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ily Womble has made it her life’s mission to empower and improve the lives of women around the world. Womble, a 21-year-old rising senior European studies major at Millsaps College from Birmingham, Ala., has interned at The Women’s Fund of Mississippi, the Association of Women’s Rights in Development conference in Turkey and is the local ambassador of the Half the Sky movement, which helps women escape oppression. Womble began getting involved in women’s rights in her junior year of high school after she completed a project on human trafficking. “I learned that human trafficking was not only occurring in other countries or other states, but was in my own state and my own city,” Womble says. “I decided I couldn’t stop at a research paper.” She partnered with the Alabama Coalition against Human Trafficking and started a youth anti-human-trafficking coalition called Just Us. With Just Us, Womble attended church youth and school groups to raise awareness about human trafficking. In 2009, during her senior year, Just Us lobbied for anti-human-trafficking legislation in the Alabama Legislature, which passed unanimously and took effect in 2010. Womble also started a blog called Smart Girls Out Loud, where she writes about her experiences and the women she encounters during her trips abroad. At Millsaps, Womble started a fund rais-

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ing campaign for girls’ education in Afghanistan, which raised enough money to send four Afghan girls to primary school. She also designed a girls’ empowerment program. Last fall, Womble traveled to Cameroon, West Africa, where she conducted an independent study project on rape. “It was a huge, eye-opening and mindchanging experience,” Womble says. Women in Cameroon, particularly girls ages 11 to 15, are raped at soaring rates and are unsafe at schools and other public places. Part of Cameroon’s rape culture includes victim blaming. “Most girls live in fear everyday of being raped,” she says. Moving to Jackson has been an amazing experience for Womble. “I don’t think there is any better place to be if you want to do work for women,” she says. “There is so much room to grow and improve and feel like you’re really making a difference. I love the sense of community.” Womble wants to show girls they matter. “I want this girls’ crisis, that I believe we’re in, to end,” she says. “I want the communities that I’m a part of to be a part of making change— that includes raising money for (those) doing the on-the-ground work and really helping create a community that seeks out and lifts the voices of the voiceless.” —Kim Murriel Lily Womble is one of the 2013 Chicks We Love. See the rest on pages 18-20.

Cover illustration by Anna Russell

6Lumumba JPD’s New Direction? and his newly appointed police chief have big plans to involve the Jackson Police Department with the community.

28 A Comic Stand “Putting a male in the same poses (and sometimes the same out-

fit) highlights the absurdity that we are practically conditioned to accept. As soon as you see Clint in the traditional boobs-and-butt pose, you wonder why someone would stand like that. Same goes for the elongated legs and the shriveled waists we’re likely to ignore on Wonder Woman or Black Widow. Swapping the gendered poses is a fun and funny way to point out the flaws and the tropes in comic women and call attention to their unnecessary sexiness.” —Anna Russell, “Female Empowerment, Caw, Caw!”

35 Murder Over Muffins Liz Stauffer’s latest mystery novel unravels among the women in a once-idyllic breakfast club.

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by Ronni Mott, News and Opinion Editor

A New Reality

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y work surrounding violence against women has taken me down some very dark alleys. During the run-up to this week’s ninth annual Chick Ball, I parsed studies and data, and spoke with numerous people about sex trafficking. I followed where my research led, and I learned a lot. Most of it wasn’t pretty. I said once that nothing about the subject surprised me, but I soon found myself facing my own ignorance and bias. I already knew that domestic violence cuts across all segments of society. Money and status don’t shelter women from a beating and don’t stop men inclined to exert violent control over their children. “Good” boys from old families aren’t immune to believing that a short skirt and revealing cleavage means a woman is “asking for it.” Still, I didn’t understand how depraved a sexual predator can be. Trolling for vulnerable kids at the mall weren’t part of my reality. Neither were prostitutes shipped from coast to coast following paths of sporting events to service the men, juiced up on competition and testosterone, who attend them. Girls from good families, brought up to believe in Jesus and dreaming of white wedding gowns couldn’t end up selling their bodies—not in my world. I was wrong. All of those scenarios are common, and they all happen in Mississippi and in Jackson—probably in my neighborhood and probably in yours. One of the dark alleys led to a subject that I wasn’t able to give much attention in my stories, but it crystallized much of my naïve “how can this happen?” incredulousness. That subject is pornography. When I saw my first copies of Playboy magazine, I was embarrassed, but I couldn’t stop looking. I was clear that my body didn’t look like those of the beauties posing seductively; it never would. The women were undeniably gorgeous, though. They were

photographic versions of Raphael paintings. At least to my untrained and undiscerning (and un-lustful) eye, they were still women. I found the unadorned female forms stunning, full of soft curves and the promise of nurturing love and life. Porn has dramatically changed over the years. All the feigned innocence and luscious

Pornography—the vehicle by which many boys learn how to be men—has turned women into objects of loathing, abuse and violence. allure displayed in those circa-1974 issues of Playboy are gone. These days, that kind of soft porn is in mainstream, primetime pop culture. “Sex and the City” and “50 Shades of Grey” is no more shocking than extramarital or pre-marital sex. Politicians charged with crimes of soliciting prostitutes, such as Eliot Spitzer, and of “marital improprieties,” such as North Carolina’s John Edwards, are “rehabilitated” after they shed the appropriate crocodile tears for the appropriate cameras. Look, no one can ever accuse me of being a prude. I took my sexual-identity cues from bra-burning feminists and took full advantage of the freedom ushered in by the pill. I had my share of no-strings-attached sex just because I wanted to. It’s not stuff I’ll put on

my resume but, on the other hand, I’m not ashamed of it, either. Today’s pornography, though, took our heady, libidinous party and made it into something about as far from fun as I can imagine. Instead of suave, smoke-jacketed Hugh Hefner, woman-hating sexual sadists like Max Hardcore (who was on the violent fringe back in soft porn’s heyday) embody today’s porn merchant. The Internet, a vast, easily accessible vessel for the best society has created, has also become a spittoon for the very worst. Instead of beautiful women shyly offering the promise of fulfilling and mutual pleasure, today’s pornography offers little more than woman-shaped repositories for men’s abusive fantasies. Pornography in 2013—the vehicle by which many boys learn how to be men—has turned women into objects of loathing, abuse and violence. “Many people have outdated ideas that porn is pictures of naked women wearing coy smiles and not much else, or of people having hot sex. Today’s mainstream Internet porn is brutal and cruel, with body-punishing sex acts that debase and dehumanize women,” said anti-pornography activist Gail Dines in an interview with Ms. Magazine in 2010. Dines is the author of “Pornland: How Pornography has Hijacked Our Sexuality” (Beacon Press, 2011, $16) and a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College in Boston. Mainstream porn teaches that women’s bodies are little more than a collection of orifices. “Actresses” in today’s porn weep and vomit, and the only moans of pleasure come from “actors” attached to body parts turned into weapons of torture. Gonzo porn has gotten so extreme that the industry—estimated worldwide to garner more than $100 billion annually—is in disarray: Porn merchants are at a loss on how to continue upping the ante for the insatiable beast it’s created.

“The more porn sexualizes violence against women, the more it normalizes and legitimizes sexually abusive behavior,” Dines said in a Guardian newspaper interview. “Men learn about sex from porn, and in porn nothing is too painful or degrading for women.” Dines, like other anti-pornography activists, has her detractors. Hustler’s Larry Flynt famously—and successfully—defended pornography as free speech in America, and the rest, as they say, is history. But free speech, like all hard-won freedoms, must embody responsibility, and the porn industry has left that to its audience. Pornography is not the only reason for the huge amounts of violence toward women—the issue is too complicated to oversimplify it that way. And let me be clear: Men are not the only ones committing sexual violence, whether inside or outside intimate relationships, nor are women its only victims. But women make up the overwhelming majority of domestic abuse, sexual assault and sex-trafficking victims, and pornography is undoubtedly a part of the problem. On average, the age of children first exposed to Internet pornography is 11 and, frequently, it’s the only sex “education” kids will ever get. Public policy seems determined to keep sex a dirty secret while allowing porn’s unfettered access to children struggling to figure out how to be adults and form relationships. What that imbalance teaches boys is that “good” sex is violent and impersonal; for girls, it teaches them to hide sex even as it pushes them to have more of it at younger ages. As parents and stewards, we must teach our children—especially our boys—that pornographic sex is neither normal nor acceptable behavior. Abuse has no place in healthy relationships. The sooner we teach them, and the better we serve as role models of loving, respectful, mature relationships, the more successful we’ll be in stemming the tide of abominations such as sexual slavery.

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Anna Russell

Mark Braboy

Nneka Ayozie

R.L. Nave

Jessica King

Melanie Boyd

Kimberly Murriel

Rebecca Docter

Design Intern Anna Russell can be found in Stafford Hall at MSU with a cup of coffee in hand during the school year. She is available for freelance work—email annaruss1230@ gmail.com. She illustrated the cover.

Editorial Intern Mark Braboy loves to write, play video games and listen to hip-hop music. An english major at Jackson State University, he writes for JSU’s newspaper the Blue & White Flash. He wrote for Chicks We Love and the music section.

Editorial Intern Nneka Ayozie is a recent mass communications graduate at Jackson State University. She enjoys watching movies, traveling, talking to any one that will listen and shopping. She wrote about a Chick We Love.

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

Photography Intern Jessica King is a native of Ridgeland, and is currently a junior photojournalism major at USM. She loves cats, collecting old cameras and going to music festivals. She took many of the photos in the issue.

Photography Intern and Marietta, Ga., native Melanie Boyd is a senior photojournalism and religion major at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her hobbies include photography, travel and animal rights. She took many of the photos in the issue.

Editorial Intern and Jackson native Kimberly Renae Murriel is a journalism major at Mississippi State University. She loves reading, writing, shopping and karaoke. She wrote the Jacksonian and a Chick We Love.

Editorial Intern and Flowood native Rebecca Docter is a journalism major at Lousiana State University. She enjoys listening to new records and hanging out with her daschund, Louis. She wrote for Chicks We Love and the music section..


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“It’s weird to me to think about (trafficking) going on in our backyard … We live in a thriving abundant environment here, and we often don’t realize there is real suffering going on all around us.”

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—Attorney Serena Rasberry Clark on sex trafficking in Mississippi.

Thursday, July 11 A Russian lawmaker announces that Edward Snowden wants asylum in Russia and is willing to stop sharing information as a trade-off for such a deal. … The Texas Senate convenes to debate and vote on some of the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions. Friday, July 12 Judge Winston Kidd extends a hold on Mississippi’s open-carry gun law. … The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sets a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice. Saturday, July 13 A jury clears neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. … Texas Republicans pass an omnibus abortion bill that is one of the most restrictive in the U.S. Sunday, July 14 A journalist close to Edward Snowden reveals that Snowden has “blueprints” detailing how the NSA operates. … Thousands of demonstrators across the country gather to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

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Monday, July 15 All 100 U.S. senators attend a closed-to-the-public meeting to seek a compromise on how to approach the Obama administration’s nominees for senior positions. … Mexican authorities capture Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel.

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Tuesday, July 16 Panama seizes a North Koreanflagged ship carrying what appear to be ballistic missiles and other arms that had set sail from Cuba on its way to the Pacific. … Edward Snowden officially submits a request for temporary asylum in Russia, claiming he faces persecution from the U.S. government and could face torture or death.

The New Face of JPD by Tyler Cleveland

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n a classroom-sized, fluorescent-lighted room on the second floor at Jackson Police Department headquarters on Pascagoula Street, the heads of each district and the precinct commanders gather every two weeks to go over numbers and talk crime-prevention strategy. Policemen rib each other in between reports, but you can hear a pin drop when the commanders stand in front of start reading off their crime statistics. The July 11 meeting, the first since Chokwe Lumumba nominated former Deputy Chief Lindsey Horton to head JPD, was particularly somber toward the end. One precinct saw a rising number of auto burglaries, a common crime in the Bold New City. Lumumba, Horton and the top police brass want Jacksonians to know they are aware of the problems, and are working to address them. If Horton shapes the kind of department Lumumba has envisioned, they won’t have to say much—they’ll show it. When Lumumba was a young man, he saw many police officers as oppressors, not watchful protectors. As he grew older and became a successful lawyer, he made a living trying to keep people who were accused of breaking the law in heinous ways out of prison or off death row. “I come from a time where there was a lot of tension between the community, especially the black community and the police,” Lumumba said. “But now, you’ve had the demographics of the police department change, and the brothers and sisters and cousins and friends of the people in the community are the officers. We now have the ability to create really good relationships,

but there’s still a distance. There’s still police officers that have that macho (mentality) and overstep their bounds, and there’s still a lot of misbehavior in the community.” Now 65, Lumumba has the opportunity to set the tone of the largest police demelanie boyd

Wednesday, July 10 State transportation officials announce that half of Mississippi’s highways will be in poor condition by 2035 if current funding levels continue. … Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleads not guilty in the Boston Marathon bombing in his first appearance in public since his capture in mid-April.

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has charged former Deputy Chief Lindsey Horton with making the Jackson Police Department more community-friendly.

partment in the state of Mississippi. If he and his appointed chief have their way, it will be a responsible police department—a more visible, more community-oriented department. Lumumba called Horton, who previously served as deputy chief for administration under former Chief Rebecca Coleman, an “easy decision” for chief, given

his 30-year tenure with the Jackson Police Department and the respect he commands among his colleagues. “I think (Horton) is a very good choice,” Assistant Chief of Police Lee Vance said. “I have known Lindsey since I was 12, so our association predates our tenure on the force. I’ve always known him to a solid, upstanding individual and a very capable police administrator.” Vance added that he thought Horton gave the department an opportunity to have “a very, very good” police chief. Horton was not available for comment during a press conference at City Hall on Monday, July 8, at which Lumumba introduced Horton and Willie Owens as his choices for police and fire chief, respectively. But Lumumba said in an interview on July 8 that he believes Horton shares his vision for a friendlier and, therefore, more respectable JPD. “What I want to see is a police department (that) can, with tremendous firmness, but at the same time with understanding and compassion, help to attack our problems,” he said. While the idea of police officers showing compassion and cozying up to a community that accepts them with open arms seems inviting, crunching the crime statistics paints a less-than-rosy picture of the current situation. Website BusinessInsider.com recently named Jackson America’s eighth most dangerous city. Its report was compiled with preliminary Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics, although the FBI more POLICE, see page 8

Men of Character Open those wallets, ladies. Each year at Chick Ball, we auction off our local Men of Character to raise funds for the Center for Violence Prevention. This year, the money is going to fight sex trafficking (see pages 14-31 for the full lowdown on this year’s 9th Annual Chick Ball). Luis Bruno

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“Unfortunately, the majority of (sex trafficking) victims are the ‘girl next door.’”

“My idea of a bad boy didn’t equate to a pedophile or a rapist or a sex trafficker.”

—Heather Wagner, director of the domestic-violence office in the Mississippi attorney general’s office, on misconceptions about who gets trafficked.

—Sex trafficking survivor Holly Austin Smith on misconceptions about who traffickers are.

