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f you believe you can fly, you can fly.” This was the mantra of the choreo­ grapher who taught Erik Kegler to fly. During his former career as a dancer, Kegler debuted in Cincinnati as the first male Peter Pan. Just before the open­ ing performance, while waiting with wires attached for his inaugural high flight through the rafters of the theater, Kegler was nervous, but he had a life-changing epiphany. “This is going to be great,” he re­ members saying to himself. “It is not about being perfect. It is about taking the risk. It is about flying.” Kegler, 43, has been flying ever since. He soared through his professional dance career, which culminated with several inter­ national Public Broadcasting Service dance movies, such as “Dance at the Imperial Pal­ ace,” before he retired. Then, Kegler decided to become an interior designer. After graduating from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Palm Beach, Fla., Keg­ ler joined the firm of noted interior designer Jack Phillips, who became not only Kegler’s boss, but also his design mentor. “I was so blessed to work with Jack. I learned a lot about the principles of design, but also so much about life and the practice of design,” Kegler says. “Jack taught me not to hate anything that a client may have. I still incorporate that


in my design work today.” Kegler, a native upstate New Yorker who now considers himself a Jacksonian, flew to Jackson 16 years ago and started a design business, Erik Jason Interiors, and he loves his life and his work here. “Mississippians and Jacksonians appre­ ciate the little things, the special and beau­ tiful things, old things, doing things well,” Kegler says. He immensely enjoys working with clients’ often-inherited items to create just the right mix in their homes. “I want the homes I design in Jackson and everywhere to be about positive energy, to be about having a good life surrounded by things that are you, not about just having stuff in your house,” Kegler says. “I will tell my client, ‘Let’s add this fantastic sofa be­ cause you love it, because it reflects you, not because I say it is the sofa you must have.’” Kegler’s Northside Drive home has been a work in process for the last few years. He and his partner, Brennan Hovell, have gutted, reroofed, reworked and retooled the home. It is a luscious and inviting mix of styles, textiles, art and modern upbeat col­ ors, and it possesses exactly that good energy that Kegler touts. It is authentic, collected and happy, like Kegler. He is still flying. He takes a few risks, but he is not afraid. Visit to see Keg­ ler’s work. —Marilyn Trainor Storey

Cover Photo of Chief Justice Roberts Courtesy United States Government

9 Sex Trafficking: What’s Next? Attitudes toward sex trafficking need to change from blaming the victims to prosecuting the traffickers.

26 Food and Music and Cocktails. Oh My!

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editor’s note

by Ronni Mott, News and Opinion Editor

One Hopeful Act


few weeks ago, in our GOOD Ideas issue (Vol. 11, No. 42), we published information that we hope will begin and forward conversations about race in the city. What prompted us was the extraordinary contentiousness of the recent mayoral race. On page 17 of the issue, under the heading of “Racism Affects Families from Generation to Generation,” we provided information that demonstrates the assertion of the title, using family wealth as the subject. Truth be told, the conclusions are startling, even to many of us who are well educated on the issue of racial disparities in wealth. Our graphic tried to simplify it through the example of three children, all born to low-income families before World War II. The case studies came directly from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Race Matters Toolkit” PowerPoint slide show. To punctuate the outcome, we used data from an Urban Institute study, “Less Than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation,” published in April. On page three of the report is a graph illustrating average family wealth by race and ethnicity titled “The Racial Wealth Gap is Not Improving.” In 2010, an average black family’s wealth was $98,305, the graph shows. For an average Hispanic family, the figure was a slight increase, to $109,599. The figure increased six fold for white families, to $631,530. The data correlate to a February study from the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University, “The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth Gap: Explaining the BlackWhite Economic Divide.” What the data prove is that it really does take money to make money. As the Urban Institute study points out—and the IASP study confirms—once a family has

some wealth, it tends to grow exponentially. “Wealth is not just for the wealthy. The poor can have wealth too—and that wealth can accrue over time or provide collateral for borrowing, giving families a way to move up and out of poverty,” the UI study states. “A home or a car can offer benefits far beyond their cash value.

Actions have consequences— Jim Crow racism reverberates to this day. And even a small amount of savings can help families avoid falling into a vicious cycle of debt when a job loss or financial emergency hits.” On the other hand, the Great Recession has hit those with little wealth hardest of all, exacerbating inequalities. “The 2007–09 recession brought about sharp declines in the wealth of white, black, and Hispanic families alike, but Hispanics experienced the largest decline. Lower home values account for much of Hispanics’ wealth loss, while retirement accounts are where blacks were hit hardest,” the study continues. “Between 2007 and 2010, Hispanic families saw their wealth cut by over 40 percent, and black families saw their

wealth fall by 31 percent. By comparison, the wealth of white families fell by 11 percent.” From a historical perspective, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, aka the G.I. Bill, provided unprecedented opportunities for millions of American soldiers who served in World War II. From low-interest mortgages to tuitionfree college educations, the bill propelled huge numbers of families into the wave of national prosperity in the following decades. More than any other social program, the G.I. Bill defined the American Dream—especially for low-income rural white families. For many minority veterans—African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians among them—institutional racism barred them from taking advantage of those benefits. What good was free tuition in 1944 to a Mississippi Delta black man denied admittance to high-quality schools such as Ole Miss for another 20 years? For marginally educated men from communities with substandard segregated schools, were they even ready for college? And how could a low-interest mortgage benefit a man in a time when homes in newly sprouted suburbs were off limits, and banks routinely denied applications simply because of the color of his skin? Granted, the bill leveled the economic playing field for some. “The empirical evidence suggests that World War II and the availability of G.I. benefits had a substantial and positive impact on the educational attainment of white men and black men born outside the South,” wrote Sarah E. Turner and John Bound in “Closing the Gap or Widening the Divide” in 2002. “However, for those black veterans likely to be limited to the South in their educational choices, the G.I. Bill

had little effect on collegiate outcomes, resulting in the exacerbation of the educational differences between black and white men from southern states.” Generations later, the entrenched inequality that prevented many minority vets from taking advantage of the G.I. Bill have had nearly intractable consequences for their families. Barred from colleges and universities, many have never grasped the importance of education. Denied home ownership, or homes in better parts of town, they had little opportunity to pass on wealth to their children. And wealth, in the form of home ownership, is the single-most important driver of economic equality, followed quickly by stable employment, income, education and inheritance. All of that isn’t my opinion or the JFP’s attempt to shame white people. It’s just what’s true about inequality in America. And yes, the G.I. Bill is older than I am. But actions have consequences—Jim Crow racism reverberates to this day. Vaclav Havel, the playwright and dissident who became Czechoslovakia’s last president and the first president of the Czech Republic after the fall of the Soviet Union, wrote: “Isn’t it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity.” He continued: “Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” Talking about race is a hopeful act. Even if it’s hard or unexpected or profoundly uncomfortable, it just makes sense.

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R.L. Nave

Trip Burns

Dustin Cardon

Tommy Burton

ShaWanda Jacome

Tam Curley

Rebecca Docter

De’Arbreya Lee

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 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote the cover story.

Staff Photographer Trip Burns is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he studied English and sociology. He enjoys the work of Stanley Kubrick.

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

Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton spends most of his spare time organizing his large music library, much to the chagrin of his wife, Michelle. He plays bass in the power pop band Lately David.

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

Tam Curley likes art, cooking, DIY, and has more than a few business ideas up her sleeve. She is an Arkansas native. She wrote the wellness piece.

Editorial Intern and Flowood native Rebecca Docter is a journalism major at Louisiana State University. She enjoys listening to new records and hanging out with her daschund, Louis. She wrote a food and an art piece.

Editorial Intern De’Arbreya Lee is a recent graduate from JSU from Pittsburg (yes, without the “h,”) Calif. She enjoys the comfort of family, art, fighting for the people and quoting lines from “Love Jones.” She wrote the GIG story.

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“It’s not as if they said, ‘We’ve done wrong, now let’s do right.’ They kept coming up with new ways to do wrong.” —NAACP general counsel Carroll Rhodes about the effect of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Thursday, July 4 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry moves closer to arranging an agreement between Israel and Palestine to relaunch peace talks for six to nine months. … Pakistan reaches an initial deal with the International Monetary Fund on a bailout of at least $5.3 billion to help shore up the country’s diminishing foreign reserves. Friday, July 5 The Mississippi Board of Education grants Jackson Public Schools’ request for an extension to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. … Egyptian troops open fire on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi who are marching on a headquarters of the Republican Guard. Saturday, July 6 A Boeing 777 crash-lands at San Francisco International Airport, killing two people and injuring 182. … The Solar Impulse, a solar-powered aircraft, completes a cross-continental flight from San Francisco to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Sunday, July 7 An air taxi crashes at a small Alaska airport, killing all 10 people on board. … A funeral procession for the 19 Hotshot firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill fire, returns them to Prescott, Ariz.

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Monday, July 8 Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd hears arguments about whether to extend his temporary block on a Mississippi open-carry gun law. Kidd extends the order until Friday.


Tuesday, July 9 A $325,000 settlement is reached in the wrongful death case of an Ole Miss football player in 2011. … A trade group for Catholic hospitals accepts the Obama administration’s latest compromise on birth-control coverage for religious employers. Get news updates at

Lumumba’s Staff Taking Shape by Tyler Cleveland


ost in the confusion and excitement of the first week in office for a new mayoral administration and new city council was the announcement that Mayor Lumumba made his first significant hire. By naming Dr. Safiya Omari as his chief of staff, Lumumba made the first of what will prove to be a long line of new hires. Lumumba took office July 1 as Jackson’s 43rd mayor, and he announced Omari at the July 2 Jackson City Council meeting. A Shreveport, La., native, Omari has served as associate professor of social work and health science at Jackson State University since 1999, as well as director of the Southern Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Research and Training. She holds a doctorate in social psychology from Northeastern University. Omari was co-chair of Lumumba’s transition team alongside former Rep. Bennie Thompson aide Synarus Green. She sat front and center at the mayor’s first council meeting. Lumumba has made other appointments, including promoting Lindsey Horton from Jackson Police Department deputy chief to the city’s chief of police, and Deputy Fire Chief Willie Owens to lead the fire department. Those hirings still must be approved by the City Council. An email sent to news outlets across the city last week distributed information about Owens, who also serves as president of the firefighter’s union. The email claims Owens failed the deputy’s exam in 1986, and that he had once been placed

on administrative leave because of accusation that he stole a car. Lumumba said Tuesday that Owens’ record is in the past, and that’s where it will stay. jessica King

Wednesday, July 3 Corrections Corporation of America files to dismiss a lawsuit in the death of prison guard Catlin Carithers during the May 2012 riot at Adams County Correctional Facility. … Egypt’s military forcefully removes Islamic President Mohammed Morsi from power.

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Mayor Chokwe Lumumba introduced Willie Owens, his nomination for fire chief, at a press conference Monday at City Hall.

“I am aware of everything in Mr. Owens’ past that is of relevance,” Lumumba said. “What I know is that I have known Willie for eight years, and have the utmost respect for him and trust in him. I would like to add that firefighters across the city are extremely happy with his appointment.” The mayor said Monday he wasn’t ready to announce any more hirings, but did reveal that he has named a prominent mem-

ber of his campaign, Hondo Lumumba (no relation), head of constituent services. “What we tried to do was attack one entity at a time,” Lumumba said, “and we’re pretty much finished with our hirings in the mayor’s office. We have a few more positions, but we’ve about finished. We hired the police and fire chief. They are going to hire their own staff, but we are going to screen that. They will give us a makeup of their hierarchy, so we can raise objections if we need to. “Now, we’re getting into the departments of finance, city administration and financial planning. We are well into them, as a matter of fact, and we feel good about the people we’re hiring.” At the same meeting in which Lumumba announced the hiring of Omari, the dynamic of a new City Hall began to reveal itself. In a surprise move, the Jackson City Council replaced Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber with Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman as council president. Tillman got the job on a 4-3 vote, with Yarber, Margaret Barrett-Simon, Ward 7, and Quentin Whitwell, Ward 1, voting for Yarber. New members Melvin Priester Jr., Ward 2, and DeKeither Stamps, Ward 4, joined Tillman and LaRita Cooper-Stokes, Ward 3, in voting for Tillman. “I wasn’t really surprised,” Tillman said. “There have been requests over the years for me to serve in this capacity, and I’ve always had a ‘been there, done that’ more STAFF, see page 8

More Common than Voter Fraud


he Supreme Court struck down key components of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 last week, clearing the way for states to pass voter-ID laws in an attempt to prevent in-person voter fraud. The truth is, nationwide, the U.S. has seen only 13 plausible cases of voter fraud between 2000 and 2010. That said, here’s a list of things Americans are more likely to encounter than voter fraud:

Being struck—and killed—by lightning (441 between 2000 and 2010)

Shark attack (16 a year, on average)

Seeing a villain shot in a James Bond movie (352 as of 2008’s “Quantum of Solace”)

An exploding Flushmate toilet (304 reports according to 2012 report)

Being set on fire by your surgeon (Between 550 and 650 patients a year)

Sighting a UFO (Hundreds reported to various websites last week alone)

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“We’ve seen enough attempts by our colleagues to know that we won’t be singing ‘Kumbaya.’”

