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nne Welch believes Jackson has the potential to be one of the country’s great biking cities. “Jackson as a city is a very bikeable city,” she says. “We’re a very small city. It’s easy to get from Fondren to downtown; from downtown you get to JSU, and you pass Midtown on the way.” As a leader in the Jackson Bike Advocates, Welch wants to convince other Jacksonians to see the city the way she sees it. Welch, 26, got interested bicycling while at Mississippi State University. “In college, I started riding regularly, commuting to class and work by bike, and really just fell in love with biking and bike culture,” she says. So when the Jackson native returned to the capital city after graduation, she found kindred spirits in the Jackson Bike Advocates. Welch says she’s seen Jackson’s bike culture grow exponentially in the past three years, but plenty of hurdles—or potholes— still sit in the group’s path. “Our roads are obviously really bad,” Welch says. “I was in Atlanta (last week), and I was riding with my friend and we were riding on this road and I hit one or two potholes. He apologized and said, ‘I’m sorry, this is one of the worst streets in town.’ I said, ‘This is like one of the best streets in Jackson.’” One solution, Welch says, is legislation other cities have passed called the “complete streets” initiative, which says that when plan-


ning a project (a new road, renovation, expansion, etc.) planners must consider all users of the road and analyze the need for things like sidewalks or bike lanes—without community member having to call for them. “The only real way to make a community safer for cyclists is to have more cyclists on the streets. And the only way to get more cyclists is to make our city bike friendly,” Welch says. “So you put (complete streets) in place and over time as we rebuild the city we’ll end up with a pedestrian and bike-friendly city.” While the group waits on infrastructure to catch up, it is working to educate the community. Over the summer JBA will open its new community bike shop in Midtown. There, community members can learn to fix bikes and about bike safety. Welch says the shop will offer an “Earn a Bike” program where people volunteer their time, go through the training process, and then can pick out a bike from the shop, fix it up and take it home for free. Even though the shop isn’t officially open, yet, JBA has been working with a group of fifth graders from Midtown Partners this spring to teach kids about cycling. In addition to running the community bike shop, Jackson Bike Advocates works with the cycling community at large to host Allycat races (where participants must race to different spots in town and check them off), and bike polo matches. —Kathleen M. Mitchell

Cover photo of the Fondren After 5K by Trip Burns

10 A FIGMENT of Imagination

Jackson once again played host to FIGMENT last weekend. The nonprofit out of New York celebrates its third year in Mississippi with a bigger, better and more colorful interactive creativity festival.

24 Blooming Beauty

Our resident Girl About Town shares her recent education on flower arranging.

32 Unusual Blues

Longtime musician Taj Mahal brings his layered, multifaceted sound to Duling Hall.

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

The Future of Jackson Depends on You


he signs showed up overnight around Ward 1 and parts of Ward 7: “Vote Today: The Future of Jackson Depends On It.” The texts and emails started arriving: “Tomorrow the future of Jackson will be determined.” The Facebook and Twitter posts, supporting one of the mayoral candidates, continued the theme: “The world will implode into a zillion pieces Tuesday if you don’t vote for my candidate!” OK, I made the last one up, but certainly not the first two. My first reaction to the mysterious white signs was a journalistic one: Who did them? Is it a campaign trying to target just white voters? Are they really only in certain parts of town? (They were; I drove the city and looked because investigative blood flows through my veins.) By Tuesday, ironically for the folks who targeted only certain areas, hearing about the Ward 1 and 7 signs seemed to motivated people all over town to get and vote, which was the best possible outcome. The more voters, the better. Always. But here’s the other thing about the signs. They hit a nerve with me precisely because the sentiment is so backward and inaccurate and alarmist. Part of our problem in Jackson is that we allow ourselves to be divided by people who convince us that the person in the mayor’s office is the key to everything. They tell us that development downtown is blocked by the mayor; local businesses can’t thrive because of the mayor; the potholes are there because of the mayor; people kill people because of the mayor. Or the creative class can’t happen without the mayor (which we’ve helped prove wrong without ever involving a mayor’s blessing). Seriously: We’re supposed to wait around for one or another mayor to come along and save everything, including our businesses, for us? This is the worst kind of reliance on the government. And it’s really a

dumb notion used for political purposes. What this absurd notion actually does is disempowers citizens, and keeps them fighting among themselves. We have a handful of loud and divisive folks with platforms in the city who have told us continually how much Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. sucked when clearly they didn’t like him and their egos were all up in it. I’m just going to be honest: I always

We’re supposed to wait around for one or another mayor to come along and save everything ... seriously? have long respected Mayor Johnson, and he sure was a lot better than other mayoral options we’ve faced in the last decade, but I never once have asked him for permission to do a damn thing. And, funny, Mayor Johnson has never gotten in my business’ way. He was respectful back, and the city and the JFP sometimes got annoyed with each other. But there wasn’t a whole lot of trailer-park drama in our relationship. It was professional, and it wasn’t co-dependent or alarmist. But to hear some of these campaigns, especially one, tell it: that mayor destroyed everything and made it impossible to get anything done. Of course, that was an ego-

driven lie, but it didn’t matter. Many of the same people who have pushed that meme against him—since way back when he became the city’s first black mayor in a tough battle in the 1990s—have never let it go. No matter at this point; it worked. He’s out. And by the time you read this, barring some big chad-apalooza, we’ll have a new mayor. And probably half the city will hate him and dog him for four years no matter what he does. Because, you know, our future depends on that mayor. Wink, wink. And I have a big old lake to sell you. There’s nothing true about that. Think about it. Eight years ago, a fake “unity” coalition convinced Jackson voters that Frank Melton was the savior of everything and would cure crime in 90 days. (One candidate this year has promised to fix potholes in three days. Ahem.) Of course, he had no idea how to run the city and not a whole lot of interest in anything but amassing power, playing cop and probably weeding a bunch of files out of the system, truth be known. But we were told he was the man who was going to save us from ourselves, and Johnson, and our future depended on electing him! We couldn’t convince people that he was a charlatan, at first, no matter what we reported. And guess what? He screwed up about everything he touched as mayor and—drum roll—we voted him out in four years and brought back a mayor who actually had a grasp on reality, if a whole lot duller by comparison. If the new mayor is a screw-up, we will do the same thing. Jackson’s future does not depend on him succeeding. The people who sell you that bill of goods are trying to distract you in some kind of Orwellian fantasy where all you do for four years is whine about the administration instead of digging in with your own initiative. We sensed some buyers’ remorse in the two weeks since voters ousted Johnson

in the primary. We saw a lot of extreme, unethical campaigning and efforts to paint one of the candidates as “the others.” We saw a heap-ton of racism in social media, and we heard the usual chorus of people who are going to run kicking and screaming from the city if Mr. Lumumba won. It was pitiful and depressing. The JFP did not endorse either choice that we faced in this runoff due to both men’s high negatives—which the last two weeks brought into starker focus than before the primary. But one of them will be mayor unless an independent candidate really surprises us in June. And either man can make a good mayor if we hold him accountable and give him a chance without ridiculously high expectations (like potholes being filled in three days). But the biggest favor we can do for Jackson is to take the emphasis off one man, or seven people, being our savior. And the last thing we need to do again is to slam our entire city’s progress in a scorched-earth attempt to unseat a mayor. That was one big collective insult to all of us, and any campaign that does that ought to be summarily dismissed. (Note that for the future.) Folks, it takes you, and you, and you, and you, and me to build a great city. We each have to step up to our responsibilities and stop complaining about what others aren’t doing. How can you help? Are you shopping at local businesses? Are you mentoring a young person? Are you helping keep an eye on your neighbor’s house? Are you part of efforts that build the kinds of amenities that residents want? Are you voting for policies that help get our people out of poverty? The list goes on, and there is at least one task on it for everyone. Please remember: No matter who you voted for on May 21 or who won, the future of the city depends on you. You’re up. Please don’t let us down.


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Kathleen can usually be found running around Fondren leashed to a giant speckled hound named Teddy Roosevelt. Say hi if you see them taking a break outside Babalu. She coordinated the cover package and wrote the Jacksonian.

ShaWanda Jacome is an elementary librarian in JPS. One of her favorite scriptures is Psalm 34:4: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” She contributed to the cover package.

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Pamela Hosey is originally from West Point, Miss. She loves to write, read James Patterson novels and spend time with her family. She contributed to the cover package.

Amber, a graduate of Ole Miss, is an editorial assistant by day and a server by night. She loves to talk and eat, but is incapable of doing both at the same time. One day she hopes to conquer the great Flabbus. She contributed to the cover package.

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 or email rlnave@

An LA. boy transported to the South at an early age, Nick Judin began his quest to produce video games at the age of 6. Nick spends his free time writing, reading and playing games. He wrote the Geek feature.

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WHAT SONG OR SONGS PUMP YOU UP FOR RUNNING AND EXERCISE? Susan Weatherford The theme from “Rocky.�

Trip Burns Daft Punk: “Harder Faster Stronger.�

Tim Murphy Macklemore’s album “The Heist� is great for working out. Tegan and Sara’s latest, “Heartthrob� sets a pretty good pace too. When I need something rockier I gotta put on DragonForce, “Through The Fire and Flames.�

Andrea Smart Chick Thomas Kristin Brenemen said “Vertigogo� by Combustible Edison.

Kelly Bryan Smith Alicia Keys, “Girl on Fire.� Keith Davis Everything by Midnight Oil or The Clash. I know, I’m stuck in the 1980s. Darius Williams Spinners: “Rubberband Man� (running) Young Jeezy: “Go Crazy� (upper body) DMX: “Ruff Ryder’s Anthem� (When you’re feeling good about yourself) MOP: “Ante Up� (When fatigue sets in) Luther Vandross: “Glow of Love� (Because it’s a good song)

Andrea Smart Chick Thomas Coming from someone who works out all the time (I’m working out right now at my desk): “I Could Be The One� by Avicii, “We Got The World� by Icona Pop, “Just One Last Time� by David Guetta and basically anything EDM. Kathy Self Robertson “Say It Ain’t So� by Trademark Show. Michael Kennedy Jamiroquai’s “Canned Heat� always gets the heart pumping and makes me run extra sassy. ShaWanda Jacome “Moves Like Jagger� by Maroon 5 and “ShowStopper� by tobyMac.

Shellie Zeigler The new Fergie song from The Great Gatsby soundtrack, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody.� Amber Helsel “Thrift Shop� by Macklemore and “Radioactive� by Imagine Dragons. Allison Reid I’ve really been loving Icona Pop’s “I Don’t Care (I Love It).� Great song to get pumped up. Jerri Dear-Wallace I listen to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face� and Gnarled Barkley’s “Crazy� when I run. Ariss King “Green Light� by John Legend featuring Andre 3000, “Make It Bun Dem� by Skrillex & Damian “Jr. Gong� Marley, “A Volta� by N.A.S.A. featuring Sizzla and Amanda B., “The Pretender� by The Foo Fighters, and “Lose Yourself to Dance� by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams.

Jessica Mizell “Bouncin’ Back� by Mystical and “Run� By Phoenix. Lisa Marie Kiefer Billy Idol: “Dancing With Myself.� Chase Van Velkinburgh I must be weird. I listen to metal when I run. ShaWanda Jacome You’re not weird. ... My husband listens to metal to get pumped up to work out. Shirley L. Walker “Can’t Hold Us� by Macklemore (Ray Dalton). Nikki Thomas Tegan & Sara’s “Closer.� Ashleigh Risher I teach Zumba and “Danza Kuduro� is a good song and “Lovumb.� Brian Sims “Cruise� by Florida George Line, Nelly remix.

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Wednesday, May 15 Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature announce that they are working on proposals to keep Medicaid alive and funded in the budget year that starts July 1. ‌ Akein Scott, the suspect in the Mother’s Day parade shooting that wounded 19, is arrested in the Little Woods section of New Orleans.

Friday, May 17 A veteran police officer accidentally kills Hofstra University junior Andrea Rebello while firing at an intruder named Dalton Smith, who had Rebello in a headlock and was holding her hostage. ‌ Suspected thieves rip out a safe from the wall of a hotel room near the Cannes Film Festival and make off with about $1 million worth of jewelry inside. Saturday, May 18 The National Park Service celebrates the day in 1938 when the NPS assumed control of the historic Old Natchez Road, today known as the Natchez Trace Parkway.

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Sunday, May 19 Syrian government and rebel forces clash in the town of Qusair near the Lebanese border. At least 40,000 civilians are in the town. ‌ A number of tornadoes strike the central U.S., killing two people and injuring at least 39.




