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November 19, 7:30 p.m.

Piano Recital by Dr. Lynn Raley, Associate Professor of Music at Millsaps College Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Recital Hall Admission: Free

November 21, 4 p.m.

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assionate is one word to describe Catherine Sullivan, the executive director of Grace House. Her passion for social justice is obvious in her work with the vulnerable and voiceless citizens of Jackson. Sullivan grew up in Greenville, the daughter of Hodding Carter III and the granddaughter of Hodding Carter Jr. Both men were progressive southern newspaper publishers who dared to challenge the strict caste system that was pervasive during the mid 20th century. Their Delta Democrat Times was one of the first publications to provide courtesy titles to African Americans. They boldly featured the great track star, Jesse Owens, on the front page when he achieved international fame by winning four gold medals during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The Carters were committed to using media to highlight the injustices of the day and were notorious for writing spirited editorials against the bigoted Citizens Council. With a lineage so impassioned by social justice, it’s no wonder that Sullivan works to provide equal access to those less able to advocate for themselves. Sullivan, 55, also inherited a fighter spirit, a quick sense of humor, and a sharply analytical sense of reasoning from her father and grandfather. “I was born into a passion for social justice,” Sullivan says. “My grandfather (and father) had reached levels of understanding concerning the human condition, such that they


could no longer tolerate injustice.” She received a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University. From 1982 to ’84, she worked for a stint at “Inside Story,” a TV program that rated media on how well they covered stories. Sullivan then earned a law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. She says that law school gave her the tools to be analytical, to see the gray areas in life. “There are daily examples of how easily we decide something is black or white, based on the one example—when in reality, ... the truth lies in the middle,” Sullivan says. “This works while trying to understand race and every other issue with which we are confronted.” After law school, Sullivan clerked for former Mississippi Supreme Court Justices James L. Robertson and Reuben V. Anderson. She married former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Michael D. Sullivan and began applying her legal skills and activism at work with the Jackson chapter of Parents for Public Schools. These days, though, Sullivan has found the next step in her lifelong path of promoting human rights and social justice. “My work and life experiences have lead me to Grace House,” she says. The organization provides people with HIV/AIDS with a place to live with dignity and grace. When it comes to what makes Jackson special, “it is the challenge,” Sullivan says simply—a challenge she is rising to meet. —Turry Flucker

Cover photo sources: Mississippi Capitol by Lynette Hanson; Farish Street by Trip Burns; Civil War reinactment (left) by Flickr/ DFBPhotos; Civil War Battle (right) by Flickr/Michael Kappel

9 Drugs and Justice

In the war on drugs in Jackson, where do policymakers draw the line? Is the justice system failing the city?

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by Todd Stauffer, Publisher

Movin’ On Up … to Downtown


his week, soon after we ship this issue to the printer, we’re packing up our office and moving to downtown Jackson—our first move in almost a decade. You can’t imagine the memories we’re finding buried in boxes ... unless you follow Donna Ladd on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. We leave Fondren in good hands— teeming with local restaurants, retailers, artists and service providers. This neighborhood looks remarkably different from when we first moved into our building back before the Fondren Corner building had a fresh coat of paint, much less offices, apartments, restaurants and galleries. Sal and Mookie’s was a burned-out shell of a former steakhouse; Aladdin’s didn’t exist, and neither did Babalu, Miso, Cafe Olé or Petra—and, of course, Nick’s was still out Lakeland. (Walker’s was here, and it was and is still awesome.) As much as we’ve loved watching Fondren grow—and being able to walk to all this fabulous stuff most every day—we’ve wanted to move downtown for quite a while now. We’ve been seriously looking for more two years and almost had a lease pulled together about a year ago. But this time around, we got in front of the right folks and saw a very interesting spot. When Jan and Jack showed us some offices on the 13th floor of Capitol Towers in downtown Jackson, I found myself returning to and standing in one office in particular. It was a big, open room with wonderful views of Jackson to the south and east of the building. The carpet was rough (and filled with staples—the former tenant had been a printer of some kind), the place needed paint and some TLC, and we’d need a little additional space for offices and breakout rooms.

But I felt like I was looking at our future newsroom. Standing in that space, I imagined a workspace where Superman’s Daily Planet meets the offices of Google. I imagined open collaborative workspaces, but with breakout rooms, huge whiteboards, good coffee and a beer fridge. (We’re still discussing the—per-

haps obligatory—ping-pong table.) Of course, our vision and our nonGoogle budget don’t always mesh, which is where we have to thank the Mattiace Property folks—Jan, Andrew, Jack and Gordon, along with workmen who have transformed the space nearly overnight—for the energy they’ve put into the build-out of our space. The Mattiace team has gone above and beyond with new paint, new carpet, new doors, new walls—even hallways where there used to be walls and a conference room where there used to be nothing. It’s been a ball to watch it all come together, and

you can see some of the progress yourself at Even more important than the space is what we plan to do in it. One thing we’re excited about is the opportunity for our reporting and editing team to be more in the mix of the variety of government and nonprofit offices in downtown—we cross the street to City Hall and a variety of courthouses, and it’s just a few blocks up to the Capitol building. It’s impossible for Donna Ladd, R.L. Nave and Tyler Cleveland to stand on a street corner in downtown and not get whiff of a story—more often than not from someone who catches them in the street and offers a tip. Being down there will give us an even better opportunity to serve our readers with that information, digging deeper into how decisions are made, how our tax dollars are spent and what, if anything, is ever going to happen with downtown development. That doesn’t mean we’ll take our eyes off the rest of the city and area—as evidenced from our launch of the new Jacktown app ( for iPhone and Android, our events and music team (Latasha Willis, Tommy Burton, Brian Robinson and Dustin Cardon) are working hard to bring our readers even more access to the city’s best music and events coverage, while our sales and marketing team (Kimberly Griffin, Gina Haug and David Rahaim) are pursuing new avenues for special deals when you show your Jacktown app to area businesses. As I write, we’re launching a new Fondren Unwrapped channel that you’ll want to check out on the app this week. And, of course, in the midst of all of this, Kathleen Mitchell, Amber Helsel, Kristin Brenemen, Trip Burns, Andrea Thomas (and new stylist Nicole Wyatt and freelance photographer Tate Nations) are working on the January BOOM Jackson—includ-

I imagined a workspace where Superman’s Daily Planet meets the offices of Google.

ing some exciting new downtown venues for our photo shoots and an emphasis on weddings with our Hitched resource guide and wedding announcements in the next issue. (If you’re recently engaged or married and want to place your annoucement in BOOM, get in touch quickly via boom Finally, during all this, we’ve even got a Best of Jackson ballot—our 12th—out and actively accepting nominations right now. This year, Best of Jackson is a little different. Through 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 17, we’ll be accepting write-in nominations in all categories. We’ll then tally the finalists and put out a new multiple-choice ballot from Nov. 27 until Dec. 15, 2013, where our readers will determine the winners and placements for each category. If you have a business or if you’re an individual looking to be a finalist, HURRY and get nominated at! I’d like to publicly thank the staff for their hard work during this move (and David Joseph and Caroline Lacy-Crawford for coordinating it, and Aprile Smith and Richard Laswell for keeping the trains running on time), and beg patience from our partners, advertisers and the public if anything goes south with our phones or Internet over the weekend. (Don’t worry—the Best of Jackson ballot should be fine.) We look forward to our new space because it represents a fresh look at what we can do as a local media company, and how we can grow with new offerings—merging the latest tech with gumshoe journalism— and have fun doing it. But most of all, we look forward to continuing to offer you quality news and entertainment coverage for improving your life and bringing this fantastic community of folks together in the region—and now the downtown—that we call home.

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Turry Flucker

Dustin Cardon

Genevieve Legacy

Mark Braboy

Jacquelynn Pilcher

Jim Ewing

Andrea Thomas

Kimberly Griffin

Turry Flucker, an independent curator and a cultural historian, has organized many contemporary art and African American history exhibits. He maintains an active schedule as a museum consultant. He wrote the Jacksonian.

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

Genevieve Legacy is an artist-writer-community development consultant. She works at Hope Enterprise Corporation and lives in Brandon with her husband and youngest son. She wrote a food story.

Former Editorial Intern Mark Braboy is a Jackson State University English major. He also writes for the college’s newspaper, the Blue & White Flash. He wrote the events blurb.

Jacquelynn R. Pilcher is originally from Hattiesburg but lived in New York City and Philadelphia, Pa., for a while. She is a proud new mother who loves sushi, sunflowers and performing with her band across Mississippi.

Jim PathFinder Ewing is a journalist, author, writer, editor, organic farmer and blogger. His latest book, “Conscious Food: Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating,” is in bookstores now. Follow Jim @edibleprayers or visit

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 built many of the ads for the issue.

Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin is a fitness buff and foodie who loves chocolate and her mama. She’s also Michelle Obama’s super secret BFF, which explains the Secret Service detail.

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Thursday, Nov. 7 A Russian rocket goes into space carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts to the International Space Station ahead of the first-ever spacewalk for the symbol of peace. ‌ The FDA announces it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health. Friday, Nov. 8 Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, hits the Philippines with winds up to 170 mph, killing an estimated 10,000 people and forcing 800,000 from their homes. ‌ French, British and German foreign ministers join U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva for negotiations to limit Iran’s ability to make atomic weapons. Saturday, Nov. 9 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that the major powers were unified on an Iranian nuclear deal during weekend talks in Geneva but the Iranians were unable to accept it. Sunday, Nov. 10 Israel’s prime minister accuses the international community of being too soft on Palestinians, saying the world must understand peace is a “two-way street.â€?

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Monday, Nov. 11 Iran and the U.N.’s nuclear chief reach a deal to allow expanded monitoring of the country’s nuclear sites. ‌ Brian Goldbeck issues a disaster declaration to provide an immediate $100,000 for relief efforts in the Philippines.


Tuesday, Nov. 12 The Justice Department reaches an agreement to allow American Airlines and U.S. Airways to merge, creating the world’s biggest airline. ‌ A panel of architects announces that the new World Trade Center tower will replace Chicago’s Willis Tower as the nation’s tallest building when it is completed next year.

A Quiet Push for ‘Kush’ by R.L. Nave


n the first millennium B.C., along the Nile in a region that is present-day Sudan, the civilization of Kush flourished as one of the mightiest black kingdoms of sub-Saharan Africa. The kingdom served as a model and namesake for the JacksonKush Plan, which the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement developed to promote self-determination, participatory democracy and economic justice in Mississippi. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, who founded MXGM, is ever so quietly slowly putting that plan into action for the capital city. During this spring and summer, when the Jackson mayoral campaign season hit its peak, a fierce debate took place about regionalism. Broadly, the thinking behind regionalism is that taking a regional, rather than a city-specific, approach to economic development would help all the cities and counties in the region flourish. Lumumba espouses a view of regionalism that is quite different from the HindsMadison-Rankin model, one that aligns with the Jackson-Kush plan. “My concept of regionalism goes in the other direction. I would like to do some things in the western part of the state,� Lumumba said. Formally adopted in 2008, the JacksonKush plan grew out of the Black Liberation Movement of the 1970s in which Lumumba was also active as a member of the Republic of New Afrika. The RNA advocated for the creation of new black nation in the five contiguous states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Lumumba, a former RNA vice presi-

dent, helped purchase the first parcel of land near Jackson for the new black nation-state. Five months after the RNA bought the first parcels for the would-be country, on Aug. 18, 1971, Jackson police and agents from the FBI raided the heavily armed house used for RNA’s headquarters in west Jackson at dawn with no warning, even bringing the

scaled-down version of the RNA’s original plan. Western Mississippi, as Lumumba explained, is home to 18 contiguous counties, including Hinds County, that span from Wilkinson County in the southwest corner of Mississippi northward to Tunica County and where African Americans make up the majority of the population. By contrast,


Wednesday, Nov. 6 The U.N. weather agency reports that world carbon-dioxide pollution levels in the atmosphere are accelerating and reached a record high in 2012. ‌ Timothy Lydell Burns, a man suspected in the slaying of three family members from Mississippi, is charged with arson and two counts of murder.


Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has talked about the Jackson-Kush Plan as a means to bring about self-determination for capital city residents. Now, he’s putting the plan into action.

infamous Thompson tank as reinforcement. Jackson police Lt. Louis Skinner died in the shootout, and another police officer and a bureau agent were wounded. Lumumba was not involved in the shoot-out that resulted in the arrests of 11 RNA members including its president, Imari Obadele, who also was not on the scene. The Jackson-Kush plan is a revised,

blacks make up almost 20 percent of Rankin County and 39 percent of people in Madison County. Recently, Lumumba’s administration has signaled a major shift away from the practice of outsourcing public-works projects. Instead, it is moving toward plans to grow the department to complete massive city construction projects—some-



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In the early ‘70s, the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika planned for the Kush District in western Mississippi to serve as power center for a new black-led nation in the South.

enues to kickstart projects he promised to deliver during his campaign was a challenge, particularly in Jackson where many people live on fixed incomes.

Said Lumumba of those challenges: “The complications begin when you start to put the rubber on the road.� Comment at

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thing that plays into Lumumba’s philosophy that the city can play a direct role in injecting tax revenues into its own coffers through hiring rather than outsourcing. Lumumba seems to have support from fellow central Mississippi mayors. Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, who formerly served as a state representative, plans to use his relationships with Gov. Phil Bryant and Speaker Philip Gunn to attract $25 million in state money and another $50 million from Congress, for infrastructure improvements he believes will help cities such as Jackson. “I know where the money is, and I’m probably going to get it,� said Flaggs. Lumumba joked that he would get Flaggs’ secret for prying money from the Mississippi Legislature, which has historically been hostile to the capital city’s funding needs, to also lobby lawmakers for assistance. For Lumumba, the most crucial part of securing self-determination is making sure Jackson residents participate in the economy and share in the wealth of the city and region. Lumumba said building up city rev-




TALK | city

Fighting Violence With Yoga



by Ronni Mott

he therapeutic benefits of set out to understand the domesticpracticing yoga are well violence “lay of the land� in Missisdocumented, but this sippi so that it could recommend coming weekend, the specific actions to improve the outpower of yoga will be on display come for victims. in a different way. “Some of the report’s findings Tara Blumenthal, owner of were alarming,� Middleton said at a Tara Yoga (200 Park Circle, Suite 4; news conference. Flowood), is hoping to “send good A sizable amount of funding thoughts out to the communty� from the state is under the auspices with Yoga for Non-Violence. of the Mississippi State Department The event is open to the comof Health, which is tasked with setmunity and a $10 participation fee ting aside money from certain fees in for the meditation and yoga prac- Sandy Middleton, director of the Center for Violence domestic-violence cases to support Prevention, is alarmed by a report that found the tice will go to the Center for Vio- Mississippi State Department of Health withheld $600,000 shelter’s operations; however, the lence Prevention in Pearl. task force found that the agency has from domestic-violence shelters. Yoga for Non-Violence, now shown a remarkable lack of accountin its fifth year, follows a report ability for the funds, leaving shelters from the Governor’s Domestic Violence Task member task force was the brainchild of begging for money that is rightfully theirs. Force that showed the Mississippi Depart- Gov. Phil Bryant. The Legislature passed Middleton said the money shelters did ment of Health withheld almost $600,000 a bill, SB2631, during the 2013 session to not receive could have been used to comfrom the state’s domestic-violence shelters formalize its structure. Among its members pletely fund one shelter for a year. Alterover the past two years. are lawmakers, representatives from the state nately, it could have paid a dozen sexual asThe task force, headed by CVP execu- attorney general’s office and judges who hear sault nurse examiners, aka SANE—a group tive director Sandy Middleton, announced domestic-violence cases. of specially trained nurses who assist rape its preliminary findings Oct. 10. The 25As one of its first actions, the task force victims; an agency focusing on preventing


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his week, when Jackson Zoo Director Beth Poff asked for a $1.2 million advance on the zoo’s annual appropriation, city officials mispronounced her name as “paw,� “poof� and “puff.� The moniker miscommunication is emblematic of criticisms that Poff and her staff have been out of touch with city leaders as well as residents of the West Jackson neighborhoods that surround the zoo. Poff promised to do a better job of keeping city council members in the loop. “I would love to come before this


board with some good news every once in a while instead of with concerns,� Poff said. Lately, those concerns have mostly been about the zoo’s dire financial situation, which threatened the park’s national accreditation. The city council gave the zoo an emergency cash injection so that the park could temporarily keep its accreditation through an appeals process, which will culminate March 27 with Poff making a presentation at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ regional meeting in Memphis. Poff said that if council forwards the


Council Could Front Zoo $1.2 Million by R.L. Nave

human trafficking in the state; or additional batterers’ intervention programs, or BIPs. BIPs have proved very effective in lowering recidivism of batterers, with a near zero re-offending rate for the men and women who completed the program. It remains unclear whether the funds can be recovered, and how much additional money meant for domestic-violence shelters is missing from years prior to 2011. Bryant said his experience with domestic violence when he was a Hinds County deputy sheriff prompted him to begin studying the issue in 1997 during his tenure as state auditor. The task-force findings this year show that many of the same problems persist today. “It is our time now to help prevent this violence,� Bryant said, adding, “This is an important issue that everyone in Mississippi should be concerned about.� R.L. Nave contributed to this story. Comment at To get involved with or sponsor the 10th anniversary JFP Chick Ball in 2014 to benefit the Center for Violence Prevention, email

zoo the rest of its fiscal-year 2014 budget appropriation ahead of an annual November audit, it would put her in a stronger position to argue that the zoo should remain accredited. The full council will vote on the request at next week’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon said at the meeting that the city has too much at stake to not help the zoo maintain its accreditation. “I just don’t think this would be a time to turn away from the investment that we’ve

Jackson Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon supports advancing the Jackson Zoo $1.2 million.

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TALK | justice

The Drug War’s Crossroads


by R.L. Nave


epidemic in the early 1990s, Vance estimates that drugs are at the root of most of Jackson’s approximately 50 homicides this year. “Crack turns honest people into criminals—burglars, armed robbers,” Vance told the audience at the summit. While Vance’s view is conventional within law-enforcement circles, drug-policy experts assert that the criminalization of crack and other drugs fuels a cycle of mass incarceration and continued drug use. Statistics from the Drug Policy Alliance show that lawenforcement agencies spend approximately $50 billion on the drug war and that 1.55 million people were arrested in 2012 for nonviolent drug offenses. In addition, two-thirds of people incarcerated for drug offenses are black or Jackson Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance is fine with Hispanic even though legalizing marijuana, but said crack cocaine destroys families and should not be legalized. drug use is about the same for all racial groups, data show. Willis said police departments and Alice Stamps, an assistant public prosecutors seemingly have all the mon- defender, and Robert Shuler Smith, the ey they need to lock people up, but it’s county’s top prosecutor, argued that the often in cases like his, where the justice Mississippi Legislature should provide system failed, that justice officials claim more funding. Stamps called for more inadequate funding exists to correct the funding of the state’s public-defender system’s mistakes. departments so that attorneys can better “I believe that if they wanted to help clients fight drug charges. Smith said stop drugs, drugs would stop,” he said he plans to ask lawmakers for more monlast week. ey for drug courts, which are designed to Willis joined a roundtable discussion provide an alternative to prison. with Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance, Asha Bandele, director of the advoHinds County District Attorney Robert cacy grants program at Drug Policy AlShuler Smith and Assistant Hinds Coun- liance, moderated the panel discussion. ty Public Defender Alice Stamps. She said that drug laws also disproporVance agreed in part with Willis’ as- tionately affect young people of color. sertion that policymakers should rethink A Brooklyn, N.Y., resident, Bandele its strategy in the war on drugs, adding said that such policies as stop-and-frisk that he would favor legalizing marijuana that sometimes turn up drugs also fuel to help unclog case backlogs in the courts. the jail and prison population; a court is But Vance, a Jackson native with more currently reviewing the constitutionalthan two decades of law-enforcement ex- ity of the New York Police Department’s perience, draws the line there. stop-and-frisk policy. Bandele said law“I will fight to my death not to legal- enforcement officials and the general ize crack cocaine,” Vance said. public should rethink perceptions of Vance attributes the majority of young people. crime in the capital city to the introduc“We’re more mad that they’re sagtion of crack in the late 1980s. Although ging (their pants) than whether they had violent crime has subsided from the breakfast,” she said. numbers seen at the height of the crack Comment at

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edric Willis, who was arrested in 1994 and charged with murder, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault, and was exonerated 12 years later, doesn’t buy the argument that law-enforcement officials don’t have enough money to stop the illegal trade.


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Manship, La Finestra Open; JFP Moves by Dustin Cardon

fish, cooked over hickory wood and reminiscent of a country meal in Greece or Italy. The menu avoids heavy, saturated foods and uses only ingredients made from quality produce. TRIP BURNS

The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen— an upscale restaurant in Belhaven offering a Mediterranean- and southern European-inspired menu—opened Oct. 31. The restaurant is the brainchild of Jackson restaurateurs Steven O’Neill and Alex Eaton. O’Neill, 32, is the managing owner of the restaurant and a connoisseur of wine and spirits, holding a level-one sommelier’s certificate. He is the former general manager of Parlor Market in Jackson, and has been in the restaurant business since his days working as a busboy at Copeland’s in New Orleans as a teenager. Eaton, 28, formerly worked at Rooster’s Wood Fired Kitchen in Charlotte, N.C., which he has said greatly influenced his interest in wood-fired cooking. Eaton has worked for Chef John Besh in New Orleans and was a chef at Jackson’s Table 100 when it first opened. He specializes in Greek, northern Italian and Spanish dishes prepared over a wood fire, which he refers to as the most “honest” form of cooking. The Manship uses wood-fired ovens and grills, and the menu features a selection of grilled and rotisserie bone-in meats and

Chef Tom Ramsey just opened La Finestra on Congress Street in downtown

The restaurant’s bar offers regional Mediterranean wines and beers and uses fresh fruit and other ingredients while avoiding sugary mixers. O’Neill told the JFP that he will be mixing unique seasonal beverages, including one called “The Headless Horseman,” a fall cocktail that pairs Cathead pumpkin spice

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vodka with autumn flavors such as cinnamon, allspice and maple bitters. For more information, including hours, visit JFP Offices Move Downtown After nearly a decade in Fondren, Jackson Free Press Inc., which includes BOOM Jackson magazine, is relocating to new offices in downtown Jackson on Saturday, Nov. 16. The JFP is moving into the Capitol Towers building with offices that overlook City Hall and other city and state offices. “We’ve wanted to move downtown for a while now,” Editor in Chief and co-owner Donna Ladd said. “We’ve provided stellar reporting for years on city, county and state government from Fondren. It will be amazing to now be right in the middle of the action downtown. We expect to get story tips every time we walk down the sidewalk.” The management of Capitol Towers, led by Andrew and Jan Mattiace, and their staff have worked overtime to prepare a collaborative open-office space for the JFP. “The buildout has been inspiring to watch,” Ladd said. “This is exactly the kind of space our

high-energy team needs to thrive.” The JFP will share a floor with the Associated Press. Its new mailing address will be 125 South Congress St., Jackson, MS, 39201. The office landline will remain the same: 601-362-6121. Tom Ramsey Opens La Finestra La Finestra, a new restaurant owned by local chef Tom Ramsey, opened its doors Monday, Nov. 11. For lunch, La Finestra offers a variety of salads including chicken and shrimp Caesar, tuna and salumi chef salad. Also available are farfalle, spaghetti and penne pasta bowls with a variety of sauces and toppings to choose from, a variety of sandwiches, and daily lunch plate specials including lasagna, stuffed bell peppers, chicken parmesan and more. Main courses include calamari, bruschetta, pasta dumplings, salami ravioli, short ribs, and porcini-cured flatiron steak. La Finestra is located in the Plaza Building at 120 N. Congress St. downtown. The restaurant is open now for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. beginning Nov. 21.

