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Mississippi Lignite Eighty-eight years ago Mississippi Power made a promise to you. We vowed to build something lasting and to be a vital part of the communities we serve — our hometowns and yours. Today we continue to honor that promise through the Kemper County energy facility project.

DIVERSIFYING OUR ENERGY SUPPLY When the Kemper County energy facility was approved, the Mississippi Public Service Commission stated, “Fuel diversity matters, particularly because fuel price stability matters. The Kemper Project offers both.” Today, Mississippi Power customers are benefiting from nearly 75 percent of their electricity being fueled by natural gas due to current low prices. Adding a third fuel source — lignite — to the company’s energy mix will add even greater flexibility and control over future fuel cost because compared to natural gas, lignite is even less expensive. Our customers will reap the benefit the first day the facility begins generating electricity.

USING MISSISSIPPI'S BEST RESOURCE The Kemper County energy facility will be fueled by Mississippi lignite, an abundant, affordable natural resource. Unlike other fuel sources, Mississippi lignite is not subject to price volatility and high transportation costs. Plus by adding Mississippi lignite to our fuel options, we will further diversify our energy supply and protect our customers from over-reliance on any one fuel source.


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Through the capture of carbon dioxide, the facility will play a vital role in reducing Mississippi and America’s use of foreign oil by helping to expand this nation’s energy supply. Carbon dioxide will be used for enhanced oil recovery, which is slated to increase U.S. oil output by two million barrels per year.


The Kemper County energy facility is being built for Mississippians, by Mississippians. The project is nearly 75-percent complete and is scheduled to begin commercial operation in May 2014.

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his has been a good decade for Deloris Angrum. Her daughter, April, returned safely from Iraq. She is a grandmother and will be again soon. In 2010, she received the National Excellence in Leadership Award, awarded annually to one employee of the U.S. Geological Survey. She also recently retired after 35 years with the USGS and has begun a business as a wedding planner. But perhaps most importantly, in a lavish, no-expenses-spared ceremony last October, she married her soul mate. Angrum was born in Morgan City, in the Delta, and her family moved to the Jackson area in the early 1960s. In 1974 she graduated from the old Central High School and in 1979 she graduated from Jackson State University with a business degree. She is proud of the work she was able to do at the USGS. “Being a black African American woman from Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in business, it was very humbling to receive this award from the premier scientific agency in the world,” she says. Now, she is looking forward to the next phase of her life, with a new love and a new career centered around people in love. Married first in her early 20s, Angrum had two children and a wonderful marriage for 19 years before she and her then-husband grew apart. Years later, she met her current husband and soul mate, Michael, as he went door-todoor in Terry asking if anyone had any furniture needs. Deloris did not, but she began to give


him advice on how to run his business, “and it developed into a wonderful friendship,” she says. “My first wedding was wonderful, but it was held in my mother’s living room, and this time I wanted the wedding of my dreams,” she says of her lavish second wedding. After her dream nuptials, Angrum’s sister’s hairdresser asked Angrum to quickly organize another wedding, and she was hooked. Angrum had intended to become a DJ or radio announcer after retirement before discovering this new path. “It was divinely inspired, that call from my sister,” she says. She has since partnered with Wanda Jackson, who already had a business as an event decorator, and they created a new venture called Uniquely You Weddings and Beyond. “We located our business in the Jackson Square Promenade because we wanted to highlight the renovation of the Square, and we saw an opportunity to help bring south Jackson back to life and to meet the needs of the south Jackson population,” Angrum says. Of her many accomplishments, Angrum is most proud of being a strong role model at work and in the community. “I have spent my life, my career, being an advocate for people,” she says. “I have stood up for those who couldn’t do it for themselves and for those who could. I have insisted upon and modeled manners, decorum, and fairness in the office, and I have never lost sight of my femininity, nor compromised my Christian heritage.” —Richard Coupe

Cover illustration by Kira Cummings

11 Where He Comes From

“To be honest with you, I love my city. I always have. I have friends who’ve moved off to Washington, D.C., or Memphis because they were looking for something better. I’ve always said that my ‘better’ is right here. That’s just the truth. I believe in Jackson. I believe in Mississippi. And I believe in the end, we’ll make a difference. Right now, we’re kind of on the down side from Rankin County and Madison, but at the end of the day, we’re the capital city, and we’re going to stand tall.” —Courtney Walker, “Hometown Candidate”

27 Art with Heart

This year’s HeARTS Against AIDS benefit features original works from local artists including Wyatt Waters.

32 Love and Basketball

The coaches Glasgow bring a team mentality to working together, both on the basketball court and in their marriage.

4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 12 .................................. BUSINESS 14 .................................. EDITORIAL 14 ................. EDITORIAL CARTOON 15 .................................... OPINION 16 .............................. COVER STORY 24 ...................................... HITCHED 26 .............................. DIVERSIONS 27 .......................................... ARTS 27 ....................................... MUSIC 28 ....................................... 8 DAYS 29 .......................................... FILM 29 ............................... JFP EVENTS 31 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 32 ..................................... SPORTS 33 .............................. BODY/SOUL 34 ......................................... FOOD 37 .............................. ASTROLOGY 38 .................................. FLY STYLE


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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Real Love


may have a tough exterior, but I’m a romantic. And I love love. Of course, I mean the kind of love I feel for my long-time partner in life and now in business, Todd Stauffer. It is complex, far-reaching, supportive and invigorating even during the tough times. And perhaps most importantly, we challenge each other to live large, think big, and keep caring about other people and each other. That wider love helps strengthen us both. As I’ve grown older, though, I’ve also learned that love is so much wider and deeper and empowering than we ever think it is when we’re caught up in the angst of our teens, 20s and even 30s. And I’ve learned that it’s important to love many things, ideas and people—and myself—in order to keep loving anyone or anything. I’ve never experienced the special type of love, though, that I have since I returned to my home state and its capital city. This was a difficult love to rediscover. Let’s just say that Mississippi and I fought a lot when I was growing up. It kept me angry and frustrated as it struggled to transition from a hateful and violent place for many of our citizens to the place I know now (still a work in progress). It rejected me because I didn’t drink the Koolaid that a (then-)blonde girl from Mississippi was supposed to be polite even to misogynists and racists and to have no higher ambition than to find a husband by the time I hit my 20s (two or three years behind many of my friends). The state didn’t like my so-called “liberal” views (which usually revolved around equal rights for various folks and helping the poor not be poor any longer). And the state’s so-called leaders were not good role models for young Mississippians who wanted to live compassionate, loving, accepting lives of others and, as the Bible asks, to be in solidarity with the poor. (Sadly, most still aren’t.) I stuck around to attend Mississippi State University because I had scholarships

and couldn’t afford to leave. But the day after I graduated, I walked out on Mississippi, running to the northeast. I was in exile for 18 years until, inexplicably to me, I was suddenly called home in 2001. And I found a place that I love dearly. Of course, I did all those years, too, but was in denial about it. This time, though, I was ready to love my state on my terms, and they involved a whole lot of challenging and working to change the things that drove me

This time, I was willing to love my state on my terms. I’m doing it my way. away—along with so many others—all these years ago. I’m doing it my way this time. Now, I’m smitten. I live in a city where the bubble of outspoken, caring, compassion, progressive people just keeps expanding. The other day when I drove by the state’s only abortion clinic on my way to work down the street, my heart expanded when I saw one of my college interns from last summer holding a “This Clinic Stays Open” sign with one hand while clearly studying a book she held in the other. I remembered how hard it was to get anyone here to speak out for women’s rights to control our own bodies a decade ago, and I teared up. Then there was the Best of Jackson

party at the Metrocenter Jan. 27. I remember the first Best of Jackson party 11 years ago in two renovated lofts in the Ironworks building on South Street. We didn’t know who would show up, if anyone. Then you started coming, dressed in all sorts of outfits, from jeans to dresses and ties, until more than 300 folks packed the place (a lot, we thought then). You ate and drank and smiled a lot, as many walked around saying, “I can’t believe this is Jackson.” Now, 11 years later, more than 1,500 people—a diverse crowd aged from 20s to much older—poured into the center court of Metrocenter, a mall in a neighborhood from where people and businesses have, in my opinion, irresponsibly fled. You followed the “Night Circus” colors and theme; some had remarkable costumes. And attendees all had the same thrilled, somewhat bemused look about what was possible in Jackson. But these days, you know it’s possible, and you know that, as much as your costumes helped decorate the joint, you are doing it. As I stood on a bench late in the night as DJ Phingraprint simply ignited the dance floor, making complete strangers embrace and wiggle their butts together, I felt immense love and emotion watching Jacksonians remaking their city for themselves (and, hopefully, one day their children). It’s hard to beat the kind of passion and pride one feels when you know you are making a difference—and every person there was making a difference. This is real love, the kind I wish everyone could feel every day. Leading up to the Metrocenter event, I saw a handful of people posting snide remarks in social media about how dangerous they think the venue is, how they feared going there—you know, the old “I see black people” saw. (Sorry, folks, but it’s true.) Meantime, there is a police precinct in the building, massive security, and we brought in several deputies to patrol inside and out, just in case. And the only almost-

crime I saw was a (white) man in a business suit trying to walk out with one of my artsigns that I brought in for the night from home. I caught him, said “I own that” and took it back from him; I’ll bet you money he doesn’t live in that neighborhood. I spent much of the week before the party in Metrocenter setting up, surrounded by loving, supportive people—from the businesses to the families who shop there to the security guards (black and white), who were so grateful for what we were doing. (One of the white guards later friended me on Facebook; his profile picture is him on duty posing with a woman in a circus costume.) Then there were the clerks in Burlington who helped me remove the security tag on a dress I bought in a shop in a “better” part of town, laughing in delight the whole time at what was transpiring in their mall. I’m not kidding when I say that Metrocenter filled me with love that whole week. It also made me sad that so many people don’t allow themselves to experience the bliss that comes from reaching past your comfort zone and embracing people of different backgrounds, ethnicities and religious beliefs. I truly feel sorry for people who are just bent on spreading negative perceptions about a place most of them haven’t been near in 10 or 20 years. They are missing so much. Not long after the party kicked off, and while many party-goers were watching our fire-breathing magician, I did a couple of TV interviews on-site. I told one reporter, as I said to the crowd later, that I felt like the Best of Jackson were coming together to wrap their arms around Metrocenter and give it a collective hug that night. I don’t know if the quote ever aired, but I meant it. That night at Metrocenter, and nearly every day that I walk and drive the streets of Jackson, I feel the deep love and the possibilities that it creates. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. Thank you, Jackson. Follow @donnerkay on Twitter.

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Richard Coupe

ShaWanda Jacome

Bret Kenyon

JG Hanks

Julie Skipper

Torsheta Bowens

Casey Purvis

Greg Pigott

Freelance writer Richard Coupe, avid fan of the beautiful game, husband, brother and father of four, is still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up. He wrote the Jacksonian.

ShaWanda Jacome is an elementary librarian in JPS. She lives in Ridgeland with her husband, Michael, and son, Mateo. “May the odds be ever in your favor,” she says. ShaWanda wrote for the cover package.

Pittsburgh, Pa., native Bret Kenyon is a Belhaven College theater graduate who enjoys theater, music and writing. He has worked with Off Kilter Comedy, Hardline Monks and Fondren Theatre Workshop. He wrote for the cover package.

JG Hanks is a husband, father, graduate student, freelance public relations consultant, pop culture aficionado, film lover, golfer, fan of continuous learning, and pretty much a geek/ nerd hybrid. He wrote for the cover package.

Julie Skipper is a recovering lawyer who now works in development. She lives, works, and plays in downtown Jackson. Ask her about it if you want an earful. She wrote the arts piece.

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

Writer Casey Purvis is a Fondrenite who loves planting flowers and watching birds in her backyard. She is owned by Phoebe, a 9-year-old Lhasa apso. She works as a nurse in her spare time. She wrote the food feature.

Freelance writer Greg Pigott is truly an avid fan of every kind of music. He’s also the guy who takes karaoke seriously. Greg wrote an event story.



