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inden Potts, his sister Maple, 32, and sister Cedar, 26, are all named after trees. “My parents wanted to do something unique and different,” he says. “Most people have never heard of a Linden tree, but they are very similar to the North Basswood tree like those found in the New England area.” Potts was born in Brandon, and moved to Jackson at the age of 6. He lived in the Fondren neighborhood from age 12 to 18, and returned there when he returned to Jackson to do real estate. The 29-year-old graduated from Murrah High School in 2002 and attended the University of Wyoming where he received a bachelor of science in economics and finance in 2006. Potts’ decision to attend school in Wyoming stemmed from his love of cowboys. “I always loved the West, and as a kid always wanted to be a cowboy,” Potts says. Potts has been in real estate for about six years. His father, who has been involved in real estate for over 25 years, and his background in economics and finance, are what drew him to the field. He also recently completed an accounting certification program at Belhaven University and will soon begin studying to become a certified public accountant. “I enjoy providing customer service and taking care of people by helping them find what they need,” Potts says. “As a kid, I always enjoyed looking at nice houses.”


A neighborhood man through and through, Potts has been on the Board of the Association of the Broadmeadow neighborhood for the past two years and has served as treasurer for one year. As a member of the association, he helped plan April’s now-annual crawfish boil, the annual Blocktoberfest and the forthcoming 4th of July parade. When Potts is not busy selling houses in Fondren and surrounding areas, he does a monthly bike ride with the Jackson Bike Advocates, whose focus is to encourage people to ride their bikes for transportation, which helps promote a healthy lifestyle. “Living in Jackson is not like living in a large metro area where there are so many different forms of transportation,” Potts says. During Memorial Day weekend, Potts participated in the Epic Bike Weekend JBA helped host, which included activities such as a movie, victory party, bike polo, performances and awards, and door prizes. He volunteers at the Jackson Community Bike Shop, where people donate bikes and shop volunteers fix them. Potts knows a little about fixing bikes, but says all his knowledge is self-taught. Potts is part of the bike polo club, started in 2012 by a member who has since moved. “We continued playing bike polo because we like it so much,” Potts says. —Tam Curley

Cover photo of Tyson Jackson by Trip Burns

11 Rebuilding Neighborhoods Voice of Calvary Ministries is working to renovate blighted and boarded-up homes so low-income families can move in.

22 Not in This House

Patrick House visits Jackson to share the healthy eating and exercise tips that helped him drop more than 200 pounds during and after competing on “The Biggest Loser.”

32 (More Than) One-Hit Wonders

Micah Smith takes another look at some musical artists whose talent goes beyond their one major mainstream hit.

4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 8 ............................................ TALKS 12 .................................. BUSINESS 14 ................................ EDITORIAL 15 .................................... OPINION 16 ............................ COVER STORY 22 ................................. WELLNESS 24 ......................................... FOOD 26 ............................... PARENTING 27 .............................. DIVERSIONS 28 ............................... EIGHT DAYS 29 .......................................... FILM 30 ...................................... EVENTS 32 ....................................... MUSIC 33 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 34 ..................................... SPORTS 35 .................................... PUZZLES 37 ....................................... ASTRO 38 ............................................ GIG


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by Ronni Mott, News and Opinion Editor

Notes from the Fishbowl


ast week, I spent an inordinate amount of time debating the meaning of a post-election column written by Northside Sun newspaper publisher Wyatt Emmerich. It sucked up energy that I should have used working on other stories but, ultimately, it helped crystallize some concepts bouncing around in my brain. I won’t use this space to rehash the entire debate. Y’all can read it for yourself on our website at To summarize, Emmerich’s column began with the premise that the resurgence of people talking about race during and after Jackson’s hotly contested mayoral elections is not a good thing. He then spent considerable ink arguing that the way white northside Jacksonians voted had nothing to do with race. Those voters didn’t vote for Chokwe Lumumba because they don’t like his ideology, not because of his race, Emmerich argued. I pulled a statement about who was “blacker” out of the column for last week’s stinker quote—a statement that brought howls of disbelief from the JFP editorial staff and a few others—and dashed off a short rebuttal, complete with a regrettable bit of snark, and referenced a nauseatingly racist column Emmerich gave a prize to nine years ago. Since then, Emmerich and the JFP (OK, mostly me) have written an eBook’s worth of words debating racism. At the time I write this column, no winner has emerged, but winning isn’t the point for me. When I moved to Mississippi in 1997, a friend from D.C. asked me if Mississippians were really as racist as she’d heard. I gave it some thought, and my conclusion seems as salient today as it was 16 years ago. Racism, I told her, may not be more prevalent here than in

the nation’s capital, but it’s covert. This is a place where queries of what church I go to and where “my people” are from can be cover for unsubtle probes to determine where I stood on the question of African American equality. “Democrat,” for some folks, was code for “black,” as in, “South Jackson is full of ‘Democrats,’ you know, so you probably don’t want to live there.”

Waking up to our biases is like popping the red pill—suddenly, the matrix is everywhere.

The word “Democrats” often came out in a low whisper, as if the word wasn’t fit for polite company. Sometimes it came complete with air quotes. Experiences like that were a wakeup call, but for a while, I kept hitting the snooze button. Sixteen years ago, my equality concerns centered on my struggle to make inroads in a paternalistic and misogynistic society. I didn’t see the color of anyone’s skin as a problem in that conversation. (I’ve learned since that it is.) I was shocked at how entrenched racism was in Mississippi, but I didn’t delve into that particular morass except behind closed doors with a few carefully chosen individuals. I was comfortable ensconced behind

the gates of white privilege, and tsk-tsking was the extent of my activism on the subject of race. Things began to change when I started learning about the real history and ongoing struggle for racial equality in America, as contrasted with the benign pabulum I’d been spoon fed in school. Gradually, I confronted the reality that I didn’t have a clue. Back then, I was convinced that if only we whites gave black people enough help, they could take our hands to climb out of their myriad holes. I lived in a world where those who couldn’t make it really weren’t trying. I had no conscious thoughts defining that point of view. Like a goldfish in a dirty fishbowl, I didn’t see the scummy water I swam in. I couldn’t see that there was anything else. My parents spent their formative years under the iron fist of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. Similar to growing up black in the Old South, for Jews and many other ethnic and social minorities, Hitler’s empire was an equally violent and oppressive society. My family isn’t Jewish. In many ways, they were like southern whites: able to see the destruction and inhumanity of racism, but without “skin” in the game. I didn’t see their biases until I brought my Jewish boyfriend home for Christmas dinner. Jews were still the “other,” when it came to their little girl. The tension was far too dense for a knife to cut. The bigotry they grew up with, despite intellectualizing its inherent injustice, still informed their attitudes. It’s an insidious aspect of intolerance: We’re mostly blind to our own prejudices even when others’ are obvious. The hard slog to see my own bias isn’t comfortable. I’ve learned to look mine in the eye, but someone has to lay it out incontrovertibly, and that can be brutal. When I see a preju-

dice I’ve been operating from, I always feel like an idiot at how obvious it was, but as the saying goes, you don’t know what you don’t know. Put all your knowledge in a Venn diagram: The right circle is the stuff you know, and the left is the stuff you don’t know. The intersection is the stuff you’re learning. Surrounding it all are the things you don’t even know that you don’t know. Racism can be in that space; so can white privilege and the phenomenon of white “saviourhood.” Bias is the cloudy water in the fishbowl to the goldfish. It’s like the humid southern air we breathe— invisible. Waking up to our biases is like popping the red pill—suddenly, the matrix is everywhere. When someone who grew up as a privileged white man in the South says that race doesn’t matter any more and that it doesn’t color his actions, I suspect he’s a lot like that goldfish: He’s blind to the water he’s swimming in every day. It’s not his fault, of course. If horseflies could talk, they’d surely wonder why I object to the smell of the excrement they live on. Here’s the thing: We have to keep talking about race and gender and every other type of inequality and injustice we force on each other, because whatever pain we inflict on others, it begins in our own hearts. When we ignorantly play out our invisible points of view, we never allow “others” to achieve equality with us. We have to gain knowledge of the destructive ideas we don’t even know we hold, and we have to be brave enough to call them out once we see them. For us white folk, it’s a fool’s game to separate race from Chokwe Lumumba’s ideology. It’s fully informed by a lifetime spent fighting for equality, but that doesn’t make it bad, wrong or scary. Walk toward it to understand. Don’t shy away. Equality isn’t a zero-sum game.

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Julian Rankin

Darnell Jackson

ShaWanda Jacome

Torsheta Bowens

Larry Morrisey

Mark Braboy

Kelly Bryan Smith

Jessica King

Julian Rankin was raised in Mississippi and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He writes about, photographs, and paints all things southern. He contributed to the cover package.

Darnell “Chris” Jackson is a writer, photographer, graphic Designer and entrepreneur. He is a Jackson native and Jackson State University graduate. He owns J.Carter Studios. He contributed to the cover package.

ShaWanda Jacome is an elementary librarian in JPS. She lives in Ridgeland with her husband, Mike, and son, Mateo. One of her favorite scriptures is: I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)

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

Larry Morrisey is the director of grants programs for the Mississippi Arts Commission. He is a host for “Mississippi Arts Hour,” the agency’s arts interview radio show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. He wrote a music feature.

Editorial intern Mark Braboy is a blogger who loves to write, play video games, and listen to hip-hop music. He attends Jackson State where he is a staff writer for the Blue & White Flash. You can find him at

Kelly Smith is a Fondren mom, nurse, and writer. In her spare time, she practices yoga, builds garage apartments and fights crime with her son Batman. She wrote a family feature.

Photo Intern Jessica King is a native of Ridgeland, and is currently a junior photojournalism major at Southern Miss. She loves cats, collecting old cameras and going to music festivals.


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Wednesday, June 5 The Guardian newspaper reports that the National Security Agency has been collecting the phone records of hundreds of millions of U.S. phone customers. â&#x20AC;Ś Robert Bales, the American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians recounts the story as part of his guilty plea to avoid the death penalty.

Friday, June 7 President Barack Obama gives a speech encouraging citizens to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act and urging opponents to stop fighting its implementation. Saturday, June 8 President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping meet in the California desert for a two-day summit. â&#x20AC;Ś Former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94, is hospitalized for a recurring lung infection. Sunday, June 9 North and South Korea begin a 17hour negotiating session that results in an agreement for officials to meet Wednesday to discuss renewing cooperation. â&#x20AC;Ś Edward Snowden reveals that he is the source of the National Security Agency leaks over the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online surveillance programs.

