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ayoung McClendon is a charitable Wonder Woman. McClendon, 51, who runs the South Rankin Food Resource Center in Richland, Miss., would not claim that title, but it’s obvious to anyone who spends time with her. She founded the food pantry in 2005 with her daughter Kristin, 31. “We were volunteers at the shelter for Hurricane Katrina,” she says. “When we left, Kristin had such a passion for trying to feed the hunger that we asked the church if we could it as a ministry through our church (First United Methodist of Richland), and they gave us the green light.” In 2008, they moved the food resource center from an eight-foot by 10-foot closet in the church to a parsonage on the church property. The building looks big on the outside, but it’s tiny on the inside, with three small rooms that house the food, a walk-in cooler, and a narrow hallway that barely houses the thousands of clients they receive each month. “It’s chaos, but it’s controlled chaos,” McClendon says. “We know what we’re doing. Everybody has a job and everybody does it, and that’s the way this wheel turns. It’s not just one individual. It takes every volunteer I have to make this wheel turn.” SRFRC works off a small budget. Their funding and food comes from donations and fundraisers, though they have people who donate to the pantry by paying certain bills and


helping with other areas to keep the pantry running. Their clients range anywhere from middle class families struggling to make ends meet to poor families who cannot work. Kristin has a severe seizure disorder, something that happened after she had an adverse reaction to a PT shot at six months old. With her 30th birthday last April, SRFRC did their annual Birthday Wish for her. They collected cans and quarters for each day in Kristin and Mayoung’s lives, calculated at 10,950. They ended up collecting a little more than 11,000. This year, the total days ended up being 11,315. The pantry held their second annual “community birthday” for Kristin’s 31st on April 19 at the Richland Community Center, complete with music from Texas band Southern Justice. They raised more than 17,000 cans and well exceeded the monetary donation goal. From her daughter’s love for “feeding the hunger” as she called it, Mayong said that she found her true calling. “She motivates me because she sees no bad in anything and for her wanting to help everybody, I feel like it makes me a better person because I want to help her accomplish her goals,” McClendon says. “And it is a blessing. This is a very rewarding business. I feel like I’m blessed tenfold by what we do. I think that we’ll probably do it until we just can’t do it anymore.” —Amber Helsel

Cover photos of Jonathan Lee and Chokwe Lumumba by Trip Burns

10 Progressing, Slowly

“There are individuals inside the city government who listen and are attentive, and you can tell they care. But overall, when it comes to the entire city, we are not a priority. We have to fight tooth and nail for everything that gets done. … We shouldn’t have to constantly remind them that we are here.” —Christy Dunaway, on the needs of disabled Jacksonians “ADA Compliance Progress Slow But Steady”

28 A Bite of the Big Apple

Seven local chefs are hosting an upscale picnic dinner to help fund their trip to New York City to cook at the prestigious James Beard house.

32 Pass the Popcorn

Anita Modak-Truran runs down the top ten movie blockbusters everyone will be talking about this summer.

4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 12 .................................. BUSINESS 14 ............... EDITORIAL CARTOON 14 ................................... ROBERTS 15 .................................... OPINION 16 ............................ COVER STORY 25 ........................................ FAMILY 26 ................................. WELLNESS 28 ......................................... FOOD 31 .......................................... ARTS 32 .......................................... FILM 28 ....................................... BOOKS 33 ............................... EIGHT DAYS 34 ............................... JFP EVENTS 36 ....................................... MUSIC 37 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 38 ..................................... SPORTS 39 .................................... PUZZLES 41 .............................. ASTROLOGY 41 ............................. CLASSIFIEDS 42 ............................................ GIG


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by Ronni Mott, News and Opinion Editor

The Johnson Legacy


oters have an interesting choice as they head to polls for the second time May 21 to cast ballots for the Democratic Party runoffs. To some, it may be “interesting” in that Chinese curse sort of way: “May you live in interesting times.” Whomever Jacksonians put into the mayor’s office, change is sure to come. The choice of change agent, though, may never be more dramatic. Young Jonathan Lee is all about working the system, the status quo, for all it’s worth. He’s about finding the right businesses to boost Jackson’s economy, making the right connections, maybe greasing the right palm. Lee’s been a politician-in-training since at least his college days, which doesn’t inspire me to support him. His uneven record as a business owner might make some voters leery, while others seem to be happy ignoring it—perhaps to their detriment. Our other choice is the voice of experience—straight from the black freedom struggle. It would be a stretch to find someone more different from Lee than Chokwe Lumumba. Steeped in the language of black nationalism and militant resistance to everything “the system” represents, Lumumba wants to bring a new era of participatory democracy to Jackson. Decision only by committee? Late governments? (As with his campaign-finance reports.) Well, maybe. Forgotten in all the noise, Harvey Johnson Jr.’s time as mayor of Jackson has likely come to an end. Despite numerous endorsements from organizations around the city— including this paper and The Clarion-Ledger—Johnson could not pull a fourth rabbit out of his hat. This is no ignoble end for the three-time mayor. Johnson leaves behind a strong legacy of achievement. In a city where African Americans have gone from a minority to being the population’s majority since the 1960s, he became

the first African American mayor in 1997, breaking ground for others to follow while forever making enemies, almost without trying, in the prevailing white economic power structure. The urban planner’s determination made possible downtown development, and the alliances to get it done, whether through the gleam of a modern new convention center or the brick-and-mortar of the Amtrak train station.

Johnson’s careful, precise management is no match for high-energy, high-visibility speechifying. The long timeline of development projects, not to mention the unsexy slog toward improved infrastructure, stuck in voters’ craws, though. The fact that Farish Street is still unfinished and in its second decade of unfulfilled promises makes for an easy political sledgehammer, as do the city’s many street and water problems and the lack of a convention-center hotel. Many of those issues didn’t begin with Johnson, and the nation’s economy exacerbated them. But even as he was an early advocate for tackling the infrastructure crisis years ago— back when crime was more the easy thing for opponents to attack him on—he didn’t resolve them, though it’s unclear anyone

really could under the same circumstances, especially with so little willingness on the part of the state to help a predominately Democratic capital city. The mayor presided over a drop in violent crime, both during his first two terms and his last term, when the city recovered from Frank Melton’s promise of crime reduction that quickly turned into crime increases, including by Melton and JPD officers. The reality was that violent crime numbers in most categories—murder, rape, aggravated assaults and so forth—climbed steadily during the Melton years, as did property crimes with the exception of car thefts. Johnson also got the city a few steps closer to the magic count of 500 police officers and pushed for officer promotions. Johnson’s techno-geek side emerged during his last tenure, when, after reviewing the city’s systems, he brought the city’s 3-1-1 system online. His administration made into reality online payments for some fines and fees, and he spearheaded new time and record-keeping systems and a brand new water billing system. That side of Johnson—the guy who loves to study and tinker—is both his strength and a weakness. As an administrator, the approach means the projects he brings to fruition are usually going to be solid. But, as a candidate, Johnson fails to meet his constituents where they live. And it was the folks who looked the people in their eyes and felt their pain who won this most recent election, as well as the election he lost to Melton eight years ago—the candidates who showed up at the debates, even the dinky ones. His professorial, aloof nature has always been his Achilles’ heel as a politician, and this year was no exception. Johnson also is well known in political circles for refusing to “go negative” on his opponents; this year, with a few last-minute exceptions, he stuck to that ethos, and

it probably helped solidify his third-place finish. He may be able to sleep at night, but it will soon be as an everyday citizen, not a public servant. Still, Johnson’s cautious and judicious use of public funds ushered the city through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression with a balanced budget. Under his exacting management, the city saw an increase in tax revenues while other U.S. cities collapsed under the weight of previous boom years’ borrowing and spending sprees. Johnson looked for grant opportunities in unlikely places when the federal well began holding more dust that money, and then handed improvement grants to local businesses. He barely responded when big-box retailers did what they’re good at—move on. The mayor also brought Jackson back from the litigious reign of Melton, a loose rhetorical cannon with no love for the hard work of managing a city, and who reveled in making promises he had no idea how to pay for. In contrast, Johnson’s knowledge of the city’s minutiae is positively epic. He knows exactly what makes Jackson work— or grind to a halt. In the end, Johnson’s careful, precise management is no match for high-energy, high-visibility speechifying. The comparison can make Johnson look like a tired and plodding plow horse in competition with a highstrung, fleet-footed racer. That dynamic played out in 2005, when Melton’s over-the-top bluster convinced voters that “Frank” was the better choice and really might be able to solve Jackson’s crime in 90 days. Four years later, dismayed by the antics of their choice, voters decided that safe actually was a good deal better than sorry. Whether the same dynamic will play out for this year’s voter choice is a question for the future. Check this space in four years, or maybe two, to find out the verdict.

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Amber Helsel

R.L. Nave

Tyler Cleveland

Anita Modak-Truran

Melody Moody

Dustin Cardon

Adria Walker

Trip Burns

Amber Helsel, a graduate of Ole Miss, is an editorial assistant by day and a server by night. She loves to talk and eat, though she is incapable of doing them at the same time. She wrote the Jacksonian.

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 contributed to the cover package.

JFP city reporter Tyler Cleveland loves sports, good music and soul food. He can be found around Fondren when he’s not at City Hall watching Tony Yarber try to herd cats. He contributed to the cover package.

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.

Melody Moody is a passionate advocate for bicycles, art, the outdoors and anything that makes Mississippi a better place. She challenges anyone reading this to give to a local nonprofit now; yes, right now. She wrote the arts feature.

Copy Editor Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. An English major from Brandon, he enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day.

Adria Walker is an upcoming Murrah High School junior, and an aspiring writer. You can find her reading a novel, trying her hand at film and photography, or engaging in a debate about Star Wars, the greatest saga of all time. She wrote the gig.

Staff photographer Trip Burns is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where he studied English and sociology. He enjoys the work of Stanley Kubrick. He took many of the photos in this issue.






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FROM JFP.MS, ON ELECTION ANALYSIS sarahmina The election analysis is actually no surprise. Lee is backed by white voters and money. Historically whites in this city have benefitted economically from mayors who have been willing to maintain the status quo. Blacks have been disappointed over and over again from these mayors’ willingness to sell them out in order to keep “white Jacksonians� happy and to maintain their place of “the acceptable� black. Mr. Lumumba has never been nor ever will work to enrich himself off of the disadvantages of people of color specifically and will continue to work for the

human rights for all. If divisiveness means wanting the majority of the people who live, work and die, in this city to reap equal benefits, I know you won’t get an apology from Mr. Lumumba, nor should you. He is committed to equality of opportunity and human rights. We will continue to be independent and fight or every vote. This is a people’s movement, not a corporate takeover one. This city stands at the crossroads of a few benefitting/status quo or voting for a candidate that believes in the citizens of Jackson being great.

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robbier Sarah, a lot of African Americans support Lee, too. The younger creative class of people in Jackson will surely carry Lee to a victory; we’re tired of the older generation being divisive, and that’s for both races. It’s our time.

Nicholas Scott Whitehead Waste of time. Lena Jones Something for everyone. Jeff E Good Big Changes Ahead. Lindsey Cacamo Argumentative without logic.

js1976 I do agree that this is a people’s movement, because I’m sure a large number of people will be moving if Lumumba is elected. Lee does indeed carry some baggage, but so does Lumumba. I just can’t possible see Lumumba doing anything but dividing a city already divided.

Laurie Bertram Roberts Smoke and mirrors. Dane Carney Rearranging deck chairs. Georgia Casey Purvis Polarizing polarizing polarizing.

Scott Essex No major breakthroughs.

Donna Ladd Time will tell.

Jo B. Williams We shall see.

Gaylen Regan Too many candidates.

Stephanie Burks Ball of confusion ... Lesser of evils ‌ Big ole’ headache ... Glad its over.

Chip Mabry Progress Can Happen!

Karen L. Monday Bunch of bull.

Jan Taylor-Ellis Not for sale! Jeff Karer Fork in road.







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Wednesday, May 8 Gov. Phil Bryant announces that he believes he can run Medicaid even if lawmakers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reauthorize the program by July 1. â&#x20AC;Ś A fire kills eight at a Bangladesh garment factory, including a politician and an official in the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing manufacturersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; trade group.

Friday, May 10 Hinds County Board of Supervisors President Robert Graham announces that the county has sold the Valley Title Building. â&#x20AC;Ś During a Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day event, President Barack Obama promotes the benefits of healthcare reform for women. Saturday, May 11 Myrlie Evers-Williams tells University of Mississippi graduates that they have the power â&#x20AC;&#x153;to do what is right, to do what is just.â&#x20AC;? Sunday, May 12 Pope Francis leads his first canonization ceremony for hundreds of 15th-century martyrs beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam. â&#x20AC;Ś Gunmen open fire on a Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day parade in New Orleans, wounding at least 19.


