatives Republicans have floated since Barack Obama won a second White House term. Gov. Phil Bryant has been saying for months that he’ll refuse to implement Obamacare and last week asked lawmakers to draft legislation permitting the state to opt out of complying with federal gun regulations. For now, HB 490’s fate rests with


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fter nearly five years of discussions, the state Legislature to renovate the Missisfundraising and bid evaluation, sippi Coliseum, and that Jackson State Unithe city of Jackson finally has the versity is working on plans for a new football results of a feasibility study for a stadium. “We look at this study as providnew downtown arena. In January 2012, the city hired Washington, D.C.based Brailsford and Dunlavey to head a $109,000 study to determine what a new arena would cost, where best to build it, what it would look like and what kind of economic impact it might have. The firm also manages arena and other construction projects. At the Jan. 27 special After years of talks and proposals, the city has a Jackson City Council meeting, feasibility study of a new, 9,000-seat downtown arena. Jackson-based Dale Partners and Brailsford and Dunlavey ( presented the re- ing information that can be used by both of sults of the study. They suggest the city build those other parties,” Johnson said. “We may a $115 million arena along Amite Street be- be able to come up with some solution to all tween Mill and Farish streets, directly behind of our concerns.” F. Jones Corner and the proposed Farish The city most likely will not be able Street Entertainment District. to fund such a project on its own any time “It’s a very key and crucial location soon, Johnson said, but he still thinks the within the city,” Dale Partners architect study was warranted and useful. Charlie Alexander said. “The concept of the The consultants estimated that the arena opening up onto Farish Street and ba- construction project would generate $106.4 sically feeding the activities that are going on million in economic activity, support 869 on Farish Street is a very exciting concept.” full-time jobs and pay $597,000 in local The proposed arena could hold between taxes. After construction, they estimate the 9,000 and 12,000 people, depending on the facility would produce $19.7 million in ecoevent, with the possibility of future expan- nomic impact per year, support 147 jobs and sion for up to 15,000. Alexander presented 14,500 night stays at local hotels annually. artist renderings of the proposed arena to the Two council members, Margaret BarCouncil, including area maps with the arena rett-Simon, Ward 7, and Charles Tillman, included and diagrams of the arena’s interior. Ward 5, asked the consultants why they sugThe arena could serve as a venue for multi- gest an arena that is not much larger than the ple entertainment events, including sporting Mississippi Coliseum, which holds between events, concerts, ice shows and others. 6,500 and 10,000, depending on the event. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said at the Ryan Conway, project manager for meeting that state Department of Agricul- Brailsford and Dunlavey, said the metro area ture and Commerce Commissioner Cindy simply could not support a larger venue at Hyde-Smith is trying to get funding from this time, but that the possibility of popula-

tion growth is why the company is proposing an arena with growth potential. The Jackson Redevelopment Authority owns most of the land on the proposed site, which Conway said helps minimize the land acquisition the city would have to do. Ben Allen and Downtown Jackson Partners presented the idea of a new downtown arena in 2008. Early proposals were based largely on the Verizon Arena, an 18,000-seat venue located in Little Rock, Ark. Pulaski County provided most funding for it with a one-year, 1-cent sales tax and by pre-selling sky boxes and suites. The $84 million arena received $20 million from the state of Arkansas and $20 million in private money. Verizon Arena was profitable six of its first 10 years of operation. The Arkansas Diamonds of the Indoor Football League left the venue for Allen, Texas, after the 2010 season. The Jackson arena proposal passed to the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, which set up a steering committee and hosted an “Arena Extravaganza” Nov. 16, 2010, to raise money for a feasibility study. The committee hoped to raise $80,000 for the study, but collected less than $60,000. Less than a month after the fundraiser, the Jackson Chamber handed the project over to the city. Jackson put the arena on the back burner as it focused on other projects. In January 2012, the Jackson City Council voted to hire Brailsford and Dunlavey to head up the study, which also included looking at possible upgrades to Thalia Mara Hall. In August 2012, the consulting firm recommended between $2.3 million and $3 million in renovations to the old municipal theater, including new lighting, exterior signage, a marquee, new seating, air conditioning upgrades and renovated concession areas, none of which has been started. Comment at Email Jacob D. Fuller at

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lice Harden was such a strong warrior for public education and state workers during her 25 years of service in the Mississippi Senate that now, more than one month after her death, discussing her replacement almost seems absurd. Can anyone replace Harden? Not immediately. Harden, a Democrat, entered the Senate in 1988 after having led a teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strike in union-hostile Mississippi during the mid-1980s. Still, Harden earned the respect of her colleagues in the Republican Party. Fighting against the education agenda of GOP leadership, which involves creating new charter-school districts while allowing districts like Jackson Public Schools to languish under inadequate funding, would be a tall order for anyone, much less a freshman senator from the minority Democratic Party. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re encouraged that many of the nine individuals vying in the February 5 special election boast credentials that could build on Hardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy and ensure that the constituents of west-central Jackson have a strong voice in the Senate. Jackson Free Press readers are familiar with many of the names. Marshand Crisler, a former Jackson City Council president and mayoral candidate has the most legislative experience of anyone in the field. Kathy Sykes works with the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance bridging the gap between TRIP BURNS

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black and Hispanic workers, groups that are too often pawns in elected leadersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; political games. The focus on preventative health from farmer Cindy Ayers-Elliot and cancer educator Tamarra Grace Butler are perspectives that are too often absent from legislative debates on health-care issues. Our readers are also familiar with Cassandra Welchlin from her work as president of her West Jackson Capital Neighborhood Association, which included helping organize a vigil for James Craig Anderson in 2011. Unlike several of the candidates in the race for the 28th District, Welchlin doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an extensive track record of running for political offices. What she lacks in on-the-stump experience, she makes up for with chops in the arena of policy development and sheer energy and passion for improvement of our city and addressing the root causes of problems such as crime and poverty. Welchlin has worked with Catholic Charities, the Mississippi Youth Justice Project and Southern Echo, according to her campaign materials. Most recently, Welchlin has been extremely active as the public face for the Mississippi Low Income Child Care initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign against a state program to force low-income parents to scan their fingers to pick their children up from day care. For these reasons, the Jackson Free Press endorses Cassandra Welchlin for the 28th Senate District.

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used to like Richard Dawkins. You’ve heard of him: brilliant evolutionary biologist; bestselling author of “The Selfish Gene” (1976) and “The Blind Watchmaker” (1986); former Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University; and, in the eyes of much of the international media, the “atheist pope.” Although I’m neither an atheist nor a pope, I grew up enjoying his work. Then, in the past 10 years or so, something changed. In the South, we call it getting too big for your britches. With the publication of “The God Delusion” in 2006, Dawkins was described—and, tragically, has come to see himself—as the leader of the New Atheism movement. But that’s not the problem. The problem is that this has made him stop seeing himself as the product of natural selection and start seeing himself as some sort of vessel for the scientific method—a living instrument in the fight against religion, on which he blames the 9/11 attacks and countless other things. And he has become so important in his own eyes that he can no longer afford to be publicly wrong about anything. So when he said that religious instruction is more harmful than “mild” child sexual abuse and was called out on it, he couldn’t backtrack. When he compared an incident of sexual harassment in an elevator to a man chewing gum in an elevator (“I simply grin and bear it until either I or he gets out”) and was called out on it, he couldn’t backtrack. These aren’t mere scandals; they’re contributing to the problem of misogyny in the atheist-skeptic movement, which causes considerable harm to the small but growing number of women who identify with it, or who would otherwise be inclined to identify with it. Dawkins is stuck—a prisoner of his own credibility. And the more he says, the worse it gets. I’m singling Dawkins out not because he’s especially unusual (this sort of thing seems to happen to celebrity public intellectuals on a fairly regular basis), but because he has spent his entire career advocating reason, objec-

tivity and the scientific method—and even he couldn’t escape the inertia of his own words. So I have to wonder about politicians—local, state, national—and the reputations they’ve built, and the way those reputations prevent them from revising their old positions even when it is absolutely necessary that they do so. Earlier this month, Gov. Phil Bryant asked state legislators to “immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional order by the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement”—claiming the power of interposition, a legal doctrine frequently cited by segregationists that has been consistently rejected by the Supreme Court since 1809. Bryant doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on, and he must know it, but—like Dawkins—he’s been backed into a corner by his own rhetoric. For similar reasons, our governor can’t politically afford to accept $9.9 billion in federal grants under the Affordable Care Act—because his opposition to President Obama’s policies has acquired, for his supporters, the character of religious doctrine. Bryant has lost the ability to choose. He has been paralyzed by his own decisions. He can’t turn back the plow, even when he runs it into a ditch. He, like Richard Dawkins and so many others, is trapped. In his essay “Self-Reliance” (1841), Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “It seems to be a rule of wisdom never to rely on your memory alone, scarcely even in acts of pure memory, but to bring the past for judgment into the thousandeyed present and live ever in a new day.” A few sentences later, he went on to say that “[a] foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” Unfortunately, the big statesmen, philosophers and divines adore their foolish consistencies, too—and we all pay the price for their inflexibility. Freelance writer Tom Head is a Jackson native. He has written or co-written 24 nonfiction books, is a civil liberties writer for and is a grassroots progressive activist.

