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February 20 - 26, 2013

Trip Burns



hen Calden and Alden Hopkins talk about their lives, a picture of strong family devoted to service emerges. The twins, 41, were born and reared in Jackson in a big, sprawling family. Together, the two enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from Callaway High School. “We were scheduled to go to the ‘sands,’” Cal says, referring to the first Gulf War, but the conflict was over before they were deployed. Instead, they went to Okinawa, Japan. Al stuck with the military. He has attended several colleges including Jackson State University and Alcorn University, where he taught logistics through the ROTC program. Now a first lieutenant in the Army, Al also did one tour of duty in Iraq in 2010. He is enrolled in William Carey University in Hattiesburg, where he lives. Cal took a business path. He started at Krystal in high school, and after the Marines, he became a general manager. He’s worked with several fast food and retail chains, and opened a number of Just for Feet stores. Today, he’s the director of food services at Sprint Mart, managing food and coffee for 26 locations, and lives in Jackson. The twins’ purpose in life, though, comes from the values their grandmother and her eight daughters instilled in them: keeping the family together and making things right. The twins have nine children between them (they’re both divorced) and 26 cousins, most with kids


of their own. The glue is their giving spirits. “I feel blessed and fortunate that I know what God called me to do,” Cal says. “… The position that we take is to teach and help—if the person wants to receive it.” There’s no point in forcing a point of view on another, he says. Instead, meet them where they are and love them. The Hopkins family nonprofit, Family Unity Now, sprang from family visits to their great-grandmother in a nursing home, where, the two say (in unison), “We didn’t just visit her; we visited the whole place.” “The premise (of Family Unity) was anything to do with the family as regards mental, physical, financial and spiritual (health),” Cal says. “We empower the family to go back into the community to do the same thing.” Two years ago, Cal and Al took their mission to the Internet with “Good Twin Bad Twin” on Facebook (Mondays at 10 p.m.) and now, they’re on PEG TV (Thursdays at 10:30 p.m.). They take opposing viewpoints on a variety of subjects, from crime and teen pregnancy to surviving cancer and family finances. “Our mission is to get involved,” Al says, to inform and educate. The twins take on elephant-in-the-room topics, Cal adds, “so that, at the end of the day, we’re all a little bit better.” “Nothing is off the table.” Visit for more info.

Cover photograph of Regina Quinn by Trip Burns.

10 Nothing But a Number

“It’s enough for us to be dissatisfied with the situation Jackson is going through. I’m tired of declining jobs. I’m tired of businesses leaving Jackson. I’m tired of our streets tearing up, corroding and going in the ground. “It takes a 20-year-old to realize that change, realize that hope for our tomorrow. We are the generation that needs to be ruling now. We need to be a part of our generation. We don’t need someone else’s generation to still govern when it’s our time to start leading. … For a 20-year-old like me to do something like that, it just tells you that leaders come in all shapes, sizes and ages.” —Corinthian Sanders, “Sanders: Never Too Young to Lead”

24 Pell Yeah

Starkville rapper Pell is on the rise, opening for national artists and promoting his mixtape, “Calphonics.”

34 And the Award Goes to…

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February 20 - 26, 2013 | vol. 11 no. 24


editor’s note

by Ronni Mott, News Editor

Don’t Look Away from Abuse


tories of Oscar Pistorius filled last week’s news cycle. A double amputee since he was an infant, Pistorius rose to international Olympic fame running on specially formulated carbon-fiber prostheses. Fans dubbed him “blade runner.” Like many readers, I read with horror about the incident that will forever overshadow his Olympic fame. Allegedly, Pistorius, 25, murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, by shooting her four times through a bathroom door in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day. The bullets hit her in the head three times and in the hand once. It seems she also suffered a fractured skull. While not part of the official story, yet, reports have surfaced that police found a bloody bat at the scene and bullet casings in the bedroom. It seems possible that Pistorius beat Steenkamp with the bat; he may have shot at her and missed at least once. One conclusion reporters have drawn from the evidence is that Steenkamp was trying to get away from Pistorius, and that she ran into the bathroom for protection. The most common descriptions of Steenkamp is that she was Pistorius’ “model girlfriend.” She was a classic girlnext-door beauty: waves of long blonde hair, high cheekbones, a long aquiline nose, wide-set blue eyes, a lovely smile that revealed perfect white teeth and dimples. She was also a law-school graduate. This beauty was a well-educated, intelligent young woman. It’s a sad epitaph for a too-short life. Steenkamp publicly spoke out against sexual violence. In the coming week, she was to give an inspirational talk to students in Johannesburg. Her notes include mention of a previous violent relationship.

The comparisons to Nicole Brown Simpson are inevitable. Simpson—another pretty blonde who made international news when she died—was the wife of Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson, a former star football player. A jury acquitted O.J. Simpson in his wife’s murder and that of her friend, Ronald Goldman, after a highly publicized trial. O.J. didn’t fare as well in a civil trial, where a jury unanimously found him liable for their deaths. The thing that binds Reeva Steenkamp and Nicole Simpson goes beyond

It’s not ‘them’; it’s us. the high-profiles of the sportsmen in their lives: it is the prevalence of violence, specifically, domestic violence. During the Simpson trial, evidence surfaced of a long-standing pattern of abuse that including beatings and stalking. South African police said they had previously investigated “allegations of a domestic nature” involving Pistorius. The runner had plenty of guns, several of which he kept in his bedroom. We want to believe that violence only happens to other people. We’re shocked to learn of domestic violence among the rich and famous, as if celebrity and money should shield those fortunate few from the violence endemic in our culture. South Africa rivals America in incidents of violence, but daily, women worldwide

fear for their futures—and their lives—at the hands of misogynistic laws that leave them vulnerable to the whims of the men who would rule them. As a weapon of war, documented incidents of systemic rape, forced prostitution and sexual trafficking have occurred from Bosnia to Haiti to Uganda. In every minute in America, an average of 24 people are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women take the brunt of that violence. One in four women and one in seven men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. One in four American women has been raped in her lifetime— usually the rapist is someone she knows. The presence of a gun in the household exponentially increases the chances that someone will die in a violent encounter. Think about that for a moment. Violence isn’t something that happens to other people. Every day, sexual violence happens in all neighborhoods, rich and poor. It happens to your friends, to the people you love, perhaps to you. It’s not “them”; it’s us. Violence is overwhelmingly prevalent in our popular culture—in television, movies, video games and music—but we’re surprised when people cross the line of acceptable behavior to act violently in our communities and in our homes. We tell our sons that showing emotion is a sign of weakness. We tell our daughters that they have no right to control their bodies. Some of us still believe that what goes on in someone else’s home is none of our business. It’s all OK until someone gets hurt or someone dies. Then, we look at one another in confusion, as if we haven’t participated in making violence

part of our daily lives. “He was such a nice guy,” we tell ourselves. I have a goal. I want never to write about domestic violence again. Don’t get me wrong: I am dedicated to shining a light on the problem, and I will continue to tell the stories as long as the men and women are willing to speak out. The work I’ve done on the subject has made a difference. I know that because people tell me they learn from those stories. I’ll continue to research, tell my own story of abuse, learn about the nuances and provide the statistics. But here’s the thing: I don’t want to see another person’s life turned inside out because of abuse. I don’t want to see another woman break down in tears as she tells me her story. I want domestic abuse to stop. To make that goal a reality will take more than writing about it again. It will take all of us to recognize the signs of abuse—the suspicious bruises, the withdrawal from friends and family, the downward spiral of self-esteem. It takes getting educated, speaking up and speaking out. It takes the courage not to blame the victim, but pointing our collective fingers directly at the problem—not “Why doesn’t she leave?” but “Why does he abuse?” It will take all of us to understand that if we’re not providing solutions, we are part of the violence problem. After Nicole Simpson’s murder, a friend who had witnessed O.J.’s abusive behavior said, in hindsight: “We are all guilty—all of us who knew them.” As long as we don’t stop it, the violence will continue. And we must stop it; not “them.” We can solve this problem, together. Join the 2013 JFP Chick Ball committee to help stop domestic violence and abuse. Email

February 20 - 26, 2013



Jacob Fuller

Latasha Willis

R.L. Nave

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

Events Editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a freelance designer and the mother of one cat. She shamelessly promotes her design skills at latasha

Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis, graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri), and lived a bunch of other places before coming to Jackson. Call him at 601-3626121 ext. 12. He wrote several news stories.

Darnell “Chris” Jackson Kathleen Mitchell

Anita Modak-Truran

Andrew Dunaway

Kelly Bryan Smith

Darnell “Chris” Jackson is writer, photographer, graphic designer and entrepreneur. He is a Jackson native and Jackson State graduate. He owns J. Carter Studios. He wrote a music story.

Anita Modak-Truran is a southern convert, having moved here from Chicago more than a decade ago with her husband and son. She loves the culture, cuisine and arts in these parts. She wrote the film feature.

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

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

Features Editor Kathleen Mitchell can usually be found reading, perusing wine shops, dreaming up new craft ideas or walking her beast around Fondren. She wrote wellness features.

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Deanna Graves Bring jobs and urban renewal to the Jackson area.

Rosa Guerreiro Kratochvil Roads.

Lindsey George Crime.

Savanah Perry Crime! So people can live in the city. Public school improvement.

Percy King Jobs!

Janice Kilby Jobs and urban renewal would happen if safety and beautification of the city came first. I’m not a Jacksonian, but completion of the Farish Street Project along with the safety issues of visitors and the infrastructure to get there. Jackson needs that to happen for the economy. I think if the homeless problems in the Pascagoula/Gallatin Street areas were addressed that would take care of some of the safety issues. Glenda Barner The economy of our city; supporting businesses we have and bringing more. Hilda Abbott Crime and lack of jail space. Jamie Grissom Streets and crime or crime and streets.

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Gary Matthews Lack of transparency and the good ole boys’ voting block.


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Hunter McGee The infrastructure, lack of cabs … and a continuing prohibition that isn’t doing anyone any favors. ... Why are we not addressing the one way streets and, sigh, Capitol Street, downtown? Also, the atrocious parking choices, lack of sidewalks, and paucity mass transit? ... Crime is a nonissue, and deflects from affirming action. Raise the minimum wage, yes, make the area tasty to artists (ahem, yeah, THAT), get more bars and clubs, and a taxi force to support the new clientele. For Pete’s sake, New Orleans does this everyday. We could rip a lot of old stuff off the ground and start over smarter. Brian Hall My issue is creativity. Why do some parts of downtown look good and some parts look like crap? Especially Mill and Capitol streets. Eliza Garcia Stop allowing outside influences to take our businesses!!! Kevin Slark Infrastructure!

CJ Rhodes An aggressively visionary plan that will transform Jackson into a leading Southern city within 20 years. Jackson will be among Charlotte, Dallas, Nashville, etc. when people locally and nationally talk about great cities of the New South. Della R Posey Top campaign issues would include a discussion on urban renewal and urban flight. It’s discouraging to residents and/or potential businesses to see so many vacant businesses in varying stages of deterioration. The perception is that the city cannot keep its citizenry or business community. While this perception may lead to urban flight, the campaign should address what it is doing to keep citizens and businesses as well as (attract them). Judykay Jefferson Accountability and transparency! Michelle Woods Roads, crime, infrastructure. Vincent Wright Infrastructure improvements & Business development. Jill Butler Infrastructure improvements! Add yours at

FEEDBACK Mississippi United Against Charter Schools

Feb. 1 JFP has done a great job of covering this “education reform” push this and in past Legislative Sessions. Please continue to do so and please consider a piece on the posted Washington Post article exposing the corporate connections to all this “education reform” across the country. Much of the debate can be understood and answered according to the descriptions and revelations in that article. There are not many more important issues than our children’s future and thus the future of our state and society at large. Thank you.

Charles Walter Jett

Feb. 13 Excellent article by Kathleen Mitchell in the Jackson Free Press this week about the Mississippi Pulp Con on page 26. Every aspect was touched upon that makes the event so diverse in scope, yet threaded together culturally. A lot of names got left out that I wish could have appeared, but it is a newspaper article, not a pulp novel; some condensing had to be utilized. I did attempt to stress that the event would not be possible without the assistance of many wonderful friends, but there was not enough space on the page. It is a concise, yet enticing article that does indeed explain the nature and purpose of this Mississippi “home-grown” event. Thank you Kathleen and the JFP for keeping your eyes and ears open to the “pop,” “pulp,” “underground,” “low-brow” & “kounter-kulture” events that help define our culture and times.

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1. “Farish on Thin Ice, Fondren Getting Pub,” Jacob Fuller 2. “Home Brewing Comes to a Head,” R.L Nave 3. “Person of the Day: Roy Coleman,” Jerome Gentry 4. “A Political Family: Melvin Priester Jr.,” Jacob Fuller 5. “Best of Jackson 2012: Food & Drink” Join the conversation at

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The Hal & Mal’s Herald JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, FEBRUARY, 20, 2013

Alabama Shakes To Headline Street Dance

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Thursday, Feb. 14 The state Senate amends SB 2141, which would have made school board members elected officials, to create a commission to study the issue. … The House Rules Committee blocks a Medicaid bill that the Senate had already passed. Friday, Feb. 15 A 10-ton meteor explodes over Rus-

sia, injuring nearly 1,000 people. … Olympic star Oscar Pistorius is charged with murder for the slaying of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. Saturday, Feb. 16 Mississippi musicians hold a concert in Hattiesburg to raise disaster-relief funds for victims of recent tornados. … The Vatican raises the possibility that the conclave to elect the next pope might start sooner than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules. Sunday, Feb. 17 An engine-room fire on Carnival Cruise boat Triumph paralyzes the ship, leaving it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for five days. … White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says the president is downplaying his immigration proposal as a backup plan if lawmakers don’t come up with an overhaul.

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Monday, Feb. 18 The Mississippi House gives final approval to SB 2806, which provides sales-tax rebates to the developer of an $80 million outlet mall scheduled to open in November in Pearl. … Whole Foods Market South’s regional buyers visit the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum to meet local farmers and producers.


Tuesday, Feb. 19 Former Gov. William Winter is honored for his public service on his 90th birthday at the old Capitol Museum. … State Sen. Kenneth Wayne Jones, DCanton, reveals Jackson State University’s plans for a 50,000-seat stadium. Get news updates at

“Why would I only talk about Trayvon (Martin) when there are young people who are getting murdered in my home state and my home city? I wanted people to honor and look into who these people were.”

—Alabama Republican Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin on an antiabortion bill in that state.

—Jackson native and writer Kiese Laymon on his acclaimed essay about guns.

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The Nuclear Option by R.L. Nave


ississippi wants to bring Iran to its knees. On Feb. 6, the Mississippi House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HB 563, which would direct the Public Employee Retirement System to identify investments the system has with oil- and mineral-extraction companies that operate in Iran and provide for divestment of those investments under certain conditions. Another bill, which died in a House committee, would have prohibited Mississippi state agencies from contracting with companies that have “Iranian connections.” Mississippi’s Iran divestment proposals follow similar actions in other states designed to pressure Iran to halt their pursuit of nuclear weapons, which westerners view as a threat to the U.S. and America’s allies. Pat Robertson, PERS’ executive director, said the retirement system has not calculated how much PERS would have to pay in transaction costs to buy and sell the identified stocks and bonds. Similar measures have been unpopular in certain quarters. As well intentioned as the proposals may be, the business community has bristled at other states’ divestment measures, which trade groups such as the Washington, D.C.-based National Foreign Trade Council believe intrude on the federal government’s supremacy over matters of foreign policy. In 2000, the NFTC, whose membership is comprised of many of the world’s largest multinational corporations, took the state of Massachusetts to the U.S. Supreme Court for prohibiting state agencies from buying goods from companies operating in Burma,

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Wednesday, Feb. 13 The Mississippi House passes HB 958, which would let school boards authorize employees to carry concealed weapons on campus. … The U.S. Senate holds the year’s first hearing on immigration policy.

“When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body, That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.”

