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f you search the name Debrynda, as I did, the only one that appears is Debrynda Davey of Clinton. When I asked her about the name, she smiled and said that it had been a mistake. She was supposed to be named Dorinda, but while under anesthesia her mother spoke her name, and the nurse heard Debrynda, and so it was. Perhaps it was fate foreshadowing a life dedicated to those who are different from the rest of us and, therefore, not easily accepted by society sometimes—or perhaps it is what led to that life. Davey graduated from S.D. Lee High School in Columbus, Miss., in the early 1970s and began a long and successful career as a nurse and nurse educator. She graduated from Mississippi University for Women and went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis and a doctorate from Delta State University. She retired from the University of Mississippi Medical Center as a nursing professor in 2010, although she still teaches part-time. She spends the rest of her time advocating against violence. “Jackson has become an important center of learning and advocating for victims and in creative ways of addressing family and interpersonal violence,” she says But it wasn’t until a physician told her that she should just institutionalize her young autistic daughter and get on with her life that she truly found her life’s work.


“That opened my eyes,” she says. “I looked at people differently then. I watched how they responded to my daughter JoDee and how the system responded, and I knew I needed to do something.” Thus began her career in the prevention of interpersonal violence, specifically violence against women, children and the handicapped. Her definition of violence is not restricted to physical acts but also, psychological, sexual, financial and any other manipulative behaviors that a person uses or threatens to use against someone else. Davey is involved with numerous state, federal and local agencies as well as many organizations working toward a violence-free world. She is currently working with the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence to engage men in preventing and responding to domestic violence. JoDee is in her 20s now and “has been a source of pure joy in my life,” Davey says. Davey, JoDee and her 11-year-old granddaughter Calli Price were standing in line at a store when several teenage boys began making fun of JoDee. Calli looked at her grandmother and said, “I’ll take care of this.” She walked over to the boys and told them, “I heard what you said, and you need to leave, now.” And they did. “Calli is a good example of what needs to happen across the world!” Davey says. —Richard Coupe

Painting of Medgar Evers by Anthony DiFatta

10 No Comment

The “controlled and controlling” approach for politicians communicating with constituents and media means less communication for everyone.

25 Tongue-in-Cheek

Nell Knox’s collage art juxtaposes old-fashioned values and with a modern-day sense of humor.

33 Going Places

“When I started college, I was doing this acoustic folk stuff at the time. There was this guy in Florida who wanted me to come down there and said, ‘I’m going to make you famous, and you’re going places.’ I was cautious about it. I said to our guitarist Kyle (Addison), who was my roommate, ‘If this turns out to be a bust, we’re starting a rock ‘n’ roll band.’” —Clint Culberson of Modoc, “Genuine Performance”

4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 8 ............................................ TALKS 12 .................................. BUSINESS 14 ............... EDITORIAL CARTOON 14 ................................ EDITORIAL 15 .................................... OPINION 16 ............................ COVER STORY 24 ......................................... FOOD 25 .............................. DIVERSIONS 26 .......................................... FILM 27 ................... GIRL ABOUT TOWN 28 ............................... EIGHT DAYS 29 ...................................... EVENTS 32 ....................................... MUSIC 33 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 34 ..................................... SPORTS 35 .................................... PUZZLES 37 ....................................... ASTRO


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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Anticipating the Best I love the land of my birth. I do not mean just America as a country, but Mississippi, the state in which I was born. … I have hopes of the future when we will not have to hang our head in shame or hold our breath when the name Mississippi is mentioned, fearing the worst. But, instead, we will be anticipating the best.” — Medgar Evers, Feb. 10, 1963


have never heard of Donna Ladd until this election. Is she black? Married to a black? Ties to the black community?” This was one of thousands of angry comments we’ve seen over the last decade about the Jackson Free Press and various staff members. As a confident, outspoken newswoman I, of course, am the target of much of the ire, including many outright lies. It’s part of the job, and I knew what I was getting into to start a real newspaper in the middle of Mississippi. At various points, even our friends got mad at us because we didn’t carry water for them. That is what the “free” in our name stands for: free from influence. But this particular comment struck me with its retro tone. It was a throwback to our city’s difficult past, a time when an African American activist like Medgar Evers joined forces with a previously popular (among whites) newspaper editor like Hazel Brannon Smith to put out the paper we named this one after: the Mississippi Free Press. Then, as still happens now, many whites were infuriated and fearful of a determined man like Evers who would look death in the eye and talk back to it. And a white woman like Smith? She was a traitor to the so-called community’s ideals—an n-lover, which is what that statement about me above, posted on a local hate blog with no dissent, implies. But the two of them, with others black and white, came together for a common goal: to not only counter the inadequate and institutionally racist

media that allowed segregation and corruption to flourish, but to tell basic truths that weren’t told in other media. Without the facts, people cannot make good decisions for themselves. They cannot come together in social or activist forums; they can’t celebrate what’s great about their community while tackling what’s not so great. And they cannot unite against the traditionally powerful forces that want to control their communities, the kinds of forces that demand things to be their way or the highway, allowing no challenges. Evers knew that racism was not about simple bigotry, but about control: Who controls what, including media, is vital to citizens’ access to opportunity and resources. And Mississippi was known then for having the most racist media in the country—from The Clarion-Ledger and the Jackson Daily News to its TV stations. When WLBT, the local NBC affiliate then and now, repeatedly refused to air all sides of the 1957 Little Rock school-segregation crisis, this understanding about control inspired Evers to lead the charge to change one-sided programming on television. Back then, WLBT employed no black people and barely covered the black community, much less with positive coverage, which wasn’t unusual for media around the country. (Evers was right: Years later, after the campus riots including at Jackson State, a federal report warned that anti-black media coverage helped fuel the crises.) Like The ClarionLedger, WLBT came out against admitting James Meredith into Ole Miss using the racist “state’s rights” excuse to justify its position. It took decades, but eventually the campaign to demand that WLBT diversify under the Fairness Doctrine—brought by a determined coalition of blacks and whites— worked, but by then Evers was just a precious memory. (Or it worked until Frank Melton arrived in 1984 and started union-busting

and firing many blacks, but that’s another story.) Read “Changing Channels: The Civil Rights Case That Transformed Television” by Kay Mills for a fuller picture. I don’t know if it was called media literacy then, but Medgar Evers clearly understood the need for it. He knew inherently that a bought-and-paid-for press couldn’t report the stories the community—including whites who had been taught racist myths from birth—needed to improve itself. In the Mississippi Free Press’ first editorial Dec. 16, 1961, three months after I was born, Evers and the team editorialized: “This newspaper holds certain beliefs that are characteristic of free Americans. We believe that all men should be free—no man a slave. We believe in freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom of movement and freedom from intimidation. These, among others, are the rights of all Mississippians, regardless of creed, color or religion.” I’d like to say that we have come so far, nearly 52 years later, that such an editorial is no longer needed. Instead, this newspaper’s coverage of our entire community draws a comment such as the one above about me: “Is she black? Is she married to a black?” The answer, of course, is that I am neither, but my community and readership are black, white and other races. Why should I have to choose not to offend? Bizarrely enough, the comment was in response to criticism of the JFP for trying to ask questions about the shortlived write-in email campaign for Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell, the only white Republican on the council, to try to beat Chokwe Lumumba, a black man many whites fear. The thinking, it seems, is that we would only try to find out who was counting on black voters to stay home, as the email made clear, because I must be “married to a black.” I know; it doesn’t make sense, but it was part of the smear

or, frankly, intimidation effort against the JFP last week because we dared pursue a potentially important story. Instead of returning our calls, Whitwell and others (helped along by the supposedly more enlightened Clarion-Ledger; see brianeason) tried to make it about us. That came just days after we heard about a small group of people who were targeting our business because we did not endorse the guy they wanted for mayor. That happens every four years during city elections when we don’t go along with one or another program. It happens when we investigate important stories like Two Lakes when no other media outlet bothers. It happened when, for the longest time, we were the only media daring to tell the truth about Frank Melton. We’ve done that coverage despite intimidation efforts, and we will continue because it’s our job. If there’s anything I’ve learned from my years as a journalist, it’s the sad fact that it is our job to find and share information that people don’t think they need or don’t know that they need, yet. Seldom do people welcome investigative journalism as it’s happening. And there is always someone who will try to intimidate and insult us out of doing it. That’s why the memories of men and women like Medgar Evers, Hazel Brannon Smith, Ida B. Wells and Hodding Carter Jr. keep me motivated. For one thing, nothing that happens now compares to what they went through. But more than anything, they showed the dignity of doing journalism in the midst of hateful efforts to keep them silent. I personally owe these truth-tellers so much for showing that we must keep our eye on the prize: telling the truth in anticipation of our state becoming the best it can be. I’ll leave you with my motto, which I stole from Hazel Brannon Smith: “I ain’t no lady. I’m a newspaperwoman.” Believe it.

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

Editorial Assistant Amber Helsel, a native of Brandon, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ole Miss. She is a silly person who loves writing, photography, food and memes. She wrote the food and film features.

Editorial Intern Mo Wilson is a Millsaps College student. He enjoys pizza, the Internet, dancing alone in his bedroom, social justice, politics and giggling. He wrote an arts feature.

Micah Smith recently graduated from Mississippi College where he studied English and journalism. When not writing reviews or his music column, he performs with the local band Sun Ballet. He wrote a music feature.

JFP City Reporter Tyler Cleveland loves sports, good music and soul food. He can be found around Fondren when he’s not at City Hall watching Tony Yarber try to herd cats. Contact him at 601-362-6121 ext. 22. He wrote talks.

Briana Robinson’s hobbies include photography, ballet and ballroom dancing. She is a junior at Millsaps College. She helped edit and fact check stories for this issue.

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Pam Greer I would simply say, thank you. Harrell Broome What do you think of Jackson now? Cody Walker What can I do to help, sir? Jo Ann Crooks Hall May we live up to your sacrifice ... Lena Jones Thank you. Although there is still much to be done, you set many things in motion that (have now) been done. And it seems that we know more about you now than we did while you were working for the change that has come and is coming. My one regret is that unlike other nationally renown civil-rights martyrs is that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear memorable speeches in your own voice, so I often think of your as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quiet Leaderâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;is this true or will your words be documented more in the years ahead? Marie Jenkins Thank you, and are you disappointed?

Clarence Jackson Thank you. Tanya Francis When did you know that something had to be done and that you had to be actively involved in doing it? Demi Green Thank you for your courage, your voice, your selflessness. Despite the threats and knowing that you probably wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to see the fruits of your labor fully realized in your lifetime, you still pressed on. For ALL of us. Thank you. Laurie Bertram Roberts Thank you! I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think people really understand what he gave up personally while alive to fight for equality or all the people he helped. He was known to drive out to peoples houses and help them when they were threatened with violence. True activists work for the cause not the gloryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Medgar Evers was such a person. Jehrod Alain Besides giving thanks, I would ask Mr. Evers if he feels his sacrifice was worth

it, considering how disengaged we are today. And by we, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not referring solely to the black and brown people he was fighting for, but to all Americans. How can we not ask tough questions and demand truthful responses from those who represent us? How can we not seek to do what we can do to make our communities better, safer and cleaner? We owe that much to Medgar. Laurie Bertram Roberts I understand that response, I do. But black political engagement is starting to pick up. It is because of his sacrifice and others that we can have the right to engage, or not. I think citizens should be engaged, but I also think we should recognize that we have to repair the damage of the systematic work that has been done to make sure certain segments of the populations arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t engaged. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a accident that poor, working class people across the board and people of color are disengaged.


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Friday, May 31 State education board members vote to include a candidateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to work with lawmakers, put students first and navigate Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diversity on a call for applications for a new state superintendent. â&#x20AC;Ś A new study says that Medicareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital trust will suffice until 2026 and Social Securityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s until 2033, exceeding expectations. Saturday, June 1 U.S. congressmen meet with Russian parliament members in Russia regarding the Boston Marathon bombings. â&#x20AC;Ś Police in Istanbul, Turkey, clash with protesters opposed to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Sunday, June 2 Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., predicts that comprehensive immigrationreform will pass the Senate by July 4.

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ore than 30 years of service to accomplishments over the 12 years of his one with tearful eyes. a city and a state culminated administration. After thanking all the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employees in one 4,000-word speech at The mayor was overcome with emo- and his staff, Johnson got to the business the Smith Robertson Museum tion as he talked about the support he of telling the crowd what it came to hear: and Cultural Center May 29. In the same room where he first announced his candidacy for Jackson mayor 21 years ago, Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. gave what is likely to be his final State of the City address. Johnson is moving on after losing in the primary round of the Democratic nomination process after serving as mayor for 12 of the last 16 years. As the heir apparent to the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desk, Ward 2 City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba looked on as Johnson fought back tears while speaking about his legacy and thanking his supporters, staff and family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so honored to stand before you today as a public servant who has dedicated over Harvey Johnson received a spirited ovation following his final State of the City address Wednesday four decades to using whatever at the Smith Robertson Museum off High Street. skills, knowledge, wisdom and experience God has allowed me to gain to do my part in working to make the lives of others better,â&#x20AC;? received from his wife of 44 years, Kathy. The state of the city is strong. Johnson said. Johnson said words couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t express how â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said it before, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say it Johnson didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just sound like a man much he owed her for supporting him in again: We put the City of Jackson back on who had poured his heart and soul into his 24-7, 365-day-a-year job, but said his track to move ahead, and the state of the his work; he looked the part, too. His marriage â&#x20AC;&#x153;has been and still is what brings city is better now, due to this important eyes were heavy and his hand-motions me the greatest joy of my life.â&#x20AC;? When he work weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done over the past four years,â&#x20AC;? animated as he talked about some of the landed that line, the mayor wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only Johnson said.