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Monday, June 10 Jury selection begins in the trial of George Zimmerman, accused of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. â&#x20AC;Ś The Medgar Evers home is rededicated as a museum to preserve the memory of the Mississippi civil-rights leader who was assassinated 50 years ago.


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A New Dynamic for City Hall? by Tyler Cleveland


here was a key moment during those complaints from others. hope he maintains a mentality that keeps the final mayoral debate between Still, council members are hoping him mindful of what his perspective was Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba that Lumumba remembers what it was as a councilperson. (As mayor) youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the and former opponent Jonathan like to be on their side of the fence. After actual executor of the city, it calls on you Lee when Lumumba defused Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main all, he knows he needs the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sup- to make decisions from that seat.â&#x20AC;? line of criticism by explaining how City Hall works. Lee asked Lumumba why he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done more to fix the infrastructure in Ward 2, where Lumumba served as councilman. Lumumba deflected by saying council members had little authority other than to complain (which he said he did, vehemently), and suggested Lee take a civics course. It was clever debating, but only partially true. Lumumba was correct that in Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayorcouncil system, the mayor acts as executor, working behind the scenes to impleSome seat reshuffling at City Hall will take place July 1, with Chokwe Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election to the ment his plan for Jackson. mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office and two new faces joining the Jackson City Council. But the Jackson City Council also plays a crucial role, using the power of the budget to hold the port to make the kind of dramatic changes The subject of Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s empathy mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office in check. he talked about on the campaign trail. for his soon-to-be former council colAs a councilman, Lumumba could â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reality is that the job of the leagues came up in a planning committee approve funds for street repaving. As mayor and job of the council are totally meeting the afternoon of June 6. mayor, he can tell road workers when and different,â&#x20AC;? Council President Tony Yarber Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barwhere to do the work. The mayor-elect said. Yarber, who represents Ward 6, won rett-Simon, who won re-election June 4 as filed over 600 complaints about his ward re-election easily. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost every principal well, said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hopeful that Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hisduring his time as a councilman. Now was a teacher, but it does not mean the tory on the council will help its relationship heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the one reading and reacting to teachers always benefit. All you can do is with the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office.


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The first test of the new council and mayor will come one day after the July 1 inaugurations, when the city council meets for the first time with its new members at 10 a.m. At that meeting, the council will decide whether to keep Yarber and Tillman as council president and vice president, or appoint one or two of the other six members to those positions. Lumumba nominated Yarber July 10, 2012, for the council presidency. JESSICA KING

Cooper-Stokes, Barrett-Simon and Yarber himself also voted in his favor, and he beat out Bluntson, the incumbent president, by a 4-2 vote. Whitwell was absent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m anxious to get to work with this new council,â&#x20AC;? Yarber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to learn and know about (Stamps) is heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s persistent and focused, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll greatly benefit from that. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m anxious to see what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to do, and I expect him to chair a committee or two.â&#x20AC;? Yarber said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less familiar with Priester, but likes his worldview. He said both of the newcomers will give the council a more broadened perspective and help shape is as a more progressive panel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think, ultimately, the test of this council will be how much work we put into accomplishing the will of the people versus pushing our own agenda to achieve our own personal ambitions,â&#x20AC;? Yarber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s telling with this council and this administration.â&#x20AC;? Comment at Email Tyler Cleveland at


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked about the fact that he has our point of view, and maybe that could be of some benefit to us,â&#x20AC;? Barrett-Simon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will just have to wait and see.â&#x20AC;? Yarber, Barrett-Simon and freshly re-elected incumbents Quentin Whitwell (Ward 1), LaRita Cooper-Stokes (Ward 3) and Charles Tillman (Ward 5) welcome two freshmen councilmen this year, Melvin Priester Jr. (Ward 2) and Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps (Ward 4). The newcomers replace Lumumba, who is 65, and mayoral rival Frank Bluntson, 77, who is now retired. With the addition of 36-year-old Stamps and 34year-old Priester, the average age of the council just dropped from just over 59 to 49. The alliances that could form among the group are practically endless. Yarber and Stamps are friends, who went to school together from grade school through high school, and along with Priester, the trio could form a core of younger voices at the heart of the council. Barrett-Simon admits she had a good relationship with outgoing Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., but said she is not concerned about the changing of the guard in the executive suite or on the council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known Priester for longer than Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known Mr. Stamps, but I have been very impressed with Mr. Stamps, so far,â&#x20AC;? Barrett-Simon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As far as the dynamics go, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to find out as we go. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here long enough that nothing would surprise me, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very optimistic about this council working together in a way that is very helpful to the city.â&#x20AC;? Both Stamps and Priester came out in support of Lumumba during the election, but how the untested new members will interact with the new, unfamiliar administration remains to be seen. Tillman has served since 2005 and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually vote against the grain. Whitwell remains the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only Republican, and LaRita Cooper-Stokesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; agenda is anybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guess. Cooper-Stokes stated her opposition to bi-monthly special meetings of the council, and only attends regular meetings scheduled for every other week. She also could not be reached for this story.


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Fear Stymies HIV/AIDS Prevention



by R.L. Nave

thor Cain has a theory Efforts to slow the spread about the prevalence of of HIV/AIDS in Mississippi have HIV/AIDS in the African not fared well in recent years. American community. During the most recent legisla“There’s this whole notion tive session, for example, state that African American men are not lawmakers introduced three bills as compassionate as their counterthat would have helped people parts—they don’t embrace; they infected with the HIV virus, or don’t hug. For a lot of gay African who have AIDS, but all of the American men, it becomes uncomproposals died in committee. fortable to talk about their status, to Rep. Jim Evans, D-Jackson, talk about their sexuality,” he said. sponsored a bill to require the Cain, chairman of the board Mississippi Department of Corof directors at Jackson-based HIV/ rections to test people upon their AIDS nonprofit Grace House, release from prison. Rep. John pointed to the upward trend in HIV Hines, D-Greenville, had two bills infection rates for men, particularly to appropriate money for HIV/ Jackson-based Grace House provides housing for people black men who have sex with men. AIDS services to the state health with HIV, but advocates say state policy makers should In 2011, males represented 75 department. The only successful do more to prevent the spread of the disease. percent of newly reported HIV inpiece of HIV/AIDS legislation fections. Mississippi’s male infection was in recognition of a local docrate is three times higher than women. But held steady in the same time period at 318. tor who functionally cured a baby of the while the number of HIV cases statewide for The stigma Cain and other advocates human immunodeficiency virus. African American women fell from 147 in for people living HIV say exists in the Advocates say policy inaction at the 2007 to 117 cases in 2011, by comparison, black community also extends to Missis- state level trickles down and has real-world the number of cases among black males has sippi policymakers. effects on people with HIV who face dis-

crimination in employment and housing because of their status. Just three organizations in Mississippi focus on providing housing for people with HIV/AIDS. Grace House, which receives no money from the state of Mississippi, is the largest with 16 slots in its transitional program and seven spaces for permanent residents. All of Grace House’s funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and private sources such as the MAC Cosmetics AIDS Fund. People with HIV/AIDS who face discrimination are getting some help through a joint program of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi Center for Justice, Mississippi State Department of Health’s Crossroads Clinics Central and Jackson Medical Mall Foundation. The program provides legal help related to HIV-status discrimination in housing and employment. “This program will help ensure they are treated fairly so they can lead productive, fulfilling lives,” said Marni von Wilpert, a fellow at the Mississippi Center for Justice. More than 10,000 Mississippians now

GOP’s Backdoor Embrace of Obamacare

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he Republican Party, nationally and in Mississippi, has made sport of repudiating the federal health-care law. Since the Affordable Care Act passed and President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2010, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have attempted to repeal the law more than three dozen times. Lawmakers in Mississippi have made similar attempts, although most of the bills proffered never survived the committee process. Opposition to what Republicans call Obamacare is also the reason lawmakers have not reauthorized Medicaid or debated the merits of expanding the program in the state. Quietly, though, Republicans are looking for ways to accept parts of the federal law. On June 5, The Nation magazine published letters from officials who opposed ACA but are seeking grant funds from the health law. Those lawmakers include two Mississippi congressmen: Sen. Thad Cochran and Rep. Gregg Harper. Both lawmakers voted against the health-care law; however, in separate letters dated in the fall of 2011, Cochran and Harper each asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide Capital Development Building Capacity Grants to Family Health Care Clinic Inc., a local company that runs rural health clinics in

Mississippi and Alabama. The company lists a Jackson post office box as one of its contact addresses—the other is in Pearl—but it does not have a clinic in the capital city. The ACA law created Capital Development Building Capacity Grants to construct and expand health centers to accommodate up to 860,000 patients nationwide. Bryant has also said he would like to provide more grants to federally qualified health centers as an alternative to Medicaid expansion. In the meantime, Mississippi Democrats continue to extend olive branches to find ways to accept federal Medicaid money and increase the number of people in the state who can take advantage of the program. Democrats, who are in the minority in both legislative chambers in Mississippi, want to implement a compromise plan that would increase access to health care to people who do not currently have it without expanding Medicaid. The plan is modeled on one in Arkansas, where the Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic governor were at an impasse over Medicaid expansion. Under a plan called the Mississippi Market Based Health Insurance Coverage Plan, instead of the federal government paying the state to expand Medicaid, the funds would go directly to individuals for purchas-


by R.L. Nave

Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republicans who oppose the federal Affordable Care Act quietly back a health-clinic expansion— funded with ACA money.

ing health insurance on state-run exchanges. “It’s a compromise,” Democratic Jackson state Rep. Cecil Brown said. The plan is the latest in a series of compromises Democrats have offered Republicans on Medicaid. During the recent legis-

lative session, House Democrats called for a debate on Medicaid expansion and said they would accept the outcome of an up-or-down vote. Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, refused to allow debate to take place and, in response, Democrats refused to reauthorize the existing Medicaid program, which expires June 30. Since the legislative session ended, and in anticipation of Bryant’s calling a special session, health-care justice activists have engaged in an aggressive public-outreach campaign to explain the benefits of Medicaid expansion to Mississippians. Rims Barber, a civil-rights veteran and lobbyist, said he would prefer Medicaid expansion to the Arkansas compromise but considers it a good place to start. “If this is what you have to do to get some help for our people, let’s start with this,” Barber said. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, said the Democrats’ newest proposal represents an effort to meet Republicans on middle ground. “All the governor has done is hold a press conference and say he disagrees with President Obama and the health-care law,” Bryan said. “The governor has no plan.” Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