The 12th Annual


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 on Nov. 17, 2013. If you opt for the paper ballot, it must be torn 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.






















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No Apologies, No Excuses for Racist Symbols


hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been a resident very long the first time I ever stood on the steps of the Mississippi state capitol. As a Jackson State University student, I was asked to speak at a rally where we were pushing for the state to reopen closed murder cases from the civil rights era. I took the microphone and read off the names of people who were connected to the deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, yet still walking free in Philadelphia, Miss. I said something about it being time for justice, and then I remembered a conversation my then-70-year-old father and I had before I came to Mississippi. I shared this story with the people gathered: â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I told my father I received a scholarship to JSU, he asked me, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why would you choose to go there after I spent my life trying to get away from the south and that way of thinking?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, I told my father how the south is different and things have changed. Yet, as I stand here today and look up and see our state flag, I realize Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m speaking under a symbol of racism and oppression. So I guess he was right. Things havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed too much.â&#x20AC;? Mississippi recently broke ground on a new civil rights museum. It is beyond past due. At the ground-breaking, JFP photographer Trip Burns captured a great photo of Myrlie Evers-Williams speaking under our state flag. That image brought back that memory for me. I had to wonder if Ms. Evers-Williams was thinking something similar. I know people want to believe the flag doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. But it does. A government chooses its symbols to represent its values. What does the Confederate emblem say about ours? Recently on social media Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read a lot of conversation about the state flag and, because of Halloween, white people wearing blackface. A theme kept emergingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that good white people with good hearts and good intentions shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to give up their flag or wearing a costume they like because some people (sensitive minorities) are offended. I want those â&#x20AC;&#x153;good white peopleâ&#x20AC;? to understand how that sounds to most of the people of color in your lives. That you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about others enough to listen to our pain or give up these painful symbols that hurt us, so please kiss off. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thing: Your good feelings toward the people of color in your lives arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough. If you say you are for equality and against racism, then you should be against racist symbols and symbolism. No apologies, no excuses. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about who is a bad person and who isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. This is about challenging racism. When it comes to that battle, either you walk your talk, or you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.


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Why it stinks: The long-range environmental and cost-saving benefits of the way-over-budget, 582-megawatt Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle have been hotly debated since the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception. So letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s put all that aside for now. The main reason Monizâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claim falls flat is that Southern Co., MPCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parent, has said that Kemper is not the plant of the future. In fact, a corporate spokesperson told Reuters in September that Kemper IGCC â&#x20AC;&#x153;cannot be consistently replicated on a national level, the Kemper County Energy Facility should not serve as a primary basis for new emissions standards impacting all new coal-fired power plants.â&#x20AC;?

Please, Help Us Get Serious About Transparency


s City Reporter Tyler Cleveland frustratedly reports in this issue and in previous weeks, the quasi-public yet clandestine Jackson Redevelopment Authority has a tendency to recess into executive session when it only has one or two items on its once-a-month agenda. Similarly, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors also likes to recess into executive session, according to the board agendas, to discuss legal and personnel matters and land acquisition, usually related to the Byram-Clinton Parkway development project. In principle, there is nothing nefarious about a government body meeting in closed-door executive session. Personnel issues and legal questions can be complicated, messy and scandalous affairs that, if aired in a public meeting where the news media are present, could open up public-relations and litigation Pandoraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boxes for the agencies involved. But far too often in Mississippi, government agencies (mis)use executive session to do things they just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the public to know about. That certainly appears to be the case for JRA, which doles out millions of dollars worth of taxpayer funds based on conversations that take place largely in private. Certain Hinds County board members like to use executive session to launch political hit jobs on insufficiently deferential county employees. They go into executive session, wait until the chancery court boardroom is empty and then announce the latest department firing. The scope of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transparency prob-

lem extends far beyond local board chambers, however. For example, to obtain photocopies of documents at the office of Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn, citizens are required to fork over $1 per page. This sum might be reasonable if getting copies meant that an overburdened and underpaid clerk had to do the work. At Dunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, people make the copies themselves. On the statewide level, representatives of various offices capriciously decide who gets access to public information. Mick Bullock, Gov. Phil Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s press person, has refused to add the Jackson Free Press to media distribution lists (too bad for Bullock, our media colleagues share the public information with JFP) and Pamela Weaver, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gatekeeper, once said she would only accept emailed questions from our organization, which is against our code of ethics. The national nonprofit Sunshine Review gave Mississippi a grade of C for transparency in 2013. We are offended not only because it makes our jobs as news reporters more difficult, but because public information is public property. Denying access to public information is tantamount to stealing public property. The JFP has raised hell about officialsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; flagrant flaunting of transparency, and will continue to do so. Now, citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the taxpayers to whom this property rightfully belongsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;should also demand accountability. We promise to keep fighting right alongside you for your right to know.

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hen I read the teachings of Jesus, two primary messages come through: (1) love God (Matthew 22:37), which includes avoiding the kinds of ostentatious displays of piety that will make other people regard you as religious (Matthew 6:58); and (2) love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 7:12), which includes taking care of people who may not be worth all that much in the eyes of society (Matthew 25:40). Jesus teaches all of this while affirming a theology that says there’s no such thing as a good person (Luke 18:19), that wealth is a threat to our souls (Matthew 19:24) and that the world will end up in the hands of the meek, not the violent (Matthew 5:5). You’re not going to hear Jesus’ actual message preached very often—not even from the pulpit, because churches don’t get much pledge money from poor folks. Politicians describe Jesus as a bloody-minded cosmic hit man for the rich and powerful—someone we can rely on to obediently torture the poor, who in turn will be marginalized in hell for eternity if they don’t obey their earthly masters. “Be careful who you vote for,” I heard one young member of the clergy tell his wealthy congregation from the pulpit last year. The power of heaven, his sermon implied, rests completely in the hands of those who hold power on Earth—and his views are shared, almost to a person, by Christianity’s loudest, wealthiest and most frequently quoted gatekeepers. They have literally purchased institutional Christianity, and they see Jesus as somebody they can reinvent and command—not someone to follow and obey. Their Christianity has no place for the man who stood with the woman accused in adultery (John 8:3-11). They say Jesus would throw stones at people accused of sexual impurity, and we believe them. There is no room in their Christianity for warning of the rich man who went to hell for not giving a beggar a drink of water (Luke 16:19-26); they say Jesus would have kicked dirt in the beggar’s face, and we believe them. There is no room in their Christianity for the Jesus who said “blessed are you poor” (Luke 6:20); they believe God curses the poor with poverty, and blesses the rich with wealth. The Jesus who warned of public prayer (Matthew 6:5) has no place in their Christianity; they believe he abandons

anyone, even children in public schools, if they do not show off their piety in public. Neither is there room in their Christianity for the Jesus who said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (5:9), and who warned that living by the sword means dying by the sword (Matthew 26:52). Their Jesus wields a sword. And the Jesus in their Christianity is crucified only as a passive-aggressive display—in a “real” fight, he’d be the one hammering in the nails. Often their prophet is not Paul or Moses or Isaiah; it’s Ayn Rand, whose political philosophy (best summed up in her dark masterpiece “The Virtue of Selfishness”) is a corollary to Anton LaVey’s Nine Statements. When LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, writes, “Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!” these Christians could substitute “Jesus” for “Satan.” When LaVey writes, “Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek!” these Christians could substitute “Jesus” for “Satan.” LaVey intentionally preached what he thought was the opposite of Christian doctrine. Today, many of Christianity’s gatekeepers have done the same thing—but they’ve done it in the name of Jesus. So how are we to interpret Gov. Phil Bryant’s claim that he has “a divine responsibility” to pursue his agenda—one that harms the poor and benefits the rich, deprives the sick of hospital care, defunds schools to make room in the budget for new prisons, and makes sure violent people can carry guns with them everywhere they go? Bryant’s pronouncements probably shouldn’t surprise us. He accurately represents the values of a peculiar version of Christianity, one that a violent, consumerist culture has handed to us for the past 40 years. It is a Christianity that condemns the life and teachings of the real Jesus, and hands us a money-loving, sex-obsessed and violence-addicted alternative. Until we’re willing to confront this lie and stand up for the real values Jesus taught, this casserole of messy, self-serving pseudo-religious doctrines will be the only version of Christianity some people ever see. Tom Head, Ph.D., is a Jackson native. He is author or coauthor of 25 books, including “The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to the Bible” (Que/Pearson, 2005, $26.99).

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The Battle for Downtown, Part I:

Watkins v. JRA, et al by Tyler Cleveland

The prospects of the project to develop a legitimate entertainment district have wilted as the legal and political posturing has heated up on Farish Street.

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ocrates Garrett sat silently in the second-story conference room of the Mississippi secretary of state’s North Street offices on Oct. 29, his legs crossed and his eyes fixed on his former business partner, lawyer and developer David Watkins. Watkins was there to deny allegations of securities fraud for misusing money from Garrett’s company, Retro Metro LLC, when Watkins was the managing partner. When the hearing adjourned, the men exited the building without saying a word to each other. The high-profile developer and contractor aren’t talking these days, and what was once a budding business relationship between two of Jackson’s biggest fish, built to rescue some of Jackson’s more challenging projects, has devolved into a very public and messy battle. In recent years, Watkins has taken credit for several successful renovation projects—the King Edward Hotel, the Standard Life Building and Retro Metro, which renovated a large chunk of Metrocenter Mall. Watkins has other big ideas on the horizon with plans documented on a website that features a slide show which, if made into reality, would transform the capital city into a social and entertainment Mecca in Missis-

sippi, including Town Creek waterfront development, a Mississippi arts district downtown and even a marina near the proposed, but still unrealized, downtown lake. Urban development is a second career for Watkins, one he took on after 35-plus years of practicing law. He had made enough money as a lawyer to retire comfortably. But now, the grandfather of four is waging the fight of his professional life—a three-front legal battle that could end his career, tarnish his legacy and indefinitely delay one of Jackson’s most coveted development projects. A Legal Morass That Watkins is involved in all of these legal battles is no surprise—he has been a thread in much of Jackson’s recent development scene, where legal disputes between contractors and developers are not uncommon. That is certainly the case with the Farish Street Entertainment District, where two contractors have placed liens on the property against Watkins Development for unpaid work, and Watkins Development has placed liens on the same property against the Jackson Redevelopment Authority. This is the first front on which Wat-

kins is fighting for control and his image. Watkins got involved with Farish Street in 2009. He was a hot commodity when he agreed to help with the project, as he says that some city officials begged him to do. The King Edward Hotel was freshly re-opened after 40 years as an eyesore, and the Standard Life building was looking grand again, transformed from an aging office tower into an apartment building for the young professional set, as well as corporate housing, with him getting much of the public credit. The Belk building at Metrocenter Mall, which sat vacant and was quickly deteriorating, housed part of the Jackson Police Department and had new life—at least in part due to Watkins and his partners in his various firms. But Farish Street is a different kind of development. It’s not a building; it’s a district. Businesses already exist on the street, but the infrastructure was deeply challenged from years of neglect. The area, once a booming economic hub for the Jackson’s black community, had been a proverbial wasteland for decades. ‘Unknown and Untested’ In 2009, Watkins took on $1.5 million in debt from the former leaseholder Performa, the company that had finished

Beale Street in Memphis, and the Mississippi Development Authority kicked in a $5.4 million low-interest loan. He started a new firm, Farish Street Group, and brought in local contractor Socrates Garrett, attorney Robert Gibbs, businessman Leroy Walker, physician and professor Dr. Claude Brunson and former New Orleans Saint Deuce McAllister as partners. Jackson architectural firm Dale Partners Architects developed the master plan for the entertainment district complex, which it described on its website as “five connected buildings in the Farish Street Historic District. These five buildings will support seven restaurants featuring four premier chefs paired with equally talented musicians from Jackson.” The restaurants would have a centralized kitchen, the site said. After he took over the project from Performa, Watkins put the MDA money into the infrastructure of the street and sewer system. He began to renovate the buildings and negotiate leases with potential tenants. He courted businesses such as B.B. King’s Restaurant & Blues Club, a small chain with locations in Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, and Las Vegas that pledged to open an anchor venue on Farish in the block between Amite and Griffith streets.

