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ike a fine wine or a vintage roadster, some things just get better as they mature. At the age of 53, Lisa Palmer has a youthful vitality and modest confidence about her. “When you can look back and see what you’ve done and you’re proud of it, confidence does seem to grow,” she says. Palmer holds bachelor’s in interior design from the University of Southern Mississippi and has been living in Jackson since 1971. She has three sons: Brian Fuente, 29; Max, 22; and Sam, 17. Palmer also owns SummerHouse (1109-D Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-853-4445). The idea and name for the store came to her while she was on vacation with her husband, Mike, who is an ophthalmologist at the VA Hospital. “I remember talking to him about how cool it would be to live in a community where everybody was on vacation … happy all the time,” Palmer says. “I said, ‘If I ever opened a store, that’s the way I would want people to feel.’” Palmer opened SummerHouse in 2003 in the former Herb’s Frame Shop office in Fondren. However, in 2005, a fire in the building forced Palmer out of the location. “Luckily, my computer was saved in the fire, thanks to Ron Chane, who was my neighbor. He busted my door down when the
fire was going on and single-handedly picked up my desk and my computer, bringing it out the front door,” she says. Even a fire couldn’t keep Palmer from what she loved. Temporarily, she set up shop in her dining room and continued working. The next year, she opened the store at its current location in Ridgeland with about 8,800 square feet of space. What started as just a retail store has blossomed into a full-service interior-design showroom. With a staff of degree-qualified interior designers, the store is all about client service. “That is huge at SummerHouse, and I preach it from the minute my designers come on board,” Palmer says. “Client service is number one.” The SummerHouse approach to design is to first get to know their client’s needs. Once the staff is able to determine exactly what the client wants, the process flows from there. They can help with something as small as paint color to a project as large as advising on the building process from start to completion. “Everybody is treated the same, no matter how small a job is or how large the job. Today they may only need a paint color, but in four years, they will remember that they got that kind of client service and they’ll come back to us,” Palmer says. —ShaWanda Jacome
Cover photo of Chokwe Lumumba by Trip Burns
8 Empty Seat
As Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s term comes to a close, he is working to fill an 11th-hour empty school-board seat.
27 A Poet Comes Home
Brandi Katherine Herrera explores the impact Jackson’s literary history has had on her as a writer.
29 Super Human
“Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. What Kent wears—the glasses, the business suit—that’s the costume. The Clark Kent persona is how Superman views us: He is weak; he’s unsure of himself; he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the human race.” —Anita Modak-Truran, “Savior in a Red Cape”
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JUNE 19 - 25, 2013 | VOL. 11 NO. 41
by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief
Hope and Loving in Mississippi
ddie Outlaw messed up my writing plans today. I was all set to share my thoughts in this column about Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, and what I hope happens (and doesn’t) during his term. But, suddenly, the love of Eddie’s life, Justin McPherson, was sitting in my office chair, clasping his hands together as he watched his partner in life and business on my monitor telling the nation on an MSNBC webcast that there is hope in Mississippi for people like him who choose to love a person of their own gender. I’ve been blinking back tears ever since over the love that flowed from both Eddie on the screen and Justin watching with pride. Wonderful, deep, faithful, admirable love. Still, in our state, they can’t marry, adopt or enjoy myriad other rights that heterosexual citizens like me are allowed. A viewer tweeted to ask the guests why they couldn’t settle for civil unions rather than the more loaded question of marriage. The answer was simple: Because they deserve the same rights as any other American. There it is. It’s so simple. While you may consider homosexuality a sin, it’s not up to you to use the government as your personal morality cop. Those choices are between us and our God and our church. It’s certainly not the government’s business to police those choices. If a certain church does not want to condone gay marriage, fine. That’s its choice. It’s also the choice of its members to go elsewhere. But the government doesn’t have the right to say who can marry and who cannot. Think about it. Freedom is all about the ability to choose. We all love America because we can make choices that others disagree with—the Constitution is there to keep the government out of those choices (at least until the point where they endanger other folks’ rights, safety and choices). And when we make a choice, whether about who to marry or what our opinion is
of a mayoral candidate, someone won’t like it. But if we mean this American experiment, we will battle to keep the government out of those choices if there is not an overriding need for it to be involved (like public safety). Enforcing someone’s idea of morality is not the government’s role. It’s spelled out right there in the First Amendment, brilliantly designed
Enforcing someone’s idea of morality is not the government’s role. to ensure that everyone gets the freedom to exercise (or not) their religious choices by blocking the government from establishing one citizen’s choices over another’s. Less than a week before I started this column, my friend (and JFP columnist/ blogger) Eddie Outlaw reminded me that America was celebrating a lesser-known holiday that many call Loving Day. Only 46 years ago on June 12—fewer years than I’ve been alive—the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that laws against interracial marriage were unconstitutional in a case poignantly called Loving v. Virginia. Until then, in Virginia, as in Mississippi and many other states, the state government decided which citizens could marry and which could not with its anti-miscegenation laws. There were all sorts of excuses for the bigotry against mixed-race marriage, and opponents twisted loving messages found in the Bible to support these abominable laws. People even died because they dared to love or even flirt with people of another race; the
excuse for 14-year-old Emmett Till’s torture and murder up in Money, Miss., was that he supposedly flirted with a white woman. Most people can see now how horrible these attitudes were. And I suspect most rue the misuse of words of faith to support such hatefulness. Some day, our state and our nation will get to a similar place, and we will look back on the time when we would not allow Eddie and Justin to get hitched and shake our heads at our backwardness. As Justin sat in my office chair watching Eddie represent a hopeful Mississippi on my computer screen, I noticed the calendar on the wall over my desk. Called “The History of Racial Injustice” and produced by the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama, the calendar has heartbreaking photos from our nation’s racist past and commemorates milestones in the push for racial equality. The large photo that hovered over Justin’s head was of segregated bathrooms in 1960 South Carolina. There were three options: “Ladies,” “Men” and “Colored.” Next to the photo, which I had not noticed until today, was a smaller picture of Richard and Mildred Loving, his white arm hugging his black wife to him. They married in 1958, but were arrested for a felony when they returned home that night. Nine years later, when the Supreme Court freed them to legally marry, similar laws in 15 other southern states were deemed unconstitutional. Still, it took Alabama until 2000 to become the final state to officially overturn such anti-marriage laws. Today, in 2013 America, we await another U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will tell us again whether or not federal and state governments have the right to tell loving Americans who they can and cannot marry. That brings me back to Chokwe Lumumba. The Jackson Free Press did not endorse him for mayor in any of the three mayoral elections of recent weeks. We be-
lieved the incumbent was the best choice to continue leading Jackson into its future, and felt there was too much uncertainty about Lumumba’s past activism and how it would translate into good governance. We do know, though, that Lumumba will go out on a limb for human rights— sometimes farther than makes us comfortable, but still. Right here in Jackson, he led the effort to turn our city into what some disparagingly call a “sanctuary city” for immigrants—urging the city council to specifically pass an ordinance against minority profiling and the types of absurd Arizona-style state laws that would force police officers to go too far in trying to apprehend undocumented immigrants, allowing them to profile people they think might be “illegal.” This was a good, humane effort, and I applaud the council for passing it. Now, it’s time to lead by example in the push for equality from the capital city. I hope and pray that Lumumba will direct his passion and his apparent belief in equality for all (no, not just black Americans) into being a leader for equality for all—from the equal city pay for women he promises to helping turn Jackson into a sanctuary city for our LGBT community. If he chooses to, Lumumba has immense power to convince citizens of all races to support the fight of people like Eddie and Justin to enjoy full equality under the law, and not be profiled because of their sexual preferences any more than Richard and Mildred were targeted due to their skin tones. I urge Mr. Lumumba to abide by the principle, popularized by JFK in 1963, that a rising tide lifts all boats, regardless of sexual preference, ethnicity, economic status or any other characteristic that too many have used to keep others down. Once we start treating all our people like full citizens, quality of life will improve for all. Besides, it’s the American way.
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Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis, graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri), and lived a bunch of other places before coming to Jackson. Call him at 601-3626121 ext. 12. He contributed to the cover package.
Casey Purvis is a proud Fondrenite. She loves cooking, eating, planting things, and practicing yoga. She is a consignment store junkie who loves decorating. She is owned by a Lhasa apso named Phoebe. She wrote a food feature.
An L.A. boy transported to the South at an early age, Nick Judin began his quest to produce video games at the age of 6. Nick spends his free time writing, reading and playing games. He wrote the Geek feature.
Brandi Herrera holds a MFA in writing from Pacific University. Her poetry, reviews and stories appears in The Common, Word For/Word, VoiceCatcher, The Oregonian and others. Brandi lives in Portland, Ore. She wrote an arts feature.
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Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton spends most of his spare time organizing his large music library, much to the chagrin of his new wife, Michelle. He plays bass and sometimes sings for power pop band Lately David. He wrote a music feature.
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WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE MAYOR LUMUMBA DO FIRST ONCE HE TAKES OFFICE? Natalie Maynor Express support of the COPS program, with representatives of the various city departments present at the meetings. Linda Mann Find the funds to fix Jacksonâ€™s crumbling infrastructure before it gets worse. Melody Moody Pass a â€œComplete Streetsâ€? policy that takes into account all users of the road. By doing this, he can immediately show his long-term vision and commitment to better infrastructure and inclusivity. This policy would also allow the city to have a sustainable â€œroadmapâ€? for implementing smart planning and design strategies. In regards to infrastructure specifically, a Complete Streets policy would help the mayor to cast a vision for change while at the same time creating a sketch for immediate implementation. Synthia DivineDiva Kern Find funding for small business owners (speaking for myself and other small business owners around here).
Scott M. Crawford Iâ€™ll second Melody Moodyâ€™s post! And would like to add that he focus on fostering broad-based cooperation from diverse interest groups, and the legislature â€Ś That will be key no matter what the project. Melissa Burks Dearman Fix the roads, especially around the schools. And do something about all the crime and houses that people just walk away and leave behind. The yards are growing up and making us people who care about our property lose property value!
Bob Friend Soukup I am not a resident of Jackson. I do offer my prayers of support to Mayor-elect Lumumba in meeting the challenges that lie ahead. All issues on the table are of a priority. He will have to really work well with the Board of Aldermen in attempting to set a four-year plan to revitalize Jackson. And be flexible enough to make changes to those plans when the time arrives.
Jason Stanfield Relax (or abolish) laws that mitigate the success of entertainment venues.
Greg Cudo Yes, pave the roads. Worst roads Iâ€™ve ever seen in the U.S. is right here in Jackson.
Lenieka Portis Address and tighten up on crime.
Happy Oâ€™Quinn Have water maintenance come and repair this leaking meter! We have been reporting this since October 2012, and they tell us that â€œit is on the listâ€? â€Ś Now potholes have formed in front of my house. The City came and repaired the pothole, but not the meter â€Ś so potholes are back!
Wesley Thomas Address the issue of the reparations that black folks so genuinely deserve. Robert Van Zandt Pave the roads!
Dave Clark Correct the history books.
Arica Palmer Fix the potholes and uneven streets.
Lida Lambert Lower crime.
Bethan Read Enforce city ordinances.
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Terrence Simmons Fix the streets and recruit new businesses.
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Monday, June 17 The European Union and the United States announce plans to open negotiations next month on a deal to create free trade between the two regions.
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Johnsonâ€™s 11th-hour Nomination by Tyler Cleveland
ducation was back in the spotlight at Monday afternoonâ€™s special meeting of the Jackson City Council. Although the agenda did not feature any items pertaining to the soon-to-bevacant Ward 7 seat on the Jackson Public Schools board, the subject of Dr. George Schimmelâ€™s replacement came up. At the meeting, Johnson raised concerns that a vote for confirmation of his appointment of J. Patrick Harkins to the school board was not on the councilâ€™s agenda. He said it was supposed to be, and that he would bring the issue before the council at the next meeting, scheduled for June 25. That set off a debate over the last-minute attempt to appoint Harkins, a local businessman, by a mayor who has less than two weeks left in office. Johnsonâ€™s successor, Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba, sits on the city council, representing Ward 2, until July 1. Deputy City Attorney James Anderson explained that the Mississippi Code states clearly that a new appointee must be named by the end of his predecessorâ€™s term, but could not say whether that appointee had to be confirmed by that time or if there were any penalties against the municipality that did not get the appointment through. â€œMy concern is a practical one,â€? Lumumba said. â€œWe are about to have a change in administration, and it doesnâ€™t seem to make any sense that the outgoing administration would appoint someone who will serve five years, but wonâ€™t take office until two weeks after the old administration is out of office.â€?
Johnson contends that it is his job to appoint a school-board member by the end of the month, and whether that appointment needed to be confirmed by the city
ty to replace at least five of the seven school board members over his four-year term. Benita Burt, who represents Ward 3 on the board, has a term that will end June 30, TRIP BURNS
Thursday, June 13 A blast at a south Louisiana chemical plant kills one person and injures more than 70 others. â€Ś The Supreme Court unanimously throws out an attempt to patent human genes.
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Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. wants to nominate a new school board member, but Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba contends a new administration should fill the position.
council before then was not of concern. â€œThese 11th-hour appointments are always tricky,â€? Johnson said. â€œBut the code says what it says, and once I discovered that, I put his name forward. We probably should have done this earlier than now, but we werenâ€™t aware that it had to be done by this time. (Harkins is) a good guy, and hopefully (his nomination) will survive the process.â€? Lumumba should have an opportuni-
2017, which will put Lumumba in a similar position to the one Johnson is in now, should he be defeated in the 2017 mayoral race or not seek a second term. The other school-board members are Ward 4â€™s Kisiah Nolan, whose term ends March 1, 2014, Ward 1â€™s Monica Gilmore Love (March 1, 2015), Ward 2â€™s Otha Burton (March 1, 2015), Ward 6â€™s Linda Rush (March 31, 2014) and Ward 5â€™s Timo-
WHATâ€™S IN A NAME? Jackson Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumbaâ€™s name looks harder to pronounce and spell than it is. His first name, Chokwe, refers to a southeast African tribe that resisted the transcontinental slave trade and means â€œhunter.â€? He took the name Lumumba from the first elected prime minister of the Republic of Congo. The name is pronounced SHOW-kway Lu-MOOM-bah. Still, that hasnâ€™t stopped a lot of people from butchering it. Here are some of the more, um, interesting spellings weâ€™ve encountered (excluding even more offensive options):
- CHUCKWE - CHOKE-A-CHICKEN - JOKEWAY - CHOCK-A-ZULU - CHEWBACCA
- SHOCK-WE - SHOCK-WAY - LUMUMBO-JUMBO - LUDUMBA â€”Compiled from local blogs and email blasts, including one calling for an anti-Lumumba write-in campaign.