Was Hindsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Circuit Courthouse Sabotaged? by R.L. Nave


he elevators in the Hinds County Circuit Court building are hanging on by a thread. For weeks, the elevators have been plagued with issues that appear to be a combination of age, sabotage or both. At times, only one of the two elevators in the five-story courthouse functions; at other times, both elevators have been inoperable. At this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hinds County supervisorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meeting, District 3 Supervisor Peggy Hobson-Calhoun requested for funding to upgrade the elevators, which could cost nearly $300,000, but Calhounâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motion was unsuccessful, failing on a 2-2 vote. Graham said the elevators require only modernization, by replacing five broken coils. But Calhoun also read from an email that board President Robert Graham wrote suggesting some of the elevator issues may have resulted from foul play. In the email, Graham stated that two employees of the company that formerly did elevator maintenance work for the county would no longer be allowed in the courthouse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tony, who works for Dixie Elevators, the company that presently maintains our service, says he has evidence that Mr. Davis entered HCC under false pretense stating that he needed to inspect the elevators,â&#x20AC;? Graham wrote of the county courthouse. While there, (Davis) turned off the power to the elevators. The power was restored the next day after the present technician with Dixie Elevators discovered what had happened.â&#x20AC;? In addition to preventing the men entry to the building, county officials locked the elevator control box to prevent tampering. In the meantime, the running the

Monday, May 20 Ed Day resigns as president of Mississippi Power. His replacement, effective immediately, is Ed Holland. â&#x20AC;Ś A massive tornado in Moore, Okla., kills 24 people, including nine children.


Tuesday, May 21 Voters go to the polls to select the Democrat likely to be Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next mayor. â&#x20AC;Ś Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election overseers remove potential wildcard candidates from the presidential race, blocking a top aide of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a former president who revived hopes of reformers.

unning might be the oldest form of exercise on Earth, but each year, hundreds of people discover its power anew. Here are some interesting and little-known facts about the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular, easiest and cheapest athletic activity.


courthouse has been a challenge because people needing to get to courtrooms and offices on the upper floors must take the stairs, which is especially problematic for people participating in court proceedings

unfair to the citizens who pay taxes.â&#x20AC;? Mary Troupe, executive director of Just Advocacy, said she has heard a lot of complaints from disabled people who have been turned away from jury duty. PEGGY HOBSON-CALHOUN

Thursday, May 16 Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Medgar Evers, attends a 50th commemoration of Medgarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assassination in Jackson. â&#x20AC;Ś The ceiling of a Cambodian factory that makes Asics sneakers collapses on workers, killing two people and injuring seven.


Hinds County Supervisor Peggy Hobson-Calhoun (not pictured) wants to give the elevators in the Hinds County courthouse a facelift.

such as trials and jury selection. Mississippi state Rep. Alyce Clarke, a Democrat from Jackson, who walks with a cane, uses the building often to attend youth and drug courts. She said she is disappointed the board did not vote to replace or fix the elevators, nor did Graham allow her to address supervisors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They hurt my feelingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the fact that they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything about it,â&#x20AC;? Clarke told the Jackson Free Press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

â&#x20AC;˘ Over 1 billion pairs of running shoes are sold worldwide each year. â&#x20AC;˘ 104.3 calories are burned every mile when running at a 10 minute/mile pace. â&#x20AC;˘ The fastest mile was run by Moroccan, Hitcham El Guerrouj in 3:43:13 in 1999. Interestingly enough, the second fastest record holder is the second place winner of the same race. â&#x20AC;˘ The oldest person to complete a marathon, Fauja Singh of India, was born in 1911,

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what people with disabilities want to do. We want to be as much as part of community life as possible,â&#x20AC;? Troupe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You should not have to say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I cant do itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not accessible. We want to fully participate in the community.â&#x20AC;? A message left for Hinds County maintenance Director Michael Harrington was not returned. Comment at .Contact R.L. Nave at

making him 100 years old at the time. This marathoner didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even start racing until he was 89 years of age. â&#x20AC;˘ When we run, the human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet. â&#x20AC;˘ In order to burn off a Big Mac

(540 kcal), a 140 pound female would have to run for 52 minutes at a 10 minutes/ mile pace. â&#x20AC;˘ Running burns about 50 percent more calories than walking. â&#x20AC;˘ Three surprising animals that are faster than the human being: a domestic rabbit, a cat and a kangaroo. â&#x20AC;˘ Three surprising animals that are slower than the human being: an elephant, a squirrel and a domestic pig. SOURCE: ANYTIMEHEALTH.COM


Valley Title Building Has New Owner, No Water by R.L. Nave

ering at Koinonia Coffee House. Graham, who represents northeast Hinds Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s District 1 on the board, said the keys to the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business-development strategy are safety, education and recreationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whether people have something to do besides go out to eat, he said. The supervisor touted budget-saving measures such as privatizing certain pieces of the Hinds-run Raymond Detention Center, including medical services. Negotiating better deals on pharmaceuticals and having TRIP BURNS

Economic-development deals such as the sale of the Valley Title Building must be put together in secret, Hinds County Supervisor and board President Robert Graham said.

more on-site medical staff instead of shuttling prisoners to and from the hospital saved the county $1.5 million, Graham said. In October 2012, the board contracted with New Rochelle, N.Y.-based Quality Choice Correctional Healthcare to provide medical care for county inmates. QCCH replaced Reddix Medical Group, headed by Dr. Carl Reddix, which terminated its agreement with Hinds County citing a lack of county-provided nurses and non-medical staff at the jail making medical decisions. The county also privatized food services and is conducting a feasibility study to consider privatization of the jailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire day-to-day to operation. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at


he long-dormant Valley Title Building, located at 315 Tombigbee St., will not have taxpayer-paid utility services â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but it does have a new owner. However, officials from Hinds County, which owns the property, are mum on who the owner is or how the deal was struck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say what the business is, because somebody from Madison County has probably got this room bugged, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably be trying to get them to come to Madison County,â&#x20AC;? Hinds County Board President Robert Graham said May 10. This week, District 5 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes asked if the new owner could take over paying for its utility expenses. However, since the new owners have not closed on the purchase, the county must continue paying any expenses. At Stokesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; urging, the board voted to shut off the water in the building until the new owners take possession of it. The 40,000-square-foot building, located at the intersection of Tombigbee and Congress streets, formerly housed Mississippi Valley Title Insurance. The county Board of Supervisors agreed to purchase the building for $2.5 million in 2007, using funds from a $30 million bond issue. To sweeten the deal back then, supervisors attached $1.76 million in federal stimulus bonds as an incentive for buying the building. The tax-exempt bonds, officially called Recovery Zone Facility Bonds, function much like the Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone Bonds that helped finance private development in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Federal legislation allows private entities to issue these bonds, the sale of which then provides capital for development projects. Graham also said that, contrary to popular belief, people and businesses are moving to the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just not at a fast enough pace to keep up with companies that are leaving. Because communities in surrounding counties â&#x20AC;&#x153;stealâ&#x20AC;? away businesses headquartered in Hinds County with tactics such as offering free land, Graham said, Hinds officials remain tight-lipped about the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic-development projects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use names; we use codes, and we have to use those particular codes in order to maintain secrecy as to who wants to move to Hinds County,â&#x20AC;? Graham said, responding to a question at the gath-


TALK | arts

Kids Being Creative: FIGMENT 2013

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The shoes hanging from this structure were typical of the “decorations” for FIGMENT 2013, a festival designed to show off the creativity of the Midtown Arts Districts professional artists and bring out the artistic side in festival-goers.

they are about to wrap it up. Inside, the overhead lights go off, and the laser lights come on. Jackson’s hottest young spinner, D.J. Young Venom, takes the stage and delights the now college-age-only crowd. Nine other D.J.s will perform before the night is through. Tents are pitched in the back yard for camping. The environment is safe, and the drinks are cold. This is how Midtown does FIGMENT, an annual interactive arts festival. “It’s always just so awesome and humbling that it happens like it does,” Midtown Partners spokeswoman Whitney Grant says. “We had a great turnout Saturday, and into the night. Dozens of people showed up to volunteer and help us pull it off, and we definitely got the first hot days of the summer.” Jackson is one of seven cities in the United States to host FIGMENT, which is a non-profit based out of New York that aims to spread creativity through events similar to the one in Jackson. The other six cities are New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh and San Diego. They’ve been holding the event since 2007, and this was their third in Jackson since 2011. Looking back at the weekend, Gandy says he thought patrons, especially the kids, had as good a time expressing themselves as he did watching and teaching them. “I felt



he sun is beating down Saturday, May 18, like it hasn’t before in 2013 as dozens of people move through the streets of Midtown toward 126 Keener Ave., the heart of FIGMENT Jackson. As this reporter and trusty photographer Trip Burns pass over Wightman Street, we see a display to the left under a tent with whirligigs, man-sized curly q’s and other manners of artwork nestled in what would otherwise be a blighted alley. We bear right on Wilson Street headed for Keener, passing a painting table and a chalk-drawing area littered with dozens of kids—ages 3 to 60—on their hands and knees turning what mayoral candidates would have called a crumbling street into a 1,500-foot work of art. When we finally arrive at Keener, a crowd of 75 or so is spread throughout the rustic warehouse-turned-art studio manned by local painter Greg Gandy. He’s transformed his usually disheveled studio space into a playground for the creative. Six 6-by-4-foot canvasses line the walls, and a table in the middle of the studio holds most every color paint you can imagine. Children of all ages, their parents and college students let their inner-artist pour out as Gandy looks on with a seemingly painted-on grin. There is no entrance fee; visitors get friendly greetings and paintbrushes. “It’s crazy,” Gandy says as he welcomes us in. “I must have had 10 to 20 people in my studio painting every minute of (Saturday). Grab a paint brush.” As we walk through the back door, we step out onto a serenely manicured lawn (part of Gandy’s work-for-cheap-rent agreement). The band is jamming out on a stage set up at the east end. A small crowd is gathered in front, getting down like it’s 15 degrees cooler. On the west side of the lawn, a camping tent or two sit next to a brick fire pit in the shape of Mississippi. It’s completely full of sticks and vines Gandy has pulled off the fence to get the yard ready for the event. A dome-climber jungle gym sits outside the iron fence that encloses the back yard—complete with colorfully decorated triangle sections, some covered, others striped or criss-crossed. Dozens more children run around inside and outside the structure, surrounded by tents where parents sit and watch their kids play as they take in the sun. Skateboarders and bicyclists shout to each other as they ride up and down the street. Flash forward to Saturday night. It’s 10 p.m., and another group of musicians is on stage. There have been four others in between the first band and this one, and


by Tyler Cleveland

FIGMENT 2013 stretched nearly five blocks, much more spread out than it had been in past years, when it was held in the old Coke plant on Highway 80.

like things went really, really well,” he says. “It was hard to tell how many people were there because it was so spread out, but my station was crowded all day. Kids were in and out of there. It was very well attended.” Gandy is shopping the paintings, which everyone who passed through the studio worked on in some capacity, to an art studio in order to raise money for future Midtown events, the next FIGMENT included. Last weekend’s event may be over, but

Grant says she hopes the program helped build momentum for Midtown headed into the next gallery tour on June 1. “What I’m really happy about now is that we have this really interesting sculpture garden,” Grant says. “… We also built a pizza oven together over at Pearl River Glass Studio. I’m always, and again this year, really happy with the fact that this happens, and that it happens right here in Midtown.” Photo gallery at

TALK | education

Common CORE to Standardize Public Education by Tyler Cleveland

By the 2014-2015 school year, a new standard will be in place for Mississippi public school students, thanks to Common CORE, a new national standard already adopted by 45 states.

II and junior-level math. Giving a presentation at Koinonia Coffee House last Friday, Mississippi Association of Educators spokeswoman Beverly Brahan said the tests are going to help Mississippi’s K-12 be more prepared for college or a career after graduation. “Education is the bedrock for a strong community,” Brahan said. “This program is an effort to get our students in Mississippi on par with the rest of the country, so they are prepared for college or a career when they graduate from our public schools.” Prepared for college is the key phrase there, because viewed as a whole, Mississippi has struggled getting public school students ready for the next level of education.