Tuesday, May 14 Mississippi Democrats announce theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on proposals to keep Medicaid alive and funded in the budget year that starts July 1. â&#x20AC;Ś New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas announces that police have identified Akein Scott, 19, as the suspect in Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day parade shooting. Get news updates at

Is UMMC Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Unnamed Contractor? by R.L. Nave


or almost a year now, Jonathan a local customer/contractor and out-of- in response to a public-records request. Lee has a run for mayor of Jackson state vendors. He refused to name the Since 2009, UMMC has paid MPI not just as a businessman, but as a contractor, however. $1.9 million for various disposable prodsmall business owner. Sources close to multiple campaigns ucts. The sums paid to MPI dropped In other words, the 35-year-old Lee later told the Jackson Free Press the cus- off substantially in 2012, when UMMC would say that in addition to working in the business world for more than a decade, he has been a successful owner and operator of a local companyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business, Mississippi Products Inc. But when information came to light in late April about legal judgments against MPI, Lee started backing away from his claims about running the business. Lee, in an interview with the Jackson Free Press editorial board in late April, attributed the default judgmentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;four in all, with a fifth lawsuit pendingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to a disagreement between MPI, vendors and a former customer/contractor who had ordered the products John Lee, the late father of Jackson mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee, started Mississippi Products through his company and then Inc. in 1992 as a distributor and warehouser for large institutional users of disposable goods. decided they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ironically, this has all kind of come to a culmination since I stepped away from my position as presi- tomer/contractor might be the University bought $127,572.20 worth of goods dent,â&#x20AC;? Lee told JFP editors, adding that of Mississippi Medical Center. from MPI compared to $463,661.61 in he stepped down as president on Dec. 31, Reached for comment, UMMC 2011 and $952,850.95 in 2010. So far, 2011. (State records indicate Lee helmed confirmed they had a three-year contract year-to-date, UMMC has paid out only the company until October 2012). â&#x20AC;&#x153;But with Mississippi Products Inc. starting $14,025.70 to MPI, records show. this has been an ongoing dispute and, be- in August 2008, but has not confirmed Jack Mazurak, a UMMC spokescause of that, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very little I can say whether the state-owned hospital ordered man, told the Jackson Free Press Monabout it.â&#x20AC;? supplies through Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family business day afternoon that the hospital decided Lee provided a statement to the JFP that it did not pay for. to allow the three-year group-purchasing indicating that MPI was caught in the UMMC provided the contract with contract between UMMC and MPI to middle of a three-way dispute between MPI to the Jackson Free Press this week expire in August 2011. Mazurak

Bubble It In


f you were a student in the Jackson Public Schools District in the 1980s and 1990s, the paper ballots that citizens used to vote in the May 7 city election may have brought back some memories. When JPS was known as the Jackson Municipal Separate School District and Dr. Robert Fortenberry was superintendent, students took tests using forms similar to those (in)famous paper ballots. Students had to use a No. 2 pencil to write his or her name in all caps at the top along with an assigned ID. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;bubblesâ&#x20AC;? under each test question corresponded to the letter for each answer: A, B, C and so on. Staying inside the lines, erasing cleanly and avoiding stray marks were critical in scoring well. This testing method, through the company Scantron, coincided with the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curriculum called the Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK). The next time one of your 30-something or 40-something friends rants on Facebook about the paper ballots looking like a CBOK test, now youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re referring to.


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Monday, May 13 Mississippi College and Hubei Polytechnic University in China form an exchange program. â&#x20AC;Ś The search for the dead in the ruins of a garment factory in Bangladesh that collapsed three weeks ago ends. The final death toll is 1,127.




Thursday, May 9 Yates Construction, Spectrum Capital and the state of Mississippi break ground on The Outlets of Mississippi in Pearl. â&#x20AC;Ś A gang steals $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking into a database of prepaid debit cards and then draining cash machines worldwide.



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said it was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;business decisionâ&#x20AC;? to owned company, MPI is a disposableâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to provide whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called a allow the MPI contract to expire, but de- goods distributor and warehouserâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a chargeback or sales tracing to prove that clined to provide specifics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;middlemanâ&#x20AC;? between large institutions I sold it to the right person (meaning a Mazurak added that the hospital was such as hospitals, government agencies, contractor like UMMC). When I provide still looking into a JFP public-records re- manufacturers and procurement clearing- that documentation, they (the manufacquest seeking information about whether houses known as group-purchasing orga- turers) charge me back, or rebate me back, the hospital ordered supplies from MPI nizations (GPOs). the money on the back end, once I can without paying for them, leaving MPI reUsing MPI and one of its custom- show that I sold it to the right person at sponsible for the costs. ers, the University of Mississippi Medi- the right price.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;To the best of my knowledge, we cal Center, as an example, the process MPI owes what Lee said is approxiworked with Mississippi Products to buy works this way: Since 2008 UMMC has mately $200,000 to five companies, all out the stock that we had ordered when had a group-purchasing agreement with of which are headquartered out of state, we were winding down the contract,â&#x20AC;? Ma- Dallas-based Novation LLC and Univer- with one at least outside the country. In zurak, adding that Lee was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;stellarâ&#x20AC;? sup- sity Health Consortium. Under the agree- June 2012, Hinds County Judge Melvin plier and that UMMC continues to use ment, UMMC uses certain vendors under Priester Sr. signed three default judgment MPI as a vendor but not under its group- Novationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s umbrella for specific merchan- orders against Mississippi Products Inc. purchasing agreement. diseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;janitorial products from Georgia for at least $123,296.71 to three vendors. Followers of Jonathan Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career up Pacific in the case of the 2008 contract Diversey Inc., has also sued MPI in Hinds until now know him as the good-humored provided to the JFP between UMMC, County for $ $23,923.75. In its response, moderator of a weekly coffeehouse forum, Novation and MPI. Mississippi Products denies the company from his time as president of the Jackson From there, the relationship is com- owes Diversey. Chamber of Commerce or his In addition to UMMC, Misinvolvement with local nonprofit sissippi agenciesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including Misboards of directors, all positions sissippi State Hospital at Whitthat resulted from Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking field, Boswell Regional Center, over his family business at age 24 Mississippi State Tax Commission when his father died of cancer. (now the Department of RevFewer people know much enue), Mississippi Department of about MPI or how the company Finance and Administration and makes its money. Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, John, Mississippi Department of Hufounded Mississippi Products Inc. man Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have paid MPI in November 1992 in Pearl. John $168,401.66 since 2003. Lee, who had an MBA from MisWhen pressed about the judgsissippi College and worked in ments, Lee added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What happens manufacturing for Ford Motor when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a contract dispute, Co. and Siemens Entergy and Auwithout warning, is I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell the tomation, previously co-founded goods to the customer because and served as president of an electheyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to give me my trical components manufacturer back-end money.â&#x20AC;? called Craft-Co. What isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t clear is why MPI A year after founding MPI, has no recourse to deal with unJohn Lee moved the company to sold inventory from a variety of a 14,000-square-foot building in vendors, including Georgia PaJackson. When John Lee died, cific, particularly if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that the company had 11 full-time the contract with UMMC is the Jonathan Lee has said his companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal troubles employees and generated sales of one that led ultimately to the deresulted from one of its customers ordering products about $3 million per year, accordfault judgments. Georgia Pacific, for which it never took possession or paid. Several sources speculate that customer is the University of ing to a resolution the Mississippi in March 2013, was granted an Mississippi Medical Center, pictured. Legislature passed in Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memoOrder Allowing Examination of ry in 2004. Judgment Debtor against MPI, Enter Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s then-24-year-old enabling them to move forward son, Jonathan. In his mayoral bid, Lee plicated, but this is how Lee explained with an audit of MPIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assets. touts born-and-raised-in-Jackson bona fi- it in his endorsement interview with the Despite multiple requests, Lee dedes, although his parents moved the family Jackson Free Press in April: clined a followup interview with the Jackfrom the capital city to Rankin County in â&#x20AC;&#x153;What manufacturers (such as the com- son Free Press. 1988 when Jonathan was 11. (Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cam- panies suing MPI) will do is that they will UMMCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mazurak also pointed out paign website states the Lee family moved sell us goods at whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called an inter-dealer that UMMC and MPI are not suing one to Morton in 1990). Jonathan graduated stock price for a contract company (such as another, nor are there pending legal disfrom Northwest Rankin High School in UMMC), and that price is artificially high, putes between UMMC and group pur1996 and went on to earn a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and OK? So letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just say a truckload of some- chaser Novation. masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in business administration from thing may cost us $120,000. I turn around Comment at Read more about Mississippi State University. and sell it to my customer for $100,000,â&#x20AC;? this dispute, and hear audio of Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial A certified minority- and veteran- Lee told the JFP editorial board. response, at


TALK | campaign

By the Numbers: Mayoral Primary by Tyler Cleveland and R.L. Nave

to voice their opinion and Precinct 89 at the Metrocenter Sears, where 131 of 980 (13.4 percent) voters turned out. The Jackson State numbers can be explained by looking at the academic calendar, which excused students following final exams on April 27, nearly two full weeks before primary voting. “It’s disappointing,” said Corinthian Sanders, a Jackson State student who ran for the Ward 5 City Council seat. “It was close to the same turnout in the general elections last year. People are just not educated on the importance of voting.” If trends continue, low voter turnout could have a big impact in the May 21 runoff between Lee and Lumumba. Lumumba, the current City Councilman for Ward 2, garnered more support than Lee in 56 of Jackson’s 89 precincts, while Lee trumped Lumumba in just 34 precincts, with one tie. But Lee won overwhelming support from white voters in Ward 1—winning by 706 votes and 622 votes in Precincts 34 and 35, respectively. Of the 56 precincts that favored Lumumba over Lee, just 22 had an over30-percent voter turnout. In the four highest-percentage voting precincts in Wards 1 and 7, in predominantly white areas, Lee drubbed Lumumba 2,087 votes to 20. In past Jackson elections, observers have been tempted to define mayoral candidates by race, even though most candidates for the job are usually African American. That narrative has arisen in this election too, and an analysis of precinct data pretty much affirms that the electorate in the current election is as racially polarized as ever.

That polarization trend continued through the 11 precincts with the largest percentages of white voters, all of which are located in northeast Jackson. In these precincts, which average 1 percent to 15 percent African American voters, Lee captured an average of 79.6 percent of votes compared to 11.2 percent for Johnson and 3.4 percent for Lumumba. Those Johnson votes may or may not go to Lee in the runoff, but it remains unclear whether boosting the white vote will generate enough votes to beat Lumumba if the race becomes more defined along racial lines. Lee did poorly as the percentage of

black voters increased. In the top 11 solidly black-voting precincts, which are located throughout the city and range from 100 percent to 84 percent African American, voters chose Johnson or Lumumba over Lee. In precincts 23 and 31, both of which the Census shows are 100 percent black, Lumumba bested Lee and Johnson, receiving 30 percent and 37 percent of votes, respectively. But those two precincts both had lower than 35 percent turnouts, and have fewer registered voters than voting districts Lee walked away with. On average, Lumumba received 31.3 percent of the 11 precincts with the highest proportion of voters. In these same precincts, Johnson received an average of 25.1 percent and Lee 22.3 percent. Precinct 22 serves as a perfect example of a precinct that voted for Lumumba last Tuesday. It’s the second-biggest district in the city and votes at Fire Station #20 on Medgar Evers Boulevard in Ward 2. There, Lumumba got 303 votes (41 percent) to Lee’s 134 (18.2 percent). The problem for the lawyer and civilrights advocate is that less than 27 percent of that precinct voted. Compare that to Precinct 46, the largest voting district in the city. It’s predominantly white and votes at Christ United Methodist Church in Ward 1. There, Lee got 726 votes to Lumumba’s 103 (8.8 percent). Both candidates won a huge voting precinct, but Lee comes away with 860 votes to Lumumba’s 406. That’s a recipe Lumumba can’t afford if he hopes to win in the May 21 runoff. Comment at

uting to more than one mayoral campaign (Lee and Bluntson). Mississippi state law requires all candidates who raise or spend money on a campaign to file campaign-finance reports. In Jackson, 32 candidates and four political action committees were involved in municipal races this year. The first round of reports were due Jan. 31, 2013, and were to show all money raised and spent on political campaigns in 2012. The reports filed told voters many things beyond the dollars and cents. First, it showed that incumbent Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. was gearing up for a tough campaign; he raised more than $100,000. Second, it demonstrated that the city’s mayoral candidates—aside from Johnson and Lee—

were not very interested in transparency, at least not through their filing actions. Two frontrunners, Regina Quinn and Lumumba, were weeks late and then filed under pressure by the Jackson Free Press. Councilman Frank Bluntson flat-out never filed a 2012 report even though he spent money on his campaign that year. His first filing came shortly after the April 31 deadline, which was supposed to cover everything raised starting Jan. 1, 2013, through April 27. This process of filing these reports in Mississippi began in 1987, when Mississippi lawmakers updated Chapter 15 of the Mississippi Code to state, “Candidates who are seeking election, or nomination for election, and political committees that make ex-

Based on Census tract data used to draw voting-precinct lines, Precinct 34 in Ward 1 has the highest proportion of white voters in the city at 99 percent. In that precinct, local businessman Lee carried just over 90 percent of the vote. Lee’s next closest competitor in Precinct was incumbent Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who pulled 6.3 percent of the vote. TRIP BURNS


n Election Day last week, 35 percent of Jackson voters said Jonathan Lee was their top choice for mayor of Jackson. Another 24 percent said Chokwe Lumumba was their choice. Those numbers are almost certain to change some for the May 21 runoff, but how much they will change and why they might change has yet to be determined. It’s hard to predict, because only 30.7 percent of all Jackson’s registered voters showed up. The 34,652 votes cast by Jacksonians was up from 33,800 in 2009, but the percentage of registered voters who showed up is down 4 percent. Not to mention, in municipal elections, voters who did not vote in the primary can show up to vote in the run-off. The low voter-turnout numbers were far from inspiring, but according to data, it also dictated the outcome. Lee, the biggest winner on election night, received 11,929 votes. That represents slightly less than 10.6 percent of Jackson’s 112,801 registered voters. Lumumba received less than 7.35 percent of the total possible votes. Breaking it down by precinct, only 11 of Jackson’s 89 polling locations had a 40 percent turnout or better. Only two of those had a 50 percent turnout or better: Precinct 81 at Callaway High School in Ward 2 (50.8 percent) and Precinct 33 at Casey Elementary School in Ward 1 (50.6 percent). Ten of the 89 polling locations received less than 20 percent of its possible votes. The worst offenders were Precinct 49 at the Jackson State Student Union, where 49 out of a possible 2,282 voters (1.8 percent) chose

Voter turnout was low for the municipal primaries May 7 in most of Jackson’s precincts.

