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JACKSONIAN Kirti Naran
imple white thread is what makes Kirti Naran’s salon different from most in Jackson. Naran opened Incense Salon and Boutique a decade ago with her sister, Rina Patel, where they specialize in hair removal by threading, a practice originated in India. Although she is originally a native of Coventry, England, Naran lived in the U.S. most of her life. After living in Texas and Vicksburg, she came to Jackson with her husband, Pratik in 1992, and went to cosmetology school. In 2002, her sister moved to Jackson as well, and the two decided to go into business together, adding an element unavailable anywhere else in Jackson: threading. “I was just cutting hair at different shops at that point, and then we decided to start threading. We were used to getting it done in Dallas and Texas,” Naran says. “(Rina) has got an eye for accessories and clothing and whatnot, and I was the barber, so we figured we’d combine the two and open up a business. Of course, everything sounds good in theory.” At first they found themselves having to explain threading to a wary Jackson audience. “A lot of people used to come in here and be like, ‘Y’all use a thread and needle? Do you sew?’” Naran says with a laugh. But the sisters say their clientele responded well to the practice once they figured it out, and it gave them a niche in the city. Unlike waxing, during which hot wax sticks to the hair—and
sometimes skin—ripping it out with force, threading is a gentler technique that traps the hair in twisted thread (see page 17). The sisters have noticed an increased awareness about the benefits of threading as the practice grows more popular in other cities and people try it on travels. Word of mouth around the city also sends more clients their way. In 2010, the sisters expanded at their location, approximately doubling Incense’s square footage. At Incense, Naran heads up the salon, which offers haircuts and styling in addition to threading, while Patel manages the boutique, selling clothing, accessories, nail polish and jewelry. With Incense growing, Naran, 41, says she’s exactly where she wants to be. “I think we are at a place we envisioned,” she says, adding that she loves being a small business owner. “You work a lot, but you have the freedom to make changes; you have the freedom to do a lot of things you can’t otherwise. You’re your own boss.” Even beyond that freedom, Naran says the most meaningful part of her business is sharing it with her sister. “It’s really family-oriented here. All of our clients know that we’re sisters, and we’ve got clients whose sisters come in here, their mother comes in here, their children come in here,” she says. “That is exciting. It’s like a community, and it just makes you feel like you are a part of something.” —Kathleen M. Mitchell
Cover photo of Lindsey Dawson by Sharon Coker Photography Hair and makeup by Kate McNeely, floral crown by Molly Gee Designs
8 To the Core
“I spent 37 years in the classroom with teachers who were working hard, hard, hard—and the students were working. We felt like we were doing well, and then we’d get these scores, and it looked like we were not. What we discovered through Common Core, those of us who have been working with it for a while, is that these standards are telling us where our students should be, on the same standards as in California, in Oklahoma, in New Hampshire, in Connecticut—everywhere. So we’re seeing where, ‘Hey, our students can do that.’ It’s just going to take a while to get them there.” —Joyce Helmick
25 The Beer Guy
Fred Ezelle hasn’t been homebrewing long, but the hobby is in his blood—and he has two Jacktoberfest People’s Choice awards to prove it.
26 Fifth Time’s the Charm
Nick Judin delves deeper into the San Andreas world of “Grand Theft Auto” with his review of the game’s fifth installment.
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Rockstar Games ; Trip Burns; courtesy Joyce Helmick
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by Kathleen M. Mitchell Features Editor
year ago, in our first beauty issue, I wrote in my editor’s note about struggling with body image and about the dangerous impact media has on our women and men. I wrote about women judging each other. I wrote about my personal journey to find beauty in my own skin. All those things remain true and relevant. The media continue to present a more damaging and more warped vision of womanhood every day. But this year, I’m not going to write about my past or my present struggles with beauty. I realized something sometime in the past year. At first it was subconscious, but as I began to realize this truth, I started trying to make it a mindful part of my personality. Making other people feel beautiful makes me feel a little more beautiful, too. Making other people happy in any way makes me happy as well. It’s a simple concept, but it packs a punch. Over the last year and especially the last several months, I have very consciously worked to point out the beauty, intelligence, and other great qualities I see in my friends and the women (and men) I know. When someone looks amazing, I compliment them. When someone does something great, I praise them. Of course, it’s not like I never complimented my friends and loved ones in the past. I wouldn’t consider myself a mean person before this big epiphany of mine. But I can be petty. I can let my jealousy of women who seem to have it all—the looks, the style and the brains— keep me from getting close to them. What I decided, though, was to overcome that. To make anyone and everyone I could feel good about themselves.
To push jealousy aside and tell people about the beauty and the intelligence I see in them. It is funny to think this is a topic even worthy of writing about. Complimenting people isn’t anything new. It’s an innate act for most children. But it is an unfortunate part of our society that
Making other people feel beautiful makes me feel a little more beautiful, too. women are subconsciously trained to stop doing it. Movies and television are mostly filled with women who are catty and horrible to one another. They are petty, envious, backstabbing and more. They push the idea that women should only be focused on getting a man, and should knock down any other woman who might get in her way. We learn to mistrust other women in this way. We learn to see them as rivals, to be jealous rather than proud when they succeed.
Leave it to Amy Poehler to show us the way. Besides her real-life friendship with fellow funny woman Tina Fey, her sitcom “Parks and Recreation” offers a new way to approach female friendships. One of the most beloved and genuine relationships in the show is that between Poehler’s Leslie Knope and Rashida Jones’ Ann Perkins. Knope is not shy about her love for her best friend, and proclaims it as often as possible. Leslie addresses Ann with an endless supply of creative compliments—“Ann, you vivacious rainbow of joy,” or, “Ann, you beautiful tropical fish,” or, “Ann, you spectacular cloud of brilliance.” It’s entertaining as hell, heartwarming and, above all, a great reminder that we can do more—and we can be more— when we help each other. What it all comes down to is actively choosing to be happy, and to making others happy. It can be hard to choose to be happy. It’s actually much easier to choose the opposite—something I know all too well, and do all too often. But over the weekend, something very negative reminded me of the power of thinking positive. Somebody or bodies broke into our home while we were out and stole many of my husband’s and my most expensive possessions. Not only did we lose several things that we are in no financial position to replace, I felt great unease at the thought of a malevolent stranger going through our home and our things. This is the type of occurrence that could easily derail my happiness for weeks. But this weekend was also Millsaps College’s homecoming, and many of our beloved yet far-flung friends were in town for the occasion. We had no
time to dwell on our misfortune, no time to wallow over the lost money or blame ourselves for what we could have done better to prevent it. Rather, we were so busy visiting and reminiscing and laughing and loving that, once we came through the initial shock, anger and sadness, we barely thought about the break-in. In fact, it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time. And while the week before homecoming, I was worried about my stress acne and wishing I had observed a more regular diet and exercise plan, once all my people were around me, I felt great. I felt beautiful. I chose to be happy, and to do my best to make those around me happy, creating the best kind of self-perpetuating circle. So I’m taking this idea to the next level, and I have a challenge for you. The holiday season is tailor-made for celebrating others, for lifting them up and sharing why you are thankful that they are in your life. So until the next year, I’m going to do just that. Since most of my people are spread across the country, I am aiming to write letters to 50 people in my life, to tell them how they have made an impact on my life and why I think they are amazing. They might be family members, childhood friends, my bridesmaid or college roommate—or they might just be people I don’t know that well but always thought were pretty great. I urge you to join me. It doesn’t have to be 50 people. It could be five, or 15. But sit down and make an effort to tell someone they are great. Tell them they are beautiful, and I’d be surprised if you don’t feel a little more beautiful yourself.
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R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at rlnave@ jacksonfreepress.com.
Editorial Assistant Amber Helsel graduated from Ole Miss with a bachelor’s in journalism. She is short, always hungry and hoping to survive NaNoWriMo. She wrote for the cover package.