Thursday, May 30 The American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center file a lawsuit on behalf of 16 plaintiffs against the Mississippi Department of Corrections for â&#x20AC;&#x153;massive human rights violationsâ&#x20AC;? at East Mississippi Correctional Facility. â&#x20AC;Ś Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma and Arkansas, killing at least nine people.



LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TALK ABOUT MEDGAR Like many other great civilrights leaders, famous quotes surround Medgar Evers, both those he said himself and those said about him. Can you match the quotes below with the folks who said them?


â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a dream this afternoon, I have a dream, that there will be a day that we will no longer face the atrocities that Emmett Till had to face or Medgar Evers had to face, that all men can live with dignity.â&#x20AC;?


â&#x20AC;&#x153;People who lived through those days will tell you that something shifted in their hearts after Medgar Evers died, something that put them beyond fear. ... At that point a new motto was born: After Medgar, no more fear.â&#x20AC;?


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medgar knew what he was doing, and he knew what the risks were. He just decided that he had to do what he had to do. But I knew

at some point in time that he would be taken from me.â&#x20AC;?


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medgar and I said many years ago, if we ever end the violent racism in this state, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the greatest state in the world to live and now, Medgar, I know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gone, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m telling you, son, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s come to pass.â&#x20AC;?


â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can kill a man, but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t kill an idea.â&#x20AC;?

Options: a. writer Maryanne Vollers to Esquire magazine b. Charles Evers to NPR c. Medgar Evers himself d. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Have a Dreamâ&#x20AC;? speech, 1963 e. Myrlie Evers to Ebony magazine ANSWERS: 1:D, 2:A, 3:E, 4:B, 5:C

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That statement gained gravitas that Lumumba would like to emulate. as Johnson noted that the city has faced â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t intend to raise taxes, eisome unprecedented challenges in recent ther,â&#x20AC;? the councilman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make years, including the national recession, that clear. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to turn Jackson aging infrastructure and outdated inter- into a ghost town.â&#x20AC;? nal systems that werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t serving citizens Johnson said that he is leaving a deor city employees. Jackson has weathered tailed transition plan in place to continue these challenges with a balanced bud- forward motion on the convention center get in each of the past four years with- hotel and replacing Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club. Lumumout increasing citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; taxes, the mayor ba is eager to see the plan. pointed out, while still providing raises to â&#x20AC;&#x153;We definitely need to make sure city employees. that any store that leaves here, we replace,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have lived within our means, Lumumba said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;... Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to draw peoand we have cut waste, cut overtime and ple to a convention when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no hotel improved efficiency,â&#x20AC;? the mayor said. for them to stay in; however, on the same The speech also looked forward: The level, we have to be dedicated to dealing mayor made some fairly major announce- with the infrastructure of the constituents ments about the future of Jackson. where they live. Johnson said that a hotel developer â&#x20AC;&#x153;We arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a huge tourist destination has approached the city with an interest like some of these cities. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to in building a downtown convention-center hotel. He also announced that the city has been in talks with Costco and Walmart in an attempt to attract a new vendor to replace Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club. Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, located off County Line Road, announced earlier this year that it be leaving for Madison despite its large market of Jackson shoppers. That was music to Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ears. The presumptive mayor arrived late after holding a press conference at City Hall just an hour before. At the end of Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speech, Lumumba stood and loudly applauded the mayor, who finished his speech by asking that citizens of the capital city to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stand up!â&#x20AC;? for Jackson whenever they get an opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that Harvey City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba praised Mayor Johnson has played an Harvey Johnson Jr. after the speech, saying he hopes to important role in the hiscontinue much of the work Johnson began. tory of this city and probably an important role in the history of the country, period. Because this is one of the special get better, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to end up beplaces in the country where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen ing world-class, but right now, we have to some successes,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think make sure we have a population that is that those successes, we must build upon. going to use the downtown area, and that Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had some problems, and those are is the population for which we have to problems which came about naturally, but build the infrastructure.â&#x20AC;? we must improve upon them.â&#x20AC;? Read the entire State of the City address Lumumba added that Johnson spoke at Comment eloquently about some of the things he at Email Tyler Cleveland at was able to do since being in office, things


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Jackson Upgrades Bus Stops, Hires Election Consultant by Tyler Cleveland



he Jackson City Council had a busy The council agreed to donate $40,000 for up to 30 homeless women and children night May 28. In the absence of to Stewpot Community Services, which at any given time. The city also donated Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whit- provides shelter, meals and other services to $20,000 to the Partnership to End Homewell, the council voted unanimously Jacksonians in need. Stewpot CEO Frank lessness, a non-profit that helps Stewpot. to hire an election consultant, to provide Spencer said that donation makes up a quarThe council agreed to award a $167,000 funds to Stewpot Community Services, and ter of the operating budget for the program’s contract for ADA-related construction at to accept a bid for a construction contract Opportunity Center, a day shelter that helps seven bus stops to Garrett Enterprises Conthat should bring several city bus stops and Jackson’s homeless people find work. An solidated Inc. Socrates Garrett, the company’s sidewalks into compliance with the federal anonymous donor, Stewpot and the Ruby owner, is a Jackson developer who also owns Americans with Disabilities Act. E. Morgan Foundation will match the city’s the Mississippi Link newspaper. Garrett outMadison-based Pharos Consulting Ser- donation. bid five other companies for the contract. vices, a project management company that Stewpot funds the rest of its operation The sidewalk and bus-stop improveprovides voter-registration ments bring Jackson closer to systems and voting-machine complying with a 2009 consent initiatives, according to the decree from the U.S. Departcompany’s web site, will be ment of Justice, which followed the city’s election consultant. a lawsuit against JATRAN, the Pharos consultant Madalan city’s public-transportation sysLennep has worked in the tem. That lawsuit argued that information technology field the city wasn’t in compliance with high-tech companies with the American with Disabilincluding IBM, Wang and ities Act, and the decree singled Data General. The city paid out 21 city bus stops. Lennep $1,050 for work during the election. Tabling the Street Bond City Clerk Brenda Pree In March, the city council said a consultant was necesvoted 3-1 (with members Frank sary because the city handled Bluntson, Charles Tillman and its own election after a year LaRita Cooper-Stokes absent) of redistricting without the to approve $10 million in bonds help of Hinds County, which to repave major thoroughfares, conducted the 2009 municiwith at least $1 million allocated The Jackson City Council has remained busy, despite two council pal elections. to each of the city’s seven wards. seats and the mayor’s office changing hands. “Madalan Lennep works At the time, Councilman Luin the Secretary of State’s office, and she pro- through federal emergency-shelter grants. mumba, the lone vote in opposition, accused vided us with technical support and made That operation includes a community center the mayor of election-year pandering. sure ... that all the information was entered on that houses Stewpot’s teen program and During his State of the City speech into the system correctly,” Pree said. “We a computer lab; the Central Urban Ministry May 29, Johnson mentioned that the counhad to make sure all of our ‘I’s were dotted Center with its community kitchen, food cil was delaying issuance of the bonds. and ‘T’s were crossed, because we had to be pantry, clothing closet, community health “It is my hope that this issue sure we were in compliance with all the elec- clinic, legal clinic and chapel; and Matt’s will move forward, because this montion laws.” House, which provides emergency shelter ey could make a major impact right

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ver the weekend, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote about politicians’ new “controlled and controlling approach” for talking to voters. Bruni used recent examples in which prominent members of Congress have skipped traditional modes of communicating with constituents, such as press conferences and public events, in favor of carefully scripted, campaign-funded videos to run on the Web for distribution through social media. Bruni writes: “And that kind of extreme control feeds a vicious cycle. A suspicious, scandal-primed press corps yields wary

politicians, whose reticence and guardedness foster greater suspicion still.” We saw evidence of that cycle during the recent Jackson municipal elections. In the early days of the campaign, incumbent Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. skipped several candidate-jammed forums and decided to hold a series of telephone town halls designed to let Johnson answer voters’ questions directly. We again saw a campaign’s hypersensitivity to the control of its own narrative when this newspaper first published details of the mounting legal troubles facing businessman Jonathan Lee’s company. After the story ran, Lee repeatedly refused JFP reporters’ requests

New Members Support Lumumba Ward 4 Councilman-elect De’Keither Stamps attended the council’s May 28 meeting. He and Ward 2 Councilman-elect Melvin Priester Jr. were at a May 29 rally Lumumba hosted outside City Hall. “I’ve known Councilman Lumumba just from being around the city,” Stamps said. “Our relationship came about because of our mutual passion for the city.” Stamps said he’s anticipating the July 1 inauguration ceremony so that he and Priester can get started in their new roles. “People are calling it a youth movement, and I don’t liken it to that because we are both grown men,” Stamps said. “The group that is in there now has withstood many blows and done a lot of things that have helped Jackson. It’s just time for the next generation to stand up and get into office and do some things that will really make Jackson proud.” Comment at Email Tyler Cleveland at


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away all across Jackson,” he said. On May 30, Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman told the Jackson Free Press that the council decided April 1 to table the bond issue until after the elections. “The mayor has said from his own mouth that this is not the way to go.” Tillman said. “... If we went ahead with the bonds, it would take 10 months to a year to get the money back, (and) then bid out the contracts. The people need relief now. These roads are bad, and people are having to spend all kinds of money to fix their cars.” Tillman added that the council didn’t rule out issuing the bonds, but would take another look under a new administration.

for interviews—or even comments. Likewise, the friends and supporters of Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell, who initiated an underground albeit not-well-thought-out campaign to elect Whitwell mayor via write-in ballots, took the controlled approach to whole new level. An email that several sources said originated with the business partner of Whitwell’s wife, Ginger, stated: “We believe that the turn out for Chuckwe [sic] will not be huge, due to the fact he thinks he already has won. We have to keep this off Facebook, and on the low until the actual day June 4th! That day we need as many volunteers, to

Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell and friends took the Jackson Free Press to task for reporting on an underground campaign to elect him mayor via write-in votes.

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Lawsuit Puts Prison Mental Health in Focus by R.L. Nave

to door Monday and Tuesday.” Elections officials quickly put the kibosh on those plans by explaining state law, but by then, a campaign was already underway to discredit the Jackson Free Press for daring to pursue a story involving a sitting councilman during a city election. In fact, in subsequent communications, Whitwell-for-mayor organizers specifically instructed people to deflect questions if contacted by the paper. “If the Jackson press [sic] calls you just say no comment y’all are crazy and this is blown out of proportion!” the business partner, Lea Easley, said in social media, the idea being that involving media would derail their plans. (She also added: “We can get this done.” She did not return calls to explain

what “this” was.) The councilman himself chose not to return phone calls, using Twitter to try to discredit the JFP. Legalities aside, the Whitwell election effort was likely unsuccessful. Lee and Johnson both eventually lost the Democratic Party’s nomination to Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba, who, by the time this goes to press, is most likely Jackson’s mayor-elect. Conversely, throughout his campaign, Lumumba was extra careful to create—or re-create—his own controversial narrative. His ads play up his diverse-looking family, intended to counteract widely held notions that he dislikes white people. But he was always willing to address reporters’ questions,


wood was raped four or five times while his tal-health professionals and lists hourly rates indicate Melvin Priester Sr., a Hinds County attacker snorted cocaine to sustain his erec- for each including a director ($22 per hour), judge, is the registered agent for company. tion. Also, a rat infestation has caused some three social workers ($15-$19 per hour) and Messages left for the Reddixes at Health of the prisoners to adopt the Assurance’s corporate office in disease-carrying vermin as Jackson were not returned by pets, sometimes taking them Monday afternoon. on walks around the prison Only MDOC and its ofon leashes fashioned of paper ficials are named as defendants clips and string; others cover in the suit. Neither Health Astheir cells with sheets to try surance nor the private firm and keep the rodents out. that manages the 1,500-bed A lawsuit prompted the prison, Utah-based Managestate to move severely menment & Training Corp., is tally ill prisoners from the named as a defendant. Mississippi State PenitenGrace Fisher, spokestiary at Parchman to EMCF woman for MDOC, told the in Meridian in 2009. Under Jackson Free Press the agency the consent decree that rewould respond to the allegasulted from the suit, mentaltions in court. health professionals believed The class-action lawsuit The latest class-action lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections alleges agency negligence in caring for seriously that EMCF would be a filed against MDOC coincided mentally ill prisoners. better facility than Parchwith the third anniversary of man for providing individua disturbance at the Walnut alized treatment and care. Grove Youth Correctional FacilTwo years later, MDOC has ity. A federal investigation into a made no progress in caring for its mentally three counselors ($12 per hour). In total, culture of corruption and violence, including ill prisoners. During a monitoring review, MDOC has issued $23 million in payments guards’ sexual misconduct toward the boys a mental-health expert found mental care to Health Assurance since 2003. housed at Walnut Grove, resulted in a 2012 at EMCF “entirely inadequate.” Since July In April 2012, a federal judge admon- consent decree. Formerly run by Florida2012, MDOC has contracted with Jack- ished MDOC and Health Assurance “for based private prison contractor GEO Group, son-based Health Assurance LLC to pro- being deliberately indifferent to the needs of MTC took over that facility in 2012. vide health care at EMCF as well as Walnut children and youth incarcerated” at Walnut MTC also operates Marshall County Grove Youth Correctional Facility and the Grove. This indifference contributed to “a Correction Facility in Holly Springs and, Marshall County Correctional Facility in picture of such horror as should be unreal- starting July 1, will hold the contract for Holly Springs. ized anywhere in the world,” the complaint Wilkinson County Correctional Facility Under the contract, Health Assurance states. Two weeks after the scathing critique, in Woodville. would provide dental and optometric care, MDOC awarded Health Assurance the conIssa Arnita, a spokesman for MTC, said drug testing and pharmacy services as well tract for EMCF. because the company is not named as defenas mental-health care. Health Assurance’s Physicians Carl Reddix and Michael dant in the class-action suit, commenting on agreement with MDOC also includes a list Reddix own the company, state records show. the allegations would be improper. of medical staff positions and the pay rate per Carl Reddix served on the Mississippi Board Comment at Contact R.L. employee. It calls for a total of seven men- of Health for a short time. The records also Nave at