“My dad, who was always encouraging, said to me, ‘Don’t forget your art.’”

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Gay Marriage Rulings Raise Questions by R.L. Nave


wo recent U.S. Supreme Court de- depending on the program. In some cases, in personhood and dignity,” Kennedy wrote. cisions validating same-sex unions the feds define marriage based on where the “By seeking to displace this protection and may have a wider effect in Missis- marriage is filed; in other cases, it’s where the treating those persons as living in marriages sippi and nationwide than previ- marriage is domiciled. less respected than others, the federal statute ously thought. For Mississippi, where same-sex mar- is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.” In one case, which challenged the fed- riage is illegal, some federal benefits could Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was in eral Defense of Marriage of Act, the court extend to a same-sex couple living in the the minority, as were Justices Antonin Scalia, ruled that same-sex couples are entitled to Magnolia State who were married in another Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. Presireceive federal benefits. In the dent Bill Clinton signed DOMA other, the court declined to hear in 1996, but publicly repudiated a case out of California, where the law earlier this year. a ballot initiative attempted to Perhaps a bigger and make same-sex marriage illegal more significant part of the through a ballot referendum DOMA case is whether the rulafter the state’s Supreme Court ing elevated sexual orientation to found such discrimination unprotected-class status. Federal law constitutional in 2008. explicitly protects certain racial, As a result of the DOMA ethnic, sex and religious minorcase, federal benefits will autoity groups that have experienced matically go to couples in states historic discrimination. Sexual that have already legalized Some LGBTQ activists believe the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent orientation is not, but LGBTQ same-sex marriage. The rulings decision on marriage equality opens the door to making gay people advocates wonder if Kennedy’s do not overturn laws in states a “protected class” under federal law. opinion elevates sexual orientathat have explicit prohibitions tion to quasi-protected status. against same-sex marriages and civil unions. state where same-sex marriage is legal. But it “The Constitution’s guarantee of equality Among those states is Mississippi, which is possible that if a federal program defines a ‘must at the very least mean that a bare conpassed an amendment in 2004 that states marriage based on where it is domiciled, a gressional desire to harm a politically unpopu“marriage may take place and may be valid same-sex couple residing in Mississippi may lar group cannot’ justify disparate treatment of under the laws of this state only between a not receive those benefits, Atwood said. that group,” Kennedy wrote in his ruling. man and a woman.” The DOMA decision was 5-4, with Steffey said it would be a misread“Any Mississippi resident validly married Justice Anthony M. Kennedy writing the ing of the opinion to say the DOMA rulin another state must be treated as a hetero- majority opinion that the four left-leaning ing raised sexual orientation to a protected sexual couple for all purposes of federal law,” justices—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen class; however, Atwood believes the decision explained Matt Steffey, constitutional law pro- Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Ka- could open the door for legal challenges to fessor at Mississippi College School of Law. gan—joined. laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual But things get tricky from there. Bear “The federal statute is invalid, for no le- orientation in the future. Atwood, legal director for the American Civil gitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and “It’s a big deal,” Atwood said. Liberties Union of Mississippi, said the fed- effect to disparage and injure those whom the Comment at Email R.L. eral government defines marriage differently State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect Nave FLICKR/KARGALTSEV

mentality. I have always wanted to see a younger generation take these leadership roles so we can grow young leadership. At first, I turned them down for that reason, but the conversation turned, and they told me they felt that with a new mayor and a young council, I could bring a calming effect to the council.” Lumumba said he was surprised by the change, but added that he was still excited about the makeup of the council. “I just finished my one term under Yarber, and I thought he did an excellent job,” Lumumba said. “To that extent, I was curious about it. I’m very pleased with the composition of the city council. They have enough young people, enough diversity and enough experience. I think they’ve put together a great team. I like that the young guys are in there asking questions and being heard. … As long as they remember that we are all on the same page and we all want what’s best for Jackson, we’ll be fine.” The city council was set to hold a public hearing on the confirmations on July 11, but Tillman delayed the vote, saying he wanted to “be accommodating” to members of the city council who wanted to be a part of the process but were absent. Instead, the council scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. for citizens to come and voice their opinions on the nominations. Comment at Email Tyler Cleveland

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Recognizing Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking: What Now?

Pimps/traffickers often exhibit the following behaviors or characteristics:

by Ronni Mott

Sex traffickers target vulnerable girls.

then, we were like, ‘Wow!’ We just saw instance after instance of trafficking.” The CVP hired a consultant from the Polaris Project, a national organization working to stop human trafficking, to help establish support protocols using best practices. “We trained our people,” Middleton said, “… and let others know that we were ready to help.” That assistance includes trauma therapy, providing immediate shelter and developing escape plans for freeing victims safely. All of that costs money, and the CVP has no funds specifically allocated to sex trafficking. Middleton is hopeful that the community will continue to support the organization as it has done in the past. “It’s the same thing we do for our domestic violence victims and sexual assault (victims), she said. “It’s all really similar.”

Middleton added that people frequently have misconceptions about who sex trafficking victims are. But, like domestic violence victims, they span the gamut of society. “The target is almost always someone who’s vulnerable, whether they’re a runaway, an addict or they have some kind of issue like that,” Middleton said. “They make easy prey for somebody who’s trying to own somebody, who’s trying to control somebody else.” Young girls are particularly vulnerable, and traffickers will frequent their hang-outs. She related one case where a trafficker would approach girls and say to them, “Well, you sure are a pretty girl.” A girl’s response would determine whether she became a target. If she responded with shy blushes and tongue-tied embarrassment, he knew that she would be susceptible to flattery and could be controlled. If, instead, she responded strongly and told him to get away from her, he would leave her alone. Predators may get a girl drunk or high, then take pictures to blackmail her into doing what they want. They may purposely get her arrested, and then bail her out of jail so she will then owe them something. “In some cases, (trafficking) comes along with domestic violence,” Middleton said. “If you’re treated like a slave and you’re sold, forced to have sex for money, that’s trafficking. The CVP will also provide training to law enforcement and prosecutors to better understand the issue and deal with it. The prevailing attitude is that the victim has done something wrong. Middleton believes that people are smarter than that, and that prosecutors should allow the people—a jury—to decide whether they will protect victims of sex trafficking. “We owe it to ourselves, we owe it to society to get it out there, and let’s see what happens,” she said. “I tend to think that people will do the right thing.”

• Jealous, controlling and violent • Significantly older than female companions • Promise things that seem too good to be true • Encourage victims to engage in illegal activities to achieve their goals and dreams • Buys expensive gifts or owns expensive items • Is vague about his or her profession  • Pushy or demanding about sex • Encourages inappropriate sexual behavior  • Makes the victim feel responsible for his/her financial stability. Very open about financial matters.

Warning signs that an individual is being trafficked:

• Signs of physical abuse such as burn marks, bruises or cuts • Unexplained absences from class • Less appropriately dressed than before • Sexualized behavior • Overly tired in class • Withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out • Brags about making or having lots of money • Displays expensive clothes, accessories or shoes • New tattoo (tattoos are often used by pimps as a way to brand victims. Tattoos of a name, symbol of money or barcode could indicate trafficking) • Older boyfriend or new friends with a different lifestyle • Talks about wild parties or invites other students to attend parties • Shows signs of gang affiliation (i.e.: a preference for specific colors, notebook doodles of gang symbols, etc.) SOURCE: Shared Hope International (sharedhope. org/learn/report-trafficking)

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More than a year ago, Middleton and her staff attended a human trafficking conference in Chicago that opened their eyes to the extent of the issue. “We really started looking at our cases, and asking the questions,” she said. “Even flickr/21TonGiant


uring the last legislative session, Mississippi lawmakers sharpened the teeth of the state’s laws addressing human trafficking. They now give cops and prosecutors the power to aggressively pursue traffickers and the men who buy the services of the women and men the industry victimizes. Make no mistake: Trafficking is big business. Worldwide, the estimated take for human trafficking is in the vicinity of $36 billion annually (second only to arms dealing), and 70 percent of human trafficking is sex trafficking. Most sex trafficking is part of organized crime and the gangs are frequently involved in other illegal activities, such as drug dealing. Mississippi’s new laws, which took effect July 1, have substantially increased penalties for individuals and business that sell and buy people through intimidation and coercion for the purposes of making them slaves. “When a little girl is sold by her impoverished family—girls my daughters’ age—(when she) runs away from home, or is lured by the false promise of a better life and then imprisoned in a brothel and tortured if she resists, that’s slavery,” President Barack Obama said in a speech to the Clinton Global Initiative last September. “It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world.” Mississippi’s laws now mandate that law enforcement should not treat victims of sex trafficking as criminals. Instead, prosecutors should give them immunity. This allows the women—and it is mostly women—to testify against the procurers, sellers and sex buyers. It also means that Mississippi needs to step up to protect the victims and provide the support that will allow them to rebuild their lives. That’s where organizations like the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl come in. “We saw this coming,” Sandy Middleton, CVP executive director, said.


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t his July 1 inauguration, Jackson center. Simpson’s other Jackson project is the “Right now everything’s moving along Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said renovation of the old Ironhorse Grill. For that pretty well with the renovations,” Hutcheson that the city of Jackson is “open project, the city agreed to designate the area said Friday. “We’re probably about two for business.” But what does that around the restaurant as an entertainment months out, hopefully.” really mean? district so the business could claim special tax Hutcheson said they’ve only been at it According to the mayor, it means that breaks on its state and federal taxes. for two weeks, but the building has already any business that is willing to undergone extensive repairs. work with the city and its needs “So far, we’ve mainly done for jobs and responsible ecodemolition,” he said. “We’ve nomic growth will have a friend knocked down walls and we’ve in the mayor’s office. done a ton of foundation work.” “This city needs to be a Hutcheson said he’s been global city, and we want that to cooking out of his home, and be our image to the rest of the is looking forward to getting a world,” Lumumba said. “… But venue of his own. He still plans we have to do it right. If you want to cater the next installment of to come to Jackson and set up a the Livingston Concert Series, business, then you better be ready which is set for September. No to hire the people of Jackson.” artists have been announced. The city has already entered into several contracts BRAVO! Clears the Cellar with major developers that fit BRAVO! Italian RestauOwner Grant Hutcheson is turning the vacant building at the Lumumba’s description, includrant and Bar in Highland Vilcorner of North State Street and Hartfield Street into his first ing the downtown Westin Hotel lage is auctioning off 97 bottles Pig and Pint restaurant. project and a deal with Siemens of wine during the month of to help update the city’s water July to clear out its wine cellar. and sewer systems. In the Siemens deal, the Munich-based The bottles of wine, which range from In the Westin deal, developer Joseph company made contract concessions to win a $56, 2005 vintage Riefle Gewürztraminer Simpson got a pledge from the city to pay for the $90 million agreement, as well: It agreed to a $450 bottle of Lewis Cuvee 2007 Cabup to $1.75 million worth of improvements to hire at least 50 percent Jackson-based, mi- ernet, are all up for grabs. On a special card to the area surrounding the Valley Title Build- nority-owned subcontractors. for diners—and potential buyers—bidders ing, the site for the new 205-room hotel. tender their offers in three bid boxes. The Once the $53 million project is devel- Fondren’s New BBQ Joint waiter will take the bid(s) to the bar to see Renovations continue on the old if it meets the preset minimum, which varoped, Westin will also receive tax increment financing from the city, the amount of which Mimi’s Family and Friends location at 3139 ies for each bottle. If the bid is acceptable, the waiter returns with the bottle. Patrons has not been determined. In the agreement, N. State St. in Fondren. which spans the first 15 years of the business Pig and Pint owner Grant Hutcheson can rebid as many times as they like if their being open, is a clause that stipulates that hopes to open his first retail location for his bid does not meet the minimum. Visit BRAVO! in Highland VilWestin will hire Jackson residents to fill 100 restaurant Pig and Pint in that spot within percent of its unskilled worker positions. two months. Hutcheson has sold his prod- lage at the corner of Interstate 55 and So the city gets some tax revenue from ucts at the Livingston Farmers Market in Northside Drive. Call 601-982-8111, or the hotel on the front end, with higher rates Madison and catered the Livingston Con- visit for menus and the coming later. In the mean time, Jacksonians cert Series, including the May 23 edition auction list. get jobs and much-needed hotel space to ac- with country music star Travis Tritt, but this Comment at Email Tyler commodate visitors to the nearby convention will be his first restaurant. Cleveland at Jessica King


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n the Stinker Quote of the Week (Issue 43, Vol. 11, July 3-9,, you presented a very inaccurate view of Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility. The plant is a technological marvel of which all Mississippians should be proud. The amount our customers will pay for this environmentally responsible facility is far below the total cost of the project and not the unlimited ceiling that you suggested. While you are entitled to your own opinions, you are not entitled to your own facts. We please ask that you consider publishing these five key points about this project: 1. Mississippi Power is investing in innovation for the future of Mississippi and America. By using the nation’s most abundant fuel source in an environmentally responsible process, the facility will produce the electricity essential to create jobs and help families thrive. 2. Kemper’s innovative clean-coal technology, price stability and fuel diversity are better for the future of Mississippi than building another natural gas plant. The Kemper facility will use inexpensive lignite coal located right beneath our feet here in Mississippi in an innovative process that converts the lignite to gas to produce electricity. Use of this abundant resource should give Mississippi families and businesses the assurance that fluctuations in the cost of fuel or fuel availability are not expected to affect their electricity supply for decades. 3. Mississippi’s economy is benefiting today and should benefit for decades to come because of the Kemper County energy facility. In addition to providing what we expect to be affordable energy for our customers for decades, the project is creating thousands of jobs, employing more than 400 Mississippi companies, and providing millions of tax dollars to state and local governments. 4. Mississippi Power customers will not pay one penny of cost above the limit agreed to by the Public Service Commission and the Legislature. The shareholders of Southern Company will pay for every penny above this limit for the company’s investment in innovation and advancement in America’s energy security, and Mississippi Power customers will benefit from it for decades to come. This technology represents coal’s future in energy production and our commitment to a diverse fuel mix. 5. Customer bills are going up less than projected to pay for Kemper construction. When the construction certificate was approved, Mississippi Power projected customer bills would increase by more than 30 percent. Today, we are projecting the increase to be approximately 22 percent for the average retail customer. This increase is well below the outlandish 60 percent predictions made by project opponents, which is an outright misrepresentation of the facts. —Amoi S. Geter Manager, media relations, Mississippi Power

“Emblazoned” “(The Affordable Care Act) is going to be a train wreck, and I do not want the name of Mississippi emblazoned across that train when it leaves the tracks.”