Tired of hearing about Farish Street delays, Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes placed on the Oct. 14 city council agenda a request to â&#x20AC;&#x153;unauthorizeâ&#x20AC;? the Jackson Redevelopment Authority. Council clerk Beatrice Byrd read the motion and, after some brief confusion, Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell, Cooper-Stokesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; polar political opposite, moved to adopt the motion. Council waited for another member to second, so it could be put to a vote. And then, silence. All eyes were on her, but Cooper-Stokes wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t second her own motion, so it couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be considered for a vote. It died, that day, for lack of a second. Council President Charles Tillman placed it in the planning committee. The scene was indicative of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach to dealing with the bureaucratic entity, which was formed in 1970 and originally designed to develop and manage downtown parking garages.

The players: David Watkins was once considered the Golden Boy of Jackson after he successfully led redevelopment of the King Edward Hotel and Standard Life Building. He is the owner of Watkins Development and founded Farish Street Group and Retro Metro, LLC. Socrates Garrett is Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; former partner in Retro Metro and still a member of Farish Street Group. A contractor, he owns Garrett Enterprises and the Mississippi Link newspaper. Lance Stevens & Brad Pigott are Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attorneys. Stevens is representing Watkins in the ongoing dispute on Farish Street, and Pigott, a former U.S. attorney, is defending Watkins in his proceedings related to the Mississippi secretary of stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investigation. Zach Taylor & Keith Parsons are both lawyers with the Jones Walker law firm. Taylor represents the JRA board, and Parsons testified against Watkins during the secretary of state hearings.

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Developer David Watkins has run into a myriad of problems with his most ambitious project, the Farish Street Entertainment District.

accurate information and bad advice and has acted on that information and advice resulting in substantial violations of the personal, property and civil rights of Watkins and others.â&#x20AC;? JRA maintains that it did not secure the $10.25 million in bonds because â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Farish Street Group) failed to satisfy the requirements and consequently, no funds were ever provided by JRA to FSG.â&#x20AC;? The JRA board, through spokesman Crudup, has since refused to talk about FSG or Watkins, citing the ongoing litigation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very frustrating that after 14 years, we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen the area developed,â&#x20AC;? State Sen. John Horhn, who sponsored the legislation that authorized the $5.4 million MDA loan, said in late October. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are other financial contributors and developers interested, but the current parties are so angry at each other that they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see beyond playing a game of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;gotcha,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and yet the project is going wanting all this while.â&#x20AC;? The Power of JRA JRA itself is embroiled in controversy, and not just involving Watkins.

The majority of Jacksonians canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you what JRA does, let alone name a member of its board, but these members manage more than $40 million in public assets. The terms of the board members are five years, but two, Ronnie Crudup and financial adviser Brian Fenelon, are now serving beyond their terms by more than a year, and a third, businessman Gregory Green, was nearly four full years out of term when Mayor Chokwe Lumumba replaced him last month with loan originator Michael Starks Sr. The task to appoint these members falls to Lumumba, pending approval from the Jackson City Council. Crudup, the New Horizon pastor who calls the shots as board chairman, has been out of term since Aug. 13, 2011. Former Jackson Mayor Frank Melton appointed him, along with Fenelon and former state legislator John Reeves, whose terms technically ended on Aug. 13 of 2012 and 2013, respectively. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear whether a changing of the guard will change the way the board operPRUH%$77/(VHHSDJH

Watkins Development LLC is David Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; main business entity. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a company with around a dozen employees and more than 50 projects on its radar. Farish Street Group LLC is a firm Watkins founded with initial investment from Watkins, Garrett, attorney Robert Gibbs, Dr. Claude Brunson, developer LeRoy Walker and football star Deuce McAllister to redevelop the Farish Street Entertainment District. Retro Metro LLC is a company Watkins founded with Garrett, Walker, and several other small investors to renovate parts of Metrocenter Mall, mainly the abandoned Belk building. One of the major complaints in David Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attorney Lance Stevens letter to the JRA board is that neither the city, nor JRA, has invested in the Farish Street project. See page 17 for a list of investors in the project.

Liens and Acrimony Two contractorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Ellis Custom Construction and Dale Partners Architects, P.A.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;filed liens against Watkins for nonpayment for completed work on properties on Farish Street in February 2013. The situation quickly deteriorated into a war of words, with Watkins claiming JRA was responsible, and JRA claiming Farish Street Group was at fault. FSG minor partner Leroy Walker told the Mississippi Business Journal that the JRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to remove Watkins from the project was understandable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that David is a credible individual,â&#x20AC;? Walker told the MBJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ted Carter, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do think some mistakes were madeâ&#x20AC;Ś . I think his effort was outstanding, but not the results.â&#x20AC;? The JRA board asked Watkins for an update in April, prompting Watkins to draft an 834-page document outlining the work that Farish Street Group had completed to date, as well as the current standing and future outlook of the project. Watkins appeared at the April 2013 JRA board meeting to present the update, but board member Beau Whittington had to leave, and the meeting abruptly ended when the board lost its quorum before Watkins could present. He refused to provide the â&#x20AC;&#x153;proprietaryâ&#x20AC;? document to the JFP. With public scrutiny mounting and lawsuits moving forward, Watkins said he had a plan to sell the development project to a third party. Watkins would take a back seat to a new unnamed developer, who would take advantage of the contracts and leases Watkins had already negotiated, and use historic tax credits Watkins Development had accrued. Watkins says these tax credits, earned by investing in the buildout, would not be available if the remaining work is not

done by or in conjunction with, FSG. But the JRA Board abruptly canceled the master lease Watkins had held since 2009 on Sept. 25, 2013, Watkins and his lawyer Lance Stevens to write a 10-page letter to JRA Chairman Ronnie Crudup. In that letter, Watkins, through Stevens, detailed what they saw as JRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of support and explained the setbacks they had encountered in renovating a historic district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In spite of the JRA and its agents and attorneys having actual knowledge of negotiations underway to sell the development project to third parties â&#x20AC;Ś the JRA did not give Watkins or his partners notice of the termination before taking action or a reasonable opportunity to come before the board before taking such devastating action,â&#x20AC;? Stevens wrote to Crudup Oct. 9. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The details and history of this development plan are many and complex. However, the underlying and undeniable truth is that the JRA has been given inTRIP BURNS

In June 2011, Watkins kicked in $4.67 million of his personal money to the project. Watkins and the Farish Street Group then asked JRA for an $8 million bond in November 2011. In March 2012, JRA entered a memorandum of understanding that it would secure a loan for $10.25 million, to be paid back with proceeds from the entertainment district. But the JRA board never issued the bonds, saying in a lawsuit filed in late October 2013 against Watkins Development that FSG had failed to meet deadlines, constituting a default on the contract. Build-out delays occurred, Watkins says, because financing was hard to find during the Great Recession and the project was â&#x20AC;&#x153;high riskâ&#x20AC;? because Jackson is an â&#x20AC;&#x153;unknown and untestedâ&#x20AC;? market. The project suffered a crushing blow in June 2012, when a second engineering evaluation, requested by Dale Partners, found that the structure set to house B.B. Kings had no foundation beneath it. A structural engineer had earlier given the building a â&#x20AC;&#x153;good report,â&#x20AC;? Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attorney Lance Stevens told the JFP. The foundation discovery added about $1.5 million to the total cost of the project, and forced Watkins to shuffle more resources into the first phase of the project.


BATTLE, from page 15 over the years and without a single change in the language of the law. JRA proponents will tell you the board has done some great things for Jackson. It systematically bought all the land on which the convention center now sits. It also bought the land on which a proposed convention center hotel will perhaps, one day, stand. But even JRA’s arguably biggest achievement, the convention center, comes with a caveat: the ongoing hotel dispute. During the Melton administration and under that mayor’s orders, the board sold the land for the proposed site to Houston development company TCI, which unveiled impressive plans to build a hotel complex—that withered on the vine, leaving the city without access to the land until recently. After Melton died and Harvey Johnson Jr. was returned to office, it took Johnson two years to get the land back and re-open the bidding process to build a hotel across Pascagoula Street from the convention center. After two requests for proposals and two submitted proposals, the city still does not have a developer for a hotel as of press time. JRA also bought most of the land and buildings on Farish Street, and has contracted two different developers in the last 15 years trying to put businesses in those buildings.

Then There’s the Secrecy While most public entities have mechanisms in place to ensure public access to information, JRA operates, in many ways, like a private entity, although the city of Jackson and, thus, taxpayers provide its funding. The monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of every month may be open to the public, but that notion is, to put it plainly, a farce. Take the Oct. 22 meeting at the Richard J. Porter Building across from City Hall. At that meeting, the board took up three issues. The first was an ongoing discussion about Union Station, which had been experiencing break-ins and recently had the roof replaced (with insurance money, although JRA did pay the $5,000 deductible). The second was a change in plans on a property JRA had sold Jackson State University for the purpose of building a mixed-use building on the outskirts of campus. The third item was titled “Consideration of and, if appropriate, actions with respect to Authority’s termination of its lease with Farish Street Group LLC, litigation filed by Dale Partners Architects, P.A., against the Authority, Farish Street Group, LLC, and Central Mississippi Planning and Development District and lien notice filed

by Watkins Development, LLC.” By lumping all those issues in the third agenda item together, the board used a legal excuse to go into executive session without publicly discussing the letter Watkins sent. The JRA board did the same thing to discuss Farish Street and proposals for the convention center hotel at the Aug. 21 meeting, 28 days before they cancelled the Farish Street Group’s contract. Other public bodies, such as the Jackson City Council, discuss ongoing projects at length in public, right up until the point they need to receive an update on an ongoing legal dispute—which honors the spirit of open government. Stevens also complains that JRA did not invite Watkins to a meeting to give an update on the project prior to the lease termination, nor did they, according to the Watkins camp, elect to call him to offer any notice that the contract was up for cancellation. The Fraud Question The second front in Watkins’ battle is a fight to maintain his reputation, his career and his legacy. The challenge he faces here is an allegation of securities fraud. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, though his attorneys, is accus-

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ates, but Lumumba said he thinks it will. “Any time you have open positions and you can get your own people in there, that is going to make a difference,” Lumumba said. As of Nov. 12, Crudup, Fenelon and Reeves still held their positions. The seven-member board has power, under current state law, to establish and construct municipal parking facilities for motor vehicles belonging to members of the general public, and to rent, lease, purchase or acquire land and property for public purposes—the historic Farish Street district or the land on which the convention center now sits, for example. It also has the power and authority, under state law, “to rent, sell, convey, transfer, let or lease such facility and related structures or any portion thereof, or any space therein, and to authorize commercial enterprise activities other than the parking of motor vehicles on leased property comprising any part of such parking facilities and related structures,” which is what it is doing with Farish Street and, as another example, the land on which the refurbished and about-to-open Iron Horse Grill sits. As with many laws passed when gas was less than 50 cents a gallon, the interpretation of JRA’s charter has changed significantly