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but the problem is clear as day—in 2012, Mississippi students average composite ACT score was 18.7, a full 2.4 points below the national average (21.1). According to statistics at, only 11 percent of Mississippi’s 28,288 students who took the ACT in 2012 reached national benchmark scores in all four major categories—English, reading, math and science. Lanier High School biology teacher and Ward 5 city council candidate Bettye Dagner-Cook said she thinks that one reason the numbers look that way is because of the No Child Left Behind bill, which former President George W. Bush signed into law in 2001. “I think we need one comprehensive test and not all these different types

of standardized tests,” Dagner-Cook said. “They take four right now—Algebra I, Biology 1, English 2 and U.S. history from 1877 to present. I think that’s one of the reason children drop out of school. They want to blame a lot of that on other things, but I think reading problems are a big reason kids drop out. That English II test is a lot of reading, and if you don’t understand one word in the sentence, that can make you choose the wrong answer. “I swear, I think No Child Left Behind was designed to kill the public school system. They couldn’t pass that voucher system, so they went another way. At least that’s my interpretation of events.” Dagner-Cook said she fears Common CORE could end up hurting students in the short run, just as No Child Left Behind did, because of how quick the implementation process is moving along. “We need to start at kindergarten and be brought on gradually,” Cook said. “It’s coming into play 2014-2015, and some school systems are already getting ready for it, and Jackson better get ready too. We really still don’t know all the ins and outs of the (Common CORE) yet, but the students are going to have to do a lot of reading, inferring, going through the scientific method, and understanding of vocabulary. …I feel like they are just going to bring it in all at once and it’s going to be a whopper.” Brahan admitted they do not expect outstanding test scores from Mississippi schools in the first few years of the testing, but added that she was hopeful it would improve over time, thanks to the implementation of the program. “(In that first year) It’s probably not going to be pretty,” Brahan said. “But it should put our kids on track to be on par with kids from all the other states, and it will pay off in the future.”

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ississippi is consistently behind the eight ball when it comes to public education, but a new plan being implemented right now could change our students’ educational outcomes in the future. That plan is a new program referred to as Common CORE. It’s not another standardized test, and it isn’t a part of No Child Left Behind. It’s a standard program, designed to level the playing field for students across the country by providing consistency for appropriate academic benchmarks for every school in the nation. It’s already been adopted by 48 states, two U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. The Mississippi Department of Education adopted Common CORE under former Gov. Haley Barbour in 2010. It must be fully in place by 2015, so the adjustments are coming to Mississippi, and soon, whether teachers and schools are ready or not. “There’s been a lot of conversation about the transition,” State Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson. “A lot of the teachers are going to have to have some extra training so they understand how it works and how to adapt their teaching style to the new standards.” Brown added that this is not the first change to the curriculum in the state’s history, and that the new teacher training is worth it because “… the idea as a whole is a good one.” Under the guidelines for English in the new program, students are expected to be grade-level proficient in reading, writing, speaking and listening before they can progress to the next grade. In math, students must show that they possess both procedural skills and conceptual understanding of covered content. The National Parent Teacher Association is circulating a guide for parents showing


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he quagmire that ensnared Jackson the best price on supplies is of paramount Earlier this year, UMMC took those mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee’s concern. Jack Mazurak, a spokesman for steps, issuing a request-for-proposals for a family business, Mississippi Prod- UMMC, said that even if the hospital can GPO. Angie Bolivar, a Novation spokesucts, raises questions about the re- save 5 percent on the $150 million it spends woman, said the RFP is not evidence that lationships between government agencies, on purchasing each year, it is worth taking a the company’s relationship with UMMC group purchasing organizations and inter- second look at its GPO agreement. had soured. mediary distributors such as MPI. Shawn Rossi, a spokeswoman for the “Hospitals put out RFPs from time The saga began in 2008, when the Mississippi Hospital Association, said GPOs to time to confirm the value they are reUniversity of Mississippi Medical Cen- play a big part in controlling expenses as ceiving from their GPOs. In addition to ter entered into a contract with Irving, health-care costs continue to rise. that, in the case of state institutions like Texas-based Novation LLC, the nation’s largest group purchaser with 2,911 hospital members nationwide and contracts totaling more than $37.8 billion per year. Like other mega-corporations, Novation’s advantage is that it leverages its massive member network to get rock-bottom prices for customers such as UMMC from manufacturers. In theory, hospitals like UMMC benefit from a GPO arrangement by getting goods at cheaper prices than if they bought directly from manufacturers. Manufacturers benefit by being able to sell huge quantities of products at a guaranteed price point. Suppliers like MPI benefit as well. Under the agreement, MPI receives what’s known as an interJonathan Lee says his family’s company is on the hook for $200,000 because it got caught in the middle dealer stock price from a manuof a contract dispute between one of the state’s largest hospitals and a national contract purchaser. facturer at an “artificially high price,” then sells it to UMMC for less than MPI paid for the goods. “Supplies make up the second highest University of Mississippi Medial Center Once MPI proves the company sold the goods to the right person at the right price expense in most hospitals, and health care (UMMC) they are often required by the and not on the disposable-goods black mar- group-purchasing organizations play an im- state to put out RFPs at designated interket, the manufacturer gives MPI a rebate on portant role in using volume purchases to vals. We believe that is what is occurring the back end. negotiate discounts,” Rossi said. here,” Bolivar wrote in an email. But five manufacturers are suing MPI But Mississippi lawmakers have quesLee has said that MPI wasn’t notified and four of those companies have received tioned whether UMMC is getting the best that its contract would not be renewed so it default judgments in two states, while an- bang for Mississippi taxpayers’ bucks. In continued ordering products that the comother lawsuit from a Wisconsin-based com- 2011, the legislative Joint Committee on pany cannot sell but that manufacturers pany is pending. Lee, who participated in a Performance Evaluation and Expendi- want to get paid for. In all, MPI owes various tight race for mayor against Ward 2 Council- ture Review (PEER), questioned whether vendors approximately $200,000, Lee told man Chokwe Lumumba on May 21, hinted UMMC’s $126 million deal with Nova- the Jackson Free Press in April. that his company’s legal problems surfaced tion was a good deal for taxpayers after “That may come down to one side verwhen the deal between UMMC and Nova- complaints arose about the hospital’s pur- sus the other,” Mazurak said of the disagreetion went bad. chasing practices and specifically wheth- ment with Lee over timing of when UMMC “When a contract goes south with a er UMMC was getting the best prices alerted MPI that the contract would not be contract provider, then everybody is involved through Novation. renewed. He said the hospital provided because they’re the conduit,” Lee told the “UMMC should identify and consid- “weeks, if not more, heads up” to MPI that Jackson Free Press editorial board in April. er all reasonable alternatives in procuring the contract was ending. Lee said his company is now stuck with products and managing its supply chain,” In the meantime, UMMC has conproducts a company ordered but has not the report states. tinued to use MPI as a vendor but not paid for nor can it resell the goods to another The report goes on to say that should at the same levels the hospital did when customer, but it remains unclear why. UMMC decide to continue its arrangement it did business under the group-purWhether the relationship between that Novation, the hospital should conduct chasing agreement. UMMC and Novation actually went sour is thorough reviews to ensure that the GPO Comment at Email R.L. Nave at unclear so far, but hospitals say that getting delivers the lowest possible prices.

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Survival of the Poorest


oneqweesha Jones: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live from the Hair Did University School of Cosmetology and Vocational Studies television production studio, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a special edition of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Qweesha 2013â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The topic for tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Survival of the Poorest.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; My guest is Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tel Williams, super producer, entertainment publicist, announcer, herbal Viagra distributor and co-author of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Poor Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Survival Guide Booklet.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tel, in your survival guide booklet, you suggest that poor folk will have to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sacrifice to surviveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in a society of greed and selfishness. Havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the poor sacrificed enough?â&#x20AC;? Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tel Williams: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rich folk, corporations and the government want the poor to sacrifice more. For example, some politicians want poor workers to sacrifice their overtime pay. Congress is pushing so-called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;comp timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legislation that allows employers to stop giving workers extra pay for overtime work. So, in my â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Poor Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Survival Guide Booklet,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I have a chapter describing what poor working people will sacrifice during this financially challenging period.â&#x20AC;? Boneqweesha Jones: â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, how will the poor survive?â&#x20AC;? Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tel Williams: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The poor will survive by patronizing businesses that treat workers and customers fairly. Spend money wisely. Express concerns and complaints to political representatives, businesses and corporations. Encourage family, friends and community members to work together and respect each other. Therefore, poor folk must sacrifice their apathy and learn how to survive and counter act corporate exploitation and government marginalization.â&#x20AC;? Boneqweesha Jones: â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Lynne Cheney did not write a poignant standard English introduction for the Poor Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Survival Guide Booklet.â&#x20AC;?

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May 22 - 28, 2013




Why it stinks: Make no mistake about it, the Republicans have led the successful effort to expand charter schools in Mississippi and other states. In endorsing Lumumba, Thompson linked Republican supporters of Jonathan Lee to people who opened their checkbooks to Mitt Romney in 2012 in an effort to defeat President Barack Obama. However, Thompson conveniently ignores the fact that Obama, the leader of his Democratic party, has been staunchly pro-charter school as well. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a clever ad, designed to scare Democratic voters away from Lee but is less than completely honest about Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position on charter schools. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it both ways.


Expose the Dirty Tricks


n the waning hours before the polls closed Tuesday, the Jackson Free Press learned that former Melton political operative Bob Hickingbottom was behind Citizens for a Better Jackson, a PAC formed the day after the primary. We know that the PAC paid for radio ads in the last few days that questioned Councilman Chokwe Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faith by taking a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sound biteâ&#x20AC;? out of context of a longer video in which he talked to activities about religion. The Lumumba campaign and others also believe he handed out flyers that called Lumumba a â&#x20AC;&#x153;race traitorâ&#x20AC;? using a several out-of-context sentences from a Mississippi Sovereignty Commission files letter from 40 years ago when Lumumba was trying to get a permit for a Republic of New Afrika gathering from the city. In other words, that flyer was a completely fabricated allegation that goes beyond the political exaggerations we usually see in campaigns (that the Lumumba camp also engaged in). But the last two weeks has seen nothing if not nasty political tricks. The JFP has spent weeks fact checking rumors being thrown around so that they did not gain legs and handicap the democratic process of Jacksonians deciding who they wanted to be mayor. We had no dog in the runoff huntâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we did not endorse either manâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but we are patently against the kind of dirty politics we tend to see locally. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ugly, and it assumes that the vot-

ers are stupid. Candidates seem to especially assume that African American voters are uninformed and unable to, say, look at the original of a Mississippi Sovereignty Commission file on the Internet to see what the blurred parts actually said. This level of divisive, nasty politics hurts our city, and we all need to band together to stop it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly easier today than it was eight years ago even for a newspaper to use social media to quickly dispel rumors, and we had many citizens on all sides helping us along the way and cheering us on. (Thanks!) We urge each of you to join us going forward as we try to raise the level of politics in Jackson. We must demand it, and we must use every took at our disposal to call out lies and distortions when we see them. And we will be here for you: We have plans for a fun platform for answering your questions, building on the Factcheck Jackson effort we started during this campaign. (For now, go like Factcheck Jackson on Facebook.) The bottom line is that it is not OK to make up lies about people. Sure, the world of anonymous blogging has made this trickery easier to do, but the same technology makes it easier to expose. And every Jacksonian who wants true unity will call out anonymous liars and trollsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and choose not to frequent their forums. They are toxic for our city. We must do better. Please pledge to help make it happen.