Music Editor Briana Robinson is trying to become an expert on all things music. Her other passions include dance and photography. Send her music scoop at briana@ jacksonfreepress.com. She wrote for the cover package.
City Reporter Tyler Cleveland majored in news/editorial journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys sports, southern cuisine and good music. He wrote for the talk section.
Editorial Intern Mo Wilson is a Millsaps College student. He enjoys pizza, the Internet, dancing alone in his bedroom, social justice, politics and giggling. He wrote for the cover package.
An eternal optimist, Fashion Stylist Nicole Wyatt believes art can change the world. She loves unicorns, has an extensive hat collection and you can usually find her thrifting, mustache coffee cup in hand. She wrote for the cover package.
Editorial Intern Justin Hosemann is a native of Vicksburg. He recently graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. He wrote arts and food features.
Advertising Designer Andrea Thomas is a lover of all genres of music, fashion and good food. She spends her free time exploring everything Jackson has to offer. She designed many of the ads in this issue.
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—Joyce Helmick, president of the Mississippi Association of Educators, on Common Core standards, the national guidelines that outline what children K-12 should have learned by the end of each grade.
Thursday, Oct. 30 The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announces that Syria has destroyed critical equipment for producing chemical weapons and poison gas munitions. Friday, Oct. 31 A temporary benefit from the 2009 economic stimulus that boosts food stamp dollars ceases to be available, reducing benefits for families by as much as $36 per month. … A man with a semiautomatic rifle opens fire at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a TSA employee and wounding two others. Saturday, Nov. 1 Federal prosecutors charge Paul Ciancia, the LAX shooter, with murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport. Sunday, Nov. 2 The White House and congressional intelligence committee leaders reject a plea by Edward Snowden for clemency for charges of allegedly leaking classified information to the media.
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Tuesday, Nov. 4 The Senate moves forward on the first major bill barring workplace discrimination against gays in nearly two decades. … Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, tells a Senate committee that the government healthcare website is now able to process nearly 17,000 registrants per hours with almost no errors and continues to improve.
by Tyler Cleveland
ackson developer David Watkins is fighting his political foes on two fronts these days. On one front, he is trying to work through his differences with Jackson leadership in order to stay involved with the beleaguered Farish Street redevelopment project. On the other, he’s challenging allegations that he committed securities fraud, which are currently under investigation by the Mississippi secretary of state’s office, a story the Jackson Free Press broke online last week at jfp.ms. The Jackson Redevelopment Authority has not budged on its decision to terminate the lease Watkins held on the Farish Street development from late 2008 until Sept. 25, when it abruptly Jackson developer David Watkins is fighting to either be a part of the team that finishes cancelled the contract without renovations on Farish Street or recover the money he put into the project, while fighting notifying Watkins or asking him allegations from the secretary of state’s office that he committed securities fraud in 2011. any questions. Watkins’ attorney charged last week Attorney Lance Stevens also wrote lawyers who are set to represent JRA in that the New Orleans-based law firm that in the motion for an injunction last week the suit against Farish Street Group have represents JRA, Jones Walker, is helping that inter-tangled relationships between “unwaivable” conflicts of interest because clients “attempting to steal the Farish attorneys and principals involved in the they are simultaneously involved in lawStreet project from (Watkins)” with its various lawsuits create a situation that is suits involving the principal members of involvement with various lawsuits spin- “ripe for corruption and present an unac- the Farish Street Group, the firm that JRA ning around the Watkins and his various ceptable ethical scenario.” is suing, with millions of dollars hanging projects. Stevens’ motion seeks to prevent the in the balance. Hinds County Judge Patricia Wise New Orleans-based Jones Walker Law Jones Walker is currently representrecused herself Monday from ruling on Firm from representing the Jackson Rede- ing Retro Metro LLC, the group Watkins the case because of a potential conflict of velopment Authority in its lawsuit against originally formed to renovate the Belk interest, and Judge Denise Owens is now developer David Watkins and his firm, building in Metrocenter Mall, and its set to hold the first hearing regarding the Farish Street Group LLC. principals Socrates Garrett and LeRoy lawsuit on Nov. 22. The filing claims that Jones Walker Walker in four suits, including at
Tattoos and History
ith tattoos becoming more and more common, let’s take a closer look at some people you probably never suspected had tattoos. Thomas Edison had five dots tattooed on his left forearm in the position of playing dice. (source: Mental Floss)
Theodore Roosevelt had his family crest tattooed on his chest. (source: Mental Floss)
by Amber Helsel
Paparazzi often published photos of JFK Jr. sporting a shamrock on his ankle and a dagger on his arm.
himself had an anchor tattoo on his forearm.
Writer Dorothy Parker sported a small blue star near her elbow as a reminder of a drunken night she experienced in the 1930s.
George Orwell had each knuckle on one hand tattooed with blue spots. Some say it was a little bit of rebellion when Orwell was a policeman in Burma.
(source: Mental Floss)
(source: Mental Floss)
Winston Churchill’s mother Lady Randolph Churchill—she covered up the snake tattoos around her wrists with diamond bracelets. Churchill
(Source: Mental Floss)
Monday, Nov. 3 Tens of thousands of demonstrators form the largest anti-American rally in years outside the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran. … The Human Rights Campaign launches a social-media campaign to support gays in Russia alarmed by a law banning pro-gay “propaganda.”
Watkins Fighting on Two Fronts trip burns
Wednesday, Oct. 29 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tells Congress that she’s responsible for the technical problems on the federal health insurance website. … The United Nations says it has received assurances from the U.S. government that U.N. communications networks “are not and will not be monitored” by American intelligence agencies.
“I’ve spent almost 40 years as a lawyer, and over half of those years in public finance and public bonding. Securities fraud is a career-ending disaster.”
“It’s really family-oriented here. All of our clients know that we’re sisters, and we’ve got clients whose sisters come in here, their mother comes in here, their children come in here.”
—Developer David Watkins, explaining why he has every reason to avoid breaking the law in his efforts to develop several projects at the same time.
—Kirti Naran on Incense Salon and Boutique, which she owns with her sister Rina Patel.