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live with HIV infections, regardless of the stage of the disease (meaning the number includes people with AIDS). Of that number, 25 percent live in Hinds County. Jackson has the fourth highest HIVinfection rate of all U.S. metropolitan areas, and black men are the only group to experience an increase in infection rates in the past five years. A 2011 report from New York Citybased nonprofit Human Rights Watch amplifies the extent of Mississippi’s epidemic. “Numerous legal provisions, including constitutional amendments, discriminate against homosexuals, and state sex-education laws marginalize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. In Mississippi, the criminal law penalizes those with HIV for failing to disclose their positive status, an approach that public-health experts deem likely to undermine, rather than promote, the public health,” the report states. Specifically, the study notes Mississippi’s sex-education policies contribute to one of the nation’s highest rates of sexually transmitted disease and teen births in the nation. “The HIV/AIDS epidemic in the southern U.S. has been particularly devastating for minority communities,” the report’s authors state. “Mississippi’s failure to embrace evidence-based approaches in the face of increasing health threats to minority populations conflicts with fundamental principles of human rights.” Cain understands the fears that have paralyze policymakers in Mississippi, but he believes more educating—of lawmakers and citizens—about HIV is necessary. Cain said: “HIV is not the dreadful sentence it used to be.” Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

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ne of the major complaints from less. By working with VCM, she could and dilapidated. Some were bank-owned, candidates running for municipal finance a three-bedroom, one-bath stand- and some were real-estate owned. offices in Jackson has been about alone home for $50,500 instead of its ap“It wasn’t enough for them to be vathe blighted and boarded-up praised value of $65,000. cant and dilapidated,” Reed said. “They homes around the city. At least one local The grantee forgives 10 percent of the also had to be foreclosed, which makes group is trying to do something about it. soft-secondary loan every year the owner things more difficult. We have some propVoice of Calvary Ministries has remains in the house: If the buyer stays 10 erties that we’ve renovated, but they have teamed up with local lenders to put low- years, he or she never spends a penny re- houses on either side that are boarded up income families into renovated homes that paying that debt. If the buyer moves before or abandoned that we couldn’t acquire.” were once community eyesores through its the 10 years, they must pay off any debt Still, the houses that VOC has rehaNeighborhood Stabilization Probilitated are in great shape. All gram. 26 of the remaining houses At a presentation June 6 have new electrical wiring, at the King Edward Hotel, Phil plumbing, roofs, heating Reed, VCM president, said that and air-conditioning units, his 501(c)(3) non-profit organizaand sewer lines. They come tion has 26 south Jackson houses, with stainless-steel refrigerasome priced as low as $55,000, tors, stoves and dishwashers, ready to become homes for lowenergy-efficient washers and income families. dryers, and tankless hot water “The first step is for the poheaters. Most also have fresh tential buyers to come in and do paint jobs. an application,” Reed said. “We’ll The husband-and-wife run a credit report, and if they team of Felix and Rashida don’t have a good enough credit Walker are real-estate specialVoice of Calvary Ministries President Phil Reed gave a rating, we can actually help them ists who serve as the listing June 6 presentation about the Neighborhood Stabilization repair their credit through our agents for Voice of Calvary. Program at the King Edward Hotel. financial home-buyer education Often, they serve as dualand financial literacy program. agents, representing both the For people who are very low inbuyer and the seller in a deal. come—that are 50 percent below the aver- remaining from the sale proceeds. If he “We actually try to get the buyer preage income for the area—we actually have or she sells the home to another qualified qualified through a lender, then we start a grant program. Basically, because we are buyer, the new owner would pick up the getting them ramped-up to go through the a secondary lender, we can make the house rest of the debt with the same 10-percent- home-buying process,” Rashida Walker affordable for practically anyone.” a-year forgiveness rate on the loan. said. “These are usually single-parent famiIt may sound too good to be true, but In 2008, the U.S. Department of lies or single individuals who are renting Voice of Calvary has rehabilitated and sold Housing and Urban Development gave in bad situations. We can get Hope Credit more than 250 houses in west and south grants directly to the city of Jackson and Union to come in and help them qualify Jackson through similar programs. the Mississippi Development Authority to for the reasonable loans they need to beVoice of Calvary makes the houses af- fund the program. The MDA put out a re- come home-owners. fordable by offering so-called soft-second- quest for proposals, and Voice of Calvary “We have had some great stories that ary loans of up to $14,500 to families that was one of the organizations that respond- pull on your heart-strings. It’s very rewardearn at or below 50 percent of the average ed. MDA issued VOC grants to purchase ing work.” area income. For a single mother with two the buildings. To be considered for incluComment at Email Tyler children, qualifying income is $25,200 or sion, the houses had to be both foreclosed Cleveland at

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n the past six months, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has sued Entergy, Toyota and State Farm Insurance. Now he’s got his eyes set on his biggest opponent to date: Internet titan Google. At a press conference Thursday, June 6, Hood laid out his case against the media giant, which owned roughly 66.5 percent of the market for online search engines this time last year. He accused the search engine of shrugging off accountability in several areas, including autocompleting searches for buying prescription drugs online without a prescription, linking to websites known for trafficking unlicensed Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says Google is an “accessory before the fact” to online sales music and movies, and in at least of illegal pharmaceuticals. one instance, profiting from a video on that shows viewers how to illegally buy prescription “Google’s search index simply reflects tion, counterfeit goods of every descripdrugs online without a doctor’s referral. existing content on the Web, and the sites tion, and infringing copies of movies, “Unfortunately, we have a fight brew- linked to in Google’s search results are cre- music, software and games,” Hood said. ing with Google,” Hood said. “The attor- ated and controlled by those sites’ webmas- “This behavior means that Google is putneys general have asked Google to clean up ters,” Burchett wrote. “Removing a page ting consumers at risk and facilitating its act, and it’s done nothing but obfuscate.” from Google’s index does not remove it from wrongdoing, all while profiting handHood said he has not filed suit against the Web, and people will still be able to see somely from illegal behavior.” Google, but felt the need to go public with that page by going to it directly or via anGoogle did not respond for this stohis frustration after going back-and-forth other search engine.” ry, but spokesman Aaron Stein told the with the company through letters dating Burchett added that the auto-com- Associated Press in an email Friday that back Feb. 13. plete feature displays the most searched Google takes safety “very seriously,” and In that first letter (addressed to “Search terms, and argued that removing generic added that he has explained how it fights Engines”), Hood thanked the addressees, all terms such as “prescription” or “online” illegal pharmacies to Hood. heads of major search engines, for attend- would be “vastly overbroad.” “In the last two years, we’ve removed ing a Nov. 28, 2012, stakeholder discussion Hood was unsatisfied with the let- more than 3 million ads for illegal pharmaof the National Association of Attorneys ter and responded May 21. In that letter, cies,” Stein wrote in the email. “We continue General’s Intellectual Property Committee. Hood called Google’s answers “insuffi- to work on this issue with industry partners He called the meeting “a critical first step” cient and inadequate,” and invited Google and groups like the Center for Safe Internet in addressing intellectual property crimes in CEO Larry Page to attend a meeting of Pharmacies.” He added that the company the global online marketplace, and requested the NAAG on June 18 in Boston “to an- has responded to more than 16 million rewritten comments on the companies’ take- swer these questions and any questions quests to remove copyrighted material in the down process, their use of Digital Millen- the attorneys general may pose.” last month alone. nium Copyright Act notifications and autoNot having received a response to On Tuesday, the USA Today reportcomplete features, among other issues. that letter, on Thursday Hood demanded ed that Google had removed nearly 1,000 Google, based in Mountain View, in front of television cameras that Page at- web pages flagged for illegally selling Calif., responded with an April 19 letter tend the meeting, saying he hopes Page is pharmaceuticals from its search results. addressed to Hood and his counterparts in unaware of the problem. “We are pleased to see Google finally Virginia and Hawaii, Kenneth Cuccinelli This is not the first time law-enforce- take action after months of delays,” Hood and David Louie. ment has targeted the hugely successful said late Tuesday. “However, we think Included in the seven-page response search engine. Google topped $50 billion in more action from Google is going to be from Google’s Director of Public Policy revenues in 2012 and its shares traded at a re- required to alleviate our concerns regardJohn Burchett were details addressing each markable $738 last year. The company paid ing dangerous products including the ilof Hood’s concerns, one-by-one. $500 million in 2011 to settle legal claims legal sale of prescription drugs without a It outlined that the key to Google’s for selling ads to pharmacies that were ille- prescription. Google has declined to parsuccess is its algorithm, the step-by-step gally shipping drugs into the United States. ticipate on the panel at an upcoming condata-processing procedure and automated Hood said that activity is still ongoing. ference of the attorneys general in Boston reasoning that fuels the search engine’s “On every check we have made, June 18. We will discuss possible further popular search tool. That algorithm, he Google’s search engine gave us easy access action at that meeting.” argued, delivers the most relevant results to illegal goods including websites which Comment at Email Tyler to users who enter search queries. offer dangerous drugs without a prescrip- Cleveland at

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arely does a two-day period go by that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a Facebook message or email asking about how to apply for Medicaid or where to access free or low-cost birth control and reproductive health care. In Mississippi, we have a tremendous issue with lack of access to basic health-care services. Whether those messages are from a pregnant doula client whose husband is laid off during her third trimester or from a working mother of three whose job doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide health-care benefitsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the fact is that hundreds of thousands of Mississippi citizens donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have access to basic health care. I am one of them. I have fibromyalgia, and every month I struggle to pay for the nearly $400 in medications that make my pain bearable. The bigger problem for me is that my doctor believes I may have another autoimmune disease such as lupus or even multiple sclerosis. When I lost Medicaid benefits, I lost the ability to continue seeing my rheumatologist who was trying to figure all that out, so now my family doctor and I do the best we can, and I pay outof-pocket for the limited care I can afford. The bigger conversation that affects my life and the lives of other uninsured Mississippians is whether our state will expand access to Medicaid as outlined under Obamacare. Some Republican governors are starting a trend: Several who were once against Medicaid expansion have crunched the numbers, met with experts and special interests, and have decided to get on board with the Affordable Care Act. They may have had a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come to Jesusâ&#x20AC;? moment. In Mississippi, though, Gov. Phil Bryant is digging in his heels and playing chicken with state Democrats over not only Medicaid expansion but reauthorizing funding for Medicaid at all. He is playing a dangerous game with the lives of hundreds of thousands of Mississippians. When many think of the impact of not funding Medicaid, they think only of people carrying little Medicaid cards to their doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. But the Medicaid program pays for much more. Medicaid funds the state health departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free birth control and STD testing program. It pays for the sliding-fee-scale clinics for working-poor people who are ineligible for Medicaid. Medicaid dollars offset the costs for hospitals that care for the uninsured. Unhealthy people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work and raise their families. Unhealthy children have a hard time learning in school. If our governor and state lawmakers truly want to move our state forward, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to make a move: Reauthorize Medicaid and expand it now. My health depends on it.