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You ran for mayor in 2009. What did you learn from that campaign that you can take into this one?

First of all, I ran (as an) independent as a strategy. I won’t do that again. I’m a Democrat. I’ve voted Democrat all my life. Back then (in 2009), rumor mill was that everyone was going to run because of things that were going on with our current mayor (Frank Melton). So there was a plethora of people that wanted to run (as Democrats). Also, the (Barack) Obama (presidential) election generated a lot of electricity around the nation. Everybody wanted to get into politics at that time. I guess I can’t say what about the campaign itself that I learned. Being in business, my eyes are open to other areas of concern. I was, and I still am, a strong advocate of education. I was primarily a strong advocate of education. I pushed education. I pushed our juveniles in the city and their issues. Being in business, I’m focused on the economy, and I’m focused on jobs. This is what I’ve been involved in since 2006. It’s

primarily what I’m going to gear this campaign about: a new vision for the city. (I’m going to) focus on our local economy along with jobs—bringing new jobs in and helping business create new jobs within the city. How, specifically, do you plan to create jobs here?

Well, a lot of people, a lot of individuals, think our city is dead. They think that we don’t have any room for growth. There’s a lot of negative vibes out there, but the area you are in, with University Medical Center, Baptist and all these other hospitals and other colleges in this community, they are strong anchors for this city. There are hundreds of thousands of individuals who come into this city every day. The Fondren area is an ideal market. You’ve got all kind of folk who come to St. Dominic’s and UMMC who travel in this area and individuals who work in these hospitals. This is a great market, because you’re going to get business. What are my plans? Number one, I

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understand that. That doesn’t exclude any segment of the city, but understanding that we are so unique here in the city. We are so different in other parts of the state. Hattiesburg is similar, but it’s not as huge as Jackson. We are so unique in that people have to come here. This is not one of the situations in that I can choose to go to Dogwood (in Flowood), or I can choose to go to Madison. I can choose different areas to shop, (but) people have to come to Jackson (for the hospitals and universities).

I’m not even counting the state capitol. They have to come, but that’s people who work there. I’m not talking about that. We have a unique situation where people have to come to our city. Do they have to shop? No. Do they have to buy gas? No. Some of them do, but they don’t have to do those things. The city gives grant money to different businesses for certain reasons. We have to realize our strengths. We have to real-


obert Amos ran for mayor of Jackson in 2009 and for a seat on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors 2011. The 39-year-old jack-of-manytrades is hoping his third campaign will produce a better outcome in April when Jacksonians go the polls again to vote in the mayoral primaries. A Jackson native, Amos owns Central Mississippi Pharmacy Technician School, located on at the Jackson Enterprise Center on Highway 80, which provides certification for pharmacy techs, as well as medical and dental assistants. Amos previously owned L & R Enterprises, which specialized in background checks for businesses, as well as a carpeting and flooring company. He has worked as a school-attendance officer, a student-finance officer and as an adjunct professor at Jackson State University. Amos visited the Jackson Free Press office Jan. 23 to talk about the upcoming election and his plans for Jackson. “I’m an old professor, so I talk a lot,” Amos told the JFP.


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AMOS from page 17

ize that job training needs to be in the areas of education and health care. If I believe in assisting residents with anything, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with job training, because you and I have to have educationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a license or something of that sort. With job training, we have to assist our anchors in the city. We have to help them employ our residents. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe that our current leader is doing a great job of recruiting businesses in the area. One of the reasons is thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a bad perception of crime. We make excuses for why thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a market for certain businesses in area. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a market, because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got hundreds of thousands of individuals who come here, but when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a perception that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so unsafe here, they choose to set up outside of the city. The hundreds of thousands of people who come here, businesses still get that market, they just get it outside of the city. My plans are to create a better correlationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and who am I to say if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one there or notâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;between city government and our hospitals and clinics within the city, along with the colleges, public and private, and start to boost our economy by working around those areas that have the greatest influx of who comes in these areas. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for some residents to understand it in certain segments of the city where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dead, but we have areas of the city that get an influx of traffic. We have to realize our strong points. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not Flowood or Dogwood; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not Madison, but we are unique in our hospitals and our colleges. We get traffic that comes through the city, but our residents have to get work. If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to give any type of grant, if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to give any type of assistance out, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for job training.

You mentioned job creation and crime perception. There is a perception of high crime in Jackson. How can we take a more proactive approach to fighting crime in the city?

For years, the research has always said that where there is a lower level of educational achievement in certain segments, (there is more crime). The research is true. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take more than just educating the residents. In my personal opinion, I think there are experienced, capable individuals on the police force. We have to, probably, look at restructuring how crime has been traditionally fought in the city. Number one, you talked about more police. (The city) has been trying to get 500 police (officers). Every time they get close to that number, 30 will quit. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so hard to get there because the morale on the force is so low. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not my personal opinion; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked to individuals who work on the police force. The morale on the police department is pretty low, so how does that relate to crime? Individuals not happy about going to work probably donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t patrol their patrol beats. A lot can be prevented by being proactive in patrolling your beat. Some communities may see visible police officers shining their lights, or what they are doing now is flashing their blue lights. Patrol is very important in being proactive against preventing crime.

Every time they get close to (500 police), 30 will quit.


The reason that we have a lot of problems is morale is low, and a lot of officers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do their job, and a lot of officers are leaving the city. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one particular problem. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going back to your original question. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to figure out the best way I want to answer this. This is an inner city. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do better in educating our residents. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do better in getting them job skills for employment. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do better. There are too many residents who just possess a high-school diploma or GED or neither. Therefore, there are not enough of those types of jobs available in the city already, so they are out of work. Is that an excuse to commit crime? No. Because many of these individuals committing crimes are dropouts, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do better about our dropout rates, obviously. How can city government get involved in recidivism rates? How can they get involved with (the fact that) most of the individuals who leave the state penitentiary come back to Hinds County? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a conversation that a group of individuals probably needs to come together from all segments of the city. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one particular answer. I think you need to involve all segments of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;involve professors at the colleges who do research in this, each and every day, and who have students who do research. There needs to be a collective group of individuals to study what contributes



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The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the city do about $400 million worth of water and sewer improvements over the next 20 years. How, as mayor, would you look to fund that without breaking the city’s bank or the taxpayers’ bank?

Recently, the city has invested quite a bit in putting departments into Metrocenter Mall, trying to bring some revitalization there. How important is the Highway 80 corridor, and what should the city’s role be in bringing business back there?

(My business is) located on Highway 80. There’s a lot of traffic between Pearl and Clinton that travels Highway 80. I see it each and every day. The traffic is there. Whether residents, or non-residents, feel safe enough to stop and shop on Highway 80, the jury is still out there on that. Relocating city offices to Metrocenter was a great thought. Was it thoroughly researched? Jury is still out on that. I was there two days ago. I had an opportunity to talk to maybe 10 employees and/or managers of the very limited stores that are there now. My question was to them, ‘Because of the new relocation of city government in this complex, has it increased your business?’ I know it’s a short time since November. I asked they give me a ballpark percentage off the top of their heads. Many of them said 1 or 2 percent. They didn’t go past 5 percent.* Also, I asked how many of the (city) employees eat in the food court. (The answer was) very few. I don’t think a thorough job of research was done into that project. If you can’t get your own employees to shop there or dine or eat lunch there, who’s left? That goes back to leadership. You have the traffic there. Who is responsible for recruiting and filling the of-

The city unveiled their Celebrate Jackson campaign in November. It hired Fahrenheit Creative Group for $98,000 to lead the campaign, which was met with some negative criticism and hasn’t really produced anything since the opening event. What is your stance on that campaign, and do you have a marketing strategy for the city?

vidual who gets a salary to do that type of work will head and lead that event, bring a budget to me and, obviously, I would have to approve it. There is no way you’re going to justify to me spending $98,000. There’s just no way. You’ve got to understand the temperament of the city. There are creative ways that don’t cost a lot of money that help market the city. And it’s definitely not going to cost $98,000. There has been a movement for several years now, as it has changed, to build a lake around the Pearl River, near downtown. What is your position on the proposal?