July 10 - 16, 2013

–Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, on Bloomberg TV’s “Capitol Gains” show July 7.


Why it stinks: “Mississippi” is already emblazoned at or near the top of lists of states rife with diabetes, obesity and teen pregnancy, mostly because of our woefully inadequate health-care system. Bryant went on to call the Affordable Care Act “the worst system of delivering health care known to man.” The United Nations World Health Organization disagrees. They rank the United States 38th in the world in health-care system efficiency, and every one of the 32 nations ranked head of the United States has some form of universal health care. Worse, the last nation to get it before us was Israel ... in 1995.

Yarber Made Fine Council President


he Jackson City Council raised eyebrows last week by voting to replace Councilman Tony Yarber, Ward 6, with Councilman Charles Tillman, Ward 5, as council president. It was surprising for a couple of reasons. First, Yarber had done what seemed to be an outstanding job as council president. In an interview Monday, newly inaugurated Mayor Chokwe Lumumba told the Jackson Free Press the move surprised him because he admired the job Yarber had done. Under Yarber’s leadership, the council took votes in a timely manner, stayed on-topic during discussions and did not bend to the whim of council members who do not show up for meetings on a regular basis. On March 26, the city council was scheduled to vote on approving a $10 million bond issue to resurface major thoroughfares in the city. With Tillman, Frank Bluntson, Ward 4, and LaRita Cooper-Stokes, Ward 3, (oddly enough, Frank Melton’s old voting bloc) absent, then-Ward 2 Councilman Lumumba said it wouldn’t be right to vote without the other members in attendance. “Councilman Lumumba, typically I would agree with you on that,” Yarber answered. “The reason I do not, at this point, is that we’ve had issues getting folks to come to work over the past three months, and I’m not so sure we

should be bidding to people who don’t come to work, and hoping they come to work next time. You come to work, and I come to work, and we’re going to vote on this today.” Would Tillman have the fortitude to do the same? Monday’s special meeting of the city council suggests not. On Monday, at his first full meeting as council president, Tillman decided to delay public hearings on confirmation of the mayor’s nominations for fire and police chief because, he said, members of the city council who wanted to be a part of the proceedings could not be there until July 18. We understand these appointments are for men who are already serving in an interim capacity, but that doesn’t change the fact that the council vote will occur nearly two weeks after it could have been taken. For a young city council eager to start a new chapter, Tillman’s election to president is a step in the wrong direction. Likewise, the council’s choice for vice president, Melvin Priester Jr., may be premature. Priester comes from a solid foundation, but has zero experience in municipal government. We like the makeup of the new council and think that the experience of members like Tillman and Margaret Barrett-Simon and the ambition of new members Priester and DeKeither Stamps can be a winning combination. We hope that Tillman and Priester will follow the example Yarber set as president.

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Funmi “Queen” Franklin

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udre Lorde once said: “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.” I’ve taken this quote and evaluated it for myself, and to me, it can be applied to how black people relate to each other. We complain constantly about how other races treat us, but we often fail to recognize that even without another race of people holding down black folk, we do a damn good job of it ourselves. It’s hard being black these days. Not just for the tried-and-true reason that non-blacks look down on us, but because we judge each other. I could spend this entire column asking questions to get a dialogue started about why we do that: Is it because of our society or the struggles we have endured or the white man holding us down? I could go that route, but that would be futile—it’s already been pondered over and over again. I am perplexed by how my people continue to judge each other on everything, particularly our levels of “blackness.” My father made the intentional decision to expose his family to all things afrocentric. Perms were out of the question, so my sister and I wore braids far beyond the normal age that most young black girls wear them. TV shows that didn’t portray a positive African American experience weren’t allowed. That meant no “Good Times” or “The Jeffersons” and, certainly, no “Sanford and Son.” My sister and I received names passed down through African heritage. This wasn’t a common thing at that time. I’ve since met many Funmis, but as I was growing up, the name was like a disease. Am I not black enough? Our family celebrated Kwanzaa instead of Christmas. On Dec. 25, when all the other children were showing off new toys, we were home making red, black and green chains to hang from the ceiling in representation of the African flag and our struggle. We sang Negro spirituals instead of gospel songs on Sunday mornings. We spent summers at African camps and performed in African Liberation Day rallies while other kids were in cheerleader camps and church fashion shows. Am I still not black enough? My mother wore a silver-colored afro. My father dressed in dashikis every day. He was active in the Civil Rights Move-

ment. People addressed my parents as Bro. Howard and Sis. Mary, not Mr. and Mrs. Spencer. (That alone created many a joke for my friends.) My parents made us work in a Bolton garden on weekends when other children played kickball and tag. My father wanted to show us the importance of being self-sufficient. I didn’t get it then, but I do now. Am I black enough, yet? Our lifestyle wasn’t easy or fun. My sister and I often felt like rejects. We had to constantly fight—well, my sister will tell you that she did all the fighting. I was the instigator who called on her when the going got rough. I know many who grew up this way, but this is who I am. I made it through adolescence holding firmly to the lessons I’d learned about Harriet Tubman, Langston Hughes, Sojourner Truth, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and Queen NZinga. I learned a sense of pride that I doubt can be matched. Am I still not black enough? I see how you look at me, my brethren with dreadlocks, surprised that I know all the words to “Redemption Song.” I also know why our people wear dread locks. Do you? It’s a fad for them, but it represents our people’s struggle and dedication to freedom. I see sisters rocking natural hair and throwing their fists up in the air while turning their noses up at me. Sister, I respect your choice to stand against a society that has mentally enslaved us. But don’t assume that I haven’t made the same vow. You look at me and see 18 inches of Remy in my hair and long eye lashes, and you think you know me. Yet you dare to stare into my eyes and see the pain you feel. My fist is raised just as high as yours; my voice screams “Black Power” just like yours. We’re all different. Making judgments before we learn about each other makes unification harder to reach. I’ve grown frustrated with being invited to events and then made to feel like you’re throwing invisible stones at me because I don’t look like you. As if my appearance indicates my level of blackness. Self hate is a phenomenon that tears into the core of our people. We can’t expect unification while owning a mindset of separation. Know this: pride cannot be measured by appearance. Still, I have no problem recognizing the fly-ness of my people from the inside and out. I simply expect reciprocity. Funmi “Queen” Franklin is a word lover, poet and advocate for sisterhood. She has a weakness for reality shows.

Am I still not black enough?

Correction: In the Jacksonian about Craig Hendry (Vol. 11, Issue 43), Hendry was misquoted. The quote in question should have said, “My favorite style is imperial stout and Belgian beers, but I don’t really have a favorite (beer).” The JFP regrets this error and apologizes to Craig Hendry.

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Voting Rights:

Was Chief Justice Roberts Wrong About Voting in Mississippi? by R.L. Nave

July 10 - 16, 2013

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arsh Cook’s body was discovered on a back road in Bay Springs late in the afternoon. Cook’s corpse, riddled with 15 rounds of buckshot fired from the shotguns of five men bunkered in a nearby schoolhouse, had been lying in the road all afternoon under the summer sky. It was July 25, 1890. In less than three weeks, delegates were scheduled to meet in Jackson to craft a new constitution. Mississippi had gone through a lot of changes since the state approved its first governing document in 1817, the same year it obtained statehood. Mississippi was one of the first states to join the Confederacy in order to preserve slavery and, after the war, during Reconstruction was the first state to send an African American to the U.S. Senate. Cook, a Republican, had also run unsuccessfully for a congressional seat and, in the summer of 1890, he declared his candidacy for a delegate’s seat at the state’s constitutional convention. The convention’s stated purpose was to reshape the state’s governing document so that only “intelligent citizens” could participate in the electoral

process. Two proposals before delegates involved requiring eligible voters to pass a simple literacy test and pay a modest $2-per-year assessment in order to cast a ballot. However, the real intent of the new constitution was to permanently disenfranchise African Americans. In the weeks leading up to his assassination, despite warnings from committees of white men, Marsh Cook rode his horse between the towns of Jasper County in support of his candidacy, urging blacks to resist whites’ anti-suffrage campaign. One of the more vocal supporters of the proposed voting changes was an African American businessman and politician named Isaiah Montgomery. Born into slavery into the Delta, Montgomery was owned by Joseph Davis, the older brother of Confederate President Jefferson Davis; he later founded the town of Mound Bayou. Unlike fellow Republican Marsh Cook, Montgomery did attend the 1890 Constitutional Convention as a delegate, the only African American to do so. In his remarks to the convention, Montgomery insisted blacks should accommodate whites by accepting limited suffrage “to restore confidence, the great

missing link between the two races; to restore honesty and purity to the ballot box; that the race problem shall become a thing of the past and cease to vex and alarm the public mind; that the two great races shall peaceably travel side by side, each mutually assisting the other to mount higher and higher in the scale of human progress.” The Mississippi Constitution of 1890, which remains in effect today, achieved none of what Isaiah Montgomery hoped. So Much Work Mississippi adopted its constitution on Nov. 1, 1890. Fearing that the very citizens framers wanted to push out of elections would reject the plan, the new constitution went into effect immediately instead of going up for ratification by the people of Mississippi. In practice, the Constitution of 1890 froze African Americans out of the political process until more than halfway through the 20th century, and established the legal foundation for one of history’s most brutal, oppressive and violent regimes whose singular purpose was to maintain white supremacy by controlling the ballot box.

After the constitution went into effect, attempting to exercise the right to vote was almost unheard of for African Americans, who met violent resistance if they dared to even try. Sixty-five years after Mississippi adopted its constitution, a preacher from Belzoni named George Lee challenged the regime by becoming the first African American anyone could remember to successfully register to vote in Humphreys County in the early 1950s. Lee later co-founded the Belzoni NAACP and launched a campaign to register other blacks in the county. In August 1955, a month after Lee delivered a keynote speech at the Regional Council of Negro Leadership conference in Mound Bayou, the Delta town Isaiah Montgomery founded, a car pulled alongside the car Lee was driving, and a gunman fired three shots into the preacher, killing him. The same year, a farmer and World War I veteran named Lamar Smith was also fighting Mississippi’s anti-black-voting regime when he was gunned down in broad daylight in front of the Lincoln County Courthouse in Brookhaven. The Mississippi murders of Lee and Smith preceded some of the best-

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Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said implementation of a controversial voter-identification law, which he has championed, began immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

to states like Mississippi that codified racial disenfranchisement in its founding legal documents. The VRA explicitly prohibits the longstanding practice across the South of levying poll taxes and giving literacy tests as conditions for voting or registering. The VRA also makes it illegal to coerce or intimidate to deter voters. The VRA contains more than 200 sections, but the power to enforce its provisions rests in three main provisions. Section 2 prohibits most forms of voter discrimination. Section 5 states that certain states and other jurisdictions that had employed discriminatory voting laws in the past must obtain permission from the federal government before imposing any new voting laws through a process called preclearance. Section 4 of the VRA outlines the formula for which states and other covered jurisdictions must obtain preclearance. Under the formula, contained in Section 4(b), any state or county that as a of Nov. 1, 1964 had a test or other device, such as a tax, in place as a precondition to register to vote or where less than half of eligible voters were registered, must have its election changes precleared.