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ing Watkins and his company, Watkins DeWatkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lawyers claim that the inWatkins Development, LLC . velopment, of committing securities fraud vestigation is just an extension of the atRobert Gibbs. . . . . . . . . when he allegedly misused half a million tack on Watkins by his foesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the JRA, its Claude Brunson . . . . . . . in tax dollars awarded for the Metrocenter lawyers, and his former business partner, Deuce McAllister. . . . . . . Mall redevelopment in Jackson to purchase a Socrates Garrett. Socrates Garrett . . . . . . . building in Meridian for a different project. Garrett, who owns Garrett Enterprises LeRoy Walker . . . . . . . . Secretary of state attorneys issued a â&#x20AC;&#x153;no- and the Mississippi Link newspaper and is MDA/CMPDD loan . . . . tice of intentâ&#x20AC;? July 30 to impose administra- a former partner in both Retro Metro and a tive penalties and demand restitution from current partner in the Farish Street Group, Watkins for the money transfer. has been at loggerheads with Watkins ever In conjunction with the order, the sec- since Watkins sold his portion of Retro Watkins & third parties . . . retary of state held an administrative hearing Metro late in 2011. MDA loans to FSG . . . . . that began Oct. 29 and concluded the next At least publicly, Garrett has been mum day to allow Watkins to address the allega- on the apparent feud. But under his leadertions that he redirected part of a $5.2 mil- ship, Retro Metro also filed suit against Watlion bond to help fund his Meridian Law kins Development for the money transfer Enforcement Center project. the secretary of state is investigating. Mississippi Business Finance Corp. Garrett did not respond to messages left awarded the bond April 12, 2011, for the at his office for comment for this story. His It has avoided headlines to this point, but its revitalization of the first floor of the old Belk contracting company, Garrett Enterprises lawyers are undeniably entangled in the Watbuilding in Metrocenter. Consolidated Inc., is responsible for building kins controversy. Watkins doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deny that he transferred several notable projects in the city, including Jones Walker attorney Zach Taylor rep$587,084.34 on June 8, 2011, resents the JRA board in both litfrom a BankPlus account regisigation and bond proposals, and tered to Retro Metro to a real-esJones Walker collects payouts as tate closing account in Meridian. it serves as bond counsel for JRA He is arguing he was within his on most of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developrights to do so. ment projects, most recently, the As the hearing wrapped up, Iron Horse Grill under construcWatkins denied any wrong-doing tion on Pearl Street. and finished his testimony by anAdditionally, Jones swering his attorney Brad Pigottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walker represents Retro Metro, query: Did he have any reason to and by extension Garrett and conceal information from invesbusinessman Leroy Walker, antors, as the state has suggested? other former Watkins partner, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Pigott, I have evin two pieces of litigation against ery reason to avoid any kind of Watkins Development. concealment or any fraud,â&#x20AC;? said In March, Taylor filed Watkins, who, that same month, for a waiver for conflict of intertook over as the new chairman est so Jones Walker could repreof Downtown Jackson Partners. sent a tech company that wished â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent almost 40 years as a to lease space on Farish Street, lawyer, and over half of those and that would have placed a years in public finance and pubnon-entertainment business in lic bonding. Securities fraud is a the entertainment district. career-ending disaster.â&#x20AC;? It was a Jones Walker Watkins added that his attorney, Keith Parsons, who â&#x20AC;&#x153;whole life has been one of insaid, under oath on Oct. 29 that tegrityâ&#x20AC;? and commitment to he filed the allegations against community and good works. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Watkins with the secretary of would never do anything that stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. would put myself in a position U.S. News and World that would end my career or Report ranks Jones Walker as a Jackson Redevelopment Authority Board Chairman Ronnie damage my reputation or the tier-one firm, and both Taylor Crudup is also the pastor of New Horizon Church in Jackson. reputation of the good works Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve and Parsons are named among He has been out of term for more than two full calendar years. been able to accomplish. This is a the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top attorneys in their serious problem for me, personfield by the same publication. ally. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s caused a lot of emotional â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jones Walker is the distress, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undeserved,â&#x20AC;? he said. the One University Place shopping center at common thread for all of David Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The secretary of state also accuses Wat- Jackson State University. In 2010, his com- current problems,â&#x20AC;? Sam Begley, a Jackson atkins of failing to disclose in the bond docu- pany completed New Horizon Church In- torney and Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; former partner in Retro ments â&#x20AC;&#x153;the intent to use and or convert any ternational, a new $2.5 million site for JRA Metro, told the Jackson Free Press. portion of the proceeds to finance the activi- Chairman Crudupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s church. After JRA filed suit against Watkins ties of MLEC.â&#x20AC;? Because he did not disclose Development in an attempt to recover the that intent, it could be â&#x20AC;&#x153;material omissionâ&#x20AC;? Tangled Legal Web money Watkins had put into Farish Street, under the â&#x20AC;&#x153;General Fraudâ&#x20AC;? section of the The other player in this story is the Stevens filed a motion Oct. 30 to disqualify Mississippi Code of 1972. New Orleans-based law firm Jones Walker. Jones Walker from representing the board.

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In his motion, he charged that the firm was helping clients â&#x20AC;&#x153;attempting to steal the Farish Street project from (Watkins)â&#x20AC;? with its involvement with various lawsuits spinning around the beleaguered developer and his various projects. Stevens argued that the tangled relationships between attorneys and principals involved in the various lawsuits create a situation that is â&#x20AC;&#x153;ripe for corruption and present an unacceptable ethical scenario.â&#x20AC;? In an interview, Stevens said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;David Watkins does not get a warm and fuzzy feeling when he hears the words â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jones Walker.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I think the feeling is mutual.â&#x20AC;? When reached by phone, Jones Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s JRA attorney Zach Taylor said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comment on ongoing litigation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know some attorneys think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good idea to play out cases in the media,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m old school, and I am not one of those lawyers.â&#x20AC;? Parsons did not return phone calls for comment on this story. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Delay or Doomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; While the litigation and acrimony play out, Farish Street sits unfinished. Completing the project was on the tip of every political candidateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tongue during the 2013 municipal elections, and getting a new developer for the project was a common theme. Not much has changed in the past two years. Some of the facades on the buildings have been cleaned up, and the bricked streets with fancy light fixtures look nice. But the buildings are empty, many of the windows are busted out, and some buildings have what looks like kudzu growing through their floors. In one of the abandoned warehouse spaces at 272 Farish St., in the first block between Amite and Griffith streets, the only signs of life are a makeshift pallet where a person has been sleeping and a pile of trash where someone had Krystal burgers for supper the night before. PRUH%$77/(VHHSDJH


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not productive for us to debate that in the press.” Both JRA Chairman Ronnie Crudup and Lumumba seem open to the idea of bringing back the other members of Farish Street Group, including Garrett and Walker. “We’re open to anyone who wants to come to the table and prove that they can do a deal that will help in developing the district,” Crudup said. “If some of those folks happen to be people who were involved in the previous deal, and they can prove to us that they have the capacity to finish the project, then we would consider them like anyone else.” A view from the inside of one of the buildings that line Farish Street in the block between Amite and Griffith streets shows some renovation work, but more is needed.

Where the project goes from here is anyone’s guess, but Watkins, in his 10page letter to JRA, presented two scenarios through lawyer Lance Stevens. The first: The JRA board stands by its decision to boot Farish Street Group from the project, and the litigation stands. If that happens, Stevens warned Crudup that “the inevitability of protracted litigation in federal court could delay or doom the project” if Watkins does not continue to be involved at some level.

The second: JRA reverses its decision and brings Watkins back into the fold to sell the project to a third party, perhaps a new developer who can breathe in new life and finish the project. Crudup said in an interview with the JFP in late October that JRA “made a decision as a board with what we think is the best interests of the city.” “That was our determination,” Crudup added. “I’m aware of a lot of what is being said (such as in Lance Stevens’ letter), but it’s

What’s Next for Farish? Rumors surfaced last week that behindthe-scenes negotiations had begun in an attempt to protect the interests of all the parties involved, but neither side would confirm or deny that talks were under way. The Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, the entity who represents the MDA’s interests, sent a letter to JRA interim Executive Director Willie Mott on Nov. 12 urging the board to withdraw its motion to cancel the lease. In that letter, the CMPDD said JRA did not give it proper notice under the terms of the loan, and asked it reinstate

Farish Street Group, and submit notice of its intentions, before going forward with the termination. Despite the acrimony, Stevens, speaking on behalf of Watkins, said there is still ample room for discussion between the parties to resolve the issue and get the project completed in a timely manner. “We have offered that olive branch,” he said. Sen. Horhn said he can foresee an agreement where Watkins is involved, but not in a leadership position. “I think what needs to be developed is an exit strategy for Mr. Watkins from the Farish Street development, but one that compensates him fairly for the work that he’s done,” he said. “We’re at a point where a new developer can come in with a fresh equity to get the thing done.” “I think that if cooler heads will prevail, and JRA and Mr. Watkins sit down and try to work their way through this process, we can get some development on Farish Street, and very soon.” This is part 1 in an occasional series on “The Battle Over Downtown.” Have more information on this saga or others affecting downtown Jackson? Email City Reporter Tyler Cleveland at or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 22.

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They are transparent and have immediate accountability, and should be protected as retail establishments. In addition, a lot of the FDA-required regulations under FSMA are already in place under the USDA certified organic program. If farms are already training and complying with state regulations and existing USDA programs, why add more and different requirements? Why not accept USDA rules, adopt them and ensure they are enforced, rather than creating new square wheels? As stated, for a more complete appraisal, see the NSAC website. FMSA is a good start; and it’s important that the giant conglomerates responsible for the lion’s share of the nation’s food safety issues are held accountable for safe practices. The regulations just need tinkering. Without the modification of FMSA, the food movement could be stopped in its tracks by essentially outlawing—or effectively running out of business— small local farmers selling locally. The Mississippi Food Policy Council offers good recommendations: (1) Create stronger procedural elements of proof before taking away an exemption, warning letters and a reinstatement process, (2) raise the exemption for producers and processors from $25,000 to $100,000 and (3) define, as the act requires, CSAs, farmers markets and roadside stands as retail food establishments to allow for exemption, and expand these to include local, direct-sale buying clubs. For a complete analysis, read the articles on the website of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and then click on the buttons it gives to make a public comment to the food and drug administration. The FDA is accepting public comment until Nov. 15. See: Share this with your friends and like minded folk. Use the hashtag: #fixFMSA Go to to learn how to comment to the FDA on the regula23 tion’s rules.