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thy Collins (March 31, 2015). Much has been made of Lumumbaâ€™s comments on how to improve outcomes for Jacksonâ€™s public education system, which currently graduates around 60 percent of black males. At a debate, Lumumba implied that if black students were learning more about black history and their own African roots, they might be more interested in staying in
school. He used the example of Christopher Columbusâ€™ â€œdiscoveryâ€? of America, saying, â€œAmerica wasnâ€™t lost, Columbus was.â€? Lumumba believes, as many historians do, that both African and Viking ships made the trip across the Atlantic centuries before Columbus. Lumumba suggested JPS could tweak its approach by incorporating textbooks that properly reflect those subjects. Outbursts on social media and then in
headlines around the city immediately followed, filled with misconceptions that he wanted to â€œremove Columbus from the history books.â€? Harkins, 31, who could not be reached for this story, is a 2001 graduate of St. Josephâ€™s Catholic School. If appointed, he would replace Schimmel, whose term ends June 30. Reached by phone Tuesday morning, Schimmel said he is not familiar with
Harkins, but said that he had enjoyed serving on the board. â€œIâ€™ve got mixed feelings on leaving office,â€? Schimmel said. â€œItâ€™s very rewarding work, but it certainly takes up time.â€? Ward 7â€™s school-board jurisdiction includes eight elementary schools, Rowan, Whitten and Bailey APAC middle schools and Murrah High School. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
Hinds Board Lean; Court Funds Fat by R.L. Nave
noted the deadline to submit resumes for the positions passed earlier this month. â€œI see this as an attempt to stall the process,â€? Hobson-Calhoun said. Several members of the audience asked to address the supervisors, but Graham rebuffed their requests as well as Hobson-Calhounâ€™s insistence that the individuals be allowed to speak. At least two other candidatesâ€”community activist David Archie and Pastor Gus McCoyâ€”have announced their candidacies for the seat. Graham told Hobson-Calhoun that she was out of order, and angrily banged his gavel several times. Later in the meeting, District 2 Justice Court Judge Ivory Britton asked the board to reconsider making an interim board appointment. â€œWe are terribly underserved by not having a supervisor in that seat,â€? Britton said of residents of his district. Graham continued to deny discussion on the issue. â€œThis is not a public forum,â€? he said. If the matter winds up in court, Hinds will be well prepared. In a matter unrelated to the choosing of supervisors, three Hinds County departments that handle court cases received a funding bump this week. Supervi-
Hinds County Board of Supervisors President Robert Graham doesnâ€™t consider county board meetings appropriate public forums for discussing some county business.
sors agreed to provide $95,000 this year to the offices of Hinds County Attorney Sherri Flowers, District Attorney Robert Smith and County Court Judge William Skinner. Flowers, whose office prosecutes misdemeanor cases in Hinds County filed in justice court, requested $60,000 for an addi-
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tional prosecutor and to increase the salary of her part-time legal assistant, who now makes $12,000 per year, Flowers said. Smith, the countyâ€™s chief prosecutor, requested $30,000 to prosecute cases, and Skinner, who handles youth-court cases, requested that the county provide funding for the youth drug court. Skinner said the Legislature reduced the courtâ€™s funding to $115,000 this year, and that the state funding will decrease further next year, to $75,000. Skinner said he sent letters to Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn requesting a special session to restore the programâ€™s funding. Skinner said treating an offender through the countyâ€™s drug court costs $7.89 per day, compared to the $49.76 per day the Mississippi Department of Corrections pays to house prisoners. â€œWe donâ€™t punish kids at youth drug court; weâ€™re all about treatment,â€? Skinner told supervisors. Supervisors agreed 4-0 to provide all of the requested additional funds, which will come from the countyâ€™s cash surplus of $523,000. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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inds County will soon be down to three members on its Board of Supervisors. With the death of District 2 Supervisor Doug Anderson earlier this year and the departure of District 4 Supervisor Phil Fisher, the new Clinton mayorâ€”and given another supervisorâ€™s penchant for tardinessâ€”the five-member board could lack the necessary quorum to call a meeting to order. This week, in a surprise move, supervisors attempted to fill the District 2 vacancy. Fisher nominated Darrel McQuirter, the countyâ€™s planning and zoning director, for the post, and District 3 Supervisor Peggy Hobson-Calhoun seconded the motion to put the matter up for a vote. However, Board of Supervisors President Robert Graham refused to recognize the motions because, he said, he has been out of town and has not reviewed the applications of all interested candidates. Graham added that it would not be fair if the board made an appointment before he had time to consider all the candidates. Hobson-Calhoun said the board has had ample time to consider applications, and
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The Odd Journey of Mills for Schools by Ronni Mott
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illage rates—property taxIf the city doesn’t collect enough prop- in recent years. Cedrick Gray took over es—might sound about as erty taxes to cover the request, JPS has July 1, 2012, after a yearlong recruitment far from “sexy” as any story options: First, dip into its reserves for the process after the city did not renew former can be. But the well-being of current year; second, at the end of the year, Supervisor Lonnie Edwards’ contract. Jackson Public Schools depends largely on request a “shortfall note” from the city so “The city shortchanged us,” Schimthe city allocating enough money to meet that the millage applied to the school bud- mel said. the schools’ needs. And the schools’ needs get can be increased next year to replenish JPS seems to be in agreement with translate directly into the district’s ability the district’s reserves. Schimmel. The district has requested an to meet the educational needs of the city’s It seems like a straightforward process, opinion from the state attorney general’s young people. but that’s not what’s been happening. office regarding how it might make up Jackson Public Schools Board memJPS has seen a shortfall between what those lost funds. bers spent a good chunk of their June 12 it requests and what it receives from the “We’re working the issue out,” Miller budget meeting discussing millage rates. In city every year except one for at least the said, adding that, hopefully, the district what should be a straightforward process, past eight years. For the 2005-2006 year, and the city can find a solution short of litproperty taxes collected from the citizens the shortfall was just shy of $410,000; in igation. Last year, JPS sued the city when and businesses of Jackson make up about the 2011-2012 school year, the short- the council refused to accept an amended one-third of the JPS budget, which has fall was $8.9 million. The one exception budget asking for additional funds. That come in between suit has yet to be $198 million and settled; however, $210 million annuit seems unlikely ally since the 2010that JPS will be 2011 school year. able to squeeze The rest comes from funds from the state programs, such city retroactively as the Mississippi when the district Adequate Education hasn’t requested Program, federal them for years. funding and other The man revenue sources. responsible for By law, Mississetting the mills sippi municipalities assigned to JPS by are obligated to give the city of Jackson their school districts Something doesn’t add up between what the Jackson Public Schools district has is Director of Adthe funds they re- requested from the city and what the city has provided to fulfill its obligations. ministration Lee quest, as long as the Unger, Miller said. school district stays When the city within 4 percent of the previous year’s re- is 2007-2008, which shows a surplus of does not assign enough millage, the school quest. Exceed that amount, and the district’s $342,500.14. district has to use its general funds, even if citizens get a vote on the increase. “The millage, as set by the city, has the city collects 100 percent of what propIn Jackson, for example, voters ap- been inaccurate,” board member George erty owners owe. proved a $150 million bond issue in 2006 Schimmel said at the June 12 meeting. That reserve should be roughly 6 perto build a new school and make repairs to He indicated that the cumulative shortfall cent of the JPS budget, Miller said, or about existing structures. With that vote, citizens amount is in the vicinity of $20 million, and $11 million to $12 million. At the present agreed that the city could increase property he questioned why JPS has never issued a time, the reserve fund, or general fund, contax rates to repay the bond. shortfall note to make up the difference. tains about $3.6 million, she added. This year, like every late spring and Sharolyn Miller, JPS chief financial Rick Hill, the city’s deputy director of summer, JPS is calculating how much officer, said that it was an “administrative” administration, returned calls regarding the money it will need from the city to meet its decision to use the district’s general fund city’s role. Hill is second in command in needs for the upcoming year. The budget is rather than issue shortfall notes. She in- Unger’s office. His signature appears on the divided into two sizable chunks. The first dicated that during Gov. Haley Barbour’s JPS Budget Certification for 2011-2012 chunk goes to the school’s operating bud- administration, the governor made a “great sent to the state Department of Education get, covering things like salaries, books and push” for schools to “utilize their fund bal- and obtained by the Jackson Free Press. electric bills. The second chunk goes to pay- ance” instead of raising taxes on citizens. While he could not answer many questions ing off debt, such as the 2006 bond issue. At some point, Schimmel said, that due to the JPS lawsuit against the city, he In August, calculations in hand, JPS practice made for “poor financial man- confirmed that his office is responsible for will go to the Jackson City Council for its agement,” and he asked Miller why JPS assigning mills to JPS. He also provided approval, which is a mere formality, in most continued not to give the city a shortfall mill values to the JFP for the past decade. cases. The council sends the JPS request to note even when taxpayers had voted for an From the 2006-2007 school year the city administration, which calculates increase to cover the 2006 bond issue. through 2011-2012, the value of one mill how many mills it will take to cover the Miller repeated that it was the deci- ranged from $1.05 million to $1.14 milschool district’s request, and the city tells sion of the administration, referring to the lion. The JPS request from the city also varJPS how many mills it will dedicate to its JPS superintendent. ied. In the same period, the lowest amount schools. (See the sidebar “What’s a Mill?” The district has seen a number of JPS requested was $78.3 million, the highfor an explanation.) individuals in the superintendent’s spot est $87.4 million.
Given those two fluctuating values, one could deduce that the millage calculated to cover JPS’ budgets would also fluctuate. But it hasn’t. The millage set by the city of Jackson for JPS has remained constant at 74.99 since 2007. Both parties, it seems, have fallen short. At the very least, JPS and the city are guilty of doing really bad math. At worst, someone’s tinkering with the numbers. Comment at www.jfp.ms
What’s a Mill?
roperty taxes, also called ad valorem—Latin for “according to value”—are the assessed value of real property multiplied by mills; one mill is equal to 1/1,000 of a dollar, or $0.001. A millage rate is the number of mills a taxing entity uses to calculate how much property owners must pay each year so that the county or city can provide services such as fire and police protection, garbage pickup and road maintenance, along with public schools and community colleges. In the city of Jackson, the 2012 millage rate was about 172, which combined Hinds County, Jackson municipal and JPS mills. Every property has an appraised value and an assessed value. Singlefamily, owner-occupied homes in Mississippi are assessed at 10 percent of their appraised value; for other real property, the percentage is 15. With a millage rate of 172, a house with an appraised value of $100,000 would be taxed based on the following equation: ($100,000 x .01) x (172 x .001) = $1,720. (Deductions, such as homestead and disability credits, could lower that figure.) The value of one mill to the taxing entity fluctuates based on how much property is taxed and whether the value of that property rises or falls—in other words, how much it can expect to collect. If a city loses tax-paying population, for example, or property values drop, a mill’s value decreases. Conversely, when population, new homes and commercial buildings are added to the tax rolls, a mill’s value increases. In the past decade, the value of a mill for Jackson has gone from a low of $1.015 million (2004-2005 school year) to $1.141 million (2008-2009).
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Sex Trafficking: A Local Problem by Ronni Mott
told a seminar audience at Greater Antioch Baptist Church last February. AFF is a Gulfcoast nonprofit dedicated to ending human trafficking’s exploitation, sale and enslavement of men, women and children. Sexual slavery can happen to youngsters raised in “good” homes just as easily as it does to those from “bad” or poor cirFLICKR/PINK SHERBERT PHOTOGRAPHY
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cumstances, Heather Wagner, director of the domestic-violence division in the Mississippi attorney general’s office, said. All it takes is a naïve girl looking for a little affection. The predators look for pretty kids who they can easily flatter, for example, or lonely boys looking for someone who says they love them. Once ensnared with gifts and sweet talk, it can be a short walk to doing sexual “favors” for the trafficker’s so-called friends to having sex with strangers 20 times a day. Wagner and Middleton often work together to craft legislation protecting victims and stiffening legal remedies, in addition to educating law enforcement, prosecutors and judges. During the last legislative session, the women worked alongside other advocates to help strengthen Mississippi’s human trafficking laws. The new laws increase jail time and financial penalties for perpetrators, especially those trafficking minors, among several other changes that will make the punishments harsher for “the big guys,” while easing up on punishment for victims. “(Human trafficking) doesn’t just happen in other parts of the world,” Wagner said in February. “It happens right here in Mississippi.” Help the Jackson Free Press raise funds for the victims of sexual trafficking in Mississippi. The ninth annual JFP Chick Ball is July 20 at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.); all proceeds go to the Center for Violence Prevention. Donate anything from art and other silent auction items, to donations of time and services. Cash is always welcome. Email chickball@ jacksonfreepress.com or call 601-362-6121 ext. 23 for more information.