Let the Sunshine In by Tyler Cleveland


Without the reports, no one would have known that Lee funded close to half of his campaign with his own money. Voters also wouldn’t have known that mayoral candidate Regina Quinn set up her campaign as a nonprofit, and they wouldn’t have known that developers such as Leland Speed were hedging their bets by contribFILE PHOTO

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ampaign finance reports and their filing schedules have been an indisputable part of Jackson’s 2013 municipal election process. From Jonathan Lee’s enormous war chest with ties to prominent Republicans to Chokwe Lumumba’s disinterest in filing reports on time, the process has given voters insights into the campaigns of the serious candidates that have sought elected office in Jackson this year. As of April 27, six of Jonathan Lee’s top 10 contributors gave to at least one Republican or Republican cause in 2011 and 2012. Lumumba was more than a month late filing his campaign finance report for 2012 and filed his second report, due a week before the primary, the day voters went to the polls.

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ADA Compliance Progress Slow But Steady by Tyler Cleveland


within 48 hours of receiving the donation. Before such laws, PACs could have supported a candidate without public knowledge. Thanks to the regulation, we know that four—Nucor Steel, the Jackson Home Builder Association, Ergon State PAC and Jackson 20/20—supported Lee. Because the laws exist, we know that Lee has raised five times the amount of money Lumumba did as of the end of April. Looking at the candidates’ finances and when they file their reports tells voters several things: Who is fundraising for their campaign; whether the candidates care about transparency; and to whom they could be beholden to, if elected. Comment at Email Tyler Cleveland at

G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center on Fortification Street, which doesn’t have a covered waiting area or even a bench, let alone a wheelchair ramp for Jackson’s disabled veterans. Crawford described the situation as “shameful.” Jackson ADA Compliance Director Sam Glease, who is blind, was one of the original protesters who petitioned former Jackson Mayor Frank Melton to recognize civil rights for the disabled. The bus stop at the V.A. Hospital is “one of our oldest issues,” he said. Glease said the city administration has recommitted itself to listening to its disabled constituents, and making progress where it can when it comes to sidewalks, curb cuts and wheelchair ramps. “The city of Jackson in the last four years has taken tremendous strides,” said Glease, who reports the needs of Jackson’s disabled citizens from the ADA advisory meetings back to the city administration. “Funding is a prime problem because we just don’t have the money to do everything that needs to be done,” he said. “That’s why the ADA says the city administration must make ‘reasonable accommodations.’ The problems we are facing go back decades, and it’s not just a Jackson problem. It’s all over the country.” Comment at Email Tyler Cleveland at



our of Jackson’s seven sitting City Council members have, for all intents and purposes, been reelected, but two seats have yet to be decided headed into the May 21 primary runoff elections. In Ward 5, incumbent Charles Tillman got 40 percent of the vote and faces a runoff with his predecessor Bettye Dagner-Cook, who received 19 percent of the vote in the primary. The Ward 4 race for the seat vacated by former mayoral hopeful Frank Bluntson is down to schoolteacher Derrick Trimble and former military police officer De’Keither Stamps. Ward 1 Councilman Quinton Whitwell ran unopposed, Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes won with 53 percent of the vote, City Council President Tony Yarber, representing Ward 6, won 82 percent of the vote, and Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon earned 75 percent


penditures for the purpose of influencing or attempting to influence the action of voters for or against the nomination for election, or election, of one or more candidates or balloted measures at such election” shall file reports. Under Mississippi Sunshine Laws, candidates seeking the nomination of a party in a municipal election must file a report with the city clerk if they receive any donations of $200 or more after the tenth day, but more than 48 hours before 12:01 a.m. on the day of the election. In English, that means that if a candidate gets a single contribution of more than $200 (which both mayoral candidates in the runoff have received consistently) then they would have to notify the City Clerk’s office

the buses into compliance, and there is more work to be done on the bus stops where the money has already been allocated, and the work hasn’t started yet.” Teeuwissen said. “I think we’ve made progress. We’ve got more to do, but we’re on the right track. If whoever comes into office here will continue to implement the plan we have in place and follow the consent decree, Jackson will continue to be a more accessible city for all its citizens.” Christy Dunaway, director of Living Independence for Everyone of Mississippi, or LIFE, more or less agrees with the study, but said disabled Jacksonians still have to push for equal rights. Dunaway has been doing just that since the late ’90s, when she started attending public meetings to promote awareness for citizens with disabilities. “There are individuals inside the city government who listen and are attentive, and you can tell they care,” Dunaway said. “But overall, when it comes to the entire city, we are not a priority. We have to fight tooth and nail for everything that gets done. … We shouldn’t have to constantly remind them that we are here.” Dunaway isn’t alone. Crawford completed a survey of Jackson streets and has filled a 2-inch binder full of examples, complete with pictures, of the city’s shortcomings in ADA-related infrastructure. The most damning example is the bus stop at the

De’Keither Stamps is in a runoff for the Ward 4 Jackson City Council seat.

in her ward. Stokes faces a Republican challenger, Ponto Ronnie Downing, June 4. Barrett-Simon will face Republican Marcus Coleman. Attorney Melvin Priester Jr. swept the Ward 2 race away from four other candidates, claiming 65 percent of the vote to win easily. He will not face a Republican in the general election.


he intersection of Meadowbrook ment of Justice following a lawsuit brought Road and State Street is generally against its public transportation system buzzing with business and traffic. JATRAN by disabled citizens who comOne of the busiest food stores in plained that the city wasn’t in compliance Jackson is located there, as is a high-traffic with the Americans With Disabilities Act. service station, a bank and a pharmacy. The A 2011 case study by the Transit Access average Jacksonian would look at the inter- Project, a watchdog for paratransit issues, section and remark at how vibrant the inter- gave the city credit for taking action, but said section is. more is needed. Scott Craw“Some progress ford looks at the inhas been made in tersection and sees Jackson, while some what is not there: issues remain unresidewalks and an solved, and new isadequate bus stop. sues have developed,” Crawford, a the study stated. 46-year-old retiree, “Jackson riders with has been bound to disabilities report that a wheelchair for the purchase of new 13 years, ever since buses resulted in imdoctors diagnosed proved access to lifts with him with and ramps, and that progressive multiple the new managesclerosis. He can’t ment company has Veteran Jerry Hammond isn’t drive to the Piggly been more responhandicapped but, he said,“It just isn’t Wiggly for groceries, sive; however, riders right” the way disabled veterans have to and he can’t walk to indicate that parawait in the driveway for JATRAN buses the Burger King to transit capacity has at the VA Medical Center. get a chicken sandnot increased, and wich for lunch. He callers attempting to is reliant on public transportation and his make reservations on paratransit are still bemotorized wheelchair. ing turned away. Also, the city and JATRAN He can manage getting around, but it have missed several deadlines established by isn’t easy. With Jackson’s narrow sidewalks, the consent decree.” or sometimes no sidewalk at all, traversing City Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen said the capital city in an electric-powered chair that, in 2009, he advised newly elected Mayis anything but easy. or Harvey Johnson Jr., to not try to fight fed“We prioritize our streets for drivers eral intervention, and instead work with the and not for pedestrians and the disabled,” Justice Department to make Jackson more Crawford said. “It’s wrong, and we need to accessible. He said since they made the adstop it.” justments in regards to JATRAN, ridership The city has taken steps since receiving is up, and not just for disabled citizens. a 2009 consent decree from the U.S. Depart“We did some basic work bringing


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ates Construction, Spectrum Kirby, and everyone thanked Bryant, who Both Jackson’s mayoral candidates Capital and the state of Missis- was hot off a week’s circuit of ground- who qualified for the May 21 Demosippi officially broke ground last breakings around the state. That tour in- cratic runoff, Jonathan Lee and Chokwe week on the state’s most aggressive cluded the new Yokohama Tire facility in Lumumba, agree that Jackson should becommercial outlet to date, The Outlets of West Point and two GE Aviation facilities come a destination city. Mississippi in Pearl, even though construc- opening in Batesville and Ellisville. “I think it’s important because all mation has been happening for months. On “It’s amazing if you look at the last jor cities nowadays, maybe always, have May 9, Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate 30 days,” Bryant said. “Two thousand jobs used that as a portion of their economy,” Reeves, House Speaker Philip Gunn, Pearl with the Yokohama Tire Company open- Lumumba said in an interview last month Mayor Brad Rogers and other elected officials gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the benefit of the press on the 325,000-square-foot project. Privately owned Spectrum Capital, a Jackson company, funded construction of the 80store, $1 billion outlet, which will be the largest outlet-shopping destination in Mississippi. Located less than 10 minutes from Jackson and near the intersection of interstates 55 and 20, the center will create 1,600 jobs, promoters say. “The retail business does a remarkable job of hiring people who are low-to-moderate inLawmakers, developers and investors ceremoniously break ground on Pearl’s Outlets of Mississippi. come,” Bryant said. “That means a lot of those people will come off of some type of government support that they might have and work here, ing a factory in Clay County, (General with the Jackson Free Press. “I don’t think so that’s a double benefit for the state of Electric) opens its second jet engine factory we should get beyond ourselves. I don’t Mississippi. But here in Rankin County, in Ellisville, and Roxul, one of the world’s think we should be thinking of ourselves this will be a destination location. People leading insulation manufacturers, opening as a New Orleans, or (an) Orlando, Floriwill come from all over the United States their first North American facility in Mar- da, or something like that. That’s primarand the southeast. We’ve got the Missis- shall County. It’s keeping us busy, and it’s ily what they are.” sippi Braves and the Bass Pro Shop, now great, because Mississippi works.” we have the one of the world’s premier Walthall Up for Grabs outlet malls. This is another key day for Capital City Tourism The historic Edison Walthall Hotel Mississippi’s effort to move forward.” The investment in another tour- will be up for grabs to the highest bidder The project is expected to open ist destination for the greater metro area in an online real-estate auction May 22. Nov. 14, just ahead of the traditional holi- comes on the heels of a report from the The eight-story, 205-room hotel day shopping season, and is set up to be a state outlining the positive effect tourism located at 225 East Capitol St., has an cultural experience for shoppers, not just had on the capital city in 2012. Accord- appraised value of $3.79 million, but commercial. Bryant said during the cere- ing to a May 8 release from the Jackson its assessed value for tax purposes is just mony that the expected 4.5 million visitors Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city $569,261, the Mississippi Business Joureach year will get a chance to “learn about received an estimated 3.13 million visitors nal reports. Mississippi’s history, listen to Mississippi’s last year who spent around $300 million After the owners invested in a $10 music and eat Mississippi’s food.” inside the city limits. million renovation just a few years ago, the In February, the Mississippi LegTourism supported 20,378 jobs Roberts Companies abandoned the hotel islature passed a bill to give $24 million in the state according to the Mississippi in 2010 after water pipes burst, flooding in tax credits to developers of the outlet Employment Security Commission. The and damaging the bottom floors. mall, designating the site “cultural retail” payroll on those jobs is estimated at more The MBJ lists some familiar names so it could take advantage of the credits than $4.2 million. All told, the state spent as possible buyers for the building, innormally reserved for tourism projects. $11 million to promote Jackson, reported cluding Old Capitol Green developer Full Spectrum Capital Vice President Ja- the Mississippi Development Authority. Spectrum South and King Edward Hotel son Voyles thanked Gunn, Gunn thanked MDA also estimates the average tax renovator Watkins Development. Yates Construction owner Bill Yates, Rog- savings per household was roughly $550 Comment at Email Tyler ers thanked Rankin’s State Sen. Dean in 2012. Cleveland at


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hat the heck is all of this?â&#x20AC;? These are often the first words out of my mouth on any given morning. When or if I retire before the rest of my family, I often walk into what looks like a war zone in the morning. Books, clothes, games and toys seem blasted from a canon into the living room. I often describe my life as a mother of seven children (ages 9 to 18) as one part â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosbyâ&#x20AC;? show and two parts â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roseanne,â&#x20AC;? topped off with some bizarre reality TV. My house could be cleanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if fairies came in the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but it probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be. Any adult with children knows how that conversation goes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meâ&#x20AC;? or best, yet, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even here.â&#x20AC;? Everyone did something, though, and all the somethings result in massive destruction. This is when the family needs to go from a conversation about who is to blame to collective accountabilityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not because who did what doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. It does, but in terms of how to fix or clean up the mess, assigning blame really does little good. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care so much who did what, I simply want a clean house. Every child in my house is in charge of a room and taking care of his or her own property. It is easy: Get what belongs to you, and do the jobs assigned to you so that the house as a whole benefits. As we move forward as a city and a state, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time we discussed the difference between blame and accountability. While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to know how and who did what so that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep making the same mistakes, it is not constructive for us to get so trapped in the cycle of placing blame that we do not hold our leaders accountable for fixing whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong and planning realistically. Instead, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see who is being accountable in government: Who is moving forward, and whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fixing past mistakes? Who is building on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, and who is creating new opportunities? That is how weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll build our city and state. Blame has its place, but so does accountability. Ultimately, our government officials are accountable for their own actions and for each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions. That is how it is, so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work together and clean our house.