least one against Watkins. The firm is defending Retro Metro in three of those suits against contractors who say they have not been paid for performed work, and the fourth against Watkins and his firm Meridian Law Enforcement Center LLC. Neither Garrett or Walker have returned calls for comment. JRA attorney Zach Taylor said Tuesday that he wouldn’t comment on ongoing litigation, nor would he confirm that there are ongoing talks to resolve the matter amicably. “I know there are lawyers who feel like they need to be an advocate for their client in the media,” Taylor said. “I’m not one of those attorneys.” Owens will have to grant or deny Stevens’ motion to disqualify JRA’s legal defense prior to the first hearing. Watkins has placed a lien on the Farish Street property in an effort to recoup some or all of the $4.7 million of personal money he says he has sunk into the project. JRA is counter-suing in an attempt to
wrest the project away from Watkins while keeping the equity he’s put into, and built around, the project. But all that could be a moot point if Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office determines that Watkins’ June 8, 2011, wire transfer of $587,084 from the bank account for Retro Metro LLC to a real-estate closing account in Meridian constitutes securities fraud. The Mississippi secretary of state last week opened an investigation involving Watkins and his company, Watkins Development, on allegations of securities fraud for misusing half a million dollars awarded for Metrocenter redevelopment to purchase a building in Meridian for a different project. Secretary of state attorneys issued a “notice of intent” July 30, 2013, to impose administrative penalties and demand restitution, in the form of revenue from the other project, from Watkins for the money transfer. In conjunction with the order, the
secretary of state held an administrative hearing that began last Tuesday and concluded Wednesday to allow Watkins to address the allegations that he misused part of a $5.2 million bond to help fund his Meridian Law Enforcement Center project. Mississippi Business Finance Corp. awarded the bond April 12, 2011, for the revitalization of the first floor of the old Belk building in Metrocenter. The secretary of state accuses Watkins of failing to disclose in the bond documents “the intent to use and or convert any portion of the proceeds to finance the activities of MLEC.” Because he did not disclose that intent, secretary of state attorneys say it is “material omission” under the “General Fraud” section of the Mississippi Code of 1972. As the second day of last week’s meetings wrapped up, Watkins flatly denied the charges against him and finished his testimony by answering his attorney Brad Pigott’s plainly stated query: Did he have any reason to conceal information from
investors, as the state has suggested? “Mr. Pigott, I have every reason to avoid any kind of concealment or any fraud,” said Watkins, who is also the new chairman of Downtown Jackson Partners. “I’ve spent almost 40 years as a lawyer, and over half of those years in public finance and public bonding. Securities fraud is a career-ending disaster.” The Secretary of State’s office claims that Watkins should have disclosed that he intended to use the proceeds of the bond money to purchase the building in Meridian, and that he did not disclose to bond buyers that Watkins Development had already agreed to be the developer for Metro Retro. Watkins said he’s never had to disclose that information in the past. If found guilty, Watkins faces a $25,000 fine and could be forced to forfeit proceeds from the deal in Meridian to Retro Metro. Watch jfp.ms for updates on the Watkins-JRA saga. Email Tyler Cleveland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Joyce Helmick: ‘Prove It’ by Ronni Mott
What Common Core does is level the playing field. This is not a curriculum; it’s standards. ... These standards are doable. It’s a process that we’re going to have to go through, to learn how to use the standards. Since it’s not a curriculum, it’s not dictated how we should do it. It’s just a standard. The ones of use who have been working with it do not see this as more work. We see it as different. It’s not piling on to what we’re already doing. It’s just changing the way we’ve been doing it.
COURTESY JOYCE HELMICK
oyce Helmick has taught Joyce Helmick, president of the Mississippi Association of school for more than 37 Educators, wants the state years. In July, she took the Legislature to stop giving lip leadership reins at the Mississervice to the future of the sippi Association of Educators, an orstate’s children. ganization that provides professional development for teachers, and represents their interests in the state Legity is, he’ll say education,” Helmick islature and throughout the publicsaid. “That’s a bunch of baloney. school system. Prove it.” Helmick comes from a workSome criticize Common Core ing-class family. She was her famStandards as being just like ily’s first woman to graduate from “No Child Left Behind,” only college, and she holds a bachelor’s on steroids; we’ve upped the and master’s degree from Missischallenge when the students sippi College. couldn’t meet the standards One of MAE’s goals this year is of NCLB. to secure raises for Mississippi’s teachers, whose average pay, $41,975, First of all, I’m thinking that is the second lowest in the nation. we’re meeting a lot of the standards Starting salaries are $31,187. It’s a goal Gov. The MAE president challenges the Leg- of “No Child Left Behind” pretty well. The Phil Bryant is adamantly opposed to. He and islature to do what’s necessary to give teachers scores are moving up. We do have some leading lawmakers also opposed fully funding the tools they need. That takes funding, she schools with problems, but we have a lot the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, said, and she’s weary of lawmakers’ excuses. more schools (that) are improving and dothe formula that determines state funds for “If you ask a legislator what his prior- ing better. public schools and provides additional, leveling funding for less prosperous districts. MAEP, which the lawmakers have only funded twice, has been on Helmick’s radar for by Amber Helsel years. MAEP funding, she stresses, is just adequate, not extravagant. Talking About Community art auction in by Jan. 11. Donors are invit“You get what you pay for. That’s just Operation Shoestring hosts its an- ed to attend a Donor Appreciation Party plain fact,” Helmick said. “Teachers, educanual luncheon at the Jackson Convention that same day at The Cedars in Fondren tors, are not asking for a lot. We’re not asking Complex Nov. 14 (105 E. Pascagoula St., (4145 Old Canton Road, 601-366-5552). for the Taj Mahal. We’re asking for what it 601-969-0114). Join former Gov. Haley The HeARTS benefit is Feb. 8. To find takes to educate our students. … The bottom Barbour, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and donor and artist forms and more informaline is that they’re just trying to do away with Rev. Keith Tonkel in an open and honest tion, visit mississippihearts.org. public schools, and we know that. Everybody discussion about ways to better our comknows that.” munity. Tickets are $50. For more infor- Sharing the Warmth Helmick spoke with the Jackson Free mation, visit operationshoestring.org. Help families in need by donating Press in the midst of MAE’S professional to Atmos Energy’s Share the Warmth development conference, “Highly Engaging Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS program, where your money helps supClassrooms,” held in Jackson Oct. 10 and 11. The Mississippi HeARTS Against port elderly, disabled and low-income The conference focused on training educators Aids organization asks that artists and do- families pay their utilities. Jackson Housto implement Common Core Standards. nors turn in all submissions for the silent ing Authority is the local energy assis-
Are professional learning communities (a strategy for creating collaborative learning among colleagues) part of Common Core?
Yes. It’s part of it. It’s what is suggested as how we get to those standards. … I spent 37 years in the classroom with teachers who were working hard, hard, hard—and the students were working. We felt like we were doing well, and then we’d get these scores, and it looked like we were not. What we discovered through Com-
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back off because they don’t know. We know. That’s been part of the problem for years: that our hands are tied. … If they’re going to narrow down what we do and then tie our evaluations to a test score, that’s a dangerous place to go. Teachers are on board with good evaluations. We’re hungry for it, as a matter of fact. Teachers in our state have long been evaluated, a lot of times unfairly. … A lot of the administrators aren’t on professional learning teams, and they don’t know what we’re doing in the classroom. So when they come in to evaluate, it’s not a fair evaluation. Say more about that.
I taught the gifted, and most of those gifted kids maxed in the 8th grade on testing. They just blew the roof off. They were the top, top kids. … If they paid me just on my test scores then, yeah, I would be getting more than some other teacher, but that’s not fair. (Not) when the teacher across the hall from me has the low-level students, the ones that have discipline problems and (developmental) problems, and mine are all gifted, and their parents support them, and they can do what they’re supposed to do most of the time. It’s not fair to pay me more because my scores are higher than hers. It’s just not fair. It’s just not right.
Exactly! And then the art teacher can bring up this material, and then they can take it over to the math class, and then they can talk about it (there). The art teacher can teach the students how to figure out how it works. And what’s that used for? Let’s go down to the physics classroom and figure out this is Tell me how not provided full funding how you build things so they stand up cor- under MAEP affects teachers. rectly, to use perspective. It all goes together. [B]ecause of the way the gifted program was (structured) in our state, I could only You’re up against a Legislature that have 15 in my class. Now that changed rewants to put in place things like teacher cently, because they cut the funds. Now I can merit pay. have 30. We’re up against a lot. We’re up against negativity on Common Core, and we believe So you have less money and need to that that negativity is coming from the fact spread it over more students. that they don’t want to finance this. They Across the hall … 10th grade, students don’t want to fund what it takes to do some are mixed in with re-testers, which means they of the Common Core. did not pass their 10th grade test. There are … (Legislators) are not the experts. … 33 in that classroom. 33. And that’s because We’re the experts. We’re the ones who know we can’t afford to hire more teachers because how to teach. We’re the ones who know how (of lack of full) funding of the MAEP. That to do that. All they need to do is fund what teacher struggles and struggles and struggles. we’re trying to do. And then they need to What are her scores going to reflect? How can
she have great scores in a classroom and half of them re-testers. … We have teachers out there that are working and doing their jobs. They’re struggling. They’re spending their own money … in their classrooms. The legislators are saying they’re getting money. What are they talking about? They’re not fully funding MAEP. They’re not doing their job. What’s your take on zero-tolerance policies and the issue of students being shuffled through the cradle-to-prison pipeline?