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rading lives for money, sex, work or drugs—those are just a few of the ways people get used. The money can be huge—for those in control of other lives. The sex? Well, that comes with the territory. Rarely is it done for pleasure. Importing workers from other countries? It happens every day and not just for field workers. And the drugs, of course—if you sold yourself day in and day out, wouldn’t you want to numb the pain? It all falls under the rubric of human trafficking—modern-day slavery—and it is the second-most lucrative illegal market in the U.S. today, with an estimated value of $35 billion. It cuts across all facets of people—gender, age, race and economic status. The average age when girls enter lives of prostitution, for example, is 12. Getting out of prostitution isn’t easy, said Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl. Victims of sex trafficking share many problems with victims of domestic violence, such as post-traumatic stress, fear, low selfesteem and lack of resources, which puts the CVP in an ideal position to assist both types of victims. The two situations often overlap and CVP personnel are trained for both. “We have instances where women are sold by their intimate partner for drugs or money,” Middleton said. Along with the power and control exerted by the traffickers, victims face an onslaught of stigma, prejudice and shame. “If you try to leave, we’ll tell your parents you’ve been whoring,” a pimp might tell a girl, along with giving her a healthy dose of terror—traffickers are criminals, after all, and they often have the weight of organized crime behind them. “Gangs can make more money off of selling humans than selling drugs,” Middleton said. “And it’s a lot safer. They can sell a person 20, 25, 30 times a day, every day. They might use her in strip clubs, too.” Many victims also have criminal records that follow them for the rest of their lives. In Mississippi, the geography and the interstate highways make Jackson a stopping-off point for the sex trade, which is highly portable. Midway between Memphis and New Orleans on the north-south axis, and Atlanta and Dallas on the east-west route, traffickers—pimps—shuttle their wares between sports and music events looking for buyers. “Jackson is the hub for the southeast, and they’re bringing people from Atlanta, the northeast down through here going toward Texas or from the northwest going toward Florida,” Susie Harvill, executive director and founder of Advocates for Freedom,
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ne of Jackson’s hottest watering holes is giving patrons a chance to take in some fresh air with the addition of an outdoor bar area. Underground 119 Chef and General Manager Tom Ramsey reported Monday that the first weekend of the outdoor bar and lounging area was a huge success. “It went great,” Ramsey said. “People really seemed to like it. They got to hang out outside under some clear skies in nice weather. It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a while.” Ramsey opened a full bar behind the President Street location, with “New Orleans boogie-woogie” music pumped through a wireless sound system, park benches and big, round tables to sit around for atmosphere. It’s just one of several changes Ramsey is working on as the business grows. The next step, he says, is to open a restaurant named Roux on the first floor, one flight of stairs above the underground jazz and blues club. “Our food sales have gotten to the point where (the demand) merits its own restaurant,” Ramsey said. “So we’re going to move it to the first floor. It’s going to be modern
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Underground 119 is opening a bar in the back patio area on Fridays and Saturdays this summer.
southern cuisine. We hope to open by fall.” Ramsey added that they are keeping their chef a secret until the restaurant opens. In the meantime, Ramsey said the outdoor bar will return every weekend, “at least until the weather gets miserable.” Leadership Jackson’s New Leader Leadership Jackson is getting a new alumni association president. The orga-
nization announced Tuesday that Kayla Paul-Lindsey would assume the open position immediately. Paul-Lindsey is a 2010 graduate of the program and a 27-year veteran of the accounting world. “I got involved as soon as I graduated,” Paul-Lindsey said. “I love Leadership Jackson and what it does for us in developing leaders for the city of Jackson.” Paul-Lindsey said she plans to re-engage former members of the program and get them to join the alumni association, which already has more than 1,000 members. She said she will do that by “providing value” to memberships and holding fast “to the purpose and the mission that was developed 26 years ago.” Paul-Lindsey will be introduced at the annual meeting of the alumni association at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20. Fischer Galleries’ New Location Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St.) is moving to a new location this fall. According to owner Marcy Fischer, the new location will still be in Fondren, and Fischer Galleries will
be operating out of a temporary location until the new location is finished. Fischer would not disclose either location at this time. The gallery will be available for consultations and sales during the transition. High on Thai Mellow Mushroom at Dogwood Festival is running a “High on Thai” promotion through July 14. During this time Mellow Mushroom is offering a menu of specialty Thai dishes including salads, hoagies, pizzas and desserts. Dishes include chicken curry pops, a sriracha veggie-crunch hoagie, “Thai Dye Pizza” and drinks such as the “Thai One On” and “Siam Cooler.” Backyard Burger Reopens Fondren’s Backyard Burger (2601 N. State St.), which had been closed for renovations, reopened May 19. The renovated restaurant features two new additions: Hazel Coffee, a new business created by Backyard Burger local owner Bridgforth Rutledge, and the renovated building also houses a Smoothie King. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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Jackson, Mississippi Remembers Fifty years ago, the world was a very different place. We invite you to join us as we pay tribute to Medgar Evers and the many others who battled so bravely for justice, freedom, and equality for all. SIGNATURE EVENTS This is Home: Medgar Evers, Mississippi and the Movement, May 1-Oct 31 William F. Winters Archives and History Building Life Into Fiction—The Murder of Medgar Evers, May 15-Dec 15 Eudora Welty House Education and Visitors Center The Medgar Wiley Evers’ Retrospective Gallery, Permanent Exhibit Opens June 9 Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center
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ig Larry Jones: â€œBroadcasting from the Ghetto Science Public Television studios, Iâ€™m Big Larry, Bonqweeshaâ€™s favorite uncle, sitting in on â€˜Qweesha Live 2013.â€™ My guest is Scooby â€˜Angry Black Manâ€™ Rastus, Ghetto Science Team community activist and rising literary figure. Scooby is here to promote his first self-published, chapbook/ novel titled â€˜One Day in the Life of Scooby: Living Poor, Broke and Busted in the Ghetto is Like Serving Time in the Gulag Archipelago.â€™ â€œThe title of this book sounds like a bold attempt to impart to the reader some of your deep thoughts and controversial opinions.â€? Scooby Rastus: â€œYouâ€™re right, Big Larry. I wrote this book to make folk aware of the everyday struggles of poor and middle-class people. I hope that my little self-published chapbook will make an impact like Alexandr Solzhenitsynâ€™s book â€˜One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.â€™ â€œIn my book I vividly describe the real life of hardship of an angry black manâ€™s fight to survive one day of looking for work, avoiding bill collectorsâ€™ phone calls, meeting the needs of his family, maintaining his health, etcetera. My point is to inspire the common man and woman to survive todayâ€™s oppressive society just like Ivan Denisovich endured the oppression inside a Soviet Russia prison camp.â€? Big Larry Jones: â€œScooby, what you said made me think of the profound lyrics from the R&B group called WAR: â€˜It is true that for me and you, the world is a ghetto.â€™â€?
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Why it stinks: Gunn managed to pack his editorial with just about every conservative argument against expanding Medicaid to uninsured Mississippians under the Affordable Care Act. From using the highest possible costs from one conservative report to saying the private market can do it better than the government, Gunnâ€™s arguments simply fall flat. Telling taxpayers that they pay for government programs, though, is treating citizens like dumbasses. Of course, taxpayers pay for government programs. What Gunn doesnâ€™t say, though, is that Mississippi taxpayers are already paying the costs for the government to provide medical care to those who canâ€™t afford it through the most expensive way possible. Emergency rooms are the only medical options open to thousands of uninsured Mississippians and millions of Americans every day. Taxpayer money subsidizes hospitals every time a patient without health insurance goes to an emergency room for a problem that might have been much cheaper to treat before it became an emergency. The uninsured go there because they have no other choice. Who pays for that? Itâ€™s simple: the taxpayers.
n recent months, as Mississippians have debated the pros and cons of Medicaid expansion, the Jackson Free Press editorial board has repeatedly called on Republican state leaders to permit a full, open debate on the issue on the House and Senate floors. Whether borrowing from taxpayers to grow the healthcare program for the poor is a wise investment is an important question, and we have criticized legislative leadersâ€”particularly Speaker Philip Gunnâ€”for barring any discussion on the issue. Itâ€™s a grotesque display of political bullying, and itâ€™s contrary to our form of Democracy. Republican leaders arenâ€™t the only guilty parties. Weâ€™ve seen the same sort of capricious muscle flexing by Hinds County Board of Supervisors President Robert Graham. This week, when fellow supervisors attempted to provide temporary representation to District 2 citizens who have been without a voice on the board since their supervisor, Doug Anderson, died in April, Graham refused to allow the matter to be discussed. Grahamâ€™s rationale for shutting down the debate would be laughable if it were not coming from the mouth of one of the countyâ€™s most powerful officials. Graham reasoned that moving forward with an interim nomination would be unfair to him because heâ€™s been too busy to read potential candidatesâ€™ applications, and that a regularly scheduled board meeting
was not an appropriate public forum to discuss the issue of the District 2 appointment. Even a fellow public official appealing to Graham on behalf of the citizens of District 2 failed to move Graham to listen to either his co-equal supervisors or audience members who desperately sought recognition to address the meeting. Grahamâ€™s motivation for censoring debate is unknown. What we do know is that, as appalling as Grahamâ€™s behavior was, the hissy fit is the least troubling aspect of the situation. In geographic terms, District 2 is the largest of Hinds Countyâ€™s five districts and, at the moment, the people who live there have few places to turn if they need to help getting services to which theyâ€™re entitled as citizens and taxpayers. Whatâ€™s more is that soon a second seat on the board will open up when Phil Fisher leaves at the end of the month to take the mayorâ€™s slot in Clinton. When that happens, 40 percent of residents wonâ€™t have representation on the Hinds County boardâ€”about 99,000 people. Failure to appoint representatives to vacant seats in District 2 and District 4 is a disservice to not only the people who live in those areas, but to everyone in Hinds County. The Board of Supervisors should move quickly to appoint representatives to those board seats as quickly as possible. And the board president must resist future urges to delay vital business.
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know the last week must have been She married and was soon pregnant with the hard on you. Thankfully, the Ameri- first of two children. She also worked at a can 24-hour news cycle takes away the pharmaceutical company. sting pretty quickly. Fortunately, for the After her marriage fell apart, it was her rest of us, weekly newspapers exist, places work history that allowed my mother to where we get a chance to “sit on it a bit.” provide a home for my brother and me. She I’ll always have my first reactions—anger, fed and educated us. Her education permitthe presentation of actual “science” and ted her to work at a job that fully supported my personal favorites, derision and gnash- us—with no state aid. ing of teeth. I took part in some of them Education was an important goal in myself when you expressed your opinion our family. I remember one of her repeatconcerning the “downfall of education” in ing themes: “Your job is to go to school and this country on a national television show educate yourself. My job is to support you and blamed me. Well, not me personally in that.” To my mother, education meant but “working mothers”—something that the most precious of things: freedom. It was I happen to be. Roughly 59 percent of a lesson I learned well. I am the larger wage married women with children happen to earner in my own marriage, mainly due to be working mothers—if the education my working you read Census data mother pushed me to get. analyzed by the Bureau And now I am a To my mother, of Labor Statistics. working mother to a Women everywhere beautiful 3-year-old girl. education meant became furious. After She’s smart as a whip and, the most precious of all, historically, mothers if the Republicans stay in things: freedom. went to work in response charge, I should be able to a lack of men in the to put her to work next workforce during World year! I spend a lot of time War II. The country needed workers, so attempting to decide how to educate her apthey worked. This country has to run, and propriately. I’ll tell you one thing, though: If peoples’ families have to eat, right? I were home more, it wouldn’t do a lick for These days, unfortunately, making her education. Being around my child for ends meet often means two working par- extra-long periods of time makes me twitch. ents. My mother happened to be a workSurprised? I know it must be hard to ing mom, but instead of deriding you for hear from a woman that being with her your obvious lack of knowledge regarding child 24 hours a day is not something she the women’s movement in this country, necessarily wants to do. I’m going to tell you a story—with only At the end of my eight-week matersmall amounts of contempt. nity leave, I bounded back to work while In 1969, in the Mississippi Delta, my my newborn rocked safely in the arms mother was a bright 16-year-old who had of her grandmother—just as I rocked in graduated early from high school. She en- Mamaw’s arms when my mother worked. tered Delta State University and went on But it wouldn’t have mattered if it was to earn two degrees in three years. Sounds day care—because I went to that, too. I like a wonderful affirmation of women’s still turned out OK. In fact, I think we rights, eh? can agree that I may have turned out sigWell, it is. But the journey wasn’t exact- nificantly better than you. After all, I didn’t ly that easy. My grandfather did not believe insult the majority of American moms on that girls “needed to go to college.” (Have national television. Also, I know when I you talked to my Papaw? I bet y’all would should stop with the hairspray. get along.) Papaw believed that sending my Lastly, if you’d like women to stay at mother—who, by all accounts, was amaz- home more, maybe you should stop sayingly bright and ambitious—to college was ing stupid things. I’ve been away from my not worth it. She obviously would waste family and child more since you’ve began that education after she got married and seeking office than any time preceding it. produced the required amount of offspring My kid, and the future of education in this for a Good Italian Catholic Girl—some- state, would really like it if you took it to the where in the area of 5-16 children, depend- house and sat down. Maybe then I could ing on who you ask. throw away the permanent protest signs I Mamaw seriously disagreed with carry around in my trunk and stay home Papaw. While she worked on Papaw, my with my family just a little bit more. mother just worked. She lived at home and Bless it, took double the amount of required class Lori hours per semester. She graduated with a 4.0 P.S. The hairspray thing wasn’t a joke. GPA. In 1973—40 years ago in the MisLori Gregory-Garrott, LMSW, is director sissippi Delta—at age 19, my mother had of Hope Haven Adolescent Crisis Center operbachelor degrees in chemistry and biology. ating in south Jackson for the past 16 years.
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n the morning of the Democratic primary race on May 7, Jackson’s political insiders in the mood for prognosticating might have positioned Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba as a long shot. The odds predicted a run-off—no one candidate had a strong enough following for a clear victory— but most believed incumbent Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. would be in the runoff two weeks later. When the votes were counted, though, Jonathan Lee, a relative unknown in Jackson just a year before, emerged with 34.2 percent of the vote and Lumumba with 24.7 percent. Johnson came in third, garnering only 21 percent of the total vote. Mississippi’s primary system is easily manipulated. With voters not having to declare a party, anyone can vote in either party’s primary, making it impossible to determine the political leanings of primary voters. In a Deep South city like Jackson where politics and race are inextricably entwined, African Americans—as elsewhere in the United States—are far more likely to vote for a Democratic candidate than a Republican. “If there’s a way to racialize a black-on-black campaign, calling someone a Republican can definitely do that,” said Byron D’Andra Orey, professor of political science at Jackson State University. Johnson attempted the tactic against Lee in the primary race to little avail. Still, Orey believes it did have an impact. Lee “did not move away from the stigma of being a Republican,” he said. In the face of the reality that no Republican is likely to win any citywide seat in Jackson—where more than 80 percent of voters are black—the Republican Party failed to put up a mayoral candidate. In the primary race, Lee ran a fairly solid campaign against incumbent Johnson. He portrayed himself as the energetic young business owner, the potential unifier of the city and its surrounding suburbs. In debates and interviews, Lee came out as ready to shift control of the city’s resources to regional authorities, if necessary, as opposed to Johnson and Lumumba’s insistence that maintaining control over the city’s assets was key to its growth. Lee was the “you can be right, or you can be happy” candidate, in his own words. The metro area’s business community stood firmly
Chockwe Lumumba takes on the job of mayor in Jackson on July 1.
behind Lee and his portrayal as the man who could get the city moving again. Lee’s pro-business message resonated with Jackson’s white minority, which continues to hold economic power in the city even as its voting power has declined. That constituency stuck with Lee even after news surfaced that his business acumen wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Two weeks before the primary, the Jackson Free Press broke the story that Lee’s family business had several judgments against it, which the candidate couldn’t adequately or consistently explain. He was never an owner of the business, he said then, even though his platform centered on his being a successful businessman. Lee’s Republican business support may have set off the well-honed skepticism of Jackson’s African American community. Was Lee a DINO (Democrat-in-nameonly)? Was he just a front man for the entrenched white Republican power structure?