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s a high-school teacher, I have heard countless conversations about what a poor job our middle schools do to prepare our students for high school. If our ninth graders are reading, writing or doing math below a ninth grade level, it must be because of their inadequate sixth, seventh, and eighth grade educations … right? Talk to a middle-school teacher, and you’ll hear a similar story: Students arrive in their classrooms below grade level, too, and the same is true in elementary school. Where does it all begin? Could our students already be behind before they start kindergarten? The Obama administration has made a priority of expanding access to preschool nationwide with a focus on low-income families. As President Barack Obama has explained, “The achievement gap starts off very young,” meaning that children who do not have access to preschool are already on a different trajectory than their peers who do. Preschool correlates not only with rates of academic achievement but also with economic indicators like incarceration and lifetime earnings. Particularly in Mississippi, where preschool is not yet state-funded, federal money could help jumpstart the efforts working their way through the Legislative process. Meanwhile, the economic and social benefits that Mississippi stands to reap from public preschool could lead to a cascade of other benefits for education in the state. Published last fall, Paul Tough’s “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012, $27) posits that academic success in later years has at least as much to do with a child’s emotional and behavioral skills as it does with academic and intellectual ones. This has huge implications for how we design our preschool programs. Teaching non-cognitive skills should form the core of a public prekindergarten curriculum. Instead of focusing on building a toddler’s IQ, we should teach him empathy and teamwork. Rather than giving a child a head start learning numbers or letters, we should spend time cultivating her patience, perseverance and the ability to delay gratification. These skills are not just important for success in the classroom environment. When it comes to helping young people break free from the cycle of poverty, it is the behavioral skills that really count. There are jobs out there for people of every intellectual

level, but none of them are for people who cannot control their temper or anticipate the consequences of their actions. Moreover, a child who grew up in poverty may contend with more obstacles than a middle-class child, making behavioral skills especially critical at a young age. As Tough reports, childhood trauma has a long-lasting negative impact on a student’s ability to meet the social and emotional expectations of a school environment. Sources of trauma, including violence, exposure to alcohol or drugs, divorce and a stressful environment, are not uncommon plights for the schoolchildren of Jackson. President Obama has said, “The earlier a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.” When planning for public preschool in Mississippi, let us specify the kind of learning that should happen. Preschool is a place for children to experience care and nurturing, which research shows help the brain recover from stressors in their environment. It is an opportunity to equip children with the emotional ability to cope with disappointment. Learning to persevere in the face of obstacles can also inculcate a child against inconsistencies in their education later on. If a child starts kindergarten with only academic skills, all it takes is one long absence or bad teacher to erase that advantage. A child who starts kindergarten ahead behaviorally, however, is less likely to be derailed. One who falls behind in school need not stay behind if he or she possesses the work ethic and emotional stability to make more than a year of growth in a subsequent year. Teachers can no longer use the excuse that their students are below grade level if those students are driven enough to catch up. Will preschool in Mississippi live up to its reputation and deliver the benefits the administration has promised? Many of the social and economic benefits are bound to be long-term, so local policymakers should not be quick to judge its effectiveness. Gradeschool teachers may appreciate the effects sooner. Students with perseverance will stick with a passage or a problem longer before giving up. Those who can empathize with their classmates will get into fewer fights. Deferring gratification means less partying in high school and more hours spent getting into college. I don’t know a single teacher who wouldn’t like more students like that. Alexander Barrett was raised in New York City and joined Teach for America after college. He teaches high-school math in Jackson Public Schools and would be happy to help you with your homework.

A child who starts kindergarten ahead behaviorally is less likely to be derailed.

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Clear Your Mind, Move Your Feet by Neil Polen


“If you don’t have answers to your problems after a 4-hour run, you ain’t getting them.” —Christopher McDougall


hy do you run?” It’s a simple enough question, and one I’ve been asked many times. My usual answer is that “it relieves stress” or “running makes me feel good.” Somehow, though, those answers never seem to quite capture the whole of why running is important to me. The task of running in of itself is pretty simple (left foot, right foot, repeat), but the therapeutic value found in it can be just has hard to articulate as the desire to run in the first place. I began running by joining the high school cross-country team around the time I realized I wasn’t fast enough to be a wide receiver and not coordinated enough to throw a baseball with any accuracy. As I settled into training on a regular basis, I began to experience a new set of emotions that come with miles of pavement

Off to the Races

May 22 - 28, 2013

by ShaWanda Jacome


Relay For Life, dates vary based on location. An event for the American Cancer Society, communities organize overnight fundraising walks. Teams of people camp out at a local track and members of the team take turns walking around the track. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie in a family-friendly environment. Jackson metro dates and locations are: May 18, Rankin-Central Brandon at Shiloh Park (324 Shiloh Road, Brandon); May 31, Madison-Ridgeland at the Renaissance Shopping Center (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland) and; June 7, Hinds-Jackson at Smith-Wills Stadium (1200 Lakeland Drive).

Running can be a mind-clearing and eyeopening therapeutic process.

and nothing to guide you but your own two feet. What I found is that there is a rewarding value in pushing your body into a submissive state. Distance and time are your only two variables, and every run is an exercise in self-discipline. As I moved on from high school to college, and then

Soak Up the Sun Beginner Triathlon May 25, 7 a.m. at Reunion Subdivision Lake (224 Lake Village Drive, Madison). This beginner-friendly triathlon includes a 200-meter lake swim, 8-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run. Register at imathlete. com. $60. No race day registration. For more information, call Donavon Lewis at 601-201-7032 or email 2nd Annual Crayola Classic: Back-toSchool Bash Fun Run May 25, 7:30 a.m. at Shiloh Park (Brandon). 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run to raise money to purchase school clothes and supplies for less fortunate children of Rankin County. Register at T-shirts for the first 200 registered participants. For more information call Sandy Martin at 601-954-9012 or email

into the “real world,” running evolved with me and has proven itself to be an effective way to navigate the complicated troubles we all face. A few years ago, I traveled to Tennessee with a group of friends to try an ultra relay. Covering 200 miles from Chattanooga to Nashville over a weekend, we split the distance between our team of six—around 33 miles for each of us. At the time, I was struggling with a lot emotionally, and felt like a little time on the road (literally) would do some good. As we settled into the race, each team member took turns pounding the pavement through the hills and into the night. I took the baton for the final time around 3:30 a.m. on a Sunday. Heavy fog settled in and the temperature hovered around freezing. I pushed onward through the hills, not a soul in sight, and for the first time in my life I felt completely alone. I remember moving along the country road, careful not to leave the white paint lining the shoulder. It was so dark and the air so full of fog that I wondered

Magnolia Meltdown 10K/5K May 24, 7 a.m.. at The Club at the Township (340 Township Ave., Ridgeland). All proceeds will go to St. Dominic Community Health Clinic. St. Dominic’s clinic provides free healthcare services for the homeless and working poor of the Jackson metropolitan area. Drifit shirts are guaranteed to the first 850 runners/walkers. Race will cap at 1,000 participants. Register at $15-$40. The Bishop’s Hog Jog May 25, 8 a.m. at the Duncan M. Gray Camp & Conference Center (1530 Way Road, Canton). A 5K trail run/walk to benefit the camper scholarship fund for Camp Bratton-Green. Event is held in conjunction with the Annual Bishop’s BBQ. After race festivities include: live music, barbecue, church competitions, and kids’ activi-

for a moment if I was having an outof-body experience. I wasn’t though— given how much I could feel my body screaming for relief, I was more tied to it than ever. As I eclipsed the 30-mile mark, I realized I was in uncharted territory, physically and emotionally. And it was in that moment of loneliness and exhaustion that I realized the pain I had put myself through was now transforming into a groundswell of renewed strength and confidence to face whatever life wanted to throw my way. For the first time, it seemed that every problem I had and would have was conquerable. So, in some ways, running to me is less about leaving your own struggles behind and more about becoming acutely aware of them and addressing them honestly and in humility. There is something valuable in learning that pain isn’t something to be avoided, but to accept as a necessary step in a process of learning and growing. Running is a therapy session for both the body and mind, and it doesn’t cost you a dime.

ties. Barbecue plates $14/adult and $/child. Register for the race at or $25$30. For more information, call Grae Dickson at 601434-0490 or email Fleet Feet Sports Pub Run May 29, 6 p.m. at Soulshine Pizza (1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Two- or four-mile walk/run that starts at Soulshine. Participants must register at Fleet Feet Sports to be eligible for door prizes. Another Pub Run will be on June 13. Call 601-899-9696. Free. 28th Annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon June 1, 7 a.m. at the Ross Barnett Reservoir (Ridgeland) Will include 1/2 swim, 24.5 mile bike ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway and a 10K run along Ridgeland’s heavily shaded multi-use trail. All participants must pre-register. There will be no race

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day registration. $85-$145. The last day to register is May 30 by 10 p.m. Registration fee will cover T-shirt, swim cap and post-race meal. For more information, contact race coordinator Wendy Bourdin at wendy., call 601-853-2011 or visit 4th Annual Magnolia Speech Sprint June 1, 8 a.m. at Jackson Academy (Raider Park on Sheffield Road). A community event to benefit the children enrolled at the Magnolia Speech School. The school is a private non-profit school for children who are deaf, hard of hearing and language disordered. Register at $10-$25. 3rd Annual Just Have a Ball 5K June 8, 7:30 a.m. at Fleet Feet Sports (500 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Sponsored by the Rotary Club of

Madison-Gluckstadt to benefit The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, a non-profit organization that raises the awareness of play as a way to combat childhood obesity. Refreshments will be provided and door prizes. Dry fit t-shirts will be given to those who pre-register before June 1. Registration closes June 7. Download registration form at pdf. $15-$60. For more information, contact Chris White at 601-454-2420 or; or Joe Lee at 601-668-8572 or dogwoodpress@ Fleet Feet Sports Poker Run June 12, 6 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports (500 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Three mile fun walk/run along the Trace. Participants will pick up five cards throughout the course and the person with the best hand will win a prize at the end.

and before bed. Other tasks include eating greens and trying new fruits and even taking a whiff of a candy bar and throwing it away for extra points. Like “World of Warcraft,” I get experience points for each thing I do, bonus points for the extreme things I do— like the candy bar thing. Unfortunately, the xp works like the game—I don’t get the points if I don’t do the tasks every day. To make this easier, I take photos of my daily walk, the food I eat, and some of the things I do, and I put them onto a blog and write some post to the High Lord about my day. Even now, as I sit here writing this, I want to slip back into my old habits. I want Coke and sweet tea, and I want to be able to eat a cheese stick and not worry about calories or whether or not I’m about to get heartburn. But the idea of this being a quest keeps me wanting to try hard, even though I hate doing all these things. I ate a handful of almonds, and the other night I made kale chips. I never do any of those things. This is easier than going on some fad diet like Weight Watchers or using weight-loss pills. Believe me, I’ve been on Weight Watchers. It works, but it doesn’t really instill the value of eating right. I lost 20 pounds on the program, but I gained it back within a matter of months because I didn’t know how to eat right. I spent most of my time during Weight Watchers counting points. I am counting points on this, but the points aren’t calories. They’re evidence of my efforts, evidence that I’m trying, and there’s no turning back. Things haven’t been perfect. I let rain be my excuse to not walk and then don’t exercise, and some days I forget to take photos or write posts. I do try in other areas, though. I do yoga every morning and night, and I try to fit healthy eating into my busy schedule. These small steps are what moves me forward. It gets easier. I will say that. I’m beginning to enjoy yoga, though I still find it hard to take my attention away from a TV show or get out of bed early. I still hate walking and running, and the rain makes it harder to do it, but quitting is no longer an option. It’s a slow process. The journey is long. I have months until I reach the destination, but I will reach it. Just the other day, I looked at the scale and saw 160. This means that for the first time in two years, I might be able to break out of the 160s. To keep up with my progress on the quest, visit

After-run party held at Cazadores (500 Highway 51, Suite R, Ridgeland) with an extended happy hour. 13th Annual Mississippi Kids Triathlon, June 15, 8 a.m. at Reunion Subdivision Lake (224 Lake Village Drive, Madison). The event, sponsored by Stinky Feet Athletics, includes two divisions: junior division, ages 7-10 (75 yard swim, 3.1 mile bike ride and 0.6 mile run) or senior division, ages 11-14 (150 yard swim, 6.2 mile bike ride and 1.2 mile run). A USA Triathlon race license is required for every child participating. Proceeds of the race go to Mission First. Mission and their Field of Dreams Project. Mission First, founded in 1999, is an inner city, a non-profit missions organization designed to serve others the way Christ served during his time here on earth. The have six main programs that meet tangible needs and share Christ: children’s educational programming, sports ministries,

community development programming, medical & dental services, legal assistance and a comprehensive wellness program. Register at $35-$40. For more information email race director, Stan Galicki at or 601-974-1340 Father’s Day Walk 4 Life June 15. Sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi. For more information, call 601-956-8636. Five K for the Fatherless June 22, 8 a.m. The run will start and finish near the First Methodist Church (234 W Jackson St, Ridgeland) on a course through the streets of Olde Towne Ridgeland and the West Jackson Historic Overlay District. All proceeds

more RACES, see page 18


hate running. ing every time. I told him that he needed to come up with a I hate exercise. I hate healthy food. I love boneless plan. I was out of ideas. wings and cheese sticks and cookies, and I love “World He mulled it over for a few days, and when he started of Warcraft.” formulating a plan, all I could get from him was that it inIn college, the game was a way for me to wind down in volved a point system, and I would get prizes later on. He my stressful life, and it ignited my imagination because I’ve emailed me the plane late one night, and due to his love of always loved knights and ladies and dragons and the like. video games, I wasn’t surprised by the title. I frequent gaming websites, and I read about people losing weight by playing the game while on a stationery bike or a treadmill. All it takes is a simple hack to an exercise machine, and an obese man could lose 100 pounds just by questing and running around Azeroth. They are inspiring people, but I’m not a handyman, so I can’t attach my laptop to a treadmill and play while running. I’ve always had weight problems, like everyone else, but mine are more serious because of the fact that I’m fully grown at 5’2” and have belly fat. Doctors and my mother have told me for years that the way this extra weight is carried could lead to diabetes and other horrid things. Their warnings never carried much weight until my most recent doctor’s appointment, when it was discovered that my triglycerides were double the normal level. This basically translates to high cholesterol. They asked me to come back in three months for more blood work. Frightened by that notion, I listened this When your health hinges on finding a way to enjoy exercise, think time and tried my hardest to fix it, but two and outside the box. a half months in, I was still 165. I made some changes, such as having a smoothie every morning to help with the lack of fruit in my diet, but the changes It read, “The Demise of Flabbus the Large.” It didn’t seem to be enough. I knew something had to change, was a quest. though, because losing weight wasn’t the only goal anymore. Without going into the details, the Adventurer—that’s I was really scared that my doctor would put me on choles- me—is asked by High Lord John B’rant—a character named terol medication at the age of 23. after Jon—to defeat a monster named Flabbus. He is guardI’ve had many arguments with my boyfriend Jon about ed by Dark Lord Kohless ter’Houlis, whom I have to get all of this. He promised to help me time and time again, but through before the final battle. To do this, I must strengthen what did he do? What every man does for their lady. He gave body and mind, and I must walk a mile and a half five days me what I wanted. He told me I was beautiful and that he a week to get to my destination. The quest takes place over didn’t think I was fat, even though we both knew he did. I a few months, broken down to by week. There are ongoing got fed up one night, tired of trying different things and fail- tasks, such as the walking and doing yoga in the morning