We understand zero tolerance, and in a lot of situations, zero tolerance works. But in a lot of situations, zero tolerance is self-defeating. We don’t see it being effective in changing the behavior of the child or changing the behavior of the parent who is responsible for that child. How big a problem is discipline and the use of suspensions and expulsions to enforce discipline?
I do know that in some districts it’s more prevalent than in others. I am not familiar with any statistics about it, but I do know that (lack of) discipline is a deterrent to good classroom work. A lot of times, you will have three or four students in a classroom that are discipline problems, and there’s very little backup—it may be from the parent that there’s no backup. It may be from the administrator. But when you have even one child who disrupts the movement of the classroom and the work of the teacher, that is disruptive to the entire class. And then when you end up with 30 kids in a class, and then you have to deal with all of those 30, and then you have two or three or four who are constant discipline problems, and then the teacher has to deal with it by herself all the time, that causes the teacher to either get burned out or feel there’s nothing you can do. The teacher cannot be as effective in the classroom with that sort of thing going on. A transcript of the full interview, including more on school discipline, is at jfp.ms/helmick.
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mon Core, those of us who have been working with it for a while, is that these standards are telling us where our students should be, on the same standards as in California, in Oklahoma, in New Hampshire, in Connecticut—everywhere. So we’re seeing where, “Hey, our students can do that.” It’s just going to take a while to get them there. … A learning community in school might be the five language-arts teachers. It would expand to bringing in the math teachers, and then you’d have another learning community that would bring in the extra classes—art, French, music. Then you have these cells of learning communities where we’re looking at what we’re doing, and we’re sharing that with the history and the art teachers. We’re sharing about reading and about writing. In other words, we’re not in isolation. I’m doing my thing in my classroom, but how about we do this over in the art room? … We’re reaching for the same goals.
hat November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), No-Shave November and Movember. In NaNoWriMo, each participant has to write at least a 50,000-word rough draft over the course of 30 days, from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30. At the end of the month, the writer posts a novel on her NaNoWriMo profile for judging. The good folks who organize this event remind participants that this is not meant to be a perfect story, nor a complete one. Go to nanowrimo.org for more information or to find other participants in the Jackson area. No Shave November allows men and women to be lazy and unkempt all this month. On day one, you put away your razors and for the next 30 days, you let the hair on your legs (for women) and your face (for men) grow. Don’t confuse Noshember with Movember, which is its less intense but more socially aware brother. Men grow mustaches all month long to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. Go to noshember.com or movember.com for more information. So for the month of November, go write that weird sci-fi novel you’ve been dying to start, and make sure to let your facial (and leg for ladies) hair have its freedom.
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Henley-Young’s Breakfast Snub by R.L. Nave
hey say breakfast is the most impor- mental-health evaluations, counseling, bet- just about every kid he talked to said meals tant meal of the day. ter rehabilitation options, input from family are often served cold, including the afore This is especially true for children, and advocates, and more time outside cells. mentioned oatmeal. whose bodies and minds need large The overseer has visited the center five Dixon’s latest court monitoring report quantities of healthy food to grow shows that Henley-Young still has strong. In that way, many of the prob“major developmental needs in many lems of the troubled Hinds County areas,” including keeping enough staff Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center to serve the approximately 84 child start with the first meal of the day. residents as well as provide training for “I observed oatmeal that was the existing staff. Dixon added that he provided to the residents that was witnessed training not in alignment cold, hard and flat and had no liquidwith juvenile-justice standards. ity to it; if it were any harder it could “As I sat in on several parts of the be served as an oatmeal cookie,” wrote training, I found the majority of the juvenile-justice expert Leonard B. training was aligned with adult corDixon in a recent report. rections,” he wrote. “Although this Dixon, who is headquartered in training may be adequate for adult faWoodhaven, Mich., was appointed to The Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center will likely cilities, in the juvenile system training oversee implementation of the legal not be in full compliance with a 2012 court order to is required so that staff will have the improve conditions at the facility by the time the order settlement between kids and Hinds expires in the spring. skills to effectively interact and manCounty. The Southern Poverty Law age residents.” Center and Disability Rights Mis Corrie Cockrell, a staff attorney sissippi filed a class-action lawsuit in 2011 times and issued five less-than-glowing re- with the Mississippi SPLC, said the U.S. that alleged Henley-Young’s staff members ports on the county’s compliance with the Constitution affords children rights that subjected the children to physical and ver- lawsuit. On a trip to the center from Aug. 18 adults do not receive and that juvenile fabal abuse. Under a March 2012 agreement, to Aug. 23, he noted complaints about the cilities require specialized training. “Training children entering the facility are to receive food quality at Henley-Young. Dixon said that officers receive to work with adults may
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be fine, but if that same training is supposed to provide juvenile-detention officers what they need to work with juveniles then that just doesn’t get us there,” Cockrell said. The agreement with the plaintiffs ends in March, but Cockrell said attorneys could seek to extend its terms, either through the courts or negotiations with Hinds County. Dixon, in his report, also cited staffing issues and medical and mental health-care services as still needing improvement. “Even though the facility has hired new staff, the results of attrition still leave the County far short of the needed staff to properly run the facility,” Dixon wrote. This creates pressure for staff members to keep the peace at all costs, and they often “react to minor misbehaviors” by “locking down residents that present potential conduct issues.” In September, Henley-Young brought on a new director when Brenda Frelix took over for Dale Knight, who took the post in 2010. Frelix, who is married to Hinds County public-works director Carl Frelix, has not responded to interview requests. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at email@example.com.
Jackson Public School District (District 2520) Dr. Cedrick Gray, Superintendent firstname.lastname@example.org 662 S. President Street Jackson, MS 39225
— DISTRICT PROFILE —
Student Data — Special Education
Student Data — Demographics Total Enrollment Free Lunch and Reduced Lunch Average Daily Attendance
This District Mississippi 490,619 29,898 71.40% 89.22 91.94% 93.90%
Student Data — Racial Makeup This District 0.08% 97.50% 0.97% 0.03% 1.41%
Race Asian Black Hispanic Native American White
Section Source:MDE/SY 2011-2012
Mississippi 0.98% 49.84% 2.68% 0.25% 46.26%
IEP Students as a Percentage of All Students Actual Number of IEP Students * IEP = Individualized Education Program
School District Staff
This District Mississippi Number of Employees (FTE)¹ ² 4,500.51 68,237.48 Number of Teachers (FTE)¹ ² 1,905.49 32,980.72 2,424 114 National Board Certified Teachers 92.8% 95.26% Highly Qualified Teachers 0.16% Emergency/Provisional Teachers 0.4% 5026.10 245.02 Number of Special Education Teachers (FTE)¹ ² Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers 100.00 % 98.46 % 0.00 % 0.21 % Emergency Special Education Teachers ¹ FTE = Full Time Equivalent ² Data from SY 2012-2013
— ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT — 2013 State Accountability Label²
Graduation and Completion Data (First Time 9th Graders in 08-09)
Graduation Rate Completion Rate (w/ graduates) Dropout Rate Occupational Diplomas Certificates of Attendance
2013-2014 Accreditation Status²
—Probation— Number of Schools by Accountability Label A
All Students IEP Students Mississippi 64.1% 75.5% 8.2% 35.6% 82.3% 69.50 32.6% 23.00 13.9% 567 16.50 16.50 907 51.76 51.76
ACT Information (2011-2012)
Section Source: MDE
Graduates Taking ACT (estimated) Average ACT Score
* ACT = American College Test
This District Mississippi 83.84% 77.65% 18.5 16.8
Expulsions & Out of School Suspensions > 10 Days (2011-2012) 18
This District Mississippi 2.16% 1.54% 2.05% 1.20%
IEP Students All Non-IEP Students
* NR =Due to size cannot report data
— FINANCIAL DATA —
Section Source:MDE/SY 2011-2012
Millage and Assessed Valuation
Revenue Sources Federal 24.48%
This District Operational Millage Rate 62.66 Debt Service Millage Rate 12.33 Net Ad Valorem Requested $72,576,589 Assessed Valuation $1,204,278,734
² Data from SY 2012-2013
Actual Expenditures Mississippi 43.52 3.31
Local 30.97% Total Revenue: $289.96M
Local State Federal Intermediate³ Total
This District Mississippi $3,042 $2,804.65 $4,377 $4,497.22 $2,405 $1,628.54 $0.89 $0 $9,824 $8,931.30
Instructional Other Instructional General Administration School Administration Operations
67.88% 15.93% 3.40% 5.71% 7.09%
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Estimated Per Pupil Expenditures
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Squeaky Clean Chitterlings
his Chitterling Season, Pork-N-Piggly Supermarket will make the holiday season affordable and educational for financially challenged customers. Along with lower prices on your favorite holiday foods, Pork-N-Piggly Supermarket will offer free pre-holiday workshops in food preparation and home decoration. Look out for Chef Fat Meat’s “Squeaky Clean Chitterling Cleaning” workshop and “Make the Meat Last” carving seminar in Pork-NPiggly’s meat and produce section. Brother Hustle loves to sell his loyal customers plenty of ice-cold Juicy Juice. During the holiday season, he enjoys sharing his delicious holiday hot toddy and eggnog recipes in the beverage isle. Reverend Vegan of the Vegetarian Church International asked if he could show customers how TO prepare and cook healthy holiday foods in the veggies and fruit section. Clubb Chicken Wing’s Little Momma Roscoe will be in the poultry section ready to share her insights on making the perfect hotwing holiday party platter. In the hardware section, Lady “Fancy” McBride will show budget-conscious poor folk how to decorate their personal and family spaces for the holidays. Pork-N-Piggly Supermarket is here to make your holidays pleasant. Happy Chitterling Season!