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Why it stinks: The Mississippi Supreme Court granted Willie Jerome Manning a stay of execution after the Federal Bureau of Investigation twice admitted that investigators overstated the scientific significance of evidence during Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original trial. The court voted 8-1 to issue the stay just hours before the state was to execute Manning. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;mind-bogglingâ&#x20AC;? is the correlation between the FBI letters, Willie Manning and the DOJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fast and Furiousâ&#x20AC;? gun-running program, which makes Randolphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dissent sound like a political rant instead of a court decision.

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ackson is a city of around 100,000 registered voters, and roughly 30,000 voted in the primaries on May 7. That 30 percent turnout is about runof-the-mill when compared to the national average, but Jackson is not an average city when compared to other metropolitan areas. The city has serious problems, and they are driven by the need for resources as much as anythingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whether we are talking about education challenges, potholes or the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serious infrastructure problems. We have too many empty buildings that sit rotting downtown. We have development projects that havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turned dirt, and others that have made minimal progress in a decade. We have a young generation of Jacksonians who have decided to stay in Jackson rather than move to places like Nashville, Atlanta or Austin to chase their dreams. No doubt, we have seen progress in reversing the brain drain in the last decade, but our progress will be limited if more residents, with varying experiences and knowledge about the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenges, do not turn out to vote. We get that many people feel marginalized by political bodies that they do not believe address, or even know about, their needs. We get the hopelessness that can set in during campaigns driven more by personality and easy political memes than by substantive plansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including how to pay for what the candidates promise. We understand that many

people do not believe their vote will change anything, because it often doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. But not turning out to vote only ensures that the problems will go on longer, and it tells the politicians that the electorate will not hold them accountable. For citizens in Ward 4 and Ward 5, there is even more incentive to vote. Both of those wards face a tough choice in runoffs for city council seats. In Ward 4, Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps, whom the JFP endorsed last week, is in a tight runoff with another very solid candidate, Lanier High School teacher Derrick Trimble. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of decision a voter can feel good about either way, so go vote. In Ward 5, incumbent Charles Tillman faces his predecessor Bettye Dagner-Cook, who impressed the JFP at a forum at Jackson State University with her no-nonsense approach to big issues in West Jackson. She was also a solid councilwoman in the past, and although Mr. Tillman has served honorably, we believe the job deserves her energy. Of course, there is also a tough mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s race. The JFP is not endorsing in this race, but we urge all residents to choose the may you want to lead the city, and now let your voice be heard. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quick, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy, and it honors the many men and women who have given up their lives to earn and keep our right to democracy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the right thing to do.

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here’s a scene in C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” series where Susan asks wise old Mr. Beaver if Aslan, Narnia’s lion Christ-figure, is a tame lion— whether he’s “safe.” “’Course he isn’t ‘safe,’” Mr. Beaver replied. “But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” I’ve been thinking of this scene often, over the past few years, when people ask if Jackson is a “safe” city to live in. Crime is a serious, chronic problem that every major city has to deal with. Obviously, Jackson is much more “safe” than it was in the early ’90s with respect to the homicide rate, and more “safe” than it was post-Katrina with respect to the carjacking rate, but I don’t think most white city residents who ask this question really want to look at crime statistics. They’re wondering if the city is still going to accept them now that the city has, for the most part, a black identity. Six of the seven Jackson City Council wards are majorityblack, and the 2010 census tells us that 19,000 white residents left even as 7,500 new black residents came in. The city’s so black that the Mississippi Legislature has been discriminating against it—spending extra money to put the Department of Revenue in majority-white Clinton instead of majority-black Jackson, attempting to remove downtown Jackson from city oversight and place it under state control, and attempting to place a state-run commission in charge of its infrastructure spending. When Gov. Phil Bryant half-joked about wanting to wheel the Capitol building out to Rankin County, he was just expressing the same urge that tens of thousands of other white-flighters have felt over the past few decades. He hates the fact that he has to do his work in a city that’s under black leadership—a city that isn’t “safe.” Those of us who love Jackson know something that the city’s critics don’t: Jackson isn’t “safe,” but it’s good. The good black leadership we have en-

joyed under Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. has been infinitely better than the “safe” white leadership we experienced under the previous administrations of good-old-boy politicians. And now, with Chokwe Lumumba, we have the opportunity to elect a radical black intellectual who is completely committed to going a step further and building a self-sustaining city economy—not a “safe” economy that returns control of the city to suburban developers and their allies in the Legislature, but a good economy that trusts our supermajority-black community with control over its own money, property and culture. The only catch is that if Chokwe Lumumba is elected, it will probably be with very little white support. That’s a huge step. Even Johnson, whose critics have inexplicably painted as a black nationalist for 20 years, worked hard to reconcile the old, “safe” power structure and the democratic wishes of the city. Lumumba, who repeats the word “self-determination” like a mantra, isn’t interested in that. And for those of us who grew up accustomed to the idea that white people hold 50 percent (or more) of Jackson’s power even if they only make up 20 percent of the population, this might seem a little scary. But it’s the right thing to do. Jonathan Lee’s supporters have adopted “Love Jackson” as their motto; if we really love Jackson, we need to trust Jackson to make its own decisions. We need to give up on the idea of keeping it “safe,” and have faith in the fundamental goodness of the people of this city. We need to recognize that the old power structure made promises it couldn’t keep, and destroyed lives in the process. If you love a person but want to control them, that’s not a healthy love. If you love a person but don’t respect them, that’s not a healthy love. Loving Jackson—really loving Jackson—means trusting Jackson. Trust Jackson. Vote for Lumumba May 21.

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spent â&#x20AC;&#x153;asking, organizing, (and) sometimes demandingâ&#x20AC;? as how heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tilt the balance of power in Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favor to represent the capital cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;intercourse with cultural racismâ&#x20AC;? that included restaurants in then-all-white Dearborn, Mich., refusing to serve his family and a local white neighbor falsely accusing his brother of TRIP BURNS


hokwe Lumumba terrifies many white people in Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and he knows it. In the months leading up to his second-place finish in Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democratic primary election that propelled him into a runoff against businessman Jonathan Lee, Lumumba has started to, well, whitewash parts of his biography that some whites and middle-class blacks might find threatening. But whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a function of aging with wisdom, election-year pandering or a true metamorphosis in his thinking, lately Lumumba has been showing a side of himself that surprised people who have observed his career over the years. Now, Lumumba devotes a good deal of time talking about his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own diverse racial heritage, the camaraderie he experienced among fellow basketballers of all races and nationalities, the poor whites he has represented vigorously in the courtroom or the relationship he was able to build with former Gov. Haley Barbour. Lumumba is also mindful to tell people that despite his co-founding of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, his name is African, not Muslim, and that he is a member of Word and Worship Christian Church in Jackson. During the 1970s, Lumumba went to law school and became a founding member of a group whose main goal was to obtain land for an autonomous nation in the southeastern United States for black people. As part of the organization, Lumumba helped purchase the first parcel of land near Jackson for the nation-state that would become the home for the Republic of New Afrika, or RNA, to be situated in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Those plans, like the lives of so many civil-rights leaders of Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s era, were short-lived, ending dramatically on Aug. 18, 1971, with a famous early-morning shootout in west Jackson near Jackson State University, in which a Jackson police officer was killed. Starting in the late 1970s, Lumumba became an attorney of choice for high-profile clients. In some of those cases, his activist training has landed him in hot water with judges and the bar. But where relationships with the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office has often been rocky with neighboring counties and the Mississippi Legislature, Lumumba offers his lifetime

Chokwe Lumumba gave up his seat as Ward 2 city councilman to run for mayor.

In the case of Jamie and Gladys Scott, whom Gov. Haley Barbourâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who had denied a similar request in 2006â&#x20AC;&#x201D;granted clemency in 2011 for an armed robbery that netted the sisters between $11 and $200, depending on who testified, Lumumba, then the sistersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attorney, said he offered Barbour an opportunity to do the right thing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we were aware of was he was talking about running for the presidency,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew that if that issue was to go beyond Mississippi and somebody was to hear about two women being in jail for $11 when seven men had been released on pardon for killing their wives or girlfriends, that was going to be disturbing to a lot of moderate Republicans that might have been considering him. So we felt as if we had a way to make our interests his interests.â&#x20AC;? Cultural Racism Before shedding his given name of Edwin Taliaferro, Lumumba was baptized Catholic. The son of a Kansas-born father and Alabama native mother, Lumumba remembers early

having snatched her purse. At age 8, Lumumba recalls seeing the photograph of Emmett Tillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brutalized face on the cover of Jet Magazine, a moment he calls the pricking of his political consciousness. Thirteen years later, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Lumumba felt it was time to get involved in â&#x20AC;&#x153;the movement.â&#x20AC;? It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preaching of nonviolence that resonated with Lumumba, who had cousins killed by the police in Michigan, but rather beating Jim Crow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a philosophy of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hate white folksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; because the police were messing with us. My thing was fairness, and I was offended by unfairness,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba told the Jackson Free Press in March. In 1969, while studying law at Wayne State University in Detroit, Lumumba was one of 18 students who sued for what they believed was a discriminatory grading system after taking over the law-school administration building, demanding reinstatement of failed students and calling for an anonymous grading system.

Lumumba first came to Jackson in the early 1970s as a civil-rights activist and vice president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika. In March 1971, the RNA bought land outside Jackson for its black nation; RNA members believed that, without an independent black state, African Americans would never have representation in government. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Republic of New Afrika has been miscast like they were flip side of the Ku Klux Klan. When we came to Mississippi, it was the Klan that put up signs that said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;N*ggers, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re giving away free 6-foot holes,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Lumumba told the Jackson Free Press earlier this year. Five months after the RNA bought the first parcels for the would-be country, on Aug. 18, 1971, Jackson police and agents from the FBI raided the heavily armed house used for RNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headquarters in west Jackson at dawn with no warning, even bringing the infamous Thompson tank. Police Lt. Louis Skinner died in the shootout, and another police officer and a bureau agent were wounded. Lumumba was not involved in the shootout that resulted in the arrests of 11 RNA members including its president, Imari Obadele, who also was not on the scene. Lumumba went back to Wayne State, where he graduated first in his law school class, and from 1976 to 1977 worked for the City of Detroitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Defenders Office before cofounding a Detroit law firm. An Activist First Over the years, while living in Mississippi, Lumumba developed a roster of high-profile candidates across the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re involved in those struggles (and) then you become a lawyer, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in high demand for people who have those kinds of cases,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation as an activist earned him a laundry list of high-profile and sometimes controversial clients including Fulani Sunni Ali, indicted in the 1980 Brinks armored-car robbery for whom Lumumba secured an acquittal; the sometimes-irascible hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur; Lance Parker, who was accused of trying to shoot the fuel tank on Reginald Dennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18-wheeler during the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney /8080%$VHHSDJH



Jonathan Lee

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You Can Be Right or You Can be Happyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lee laid the lawsuits at the feet of his mother, telling the JFP editorial board that he had stepped down as president Dec. 31, 2011, to run for mayor full-time. But a 2012 corporate report, dated Oct. 8, 2012, indicated that Jonathan J. Lee was president as recently as last fall, which he adamantly denied in the interview. Lee did resign as the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;registered agentâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 21, 2011, a week after the first of five known companies sued MPI. Indeed, in an interview dated July 4, 2012, seven months after Lee says he stepped down as president, he told the JFP that â&#x20AC;&#x153;I run a business on the corner of Valley (Street) and Raymond Road,â&#x20AC;? referring to the location of MPI. The companies that filed suit against MPI received default judgments for what

The Long Run Lee has been setting himself up to be mayor of Jackson for far longer than this election cycle. In fact, most everything Lee has done since his return to Rankin County nine years ago and Jackson four years ago seems to have been building to the upcoming May 21 runoff between him and Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba for the mayorship of Jackson. When Lee moved back Rankin County from Starkville, where he earned two degrees and served as student body president, he

Lee ran his family business as president, but admitted to the JFP he never owned the business, despite running as a south Jackson business owner.


seemingly jumped into every committee and onto every board he could find. Lee ran his parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; business as president of Mississippi Products Inc. from 2004, when his father died, until December 2011, and became chairman of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, a sub-chamber of the Greater Jackson Chamber set up to help businesses inside the city, the same year he and his wife moved into Jackson. He also served on the board of directors for Operation Shoestring, Midtown Partners, the I.S. Sanders Farish Street YMCA, the Greater Jackson Arts Council, the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. The candidate won his support running as a small business owner, which he recently admitted that he has never been. He

did lead MPI, a disposable-goods supplier and warehouser for government agencies in the city and state, as president from the time of his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s untimely death in 2004 through 2011. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the certainty endsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and questions about his business history and his veracity about it begin. On April 24, in response to questions about four lawsuits his company had lost over non-payment to out-of-state vendors,

Lee estimated was about $200,000 because MPI did not show up in court to defend itself or respond to legal complaints for longer than a year. The candidate maintains this is a natural and normal business dispute and that his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company is working through the issues. MPI recently responded to the newest complaint, by Amsterdam-based Diversey Inc., which has not yet reached the judgment stage.