POLICE, from page 6

While the relationship between the community and the officers who patrol it has come a long way, the new mayor believes it can become stronger. One idea Lumumba proposed was possibly bringing in the Police Athletic League to have policemen mentoring Jackson’s youth and helping them to compete in athletic events. PAL has been around since 1940, and is based in Jupiter, Fla. Now that he’s in a position to push ideas such as PAL, he said he’s going to do it. “I think it would benefit our police department to get involved in programs like that,” Lumumba said. “I want to see our police officers out there playing softball with these kids and getting to know them. “I’d like our department to be totally

accepting of things like the anti-racial profiling ordinance and the civilian review board (which we already have). That’s nothing that should scare them.” For JPD, striking the balance between keeping the peace and mending fences with a populace that doesn’t trust or is afraid of them seems like a monumental task, but as Vance explained, those things go hand-in-hand. “This is an interesting perspective to see things from,” Vance said. “But there’s no doubt that police philosophies in the 21st century have to be different from what they were 26 years ago when guys like (Horton) and I started. We have to adapt.” Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Tyler Cleveland at tyler@jacksonfreepress.com.

n June 26, 2002, Roger Johnson well known for long delay times from his pensing with his cases, but the consensus was alone in a recreation room large case backlog. A report, dated March among attorneys who practice in federal at the Hinds County Detention 22, 2013, which the Jackson Free Press ob- court seems to be that drawing Wingate is Center when a group of fellow tained, shows Wingate had 49 cases on his undesirable. prisoners attacked him. Johnson, who docket with 97 different motions pending One attorney, who practices in fedis serving a 30-year-sentence for armed longer than six months. Wingate’s back- eral court and did agree to speak but robbery at East Mississippi Correctional log far exceeds that of the judge with the asked that we not use his or her name, Facility in Meridian, filed said Wingate’s delays “have a lawsuit in federal court a very harmful impact” on against then-Hinds County plaintiffs who are seeking reSheriff Malcolm McMillin lief through the courts. and jail guard Delanio Sand “The old adage that ‘jusers for failing to protect him tice delayed is justice denied’ from the assault. is very apt here,” the attorney That was May 2004. said. Since Johnson filed his One such plaintiff is suit, Hinds County has a disability-rights advocate new sheriff, and Mississippi Mary Troupe, who in 2010 has a new governor, but one lent her name to a lawsuit aspect of the lawsuit hasn’t against then-Gov. Haley Barchanged: It remains on the bour and other state officials. civil docket of U.S. District In March of that year, four Judge Henry T. Wingate. children who had been in Federal Judge Henry Wingate has been admonished repeatedly for To the public, Wingate, the long delays in his court. and out of psychiatric hospi66, is best known for becomtals sued the state of Missising the first African Amerisippi for not allowing them can on the federal bench access to community-based in Mississippi. President Ronald Reagan second highest number of motions older health services. The four named plaintiffs appointed him in 1985. Wingate, a Mis- than six months—Judge Carlton Reeves, represented a class of thousands of other sissippi native and graduate of Yale Law with 17 six-month-old motions pending children in similar situations throughout School, was only 38 at the time of his ap- as of March. Judge Keith Starrett had the state in a federal class-action lawsuit. pointment, and has presided over several six motions pending, while the other 11 The case, assigned to Wingate, has had high-profile cases, including the trial of federal judges had no cases older than six 49 actions, but no trial has taken place or Ku Klux Klansman James Ford Seale for months, the report shows. even been scheduled, Troupe said. the 1964 kidnapping of Henry Dee and “I don’t understand it because, in the The JFP contacted several attorneys Charles Moore. who declined to speak on the record past, Judge Wingate in his decisions has In legal circles, Wingate is equally about Wingate’s lack of urgency in dis- been very fair,” she said.

Wingate did not return phone messages left at his office Friday and Monday afternoon. Federal judgeships are lifetime appointments; only a congressional impeachment can unseat a federal judge, which happens rarely. Nonetheless, judges on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals have criticized Wingate for moving too slowly. In March 2010, Fifth Circuit Judge E. Grady Jolly advised Wingate to get help from the appeals court if he needed additional resources. In fall 2012, in a case involving an automobile insurance claim, Fifth Circuit Chief Judge Carl Stewart remarked at the length of time the case, assigned to Wingate, had been on the district court docket. “This is an old case by any kind of calendar, computer or slide rule from the time this was filed in ‘06. I mean, this is 2012,” Stewart said in court. Later, he added of the case: “This thing sat in the district court under (an order for) summary judgment for two years. It’s been heard by a magistrate, by a district judge and now three appellate judges … Just ruminations from the bench.” Troupe said that so much time has passed on in her case that she is no longer keeping track of it. “In the meantime, people have suffered.” Troupe said. “It is troubling.” Comment at www.jfp.ms. De’Arbreya Lee and Dominique Triplett contributed reporting. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

discourages the practice of using its data to do crime rankings due to the voluntary submission of statistics from around the country. Nonetheless, crime statistics from the city of Jackson show that major crimes have been trending downward in the capital city for the past few years. As of July 7, the 188th day of 2013, police responded to 3,766 acts of property crimes (auto burglary, auto theft, business burglary, grand larceny and house burglary) and 872 violent crimes (aggravated assault, armed robbery, carjacking, homicide and rape) since the start of the year. That’s roughly 20 property crimes and just fewer than five violent crimes a day.

But those numbers are trending in the right direction: Data show that total major crimes are down 12.3 percent from this time last year, with property crime down 14.3 percent and violent crime down 2.9 percent. Vance credits the decrease in crime rates to tools the department has developed to work with the community, instead of against it. “The John Wayne image of the policeman is outdated—like a dinosaur,” Vance said. “What you have to do now is get the public to help you. You have to organize neighborhood watch groups and start tip and drug hotlines. We won’t get many people to help us if they are afraid we’re going to jump out of our car at a traffic stop and bust some heads open.”

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ederal Customs and Border Protection officials estimate that 20 million people worldwide (8 million more than in 2010) are trapped in the modern-day form of slavery known as human trafficking. This is why Congress signed into law the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act 13 years ago, which began a large-scale effort by the U.S. government to combat the issue. The effort came to the forefront of the aviation industry this year when Delta Airlines, along with JetBlue, Allegiant and North American, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Homeland Security to adopt a program called Blue Lightning Initiative. Though Customs and Border Protection allows the program to be voluntary, Delta is making the training mandatory for all frontline employees, such as pilots and flight attendants. The computerbased program will train the employees to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, some of which are mostly unnoticeable to the untrained eye, and report them to law enforcement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On international flights to the United States, the real-time reporting mechanism provides law-enforcement officials with additional time to identify suspected victims or suspected traffickers, and allows CBP to conduct research and analysis and coordinate an appropriate situational response before the plane arrives,â&#x20AC;? said Stephanie Malin, a press officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Some of the signs include a person having no control of his or her own identification or travel documents, restriction

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ackson business owners and concerned citizens are channeling their inner Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins to give the Northside Drive exit on Interstate 55 a much-needed facelift. If it happens, it’ll be thanks to the fundraising work of neighborhood organization LeFleur’s East and an agreement between the Hinds County Board of Supervisors and the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The Hinds County board entered into an “Adopt An Interchange” agreement with the Mississippi Department of Transportation in December. Their target is an overgrown, underkept exit made of stone, ripe for a pressure washing and some landscaping. LeFleur’s East started with a fundraising goal of $150,000 to plant trees and shrubs along the exit, and they got a big endorsement from well-known local entrepreneur Jeff Good. Good’s company, Mangia Bene, manages businesses on both sides of the Northside Drive exchange, Bravo! Italian Restaurant on the east side and Broad Street Bakery on the west. His donation of $2,000 helped push the total donations to more than $50,000, a third of the way to the total the group needs to start work on the improvements. To get involved, call Kelly Headley at 601-720-8343 or email info@lefleureast.com. It is unclear when the improvements are expected to begin and who will be contracted to do the work. Neither Headley or LeFleur’s East spokesman Jim Wilkerson return phone calls before press time. Armory in Limbo After Fire Experts now believe that sparks from welders ignited the fire that engulfed the Hinds County Armory and destroyed the roof of the 93-year-old building. The structure is the longest-standing armory in Mississippi, and it will add an interesting chapter

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over. That construction was ongoing when the fire started. “It’s just a hull of a building right now with no roof,” Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, whose department oversees maintenance of the fairgrounds, told the Mississippi Business Journal. “On the south end, there was a partial roof, and all of that was destroyed.” Officials say they will assess the damage and try to determine when construction can continue in the coming weeks. The armory was named a Mississippi Landmark in 1986, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 1, 2001. True South Set to Tee Off Thursday The Sanderson Farms Championship, formerly known as the True South Classic, will take place on the links of Annandale

Golf Course in Madison beginning Thursday morning, July 18, through Sunday afternoon. Berths in a pair of pro-am tournaments set for Monday, July 15, and Wednesday have sold out, and the guest list shows why. On Monday, Southern Miss football greats Reggie Collier and Ray Guy, Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen and Southern Miss head football coach Todd Monken were on hand to sign autographs and play a round. The second celebrity pro-am was set for Wednesday morning, July 17, and features New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze and former Southern Miss and Denver Broncos running back Sammy Winder. Although previously set to attend, Mississippi football legend Archie Manning and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis sent regrets after pulling out of the event. The tournament has raised more than $7.5 million for statewide charities since its inception in 1968. This year, the charity of choice is the heart center at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. St. Dom’s Opens New Building St. Dominic Hospital, at Interstate 55 and Lakeland Drive, opened a Behavioral Health Services building to house its acutecare psychiatric hospital last week. The 77-bed, two-story facility consists of 56,500 square feet on the first floor and 21,500 square feet on the second floor. It adds 77 beds to the hospital’s capacity, bringing St. Dominic’s total to approximately 535 beds. “Instead of renovating the existing Behavioral Health Services building, which was in need of substantial repairs, St. Dominic’s completely razed the building and reconstructed it in phases in the same location,” hospital spokeswoman Margaret Mays said. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Tyler Cleveland at tyler@jacksonfreepress.com.

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ev. Cletus: “Welcome to another wonderful and blessed Rev. Cletus Car Sales Church broadcast from WGSR FM, known affectionately as Ghetto Science Radio. This is your car sales pastor and transportation specialist here to share some good news in these troubled times. “It looks like the sequestration budget cuts are kicking in and kicking everyone’s butt, especially in the areas of travel and leisure. I asked one of the unemployed gospel deejays when was the last time he took a vacation. His answer was: ‘Ain’t nobody got time for that.’ “Brothers and sisters, it saddens me to see God’s children lose their faith in a time of uncertainty. “So, I brainstormed with my deacon and deaconess mechanics and Brother Ike on a Bike from Village Ghetto Land Tours to put together a nice summer vacation event for the Ghetto Science Community called the Ghetto Getaway Weekend Bus Tour. Starting this weekend, poor folk can spend much-needed leisure and travel time riding in an air-conditioned Double Dutch Church Bus. This tour will take Ghetto Science Community Residents beyond the world of emotional suffering and economic oppression. Imagine a weekend bus ride as an enlightening excursion. Let our team of drivers and tour guides show you the great spaces and places beyond the borders of poverty. “Yes, you have ‘Soul Train’ and ‘Soul Plane,’ but for the rest of your summer weekends, you will have a Soul Bus. “Enjoy a heavenly ride with the Ghetto Getaway Weekend Bus Tour.”

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Why it stinks: No one’s constitutional rights are being threatened here. House Bill 2 has caused confusion and raised numerous questions over its meaning. While the bill’s advocates have repeatedly stated that it clarifies current law, some law enforcement officers in Mississippi are concerned that it threatens their safety. “House Bill 2 does more than define ‘concealed,’” wrote Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd in his order to block the state from implementing the new law. “It creates confusion and chaos with respect to the enforcement of gun laws here in this state.” Kidd continued: “This case has nothing to do with taking away a citizen’s right to lawfully carry a weapon. Citizens have always had the right to carry a weapon and that right will continue to exist, regardless of the ultimate outcome of House Bill 2. A legally obtained permit will continue to allow a citizen to carry a concealed weapon. The proponents of House Bill 2’s contentions of ‘taking away gun rights’ are unfounded and do not exist.”

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eorge Zimmerman and his gun are free to go home. It’s hard to understand the Florida jury’s decision given what we know about the night Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, shot and killed Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Martin, 17 at the time, was minding his own business and walking back from the store with snacks when Zimmerman, terrified at the sight of Martin’s hooded sweatshirt, followed the boy, challenging him to a fight. When he started to lose, he drew his gun and fired. It’s equally hard to stomach that the judge’s instructions made it difficult for the six-member all-female jury to find Zimmerman guilty of the crime with which he was charged, second-degree murder, beyond a reasonable doubt. (Jurors could have considered finding Zimmerman guilty of manslaughter). Most difficult to stomach is the legal mechanism used to justify the actions of vigilantes like Zimmerman. Florida has what is known as a Stand Your Ground law, meaning that individuals are permitted to use deadly force if they fear their lives are in imminent danger. Mississippi has a similar law called the Castle Doctrine, passed in 2006. Certainly, the right to self-defense is a cornerstone of our legal system, but the Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws are not about preserving peoples’ rights to defend themselves and their property against harm. They’re about money and politics. The involvement of organizations like the

American Legislative Exchange Council—which crafts generic laws that they hawk to state lawmakers—the National Rifle Association and Walmart in spreading stand-your-ground laws is well-documented. These gun laws serve no function other than to give conservative lawmakers reasons to vote yes on “gun-friendly,” “tough-on-criminals” legislation that look good on their annual NRA Report Cards, helping them in their re-election campaigns and, thus, in maintaining power. In return, the gun lobby cashes in on the inevitable maelstrom that always results from the introduction of gun-related legislation and always touches off a buying frenzy of guns and ammunition. Ensuring that the laws are concise and narrow in scope usually is of secondary importance to ramming them through the legislative process. We saw this with the passage of an open-carry law that has become the subject of a tug-of-war. The law purports to clarify existing laws, but raises just as many questions as it provides answers. In the rush to approve whatever new gun law the NRA happens to be pushing at the time, legislators forget that the laws they create will lead to real-world confrontations, leaving teenaged boys and grown men with guns to figure out the limits of the law among themselves under the darkness of night skies. We hope state officials bear this in mind as they aggressively pursue new gun laws.

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hen my therapist said the words to me, I nearly fell out of my chair. “You were abused!” At first, I denied the words and acted like I couldn’t hear her, but she would not let it go. Abuse, she insisted, is not just physical and verbal. Up to this point, I could identify the abuse I’d lived through with my domestic partner years back, but she was asking me to admit that another part of my life involved abuse, a part I simply hadn’t considered. Many people find it difficult to fathom that my personal relationship with the creator is as strong as it is when I am dead-set to never go to church. I sometimes struggle with that decision, but I make no secret that I feel more spiritual not going to church, closer than all the years I was there every time the doors opened. Church—and, mostly, the people in church—were a distraction. It was difficult to celebrate God in church because I never saw much difference in church folk and “sinners.” I didn’t know this was not the way church should be until I was faced with the incident that turned me off church all together. He reminded me of Martin Luther King Jr. He was smooth, clean and charming, and I was immediately attracted to him. He had a smile that reassured me, making everything in the world all right—as long as he smiled. To me, a girl who had lost her daddy, he was perfect. To a broken girl recovering from an abusive relationship, this man was a breath of fresh air. To a little girl robbed of self-awareness and pride, he was a savior. He was a knight in shining armor who happened to be a pastor. At first, I found refuge in his church. Parishioners took me in and made me feel whole. I hadn’t felt that way since my daddy died. The church eased the pain a little bit and took my mind off missing him. But soon, I started feeling the eyes of the mothers staring at me, and I had no idea why. I was trying to get to a safe place with God, a place that I thought they had reached. I admired them. I wanted to be “saved” like them. I wanted to speak in tongues and dance in the spirit. I wanted God to love me as much as he did them. I mean, nobody else seemed to, at the time. One day, after church service, a lady I had thought very sweet walked over to me. “Your clothes are too tight,” she said. “Your dresses are too short, and they are much, much too tight.”

She looked at me as if I was the devil. I was embarrassed; I was wearing what I had. I never thought God cared about what I wore. He only cared about my heart, I thought. Feeling defeated and destroyed, I sought relief. I needed someone to tell me I wasn’t a bad person for wearing “slutty” clothes. I went to the pastor. “If your pastor doesn’t say something is wrong with your clothes, then nothing’s wrong with them,” he said. I trusted him, and admiration went flying into lust. When he made advances, I was flattered, never thinking that I was wrong. He was the pastor, the head of the flock and favored by God. Surely, he wouldn’t lead me down the road to damnation. Would he? It didn’t take long for him to notice my crush, and soon, it went to inappropriate touches and meetings. It went along for quite some time, until the church members started to notice and chatter picked up. When I asked him about it, he assured me that it was nothing to be concerned about. In church, I sat on the corner seat with my leg dangling outside the pew, just as he’d instructed me. Then, one day I listened as he gave a sermon about girls coming into the church to seduce the men of God. He spoke about college-aged girls led by the devil—girls without place in his church. I could feel the eyes of that church mother staring at me as I held my head down in shame. It may have been the longest sermon I’ve ever sat through. When I rose from the pew and exited the church, I believe that I left my entire soul there. Every time I’ve visited a church since then, I’ve cried from the time I sat down. I’ve mourned for that little girl who I left that day. This person I trusted, admired and respected stole away from me the journey that church should be. I don’t know, yet, how responsible I am. I haven’t begun to assess that—this is the first time I’ve written about it. Like me, many women don’t recognize abuse, and we don’t know the damage it’s done or how it’s affected us. But my soul says that it’s time for me to forgive, and maybe, begin to heal. I have to let it go now so that God can get on with the work he has planned for me. And I suggest that anyone who had a bind in their heart such as this one do exactly the same. Funmi “Queen” Franklin is a word lover, poet and advocate for sisterhood.  She has a weakness for reality shows.