“It was actually not true,” Orey said, but when it came to the race between Lumumba and Lee, Lee was far closer to the right—the established white economic power structure. “The point of departure for Lee is business, and the point of departure for Lumumba is going to be the regular folk,” said Bob Wing, a veteran community organizer and writer based in North Carolina who spent eight days with the Lumumba campaign between the primary and runoff elections. “That doesn’t mean the interest of regular folk can’t also be in the interest of business. Sometimes they do have the same interests, but there are many times that they don’t. … I think that that’s the biggest difference (between Lee and Lumumba).” Lee has served as the moderator for the popular Friday Forums at Koinonia Coffee House, once sponsored by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, for some time.
It didnâ€™t help that, in debates, Lee couldnâ€™t compete Lumumba won by an 87 percent landslide with no other sewith Lumumba and his elder civil-rights statesmanâ€™s aura. rious contenders to challenge him. Lumumba spanked young Lee with his depth of knowledge â€œI think people connected with Lumumba because they and rhetorical skills honed through years working for justice are Lumumba,â€? Orey said. Theyâ€™re familiar with the struggles in and out of the courtroom. Lee came off as naĂŻve and bel- of being black in the heart of Deep South. Although some ligerent, not ready to take the reins of Jacksonâ€™s government. black voters were uncomfortable with his rhetoric, they â€œThe buzz on the street was that (Lee) bombed the debate,â€? couldnâ€™t risk putting someone in charge who could be used Orey said. â€œâ€Ś People saw Lumumba as having gravitas. It quelled against their interests, he added. peopleâ€™s concerns.â€? â€œOne thing we have to realize is that camMeanwhile, Lumumbaâ€™s campaign paigns are not governance,â€? Orey said. played up the meme of Leeâ€™s allegiance to ReDespite any campaign promise, publicans. When U.S. Rep. Bennie ThompLumumba will be mayor of the capital When Lumumba son, arguably the most powerful African city of the poorest state in the union. His was on-message, American in Mississippi today, endorsed Lusuccess will likely be measured by how mumba, he solidified the connection. well heâ€™s able to join the concerns of the he dismantled â€œWhen I see Republicans from cityâ€™s people with the reality of those bitLeeâ€™s attacks with Rankin and Madison counties endorster economics. ing the other so-called Democrat, I â€œOften, thereâ€™s a picture painted, all relative ease. know something is fishy,â€? Thompthe way back to the â€™60s, where people son said in a Lumumba campaign ad, who are a certain kind of militant, somethough he never specifically named Lee. one who could be called a nationalist, is The Republicans supporting the other candidate are somehow narrow-minded and doesnâ€™t understand anybody the same people who â€œopened their checkbooks last fall for else,â€? Wing said. â€œThatâ€™s absolutely not true of this set of Mitt Romney in an effort to kick President Obama out people. They are an extremely sophisticated, broad-minded of the White House,â€? the congressman added. Finally, set of folks. They are not the stereotype of: â€˜We are all about Thompson advised voters not to fall for â€œold Republican black people. Screw the rest of you.â€™ Thatâ€™s not their point of tricksâ€? and to â€œvote for the real Democrat.â€? view in the least.â€? â€œI think (Thompson) was alarmed by Lee,â€? Wing said. What Lumumba and the Malcolm X Grassroots MoveWhen Lumumba was on-message, he dismantled Leeâ€™s mentâ€”which he co-founded in 1993â€”are about is civil attacks with relative ease. He was â€œthe Christian brother with rights and equal rights, but ideology doesnâ€™t fix roads and an African name.â€? Instead of promoting militancy, Lumumbaâ€™s infrastructure and expand the tax base. That will take a lot of spoke about â€œpromoting prosperity for all instead of protecting hard work, and the likelihood is that Lumumba wonâ€™t be able the business interests of a privileged few,â€? Wing wrote. to please everyone who voted for him. Lumumba won the Democratic run-off on May 21 â€œI think itâ€™s a horribly difficult job,â€? Wing said. handily with 54 percent of the vote. In the general election, Comment at www.jfp.ms.
Growing Up Lumumba TRIP BURNS
n a flight from Detroit to Washington, D.C., in 1977, a young lawyer named Chokwe Lumumba saw something heâ€™d never seen before: a flight-attendant crew consisting of three black women. Quiet, tall and self-confident, Lumumba wore a dashiki and highwater pants. Two of the women caught his eye, so he devised a plan to flirt with both of them. Lumumba asked both women for a cup of hot chocolate. One forgot his order; the attendant who remembered was a petite woman named Patricia Ann Burke. Essence Magazine detailed the relationship, and its ups and downs, in 1992. Lumumba and Burke exchanged phone numbers, and soon, she moved from Minneapolis into his tiny Detroit apartment. In 1978, the couple had a daughter, Rukia. Lumumba had a son, Kambon, from a previous relationship. Lumumba bonded with his little girl while his wife, who changed her name to Nubia, was working, crisscrossing the nation and the globe on the flight crew. The couple waited until Rukia was 2 to get married, Nubia told Essence. It was his second marriage. The first ended in the early â€˜70s because, in
Chokwe Antar Lumumba, 30, said negative publicity from his fatherâ€™s controversial cases toughened the family for Chokwe Lumumbaâ€™s mayoral run.
part because in Lumumbaâ€™s mind, fidelity was secondary to the movement. â€œMy politics were dictated by the climate and agenda of the â€™60s when the overriding objecting was the push for Black Power. Most black men received a heavy dose of the macho ethic in the process,â€? Lumumba told Essence. Years before he met Nubia and started
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a family, Lumumba dropped out of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit and moved to Jackson. In Mississippi, he was a Cabinet member in the Republic of New Afrika, which purchased land for a new black nation in the South. Lumumba was vice president of the provisional government of the RNA, which antagonized and was harassed by local police. The RNAâ€™s plans went up in smoke one morning in 1971, which the Jackson Police Department stormed the RNAâ€™s headquarters on Lynch Street. A shootout resulted in the death of a police officer and the arrests of 11 of Lumumbaâ€™s comrades. Lumumba was not involved in the melee, but the high-testosterone environment attracted women to the intense personalities that were prerequisite for men in Black Nationalist movements. Lumumba said the political climate of the time provided a rationale and a justification for his behavior. The movement came firstâ€”everything else, including family responsibilities, was secondary. When he became a husband and father for a second time, he told Nubia that she would have to get used to his cheating.
Despite her diminutive stature and her lack of familiarity with the movement, Nubia wasnâ€™t having that. She left. The couple reconciled, but Lumumba said he remained distant and unfocused on his marriage even though he stopped cheating. The couple had another separation, this one lasting for more than a year. Around this time, Lumumba was representing defendants in the 1981 Brinks armored car robbery, organized by a group called the Black Liberation Army, and, later, a group of inmates accused of killing three guards at an Illinois prison. On top of the high-stakes cases he handled, the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi had threatened Lumumba, and police officers had pointed loaded guns at his head. None of that bothered him, but his crumbling marriage ate at him. Originally, he thought that having a wife and children was incongruous with freedom fighting, but he realized that a lot of men in the freedom movement had successful long-term marriages and were good dads. The most notable
The Chamber pulled its sponsorship after Lee announced his candidacy to protect its nonprofit status; however, Lee refused to step away from moderating the forums. In the weeks between the primary and the Democratic runoff, Leeâ€™s campaign never seemed to shift gears from beating Johnson to running against Lumumba on the issues. Instead, it became strident and defensive, even desperate. â€œThe runoff campaign quickly got nasty, as Lee choked the airwaves with claims that Lumumba was an â€˜un-Christianâ€™ (read Muslim) â€˜militantâ€™ non-Democrat who would â€˜divide the city,â€™â€? Wing wrote in â€œFrom â€˜Mississippi Goddamâ€™ to â€˜Jackson Hell Yesâ€? shortly after the election. Leeâ€™s negative campaigning â€œcertainly fired up white voters,â€? Wing said, but it also made black voters less likely to vote for Lee, more likely to vote for Lumumba and more likely to vote in general. All of the election results point to the accuracy of Wingâ€™s analysis. More voters actually turned out in the runoff than in the primary, when historically, the opposite is true: Fewer voters turn out in successive elections for the same seat. â€œIn other words, a lot of voters who might not have bothered to vote, voted,â€? Wing said, adding that it also fired up Lumumbaâ€™s supporters and motivated them to work harder for him. â€œWhen I first saw (Leeâ€™s ads), it made me cringe,â€? Orey said. â€œI think it had a counter-effect. (Lee) didnâ€™t have to work to get the white vote; he already had the white vote. â€Ś The problem was him trying to get the cross-over black votes. â€œIt was the most asinine thing to do at that stage where he was, in terms of how he was positioned.â€? The negative attacks were reminiscent of Republican assaults on President Barack Obama in both the 2008 and 2012 national campaigns, and probably went far to solidify Leeâ€™s alleged Republican connections in votersâ€™ mindsâ€” which translates to â€œwhiteâ€? in Mississippi.
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among these was his hero, Malcolm X. Rukia said of her mother. Once he decided that his family was as â€œShe was the social butterfly, too. My worthy a cause to fight for as black liberation father is more of a quiet guy who likes basand human rights, Lumumba convinced ketball and really doesnâ€™t have to be around a Nubia to move to Jackson. lot of people. She was the ultimate networkIt was a hard sell for Nubia, who grew er and taught us how to be more like that up in Washington, D.C., and had lived in and taught my father how to come out of his northern cities her entire life. The move to social shell.â€? Mississippi marked a turning point in the Where Nubia was the familyâ€™s ironLumumbasâ€™ relationship. Nubia no longer fisted leader, Chokwe was the democratic represented an obstacle to his personal, pro- administrator. fessional and political goals. She was his partâ€œThey were just fair, and they listened. ner and closest confidant. They didnâ€™t tell you what to do. They told By the time they moved into a large you why you needed to do it, and they lisranch home with a pool in Jackson, they had tened when we had concerns or complaints. a second child, a son named Chokwe Antar. They made you feel like you had a voice,â€? When Chokwe Antar was little, he remembers Rukia said. sneaking into his parentsâ€™ bedroom and lie on Rukia and Chokwe Antar both attendthe floor and listen as they talked. Whenever ed historically black universitiesâ€”Rukia Lumumba was considering taking on a big attended Tougaloo College, and Chokwe case, he and Nubia talked through it before Antar Tuskegee University in Alabama. And discussing it with Chokwe Antar and Rukia. over the objections of their mother, both LuLumumbaâ€™s home life more closely resem- mumba children followed their father into bled that of Cliff and Clair the legal profession. Rukia Huxtable than Eldridge received her law degree and Kathleen Cleaver. from Howard University Whenever conflicts in 2006 and is now the Where Nubia was arose, family meetings were youth services director for called whether they were the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based the familyâ€™s about neglected chores, Center for Community iron-fisted leader, Chokwe Antarâ€™s refusal to Alternatives. Chokwe AnChokwe was stand and recite the Pledge tar received his law degree of Allegiance, Rukiaâ€™s missfrom Thurgood Marshall the democratic ing curfew or a potentially Law School in Houston administrator. controversial client Chokin 2008. He is the managwe was taking that might ing attorney for Freelon draw negative publicity. & Associates, where his â€œThatâ€™s my norm. father is senior partner. Itâ€™s not unusual to hear Nubia, who passed someone not agree with my father. Itâ€™s not away in 2003, thought her son, who enjoyed unusual to overhear a conversation where the finer things in life, should go into a more someone has some venomous words. It lucrative line of work than law. toughened my skin for something like a Chokwe Antar, who enjoyed going to campaign,â€? said Chokwe Antar, who served court with his father, said his father inspired as spokesman for his fatherâ€™s winning run for him to practice law. Jackson mayor. â€œOne thing I would see as I got older Mediating controversy inside and was the many people who seemed to be outside the Lumumba household became shuffled in and out of the system, and it as routine as summer vacation planning. just didnâ€™t seem that everybody was guilty,â€? At school, fellow students, and even some Chokwe Antar says. â€œIt occurred to me later teachers, openly expressed the contempt they on that sometimes people donâ€™t have the fiheld for their father and some of his clients to nancial means to defend their innocence.â€? Chokwe Antar and Rukia. Even with their father occupying the â€œIt was hard to hear people talk nasty mayorâ€™s office, the Lumumba children foreabout him and the things he was doing. That see no changes in their relationship with was very difficult,â€? Rukia Lumumba said. their father. Rukia, the mother of a 5-yearOtherwise, the Lumumbas say they old, Qadir, said her father enjoys video chathad a normal upbringing. Nubia collected ting with his daughter and grandson. artwork and other furnishings for the home The elder Lumumba also has a signifilong before they decided to move to Mis- cant other, Gloria Elmore, who was featured sissippi. When they got situated in Jackson, in his campaign ads. Chokwe Antar, who the family introduced themselves to their will likely take over his fatherâ€™s law practice, new northwest Jackson neighbors on Hal- said his father has always had a busy schedloween night. ule, but the two always find time to bondâ€” Both parents were busyâ€”Chokwe in or commiserate over Detroit sports teams. court and Nubia flying four days a week, but Besides, he said, â€œCity Hall is right Nubia managed the household. across the street from the courthouse.â€? â€œShe was the backbone. She was Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. the scheduler, the holiday planner,â€? Nave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Black people make up nearly 80 percent of the population of Jackson, but own fewer than 42 percent of its businesses. Of the 15,385 businesses reported in the census, just 41.9 percent were black-owned, and 34.5 percent were female-owned. Nationally, blacks make up 13.1 percent of the population, but own just 7.1 percent of businesses firms. Women, at 50.8 percent of the population, own only 28.8 percent of businesses. Further, Jackson has a median household income of $34,567, more than $4,000 lower than the state average, and 27.5 percent of Jacksonians live below the poverty level, compared to 21.6 percent in the rest of the state. â€œThatâ€™s a major problem for Jackson,â€? Lumumba said. â€œIf we continue to wallow in an increasing poverty rate, that would define failure. If we have people becoming poorer, I think thatâ€™s a sign of us stumbling, faltering to some degree. If that should happen, and I donâ€™t expect it to, we would have to examine the reasons why, and it would be my responsibility as mayor to turn that around.â€? Lumumbaâ€™s ideas about the distribution of wealth might sound like socialism to some, and heâ€™s aware of that, but heâ€™s unapologetic about his views and his plan. PRUH68&&(66VHHSDJH
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he great American newscaster David Brinkley once said that a successful man is one who can build a foundation out of the bricks thrown at him. If that holds true, and Chokwe Lumumba is successful in his new job, he should be able to build a mansion. But what is success to Lumumba? Considering heâ€™s spent his whole life fighting for social justice, the answer shouldnâ€™t surprise anyone: expanding wealth for a larger group of people. â€œI think success will mean, more than anything, economic growth and expansion and population growth,â€? Lumumba said Friday in transit to a meeting with northeast Jackson residents. â€œSecondly, it has to be the right kind of growth. Success will be defined by the expansion of wealth in Jackson for a larger group of people. We canâ€™t have such a large portion of the wealth kept in the hands of so few, as is typical in most places in America. We need to expand base ownership to different people by making sure, for instance, that womenâ€™s pay is equal to that of a manâ€™s for an equal dayâ€™s work.â€? Census data seem to back up exactly what Lumumba implies. Data collected by the United States Census Bureau from 2007-2010 show that 79.4 percent of Jacksonâ€™s 175,437 residents identified themselves as black, and 53.5 percent identified themselves as female.