Best of Jackson 2014: Go Vote!
obamaSCARE “Welcome back, we’re talking this morning about Obamacare, but since it’s Halloween, let’s call it ‘Obamascare.’”
November 6 - 12, 2013
— Fox News Channel morning show “Fox and Friends” host Steve Doocy, welcoming the audience back following a commercial break.
Why it stinks: By itself, Doocy’s silly comment wouldn’t be so bad. But the off-the-cuff comment was the most blatant of a series of attacks and false characterizations the national news network has rolled out against the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature legislation that, when fully implemented, should provide health insurance to million of previously uninsured Americans. As CNN pointed out this week: “Not surprisingly, such partisan back-and-forth has generated persistent myths about Obamacare that foment confusion, if not outright ignorance, about the reforms. In other cases, both sides try to quickly exploit newer issues.” Doocy has authored two books that appeared on The New York Times best-seller list, and doesn’t have to worry about affording health insurance, unlike the millions who will benefit once they are covered under the president’s new healthcare law.
ou may have noticed the Best of Jackson ballot in this issue (page 14) or the alert on the cover—it’s that time of year again! Best of Jackson voting is underway. This year, however, things are a little different, so we want to make sure our readers know how this works. For the first time, voting will take place in two phases for the Best of Jackson 2014 awards. Phase one is the “write-in” ballot you may be accustomed to. This year we’re calling it the Nominations ballot. The Nominations ballot is in the paper this week and available online at jfp.ms/ballot/ until Nov. 17, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. That will be the end of phase one. Using your write-in votes, we’ll determine the finalists in each category. On Nov. 27, 2013, we’ll open up a new Finalists ballot, which will be a multiple-choice ballot. From those finalists, you will select your winners in each category; from those votes, we’ll determine who won first, second and third place. That ballot will close on Dec. 15, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. As usual, the winners will be announced to the public in the Best of Jackson 2014 issue, scheduled for Jan. 22, 2014. The Best of Jackson party (get your invite by subscribing to JFP Daily at www.jfpdaily.
com) will take place on Jan. 26, 2014—the last Sunday in January as always. Why the change in the ballots? We’re hoping that the second-level of balloting will allow more of our voters to reflect on the finalists and determine who they think in the best in that category—and not just the first (or only) name that comes to mind, as can often happen with the write-in ballot. With the two-level balloting, both “popular” and “great” have an opportunity to compete for first place in Best of Jackson. We hope the new two-tier ballot will help make sure the “best” bubbles up to the top every year. (It also makes it a little easier on us in the final count, because some of y’all really have a lot of trouble spelling your favorite people and places!) There is one downside—to get it all done, we’ve got a compressed schedule, especially for potential nominees, so we encourage you to GO VOTE immediately. Visit page 14 to vote by hand, or jfp.ms/ballot to vote online with a desktop, tablet or mobile device. This year you can also vote via the Jackson Free Press Facebook page if you’re using a desktop or most tablets. Good luck to the Jackson area’s best people, places, businesses and organizations!
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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” — Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
he couldn’t afford the red bottom shoes or the Brazilian weave. In fact, she didn’t really even have gas to make it to her appointments, but she wanted to model. She tried out for several casting calls only to hear each time that she was too big, too short, and once she was even told that she needed to polish her look. She wondered what that meant since she took hours doing what she thought was polishing before she got there. She couldn’t understand, so she just assumed that she just wasn’t pretty enough. After a few weeks, a friend walked up to her and handed her a flyer for a new group, TAPS, which celebrated full-size women. Her friend told her that she should try out. She was reluctant because she just couldn’t be rejected again. She didn’t know if she would recover from being told she was not beautiful yet again. She had to pray. The day of the model call, she got dressed and undressed three different times. She finally settled on a blazer she had purchased from a thrift shop and a jumper that she had for three years but never had the courage to wear because it made her breasts look big. But today, she thought she’d just give it a try. Leaving her studio apartment, she noticed she had a flat tire. She turned to go back to the apartment, feeling defeated, when she noticed that she didn’t have her keys. She’d left them inside and locked the front door. She fell to her knees in the middle of the parking lot and cried. Soon, she heard the voice of her friend (the one who gave her the information about TAPS) saying to her, “Come on. I’ll take you.” When her number was called, she nearly lost it. But she gathered herself and started her strut. She walked as fiercely as she knew how. She smiled, and she gave “face.” She put on the most confident demeanor she could muster. When I heard this story after she had been selected, I knew that there is
more to life than what we think. There is order in all things; there is purpose in all things. Since I founded TAPS—Thick And Proud Sisters—I have had the pleasure of learning the truth that lives in the words by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross. Before TAPS, I think I was like most people in that I characterized beauty as something physical. It was easy to identify beauty as having something to do with appearance. Now, I know that it is not a thing or even a description, it’s an emotional characteristic. It can’t be learned or prepped. Beauty is born and lives in our soul. It doesn’t just happen. This young lady has turned out to be one of TAPS’ biggest supporters, and she is one of the most beautiful women I have ever met in my life. To me, it’s not her hourglass figure or her evenly toned skin that makes her beautiful. It’s not her hairstyle or her tall, solid strides. It’s the courage in her heart and the purity in her spirit. I know that she could have easily given up that day. I know what it’s like to feel like every turn is pushing you away from positivity. I’ve lived that. But this young lady was a true example of willing something into reality. She found herself that day, and so did I. Please, do not cheapen beauty by thinking it so hollow as to only be about a person’s physical features. Beauty is a tag of victory and completion. One must earn the right to be beautiful, and it can’t be accomplished by a long weave and pointy finger nails. It can’t be met by butt injections or Botox. Beauty only lends itself to those who have gone through the fire to get it. It doesn’t matter what your style is or how you carry yourself, when your heart and soul is good, pure, and loving, you will radiate in beauty. You don’t have to sell people on it, either. Beauty is something easily recognized when it belongs to you. We can see it! Queen is a word lover, a poet, and an advocate for women and sisterhood. She struggles with an addiction to reality television. To find out more about TAPS, email hathor601@ aol.com or find Thick And Proud Sisters on Facebook. TAPS hosts a Fashion And Full Frames Model Showcase at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St., Suite 102, 601-960-1500).