An international trade group doesn’t believe Mississippi should pass a law that would require the Public Employee Retirement System to pull certain investments that have ties with Iran.

or Myanmar. The court found in Crosby v. National Foreign Trade Council that Massachusetts’ law undermined existing sanctions that the federal government imposed against Burma for human-rights violations. The NFTC sued again in 2006 when Illinois passed a law requiring the state treasurer to sell off investments in firms doing business in Sudan, where a genocide took place. Bill Reinsch, president of the NFTC, sent a letter to Republican leaders urging them to drop one of the divestment proposals. “There are obvious and valid reasons for concern about Iran’s nuclear program and human-rights record. State and local foreign-policy sanctions clearly undermine the ability of the United States to conduct a unified and effective policy to address these serious situations,” Reinsch wrote.

The laws are also bad for business. Dan O’Flaherty, NFTC’s vice president, said the organization has no plans to sue even if Mississippi passes a divestment law; however, from a business perspective, allowing each state to come up with its own foreign policy would be “a formula for commercial chaos.” The would be ineffective because it would only affect a handful of foreign corporations such as Siemens AG, a German technology company and French petroleum giant Total, O’Flaherty said. “I can’t imagine the Ayatollah is saying, ‘Holy sh*t! Mississippi is going to sell its shares in Total, so we’d better stop building a nuclear weapon,’” O’Flaherty said. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

Live from Johannesburg, Land Mass


he Weather Channel goofed again about the, um, Land Mass State (the one between New Orleans and Mobile, Ala., as reported during its coverage of Hurricane Isaac) in its coverage of the Hattiesburg tornado Feb. 11, showing a screen graphic that read “LIVE: Johannesburg, MS.” What can we do to give the Weather Channel a geography lesson? Trip Burns: Maps. Scott Roussell: Force the á la carte programming on the cable providers by switching to an Internet-based news and entertainment mode, then refuse to subscribe to TWC until they get their heads unstuck from their keisters and rethink their stance

on sensationalist, weather-esque reality television and go back to being serious about information instead of drama. R.L. Nave: Remind the network that Johannesburg is located in South Africa, which officially ended a system of racial inequality known as

apartheid in 1989, and Mississippi officially ended a system of racial inequality known as slavery in 2013. Mark Michalovic: That’s funny, because I was in Johannesburg a while back, and I kept thinking that the middle-class neighborhoods of the city felt a lot like Jackson, not Hattiesburg. Latasha Willis: A mandatory field trip to all 82 Mississippi counties, a final exam and singing a spirited rendition of the “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” rhyme.

“The school board is too insulated from the people. ... Right now, there’s really no reason for them to (listen to the people), because the people don’t move them. They can’t put them in there; they can’t remove them from there.” —Ward 2 Councilman and Jackson mayoral candidate Chokwe Lumumba on whether school board members should be elected.

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ore than three years after the “From the Old Testament and throughEpiscopal Church provided out the New Testament, the only sexual relafor gay union blessings, Mis- tionships that are affirmed in scripture are sissippi’s Bishop Duncan Gray those in the context of marriage between III announced Feb. 1 that he would allow one man and one woman,” Carmen Fowler congregations to bless same-sex unions in LaBerge, a former Presbyterian minister, told the Magnolia State under strict guidelines, National Public Radio soon after the presidespite his misgivings. dent’s statement hit the airwaves. “My deepest grief is that this issue has But the Bible—particularly the Old Tesso dominated our common life and has so tament—is also filled with polygamous marbecome the litmus test of church groups and riages, concubines and arcane rules that degroupings that we have found so little energy fine women as valued property instead of life for anything else,” Gray said in an address to partners to their husbands. And a search of the the Diocesan Council. New Testament for Jesus’ words regarding who Gray gave his churches and ministers op- should (or shouldn’t) marry whom is unlikely tions: Congregations can choose not to take to offer the seeker any definitive answers. any action; pastors can choose not to perform “Jesus never said a single word about the blessings; or congreanything even remotely gations can petition the connected to homobishop to allow them to sexuality,” the Rev. Subless the unions. san Russell, an Episco The bishop strongpal priest at All Saints ly stated that such blessChurch in Pasadena, ings are not marriages, Calif., told NPR. and that no one would “When you read be forced into blessing the Bible, you can find LGBT unions. justification for almost “The State of Misanything,” Russell consissippi will not authotinued, “including slavery, rize such a marriage rite, the subjection of women and my own conscience and an argument that would not accept it,” the sun actually revolves he wrote. “No priest, around the earth.” no vestry, no congrega- Bishop Duncan Gray III of Mississippi’s The Episcopal Episcopal Church will allow churches tion will be asked to do to bless same-sex unions. Church chose a proanything that violates gressive pathway to their conscience.” recognize committed “… I am well aware of the extraordi- relationships among its LGBT parishioners nary diversity of emotion that this decision in 2009, joining other liberal-minded sects. will evoke. This announcement will delight At that time, church bishops adopted a ceresome of you. For others this will be experi- mony that—while stopping short of being a enced as horror and betrayal.” liturgical “marriage”—allows pastors to bless When it comes to mainline Christian gay unions. denominations, the Episcopal Church has In his Feb. 1 address, Gray called for the proved to be left of center on many issues. election of a bishop coadjutor to gradually Unlike Catholics, for example, women have take over his duties so that he can retire. served as Episcopalian clergy for decades, and “Sisters and brothers, after considerable pastors can marry and raise families. The prayer, conversation and discernment, I have church has long stood against the death pen- become increasingly aware that I have done alty and in favor of equal rights. It even allows about as much as I can do for this church as openly homosexual people to serve as clergy. your bishop,” he wrote. “The challenges of Since President Barack Obama came the next decade or so will require more enout in favor of gay marriage in early May of ergy, more creativity and more passion than last year, Episcopalians—like many church- is left in my tank.” es—are dipping their toes into the theo- Gray declined to comment for this logical controversy over homosexuality. Like story. many complex social issues for the faithful, Comment at Email Ronni this is an ocean fraught with biblical reefs. Mott at


DISH | Candidate

Sanders: Never Too Young to Lead by Jacob D. Fuller


February 13 - 19, 2013

Trip Burns

t didn’t take long for Corinthian Sand- be ruling now. We need to be a part of our and (asking) what do they want from me. ers, 20, to face adversity in his bid for generation. We don’t need someone else’s What do they want from the city itself? Jackson’s Ward 5 City Council seat. generation to still govern when it’s our time What do they want me to do? What is most The Jackson State University student to start leading. important? What can we all agree on? What was a few minutes into his ofdo you expect from me for ficial candidacy announcement four years in this first term. in front of Ayer Hall on the JSU That’s basically what campus, when three JSU police I’m going to do is listen, a officers stopped him. The offitour of listening. cers, including Patrolman Troy What does the city need Nix, held up Sanders’ speech to do to get people in the for several minutes, while Sandabandoned houses or ers got a school administrator to do something with the come out and tell the police that abandoned lots? he had permission to make the We have a lot of senior announcement. citizens, people on retirement Sanders remained calm, pensions (and) things like though, and said the officers that. A lot of retired people were just doing their job. are coming back to the city. The city’s youngest regThey are living in a home. istered candidate says he a deThey have money to invest voutly religious young man in (and) don’t know where and a “big family person.” He to put it. A lot of people are calls himself a “Chrislam”: He skeptical about putting it in believes Christ provides salvaWall Street investment comtion, and he also believes in the panies and things like that. teachings and rituals of Islam. You have a lot of veterans. He told the Jackson Free Press They get pensions as well. that he speaks English, SpanThey want to spend their ish, Samaritan Hebrew and Jackson State student Corinthian Sanders, 20, hopes voters in money on something they Ward 5 will look past his age when they elect their city council a dialect of Arabic spoken in can invest in, where they can representative in May. Baghdad, Iraq. have something for tomor His religion isn’t the only row or the future for their mixture that might confuse children(and)grandchildren. For a 20-year-old like me to do somesome. Sanders, a Democrat, said he voted for I think of all of the dilapidated homes, thing like that, it just tells you that leaders President Barack Obama and for Republican come in all shapes, sizes and ages. I try to especially in Ward 5—I have six pages of Gov. Phil Bryant. Both men were the best stay away from biblical things, because a lot foreclosures and abandoned lots that range candidates for their respective jobs, he said. of people call it controversial when you do it from very low prices to reasonable prices. Sanders is not new to leadership roles. He with politics. But what do you think about The city can make an initiative where resihelps lead prayer groups and outreach minJoseph? Joseph was a young boy when he dents, senior citizens, veterans and others istries for Universal Life Church, and assists became a leader. King David—what do you alike who have the money to invest—we the Williams Care Outreach Mission with think about those people? Those people were need to create some incentive to give them a community associations to address the growway of getting those properties. We need to great leaders. ing problem of dilapidated houses in the city. It doesn’t matter what age, if they have create some kind of housing policy for those The JFP sat down with Sanders and experience (or) have leadership skills. Mo- particular people. his campaign manager, and great aunt, Earses (had) no experience (and) no leadership nestine Moore on campus at JSU Feb. 13 to skills. Do they have the will to do something Why? find out just what leads a college student to We know that this can be influential as different for their people? That’s what creates run for city office. potential revenue for the city. If the city can a leader. That’s what a 20-year-old like me is do- give the lots and abandoned homes to people Why is someone your age running for ing: going to school and trying to improve who can’t afford them, like senior citizens city council? and veterans, those (people) can go spend this community, this city. My age, it really doesn’t matter. Opentheir money and flip the homes. minded people don’t look at age. Age is just a We can (reduce) those (home) values. If you are elected, what is your number number to me. one priority on day one? We can talk to the banks that own those It took 20 years for me to decide it’s Day one, I’m going to start on official homes here. We can talk to them about cretime. It’s enough for us to be dissatisfied with business, as in going around my ward doing ating a low interest rate, or get (people) on a the situation Jackson is going through. I’m a tour, which I’m doing now. It’s not going program where they can buy so much proptired of declining jobs. I’m tired of businesses to be any different from the campaign. (I’ll erty, and the bank will give them a leeway on leaving Jackson. I am tired of our streets tearbe) going door to door, neighborhood to more resources to improve their property. ing up, corroding and going in the ground. neighborhood, projects to projects to speak Or (we can) create a business program, It takes a 20-year-old to realize that with the citizens, business owners— black, where we help the senior citizens with a change, realize that hope for our tomorwhite, Asian, whatever—(and) churches, business plan. If they have a business plan row. We are the generation that needs to


themselves, we have to improve that.... This whole area around (JSU) is empty, almost. The school is looking for more area. It’s hard for them to get it, because the city is making it hard for them to get those (pieces of property). A lot of these lots are owned by the city. We can work more with people who have resources and let them get these lots, instead of (owners) being greedy. We want to collect taxes, and we want to do this, and we want to do that. It’s not working because these lots are overgrown. We have broken windows. We need to pass a policy for broken windows like Madison has.* We need to have some kind of initiative in place where we can beautify not just Ward 5, but the whole city, because all of it, every ward, looks the same if you ask me, as far as the appearance and housing. A lot of it is dilapidated. As you know, a lot of housing is collapsing because a lot of people can’t afford to improve their homes. The city has resources. They really do. They have resources to give some of these people grants, not just loans. Let’s stop talking about loans and higher taxes. Let’s talk about grants, initiatives and community service. Comment at Email Jacob D. Fuller at *Both Jackson and Madison operate under the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code, which requires home owners to repair broken windows in order to receive rental licenses. ** A 2011 study performed by the Department of Economics at Tulane University in New Orleans showed that Mardi Gras a total direct and indirect economic impact of $300,656,546 on New Orleans. The City of New Orleans accrued a net fiscal benefit of $13.1 million from Mardi Gras. *** The Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau estimated the 2010 St. Paddy’s Parade generated about $6.5 million in economic impact for the capital city. The state Department of Agriculture and Commerce estimates the Dixie National Rodeo’s economic impact to be more than $20 million.

Corinthian Sanders Age: 20 Born: Jackson Running for: Ward 5 City Council Occupation: Student at Jackson State University Education: Callaway High School 2011 Political experience: six-time class or student-body president

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“It’s clear that there is no need for this,” Scott said. Mississippi briefly flirted with privatization of child support during the mid-1990s, but a 1996 Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review report that found state workers collected more than the private firm the state hired to do the work. As many as 800 DHS employees

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hot-button issue more recently when the House debated HB 1009, which would privatize the state’s $200 million per year child-support collection system, which the Mississippi Department of Human Services now oversees. Brenda Scott, president of the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees/ Communications Workers of America, mobilized state employees for DHS to clog the Capitol switchboard last week by calling lawmakers to express their opposition to the bill.

in the child support-collections division could be affected if HB 1009 becomes law, Scott said. Democratic lawmakers seemed skeptical that the bill was designed to alleviate the workload of overburdened DHS workers and help families receive child-support payments faster. “It’s a greased pig already. Somebody up on high already knows who’s going to get this contract,” said Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, during debate on the House floor.

While the bill does not specify which company or companies would run the program, Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo, told The Associated Press that the information she used to defend the bill came from Arnie Hederman and Austin Barbour, a pair of lobbyists with deep ties to the Republican Party. Barbour is the nephew of former Gov. Haley Barbour and a former adviser to Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney; Hederman chaired the Mississippi Republican Party until Jan. 2012. Barbour and Hederman, partners in a Jackson-based lobbying firm, represent YoungWilliams PC, which paid the lobbyists $90,000 in 2012, Secretary of State records show. YoungWilliams PC is an affiliate of YoungWilliams Child Support Services, does business in 11 states and employs 950 people. In addition to the lobbying efforts, Robert L. Wells, YoungWilliams Child Support Services’ chief executive officer, also has also donated to the election campaigns of several elected officials. Campaign disclosure data reveal that, including joint donations made with wife, Wells gave $38,500 to Mississippi lawmakers in 2011, including donations totaling $17,500 to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ campaign fund. State Auditor Stacey Pickering and Rep. Percy Watson also received $3,000 and $1,000 from Wells, respectively. Military Families About 2,000 members of the Mississippi Army National Guard and the Mississippi Air National Guard are currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation New Dawn in Iraq. When combat operations will officially end in Afghanistan, in 2014, these troops will return home to our cities and towns. Ravaged by war, many of them will need help readjusting to civilian, but many, par-

ticularly those in rural communities, may not receive it. The Northtown Family Readiness Program, whose funding is under consideration by the Legislature, wants to change that. An appropriations bill now under consideration by lawmakers, would fund 20 military veterans as AmeriCorps members to act as outreach workers in Mississippi’s rural communities, connecting returning soldiers with services and educating them about their veteran’s benefits. Petra Kay, whose husband served in the National Guard for three decades and served as family readiness coordinator for his unit, said often veterans do not know what services they’re eligible or where to go for help. Adjusting to life off base, away from where services are available, is difficult for returning soldiers, Kay said. “You’re really disconnected from the military,” she said. Mississippi soldiers are especially disconnected. Only 15 Family Readiness Centers exist to serve the 209,408 veterans in the entire state of Mississippi compared to 35 such centers in Alabama and 109 in Virginia, Kay said. That despite the fact that 11.1 percent of Mississippians are veterans compared to 14.2 percent of Virginia’s population. Kay said Mississippi’s AmeriCorps program, which would involve volunteers going out into neighborhoods and knocking on veterans’ doors to educate them about their rights and benefits under the Montgomery G.I. Bill and the Veterans Administration would be the first of its kind in the nation. House Military Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. David Myers, D-McComb, helped secure the funding to pay AmeriCorps members a living allowance of $12,100 per year for three years. Comment at Contact R.L. Nave at

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employ 49.5 percent of the private-sector labor force. Nationwide, 27.8 million small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employers and employ 49.1 percent of the private-sector labor force.