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Why it stinks: Palazzo was speaking about his proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right to Refuse,â&#x20AC;? which is designed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;kill the health care tax mandate that comes with Obamacareâ&#x20AC;? and close the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pandoraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s box where future Congresses can tax individuals and businesses for failure to purchase a good or service that the government tells them to purchase,â&#x20AC;? Palazzo said. In its 2010 decision about the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to compel citizens to purchase health insurance. Precedence for the decision is in other â&#x20AC;&#x153;productsâ&#x20AC;? the government compels citizens to â&#x20AC;&#x153;purchase,â&#x20AC;? including car insurance and the Social Security and other taxes it deducts from paychecks. The Mississippi Press reports that Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a similar amendment in the U.S. Senate.

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he story of Voice of Calvaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (see page 11) is inspiring on many levels. VOC has teamed up with local lenders to make major headway toward solving several of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issuesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;blight and the need for decent, low-income housingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at the same time. Through its programs, the organization has put more than 250 vacant, deteriorating and foreclosed properties into the hands of people who might never have the opportunity to own a home otherwise. This is an example of community empowerment at its best. The city gets property back on the tax roles. Low-income people have an opportunity to own homes and accumulate real wealth. Neighborhoods become safe for families again when people who care occupy once-abandoned homes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to see how anyone loses. When it comes to development in Jackson, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to get caught up in multi-million dollar plansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for big hotels, stadiums and waterfront developmentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to the exclusion of everything else. Of course, everyone wants the big money those kinds of projects could bring to Jackson, but big money and big development canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t push aside the very people living in the city right now. Revitalizing an urban area without overgentrification requires a delicate balance and a

dedicated sensibility. Jackson is more than any one neighborhood, and any economic-development plan for the city that concentrates too heavily on one end of the spectrum is likely to fail. Too much high-end development without a thought for low-income people, or vice-versa, will never be effective. We need both kinds of development and everything in between to make all of Jackson the vibrant, dynamic city we all know it can be. As the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new mayor, Chokwe Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like Harvey Johnson Jr. before himâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has taken on the big job to make the balance right. Lumumba comes from a grassroots sensibility, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been sitting on the city council long enough to see some of the dynamics he will have to deal with in the coming years. We hope he will learn fast how to be effective with people and institutions that he has stood against in the past. Lumumba should also take on the challenge of calming down some divisive attitudes on the city councilâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;folks who should know better than to vote against every project that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t directly benefit his or her constituents right now. Jackson will thrive when everyone works toward the betterment of the whole. And that means big money projects as well as grassroots neighborhood efforts. Jackson needs it all.

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ood Morning,â&#x20AC;? said the may not be there; tomorrow she or I may not elderly man pushing his be there. walker through the fluoHarriett recently came close to having a rescent-light-filled room new kidney. She is on multiple waiting lists occupied by a dozen or so people at 6 a.m. for kidney transplants, and finally, there was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good morning,â&#x20AC;? they reply in tired voic- a match. At the last moment, the transplant es. This forced camaraderie, this solidarity, did not take place. Cancelled. Now, she is on is not taken lightly. Everyone in the room the hunt again for a kidney. is lacking something really important: kidMany of us are organ donors; we have ney function. That includes my fiancĂŠe, the hearts on our licenses to prove it. But Harriett Johnson. we usually do not think to do so while we I have spent countless hours over the are among the living. I compel you, even if last few years talking to children behind it is not a kidney, to donate what you can. bars, and witnessing or hearing about the Donate blood, donate hair, donate bone most unpleasant things our society can do to marrow, donate money for research, donate young people. None of what I have heard or time. Everything and everyone are worth it. seen could prepare me for being a witness to Harriett is a civil-rights attorney, so she the everyday struggle that is used to being a fighter. Harriett goes throughâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; I am an advocate, so I am What we have one she and so many more used to standing up when individuals with deadit is not always popular to day, we may not ly diseases or cancers stand up. By nature, we have the next, so we whom, like incarcermake demands of those ated individuals, we often around us when we see, need to appreciate try to hide behind doors experience or hear of everything. and smokescreens. something that is unjust. Three times a week, Right now, we, and so we rise at 5 a.m. and go to dialysis. There, many more in Harriettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s situation, are makHarriett, who is easily decades younger than ing demands to an unknown force. There is the next youngest person in the room, gets no clear adversary; there is no clear recipient plugged into a machine that pulls her blood of our scorn. from her body, cleans it and puts it back into We do not share this to make the Jackher. Needless to say, this is draining. This son community feel sorry for Harriettâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;she ritual gets old real quick. would not stand for that. We share this to Harriett has lupus. This is an autoim- raise awareness and push people to ask quesmune disease that affects more than a mil- tions, seek guidance, to look for those often lion people, mostly women and especially ignored by society, be they in prisons, in women of color, around the country. There nursing homes or because they are in selfis no cure, and there is no way to determine imposed hiding due to a deadly disease all the problems related to it. The symptoms or cancer. Do somethingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or simply say may include ongoing fatigue, skin irritation â&#x20AC;&#x153;good morning.â&#x20AC;? or, like it is for Harriett, kidney failure. What Harriett has a unique way of lighting that looks like on a day-to-day basis is unpre- up any room with her smile, with her mind, dictable. She may have no energy one day, and with the way she takes care to make maybe nonstop vomiting the next day. everyone around her feel comfortable and She is a much stronger person than I. loved. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share this to make anyone feel Harriett turns to God; she turns to family; guilty about the situation, just to push you she turns to me. And we are not allowed to to go read up on lupus (check out lupusmidgive up because she does not give up, similar for more information), go read up to so many others struggling with lupus, kid- on kidney failure, diabetes and manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inhuney failure or any number of other potential- manity to man, woman and the world. ly deadly ills. While not alone, she and all her I share this because I am selfish, and loved ones are forced to recognize the power everyone should see Harriett light up and the powerlessness in mortality. What we the room. have one day, we may not have the next, so Jed Oppenheim is a citizen of Jackson. If we need to appreciate everything, from the you have type-O blood and are interested in dosun coming up to the miraculous nature of a nating a kidney to Harriett, please contact him tomato growing in the garden. 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early everybody in Jackson knows the Rev. Keith Tonkel. They know Wells Church, where he preaches (2019 Bailey Ave., 601-353-0658), the community outreach he performs, and WellsFest, a festival that shows no sign of slowing. They probably know, too, that he just recently began chemotherapy for cancer in his throat. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gotten to know Keith Tonkel, you ought to. Tonkel has practiced a â&#x20AC;&#x153;ministry of presenceâ&#x20AC;? in Jackson since 1969, and that longevity is no accident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We felt very strongly that we should come into a community like this, and (moreover), that we should stay,â&#x20AC;? Tonkel says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt that we should come and be there, not for some people, but for all the folks.â&#x20AC;? One of the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many programs provides food, medicine and reading lessons to under-served residents. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accompanied by a dose of Methodist devotion, which Tonkel adds â&#x20AC;&#x153;is optional.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We told them they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to have the devotion to get their stuff,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the ladies said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yeah, well, the bread you give us passes pretty quickly, but the other lasts a little longer.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Tonkel spoke volumes with his 1963 signature on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Born of Convictionâ&#x20AC;? declaration against racism, which he signed along with others in the faith community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we basically said was we believed in the fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of man, the leadership of Jesus, and the public school system, and we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

Cedric Sturdevant communists,â&#x20AC;? Tonkel says with a hearty laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at that particular time, there was not much voice to that.â&#x20AC;? Malcolm White, a local luminary of Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fame, has, like so many others, his own origin story of his relationship with Tonkel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I first met him when he married me and my wife in the early 1980s,â&#x20AC;? White says. Tonkel wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept any payment for the ceremony, but Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father instructed him that â&#x20AC;&#x153;you have to pay the man.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keith, the only thing I know how to do is organize an event,â&#x20AC;? White told him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I heard you have a building fund. Maybe I can help with that somehow.â&#x20AC;? Like that, WellsFest was born. The festival is known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Festival.â&#x20AC;? It provides a way for Jacksonians to enjoy music and have fun in a drug- and alcohol-free way. The event also benefits local charities. Jackson supports and cares for Tonkel just as he loves them back, and there is good reason to believe heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll return in top form after his treatment for cancer. And you know, there may be something to this prayer thing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-thirds smaller that it was,â&#x20AC;? Tonkel says of his tumor. The doctors told him his immune system had probably kicked in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, what do you think kicked in the immune system?â&#x20AC;? he asked them rhetorically. Tonkel flashes a smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know exactly where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming from, Reverend,â&#x20AC;? his doctor replied. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Julian Rankin


orty-eight-year-old Cedric Sturdevant could have died, but he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. He could have become bitter and angry at the world, but he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Instead, he chose to dedicate his life to helping minorities with health issues and, in particular, those of the LGBT community through My Brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keeper, a non-profit organization in Jackson. Sturdevant grew up in a home without a father. In his early 20s, he married and had two daughters, who later gave him two granddaughters. At age 32, he came out to his mother, whose reply was simply, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love you anyway, but I knew that already.â&#x20AC;? While living with his partner in 2005, the two were diagnosed with HIV, but they ignored their sickness and neglected to seek treatment. As their sickness increased without being treated, Sturdevant had to be hospitalized in Memphis for 13 days, during which he came very close to death. His partner of six and a half years did not survive. As Sturdevant became healthier, he believed God gave him a second chance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to help young, minority gay men not go through what I did: going through their diagnosis alone, or not taking care of themselves due to no or misinformation,â&#x20AC;? he says. Sturdevant began to mentor these young men, giving them not only a father figure and a friend, but also a place to live if they needed it.