s many who follow food and farm- what the water is doing, where it came from, The act does offer some concessions ing news may have heard, the U.S. and the consumers know it, too. It’s the local for farms under $500,000 but above the Food and Drug Administration is water that local people share. $25,000 exemption, under the congressional formulating rules under the Food Yet, the FDA estimates the typical cost Tester-Hagan Amendment. That includes Safety Modernization Act that could adverse- for one water test to be $87.30. Depending farms that have “more than half of their sales ly affect small farmers. “Adversely affect” may on the type of crop, the water may have to going directly to consumers, or to a restaube an understatement. Read: Destroy small be tested daily. What small farmer can afford rant or retail food establishment in the same farmers and stop the food movement in its $87 a day for water testing? The adminis- state or within 275 miles of the operation.” tracks, as far as local, organic and sustainable tration estimates that complying with basic But, even there, it has a huge loophole is concerned. rules for small farmers would cost $12,972 that allows the FDA to yank away that exWe all know our food system needs help per year. Now, if you’re only making $40,000 emption with no reason and no way for the and more oversight. The FSMA is the right or $50,000 a year, that’s a huge impact. farm to defend itself or get reinstated. step in that direction, but the act has some Moreover, it only exempts farmers from Furthermore, under FSMA, CSAs, serious flaws to fix in order for it to protect its regulations who make less than $25,000 farmers markets and roadside stands are public health. per year over three years. That has its own lumped together to fend for themselves. Foremost, FSMA requires regulations that giant agribusinesses must conform to. That’s a plus. Unfortunately, the protections for small farmers that Congress intended have been stripped away by the language of the regulations. To be blunt, it appears that the FDA decided to re-invent the wheel in agricultural matters by creating a square one to fit its own purposes and ideas of what agriculture should do. But as anyone who knows how agriculture works—it depends on seasons, erratic markets, odd federal policies, and a plethora of existing agencies, rules and regulations—a new square wheel won’t help it keep rolling along. First are the safety rules that FSMA would impose. They make sense when you have a giant indus- New rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act could adversely affect small organic farms. trial farm but none if it’s a small farm where everything is done by hand, customers problems. For example, where’s the incen- That, as well, makes little sense. know the supplier, and all facets of the farm tive for new or beginning farmers to take out Here, state agricultural agencies are proare inspected daily by a sole proprietor or loans and invest in land and equipment to be moting small farmers having direct sales, and his family (who also eat the food they grow, repaid over time if they know that in a couple providing them with limited legal liability drink the water that irrigates it and tend to of years, they’ll hit a $25,000 income ceiling , to do it. Community-supported agriculture the poultry and livestock on their farm). beyond which they’ll be effectively penalized is starting to include not only young farmThe rules, such as extensive and expen- in profits, if not run out of business by regu- ers but churches, schools, civic clubs and the sive groundwater testing from ponds and latory costs? That rule in itself dooms local like, and the FDA wants to treat them like wells, may be necessary when you’re a giant and organic growers to not grow beyond a industrial agriculture. conglomerate who doesn’t know where the set point, effectively putting the brakes on That’s too broad a brush, one that water is coming from and are trying to lo- organic and small eco-farm operations. doesn’t target the actual causes of food borne cate a disease event affecting 2 million people That $25,000 exemption should be illnesses. Such stands, farmers markets and in a handful of states. But if you’re growing raised to at least $100,000 so young families CSAs are held accountable by being local for 200 families in your local area, you know can see local food production as a career. and direct-to-consumer without middlemen.

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ASIAN AND INDIAN Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Ruchi India (862 Avery Blvd @ County Line Rd. 601-991-3110) Classic Indian cuisine from multiple regions. Lamb, vegetarian, chicken, shrimp and more. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi

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ntil five years ago, Paul Bonds, 30, didn’t discovers the best coffee-to-water ratios for the difdrink coffee—he thought it was just ferent varieties BeanFruit offers. “As a result of all Folgers with cream and sugar. the research, I’ve seen the transition from where I “One day, I had a chance to try a rethought I was making good coffee to where I know ally nice coffee, and it changed my whole mindset,” I can make good coffee,” Smith says. Bonds says. “The turning point was a cup of EthioBonds will be the first to say Smith is helping pian from Mississippi Coffee Roasters.” him take his business to the next level. In addition Bonds began researching the magical bean. A to brewing, he helps at the shop by bagging and Mississippi College alumnus with a degree in busimaking deliveries, which gives Bonds more time ness administration, Bonds studied where coffee to find quality beans and roast them to their best came from, how it grew and who picked the beans. flavor. Through his research, he learned a few hard truths. Fair Trade Certification requires that Bean“Behind oil and petroleum products, coffee Fruit’s coffees are vetted to assure that the farmer reis the second-highest traded commodity in the ceives a fair price. Bonds purchases coffee through a world,” Bonds says. “But unlike the oil-producnumber of trusted sources, such as Thrive Farmers ing countries, the countries that produce coffee are Paul Bonds went from never drinking coffee to building a local business, Coffee (, an organization that often desolate. Most farmers aren’t able to support BeanFruit Coffee, around the caffeine bean. connects farmers with coffee wholesalers and retailtheir families. When I learned about that, it really ers. The Thrive Farmer model circumvents the imbugged me.” porters, exporters and brokers so a greater portion In the meantime, Bonds started buying green coffee In August 2013, Sneaky Beans’ barista Kevin Smith joined of the proceeds go back to the farmer and farm. beans and roasting them at home. After a year or so of re- Bonds’ endeavor, bringing his own passion and expertise to BeanFruit’s newest offering is called “Grecia.” Pursearch and experimentation, his hobby had turned into a the business as brew specialist. chased through Thrive Farmers Coffee, the beans come from passion. In 2010, he decided to go into the coffee business, “Paul would come to the shop in the afternoons,” Smith the western region of Costa Rica, grown on a 24-acre farm keeping the coffee farmer in mind. says. “I started noticing how nerdy we would get talking owned and managed by Oscar Oviedo and his son Marcos. Like the coffee plant itself, which takes two to three about coffee, on par with comic books and fantasy fiction.” BeanFruit Coffee is available by the cup at Sneaky years to bear fruit, Bonds’ BeanFruit Coffee is thriving now, As a brew specialist, Smith spends time doing his own Beans and Parlor Market, to name a few. Visit expanding from a micro-enterprise into a small business. research and experimentation. Like a coffee chemist, he for more information.

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Solid and Sculptural

by Justin Hosemann

Because Murchison and her studio coordinator at Purple Word, Jonathan Metzger (also a visiting assistant professor of art at Millsaps), both have backgrounds in the fine arts, they see book bindings, prints, portfolios and albums as an aesthetic structural medium in and of itself—something that can be viscerally paired with the content within the pages. “Bookmaking seems like an incredible opportunity to fully realize the potential of what a powerful image could be or what a powerful phrase could be when put together with an image,” Metzger says. Purple Word is still in its nascence, but it has started offering book making and printing workshops for anyone interested in the Jackson area. Book making workshops for November and December include making accordionstyle books, Japanese stab binding (a type of sewn binding) books, coptic stitch books, and hardbound portfolios, all of which can be used for a variety of purposes from family albums to sketchbooks for poets and illustrators. Print making workshops will include relief and monotype printing. Murchison’s future goals include becoming more involved with the creative writing department at Millsaps as well as offering midtown kids a chance to learn something about this craft. “One of our major goals is trying to fixate on image and text in midtown, especially thinking about ways to advance literacy with children,” Murchison says. She has always favored the midtown area for its potential in the arts. “Midtown has a history of being an arts district,” Murchison says. “I think there’s so much that’s already been accomplished through Midtown Partners.”

Sandra Murchison, who teaches art at Millsaps College, recently opened a book arts center in Midtown.

Midtown Partners Inc. and Millsaps College have both been strategic in jumpstarting Purple Word, and Murchison and Metzger are looking forward to offering different workshops (into the spring) as well as opportunities for local artists to rent their space on Wesley Avenue for a small fee. Artists will be able to come into the studio to work on their own projects with the assistance of a studio monitor. As for the value of the physical book or print versus the digital medium, Metzger offers some good artistic insight into the future. “I think choice is really the key word,” he says. “We’re trying to give people a choice to work with their hands if they’re tired of the digital realm. As we keep on going, that choice might be harder to find.” Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts will offer a special-guest artist workshop Nov. 22 when Lindsey Landfried visits to teach a free workshop on making “liporello books.” The event is open to the public along with the Nov. 30 “Midtown Holiday Studio Tours” where several studios, including Purple Word, will conduct an open house that all can visit for free. 27 For more information, email


he feeling of pages, binding and the printed word have long been part of the book experience—a manual engagement between the reader and text where the actual structure of the book carries the content. But now, the corporeal experience of reading or viewing a book is at risk as we move into an age of standardized digital tablets and electronics that provide us with the content we want without the physicality of a cumbersome book. Regardless of what you think about digital print, it’s the new reality. A reverse in this trend is beyond unlikely. But, now more than ever, artists such as Sandra Murchison are working to revitalize interests in how we receive the printed word, photograph or illustration. Murchison is the director and founder of the Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts, a studio space in midtown that focuses specifically on connecting text and image by crafting handmade books, portfolios, prints and more. “Book arts are sculptural,” she says. “(They) can include painting, photography, drawing, collage, craftsmanship and more. In a way, book arts are sort of a microcosm of a whole larger art department without having to manage numerous studios and spaces.” Murchison, a professor of art at Millsaps who is originally from New Jersey, has wanted a midtown studio space for some time now. She was drawn to the efficiency and feasibility of setting up a space where artists, students, and members of the community could learn various bookmaking and printing crafts. Her own artwork integrates text and images, so book arts were a natural fit for Murchison, a 15year Millsaps veteran who understands the potency of interdisciplinary collaboration. “It’s all about the overlap of disciplines,” Murchison says. “Not only the studio disciplines but the academic disciplines as well.”

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Gods, Tricksters and Strong Women by Anita Modak-Truran

Hopkins), doesn’t approve of an the bunch. When Queen Frigga Asgardian-Earthling relationship. receives a surprise visit from Odin’s a realist. Jane’s a human; the Malekith (Christopher Ecshe will die. cleston), the king of the evil elves, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the she doesn’t swoon. She challenges dark-haired, skinny, shifty-eyed him with her sword. adopted brother of Thor, likes Directed by Alan Taylor the plucky Jane, who greets him (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), this with a face slap for what he did movie does a 360 of genres. From to New York in “The Avenglarge-scale battles to hand-toers.” Thor’s mom, Queen Frigga hand combat, good and evil fight (Rene Russo) makes Jane feel at for the light. Don’t expect a single home on Asgard. second of suspense, though. The As the title character, Chris Hemsworth wields a mighty hammer in “Thor: The Dark World.” Thor is not my favorite Maroutcome is predetermined. Thor vel superhero, but the mythology wields a mighty hammer. He sees behind him is wonderful. I thorneeds saving, but that’s only because she bedanger through his modified Bo oughly enjoyed the incongruity of the story comes a host for the red anti-matter energy, Derek braids and rushes forward to confront written by a gaggle of writers, the creative known as “aether.” He or she who possesses the enemy. He’s not afraid to die. “My hero,” terrains of the Nine Realms imagined by ani- the aether rules the Nine Realms. you might gasp. mators and graphic designers, and the emAether makes Jane woozy and, eventuThe film is funny, irreverent, mischiebellishment of the good versus evil story with ally, it would destroy her, but for Thor’s bold vous, broody, moody, epic and over-the-top. imploding stone monsters and evil Keebler action. Thor treasonously defies King Odin’s Like a three-ringed circus, it appeals to a elves running around in white masks. orders, breaking Loki out of his prison cell large audience, because it has something for I hate when women in film are de- and whisking Jane with Loki’s help to the evil everyone. It may not be great art, but the actpicted as objects to be saved. You know the elves’ home territory for a showdown. ing works, and the rampant violence seems types: The women that cower about in MiThe women in “Thor: The Dark no more real than a videogame. This movie chael Bay films such as “Transformers,” and World” are strong, smart and resourceful— doesn’t aim for realism, but it hits its target. get paralyzed when danger arrives. Sure, Jane not one single shrinking violet or crybaby in Make sure you stay for the credits. COURTESY MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT


efore Marvel supersized the hammer-wielding Norse god Thor into a mega-movie franchise, Thor made thunder and lightning, created rain and storms, protected mankind, and promoted healing and fertility. Thor was a one-stop, full-service deity. Superhero Thor (Chris Hemsworth), whose godly status is somewhat diminished by flying around in a red cape and not in a chariot pulled by majestic beasts, focuses on protecting the golden city of Asgard and the Nine Realms. That doesn’t leave Thor much time for other diversions—except one. Thor has a crush on Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), an astrophysicist who understands the once-in-a-millennium alignment of the Nine Realms, the occurrence of gravitational displacement in London and the intergalactic mush that threatens to extinguish light and throw the multiple universes into chaos and eternal night. Thor’s impressed. He may be a blond, bulked-up muscle god, but he knows Jane is special. Thor rushes Jane to Asgard after she and her interns discover some funny business in an abandoned warehouse in London. Thor’s father, King Odin (Anthony

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Jackson Roller Disco: Electric Boogaloo Edition is at Funtime Skateland of Clinton.