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In his acceptance speech following makeup is very promising. I know itâ€™s one his defeat of Jonathan Lee in the Demo- of the younger councils weâ€™ve ever had, and cratic primary runoffs May 21, Lumum- thatâ€™s promising in and of itself. ba said it was wrong that 80 percent â€œWe have three young members, and of the population controlled less than Mr. (Charles) Tillman will add some experi20 percent of the cityâ€™s wealth. He can ence to the mix. Margaret Barrett(-Simon) change that, he says, by incentivizing has pledged to support us, so I feel good big contractors to hire Jacksoniansâ€”on about it.â€? projects such as the pending deal with One early priority of the mayor-elect Westin, which plans to build a $53 mil- is organizing community trash pick-up prolion, state-of-the-art hotel downtown. gram, to which he intends to invite memThat project, which Lumumba sup- bers of the northeast Jackson communities ported from his Ward 2 city council seat, is required to give 50 percent of its sub-contracts to minority-owned businesses, and once completed, 100 percent of the unskilled workers are required to be Jackson citizens. Then thereâ€™s the $90 million Siemens infrastructure project, which features 10 local sub-contractors who have guaranteed to hire at least 65 Jacksonians after interviewing candidates at a cityfunded jobs fair last Wednesday. Politicians are falling over each other to take credit for that deal, even though it may or may not be held up in court over complaints from Siemens competitor Advanced Technology Building Solutions. ATBS attorney Herbert Irvin, a colleague of former Jackson mayoral candidate Regina Quinn, provided a copy of a complaint to The ClarionLedger earlier this week. In it, Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba sees a problem he argued on behalf of ATBS with the disproportionately top-heavy distribution owner Don Hewitt that Siemens of wealth in Jackson. couldnâ€™t possibly delivery the savings it promised in the contract, which is not available to the public because of a non-disclosure agreement who voted overwhelmingly against him in between the company and the city. the Democratic primary runoff. Neither the chancery court nor the city The mayor-elect knows heâ€™ll have to clerkâ€™s office can confirm that the complaint surround himself with the right people has actually been filed. to get Jacksonâ€™s agenda and his initiatives Either way, once the bonds are issued pushed through. He said his staffing proand subcontracts bid out, the deal prom- cess is already in the works, and will likely ises to have a positive economic impact on continue through the first 100 days he is in the area. office. Potentially slowing down the process, â€œThis is perhaps the largest single public- Lumumba is determined to give every city works project in Jacksonâ€™s history,â€? outgoing employee who serves at the will and pleasure Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said in a release of the mayorâ€™s office an interview. promoting the jobs fair last week. â€œThis jobs â€œI believe weâ€™ll have the transition team fair will provide opportunities for Jacksonians in place soon, and then weâ€™ll start interto be hired for these jobs, and we appreciate views,â€? Lumumba said. all the businesses for participating.â€? â€œThe reality is I havenâ€™t had a chance to Lumumba said he hopes he can con- talk to these 100 or so employees, and I want tinue to work with the new version of the to give them all the dignity of a conversation. city council to ensure similar projects con- I feel like we are finally in a position where tinue to benefit the people in Jackson in we can start to talk to them, and itâ€™s the just the future. the right thing to do.â€? â€œI think the new council is going to Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Tyler be pretty effective,â€? Lumumba said. â€œThe Cleveland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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of economic development in the city. â€œIâ€™m not about to make a declaration that weâ€™re going to seize all the businesses in Jackson and turn them over the people. Thatâ€™s not going to happen,â€? Lumumba said. â€œIn fact, I donâ€™t have the power to do that. But what I am going to do, Iâ€™m going to say to businesses that come here and businesses that are here is that weâ€™re in Jackson, and 60 percent of your employees need to come from Jackson. Iâ€™m not talking about mom-and-pop businesses but businesses with substantial (numbers of) people.â€? Currently, the city has a goal of 8 to 12 percent African American participation in city contracts. It is unclear whether the mayor can impose quotas on business owners. Another important component of Lumumbaâ€™s economic roadmap comes from the Jackson Plan, written by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movementâ€”which Lumumba co-foundedâ€”and calling for the development of a â€œsolidarity economy.â€? The Jackson Plan states: â€œOur conception of Solidarity Economy is inspired by the Mondragon
Federation of Cooperative Enterprises based in the Basque region of Spain but also draws from the best practices and experiences of the Solidarity Economy and other alternative economic initiatives already in motion in Latin America and the United States.â€? Mondragon, which employs 83,869 people and generates 14.8 billion euros (about $19.6 billion) in revenues annually, is comprised of worker-owned cooperatives that includes insurance businesses, manufacturing of appliances, bicycles and office furniture, as well as construction and retail. Lumumba is hopeful that the city can grow its summer jobs program, which employs about 500 teenagers each year. â€œLook, people want to work. Thatâ€™s not the problem. Weâ€™ve got to put people in the position where they can work and get the skills thatâ€™s necessary,â€? Lumumba said. â€œThatâ€™s my economic transition. As we transition in Jackson, I want to be an influence on transitioning other parts of the state.â€? Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at email@example.com.
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uring his yearlong campaign, Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba did not tout big-box stores, movie theaters, waterfronts or Farish Street as the silver-bullet solution to economic development in the capital city. Lumumba believes the real key to business growth is investment in people, not necessarily individual projects. His campaign website lists as top priorities broadening participation of Jackson residents in city contracting and business ownership, building cooperatives and growing â€œgreenâ€? businesses. Other priorities include marketing Jackson nationally and internationally, infrastructure repair and developing such major corridors and districts as Highway 18 and Highway 80, Medgar Evers and, yes, Farish Street. â€œFirst off, you have to put money into the pockets of the poor. You have to make them not poor,â€? Lumumba told the Jackson Free Press during an April interview. â€œWhat that does is that creates a better economy for everybody.â€? Lumumbaâ€™s economic philosophy is partly rooted in the cooperative economic principal known as ujamaaâ€”familyhood in Swahiliâ€”espoused by Tanzaniaâ€™s first president, Julius Nyere. Nyere, a committed socialist, wrote of ujamaa in 1968: â€œThe doctrine of self-reliance does not mean isolationism. For us, self-reliance is a positive affirmation that for our own development, we shall depend upon our own resources.â€? As Lumumba prepares to take the reins of the mayorâ€™s office, Jackson might be poised for growth. The capital cityâ€™s 8.6 unemployment rate, while lower than the stateâ€™s 9.1 percent average, remains above the rate of unemployment nationally. Jacksonâ€™s population is also trending upwardâ€”albeit slowly. But Lumumba, who rejects what he deems â€œrank capitalism,â€? isnâ€™t calling for a municipal version of the nationalization of Jacksonâ€™s existing economy but rather for ensuring the local citizens can enjoy the benefits
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Art For Everyone
isters Hope Mallard and Sabrina Howard have art in their veins. From the time they could walk they’ve been painting, drawing and creating. “I’ve been an artist all my life,” says Hope. “I always wanted to find a way to reach out and teach art.” The pair started their business painting children’s furniture. That eventually branched out into face painting. “I was prompted by my kid’s one Halloween,” Hope said. “They wanted to be a butterfly and a tiger.” They now paint faces at events throughout the metro. Facepainting led to private
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paint parties, helping participants create custom canvases. Sabrina thinks everyone has the ability to be creative. “Anyone can create art. Sometimes they just need a little guidance and inspiration.” The business grew so fast that they moved into current studio in early 2013. They now have open classes where anyone can sign up on their website. They also hold private parties for adults and children. “We’ve done showers, kids birthdays adult birthdays, going away parties and sorority functions,” says Hope. “We create custom canvases for your event. We want people to leave with a keepsake.” The duo creates custom events for young and old in their studio or on site. Visit prissypaintbrush.com to book a private party or open class.
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ocal chef Grant Nooe has opened the restaurant, M!SO, in the historic Fondren neighborhood of Jackson, MS. M!SO is a casual restaurant featuring classic and inspired dishes from South East Asia and Japan. It also offers a full service bar that focuses on hand crafted, classic tiki cocktails as well as select wines, beers, and sakes. M!SO offers a wok bar that allows the guest to create their own stir fry noodle dishes, and/or soups made with fresh chicken or beef broth or a gluten-free vegan red Miso broth. In addition, the restaurant offers an extensive appetizer
selection, signature noodle dishes, fresh grilled fish entrees as well as sushi, and cold salads. The M!SO bar, headed up by Culinary Institute of America graduate John Swanson, offers craft cocktails highlighting rum, freshly squeezed citrus juices, and creative garnishes. There is also a full range of house selected spirits. Nooe’s career and experience as a chef in the Jackson area spans over thirty years, many of those with him at the helm of his own restaurants. Nooe is recognized for his work developing and consulting for many local restaurants, most recently Grant’s Kitchen on Lakeland Dr., and in the past Brick Oven Café, Pan Asia, and Parlor Market. M!SO is located at 3100 N State St., Suite 102, in the Bank Plus building facing Duling St and adjacent to Duling Hall. The kitchen is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the bar staying open later.
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hen Hal White passed away earlier this year— after weeks of memorials and sentiments poured in from around the state and nation—a quiet question persisted: Who would cook the food at Hal and Mal’s? The answer: their kids. Hal was a fixture in the kitchen at Hal and Mal’s for over 25 years, making signature dishes
laughing. “He’s telling me not to screw up the roux!” Of course, “the kids” are grown up -- P.J., an attorney, and Brandi, a physical therapist, have a daughter of their own. Despite their own careers and responsibilities, they’ve been drawn to the restaurant— especially P.J., who has all but traded in his law books for an apron in the kitchen. Malcolm’s daughter, Zita, is baking fresh desserts. In a way, it’s homage to Hal.
that combined family recipes and techniques with skills built in restaurants on the Gulf Coast, in New Orleans and around Jackson. But Hal didn’t just cook at the restaurant—he cooked at family functions: birthdays, funerals, holiday—or just weekends. And the family cooked with him. “It’s the South,” said Brandi White Lee, Hal’s daughter. “That’s what we do. When you have a baby, get married, somebody dies... we cook.” Hal grew up the same way, learning from family— like Aunts Glennie and Myrtis, both immortalized on the Hal and Mal’s menu.
P.J. and Brandi are particularly proud to bring some of the “oldies but goodies” back to the Specials board—shrimp creole, quiches, hand-rolled meatballs, homemade chicken salad, scallops in Crystal cream sauce—using recipes and techniques Hal taught them. They’re focused on fresh ingredients, shopping the Farmer’s Market every weekend and making soups, sauces and specials every morning. “We’ve all benefited for years from this great food and the community of folks who come to this restaurant,” P.J. said. “And in way, we feel like it’s a chance to give back to that community.” “And—it’s helped us heal,” Brandi said. Hal and Mal’s is at 200 South Commerce Street, open Mon-Fri for lunch and Tue-Sat for dinner.