In 2011, Sturdevant participated in a documentary entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;deepsouth,â&#x20AC;? which is about people in the rural South who suffer from HIV/AIDS and how members of the community live with and combat the disease. Showcased was Josh, a college student from the Delta, who became a part of Cedricâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;gay family.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It basically showed his journey from the Delta, to Jackson, to my house, via the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;undergroundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; connections in the LGBT community,â&#x20AC;? Sturdevant says. Today, he continues his work at My Brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Keeper. The organization opened a health clinic called Open Arms specializing in LGBT health issues on Feb. 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesus is love,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter who you were, or what was wrong. He would help anyone. I feel like, as a Christian, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m striving to be Christ-like, so I have to do the same.â&#x20AC;? His hobbies include travel (Las Vegas is his favorite city, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking forward to an upcoming trip to Manhattan), reading and science-fiction movies. His life is very family oriented. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Papaw,â&#x20AC;? he proudly says. One thing Sturdevant wants to convey to the black community is that it needs to embrace its differences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of the things our people went through during slavery and the Jim Crow era, all of the prejudices put in place, other races no longer have to do it. We do it to ourselves,â&#x20AC;? Sturdevant says. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shameka Hayes-Hamilton


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nthony Tyson Jackson, 32, is a community activist who wants to help the workers of the Nissan Plant in Canton unionize. He is the senior student and community organizer for the United Auto Workers Global Organizing Institute, the executive chair for the Mississippi Student Justice Alliance and state treasurer/second district delegate of the Young Democrats of Mississippi. Jackson became interested in activism due to his mother making him aware of the struggles of African Americans. She created a reading culture within the household. From there, Jackson began to study on his own and learn more about his heritage. Because of this, he carries a strong sense of justice and integrity in his heart and soul. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got into activism ... by organizing things in high school, pushing envelopes, and fighting for our rights as students, and I did the same thing when I went to college,â&#x20AC;? Jackson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never like to see anyone get picked on, and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like when things are unfair. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll fight for anybody that is being unjustly treated. So (my upbringing) and that is combined together.â&#x20AC;? Jackson says he began focusing more on activism at Tougaloo College while studying Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(I) had an opportunity to be involved with a lot of different people,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That activism spirit is still in me.â&#x20AC;? He majored in political science at Tougaloo College. Later, he enlisted in the Mississippi Air National Guard and served for six years. While in the military, Jackson lived in St. Louis where, looking at his surroundings, he had an epiphany. He saw rundown neighborhoods, abandoned schools and a high crime rate across the city, and realized that something needed to change.


When he returned to Jackson, he saw the same things that plagued St. Louis and decided he wanted to be involved in his community. Monica Atkins, a fellow member of the Student Justice Association, greatly appreciates Tyson Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A piece of me had lost hope about people caring about the world around them and activism,â&#x20AC;? Atkins says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seemed as if hate and selfishness had become louder than the sound of love and peace. Tyson brought that glimpse of hope back for me. To find someone so charismatic, enlightened and, more importantly, kind at heart has given much more hope for activism, especially inspired through student-led movements, in the future.â&#x20AC;? Jackson says that he hopes people pay attention to their surroundings and keep their eyes open. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be bought by large corporations. And think about the people that are out there and how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting affected,â&#x20AC;? Jackson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That makes a difference when people are talking about unions or anti-unions.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Mark Braboy

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ind a mission.â&#x20AC;? That is how James Russell Morrison, 28, ended his Millsaps College graduation speech May 11 where he received recognition as an Oustanding MBA graduate. Morrison, who has a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in history from the University of Virginia, started the S.O. TEREC T-shirt company in 2012 as a vehicle to help those in need in his home state. The name, S.O. TEREC, is a play on the word esoteric and is also a Latin acronym that represents the vision of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Servo omnis tribuo elemosina relevo exhibeo contineo,â&#x20AC;? which translates to, â&#x20AC;&#x153;To serve all, to give alms, to alleviate (hunger) to cause to touch (lives.)â&#x20AC;? The aim of S.O. TEREC is to not only make people aware of the problem of hunger in Mississippi, but to partner with the Mississippi Food Network to help address the problem in a tangible way. For every shirt sold, S.O. TEREC makes a donation to MFN. For every dollar donated, the food network is able to provide seven meals to hungry Mississippians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The idea came from) wanting to use my business knowledge to find a social venture that would directly help Mississippians,â&#x20AC;? Morrison says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With food insecurity being a huge issue in our state, it felt like a good place to start.â&#x20AC;? The Life Sciences Research Organization ( defines food insecurity as a situation in which the availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or the ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways is limited or uncertain. Inside Mississippi (insidemississippi. org) reports that in the years 2006-2008, 17.4 percent of the households in Mississippi experienced food insecurity, and 7.4 percent experienced hunger. These were the worst percentages for any state and also the worst percentages recorded since the census bureau started using the measurement in 1998. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I volunteered at the Mississippi Food

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hree years ago, 28-year-old James Davis was pinned beneath a forklift he was driving at work. His legs were torn from his spinal cord, and several organs were crushed. Doctors didn’t expect him to live and, if by the slim chance he did, he’d never walk again. Davis defied both prognoses, but spent the next two and a half months in the hospital learning to walk again. When he was released, he was a shell of his former athletic self. Davis’ wife, Tanya, watched as her husband sank deeper into sadness and decided to take action. “She came home one day and said, ‘The boys are on this (football) team called the South Jackson Eagles. They have practice Monday, and the coach said he will see you there,’” Davis says. He went to the field the next day and met the coach. “The coach told me, ‘Yeah, your wife said you wanted to coach,’” he says.


Davis accepted the opportunity, and his impact on young men in the south Jackson community has been immense. The coach teaches his players to give back. The team completed a neighborhood cleanup and a cleanup of the Fortification Street Bridge. These projects, he says, were born out of his fear for the safety of the children who use both areas. As much as Davis has done for his players, they’ve also given back to him. Davis promised his struggling team early in the season that if they made it to the championship, he would go back to school to finish his degree. After a 4-4 season, the team made it to the championship. Although they didn’t win, the boys reminded him of his promise. “I enrolled in Hinds (Community College) in Jackson,” Davis says with a smile. Yet even while keeping his promise to his players, he found a way to drive them to be better. “Some of them made a deal with me,” he says. “They took public speaking.” Davis is focused on his general studies at the moment. “I basically want to show people that these young men are from the same neighborhood you are,” he says about his players. “They are winning awards in school. They are not in trouble. We want to make sure our attitude is very contagious and it’s worth catching.” – Torsheta Bowens

Chris Harben


lassically trained musician and producer Chris Harben, 34, is a family man, though one of a different strain. Born and raised in south Jackson, his love of music began within his immediate household, and has expanded to encompass an extended musical family throughout the Jackson metro area. Harben began playing at 4 years old, calling the keyboard his “gateway instrument.” His brother took lessons from Sherman Lee Dillon, and Harben wanted to take lessons, too—so badly he even broke the strings on his brother’s guitar. When a cousin got a guitar for Christmas, he played around on it at family gatherings, but wanted to learn how to play “off-the-cuff.” He later took up bass guitar once it became ap-

TJ Harvey


J Harvey is a doer. He doesn’t just talk about how to make his community better—he gets in there and makes it happen. “No matter whether you’re involved with a community organization or your church or politics, to be involved is so important to the sustainability of that community,” he says. Harvey, 30, is a native of Columbia, Miss. He attended Mississippi State and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in German in 2006. Never one to be on the sidelines, he

made the most of his years in Starkville. “I thought I had to be overly involved, so I did everything possible,” he says. “I interned for Governor Barbour’s first run for governor and was really involved. They were impressed with the work I did on campus and in the surrounding areas, so when graduation time came along, the Republican party asked me to come work for them.” Once he moved to Jackson, he worked for Barbour’s re-election campaign. He even-

parent in lessons that he was actually playing bass lines instead. At 12, Harben played in his first band with John Schenk, currently of That Scoundrel, in a group they called Boomerang Tuna. He has also played with Jason Turner and the improv-funk-metal band Hytchcock. For the past six years, he has been with metal band Hell’s Half Acre, and most recently joined Filter the Noise. Harben has a high respect for other players. He says a band is a family within itself and with other bands. He loves what other musicians introduce to him—music he wouldn’t normally listen to and styles he wouldn’t generally play. “We push each other,” he says, “and it challenges us each to be a better person and better musician.” Sometimes new music isn’t necessarily a piece Harben likes or knows, but he finds

tually became the political director before he felt the tug of the nonprofit world and decided to redirect his efforts. Harvey is involved in Young Leaders in Philanthropy through the United Way of the Capital Area. Its current focus is on literacy, working with country singer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which promotes early childhood literacy. He is also on the board of Zip39, a young professionals group through the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Zip39 encourages professionals ages 25-39 to get involved in their community. This year Zip39 has been working closely with Madison Countians Allied Against Poverty (MADCAAP), a nonprofit that assists families living in poverty in Madison County. Harvey is also involved with the Susan G. Komen Central Mississippi Steel Magnolia’s Race for a Cure, acts as a Team in Training coach for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and is the congressional district leader for, an organization that sheds light on extreme poverty. “We reach out to our national legislators, Congress and senators, to be mindful of legislation that would promote strong economic development in local communities in Africa,” he says. Harvey seems determined to make every second of every day count, and he does it all because he loves it. “It’s fun,” he says. “People should be aware of what is going on in their community ... Conversation is good, but being a doer is even better.” – ShaWanda Jacome

a way to be unique with it, working in his individuality and personal points. With a style that can fall between bass and guitar, he melds music into his own. “What I like about Chris is that he’s all things wrapped up into one: classical, but he plays bass with a heavy riff. He says he’s not a lead guitarist, but he still plays it and can play drums, too. The first time I heard him was on a recording, and he was playing all the parts,” says Filter The Noise bandmate Nicole Alexander. Harben is thankful for the people he plays with for inspiring him and being his musical family. “Music is my life, and they are my music,” he says. – Dawn Macke

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hen talking to George Chuck Patterson about serving young people in Jackson, you can see the passion on his face and hear it in his voice. Originally from Mobile, Ala., Patterson graduated from Tougaloo College in 2003 and attended graduate school at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. “I had no intentions of coming back to Jackson, but God said otherwise, and I ended up back February 2005 as the coordinator for student activity and leadership development at Tougaloo College,” Patterson says. Patterson says that when it comes to his work, “it’s not a job to me; mainly because I do it all day and night.” The 31-year-old says that his job as director of campus life and community outreach is to bring those two areas together. “If I can connect (the) campus to community and community to corporation, everybody has everything that they need,” Patterson says. When not fueling the cycle of young adults transitioning into college and out into the workforce, Patterson keeps his hands full with various youth programs, including the annual Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit. “Right now, I’m getting prepared for the Young Women Leadership Institute, held at Tougaloo,” Patterson says. The all-female event brings 100 African American women from Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia to go through various educational trainings and workshops. “I usually do a workshop about what young women should expect out of the young men they encounter and then, I also usually have one of my younger DJs come in and do a dance in the talent show,” Patterson says. Working with the Children’s Defense Fund, Patterson also participated as a trainer for the annual Young Advocates Leadership Training program. “Last summer, in Cincinnati, Ohio, we facilitated the national training for, like, 1,500 young people from all across the nation,” he says. The entrepreneurial Patterson also works as a disc jockey and graphic designer for a variety of professionals and events, whether private, public or for charity. He is at the center of Mississippi Greek Weekend, which is in its sixth year of operations and benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Cure Sickle Cell Foundation. The four-day-long event’s mission is to “unify members of Greek Organizations throughout the state of Mississippi, regardless of school affiliation, race, color or creed,” according to its Facebook page ( – Darnell Jackson