even at inconvenient times and even when his supporters grumbled about some of his portrayals in the press. As our politicians ignore the media more and more, fewer people are paying attention to traditional reporting-based news sources. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism 2013’s State of the Media report points out that local television news broadcasts have been losing viewership for the past decade, with a more than 14 percent drop in the past five years. With sensational, albeit inaccurate, reports such as WAPT-TV’s recent false claim that Lumumba wanted to “remove” Christopher Columbus from school textbooks,

it’s no wonder that people have developed a distaste for local TV news. Newspapers are not faring much better. Frequency of newspaper readership, although it increases with educational attainment, is also declining. Frank Bruni, in his column, defended the need for reporters to “poke and meddle.” “It may not be a pretty sight, and we journalists may not be doing it in a pretty way, but eliminate that, and you wind up with something even less pretty,” he wrote. Our public officials are pretty much just going to have suck it up—and return our calls. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at


ictor Voe warned them: “Don’t let them kill me. I be hearing them say they going to kill me. I am hearing voices that others don’t hear.” That’s what Voe told mental-health staff at East Mississippi Correction Facility eight days before a church group found him hanging in his solitary-confinement cell. The night before his death, he was overheard repeating that he felt unsafe and reading passages aloud from the Bible. As troubling as the circumstances of Voe’s death are, his is just one of dozens of stories of mental-health needs allegedly being ignored at EMCF, which houses the most seriously mentally ill prisoners in Mississippi. Some of the stories are detailed in a class-action lawsuit, filed in federal court May 30. Defendants’ attorneys, from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties, describe the prison as “hyper-violent, grotesquely filthy and dangerous.” “The conduct that happens at East Mississippi Correctional Facility is a shock to the conscience of a decent civilized society,” said Mississippi SPLC managing attorney Jody Owens at a press conference outside MDOC headquarters last week. The 83-page complaint details claims that range from unsanitary conditions, such as perpetually broken toilets that result in people sometimes having to defecate in trash bags or food trays, to an “overt culture of violence, threats and fear.” That violence can take the form of correctional officers’ excessive use of force to prisoner-on-prison attacks, including sexual assault. For example, William Easterwood was repeatedly raped at knifepoint using a 15-inch store-bought butcher knife within 24 hours of arriving at the prison in February 2012. The complaint states that Easter-


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redit rating service Moody’s last Museums Making Progress improvements, processes and promotions month downgraded the rating on The Mississippi Department of Ar- that attract new businesses and investments the city of Jackson’s water and sewer chives and History is set to break ground on in new and expanded facilities.” Nineteen system revenue bonds from Aa3 to two museums—the Mississippi Civil Rights states received an award. A1 and set an outlook for the city water- Museum and the Museum of Mississippi Categorized by state’s total populaworks’ borrowing capacity of “negative.” History—and it could do so by late this fall. tions, Mississippi was one of four states with The announcement came May 21, the Although a date hasn’t been set, a populations under 3 million to receive the day before the city was set to go to market MDAH newsletter released this week said award, along with North Dakota, Utah and with $90 million in bond issues surround- significant artifact acquisitions and the final West Virginia. ing a deal with infrastructure giant Siemens phase of exhibit design continues to move “We are honored that Area Develto upgrade the city’s two opment has again chosen water-treatment facilities. to recognize Mississippi The full report, which is with a 2013 Silver Shovel available for download Award,” Gov. Phil Bryant for $150 on Moody’s web said in a release. “This site,, says award is a testament to the downgrade will affect our state’s economic de$154 million in previously velopment successes and issued debt, as well. our goal of building a At issue is $400 milmore vibrant and resilient lion in improvements Mississippi that not only Jackson has agreed to recruits new business but make to its water and sewhelps existing businesses age system over the next grow and prosper.” 17 years under a consent The Mississippi Develdecree from the federal opment Authority submitEnvironmental Protection ted to the magazine a list Agency. That work got unof the top 10 state-assisted derway last month, when development projects initithe Jackson City Council ated in 2012. MDA said approved funds to draw those submissions included up plans for a west-bank European insulation giant receptor to filter wastewaRoxul’s new stone-wool ter already flowing into the insulation manufacturing Moody’s downgraded Jackson’s water and sewer bonds in May. Pearl River. plant in Byhalia; Nissan’s While an A1 rating expansion in its Canton asis nothing to thumb your sembly plant; the second nose at, and Moody’s is Rolls-Royce North America the first speculator to downgrade that bond forward. The newsletter also said the ground- jet-engine test stand in Hancock County; rating, the problem could get worse before breaking ceremony will include a public sym- and shipbuilder VT Halter Marine’s expanit gets better if Jackson doesn’t get its fiscal posium and an evening fundraising gala. sion in Pascagoula, among others. house in order. “This groundbreaking is not just The magazine gave its more prestigious Most troubling among the charges the site preparation for construction of Gold Shovel Award to Texas, Georgia, AlaMoody’s makes against Jackson in its report two new museums,” said H.T. Holmes, bama and Kansas. is the city’s inability to grow revenues, an MDAH museums division director. “It issue practically every candidate for every represents the groundbreaking decision NYT Showing the Love position talked about during the 2013 mu- by the Mississippi Legislature to construct Social media was abuzz last week folnicipal elections. side-by-side a comprehensive state history lowing a New York Times article entitled As to the charge of the city not having a museum and the nation’s first state-sup- “36 Hours in Jackson.” Writer Laura Tillplan for fiscal solvency when it comes to the ported civil rights museum.” man spent time in Belhaven, Fondren and water system and the consent decree, current MDAH continues to raise money for downtown. “A lot has changed here in 50 Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. seemed the two-museum project, but Holmes said years, though Jackson’s population of fewer to say just the opposite in last week’s state of his department is “well on our way” to their than 200,000 still gives it the familiarity of a the city address. goal of $5 million in pledges and gifts by the big country town,” Tillman wrote. “We’ve laid the foundation of sustained, time they break ground on the project. Among the attractions she mentioned incremental improvements to both the water fondly were the Eudora Welty House, Beland sewer systems by having independent State Again Receives Silver Shovel haven University, the Old Capitol, Parlor evaluations of both systems done by engiArea Development magazine has Market, Hal and Mal’s, the Big Apple Inn neering experts,” Johnson said. “We now awarded the state of Mississippi its Silver on Farish Street, Lemuria Books, Sneaky have an updated long-range plan for each Shovel Award for the third straight year. Beans, Morningbell Records, Brent’s Drugs, system, detailing what upgrades need to be The magazine gave the annual award in Fondren Corner, Babalu, Walker’s Drive-In, done first. This roadmap will certainly assist recognition of state economic-development Underground 119 and Two Sisters’ Kitchen. future administrations who must continue agencies that “drive significant job creation Comment at Email Tyler working on this issue.” through innovative policies, infrastructure Cleveland at SCHYLER

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rother Hustle: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aunt Tee Tee and I have been blessed with the positive attributes of initiative, discipline, and ambition to become successful in business, entrepreneurship, community activism and technology. We acquired these positive attributes from family, friends and community members who practiced doing what it takes to survive. In these challenging times, poor and middle- class folk suffering from apathy and hopelessness need an educational boost. This summer Aunt Tee Tee, the Ghetto Science Team and I will apply the concept of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;each one teach oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to empower members of the Ghetto Science Community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our plan is to provide affordable and practical education through our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Free as the Air You Breatheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Curbside Classes. Look out for skilled tradespersons, entrepreneurs, artisans and educators offering classes at a curbside near you. Also, Congressman Smokey â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; McBride approves and financially supports this bold effort to educate the masses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here are some curbside classes to attend: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rev. Cletus and his team of mechanics conduct a six-week car repair and maintenance class at the curbside of the Car Sales Church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nurse Tootie McBride and CNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for a Brighter Day will hold curbside Certified Nurse Assistant classes next to the offices of Drs. Ben â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Caseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Marcus â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Welbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; McBride. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aunt Tee Teeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ghetto Geek Squad will have summer computer literacy curbside classes at Jojoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Discount Dollar Store, Clubb Chicken Wing and participating Pork-N-Piggly Supermarkets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do what it takes to survive with practical education from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Free as the Air You Breatheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Curbside Classes.â&#x20AC;?


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Why it stinks: Wyatt Emmerich, whose (white) grandfather stood up for civil rights when he held an editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pen, has proclaimed himself up as the arbiter of â&#x20AC;&#x153;all things black.â&#x20AC;? Surely, he implies, the deeper the color of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skin, the deeper the â&#x20AC;&#x153;blacknessâ&#x20AC;? of an African American. By his twisted logic, the choice between the light-skinned Chokwe Lumumba and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;blackerâ&#x20AC;? Jonathan Lee canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t possibly be racial, because if race was the issue, Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darker skin would make him the obvious choice for black voters (despite his â&#x20AC;&#x153;liabilityâ&#x20AC;? of holding a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conflict,â&#x20AC;? Emmerich opines, is the raison dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ĂŞtre of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (and Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) â&#x20AC;&#x153;older order,â&#x20AC;? whereas â&#x20AC;&#x153;reconciliationâ&#x20AC;? defines Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;newer order.â&#x20AC;? And â&#x20AC;&#x153;kushâ&#x20AC;? (as in the Jackson-Kush plan) is actually a code word for marijuana, which prompted the Jackson pothead vote. Good grief. Then again, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not surprising coming from a guy who gave an award to a columnist who wrote that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every black in this country ought to give thanks every day that their ancestors were brought to this country where they were ultimately given every opportunity that everyone else has.â&#x20AC;? Emmerich might want to check himself before he so arrogantly and ignorantly declares himself an expert on what makes a black person in Jackson vote the way he or she does. That face staring back in the mirror? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not black.


You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Have It Both Ways, Gov. Bryant


ov. Phil Bryant stepped in it Monday. As part of a Washington Post Live event, he was asked how America had ended up so â&#x20AC;&#x153;mediocreâ&#x20AC;? in educational outcomes. He answered: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think both parents started working. The mom got in the work place.â&#x20AC;? By Tuesday afternoon, social media was burning up with Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quote, and working mothers, especially, responded. Some defenders said he was taken out of context, as these men always are when they say something remarkably anti-women. Perhaps the best comment came from Cristen Hemmins, a working mother of three in Oxford, Miss., who quickly submitted a response to the JFP website. In it, she wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t demonize welfare moms sucking the government teat and also demonize working moms, Governor Bryant. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it both ways.â&#x20AC;? This, friends, is the context that Gov. Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement needs and deserves. He is a prime example of the type of conservative who boxes women into a corner with mixed messages: You shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the pill or get an abortion. You shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a single mother. You shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. You shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get government assistance. You shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t demand equal pay or a higher minimum wage. You shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect the government to take care of your kids. The hypocrisy goes on, of course, but Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comment this week wrapped it up in a package for women in Mississippi, one of the worst states for them and their children in the country. They are at fault for whatever goes

wrong. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter that the public schools started slumping under the weight of a backlash from forced integration. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter that we vastly underfund our schools. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter that politics has forced us to test kids to death to somehow justify the money the schools do manage to get. And it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter that these attitudes are targeted at and hurt middle-class, poor and working mothers of all races while the people hurling the accusations are affluent enough to overcome the challenges. It is no real surprise from Bryant, of course. He has long been fully on the anti-women trainâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from being the co-chair of the Personhood Initiative (that failed even as he was elected), to joining the far right against contraception, to blaming poor women for their own plight. But this latest salvo should be a wake-up call to Mississippians just as the extreme Personhood effort was: Women work hard to care for their families and are under immense strain in our state. They get little assistance from the government, and for what they do get, they are blamed and belittled for needing. We can do better, Mississippi. We can start by talking back to so-called leaders like Phil Bryant, regarding of our political party leaning. We can start seeking and supporting more progressive-minded candidates. And we can stand up for women in a state where belittlement of them is a daily sport. It is time for Mississippi leaders to respect women, or for women to eject those leaders.