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WHAT DO YOU LOVE? Pam Johnson I love the love of God. It sustains me, comforts me and helps me know how to act toward others. Not that I’m always successful at it. Jeff E Good My twins ... and my wife.

Thomas Roots God, myself, family, life itself and friends who are really friends—in that order. Katie Staten Stafford Family, good beer, local music.

Heather Day Kozak Life! Parthenia Fields I love living without pretense and being accepted just as I am. No questions asked. Keiona Miller The smell of new baby.


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Frank Kossen God, family, Mississippi, Rebels, Saints, Christmas, Jazzfest. The first two are in order; the rest are all tied for third. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lotta love.) Jarrod Parker I love it when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m halfway through writing a new song and realizing how fun it is to sing and play. That usually means that the audience will enjoy it as well. Not all songs just fall together. When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a chore to write, then it typically means its universally palatable. Sonia Wright Rathburn My husband, family, friends and, of course, the JFP! Max Renfroe Music. It is the energy of life. Hilda Abbott Being home alone with my children and husband, sitting on the couch cuddling and watching a movie.

Kelly Shannon Graeber Live music, good friends & libations and Pizza Den (in Oxford). Dierdre Payne What do I love? Good books, good movies, good theater, mustard greens, cornbread, good conversation, Texas, Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream. Nancy L Spears After years of controlling and physical domestic violence abuse, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love myself first,â&#x20AC;? but foremost put God first in everything I do! Duan Carter Besides the wife ... MARDI GRAS TIME! It unites the region and the people! Laurilyn McDonald Fortner Color.

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Andrew Forbes Waking up before my alarm and realizing I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to get up ... yet.

Atty Kimberly Sweeney Life and living it to the fullest!

Pam Spell Catching a glimpse of turtles sunning on a log.

Caroline Crawford I love having a husband who respects my need for solitude, supports my friendships with other people, and understands that there is no such thing as too many shoes. Nicole Alexander MUSIC. Mississippi United Against Charter Schools Vibrant, robust, functioning public education system for all. Marie Jenkins I love having a loving and supportive partner. Diann Irving Alford WHAT do I love? Why, fried chicken, of course!!! Leann Lampkin Dennis I love God, my family, my friends, my dog, good food and drinks, a sunshiny day when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold weather, a good book, a cool breeze on a hot summers night. Getting kisses and an â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love youâ&#x20AC;? from my kids. And I am so very thankful for all my blessings!! See more at

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Thursday, Jan. 31 Congress sends President Barack Obama legislation raising the debt ceiling. It permits the Treasury to borrow above the current $16.4 trillion debt limit through May 18. â&#x20AC;Ś An explosion at the headquarters building of a Mexican oil company kills at least 35 people. Friday, Feb. 1 Bishop Duncan M. Gray III of the Episcopal Church in Mississippi announces that he will allow some congregations to bless same-sex unions. â&#x20AC;Ś Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry succeeds Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Saturday, Feb. 2 Richard Glen Maples, a man serving seven years for burglary, identity theft and credit card fraud escapes from the Pike County Community Work Center in McComb. â&#x20AC;Ś French President Francois Hollande visits Timbuktu, Mali, six days after French forces liberated the city from radical Islamists. Sunday, Feb. 3 U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee is named to the House Budget Committee. â&#x20AC;Ś A power outage during the Super Bowl stops the game for 34 minutes.

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Monday, Feb. 4 Mark Young, director of the county Office of Emergency Management, tells the Hinds County Board of Supervisors that the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E-911 fund is going broke. â&#x20AC;Ś President Barack Obama travels to Minnesota to pitch his proposals to stem gun violence.


Tuesday, Feb. 5 House and Senate committees pass the Mississippi Human Trafficking Act sponsored by Rep. Kimberly Buck, D-Jackson. â&#x20AC;Ś President Barack Obama asks Congress for a short-term deficitreduction package to delay steeper automatic cuts scheduled to kick in March 1. Get news updates at



Madison Mayor Tries to Block JSU by Jacob D. Fuller


ackson State University President Carolyn Meyers didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine she would face opposition when she announced in January the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to open a satellite campus in Madison. When Meyers learned that Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler and Richard Marksbury, dean of the Tulane Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Continuing Studies in Madison, were attempting to keep JSU from opening the campus, she was blindsided. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was amazed, astounded,â&#x20AC;? Meyers said at a press conference Jan. 28. The previous Friday, Jan. 25, Hawkins Butler and Marksbury sent a letter to the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and Special Assistant Attorney General Stephanie Ganucheau requesting that IHL reconsider and rescind its approval of JSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease of a building at 382 Galleria Parkway in Madison. The letter claimed IHLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval of JSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease is a violation of Mississippi Code Sec. 37-102-13, which states: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning shall take into account the ongoing programs of the private colleges in the State of Mississippi when said board authorizes off-campus programs created under this chapter.â&#x20AC;? IHL did not take into consideration the programs Tulane, a New Orleans, La.-based private institution, offers at its Madison campus, the letter claimed. The letter failed to mention the second part of the two-sentence law, however, which


Wednesday, Jan. 30 Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett spoke to more than 500 audience members at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnershipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual meeting. â&#x20AC;Ś The Mississippi House passes a bill requiring physicians or midwives to collect umbilical-cord blood when a girl younger than 16 gives birth and refuses to reveal the fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name.


Jackson State University has found itself in a battle with Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler after JSU announced its plans to open a campus in her town.

states: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is the intent of this chapter to meet the educational needs of students who do not have ready access to the educational opportunities that they desire.â&#x20AC;? That, Meyers said, is precisely JSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reason for opening the new campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal in opening a JSU branch in Madison is to meet the educational needs of the students in the metro Jackson area,â&#x20AC;? Meyers said. JSU has not announced all the programs of study it will offer at the campus, but the JSU communications department wrote on its blog that the university plans to include business, public service and education courses in Madison. Tulaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website does not list public service or education as programs of study available at its Madison campus. Hawkins Butler and Marksburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter stated that JSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of plans presented to

IHL put the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval in violation of Miss. Code Sec. 37-102-1. That law, however, sets no clear guidelines to how IHL must evaluate proposals for new campuses, only that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning shall not establish off-campus instructional programs if in its opinion such action is not in the best interest of quality education for the State of Mississippi and the university system.â&#x20AC;? Attempts by this reporter to reach an IHL board member for comment before press time were unsuccessful. Meyers said JSU is not trying to take students away from Tulane, but to make higher education easier for non-traditional students who have to work while attending college. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about either-or; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a matter of making it convenient,â&#x20AC;? Meyers said.






After the letter from Hawkins Butler and Marksbury went public, Canton Mayor William Truly wrote a letter to Jackson State requesting a meeting to discuss opening a campus in Canton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the Mayor of the City of Canton, you certainly would be welcome here,â&#x20AC;? Truly wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We recognize that education is the key to economic development for our communities and our state.â&#x20AC;? Truly also disapproves of Hawkins Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackson State University is the premier university for the metro area and should not have been dismissed in such a derogatory manner,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. Hawkins Butler told a local TV news reporter that her actions werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t based on any criteria of JSU, a historically black university. She said that she also told Belhaven Universi-

ty, her alma mater, that she could not support that school opening a campus in Madison, either, because it would conflict with Tulane. Belhaven University President Roger Parrott said he spoke to Hawkins Butler about the possibility of a Belhaven campus in Madison, but concluded it would have been too costly. Parrott said she did not offer Belhaven the incentives offered Tulane. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Eric Stringfellow, JSU director of communications, said JSU is not considering opening the campus in Canton instead of Madison. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to Madison. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve signed a lease,â&#x20AC;? Stringfellow said Feb. 1. Meyers said JSU plans to begin offering courses at the Madison campus this summer. Comment at Email Jacob D. Fuller at

Nunnelee Reintroduces Akinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bill



ississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee is reviving the specter of former Rep. Todd Akin, a fellow Republican from Missouri. Readers may remember Akin and the now-infamous comment he made last year when a reporter asked if abortion could be justified if pregnancy resulted from rape. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really rare,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shutthewholethingdown.â&#x20AC;? That comment began a furor that may well have cost Akin his bid for Sen. Claire McCaskillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat in November. On Jan. 22, Nunneleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office sent out a press release announcing that the

Mississippi congressman had introduced pro-life legislation in the U.S. House. His bill, H.R. 346, Stop Abortion Funding in Multi-State Exchange Plans Act, aka the SAFE Act, is identical to a bill Akin proposed last year, H.R. 4971. On the premise that the federal government is prohibited from funding abortions, the bills propose that multi-state health-insurance plans sold on state exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, cannot cover abortions except for cases of rape or incest, or where pregnancy threatens the life of the mother. H.R. 4971 died in committee. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Ronni Mott

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Baria Sacks PAC Politics is dirty game, and the 2011 Mississippi statewide elections were some of the dirtiest anyone has witnessed in a long time. During that campaign, then-Sen. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, was running for a House seat and became the target of what he calls some “nasty hit pieces”—direct-mail flyers that falsely accused Baria of voting to raise taxes on food and give himself a pay raise as well as gouging clients in his law practice. Despite that, Baria won Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, believes that Advance the race. In Nov. 2012, he Mississippi PAC, a political-action committee he is suing filed a libel suit against the for libel, was influential in Democrats losing control of the outfit that produced the House of Representatives in 2011. mailers, Advance Mississippi PAC. cational performance of our citizens,” Reeves Steve Simmons, a lobbyist from Bransaid last week. don, is behind the political-action commitThe Legislature passed a pilot pre-kin- tee, according to Secretary of State records. dergarten program in 1990, but never fund- Advance Mississippi’s filings show that the, ed it. This year, bills in the state House and group spent $284,000 on races and took in Senate call for creating public-private col- donations of more than $50,000 each from laboratives that would include public-school the political-action committees of the Missisdistricts, Head Start programs and private sippi Manufacturers Association, Mississippi child-care facilities and businesses. Association of Realtors and the Mississippi Oleta Fitzgerald, director of the Children’s Bankers Association. The Mississippi Poultry Defense Fund’s Southern Regional Office, Association PAC also kicked in $11,000. called the bills a good start. “Any incremental Baria said he thought the groups had change will help us along the way,” Fitzgerald reached a settlement that involved the PAC told the Jackson Free Press. recanting the false allegations in a full-page The groups could apply to the Missis- newspaper ad; however, the settlement was sippi Department of Education for money dropped because the PAC wanted to include to pay for teaching 4-year-olds in schools the inflammatory political mailers in the that meet certain standards. The state would newspaper ad. The suit is still pending. put up half the money, and the local groups Comment at Contact would raise the rest. In the first year, the state R.L. Nave at



ome former mayors of Mississippi Delta towns would like to have a word with Gov. Phil Bryant. In a recent interview, Bryant asserted that “there is no one who doesn’t have health care in America.” Former Aguilla Mayor Emma CooperHarris says she’s a living, breathing example to the contrary. “Is he here today? I need to tell him I don’t have a drop (of health care),” Cooper-Harris told the Jackson Free Press at the Capitol last week. After being laid off from her job with a nonprofit agency and losing her health insurance, Cooper-Harris said she needed to have kidney surgery. Now, she owes the hospital $60,000. “I’ve got to go back to the doctor next week. I don’t even know how I’m going to get there,” Cooper-Harris said. Former Metcalfe Mayor Shirley Allen said her husband recently retired from Mars Foods, which makes Uncle Ben’s rice, in Greenville. She said the cost of insuring them both would cost $900 per month, about half his pension. Last week, state House Democrats fired the first salvo in what could be a big, messy battle over Medicaid expansion by killing an otherwise routine reauthorization bill. Democrats prefer the Senate bill, which, would let lawmakers have a debate about expansion. Former Leland Mayor Barbara Brooks is hopeful that the Legislature goes through with the Medicaid expansion despite Bryant’s resistance. “Our governor is uninformed about a lot of things related to health care,” Brooks said.