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won out. Here was a nice-looking guy who singled her out from the crowd. After a bit of conversation, they exchanged phone numbers, and within a day, he called her. “We talked on the phone for about two weeks,” Smith said. “He said that he could help me become a model or a songwriter or a rock star. He could introduce me to famous people,” she said. “To me, (that) sounded a lot better than going to high school.” The Girl Next Door “We have seen several cases, lately, where these individuals are trolling shopping malls and other places teenage girls hang out. They look for these vulnerable individuals,” Middleton said. “It’s written all over somebody’s face when they’re a target. We’ve seen this very setup, right here, time and time again.” Becoming a victim of sex trafficking can happen to those from “good” homes just as easily as it does to those from “bad” or poor circumstances. The crime cuts across all facets of society, excluding no one regardless of gender, age, race or economic status, said Heather Wagner, director of the domestic-violence office in the Mississippi attorney general’s office. All it takes is a naive girl looking for a little affection, she said. Predators look for pretty kids whom they can easily flatter or lonely boys looking for someone who will says they love them. Once ensnared with sweet talk and gifts, it can be a short walk to doing sexual “favors” for the trafficker’s socalled friends to having sex with strangers 20 times a day. “Unfortunately, the majority of victims are the ‘girl next door,’” Wagner said. Girls who look like college co-eds are in big demand among those who buy sex. “A lot of people have misconceptions” about who gets involved and how, she said. “Usually, it’s a prolonged relationship” involving force, fraud or coercion. “Traffickers take their time,” Smith said. “They really hone in on your interests and concerns.” She added: “I think that when it comes to kids being trafficked, it’s a perfect storm. Most of the time, it’s not any one issue. I think that I had some idea that (Greg) was a bad boy, but my idea of a bad boy didn’t

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ane (not her real name) was just a regular Mississippi girl whose mother wasn’t particularly focused on her young daughter. One day, an older man approached her and told her that he would take her away, put her up in a great apartment and take care of her. “She was a typical teenager who was headstrong and not particularly happy at home,” said Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl. “Her mother was focused on different things. Not that she was a terrible mother, but she wasn’t particularly plugged in. So that helped to make (Jane) a target.” At first, the man treated Jane like he was her boyfriend. “She thought he was interested in her like a relationship,” Middleton said. The man had other ideas. Like Jane, Holly Austin Smith thought of herself as a typical American kid. Her childhood, in a small working-class neighborhood in southern New Jersey’s Ocean County, was unremarkable. “I never went without necessities, but luxuries were few and far between,” she said. By the time she was 14, though, Smith was ready to get away from her home in tiny Tuckerton on the Little Egg Harbor. She wasn’t getting along with her parents, and they argued constantly. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Smith’s best friend ended their relationship. She was apprehensive about starting high school in the fall, where she believed she’d be beat up. That summer of 1992, in her 14-yearold mind, Smith was convinced her life was over. She was aimless, depressed and felt she had no one to confide with. Smith met Greg at a shopping mall in nearby Atlantic County where she hung out every weekend with friends. “I noticed this guy staring at me,” she said. Greg looked to be in his early 20s. (She found out later that he was in his 30s.) “He wasn’t a scary-looking guy,” she said. “He looked cool; he was trendy. … He was wearing nice clothes,” something important to a 14-year-old girl. Greg motioned for Smith to come over. At first, she hesitated, but her curiosity

Holly Austin Smith’s story demonstrates just how easily sex traffickers can lure girls—even “good” girls—away from home.

equate to a pedophile or a rapist or a sex trafficker. I’d never even heard of that term.” It’s not always a stranger doing the selling or buying. “We have instances where women are sold by their intimate partner for drugs or money,” Middleton said. She also said that most trafficking victims are too afraid to speak up, or they may not understand what they’re going through and don’t know help is available, pushing the issue under the radar. “These are young girls that we’re talking about, for the most part,” she said. “They don’t understand the dynamics, they just un-

derstand that something’s not right and that they’re being taken advantage of.” Middleton related the story of another woman who came to the CVP for assistance, calling her Susie. In this case, the trafficker who pretended to be Susie’s friend was a woman. The woman turned out to be a spy, reporting back to others, presumably men, what Susie was doing and thinking. The woman turned into a handler once Susie was in “the game.” Her traffickers would move Susie based on the woman’s feedback. In Mississippi, the interstate highways make Jackson a stopping-off point for the


waiting for her. As Nikki put Smith in a red dress and did her makeup and hair, Smith believed they were getting ready to go out to a club. In retrospect, she knew that something was

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COERCION and THREATS Threatens to do physical harm • Threatens to harm family • Threatens to shame victim to community • Threatens to report to INTIMIDATION police/immigration Harms or kills others

to show force • Displays or uses weapons • Destroys property • Harms children • Lies about police involvement in the trafficking situation

USING PRIVILEGE Treats victim like a servant • Defines gender roles to make subservient • Uses nationality to suggest superiority • Uses certain victims to control other victims • Hides or destroys important papers

INTIMIDATION Harms or kills others to show force • Displays or uses weapons • Destroys property • Harms children • Lies about police involvement in the trafficking situation EMOTIONAL

POWER & CONTROL

SEXUAL ABUSE Forces victim to have sex with multiple people in a day • Uses rape as a weapon and means of control • Treats victim as an object used for monetary gain • Normalizes sexual violence and selling sex

ABUSE Humiliates in front of others • Calls names • Plays mind games • Makes victim feel guilt, blame for the situation • Creates dependence by convincing victim they’re the only one that cares about them

ISOLATION Keeps confined • Accompanies to public places • Creates distrust of police/others • Moves victims to multiple locations • Rotates victims • Doesn’t allow victim to learn English • Denies access to children, family MINIMIZING, and friends DENYING & BLAMING Makes light of abuse or situation • Denies that anything illegal is occurring • Places blame on victim for the trafficking situation

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Human trafficking and domestic violence have a great deal in common.The human trafficking power and control wheel was adapted from the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project’s Duluth Model Power and Control Wheel.

“Sexually exploiting minors on TV— especially for laughs—is … grotesquely irresponsible,” said PTC President Tim Winter in a release. “To a 12-year-old vulnerable girl who isn’t getting a lot of influence elsewhere—or a 12-year-old vulnerable girl who grows up to be an 18-year-old vulnerable woman—who is constantly surrounded by these messages, it’s easy to think that’s how you’re supposed to be: sexualized and (that your sex appeal) determines your value,” Smith said. “That made it very easy for a trafficker to lure me away from home.” The Rules Greg hooked Smith when he told her he would make her a star. “He was feigning a little bit of romantic interest, but not too much,” Smith said. “He was looking for what I was going to bite on. And what I was going to bite on was running away to Hollywood. I was going to see things; I was going to do things.” The day she ran away from home, Smith met Greg in another shopping mall, a little closer to Atlantic City. Hollywood, as it turned out, wasn’t on the agenda. “He took me to a motel room,” Smith said, and left her with Nikki, who’d been

off. But just hours after running away, Smith went along with it. She was convinced she could go back home. “At that point, that was my biggest problem,” she said. “My parents knew I had run away.” When Greg returned, it was all business. He sat Smith down and went over “the rules.” Without ever using the word prostitution, he told Smith what kind of men to talk to and that she had to make $200 an hour. She was to call him to “come home” when she reached $500. The women that the Center for Violence Prevention works with would recognize Smith’s story of shame and guilt. In Susie’s case, the pimp wouldn’t allow her to stop until she’d at least made enough to cover their hotel room. If she couldn’t, they’d both sleep on the streets. “They feel like they close the door behind them and they can’t go back,” Middleton said. “I think that I was just on autopilot once I realized what was going on,” Smith said, Primped and primed, Smith got into a cab with Nikki, who gave her more instructions. She should ask men if they wanted a date. If someone said yes, she was to tell him to come back with a car, ready to pay for a

hotel room. Smith and Nikki got out on Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, on what Smith believes is the “kiddie track.” “I found myself trying to be sexy,” she said, just like she’d seen on TV. She didn’t know how to say no—she didn’t even realize she had that option. “I had never said no to anything when it came from an older man.” It only took a few minutes before a man pulled up and asked Smith how old she was. Nikki did the talking. She told him Smith was 18, and she haggled over her price, $200. Then Nikki told Smith to go with “this old man,” Smith said. “He actually told me that I reminded him of his granddaughter in the hotel room.” Everything changed for Smith at that point. “After that encounter, my past life was completely gone. There were no thoughts of, ‘I need to find my way back home and back to middle school,’” she said. “That was gone. I was just dealing with the present moment and transitioned into the person I needed to be.” That person was a prostitute. Though the first encounter was the worst, there were others. “I met the quota that I needed to make,” she said. The next night, a police officer spotted her. He asked how old she was, and Smith told him what Greg and Nikki had told her to say. “I was scripted to give a different age and a different name,” she said. “He bought it and was walking away from me.” Smith called out to him. “What if I was under 18?” she asked. She was looking for options. Smith didn’t want to be out on the street, but she didn’t want to go home, either. “I didn’t know what I wanted,” she said. The cop arrested her. ‘Some Dirty Thing’ In 2000, Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Sex trafficking, the act defines, is when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or when the person induced to perform such an act is younger than 18. Trafficking includes “recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.” Physically transporting a person from one location to another is not necessary for the crime to fall within the definition. Under federal law, authorities should protect trafficking victims, not criminalize them; however, many state and local laws make prostitution, pimping and buying sex illegal, and the women—the victims—are the ones usually arrested. In 2003, about 92 percent of prostitution-related arrests in Boston were women, and only about 8 percent of arrests were more AVERAGE GIRLS, see page 17

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‘Turn on the TV’ By the time Greg zeroed in on Holly Smith, she had already had several sexual encounters. She had a relative who repeatedly abused her. Then, on two different occasions, older high-school boys took advantage of the pretty girl with long, soft brown hair. In 2004, researcher Melissa Farley estimated that 65 percent to 95 percent of those involved in prostitution were victims of sexual assault as children. Sex, for many girls, equates to love and intimacy, things usually missing in the lives of targeted girls. “Once girls have sex, they consider themselves in a relationship,” Middleton said. “… They want to be loved, and they get that all mixed up with sex.” “The bad guys don’t look at it like that at all,” she continued. Men will use sex to groom their victims while they make them sex slaves. “That’s part of the deal.” No adult had talked to Smith about sex. Sex education in school consisted mainly of anatomy lessons, she said. Almost everything she learned about sex was from popular media. At 14, Smith believed that she had to have a boyfriend, and sex was supposed to be fun. Instead, her experiences left her anxious. Smith hadn’t enjoyed any of them, and she was convinced that there was something wrong with her. “There’s this sexualization of girls in the media—from music videos to TV shows to advertising. Women are objectified, and they’re sexualized everywhere,” Smith said. “Turn on the radio; open a magazine; turn on the TV.” Sexualized TV content was the focus of a study released earlier this month from the Los Angeles-based Parents Television Coun-

cil. The report found that primetime TV is more likely to present underage female characters in sexually exploitive scenes than adult women. The scripts framed many of those scenes as comedy.

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sex trade, which is highly portable and easily propagated via the Internet. Midway between Memphis and New Orleans on the north-south axis, and Atlanta and Dallas on the east-west route, traffickers—pimps— shuttle their wares through Jackson looking for buyers. “Jackson is the hub for the southeast, and they’re bringing people from Atlanta, the northeast down through here going toward Texas or from the northwest going toward Florida,” Susie Harvill, executive director and founder of Advocates for Freedom, told a seminar audience at Greater Antioch Baptist Church in February. AFF is a Gulf-Coast nonprofit dedicated to ending human trafficking. “These are girls that are getting moved around,” Wagner said. In another case, authorities tracked a girl brought into Louisiana for the Super Bowl through a contact number on her Internet ads. “They tracked her from (Washington) D.C., right after the inaugural ball. And she moved her way through the South snaking her way to New Orleans,” she said. “Same phone number, same (headline), ‘New to Town, New to Town.’”

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men, reported Donna M. Hughes, a professor of women’s studies at the University of Rhode Island in 2005. Similarly, 89 percent of arrests in Chicago between 2001 and 2004 were women, 9.6 percent were men and 0.6 percent were pimps, Hughes wrote in “Combating Sex Trafficking: Advancing Freedom for Women and Girls.” Ranked just behind weapon sales, human trafficking is the second-most lucrative illegal market in the world, with an estimated annual value of more than $30 billion. “The United States is a source, transit and destination country for men, women

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also face a mountain of stigma and shame and, frequently, a police record. Few organizations are prepared to deal with the complexity of victim’s issues or the danger posed by traffickers. Hours after giving her statement, the police sent Smith home in the same red dress Nikki had put her in the night before. “(Sex-trafficking victims) need immediate after-care,” she said. “After I was arrested, I didn’t get any care, none at all. All they cared about was getting my testimony. … I was completely in a state of crisis. Nobody was concerned about my well-being.” Brendan-C

Ranked just behind weapon sales, human trafficking is the second-most lucrative illegal market in the world, with an estimated annual value of more than $30 billion.

and children—both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals—subjected to forced labor, debt bondage, involuntary servitude and sex trafficking,” reports the U.S. Department of State. Seventy-nine percent of human trafficking is sex trafficking and, in the U.S., 70 percent of sex trafficking is linked to organized crime. “Gangs can make more money off of selling humans than selling drugs, and it’s a lot safer,” Middleton said. “They can sell a person 20, 25, 30 times a day, every day.” The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that 100,000 to 293,000 American children are in danger of becoming sexual commodities. The average age of a child’s entry into pornography or prostitution is 12, reports the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. Getting out of “the game” isn’t easy, and prostitutes live brutal, short lives. “We’ll tell your parents you’ve been whoring,” a pimp might tell a girl, or he may threaten to kill her or recruit her little sister if she tries to leave. Most are dead within seven years. In that way, Smith was lucky. But victims of sex trafficking share many problems with victims of domestic violence: post-traumatic stress, fear, low self-esteem and lack of resources among them. Victims

Life became even more of a struggle for Smith. “Everyone was treating me like I was some dirty thing,” she said. “Everyone was treating me like I had chosen to prostitute, like that’s why I ran away: to become a prostitute.” ‘Emptiness and Sorrow’ “These girls need immediate trauma therapy for what they’ve been through,” Middleton said. For Jane, like other girls the CVP has counseled, other girls in “the life” were her friends, and she had a difficult time disengaging from them. “We were trying to pull her out, and they were trying to pull her back in,” Middleton said. “… People that she cared about were still being victimized every day, and she couldn’t do anything about it.” Others become accustomed to a standard of living—even if they never have control over the money they make, their traffickers dress and house them and give them gifts, something they haven’t experienced before. “They have to walk away from a lifestyle on top of everything else,” Middleton said. “It’s just extremely complicated.” Seven days after police sent her home, Smith tried to kill herself. She ended up in a psychiatric facility, where she got some treatment, but nothing related to the trafficking.