The Front-Runner These controversies do not, however, preclude Lee from being elected mayor, and 35 percent of primary votersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;11,929 peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;seemed more than happy to overlook assertions from incumbent Johnson that another candidate â&#x20AC;&#x153;got (their) business driven into the ground.â&#x20AC;? In past Jackson elections, observers have been tempted to define mayoral candidates by race, even though most candidates for the job are usually African American. That narrative has arisen in this election too, and an analysis of precinct data pretty much affirms that the electorate in the current election is as racially polarized as ever. Based on Census tract data used to draw voting-precinct lines, Precinct 34 in Ward 1 has the highest proportion of white voters in the city at 99 percent. Lee drubbed Lumumba in that precinct with just over 90 percent of the vote. Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next closest competitor there was incumbent Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who garnered 6.3 percent of the vote. That trend continued through the 11 precincts with the largest percentages of white voters, all of which are located in northeast Jackson. In these precincts, which average 1 percent to 15 percent African American voters, Lee captured an average of 79.6 percent of votes compared to 11.2 percent for Johnson and 3.4 percent for Lumumba. Lee did poorly as the percentage of black voters increased, however. In the top 11 solidly black-voting precincts, which are located throughout the city and range from 100 percent to 84 percent African American, voters chose Johnson or Lumumba over Lee. That could be because Lee has stayed on-message through the poor news cycles, indicating that his promise to be a change agent has, so far, spoken louder than the judgments against his businesses or his opponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; charges that he could sacrifice Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s control over its own interests such as the waterworks facility or the state-tax commission. Lee and Lumumba seem to be polar opposites politically and ideologically, but the most glaring difference may be their views on legislative oversight tied to Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


onathan Lee may not be a business owner, but he rode his business credentials to becoming the top vote-getter in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democratic mayoral primary. The 35-year-old husband, father and former businessman earned a spot in the May 21 runoff by running an on-message, well-funded campaign that has spanned at least a calendar year. He has consistently criticized police department morale, political gridlock, and Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education system and crumbling infrastructure. Lee, who holds both an undergrad and masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from Mississippi State University, proposed early on that he would find a way to create and pay for free after-school care for every child in Jackson, emphasizing the need to re-incorporate more arts and sports into public schools throughout the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at it pragmatically,â&#x20AC;? Lee said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you could, essentially, be driving down the crime rate, (and) at the same time helping bust those test scores. So when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to attract business from out of state, or even from in the state, Jackson all of sudden becomes a better place to do business, because we have a great school system.â&#x20AC;? Likewise, Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message on infrastructure deficiencies seemed to ring louder in votersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ears than incumbent Harvey Johnson Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pitch for ongoing improvements in many of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major thoroughfares. Lee has a plan to allow bedroom communities to buy into Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water-treatment facilities in order to create revenue to pay for looming Environment Protection Agency-imposed fines and infrastructure improvements that the mayor warned would remove Jackson from a leadership position with the facility.

by Tyler Cleveland




LUMUMBA from page 16

Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Donors by R.L. Nave


by Ronni Mott

May 15 - 21, 2013



Barry Howard, attorney, $10,000 Chokwe Lumumba, $4,500 John Burge, unknown, $3,500 Demitri Marshall, physician, $2,000

comparison of Jackson to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;taxation without representationâ&#x20AC;? that sparked American colonists to take up arms against the British crown, Lumumba said he is not calling for a violent overthrow of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s white power brokers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not looking for a bloody revolution in the city of Jackson. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to offend anyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights. How ever many white people there are in Jackson, they have to be treated by the highest levels of human standards as anybody else, because if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that, not only do we offend Martin Luther Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy, what we do is betray our own revolution,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our revolution is for the better idea; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just for the change in colors. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a question of whether in a predominantly black jurisdiction that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to oppress white people. Where that notion comes from, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said During his mayoral bid, Lumumba has said he wants to look for ways to grow the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population, which had declined steadily over the past 20 years but appears to be showing some signs of new life. For example, Lumumba said the city should market itself to immigrant populations. While serving on the city council, he authored an anti-racial profiling ordinance to stand in opposition to legislative efforts to criminalize undocumented immigrants living and working in Mississippi, one of the most rapidly growing regions for Latinos in the nation. He also wants to give city workers pay raises to spark economic growth. If elected mayor, Lumumba said he would push to get a new developer for the Farish development project, expand participation in summer youth jobs programs and try to get rid of a state commission that would have oversight of funds raised through a one-cent sales tax for infrastructure projects. Lumumba said the commission deprives Jackson of allowing their popularly elected representatives determine the economic fate of the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that is done in other cities and it shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be done in Jackson,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. Read more about Chokwe Lumumba at chokwelumumba. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

What Is Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jackson Planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? TRIP BURNS

hen it finally arrived a week after state law said it was due, Chokwe Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign-finance form revealed that he raised a fractionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;20 percentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of the amount first-place finisher Jonathan Lee raised going into the May 7 Jackson municipal elections. Dated May 6, the report shows that Lumumba raised $68,753 since the beginning of the year and spent $59,292, leaving the campaign fund with $17,963 in cash on hand. Categorizing Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donors is a tricky endeavor. Eleven people on Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s form list their address as â&#x20AC;&#x153;N/Aâ&#x20AC;? despite Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s admission that he has held at least three out-of-state fundraisers in the California Bay Area, in New York City and in Washington, D.C., but none of the people on the donor form list addresses near those cities. Lumumba has explained the out-of-town fundraisers saying that fellow human-rights activists throughout the country support his candidacy. Saladin Muhammad, a North Carolina labor leader, gave $1,000. The Washington, D.C.-based Black is Back coalition that advocates for reparations, single-payer health care, ending U.S.-led wars, freeing prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal and other â&#x20AC;&#x153;U.S. political prisoners/POWs/exilesâ&#x20AC;? and rescinding the Patriot Act, gave $265. Eve Rosahn, who was indicted for providing a getaway car in a famous 1981 Brinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s robbery, also gave $265. Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges against Rosahn, who works at a legal-aid clinic in New York City. Several attorneys, law firms and businesses donated as well. Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest donor was attorney Barry Howard who contributed $10,000 while Lumumba gave himself $4,500 in two installments. Howard has given to at least one Democratic candidate for statewide office, Gary Anderson, who ran for insurance commissioner in 2007. Dr. Demitri Marshall of Port Gibson gave $2,000 and Jeannette Felton, also of Port Gibson, gave $1,000. Fidelity Refund and Check Cashers, whose telephone number went to an AT&T store in Michigan when called last week, gave $300; Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Used Auto Sales on Gallatin Street in Jackson, gave $1,300 and La Quinta Inn and Suites gave $500. Marlboro, Md.-based Bowie Construction LLC and Jackson Fuel each gave $500. A1 Bail Bond in west Jackson gave another $500. John Burge, whose address is not listed on the form, contributed $3,500. Michigan attorney Adam Shakoor, a former law partner of Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who has contributed to Democratic and Republican candidates in his home state, gave Lumumba $1,000. Cochran Firm Mississippi, the local branch of the law office the late defense attorney who represented O.J. Simpson founded, and Precious Martin Sr. & Associates, each gave $1,000. Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law partner, Harvey Freelon, gave $1,100.

King verdict in 1992; and Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scott Sisters. In 2002, Lumumba represented a 13-year-old named Elliot Culp, who was convicted of nine counts of rape, kidnapping and robbery in Holmes County. Culp, who Lumumba claimed did not receive a fair trial because of racially tinged media coverage of the trial. It wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the last time Lumumba would attempt to put â&#x20AC;&#x153;the systemâ&#x20AC;? on trial, so to speak. In 2005, the Mississippi Bar Association suspended Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law license for six months for saying in court that Leake County Circuit Judge possessed â&#x20AC;&#x153;the judicial demeanor of a barbarian.â&#x20AC;? Lumumba was not, however, disbarred, and Gordon went on to preside over the manslaughter trial of Edgar Ray Killen, finally convicted for the role he played in the deaths of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County in 1964. Lumumba also represented the owners of a Jackson nightclub, the Upper Level, in 2008, after then-Mayor Frank Melton vowed to close the business down as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a public nuisance.â&#x20AC;? The Hinds County Chancery Court sided with the city in 2008 and imposed expensive new requirements on the club, including increased security, a pricier insurance plan and better record-keeping of employees. Club owners were unable to afford the expensive new requirements, and the club closed. Lumumba was also outspoken against Meltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s violation of the rights of African Americans in his nighttime tours of Jackson in JPDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mobile Command Unit. In 2009, Lumumba won the Ward 2 seat on the Jackson City Council, replacing Leslie McLemore. Since taking his seat, Lumumba has repeatedly called for greater participation of Jackson residents in city contracts. Lumumba said since African Americans compose 80 percent of the city, blacks should represent a higher percentage of the companies that do business with the city as well as make up proportional percentage of the overall workforce in the city. To many people in Jackson, Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans sound frighteningly like he wants to redistribute the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealth, taking from hard-working white job creators and giving it to the less deserving, shiftless black majority. Despite his

Chokwe Lumumba pushes a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackson-Kush Planâ&#x20AC;? sure to scare many voters and delight others.


or anyone still on the fence over whom to vote for in the Democratic runoff next Tuesday, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely that reading through the Jackson Plan will move his or her vote into one column or the other. Clearly, white conservatives may run screaming. The controversial plan, also known as the Jackson-Kush Plan, and the J-K Plan, is chock full of black-nationalist ideals, including a decentralized government run by committees of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the people,â&#x20AC;? and is peppered with politically loaded words like â&#x20AC;&#x153;solidarity,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;organizing.â&#x20AC;? Its authoring sourceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it would not be correct to say that any

one person wrote itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assembly, organizations fully embraced by mayoral candidate Chokwe Lumumba. In fact, Lumumba is a founding member of both groups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The roots of our Assembly model are drawn from the spiritual or prayer circles that were organized, often clandestinely, by enslaved Africansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to express their humanity, build and sustain community, fortify their spirits and organize resistance,â&#x20AC;? the plan states. The plan has three main pillars: PRUH-$&.6213/$1VHHSDJH


GETTING THE JOB DONE FOR JACKSON Dear Neighbor, Like you, Jackson is my home. Three generations of my family have lived in Georgetown. I run a business, Mississippi Products, Inc., in South Jackson. My wife, Davetta, and I chose to raise our family here: we have a two-year-old daughter, Morgan, and attend Anderson United Methodist Church. I believe in Jackson. From my work with community organizations throughout the city, I am convinced our city has the chance to be great. That’s why I’m running for Mayor. I believe that – through collaboration and a focus on action and innovative ideas – we can build a truly great city. Together. I look forward to working for – and with – you.


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LEE from page 17

Jonathan Lee’s Top 10 Donors by Tyler Cleveland Jonathan Lee ($144,500) - Jackson, Miss. Lee cut a check for $140,000 to his own PAC “Friends of Jonathan Lee” on March 29, a day after his campaign paid that same amount out to LUC Media out of Marietta, Ga. Carol Biedenharn ($15,000) - Jackson, Miss. Biedenharn is a 1974 graduate of Louisiana State University’s Laboratory School and mother of four. She serves on the board of the Mississippi Children’s Services, and has not made any other political contributions that we can find.

Gloria M. Walker ($5,000) - Jackson, Miss. Walker married Bill Walker, the original owner of every Bill’s Dollar Store, in 1965. She has given $30,000 to the Republican National Committee and $15,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee since 2011, and in 2012 gave the Mitt Romney presidential campaign $5,000. Robbie W. Hughes ($3,000) - Jackson, Miss. Hughes, of Hughes South Corporation and Hughes Oil, contributed $30,725 to the Republican National Committee in June 2012, and gave Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker $1,000 last year. Leland Speed ($2,500) - Jackson, Miss. Speed is well-known around Jackson as a prominent Republican businessman. He gave the Mitt Romney presidential campaign $3,500 in 2011 and 2012, the Republican Party of Mississippi $5,000 on Dec. 31, 2012, and Republican National Committee $2,000. Betsy Creekmore ($2,500) - Jackson, Miss. Betsy Creekmore, whose occupation is listed as a homemaker, gave $5,000 to Miss. Senator Roger Wicker and $2,400 to Miss. Senator Thad Cochran. She also gave Mitt Romney $500, the Republican National Committee $900 and the Republican Party of Mississippi $300 in 2011 and 2012. Her husband Wade Creekmore is President and Director of Telepax, Inc. He gave $2,400 to Cochran, $2,000 to Texas Governor Rick Perry and $1,000 to Gregg Harper in 2011.

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Joe N. Tatum ($2,000) - Raymond, Miss. Tatum is a shareholder in the firm of Tatum and Wade, PLLC. The Jackson State University grad received his law degree from Mississippi College. We cannot find any other political donations for Tatum.