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FINGERS AND TOES by Kathleen M. Mitchell


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RACES from page 17 benefit 200 Million Flowers, a nonprofit committed to making the connection between children in need of love and people that have love to give by promoting, and facilitating adoption, foster care, social services and mentoring. There will also be a onemile fun run for children under 12. Register at For more information, contact Ann Regan Bilbo at 601-248-3338 or; or Lyndsey Hester at 601-790-1188 or lyndsey@200mill Watermelon Classic July 4, 7:30 a.m. at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1152 Lakeland Drive). Come celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic. Organized by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. The 5K run/ walk also includes the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi one-mile run and a tot trot for ages 3 & under. Registration forms available at the Sports Hall of Fame, Baptist Healhplex or Fleet Feet. Register online No race-day registration. For more information, call 601-982-8264. Battle Tested July 6, 8 a.m. at Liberty Park (Madison). All proceeds of this 5K and 1-mile fun go to help the CJ Stewart Foundation purchase a 193acre camp formally known as Camp Kickapoo. Centrally located in Clinton, the camp has three lakes, campsites, hiking trails, and multiple locations for an outdoor pavilion, amphitheater, obstacle courses, rope courses, and a rope repel tower. The camp will serve as the home of Down Range, an outdoor

adventure camp helping youth develop character traits and life skills by learning to overcome challenges. Mississippi native and combat-wounded veteran CJ Stewart started his foundation to help prepare our next generation overcome lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenges. Register at cjstewart. org. Registration closes on July 4. FILE PHOTO



then engage in one-on-one core, balance and flexibility training, all while conducting weekly practice runs. The most recent fondRUN was a special occasion: Fondren After 5K, a more structured race than the usual route. Awards were given to winners in the Overall Male and Female, and Top 3 in age groups 19 and under, 2029, 30-39, 40-40 and 50+. During the run, participants see beautiful neighborhoods and Fondren shops, take on Fondrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenging hills, including Old Canton Road, and hear live music. After the race, runners return to enjoy drinks, food and shopping. The first round of beer is usually â&#x20AC;&#x153;on the houseâ&#x20AC;? at a different location each month thanks to Southern Beverage. In the first Fondren After 5K, more than 100 people ran through the Cherokee Heights and Oak Dale neighborhoods of Fondren. Runners began and ended their race outside of M!SO, grabbing a free beer at the end and listening to Patrick Harkins play and sing. The event is sponsored by the Fondren Renaissance Foundation, Fleet Feet, Southern Beverage, Babalu Tacos & Tapas, Rodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Racers, Studio Chane Screenprinting, Patrick Harkins, McDadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and M!SO.

4th Annual Tri4Life August 10, 7 a.m. at the Ross Barnett Reservoir (Fannin Landing Boat Launch, Brandon). A sprint triathlon with a 1/3-mile swim, 16-mile bike and a 5K run. All proceeds from the event go to support the Center for Pregnancy Choices, a non-profit Christian organization in the Jackson metro area. Register at $55-$140. Greater Mt. Calvary Nurseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild Health and Wellness Day August 24, 7 a.m. A 3.5 walk with the theme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking By Faith.â&#x20AC;? There will be a health education workshop and fair following the race in the John E. Cameron Family Life Center with youth activities and refreshments. Download registration form at pdf. $10. For more information call



hen it comes to running, most people find more motivation in a social setting. Enter fondRUN. FondRUN is a monthly pub run that normally occurs during Fondren After 5, a late evening monthly opportunity to stroll, shop and dine. The run begins and ends at a different location each month, such as Babalu, Sneaky Beans or Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs. Created by liveRIGHTnowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healthy living strategist and trainer Terry Sullivan, the run is a 2-mile, easy-paced opportunity to connect with fellow runners and see more of Fondren. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve purposefully picked a route to show off different parts of the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? Sullivan says. LiveRIGHTnow has a mission to create and support a healthier population through services and products that are focused on local business and agricultural development and environmentally friendly practices. The liveRIGHTnow program consists of weekly consultations, personal training sessions and a lifestyle plan. The program has also helped several of their clients participate in their first 5K and reach goals in as little as six weeks. With summer approaching, now is the perfect time to choose a race in the future and begin training. LiveRIGHTnow will begin by teaching you proper running mechanics,

LiveRIGHTnow is creating a community of runners with its monthly runs through Fondren.

To participate in the next fondRUN or Fondren After 5K, visit

Kerry Loggins, 601-906-4299, or the Nurseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild, 601-352-8585. Chasing Tail 5K October 5, 8 a.m. at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). 5K and 1-mile fun run. Finish the race with at least one horsetail and be entered into a special raffle. Prize will also to the most creative horsey costume. Race benefits Brandon-based RideABILITY, a therapeutic riding center that helps individuals with special needs build confidence, balance, strength and coordination by learning to ride horses. Register at $15-$20. For more information, visit rideabilityms. com or call 601-750-6735. Mississippi 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes October 19, 10 a.m. at Mayes Lake, LeFleurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bluff Park (115 Lakewood Terrace). The 3-mile walk raises money for the Mississippi Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Register online at Race day registration begins at 9 a.m. For more information call Michelle Colon at 601-981-1184 or email at Strawberry Classic October 27, 8 a.m. at Madison-Ridgeland Academy (7601 Old Canton Road, Madison). Registration begins at 7 a.m. Benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Costumes welcome. $15-$30. For more information, email 3rd Annual Hot Diggity Dog 5K & Festival November 3, 8 a.m., at Mayes Lake, LeFleurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bluff Park (115 Lakewood Terrace). The event, sponsored by Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center, includes a 5K

and 1-mile kids and dogs fun run. There will also be local vendors selling goods, a pet costume contest, food and drinks. All proceeds will go directly to training guide dogs for people who are blind. Registration begins at 7 a.m. For more information, visit or call 601-853-6996. 12Kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for the Holidays Charity Run November 23, 7:30 a.m. Race fundraiser for The Good Samaritan Center will include: chip timing, free kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; one-mile fun run at 9 a.m., holiday costume contest, stroller division, food, after-race party, door prizes and long sleeve shirt for registered participants. Choose either 12K run or 5K run/walk route through the historic Fondren neighborhood. For information and to register, visit 4th Annual Jingle Bell Jog December 7, 7:30 a.m. at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). The City of Pearl has combined the Jingle Bell Jog, their annual Christmas parade and the Jingle Bell Marketplace into on large event. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun run begins at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds of the race go to benefit Batson Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital. Register at To stay on top of all race events happening in the Jackson Metro area, check these websites often: Add more races at


Alien Abduction by ShaWanda Jacome

execution—dead woman walking. Once there, I said a prayer in the parking lot and got out my car. As part of our first day pre-fitness test, we had to run a COURTESY SHAWANDA JACOME


t all began April 2012. I was sitting at my computer, and an email came through about the Paul Lacoste Fit 4 Teaching program. Typically I would have deleted anything about fitness or remotely related to exercise. I don’t like to exercise. I’ve never been one to take a long run to clear my head and, in high school, I only ran track because it was co-ed. So I surprised myself when, the next thing I knew, I was opening the email and reading it. And then I was actually considering signing up. This is the first time I believe the alien abduction occurred: I was replaced by a doppelgänger. My imposter proceeded to apply for the program and started us on a fitness boot camp escapade. Leading up to the first day, I was anxious—my stomach was in knots. I had so many questions. Would I be able to survive eight weeks of intense training? Would I break or sprain something? Would Paul yell at me? Prior to hitting the Madison Central High School football field, all participants had to do a premedical evaluation. We were measured and weighed and then it was time to hear from the man himself—Paul Lacoste. In walks this tall, shaved-head, buff dude with a huge smile on his face. I was befuddled. This man before me was different from all the stories I’d heard about “scary Paul.” I thought for sure he was going to walk in and have us all drop down and give him 100 sit-ups. Yet, here he was standing before us, smiling. But as he told us more about what we would be during the program, I could see flashes of the intensity he is known for in his eyes. At one point, he even warned us that we would see a different side of him once we hit the field. By this time, I was getting a little twitchy, wondering what I had gotten myself into. I had already turned in my $720 accountability check, so there was no turning back. I spent the weekend trying to mentally prepare and barely slept on Sunday night. Monday morning came sooner than I would have liked. When my alarm went off at 5 a.m., I wanted to beat it with a mallet and roll over and go back to sleep. Nevertheless, I crawled (stumbled and probably cursed, just a little—I asked God for forgiveness for that) out of bed and jumped in the shower to wake myself up. I was out the door by 5:15, because there was no way I was going to be late. The ride over to Madison Central was quite solemn; you would have thought I was driving myself to my very own

Paul Lacoste’s training camp gave ShaWanda Jacome, right, the confidence to run in this year’s Warrior Dash.

mile. I had seriously not run a mile since college … maybe even high school. But there I was, slogging around the track at a snail’s pace, ready to pass out. I cried, prayed, hemmed, hawed, cried some more and cursed my doppelgänger for getting me into this. Several times I wanted to walk off the field and tell Paul he could have my money. But I stayed the course and came in dead last. That first week was horrible. I was sore all over and I felt

completely defeated. How could I have let myself get so out of shape? In spite of all my aches and pains, as the weeks passed I got stronger and started to feel better. I started eating better and tracking my calories at home and began to see progress when I stepped up on the scale for our weekly weigh-ins. I shared my successes and failures on Facebook with friends. At the end of the program, I had shaved several minutes off my mile—and I wasn’t even the last person to finish. I lost pounds and inches, and started to regain a part of myself that I thought was gone or had died. I stayed the course and was proud of all I had accomplished. It was more than I thought I was capable of. I am still a work in process. I don’t have any banging before and after photos yet, but I’ll get there. I even completed Warrior Dash on April 20—we’re talking 3.6 miles of mud, barbed wire, climbing walls and getting stuck in mud-filled ditches. I’m not going to lie. I considered not applying to do Fit 4 Teaching this summer. I tried to rationalize (make excuses) about why I shouldn’t or couldn’t, yet in the end I—not my doppelganger—decided that this was an opportunity, dare say, a blessing I just can’t pass. So at end of May, this non-morning person will be out on the field once again at 6 a.m. with my running shoes laced up and my game face on, ready to sweat and take another huge step to being a healthier me. I’ll be working toward leading the full life God intended for me to have. No doubt, I will still be in the slowest group and my knees will most certainly still grind and creak, but I am committed to giving all that I have to give. And as Paul would say … 1, 2, 3 … Next level!