I think that proposal has been around a few years now—the Twin Lakes proposal, or something like that? TRIP BURNS

I’m not familiar with all of the new details and logistics of the ($90 million) agreement with Siemens. Apparently, it’s supposed to alleviate some of that deficit. Otherwise, we’ve got to bring new revenue in the city. City services are eventually going to suffer. If we’ve got that many millions of dollars of improvement for water and sewer, that’s just one segment of the city. We’ve got other infrastructure needs — resurfacing the streets and other things. There’s only one answer to that: We have to bring new revenue in. How do we bring new revenue in? We have to entice new residents to move into the city to increase the tax base. We have to bring in new businesses to the city to increase the tax base. I’m not going to say raise taxes. And I’m definitely not going to say, like our mayor does, that I don’t believe in raising taxes, but every time we turn around, he’s tacking on the tax on the water bill, meaning (he’s) raising taxes. Every time you increase our water bill, it’s a tax. You’re raising taxes. I’m not going to go out and say that. As mayor, we’re going to have to do a better job at recruiting new businesses in the city, new residents to stay here and increase our revenue sources. That’s the only answer. We can’t expect the Legislature to help. We’re responsible. The city is responsible for raising its own money. We’ve got to do a better job. I haven’t looked into all the logistics of (the consent decree). That’s the kind of problem that will hurt generation after generation after generation of individuals who live in this city.

fices over there. You’ve got some traffic there daily. I try to periodically go over (to Metrocenter), about once a month, just to see if anything is changing—not because I’m running for mayor, (but) because of business. I’ve had several thoughts about moving (my business) there. Moving to a vacant building with no traffic won’t help me. That’s why I go over there to inquire about traffic. More traffic would help for what I do with walk-ins. We don’t get walk-ins where we are now. It’s enclosed. The Highway 80 corridor is very important, because there’s enough traffic that travels east and west. They’re not stopping because they perceive, especially after 5 (p.m.) that it’s unsafe. You’ll bypass gas stations. You’ll bypass food places. You’ll bypass small clothing-type places to drive all the way to Clinton, or all the way to Pearl. The opportunity is right there, because they bypass these areas. The perception is it’s unsafe, so individuals won’t stop.

It’s called “To Celebrate Jackson?” It’s called “Celebrate Jackson.”

I was just talking with some individuals the other day about wasting $98,000. Under my administration, there is no way under the sun that we would spend $98,000 on such a campaign to market Jackson. We have certain individuals who get paid salaries to market Jackson that work for the city. I’m been involved in business too long (to do that). (The city) probably rewarded some folks with that $98,000. I can’t say for certain, but a budget under my administration, I doubt it would exceed $25,000 to do that. Number one, we have people who work for the city to do that, and they get paid salaries to do that type of work. That’s called wasteful spending. We probably can do an audit on all sorts of line items with Robert Amos, now a Democrat, is making his second consecutive run at mayor the city to find a lot of wasteful of Jackson in 2013. He ran as an independent in 2009. spending. That’s an example of one. Looking from the outside in, I don’t know how the mayor would justify it. Maybe some- They’ve changed the Twin Lakes to One Lake now. one needs to hammer him and get him to justify why he I think it’s a novel idea. Obviously, it should bring busispent that. Obviously, they had to have some approval ness and revenue within the city. I think the engineers, if from somewhere. Why spend $98,000 on an event no they haven’t, should make sure they continue to do research. one comes to? You get nothing out of it. It’s my understanding that it could create probI ran for (Hinds County) supervisor. I said the same lems down stream, land erosion and things of that thing (when) they gave this organization (a contract) for nature. I haven’t studied that in years, but it’s my unrebranding Hinds County. Where are we with that? You derstanding it may create problems down stream. paid somebody to do that. If you want to get an endorsement from me about it, The bottom line is: Under my administration, I 19 don’t think we’d spend more than $25,000. The indi- MORE AMOS, SEE PAGE 22

to the crime problems in Jackson. We need to look at it, identify the problems, identify the solutions. We need to identity the solutions. I believe in research. I can talk about my opinion, but I’m going to believe in research that shows results.

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let’s eliminate some of the possible problems that may be created with this project, but I’m on board for it. Anything that brings in new revenue for the city itself and doesn’t hurt residents by no form or fashion, I’m all for it. The opponents of it, the only thing they argue are the potential problems from the project. As mayor, I’m all on board. I did a little research four or five years ago to go along this subject, but I’m all on board. We’ve got to find areas where we can grow, anyway. That’s one of them. We don’t have many. That’s a prime area, because it’s close to the Rankin and Hinds County line. You look, you’d have Rankin County (residents) come in and spend money. Hinds County (residents) would spend money. That’s a prime area where a lot of traffic would be going. It’s not like we’re sticking it in an area where there won’t be any results. So I’m all on board. At this point, how high on the city’s priority list should Farish Street be?

How much should the city focus resources on making Jackson a tourist destination?

Tourism is very important, because it goes back to what I believe in: bringing in revenue. To put a ballpark figure on something is something I won’t do until I create a budget, but (tourism promotion) would be a part of the budget.... Another significant point about tourism is (that) we already get hundreds of thousands of people who have to come into the city. If they have to come here, give them a reason to stay here and visit. The traffic is here. I know I keep saying that back and forth, but the traffic is here. You’ve got to have some tourism. You’ve got to have some events. You’ve got to have things going on so when they leave these places, they can stay and visit, or decide, ‘I’ll come back here this Friday or this Saturday to Jackson.’ We have people that come from Louisiana just to come to these hospitals. How much would be invested in tourism? I don’t believe in wasteful spending. I can’t give a ballpark figure, but there will be an investment in tourism, because there has to be. Let’s not take out all the major highways that come through here. Sometimes when you’re on your way out of town, you may say, ‘Hey let’s stop and see this.’ If you’re traveling through Memphis, you say, ‘Hey, let’s stop at Graceland.’ We don’t have a Graceland for an individual to stop at here. Here in Jackson, you have (Interstates) 20 and 55, and Highway 49. We’re just so unique being in the central part of the state, whereas there are so many people that travel through here, and there’s not a reason for them to stop. When I think about what we have to offer, I wouldn’t stop. Why?

We gloat on these projects, but they never happen.

It should be very high. I just mentioned that we have to find areas to grow. We have to find areas to bring in new businesses in the areas that are perceived to be safe. You don’t want to try to bring business in areas that aren’t going to be successful. Farish Street is an area where a business can be successful, because it’s a safe area downtown. It’s just a prime area for business. It would be on the top of my list. I understand that the mayor says that (lead Farish Street Group developer) Mr. (David) Watkins has financing issues. When (Farish Street Group) first originated the idea, we were going through a recession at the time. Quite honestly, back then they may have had issues. I don’t know what the issues are today, but Farish Street has to be a top priority, because as mayor, I’m interested in new business generating new revenue, helping create jobs and helping train for jobs. Those are on top of my agenda along with crime, but those go hand-in-hand. So Farish Street is on the top of my list, because we’re talking about revenue and we’re talking about jobs. That’s what is important. We’ve got to pay our own bills in this city. That’s how I feel about it. Sometimes we get into asking and bidding on grants, and wanting the Legislature to do all these things, but the bottom line is: You’re responsible for yourself. When you understand that, you’ll pull your sleeves up and go to work each and every day and find ways to bring revenue to this city. One thing I know: Mr. Watkins is not going to involve himself in anything that’s not successful. Obviously, he’s run into some roadblocks, because he didn’t invest in a project that’s not possibly going to be successful. I would be sure that I am on board to assist in any way that I’m able to. I said I wasn’t going to say anything about the other candidates, but the face of Jackson is going to have to be a little younger. We’ve got some old ways and some old ideas, and a lot of businesses may not be interested in coming our way. We’ve got to get out of the old way of thinking. We can’t be like an Atlanta or a lot of other cities when we have old ways of thinking. In those cities, 35- to 50-year-olds are running the city. Here, we have an old thinking. We need younger leadership. 22 way ofVoters will have to decide that. Farish Street is prime. January 30 - February 5, 2013

Leadership is going to have to change, I think, in order for that project to flourish. City Council says this; (Watkins) says that. Without having a conversation with him, I’m not going to be negative about the project. I’m all on board with Farish Street. Money has been invested in that. We don’t need to lose out on that.

The state has helped clear the way for the proposed medical corridor. What are your thoughts on that, and what would you do as mayor to approach that medical corridor?