The VRA also provided a legal tool for civil-rights attorneys to challenge discriminatory voting laws in federal courts. In the late 1970s, while studying at the University of Mississippi Law School, Carroll Rhodes worked as a special community liaison in his hometown, Hazlehurst. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, a nonprofit organization formed in 1963 at President John F. Kennedy’s request, was challenging a Mississippi law that required all municipalities in the state to use an at-large system of electing municipal officers. “The black folks wanted representation. How to get it is what we had to explain,” Rhodes said. Working under the supervision of Frank Parker and Barbara Phillips, Rhodes helped organize community information sessions in preparation to file a class-action suit on behalf of all African Americans in Hazlehurst. The Lawyers’ Committee said the state law violated the VRA in part because the plan was never precleared under Section 5. “There was so much discrimination going on in the South that you had

the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Lawyers Committee—all these civilrights groups, mostly from the northeast—were coming in the South to file cases all over the South in voting cases, school desegregation cases, employment discrimination cases. So much work had to be done,” Rhodes said. ‘Morally and Ethically Wrong’ On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court undid much of that work. In the highly anticipated decision in the case of Shelby County, Ala., v. Eric Holder, the court invalidated Section 4(b) of the VRA, which spells out the formula for the cities, counties and states must, obtain preclearance, ruling that the coverage formula is outdated. The decision hardly came as a surprise given the court’s conservative bent and Chief Justice John Roberts’ long and public history of opposing the VRA. In the early 1980s, as a young lawyer in President Ronald Reagan’s administration, Roberts authored a series of memos questioning the need for the VRA. more RIGHTS, see page 16

known tragedies of the Civil Rights Movement. In June 1963, nearly threequarters of a century after Mississippi officially disenfranchised blacks, Mississippi NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers was assassinated outside his home in Jackson. Evers, who had lived in Mound Bayou and tried to convince the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate his friend George Lee’s death, was carrying a box full of T-shirts denouncing Jim Crow at the time of his murder. One year after Evers’ murder, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, all in their early 20s, were lynched in Neshoba County while helping register blacks to vote. Together, these and countless other events across the South led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which Congress approved Aug. 4, 1965, and President Lyndon Johnson signed the following the day. Relying on language in the 15th Amendment, the VRA prohibits government officials from imposing any “voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure to deny or abridge the right of” any U.S. citizen based on race or color. The VRA was a direct response


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large rather from designated districts. The city implemented the system in 1912. In 1983, the Lawyers’ Committee sued the city of Jackson and its mayor at the time, Dale Danks, on behalf of Henry Kirksey and 16 other plaintiffs, to replace the commission with a city council whose members are elected from equal-size wards. The Fifth Circuit again agreed with Kirksey and his fellow plaintiffs, and Jackson converted to its current mayor-council configuration.

Harvey took a different, approach. In 1985, Molpus pleaded guilty to the charges on behalf of the secretary of state’s office, named as a defendant in the suits. “It is morally and ethically wrong to take the right to vote away from people,” Molpus said. Change of Course Civil-rights activists flatly reject Chief Justice John Roberts’ assertion that things have changed all that much with respect to voter suppression in Mississippi. Carroll Rhodes took over as lead attorney in most of Mississippi’s voting-rights lawsuits when Frank Parker left Mississippi in the early 1990s to teach at William and Mary Law School in Virginia. At the time, a quarter century after the VRA’s passage, Rhodes said Mississippi was still engaged in many of the same vote-suppression tricks that it perfected under Jim Crow. The tactics had shifted from the voting tests and poll taxes to the harder-to-detect strategies like gerrymandering voting districts along racial lines. The U.S. ConstiJackson state Sen. John Horhn said the Supreme tution requires voting maps Court’s voting-rights ruling would have a chilling effect to be redrawn every decade to on Mississippi. reflect demographic changes in population to preserve the one-person-one-vote rule of Something else was happening in equal representation. Mississippi in the 1980s. In 1984, Dick The VRA requires covered states to Molpus became Mississippi’s secretary of submit redistricting proposals for preclearstate for the first of three stints. The office ance. In 1990, Rhodes challenged Mississipoversees corporate filings, regulates securi- pi’s legislative redistricting plan on behalf of ties and manages public lands in addition Mississippi’s black citizens. The Legislature’s to overseeing voting regulations. plan created 20 majority-black districts for Molpus describes himself as part of the state Senate and House out of more than an early wave of progressive state elections 170 between the Senate and House. chiefs, along with Indiana’s Evan Bayh and Rhodes and civil-rights leaders believed Ohio’s Sherrod Brown, both of whom went blacks should have more. President George on to serve in the U.S. Senate. H.B. Bush’s Department of Justice agreed, fil “We did not just want to file cor- ing an objection to Mississippi’s redistricting porate charters. When I ran (for office) map in 1991. Under the agreement reached in 1983, I said, ‘I’m going to give all my between the DOJ and the state, Mississippi time to public schools and opening up redrew its map and lawmakers ran for elecelections,’” Molpus said. tion in the new districts in 1992. In Novem At the time, Mississippi was embroiled ber of that year, African American legislators in hundreds of voting-rights lawsuits alleg- more than doubled their numbers, from 20 ing voter harassment and intimidation, par- to 42, Rhodes said ticularly in the Delta where white plantation In 2010, Rhodes and the NAACP owners employed such tactics as filming at again challenged Mississippi’ legislative redisthe polls. Previous state officials had fought tricting plan in federal court to prevent the the claims, but Molpus, along with his Assis- 2011 statewide elections from taking place tant Secretary of State, Constance Slaughter with what the civil-rights group considered

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ions in the Shelby case read like duelling primers on southern civil-rights history. In his opinion, Roberts invokes many of the incidents that convinced President Johnson, a Texas native, sign the VRA. Specifically, Roberts mentions the three Neshoba County civil-rights murders of three voting-rights workers near Philadelphia, Miss., in 1964 and “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala., in 1965, where police beat and tear-gassed protesters who were marching for voting rights. Arguing for invalidating Section 4, Roberts said times have changed since those events. He wrote: “Today, both of those towns are governed by African American mayors. Problems remain in these states and others, but there is no denying that, due to the Voting Rights Act, our nation has made great strides.” To underscore his point, Roberts includes a chart of voting participation changes between 1965 and 2004 in the six southern

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that forced voters to register twice and banned off-site voter registration, calling the laws racially discriminatory. Until then, Mississippi required eligible voters to register separately for state and municipal elections. U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson, who oversaw the case, wrote that the dual-registration procedure was a violation of the Voting Rights Act that resulted in “an abridgement of (African Americans’) right to vote and in their having less of an opportunity to participate in the political process.’’ As recently as 2001, the mayor and all-white five-member board of aldermen of Kilmichael canceled scheduled elections when several African Americans announced they would seek office in city government. But because of the VRA and Section 5, federal authorities ordered the election to take



malapportioned voting districts. The court said the elections could take place, but directed the Legislature to pass a decennial redistricting plan as required by law, the courts gave lawmakers the option of completing the plan during the 2012 session or a three-judge panel would take over the responsibility. The NAACP again asked a federal court to throw out the results of the 2011 elections in which Republicans gained control of both houses of the Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. “The 2012 plans contain fewer blackmajority districts and black-voting-agemajority districts than the plans offered by plaintiffs as interim plans in 2011. The 2011 plans are evidence that the 2012 plans result in discrimination,” the complaint states. Despite controversy over a plan that diluted the number of primarily white Democrats in the House and Senate, federal elections regulators approved Mississippi’s voting maps in May 2013. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who oversees most elections in the state, applauded the Shelby decision and offered the DOJ’s approval of the state’s redistricting plans as evidence that Mississippi should no longer be governed under the Voting Rights Act. Matt Steffey, a constitutional law scholar and professor at Mississippi College School of Law, interprets the DOJ’s approval of Mississippi’s voting maps differently. “The secretary of state mentioned the Department of Justice responded positively to Mississippi’s redistricting, but who knows what those maps would have looked like if they didn’t need to get preclearance,” Steffey said. “The elimination of preclearance is a sea change for voting rights.”


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Ways to Release Anger • Accept and acknowledge your feelings. • Verbalize your feelings (“I feel angry when…”). • Stomp feet. • Squish Play-Doh. • Have a screaming contest outside. • Dance it out to loud music. • Sweat it out at the gym. • Jump on the trampoline. • Draw or paint your feelings. • Scream, roar or cry into your favorite pillow.


f you are a parent, I suspect there has been a time patience and grace over the long term, it is not a mat(maybe just once, or maybe more than once) when you ter of a short-term fix, such as yelling about whining or really felt like you might just completely lose it if your spanking during a tantrum. Rather, the best things you can child did not stop whining, or throwing a fit, or hitting his do are to have realistic expectations for developmentally apor her brother. Perhaps your sympathetic nervous system got propriate behaviors and to model healthy problem-solving all fired up and threw you into full fight-or-flight mode, and behaviors in your own life. you felt like you were just going to explode. What does this mean? When your sweet little kid has This is normal. It is part of being a human and part of seemingly turned into a demon from you-know-where, and being a parent. It doesn’t mean you are a you are at the veeeery end of your bad parent—it just means you are a parrope, the best thing to do is not ent. Children are not born knowing how scream at someone or spank or throw Great Books for to handle their emotions in a healthy way something—unless that is genuinely Grownups or how to act in the ways that are culturally how you want your children to re“Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames,” by Thich Nhat Hahn, Riverappropriate for adults to act. It is our job spond when they can’t tie their shoe head Trade, 2002, $16 to teach them. It is a long process, and it is just right or their best friend grabs a “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and not always an easy thing to do. toy from them. Listen So Kids Will Talk,” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, Scribner, Children largely learn how to handle Instead, start the gradual pro2012, $16 frustration and anger (and all emotions) cess of modeling a different kind of “Kids are Worth It,” by Barbara Coloby observing their parents and how they response. This doesn’t mean you need roso, William Morrow, 2002, $14.99 handle frustration and anger. And due to to turn into a robot with a fake smile the wonders of mirror neurons, children pasted on around the clock. This internalize those responses and take them doesn’t mean your kid isn’t ever gointo adulthood as part of their own sysing to whine and throw tantrums. Great Books for Kids tem of coping mechanisms and responses Dealing with emotions in a healthy “Hands are Not for Hitting,” by over the course of their lifetimes. For some way is something you can learn to Martine Agassi, Free Spirit Publishing, 2002, $7.95 people, it is tricky to disentangle from this do together, and it is a process. Just “When You’re Mad and You Know it,” hardwiring of their childhood, which can be realistic and stay flexible as you by Elizabeth Crary and Shari Steelexplain why some dysfunctional behaviors (and your kids) explore some of these smith, Parenting Press, 1996, $7.95 “When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Reget passed through the generations. ways to be more conscious about ally Angry,” by Molly Bang, Scholastic, But that doesn’t have to be the your anger and frustration. Don’t 2004, $8.99 end of the story. Basically, if you want repress it. Accept that emotion, live your child to handle life’s obstacles with into it, then release it and move on.

• Talk to a good friend about it. • Wring a towel in your hands.

Ways to Calm Your Sympathetic Nervous System • Press your hands firmly together in prayer position in front of the chest for 20 to 30 seconds. • Repeat a soothing mantra, quote or prayer out loud. • Take a long walk outside. • Take a hot bath with Epsom salts and lavender essential oil. • Close your eyes and visualize a relaxing place (you can talk through a relaxing scene with kids to help them learn how to do this). • Give yourself a mini massage. • Put both hands on your stomach and focus on how they move as you take deep breaths. • Press the thumb of one hand into the very center of the palm of the other hand and hold pressure for a minute before switching sides.

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y black lab Bentley held on for dear life as I took her from the arms of her first owner. She trembled in the back seat, but once we got her home, she adjusted quickly. The first thing we did was purchase pet supplies, such as dog food. I was hesitant to get cheap food for her, but I thought I was getting the best brand when I purchased Purina Puppy Chow. I researched the food and verified the ingredients—to me it was an OK brand, but the more I researched dog food, the more I learned. Dr. Steven Ward of Ward Veterinary Clinic in El Dorado, Ark., said that it is true that the major ingredient listed on the dog-food label is the first ingredient in the brand, but it is not necessarily true that meat has to be the first ingredient listed. Ward said to look at percentages and ingredients combined, not percentages alone to determine what is best for your dog. For instance, 30 percent protein does not always mean it is the best digested dog food. He says you can look at dogs from the

An adult dog’s needs are different from those of aa puppy.

same litter and tell which ones have better dog food based on their coats alone. After receiving his input, I researched a few natural dog-food brands and found some interesting information: •

Blue Buffalo (various formulas) has good quality grains and fruits and a moderate amount of meat.

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AvoDerm, Blue Buffalo, Innova, Nature’s Recipe, Nutro (some formulas) and Simply Nourish have no corn. AvoDerm (various formulas), Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux, Fresh Pet Deli Fresh, Innova, Nutro (some formulas), Simply Nourish, and Stewart Fresh to Home, have real meat, fish, or poultry as the number one ingredient. (Source:

I found that each dog is different, and there is a dog food brand and formula for each dog’s need. For Bentley, we feed her dry dog food from Johnson Milling Company in Clinton (100 Belmont St., 601-924-5015). The food has high fat and high protein for our very active, very large dog. She needs only one cup per day, and we know it’s good food because she is well-built and her coat is really shiny. Knowing that the food we give Bentley aids her growth and development makes me happy. After all, we strive to take care of ourselves—why not our four-legged friends?

• What are your dog’s needs? This includes age, weight and activity level. • What are the main ingredients? Ingredients are listed by weight so this means that the first one may not be the most important. As a general rule, ingredients with the most moisture will be at the top. • What does the nutritional adequacy statement say? This is a way to whether the food meets your dog’s needs. The label should have a statement that tells how the adequacy was determined. • What does your veterinarian say? This is the most important question you should ask. Just as with humans, it’s always best to consult an expert when choosing the right food for your four-legged friend.