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May 22 - 28, 2013


If a farmer decides to plant GMO corn, he may unintentionally contaminate all the organic corn crops of his neighbors. But, adding insult to injury, Monsanto routinely sues farmers whose crops may be contaminated by the GMOs for â&#x20AC;&#x153;patent infringement.â&#x20AC;? In this way, by an insidious Catch-22, if these victimized organic farmers complain, Monsanto is immune from legal challenges for their losses from GMO contamination and can actually sue the victimized organic farmers for â&#x20AC;&#x153;theft of intellectual propertyâ&#x20AC;? simply by growing those contaminated crops! For consumers, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even more devilish because the most popular GMO seeds are bred Monsanto is one Big Ag company breeding corn with genetically modified organisms. to withstand herbicide poisons, which actually serves to ensure that more poisons are sprayed on crops than would otherwise be the case. review. It essentially makes Monsanto above The GMO straw, so to speak, that the law, allowing GMOs to be planted even Note: This is my last article as a broke the camelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back came March 26, when the environmental impact of that deregular columnist for the Jackwhen President Barack Obama signed leg- cision has yet to be determined. son Free Press. Starting in June, islation backed by Monsanto that stripped To organic farmers and consumers, the Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be working as a writer for the federal courts of the ability to prevent the Act is the epitome of corruption in Congress. National Center for Appropriate spread of GMOs. Called the Monsanto It shows that the 1 percent of big money in Technologyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a nonprofit offering Protection Act by opponents, the provision America can run roughshod over everyone, technical assistance for sustainable slipped in to the Consolidated and Further including those who produce food in their farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which is opening an Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 re- own fields, people who care about the envioffice serving the Gulf States Requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture ronment and consumers who care about the gion at the Jackson Medical Mall. to issue temporary permits allowing the safety of their food. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited about the prospect of continued planting of GMOs by farmers, Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why farmers and consumers are broadening my role in helping loeven when a court rules otherwise, pending marching on May 25. cal and sustainable farmers in the South. For more about NCAT, visit Thank you, wonderful readers!


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f youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned about the future of organic food and farming, the May 25th March Against Monsanto is a tangible way of expressing your concern. For those not up on organic issues, the protest might seem perplexing: Why target an agricultural company for protests? The reason that organic farmers and consumers are upset over the giant transnational corporation is that, for them, this one company epitomizes all thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong with modern industrial agriculture. While Monsanto is by no means the only corporation (along with Bayer, Syngenta and Dupont) involved in producing potentially hazardous chemicals and biologicals for Big Ag, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most successful in crowding out or taking over companies that practice natural and sustainable growing methods. You might call the company The Borg or the Darth Vader of Big Ag. Monsanto has been buying up seed companies for a generation, very nearly cornering the world market on seeds (see JFP article, Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Your Food, Oct. 21, 2012; chart: But Monsanto has also been discontinuing those seed lines in favor of its own patented genetically engineered seeds. One might ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong with using advanced scientific methods to produce seeds? Havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t humans been breeding plants for millennia?â&#x20AC;? Yes, but unlike traditional breeding methods, these genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are Frankenseeds that could not possibly be found in nature. They not only cross the lines of plant species but may contain genes from bacteria, viruses, insects, even animals inserted into their DNA. Under a special exemption in U.S. law, unlike careful regulation in other countries, GMOs are allowed, even though there is no third-party testing or scientific establishment of their safety (see Los Angeles Times: Although GMO seeds and plants are banned under the certified organic program, organic farmers are being victimized by them. Part of the artificial genetics of GMO plants is their aggressive pollinating behavior. They are so aggressive that a natural field can easily be contaminated by GMO plants even when planted several miles away.

Cooking with OJ by Robyn Jackson



he last time I tried cooking with orange juice as a main ingredient, the results were a little disappointing. I had found a recipe that used orange juice and a jar of orange marmalade to make a simple glaze over chicken breasts. My mistake was buying the sugar-free marmalade because it was a little cheaper than the regular. Sugar would have caramelized the glaze and made the marmalade sweeter and tastier. I ate it, but not happily. It just was not the sweet and savory dish I had imagined. But after talking to Samantha Klein, who works for Florida Department of Citrus, about cooking with OJ, I was willing to give it another try. Citrus flavors are classic pairings Orange juice oatmeal pancakes are a light, fluffy way with meat, as in to get your daily dose of Vitamin C. duck a lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;orange and lemon chicken. The recipes Klein sent me were in line with my cooking style: simple and affordable. Orange oatmeal pancakes? I can do that! An orange and peach mint julep to wash it down? Yum! Pass the orange juice. Try these easy but flavorful recipes the next time you serve Sunday brunch.

Fluffy Orange Oatmeal Pancakes 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups whole milk 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal 3 eggs, separated 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. In small bowl, whisk together milk, orange juice, oatmeal, egg yolks and butter; stir to combine. Add orange juice mixture to flour mixture; stir gently just until combined. In clean mixing bowl, beat egg whites with mixer until soft peaks form. Add vanilla extract. Gently fold egg whites into flour mixture, being careful not to overmix. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat for five minutes. Grease bottom of skillet with small amount of melted butter or vegetable oil. Use large spoon to drop hockey puck-sized dollops of batter in skillet. Cook until bubbles form on top of the pancake; flip with spatula and cook two more minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from skillet and keep warm; repeat with remaining batter. Serve immediately. Serves four. SOURCE: FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CITRUS

Florida Citrus-Peach Mint Julep 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 3/4 cup peach nectar 3/4 cup mint leaves 1/2 cup fresh peaches, chopped 4 cups Kentucky bourbon 1 cup orange juice 1 cup grapefruit juice Shaved ice 10 orange slices, for garnish Mint leaves, for garnish Powdered sugar, optional

Combine sugar and water in small saucepan; bring to simmer and stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat; refrigerate until chilled. Combine peach nectar, mint leaves and peaches in cocktail shaker. Muddle ingredients until peaches are crushed and mint is fragrant. In large pitcher, combine muddled peach mixture, chilled sugar syrup, bourbon, orange juice and grapefruit juice; refrigerate two to three hours until well chilled. To serve, fill martini glass to rim with shaved ice; pour in the beverage. Garnish with orange slice and mint leaf; dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Makes 10 servings. SOURCE: FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CITRUS

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pril showers bring May flowers. rangement. One of the more important That’s what they say, and I have lessons: determining when to stop adding no complaints when it plays out. things. While some women took notes, I’m a sucker for fresh flowers. I decided to fully embrace the instrucThey brighten a day, add a pop of color tion to not overthink it and just do what to a room and make me smile. However, I looks right. lack both a green thumb and a yard since Frascogna simplified the process of I live in a downtown apartment, so the ex- selecting our flowers by providing each tent of my floral repertoire stays limited to participant a “recipe” card that suggested a the occasional purchase of cut zinnias in a number for each type of flower to include. 40-ounce beer can from the vendor at the And then we were set free to go for it. At Mississippi Farmers’ Market or impulsive- first, I was a bit nervous, plagued with the ly picking up a bunch of Alstrameria at the thought of cutting my stems too short. But grocery store. soon, I loosened up and just had fun, playBut while I do that, I fastidiously ing with what looked right to me as Frawatch the Twitter, blog and Instagram scogna moved about offering suggestions feeds of Lesley Frascogna’s Tulip Floral Stu- and encouragement. It was interesting to dio (, 601-572-1777, 115 N. State St.), constantly wishing that I had an occasion for which I needed her floral design services. The pictures of her raw materials, arrangements, bouquets and tablescapes not only showcase her talent, but make me want to surround myself with them. But when I go buy the aforementioned bunch of stems and stick them in a vase, the result often leaves me disappointed. And so I’m left to ask myself: “Self, you’re not an uncreative person. Shouldn’t you be able to do this better?” Luckily, I happened to hear that Frascogna has thought of people like me. Her business is an event styling studio, so she specializes in weddings, parties, showers and the like. It’s not a storefront Learning the art of flower arranging can bring a pop of color and life into your life. where customers can just walk in and purchase flowers. However, her concentration on those areas of interest see how many different arrangements rehas allowed her to think more expansively sulted among the women, even though about the services she offers. we all had access to the same flowers. Just One example? You can book a girls’ like snowflakes, no two were alike, but all night out event at her space for a group of were lovely. friends or coworkers—everyone goes to the After finishing our arrangements, we studio, enjoys refreshments and leaves with cleared off one of the workshop tables so a\ handmade arrangement. In addition to Frascogna could show us how to select a these private events, Frascogna plans to of- tablecloth and place settings to coordinate fer similar classes open to all on a regular a complete look, and arranged the flowers basis at her studio on State Street. in a tablescape. Emboldened by the experiI was lucky enough to snag a spot in a ence, I think a purchase of “The Flower workshop constituting a dry run of sorts for Recipe Book” by Alethea Harampolis and one of these classes that Lesley led recently Jill Rizzo (Artisan, 2013, $24.95), may be in-store at Anthropologie (1000 Highland on my horizon. Colony Parkway, Suite 2004, Ridgeland, Who knows? Maybe soon I’ll throw 601-898-1201). On a Thursday evening, a dinner party and make a tablescape of a friend and I joined a group of other ladies my own. Or maybe I’ll just enjoy thinkto learn some floral arranging basics. While ing that if I had to, I could. Because really, we sipped on Champagne cocktails and I’d still rather leave it to the experts for an nibbled some sweet treats, Frascogna first event. But now I know that at least for an demonstrated how to select a container, everyday pick-me-up, I can make a vase build a base of greenery, determine flower of flowers on my desk look much better selection and height, and construct the ar- than before.



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ne of the best things about gaming’s burgeoning indie niche is that it frees developers to explore video games as conceptual art. Some of the best moments of interactivity in recent years have come from the intersection of imagination and a complete disregard for what makes a competitive commercial product. Which brings us to “Papers, Please,” an unfinished one-man operation about authoritarian border control and you. “Papers, Please” bills itself as a “dystopian document thriller,” which is a pretty damned accurate description. More specifically it’s a retro-style simulation of a newly opened border checkpoint on the western rim of a Communist country called Arstotzka. The lucky young proletariat you control is the winner of October’s job lottery, and is now responsible for the checkpoint’s inspections. Passports, permits and other documentation have to be carefully checked for omissions and inconsistencies. Over the course of the month,

the changing political climate and regional events test the player’s attention to detail and swiftness in welcoming legal immigrants and travelers and screening out all the rest. The mechanics are simple but brilliant. The player has a very limited amount of time to do his job each day, but his income is dependent on a high number of successful calls, with penalties for each mistake. Each night the player balances his savings with the cost of rent, food and medicine, to ensure his extended family stays in good health. Every day new regulations and requirements are added, further challenging the player to keep up the pace and creating an undeniable tension as each traveler trudges past the checkpoint— perhaps to the sound of a fine being levied on the player who screwed up. The increasing complexity really adds to the clutter on your tiny government desk, and this seems intentional. Very quickly the player is made to feel he lacks the time, space and training necessary to succeed. There’s a real aura of misery to the game, and it works. “Papers, Please” captures the crude artistry of ’80s gaming in its pixelated portraiture and its harsh, moody color scheme. The

“Papers, Please” is simple but brilliant as a dystopian document thriller.

title track plods along deliberately, much like the game’s faceless hero, and everywhere else sound is particularly sparse. There’s little to see or hear other than the shuffling of papers, the metallic grinding of the checkpoint gates and the garbled non-speech of the immigrants and the protagonist. If all this sounds a little underwhelming, don’t be fooled. There’s more character and personality in the two static tones of any given migrant’s face than you’ll find in most big-budget titles. This is where the game exceeds all expectations. In the midst of all the player’s frustration and anxiety about his own performance, his half-game, half-narrative borne desire to support his family, deeply human

moments occur. A lovable conman returns day after day, never quite able to forge the documents right. An immigrant girl asks for protection from a man she fears will prey on her. A married couple flees from persecution and a clerical error demands one be sent back to die. The player’s rubber stamp hovers over all of these stories, and the effortlessness with which the game convinces you to identify with them is incredible. “Papers, Please” recently was greenlit for full production, but the developer, Lucas Pope, offers the beta on Steam Greenlight ( for free until the game’s release. Arstotzka welcomes you.