Ergon State PAC ($2,000) - Jackson, Miss. The political action committee for one of Mississippi’s biggest companies has given to both Democrats, like Bennie Thompson, and Republicans, such as Roger Wicker, in the past year. Randy James ($1,500) - Jackson, Miss. James, of Pruitt Oil, has donated money to Mississippi Rep. Gregg Harper, and supported the controversial Better Jackson PAC in 2009, which funded campaign mailers for Marshand Crisler.


William & Lillian Cooley ($15,000) - Jackson, Miss. The Cooleys go way back with Lee’s family, and have known him almost all his life. Bill Cooley is a businessman, retired professor at Jackson State, prominent Democrat and a mentor for Lee. The Cooleys have not given to any other political campaign since 2011, but the Cooley family did collectively give $3,000 to the Jackson 20/20 PAC, which paid Lee’s campaign team $17,600 in 2011.

proposed 1-percent sales tax increase. The current race (with Gov. Haley Barbour heading the ticket), legislation, as it stands, would create a committee to but could not recall the neighbor’s name. Records oversee the spending of the added revenue from the show that he also voted in the Republican primary tax that includes members from outside the city— runoff in the same election. In the same interview, legislation that applies to only Jackson, not other Lee alleged that three of his mayoral opponents, inmunicipalities. The commission would contain eight cluding Lumumba and Quinn, also voted Republimembers nominated by the Greater Jackson Cham- can in the past, which they deny. ber, which is routinely much more conservative than Records show that Lee has consistently voted Jackson’s electorate. The mayor would select four in Democratic primaries otherwise, and has called commissioners from the chamber list. (Its incoming the charge that he is a DINO (Democrat-In-Namechairman, for instance, is Andy Taggart, former über- Only) “ridiculous political posturing.” Republican Gov. Kirk Fordice’s chief of staff and a Regardless of his voting record, Lee has plenty of strident opponent of anything Democratic, includ- Republican and even ultra-conservative support. An ing President Barack Obama.) analysis of Lee’s 2012 and 2013 campaign-finance Lumumba, along with outgoing Mayor Har- reports, as well as the Jackson 20/20 PAC (which, vey Johnson Jr., sees the commission as a slap in to date, has given thousands of dollars to Lee’s camthe face to Jackson and a way to erode Jackson’s local control over its own citizens’ tax dollars. He also believes it might keep enough voters from passing a salestax referendum. Lee says he doesn’t like the commission, but would not let it derail implementation. He would allow the sales tax to go to a vote later this year, he says, even with the commission requirement in place. “You can be right, or you can be happy,” he said at a debate before last Tuesday’s primary. “I think in a city like this, in an urban environment, that’s going to be the way we get things done: nontraditional, out-of-theLee has run a vast social media campaign and box ways to really involve the entire commuadvertised more aggressively than any of his opponents. nity, working together to solve a problem,” Lee said last year. The Unifying Candidate? Although he campaigned as third-generation son of Jackson, Lee spent many of his formative years outside the city. Lee was born in Jackson in 1978, and spent the first decade of his life in the capital city, where his father was a prominent member of the community. When he was 11, Lee’s family moved to Rankin County and, eventually, enrolled him at Northwest Rankin High School. His campaign web site, jonathanleeforjackson. com, says he is the son of two Lanier High School graduates, but doesn’t mention where Lee got his high school education. He graduated from NWR in 1996 and did not move back into Jackson proper until 2009 and voted for the first time in the city 29 months ago. But the Lee campaign has tried to shake that Rankin County tie since its inception, when he announced his candidacy on July 31, 2012, in front of his grandmother’s former home at 1320 Perkins St. in Jackson’s Georgetown neighborhood. Lee drove his maroon SUV with a Rankin County tag until Aug. 13, 2012, when he registered a Hinds County tag. Another rumor, seized upon by the Johnson campaign, said that Lee voted as a Republican. This rumor, the most non-story of all the allegations against Lee, is only marginally true. Lee told the JFP editorial board that he voted once as a Republican in Rankin County, which is about as conservative a county as exists in the United States, to vote for a neighbor in the 2009 primary

paign advisers and just $250 to a council candidate), shows that many of the donors are heavy Republican supporters. He also shares many of the same supporters of Frank Melton in his successful 2005 bid and Marshand Crisler’s second-place finish in 2009. His conservative donors don’t necessarily mean Lee is a Republican, but it does raise questions in the minds of many Jackson voters, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic. This year, there isn’t a single Republican in the mayoral race—because it is conventional wisdom that a Republican cannot win a local race in solidly blue Jackson. Republicans have lined up behind Lee, who has spun his well-funded campaign by saying he is a candidate for all of Jackson. In a debate two weeks ago, Lee stepped out of any politician’s comfort zone to talk about the racial and economic divide we have in Jackson. He acknowledged publicly the fact that roughly 80 percent of Jackson’s population is black and wields incredible political power, and that the 20 percent that is white wields economic power. He said the only way both groups can coexist is to come together and work toward common goals. It could have been an honest moment for a candidate who has ties to both communities—or it could be a way to redefine his staunch Republican support. Lee has pitched himself as a unifying figure; now it’s up to Jackson voters to decide if they believe him on May 21. Read more about Lee at Email Tyler Cleveland at

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On the Issues: Lee vs. Lumumba by JFP Staff

CRIME LEE: Would fire JPD Chief Rebecca Coleman and work on changing the culture of the fire and police departments.


LEE: Wants to involve re-

LUMUMBA: Wants to in-

gional partners; doesn’t want to raise utility rates or float bonds to pay for projects.

crease water revenues, then use the funds to pay for infrastructure upgrades.

way he handles business issues on the zoning committee by adjusting zoning and permit requirements for certain projects; supports waterfront development.


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LEE: Calls for leveraging

LUMUMBA: Views giv-

development within the medical corridor and taking advantage of federal job training and other programs.

ing raises to city workers as stimulus program, which would inject more sales-tax revenue into the city’s coffers.

LEE: Does not like the

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• Building people’s assemblies, a concept rooted in the Black Liberation Movement, which seek to “resist the systematic exploitation and terror of white supremacy and to exercise and exert some degree of self-determination,” and build “autonomous power outside of the realm of the state (i.e., the government) … with the express intent of building radical voting blocks and electing candidates.” • Building a network of progressive political candidates. The key strategies for people’s assemblies are “mounting an effective defense and offense” by “building an independent political force that challenges the two party monopoly.” The plan cites the 2009 election of Lumumba to the Jackson City Council and the 2011 election of Hinds County Sherriff Tyrone Lewis among its accomplishments. • Building a local solidarity econ-

pand the city’s twomonth summer jobs programs to enhance city beautification efforts and instill discipline with respect to attitudes toward work.




LUMUMBA: Would ex-



Wants “inclusive” development that makes sense for entire community; lacks allegiance to any particular

LEE: Calls for creating free after-school care that includes art, music and sports programs.

volve reorienting the values of marginalized people who might be susceptible to committing crimes; wants to enter quasi-agreements with people who are arrested to refrain from criminal activity in exchange for certain considerations.

omy, defined as “a process of promoting cooperative economics that promote social solidarity, mutual aid, reciprocity and generosity,” and include “worker cooperatives to informal affinity based neighborhood bartering networks.” Specifics of this pillar also include housing co-ops, community development credit unions, local urban farms and farmers markets, working with young people to increase civic engagement and challenging “right to work” laws. Expanding green public transportation and creating a network of solar and wind generators is also is among its goals. Read as a campaign platform, the plan can come off as a scary blueprint of a future devoid of democracy-as-we-know-it. After all, at its heart, the plan seeks to supplant the two-party system in Jackson, in Mississippi and beyond. A close reading shows that the plan

oversight commission, but would move forward with putting the issue to a vote later this year.

is, perhaps more than anything, open for interpretation. It could be less a blueprint than a statement of fact regarding the history and current economic status of blacks, poor people, women and other marginalized groups in Mississippi. It could also be seen as a wish list of how to change that marginalization through political and economic power “by any means necessary,” although it acknowledges that “we cannot afford to ignore the power of the state.” The plan seems more philosophical in nature than political. It seeks to create a “deepening and expanding democracy in the state … that can be employed today to enhance civic engagement and participation.” In that context, statements that may initially sound militant and radical could take on a softer edge: “This alliance will intentionally be multi-national in its outlook and orientation, but be based in and lead (sic) by Black working class communities and forces. We assess our strategic allies being the growing Latino community and various immigrant

LUMUMBA: Does not support the oversight commission because it deprives Jackson citizens of the right for their duly elected representatives to make fiscal decisions on the city’s behalf.

populations. .... The strategic nature of these forces rests with our common interest in eradicating white supremacy and institutional racism. This alliance will also give due focus to building principled relationships with white progressive forces throughout the city and state who are essential to the current and foreseeable balance of power in the state. Our immediate aim is to win enough of these forces over to our vision and program so as to weaken, if not altogether neutralize, aspects of white conservative power in the state.” It is worth noting that although Lumumba is running under the Democratic Party banner, the plan makes a distinction between the traditional Democratic Party and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party of the mid-1960s. It’s the MFDP— borne directly out of the African American civil-rights struggle—that Lumumba and other members of the MXGM say they represent. Read the entire Jackson Plan at jacksonplan.



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ness. It is random and, when it happens, all you can do is lie down. You must schedule your life around it or you will not succeed. Thankfully, lupus is gradually receiving more recognition. Celebrities such as Toni Braxton and Nick Cannon have spoken up about their diagnoses and the necessary lifestyle changes required for maintaining optimal health. These include exercising, eating a balanced diet and taking medication to treat the different symptoms, . On March 19, 2013, America’s leading advocates for lupus research came together to host a congressional briefing to update the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on the immediate need to fund scientific research for advancing new drug development, finding a cure, and voicing difficulties of those suffering with lupus, particularly those in financial despair. To help give voice to patients, the Lupus Research Institute, the Alliance for Lupus Research and the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, hosted the briefing with long-time lupus champion Senator Frank Lautenberg (DNJ) and the Congressional Lupus Caucus. “When you see a lupus patient who



ou have lupus.” Not the words I was expecting. I was hoping to hear that whatever my body had been going through was over, and I could resume my senior year of high school in peace like a normal 17-year-old. But that wasn’t happening. In September 2011, I was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems—including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. I’d been ill for months before my kidneys failed, resulting in weeks of hospitalization for chronic kidney failure. Thank God, my kidneys started functioning normally again and I’ve never had to go on dialysis. There have been trials though: muscle cramps, weakness, nausea, tiredness, hair loss, weight loss and weight gain, rashes and other symptoms. It’s a lot. Often called “the disease with a thousand faces,” lupus is a aggravating illness. For me, the most frustrating aspect is the tired-

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doesn’t look sick, it’s hard to imagine she suffers from a disease causing such fatigue and pain that he or she literally cannot make it to work or pick up her child from school,” wrote Dr. Robert Katz of Rush University Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill., in an article for “International Business Times.” “But behind that healthy face is an immune system run amok, attacking her own body at random. Striking any organ and tissue, lupus is a lead-

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hen it comes to food, James Beard is king. Wallace, Mike Römhild and Mitchell Moore joined Ramsey “It’s the Oscars of the food world,” Tom in cooking the meal. “A representative of the James Beard Ramsey says. “The James Beard Society and Foundation came down here and it was a smashing sucFoundation, and the James Beard awards are cess,” Ramsey says. “The James Beard people loved it and the single largest honor chefs get. It’s our big red-carpet event. we raised a little over $10,000 for the scholarship that To be honored with a night we named after my dad at the James Beard house, and Craig Noone, the Bill its something you put on Ramsey/Craig Noone Metop of your resume.” morial Scholarship.” Next month, Ramsey, The dinner was such a local chef at Underground a success that the repre119 and the upcoming sentative from the James Roux restaurant, will get Beard house suggested the that chance. But Ramsey chefs come to New York isn’t going alone. Seven to cook at the house, an chefs from Jackson are takimmesnse honor. “Maybe ing their cooking chops to 150-200 chefs a year in New York City for the honthe whole world get to do or of cooking at the James that,” Ramsey says. Beard house. The chefs plan to Their journey started cook essentially the same last September. “We got a menu they planned for call asking if we wanted to the scholarship dinner in do a James Beard scholarJackson in January, but ship dinner,” Ramsey says. with seasonal summer vegTom Ramsey and six other local chefs are raising funds to take Mississippi flavors to the James Beard “Instead of just doing it etables rather than winter house in New York. myself, I wanted to do it produce. They will cook with a bunch of friends, the meal in New York at so we did seven local chefs the Beard house June 8. and we hosted a dinner for a little more than 100 people.” To raise funds for the trip (the James Beard house Jesse Houston, Dan Blumenthal, Jeremy Enfinger, Nick provides location, plating and waiters, but the chefs must

pay for transportation, lodging and ingredients for themselves and their sous chefs), the seven chefs are hosting a series of fundraiser meals. The latest, Southern Comfort Redux Picnic by the Lake, is this Sunday. The sunset picnic overlooks the lake by the Livingston Farmers Market. The menu includes picnic interpretations of favorite Southern classics, such as lemonade-marinated fried chicken, rabbit and dumplings, and sweet potato pie. With live music and a lakeside sunset for entertainment, the atmosphere promises to be laid-back yet upscale. Guests are welcome to BYOB (bring your own blankets, beverages and bottles), or they can purchase beer and wine at the picnic. All the proceeds go towards financing the trip to New York. Ramsey says the visit to the Beard house is an opportunity to show the culinary world what Mississippi can bring to the table. “The fact that seven chefs from Mississippi are doing this all at once is just a huge statement about the culinary state of Mississippi,” Ramsey says. “Jackson has a real potential to show off as a food city. … We have unbelievably talented chefs with local, seasonal, sustainable, fresh ingredients. It just gives us a much bigger stage to show off to the world than we’ve had in a long time.” The Southern Comfort Redux Picnic by the Lake is Sunday at 5 p.m. at the lake by the Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison). Tickets are $50 per person, available at Underground 119 (119 S President St., 601-352-2322 or at the entrance to the event. Find the event on Facebook for more information and the full menu.