Dry versus Wet Food • Wet food may contain more meat content • Wet food gives more hydration and moisture • Dogs susceptible to dental problems may need more dental care with wet food. • Wet food has a low shelf life • Dry food costs less • Dry food has a higher shelf life • Dry food has less moisture but can give the dog the same nutrients as wet food. SOURCE: PETMD

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AMERICAN/SOUTHERN CUISINE Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution for breakfast, blue-plates, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys & wraps. Famous bakery! Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Lunch. Mon-Fri, Sun. Koinonia (136 Adams St. 601-960-3008) Coffeehouse plus lunch and more! Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches.

PIZZA 904 Basilʼs (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 & Mookieʼs (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.

Musician’s Emporium is music and food-lover friendly.

ITALIAN BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Ceramiʼs (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami.


Eslavaʼs 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. Rockyʼs (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best.

MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma.

BARBEQUE Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and po’boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A “very high class pig stand,” Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads.

COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi. Hazel Coffee Shop (2601 N. State St. Fondren Across from UMC) Fresh locally roasted coffee and specialty drinks to perk up your day!


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Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 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-vegan-friendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.

by Rebecca Docter


alking into Musician’s Empo- Slough strives to keep Musician’s rium is like stepping through Emporium local by booking bands from a vortex into another time. around the city of Jackson, such as the Sam Slough, own- Sofa Kings and Diesel 225. “We have er, head cook, sound guy and resident a lot of very talented musicians here,” problem-solver, began his love affair with Slough says. music in high school, when he played bass The location on Tombigbee Street guitar in dozens of garage bands. The aura formerly the parts department of a car of the restaurant and venue space definite- dealership, was in shambles before Slough ly hearkens back to that time, creating a acquired it. He repurposed the space to ’70s-style warehouse feel that bodes well for fit a bar, seating area and main stage comclassic-rock musicians. plete with a black-and-white checkered “It has a lot of cool factor to it,” dance floor. The wall behind the stage is Slough, 48, says. adorned with cutouts of southern music Musician’s Emporium boasts a unique greats including Elvis Presley and B.B. venue with many assets King. The kitchen to the space. Not only is occupies the back Musician’s Emporium a of the building. fully functioning restau Everything rant and a full-service he knows, Slough bar, but it is a club with says, comes from state-of-the-art sound working with his equipment, including family, which has new technology that roots in Cajun cuiallows Slough to record Everything Sam Slough knows about sine and soul food. live shows easily. And cooking comes from his family. Together, they all of those things, he have cooked for a says, are equal in his number of notable eyes. Musician’s Emporium does not have people, including former President Ronone sole focus—instead, it has three. ald Reagan, U.S. legislators and the cast Because he is managing these ven- of “Nightline.” ues, Slough has implemented a more Slough focuses mainly on southern cuidigitized format, including a network of sine, and the venue’s menu ranges from “simDJ equipment so, as Slough puts it, he “isn’t ple fried foods to more complicated dishes,” stuck in the DJ booth.” The technology al- which include a “custom” half-pound ranch lows Slough to move around the building, burger and a Baja chicken sandwich. keeping an eye on the bar, kitchen and stage Musician’s Emporium has a karaoke area all at once. night on Tuesdays, which draws some of Musician’s Emporium doesn’t cater to the business’s largest crowds. Slough says the any specific genre—instead, it strives to be restaurant doesn’t have many slow nights. a haven for music styles across the board. “There’s just so much that can be Slough has booked every type of band and done here,” he says. musician, from blues to reggae to hip-hop Musician’s Emporium is located at artists since the club’s opening in April. One 642 Tombigbee St. Call 601-973-3400 to of Slough’s main goals is to make sure that or go to for more artists feel welcome in his business. information. melanie boyd

Back Yard Burgers (Multiple Locations, North American Black Angus Beef cooked to order on a real grill. Great Breakfast at Fondren location. Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Best Burger of 2013, plus live music and entertainment! Hal and Malʼs (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 Alʼs (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenianʼs Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and Irish beers on tap. Martinʼs 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. Musicianʼs Emporium (642 Tombigbee St., 601-973-3400) Delicious appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and more. Great food goes with great music! 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.

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Yes, They Can by Tommy Burton

Courtesy Yes

The progressive-rock pioneers of the band Yes will perform music of three full albums July 18 at Thalia Mara Hall.

When you and vocalist Jon Anderson formed Yes, were you guys aware that what you were doing would become commonly known as “progressive rock?” No, not really. I think the descriptive term came much later. I think we were just making music in a way that we wanted to. The kind of music we were making became known as progressive rock. Of course, there were later bands

that fit into that genre of classically influenced rock ‘n’ roll. Jon and I both have a love for symphonic classical music as well as groups like The Beatles and other groups that had been happening in England during the ’60s when we were kids. We ended up melding it all together and creating what became (known as) progressive rock. How did you guys select the three albums you will be playing on this tour? It was an idea we had hanging around for a while to do a sort of tribute to our own albums from the ’70s. We thought about different ways of doing it and, since we didn’t have a new product out in 2012, we thought we’d try doing the three-album set from that era. It whittled down to the fact that we thought those three albums complimented each other. “The Yes Album” was the first one that put us on the international stage. It brought us to the attention, especially in the U.S., of a larger audience. “Close To the Edge” was the first one where we attempted to do a long piece of music that lasted the whole side of the vinyl album, so that has its place. And “Going for the One” was the first one we recorded outside of the (United Kingdom), so that has its own milestone quality about it.

Most people associate progressive rock with complex instrumentals, but listening to Yes, some may be surprised by the difficult vocal arrangements. Yeah, that was sort of the blueprint we started off with for Yes. We wanted to have a band of accomplished musicians who could play their instruments, but we also had a real appreciation for the vocal harmonies. We wanted to get a bit of everything into our music. You are playing halls and auditoriums for this tour. How do these settings translate between the band and audience? We try to play in places where the sound is good, which is our primary concern, but, of course, over the years we’ve played in everything from clubs to stadiums. It’s great to know we still have such a great audience and a lot of die-hard fans. These days, we have a lot of younger people who come to the shows as well, which I’m always glad to see. Chris Squire, along with guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and vocalist Jon Davison, will play the music of three albums in full at Thalia Mara Hall July 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.50 with V.I.P. packages available and are available at


es has never been a band to rest on rock music conventions. Along with Genesis and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, the band helped popularize what became known as “progressive rock.” Throughout the past 40 years and 20 studio albums, Yes has seen its share of success. I dare anyone to listen to Classic Rock radio and not hear a Yes song being played during the day. Yes will perform the music of three complete albums during this summer’s tour: 1971’s “The Yes Album” (featuring hits like “Starship Trooper” and “I’ve Seen All Good People”), 1972’s “Close To the Edge” (many consider the band’s masterpiece and a landmark prog-rock album), and 1977’s “Going For the One” (an album that was initially overlooked but is now highly regarded). The Jackson Free Press spoke with founding Yes member and bassist, Chris Squire, to ask a few questions.



“Disney’s High School Musical, Jr.” runs from July 11 through July 13 at 7 p.m., with a matinee July 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

The Play of Their Youth by Rebecca Docter

Music Man, Jr.,” and each summer campers work on a different production. The camp went from 50 participants the first year to 60 the next year, and it has been growing like that ever since. The theater expanded to two camp casts last year. At the camp, students take master classes in acting techniques, from dialect to stage combat. This year, students have the opportunity to lend a hand in the costuming aspect of the production, further tapping into their creativity to make their characters come to life. Many of the students are at the same place in their lives as the characters in the musical and are grappling with the same day-to-day experiences. At the end of each camp day, the cast rehearses the production to put their newly learned skills to use. Roebuck, 41, has worked at New Stage for the last 16 years and has had a hand in the camp productions since their inception. “(The camp) has always been there in some form. We used to just do it during spring break, but there wasn’t enough focus on the process,” Roebuck says. “It was more about getting a show together so mom and

courtesy New Stage Theater


ew Stage Theatre is taking a leap into the present with its production of “Disney’s High School Musical, Jr.” Despite its history of ending its yearly youth summer camp with a production set in years past, this year New Stage chose the modern-day “Disney’s High School Musical, Jr.,” an on-stage adaptation of the popular Disney Channel movie, for its final showcase. “High School Musical” is the story of East High School’s resident jock, Troy, and nerd, Gabriella, as they audition for the school’s musical. The pair makes friends and foes with the copious cliques at East High as they work to make the musical a reality. “The kids are very enthusiastic about it, and I knew that they would be, so that was why I chose it,” says Chris Roebuck, director of “Disney’s High School Musical, Jr.” and director of the youth camp. “I knew that the kids would get a kick out of it, (and) it’s actually growing on me.” New Stage’s summer theater camp began in 2006 with a production of “The

New Stage Theatre Camp’s master classes allow children to focus on all aspects of the theater, from acting to stage combat to costuming.

dad could come see it. When we decided to do this camp, (process) was first and foremost. We wanted it to be more about learning and what they got from the camp. The show is great, but it’s not the whole thing.” The most important and rewarding part

of the process, Roebuck says, is what the students take away from the camp and “seeing the kids grow both as artists and people,” he says. “You see them learning different things about performing, but you also see them gain self-confidence and make friends.”

way through a Wild West exhibit. He happens upon the “Noble Savage” diorama and finds that the decrepit Indian on display is, unbelievably, the living and breathing Tonto (Johnny Depp). This is your reality cue: You must hold on to your hat of disbelief if you are to endure this cinematic experience. Tonto narrates the tale of his friend, the Lone Ranger. On a train heading to Texas, Tonto shares shackles with the notorious outlaw Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner). A mere train car away, a church group sings of salvation while a mild-mannered district attorney named John Reid (Armie Hammer) spouts off theories of justice to church ladies. A large crowd awaits the train’s arrival. Rebecca (Ruth Wilson), a pretty young mom, and her son, Danny (Bryant Prince), check out the vendors hawking blue scarves of mystic charm. (That blue scarf turns up at the plot turns). Lawman Dan Reid (James Badge Dale) and his posse stand ready to pick up their prisoner. Cole (Tom Wilkinson), a suited man cursed with a glib tongue, has promised to hang Butch Cavendish. Helena Bonham Carter mingles in as Red, the town’s fashionable madam. Her ivory leg prosthesis shoots to kill. Having set the key players, the movie launches into action with the speed of a

runaway train. If you are a John Ford fan, you will recognize nods to “The Searchers,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and the famous vistas of Monument Valley. But everything gets blurred in imagery, plot and joke overload. Tonto frequently overshadows his vigilante partner. He gets the good bits, and his black-and-white face paint with the dead raven on his head is eye-catching. Depp, of course, is the wild card that keeps the film off balance. He infuses a bit of anarchy into filmmaking-by-committee. Depp and Hammer play well against each other, and though no one gives a bad performance, Ruth Wilson is relegated to the flimsy damsel-in-distress role. Fichtner does a particularly stellar job sniveling his lips together and ripping the heart out of lawman in a metaphorical and literal way. The only thing missing from “The Lone Ranger” is tying up the girl on the train tracks. Runaway trains? Check. Ambushes? Check. Greedy corporate types? Check. Indians playing nice with white man? Check. Horse dung jokes? Check. The result is like flinging too many colors on canvas. Instead of aesthetic pleasure, the colors muddy into black and become flat and one-dimensional.


Crossing Boundaries by Anita Modak-Truran

July 10 -16, 2013


Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures


he Lone Ranger,” Disney’s latest big-budget extravaganza, flits and flirts through every conceivable cinematic stereotype, starting with a picture-postcard opening—complete with red balloon floating into the wind—and culminating with a galloping montage set to the “William Tell Overture” and a “Hi-Yo, Silver!” It’s exhausting. I saw the film with a packed audience, and the ‘tweens and under heartily laughed at Tonto, the gimmicks of the jokester white spirit stallion and the sight gags. But they gasped at the brutal slaying of the Texas rangers and the epic slaughter of Native Americans defending their land. Adults and kids alike were confused at the manic sense of disproportion. Judging movies has no objective rules, but it does have concepts. One such concept is the distinction between drama, comedy and gag writing. Drama explores human conflict and tension. Humor has a place in drama, but it takes center stage in comedy, where the humor grows out of situations and contributes to a mood or an idea. In gag writing, the joke is brought in for the laugh. This movie indiscriminately crosses the boundaries of all three. It flails from one extreme to the other, making it more akin a theme park

“The Lone Ranger” stars Johnny Depp (left) as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the masked man.

experience than a cohesive film. So what happened, Kemosabe? Trying to recreate the magic of “Pirates of Caribbean,” Disney brought in director Gore Verbinski. He’s talented and has a wonderful visual eye. Verbinski is good with actors, and he knows how to entertain. But with a movie budget of a quarter-billion dollars, the auteur director gets lost in committee. No one voice threads the film together. The movie opens in San Francisco circa 1933. (The year’s important; that’s when the Lone Ranger made his debut on a Detroit radio station.) A boy emulating the masked hero chomps on peanuts while making his




Table 100 hosts Party Gras with New Orleans-themed cocktail tasters.

Runners and walkers get color bombed along the race route of the Color Run.

Stephanie Evanovich signs copies of “Big Girl Panties” at Lemuria Books.