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Hometown Candidate by Jacob D. Fuller

To be honest with you, I’m not so much just doing it for me: I am just doing it for the community. Right now in Ward 5, we have a problem with abandoned houses. We have a problem with the crime rate. I know if elected, I can’t do it by myself. It’ll take the other council members and the mayor to jump on board in trying to get that changed. Living in the heart of Jackson in Ward 5, we have a street that is right beside the (Dr. Robert Smith) Parkway, right by Jackson State. We have a lot of people that come from out of town and people from in town that go up and down that parkway every day, and they have to look at those abandoned houses. To give an example: Deer Park Street. I live on the next street (over) from that street. We have police coming over there almost every day trying to stop the drug traffic. One of the reasons is because you have those five or six houses that are abandoned. (Criminals) hide their drugs, or they hide whatever they’re trying to do from the cops, because they do have those hiding places.

to Washington, D.C., or Memphis because they were looking for something better. I’ve always said that my “better” is right here. That’s just the truth. I believe in Jackson. I believe in Mississippi. And I believe in the end, we’ll make a difference. Right now,

Jackson City Council hopeful Courtney Walker, 26, wants Jacksonians to know that his age will not keep him from leading Ward 5 in the right direction.

Ward 5 is the heart of the city, located right in the middle. It is an area of the city that hasn’t seen a lot of economic development in a long time. How important is bringing business development there, and how can you help that happen?

With it being the heart of the city, there’s so much that could be done right there. With the (Jackson) Convention Center being as close as it is, with the King Edward being as close as it is, there should be way more business in that area. Because of the crime, it kind of deters businesses away from that area. It hurts us, and it hurts the businesses as well, because they could make so much money. If you take a look at the Westland Plaza area, now they are back to trying to grow with the additions of Foot Locker and stores like that. I think it’s important that we have to get on the same page with the council and with the mayor, so we can get those areas taken care of. Without that, there’s no way that we’re going to be able to make it. What I would tell my people in Ward 5, or a citizen in the Jackson area, is the council members, the mayor, even the people running for Senate seat 28, we have to be on board. We have to be on the same page in order to get the city back (to where it should be). To be honest with you, I love my city. I always have. I have friends who’ve moved off

we’re kind of on the down side from Rankin County and Madison, but at the end of the day, we’re the capital city and we’re going to stand tall. You mentioned crime. Look around the country, and you’ll find cities with higher crime rates and more economic development. How much of Jackson’s problem is a perception of crime, and what can we do as a city to change that perception?

I think you hear (about) crime a lot, and it kind of sticks in people’s heads. The fact of the matter is it’s a reality. We are a city that has been held up by crime. The people who visit Renaissance (in Ridgeland), the people who visit the movies in Pearl, those people don’t want to come here because of the crime. Charlotte Reeves, one of the business women in Jackson, somebody basically just ran up to her and assaulted her. That’s one of the reasons that people don’t come (to Jackson.) That’s true. Crime right now is bad. We have Jackson police. With all due respect, we have them, (but) at times you wonder: “Where are they?” Although (JPD is) steadily increasing numbers (of officers), it’s all about quality. You can have a thousand police, but if the quality is no good, you have no protection. That’s going to be one of the biggest things: getting on board with (Mayor) Harvey Johnson (Jr.), or whomever may win

this election, just getting them on board to come up with a solution on how we can fix this and not just basically keep improving by numbers, but more so improving by quality. This is a “which comes first, the chicken or the egg” kind of a question. Do you think if we get rid of the crime, the economic development will come? Or if we bring the economic development, by bringing jobs, we can reduce the crime?

Of course, if the city is safe, the people feel safe. More people come if they feel like the city is safe. If you feel like your businesses won’t make it because of the crime, no one is going to come. I think first you have to put a lid on the crime. You have to fix that problem. I believe after that, economic growth will come. I don’t think people are just shying away from Jackson, because they know it’s the capital city, and we have so much growth that can occur. Like I said, people are just scared. I don’t know anybody that’s going to go anywhere that they’re scared that they may lose their life or may lose some of the things that they have with them. That’s something that we’re going to have to take care of if we’re trying to see any kind of growth in the Jackson area. We also have to accept diversity. It’s not all about one color. As a black American, it’s not all about us. Even though the majority of (Ward 5) and other parts of the city are black, we have to accept other people and realize that they have something great to offer as well. We can’t just look at color to say, “Well, (that candidate is) my color, so that’s who I’m going with.” It can’t be like that. The world wasn’t built like that. We need help—right now especially—anywhere we can get it. As long as it’s positive help, I think that we should accept it. Comment at Email Jacob D. Fuller at Track the Jackson City Council candidates at council13.

Courtney Walker Running for: Ward 5 City Council Age: 26 Born: Jackson, Miss. Education: Jim Hill High School; Mississippi State University, bachelor’s in political science, 2009 Political experience: Worked on Marshand Crisler’s mayoral campaign in 2009. Family: Single; Only child; Raised by mom, Cornelius Walker, and grandmother. Mom died in 2010 from breast cancer.

Why did you decide to run for Ward 5 city councilman?

Unfortunately, the guy that I’m running against (Councilman Charles Tillman) hasn’t really done anything about it in the eight or 12 years that he’s been in office. I think it’s time for a change, and I think the people want to see something different. TRIP BURNS


hen Courtney Walker was 14, one of the local TV channels came to his central Jackson neighborhood and interviewed him. The focus of the story was crime, as it is with many stories on the tube about Jackson. That interview made young Walker take note of politics and government in his hometown for the first time. “That’s basically what got me started and interested in politics,” Walker told the Jackson Free Press Jan. 18 in his office at Drive Time Auto on Interstate 55 North. It wasn’t Walker’s first experience with community involvement, though. The tall, broad-shouldered senior sales adviser began working at Stewpot Community Services with his mother, Cornelius, when he was just 4. That’s where he met former Stewpot CEO Luther Ott and his wife, Janet. Walker, now 26, gives the Otts and his mother all the credit for pushing him to go to college and providing the means. He attended Holmes Community College for one year, and then moved on to Mississippi State University, where he earned bachelor’s degree in political science in 2009. After graduation, Walker returned to Jackson and worked on Marshand Crisler’s 2009 mayoral campaign. “That gave me a lot of information and a lot of know-how about how to handle things,” Walker said. “Hearing those kind of people talk, it basically makes you want to do something better than what we’re seeing right now.”


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Belhaven Gets Historic Designation The State Department of Archives and History announced in January that the Belhaven neighborhood has become part of the National Register of Historic Places. The U.S. Department of the Interior approved the addition of the Belhaven Historic District in early January. Designation on the National Register helps preserve historic properties through tax benefits and grant assistance, and protects buildings from demolition. It does not prohibit private landowners in the district from making renovations to their property, homes or businesses, unless the development involves federal funding or participation in any federal programs. “It’s costly to maintain and preserve historic homes,” GBNF Executive Director Virgi Lindsay told the Jackson Free Press. “With this designation, people will have the opportunity to get historic tax credits for maintaining our historic homes.” The application process, which included an application fee and surveying the land, cost $50,000. The state Department of Archives and History provided a $25,000 grant, the City of Jackson added a $20,000 contribution and the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation provided $5,000 to the project. “We really started working with the city of Jackson and (the Department of) Archives and History about a year ago to get this done,” Lindsay told the JFP in early January. The Belhaven Historic District is bordered by Fortification Street to the south, Riverside Drive to the north, Interstate 55 to the east and North State Street to the west. It includes about 1,500 buildings. Most of the district is residential, though it does include Bailey Middle School, First Presbyterian Church and the English Village Shopping Center. The district includes two buildings that were already on the National Register of His-

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register since 1979. The oldest homes in the district were built in 1904 and are both located on State Street. Belhaven University is located inside the district. University President Roger Parrott said the designation will not hinder any of the university’s plans for future expansion. He told the Jackson Free Press that the university welcomed the historic designation. “We try to, as much as we can, provide a barrier-free campus that encourages neighbors to interact with the campus,” Parrott said. Kellogg Opens Regional Office The W.K. Kellogg Foundation opened a new regional office Feb. 1 in Capital Towers at 125 S. Congress St. The office will

oversee the region that includes Mississippi and New Orleans. Founded in 1930 by the breakfast cereal mogul Will Keith Kellogg, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation works to help children overcome barriers to success in school, work and life. The charity concentrates on education, food, health and well-being, and family economic stability for at-risk youth. The new office will employ up to five full-time workers. “Our goal is to do the work that helps children thrive in their lives,” Keith Aikens, communications manager for the Kellogg Foundation, told the Jackson Free Press. “That’s educated kids, healthy kids and economically secure families.” To reach those goals, the foundation works with local charitable organizations and groups. Previous Kellogg Foundation initiatives include the Jobs for the Future’s Accelerating Opportunity that helped Mississippi community colleges receive a $14.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for improvements to informationtechnology training programs. The Battle Creek, Mich.-based foundation focuses in areas with high concentrations of poverty, including parts of Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and the city of New Orleans in the United States, and Mexico and Haiti abroad. In Mississippi, the Kellogg Foundation has worked for upwards of 40 years, teaming with nearly 100 organizations. It has invested upwards of $90 million in the region that includes Mississippi and New Orleans. With the opening of the new office, the foundation will have a new five-person team dedicated to serving the region. “We couldn’t be more pleased that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is locating their regional office in Jackson,” Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. stated in a release. Comment at Email local business news to


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Why Not JSU? by Tony T. Yarber


ot many days ago, Jackson State University announced a plan to expand its campus beyond the city limits of Jackson into Madison. Many Jackson supporters received this announcement with enthusiasm about the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future as well as the opportunity to see JSU more proactively open her doors to a clientele that ultimately creates a more diversified Jackson State University. For those who have kept up with Jackson State University over the last 20 years, this move should not be a big shock. Jackson State has been growing in program offerings as well as making a crawl across more and more acreage. This is the way of higher education. Progressive schools of higher learning are morphing to meet the demands of creating a more technically educated populous while catering to a convenience-seeking group of potential students. Mississippi State University has established extensions throughout the state. My alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi, has an expansive campus that reaches from the Hub City of Hattiesburg to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. So, the idea of university expansion is not a novel one. The reaction to JSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement, however, was immediate. Tulane University, supported by Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, came out in opposition to Jackson Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansion to Madison. Since then, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen Facebook debates and special news reports. Even the normal barbershop conversations have centered on the push back that Jackson State University has encountered from Tulane and Hawkins. Tulane University established a satellite campus in Madison in 2010, almost three hours away from its parent site in Louisiana. Greeted with open arms as the first of its kind in Madison, the school has the obvious desire to maintain the level of exclusivity it currently enjoys. So, Tulaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;proposedâ&#x20AC;? opposition against the JSU expansion is actually palatable. What is not palatable is a question that has surfaced in this conversation from people on both sides of the issue. In some instances, both proponents and opponents of the move are asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why does JSU want to expand to Madison?â&#x20AC;? I submit that we are asking the wrong question. Maybe the question we should propose is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t JSU expand to Madison?â&#x20AC;? Is it really the competition factor? If so, does it mean that Madison is closed for business to any other state-supported institution of higher learning proposing to expand there? Why not JSU? Riddle me that, Batman! Tony Yarber is president of the Jackson City Council. He represents Ward 6, and will be running for re-election this year.


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Why it stinks: House Bill 490, which died in committee this week, proposes creating a government commission to examine federal laws and decide whether Mississippi and Mississippians should have to follow those laws. The bill thumbs its nose at the federal government by setting Mississippi up as the supreme arbiter of law. What this bill has in common with the Sovereignty Commission is a blatant disrespect for the U.S. Constitution. The Mississippi Sovereignty Commission was set up to subvert laws giving equal rights to African Americans. The Balance of Powers Act aims to subvert any federal law its commission doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree with. They are more alike than different.