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his week is American Craft Beer Week. Although Raise Your Pints has its own fourth annual Mississippi Craft Beer Week planned for late July, the organization, along with craft breweries Crooked Letter, Southern Prohibition, Yazoo and others, is celebrating the national week with several events in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Vicksburg and elsewhere. Visit for the full schedule.

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Greenville: Meet the brewers of Bayou Teche at Kepler’s Italian Grille (533 Highway 82 E., Greenville, 662-332-1225).


Hattiesburg: Enjoy NOLA Brewing Pint Night at the Keg and Barrel (1315 Hardy St., Hattiesburg, 601582-7148). West Point: Crooked Letter brewery hosts a release party at Anthony’s Market (122 W. Main St., West Point, 662-494-0316) from 5-7 p.m. Vicksburg: The Barley’s Angels MS Sippies hosts a chapter meeting at

Martin’s-Midtown (1101 Belmont St., Vicksburg, 601-636-2353). Starkville: Crooked Letter brewery hosts a release party at The Halfway House (409 University Drive, Starkville, 662-323-3888) from 8-11 p.m.

4(523$!9 -!9 Jackson: Pints of craft beer—all 19 taps—are $2 at Wing Stop (952 N. State St., 601-969-6400). Meridian: Crooked Letter brewery hosts a release party at Brickhouse Bar & Grill (2206 Front St., Meridian). Hattiesburg: It’s Candemonium at the Keg and Barrel (1315 Hardy St., Hattiesburg, 601-582-7148) from 6 to 11 p.m.


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Ocean Springs: The Gulf Coast Raise Your Pints crew hosts Thir(d)sty Thursday at Crooked Letter Brewery with a visit to The Beer House (1006 Government St., Ocean Springs) after. Starkville: Come to Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern (410 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive E., Starkville, 662-324-3316) for the Back Forty Pin Tapping.

&2)$!9 -!9 Hattiesburg: It’s Yazoo Pint Night at the Keg and Barrel (1315 Hardy St., Hattiesburg, 601-582-7148). Gordon Creek Brewery releases its Cream Ale beer at B & E’s Wine Bar (107 E. Front St., Hattiesburg). Jackson: Lazy Magnolia hosts a cask

Celebrate craft beer this week with events across Mississippi.

tapping at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888). It’s NOLA Night at The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601978-3502).

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FIGMENT: What are you bringing? NATALIE MAYNOR

“Every child is an artist. The only problem is how to remain one once we grow up.” —Picasso


s children, we were encouraged to use our imaginations; to let ideas run wild, to play and to create with abandon. Whether building a huge sandcastle, playing in a pile of leaves or discovering an entire imaginary universe with friends, we were allowed the freedom to embrace our own form of self-expression. But, as we grow up, we start to believe that we aren’t allowed to touch, to interact or to embrace the ideas and creative imagination of our youth. It’s easy to start to believe that only a select few actually get to become “artists.” But this weekend, FIGMENT, an annual, free and participatory art festival in Jackson will give everyone the chance to tap into their inner artist, to create, to participate and to bring their own unique vision and imagination to the streets of Jackson. Part of a nationwide movement, FIGMENT first came to Jackson in 2011 and brought together over 1,300 participants at the old cola plant on Highway 80. Now, in its third year, FIGMENT Jackson is expanding its canvas even more to include the near entirety of Wilson Avenue, all the way from McTyere Street to Keener Avenue in the heart of the Midtown Arts District. Interactive projects will take place both indoor and outdoor all along the Wilson Street corridor and, for those wanting to prolong the experience, organizers invite participants to bring a tent and join them for secure camping in Midtown over the weekend. In addition to the projects created on site, this year, six projects were also selected for summer-long project installations. Jamie Weems, a volunteer with the curatorial team has helped create improvisational and collaborative music and performance art during FIGMENT Jackson since 2011. One of the reasons Weems says he is drawn to the FIGMENT experience is the interactive festival, “creates space and time for any willing participant to become an active member of the creative narrative.”

At last year’s FIGMENT event, David Watkins and his granddaughter (top) created a toy car exhibit, while Heather Williams (bottom) explored an interactive hanging installation.

“Events like this can provide a big push toward reconnecting people with the healing power of art and community,” Weems says. He thinks FIGMENT is, for him, “possibly the most powerful experience in over a decade of involvement with the arts community in Jackson.” Through participatory events all over the nation, FIGMENT is trying to reverse the “culture of spectatorship” where the general public has become more comfortable watching art than becoming a part of the creative process. Whitney Grant, FIGMENT Jackson’s coordinator since 2011, explains that what makes FIGMENT unique is its ability to “break down the barrier between the traditional view of the art presenter and the observer,” by creating a safe and unintimidating public space where everyone can create freely, without judgment or criticism. There are very few limitations to what you should bring to FIGMENT, as long as it is interactive, because as Grant says, “the participation is the creative experience at FIGMENT.” “Go in your garage or attic, find some material to make a costume or a tent or find some old boxes and create your own village for people to explore at FIGMENT.” Grant says. “Bring your own sidewalk chalk, paints or supplies to make buttons, paper machete or even host a tea-party.” Projects in the past have included an interactive drawing box, an entire car painted with chalkboard paint, a homemade pinwheel-making station, inflatable painted tunnels, an interactive jungle gym with lights and music and performances from musicians, dancers and more. FIGMENT also hosts a special event that has become an annual tradition called the “high five gauntlet” where festival participants form one gigantic line for community high fives. In addition to making art at home or on site, participants are also encouraged to bring decorated bikes, skateboards and hula hoops to FIGMENT. So, with sculptures, installations, dance, music, children’s activities, skateboarding, bicycling, hula-hooping and more, it’s easy to ask what are “the artists” bringing? But, at FIGMENT, everyone’s an artist. So, what are you bringing? For more information, including a map of this year’s site, visit

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lthough you wouldn’t know it from the wild fluctuations in hot-cold flashes of rain-sunshine forecasts, the summer blockbuster movie season has officially begun. Last week, “Iron Man 3” opened the gates of a billion dollar line-up of big and bold, bodacious and explosive films. Cleverly molding the Tony Stark/Iron Man character into Robert Downey Jr. (rather than vice versa), “Iron Man 3” took no prisoners at the box office, making bookoo bucks and beating all opening weekend records except for “The Avengers.” So what can you expect for the summer of 2013? Big budgets? Check. Special effects? Check. Star Power? Check. Super heroes? Check. (You can expect super hero fatigue by the time Labor Day rolls around.) A few surprises? Absolutely. After “Iron Man 3,” my list of the 10 most anticipated blockbuster movies includes:

the hipster monsters. “Monsters University” prequels “Monsters, Inc.” and tells the story of oneeyed Mike Wazowski and furry blue James P. Sullivan. It’s a Pixar picture, and Pixar rocks most of the time.



“Hangover 3”: the second film in the franchise cut and pasted the original “Hangover” lock, stock and barrel, but in a new location. It lacked the lusty laughs of the original, and I would have written off a third installment, but for Alan (Zack Galifianakis) singing like an angel at his father’s funeral in the trailer. The plot involves the Wolfpack undergoing an intervention mission for Alan and taking him on an epic road trip. Maybe three will be a charm. In “Now You See Me,” an FBI agent and an Interpol detective play cat and mouse with the world’s greatest illusionists. The schtick involves daring bank heists during the performances and money flowing like confetti from the rafters. Starring Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine and others, expect some big-time screen magic. “Man of Steel,” directed by Zack Snyder, offers a post-millenium vision of the kid from Krypton who grows up to fly around in tights and a cape. Given the superhero uniform and his sketchy alien status, you can understand why Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) questions his secret superpowers and his purpose. In “World War Z, ” United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) leads the charge in a life-and-death global battle to stop the zombie (hence the name “World War Z”) pandemic. After micro-viewing Brad Pitt’s Chanel No. 5 commercial (and laughing myself silly), I fear a blurring of the zombie line between the hipster hero and


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Disney/Pixar’s latest,“Monsters University” is one of the blockbusters expected to make a splash this summer.


The Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Johnny Depp) ride the silver screen into the movie sunset again. In this big-budget version of “The Lone Ranger,” fate and a tight screenplay bring Tonto and the Lone Ranger together to fight greed and corruption. Whoa Tonto! In “The Wolverine,” one of my favorite superheroes (Hugh Jackman) goes to Japan, eats sushi (off screen) and confronts the lethal samurai sword. You can expect Wolverine’s steel claws to slash through the baddies. “Pacific Rim,” directed by Guillermo del Toro (“Pans Labyrinth”), is a “Robots v. Monsters” love-letter to Japanese cinema. Think super-niche market for this film, and although I am not a big robot-monsterravaged-world fan, Del Toro’s visual sensibility is unsurpassed. I will be there with 3-D glasses and hot dog. “Elysium” revolves around an apocalyptic, post-modern world. Set in the year 2159, two classes of people exist. Rich folks live on a man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest of population struggle to survive on a ruined Earth. Max (Matt Damon) wields the hammer of vigilante justice. Inspired by a true story, “The Butler” tells the story of an African-American man who served as a butler (Forest Whitaker) to eight Presidents in the White House for more than 30 years. This film will be a refreshing change from superheroes and epic battles. There’s no shortage of entertainment at the multiplexes. Kick back, relax for a few hours, munch on heaping handfuls of buttery popcorn and inhale a hot dog or two for a fully balanced movie meal. It will cost you as much as eating at your favorite fine dining restaurant, but it is all part of the blockbuster experience. Mangia, mangia!

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Johnny Burgess is at Soul Wired Cafe’s UniverSoul Circus after-party at 9 p.m.

See the Capital City Roller Girls in action at the Trade Mart at 6:30 p.m.

MONDAY 5/20 See the film “North by Northwest” at Belhaven Park at 7:45 p.m.


The UniverSoul Circus kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.) and runs through May 19. $16 and up (starting prices varies by day), children under 12 months free; call 800-745-3000. … Lyle Lovett performs with his acoustic group at 8 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Reserved seating. Benefits Heather’s T.R.E.E. $35-$75; call 601-292-7121;



The Jackson 2000 Spring Social is at 5 p.m. at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). Enjoy food from Koinonia, and music from Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer and the Lucky Hand Blues Band. For ages 21 and up. Attire is casual. Free; email bevelyn_branch@ … See artwork from Gretchen Armbruster, Byron Myrick and Darlene Scott, and enjoy a wine tasting from

Andrew Dillon performs during Live at Lunch at the Mississippi Museum of Art May 22 at 11:30 a.m.

5-7:30 p.m. at Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland). Free; call 601607-4147. … 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). Wine and cheese served. Free; call 601-856-2001. … The Dragon Boat Regatta Paddlers Party is from 6-10 p.m. at Jackson Yacht Club (700 Yacht Club Drive, Ridgeland). Hunter Gibson and the Gators perform. Advance tickets only. $20; call 601605-2554. … Lucky Town Brewing hosts the American Craft Beer Week National Toast from 6-9 p.m. at The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road). For ages 21 and up. No cover; email … The “Cheers for a Cause” Wine, Food and Art Fundraiser is at 6:30 p.m. at The Commons (719 N. Congress St.). Benefits the Missis-

sippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence. $30; call 601502-3241. … Art for the Park is at 6:30 p.m. at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). Proceeds go toward maintaining Laurel Street Park. $40; call 662-418-3916 or 601-503-5762.


Art House Cinema at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) features the films “Jeffrey Dahmer Files” at 7 p.m. and “Area 407” at 8:30 p.m. Screenings through May 19. $10 per film; … The UniverSoul Circus after-party with choreographer Johnny Burgess is at 9 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe. $5-$10; call 601-863-6378.


The Dragon Boat Regatta kicks off at 9 a.m. at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). Includes food and a kids’ zone. Free admission for spectators; call 601605-2554. … The annual arts festival FIGMENT Jackson is at noon on Wilson Street in the Midtown Arts District. Includes a street music festival after dark. Continues May 19 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free; … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents Symphony on the Square from 6-9 p.m. at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). Free admission; call 601859-5816. … The roller derby bout between the Capital City Roller Girls and the Okoloosa Rollers is at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Benefits Life of Mississippi. $12, children under 12 free, $50 vendors; call 601-383-4885. … The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band Grand Patriotic Concert is from 7-8:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). Free; call 769-218-0828. … The Civil Rights Movement CommemoBY LATASHA WILLIS rative Gala and Tougaloo Honors is at 7 p.m. at the Jackson JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Smokey RobFAX: 601-510-9019 inson performs. $200; call 601DAILY UPDATES AT 977- 7871. … Nameless Open JFPEVENTS.COM Mic is at 9 p.m. at Suite 106. $5, $3 to perform.