Beauty is a tag of victory and completion.
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HINGS HAVE CHANGED THIS YEAR! For the first time, Best of Jackson will be held in two stages —a nominations ballot and a final ballot! We must receive your nominations ballot postmarked by Nov. 15, 2013, or submitted online by midnight Nov. 17, 2013. If you opt for the paper ballot, it must be ripped from your JFP (no photocopies allowed). We will announce the finalists on Nov 27, 2013, and then you can vote on the final ballot until midnight on Dec. 15, 2013. Remember that Best of Jackson honors our locally owned businesses and personalities who live and work in the Jackson metro currently. Please vote only for the best local, authentic choices. Do not write in big-box and national chains, please.
Nominations Ballot READ FIRST: Due to the exploding popularity of Best of Jackson, the rules are updated this year. Please read before completing your ballot, as violations will disqualify your entire ballot and possibly your chance to win: 1. You must nominate in at least 20 categories for your ballot to count. We will discard ballots that repeat the same vote in non-relevant categories.
2. No photocopied ballots will be accepted. Your ballot must be this newsprint version or cast online at jfp. ms/ballot. 3. Your ballot must include your real ﬁrst and last name with local phone number and email address for veriﬁcation (if needed). Do not ask friends and family from outside Jackson metro to nominate your or your business.
In this category, vote for one local person; ﬁrst and last name; spell correctly. Barista Business owner Campaigner for Best of Jackson Award Chef Craig Noone “Rock It Out” Award for Best New Chef Jackson visual artist (living) Facialist/esthetician Fitness Trainer Filmmaker Hair stylist Massage therapist Most soulful dancer Professor Public ﬁgure Rising entrepreneur Server/waitperson Sexiest bartender (female) Sexiest bartender (male) TV personality Urban warrior Visionary
COMMUNITY & CULTURE Arts organization Community garden/nature attraction Local live theater/theatrical group Non-proﬁt organization Radio personality or team Radio station (call letters only) Stage play
November 6 - 12, 2013
NIGHTLIFE & MUSIC
Club DJ Gospel artist Musician Singer Singer/songwriter Bar Bartender Blues artist College student hangout Country artist Cover band Dive bar LGBT hangout Happy hour Hip-hop artist Jazz artist Jukebox
You can also go to BestofJackson.com to vote online. 4. Each voter must choose every nomination cast on his/her ballot; similar and identical ballots will be investigated and discarded. 5. You are welcome to campaign by asking people to nominate you, but you must not offer ﬁnancial incentives or discounts, set up computers or scripts with any votes pre-chosen, or ask to see someone’s ballot.
6. It is important to spell names correctly for nominations to count; take time to look them up or ask, please. 7. Fraudulent ballots (using other people’s names and contact information) will be discarded. Do not ﬁll out a ballot for anyone else or suggest a slate of nominations. 8. No employees, full- or part-time, of Jackson Free Press Inc. are qualiﬁed
Karaoke DJ Live music venue Margarita New bar Open-mic night Original band Place for cocktails Place to dance Place to drink cheap Place to watch the game Place to play pool R&B artist Rock artist
FOOD AND DRINK
Note: In food categories, list locally owned restaurant names, not individual dishes. Asian Restaurant Bakery Barbecue Beer selection Breakfast Brunch Doughnuts Ethnic restaurant Greek restaurant Gumbo Hangover food Innovative menu Italian Kids’ menu Local burger Local French fries Local fried chicken Lunch buffet Meal under $10 Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Mexican/Latin New restaurant Outdoor dining Pizza Place for dessert Place for ribs Place for healthy food Place to eat when someone else pays Place to get coffee Plate lunch Restaurant Sandwich place Seafood Soul food Steak Sushi/Japanese Take-out
to win Best of Jackson categories, and must not campaign on anyone’s behalf. 9. Violation of any of these rules causes immediate disqualiﬁcation from being nominated or winning Best of Jackson awards. VOTE ONLINE and see more rule explanations at bestofjackson.com.
Vegetarian options Veggie burger Wine list/wine selection Wings
Annual event Music festival Art gallery Barbershop Beauty shop or salon Boutique Bridal/formalwear store Category we left off Caterer Dance studio Day spa Fitness center/gym Flower shop Garden supply/nursery Kids event Liquor/wine store Locally owned business Mechanic Men’s clothes Museum Place for a ﬁrst date Place to buy antiques Place to buy books Place to buy kid’s clothes/toys Place to book a party or shower Place to get married Place for Unique Gifts Reason to live in Jackson Tailor Tattoo/piercing parlor Thrift/consignment shop Tourist attraction Veterinarian or vet clinic Women’s shoes Yoga studio
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After renovations, Social Agenda in Fondren became Trim Salon.
Got the Look? As fashion weeks rolled across the globe last month, from New York to Paris to Tokyo, a few beauty trends popped up on multiple runways. Try one or more of these quick changes to freshen up your look this winter: • • • • • •
Bold brows Wine lipstain Metallic eyeliner Smoky eyes Loose, messy bangs Updated cat-eye
alk into Trim Salon off Mitchell Avenue in Fondren on a random afternoon, and you’re just as likely to see an old-school southern Junior Leaguer from northeast Jackson as you are a creative covered in tattoos from the neck down. You might even see them sitting next to one another, chatting as they wait for their stylists. That’s exactly how Kate McNeely likes it. McNeely, who owns Trim with her partner (in life and in business) Christie O’Bryant, was born in Jackson, but moved with her parents to Montana when she was in elementary school. They moved back to Mississippi during McNeely’s junior year of high school. She says hair and makeup has been her passion for as long as she can remember. “I’ve always been into it, since the very early age of 4 or 5,” she says. “My mom wore Beauty Control, and I would always play in her makeup. Then around 12 or 13, she allowed me to start coloring and cutting her hair, because I thought I could do it. I would watch ‘A Makeover Story’ on TLC and be like, ‘I could foil her hair.’ What took someone like an hour would take me four hours. My mom’s hair would be blonde in the front and orange in the back—but I learned
shoots and magazines (including the JFP’s sister publication, BOOM Jackson). She says it breaks up the monotony of salon life and gives her a chance to experiment. “You can get out and go to different venues, meet different people,” she says. It’s totally what you want to do. I get to experiment a lot. The people I usually work with have a lot of faith in me, so they don’t give me strict guidelines.” While Social Agenda has focused on nails in addition to hair, Trim will be solely a hair salon by the first of the year. More renovations are underway to transform the manicure and pedicure room to accommodate a few more stylists. While McNeely and another stylist are comfortable working on all hair types, including natural hair, the salon is looking to bring in a stylist who specializes in African American hair, braids and more. “Being in the area that we’re in, we have all types of clients, and we want to be able to work with all of them,” McNeely says. “We just want it to be a fun, funky place to get your hair done.” Call 601-982-5575 for an appointment at Trim Salon (419 Mitchell Ave.).