The Secrecy Must Stop


e heard a lot about sunshine during the 2011 legislative session. Mainly, it was in the context of a proposal Republicans were pushing to ostensibly to boost transparency in the Mississippi attorney generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. Their legislationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Sunshine Actâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;did two main things. First, it allowed state agency heads to hire outside lawyers and bypass the AGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, which the state Constitution says is supposed to handle the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal affairs. Second, it required the AG to disclose all third-party contracts with outside law firms on its website. Since last year, the Republican-led Legislatureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appetite for sunshine has slowed. At a Jan. 23 meeting of a House Education Subcommittee, its chairman, Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, reportedly huddled with several committee members to conduct the public bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deliberations in whispers, out of earshot of citizens who attended the meeting. Right now, a proposal to exempt concealedweapon permit holders from open-record laws is zipping through the Legislature at warp speed, faster even than the highly coveted charter-school bills. The proposal has already passed the House, and is on track to become one of the first bills to reach Gov. Phil Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desk for his signature. Last week, the House also passed HB 324, which would also exempt from the Public Records Act certain information the state insurance

commissioner uses to rate insurance companies as well as shield that information from subpoena. Rep. Sherra Lane, D-Waynesboro, one of the few voices who expressed opposition to HB 324, correctly called the measure unprecedented. As government watchdogs and keepers of a public trust, we are alarmed and concerned that these actions represent a regression from the once-ubiquitous rhetoric around the Capitol about letting the sun shine on Mississippi government. In its 2013 report card on state transparency, the Virginia-based nonprofit Sunshine Review, Mississippi ranked among the bottom six in terms of government openness with a letter grade of C. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunshine Review rankings, which also graded states on number of integrity indicators, scored Mississippi particularly poor in categories of public access to information (D+), political financing (F) and executive-branch accountability (D+). With grades like these, Mississippi could benefit from a little remediation in its openness and accountability factors. With the session almost a third over, we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold our breath for any significant improvements to Mississippi public-record laws. The very least legislative leaders could do is to follow their own rhetoric from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunshine Act debate and stop trying to hide their actions from the people of Mississippi.

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atching the inauguration of President Barack H. Obama was bittersweet. I was proud to have advocated for my president, and I feel validated by his inclusion of the LGBT community and the diversity on display. Looking back to last fall, though, my heart sinks at the thought of a relationship that has changed forever. I tried to influence one friend’s vote, and in doing so, discovered that she has never condoned my “gay lifestyle.” Rather, she had decided to love me and hate the sin. Not only had I unwittingly agreed to disagree for the past 20 years, but I had foolishly assumed she wanted equality for me and my partner of 10 years. We haven’t spoken since the end of October, and I’ve slowly worked through the five stages of grief. On this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the fruits of the civil-rights struggle were on display for all to celebrate. Obama, sworn in on Abraham Lincoln’s and King’s Bibles, spoke eloquently about equality for all, mentioning “gay brothers and sisters” and Stonewall in his speech. And, as the nation listened with heads bowed, Rev. Luis Leon included gays in the benediction. (Stonewall refers to a 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village that began several days of riots. It is seen as a pivotal event in the gay-rights movement.) “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law,” Obama said. “For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” Ten years ago, I had the privilege of standing next to a girlfriend as the man of honor in her wedding. It was to be a casual beach side service until a nor’easter blew in. Inside a tent, I experienced that “tears through laughter” emotion that Truvy in “Steel Magnolias” favored so. Back then, I had no hope of ever having the chance to wed my partner, and I was ambivalent about my rights as an American. I am one of many who had decided I could be content “making pretty” and keeping my mouth shut. Last December, I was honored again to stand beside another friend and witness her union. As Justin stood in back of yet another tent, I watched him and tried to imagine the two of us joining together in a room full of family and friends. There were tears, of course, but mostly there was joy. Joy from knowing with all my heart that our nation is moving quickly to extend equality to all. In those 10 years, I’ve evolved, and

so have my expectations. I’m no longer content with my place in this grand experiment, and I’m not afraid to stand up in my chair and holler. As long as I live in a nation where I’m not allowed to have the same protections and benefits as heterosexual couples, as long as I can be fired just for being gay, as long as LGBT youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers, I can’t keep silent. This time last year, I wrote a column in which I turned attention to the youth of our state. The Mississippi Youth Legislature had approved the recognition of same-sex unions from other states, if you’ll recall. These 18- to 24-year-old voters showed up at the polls last November and voiced their approval of President Obama’s social policies. Not surprisingly, around the same time, the MYL voted to approve adoption for same-sex couples and, in a bold move, to change the name of the Ross Barnett Reservoir to James Meredith Reservoir to honor the civilrights champion and the first black student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi—instead of the governor who vowed to keep Meredith out. All of the proposals passed except for the adoption one. On election night, ABC’s George Will said, “To young people, being gay is like being left-handed; they don’t get what the big deal is.” It seems hope and change is inevitable as these young Americans come of age. America’s youth are less divided on social issues than the generations before them. In fact, national polls show that support for marriage equality among voters 18 to 34 stands near 70 percent. Some speculate that the president’s inaugural speech is a peek at the policies that are most important to him in his second term. As we wait to see if, and how, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on marriage equality this coming June, clearly President Obama has the courage of his convictions. The hope that he spoke of four years ago has taken root in the hearts and souls of so many Americans, and it will flourish as equality is achieved for everyone under the law. “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths—that all of us are created equal—is the star that guides us still,” he said, “just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall.” Eddie Outlaw is co-owner of the William Wallace Salon in Fondren and spends most of his time trying not to embarrass his sweet Delta mother on

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round Valentine’s Day, everyone starts talking about love. Lurve. Luff. Luv. Those in it get mushy and sentimental. Those still waiting on it look for ways to spend Feb. 14 either avoiding or celebrating the topic of their singledom. But the truth is, most of us have great love in our life, whether it be a significant other, sibling, parent, child or pet. This year, take time to celebrate all the love in your life, and all those you love in whatever messy, complicated, beautiful way you can.




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n fall 2010, a New Jersey-based pastor by the name of Cedric Miller made national headlines after demanding that married church leaders in his congregation give up their Facebook accounts or resign. The blogosphere reacted with a variation of ridicule and support. Rev. Miller said he pushed his congregation to leave the world’s most popular social networking site because he felt it was becoming a reoccurring issue in marital counseling sessions. While many people felt Rev. Miller was using Facebook as a scapegoat for poor moral decisions, his assertion was not without merit. Over the past two decades, the Internet has come to play an integral role in our lives. We use the Internet to pay bills, communicate with friends, find employment and, in some cases, even order groceries. It should be no surprise that the Internet and social media have come to play such a major role in relationships. reports that approximately one in five relationships now begin online, and dating sites are more popular than ever. Since the early days of the Internet, people have found it an effective way to meet potential partners. Long before and or flirting in 140 characters via Twitter, people were using primitive bulletin-board systems to run defacto dating services. After the Internet explosion of the 1990s and the introduction of chat rooms, instant messengers and social networking sites, online courting became a thing of relative norm.

In the French film, “Jeux d’enfants,” love is the ultimate game.


Social media provides people with “safe” spaces from which to make contact. However, one of the drawbacks to online dating is the ease in which people can misrepresent themselves. Whether it involves uploading old or fake pictures, lying about marital status or simply pretending to be someone else, it is much easier for a person to mislead a potential partner online than in person. Over the last month, former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has been in the headlines after allegedly falling victim to a hoax and entering

into a romantic relationship with a person who, he would find out later, never existed. Criminals have used dating sites to lure potential victims. Phyllis Carter, a 27-year-old accountant, says she believes one can find love online, but it is important to use common sense and discernment. “I’ve done online dating before and met a few crazies, but I was happy to knock a few people off my list based on their profiles alone,” Carter says. She also warns against using sexually provocative pictures. “If you are

he question “What is love?” is riddled with complexity. Love is intimidating, comforting, scary and overwhelming all at the same time. Love can be the reason for our greatest triumphs, as well as our most crushing defeats. It’s hard to put into words exactly what love truly is. Love has shaped some of the greatest events in the history of our existence. So what is love? It depends on whom you ask. Poets, writers, musicians and filmmakers have been trying to decipher the riddle that is love since the dawn of mankind. Through cinema, we have shared love’s

serious about finding a mate, putting provocative pictures up there won’t help you get any closer.” While many people have learned how to use social media to find love, using it to maintain relationships has proven a much trickier task. Accusations of digital flirting, concerns about pictures of former flames and arguments over passwords have become points of contention for many couples. Cyberspace is still evolving, and the line between appropriate and inappropriate behavior can often be blurry. Is it wrong for a person in a committed relationship to comment on the picture of a member of the opposite sex who is not their partner? These are the types of questions that persist. In a 2004 article published in the BT Technology Journal entitled “Public Displays of Connection,” social media expert Dr. Danah Boyd states that in the real world, people use time and space to separate incompatible parts of their lives, but those lines are often removed on social networking sites. A married man may be hesitant to give a flirtatious coworker his personal cell phone number, but he may accept a Facebook friend request because it is seen as less harmful—even though it can offer almost the same access as the cell phone. As the Internet continues to play an expanding role in maintaining and starting romantic relationships, people are still struggling to learn the dating rules of cyberspace. Like love, it’s an ever-evolving beast.

heartbreaks, along with the sometimes improbable or illogical stories of true romance and some of the best examples of non-traditional love. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but one to get you thinking. Sometimes love is hard to understand and it makes you ask questions—but ultimately, it helps you learn more about yourself.

up with. Then he meets Maude. The 79year-old breath of fresh air is exactly what Harold needs in his life. She teaches him to seize every moment. Lesson: “A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. They’re just backing away from life. Reach out. Take a chance. Get hurt even. But play as well as you can.”

“Harold and Maude” (1971)

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Harold Chasen is obsessed with death. So much so that he drives a hearse, likes attending funerals and fakes his death to each of the women his mother tries to set him

Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader’s take on dominant and submissive roles may be too much for some viewers, but the underlying lesson in the film is that

everyone has complementing partners. Sorry, ladies, but I think this is the original Mr. Grey. Lesson: “In one way or another, I’ve always suffered. I didn’t know why exactly. But I do know that I’m not so scared of suffering now. I feel more than I’ve ever felt, and I’ve found someone to

them. In fact, neighbors spotted Chloe, who is usually afraid of men, a full three blocks away pursuing our would-be burglar. I can’t even accuse them of loving me just for the food. Charlie, in particular, is so excited every time I walk outside that I have to lock him on the back porch with his bowl of Ol’ Roy just so he’ll remember to eat. And let me tell you, when a guy of any species puts seeing you over filling his stomach, you know you’re dealing with true love. That’s the thing about Charlie and Chloe—they don’t know how not to love. I’ve always believed that love was more than a feeling A pair of pooches can teach just as much about (thank you, Boston). unconditional love as a friend or significant other. It’s a decision, a mindset that reveals itself not with a card and chocotimes. But I’m certain there are things I do lates just a couple days out of the year, but that drive them just as crazy. I don’t play with in the reactions and small sacrifices every them enough, I pop them on the nose when other day. Love is accepting that the other they jump, once or twice they’ve missed a person in your life is fallible, that they’re meal, I allow cats in the house, and I recently going to make mistakes, or forget to feed picked up the saxophone again. But their you, or pop you on the nose, or yell at you unrestrained joy to have me in their lives re- for protecting the house against birds—but mains unconditional. you love them, anyway. Even if I only give them five minutes of So that’s my goal: to love the way my tossing a slobbery tennis ball around the yard, dogs love, to be happier in the presence of they can’t imagine a happier reality. These that one special person than I am anywhere two live for me. They wait from sunrise to else in the world, and to show that affection sundown just for the possibility of a scratch with complete and utter abandon. It’s posbehind the ears and a kind word. They in- sible that my wife might freak out a little if stinctively know when I’m hurt or upset and I start flinging myself at the door when she they become overwhelmingly concerned. gets home from work, but I’m sure I’ll find And on one frightening night, they thwarted other ways. a burglar trying to break into our house, even After all, there’s a lot to be learned out after the guy repeatedly kicked and injured that back window.

feel with, to play with, to love in a way that feels right for me. I hope he knows that I can see that he suffers too. And that I want to love him.”

the best decision? Lesson: “A stupid game? Maybe so, but it was our game.”