Hal’s son-in-law, P.J. Lee, says he bonded with Hal over hot stoves. “It’s pretty neat to cook a pot of food and think back to his instructions. When I cook a roux now, I can hear Hal talk,” P.J. said,
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Music, Food & Fun
hen Sam Slough opened Musician’s Emporium he had two goals. The first was to give musicians an open venue where they can focus on playing great shows. The second was to keep people coming back with good food and drinks in a great atmosphere. Not yet open two months Musician’s Emporium has hosted a strong lineup of bands, from popular local musicians like the Amazing Lazy Boi Band to traveling acts like the Morisson Brothers Band. The building has a standing capacity of 175 and can seat just over 100 people. The house system, a PreSonus Studio Live 24.4.2 Digital Stereo Mixer, is designed to take all the guess work out of set up and gives musicians the freedom to play without worrying about feed back and extensive sound tests. The system can record mixable shows near studio level quality with a couple of mouse clicks and a digital remote allows the adjustment of sound levels on the fly. “It’ll spoil musicians a little bit,” he says. “The system set up however they want and it saves them from having to drag in a whole lot of extra equipment. We want them tired from playing, not from getting ready to play.” Sam also put a lot of thought into the menu. From the house burger, a ½ pound 85%-15% lean chuck patty seasoned with ranch and red cooking wine, to the fried oyster or shrimp poboys, to the baja chicken sandwich topped with smoked bacon and served on a spiral bun, and much more between, the food is certain to satisfy for lunch or dinner. Sam’s personal favorites are the Philly cheese steak and the jalapeño peppers stuffed with cream cheese and chicken then bacon wrapped. Sam and his wife Kathy were grilling one weekend and became frustrated when the cream cheese kept dripping out of his peppers into the bottom of the grill. In a moment of ingenuity he topped the cheese with a strip of chicken breast,
wrapped the pepper in bacon and skewered the creation with a toothpick. Sam smiles. “Sometimes you try to fix a problem and come up with something great and totally different.” Daily Blue Plate lunches are in the works and Sam plans for Thursday nights to become Steak Night. He serves a 12 oz. 1 inch thick Angus beef steak marinated and seared along with a heap of buttered mashed potatoes, steamed asparagus in butter, lemon, and garlic, red and green bell peppers with onion and caramelized in Worcestershire, and a dinner roll for $19.99. “Right now every night is Steak Night while we get people excited!” No matter the day, there is something fun at Musician’s Emporium. Tuesdays nights are Karaoke with Shawn Browning. Wednesdays are Open Mic with Ralph Miller. Thursdays are Amateur, Open, and Traveling Band night. Fridays and Saturdays are Big Band night. There is no genre allegiance here. From Blues, Jazz, and Rock and Roll, to R & B, Country, Soul, and Texas Boogie you’ll hear it all. Saturdays starting July 6th from 9 am to 5 pm will turn Tombigbee and State into the Artist’s Corner just as it was in the 1920’s. Visual and musical artists will be able to sell and show their work on a first come first serve basis. Sam intends to give artists a venue to promote themselves without a financial burden. During Football season the bar will be open Sundays and Sam has plans for other Sunday events in the near future. What about Mondays? That’s the day to relax at the bar after a full weekend.
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LIFE&STYLE | food & drink DAWN MACKE
Bacon Bourbon Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients
Cookies that combine four different guilty pleasures are sure to hit the spot.
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 6-8 strips bacon* 3 tablespoons softened butter 2 tablespoons reserved bacon fat 1/2 cup natural peanut butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 large egg
3 tablespoons maple bourbon (1 small bottle, or 1 tablespoon vanilla) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/3 cup English toffee bits *6 slices if good bacon, 8 slices if it’s the cheap stuff. This is also enough for any chewy ends you might want to snitch, just don’t get carried away.
by Dawn Macke
acon bourbon peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. You just stumbled over all that, didn’t you? Still letting it all sink in? But no, you read it right. Bacon and bourbon. Peanut butter and chocolate chips. There’s not even enough room in the cookie title to mention the English toffee bits, but yeah, I tossed those in too. Intrigued? You should be. This is a rich cookie that’s not terribly sweet, but heavy with maple and toasted with smoky, salty bacon and a touch of buttery caramel flavor. Not a week goes by that my friends at Fondren Cellars don’t ask about these cookies, but with good reason. They did help taste-test and suggest the best bourbon, but we enjoyed every bite, I think. I love adventurous recipes and unexpected flavor combinations, so when I first saw a bacon cookie recipe, I was curious about trying it. Not long after that, someone brought bacon
brownies to a party, and I decided maybe my idea wasn’t so crazy after all. After testing an initial version I found online, I felt like I could do it better, making my own tweaks to ingredients, and incorporating a maple bourbon instead of traditional. The result is a richer, more complex cookie with a mysterious depth of flavor that surprises most people. The crisp bacon adds a texture reminiscent of toasted coconut or chopped nuts. And let’s face it. The folks at the liquor store are like your best friends, favorite bartender or trusted hair stylist: they make you feel better, know all your secrets, and they keep ‘em too. It’s only fair to treat ‘em right and share some love, so I do that periodically with these cookies. Although not as flavorful and distinct, you can substitute vanilla extract for the bourbon, but please, don’t substitute turkey bacon for the real thing.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about four to six minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Reserve two tablespoons of the drippings and set aside to cool. Crumble. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Mix well. Beat the butter and reserved bacon drippings in a large bowl with a mixer on until smooth, about one minute. Beat in the peanut butter until combined, about 1 minute. Beat in the granulated and light brown sugar until creamy, about four minutes, then add the egg and bourbon and beat until light and fluffy, about two more minutes. Add the flour mixture in two additions, scraping down the bowl as needed, until just combined. Stir in bacon, chocolate chips and toffee bits. Drop small (one-inch) balls a couple inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes for chewy cookies, 15 for crispier cookies. Let cookies cool two minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store up to three days in an airtight container.
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betes as they adopt such a diet under Sullivan says the four sponsors are physician guidance. bringing the film to Jackson as a service to Sullivan believes in the connection the community. They’ve booked 300 seats between our food choices and our health. at Malco Theater in Madison for a oneFormerly an executive in the grocery industry, he’s now a personal trainer who refers to himself as a “recovering unhealthy person.” LiveRIGHTnow provides personal training, group fitness activities, a smoking-cessation program, wellness camps, home gym setup, and assistance with safely navigating the grocery store to make healthy food choices. An avid runner, he has benefited from practicing what The documentary “Forks Over Knives” strives to he preaches. promote natural food, such as organic milk. Bringing “Forks Over Knives” to the metro area was an idea that he and time showing of “Forks Over Knives.” GiGi Carter of Eaton Corporation latched “We’ve got a message we believe in,” on to and ran with. The two joined forces Sullivan says. The message is simple: People and enlisted Jackson Heart Clinic and in Jackson need to demand better food, Rainbow Whole Foods as co-sponsors for from their restaurants and from their own the showing. kitchens. The documentary brings to light
the disconnection between people and the food they eat by showcasing parts of the world where people consume primarily plant-based diets and don’t experience the same incidence of certain diseases so prevalent in the U.S. For Sullivan, the movie is a mustsee for anyone who doesn’t believe that our food choices affect our health. “I think it does such a good job of piecing together the story of how our food system evolved, through necessity, into a very processed, convenient system for people,” he says. “But we’ve gotten overwhelmed with that convenience ... It shows how people’s lives are affected when they change their diets ... If you see this movie, you’ll think.” “Forks Over Knives” shows at 7 p.m. June 24 at the Madison Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grand View Blvd., 601-8987819). Admission to the film is free. MONICA BEACH ENTERPRISES
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ood is medicine.” That’s the message Terry Sullivan, owner of liveRIGHTnow, hopes people will take from the documentary, “Forks Over Knives,” showing June 24 at the Madison Malco. Does food have the power to restore or destroy our health? “Forks Over Knives” chronicles the separate but parallel journeys of two physicians who’ve made connections between our food choices and the degenerative diseases that plague us. Dr. T. Colin Campbell is a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn is a surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at Cleveland Clinic. They have both conducted separate research that points to the possibility that certain diseases can be prevented or even reversed by adopting a whole-foods, plantbased diet. The film also follows patients with conditions such as heart disease and dia-
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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.
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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.
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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, www.cupsespressocafe.com) Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi.
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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.
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.
LIFE&STYLE | geek
Everything’s Kinected by Nick Judin
host of Spike TV’s “GT.TV,” Xbox chief Don Mattrick responded to complaints about the new console’s connectivity requirements— saying that ‘‘fortunately, we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity. It’s called Xbox 360.’’ Mattrick was quick to couch the jab, but the damage was done. He’d given an already irate gaming community a pithy summation of Microsoft’s direction: like it or leave it. The problem for Mattrick and the Xbox One is the logical response Sony delivered at the same conference just the day before. In discussing the upcoming Playstation 4, Jack Tretton, the president and CEO of Sony, received perhaps the biggest round of applause for the absence of a feature that the gaming industry has ever seen. He drew the ovation merely by confirming that the PS4 would lack any new or noteworthy DRM, protecting the right to share, sell and play games sans Internet for another generation. More relevant than Mattrick’s cringeworthy faux pas is a moment that comes earlier in the interview. It’s a relatively unassuming line about how consumers will come to understand the need for the constant connectivity, but it’s illustrative of the core
concept some bigname companies like Microsoft are championing. It’s the idea that the popularity of multiplayer or the rise of downloadable content or any of the other perks that come from the Internet justify—or more accurately, demand—these unprecedented levels of connectedness. There’s no doubt that the ongoing NSA surveillance scandal is The new Xbox One’s privacy settings are causing controversy in a relevant backdrop to the gaming community. this story. Xbox One’s onerous new technology comes on the heels of the discovery that Gamers, already wary of the imposition of a most online correspondence, however pri- monitoring presence, already skeptical of the vate it may purport to be, is stored in case of deliberately deceptive nature of additive “fealater value. What interest government spooks tures” aimed at punishing pirates without rehave in video broadcasts of American citizens gard for legitimate consumers, have reached playing “Halo” in their underwear may be a boiling point. Much to Microsoft’s chagrin, nil, but it does help to explain the popular and Sony’s delight, the lens of this outrage is response to Microsoft’s new restrictions. on the Xbox One.
his has been a contentious week for the gaming industry. The recently revealed Xbox One is the next generation of Microsoft gaming consoles, made to compete primarily with Sony’s upcoming Playstation 4. The concern lies with the new Xbox’s planned Digital Rights Management features and Kinect “functionality.” Players must have an Internet connection to use the Xbox One, whether they intend to play online or not. Every 24 hours, users will be forced to “check in” with the central servers. Furthermore, players’ ability to share games is heavily restricted with the new console. All games are licensed to the purchaser, and can be shared with 10 registered “family members” and no more. More intrusive is the disclosure that the Kinect, a motion-sensing device that includes a camera and microphone, is mandatory for Xbox functionality. This puts players in the awkward position of having to broadcast themselves to an Internet-connected machine with a much-touted ability to recognize moods and identities through facial features just to play a video game. In an interview with Geoff Keighley,
LIFE&STYLE | girl about town by Julie Skipper
June 19 - 25, 2013
ometimes, getting away makes you think even more fondly of home. A recent excursion to Nashville left me thinking about the progress I’ve seen in our city the past few years. It’s interesting how sometimes by getting back to our roots, we can move forward. Since I spent three years living in Nashville during law school, I’m always eager to return. It was in Nashville that I learned to see the existence of an alternative weekly newspaper as an important signifier that a city supports a thriving creative class, and I learned that reading it helps you find out about cool events, people and places. It’s where I started going to the farmers market regularly, and where I experienced an old abandoned movie theater reborn into one that screened indie films and served alcohol (hint, hint Pix/Capri). It’s where I first frequented cool coffee shops featuring local brews, and art galleries showing local and self-taught artists. In Nashville, I saw neighborhoods that had once been abandoned and suffering due to flight to the suburbs reclaimed, and former warehouses converted into restaurants 26 and living spaces.
Back to Our Roots
An urban herb garden downtown is just one evidence of the progress Jackson is making.
That’s why, when I returned to Jackson in 2004, I was so thrilled that buildings downtown were being converted to apartments and why I moved into one of the first ones. It’s why I befriended the artist community taking hold in Fondren. In short, Nashville primed me for Jackson’s renaissance and showed me what was possible. So I was excited when, a few weeks ago, I had a chance to return for a couple of days. This trip brought a couple of great meals, including one stellar one at Flyte, a restaurant in an area called The Gulch helmed by Chef Matthew Lackey, where my companion and I indulged in the ninecourse tasting menu. Lackey sources all the
restaurant’s produce and all the protein other than seafood from within a 50-mile radius of Nashville to make sure everything is as fresh and as local as possible. (The seafood obviously can’t come from that close, but it’s all sustainably sourced.) Reading about the farms on the menu made me think about home, and how ripe (no pun intended) our Mississippi agricultural heritage is for both restaurateurs and home cooks. I’m excited about the increased commitment to supporting local farmers in Jackson. Seeing a number of local restaurants team up with Livingston Farmers Market for cooking demonstrations is fun and exciting. Chef Nick Wallace is growing
a garden at the King Edward. Seeing what he does with his fresh herbs, along with produce from his family’s farm, I know the food that comes out of his kitchen will be fresh and delicious. Not long after getting back to town, I learned of the opening of the Mississippi Roadmap Farmers Market (mississippiroadmap.org), adjacent to the Jackson Medical Mall. Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity is a community-based project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the USDA. It focuses on improving an area that’s historically been the subject of health and social disparities, and the new farmers market is committed to helping bring affordable produce to the community. To see this notion of eating local, fresh and healthy become a part of our cultural ethos is really cool. It’s also something that speaks to our heritage as a state, when you think about it. Farm-to-table may have become a recently hip catchphrase, but for our state, it’s just what we’ve always done. By getting away from processed foods and back to the local farm, we’re getting back in touch with who we are. Funny how a meal away from home made me realize that.