Kate McNeely (seated) and Christie O’Bryant want to make Trim an open environment for all types of clients.
how to fix that, which is huge.” As a teen, McNeely started doing hair and makeup more frequently, for anyone who would let her—aunts, her parents’ coworkers, friends. She did her own makeup and everyone else’s for homecomings and proms. After school, McNeely enrolled in cosmetology school, putting in hours in both Mississippi and Nashville, Tenn. Her life took a big turn in the middle of her studies when she got pregnant with her son, Finley. “I was completely freaked out (about motherhood),” McNeely, 31, says. “Then I had Finley, and it drastically changed my whole life, for the better. It probably saved my life. I was on a pretty disastrous path.” Although the birth of her son grounded her preferred nomadic lifestyle, it also gave her focus. She graduated from school and got a job at Trio in Flowood, where she eventually became manager, in addition to styling full time. McNeely was at Trio nearly five years when the salon closed abruptly, and she made her way to Social Agenda. She worked there two years before she and O’Bryant bought Social Agenda and renovated the salon, rebranding it Trim. McNeely says her goal for Trim is somewhat based on a salon she worked at while studying in Nashville. “This woman who owned it lived in New York,” she says. “She had a manager, and it ran like clockwork. There were like 15 people working there, and it ran like a well-oiled machine. And it was the place to go. So I’ve always kind of held that as the standard.” O’Bryant handles the majority of the business side of the salon, while McNeely does hair and makeup, and works with clients. She also often styles for fashion shows, high-concept photo
e’ve all heard of “street style,” but you shouldn’t have to hunt it down. Jackson is the next upand-coming metropolis, but we have to believe that, and contribute accordingly to make this belief a reality. We have the resources all around us from young fashion designers, models, agents, buyers, bloggers, to stylists, artists and opportunists. Supporting local business and artists is so important in development of a creative community. Our metro area has so many great options for all budgets, and it seems like more stores pop up every month. (Welcome to the neighborhood, Blush + Bashful in downtown Vicksburg, the soon-to-open Mulberry Dreams in Fondren and Style Revel, an online shopping/fashion blog with offices in Starkville.) Elevated Errands What you wear proclaims who you are before you ever say a word. It is, in short, visible communication. What do you want your message to be?
We’re all busy. It seems like everybody is on the fast track somewhere; always trying to stay connected, not miss out, and somehow we lose style to stress. So what if you’re just running errands? Why not dress up to make the day less hectic? Go out and find that awesome can’t-live-without pair of combat boots, and then pair them with an unexpected sock. You’re wearing a t-shirt? Make it yours. The basic white tee and a good pair of jeans is just the classic wardrobe staple. You can dress it up with pearls and a gingham blazer—vintage, of course—or take it more casual with a sneaker wedge, moto jacket and pattern scarf. Whatever you choose, you can still look stylish running to the store or dropping the kids off at practice. Take a little time and think about what you want to say through your outfit today. Let’s show people that, yes, Mississippians do wear shoes, and sometimes, they’re pretty cute. So think twice before grabbing those Styrofoam slippers before running out the door.
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Holly proves the controversial black/ brown combo is a faux-pas no more.
Adding a funky boot and cute scarf can dress up a classic combo. April nails it with this trendsetting style for fall.
You can still be stylish on the go. Check out Daniel looking dapper as he multi-tasks.
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ondrenites may have noticed a new addition to the neighborhood: a small spinning pole with red and blue stripes. Is it a bird, a plane? No, it’s the barber pole for Eddie Outlaw and Justin McPherson’s new business venture Fondren Barbershop. This idea has been brewing in the couple’s heads for a long time. When they first opened William Wallace Salon seven years ago, they planned to expand their business to include a barbershop as well, but the economic crash put those plans on hold. Fast-forward five years to the departure of Au Courant Floral, which is consolidating into the M. Nicholas Collection space. That move left an opening two doors down from the couple’s salon and re-ignited the idea in their minds. After jokingly bringing up the idea with friends, the response galvanized them into action. “They loved it. They said we would be fools not to,” says Outlaw, who writes columns occasionally for the JFP. If the enthusiasm of their friends wasn’t enough, the landlord approached Outlaw and McPherson about taking over the space. “He had other people inquire about the space, but he wanted us to open a barber shop,” McPherson adds. The barbershop will offer the classic straight-razor shave with a hot towel. Outlaw plans to bring his modern training to this classic technique. He’s nixing the mounds of hot whipped cream for a gel-based version, as well as incorporating some new products to soften beard hair before the shave. Outlaw will also include a men-specific line of facial products from salon tycoon Paul Mitchell. “We will introduce the guys to these things (such as skin products), slowly, and for free at first,” Outlaw says. The barbers have other tricks up their sleeves as well, such as basic massage training to make shampooing a more relaxing experience. This relaxed and comfortable atmosphere is central to
tion, the kind of community where Junior goes and gets his first haircut, where he learns how to shave, and ultimately feels comfortable asking questions such as, “What do I do about this nose hair?” Prices for cuts will range from $20 to $45 with a senior stylist, which might encourage men from all walks of Jackson life to stop in. Beyond the barber poll, though, the space won’t look like the barbershops of old. “A lot of things that are done in retro fashion, they tend to go out of style after a certain point,” Outlaw says. To avoid this, the barbershop will echo the decor in William Wallace Salon with neutral colors and a clean, modern feel. The touches are more masculine: think black leather and chrome. They also have commissioned Jackson artist William Goodman to create pieces for the salon that take vintage black and white photographs of barbershops and recreate them on canvases. Fondren Barbershop (2943 Old Canton Road, 601- 826-0707) opens Nov. 12. Keep up with the shop on its Facebook page, and celebrate the grand opening during Fondren Unwrapped on Nov. 21.
Tip to Toe Opening a barbershop is something Eddie Outlaw (pictured) and his partner, Justin McPherson, have wanted to do for years.
Outlaw and McPherson’s vision of what the salon will be. They hope to create a safe space where men feel more comfortable talking about appearances, and they believe the masculine environment will be key. “A guy is less likely to sit in a salon full of women and have his ears waxed,” Outlaw says. He hopes the barbershop will become a Jackson institu-
While last year the accent nail (usually the fourth finger) was huge in nail polish, this year nail art is taking off. Sometimes called “Pinterest nails” because of their prevalence on the site, these nail designs range from simple polka dots or stripes to full-on tiny painted scenes.
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lucking, shaving, waxing, lasering, burning, chemical-ing, tweezing. Getting rid of excess hair is an ongoing beauty issue for nearly everyone, from the hairiest of men to the most well-coiffed of women. Many of the procedures are time-consuming and painful, but we do them anyway. Threading is an ancient hair removal method in India and other eastern countries, but it’s gaining popularity in the western world. Locally, Incense Salon and Boutique (2475 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-933-0074) was the first to offer threading. When sisters Kirti Naran and Rina Patel opened Incense a decade ago, they knew they wanted threading to be the salon’s specialty. A woman from India trained the two, and they got
certified in New York to thread. The process can be difficult to imagine, but it’s simple and quick to watch. The stylist twists simple thread, holding one end in his or her mouth. They pull the thread, moving the twist along. The thread captures hairs in small, straight lines and pulls them out. It’s like tweezing multiples hairs at once. Many people find that threading is as painful as plucking, but the process is over more quickly. Threading also tends to produce more crisp, clean results, since the hair comes out in lines. Naran says threading is better than other methods for several reasons. “A lot of people tend to break out with the wax or have an allergic reaction with the wax. (This is) just thread, so there’s no
When it comes to hair removal, threading is less damaging to skin than procedures such as waxing.
chemical reactions, not a lot of pulling on your skin. It’s not going to drag your eyebrows down (to where you) need to lift afterwards. There just aren’t not that many after-effects, except having beautiful
brows,” Naran says. “Plus, we do everything on the face, so a lot of people don’t want to wax their lip or wax their entire face. That’s traumatizing. So it’s just a really good alternative.”