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ut of deep sadness, there can come something good,” says P.J. Lee, reflecting on his unplanned change in vocation. Lee, 36, is the son-in-law of the late Hal White of Hal & Mal’s in downtown Jackson. When White suddenly passed away in March, Lee, a lawyer by trade, planned to help out the staff and family at the restaurant for a couple of weeks after he received a call from the kitchen that nobody knew White’s shrimp creole recipe. Two years ago, shrimp creole was the first recipe White allowed Lee to cook in the restaurant. Once in the kitchen, Lee says, “I started to hear conversations I’ve had (through the years) with Hal; it’s like he’s telling me what to do. We did two things together—play golf and cook—and I didn’t realize until now that I was learning all these things he did at the restaurant.” In addition to finding it rewarding to see the staff and Hal & Mal’s supporters rally together the past few months, Lee realized a passion for “part of my everyday that was missing.” Having people he trusts be honest with him as he gives himself a crash course in Kitchen 101 made it possible for Lee to not only step into the role, but also to enjoy it. Lee credits a supportive culinary community built on the shoulders of Hal, as well as his late friend Craig Noone, who founded Parlor Market. “Thanks to those two guys we lost too soon, there’s a whole community here that understands, yes, we’re in competition for business, but we’re also all in this together as a city,” Lee says. In his spare time, Lee spends time with wife, Brandi, and their 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Rivers. He says becoming a dad “made me much less uptight about things and changed my perspective of what makes a good day versus a bad day.” As he joins the culinary and downtown community he loves, Lee plans to turn out more inspired soups from the kitchen during his “indefinite sabbatical” from the practice of law as he and the Hal & Mal’s crew continue to “Keep Calm and Hal On.” His hard work and determination to keep Hal’s name alive allowed him to win best chef at Jackson Free Press’ Chef Week in May. – Julie Skipper

Albert Sykes


ailing from the same neighborhood where Medgar Evers lived and died, 29-year-old Albert Sykes recalls his early exposure to storytelling as a way of learning about the past and politics. Even in his youth, Sykes regularly watched news on TV with his grandmother. In kindergarten, he was the only one to raise his hand when the teacher asked about the new U.S. president. Sykes, a father of three boys, did not have a steadily present father or other positive male role models—not until early adolescence, that is. Then came famed civil rights veteran Bob Moses and his sons, Omo and Taba, and the Algebra Project/Math Lab. With their interactive teaching techniques, including field trips, the Moses made learning fun and, through this, showed the students that they cared. The three men inspired Sykes. He and fellow Advanced Placement participants changed from “knuckleheads” at Brinkley Middle School, Sykes says, to “folks that felt responsible for each other.” Eventually, they collaborated on efforts to create the Young People’s Project for Math Literacy and Social Change, where he serves as director of policy and advocacy. While balancing curriculum development with fundraising, Sykes continuously chips away at Mississippi’s sticky progression from slavery and sharecropping to freedom and equal education for everyone. His focal points are education reform, zero-tolerance policies and the school-to-prison pipeline. In conjunction with many organizations, including the NAACP, Parents for Public Schools, and the Institute for Democratic Education in America, Sykes advocates for policies such as Quality Education is a Constitutional Right. Sykes is helping design a young people’s advocacy activity book, which highlights stories of activists ranging from Harriet Tubman to more current campaigns facilitated by social media, concerning issues such as bullying. “Kids can see (that) efforts to create change never stopped happening,” Sykes says. “It’s less about bringing out mass amounts of folks; it’s more about bringing in a concentrated amount of folks that’s really dedicated to doing the work.” At the same time, Sykes says that success cannot be contained, nor is it always traditional. One way or the other, and despite his own hardships, Sykes strives to pass on the torch of intellectual development and access to it. To learn more about the Young People’s Project, go to or call 601-987-0015. – Charlotte Blom

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ho better to get people motivated to lose weight, than someone who has lost weight—a lot of a weight and on national television? Vicksburg native Patrick House was the first person from Mississippi to win the “The Biggest Loser” television competition in 2010. He lost a total of 181 pounds or 45.3 percent of his total body weight. He walked away with $250,000, a better quality of life for him and his family, and the pride of his home state. Since returning home, House has authored a self-help book, “As Big as a House” (2012, C-Squared Publishing, $18.95) and taken his message about childhood obesity and other weight–related issues around the United States. NBC recently selected him to be a Biggest Loser Ambassador, working on the “Biggest Loser Community” website to motivate and inspire members. To date, House has lost a total of 202 pounds. On Thursday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m., the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation will host “Healthy Cooking Workshop with Patrick House” (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). House will demonstrate


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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. COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi.

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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.

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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.

hile growing up in a family of 14 and then raising a family of seven people, I learned to appreciate time. My mother had to cook (and wash up after) three meals every day, seven days a week. I learned from that, and decided to create complete meals using as few pans as necessary. To use a cliché, if I may: “work smarter, not harder.”

One-Pot Cabbage Goulash Ingredients

3 medium carrots, cut into rounds roughly quarter-sized 1 medium onion, cut into strips 1 medium bell pepper, cut into strips 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper 2 tablespoons parsley flakes 2 tablespoons garlic powder 6 strips bacon or salt pork 3 tablespoons virgin olive oil or cooking oil ½ stick margarine 5 hot or sweet Italian sausages 5 medium Irish potatoes, washed but unpeeled, and cut into squares 1 medium to large cabbage, cut into sections 1/2 pound whole okra

Fry the bacon or salt pork in large Dutch oven. Cut the sausages into quarter lengths and add after the bacon is well done. Add all other ingredients except cabbage, okra and potatoes. Simmer on low heat until sausages are well cooked, approximately 45 minutes. Add the potatoes, cabbage and okra and cook for another 20 minutes on low heat. Stir occasionally. Make sure that your cabbage is cooked last. You do not want to overcook the cabbage—it should remain crisp. This is a complete meal loaded with meat, vegetables and starch. All you need is some hot-water corn bread and a tall glass of lime Kool-Aid.


Lemon Drop Martini

by Jane Flood


hen life gives you lemons, make lemon drop martinis!” The next time you plan a summer cocktail party, be sure to include this beautiful, smooth and refreshing creation, the Lemon Drop martini. This delectable, retro drink, which became popular in California in the ’70s, adds the perfect sparkle to a Mississippi get-together. As we all have come to realize, making things easy—in other words, ahead of time—makes for a more enjoyable event for hosts and guests alike. Lemon Drops can be mixed, placed in a pitcher and kep cold until guests arrive. Martini glasses should be chilled in advance. Lemon Drops featuring unflavored vodkas will work as seamlessly with this recipe. Experiment and find your favorite variation. Regardless, Lemon Drop martinis will refresh your guests’ palates with the perfect combination of a tart lemon taste

1½ ounces citrus flavored vodka ½ ounce simple syrup Splash orange liqueur Splash sweetened lime juice (such as Rose’s brand) ½ ounce sweet-and-sour mix 1 freshly squeezed lemon



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Run a lemon wedge along the rim of a chilled martini glass and dip glass into superfine sugar. Fill martini shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well. Strain into sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

plus a hint of sweetness. Just be cautious, as they are delectable and go down easily, so pace yourself. This recipe is for one drink. Multiply according to your guest list.

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The Truth About Boys by Kelly Bryan Smith

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Amy LaVere: Mixing It Up in Memphis

Memphis-based singer and bassist Amy LaVere pulls beyond her influences to create distinctive music.


ou can hear where Amy LaVere is coming from, but it never limits where she goes with her music. The Memphis-based singer and bassist has musical roots in country, but she also brings together strands of folk, jazz and rock into her well-crafted songs. LaVere propels her trio with energetic lines played on her upright bass. With only three instruments, the group creates full arrangements that put her voice at the center of the music. Born in Shreveport, La., but with a childhood spent moving around following her father’s work, LaVere found her first musical influence at home. Her mother was an amateur singer and songwriter who would often get out her guitar to perform for friends. “I guess I just wanted to be her, and I think somewhere

unconsciously I just assumed that that’s what the woman did, was cook and write songs,” LaVere says. LaVere started out playing in punk bands as a teen living in Michigan, but picked up the upright bass as her instrument after moving to Nashville in her early 20s. While clowning around on a roommate’s bass, she found that she had a natural ability on the instrument. With encouragement from her peers, she began playing in the country music clubs in Nashville’s Lower Broadway area. When she moved to Memphis in the late ’90s, she found the ideal environment to develop as a performer. “It’s one of those cities that really supports its characters,” LaVere explains. “It’s a pretty non-judgmental city. They support their musicians, (sometimes) monetarily. At least there’s work here.”

The musical community welcomed the bassist, and she quickly began building her musical skills through regular gigs around the city. Memphis has also has provided LaVere with a constant stream of new musical partnerships. “The collaborations are endless,” she says. “Every musician you know has three or four side projects. People here love to play and mix it up.” LaVere’s current collaborations include The Wandering, a (nearly) all-female group of roots-based musicians from Memphis and north Mississippi, as well as Motel Mirrors, a recently formed trio with guitarist John Paul Keith and drummer Shawn Zorn. Keith, the leader of the rootsrock group John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives, initially approached LaVere to pitch her some songs he had written. “After 45 minutes of coffee, we just decided we needed to play together some,” she remembers. “We booked a rehearsal and a gig within the next couple of days.” The focus of Motel Mirrors is on the duet singing of LaVere and Keith, bringing together bits of classic country and early rock. The group plays regularly around Memphis and recorded an album this past spring. While it won’t be released until the fall, LaVere compares some of the album’s songs to Mickey and Sylvia, the ’50s rock duo best known for their 1956 hit, “Love is Strange.” Despite her many collaborations, LaVere remains focused on her own music. After experimenting with a broader palette of sounds on her last album (2011’s “Stranger Me”), she decided to move back to her roots for her next record, which she is currently finishing. Set for release in early 2014, the record is being produced by North Mississippi Allstars’ guitarist Luther Dickinson and features another musician from the Magnolia State. “This one is a little bit more homespun in feeling,” she says. “I’m using Sharde Thomas, who plays drums with The Wandering, and she has such a Mississippi feel about her.” Amy LaVere performs at Ole Tavern (416 George St., 601960-2700) Friday, June 14, at 10 p.m. For more information on the singer, visit


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Soul Wired Café hosts “Souls of the Conscious Mind” at 7 p.m.