“Jeux d’enfants” aka “Love Me If You Dare” (2003)

Randy Dean is failing high school, has only one friend, works at a gas station and is in a relationship with a married woman. Then one day she meets Evie, a girl she would have never talked to at school—but fate has its own set of rules. They couldn’t be more different, but love has no “normal” setting. Although this film is about a lesbian relationship, it is no different than any other typical high school romance. Sometimes you fall in love with someone that you never dreamed of meeting. Lesson: “I didn’t say I was gay. I said I was in love.”

How much would you suffer before admitting your love for someone? Julien and Sophie begin a childhood game with a constant challenge of one-upmanship that carries on into their adult lives, destroying almost every relationship they’ve ever had. Unable to share their true feelings for each other without somehow incorporating “the game,” they finally are forced to face what they have been avoiding. Is growing up and facing the realities of adulthood always

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’ve learned a lot about love from two of the unlikeliest of teachers: my dogs. It’s strange to think of learning anything from someone so spectacularly unintelligent—you know, the type of creature that regularly knocks loose parts of the house by ramming them with their heads. Or the type that becomes so terrified by the scent of our cats that they’ve been permanently banned from the living room due to, shall we say, “excessive leakage.” But the truth is, my dogs offer one of the most powerful lessons in love I’ve found, and all I have to do to study it is glance out the back window—the one they’ve been enthusiastically flinging their bodies against ever since I walked in the front door. My wife and I adopted Charlie first: a yellow lab on his way to the animal shelter because his first family was overwhelmed by his taste for shoes and his high energy (gas molecules have less activity). And yes, this was the selling point on which we took him. Charlie quickly developed a reputation with the neighbors for his daring escapes from our fenced back yard, so it was no surprise when we came home one weekday to find two of our neighbors sitting on our steps with a hungry and exhausted yellow lab. The actual surprise came when we learned Charlie was still in the backyard and that we’d mistakenly taken ownership of an identical dog. After a few months of searching for an owner, the dog we dubbed Chloe became part of the family. Admittedly, it can be frustrating having two large centers of renewable energy living in the backyard. They eat lawn furniture (even the plastic kind), they unearth plants, they tear lattice from the porch walls, and the glass back door is now completely opaque due to muddy paw prints. They feel the need to alert us at 4 in the morning every time somebody sneezes two blocks away. The


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versal understanding of life that goes with accepting love. When I was maybe 8 or 9 years old, I saw what this love looked like. My father came home one night a bit intoxicated. He was funny (to me) when he was this way. Usually a stern and serious man, he became jovial when he had a few sips, but I don’t COURTESY FUNMI FRANKLIN

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ama, don’t you ever get lonely?” I asked my mother one day as I walked her from my car back to her room at the nursing home. It was a slow walk, as she couldn’t move very fast anymore. I felt close to her as I held her hand, guiding her steps. The hallway was filled with nurses, and elderly adults in wheelchairs surrounded the nurse’s station. I never liked that feeling. It made me feel sad to leave her there, every time. So, I wondered how she felt about being left there. After a few moments, I noticed she wasn’t interested in my question. “Mama,” I began again, “don’t you ever want to be with a man again? You haven’t been with a man since Daddy died.” By this time we had made it to her room, and I was easing her down to the bed. She grabbed my arm and pulled me to a seat next to her. She patted my hand as she often did when she was about to say something that she wanted me to pay close attention to. “Baby, your daddy was the man God meant for me,” she said. “Once he left, I didn’t want another man. I haven’t even had the desire for another man. That was it. Howard was it for me.” I smiled and said something about how I could not imagine going that long without a man. To me, it was simply unfathomable. I often ponder that time I spent with her that particular day. In a small way, I think it changed my life. I didn’t realize it then, but those words would stay with me even past my mother’s transition. My only concern at the time was the need to feel loved by a man. I could not understand the love Mama had for the God she’d dedicated herself to nor the love she shared with my father. It was a different love, the kind most people never find in their lifetime. It’s the kind of love fairy tales are made of, going beyond that of a husband and wife, man and woman. It’s a love of self and a uni-

Funmi Franklin’s mother, Mary, taught her a love that lives on after death.

think my mother liked it. That night they argued. My mother became really angry, and she decided she’d take my sister and me away for the night. By the time we got to the front door, he was running after her to stop her. I remember seeing her smirk, although she didn’t want him to see it. “Mary, come back here. Where are you going?” he screamed. My mother was determined that she was not going to stay that night, and he was trying to be the big bad man that stood in her way and kept her from leaving. My mother walked up to him, grabbed him by the waist and lifted him from the

spot he was standing to her other side. He was shocked. She was shocked. But he quit trying to stop her, and we left. Having a husband and family now, I have come to understand love a bit more than I did when I talked with Mama that day in the nursing home. Love isn’t about how happy a person makes you. Love isn’t the superficial business about what a person can do for you. Love changes who you are and how you live your life. Love is an unimaginable force that alters the way you react and feel about being human. Love is a wonder, a spiritual connection—not just to one person but to all things. My father wasn’t very affectionate, but I never doubted the love he had for my mother. My mother, on the other hand, was always touchy-feely; I knew that she loved my daddy. I never could have imagined the type of love I witnessed from her after Daddy died. That was real love. That was love people dream about—that I dreamed about. No matter how bad things got, they were never so bad that love no longer worked. When I woke up the next morning, Daddy was sitting in the living room of the house where we had slept that night. Mama gathered our things, put us back in the car, and we went home. I never heard another word about it, but I don’t recall my father getting intoxicated like that again. Sometimes you have to stand up to love for love to know you mean to stay. My mother never left again. Even after Daddy went to the other side, she remained in love with him—fully, completely, without fail. She loved him beyond “’til death do us part.” That love kept her whole for another 20 years, and she never felt she had missed anything. Now, that’s love. Funmi “Queen” Franklin is a word lover, poet and advocate for sisterhood. She has a weakness for reality shows and her puppy, Shaka.

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I feel privileged to be my sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trusted confidante, model and advisor.

Abel, sibling rivalry has existedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that jealousy, competition and fighting between brothers and sisters. In my experience, my conflict with my sister wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t based on a lack of love, but rather the inability to adjust to sharing my parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affections with another person. Psychologists Whiteman, McHale and Crouter wrote in a 2007 article, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Competing Processes of Sibling Influence: Observational Learning and Sibling De-identification,â&#x20AC;? that children and adolescents spend more time with and participate in more activities with their siblings than with either parents

or peers outside of school hours. Siblings often serve as models, advisers and caregivers for their younger sisters and brothers. Lucky for me, I came to my senses when I got to college, and my sister and I got back on the right track. We exchanged letters and phone calls often. We learned what Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Alice Walker meant when she wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister?â&#x20AC;? My adult friendship with my sister is now based on a mutual respect for each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives and views of the world. I feel privileged to be my sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trusted confidante and role model. When our mother died in 2011, the bond we share grew stronger and the solace I found with Chantal was vital to my grieving process. As sisters, we share a history. We can bear witness to what it was like growing up in our house. We laugh over shared memories of our mother, mourn her and help each other heal. Likewise, we work together to make sure our dad is taken care of in our motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absence. I am aware that not everyone has a loving relationship with their siblings. I have known families where siblings are bitter enemies due to long and deep-seated indiscretions and wrong-doings. And for those, I lift up silent prayers for reconciliation, or at least forgiveness. Because familyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;siblingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are irreplaceable. Once they are gone, only memories (and perhaps regret) are left. Although Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is usually celebrated as a romantic holiday; I would urge you to take some time on the 14th to show your siblings how much you care. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a card, gift, phone call, dinner date or taking a moment to remember a deceased siblingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;love is best when it is shared.








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was an only child until age 10, at which time my parents sprang the news that I would soon have a new baby brother or sister. On May 20, 1987, our family welcomed my younger sister, Chantal, into the world. I was ecstatic! However, as the years went on, and I became a self-absorbed teenager, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;newnessâ&#x20AC;? of my sister wore off, and I spent more time shooing her out of my room than doting over her. From back in the days of Cain and


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ove is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. ... It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perserveres. Love never fails.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NIV Love (noun): 1) strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties 2) attraction based on sexual desire: affection and tenderness felt by lovers 3) affection based on admiration, benevolence or common interests. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Merriam Webster Dictionary What is love? Depends on whom you ask. In search of an answer, I asked people in different relationship situations: a married couple, an engaged couple and a single person. Glen, 30, and Stephanie Edwards Williams, 32, of Florence met in 2002 at Mississippi State Hospital where they were employed. They had a son in 2004, and were married in 2007. For them, love is defined as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the unconditional, passionate affection you have for another.â&#x20AC;? They believe you know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love when you share a bond so strong you know one anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thoughts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glen proposed to me in the parking lot of the Wound Care Clinic, nothing fancy. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I love about him,â&#x20AC;? Stephanie

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Carletta Delong and Christy Hill are expecting a daughter in June.

Carletta Delong, 23, and Christy Hill, 28, of Flowood also met at work seven years ago. Currently, they are engaged and anxiously awaiting their first child, a daughter Chloe Madison, due June 18. The couple believes that love is about longevity, respect, honest and monogamy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I recognized that I loved Christy just because of the way my face lights up when I get a text/phone call from her, or even when I see her face. I also knew it the moment I realized that I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine my life without her,â&#x20AC;? Carletta says. Erica Durr, 32, of Jackson be-

lieves that love is a melting pot of emotions, characterized by individual drive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What drives you? Sexual gratification?â&#x20AC;? she asks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, your definitive basis for loving someone or something lies within the parameters of physical pleasure. ... Is your view of love influenced by pop culture and media? Well, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more likely to have rehearsed acts and exhibit more dissociative episodes when illustrating love to and receiving love from others. Some people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust themselves enough to be single, so therefore love serves as a refuge for them, a safe haven.â&#x20AC;? So why is she single? She answers frankly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m single because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a disillusioned, scarred, emotionally dissociative woman who has yet to face her issues, deal with them accordingly, and move on. Sure, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have sporadic romances here and there, but nothing substantial with longevity with someone of high caliber until I deal with Erica.â&#x20AC;? After talking with these people, and getting so many different thoughts, I believe that both the Bible scripture and Websterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got it right. Love transcends so many things: age, race, sexuality, background, fears of loneliness and pressures to conform. The ability to love oneself first, to me, is the highest example of love.

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Fishbone: Still Evolving by Anthony DiFatta


n 1995, punk rock was still going strong and new wave was bringing a different kind of music to a broader public. I was a senior in high school and found bands by watching MTV and the USA Network’s New Wave Theatre. One of the most notable bands of that time was Fishbone, which released its first self-titled EP that year. The crew of African American classmates started playing together in the ’70s while in high school. Fishbone’s sound blended punk, ska, reggae, soul, hard rock and even jazz. The band would influence bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, No Doubt, Sublime and many others. A new documentary film about the band, “Everyday Sunshine,” is available on Netflix and received a 100 percent rating from the website Rotten Tomatoes—a rare feat. I recently had a chance to talk with Norwood Fisher, bass player and original founding member of Fishbone. What was the first song you remember hearing that made you want to become a musician?

OK, that’s a good one, man. … It might have been “Hey Jude.” Yeah, I had to go back and think, you know. That was my first 45. I remember staring at the apple as it was going around the turntable and that great outro. Fishbone fused together so many different styles. Is that what you set out to do?

It kind of just happened, but the fact is that we didn’t know that you couldn’t do it or that we weren’t supposed to do it. The bands that we liked already mixed up a lot of stuff—like Funkadelic, The Clash and Bad Brains. And we were inspired by a lot more than that. I didn’t know the term artistic license at the time, but that’s what we were exercising.

February 6 - 12, 2013

After the first record, the music became more political and social.