It is very important they understand the mayor is on board with the project. When they put the Medical Mall there, there was a proposal about everything that would happen in the area. Nothing has happened in that area.** We make way for a lot of projects, and nothing ever happens. There’s never a groundbreaking. (The medical corridor) is within the city limits of Jackson. So as mayor, I’m on board. I’m going to be every bit a part of this medical corridor to make sure it happens. I’m not one to go on television and gloat on a project and it never happen. We break ground and we gloat on these projects, but they never happen. But these residents give the mayor a pass. They give him a pass. They seem to forget about all these projects that are proposed that never happen. It takes perseverance and persistence, and you have to be willing to make sure it happens. Being a small business

owner, I can’t call in sick. I can’t depend on a bank to give me a loan on a line of credit. Each and every day, I wake up, and no matter how I feel, I have to work. With that kind of motivation driving me, I will work the same way for the citizens of Jackson. I was born here; I was educated here. You think about how a person wants to be remembered. I want this city to be different by the time I’m old enough to be a senior citizen. I want to be an instrumental part of that. I already feel I’m very instrumental in a lot of things that are happening as far as what I do. The business I’m involved in, people come from Louisiana, from the Delta, south Mississippi, from Vicksburg, Forrest, Kosciusko. They come from all over through the Jackson Enterprise Center (where Amos’ business is located on Highway 80), and they don’t stop because they are so fearful. Bottom line is leadership. We can always talk about how we’re going to do something. You can go to school to be a dentist. You can go to school to be a lawyer. You can even major in politics. There are a lot of things individuals can do. You can’t go to Leadership 101 and make a leader. In theory, he’ll know everything on Earth of what it takes to be a leader, but if he’s not a leader, he’s not a leader. Can you get these troops to work? Can you get these troops to fight for you? Can get them to believe in and to work for you? Can you get these (police) to believe in you and work and be willing to die for this city and protect this city? There needs to be a change in leadership. Citizens of Jackson have put up with it 12 out of the last 16 years. All I’m asking for is an opportunity. I’m going to work hard each and every day. And I won’t neglect any segment of this city. There’s always a perception that all citizens are stakeholders of this city. I won’t neglect any part. I understand that there are some differences in the city, especially when it comes to businesses, but no one is not important. You have to reach out to all residents. Don’t blow smoke screens for political reasons. You have to do something. You have to understand that each segment of the city has a different market. I understand these things. I’ve been all over the city, and I’ve talked with a lot of individuals. I’m just hoping to make a difference. This campaign, we’re going to put a lot into marketing this time around. At the end of the day, I’m going to be fine. I’m doing what I enjoy. I’m growing; my business is growing. Whatever happens (election day), I’m going to try to support the growth of the city, because I live here, and I was raised here. Comment at You can also email Jacob D. Fuller at


*Scott Overby, principal partner with The Overby Company and manager of Metrocenter Mall, refuted Amos’ claims. He told the JFP that the mall has seen a 29percent increase in foot traffic so far in January compared to November. “Those counts do not include city employees, who enter the city building through the back doors and do not enter through the common mall area,” Overby said. The city completed its move into the mall Dec. 17. Overby began managing the mall Nov. 1. As for Amos’ claims about the food court, Overby said they definitely are not true. He said city employees have increased the food court business considerably, though he could not give specific numbers of individual businesses. ** Along with the Jackson Medical Mall’s 90-plus tenants, the immediate area has recently seen the opening of a Save-A-Lot Supermarket, the regional headquarters of the American Medical Response and Liberty Bank.


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t was a sunny June day in 2001, and love was wafting in the air. I sat in the rear of the church with my old high school chum, filling time waiting for the start of the wedding ceremony by taking in the ambience and floral arrangements and participating in some good old-fashioned girl talk. Later, when a group of us wanted to take pictures, I went looking for my friend in the restroom and overheard her whisper in hushed tones, “I’m the only one here … white!” Not knowing what to say, I hurried out, thinking, “That’s white folks for you.” But a few years later, when I realized that I was the only black person at a seminar, I became ill at ease, even though no one seemed to be rude to me. I thought of my friend and how ironic it was to be standing in her shoes, as comfy as a pair of wooden stilettos. Is racial prejudice a malignancy that lies in the remote far corners of the basement of all of our brains—even if only the size of a mustard seed—just waiting to bubble over like an erupting volcano? Quintin Lewis and Jacob Yarborough, both 25, are directing a provocative play that poses that question as part of the Unframed at New Stage Theatre series. “Race,” written by legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Mamet, is a three-scene character study about a trio of lawyers—two black and one white—who are tasked with defending a wealthy white man accused of raping a black woman. The events of the case and its revelations methodically strip away the layers of the attorneys’ true feelings about racism (as well as other “isms”) piece by piece, and when the seismic climax hits, no one will be the same again. “Race” also shows off Mamet’s signature writing style of Mamet-Speak, a rapid-fire AK-47-style dialogue reminiscent of ABC’s ’80s hit show “Moonlighting,” as well as its current smash, “Scandal.” Throw in a cluster of F-bombs, and a humorous array of one-liners, and you have an explosive drama that manages to effectively balance the thought-provoking topic with light-hearted comedy. This is Yarborough’s directing debut for New Stage, although he has done the sound for several shows. Lewis is also a first-time director at New Stage, and he draws on his experience performing with Jackson State University’s MADDRAMA and acting in New Stage plays such as “Charlotte’s Web” and “Dracula.” So how is the pair getting the quartet of actors ready for the sensitive subject matter and dialogue? “It’s a lot of quick back and forth. It’s been a lot of rehearsing over and over until it has the right pace,” Yarborough says. “With four people, it is easier to work with the language,” Lewis adds.

The cast also conducted roundtable discussions on race to get a deeper understanding of the issues raised in the play. “Race is what racial differences cause people to do,” Yarborough says. “It’s the reaction of race, not race itself.” “I want the audience to walk away and ask themselves, ‘Am I guilty of racism?’” Lewis says. “This will arouse their consciousness, and they will wonder if they are unconsciously guilty (as well).”


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Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner play the leads in “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.”




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ansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” will explode your previous concepts of grim and tedious. In this blasphemous fairy tale, written and directed by Tommy Wirkola—who obviously didn’t get the memo that fairy tales are meant for children—little Hansel and Gretel have grown up. Ripped and handsome Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and curvaceous Gretel (Gemma Arterton) pair together to rid the dark forest of the pestilence of hags on broom sticks. Damaged and scarred from the traumas of their youth (Hansel has to take insulin shots because he ate too much sugar), H&G get their kicks killing witches. To paraphrase and take some creative license from another fairy tale, you can sum up this movie in this rhyme: “Fee-fi-fo-fum, orphan brats hunt witches for fun. Be they live or be they dead, H&G revenge the past and burn the heads.” And, boy-oh-boy, what H&G do to those witches: They blast them with rapid-fire bazookas, spear them with arrows, decapitate them and explode them into fireballs. This medieval tale opens in the sepia moment of once upon a time. But, this film is an R-rated tale, so “once upon a time” is a visual concept, not a spoken one until much later when the big bad witch (Famke Janssen) blabs about tales of the past. Pint-sized Gretel and her brother shiver in a bedroom they share in a little shack lost in the woods. To emphasize that they are in a dark forest worthy of Teutonic story telling, Wirkola hovers and swoops the camera above the tops of dark green trees. The moon shines full and bright. H&G’s father, who seems kindly enough, escorts the kids into the woods and tells them to hide. He disappears, never to be seen again. Eventually, H&G find their way to an edible house and begin slurping down the icing roof and stuffing their faces full of cookie walls. The front doors magically open, revealing a pit of black. Now, some of you might be tempted to shout at these

orphans, “Don’t go in!” But if they don’t we’d have no movie and H&G no incentive to become witch hunters, so it’s best just to hold tight to you 3D glasses. This is H&G’s first kill, and it changes their lives forever. If you have perhaps nodded off and missed the moment, the music punctuates the evidence. The children find a weathered old witch, who chains them up and lights the oven. It’s dinnertime. Instead, the ever-resourceful Gretel loosens her bindings and strangles the witch. Hansel completes the job by decapitating the crone and stuffing her remains into the hot oven where her body incinerates into ashes. Spoiler Alert—I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Hansel and Gretel are 1) not very smart; 2) inarticulate; and 3) homicidal maniacs. “The only good witch is a dead witch,” grunts Hansel to a beautiful young woman with long, flowing ginger locks who has seduced him in a therapy pool of water. She gives him a bewitching smile. Anyone with half a brain would be curious if she was perhaps—dare I say it?—a witch. H&G never save any children from witches. The troll does that. In fact, the troll named Edward is the only interesting character in this psychotic film. Edward (Derek Mears) doesn’t speak. He just looks at Gretel with big sad eyes and an empathetic expression on his large, long face. I really liked the troll. “Why am I here?” he seems to communicate with every wrinkle in his shriveled troll face. All roads in this film lead back to where they began. You just can’t escape the nightmare of childhood. Hansel races to the dilapidated gingerbread house where he had his first witch kill and grandly announces, “You’ve got to be f*cking kidding me.” He races in. A few minutes later, Gretel, posing with her guns, looks at the same house. She says, “You’ve got to be f*cking kidding me.” This movie is a horrid joke, particularly if you pay the extra bucks for the 3D experience. Wait for the video game; it will have more substance.



The Taste of Mississippi Beer Pairing is at 7 p.m. at Majestic Burger.

Kim Kardashian is at Belk in Northpark Mall from 6-8 p.m.

SATURDAY 2/2 The Art by Choice sale is at 6 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art.



Artist Bebe Wolfe talks about her art during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6998.


JAN. 30 FEB. 6, 2013


The Wild Feathers perform at Duling Hall Feb. 2 at 8:30 p.m.