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y the time you read this, the 2013 mayoral election will be part of our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Most white voters of every political persuasion united against Chokwe Lumumba, the civil-rights attorney who worked for so many years to liberate the Scott Sisters, becauseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;near as I can tellâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they think he seems too angry, and that makes them angry. Ask one of these voters about the presumptive mayor-elect now, and you might get an earful about how our city is becoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;little Detroit,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lumumbalandâ&#x20AC;? or something less printable. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just the usual conservative blame-Jackson crowd who are saying this stuffâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one of the most solid white progressives Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever met, someone active in the Occupy protests, posted a status yesterday suggesting that Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff might wear black gloves and give him a Nazi salute. That kind of reaction canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be about Chokwe Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s race, because Jackson has been electing black mayors since 1997. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about Chokwe Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideology, because most white voters donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know much, if anything about it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the fact that he has dedicated his entire adult life to talking about race directly, fighting racism directly (using nonviolent, albeit occasionally impolite, means), and then won a city election without having to gain the approval of white voters first. Meanwhile, over in the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mansion, Phil Bryant is less than halfway through his first term. He has aligned himself with â&#x20AC;&#x153;stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rightsâ&#x20AC;? groups that oppose federal civil-rights policy. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issued a legislative directive making â&#x20AC;&#x153;any unconstitutional order by the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement,â&#x20AC;? which amounts to a new version of Ross Barnettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nullification and interposition order, and he described section 5 of the Voting Rights Act as former President Lyndon Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revenge against the South. Bryant regularly celebrates the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Confederate â&#x20AC;&#x153;heritage,â&#x20AC;? and he makes jokes about moving the state capitol to majority-white Rankin County. Worse, Bryant uses the power of his office to attack both Medicaid and public educationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;government programs that conservative talk radio hosts present (incorrectly) as being

beneficial primarily to black Mississippians. Many consider Phil Bryant a fairly mainstream politicianâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he is even, in many white circles, a symbol of unity. If you were to ask an average white conservative Jacksonian what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hoped the next mayor would be like, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a safe guess that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d tell you they wanted somebody who can â&#x20AC;&#x153;uniteâ&#x20AC;? the city in the same way the governor â&#x20AC;&#x153;unitesâ&#x20AC;? the state. Of course, the Bryant brand of conservativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;unityâ&#x20AC;? generally does not include any people of color. So you could conclude that when white progressives find â&#x20AC;&#x153;unityâ&#x20AC;? with those white conservatives, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generally at someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expense. And when they join with white conservatives in denouncing an otherwise popular candidate as â&#x20AC;&#x153;divisive,â&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generally at someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expense, too. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well past time to move past the segregated Mississippi political culture that says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s noble to put your ideology and shared values aside and unite on the basis of race, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suspicious to put your racial identity aside and unite on the basis of ideology and shared values. And if you identify as a white progressive, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well past time to act like itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;by rejecting the divisive politics of oldDixie demagogues like Phil Bryant, and at least respectfully tolerating the comparatively inclusive politics of civil-rights activists like Chokwe Lumumba. Stop doing what you think a white person ought to do, and start doing what you think a progressive ought to do. Vote like a progressive, and choose candidates who reflect your core values, not your cultural biases. And be suspicious of any candidate who promises he can â&#x20AC;&#x153;uniteâ&#x20AC;? you with people who do not share your policy goals. Our democratic process gives us real, lifesaving work to doâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;work that some of your friends and family members wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to support. Keep loving your friends and family membersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a unity that no politician gives youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but keep doing the work, too. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let anybody convince you that you have to choose one or the other. Tom Head, Ph.D., has written or cowritten 24 nonfiction books, is a civil liberties writer for and is a grassroots progressive activist.

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edgar Evers seemed to know his life was drawing to a close. A week and a half before he met his fate outside his family’s Jackson home, Evers, the Mississippi field secretary for the National Association of Colored People, said if he died, it would be for a good cause: fighting for America. On June 11, 1963, the day before his assassination, he and his wife, Myrlie, discussed what she would do in the event he was murdered for spearheading a massive voter-registration of black citizens. Myrlie Evers-Williams recalls asking Medgar what she could do to help. “You’re doing it all; just take care of my children,” Medgar said. “Of course I’m going to take care of your children. They’re mine, too,” Myrlie replied. That night, Medgar and Myrlie sat on their sofa holding one another because they both felt that the time was near. That time—the end of Medgar’s life—came the following the day, June 12. At a wreath-laying ceremony on May 16 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Medgar’s assassination, Myrlie recounted the early morning her husband arrived from an NAACP meeting at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, A bronze statue of Medgar Evers stands outside a Jackson-Hinds Library branch on a street, both named in his honor. his trunk full of T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Jim Crow Must Go.” “Medgar had made a promise that he would always come home a different way—either from that end or this 1925. Medgar and his older brother, Charles, served in the tioned, fearing the worst. But, instead, we will be anticipating end of the street—and that he would never get out of the Army during World War II. the best,” Evers said in February 1963. car on the driver’s side because of the threats that had been Medgar rose to the rank of sergeant before returning The Evers family’s move to Jackson elevated Medgar and made, the firebombing of this house. That night, tired, lit- to Mississippi and enrolling at Alcorn Agricultural & Me- his work to national prominence and, therefore, raised the erally worn out, he got out on the driver’s side. And as soon chanical College, now Alcorn State University. There, he risk of danger. Medgar and Myrlie would teach their small the children said, ‘There’s Daddy,’ the shot rang out—one met Myrlie Louise Beasley of Vicksburg and the couple children to hit the floor whenever they heard a loud sound of the loudest and most powerful I had, and still have, ever married and moved to Mound Bayou in 1952 and then to outside. Instead of putting the living room sofa near the winheard in my life. And I knew exactly what happened,” Jackson in 1957. dow, it was positioned against the east wall facing the carport. Evers-Williams recounted at the ceremony at her former In Jackson, Medgar continued to build on work he Threats were made in response to Medgar’s organizing efwest Jackson residence. started in the Delta: organizing forts. In 1962, the Evers home in Jackson was firebombed. “Rushing to the door, I NAACP chapters and registering “Medgar knew what he was doing, and he knew what found this man, who was strong African Americans to vote. the risks were,” Myrlie told Ebony Magazine years later. “He enough to endure being shot “I love the land of my birth. just decided that he had to do what he had to do. But I knew “No soldier in this field has in the back and his chest being I do not mean just America as a at some point he would be taken from me.” fought more courageously, more blown away, still alive holding his country, but Mississippi, the state heroically than Medgar Evers.” — keys. All I could do was scream.” in which I was born. … I have A Southern Tale Mickey Levine, former chairman, hopes of the future when we will The man who took Medgar away was a fertilizer sales‘He Knew the Risks’ not have to hang our head in man from Greenwood named Byron De La Beckwith. He American Veterans Committee, Medgar Wiley Evers was shame or hold our breath when was arrested 12 days later. Like Evers, Beckwith had served in June 19, 1963 born in Decatur, Miss., July 2, the name Mississippi is men- World War II as a Marine but was also a member of the

Rebecca Docter and Geoffrey Edwards contributed reporting.

Mr. Dylan, Mr. Evers by Donna Ladd

A bullet from the back of a bush took Medgar Evers’ blood. A hand set the spark Two eyes took the aim Behind a man’s brain But he can’t be blamed He’s only a pawn in their game. —”Only A Pawn in their Game,” Bob Dylan, 1963

with JAM organizer Holly Lange about where Mr. Evers should stand to get his shot to thank Mr. Dylan. She shook her head: “I’m sorry. It’s just not going to happen. We tried, but they’ve cleared everyone out of backstage. He won’t be able to get back there.” I went back and told Mr. Evers. He shrugged, saying that he’d enjoyed the show anyhow. I asked him to come back t was raining the morning of May 17, to our tent afterward to have his picture 2003. I was in my office, worrying taken. He graciously said OK. about what the Jubilee! JAM organizMr. Evers was holding court at the ers must be going through. It’s hard to tent, looking like he was running for office make this festival pay off in good weather, again as he waved and shook hands, when not to mention in times of Holly appeared in the crowd. thunderstorms and crime hys“Come. Now.” she commandteria. I knew the rain, coming ed, breathless from running. on the JAM’s big day—CasI pulled Mr. Evers away from sandra Wilson, Bob Dylan a conversation mid-sentence, and Gerald Levert were schedand she grabbed his other arm. uled that evening—would be “Mr. Evers, I’m sorry to do this playing hell with the moods to you, but we’ve got to hurry,” of the organizers. she said, yanking him through The phone rang me out the crowd, me attached to his of my trance. Caller ID said it other arm. was Charles Evers, a man who, When they let us through despite some political differthe fence, the scene suddenly ences, has become my friend became quiet and reverent with and partner in attempting to everyone seemingly scared to bridge racial gaps. I do his radio blink. I stopped next to Malshow, and this magazine is cocolm and Holly. Then Bob Medgar Evers, far left, was threatened and eventually killed sponsoring the homecoming Dylan appeared wearing his for registering African Americans voters in Missississippi. celebration this year, in honor white cowboy hat. He warmly of his martyred brother. He grasped Mr. Evers’ hand and wrote an opinion piece about held it for a good five minutes the Iraq war for us. “Hi, Mr. Evers.” told him, and he said OK. I had a sinking while they talked eye-to-eye, heart-toHe got to the point. “Donna, do you feeling, though, that I might be raising his heart, man-to-man. They both nodded a think you could help me meet Bob Dylan hopes for nothing—except a good show, lot and seemed emotional. I didn’t try to today? I want to thank him for that song of course. I met him in the JRA parking get closer. This was between two giants of he wrote for Medgar when he was killed.” garage, and we walked to the VIP stage, the Civil Rights Movement, and the man Gulp. I had no clout that could help with Mr. Evers stopping to shake black and they—we—had lost to hatred. I blinked Mr. Evers meet Mr. Dylan. I also knew white hands along the way. I remarked that back tears. how media-paranoid Dylan is, and that he might be the biggest celebrity there that Suddenly, Mr. Evers turned around his people had told JAM honcho Malcolm night. He laughed and slapped my arm. and took my arm, pulling me forward. Mr. White that he would meet absolutely no “No way.” Dylan slowly turned his gaze to my face and one at the JAM so don’t bother to ask. The show was excellent, although reached for my hand. I shook it, just looking But I also knew what “that song” was, truth be known the sound was better down into his eyes, as Mr. Evers told him who I and what it meant when Dylan, seemingly in the mud where we watched the encore. was, that I had a newspaper and that we’re blinking back tears, had sung it at the 1963 I was a little disappointed, although not trying to bridge racial gaps and do good March on Washington, two-and-a-half surprised, that Dylan didn’t seize the op- things in Jackson. My heart was in my toes. months after a bigot had executed Medgar portunity to sing “Only a Pawn in their “I’m honored to meet you” is all I said. Evers in Jackson in front of his children: Game.” Looking out at the mostly white Then Mr. Evers and I turned and “Daddy! Daddy! Please get up, Daddy!” crowd, gathered on the AmSouth lawn walked away, with him hugging me with I shocked myself by saying, “Sure, Mr. near where the old segregated Woolworth boyish delight. He thanked me profusely. Evers, I’ll see what I can do. I bet Dylan got its 15 minutes of fame in the 1960s, I’m the one who is thankful. To would love to meet you.” I hung up, prom- I told Mr. Evers, “I wish people like Mr. Malcolm and Holly and Dylan’s people. ising to call his cell phone with updates. Dylan could understand the progress we’re And to Mr. Evers for letting me be part of Throughout the day, as the weather making around here these days.” Mr. Evers his—and, by extension, Medgar’s—special improved and worsened again, my quest nodded his head. We both knew that moment. didn’t go so well. Malcolm—who under- Jackson could handle hearing that song if Another good reason to call stood the gravity of the request—promised Dylan could handle doing it for us. Jackson home. to ask Dylan’s manager, but reiterated the Before the show ended, I checked This piece ran in the JFP 10 years ago.


singer’s demand not to meet anyone. At 6:30, a half hour before the Dylan show, I checked in again, and Malcolm told me the prospect was bleak. Dylan’s manager said he might pass by Mr. Evers and shake his hand if he happened to be standing right there. No media, though. I said this wasn’t about me; I’d stay a mile away if I had to; this was about Mr. Evers and Mr. Dylan. I called Mr. Evers, and talked him into coming to the JAM, even without a guarantee that he’d meet the singer. “I have a pass for you; come watch the show with me, and then we’ll see what we can do,” I


Citizens Council and Ku Klux Klan. After two trials that resulted in hung juries in 1964, Beckwith was found guilty of Evers’ murder in 1994; he died 2001 at age 80. During Evers’ interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Bishop Stephen Gill Spottswood, who chaired the NAACP’s board of directors, delivered a eulogy in which he remembered Medgar as a soldier. “He knew he lived in danger, this Negro leader of the struggle for equality of citizenship and opportunity. He knew, this veteran of World War II, what it meant to serve his country. Does his country know how to serve him, how to make his sacrifice worthwhile? As his funeral services are held today, the people of Mississippi and wherever else Negroes are oppressed will have to realize that the struggle for which Medgar Evers died will continue until freedom is attained,” Spottswood said. Although Medgar’s assassination drew national attention, he never craved recognition, Myrlie wrote in “The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero’s Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches,” published in 2006. “Whenever I raised the issue, encouraging him to seek credit for his work, I was always met with an icy stare and firm voice saying, ‘It’s not about me, it’s about the mission and the little people.’” In the May 16 remembrance in Jackson, Myrlie Evers-Williams said: “When the bullet struck (Medgar) in his back, it forced him forward. He had his keys in his hands and fell up the steps. The bullet ricocheted through this window, hit the wall, went through that wall, knocked off a piece of aluminum tile, struck the refrigerator and left a hole in the refrigerator, and the bullet landed on the countertop next to a watermelon. “And I said how southern we are—even in death.”