Yoga for Nonviolence benefitting the Center for Violence Prevention is at Tara Yoga Studio.

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Jackson 2000 November Luncheon is at 11:45 a.m.1 p.m. at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). RSVP. $12, $10 members; email … Mike Stoll presents “Above and Beyond: Mississippi’s Medal of Honor Recipients” at History Is Lunch at noon at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6998.



Folk singer Sarah Jarosz performs Nov. 14 at Duling Hall to promote her album, “Build Me Up From Bones.”


… Rickey Smiley performs stand-up comedy at 7 p.m. at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). $25; call 800-745-3000.

mate Gospel Artist Showcase is at 7 p.m. at New Jerusalem Church (5708 Old Canton Road). Free; call 206-5844; email;


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Bob Ross Painting Class is from 3-7 p.m. at Hobby Lobby (200 Ridge Way, Flowood). Michael Hughes, a Bob Ross certified landscape, floral and wildlife art instructor, ofBY BRIANA ROBINSON fers the class. Sessions are also available on color theory and JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM composition. $60 landscape and floral, $75 wildlife, $20 supply FAX: 601-510-9019 rental; call 601-214-5268; email DAILY UPDATES AT JFPEVENTS.COM … Great Southern 8 Wrestling Tournament is at 7 p.m. at Mississippi National Guard Armory, Clinton (1500 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). The meet and greet is at 6:30 p.m. $12, $8 ages 6-12, free for ages 0-5; call 601-813-6767. … Jackson Roller Disco: Electric Boogaloo Edition is at 9 p.m. at Funtime Skateland of Clinton (931 Highway 80 E., Clinton). For ages 21 and up. Skate rental included. $12; call 601-9246500; email … Rickie Lee Jones performs at 9 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 601-292-7121;


Belhaven University’s Fall Dance Concert performances are at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 in the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre.

FRIDAY 11/15

“The Watsons Go to Birmingham” Film Screening is at 3:15 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). Free; call 601-354-1535;

SUNDAY 11/17

Yoga for Nonviolence is from 2-3:30 p.m. at Tara Yoga Studio (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). $10; call 601720-2337; email; … Ulti-

Celebrate the Cocktails is at 6 p.m. at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). RSVP. $60 per person; call 601-368-1919; email maggieb@; … Spirits and Stogies is from 6-9 p.m. at McClain Lodge (214 Clark Creek Road, Brandon). For ages 21 and up. $40 in advance, $50 at the door; call; spiritsandstogies.


“Death by Insanity” Dinner Theater is at 7 p.m. at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). $58; call 601-668-2214; email missmurdermystery@yahoo. com; … JSU Chamber Orchestra presents Beethoven Symphony No. 5 at 7 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) at F.D. Hall Music Center. Free; call 601-979-7036.


Jayne Anne Phillips signs copies of “Quiet Dell” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book. Call 601-366-7619; email info@; … Body Sculpting by Keshia is from 6:30-9 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). For ages 18 and up. $10; call 313-671-3704.


Fall Dance Concert is at 11 a.m. at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-974-6494; … Screen on the Green is at 5:30 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Watch “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” in the Art Garden. Free; call 601-960-1515; … Sarah Jarosz performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Brian Wright also performs. For ages 18 and up. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 601-292-7121;


*&0 30/.3/2%$%6%.43 Jackson 2000 November Luncheon Nov. 13, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Learn about the organization’s Dialogue Circles program. RSVP. $12, $10 members; email

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Christmas on Ice Nov. 16-Jan. 5, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). Enjoy an ice skating rink and ice slide, a Christmas Story Trail, decorations, concessions and concerts. $15 skating and ice slide (rental skates included), concerts and Christmas Story Trail free; call 601-500-5970; Shop ’Til You Drop Registration through Nov. 22, at Brighton Park (530 S. Frontage Road, Clinton). Parents may register to have their children in grades K-6 watched as they shop for Christmas gifts Nov. 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch and snacks served. Register by Nov. 22. $8 per child; call 601-924-6082;

#/--5.)49 Backpacker Magazine’s Get Out More Tour Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Ay Buffalo Peak Outfitters. Get advice on backpacking, survival skills, the latest gear and more. Prizes given. Free; call 601-366-2557. Nike Factory Store Grand Opening Nov. 14-17, at Outlets of Mississippi (200 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl). As part of the celebration, Nike hosts earlybird specials, shopper incentives and an enter-towin gift card giveaway at the new store. Free; call 601-936-2154; Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Unity Conference Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., and Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Fondren Hall (4330 N. State St.) Nov. 15 and Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.) Nov. 16. Speakers include attorney and author Michelle Alexander (“The New Jim Crow”), and Mexican author and poet Javier Silicia. Meals included. Registration required. $100 with evening reception, $50 daytime events only, $10 students and youth; call 601-354-9355, ext. 5; email Stud Sessions: Communication Nov. 16, 2-5 p.m., at Jackson Enterprise Center (931 Highway 80 W.). Stud Sessions is an interactive place for male gendered, lesbian women of Mississippi to meet, greet, and collaborate on projects and the community. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. Free; email (entrepreneurs, artists or business owners). Holiday Wine Tasting with “The Girls” Nov. 17, 4 p.m., at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). Lesley McHardy, Val Spellman and Kelly Boutwell share Thanksgiving wine pairings and give tips. RSVP. $35 per person; call 601-982-8111; email; Lunch and Learn: Social Media Strategies Nov. 20, noon-1 p.m., at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Learn how to use various social media platforms to market and promote your organizational cause and to increase fundraising. $15, free for members; call 601-968-0061;

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n November, the British Invasion is and conductor of the Jackson Choral Socoming to the city of Jackson. ciety. “He’s the most widely performed The Jackson Choral Society will British 20th-century composer, and the hold its fall concert, “The British Are music from the British Isles seemed like Coming,” at the St. Phillips Episcopal the natural choice.” Church (5400 Old Canton Road, 601Moore adds that the fall concert has 956-5788) Nov. a lot to offer con21 at 7:30 p.m. cert-goers. The choir “The chowill perform music ral society is a from several great fine organization British composof singers, and ers such as George this music repHandel, William resents the best Byrd, Hubert Parcomposers that ry and Benjamin Jackson Choral Society performs its fall have ever come concert “The British Are Coming” Nov. 21. Britten, the cenfrom the British terpiece of the proIsles. The styles gram. The society will perform Britten’s that we’re doing, there will be something song “Rejoice in the Lamb,” in addition to for everyone, from the Renaissance all the singing folk songs from the U.K., such as way to The Beatles,” Moore says. “‘O Whistle and I’ll Come to Ye,” “Danny Purchase tickets from any Jackson Boy” and a contemporary version of the Choral Society member or mail a reEnglish song, “The Water is Wide.” quest to the organization at 5025 High“I chose this program because it cel- way 80, Pearl. The event is $10 for adults ebrates the centennial of Benjamin Brit- and $8 for senior citizens and students. ten, since he was born Nov. 22, 1913,” For more information, visit jackson says Nancy Moore, the artistic director —Mark Braboy COURTESY JACKSON CHORAL SOCIETY

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• Ear Buds for Rocking Your Workout Giveaway through Nov. 30. Available while supplies last (employees not eligible). Free. • Gentle Joints Aquatic Program. The Arthritis Foundation sponsors the low-intensity water class. Sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. Registration required; club membership optional. $35 for 12 classes, $60 for 24 classes. Crazy Cross Country Run Nov. 20, 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;

34!'%!.$3#2%%. Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes Nov. 1417, at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). $18-$50; call 800-745-3000; “Annie: The Musical” Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 22-23, 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, 2 p.m., at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). The play is based on the Broadway show about an orphan who goes from rags to riches. $15, $10 seniors, students and military; call 601664-0930; “Tongues Untied” Nov. 18-19, 7:30 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in Ballard Hall. The Tougaloo College Players present Tougaloo professor and former Miss Mississippi Kimberly Morgan-Myles’ musical about being a person of color in modern American society. For mature audiences. Free; call 601-977-4493 or 662-832-7385; email

-53)# Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 601-974-6494; • Instrumental Arts Concert Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., in the concert hall. Enjoy music from wind, percussion, jazz and classical guitar ensembles. Free. • Preston Chamber Music Series: An Evening of Diamonds II Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., in the concert hall. The Belhaven Piano Trio performs. Members include cellist Bennett Randman, violinist Song Xie and pianist Dr. Stephen Sachs. $10, $5 seniors, free for students with ID and Belhaven employees. The Glorious Unfolding Tour Nov. 16, 7 p.m., at Morrison Heights Baptist Church (3000 Hampstead Blvd., Clinton). Performers include Steven Curtis Chapman, Laura Story and Jason Gray. Doors open at 6 p.m. Group discounts available. $26-$36; call 800-965-9324; “Bravo II: Verdi’s Requiem” Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s performance features the combined choirs of the University of Mississippi and international singers Othalie Graham, Catherine Keen, John Pickle and Mark Walters. $20 and up; call 601-960-1565; Little Ms. Soul in Concert and Harrison Calloway’s Birthday Bash Nov. 17, 6 p.m., at E&E Blues and Jazz House (1028 Pecan Park Circle). Additional performers include Stevie J, Val McKnight and “Captain” Jack Watson. $5$10; call 601-376-5963 or 601-398-1819; email

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in the Johnson Hall Art Gallery. Free; call 601-362-6357 or 601-979-2055. • The Scottsboro Boys: Outside the Protective Circle of Humanity through Dec. 13. See photographs from the trial of Haywood Patterson in Decatur, Ala. Patterson was one of nine black youths who were accused of raping two white women and sentenced to death. • Scottsboro Boys Exhibit Gallery Talk with Southern Poverty Law Center Staff Nov. 19, 6-8 p.m. SPLC staff members Lecia Brooks and Jed Oppenheim reflect on the community efforts in Alabama to have the Scottsboro Boys posthumously acquitted in 2012.