Kim Kardashian promotes her fragrance “True Reflection” from 6-8 p.m. at Belk, Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Purchase a fragrance package to get an autographed bottle. $95 package; call 601991-2017. … Mingo Fishtrap performs at 8:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. For ages 18 and up. $12 advance, $15 at door; call 800745-3000. … Cheryl “Ms. Songbird” and the Smooth Funk Band perform during MINDgasm Erotic Poetry Night at 8 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe. $5, $3 poets.

The Hop of the Morning Brunch with Lucky Town Brewing Company is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave.). $3-$4 pints, food sold separately; email



The opening reception for the Mississippi Collegiate Art Exhibit is from 2-4 p.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. … Freedom Cafe is from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). Includes dinner BY LATASHA WILLIS and performances. $18; call 601-960-3008 to RSVP. … The Art by Choice Sale is at 6 p.m. JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM at the Mississippi Museum of FAX: 601-510-9019 Art (380 S. Lamar St.); includes a live art auction. Art for Choice DAILY UPDATES AT runs through Feb. 24. $50, $100 JFPEVENTS.COM VIP; call 601-960-1515. … The Bacchus Ball is at 7 p.m. at the Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). Benefits the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. $250 seated, $125 unseated; call 601-957-7878. … The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Valentine’s Day Ball is at 7 p.m. at YMCA Downtown Jackson (800 E. River Place). $50, $80 couples; call 601-346-0630 or 601-850-6048. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents “Chamber II: Mozart by Candlelight” at 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven University Center


Cheryl “Ms. Songbird” performs during MINDgasm Erotic Poetry Night Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe.

at Duling Hall. $40 in advance, $45 at the door; call 800745-3000. … The play “Race” debuts at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) in the Hewes Room; runs through Feb. 2. For mature audiences. The JFP sponsors. $7 (cash or check); call 601-948-3533, ext. 222.

for the Arts. $16; call 601-960-1565. … Claire Holley and the Wild Feathers perform at 8:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. $8 advance, $10 at door; call 800-745-3000. … Nameless Open Mic is at 9 p.m. at Suite 106. $5, $3 to perform.


Composer David Amram talks about writing the score for the film “The Manchurian Candidate” at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. Free; call 601-974-1089.


Women support women-owned businesses during Six in the City at 6 p.m. at The Penguin. Free; call 601790-0501. … Music in the City with Barry Hause and John Paul is at 5:15 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free, donations welcome; call 601960-1515. … Composer David Amram performs and speaks at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130.



The opening reception for the Mississippi Artists’ Guild Exhibit is from 5-7 p.m. at the Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive); exhibit hangs through Feb. 28. Free; call 601-432-4111. … Charity Taco Night for the Nature Conservancy is from 5-9 p.m. at Jaco’s Tacos. Food prices vary; call 601-405-0499. … Mississippi KIDS COUNT hosts the Light Up the Night Benefit Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Seating limited. $150, $1,000 table of eight; call 662-325-8079. … The Taste of Mississippi Beer Pairing is at 7 p.m. at Majestic Burger (Township at Colony Park, 1067 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). $30; call 601-707-0093. … Dweezil Zappa performs at 7:30 p.m.

Mississippi State University professor Jason Morgan Ward talks about racial politics during World War II during History Is Lunch at noon at Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998. 27 More at and

*&0 30/.3/2%$%6%.43 Ignite the Night Feb. 9, 6:30-10 p.m., at Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The theme of the adults-only party and fundraiser is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saddle Up, Southern Style.â&#x20AC;? Enjoy mechanical bull rides, cocktails by the campfire, cowboy serenades, a silent auction and western cuisine. The Colonels perform. Cowboy and cowgirl attire welcome. $75; call 601-981-5469.

Thursday - January 31

Karaoke Contest $3 Pitchers

Friday - February 01


#/--5.)49 Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-968-0061; â&#x20AC;˘ Lunch and Learn Series Jan. 30, noon-1 p.m. The topic is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding the Affordable Care Act as an Employer.â&#x20AC;? Lunch included; registration required. $15, members free. â&#x20AC;˘ Developing a Sustainable Fundraising Plan Feb. 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn ways to diversify fundraising efforts. Registration required. $139, $99 members.

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Sunday - February 03 9 Ball Tournament 7pm

Big Party for the Big Game

Events at Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months free; call 601-981-5469. â&#x20AC;˘ Question It? Discover It! Saturdays Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus is heart health. â&#x20AC;˘ Ready! Set! Go! First Wednesdays, 11 a.m.noon. The program helps children ages 3-5 prepare for kindergarten.

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Women for Progress Monthly Meeting Jan. 30, 5:30 p.m., at COFO Civil Rights Education Complex (1013 John R. Lynch St.). Learn about the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming projects. COFO director Daphne Chamberlain gives a tour of the facility. Networking reception included. Potential members welcome. RSVP. Free; call 601259-6770; email

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The Colonels Saturday, February 02

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Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prayer Luncheon Jan. 31, 11:30 a.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Mission Mississippi hosts the 13th annual event. The speaker is Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. $45; call 601-353-6477;

Central Mississippi Ole Miss Rebel Club Meeting Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). The baseball- and football-recruiting meeting includes remarks from Mike Bianco, head Ole Miss baseball coach, and Yancy Porter, recruiting columnist for the Ole Miss Spirit. Social hour held before the program. $25, Ole Miss students and children ages 18 and under free; call 601949-4621 or 601-506-3186. Canton Chamber of Commerce Main Street Association Annual Meeting Jan. 31, 6 p.m., at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). The program includes a reception and dinner. Author and Sweet Potato Queen Jill Conner Browne is the guest speaker. RSVP; seating limited. $5, tables of eight start at $500; call 601-859-5816. Special Needs Symposium Jan. 31, 7-9 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). Parents of children ages 12 and under with special needs enjoy dinner, listen to speakers and receive information on services. RSVP; no child care provided. Free; call 601-366-0901; email Eagle Experience Feb. 1, 8:30 a.m.-noon, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond), in Mayo Field House. High-school seniors tour the campus, meet teachers and students, and learn about admissions, scholarships and more. Food and prizes included. Registration required; parents welcome. Free; call 601-857-3767; Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk Feb. 2, 8 a.m., at Mayes Lake at LeFleurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). An experienced Audubon Society member leads the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444. Fruit Tree Seminar Feb. 2, 9 a.m., at Huttoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home and Garden Center (1320 Ellis Ave.). Horticulturist and MPB Radio host Felder Rushing gives tips on planting and cultivation at the 19th annual event. Free; call 601-973-2277. 85th Vicksburg Coin Show Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Feb. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Battlefield Inn

A Whirlwind Week with David Amram



sat | february 02 Doug & Deeb 6:30-10:30p

Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table Jan. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Roca Restaurant and Bar (127 Country Club Drive, Vicksburg). Enjoy a five-course meal from Chef Dan Blumenthal (Bravo!) and Chef Jay Parmegiani (Roca). Advance tickets only; seating limited. $65, $10 wine tasting card;

Latin American Studies Mini-Symposium Jan. 31, 4:30-6 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 137. The theme is The Border, Immigration, and the War on Drugs.â&#x20AC;? Learn what is next for U.S.Mexican relations. Free; call 601-812-9393.

OFNA Party with a Purpose: Communications Feb. 5, 6 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). In the auditorium. OurFondren Neighborhood Association encourages Fondren residents to enjoy refreshments, socialize with neighbors, and discuss topics such as the Nextdoor website, code enforcement and beautification. RSVP. Free; call 3628440; Find OurFondren on Facebook. American Board Teaching Information Session Feb. 6, 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., at Brandon Public Library (1475 W. Government St., Brandon). Learn how to earn a professional teaching license. Teacher certification specialist Ashley Guy is the facilitator. Bachelor’s degree required. Online registration available. Free; call 877-669-2228;

7%,,.%33 Heart Day Feb. 2, 7-11 a.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), at the Cardiovascular Center. Register to receive screenings such as blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol and glucose. For ages 18 and up. 12-hour fast required. $25; call 601-948-6262; First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children every first Friday of the month. Appointment required. Free; call 601707-7355.

34!'%!.$3#2%%. Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Call 601-936-5856. • “The Best of RiffTrax Live: Plan 9 from Outer Space” Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the simulcast of wise-cracking commentary from Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of about the movie “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” $11.50, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children. • “Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes” Feb. 4, 6 p.m. Groban performs via simulcast from Allen Room in New York. $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children. “Smoke on the Mountain” through Feb. 3, at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). The musical is about a singing family performing at a North Carolina church in 1938. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors 55 and older, $7 students, children 12 and under; call 601-636-0471.

-53)# Venice Baroque Orchestra Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). In Woodworth Chapel. The 18member orchestra from Italy plays 18th-century concertos. $30, $5 students; call 601-594-5584; “Aloha! Elvis” 40th Anniversary Concert Feb. 1, 7 p.m., at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). The Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Terry Mike Jeffrey Band perform. $39-$50; call 662-915-7411.