From the Archives: June 12, 2003

“He knew he lived in danger, this Negro leader of the struggle for equality of citizenship and opportunity. He knew, this veteran of World War II, what it meant to serve his country. Does his country know how to serve him, how to make his sacrifice worthwhile? As his funeral services are held today, the people of Mississippi and wherever else Negroes are oppressed will have to realize that the struggle for which Medgar Evers died will continue until freedom is attained.” — New York Times, June 15, 1963.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whether Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to heaven or hell, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going from Jackson.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Medgar Evers by Trip Burns

I In Her Words: Myrlie Evers-Williams Evers Home, 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive. Thursday, May 16, 2013


America reach the point it is today. I am so proud to have been part of the NAACP. Even though there were times that we had disagreementsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we as a family?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the goal remains the same: freedom and justice and equality for everyone. Let me share just a little bit of emotion with you, and I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take much time. Driving on Guynes Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that was the name then; it is now Margaret Walker Alexanderâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the stomach tends to get queasy. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care how many times it happens. You pull into the driveway, and one relives what went on that nightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;early morningâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of June 12, of Medgar driving in to the driveway, the children in the bedroom on the floor saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daddy.â&#x20AC;? They knew the sound of the motor, and Medgar had made a promise that he would always come home a different wayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;either from that end or this end of the streetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and that he would never get out of the car on the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side because of the threats that had been made, the firebombing of this house. That night, tired, literally worn out he ,Q+HU:RUGVVHHSDJH

â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a subtle but important turn of perception, people referred to the killing as a political assassination instead of a lynching, adding both personal and historical connotations. White people who had never heard of Medgar Evers spoke his name over and over, as though the words themselves had the ring of legend. It seemed fitting that the casket was placed on a slow train through the South, bound for Washington so that the body could lie in state. In death, Evers inspired reappraisals, conversions, and heroics on a grand scale, but the extraordinary emotions also produced raw adjustments among the leaders (of the Civil Rights Movement). Some of them were at each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throats before the funeral train left Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Taylor Branch, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parting the Waters: America in the King Yearsâ&#x20AC;?


embers and friends, for some reason I feel just a little bit nervous. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unusual, but I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emotion more than anything elseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;emotions that have all of you here, my daughter here. Seeing where we have come from 50 years ago, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen Tougaloo accept the gift from the Evers family and to move forward into the future with all that can be done with this gift, I thank you. I see so many people here who have played such a major part in my life, and I want to thank all of you for what you have done in the name of freedom, justice equality and, quite honestly, of not forgetting Medgar Evers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a long and terrible journey of trying to keep his memory alive. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little difficult not to become emotional when I set foot on this soil. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care how many times I do it. The memories, the flashbacks, keep coming, and perhaps thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing because it serves as a very strong motivator to keep going regardless of how tired one becomes, to keep going regardless of how old one becomes but in keeping that spirit alive in the name of Medgar Evers and so many others who played such an important role in helping

The rifle Byron De La Beckwith used to assassinate Medgar Evers is on display at the Mississippi state archives.

Benjamin Jealous (left), the current NAACP national president, and Myrlie Evers-Williams (right) visited Jackson recently to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Evers-Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; husband, Medgar.

n this country, we have a keen interest in visiting places where famous people died. This is especially true for events of the 1960s: People visit Dallas to see where President Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enjoyed his final moments before being struck in the back and head. You can visit the Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot on the balcony. It is now the National Civil Rights Museum (the front of the museum is the same façade as the old motel). In fact, the museum is designed to allow a view of MLKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room, eerily preserved from more than 40 years ago. Try to not feel something as you see the sheets on the last bed he slept in, frozen and messy, never to be made again. Here in Jackson, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the last home of Medgar Evers, our own civil rights hero, where he was shot in the back after midnight on June 12, 1963. At his Jackson home, now a museum to his life and death, you can stand in the spot where Medgar Evers died. If you travel to 2332 Margaret Alexander Walker Drive (close to what is now Medgar Evers Boulevard), you can visit a somber place that is still intactâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;house, driveway, everything. You can quietly stand in the exact spot where Medgar stepped out of his car and was shot, then dragging himself through the carport to where he died, with his keys in his hand. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen the photographs from that night, you could even imagine seeing the blood on the ground. There are no gates, no security guards. You are free to walk around. Be respectful; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still very much a neighborhood with people living next door. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see the marker in the front yard and a plaque on the front of the house, but everything is remarkably as it was the night he was killed. More than that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful testament to a quiet man who worked hard; perhaps Medgar himself would be pleased with how his home has been preserved. Here is where Medgar and Myrlie took care of their children. Here is where they slept and ate. Here is where Medgar would forever be known as a hero and marytr. See Trip Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Medgar Evers photo essay at





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got out on the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side. And as soon the children said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daddy,â&#x20AC;? the shot rang outâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one the loudest and most powerful I had, and still have, ever heard in my life, and I knew exactly what happened. Rushing to the door, I found this man who was strong enough to endure being shot in the back and his chest being blown away still alive holding his keys, and all I could do was scream. Because the night before we had talked about this very thing happening, and I asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What else can I do to help?â&#x20AC;? And he said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing it all; just take care of my children.â&#x20AC;? And I said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to take care of your children; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re mine, too.â&#x20AC;? We sat in this room, which is the living room, which faced that wall facing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is not dead, the soldier carport because this one was too dangerfallen here. His spirit walks ous because of the glass. And we sat there throughout the world today. â&#x20AC;Ś and held each other and cried because we knew that the time was near. I hope Medgar Evers will be the I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go through the rest of it exlast black American to give his cept for one little part to tell you how life in the struggle to make the southâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;how southernâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this is: When Constitution come alive. He laid the bullet struck him in his back, it down his life for negroes that they forced him forward. He had his keys in his hands and fell up the steps. The might be free from segregation bullet ricocheted through this window, and discrimination, that we hit the wall, went through that wall, might share in the full fruits of knocked off a piece of aluminum tile, democracy. Now he rests from struck the refrigerator and left a hole in his labors.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bishop Stephen the refrigerator, and the bullet landed on the countertop next to a watermelon. Gill Spottswood, NAACP board And I said how southern we are â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even of directors chairman delivering in death, even in something like this. Eversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; eulogy, June 19, 1963 But the spirit of the man never died. It lived and lives today. I remember those three children crying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daddy get up, get up, get up. Daddy get up.â&#x20AC;? I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go on with the rest of the story. But to say to you that 50 years later, it is almost as fresh to me as it was that night. And I had made a promise to Medgar the night before that if anything happened to him, and I survived, that I would be sure that justice would be served. It took years to get to that point, but justice was served. I was called crazy, among lots of other things that I will not repeat here, for pushing for that and pushing for other things. And I guess the lesson in that is: believe. Believe in something that you are willing to give your all for. That grammar might not be correct, but I think you get what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m saying.

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R.I.P., Medgar by Shameka Hayes


magine not being allowed to vote for the candidate of your choice, even though you were allowed to register to do so, or not being able to go to the college of your choice, even though your grades and conduct were exceptional. Imagine being thrown in jail, beaten or even killed for attempting to do any of these things because of the color of your skin. What would you be willing to do to change the course of things? Would you give up your life? Medgar Evers was assassinated in the driveway of his home June 12, 1963. At the time of his death, he was a field secretary for the NAACP, working to help end the so-called Jim Crow era that plagued Mississippi and much of the South with government-enforced segregation. He played an important role in attempts to deAfter high school, Medgar Evers entered the Army. Later, he attended college at segregate Mississippi universities, in particular by what is now Alcorn State University. submitting his denied application to Ole Miss as a test case to the NAACP, and he was instrumental in helping enroll James Meredith at the same university that rejected him. and including celebrities Ruby Dee, Dionne Warwick, Jesse Jackson, To honor his legacy, Medgar Evers’ widow, Myrlie and his broth- Redd Foxx and Danny Glover and others the celebrations have aler, Charles, along with their families dedicate themselves to preserv- ways been a time of reflection and fellowship. ing the memory and legacy of Medgar Evers. Every year, since 1973, The theme for this year’s 50th celebration is “How Far We’ve the family has hosted a Homecoming Celebration for three or more Come.” Events in Jackson run from Thursday, June 6, through days in June. Held in places such as Camden, Edwards and Jackson, Wednesday, June 12.


“Evers devoted his live to establishing equality for African Americans in Mississippi and the nation as a whole. His life was one consumed by the oppressive realities of African Americans in Mississippi and this drove his relentless activism. The strength exhibited by his father, combined with the religious and moral piety of his mother, provided Evers with a deep intuitive feeling that segregation and second-class citizenship were inherently wrong. He believed that one must challenge all forms of inequality if the democratic ideal America paraded in front of the world were to become reality.” — Michael Vinson Williams, “Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr”


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“Medgar Evers was a native Mississippian, a veteran of World War II in Europe, and after the war a running back for the Alcorn A&M Braves. Later, as Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP in the fifties and early sixties, he was the most prominent and visible advocate in the state for equal justice for blacks, for fair employment, school integration, access to public accommodations, and the vote.” —Willie Morris


JUNE 6—Tougaloo College hosts a gospel concert starting at 6 p.m. with Charles Evers, Medgar Evers brother, as the guest speaker. Admission is free. JUNE 7—The celebration continues with a homecoming parade that begins at Freedom Corner (Martin Luther King Drive and Medgar Evers Boulevard) at 10 a.m. The Evers are the parade grand marshal, and honorary marshal include Miss Black Mississippi, Kimberly Morgan; attorney Richard Schwartz; Hinds County District attorney Robert Shuler Smith; and Kixie 107 DJs Stan Branson and Rob Jay. Also in the lineup are the Fayette High School Marching Band, the Mississippi State Alumni Band, a collection of 18wheelers, and more. At 7 p.m. a scholarship banquet is at the Masonic Temple (1072 J.R. Lynch St.) followed by a concert. Organizers have not announced the musical performers; however, speakers for the evening are Dr. Tanya Moore, grandniece of Medgar Evers; Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; and former blues singer Bishop Joe Simon. Admission is $50, and attire is semi-formal. JUNE 8—Inaugural Medgar Evers International Day of Justice and Service is at the Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. For information, go to JUNE 9—Medgar Evers Sunday. Faith leaders all over the world will remember Medgar Evers and celebrate his Legacy by sharing a message of “Unity and Faith.” In Jackson, the Liturgy for Racial Reconciliation Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Medgar Evers will be at St. Andrew’s

Episcopal Cathedral (305 E Capitol St.) at 4 p.m. At 6 p.m., the grand opening of the Medgar Evers Exhibit at the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.) includes a reception. JUNE 10—A rededication ceremony of the Medgar Evers Home Museum (2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive) is at 11 a.m. Tougaloo College hosts the Freedom Trail marker dedication on the Campus Green at 2 p.m. JUNE 10 AND JUNE 11—Where Medgar Walked: Civil Rights Sites Tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., covers sites in Jackson. Tours start at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). Email Daphne Chamberlain at or call 601979-1561. The free Civil Rights Film Festival is at the Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, and 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 11. For information, call Jeanne Luckett at 601-960-0649, or email her at JUNE 11—Day of Commitment. The unveiling of Medgar and Myrlie Evers’ portraits and opening of the Civil Rights Art Exhibit begins at 9 a.m., at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) Tougaloo College hosts “Conversations on the Life and Legacy of Medgar Wiley Evers” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center. At 7 p.m., head to Tougaloo’s Campus Green for “The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement: Medgar Wiley Evers in Jazz.”

Youth Congress: Dedicated to the Cause of Freedom will be at the Cabot Lodge Millsaps (2375 N. State St.). JUNE 12—The International Day of Remembrance includes Celebration on the Green at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden (380 S. Lamar St.) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event includes music, art, a food festival, a literacy fair, reflections, book signings by historians as well as authors, and sponsor exhibits. For information, contact Jacqueline Berry at 601-709-3744 or email The Service of the Bells is from noon until 12:30 p.m., and includes memorial and praise in word and song. For information, call Jeanne Luckett at 601-960-0649, or email her at jeanneluckett1@ Closing out the week in Jackson is the 50th Anniversary Gala, a commemorative tribute. The Red Carpet Party starts at 6:30 p.m., and the black-tie event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. Tickets are $100 each; purchase a reserved table of 10 for $1,200. The deadline for purchasing gala tickets is Friday, June 7, at 5 p.m. To purchase gala tickets, call 601-878-1881 or go to to buy them online. In keeping with this year’s theme, “How Far We’ve Come,” organizers hope the weekend will be a time of reflection on the life of Medgar Evers, the legacy he leaves behind, and all he and others have done for civil rights and equality throughout Mississippi and beyond. For more information, call 601-948-5835, or visit

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PIZZA 904 Basil’s (904 E. Fortification, 601-352-2002) Creative pizzas, italian food, burgers and much more in a casual-dining atmosphere in the heart of Belhaven. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the fried ravioli. Bring the kids for ice cream! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11. ITALIAN BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami. STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING Nick’s (3000 Old Canton Road, Fondren, 601-981-8017) Brunch, lunch and Southern-inspired fine dining from seafood and beef tenderloin to quail, pork belly, lamb and duck. Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Huntington Grille (1001 East County Line Road, Jackson Hilton, 601-957-2800) Mississippi fine dining features seafood, crayfish, steaks, fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits, pizzas and more. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma. BARBEQUE Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and po’boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A “very high class pig stand,” Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads.