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Real Violence: 50 Years Ago at Woolworth by Trip Burns


May 22 - 28, 2013


ohn Salter, a social science professor at Tougaloo Blood fell from Norman’s mouth. The other students counter. Their bodies were smeared with dried ketchup, College, sat with his students Anne Moody, Pearlena remained seated. mustard, sugar, anything that was on the counter. They sat Lewis and Memphis Norman—a white man and “The police officers were inside of the store watching and faced the front. three black students—at the “Whites Only” coun- the whole thing, just a few feet away while these thugs were Minor recalls covering the event, unable to help or inter in Woolworth’s store lunch counter. Nobody would serve kicking this young black guy,” Minor says. “Kicking him in terfere. “Being a newsman—even though it might tear your them. Behind them was a growing crowd of frenzied onlook- the face, and they did nothing to restrain them. They let it heart out,” Minor says, “you can’t get involved.” ers, police officers and news people. It They sat at the counter for hours. was 11:15 a.m. on May 28, 1963. Finally, the manager of the store closed Bill Minor, then a reporter for it down. It was finally time to leave, but the New Orleans Times-Picayune, it was hard to leave—there was a crowd was there that day. He was the Misoutside, too. No police officer would essissippi correspondent covering civil cort them out, so the president of Tourights events in Jackson and the state. galoo College, Dr. A. D. Beittel, who arMinor, tipped off by Medgar Evers, rived after he heard what was going on, gathered with the other news people led the students out of Woolworth’s. at the planned sit-in and watched the Years later, Anne Moody went on scene unfold. to write in her autobiography “Coming “The people working behind the of Age In Mississippi”: “When we got counter at Woolworth’s were afraid to outside, the policemen formed a single serve anybody,” Minor says. “They line that blocked the mob from us. just let them sit there. They wouldn’t However, they were allowed to throw at serve them. That’s what they were orus everything they had collected.” dered to do—not serve any blacks.” The four were taken to the NAACP Some people wanted no trouble headquarters on Lynch Street. and left the counter, leaving them Moody also wrote that, later that alone. After the students sat for a night, a huge meeting of people gathwhile, the crowd began to taunt them. ered to organize more demonstrations. They wanted the “n*ggers”—both Medgar Evers told the crowd that the white and black—to leave. By noon, Woolworth sit-in was just the beginhigh school students from Central ning, a continuation of the ones held in High School (since disbanded, now North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, the Department of Education buildand was a precursor to what was coming) came inside on their lunch hour, ing; Jackson would be a place to take a looking for action. Soon the space stand. Evers was shot in the back and was filled with an anxious crowd, died in his driveway three weeks later. whipping themselves up. A mob Demonstrations similar to the was forming. Woolworth sit-in in Jackson occurred, The verbal abuse escalated to but Bill Minor says Woolworth was “the physical altercations. People poured signature event of the protest moveThe Jackson Woolworth sit-in, 50 years ago, forever changed Mississippi’s role in the Civil Rights mustard and ketchup on the heads ment in Jackson. The first one there Movement. of John, Anne, Pearlena and Memwas with real violence.” phis. Another (white) student from The next year, in 1964, the Civil Tougaloo, Joan Trumpauer (now Mulholland) stood outside go on for a good while. Finally, they broke it up.” The police Rights Act was passed into law. as a look-out for any counter-protesters. Inside, people kept officers arrested Norman and someone who attacked him. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the sit-in, the city pouring the condiments on their heads. Anne was pulled from her seat, as was Pearlena, but of Jackson will unveil a marker for the event on the Civil Rights Police officers watched the events unfold but did nothing. they were not struck, and they fought their way back to the Trail May 28. The event starts at 10 a.m. on Capitol Street. The In a quick burst, someone pulled Memphis Norman counter. By this time, Lois Chaffee, a white faculty member city of Jackson will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of off his stool and threw him to the ground. at Tougaloo, and Joan Trumpauer took seats at the counter. the death of Medgar Evers throughout the month of May and the “These white thugs began kicking him in the face right John Salter was struck down by a punch, leaving Anne, beginning of June. Call 601-979-2055 for more information there on the floor,” Minor recalls. Pearlena, Joan and Lois—two blacks, two whites—at the on the Woolworth trail marker unveiling.



An Unmoving Movement by Kathleen M. Mitchell

I’ve known the woman at the center of the photograph (Joan Trumpauer Mulholland) for more than 35 years; the white woman who is turned away from the camera. So it was really through my interactions with her that I became aware of the photograph. Then, in 1992, I happened to be in Atlanta for a conference, and I stopped by the King Center, the Martin Luther King Center for Social Change, and I saw that photograph in context with all the other iconic civil rights photographs and realized that there must be a big story behind this. And so I went back and then began interviewing Joan Trumpauer, and she put me in touch with other people. One thing led to another, and I just got more and more deeply interested in the entire three week period of the Jackson movement, so I decided to dedicate my time to chronicling it and getting it into the history books. What was the research process like?

There was all that primary research with the people who were there. And it was interesting because each of them often had a little bit different take on what had happened depending on where they entered into the story. But aside from talking to the people who were there, I had the opportunity to go to the Library of Congress to find all the NAACP papers. … And then, of course, all the news accounts of not only that day but the two- to threeweek period right after. … I just went to any document I could find that would

What were you surprised to learn as you fleshed out the story?

One thing that surprised me was that so many of these people were still around, and not just that they were still around, but still in Jackson. Their lives had been always part of the Mississippi environment, and many of them didn’t move that far away. So that was an interesting, unique aspect of it. There were a couple other things ... There’s this belief that civil rights was this singular force that moved through American life, and it was all unified and united. One interesting thing that came out in my research was that there were a lot of internal disputes within the NAACP and within the various civil rights organizations about how to proceed with the movement. Should we be doing more demonstrations, or should we be taking a more judicious approach through the courts? So there were all these internal battles going on while they were

Michael O’Brien spent years putting together various perspectives of the Woolworth sit-in for his book, “We Shall Not Be Moved.”

attempting to kind of foment this demand for change. And not everybody kind of got their way. Did you plan the release of your book to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the sitin and Medgar Evers assassination?

I certainly think it’s a happy coincidence that both my book and the movie about Joan (“An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland”), which also has as a central part the sit-in and her role in it, are both coming out at the same time and in conjunction with the 50th anniversary. The series of events will, I think, help bring more attention to the role Jackson played in the overall Civil Rights Movement.

What lessons do you think we can still learn from these events?

I think the real lesson of the Jackson Woolworth sit-in is, and it is primarily the lesson of the overall Civil Rights Movement, is that nonviolent resistance is a real option to initiate social change. The fact that there were nine individuals who participated in the sit-in as demonstrators, the fact that all of them were able to remain peaceful and not strike back with the kind of attacks they were under throughout the three-hour period, is a real testament to, of course, their own conviction, but also to the fact that nonviolence has the power to change hearts and lives for the better if used effectively.

What got you interested in the Woolworth sit-in in the first place?

help me piece together what actually happened on that day and for the three weeks that followed. Besides that, I became aware that the FBI was also there in Jackson starting the evening of May 27—the sit-in occurred May 28—so I actually sent for the FBI files through the Freedom of Information Act, and was able to obtain those. And that gave me a very interesting insight from a whole different perspective. I didn’t just talk to the demonstrators. I was lucky enough to have started this project when a lot of the people that were even just in the crowd were still in Jackson or nearby. I was able to talk to a couple of the photographers, the news men, a cameraman that got knocked down trying to do his job during the sitin, and even, I was able to identify one person in the crowd who was willing to talk to me. So I was able to provide the other side’s perspective, so it wasn’t just a one-sided piece. And in fact, there was also an undercover detective in the store, and he was still around in the late ’90s when I was doing my research, so I was able to talk to him as well.



ext week marks the 50th anniversary of the Woolworth sit-in in Jackson, a pivotal moment in our city’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Michael O’Brien, author of a new book chronicling the events of the sit-in titled “We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired” (University Press of Mississippi, 2013, $40 hardcover), talked with the JFP about uncovering the story of that day.



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az Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” pier. There’s so much hot air in the rooms is a visual translation of the concept that you can’t help but hope that the bilof hysteria. The film is loud, ob- lowing draperies strangle its inhabitants. noxious and doesn’t communicate Tom’s mistress Myrtle (Isla Fisher) and the graceful and elegantly controlled spirit her husband, the shabby filling station owner of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. Luhrmann un- George (Jason Clarke), live in a third-world leashes a spectacular montage of moving im- refuge on the outskirts of New York City. ages of the grand old roaring ’20s that evap- The have-nots struggle to survive, compared orate within seconds upon viewing. Quite to the rich, who use the poor for their own strikingly, the performances of great actors entertainment. Gatsby lies somewhere in beare overshadowed by the zealous craze of a tween; he’s caught in the past. director who ignores the romance of the story and peps up the action with drunken revelry and car chases. Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) narrates this sacrilegious experience from a sanitarium, where a crusty psychiatrist pushes him to tell his story. How did Nick get so messed up? The camBaz Luhrmann’s spectacle overwhelms the story in his era lingers on the doctor’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” starring Leonardo notes so you can read Nick’s DiCaprio. list of ailments: morbid alcoholism, insomnia, anger. Gazing out the window upon the The major problem in the movie is that white flakes of snow drifting to the for all of its glittery and glamorous imagery, ground, Nick reflects with heavy sadness we don’t feel anything. We are distanced by of the past. He laments: “Gatsby was the the movie’s overproduction. We can’t move single most hopeful person I ever met.” beyond Gatsby’s mechanical recitation of Luhrmann takes his time building up “Old Sport.” And we can’t understand what’s Jay Gatsby’s persona before he reveals Gats- so grand about Daisy Buchanan. Carey Mulby’s visage. It’s a carefully planned introduc- ligan brings more range to the role than Mia tion. As George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Farrow did in the 1974 film, but we never Blue” reaches its crescendo, Gatsby (Leonard understand why Gatsby thought this vapid DiCaprio) turns and strikes a dashing pose. fool was good enough for him. His beautiful face breaks into a dazzling In isolation, the performances from smile, and then comes the cringing lines, re- the cast are excellent. I prefer DiCaprio’s peated forevermore, of “Old Sport” this and Gatsby to Robert Redford’s. DiCaprio “Old Sport” that. Luhrmann uses Gatsby improves with age; here, he’s a mix of J. like a marionette puppet to be manipulated Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes and Jack by the director’s hubris. Dawson. But Luhrmann has clipped his It’s never clear why Gatsby is so wings from exploring the full depths of hopeful. Luhrmann sprinkles in some the Gatsby character with one too many clues for those who have read the book. “Old Sports” and grabs for the green light. We see the winking green beacon at the The music by talented Jay-Z doesn’t end of Daisy Buchanan’s dock. Gatsby aid in unifying the film. I applaud the bumbles around Daisy (Carey Mulligan) risky decision to use rap-styled urban during the fateful tea ceremony at Nick’s music with a romantic story based on the bungalow. We watch Gatsby stare into the early ’20s. But like all bold choices, the mist, mesmerized by the light, a symbol risk of greatness or failure is equally large. of the lost love of his youth. In multiple Here, the music’s great, but it’s an epic scenes, Gatsby reaches out as if to snatch failure in capturing a cohesive feel for the the green beacon in his hand. This is true film. The parts simply don’t congeal. to the book, but the movie’s literal showWhat’s missing in Luhrmann’s “Great ing of it looks contrived and corny. Gatsby” is hope. The movie swings in a Luhrmann loves the spectacle, and bipolar fashion from dark melancholy here he takes descriptions from Fitzgerald’s to crazy buzzing insanity. But hope is no novel and goes to town trying to improve where in sight. It’s probably left on a boat on them. Daisy and her husband, the “against the current, borne back ceaselessruthless billionaire Tom Buchanan (Joel ly into the past.” You may prefer to stay Edgerton), live in clouds of white flow- home and read the book, while listening ing chiffon curtains in a mansion with a to the soundtrack.


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See the film “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” at the Art Museum at 6 p.m.

Tony Davenport’s artwork is at Taste of Spring at Metrocenter Mall at 6 p.m.

TUESDAY 5/28 The musical “Hairspray” debuts at New Stage Theatre at 7 p.m.


Darrell Baughn presents “Joseph Holt and Mississippi” during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998.



Enjoy a cash bar, concessions and the movie “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” during Screen on the Green at 6 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in the Art Garden. Free; call 601-960-1515. … The Back to Summer Rally is at 7 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church (3464 Patterson Drive, Pearl). Christ Aloud performs. Refreshments included. Free; email christianholt09@gmail. com for reserved seating. … The Town of Livingston Concert Series is at 7 p.m. at Town of Livingston (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison), by the lake near the Livingston Farm-

Kool & the Gang performs at Nissan Canton’s 10th Anniversary Celebration at Veterans Memorial Stadium May 25 at 7 p.m.

Concert is at 7:15 p.m. at Relevant Empowerment Church (3900 W. Northside Drive). Performers include Benjamin Cone III and Worship, Jonathan Nelson and Carvena Jones. Free; call 601-487-6701.


The Go Outdoors Event kicks off at 11 a.m. at Bass Pro Shops (100 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl) and continues May 26. Free; call 601-933-3700. … Nissan Canton’s 10th Anniversary Celebration is from 4-9 p.m. at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). Kool and BY LATASHA WILLIS the Gang performs at 7 p.m. Free; … JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM The Laffgasm Memorial Day Weekend Comedy Show with FAX: 601-510-9019 Marcus Combs, Carmen BarDAILY UPDATES AT ton and Marion Kendrick is at JFPEVENTS.COM 7:30 p.m. at the Alamo Theater (333 N. Farish St.). $15, $25 for two; … The Gemini Affair is at 9 p.m. at ISH Grill and Bar. Ladies in free until 10:30 p.m., Geminis in free until 11:30 p.m., VIP booths available; call 601624-7706; … The Power of the Mic Comedy Show with Rita B, Brittany Purvis and Whodi is at 10 p.m. at Mediterranean Grill. $10; call 646-801-1275.