“I wouldn’t even hear that term for 20 years,” she said. Smith didn’t know what a “normal” relationship looked like, and she became entangled with a domestic abuser. She got into drugs and alcohol, and was in and out of therapy for years. Finally, with the help of counselors, she put her energy into school. She finished high school, went on to college and graduated with 3.6 grade average and a degree in biology. “I rose professionally,” Smith said. “I went all over this country, changing jobs. I moved up quickly because I didn’t have anything else. I was so empty inside. I was trying to fill it up with education and accomplishments, which is great; that’s a good thing, but I was so empty inside because I was carrying this terrible secret—that I used to be a prostitute.” In 2009, 17 years after the worst 36 hours of her life, Smith met Tina Frundt, founder and executive director of Courtney’s House in Washington, D.C. Like Smith, Frundt is a survivor of sex trafficking, and Courtney’s House is dedicated to helping victims heal. “I didn’t really, truly come back to life until I met other survivors who had been through the same thing,” Smith said. “That’s when I really got my healing.” Sex trafficking victims, even if they get out, frequently feel isolated. Because of their experiences, they don’t know whom to trust. They doubt anyone loves them just for who they are. “They never know if somebody’s going to turn on them or tell on them,” Middleton said. Today, Smith advocates for getting help to victims—something she didn’t receive for years. She is married now and lives in Virginia. She has a website, hollyaustinsmith. com, and she works as a consultant with AMBER Alert and numerous anti-trafficking organizations. She writes a weekly newspaper column about sex trafficking, and next April, Smith will publish a book, titled “Walking Prey.” “As happy as I am today, there were years of emptiness and sorrow,” she said. “I think I went through all of this for a reason.” “Once victims become survivors, they become extremely powerful women,” Middleton said. “That’s the cool thing about offering appropriate services to these victims: They can become survivors, in time. Once they are, they’re empowered to share their story, encourage others and be part of the answer—to be brave enough to walk forward and talk about what happened to them.” Because victims have come forward, she said, organizations like the CVP understand how to provide the help other victims need to survive, such as long-term therapy and intervention. Recently, Smith spoke to kids at the middle school where she had graduated a

Help Your Child Understand Pimps’ Tactics • A pimp will often single out a girl or boy who appears to be alone, apart from the crowd or without parental support or care. • A pimp does not typically look like a pimp, but rather like an attractive, fun, engaging and trustworthy person. • The mall has become one of the most common places for pimps to target pre-teens and teens. • A pimp will tell your child that he or she is beautiful, smart, unique and (often) misunderstood. A pimp will do everything possible to gain the trust of your child. • The seduction of your child may take months; but the pimp is patient, considering this as a business investment.

What Parents Can Do • Check your teens’ phone. Know who they are calling and monitor text messages. • Monitor your teens’ Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and have their passwords. • Know the children your kids are hanging out with—and their parents. • Always have a chaperone with teens while they are at the mall. • Inform your children and community about the reality of trafficking It spans every race, gender and neighborhood in America— including yours. • Have clear family rules such as: Under no circumstances are your children and teens to approach a stranger’s vehicle; and your teens are to hang around age-appropriate friends. • Request your teens give you their cell phone overnight. SOURCE: courtneyshouse.org

few short weeks before Greg lured her into prostitution. The girls were dumbfounded. “The last question they asked was, ‘Why am I just hearing about this?’” she said. She urges parent to talk to their kids about what they’re watching on television or seeing on the Internet. “Teach them that their value does not come from boyfriends or sex appeal.” Smith said, and added: “I didn’t choose to be a prostitute. I was a victim. I was a child, and I was exploited.” Visit www.jpf.ms/sextrafficking for more 17 info about sex trafficking in Mississippi.. jacksonfreepress.com

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n her current position as director of the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs in Washington D.C., Melody Musgrove is a modern-day superwoman. “It’s like being shot out of a cannon,” she says. “Every day is so busy and different. There’s a lot of (hard) problem solving— at this point, if the problems were easy, they would have been solved by now.” Musgrove enjoys the variety, though. “There are a lot of great things about my job. My favorite thing is just the variety of people I get to meet, and getting to visit schools around the country where excit-

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elly Englemann wants the people around her to be happy and healthy. Englemann, 45, certified nurse practitioner and owner of Enhanced Wellness in Jackson, says the work she does fills her with gratitude. Being able to change lives “is my dream,” Englemann says. The Sandersville native received an undergraduate degree at University of Mississippi Medical Center and earned two master’s degrees, one each from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of ing things are happening and schools that are beating the odds,” she says. “It’s really exciting to get to see some of the best practices around.” But although Musgrove, wife of former Gov. Ronni Musgrove, splits her time between the D.C. and the Magnolia State, “Mississippi’s home,” she says. “My family is here. We have a home in D.C. as well, where my office is, but Mississippi will always be home. This is where my roots are.” A graduate of Mississippi College and The University of Southern Mississippi, Musgrove has been working in special education for more than 30 years. Among the many positions she’s had, being a teacher has been the most educational and rewarding. “I’ve been a school administrator, and served in basically every level that you can work in education, and I think that working in a classroom as a teacher is the best experience that could have prepared me for the job I have now,” Musgrove says. —Rebecca Docter

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r. Vonda Reeves-Darby’s mission in her career is to reverse the state of health care in Mississippi. Reeves-Darby, 53, works as a gastroenterologist for the Gastrointestinal Associates and Endoscopy Center. She decided to become a doctor around age 8, while tending to her grandmother’s illness. She affirmed that decision after meeting an African American doctor, Dr. Chester Mayers. “I was able to actually meet (Mayers), an African American doctor that my mother had taught in school,” Reeves-Darby says.

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South Florida’s school of medicine. Her 26 years in the medical field began when she was working at an ice-cream shop in the mall. The parlor owner’s husband, who worked at an obstetrics and gynecology clinic, offered Englemann a job at the clinic. “I really got an up close look at the medical profession and decided that’s what I wanted to do,” Englemann says. Her clinic focuses on diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications, all of which improve the lives of her patients. “What I find is that most of my patients are very well educated

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ttorney Angela Cockerham was elected into the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2005. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Jackson State University in 1998, attended Loyola University for law school and received her master’s degree in International Relations from Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In the Legislature, the 36-year-old serves as the chairwoman of the House Energy committee, one of several committees she serves on.

“Prior to that, I had never seen a black doctor, and once I was able to visualize the reality, I was able to say ‘Yeah, yeah, I can do this, too.’” Because of Mississippi’s poor showing in some areas of health care, ReevesDarby hopes to inform and educate people to do better. “I look at Jackson as a whole, (and) I look at a city that has wonderful land mass, but no one’s taken advantage of teaching people how to grow crops and how to eat healthier,” she says. Reeves-Darby hopes to

and willing to spend the time to do their own research,” Englemann says. “A lot of times, they find resources and books for me to read, even research that I haven’t seen before.” In her continuous goal of educating patients, Englemann participated in a fourweek lecture series on healthy lifestyles at Mississippi University for Women this June. “I just feel like it’s our commitment to educate and (... the lecture series) is just a great opportunity to go, share and get the community on board with health and wellness,” she says. —De’Arbreya Lee Politics and current events were often the topic of discussion at Cockerham’s family dinner table, and she kept up with the news locally and nationally. “I always had an interest in helping people, in the law and financially, because I went to law school. But I always had an interest in politics since I was a very, very small child. When the opportunity presented itself, I decided that I would run,” Cockerham says. Cockerham prides herself on her hard work, determination to accomplish all of her goals and her Christian faith. She feels that God has blessed her tremendously for all that she has accomplished. She travels as a motivational speaker to speak to young women, and takes pride in being a positive female role model. “I try not to distinguish myself or place limitations,” she says. “I never have. I go out there, I work really hard, I set goals, I pray and do all that I can so that I succeed and accomplish my goals. I give respect, and I’m not going to accept anything less than respect for myself.” —Mark Braboy

educate people on eating healthy on a budget and about exercise. To combat Mississippians’ overall poor health, Reeves-Darby wants to change some of the laws in that area. “We are one of the few states that doesn’t have colon cancer treatment mandated by law,” she says. “Hopefully if we get the data for the Legislature and other politicians to see, maybe they will become enlightened (and work to stop) some of these issues that are draining the finances of the state.” —Emmanuel Sullivan


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r. Beverly Hogan has a long resume of positions held in service to communities nationwide. “It seemed like I played a lot of musical chairs,” she says. Hogan is a Mississippi native and a Tougaloo College graduate, and the first female president of Tougaloo, a position she has held since 2002. She has served as the executive director to the Mental Health Association, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Federal-State Programs, and was an adjunct professor at Jackson State University.

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“What we really want to bring together, for all of our students, is a consciousness for human rights issues,” she says. That is part of the reason that Hogan started the first rape crisis program and the Shelter for Battered Women for the State of Mississippi. Ultimately Hogan’s goal for service is to “make sure that people, whether they’re men or women, whether they’re black white or whatever ethnicity they are, to know that here, in this America, you can aspire to be whatever you want to be.” —Khari Johnson

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onfucius said: “Find a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” Kim Dubuisson loves helping others, so her position as executive assistant to the CEO of Trustmark Bank is a perfect fit. “My favorite thing about my job is that it changes day to day,” Dubuisson says. “There’s pressure (to meet deadlines, to keep the schedule moving along without incident), it’s challenging, and I get to meet other business leaders.” Natchez-native Dubuisson is also involved in the community, including Habitat for Humanity, Stewpot, the Center for Violence Prevention and Executive Women International, where she serves as chapter secretary.

erena Rasberry Clark describes herself as aggressive and outgoing, and she loves to take on challenges—fitting personally traits for a woman in a male-dominated line of work. Clark is president of AvanteGarde Strategies, a firm that provides legal advice and political public relations. The 38-yearold received her bachelor’s degree from Delta State University, a master’s degree at Millsaps College and a law degree from the Mississippi College School of Law. Clark has also worked for Mississippi

Coalition Against Domestic Violence for nearly three years to develop changes in legislation regarding domestic violence. Clark and the MCADV helped to pass legislation against sex trafficking that better defines the crime and who the victims are, enhances penalties and eliminates loopholes. “One of my favorite quotes is, ‘the darkest dark cannot keep out the light of the smallest flame,’” Clark says. “No matter how dark it is around you, all it takes is a tiny flicker of a flame to affect change in

“In my head, I was supposed to be famous, or something close to it,” she says. After sharing camera space with the likes of Kevin Spacey, Johnny Knoxville and Heather Graham, Cacamo says she “had an inner tug to move back to Jackson.” When she is not facing deadlines and managing advertising content, Cacamo is involved in the community. Soon, she will grant a special favor to her co-worker’s son, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. “We were able to arrange a trip to Disney World through Make-A-Wish Mississippi and Richard Schwartz. He has no idea it’s going to happen,” she says. —DeNetta Fagan Durr

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At home, Dubuisson is a mother of two and grandmother of five. In her spare time, she pursues creative endeavors. “I enjoy creative painting, I write fiction, read and enjoy family,” she says. “Even though I’m in an office environment, I consider myself well rounded. A person can be in an office, but develop their creative side. At the beginning of every year, I make a decision to learn something new. One year it was quilting, another digital photography and, recently, I began to study herbs and their benefits, so I have my own herb garden.” Her advice to others: “Help people, be involved and step outside the box!” —Shameka Hayes

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icki Slater has always had an interest in helping the community. “Community involvement, to me, first and foremost means being present and showing up where there is a need and doing what can be done to meet that need,” Slater says. Slater, 56, began helping people at a young age, starting with the people close to her. “When I was growing up, my grandparents were both profoundly deaf, so a lot of times I would have to interpret with them, and I just learned as a real young child to speak up for other people,” Slater says. “The legal system is a lot like that, where people in the legal system cannot speak up for themselves.” A Jackson native, Slater received her law degree from Tulane University in 1992. She became a member of the Louisiana Bar in 1993 and a member of the Mississippi Bar a year later. Slater started her own law firm, Vicki R. Slater, Attorney at Law P.A., in 1991—although it came a bit late for her tastes. “That was my only regret about starting my own business, is that I didn’t start it earlier” Slater says. Aside from her business, Slater is also part of an organization called Trial Lawyers Care, which consists of a group of lawyers that get involved in different community needs. Right now one of the group’s biggest programs is to end distracted driving. “I’m involved right now in getting people out to schools, churches and communities to talk about distracted driving and how dangerous it is,” Slater says. “We are also urging legislatures to put rules and laws in place.” —Dominique Triplett

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n order to fill Lindsey Cacamo’s shoes, one must have the ability to switch into “octopus mode.” Aside from the ability to multi-task, Cacamo says instinctual, quick-on-your-feet problem-solving skills and knowing how to debate well are her other skills as the director of media and community relations for Richard Schwartz and Associates, P.A. “Never in a million years could I have predicted working for a law firm,” she says. The 28year-old has held the position for two years now. She graduated from Mississippi State University in 2009 and lived in New Orleans for two years to pursue a career in film.

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esson native Jane Sanders Waugh says she has always been torn between her left brain and her right brain. As a creative soul, she is a member of the Fondren Theater Workshop, and she uses her analytical thinking in her field of work. Sanders Waugh came to Jackson to attend Mississippi College, where she got a degree in speech and communications with an emphasis in theater. She worked in sales and marketing until 1991, when she graduated from law school—a move that

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hen Emmy-nominated news anchor Maggie Wade Dixon is not at the WLBT 3 news station or tending to her granddaughter, Adilynn, she is involved in the community, working with organizations such as Volunteer Mississippi, River Oaks Hospital and United Negro College Fund. Wade Dixon, 56, discovered her passion for being a news anchor when her friend suggested that she should work with the Mississippi College radio station, WHJT. They decided to put her on the air when they heard her on the phone and discovered she had a gift. “The people of Mississippi have been such a blessing to me,” Wade Dixon says. “They accepted me when I was terrible on the air and prayed for me and cheered for me and just supported me no matter what, and I know that it’s because of God’s grace and their support that I’ve been able to do this for the last 36 years.” The accomplished Mississippi Association of Public Broadcasters hall of famer has won more than 500 awards, including Jackson Free Press’ best news anchor award nine years in a row and the March of Dimes citizen of the year award in 2006. The real honor, for Wade Dixon, is being a servant for the community and helping others. “No matter how tired I get, I know that there’s somebody out there who has a need greater than that, so that gives me the fuel,” she says. “We’ve got too many children who need help, who deserve homes and who deserve to hear those words ‘I love you.’ So I can’t get tired of fighting for them. I can never get too tired to listen to a mother who’s trying to provide for her kids. No matter how bad my day may get, there’s somebody out there who I can serve that day.” —Mark Braboy

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alk to Shunda Garner long enough, and you’ll start to hear the word “people” pop up again and again. Garner is all about people—healing, caring for and teaching them. The 44-year-old family physician wanted to be a doctor since she was 8 years old. “Initially radiology was what I wanted to do, but as I got further into training and the educational process, I really wanted to be with people, so I switched over to family medicine,” she says. Her dedication to helping folks expands far beyond her day job. She also provides medical care for the Center for Violence Prevention and is working to build raised-bed community gardens with Opportunity House (part of Stewpot Com-

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she calls her mid-life crisis. After practicing for a few years, Sanders Waugh started Legal Resources. “They called us the Kelly Lawyers because we were the temp lawyers in town,” she says. It eventually evolved into a full-service legal staffing firm, before the company modified the business model into Professional Staffing Group. Now, Sanders Waugh effectively helps bring talent to Mississippi with PSG’s services and keeps it here. She lives in Jackson with her husband of almost six years, David Waugh. —Briana Robinson

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hile others might dream of having the power of flight, or to be invisible, this superhero longs to have the ability to read your mind. Hinds County attorney and entrepreneur Sherri Flowers-Billups is not only mother to 9-month-old Kingston Patrick and wife to Tommy Billups, but a civil servant to Hinds County. “I prosecute [the] bad guys ... It’s good to know what your opponent is thinking,” she says. A Clinton native, Flowers-Billups graduated with an accounting degree from Hampton University before returning to earn her master’s and law degree from the

University of Mississippi. After passing the Mississippi Bar exam, she went to work for McTeer and Associates as a general practitioner and worked her way up to an appointment as Hinds County Attorney. For Billups, there seems to be no hard parts to the job, just benefits and rewards. “It’s fast paced, and I like it. I’m always in court. That’s what I do,” Billups says. Her mantra is to always keep fighting, and her tenacity paid off: She was voted the first female Hinds County prosecutor in 1999 and, in 2010, the Mississippi Economic Council named her one of its 50 Leading Businesswomen. —Nneka Ayozie

munity Services) and other organizations. The gardens in particular really get her excited. “I think community gardens are really underserved in Jackson,” she says. “They are opportunities in terms of giving people a sense of self-sufficiency, in terms of improving diet and, therefore, overall health, and also just the landscape of Jackson. ... The look on people’s faces when they grow something is priceless. They have a sense of accomplishment and of ‘I did this.’” Garner is dedicated to teaching women of all ages about healthy lifestyles. “For a lot of families, women lead the family. Where the mother goes, or the maternal figure goes, the family goes,” she says. —Kathleen M. Mitchell

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in September 2012, Thornhill came back to the states with a renewed sense of purpose. Moved to action, Thornhill formed a group with business associates and fellow lobbyists to enact legislation that would deal a blow to human trafficking violators. “It was a very non-partisan effort by a wide variety of Democrats and Republicans, agencies, lobbyists and legislators,” Thornhill says. “So many groups of people came together to do something just because it was the right thing to do. No political gain, financial gain—no partisan politics.” —Nneka Ayozie

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here can you buy neat art, jewelry and gift certificates and help keep women and children safe all at the same time? The 9th Annual JFP Chick Ball, of course. It features a huge silent auction of donated items from local businesses, artists and so many other philanthropists. The proceeds from this year’s Chick Ball go toward helping sex trafficking victims at the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl. Flip through this silent auction guide for samples of what will be featured from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 20. There’s still time to donate! Call 601-362-6121 ext 23 or email chickball@jacksonfreepress.com to give or volunteer. And don’t forget to thank these donors, buy their art and shop in their local businesses.