The Substitute Cookies by Amber Helsel


he idea to bake strange cookies came to me when I was in a bind. As an editorial assistant, it’s part of my job to help ensure that all the holes in the newspaper are filled. Some weeks it’s easy, and some weeks it’s not. This week, we were missing a food story. I thought of everything, from my weird smoothie recipes to my experiments with low-fat, low-calorie, but tasty dishes. I thought of cookies, of course, because they’re easy to make, and everyone loves them. And then I thought of all those times I was tempted to try substitutes in a recipe. I’m on Pinterest a lot, and I saw a lot of people posting lists of baking substitutes, and I thought, why not? Who says I have to use flour, sugar and butter for every dish I bake? They help with some of the processes involved in cooking, but sometimes those ingredients are superfluous and unnecessary for someone who doesn’t want to feel guilty about eating a cookie. And so came the idea to bake cookies that were made without flour, white sugar and egg yolks. The batter alarmed me at first because it went from an ugly green to an almost a chocolate-like color as I added each ingredient. These were definitely not the cookies I normally made. I could even smell rankness of the bean puree. What I was most worried about,

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BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Best Burger of 2012, plus live music and entertainment! Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and Irish beers on tap. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot.


ASIAN AND INDIAN Crazy Ninja (862 BlvdDr., @ Flowood County Line Rd. 601-991-3110) (2560Avery Lakeland 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Ruchi India (862 Avery Blvd @ County Line Rd. 601-991-3110) Classic Indian cuisine from multiple regions. Lamb, vegetarian, chicken, shrimp and more. Pan Asia (720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland 601-956-2958) Beautiful ambiance and signature asian fusion dishes and build-your-own stir-frys. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi. VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-veganfriendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.


AMERICAN/SOUTHERN CUISINE Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution for breakfast, blue-plates, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys & wraps. Famous bakery! Another Broken Egg (1000 Highland Colony #1009 in Renaissance, 601.790.9170) Open Daily 7am-2pm for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Lunch. Mon-Fri, Sun. Koinonia (136 Adams St. 601-960-3008) Coffeehouse plus lunch and more! Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches. For Heaven’s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events.

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Cookies made with avocado and black beans are tastier than you might think.

though, was whether or not these would act like regular cookies. To my surprise, they did and actually rose a lot quicker than normal. The cookies came out moist and small, unlike a lot of my other normal batches, which normally turn out hard and stuck together. But it was the taste that surprised me the most. The cookies had a bit of a bitter taste, but it wasn’t the beans or the avocado, though I could taste a hint of something different. It was the cocoa and the dark chocolate that gave the cookies that bitter bite. Though I’m disgusted by bitterness in food, I thought they were, all together, pretty tasty. Even my mother, who thinks anything I cook is weird, really liked them. And, of course, all the lovely people at JFP loved them, though they didn’t know what was in them.

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Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies Ingredients:

1/2 cup mashed avocado A little less than 1/4 cup baking Stevia 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 egg whites 1 1/4 cup black bean puree 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (optional) 1 cup dark chocolate chunks

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Farenheit and lined a baking sheet with parchment paper. Grab a sharp knife and cut around the avocado, careful not to stab the pit just yet. After the fruit separates, hit the pit a few times with the knife until the knife blade digs into its hard shell. Twist and remove.

Mash the green flesh with a fork and spoon 1/2 cup into a bowl With your blender, puree 15 ounces of black beans. This should be about 1 1/4 cup. It’s okay if it’s a tiny bit less. Cream the Stevia and brown sugar with the avocado. Stir in the vanilla and then the egg whites, one at a time. Add the black bean puree, baking soda, salt, and the cocoa powder, and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chunks. Drop the batter evenly onto the baking sheet with a cookie scoop or a tablespoon and bake for 30 minutes. At the end, stab the middle of one with a toothpick, and when the pick was clean or mostly clean, they are ready. Let the cookies sit on a cooling rack or on the sheet for 10 minutes.

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While she is recontextualizing the magazine content with a modern eye, Knox isn’t trying to be overtly political or feminist with her work. “I make fun of it, and I love it at the same time,” she says. “I try and stay away from politics.” More recently, Knox has been trying her hand at collaging canvases. “I want to make something that’s a little nicer—something that someone will want to hold onto,” she says. On canvas, the tone of her work changed. The two forms are brother and sister, but the cards are a darker, more twisted sister. While her canvas work still features Knox recontextualizing vintage imagery, the tone is sentimental, as opposed to snarky. In a piece called “Cold War Day Dream,” a cutout of a girl perched on a typewriter stares up at a series of hot air balloons. Other work includes the repetition of floating clocks surrounded by negative space. “Like the cards, it’s got a dreamy, put-together feel, but it’s more of a sweet sentiment as opposed to a raunchy one,” Knox says. A bit of snark still remains, however: one canvas features a Xanax bottle overturned spilling out a combination of daisies and pills. Knox plants to take Lo-Fi Lux to more art festivals and continue making cards, but has little desire to mass produce them or sell them online. “If Urban Outfitters wants to mass produce them, sure; they can pay me,” she says. Until then, check out Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202, 601-366-7619) for her greeting cards and Fondren Muse (3413 N. State St., 601-345-1155) for her canvas work. You can also see her art at, and on her Instagram @lofilux.

Nell Knox discovered her knack for snarky collage art after flipping through old magazines in William Goodman’s art studio.



hen Nell Knox took her wares to her first artist festival, Fondren Unwrapped in 2011, she wasn’t confident. “I was like, I don’t even know how to do an art festival, what am I doing? I’ve only been an artist for like three months, nobody’s going to want this stuff. And people ate them up, people were hysterically laughing,” she says. The stuff she’s referring to are the cards she makes under the brand name Lo-Fi Lux. The cards are collages made from ’50s and ’60s women’s magazines compiled into humorous conglomerates that mix food, retro glamour and sometimes a warped sense of humor. Knox’s work with Lo-Fi Lux has expanded to include canvas collage pieces, two of which recently went for “very good” prices during an art show at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Growing up, Knox didn’t see herself as a creative person. Knox went to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School before attending Millsaps College. While at Millsaps, she worked her artistic sensibilities by volunteering to design posters for her sorority’s

events. Even though she was using the collage aesthetic that would later become her signature, Knox didn’t see her work as special. “I never thought about that being my creative side,” she says. She left Millsaps with a major in English and a minor in classics without taking a single art class. She wouldn’t start making art for fun until 2011. Knox was hanging out in her boyfriend William Goodman’s Fondren art studio when she found some Seventeen magazines from the ’60s that someone had given him. “The ads were hilarious, and it was right around the time we had started (watching) ‘Mad Men,’” she says. Something about watching the shows and looking through the old magazines struck a chord, and she began cutting out her favorite ad taglines and images with an X-Acto knife and making collages just for fun. The cards juxtapose images such as housewives and processed food for a piece that mixes irony and satire with a knowing wink, or even a full-blown raspberry. “It started out recreating this raunchy ad, like maybe it was an ad for tampons, and I took a picture of a hamburger or ground beef and added it in,” Knox says. Unlike similarly vintage cards that veer on the inappropriate, she pulls the taglines straight from the magazines for an ironic twist. One card has a woman holding a large pair of tighty-whities with the headline, “I have the nicest husband.” Knox was inspired by the dichotomy of the heavily processed food and the feminine hygiene products so blatantly advertised in the magazines. “You’re eating all this sh*tty processed food, and there’s ads for laxatives,” she says. Other cards poke fun at the strict gender roles of the time. The line, “for a sensuous man,” is paired with an image of a man on a lawnmower. A woman in a bra and pearl earrings clutches a huge bottle of schnapps with the tagline “profession: housewife.”






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Daniel (Jesse Eisenberg) and his band of magicians and illusionists pull off great heists in a shadowy game of Robin Hood in “Now You See Me.”


ow You See Me” is a Robin Hood tale, if that’s what you call four magicians robbing banks, safes and rich people to give the money to their audiences. The four illusionists—Daniel (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley (Isla Fisher), Merritt (Woody Harrelson) and Jack (Dave Franco)—are brought together by a mysterious man. One year later, they perform their first magic act together in Las Vegas as the Four Horsemen. Cynical FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol Agent Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent) try to hunt them down and put them in prison, while Thaddeus Bradley, a former magician and host of a magic-exposing TV show, tries to reveal the secrets behind their tricks. The film mostly follows Rhodes and Dray in their quest. The Four Horsemen get a decent amount of screen time, but I wish I could see more of the quartet. I know, I know: The movie is meant to be surrounded in mystery and intrigue, which is probably why they get so little screen time. That way, you don’t always know what’s happening. I’m not a huge fan of illusionism. I think the whole idea of magic being fun and interesting died when David Copperfield overplayed it, but the film makes me want to see more. It’s fascinating how they pull off this elaborate scheme under the nose of the FBI, Interpol and Thaddeus Bradley. Rhodes’ skepticism was the most amusing element of the film. No matter what happens, he keeps trying to be two steps ahead of four master illusionists. Think about it: An FBI agent who probably couldn’t track down a mouse goes after the most elusive criminals in the world. Dray tries to get him to understand that he doesn’t have to cling to logic and reasoning and even tries to spark

his imagination and wonder with a simple card trick. All he can do is turn into Detective Hulk. A brief synopsis can’t explain the full complexities of the film. It’s not just about magicians playing Robin Hood. Their heists and grand schemes are a way to avenge people who have been displaced by the team’s benefactor, insurance-giant Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine), but they are also part of the grander journey to join the fabled Eye of Horus, a secret order of magicians. The legend is what brings them together in the first place. After performing their first acts of the film (where each person’s individual skill is highlighted) they each receive a tarot card with the role they will play in the quest and an address to a dusty old apartment in New York City. Although they are reluctant to work with each other to prove themselves to the secretive Eye, they become the Four Horsemen. Their journey includes performing elaborate tricks, such as making a French man appear in a makeshift bank where he thinks he helps them steal money, and faking a horrific car crash and the death of one of the members. At the same time, a shadowy fifth horsemen lurks around the corner. Who is he—or she? I found “Now You See Me” to be spellbinding and extremely enjoyable. It’s got mystery, magic, comedy—everything I look for in a good film. There’s even a little bit of romance in the film, or at least a palpable amount of tension in the air whenever Rhodes and Dray are together. Unlike a lot of movies nowadays, “Now You See Me” makes you think. You spend the majority of the time wondering what the Four Horsemen have up their sleeves, and if the fifth horsemen actually exists.

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Even at a summer kick-off barbecue, talking with folks passionate about Jackson invigorates and inspires.

Reflecting on all of this, I spent Memorial Day afternoon with another group of Jacksonians, less formally organized but no less passionate, creative, and committed to our city. Several years ago, a group of friends started what’s become an annual tradition of a holiday pig roast to kick off the summer. It’s grown in size so much that this year it relocated from Arthur Jones’ front yard to Belhaven Park. While slathered in SPF and sitting under a tent to keep from burning, I talked with friends who care deeply about this place we call home. Some are working to transform the culinary scene here. Some are working to quite literally change the landscape, as architects. Some are working to foster entrepreneurship. Some work in politics or on shaping public policy. But regardless of any single election outcome, or the outcome of any single project in town, they’re all here; they’re all committed; and in their own way, each contributes. Over the past month, we’ve seen a lot of divisiveness. Sadly, that’s politics for you. But when the dust settles, even if we don’t always agree, we’re all still in this together. In so many of the people I talk to each day, I’m reminded and encouraged that so many of us do have a mind to work and that each of us in our own ways, big and small, plays a part. I hope you’ll do yours.



ne night last week, I found myself alone, hungry and in want of some social interaction. As I’m wont to do at such times, I headed to a friendly neighborhood restaurant with a bar at which I could sit and chat with the bartender or other patrons. I settled on Miso (3100 N. State St., 769-251-0199), Grant Nooe’s new Asianfusion restaurant. It’s a casual, friendly spot and Grant’s food is healthy, fresh, and yummy. Plus, with a Fondren crowd, I figured there’d be some interesting company. It being Memorial Day weekend, most of the Jackson population appeared to have headed to the beach, so for a while, I held down the bar alone, which gave me time to chat with bar manager John Swanson. Swanson is one of those Jacksonians who makes me excited about our city. Passionate about his food and beverage craft, he also has wide-ranging interests in creative enterprises of all sorts, and understands that Jackson is ripe to capitalize on our creative economy. We chatted about everything from a recent TED talk he’d watched about print media to graphic design to farm incubators, and ended on the topic of our city and our desire to be a part of positive change in it. I thought back to the week before the Democratic mayoral primary, when I attended a political accountability session for Working Together Jackson (find it on Facebook). WTJ, for short, is a broad-based coalition of 39 member organizations from all across the city, one of which is my church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral. Over the past year and a half or so, through talking with literally thousands of members, WTJ identified seven common community-wide issues and concerns it wants to address. Several sub-groups, organized by neighborhood, began a grassroots effort to address them, and the success to date is impressive. Also impressive is that WTJ is so diverse—crossing lines of religion, race, gender, political persuasion and economy—yet was able to identify commonalities that everyone wants to do something about. At the recent session, multiple WTJ leaders asked the crowd, “Do you have a mind to work?” and the answer was a resounding, loud, “Yes!” And the group is working. One thing it prides itself on is that it will not ask elected officials (or anyone else, for that matter) to address an issue on which it is not already working. When we talk about things like political accountability, I think that’s only fair. This is my city, and for me to simply sit back and wait for someone to do something, or “save” it, strikes me as disingenuous. Like many groups, WTJ does not endorse any political party or candidate, but it does want to work with those elected. At its political accountability session, rather than

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The Pop-up Rock Show is at 7 p.m. at James Patterson Photography.

CARA’s Putting on the Dog is at 11 a.m. at Great Scott.