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South Toward Home:
A Poet’s Journey Back to Literary Mississippi by Brandi Katherine Herrera
COURTESY BRANDI KATHERINE HERRERA
WISE WORDS was all but dragged to Mississippi kicking and screaming. In Jackson, my husband and I lived right “You’re taking me where?” I asked my up the street and around the corner from Euhusband. dora Welty’s former home on Pinehurst Street. “Jackson,” he said. I used to walk the dogs every morning up and Pause. down the wide lane, past her Tudor home with “Mississippi,” he clarified. (Just in case I its sprawling lawn on the way to the pond at had thought Wyoming.) Belhaven College. Aside from Florida and Texas (which don’t I’m ashamed to admit that before moving count, I know), I’d never really set foot anywhere to the South, I’d never cracked open a single near the southeastern region of the U.S. And book of hers. Since then, of course, I have had though life had already taken me away from my the extreme pleasure of experiencing her unmisOregon home to England, Germany, Austria takable voice and skillful narratives. and the American Midwest, Mississippi seemed Sometime near the end of my MFA studoddly more foreign than all of those places, or ies, a fellow student said to me: Write about what any others I could possibly imagine. you don’t know about what you know. I thought That was 2006. And in the summer of that was brilliant. And I wondered why no one 2007, on what was to be the hottest week of the had ever given me such sound advice. It wasn’t year, we navigated our little silver Civic south until I sat down to write this article that I discovtoward our new home via Interstate 55 from ered Miss Eudora Welty wrote those sage words. Memphis. It was 109 degrees when we arrived at the house, and it felt like we’d driven the car A STORYTELLING CULTURE into an enormous steam room. I moved from Mississippi to Ithaca, We got out to survey the neighborhood. N.Y., two summers after we arrived in Jackson. “Belhaven,” I said to the dogs, who were conAnd then I moved back home to Portland, Ore., Brandi Herrera wrote this essay as part of a project with Visit Mississippi.Visit her blog chronicling the trip fused, and took turns yipping intermittently betwo winters later. A lot has happened during at poetinmississippi.tumblr.com. Read the full essay at jfp.ms/poetsjourney. tween bouts of panting. “Linden Place,” I said a that small clutch of years that doesn’t matter a few times to myself. great deal for the sake of this story. But what does Mississippi magnolia fanned across yards would recommend that any writer live (and die) by. matter is that the richness I experienced in the like elegant outstretched hands as far as I could see down the Writing about the other is probably one of the more dif- short time I lived in the Magnolia State, and in successive street from where we stood in the sizzling driveway. A lizard ficult things one can attempt. But it’s not nearly as difficult as visits to Jackson, has yet been unmatched. scaled the fence, then quickly became the pattern and color writing successfully about the familiar, what we already know. In time, that foreign place with its sudden, effusive seaof the cedar planks the moment I detected him. To this end, I crafted an entire graduate thesis of poems sons, its wide porches and lazy afternoons, its black-eyed peas “What have I gotten myself into?” I said to the fence, that took their shape from the landscape I was born into, the and crawfish boils, became my home. Its distinct rhythms to nobody. And then we unpacked and began the process of place I call home. And their language and imagery is the lan- and stories became second nature. And I began to learn what settling in. The rest became a chapter in my personal history. guage and imagery of that place and my people—the cast of it was to be southern. local characters who colored our days. I wrote for the Jackson Free Press, which allowed me to WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW But more than a year after completing that collection, meet a diversity of local individuals and to have the privilege If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard a college writ- there are few I can honestly stomach. Because I wrote about of telling their remarkable stories. I made friends with artists, ing instructor, workshop leader, MFA faculty member, or fel- what I knew. And though it felt safe and honest at the time, I writers, musicians, academics, doctors, yoga instructors, coflow wordsmith utter the phrase, “write what you know,” I had failed to see what was right in front of my face all along. fee slingers, restaurant owners, editors and advocates. might actually be able to make a decent living as a poet. To view what I thought I knew through a different lens. And everywhere I went, I encountered someone new And while the impulse to write about topics true to one’s What I realized was this: We think we know something, and had the pleasure of hearing their stories. It’s true what own life experiences is one I can respect and understand—for someone, until we stop to look a little closer, long and hard they say about southerners being natural storytellers. And as a writer to mine her personal past and present for rich subject enough to see them in a different light, and challenge our- a writer, I couldn’t have been more delighted to just sit, take matter to give context to a story or poem—it’s not advice I selves to approach them from a different angle. in their words, and listen for hours.
Energy in Motion hosts a yoga class to benefit ARF.
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Summer Solstice Yoga is at 5:45 p.m. at Energy in Motion (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). The class benefits the animal shelter ARF of Mississippi. Free admission with pet food or monetary donations welcome; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gentlemen Awards is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The Ascension Company hosts. Honorees are Jimmie Lee of J. Lee Productions, celebrity stylist Jason Bolin and Jeromie “Kake King” Jones. Cocktails at 7 p.m.; awards at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the 500 Foundation. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-948-0888; email email@example.com; gentlemenawards13.eventbrite.com.
Coffee and Conversation is 7-8:30 a.m. at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Interact with business professionals, leaders, and other community members, and learn
Jackson-based hardcore punk band Coffin Breath performs June 21 at Rampage Extreme Park.
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about upcoming city projects. Free. Call 601-576-6920. … Luella and the Sun performs at 9 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $8 in advance, $10 at the door 18+. Call 601292-7121. … Pennsylvania-based hardcore punk band 28 Common Enemy performs with SNAFU, Coffin Breath
The Thick and Proud Sisters Model Call is 1-4 p.m. at Dreamz JXN (426 W. Capitol St.). Models must be at least 21 years old and at least a size 14. Wear hair off the face and bring heels. Chosen models will participate in a showcase in November. Free; call 601-979-3994; thickandproudsisters. webnode.com.
Mississippi Beer Pairing is at 6 p.m. at Sal and Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.).
Enjoy new beers from Southern Prohibition Brewing and Crooked Letter Brewing and a five-course meal. Seating limited; RSVP. $55; call 601-368-1919; email maggieb@ salandmookies.com.
Tango classes are at 6 p.m. at Applause Dance Factory (242 Stephens St., Ridgeland). $10 per class, $5 with student ID; call 601-856-6168. ... Late Night Karaoke with Matt Collette is at 10:30 p.m. at Martin’s Lounge (214 S. State St.). Free with drink specials; call 601354-9712; martinslounge.net.
Downtown Jackson Toastmasters is at 6 p.m. at the Plaza Building (120 N. Congress St.) on the 12th floor in the Common Room. Learn to communicate better in front of groups and with peers. Call Dwayne Thomas for membership information at 601-940-5247; email firstname.lastname@example.org. … History Is Lunch features filmmaker Wilma Mosley-Clopton presenting her film “In Spite of it All: The Ollye Brown Shirley Story” at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998. … Philipp Meyer signs copies of “The Son” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.99 book. Call 601366-7619; lemuriabooks.com. More at jfpevents.com and jfp.ms/musicvenues.
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an of Steel” aspires to wring out the flaws in our previous conceptions of Superman. The contrast between Vintage Superman and Reinvented Superman is startling—and for true believers, perhaps a touch too serious and sacrilegious. Vintage Superman, from the Christopher Reeves era, flies around in red hot pants, tights and a cape, and poses with his hands on his hips to demonstrate his fine physique to admiring kids in Mayberry-like towns. People speak in golly-gee, awe-shucks prose about Vintage Superman: “Is that a bird? ... A plane? ... No! It’s Superman!” Vintage Superman smiles brightly. Reinvented Superman is not a man at all. He’s 100 percent extraterrestrial alien, fresh off the flying saucer. But instead of a lizard neck, child-wonder eyes and an oversized-index finger, this alien life form is a god-like Adonis from the dying planet of Krypton. He lands in Kansas farm country as a wee baby without a stitch of clothing. A farmer and his wife, Jonathan and Martha Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), find the lad in a field. They pry open his rocket ship and cradle a bundle of joy. And, as all parents do, they know that their baby is special. They entrust him with a fine human name: Clark Kent, which is a radical departure from his birth name, Kal-El. The kids all sense that Clark is different, and young Clark knows that he is, too. When he looks at his classmates and teachers, his X-ray vision reveals bones and veins and pulsating organs. He hears clusters of sounds that frazzle his brain. Clark’s superduper senses nearly destroy him, but he learns to focus on one thing at a time. For 33 years Clark (Henry Cavill) tries to blend in with humans. He grows scraggly facial fuzz. He wears jeans and lumberjack shirts. He works on boats catching fish. But when he meets Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams), she smells
a story. She starts to investigate this strange man who helps people in small ways. The Krypton homeboys overshadow the Lois Lane thread in the movie. Led by General Zod (Michael Shannon), the Kryptonites invade Earth to find the codex that Jor-El (Russell Crowe) planted on baby KalEl. When it’s clear that the aliens want to rape and pillage the Earth, Clark reveals his true identity, stripping off the drab human costume. The incredibly handsome Cavill fits the spandex suit perfectly. Directed by Zack Synder from a script written by David Goyer with production overseen by Christopher Nolan, “Man of Steel” exhibits fine craftsmanship, excellent acting and everything else you expect from a $225-million blockbuster. There’s the obligatory alien tunnel from space straight into the core of a major metropolitan city. Stuff gets blown up. Metal crashes into metal. Tall buildings collapse. Superman zips around like a super drone protecting the hive. A staple of the superhero mythology is that the superhero is an alter ego: Batman is actually Bruce Wayne. When Spider-Man wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. In his lack of “human-ness,” Superman stands alone. Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. What Kent wears—the glasses, the business suit— that’s the costume. The Clark Kent persona is how Superman views us: He is weak; he’s unsure of himself; he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the human race. In this film, though, Reinvented Superman never criticizes the human race; he blindly accepts their flaws. He’s a savior, and he’s a solid one—until the neck twist. As one of the lady cops says in this film, “Superman’s hot.” The man of steel burns the screen. So maybe that’s enough for a summer flick.
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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, and this year’s goal is to fight sex trafficking. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16; chickball@ jacksonfreepress.com. Jackson 2000 Dialogue Circles Program Saturdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Professional Staffing Group (2906 N. State St., Suite 330). The program includes six two-hour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Six-week commitment required. Free; email jackson2000circles@ gmail.com.
#/--5.)49 Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. • Cooking Camp June 24-28. Children cook kid-friendly meals. Registration required. $185. • Summer Solstice Pajama Party June 21, 5:30 p.m. Come in your pajamas and celebrate the longest day of the year with games, a movie, story time and more. For members only. Free. Singles Mixer June 22, 6-9 p.m., at Genesis and Light Center (4914 N. State St.). Includes speed dating, a dating game and open mic. For ages 21 and up. $10; call 769-218-8476. LeFleur East Flash Dash June 21, 8 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Near BRAVO! The nighttime run/walk includes LED bracelets and necklaces, and snacks. The Flash Bash follows and includes music from Cooper and the Contradictions, a laser show, a bungee tramp for the kids and food. $20 by June 20, $35 race day, $100 immediate family (4 or more); call 982-5861; lefleureast.org. Camp Sickle Stars June 20-23, at Holmes County State Park (State Park Road, Goodman) . The Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation takes young patients to the annual four-day event. Participant leave from the Jackson Medical Mall June 20 at 10 a.m. Registration required. Free; call 601-3665874; mssicklecellfoundation.com. Mississippi disAbility MegaConference June 2021, at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The event for people with disabilities and their families, and professionals includes vendors, resources and speakers. The keynote speaker is Christina Ha, the first blind contestant and season 3 winner of “MasterChef.” Space limited; must register. $50 individuals, $75 (up to four), $125-$175 professionals; call 601-968-0600; msmegaconference.org.
Mississippi Main Street Association Awards Luncheon June 20, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). The highlight of the 124th annual event is the scholarship auction and showcase with items from MMSA members. Proceeds go toward MMSA’s continuing education fund. Reserved tables of eight available. $40; email email@example.com. Burn the Dance Floor Saturdays, 9 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Every Saturday, enjoy a free salsa class at 9 p.m. and a salsa party from 10-2 a.m. $10, $5 with college ID; call 601-213-6355. Margarita Tasting June 19, 6:30 p.m., at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (Township at Colony Park, 1037 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 100, Ridgeland). $25; call 601-707-7950. Car Park Rock June 22, 7-11 p.m., at The Pinnacle at Jackson Place (190 E. Capitol St.), at the parking garage. The fundraiser for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra includes dinner, beverages, an appearance from the Magnolia Roller Vixens, and music from Scott Albert Johnson and the Geezers. Tables of 10 available. $35 in advance; call 601-960-1565; email jmoritsugu@ msorchestra.com. Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). • History Is Lunch June 19, noon. Architectural historian Todd Sanders presents “Hayes Town’s Mississippi Architecture.” Free; call 601576-6998. • History Is Lunch June 26, noon. Filmmaker Wilma Mosley-Clopton presents her film “In Spite of it All: The Ollye Brown Shirley Story.” Free; call 601-576-6998. • Artifact and Collectible Identification Program June 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The MDAH staff is on hand to review and assist in identifying documents and objects of historical value. Free; call 601-576-6850.
7%,,.%33 The Gifts of Yoga: Wisdom from the Sages June 21-23, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Desirée Rumbaugh teaches yoga worldwide and has more than 20 years of experience. Includes standing poses, hip openers, backbends and inversions. Registration required. Lodging at Fairview Inn for travelers. $50 per session; $175 all sessions; call 601-594-2313; email firstname.lastname@example.org; butterflyyoga.net. Bokwa Fitness Classes Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. through June 28, at Dance Unlimited Studio, Byram (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram). Join Certified Bokwa Instructor, Paula Eure, for a hour full of fun. $5 per class; call 601-209-7566; bokwafitness.com.
Juneteenth Jackson Festival June 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at Medgar Evers Community Center (3759 Edwards Ave.). The celebration of African-American freedom includes speakers, arts and crafts, music and food vendors. Free admission; call 601-608-8327.
Kardio by Kimberly Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Kimberly Griffin instructs the weekly kickboxing fitness class. $30 for eight weeks, $5 drop-in fee; call 601-884-0316.
Edible Urban Forestry Workshop June 21, 9 a.m.-noon, at Midtown Partner Resource Center (301 Adelle St.). The topic is planting urban orchards and the current state of Jackson’s tree canopy. Pre-registration required. Free; call 601672-0755; email email@example.com.
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“Noises Off” Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. $15, through June 23, 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. $10 seniors, students and children; call 601-825-1293; blackrosetheatre.org. The Jokers Wild Comedy Tour June 21, 8:30 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105
Screen on the Green June 20, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in the Art Garden. Enjoy a cash bar, concessions and the movie “Moonrise Kingdom.” Free; call 601960-1515; msmuseumart.org.
roll artist gives an acoustic performance. Seating limited; RSVP. $15; call 601-918-3232; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mississippi Wind Symphony: Czech Mates June 25, 7:30 p.m., at Clinton High School (401 Arrow Drive, Clinton). The ensemble presents its final concert of the season in the auditorium. Free; call 601-925-3439; mswindsymphony.com.