Two Studio Chane T-shirts, Studio Chane and Swell-o-Phonic

Framed painting, Leslie Horton and Fondren Art Gallery Painting done at FIGMENT Jackson, Greg Gandy

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Made in Mississippi necklace, Tess Campbell and Pink Bombshell

Framed painting, Randy Everett and Fondren Art Gallery

Ethiopian coffee and mug, Cups an Espresso Café

Painting of the Capitol building, Darryl Anderson and Fondren Art Gallery

Paint kit, Seabrook

Painting done at FIGMENT Jackson, Greg Gandy

ELLE sunglasses, Custom Optical Painting done at FIGMENT Jackson, Greg Gandy

Painting, Patrick Grogan and Fondren Art Gallery

Mississippi magnolia letterpress print (top) Flowers of the states print (bottom), Kristen Ley, Thimblepress

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Painting done at FIGMENT Jackson, Greg Gandy

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Painting done at FIGMENT Jackson, Greg Gandy

Guitar birdhouse, Archie Storey

(left to right) Skinnygirl California Red, Skinnygirl Moscato, Skinnygirl flavored vodka, Gotta Go

Cross bracelet, Golden Glam Boutique

HOBO wallet, Material Girls


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Barnaut pink champagne, Vintage Wine Market

Painting, Amber Helsel

To see more donations go to jfp.ms/chickguide2013

Glass birds, Elizabeth Robinson and Spirit House Glass

Two antique candlesticks, Interior Markets

Beaded bag, Marianne Hill Painting, Louren Reed

Terra-cotta statues, Marianne Hill

Beer brewing kit, Todd Stauffer and Donna Ladd

Knitted dwarf gloves, Mariam Lamar and Wade Acuff

Painting, Helena Brown and Fondren Art Gallery

Painting, Karen Sanders and Fondren Art Gallery

Painting, Michael Shofner and Soul Wired Cafe

Painted floral etching, Johannah Williams

Chevron earrings, Golden Glam Boutique

Paintings, Jason Jenkins

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JFP Chick Ball Auction Guide

Book, Leake Street Gallery

Baby goods, Pepper Lyn’s Gifts & More

Mustache earrings, Golden Glam Boutique

Fedora, sunglasses, necklace, Charming Charlie

Buttons and earrings, Pepper Lyn’s Gifts & More

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Cosmetic bag and $80 gift certificate to Renaissance, Renaissance at Colony Park

GUESS purse, Gloria King Scented gift bag, Fresh Ink

Signed Mississippi Braves photos, Mississippi Braves

Necklace, David Joseph

Painting, Johannah Williams Painted $100 gift certificate, Heavenly Design by Roz

Gift basket, The Body Shop

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Gift basket, The Body Shop

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Various gifts of awesomeness, Brent’s Drugs

Ceramic bottle, Glo Design Studio

Two jewelry sets (top and bottom left), One necklace (bottom right), Richard Laswell

Vintage-style purse, Libby Story

CD, Butterfly Yoga

Painting, Katherine Farrar

Christian Dior purse, Gloria King

Chevron dress, Golden Glam Boutique


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Print, Brandi Hoxie

Painting, Michael Shofner and Soul Wired Cafe

Ink etching, Melissa Bryant

Painting, Michael Shofner and Soul Wired Cafe

Painting, Kelli Heath Bethany and Fondren Art Gallery

Painting, Michael Shofner and Soul Wired Cafe

Tickets to every Ardenland show booked after July 20, Ardenland

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Print, Marianne Hill

T-shirt, Fitness Lady at Ridgleand

Painting, Michael Shofner and Soul Wired Cafe

T-shirts, 303 Jefferson

Cookbook, Cowboy Maloney

NOTE: Items received after July 12 did not make the auction guide. To see more donations go to jfp.ms/chickguide2013

Gift Certificate Donations $25 Gift certificate, Fondren Nails

$20 Gift card, Sneaky Beans

$100 Gift certificate, Mint

$100 Gift certificate, SMoak Salon

Two $75 Gift certificates, Butterfly Yoga

$10, Newk’s Eatery

$75.00 Gift card, Bravo!

$25 Gift certificate for piano lessons (beginner or early intermediate), Maureen McGuire

$25 Gift certificate for one spray tan, Merle Norman of the Renaissance

$30 Gift certificate, Lacey’s Salon 60-minute massage certificate, Li Vemulakonda of Elemental Healing Therapies Two 30-minute massage certificates, Li Vemulakonda of Elemental Healing Therapies

$20 Gift certificate for guitar lessons (beginner or early intermediate), Mareen McGuire $100 Gift certificate, Orange Peel $200 Gift certificate, Wells Cleaners $80 Gift card, Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland

$50 Gift card, Julep

Three $10 Gift certificates, When Pigs Fly

$100 Gift card, Pure Barre

$25 Gift card, Apricot Lane Boutique

$40 Gift certificate, ACEY Salon

$20 Gift card, Five Guys

One Gym membership, Fitness Lady of Ridgeland $100 Gift certificate, Heavenly Design by Roz $100 Gift certificate, Applause Dance Factory $25 Gift certificate, Fondren Cellars Three $10 Gift cards, Sweet Pepper’s Deli Gift certificate for dinner for two people, Rooster’s $250 Gift certificate to Donna Ladd’s Writing 101-202 class, Donna Ladd

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hanks to the recent trend of bigbudget Hollywood films, our idea of a “hero” is often a person in a cool costume fighting evil. If you read or watch the news, maybe your vision of a hero is a police officer, firefighter or soldier—someone who risks life and limb to protect our freedom and safety. Most of us probably wouldn’t picture our heroes as a group of attorneys working in one of the country’s largest and oldest law firms. “We chose the Women’s Initiative at Baker Donelson as our Heroes of the Year because that’s exactly what they are,” says Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Center for Violence Prevention. The attorneys offer free legal services to the center, including assistance with child custody and divorce, restraining orders, business disputes, and help with criminal investigations. “I call them frequently for help and they are always there for us. They have always gone the extra mile,” Middleton says. The Women’s Initiative Committee was formed to promote diversity and the advancement of females within the firm, the firm’s website states. Another aspect of the initiative is to aid women within the community, with is a focus on pro bono service. The members of the initiative spoke to the Attorney General’s office and saw the need for their services right here in central Mississippi. As a result, they reached out to Middleton and the center to offer their services. The attorneys within the initiative have shown the victims at the center that legal help is available for them. “It made sense for us to get involved the with the center,” said Ashley C. Tullos, one of the initiative members. “We

recognized the center had clients with needs, and it was good way for us to utilize our skills. Some of the women can be intimidated by law enforcement and are unaware of the options that are available to them. We like to see these women educated within the community.” The women of Baker Donelson went the extra mile, committing to a day of training with Middleton and Heather Wagner, director of the domestic-violence division of the state attorney general’s office, on issues that face the center. “The training helped us realize the tough and diverse issues some of these women are facing,” Tullos says. She also made it clear that the initiative’s involvement with CVP has the complete support of the firm. “The great thing is that this is not something that is not just talked about at Baker Donelson, but there is a level of commitment. Things like our work with the Center and sponsorship of the Chick Ball shows the firm truly cares about these issues,” Tullos says. The initiative has been involved with the CVP for more than year now. Aside from the wide range of legal services they offer, they have made themselves completely available to the center. “They have achieved results in protecting these women. In short, they are lifesavers,” Middleton says. The members of the Women’s Initiative Committee include: Jonell Beeler, Sheryl Bey, Amy Champagne, Nakimuli Davis, La’Verne Edney, Amy Elder, Wendy Ellard, Sue Fairbank, Alicia Hall, Jennifer Hall, Adria Hertwig, Ceejaye Peters, Marlena Pickering, Anna Powers, Kenya Rachal, Wendy Thompson, Ashley C. Tullos, Anne Turner, Ginger Weaver and Gretchen Zmitrovich.


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t’s no secret that women in superhero comics are distinctly stylized—I imagine to help hone in on their target demographic of young, straight males. But have you ever taken a good look at them? With their broken backs, distorted bodies and impractically sexy clothes, they cross the line from stylization to distracting. Though by no means a new phenomenon, the disparity between comic-book males and females has started to garner a lot of attention from bloggers. Escher Girls, for one, illustrates how women are distorted beyond reality. Repair Her Armor redesigns skimpy armor to something more suitable for protection. Personally, I love these attempts at empowerment, but some argue feminists are being too critical of the artists and that these comic-book women are strong female characters in their own right. One fed-up Tumblr user, gingerhaze, posted “How to fix every Strong Female Character pose in superhero comics: Replace the character with Hawkeye doing the same thing.” And Tumblr answered her call. Soon, someone posted a redraw of a Hawkeye and Black Widow cover with their poses swapped. Now Hawkeye was the one falling upside, back arched and legs spread. The movement grew, and fans dubbed it The Hawkeye Initiative. The website is now filled with redraws featuring Hawkeye and his bow and arrows in the same “sensual” poses women are typically drawn in. The movement has even expanded to include most of the male Avengers, though Hawkeye remains the star. Iron Man and Thor strip down, the Cap’ has had his spine lengthened and several organs removed, and Hulk shows off his derriere—all while Black Widow gets a well-deserved break from all the impossible back arching.

Putting a male in the same poses (and sometimes the same outfit) highlights the absurdity that we are practically conditioned to accept. As soon as you see Clint in the traditional boobs-and-butt pose, you wonder why someone would stand like that. Same goes for the elongated legs and the shriveled waists we’re likely to ignore on Wonder Woman or Black Widow. Swapping the gendered poses is a fun and funny way to point out the flaws and the tropes in comic women and call attention to their unnecessary sexiness. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with having sexy characters. Part of the joy of comics is that they are the height of fantasy—men flying through the sky or turning into big, green rage monsters. Everyone is sexier and stronger than in real life. They stand, pose, move and fight in a more exciting manner than reality can offer. They can and should be more dynamic. But why are the women still hyper-sexualized during a fight, but the men get this time to be taken seriously? There’s no reason for arched backs and jutted hips when you’re punching the bad guys. Natasha will be just as sexy (if not sexier) braced for a blow as she would be with her chest leading by a foot. Even more, this apparent baseline of sex appeal ruins the effect when you have a character that really and truly is supposed to be sexy, such as Tarot or Emma Frost. She has to be so far over the top that not even the most casual observer would buy it, or she doesn’t stand out as truly a bombshell. Ultimately, all the women become one-dimensional and blur together because their sex appeal becomes their dominant features. If you’re designing a character or wonder how empowering a female is in your comics, run her through the Hawkeye test and see if you’d still take her seriously.


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What’s in A Name?

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“Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” I close every show I have with this song because I’ve always heard that back in the day they used to close down shows at the Grand Ole Opry with sing-alongs. I like to close my sets with that (song) for everybody to just sing along as a community.

that traditional sound with that newer sound. Locally, I’m influenced by Johnny Bertram and Taylor Hildebrand. Also, a band called the Everybodyfields; they’re from around where I grew up.

What are some of your favorite local bands?

Do you have a favorite place or time to write?

Jamie Weems and The Strange Pilgrims, and lately I’ve really been loving Southern Komfort (Brass Band).

I like to write music outside with a glass of wine on a porch.

Melanie Boyd

Gillian Welch. She’s a great example of integrating

How has your music evolved since you started playing?

I started playing drums when I was 10, and my dream was to play the drum kit. Then

How do you balance both your job and your music?

I try to integrate them as much as possible. I run the statewide bicycle advocacy organization, and luckily for me, music and bikes run hand in hand.

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I picked up the banjo in 2000. When I started, I was playing all old-time traditional tunes from the Appalachian region. I bought a guitar in 2002 to start writing songs. I kind of integrate the old-time and traditional gospel music into what I do now. I’ve evolved primarily from traditional into singer-songwriter folk.

fter completing 10th grade, Eric “iRhyme” Spann began writing poetry and has yet to cease the flowing mental compositions. “Stuff builds up, and you need a release,” Spann says. He credits his best friend, Stephanie Longmire, and aunt, Tiffani Smith, who are also poets, for encouraging him to enter the field. “Just think of something you’re passionate about,” his aunt told him back in 2008, inspiring him to write his first poem, “Hip Hop Is Not Dead.” The 21-year-old Detroit native first

moved to the area in 2007 and graduated from Ridgeland High School two years later. After moving to Indiana for college, Spann came back to Jackson in 2010 to attend Jackson State University. That year, he wrote “Dem Southern Girls.” Now called “G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South),” the dedication to southern belles helped earned him a spot in last year’s Chick Ball entertainment line-up. That was Spann’s first major performance. “Thanks to Chick Ball, I’ve had lots of big performances,” he says. “It feels good to be asked to come back for a second time.”

Spoken-word artists must prepare for their performances, similar to the preparation with voice control that actors do during rehearsal. Here are Spann’s favorite film characters: • “300,” King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) • “8 Mile,” Jimmy ‘B-Rabbit’ Smith (Eminem) • “Forrest Gump,” Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) • “Seven,” Detective Lt. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) For more info on Eric “iRhyme” Spann, 29 visit his YouTube page at irhymespann. jacksonfreepress.com

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emphis native Pam Confer has always been in love with jazz. She started out in school performing with the choir in high school and college, and now Confer, 42, performs both cover and original songs all around Jackson. Although she was exposed to other genres, she felt the strongest connection to jazz and was able to identify with it. “I think I’ve always had an affinity for jazz, and for some reason, Billie Holiday and all of the classic singers of jazz have always just held a special place in my heart,” Confer says. “I’ve always been drawn toward that type of music, and I think my voice is naturally inclined to be of that genre. I gravitate towards it because it’s how I feel, like I how I sound is how they sound.” She began professionally in the mid’90s by singing background for musicians such as Johnny Taylor and Willie Clayton. Four years ago, she formed her own band, Pam Confer Jazz Beautiful, in order to put her own signature on the music. “I am enamored by Natalie Cole. I love Mary J. Blige, Rachelle Farell, Phyllis Hyman, Nancy Wilson and Cassandra Wilson. In terms of how soulfully they sing, if you were to put Natalie Cole and Mary J. Blige with a sprinkle of Phyllis Hyman, that would be me,” Confer says. Her favorite warm-up songs include Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason,” DuBois Heyward’s “Summertime” and the negro spiritual “Walk With Me.” She also loves to warm up by scatting and singing various other songs with her own spin on them. Confer’s favorite and most popular songs to perform include Ella Fitzgerald’s “Misty,” Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay.” Camille Moenkhaus

What is your pleasure song?

Ron Blaylock/courtesy Melody Moody

taying true to her musical name, singer-songwriter Melody Moody chats with us about her songwriting, her work life, and her newest musical endeavor, the Untitled Melody Project.