Cafe Open Downtown Cafe opened for business Monday, Feb. 18, on the site of the former Miller’s Grill at 224 E. Capitol St. In addition to po-boys, daily plate-lunch specials and the restaurant’s signature chicken and waffles, owner and head chef Aubrey Norman Jr. has a vision for the new location that includes seafood and a unique take on the fine dining experience. 2013 marks Downtown Cafe’s Jackson State University will soon officially unveil plans for a second year in business. new stadium to replace the one on University of Mississippi Chef Norman reproperty.The university recently made a presentation to cently received the Jackpolicy-makers about a new multi-purpose athletic facility. son Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Hometown Jackson State arena. He said a new stadium Hero Award for his work promoting tourwould enhance JSU’s west Jackson campus ism and inspiring entrepreneurship. He beand add jobs to the area. gan his culinary career working in hotels and was the general manager at the Steam Room Small Business Analysis Grille for four years until it closed in 2010. A new state-by-state report released today by the U.S. Small Business Administra- Whole Foods Visit tion (SBA) Office of Advocacy shows that Whole Foods Market South’s regional Mississippi employed 436,996 workers in buyers visited the Mississippi Agriculture & 2010 with most of the employment coming Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive) from firms with 20 to 499 employees. in Jackson Monday, Feb. 18, to meet local The Small Business Profile for the farmers and producers. More than 90 proStates and Territories found that overall self- ducers attended the event, in which Whole employment in Mississippi declined over the Foods Market provided details on how to last decade, while minority self-employment become a vendor for the market. saw growth. Whole Foods Market opens this fall at Mississippi’s 240,378 small businesses Highland Village shopping center, 4500 Inrepresent 96.5 percent of all employers and terstate 55 N., in Jackson.

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could make the case that Mary Hawkins Butler’s aggressive resistance to JSU’s Madison campus is about race. There are definitely indications, over time, that people of color aren’t exactly welcomed in her “queendom,” such as men being pulled over for “driving while black” and the city’s refusal to include apartment complexes. One can make the argument that Butler feels an HBCU means an influx of minorities to her city, which in some folks’ minds means more “undesirables” who will bring more crime and general mayhem. And let’s be honest: Many of our suburban neighbors subscribe to that prejudiced way of thinking. But let’s look at this from another perspective. Personally, I’ve conceded that Madison simply doesn’t welcome me and, thus, it doesn’t get my consumer dollars if I can help it. Look at the businesses she has courted. Then look deeper into her alliance with Tulane University. Compare Tulane’s tuition with that of Jackson State University’s. Compare the average incomes of the parents of both schools’ students. Then research the average household income of Madison residents compared to the average Jacksonian. Isn’t this controversy not just about race but about class as well? Could it be that Butler is willing to absorb accusations of racism to get closer to the ideal suburban “fiefdom” that she has envisioned? In my opinion, Madison’s mayor isn’t “racist” but “classist.” She doesn’t necessarily have a problem with black people; she just prefers those who can afford to live her lifestyle. She’s partial to what I call “high-end earners.” Picture her city as Gucci—the store that only people who can afford the merchandise even enter. Tulane is a prestigious university. To Butler, JSU is not, so it doesn’t fit her plans. She was not welcoming of her own Jackson alma mater, Belhaven University, either. I draw from experience when I say that Jackson is a lowbrow, low-budget, generally inferior municipality to Mayor Butler, and she wants no traces of it in “her” city. There is no “metro” to Butler; there is only Madison. Still, we foolishly extend olive branches. I contend—as I always have—that Jacksonians should make a conscious effort to spend their dollars within the limits of our city. I’m not built to patronize places I’m not welcomed—because of my skin color or my tax bracket. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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—Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn in an MSNBC interview saying why she was against President Barack Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour.


Why it stinks: Blackburn’s $2.15 in the late 1960s or early ’70s, when she probably had that retail job (she was born in 1952), is worth quite a bit more today. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ inflation calculator puts the $2.15 an hour Blackburn made as worth between $12.72 and $14.18 an hour in 2012 dollars. Blackburn was also making considerably more than the minimum wage, which was $1.60 an hour until 1974, when it was raised to $2. In today’s dollars, $1.60 is the equivalent of $10.56. In effect, that puts Blackburn’s purchasing power at twice that of today’s minimum-wage worker.

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espite Gov. Phil Bryant’s stubborn and vocal opposition to the plan, the question of Medicaid expansion seemed headed for a few rounds of spirited debate in the Mississippi Legislature. Although Bryant approves or vetoes the state budget, budget-making authority ultimately rests with the Legislature and, more specifically, with House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. In Mississippi, the nation’s poorest state, where hospital and ancillary health-care services are the bread-and-butter of many communities, one would expect that the lawmakers who represent these woe begotten parts of the state to have a litany of questions about the pros and cons of Medicaid expansion. One report, which the Institutions of Higher Learning released in October, concludes that adopting the Medicaid expansion would create more than 9,100 jobs by 2020. One would think that lawmakers would be more than willing to have a public conversation about whether the $109.4 million price tag IHL puts on Medicaid expansion is worth it. Another study, widely cited by Bryant and other critics, puts the price tag to Mississippi taxpayers at around $1.6 billion through 2020 when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented. Lawmakers are in the unenviable position of determining if Mississippi can afford to spend the money to cover another 300,000 people through Medicaid or whether Mississippi, the nation’s un-

healthiest state by most indicators, can afford not to make the investment. But the saga over Medicaid expansion in Mississippi has taken an unexpected, if not bizarre turn. For the second time, Democrats have blocked passage of the House’s Medicaid reauthorization bill because, unlike the Senate version, the House bill lacked the code sections to let a debate over Medicaid expansion take place in the chamber. Now, if one of the bills is not revived before the session ends, the Medicaid program will not be funded when the new fiscal year begins July 1. That the Legislature’s Republican leadership does not seem inclined to so much as let a debate on Medicaid expansion take place is puzzling. So far this year, lawmakers have debated proposals to establish charter schools, arm public schoolteachers, ignore federal law and regulate abortion (again). Any other time, lawmakers are falling all over themselves to roll out business-friendly proposals that would create jobs in the state. None of these proposals come close to offering the economic benefits that would come with health-care boom that Medicaid expansion could fuel. As Rep. Bryant Clark pointed out last week, the sky is not falling just because the House is at a standstill over Medicaid. Plenty of opportunities exist to not reauthorize Medicaid before the session ends but also to engage in a constructive debate over whether expanding Medicaid would benefit the people of Mississippi. We encourage our lawmakers to commence that debate as soon as possible.

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am asking that you immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional order by the president illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement,” Gov. Phil Bryant wrote to the leaders of the Mississippi Legislature last month. Although the specific policy context was gun control, Bryant has called for the state to also resist enforcement of the Affordable Care Act, section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and, of course, Roe v. Wade—so “any unconstitutional order” is actually a pretty broad policy mandate, in our governor’s world. The Mississippi State Legislature hasn’t rushed to pass Bryant’s proposal, which suggests to me that we’re in a better place, politically, than we were when a substantially identical Resolution of Interposition unanimously passed the Mississippi House of Representatives in February 1956. That resolution claimed to do exactly what Bryant’s proposed legislation would do. It didn’t work in ’56, of course, and Bryant’s legislation wouldn’t work, either—but that isn’t really the point. Rituals and symbols matter. Bryant’s support for a new Resolution of Interposition is powerful and, in its own way, bold—indicating that he is willing to fearlessly identify himself with the state’s segregationist past, whether members of his party in the Legislature are willing to join him in this endeavor or not. Longtime readers of the Jackson Free Press may remember the controversy that followed in 2009 when Sen. Lydia Chassaniol, the Mississippi Senate Tourism chairwoman, gave the keynote speech at the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens’ annual convention—and identified herself as a proud member. The CCC, a successor to the white Citizen’s Council (which operated on the principle that “[m]ixing the races is rebelliousness against God”), has long been identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center; even Jim Nicholson, the former chairman of the national Republican Party, long ago condemned the group for advocating “racist and nationalist views.” When news broke of Chassaniol’s support for the organization, activists asked her to resign her membership in the Council of Conservative Citizens. She refused. Activists then asked Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Brad White to distance his party from the organization. He also refused.

Chassaniol remains chairwoman of the Mississippi Senate Tourism Committee, because that’s the sort of thing a white nationalist group’s keynote speaker can still do in Mississippi. I could waste hundreds of precious words mulling the question of whether Phil Bryant is “a” racist, or whether Lydia Chassaniol is “a” racist, but I neither know nor care what their private prejudices might be, and I would expect successful career politicians to have more sense to show them off. What concerns me more is the ritual power of their behavior, because their behavior has lowered the bar for Mississippi politicians. If a Mississippi legislator wants to proudly identify as a member of a white nationalist organization, she or he now knows that this is a decision that is unlikely to come with any serious political repercussions—Chassaniol has opened that door. If a Mississippi politician wants to campaign on 1950s-style nullification and interposition responses to federal civil rights legislation, he or she knows that Phil Bryant has opened that door, too. Ten years ago, Trent Lott was guilty of the same behavior—and it cost him his political career. Now it has become normal. That’s how powerful rituals and symbols can be. So it is actually relevant that somebody accidentally (or, perhaps, “accidentally”) hoisted up the Confederate battle flag at the Mississippi Supreme Court building last Friday, or—for that matter—that the execrable stars ‘n’ bars already appear in the upper-left corner of our official state flag. It is significant that old Klan killers like Byron de la Beckwith, Sam Bowers and Edgar Ray Killen were finally convicted. It does matter that statewide voters haven’t elected a black candidate since Reconstruction. It most certainly matters that we do have a black president. Rituals and symbols tell us what we can and can’t get away with, what we can realistically expect from each other, and what we stand for as a state and as a nation. And they are incredibly important. You can tell they’re important by looking at the rituals that the leaders of our state still refuse to perform, the symbols they still refuse to reject, and the errors of judgment they keep making—generation after generation—without remorse, without apology and without political cost. Tom Head is a Jackson native. He has written or co-written 24 nonfiction books, is a civil liberties writer for and is a grassroots progressive activist.

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Quinn Joins Crowded Mayor’s Race Name: Regina Quinn Born: Collins, family lived in Jackson Education: Murrah High School, 1978; University of Southern Mississippi, 1982, bachelor’s in political science; College of Law Loyola University New Orleans, 1987 Occupation: Lawyer at Irvin & Quinn Political experience: none Governmental experience: General Counsel for Jackson State University 2001-2011; Special Assistant Mississippi Attorney General 1988-90; Water and Sewer Board, New Orleans Family: Husband, John Richard May Jr., married 15 years; one son, John Richard May III, 8, and one stepdaughter, Niijor May, 15.

where you have to make a tough decision,” Quinn said. The Irvin & Quinn firm has since recovered financially, and Quinn is again a full-time private attorney. She sat down with the JFP Jan. 30 to talk about the next job she wants to take on: mayor of Jackson. How can you bring your experience as a developer into the office of mayor?

That is particularly what I’m looking forward to doing, because I think that type of experience whereby I went into an arena that was very unfamiliar to me, but I was able to pool the people around a table that had experience. That’s what development really is. What you do is put the right team together. I started asking people: “Who is good?” in terms of a land surveyor and an engineer to do this work. I just went out and got some referrals, checked on those referrals to make sure that these were competent people in their areas of expertise, pulled them

together and just worked through that process to get that done. I think that certainly would translate into what needs to happen for the city of Jackson, in terms of not only understanding from a standpoint of pulling the right team to the table, because that’s critical. Developments are not easy. They can be very difficult depending on the type of development you’re involved in. What’s critical is having people around the table with capacity to get it done, (and) also having worked with the city of Jackson in terms of permits and planning, things of that sort. My experience, from what I understand was different from most, because I happened to have grown up in Jackson. I know a lot of people. I know a lot of people who work for the city of Jackson. We were able to work

through some things that could have been frustrating, perhaps, for some other people. So we want to make sure that when people come into the city of Jackson and they’re looking to develop—subdivisions, or whatever their interest may be—we need to have something more than to just not be business unfriendly. We’ve got to be business friendly. We’ve got to be very inviting, and give people what they need that is appropriate in terms of what it is that they’re asking. We’ve got to be aggressive, extremely aggressive in doing that. I think that the work that I was able to do with the subdivision, and some of the other things that I’ve done in life, makes me, I guess, well suited for the job of mayor of this city.


n the crowded pack of no less than nine mayoral candidates in Jackson, most will have to work hard to stand out and get the majority of votes in May. In that otherwise all-boys club, Regina Quinn has no trouble standing out, regardless of her gender. Quinn officially announced Feb. 10 at Jackson State University’s e-Center that she is seeking to become Jackson’s first female mayor. A newcomer to the world of political campaigns, Quinn is quick to speak about the experience, both good and bad, that she can bring to the office. An attorney for a quarter of a century, Quinn is no stranger to community involvement. The Jackson native serves on the MississippiCommissionontheStatusofWomen.She also helped mold the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s Vision 2022 10-year plan. “As a result of my work there, Duane O’Neill and others asked me to continue to work with the chamber,” Quinn said. Now Quinn serves on the Core City Committee with GJCP. Quinn became a developer when she purchased a 7-acre piece of land off Fairwood Drive in northwest Jackson for $30,000. She was looking for a lot to build a house, but when she found the land, she decided to create a 14-lot subdivision. “I took the bull by the horns (and) did it,” Quinn said. “(I) located a surveyor, located an engineer, (and) worked through the city process to get the plat approved.” Now, Lakewood Cove is a 13-home subdivision with just one empty lot. Community and business organizations are also familiar to Quinn. While serving as general counsel for Jackson State, she represented the university on the board of the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation. She cochaired the subcommittee on health care for BluePrint Mississippi in 2011. Quinn is forthcoming about some less-than-positive aspects of her past as well. She told the Jackson Free Press that she filed for personal bankruptcy, as well as filed for bankruptcy in her law firm in 1996. Prior to filing, Quinn represented clients who had to take the same path. That made it easier, she said, when she realized it was the road she needed to take as well. “Sometimes you have some issues

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developed around it. That is also what is critical from the standpoint that— and I like to use a football term, because I’m an avid sports fanatic—you have to make the cut before the ball is thrown. I think that we missed a prime opportunity, because for whatever reason, we didn’t properly vet this (baseball park) proposal. We ended up missing an opportunity. It’s sparked a lot of development in some other cities. We could have gotten that in the city of Jackson. There are big plans on some people’s boards; from One Capitol Green, I don’t know all Lake, to Farish Street, Old Capitol Green, a possibility the particulars of it. I will just tell you of a new downtown arena. Which of these plans that any time someone is interested in would you support? Which ones would you make coming to the city and developing a a priority, and how, as mayor, would you help make project, then we certainly would be all them become a reality? ears. We will assess all of those projects Let me tell you about process. That’s who I am as a per- with an eye of making sure that deson. That’s how I’ve been trained as a lawyer. velopers bring to the table what they There is a lot of information that is being given in the are proposing they can bring to the papers about particular projects, but where the rubber meets table, and at the end of the day, that the road is actually what has been presented to the city. The the citizens of Jackson are getting what they were told that process that I think is just absolutely critical for anyone mak- they would get, and wouldn’t have to end up spending public ing a decision is to get all the information about a particular funds that we’re not in the position to spend for that particuproject and to make sure that those projects are vetted prop- lar project. erly to see if they have merit in order to move forward. Generally, projects are done by developers with the ca Many of those projects—just reading about what the pacity to bring it to the table. We know that with any develproposals are—seem to be quite promising. From One opment, it’s going to be a partnership. Whether it is a publicLake, to have a project where we can have an opportunity private partnership, or whatever type of people and means to have that kind of an entertainment venue, it could cre- come to the table, you have to be in position to not only start ate and stimulate a lot of economic development. Things it, but to finish it. can happen as a result. We’ve seen that with what happened (That) leads me to one of the other projects: the Farish with Trustmark Park (in Pearl), (and) the businesses that are Street project. This Farish Street project has been going on a

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In addition to the subdivision work, it is working with small businesses again. It is very heart-warming to me to ride around the city of Jackson and just look at different businesses that we represented over the years. From Lakeover Funeral Home to the Powerhouse Gym, to hair salons, to the kidney dialysis that was on Beasley Road, that has now since sold. It was called Kidney Care. Just the number of small businesses that we’ve represented, incorporated, helped with applications for loans (and) just provided legal counsel: that’s quite rewarding.


long, long, long time. One can’t help but wonder whether or not this project is one that the city of Jackson should be putting so many resources into to get so little in return. This is a market that is very unforgiving. So, you have to make very good decisions about where you put your money, (so you have) the ability to have money to do some other things. (Otherwise,) the opportunities become more limited, because money is just so very scarce. We’re losing businesses, which creates a much lower tax base for the city. So we have to be very specific about where we put our funds. It can’t be a shotgun approach; it has to be a rifle approach. Please remind me of some of the projects you mentioned, and I can touch on those.