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Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). For ages 18 and up. Call 601-292-7121; ardenland.net. • Dark Star Crashes: A Psychedelic Happening June 20, 7:30 p.m. Otis Lotus and M.O.S.S. perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. • Luella and the Sun June 21, 9 p.m. The band from Nashville plays soul and blues music. Cocktails at 7 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. • Billy Joe Shaver June 22, 8:30 p.m. The country singer songwriter is a Texas native. Cocktails at 7:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Summer Storytime Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. through June 27, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place), at the Education and Visitor Center. Children in grades K-3 listen to a story and make a related craft. Free; call 601353-7762; email email@example.com.
An Evening with Webb Wilder June 20, 7:30 p.m., at James Patterson Photography (3017 N. State St.). The Hattiesburg rock-and-
United Way Summer Reading Middle School Book Clubs June 19 and June 25, 6 p.m., at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road). The sessions are part of the JPS Summer Reading Program. Free; call 601-948-4725.
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A Modern-Day Sock Hop hile socks and dancing might seem disconnected to some, for Philip Scott, they go hand-inhand. He has an international entertainment company called Neural Dope which promotes different types of dancers, and he has a sock line. In 2007, Philip Scott was working at a suit store. Back then, he would wear white sports socks with his suits, and his coworkers would jokingly make fun of him. One day, someone told him that he should just start making his own socks, and he took that advice to heart. A Memphis-based model said to Scott after putting the socks on, “My feet have never felt so loved.” Now, that has become Scott’s slogan. On June 21, Scott is hosting a dance competition and party, called Get Socked, to promote the socks and dancing and to bring the community together. At the door, guests receive a pair of Scott’s socks, and at 7:30 p.m. the dance competition starts. Mississippi native NFL player Brandon McDonald, Jamaar Blanchard and a special guest will judge the dancers. DJ Slim Kutti will provide music. “It’s not about a big turnout or anything like that. It’s a start,” Scott says about spreading the word about his companies. Scott plans to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from Get Socked to the organization Dream 2 Succeed. He believes that anyone who is empowering the youth
Government St., Brandon). The exploratory art class is for children ages 2-4. Adults must accompany children. $20 per class; call 601-499-5278; email firstname.lastname@example.org; artworksstudios.com.
Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. • Open Studio June 22, 1:30-4 p.m. Learn about the creative process behind an artist or exhibit in the museum, and create art to take home. Adults must accompany children ages 10 and under. $5, members free. • Look and Learn with Hoot June 21, 10:30 a.m. This educational opportunity for 4-5 year olds and their parents features a hands-on art activity and story time. Dress for mess. Free. • Portraits of Medgar and Myrlie Evers by Jason Bouldin and Paintings by Mary Lovelace O’Neal through Aug. 18. See Bouldin’s portraits and O’Neal’s abstract works in the McCarty Foundation Gallery. Free.
"% 4(% #(!.'% Old Time Car Wash Fundraiser for Veterans June 22, 9 a.m.-noon, at Chateau Ridgeland (745 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland). Chateau Ridgeland hosts a car wash to raise funds for Outward Bound for Veterans. $10 donation; call 601-956-1331. At Philip Scott’s “Get Socked,” get a pair of his custom socks and enjoy a dance competition.
is supporting a good cause. “(Kids) need that extra push and that extra motivation to get out there and be the best that they can be,” he says. Get Socked is at Hearts of Madison (123 Jones St., Madison, 601-862-1763) on June 21 at 7 p.m. The event is for those over 21 and costs $25 which includes a pair of Philip Scott’s custom socks. For more info about Philip Scott’s socks or to sign up for the dance competition, email getsocked1@gmail. com or call 769-234-6254. Find Get Socked Dancers Page on Facebook. —Briana Robinson
Summer Solstice Yoga June 19, 5:45 p.m., at Energy in Motion (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). The class benefits the animal shelter ARF of Mississippi. Free admission, pet food or monetary donations welcome; email info@ tara-yoga.net. Walk to Cure Diabetes Family Team Kickoff June 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The Mississippi chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosts the event in preparation for the Oct. 19 walk at Mayes Lake. Free with museum admission; call 601-981-1184; email email@example.com; jdrf.org. Check jfpevents.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 jfpevents.com for instructions.
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it is already building a strong audience. I caught up with the guys during a rehearsal and got a sense of four guys who love making music together. The band is playing everything from Deftones to Slipknot. Slackjawed is an original band made up of members from cover band Diesel 255. The group was born of necessity, as members created original material they wanted to pursue. It officially formed about a year ago, but most local fans have known about Diesel 255 for a while now. The spirit behind this weekend’s show is “three bands that are friends who also happen Kid Vicious joins Storage 24 and Slackjawed at Hal to be musicians,” Slackjawed’s & Mal’s this weekend. Brandon Latham says. “We’re really excited to be sharing the such as Town Creek. The ads on the ra- stage and putting the spotlight on local dio made local bands like Cyrus sound bands and making it about family.” as big as Warrant. More than anything, “We’re gonna try to bring rock ‘n’ roll though, these groups all seemed to share back to Jackson,” Daniel Warren of Kid a communal spirit with the fans. Three Vicious says. When he says “rock ‘n’ roll,” groups that keep that spirit alive will take he is talking about that same communal the stage at Hal & Mal’s June 22. spirit that has always been the heart of the Anyone who has followed the music Jackson rock scene. scene these past few years knows about There’s nothing wrong with that. Storage 24. It has a wide appeal as an inKid Vicious, Storage 24 and Slackjawed tegrated group mixing several genres of will rock Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., music, all with a heavy rock sound. 601-948-0888) June 22 at 9 p.m. The cover Kid Vicious is a fairly new band, but is $7. You must be 18 or older for entry.
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ackson is home to many cover bands, but only one of them plays the memorable music of Chicago (the band). The eight members of Dialogue, who are all from the Jackson area, got together in February 2012 to try to recreate some old tunes from their childhood. Chicago came back to Mike Weidick’s radar after a performance on the coast at one of the casinos back in 2001. “I liked the tunes when I was younger, but when you see them live, it’s a full house,” Weidick says. Weidick has always been in bands— from school bands to hard rock bands in his youth. Today, he says, there doesn’t seem to be as many horn bands around. Because of this and Dialogue’s select setlist, the band is limited in where and when it can play. Weidick doesn’t mind, though. “You’re not going to get as many gigs. You can’t just roll up into a club and play this dance music for four hours,” he says. “But that’s OK because when people do come out to see us, they’re there to actually see us. They’re not just out drinking and a band happens to be playing. People deliberately come to the shows.” The members of Dialogue are John Powell on lead vocals, Paul Weidick on bass, Steve Cook on drums, Richard Smith on keyboards, Mike Weidick on trombone, Rick Moreira on guitar and vocals, David Battaglia on saxophone and
Jackson’s Best-Kept Secret
June 19 - 25, 2013
Singer/songwriter/composer Randy Everett started Terminal Studios in 1986 near the Jackson International Airport (hence the name). In 1995, Everett built his new recording studio in Ridgeland, which
advisers and photographers, not to mention management and booking agents. While bands nowadays have found a way to make independent records using computers and other devices, Everett and his team have built a studio that easily competes with big-time recording studios in cities such as Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans. Everett, along with partners Kamel King from Jackson, and Ryan Montgomery, works mainly with musicians, but the studio has also caught the attention of popular TV Kamel King, Randy Everett and Ryan Montgomery are shows and regional companies the men behind Terminal Studios. for actors and actresses to do voiceover work. has turned into a multi-media studio. Not “People definitely don’t need to travel only does this studio have state-of-the-art out of state to get a state-of-the-art record. recording equipment; it also has its own vid- You don’t even need to leave the city because eographer, studio recording engineers, legal we are right here,” King says.
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he other night I went to Time Out Sports Café (6270 Old Canton Road, 601-978-1839) and ran into a long-lost friend, Ryan Montgomery. Some of you may know Ryan as his alter ego, Unkl Ryan, Mississippi native and international DJ. He invited to me to see what’s going on at Terminal Recording Studios, his new home since moving back to Jackson, and I jumped at the offer. When I walked into the studio the next day, I was astounded. Here was a studio I had vaguely heard of, yet the walls were covered with accolades and awards. Terminal Studios has won Grammys for its work with Stevie Wonder, Mississippi rapper David Banner, gospel act The Williams Brothers and the Coen Brothers movie, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” It is also the home of gospel record label Blackberry Records, where many southern acts such as The Canton Spirituals made award-winning records.
flute, and Richard Beverly on trumpet. In all, the band knows about 17 of Chicago’s songs, ranging from hits such as “Colour My World” to more obscure ones. The men usually take about four practices to completely nail down a song and make it sound like the original, which is what they always strive to do. COURTESY DIALOGUE
Bringing the Rock Back
Chicago-cover band Dialogue performs at Duling Hall June 27.
“Chicago’s music is all upbeat with a positive message,” Weidick says. “Let’s spread some of that around.” Dialogue will perform the music of Chicago on June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., 601-292-7121). Cocktails are at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Purchase tickets at ardenland.net, Babalu Tacos and Tapas, or Morningbell Records. Visit dialoguetheband. com for more info or find Dialogue the band on Facebook.
by Natalie Long
Montgomery says everyone who walks through the doors of Terminal Studios is taken care of like family: “We take great pride in making sure our clients are happy, and we treat everyone as an artist. We make them feel at home.” I encourage bands looking to recording new albums or songs to check out Terminal Studios. The staff is knowledgeable, making sure sessions run smoothly, and will give you a positive experience and a greatsounding product. If you are interested in setting up an appointment at Terminal Studios (370 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland, 601-977-9463), call Kamel King at 601-977-9463 or email him at email@example.com. You can also check out Terminal Studios’ website (terminalrecordingstudios.com) to book a session, or learn more about the Artist Development Program.
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DIVERSIONS | jfp sports the best in sports over the next seven days
by Bryan Flynn
THURSDAY, JUNE 20 NBA (8-10 p.m. ABC): Game seven of the 2013 NBA Finals will see a champion crownedâ€”either the Miami Heat or the San Antonio Spurs. FRIDAY, JUNE 21 Soccer (12:30-3 p.m. ESPN 2): Check out the FIFA U-20 World Cup, featuring the United States against soccer world power Spain. SATURDAY, JUNE 22 NHL (7-10 p.m. NBC): Catch game five of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks, on NBC late at night. SUNDAY, JUNE 23 NASCAR (2-6 p.m. TNT): The stars of NASCAR work on right turns this week in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.. MONDAY, JUNE 24 College baseball (7-10 p.m. ESPN): Game one kicks off the best-of-three championship series at the 2013 College World Series that, at press time, still includes Mississippi State.
June 19 - 25, 2013
TUESDAY, JUNE 25 College baseball (7-10 p.m. ESPN): Watch game two of the championship series at the 2013 College World Series, where game oneâ€™s winner could take the title with a second win.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 NHL (7-10 p.m., NBC) Game seven, if necessary, of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals is where a champion will be crowned between the Blackhawks and Bruins. â€Ś College baseball (7-10 p.m., ESPN): It is another if-necessary final game, this time of the best-of-three series in the 2013 College World Series. OK, neither of those things are true. They were just two colossal mishaps caught this past week in Omaha at the College World Series. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports.
by Rick Cleveland
ong-time Jackson resident Ben Puckett, who died June 2 at the age of 83, was a big-time giver: to Mississippi State, to the U.S. Olympic effort, to your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum where I am director, to his employees, and to countless other causes and relief efforts. Puckett grew up poor, made himself wealthy and then did all he could to make better the lives of other folks. â€œPeople will never ever know, and Ben never wanted people to know, all he has done behind the scenes,â€? said close friend Cal Wells, a Jackson lawyer. â€œBen was a giver for all the right reasons.â€? It has been my good fortune to have covered some of the greatest, most accomplished athletes in the world. None had a more optimistic outlook on life, or more belief in himself or herself, than Ben Puckett. He oozed energy and positivity. Puckett loved children and doted on them, which might explain why he and Dorothy Todd Puckett, his wife of 62 years, had six children, who begat 22 grandchildren and, so far, four great-grandchildren. Those who knew Ben Puckett best say that he loved to make kids happy because he never had much of a childhood himself. He worked several odd jobs to help put food on the table and shoes on his feet as a young lad. I have always believed that small kindnessesâ€”as much as writing big checksâ€” show the true virtue of a person. Iâ€™ll give you just one up-close-and-personal example of Benâ€™s kindness. This was 14 years ago when a book of my newspaper columns had just been published, and I was selling and signing them at a Mississippi State baseball game. My daughter, Annie, now a Chicago actress but 9 years
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Two things we learned this week at the College World Series: Apparently, the word â€œcollegeâ€? has three â€œLâ€™s,â€? and Mississippi State and Ole Miss have merged to form the Mississippi State Rebels.
Remembering Ben Puckett
Longtime sports supporter Ben Puckett, seen here with Olympian Bianca Knight, will be remembered for his kindness and optimism.
old at the time, was my one-person sales staff. She handed out the books, collected the money and counted out change while I signed and chatted. At one point in the afternoon, a slow time in the selling of books, Ben stopped by and was smitten at once by Annie, who was smitten at once by Ben. â€œYou selling many books, honey?â€? Ben asked. â€œNot any more,â€? Annie said glumly. So Ben proceeded to tell Annie that he really enjoyed her daddyâ€™s writing and that he needed to buy some books for Christmas gifts. This, by the way, was in April or May. â€œHow good is your math, honey?â€? Ben asked Annie. She told him that math wasnâ€™t her best subject but she tried really hard, which was the gospel truth in both cases. â€œHow much are these books?â€? Ben asked, picking one up and looking at it. Annie told him.
â€œWell, if you can figure out how much 15 of them will cost me, thatâ€™s how many I want to buy,â€? Ben said. I wish you could have seen the smile on Annieâ€™s face. I wish you could have seen the smile on Benâ€™s face while he watched her get serious and start doing the math. She had to use her eraser a couple of times, but she beamed when she came up with the price. â€œSounds about right to me,â€? Ben said. So Annie counted out 15 books, a stack that was about as big as she was. Ben wrote the check. â€œPleasure doing business with you young lady,â€? Ben said, smiling. Annie grinned back, obviously quite proud of herself. And I still donâ€™t know who enjoyed it more: Annie or Ben. Or me. As per Ben Puckettâ€™s wishes, memorials in this name may be made to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, 1152 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS 39216.
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