Diversions | chick ball bands

Opposite Day Comes Signaling Positivity Once A Year by Adria Walker by Briana Robinson

Soulful Dedication by De’Arbreya Lee

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ocal Jackson band, Opposite Day, both formed last year and performed at Chick Ball for the first time with guitarist and singer Griffin Jones, 15; bassist Beth Ann Jones, 13; and their dad, Spencer Jones, on drums. Since then, Opposite Day has made a few changes.

Courtesy Griffin Jones

• At this year’s Chick Ball, Opposite Day will include bassist Spencer Jones and drummer Opposite Day frontlady, Chris Goodwin Griffin Jones of Los Buddies with Griffin returning as the guitarist and singer. • The members’ taste in music has matured from cartoon theme songs to fusion and hard rock. • Griffin’s main influences include Guthrie Govan, Nili Brosh, Greg Howe, Dave Grohl, Jeff Beck, The Who and Rush. • Eric Johnson’s “Cliffs of Dover” has more than 800 notes in it, and Opposite Day intends to rock all of them while covering the song. • Opposite Day’s main goal is to inspire people to love music and play real instruments. The bandmates feel that there are too many artists who simply use auto tune and don’t have a passion for music.

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ere are some facts to get you ready to hear one of Jackson’s newer duos, Wink and the Signal, at Chick Ball. Find the band on Facebook and Soundcloud.

• Wink and the Signal’s first performance was in August 2012 at the Thunderbird in Pittsburgh. • The duo is Lydia Bain of Madison and Barrett Black of Pittsburg. They perform violin, guitar, cello and soul vocals. • The two first met at a jazz venue in Pittsburg where Black heard Bain sing. Later, he heard her playing violin in a practice room at Duquesne University where she was studying. • “We are the first afro-country band in America,” Black says. Black describes the music as “a mixture of soul vocals with music Americana with a reggae tinge sprinkled with Celtic rock.” • Be ready to get involved with the show with lots of “call and response, audience engagement, and foot-stomping fun,” Wink and the Signal Black says. • “Our music is positive and productive change for the betterment of people and society,” Black says. “We just want to be a positive force.” • “People that give up everything they know for fame—for a fleeting time in the spotlight,” Black says about the message behind their song, “Dandelion Fields.” “They’ll give up what they believe in ... all for a shot at this fleeting stardom that may or may not even come.” • They will release an EP, “Pastel Skies in July,” later this year.

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Jessica King

lthough Stacey “Soul” Winters doesn’t consider herself a spoken-word artist and prefers her written work, her love for language acts as a calling force that draws her to the stage occasionally. “I feel that poetry is owned by no man or woman, so you do as you feel,” she says. “It’s about expression.” Raised in the small town of Ethel, Miss., Winters began writing poetry at the age of 12. “I just love putting words together,” Winters says. She’s now the owner of Soul Wired Café (111 Millsaps Ave., 601-863-6378), an eatery and safe haven for poets and artist to express themselves. “I’ve always been into poetry, music and art,” Winters says. Sitting at work one day at Comcast in Madison in 2011, she decided to let that job go and pursue a dream that would allow her art to become her career. “I feel like I was more so spiritually inspired to do some things, and it just kind of came about that way,” she says. “Just me letting the dreams in my mind kind of come to life. Winters extends her artistry not only to the written word, but is to graffiti, recycled art, pieces that can also be found throughout Soul Wired Café. Aside from running Soul Winters her café, Winters is currently working on a documentary titled “The Collard Green Diary,” which explores LGBT life in Mississippi. For more info on Soul Wired Cafe, visit its Facebook page.

Caroline and ‘Camilla’

July 17 - 23, 2013

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olk singer Caroline Herring comes to Chick Ball carried by the strength of rave reviews for her latest album, “Camilla.” The album is her sixth full-length release. ““I feel braver on this album, and I feel it represents me wholly,” Herring states on her website. “To me, Camilla is about grief and injustice. Deep love and hope. Perseverance. Heroes.” Although Herring is a Canton native, she now lives in Decatur, Ga. She spoke with the JFP a few years ago about returning to play in her home state. Do you have any favorite memories from growing up in Canton?

Caroline Herring

The bones of Canton are beautiful with the courthouse and the square, but it’s a town that struggled like most other Mississippi towns, and I remember lots of hardships there. But I remember going to my mom’s

library a lot, and I loved being amidst all of those books. That explains all the literary references in your work. Where did your music education come from?

My parents had me in the church choir from seventh grade on, and I took piano from kindergarten onward. And I played flute at Canton Academy ... but I didn’t start playing guitar until my early 20s, and didn’t start writing until my late 20s when I played with the Sincere Ramblers in Oxford for a radio show. As you come back to Mississippi, is there a little pride that swells up within, like a conquering hero?

No. Every time I come home, well, I have a real love/hate relationship with Mississippi as most people do. ... It’s really weird how many Mississippi ex-pats

I meet who long for it and miss it, and are troubled by everything. But it was the culture of Mississippi writers and the musicians that gave me confidence to go out there. But no, I come home quite humbly, to be perfectly honest with you. (I’m) grateful to be from there. Very grateful. (From an interview with Chris Nolan, first published in March 2010).

Herring’s Influences

Kate Wolf Mississippi John Hurt Carter Family Maria McKey   “They’re all roots based from the region that I grew up in. They’re just important to me, and they’ve always informed my music.”


Diversions | arts

The Art of Seduction by Briana Robinson

Trip Burns

Burlesque dancer Jezabelle von Jane brings her unique performing style to Chick Ball this Saturday.

Why did you start Magick City Sirens?

I’ve been doing burlesque since 1998. I started in the rockabilly scene up north in Boston, Massachusetts. When I moved down to the south, there were a lot of entertainment things going on, but they really didn’t have anything in the way of vaudeville. I branched off from burlesque to vaudeville, which is more of what we do, and started a troupe here in 2006. We definitely needed a vaudeville-burlesque troupe. Tell me about vaudeville-burlesque.

We are inspired by multiple things.... Anything that you can put on a stage anywhere has really been encompassed by vaudeville. … It encompasses comedy and a lot of the entertainment that has been lost along the way with television and internet and that sort of thing. It’s more like a revival of performance art, basically. … A lot of times people will confuse vaudeville with dance or theater acts that were going on in London and Paris at the time, but vaudeville here actually was in cheaper theaters. It was a way for the regular man to fill an empty theater that was not a Broadway production. And, of course, the everyday man enjoyed comedy and enjoyed something a little less than ordinary, and that’s what they were getting in Broadway. Burlesque is a complete and totally

different entity all in itself. Burlesque is the art of scantily clad women removing their clothing, but you have to understand that back in those days they weren’t allowed to be nude. They would remove small pieces of clothing; of course, they started off very small. The ankle and the wrist were very intriguing during those days. Burlesque and chorus girls were always part of all variety acts in the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. The chorus girls moved on to having feature girls who did dancing and their scantily clad tempting acts, and vaudeville performers did their small acts in between. Our troupe actually does both. … We’re called Magick City Sirens for a reason: Each of us sing; each of us are vocalists. We are considered these days as neo, meaning that we clash vaudeville and burlesque together. We don’t really encompass the oldtimey true-to-the-form burlesque because I feel as if burlesque should be treated as if it never died out. Burlesque itself is the art of seduction, just like anything else in entertainment. How else is Magick City Sirens different from other troupes?

All of us sing. all of us dance. All of us act. But each of us has a specific skill set. Some of us are fire-breathers, others are aerialists. … We do not go out of house to do anything—everything from lighting to sound. All the skits are all written in-house. We do not replicate shows; we do a new show for everyone. What type of performance do you have in mind for Chick Ball?

Well, that’s a surprise. But I will tell you this: We took (inspiration from) the idea of raising money to fight against sex trade. We really wanted to show the queens of the world, and how they can stand on their own. They can fight whatever they need to fight and be strong within themselves. What about the difference between burlesque and stripping?

Burlesque dancers never get nude. There are scantily clad women. There is more nudity on Broadway than will ever be on a burlesque stage. Let me be very clear: I am very supportive of all types of entertainment. Strippers and burlesque dancers are both entertainers in their own right. However, burlesque is an art form that gives homage to the performers of the old and gives homage to the art form that was burlesque dancing. There’s a true art to it. There’s an art to peeling a glove; there’s a method to removing a corset. Read more from our interview with Jezabelle von Jane at jfp.ms/chickballburlesque.

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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. Soul Wired Café - Sugar Water Purple Jazz & Blues Underground 119 - Big Easy Three 6:30 p.m. free

McB’s - Gator Trio 8 p.m. Midtown Arts Center - Bass Roots w/Sound Wan, Rob Roy, Tony C, etc. 10 p.m. $5 Mississippi Coliseum - Jackson R&B Festival Pre-Fest Concert feat. Buddy Guy w/Percy Sledge, etc. 7 p.m. Musician’s Emporium - Faze 4 Ole Tavern - Sweet Crude w/Cardinal Sons Olga’s - Acoustic Crossroads w/ Kevin Lewis & David Cummings 8 p.m. courtesy Erin Callie

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July 18 - Thursday Burgers & Blues - Guitar Charlie 5:30 p.m. Cherokee Inn - D’lo Trio F. Jones Corner - Amazin’ Lazy Boi Band midnight Fenian’s - Dead Irish Blues 8 p.m. Georgia Blue, Madison - Larry Brewer 7 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Shantel Leitner (rest) 7:30 p.m., Whitespike w/HVY YETI & The Leave Me Be’s (RR) Huntington’s - Johnny Barranco 6:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - Vince Cheney 6:30 p.m. Martin’s - Blackfoot Gypsies w/The JAG, The Gills & Billy Swayze MS Ag & Forestry Museum - Dance Party (Fundraiser for ARF) 6:30 p.m. $30, $50 for couples arfms@comcast.net MS Trade Mart - USM Central MS All Star Party w/DoubleShotz 5 p.m. $5 person $10 family Olga’s - Rick Moreira Trio 7 p.m. Pan Asia - Sonja Stamps The Penguin - Will Brown Que Sera Sera - Will & Linda Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 7:30 p.m. free Soul Wired Café - Roots Rock & Reggae Nite Studio 33 - High Frequency Band 9 p.m. free Thalia Mara Hall - An Evening With YES 8 p.m. $35.50-$69.50 ardenland.net Underground 119 - JV Jazz Lab 8 p.m. free

July 19 - Friday Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - Sounds Unlimited 9 p.m. free Bottoms Up - DJ Dancing w/ Special Events 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 18+ $5 cover Burgers & Blues - Amazin’ Lazy Boi Band 6 p.m. CS’s - Howard Jones Jazz 7 p.m. free Cherokee Inn - Dave Jordan 9 p.m. $5 Club Magoo’s - One Less Reason w/Candybone 9 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Jarekus Singleton midnight $10 Fenian’s - Cody Cox 9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - The Vernon Brothers Huntington’s - Johnny Barranco 6:30 p.m. M Bar - Flirt Fridays w/DJ 901 free Martin’s - Spacewolf 10 p.m.

Erin Callie The Penguin - Larry Johnson Reed Pierce’s, Byram - The Colonels 9 p.m. free Rose McCoy Auditorium - The Gospel of Blues & Jazz w/The Savoy Ellingtons 7:30 p.m. Shucker’s - Bikini Frankenstein 8 p.m. $5, Larry Brewer (deck) 10 p.m. free Soul Wired Café - MINDgasm Erotic Poetry & Open Mic Nite Underground 119 - The Fearless Four 9 p.m. $10

July 20 - Saturday Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - Sounds Unlimited 9 p.m. free Bottoms Up – DJ Dancing & Show 9 p.m.-4 a.m. 21+ $10 cover Burgerss & Blues - 3 Hour Tour 6 p.m. The Cherokee Inn - Ariel Jade 8 p.m. Club Magoo’s - U.S. Fenian’s - Jason Turner Band 9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - JFP Chick Ball Huntington’s - Johnny Barranco 6:30 p.m. Julep - Brian Jones 11 p.m. M Bar - Saturday Night Live w/DJ Shanomak free Martin’s - Doughbeezy w/Dub-O & Pell Musician’s Emporium - Traveling Jane Ole Tavern - Alanna Royale w/Taylor Hildebrand Trio Olga’s - Doug Frank & Ronnie McGee 8 p.m. Pelican Cove - DoubleShotz 6 p.m. The Penguin - Larry Johnson Reed Pierce’s, Byram - The Colonels 9 p.m. free Sam’s Lounge - Lately David w/ Erin Callie 10 p.m. Shucker’s - Mike & Marty (deck) 3 p.m. free, Bikini Frankenstein 8 p.m. $5, The Xtremes (deck) 10 p.m. free Soul Wired Café - Strictly Soul Saturdays Suite 106 - Summer Poetry Spectacular w/ C. Leigh McInnis, Mariana Gibbs, Tongo, Solomon Worth, etc. 9 p.m. free Undergorund 119 - Mark “Muleman” Massey 9 p.m. $10

The Yellow Scarf - Scott Albert Johnson 9 p.m. $15 advance $20 door yellowscarf.ojahmediagroup.com

July 21 - Sunday Burgers & Blues - Aaron Coker 4 p.m. Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m. Fenian’s - Ceili 2 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m. Hot Shots, Byram - Mike and Marty’s Jam Session Rampage Extreme Park - Shy, Low 7 p.m. Shucker’s - Triple Threat 3 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.

July 22 - Monday 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 The Penguin - Mellow Mondays Underground 119 - Comedy Night 7 p.m. $5

July 23 - Tuesday Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith Fenian’s - Open Mic Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer 6:30 p.m. Margaritas - John Mora 6-9 p.m. Ole Tavern - Open Mic Shucker’s - Mike & Marty 7:30 p.m. free Time Out - Open Mic Underground 119 - Big Easy Three 6:30 p.m. free

July 24 - Wednesday Buffalo Wild Wings - Jason Turner Band 7 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith Capitol Grill - Little Black Dress Night w/ Hunter Gibson 8 p.m. Dreamz - Yung Ceasar 9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - New Bourbon Street Jazz Band 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 - Tim & Melvin “Housecat” Hendrix 5:30 p.m. Soul Wired Café - Sugar Water Purple Jazz & Blues Underground 119 - Baby Jan & All That Chazz 6:30 p.m. free Get regional picks, new release info, & other music news every week at The Music Blog at jacksonfreepress.com/ weblogs/music Contact info at jfp.ms/ musicvenues.


FRIDAY 7/19

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DJ Planetary Child and others perform at North Midtown Arts Center.

The Sartoris Literary Group Book and Music Fest is at Lemuria.

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WEDNESDAY 7/17

Manship House re-enactors talk about life in Jackson during the Civil War at History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6998; oldcapitolmuseum.com.

THURSDAY 7/18

SATURDAY 7/20

FRIDAY 7/19

Jackson Rhythm and Blues Pre-festival Concert is at 7 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Performers include Buddy Guy, Percy Sledge, Shakura S’Aida Courtesy Meka Reed

The 9th Annual JFP Chick Ball is at 6 p.m. July 20 at Hal & Mal’s.

The Artisan Mixer, which features live music and vendors including local artists and designers, starts at 6 p.m. July 18 at the Arts Center of Mississippi.

and Ruthie Foster. $45-$60; call 601-353-0603 or 800- 745-3000. … Bass Roots is from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). TightStep Concept presents music from DJ Planetary Child, Rob Roy, Tony C, 360 Degrees, Repercussion, Monoxide and Daphya Selecta. For ages 18 and up. $5; call 372-8088; find TightStep Concept on Facebook.

Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit and Parent/Advocate Conference start at 8 a.m. at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The ACLU and the Mississippi Youth Justice Movement sponsor the event to promote social-justice awareness. The summit is for ages 10-18, and the conference is for ages 19 and up. Registration required. Free; call 601-354-3408, ext. 104; email ddenney@aclu-ms.org. … Sarby BRIANA ROBINSON toris Literary Group Book and Music Festival is from 1-3 p.m. at jacksonfreepress.com Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Liz Stauffer Fax: 601-510-9019 and James L. Dickerson and eight Daily updates at other authors sign books. Ramjfpevents.com bling Steve Gardner performs. Book prices vary; call 601-3667619; email info@lemuriabooks.com; sartorisliterary.com. … The 9th Annual JFP Chick Ball is at 6 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Proceeds benefit the Center for Violence Prevention, and this year’s goal is to fight sex trafficking. For ages 18 and up. $5 cover, $5 door-prize entry, $15 VIP Lounge; call 601-362-6121, ext. 23; email chickball@ jacksonfreepress.com; jfpchickball.com.