BEST BETS July 10-17, 2013

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Chokwe Lumumba speaks at the Jackson 2000 July Discussion Luncheon from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). RSVP. $12, $10 members; call 960-1500; email bevelyn_branch@att. net; … Dr. Michael Trotter talks about the Delta’s health-care history at History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998.


Party Gras is at 5 p.m. at Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood). Enjoy three New Orleans-themed cocktail tasters in the bar. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Burn Foundation. $10; call 601-420-4202.

Courtesy Danny Jones

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce hosts Coffee and Contacts from 8-9 a.m. at Eubank, Betts, Hirn and Wood (3820 Interstate 55 N., Suite 100). Free; call 601605-2554. … The Jubilee Picnic at 11:30 a.m. at Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center (Ayer Hall, 1400 J. R. Lynch St.) is in honor of Walker’s 98th birthday. Free; call 601-979-3935;


The Color Run 5K is at 8 a.m. at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). Proceeds benefit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Individuals: $45 through June 14, $50 after; team members (minimum of four): $40 through June 14, $45 after; email; … Ice Cream Safari is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Sample more than a dozen ice cream flavors scooped by local celebrities, and vote for your favorite flavor and celebrity scooper. Advance tickets available. $12, $8.75 kids, $2 tasting fee for members; call 601-352-2580; by BRIANA ROBINSON … Fitness Fest is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). ChilFax: 601-510-9019 dren’s Healthcare of Mississippi is the host. Includes an Daily updates at interactive exhibit, cooking demonstrations, sports demonstrations, yoga, Zumba, and more. $2 ($10 maximum per family); call 601-366-0901; … Caroline Rose performs at 10 p.m. at Martin’s Lounge (214 S. State St.). Call 601-354-9712.


SUNDAY 7/14 The Tougaloo Art Colony, which runs from July 14 to July 19 at Tougaloo College, features classes in printmaking, mixed media, ceramics and sculpting,.

The Tougaloo Art Colony runs through July 19 at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). Take classes in printmaking, mixed media, ceramics or sculpting. CEU credits available ($15 each). Housing fees apply. $25 registration, $400 tuition, $175 independent study; call 601-

977-7839 or 601-977-7743; email or;


“Mississippi Inspectors: Building Mississippi” is from 8:30 a.m.-noon on display through July 19 at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Children entering grades 4 to 6 explore a historic neighborhood, plan a city and create a model of Mississippi. Pre-registration required. $50; call 601-576-6800. … BankPlus hosts CARA’s “Night of Mystery” murder-mystery dinner with a silent auction at 6 p.m. at Olga’s Fine Dining (4760 Interstate 55 N.). Proceeds benefit Community Animal Rescue and Adoption. For ages 21 and up. $45 in advance, $55 at the door; call 601-953-3692 or 601-497-0375.


“Completing the IRS Form 990” is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). Learn to complete the form that discloses your nonprofit’s activities and financial status. Registration required. $99, $59 members; call 601-968-0061;


Stephanie Evanovich signs copies of “Big Girl Panties” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.99 book; call 601-366-7619; email; … Sugar Water Purple Jazz and Blues Fusion is at 8 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). $2 beers. $5 cover; call 601-863-6378.


Caroline Rose performs at Martin’s Lounge downtown July 13 at 10 p.m..



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Wednesday, July 10th


(Americana) 6:30, No Cover

Jackson 2000 July Discussion Luncheon July 10, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba speaks on the topic “My Vision for the City.” RSVP. $12, $10 members; call 960-1500; email; Ninth Annual JFP Chick Ball July 20, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 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, $5 door prize entry, $15 VIP Lounge; call 601362-6121, ext. 23; chickball@jacksonfreepress. com. Also see

Thursday, July 11th


(Blues) 8:00, No Cover

Friday, July 12th


(Blues) 9:00, $10 Cover

Saturday, July 13th


(Brass Funk) 9:00, $10 Cover

Tuesday, July 16th



Static Ensemble July 27

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July 10 - 16, 2013



Bar & Tables 119 S. President Street 601.352.2322

COMMUNITY Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Registration required. Call 601-974-1130; • Discovering the Young Artist Camp July 1519, 9-11 a.m. The camp is for children in grades 1-4, and Kenny Richardson is the instructor. Topics include shape, shading and color. $100. • Puppets and Plays Camp July 15-19, 9 a.m.4 p.m. Participants in grades 4-9 learn the basic of puppetry at the hands-on camp that ends with a performance of Aesop’s Fables. $299. • Summer Guitar Workshop July 15-19, 11 a.m.-noon The camp for beginners ages 14-17 covers note reading, strumming chords, and playing in solo and group settings. Acoustic guitar not included. $85. Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Call 601-981-5469; • Bastille Day July 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hear French music, go on a French-language scavenger hunt and make a French-themed craft. $8, children under 12 months and members free. • Once Upon a Time Camp July 15-19, 9 a.m.3 p.m. Children entering grades 1-5 explore classic fairy tales and fantasy books through dress-up and role play. Registration required. Bring or buy lunch. $175 (discounts for multiple children). • 12 Days of Summer through July 21 The museum gives out prizes to one person each day, and winners are featured on social media. Free; find Mississippi Children’s Museum on Facebook. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). • Mississippi Inspectors: Building Mississippi July 15-19, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Children entering grades 4-6 explore a historic neighborhood, plan a city, create a model of Mississippi and more. Pre-registration required. $50; call 601576-6800. • History Is Lunch July 17, noon. Manship House reenactors talk about life in Jackson during the Civil War. Free; call 601-576-6998. Choctaw Indian Fair July 10-13, at Choctaw Reservation (Highway 16 West, Choctaw). Includes the Choctaw Indian Princess Pageant, stickball games, music and more. Performers include Josh Turner, Pat Green and Justin Moore. July 13, the Rez Run is at 7 a.m., and meet Si and Alan Anderson of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” from 1-4 p.m. $12 one day, $20 four days, $7-$12 students, children 5 and under free, $10 Duck Dynasty Experience, $15-$25 Rez Run; call

601-650-7450 (fair) or 601-650-1765 (Rez Run); email; Miss Mississippi Pageant July 10-13, 7 p.m., at Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St., Vicksburg). Contestants compete for a chance to participate in the Miss America Pageant Sept. 15 in Atlantic City, N.J. $125 all four nights, $30 July 10-11, $40 July 12, $50 July 13; call 601638-6746; Miss Mississippi Autograph Party July 11, 10 a.m., atparticipatingdowntownVicksburgstores.Meetthis year’s contestants at the meet-and-greet event. Free; call 601-638-6746; Five O’Clock Somewhere July 11, 5 p.m., at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). Enjoy drink specials and appetizers at Zip39’s monthly networking event. Free; call 948-3429; email Dig Into Reading Garden Party Summer Reading Finale July 11, 6 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Enjoy a party with music and refreshments in the garden, and a grand prize drawing. Free; call 601-932-2562. Precinct 2 COPS Meeting July 11, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol Street). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0002. New Vibrations Network Gathering July 11, 6:30-8 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). The mixer is held every second Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Free; donations welcome. Free, donations welcome; email Parents’ Night Out July 12, 6-9:30 p.m., at Brighton Park (530 S. Frontage Road, Clinton). Parents get a break by dropping off their chil-

dren in grades K-6 for pizza, a movie, games and more. RSVP. $8 per child; call 601-924-6082; Magnolia Ballroom Dancers’ Association Monthly Dance July 13, 8 p.m., at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). Dances are held on second Saturdays. Water, setups and snacks available. $15, $10 members; call 601-506-4591. Jackson Metro Cyclists Brandon Ride July 13, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at Shiloh Park (Shiloh Road, Brandon). Riders are required to wear helmets. Payment can be made in advance or on site. $10, members free, $25 membership; call 601812-7018; The Premier Bridal Summer Show: Weddings and Celebrations July 14, 1-4 p.m., at Clyde Muse Center (515 Country Place Parkway, Pearl). The event includes door prizes, samples and consultations with wedding professionals. No strollers allowed. $17 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-957-1050; thepremierbridal Kangaroo Express “Salute Our Troops” Tour July 17-18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at participating Kangaroo Express stores and VA medical centers in Gulfport and Jackson. Enjoy family games, share messages of thanks and appreciation with troops and their families and donate to Salute Our Troops. All funds directly benefit the USO and Fisher House Foundation. Schedule of stops at Donations welcome; Fun Fridays Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon through July 26, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Learn more about reptiles through interactive, hands-on programs. Adults must accompany children. $4-$6; call 601-5766000;

The Heart of Chick Ball


he JFP Chick Ball is more than just a night of entertainment and merriment—at the heart of the Chick Ball is a vehicle to shine a light to victimization in our city and state. This focus of this year’s event is the national and local menace of sex trafficking. “People can be coerced and threatened to stay and do things for a variety of different reasons. Fear is always at the base of it,” says Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Center for Violence Prevention. The money raised at the Chick Ball will help assist trafficking victims, raise awareness and train law enforcement to help them determine the difference between a victim and a criminal, since in human trafficking cases, individuals are often forced into prostitution. The Center for Violence Prevention— which serves Copiah, Hinds, Issaquena, Madison, Rankin, Sharkey, Simpson, Warren and Yazoo counties—has an ongoing mission to partner with multiple community organizations on the needs of the domestic-violence client and advocate for every person’s right to a life free from violence. The JFP Chick Ball, in its ninth year, has been instrumental in helping further that mission. “It’s not just the funds. They have certainly been much-needed and well-used for a lot of great

projects, but it’s also that feeling of support from the community that has meant so much to us and the seriousness with which the staff (at the JFP) has taken our issues. The JFP has been a voice for this issue that is sorely needed in our community,” Middleton says. The 9th Annual Chick Ball is Saturday, July 20, from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The event, for age 18 and up, is $5. Come enjoy singer/songwriters, bands, spokenword poets, and food donated by local eateries. The Chick Ball is looking for sponsors, silent-auction donations and volunteers. Items Support the needed include: original Center for art, gift certificates, corpoViolence rate items, gifts (big and Prevention small), monetary donaat the Ninth tions, chick toys and décor. Annual Chick Donations received by July Ball July 20. 12 will be featured in the Chick Ball gift guide on July 17. Sponsorships levels are: Imperial Highness $5,000, Diva/Devo $2,500, Goddess/God $1,000, Queen/King $500, Princess/Prince $250, Duchess/Duke $125, Chick/Rooster $50. For more information, call 601-362-6121, ext. 23, or email Watch for updates at, follow @jfpchickball on Twitter, or go to by ShaWanda Jacome

on the popular Disney movie. $15, $10 ages 12 and under. • Open Acting Auditions for Youth July 13 Open to youth ages 7-17. A one to twominute memorized monologue and a recent photo are required. Make an appointment by July 11.


Living Food Potluck July 13, 1 p.m., at A Aachen Back and Neck Pain Clinic (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Held on second Saturdays; please RSVP. Bring a dish or donate $10; call 601-956-0010.

Literary and Signings Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate   55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; • “The Resurrectionist” July 13, 5 p.m. Matthew Guinn signs books. $25.95 book. • “Down and Out in Bugtussle: The Mad Fat Road to Happiness” July 15, 5 p.m. Stephanie McAfee signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $15 book. • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free. Children’s Summer Reading Program   July 11, 6 p.m., at Pearl Public Library   (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl), in the meeting room. The program is for grades K6. This week’s event is the Dig into Reading Garden Party with face painting, games, food and more. Door prizes given. Free; call 601932-2562. Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. High school students at participating schools may compete, and regional finalists compete is the spring of 2014. The winner advances to the national contest in Washington, D.C. Schools must register by Nov. 1. Free; call 601-327-1294; email

“When Cletus Met Elizabeth” Dinner Theater July 16, 7-9 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre present the show. Includes a three-course meal. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi. For ages 18 and up. RSVP. $50; call 601-937-1752;

Creative Classes Ballet Mississippi Summer Workshops, July 15-18, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Classes include ballet and tap instruction, creative movement, and arts and crafts. For ages 3-9. Registration required. $130 plus $25 registration fee; call 601-960-1560; \


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Exhibits and Openings

Farm Families of Mississippi Exhibit, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The exhibit features information about Mississippi agriculture, and includes interactive games and educational videos. $5, $4 seniors, $3 ages 5-18, $1 ages 3-4, children under 3 and members free; call 601-432-4500;

Sturgill Simpson July 11, 8 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The Nashville native sings alternative country music with soul and roots influences. Doors open at 7 p.m. For ages 21 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601-292-7121; email jane@; Music in the City July 16, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and music from Thomas Lowe and John Paul. Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515;

Stage and Screen Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533, ext. 222; • “Disney’s High School Musical Jr.” July 11-13, 7 p.m., and July 14, 2 p.m. Participants of the New Stage Theatre Broadway Jr. Summer Camp perform in the musical based




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(Restaurant) “Contemplations” Art Exhibit through   Aug. 29, at Mississippi Library Commission (Education and Research Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive). Exhibitors include photographer and designer Gretchen Haien, and woodworker Fletcher Cox. The opening reception is July 25 from 5-7 p.m. Free; call 601-432-4056 or 800-647-7542;