This is a market that is very unforgiving.

I mentioned a proposal for a new downtown arena that recently went before the city, but has been floating around for a few years.

When I was general counsel at Jackson State, the university proposed to the mayor (Johnson) that we would collaborate, because Jackson State does not have a stadium or arena. We thought that for the benefit of the city of Jackson, JSU and some of the other stakeholders—such as the medical center—one way to get the arena would be to pool resources to get that done. That request was not favorable, in terms of what the mayor was looking to do. Now, as I understand it, he’s proposing that an arena be placed somewhere around the Farish

Street district.* I guess my thinking on that is just to look at it. I hate, once again, to speak on something without knowing all the details of what is being proposed. I would just hope that in instances where we can pool resources together, that we would work to do that. At the end of the day, if you have the Coliseum, and you’re seeking to have a stadium around Farish Street, and Jackson State is proposing at some point to have a campus arena, then we get spread pretty thin in terms of what it is we’re seeking to accomplish. I think there can be some collaboration in that regard. I would have to find out more information about what the mayor is seeking to do. Going back to Farish Street: Are you saying that as mayor you would look to go a different direction, or not give city support to the entertainment district?

pleased and proud of this facility. It’s a great facility to play ball (in). I believe that ESPN televised a game there during that (2011) season. They look forward to coming back because of the big Jumbotron and everything else there. Also, (because) of the work that I did there, I was asked to head up the management team for the stadium committee for JSU. Those things speak to what is necessary in order to show leadership, and things that are required to move the city forward. The third thing is coverage, quite frankly. You have to be one who is able to take some risks. If you’re going to be successful in doing big things, you can’t be risk adverse. You can’t be afraid to make a mistake. Mistakes can be made. I’ve made plenty of them in my lifetime. One thing I love about the song by Donie McClurkin: “We fall down, but get up.” I’ve fallen down, but I got up. Trip Burns

No. I’m saying that I would have a process of looking at where the project is at this point. We know it has not been developed. It is very much past due from being developed. I would get the information and make an assessment as to whether this is an area that we would want to use city resources. In terms of saying I would shut the deal down or not, it just wouldn’t be prudent to make a decision of that magnitude without all the information.

The other thing is: You need someone who has the capacity and the leadership experience. Let me just give you a few examples of my leadership, and I’ve touched on them already. The experience that I had with the attorney general’s office. I started my own law firm. I co-founded that. It took some leadership qualities to do that. The other thing is the development that I did. I went into an area that was unfamiliar. I understand that you have to know all the particulars to do a project, but you have to be resourceful and know where to go and get people that will help you to accomplish whatever the project is that you’re interested in. So I got the right people around the table. That’s been done. I will tell you: That takes more than just being a planner. It’s being an implementer and actually getting it done. The other thing is the work that I did at Jackson State. I will say: The body of work that I did at Jackson State Uni-

You face a fairly steep uphill climb in looking to become Jackson’s first female mayor, and you’re facing a few candidates who have experience in City Hall and have been more in the public eye. How do you plan to overcome that?

How do you accomplish that?

Let’s think in terms of what it takes to be an effective mayor, particularly for the city of Jackson. First, I would say you have be someone who has the capacity to do the job. I think that with the experience that I’ve had over my lifetime—and if you do the numbers, you’ll figure out pretty quickly that I’m 52 years old—I’ve been practicing law for over 25 years. I’ve been in the business arena, then the legal arena. (That’s) the experience that I’ve had—as being one who has represented a number of businesses; been in federal, state and local government; and one whose been the first general counsel at Jackson State, so I had to build that office. Serving as general counsel is somewhat like being a city attorney for a small city. You’re dealing with employment issues; you’re dealing with economic development. You see the progress that Jackson State has made? I was very much involved in that. So I’ve had the experience—the legal and business experience.

Regina Quinn wants to see JPD work more with the police forces in the surrounding cities to battle crime in Jackson.

versity some time ago, back right before the football season for 2011, we got word that the stadium was being conveyed to the University (of Mississippi) Medical Center. It was no slight of Jackson State, but understanding that Jackson State does not have its own stadium and that we played football there, I decided to take it upon myself to look into what that was all about. (I) determined that is was just a situation where the medical center needed a dining facility. They were looking to get Schimmel’s restaurant to meet that need. In doing that, quite frankly, Jackson State was just overlooked. So I consulted with Dr. (Carolyn) Meyers, the (JSU) president, and asked if she was aware of it. It was pretty clear that we were out of the loop on that. I started just contacting people to let them know that we were interested in acquiring the stadium. I was very instrumental in working that deal on behalf of Jackson State University. We worked with thenLt. Gov., now Gov. Phil Bryant. We worked with (the Department of Finance and Administration.) We worked with (the Institutions of Higher Learning). At the end of the day, we got a piece of legislation that worked for both of the parties involved. Jackson State now owns Veterans Memorial Stadium. I know that in doing that, it’s something that folks that are alumni, and people around the JSU community are very

How did you fall?

I filed for personal bankruptcy; I’ve filed for bankruptcy in the law firm—but I didn’t let that define who I am as a person, as a businesswoman and as a person that has decided that I’m not going to let that stop me. Other people looking at what I’ve accomplished over the years, knowing the good, the bad (and) the ugly can say: “Hey, maybe this is someone who is familiar with how to turn not just her own personal life and economic life around, but maybe Jackson needs a turnaround specialist. Maybe that turnaround specialist is Regina.” That’s why I’m here saying I’ll take this on. I’ll face the tough issues. I’ll be very candid with the people of Jackson as to where we are. (I’ll show) a plan to where we need to be and be very transparent about it. I think that’s what we’re lacking for the city. We don’t know what the plan is. What is the comprehensive plan to move this city from where it is to where it needs to be? If you know, I’d love to hear it.

With your work with Veterans Memorial Stadium, has there ever been talk about bringing a college

OK, fair enough. I will just tell you this: What I would do is what I’ve been doing for the past several months, and that’s talking to people, (and) more important than that, listening to people. I’ve been going to a number of homeowner association meeting and community events, and just listening to what the concerns and the issues that people have regarding our city. I will tell you: The people that I’ve talked to are very disgruntled about the direction that our city is going. People are very frustrated with the city and how it has been allowed to decay over the years—from the potholes that we have to deal with on a daily basis, to the water and sewer issues, to the drainage problems. What I would do is to avail myself to people, (and) have them look me over. I tell them the experiences that I’ve had over the years, and how I think that could translate into someone that can help lead this city from where it is now to what we all know it can become. That is a city that has a quality of life that people want to move here and not move away from.

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That’s your job.

Well, I’m ready to take it on.


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football bowl game to Jackson, like those in Memphis, Shreveport and Birmingham?

Let me tell you: With the stadium in the position that it is now, particularly with the (new) Jumbotron, there’s plenty of opportunity for that. That’s one thing that I am particularly interested in. You may be too young to remember the preseason professional football game that was held here in Jackson (New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 26, 2006.) Oh, yeah: I remember that.

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Those kinds of events, I think we are ideally situated and suited for. We just need to get aggressive about it. We are so close to New Orleans. In terms of proximity of the city of Jackson, we have an opportunity to reach out to a number of professional associations. I’ve even talked to Eddie Payton about a Walter Payton Classic. He’s very interested in doing that. We talked about some of the people to bring to the table in order to get that done. If we can work on specific events such as what you’ve mentioned, surely we can make Jackson a venue for these types of events to bring people to the city. Of course, that would help with sales tax, and put us in a position where we could start to chip away at some of these major problems that we have. You’re absolutely right. I tell you one other area that I’m particularly interested in making sure that we pursue: that is soccer, the fastest-growing sport in the world. It is one that would do a few things for us. (First,) get our young people involved: You engage them in something that is productive, (and) it requires a great amount of discipline. I think with what our young people do, and the reason that they’re getting into so much trouble these days is because we’re not engaging them enough with physical activity. You tire them out and they won’t have time to get in some of the trouble that they’re getting into. It’s a great opportunity also for mentoring. A lot of the times, people don’t consider themselves a mentor, but you’ll find mentors being coaches. You’ll find them just being people that are interested in spending some time with our young people, to make sure that they are being directed in the way that they need to be. So we have a great deal of work to do, but we also have some resources in place to accomplish those types of things.


Jackson is looking at an Environmental Protection Agency consent decree that’s going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars for sewer improvements. How, as mayor, would you be able to finance and complete what the EPA is demanding, while putting money towards the growing problems with our streets, and still be able to help fund projects that will move the city forward?

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Let me talk first about the penalties, and they’re pretty steep. When I was in law school, I worked for the City of New Orleans Water and Sewer Board. The city of New Orleans had quite a few problems in terms of its compliance with the EPA requirements. Some of the penalties that they were assessed, instead of just paying the money over to the EPA, they presented proposals for

The crime problem in Jackson is both (perception and reality.) some projects. That way, you use the money to do green projects, or other projects that will benefit your city, and have the money to go back into the city. That’s one thing that we certainly need to pursue. What else?

The other thing, in terms of where the money will come from in order to deal with this half-a-billion-dollar problem (or whatever it will cost us at the end of the day), I think that in order to do that, we will have to, quite frankly, get some help from the (state) Legislature. We need to go back and look at this 1-percent sales tax, to present it to the people, (and let them) vote it up or vote it down. (We need to) start working on a real relationship, or rather, nurturing the relationship that we have with our state leaders. Talk about a challenge. I think that is our single largest issue in terms of this city. I don’t know of any great city that has the infrastructure problems that Jackson has. We’ve got to deal with the infrastructure issues around this city, starting with the water and sewer issues, and being honest with the people as to what we’re dealing with. This is a tough thing to have to get your arms around and (to) come to terms with what’s going to be required in order to fix the problem. (We don’t need) a patch job, not at the end of the day. I need to do something, but (we need a) comprehensive plan, a longterm strategic plan, to deal with our infrastructure issues. As I said before, (it’s) not just the water and sewer issues, but we’ve got the drainage issues as well as the potholes to deal with.

Of course, it doesn’t make any sense to pave roads when your infrastructure underneath the road is substandard. All of those things have to be dealt with. In terms of how we get at that: We get at that by first assessing where we are working, not just with our state officials, but with our congressional delegation. There may be some opportunities if Congress passes this infrastructure bank, so we can go after some of those funds to do what’s necessary to fix these problems. We may even, and I’m not saying do this, but at least have a discussion about a regional utility district, and just look at the cities that are a part of this whole process—cities in Rankin County and others who are a part of this whole system—to see comprehensively how we go about getting this thing fixed. Have we got to get all that done before we can even begin to talk about funding something like a development project?

I don’t think so. I think that what people are looking for is a plan. They want to make sure that if they’re going to make an investment in the city of Jackson, that you can articulate to them how we plan, as a city, (to fix) our problems. If you’re just inviting folks to come in— and we can’t show that we’re doing what’s necessary in order to get from where we are to where we want to be—it’s a much steeper hill to climb. I think that once we can do that, then people will start to believe that maybe these folks are on their way to creating an environment where I want to have my business. It has to be a dual approach. We can’t sit around and wait for all the work to be done, because it’s a very long process to get done. I think that people will take a chance on us if they see that the leadership of Jackson is moving in the right direction. That’s going to have to be a new direction from where we are now. When a lot of people talk about Jackson’s business environment, they bring up crime. The city has a crime problem, or at least a crime perception problem. What would you do, as mayor, to solve that problem?

The crime problem in Jackson is both (perception and reality). Having lived here all of my life, I do feel comfortable going anywhere in this city. That’s not to negate or diminish what we’re dealing with. That is, we have a crime problem in Jackson. I believe that crime stems from, primarily, three things. (First), poor educational system, that we’ve got to deal with. You’ll find that people that commit these crimes — property crimes, crimes of violence—usually, they are poorly educated. Second thing is a lack of opportunities. We have to create some opportunities for our people. People tend to do things that are of this type of nature, a violent nature, when they don’t have opportunities to get it legally. It’s not to excuse it. It’s just a reality of life.

The third thing is, I believe, that we have a drug problem in our city. It’s going to take our mental health and healthcare professionals to work through that process as well. Having said that, what I would do as mayor to get at this crime problem is to give the police officers what they need in order to be effective. We need to make sure that we are recruiting properly, and make sure that we’ve got the best recruits possible. We have to make sure that with those recruits, that we do our part, not just as city officials, but as citizens. Policing is a community problem. So we need to be very focused in terms of a community standpoint, what we are doing in order to make sure that we are part of the solution. Neighborhood watch, and all those things that we currently do within the city of Jackson, of course, can always be enhanced. I would also mention the fact that homeowner associations, I think, is a key component to dealing with this neighborhood watch and crime problem. Having gone throughout this city, and having gone to numerous homeowner association meetings, I will tell you, some communities have very strong homeowner associations. Some need some help. I think that it would be beneficial to us all if the city of Jackson, the city leaders would take a more active role in making sure that we help strengthen these homeowner associations. In turn, these homeowner associations know who their neighbors are. They are in the community, so they can help with the neighborhood watch and the community police. In addition to that, we have to make sure that the police officers are also being adequately compensated for the work that they do. We have some great men and women within the Jackson Police Department. We have some great one. They are doing a tremendous amount of work, and good work, and just not being, as I see it, adequately paid. That’s across the board, not just with police officers, but with city employees, period. What could also help is to make sure that they get some help from the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department. We need better collaboration, I believe, within the policing units. I won’t just stop there. I will say sometimes you have to go across the boarders of Jackson to make sure that whatever some of these cities that are adjacent to the city of Jackson are a part of the policing unit for the city of Jackson. Visit to read more of the JFP Interview with Regina Quinn. Email Jacob D. Fuller at *Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. has said that the city could not fund an arena anytime soon. He did, however, support funding the arena feasibility study. Jackson State is seeking to build a football stadium on campus, which would take the place of Veterans Memorial Stadium, where the university currently plays its home games. The arena study was for a 10,000 to 12,000-seat arena that would not be large enough to house an NCAA regulationsize football field.