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SUNDAY 7/21

iGNACiO and clothesmindedclothing present The Human Mind Experience, an evening of art, fashion and dance, from 6-8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.).

Food from Downtown Café. For ages 18 and up. RSVP online. A portion of the proceeds benefits the American Cancer Society and Batson Children’s Hospital. Free tickets; call 601-362-8440; thehumanmindexperience.info.

MONDAY 7/22

Mississippi Beer Pairing is at 6 p.m. at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). Enjoy new beers from Southern Prohibition Brewing and Crooked Letter Brewing and a five-course meal. Seating limited; RSVP. $55; call 601-368-1919; email maggieb@ salandmookies.com.

TUESDAY 7/23

National Moth Week events are from 7-8 p.m. at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). Help volunteers catch moths. Attend a moth seminar 10-11 a.m. July 24 and help sort and identify captured moths 7-8 p.m. July 25. Free; call 601-926-1104; email ccnaturecenter@gmail.com; clintonnaturecenter.org.

WEDNESDAY 7/24

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The Artisan Mixer is from 6-9 p.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The shopping experience features local artists, designers and other vendors, and music from Kerry Thomas, Akami Graham and DJ Sean Mac. RSVP online. Free tickets; call 601-965-0337; email theartisanmixer@gmail.com; theartisanmixer.eventbrite. com. … Iron Chef Ferguson: Range Wars is from 7-9 p.m. at Ferguson Showroom (950 W. County Line Road). Watch chefs Alex Eaton and Jesse Houston compete in an “Iron Chef”-style cooking competition. Includes appetizers and an open bar. $50; call 956-2646; eatjackson.com/icf.

The Jackson/Hinds Library System Board of Trustees discusses matters concerning the local library system at 4 p.m. at the Margaret Walker Alexander Library (2525 Robinson Road). Open to the public. Free; call 601968-5825. 33 More at jfpevents.com and jfp.ms/musicvenues.


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Rinko Kikuchi is rookie trainee Mako Mori in “Pacific Rim.”

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pocalpyse fatigue threatens the stability of all moviegoers this summer. It’s mid-July, and after “Man of Steel,” “Iron Man 3,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “World War Z,” does anyone really want to see another guns a-blazing, hair-raising, end-of-the-world-aswe know-it pulp fiction monstrosity? The last movie I wanted to see was “Pacific Rim.” Its trailer promised yet another alien invasion set to a growling horror-filled score of thumps and bumps. Despite my preconceptions, I was knocked out of my low expectations by Guillermo del Toro’s tortured cinematic creation that inexplicably kept me on the edge of my seat to the end. To my surprise, technology did not overwhelm the story, but that may not be saying much as technology is the story. Man builds giant robots to battle big aliens. The story is not any more complicated than that. Like del Toro’s prior work, including “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy,” “Pacific Rim” explores destruction of the human soul, and immediately plunges us into a visual and emotional nightmare. The threat against mankind isn’t from the sky, but from deep within the Earth, where a portal transports skyscraper-sized aliens through the Pacific Ocean. The Kaijus, the name given to these extraterrestrial predators, attack coastal cities and destroy beloved landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge. To combat the monsters, a global initiative creates a special type of weapon, known as Jaegers, which are behemoth robots controlled by two pilots through a mind-drifting neuron link. The pilots become rock stars, the Kaijus are commemorated in action figures, and the world adapts to the new conditions. Human complacency, however, leads to frisky aliens and an acceleration of their invasion attack. Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), commander of the Jaeger forces, devises a plan to cancel the apocalpyse. His ragtag team includes washed-up pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), whose brother was snatched away from him in combat, and rookie trainee Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi).

Raleigh and Mako pilot Gipsy Danger, an analogue relic of robot technology of “Iron Man” vintage. Because of the whole I-getin-your-mind thing required to activate Gipsy Danger, there’s sexual friction between the pilots. Bruised and buffed, Raleigh has no edges. He stands about blandly, uncertain, on the sidelines. He has eye-candy appeal, frequently taking off his shirt to reveal fine scars on his taut torso. Mako has more oomph. As a child, Mako barely survives a Kaiju attack. The finest moment—containing del Toro’s perhaps most lyric, fairytale images—is when young Mako stumbles through the wreckage, searching for her family, clutching one shoe with tears streaming down her face. The main action takes place in Hong Kong, an ode to the enduring work of the Japanese filmmakers who brought us “Godzilla” and other monster movies. The congested megalopolis sets of Hong Kong are extraordinary, and they’re lovingly, perhaps obsessively detailed. This is the future as a black market, made up of scrambled, sordid aspects of the past with enormous, mesmerizing structures made from Kaiju carcasses. The face of the black market is the lizard-like Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman), who capitalizes on alien remains. He’s an unscrupulous dealer of brains and other parts, who prefers making a buck to engaging in charitable causes—like saving the world. Del Toro isn’t great on the mise en scene. In the action sequences, on land and at sea, we’re never exactly sure where we are. At times it seems that the Jaegers cause as much damage to human life as the aliens they are trying to destroy. Parts of this movie grab you by the throat. And this film probably won’t leave you feeling crummy the way junk-food movies usual do; in visual terms, at least, “Pacific Rim” is terrific junk food. For many moviegoers, this may be a triumphant experience revealing a tortured poem of violence and sci-fi imagery that builds on movie classics and transcends the genre into an epic rock-’em-sock-’em battle.


DIVERSIONS | books

A Murder Puzzle by Kathleen M. Mitchell

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Courtesy Liz Stauffer

hen it comes to writing, Liz Stauffer has covered a lot of genres, from politics to technology. But these days, Stauffer (mother of Jackson Free Press publisher Todd Stauffer) is retired from corporate life and penning classic mystery novels instead. She signs her novel, “The Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club,” this weekend at Lemuria. She shared a bit of her process with us. How did you get into writing? When I was in graduate school, I was writing papers, of course. I have a master’s in political science, so after graduate school, I worked for a company called Political Research in Dallas, and my job was to write political encyclopedias. It was just sort of a natural progression. It worked out easily for me to start writing articles and doing research. Then for the same company, I also wrote for their three monthly publications. How did you transition from that research-based technical writing to fiction and novels? (After) educational research, I went into the computer world, and I transitioned from educational documents to user documents for computers. And then for the next so many years, 20 maybe, I worked for Fortune 100 companies, Texas Instruments and whatever, and then I accepted a position at Gateway computers. It was in South Dakota. It was a great job, really fun, but I had lived in Dallas for 20 years, and all the sudden, I found myself in a very small town in South Dakota in a very harsh winter. I spent that winter looking for something to do, and I wrote my first mystery. It will always remain in a bottom drawer, but it was fun. I was really only in South Dakota for a year, and then after that I moved to south Florida, again for a job with a computer company. Then I took my writing a little more seriously. I started playing around, going to seminars and conferences to refine and learn my trade a little better. I was writing while I was working and then decided to retire to write full time and travel, and that’s what I’ve been doing the last couple of years.

Some writers find it difficult to kill off their characters. Do you? Yes and no. In that first book, I found it fun, but that was just something I was playing with. After that, I found it very difficult. Some characters more so than others. I have another series that I write, and I’ve had some readers be very surprised at who I killed off. I tell people, this is really, really tough. Because when I first thought of the character or created the character, maybe I didn’t like them very much, but then as you develop a character, you like them more. I’ve literally felt bad killing off some of my characters. In a murder mystery, which is what I write—and I do write mysteries, rather than thrillers or police procedurals or things like that; I write a traditional mystery—it’s all part of the puzzle. So I’m really kind of creating a puzzle, and then each of the pieces of that puzzle is critical to the whole piece. Once I’ve committed to killing someone, even if I like them, I have to go through with it (laughs). When it comes to classic mysteries, you have to make it solvable but not too easily solvable. What is your process for constructing the clues so the reader can play along? When I start a book, I know three primary things: who gets murdered, who did it and why. I also build a journal of characters, where each character has its own page or couple of pages, and I do detailed character profiles of these people. So I know the people really well. Then I write a synopsis so I know what I want to achieve, and then I outline three or four chapters at a time. It’s detailed, al-

Liz Stauffer signs her latest murder mystery at Lemuria Saturday.

most a scene outline for three or four chapters. That works for me because I know where I’m going. I think of it as playing a golf game, where you know what your objective is, but there are all sorts of things that pop up, and surprises along the way. I like to be flexible enough to deal with those changes.

Liz Stauffer will sign“The Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club” at 1 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202, 601-366-7619), Saturday, July 20.

Do you base your characters on people you know? My protagonist is Lillie Mae Harris, and just as Mount Penn has similarities with the real Pen Mar, Lillie Mae has a few similarities with me. Also I have a friend in Pen Mar who is a freelance journalist who writes about all sorts of things, and Lillie Mae does that. So I sort of took that characteristic from my friend. But she is probably the closest character to someone I know. Other than that, the characters are all people that popped up in my head. If you were to describe this book in five words: A murder mystery with a heart. That’s six, but it’s close.

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Tell me about this book. It’s the first of a series, correct? Yes. I’ve finished the first two books in the series, and I’ve outlined the third book. I had a vacation house in the Maryland mountains, in a little town called Pen Mar, Maryland. … It’s just really idyllic. It’s a beautiful place, a beautiful area. Pen Mar, at one time, was this grand resort. So that is my setting: Mount Penn is my fictional name for Pen Mar. It’s just such an innocent, lovely area. I wanted to introduce that piece of the world to the world, so I put it in my book.

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JFP-Sponsored Events Sartoris Literary Group Book and Music Festival July 20, 1-3 p.m., at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). The event includes book signings from 10 authors such as Scotty Moore, Liz Stauffer and James L. Dickerson, refreshments and music from Rambling Steve Gardner. Book prices vary; call 601-366-7619; email info@lemuriabooks.com; sartorisliterary.com. 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; jfpchickball.com.

Community Events at Applause Dance Factory (242 Stephens St., Ridgeland). Enjoy dancing, soft drinks and snacks on the padded dance floor. $10, $5 students with ID; call 601-856-6168. • Country Western Dance Party July 20,   8-10 p.m. • Ballroom Latin Swing Dance Party Fridays, 8-10 p.m. Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Registration required. Call 601-974-1130;   millsaps.edu/conted. • Manners with Ms. Wright July 22-26,   1-2:30 p.m. DeAnn Wright teaches social etiquette skills to children in grades 1-5. $99. • Advanced Drawing for the Young Artist   July 22-26, 9-11 a.m. The camp is for youth in grades 5-8. Students learn to refine their perceptual drawing skills. $100.

Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum   (2145 Highland Drive). Call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. • After Hours Adventures July 19, 5:30-8 p.m. The children-only event for ages 6-12 includes art and science activities, and a pizza dinner. Online pre-registration required. $40 per child. • Mission to Imagination Camp July 22-26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Children entering grades 1-5 learn about astronomy and space exploration. Registration required. Bring or buy lunch. $175 (discounts for multiple children). Dog Day Afternoons, noon-5 p.m. through Sept. 29, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring your dog to the Art Garden for an afternoon of play. Free; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Call 601-576-6000; msnaturalscience.org. • Project WET July 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The workshop on water education is for educators who teach grades K-12. CEU credits available. Registration required. Bring lunch. $15. • Project WILD Aquatic July 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The workshop on aquatic wildlife is for educators who teach grades K-12. CEU credits available. Registration required. Bring lunch. $15. • Fun Fridays Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon through   July 26. Learn more about reptiles through interactive, hands-on programs. Adults must accompany children. $4-$6. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). • Coffee and Conversation July 19, 7-8:30 a.m. Interact with business professionals, leaders, and other community members, and learn about upcoming city projects. Free; call 601-576-6920. • History Is Lunch July 17, noon. Manship House reenactors talk about life in Jackson during the Civil War. Free; call 601-576-6998; oldcapitolmuseum.com.

Mississippi Craft Beer Week Events. • Be Bold Beer Run July 20, 4-7 p.m., at Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 S. State St.). The race includes stops at Parlor Market, Ole Tavern and Wingstop for drinks. Runners and walkers welcome. Free admission, drink prices vary; email angela@luckytownbrewing.com;   luckytownbrewing.com. • Mississippi Beer Pairing July 22, 6 p.m., at Sal and Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). Enjoy new beers from Southern Prohibition Brewing and Crooked Letter Brewing and a five-course meal. Seating limited; RSVP. $55; call 601-368-1919; email maggieb@salandmookies.com. 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 jfpevents.com. Donations welcome; kesalute.com. Precinct 3 COPS Meeting July 18, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0003. Moet & Chandon Champagne Dinner   July 18, 7 p.m., at Nick’s Restaurant (3000 Old Canton Road). Enjoy a five-course meal paired with different Champagnes and a parting gift. Limit of 50 patrons. RSVP. $85 per person; call 601-981-8017; nicksrestaurant.com. Tougaloo Art Colony Public Lecture July 18,   7 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). At the Bennie G. Thompson Center. The topic is how the Tougaloo College Art Collections grew out of the Civil Rights Movement. Free; call 601-977-7871.

Bull Palace on Tour July 19, 8 p.m., at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (1207 Mississippi St.). Mississippi bull riders go head-to-head with the riders of Bull Palace of Louisiana. Frank Foster performs after the competition. $25; call 318-422-3701. FOX40 Jackson Idol Auditions July 20, 10 a.m.-  2 p.m., at Antonelli College (2323 Lakeland Drive). The three best contestants advance to the American Idol audition July 26 in Atlanta, Ga. Free; call 601-965-7531. Car, Truck and Bike Show July 20, noon-5 p.m., at Porter’s Auto (357 N. Enoch Grove Road, Florence). Magnolia Central Classic Cruisers is the host. Vehicle owners must register; awards given. Includes music from DJ Smooth, food, children’s activities and more. $3, $15 vehicle entry fee; call 601-955-4476 or 601-966-3783. Dining Etiquette and Manners Course Registration through Aug. 9, at Brighton Park (530 S. Frontage Road, Clinton). The class for children in grades 1-6 is Aug. 29 from 6-8:30 p.m. Register by Aug. 9; space limited. $25; call 601-924-6082; clintonparksandrec.com. History Is Lunch July 24, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Photographer Paul Smith presents “Colors of Mississippi.” Free; call 601-576-6998.

Wellness Crazy Cross Country Run July 17, 6 p.m., at Madison Middle School (1365 Mannsdale Road, Madison). Fleet Feet Sports host the 5K dirt trail run on third Wednesdays. After-party at Papitos (111 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 1200, Madison). Free; call 601-899-9696; fleetfeetjackson.com. Free Kidney Screenings July 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Conference Center. Tests include blood pressure, blood sugar, urinalysis, cholesterol, complete blood count and renal function panel.

girl about town by Julie Skipper

Sharp and Sexy

July 17 - 23, 2013

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versation with a friend about her squared-off tips, I decided to join her on her next visit to Julie Skipper

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s an avid watcher of celebrities on the red carpet, I often find myself drooling over looks that those in the fashion world deem “editorial” (which essentially means, “This looks really good in photographs but would be completely ridiculous in real life.”). Luckily, editorial and runway looks eventually work their way down in less extreme form to ready-to-  wear ensembles. But sometimes I decide that something is just too great and, extreme or not, worth a risk. A classic case in point is my affinity for stilettos. “The higher the heel, the closer to God.” Isn’t that how it goes? My highest (black booties with gold accents) clock in at six inches, though with the three-inch platform, they’re really the equivalent of walking on a three-  inch heel. Stilettos on my feet are one thing, but for a while now, I’ve been infatuated with the dangerous-seeming pointed nails that Fergie and Rhianna are sporting. Finally, after a con-

Stiletto nails make you instantly feel a little sexier and more dangerous.

the nail salon to bite the bullet and give this trend a red carpet-to-real-life try. Upon arrival at Kelly Nails (1000 Lake-

land Square Extension, Suite 600, Flowood, 601-939-2088), I remained a bit apprehensive. My own nails are short, so I knew I’d be entering the world of tips for the first time in my life. My friend announced that I was there for “stiletto nails,” and I meekly chimed in, “Yes, that.” Kelly, who has been doing nails for 15 years, assured me that I was in good hands, so after choosing my polish color (a classic OPI red), I settled in and tried to calm the more practical concerns running through my head, such as, “Will I be able to type/write/otherwise function with these talons?” After filing, drilling and buffing my natural nails, Kelly applied the tips, cut them to my desired length and filed them into points.  Then, I started to get really excited. Next, she applied acrylic to seal and smooth the surface. (I’ll have to return for maintenance to fill in the acrylic as my own nails grow.) Next came the polish and sealant, at which point I could barely contain myself.