James S. Sclater Chamber Series Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton), at JPW Recital Hall, Aven Building. The classical quartet Enhake performs. $25, $10 students; call 601-925-3440;

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. • “Fried Chicken and Wine” Feb. 2, 11 a.m. Illustrator Marshall Ramsey signs books. $24.95 book. • “Thinner This Year: A Younger Next Year Book” Feb. 6, 5 p.m. Jennifer Sacheck and Chris Crowley sign books. $24.95 book. Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest Jan. 30, noon, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in the Student Center Ballroom. This year’s contestants recite their entries. 2012 national champion Kristen Dupard is the emcee. Free; call 601-979-3935. Ann Patchett Reading Jan. 31, 4:30 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. Patchett reads from her book “State of Wonder.” Free; call 601-974-1305. Susan Puckett Lecture and Book Signing Jan. 30, 6 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg), at the SCH Convent. Puckett is the author of “Eat Drink Delta.” Free, $24.95 book; call 601-631-2997. Story Time Tuesday Feb. 5, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Enjoy a story, crafts and animal encounters. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 David Amram and the Yellow Scarf Jazz Lab Feb. 3, 4-6 p.m. at Yellow Scarf (741 Harris St., Suite E). The composer sits in with local performers London Branch and Al Fielder to host a workshop and master class. $10, $5 students with ID; call 601-974-1089. Cooking for Couples Workshop Feb. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Registration required. Supplies included. $55, $50 members; call 601-631-2997.







FRIDAY 02/01 Ribeye Steaks & Baked Potatoes

with live music by

Zach Lovett Swamp Babies 6 - 10pm

with Special Guest 10pm - close







Lazy Magnolia, Magic Hat, Lucky Town, Laughing Skull, Blue Moon, Andy Gator, and all of your favorites.






$1 PBR & HIGHLIFE $2 MARGARITAS • 10 - 12pm-

Cassie Taylor & Stace Shook 6 - 10pm

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Rainforest Adventure Exhibit through May 12, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The interactive exhibit introduces children to rainforests around the world. $6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children under 3 and members free; call 601-576-6000.

"%4(%#(!.'% National Pancake Day Feb. 5, at participating International House of Pancakes locations. Enjoy a free short stack of pancakes, and donate to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. Free, donations welcome; 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.

UPCOMING SHOWS 2.7: Diarrhea planet 2.8: Renegade 6-10 Iron Feathers 10-close 2.9: Nappy Roots with special guests (advance tickets, ticketmaster) 2.14: Valentines’ Dinner Special for Two with Renegade 6-10 2.15: Zach Lovett 6-10 Dax Riggs 10-close 2.22: Nadis Warriors 214 S. STATE ST. 601.354.9712 DOWNTOWN JACKSON


Singer/Songwriter Night with Natalie Long


Restaurant Open As Usual


Swing de Paris (Restaurant) Bump & Groove Burlesque Show (Big Room $15)


Kenny Vaughn feat. Avon Suspects (Red Room)


MS Blues Society’s Blue Mondays


Pub Quiz w Erin and Friends (Dining Room & Brew Pub)

Coming Soon

2/7: Jason Turner (Rest) 2/9: Hearts Against Aids 2/13: New Bourbon St. Jazz Band 2/15: Graham Wilkinson (Rest) 2/15: Duwayne Burnside (RR) 2/16: Thomas Jackson (Rest) 03/16: Mal’s St. Paddy’s

MONDAY - FRIDAY Blue Plate Lunch


with corn bread and tea or coffee


Fridays: Catfish Plates are $9.75

$4.00 Happy Hour Well Drinks! visit for a full menu and concert schedule

03/16 - Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade with headliner

Alabama Shakes event/1B004984C1667E2E

(4137 Interstate 20 N. Frontage Road, Exit 4B, Vicksburg). The Vicksburg Coin Club is the host. Buy, sell, trade or get free verbal appraisals. Free; call 601-616-7140.



An Apostle for Southern Soul by Larry Morrisey

“I would sit in my room and record (WMPR) day and night,” he says. “Even in the middle of the night, I would get up to record ‘Uncle Bobo’ (the late record producer Senator Jones), who was the craziest of all.”



addy B. Nice wants to bring everyone home to southern soul. Nice, the pseudonym of Coloradobased writer Bruno Nicewanger, has been promoting the under-documented musical genre on his website,, since 2005. One of Nice’s primary goals is to introduce music fans to the genre and give them a sense of how it’s distinctive from traditional blues. He describes the music as “today’s extension of classic rhythm and blues as it was played and appreciated in the ’60s and early ’70s, and as it’s still being played on (radio) stations of the Deep South.” “Southern Soul RnB” gives music fans a deep sense of the music through Nice’s focus on musicians. In addition to wellknown performers like Bobby Rush, Nice also writes about many journeymen artists from Mississippi, such as Jackson’s J.T. Watkins and Sunny Rydell from Crystal Springs. Nice started out as a writer and editor for underground newspapers during the 1960s throughout Iowa and has written for a variety of publications over the years. However, prior to launching his website, he had never written about music. Nice first became aware of southern soul in the late ’90s. While driving through the south on his way to visit his daughter in Florida, he tuned in some stations playing the music. It made such an impression that he got out his portable recorder and taped some of the songs from his car radio. “Those tapes that I made just to listen to for myself, they were so good,” he says. “That’s what I would listen to for the next six to eight months up north.” Through subsequent trips down south, Nice found Jackson’s WMPR-FM, a station that has long featured southern soul artists. When he traveled through Mississippi, Nice got a hotel room in Jackson in order to stock up on music.

Writer Daddy B. Nice (seen here as a sketch, like those common to his website) spreads the word about southern soul on

Nice became determined to spread the word about the genre. He invested heavily in computer equipment and spent

a couple of years learning programming. When he launched the site in 2005, Nice saw as a way to bring together like musicians and promote them. “My big thing was recognizing that there was a thread through all this music,” he says. “My first idea was to start a top 100 chart and bring all these artists together in one place.” has expanded greatly over the years. Nice still offers a number of different charts, including his monthly top 10 and annual “best of” lists. He also writes detailed reviews of new CDs and exhaustive artist guide pages. While the artist pages include biographical information, it’s not Nice’s primary interest. “For me, it’s not so much about the performers as it is about the songs,” Nice admits. “If they have a good song, I’m going to snap on it.” The website also has a distinctive artistic element. Rather than using promotional photos, Nice creates sketches of each of the featured artists, a style choice inspired by The New Yorker magazine. Daddy B. Nice is now well-known among southern soul musicians and record labels. He receives lots of new music through the mail and electronically, but he continues to search for new artists the same way he did at first. “I still do what I call ‘fishing or trawling,’” he explains. “I love to go through the radio stations. I’m constantly listening—constantly recording—so I don’t miss anything new.” While many southern soul performers continue to struggle in relative anonymity, Nice remains enthusiastic about the genre. He believes an “Elvis of southern soul” will eventually emerge and take the music into the mainstream. “I started listening to music in the ’50s,” he says. “To me, southern soul is like the early days of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s that exciting.”

natalie’s notes

by Natalie Long

Black Jacket Does Pink Floyd


January 30 - February 5, 2013


e all know I love music, all release in 1973. The album is featured in the types and kinds. One of my Guinness Book of World Records for being favorite bands ever is Pink on the music charts longer than any other Floyd. I first discovered them album in history, having been on the charts at age 13 when my seventh-grade boyfriend for approximately 514 weeks. made me a mixed tape with Pink Floyd’s I personally have purchased at least five song “Mother” on the Bcopies of the album, wearside. I absolutely loved the ing out each one (the last song, which then made one got crushed by the tree me want to listen to even that fell on my car, and has more Pink Floyd albums. yet to be replaced.) My sister’s then-future It is on my bucket list husband (now-current husto see Pink Floyd in conband) Jonathan, as well as cert, but I’ve never had the high school and college hipchance to see them perform pie buddies, fueled the fire (or founding members Daby introducing me to more Black Jacket Symphony vid Gilmour or Roger WaPink Floyd albums, includ- performs Pink Floyd’s “Dark ters when they have done ing “The Dark Side of Side of the Moon” album solo concerts) due to variFeb. 8 at Thalia Mara. the Moon.” ous prior commitments or According to the Pink financial woes. And while Floyd fan website, Brain Damage-Pink we have had great Pink Floyd tribute bands Floyd News Resource (, come through Jackson, such as Set the Con“The Dark Side of the Moon” has sold more trols, once again I’ve always had other obligathan 34 million copies worldwide since its tions and commitments that have kept me


from attending their shows. Imagine my surprise when I received an email from Jason Rogoff, manager of Black Jacket Symphony, which informed me the band will play here in Jackson Friday, Feb. 8, at Thalia Mara Hall for the first time ever, and will perform note-for-note Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album. Black Jacket Symphony travels throughout the United States, carefully selecting musicians from all over to perform various famous albums, not just covering them, but studying each album and its intricacies, then performing these great albums with interactive audience participation, light shows, playing the album straight through from the beginning with no talking in between songs or sets, and original video footage. The band has everything that a rockand-roll band would need, but also adds classical instruments such as cello and violin to many of the albums they recreate. To date, the band has played Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced,” The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and “Sgt. Pepper’s