The All White Party with DJ Finesse is at 8 p.m. at the King Edward Hotel.

The Dream 2 Succeed Scholarship Awards Program is at 7 p.m. at Hearts of Madison.

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Author and MDAH 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. … The Evers Institute hosts a series of events to recognize the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’ assassination including a civil-rights tour, film festival, youth congress, memorial service, chairman’s reception and tribute gala. Events are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. at multiple Jackson locations. Evers’ Sponsorships start at $500, $100 for tribute gala only, other public events free; call 662-915-1644 or 800-599-0650; … Karaoke with DJ Mike is at Philip’s on the Rez (135 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-1680.


New Vibrations Network Gathering is at 6:30 p.m.8 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). Bring business cards and brochures to share. Free; donations welcome. Email newvibrations2003@hotmail.

… Sunni Patterson headlines Souls of Conscious Mind 7 p.m.-3 a.m. at Soul Wired Café (111 Millsaps Ave.) Teruko Nelson, Poet Williams . Enjoy music from Cheryl “Ms. BY BRIANA ROBINSON Songbird,” DJ Cannon and others. Refreshments available. Call for table reservations. $20 at the JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM door; call 601-863-6378; email FAX: 601-510-9019 … American Pink Floyd, formerly DAILY UPDATES AT JFPEVENTS.COM Set the Controls, performs at 9 p.m. at Duling Hall. Doors open at 8 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 601-292-7121;



DJ Young Venom, who is in the running to be Smirnoff ’s Master of the Mix, performs at Hal & Mal’s June 15.

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American Pink Floyd, formerly Set the Controls, performs at Duling Hall June 14.

com … Kelly Rowland and The-Dream perform during the Lights Out Tour at 8 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). $30-$40; call 800-745-3000.


Kelisha Garrett, DBE regulatory compliance manager at Harrah’s New Orleans, speaks during Friday Forum at 9 a.m. at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite 28 C). Free; call 960-3008; email


Garden Bird Sale with handcrafted ceramic birds at discounted prices is at 9 a.m. at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Free; call 601-366-1844. … DJ Young Venom, DJ KoolLaid, Spacewolf, Slimm Pusha and 5th Child perform at 9 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. Vote by texting BACKSPIN to 839863 through June 30. Free; call 948-0888; email;


The Official 2013 All White Party is 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). Thomas by Design hosts the social with DJ Finesse spinning

hits. Attire is white; award gives for best outfit. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-506-7545.


Praise and Worship Dance for Youth for ages 7-15 is 9 a.m.-noon, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Registration required. Held daily through June 21. $90; call 601-974-1130; … The Central Mississippi Blues Society is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s in the restaurant. Call 601-948-0888.


The New Collectors Club conversation with abstract painter Robert Rector is at 6 p.m. with light refreshments at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free; call 601-960-1515; email … Duvalier Malone Enterprises presents the Dream 2 Succeed Scholarship Awards along with a special book signing with James Meredith at 7 p.m. at Hearts of Madison (123 Jones St., Madison). Free.


Sugar Water Purple Jazz and Blues Fusion is at 8 p.m. at Soul Wired Café (111 Millsaps Ave.). $5, Free for ladies; call 601-863-6378. More at and


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erspective is easy to lose if you’re a 40-something sales representative who loses his or her job, or a 20something college graduate with a quarter-million dollars of debt and no job prospects, despite being at the top of his or her class. In these stressful situations, perspective often gets pushed to the bottom of the heap, with fear drowning out any hopeful prospects. “The Internship,” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson (who successfully teamed together in the smash hit “The Wedding Crashers”), does what only the best comedies can do; it puts a smiley face on tragic circumstances and turns perspective from doom and gloom to optimism. It’s about a positive attitude, which may seem trite to some, but when you throw in references to growing up in the ’70s and life lessons learned from 1983 hit “Flashdance,” this film is a therapeutic belly laugh. The movie opens on Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) working on their sales pitch. They riff back and forth on their client’s personal data. Nine-year-old daughter who is a gymnast. Check. Likes to show family photos. Check. During the meeting, they weave in these facts and are on the brink of cementing the sale when they get a blow. They no longer have jobs. They didn’t get the memo, but their client did. Their boss (John Goodman) doesn’t apologize for his oversight. He cashed in early and calls them “dinosaurs” as he escorts them out of the business. No one needs watches, he tells them. Technology has made Billy and Nick irrelevant. What to do? Billy surfs the Web for jobs. And then, as dramatically depicted by director Shawn Levy, we see Billy’s face lit up by the computer screen and the shining word “Google.” Billy calls Nick with the plan. They are going to apply for an internship at Google. True, they need to be enrolled in college, but Billy has taken care of that detail. They are officially

enrolled at Phoenix University and, improbably, Billy and Nick land spots in Google’s competitive internship program. Google-land rivals, and maybe even trumps, Disneyland. Cars without drivers cruise the Google campus. A giant amusement park slide sits in the main reception area. Food is free, and foodie Billy sighs with pleasure. The kick, of course, is that Google is a tech company, and Billy and Nick are people-pleasers, not digital-tech geniuses. So how can this work for our two funny guys? By my favorite word of all, guaranteed to get a groan from some: “teamwork.” And you can predict which team Billy and Nick get on. Will it be the “A” team, led by some butt-kissing preppie (Max Minghella) with a snobbish affectation? Or the losers, including a hot-talking Indian girl (Tiya Sircar), a home-schooled Asian kid (Tobit Raphael) whose Tiger mom bullied him into perfection, a white boy discontent (Dylan O’Brien) and a team leader (Josh Brener) who is out of touch with cool? Many critics have panned this movie because it infomercializes Google—a valid criticism. The movie paints a utopian picture of Google and its campus. Senior Google executives vetted the script, which means some sanitization of anything remotely controversial. But the filmmakers aren’t trying to hide the ties to Google. It’s so obvious that you either go along with it or not. I enjoyed this film more than most this lackluster summer. I laughed so hard at the incongruity of the circumstances two oldschool guys taking an internship at Google for the summer. The banter between Vaughn and Wilson is priceless. And the message is not overly complicated. It can be summed up from a line from “Flashdance”: “When you give up on the dream, you die.” So why not go for the dream? Haters can continue to hate, but the rest of us are going to remember that steel worker who had the dream.

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DJ Young Venom and Friends June 15, 9 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Enjoy music from DJ Young Venom and a signature Smirnoff drink, and vote for him to be Smirnoff’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; djyoungvenom. com. Ninth Annual JFP Chick Ball July 20, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention. This year’s goal is to fight sex trafficking in Mississippi. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations, volunteers now. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 23; email;

#/--5.)49 • Belhaven Basketball Camp June 17, 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. June 24, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 22, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The four-day camp for youth includes individual skills sessions in the morning and Super Shooter sessions in the afternoon. Bring or buy lunch. Registration required. $175, $90 morning only or afternoon only; call 601624-2126; email;



Habitat Young Professionals Rooftop Soiree June 13, 6-8:30 p.m., at BankPlus, Fondren (3100 N. State St.). Young professionals ages 2140 party and network while supporting Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson. Free; call 601-3536060; email; find Habitat Young Professionals of Metro Jackson (HYP) on Facebook.

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• Summer Arts Camp June 17-July 8 The two-week camp for children ages 5-13 features art, music, theater and dance activities. Meets on weekdays. Registration required. $750; call 601-974-6478; email; Father/Son French Dinner June 17, 6 p.m., at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244). Enjoy a five-course dinner from chefs Jean-Jacques Parmegiani and Jay Parmegiani. Reservations required; seating limited. $75, $25 optional wine flight; call 601-982-8111; email; Dream 2 Succeed Scholarship Awards Program June 18, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Hearts of Madison (123 Jones St., Madison). Duvalier Malone Enterprises presents the awards and a book signing with James Meredith. Free; call 601-862-1763; email; Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby: “Hook, Line, and Sink Her” June 15, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The league splits into two teams to compete. Wear a sailor or pirate costume to get a picture taken with the team. Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; call 960-2321; email; Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). • Zoo Camp June 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; June 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; July 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; July 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Includes zoo hikes, games and animal encounters for ages 6-8. Registration required. Sessions are June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5

and July 8-12. Half day: $90, $85 members; full day: $175, $165 members; call 601-352-2580; • Father’s Appreciation Day June 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fathers receive half off admission with a paying child’s admission. $10, $9 seniors, $6.75 children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 601-352-2500; Events at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). • Jackson Association of Black Journalists Meeting third Saturdays, excluding holidays. Free; email • Business Development and Grant Writing Invitational June 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; June 22, 10 a.m.-noon. $39.99 ($5 off with ad); call 601-9650372 or 601-201-1957; email Clu369@gmail. com; Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. • Young Artists June 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; June 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; July 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The art camp is for ages 8-10 and is held June 17-21, June 24-28 and July 8-12. Limit of 15 students per session. $240 per week; • New Collectors Club Conversation with Robert Rector June 18, 5:30 p.m. The abstract painter from Slaughter, La. has artwork in the exhibit “The Mississippi Story.” Light refreshments. Free; email ngravesgoodman@;

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34!'%!.$3#2%%. “Noises Off ” June 13, 7:30 p.m. June 14, 7:30 p.m. June 15, 7:30 p.m. June 16, 2 p.m. June 20, 7:30 p.m. June 21, 7:30 p.m. June 22, 7:30 p.m. June 23, 2 p.m., at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The play within a play is a comedy that includes a chaotic dress rehearsal, a love triangle and other off-stage mishaps. Shows are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. $15, $10 seniors, students and children; call 601-825-1293; “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). The play is about an

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errod Partridge is a vibrant artist with a studio in the artsy Fondren neighborhood. He attended the New York Academy of Art where he received his Masters in Fine Art in 2004. In 2012, the Mississippi Arts Commission presented him with the Visual Arts Fellowship of Excellence. Partridge is the author and creator of the blog Jackson Art Seen. The blog features art around Jackson, with descriptive guidelines that are relative to the art styles of the pieces. In June he will begin summer workshops open to the public. June 1 and 2 he will teach a Artist Jerrod Partridge shares his portrait drawing skills with a class series this summer. basic drawing class that incorporates still life in association with the Forest Community Arts in Forest, Miss. Saturday classes are from 9 a.m. to Lastly, Partridge will teach another 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will portrait drawing workshop at Lisette’s be one workshop on Sunday from 1 p.m. Photography and Gallery in Canton Satto 4 p.m. Classes are $155. urday June 29 and Sunday June 30. The In association with the Southern Saturday’s class will be from 9 a.m. to 12 Cultural Heritage Foundation, Partridge p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday’s class will also teach a four-day portrait draw- will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The working workshop June 4, 11, 18 and 25 in shop costs $155. Vicksburg from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information about upcoming Workshops cost $180 to SCHF mem- events or workshops visit Jerrod Partridge’s bers and $190 to non-members, includ- website at or his blog at ing materials. To participate, please email