Turns out, stilettos on your fingers, like stilettos on your feet, make you feel instantly sexy. I needed to take them out for a drink immediately. I needed them to be seen. I needed to wear a really big cocktail ring. And I needed help getting my debit card and keys out of my purse. On a practical side, they’ve taken some getting used to. Texting hasn’t been a problem. Typing on my computer keyboard is a little tougher and requires a flattened out hand technique. Opening a tab-top canned beverage required me to use a knife. I suppose Fergie and Rhianna have people who do things like that for them, but I’m learning to manage. All in all, as with high heels, I feel adding some glamour to my life is worth a little inconvenience. I don’t know if the stiletto nail will be as permanent an affectation for me as the shoes, but it’s definitely been fun to try out. And they may embolden me to try another runwayto-real-life trend. Stay tuned!


Art in Mind Art Program July 24, 10-11:45 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi offers the program for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants tour the galleries and make art in the studio classroom. Registration required. Free; call 601-987-0020; alz.org/ms.

Stage and Screen Nameless Open Mic Summer Poetry Spectacular July 20, 9 p.m., at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). Enjoy readings from several poets including C. Leigh McInnis, Mariama Gibbs, Tongo and Solomon Worth. $5; call 601-720-4640.

Music YES July 18, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The English progressive rock band has been performing for more than four decades. Doors open at 7 p.m. VIP packages available. $35.5-$69.5; call 601-292-7121 or 800745-3000; ardenland.net. The Gospel of Blues and Jazz July 19, 7:30 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in McCoy Auditorium. The Savoy Ellingtons, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Andy Hardwick and Maurice Smith perform in the benefit concert for the town of Mound Bayou. Doors open at 7 p.m. $35-$50; call 800-745-3000. Ora Reed July 21, 2 p.m., at St. Richard Catholic Church (1242 Lynwood Drive). The songstress performs gospel, pop, jazz standards and spirituals. Proceeds benefit the Habitat for Humanity Catholic Build #28. Free, donations welcome; call 601-366-2335; saintrichard.com.

Literary and Signings Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601366-7619; email info@lemuriabooks.com; lemuriabooks.com. • “Big Girl Panties” July 17, 5 p.m. Stephanie Evanovich signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.99 book. • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free.

Exhibits and Openings Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. • Kirk West Photography Exhibit through Aug. 25. The rock-and-roll photographer shares his images from the Studio 54 Era (1977-1981). • Storytellers Ball Juried Art Exhibition through Aug. 31, in the main galleries. The theme is “Studio 54: I Love the Nightlife.” Events at Mississippi Museum of Art  (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • Look and Learn with Hoot July 19, 10:30 a.m. This educational opportunity for 4-5 year olds and their parents features a hands-on art activity and story time. Please dress for mess. Free. • “Mississippi Hill Country Blues: Photographs by George Mitchell” through Sept. 8, in the Barksdale Galleries. See 75 of Mitchell’s photographs which include portraits of Mississippi blues artists. Includes

admission to the Old Masters to Monet exhibit. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students, free for members and children ages 5 and under. Third Thursday Art Reception July 18, 5-8 p.m., at View Gallery (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105, Ridgeland). The monthly event features new artwork. Wine and cheese served. Free; call 601-856-2001; viewgalleryart.com. Cedars Juried Art Exhibition Call for Artists through July 31, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). The Fondren Renaissance Foundation seeks artwork to feature in their annual exhibit Sept. 5-30. Artist Alan Flattman is the juror; awards given. Artists may submit up to three pieces, and all work must be for sale. The deadline is July 31. $25 entry fee; call 601981-9606; fondren.org. 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 601432-4500; mdac.ms.gov.

Creative Classes Events at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Call 601-213-6355; salsamississippi.com. • Dips and Leans Workshop July 20, 34:30 p.m. John Malone is the instructor. Learn to safely perform dynamic moves that can be used in any partner dance. $15 per person. • Hip Hop: Choreography and Techniques Saturdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Choreographer Roger L. Long is the instructor. All ages welcome. $10; go-long-productions.com. Creative Craft Camp, Ages 9-12 July 22-26, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Topics include pottery, wire sculpture, mosaics, fused glass and more, and campers write stories to accompany their artwork. Registration required. $175, $150 each additional child; call 601-856-7546; mscrafts.org.

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Book & Music Festival Lemuria Books Saturday, July 20 1-3 p.m. 10 Authors / Music / Refreshments Come meet legendary guitarist Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley’s first guitarist and manager. It is his first visit since he and Elvis toured the state in the 1950s. “Scotty & Elvis” By Scotty Moore Scotty Moore is often called the architect of rock ‘n’ roll “Everyone else wanted to be Elvis—I wanted to be Scotty” —Keith Richards A publication of University Press of Mississippi

Music by recording artist Rambling Steve Gardner.

“Playing to Win: The Sport of Selling and How You Can Win the Game” By Allen Guy

“Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club” By Liz Stauffer

“Trader Jon’s: Cradle of U.S. Naval Aviation” Photographs by Steve Gardner

Be the Change Sanderson Farms Championship July 18-21, at Annandale Golf Club (419 Annandale Parkway, Madison). The golf tournament is part of the FedEx Cup and is a fundraiser for Birdies for Charity $20 per day, $75 season badge, free for ages 15 and under with a paid adult; call 866-898-GOLF; sandersonfarmschampionship.com. Light The Night Kickoff Luncheon Registration through July 29. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s luncheon for the annual fundraising event is Aug. 6 at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.). Team captains receive fundraising materials and tips. Register by July 29. Free; call 888-290-0945; email leslie.bosworth@lls.org; lightthenight.org/msla/ register. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.

“Memphis Going Down” By James L. Dickerson

“Vampire Defense” By James D. Bell

“Confession” By Richard Freis

“Wiggle Room” By Darden North

“Poster Girl” By Joni McPherron

“Sons Without Fathers: What Every Mother Needs to Know” By Mardi Allen

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DIVERSIONS | jfp sports bryan’s rant Johnny Manziel is the Next Tim Tebow

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ollege football begins its unofficial start this week. Media days are beginning across the country, which means fall practice will start soon and games will follow behind shortly. Southeastern Conference media days started on Tuesday in Hoover, Ala. A ton of media are gathering at the press conferences for the best football conference in the land. The SEC won the last seven national championships with coaches such as Nick Saban, Les Miles and Steve Spurrier. But one person might overshadow these coaches and he’s only beginning his second year as a starter—Johnny Manziel More than 1,000 media members will cover every sneeze and blow every perceived slight out of proportion. All the media folks might need a stadium to fit in a single place when Manziel makes his appearance at SEC Media Days. Last season, Manziel became the starting quarterback at Texas A&M, beat Alabama (the team that would go on to win the National Championship) and won the Heisman Trophy. The Aggies quarterback has become a sports rock star. Everything Manziel does is magnified and, with social media, his every move or tweet blows up to extreme proportions. The quarterback tweets he is ready to leave College Station and it makes news all over the country. Manziel leaves the Manning Passing Academy a day early due to illness and rumors start that he is spending too much time partying, even though Peyton Manning said Manziel was a great college counselor and coach at the camp. Texas A&M fans might not want to hear this,

but Manziel has become the next Tim Tebow. The former Florida quarterback was such a huge figure that even his virginity was a topic at the 2009 SEC Media Days. Manziel to Tebow comparisons might become even louder if the Aggies quarterback decides to leave for the NFL after this season. In a NFL.com article, scouts were split over Manziel. One general manager told Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com that Manziel might be better than Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson. Another scout said Manziel “has Canada written all over him.” It only takes one team to fall in love with Manziel and draft him in the first round. It only took the Denver Broncos to want Tebow to draft him in the first round as well. If this is Manziel’s last season at Texas A&M, everything he says and does will be scrutinized. His plays will be broken down by every media member and scout to the point that the way he stands in practice will become a point of discussion. This is not to say that Manziel will be the new Tebow in the NFL, but he will be the new Tebow until he leaves college and gets drafted. The way I see it, Manziel is not a Tebow clone. While “Johnny Football” has had some minor off the field transgressions, Tebow makes news for his spiritual beliefs, not his fun beyond practice. As long as scouts and general managers remain largely split, Manziel will remain closer to Tim Tebow than Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.

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Thank goodness football season is nearly here. That way we’ll have something to keep us entertained until the Syfy channel finishes making Sharknado 2.

Thursday, July 18 Golf (3-6 p.m., Golf Channel): If you’ve got cable, catch first round coverage of the Sanderson Farms Championship from Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Miss.

Monday, July 22 MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN): The New York Yankees take on the Texas Rangers, with both teams looking to get off to a fast start in the second half of the 2013 season.

Friday, July 19 Golf (6 a.m.-2 p.m., ESPN): Second round coverage of The Open Championship begins as the top ranked players on the PGA Tour look to make the cut and win the golf major in the United Kingdom.

Tuesday, July 23 WNBA (6-8 p.m., ESPN 2): The New York Liberty and the Indiana Fever fight for a playoff spot as the WNBA season begins to wind down to its regular season conclusion.

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Saturday, July 20 Football (6-9 p.m., ESPN 2): If you need some Canadian Football League to help contain your football fever, check out the Montreal Alouettes versus the Calgary Stampeders. Sunday, July 21 Golf (2-6 p.m., Golf Channel): Catch final round coverage, where a winner will be crowned, of the Sanderson Farms Championship from Annandale Golf Club.

Wednesday, July 24 MLB (6-9 p.m., ESPN) The Boston Red Sox hope to remain in first place in the American League East as they face the second-place Tampa Bay Rays. Has a cheap Syfy movie ever taken off like Sharknado did last week? I had to stay up late and watch the replay just to see what all the fuss on Twitter was about. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports.


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We keep million-dollar works of art in well-guarded museums. Paintings created hundreds of years ago are treated with reverence and protected as if they were magical treasures. Meanwhile, beautiful creatures that took nature eons to produce don’t get the same care. At least 5,000 animal and plant species are going extinct every year, in large part due to human activities. Among the recently lost works of art are the Madeiran Large White butterfly, West African black rhinoceros, Formosan clouded leopard, golden toad and Tecopa pupfish. I’m asking you not to allow a similar discrepancy in your own life, Cancerian. The astrological omens say that now is a perfect moment to intensify your love for the natural world. I urge you to meditate on how crucial it is to nurture your interconnectedness with all of life, not just the civilized part.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

Hurry up, please. It’s time. No more waffling or procrastinating. You really need to finish up the old business that has dragged on too long. You really should come to definitive decisions about ambiguous situations, even if they show no sign of resolution. As for those nagging questions that have yielded no useful answers: I suggest you replace them with different questions. And how about those connections that have been draining your energy? Re-evaluate whether they are worth trying to fix.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

“This morning I walked to the place where the streetcleaners dump the rubbish,” wrote painter Vincent van Gogh in one his letters. “My God, it was beautiful.” Was he being ironic or sarcastic? Not at all. He was sincere. As an artist, he had trained himself to be intrigued by scenes that other people dismissed as ugly or irrelevant. His sense of wonder was fully awake. He could find meaning and even enchantment anywhere. Your next assignment, Virgo—should you choose to accept it—is to experiment with seeing the world as van Gogh did.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

I believe you will undergo a kind of graduation in the next four weeks, Libra. Graduation from what? Maybe from a life lesson you’ve been studying for a while or from an institution that has given you all it can. Perhaps you will climax your involvement with a situation that has made big demands on you. I suspect that during this time of completion you will have major mixed feelings, ranging from sadness that a chapter of your story is coming to an end to profound gratification at how much you have grown during this chapter.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

What’s your favorite sin, Scorpio? I’m talking about the mischievous vice or rebel tendency or excessive behavior that has taught you a lot. It may be the case that now and then this transgressive departure from normalcy has had redeeming value, and has even generated some interesting fun. Perhaps it puts you in touch with a magic that generates important changes, even if it also exacts a toll on you. Whatever your “favorite sin” is, I’m guessing that you need to develop a more conscious and mature relationship with it. The time has come for it to evolve.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

The Sagittarian writer and artist William Blake (17571827) made drawings of many eminent people who had died before he was born. Julius Caesar was the subject of one of his portraits. Others included Dante, Shakespeare and Moses. How did Blake manage to capture their likenesses in such great detail? He said their spirits visited him in the form of apparitions. Really? I suppose that’s possible. But it’s also important to note that he had a robust and exquisite imagination. I suspect that in the coming weeks you, too, will have an exceptional ability to visualize things in your mind’s eye. Maybe not with the gaudy skill of Blake, but potent nevertheless. What would be the best use of this magic power?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

How close do you really want to be to the people you care about? I invite you to think about this with unsentimental candor. Do you prefer there to be some distance between you? Are you secretly glad there’s a buffer zone that prevents you from being too profoundly engaged? I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. It might be correct for who you are right now. I merely want to suggest that it’s important for you to know the exact nature of your need for intimacy. If you find that you actually do want to be

closer, spend the next four weeks making that happen. Ask your precious allies to collaborate with you in going deeper.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

I love your big, energetic thoughts. I enjoy watching as your wild intuitive leaps lead you to understandings that mere logic could never produce. I have benefited many times from the Aquarian tribe’s ability to see angles no one else can discern. In the immediate future, though, I hope you will be a specialist in analyzing the details and mastering mundane mysteries. I’ll be rooting for you to think small and be precise. Can you manage that? I expect there’ll be a sweet reward. You will generate good fortune for yourself by being practical, sensible and earthy.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

Is it a river or a creek? Is it a mountain or a hill? It’s important for you to decide questions like these—preferably on the basis of the actual evidence rather than on wishful thinking. I’m not saying that the river is better than the creek or that the mountain is better than the hill. I simply want you to know that it’s important to be clear about which it is. The same principle applies to other experiences you’ll soon have. Is the catalytic person you’re dealing with a temporary friend or a loyal ally? Is the creation you’re nurturing just a healthy diversion or is it potentially a pivotal element in transforming your relationship with yourself? Is the love that’s blooming a transient pleasure or a powerful upgrade that’s worth working on with all your ingenuity?

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

The 19th-century Italian composer Gioachino Rossini was a prolific creator who produced 39 operas. Renowned for his lyrical melodies, he was sometimes referred to as the “Italian Mozart.” So confident was he in his abilities that he bragged he could set a laundry list to music. I trust you will have comparable aplomb in the coming weeks, Aries, since you will be asked to do the equivalent of composing an opera using a laundry list for inspiration. This will be a different challenge than making lemonade out of lemons, but it could be even more fun and interesting.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence? Or is its more vivid hue just an optical illusion caused by your inability to see the situation objectively? Judging from my analysis of your current astrological omens, I suspect that you’re not deluded. The grass really is greener. But it’s important to note the reason why this is true, which is that there’s more manure over on the other side of the fence. So your next question becomes: Are you willing to put up with more crap in order to get the benefits of the greener grass?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

You know the voice in your head that’s kind of a sneaky bastard? The voice that sometimes feeds you questionable advice and unreliable theories? Well, I suspect that this voice might be extra active in the coming week. But here’s the weird thing: It might actually have a sound idea or two for you to consider acting on. For once, its counsel may be based on accurate intuition. So don’t completely lower your guard, Gemini. Maintain a high degree of discernment towards the sneaky bastard’s pronouncements. But also be willing to consider the possibility that this generator of so much mischief could at least temporarily be a source of wisdom.

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