In 1979, when we first started playing, punk rock was brand new. Funkadelic and Joe Scott Harris had a reputation for being outspoken, and punk was politically charged on some level. I was a fan of the first cast of “Saturday Night Live,” which was amazing political satire. National Lampoon Magazine, George Carlin, Richard Pryor—that’s the stuff that we were taking in, and it was influencing us. You’ve also got a guy, Joe Strummer, making very strong statements. I was born in ’65, and I remember my mother and her friends talking about Watergate, and there were movies about other artists in the ’60s taking a stand, and I just thought that’s what you do. We noticed there were other artists that didn’t have a thing to say politically but, you know, that was a

choice and we were like ... guys that had something to say. You know, in 1980, Ronald Reagan running for president just freaked me out. My first thought was, he’s an actor—he is a professional liar. And I was just old enough to remember what my mom and her friends said and the complaints that they had when he was governor of California. So, yeah, all of that went into our music. We were teenagers, you know, and with signing up for the draft we thought, hey, I don’t want to go die for that dude. It’s just an observation from someone who was paying attention in the early ’80s. I’ve actually just recently become really quite aware of Woody Guthrie and his role in protest songs. I always knew his name and some songs, but I didn’t really know much about him. I knew Bob Dylan, who he influenced, but I didn’t know Woody.

What music are you currently listening to?

I actually really like this band called Arctic Monkeys. There’s a band called Viva Voce from Portland, Oregon. They’re a husband and wife team. And they’re not necessarily new, but I love the Aggrolites and Westbound Train. There’s also a band called Downtown Brown. They’re insane, but they’re amazing players. I think we’ll have this artist with us in Jackson named Sista Otis that I produced. She’s one of my favorite artists ever. So what’s next for Fishbone?

I look at some other bands, and their music has gotten repetitive and sucks now. Fishbone’s music still seems to be evolving. I thought the last record was great.

Well, that’s the goal—keeping it organic—and it’s more independent than ever. The fact is, we’ve maintained all the passion, so that comes through. Personally, I’m a fan of music. ... I still feel like a little kid when I’m in a room with Sly Stone or George Clinton. I think that’s the part o f

me that keeps true to the original intention of Fishbone to make music with a certain kind of feeling and honesty. There are a lot of bands that when they got big sucked, and I looked at myself and thought, “I don’t want to turn into that guy.” FLICKR/ALTERNA2

Fishbone performs at Duling Hall Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. with cocktails at 6 p.m. The Scorseses also perform. Tickets for the 18 and older show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit fishbone. net for more info.

We actually have five songs in the can that I’m working towards releasing as an EP. Hopefully, it will be out before we hit the road. If not, we’ll get it out at some point, and we’re working towards a full-length release right now to follow that up.


Giving Hearts by Julie Skipper


Other artists are more recently involved. Joe Williams, the art acquisition chairman of this year’s HeARTS live auction, is particularly excited about two new addi-


he creative spirit is a strong one; it comes from deep within. That’s why so often art creates in the viewer an emotional reaction or impact. So it’s no wonder that in addition to having a desire to create, artists also often have a desire to give of themselves—after all, each time they create a work, they put a little bit of themselves to the canvas (or other medium), giving of and exposing themselves. Now in its 21st year, the annual HeARTS Against AIDS art auction gives artists an opportunity to give of themselves. Through its efforts, and with generous donations by Mississippi artists of their work, HeARTS has raised nearly $1 million with its annual fundraiser over the years to grant out to Mississippi organizations fighting HIV/AIDS. This year’s fundraiser is Saturday, Feb. 9, and once again invites attendees to open their hearts— and their wallets—to purchase work by some of the state’s most well-known and talented artists. A silent auction runs from 6 p.m. until 8:45 p.m., and a live auction featuring 20 pieces by artists including Susan Cox Davis, Tony Davenport, Anthony DiFatta, H.C. Porter and Marshall Ramsey begins at 9:00 p.m. Some artists, such as Dr. John Gibson and Tammy Oliver Cook, are longtime supporters. Gibson, the first chairman of the Episcopal AIDS Commission before HeARTS formed as an organization, has contributed pieces to the auction for 20 years. Cook, a longtime volunteer for HeARTS as well as a contributing artist, assumes the vice-presidency of the HeARTS board of directors this summer.

Wyatt Waters’s painting is one of this year’s most anticipated pieces at the annual HeARTS Against AIDS fundraiser.

tions. A William Dunlap painting set to be auctioned off is sure to be a show-stopper, and this year’s featured artist is none other than Mississippi favorite Wyatt Waters.

Williams explains that in addition to being auctioned off, Waters’ piece is featured on the event’s T-shirt design, and prints of the work will be available for purchase. “We’re very proud to have Wyatt Waters create a special painting just for HeARTS,” Williams says. “He was inspired by the organization and the event theme, and upon close inspection, viewers will see that each element of the painting represents a heart of some sort.” Williams is confident that this year’s event, which he hopes will raise more than $30,000, will help HeARTS surpass the $1 million fundraising mark. Williams first got involved in the cause by helping out at Grace House, which introduced him to HeARTS. He has now been involved with the organization for six years and, as a former HeARTS grant recipient, he knows both the impact of the money raised and the importance of raising funds and awareness—several of his friends and family have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Mississippi Department of Health statistics show that in 2011, Mississippi ranked seventh in the United States in HIV case rates (19.1 per 100,000 people), with 573 newly reported HIV infections that year. With the efforts of the organizations HeARTS and its artists supports, that’s a statistic we can work to change … if we have the heart. HeARTS Against AIDS is Feb. 9 at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888) starting at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 601259-0092.

music in theory

by Micah Smith

An Introduction by to quiz me. I could smile and harmonize right beside him on “Indian Summer,” understanding about half of it. I wanted to make music—to write lyrics that people would hear and that, backdrop status aside, would resonate with them. I wanted to make them feel and think and grow in the way that singers like Aaron Marsh from Copeland and Nate Reuss from The Format did for me. As much as I’d like to say that I grew out of that so I could contribute more to society than my own minute additions to iTunes, I didn’t. For me, and I’m Meet Micah Smith, local musician—pictured here with sure a lot of you, music is bigger his band Sun Ballet—and new music columnist. than noise to occupy a car ride or liven up a study session. It’s complicated and visceral, and been writing songs, absorbing every bit of when I hear it, I know why it matters. And music theory my fidgety mind could main- I think that might be what qualifies me, in tain and singing along to my Pedro the Lion an admittedly small way, to share my ideas albums, just in case David Bazan dropped about music with you.

I’ve seen both sides of the stage. Every chance I get, I invite a line of harsh lights to blind me for half an hour at a time just so I can squint to see one person singing along to a song I spent hours arranging and abandoning and revisiting. When I came to Jackson, I brought the ill-conceived notion that our music scene must have been cursed. A black hole formed where these incredible, unique, fun venues and great bands would start up, then would disintegrate inside just when I was getting comfortable and content. “Young me” didn’t understand music the way that I do now; didn’t realize that that’s the nature of it: to be created, missed and remembered so that the next generation of musicians can be inspired by the success stories and failures alike. And with that inspiration, music makers and audience members are challenged to build a better Jackson than we’ve ever seen. That, friends, is what I want “Music in Theory” to be all about. Email me your thoughts, ideas and sug27 gestions:

anyone enjoying a concert with no level of pageantry or performance. Then it’s basically poetry with a bigger spotlight. By then, it was too late, though. I had JOHN HOPPER


f you’ve picked up one of the last few issues of the Jackson Free Press—and that’s likely since you’re reading this one—you might have seen one of my music reviews or articles. I don’t mean to say that I’m some kind of local celebrity, because that is certainly not true. Even after reading this, you wouldn’t be able to spot me in a thin crowd. I’m the journalistic equivalent of Where’s Waldo. So you might ask, what would make me qualified to tell you anything about music? That’s a valid question. I moved to Jackson from Baton Rouge, La., prior to my freshman year of high school, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t come prepackaged with delusions of grandeur. I sang, played bass guitar and had just begun picking up acoustic. But my claim to the platinum-plated throne of celebrity was that I write lyrics well. I hadn’t realized until after I fully transitioned into my dreaded “poprock phase” that lyrics are often a backdrop for listeners, secondary to instrumentation. Maybe even tertiary, because I can’t imagine



fondRUN is at 6 p.m. in Fondren.

The LAFFGASM Comedy Explosion is at 7 p.m. at Alamo Theater.

SATURDAY 2/9 Ignite the Night is at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Children’s Museum.



Mississippi State University professor Jason Morgan Ward presents “Racial Politics in Mississippi During World War II” during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998.


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The Dixie National Rodeo kicks off today and runs through Feb. 13 at the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). $16-$24; call 601-961-4000 or 800-745-3000. … The grand opening of Downtown Cafe (224 E. Capitol St.) is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; call 601-592-5006. … Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601-981-9606. … The fondRUN pub run is at 6 p.m. in Fondren. Free; … Battle of the Bartenders is at 6:30 p.m. at Table 100 and benefits the Mississippi Burn Foundation. $40 advance, $50 at door; call 601-540-2995. … The artist reception for Christina Nguyen Hung is at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.) in room 215. Free; call 601-974-1762. … Ola Gjeilo and


David Amram speaks during the Millsaps Friday Forum at 12:30 p.m. at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Free; call 601-974-1089. … Wayne Packer and Vidal Blankenstein’s art show is from 57 p.m. at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Free; call 601-291-9115. … The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents “A Decent Proposal” from 6-9 p.m. at Roca Restaurant and Bar (127 Country Club Drive, Vicksburg). $45; RSVP at 601-937-1752; more dates at BY LATASHA WILLIS … Freedom Cafe is at 5:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at KoiJACKSONFREEPRESS.COM nonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C); includes FAX: 601-510-9019 dinner and performances. $18 DAILY UPDATES AT per person; RSVP at 601-960JFPEVENTS.COM 3008. … See the film “David Amram: The First 80 Years” at 7:30 p.m. at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). $10, $5 students with ID; call 601974-1089. … Black Jacket Symphony performs at 8 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. $23-$28; call 800-745-3000.


Composer David Amram, artist-in-residence at Millsaps College, makes several appearances this week.

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The Harlem Wizards play a basketball game at Northwest Middle School Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.

the MC Singers perform at 7:30 p.m. at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton) in Provine Chapel. $25, $5 students; call 601-925-3440. … Armonia Celeste performs at 7:30 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive). $20, $5 students; call 601-594-5584. … Fishbone and the Scorseses perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. For ages 18 and up. $15 advance, $20 at door; call 601-292-7121 28 or 800-745-3000.


The Dixie National Parade is at 10:30 a.m. at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). Free; call 601-359-1163. … The basketball game between the Harlem Wizards and the Community All-Stars is at 6 p.m. at Northwest Jackson Middle School (7020 Highway 49 N.). Benefits several charities. $10; … The Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS Benefit is at 6 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. $40; call 601-259-0092. … Ignite the Night: Saddle Up, Southern Style is at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi

Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Cowboy attire is welcome at the adults-only party. The JFP sponsors. $75; call 601-981-5469. … The LAFFGASM Comedy Explosion is at 7 p.m. at Alamo Theater. $15; … David Amram’s Mardi Gras Jazzy Jam is at 7:30 p.m. at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.) $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1422. … The Magnolia Ballroom Dancers’ Association’s Mardi Gras Dance is at 8 p.m. at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). $15, $10 members; call 601-506-4591.


Choklate, Cheryl “Ms. Songbird” and the Smooth Funk Band performs at the Gospel Poetry Jam at 8 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe. For ages 17 and up. $7, $5 ages 17-21.


The Bayou Teche Lundi Gras Beer Dinner is at 6 p.m. at Sal and Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.). $55 per person; RSVP at 601-369-1919.


“Clifford the Big Red Dog Live!” is at 7 p.m. at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). $10-$18; call 601696-2200.


Brownout performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. Buddy and the Squids also performs. For ages 18 and up. $5 advance, $10 at door; call 601-292-7121 or 800-745-3000. More at and


Romping Rom-Zom-Com by Anita Modak-Truran


*&0 30/.3/2%$%6%.43 Jackson 2000 Discussion Luncheon Feb. 13, 11:45 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The topic is the health-care debate. RSVP. $12; email

(/,)$!9 Sweetheart Dance Feb. 9, 4-5:30 p.m., at Chateau Ridgeland (745 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland). Seniors enjoy a dance and candlelit supper. Free; call 601-956-1331. Mardi Gras Carnival and Gumbo Cook-off Feb. 9, 5-10 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation is the host. $5, $3 children; call 601-636-5010. Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Matchmaker Run Feb. 13, 6 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). The three-mile run includes refreshments and door prizes. Singles and couples welcome. Free; call 601-899-9696.