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ith his high-energy shows, Starkvillefluences. His mixture of tastes comes through in based rapper and hip-hop artist Pell the samples used on “Calphonics.” They include is trying to make a name for him“Hands” by the Australian band Alpine and “Psyself. His current tour, called The chovision” by Daniele Luppi as well as beats and Calphonics Tour after his latest mixtape, started instrumentals from Japanese hip-hop producer off with eight dates scheduled, and now it is up to Nujabes and jazz artist Alan Hawkshaw. about 20. The tour includes cities throughout Mis Pell strives to write about personal matters sissippi, Alabama and Louisiana. and wants his listeners to feel like they know him At 20 years old, Pell—born Jared Pellerin—is at the end of the tape. “People want something no stranger to performing and creating his own that they can relate to and also that they can feel. music. He first started rapping in 7th or 8th grade. It’s easy to talk about whatever the next guy is In high school at St. Joseph Catholic School, he cretalking about, but not all the time are my stories ated beats for his friends using a beat box that his how somebody else would tell them, because I dad gave him. Pell used these skills to help produce have different experiences,” he says. tracks on his 2010 mixtape, “That Feel Good.” His rapping style is a bit more laid-back and Later in high school, he and two friends, versatile than some artists: “I want to be a storyJonathan Faulkner and Justin Johnson, formed teller, but at the same time I don’t want to overHomesickk Astronautz. The trio created a chill complicate things. I feel like sometimes simple is type of rap music and performed at house pargood, and I try to show lyricism when it’s needed. ties. Pell remembers recording his first song, The degree of intensity depends on the song.” “Monkeys in Spacesuits,” with them in 9th grade. Pell had his first serious video-shooting pro “That was really fun because it was new to all duction last year for “The Actress,” featuring Sir of us. We were just experimenting, so the sky was FlyWalker. Zach Manuel of the New Orleansthe limit,” Pell says. based Greenhouse Collective helped him do it, Now, he is taking a hiatus from attenddespite his tight budget, within a month. ing Mississippi State University to pursue Before and after opening for Nappy Roots his solo career. Pell has progressed a lot since earlier this month, Pell was with his crew workhis Astronautz days; in fact, progress is how ing on the video for “The Wild,” which he wrote Pell describes the difference in his solo work. a year ago. “I would say that it’s my most well “It’s developed more. I have a sense of self that received song. There hasn’t been anyone who I didn’t have when I had just started,” Pell says. wasn’t affected by it who I played it for. That just “Obviously, as you get older, you learn stuff. Like, screamed that we had to shoot a video for that I couldn’t imagine all the stuff that I would know song,” he says. now back then. The experience shows in the music.” One thing Pell attributes the song’s success In his first performance, Pell opened for nato is the atmosphere in which he wrote it. “It was After starting to perform solo about a year ago, Pell has already opened for tionally known rapper Machine Gun Kelly in more of me just going over to my friend’s and just several national artists including Juicy J and Nappy Roots. Starkville last February. “That was my first taste of talking about whatever random things I wanted people (having) all eyes on me. I had performed beto talk about,” he says. “You can’t tap into your fore, but it was more of a chill environment,” he says. “(California) is still a dream of mine, but not just to artistry unless you’re comfortable.” Since then, he has opened for Grammy Award-winning move there,” he says about California. “As far as my mu- While Pell is out there earning fans across the region, he artist Juicy J in Jackson, Ace Hood in Birmingham, Ala., and sic—just my musical influence in general to reach there. That says he is OK with not being signed with any label. “Right Nappy Roots in Jackson. would be more important to me than having an actual physi- now, I’m enjoying the independence of what we’re doing, Pell has one EP and three mixtapes out, the latest of cal address there. That would signify to me that I’ve not only plus there are not a lot of hands in the pot,” he says. “I get to which is “Calphonics,” released in December. When he was touched people down here where I’m from and where I stay, work with my friends, which I think I’ll come to value when younger, Pell always dreamed of “living the life” in California. but also people in a different region.” we are faced with big money. I was always taught that you eat That combined with the influence of R&B legends The Del- In his music, one can hear influences of pop, indie, rock, with the people that you starve with.” phonics inspired the creation of this mixtape. hip-hop—basically all genres except country, he says, but See Pell perform Feb. 23 at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Com “It’s all about getting in contact with myself,” Pell says that’s only because he hasn’t been turned on to the right coun- merce St., 601-948-0888). Check for more tour about the latest mixtapes, “because I feel like through music I try artist yet. Pell mentions artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, dates. 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The 4 the Record Swap is from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at North Midtown Arts Center.

Gospel artist Lecrae performs at JSU’s McCoy Auditorium at 7 p.m.


Wednesday 2/20

Memphis filmmaker Willy Bearden speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998. … Gawker contributing editor and Vassar College professor Kiese Laymon presents “Necessary Tension: An Honest Conversation on Race, Art and Identity” at 6:30 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in the Liberal Arts Building, room 266. Free; call 601-979-3935. … Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and T-Bird and the Breaks perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. For ages 18 and up. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-292-7121.

Thursday 2/21

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Feb. 20-27, 2013

The Oxford Film Festival kicks off today at the Malco Studio Cinema (1111 Jackson Ave. W., Oxford); runs through Feb. 24. $8 per film, $15-$50 passes; call 877- 560-FILM; … The Third Thursday Art Reception is from 5-8 p.m. at View Gallery (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-2001. … The play “The Drunkard” debuts at 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts in Blackbox Theatre; runs through March 2. $10, $5 seniors and students; call 601-965-7026.

Mary Chapin Carpenter performs at the Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Suite C). Includes poetry, readings and performances. $18 per person; call 601-960-3008 to RSVP. … Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl) presents “The Sound of Music” at 7:30 p.m.; runs through March 3. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-664-0930. … Comedian Killer Beaz performs at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall. Joe Hoppy also performs. For ages 18 and up. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601- 292-7121. … Comedian and actor Mike Epps performs at 8 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum. Doug E. Fresh and Tony Rock also perform. $35.50-$46.50; call 800-745-3000.

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Monday 2/25

Nothing ’til Blood and Kublai Khan perform at 7 p.m. at Rampage Extreme Park (931 Highway 80 W.). $10; find Rampage Extreme Park on Facebook.

Tuesday 2/26

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Lecrae, Propaganda, Dee-1 and comedian Bone Hampton perform at 7 p.m. at Jackson State University The Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show is from (1400 John R. Lynch St.) in Mc9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Missis- by Latasha Willis Coy Auditorium. $24 in advance, sippi St.). Continues Feb. 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, $3 stu$27 day of show, $28 premium, dents; … Buy, sell or trade records at the 4 the $18 group rate; call 800-965Record Swap from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at North Midtown Arts 9324. … New Stage Theatre Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). $2, $5 early bird (before noon), Fax: 601-510-9019 (1100 Carlisle St.) presents “Machildren under 12 free, $25 vendors; call 601-376-9404. halia” at 7:30 p.m.; runs through … The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet’s 20th Anniversary Daily updates at March 10. $28, $22 seniors and Spring Gala is at 7 p.m. at Jackson Academy Performing students; call 601-948-3533. Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). $15-$20, $13-$18 seniors, $15 students; call 601-853-4508. … The Mississippi Comedian and actor Mike Epps performs at the Symphony Orchestra presents “Bravo IV: Beethoven’s Sixth” Mississippi Coliseum Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. $20 and up; call 601- The Senior Dance Concerts begin with a 7:30 p.m. 960-1565. … The Power of the Mic comedy show is at show at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Center 10 p.m. at Suite 106. $5; call 646-801-1275. (1500 Peachtree St.); runs through March 2. $10, $5 students and seniors, children 12 and under free; call 601-965-1400. The Gladys P. Norris National Piano Festival is at … The play “Almost, Maine” is at 7:30 p.m. at Millsaps Col5 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch lege (1701 N. State St.) in Olin Hall; runs though March 3. St.) in the F.D. Hall Music Center. Continues Feb. 23 at 9 Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin perform $10, $5 seniors; call 601-974-1422. a.m. Free; call 601-979-2141. … Freedom Cafe is at 5:30- at 7:30 p.m. at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center 26 9:30 p.m. at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., (4908 Ridgewood Road). Benefits fundforthegirls, a non- More at and

Saturday 2/23


February 20 - 26, 2013

Wednesday 2/27

Friday 2/22

Sunday 2/24


Anita’s Oscar Picks by Anita Modak-Truran

It’s About Us by Shameka Hayes Hamilton


ebruary is Black History Month, and while some debate as to whether this is a necessary distinction from other months, it’s a good time to focus on and remind others of the many contributions African Americans made to this country. The “It’s All About You” Film Festival is a chance to showcase filmmakers, producers and actors whose projects are for or about African Americans. Launched by Dr. Wilma E. Mosley-Clopton, host of the local television show “It’s All About You,” the festival runs from Feb. 23 to March 2. Clopton is CEO of the hosting company for the festival, NMHS Unlimited Productions, which her mother founded as the Negro in Mississippi Historical Society in the ’40s. The festival’s purpose is three-fold: to share works that convey the African American experience, to offer networking opportunities for filmmaking industry professionals, and to provide workshops to help those within the industry sharpen their skills.

of an Indian boy and Bengal tiger in a lifeboat bobbing along in the ocean at the whim of the elements. “Django Unchained” releases the rage of a former slave destined to get his woman back with the help of a liberal Ger-

man dentist. In “Silver Linings Playbook,” Pat Jr. reclaims himself from mental illness and marital failure. Then there’s “Amour,” an eloquent story about a husband, a wife and approaching death.

The PREDICTIONS Best Picture: “Argo” has emerged as the Best Picture favorite after sweeping the top prize at the Golden Globes, the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild and the Producers Guild of America. “Argo” makes Hollywood look good, and unlike “Lincoln,” there are no polarizing political issues mucking up the votes. Will Win: “Argo” Dark Horse: “Lincoln” Best Director: Ben Affleck won the directing award from the Directors Guild of America, which is generally the strongest predictor of who wins the Oscar. Affleck won’t win an Oscar, though, because he wasn’t nominated. I can safely say that Benh Zeitlin, the first-time director for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and David O’ Russell for “Silver Linings Playbook” are in the foreground. That leaves a tight race between Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee. Will Win: Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”) Dark Horse: Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”)

Best Actor: Every nominee sizzled on screen, from Daniel Day-Lewis, who spent a year preparing for the role of Abraham Lincoln, to Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper and Joaquin Phoenix. If Day-Lewis wins, he will be one of a handful of actors to win three Oscars. Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”) Dark Horse: Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérable”) Best Actress: Tough women, tough choices. Jennifer Lawrence won the Screen Actors Guild award in this category, but she might have offended some with her jokes on the other nominees. Still, Academy voters have thick skins, and Lawrence did make one awesome Katniss in “The Hunger Games,” followed by her chameleon change in “Silver Linings Playbook” Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) Dark Horse: Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) Best Supporting Actor: A great list of nominees, including

Tommy Lee Jones, Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christoph Waltz. The front-runners are Jones and Waltz, but both have won awards in this category before. I say donning a wig gives Jones the edge. Will Win: Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”) Dark Horse: Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”) Best Supporting Actress: The favorite is Anne Hathaway. Her closest rival in this category is Sally Field, who already has two Oscars. Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”), Amy Adams (“The Master”) and Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”) are distant contenders. Will Win: Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables”) Dark Horse: Sally Field (“Lincoln”)   Best Animated Film: “Wreck-It Ralph”   Best Feature Film Documentary: “Searching for Sugar Man”   Best Foreign Film: “Amour”

This year’s movies are a collection of documentaries, pi, while “Crossing All Boundaries” explores Mississippian’s short stories and major motion pictures, all showcasing Mis- views on the presidential candidates in the 2008 primaries. sissippi people and their stories, both fact and fiction. Feature films include “Standing on my Sisters’ Shoul Ayana Kinnel, special events coordinator for the NMHS ders,” which tells the stories of Mississippi women who Unlimited Film Productions, is also excited about the Film- fought for Civil Rights, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Morgan makers Bash, which includes a Freeman’s “Prom Night in Misfarm-to-table competition featursissippi,” which covers the events ing local chefs Nick Wallace of the leading up to Charleston’s first inKing Edward Hotel, Nate Coletegrated prom, and “Amistad.” man of Koinonia Coffee House A workshop to aid budding and Enrika Williams. filmmakers, “From Idea to Pre “Farm to table means that the miere,” is also scheduled. chefs will only use ingredients from The “It’s All About You” Film local growers or their own personal Festival is Feb. 23 to March 2. gardens,” Kinnel says. The bash is The main showing location is the March 2 from 7-9 p.m. at the King Russell C. Davis Planetarium The classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” is slated to play at the “It’s All About You” Edward. Tickets are $50. (201 E. Pascagoula St., 601-960Film Festival. The short films scheduled cov1550), although some events or er a wide variety of topics. “A Quiet films will be at Millsaps College, Strength” chronicles the everyday struggles of Jacquelynn Jackson State University, Tougaloo College and the Missis“Jackie” Paden, a single mother in Clarksdale who works as sippi Children’s Museum. Admission to films is free. For more a corrections officer at Parchman while raising three teenage information, call 769-226-3725 or find NMHS Unlimdaughters. “Some Day” is about four women from India who ited Film Productions on Facebook. For a full schedule, visit 27 connect with the African American experience in Mississip-

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the Paris Rebellion in June 1832. The movie explores politics, moral philosophy, religion, justice and the redemptive power of love through Jean Valjean’s personal journey during this tumultuous period. Steeped in the horrors of country at war with itself, “Lincoln” reveals the master politician Abraham Lincoln. Taking off the white gloves of virtue, Lincoln greases the wheels and manipulates partisan loyalties to earn most impressive achievement, the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and the abolition of slavery. In “Argo,” a CIA agent offers the “best bad idea” for rescuing six U.S. diplomats in hiding during the Iran revolution and hostage crisis. A fake Hollywood production provides the cover. Ben Affleck (standing) starred in and directed “Argo,” Alan Arkin’s character sums which Anita Modak-Truran picks to win Best Picture. it up: “If I’m gonna make a fake movie, it’s gonna be a fake hit!” political wars, diplomatic stalemates and “Zero Dark Thirty” tears through the random violence in once-safe havens, such as wall of CIA secrets and shows us the long, movie theaters and elementary schools. Some painstaking process to find Osama bin Ladeven make us laugh, and that’s the truly ex- en. Maya, a lone she-wolf heading the bootsceptional film when it comes to Oscar time, on-the-ground investigation, won’t give up where the Academy voters give more weight until she has bin Laden, dead or alive (but to the deadly serious over comedic insights. preferably dead). Four of the Best Picture nominees The other nominees cover the perils of thoughtfully spin dramas from historical individual action. In “Beasts of the Southern events. “Les Misérables,” a musical based on Wild,” a young girl rides out a hurricane in Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, covers the years a Louisiana bayou only to face her father’s after Napoleon Bonaparte’s final defeat to death. “Life of Pi” focuses on the co-existence

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f movies provide a lens into our cultural soul, what do this year’s Academy Award nominees say about the past year? The thread running through the nine Best Picture nominees seems to be about channeling chaos into meaningful action. The best of them salve the wounds and offer a crumb of hope in a year with a struggling world economy, natural disasters, ongoing

Music listings are due noon Monday to be included in print and online listings:

Feb. 20 - Wednesday Ole Tavern - Karaoke Pop’s Saloon - Ladies Night w/ Snazz Philip’s on the Rez - Karaoke w/ DJ Mike Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith Club Magoo’s - Karaoke 8 p.m. Last Call - Karaoke Martin’s - Ladies Night Duling Hall - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears w/ T-Bird & The Breaks (blues/funk/soul) 7:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 door, 18+ Hal & Mal’s - Daryl Shawn Olga’s - Joseph LaSalla 6 p.m. free Underground 119 - Jason Turner 7 p.m. free

Feb. 21 - Thursday Cherokee Inn - D’lo Trio Ole Tavern - Ladies Night Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. Club Magoo’s - Ladies Night w/ DVDJ Reign Brady’s - Karaoke Dreamz JXN – Throwdown Thursdays Fenian’s - Beth Patterson The Penguin - Sonja Stamps F. Jones Corner - Amazing Lazy Boi Band (midnight) Olga’s - Hunter Gibson 6:30-9:30 p.m. free Hal & Mal’s - Baby Jan & All That Chazz Georgia Blue - Larry Brewer 7-10 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Brian Jones 5:30-9:30 p.m. free Soul Wired Cafe - Roots/Rock/ Reggae w/ DJ Cannon 8 p.m. $5 Underground 119 - Dime Brothers (jazz) 7 p.m. free

February 20 - 26, 2013

Feb. 22 - Friday


The Penguin - Amos Brewer 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Clinton Babers II (Birmingham, AL) Martini Room, Regency - 2nd Anniversary Party w/ DJ T-Lewis 9 p.m. Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. The Boardwalk - Karaoke Debo’s Lounge – Karaoke Bottoms Up –DJ w/ Special Events 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 18+ $5 cover Studio 33 - Press Play Band 9 p.m. free Fenian’s - Chris Carter F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon & The MS Sound Duling Hall - Killer Beaz (comedy show) 7:30 p.m., $12 adv, $15 door, 18 + Morningbell Records - Tim Lee 3 Ole Tavern - Jackson Cannery Martin’s - The Nadis Warriors 10 p.m. Capitol Grill - Hunter Gibson Trio 8 p.m.-midnight free Two Rivers, Canton - DoubleShotz 9 p.m.-midnight Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar - Wes Lee 8 p.m. free Hal & Mal’s - The Good Fables (rest.), Flint Eastwood (Red Room) Julep - Larry Brewer 11 p.m.-1 a.m. free Burgers & Blues - Evans Geno 6-10 p.m. free Club Magoo’s - Chad Wesley Band

Olga’s - Sofa Kings (ARF Benefit) 7:30 p.m. free Jackson Convention Complex - Cade’s Chapel Gala feat. Pam Confer & Jazz Beautiful 7 p.m. $35, 601-214-2761 for ticket info Soul Wired Cafe - MINDgasm Erotic Poetry 8 p.m. $3 poets, $5 audience Underground 119 - Chris Gill & The Sole Shakers 9 p.m. $10 Cups, Fondren - Wolves Like Sheep w/ Carson Braymer 7 p.m. free Club 43, Canton - Lynam courtesy hunter gibson

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Hot Shots, Byram - Mike and Marty’s Jam Session Sophia’s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Fitzgerald’s - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11 a.m. Table 100 - Raphael Semmes (jazz brunch) 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sombra Mexican Kitchen - John Mora 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Soul Wired Cafe - Sugar Water Purple Sundays 8 p.m. Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center - Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin 7:30 p.m., $48.50 reserved tickets MS JSU e-Center - Chauncey Bernard Wells, Minister of Music at New Zion M. B. Church 5 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Shaun Patterson & Kenny Davis 4-8 p.m. free

Feb. 25 - Monday Hal and Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society (rest) 7 p.m. Martin’s - Open Mic Free Jam Fenian’s - Karaoke Ole Tavern - Pub Quiz Burgers & Blues - Karaoke The Penguin - Mellow Mondays Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer 6:30 p.m.9:30 p.m. free Soul Wired Cafe - Chill & Converse Mondays 5 p.m.

Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. Bottoms Up – DJ & Show 9 p.m. Reed Pierce - South of 20 Fenian’s - Jon Yargates & the Energy McB’s - King Street F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon & The MS Sound Feb. 26 - Tuesday Hal & Mal’s - Brian Jones (rest.), Hal & Mal’s - Pub Quiz The MFxOG Tour feat. Big Sant, Ole Tavern - Open Mic Mr. Franklin (aka Kamikaze), Fenian’s - Open Mic James Crow, JXN Jackals (Skipp Coon, Pyinfamous, Coke Time Out - Open Mic Night Margaritas - John Mora 6-9 p.m. Bumaye, Pell, & DJ Ron 8 p.m., Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” $7 adv. at Morningbell Records, Smith $10 door JSU, Rose E. McCoy Auditorium Midtown Arts Center - 4 The - LeCrae 7 p.m., call 1-800-965Record -MS’s Premiere Vinyl 9324 for ticket info Swap 10 a.m.-noon $5, Martin’s - Hunter Gibson 6-9 p.m. noon-5 p.m. $2 free Ole Tavern - Denton Hatcher w/ Underground 119 - Chalmers Davis The Bailey Brothers (piano) 6:30 p.m. free Pop’s Saloon - Snazz 9:30 p.m. Sal & Mookie’s - Grant McGee & The Penguin - Clinton Babers II Warren Watts 6 p.m. free (Birmingham, AL) Burgers & Blues - Wes Lee 6-10 p.m. free Feb. 27 - Wednesday Martin’s - Southern Komfort Brass Ole Tavern - Karaoke Band 10 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Ladies Night w/ Cherokee Inn - Otis Lotus 9 p.m., Snazz 9:30 p.m. $5 Philip’s on the Rez - Karaoke w/ CS’s - Unwed Teenage Mothers DJ Mike (Oxford) w/ Los Buddies 9 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” all ages show Smith Kathryn’s - Barry Leach 7 p.m. free Club Magoo’s - Karaoke 8 p.m. Olga’s - Jamie Isonhood 7:30 p.m. Last Call - Karaoke free Fenian’s - Pub Quiz Soul Wired Cafe - Strictly Soul Saturdays w/ DJ Cannon 9 p.m., Martin’s - Ladies Night Table 100 - Hunter Gibson ladies free until 11 p.m., men $5 7-10 p.m. free Suite 106 - Power of the Mic Hal & Mal’s - New Bourbon Street 10 p.m. $5 Jazz Band Underground 119 - Bryan Lee Underground 119 - Bill & 9 p.m. $10 Temperance (bluegrass) 7 p.m. Club Magoo’s - TJ Burnham & free The Halfway Home Band 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Yellow Scarf - Scott Albert Johnson Music listings must be & Chalmers Davis 9 p.m. $15 received by the Friday before online, $20 door, $5 students the new issue to be considered Fenian’s - Jon Yargates & The for Eight Days picks. Energy 9 p.m. free Club 43, Canton - Body Shot

Feb. 24 - Sunday Crawdad Hole - Whit and Wynters

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Crossroads Film Society Membership Drive and Friend-raiser Feb. 28, 6 p.m., at Yellow Scarf (741 Harris St., Suite E). Enjoy movies and music, and learn more about joining the organization. The event includes a DVD swap. Free admission; email:

Minority Business Network Meeting Feb. 21, 6 p.m., at Divine Ministries (1417 W. Capitol St.). The guest speaker is Chioma Anosike of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Minority and Small Business Development Division. Refreshments served. Bring business cards and other marketing materials. Free; call 601-750-236 or 601-316-5092.

Community Events at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). • Mississippi KIDS COUNT Summit Feb. 22, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Youth advocate and author Wes Moore is the keynote speaker. Registration required; CEU credits available. $65; call 662325-8079. • GROW!Kids GROW!Teens Parenting Conference Feb. 24, noon-3 p.m. and 3:306 p.m. Session 1 is a focus on children in grades 6-12 (meal included), and session 2 is a focus on grades 1-5 (snack included). Registration required for free childcare (up to fifth grade). $15, $25 both sessions; call 601-914-7142. Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). • Black History Makers Forum Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, room 166/266, and the COFO Center. The keynote speaker is author Dr. Michael V. Williams. Free; call 601979-4348 or 601-979-1562. • Voting as a Constitutional Right Forum Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., in H.T. Sampson Library’s Java Cafe. Panelists discuss ways to institutionalize the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Free; call 601-979-1562. • Mississippi Early Childhood Alliance Conference Feb. 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., in the New Student Center. The keynote speaker is Dr. Felicia DeHaney, president of the National Black Child Development Institute. RSVP. $15 (includes up to one CEU for teachers), free for JSU students with ID; call 601-979-1475. Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). • Leadership Development Series: CEOs and Fundraising Feb. 21, 4-6 p.m. Learn essential strategies and avoid common mistakes. Registration required. $35, $25 members; call 601968-0061. • Alan Michael Parker and Sheryl St. Germain Feb. 22, 12:30 p.m., in room 215. The authors speak on and read from their writings. Free; call 601-974-1305. Parents & Kids Magazine’s Metro Jackson College Fair Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Representatives from more than 50 schools provide academic and financial aid information. Free; call 601-366-0901. Wheelchair Basketball Game Feb. 21, 4 p.m., at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond), at Mayo Field House Gym. The Hinds intramural basketball team takes on the Rollin Tigers. Free; call 800HINDS-CC; TLSA NetSocial Party Feb. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). Get marketing tips and build relationships at the networking event. Wear business attire, and bring business cards and other marketing materials. Free; email Precinct 3 COPS Meeting Feb. 21, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly

Family Slumber Safari Feb. 22, 7 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Families enjoy an overnight stay at the Gertrude C. Ford Education Center; includes a zoo hike and a continental breakfast. For ages 7 and up. $35, $30 members; call 601-352-2580, ext. 241; Homebuyer Education Class Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jackson Housing Authority Homeownership Center (256 E. Fortification St.). Registration required. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Free; call 601-398-0446. Teacher Workshop: “Old Masters to Monet” Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in the Yates Community Room. Educators learn about the history of the upcoming exhibit’s artwork. Pre-registration required. Space limited; 0.6 CEU credits available. $40, $35 members; call 601-960-1515. Civil Rights Celebration Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The program includes stories from people involved in the Civil Rights Movement, a scavenger hunt and a collaborative craft project. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601981-5469; Stepping Up for the Community: A Day of Empowerment, Education, and Entertainment Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Deville Plaza (5250 Interstate 55 N.), next to Stein Mart. Includes information booths for nonprofits, health screenings, children’s activities, food, free tax advice and music. Free; call 601-456-1740. Celebrating Black History Month: ”A Roadmap Through the Past” Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m., at Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity (2548 Livingston Road). The program includes a review of Jackson’s history, entertainment and a senior citizens’ fashion show. Free; call 601987-6783 or 601-951-9273. Deep South Builder and Inspector Conference Feb. 25-26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Home Builders Association of Jackson (195 Charmant Drive, Ridgeland). Take continuing education classes; CPB and inspector credits available. $35-$50; call 601-691-1496 or 601-362-6501. New Foundation Toastmasters Club 702994 Open House Feb. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Learn more about the organization’s purpose of improving public speaking skills. The club meets on Mondays. Free; call 601-918-5164 or 601-896-4400. Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) Awards Program Feb. 26, 11:45 a.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The Mississippi Legislature honors students and faculty members from 34 state public and private universities for their academic achievements. Free; call 601-432-6422. Montessori Academy of Jackson Information Session Feb. 26, 6-7 p.m., at Brandon Public Library (1475 W. Government St., Brandon). Learn about the academic program for children ages eight weeks to sixth grade. Free;

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Wellness Saturday Morning Weekly Walk Saturdays, 8 a.m., at Parham Bridges Park (5055 Old Canton Road). Dr. Timothy Quinn hosts; walkers should park on Ridgewood Road next to the playground. Free; call 601-487-6482. High Blood Pressure: Old Myths and New Treatments Feb. 20, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison)., in the Community Room. Dr. Alfredo Figueroa talks about myths, causes, medications and treatments. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262;

Stage and Screen Events at Vicksburg Theatre Guild (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). Call 601-636-0471. • 10-minute Play Project Feb. 22-23, Cast members have 24 hours to write and perform a play. Cast selection is Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., and the play is Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. $5 play. • “Gold in the Hills” Auditions Feb. 24-25, 6 p.m. Production dates are April 12-27 and July 12-27.

Guns Money.” As always for me at his performances, the highlight was the intensely fun “Git Down,” during which he got down from stage, joining the audience. I loved seeing the young Pell on stage with his partner LV and producer Staccs. They had just left 121 Studios where they were shooting a music video and had to leave almost immediately after performing (although not before socializing with fans) to finish the project. At 20 years old, Pell knows how to raise the energy in a crowd. Jumping to the beat and inviting audience Meeting local and national artists in Jackson, such as Jef participation kept the engageJon Sin, is an awesome part of our music community. ment meter high. His style is multifaceted, too; songs wasn’t so remarkable that Nappy Roots ranged from party anthems to introspecdrew in a crowd—I expected that—but I tive musings. was especially impressed by the diversity of Nappy Roots turned it up another the concert-goers. notch with a high-energy show that felt more James Crow, who took the stage first, like a huge party. They did their own spin on backed by DJ Young Venom, started off both their old hits and today’s popular hipthe evening on a deeper, more mature note hop tracks. It kept the crowd in motion until than most of today’s mainstream rappers, they disappeared off the stage sometime afperforming tracks from his album, “Religion ter 1 a.m., leaving Kentucky native Jef Jon


land”; reception follows. Free; call 601-576-6920; email

Mississippi Music Teachers Association Spring Collegiate Competitions Feb. 23, at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Collegiate instrumental, piano and vocal competitors from around the state showcase their talents. Free; call 601-974-6494; email vtate@;

Robert Olen Butler and Tyrone Jaeger Feb. 21, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. The authors speak on and read from their writings. Free; call 601-974-1305.

Chauncey Bernard Wells Concert and Live Recording Feb. 24, 5 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Wells is the minister of music at New Zion M. B. Church. RSVP. Free, donations welcome; call 601-355-1646.

Creative Classes

Literary and Signings Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. • “We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired” Feb. 20, 5 p.m. M.J. O’Brien signs books. $40 book. • “The Man Called Brown Condor: The Forgotten History of an African American Fighter Pilot” Feb. 21, 5 p.m. Thomas Simmons signs books. $24.95 book. “We Shall Not Be Moved: Stories and Heroes of the Jackson Woolworth Sit-in” Feb. 21, 5:308 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Author Michael O’Brien discusses his book. Also see a portion of the documentary “An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulhol-

Beginner Stained Glass Workshop Feb. 25-28, 5:30 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Learn to make a small Tiffany-style stained glass panel. Stained glass and basic supplies included. Reservation required. $170, $160 members; call 601-631-2997. Shut Up and Write, Create, Sell! Sign up now for one (or more) of JFP Editor Donna Ladd’s upcoming writing and creativity classes. All meet on Saturdays. Sign up for two of the below classes and get a 10 percent discount. Your fee will reserve your space and is not refundable. Gift certificates available. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 15 or email for more information. • Shut Up and Sell! March 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This workshop teaches the art of selling your writing, including query letters, non-fiction proposals, networking and researching markets. You’ll also learn tricks to success for the freelance life. $50, includes materials, light lunch and a follow-up critique. • Shut Up and Write! April 6-June 1, 6 classes, every other Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn to write sparkling non-fiction stories, memoir

Sin, who rapped over several of their tracks that night, to entertain what was left of the dwindling crowd. One of my favorite things about the night was probably the mixture of local and national talent coming together in one small venue to do what they love. They each attracted a slightly different set of folks that either came early or stayed a bit later to check out something new. This, Jackson, is what our scene is all about. We have to be open to listening to more than just what is on the radio and more than what we can find here each weekend. With homebred talent popping up every day, and more and more nationally known acts choosing to stop in our city, it is still up to us to do our parts. I don’t have any grandiose plans for y’all with my new column; I just would love to be able to share with the Jackson community (and everyone else who reads the JFP) my experiences within the music scene and my take on some national music happenings. I feel like this might be the best way for me to do my part right now. Expect to see musician interviews, concert and album reviews, or whatever else I can think of. If you have or know about anything cool out there, drop me a line at

and essays. $150, includes materials. • Shut Up and Create! April 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ladd’s newest workshop will benefit any artist, writer or anyone who wants to be more creative. This interactive workshop will involve games, exercises and tools to help you be more creative long after the class. $50, includes materials and light lunch. Art Junction (Grades 3-6) Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Children make shadow boxes out of book pages. Free; call 601-856-4536.

Be the Change Race for the Laces 5K Run/Walk Feb. 23, 8 a.m., at Reunion Beach (105 Reunion Blvd., Madison). Proceeds benefit the Area 8 Special Olympics. Register by Feb. 22 for a discount; teams must pre-register. $20, $75 team of five, $15 fun run; call 601-942-2094. Southern Poverty Law Center Advocacy Training Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Road). The topic is “Ending Mass Incarceration in Mississippi: Building Toward Action.” Lunch provided. Free; call 334-322-8218 or 917-535-3041. 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.