Champs for Charity is at 6 p.m. at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

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Whitespike and Burgess Meredith perform at the Popup Rock Show from 7-10 p.m. at James Patterson Photography (3017 N. State St.). $5 cover; call 601-366-5141. … The musical “Hairspray” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) and runs through June 16. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533. … Cody Canada and the Departed, and Rob Baird perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. All-ages show. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-292-7121;



The opening reception for the art exhibit “A Pieceful Celebration” is from 5-7 p.m. at the Mississippi Library Commission (Education and Research Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive). Show hangs through June 28. Free; call 601432-4056. … Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601-981-9606. Includes liveRIGHTnow’s fondRUN at 6 p.m. Free;


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Country Club (150 Greensward Drive, Madison). Tennis players ages 70 and up compete in the doubles tournament. $30 entry fee (includes lunch and a gift); call 601-6058784; … The annual grand opening of the Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road) is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. until the week of Thanksgiving. Call 601987-6783. … Putting on the Dog is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road). The benefit for Community Animal Rescue and Adoption includes a silent auction, food vendors and dogs for adoption. Free admission, dog BY LATASHA WILLIS treat or food donations welcome; call 601-497-0375 or 601JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM 842-4404. … The Capital City Roller Girls Roller Derby Game FAX: 601-510-9019 is at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi DAILY UPDATES AT Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi JFPEVENTS.COM St.). $12, children under 12 free, $50 vendors; call 601-383-4885; find Capital City Roller Girls on Facebook. … Fondren Theatre Workshop’s 10th Anniversary Showcase is at 7 p.m. at the home of Jane and David Waugh (1330 Eastover Drive). $5; call 601-301-2281. … Tightrope Escapade performs from 7-9 p.m. at Cups in Fondren (2757 Old Canton Road). All-ages show. Free; find Tightrope Escapade on Facebook. … The Magnolia Ballroom Dancers’ Association Monthly Dance is at 8 p.m. at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). $15, $10 members; call 601506-4591. Salsa class at 7 p.m. ($5, members free). … Colt Ford performs at 10:30 p.m. at Club Magoo’s. Doors open at 9 p.m. $20; call 800-745-3000.


Country music rapper Colt Ford performs at Club Magoo’s June 7 at 10:30 p.m.


The rededication ceremony for the Medgar Evers Home Museum is June 10 at 11 a.m.

The annual Medgar Evers Homecoming kicks off with a free gospel concert at 6 p.m. at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). More events through June 8; call 601-948-5835 for details. … Relay for Life is at 6 p.m. at Smith-Wills Stadium (1200 Lakeland Drive). Includes a luminaria ceremony and entertainment. Benefits the American Cancer Society. $10 registration plus fundraising ($100 minimum to receive a T-shirt), fundraising goal of $1,000 for teams; call 601-622-0581.


The Super 70s Smash is at 8 a.m. at Reunion Golf and


The Pieces and Strings Quilt Exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) hangs through

Sept. 1 in the public corridor. Free; call 601-960-1515.


The rededication ceremony for the Medgar Evers Home Museum (2332 Margaret W. Alexander Drive) is at 11 a.m. Free; call 601-977-7871. … The Freedom Trail marker dedication at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo) is at 2 p.m. on the campus green. Free; call 601-977-7871.


James Sclater and Angela Willoughby perform during Music in the City at 5:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar at 5:15 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515. … Champs for Charity is from 6-9 p.m. at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). The Mississippi Burn Foundation’s fundraiser includes refreshments, a silent auction of autographed sports memorabilia, music from Jason Mitchell and a dance competition. $25, $10 ages 15 and under; call 601-540-2995;


Author and historian Jeff Giambrone talks about the 150th anniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6998. … See the film “Spirit of the Marathon II” at 7 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $11.50, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children; call 601-936-5856. … Carrie Rodriguez performs at 7:30 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. For ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601-292-7121; More at and

DJ Young Venom and Friends June 15, 9 p.m., at Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St.). Enjoy music from DJ Young Venom and a signature Smirnoff drink, and vote for him to be Smirnoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Master of the Mix. Also enjoy music from DJ Koollaid, Spacewolf, Slimm Pusha and 5th Child. Vote by texting BACKSPIN to 839863 through June 30. Free; call 948-0888; email; Ninth Annual JFP Chick Ball July 20, 6 p.m., at Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St.). The fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention, and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to fight sex trafficking in Mississippi. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 23; email;

#/--5.)49 Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-352-2580. â&#x20AC;˘ Wild About Learning Day June 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes games, book reading, animal encounters and information on summer activities. Hall off admission until 1 p.m. $10, $9 seniors, $6.75 ages 12 and under, children under 2 and members free. â&#x20AC;˘ Zoo Camp, Ages 4-5. Sessions are June 10-14 or June 24-28. $90, $85 members. â&#x20AC;˘ Zoo Camp, Ages 6-8. Sessions are June 10-14 (half day), June 17-21 (half day), June 24-28, July 1-5 (half day) or July 8-12. Half day: $90,

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Medgar Evers 50th Anniversary Commemoration June 6-12. The Evers Institute hosts a series of events to recognize the 50th anniversary of Eversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; assassination. Activities include a civil-rights tour, a film festival, a youth congress, a memorial service, a chairmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception and a tribute gala. Sponsorships start at $500, $100 for tribute gala only, other public events free; call 662-915-1644 or 800-599-0650; Precinct 1 COPS Meeting June 6, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly forums help resolve community issues. Call 601-960-0001. Central Mississippi Light Flyers Fish Fry and Fly-in June 8, 9 a.m., at Harrell Field (Old Highway 43 and Harrell Drive, Pisgah). The annual event includes flying demos, plane rides for children ages 8-17 and toy plane rides for smaller children.. Free; call 601-624-4400; Homebuyer Workshop June 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Warren G. Hood Building (200 S. President St.). In the Andrew Jackson Conference Room, first floor. Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) empowers people with disabilities to become homeowners through grants and support systems. Residents in Hinds and surrounding counties are welcome. Free; call 866-883-4474. AKA Father-Daughter Dance June 8, 5-8 p.m., at Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (4400 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Alpha Kappa Alpha Sororityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ebony Pearls Foundation is the host. The event is a fundraiser for the Emerging Young Leaders Program. $30 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; call 601-214-4281 or 601668-3248.

Measuring Your Success: Programmatic Effectiveness June 11, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). Learn how to effectively measure your nonprofitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. Registration required. $99, $59 members; call 601-968-0061. Conversations on the Life and Legacy of Medgar Wiley Evers June 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), at the Bennie G. Thompson Center. The program includes panel discussions, theatrical interpretations, art exhibits and spoken word. Free; call 601-977-7871. Mississippi High School Youth Congress June 11, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., at Cabot Lodge Millsaps (2375 N. State St.). The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation is the host. Students in grades 8-12 learn ways to bring positive social change to Mississippi. Reception at 5:30 p.m.; parents and guardians welcome. Registration required. Free; call 662-915-1695. Jackson Metro Cyclists Time Trial June 11, 6-6:30 p.m., at Xerox Building (384 Galleria Parkway, Madison). Riders try to complete a 6.75-mile course in the shortest time. Helmets required. Free; call 601-988-2422; Dog Day Afternoons Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. through Sept. 29, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring your dog to the Art Garden for an afternoon of play. Free; call 601960-1515. 025((9(1763$*(


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Living Food Potluck June 8, 1 p.m., at A Aachen Back and Neck Pain Clinic (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Held on second Saturdays; please RSVP. Bring a dish or donate $10; call 601-956-0010. Free Prostate Screenings June 11, 5:30 p.m., at Baptist Medical Clinic, Clinton (106 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). Includes a PSA and a digital rectal exam. Appointment required. Free; call 601-948-6262;


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First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children every first Friday of the month. Appointment required. Free; call 601707-7355.



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Southern Festivality by Robyn Jackson


attiesburg’s FestivalSouth lineup offers a little something for everyone among its 56 events for all ages, from art exhibits to live musical performances, including a Cirque du Soleil-inspired extravaganza created just for FestivalSouth. The two-week, multigenre event begins at 10 a.m., June 8, with the Fes- FestivalSouth 2013 features a unique Cirque show tivalSouth Arts Market, created just for the event. which includes tastings for those over 21 during Hattiesburg’s first Craft Beer Fest from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Southern of the musical “Hairspray” June 15-16 Prohibition Brewing Company, one of at the Saenger, and the children’s show the Hub City’s two new microbrewer- “Green Eggs and Ham” June 22 at Wilies, will offer samples of their own brews liam Carey University. Kids can also and those from fellow Mississippi brew- meet Cinderella at the Bippity Boppity eries, including Crooked Letter and Tin Brunch before South Mississippi BalRoof, as well as breweries from across let presents the fairy tale on June 22 at the U.S. William Carey University. Tom “Bones” Malone and the Blues The grand finale will be “AriaBrotherhood Band kick off the concerts Cirque de la Symphonie Spectacular,” on June 8 in the Saenger Theater. Malo- created just for FestivalSouth. The acrone, a Sumrall native, plays trombone in bats in “Aria” are all veterans of Cirque David Letterman’s TV show band and shows. The show will at the Saenger writes all the band’s arrangements. June 22. Grammy-winning country-muThis is the fourth year for Festisic songwriter Craig Wiseman, a valSouth, which is sponsored by the Hattiesburg native, will perform his Hattiesburg Concert Association, with hits with Southbound Crescent at the Jay Dean as artistic director. For details, Saenger June 14. a complete list of events and ticket inOther events include performances formation, go to



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Events at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). • Zumba with Ashleigh Mondays, 5:45-6:30 p.m. Ashleigh Risher teaches the Latin-inspired dance and cardio class. For ages 18 and up. $5$6; call 601-906-0661. • Kardio by Kimberly Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Kimberly Griffin instructs the weekly kickboxing fitness class. $30 for eight weeks, $5 dropin fee; call 601-884-0316.

and Body Center (Riverchase Medical Suites, 2550 Flowood Drive, Flowood). The meetings are on second Tuesdays. Refreshments included. RSVP. Free; call 601-936-0925; email cfox@

“The Last 5 Years” June 7-8, 7:30 p.m., and June 9, 2 p.m., at Coral Room Theatre (Vicksburg Hotel, 801 Clay St., second floor, Vicksburg). The play is about the relationship between a novelist and an actress from two different perspectives. $12; call 601-618-9349.

-53)# Mississippi Music Foundation Singer-songwriter Showcase June 5, 6 p.m., at Brick Oven Pizza Company (2428 E. Parkway St., Hernando). Autumn Redd, Allie Purvis, Erica and Richard Massey, Wilson Harris, Charlie Shearon and Corry Zurhorst perform. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s Money Match program. No cover, donations welcome; call 662-429-2939. Tupelo Elvis Festival June 6-9, in downtown Tupelo. The annual event includes concerts, food, a carnival, a beauty pageant, a 5K run and more. Headliners include the Cadillac Three and Montgomery Gentry. Admission varies per event; call 662-841-6598;

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601366-7619. • “The Devil in Her Way” June 5, 5 p.m. Bill Loehfelm signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. • “The Broken Places” June 6, 5 p.m. Ace Atkins signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book. • “Never Say Never” June 8, 2 p.m. Victoria Christopher Murray signs books. $15 book. • “The Blood of Heaven” June 10, 5 p.m. Kent Wascom signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Door prizes given. Free; call 601-932-2562. • Children’s Summer Reading Program June 6, 6 p.m., in the meeting room. The program is for grades K-6. Magician Robert Day performs. • Teen Summer Reading Program Mondays, 6 p.m. through July 8, in the meeting room. The program is for junior high and high school students, and features a signature event each week. • Preschool Summer Reading Program Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. through July 9, in the Story Time Room. The program for ages 0-5 includes Baby Bookworms at 9:30 a.m. and Preschool Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Features a different theme each week. United Way Summer Reading Middle School Book Club June 5-July 3, 6 p.m., at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road). The sessions are part of the JPS Summer Reading Program. Held on Thursdays. Free; call 601948-4725. Square Books Jr.’s 10th Birthday Celebration June 8, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., at Square Books Jr. (111 Courthouse Square, Oxford). The-day long birthday party includes age-appropriate activities, prizes and giveaways. Free; call 662236-2262. Summer Storytime Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. through June 27, at Eudora Welty House and

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Basic Photography Workshop June 8, 9 a.m.noon, at Lisette’s Photography and Gallery (107 N. Union St., Canton). Learn how to use your camera settings to take better pictures. Reserved seating. $45; call 601-391-3066. Craft Night June 11, 6 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Attendees make a nature-inspired gelatin print. Free; call 601-932-2562.

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Mississippi Arts Commission Exhibit through June 30, at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). See works from Paul Fayard. Artist reception June 13 from 2-4 p.m. Free; call 601359-6030.

"%4(%#(!.'% Inaugural Medgar Evers Day of Justice and Service June 8. The Evers Institute is the host. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to implement volunteer service projects throughout their communities. More at Just Have a Ball 5K and One Mile Fun Run June 8, 7:30-11 a.m., at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). The Rotary Club of Madison-Gluckstadt is the host. Check-in is at 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi’s project Just Have A Ball. Pre-register by June 7. $20-$25; call 601-454-2420 or 601-668-8572; email or dogwoodpress@ Michael D. Johnson Memorial 5K June 8, 8 a.m., at War Memorial Building (120 S. State St.). The run/walk benefits the Michael D. Johnson Memorial Foundation. Pre-register to receive a T-shirt. $25 in advance, $30 day of race, $20 T-shirt only; call 404-580-2898, 601946-9712 or 601-618-7700; email; find Michael D Johnson Memorial Foundation on Facebook.