Samantha Landrum performs at the Town of Livingston Concert Series at the Livingston Farmers Market May 23 at 7 p.m.

ers Market. Travis Tritt, Steel Magnolia and Samantha Landrum perform. $40; call 601-898-0212;


Taste of Spring is from 6-9 p.m. at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.) near Center Court. The wine tasting includes music, a live auction and live painting with Tony Davenport and Samuel McCain. Benefits the Cure Sickle Cell Foundation. $25; call 601-918-3987 or 601473-4198; … The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Spring Social Dance is at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive), in Sparkman Auditorium. $20; call 601-573-6014 or 601-559-7251. … The Fourth Friday Worship Experience


The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band performs at 6 p.m. at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). Free; call 601-352-8850. … The Love Jones Edition Vol. 4: Love vs. Hate Poetry is at 7 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe. For ages 18 and up. $5, $3 poets; call 601-863-6378.


At the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.), visitors with a military ID receive half off admission with a paying child for Memorial Day. $10, $9 seniors, $6.75 ages 12 and under; call 601-352-2580. … The Jackson Metro Cyclists Memorial Day Ride is from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Canton Academy (1 Nancy Drive, Canton). $10, free for members; call 601859-5231. … The Memorial Day Program in downtown Vicksburg includes the Parade of Veterans on Washington Street at 10 a.m., a memorial service at the Vicksburg City Auditorium at 11 a.m. and a wreath-laying ceremony in the National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. Free; call 601-634-0163.


The musical “Hairspray” debuts at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) and runs through June 9. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533.


Brady Stewart performs during the last edition of Live at Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in the Art Garden. Bring or buy lunch from the Palette Cafe. Free admission; call 601960-1515. … MSU historian Michael Williams speaks on the 50th anniversary of Evers’ assassination during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6998. … The Taj Mahal Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. Cocktails at 6 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $40 in advance, $45 at the door; call 601292-7121; More at and



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*&0 30/.3/2%$%6%.43 Ninth Annual JFP Chick Ball July 20, 6 p.m., at Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 Commerce St.). The fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention, and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to fight sex trafficking. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16; chickball@

#/--5.)49 Soccer Mini May Camp May 28-30, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m., at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.), at the Bowl. The three-day co-ed camp is for ages 6-16. Bring lunch and snacks. $75; call 601-968-8708 or 601-6094575; email or; Mississippi Freedom Trail Marker Unveiling May 28, 10 a.m., at Capitol Street. The Mississippi Development Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tourism Division unveils the marker at the site of the 1963 Woolworth sit-in. The event marks the 50th anniversary of the sit-in. Free; call 601-979-2055 or 601977-7870; email or dljones@ Jackson Audubon Society Annual Chapter Meeting May 28, 6:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Includes elections, a potluck dinner and a slideshow of bird sightings. Visitors welcome. Free; call 601-832-6788; Homebuyer Education Class May 25, 8:30 a.m.-

5 p.m., at Jackson Housing Authority Homeownership Center (256 E. Fortification St.). Topics include personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. Registration required. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Free; call 601398-0446. Dream Night at the Zoo Registration through May 25, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The invitation-only event for chronically ill and disabled children is June 7. RSVP by May 25. Free; call 601-352-2500; email; Summer Enhancement Program Registration Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 24, at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.) The city of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 details on required supplies and documents. $70 (cash or money order); call 601-960-0471. Call for Minigrant Applicants through June 3, 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; JPS High School Graduations May 28, 2-7:30 p.m., and May 29, 2-6 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Seniors from Wingfield, Provine, Callaway and Jim Hill graduate May 28. Seniors from Forest Hill, Lanier and Murrah graduate May 29. Free; call 601960-8700.

HealthTalk Seminar May 23, noon, at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). Dr Michael Molleston speaks on the topic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Back Pain Out of Your Life.â&#x20AC;? Lunch and door prizes included. Space limited; RSVP. Free; call 877-907-7642. Precinct 4 COPS Meeting May 23, 5:30 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0004. Vicksburg Sesquicentennial Commemoration May 24-27, at Vicksburg National Military Park (3201 Clay St., Vicksburg). The series of concerts are at 7 p.m. in front of the Visitor Center. The US Navy Concert Band performs May 24, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs May 25 and the Jackson Mass Choir performs May 26. Also enjoy displays, tours and more. Free; call 601636-0583; National Burger Day May 28, at participating Back Yard Burgers locations. The first 100 guests receive a free Classic Back Yard Burger. Free; A Conversation with Joan Trumpauer Mulholland - Coming Full Circle May 29, 10 a.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). At the Bennie G. Thompson Center. The civil-rights activist reflects on her experiences and discuss how lessons learned from the Civil Rights Movement can apply to current issues. Free; call 601-979-2055 or 601-977-7870; email or Dog Day Afternoons, Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. through Sept. 29, at Mississippi Museum of Art

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“An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland” May 28, 6 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). In the Student Center Theater. The film is about Mulholland’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in Jackson as a white Southerner. Free; call 601-979-2055 or 601-977-7870; email or; Oxford Film Festival Call for Scripts through June 1. Organizers seek short narrative comedic scripts (8-12 pages) for the festival’s annual community film. Submit by June 1. Visit the website for specifics. The festival is Feb. 6-9, 2014. Free; email; oxfordfilmfest.

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. • “A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg” May 23, 5 p.m. Jeff Shaara signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book. • “A Ghostly Shade of Pale” May 23, 5 p.m. Merle Temple sings books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book. • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free. “In My Wildest Dreams: A Woman’s Humorous Perspective of Her Mt. Kilimanjaro Experience” May 23, 6-8 p.m., at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education (1600 Government St., Ocean Springs). Sue Freeman signs books. Free admission, $9.95 book; call 228-818-2878; Events at Square Books (160 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Call 662-236-2262. • “Flora” May 22, 5 p.m. Gail Godwin signs books. $26 book. • “Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of All Ages” May 23, 5 p.m. Clyde Edgerton signs books. $25 book. • “A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg” May 24, noon Jeff Shaara signs books. $28 book.

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Ballroom Dance Lessons May 26, 5-6 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory, teaches the East Coast Swing in the Academy Building. $10 per person; call 601-631-2997.

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. • “Blue White Red, Red White Blue: French and American Art from the Permanent Collection” through Aug. 18, in the McCarty Foundation Gallery. See artwork from French artists who lived during the Baroque period, and works from American artists from the 19th century to today. Free. • “Symbols of Faith, Home and Beyond: The Art of Theora Hamblett” through June 22. See more than 40 of Theora Hamblett’s best works from the Collection of the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students (includes admission to Old Masters to Monet exhibit). “The Murder of Medgar Evers and ‘Where is the Voice Coming From?’” through Dec. 15, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place). At the Education and Visitor Center. The exhibit is an examination of how the civil rights leader’s murder impelled author Eudora Welty to write the New Yorker story about the event, and the repercussions she faced. Tours by reservation only. $5, $3 students, children under 6 free, group discounts available; call 601-353-7762 to schedule a tour or 601-576-6850. Mississippi Colorists Exhibit through May 31, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). See works from 10 local artists including Gerald DeLoach, Bob Pennebaker and Dianne Bryan. Opening reception May 2 from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601-366-5552. Shadows of the Past Candlelight Tour May 23, 7 p.m., at Vicksburg National Military Park (3201 Clay St., Vicksburg), in Vicksburg National Cemetery. Tour the final resting places of servicemen who lost their lives in combat. Tours are every half hour and are limited to 25 visitors per tour. Reservations required. Bring flashlights and dress comfortably. Free; call 601636-0583;

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rowing up as a music fan, I had always heard about the ill-fated Rolling Stones “Rock And Roll Circus” film from 1968. For some unknown reason, The Stones did not want this footage to be released for many years with the only clear explanation being they were unhappy with their performance. Like most unreleased music projects, legend grew around it. Finally, in the mid ’90s, the show was released on DVD. The second musical act in the film is a three-man group playing a heavy groove that sounds very similar to “Gimme Some Lovin.’” Center-stage stands a dapper fellow wearing a red bandana scarf, cowboy hat and round sunglasses. He steps up to the microphone and sings over the top of this beat: “You got to dig it, baby. This is Taj Mahal.” Taj Mahal grew up in what seems like the most remote area for blues music: Springfield, Mass. He attended college at the University of Massachusetts with plans to become a farmer. His father was a jazz pianist from the West Indies, and his mother sang in a gospel choir. His father worked with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, and Taj Mahal was exposed to many styles and genres of music while growing up. As an artist, Taj was uninterested in simply carrying on the traditions blues artists set before him. One listen to his early albums released on Columbia Records reveals a wide variety of influences and styles. Taj Mahal would not

Taj Mahal plays a constantly-evolving blend of blues.

tion to using standard rock instrumentation like guitars and drums, he also relied on more exotic sounds like sitar and djembe percussion. Because of this, Taj Mahal is seen as an early innovator in what has become world music. The bluesman moved to Hawaii in the early ’80s, where he played music with group of fishermen he later called his Hula Blues Band. Mixing blues with Hawai-

ian styles rejuvenated him to get back into live music. During the ’90s, he recorded for some smaller labels, releasing albums of more traditional blues, rock and pop, and collaborating with the likes of Eric Clapton and Etta James. The past decade saw Taj Mahal expanding the vocabulary of blues music yet again by recording albums with African and Indian roots. During this time, he formed the Taj Mahal Trio seemingly for the sole purpose of exploring different varieties of world music. Listening to Taj Mahal’s recorded output from the last decade, you may find yourself immersed in sounds as diverse as traditional blues and R&B to island and Indian music. He also won two Grammys over the last decade. A college-educated musician from Massachusetts seems about as far removed from the Delta cotton fields and juke joints as oil and water, but I imagine that’s just the way Taj Mahal likes it based on his unflinching desire to not allow blues music to simply stay the same. Taj Mahal appears to have his eyes constantly looking ahead while keeping his feet firmly planted in the rich traditions born right here in Mississippi. The Taj Mahal Trio will bring its particular brand of the blues to Fondren’s Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., 601351-9999) May 29 at 7:30 p.m. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance at and $45 at the door.

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ackson has been bountifully Hailey took a hiatus from Jackson, and blessed with amazing and talented decided to travel the United States, takpeople. One of those remarkable ing pictures and videos for a project Jacksonians is the quirky, eccentrically funny Josh Hailey. Jackson wouldn’t be the same without Josh (I’m sure you have seen him at the St. Paddy’s Parade and other events in body paint or other colorful costumes.) Not only is he an awesome artist and photographer (, he is one of the baddest piano players I’ve ever heard, performing with the musical Fox brothers in their Tom Petty tribute band. He also regularly places as one of the best karaoke hosts in the annual Best of Jackson and performs with local band J-TRAN with friend and partner-in-crime Josh Hailey’s latest endeavor is a search for songs Tre Pepper. about each of the 50 states. About a year or so ago,


called Photamerica. During his travels, Hailey often asked the locals about bands he should check out and hear while in the area. When Hailey arrived back in Jackson and began working on videos with the material from his nationwide photo shoot, his newest adventure came to fruition. With help from former Jacksonian and Bachelorettes band member, Amanda Rainey, Hailey decided to find bands from all 50 states to submit a song about their state, make videos for the bands, and showcase the songs to the public. Their project is State Your Song. Rainey and Hailey will choose one song for each state from a pool of submissions (from the upcoming website Then the duo will create a video for each song free to the bands. Hailey and Rainey will post all the submitted songs online, thus bridging the gap between musicians, artists, bands, and singers/songwriters from the United

States. Hailey says he’s doing State Your Song to reach out to all the musicians who are looking to connect with other musicians, to create another outlet for them. Hailey is not charging a dime for the music videos he will make, insisting that it’s just as much fun for him to shoot and enjoy new music from the U.S., and to meet new people. If your band is interested in having your song about Mississippi featured in State Your Song, contact Josh Hailey via his website, or email him at if you have further questions. Keep an eye out for the State Your Song website to launch this summer as well. To get an idea of how the State Your Song project will look, check out these videos: and The deadline for State Your Song will be September 1, so please spread the word to other bands you know as well as your friends’ bands in other parts of the country.




















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