Jackson Audubon Society Chapter Meeting Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Bubba Hubbard, director of Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, is the speaker. Open to the public. Free; call 601-988-5783;

ing 21), I went to my first concert at a bar; it was Nappy Roots featuring Jef Jon Sin. Locals James Crow and Pell opened for them. I had been to Martin’s Lounge before, but never had I seen it so incredibly packed. It Courtesy Briana Robinson


y first actual music story with the Jackson Free Press was published May 2011 when I was an intern. Being from New Orleans, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to cover the Southern Komfort Brass Band. Before that, I mainly wrote Jacksonians and smaller features. Back then, I also wrote about local independent artists who were making names for themselves. In June 2011, we featured rapper Doe Hicks and bluesy rock band Risko Danza as artists to watch. That same month, I wrote a Person of the Day feature about R&B artist ML “The Truth,” who came close to a Grammy nomination that year. I also had the wonderful opportunity that summer to write both the editor’s note, “Vow to the Music,” and the cover story, “Keeping the Music Alive,” for the annual JFP Music Issue. In August 2011, I became a deputy editor of the JFP, and last summer transitioned to being (informally at least) the music editor as well. In this role, I am able to decide what goes in each issue’s music section, and I have had some amazing opportunities to interview and see some of my favorite artists perform. Two weekends ago (after finally turn-


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A League of Their Own by Bryan Flynn


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round the country, especially 40 yards long and 35 yards wide with two in California and Texas, flag 10-yard end zones (making the field a total football leagues have grown of 60 yards long, although the playing area in popularity over the last few is shorter). years. High-school and college programs Games will have a 30-minute running travel the country playing seven-on-seven clock, but the final minute of every game flag football. That doesn’t mean just school-age athletes are playing flag football, though. Leagues for adults have also grown the last few years. Locally, Jake Wimberly wants to grow his Tri-County Flag Football league into the best in central Mississippi. “There are some good leagues around the metro area,” Wimberly A recess favorite of many kids, flag football is gaining popularity with adults as leagues grow across the country. says. “Flowood, Jackson and Clinton—just to name a few—have good leagues, but just about every league has dif- will be run like real football. The clock will ferent rules and nearly everyone says the of- stop for incomplete passes, players going ficiating isn’t very good.” out of bounds and other normal football Wimberly has been playing flag foot- clock stoppages. ball for nearly a decade and has traveled the The ball must be snapped before the country playing in tournaments. He believes 25-second play clock expires and the quarthat his new league, sponsored by Perfor- terback has just five seconds to throw the mance 360 (853 Wilson Drive, Ridgeland, ball after it is snapped. If the quarterback 601-991-3360), could become the “best fails to throw the ball before five seconds is league Mississippi has to offer.” up, he is down. Tri-County Flag Football is open to If the quarterback can’t find an open reanyone 18 years or older, not just residents ceiver, he can’t run the ball for a positive gain. of Rankin, Hinds and Madison counties. The only running the quarterback can do is “If a team from Copiah County scramble if the defense rushes him. wants to come and play, we will welcome Each game will have two officials on them,” Wimberly says. the field who spot the ball, along with other Due to space limitations of the field, duties. One official’s job is to watch the quarthe league will be four on four. Teams can terback to make sure he throws the ball in have a maximum of eight players on their five seconds, and the other’s role is to watch roster. The Performance 360 indoor field is the players going down field to catch passes.

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This league features no kicking. The game starts with a team taking the ball at the 10-yard line and maintaining possession until they score, or turn the ball over on downs or a turnover. When a team scores a touchdown they can go for one point from the three-yard line or go for two points from the 10-yard line. Most of the rules for flag football are just like regular football, although each league has a few notable differences—Wimberly is planning to put a list of the unique rules on the Tri-County league’s Facebook page. Wimberly believes that two things will make his league successful. “I have been working hard to get experienced flag football officials and making sure we are organized,” he says. “I want to have good officials so no one is upset during and after games.” Officiating seems to be what Wimberly thinks will separate his league from others. “I have played in leagues where smack talk has gone too far, and the officials lose control of the game before the game ends,” Wimberly says. Wimberly says sportsmanship will come first, and he wants players from all teams to build a camaraderie based on friendly competition. He hopes to start a kid’s league in the future and host a late summer league if the spring league is successful. Each team pays a $300 fee, which helps pay the officials and cover use of the indoor field. The fee breaks down to $37.50 per person for a full team of eight players. The deadline to form a team is March 11, and games will begin March 19 at 6 p.m. To learn more about the league, contact Wimberly at 601-613-8918 or by email at You can also follow the Tri-County Flag Football league on Facebook ( TriCountyFlagFootball).

Too Big, Too Strong, Too Fast?

o fans and media really want to know how the players in American’s favorite sport get bigger, stronger and faster at an advanced pace? We love to criticize the National Football League, commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners collectively over concussions and player safety, but we turn a blind eye to the players, and what their personal choices might be doing to the game. Watching Twitter during Super Bowl week proved that point. Goodell was the subject of more than a few shots in the week-long buildup to the game, but how easily we forgot the words “Dear Antler Spray” that surrounded Ray Lewis, linebacker for the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens. Lewis recovered from a torn bicep in record-breaking time to make it on to the field for his final run into the sunset. Lewis might have amazing healing powers—or he could have used a banned substance to make it back on to the field more quickly. We will never truly know unless Lewis decides to write a tell-all book one day. It is easy is to blame the NFL and football for concussions and player safety. The harder part is figuring

out how much blame the players deserve. If, for instance, Lewis was willing to use a product called “Dear Antler Spray” to return early from injury, we have to wonder what else he put in his body during his NFL career. Let’s face it: Better nutrition and training aren’t the only things producing the athletes we see on football fields today. The NFL Players Association has fought against Human Growth Hormone testing since the two sides agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement just two years ago. During that time, Major League Baseball has started testing for HGH, and David Stern announced during the National Basketball Association’s All-Star weekend that he thinks the NBA could begin testing for HGH next season. Now the NFL, which once had the best testing program in America for performance-enhancing drugs, is falling behind the other major sports. Baseball has learned from its PED scandal, and it looks like the NBA is trying to prevent any scandal before it starts. As players got faster, stronger and bigger in the NFL over the last several years, we (fans and media)

haven’t even batted an eye. Even when NFL players are caught, we fail to muster the same outrage as we do when a baseball player is suspended for PED use. Can fans and media truly look at the sport and believe all the players in the NFL are clean? Advanced cheating methods allowed Lance Armstrong to win multiple Tour de France victories without getting caught (until recently), so it is easy to assume NFL players are doing the same with weaker testing. What can the long-term effects of PED use have on players later in life? Are they connected to concussions, and could it be costing NFL players their health after they retire? Could player deaths like Junior Seau’s be more complex than just playing football equals concussion, which equals chronic traumatic encephalopathy that leads to suicide? We might not really ever know unless players are willing to come clean about their PED use (and possible alcohol and other drug abuse as well).

by Bryan Flynn

Danica Patrick will make more history this weekend, when she becomes the first woman to ever start from the pole position at the Super Bowl of NASCAR racing, the Dayton 500. Thursday, Feb. 21 NBA (9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., TNT): The top team in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs, travel to face the young and hungry Los Angeles Clippers. Friday, Feb. 22 College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN U): Take some time to check out a mid-major that could go deep into the NCAA Tournament when Butler hosts St. Louis. Saturday, Feb. 23 College basketball (12-2 p.m., Fox Sports Network): NCAA Tournament hopes for Southern Miss might hinge on getting a big road win against archrival Memphis. Sunday, Feb. 24 NASCAR (12-4 p.m., Fox): Danica Patrick could shatter stereotypes if she can become the first woman to win the Dayton 500. Monday, Feb. 25 NHL (7-10 p.m., NBC Sports Network): Get your weekly hockey fix as two Western Conference teams currently in playoff position clash when the Dallas Stars travel to the Nashville Predators. Tuesday, Feb. 26 College basketball (8-10 p.m., ESPN): The Florida Gators are trying to lock up a number-one seed in the NCAA Tournament, but first must get by rival Tennessee Volunteers on the road. Wednesday, Feb. 27 College basketball (8-10 p.m., CSS): Ole Miss has little room for error on its quest to reach the NCAA Tournament, and Texas A&M could spoil the Rebels’ plans when the two meet in Oxford. Michael Jordan turned 50 on Sunday and, for some reason, it made me feel really old myself. Still, it was a pleasure to watch the greatest basketball player ever when I was younger. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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Positive Discipline by Kelly Bryan Smith


ishment is fairly common in Mississippi. However, the • Praise positive behaviors. latest research continues to show that spanking and other • Keep a fairly consistent routine—and don’t expect forms of corporal punishment are your child to behave in an angelic harmful to children—physically, manner in a long grocery line at Positive Parenting emotionally and even intellectually. naptime. Help yourself by helping Resources That’s right. Experts believe spankthem stick to the routine as much “Positive Discipline from A to Z,” by Jane ing can lower your kid’s IQ. Just ask as possible. Nelson (Three Rivers Press, 2007, $16.99) “The Discipline Book: How to Have a Betscientists at the University of New • Help your kids learn to express ter-Behaved Child from Birth to Age Ten,” Hampshire and Duke University. their feelings in a positive way, and by Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears Don’t get me pay attention to what they are show(Little, Brown, 1995, $14.99) wrong, I am not ing or telling you. Validate their “How to Talk So Kids Will going to say that feelings even if you disagree with Listen and parenting is easy. their actions. Listen So Kids I am certainly not • Model effective problem solving Will Talk,” by Adele Faber going to say that in your own life, and then let your and Elaine Mapositive discipline kids try to solve their problems indezlish (Scribner, is easy, because pendently before offering assistance. 2012, $16) it isn’t. There are • Say yes as much as possible, even “Playful Parenting,” times when all of us if you are saying yes to a modified by Lawrence as parents are short version of your kid’s desire at a later Cohen (Balon sleep, short time: “Yes, you may play with James lantine Books, 2002, $14.95) “Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys,” on time, short on tomorrow.” “Yes, you may have one by Stephen James and David Thomas (Tynmoney, short on cookie after dinner.” dale House Publishers, 2009, $14.99) support and short • Help your kids learn to use their on patience. But words. Use calm, patient, gentle regardless of your words with your kids, or wait to recircumstances, raising a child who is spond until you are ready to do so. respectful, responsible, empathetic and • Don’t sweat the small stuff. Focus on disciplining independent is worth every moment of the most urgent behavior problems and ignore smaller your patience and understanding. annoyances. Again, praise and reward the behavior you like. • Give a verbal warning before disciplining. State what Positive Discipline Tips the consequence will be if the behavior continues. Use a to Encourage Good logical consequence. If your child keeps throwing the ball at your head, for example, tell her that you will put the Behavior ball away the next time it happens. Follow through. • Make sure that • Don’t act in anger. Don’t diseveryone in your cipline in anger. Pause to decide home—includon your response before following Positive Picture Books “Hands are Not For Hitting,” by Martine ing you—is getthrough. Stay calm, and do not esAgassi (Free Spirit Publishing, 2009, ting enough sleep, calate the situation. Remember that $11.95) healthy food to eat you are the adult. Steer your child toward a happy, healthy future with positive discipline. “When I Feel Angry,” by Cornelia Maude Spelman (Albert Whitman & Company, and time to exercise. • Get down to your child’s eye 2000, $6.99) • Give your level to communicate. Speak clearly “I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No!,” by children love and in a calm voice. Julia Cook (Boys Town Press, 2011, $10.95) denly, the way you were raised, the well-meaning advice attention first thing in the morning. • If all else fails, turn on some mu“Calm Down Time,” by Elizabeth Verdick (Free Spirit Publishing, 2010, $7.95) of friends with and without kids, and the seemingly clear- Get the day off to a good start by sic or take the kids outside. A change cut rules of the parenting books don’t always make sense being fully engaged with your kids of mood or a change of scenery can for you, your child or your family. when they wake up. Investing even work miracles. One of the main parenting priorities that I practice 15 minutes of positive attention before school can make • Get down to your child’s eye level to communicate. with my 3-year-old son is positive and respectful disci- a huge difference in behavior for the rest of the day. Speak clearly in a calm voice. pline. It makes no logical sense to me to hit a child to • Moderate your own expectations of your children’s • If all else fails, turn on some music or take the kids teach them not to hit others—to lose it with a child while behavior to be developmentally appropriate and realistic outside. A change of mood or a change of scenery can trying to teach them to control themselves. Physical pun- for their age and stage. work miracles.

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t is a truth almost universally acknowledged that everyone is a better parent before they have kids. And then that amazing, tiny, fragile little person comes into the world, steals your heart and poops right in your face during one of his first diaper changes. (Or maybe that was just mine.) It is impossible to fully prepare for parenthood. Reading is a far cry from doing; you don’t really know what you will be like as a parent until you are one. Sud-


DIversions | wellness

February 20 - 26, 2013

Kathleen M. Mitchell

Joan Blanton Move to vegetarianism. (I’ve done) pretty well, if you consider the year has a long way to go.


Kathleen M. Mitchell One of my goals was to run at least a mile every day in January. I ran 29 times in 31 days, which I’m calling a big success. I took photos on my daily runs and shared them on Instagram using the hashtag #mileaday (it’s a very popular hashtag!), which added a fun motivational aspect to the resolution.

Sital Sanjanwala My goal is to “eat clean, train dirty.” I’ve cut out most dairy, processed foods and added sugars from my diet in exchange for real foods like vegetables, beans, fruits, whole grains and fish. And the train dirty: working out five to six times a week, with more intensity so my time at the gym is quality over quantity. That doesn’t mean I haven’t had a cheat apple-pie slice or a delicious bottomless brunch in the past month. :)

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The Move: Wide Second Targets: Inner and outer thighs What to do: Rest your hand on a counter or the back of a chair. Place your feet more than shoulder-width apart and bend your knees into a deep squat. Hold your other arm straight up in the air. Keep in mind: Watch your posture and keep your knees bent at 90 degree angles, if possible.

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Caroline Crawford I started training with Terry Sullivan, liveRIGHTnow, LLC, in December to lose weight and be a better runner. I thought running and boxing was enough of a workout. I was so wrong. I’ve lost five pounds in a much more gradual and healthier way than constantly battling the weight by starving myself/working out obsessively and then failing. I’m eating a mostly vegetarian diet. I’m much stronger. I even have cool little muscle ripples on my shoulders. It’s been frustrating at times, and I’ve had setbacks, like right now because I hurt my leg, I’ve been sick, and it’s hard to eat light around a holiday, especially when you love food and cooking as much as I do. The bonus: I’ve been challenged emotionally as well as physically, and it has made me deal with things that needed dealing with. Now I have got to do something about my aversion to drinking water.


f you haven’t heard of Pure Barre, you must be living under an exercise rock. The workout, which mixes ballet, pilates and yoga, is growing rapidly across the country. Each 55-minute class moves quickly through the muscle groups, offering a low-impact way to sculpt a lean and strong body. Locally, Heidi Hogrefe owns two franchises. She and her team of instructors offer up to six classes a day at the Jackson location (4500 Interstate N., Suite 235A, 769-251-0486) and between one and three classes each day in Ridgeland (201 Northlake Ave., 601-707-7410). They demonstrated five moves that you can try at home to get your muscles trembling. If you like the burn, sign up at

The Move: High V Targets: Inner and outer thighs What to do: Rest your hand on a counter or the back of a chair. Place your heels together, raise up on your tiptoes and bend your knees into a plié move. Hold your other arm straight up in the air. Keep in mind: Watch your posture.

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Georgia Casey Purvis I wanted to really stick with my yoga practice and take it to the next level. I can now go into a headstand from a wide-legged forward fold and do a side crow pose. Woo-hoo!

by Kathleen M. Mitchell

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ocals ’fessed up on Facebook about their wellness resolutions for 2013, and how they have fared so far.

Feel the Pure Burn

The Move: Pretzel Targets: Hip and outer seat What to do: Sitting, put one leg in front of you and the other behind you, bending each knee at a 90-degree angle. Hold one arm (on the same side as your front leg) straight out in front of your torso and the other straight out beside you. Throw your seat forward and squeeze your hip and glute. Keep in mind: Keep the working leg inline or behind your hip for maximum effort, and fight through the “pinch”—that means the move is working.

The Move: Seated Ab Targets: Abs What to do: Sit on the floor with your legs in front, bent at the knee. Lean back, holding onto your legs behind your knees. Tightening your abdominal muscles, move your torso up and down an inch at a time. Keep in mind: Don’t grip your legs too tightly—your abs should be doing the work of the move, not your arms.

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A Faster, Stronger, Healthier 2013

The Move: Standing Tricep Targets: Triceps What to do: Stand with both feet on the floor, toes pointed frontward. Bend slightly at the knees and lean forward at the waist, keeping your back straight. Put your arms straight out behind you and clench your fists. Move your arms in small circles or up and down an inch at a time. Keep in mind: You can hold weights in each hand for a more challenging move.