Lonely Hearts Club Band,” Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” The Clash’s “London Calling,” The Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street,” The Band’s “Last Waltz,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy,” The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” and this spring will be perform Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album, as well as Prince’s “Purple Rain” movie soundtrack. I’m looking forward to attending this concert, and Jackson, you’d be crazy to miss this. After looking at various YouTube videos of this band, I am blown away by their massive amount of talent—not to mention the patience you need to pull off a venture such as this. I have a pretty good feeling that their live show will be a million times better than any video out there. Black Jacket Symphony plays at Thalia Mara Hall Friday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available at and start at $30. For more information on the band, including tour dates, press and recent news, visit














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DIVERSIONS | jfp sports

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uper Bowl XLVII features an inter- were the 11th-best run team in 2012. The against new-school offense (49ers). But that esting matchup between the San teams are the top-two rushing teams in the doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean one offense is better than the Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ra- playoffs with San Francisco being No. 1. other. The defense that neutralizes the opvens. Both teams are strong defenOne strange thing in the new pass- posing offense the best will win the game. sively but very different on offense. happy NFL is that neither the Ravens nor One interesting note: Ole Miss and When the 49ers are on offense, expect the 49ers were top passing teams this season. Mississippi State both have two players in to hear terms like â&#x20AC;&#x153;the read option,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Baltimore was ranked 15th in regular season, this game. Both teams have a Rebel and zone readâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;the pistol.â&#x20AC;? If you a Bulldog on their roster, so both arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t familiar with these terms, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t schools are guaranteed to have a Super fearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they are just the types of offenBowl winner. sive plays San Francisco runs. San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s linebacker PatThis season, Robert Griffin III rick Willis (Ole Miss) will be on the and Russell Wilson ran a good bit of field against his former teammate, the read option and zone read for the Baltimoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right tackle Michael Oher, Washington Redskins and the Seattle but there is little chance that Willis Seahawks. If you are totally lost, try will line up opposite Oher during to remember the offense that Tim the game. It would be fun to watch, Tebow ran with the Denver Broncos though, if these two former teamlast season. mates battled on a few plays with the The pistol is the offense that Lombardi Trophy at stake. The San Franciso 49ers face the Baltimore Ravens in 49ersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quarterback Colin Kaeper- Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans Feb 3. If San Francisco running back nick ran in college at Nevada. This Anthony Dixon (he contributes offense looks a lot like the shotgun, mostly to special teams) gets a Super but the running back lines up behind the and San Francisco was ranked 23rd. Bowl carry against Baltimore, Dixon could quarterback instead of beside him. The Since the playoffs began, the Ravens end up trying to run against former Bulldog 49ers do have several plays from the NFL have found their passing game with Flacco and teammate Pernell McPhee, a spot player standard playbook in their arsenal, such as going deep to wide receiver Torrey Smith on the Ravens defensive line. the I-formation (a quarterback under cen- and wide receiver Anquan Boldin acting as The storylines of Super Bowl XLVII ter with a fullback lead blocking for the Flaccoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety blanket when Baltimore needs should play out on the fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that is, unless running back). a big completion. someone gets arrested (Eugene Robinson) Baltimore runs a more traditional NFL San Francisco has playmakers in its of- or goes missing (Barret Robbins) before the offense. The Ravensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offense looks more like fensive passing game, as well. The 49ers will big game. what you are used to watching in the NFL. counter with wide Michael Crabtree and The Ravens had to go through Peyton There is little chance you will see Baltimore tight end Vernon Davis as Kaepernickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main Manning and Tom Brady just to make it to quarterback Joe Flacco run the read option, targets in the passing game. New Orleans, and Baltimore seems destined zone read or the pistol. Flacco is a traditional Even the way these two offenses attack to win this game. Both defenses will keep in-the-pocket passer who is more than likely opposing defenses in the pass game is differ- this game close, but if I have to make a guess to move in the pocket to find a throwing ent. Baltimore uses a more traditional verti- Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going with my gut and with the Ravens. lane to complete passes. cal passing attack, and San Francisco uses the Baltimore and San Francisco are better horizontal passing attack associated with the teams if they can run the ball. Ray Rice for read option, zone read and pistol offenses. B RYA N â&#x20AC;&#x2122; S P R E D I C T I O N the Ravens and Frank Gore for the 49ers do Both teams use their running game to help the bulk of the work in the running game. set up their passing game. Baltimore 31 The 49ers were the fourth-best rushing If you get really lost, think of this San Francisco 24 team in the regular season and the Ravens matchup as old-school offense (Ravens)






When the Super Bowl ends this Sunday, it means no more football games until next fall. I need to reverse hibernate, and sleep through the spring and summer.

THURSDAY, JAN. 31 NBA (7-9:30 p.m., TNT): The Memphis Grizzles take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in what could be a preview of a Western Conference playoff matchup. FRIDAY, FEB. 1 NBA (6-8:30 p.m., ESPN): The Miami Heat, looking to defend their title, hit the road to meet the Indiana Pacers in a rematch from last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playoff series. SATURDAY, FEB. 2 College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN U): The Florida Gators have been destroying SEC competition, but the Ole Miss Rebels could make a huge tournament statement with a big road win. SUNDAY, FEB. 3 NFL (5:30-9 p.m., CBS): Super Bowl XLVII will feature the Baltimore Ravens going for their second title against the San Francisco 49ers fighting for their sixth title. MONDAY, FEB. 4 NHL (8-11 p.m., NBC Sports Network): Two former Western Conference powers hope to regain their spot at the top as the Colorado Avalanche host the Dallas Stars. TUESDAY, FEB. 5 College basketball (8-10 p.m., ESPN): Although not as intense as their football rivalry, a top 25 tilt between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines should produce plenty of drama on the court. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6 College basketball (8-10 p.m., CSS): The Mississippi State Bulldogs get a chance to play spoiler on the road against their longtime rival the Ole Miss Rebels. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pro Bowl featured more effort than last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;when players didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tackle, went down to phantom tackles or just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try. We need to see that same effort over the next few years to truly save the event. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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by Bryan Flynn



Organic Hydroponics: The Future of Farming? by Jim PathFinder Ewing



rganic hydroponics: If you haven’t heard much of it can be extended to even larger systems, as well. yet, you are likely to soon. For example, aquaponics, a combination of the Urban agriculture proponents—those con- best of aquaculture and hydroponics, is getting cerned about sustainability, maximizing space, attention as a way to grow organic vegetables producing food in “food deserts” and low ecological foot- along with fresh fish as a safe, healthy source prints—are touting it as the future of farming. It may even be of protein. If adopted in large sea-based systhe way farming is done globally by the end of this century. tems, it could do much to mitigate climate In hydroponics, the plants grow change, groundwater in a solution of mineral nutrients in pollution, diminishing water, without soil. The roots of the availability of land suitplants are either grown in a natural able for crops and the material “substrate” (such as peat, impacts of overfishing How to start your own home sawdust, bark, rice hulls or gravel) or on our oceans. organic hydroponics system, directly in a nutrient solution. If it’s such an imfrom Mother Earth News: The idea has also been adapted for portant and growing urban growing with the space-efficient potential solution for vertical farm model—which can be sevfood production in eral stories tall attached to high-rise buildings. One in Madrid both urban settings and sustainably worldencompasses 2,769 square feet and includes 44,000 plants. wide, then why don’t we hear more about it? Systems range from intricate indoor green systems to indoor The answer is that “organic hydroponics” is grow rooms to small aquarium-type set-ups to simple win- a touchy subject in the organic food indusdow boxes. A starter kit can cost under $40— try and among farmers themselves. carries them, among other retailers. Why? Because of the lack of soil. The baUrban hydroponics has its limitations. It’s estimated sics of organics has traditionally been the health that to feed 50,000 people a balanced diet of 1,500 calories of the soil. Where soils are healthy and chemiper day, a vertical farm would have to be 30 stories tall and cal-free, the philosophy goes, so is the produce. The hydroponics farm at EPCOT in Disney World is a research the size of one square New York City block. (See: Interview The National Organic Program, which deterfacility for new methods of farming. with Dickson Despommier: How- mines acceptable practices for USDA organic ever, in smaller increments, it can substantially add to urban certification, has neither flatly approved nor repopulations’ food requirements. For example, using the same jected hydroponics because of this basic tenet. calculation, a three- or four-story vertical farm on top of an Rather, it has pointed to a previous ruling apartment block could feed its 300 to 400 inhabitants. regarding acceptance of “soil-less” growing as determined by advises USDA over NOP programs, that hydroponics proThe concept, like permaculture, which employs natu- its fertilizer usage. This generally followed a 1995 recom- duction systems could possibly be conducted as organic opral systems blended with organic growing to provide food, mendation by the National Organic Standards Board, which erations, as long as these systems met the other requirements of the national standards. So, each state or local organic certifying agency is allowed to decide if it will accept a hydroponics system as organic. As it stands, some agencies do, some don’t. One system that has been widely adopted as a certified organic method is the nutrient film technique, or NFT, One example of sustainable hydroponics is that uses only NOP-approved materials. It’s widely sold, and the The Science Barge, a retired barge that nonavailable online. profit New York Sunworks repurposed. It uses The easiest way for current hydroponic growers to find one-10th as much water as a comparable field out what they can and can’t use to be NOP compliant is to farm, with no agricultural run-off, and it follows check out the Organic Material Review Institute website unorganic principles—including beneficial insects der allowable fertilizers (see: to avoid chemical pesticides. Many who are adopting this method are preferring to Berthed at Yonkers, N.Y., it is a model for call it simply a “sustainable” or “natural,” pesticide-free farma sustainable urban farm. It uses solar, wind and ing method. biofuel power. Rainwater and purified river waMake no mistake: Hydroponics may not be “the” ter irrigates it. The barge grows food in the city solution for natural, sustainable, pesticide-free farming with no carbon emissions, no net water conThe Science Barge in New York is a model for modern (which organics is supposed to encompass), but it’s cersumption and no waste stream. (For more, see: sustainable farming. tainly “a” solution that growers large and small are 33 ing worldwide.