#/--5.)49 American Board Teaching Information Sessions. Learn how to earn a teaching license. Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree required. Online registration available. Free; call 877-669-2228; â&#x20AC;˘ Feb. 6, 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., at Brandon Public Library (1475 W. Government St., Brandon). â&#x20AC;˘ Feb. 7, 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland).

Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). â&#x20AC;˘ Millsaps College Research Symposium Feb. 8, 12:30 p.m., in Olin Hall, room 100. Undergraduate students present the results of their scientific research. Free; call 601-974-1413. â&#x20AC;˘ Fine Arts Audition Day Feb. 8, 9 a.m. Students interested in studying art, art history, music and theater are welcome (categories vary by date). Scholarships awarded based on an audition and/ or portfolio review. Free; call 601-974-1000. Central Mississippi Ole Miss Rebel Club Signing Day Party Feb. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Watch a web stream of the signing of new members of the Ole Miss football team. Appetizers included. $25; call 601-899-0038; email Precinct 1 COPS Meeting Feb. 7, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). The monthly forum is designed to help resolve community issues. Call 601-960-0001. Violence, Defiant Groups and Bullying Symposium Feb. 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Lake Terrace Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, Hattiesburg). The Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach at The University of Southern Mississippi is the host. Registration required. Free; call 601-266-4186. Women of Color Summit Feb. 8, 8 a.m., at Mississippi State University (Highway 12, Starkville). In the Colvard Student Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foster Ballroom. Attendees discuss issues impacting women of color. Attorney Sharon Y. Eubanks is the keynote speaker. Free; call 662-325-2323;

his friend M (Rob Corddry) and other zombies travel in packs, lurching to the parts of town where they can find flesh, rip out throats and suck out the brains from the living. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s during one of these flesh-eating runs that R sees the girl of his dreams, Julie (Teresa Palmer), who happens to be the daughter of General Grigio (John Malkovich), the great protector of the dwindling human population. Cheesy music punctuates the moment. And then R gobbles Julieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boyfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brains and gets struck by a barrage of memories of a beautiful girl, sunshine and life itself. The tone of the film, which is written and directed by Jonathan Levine (â&#x20AC;&#x153;50/50â&#x20AC;?), hits the right funny spot. If you ignore the allusion to R for Romeo and Julie for Juliet, the movie is sheer fun and works from a delicious theme: trying to find your heart while those around you are rotting away. The pendulum shifts when R and Julie hold hands in front of a blood-thirsty group of zombies. That small act revives the living in the dead, and leads to humans and zombies joining forces against the Bonies. Hoult carries the film on his shlepped-over back. His voiceover fills in the gaps of his characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inarticulateness. His dry delivery makes us laugh. Palmer rises above Kristen Stewartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s listlessness and gives a resonating performance. The special effects, however, lack the power of amazement. When the sun shines at the end, though, the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numerous flaws melt away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warm Bodiesâ&#x20AC;? has enough heart to suppress any curmudgeonly thoughts for an hour and a half. It may even become a cult classic.

ACT-SO Orientation Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-noon, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). In the Community Meeting Room. The Mississippi NAACP invites all high school students to the meeting to learn about the annual talent competition held March 23. Free; call 601353-8452; email Homebuyers Workshop Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Warren G. Hood Building (200 S. President St.), in the Andrew Jackson Conference Room, first floor. Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) empowers people with disabilities to become homeowners through grants and support systems. Residents in Hinds and surrounding counties are welcome. Free; call 866-883-4474. Mardi Pardi Race Feb. 9, 9 a.m., at Mockingbird Cafe (110 S. Second St., Bay St. Lewis). The annual event includes 5K and 10K races, and live music. Proceeds benefit the Recycling in the Schools program. Costumes welcome. $30 5K, $35 10K (add $5 for day-of registration); call 228342-5660; Craftsmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild Prepare to Qualify Workshop Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Learn the requirements for becoming a guild member. Registration required; forms available online. Free; call 601-856-7546; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women: Taking Back Our Powerâ&#x20AC;? Panel Discussion Feb. 9, 2 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.). The theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Trials and Tribulations to Triumph and Testimony.â&#x20AC;? Panelists include Tonja Murphy of Operation Shoestring, Laurie Bertram Roberts of NOW and the ACLU, and Smith Robertsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pamela Junior. Free admission, email thickandproudsisters@aol. com for registration details.

Father/Daughter Dance Feb. 9, 6:30-10 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The annual event includes dancing, crafts and sweets. Fathers and father figures welcome. Wear elegant attire. Benefits the Wisdom Foundation. $25; call 513-703-8256; TNA Impact Wrestling Road to Lockdown Tour Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., at Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St., Vicksburg). Competitors in the steel cage match include Austin Aries, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Charismatic Enigmaâ&#x20AC;? Jeff Hardy, Bully Ray and Chavo Guerrero Jr. Backstage pass includes early entry, autographs and signings. $20 and up, $75 backstage pass; call 800-745-3000. Adventure Travel Club: Italy Feb. 10, 12:30 p.m., at Chateau Ridgeland (745 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland). Seniors enjoy an authentic Italian meal. Free; call 601-956-1331. Food Revolution Contest through Feb. 10, at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Pick up a free CD of audio interviews with any purchase, and listen to experts talk about food issues. Take a multiple choice test Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to win $500 or other prizes. Free hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres for contestants. Free; call 601-937-7224. Human Resources: Your Payroll Policies and the Law Feb. 12, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). Learn about laws regarding paid time off, sick time, the Family Medical Leave Act and more. Registration required. $99, $59 members; call 601-968-0061. Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Youth Employment Program Registration, at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.), at the Department of Human and 025((9(1766((3$*(


n this new empty-nest chapter of our lives, my husband, and the cinematic choices are â&#x20AC;Ś well â&#x20AC;Ś slim pickings. Mark, and I fill the void with a standing Saturday night Adapted from Isaac Marionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short story-turned-teen date where we typically check out a new movie. We sing novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warm Bodiesâ&#x20AC;? features a bunch of slow shuffling happy songs on the way to the theater and rekindle the corpses separated from the living by a great wall. R (Nichospirit of a middle-aged couple whose favorite ad during the Super Bowl was the one from Taco Bell where a bunch of fun-loving geriatrics escape from the nursing home for a night on the town and cap it off with a snack. OK â&#x20AC;Ś I might be painting the rose-colored tint too thick. Inevitably, date night consists of my spouse spouting about the poor driving habits of those on Interstate 55, while I frantically clutch the passenger door as we close in on the tail of a pick-up truck slowly cruising in the left lane, and I have to hear from him for the zillionth time how Italians appreciate the finer points of driving in the fast lane. Nicholas Houltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dry delivery shines in the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warm Bodies.â&#x20AC;? It takes stamina to get to the theater. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m usually worn out by the time we arrive, and this weekend, the movie choices ranged from a romantic zombie las Hoult), the angst-ridden hero of the living dead, believes comedy called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warm Bodiesâ&#x20AC;? to Sylvester Stallone in â&#x20AC;&#x153;A that his existence could be better. He laments how pale he is. Bullet to the Head.â&#x20AC;? I opted for the rom-zom-com, while He canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t connect to others. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember his name. my husband wanted to see Sly get all Rambo in a faded-glo- A plague has wiped out much of the population, reducing ry ode to macho violence. I prevailed in the selection process the world to humans and zombies. The completely lost by reasonably pointing out that there was absolutely nothing causes are the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bonies,â&#x20AC;? who are herky-jerky skeletons with a I could write about regarding â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Bullet to the Head,â&#x20AC;? other skull full of teeth chasing after anything with a heart beat. than wanting a piece of lead to end my agony. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s February, Bonies or not, the zombies must eat living flesh. R,



Cultural Services. Students ages 16-24 may register from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The deadline is March 1 at 4 p.m. Birth certificate, Social Security card, parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proof of income and ID required. Free; call 601-960-0326.

7%,,.%33 Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Talk Seniors Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., at Chateau Ridgeland (745 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland). The topic is diabetes education. Light refreshments served. Free; call 601-956-1331.




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Living Food Potluck Feb. 9, 1 p.m. through undefined NaN, at Office of Dr. Leo Huddleston (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Held on second Saturdays; please RSVP. Bring a dish or donate $10; call 601-956-0010.


Comedy Call through Feb. 8. Local comedians may audition to be the host of a local comedy series. Email a five-minute video of stand-up material no later than Feb. 8. Three finalists will do a live audition. For ages 21 and up. Free; email

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thinner This Year: A Younger Next Year Bookâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 6, 5 p.m. Jennifer Sacheck and Chris Crowley sign books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scarletâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 7, 5 p.m. Marissa Meyer signs books. $17.99 book. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washâ&#x20AC;? Feb. 12, 5 p.m. Margaret Wrinkle signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book.

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Animation Workshop (Ages 6-12) Feb. 7-8, 3:30 p.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). Pre-registration required. Free; call 601-856-2749. Figure Drawing Class Feb. 8, 6-8:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Supplies not included. To register, send am email with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Figure Drawing Classâ&#x20AC;? in the subject line. $10; email

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. â&#x20AC;˘ Open Studio Feb. 10, 1:30-4 p.m. Learn about the creative process behind an artist or exhibit, and create art to take home. Adults must accompany children. $5, members free. â&#x20AC;˘ Art by Choice through Feb. 24 Proceeds from the annual art sale goes toward the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acquisition of new art and general operations.

"%4(%#(!.'% Affairs of the Heart 3 Feb. 8-9, 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 10, 2 p.m., at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). The Salvation Army Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Auxiliaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s benefit show features vocal performances, dance groups and more. $10, $7 students, $5 ages 6-12, ages 5 and under free; call 601-636-0471 Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

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Events at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Call 601-631-6997. â&#x20AC;˘ Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mardi Gras Mask Workshop Feb. 8, 4-5:15 p.m. For ages 6 and up. Space limited; registration required. $10 per child. â&#x20AC;˘ Lebanese Cooking Workshop Feb. 11, 5:30 p.m. Lana Hand teaches the class in the Academy Building. $35, $30 members. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;More than a Paintingâ&#x20AC;? Art Workshop Feb. 12, 9 a.m.-noon. Supplies included. $45, $40 members. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;More than a Paintingâ&#x20AC;? Art Workshop for Couples Feb. 13. Supplies included. $80 per couple, $70 members.








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DIVERSIONS | jfp sports

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ressed simply in maroon polo They say that being married makes post-game nights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a lot of years when shirts and khakis, the two coach- the coaching relationship easier. we were coaching separate teams, we neves for the Germantown Lady â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the head coach er could seen to win on the same night,â&#x20AC;? Mavericks cross the basDave says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seemed like the boys ketball court side-by-side, laughing would win and the girls would lose, at some shared joke. There is an ease or the girls would win and the boys about them that is immediately recwould lose. So (one of us) would be ognizableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;probably because Jamie happy, but also upset that the other and Dave Glasgow are not simply team lost. One time, we were driva coaching team. They are husband ing home from a game and she was and wife. sitting behind me and she leaned The Glasgows met while up and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Are you ready to talk both worked and coached at Indiyet?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Noâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. She just said anola Academy in Indianola. Dave OK and sat back. We just both headed the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball team, knew how the other one felt.â&#x20AC;? and Jamie was the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball Sometimes the demands of assistant coach. After seeing her coaching have been tough on the around school and the gym, Dave family. Before Germantown, they decided to ask Jamie out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She coached in Union, Miss. Dave was the best-looking thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever coached boys, and Jamie coached seen,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let her the girls. But each also coached get away.â&#x20AC;? Jamie accepted, and love the middle-school teams. Having quickly blossomed. games five nights a week wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went out after Christmas easy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;November and December and were married at the end of were awful,â&#x20AC;? he says. May,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jamie says with a laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we did it with two little Ten years later, the coachgirls on our hip. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know ing duo sits together on the Geranything but being in the gym,â&#x20AC;? mantown High School bench in Dave says. Madison. This is Jamieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second Jamie and Dave Glasgow are an unstoppable team both Those two little girls, 7-yearyear as head coach of the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bas- on and off the basketball court. old Meg and 6-year-old Julia, have ketball team, and Dave joined her soaked it all in and are up-andas her assistant. coming basketball players themThe couple says the key to selves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our girls now play Upworking together at their jobs as well as and he is the assistant. We really work ward (basketball). So our Saturdays are at home is to have a sense of humor, and together. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like the normal head spent with them in Upward Basketball, â&#x20AC;? have fun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We laugh a lot,â&#x20AC;? Jamie says. coach-assistant coach relationship where Jamie says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned how to take orders at you are like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinking, The little girls are taking after their home, and I can take them at work, too,â&#x20AC;? but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to say it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; We are com- mom, who played at Pillow Academy and Dave adds, jokingly. fortable saying what we want to say and Delta State University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was good. And together, they are bringing the what we think,â&#x20AC;? Jamie says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I ask She was real good. She can still play when Lady Mavericks to life. The team is 11-13 questions, I want his opinion.â&#x20AC;? sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not pregnant,â&#x20AC;? Dave says. in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start, and a markedly better â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love it,â&#x20AC;? Dave adds. Right now she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, though. Jamie is team than last year when they went 6-20. This can make for some interesting expecting the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third child July 16.