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How to get Free TV: Listed below are the Jackson area zip codes that can get Free TV channels with no monthly bills. If you find the first two digits of your zip code immediately call 1-888-752-7147 beginning at precisely 8:30am this morning. Today’s announcement photo above shows just a handful of the major over-the-air broadcast networks you can receive with Clear-Cast for free. It saves a ton of money by not picking up expensive cable only channels like ESPN so there’s never a monthly bill. This is all possible because a U.S. Federal Law makes TV broadcasters transmit their signals in digital format, which allows everyone to use Clear-Cast to pull in Free TV channels with no monthly bills. CompTek is giving every U.S. household a 50% off discount to help cover the cost of ClearCast. Clear-Cast, the sleek micro antenna device is a one-time purchase that plugs in to your TV to pull in Free TV channels in crystal clear digital picture with no monthly bills. Each Clear-Cast normally costs $98, but U.S. households who beat the 48-hour deadline are authorized to get a 50% off discount for each Clear-Cast and cover just $ 49 and shipping as long as they call the Free TV Hotline at 1-888-752-7147 before the deadline ends or online at www.clear-cast.com. Trademarks and programs are the property of their respective owners and are not affiliated with or endorsing Clear-Cast. SXS1498 Alabama 35, 36 Alaska 99 Arizona 85, 86 Arkansas 71, 72 California N/A
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Consulting with an esthetician such as Diane Henson of Skin by MD is important to ensuring the success of a skin-care regimen.
f you laid an average human’s skin out on the floor, it would span about 20 square feet. Three Michael Jordans could Normal: no or few imperfections, no severe senfit on it and still have a little room sitivity, barely visible pores, radiant complexion. to spare. Your skin is the largest Combination: overly dilated pores, blackheads, organ in your body and also the shiny skin most important because it keeps Dry: dull, rough complexion, almost invisyour insides protected. ible pores, red patches, less elasticity, more Human skin is composed of visible lines three layers: the epidermis, the Oily skin: large pores; dull, shiny, or thick dermis and the hypodermis. The complexion; blackheads; pimples; and other epidermis is the outermost layer, blemishes (source: webmd.com) providing a waterproof barrier The most common skin type is combination and our skin tone. The dermis because skin changes on a daily basis, based on contains tough connective tissue, factors such as environment and hormone levels. hair follicles, and sweat glands, You may have oily skin in Mississippi but it could and the hypodermis is composed dry out if you go to a drier place such as Arizona. of fat and connective tissue. Even though it’s our most vital organ, we often treat our skin terribly. We pick scabs, we wear makeup, we tan, we don’t worry about the effects of UVA and UVB rays. Then age starts to set in, and suddenly, our skin isn’t the same. “The older you get, the more the skin tends to hang on to dead cells,” says Diane Henson, an esthetician and a partner at Skin by MD in Highland Village. “If you see these young girls, say, 15 to 25, and they have plump, dewy (skin) that always looks
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rosy—past 25 that starts to slow down. By the time you hit 40, it’s really slow, and when you hit 50, someone slammed on the brakes.” We’re all privy to this inevitable process. Men and women alike begin to complain about skin aging more and more as they near (and then surpass) 30. Even though you can’t truly reverse the aging process, you can take measures throughout your life to keep your skin lively and healthy. The first step to taking care of your skin is knowing what type you have. It’s best to get a consultation with an esthetician or a dermatologist before starting a skin-care regimen. For example, Henson says some sensitive-skinned people may not actually have sensitive skin. They may just be using the wrong products. Henson has been a licensed esthetician for 20 years. She got her license from Shirley Little Academy and did an apprenticeship with Suja Sing at Wavelengths. Sing left Wavelengths to open Pretty Woman. Henson bought her out and created Skin by Diane Henson in 1991. In 2009, she partnered with Dr. Mitsy Ferguson to create Skin by MD (4500 N. Interstate 55, Suite 215, 601-212-0955).
Skincare Jibber Jabber Microdermabrasion: A machine uses fine pressurized crystals that break lose the dead skin cells and then vacuums them out. Glycolic acid: A fruit acid that dissolves the “glue” that keeps dead skin cells attached to the skin Vitamin C: This vitamin contains anti-oxidants that fight free radicals (unstable molecules that damage collagen and dry out your skin). Polypeptides: Communicates to skin cells to produce more collagen (source: examiner.com)
Common Skin Diseases and What Aggravates Them • • •
Rosacea: hot, spicy foods, alcohol and stress Acne: rich, fatty foods and soft drinks Hyperpigmentation (areas of darkened skin): sun exposure and certain medications and illnesses
Out of the three, only hyperpigmentation can be cured. Acne and rosacea remain forever, but you can keep it under control if you go to an esthetician regularly and have a good skin program.
Retin A: a form of retinol (vitamin a) most commonly used to treat acne but also helps with stretch marks and helps the skin produce more collagen. (source:wikipedia)
Collagen: Part of our connective tissue that helps the keep the skin firm and supple and also aids in the renewal of skin cells. (source: news-medical.net)
UVB rays: The sun rays that burn the outer layer of skin. UVA rays: The sun rays that penetrate the skin and do damage.
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A good cleanser For exfoliation, alternate Retin A (tretinoin) with Vitamin C. Don’t use Retin A every day because it does damage over a period of time. It makes skin vulnerable, but can be offset with Vitamin C. Keep in mind that not all Vitamin C products are equal. Diane says it depends on how the product was formulated. It has to be formulated with molecules small enough to penetrate the skin and the product has to be stabilized to keep the vitamin from oxidizing. Diane’s favorite skin hydration method is using Vitamin B with polypeptides. Wear at least 20 SPF sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days, on your neck and décolletage (your upper chest and shoulders). Those are the most vulnerable areas. It’s not important to buy makeup with SPF, as it’s normally 15 or lower. In picking sunscreen, make sure it has at least 70 percent zinc oxide to combat against UVA rays. For sensitive skin, a higher SPF isn’t necessary unless you’re going to spend all day on the beach.
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Use sunscreen every day. Eat a healthy diet. Exercise. Drink plenty of water. Hydrate your skin. The water we drink hydrates our body, but it doesn’t do much for our skin. Wash your face every morning and every night.
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inding or keeping clients can sometimes be difficult for a beautician after moving to a new salon, but this wasnâ€™t the case for Lakisha Thomas. When she worked at Regis Hair Salon in Northpark Mall, she recognized how lucrative the cosmetology field could be. Now, Thomas is the owner of A Touch of Elegance, a full-service hair salon and barbershop in Ridgeland. â€œIâ€™m just thankful,â€? she says about opening her own shop. Almost all her clients from Regis still come to Thomas for their hair-care needs at A Touch of Elegance, she says. Thomas, a 31-year-old Vicksburg native, started styling hair professionally in 2006 at Prevision Haircare Salon in Jackson after graduating from Traxler School of Hair. At those two schools, she learned how to style and cut hair for both men and women. â€œI wanted to be versatile,â€? Thomas says about the decision to learn to cut menâ€™s hair. While working at Regis from 2008 until 2012, Thomas came to a realization. â€œIf I can pay Regisâ€™ bills, then I can pay my bills,â€? she thought. She started making plans. Thomas first opened A Touch of Elegance in April 2012 inside Northpark Mall, but she then moved to a new location outside
A Touch of Elegance boasts five stylists: (from left) Nneka Ayozie, Lakisha Thomas, Latarsha Sterling and Melissa Simmons (not pictured: Regina Dixon), but hopes to bring in a few more soon.
the mall in May 2013. Opening her own business wasnâ€™t as hard as Thomas expected, but it is still very time-consuming. â€œWhen I was working at Regis, when I was done with my clients, it was time to go,â€? she says. â€œNow I have to make sure everything is taken care of before I can leave.â€? A Touch of Elegance has five stylists right now: Thomas, Regina Dixon, Tarsha Sterling, Melissa Simmons, who left Regis to work with Thomas, and Nneka Ayozie. â€œSheâ€™s (Melissa) been there longest,â€? Thomas says. â€œShe helped get things together so we can move, and the moving process.â€? Thomas is, however, looking to hire at least two more diverse and talented stylists who can work with different ethnicities of hair. Thomas would also like to expand A
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