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LIFE&STYLE | food & drink

A New Direction by Andrew Dunaway


fter opening in fall 2010, Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601360-0090) quickly became known as a stage for the reintroduction of reinvented southern classics. As chef and co-owner, the late Craig Noone rose to the forefront of Jackson’s restaurant world, but ANDREW DUNAWAY

with his sad and untimely passing in October 2011, the Parlor Market torch was passed to Jesse Houston. However, the past few months have seen Houston moving on to Oxford to take on the role of head chef at John Currence’s City Grocery (152 Courthouse Square, Oxford, 662-232-8080). It was time for Parlor Market to regroup and find a new direction. Enter Matthew Kajdan. A Madison native, Kajdan got his start at age 15 in the kitchen at BRAVO! (4500 Interstate

You started working at 15, but did you grow up in a household of cooks? My grandmother and my mother are both great cooks. My grandmother taught me how to peel shrimp and how to debone a leg of lamb. I got interested in food at a young age because of her. She would be putting on these grand productions, and I would be sitting in the kitchen on the side wanting to help. While my grandmother lit the fire, Chef Nick Apostle (of Nick’s in Fondren) mentored, nurtured and taught. It was 100 percent sweat equity. The front of the house, the bookkeeping, the bill paying—my restaurant knowledge is all from Nick Apostle. He is my mentor.

Award. It might not be this year or the next, but we’ve got to keep on the same path of the new southern. We’ve recently started lining up guest chefs for the summer chef series. I want southeastern chefs, guys who have the pull in the region. We want to introduce Jackson to what’s going on in the culinary world of the Southeast. We want to promote the southeastern chef community. Parlor Market has a history of working with other restaurants and groups, will that continue? Definitely, we don’t have anything planned, but I was talking to the Raise Your Pints guys, and we want to do a PM Brew.

What do you have planned to showcase the new direction of Parlor Market? This place is primed for a James Beard

Chef Matthew Kajdan fires up a dish in the PM kitchen.

Pork Chili

by Alonzo Lewis

January 30 - February 5, 2013

very year in the winter, Daddy and my older brothers would kill at least three hogs for winter’s eating. Relatives came from other counties to help with the killings. They’d make a salt box, salt down the meats and then place the box underneath the house to keep the elements from spoiling it. When the meat was fully salted, Daddy sent us to cut some of the meat for breakfast. Mother boiled it to remove the salt, and then she would fry it. On Christmas, we ate fresh ham—and had plenty to use throughout January. The taste was heaven. Every imaginable part of that hog was used for food. One of my favorite ways to use fresh pork is in a hearty chili. This recipe will take a little longer than the average quick meal, but the result is worth it. You can also substitute different meats that are compatible to pork, such as beef or veal.

Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking time: approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes FLICKR/JEFFERYW


Do you have a new menu in the works? (Since the) first of the year, we’ve had a new lunch menu; we put in a new dinner menu months ago. We’re going to change the menu every two months. Coming from Nick’s and being in Jackson, fresh seafood is the name of the game. I also found some notes next door, some of Craig’s handwritten notes of what he wanted this restaurant to be. It’s our responsibility to carry on what he envisioned for this place: locally owned, locally bred.

How would you summarize your cooking style? I use Asian, Mediterranean, Eastern European, and I use it all together but with a southern twist. It’s that new American cuisine. When I came to Parlor, we asked what are we, who are we and which direction are we going to go? We called it new southern.

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Matthew Kajdan is the newest chef taking the reins at Parlor Market.

55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111) and has since worked at kitchens around Jackson and New York City. Kadjan hopes to honor Noone’s memory and add his own spin to the southern cuisine of Parlor Market. He sat down to answer a few questions about his career and the restaurant’s direction.

Ingredients: 1 medium pork roast 1 jumbo can chili beans 1 large can V8 juice 2 onions (chopped) 2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 large cans tomatoes 1 large package chili seasoning Salt and pepper to taste

Cut pork roast into pieces, making sure to trim off all fat. Put roast in a large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Add seasoning (garlic, chili seasoning, salt and pepper) and onions. Simmer for 40 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer for approximately one hour.

Pork chili is a staple during the winter.

Serve with saltines or your favorite crackers. Corn on the cob or roasted potatoes also complement this meal delightfully.

LIFE&STYLE | girl about town by Julie Skipper


Some may think this is vain. I just think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun way to preserve a moment in time, while supporting local artists. Just because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re adults doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean we stop having milestones small and large that we want to acknowledge and document. Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to say that getting your adult braces off is any less worthy of a photo as growing your first tooth when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a baby? Or maybe you have newfound confidence to celebrate weight loss, or you hit a milestone birthday. Maybe you just want to experience feeling like a model for a day. JOSH HAILEY

hen weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re young, our parents ensure that professional photographers document nearly every milestone or development: baby photos, the age-old tradition of the annual school pictures, sports team photos, prom pictures, Christmas cards, senior portraits. Up until weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re young adults, our lives are pretty well preserved on film. But then we hit college and adulthood, and while Instagram and Twitpics are fun, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really provide lasting images that we (or at least I) want to hang above the mantel for posterityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or even want to look at again after the morning after the party du jour. Unless one gets marriedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;resulting in engagement photos and the binders full of wedding proofsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as young adults, we grab casual photos or take iPhone self-portrait profile pics for social media, but we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deliberately pause to have particular moments documented by a professional. That point came up recently while talking with my friend, photographer Josh Hailey ( Over the years, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve acquired several pieces of Joshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work and, in addition to finding him personally one of the sweetest and most sincere folks I know, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got crazy artistic talent. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never done a photo shoot or commissioned a work from him, though. And I knewâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as does anyone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen Josh at the Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. Paddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parade in his Borat unitard or in gold lame and not much else at the Best of Jackson Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that a shoot with him would be a blast and produce something outside the box. I actually have paused to document specific times in my adult life, thanks to friendships with talented photographers here in Jackson. Maybe this is simply because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not one of those who goes all paparazzi with my digital camera when out with friends, so I feel the need to take pictures at some point in time that are somewhere between a photo booth situation and the formal setting of, say, a wedding. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because I love art and the artist community that exists here and want to support it. Or maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just because I often look back at my baby photos taken by professionals and want to be able to revisit this time of my life the same wayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;because those Facebook albums may not be around forever. I scheduled these sessions with my friends whose work I admire and with whom Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be comfortable (thus ensuring an enjoyable shoot and pictures in which Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d look at ease). Different circumstances, people, or events prompted each shoot, but the result was that I now have photographs of myself that I like, that are beautiful from an artistic perspective â&#x20AC;Ś and on which, when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m old and decrepit, I can look back and say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, I used to be a pretty decent-looking chick.â&#x20AC;?

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ot enough people are printing real photos these days. Sure, it’s handy to have every picture from the last five years available at the touch of a button (plus a few swipes of a finger) via a Facebook app—but I’m of the opinion that special photos should live in the real world. One of my favorite ways to keep photos from a single event is through mini photo books—think scrapbooking, on a smaller scale. This style of photo book is perfect for an event like the Best of Jackson party. I’ve got several photos I want to save—more than just one or two to stick in frames—but not so many that I need a full album. I love stacking up these little books on a shelf and picking them up to flip through from time to time.





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