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The Crest of the New Wave by JP Lawless

surf band and, just as quickly, Arden Barrett stepped up, offering to manage the group without hearing the first note of music. Building and maintaining a solid reputation in an otherwise cutthroat industry certainly has its perks. As I walked the room looking for the Buddy and the Squids play at MorningBell Records June 7. ideal pew, I came to rest where I thought the sound was most pleasing for the remainder of the practice ses- lease Party at Morningbell Records June 7. sion I’d interrupted with my late arrival. The The musicianship impressed me. Ocband began to play their offbeat blend of ’60s casionally, Baker would use a pick on his surf rock meets the music of the Spanish con- bass, bringing out more of the high end bequistador—“A spaghetti western in flip flops fore switching back to the more traditional and florescent shorts,” Guaqueta says. style of finger picking, effectively creating From beginning to end, the band played a greater range of dynamics. The warbling the self-financed and self-titled EP it’ll be pro- soundscape of Varner’s guitar work promoting and selling at the upcoming CD Re- duced perfectly complemented the coun-



aking the back entrance into the band’s rehearsal space, I was surprised to find myself standing in a vast cathedral with vaulted ceilings. Walls of wood panelling stained a mahogany wood paneling, and burgundy flooring throughout. I was awestruck at how this band would, all dressed in black, have access to a setting like this. As it turns out, the band members attend the church and play as part of the “house band.” Daniel Guaqueta, the 36-year-old drummer, introduced me to his other two mates, guitarist Brent Varner, 23, and bassist Tyler Baker, 24. This trifecta of talent became Buddy & the Squids after a chance meeting at the church during the summer of 2011. “We came up with the name on a whim that same day,” Guaqueta remarks. Right from the get-go, the guys knew they wanted to form a surf rock group, knowing it would be unique to the already eclectic Jackson music scene. The chemistry was immediate. In his excitement, Guaqueta posted a thread on Facebook about his new instrumental

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by Natalie Long

Nat Long’s Summer’s Music Guide


Aaron Coker, “I’ll Ride” (self-produced): I had the joy of meeting and listening to Aaron Coker perform at different venues in Jackson, performing his acoustic originals as well as popular cover songs such as The Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels.” One thing’s for sure—this Pearl native has a strong COURTESY COOLUMBIA RECORDS

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ummer 2013 is finally here! The weather has been kind to us so far, and you can tell that everyone is glad the season is here by their sun-touched rosy cheeks and smiles from ear to ear. I’ve got plenty of summer adventures looming in my future, and you can’t have a fabulous summer without a fabulous music soundtrack. These are some of the albums that I know will be on heavy rotation in my house, car, phone—wherever I am this summer. This list includes national, regional and local acts. Natalie Maines, “Mother” (Columbia, 2013): I am a huge Dixie Chicks fan. Huge. I rarely run out and buy an album, but with the Chicks, I’ve purchased every new one the day it hit the stores. Maines’ new album was no different. Releasing her first solo album ever, Maines brings it home with angelic vocals on Jeff Buckley’s “Lover, You Should Have Come Over,” and her rocking rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Mother” from the group’s acclaimed album, “The Wall,” is one I am already wearing out. Maines has always expressed that she’s more of a rocker than a country singer, and on her first solo debut album, there’s no doubt she’s come full circle as a performer who’s finally found her voice. Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories” (Columbia, 2013): Daft Punk’s highly anticipated new album is awesome, and one I consider as “easy listening techno.” I totally love this album. It’s not assaulting to the ears with an overuse of Pro Tools/autotune technology or monstrous bass thumps; it’s got some great songs that you can easily groove to; either at the pool or cleaning house, and it features then and now musical greats such as Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, and Paul Williams. This album works best either turned up to 11, or as background music for your next summer soiree.

terpoint melodies of the underlying bass lines. Using mostly single-note riffs, he sometimes swept across a variety of chords, bending them in and out of tune in ’60s surf tradition. Bringing it all together with a foundation as solid as the one holding the cathedral up, Guaqueta pounded away on his drum kit with what seemed like careless abandon. But I know what controlled chaos looks like, and Guaqueta mastered it with acute precision. Although the songs are cohesive in scope and stick, the guys are not afraid to drift off into odd time signatures and wellcrafted endings, reminding me of such bands as Rush, Tool and King Crimson. As each one ended, I was left wanting more. Buddy & the Squids plays an all-ages show at 8 p.m. June 7 at MorningBell Records (622 Duling Ave., Suite 205A, 769-233-7468). The $10 cover includes a free CD, Buddy & the Squids sunglasses and a shiny little button. Go to or morningbellrecords. com for more information.

Natalie Maines’ solo debut is a must-listen this summer.

talent penning rock ballads, as well as a voice that’s solid in pitch and emotion. His influences range from popular acts like Staind to Slash, and it shows in his first debut album, recorded in Nashville. Check out “I’ll Ride” at reverbnation.

com/aaroncoker. That Scoundrel, the band’s first 7” album (recorded, mastered and mixed at Morningbell Studios in Fondren), is just a precursor to a full-length album, which the band is planning as a midsummer release. Members Jen Chesler, Adam Barkley and John Schenk have managed to come up with a sound that is rightly theirs. Heavy metal, with a side of horns and organ? Easily done on their part. Their unique sound will pump up any road trip you take this summer, have you singing along and begging for more “scoundrel.” Check them out at Sound City, movie soundtrack (Allmusic, 2013): I was fortunate to see the Dave Grohl-directed music documentary on the famous recording studio, Studio City, at the 2013 Crossroads Film Festival. Before I got to see the movie and its stellar lineup of musicians (who Grohl has christened the Sound City Players), I heard Grohl’s keynote speech at SXSW, as well as sat first chair-front-row at Stevie Nicks’ SXSW interview. Both spoke of how important this film was to make, as a rock ‘n’ roll dedication to a place where so many legends had worked. The Sound City Players include Grohl and Nicks, along with Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Rick Springfield, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age,) and many more. Get your Sound City soundtrack at It’s another one that I can’t quit listening to. If you have suggestions, feel free to email me at, and I’ll add them to my “required” listening assignment for the summer. Rock on, Jackson!

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Between playing major music festivals, Modoc hits Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saturday, June 8.


he members of Indiana-bred rockand-roll crew Modoc have certainly been industrious with their time. In the past year, the band released its first full-length album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortune & Fameâ&#x20AC;? and played at South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Devil on My Shoulderâ&#x20AC;? was also featured in the promo for â&#x20AC;&#x153;666 Park Avenue,â&#x20AC;? ABCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cancelled drama about a hell-spawn high-rise. Yet despite all the independent success the bandmates have enjoyed and built upon over the years, Nashvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zavitson Music Group still managed to snatch them up in late February. For lead singer Clint Culberson, the decision to sign to a label came about from a sense of compatibility and comfort with the staff at ZMG. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting with ZMG,â&#x20AC;? Culberson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I suppose they said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;These guys are already making records on their own,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and they genuinely believed in us. Having them behind us offers freedom in music, but also mentally, so we can concentrate on the performance and creative aspects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the labelâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like this for most peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too many cooks in the kitchen. We lucked out a lot at being able to say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Culberson and his Modoc cohorts met with ZMG through their current manager Eric Hurt, who happened across the band at a performance. As the singer put it: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that whole clichĂŠ story that sounds fake, but he (came) up to us after the performance and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I want to support you guys.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He wanted nothing in return. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve honestly been like a big family ever since.â&#x20AC;? That â&#x20AC;&#x153;big familyâ&#x20AC;? developed over the course of decades. Though they say their first official meeting happened in college, the bandmates brushed shoulders all through their childhoods, with some members attending the same church or playing tee-ball together. Culberson, on the other hand, grew up just a few miles away from his future friends near Muncie, Ind., in a little town called Modoc, with only 36 students in his graduating class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I started college, I was doing

this acoustic folk stuff at the time,â&#x20AC;? Culberson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was this guy in Florida who wanted me to come down there and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to make you famous, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going places.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I was cautious about it. I said to our guitarist Kyle (Addison), who was my roommate, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If this turns out to be a bust, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting a rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll band.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Shortly after Culberson returned from Florida, gears began to turn, beginning with their soon-to-be drummer John Carlson moving in with Culberson and Addison. The line-up rounded out with the addition of bassist Caleb Crockett, whom the friends thought played bass guitar purely because he owned one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was so perfect, because we all became such close friends, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how it started,â&#x20AC;? Culberson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all just creative and great musicians. We can be super honest with each other about the music or anything, which causes problems sometimes, but in the end, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all better for it.â&#x20AC;? Even prior to signing to a label, the band was in a state of evolution, as they discovered what made the group unique and effective. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used to think it was the vocals that made us stand out, and in a way, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still true, but I think the anthem-singing has come into style,â&#x20AC;? Culberson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like playing rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll, and being genuine about it, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as common anymore.â&#x20AC;? Culberson says Modoc considers itself, more than anything, a performance band, and the members most look forward to their involvement with music festivals throughout this summer, including the massive Milwaukee Summerfest and St. Louisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fledgling Loufest, where Modoc will play alongside rock contemporaries The Killers, Wilco, Alabama Shakes and The National. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re definitely a live band at heart, so we get pumped about playing bigger gigs and reaching bigger audiences,â&#x20AC;? Culberson says. Modoc will perform at Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888), its first performance in Mississippi, on Saturday, June 8 at 9 p.m. Find the band on Facebook for more information.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 6 NBA (8-11 p.m. ABC): Game one of the 2013 NBA Finals opens with the San Antonio Spurs facing the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat. FRIDAY, JUNE 7 NHL (7-10 p.m. NBCSN): Game four of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins battle for a chance to play for Lord Stanleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup. SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Horse racing (4-6 p.m. NBC): The final leg of horseracingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Triple Crown is the 2013 Belmont Stakes, but 2013 Triple Crown winner hopes ended at last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Preakness. SUNDAY, JUNE 9 NBA (7-10 p.m. ABC): Game two of the 2013 NBA Finals continues in Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home turf, before heading to San Antonio for game three. MONDAY, JUNE 10 MLB (6-9 p.m. ESPN): Surprisingly, the Boston Red Sox lead the AL East over the Tampa Bay Rays as these two teams meet up to begin a threegame divisional series.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 11 NBA (8-11 p.m. ABC): Game three of the 2013 NBA Finals moves locations to Texas as the San Antonio Spurs look for their fifth title in franchise history.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 WNBA (7-9 p.m. ESPN 2): The Indiana Fever hits the road to face the Connecticut Suns. The Suns include former Mississippi State star Tan White on its roster. USA soccer celebrated the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Soccer Federation with a 4-3 win over Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bâ&#x20AC;? team. This win comes after Belgiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first team hosed the U.S. men 4-2. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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ackson Showboats owner and Worsley fielded a competitive team, partnered with Jackson Public Schools to general manager Grant Worsley as shown by the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance in the promote summer reading. is excited about the future of the playoffs, in his first season with players Now that the first season is over, Showboats. like Chris Hyche and Jenirro Bush from Worsley is still promoting his players. One of his major goals was to reach Jackson State. Both Bush and Hyche Three players (Trey Montgomery, Dietric the American Basketball Association Play- were signed by teams in Mexico after the Slater and Flawaan Flaags) will head to offs, which the team did in Las Vegas to showcase their its first season. The Showskills for a shot at making boats lost in the first round a D-League (NBA minor to the Gulf Coast Flash league) team. 144-114. Worsley is also looking Worsleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two other forward to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second main goals were brandseason. He has already held ing the team and fielding a tryouts for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team competitive team. in Vicksburg. The Showboats finâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I am on the lookout ished their first season with for players who have played a 7-3 record and saw coachhigh-level college basketing and player changes beball and are looking confore the second season starttinue their playing career ed. Wright Busching, was in professional basketball,â&#x20AC;? named coach before taking Worsley says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am open over his alma mater Jackson to anyone contacting me The Jackson Showboats are excited to ride the momentum from Academy and player Dan wanting a chance to adFoley took a coaching job at their first year into the next season. vance their career.â&#x20AC;? Belhaven. Sherman Brown He also plans to build took over as head coach after Busching Showboats season was over. on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals. Worsley wants the left the team. He credits the Showboatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first-year Jackson Showboats to become a top-four Worsley wants the best for all his for- success to having the right guys on the ABA team and bring a championship to mer and current coaches, saying he hopes roster. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a good group of guys Jackson. the exposure both Busching and Foley re- on this team,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have To take the team to the next level, ceived in their brief time with the Show- any knuckleheads. The guys were profes- Worsley is focused on stepping up brandboats helped them land their current jobs. sional, showed up on time and wanted to ing and marketing of the Showboats with â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to promote and give exposure to become better players.â&#x20AC;? radio and TV ads, and do more to in the all the players and coaches that are part of The last goal for Worsley was brand- community. Worsley believes assembling the Showboat family,â&#x20AC;? Worsley says. ing his team. He has been building part- the highest talent available is the best way â&#x20AC;&#x153;Players that move on from the nerships around the metro area. to accomplish his goals in year two of the Showboats not only helps them but helps Showboats players have been at the Showboats. the teamâ&#x20AC;? Worsley says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps other Jackson Zoo, Ridgeland KidsFest and You can follow the Showboats on Twitplayers know that coming to Jackson to on May 18, the team played an exhibi- ter (@JXNShowboats) and on Facebook to play for the Showboats is the right move tion game at Piney Woods High School. keep up with everything the team is doing for their career.â&#x20AC;? Worsley and the Showboats have also and get updates on the upcoming season. JACOB FULLER

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