OFNA Party With A Purpose - Code Enforcement/Beautification July 10, 6 p.m.8 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) in the auditorium. OurFondren Neighborhood Association encourages Fondren residents to enjoy refreshments, socialize with neighbors, and discuss ways to support the Fondren Neighborhood. RSVP. Free; call 601-9428175; email; Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit and Parent/Advocate Conference Call for Volunteers through July 20. Volunteers ages 19 and up with youth that are not participating in the summit are welcome. The conferences are July 20-21 at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Free; call 601-354-3408, ext. 104; email; 2013MSYouthHHSVolunteerReg. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

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In the Garage by Tommy Burton


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strange thing happened to the development of Mississippi as Queens of England. This year, the guys have so far, we have shows planned in Nashville, North Carolina rock ‘n’ roll music back in the ’60s: Bands such as their sights on a larger area. “We may be overreaching, but and Georgia,” Kern says. The Beatles inspired young people Stellatone’s grooves are guitar-driven. everywhere to form their own muBefore you succumb to the loping, hard sical groups. A new movement was born called guitar sounds, you might find yourself sur“garage rock” (because most of these bands reprised by the band’s ability to write catchy hearsed in suburban garages). melodies with thoughtful lyrics. The music was raw and immediate. These past few years have seen resurThese groups weren’t obligated to labels or gence in garage rock with the help of bands like business pressure and because they weren’t Jack White’s The White Stripes. By its nature, “professionals,” their music was their own and the music creates a sense of urgent excitement created for pure joy. with audiences. I noted to Kern that Nashville Hattiesburg’s Stellatone is a band is home base of White and his Third Man Rethat carries this tradition. The duo of Stecords empire. “I know. We sent him a demo a phen Curley and Dylan Kern has forged its while back,” he says. With Stellatone’s attitude own path of glorified, distorted music and of doing whatever is necessary to make music, do-it-yourself rock. Curley says he and Kern this makes perfect sense. “were jamming as a two-piece and got tired Catch Stellatone for free at Morningbell of bass players quitting, so Dylan switched to Records (622 Duling Ave., Suite 205A, 769bass out of necessity.” The four-piece group is 233-7468) at 8 p.m. on July 19 with That in the early stages of planning a regional tour. Scoundrel. All ages are welcome. Find Stellatone The guitar-heavy sounds of Stellatone will hit Morningbell Records July 19. Last year, the band played a small tour in on Facebook.

DIVERSIONS | music in theory

by Micah Smith

Judging by the Cover

July 10 -16, 2013


The Lumineers or “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men. Apparently, with any song prominently featuring the word “Hey,” it is likely that someone will request it. I don’t mind being asked to play a song, so long as the person asking doesn’t mind if I can’t. The thing that I plainly dislike is the concept that a musician owes the world a cover song or is required to know a particular tune to appease others. But as dissatisfying as being “that guy” can feel for one person, it’s often much, much worse for bands. As you might guess from the terminology, “original” acts don’t usually revel in the idea of spending valuable practice time to cover Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold.” In terms of artistic expression, it’s hard to deny the banality of that effort. Developing music takes time and a careful coordination of members’ schedules, and I know that, personally, I’d much rather spend my dwindling free time to perfect a song that I can put my heart and soul into crafting. I don’t intend to belittle cover bands by any means; it takes plenty of talent to take requests and deliver faithful renditions of familiar songs. It is a great way to draw a crowd and can definitely be a good time. Performing “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Wonderwall” flickr/Juan Alvaro


hances are that if you own an acous- shuffle away with all of the intrinsic sadness tic guitar, fate has at one time forced of a Charlie Brown special. And then, anyou to become “that guy”—the one other person would ask me to play “Wagon standing with said instrument, inviting public criticism. Now, you may have had a perfectly good reason for lugging your instrument of choice into a crowded coffee shop or other population-packed place, but the immediate assumption is usually that you—reprehensible, guitar-owning you—have a sociopathic thirst for undivided attention. That is, unless you can play a John Mayer song, in which case love and admiration abound. I found myself in that unfortunate role several times while attending Mississippi College. A friend would ask me to bring my guitar to “jam” at the on-campus coffee shop called Jazzman’s—though I found it sorely Cover songs have become a requirement for lacking in jazz and, many times, also audiences rather than an occasional treat. lacking in “man”—as most students preferred to walk to the nearby Cups Espresso Café. Inevitably because my friends Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show, which were either slower or less time-conscious than I did know but wasn’t aware that it fell just I was, I’d be left waiting for them outside for shy of “Free Bird” in the inexplicable numlong enough that someone would ask me to ber of times folks demanded them. play a John Mayer song. Some musicians and music lovers say When people learned that I didn’t know should always make it a point to know all or simply couldn’t play their request, they’d current guitar-centric hits, like “Ho Hey” by

and “Dream On” in such rapid succession that you cause crowd-wide whiplash is pretty impressive in its own right. But what about when the newness, significance or just unadulterated bizarreness of those covers your band spent hours painstakingly studying and rearranging wears off? Instead, most groups prefer to insert covers as a treat near the end of the show, or spread sparingly throughout—a nod to say, “Thanks for at least slightly bobbing your head along to what we wrote.” In fact, because covers have become such a staple of local bands and lesser-knowns, many audience members come expecting something that they can sing along with by the end of a set. And nothing’s easier than belting out a song you already know. Make no mistake about cover songs. They’re gimmicks, albeit acceptable, enjoyable and even sometimes necessary ones to make the listeners happy. The purpose of a cover song is simply to surprise and excite the concertgoers, a goal that, in a perfect world, wouldn’t require someone else’s song to accomplish. But if the bands you’re watching choose to focus on self-made material rather than pummeling through popular songs, don’t be discouraged and don’t discourage them. Consider it a chance to sing along with something new. It could be the cover song of the future.

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Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith Capitol Grill - Little Black Dress Night w/Hunter Gibson 8 p.m. Club Magoo’s - Karaoke 8 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - New Bourbon Street Jazz Band 6 p.m. free Huntington’s - Johnny Barranco 6:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - DoubleShotz 6:30 p.m. Last Call - Jarekus Singleton 5:30 p.m. M Bar - 50 Cent Wednesdays w/DJ Durdy Costello 7 p.m. free Musician’s Emporium - Open Mic 8 p.m. Olga’s - Joseph LaSalla Shucker’s - Karaoke Soul Wired Cafe - Sugar Water Purple Jazz & Blues Underground 119 - The Hustlers 6:30 p.m. free Wingstop, Jackson - Brian Jones 6:30 p.m.

July 11 - Thursday Burgers & Blues - King Street 5:30 p.m. Cherokee Inn - D’lo Trio F. Jones Corner - Amazing Lazy Boi Band midnight Fenian’s - The Orchard Band 8 p.m. free Fitzgerald’s - Barry Leach 8 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - TB Ledford (rest), Sturgill Simpson (RR) 8 p.m. $8 advance $10 door 18+ Huntington’s - Johnny Barranco 6:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - Renegade 7 p.m. Olga’s - Rick & Robert Moreira 6:30 p.m. Pan Asia - Mike & Skip The Penguin - Will Brown Que Sera Sera - DoubleShotz Shucker’s - Greenfish 7:30 Soul Wired Café - Roots Rock & Reggae Nite Studio 33 - High Frequency Band 9 p.m. free Underground 119 - Booker Walker 8 p.m. free

July 12 - Friday Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - Vasti Jackson 9 p.m. free Bottoms Up - DJ Dancing w/ Special Events 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 18+ $5 cover Burgers & Blues - Acoustic Crossroads 6 p.m. Club Magoo’s - Big Richard Fenian’s - Waco Dead 8 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Barry Leach 8 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Magnolia Drive (rest), Evans Geno w/Kenny Davis (RR) Huntington’s - Johnny Barranco 6:30 p.m. Jackson Yacht Club - Renegade 6:30 p.m. Julep - Larry Brewer 11 p.m. Kathryn’s - The Sofa Kings 7 p.m. M Bar - Flirt Fridays w/DJ 901 free Martin’s - Otis Lotus 10 p.m. McB’s - Andrew Dillon 8 p.m. Musician’s Emporium - Kern Pratt Ole Tavern - Dime Brothers Olga’s - Babs Wood 8 p.m.

The Penguin - Mike Rob & The 601 Band Reed Pierce’s, Byram - The SNAZZ Band 9 p.m. free Shucker’s - Bonfire Orchestra 8 p.m. $5, Dos Locos (deck) 10 p.m. free Soul Wired Café - MINDgasm Erotic Poetry & Open Mic Nite Underground 119 - Jesse Robinson & Friends 9 p.m. $10 The Yellow Scarf - MoBiTra 9 p.m. $15 advance $20 door

Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m. Fenian’s - Chive Meet-Up (Fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs) 4 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m. Hot Shots, Byram - Mike and Marty’s Jam Session Pelican Cove - Hunter Gibson Trio 12 noon Shucker’s - Will & Linda 3:30 p.m. free Sombra - John Mora 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sophia’s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. Table 100 - Raphael Semmes 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. University Place - Soulful Sundays

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July 13 - Saturday Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - Vasti Jackson 9 p.m. free Bottoms Up – DJ Dancing & Show 9 p.m.-4 a.m. 21+ $10 cover Burgers & Blues - Southern Grass 6 p.m. Cherokee Inn - Otis Lotus Club Magoo’s - Big Richard Fenian’s - Dain Edwards Georgia Blue, Madison - Filter The Noise 7 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Ralph Miller (rest), Jarekus Singleton 9 p.m. (RR) Huntington’s - Johnny Barranco 6:30 p.m. Kemistry - Bass Invasion w/Rozz & others 9:30 p.m. $7-10 18+ M Bar - Saturday Night Live w/ DJ Shanomak free Martin’s - Caroline Rose w/European Theater 10 p.m. Morning Bell Records - Talbot Adams w/Los Buddies 8 p.m. free all ages Musician’s Emporium - Blind Dog Otis Pelican Cove - Shadz of Grey 6 p.m. The Penguin - Mike Rob & The 601 Band Ole Tavern - Chickenpox Party Olga’s - Hunter Gibson & Ronnie McGee 8 p.m. Sam’ Lounge - Royal Thunder w/Spirits & The Melchizedek Children 10 p.m. Shucker’s - Barry Leach (deck) 3:30 p.m. free, Diesel 255 8 p.m. $5, Triple Threat (deck) 10 p.m. free Soul Wired Café - Strictly Soul Saturdays Underground 110 - Southern Komfort Brass Band 9 p.m. $10 University Place - Super Saturdays The Yellow Scarf - Alphonso Sanders 9 .m. $15 advance $20 door

Burgers & Blues - Karaoke Fenian’s - Karaoke Hal and Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society (rest) 7 p.m. Kemistry - Salsa Mondays 8 p.m. Last Call Sports Grill - I Love Mondays w/DJ Spoon $3 after 9:30 p.m. Martin’s - Open Mic Free Jam Ole Tavern - Pub Quiz The Penguin - Mellow Mondays University Place - Karaoke

July 16 - Tuesday Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith Fenian’s - Open Mic Margaritas - John Mora 6-9 p.m. Musician’s Emporium - Karaoke 7 p.m. Ole Tavern - Open Mic Rampage Extreme Park - Thin Ice 7 p.m. Time Out - Open Mic Underground 119 - Speakeasy Night w/ Barrell House Ramblers 6:30 p.m. free Wingstop, Jackson - Jason Turner Band 6 p.m.


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July 17 - Wednesday Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith Capitol Grill - Little Black Dress Night w/ Hunter Gibson 8 p.m. Downtown Cafe - Malcolm Jr. & CC Band 5:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Baby Jan & All That Chazz (rest) Huntington’s - Johnny Barranco 6:30 p.m. M Bar - 50 Cent Wednesdays w/ DJ Durdy Costello 7 p.m. free Musician’s Emporium - Open Mic 8 p.m. Olga’s - Joseph LaSalla 6:30 p.m. Philip’s on the Rez - Karaoke w/ DJ Mike Soul Wired Café - Sugar Water Purple Jazz & Blues Underground 119 - Big Easy Three 6:30 p.m. free


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DIVERSIONS | jfp sports the best in sports over the next seven days


by Bryan Flynn

It is coming. I can feel it in my bones and smell it in the air. An old friend is preparing to return once again.

Friday, July 12 Soccer (7-9 p.m. ESPN 2): The ESPN Summer Soccer Series continues with D.C. United taking on Mexican soccer club Chivas. Saturday, July 13 CFL (8:30-11:30 p.m. ESPN2): Get somewhat of a football fix with Canadian football as the British Columbia Lions take on the Edmonton Eskimos. Sunday, July 14 NASCAR (noon-4 p.m. TNT): Catch the final race on TNT this summer, when the stars of NASCAR return to their normal Sunday racing in the Camping World RV Sales 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Monday, July 15 MLB (7-10 p.m. ESPN): Major League Baseball takes a break for All-Star festivities starting with the 2013 Chevrolet Home Run Derby.

July 10 - 16, 2013

Tuesday, July 16 MLB (7-11 p.m. Fox): The stars of the American League and National League face off in the 84th edition of the MLB All-Star Game. Will L.A. Dodgers star Yasiel Puig make the roster?