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Killer Camp by Kathleen M. Mitchell


petition between the two teams on the fifth week of the camp. The camps are a big part of the growing liveRIGHTnow organization and community. Sullivan started the company in May 2010 and began taking clients for oneon-one personal training and weight-loss coaching. “I saw a big need for people not only to exercise but to have lifestyle changes down here,” he says. “So that was the initial approach.” Last fall, Sullivan and a group of close friends began training together for a 200-mile race in Tennessee, and his clients wanted to be a part of exercising as a group. These days, liveRIGHTnow organizes weekly hill runs in Fondren, as well as a two-mile FondRUN group jog in conjunction with Fondren After Five. Sullivan sees a big difference in the mentality of a group that exercises together rather than inFlipping tires is one of the physical activities at liveRIGHTnow’s bootcamps. dividuals going it alone. “When I see people work out (together), they are smiling and laughing as pants get together for an hour and a half of opposed to looking miserable, because they nonstop activity. Fourteen members divide are doing it with other people,” he says. “I into two teams and let Sullivan and his liv- also think it’s definitely an accountability eRIGHTnow crew whip them into shape. factor. If you know that someone’s going to They follow a set schedule, doing run- be there looking for you, you’re more likely ning drills for the first half-hour, including to go. A lot of time, we go to the gym, we quarter-mile jogs, quarter-mile sprints and plug in our headphones, and zone out and a mile of alternating between 30-second watch television like zombies. But when sprints and 30-secwe run hills, we get ond walks. “So that together, we throw kind of gets everyon our reflective vests, body loosened up, gets we laugh, we talk, some good cardio in,” and we play.” Sullivan says. The community The second half building goes beyond hour is divided into just exercise, as well. two circuits. “One “It helps people share circuit is doing variideas and recipes. A ous tire throwing—so, lot of my clients that side throws, overhead participate are women throws … We call it that have children. throwing up doughThey can talk about nuts, where you pick how to keep their kids up the tire and put it healthy,” Sullivan says. Working out with others and over your head and This is the secoutside is a major benefit of Badass Bootcamps. throw it forward,” Sulond Badass Bootcamp livan explains. For the offered by the organithrows, they use car zation, and Sullivan tires much smaller and lighter than the trac- plans to continue offering bootcamps every tor tires. The other circuit includes burpees other month as long as folks are interested. (also known as squat thrusts), tractor-tire liveRIGHTnow also has a training program flips and pulls, shipyard rope up-and-downs planned for the Warrior Dash, an obstacleand over-unders, and hill climbs. Each cir- course 5K hitting Jackson April 20, and a cuit lasts about 15 minutes and then the kids camp at Jackson Academy in May. two teams trade places. For more information on liveRIGHT Each week ends with a mini team- now bootcamps or personal training, visit based competition, leading up to a big com-


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massive tractor tire, nearly five feet in diameter and weighing around 100 pounds, waits silently on the grassy clearing. It looks innocuous—for now. Later, 14 people will confront the tire, to hoist and flip it. The tire is waiting to bring the pain. Flipping tires is just one part of a new Badass Bootcamp Terry Sullivan is offering through his fitness company, liveRIGHTnow. Each weekend for four weeks, partici-


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A Fresh Start in Mississippi


Why did you begin working in the restaurant industry? It was a good second job. I could paint in the daytime and work at the restaurant at night. Did you have a background in cooking in Belarus? No, I’ve always liked to cook, and I

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ooking at the history of this great country, it’s no small secret that we are a nation of immigrants. While many in Mississippi are several generations removed from the land of their forefathers, it’s comforting to know that there are still immigration success stories being written today. Yuri and Olga Abramovich, the duo behind Olga’s Fine Dining (4760 Interstate 55 N., 601-366-1366), are a prime example. Leaving what was then the U.S.S.R., Belarus natives Yuri, Olga and 2-month-old Michael arrived in Mississippi in 1991. It was rough going for the first few years. Yuri worked as a painter during the day, and by night, he learned the finer points of southern cooking in some of Jackson’s most renowned kitchens. In 2003, their hard work paid off when Olga’s Fine Dining opened in Flowood. Since moving the restaurant to its current Jackson location in 2008, the couple runs a well-oiled machine with Olga interacting with customers in the front and Yuri manning the kitchen. Yuri sat down to tell us about becoming a southern chef.

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Why did you move to the United States, specifically Mississippi? We had the opportunity to emigrate, and we were offered the option of Mississippi, and we took it.


learned to cook from family members, but I wanted to see what kind of food people in Jackson liked before I started on my own. How much Russian influence is in your menu? If you look at our menu, we have a few items that are mixed—the borscht and pirogi filet—but we don’t do things that differently. We do seafood; we do steak. We keep a small but consistent menu.

Yuri opened Olga’s after moving to Mississippi from Belarus.

Which dish is your favorite to eat? I think our pirogi filet is our most popular dish. It’s my favorite to cook, too. What is your favorite ingredient to work with? I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I use a lot of mushrooms and onions. Those two ingredients are in the pirogi filet (and) the Oscar ribeye. We use a lot of onions and mushrooms. If you had to start over tomorrow, what is the one item you would have to have in your kitchen? Probably a convection oven. We had one at our old location, and it helped a lot. What’s your most invaluable kitchen tip or trick you’ve learned? Sharp knives are important, but the most important are the things I do. If you want something done

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right, you have to do it yourself. It’s all on me; it’s taking initiative. What’s the one item you would ban from your kitchen? Well, again, I would probably ban guys who don’t own the restaurant. We’re small. We don’t have things that we don’t need. What’s your favorite thing to cook for yourself? I don’t even know what I like to cook for myself. I guess a BLT sandwich; it’s what I like. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wants to be a chef? Watch what you’re wishing for; you just might get it. It’s a very hard business. It depends on everything and everybody. I would think twice. (about entering the field). You meet interesting people, and it’s rewarding, but it is a hard business.

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You may have heard the thundering exhortation, “Know thyself!” Its origin is ancient. More than 2,400 years ago, it was inscribed at the front of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece. As important as it is to obey this command, there is an equally crucial corollary: “Be thyself!” Don’t you agree? Is there any experience more painful than not being who you really are? Could there be any behavior more damaging to your long-term happiness than trying to be someone other than who you really are? If there is even the slightest gap, Pisces, now is an excellent time to start closing it. Cosmic forces will be aligned in your favor if you push hard to further identify the nature of your authentic self, and then take aggressive steps to foster its full bloom.

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

activate a sleeping potential or tune in to your future power spot or learn what you’ve never been able to grasp before. And if you capitalize gracefully on the kaleidoscopic kismet that’s flowing your way, I bet you will make a discovery that will fuel you for the rest of your long life. In mythical terms, you will create a new Grail or tame a troublesome dragon—or both.

In the course of her world travels, writer Jane Brunette has seen many wonderful things—as well as a lot of trash. The most beautiful litter, she says, is in Bali. She loves the “woven palm leaf offerings, colorful cloth left from a ceremony, and flowers that dry into exquisite wrinkles of color.” Even the shiny candy wrappers strewn by the side of the road are fun to behold. Your assignment, Aries, is to adopt a perceptual filter akin to Brunette’s. Is there any stuff other people regard as worthless or outworn that you might find useful, interesting, or even charming? I’m speaking metaphorically as well as literally.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

The Old Testament tells the story of a man named Methuselah, who supposedly didn’t die until he was 969 years old. Some Kabbalistic commentators suggest that he didn’t literally walk the earth for almost ten centuries. Rather, he was extra skilled at the arts of living. His experiences were profoundly rich. He packed 969 years’ worth of meaningful adventures into a normal life span. I prefer that interpretation, and I’d like to invoke it as I assess your future. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Taurus, you will have Methuselah’s talent in the coming weeks.

Jackalopes resemble jackrabbits, except that they have antlers like deer and tails like pheasants. They love whiskey, only have sex during storms, and can mimic most sounds, even the human voice. The milk of the female has curative properties. Strictly speaking, however, the jackalope doesn’t actually exist. It’s a legendary beast, like the mermaid and unicorn. And yet Wyoming lawmakers have decided to honor it. Early this year they began the process of making it the state’s official mythical creature. I bring this to your attention, Cancerian, because now would be an excellent time to select your own official mythical creature. The evocative presence of this fantastic fantasy would inspire your imagination to work more freely and playfully, which is just what you need. What’ll it be? Dragon? Sphinx? Phoenix? Here’s a list: tinyurl. com/MythicCritters

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

In the coming weeks, I’m expecting your life to verge on being epic and majestic. There’s a better than even chance that you will do something heroic. You might finally

The temptation to hide what you’re feeling could be strong right now. You may wonder if you should protect yourself and others from the unruly truth. But according


44 Thesaurus wd. 45 It’s just a little bit 48 Paint hastily 51 Where Michael Phelps won even more medals 57 R&B’s india.___ 58 “This is ___ boring” 59 “OK, sir, I gotcha” 61 “___ Dearest” 63 Snacks snapped up after its manufacturer went bankrupt 65 Apply oil ritually 66 “Tickety ___” (animated Nick Jr. show) 67 Folk singer Burl 68 Last name in British automakers 69 “What a display!” 70 Jane’s Addiction album “Ritual ___ Habitual”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

The word “chain” may refer to something that confines or restricts. But it can also mean a series of people who are linked together because of their common interests and their desire to create strength through unity. I believe that one of those two definitions will play an important role in your life during the coming weeks, Virgo. If you proceed with the intention to emphasize the second meaning, you will minimize and maybe even eliminate the first.

People in Sweden used to drive their cars on the left-hand side of the road. But a growing body of research revealed it would be better if everyone drove on the right-hand side. So on Sept. 3, 1967, the law changed. Everyone switched over. All non-essential traffic was halted for hours to accommodate the necessary adjustments. What were the results? Lots of motorists grumbled about having to alter their routine behavior, but the transition was smooth. In fact, the accident rate went down. I think you’d benefit from doing a comparable ritual sometime soon, Libra. Which of your traditions or habits could use a fundamental revision?

When a woman is pregnant, her womb stretches dramatically, getting bigger to accommodate the growing fetus. I suspect you’ll undergo a metaphorically similar process in the coming weeks. A new creation will be gestating, and you’ll have to expand as it ripens. How? Here’s one way: You’ll have to get smarter and more sensitive in order to give it the care it needs. Here’s another way: You’ll have to increase your capacity for love. Don’t worry: You

“The World Didn’t End”—but some other things happened in 2012. Across

1 Did some hoof work 5 Acoustic guitarist’s lack 8 Reasons for some performance anxiety 13 “___ but known....” 14 Go head to head 15 Words intoned 16 With “The,” hit summer movie with Robert Downey, Jr. 18 Imply 19 “Rah!”

20 Nervous movement 22 Wayside taverns 23 Cruise ship that capsized off Italy’s coast in January 2012 26 Zeus’s sister (and lover) 27 Ctrl-S function 28 “Yuck!” 31 Devilish sort 33 Beth preceder 37 If it had happened, you wouldn’t be reading this 42 Org. with a shelter outreach program 43 Group of cubicles

Note: This week’s clues were inadvertantly published last week with last week’s puzzle grid. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for any confusion that may have resulted.

Do you floss your teeth while you’re meditating? Do you text-message and shave or put on make-up as you drive? Do you simultaneously eat a meal, pay your bills, watch TV, and exercise? If so, you are probably trying to move too fast and do too much. Even in normal times, that’s no good. But in the coming week, it should be taboo. You need to slowwww wayyyy dowwwn, Sagittarius. You’ve got ... to compel yourself ... to do ... one thing ... at a time. I say this not just because your mental and physical and spiritual health depend on it. Certain crucial realizations about your future are on the verge of popping into your awareness—but they will only pop if you are immersed in a calm and unhurried state.

To make your part of the world a better place, stressloving workaholics may need to collaborate with slow-moving underachievers. Serious business might be best negotiated in places like bowling alleys or parking lots. You should definitely consider seeking out curious synergies and unexpected alliances. It’s an odd grace period, Capricorn. Don’t assume you already know how to captivate the imaginations of people whose influence you want in your life. Be willing to think thoughts and feel feelings you have rarely if ever entertained.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): came up with colorful ways to describe actress Zooey Deschanel. In a weird coincidence, their pithy phrases for her seem to fit the moods and experiences you will soon be having. I guess you could say you’re scheduled to have a Zooey kind of week. Here are some of the themes: 1. Novelty ukulele tune. 2. Overemphatic stage wink. 3. Sentient glitter cloud. 4. Over-iced Funfetti cupcake. 5. Melted-bead craft project. 6. Living Pinterest board. 7. Animated Hipstamatic photograph. 8. Bambi’s rabbit friend. 9. Satchel of fairy dust. 10. Hipster labradoodle.

Homework: Is it possible there’s something you really need but you don’t know what it is? Can you guess what it might be? 32 Go boom 34 Pre-album releases, for short 35 He unleashed “Gangnam Style” on YouTube in 2012 36 “Chicken Run” extra 38 Like the scholarly world 39 Org. once involved with Kosovo 40 “Agent ___ Banks” 41 He played the youngest son on “Eight Is Enough” 46 Very beginning 47 Dairy noise 49 Getting all ___ your face 50 What a toddler aspires to be


1 Fuzzy carpet 2 Devastation 3 “___ Billie Joe” (Bobbie Gentry song) 4 Best-selling author D’Souza 5 Schubert song played at weddings 6 Salyut 7 successor 7 Green sauce 8 Drab crayon hue 9 100% 10 Get up 11 Singer/guitarist Lopez 12 Taco salad ingredient 15 Center of activity 17 Airport terminal area 21 The newly-elected 24 Rough it 25 Mirror shape 28 Thurman who killed Bill on-screen 29 Natural ___ (subject of “fracking” in 2012) 30 Prefix meaning “less than normal”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

won’t have to do it all at once. “Little by little” is your watchword.

51 1996 presidential race dropout Alexander 52 University of Maine town 53 Leonard who wrote “I Am Not Spock” 54 Powerball, e.g. 55 Sour cream and ___ (dip flavor) 56 Girder material 60 ___ buco (veal dish) 62 Suffix for “opal” 64 Court ©2013 Jonesin’ Crosswords (

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Each of the 26 letters of the alphabet is represented in this grid by a number between 1 and 26. Using letter frequency, word-pattern recognition, and the numbers as your guides, fill in the grid with well-known English words (HINT: since a Q is always followed by a U, try hunting down the Q first). Only lowercase, unhyphenated words are allowed in kaidoku, so you won’t see anything like STOCKHOLM or LONG-LOST in here (but you might see AFGHAN, since it has an uncapitalized meaning, too). Now stop wasting my precious time and SOLVE!!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

to my analysis, you will be most brilliant and effective if you’re cheerfully honest. That’s the strategy most likely to provide genuine healing, too—even if its initial effects are unsettling. Please remember that it won’t be enough merely to communicate the easy secrets with polite courage. You will have to tap into the deepest sources you know and unveil the whole story with buoyantly bold elegance.


House Wears

Fly Fashion is moving!

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tyle shouldn’t stop at the front door. Luckily, Jackson’s list of local, eclectic home goods stores is growing longer and better every year. Many of these shops focus on handmade or personally curated inventory, which means your home won’t ever look copied from a big-box store catalog.


A and Z Concrete Bookends, Inside-Out


Bonsai Trees in Planters, circa.


Glass Dome Display Cases with Stone Cairns, Martinson’s Garden Works


Vintage Lantern, Old House Depot


Candlesticks, Inside-Out


Orange Bubble Lamp, Martinson’s Garden Works


Turquoise Fountaintop, Martinson’s Garden Works


Handmade Ceramic Cups and Vases, circa.


Handmade Desk, circa.



With BOOM Jackson going to six issues a year, we are concentrating our style and fashion features in the glossy magazine. Home and DIY will continue on in the JFP, though. Email kathleen@jacksonfreepress. com if you are interested in submitting a DIY project or styling for BOOM Jackson.

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