Youth Storytelling Club (Grades 2 and Up) Nov. 14, 3:30-5 p.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). Learn techniques to become an effective storyteller. Free; call 601-856-2749. “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” Discussion Series Nov. 14, 6-7:30 p.m., at Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center (Ayer Hall, 1400 John R. Lynch St.). Imam Plemon T. El-Amin leads the discussion on Edward Curtis’ book “The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States.” Free; call 601-979-2055 or 601-432-6752; jsums. edu/margaretwalkercenter.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Open the Eyes of My Heart: Photography as a Spiritual Practice Nov. 14-16, at Center for Ministry (Millsaps College, 1701 N. State St.). Brad Berglund of Illuminated Journey teaches a contemplative approach to photography. Registration required. $285; call 601-9741488; email; Cooking Class Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Raindrop Turkish House (900 E. County Line Road, Suite 201A, Ridgeland). Learn to make Turkish appetizers, entrees and desserts. Registration required. $15 per session; call 769-251-0074; email; Painting the Blues with Tony Davenport Nov. 16, 1-4 p.m., at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Learn as local artist Tony Davenport demonstrates how to capture the essence of music on the canvas. RSVP by Nov. 13. Supplies included; additional creative materials welcome. Free, suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12; call 601-960-9250; email “Collections”: A Japanese Stab Binding Book Nov. 16, 1-4 p.m., at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.). Sandra Murchison is the instructor. Learn book-binding techniques such as hand sewing and binding with metal posts. Additional materials such as sketches, photographs and decorative papers welcome. $50, $45 members; email; Mostly Monthly Céilí Nov. 17, 2-5 p.m., at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification Street). Jackson Irish Dancers teaches traditional dances; beginners welcome. Food for sale. Free, donations welcome; call 601-592-9914; email maggie@; Bread Baking Class Nov. 17, 1-6 p.m., at Gil’s Bread (655 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite 500, Ridgeland). Students receive a bench knife and apron, and get to take home the bread they bake. Limit of 10 students. Dress comfortably and wear closed-toe shoes with non-slip soles - no loose jewelry. Registration required. $125 per session; call 601-863-6935; email;

Redeemed: The Work of Sheila Malone through Nov. 30, Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See the artist’s works profiling women of the Bible in the lower atrium. Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. Lindsey Landfried Art Exhibition through Dec. 11, at Lewis Art Gallery (Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex, 1701 N. State St.). Experimenting at the intersection of drawing and sculpture, Landfried makes largescale works on folded paper. The gallery talk is Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. in room AC215. Free; call 601-497-7454; email om_peace2you@ or; Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; • Museum After Hours Nov. 14, 5 p.m. Enjoy a cash bar at 5 p.m. and exhibition tours at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Intended for young professionals, but all ages welcome. Admission varies per exhibit. • Look and Learn with Hoot Nov. 15, 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. • Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover Nov. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Brent Funderburk talks about Walter Anderson’s art and reads from “A Symphony of Animals.” Ensemble Polonaise performs excerpts from composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of Animals.” Free.

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so she can really own it with a new read and new meaning.” The group also performs a masterful rendition of the gripping, visual poem-song, “Strange Fruit” by Abel Meeropol. Many artists have updated the heart-breaking piece about lynching, which is best known as a Billie Holiday classic recorded in 1939. Black Sun’s “Strange Fruit” is a minimal composition of silences and accents that contrast Wilson’s rich vocalization. As Gibbs, Ross and Lewis weave a backdrop of plucked bass, twangs and tweaks of amplified banjo, and sticks rapping the metal rims of the drum kit, Wilson’s voice summons the past and elucidates. Black Sun’s song choices, The Beatles included, convey their collective insight as musicians and human beings. The group’s music is a form of tribute, a way to honor and Black Sun collective is (left to right) Cassandra Wilson, Melvin Gibbs, Brandon acknowledge the members’ mostly Ross and J.T. Lewis. The group performs Nov. 15 and 16 at Yellow Scarf. untraceable ancestry. “The music is really our only express the song, the group will shelve the tune. remembrance,” Wilson explains. “We can’t go to a family tree One such song is a juicy version of John Lennon’s 1966 and say, ‘My great-great-grandfather came from blank, and classic, “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Ross and Gibbs thought he was a blank.’ We can’t fill in the blanks. The only thing we the song would work for Wilson in her solo group, but it have is the music.” didn’t come to light until Black Sun. Black Sun performs at 9 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 at Yellow “I can hear Cassandra singing a lot of songs.” Ross says. Scarf Listening Room (741 Harris St). Admission is $30 in ad“I’ve recognized that she comes to it in her own time and way, vance and $35 at the door. Visit For example, Ross and Gibbs might think Wilson would sound great singing a certain song, but if she can’t connect with the lyrics the way she needs to in order to fully



ven a decade into the era of the iPod and earbuds, live musical performance remains a vital, open-ear experience. When rare, hybrid musicians—whom eccentric maestros such as Henry Threadgill and Don Pullen schooled—come together and perform, something unusual is bound to happen. The cross-pollination produces new sounds, songs and musical vocabulary. Black Sun, a collective formed in January 2013, includes Cassandra Wilson and the members of New York City trio Harriet Tubman—guitarist Brandon Ross, percussionist J. T. Lewis and bassist Melvin Gibbs. With Henry Threadgill as the through-line that connects the group, its collective resume is impressive. Wilson is a Grammy-winning vocalist and songwriter from Jackson. Ross has worked with Wilson and other industry names, including the Lounge Lizards, Don Pullen and Arrested Development. Lewis played with rock legend Lou Reed for five years and had an extended gig with Pullen. Gibbs, a founding member of Defunkt, has worked with Arto Lindsay and the Rollins Band. Black Sun radiated with collective energy during a threeweek long European tour that began in Istanbul. YouTube videos of their performance in Paris include an intriguing mix of songs with influences from The Beatles to Billie Holiday to Negro spirituals. Equality is the starting point for how the collective approaches these songs and creates new arrangements. “There’s no musical apartheid going on in the this collective,” Ross says. “It’s just open; there’s no judgment or hierarchy. The question is—can you hear it, is there a way into this song?”

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he Mississippi Symphony Orchestra hasn’t performed Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem in more than 20 years. It’s no surprise. The sprawling piece not only exceeds an hour, it also requires a great deal from those putting on the shows. The Verdi dry spell ends Saturday, Nov. 16, when the MSO will perform the piece with the Millsaps College and University of Mississippi choirs, as well as internationally renowned soloists, soprano Othalie Graham, mezzo soprano Janara Kellerman, tenor John Pickle and baritone Mark Walters. Crafton Beck, conductor for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, said the timing couldn’t have been more perfect—this year is the bicentennial of Verdi’s birth. The casual listener is familiar with Verdi’s Requiem mostly from movie trailers, commercials and television shows, along with other famous classical pieces that have been beaten into the public conscience. The piece had its start after the passing of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini. He originally planned to have a large requiem as collaboration between himself and other composers, but the plans ended falling

Conductor Crafton Beck will lead the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem Nov. 16.

through. When writer Alessandro Manzoni, whom Verdi greatly admired, passed away, Verdi decided to complete a requiem entirely his own in his honor. That piece became Messa da Requiem. Beck regards this piece as an incredibly personal one, not only for himself, but for the performers and audience as well.

“He wrote it at exactly my age. It’s amazing to think that someone could have written such a thing at my age,” Beck says. “It is very meaningful. A piece like this is very personal. The irony of a requiem is that it is not so much about death as it is about life.” Baritone Mark Walters, who worked with MSO on last year’s performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, also has a special relationship with Verdi. No one else wrote for baritones the way Verdi did, Walters says. In some ways, Verdi created a new voice type by pushing the baritone voice higher. “With Verdi, the baritone gets some of the most interesting music,” Walters says. “It’s gratifying. It’s a challenge.” It takes a great deal of resources and time to stage the piece, and a great deal of excitement is building around the concert. Requiem calls for a large orchestra, a chorus and four soloists who sing in an operatic style. But when the theme of the piece is that of life and death, shouldn’t the accompaniment be just as grand? The Ole Miss choir has been rehearsing since the beginning of this semester. The Millsaps choir rehearses three days each week

to prepare for Verdi. Beck works with each group—the choir, the orchestra and the soloists—separately. “It’s like building something, a house,” Beck says. “You build each part, and you put them together at the end. In this case, you put it together in two days with the pieces prefabricated.” For Beck, all the hard work pays off in the performance in front of an audience, which for events as big as Verdi’s Requiem can be up to 1,500 people. “We’re all human beings. It is the experience of that one-hour-and-20-minute concert that … in the reality of the performance, this will become something,” Beck says. “We will all be in this room singing these words and hearing these words. That’s kind of what it’s all about. It’s what I do in my life.” Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Bravo II: Verdi’s Requiem is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St., 601-960-1537). Tickets range from $30 in the lower balcony to $58 in the conductor’s circle. Visit for information and tickets.

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hough undoubtedly less popular ward writing the next full-length album. than its peer curses, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avada KeAnother way musicians can dodge davraâ&#x20AC;? or being on the cover of a dropping a poor album is by focusing on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maddenâ&#x20AC;? video game, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;sopho- very specific group of song ideas. With most more slumpâ&#x20AC;? has claimed many a victim. For producers and labels, the policy is to come readers who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t familiar with the term, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m referring to that unfortunate (and unfortunately common) habit of dropping the ball after an initial success. The music community has perpetually fought this hex. From MGMT to Snoop Dogg to Weezer, decades worth of critical darlings have tripped up on their second releases. While major record labels often contribute to the phenomenon, they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really the bad guys here. It makes more sense to blame a bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first record for being successful. If an album does well, then The Dear Hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Color Spectrumâ&#x20AC;? series is a it only makes sense that a good example of artists putting out smaller collections label, as a business, must of songs while working on their next full-length album. push forward and capitalize on that success. But, as popularity rises, label executives typically begin pressuring into the studio with somewhere around 20 the artist to create an album that builds upon to 30 nearly completed concepts for songs. the last one. More accurately, they pressure Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly nothing wrong with bethe artist to create the same album. This is ing prepared, but again, where this practice where business and art donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see eye to eye. works wonders in business, it can cause fricIn the corporate world, if a product is suc- tion in the creative space. cessful, you make another, similar version, While preparing that first album, mutrying to improve on the past model without sicians can choose between their favorite estranging consumersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;think of iPhones or songs from however long theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been writFurbies. Music, on the other hand, evolves ing. A second album, on the other hand, in less predictable ways. tends to be pieced together from half-finMore often than not, the stress of dead- ished ideas, at least in part, in the confines of lines and demand for â&#x20AC;&#x153;singlesâ&#x20AC;? (commer- a studio. The result is often lifeless music. If cially aimed songs) causes the sophomore youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever bought a record based on liking album to pale in comparison to the first. one or two songs, only to find that the rest is Luckily, musicians have a few ways to ma- achingly lacking, this could be why. neuver around the sophomore slump and The good news is that, as music disappease the executives, all while sticking to tribution moves more into the hands of artistic principles. the musicians, artists have more control One method thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become more over what they bring into the studio, popular in recent years is the consistent what they release and when they release release of new music. At one point, artists it. While the habits of major record labels distributed singles and EPs to promote a may never change, bands have more sway bigger album, but today, new songs donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t now than ever over the quality of music have to coincide with a record. Bands can they produce. Even though plenty of mueven use the short form to â&#x20AC;&#x153;packageâ&#x20AC;? mu- sicians will still fall prey to the sophomore sic, allowing select songs to stand as a set slump, the curse is defeatable. All it takes without each having to be a single, such for musicians to beat it is the grit to stand as The Dear Hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Color Spec- for what matters in music and a willingtrumâ&#x20AC;? series. In this way, labels are happy ness to work with this crazy, backward because their artists donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lose momen- and beautiful system instead of banging tum, and the artists gain valuable time to- their heads against it.








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so his words and texts werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meant to be hateful. Other teammates confirmed he, at the very least, bullied Martin. Who would think that, in this day and age, someone would text another person calling them a â&#x20AC;&#x153;half-breed n*ggerâ&#x20AC;? (Martin is half white and half black), or tell someone that they want to defecate in their mouth. Those are just some of the things Martin says Incognito texted him. Incognito says that Martin sent him similar messages. The story has changed so much that a timeline or a flowchart would be helpful to keep up with what all has gone on. It is safe to say it will be a while before the full story comes to light, if it ever does. When 2013 ends, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll think the Martin-Incognito story is the strangest one Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard, but I know I will be amazed again at some point in 2014.

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201 E. Main Street â&#x20AC;˘ Raymond, Ms

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4.95 lb

Oysters 75¢ each



75¢ each

Crab Legs $10.95 lb

Fresh Gulf Jumbo Shrimp $10.95 lb

Karaoke Every Friday Night

Best Seafood Best Restaurant Nominations

Gladly Accepted Best of Jackson 2014

3190 Hwy 80 E Pearl

2481 Lakeland Drive | Flowood 601.932.4070


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(Behinds Mackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tobacco)


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