Wednesday, July 17 Highlights (8-10:30 p.m. ESPN): Relive the best moments of 2012-13 with the 2013 ESPY’s presented by Capital One. See if Drew Brees wins for best recordbreaking performance. We have 25 more days until the 2013 NFL Hall of Fame game. Less than a month and it will be, “Welcome back, my old friend football.” Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

by Bryan Flynn


very kid who plays high-school foot- Natchez native Richardson is the first Overall, “Path to Pro Day” puts a nice ball dreams of taking his talents to player profiled. The Tigers staff was happy spotlight on the four players who all hope college football. Those who are good the speedy wide receiver didn’t go with Al- their NFL dreams and football-playing caenough to play at the college level corn State or Southern University. During reers continue from JSU. As the credits roll, hope they can advance to the pros. his senior season, Richardson had 1,081 re- the film shows some light-hearted moments. On July 23, some of those dreams ceiving yards and 10 touchdowns. The filmmakers include some bloopers and Linebacker will become reality as NFL training camps and two-time All-American other fun stuff caught during the filming. The film is worth watching for its inopen and the 2013-2014 football season LeBeau, from New Orleans, is up next. His begins. As every year, side look at a pro day. it all starts in the dog It features Jackson State days of summer. football coaches talking Nearly every colcandidly about players lege holds a pro day and plays, and at one before the NFL Draft point, you’ll even see to show off their players’ some plays drawn up abilities to NFL scouts on a white board—not and other professional something the average leagues. These days are fan gets to see. important for kids who None of the film’s want to be drafted but four players were sealso for athletes who lected in the 2013 NFL “Path to Pro Day” highlights four JSU players in their quest to NFL stardom. don’t get drafted. Those Draft; however, two of undrafted players can them have signed with become free agents and pro teams. sign with any team. They can choose the poor high-school academics nearly derailed The St. Louis Rams signed LeBeau as team they want to play for, and their agents this explosive player’s college dreams. Lebeau an undrafted free agent, and the Rams’ roster look for the best fit and biggest signing bo- is built like a Greek statue, but his size— lists him as a linebacker. Special teams might nus for their players. he’s less than 6-foot tall and not quite 225 be the best way for LeBeau to make the team JSU TV recently put out a 30-min- pounds—means he will have to move from in St. Louis and work his way up. The Rams ute documentary called “Path to Pro Day.” defensive end to linebacker in the NFL. That are already well set at starting linebacker with Lawrence Lockhart provides the smooth and shouldn’t be too big of a transition if his team their current roster. easy-to-listen-to narration to the story featur- uses him in pass rushing situations. The Kansas City Chiefs signed RichBillups, who hails from Picayune, is the ardson as an undrafted free agent. The wide ing four Jackson State football players as they prepare for pro day at JSU. The film also third player to be profiled, and the defensive receiver is not in bad shape to make a team shows the Tigers in action on pro day itself. tackle has the size the NFL looks for. Per- that drafted no wide receivers this year and The film begins by showcasing Jackson sonal tragedy is part of his story. It’s a heart- signed only one other undrafted free agent, State’s rich football history. The Tigers hold wrenching tale of loss and the small choice Florida’s Frankie Hammond. 16 conference championships and counts 23 Billups made that kept him from being a Still, Richardson might make the KanAll-American players and 86 NFL draftees part of the disaster. sas City roster as a kick returner. Like LeBto their credit. Offensive tackle Pyatt is the final player eau, special teams might be Richardson’s best The four players profiled are wide re- profiled in “Path to Pro Day.” The Baltimore path onto the Chiefs’ 55-man roster. ceiver Rico Richardson, defensive end Jo- native started on the defensive side of the ball Watch “Path to Pro Day” on the JSU webseph LeBeau, defensive tackle Johnathan and moved to the offensive side when he ar- site at If you’re a sports fan, it is Billups and left tackle Zion Pyatt. rived at Jackson State. worth 30 minutes of your time. flickr/bradleygee

Thursday, July 11 Softball (7-9 p.m. ESPN): Boarder rivals faceoff when Canada takes on the USA in the 2013 General Tire World Cup of Softball.

NFL Dreams

Bryan’s Rant


Stern: Boos and Fashion

he 2013 NBA Draft a couple of weeks ago was one of the final events during which NBA commissioner David Stern presided. On Oct. 25, 2012, Stern announced that he would step down Feb. 1, 2014, 30 years to the day after succeeding Larry O’Brien in 1984. Stern would have made Vince McMahon proud at the draft. As boos rained down on him, the commissioner just soaked it all in, pausing before he spoke. Those familiar with pro wrestling know this technique is a staple of that entertainment. The fans rain boos, cheers or chants, and the wrestlers pause to let the fans make their voices heard. The commissioner has become an artist at letting fans have their moment. He joked that they had to let the international audience know that booing was a sign of endearment in this country. The highlight of the night was at the end of the

draft’s first round. Stern turned over the task of announcing picks to Adam Silver, the man who will replace him. The fans started to cheer Stern and boo Silver—a move straight-out of the WWE playbook. Few commissioners have done more for their league than Stern has done for the NBA. Under Stern, and with the help the sport’s biggest stars, the NBA has grown leaps and bounds. In this country, the NBA is second only to the NFL, and globally, the NBA ranks second only to soccer—the world’s most popular sport. Stern has had hits and misses during his time. The league started tougher drug testing, put salary caps and revenue sharing into place and began the WNBA. But here’s what might be Stern’s lasting legacy: In 2005, Stern instituted a dress code to combat the negative image of “Malice at the Palace,” a brawl between fans and members of the Indiana Pacers. Now NBA players must wear business or other conservative clothing at

team functions or when arriving and leaving a game. The dress code has changed NBA players’ style. When I was growing up, everyone wanted to be “like Mike” (Michael Jordan). We wanted to play basketball like Jordan and wear snappy suits. These days, kids want to be like LeBron James or Kevin Durant. These young NBA players have taken the dress code to a new level without violating it. NBA fashion watching has become as important as the games themselves. Check out SportsCenter or Twitter. People talk about how players dress as they arrive and what they wear to press conferences, chattering about everything from Russell Westbrook wearing lens-less “Sally Jessie Raphael” glasses to Durant’s backpacks to Dwyane Wade’s Capri pants. The NBA being fashion forward began with Stern.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22):

When the comic book hero Superman first appeared on the scene in 1938, he had the power to jump over tall buildings, but he couldn’t fly. By 1941, he was hovering in mid-air, and sometimes moving around while floating. Eventually, he attained the ability to soar long distances, even between stars. Your own destiny may have parallels to Superman’s in the coming months, Cancerian. It’s possible you will graduate, metaphorically speaking, from taking big leaps to hovering in mid-air. And if you work your butt off to increase your skill, you might progress to the next level—the equivalent of full-out flight—by March 2014.

“It’s never too late to become what you might have been,” said novelist George Eliot. I’d like you to keep that thought in mind throughout the rest of 2013 and beyond, Leo. I trust you will allow its sly encouragement to work its way down into your darkest depths, where it will revive your discouraged hopes and wake up your sleeping powers. Here are the potential facts as I see them: In the next ten months, you will be in prime time to reclaim the momentum you lost once upon a time . . . to dive back into a beloved project you gave up on . . . and maybe even resuscitate a dream that made your eyes shine when you were younger and more innocent.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

When I first arrived in Santa Cruz some years back, I helped start a New Wave-punk band called Mystery Spot. Our first drummer was a guy named Lucky Lehrer. After a few months, our manager decided Lucky wasn’t good enough and kicked him out of the band. Lucky took it hard, but didn’t give up. He joined the seminal punk band the Circle Jerks, and went on to have a long and successful career. “Flipside” magazine even named him the best punk drummer of all time. I suspect, Virgo, that in the next ten to twelve months you will have a chance to achieve the beginning of some Lucky Lehrer-type redemption. In what area of your life would you like to experience it?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

According to my reading of the astrological omens, the next 12 months will be a time when you will have more power than usual to turn your dreams into realities. You’ll have extra skill at translating your ideals into practical action. To help make sure you capitalize on this potential, I suggest you adopt this Latin phrase as your motto: a posse ad esse. It means “from being possible to being actual.” So why not simply make your motto “from being possible to being actual”? Why bother with the Latin version? Because I think your motto should be exotic and mysterious—a kind of magical incantation.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

In 2010, two economics professors from Harvard wrote a paper that became a crucial piece of evidence for the global austerity movement. Politicians used it to justify their assertion that the best way to cure our long-running financial ills is for governments to spend less money. Oddly, no one actually studied the paper to see if it was based on accurate data until April 2013. Then Thomas Herndon, a 28-year-old Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts, dived in and discovered fundamental mistakes that largely discredited the professors’ conclusions. I believe you have a similar mojo going for you, Scorpio. Through clear thinking and honest inquiry, you have the power to get at truths everyone else has missed.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Breakthrough will probably not arrive wrapped in sweetness and a warm glow, nor is it likely to be catalyzed by a handsome prince or pretty princess. No, Sagittarius. When the breakthrough barges into your life, it may be a bit dingy and dank, and it may be triggered by questionable decisions or weird karma. So in other words, the breakthrough may have resemblances to a breakdown, at least in the beginning. This would actually be a good omen—a sign that your deliverance is nothing like you imagined it would be, and probably much more interesting.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

In a wheat field, a rose is a weed—even if that rose is voluptuous and vibrant. I want you to promise me that you will work hard to avoid a fate like that in the coming

months, Capricorn. Everything depends on you being in the right place at the right time. It’s your sacred duty to identify the contexts in which you can thrive and then put yourself in those contexts. Please note: The ambiance that’s most likely to bring out the best in you is not necessarily located in a high-status situation where everyone’s ambition is amped to the max.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

Is your soul feeling parched? In your inner world, are you experiencing the equivalent of a drought? If so, maybe you will consider performing a magic ritual that could help get you on track for a cure. Try this: Go outside when it’s raining or misting. If your area is going through a dry spell, find a waterfall or high-spouting fountain and put yourself in close proximity. Then stand with your legs apart and spread your arms upwards in a gesture of welcome. Turn your face toward the heavens, open up your mouth and drink in the wetness for as long as it takes for your soul to be hydrated again. (In an emergency, frolicking under a sprinkler might also work.)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

Igor Stravinsky was a 20th-century composer who experimented with many styles of music, including the avant-garde work “The Rite of Spring.” “My music is best understood by children and animals,” he said. In my vision of your ideal life, Pisces, that will also be true about you in the coming week: You will be best understood by children and animals. Why? Because I think you will achieve your highest potential if you’re as wild and free as you dare. You will be fueled by spontaneity and innocence, and care little about what people think of you. Play a lot, Pisces! Be amazingly, blazingly uninhibited.

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

The Space Needle is a tourist attraction in Seattle. It’s taller than the Washington Monument but shorter than the Eiffel Tower. Near the top of the structure is a circular restaurant that rotates slowly, making one complete turn every 47 minutes. The motor that moves this 125-ton mass is small: only 1.5 horsepower. In the coming days, Aries, I foresee you having a metaphorically similar ability. You will be able to wield a great deal of force with a seemingly small and compact “engine.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

“How many years can some people exist before they’re allowed to be free?” asked Bob Dylan in one of his most famous songs, written in 1962. “The answer is blowin’ in the wind,” he concluded. Many people hailed the tune as a civil rights anthem. Thirteen years later, a hippie cowboy named Jerry Jeff Walker released “Pissing in the Wind,” a rowdy song that included the line, “The answer is pissing in the wind.” It was decidedly less serious than the tune it paid homage to, with Walker suggesting that certain events in his life resembled the act described in the title. “Makin’ the same mistakes, we swore we’d never make again,” he crooned. All of this is my way of letting you know, Taurus, that you’re at a fork. In one direction is a profound, even noble, “blowin’ in the wind” experience. In the other, it would be like “pissing in the wind.” Which do you prefer? It’s up to you.

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The Italian artist Duccio di Buoninsegna painted his “Madonna and Child” sometime around the year 1300. It’s a compact piece of art—just eleven inches high and eight inches wide. Nevertheless, New York’s Metropolitan Museum paid $45 million for the pleasure of owning it. I propose that we choose this diminutive treasure as your lucky symbol for the next eight to ten months, Gemini. May it inspire you as you work hard to create a small thing of great value.

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As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I watched “The Bells of St. Mary’s” when I was a little girl so, of course, I wanted to be a nun. At some point I (wanted to be a) ballerina, and at some point I (wanted to be) an actress. By the ninth grade, I decided to become an attorney.

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It’s hard to say because my job is so diverse. Here at (Department of Finance and Adminstration), I represent different offices (of the state). (We are) basically the financial center of the state. DFA (issues warrants as part of a system that pays the state’s bills). On the other hand (the DFA) includes employee’s life and health insurance, an accounting system for the state, and airport transportation comes out of this office. It just depends on what (needs to be pushed) at the time.

What’s the best thing about your job? I work for really good people. I’m privileged to have, technically, two offices. I’m an employee of the attorney general’s office, so I have that family, but I represent the Department of Finances and Administration, so I have two families.

What advice do you have for others who would like to become a special assistant? A psychiatrist. I thoroughly enjoy my job, but it is a lot of work. Right now, it’s extremely busy, because we’re at the end of the fiscal year. Contracts are being renewed, so I have a lot of that to do. But I enjoy it. There’s rarely a dull moment.


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