Frank X Walker and Minrose Gwin reading June 13, 5 p.m., at JSU’s Margaret Walker Center (1400 John R. Lynch St.). As part of the events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers, the Margaret Walker Alexander Center presents a reading featuring authors Frank X Walker and Minrose Gwin. Free; call 601-979-3935; email Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email; • “Game Drive” June 13, 5 p.m. Marie Moore signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $13.95 book; call 601-366-7619. • “Moon Underfoot” June 15, 1 p.m. Bobby Cole signs books. $14.95 book. • “Where You Can Find Me” June 18, 5 p.m. Sheri Joseph signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.99 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@;

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%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 “The Murder of Medgar Evers and ‘Where is the Voice Coming From?’” Tuesday-Friday through Dec. 15, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place) at the Education and Visitor Center. The exhibit examines how the civil rights leader’s murder impelled Eudora Welty to write the New Yorker story about the event and the repercussions she faced. Tours by reservation only. $5, $3 students, children under 6 free, group discounts available; call 601-353-7762 or 601576-6850; Classic Car Art Show Monday-Friday through June 30, at High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road). See Richard McKey and Darryl Anderson’s paintings of classic cars. Custom framing available at Fondren Art Gallery. Free exhibit, artwork for sale; call 601-981-9222. “This is Home’: Medgar Evers, Mississippi and the Movement” Monday-Saturday through Oct. 31 at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). The exhibit about Evers’ early life, family and work with the NAACP includes photographs, artifacts, documents and newsfilm footage. Free; call 601-576-6850;

"%4(%#(!.'% Puttin’ in Pink Golf Tournament June 13, 8 a.m., at Bay Pointe Country Club (800 Bay Pointe Drive, Brandon). Tee times with shotgun starts are at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lunch included. Proceeds benefit fund for the girls, a Baptist Health Foundation program to provide breast health services to low-income women. Registration by June 8 recommended. $125 per person; call 601-829-1862; Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit and Parent/Advocate Conference Call for Volunteers through July 20 . Volunteers ages 19 and up with youth that are not participating in the summit are welcome. The conferences are July 20-21 at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Free; call 601354-3408, ext. 104; email; Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

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he idea of a “one-hit wonder” is nothing revolutionary, as each year several would-be Grammy winners quickly disintegrate into the throes of sudden obscurity, like the person who sat behind you in Algebra does after you graduate. The ’80s had Dexys Midnight Runners; the ’90s had Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch—though I think the movie business benefited more from Mark Wahlberg than the music business did. However, no decade has boasted more one-hit wonders and future “Where Are They Now?” exposés than the present, and the likely culprit is our quickly fading attention span. We tend to listen to a single song from an artist until it feels worn, its faults and imperfections sticking out like rust on a tin roof and, instead of choosing a different track by that musician whose work we enjoyed enough to listen to it to death, we move on. It’s a standard but unfair practice that routinely creates flash-in-the-pan chart toppers out of skilled artists with a passion for their craft and a desire to be something more substantial than the next Marky Mark. Belgian-Australian multi-instrumentalist Gotye comes to mind as an example of how the modern one-hit wonder mindset affects great musicians. In case you’ve already forgotten, which is possible and in no way your fault, Gotye was the singer-songwriter behind last year’s infectious, infinite-looping anti-love song, “Somebody That I Used to Know.” The song appeared on “American Idol” and “Glee” and I’m sure a handful of other shows I have no interest in watching. It snatched up international accolades including two Grammy Awards and two ARIA Awards. It’s also one of the most downloaded songs of all time. That’s all well and good. In fact, it’s pretty incredible. That’s more success than a majority of musicians will ever see from their careers, let alone from one song. However, “Somebody” wasn’t the track that Gotye chose as a single, instead selecting “Eyes Wide Open.” He didn’t feel the former represented the rest of his album, “Making Mirrors,” which was more bright pop tunes than the sultry-sounding, grief-stricken “Somebody” led audiences to believe. While many artists dream of having audiences latch onto their music, the average person only knows one Gotye song, one that does not accurately epitomize his work as a whole and will likely dwarf the rest of his music. In reality, though, Gotye wrote an incredible album in “Making Mirrors,” from start to finish. It displays the kind of catchy-yet-clever pop music that you can be proud to own and could have been proud to hear on the radio, a saving grace from the hundred or so hip-hop artists like

that can’t release a song that isn’t “featuring” someone else. Instead, with how overplayed “Somebody” became, many people ignored Gotye’s other work. Though, certainly, many factors determine whether a band would define a generation or define a month, most of the blame rests on the ease of purchasing one track from a record. It changes the experience, sure, but more substantially, it changes how recording labels and their stockpiled artists perceive music releasing. I’m probably not the only one of you who’s heard countless stories about bands being forced to return to the studio to “write a single” for an album they already finished recording. Unfortunately, the purpose now is not to produce full-length records that weave a larger tapestry, but to write multiple singles to be sold separately and then stitched together in crude, clumsy movements more ham-fisted than Victor Frankenstein’s monster. COURTESY UNIVERSAL RECORDS

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The inherent issue is that not every song is meant to be a single, directly stuck in your head for days on end. Some tracks, like Gotye’s effects-heavy verse on the prominence of electronic instrumentation, are what I call “slow burn,” and though these songs aren’t as instantly memorable as singles, they make up the bulk of an album and often embody the emotional and socially analytical side of music, delving into more profound concepts that don’t fit as easily into the verse-chorusverse-chorus format of radio fodder. So, take a look at those old singles you bought and overplayed until they stopped seeming catchy and began seeming tedious, and let them take you down the rabbit hole for a while. Search for the full records, listen to those “slow burn” tracks that take a second to settle in, and invest some attention in the hidden gems that others may have ignored. You might be surprised to find those former one-hit wonders have another hit up their sleeves.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 13 NBA (8-11 p.m., ABC): Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game four of the 2013 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs as the series hits the middle of a threegame stretch in Texas. FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Golf (9 a.m.-7 p.m., ESPN & NBC): For second-round coverage of the 2013 US Open Golf Championship tune in to ESPN most of the day, and to NBC from 3-5 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 15 College baseball (2-5 p.m., ESPN 2): The 2013 College World Series kicks off game one, teams to be announced. NHL (7-10 p.m., NBCSN): Game two of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals pits the Chicago Blackhawks against the Boston Bruins. SUNDAY, JUNE 16 Golf (11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., NBC): A winner will be crowned in final-round coverage of the 2013 US Open Golf Championship. NBA (7-10 p.m. ABC): Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game five of the 2013 NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. MONDAY, JUNE 17 NHL (7-10 p.m., NBCSN): Game three of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals sees two â&#x20AC;&#x153;Original Sixâ&#x20AC;? teams battle for Lord Stanleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup for the first time since 1979. TUESDAY, JUNE 18 NBA (8-11 p.m., ABC): If necessary, game six of the 2013 NBA Finals between the Heat and the Spurs will shift the series back to South Beach.

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atherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day over the last five years has been a struggle for me. To explain, let me go back five and half years ago. In the middle of the night in late December 2007, I found myself racing through what seemed like half the towns in the metro area, headed to the hospital where my wife was having an emergency C-section. I was excited for the birth of our first child even with the scary events that late night. I always wanted to be a father, and I hoped I could be just half as good as my father at fatherhood. I waited outside while my mother-inlaw was with my wife during the procedure. Pacing a rut in the carpet as I went up and down the hallway, I waited to greet my son. I became alarmed as I saw doctors and nurses begin to race in and out of the room my wife was in. Two days before Christmas, I learned that my first and only son came into this world and left it in the same day. Losing our child nearly destroyed our relationship. It took a long time for my wife and I to let go of the anger and hurt losing our son caused us. My wife and I always thought of ourselves as a mother and father, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t celebrate Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day because of the pain involved. My father helped me through those tough days with sound advice and timely words of encouragement when I needed them the most. It took us nearly four years to regain the strength to try once again to have another child. Last November, my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our first and only daughter. I felt that hole in my heart partially fill

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to spend with my dad when we both would be fathers. My father helped me through the loss of my son, bonded with me through sports (my playing in high school and later both of us watching sports together) and was there at the birth of my daughter with a smile on his face I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I had ever seen before that day. But alas, the fates can be cruel. My father passed away suddenly this February before we could have that first Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day together as fathers. Now, I enter fatherhood without one of my greatest re-

sources when it comes to figuring out how to be a dad. As a father, my dad raised three girls into beautiful, smart, independent and strong-minded women (with the help of my mother, of course). I knew he would be invaluable to me as I try to raise my little girl, just as much as my mom would be to me. My father was not just a father to me. He was my role model, he was my mentor and, most of all, as I grew older, he was my best friend. Sports were a big bonding factor between us. Nothing bonded us more than football and our loveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or at times our infuriationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for the Dallas Cowboys. I will never forget buying tickets to one of the preseason games played in Jackson many years ago. The memories my little brother and I made with our dad that night will last us a lifetime. They are just some of the thousands of memories we have and will remember this Sunday. This Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, I will have a heavy heart as a son and as a father. It will be bittersweet to have my daughter with me this Sunday but be missing my dad and my son. I will pass on memories of my dad to my daughter and pass along his love of the Cowboys to her as well. Take my advice, please: Children, spend as much time as you can with your fathers, and fathers, spend as much time as you can with your children. Spend that time in person with each other, or on Facebook, or on the phone, or through emailâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but take the opportunities you have to be with each other. Because if there is one thing I know, our time in this world is fleeting and can be over at any moment.

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What’s the strangest aspect of your job?

I wanted to be an investigative journalist so I could uncover corruption and bust the bad guys.

Yelling at people. Sometimes I catch myself jumping up and down, yelling and screaming, and I think, “How did you go from journalism to this?”

Describe your workday in three words. Loud, intense, sweaty.

What tools could you not live or work without? My voice. I just need to push people through their self-imposed walls.

What steps brought you to this position?


My own journey of losing weight and getting into shape. I lost 85 pounds, and I loved the journey so much that I wanted to help other people do the same thing.

What’s the best thing about your job? The point where people see and feel that their lives are changing because of what we do together.

What advice do you have for others who would like to become a fitness trainer? Become well educated on exercise science and nutrition. Have genuine compassion for people and concern for their well-being.

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