The Jackson Adult Kickball League Games are from 3-7 p.m. at Legion Field (400 South Drive). Free; email … Southern Comfort Redux: Picnic by the Lake is at 5 p.m. at the Town of

Motown legend Smokey Robinson performs at the Civil Rights Commemorative Gala at the Jackson Convention Complex May 18.The gala is at 7 p.m.

Livingston (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison). The event is a fundraiser for the featured chefs’ trip to the James Beard House in New York. RSVP. $50; call 601-352-2322.


The Being Belhaven Arts Series continues with the movie “North by Northwest” at 7:45 p.m. at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). Free; call 601-352-8850.


The Preview of Summer Wine Tasting is at 6 p.m. at Sombra (1037 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 100, Ridgeland). $25 plus tax and tip; call 601-707-7950.




MAY 15 - 21, 2013

Andrew Dillon and Jonathan Yargates perform during Live at Lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free; call 601-960-1515. … History buff Darrell Baughn presents “Joseph Holt and Mississippi” during History Is Lunch at noon at the Archives and His33 tory Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998.

*&0 30/.3/2%$%6%.43 Jackson 2000 Spring Social May 16, 5 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). Enjoy food from Koinonia, and music from Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer and the Lucky Hand Blues Band. Meet the board members and learn more about the organization’s work in Jackson. For ages 21 and up. Attire is casual. Free; email;

#/--5.)49 Precinct 3 COPS Meeting May 16, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601960-0003. Food Revolution Day May 17, 6:30 p.m., at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). At High Noon Cafe. The purpose of the tasting and recipe swap is to promote healthy cooking. Register if you are bringing a dish; must be vegetarian or vegan. Donations go to Focus on Natural Health Education and Community Development (FONHE). Bring a dish or $5; call 601-366-1602; email Coffee and Conversation May 17, 7-8:30 a.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Interact with business professionals, leaders, and other community members, and learn about upcoming city projects. Free; call 601-576-6920.

Summer Fun Seminars May 18-19, 11:30 a.m.5 p.m., at Bass Pro Shops (100 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl). The life jacket seminar is from 11:30 a.m.3:30 p.m., the cooking demonstrations are from noon-5 p.m. and the geocaching seminar is from 1:30-4 p.m. Free; call 601-933-3700; basspro. com/gooutdoors. “Women: Taking Back Our Power” Seminar Series, Part II May 18, 2 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.) The theme is “Beautiful Bosses Building Businesses.” Speakers include business leaders Felicia Tillman, Zakiya Summers, Valencia Robinson, L. Sherie Dean and Dr. Edelia J. Carthan. Email for registration details. Our Community Salutes of Mississippi Recognition Dinner May 18, 6-7:30 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). OCS honors high school seniors who plan to enlist in the military after graduation. U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper is the speaker. $50; call 601-573-6014. Human Resources: Developing Strategic Job Descriptions May 21, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). Learn how to develop job descriptions that increase productivity and eliminate confusion in the workplace. Registration required. $99, $59 members; call 601-968-0061; Summer Enhancement Program Registration Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. through May 24, at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.). The city of Jackson’s for children ages 6-16 includes guest speakers, arts and crafts, movies and more. Register at the Department of Parks and Recreation, suite 104. Call for


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We are excited and honored to once again host Desirée Rumbaugh for a weekend yoga workshop. Her technical ability, sense of humor, strength, vulnerability, and deep inspiration have endeared her to many here in the Southeast and many others all over the world!


details on required supplies and documents. $70 (cash or money order); call 601-960-0471. Call for Minigrant Applicants, at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). MAC offers grants for small arts projects around the state. Apply by June 3. Free; call 601-359-6030;

7%,,.%33 Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Baptist for Women Conference Room from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262; • Stroke Prevention and Warning Signs May 15. Dr. Keith Jones talks about warning signs, prevention and what to do if a stroke occurs. • Heal Your Heels: Plantar Fasciitis May 16. Dr. Jamey Burrow explains what the condition is and how to treat it. Question It? Discover It! Saturday May 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive) Participate in activities to learn about different types of allergies and living with asthma. $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469.

&!2-%23-!2+%43 Vicksburg Farmers Market (Washington Street, Vicksburg) through July 27, on the east side between Jackson and Grove streets. Open Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. Call 601-634-4527;

Starkville Community Market (200 E. Main St., Starkville) through Aug. 31. Open Saturdays from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Call 662-323-3322; visit. Yazoo Farmers Market through Nov. 30, at American Legion Post 7 (417 N. Main St., Yazoo City). Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon; may open on Tuesdays later in the season. Call 662-590-5415; find Yazoo Farmers Market on Facebook. Doris Berry’s Farmers Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) through Oct. 1. Open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 601-353-1633. Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison) through Oct. 10. Open Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. Call 601-898-0212. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram) through Oct. 26. Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 601-373-4545. Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.) through Dec. 21. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573; Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon) through Dec. 24. Open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Call 601-919-1690.

34!'%!.$3#2%%. Tupelo Film Festival May 15-19, in downtown Tupelo. The 10th annual event includes a kick-off party, film screenings and an awards ceremony. Locations include the Lyric Theater and Malco Oxford Cinema. $35 all-access pass, cost varies for

“Let’s Dance” Ballroom Showcase May 19, 2 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg), in the auditorium. Dance students perform with instructor James Frechette. Also enjoy Big Band and jazz music. Sack lunches welcome. Free; call 601-631-2997; email info@;

-53)# Events at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). For ages 18 and up. Call 601-292-7121; • American Aquarium May 16, 7:30 p.m. The country rock band from Raleigh, N.C. performs. Cocktails at 6 p.m. $5 in advance, $10 at the door. • Joy Kills Sorrow May 21, 7:30 p.m. The string quintet from Boston infuses bluegrass with modern influences. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Great Big Yam Potatoes Old-time Music Gathering and Fiddle Contest May 18, 9 a.m., at Historic Jefferson College (16 Old North St., Washington), at the outside stage. The Mississippi Fiddlers Association hosts the annual event that includes a fiddle contest for cash prizes, concessions and entertainment. Fiddlers must register. Volunteers and donations welcome. Free admission; call 601-442-2901; email bigyams@gmail. com;

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. • “Odds Against Tomorrow” May 15, 5 p.m. Nathaniel Rich signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. • “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” May 16, 5 p.m. Anthony Marra signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. • “Southern League” May 18, 1 p.m. Larry Colton signs books. $25.99 book. • “Southern Cross the Dog” May 20, 5 p.m. Bill Cheng signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.99 book. • “Some Kinds of Love: Stories” May 21, 5 p.m. Steve Yates signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $19.95 book. • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free. Events at Square Books (160 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Call 662-236-2262. • “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” May 17, 5 p.m. Anthony Marra signs books. $26 book. • “Southern Cross the Dog” May 21, 5 p.m. Bill Cheng signs books. $25.99 book. • “Flora” May 22, 5 p.m. Gail Godwin signs books. $26 book. “The Cherry Cola Book Club” May 16, 3 p.m., at Lorelei Books (1103 Washington St., Vicksburg). Ashton Lee signs books. $15 book; call 601-634-8324.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Picasso Date Night May 18, 7-9 p.m., at Easely Amused (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Paint a Picasso-inspired portrait of your date. Reservation

required. $60 per couple; call 601-707-5854. Four-day Stained Glass Workshop May 20, 5:307:30 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Mark Bleakley teaches the class in the Academy Building nightly through May 23. Registration required. $170, $160 members; call 601-631-2997.


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%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free; call 601-960-1515; • Look and Learn with Hoot May 17, 10:30 a.m. This educational opportunity for 4-5 year olds and their parents features a hands-on art activity and story time. Please dress for mess. • Art Museum Day May 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum offers special programs in an international celebration of the importance of museums in the world. ArtTalk May 16, noon, at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel). LRMA Director George Bassi talks about the 90-year history of the museum. Sack lunches welcome; dessert and beverages provided. Free; call 601-649-6374; “A Pieceful Celebration” Art Exhibit through June 28, at Mississippi Library Commission (Education and Research Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive). See Diane Williams’ mixed-media pieces and Teresa Haygood’s mosaics. Opening reception June 6 from 5-7 p.m. Free; call 601-432-4056.

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Crooked Creek (Restaurant) Rico Monaco Band (Red Room)

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Honeyboy & Boot (Restaurant) Oyster Open Golf Tournament

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PubQuiz with Erin Pearson & Friends (Restaurant)


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Land’s End to John O’Groats Cycling Fundraiser through May 22. Local business owner and cyclist Peter Sharp takes a 14-day, 1,000-mile bike ride through the United Kingdom to raise funds for the Simon Sharp Eagle Fund. The fund benefits the Boy Scouts and Blair E. Batson Children’s Cancer Clinic. Free;


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National Battle of the Bands Champions from Orlando, FL


Friends of Hudspeth Golf Tournament May 17, 11:30 a.m., at Bay Pointe Country Club (800 Bay Pointe Drive, Brandon). Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., and the four-man scramble is at 12:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for Hudspeth Regional Center, a facility. for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. $75 per player, $300 team of four; call 601-664-6017; email;

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“’This is Home’: Medgar Evers, Mississippi and the Movement” through Oct. 31, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). The exhibit about the civil rights leader’s early life, family and work with the NAACP includes photographs, artifacts, documents, and film footage. Free; call 601-576-6850.

Country and Blues Rock for Recovery May 15, 7-10 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Enjoy live and silent auctions, appetizers, sodas and door prizes. Todd Thompson and the Lucky Hand Blues Band perform. Proceeds benefit the McCoy House for Sober Living. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-946-0578; email jane@;

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Tuesday, May 21st


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UPCOMING SHOWS 5.24: Dime Bros. (Members of Nekisapaya & Furrows) 5.25: The Bailey Brothers

May 15 - 21, 2013

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hether it’s coercion from When the band finished the first record companies or an two songs on the EP, Boyd and company imperfectionist’s stance on felt that they captured a good mixture music crafting, bands have of the group’s many defining qualities. a tendency to blend the bad in with the The third song came about when Boyd good. It’s gotten to the point where, saw a billboard on the interstate inviting with some of the albums I purchase, I passersby to aid the city’s “sick youth.” fully anticipate that I’ll dislike at least a “We made the decision to put out quarter of the songs. However, I would an EP right in the middle of releasing our always prefer a handful of well-writ- full-length to keep people updated and to ten, standout songs to a 15- to 20-track show some of our newest songs,” Boyd opus that ultimately touts quantity over said. The band’s tour celebrating the requality. To pseudo-quote, vaguely para- lease of the “Sick Youth” EP will kick off on phrase and terribly misuse the New Tes- May 25 at The Handlebar in Pensacola, Fla. tament, it’s better to lose the lesser parts Short-form music releasing also simthan to have your whole album suffer. plifies the design elements of a release, To contend with the problem of half-listenable CDs and rushed sound-mixing, a natural progression occurred for contemporary musicians, moving away from those pricey, time-consuming, and hit-or-miss fulllength albums toward EPs (extended play records), making it possible for an artist to focus on sharpening individual More local bands, such as The Weekend Kids, are turning toward making EPs instead of full-length albums. tracks, as there are fewer to manage and fund. While EPs were primarily used as a way for the economi- such as consistency between songs, a cal independent artist to tender his or challenging quality but one that can ceher own contributions into the market ment an album as noteworthy for listenfor a portion of the price of studio al- ers. I’m certainly not recommending that bums, the format has since made its every musician should attempt to write mark on mainstream music. Some artists a concept album (I’m looking at you, even choose to release two or more EPs “Tommy” by The Who). But there is throughout a year, rather than a lon- something to be said for a sense of unity ger studio album, to appease the finicky in an EP, like in Slow Runner’s three-song fan base and also fund future releases. sampler “Ghost Rendition,” which showFor self-promoting bands like Jack- cased catchy, compelling pop and comson locals The Weekend Kids, the decision plex instrumental music, while connectto package their newest three-song collec- ing the songs both tonally and lyrically. tion “Sick Youth” as an EP instead of waitWith a smaller timeframe and cost ing to record a full-length was as much a for recording and reduced risk on the part matter of regularity in releases as being of record labels, it’s likely that the EP will conscious of time. An EP just made sense. stick around for the long haul. Luckily for “Putting out a full-length, between listeners, this is one change that falls in the writing and recording processes, takes our favor, as we can expect careful considtime, and if you’re going to be gaining eration of each song that is released, rather a fan base, releasing music is key,” said than masses of songs that you skip more Hayden Boyd, lead vocalist and guitarist. often than play, and up-to-date releases “Sick Youth,” consists of the songs that let us hear the latest from favorite “Hold Me Down,” the Bad Religion- artists, rather than tracks that have been surf-rock blend “Sex Wax,” and the gestating on a mixing board for the better minute-long title track, a frantic and fu- half of a year. It’s a confusing time to be a rious ode to an annoying car passenger. music lover, as the culture reels around us, It is the second release for The Weekend trying to find a balance between the rise Kids, arriving only seven months af- of the online market and slow death of ter their debut studio record “Animals.” physical formats. But at least it’s exciting.


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