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by Bryan Flynn

Super Bowl XLVII was a tale of two halves. The Ravens dominated the first half but, thanks to a blackout, the 49ers made it a game worth watching in the second half. THURSDAY, FEB. 7 NBA (7-9:30 p.m., TNT): Two of the NBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic franchises battle once more with both needing wins as the Los Angeles Lakers head east to take on the Boston Celtics. FRIDAY, FEB. 8 NBA (7-9:30 p.m., ESPN): The Los Angeles Clippers get to measure how good they are against defending champions the Miami Heat. SATURDAY, FEB. 9 College basketball (3-5 p.m., CBS Sports Network): Southern Miss and Memphis meet in Hattiesburg to battle for the top spot in Conference USA and a chance to help their Big Dance hopes. SUNDAY, FEB. 10 College basketball (12-2 p.m., CBS): The Big Ten has been one of the best conferences this season and a top 15 match up with the Indiana Hoosiers at the Ohio State Buckeyes should be great Sunday viewing. MONDAY, FEB. 11 College basketball (7:30-9:30 p.m., ESPN U): Alcorn State is at Arkansas-Pine Bluff as ESPN U continues to showcase a historically black university on Mondays. TUESDAY, FEB. 12 College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN): Kentucky gets their chance at the best team in the SECâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Florida Gatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but the Wildcats will be on the road. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13 College basketball (6-8 p.m., CSS): Ole Miss has hit a couple of bumps on the road to the Big Dance, but a road win against a solid Texas A&M team will get the Rebels back on track. Ole Miss could be big story on national signing day in college football. Hugh Freeze is already tweeting up a storm in response to the mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vague accusations about the signing class the Rebels are putting together. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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advertising, pushing Feb. 14 as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;onlyâ&#x20AC;? day set out in the year for love and romance. Celebrating Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s without someone can produce feelings of loneliness and rejection, especially for those of us who usually celebrate the holiday with someone special but are spending it alone this year. As individuals, we desire a connection to others so that we can keep thriving. Psychology research suggests that individuals who have a stronger social support network are happier, recover more quickly from disease, and are at lower risk for depression. Furthermore, the idea that â&#x20AC;&#x153;coupledâ&#x20AC;? people are more mentally stable, happy and energetic can increase feelings of loneliness for individuals who are not in a relationship, thus leading them to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. So, what is a person to do when he or she is feeling the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bluesâ&#x20AC;? of being single instead of embracing the fiery desire of love? Well, single gals and guys, listen up! Here are just a few tips to change your mindset so you can enjoy Val-

entineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, instead of feeling defeated and frustrated. The first thing is to remember that love is not about a â&#x20AC;&#x153;setâ&#x20AC;? day, receiving gifts or even being in a relationship with someone. Love exists in many forms. Embracing the viewpoint that Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is essentially an invented holiday can be the first step in letting its pressures go and instead feeling confident about who and where you are in your life. And, lastly, remember that just because you are alone at the present moment doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it will stay that way. It means that your creator is busy writing your love story. Are you unhappy with your single status this Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day? Consider these tips: â&#x20AC;˘ Embrace being single: Try not to define yourself by your relationship status. Have you ever considered that being single is a good thing? It allows a nice sense of irresponsibility, in the sense that it is a time to reflect on your own personal goals, aspirations and desires in life, rather than someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Since you will be in a meaningful relationship soon, enjoy the freedom that comes with being single. â&#x20AC;˘ Get support: If you are single because of a recent loss, allow this to be a day to reflect on the good times instead of grieving. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let being single stop you from enjoying Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. However, do not pretend that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a hard day. Surround yourself with support if need be. â&#x20AC;˘ Change your mindset: Remember that Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is a massage or run a 5K to distract yourself, then do it! Be a made-up holiday; therefore, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about â&#x20AC;&#x153;love,â&#x20AC;? but adventurous and make it through Feb. 14. Remember, this about advertising companies making money off selling time too shall pass. flowers, candy and diamond jewelry. Think of all the â&#x20AC;˘ Reflect: Being single can be hard. Try thinking about the money you are saving â&#x20AC;&#x153;soon-to-beâ&#x20AC;? relationship you want. Think about what really â&#x20AC;˘ Treat yourself: If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking yourself, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can I enjoy matters to you in a relationship. Start with yourself and seek myself on Valentine's Day?" you need to expand your con- out ways to work on yourself. Begin to volunteer. Mediate. cept of enjoyment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy. Plan in advance and engage Pray. Focus on your dreams. Make change. Dream beyond in activities unrelated to flowers, couples or fine dining. the normal. And remember, sometimes being single can be If you have to jump out of a plane, go rock climbing, get a blessing in disguise.



h, Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Dayâ&#x20AC;? for coupledom. The exchange of chocolates, flowers and loving words. The warm feelings of affection and infatuation. Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is a much-anticipated day for those in love, but it can be a discouraging day for those who are not. For many of us, a number of things can hinder us from engaging in these celebratory acts of loveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;distance, prior commitments or just the lack a person to share this special day with. Hitting midway through the winter season, Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day can be especially depressing when the media and social networks get involved, with their jewelry and flower


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am a fan of food and historic restaurants, so when I heard about Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Culinary Trail, I had to read up. The trail is divided into five regions: the Delta, the Capital River, the Pines, the Hills and the Coast. Jackson is part of the Capital River region of the culinary trail, which highlights Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique flavors and the historic structures that house many of them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do believe when you are eating at a local place, you get a taste of the local culture,â&#x20AC;? says Sandy Bynum, advertising and communications bureau manager for the Mississippi Development Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division of Tourism. As far as criteria restaurants met to qualify for the trail, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not meant as a restaurant guide,â&#x20AC;? she adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of a culinary heritage. We looked at them being owned locally.â&#x20AC;? In order to ensure impartiality, a secret team went out and asked members of the local communities what visitors should see and do in their areas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think over and over people ask where the locals eat. When you meet people in that area ... you immerse yourself in that culture,â&#x20AC;? Bynum says. I decided to start my own culinary tour with two places on the list. My first stop was

Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 601-3663427). I confess I had never partaken of any of this adorable dinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fare and felt that I had deprived myself for too long. The diner makes me think of a â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s-era soda fountain, with its vinyl-covered bar stools and booths. I walked in, and a smiling silver-haired gentleman, Bill Nobles, immediately greeted me. Upon hearing my confession of never having eaten there, he â&#x20AC;&#x153;tskedâ&#x20AC;? me warmly and told me: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to try one of our milkshakes. We still make them the way theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to be made.â&#x20AC;? Tell me about it! My chocolate shake arrived with an extra wide straw already lined with frost. Sucking down a shake from Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has to be as close to drinking nectar from heaven as you will ever get on earth. Add in a classic burger and crinkle-cut friesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or if you are really lucky, get there on a night they are serving breakfast for dinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never want to leave. My next stop was a place I wanted to revisit, on the corner of West and Beatty streets. There she was: Beatty Street Grocery (101 Beatty St., 601-355-0514), in all her whitewashed glory, the aroma of freshly cooked burgers still hanging in the air. Mom used to take me and my brother to Beatty Street for lunch. Back

then, it was still a grocery store with a little short-order kitchen in the back. It was always packed with people ordering food. The grocery shelves are gone now, making way for lacquered wood counters and bar stools. The staff is friendly, easygoing and can whip food out in no time flat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What can I getcha, hon?â&#x20AC;? the lady behind the short order counter asked with a grin. I ordered the chili dog. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re as tasty as I rememberâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;classic, all-American flavors, nothing fancy. This is just plain good food. I also got to meet the gracious lady who runs Beatty Street, Mary Harden. This landmark has been in her family for more than 70 years. Her grandfather opened the store, and she continues the legacy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He worked six days a week,â&#x20AC;? she says, her eyes beaming with pride. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People used to sit on the back of their trucks to eat.â&#x20AC;? Despite its longevity, Beatty Street remains somewhat of an undiscovered classic in town. Do yourself a favor: The next time youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re downtown at lunchtime, stop in. For a complete listing of restaurants on the Mississippi Culinary Trail and a map of the different culinary regions, go to





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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that time again: â&#x20AC;&#x153;winterâ&#x20AC;? in Mississippi, which means one day might be 35 degrees and the next, highs could hit 70 degreesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or perhaps we could see both in the same day. Add in the fluctuating temperatures of most offices, and a fashionista has to be prepared for a wide range of temperatures each day. Whether you are a newcomer to Mississippi or a native, you quickly learn that clothing must be versatile. We Mississippians must be prepared to dress appropriately for those cool mornings and evenings and transition smoothly into the creeping warmth of the afternoon. Luckily, local stores can help us accomplish this both comfortably and fashionably. First, we must know how to layer for our specific needs. If you are a corporate fashionista, then you have to understand how to maintain your femininity while


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remaining Ăźber professional. Some appropriate layering ideas for you begin with slacks and a blouse or maybe that perfect and always-reliable shift dress. The next step is to add the small elements to the outfit that pull it all together and add the necessary warmth for those early mornings and late evenings after work. Some great options include a basic cardigan with lace detailing, the perfectly textured peplum jacket, or that go-to one-button blazer or tuxedo jacket. To add just a little more warmth, plus pizzazz, look to the scarf. This staple product helps add a personal touch to your ensemble. You could opt for the crinkled, silk, beaded, knitted, animal printed, houndstooth or pashmina wrap in lieu of the jacket or cardiganâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or add it on top. There is so much opportunity for versatility here that it is really up to individual taste.

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Voted One of the Best Club DJs Best of Jackson 2013

Over 36,000 sq ft of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, crafts, glassware, & architectural salvage. Top 40 • Hip Hop • Trap Dubstep • Electrohouse


1325 Flowood Dr. • Sat: 9am-5pm • Sun: 12pm-5pm • $1 Admission

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Lunch Buffet • 11-2 Lunch Buffet: Mon - Fri • 11am - 2pm Sat & Sun • 11.30am - 2.30pm Dinner: Mon - Sun • 5 - 10pm

862 Avery Blvd • Ridgeland, MS 601-991-3110 •

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Wine Wednesday - 10% OFF! This Week’s Highlights Charles Bove Brut Sparkling Rose $19.99 Altovinum Evodia Old Vines Garnacha $13.49

4920 Watkins Dr. • Hair & Things Salon 601.868.2040 • tstylezdesignz@gmail. com

633 Duling Avenue・Next to Brent’s 769・216・2323 ・


Just because it’s named for a Saint doesn’t mean be one! (Toys, lingerie and DVD’s will certainly help with that!)

Romantic Adventures Jackson’s very nice, naughty store. 175 Hwy 80 East in Pearl * 601.932.2811 M-Th: 10-10p F/Sa 10-Mid Su: 1-10p

v11n22 - The Love Issue 2013  

The Love Issue 2013 Madison Mayor Denies JSU On the Culinary Trail Fly Style: Layer Up!